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Missing and Endangered female (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/21/17 11:44 AM
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Dorena Johnson

57 year old female
Height 5'06"
Weight 130
Blue eyes
Brown hair

On 09/18/17, Doerena Johnson was released from the Clark County Jail to return to her care facility. She has not returned to the facility and is missing. Doerena suffers from mental health issues and said she takes medication. She is often times confused. If seen or located please contact 911.


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Marine Board Meeting in La Pine October 5
Oregon Marine Board - 09/21/17 11:42 AM
The Oregon State Marine Board will be meeting in La Pine on October 5, at La Pine City Hall, located at 16345 Sixth Street. The meeting begins at 8:30 am.

The Board will consider the following agenda items:
Adopt rules for Division 015 --Ocean Charter Vessels to amend definitions; clarify safety and equipment rules
Adopt rules for Division 016 --Outfitter/Guide Registration to amend safety and equipment rules; adopt rules for drug, health and knowledge testing
Consider initiating rulemaking for OAR 250-010-0164 --Visual Distress Signals
Consider initiating rulemaking for OAR 250-020-0385 --Boat Operations in Yamhill and Marion Counties with respect to wake-enhancing device restriction and deadline
Consider initiating rulemaking for OAR -250-016-0040 --Proof of Registration Compliance; Hunt tag program fees
Consider initiating rulemaking for OAR 250-010-0650 --Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permit Program with respect to issuing permits to liveries and commercial businesses

The Board will also consider a boating facility grant request from the South Wasco Parks and Recreation District for north Pine Hollow reservoir boat ramp improvements.

The meeting will enter an executive session per ORS 192.660(2)(i) and upon conclusion, will reconvene back to the general meeting to hear the Director's informational agency report.

To view the agenda and staff report, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Board-and-Public-Meetings.aspx.

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Tip of the Week - September 25, 2017 - DISCARDING CIGARETTES FROM A VEHICLE
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/21/17 11:23 AM
TIP OF THE WEEK

Date: September 25, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Sheriff Curtis L. Landers
(541) 265-0652
clanders@co.lincoln.or.us

This week's tip idea was suggested by one of our Facebook followers. We appreciate all your suggestions and ideas for tips! Feel free to contact us if you have an idea for a future tip.


DISCARDING CIGARETTES FROM A VEHCILE

Large wildland fires are a part of living in the Pacific Northwest during the summer months. Wildland fires are dangerous, costly, and have a severe impact on air quality. Our partner agencies in the fire service do a great job of providing public information about burning and outdoor recreation restrictions to keep us all educated and safe. Despite their best prevention efforts, firefighters are still called upon to extinguish human-caused wildland fires all over the state.

Discarded cigarettes are a frequent cause of wildland fires along roadways. Even if the discarded cigarette does not start a fire, throwing them out of the car is still a crime under the Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS). Here is a selection of applicable laws pertaining to discarding cigarettes from a vehicle:

Throwing away of lighted matches, cigarettes, and other materials is prohibited
ORS 476.715: "No one shall, at any time, throw away any lighted tobacco, cigars, cigarettes, matches or other lighted material, on any forestland, private road, public highway or railroad right of way within this state." This crime is a Class B misdemeanor and applies year-round.

Offensive Littering
ORS 164.805 § (a, c): "Discarding or depositing any rubbish, trash, garbage, debris or other refuse upon the land of another without permission of the owner, or upon any public way or in or upon any public transportation facility" or "Permitting any rubbish, trash, garbage, debris or other refuse to be thrown from a vehicle that the person is operating." This crime is a Class C misdemeanor and can apply to the person who threw out the cigarette and to the person operating the vehicle.

Reckless Burning
ORS 164.335: "A person commits the crime of reckless burning if the person recklessly damages property of another by fire or explosion." This crime is a Class A misdemeanor.

Despite being a criminal act, discarded cigarette butts detract from the natural beauty of our area. Discarded cigarettes can contain chemicals and carcinogens that are harmful to animals and the environment. By properly extinguishing and disposing of cigarette butts, you are doing yourself, the community, and the environment a favor!

For more tips and information, please visit our website at www.lincolncountysheriff.net and like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff's Office -- Oregon.

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Submitted by:
Kathy Manning, Administrative Assistant
kmanning@co.lincoln.or.us
Ph: 541-265-0652


Attached Media Files: 2017-09/5490/108111/092517-Discarding_Cigarettes_from_Vehicle.pdf
PF&R Responds to a House Fire (4500 Block of SE 85th)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 09/21/17 11:01 AM
9/21/2017-This Morning just after 10:00 AM firefighters were called to a house on fire on the 4500 block of SE 85th. On arrival crews found fire on the backside and corner of the house. The homes occupants were safe and crews were able to quickly extinguish this blaze.

Fire crews stopped the fire keeping interior damage to a minimum. No injuries were associated with this fire. An PF&R investigator is on scene working to determine what caused this fire.
Union Gospel Mission to Collect Sleeping Bags and Warm Clothes for Homeless (Photo)
Union Gospel Mission - 09/21/17 10:58 AM
Union Gospel Mission Truck at Cinetopia for Donation Day
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Union Gospel Mission to Collect Sleeping Bags and Warm Clothes for Homeless
Collection Day Saturday, September 23 Noon to 2:00 p.m. at Cinetopia Progress Ridge

Portland, Ore., - On Saturday, September 23 from 12:00 p.m. -- 2:00 p.m. Union Gospel Mission will be collecting sleeping bags and warm clothing for people in need at Cinetopia Progress Ridge 12345 SW Horizon Blvd. in Beaverton. Union Gospel Mission is partnering with Cinetopia and 99.5 FM "The Wolf" to collect items for Union Gospel Mission's annual Operation Overcoat clothing give away.

Union Gospel Mission is seeking donations of new or gently used sleeping bags, boots, new socks and underwear.

For Operation Overcoat, which takes place on Saturday, September 30 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Union Gospel Mission will be blocking off NW Third Avenue between Burnside and Couch Streets and blocking off Couch Street between Third and Fourth Avenues for the event. At the event, guests will have access to free clothing, boots, shoes, sleeping bags, blankets, hygiene items and more. The barbeque meal will be hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, chips and soda. In addition to the clothing and the meal, there will be live music and free dental care in the Medical Teams International mobile dental van, free haircuts and free bibles.

At last year's Operation Overcoat, Union Gospel Mission provided over 3,000 articles of clothing and 1,200 barbeque meals.

To support Operation Overcoat, donations can be made online at www.ugmportland.org or call 503-274-4483. Items may be purchased via Union Gospel Mission's Amazon Wish List at http://a.co/bpG7Ap2

About Union Gospel Mission: Union Gospel Mission's purpose is "Feeding the hungry, restoring the addict and loving our neighbor." Union Gospel Mission has been serving Portland since 1927. Union Gospel Mission provides meals and care for the homeless, and operates LifeChange -- a transformative recovery program for men, women and children. Contact Union Gospel Mission at 503-274-4483 or ugmportland.org and @ugmpdx.
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Attached Media Files: Union Gospel Mission Truck at Cinetopia for Donation Day
CCC hosts fall job fair (Photo)
Clackamas Comm. College - 09/21/17 10:48 AM
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OREGON CITY -- Clackamas Community College is hosting its Fall Job Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 3. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Gregory Forum, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. Local employers will be on site hiring for open positions.

The Fall Job Fair is an all-industry event, where employers with full-time, part-time and internship opportunities connect with CCC students, alumni and local job seekers. This event is free and open to the public.

More than 50 employers are participating in the Fall Job Fair, including: Boeing, Clackamas Federal Credit Union, De Paul Treatment Centers, In Touch Home Care, New Seasons, FedEx, Coastal, Mt. Hood Skibowl and Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare. The industries represented at this event include:
Health care (CNA, care giving, nursing, medical assisting and more)
Manufacturing and production
Business
Logistics and transportation
Construction (heavy equipment, laborer, CDL truck drivers)
Parks, recreation and leisure
Warehouse, shipping and receiving
Administrative and office
Education
Human services
Retail

View a full list of employers and register to attend at www.clackamas.edu/careerfair. For more information, contact the CCC Career Center at 503-594-6001 or careercenter@clackamas.edu.

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District Improves Home to School Communications
Kelso Sch. Dist. - 09/21/17 10:45 AM
Kelso, WA -- September 21, 2017 --To get more information in the hands of parents, Kelso School District is joining thousands of schools in implementing digital flyer distribution through Peachjar. District-approved digital flyers that would normally be printed and sent home, will now be sent directly to parents' emails in a visual format as well as posted on each school's website.

Kelso School District is committed to educational excellence and ensuring that parents stay informed about important activities and events that enhance their child's life. The district expects this new flyer delivery system to be a more efficient, effective means of delivering information to parents and families.

The digital system goes into effect on September 21, 2017.
Officers Respond to Roosevelt High School Regarding Threat
Portland Police Bureau - 09/21/17 10:35 AM
On Thursday September 21, 2017, at 9:06 a.m., officers assigned to the Youth Service Division and North Precinct responded to Roosevelt High School, located at 6941 North Central Street, regarding a threat.

Officers arrived and contacted school staff who stated they were concerned about information they received from several students and possibly learned through social media regarding a threat to the school.

Police and school personnel took immediate action to protect the safety of students and school staff and placed the school on lockdown. Officers have searched Roosevelt High School and the school is now on lockout for the time being.

Officers continue to investigate this threat.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Portland Police non-emergency line at 503-823-3333. Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may result in providing important information for this investigation.

Updates regarding this incident will be made available as the investigation continues.

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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting One in Silverton
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/21/17 10:22 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on September, 21, 2017, at approximately 7:45 a.m. in the 4300 block of Silver Falls Dr.
NE in Silverton, OR. The fire affected one adult. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Gladstone Keno player hits the spot (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 09/21/17 10:00 AM
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Sept. 21, 2017 - Salem, Ore. -- A group of friends who play Keno together during breakfast have a new champion after Robert Coon of Gladstone won more than $178,0000 playing Keno 8-Spot.

"We always get together for breakfast and my friend Harry told me I should play Keno 8-spot because I would win," Coon said when he claimed his prize. "Guess what? I won."

Coon is a retired truck driver who normally played Keno 4-spot. Not only did he change to the 8-spot, but he also opted to play Special Keno and also purchased the $1 Keno multiplier option. Special Keno changes the prize structure to focus on bigger wins. The $1 multiplier option gives players a chance to multiply their prize by 1x, 2x, 3x, 5x or 10x. Coon's ticket had a multiplier of 5.

"When I checked the ticket at a grocery store, they couldn't pay me," he said. "I had them print the winning numbers for me and I won on the last game I bought. I'm happy with it."

Coon said he is going to buy a 1957 Chevy with his winnings, probably black, but "whatever catches my eye."

The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org


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Attached Media Files: Robert Coon of Gladstone
Marion County to conduct economic assessment of East Marion Rail line
Marion County - 09/21/17 9:32 AM
Salem, OR -- Since early 2012 the Silverton to Stayton portion of the East Marion Rail line has been inactive. The full line, owned by Union Pacific and operated by Willamette Valley Railway, runs from Woodburn to Stayton and historically provided short line shipping service between these Marion County communities. Since the line was closed, several groups have stepped forward with suggestions to reactivate the rail line.

To assist with the conversation and develop a common picture for all interested parties, Marion County has contracted with Anzur Logistics, a rail transportation consulting company based in Salem, to conduct a study of the rail line including an infrastructure assessment, market analysis, and cost benefit analysis.

Marion County Economic Development Coordinator Tom Hogue said, "Marion County's goal is to provide the underlying research and economic evaluation necessary as potential redevelopment opportunities are explored. We are not advocating for a particular outcome or project. The county's role is to provide factual, neutral information beneficial to all parties as the future of the East Marion Rail line is discussed."

Anzur Logistics will assess current track conditions and provide cost estimates to return the line to service, as well as provide a cost benefit analysis and potential funding sources. The final study will include an economic assessment for cities along the rail line. Commissioner Kevin Cameron said, "Short line railroads are an important asset. It's important for the county to assess the economic impacts of rail service and ensure potential renewed service is utilized for the benefit of Marion County communities."

Data collection and evaluation will begin immediately with a draft analysis expected in late 2017. The final report will be available for stakeholder review in January 2018. For more information, contact Economic Development Coordinator Tom Hogue at (503) 589-3277 or thogue@co.marion.or.us.
Corrected URL: Council seeks applicants for county-recommended position on library board
Clark Co. WA Communications - 09/21/17 9:06 AM
Vancouver, Wash. - The Board of County Councilors is seeking applicants to fill one of three Clark County-recommended positions on the seven-member Fort Vancouver Regional Library District board of trustees.

The position is designated for a Clark County resident living outside the Vancouver and Camas city limits. The term is for seven years and begins January 2018. The recommendation must be jointly approved by Clark, Skamania and Klickitat counties.

The board meets every third Monday. The meeting location varies among library locations. A schedule of public meetings is online at http://www.fvrl.org/about-us/trustees.

Library trustees are responsible for policies regarding the district's 15 locations, two bookmobiles, online services at www.fvrl.org and centralized headquarters. The service area includes approximately 464,000 people and covers more than 4,200 square miles in southwest and south-central Washington. It includes all of Clark County except the city of Camas, all of Skamania and Klickitat counties and city of Woodland in Cowlitz County. Camas is served by the independent Camas Public Library.

The district operates community libraries in Battle Ground, Goldendale, La Center, North Bonneville, Ridgefield, Stevenson, the Vancouver urban area, Washougal, White Salmon Valley and Woodland. It also operates the Mall Library Connection at Vancouver Mall and Library Express in Yacolt. The district provides services to Yale Library Express under contract with Yale Valley Library District.

People interested in serving should mail a letter and resume to Jennifer Clark, County Manager's Office, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver 98666-5000, email a letter and resume to jennifer.clark@clark.wa.gov or fax a letter and resume to 360.397.6058.

Application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3.

Applicants should discuss their understanding of: current challenges for public libraries; perspectives concerning public library services, facilities and materials such as print and electronic books and magazines, CDs, DVDs and digital resources; and the district's funding as a junior taxing district.
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Council seeks applicants for county-recommended position on regional library board
Clark Co. WA Communications - 09/21/17 9:02 AM
Vancouver, Wash. - The Board of County Councilors is seeking applicants to fill one of three Clark County-recommended positions on the seven-member Fort Vancouver Regional Library District board of trustees.

The position is designated for a Clark County resident living outside the Vancouver and Camas city limits. The term is for seven years and begins January 2018. The recommendation must be jointly approved by Clark, Skamania and Klickitat counties.

The board meets every third Monday. The meeting location varies among library locations. A schedule of public meetings is online at http://new.fvrl.org/about-us/trustees.

Library trustees are responsible for policies regarding the district's 15 locations, two bookmobiles, online services at www.fvrl.org and centralized headquarters. The district's service area includes approximately 464,000 people and covers more than 4,200 square miles in southwest and south-central Washington. It includes all of Clark County except the city of Camas, all of Skamania and Klickitat counties and city of Woodland in Cowlitz County. Camas is served by the independent Camas Public Library.

The district operates community libraries in Battle Ground, Goldendale, La Center, North Bonneville, Ridgefield, Stevenson, the Vancouver urban area, Washougal, White Salmon Valley and Woodland. It also operates the Mall Library Connection at Vancouver Mall and Library Express in Yacolt. The district provides services to Yale Library Express under contract with Yale Valley Library District.

People interested in serving should mail a letter and resume to Jennifer Clark, County Manager's Office, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver 98666-5000, email a letter and resume to jennifer.clark@clark.wa.gov or fax a letter and resume to 360.397.6058.

Application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3.

Applicants should discuss their understanding of: current challenges for public libraries; perspectives concerning public library services, facilities and materials such as print and electronic books and magazines, CDs, DVDs and digital resources; and the district's funding as a junior taxing district.

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National Public Lands Day on the Rogue River (Photo)
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 09/21/17 8:50 AM
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Medford, Ore. -- On September 30, the Bureau of Land Management will host a National Public Lands Day Rogue River clean up! Volunteers are needed from McGregor Park to Nugget Falls on the Rogue River. The event will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Volunteers are asked to register early for water or land clean up crews - boat spaces are limited. Gloves, garbage bags, water, and first aid kits will be provided for all volunteers.

Please note, there are several meeting spots for this clean up. Specific directions will be given when you sign up for a particular spot. Meeting spots include Casey State Park near Lost Creek Lake (on Hwy 62), Dodge Bridge Day use area (off OR-234) TouVelle State Park Day Use Area (Table Rock rd in Central Point), and Gold Hill Sports Park (14745 OR-234, Gold Hill, OR 97525).

Lunch and fun for volunteers will take place after the clean up at TouVelle Park at 1:00 p.m. For more information and to register for specific crews and locations, contact Sam Whitridge at (541) 414-9064 or info@roguepartner.org.

National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands and brings together hundreds of thousands of individual and organizational volunteers to help restore America's public lands.

Additional information about this event is available at: http://solveoregon.org/get-involved/events/rogue-river-cleanup-npld.
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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.


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Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 09/20/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 09/21/17 8:38 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 09/20/2017

ESTACADA:

1C 2017-1605

On 09/20/2017 at about 1827 hrs., police responded to the 300 block of SW Lake Shore Drive regarding a report of transients trying to move into an abandoned building. Police identified Aaron G. Hecht (45, of Milwaukie) and arrested him on a parole violation warrant. He was lodged at Clackamas County Jail on no-bail.

SANDY:

18 2017-1601

On 09/20/2017 at 0224 hrs., a citizen in the 38000 block of Galway Street reported that his ex-girlfriend, who had previously been given a trespass warning for his house, had returned. She left before police arrived. Charges will be filed with the District Attorney's office for Criminal Trespass II.

18 2017-1606

On 09/20/2017 at about 2152 hrs., police responded to the 39000 block of McCormick Drive to assist with a medical problem. A report was taken.
Bend area local killed in late night head-on collision on Highway 97. (Jefferson County) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/21/17 8:33 AM
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On September 20, 2017 at approximately 11:15 p.m., Oregon State Police Troopers responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on US Highway 97 near mp 103, south of Madras in Jefferson County. The preliminary investigation revealed that a black 2007 Audi sedan was traveling northbound when for unknown reasons it crossed over the centerline. The Audi collided head-on in the southbound lane with a southbound white 2012 Peterbuilt semi-tractor trailer pulling an empty livestock trailer. The driver of the Audi, Jonathan Stern was pronounced deceased at the scene. The truck driver, 64 year old James Mohring sustained minor injuries and was transported to a Redmond area hospital for treatment.


OSP was assisted at the scene by the Jefferson County Sherrif's Office, the Jefferson County Fire and Rescue and ODOT. The highway was shut for approximately 4 hours.


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WIC staffers often first to ID developmental, behavioral issues in kids
Oregon Health Authority - 09/21/17 8:16 AM
September 21, 2017

New study finds WIC employees hear about problems during nutrition consultations with families, make referrals to services

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program staff members who provide preventive health and nutrition services for families often are the first to identify developmental and behavioral issues among the young children they're serving, a new study shows.

The study, published recently in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, found that although it is outside the primary scope of their work, WIC staff members frequently raise and address developmental and behavioral concerns in children whose families they are working with.

"WIC staff members spend a great deal of time talking with families about child development concerns while delivering WIC services, even though WIC's primary mission is to provide public health nutrition services," said study co-author Julie Reeder, PhD, MPH, senior research analyst with Oregon's WIC Program, based at the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Public Health Division.

The findings by researchers at OHA and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) suggest that strengthening the system for referring families to community services that can address developmental and behavioral issues, and enhancing continuity of care between WIC and developmental providers, may improve child outcomes and reduce disparities.

"We know that developmental disabilities affect one in six kids in the United States, and low-income and minority children are at risk for under-identification and treatment of developmental disabilities," said the study's lead author, Katharine Zuckerman, MD, MPH, associate professor of pediatrics at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital and OHSU School of Medicine.

For the study, researchers analyzed results from an online survey of more than 150 individuals who work in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for WIC. They found WIC staff members reported frequent interactions with families about topics related to child development. Nearly four in 10 WIC staff were asked about a child's development at least once per week, and nearly three in 10 noticed a developmental concern about a child at least once per week."

"Given that the majority of WIC staff in our study could distinguish many instances of typical versus delayed development in young children, it is likely that many of the developmental concerns raised by WIC staff were well founded," the study's authors wrote.

But even as the developmental concerns were prevalent, WIC staff members felt poorly connected to local developmental resources. The study found that almost 70 percent felt less than very connected with their county's early intervention/early childhood special education program (EI/ECSE) office, and 74 percent felt less than well connected with most pediatric health care providers. WIC staffers who fielded the most developmental concerns also felt poorly connected to primary care and community developmental resources.

The study recommended that WIC staff members be provided more support to effectively refer children with developmental conditions and to improve continuity of care once early intervention or early childhood special education services are initiated.

"...Although WIC's primary mission is to provide public health nutrition services and not to diagnose or address childhood developmental delays, WIC staff nonetheless spend significant time engaging with families on this topic in the course of delivery of standard WIC services," the study's authors concluded.

As a result, WIC staff members and families may benefit from additional support for developmental issues. Such support could come in the form of family handouts, trainings for existing staff, additional personnel to handle developmental concerns, or even in the form of improved partnerships with community developmental resources.

"While we are working on enhancing training opportunities for WIC staff, this article really is an awareness-raising tool," Reeder said. "It shows physicians and early intervention staff that WIC staff are a potential additional source of information about developmental delays."

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The study can be found at http://journals.lww.com/jrnldbp/toc/2017/06000.
PF&R Responds to an Apartment Fire (7511 SE Henry)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 09/21/17 7:53 AM
9/21/2017-This morning at 5:19 AM Portland Firefighters were called to 7511 SE Henry St. Arriving fire crews found a small fire in a room that had been extinguished by a fire sprinkler. Firefighters worked to get all of the residents out of the smoke filled building and searched for any additional fire.

One person was transported to the hospital for non-life threatening smoke inhalation. The cause of this fire hasn't been released, but damage was contained to object within the room of origin. The building should be safe for residents, but the water cleanup will take several hours.
New maps look at landslide hazards in Eagle Creek fire area
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 09/21/17 12:30 AM
New maps offer an improved look at landslide hazards in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge - an area that's even more susceptible to landslides following recent wildfires.

The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) today released new landslide inventory maps for eastern Multnomah County, including the Eagle Creek Fire burn area.

Land that has slid in the past is more likely to slide again, says Bill Burns, DOGAMI engineering geologist. The new mapping revealed 286 existing landslides - all places that are highly susceptible to future slides.

Knowing where past landslides have occurred is especially critical in the Eagle Creek fire area, Burns says, because recently burned areas are also more likely to slide. With vegetation removed, rain can reach soil more quickly, and loss of root strength also means less stable soil.

"With Oregon's rainiest months still ahead, it's extremely important for people to be more aware than ever of landslide hazards in this area," he says.

The Columbia River Gorge is one of Oregon's most landslide prone areas. The winter storms of 1996-1997 triggered more than 9,000 slides statewide. In the Dodson-Warrendale area of the Gorge, multiple massive debris flows destroyed homes and closed Interstate 84, the Union Pacific Railroad, and Columbia River traffic.

"We can't predict when and where the next landslide events will occur," Burns says. "But by improving information about existing landslide locations, we better understand what areas might be hazardous during storm events, or where taking action to reduce risk is a good idea."

DOGAMI's interactive SLIDO shows the newly mapped landslides: www.oregongeology.org/slido. A guide to landslide hazards around the home also offers general guidance homeowners should consider regarding their home and property, including landslide warning signs and who to contact if they suspect active landslides on their property. The guide is available for free download at bit.ly/landslidehazards


STAYING SAFE WHEN LANDSLIDES ARE POSSIBLE
Throughout the rainy season, the National Weather Service highlights the potential for debris flows and landslides during flood watch advisories.

"When landslides are possible in your area, you need to stay alert to weather conditions, and to what's happening around you," says Ali Ryan Hansen, DOGAMI communications director. If your home, work, or route is in a watch area:

- Stay alert. Track the flood watch by radio, TV, weather radio or online. If told to evacuate, do so immediately.
- Listen. Unusual sounds might indicate moving debris, such as trees cracking or boulders knocking together. A trickle of falling mud or debris may precede larger landslides. If you think there is danger of a landslide, leave immediately.
- Watch the water. If water in a stream or creek suddenly turns muddy or the amount of water flowing suddenly decreases or increases, this is a warning that the flow has been affected upstream. You should immediately leave the area because a debris flow may soon be coming downstream.
- Travel with extreme caution. Assume highways are not safe. Be alert when driving, especially at night. Embankments along roadsides may fail, sending rock and debris onto the road.
- Stay cautious after the storm. Cleaning up after landslides can also be hazardous. A small mudslide can actually be part of a larger landslide. Cleanup should not be done until after the storm.


ABOUT THE PUBLICATION
Open-File Report O-17-03, Landslide Inventory of Eastern Multnomah County by William J. Burns and Kassandra O. Lindsey includes four map plates (scale 1:12,000), Esri geodatabase, and metadata. The publication is available for download at: http://www.oregongeology.org/pubs/ofr/p-O-17-03.htm
Wed. 09/20/17
Traffic Collision in Vancouver
Vancouver Police Dept. - 09/20/17 7:55 PM
On 09-20-17, Vancouver Police, Fire, and AMR emergency units responded to report of a motor vehicle collision in area of Mill Plain Blvd and SE 164th Ave.

Subsequent investigation revealed that the collision involved a fatality for one of involved parties.

As of time of this report there are road closures in the area due to the collision investigation. N/B and S/B traffic on SE 164th Ave between Mill Plain Blvd and SE 1st St are being diverted at this time.

This investigation is active and no further information is available at this time.
Monday, September 25, 2017 Regular Board Business Meeting Agenda
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 09/20/17 5:16 PM
The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon, will convene in a Regular Board Business Meeting on Monday, September 25, 2017 in the Boardroom at the Parkrose District Office located at 10636 NE Prescott St., Portland, Oregon at the hour of 6:30 pm. The Board will receive reports from the High School Associated Student Body, Superintendent's Office and Assistant Superintendent/School Improvement Office. The Board will take action on consent agenda items and several action items including: PFA bargaining agreement, site councils, handbooks, core values and their working agreement. The Board will also report on their Board Business including: committee reports, auditor visit and opening day/week. Twice during each Regular Board Business meeting time is set aside to hear Citizen Comments, see policy attached to agenda for further details. The agenda is posted on the Parkrose School District Website at https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1000205
UPDATED CSO ADVISORY: CSO Occurs to Willamette River at N Edison & Philadelphia, Caused by Heavy Rains
Portland Bureau of Environmental Services - 09/20/17 5:12 PM
UPDATE:
(5 p.m., September 20, 2017) -- Heavy rains caused Portland's combined sewer system to overflow to the Willamette River beginning at around 2 p.m. at N Edison & Philadelphia. Officials estimate that less than 100 gallons overflowed. The event lasted for approximately one minute.



A combination of stormwater from heavy rains and sewage overflowed to the Willamette River for four minutes early this morning from a SE Portland pump station that is slated to be improved and expanded.

The CSO (combined sewer overflow) occurred at 4:15 a.m. from the SE Alder Street Pump Station at SE Alder Street and Water Avenue. https://goo.gl/maps/kmdmYw57pD22.

The pump station, built in 1952, is being upgraded and will be taken offline by October for two years of construction. The upgrades will improve reliability and increase pumping capacity to prevent sewage releases into buildings and streets as well as overflows to the river. For more information on the project, please visit: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/72747.

CSOs are rare, but when they occur the public is advised to avoid contact with the river for about 48 hours due to increased bacteria in the water. In this case, the public is advised to avoid contact with the Willamette River from the Morrison Bridge to the Columbia River confluence until this advisory is lifted.

Areas upstream are not subject to this advisory.

The event began at 4:10 a.m. and lasted for four minutes, discharging about 3,000 gallons. A combined sewer overflow is about 80% stormwater and 20% sewage.

Since completing the Big Pipe project in 2011, a 20-year $1.4 billion program to reduce overflows, the number of CSOs have been reduced by 94 percent to the Willamette River and 99 percent to the Columbia Slough. Before the project, CSOs occurred an average of 50 times a year, with some instances lasting days. Today, the combined system overflows to the Willamette River an average of four times per winter and once every three summers.

