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Thu. 09/20/18
Firefighters Battle 2-Alarm Convenience Store Fire (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 09/20/18 12:52 AM
7-Eleven - Mop Up Phase (2)
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Just before 10 p.m., firefighters from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the report of a fire at a 7-Eleven store, located at 185th Avenue and Bronson Road, near Highway 26. A quick-acting employee at the store made the call to 911 while also evacuating other employees and a customer.

First incoming firefighters from Station 64, located in close proximity to the 7-Eleven store, arrived within minutes to find heavy black smoke inside the store that was also billowing out the eaves of the roof. The incident was immediately upgraded to a first alarm to bring in additional units to assist with firefighting efforts, since it was a confirmed working fire. As crews aggressively battled the flames, they found a significant amount of smoke in the attic space, with cause for concern that the fire may be spreading. The call was then upgraded to a second alarm, to bring in more firefighting resources to help fight the fire and due to the store being attached to multiple other businesses.

The fire was considered under control in approximately 30 minutes. Firefighters were able to keep the fire contained to the 7-Eleven store, preventing extension to connected businesses. Store employees and the customer evacuated unharmed and businesses in the connected units were closed at the time the fire broke out. 

The area of origin is near a refrigeration unit within the 7-Eleven store; however, the cause of what started the fire is unknown at this time. A TVF&R investigator is currently on scene.

Due to extensive fire and smoke damage, the 7-Eleven store will be temporarily closed for an unknown period of time while restoration work is performed.

TVF&R was assisted on scene by Hillsboro Fire and Rescue, NW Natural and Portland General Electric. MetroWest Ambulance provided medical standby services. 




Attached Media Files: 7-Eleven - Mop Up Phase (2) , 7-Eleven - Mop Up Phase (2)

Wed. 09/19/18
UPDATE: Detectives Continue To Request Public's Help to Locate 89-Year-Old Missing Woman (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/19/18 9:00 PM
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Members of the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Missing Persons Unit continue to ask for the public's help to locate 89-year-old Marcine Herinck, missing since early this morning, Wednesday, September 19, 2018.

Detectives received information from a community member, reporting they observed a person believed to be Herinck walking westbound on Northeast Glisan Street near Glendoveer Golf Course, located at 14015 Northeast Glisan Street. The person was observed wearing a royal blue lightweight jacket. The community member reportedly saw Herinck at 7:30 a.m. this morning.

Anyone who has information about Herinck or locates her should immediately call 9-1-1 so police may check her welfare. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to contact Detective Heidi Helwig at 503-823-0797 or Heidi.Helwig@portlandoregon.gov

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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate an 89-year-old woman missing since early this morning, Wednesday, September 19, 2018.

Investigators believe Marcine Herinck left her home in the 1500 block of Northeast 150th Avenue early Wednesday morning. Herinck has some memory issues, but lives independently.

It is unknown, at this time, what Herinck is wearing, but she always wears a skirt.
Herinck is described as a white female, 4'10" tall, 100 pounds with white hair.

Anyone seeing Herinck is asked to immediately call 9-1-1 so police may check her welfare. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to contact Detective Heidi Helwig at 503-823-0797 or Heidi.Helwig@portlandoregon.gov

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Attached Media Files: Marcine Herinck

Monday, September 24, 2018 Regular Board Business Meeting Agenda
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 09/19/18 7:06 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 24, 2018 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 Associated Student Body, Superintendent’s Office, Teaching & Learning and the Business Office. They will take action on consent agenda items, site councils, handbooks, norms, values, goals, budget calendar and announce a budget committee vacancy. The Board will report/discuss items of Board Business including: community solutions, committee reports, legislative update, color caucus and recap their visit with the Auditors. 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.  


Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Two in Washington County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/19/18 6:16 PM

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross responded at approximately 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 19,in the 5200 block of SW 160th Avenue in Aloha, OR. This single-family fire affected 2 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/GetAnAlarm to schedule an appointment.


Report shows VA Portland is among top VA facilities to improve in quality of services provided to Veterans (Photo)
VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) - 09/19/18 2:37 PM
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PORTLAND, Ore. — Using a web-based report scorecard that measures, evaluates and benchmarks quality and efficiency at its medical centers, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently released data that showed significant improvements at the majority of its health care facilities. VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) is ranked in the top eight of 146 VA facilities in its measured improvements from last summer.

Compared with data from the same period a year ago, the July 2018 release of VA’s Strategic Analytics for Improvement and Learning (SAIL) report showed 103 (71 percent) VA medical centers (VAMCs) have improved in overall quality.

“This report is one of a number of tools we use to help guide our health care system to improve the quality of services we provide to our Veterans,” said VAPORHCS Director Michael Fisher. “It has driven our success in reducing employee turnover, improving physician capacity, and achieving better outcomes for our patients with chronic conditions. We owe our Veterans the best care possible and this report identifies those areas where we can maximize our improvement efforts.”

The quarterly SAIL report, which has been released publicly since 2015, assesses 25 quality metrics and two efficiency and productivity metrics in areas such as death rate, complications and patient satisfaction, as well as overall efficiency and physician capacity at 146 VAMCs. It is used as an internal learning tool for VA leaders and personnel to pinpoint and study VAMCs with high quality and efficiency scores, both within specific measured areas and overall. The data is also used to identify best practices and develop strategies to help troubled facilities improve.  




Attached Media Files: VA Portland Health Care System

Healthcare-Associated Infections Advisory Committee meets September 26
Oregon Health Authority - 09/19/18 2:20 PM

September 19, 2018

Healthcare-Associated Infections Advisory Committee meets September 26

What: The quarterly public meeting of the Healthcare-Associated Infections Advisory Committee (HAIAC)

Agenda: Discuss how Oregon health care facilities use National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) data for performance benchmarking; review Legacy Health’s development of its role as an Ebola Assessment Center; summarize 2016-17 Oregon health care worker influenza vaccination data; revisit travel screening activities in Oregon health care facilities; report data and discuss future opportunities for Targeted Assessment for Prevention (TAP) assessment work; brainstorm topics to address at future meetings and for future reports; public comment.

When: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 1-3 p.m. A 10-minute public comment period is at 2:55 p.m.; comments are limited to five minutes.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1B, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. A conference call line is available at 877-873-8018, access code 7872333.

OHA provides oversight and support for the mandatory reporting of healthcare-associated infections in Oregon via the Healthcare-Associated Infections Program. The program convenes its advisory board on a quarterly basis; the purpose of the board is to make recommendations to OHA regarding infection measures reportable by health care facilities.

Program contact: Roza Tammer, 971-673-1074, oza.p.tammer@dhsoha.state.or.us">roza.p.tammer@dhsoha.state.or.us

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Everyone has a right to know about and use 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 material in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Diane Roy at 971-673-1093, 711 TTY or oy@dhsoha.state.or.us">diane.m.roy@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.


DOGAMI Governing Board to meet October 1 in Portland
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 09/19/18 2:02 PM

The Governing Board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) will meet on Monday, October 1 at 8:30 a.m. at DOGAMI's Portland offices, 800 NE Oregon St., Suite 965.

The meeting agenda is available at www.OregonGeology.org.

The DOGAMI Governing Board sets policy and oversees general operations, and adopts a strategic plan every six years. The Board meets at least quarterly. As active members of their communities, Board members provide an important connection between Oregonians and DOGAMI's mission of providing earth science information and regulation to make Oregon safe and prosperous.


WSU Vancouver hires new Business Growth MAP Manager (Photo)
WSU Vancouver - 09/19/18 12:40 PM
Kirsten Fanning
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VANCOUVER, Wash. – Kirsten Fanning has been hired as the Business Growth Mentor and Analysis Program manager in the Carson College of Business at Washington State University Vancouver.

Created in 2011, the award-winning Business Growth MAP helps local small businesses and entrepreneurs succeed while providing educational opportunities for Carson College of Business students. As manager of the program, Fanning will oversee the pro-bono student consultancy, a monthly small business forum and an educational course for small business owners.

“Kirsten prides herself on her strategic thinking and ability to tackle any problem set before her. Her passion for community engagement will prove a valued asset in her new role,” said Jane Cote, academic director for the Carson College of Business.

Business Growth MAP Advisory Board Chair and mentor Susan Edwards said she’s excited to welcome Fanning into the role. “She’s sensitive to the students’ role because she has only been out of school a short time, as well to the businesses’ role because she has spent time in the business world as well. She’s efficient and has the ability to see things from 60,000 feet and plan accordingly.”

Fanning graduated from WSU Vancouver in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration focused in management information systems. An internship was her beginning at adidas, where she was later hired to work in financial reporting and business analytics prior to accepting the Business Growth MAP position.

About WSU Business Growth MAP

The confidential student consultancy program provides more than 500 hours of free consulting services to qualifying businesses, with more than 108,000 hours given so far. Every project completed has generated on average $55,000 in new revenue, feeding more than $12 million into the local economy since the program’s inception.

To learn more about the Business Growth MAP program, apply to be a client or apply to be a mentor, call 360-546-9533 or visit business.vancouver.wsu.edu/bgmap.

About WSU Vancouver

As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations. 

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Attached Media Files: Kirsten Fanning

City of Battle Ground Lifts Recreational Burn Ban Effective September 20
City of Battle Ground - 09/19/18 12:23 PM

Effective tomorrow, Thursday, September 20, the recreational burn ban in the City of Battle Ground, originally declared on July 26, is officially lifted by Battle Ground Fire Marshal Chris Drone. Recreational burning refers to campfires and fires in outdoor fireplaces or chimney-type devices.

The recent rainfall and forecast calling for cooler temperatures has lowered the fire danger levels in the City of Battle Ground.  Regardless of weather conditions, there is always the potential for fires to get out of control. One should exercise caution with any outdoor burning by observing regulations and requirements, remaining attentive, and following safety tips.

Recreational fires shall not be wider than 3 feet or taller than 2 feet and at least 25 feet away from structures or combustible materials.
Only firewood or charcoal may be used in a recreational fire.
Never burn yard debris or trash.
Ensure that there is a mesh screen in place to keep ash and embers from escaping.
Keep a bucket of water or a charged garden hose nearby and ready.
The use of burn barrels is strictly prohibited.
Portable outdoor fireplaces are required to be used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
Residential burning and land clearing burning of vegetation, yard debris, or branches is prohibited within the Battle Ground city limits. Please refer to the following map provided by Southwest Clean Air Agency at http://www.swcleanair.org/docs/misc/battleground2008.pdf. Those residing outside city limits may contact the Clark County Fire Marshal's Office at 360-397-2186 for permitted burning rules and regulations.

As we transition to colder weather, now is the time to check furnaces, stoves and chimneys to ensure that they are clear and clean for safe use. Follow the tips at www.cityofbg.org/heating-fire-safety to maintain a fire-safe home this fall and winter.


Pacific University's Center for Civic Engagement and Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation Merge
Pacific University - 09/19/18 12:10 PM

FOREST GROVE -- A pair of centers at Pacific University have recently consolidated to advance their shared mission to empower students to engage as active members of larger communities.

The Center for Civic Engagement, founded in 2004 as the university's Humanitarian Center, and the Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation, which launched in 2010, recently merged to become the Tom McCall Center for Civic Engagement.

Civic engagement has been a core focus of each center, said Stephanie Stokamer, who oversaw the Center for Civic Engagement and will continue as McCall Center for Civic Engagement director.

"Bringing the two centers together puts the university's civic engagement efforts in a single organization, which will strengthen the programming we offer our students, as well as their community outreach opportunities," she said.

Politics & Government Professor Jim Moore, the founding director of the McCall Center for Policy Innovation, will serve as the merged McCall Center's director of political outreach. Under Moore, the McCall Center for Policy Innovation has brought together policymakers and students through internships and campus-based events, as well as public events in the wider community.

"The McCall Center for Policy Innovation's political focus will now be part of the McCall Center for Civic Engagement's overall efforts to foster meaningful engagement in the communities in which our students find themselves," Stokamer said. Part of the goal, she added, is to widen the community of Pacific students who are aware of political internships as a component of civic engagement.

The first public offering of the McCall Center for Civic Engagement takes place Monday evening, Sept. 24, when candidates for the chair position of the Washington County Board of Commissioners will take part in a community conversation at Pacific's Forest Grove Campus.

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Pacific University is a small, but diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Tracing its roots to 1849, when it was chartered as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail, Pacific has long been devoted to making a difference in the world. Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,900 students, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn. At Pacific University, students and faculty develop close, nurturing relationships that provide an extraordinary educational experience.


Burn ban modification to allow recreational fires beginning Thursday, Sept. 20
Clark Co. WA Communications - 09/19/18 11:56 AM

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. Thursday. The city of Battle Ground is set to do the same, and other cities within Clark County are considering lifting the ban as well. 

The burn ban took effect on July 26 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 just because we’ve had some rain, fires are still possible,” said Dunaway. “Don’t let down your guard.”

Beginning Thursday morning for the unincorporated county areas and those lands protected by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, recreational fires will be allowed in approved fire pits within designated state, county, municipal or other campgrounds. 

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 cities should check with their municipality for regulations on recreational fires and other outside burning.


City seeks public input on new west side bike routes
City of Vancouver - 09/19/18 9:12 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver is requesting feedback from people who live, work and play on the west side of the city about creation of new north-south bike routes.

The Westside Bike Mobility Project came from a recommendation in the City’s Westside Mobility Strategy, which was approved by Vancouver City Council in 2016 (www.cityofvancouver.us/wms). Following a year of public engagement, the strategy proposed various solutions to traffic safety, mobility and bicycle/pedestrian problems being experienced in neighborhoods and business districts west of Interstate 5.

One of the recommendations of the strategy was for additional north-south bike routes to better connect the west side neighborhoods to downtown Vancouver.

Based on public feedback received during the creation of the Westside Mobility Strategy, at least one of the new bike routes will include protected lanes and/or a neighborhood greenway to provide a safe and accessible facility for all ages and abilities. Potential route locations could include Columbia, Daniels and Washington streets and Lincoln Avenue.

When the Westside Bike Mobility Project is complete, the bike routes will be developed over time, as funding allows, including through making changes to existing roadway striping or signage as part of the City’s regular summer paving projects or other planned street improvement projects. This includes a project planned in 2019 that will resurface Columbia Street between Fourth Plain Boulevard and the downtown ramp to I-5 southbound.

In anticipation of this project, the City is currently soliciting feedback about the new bike routes through presentations to neighborhood associations, at local events and on the web at www.cityofvancouver.us/BikeMobility.

Upcoming public events where people can learn about the project and provide input include the Vancouver Farmers Market next to Esther Short Park on Saturday, Sept. 22, and during the Vancouver Waterfront grand opening event on Saturday, Sept. 29, where the project team will be providing bike parking and sharing information on the project in the courtyard behind Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. 6th St.

To learn more or to sign up to receive email updates about the project, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/BikeMobility.

To request a presentation about the project to your group, contact Senior Transportation Planner Anna Dearman at 360-487-7738 or man@cityofvancouver.us">Anna.Dearman@cityofvancouver.us

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Community to celebrate Mr. Gresham unveiling
City of Gresham - 09/19/18 9:00 AM

GRESHAM, OR. – Long-time and beloved Gresham resident Todd Kirnan earned the nickname “Mr. Gresham” in his high school days, due to his unfailing kindness, good deeds and community spirit. Now, the Gresham community has come together, with donations large and small, to commission a bronze statue of Mr. Gresham. The art will be revealed at a community celebration and parade on Saturday, September 22 from 10 a.m. to noon in historic downtown Gresham.

Todd was diagnosed with autism shortly after birth and suffered through a rough childhood, including abuse and foster care. Today, Todd is a familiar face in downtown Gresham. His cheerful smiles, warm greetings and willingness to lend a helping hand endear him to local business owners. For the past 15 years, he’s worked helping downtown businesses with food and coffee deliveries, mailing letters, helping set out tables and chairs and anything else that is asked of him.

“If you live in Gresham, odds are high that you’ve met Todd. He is a great example of Gresham’s amazing community spirit,” said Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis, who has been friends with Todd since high school. “We love Todd Kirnan, and we love what Todd Kirnan says about who Gresham is as a community.”

Gresham Outdoor Public Art led fundraising efforts to make the statue a reality and worked with the artist on the design. Heather Soderberg-Greene, who sculpted two other bronzes in downtown, will cast the bronze sculpture.

On September 22, a mini-parade, including police and fire vehicles as well as Portland Trail Blazers mascot Blaze and local high school cheer and dance teams, will escort Todd from Main City Park to downtown starting at 10 a.m. The first 50 to check in at NE 3rd and N Main will receive a free Gresham t-shirt, featuring a variety of illustrations of local parks and landmarks. The celebration will continue on NE 3rd Street between N Main and NE Roberts with an unveiling of the statue. Attendees can enjoy free coffee and bagels donated by Jazzy Bagel, free cupcakes donated by Sugar Cubed Cakes, 80s music and a photo booth with Todd-themed props. Celebrants can pick up a “Todd Passport” and visit local businesses to check out their “Todd Special of the Day” to be entered to win a $100 gift card bouquet.

The event is sponsored by Gresham Outdoor Public Art and City of Gresham.


UPDATE ---- OSP investigating fatal vehicle crash on Hwy 99W near Lafayette - Yamhill County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/19/18 8:38 AM
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Investigation revealed  that a red 1999 Mercury Sable, operated by a 17 year old female, was southbound on HWY 99W behind a box truck. A John Deere tractor, operated by Christopher Current, age 49, of McMinnville, was on Mineral Springs Rd attempting to turn left to go northbound on HWY 99W.  After the box truck made a right turn on to Mineral Springs Rd, the tractor entered the intersection colliding with front passenger side of the Mercury Sable.

The front passenger of the Mercury Sable, a 17 year old male, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The third occupant of the Mercury Sable, a 16 year old male, along with the driver, were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

OSP was assisted by McMinnville Police Department,  McMinnville Fire Department and ODOT.

Oregon State Police and emergency personnel are on scene of a motor vehicle crash involving a tractor on Hwy 99W near mile post 33 - approximately 1 mile south of Lafayette.

There is one confirmed fatality.

ODOT has set up a detour in the area but delays and intermittent closures should be expected.

This crash occurred at approximately 8:15 AM.

 




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Evergreen Public Schools Community Tour schedule for 2018-2019 School Year
Evergreen Sch. Dist. - 09/19/18 7:49 AM

You are invited to attend a community tour hosted by Evergreen Public Schools. Tours also include a visit to Cascadia Technical Academy located at 12200 NE 28th St., VA. 98682.  

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

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - Honored Citizen Tour – Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School. Tour will begin at 8:00 a.m. at Cascadia Technical Academy, located at 12200 NE 28th Street, VA. 98682; followed by a tour of the Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School and return to Cascadia Technical Academy for a tour, followed by lunch from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Contact Shelley Bowers at 360-604-4088. Please register by October 15, 2018.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - (Russian - interpreters) Tour will begin at 9:00 a.m. at host school - Heritage High School (HHS), located at 7825 NE 130th Ave., VA. 98682; followed by a tour of Covington Middle School -the group will then board a school bus to Cascadia Technical Academy for a tour, followed by lunch from 12:00-1:00 p.m. The group will then board the bus and return to the host school, HHS and depart from there. Contact Yelena Daltoso at 360-604-4028. Please register by November 19, 2018.

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - (Spanish - interpreters) Tour will begin at 9:00 a.m. at host school – Frontier Middle School, located at 7600 NE 166th Ave., VA. 98682; followed by a tour of Pioneer Elementary School - the group will then board a school bus to Cascadia Technical Academy for a tour and lunch from 12:00-1:00 p.m. The group will then board the bus and return to the host school, Frontier Middle School and depart from there. Contact Adriana Garcia at 360-604-4029. Please register by March 4, 2019.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - (General Tour) Tour will begin at 8:00 a.m. at Cascadia Technical Academy, located at 12200 NE 28th Street, VA. 98682.  Patrons will then visit Shahala Middle School, Illahee Elementary School and Union High School and return to Cascadia Technical Academy for a brief tour followed by lunch from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Contact Shelley Bowers at 360-604-4088. Please register by April 22, 2019

You may also register on-line at www.evergreenps.org/communitytours or contact Community Relations at 360-604-4088.
 


Early Morning Stabbing Investigation in Portland's Rose City Park Neighborhood -- One Person Injured
Portland Police Bureau - 09/19/18 7:00 AM
On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at 4:48 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the Rosewood Manor Apartments, located at 4810 Northeast Sandy Boulevard, on the report a person had been stabbed.

Officers and emergency medical personnel arrived at the apartment complex and contacted the adult male victim. Emergency medical personnel provided the man treatment for his stab wounds but he declined transport to a Portland hospital for additional treatment of what were believed to be minor injuries.

Based on information learned at this time in the investigation, officers believe the victim contacted a suspect near a dumpster on the Rosewood Manor Apartment. As the victim contacted the suspect, the suspect stabbed him multiple times.

Officers searched the area, but at this time have not located anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect was described as a white male in his 30's, 5'8" tall, 150 pounds, wearing a dark colored baseball cap, black jacket and blue jeans with a patch on one of the legs.

The Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Assault Detail will continue this investigation. Anyone with information about this assault or the suspect should contact the Detective Division's Assault Detail at 503-823-0479.

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Friends of the Carpenter to Close 2nd Chance Thrift Store; Closing Sale to Begin Oct. 1
Friends of the Carpenter - 09/19/18 7:00 AM

Vancouver, WA – Friends of the Carpenter (FOC) will close operations at the 2nd Chance Thrift Store, 3414 NE 52nd St, Vancouver, by the end of calendar year 2018. Sept. 22 will mark the last official day to donate to the Store; a closing sale will begin on Oct. 1 and will continue for several weeks.

“After much thought and prayer, an exhaustive review of historical sales and expense reports, and with the unanimous support of the Friends of the Carpenter Board of Directors, we have come to the compelling conclusion that closing the 2nd Chance Thrift Store is necessary for the overall health of the FOC Ministry and to put our focus back on our primary mission,” said Tom Iberle, executive director. “This decision did not come lightly and included numerous factors, such as declining sales, increased expenses, and national trends in changing conditions to the thrift store industry as a whole. We are deeply grateful to the founders, donors, shoppers, and volunteers who supported the Store for the past nine years.”

Store sales have been steadily in decline since 2013, during which the highest point of gross sales was reached at $166,000. A historical low occurred in 2017, with sales just over $115,000. In the same year, facilities, accounting, and administrative staff time expenses resulted in a net income of just $16,000.

As to the conditions in the thrift story industry, Iberle notes that, “the array of options for used goods, such as Craiglist and other online sites, is reducing donations, especially of the high-margin items like furniture.”

The FOC board is working to address the expected shortfall for the 2019 budget. They will also review action items within FOC’s 2016-2020 Strategic Framework to refocus on participant programs core to their mission, and strengthening and expanding partnerships, which include, but are not limited to: local ministries, Food with Friends, Hands of Favor, Partners in Careers, Open House Ministries, Lifeline Connections, Southwest Washington Woodturners, and special needs agencies, including Goldman and Associates, Innovative Service Northwest, Keys to Advancement, SL Start, and Vancouver Public Schools GATE Program.

FOC staff and board are also in the process of exploring options for the liquidation of 2nd Chance Thrift Store inventory once doors are closed.

About Friends of the Carpenter

Friends of the Carpenter was incorporated in Vancouver, WA in Oct. 1998 and began as a vision of a practical outreach of simple welcome and personal interaction between volunteers from the church and people living in poverty. Since the beginning, regular contact has been made with the homeless and poor persons of our community through woodworking events scheduled throughout the community and which, today, are held at FOC’s Friendship Center. Our mission: Friends of the Carpenter is a non-profit, faith-based day facility that provides safety, structure and purpose for vulnerable members of our community. Learn more at friendsofthecarpenter.org.

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Tue. 09/18/18
Catnapping Suspect Arrested, Public's Help Still Sought (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/18/18 9:24 PM
Luke J Andrade
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On Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at 6:24 p.m., North Precinct officers arrested 25-year-old Luke J. Andrade at Overlook Park, located at 3515 North Interstate Avenue. Andrade was arrested in connection with the theft of a kitten.

This investigation began on Tuesday, September 17, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., when a North Precinct officer responded to Pixie Project, located at 510 Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, on the report that a man had entered the location and stole a kitten.

Based on information gathered during the investigation, officers learned the suspect entered the Pixie Project on Monday, September 16, 2018, at 6:24 p.m., while the non-profit was closed but volunteers were tending to cats and kittens. The suspect entered through an un-locked door and grabbed a kitten and left the location.

Community members contacted officers on Tuesday and provided information about the identity of the suspect and his whereabouts. Based on this information, officers responded to Overlook Park. While searching the park officers located Andrade and took him into custody with out incident. After Andrade was taken into custody, officers learned he had likely sold the kitten to a man on Monday somewhere in downtown Portland. The feline is described as a black kitten and is microchipped.

At this time, the only description of the person who purchased the kitten is that the person is a man.

Andrade was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Theft in the First Degree (two counts), Burglary in the Second Degree, and a warrant for Arson.

Anyone with information about the current location of the kitten should contact the Portland Police Bureau non-emergency line at 503-823-3333 or Pixie Project.

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Attached Media Files: Luke J Andrade

CAT Route 99X bus stop ID 1119 moved to a new location
Canby Area Transit - 09/18/18 5:32 PM

The southbound CAT Route 99X stop on South 2nd Avenue at South Knott Street will close and bus stop ID number 1119 will move to South Locust Street effective 9-24-18. The new stop location is between Highway 99E and South 2nd Avenue on South Locust Street.