For more information about CSO events, what they are and why they occur, visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/565061.
UPDATE: Victim in Fatal Shooting Identified
Washington County Sheriff's Office - 09/20/17 5:00 PM
September 20, 2017 -- The deceased person from yesterday's fatal shooting has been identified as 39-year-old Michael Zven Arch (aka Reiner Ralph Schmolling, Jr.) of Hillsboro. Detectives with the Washington County Major Crimes Team continue to investigate, but believe there is no danger to the public. The original media release is below.

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Fatal Shooting Investigation Underway Outside North Plains

September 19, 2017 -- Deputies are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred outside North Plains.

On September 19, 2017, at 4:49 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the 16000 block of Northwest Dairy Creek Road outside North Plains on a reported shooting.

Deputies arrived and located an adult male outside suffering from a gunshot wound. Deputies attempted life-saving measures but he was later pronounced deceased at the scene. The suspect fled prior to deputies' arrival.

The inter-agency Washington County Major Crimes Team responded and continues to investigate. No arrests have been made, but investigators believe there is no danger to the public.

The deceased person is not being identified due to pending family notifications.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by the North Plains Police Department, Forest Grove Police Department, Hillsboro Police Department, and Oregon State Police. Forensic technicians with the Sheriff's Office responded to process the scene.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.


Attached Media Files: Media Release (PDF)
State Library Board Executive Committee Meeting, 9/28/17
State Library of Oregon - 09/20/17 4:42 PM
The Executive Committee of the State Library Board will meet by phone on Thursday, September 28th at 11:30 a.m. Aletha Bonebrake of Baker City will chair the meeting.

Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting may come to Room 205 at the State Library. To listen to this meeting via telephone, please contact Jessica Rondema for information (503-378-5015, jessica.rondema@state.or.us).

Sign language interpretation will be provided for the public if requested prior to 48 hours before the meeting; notice prior to 72 hours before the meeting is preferred. Handouts of meeting materials may also be requested in alternate formats prior to 72 hours before the meeting. Requests may be made to Jessica Rondema at 503-378-5015.

STATE LIBRARY BOARD
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
September 28, 2017
11:30 a.m.
State Library, Room 205
Aletha Bonebrake, Chair

Agenda

11:30 a.m. Report of the State Librarian Dahlgreen

12:00 p.m. Discussion of the Board Meeting scheduled for October 20, 2017 Bonebrake

12:15 Other business Bonebrake

12:30 Adjournment Bonebrake


NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change.
Vancouver Fire Marshal lifting recreational burning ban Sept. 22
City of Vancouver - 09/20/17 4:23 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- Due to changing weather conditions, Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli has lifted the recreation burning ban within the city of Vancouver, effective at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22.

Recreational fires, campfires and fires in outdoor fireplaces or chimney-type devices are now allowed. This order applies to areas within the city limits only.

All outdoor burning of things like brush/vegetation and garbage is still prohibited within the city limits.

The burn ban originally took effect on Aug. 2 due to very hot and dry weather conditions.

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Two arrested after illegal netting in the Deschutes River Sanctuary (Wasco County) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/20/17 4:09 PM
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As a result of numerous complaints of illegal gillnetting on the Columbia River at the Deschutes River Sanctuary, Oregon State Police in conjunction with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement, conducted a nighttime river patrol on the night of September 18th, 2017.

Troopers located a boat operating without required lighting in the sanctuary with 3 persons onboard. They also discovered the boaters had an 1100+ foot gillnet deployed in the water in violation of restrictions. In addition to this being a closed area to gillnetting, the length of the gillnet, which extended beyond the sanctuary boundary, exceeded state limitations of 800 feet maximum length allowable. Gillnets are prohibited in the Deschutes River Sanctuary throughout the entire year. Two adults were detained along with their juvenile minor child on the water and subsequently taken to the Celilo State Park for further investigation.

26 year old Lane Meanus and 24 year old Ashley Leslie, both residents of Celilo Village, were arrested for multiple criminal acts.

Meanus was lodged at NORCOR on charges of Commercial Fishing Closed Waters and cited for Operating a Vessel Without Required Lighting.

Leslie was given criminal citations for Commercial Fishing Closed Waters and Taking Fish Without Tribal Identification on Person.

The investigation discovered there were 85 Chinook Salmon and 1 Steelhead taken with a current market value of over $3500.00.

Fish and Wildlife preservation is crucial to the sustainment and healthy population management efforts to the entire Pacific Northwest. The Oregon State Police and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife encourage anyone witnessing or with knowledge of fish and wildlife violation to report it via the established tip line.


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Barbers To Raise a Year's Worth of Peanut Butter for PPB Sunshine Division (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/20/17 2:38 PM
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Don Lovell, co-owner of The Barbers, has had a lifelong relationship with the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division. As a child, he volunteered at the warehouse with his friend, Paul Weatheroy, whose father served as the first African American Sergeant of the Portland Police Bureau. Helping pack food boxes and sort food during the holidays at the Sunshine Division was a familiar activity for Don growing up.

As a successful business owner of the 31-location men's barber shop, The Barbers, Don and his business partner and wife, Alison Lovell, decided they wanted to return to the Sunshine Division and revisit the organization that played such a memorable role in Don's youth. Eight years ago, the Lovell's reached out to then Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division's officer, Phil Kent, to see how they could utilize their business to help feed struggling families in Portland.

"At the time, the Sunshine Division was in desperate need of peanut butter" said Sunshine Division's Executive Director, Kyle Camberg. "There had just been a series of recalls for peanut butter in the industry, and as a result, peanut butter was an expensive but desperately needed core food item for our food pantry" continued Camberg. "Don and Alison Lovell took that need and created the most successful single item food drive this organization has ever had. We use 'The Barbers' Peanut Butter Project' as a model to emulate when encouraging other businesses to host food drives."

Eight years later, The Barbers' Peanut Butter Project raises more than 20,000 jars of peanut butter a year in addition to funds to purchase peanut butter. This equates to a year supply of peanut butter for the Sunshine Division. Each of their 28 Oregon and SW Washington locations offer in-store displays of peanut butter to purchase for $1/jar as well as an opportunity to donate peanut butter or cash at the register.
This year The Barbers are attempting to increase their peanut butter drive efforts in response to Sunshine Division's second food pantry facility opening in late fall at 124th and SE Stark Street.

To help The Barbers reach their goal of 30,000 jars of peanut butter, please go to any participating Oregon/SW Washington The Barbers locations between now and October 15th. To find a The Barbers location nearest you, visit: www.thebarbersonline.com

"We feel truly blessed with the generosity that our employees and clients show every year during the Peanut Butter Project. We are proud to be a vehicle for people to be blessings to others." said The Barbers' co-owner, Alison Lovell.


Media Contact:
Kyle Camberg, (503)577-6852, kyle@sunshinedivision.org
On Behalf of The Barbers, Don Lovell, (360) 904-2707, a.lovell@comcast.net




About Sunshine Division
The Sunshine Division offers free food and clothing assistance directly to low-income veterans, families, and seniors six days a week at their N. Portland warehouse as well as 24/7 through their partnership with the Portland Police Bureau who store food boxes at each precinct for immediate dispatch. The Sunshine Division serves as a no-cost food bank to 20 area food assistance nonprofits, provides special food boxes through three seasonal food box programs, and funds new school clothing for low-income students in Portland public schools through its Izzy's Kids program. For more information, visit www.sunshinedivision.org

About The Barbers
In May of 1999, Don and Alison Lovell opened their first barber shop in Vancouver, Washington with the idea of bringing back the old-fashioned barber shop experience for men-only of all ages. Focused on great haircuts and services for men, in a more male-centric environment than the average salon, "The Barbers" now operates 28 locations in Oregon and SW Washington as well as three locations in Spokane, Washington. For more information, or to find a The Barbers location nearest you, go to: www.thebarbersonline.com .


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Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to an Apartment Fire (2500 N Williams)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 09/20/17 2:37 PM
9/20/2017-This afternoon at 1:34 PM fire crews were called to a reported apartment fire at 2500 N. Williams. On arrival fire crews found a small fire on a stove top. One person was transported to the hospital for non-life threatening smoke inhalation. The fire also damaged cabinets above the stove, but was quickly extinguished by firefighters.

This fire was apparently caused by cooking left unattended. No other injuries were reported.
Public #Alert: Man Attempts to Lure Child into Vehicle in the Lents Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 09/20/17 2:35 PM
The Portland Police Bureau is alerting the public to a report received about a man who attempted to lure a child into his vehicle.

On Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at 3:16 p.m., an East Precinct officer responded to the 7000 block of Southeast 83rd Avenue on the report that a man unsuccessfully attempted to lure a 10-year-old girl into his vehicle.

During the investigation, the officer learned the 10-year-old was walking home from Kelly Elementary School, located at 9030 Southeast Cooper Street, when she noticed a vehicle slowly driving behind her. The driver of the van reportedly opened a door to the vehicle and motioned for the girl to enter his vehicle. The girl ran toward her home while yelling for help. The yells for help alerted her father who ran to meet his daughter as she neared her house. Her father learned about the incident and called police.

The girl described the vehicle as a gray or silver van, similar to a Ford Windstar or Chrysler Town and Country. The driver of the van was described as a man in his 50's with short curly white hair, tan skin, glasses and no facial hair.

Anyone witnessing a luring-type incident is asked to immediately call 9-1-1 and provide as much information as possible. If any residents in the area of this incident have residential surveillance cameras, investigators are asking them to check recordings for any possible images of the suspect. People with non-emergency information should contact the Portland Police non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind parents to talk to their children about "stranger danger" to keep them safe.

Some tips from the National Crime Prevention Council about stranger danger are available at https://www.ncpc.org/topics/violent-crime-and-personal-safety/strangers


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Health advisory issued for the Link, Klamath rivers to Keno Dam
Oregon Health Authority - 09/20/17 2:24 PM
September 20, 2017

High blue-green algae, toxins found in Klamath County rivers, reservoir

The Oregon Health Authority is issuing a health advisory today for the Link and Klamath rivers to Keno Dam, located downstream of Upper Klamath Lake. These areas are south of the city of Klamath Falls, off U.S. Route 97 in Klamath County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae and the toxins they produce in these areas south of Upper Klamath Lake. The toxin concentrations found can be harmful to humans and animals.

People should always avoid areas with visible scum that looks foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish-red. Swimming and high-speed water activities such as water skiing or power boating where ingestion and inhalation exposure can occur is discouraged. Swallowing or inhaling water droplets as a result of these water activities in areas where a bloom has been identified, or an advisory issued, can expose people to the toxins being produced. Although toxins are not absorbed through the skin, people who have skin sensitivities that come into contact with a bloom may experience a puffy, red rash at the affected area.

Drinking water directly from areas of the Link and Klamath rivers to Keno Dam at this time is especially dangerous. OHA Public Health Division officials advise campers and other recreational visitors that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water with camping-style filters.

People who draw in-home water directly from the affected areas are advised to use an alternative water source because private treatment systems are not proven effective for removing algae toxins. However, public drinking water systems can reduce algae toxins through proper filtration and disinfection. If people connected to public water systems have questions about treatment and testing, they should contact their water supplier. If community members have questions about water available at nearby campgrounds, they should contact campground management.

Oregon health officials recommend that those who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, as toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water. Public health officials also advise people to not eat freshwater clams or mussels from the this stretch of water and that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations do not allow the harvest of these shellfish from freshwater sources. Crayfish muscle can be eaten, but internal organs and liquid fat should be discarded.

Exposure to toxins can produce a variety of symptoms including numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting should also receive medical attention if they persist or worsen. Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. People who bring their pets to the Link and Klamath rivers for recreation activities should take special precautions to keep them from drinking from or swimming in the lake, and from licking their fur in the event they swim in affected water.

The advisory will be lifted when the concern no longer exists.

With proper precautions to avoid activities during which water can be ingested, people are encouraged to visit the Link and Klamath rivers and enjoy activities such as canoeing, fishing, camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, and bird watching. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray. Although inhalation risk is much lower than ingestion, it can present a risk.

For health information or to report an illness, contact OHA at 971-673-0400. For campground or lake information, call the local management agency.

OHA maintains an updated list of all health advisories on its website. To learn if an advisory has been issued or lifted for a specific water body, visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "algae bloom advisories," or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 877-290-6767.

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Conference of Local Health Officials meets September 21 in Hood River
Oregon Health Authority - 09/20/17 1:27 PM
September 20, 2017

What: The monthly public conference meeting of the Conference of Local Health Officials

Agenda: Reproductive health program changes; public health modernization process measures; State Health Assessment community engagement; proposed TPEP budget changes; CLHO committee structure planning; fiscal 2017 expenditure reporting; and OHA and local public health updates

When: Thursday, Sept. 21, 10:30-11:30 a.m. The meeting is open to the public. No conference call option is available for the public.

Where: Best Western Plus Hood River Inn, 1108 E Marina Drive, Hood River

The Conference of Local Health Officials provides recommendations to the Oregon Health Authority on the foundational capabilities and programs and any other public health program or activity under ORS 431.147. (ORS 431.340)

Program contact: Danna Drum, 971-673-1223, danna.k.drum@state.or.us

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
-- Sign language and spoken language interpreters
-- Written materials in other languages
-- Braille
-- Large print
-- Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Danna Drum at 971-673-1223, 711 TTY or danna.k.drum@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.
Evergreen Habitat for Humanity's Annual 'Raising the Roof' Benefit Breakfast Raises $136,410 (Photo)
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Evergreen Habitat for Humanity's Annual 'Raising the Roof' Benefit Breakfast was attended by over 600 people and raised $136,410 on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Proceeds from this event will go to benefit Evergreen Habitat for Humanity and be used to build the remaining four homes for local low income families at their newest subdivision off of Middle Way, McKibbin Commons.

"Every day, we see firsthand the critical role decent housing plays in creating positive outcomes in people's lives and in communities," says Josh Townsley, Executive Director of Evergreen Habitat for Humanity. "We are thrilled with the success of our breakfast and appreciate all the sponsors, table hosts, and volunteers who were extremely generous because they believe in a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We look forward to another year of creating safe and secure places for families to grow, be healthy, and thrive."

Paul Montague was the master of ceremonies and kept the crowd entertained and laughing all morning.

The benefit also featured two short videos showing interviews with two local families, one who just moved into their Habitat home, and one who is in the process of building their home now. These heartwarming videos focused on what homeownership has meant to them and the positive effects it has and will have on their lives and the lives of their children.

Two Habitat families, Melinda Patterson and Pam Israel, also joined on stage to share stories of their family's journeys with Habitat and how their lives were forever changed after moving into their Habitat homes.

Habitat also recognized award recipients as well. Habitat volunteer, Denny Eller, was named the 2017 Volunteer of the Year, Rich Helmke received the Ray Johnson award, and Churches in Partnership (East Woods Presbyterian, Columbia Presbyterian, St. John's Presbyterian, Cascade Presbyterian, and First Presbyterian) received the Faith in Action award. Thank you to all of them for their outstanding dedication and support of Habitat.

Habitat would like to thank all of the sponsors for the event including: Pacific Lifestyle Homes, Banner Bank, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, Barnes & Christofanelli CPAs, Clark Public Utilities, Clark County Rental Association, Coldwell Banker, Cosco Fire Protection, Guild Mortgage Company, Imagine Homes Realty, Paul Montague Tax Prep LLC, Parr Lumber, PeaceHealth, Providence Health & Services, Riverview Community Bank, UNFI, Vancouver Energy, Vancouver Housing Authority, Waste Connections, When the Shoe Fits, WFG National Title.

Habitat would also like to thank our Table Hosts: Neil Jones Food Company, Robertson Engineering, Jordan Ramis, Fidellity National Title, and Charter Communications.

The breakfast benefit was held from 7:30 a.m. until 8:35 a.m. at Vancouver Hilton Hotel in Vancouver, WA located at 301 W. 6th Street in Vancouver, Washington.

Since 1991, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity has worked to improve living conditions for low-income Clark County residents. The non-profit organization works in partnership with people in need from all walks of life to develop communities by building safe, affordable housing. Homes are sold at no profit with a zero percent interest rate mortgage after the partner families complete their sweat equity hours.

For additional information or to schedule an interview with an Evergreen Habitat for Humanity beneficiary, please contact Josh Townsley, Executive Director, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, at 360-737-1759.

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Burn ban modification to allow recreational fires beginning Friday, Sept. 22
Clark Co. WA Communications - 09/20/17 1:26 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- Rain and cooler temperatures have prompted Clark County Fire Marshal Jon Dunaway to lift the ban on recreational fires in unincorporated Clark County, effective 12:01 a.m. Friday.

The burn ban took effect on July 15 because of extreme fire danger due to dry conditions and hot temperatures.

Under the modified ban, burning yard debris and material from land clearing will continue to be prohibited until at least Oct. 1, if not longer, depending on fire conditions.

"Please keep in mind that even though we have had some rain, fires are still possible," said Dunaway. "Don't let down your guard."

Beginning Friday morning, recreational fires will be allowed in established fire pits in campgrounds, such as those found in city, county and state parks.

On private land, recreational fires must comply with the following regulations:

Fires must be built in metal, rock or masonry-lined pits, such as those in established campgrounds or sold in home and garden stores.
Fires cannot exceed 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height.
Fires must be at least 25 feet from structures or combustible materials and have at least 20 feet of overhead clearance from tree limbs, patio covers and carports.
Fires must be attended at all times by a responsible person, at least 16 years old, who can extinguish the fire using a shovel and at least 5 gallons of water in one or more containers or a connected hose with the water turned on.
Fires must be extinguished by pouring water or shoveling moist soil onto flames and coals and stirring until all areas are cool to the touch.

The use of burn barrels is illegal in unincorporated Clark County.

These regulations pertain only to areas outside city limits. Residents in Vancouver and other cities should check with their municipality for regulations on recreational fires and other outside burning.
St. Mary's Academy Seniors Named 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist, Commended Students
St. Mary's Academy (Downtown) - 09/20/17 1:22 PM
Portland, Ore. -- St. Mary's Academy students have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for their extraordinary academic achievement. Senior, Alia Korot, has been named a 2018 National Merit Scholarship Corporation semifinalist, representing less than one percent of all U.S. high schoolers taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Nine young women from St. Mary's have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Program, placing among the top 50,000 of the 1.6 million students who took the test nationwide.

Semifinalists will continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit scholarships worth approximately $32 million that will be offered next spring. Approximately 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to be named finalists, based on SAT scores, academic and extracurricular records, recommendations and essays. 

"Here at St. Mary's, we believe in climbing, thriving, in setting the pace. These students demonstrate this through their commitment to achieve academic excellence. We are blessed to have these talented young women in our community, and incredibly proud of their accomplishments," said Principal Nicole Foran.

The National Merit Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. St. Mary's Academy celebrates its students' performance in this competition.

St. Mary's Academy's 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist

Alia Korot (Rose City Park)

St. Mary's Academy's 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students

Caitlyn Ark (Bethany)
Hannah Bachman (Alameda/Irvington)
Sydney Buffonge (Mt. Tabor)
Kara D'Ascenzo (Markham)
Nina Fletcher (Rose City Park)
Kyra Lauersdorf (Northwest Heights)
Riona O'Donnell (Carlton)
Beatrice Pickett (Northwest)
Helen Rossmiller (Piedmont)

To learn more about the National Merit Scholarship Corporation visit www.nationalmerit.org.


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At St. Mary's Academy, We Believe.
Located in the heart of downtown Portland, OR, St. Mary's Academy is the state's oldest continuously-operating school and its only all-girls secondary school. Founded in 1859 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, St. Mary's Academy serves over 725 young women in grades 9-12. The school's college acceptance rate is 100% and SMA students achieve, excel and are recognized locally, regionally and nationally in academic fields, the arts, athletics, community services and extra- and co-curricular activities. www.stmaryspdx.org
City Creates Information Website for Salem Public Library Bond on November 2017 Ballot
City of Salem - 09/20/17 1:15 PM
The City of Salem created an informational website for proposed Salem Public Library Bond Measure 24-423, which will be on the November 2017 ballot for Salem voters.

Please refer to www.cityofsalem.net/librarybond for information about the proposed seismic retrofit, Americans with Disabilities Act, and safety improvements included in the $18.6 million bond measure.
Wells Fargo to give $16,000 to nonprofit groups in honor of three Washington County employee volunteers (Photo)
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Three nonprofit groups will receive a total of $16,000 in honor of Wells Fargo employee volunteers who live and/or work in Washington County.

The donations are being made through Wells Fargo's Volunteer Service Award program. The 39-year-old program gives cash grants to schools and nonprofit groups on behalf of Wells Fargo employees to recognize their valuable contributions to the community.

Beaverton resident Benny Van Raden, an international operations manager in Portland, won $10,000 for Emanuel Children's Hospital in Portland. Van Raden was one of only 16 Wells Fargo employees across the nation -- and the only one in Oregon -- to win a $10,000 award this year.

For the past nine years Van Raden has been sewing flannel blankets for Emanuel. The hospital gives them to some of the babies born there, uses them to cover the incubators in the neo natal ward and also gives them to young surgical patients to cuddle.

The materials to make a blanket costs about $3, she said. The $10,000 grant will thus pay for about 3,300 blankets.

Van Raden has been a Wells Fargo employee for 16 years. She has won four previous Volunteer Service Awards for Emanuel in the past eight years, each for $1,000. The hospital also used those grants to purchase the fabric and thread for the blankets.

The other grants included:
$5,000 for Transition Projects in Portland in honor of Tigard resident Michelle Taylor, who works as an operational risk consultant in Beaverton. Taylor has volunteered for Transition Projects since 2009. The organization serves the basic needs of individuals experiencing homelessness and provides the necessary resources to help them transition back into housing. Taylor also won a $1,000 award last year for Transition Projects.

$1,000 for the Mt. Hood chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) in honor of Jen Davis, who works as a consumer loan underwriter in Beaverton. BACA volunteers create a safer environment for abused children by providing them physical, emotional and financial support. They work in conjunction with local and state officials who are already in place to protect children. Davis has supported BACA for three years. This was the first time she has won a Volunteer Service Award.

Honoring Volunteers Since 1978
This year Wells Fargo will provide grants totaling $482,000 to organizations in honor of 186 employees through this program. The grants range from $1,000 to $25,000.

The Volunteer Service Award program started in 1978. Wells Fargo encourages its employees to nominate their co-workers or themselves to recognize the outstanding efforts of the volunteer and the nonprofit organization.

An internal selection committee reviewed more than 600 nominations this year. The committee chose the winners on the basis of the nominees' dedication to the nonprofit group, how much time they volunteer for it, the effectiveness of their work and the potential impact of the grant on the community.

About Wells Fargo
Serving the needs of Oregonians since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. It provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,500 locations; 13,000 ATMs; and the Internet (wellsfargo.com). Wells Fargo has repeatedly been ranked one of the most generous companies regionally and nationally. Last year Wells Fargo donated $281.3 million to 14,900 nonprofits. Its employees volunteered 1.73 million hours for their communities.

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Attached Media Files: Jen Davis , Michelle Taylor , Benny Van Raden
Fugitive captured by Klamath County SRT and U.S. Marshall's Service (Klamath County)
Oregon State Police - 09/20/17 12:09 PM
Release submitted on behalf of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office (Photo on attachment)


INITIAL INCIDENT: On 06/21/17 at 7:25pm, the Klamath County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) responded to a 911 report of an assault at 37776 Modoc Point Road. An 84-year-old neighbor had been shot in the leg by a male suspect, who had just been involved in a serious assault against a 17-year-old girl. The neighbor intervened in the assault against the girl and was shot by the suspect.

The investigation revealed Charles (Charlie) Jackson (age 35) was the reported assailant of both the 17-year-old girl and the neighbor.

UPDATE: Tonight (09/19/17) at 7:05pm, Charles Jackson was taken into custody and charged with crimes stemming from the June 2017 assaults. Charles Jackson was located, once again, with the same 17-year-old female victim. They were found hiding in a dark and wet campsite near the Cherry Creek Trailhead off Westside Road - between Rocky Point and Fort Klamath, OR.

Jackson was in possession of a rifle and a stolen car when arrested by a tactical team comprised of members from the Klamath County Sheriff's Office (Special Response Team), and the United States Marshall Service-Fugitive Task Force. In addition, key in the successful operation were spotters and an aircraft provided by Emergency Airlift.

The United States Marshall's Service and the Basin Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (BINET) were instrumental in helping track and locate the suspect over the past several months.

Attached is a photograph of Charles (Charlie) Jackson. He is being held in the Klamath County Detention Center.


Attached Media Files: 2017-09/1002/108075/Media_Release_Jackson_Arrest_091917.doc
Mission Street Closed Overnight on September 24 for Pavement Improvement Work
City of Salem - 09/20/17 12:00 PM
Mission Street SE will be closed to through traffic between Commercial Street SE and Church Street SE from 8 p.m. on Sunday, September 24, 2017 through 6 a.m. on Monday, September 25, 2017 to allow for pavement improvement work at the intersections of Liberty Street SE and High Street SE. Liberty Street will be reduced to one lane of traffic at Mission Street. Detour routes will be in place during this paving operation.

Flaggers will be present at the intersection of Liberty Street SE to allow northbound Liberty Street traffic to pass through the intersection.

Travel delays through the area are expected during this work. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes.
Health Organizations Join Tri-County Opioid Treatment Network, Expanding Access to Medication Assisted Treatment (Photo)
Health Share of Oregon - 09/20/17 11:50 AM
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(Portland, OR) -- In late 2016, Health Share of Oregon announced an investment to support the development of a new network of care to support recovery options for individuals living with substance use disorders. Led by Central City Concern and CODA, Inc., the network--called Wheelhouse--now includes Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, De Paul Treatment Centers, LifeWorks Northwest and Sequoia Mental Health Services, Inc.

"Wheelhouse is a timely and effective means of taking on Oregon's opioid epidemic," said Tim Hartnett, Executive Director of CODA, Inc. "Oregon has the second-highest rate of prescription opioid misuse in the country, and we're losing lives because we're not delivering a proven, affordable treatment to enough of the people in need. Helping the state's existing provider networks deliver evidence-based Medication Assisted Treatment is sound public health policy, good stewardship of health care dollars, and a compassionate approach to this devastating problem."

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is a comprehensive approach to treat opioid use disorder. Combining behavioral therapies and medications, MAT is proven to increase treatment engagement and decrease overall opioid use. Although it is the most effective intervention for opioid use disorder, there exists a significant gap in access to this treatment.

"We're all very excited to join this effort," said Jeffery Eisen, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare. "By including MAT to our array of services, each of the partner organizations can better treat even more people who live with substance use disorders. This partnership provides the technical and clinical support needed as we all develop our own capacity for this treatment."

The newly launched Wheelhouse website is the first step in sharing information about the network and MAT, with the ultimate goal of including an array of substance use disorder service providers, primary care clinics, recovery housing, and peer-driven supports.

"Wheelhouse is an amazing community-based effort," said Rachel Solotaroff, President and CEO of Central City Concern. "When we see partnerships like this come together, we're all optimistic about their potential to expand treatment options in behavioral health care settings, and hopefully, other parts of our health care system as well."

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Health Share of Oregon
Health Share of Oregon is the state's largest coordinated care organization (CCO), serving more than 205,000 Oregon Health Plan (OHP) members in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties. Our mission is to partner with communities to achieve ongoing transformation, health equity, and the best possible health for each individual.

Health Share was founded and continues to be governed by eleven health care organizations serving OHP members: Adventist Health, CareOregon, Central City Concern, Clackamas County, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, Multnomah County, Oregon Health & Science University, Providence Health & Services, Tuality Health Alliance and Washington County.

Central City Concern
Central City Concern, a nonprofit organization founded in 1979, provides housing, healthcare and employment in Portland for people experiencing homelessness and poverty.

CODA, Inc.
CODA is a not-for-profit behavioral health agency, and the oldest opioid-addiction treatment agency in Oregon. It offers a range of evidence-based alcohol- and drug-treatment programs, both outpatient and residential in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties.

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare
Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare is a private, not-for-profit whose mission is to provide healing, homes and hope for people living with mental health and addiction challenges. For information on Cascadia's comprehensive range of innovative clinical and housing support programs, visit cascadiabhc.org.

As of April 1, 2017, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare is a Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (CCBHC) and part of a national two-year demonstration project to measure the benefits of expanding the integration of mental, substance use and physical health care. This project places Oregon in the national spotlight for health care reform. Oregon was one of just eight states chosen to participate in the two-year program, and Cascadia is one of only 13 organizations selected statewide.

De Paul Treatment Centers
De Paul Treatment Centers is a CARF accredited, non-profit organization that is one of Oregon's oldest and most effective drug and alcohol treatment centers for adults and youth. Our mission is to create freedom from addiction for individuals, families and communities. Serving the Portland, Oregon Metro area since 1977, we offer a wide variety of care including: medical detox, residential, day treatment, outpatient programs, family therapy, DUII programs and treatment of co-occurring mental health disorders. Please visit depaultreatmentcenters.org for more information.

LifeWorks Northwest
LifeWorks NW provides a full range of mental health, addiction and prevention services for children and adults--from infants to seniors--across the Portland metro area. Since 1961, we have responded to the changing needs of the community by expanding our reach and services to, currently, support 21,000 people annually in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties. We employ more than 700 people, working in multi-service sites, residential programs and in schools and other community settings. For more information, visit lifeworksnw.org.

Sequoia Mental Health Services, Inc.
Sequoia Mental Health Services, Inc. is dedicated to providing assistance to people with psychiatric, emotional and developmental challenges. The support provided is aimed at maximizing self-sufficiency and productivity and offered with compassion, integrity and a profound respect for each individuals' strengths. Our goal is to surround the people we serve with a community that will engage, support and encourage them.


Attached Media Files: Media Release PDF , Wheelhouse Logo
Salem-Keizer Schools Support 21st Century Learning with Fiber Optic Cable Installation
Salem-Keizer Sch. Dist. - 09/20/17 10:41 AM
District's Fiber Optic Network Expands Access, Saves Millions in Costs

Media Contact: Karma Krause, krause_karma@salkeiz.k12.or.us
For immediate release
September 20, 2017

Salem, OR -- The days of backpacks spilling over with heavy textbooks and endless pieces of paper are disappearing, and the modern classrooms look more and more like Silicon Valley. The need for high-speed network connectivity and bandwidth have increased dramatically as teachers harness technology to deliver curriculums. Look around, and you'll see Chromebooks, expanded digital curriculum resources, opportunities for students to take virtual tours of college campuses and science students to collaborating with industry partners on projects online.

Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) is installing a fiber optic cable network that will serve all schools in the district. This infrastructure improvement project will bring significant educational benefits to students while saving the district millions in future expenses. Residents who live near one of the 65 SKPS schools may notice utility work taking place along neighborhood streets over the next several months, which could be related to the project.

As demands for bandwidth grows, so do the costs of purchasing the service. With limited options for high-speed connectivity in the area, SKPS pays nearly four times as much as other similar-size districts. By installing its own fiber optic network, the district expects to have enough bandwidth to meet its needs for the next 20 years and may save as much as $80 million over the same time period.

SKPS was awarded a Federal E-Rate grant for the project in 2016. Eighty percent of the project is subsidized through the grant. The district's obligation is around $3.2 million. Most of the district's cost will be recouped in savings in the first year of using the network.

In partnership with the cities of Salem and Keizer, the fiber project will be installed in eight phases and involves installation of overhead and underground fiber optic cables. Work is underway to install the first loop in Southeast Salem. It will connect Swegle, Auburn, Eyre, Miller, Four Corners and Hoover Elementary Schools, Houck Middle, and Roberts High to McKay High, which will connect to the district's Technology and Information Services Department. The entire project is expected to be complete by June 2018.

Between now and the end of the project, residents who live near a school might notice utility marking paint, drilling equipment and trucks, traffic cones, rolls of cable and other types of equipment on streets and at the schools. The project could at times be noisy or dusty, however construction crews intend to work quickly to minimize any disruption to neighborhoods.

"We're excited about the benefits the fiber project brings to our educational programs and the long-term cost-savings it will provide," said Robert Silva, SKPS Director of Technology and Information Services. "We really appreciate the community's support and understanding while we make these major technology infrastructure upgrades."

Led by Superintendent Christy Perry, Salem-Keizer School District 24J is the second-largest school district in the state of Oregon, with nearly 5,000 employees serving more than 42,000 students in 65 schools in the cities of Salem and Keizer.


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Battle Ground Art Alliance creates storm drain art on city's Main Street (Photo)
City of Battle Ground - 09/20/17 10:35 AM
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On Saturday, September 16, members of the Battle Ground Art Alliance lent their talents to create art around storm drains in Battle Ground. The art, located on Main Street in Old Town, serves as a reminder that what enters storm drains affects the health of our local streams, Woodin and Mill Creeks and that all of us play a very important role in protecting our local and regional rivers and streams.

The project was a collaborative effort of the Battle Ground Art Alliance whose members envisioned and created the art, the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership that provided the supplies, and the City of Battle Ground.

There are nearly 2,000 catch basins in the city collecting stormwater runoff - rain that picks up and mixes with what is already on the ground - oil and grease from vehicles, cigarette butts and litter, pet waste, and other contaminants common to developed areas. There are simple measures we can take, however, to minimize the impacts. Here are just a few:
Clean up after your pet, always discard the waste in a trashcan -- do not wash it into a storm drain.
Use care in draining and collecting vehicle fluids and always recycle. Never pour fluids or solvents on the ground, in a street gutter or storm drain.
Consider not washing your car at home. Take it to a commercial car wash that has a recycle system and discharges wastewater into the sanitary sewer for treatment.
Don't litter. Find an appropriate trash receptacle for cigarette butts and garbage.

Discover more ways to minimize the impact of stormwater pollution at www.cityofbg.org/stormwater-ed.

The City of Battle Ground thanks the Battle Ground Art Alliance and the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership for their efforts to make a positive impact on the health and aesthetics of our community.

The contributing artists and members of the Alliance who volunteered their talents and time are, from left to right: Dotty Yackle-Kay, Jane Poole, Ron Koch, Nicole Hazen, Julie Koch, Garri Linardos, and Cheryl Hazen. Not pictured: Michael Kay


Attached Media Files: BGAA Contributing Members , Completed Work 4 , Completed Work 3 , Completed Work 2 , Completed Work 1 , Artist Julie Koch , Artist Jane Poole
New report finds Future Connect makes critical impact on students' lives (Photo)
PCC - 09/20/17 9:21 AM
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland Community College's Future Connect Scholarship Program is getting high marks.

A new report by Education Northwest indicates the comprehensive scholarship program has had a positive impact on completion rates for first-generation and low-income college students. This evaluation demonstrates how Future Connect improves first-year grade-point averages and credits earned, improves persistence to the second year of college, as well as increases three-year completion and transfer rates.

In particular, the program boosts college completion or transfer rates within three years by 11 percent. And, students in the program love it -- approximately 90 percent said the program helps them accomplish their career goals, and has changed their lives.

"Not only do students feel very positive about the support they receive from Future Connect -- the hard data is there to back them up," said Michelle Hodara, practice expert in applied research and postsecondary success with Education Northwest. "Future Connect is leading to substantial gains in postsecondary success and is a promising model of how to support first-generation and low-income students."

Launched in 2011, Future Connect targets these high school students within school districts located in Multnomah County, Hillsboro, and Beaverton school districts. The program focuses on eliminating barriers to attending college by way of on going support throughout a student's time at PCC. Future Connect uses scholarships, career guidance and personal advising to help students complete their degree and move on to four-year universities and colleges.

"At first, I thought going to PCC was not a good idea because I wanted to go straight to a four-year university like other students I know," said Beaverton resident Leslie Gonzalez Vasquez, who is studying to be a nurse. "Looking back now, I am thankful to have come to PCC because of the guidance and support of Future Connect. It has helped throughout my transition to college by having a coach to help me with the obstacles I encountered."

Future Connect addresses a critical need. First-generation and low-income college students face financial, social, informational and academic barriers to college completion because of the high cost of postsecondary education, the complexity of navigating college life, misalignment between high school and college academic expectations, and a general lack of guidance and information. The program, which has served 1,631 students between fall 2011 and fall 2016, aims to build a sense of community thriugh mentors and coaches who provide advice and goals.

"Future Connect works hard to provide a sense of belonging for students at our institution," said Josh Laurie, Future Connect manager. "We do this through our coaches' connection to students and through our ability to adapt, as a program, to student needs. Student feedback, gained from this evaluation, highlights the importance of these two approaches."

Key Findings on Future Connect:

On average, Future Connect students have earned a 2.5 GPA and 27 credits in their first year, and among students who started in fall term, 76 percent persisted to the following fall term.
Ninety-one percent of the students returned for a second term after their first term at PCC.
Eighty-three percent returned the next academic year regardless of what term they started.
Between fall 2011-14, 24 percent completed college or transferred to a university within three years. Specifically, 12 percent graduated and 12 percent transferred.
Future Connect increased students' first-year GPA by 0.6 point, which represents an increase from a C to a B average.
The program increased the number of first-year credits students earned by 12, which represents an additional term of credits for a full-time student. Early credit momentum in the first year, particularly in a program of study, is tied to increased likelihood of graduation.

The college's proven track record of bolstering equitable student success is getting a boost in other areas, as well. PCC has joined Achieving the Dream, a comprehensive, national reform movement focused on student success. The network of higher ed institutions, coaches and advisors, state policy teams, investors and partners are helping more than four million community college students across the country to better their chance for greater economic opportunity through education, and to experience equitable success as part of that journey.

For PCC President Mark Mitsui, Future Connect ties nicely into this effort.

"We want to help our students not only get here, but to succeed once they've arrived," Mitsui said. "We have rededicated ourselves to creating opportunity and equitable student success to change the trajectory of our students' lives."

The Education Northwest evaluation concluded that: "Providing long-term financial and advising support that addresses multiple barriers to college access and success may be the key to substantially improving completion rates for low-income, first-generation, and other underrepresented college students...Continued funding and research are both essential to supporting the improvement, sustainability, growth, and replication of Future Connect and similar programs across the country."

For the entire Education Northwest Evaluation, visit: http://educationnorthwest.org/sites/default/files/resources/future-connect-report-508.pdf

About Education Northwest: Chartered in 1966 as Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, Education Northwest now conducts nearly 200 projects annually, working with schools, districts, and communities across the country on comprehensive, research-based solutions to the challenges they face. Its wide-ranging projects are making an impact in areas such as school improvement, community building, literacy, equity, and research and primarily work in the five Northwest states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.


About Portland Community College: Portland Community College is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and provides training, degree and certificate completion, and lifelong learning to more than 75,000 full- and part-time students in Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill, Clackamas, and Columbia counties. The PCC bond measure of $185 million would improve workforce training programs to better align with current and future jobs, invest in training for Health and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programs, and upgrade safety, security, longevity and disability access. If passed, it is estimated to maintain the tax rate of 40 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value for the next 16 years.

Visit PCC news on the web at http://news.pcc.edu/


Attached Media Files: Future Connect students with Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read, center
Freda Ceaser, MSW, is Central City Concern's new director of Equity and Inclusion (Photo)
Central City Concern - 09/20/17 9:00 AM
Central City Concern's Direcotr of Equity and Inclusion: Freda Ceaser, MSW
Central City Concern's Direcotr of Equity and Inclusion: Freda Ceaser, MSW
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(PORTLAND, OR) Freda Ceaser, MSW, joins Central City Concern's (CCC) executive leadership team as director of Equity and Inclusion on Tuesday, Sept. 19. CCC, a nonprofit organization founded in 1979, provides housing, healthcare and employment in Portland for people experiencing homelessness and poverty.

"Freda has been a valued member of our staff for 13 years and has always viewed her work through an equity and inclusion lens," says CCC Interim President and CEO Rachel Solotaroff, MD. "She will move CCC's initiatives forward that promote diversity and inclusion as well as address racial and cultural equity in our services and as an employer. We're excited she's formally moving into this role."

Freda worked her way from the front lines at CCC's Employment Access Center to her current position of Director of Employment Services. She has provided consistent leadership and involvement in CCC's Diversity Committee over the last five years and is instrumental in CCC's ongoing Equity and Inclusion assessment work. Most recently Freda provided the vision and advocacy for Flip the Script, a new reentry program for African-American clients that provides wrap around services with a focus on breaking the cycles that send people of color back to prison.

"I am so honored to serve in this role especially in light of these uncertain times that we find ourselves in as a nation," Freda says. "I'm grateful for the opportunity to work on these important issues with an incredibly dedicated team focused on improving, creating and implementing programming for underserved and marginalized populations, as well as their emphasis and focus toward promoting a workforce that reflects the agency's diversity, equity and inclusion values."

Freda is a lifelong Portland resident and earned her Masters of Social Work degree from Portland State University. Her lived experiences, education and work in the trenches are the driving forces for her passion for promoting racial equity in the community.


Attached Media Files: Central City Concern's Direcotr of Equity and Inclusion: Freda Ceaser, MSW
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 09/19/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 09/20/17 8:36 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 09/19/2017

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On 09/19/2017 at about 1135 hrs., police responded to the interesction of Highway 224 and SW 2nd Avenue regarding a motor vehicle crash. One party was transported to a hospital for precautionary reasons. One vehicle was towed from the scene. A report was taken.

SANDY:

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On 09/19/2017 at about 0833 hrs., police responded to the 17000 block of Bluff Road regarding thef tof gas. A report is pending (CAD).

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On 09/19/2017 at about 1020 hrs., police responded to the 39000 block of Hood Street to conduct a welfare check. A report is pending (CAD).

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On 09/19/2017 at about 1202 hrs., police received a report about a hit & run motor vehicle crash in the 38000 block of Pioneer Boulevard. A report was taken.

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On 09/19/2017 at about 1354 hrs., police responded to the 36000 block of Highway 26 regarding a hit & run motor vehicle crash. A report is pending (CAD).

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On 09/19/2017 at about 1752 hrs., police received a report about a runaway juvenile from the 38000 block of Redwood Street. The juvenile returned home later that evening.

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On 09/19/2017 at about 1854 hrs., police responded to the 37000 block of Highway 26 regarding an alleged disturbance. Officers arrested Ernest D. Desrosiers (51, Transient) for violation of a release order; he was lodged at Clackamas County Jail on no-bail.
Oregon State Cancer Registry Rules Advisory Committee to meet September 22
Oregon Health Authority - 09/20/17 8:29 AM
September 20, 2017

What: A public meeting of the Oregon State Cancer Registry Rules Advisory Committee

Agenda: Discussions on proposed rule language; statement of fiscal impact; next steps in rulemaking process; process review and final questions

When: Friday, Sept. 22, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Room 1E, Portland

Who: The Oregon State Cancer Registry Rules Advisory Committee is made up of representatives from health care and public health stakeholders dedicated to the comprehensive collection of incidence data for cancer surveillance, prevention and control efforts for the state of Oregon.

Details: The meeting is open to the public. Space is limited. People can attend the meeting remotely via telephone by calling 877-810-9415, participation code 975182.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
-- Sign language and spoken language interpreters
-- Written materials in other languages
-- Braille
-- Large print
-- Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact Brad Beauchamp, 971-673-1020, 711 TTY, or bradley.m.beauchamp@dhsoha.state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.
Public Health Advisory Board Accountability Metrics Subcommittee meets September 26 by webinar
Oregon Health Authority - 09/20/17 8:04 AM
September 20, 2017

What: A public meeting of the Accountability Metrics Subcommittee of the Public Health Advisory Board

Agenda: Approve August meeting minutes; make recommendation for dental visits metric; approve local public health process measures.

When: Tuesday, Sept. 26, 1-2:30 p.m. A public comment period will be held at the end of the meeting.

Where: By webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5150607625475124481. Conference call line: 877-873-8017, access code 767068#.

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan. The Accountability Metrics Subcommittee develops recommendations about public health quality measures for consideration by the board.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
-- Sign language and spoken language interpreters
-- Written materials in other languages
-- Braille
-- Large print
-- Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact: Sara Beaudrault at 971-645-5766, 711 TTY, or sara.beaudrault@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.
Fatal Fall at Smith Rock State Park
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/20/17 12:52 AM
By: Sgt Kent Vander Kamp, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Date: 09/19/2017

Deceased: Sebastian E Baker, 23 year old male, of Vancouver, WA

On 09/19/2017, at about 1857 hours, Deschutes County 9-1-1 received a report of a hiker that had fallen about 250 feet in the area of the Picnic Lunch Wall. Deschutes County Office Sheriff's Deputies, Oregon State Park Rangers, Redmond Fire and Rescue and Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue personnel were dispatched to the scene.

The hiker, Sebastian Baker, was in the area of the Picnic Lunch Wall peak before falling to the base of the wall. It appears Baker was hiking alone on the Misery Ridge trail before leaving the trail and falling. Mr. Baker died at the scene. The cause of the fall appears accidental, although, it remains under investigation.

DCSO Detectives are seeking any additional witnesses that may have seen the incident at Smith Rock State Park or Mr. Baker prior to the incident. Please contact DCSO Detective Patterson at 541-693-6911 with any additional information.
Tue. 09/19/17
Fatal Shooting Investigation Underway Outside North Plains (Photo)
Washington County Sheriff's Office - 09/19/17 10:06 PM
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September 19, 2017 -- Deputies are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred outside North Plains.

On September 19, 2017, at 4:49 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the 16000 block of Northwest Dairy Creek Road outside North Plains on a reported shooting.

Deputies arrived and located an adult male outside suffering from a gunshot wound. Deputies attempted life-saving measures but he was later pronounced deceased at the scene. The suspect fled prior to deputies' arrival.

The inter-agency Washington County Major Crimes Team responded and continues to investigate. No arrests have been made, but investigators believe there is no danger to the public.

The deceased person is not being identified due to pending family notifications.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by the North Plains Police Department, Forest Grove Police Department, Hillsboro Police Department, and Oregon State Police. Forensic technicians with the Sheriff's Office responded to process the scene.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.


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**Update** Search for Missing Person at Oswald West State Park -- Tillamook County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/19/17 9:41 PM
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Update

On September 19, 2017 at approximately 7:06am, the Oregon State Police received a report of a deceased male subject that had washed up on the ocean shore on Short Sands Beach, which is within the boundaries of Oswald West State Park. The Oregon State Police and Nehalem Bay Fire and rescue responded to the area. The deceased male subject was located and his remains were recovered. He was positively identified as Joseph McDonald Lescene. The Tillamook County Medical Examiner assisted with the investigation.


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Previous Release

At approximately 3:21 p.m., on September 11, 2017, Tillamook County 911 received an emergency call regarding a male who had fallen off the cliff near Devil's Cauldron, also known as Elk Flats, and was missing in the water. The US Coast Guard, Oregon State Police, Manzanita Police Department, Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Nehalem Bay Fire & Rescue, and Tillamook Regional Medical Center Ambulance responded to the scene.

Investigation revealed Joseph McDonald Lescene, age 51, and Sarah Jones Lescene, age 42 from British Columbia were hiking on the bluff near the end of the trail when Joseph Lescene lost his footing and fell down the face of the cliff and into the water below, an approximate 800 foot drop. Others sightseeing in the area heard Sarah Jones Lescene's distress on the trail and contacted 911. Responding Nehalem Bay Fire & Rescue recovered a backpack in the water below the cliff, which Joseph Lescene had been wearing at the time of the fall.

At this time, he has not been recovered and foul play is not suspected.

US Coast Guard utilized both rescue boats and helicopter to conduct search and rescue efforts which terminated at sunset. No foul pay is suspected

The investigation is ongoing.


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Head on crash kills one and injures two on Highway 18 near Otis. (Lincoln County) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/19/17 9:27 PM
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On September 19, 2017 at about 3:45 p.m., Troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to a report of a multiple vehicle crash on Highway 18 near North Deer Drive just outside of Otis in Lincoln County.

The preliminary investigation revealed a dark green 1995 Eagle Talon, was westbound on Highway 18 at about MP 4. For unknown reasons, it drifted into the oncoming eastbound lane and crashed head-on into a 2016 red Ford Explorer. A white 1993 Subaru Legacy, which was following the Talon, was struck by the Talon as it spun back into the westbound lane. A secondary crash occurred at the scene after a westbound Kia Sedan Struck a stopped Chevy Cavalier a few yards from the original crash.

The driver of the Talon was pronounced deceased at the scene. The Driver of the Ford Explorer, 68 year old Robert James and his passenger, 67 year old Barbara James, both residents of Grand Ronde, were transported to a Lincoln City area hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the Subaru, 25 year old Anjali Singh of Lincoln City was not injured.

The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending a notification to the family.

Use of a controlled substance by the deceased is believed to be a contributing factor in the crash. The Highway was closed for approximately 3 hours and ODOT had established a detour. OSP was assisted on scene by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, North Lincoln Fire Department, ODOT, and Pac West Ambulance.


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Deputy Arrested on Domestic Violence Charges
Washington County Sheriff's Office - 09/19/17 6:08 PM
September 19, 2017 -- A patrol deputy has been arrested for off-duty domestic violence related crimes.

On April 3, 2017, the Washington County Sheriff's Office received a complaint regarding alleged off-duty domestic violence related misconduct by Brian Waterbury, a deputy assigned to the patrol division.

On April 5, 2017, Mr. Waterbury was placed on administrative leave and the Sheriff's Office requested the Beaverton Police Department conduct a criminal investigation.

On September 18, 2017, Mr. Waterbury was arrested by Beaverton Police and booked at the Washington County Jail on charges of Assault in the Fourth Degree, Strangulation, Menacing, and Tampering With a Witness. The investigation is ongoing.

An internal investigation has been initiated.


Attached Media Files: Media Release (PDF)
Battle Ground Water Alert Lifted
City of Battle Ground - 09/19/17 5:33 PM
The City of Battle Ground's Stage II Water Alert, declared last month on August 4, has been lifted. While the recent rain and cooler weather has reduced the demand for water, year-round water conservation, even in the rainy Pacific Northwest, is a worthwhile and cost-saving practice.

Using less water keeps money in your household pocket. Basic water conservation techniques can save thousands of gallons of water each year.

Sewer volume is based on water consumption. The City of Battle Ground establishes an individual customer's sewer use by averaging the user's water consumption for the preceding winter months of December through March. Employing water conservation techniques, even in the winter months, can provide savings on your sewer costs.

Water resources are not an unlimited supply. The City of Battle Ground uses 8 wells to draw water from underground aquifers. Water production levels, however, are only at 80% of capacity and continue to decline. Rainfall, even in the amounts we experience, does not immediately or completely recharge aquifers.

Year-round water conservation tips are available at www.cityofbg.org/conserve-water.
Fort Vancouver National Trust reveals new name and brand as The Historic Trust (Photo)
Fort Vancouver National Trust - 09/19/17 5:30 PM
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The Fort Vancouver National Trust announced it has undergone a re-branding, and is renaming itself The Historic Trust, with a tag line, "Celebrating history. Inspiring tomorrow."

"The Trust's success in the preservation and management of properties on the Historic Site brings it to a point at which it is able to focus on public engagement," said Mike True, President and CEO, adding that the new brand more accurately represents the 501(c)(3) organization's mission and role in the community today. "The organization has evolved over the last 19 years, and continues to grow," said True. "Becoming 'The Historic Trust' supports current and future goals and objectives."

New and innovative programming plays a key role in redefining The Historic Trust, according to True. The Board of Directors' strategic plan includes a robust initiative to engage adults and families that brings more tours, military history talks, lectures, and volunteer opportunities. A partnership with WSU Vancouver will result in the development of an augmented reality experience for visitors to engage, via mobile device, with iconic people from history at Providence Academy, and along Officers Row. The curriculum at Pearson Field Education Center is gaining ground as a gateway for kids to embrace STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects through aviation.

The Historic Trust continues to be innovative and entrepreneurial in the production of annual community events identified within its Celebrate Freedom program, including the Marshall Lecture and Awards, Flag Day Ceremony, Veterans Parade, and Independence Day at Fort Vancouver. "Our community has a patriotic spirit that springs from its military history. It is a goal for The Historic Trust to form new partnerships, and strengthen current ones, in an effort to collaboratively provide the kinds of celebrations and observances that bring people together."

Through a master lease with the City of Vancouver established in 2006, the Trust maintains and preserves the city-owned Officers Row and West Vancouver Barracks historic properties, and managed all residential and commercial leases in those buildings. This oversight includes event venue rental for spaces at the Artillery Barracks, Red Cross Building, O. O. Howard House, and Marshall House. This core strength and aptitude of preservation and management has expanded to the Providence Academy. Acquired by the Trust in 2015, ownership of the Academy broadens the Trust's interests and connects it to downtown.

The Academy brings a wide range of possibilities and responsibilities beyond preservation, lease management, and event space rental. There is the public engagement aspect of making accessible the story of Mother Joseph and the building's significant role in Pacific Northwest history. "A cadre of trained docents will soon be in place to manage the public interest in Providence Academy," said Director of Outreach and Programs, Richard Burrows. "They will provide tours at the Academy, and on Officers Row." Phase One of a plan to tell the story of Mother Joseph in exhibits has already been implemented, with the installation of interpretive panels on the property, both inside and out. Future phases will bring people and stories to life in ways that engage the senses and challenge perspective.

The organization was established in 1998 as the Vancouver National Historic Reserve Trust. It was formed as the nonprofit partner to multiple agencies with an interest in preserving and making accessible the history, structures, and cultural resources of the 366-acre Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Those agencies included the City of Vancouver, National Park Service, the U.S. Army, and the State of Washington. In 2009, it took on the business name of Fort Vancouver National Trust. The Army vacated the site in 2012. The National Park Service owns the reconstructed fort, the parade grounds and the visitor center, the Pearson Air Museum, as well as the East and South Vancouver Barracks.

The Historic Trust has a new logo and color palette, and three interconnected websites have been launched to anchor the main areas of business within the organization. They are The Historic Trust main site: www.thehistorictrust.org; Pearson Field Education Center: www.pearsonfieldeducation.org; and Property Management: www.historictrustproperties.org. Staff email addresses have changed to first.last@thehistorictrust.org.

The governance and policies of The Historic Trust are the responsibility of a Board of Directors, which manages the affairs of the Trust with a mission to inspire civic pride and economic vitality through education, preservation, and celebration of our community's history.


Attached Media Files: www.thehistorictrust.org
Statement from Sheriff Reese Following AG Sessions Visit
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/19/17 4:56 PM
As Sheriff, I attended an event with Attorney General Jeff Sessions today hoping to have an opportunity to engage in a productive dialogue about the role of federal immigration versus the role of local law enforcement.

The role of local public safety is clear -- codified in Oregon law and affirmed by the courts -- we are not a de facto arm of federal immigration. During today's discussion, Attorney General Sessions refused to acknowledge the 2014 federal court decision barring Oregon Sheriff's from holding adults in custody based solely on ICE detainers.

There are legal ways for federal, state, and local law enforcement to cooperate to help keep our communities safe and I support those efforts. These include holding offenders accountable on state and federal criminal matters.

I want to be clear, I fundamentally believe that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.

As a result, established MCSO policies and practices remain in place. Our most important obligation is to maintain a trusting relationship with the community to keep everyone safe.

Thank you,

Michael Reese
SHERIFF

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Corrected Date: The City of Salem Revokes Total Burn Ban
Salem Fire Dept. - 09/19/17 4:53 PM
SALEM -- On September 18, 2017 the Marion County Fire Defense Board rescinded the burn ban declaration, effective immediately. The recent precipitation throughout the City of Salem marks the end of an extended period of hot and dry weather conditions. Atmospheric conditions within the entire City of Salem are such that open burning and recreational fires no longer pose an extreme hazard to persons and property throughout the entire City of Salem area.

Pursuant to the Salem Revised Code (SRC) 58.001 -- 58.004 and the Oregon Fire Code 307.1.1, the City of Salem Fire Code Official is rescinding the total ban on open burning and recreational fires, effective immediately.
Lebanon Fire Responds To Reported Funnel Cloud (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 09/19/17 4:27 PM
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Firefighters from the Lebanon Fire District were called to the area of Green Mountain Drive in Lacomb for a reported funnel cloud which had touched down at Spencer's Dairy Farm at 1:26 p.m. Crews arrived to find that four barns at the dairy had suffered extensive wind damage to their roof structures. Two of the structures totaling over 23,000 square feet were complete losses. A path of debris and damage spread for approximately ?3/4 mile but did not damage to 8 homes within the immediate area. Multiple power lines and tree branches were down across the immediate area but there were no civilian or livestock injuries reported.