Please contact the CAT office if you have any questions or concerns 503.266.4022 or cat@canbyoregon.gov.




Attached Media Files: Press Release espaņol , 2018-09/1573/118073/1119_moved_9.17.18.pdf , flier - Map 1119 espaņol , Flier - Map 1119

Riverfront Dock and Wallace Marine Boat Ramp Closed September 22-23, 2018 for Rotary Multi-Sport Riverfest
City of Salem - 09/18/18 5:00 PM

Salem, Ore. — Beginning September 22, 2018, the following boat ramp and dock closures will be in effect:

  • Wallace Marine Park Boat Ramp/Launch – a portion of the boat ramp parking lot will be closed from 4:00 p.m. Saturday, September 22 through Noon on Sunday, September 23.  The boat ramp/launch will be closed to the public from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 23.
  • Riverfront Park Boat Dock – closed from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 23.

These closures are needed to accommodate the annual Rotary Multi-Sport Riverfest event (Rotary Triathlon in 2017). This event will include a Triathlon (Olympic and Sprint), Duathlon (Olympic and Sprint), 5k/10k Runs, Half Marathon, and a Kid’s Run. A party will be held in Riverfront Park at the end of the event.


Recreational use health advisory for water contact at Twin Rocks Beach lifted September 18
Oregon Health Authority - 09/18/18 4:28 PM

September 18, 2018

Recreational use health advisory for water contact at Twin Rocks Beach lifted September 18

Testing shows fecal bacteria levels have subsided

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) today lifted a recreational use health advisory for contact with marine water at Twin Rocks Beach, located in Tillamook County. The health authority issued the advisory September 11 after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.

Results from later samples taken by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) showed lower bacteria levels. Contact with the water no longer poses a higher-than-normal risk. However, officials recommend staying out of large pools on the beach that are frequented by birds, and runoff from those pools, because the water may contain increased bacteria from fecal matter.

State officials continue to encourage other recreational activities at all Oregon beaches, suggesting only that water contact be avoided when advisories are in effect.

Since 2003 state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state agencies participating in this program are OHA, DEQ and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0482, or call the OHA toll-free information line at 877-290-6767.

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Recreational use health advisory for water contact at D River Beach lifted September 18
Oregon Health Authority - 09/18/18 4:16 PM

September 18, 2018

 

Recreational use health advisory for water contact at D River Beach lifted September 18

Testing shows fecal bacteria levels have subsided

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) today lifted a recreational use health advisory for contact with marine water at D River Beach, located in Lincoln County. The health authority issued the advisory September 11 after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.

Results from later samples taken by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) showed lower bacteria levels. Contact with the water no longer poses a higher-than-normal risk. However, officials recommend staying out of large pools on the beach that are frequented by birds, and runoff from those pools, because the water may contain increased bacteria from fecal matter.

State officials continue to encourage other recreational activities at all Oregon beaches, suggesting only that water contact be avoided when advisories are in effect.

Since 2003 state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state agencies participating in this program are OHA, DEQ and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0482, or call the OHA toll-free information line at 877-290-6767.

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Get expert help filing for financial aid for college at WSU Vancouver
WSU Vancouver - 09/18/18 3:49 PM

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Prospective college students and their parents can get expert help filing for financial aid for college in fall 2019 at College Goal Washington, a free event that helps students and families complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). College Goal Washington will be offered from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 2, 10, 18, 24 and 30 in the in Undergraduate Building, Room 202 at Washington State University Vancouver. Parking is free in Orange 1 lot.

Most students need financial aid to pay for college, whether they choose a four-year university, community college, vocational or technical school. The FAFSA is the most important application for financial assistance for higher education, and should be completed in October for the best opportunity to receive the most financial aid.

Students and families who are not eligible for the FAFSA can get help filing the WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid) The same October timeframe applies. Translation assistance will be available for Spanish speakers.

Guests please bring:

  • Your social security card/number or Alien registration
  • Your parent, if you are under 24 years of age
  • Your parent’s social security number, if they have one
  • Any additional financial information (child support statements, TANF or welfare information; real estate, stock or bonds investments; family business or farm information)

Prospective students can also get help completing college applications—for any college.

If you have a disability that requires special materials, services or assistance, please contact the Access Center at 360-546-9238 or van.access.center@wsu.edu as soon as possible to discuss your specific needs.

About WSU Vancouver

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-Tran bus service.

As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations. 

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Interior Department Finalizes New Waste Prevention Rule
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 09/18/18 3:38 PM

WASHINGTON - As part of the Trump Administration’s ongoing goal to reduce the regulatory burden on the American people and foster economic growth and energy development by using innovation, best science, and best practices, the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced a final rule that revises the 2016 Waste Prevention Rule (also known as the Venting and Flaring Rule).  The new rule, which included a 60-day public comment period, will reduce unnecessary burdens on the private sector and restore proven regulations at a time when investment in Federal onshore oil and gas is skyrocketing.

“Sadly, the flawed 2016 rule was a radical assertion of legal authority that stood in stark contrast to the longstanding understanding of Interior’s own lawyers,” said Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt. “The Trump Administration is committed to innovative regulatory improvement and environmental stewardship, while appropriately respecting the clear and distinct authorities of the States, Tribes, as well as the direction we receive from Congress.”

The BLM reviewed the 2016 rule and found that it had considerable overlap in existing State, Tribal and Federal regulations. Additionally, the agency determined that the previous administration underestimated the cost in the 2016 rule.  

The rule was reviewed as part of Executive Order 13771, Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs, Executive Order 13783, Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth, and Secretarial Order 3349, American Energy Independence, issued March 29, 2017.  The BLM found that many parts of the 2016 rule were unnecessarily burdensome on the private sector.

Publication of the final rule in the Federal Register is forthcoming. The rule is effective 60 days after publication. A pre-publication version of the final rule can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xP2qE.


City of Battle Ground launches new website
City of Battle Ground - 09/18/18 2:42 PM

Battle Ground, WA - Visitors to the City of Battle Ground’s website  will discover a fresh new look, improved accessibility, and updated content designed to serve and engage city residents, businesses, and the larger community of  website users.   

The website redesign project to replace a site originally launched in 2011 began in February of this year and involved a team of staff from each city department.  Goals for the redesign included improved user experience and accessibility, a commitment to transparency and accountability, easy access to online services, and an aesthetically pleasing site that reflects the Battle Ground community. 

Accessibility to all users was a key component of the redesign project.  With nearly 40% of all users accessing the city’s site via mobile devices, the redesign team focused on technology that is responsive to mobile users.  The site was built using ADA compliance tools and features a third-party translation service. 

The redesign, however, did not simply transfer old content to a new platform.  Each department was committed to improving its website pages with a user's perspective in mind.  For some departments, it meant a comprehensive overhaul with new content and navigation.  All departments worked to ensure users have easy access to information and services. 

The site’s new look reflects the Battle Ground community and its beautiful surroundings.  Graphics are used throughout the site to provide interest and to help guide website users.

A new feature on the website’s homepage - Open Government - provides easy access to information that is often difficult to find.  Examples include a map and list of active development projects; city property, sales, and utility tax information; annual audit and financial reports; City Council meeting minutes; a map and reports of criminal activity; and more. 

“We believe that transparency builds trust, “notes Mayor Mike Dalesandro, “The City of Battle Ground is committed to accessible, accountable and transparent government practices.”

 


Oregon Public Safety Academy Hosts Emergency Vehicle Instructors National Conference (Photo)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 09/18/18 1:43 PM
ALERT Portland Police Bureau
ALERT Portland Police Bureau
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The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) was honored to host more than 140 emergency vehicle operations (EVO) instructors from around the nation at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem today.  The group is in Oregon as part of the A.L.E.R.T. International Conference being held in Portland. 

A.L.E.R.T. International is dedicated to the encouragement and correlation of research and development as well as the sharing of information, ideas and innovations in the area of emergency vehicle response operation. Additionally, A.L.E.R.T.’s mission is to provide assistance to states in establishing effective and defensible standards for employment and training of law enforcement officers in the field of emergency vehicle operations. Another aspect of the mission is the promotion of a positive, professional image of emergency response trainers.

DPSST Director Eriks Gabliks said "DPSST has been active in ALERT International for more than 25 years.  We have gained lots of information from this organization that has been implemented within our training programs.  Sadly we know each year a large percentage of law enforcement officers die in the line of duty responding to emergency incidents.   Research done by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund found that traffic-related incidents were the leading cause of death for officers in 15 of the past 20 years.  We are committed to reducing the number of line of duty deaths by providing up to date training programs."

Presentations offered as part of the 2018 ALERT Conference included:  Vehicle Based Problem Solving (Oregon State Police), Building an Emergency Vehicle Operations Program from Scratch (Maryland Police Training Commission), Vehicle ambush (Lake Oswego Police Department), Vehicle Box-In Techniques (Portland Police Bureau), Changing the Way We Instruct Driver Training (Federal Law Enforcement Training Center), Cognitive Driver Training - Updated Research by Dr. Jonathan Page (Cognitive Neuroscientist and Author) and many others.

For more information on ALERT http://www.alertinternational.com/

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The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.




Attached Media Files: ALERT Portland Police Bureau , ALERT Driving Course , ALERT Oregon State Police Presentation

FBI and Cottage Grove Police Department Searching for Attempted Bank Robbery Suspect (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 09/18/18 1:26 PM
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The FBI and Cottage Grove Police Department are asking for the public's help identifying a man who attempted to rob a Wells Fargo Bank branch on Monday, September 17th. This branch is located inside the Safeway store at 1500 E. Main Street, Cottage Grove. At approximately 4:40 pm, the man approached the teller desk and demanded cash. Once the bank employees triggered the alarm, the man got spooked and left before police arrived.

Witnesses described him as:

Race: White

Age: Mid to late 30's

Height: 6'0"

Weight: 175 pounds

Eyes: Blue

Hair: Blond

Facial hair: May have light beard/mustache

Clothing: Baseball-style hat with the word "Alaska" on it, white short sleeved shirt over a long-sleeved black shirt, and khaki shorts over black sweat pants

 

The wanted flyer for this suspect can be seen on the FBI's Bank Robbery website at https://bankrobbers.fbi.gov/robbers-container/2018-09-18.5004412284

Anyone with information about the man's identity is asked to call the FBI at (541) 343-5222 or the Cottage Grove Police Department at (541) 942-9145. Tips may also be submitted at tips.fbi.gov

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Jewelry Store Robbed Tuesday Morning in Portland's Kerns Neighborhood - No Arrest
Portland Police Bureau - 09/18/18 12:22 PM
On Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at 9:55 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a robbery at The Jewelry Buyer, located at 2034 Northeast Sandy Boulevard.

Officers arrived at the jewelry store and learned a suspect entered the location and demanded money and jewelry while brandishing a handgun. The suspect obtained an undisclosed amount of cash and jewelry. During the robbery, the suspect retrieved a hammer from his belongings and struck the jewelry store employee with the hammer then left the location.

Responding officers searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description. Based on preliminary information, officers believe the suspect is a male, 5'7" to 5'8" tall, with a thin build, wearing a mask and in possession of a handgun and hammer.

The employee did not need to be transported to an area hospital for treatment of injuries suffered during this incident.

The Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Robbery Detail will continue this investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Robbery Detail detectives at 503-823-0405.

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

Information about this case or any unsolved felony crime may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,500.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Submit an anonymous tip:

Visit the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips.

Online at https://www.p3tips.com/823

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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Retired Portland Firefighter and CFF to Host 10th Annual Stairclimb-Firefighters from Around the Globe to Participate
Portland Fire & Rescue - 09/18/18 12:18 PM

Subject: Local Firefighter Raises Awareness

 

September 23rd, 2018

 

Contact: Wes Loucks/503-539-8848

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

MEDIA ADVISORY

 

10th Annual Portland Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge

Presented by MSA/ The Safety Company

Sponsored by Portland Firefighters Association/Local 43

 

Climb for the Cure for Cystic Fibrosis

 

WHAT

 

Firefighters from Portland and the entire state will join with firefighters from across the country as well as firefighters from New Zealand, Chile, Mexico and Canada to compete in the 10th annual Portland Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge. As many as 450 firefighters will race up the 40 floors of the U.S. Bancorp Tower, in downtown Portland in full firefighting gear. Each firefighter is climbing to raise awareness for the fight against Cystic Fibrosis. The climbers with the best time wins the challenge and awards will also be given to the firefighters that raise the most in donations.

 

WHO

 

Retired Portland Firefighter Wes Loucks received many emergency calls for help during his 32 years of service for the Fire Bureau and the people of Portland. After retiring Wes received a personal call for help from his own family. His two grandsons were born with Cystic Fibrosis, a chronic genetic disease impacting a child's lung and digestive system and shortening their lives. Wes is now calling on his friends, firefighters and community to help raise money for research that will lead to a cure.Video and pictures plus last years event can be found at www.portlandstairclimb.com

 

WHY

 

To help raise awareness and donations for the Oregon Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis. Last year the event raised more than $160,000 and to date has raised over one million dollars. Sponsors include Portland Firefighters Association, MSA, Leatherman, Servpro, Firehouse Subs and many others.

 

WHEN

 

Sunday, September 23rd, at 9 AM, Media will be escorted inside the building to get pictures/video of the race, interview climbers and see family and friends cheering on their favorite climbers. Please contact Wes Loucks for an escort into the race area.

WHERE

U.S. Bancorp Tower

511 SW Oak St.

Portland, OR

SPECIAL INTEREST

On Friday, September 21st at 6 PM  Kells Irish Pub will host a kickoff party for the firefighters, public is invited.

Wes Loucks

Founder & Chairman

Climb for the Cure

www.portlandstairclimb.com

503-539-8848 


Sheriff's Office seeks public's help in search for Jakob Esperum, 13 (Photo) UPDATE: *Jakob as been found safe*
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/18/18 12:15 PM
Jakob Esperum, 13
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Jakob Esperum has been found safe and returned to his family.

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The Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in the search for Jakob Esperum, 13, who was last seen leaving school yesterday in Oregon City.

The 13-year-old was last seen around 3 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, after he reportedly ran away from Ogden Middle School in Oregon City.

A photo of Jakob is attached. He is described as follows:

  • 5’4"
  • 110 lbs.
  • Last seen wearing brown hoodie, black pants and black shoes
  • Wears glasses
  • Recently dyed his hair purple

If you see Jakob or know of his whereabouts, contact 911.

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Attached Media Files: Jakob Esperum, 13

Delay of National Mobile Test (Photo)
Albany Fire Dept. - 09/18/18 11:17 AM
iPhone Test Message
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Due to Hurricane Florence and emergency East Coast response efforts, FEMA has postponed their mobile 'Presidential Alert' to October 3rd at 11:18 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time. 

FEMA and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct a test broadcast via radio, TV, cable stations, and wireless carriers.  This is the first nationwide test of the wireless system.  These systems ensure critical information is shared during extreme emergency situations.   Albany residents who have iPhones and Androids will receive a text message.   We stress that no action is required by the public.  Please refer to the Android and iPhone photos for examples of the wireless messages that will be sent.

For more information visit https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test.  Questions can be answered by the Oregon Office of Emergency Management at 503-383-6608 or 503-871-8689. 




Attached Media Files: iPhone Test Message , Android Test Message

Prevent Coalition Offers Prevention Tools for Schools and Parents
ESD 112 - 09/18/18 10:32 AM

WHAT

Substance abuse prevention tools for building youth resilience will be offered at Prevent Coalition’s quarterly meeting on Thursday, September 20th. Local teens from STASHA (Strong Teens Against Substance Hazards & Abuse) will present Good Friends in Hard Times. Friendship: Own It, a tool to help teens talk to each other about the risks of underage marijuana abuse. Toolkits for parents and schools to use to keep youth from using tobacco and alcohol will also be presented, as well as an overview of the Prevent Coalition and Youth Now websites, which host several resources available for community use. Teachers, faculty members, parents and community members are invited to attend the meeting to learn about these important substance abuse prevention tools and how to use them. 

 

WHERE

Prevention Tools for Schools and Parents

Thursday, September 20th, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm

ESD 112 Conference Center, 2500 NE 65th Ave. in Vancouver

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

 

WHY

Research shows that a connected community is a safe and healthy community. Prevent Coalition strives to be a connector and convener for all substance abuse prevention efforts in Clark County and works to reduce the risk factors known to contribute to substance use while increasing the factors that are known to protect youth from using substances.

 

WHO
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.


Media Alert: REACH completes final phase of Orchards at Orenco development (Photo)
REACH Community Development - 09/18/18 10:14 AM
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MEDIA ALERT

What:  Orchards at Orenco III brings 52 affordable sustainable apartments to Orenco Station

When:  Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 3:00pm – 6:00pm  Wells Fargo check presentation to Yes for Affordable Housing at 4pm

Where: 6616 NE Cherry Dr., Hillsboro, OR 97124

Hosted by: REACH Community Development, Yes for Affordable Housing and PGE Renewable Development Fund

Day of media contacts: Lily Dorn, Coalition Manager, Yes for Affordable Housing; Cell: (626) 552-2241; lily@yesforaffordablehousing.com

Lauren Schmidt, Fundraising & Public Relations Manager, REACH Cell: (503) 998-1856; lschmidt@reachcdc.org

 

PORTLAND, Ore. –September 18, 2018— REACH Community Development officially opens the third and final phase of affordable apartment development at Orenco Station in Hillsboro.  REACH is partnering with the Yes for Affordable Housing campaign and PGE Renewable Development Fund to celebrate the grand opening on Wednesday, September 19 starting at 3pm at 6616 NE Cherry Dr., Hillsboro.  Wells Fargo Vice President and Community Affairs Officer, Andrew Tweedie, and Chabre Vickers, Community Development Officer will be in attendance to present a check to the Yes for Affordable Housing campaign.

The grand opening event is cohosted with Yes for Affordable Housing campaign.  The coalition is supporting Measure 102 and Measure 26-199, two affordable housing ballot measures that will ensure safe, affordable housing for more working families, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities throughout our region. The joint event provides an opportunity to show the public an example of the kind of affordable housing the Metro regional bond could support. 

“We are excited to celebrate with the housing campaign the opening of REACH’s third and final phase of Orchards at Orenco, providing much needed affordable homes for families in Hillsboro. This phased development took nearly ten years to complete,” said REACH CEO, Dan Valliere.  “With added funds from the Metro regional bond, we’ll be able to build more homes like this, and help meet the need much quicker.”

Orchards at Orenco III fulfills the need for family housing in the Orenco Station neighborhood. The property offers 52 units of affordable housing, including 33 two-bedroom units and 19 three bedroom units. Eight units will have Project Based Section 8 vouchers targeted to households earning 30% of Median Family Income ($24,420 for a family of four) or less. The balance of the remaining units will be targeted to households earning 45% MFI ($36,630 for family of four) or less on average.

Where the first two phases focused on energy efficient design through Passive House certification, Phase III incorporates energy efficient design elements and is pursuing Earth Advantaged certification.  The property also includes a solar array, made possible by PGE’s Green Futuresm participants through their Renewable Development Fund.  Visit www.portlandgeneral.com/rdf for more information about the program

Funding for Orchards III was provided by Community Housing Fund, Energy Trust of Oregon, Network for Oregon Affordable Housing (NOAH), NeighborWorks® America, Oregon Housing and Community Services, PGE Renewable Development Fund, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington County Office of Community Development, and Wells Fargo.

 

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Oregon FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Disaster Charity Fraud (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 09/18/18 10:00 AM
TT - Disaster Charity Fraud - Graphic
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Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense against charity fraud.

With Hurricane Florence hitting the east coast last week… and the on-going disaster recovery efforts stretching from Hawaii to Puerto Rico… you need to be able to tell the legitimate charities from the frauds.

It is no secret that charity scams spike after significant events, particularly natural disasters. The news and your social media feeds are filled with photos of chaos and destruction. You feel helpless, and the fraudster knows it. These criminals will create fake social media accounts and websites to make it easy for you to give. Just click the link, and you will feel like you’ve made a difference. Unfortunately, if you pick the wrong organization, those most in need will never see your donation.

Along with the Federal Trade Commission, FEMA and other partner agencies, we offer these tips for safe giving:

  • Donate to charities you know and trust.
  • Designate the donation to go to a specific disaster relief effort as opposed to a general fund.
  • Never click on links or open attachments in unsolicited e-mail or social media posts.
  • Verify the legitimacy of any e-mail or social media solicitation by contacting the organization directly through a trusted contact number.
  • Beware of organizations with copycat names similar to, but not exactly the same as, those of reputable charities.
  • Avoid cash donations if possible. Pay by credit card or write a check directly to the charity. Do not make checks payable to individuals.
  • Legitimate charities do not normally solicit donations via money transfer services. They also won’t ask for donations via gift cards.
  • Most legitimate charity websites end in .org rather than .com.
  • Make contributions directly, rather than relying on others to make a contribution on your behalf.

Those affected by recent disasters can use your help – and there are plenty of legitimate charities out there to do that work. You just need to do your research before giving.

If you have been victimized by a charity fraud scam or any other online scam, be sure to file a report at the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your FBI local office.




Attached Media Files: TT - Disaster Charity Fraud - Audio file , TT - Disaster Charity Fraud - Graphic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon August 2018 News Release
Oregon Employment Department - 09/18/18 10:00 AM

Oregon’s unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in August, which was Oregon’s lowest unemployment rate since comparable records began in 1976. Oregon’s July unemployment rate was 3.9 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in both July and August.

The number of Oregonians unemployed shrank in recent months. In August, the number of unemployed people dropped to 80,500, which is down from 88,000 in August 2017. The low number of unemployed reflects a very tight job market. Many people just entering the labor force are getting snapped up by employers. In August, there were only about 20,000 new entrants to the labor force who were unemployed; this was only one-third the number of such “unemployed entrants” seen in the early 2010s. This means that there are far fewer Oregonians just entering the workforce who can’t find a job. Meanwhile in August, of the unemployed Oregonians, 28,000 had lost their job—a historically low level, given that in 2009 there were five times the number of unemployed due to job loss. 

In August, Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment grew by a modest 900 jobs, following a revised gain of 3,400 jobs in July. Monthly gains in August were concentrated in construction, which added 800 jobs, and trade, which added 800 jobs in wholesale trade and 700 jobs in retail trade. These gains were offset by losses in leisure and hospitality (-1,100 jobs) and government (-600 jobs).

Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment increased by 42,000 jobs, or 2.2 percent, since August 2017. More than one-quarter of payroll employment growth was in the construction industry, which added 11,400 jobs, expanding by 11.6 percent. Over the year, no other industry has grown nearly as fast as construction. Next in line are four major industries that each grew slightly slower than 3 percent: manufacturing (+5,500 jobs, or 2.9%); professional and business services (+6,900 jobs, or 2.8%); leisure and hospitality (+5,700 jobs, or 2.8%); and health care and social assistance (+6,400 jobs, or 2.7%). Rapid growth across the industries isn’t universal, as several industries remained close to their year-ago job totals, including wholesale trade (700 jobs, or 0.9%); retail trade (+1,200 jobs, or 0.6%); transportation, warehousing, and utilities (+300 jobs, or 0.5%); government (no change in jobs, or 0.0%); and information (-200 jobs, or -0.6%).

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the August county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, September 25th, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for September on Tuesday, October 16th. 


Notes: 
All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted.

The Oregon Employment Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) work cooperatively to develop and publish monthly Oregon payroll employment and labor force data. The estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other sources.

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this Official Oregon Series data unless noted otherwise. This month’s release incorporates the January, February, and March 2018 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS.

Effective with the January 2018 data, employment of Oregon’s approximately 17,000 home care workers are counted in private health care and social assistance instead of state government. The change was due to legislative action clarifying that for purposes of workforce and labor market information, home care workers are not employees of state government. The reclassification affects private sector and government monthly change figures for January 2018 and will affect over-the-year change figures through December 2018. It does not affect total payroll employment levels.

 

The PDF version of the news release, including tables and graphs, can be found at www.QualityInfo.org/press-release. To obtain the data in other formats such as in Excel, visit www.QualityInfo.org, then within the top banner, select Economic Data, then choose LAUS or CES. To request the press release as a Word document, contact the person shown at the top of this press release.

For help finding jobs and training resources, visit one of the state's WorkSource Oregon centers or go to: www.WorkSourceOregon.org.

Equal Opportunity program — auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.




Attached Media Files: Employment in Oregon August 2018 News Release

County seeks applicants for Community Action Advisory Board
Clark Co. WA Communications - 09/18/18 9:51 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – The county manager is seeking applicants to fill several vacant positions on the volunteer Community Action Advisory Board.

Positions are based on county council districts. Open seats include elected officials from the county’s second and third districts and a low-income representative from the county’s third district.

Term periods are three years, ending on a staggered basis. Incumbents have the opportunity for re-appointment to two additional three-year terms. Board members of agencies receiving money administered by the advisory board are not eligible to apply.

The twelve-member board makes recommendations about local government funding for basic needs, self-sufficiency, and housing programs. Members also advocate for services supporting low-income communities, families and persons.

Clark County is looking to diversify the board composition and encourages people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives to apply, especially those from historically underserved communities.