For HD photos of this and other LFD incidents visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/LebanonFireDistrict/

Follow LFD on Twitter for breaking information: https://twitter.com/LebanonFD


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750 high school students get their hands on heavy machinery at Apprenticeship and Trades Fair (Photo)
Kelso Sch. Dist. - 09/19/17 4:22 PM
Students welding at last year's Apprenticeship and Trades Fair
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On Friday, September 22nd, roughly 750 high school juniors from at least 11 schools in SW Washington will take part in the 7th annual Apprenticeship and Trades Fair at the Cowlitz County Expo Center. The Expo Center will be filled with Bobcats, backhoes and other heavy machinery and professional equipment so students not only get to learn about job opportunities, but they also get to try them on for size.

Nearly 20 organizations representing emergency response, government agencies, unions, and the trades will be present, all with the goal of planting a seed of interest in potential future employees.

"This event is a team effort between Career and Technical Education instructors and local area industry professionals. Together, we've created a space for students to get hands-on exposure to career opportunities that lead to living-wage jobs," said Melissa Boudreau, CTE Director for Kelso High School.

In addition to staff at Kelso High School, the Washington and Northern Idaho District Council of Laborers is a key partner in organizing industry attendees. Millennium Bulk donates funds each year, and JHKelly previously donated the safety equipment for the event, which includes 1,000 hard hats, vests and safety glasses.

Activity stations for the day include:
An industrial water pipe for learning to repair water lines, shut offs and clean out
A virtual reality heavy equipment operator simulation station by Operating Engineers Union
Live welding stations
Build a shed from start to finish with Laborers Union and Building in Youth
Check out a military grade Humvee
Try the equipment inside an emergency response vehicle
And so much more...

"So many of our students don't realize the amazing opportunities that are out there for them," said Paul Huddleston, CTE Director at Woodland High School. "This event gives them a chance to get a hands-on look at so many different career paths all in one place on one day. The response from our kids last year was extremely positive, and I believe every student should attend this event--regardless of their chosen pathway."

The Appreticeship and Trades Fair happens on Friday, September 22nd, at the Cowlitz County Expo Center (1900 7th Ave, Longview, WA) in two sessions: one from 9:00 am to 11:00 am, and the other from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Industry Attendees:
City of Longview Water Department
City of Kelso Water Department
Beacon Hill Water District
Lakeside Industries
Laborer's Local 335
Northwest Carpenters
IBEW 48
Kelso School District Carpentry/Diesel Mechanic
Cowlitz County Public Works & Roads Department
Kelso Police Department
Cowlitz Fire 2
Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 26
Washington State Department of Apprenticeships
Building in Youth
Washington State Department of Transportation
Lower Columbia Contractors
NW Lineman JATC
Lower Columbia College Welding
Operating Engineers

High Schools Attending:
Kelso
Toutle Lake
Washougal
Ocean Beach
LaCenter
Kalama
Naselle
Woodland
RA Long
Mark Morris
Castle Rock


Attached Media Files: Students welding at last year's Apprenticeship and Trades Fair , Students working on a water pipe at last year's Apprenticeship and Trades Fair , Students working with brick at last year's Apprenticeship and Trades Fair
Commissioner Nick Fish to introduce "Salmon in Our City Day," Council to declare Crystal Springs first "Salmon Sanctuary"
Portland Bureau of Environmental Services - 09/19/17 4:13 PM
Visuals: Video (3 min) -- Coho spawning in Crystal Springs Creek http://bit.ly/salmonPDXprocl


(September 19, 2017) -- Tomorrow at 2 p.m. in City Council, City Commissioner Nick Fish will proclaim Sunday, September 24, the first annual "Salmon in Our City Day," marking substantial progress in restoring urban salmon habitat and continued investment in salmon recovery.

Also at City Council, Commissioner Fish will introduce "Salmon Sanctuaries," streams that City scientists and resource experts consider the best salmon habitat in the city. Salmon Sanctuaries are resting, feeding, and spawning areas that help the threatened fish through Portland on their journey to and from the Pacific Ocean.

"I am proud to live in a city where families and children can watch salmon swimming in their local creek," said Commissioner Nick Fish. "In the Pacific Northwest, salmon are a key indicator of a healthy watershed. Today, we celebrate Crystal Springs as a model restoration project and commit to expanding Portland's urban salmon habitat."

City Council's proclamation of September 24th as Salmon in Our City Day coincides with the fourth annual Salmon Celebration. On the banks of Crystal Springs Creek at Westmoreland Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the public is invited to join in a Native American blessing, salmon bake, and other activities to welcome the return of salmon to Portland. The celebration also is part of this season's final Sunday Parkways, which will bring thousands of people through SE Portland.

Crystal Springs Creek, which has been extensively rehabilitated by the City and community partners, will be the city's first Salmon Sanctuary. The designation comes with a $5,000 award for the Johnson Creek Watershed Council and the Crystal Springs Partnership, two community groups that are continuing restoration and stewardship activities.

The Salmon Sanctuary designation is the result of a citywide evaluation of salmon habitat by Environmental Services, Portland Parks & Recreation, the Portland Bureau of Transportation, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and Water Bureau. The inter-bureau team identified eight other streams that are primed to achieve sanctuary status as restoration projects are completed, including:

Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge -- existing prime habitat for fish and wildlife. The only obstacle for salmon is a culvert that blocks access from the Willamette River. That culvert is slated for replacement next year by the US Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Services, and Portland Parks & Recreation.

Miller Creek in Forest Park -- the forested stream has all the characteristics of prime salmon habitat, including shade, cold water, and no invasive fish competitors. City scientists have not yet found adult salmon in the creek, but a debris blockage that was removed by the Oregon Department of Transportation earlier this year was likely inhibiting salmon passage. City scientists plan renewed monitoring this season.

Tryon Creek -- like Oaks Bottom, this area contains prime habitat and conditions for salmon. A culvert that spans the equivalent of two city blocks at the mouth of the Willamette River blocks migratory fish from entering the creek. Oregon's congressional delegation is working with the City to secure necessary funding for culvert replacement.

In addition, the City's scientists and restoration experts identified these candidates: Errol Creek and Deardorff Creek along Johnson Creek in SE Portland, the lower Columbia Slough in North Portland, and Balch Creek and Saltzman Creek in Forest Park.

The Salmon Sanctuary evaluations were conducted by the same inter-bureau team whose work last year led to Portland becoming the first certified Salmon-Safe city, a designation that means the city has met or is working to meet standards for limiting water pollution, conserving habitat and additional practices that go beyond current law. Salmon-Safe, a non-profit organization, administers those standards.

"When we invest in restoration, adjust our operations to be Salmon-Safe, and partner with others, salmon return to our city," said Kaitlin Lovell, Environmental Services' science manager. "We have a long way to go to see abundant populations, but each step builds on itself. In the age of climate change, it is even more important to create cold water sanctuaries where fish can find food, shelter and refuge in Portland's rivers."

Salmon have been documented in 125 miles of the city's 300 miles of streams, but population numbers are low. The City of Portland has been working to recover salmon and steelhead since 1998 when steelhead in Portland were first listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. In that time, no populations have gone extinct and multiple restoration projects have delivered cleaner water to the Willamette, better habitat for fish and wildlife and improved treatment of stormwater.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. For news updates, follow @BESPortland on Twitter and visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/news.
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Sewer Overflow to Willamette River
City of Salem - 09/19/17 4:09 PM
On September 19, 2017 during repair of a valve actuator of the emergency bypass gate at North River Road Wet Weather Treatment Facility a malfunction caused 4000 gallons of untreated sewage to be discharged into the Willamette River. The spill started at 11:30 am and was stopped at 11:59 am.

Signs have been posted warning people to avoid contact with the water in Willamette River due to potentially high levels of bacteria. The signs will be removed once the bacteria levels return to normal.
City of Hillsboro: Student Safety in Focus at Safe Routes to School Events
City of Hillsboro - 09/19/17 3:46 PM
The City of Hillsboro is helping our community to protect our youth by guiding students, parents, teachers, and neighbors on the best practices for keeping students safe on their way to school. Members of the media are invited to attend three upcoming school safety efforts to take video and photography, and interview participants. Please confirm your plans to attend in advance. Thank you!

Pedestrian Safety: Training the Trainers
-Tuesday, September 26, 1 - 5 pm
-Brookwood Library Event Room -- 2850 NE Brookwood Pkwy, Hillsboro
Using simulated roadways, role play, and arts & crafts, Hillsboro's Safe Routes to School Program will train instructors from the Hillsboro Parks & Recreation afterschool program BLAST.
The group of 20 to 30 trainees will include Hillsboro Library Community Engagement and Outreach team members, and other community partners.

Walking School Bus Open House and Rally
-Tuesday, September 26, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
-Brookwood Library -- 2850 NE Brookwood Pkwy, Hillsboro
Parents and students who walk to school will spread the safety message to the community in this visual display of a "Walking School Bus" formed by adults and children.
During the open house, children will review walking safety tips and help design walking school bus signs. All participants will receive safety vests, an umbrella, and safety reflectors.
Hillsboro Police Department School Resource Officers will be on hand as well.

International Walk and Bike to School Day
-Wednesday, October 4, 7:30 -- 8 am
-Eastwood Elementary School -- 2100 NE Lincoln St, Hillsboro
Hillsboro Mayor Steve Callaway will help Eastwood Elementary parents, children, and community volunteers to celebrate International Walk and Bike to School Day.
Participants will walk from all parts of the neighborhood, arrive at Eastwood, collect fun walking incentives, and enjoy a healthy morning snack before heading to class.
Walking and bicycling promote healthy habits and a cleaner environment.
Gresham Reads program offers free books to children
City of Gresham - 09/19/17 3:46 PM
GRESHAM, OR. -- Mayor Shane Bemis will launch the new Gresham Reads program, which offers free books to children at select local restaurants, at a kick-off event on September 21 from 1 p.m to 2 p.m. at Sugar Cubed Cakes, 101 N. Main Avenue.

Through Gresham Reads, five local restaurants have agreed to host a bookshelf provided by the City. Children and families visiting the restaurant may read the books during their visit and may also take a book home with them. The City and partners have provided 300 free books to launch the program.

At the launch on September 21, Mayor Bemis will be joined by his wife Alix; Darlene Frazier, 2016 Oregon Council for the Social Studies Elementary Educator of the Year; and superintendents and other representatives from Reynolds, Gresham-Barlow and Centennial school districts. The Mayor and Mrs. Bemis will read stories to 2nd-graders from Hogan Cedars Elementary School. All children in attendance will get to take a book home with them. Free cupcakes will be offered.

"Studies routinely show the critical importance of childhood literacy. Gresham has a laser focus on our children and families right now, and the Gresham Reads program will give us a new and exciting way to make age-appropriate books accessible for our youngest residents," said Mayor Bemis.

In a report to the City Council in 2016, the City's Commission on Children and Families highlighted the importance of reading as a critical component of early childhood development, as well as a method to improve academic outcomes.

"I deeply appreciate the restaurants who've agreed to partner with us and host a Gresham Reads bookshelf. As a mother, I can attest to the fact that there is no greater joy than watching a child grasp the keys to literacy and build a true passion for reading and language. In agreeing to host a Gresham Reads bookshelf, these businesses are demonstrating to our children that reading and education are high priorities in Gresham," said Alix Bemis.

"As a business owner, I am proud to be a Gresham Reads location. Not only do we get to support local kids and encourage their love of reading but this program will hopefully bring in new customers to all of the participating restaurants. I think it is a win-win for the community," said Kayla Brown, owner of Sugar Cubed Cakes.

Donations of new or gently used children's books are welcome to keep expanding the program and ensure new reading choices. Community members may drop off their donations at City Hall, 1333 NW Eastman Parkway, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

"Our hope is that this program will expand to even more Gresham businesses in the coming year," said Alix Bemis.

Gresham Reads bookshelves can be found at the following restaurants:
Sugar Cubed Cakes, 101 N. Main Avenue
Blondie's Pizza, 112 N. Main Avenue
Tortilleria Y Tienda De Leon, 16223 NE Glisan St.
Shari's Café & Pies, 881 SW Highland Dr.
Burgerville, 2975 NE Hogan Dr.

Many thanks to our community partners for their generous support that helped launch this program:
The Children's Book Bank
Friends of Multnomah County Library
Title Wave Books
OHA concludes review of Youth Marijuana Use Prevention Pilot Campaign
Oregon Health Authority - 09/19/17 2:50 PM
September 19, 2017

More young people identify social norms around youth marijuana use, understand the legal consequences of use

PORTLAND, Ore. -- An Oregon Health Authority (OHA) education campaign aimed at youth and young adults raised awareness among its target audience of the risks associated with marijuana use, an independent evaluation has found.

"Stay True to You," OHA's youth marijuana use prevention campaign, was launched in July 2016 in two pilot communities--the Portland metro area (Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties) and Southern Oregon (Josephine and Jackson counties). RMC Research Corp., contracted by OHA to evaluate the campaign, found that after one year a statistically significant higher proportion of youth and young adults in the pilot areas correctly identified that only one in five Oregon high school juniors use marijuana.

The evaluation also showed that a significantly higher proportion of youth and young adults in the pilot areas correctly identified that possession of marijuana by persons under age 21 can result in a steep fine, community service or court-ordered drug treatment.

"We know that social norms and perceived risk of use are known predictors of substance use behavior," said Kati Moseley, OHA policy specialist at the OHA Public Health Division. "In the face of increased marijuana industry advertising, this campaign communicated those two crucial messages effectively to our audience."

The final evaluation is available on the Oregon Public Health Division website at http://healthoregon.org/marijuana under "Publications."

OHA launched the pilot campaign in the summer of 2016 in the midst of increased marijuana advertising and access to retail marijuana--recent changes that may promote underage marijuana use. Although the magnitude of marijuana advertising in Oregon is unknown, marijuana retail locations are more common than Starbucks in Oregon.

Youth and young adult attitudes--including intent to delay marijuana use until age 21--have held steady in this environment. The effects of the campaign on youth marijuana use are limited in the absence of coordinated education, support and services implemented in collaboration with counties, tribes, coordinated care organizations and schools in Oregon. Evidence shows media campaigns are most effective when started in the context of these community-wide supports for youth, parents and families.

OHA recommends adopting policies to track marijuana advertising; limit marijuana marketing and promotion; prohibit the sale of flavored products; and maintain local control to protect Oregon's youth and young adults from the potential negative health effects of marijuana use.

Background on Stay True to You campaign and evaluation

After the legalization and ongoing rollout of recreational marijuana, the Oregon Legislature passed HB 4014 and SB 1597, which provided OHA with $3.97 million to develop, pilot and evaluate a youth marijuana use prevention campaign in a rural and urban area of the state. Legislative intent guided OHA in choosing the Portland metro area and southern Oregon as the locations for the pilot campaign.

OHA developed the campaign using extensive audience research and focus groups. OHA conducted 28 focus groups in Portland, Bend, Medford and Pendleton featuring 260 youth and young adults ages 14 through 20. Participants from the African American, Asian and Pacific Islander, white, American Indian/Alaska native and Latino communities were included. DHM Research conducted groups in English and Spanish between October 2015 and March 2016.

OHA announced in July 2017 that the campaign would expand to the rest of the state.

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Direct report download: http://bit.ly/2xNfwsk
Committee for Family Forestlands meets September 25
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/19/17 2:30 PM
Date: September 19, 2017

Contact:
Nick Hennemann, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-910-4311
Kyle Abraham, Deputy Chief Private Forests Division, Salem, 503-945-7473


The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet Monday, September 25 from 9 to 11 a.m. The meeting will be via conference call hosted in the Sun Pass Room, Building D, Oregon Department of Forestry Headquarters, 2600 State Street, Salem. The committee will:
Receive a general update from the Private Forest Division
Learn about Oregon Forest Practices Act streamside buffer and bald eagle rule changes and implementing the rules
Review its 2017 Work Plan

This is a public meeting, everyone is welcome. The meeting space is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting. For more information about attending the meeting please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.

The 13-member committee researches policies that affect family forests, natural resource and forestry benefits. The committee recommends actions to the Oregon Board of Forestry and State Forester based on its findings. You can find more information at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/CFF.aspx.

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Prevent Coalition awarded $100,000 Opioid Prevention Grant
ESD 112 - 09/19/17 1:44 PM
In the midst of what many are calling a national crisis, Vancouver-based Prevent Coalition was awarded a $100,000 Opioid Prevention Grant from the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR). The one-year grant will provide funding for opioid prevention in Clark, Skamania and Klickitat counties.

With support from this grant, Prevent Coalition will focus on two main strategies of prevention. The first is to expand their already successful Drug Take Back events, which have collected over 15,600 pounds of unused and unwanted pills in the last seven years. The coalition will be building capacity to hold biannual Drug Take Backs in Clark, Skamania, and Klickitat counties. The second is to create a comprehensive social marketing campaign to increase awareness of the dangers of opioid and prescription drug misuse and abuse and motivate the community to secure and dispose of their prescription medications safely.

"Every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids," said Joy Lyons, Prevention Intervention Coordinator for Prevent Coalition. "We are excited to work collaboratively with coalitions in the tri-county region and use this grant to work toward lowering that number."

In support of their grant application, Prevent Coalition received letters from the following coalitions: Connect Evergreen, West Van for Youth, One Prevention Alliance, Our Klickitat, STASHA, Prevent Together, and Unite! Washougal.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total economic burden of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.


About Prevent Coalition
Founded in 2006, Prevent Coalition is a group of diverse community members working together using an evidence-based framework to prevent youth substance abuse in Clark County, WA. Working in collaboration with parents, youth, schools, media, business, government, faith communities, law enforcement, youth-serving organizations, civic groups, health care professionals, and prevention organizations, Prevent Coalition is focused on improving the environment surrounding youth to create a community culture that promotes prevention and honors healthy living. Find toolkits, resources, and information about addiction, prevention, and resilience for adults and youth at PreventCoalition.org.
Trees, apples and cider! Vancouver celebrates the Old Apple Tree Oct. 7 (Photo)
City of Vancouver - 09/19/17 1:21 PM
The apple press is always popular at the Old Apple Tree Festival
The apple press is always popular at the Old Apple Tree Festival
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Vancouver, Wash. - Strongly rooted in our community, Vancouver's legendary Old Apple Tree turns 191 this year.

Come celebrate at the annual Old Apple Tree Festival, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Old Apple Tree Park, 112 S.E. Columbia Way, directly east of the Interstate 5 Bridge within the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

The family-friendly, free event offers live music, tree care workshops, Vancouver Land Bridge tours, kids' hands-on arts and crafts, and food for purchase. The popular free apple pressing also returns to the event, and the public is encouraged to bring clean apples and containers to participate.

New on tap this year is a hard cider garden hosted by Slow Food Southwest Washington.

Four cideries will be pouring their hard ciders, according to Warren Neth with Slow Food Southwest Washington. Featured are Southwest Washington hard ciders from Tooley Bender, Battle Ground; English Estates, Vancouver; Jester and Judge, Stevenson; and Moulton Falls, Yacolt. "Grab a glass and do some tasting or buy an Old Apple Tree commemorative growler to fill up," Neth added. Visit www.slowfoodswwa.com for more information.

During the festival, the City of Vancouver's Urban Forestry Commission will be giving away a limited number of tree cuttings from the Old Apple Tree.

Planted in 1826 at Fort Vancouver, Vancouver's venerable Old Apple Tree is the oldest apple tree in the Northwest and considered the matriarch of Washington State's apple industry. Despite floods, winds, drought, ice and snow, the tree has survived and continues to produce some fruit.

The Old Apple Tree Festival is presented by the Urban Forestry Commission in partnership with the City of Vancouver's Urban Forestry, a Public Works Department program; Bartlett Tree Care; Slow Food Southwest Washington; and the National Park Service.

For more information about the Old Apple Tree Festival and Vancouver's efforts to enhance the community's trees and the benefits they bring to residents and businesses, please call Urban Forestry at 360-487-8308 or visit www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry.

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Attached Media Files: The apple press is always popular at the Old Apple Tree Festival
UPDATE: Major Crash Team Responding to Investigate Fatal Multiple Vehicle Crash on NE Lombard St
Portland Police Bureau - 09/19/17 12:10 PM
The Major Crash Team (MCT) continues to investigate a crash that occurred Monday evening at Northeast Lombard Street and Northeast 15th Avenue.

Investigators have learned a gold 2003 Toyota Camry was traveling west on Northeast Lombard Street at a high rate of speed when it crashed into a blue 1988 F350 pickup truck traveling east on Northeast Lombard Street.

The vehicles collided, causing catastrophic damage to both vehicles.

North Precinct officers, Portland Fire and Rescue and emergency medical personnel arrived on scene and located two deceased people and four people with serious injuries. The four seriously injured people were transported to area hospitals by ambulance.

Investigators with the Major Crash Team, criminalists assigned to the Forensic Evidence Division, a representative from the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, and personnel with the Oregon Department of Transportation responded to the crash scene to assist with the investigation.

One of the deceased people in this crash has been identified as 12-year-old Akeeylee Burton of Scapoose. Akeeylee Burton was a passenger in the 1988 F350 pickup truck. The other person who was found deceased at the crash scene will not be identified until next of kin are notified. The second deceased person was a passenger in the 2003 Toyota Camry.

Currently four people are at area hospitals as a result of this crash; one person is currently in critical condition, two in serious condition, and one in stable condition.

As a result of the preliminary investigation, intoxication and vehicle speed are believed to be a factor in this crash.

The people killed in this crash mark the 30th and 31st traffic related fatalities in the City of Portland during 2017.

Anyone with information about this crash should contact Officer Garrett Dow at 503-823-5070 or Garrett.Dow@portlandoregon.gov

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Monday September 18, 2017, at 8:46 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a traffic crash at Northeast 15th Avenue and Northeast Lombard Street regarding a multiple vehicle crash.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the crash scene where they found two persons who were deceased and four people with serious-life-threatening injuries. The four people who sustained serious-life-threatening injuries were transported to area hospitals by ambulances.

Northeast Lombard Street is closed from Northeast 13th Avenue to Northeast 18th Avenue. Northeast 15th Avenue is closed from Northeast Lombard Street to Northeast Buffalo Street. The roadways will remain closed in both directions for at least four hours as officers from the Traffic Division's Major Crash Team conduct a crash investigation.

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.

To learn more about the City of Portland's Vision Zero effort, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390

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Donate Your Eclipse Glasses to Astronomers Without Borders -- Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Listed as Designated Collection Center
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 09/19/17 12:02 PM
Give your solar eclipse glasses a second chance to serve others!

On the day of the recent solar eclipse, Fort Vancouver distributed approximately 700 eclipse glasses free of charge. Prior to that day, the Friends of Fort Vancouver sold approximately 800 glasses. Throughout the area, thousands of people purchased or received donated eclipse glasses.

"With so many eclipse glasses out in our community most likely gathering dust or adding to clutter, we wanted to recommend that members of the public consider dropping off their glasses here at your national park and we will see that they are packed up and mailed to "Astronomers Without Borders," in order to see that they are put to new use," shared Superintendent Tracy Fortmann. She added, "Education is our primary focus and it seemed to make sense to reach out to the public. Think about it, if only 50% of the glasses that were provided by way of the National Park Service and our Friends of Fort Vancouver NHS, we will be able to donate 750 glasses to serve young students in need."

The public should bring their gently used eclipse glasses to be donated to Astronomers Without Borders to the Visitor Center at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, a designated collection center. The National Park Service's Visitor Center at Fort Vancouver NHS is located at 1501 E Evergreen Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661. You can also drop off glasses at the McLoughlin House Site in Oregon City, Oregon, which is also part of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. For addition information about our location or when to drop them off, contact our Visitor Center by calling (360) 816-6230.

Astronomers Without Borders and Explore Scientific are collecting glasses to be sent to schools in South America and Asia when eclipses cross those continents in 2019. "We are so fortunate that our national park is surrounded by Vancouver and in Oregon City by generous caring communities. I just knew that there were many who might want to participate by helping students elsewhere have the opportunity to view the eclipse as we did here. I applaud Curator Theresa Langford who has served as lead on this thoughtful initiative to serve students," noted Superintendent Fortmann.

Glasses will be sent to schools and other institutions in countries where they're needed but aren't available. The next two solar eclipses across populated areas are in 2019 - a total solar eclipse in southern South America and an annular eclipse in southeastern Asia. But a partial eclipse will be seen throughout most of South America and southern Asia so the glasses are needed by millions. If there are glasses left they will be distributed to more schools in countries with eclipses beyond 2019.

For more information on Astronomers without Borders and this recycling program, please go to: https://astronomerswithoutborders.org/awb-programs/resource-sharing-programs/eclipse-glasses-donation-program.html

For more information on Fort Vancouver National Historic Site please go to: www.nps.gov/fova
National Car Seat Check at Portland Children's Museum (Photo)
Portland Children's Museum - 09/19/17 11:35 AM
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(PORTLAND, Ore.) Portland Children's Museum, in partnership with Randall Children's Hospital, will host a Car Seat Check event for parents and caregivers on how to correctly install and use car seats on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 9 -- 11:30 a.m.

Every 33 seconds, one child under the age of 13 is involved in a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Many times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts.

"Using your car safety seat correctly is imperative to the safety of your child," said Tammy Franks, child passenger safety seat coordinator at Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel. "97% of caregivers believe that they are using their seat correctly but studies show that less than 25% are actually installed correctly."

It's important to meet with a nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technician to make certain that you are using the right seat for your child, harnessing your child correctly and correctly installing your seat.

Each car seat check will be conducted by a Child Passenger Safety Technician and will take about 30 minutes. Seat checks will take place in Parking Lot A in Washington Park, next to Portland Children's Museum.

About Portland Children's Museum
We're a museum that doesn't act like a museum because our audience--children and the adults who care for them--is more important to us than anything we collect. Instead of investing in precious objects, we create priceless opportunities for our visitors to learn through play.

About Randall Children's Hospital
Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel is one of Oregon's largest providers of pediatric
inpatient and trauma services and is part of Legacy Health's seven hospital system. Randall
Children's Hospital opened its new nine-story, 165-bed home in Portland in February 2012.
With a medical staff of more than 600 physicians, including pediatric medical and surgical
specialists, sub-specialists, hospitalists and community pediatricians the hospital receives over 100,000 patient visits per year.

HOURS 9 a.m.--5 p.m. daily | Target Free First Friday on first Friday of every month from 4--8
p.m.
ADMISSION Museum members: Free | Under age 1: Free | Ages 1--64: $10.75 | Over 65 &
military: $9.75
CONTACT 503-223-6500 | portlandcm.org | facebook.com/portlandcm
For more information about this exhibit please contact mbeebe@portlandcm.org.
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Join us for a demonstration of our outrage and for an expression of our reassurance for Oregon's Rohingya families
Muslim Educational Trust - 09/19/17 11:33 AM
We're asking Oregonians of every faith, of all our robust nationalities and ethnicities, to next Sunday's expression of reassurance to all our Rohingya families, that they are loved and respected by all of us.

This will also be a deep, wide, and clear condemnation of the nation of Myanmar's military and political leaders.

Burning the homes, mosques, and businesses of vulnerable Rohingya ethnic minority families; murdering boys and men, sexually assaulting girls and women, then expelling an entire Muslim community from Myanmar, violates all norms of international law and every American's sense of decency.

OUR GATHERING

Where and when: September 24 at "Portland's Living Room" -- downtown Pioneer Square.

We ask participants to bring banners or signs expressing our respect and affection for all humanity, particularly Myanmar's and America's Rohingya communities.

1pm: Gather at Pioneer Square to the sound of live traditional.

1:45pm: Speakers from all our faith communities, local elected and civil society leaders, will address our gathering and the media.

2:15pm: Silent six-block walk, returning to Pioneer Square where we will join in an African American spiritual hymn as an expression of our shared humanity.

Questions and concerns:

Yusuf Iqbal, Americans for Rohingya, Tel/text 503.545.2901. yusufmisrah@gmail.com
Wajdi Said, Muslim Educational Trust, Tel:503.579.6621. Wajdi@metpdx.org
Polo, City of Portland, Tel/text 503.823.6224. RonaultCatalani@portlandoregon.gov
Level 3 Notice of Evacuation Issued For Breitenbush Hot Spring ***Final Update*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/19/17 11:33 AM
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Today in cooperation with fire officials and Marion County Emergency Management the decision was made to move the Breitenbush Hot Springs and the Breitenbush summer homes to a level 1 or a ready evacuation state.