Interested residents must submit an application and résumé to Rebecca Royce, Clark County Community Services, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000 or ebecca.royce@clark.wa.gov">rebecca.royce@clark.wa.gov.

Application information can be found at www.clark.wa.gov/community-services/community-action-advisory-board or by calling Rebecca Royce at 564.397.7863.

Deadline is Friday, Sept. 28.


Summer's End Promenade and Public Lands Day to be Celebrated at Fort Vancouver NHS on September 29
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 09/18/18 9:17 AM

The National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will present the annual Summer's End Promenade on Saturday, September 29, 2018, between 1 pm and 3 pm, as part of the national park's celebration of National Public Lands Day.

National Park Service Volunteers-in-Parks of all ages will be attired in a range of period clothing illustrating 110 years of history represented at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and the Vancouver National Historic Reserve. They will stroll down Officers' Row and along the national park's historic Parade Ground, stopping at the Grant House and its veranda.

In addition to connecting visitors to the site's history, the costumed volunteers will help celebrate National Public Lands Day, the largest volunteer day for public lands in our country, and one of the National Park Service's 2018 "fee free" days. 

Visitors are invited to stop and have one-on-one conversations with participants about what was taking place onsite and in the Pacific Northwest during the era each costume represents. Volunteers from the park's Costume and Textile Department will also be on hand to answer questions about clothing construction and style. Photography is welcome.

In case of inclement weather, the Promenade will visit the Grant House and relocate to the Historic Hangar at Pearson Air Museum at 1115 E. Fifth Street.

The public is encouraged to enjoy the grounds of the national park and the Vancouver National Historic Reserve and see the results of the national park's Costume and Textile Department's dedicated volunteers, who work behind the scenes to help park programs come alive.

"This event is an annual celebration of the dedication and commitment of the many volunteers who help to put together and manage the largest historic costume collection in the National Park Service," said Eileen Trestain, Volunteer/Coordinator of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Costume and Textile Department. 

"Tremendous work is put into reproduction costumes at the park, allowing the public to see the level of detail and care our staff and volunteers put into representing the past. This year the event will have a special focus on uniforms and costumes from 100 years ago, and the centennial of the end of World War I," said Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Superintendent Tracy Fortmann.

National Public Lands Day, which also takes place on September 29, brings together volunteers from coast to coast to improve and restore the lands and facilities that Americans use for recreation, education, exercise, and enjoyment. In honor of this day, all national parks nationwide, including Fort Vancouver NHS, will waive their admission fees.

What: Summer's End Promenade, a celebration of National Public Lands Day

When: Saturday, September 29, 2018, from 1 pm to 3 pm

Where: Officers' Row & the Parade Ground at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Inclement weather locations are the Grant House and Pearson Air Museum.

Cost: Free


Southwest Broadway Drive one-day closure scheduled
Portland Water Bureau - 09/18/18 9:15 AM

The intersection of Southwest Broadway Drive, Davenport Street and Davenport Court will be closed in all directions from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, or until construction is complete. Portland Water Bureau crews will be working in the intersection to install a new water pressure regulator to ensure safe and reliable water for the area.

Southwest Broadway Drive from 9th Avenue to Sherwood Drive will have local access restrictions, meaning only travelers with business within the restricted area will be allowed access. Travelers on Southwest Davenport Court will be directed in and out of the construction site, but there will be delays.  

This work will be performed because the existing water pressure regulator is at the end of its productive life and must be replaced to ensure safe and reliable water in the future. The new regulator will be installed in Southwest Davenport Street to reduce future traffic conflicts at this intersection.




Attached Media Files: 2018-09/1240/118046/Traffic_Advisory091818.docx

Missing Abducted Child Located Safe near Newport
Oregon State Police - 09/18/18 9:05 AM

On Monday September 17, 2018, the Newport Area Command received information a missing child, from Orange County, California was possibly in the Lincoln County area. Kaia Fina (age 11) was reported to still be with her biological mother Sera Fina (age 42). There was an active felony warrant for Sera Fina’s arrest for child abduction.

Information received was Kaia Fina was reported missing on September 6, 2018 at approximately 10:30 PM from San Clemente, California. Her foster parent was last to have seen Kaia and it was believe Sera had picked Kaia up. An attempt to locate was provided to law enforcement agencies with descriptions and vehicle information.

Oregon State Police, Newport Police Department, Lincoln City Police Department, and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office spent the majority on Monday, September 17, 2018 trying to locate Kaia and Sera Fina in a black 2007 BMW. At approximately 7:40 PM, Trooper Wertz conducted a welfare check on a 2006 Lincoln Navigator parked on the shoulder of US HWY 101 near Beverly Beach State Park. Trooper Wertz quickly identified both Kaia and Sera from photos from Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Sera Fina was taken into custody and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on the issued child abduction warrant and fugitive complaint. The bail was listed as $150,000. The Department of Human Services responded to care for Kaia. It was discovered Sera Fina had recently purchased the vehicle they were found in and no longer had the suspected vehicle.

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Attached Media Files: 2018-09/1002/118045/FINA_Missing_Child_BOLO.pdf

District seeks Citizens Advisory Committee members
Camas Sch. Dist. - 09/18/18 9:02 AM

The Camas School District is seeking volunteers to serve on the district’s Citizens Advisory Committee. The CAC consists of 25-30 school district patrons who advise school administrators and board members on a variety of issues. Meetings are held the first Monday of each month during the school year from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Applications for appointment to the CAC can be downloaded online at www.camas.wednet.edu or requested by contacting Gail Gast via e-mail at gail.gast@camas.wednet.edu or 360-833-5412. All completed applications should be returned to the Camas School District Administration Center, attention Gail Gast, no later than September 28, 2018. Recommendations for appointment will be forwarded to the School Board for appointment at the October 8 board meeting.

Interested citizens are encouraged to visit the next CAC meeting on October 1, 2018, at the Zellerbach Administration Center, 841 NE 22nd Avenue, Camas, in the Dennison Board Room, at 5:30 p.m.


Labor Day Weekend DUII Exta Patrol Summary
Molalla Police Dept. - 09/18/18 9:01 AM

Over Labor Day Weekend, the Molalla Police Department had extra patrol focused on detecting and arresting drivers who were under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or any other intoxicating substance. During those patrols one person was arrested for DUII. The Molalla Police Department will continue to have extra patrols at various times throughout the year.  

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “Approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States involve drunk drivers (with blood alcohol concentrations [BACs] of .08 of higher). In 2016, there were 10,497 people killed in these preventable crashes. In fact, on average over the 10-year period from 2006-2016, more than 10,000 people died every year in drunk-driving crashes.”

The Molalla Police Department wants to remind drivers the danger of impaired driving. If someone decides to drink and drive or consume marijuana or any other impairing substance, they should plan ahead and have a designated driver or alternate transportation.

The goal of the Molalla Police Department is to ensure the roads in and around the City of Molalla are safe for everyone and to prevent avoidable tragedies.


Update: Man Arrested After Returning to Haul Away Second Half of Dumped Mobile Home (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/18/18 9:00 AM
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Deputies serving the City of Cornelius have continued to investigate the circumstances surrounding the dumping of half a dilapidated mobile home in the parking lot of Echo Shaw Elementary School on Saturday.

Deputies received dozens of tips from the public regarding a Craigslist advertisement posted on September 13 from an individual in Yamhill offering to pay $1,000 to have a mobile home hauled away from his property. Deputies also received information about numerous public sightings of a white truck towing the mobile home northbound on Highway 47 between Yamhill and Cornelius.

When deputies contacted the seller, they learned a man had responded to the ad and hauled away half of the mobile home. That half was later found dumped at the school. He told the seller he would return and haul away the second half at a later time. He also told the seller he planned to convert the mobile home into small housing units in Portland.

On Monday evening, at about 11:30 p.m., the seller contacted deputies to report the suspect was returning to his property to haul away the second half of the mobile home. Deputies responded to the seller’s address outside of Yamhill and arrested him.

The suspect, 35-year-old Derek Conley of Portland, was arrested for second-degree criminal mischief, offensive littering, and an outstanding probation violation warrant for felon in possession of a firearm. He is currently being lodged at the Washington County Jail.

The dumped mobile home was initially towed from the school and stored on City of Cornelius City Works property. It was transported back to the original seller yesterday.

The Sheriff’s Office wishes to thank the media and public for their assistance.

The original media release is below.

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Mobile Home Dumped in Elementary School Parking Lot

September 15, 2018

On Saturday, September 15, 2018, at 2:53 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies serving the City of Cornelius responded to a suspicious circumstances call at Echo Shaw Elementary School, located at 914 S Linden Street.

Neighbors reported that a large white truck towing half of a double-wide mobile home pulled into the school’s parking lot. The truck then departed, leaving the unsightly mobile home behind.

When deputies arrived, they saw that the mobile home had mold in it and was clearly a hazard. Deputies are coordinating its removal from the school parking lot.

Deputies would like to hear from anyone with knowledge of this incident. Please contact non-emergency dispatch at 503-629-0111.




Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Booking Photo , Craigslist Ad

Susan Anderson to lead county's Animal Protection and Control, Code Enforcement
Clark Co. WA Communications - 09/18/18 8:59 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – Mitch Nickolds Clark County Community Development director announced last week he has tapped Susan Anderson to manage the county’s Animal Protection and Control and Code Enforcement Services departments.

Susan began working in this new position Monday, Sept 17.

Most recently, Susan has served 13 years in the Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office as Senior Deputy Fire Marshal. She has 22 years of experience in code administration and 10 years in the local animal welfare community.

Susan earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Oregon State University and is currently pursuing a master of public administration.

“Clark County is fortunate to have found a member of our own team with the breadth of experience and knowledge that Susan brings to this position,” said Nickolds.

“I look forward to fostering partnerships that will support our agency in providing quality services to enhance the lives of people and their animal companions,” said Anderson.

Learn more about the county’s Animal Protection and Control and Code Enforcement offices on Community Development’s website at www.clark.wa.gov/community-development.


Officers Arrest Suspects Attempting to Steal Car and Ammunition (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/18/18 8:46 AM
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On Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at 1:16 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a property in the 10700 block of Southeast Harold Street after neighbors contacted 9-1-1 and reported hearing suspicious noises.

Officers and members of the Portland Police Bureau Tactical Operations Division' Air Support Unit responded to the property. As members of the Air Support Unit flew overhead they observed two suspects run from the location. Officers were directed to where the suspects had ran by Air Support Unit members and an area neighbor. The two suspects were taken into custody without incident.

During the investigation, officers learned three suspects had arrived at the location, broken into several buildings and attempted to take a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

Officers searched for the third suspect but have not located the suspect at this time.

The two suspects that were taken into custody have been identified as 24-year-old Shelby L. Taylor and 45-year-old Michael A. Brown. Taylor was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Burglary in the Second Degree (two counts), Theft in the First Degree and Attempt Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle. Officers lodged Brown at the Multnomah County Jail and he has since been released. Brown was lodged on charges of Burglary in the Second Degree (two counts), Theft in the First Degree, and Attempt Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle.

Anyone with information about this incident or the suspects should contact the Portland Police Bureau non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

Community members are encouraged to visit the City of Portland's Office of Community and Civic Life Crime Prevention page at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/civic/index.cfm?c=28395 for crime prevention tips and resources.

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Attached Media Files: Chevrolet Bel Air , Ammunition , Ammunition , Michael A Brown , Shelby L Taylor

Home Inventory Week sparks two tasks to save time, money, and stress following a disaster
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 09/18/18 8:37 AM

(Salem) – More than 500,000 acres have been burned, and approximately 4,000 Oregonians have been warned to evacuate their homes this wildfire season. Over 300 earthquakes have also shaken the state this year, including a 6.2 magnitude quake just off the coast in August. These alarming facts mean it is critical for Oregonians to get prepared for both natural and human-caused disasters.

National Preparedness Month has arrived, and Sept. 16-22 is Home Inventory Week. This week is designated to an often overlooked part of disaster preparation, protecting your personal property.

To recognize this week, the Oregon Division of Financial Regulation encourages Oregonians to do two simple tasks that will save time, money, and stress when disaster strikes:

  1. Build a home inventory – Take video or photos of each room in your home, paying close attention to walls, drawers, closets, and storage areas. Recalling your personal property is a daunting task following a disaster. A home inventory eases the post-disaster stress, and enables your insurance company to move forward with processing your claim.   
  2. Review your insurance coverage – Take time to discuss your policies with your insurance company or agent. Make sure you have the right coverage and know what to expect when you file a claim for disasters such as fire, earthquake, flood, tornado, theft, and ice storms.

“These simple projects are easy to do, and should be an essential part of every Oregonian’s disaster prep,” said Insurance Commissioner Andrew Stolfi. “Home Inventory Week is an ideal time to add these money-saving, stress-reducing tasks to your to-do list.”

Oregonians are encouraged to visit dfr.oregon.gov/preparenow for videos, apps, and resources to help complete these simple tasks. The site also provides social media tools to help residents share their experience and encourage their families, friends, and neighbors to get prepared as well.

 

The division is joined in this effort by the League of Oregon Cities, Oregon Sheriffs Association, Oregon Office of Emergency Management, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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About DCBS: The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov. 

About Oregon DFR: The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and http://dfr.oregon.gov/Pages/index.aspx.

 


Startup Stalls, Receives F Rating From BBB
Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific - 09/18/18 8:28 AM

                                             Space Goat Productions Fails to Deliver Product to Supporters  

Portland, Oregon —?Sept. 18, 2018?A start-up company that promised to deliver board games based on the popular sci-fi movies “The Terminator” and “Evil Dead 2” failed to deliver on its promise, earning itself an F rating from Better Business Bureau.  

The company, Space Goat Production has received 14 complaints from consumers who allege the company failed to deliver products promised to backers of their Kickstarter campaign. The Bellingham-based business launched the fundraising campaigns in 2016. They asked for monetary donations in order to launch their board game company. “The Terminator” board game received more than $220,000 pledges, while the “Evil Dead 2” game received more than $722,600. The company received pledges from more than 8,200 customers.  

An Oregon man reports he was an original backer on the company's Kickstarter campaign to help fund the product. He paid $80 but never received the product. He is asking for a full refund.  

Consumers report the company never delivered on their promise. While some customers did receive a refund, others report they never received more than one, or any, communication about the status of the game.  

Before supporting a startup’s crowdfunding request, BBB recommends doing your research. When you donate to a startup, it’s important to know who is behind the call for investors. Research the person or company behind the campaign to see if they have a track record for fulfilling promises. You also want to know if they have had successful campaigns in the past.  

To file a complaint, visit bbb.org/complaints. To speak with a Space Goat consumer in the Portland area call Stephen Mayer at  971-201-8528.  

ABOUT BBB:?For more than 100 years, the Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands,?and?charities they can trust. In 2017, people turned to BBB more than 160 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at?bbb.org. There are local, independent BBBs across the United States, Canada,?and?Mexico, including BBB Northwest & Pacific, which serves more than 15 million consumers in Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Hawaii and Western Wyoming.??? 

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Suspicious Activity
Beaverton Police Dept. - 09/18/18 8:09 AM

The Beaverton Police Department and Washington County Sheriff’s Office are warning
community members about two incidents of suspicious activity.


On the morning of September 5, 2018, Washington County Sheriff’s office took a
suspicious person report near SW Butner Rd/SW Spring Lane. A middle school student
reported a male driving a white van pulled up next to her and asked if she needed a ride
to school. The student reacted appropriately by telling the male “no” and continued to
walk to school. The student reported seeing the vehicle several more times as she
walked to school. The student later reported the incident to her parents who then called
the Washington County Sheriff’s office.


On September 14, 2018 Beaverton Police Department took a suspicious person report
near Cedar Hills Blvd/SW Park Way. A middle school student reported a male, driving
red Ford pickup, yelled at her in an attempt to have her get into his vehicle. The student
reacted appropriately and found a trusted adult. The student reported the incident to
her parents and school who then reported to the Beaverton Police Department. A search
of the area by officers didn’t locate the vehicle.


Beaverton Police Department and Washington County Sheriff’s Office do not have any
identified suspects at this time. Officers will conduct enhanced patrols in the area. Area
residents are asked to report any suspicious vehicles to Washington County Dispatch at
503-629-0111.


Useful information regarding personal safety and “stranger danger” can be found here:
https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/depts/pubsafety/Pages/WalkingToSchoolSafely.aspx

 

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Attached Media Files: Press release

Pursuit Leads to Arrest of Vancouver Man
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/18/18 12:06 AM

On 9/17/2018 at approximately 2051 hours, Clark County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Eric Swenson attempted to stop an orange colored Nissan 350Z near the 10500 block of NE 63rd Street.  The vehicle failed to respond to activated emergency lights and siren and fled the area.   Deputy Swenson initiated a pursuit of the vehicle after it appeared that the driver of the vehicle attempted to ram another deputy’s vehicle that was arriving in the area. 

 

The driver went west bound on NE 63rd Street to Andresen Road where the vehicle turned south.   The pursuit continued to the area near NE Vancouver Mall Drive and NE 72nd Avenue. At some point the vehicle being pursued had turned off its headlights, was reaching speeds of 70 MPH, and disregarding all traffic control.  At this point the pursuit was terminated due to safety concerns for deputies and citizens. 

 

After terminating the pursuit Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Agar noticed the vehicle on NE 72nd Avenue north of Vancouver Mall Drive.   Deputy Agar indicated that the vehicle was stopped on the side of the road and it appeared that the driver and passenger fled the area on foot. 

 

Danisha Perez, a 26 year old Vancouver resident was taken into custody shortly after fleeing the vehicle.  The driver, later identified as Oliver San Nicolas, a 25 year old Vancouver resident, was taken into custody after being located by Vancouver Police K-9 Officer Corporal Ryan Starbuck and his K-9 partner Ivar.  Also assisting in the capture was the Portland Police Bureau Air Support Unit.   

 

San Nicolas was later booked into the Clark County Jail on charges of Attempted Assault I, Possession of Stolen Vehicle, Attempt to Elude, and Unlawful Possession of Firearm.  Charges of Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver are being referred to the Clark County Prosecutors Office on both Perez and San Nicolas. 


Mon. 09/17/18
American Red Cross Responded to a Single Family Fire Affecting Two Adults
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/17/18 11:56 PM

On Monday, September 17, 2018 at approximately 20:45 a single family fire broke out in the 3700 block of Lancaster Drive, Ne in Salem affecting a family of two adults.

The Red Cross provided information and assistance for recovery services including lodging and meeting immediate basic needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Officers Investigate Possible Bias Crime in Portland's Powell Park - One Person Injured
Portland Police Bureau - 09/17/18 9:05 PM
On Monday, September 17, 2018, at 4:30 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the Portland Food Mart, located at 2419 Southeast Powell Boulevard, on the report a person had been stabbed.

Officers arrived and contacted the adult female victim and learned she had been stabbed while she was at Powell Park, located at 3549 Southeast 26th Avenue. After the victim was stabbed she walked to the Portland Food Mart for help and access to a phone.

The victim suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene by emergency medical personnel and did not require transport by ambulance to an area hospital.

During the investigation, officers learned two suspects approached the victim. One of the suspects hit the victim with a stick and the other stabbed her with what was described as an ice pick. During the assault the suspects made derogatory comments about the victim's sexual orientation.

Based on information learned at this time, investigators believe this may be a bias crime related to the person's sexual orientation.

Officers searched the area but did not locate the suspects during the search. The suspects were described as two black males in their mid to late teens. One of the suspects was wearing blue jeans and a white t-shirt and the other suspect wore blue jeans and a red hooded sweatshirt.

The Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Bias Crime Detail is continuing the investigation. Anyone with information, including video surveillance footage, of this incident should contact Bias Crime Detail Detective Paul Dolbey at 503-823-0451 or Paul.Dolbey@portlandoregon.gov

The Bureau investigates all reports of bias-motivated crimes and encourages any member of our community who is the victim of such a crime to contact law enforcement. Under Oregon law, bias crimes are defined as any criminal act that targets a victim based on the suspect's perception of the victim's race, color, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin. Detectives work to determine whether or not bias elements are present during the reported crime that align with Oregon law as defined in the Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS):

ORS 166.165 - Intimidation in the First Degree - https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/166.165
ORS 166.155 - Intimidation in the Second Degree - https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/166.155

If you have been the victim of a bias crime assault or you are witnessing one, immediately call 9-1-1. If you have been the victim of a different bias crime and the suspect is no longer present, such as vandalism or graffiti, please call the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

To learn more about bias crime investigations and reported bias/hate crime statistics within the City of Portland, please visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/77066

Additionally, the City of Portland is a partner in Portland United Against Hate, which is a community initiated partnership of Community Based Organizations, Neighborhood Associations, concerned communities and the City. To learn more, please visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/72583

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UPDATE - 3 vehicles involved in crash on Hwy 22E east of Gates - Marion County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/17/18 8:53 PM
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Investigation shows that a 2004 Honda Civic, operated by Eric Ellis (57) of Detroit was eastbound on Hwy 22E when it went into the westbound lane and sideswiped a 2012 Ford PU pulling a travel trailer, operated by Owen Barth (48) of Dallas.  The Honda Civic continued and hit a 2014 GMC PU, operated by Ryan Wolvert (41) of Oregon City.

Ellis sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Barth and Wolvert were not injured.

Hwy 22E  was closed for about 3.5 hours following the crash.  OSP was assisted by Gates Fire, ODOT, Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Keizer P.D.

 

Oregon State Police and emergency personnel are on the scene of a three vehicle crash on Hwy 22E near mile post 37 - east of Gates.

One person has sustained fatal injuries and has been pronounced deceased at the scene.

The crash occurred at approximately 1:30 PM.  Expect delays and closures for several hours.

No more information is available at this time.




Attached Media Files: 2018-09/1002/118025/Hwy_22.jpg

National Emergency Alert Test Postponed to October 3
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 09/17/18 5:25 PM

Salem, OR. – Sept. 17, 2018 – The nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) has been postponed until October 3 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence. The test will be conducted by FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

In Oregon, the WEA portion of the test commences at 11:18 a.m. Pacific Time, and the EAS portion follows at 11:20 a.m. Pacific Time. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.  

The test was originally scheduled to take place this Thursday, September 20, although FEMA held October 3 as a back-up date. According to FEMA, a backup date was planned in case of widespread severe weather or other significant events on the primary test date.

For further information on the test, go to https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test.


New Fire Station Community Outreach Meeting
Lebanon Fire District - 09/17/18 4:58 PM

What: New Fire Station Community Outreach Meeting

When: October 2, 2018 at 5:30 PM

Where: Fire Station 31, 1050 W. Oak St., Lebanon, OR

The Lebanon Fire District is planning on replacing Fire Station 31 and we need your input. We invite you to come to a community meeting to learn about the District’s plan to improve capabilities to meet the community’s needs.

Fire Station 31 is the main fire station for the District and houses administrative and management staff as well as emergency response fire and EMS crews. The fire station was originally built in 1975 and has served the District well, but is due for replacement based on seismic, life safety, size, and workflow concerns. Construction is currently planned to begin in 2021. 

You are asked to give your input on the overall design of the new station at a Community Outreach meeting on October 2, 2018 at 5:30 PM. The current fire station will be open for tours, and a community discussion will be led by the District’s consulting architect who will help direct staff in the overall design of the new fire station. 

Please come to learn more about the District needs and provide your input for your fire station. Your input is important to us.


Inmate Found Deceased After Medical Emergency
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/17/18 4:57 PM

On Sunday, September 16, 2018, at 9:27 p.m., a Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputy found an inmate unresponsive in his cell at the Washington County Jail.

The deputy radioed for medical backup and immediately performed lifesaving measures. Jail medical personnel responded and continued lifesaving efforts, to include utilizing an automated external defibrillator (AED). The Hillsboro Fire Department also responded and later pronounced the individual deceased.

This morning, the Oregon Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy and determined the individual died of natural causes. Consistent with Sheriff’s Office protocol, detectives are conducting a thorough investigation.

Sheriff’s Office chaplains were notified and will provide support to those affected, including individuals in custody and jail staff. The Sheriff’s Office K-9 Crisis Team, comprised of certified therapy dogs, will visit the housing unit where the incident occurred to provide additional support.

The deceased is identified as a 43-year-old male. His name is not being released at this time due to pending family notifications. His next of kin is believed to reside outside the United States, and detectives are reaching out to the appropriate consulate to facilitate communication.

The Washington County Jail employees about 190 certified and civilian staff who provide services to approximately 572 inmates, as well as the attorneys, friends, and family members who visit them. The facility is staffed by onsite medical personnel 24 hours a day. In addition, the jail employs numerous mental health professionals and staffs various housing units for those with enhanced needs.




Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release

Winterhawks to volunteer for Union Gospel Mission Operation Overcoat Street Fair
Union Gospel Mission - 09/17/18 4:55 PM

                                                      Keith Feher  503-274-4483   503-702-3810 (cell)

 

Winterhawks to volunteer for Union Gospel Mission Operation Overcoat Street Fair

Portland athletes lend a hand to help homeless

 

Portland, Ore., -  On Tuesday, September 18 from 10:30 am – 11:00 am, The Portland Winterhawks will be volunteering for the preparation of the Union Gospel Mission’s 18th Annual Operation Overcoat street fair on September 29th.

 

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, 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.

 

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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Woodland Public Schools staff kicks off new school year by reflecting on current progress and setting future goals (Photo)
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 09/17/18 4:30 PM
Superintendent Michael Green reviewed past goals, the significant progress made in the prior school year, and shared words of inspiration and encouragement to help guide the district toward continuous improvement in 2018-19
Superintendent Michael Green reviewed past goals, the significant progress made in the prior school year, and shared words of inspiration and encouragement to help guide the district toward continuous improvement in 2018-19
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Monday, September 17, 2018-Woodland, WA-In preparation for the new school year, Woodland Public Schools faculty and staff gathered for an annual all-staff breakfast and collaborative meeting on Monday, September 10, where they reviewed their progress during the prior school year and reinvigorated their focus for continuous improvement in student learning across the entire district in the future.

The administrative team greeted new and returning staff members as they entered the Woodland High School gym for the annual breakfast meeting. The breakfast was sponsored by Aflac, the supplemental insurance company. Superintendent Michael Green opened the event by having each of the school administrators introduce their new faculty and staff members:

  • Woodland High School Principal John Shoup introduced three new teachers and a new counselor.
  • Woodland Middle School Principal James Johnston introduced four new teachers.
  • Woodland Intermediate School added a new principal, Denise Principal, as well as nine new teachers.
  • Woodland Primary School Principal Ingrid Colvard introduced six new staff members.
  • Superintendent Green introduced Malinda Huddleston, current instructional coach, who will also be taking on duties as Yale Elementary’s principal this year.
  • Jake Hall, Executive Director of Learning Supports and Alternatives, introduced four new staff members who will be working for the district in his department.

Superintendent Green discussed the goals adopted by the school board for student learning in Woodland at the start of the 2017-18 school year and the progress made by the entire staff. “My purpose here is to celebrate the incredible road we’ve traveled over the past year,” he said. “By 2021, we want 85% of our students graduating on-time from both Woodland High School and TEAM, along with a 90%+ graduation rate for our 5-year cohorts.”

Green spotlighted the substantial improvements made to student attendance thanks to the efforts of Stacy Mouat, the district’s truancy specialist. “Our goal is to have all students attending class at least 90% of the time,” he said. “In 2017-18, we almost achieved that goal with an attendance rate of nearly 89%.”

In addition to graduation rate and attendance, Green reviewed the district’s efforts for improvement in students successfully passing state assessments. “By 2022, we want 80% of our students meeting the requirements for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics,” he said. “Last year, every single grade level saw improvement over the prior year in ELA and only one didn’t see a year-over-year improvement in math.”

Studies show that students who fail a course during their freshman year have a higher likelihood of dropping out before graduation. Starting with the last school year, the teachers and staff at Woodland High School made interventions at the freshman level a high priority. “During the 2017-18 school year, overall course failure has been reduced by nearly 10% when compared to prior years,” said Green.

The leadership team plans to continue focusing on both past and present goals to continue the district’s progress. “Each and every child should have access to an excellent education regardless of which grade or school they attend and regardless of which teacher they learn from,” said Green. “By maintaining our dedication and perseverance, all of our students will receive equal preparation during their academic career so they can explore all their interests by the time they enter high school and plan for their futures.”

Superintendent Green closed the presentation by sharing inspirational insights about the power of persistence as well as the importance of how dedication to goals results in continuous improvement to achieving those goals, “The skill and dedication each of you brings to the classroom brings me great pride - I wish each and every one of you a truly successful school year.”

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Attached Media Files: Superintendent Michael Green reviewed past goals, the significant progress made in the prior school year, and shared words of inspiration and encouragement to help guide the district toward continuous improvement in 2018-19 , School staff gathered to enjoy a special breakfast thanks to sponsorship from Aflac, the supplemental insurance company , School staff gathered to enjoy a special breakfast thanks to sponsorship from Aflac, the supplemental insurance company , School staff gathered to enjoy a special breakfast thanks to sponsorship from Aflac, the supplemental insurance company , New Woodland Intermediate School Principal Denise Pearl introduces other staff members added to her school during the annual collaborative all-staff kick-off breakfast meeting

Oregon Military Department Employee Charged with Wire Fraud and Making False Statements
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 09/17/18 2:57 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. – Dominic Caputo, 46, of Clackamas County, Oregon, was indicted today on allegations that, as a civilian program manager for the Oregon National Guard Oregon Sustainment Maintenance Site (OSMS), he submitted false reimbursement requests to the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) and misrepresented the operational status of equipment used to maintain a war-ready posture.

The court unsealed a five-count indictment alleging Caputo falsely certified that the refurbishment of equipment was complete or in-process. Caputo’s certifications prompted CECOM to remit payment for more than 1,300 pieces of equipment at a cost of more than $6 million to OSMS with the expectation the equipment was ready to be shipped to other military installations and put back into service, when it was not.

Caputo faces four counts of wire fraud, and one count of false statements in a document.

Caputo made his initial appearance in federal court today before U.S Magistrate Judge Beckerman and was released pending trial. A 7-day jury trial is scheduled for November 20, 2018 before U.S. District Court Judge Anna J. Brown.

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Attached Media Files: 2018-09/6325/118024/INDICTMENT-Caputo-Final.pdf , Indictment

Media Advisory: First-Ever Nationwide Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) Test Postponed Until 10/3 (Photo)
Portland Bureau of Emergency Management - 09/17/18 2:28 PM
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UPDATE:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is postponing the national emergency alert test previously scheduled for Thursday, September 20 until Wednesday, October 3. For more information visit https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test. The media availability scheduled in Portland for Wednesday, September 19 is canceled. 


On Thursday, September 20, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is conducting the first-ever national emergency alert test on cell phones, TV, and radio.

  • At 11:18 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system will send most cell phones the message “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”
  • At 11:20 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will send out a test message on TV and radio stations.
  • The public should not call 9-1-1 in response to the test.

The nationwide test ensures that in times of an emergency or disaster, public safety officials can send urgent warnings to the public. Alerts are rare, but can happen locally, statewide, or nationally.  A nationwide alert would only be used in the most extreme emergency situation.

“This is the first time a wireless alert has been tested in Oregon, and we don't want anyone to be caught off guard,” said Oregon Office of Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps. “No matter where someone is—at work, in their car, at school, at the doctor’s office, anywhere—they should hear and see the alert on their phone.”

The media are invited to attend an availability with Director Phelps on Wednesday, September 19 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Portland Emergency Coordination Center (9911 SE Bush Street, Portland OR 97266) to answer questions about the test and what to expect.

This test is being conducted by FEMA in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Although this is the fourth EAS nationwide test, it is the first national WEA test. If FEMA needs to postpone the test due to an actual emergency, a news release will be issued prior to the test.  For more information visit: https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test.

The alert systems being tested at the national level on September 20 are different than the PublicAlerts system residents can sign up for in Clackamas, Clark, Columbia, Multnomah, and Washington counties by visiting www.publicalerts.org.

  • WHAT: Media availability about the national alert test
  • WHEN: Wednesday, September 19 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • WHERE: Portland Emergency Coordination Center, 9911 SE Bush Street, Portland OR 97266 (near SE 99th and SE Powell)
  • CONTACT: Dan Douthit, Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, (503) 793-1650

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Attached Media Files: Emergency alert test fact sheet , Android test example , iPhone test example

Motorcycle passenger dies in crash on Hwy 395 near Lakeview - Lake County
Oregon State Police - 09/17/18 2:21 PM

On September 16, 2018 at about 3:55 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash involving a motor cycle and passenger car on US 395 near milepost 141. 

The preliminary investigation revealed that a blue 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Jacob Alexander Lepeilbet (26) from Caldwell, Idaho, was traveling northbound on US 395 near milepost 141 when, for an unknown reason, failed to stop for a white 1995 Ford Taurus stopped in the northbound lane signaling to turn left. The motorcycle impacted the rear of the Taurus at highway speed. 

The passenger on the motorcycle, Hailey Michelle Ernest (35) from Boise, Idaho, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene. 

Lepeilbet suffered significant injuries and was transported to the Lake District Hospital and later flown to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Oregon. 

The driver of the Taurus, Ronald Allen Foltz (59) from Lakeview, Oregon, sustained minor injuries.

US 395 was closed for over three hours following the crash. 

OSP was assisted by ODOT and Lake County Sheriff's Office. 

 

 


Oregon to Honor Fallen Firefighters in Salem on Thursday, September 20 (Photo)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 09/17/18 2:09 PM
Fallen FF Memorial Honor Guard
Fallen FF Memorial Honor Guard
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The Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard and the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) extend an invitation to attend the State's 13th annual Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial this Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 1 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Highway SE, Salem. We are honored to have Doug Grafe, Chief of Fire Protection for the Oregon Department of Forestry, as this year’s guest speaker. 

DPSST Director Eriks Gabliks said "The Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial stands as a daily reminder of the sacrifices made by 169 men and women who died in the line of duty protecting our communities, airports and natural resources around our great state.  The memorial also allows us to honor a pledge made to the families of the fallen - we will never forget!  We are thankful that no names are being added to the Oregon memorial during this year’s ceremony which signifies that Oregon did not suffer a firefighter line of duty death in 2017.  Sadly we know that is not the case on a national level as the names of 103 career and volunteer firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2017 and previous years will be honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial at the National Fire Academy on October 6 and 7, 2018 in Emmitsburg, Maryland."

Please note the event is held outside rain or shine.

If you have any questions regarding the Memorial, please contact Julie Olsen, Fire Program Manager, at 503-378-2297 or by email at julie.olsen-fink@state.or.us

For More Information on Oregon and National Firefighter Memorials:

Oregon Fallen Firefighter Memorial  https://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/FC/pages/fallenfirefightermemorial.aspx

National Fallen Firefighter Foundation – National memorial https://www.firehero.org/2018/08/28/2018-flag-raising-national-fallen-firefighters-foundation/

Those honored on the State memorial include:

Fire Fighter Name

Agency

Date

James  Reed

Protection Engine Co #4 - Portland

1881

George P. Wrenn

Corvallis Fire Department

1882

Fred  Wagner

Portland Fire and Rescue

1890

Tom  O'Keefe

Portland Fire and Rescue

1891

John G. Hewston

Portland Fire and Rescue

1892

Tom  Grenfell

Portland Fire and Rescue

1896

Warren  Bodge

Medford Fire Dept.

1910

David  Campbell

Portland Fire and Rescue

1911

William  Higdon

Portland Fire and Rescue

1912

Emil  Gustafson

Portland Fire and Rescue

1916

Francis H. McCormick

Portland Fire and Rescue

1919

Karl  Gunster

Portland Fire and Rescue

1921

Oscar H. Lehman

Portland Fire and Rescue

1921

James S. Baldwin

Portland Fire and Rescue

1922

Oscar B. Gabriel

Portland Fire and Rescue

1922

Amos R. Willits

Medford Fire Dept.

1923

Fred H. Rittenour

Portland Fire and Rescue

1923

Adolph W. Wefel

Portland Fire and Rescue

1923

William E. Wilbur

Portland Fire and Rescue

1926

Rex  Reed

Eugene Fire and EMS

1928

Harry  Josephson

Portland Fire and Rescue

1928

William John McCreery

Portland Fire and Rescue

1928

Charles A. Ryan

Portland Fire and Rescue

1928

Walter  McBride

Portland Fire and Rescue

1929

Richard D. Laisner

Portland Fire and Rescue

1930

Henry Krimbel

Portland Fire and Rescue

1932

Clement Kemmer

Portland Fire and Rescue

1933

Gustave Adolph Stephan

Portland Fire and Rescue

1933

Frank L. Kearney

Portland Fire and Rescue

1934

Harry B. Morrow

Portland Fire and Rescue

1934

Walter Godfrey Duncan

Sandy Fire Dist. #72

1934

H.U.  Gardner

Portland Fire and Rescue

1935

William D. Heath

Portland Fire and Rescue

1935

Floyd G. McMullen

Salem Fire Department

1935

Melvin Claude Richardson

Oregon National Guard

1935

Frank E. Platt

Portland Fire and Rescue

1937

Harry R. Howard

Portland Fire and Rescue

1939

Ernest W. Bills

Portland Fire and Rescue

1940

Peter P. Kumpf

Portland Fire and Rescue

1940

Carl G. Markstrom

Portland Fire and Rescue

1940

John  Dawes

Mill City RFPD

1941

Elmo St. Clair Bradford

Portland Fire and Rescue

1945

Malvin L. Brown

555th Parachute Battalion - US Army

1945

Joseph Frederick Allerton

Portland Fire and Rescue

1945

William  Inglesby

Portland Fire and Rescue

1946

Gregory A. Warner

Portland Fire and Rescue

1946

Marion  Stark

Portland Fire and Rescue

1947

Alfred E. Berg

Portland Fire and Rescue

1948

Daniel G. Shaw

Portland Fire and Rescue

1949

Clayre Lavon Miller

Tillamook Fire District

1949

Jerry  Bain

Douglas Forest Protective Association

1951

R.E. “Bob” Olivier

Taft-Nelscott-DeLake Fire Department

1954

Harold J. Dean

Cottage Grove Fire Department

1956

W.F.  McCall

Cottage Grove Fire Department

1956

John A. McKy

Cottage Grove Fire Department

1956

Warren  Nott

Milwaukie Fire Department

1956

Al  Troge

Multnomah County Fire District #10

1956

George  Mead

Oregon City Fire Department

1956

Donovan  Hodgson

Springfield DFLS

1957

Victor D. Brown

Portland Fire and Rescue

1957

Glenn H. Ferrington

Multnomah County Fire District #14

1958

Roy W. McFarland

Roseburg Fire Dept.

1959

L.L.  Longton

Cottage Grove Fire Department

1960

John T. Metcalf

Portland Fire and Rescue

1960

Wayne  Osterby

Astoria Fire Department

1961

John J. Richards

Douglas Forest Protective Association

1961

Earl  Edwards

La Grande Fire Dept.

1962

Eldon L. Everton

Grants Pass Fire Department

1964

Leland N. Christensen

Eugene Fire and EMS

1966

Harold  Stinson

Eugene Fire and EMS

1966

Virgil L. Spencer

Portland Fire and Rescue

1966

Dale  Fleming

Multnomah County Fire District #1

1968

Sam P. Baseel

St. Helens Rural Fire Dist.

1969

Leland Roger Marshall

Coquille Volunteer Fire Department

1969

Richard  Christensen

Washington County Fire District #2

1969

C.T.  Arnold

Cottage Grove Fire Department

1970

Ben K. Coburn

Thurston-Walterville RFPD

1970

Henry  Martin

Oregon Department of Forestry

1970

Luis  Rodriguez

Oregon Department of Forestry

1970

Jack  Stephens

Portland Fire and Rescue

1971

Richard  Waldorf

Molalla Fire Protection District

1972

Fayet Arthur Scoggin

Redmond Fire and Rescue

1974

Carl E. Kerr

Scio Fire Protection District

1975

Sanford Causey

Coquille Fire Department

1976

S.L.  Finley

USFS Siskiyou National Forest

1976

Lee Kenneth Register

Multnomah Co. RFPD #14

1977

Dale Laverne Smith

Multnomah Co. RFPD #14

1977

John L. Devaney

Portland Fire and Rescue

1977

Roy  Bratten

Redmond Fire and Rescue

1978

Horst  Rech

Springfield DFLS

1978

Russ  Williamson

Washington County Fire District #1

1978

Richard  Underhill

Douglas Forest Protective Association

1979

Ronald  Huddleston

Oregon Department of Forestry

1980

Paul F. Yost

Lyons RFPD

1981

Clyde E. Golden

Mill City RFPD

1982

Michael K. Maine

North Bay RFPD, N. Bend

1982

Robert W. Thompson

Veneta RFPD

1982

David C. Stephens

Bureau of Land Management, Sweet Home

1984

Elwin I. King

Fair Oaks RFPD, Sutherlin

1984

Barbara A. Booth

Oregon Department of Forestry, Cottage Grove

1984

Richard H. Bowers

Oregon Department of Forestry, Cottage Grove

1984

Mary L. Francis

Crow Valley RFPD, Veneta

1985

Michael Allen Lehman

USDA Forest Service

1986

Mark  Giles

Douglas Forest Protective Association

1987

James  Moore

Douglas Forest Protective Association

1987

Russell  Brine

Elkton RFPD

1987

Wendell L. Beck

Crooked River Ranch Fire Dist.

1988

Joseph J. Stroda

Halsey-Shedd RFPD

1988

Louis A. Mohr

Pine Grove RFPD, Hood River

1988

David Alfred Schas

USDA Forest Service, Redmond

1988

William D. Mills

Oak Lodge RFPD #51

1989

William  McAdams

Aurora RFPD

1990

Julius C. Starr

USDA Forest Service, Redmond

1990

Clark N. Gilkison

Fair Oaks RFPD

1991

James Shannon Campbell

Oregon Department of Forestry

1992

Brian L. Hill

Oregon Department of Forestry

1993

Sydney B. Maplesden

Oregon Department of Forestry

1994

Kathi Julie Beck

USDA Forest Service, Ochoco NF

1994

Tamera Jean Bickett

USDA Forest Service, Ochoco NF

1994

Scott A. Blecha

USDA Forest Service, Ochoco NF

1994

Levi J. Brinkley

USDA Forest Service, Ochoco NF

1994

Douglas Michael Dunbar

USDA Forest Service, Ochoco NF

1994

Terri Ann Hagen

USDA Forest Service, Ochoco NF

1994

Bonnie Jean Holtby

USDA Forest Service, Ochoco NF

1994

Robert Alan Johnson

USDA Forest Service, Ochoco NF

1994

Jon Roy Kelso

USDA Forest Service, Ochoco NF

1994

Phillip  Sherburn

Aumsville Fire Department

1995

Henry Walter Howe

Brownsville RFPD

1995

Robert  Chisholm

Gearhart Volunteer Fire Dept.

1997

George P. Converse

USDA Forest Service

1998

Tony B. Chapin

Willamina Fire Department

1998

Santi  Arovitx

Columbia Helicopters

2001

Richard  Hernandez

Columbia Helicopters

2001

Kip  Krigbaum

Columbia Helicopters

2001

John Robert Hazlett

Odell Fire District

2001

Randall E. Carpenter

Coos Bay Fire and Rescue

2002

Jeffrey E. Common

Coos Bay Fire and Rescue

2002

Chuck  Hanners

Coos Bay Fire and Rescue

2002

Bartholomew Blake Bailey

Grayback Forestry, Inc.

2002

Daniel Eric Rama

Grayback Forestry, Inc.

2002

Retha Mae Shirley

Grayback Forestry, Inc.

2002

Alan W. Wyatt

USDA Forest Service, Rio Grande NF

2002

Paul E. Gibson

First Strike Environmental, Roseburg

2003

David Kelly Hammer

First Strike Environmental, Roseburg

2003

Jeffrey D. Hengel

First Strike Environmental, Roseburg

2003

Jesse D. James

First Strike Environmental, Roseburg

2003

Leland Price, Jr.

First Strike Environmental, Roseburg

2003

Richard Burt Moore, II

First Strike Environmental, Roseburg

2003

Mark Robert Ransdell

First Strike Environmental, Roseburg

2003

Ricardo M. Ruiz

First Strike Environmental, Roseburg

2003

Larry A. Brown

Kingsley Field FD, Klamath Falls

2003

D. Craig Mackey

Oregon Department of Forestry, Western Lane

2003

Thomas Howard Kistler

Polk County Fire Dist. #1

2003

Randall  Harmon

Superior Helicopter, Grants Pass

2003

Richard W. Black

Weyerhauser, Eugene Helicopter Ops.

2003

Lawrence J. Hoffman

Oregon Department of Forestry

2004

Shawn  Blazer

Grayback Forestry, Inc.

2008

Scott  Charlson

Grayback Forestry, Inc.

2008

Edrik  Gomez

Grayback Forestry, Inc.

2008

Matthew  Hammer

Grayback Forestry, Inc.

2008

Caleb Renno

Grayback Forestry, Inc.

2008

Bryan  Rich

Grayback Forestry, Inc.

2008

David  Steele

Grayback Forestry, Inc.

2008

Roark  Schwanenberg

Carson Helicopters, Inc.

2008

Robert A. Hales

Scappoose Rural Fire District

2008

Jesse Trader

County Fire and Security

2013

Oscar Montano-Garcia

Pacific Coast Contractors, Inc.

2013

John Hammack

R&K Water Service

2013

Mark James Burns

Medford Fire and Rescue

2016




Attached Media Files: Fallen FF Memorial Honor Guard , Fallen FF Memorial Honor Guard , Fallen FF Memorial Honor Guard

Haida Master Weavers, A program of the Columbia Basin Basketry Guild (Photo)
Columbia Basin Basketry Guild - 09/17/18 1:54 PM
Hat Photo credit: Spruce-root hat by Delores Churchill. (Photo courtesy of Sealaska Heritage Institute)
Hat Photo credit: Spruce-root hat by Delores Churchill. (Photo courtesy of Sealaska Heritage Institute)
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The public is invited to a program with Haida master weaver Delores Churchill and her daughter Evelyn Vanderhoop, a master textile weaver.

Churchill, who received a National Heritage Fellowship Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, will present “Basketry to Ravenstail,” a retrospective of her work.

Vanderhoop, chosen to be an artist in residence at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., will discuss Raven’s Tail and Naaxiin (Chilkat) weaving.

The program is Thursday, October 18, 7 p.m., at the Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland. The free presentation ($5 donation suggested) is sponsored by the Columbia Basin Basketry Guild.

Preserving Native Weaving Techniques

Churchill, a Haida elder from Ketchikan, Alaska, has devoted much of her life to mastering the art of weaving and to preserving her cultural heritage. She weaves baskets, hats, robes, and other regalia. Using such materials as spruce root, cedar bark, wool, and natural dyes, she creates utilitarian and ceremonial objects of unmatched beauty and cultural significance. She also has worked to preserve the Haida language.

In 2017 Churchill completed a replica of a spruce root hat found with ancient remains in 1999 in a British Columbia park. The original hat was discovered in a melting glacier by three hunters in a British Columbia park. Mummified human remains were found with it, and a helicopter was sent to retrieve the remains and artifacts. Churchill says when she heard about the hat, she wanted to learn more. She was granted permission to study the hat and discovered, though mostly of Tlingit design, a variety of weaving techniques were used.

“Haidas weave counterclockwise and Tlingit weave clockwise. But there’s an area down near the edge of the hat where there are two rows that are going counterclockwise. So whoever did this hat knew both Haida and Tlingit techniques,” Churchill says.

Raven’s Tail and Naaxiin Robes

Vanderhoop specializes in weaving the chief's robe of the Haida people. She teaches and weaves Raven's Tail (northern geometric weaving) and Naaxiin (Chilkat). She has done extensive research into the history of northern coast robes. Vanderhoop has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Western Washington University and has had successful parallel careers as a weaver and watercolor artist. She studied watercolor painting in Europe, and one of her paintings was chosen by the United States Postal Service for a stamp to commemorate Native American dance. She comes from a long line of Haida weavers, including her grandmother Selina Peratrovich and her mother, Delores Churchill. She has also studied weaving with Cheryl Samuel.

Churchill learned her weaving from her mother, Selina Peratrovich, a nationally recognized master weaver. Peratrovich asked her daughter to burn her baskets for the first five years of the apprenticeship. "I am well known for my baskets," Peratrovich told her daughter. "If you say you learned from me, you better be good."

Churchill went on to study traditional Tsimshian weaving from masters Flora Matthew and Brenda White.  Churchill further studied at the British Museum and learned six-strand weave. After retiring from a bookkeeping career and raising her family, Churchill turned her attention back to basketry at a time when Haida basket weaving was in serious decline as an art form.

She continues to teach young people the knowledge and skills related to the weaving tradition, observing: "As long as Native art remains in museums, it will be thought of in the past tense."

For more information, contact iaBasinBasketryGuild@gmail.com">ColumbiaBasinBasketryGuild@gmail.com

 




Attached Media Files: 2018-09/6093/118019/Press_release_Churchill.pdf , Hat Photo credit: Spruce-root hat by Delores Churchill. (Photo courtesy of Sealaska Heritage Institute)

Portland Marijuana Business Owner Receives Federal Prison Sentence for Tax Crimes
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 09/17/18 1:23 PM

Oregon’s first state-legal retail marijuana proprietor sentenced for federal tax crimes

PORTLAND, Ore. – Matthew Price, 32, of Portland, was sentenced today to seven months in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $262,000 for willfully failing to file federal income tax returns in four consecutive years.

“Matthew Price attempted to live a double life—advising OLCC officials on how to regulate state-legal marijuana sales, while privately evading his personal and business tax obligations,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon. “Marijuana businesses and business owners are subject to the same federal tax laws as every other business and will be scrutinized for criminal wrongdoing. Tax cheaters will not be tolerated in any industry.”         

According to court documents, in 2010, Price, then 25 years old, came to Portland with the financial backing of a business partner in Colorado to start a state-legal marijuana business in anticipation of Oregon’s full retail legalization. Price had previously been working in a marijuana store in Colorado owned by his business partner. In December 2010, Price began operating a marijuana farmers market in Portland called Cannabliss. In mid-2013, Price and his business partner converted the business to a medical marijuana dispensary. In 2014, the pair opened two additional Cannabliss dispensaries, a second in Portland and one in Eugene, Oregon.

Price failed to file personal income tax returns in four consecutive years between 2011 and 2014, despite retaining the services of three different certified public accountants. Price’s taxable income steadily grew from $42,000 in 2011 to $590,000 in 2014. In 2015, Price was a member of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s (OLCC) Recreational Marijuana Technical Advisory Retail Subcommittee. In this capacity, Price, with other retailers, advised the OLCC in its rulemaking process for Oregon Measure 91, the Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act.