Recent rainfall has reduced the fire danger, however residents should be cautious when returning home. The continued forecast has called for additional rains and the potential for mudslides in the area.

The Breitenbush area will remain in a level 1 or ready state until the fire danger is no longer of concern which will most likely be sometime this fall or winter.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office would like to thank all of the personnel involved in the firefighting efforts during the Whitewater, Little Devil and Scorpion fires in Marion County.



Despite recent rain fall fire officials in cooperation with Marion County Emergency Management have elected to remain at a level 3 or "Go" evacuation for the Breitenbush Hot Springs and Breitenbush Summer Homes.

The decision was made after weather experts determined a risk for thunder and lightening in the Santiam Canyon. Forest conditions remain at an extreme danger for fire even with recent rains.

Please follow the Marion County Emergency Alerts web page for the most up to date information concerning evacuations in Marion County.



September 15th, 2017, the level 3 evacuation, "Go" remains in effect for the areas of Breitenbush Hot Springs and the Breitenbush Summer Homes. If you are in the area please leave immediately. The areas surrounding the hot spring remain closed to public access and visitors are asked to seek alternate areas to recreate. Updates regarding evacuation in the Marion County area can be found here: http://www.co.marion.or.us/Alerts



Today the Marion County Sheriff's Office was advised to move to a level 3 evacuation for the areas of Breitenbush Hot Springs and the Breitenbush Summer Homes. These areas are now being threatened by the Little Devil Fire and are no longer considered safe for occupation.

Working in cooperation with the Marion County Board of Commissioners, Marion County Emergency Management and the Marion County Fire Defense Board, deputy sheriffs will be responding to the area and posting the residences and notify building occupants that it is recommended they evacuate immediately.

The Breitenbush area is a vacation destination with very few permanent residents and the area has been at a level 2 evacuation for several weeks, as a result few residents remain in the area. The intent of the evacuation is to notify those few remaining residents and message to those planning to come to the area to seek other options until the area is safe for return.

For the most up to date information on Marion County evacuations please go to Alerts and Emergency tab on the Marion County web page:
http://www.co.marion.or.us/Alerts


Attached Media Files: 2017-09/1294/107938/Ready_Set_Go.jpg , 2017-09/1294/107938/Posting.jpg
DELAY in Lane Closures along River Road South and Closure of Bike/Pedestrian Path for Vegetation Control
City of Salem - 09/19/17 11:15 AM
Update 9/19/2017
Due to weather, this work has been delayed until Tuesday Sept 26th and Wednesday Sept 27th.

9/12-17
River Road S between Owens Street SE and Minto Island Road SE will be reduced to one lane and controlled by flaggers on September 20 and September 21, 8:30 a.m. -- 4:30 p.m. This will allow for hillside vegetation control in an area that is prone to landslides. Motorists should expect delays.

Bicyclists and pedestrians will not have access to this section of River Road S or the nearby bike/walk path during this time and should consider using the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge as an alternate route.

Geotechnical studies found that the specific types of soils in this area are susceptible to fracturing by root growth. This root-related destabilization was identified as a contributing factor to the landslides in the area. This vegetation control is an effort to reduce the likelihood of future landslides.

Work is weather dependent and could be postponed due to wet weather conditions.
Media Alert: REACH breaks ground on mixed-use development on SE Foster Road (Photo)
REACH Community Development - 09/19/17 10:49 AM
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What: REACH breaks ground on mixed-use development on SE Foster Road
72Foster brings 101 affordable homes to SE Portland

When: Thursday, September 21st, 2017 3:00pm -- 5:00pm

Where: 7238 SE Foster Rd., Portland, OR

Hosted by: REACH Community Development

Day of media contact: Lauren Schmidt, Fundraising & Public Relations Manager
Cell: (503)998-1856 or direct: (971)277-7186 lschmidt@reachcdc.org


REACH Community Development (REACH) breaks ground on 72Foster, providing 101 new affordable apartment homes to SE Portland. Groundbreaking festivities will take place on Thursday, September 21st at 3:00 pm at 7238 SE Foster Rd., Portland with refreshments and entertainment from the Portland Mercado.

72Foster will be an intergenerational, mixed-use building, creating 101 permanently affordable housing serving both seniors and families, with apartment sizes ranging from studios to 3-bedrooms. Building on the success of Hacienda CDC's adjacent Portland Mercado and the planned Foster Road streetscape improvements, 72Foster will have 8,900 sf of ground floor retail to serve the growing neighborhood.

72Foster emphasizes REACH's goals of providing transit-oriented affordable living, while building a vibrant community. As outer SE Portland's population grows and outpaces the current housing supply, it is becoming increasingly difficult for people earning low income wages or living on fixed incomes to find quality affordable apartments. REACH is addressing this need through 72Foster with rents affordable to residents earning approximately 60% of area Median Family Income (MFI), less than $31,000 for a single-person household. In addition, twenty apartments will have Project Based Section 8 vouchers, where residents will only pay 30% of their income in rent, serving those with very low incomes. Onsite programs and services to residents will be provided through a partnership with Asian Health & Service Center(AHSC).

The $24 million project is financed with funding from the KeyBank Community Development Corporation, KeyBank Community Development Lending, Freddie Mac (KeyBank Real Estate Capital as seller/servicer), Metro, Portland Housing Bureau, Oregon Housing and Community Services, and REACH Community Development, and is part of the Lents Town Center Urban Renewal Area. The building is designed by Holst Architecture with construction by LMC Construction Co., and will take approximately fifteen months to complete.

"We at KeyBank are dedicated to providing qualify affordable housing opportunities to seniors and families," said Rob Likes, national manager of KeyBank's Community Development Lending & Investment team. "Our collaboration with REACH demonstrates how, together, we will help this community thrive."
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Be alert for landslides in recently burned areas of Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 09/19/17 10:44 AM
With flash flood watches in effect for multiple areas of Oregon, be alert for landslides.

The National Weather Service is continuing flash flood watches for fire burn areas in northwest Oregon through Wednesday morning. Flash flood watches are also in effect from Tuesday night through Wednesday afternoon for fire burn areas in southwest Oregon, including the Chetco Bar and North Umpqua Complex wildfire burn scars.

"Heavy rain can lead to landslides and debris flows, especially in wildfire burn scars," says Bill Burns, engineering geologist at the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). "With the rain continuing, be aware of the hazard in wildfire burn areas and the areas below them."

Debris flows are rapidly moving, extremely destructive landslides. They can contain boulders and logs transported in a fast-moving soil and water slurry down steep hillsides and through narrow canyons. They can easily travel a mile or more. A debris flow moves faster than a person can run.

People, structures and roads located below steep slopes in canyons and near the mouths of canyons may be at serious risk. Extreme caution should be used when traveling.

According to DOGAMI, hazardous areas can include:
- Bases of steep hillsides.
- Road cuts or other areas where slopes of hills have been excavated or over-steepened.
- Places where slides or debris flows have occurred in the past.
- Canyon bottoms, stream channels, and areas of rock and soil accumulation at the outlets of canyons.

For more landslide and debris flow information: http://bit.ly/landslidehazards
MCSO Cautions Community about Ongoing Phone Scam
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/19/17 10:10 AM
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office has continued to receive calls from concerned members of the community regarding a phone scam being used to elicit money and confidential personal information.

Community members are receiving calls from an individual who identifies as a Multnomah County Sheriff's Office employee and indicates that the victim has a warrant, unpaid court fines, or has missed jury duty, and needs to pay immediately or be arrested. Victims are being asked to provide sensitive personal information and credit card numbers to resolve the warrant and/or pay the fines.

We are reminding our community members that MCSO does not conduct matters concerning warrant service or payment of fines via phone.

If you are contacted by someone claiming to be a member of MCSO who is requesting money over the phone, you can help us by getting as much information as possible;
Time and date of the call;
Contact number of the person calling;
Name used by the person calling; and
Listen for anything that stands out that may assist detectives.

Immediately after hanging up the phone, please call the police non-emergency line at (503) 823-3333 and ask to speak with a deputy sheriff to file a report.

Please help us spread this message: If you, or someone you know, is contacted by a person claiming to be a member of MCSO and asking for money;
DO NOT SEND MONEY;
DO NOT PROVIDE PERSONAL INFORMATION; and,
Contact (503) 823-3333 to be put in contact with a deputy sheriff to file a report.

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FBI's Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense for College Students - Part 1 (employment)
FBI - Oregon - 09/19/17 10:00 AM
Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense for college students.

Parents -- this time of year is tough, there's no doubt about it. Your kids are headed to college, and whether you are excited or just relieved that they will finally be out of your hair, the stress is real. Beyond the emotional toll this can take, your wallet is about to take a hit, too. Tuition, books, room and board not to mention the mini-fridge, midnight pizza runs and more can break the bank.

Time for this kid to get a job, right ?! Yes -- with some caveats. College students are particularly vulnerable to getting suckered by scammers offering great jobs with good pay. They often advertise around college campuses or even send emails to their student accounts.

It's easy to apply -- simply fill out an online application, complete with personal info such as full name, date of birth and Social Security number. The scam artist now has everything he needs to steal the student's identity. He can open fraudulent bank accounts, credit cards and the like with ease.

In some cases, the fraudster will send the student a check as a signing bonus or first paycheck. The student is asked to cash the check, take a bit out for himself and send the rest to a specified vendor for supplies or needed software. The check, of course, is bogus, and the fraudster actually controls the bank account of what your student thought was a legitimate business vendor.

The bank may close your student's account due to the fraudulent activity, and he is now responsible for reimbursing the bank for the counterfeit check. His credit history takes a hit, too.

So how can a student protect himself from such a scam?

Never accept a job that requires depositing checks into your account or wiring portions of such checks to other individuals or accounts.
Many of the scammers who send these messages are not native English speakers. Look for poor use of the English language in e-mails such as incorrect grammar, capitalization, and tenses.
Forward suspicious e-mails to the college's IT personnel.

Employment scams are not the only concern for college students these days. Next week, we will look at other ways fraudsters are going after your kids.

In the meantime, if you have been victimized by an online scam, report your suspicious contacts to the FBI. You can file an online report at the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your FBI local office.


Attached Media Files: TT - College Kid Employment - ENGLISH Audio , TT - College Kid Employment - SPANISH Written , TT - College Kid Employment - SPANISH Audio , TT - College Kid Employment - RUSSIAN Written , TT - College Kid Employment - RUSSIAN Audio
Two murder suspects arrested following Chiloquin homicide investigation. (Klamath County)
Oregon State Police - 09/19/17 9:57 AM
The following is released on behalf and in coordination with the Klamath County District Attorney's Office.

Klamath County D.A. Media Release

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 / 8:45 am

MEDIA RELEASE
For Immediate Release

On September 17, 2017, at 12:03 a.m. Arnie Lee Eggsman (32 years of age) of Chiloquin, Oregon was shot and killed in Chiloqin. The Major Crime Team was activated and investigators from Oregon State Police, the Klamath County Sheriff's Office and Klamath Falls Police Department responded to investigate.

Local Chiloquin residents and witnesses immediately provided valuable information to assist the investigators and the two suspects were quickly identified as Kyle Joseph Steele (DOB 8/29/1996) and Tevin R. Lafond (DOB 8/29/1996). Both have the same date of birth

Oregon State Police took the lead on the murder investigation. Yesterday evening, with the cooperation of Nevada Law Enforcement, OSP Detectives took first Tevin R. Lafond into custody and later around 11:30 p.m. arrested Kyle Steele. Both suspects will be extradited to the State of Oregon and prosecuted here in Klamath County for murder, assault I, unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful use of a motor vehicle and other potential charges. Law enforcement and the Klamath County District Attorney want to bring them them to justice and bring swift closure to the family and friends of the victim.

Media Contact:
Eve Costello, Klamath County District Attorney
541-331-3851

End Release

Please direct any further media inquires to the Klamath County District Attorney's Office


Attached Media Files: 2017-09/1002/108039/Eggsman_Murder_september_19_2017.docx
Union Gospel Mission to Host 17th Annual Operation Overcoat Street Fair (Photo)
Union Gospel Mission - 09/19/17 9:50 AM
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Union Gospel Mission to Host 17th Annual Operation Overcoat Street Fair
Event Provides Clothing, Food and More for Homeless

Portland, Ore., - On Saturday, September 30 from 10:00 a.m. -- 2:00 p.m., Union Gospel Mission will be hosting the Mission's 17th Annual Operation Overcoat street fair, a clothing and food give away for people who are homeless or in need. This event is free and open to anyone in need.

Union Gospel Mission will be blocking off NW Third Avenue between Burnside and Couch Streets and blocking off Couch Street between Third and Fourth Avenues for the Operation Overcoat event. At the event, guests will have access to free clothing, boots, shoes, sleeping bags, blankets, hygiene items and more. The barbeque meal will be hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, chips and soda. In addition to the clothing and the meal, there will be live music and free dental care in the Medical Teams International mobile dental van, free haircuts and free bibles.

Union Gospel Mission is seeking donations of new or gently used sleeping bags, boots, new socks and underwear. Union Gospel Mission has open volunteer positions for this event. People interested in volunteering can contact the Mission at 503-274-4483 or via email to volunteer@ugmportland.org

At last year's Operation Overcoat, Union Gospel Mission provided over 3,000 articles of clothing and 1,200 barbeque meals.

To support Operation Overcoat, donations can be made online at www.ugmportland.org or call 503-274-4483. Items may be purchased via Union Gospel Mission's Amazon Wish List at http://a.co/bpG7Ap2

About Union Gospel Mission: Union Gospel Mission's purpose is "Feeding the hungry, restoring the addict and loving our neighbor." Union Gospel Mission has been serving Portland since 1927. Union Gospel Mission provides meals and care for the homeless, and operates LifeChange -- a transformative recovery program for men, women and children. Contact Union Gospel Mission at 503-274-4483 or ugmportland.org and @ugmpdx.
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Evergreen Public Schools announces 2017-2018 Community Tour schedule
Evergreen Sch. Dist. - 09/19/17 9:18 AM
You are invited to attend a community tour hosted by Evergreen Public Schools. Tours also include a visit to Cascadia Tech Academy located at 12200 NE 28th St.

The district will offer interpreters on selected tours for Russian and Spanish speaking community members. Transportation and lunch are free of charge.

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - Honored Citizen Tour -- Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School (HeLa) --Tour will begin at 8:00 a.m. at Cascadia Tech Academy followed by a tour of Hela High School and return to Cascadia for a tour followed by lunch from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Contact Shelley Bowers at 360-604-4088. Please register by October 13.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - (Russian - interpreters) Tour will begin at 9:00 a.m. at host school - Evergreen High School (EHS). Welcome followed by tour of EHS and Cascade Middle School. Group will be bused to Cascadia Tech for a tour followed by lunch - 12:00-1:00 p.m. The group will then board the bus and return to host school. Contact Yelena Kobylnik at 360-604-4028. Please register by October 30.

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - (Spanish - interpreters) Tour will begin at 9:00 a.m. at host school - Wy'east Middle School. Welcome followed by tour of Wy'east and Marrion Elementary School. Group will be bused to Cascadia Tech for a tour followed by lunch - 12:00-1:00 p.m. The group will then board the bus and return to host school. Contact Adriana Garcia at 360-604-4029. Please register by March 1.

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - (General Tour) Tour will begin at 8:00 a.m. at Cascadia Tech Academy followed by tour of Frontier Middle School, York Elementary School, Heritage High School and Cascadia Tech. Contact Shelley Bowers at 360-604-4088. Please register by May 17.


You may register on-line at www.evergreenps.org or contact Community Relations at 360-604-4088.
CELEBRATE THE HARVEST SEASON AT OMSI: Harvest Festival features local food, artisan snacks, kids activities, cooking demos, and llamas
OMSI - 09/19/17 9:15 AM
Portland, Ore. (September 19, 2017) -- Guests of all ages are invited to enjoy the bounty of Oregon while learning about the state's specialty crops at Harvest Festival, a free event hosted at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) on October 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In partnership with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Harvest Festival offers guests the opportunity to indulge in snacks, sweets, beer, wine and produce from the Pacific Northwest. Learn about Oregon specialty crops with more than 40 vendors from local farms, cooking demonstrations and artisan vendors. There's fun for the whole family, including kids activities, llamas, large farm equipment to explore and live entertainment on the stage.

For the complete list of vendors and activities, please visit https://omsi.edu/calendar/harvest-festival

OMSI's Harvest Festival stage will feature cooking demonstrations throughout the day, including a Chopped-style cooking competition where local chefs will face off to prepare the ultimate harvest feast featuring Oregon crops.

OMSI's seasons of food science is supported in part by the USA Specialty Crop Block Grant through the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in nearly every county in Oregon. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 09/18/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 09/19/17 7:51 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 09/18/2017

ESTACADA:

No new crimes reported in Estacada yesterday. Woo hoo!


SANDY:

18 2017-1590

On 09/18/2017 at 1150 hrs., police responded to a motor vehicle crash in the area of Bluff Road and Jonsrud Lane. There were no reported injuries.

18 2017-1592

On 09/18/2017 at about 1546 hrs., code enforcement ordered a tow for a vehicle parked in a hazardous position near the intersection of Industrial Way and 362nd Drive.

18 2017-1593

On 09/18/2017 at about 2107 hrs., police responded to the 18000 block of Meadow Avenue regarding a domestic disturbance. Officers arrested Sean C. Carroll (41, of Sandy) for harassment. He was lodged at Clackamas County Jail on $20,000 bail.

18 2017-1594

On 09/18/17 at 2151 hours, police responded to the 38000 block of Dubarko Road regarding an attempted burglary to a residence. Damage was visible on the garage door, and a screen had been removed from a window. A report was taken.
Wrong way driver dies in head-on I-84 crash with Semi. (Gilliam County) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/19/17 7:25 AM
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At about 7:40 p.m. on September 18, 2017, Oregon State Police Dispatch received a call of a green 2003 Ford Windstar van traveling the wrong way on I-84 near milepost 141, east of Arlington. Minutes later at milepost 137, the van was reported to have crashed head-on into a semi tractor-trailer carrying vehicles in the eastbound lanes.

The preliminary investigation revealed the van had traveled westbound in the eastbound lanes and according to witness statements, had been traveling at 55 to 60 mph. The van crashed into the semi head on and came to a rest on top of the concrete center-line divider. The semi caught fire and became fully engulfed in flames, completely blocking the entire interstate for several hours.

The driver and sole occupant of the van was pronounced deceased at the scene and his identity is being withheld pending notification to the family. The driver of the semi, identified as 24 year old California resident, Santos Colunga, was treated for non-life threatening injuries at the scene.

OSP was assisted on-scene by Gilliam County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, North Gilliam Fire and the Department of Environmental Quality.


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Mon. 09/18/17
Single Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision -- Washington County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/18/17 8:42 PM
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On September 18, 2017 the Oregon State Police responded to a single motor vehicle collision on Interstate 205 just north of Interstate 5 in Washington County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 2016 Nissan Altima, operated by Douglas Cansdale, age 53 of Portland Oregon, was traveling northbound on I205 just north of I5, when for an unknown reason Cansdale lost control of his vehicle and drifted off the roadway. Cansdale collided with a metal guardrail, continued across the grassy median and collided into a light pole. It is believed that speed and the wet roadway surface were contributing factors.

Cansdale sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Cansdale was released to the Springer and Son Funeral Home and notification was made to the next of kin.
OSP was assisted by ODOT, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, and Washington County ME's Office.


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Vancouver Police requests assistance locating an autistic runaway (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 09/18/17 6:40 PM
Kaleb Guenther
Kaleb Guenther
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The Vancouver Police Department requests the public's assistance in locating an endangered runaway believed to be staying in Vancouver. Kaleb L. Guenther (age 16) has been missing since August 28th. Kaleb has autism and other disorders that can impair his reasoning and decisions. He also suffers from a seizure disorder that creates life-threatening circumstances.

Kaleb Guenther is a white male, 6'2", 160-175 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. Kaleb's clothing is uncertain, but he was likely wearing black Fila brand shoes with silver and blue detailing and a black Fila brand backpack with light green accents. Kaleb sometimes wears a Fedora-style hat. He may be in possession of a black "Kent Flexor" mountain-style bike with white suspension.

If you have seen Kaleb Guenther or know of his whereabouts, you are encouraged to call the Vancouver Police Department at 360-487-7446 to speak with a detective or leave voicemail.


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Wilsonville PD, Sheriff's Office, Tualatin PD arrest 2 of 3 juveniles after car theft, pursuit, crash; tips sought
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/18/17 5:02 PM
Wilsonville PD, Sheriff's Office, Tualatin PD arrest 2 of 3 juveniles after car theft, pursuit, crash; tips sought

Please reference CCSO Case # 2017-24813

At 6:26 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 18, deputies contracted to the Wilsonville Police Department responded to a report of a stolen vehicle at Plaid Pantry in Wilsonville.

Deputies arrived at the scene. The victim told deputies that three juvenile males asked him for a ride from Eugene to Portland. He said when they reached Wilsonville, they stopped at the Plaid Pantry, and the victim went inside to buy some items.

When he came back, the three juvenile suspect males and the victim's vehicle -- a black 2007 Toyota Camry 4D -- had disappeared.

At approximately 11:39 a.m., an alert Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Patrol Deputy spotted and attempted to stop the stolen vehicle.

Wilsonville Police and Sheriff's Office deputies pursued the vehicle, eventually end the pursuit as the stolen vehicle continued northbound on SW Boones Ferry Rd. into Tualatin. But then a citizen alerted Wilsonville Police, the Sheriff's Office, and Tualatin Police that the same stolen vehicle had crashed after trying to negotiate a turn at SW Boones Ferry Rd and SW Blake St. in Tualatin at a high rate of speed.

Deputies responded to the crash scene, and quickly took one of the three juvenile suspects, a 16 year old male, into custody. A second juvenile suspect, a 17 year old male, was located by Tualatin Police officers hiding in a backyard of a nearby residence.

Authorities searched for the third juvenile suspect, but were unable to locate him. Police are seeking tips from the public.

The two arrested juvenile suspects were transported to Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center and booked on numerous charges.

TIPS SOUGHT

The Sheriff's Office is seeking the third, a 17-year-old juvenile suspect in the Sept. 18 theft of the 2007 Toyota Camry 4D from the Wilsonville Plaid Pantry, as well as any additional information in this case. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 2017-24813.

Two Clackamas County cities -- Happy Valley and Wilsonville -- contract with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to provide municipal police services.

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T-Bone Crash Involving Ambulance
Tualatin Police Dept. - 09/18/17 4:47 PM
On Monday, September 18, 2017 at approximately 1:18 pm Tualatin Police responded to a t-bone crash involving a Metro West ambulance into a sedan on SW Nyberg Road where it intersects with the entrance to Fred Meyer's.

Witnesses told officers that the ambulance was traveling eastbound on SW Nyberg Road with its lights and siren on. The ambulance driver, according to the witnesses, failed to stop for the red light and crashed into a 2016 Volkswagen sedan as it was pulling out of the Fred Meyer parking lot, turning left to travel westbound onto SW Nyberg Road. The sedan was occupied by the driver and three passengers. All four of the sedan's occupants were transported to OHSU with unknown injuries. The driver and passenger of the ambulance were uninjured and the ambulance was not transporting any patients at the time of the crash.

No citations have been issued at this time. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. No further information.


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Salem-Keizer School Board Unanimously Adopts Safe and Welcoming Schools Resolution
Salem-Keizer Sch. Dist. - 09/18/17 4:42 PM
The Policy Conveys to Students, Staff and the Community the Salem-Keizer School Board's Ongoing Commitment to Provide a Safe and Welcoming Environment for Students

SALEM, Oregon, September 18, 2017--The Salem-Keizer School Board unanimously reapproved its Safe and Welcoming Schools resolution last Tuesday. The intent of the policy is to convey to students, staff and the community the board's ongoing commitment to providing a safe and welcoming environment for our students.

"By readopting our Safe and Welcoming Schools resolution, the school board wants to send a clear message to those in our community who feel under stress and are worried," said Superintendent Christy Perry. "We will not accept any kind of discrimination, harassment or bullying in our schools. We are working hard to foster a culture that is safe and welcoming, and that understands and celebrates the unique assets of every student."

The school board originally adopted the Safe and Welcoming Schools resolution in January. The resolution will be reapproved annually.

Along with the Safe and Welcoming Schools resolution, the district also recently opened the Office of Student Equity, Access and Advancement. It was created to support underrepresented students who are currently not successful in school.

You can read the district's Safe and Welcoming Schools initiatives here: http://www.salemkeizer.org/parents/safe-welcoming-schools

Salem-Keizer School District 24J is the second-largest school district in the state of Oregon, with nearly 5,000 employees serving more than 42,000 students in 65 schools in the cities of Salem and Keizer.


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OSP seeks public assistance in Crook County Poaching Case (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/18/17 4:37 PM
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The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful taking and wasting of a buck deer in Crook County.
On the afternoon of September 16th, 2017, OSP was notified of a dead buck deer north of Prineville located 1 ?1/2 miles from McKay Creek on McKay Creek Road (USFS 33). The deer was located approximately 75 yards from the roadway and the 2x3 buck only had a portion of one back-strap removed. The rest of the buck was left to waste. The buck deer had been shot with a rifle during the archery season. It is believed this occurred September 14th or 15th prior to the poaching discovery.

If you have any information please contact the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division at your local office or use the below information to report wildlife violators on the TIP Line.

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)


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Woodland Public Schools holds soccer jamboree for first-ever Clark and Cowlitz counties' middle school girls soccer league (Photo)
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 09/18/17 4:00 PM
Student athletes rave about their love of soccer's mental requirements combined with its physicality and fast-paced play.
Student athletes rave about their love of soccer's mental requirements combined with its physicality and fast-paced play.
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Monday, September 18, 2017-Woodland, WA-Woodland Middle School hosted the season's first soccer jamboree for the first-ever middle school girls soccer league in Clark and Cowlitz counties on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 with teams from Castle Rock School District, King's Way Christian Schools, Ridgefield School District, and Woodland Public Schools. The league features a total of five teams with Ridgefield School District hosting two teams and one each from the other schools.

The idea for creating a middle school girls soccer league came together as a joint effort when the local athletic directors discussed the need to get more girls interested in school athletics at one of their regular meetings earlier this year. "At first, we didn't know if we would have much interest in girls soccer at the middle school level," explained Angela Campbell, Assistant Principal and Athletic Director for Woodland Middle School. "The response was amazing -- almost immediately, we had more than 30 girls sign up in Woodland alone!"

In Ridgefield, girls' interest in soccer was so overwhelming, the middle school created two teams to accommodate all the student athletes who signed up. "Soccer is an incredibly popular sport in Ridgefield, and an interest survey conducted earlier this year indicated that our girls had a desire to participate in the sport for their school because they already played outside the area," explained Debbie Bentler, Athletic Director for Ridgefield School District. "When Woodland also expressed an interested in adding a team, it made sense for the athletic directors to join forces and create our own middle school league for Clark and Cowlitz counties."

Starting a school athletics team from scratch presents a number of logistical challenges including having the appropriate facilities and equipment. Woodland's success in starting a team in just a few months stemmed from collaborative teamwork throughout the district. "Our high school program has been incredibly helpful by lending us equipment and uniforms to get going, and our district maintenance team has been amazing getting the field ready by painting lines and performing grounds maintenance," said Campbell. "Right now, we're fundraising for new goal posts and all kinds of equipment including balls, uniforms, and much, much more."

Jeff Flanagan, an avid athlete himself and a teacher at Woodland Middle School since 1998, jumped at the chance to coach his school's team after promoting the idea for a middle school team for years. "I asked our school to consider adding a girls team four years ago when I was head coach of the high school team in order to increase interest in girls soccer at a younger age," he explained. "At the time, there were too many obstacles to put a league together, but the timing was perfect to start one up this year." For Flanagan, his adoration for coaching comes from his love of teaching and the game of soccer, itself. "I love the game and I really enjoy being with our amazing athletes," he said. "Watching students progress and develop both as players and as individuals is truly fulfilling both as a coach and as a teacher."

Student interest in a girls soccer league is nothing new to Woodland Middle School. Some students even pushed for a team by reaching out to the school's administrators. "I started playing soccer in kindergarten and I thought a team at the middle school would be a great addition to the school," explained BrookLynn Donald, a seventh grader. "Last year, I wrote a letter to the principal and assistant principal to let them know that sports are important for girls because they offer a different avenue of participation than traditional girls activities."