Price previously pleaded guilty to four counts of willfully failing to file personal income tax returns in violation of 26 U.S.C. § 7203 on May 31, 2018. Upon completion of his prison sentence, Price will be on supervised release for three years with six months of home detention.

The IRS Criminal Investigations investigated this case. It was prosecuted by Seth D. Uram, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

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Attached Media Files: 2018-09/6325/118018/SENTENCING-Price-Final.pdf

Rosemary Johnson of Astoria appointed to Oregon Heritage Commission
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/17/18 1:06 PM

Rosemary Johnson of Astoria has been appointed by Governor Kate Brown to a four-year term on the Oregon Heritage Commission.

Johnson was the Planner and Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Astoria until her retirement in September 2014, after 35 years with the City. She staffed the Planning Commission, Historic Landmarks Commission, and Design Review Committee for the City for over 27 years. Johnson currently works as a contract planning consultant for the City of Astoria and serves as a project manager for larger projects such as restoration of the Doughboy Monument and the design and construction of the Scandinavian Heritage Park. Having helped to complete the Astoria Riverfront Vision Plan and implementation of codes for three of the four Riverfront Districts, she is currently working on completing the code implementation for the last Urban Core District. She is also an active volunteer at the Clatsop County Historical Society’s Flavel House Museum.

“I am excited to be part of the Oregon Heritage Commission,” Johnson noted about her appointment. “I have been passionate about history for as long as I can remember. I believe we are a product of our past and we need to preserve the history of our State and Nation to help form our future. Preservation is not just preserving structures. It is about people, our cultural history and the built environment.”

“Johnson has engaged with many of the Commission’s programs through her work and brings a wealth of preservation experience to the group,” said Beth Dehn, Heritage Commission Coordinator. “We are pleased to have her on the Heritage Commission.” 

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity. There are also nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations.

The mission of the Heritage Commission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity. For more information, commission coordinator Beth Dehn at 503-986-0696 or eth.Dehn@Oregon.gov">Beth.Dehn@Oregon.gov or visit the Commission’s website at www.oregonheritage.org.


Hospital charity care spending continues to climb in Q2
Oregon Assn. of Hosp. and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 09/17/18 12:55 PM

 

Contact:

Dave Northfield

Director of Communications

(503) 479-6032 (o), (503) 329-1989 (c)

thfield@oahhs.org">dnorthfield@oahhs.org

 

HOSPITAL CHARITY CARE SPENDING CONTINUES TO CLIMB IN Q2

 

Oregon’s community hospitals are again spending more on charity care despite having one of the lowest rates of uninsured residents in the country, according to a newly released financial performance report by Apprise Health Insights from the second quarter of 2018. Despite the increase, median operating margins held steady from the same period last year.

 

Median charity care as a percentage of total charges increased to 1.7% (compared to 1.6% in Q2 2016). Seven of the last eight quarters have seen an increase in seasonally adjusted Charity Care.

 

Meanwhile, operating margins stabilized after large drops in 2017. Median margins came in at 4.5% in Q2 2018 after a drop to -0.8% in the final quarter of last year. The overall median operating margin for Oregon hospitals in 2017 was 0.5%

 

“These numbers show that, despite expanded coverage, many Oregonians are uninsured or can’t pay the deductible in their health plan,” said Andy Van Pelt, executive vice president of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. “Hospitals treat everyone regardless of ability to pay, but it’s important to note the increases in charity care indicate lack of adequate coverage. That’s an issue our state needs to continue to tackle.”

 

The charity care numbers stand in contrast to the widely held view that charity care has been essentially eliminated in Oregon due to the Affordable Care Act. While charity care costs are below pre-ACA levels, they are on an upward trend as many patients continue to need free or reduced-price services.

 

Inpatient discharges continue to decline in Q2 2018 over last year, dropping by some 100,000. That corresponds with an increase in outpatient visits, which rose by around 200,000 in Q2 2018 over the same quarter in 2017. Outpatient utilization has climbed steadily in Oregon for several years.

 

To read the entire report, visit OregonHospitalGuide.org under “Understanding the Data” or click here.

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Community Invited to Participate in Upcoming 'Safer Crossings Program' Development
City of Salem - 09/17/18 12:00 PM

Salem, Ore. — The City of Salem continues to focus on making it safer and easier to bike, walk or drive in Salem. In late September 2018, the City will seek community input and participation from Salem’s 18 neighborhood associations in a Project Advisory Committee to help develop a Safer Crossings Program. The committee will consist of community members and City staff who will work together to provide final program recommendations to City Council by Spring 2020.

Once complete, the Safer Crossings Program will allow community members to:

  • Formally identify pedestrian safety needs;
  • Request projects to address those needs, such as installation or improvement of crosswalks, rapid-flashing beacons, or radar signs;
  • Easily see the criteria that are used to prioritize pedestrian safety projects and track project status.

The Safer Crossings Program is one of the recommendations from the Pedestrian Safety Study completed in March 2018. The study looked at a combination of crash data, police reports, and field observations to find ways to make it safer for everyone who drives, walks, or bikes in Salem. Other recommendations include upgrading certain traffic intersections and corridors, strategies for citywide application, and specific policy updates. 


In addition to police enforcement, since January 2018, the City has also improved pedestrian safety in multiple areas around the city, including:

Those interested in learning more about the Safer Crossings Program, other transportation improvement projects, or the Pedestrian Safety Study can call 503-588-6211 or email licworks@cityofsalem.net">publicworks@cityofsalem.net. All Salem residents automatically belong to a neighborhood association. To learn more about neighborhood associations, go to http://bit.ly/salem-neighbors.


Kalama River Road UPDATE: with PIC:--completely blocked about 2 miles east of I-5 in Cowlitz County: Power out. (Photo)
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/17/18 11:41 AM
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Update Monday: Noon:  Attached is a pic of the slide taken by Sheriff Deputy Derek Baker with the department drone.   Public Works reports the geotechnical inspector approved the work on the slide and public works crews epect to have the slide cleared and the road opened this afternoon. 

I do not have an estimate of the number of homes beyond the slide.  (Sorry). 

CCD Rosenzweig 

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Kalama, Washington - A slide is completely blocking the Kalama River Road in Cowlitz County, Washington.  The slide is just east of Mahafey's campground which slightly more than 2 miles east of I-5.   The power is also out in the area.  

The Sheriff's Office has brought in extra deputies who will be patrolling the area throughout the night. 

Public Work crews have put out signage on both sides of the blockage and they have also opened up the detour route that goes up over the 8100 logging road that connects to the Little Kalama River Road off of the Lewis River Highway (SR503).   They have also contacted Geo-Technical experts who will be on site tomorrow to evaluate the slide and if it is determined that it is safe to clear the road they will do so.  

The Cowlitz PUD is on site and will be working to re-establish power to the area.  They hope to be able to complete the repair tonight. 

The Department of Emergency Management is aware of the circumstances and they have been publishing info on social media.

Local schools have also been notified.    The fire and EMS have been advised and they are prepared to handle calls for service. 

There will be more media releases as events change.

CCD. C. Rosenzweig




Attached Media Files: Deputy Baker DRONE pic

3rd Annual City of Salem Urban Streams Symposium -- September 18th
City of Salem - 09/17/18 11:30 AM

On Tuesday September 18, 2018, the 3rd Annual Urban Streams Symposium will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Loucks Auditorium at the Salem Public Library.  Salem residents are invited to attend the evening symposium to learn how the City of Salem actively manages stormwater and the urban streams that flow through Salem.  The Urban Streams Symposium will provide information on:

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the presentations will start at 7 p.m.  After the presentation attendees are encouraged to tour posters and displays.  Staff will be available to answer questions and provide additional information. CCTV will be recording the event and a closed captioned recording will be posted on the City of Salem YouTube channel. Reasonable accommodation and accessibility services will be provided upon request.


Free Clinic of Southwest Washington Receives $10,000 from Legacy Health
Free Clinic of SW Washington - 09/17/18 11:19 AM

VANCOUVER, Wash., September 17, 2018 - The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington has been awarded $10,000 from Legacy Health to support the clinic’s specialty care program.

This program provides free medical care for low-income, uninsured Clark County residents with specialty care needs. Patients are screened by care coordinators. If they qualify, patients are able to access donated specialty care, laboratory and hospital services.

The Legacy Health grant will assist in supporting the program costs of application processing, recruiting and retaining physicians, and developing community awareness.

“We so appreciate Legacy Health’s continued support,” says Ann Wheelock, interim executive director of the Free Clinic. “By giving our patients access to a wide list of specialty and hospital services, we’re truly providing ‘whole-person’ care.”

About the Free Clinic:

The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington provides free, compassionate, quality health care to children and adults who are otherwise unable to obtain such services. The Free Clinic offers medical, dental, vision and specialty care services from 500 volunteer professionals. The Free Clinic is funded by the local community, and all donations stay in Southwest Washington. For more information about the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington, visit our website: freeclinics.org.


Vancouver Chamber Announces 2018 Business & Leadership Award Recipients (Photo)
Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce - 09/17/18 11:16 AM
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For Immediate Release

September 17th 2018

Press Release


Vancouver Chamber Announces Six 2018 Business & Leadership Awards Recipients, Honored at Sept 25th Event

(VANCOUVER, WA) – The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) is proud to announce the 2018 recipients of the Business & Leadership Awards program. All six recipients will be honored at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner: Officer Installation and Awards event, presented by the Port of Vancouver USA on Tuesday, September 25th at the Hilton. Tickets are available online at www.vancouverusa.com. Doors open at 4:30pm for an Under the Big Top themed social hour featuring jugglers, stilt walkers, fortune tellers, custom cocktails like The Bearded Lady, and a circus-inspired dessert dash adorned with a ring-of-fire ice sculpture. The program begins at 5:30pm and kicks off with the Chamber’s 2018-2019 Ringmaster, aka the Chairwoman of the Board’s official introduction to the membership. In addition to recognizing the complete board of directors, the six recipients of the Chamber’s Annual Business & Leadership Awards program will be honored. Categories include: The John S. McKibbin Leadership Legacy Award, Business of the Year (large and small category), Start-Up to Watch, Community Champions, and Statesman of the Year.

 

The 2018 Business & Leadership Awards recipients are:

Business of the Year (Large Business): Silicon Forest Electronics (SFE) / Frank Nichols, CEO  

Frank Nichols started Silicon Forest Electronics in 1999. As Founder, CEO, and President, he has grown SFE to over 96 employees. He has created a management style that focuses on making a positive and profound impact to all employees, customers, communities, and shareholders through the implementation of “Listen. Connect. Improve.” Frank is a member on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance, Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition, Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing, and a Member of the Governor’s Aerospace Pipeline Committee. As President/CEO, he is currently focusing the company’s efforts to move from a national presence to a global presence in manufacturing of mission critical electronic assemblies. Silicon Forest Electronics (SFE) invests in its employees' training and education, youth career exposure events, and promotes community knowledge and awareness of opportunities in the manufacturing and aerospace industries. Silicon Forest has hosted hands-on activities for youth for STEMfest, Manufacturing Day, and the Business After School Engineering Week. Silicon Forest invests in its own employees and is committed to continuing education and working with youth. www.siliconforestelectronics.com

 

Business of the Year (Small Business): Matrix Roofing / Wendy Marvin, CEO

Matrix Roofing's identity is built on giving back to the community and building a solid reputation with high standards. Matrix started just over 10 years ago with a small crew and has grown to 25 employees. Southwest Washington is a better place because of many contributions made by Matrix Roofing.  First, Matrix participates in the Oregon Tradeswomen Career Fair to educate school-aged girls and adults to learn about debt-free career education and training. Trade industries are a vital part of our local economy and participation educates people of options available after high school.  Secondly, No Roof Left Behind is a nationwide program designed to help homeowners who have fallen on bad times. Matrix is Southwest Washington’s community partner for NRLB.  Members of the community nominate their neighbors for the program and then finalists are selected.  After the winner is announced Matrix goes to work to provide a top notch roof and the community comes together to celebrate. Lastly although I could go on, Matrix offers business mentorship for junior golfers through the LPGA.  Matrix does this to support events in our community and advocate for women owned businesses.  In addition, Matrix is a member of the National Women in Roofing whose mission is to value all types of people in the industry and advance the careers of women in roofing. https://www.matrixroof.com/

 

Statesman of the Year: Greg Kimsey, Clark County Auditor

Greg Kimsey first took office in 1999 and believes his responsibility is to work to improve citizens’ confidence in their government. While the County's population has grown by nearly 40%, and government employees have increased by more than 12%, the total number of Auditor’s Office employees has decreased by 14%. The 2018 legislative session resulted in the most significant changes to Washington’s elections system since 1993. In the future, people will be allowed to register to vote on Election Day. Certain groups of citizens will be automatically registered to vote and 16 year old citizens may pre-register. In addition, the Auditor’s office is working with the Secretary of State to replace and improve the state-wide voter registration system. Kimsey will work to implement these changes in a way that ensures the integrity of our elections system is maintained. Kimsey has been recognized by Washington’s Secretary of State as the “County Auditor of the Year” and by the Mainstream Republicans of Washington as the “Local Government Official of the Year.” During each of the last four years, the Auditor’s Office has received the highest awards given by its national peers for its performance audits.

 

2018 Start-Up to Watch (defined as first five years in business):  Why Racing Events / Sherri McMillian, CEO  

Why Racing Events Inc. offers athletes of all abilities, from the elite level to first-timers, the chance to successfully train for and complete various types of races including fun runs, triathlons, adventure events and more while raising awareness and funds for important community causes. Why Racing provides people with the guidance, support, resources and various types of training programs to help inspire you every step of the way. Why Racing believes in fitness, family and fun! They work hard to give purpose to your training and help you get into great shape. In addition, they focus on including great music, live bands, a party atmosphere, fun post-event festivities and awesome swag bags to make sure your experience is a blast. On September 15th the team hosted their inaugural APPLETREE Boston-Qualifying Marathon, Half Marathon & Sunset 5K. This "Run Through History" took participants on a flat, fast and scenic course through Fort Vancouver, Officer's Row, the Army Barracks, Pearson Airport - the oldest operating airport in the USA, the Historical Old Apple Tree, along the majestic Columbia River and many other historical vantage points. So far, they’ve grown from four events to twelve over three years. They’ve raised over $300K for the community in two years and offer free race entries to groups like: Kids, military, breast cancer survivors, and those going through alcohol and drug therapy. www.whyracingevents.com

 

Community Champion (individual with outstanding community contributions): Dellan Redjou / Share, Director of Volunteers

Dellan Redjou has spent decades generously giving back to our community. She sports an impressive resume, over 30 years as a successful business owner, 26 years as an active member of Hazel Dell Salmon Creek Business Association, 25+ years as a member of the Greater Clark County Rotary Club (serving as president twice), she served 10 years as a member of the Greater Clark County Rotary Foundation Board (serving twice as president), 15 years as the chair of the Hazel Dell Parade of Bands and the list goes on. In 2014, Dellan Redjou accepted the position of Director of Volunteers and Community Resources for Share. Her co-workers describe her as pure ENERGY! As the Director of Volunteers, she manages almost 4,000 volunteers a year. She goes above-and-beyond the typical shift, letting church groups into Share to volunteer at night. Often, if a child in one of Share's shelters is having a birthday, Dellan will make certain that a birthday box is delivered that night - the next day is absolutely unacceptable. This year, she was co-chair of the Rotary Club of Greater Clark County’s annual Rummage Sale; and she, along with her late husband Wayne, were inducted by the Rotary Club of Vancouver Sunrise into the Clark County Hall of Fame. Dellan also was a competitor in the Dancing with the Local Stars competition, supports Habitat for Humanity, Open House Ministries, American Red Cross, Friends of the Carpenter and more.

 

John S. McKibbin Leadership Legacy Award: Brent Grening / Port of Ridgefield, CEO  

Brent Grening, the CEO of the Port of Ridgefield is this year's John S. McKibbin Leadership Legacy Award recipient. His positive attitude, can-do spirit, participation, leadership, and visibility in the community, has positively impacted business in Clark County. For nearly two decades as the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer at the Port of Ridgefield, Brent has played a critical role in the responsible growth and economic development in Ridgefield and North Clark County- but also across the county and the Portland-Vancouver metro area. He is the on-the-ground leader behind the concept of the Discovery Corridor (1-5 from NE 134th Street to NE 319th Street) and the transportation infrastructure improvements that have occurred to position Discovery Corridor for its past, present and future in Ridgefield. Among many other additional projects he was instrumental with Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife Regional Headquarters building on Port of Ridgefield property, and the approval of the Pioneer Street Rail Overpass to Ridgefield Waterfront. He was/is part of the planning and development of many intersections at I-5, like Ridgefield junction, SR 502 at I-5, NE 139th St, NE 179th St.  Grening is also part of the development team of Dark Fiber Optics Infrastructure in the Discovery Corridor. He's a long-time participation on the CREDC Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and on the Lands for Jobs Committee. He is also part of the Advisory Council at Washington State University Vancouver. Overall, he's an innovative thought leader that is changing the port industry in the county and the state. His work has resulted in the completion of a 20-year, $90 million environmental cleanup of 40-plus acres of waterfront property. This cleanup is regarded as the largest non-Superfund remediation in the history of the state. He's also been on the front of other economic development issues, like envisioning and working towards the Clark College Boschma Farms campus in Ridgefield.

 

About the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC):
Founded in 1890, the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) is a non-profit organization aimed at advancing and strengthening the regional business community through member services, public affairs advocacy, and community building. The Chamber is a supportive alliance of diverse member businesses, individuals, and organizations, working together toward long-term business prosperity. The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce is the heart of Clark County’s business community, advocating for sound, sensible, and dynamic policies that ensure a vital economic climate while improving Vancouver’s infrastructure and quality of life. For more information, please visit www.vancouverusa.com.

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DPSST's Tami Atkinson Recognized with State's 9-1-1 Lifetime Achievement Award (Photo)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 09/17/18 11:05 AM
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At the annual Oregon Chapter of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officers (APCO) and National Emergency Number Association (NENA) conference last Wednesday night in Bend, DPSST’s Telecommunications Training Program Coordinator Tami Atkinson received the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award. 

The Lifetime Achievement Award is Oregon APCO-NENA’s highest award, created to recognize a distinguished member of the chapter who has demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of emergency communications in Oregon.  Candidates are chapter members who have demonstrated outstanding leadership within the chapter and who have made significant contributions to emergency communications in Oregon and the Oregon APCO-NENA chapter over his/her lifetime.

Tami began her public safety communications career as a dispatcher with Lincoln County Communications (LinCom) in 1984.  During the past 34 years Tami has accomplished a lot.  While at LinCom, Tami was actively engaged as a trainer, coach, supervisor, and also served as acting director.  She also worked on the consolidation of LinCom into Willamette Valley Communications Center in Salem.  Tami has served as Oregon APCO/NENA President and she co-chaired the training committee for the organization’s recent Western Regional APCO conference.  Tami’s career path would eventually lead her to DPSST where she serves as our Telecommunications Training Program Coordinator.

In her role at DPSST, Tami oversees the State's 9-1-1 Training Program that provides basic and advanced training to more than 900 men and women around Oregon who answer our calls for emergency assistance. 

DPSST's Director Eriks Gabliks said "Oregon's 9-1-1 and emergency medical dispatch standards and training program is used as a national benchmark of excellence in large part due to Tami's hard work and dedication and the partnerships she has created and maintains with our public safety partners around the state.  We are very proud to have Tami on our team and are excited that the Oregon Chapter of APCO and NENA has honored her with their Lifetime Achievement Award." 

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The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.




Attached Media Files: Tami accepting award , Tami and Family

Recreational use health advisory lifted for Willow Creek Reservoir
Oregon Health Authority - 09/17/18 11:01 AM

September 17, 2018

Recreational use health advisory lifted for Willow Creek Reservoir

Testing confirms reduced cyanotoxins in Morrow County lake

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has lifted the recreational use health advisory issued July 26 for Willow Creek Reservoir, located just east of the town of Heppner in Morrow County.

Water monitoring has confirmed that the level of cyanotoxins (harmful algae toxins) in the lake is below recreational guideline values for human exposure.

Although the advisory has been lifted, conditions can change rapidly due to changes in weather and nutrients in the lake. People should always be aware that blooms can develop on any water body under the right environmental conditions, and can grow and disappear throughout the season.

People should always be aware of their surroundings before entering a water body, especially around shorelines, shallow water areas, coves and physical structures such as docks, as these are areas where blooms tend to develop, officials say. You are your own best advocate when it comes to keeping you and your family safe while recreating.

People, and especially small children, and pets should avoid recreating in areas where the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, if a thick mat of blue-green algae is visible in the water, or bright green cells are suspended in the water column. If you observe these signs in the water you are encouraged to avoid activities that cause you to swallow water or inhale droplets, such as swimming or high-speed water activities.

It's possible cyanotoxins can still exist in clear water. Sometimes, cyanobacteria can move into another area, making water that once looked foamy, scummy or discolored now look clear. However, when a bloom dies elsewhere in the water body, it can release toxins that may reach into the clear water. There also are species of cyanobacteria that anchor themselves at the bottom of a water body, live in the sediment, or can grow on aquatic plants and release toxins into clear water near the surface.

For recreational health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms or cyanotoxins in recreational waters, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0440.

For information about recreational advisories issued or lifted for the season, contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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Glencoe Student Nisala Kalupahana Earns Perfect Scores on ACT and SAT
Hillsboro Sch. Dist. - 09/17/18 10:48 AM

Practice tests were the key to success on these college readiness exams for the high school junior

September 17, 2018, Hillsboro, OR –Glencoe High School junior Nisala Kalupahana has achieved the nearly impossible: he earned perfect scores on both the ACT and the SAT college readiness exams, and he did so on his first try.

Earning a perfect score on just one of these exams would place Kalupahana in an elite status among all test-takers, but doing so on both is extremely rare. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2017, only 2,760 out of more than 2 million graduates who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36—approximately one-tenth of one percent. For the SAT, the percentage of those scoring a perfect 1600 is smaller yet.

Kalupahana learned of his perfect score on the ACT first and was very excited, but remained worried about the SAT. “I thought the best I could hope for was a 1550,” he expressed.

He was in his U.S. History class when he refreshed his web browser and learned of his perfect SAT score. “I dropped my phone,” he laughed. “I was in shock. I really didn’t expect that.”

His concern about the test was apparently unfounded, because while you can miss one question on the SAT and still receive a perfect score, he got none wrong.

Kalupahana credits taking multiple practice tests for his stellar performance on these curriculum-based achievement exams. He has now demonstrated, prior to his junior year even beginning, that he has the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in first-year college courses in the core subject areas of English, mathematics, reading, and science.

Though unsure about where he will apply to college or what he wants to study, Kalupahana has many interests that may guide his path. He completed computer science-related internships each of the past two summers: with the Oregon International Air Show in 2018 and with IBM in 2017. He also enjoys graphic design and has a passion for music, playing clarinet in the Westside Community Youth Orchestra and playing piano, guitar, and tenor saxophone for fun.

Superintendent Mike Scott remembers Kalupahana as a precocious 6th grader who requested an opportunity to share his research and proposal for District technology (and nutrition and idling vehicles!) to the Hillsboro School Board in May of 2014 and did so with a grace and polish far beyond his years. “We are all extremely proud of Nisala,” said Scott. “His accomplishment is incredibly impressive and unique and we are excited to see what he does next.”

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Attached Media Files: 2018-09/107/118008/media_release_Glencoe_Student_Earns_Perfect_Score_on_ACT_SAT_091718.pdf

Board of Health seeks applicants for Public Health Advisory Council vacancy
Clark Co. WA Communications - 09/17/18 10:37 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Board of Health is seeking applicants for a position on the volunteer Public Health Advisory Council.

The board is accepting applications from Clark County residents representing the educational community. The three-year term begins as soon as the position is filled and ends Sept. 30, 2021.

The council meets 6-8 pm on the third Tuesday of every month. The meetings are in the main conference room on the second floor of the Center for Community Health, 1601 E Fourth Plain Blvd.

The Public Health Advisory Council makes recommendations to the county councilors in their capacity as the Board of Health. The advisory council identifies needs and suggests ways to enhance community health. Among the council's top priorities are addressing adverse childhood experiences, community health improvement planning and support for healthy children.

Clark County Public Health protects the community’s health by preventing disease, responding to health threats and reducing health disparities. The department promotes healthy communities and environments, health equity, and disease and injury prevention. With community partners, Public Health works to promote healthier choices; ensure the safety of food and water; reduce environmental waste and contamination; and protect people from disease outbreaks through monitoring, early detection and swift response.

Those interested in an appointment to the advisory council should submit a letter and résumé to Alyssa Weyhrauch, County Manager’s Office, PO Box 5000, Vancouver 98666-5000.
Applications also can be faxed to 360.397.6058 or emailed to auch@clark.wa.gov">Alyssa.Weyhrauch@clark.wa.gov.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Portland Business Alliance announces 2019 Leadership Portland class; Program broadens awareness on critical issues, gives back to local organizations
Portland Business Alliance - 09/17/18 10:25 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, the Portland Business Alliance announced the 2019 class for its Leadership Portland program. The 39 class participants represent a cross section of unique, talented and highly qualified leaders from the Portland business and nonprofit community.