Woodland's student athletes couldn't be happier about the new league. "We've been asking to have a soccer league for a long time, so now that it's actually happening, we're really pumped and excited," said Jaylee Graham, a seventh grader. "I've always loved soccer since I started playing when I was six; I like how soccer is both a fast-moving and a mental game."

Bella Mattison, an eighth grader and team captain, agreed with Graham. "Soccer is really fast, really fun and a lot more physical than other sports," she explained. "As both team captain and the ASB president, I like how sports teach leadership and the importance of working together."

Middle School Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Angela Campbell also touts the proven importance of school athletics and extracurricular activities in students' academic careers. "Athletics and other extracurricular activities are instrumental in instilling self-confidence in our students and also teaching them valuable leadership skills," she explained. "In addition, afterschool activities motivate students to perform well in school since students have to maintain a certain grade point average (GPA) and submit weekly grade checks to ensure they're qualified to participate."

Woodland Middle School plans to add a second team next year to accommodate the ever-increasing level of interest. "With more than 30 girls this year, we could have had two small teams, but we decided to go with one big team in order to gauge interest and test the waters," said Campbell. "We're definitely hoping to have two teams next year."

Woodland community members interested in supporting the middle school girls soccer team can give donations at the Woodland Middle School main office located at 725 Park Street, Woodland, WA 98674 and get more information by calling (360) 841-2850.

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Vancouver PAL hosts first literacy events of the school year
Vancouver Police Dept. - 09/18/17 3:35 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The Vancouver Police Activities League hosts literacy events each month during the school year in elementary schools in both the Vancouver and Evergreen School Districts throughout the county. These events provide free books to kids, encourage reading, and create positive connections between kids and cops. Vancouver PAL will host the first literacy events of the new school year:

Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Washington elementary (2908 S Street)

This school year, Vancouver PAL literacy events will focus on youth in the second and third grades. Each literacy event includes a safety presentation from the Vancouver Police Department, or Clark County Sheriff's Office, (depending on the location of the school), time for kids to pick out a free book, reading time with police officers, and a tour of specialty police vehicles. These literacy events are fun for both the officers and the kids. Literacy is one of the key educational programs the Vancouver Police Activities League focuses on.

Members of the media are always invited to attend any PAL events to see first-hand the positive impact that programs such as PAL can have on a community. Members of the media who want to attend a literacy event should check in at the school office to receive a visitor badge. Be prepared for great visuals and high energy!

For more information on the Vancouver Police Activities League visit www.vancouverpal.org.



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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
Volunteers sought for statewide cemetery cleanup
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/18/17 2:32 PM
Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is partnering with SOLVE to bring cemetery cleanups into the statewide Beach & Riverside Cleanup, presented by the Oregon Lottery. Many of these cemeteries were established in the 1800s and are in need of helping hands to remove invasive weeds and woody debris, clean headstones, and assist in other tasks. Cemeteries all over the state, including Miller Cemetery in Millersburg and Brookside Cemetery in Dayton, are sprucing before Veterans Day and the onset of winter. All cleanups will take place on September 23 unless noted otherwise. To see a complete list of cemeteries and sign up visit the SOLVE website, http://www.solveoregon.org/historic-cemetery-cleanups.

State law established the seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. For information about the commission, contact coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov.

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Volunteers sought for statewide cemetery cleanup
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/18/17 2:29 PM
Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is partnering with SOLVE to bring cemetery cleanups into the statewide Beach & Riverside Cleanup, presented by the Oregon Lottery. Many of these cemeteries were established in the 1800s and are in need of helping hands to remove invasive weeds and woody debris, clean headstones, and assist in other tasks. Cemeteries all over the state, Philip Foster Cemetery in Eagle Creek, Milwaukie Pioneer Cemetery, Fernwood Pioneer Cemetery in Newberg, Clackamas Cemetery, Baker Prairie Cemetery in Canby, Mt. View Cemetery in Oregon City, St. Wenceslaus Cemetery in Scappoose, and Lone Fir Cemetery in Portland, are sprucing before Veterans Day and the onset of winter. All cleanups will take place on September 23 unless noted otherwise. To see a complete list of cemeteries and sign up visit the SOLVE website, http://www.solveoregon.org/historic-cemetery-cleanups.

State law established the seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. For information about the commission, contact coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov.

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Hospital Financial Performance in Q2 2017 Below Historic Levels
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 09/18/17 2:26 PM
September 18, 2017 -- In the second quarter of 2017, community hospitals across Oregon saw low operating margins compared those of prior years, continuing the trend from the previous several quarters. The median operating margin at an Oregon hospital was 2.3 percent in the second quarter of 2017 -- significantly down from the 5.3 percent recorded for the same period in 2016.

"Oregon hospitals are continuing to face difficult financial decisions," said Andy Davidson, president and CEO of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. "But hospitals remain committed to their staff, their patients, and the communities they serve as they navigate this troublesome period."

While the number of self-pay patients has continued to remain stable at just under two percent, charity care totaled $99.8 million in the second quarter of 2017, up 9.3 percent from $91.3 million in Q1. This shows that despite increased coverage, hospitals are seeing increasing numbers of patients who lack the ability to pay because they are uninsured or have high deductible health plans.

Notably, outpatient visits continued to increase, and indeed the increase in this quarter was significantly higher than before, up by 4.5 percent from Q2 2016. Inpatient volumes remained stable. At the same time, emergency department visits decreased 1.5 percent as compared with the same quarter in 2016, with 336,624 total visits in the second quarter of 2017.

The continued low margins came before the implementation of a new legislatively-mandated 0.7 percent tax on the largest hospitals to shore up the finances of the state's Medicaid program. Hospitals are very concerned about the impact of this tax combined with other payment cuts passed by the Legislature this past session.

"While the uncertainty around health care at the national level seems to have leveled out, there is still considerable question about Oregon's system and its long-term sustainability," added Davidson. "Hospitals are devoted to a fully-funded, sustainable Medicaid system in Oregon, but the Legislature must consider the impact of taxes and cuts on hospitals' ability to provide the care Oregon communities expect. Today's report shows we must continue to watch closely to ensure they stay financially viable as core funders of the Medicaid program."
To read the entire report, click here.

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About OAHHS: Founded in 1934, OAHHS is a statewide, nonprofit trade association that works closely with local and national government leaders, business and citizen coalitions, and other professional health care organizations to enhance and promote community health and to continue improving Oregon's innovative health care delivery system.

Apprise Health Insights is the premier resource for hospital and health system data and analytics in the Pacific Northwest. As the data subsidiary of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, Apprise is uniquely positioned to collect hospital and health system data, and provide the meaningful analysis essential for informed decision-making.


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Construction of affordable housing building begins in East Portland: Stark Street Apartments (Photo)
Central City Concern - 09/18/17 2:00 PM
Stark Street Apartments will open in 2018.
Stark Street Apartments will open in 2018.
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PORTLAND, OR: Central City Concern (CCC), Portland's non-profit serving people impacted by homelessness, poverty and addictions since 1979, has begun construction on the second of three buildings in the Housing is Health initiative -- a pioneering commitment from local hospitals and health systems in supportive, affordable housing. Health systems leadership visited the Stark Street Apartments site (333 SE 122nd Ave. at Stark St., Portland) on Friday, Sept. 15.

Attendees from the Housing is Health coalition included David Russell (Adventist Health Portland), Eric Hunter (CareOregon), Bill Wiechmann (Kaiser Permanente Northwest), Cindy Grueber (OHSU) and Dave Underriner (Providence Health & Services Oregon). Legacy Health is also part of the Housing is Health coalition. The other two buildings in the Housing is Health initiative are Charlotte B. Rutherford Place (N. Interstate) and the Eastside Health Center (NE 122nd and Burnside).

Stark Street Apartments, opening in 2018, will target people exiting transitional housing programs who have gained employment and seek a permanent home, but still may have barriers to housing. CCC expects to attract potential tenants from the immediate neighborhood. The four-story building contains 153 homes total: 92 one-bedroom and 61 two-bedroom apartments. Rents will range from $412--$995 per month, depending on Median Family Income.

"These homes are important for supporting employed people with affordable housing. The health care organizations in the Housing is Health coalition understand that housing for lower income working people is critical to good health outcomes and a healthy community," says Ed Blackburn, CCC president and CEO.

Stark Street Apartments' major contributors include the Housing is Health coalition of six health organizations: Adventist Health Portland, CareOregon, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Legacy Health, OHSU and Providence Health & Services Oregon. Other major funders are Portland Housing Bureau, Umpqua Bank, US Bank Community Development Corporation, Federal Home Loan Bank and PGE.

The design and development team is Central City Concern, the architect is Ankrom Moisan and the builder is Team Construction.


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Evacuation Orders in Multnomah County Lifted
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/18/17 1:19 PM
A combination of successful firefighting efforts and recent rains has allowed fire crews to continue making progress on the fire lines along the west side of the Eagle Creek Fire.

Effective immediately, ALL evacuation orders in Multnomah County have been lifted.

Residents are reminded that with the recent fire and subsequent rains, the dangers of falling trees, rocks, debris flows, landslides and flooding is greatly increased in the Columbia River Gorge. If you see landslide activity where there is no immediate danger, please report it to (503) 823-3333. In the event of an emergency, please dial 911 immediately.

Access to the communities of Dodson, Warrendale, Bridal Veil, and Latourell is limited to residents only, as a result of road closures on both the Historic Columbia Highway and eastbound I-84. Residents in these communities should report to the Troutdale Police Community Center (234 SW Kendall Ct. Troutdale, OR) to receive instructions and permits to access closed roadways.

All United States Forest Service lands and Oregon State Parks in the Gorge remain closed at this time. Access to these areas continues to be prohibited. In addition, Larch Mountain Road is closed above Red Elder Drive and there is no access to Sherrard Point. MCSO would like to remind members of the public that anyone accessing closed areas may be subject to criminal investigation.

MCSO wishes to thank our community for their patience and resilience throughout this challenging event.
Local Red Cross Sends 25 Disaster Responders to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma Relief Operations (Photo)
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/18/17 12:38 PM
Boats thrown from water - Key West
Boats thrown from water - Key West
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Red Cross responders from Oregon and Southwest Washington have deployed to the Southeast following two unprecedented hurricanes with another storm on the horizon.

PORTLAND, Ore., September 18, 2017 -- Disaster responders from the American Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (Cascades Region) are on the ground in Texas and Florida helping communities devastated by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma with shelter, food, water, cleanup supplies and recovery assistance.

Responders from Saint Helens, Grants Pass, Williams, Portland, Bend, Eugene, Keizer, Junction City, Dallas, Salem, Florence, Tigard, Medford, Vernonia, Springfield, Monmouth and Camas, Washington, are assisting affected communities by working in disaster relief shelters, delivering food and water to affected neighborhoods, providing emergency financial assistance, helping with family reunification, and delivering health and mental health services to people in need.

Southwest Oregon Chapter Executive Director, Carisa Hettich traveled from her home in Eugene to Houston where she started out helping at a 2,000 person relief shelter and is now traveling in an Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) to deliver food, water and cleanup supplies in communities that need help.

"There is extreme devastation here. People's possessions are piled on the side of the road, destroyed by floodwaters," said Hettich. "They have nothing and are grateful for all we are doing to help. I can't erase the damage but I can give people a warm meal, water and a hug to let them know it's going to be ok."

Red Cross volunteer responder, Judy Kimmons drove from her home in Medford across the country in an ERV to help people affected by Hurricane Irma in Florida.

"Thousands of people are without power, billboards are ripped down and strewn across the highway and boats have been thrown from the water and onto the shore," Kimmons said. "We've been focused on getting food to people without electricity and are bracing for other storms on the horizon."

The American Red Cross has launched a wide-ranging relief effort to provide safe shelter, food and comfort to people affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The Red Cross is part of a large team of agencies and organizations responding to provide help to those in need.

HURRICANES HARVEY AND IRMA
In the last three weeks, the Red Cross and community partners have provided more than 934,000 overnight stays in emergency shelters due to hurricanes. Shelters were opened in eight states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Red Cross has served more than 3 million meals and snacks to people in need.
More than 6,400 Red Cross disaster workers and almost 300 emergency response vehicles are on the ground right now, helping thousands of people affected by these storms.
More than 73 million hurricane and flood alerts have been issued through Red Cross mobile apps for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

HURRICANE HARVEY
Overnight, more than 4,600 people stayed in 25 Red Cross and partner shelters across Texas and Louisiana. To date, there have been nearly 394,000 overnight shelter stays provided for Hurricane Harvey.
Along with our partners, we have served more than 2.3 million meals and snacks in Texas and Louisiana.
More than 3,500 Red Cross disaster workers are on the ground in Texas and Louisiana, with almost 280 more on the way.
More than 170 emergency response vehicles have been activated to help deliver meals and relief supplies across the hardest hit areas of Texas and Louisiana.
Mental health and health services professionals have provided nearly 76,000 contacts to provide support and care to people in Texas and Louisiana.
We've distributed nearly 655,000 relief items, such as diapers, bug spray, cleaning supplies, coolers, and comfort kits containing deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hygiene items, in Texas and Louisiana.
The Red Cross has already distributed $45 million in financial assistance to more than 100,000 qualified households who needed immediate help. This assistance has helped more than 365,000 people including more than 10,000 households headed by military veterans.

HURRICANE IRMA
Overnight, almost 3,600 people were provided refuge in 55 government and Red Cross shelters across Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This includes:
In Florida, more than 3,200 people in 47 evacuation shelters.
In Georgia, 24 people in one shelter.
On the U.S. Virgin Islands, 162 people in four evacuation shelters.
In Puerto Rico, more than 182 people in three evacuation shelters.
To date, evacuation centers have provided more than half a million (541,000) overnight stays to people needing a safe place to go.
Along with our partners, we have served more than 747,000 meals and snacks across six states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
We've distributed more than 88,000 relief items, such as diapers, bug spray, cleaning supplies, coolers, and comfort kits containing deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hygiene items across six states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Mental health and health services professionals have provided more than 16,000 contacts to provide support and care to those affected across six states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Nearly 3,000 Red Cross workers are responding to Irma now, with more than 300 more volunteers on the way.
More than 120 emergency response vehicles have been activated to help.

HOW TO HELP:
The Red Cross has launched massive responses to these devastating storms and needs financial donations to be able to provide immediate disaster relief for those affected.
Help people affected by Hurricane Harvey by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Help people affected by Hurricane Irma by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word IRMA to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. The Red Cross honors donor intent. Donors can designate their donation to Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Harvey relief efforts by choosing that option when donating on redcross.org or on 1-800-RED CROSS.


Attached Media Files: Local Red Cross Sends 25 Disaster Responders to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma Relief Operations , Boats thrown from water - Key West , Naples, Florida Relief Shelter , Meals Inside Cambro Containers to be Distributed in Neighborhoods - Beaumont, TX , Carisa Hettich - Hurricane Harvey Response
UPDATE: Hood River Evacuation Notice -- Sept. 18th, 2017
Hood River Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/18/17 12:04 PM
HOOD RIVER, Ore. -- Based on the current weather patterns and the corresponding changes in fire behavior, the Hood River County Sheriff's Office is downgrading evacuation levels for the Hood River Valley.

The Hood River Valley will have all evacuation levels lifted. This means zones A4b, A5, A6, A7, B4, B5, B6 and B7 return to normal, pre-fire status. Due to the flash flood advisory for the I-84 corridor, exit 56 all the way west to the county line will remain on Level One notice. This means that the Cascade Locks area, as well as Wyeth and Viento, need to remain ready for the possibility of evacuation. Residents and travelers should also be aware of the potential dangers associated with the flash flood advisory. Vigilance should be maintained, as rocks, trees, and debris could threaten the roadway and some populated areas.

All evacuation notices for the public lands around Lost Lake are being lifted. However, all Hood River County Forestlands, Roads, and Trails are closed, as are all U.S. Forestlands north of Mt. Hood and west of Highway 35. Recreational use on these lands is prohibited at this time. Anyone found in this area could face citation, and anyone who enters these areas in violation of the closure may not receive search and rescue assistance if needed.

The latest information on evacuation levels continues to be found at hoodriversheriff.com and on our Facebook and Twitter pages. The information lines are 541-387-6911 (English) and 541-387-7080 (Spanish).


ACTUALIZACI?"N: Aviso de Evacuación de Hood River -- 18 de septiembre 2017
HOOD RIVER, Ore. -- Basado en los patrones actuales del clima y los cambios correspondientes en el comportamiento del incendio, la Oficina del Sheriff del Condado de Hood River está bajando los niveles de evacuación para todo el Condado de Hood River.

El Valle de Hood River tendrá todos los niveles de evacuación levantados. Esto significa que las zonas A4b, A5, A6, A7, B4, B5, B6 y B7 vuelven a su estado normal antes del incendio. Debido a la advertencia de inundación repentina para el corredor I-84, todo el camino al oeste desde la salida 56 hasta la línea del condado permanecerá en el aviso de Nivel Uno. Esto significa que el área de Cascade Locks, así como Wyeth y Viento, deben permanecer listos para la posibilidad de evacuación. Residentes y viajeros por carretera también deben ser conscientes de los peligros potenciales asociados con el aviso de inundación repentina. La vigilancia debe mantenerse, ya que las rocas, los árboles y los escombros podrían amenazar la carretera y algunas áreas pobladas.

Todos los avisos de evacuación de los terrenos públicos alrededor de Lost Lake están siendo levantados. Sin embargo, todos los bosques, carreteras y senderos del Condado de Hood River están cerrados, al igual que todas las tierras forestales de los Estados Unidos al norte de Mt. Hood y al oeste de la Carretera 35. El uso recreativo en estas tierras está prohibido en este momento. Cualquier persona que se encuentre en esta área podría enfrentar la citación, y cualquier persona que entre en estas áreas en violación del cierre puede no recibir ayuda de búsqueda y rescate si es necesario.

La información más reciente sobre los niveles de evacuación se encuentra en hoodriversheriff.com y en nuestras páginas de Facebook y Twitter. Las líneas de información son 541-387-6911 (Inglés) y 541-387-7080 (español).


Attached Media Files: 2017-09/1816/108009/NOTIFICATION_ZONE_ALL_COUNTY.pdf
South Ridge Elementary School Selected for National Title I Distinguished School Award (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 09/18/17 11:49 AM
Superintendent Nathan McCann
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Monday, September 18, 2017 -- Ridgefield, Washington -- South Ridge Elementary School in the Ridgefield School District has been selected for the 2017-18 National Title I, Part A Distinguished School Award. The school district learned of the news last week from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

South Ridge earned the national designation for placing high on the list of U.S. schools for demonstrating a wide array of strengths, including team approaches to teaching and learning, focused professional development opportunities for staff, individualized and multi-tiered systems of approach for student success, and strong partnerships between the school, parents, and the community.

In addition, it earned recognition in the state of Washington as a Distinguished School for its Title I, Part A program for its exceptional student performance in English Language Arts in Smarter Balanced Assessments based on student growth percentiles (SGP) and state average scores for two or more years.

According to OSPI's Washington State Report Card, the percentage of third-grade students at South Ridge meeting standard in Smarter Balanced testing in English Language Arts exceeded the state average in 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 by 22 percentage points or more.

"The South Ridge staff works extremely hard to support all students," said Todd Graves, South Ridge Elementary School principal. "As we pursue our goal of becoming the state's premier district, I would like to thank the entire roadrunner community for a job well done! Go Roadrunners!"

"The award reflects South Ridge's unwavering commitment to do whatever it takes to help its students excel," said Tiffany Gould, Ridgefield School District's Federal Programs Director. "South Ridge maintained exceptional student performance even through the recent rapid enrollment growth it has experienced."

Gould also attributed the school's success to the strong partnerships that teachers and staff have with parents and the community.

Since 1996, The National Title I, Part A Association has been selecting examples of superior Title I, Part A schools from each state for recognition through the National Title I, Part A Distinguished School Program. In addition, each state recognizes individual Title I, Part A programs based on a combination of student academic success and creative and innovative programs that contribute to their success.

Said Superintendent Nathan McCann, "I am proud of the hard work and dedication demonstrated by the South Ridge staff and students and am pleased that they are being recognized for their efforts in earning this exceptional national designation for their school."

The school will receive a $10,000 award for the national recognition and $5,000 for its statewide recognition. A team representing the school and school district will be recognized at the 2018 National Title I Conference in Philadelphia in February.
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Attached Media Files: Superintendent Nathan McCann , Tiffany Gould , Todd Graves
Police Bureau Seeks Public's Input on Directives (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/18/17 11:25 AM
Policy Manual
Policy Manual
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The Portland Police Bureau directs member action through the establishment of policy, procedure, and rule, as found within Directives. The Bureau is in the process of reviewing all of its Directives and seeks public comments.

The Bureau has extended the comment period for the following directives due to a technical glitch in our public notification system to subscribers through the Directives webpage.

These directives in 2nd Universal Review will remain posted with comments collected from Friday, Sep 1, 2017, through Thursday, Sep 21, 2017.

Directive 215.00 Member Performance Evaluations, originally titled Sworn Represented
Member Performance Evaluations
Directive 220.40 Lawsuits and Claims
Directive 315.30, Satisfactory Performance
Directive 1501.00 Field Training Program

Community members are encouraged to read these Directive at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/59757 and follow the link at the bottom of the drafts to provide comments. This webpage also enables community members to sign up for email notifications when new or revised directives are posted.


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Attached Media Files: Policy Manual
UPDATE #2: Shooting Investigation Underway in Portland's Creston-Kenilworth Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 09/18/17 11:20 AM
The victim of a homicide that occurred on Sunday September 17, 2017 in the 3600 block of Southeast 28th Avenue has been identified as 27-year-old Wilbert "Billy" Butler.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined Wilbert "Billy" Butler died of homicidal violence as a result of multiple gunshot wounds.

Anyone with information about this investigation should contact Detective Mark Slater at 503-823-9319 or Mark.Slater@portlandoregon.gov

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The man who was injured during a shooting that occurred early Sunday morning has died at a Portland hospital.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death. The identity of the victim is planned to be released at the conclusion of the autopsy and once the victim's next of kin are notified.

Detectives continue to investigate this death. Investigators have canvassed the area and have located evidence of gunfire.

Southeast 28th Place and Southeast 28th Avenue between Southeast Powell Boulevard and Southeast Rhone Street should re-open in the next hour.

Anyone with information about this investigation should contact Detective Mark Slater at 503-823-9319 or Mark.Slater@portlandoregon.gov

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On Sunday September 17, 2017 at 1:41 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the 3600 block of Southeast 28th Avenue on multiple reports of gunfire.

Officers arrived at the scene and located an injured adult male.

Emergency medical personnel were directed to the injured man and he was transported to an area hospital by ambulance with life threatening injuries.

Based on the severity of the victim's injuries, the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Homicide Detail is responding to the scene. Criminalists with the Forensic Evidence Division have also responded to the scene to assist with this investigation.

There is no suspect information to provide at this point in the investigation.

Southeast 28th Place and Southeast 28th Avenue are closed between Southeast Powell Boulevard and Southeast Rhone Street. These roads will remain closed for the next four to five hours.

Any interested media should respond to the southwest corner of Southeast 29th Avenue and Southeast Powell Boulevard. The Public Information Officer is responding.

Anyone with information about this case should contact the Portland Police non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

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Salem Police Conduct Pedestrian Crosswalk Safety Campaign
Salem Police Dept. - 09/18/17 11:14 AM
The Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit conducted a vehicle-pedestrian safety campaign on August 15th, 2017. The goal of these safety campaigns is to enhance safety in our community through education to both pedestrians and vehicle operators. Locations are chosen based on crash and complaint data received by the department.

The location designated for this campaign was Summer St NE at Hood St NE. This location was selected due to numerous complaints in the area of the Boys and Girls Club, where people had reported nearly being struck by vehicles not stopping at the crosswalk.

Although Oregon law states that every intersection should be considered to have a crosswalk whether marked or not, officers chose to focus on education of drivers found to be in violation at marked crosswalk locations. Drivers were contacted, educated on the law and were also provided with educational materials in English and Spanish. Officers have also conducted safety campaigns aimed at educating pedestrians on their responsibilities as well.

During the campaign, 48 drivers were contacted for pedestrian-related violations, with the majority receiving education and warnings. There were 19 citations/warnings issued for other violations and one arrest was made.

The Salem Police Department will also be working with the Public Works Department to address engineering improvements which may help increase crosswalk visibility/safety at the above intersection, and will also continue to work on education and enforcement projects to enhance traffic safety.

This safety campaign is in partnership with Oregon Impact in order to address pedestrian and crosswalk safety through education and enforcement.

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PCC strives to help parents stay in school with on-site childcare at all campuses (Photo)
PCC - 09/18/17 10:24 AM
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NORTHWEST PORTLAND, Ore. -- Most weekdays, Sylvia Koch commutes from Fairview to Portland Community College's Cascade Campus eager to attend classes for her nursing degree. But her first stop is Cascade Hall, where she drops off her 4-year-old daughter at the Albina Head Start childcare center.

This makes Koch fortunate compared to many of her peers. Studies have shown that parents with young children are often unable to attend college because they can't find affordable daycare. According to the nonprofit organization Childcare Aware of America, in 2015, the average annual cost for an infant in center-based care was higher than a year's tuition and fees at a four-year public college in 30 states (including Oregon) and the District of Columbia.

Koch, a single mother with three older children, said that before she enrolled her youngest at the Cascade facility, she had to rely on an in-home babysitter, which was not only costly but sometimes made attending class difficult.

"It would be a lot harder for me because of the financial situation -- paying for childcare -- and having to make sure the babysitter actually showed up," she said. "Before my daughter started going to Albina Head Start, my babysitter wasn't able to make it for a couple days and I had to miss school."

More than 2 million community college students in the U.S. are raising a child, or 30 percent of all community college students. However, the Institute for Women's Policy Research reported that while the number of student parents has been growing, the number of two-year colleges offering childcare has fallen from 53 percent in 2003-04 to 46 percent in 2013.

Portland Community College is among those that have made the commitment to offer on-site childcare to many of its students -- a goal that would be realized if the college's bond measure, on the November 2017 ballot, passes. At Cascade and Southeast campuses, new childcare facilities have been created thanks to the bond measure passed by voters in 2008. While Cascade's childcare center is run by Albina Head Start & Early Head Start, Southeast's is run by YMCA of Columbia-Willamette. At PCC Sylvania, the childcare facility is operated as part of the campus' Early Education and Family Studies Program.

If passed, the college's 2017 bond measure would enable PCC to build a childcare facility at the Rock Creek Campus near Beaverton and Hillsboro, as it currently is without this service line.

PCC's existing centers serve infants through preschool-aged children. Care at Southeast and Sylvania campuses is fee-based, although grants and subsidies are available for some parents. Cascade parents must meet federal poverty guidelines, but care is free for those who qualify. Head Start's program includes educational and wrap-around services that have been shown to be especially valuable for children from low-income homes.

Koch said that both she and her daughter appreciate Cascade's center. "I like everything about it," she said. "The staff are wonderful. They teach the children a lot, and I like that it's at PCC, which is where I want to be. "

Debra Porta, information and facilities assistant at Cascade Campus, said that the Head Start program helps ensure the parent's academic success and provides stability for their children.

"The parents are feeling more secure about the care of their children, which is allowing them to focus on school and other parts of their lives," she said. "It's allowed some of our parents to be able to go from part-time to full-time."


About Portland Community College: Portland Community College is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and provides training, degree and certificate completion, and lifelong learning to more than 75,000 full- and part-time students in Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill, Clackamas, and Columbia counties. The PCC bond measure of $185 million would improve workforce training programs to better align with current and future jobs, invest in training for Health and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programs, and upgrade safety, security, longevity and disability access. If passed, it is estimated to maintain the tax rate of 40 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value for the next 16 years.

Visit PCC news on the web at http://news.pcc.edu/


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Eagle Creek Fire Morning Update 18 September 2017
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 09/18/17 9:52 AM
Eagle Creek Fire Size: 48,387 acres
Eagle Creek Fire Containment: 32%

Archer Fire Size: 260 acres
Archer Fire Containment: 100%

Summary

Rain began falling across the fire late Sunday afternoon, reducing fire activity. Earlier in the day gusty west winds did increase fire behavior in some areas, especially on the east side of Shellrock Mountain where bucket drops were used to cool hot spots. A column of smoke was also visible as fire burned slowly south in the Herman Creek drainage.

Firefighters were ready to engage where necessary, but spent most of the day preparing fire lines for rains predicted this week. Work included removing unneeded equipment and building water bars to mitigate erosion along fire lines.

Lines are well secured on the southwest corner and along the I-84 corridor to Wyeth. All contingency lines along the south and east sides remains in place, though no significant additional growth is expected on the fire given predicted weather. Even with rain, smoldering and creeping fire can be expected within the fire perimeter for some time. Smoke will continue to be visible.

Resources will be released from the fire over the next several days, but an adequate number of crews will be retained to continue patrols and other work along the fire line. Fire managers will monitor conditions to ensure they are safe for firefighters. Crews may be moved from the line to safe locations if conditions warrant.

Both the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and the Mt. Hood National Forest have issued signed closure orders for areas within and surrounding the Eagle Creek Fire. We want to emphasize the importance of adhering to these closures and not attempting to enter a closed area. Rolling rocks, falling trees, and loose soil resulting from the rain make it hazardous to travel within these areas. You put yourself and first responders at risk if you breach a closure.

The Archer Mountain fire in Skamania County, Washington is 100% contained. Equipment back-haul and fire line repair will continue today.

A cold front moved over the fire Sunday night, bringing significant precipitation. Showers, heavy at times, are predicted Monday and Tuesday, with another significant front moving over the fire Wednesday. As precipitation falls across the fire new hazards may emerge, including falling rock and trees on steep slopes and cliffs. If heavier precipitation hits later this week, debris flows are possible in smaller streams and channels.

Resources Assigned: 16 crews (1-Type 1, 8-Type 2, 7-Type 2 Initial Attack); 23 Engines; 7 Helicopters; 2 Dozers; 3 Water Tenders; 626 Personnel

Additional fire, closure and evacuation information can be found at:

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5584/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EagleCreekandIndianCreekFires2017/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/eaglecreekfire
Oregon Smoke Information: https://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
Multnomah County Sheriff Flash Alert: https://www.flashalert.net/id/MCSO
Hood River County Sheriff: http://www.hoodriversheriff.com/news/breaking-news/
Road Closures: https://tripcheck.com
Firewise Information: http://www.firewise.org/
New 'Promise' video debuts celebrating high school graduation
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 09/18/17 9:38 AM
A new video celebrating the importance of high school graduation debuted today on "The Promise of Oregon" website at www.promiseoregon.org.

The video can also be seen on YouTube at https://youtu.be/CMF0ad6T6Uk

The video was filmed at 2017 graduation ceremonies at Bethel SD (Eugene), Reynolds SD (Portland), Astoria SD and Eagle Point SD (north of Medford). It captures the excitement of seniors graduating from high school and celebrating with their families and friends.

The video is the first in a series of Promise efforts in 2017-18 that will focus on improving graduation rates at Oregon high schools statewide. Look for more in coming weeks, including debut of a longer graduation video in November.

The Promise of Oregon debuted in 2014 as a public awareness campaign by OSBA. Its goal is to celebrate the achievements of Oregon students and their public schools, and ensure that we invest adequately in education so they can achieve their potential.

OSBA is a member services organization for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.

Website: promiseoregon.org
Twitter and Instagram: @PromiseOregon
Facebook and YouTube: ThePromiseofOregon
City offers safe, fun after-school activities for teens
City of Vancouver - 09/18/17 9:29 AM
Vancouver, Wash. -- School is back in session and so is the need for safe, fun things for teenagers to do after school. The Vancouver Parks and Recreation Department is helping to meet that need at its two recreation centers with its Teen Late Night and After School Open Gym programs.

The programs are designed for middle and high school students, ages 11-18. They provide free, fun activities for teens after school in a safe, supervised and drug-free environment.

The Firstenburg Community Center (700 NE 136th Ave.) is currently offering After School Open Gym on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3 to 5 p.m. and Teen Fitness (ages 13-18) Mondays through Fridays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The Marshall Community Center (1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd.) is currently offering After School Open Gym, plus free access to video games and a game room with ping pong, pool and foosball tables Mondays through Fridays from 2:30 to 5 p.m.

Starting Friday, Oct. 13, both recreation centers also will host Teen Late Night activities every Friday night from 8 to 10:30 p.m., with free access to the gyms, game rooms and video games for teens.

Teens must have a valid school ID to participate.

The Teen Late Night Program is funded by donations from Nautilus, Inc. and a grant from the Parks Foundation of Clark County. Donations are still needed to keep the program going. To find out how to donate to these programs, please contact Recreation Specialist Jude Blocker at 360-487-7082 or Recreation Specialist Demetrius Brooks at 360-487-7014.

For more information about the programs Vancouver Parks and Recreation provides for teenagers, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/teens.

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SAIF honors safe TV workplaces with first annual "Safetys" [infographic] (Photo)
SAIF - 09/18/17 9:05 AM
Safetys: Drama
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Summary: Awards are an opportunity to educate the public on hazard identification--and have a little fun.
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With award season heating up, many are focusing on the tremendous achievements in television this year. But, while the acting, writing, and directing all set the gold standard, there's one thing SAIF employees can't help but notice.

"At SAIF we love safety and risk management--in fact, we see hazards everywhere we go," said Ben McCormack, senior safety management consultant at SAIF. "Even when we're watching our favorite TV shows, we can't help but notice a few areas for improvement."

With that in mind, SAIF is kicking off the first annual Safetys, an award to honor the safest fictional workplaces while providing some areas of improvement for the worst offenders.

"We hope the Safetys help educate the public on what a safe workplace looks like," said McCormack. "And, for those who don't see every television program as an educational opportunity for risk management, SAIF is here to help."

Anyone interested in hazard identification can take a new online training from SAIF, available at saif.com/hazards.

Introducing the first annual Safetys
SAIF's safety management consultants reviewed this year's Emmy-nominated programs for their safety aspects, using a rigorous system of binge-watching, evaluating, and scoring. We then plugged those into a bracket.

So who is taking home the Safetys' patented safety cone award this year?

For dramas, NBC's This is Us is the winner. While it only scored a B, we appreciate its focus on workplace stress. Our critic thinks, however, that Kate and Kevin should establish a more predictable work schedule, which may reduce stress, fatigue, and the seemingly endless emotional distress.

In the comedy category, Black-ish wins--we appreciate anyone who's willing to stand up for safety, so we cheered at the TV when Junior raised a red flag at Pizza Possum. The adults, however, could use a refresher on how distractions can impact their work--the employees at Stevens and Lido show exactly how life, and world affairs, can distract us on the job. Between that and the extra work Bow puts in as an intern at her hospital (on top of her day job), the show falls short of an A this year.

Reviews and grades on the other 13 top dramas and comedies can be found at saif.com/safetys.

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. For more than 100 years, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com.


Attached Media Files: Safetys: Drama , Safetys: Comedy
Septic Smart Week is a good time to check your septic system maintenance
Clark Co. WA Communications - 09/18/17 8:57 AM
Vancouver, Wash. -- In observance of national Septic Smart Week, Sept. 18-22, Clark County Public Health reminds 35,000 Clark County homes and businesses with septic systems to be sure they are effectively treating wastewater.

Good siting, design, installation and ongoing maintenance are essential for treating wastewater, protecting the property owner's investment and safeguarding the county's drinking water.

"Properly maintaining your well and septic system is crucial to preventing critical deficiencies," said Chuck Harman, Public Health program manager. "Repairing or replacing a failing septic system can cost thousands of dollars, and health impacts from surfacing sewage or exposure to toxins that leach into drinking water can be significant."

Local inspection data indicate that septic systems that have not been routinely inspected and maintained have twice the rate of major deficiencies, requiring substantial repairs or system replacement, compared with septic systems that are maintained.

Resources for septic system maintenance:
Clark County Public Health, (360) 397-8428: www.clark.wa.gov/public-health/septic/index.html.
Washington State Department of Health: www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/WastewaterManagement/SepticSystem/CaringforYourSystem.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: www.epa.gov/septic.
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 09/14/2017-09/17/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 09/18/17 8:53 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 09/14/2017-09/17/2017

SANDY:

18 2017-1563

On 09/14/2017 at about 0701 hrs., police responded to a report of a restraining order violation in the 38000 block of Park Street. Officers arrested Gregory S. Wells (61, Transient) for violation of a release agreement. He was transported to Clackamas County Jail, where he was lodged on $10,000 bail for multiple warrants.

18 2017-1568

On 09/14/2017 at about 1621 hrs., police responded to the 19000 block of Jacoby Road to assist the fire department with a bicycle vs. wall crash. A report was taken.

18 2017-1569

On 09/14/2017 at about 2101 hrs., police responded to a juvenile problem in the 3700 block of Meeker Street. No crimes had occurred, and a report was taken.

18 2017-1570

On 09/15/2017 at about 0006 hrs., police responded to the 16000 block of Bluff Road regarding violation of a no-contact release agreement. Kristian H. Skjervem (53, of Boring) was arrested for violating the no contact order and for resisting arrest. He was lodged at Clackamas County Jail on $2,500 bail.

18 2017-1572

On 09/15/2017 at 1509 hrs., police responded to a burglary reprot in the 36000 block of Pleasant Street. The reporting party advised that a suspect had broken into a storage shed, daming the structure, but not taking anything. A report was taken.

18 2017-1573

On 09/15/2017 at about 1546 hrs., police responded to a vice complaint in the 17000 block of Smith Avenue. Several juveniles were found to be involved in posessing and distributing marijuana. A report was taken and will be forwarded to appropriate parties.

18 2017-1576

On 09/15/2017 at about 2035 hrs., police arrested Ray E. Ash (34, of Sandy) on warrants for failure to appear. He was lodged at Clackamas County Jail on $10,000 bail.

18 2017-1577

On 09/15/2017 at about 2116 hrs., police responded to the Sandy High School football field to trespass a juvenile school authorities had found with a knife. During the investigation, it was discovered additional crime(s) may have occurred; the case is open.

18 2017-1578

On 09/16/2017 at about 1013 hrs., police responded to the 37000 block of Sunset Street to assist with a medical problem. A report was taken.

18 2017-1580

On 09/16/2017 at about 1917 hrs., a man from Portland called to report the theft of his property, which had been at a home in the 38600 block of Miller Street in Sandy. The theft occurred on or about 07/28/2017, but was only recently discovered. The victim named a possible suspect, who has since moved to Fairview. A report was taken.

18 2017-1583

On 09/17/2017 at about 0147 hrs., police received a report about a burglary in the 39000 block of Cassidy Court. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-1584

On 09/17/2017 at about 0937 hrs., police contacted Steven M. Chiappa (28, Transient) in the 36000 block of Highway 26, and arrested him on warrant for parole violation. Chiappa was lodged at Clackamas County Jail on no-bail.

18 2017-1585

On 09/17/2017 at about 1450 hrs., police received a report about theft of a vehicle from the 40000 block of Highway 26. A report was taken.

ESTACADA:

1C 2017-1562

On 09/08/2017, police were provided with lost and found property, which was stored in the property room for safe keeping.

1C 2017-1566

On 09/14/2017 at about 1354 hrs., police received a report about fraud in the 1000 block of NE Rockwell Drive. A report is pending (CAD).

1C 2017-1571

On 09/15/2017 at about 1044 hrs., police received a report about criminal mischief in the 700 block of N Broadway Street. A report was taken.

1C 2017-1575

On 09/15/2017 at about 1608 hrs., police responded to the 500 block of N Broadway Street regarding an unwanted person. A female subject was taken to a local hospital for evaluation, and a report was taken.

1C 2017-1582

On 09/16/2017 at about 2125 hrs., police responded to the 100 block of SE Ginseng Drive regarding a disturbance. It was determined no crime had occurred, and a report was taken.

1C 2017-1586

On 09/17/2017 at about 1730 hrs., police responded to the 600 block of Cemetery Road regarding a domestic disturbance. Police arrested Amanda J. Morgan (29, of Estacada) for Assault 4. She was transported to Clackamas County Jail, where she was lodged on $20,000 bail.
Child Passenger Safety Week 2017
Beaverton Police Dept. - 09/18/17 8:50 AM
Every day in America, too many children ride in car seats that have been installed incorrectly, or are riding in the wrong car seats for their ages and sizes. Even worse, many other children ride while completely unbuckled. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), two out of three car seats are misused. To help combat this issue, NHTSA is sponsoring Child Passenger Safety Week from September 17-23,2017, a campaign dedicated to helping parents and caregivers make sure their children ride as safely as possible - every trip, every time.

"Every 33 seconds in 2015, a child under 13 was involved in a crash," said Officer Jeremy Shaw
"Using car seats that are age- and size-appropriate is the best way to keep your children safe." According to NHTSA, motor vehicle crashes are a leading killer of children, and fatalities are on the rise. Car seats, booster seats, and seat belts can make all the difference. "In 2015, there were 248 children under the age of 5 saved because they were riding in car seats," he/she said. "Car seats matter, and having the right car seat installed and used the right way is critical."

He added that too often, parents move their children to the front seat before they should, which increases the risk of injury and death. The safest place for all kids under 13 is in the back seat. Also, according to NHTSA in 2015, about 25.8 percent of children 4 to 7 who should be riding in booster seats were prematurely moved to seat belts, and 11.6 percent were unbuckled altogether.

NHTSA recommends keeping children rear-facing as long as possible up to the top height or
weight allowed by their particular seats. Once a child outgrows the rear-facing-only "infant" car seat, he/she should travel in a rear-facing "convertible" or all-in-one car seat. Once a child outgrows the rear-facing size limits, the child is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness and tether. After outgrowing the forward-facing car seat with harness, the child should ride in a booster seat until he/she is the right size to use a seat belt safely.

Always remember to register your car seat and booster seat with the car seat manufacturer so you can be notified in the event of a recall. Parents and caregivers can view more information on car seat safety and locate a certified child passenger safety technician at www.nhtsa.gov/carseat.


Attached Media Files: Press Release
Oregon's New Minimum Wage Law (Photo)
Portland Business Alliance - 09/18/17 8:43 AM
State Rep. Janelle Bynum, Professor Jacob Vigdor and Charlene Wesler join the Alliance on Sept 20
State Rep. Janelle Bynum, Professor Jacob Vigdor and Charlene Wesler join the Alliance on Sept 20
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What does it mean for Oregon employers and workers?

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Business Alliance is pleased to announce the kick off of the 2017-18 Forum Breakfast series with a topic affecting many Oregon businesses and employees, Dollars & Sense: Oregon's Minimum Wage. The Forum takes place on Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 7:30 -- 8:45 a.m. at the Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th Ave., Portland, Oregon.

The Alliance is pleased to welcome a distinguished panel including State Rep. Janelle Bynum (District 15), Professor Jacob Vigdor of the University of Washington and Charlene Wesler, owner of Gigi's Café. The panel will be moderated by Kerry Tymchuk, executive director of the Oregon Historical Society.

In March 2016, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed the state's new minimum wage law, which will increase Oregon's minimum wage over a six-year period. For the first time, the law created varying minimum wages across different regions in the state. Panelists will discuss how the new law is being implemented by businesses, as well as a recent study of Seattle's increase, which was conducted by Professor Vidgor at the University of Washington.

The Forum Breakfast Series is sponsored by KeyBank, the Portland Tribune and Liberty Mutual Insurance. It is open to the public. Check the Alliance website www.portlandalliance.com for admission details and pricing.


Attached Media Files: State Rep. Janelle Bynum, Professor Jacob Vigdor and Charlene Wesler join the Alliance on Sept 20
Salem Health invests $3 million in ED expansion, growing needs of Salem (Photo)
Salem Health - 09/18/17 7:47 AM
Salem Health ED Floor Plan
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Salem Health is investing $3M to expand the Salem Hospital emergency department to meet the needs of the growing community and create an improved experience for patients. In the eight year life of the hospital's Building A, this will be the third expansion to the ED. Demolition started in September.

Rapid population growth in the Mid-Willamette Valley means growing healthcare needs and Salem Health is working to address those needs. Salem Hospital's emergency department is already the busiest ED on the West Coast between Canada and San Diego, seeing over 300 patients per day on average, and this expansion is necessary to meet health care needs as the population grows.

"At Salem Health, our first priority is caring for our local communities," said Sarah Horn, RN, MBA, BSN, Salem Health chief nursing officer. "As we plan for the projected population growth as well as what our community needs of us today, this additional space will allow us to enhance some of our current processes and models of care. Essentially, this expansion allows us to be prepared for our communities' needs in the coming years, while increasing our levels of service and reducing wait times."

The plan for expansion includes more exam rooms and a new treatment track for patients with less complicated diagnoses. The expansion will decrease the time it takes for patients to see a provider and create a better patient experience throughout the process for all patients.

"We continually study patient flow processes in the ED as we know the satisfaction of our patients is heavily associated with the amount of time they wait to be seen by a provider," said Jill Fulkerson, RN, MBA-HCM, Salem Hospital emergency and psychiatric services director.

The new expansion is set to go live in February 2018.

Salem Health offers exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's Mid-Willamette Valley. It comprises hospitals in Salem and Dallas, a medical group of primary and specialty care providers, plus other affiliated services. Visit us at www.salemhealth.org; "Like" us on www.facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at www.youtube.com/salemhealth.


Attached Media Files: Salem Health ED Floor Plan
Officers Investigate Shooting in Northeast Portland - Two Injured
Portland Police Bureau - 09/18/17 5:02 AM
On Monday September 18, 2017, at 12:11 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the 13600 block of East Burnside Street on the report of two people struck by gunfire.

Officers arrived and located an adult male and female suffering from gunshot wounds. Officers applied a tourniquet to one of the victims as emergency medical personnel responded to the scene. Both the victims were transported to area hospitals by ambulance. The adult male victim sustained minor injuries and the adult female victim sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

During the investigation officers located multiple bullet strikes to the victims' vehicle. Officers also learned the shooting occurred in the area of Northeast 148th Avenue and Northeast Halsey Street.

Based on information learned in the investigation, officers believe the two victims were driving their vehicle in the area of Northeast of 148th Avenue and Northeast Halsey Street when they were shot. After the shooting the victims drove to East Burnside Street and 136th Avenue and called police.

When officers arrived at Northeast 148th Avenue and Northeast Halsey Street they located evidence of gunfire.

There is not believed to be a danger to the public regarding this shooting.

At this time there is no suspect description to provide.

Based on information gathered during the preliminary investigation, the Gang Violence Response Team (GVRT) has responded and is taking over the investigation.

Anyone with information about this shooting should call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333 or the Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106.

The Portland Police Bureau works closely with Enough is Enough PDX, a community-led campaign aimed at encouraging people to take a stand against gang violence in the area.

For more information about Enough is Enough PDX and how you can get involved, please visit https://www.facebook.com/EnoughIsEnoughPDX

Additional information about Enough is Enough PDX and other City efforts addressing youth violence can be found at the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, http://www.portlandonline.com/safeyouth/

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Submit an anonymous tip:

Text 823HELP

Online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

Visit http://tipsoft.com to download the TipSubmit app for the iPhone or Droid.

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Linn Deputies Investigate Car Crash into House (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 09/17/17 6:17 PM
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports today, at 12:28 p.m. deputies responded to the 3400 block of Spicer Drive, east of Albany, for a report of a car that crashed into a house.

The investigation revealed a 1999 black Chevrolet Camaro was eastbound on Spicer Drive, traveling at approximately 45 MPH, when it failed to negotiate a corner. The vehicle left the road, crashed through a chain link fence and struck the side of a house, before coming to a stop.

The operator, identified as Raymond William Huffman, 53, of Lebanon, told deputies he was on his way home after work when he nodded off. Huffman drove off the road, crossing the intersection at Redwood Street, through a ditch, and then into the side of the house. Huffman was the only occupant of the vehicle.

Albany Fire Department Paramedics treated Williams for minor injuries at the scene. Although the residence was occupied at the time of the crash, no one was injured. The residence sustained a cracked foundation and damage to the siding.

Huffman was wearing his seat belt and alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash. Huffman was issued citations for Driving While Suspended-violation, No Insurance and Careless Driving.


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Man Surrenders Peacefully After Tactical Team Callout (Photo)
Washington County Sheriff's Office - 09/17/17 5:51 PM
John Minor prior mugshot
John Minor prior mugshot
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Media Release

Man Surrenders Peacefully After Tactical Team Callout

September 17, 2017 -- Deputies were called to a home where it was reported that a man was holding a woman against her will. The Washington County Tactical Negotiations Team and Crisis Negotiations Unit responded. The male suspect eventually came out of the home peacefully. He was arrested and charged with a restraining order violation.

On Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 11:31 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a home in the 8800 block of SW 175th Avenue in the Cooper Mountain area of Washington County. A caller from Yamhill County reported that a woman was being held in the home against her will.

As deputies investigated, they confirmed the reported information and also learned that the woman had a current restraining order against the man. The man had previous restraining order violations. Due to officer safety concerns, the Washington County Tactical Negotiations Team and Washington County Crisis Negotiations Unit were called to the scene.

After contact was established with the male, he surrendered peacefully.

James Minor, 35, was arrested for violating a restraining order. He will be booked at the Washington County Jail later tonight.


Attached Media Files: Media Release , John Minor prior mugshot
Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports inmate death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 09/17/17 5:04 PM
Kenneth Allen
Kenneth Allen
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly Sunday Morning at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla. As with all unanticipated deaths of state prison inmates, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

TRCI staff were attending to complaints from Kenneth Allen, 23, when he became unresponsive. Security and medical staff immediately began life-saving efforts which continued until Umatilla Emergency Medical Technicians arrived and pronounced Allen deceased at 11:09 a.m.

Allen entered DOC custody on January 14, 2016, on three counts of theft and one count of possession of heroin out of Jackson County. His expected release date was December 22, 2017.

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

TRCI is a multi-custody prison in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 male inmates. TRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including institution and industrial laundry, mattress manufacturing, and sewing. Other institutional work programs include reparation and cleaning of irrigation ditches, maintenance of local baseball fields, and work with local cities and the Hermiston School District. The facility provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, religious services and behavioral health services. TRCI opened in 2000.


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Attached Media Files: Kenneth Allen
Be alert for landslides near Eagle Creek, Whitewater fires
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 09/17/17 1:53 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. - The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for late Sunday afternoon through just after midnight for the Eagle Creek and Whitewater fire burn areas.

"Heavy rain can trigger landslides and debris flows in steep terrain, and the risk is higher in burn areas," says Bill Burns, engineering geologist at the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). "Be aware of the landslide hazard, and avoid burn areas."

The watch includes Government Camp, Detroit, Santiam Pass, Corbett, Rooster Rock, Multnomah Falls, Cascade Locks, Hood River, North Bonneville, Stevenson, Carson, and Underwood.

Find a map of the watch area and latest information here: http://www.weather.gov/pqr/

Debris flows are rapidly moving, extremely destructive landslides. They can contain boulders and logs transported in a fast-moving soil and water slurry down steep hillsides and through narrow canyons. They can easily travel a mile or more. A debris flow moves faster than a person can run.

People, structures and roads located below steep slopes in canyons and near the mouths of canyons may be at serious risk. Extreme caution should be used when traveling.

According to DOGAMI, hazardous areas can include:
- Bases of steep hillsides.
- Road cuts or other areas where slopes of hills have been excavated or over-steepened.
- Places where slides or debris flows have occurred in the past.
- Canyon bottoms, stream channels, and areas of rock and soil accumulation at the outlets of canyons.

For more landslide and debris flow information: http://bit.ly/landslidehazards
Aircraft Crash - Nehalem Bay State Park
Oregon State Police - 09/17/17 1:51 PM
On September 16, 2017 OSP responded to a report of a small aircraft collision on the Nehalem Bay State Park airstrip.

Preliminary investigation revealed that at approximately 5:14pm, a crash involving an aircraft occurred on the airstrip at Nehalem Bay State Park. The involved pilot was identified as Todd William Rudberg, age 49, from Shoreline, Washington. There was one additional passenger in the plane identified as Valerie Anne Villacin, age 43, from Seattle, Washington.

The aircraft was a 2003 Vans Aircraft Model RV8, single engine, fixed wing plane belonging to Mr. Rudberg. The crash occurred when Mr. Rudberg attempted to land the plane. He had fully touched down on the airstrip and was slowing down when an elk ran in front of the plane. He attempted to speed up and relaunch the plane in order to fly over the elk without hitting it. The propeller and right side landing gear struck the elk and killed it. Another elk ran in front of the plane and was struck by the left wing. The second elk was also killed. The plane spun around and came to a stop on the airstrip. The plane was totaled as a result of the crash and none of the occupants were injured. The FAA has temporarily closed the Nehalem Bay State Park Airstrip and will be conducting an investigation of the incident.

Troopers from the Oregon State Police- Tillamook Worksite responded and investigated the incident. Assisting the Oregon State Police were Nehalem Bay Fire and Rescue, the Manzanita Department of Public Safety, and employees of Nehalem Bay State Park. A large quantity of elk meat was salvaged by the responding Fish and Wildlife troopers.


Attached Media Files: Aircraft Photos
Officers Investigate Shooting After Gunshot Victim Arrives at Portland Hospital
Portland Police Bureau - 09/17/17 11:23 AM
On Sunday September 17, 2017, at 3:57 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to an area hospital emergency department on the report that an adult male had arrived by private vehicle with a gunshot wound.

Officers arrived at the hospital and contacted the injured man.

Officers were able to locate the victim's vehicle in the 5000 block of Northeast Columbia Boulevard. There were multiple bullet strikes located on the vehicle. Investigators believe the victim drove his vehicle to this location and parked the vehicle after the shooting. An acquaintance of the victim transported him to the hospital.

Officers have not been able to locate where the shooting occurred at this time.

There is currently no suspect description.

The victim's injuries are believed to be serious but non-life-threatening.

This is the third shooting Sunday Morning in which a person was struck by gunfire. In one shooting a man was killed and in two others victims sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries. At this time it is not believed the three shootings are related.

Based on information learned during the investigation the Gang Enforcement Team has taken over the investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Brent Christensen at 503-823-2087 or Brent.Christensen@portlandoregon.gov

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

The Portland Police Bureau works closely with Enough is Enough PDX, a community-led campaign aimed at encouraging people to take a stand against gang violence in the area.

For more information about Enough is Enough PDX and how you can get involved, please visit https://www.facebook.com/EnoughIsEnoughPDX

Additional information about Enough is Enough PDX and other City efforts addressing youth violence can be found at the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, http://www.portlandonline.com/safeyouth/

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous. Rewards of up to $1,000 are available for other unsolved felony crimes - $2,500 for unsolved homicides.

Submit an anonymous tip:

Text CRIMES (274637) - Type 823HELP, followed by the tip.

Online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

Visit http://tipsoft.com to download the TipSubmit app.

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Police Investigate Early Morning Shooting on SE Stark St - One Injured
Portland Police Bureau - 09/17/17 7:54 AM
On Sunday September 17, 2017, at 2:59 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to Southeast 119th Avenue and Southeast Stark Street on the report of a shooting.

When officers arrived in the area of the shooting they located evidence of gunfire and contacted several people who heard the shooting. The officers canvassed the area and did not locate anyone with injuries.

As officers continued the on scene investigation, they learned a gun shot victim had arrived at an area hospital by private vehicle. An officer contacted the gun shot victim at the hospital and learned the adult male was shot while he as in the 500 block of Southeast 119th Avenue.

There is currently no suspect description to provide at this point in the investigation.

The victim's injuries are believed to be serious but non-life-threatening.

Anyone with information about this shooting should contact the Portland Police Bureau non-emergency number at 503-823-3333.

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Sat. 09/16/17
Excessive Speed Suspected in Fatal Crash Near North Plains (Photo)
Washington County Sheriff's Office - 09/16/17 7:49 PM
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CORRECTION: My prior release showed an incorrect age. The correct age is 58.

Media Release

Excessive Speed Suspected in Fatal Crash Near North Plains

September 16, 2017 -- A 58-year-old man died this afternoon after a car he was driving lost control and collided with a telephone pole. Speed is suspected as a contributing factor to this crash.

On Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 4:47 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a single-vehicle crash into a utility pole at NW Dairy Creek Road and NW Oliver Hill Road, northwest of North Plains.