Leadership Portland is a Portland Business Alliance program that broadens the perspectives of business leaders on the most critical issues facing our region while giving back through the program's community Impact Projects. Through the regular program days and Impact Project, the nine-month program increases awareness of how business, government and community sectors work together to achieve common goals, and develop advanced skills in team management, critical and creative thinking, and problem-solving. Leadership Portland participants are selected based on a set of criteria, including a demonstrated commitment to the community, and a wide variety of skills and interests.

“I’m excited to see what this next cohort of professionals will achieve through Leadership Portland,” said Mari Watanabe, Leadership Portland program director. “This program is a great opportunity for them to expand their leadership skills, professional network and understanding of the critical business and policy issues impacting the Portland region, while also providing support and resources to important local organizations through their Impact Projects.”

“I gained a deep understanding of how business, government, educational institutions and other community sectors work together to make the Portland-Salem area a thriving a prosperous region,” said Alex Subert, senior associate dean and director of admission at Willamette University MBA. “After completing the program, my peers and I are energized to tackle the issues and seize the opportunities in our region.”

Leadership Portland Class of 2019

Alison Arella, Cambia Health Solutions

Andrew Hoan, Portland Business Alliance

Christina Reyes, U.S. Bank

Shawn Daley, Concordia University

Darlene Morris, SAIF Corporation

Dina Temkin, Portland General Electric

Erin Tassey Krug, Quinn Thomas

Frederic Dupeyroux, Advantis Credit Union

Janice Wescott, Lease Crutcher Lewis

Jeff Bradford, Tonkon Torp

Jessica Eberhardt, Portland General Electric

Jessica Guenther, Portland Timbers and Thorns

Joe Bailey, Perkins Coie

Justin Brady, Rose Quarter/Portland Trail Blazers

Kali Jensen, Columbia Trust Company

Kate Lyons, KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc.

Katharine Simons, The International School

Elizabeth Olsen, Ferguson Wellman Capital Management

Lucas Motta, Beaver Sports Properties at Oregon State University

Marc Therrien, Stoel Rives

Mike Larkin, NAI Elliott

Nick Pyle, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn

Nick Bjork, BridgeTower Media

Nikki Sparley, NW Natural

Pooja Kishore, PacifiCorp

Robyn Shuey, The Standard

Ryan Norwood, Norris Beggs and Simpson

Sharon Shwetzer, Swire Coca-Cola

Somya Singh, Portland Children’s Museum

Stephanie Blair, Willamette University MBA

Stephanie Wettstein, Cambia Health Solutions

Susan Hobbel, Kaiser Permanente

Susan Renner, Skamania Lodge

Susanne Kuhn, U.S. Bank

Suzette Riley, C+C

Tara Jordan, Starbucks Coffee

Vanessa Briseno, Catholic Charities

Vena Ford, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest

Vivek Kothari, Markowitz Herbold

Learn more about Leadership Portland at https://portlandalliance.com/programs/leadership-portland.html.

 

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The Portland Business Alliance

The Portland Business Alliance is Greater Portland’s Chamber of Commerce. With more than 1,900 members, the Alliance strives to promote and foster an environment in the Portland region that attracts, supports and retains private-sector jobs, spurs economic vitality and enables quality educational opportunities for the region's residents. Learn more at www.portlandalliance.com.


City seeks applicants for public facilities board vacancy
City of Vancouver - 09/17/18 9:26 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the Vancouver Public Facilities District (PFD) Board of Directors. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17.

The Vancouver PFD is a municipal corporation governed by a five-member Board of Directors. It was created by Vancouver City Council in 1999 to develop the downtown hotel and convention center.  The Vancouver PFD owns the hotel and convention center property, which it leases to the City’s Downtown Redevelopment Authority (DRA). The Vancouver PFD receives state sales tax credit program funding for operation of the hotel and convention center property, which it transfers to the DRA.

Interested applicants may apply online at www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. To request an application or for more information, contact Michelle Bartley in the City Manager’s Office by mail at City Hall, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, by email at artley@cityofvancouver.us">michelle.bartley@cityofvancouver.us, or by phone at 360-487-8607.

The Vancouver City Council will appoint this PFD board member based upon recommendations from local organizations, including the Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, local economic development organizations and local labor councils.

All board members serve four-year terms. The term for this position will expire Nov. 30, 2022, with the potential for an additional four-year extension. Board members may serve a maximum of two four-year terms.

The PFD Board typically meets twice a year in June and December. Meetings are held in City Hall Council Chambers, 415 W. 6th St., Vancouver. Board members prepare for meetings by reviewing budget summaries and other financial information.

For more information about the Vancouver PFD, including links to past meeting minutes and agendas, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/pfdb.

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Stabbing Investigation Underway in Northwest Portland -- One Person Injured, One Person in Custody
Portland Police Bureau - 09/17/18 7:52 AM
On Monday, September 17, 2018, at 7:05 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the area near Northwest 14th Avenue and Northwest Glisan Street on the report that a person was stabbed.

Officers arrived in the area and located an adult male suffering from a stab wound. Emergency medical personnel arrived and provided the victim emergency medical aid and transported him by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment of what is a believed to be a serious but non-life threatening injury.

Investigating officers learned of the suspect's description and broadcast the information to responding officers. Responding officers searched the area and located a man that matched the suspect's description near Northwest 16th Avenue and Northwest Glisan Street. The suspect was taken into custody without incident. During a canvas of the area where the suspect was taken into custody, the knife believed to have been used by the suspect in this stabbing was located and seized as evidence.

Members of the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Assault Detail are responding to assume this investigation. Criminalists with the Forensic Evidence Division have also responded to assist with the investigation.

During the investigation the ramps from northbound and southbound Interstate 405 to Northwest Glisan Street will be closed and Northwest Glisan Street will be closed between Northwest 14th Avenue and Northwest 17th Avenue.

There was not believed to be a danger to the community in relation to this stabbing.

This investigation is in its early stages and there is no additional information to share at this time. The suspect will not be identified until after which time he is lodged at the Multnomah County Jail.

Anyone with information about this investigation should contact the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division Assault Detail at 503-823-0479.

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Vancouver Police make arrest in robbery and kidnapping case
Vancouver Police Dept. - 09/17/18 7:13 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – On September 10, 2018, Vancouver Police responded to a robbery and vehicle theft in the 3500 block of E 21st Street. The victims reported that an unknown male knocked on their door, entered their residence, pointed a gun them and took their car.

Approximately three hours later, Vancouver Police responded to the 8000 block of NW Bacon Rd. for the report of a disturbance with a weapon. The victim reported that he was working as a security guard and was near the entrance of Vancouver Lake Park when a vehicle pulled up behind him; the male driver exited the vehicle and forced the victim into the passenger side of his security vehicle at gunpoint. The suspect later forced the victim into the trunk of the vehicle. The victim was able to call 911and jump out of the trunk uninjured.

Detectives from the Vancouver Police Major Crimes Team determined that Dominique Ray Holland, 10/22/1995, was the suspect in both incidents.

On September 14, 2018, Holland was located and was taken into custody by detectives from the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force, Safe Streets Task Force and Clark County Sheriff’s Office patrol.

He was booked into the Clark County Jail for Assault II – 3 counts, Robbery I – 2 counts, Kidnapping I, Burglary I, Theft of a Motor Vehicle– 2 counts, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

The investigation is continuing and nothing further is available at this time. 

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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 https://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/how-do-i-become-vancouver-police-officer.


Sun. 09/16/18
Gas Station Robbed on Sunday Night in Southeast Portland - No Arrest or Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 09/16/18 10:04 PM
On Sunday, September 16, 2018, at 8:10 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a robbery at the Mobil Gas Station, located at 5124 Southeast 17 Avenue.

Officers arrived at the station and learned that a suspect entered the location, demanded the money while brandished a handgun. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the location in a white sedan southbound on SE McLoughlin Boulevard.

Officers conducted an area check but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description or the suspect's vehicle.

The suspect was described as a male, 6'2 tall wearing a black mask with sunglasses, a gray hoodie and jeans, armed with a handgun.

There were no reported injuries as a result of this incident.
There are no surveillance images available for public release at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Robbery Detail at 503-823-0405

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous. Information about any unsolved homicide is eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,500. Information about any other unsolved felony crime is eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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

Links can be shared anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Submit an anonymous tip: Visit the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips.

Online at https://www.p3tips.com/823

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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Man Arrested After Striking Motorist and Troopers Vehicle
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/16/18 6:44 PM

Today around 3 p.m., Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office received an attempt to locate of a vehicle involved in an incident in Washington County. The vehicle was located by our Traffic Safety Team on Interstate 5 in northern Marion County.  At the time the vehicle was located deputies elected not to pursue due to the erratic nature of the driver. 

 

The vehicle later traveled south and struck a vehicle at Chemawa Road NE and Portland Road NE. Soon after an Oregon State Trooper located the vehicle at a service station on Portland Road near Ward Drive when the Trooper attempted to contact the driver. The driver rammed the Troopers vehicle and fled the scene. A short time later the vehicle was located parked at a Space Age gas station on Cordon Road near Gaffin Road .Deputies located the river inside of the store where he was seized by a K9 and taken into custody. 

 

The man Gale Merrill, 59 of Beaverton in currently in custody for multiple crimes. Merrill is at the Salem Hospital where he is expected to remain while he undergoes a psychological evaluation . The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate releasing any additional details. 


Three displaced after early morning structure fire
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - 09/16/18 12:05 PM

Kelso, WA- Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue and Longview Fire responded to a structure fire in the 900 block of South Pacific Ave Sunday morning just before 5am.  Firefighters reported smoke and flames showing at a front corner of the exterior of the multi-family triplex on their arrival.  Kelso police were first on scene and confirmed all residents were out.  Firefighters had the fire knocked down in five minutes after they arrived on scene.  Three engines, a medic unit, and a chief officer responded to the call.  PUD also responded.  The Red Cross are assisting the displaced family of three with shelter and other resources.  The cause of the fire is under investigation in conjunction with Kelso police.  Damage to the home and contents are estimated at $5,300, according to fire officials.  No injuries were reported. 


UPDATE - Fatal Vehicle crash on Hwy 18 near McMinnville - Yamhill County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/16/18 11:42 AM
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On September 15, 2018 at approximately 1:10pm Oregon State Police, McMinnville PD, Yamhill Co. S.O., Amity PD, and ODOT responded to a two vehicle head on collision on HWY 18 near Milepost 48.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a silver 2001 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Joseph Hawkins (19) of Salem, with no passengers, was traveling eastbound when he crossed into the westbound lanes hitting a 2005 Subaru Legacy head on.

Hawkins sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver of the Subaru, Roger Verdier (70) of Vancouver, WA. was transported to Willamette Valley Medical Center with serious injuries. 

His two passengers, Mary Verdier (59) of Vancouver,WA. and Susan Heffel (60) of McMinnville, both sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene.

The reason Hawkins entered the oncoming lanes is unknown at this time. 

Oregon State Police and emergency personnel are on scene of a fatal vehicle crash on Hwy 18 mile post 48 - near the McMinnville airport. 

Expect delays and intermittent closures in the area while the investigation continues.




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Red Cross Responds to Multi-Family Fire Affecting Eight People in Kelso
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/16/18 10:18 AM

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross responded at approximately 7:00 a.m. on Sunday September 16th in the 900 block of South Pacific Avenue in Kelso, WA. This multi-family fire affected 5 adults and 3 children.

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/GetAnAlarm to schedule an appointment.


Missing Man Located
Gresham Police Dept - 09/16/18 10:16 AM

Missing Gresham man Richard Perez was located and is safe. Thanks to everyone that assisted in getting the word out.


Lebanon Fire District rescues two people from a second story apartment fire
Lebanon Fire District - 09/16/18 6:40 AM

Lebanon Fire District rescues two occupants from a second story apartment fire.

Around 2:19 am this morning, the Lebanon Fire District responded to the report of a small fire at 2051 S. 2nd St. Upon arrival, the first engine reported a two story apartment fire with occupants hanging out of multiple second story windows. That engine immediately initiated rescue operations. With the help of the Lebanon Police Department the engine crew was able to rescue two occupants from two different second story windows. Another occupant jumped from a second story window prior to the rescue operations. Two people were transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

The incident commander called for a second alarm and received mutual aid from the Albany Fire Department and the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District. It took firefighters approximately two and a half hours to control the blaze. No firefighters were injured during the operations.

The apartment building contained five units, four of which were occupied at the time of the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Sat. 09/15/18
Mobile Home Dumped in Elementary School Parking Lot (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/15/18 7:19 PM
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On Saturday, September 15, 2018, at 2:53 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies serving the City of Cornelius responded to a suspicious circumstances call at Echo Shaw Elementary School, located at 914 S Linden Street.

Neighbors reported that a large white truck towing half of a double-wide mobile home pulled into the school’s parking lot. The truck then departed, leaving the unsightly mobile home behind.

When deputies arrived, they saw that the mobile home had mold in it and was clearly a hazard. Deputies are coordinating its removal from the school parking lot.

Deputies would like to hear from anyone with knowledge of this incident. Please contact non-emergency dispatch at 503-629-0111.




Attached Media Files: Media Release , Photo 3 , Photo 2 , Photo 1

Battle Ground schools, teachers union reach tentative agreement
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 09/15/18 5:51 PM

Battle Ground Public Schools and the Battle Ground Education Association (BGEA) reached a tentative agreement today (Sept. 15) on a new contract for teachers and other certificated educational professionals in the district. The bargaining teams worked with the support of the state mediator until 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning and then returned to bargaining a few hours later.

BGEA members will vote to ratify the agreement on Sunday, Sept. 16. Schools are expected to open on Monday, Sept. 17. Families will receive a separate communication with school start details, and information will also be posted on the district website.

"We are pleased to reach a tentative agreement that will allow the district to recruit and retain quality teachers," said Superintendent Mark Ross. "We are looking forward to starting the school year and coming together to focus on our mission of educating students.

"While Battle Ground is not alone in its financial challenges, the district's difficulties are certainly amplified by the inequities of new state funding," Ross said. "Battle Ground will have to make some difficult budget decisions in the coming years to bring the district in closer alignment with the state prototypical school model."

Information about the tentative agreement will be released after BGEA ratification and board approval. The school board will need to approve adjustments to the school calendar prior to the district notifying families about changes. 


Jackson County man arrested on sodomy charges
Oregon State Police - 09/15/18 3:40 PM

On September 13, 2018, Oregon State Police Detectives arrested Blake V. Northway, age 55 of Medford, on multiple counts of Sodomy.

Northway is a Deportation Officer with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) assigned to the Medford office.

The arrest is a result of a joint investigation between the Oregon State Police and ICE - Office of Professional Responsibility.   “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold its officers to the highest standards of professional conduct and does not tolerate those who violate the law, said ICE Public Affairs Officer Tanya Roman.  ICE will continue to cooperate until this case has been resolved. “

Northway has been relieved of all authority and will be placed on leave pending the results of the criminal investigation.

Northway was lodged in the Jackson County Jail.  

These charges are not related to Northway’s position with ICE. 


Arrest Made in Yesterday's Shooting (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 09/15/18 3:03 PM
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Gresham, Ore.— Gresham Police arrest suspect of a shooting that struck three homes and a business. Yesterday around 5:15 p.m., police responded to the report of shots heard in the area of NE 188th Ave. and NE Glisan St. Officers then located shell casings at the location. During the shooting, three occupied homes and a business were struck. Fortunately, no one was injured. Police say a black van or SUV with tinted windows and a broken rear or side window may be involved.

At approximately 6:30 p.m., officers located a similar vehicle which immediately fled. After a vehicle pursuit, the occupants ran on foot. Following a short foot pursuit, officers were able to take 18-year-old Ny’Shaun Edwards and 18-year-old Niko Thomas into custody.

After further investigation, Edwards was charged with attempted murder, unlawful use of a weapon, attempt elude in a vehicle, attempt elude on foot, reckless driving, and two counts of hit and run. Thomas was charged with felon in possession of a firearm and a probation violation.

Anyone who witnessed or has information about the shooting is asked to call Deputy Stephens at 503.793.4525.




Attached Media Files: Ny'Shaun Edwards , Niko Thomas

First Portland Police Female Canine "Utzi" Recovers a Little Girl's Bike- Suspect Arrested (photos) (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/15/18 1:28 PM
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On Friday, September 14, 2018, at 5:55 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a stolen child's bicycle, taken from a family's front lawn in the area of 5500 hundred blocks on Northeast Simpson Street.

Officers arrived at the residence and learned that an unknown male subject stole a little girl's bike that had been left on the front lawn of the residence. When the older children saw the subject walking away with the bike, they ran after him asking him to return the bike that belonged to their friend, but the subject kept walking away while in possession of the stolen bike.

Arriving officers obtained the subject description and learned from the family members that the subject might have boarded a TriMet bus with the stolen bike.

Officers were able to locate the correct bus. Officers observed a child's blue bike matching the victim description, mounted on the bus bike rack. Officers flagged down the bus driver, who confirmed that a male subject matching the suspect's description was inside the bus.

As officers attempted to contact the subject, he disobeyed their verbal commands and ran off the bus into the neighborhood. Officers started a foot pursuit of the subject, and then set up a perimeter as they lost a visual of the subject.

With the help of the Portland Police Canine Member "Utzi" and Air Support One, officers were able to locate the subject a few blocks away hiding in thick bushes. They placed the subject into custody without incident.

The subject was identified as 20-year-old Amissi Hugu Mungomba. Mungomba was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Theft in the Second Degree and Attempt to Elude on Foot.

Officers returned the bicycle to the family. The recovery of the little girl's bicycle was accomplished with the deployment of Utzi, the first female canine member of PPB's Canine Unit.

To learn more about the Portland Police Bureau's Air Support and Canine Units, please visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/29791

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Attached Media Files: K9 UTZI , Amissi H Mungomba

Fatal Traffic Collision CORRECTION ON NAME OF DECEASED (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/15/18 11:17 AM
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CORRECTION, Updated 9/15/2018 11:14 a m

The name of the deceased is APANA, Albert M,  Not APANI as previously published. 

My apologies for the error, and thanks to our friends at KATU for alerting me to this.

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Updated information, 9/15/2018, 10:00am

The names of the involved parties are as follows:

Vehicle 1:  2004 GMC Envoy SUV

Driver, Vehicle 1: DUDLEY, Joseph T; 18 year old male, Vancouver resident

Vehicle 2: 2009 Ford F450 Utility truck, owned by Clark PUD

Driver, Vehicle 2: APANI, Albert M; 56 year old male, Vancouver resident

Vehicle 3: 1974 Ford pickup

Driver, Vehicle 3: MOORE, James M; 44 year old male, Yacolt resident

No other occupants were involved in the collision.  Apani was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision.  Both Dudley and Moore suffered non-serious injuries.  Additionally, a resident of NE 82nd Avenue suffered fence damage as a result of the collision.

The collision described earlier occurred during a passing maneuver, when both Dudley and Moore were southbound on NE 82nd Avenue.  Dudley attempted to pass Moore, driving into the oncoming lane.  Apani was traveling northbound and Dudley's vehicle collided with Apani's vehicle and secondarily Moore's vehicle.

Both Dudley and Moore are cooperating with this investigation.  All factors and proximate causes are being investigated by the CCSO Traffic Unit, and no charges have been filed at this point.

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Scene photo added 9/14/2018 at 1538 hours.  Roadway north of  NE 279th Street and south of NE 299th Street remains closed at this time

 

After 1615 hours contact:
Sgt. Alex Schoening
360-608-2625

 

On 09-14-18 at approximately 1224 hours the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Clark County Fire/Rescue were dispatched to a three vehicle traffic collision in the 28900 block of NE 82nd Ave.  Upon arrival deputies learned the driver of one of the vehicles was deceased.  The driver of the second vehicle received minor injuries and was transported by AMR to an area hospital.  The driver of the third vehicle was not injured and remained on scene. 

At this time it appears one vehicle was passing another when the collision occurred. 

One of the vehicles involved is a Clark County PUD truck. 

Names of the involved parties are not being released at this time. 

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Homicide Unit is at the scene investigating. 

NE 82nd Ave between NE 279th St and NE 299th St is expected to be closed for the next several hours while the investigation is underway. 

 

Release by:

Sgt. Tim Bieber




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Police Bureau Seeks Public's Input on Directives
Portland Police Bureau - 09/15/18 12:30 AM
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.

Currently, the Bureau is asking for the community's feedback regarding the following Directive(s).

1st Universal Review: 9/15/18 -- 9/30/18
630.37 Trespass Enforcement Agreement Program
835.20 Established Campsites on Public Property

2nd Universal Review: 9/15/18 -- 10/15/18
345.00 Employee Information System

Community members are encouraged to read these Directives at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/59757 and follow the link at the bottom of the draft 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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Fri. 09/14/18
Motorcycle crash takes life of Terrebonne resident - Deschutes County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/14/18 10:30 PM
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On Friday September 14, 2018 at about 4:30 pm, Oregon State Police along with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene of a two vehicle crash on Highway 97 near Odem Avenue, south of Terrebonne. 

The investigation revealed that a black 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by 68 year old Terrebonne resident Robert Constant, had been traveling northbound when traffic congestion forced vehicles in front of him to slow.  Constant lost control of the motorcycle and laid it down while attempting to stop.  The motorcycle slid and crashed into a green 1995 Geo Metro, operated by 51 year old Culver resident Traci Sauls, who sustained minor injury.

Constant was transported by ground ambulance to a Redmond Area Hospital and then was transported via air ambulance to a Bend Area Hospital.  Constant was pronounced deceased at the hospital as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. 

Speed and following distance are believed to be a contributing factor in the crash.  The Oregon State Police were assisted at the scene by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Redmond Fire and Rescue, and ODOT.




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*Update* Monmouth Police investigate Hit & Run (Pedestrian)
Monmouth Police Dept. - 09/14/18 10:21 PM

---Update to original and follow up release---

This evening Monmouth Police arrested Dyllan D. Coons, charging him with Criminally Negligent Homicide (Class B Felony) and Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver to Injured Persons (Class B Felony).  Coons, a 19 year old from Dallas, Oregon, was identified as the driver of a vehicle that struck Santiago Amaya as he was walking at about 5:45 a.m. in the 1100 block of Main St. on Friday, Sept. 7.  Amaya suffered critical injuries at the time and was transported to the Salem Hospital for treatment.  Amaya passed away on September 12 as a result of those injuries.

Over the past week, Monmouth Police investigators conducted interviews, collected evidence and consulted with the District Attorney’s Office.  Investigators also remained in contact with the Amaya family throughout the week.  The investigation is very complex and involves investigators from multiple agencies.

Coons was taken into custody at his home without incident.  He is currently lodged at the Polk County Jail.  The investigation continues and additional charges may be filed.

During this investigation, the Monmouth Police Department has been assisted by the Independence Police Department, Oregon State Police, Polk County District Attorney’s Office and members of the Polk County Major Crimes Team.

 

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The victim, Santiago Amaya, passed away today as a result of the injuries he sustained from the crash.  Police have been in contact with Amaya's family and they have asked for privacy at this time.  Investigators remain in contact and consultation with the Polk County District Attorney's Office as they continue with the investigation.

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On Friday September 7th at approximately 6:37 a.m. Monmouth police officers received a report of a male lying on the ground with serious injuries in the 1100 block of Main Street East.  The caller thought the male could have been struck by a vehicle.  EMS from Polk County Fire District No. 1 responded and transported the male, later identified as Santiago Amaya, to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.  Further investigation revealed that Amaya was struck by a vehicle and police have been investigating this as a hit & run crash. 

 

The involved driver and vehicle were located several hours later.  The driver has since cooperated with investigators.  The investigation remains ongoing.  The Monmouth Police Department is being assisted by the Independence Police Department, Dallas Police Department, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, and members from the Polk County Major Crimes Team. 

 

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Police Seek Help Locating Missing Gresham Man (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 09/14/18 9:29 PM
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Gresham, Ore. – Gresham Police is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 39-year-old man last seen on Sept. 11. Richard Perez left his Gresham residence to go to the store and left behind his wallet and cell phone. His family is worried about his well-being. Perez has a shaved head, brown eyes, is approximately 5-feet-11-inches tall and 185 pounds. He drives a spray painted dark blue 1982 Datsun Pickup.

Anyone who knows of Perez’ whereabouts is encouraged to call the non-emergency police dispatch line at 503.823.3333.




Attached Media Files: Richard Perez

Burglary Suspect Arrested in Southwest Portland Friday Morning (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/14/18 7:34 PM
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On Friday, September 14, 2018, at 10:17 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a suspect in the backyards of several homes in the 3200 block of Southwest Vermont Street.

Officers arrived in the area and located a man matching the suspect's description attempting to enter a home. As the officers contacted the suspect he ran from the officers. The officers pursued the suspect on foot and were able to take the suspect into custody without incident in Gabriel Park near Southwest 37th Avenue and Southwest California Street.

During the investigation, officers learned the suspect had entered one residence and attempted to enter another home. Officers located a gun in the suspect's property; the gun was later determined to be an air-soft pistol.

The suspect has been identified as 18-year-old Tyrone Livermore. Livermore was lodged in the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Burglary in the First Degree, Attempted Burglary in the First Degree.
The Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Burglary Task Force is continuing this investigation. Anyone with information about this incident or Livermore should contact Detective Scott Chamberlain at 503-793-8389 or Scott.Chamberlain@portlandoregon.gov

Community members are encouraged to visit the City of Portland's Office of Community and Civic Life Crime Prevention page at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/civic/index.cfm?c=28395 for crime prevention tips and resources.

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Attached Media Files: Replica Firearm , Tyrone E Livermore

Police Looking for Witnesses of Shooting
Gresham Police Dept - 09/14/18 6:34 PM

Gresham, Ore.— Gresham Police is looking for witnesses of a shooting that struck three homes and a business. Today around 5:15 p.m. police responded to the report of shots heard in the area of NE 188th Ave. and NE Glisan St. Officers located shell casings at the location but no victims or suspects. During the shooting three occupied homes and a business were struck. Fortunately, no one was injured. Police say a black SUV with tinted windows and a broken rear or side window may be involved.

The East Metro Gang Enforcement Team is investigating. Anyone who witnessed or has information about the shooting is asked to call Deputy Stephens at 503.793.4525.


Tualatin Lions Oktoberfest, Oct. 6th
Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation - 09/14/18 4:35 PM

It’s time to celebrate Harvest! What better way than the great old German tradition of Oktoberfest! Join the Tualatin Lions Club and their friends for their annual Oktoberfest celebration Saturday, October 6th 2018 at the Tualatin Valley Elks Lodge, 8350 SW Warm Springs, Tualatin. Doors open at 5:00PM and the price is an always-reasonable $12 per person or $30 for a family of four! Tickets are available at the door or by emailing the Tualatin Lions at tualatinlions@gmail.com.

The Tualatin Lions will serve local German style sausage, or “wurst” from Zenners Sausage Company of NW Portland, locally produced sauerkraut, Hamburg style deep fried potatoes (kartoffeln) with lots of salt and vinegar, dinner rolls and famous German apfle kuchen (apple harvest cake). Coffee will be supplied by Tualatin Dutch Brothers and the Elks bar has beer (even German seasonal), wine, sodas and cocktails. Oktoberfest is sponsored by Gramor Development, a great partner of the Tualatin Lions in community service!

Victor Meindl of the West Linn Riverview Lions will be there again with his famous accordion and giant repertoire of German songs. As always there will be great raffles of products from local Tualatin/Sherwood area merchants and businesses and our famous 50/50 raffles. The crew of dirndl-clad hostesses will again be on hand to sell as many tickets as people want!

The proceeds of Lions Oktoberfest go towards supporting Lions charitable work in the community, region and world. From school vision screening throughout the region to exams, glasses and hearing aids for underserved neighbors, to the Tigard/Tualatin Schools Caring Closet, the Schoolhouse Pantry, the Oregon Food Bank and the work of the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation, every penny that comes in to the Tualatin Lions goes right back to the community! Also, all beverage proceeds from the Tualatin Valley Elks goes toward the Casey Eye Clinic at OHSU.

Kommen sie! Essen sie! Trinken sie! Machen sie gemutlichkeit! Come! Eat! Drink! Have a good time! Help the Tualatin Lions improve the lives of people through their community service works! The Tualatin Lions meet at 6:30PM every 2nd and 4th Thursday at Island Greens Golf, 20400 SW Cipole Rd. Tualatin, OR 97062.


CSO Advisory CANCELLED: No overflow occurred to the Willamette River last night
Portland Bureau of Environmental Services - 09/14/18 4:20 PM

UPDATE 4 P.M.  - The advisory issued this morning is canceled. Environmental Services' inspection determined that no overflow occurred to the Willamette River today. Environmental Services' monitoring system earlier indicated a five-minute overflow but field inspectors determined that all stormwater and sewage was contained. Enjoy your river.

ORIGINAL MESSAGE (September 14, 2018 9:04 a.m.) Isolated rainburst triggers 5-minute combined sewer overflow (CSO) occurs to Willamette River near Cathedral Park; avoid contact downstream for 48 hours

 An isolated rain burst last night near the east end of the St. Johns Bridge led to a short combined sewer overflow (CSO) from an outfall near Cathedral Park.

The rain burst dumped four-tenths of an inch within 15 minutes.  The overflow lasted about five minutes and led to an estimated 2,500 gallons of combined stormwater and sewage to overflow to the river. 

The majority of the discharge is stormwater, mixed with about 20 percent sewage. 

CSOs are rare. But when they occur the public is advised to avoid contact with the river water for 48 hours due to increased bacteria. In this case, the area affected is at Cathedral Park and downstream.

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 to the Willamette River from multiple outfalls an average of 50 times a year, with some instances lasting days.

For more information about CSO events, what they are and why they occur, visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/565061.


Give More 24! Offers Good Times for Good Causes (Photo)
Community Foundation for Southwest Washington - 09/14/18 4:12 PM
This year's Give More 24! features more than thirty entertaining and quirky community events, many of which are family friendly.
This year's Give More 24! features more than thirty entertaining and quirky community events, many of which are family friendly.
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Vancouver, Wash., September 14, 2018—Give More 24!, southwest Washington’s largest day of online giving, is scheduled for next Thursday, September 20. The event, which is organized by the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, runs from midnight to midnight and encourages people from across the region to donate to local causes. Those who wish to give during the 24-hour giving marathon should visit www.givemore24.org.

In conjunction with Give More 24!, participating nonprofits have planned more than thirty entertaining, and sometimes quirky, events for Thursday, September 20. This year's lineup includes new events, like a cornhole tournament, pub crawl and mac and cheese eating contest. There are also annual fan-favorites, such as a swing-a-thon, farm-to-table feast and a variety of concerts. A full listing of events can be found at www.givemore24.org/info/events.

The events kick off at 7 a.m. with the Give More 24! Rally in Esther Short Park. The rally is being spearheaded by the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington—the organization responsible for Give More 24! According to Jennifer Rhoads, President of the Community Foundation, the morning activities will feature Clark County’s largest game of Simon Says! and a 24-minute dance-a-thon led by award-winning fitness instructor Sherri McMillan. Prizes, including two iPad Pros and two $250 nonprofit cash bonuses, will be awarded.

“The events highlight the personal connections that drive our giving,” Rhoads said. “Our community, friends and family are oftentimes the reasons we give back, so it’s important to recognize that by gathering together to share the joy of philanthropy.”

Those outside of the area can still enjoy the events by tuning in online via the Community Foundation’s Facebook page. The Give More 24! website will also feature live leaderboards that show which organizations are raising the most funds. All donations made through the website will also “give more” as the event’s name suggests. That’s because participating nonprofits have gathered more than $500,000 in matching funds, which will double certain donations. There are also nineteen $1,000 prizes that are awarded to nonprofits based on time-based goals. For example, some prizes reward the organization that raises the most dollars or donors, while others are randomly selected "golden tickets" that add an extra $1,000 to a donation.

“By giving together to so many causes at the same time, we’re able to see our collective impact grow in real-time,” Rhoads said. “It’s a special day to show that the people of this region are here for one another and want to empower local causes to achieve something greater.”

This event would not be possible without the support of a generous group of business sponsors that are listed online. Notable support comes from Presenting Sponsor, Davidson & Associates Insurance representing PEMCO Insurance. Further financial support is provided by Bank of America and Columbia Bank, as well as in-kind media partnerships with The Columbian newspaper, Bicoastal Media (The Peak 98.3 FM, Real Country 93.5 FM, Rocket 107.1 FM), and Cookin’ Country 105.5 FM, The Wave 101.5 FM and KLOG 100.7 FM.

QUICK FACTS:

Who: Anyone can support local causes with a minimum donation of $5
What: Southwest Washington’s annual day of online giving. Give More 24! is a community-wide, 24-hour online giving marathon that benefits more than 150 local causes
When: September 20, 2018 from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59:59 p.m.
Where: Donate at home, at work or while on vacation by visiting www.givemore24.org


About the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington
Established in 1984, the Community Foundation helps southwest Washingtonians build a more vibrant community by inspiring investments in local philanthropy. The Foundation launched Give More 24! with hopes of growing local philanthropy through exciting and accessible giving that can benefit the entire nonprofit sector. Governed by an esteemed volunteer board, the Community Foundation offers benefits and services to donors, nonprofits and the community at large. Learn more at cfsww.org.

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Attached Media Files: Complete list of events , This year's Give More 24! features more than thirty entertaining and quirky community events, many of which are family friendly. , A donor takes his shot at dunking Jenny Thompson, executive director of the Police Activities League of Vancouver, during its Dunking for Dollars event in 2017. , Two volunteers put in their "swing shifts" for the Parks Foundation of Clark County's Swing More 24! swing-a-thon, which takes place at various public parks around the county.

Grand jury indicts Nancy Lee Crampton Brophy with murder with a firearm constituting domestic violence
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 09/14/18 4:05 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     

SEPTEMBER 14, 2018

Grand jury indicts Nancy Lee Crampton Brophy with murder with a firearm constituting domestic violence

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced a single count indictment was filed charging Nancy Lee Crampton Brophy, 68, with one count of murder with a firearm constituting domestic violence.

The grand jury returned the true bill on September 13, 2018 and a signed copy of the indictment was filed on September 14, 2018 in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

The indictment alleges that on or about June 2, 2018, in Multnomah County, the defendant “did unlawfully and intentionally cause the death of Daniel Brophy.” It is further alleged in the indictment that during the commission of this felony, Crampton Brophy used and threatened the use of a firearm, a 9 mm pistol.  

Crampton Brophy is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment on Monday September 17, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. PDT at the Multnomah County Justice Center, Courtroom 3 before Judge Jerry B. Hodson.

Crampton Brophy made her first court appearance on this case September 6, 2018 following her arrest by the Portland Police Bureau at her residence in the 3300 block of Southwest 108th Avenue in Beaverton, Oregon. Prior to her first court appearance, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office petitioned the Court to seal the probable cause affidavit filed in this case.

Due to the ongoing nature of this criminal investigation, the affidavit remains sealed at this time. No additional comments can be made by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.

As previously stated by the Portland Police Bureau, this investigation began on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at 8:30 a.m., when officers responded to the report of a shooting with one person injured at the Oregon Culinary Institute, located at 1701 Southwest Jefferson Street. 

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located Mr. Brophy, 63, inside the building. Life-saving efforts were performed on Mr. Brophy but they were not successful. The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office determined Mr. Brophy died of homicidal violence as the result of gunshot injury. 

On September 7, 2018, this case was assigned to Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Kenneth J. Walker for all other judicial matters following Crampton Brophy’s arraignment. It is standard practice in Multnomah County for the Presiding Judge to assign homicide and other complex cases to a judge.

Copies of the indictment and any other publically available document filed in this matter can be obtained by searching the Oregon eCourt Case Information (OECI) system using case number 18CR59251.

Anyone who has knowledge of this incident should contact Detective Darren Posey at 503-823-0403 or ren.Posey@portlandoregon.gov">Darren.Posey@portlandoregon.gov

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567

Email: rent.Weisberg@mcda.us">Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us




Attached Media Files: 2018-09/5769/117976/PR-18-103-Nancy_Lee_Crampton_Brophy.pdf

Recreational use health advisory lifted for Cullaby Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 09/14/18 3:28 PM

September 14, 2018

Recreational use health advisory lifted for Cullaby Lake

Testing confirms reduced cyanotoxins in Clatsop County lake

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has lifted the recreational use health advisory issued August 21 for Cullaby Lake. Cullaby Lake is located just off Highway 101 between Astoria and Seaside in Clatsop County.

Water monitoring has confirmed that the level of cyanotoxins (harmful algae toxins) in Cullaby Lake are below recreational guideline values for human exposure. However, the cyanotoxin level in the lake remains well above the OHA guideline value for dogs, so health officials recommend keeping pets out of the lake.

Although the advisory has been lifted, conditions can change rapidly due to changes in weather and nutrients in the lake. People should always be aware that blooms can develop on any water body under the right environmental conditions and can grow and disappear throughout the season.

People should always be aware of their surroundings before entering a water body, especially around shorelines, shallow water areas, coves and physical structures such as docks, as these are areas where blooms tend to develop, officials say. You are your own best advocate when it comes to keeping you and your family safe while recreating.

People, and especially small children, and pets should avoid recreating in areas where the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, if a thick mat of cyanobacteria is visible in the water, or bright green cells are suspended in the water column. If you observe these signs in the water you are encouraged to avoid activities that cause you to swallow water or inhale droplets, such as swimming or high-speed water activities.

It's possible cyanotoxins can still exist in clear water. Sometimes, cyanobacteria can move into another area, making water that once looked foamy, scummy or discolored now look clear. However, when a bloom dies elsewhere in the water body, it can release toxins that may reach into the clear water. There also are species of cyanobacteria that anchor themselves at the bottom of a water body, live in the sediment, or can grow on aquatic plants and release toxins into clear water near the surface.

For recreational health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms or cyanotoxins in recreational waters, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0440.

For information about recreational advisories issued or lifted for the season, contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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Free Clinic of Southwest Washington Receives Impact Award (Photo)
Free Clinic of SW Washington - 09/14/18 3:06 PM
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VANCOUVER, Wash., September 14, 2018 -­ The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington has received the Nonprofit Excellence Award for Impact from the Nonprofit Network of Southwest Washington. The Impact Award honors a nonprofit or one of its programs, whose performance and delivery to the community sets a high standard of quality and outcomes. The award is recognizing the Free Clinic’s Diabetes Program.  

“It’s an honor to receive the award on behalf of our staff and volunteers who spearheaded this cross-disciplinary program,” said Ann Wheelock, Executive Director at the Free Clinic.

In 2015, Free Clinic volunteer physicians recognized the increasing number of patients with diabetes being seen in urgent care. A program was launched to coordinate the services for these patients. A team of diverse volunteers work with diabetic patients and their families to address their disease, self-management and education.

A patient is seen by the Diabetic Caregiver Team and all diabetic medications and supplies are provided at no charge. A community health worker engages with patients to address any social needs that may be interfering with improving their health. Currently, 102 patients are in the diabetic program. Partnerships have been formed with WSU-Vancouver to provide healthy eating classes; with farmer’s markets to provide vouchers for fresh fruit and vegetables; and with Clark County Food Bank to bring the Fresh Food Truck to the Clinic in the summer. In the most recent patient survey, 95% of the patients in this program were highly satisfied with their care and services.

About the Free Clinic:

The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington provides free, compassionate, quality health care to children and adults who are otherwise unable to obtain such services. The Free Clinic offers medical, dental, vision and specialty care services from more than 500 volunteer professionals. The Free Clinic is funded by the local community, and all donations stay in Southwest Washington. For more information about the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington, visit our website: freeclinics.org.




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Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) Through Monday, September, 17 at 7:00 a.m.
Portland Police Bureau - 09/14/18 3:00 PM
Officer Natasha Haunsperger will be the Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) until Monday, September 17, 2018, at 7:00 a.m.

Officer Haunsperger will respond to media requests for information via email or media-only pager for emergent events.

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Oregon Historical Society Free Family Day Event Celebrates Japanese Cultures in Oregon (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 09/14/18 2:58 PM
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Portland, OR – Families are invited to a free all-ages program at the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) on Sunday, September 23 from 12pm – 4pm that focuses on culture and diversity in Oregon.

From 12pm – 1:30pm, Japanese calligrapher Grand Master Yoshiyasu Fujii will create calligraphy artworks of various sizes for the audience. Visitors are encouraged to view more of his work, and the work of his students, in the current OHS exhibit, The Playful Brush: Works by the Meito Shodo-Kai Calligraphy Association. The Meito Shodo-Kai Calligraphy Association was established in the Pacific Northwest in 1996 and is one of the largest Japanese calligraphy associations in the nation. With over one hundred members, Meito Shodo-Kai's members promote this traditional Japanese art form in the United States through education and exhibition.

At 2:30pm, enjoy a performance by members of Oregon Koto-Kai. The koto is a relatively rare and venerable traditional Japanese musical instrument. It has a very beautiful yet dynamic sound, and the player uses unique methods to bring forth its lovely voice. Oregon Koto-Kai was founded by koto master Mitsuki Dazai, who moved to Oregon in 2002. 

Craft and other activities taking place during the day include:

  • Origami: Jumping Frog and Ladybug
  • Japanese Lanterns 
  • Den-den Daiko Drum
  • Hanging Japanese Fish  
  • Calligraphy your name and Japanese words on a Buddha Board
  • Try your hand at Kendama, a traditional Japanese toy
  • Fidget with The Original Kururin

Families can also explore History Hub, a permanent exhibition where kids and families can explore diversity through hands-on interactives, objects, and pictures. View historic artifacts like suffragist Abigail Scott Duniway’s typewriter, learn about different cultures by reading books in the “Book Nook,” and discover how Oregonians have stood up for fairness throughout history.

Oregon Historical Society Family Days occur six times a year – save the date for upcoming Family Day programs on November 3 and December 15! The Oregon Historical Society museum is open seven days a week, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 12pm – 5pm. Admission to Family Day activities and to museum exhibitions is free.


About the Oregon Historical Society

For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state’s collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon’s history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon’s cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.




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Oregon Civil Rights Leader Celebrates Constitution Day at Warner Pacific University (Photo)
Warner Pacific University - 09/14/18 2:43 PM
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Portland, OR.  – The Honorable Charlotte B. Rutherford is the keynote speaker to celebrate Constitution Day (Monday, September 17) at Warner Pacific University. Rutherford is a well respected Portland activist, former civil rights attorney, and retired administrative law judge. Her address will focus on the importance of voting and community engagement.   

Constitution Day, observed on September 17, to honor the day in 1787 when the delegates of the Constitutional Convention signed the United States Constitution in Philadelphia. Warner Pacific’s Constitution Day event is Monday, September 17 from 1:00 – 2:15 pm in the Otto F. Linn Library on the University’s Mt. Tabor Campus. (2219 SE 68th Avenue, Portland.) The event is free to attend and open to the public.

Keynote speaker, Charlotte B. Rutherford grew up in North Portland in a family that was committed to social justice and community activism. In the 1950s, her parents, Otto G. Rutherford and Verdell Burdine, were important figures in Portland’s chapter of the NAACP, helping pass the 1953 Oregon Civil Rights Bill.

Charlotte Rutherford completed postgraduate studies at Howard University School of Law and graduated seventh in her class at the Georgetown University Law Center. She returned to Portland where she worked as a law clerk for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and as both a compliance officer and as a human rights investigator in the civil rights division for Oregon’s Bureau of Labor.  

Rutherford’s activism included leadership of the Black Justice Committee, the Portland Metropolitan Steering Committee, the Parent Policy Council, and the Albina Voter Registration and Education Committee, among others. Throughout her life, Judge Rutherford has used her voice to promote equality, serve those who have been historically under-represented in political discourse, and celebrate the Black community in Portland. 
 

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About Warner Pacific University

Founded in 1937, Warner Pacific University is Oregon’s most diverse four-year institution. Offering associate, bachelor, and master degrees, Warner Pacific University empowers students through personalized attention, relational support, and career-focused liberal arts education. Degrees are available in the traditional undergraduate format, as well as one night a week, and online. Earlier this year, Warner Pacific announced tuition reductions for all undergraduate degrees as part of its mission to provide equitable access to higher education for every student. Warner Pacific was recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the #1 Most Ethnically Diverse Campus in the West, as a Best College in the West (10), and a Best Value School (8). Learn more about Warner Pacific University at www.warnerpacific.edu.




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Ridgefield School District Revises 2018-19 School Calendar
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 09/14/18 2:41 PM

Friday, September 14, 2018 – Ridgefield, Washington – Due to school closures on August 29, 30 and 31 delaying the first day of school, Ridgefield School District is making the following adjustments to its 2018-19 school calendar:

Thursday, December 20, 2018:  Schools will be in session all day

Friday, February 15, 2019:  Schools will be in session all day

Friday, June 14, 2019:  Last day of school

Students and staff members should report to school on the above days.  In the event of school closures due to inclement weather, the calendar may be adjusted again.

The revised calendar has been posted on the district website at www.ridgefieldsd.org.

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October Planetarium Preview: Autumn Sky Wonders (Photo)
Mt. Hood Comm. College - 09/14/18 2:33 PM
The Hubble Space Telescope captured this close-up image of part of the Witch's Broom Nebula. This supernova remnant is about 2,100 light years away in the constellation Cygnus, the Swan. Photo credit: NASA
The Hubble Space Telescope captured this close-up image of part of the Witch's Broom Nebula. This supernova remnant is about 2,100 light years away in the constellation Cygnus, the Swan. Photo credit: NASA
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This autumn, the evening sky will dazzle with a display of brightly lit planets and a colorful treasure trove of nebulae, star clusters and galaxies. Prefer something a little more ominous just in time for Halloween? Later this year, we’ll be able to easily view (with binoculars) a comet passing by the earth.

MHCC Planetarium Director Pat Hanrahan will serve as the interstellar guide as he helps visitors to campus explore the visible autumn night sky and explains where, when and what you’ll see this fall in the night sky. 

Hanrahan will present “Autumn Sky Wonders” on Tuesday, Oct. 8, and Friday, Oct. 5, with shows at 6 and 7:15 p.m. on both days. He will point out how to find your way around the autumn sky and where to look for some of its best objects. And some of what he’ll present fits quite well with the Halloween season. 

Visitors are encouraged to ask questions during each 45-minute live program. Children are welcome to attend. The MHCC Planetarium is wheelchair accessible. Admission for the general public is $5, and $2 for children (17 and younger) and for MHCC students (identification required). Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

Don’t miss these upcoming shows in the Planetarium Sky Theater

Nov. 6 and 9, 2018

Space Oddities: Stars that are Stranger than Fiction

Dec. 4 and 7, 2018

Treasures of Orion and his Neighbors

Jan. 8 and 11, 2019

A Snapshot of Upcoming Astronomical Events for 2019

Feb. 5 and 8, 2019

Seeing the Invisible Universe

March 5 and 8, 2019

What did NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Find Beyond Pluto?

April 2 and 5, 2019

Auroras, Cosmic Rays, Shooting Stars, and Other Space Invaders

May 7 and 10, 2019

Current Spacecraft Exploration by NASA/JPL and By Other Countries

All planetarium shows are at 6 and 7:15 p.m. For more information about the MHCC planetarium, visit mhcc.edu/planetarium.

Private showings for groups are also available on Fridays.




Attached Media Files: The Hubble Space Telescope captured this close-up image of part of the Witch's Broom Nebula. This supernova remnant is about 2,100 light years away in the constellation Cygnus, the Swan. Photo credit: NASA

Mayor and City Council pitch in to kick off the "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" program
City of Gresham - 09/14/18 2:20 PM

GRESHAM, OR. – Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis and members of City Council will pair with community volunteers to trim hedges and trees that are out of reach for a disabled homeowner as part of the City of Gresham’s new Neighbors Helping Neighbors program. Volunteers will also remove other vegetation and debris. The clean-up will take place on September 18, 9:30-11 a.m. in Gresham’s North Central Neighborhood.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors is the City of Gresham’s new, inventive way to help people with hardships and the elderly or infirmed who have a code enforcement issue on their property. The program will solve those issues with a team of community volunteers instead of immediately turning to enforcement. Volunteers will assist the City’s livability team with work party projects such as hauling junk and debris, mowing grass and trimming shrubs. The person in violation of the code must have a hardship such as a disability or illness.

“Government is often too quick to come sweeping in with the heavy hand of enforcement, instead of starting with the simple goal of gaining compliance,” said Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis. “This program gives us an outstanding new tool to come alongside our elderly and infirmed residents with helpful neighbors and volunteers to solve their code issues, instead of issuing violations and fines. And, we’ll tap into Gresham’s community spirit and promote community building.”

The Neighbors Helping Neighbors program is the latest innovation in the City’s recent realignment of code enforcement services into its Office of Neighborhoods and Community Enhancement. Livability staff and neighborhood association support staff now work hand-in-hand to support Gresham’s neighborhoods and maintain livability.

Larger code violations such as sidewalks and roof repairs are not eligible for this program.

Sign up to volunteer at www.GreshamOregon.gov/Neighbors-Helping-Neighbors or call 503-618-2869.

MEDIA NOTES:

  • The clean-up will take place at 1340 NE 20th St., Gresham.
  • Interview opportunities: Mayor Shane Bemis and Council President French will be available to speak with reporters.
  • Please note, the disabled homeowner has requested privacy and will not be available for interviews.

Southern Oregon event to focus on workplace safety, health
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 09/14/18 2:04 PM

(Salem) – A three-day event in southern Oregon will feature a variety of workshops and presentations designed to help employers and workers improve on-the-job safety and health. Topics include everything from fall protection and safety committees to forklift safety and combustible dust.

Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) encourages employers, workers, and safety professionals to mark their calendars for the Oct. 16-18 Southern Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference at the Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites in Ashland.

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, Bob Edwards, a human and organizational performance consultant, will deliver the keynote presentation, “Failure and Success: They Aren’t that Different!” Edwards draws on a range of experiences from the military and corporate worlds to show organizations that, when people make errors, it’s important to shift the focus from blaming them to examining the systems in which they work.

Other conference topics include:

  • Hearing conservation and noise control
  • Chemical hazards
  • Scaffold user safety awareness
  • Advanced accident investigation for safety committees
  • Prevention of heat stress injuries and illnesses
  • Recordkeeping update

The Southern Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals and Oregon OSHA are co-sponsoring the conference. Registration for the conference, on Wednesday and Thursday, is $175. Optional pre-conference workshops range from $50 to $130. For more information or to register go to http://safetyseries.cvent.com/southern18.