The initial investigation showed that the vehicle, a 2000 Volkswagen Jetta, was traveling south when it lost control and collided with a utility pole. Lifesaving efforts were attempted, but the driver, 58-year-old Richard Owens, of North Plains, died at the scene.

Members of the Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) will consult on this crash investigation. It is believed that excessive speed was a factor in this crash.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office reminds the public to always obey posted speed limits and road safety signs.

Deputies at the scene were assisted by the North Plains Police Department, the Oregon State Police, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Banks Fire and the Washington County Medical Examiner's Office.


Attached Media Files: Media Release , Crash photo 2 of 2 , Crash photo 1 of 2
Three Arrests Made After Deputy Discovers Stolen Car (Photo)
Washington County Sheriff's Office - 09/16/17 6:38 PM
Kaylee Hathaway mugshot
Kaylee Hathaway mugshot
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Media Release

Three Arrests Made After Deputy Discovers Stolen Car

September 16, 2017 -- Two women and one man were arrested after a deputy assigned to the city of Cornelius learned that a truck parked in front of a business was stolen.

On Saturday, September 16, 2017, at 10:44 a.m., a Washington County Sheriff's Office deputy assigned to the City of Cornelius was checking the parking lot of a business in the 2200 block of Baseline Street. The deputy thought a vehicle in the lot was suspicious and went into the business to inquire.

An employee at the business told the deputy that some people had come into the business earlier, but had just walked away from the truck. About 20 minutes later, the deputy learned that the same truck was being reported as stolen from a construction site in the city of Beaverton.

Deputies did an area check and arrested three individuals seen walking away from the truck:

William Litton, age 24, of Hillsboro, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle.

Hailey Elden, 23, of Tigard, was arrested and charged with Escape II, False Information to Police, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and Parole Violation.

Kaylee Hathaway, 28, of Forest Grove was arrested on a warrant for Failure to Appear in court on drug charges.

All three were lodged at the Washington County Jail.


Attached Media Files: Media Release , Kaylee Hathaway mugshot , Hailey Elden mugshot , William Litton mugshot
Deputy Locates Man Wanted After Brutal Assault near Seattle (Photo)
Washington County Sheriff's Office - 09/16/17 12:36 PM
Wei Wang
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Media Release

Deputy Locates Man Wanted After Brutal Assault near Seattle

September 16, 2017 -- An alert Washington County deputy located a man wanted after a brutal assault in King County, Washington. Wei Wang, 50, was lodged in the Washington County Jail and will face extradition back to Washington.

On Friday, September 15, 2017, at 8:54 p.m., an alert deputy from the Washington County Sheriff's Office was driving through the parking lot of a hotel in Beaverton when she noticed a vehicle associated with a wanted man from Washington.

Detectives from the King County Sheriff's Office had alerted Washington County police agencies to be on the lookout for Wei Wang, age 50, who was wanted after a brutal assault on the morning of September 14, 2017, in Shoreline, Washington. It was believed that Mr. Wang was possibly traveling through Oregon. King County investigators obtained a nationwide felony warrant.

Mr. Wang was contacted and arrested by patrol deputies and lodged in the Washington County Jail. He faces extradition back to the state of Washington.

After the arrest, Violent Crimes Unit detectives assisted King County investigators by preparing and executing two search warrants in Washington County.

Mr. Wang is currently being held without bail on a felony warrant from the state of Washington for their crime of Assault in the First Degree.

Questions about the assault in King County should be directed to the King County Sheriff's Office.


Attached Media Files: Media Release , Wei Wang
ECFR to Host Fall CERT Classes
East (Clark) Co. Fire and Rescue - 09/16/17 10:23 AM
East County Fire & Rescue Announces our next CERT course

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.


(Completion of 20-hour curriculum required for certification)
When: Friday -- Oct 13 7 PM - 9:30 PM
Saturday -- Oct 14 9 AM -- 5 PM
Friday -- Oct 20 7 PM -- 9:30 PM
Saturday -- Oct 21 9 AM -- 5 PM

Where: East County Fire & Rescue
Station 91
600 NE 267th Ave.
Camas, WA

Cost: $30.00 (Covers Training Supplies & Materials)

Class size is limited; payment is due at time of registration
For registration or more information call
360-834-4908 or on the web at ecfr.us


Attached Media Files: ECFR Fall 2017 CERT Flyer
Red Cross Responds to Single Family Home Fire Affecting One Adult and One Child in Gresham
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/16/17 9:29 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a single family home fire disaster on September 16, 2017 at approximately 1:00 a.m. in the 1200 block of NW 1st Street in Gresham, Ore. The fire affected one adult and one child.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Eagle Creek Fire Morning Update 16 September 2017
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 09/16/17 8:27 AM
Eagle Creek Fire Size: 45,579 acres

Eagle Creek Fire Containment: 32%

Archer Fire Size: 260 acres
Archer Fire Containment: 100%

A community meeting is scheduled for 12 PM on Saturday, September 16 at the Hood River Valley High School to share information on the Eagle Creek Fire.

Summary:

Firefighter control efforts focus on the outer perimeter of the fire. Smoke and flames may be visible as pockets of unburned fuel are consumed within the interior of the fire.

Temperatures remain seasonable with a high of 72 degrees with east, northeast winds at 15-25 mph. The relative humidity remains low ranging from 20-30 percent. Saturday evening into Sunday winds are expected to begin shifting to the southwest, as a cold front moves into the area bringing cloudy conditions, a chance of precipitation, higher humidity and lower temperatures.

Active fire behavior is expected primarily on the southern and western edge of the fire with dry conditions and east, northeast winds. Firefighters will be reinforcing and holding lines along the west side of the fire. The Bell Creek drainage is expected to receive windy conditions and active fire behavior. Aerial operations will support firefighters with direct water drops to assist holding and firing operations as conditions allow. Mop up continues along the Interstate 84 corridor and reinforcement of lines on the east side of the fire. Work to stabilize fire lines in advance of possible precipitation will be occurring all over the fire area.

Today Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) task forces will continue work making structures better prepared against wildfire. Weather and fire conditions will be monitored to ensure that fire crews are best positioned to protect structures in the event of increased fire behavior.

The Archer Mountain Fire is 100 percent contained with crews on site continuing mop-up, patrol and rehabilitation of fire lines.


Resources Assigned: 27 crews (5-Type 1, 14-Type 2, 8-Type 2 Initial Attack); 61 Engines; 12 Helicopters; 9 Dozers; 18 Water Tenders; 1,060 Personnel.


Additional fire, closure and evacuation information can be found at:

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5584/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EagleCreekandIndianCreekFires2017/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/eaglecreekfire
Oregon Smoke Information: https://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
Multnomah County Sheriff Flash Alert: https://www.flashalert.net/id/MCSO
Hood River County Sheriff: http://www.hoodriversheriff.com/news/breaking-news/
Road Closures: https://tripcheck.com
Firewise Information: http://www.firewise.org/
Fri. 09/15/17
Attempted Kidnapping Arrest (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 09/15/17 9:47 PM
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On June 7th, 2017 Beaverton Police responded to a report of an attempted kidnapping involving a 16-year-old female. The incident occurred in the 5800 block of SW Erickson Ave. This incident occurred in public and this was a stranger on stranger attack. We released information using Beaverton Case number 17-1580693.

On September 15, 2017 Beaverton Police Detectives arrested 27 year old Robert Friesen in connection with the attempted kidnapping. Friesen was lodged at Washington County Jail and charged with Attempted Kidnapping in the First Degree, Menacing, and Unlawful Use Of A Weapon.

Because of the nature of this case, there may be additional victims. Beaverton Police Detectives are seeking any additional information the public may have regarding the June 7th attempted kidnapping. Detectives are also asking any additional victims please contact the Beaverton Police Department at 503-629-0111.

Friesen has been associated with a white Ford Explorer, a light colored minivan, a silver Honda Civic and a black Nissan Sentra with faded paint on the hood and fenders.


Attached Media Files: Press Release , Friesen picture
Red Cross Responds to Multi Family Home Fire Affecting Three Adults in Aloha
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/15/17 8:12 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a multi family home fire disaster on September 15, 2017, at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the 4800 block of 180th Avenue in Aloha, Ore. The fire affected three adults.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Red Cross Responds to Single Family Home Fire Affecting Four Adults and Five Children in Gaston
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/15/17 8:04 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a single family home fire disaster on September 15, 2017, at approximately 5:00 p.m. in the 11300 block of SW Spring Hill Road in Gaston, Ore. The fire affected four adults, five children, and four pets.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
News release: Corps awards trout supply contract
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 09/15/17 4:04 PM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

News Release

Release No. 17-036

Contact:

Michelle Helms
503-808-4517
Michelle.r.helms@usace.army.mil

For Release: Sept. 15, 2017

Corps awards trout supply contract

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Desert Springs Trout Farm of Summer Lake, Oregon, was awarded a nearly $1.3 million contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to supply trout to offset the impacts of dams in the Willamette Valley, the agency announced today.

Desert Springs has experience providing live fish to the state and delivering to water bodies throughout Oregon. They have worked with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in the past and are familiar with the state's permitting process and standards for fish production.

"Desert Springs' proposal met the federal government's requirements at a cost that provides the best value to taxpayers," said Tammy Mackey, Portland District Fish Section chief. "They have worked with ODFW in recent years and we feel confident that they will provide good stock that will meet the expectations of Oregon anglers and fish managers."

The contract is for trout supply and delivery only; it does not include hatchery facilities. The Corps determined earlier this year that the Leaburg Hatchery on the McKenzie River will not be used to produce trout. While hatchery's future is still under consideration it is still in use. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is still caring for fish being grown in the facility and will release them when appropriate.

The Corps recently awarded contracts to ODFW to operate four Willamette Valley hatcheries and the Cole M. Rivers hatchery in the Rogue River Basin. Those contracts went into effect Sept. 1, and include services such as fish production and release, marking and tagging of fish, and fish health services.

Earlier this year, the Corps issued a $51,000 contract to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation to assist in producing and releasing fall Chinook in the Umatilla River.


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Deputies Arrest 18-year-old Clatskanie Man on Child Sex Abuse Allegations (Photo)
Columbia Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/15/17 4:03 PM
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On 09/08/2017, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office initiated a Sex Abuse Investigation after receiving information that a 6-year-old boy was sexually assaulted by an 18 year old neighbor in Clatskanie. The identity of the six year old boy and his family are withheld for privacy reasons. The 18-year-old suspect was identified as John Lewis of Clatskanie. Upon investigation, it was revealed that when he was a juvenile, Lewis had sexually assaulted a child in the past in a different part of the state.

On 09/14/2017 Lewis was taken into custody without incident and lodged in the Columbia County Jail. He is being charged with one count each of Unlawful Sexual Penetration, First Degree and Sexual Abuse, First Degree, and two counts of Sodomy, First Degree. Mr. Lewis was arraigned on the charges, and is being held on bail, with $29,500 security.

Investigators believe there could be additional victims. If you have information concerning this case, please contact the Columbia County Sheriff's Office dispatch at 503 397-1521.


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DEQ Investigating Possible Contamination of Glen Creek
City of Salem - 09/15/17 4:02 PM
Signs have been posted along Glen Creek within the City of Salem warning people to avoid contact with the water due to possible contamination which occurred outside of the city limits.

DEQ is investigating a reported contamination of Glen Creek west of Salem that may have harmed fish downstream.

The signs will be removed once water samples determine that no contamination is present.
Marion County Dog Shelter schedule change
Marion County - 09/15/17 3:43 PM
Effective Saturday, September 16, 2017, the Marion County Dog Shelter will be closed on Saturdays from noon to 1 p.m. until further notice.

For more information about the shelter, visit http://www.co.marion.or.us/CS/DogServices/ or call (503) 566-6966.
SKPS School Board Unanimously Adopts 2017-18 Supplemental Budget
Salem-Keizer Sch. Dist. - 09/15/17 3:32 PM
School Board Unanimously Adopts 2017-18 Supplemental Budget
Nearly 25 Staff to be Hired, Including Counselors, English Language Development Teachers and a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Specialist

SALEM, Oregon, September 15, 2017--The Salem-Keizer School Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a $10.5 million supplemental budget. It will be used to hire more teachers and to help defray the cost of architectural and design work for construction projects.

"While we're grateful that the legislature was able to provide us with more funding, we are still in a deficit biennium," said Chief Operations Officer Mike Wolfe with the district's Business and Support Services department. "We will be looking for ways to continue to cut costs."

The district's 2017-18 budget of about $468 million dollars was previously based on an anticipated $8.1 billion in state school funding. It was approved by the school board in June. The legislature later approved $8.2 billion in school funding, accounting for the $10.5 million voted on by the school board this week.

The district plans to hire three full-time drug and alcohol counselors, five full-time English Language Development teachers, and a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math teacher with the funding. To view the full supplemental budget, click here: https://www.salkeiz.k12.or.us/sites/default/files/sb-september-17.pdf

In addition, the district plans to use a portion of the money to begin planning for a 2018 bond referendum. Costs include architectural and engineering design work for proposed additions to address overcrowding at McNary High School and North Salem High School, as well as planning for a new elementary school to replace Auburn Elementary. The last bond was passed in 2008. Since then, the district has grown by nearly 2,000 students.

Salem-Keizer School District 24J is the second-largest school district in the state of Oregon, with nearly 5,000 employees serving more than 42,000 students in 65 schools in the cities of Salem and Keizer.
Sheriff's Office Solicits Volunteers for Community Advisory Group
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/15/17 3:14 PM
Sheriff Curtis Landers announces immediate openings for a new volunteer Sheriff's Office Community Advisory Group. The goal of the group is to provide us with community insight relating to public safety priorities, developing crime prevention strategies and identifying community outreach program opportunities. It is another step for increasing our strong partnerships with the community and continued transparency of our operations.

Sheriff Landers would like to have approximately twelve citizens on the group from various areas around the County. "I am hoping for a very diverse representation of our County demographics who are not afraid to speak up and provide input." said Sheriff Landers.

Once the group is selected, the Sheriff's Office will present a citizen academy to acclimate the participants on the daily operations of the Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Landers stated, "It is important for the group to know and understand how and why we do things in order to provide productive feedback."

The academy will start in November and take about twelve weeks to complete. The academy will require two to four hours of participation each week until completed. Following the academy, Sheriff Landers anticipates the group will meet at least quarterly or however frequent the group determines they should meet.

Interested citizens can complete our online volunteer application through the Sheriff's Office website at www.lincolncountysheriff.net. Click on "volunteer programs" and then "volunteer application". If you need the direct link for the application or have any questions regarding the group, please email us at lcsheriff@co.lincoln.or.us or contact us at 541-265-4277. We will accept applications until Friday, October 6, 2017, at 5:00 pm.
Sheriff's Office Accepting Reserve Deputy Applications
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/15/17 2:50 PM
The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office is currently accepting applications to join the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Reserve Unit. To apply to become a Reserve Deputy Sheriff, you must be at least 21 years old, have a valid driver's license, high school diploma or G.E.D., and pass a physical and written test as well as an in-depth background investigation, oral interview, polygraph, and psychological exam. Applications can be picked up in person at the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office and must be completed and submitted by Nov 1st, 2017. For additional information, contact Deputy Jordan Spencer at spencerj@co.cowlitz.wa.us
Oregon Customers' Natural Gas Rates Will Fall Again
NW Natural - 09/15/17 1:53 PM
NW Natural files for third consecutive rate reduction

PORTLAND, Ore. --NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) has filed for a rate reduction with the Public Utility Commission of Oregon (OPUC) for the third year in a row. If approved, customers can expect to see lower bills starting Nov. 1.

NW Natural has requested residential rates be lowered by 6.4% and commercial rates by 7.3%. The typical residential customer using an average of 50 therms a month will save about $3.43 each month. The typical commercial customer using 231 therms a month will save $15.62 every month.

"We're proud to pass cost savings on to our customers while providing the same high-quality service, reliability and safety that they expect," said David H. Anderson, NW Natural President and CEO. "Once again, our customers will be paying less for their natural gas than they did 15 years ago."

The Sept. 15 filing reflects anticipated low natural gas commodity prices for the coming year as a result of abundant natural gas supplies. The rate changes also include other year-to-year adjustments and costs approved by regulators.

The OPUC is expected to issue a final decision on this year's filing by the end of October, with new rates effective Nov. 1. Find more information in the Rates & Regulations section of nwnatural.com or call 503-226-4211 and ask for the Rates & Regulatory Department.

Don't forget about the June credit
The rate decrease follows a credit on Oregon customers' June bills. NW Natural returned $11.6 million to Oregon customers -- an average of $12 a customer. The credits resulted from efficient pipeline capacity management and effective use of the company's underground natural gas storage facility at Mist, Oregon, during 2016.

Oregon customers have received more than $105 million in bill credits from efficient pipeline and storage capacity over the last 11 years.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 730,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at www.nwnatural.com.
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Salem Police to Continue Specialized DUII Enforcement Campaigns
Salem Police Dept. - 09/15/17 11:51 AM
The Salem Police Department will be continuing with specialized patrols to target those who are Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants.

The overtime patrols shifts, funded by Oregon Impact and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), will continue to focus on the very dangerous issue of driving while impaired.

During the month of August, three officers worked on six of these focused patrols, arresting nine persons for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, cited or arrested four persons for driving with a suspended license and issued an additional 38 citations and warnings for other violations.

As an agency during the month of August, Salem Police officers arrested 51 people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, cited three people for Minor in Possession of Alcohol, issued 98 citations for Driving With a Suspended License, 92 citations for driving without a seatbelt, 22 for driving while using a cellular phone and issued another 1261 citations and warnings for various other offenses.

The Salem Police Department and our partners such as Oregon Impact and NHTSA are committed to keeping our community safe through traffic safety enforcement and education.
MCSO Downgrades All Level 3 Evacuation Levels in Multnomah County Today at 12pm
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/15/17 11:10 AM
After consultation with fire officials, it has been determined that the west end of the Eagle Creek Fire lines have been secured to a point which allows additional changes to evacuation levels.

MCSO would like to acknowledge the dedicated work of fire crews who built these lines to protect our community.

As of 12:00 noon today, September 15, MCSO is downgrading all Level 3 evacuation orders to Level 2 evacuation orders.

Please understand that a Level 2 notice means you still need to be set to leave at any time, in the event the fire behavior changes.

All residents moving from a Level 3 evacuation to a Level 2 evacuation, are asked to visit the Re-Entry Center established at:

Corbett Community Church
34309 NE Mershon Road, Corbett OR


Please be sure to bring identification to receive credentials and instructions on returning to your neighborhood. The Center will be open Friday from noon to midnight, and Saturday from 8am to 12pm.

We'd like to remind all residents that only household pets should return with their owners, and that large livestock and horses remain out of these areas until evacuation orders are lifted.

Questions regarding evacuations in Multnomah County can be directed to 211.
You can find an interactive map of the evacuation areas at multco.us

If you are a resident of Hood River County, please continue to monitor updates from the Hood River County Sheriff's Office.

On behalf of Sheriff Mike Reese and the entire agency, thank you for your patience, and welcome home.
Update on Vancouver Police Response To Shooting
Vancouver Police Dept. - 09/15/17 10:13 AM
UPDATE: 09/15/17

The prior update is to the Vancouver Police Response to the shooting on Todd Rd.

UPDATE: 09/15/17

26 year old, Vancouver resident, Joseph J Carswell was booked on one count of Assault I. Victim suffered a shotgun wound to the left arm. The injury is believed to be non-life threatening. Early reports show the incident was over money owed.



On 09/14/17 at 1503 hours Vancouver Police received a 911 call from a victim saying he had been shot near the 1900 Block of Todd Road. Upon arrival medical aid was provided to the victim and the suspect taken into custody without incident.

The victim was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. It appears the victim and suspect knew each other. There is no danger to the community.

Detectives on scene for interviews and scene processing. No further information will be released today.
Insurance agencies and community groups poised to help Oregonians enroll in health insurance this fall
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 09/15/17 10:12 AM
(Salem) -- The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace has awarded outreach and consumer-assistance grants to six nonprofit groups and 31 insurance agencies. The awardees will use the grants, totaling $645,135, to publicize the upcoming health insurance open enrollment period and help Oregonians enroll in coverage through HealthCare.gov and other programs. Open enrollment this year runs from Nov.1 through Dec. 15.

"Open enrollment is just six weeks this year, so having a network of skilled, trusted professionals help people sign up for coverage is more important than ever," said Jean Straight, acting director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services. "The Marketplace grants support this network."

The state selected grantees after a competitive application process. Applicants were judged on multiple criteria, including their demonstrated ties to community networks, ability to reach underserved populations, and capacity to serve consumers whether they are eligible for HealthCare.gov plans or other programs, such as the Oregon Health Plan or Medicare.

The nonprofit groups -- called community partners -- receiving grants are:

Asian Health and Service Center
Cascade AIDS Project
Northeast Oregon Network (NEON)
Performance Health Technology (PH TECH)
Project Access NOW
The Rinehart Clinic

Insurance agencies -- called partner agents -- receiving grants are:

Aaron Michael Burns Insurance Services
Abel Insurance
Bancorp Insurance
Barlow Insurance LLC
Boone Insurance Associates
Bredimus Insurance Agency
Carney Insurance
Central Financial Services of Oregon
Country Financial
Exchange Insurance Services
FG Insurance
HE Cross Company
Health Insurance Place
Health Plans in Oregon
Health Plans NW
Healthwise Insurance
Healthy, Wealthy & Wise
High Desert Insurance
iCover Oregon
Insured by Gallegos
Linda Dugan Insurance
Matthew Woodbridge Insurance
Pfaff-Karren Insurance
Reinholdt & O'Harra Insurance
Revell Coy Insurance
RJS & Associates
Secure Tomorrow Insurance
The Health Insurance Store
Thippayaphorn Om Sukheenai
Tina VanPhung
Tomlin Benefit Planning


The grant award term is 12 months, with the community partners and partner agents serving consumers both during open enrollment and throughout the year.

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The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. DCBS houses the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, along with other divisions. For more information, go to dcbs.oregon.gov.
County manager seeks applicants for Clean Water Commission
Clark Co. WA Communications - 09/15/17 10:01 AM
Vancouver, Wash. -- Clark County is seeking applicants for an opening on the Clean Water Commission.

Term for the open position begins in January 2018 and ends in December 2020.

The nine-member advisory group makes recommendations to the Board of County Councilors about services, policies and financing needed to meet federal and state requirements for water quality and improve local stormwater management.

Applicants can live anywhere in Clark County. Unincorporated residents and people with analytical skills and experience with environmental issues are encouraged to apply.

The commission meets 6:30-8:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every other month, beginning in January. Meetings are in the sixth-floor Training Room in the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

Anyone interested in serving should submit a letter and résumé to Jennifer Clark, Board of County Councilors Office, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, 98666-5000. Applications can be faxed to (360) 397-6058 or sent by email to jennifer.clark@clark.wa.gov.

Application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3.

More information on the Clean Water Commission is available on the county's website, www.clark.wa.gov/public-works/clean-water-commission.
UPDATE: Eagle Creek Fire
Hood River Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/15/17 9:34 AM
There are no changes to evacuation levels this morning. The Red Cross has a shelter set up at the River of Life Church on Tucker Rd.

Information from fire crews this morning is that the fire is now 41,550 acres in size. There was growth to the northeast line and to the south. It is estimated that aircraft dropped nearly 100,000 gallons of water on the fire yesterday. Today, resources will be focused on the northeast corner of the fire to help the communities, infrastructure and other values. Burnout operations continue from Cacade Locks east to Mitchell Point in an effort to bring the fire down the slope in a controlled manner. Crews will also be reinforcing line from Mitchell Point to Wahtum Lake.

Oregon State Fire Marshal crews will continue to patrol residences near the eastern edge of the fire. Two additional task forces have arrived to support the structural assessment and preperation work being performed in Hood River.

The Oregon Department of Transportation opened Inerstate 84 westbound only. They made a decision to not allow anyone to exit the freeway from Hood River to Troutdale, including Cascade Locks. Any questions on this need to be directed to ODOT.

Weather is expected to remain cooler with light winds. Significant precipitation is still forecasted for early next week.

Questions from the fire operations base can be answered at 541-392-1632. This line is staffed 8am to 8pm. Evacuation information can be reached at 541-387-6911 from 8am - 5pm and a recorded line is available 24 hours a day at 541-399-8022 for English and 541-399-8023 for Spanish.
Mill City Child Struck by Vehicle in Crosswalk
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 09/15/17 9:03 AM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports on September 14, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., the Linn County Sheriff's Office 9-1-1 Dispatch Center received a call reporting a child had been struck by a vehicle on Broadway Street near 3rd Street in Mill City.

Deputies learned a 10-year-old female from Mill City was on her way to the School Book Fair, when struck in the crosswalk on Broadway Street, by a 2005 Dodge Caravan, driven by Natasha Marie Lynn Bodda, 20, of Mill City. Witnesses to the crash reported Bodda was traveling west on Broadway Street at approximately 30 to 35 MPH and after striking the child, slowed down, but then accelerated away from the scene.

A witness to the crash chased after Bodda and caught up with her several blocks west of the scene. Bodda agreed to return to the scene of the accident with the witness and waited for law enforcement to arrive.

The child was transported to Salem Hospital by ambulance and then to OHSU, to receive surgery for non-life threatening injuries.

Bodda was arrested and lodged at the Linn County Jail for charges of DUII Drugs-Marijuana, Failure to Perform Duties as a Driver in an Injury Motor Vehicle Crash, Assault II, Driving While Suspended-Violation, Driving Uninsured and Failure to Yield Right of Way to Pedestrian.

Linn County Deputies were assisted by members of the Mill City Fire Department, Lyons Fire Department and the Linn County Multi-Agency Investigation Team.
The investigation is continuing.
Eagle Creek Fire Morning Update 15 September 2017
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 09/15/17 8:24 AM
Eagle Creek Fire Size: 41,550 acres

Eagle Creek Fire Containment: 28%

(Archer Fire Size: 260 Acres -Archer Fire Containment: 100%)


A community meeting has been scheduled for noon on Saturday, September 16 at the Hood River Valley High School to share information on the Eagle Creek Fire.


Summary:

Interstate 84 opened to westbound traffic last night. Crews have worked hard for more than a week to reinforce fire line, remove hazard trees, and address other public safety concerns. Fire line has been completed along I-84 from Bridal Veil to Cascade Locks. Drivers are reminded to obey posted speed limits, be aware of changing visibility and watch out for other hazards. All exits between Hood River and Troutdale will remain closed. Drivers are not to stop along the highway.

Yesterday, aircraft dropped nearly 100,000 gallons of water on the fire. Today, resources will be focused on the northeast corner of the fire to help protect the communities, infrastructure, and other values at risk there as burnout operations continue from Cascade Locks east to Mitchell Point. If conditions permit, helicopters may be used to assist with burnout operations west of Wyeth to bring fire down to the powerline corridor in a controlled manner. Crews will also be reinforcing line from Mitchell Point south to Wahtum Lake.

On the west side, fire is most active in the Bell Creek area. Crews will be constructing direct hand line and bucket drops may be used to cool hotspots in that area. Indirect dozer line will be connected to the powerline corridor near Larch Mountain to form a continuous line to the south.

Oregon State Fire Marshal crews will continue to patrol residences near the eastern edge of the fire. Two additional task forces have arrived to support the structural assessment and preparation work being performed in Hood River.

Command of the Archer Mountain Fire transferred to the Eagle Creek Unified Command at 0600 this morning. The Archer Mountain Fire is 100 percent contained. Crews will continue to mop-up and patrol.

Weather is expected to remain cooler with light winds. Friday evening and Saturday may bring lower relative humidity and a shift to light northeast winds. Significant precipitation is still forecast for early next week.

Resources Assigned: 26 crews (5-Type 1, 14-Type 2, 7-Type 2 Initial Attack); 54 Engines; 12 Helicopters; 9 Dozers; 16 Water Tenders; 967 Personnel

Additional fire, closure and evacuation information can be found at:

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5584/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EagleCreekandIndianCreekFires2017/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/eaglecreekfire
Oregon Smoke Information: https://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
Multnomah County Sheriff Flash Alert: https://www.flashalert.net/id/MCSO
Hood River County Sheriff: http://www.hoodriversheriff.com/news/breaking-news/
Road Closures: https://tripcheck.com
Firewise Information: http://www.firewise.org/