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state’s workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, visit www.osha.oregon.gov.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.

 


Fire Destroys Outbuilding in Washougal (Photo)
Camas-Washougal Fire Dept. - 09/14/18 2:02 PM
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At 11:30 am on September 14, Camas-Washougal Fire Department was dispatched to a report of an outbuilding fire in the 2600 block of H Street in Washougal.  On arrival, crews found a large outbuilding used for storage with significant fire and smoke showing.  The building and all contents were a total loss.  The fire is believed to have been caused by sparks from a grinder being used on a piece of metal.  There were no injuries reported.  

CWFD was assisted by East County Fire and Rescue on this call.  




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Red Cross: 20,000+ People in More Than 200 Shelters Overnight as Hurricane Florence Makes Landfall
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/14/18 1:46 PM

 Local Red Cross sends nearly 40 to help; Holds trainings to recruit new volunteers to deploy

 

EUGENE, Ore., September 14, 2018 — The American Red Cross is helping people in multiple states as Hurricane Florence pummels the Carolinas with strong winds, heavy rain and dangerous tidal surges. More than 20,000 people sought refuge in more than 200 Red Cross and community shelters Thursday night. As of midnight, 14,000 people were in 124 shelters in North Carolina, and 5,600 people in 59 shelters in South Carolina. An additional 430 people stayed in 23 shelters in Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee and Maryland.

 

Thirty-six local Red Cross Cascades Region (serving Oregon and Southwest Washington) disaster responders from Albany, Astoria, Beaverton, Bend, Clatskanie, Eugene, Florence, Gold Beach, Grants Pass, Happy Valley, Hillsboro, Junction City, Medford, Monmouth, Newberg, North Plains, Portland, Salem, and St. Helens, Oregon; and Lyle, Longview, and Vancouver, Washington, are already on the ground in Hawaii, North Carolina and South Carolina to assist with hurricane preparations.

 

RED CROSS RESPONSE About 2,000 Red Cross disaster workers from all over the country have been mobilized to help shelter, feed and support people affected by Florence. Working with partners, the Red Cross has served 47,000 meals and snacks in North Carolina and South Carolina. To bolster relief efforts, the Red Cross is mobilizing nearly 100 emergency response vehicles and more than 120 trailers of equipment and supplies, including 100,000 ready-to-eat meals and enough cots and blankets for more than 42,000 people.

In order to be ready to assist in the relief efforts related to these potential disasters, the local Red Cross is recruiting volunteer disaster responders. People interested in volunteering for the Red Cross as a disaster responder are encouraged to attend one of several training sessions taking place across the region next week.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 – EUGENE/SPRINGFIELD
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Riverbend Annex in the Rainer Conference Room
123 International Way
Springfield, OR 97477
Register: https://medfordredcrossorientation.eventbrite.com

 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 – SALEM
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Red Cross West Salem Office
675 Orchard Heights Rd. NW
Suite #200
Salem, OR 97304
Register: https://salemredcrossorientation2.eventbrite.com

 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 – LA GRANDE
1 – 4 p.m.
Red Cross La Grande Office
1806 Cove Ave.
La Grande, OR 97850
Register: https://lagranderedcrossorientation.eventbrite.com

 

Friday, September 21, 2018 – PORTLAND
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Red Cross Portland Office
3131 N Vancouver Ave.
Portland, OR 97227
Register: https://portlandredcrossorientation2.eventbrite.com   

 

Friday, September 21, 2018 – ASTORIA
6 - 9 p.m.
Clatsop Community College
Astoria Campus
1651 Lexington Ave.
Astoria, OR 97103
Register: https://astoriaredcrossorientation.eventbrite.com   

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. Help people affected by Hurricane Florence by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word FLORENCE 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 Florence relief efforts by choosing that option when donating on redcross.org or on 1-800-RED CROSS.

The best way to ensure your donation will go to a specific disaster is to write the specific disaster name in the memo line of a check. We also recommend completing and mailing the donation form on redcross.org with your check.

 

PLEASE GIVE BLOOD More than 140 blood drives have been canceled through early next week due to Hurricane Florence, resulting in over 4,200 uncollected blood and platelet donations. Eligible donors in unaffected areas are urged to make an appointment now to give blood or platelets to help maintain the nation’s blood supply. There is a critical need to platelet and type O blood donations. Appointments can be made by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

MAKE A DONATION The Red Cross depends on donations to provide immediate relief. Help people

affected by Hurricane Matthew in the U.S. by visiting redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS to make

a donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this

disaster.

 

DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP Everyone should download the Red Cross Emergency App to have

safety information available on their mobile device, including emergency weather alerts, preparedness

information and shelter locations. Red Cross apps are available in smartphone app stores by searching

for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies

about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian

aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that

depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more

information, please visit redcross.org/Cascades or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossCasc.




Attached Media Files: News Release - Red Cross - 20,000 People in More Than 200 Shelters Overnight as Hurricane Florence Makes Landfall

Deadline extended for Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee applications
Oregon Health Authority - 09/14/18 1:30 PM

September 14, 2018

Deadline extended for Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee applications

The Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division has extended the deadline for applications for the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee. The deadline has been extended to allow time for additional applications across all the recommended areas of expertise as outlined in HB 4133.

OHA invites applications from people who meet the criteria outlined in HB 4133, Section (3).

Board members are appointed by the Governor. Member terms are, in general, four years each. As this is a new committee, initial terms of office will be assigned by the Governor so that terms expire at staggered intervals.

To apply, submit the following to executive.appointments@oregon.gov by Oct. 15:

  1. A completed executive appointment interest form, available on the Governor’s Office website at http://www.oregon.gov/gov/admin/Pages/How_To_Apply.aspx.
  2. A resume or brief biographical sketch.
  3. A brief statement of interest.

Information about the legislation is available on the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee website at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/HEALTHYPEOPLEFAMILIES/DATAREPORTS/Pages/Maternal-Mortality-Morbidity-Review-Committee.aspx.

For more information, contact Cate Wilcox, OHA Public Health Division, at 971-673-0299 or cate.s.wilcox@dhsoha.state.or.us.

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Portland Children's Museum Hosts Grown-ups' Night Out
Portland Children's Museum - 09/14/18 11:59 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. –Portland Children’s Museum is hosting its inaugural Grown-ups’ Night Out event on Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 7–10 p.m.

 

The Grown-ups’ Night Out event gives adults the opportunity to reconnect with their own childhood while playing and partying in the Museum without children. The event will be held twice yearly with a theme of breaking at least one rule party-goers had as a child. While the rule to break will change, the event will always have dessert before dinner, as well as an opportunity for social good. During this night’s event, learn how to reduce hunger and food waste with Urban Gleaners and Imperfect Produce.

 

The theme of the first event is Play with Your Food. Guests will participate in activities such as Marshmallow Wars, Ceramic Dinnerware Glazing, Candy Gambling, Veggie Race Cars, and Condiment Art. Dessert from Nothing Bundt Cakes and Cupcake Jones will be served and included with admission, along with a complimentary adult beverage. Additional drinks available for purchase. In addition, Thrive Sauce and Bowls will be on site for guests to purchase dinner. Party-goers can pose in front of the photo op or dance to rock music from local Portland band, Creature Party, which will perform live.

 

The theme of the next event, planned for Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 7–10 p.m. will be Climb on the Furniture.

 

 

About Portland Children’s Museum

Portland Children’s Museum is located at 4015 SW Canyon Road in Portland and is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Children 0-10 and their grown-ups discover a world of hands-on experiences designed to let their creativity and imagination soar at Portland Children’s Museum. Our mission is to develop innovative problem-solvers through playful learning experiences, and there’s no better place to have fun and learn at the same time! Explore nature in Outdoor Adventure, splash in Water Works, create in Clay and Maker Studios, and pretend play in The Market, Pet Hospital, and Theater--plus so much more. Come make, play, and share with us!

 

LOCATION In Washington Park across from Oregon Zoo; 4015 SW Canyon Road, Portland, 97221 HOURS 9 a.m.–5 p.m. daily

EVENT ADMISSION $25 with one drink | $18 designated driver | $15 student admission | Members get 15% off regular and designation driver admission.

DAILY ADMISSION Museum members: Free | Under age 1: Free | Ages 1–64: $11 | Ages 65+: $10 | Military: $9

CONTACT 503-223-6500 | portlandcm.org | facebook.com/portlandcm | twitter.com/portlandcm | instagram.com/portlandchildrensmuseum

 

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Hillsboro Police Department's K9 Oso to get donation of body armor (Photo)
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 09/14/18 11:56 AM
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Hillsboro Police Department’s K9 Oso to get donation of body armor

Hillsboro Police Department’s K9 Oso will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Oso’s vest is sponsored by Joseph Newsom of Tigard, OR and will be embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by Skin City Tattoo”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 3,100 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million dollars.

 

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.




Attached Media Files: Oso

Hillsboro Police Department's K9 Oso to get donation of body armor (Photo)
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 09/14/18 11:56 AM
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Hillsboro Police Department’s K9 Oso to get donation of body armor

Hillsboro Police Department’s K9 Oso will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Oso’s vest is sponsored by Joseph Newsom of Tigard, OR and will be embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by Skin City Tattoo”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 3,100 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million dollars.

 

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.




Attached Media Files: Oso

Remembrance Service for Pregnancy Loss
PeaceHealth - 09/14/18 11:00 AM

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center along with Evergreen Memorial Gardens will present a Service of Remembrance Oct. 11, 2018 to honor and remember the lives of infants who have died over the past 12 months. Families of these little ones are encouraged to attend.

“The Service of Remembrance is our affirmation that every life has value and dignity,” said Susan Lanford, Director of Mission Services for PeaceHealth’s Columbia Network. “This day is set aside to bring comfort to any person in southwest Washington who grieves for their littlest ones who have died in the past year. This service not only supports those who grieve, but also remembers and honors the little ones.”

The Service of Remembrance is a collaborative effort among several groups who care for families through pregnancy and loss, including PeaceHealth Southwest’s Spiritual Care Services, Family Birth Center, Hope Bereavement Services, and Evergreen Memorial Gardens.

There is no cost to attend, and no registration is necessary. For more information about the Service of Remembrance please call PeaceHealth Southwest Spiritual Care Services at 360-514-2257, or visit the Evergreen Memorial Gardens Facebook page.

When: Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 at 10 a.m. in the Angels Memorial Garden

Where: Evergreen Memorial Gardens – 1101 NE 112th Ave., Vancouver, WA

About PeaceHealth Southwest
The region’s health care leader and steward for 155 years, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center is a community-owned, not-for-profit, 450-bed, medical institution located in Vancouver, Washington. Repeatedly recognized nationally as a 100 Top Hospital, PeaceHealth Southwest provides a full range of outpatient and inpatient diagnostic, medical, and surgical services to Clark County residents. PeaceHealth Southwest is also one of Clark County’s largest employers with 3,400 employees and 600 active medical staff members that help support dozens of medical specialty services and programs, including cancer, heart, emergency, trauma, neuro-musculoskeletal, family birth, and primary care. For more information visit http://www.peacehealth.org/southwest.


DPSST Fire POlicy Committee Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 09/14/18 10:46 AM

For Immediate Release                                                         

September 14, 2018

Contact:          Mona Riesterer
                        (503) 378-2431

NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING

The Fire Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on September 24, 2018.  The meeting will be held in the Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon.  The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities.  A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above. 

Dial-in number: 888-398-2342 and Participant code: 4256088

If you dial-in for the meeting, please mute your phone unless you are addressing the group.  Doing so will enable you to hear the meeting more effectively.

Agenda items:

1Introductions

2.  Approval of May 23, 2018 Fire Policy Meeting Minutes   

3.  Proposed Rule Changes for OAR 259-009-0010 and OAR 259-009-0059; Application for Personnel Affiliation

      and Certification Eligibility (E-1 Form)

     Presented by Kayla Ballrot

4.  Proposed Rule Changes for OAR 259-009-0062; Fire Ground Leader

      Presented by Kayla Ballrot

5.  McEwen, Cheyenne DPSST #36822 – NFPA Operations Level Responder & Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2); 

      Jefferson County Rural Fire Protection District 1

        Presented by Kayla Ballrot

6.  Morey, Samantha E. DPSST #18786 – Application to Instruct and Approved DPSST Course, NFPA Fire Fighter 1, NFPA Fire Fighter II, NFPA Driver, NDPA Wildland Fire Operator, NFPA Mobile Water Supply Operator, NFPA Apparatus Equipped with Fire Pump, NFPA Apparatus Equipped with and Aerial Device, First Responder Operations, NFPA Fire Instructor I, NFPA Fire Officer I, NFPA Fire Officer II certifications for failure to meet the minimum standards for a Fire Service Professional

    Presented by Kayla Ballrot

7.  Morey, David R. DPSST # 13538 – NFPA Fire Fighter I, NFPA Fire Fighter II, NFPA Driver, NFPA Wildland Fire Operator, NFPA Mobile Water Supply Operator, NFPA Pumper Operator, Fires Responder Operations, On Scene Incident Commander, Wildland Interface Fire Fighter, Wildland Interface Engine Boss, Wildland Interface Strike Team Leader, Hazardous Materials Technician, NFPA Confined Space Rescue, Basic Fire Fighter, and NFPA Fire Instructor I

   Presented by Kayla Ballrot

8.  Department Update

Next scheduled FPC meeting – November 28, 2018 @ 9:00 a.m.

 

Administrative Announcement

This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Fire Policy Committee members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting


Sewage Advisory: Rags and other debris lead to sewage spill in NE Portland (Photo)
Portland Bureau of Environmental Services - 09/14/18 10:28 AM
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Sanitary Sewage Release Advisory (this is not a combined sewer overflow [CSO] advisory)

(September 14, 2018) - A sewer line clogged with rags and other debris overflowed yesterday afternoon on the 5200 block of NE Glisan Street. 

The sewage was largely contained in a street planter, preventing a further discharge to the street. The release of about 1,700 gallons began around 4 p.m. and sewer maintenance crews stopped the flow about 5:45 p.m.  Crews cleaned up the release and posted warning signs around the affected area. The signs will remain in place for about 48 hours. 

Sewage overflows often are preventable. Pipes that become blocked with grease, tree roots, and debris are the most common cause of sewage overflows. Environmental Services advises the public not to flush rags or wipes or anything other than toilet paper and human waste. Place grease in a container and then in the trash, not down kitchen drains. Outside the home, do  not pour anything down storm drains, which are intended for rainfall only. 

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city 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. www.portlandoregon.gov/bes and @BESPortland.




Attached Media Files: Crews respond to sewage release

Ault to lead metro-area partnerships for WSU and WSU Vancouver
WSU Vancouver - 09/14/18 10:00 AM

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University Vancouver alumnus Max Ault will join the university’s staff as assistant vice chancellor for strategic partnerships effective Feb. 1.

WSU Vancouver Chancellor Mel Netzhammer and WSU President Kirk Schulz collaborated to create and fund a position that will focus on strategic engagement in the broader Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area for both WSU Vancouver and WSU systemwide. Ault will be responsible for engaging the university with businesses and individuals in Portland and beyond in areas including research and business partnerships, internships, philanthropy and student recruitment.

“We have ample opportunity to build new relationships with metro-area businesses and extend the reach of some of WSU Vancouver’s successful programs. More than 35,000 Cougar alumni work in the region, many of whom can facilitate partnerships with WSU for their companies or employers,” said Netzhammer.

Ault is currently the interim president of the Columbia River Economic Development Council and previously served as executive vice president. He also worked on contract part time at WSU Vancouver last spring as assistant to the chancellor for strategic partnerships.

“Max provided exceptional leadership for these activities and has strong relations in the metro area and on campus as a result. He is an excellent fit for the strategic partnerships position,” said Netzhammer.

About WSU Vancouver

As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations. 

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Multnomah County Fire Departments/Districts Lift Summer Burn Ban
City of Gresham - 09/14/18 10:00 AM

MULTNOMAH COUNTY, Ore. – Fire Defense Board Chief Scott Lewis has lifted the outdoor burn ban in all areas of Multnomah County.  The burn ban has been lifted due to the recent rainfall and moderate temperatures, which has improved the moisture content of the local ground cover. 

Recreational campfires, fire pits and agricultural burning is now permitted on DEQ approved burn days.  Yard debris and open burning is still not permitted; the usual start date for these is on or around October 1. 

Check with your local Fire Department/District for more information. For updated information please call the burning information line at:

503-618-3083 for Gresham, Troutdale, Wood Village, Fairview, Fire District 10

503-695-2225 for Corbett Fire District 14 

503-621-1242 for Sauvie Island District 30

General Information for Portland Fire & Rescue, 503-823-3700

 

For additional information contact Gresham Fire and Emergency Services at 503-618-2355.


Water Advisory Report Suggests Specific Improvements to Salem Emergency Preparedness and Communications
City of Salem - 09/14/18 10:00 AM

Salem, Ore. —A frank assessment of the City’s performance during the two water advisories this summer is now available at http://bit.ly/cos-water-report. The third-party report gives a timeline of events, an assessment of what worked well, what did not, and lessons learned. It also includes recommendations such as bolstering communications resources and emergency preparedness operations.

“It important for us to share what we’ve learned and what we are doing about it,” said Salem City Manager Steve Powers. “We have made, and continue to make, improvements to those things we can control, such as water treatment and testing processes, emergency communications, and operations.”

The City hired a national firm, Novak Consulting, to conduct the thorough and broad after-action review following the drinking water advisories. Novak specializes in helping local governments learn from critical incidents.

Specific improvements the City has made, or is in the process of making, to ensure safe water and transparent access to water information include:

  • Establishing a laboratory with the necessary water testing equipment so tests results are received within a matter of hours rather than days, dramatically increasing the speed decision-making information is available;
  • Creating a web page where community members can view the most current water quality test results: www.cityofsalem.net/Pages/water-quality-test-data.aspx;
  • Developing a powdered activated carbon system used to protect Salem’s drinking water during periods when cyanotoxins may be present in Detroit Reservoir and the North Santiam River;
  • A commitment to make communications resources more readily available during emergencies;
  • Purchasing water distribution equipment so water is more quickly available in emergencies;
  • Working with federal, state, and private landowners to reduce the impact of land-use activities on Salem’s water source;

The report also underscores the need for city, county, and state agencies to work together to meet the emergency preparedness, response, and recovery needs for the region.

“The City is grateful to the agencies and individuals who came to the City’s aid during the water advisory,” added Powers.

The City of Salem experienced two water advisories this year when cyanotoxins present in the North Santiam River were detected to be above advisory levels in city drinking water. The first advisory was issued on May 29, 2018 and was lifted on June 2, 2018. The advisory was reissued on June 6, 2018 after toxins in drinking water were again detected at above advisory levels. The City lifted the second water advisory on July 3, 2018.

Cyanotoxins in Salem’s drinking water have been below detectable levels since June 21.


Salem Police to conduct pedestrian crosswalk safety campaign (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 09/14/18 6:52 AM
Sign posted in areas where pedestrian safety campaigns take place.
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With summer coming to an end and children returning to school, pedestrian safety issues become even more important. School zones are now active and crossing guards are working to help children arrive safely at school and return home safely. To enhance safety on Salem streets, the Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit will be conducting pedestrian safety enforcement and education campaigns within the City.

The campaigns will utilize plain clothes officers who will be crossing streets at crosswalk locations throughout the City, and video cameras will be used to record violations. Those who are contacted will be able to view the violation on video.

Oregon law requires all drivers to stop prior to entering a crosswalk for pedestrians who are crossing the street in a marked or unmarked crosswalk. Drivers are required to stop if a pedestrian is either in the lane in which the driver's vehicle is traveling or in a lane adjacent to the lane in which the driver's vehicle is traveling.

Marked crosswalks may be located at or between intersections and are recognized by solid or dashed white lines. Oregon Law also states that every intersection should be considered to have a crosswalk, whether marked or not. Additionally, a vehicle may not legally pass another vehicle that is stopped at a marked or unmarked crosswalk for a pedestrian. Failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and for passing a stopped vehicle at a crosswalk are class B violations and carry a fine of up to $265.00.

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




Attached Media Files: Sign posted in areas where pedestrian safety campaigns take place.

Officers Arrest Tagger Thursday Afternoon (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/14/18 6:00 AM
Marcus E Gunther
Marcus E Gunther
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On Thursday, September 13, 2018, members of the Central Precinct and North Precinct Street Crime Units (SCU) arrested 30-year-old Marcus E. Gunther at Southwest 13th Avenue and Southwest Main Street. Gunther was arrested in relation to two graffiti investigations.

One investigation began on Friday, June 29, 2018, when officers responded to the report of damage to a fence and three electronic signs at the Northeast 42nd Avenue overpass at Interstate 84. The signs and fence are the property of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). The cost to clean and repair the damaged property was estimated at $24,910.00. (A photograph of the spray painted signs is provided with this release.)

Another investigation began on September 6, 2018, when officers responded to the U-Store Self Storage, located at 1520 North Interstate Avenue, on the report of spray paint covering property at the location.

In both investigations, officers located the letters "M-O-O-K." Based on information learned during the investigation, officers believe Gunther spray painted the properties and that "MOOK" is Gunther's "tag."

Gunther was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree (two counts), Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, and a probation violation.

Investigators believe there are additional victims of the "M-O-O-K" tag. Anyone who has property spray painted with the tag should contacft 503-823-3333.

Additional information about graffiti prevention, removal and reporting may be located on the Office of Civic and Community Life webpage at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/civic/32420

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Attached Media Files: Marcus E Gunther , NE 42nd Ave Overpass

Thu. 09/13/18
Three People Arrested During Protest in South Waterfront Thursday Night (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/13/18 11:03 PM
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On Thursday, September 13, 2018, at 5:41 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Elizabeth Caruthers Park, located at 3508 Southwest Moody Avenue, regarding a protest.

Officers observed the protesters blocking roadways and traffic in the South Waterfront, as well as access to Oregon Health and Science University's (OHSU) Center for Health and Healing and the Collaborative Life Sciences Building. Both the Center for Health and Healing and the Collaborative Life Sciences Building were placed in lockout as protesters blocked entry and egress to the buildings Thursday evening.

As protesters marched on the roadways in the South Waterfront, officers provided directions over loud speakers instructing the marchers to move off the roadway and onto nearby sidewalks.

During the protest, officers located a man participating in the march that was believed to be a suspect in a June 3, 2018 assault investigation. The man was contacted and taken into custody. Officers continued to instruct marchers to proceed to the sidewalk and off the roadway.

Preliminary information suggests, that during the march a water bottle was thrown by a protester and struck an officer, officers deployed pepper spray and arrested two additional protesters.

The three people taken into custody during the protest were lodged at the Multnomah County Jail. The identifies and charges of those arrested were:

31-year-old Jacob A. Bureros was charged with Harassment;

43-year-old Sherry Motamedi was charged with Resisting Arrest, Interfering with a Peace Officer, and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree; and

21-year-old Zoe R. McLain was charged with Resisting Arrest, Interfering with a Peace Officer, and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Bureros, Motamedi and McLain will be arraigned in Multnomah County Court on Friday, September 14, 2018.

There were no reports of injury during the protest.

The investigation into today's events continues. Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Portland Police Bureau non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

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Attached Media Files: Zoe R McLain , Sherry Motamedi , Jacob A Bureros

Salem Police Arrest Man for Kidnapping at Minto Brown Park.
Salem Police Dept. - 09/13/18 10:00 PM

On Thursday, September 13, 2018, at approximately 5:00 pm, the Salem Police Department responded to Minto Brown Park on a reported kidnapping. Officers quickly located the 29 year old female victim. She told officers she was walking in the park near the pedestrian bridge when she was knocked down and dragged into the brush by a man armed with a knife. The victim fought off the attacker, ran away and called police.

Within four minutes of contacting the victim, officers searching the park found a man matching the description of the attacker. He was identified as David Belluno, age 23 of Salem. Belluno was detained and taken to the police department to be interviewed by detectives. Ultimately, Belluno was lodged at the Marion County Correctional Facility on charges of: Kidnapping I, Attempted Rape I, Menacing, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Assault IV.

Any future information releases will be handled by the Marion County District Attorney's Office.


Shooting Investigation Thursday Night in Portland's Hazelwood Neighborhood -- No Known Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 09/13/18 9:36 PM
On Thursday, September 13, 2018, at 7:27 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to multiple reports of gunfire near Southeast 139th Avenue and Southeast Stark Street.

When officers arrived they searched the area for suspects and anyone injured by the reported gunfire. During the preliminary investigation officers contacted people that had heard the gunfire, but did not locate any suspects or injured people in connection with the shooting.

As officers canvassed the area they located evidence of gunfire on Southeast 139th Avenue north of Southeast Stark Street. Officers also located a parked and unoccupied vehicle that appeared to have been struck by gunfire.

There have been no reports of anyone arriving at Portland hospitals with injuries related to this shooting.

There is no suspect information to provide at this time.

Based on preliminary information, the Gang Enforcement Team responded to assume the investigation. Criminalists with the Forensic Evidence Division have also responded to assist with this investigation.

Anyone who witnessed this shooting or who possesses video surveillance footage of the shooting is asked to contact Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division's Gang Enforcement Team 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 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Information about this case or any unsolved felony crime may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,500.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Submit an anonymous tip:

Visit the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips.

Online at https://www.p3tips.com/823

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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