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Sun. 04/21/24
Portland Lloyd Lions Club hosts On-site Secure Paper Shredding Fundraiser to celebrate Keep the Promise Days (KTP) (Photo)
Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation - 04/21/24 8:00 PM
Lloyd Lions Club 4-27-24
Lloyd Lions Club 4-27-24
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Portland, OR - Grace Memorial Episcopal Church Parking Lot: April 27th, 2024  12-3 PM

The Portland Lloyd Lions Club will host the Paper Shredding Fundraiser on April 27, 2024. This event is part of a series of events throughout Oregon celebrating the Lions connection to Helen Keller. And their promise to address preventable blindness and hearing loss, in partnership with their Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation.

Event Details

On-Site Secure Paper Shredding Fundraiser

Saturday, 4/27 from 12-3 PM

Grace Memorial Episcopal Church Parking Lot

1535 NE 17th Ave, Portland 97232

 

Suggested donation:  $15 per standard File Box (15 x 12 x 10, approx. 25-30 lbs.)

We try to price this 1/4 to 1/3 less than typical retail cost to make it a good deal!

All funds received provide Sight & Hearing services to low income community members in need.

Together the Lions Clubs of Oregon, OLSHF and its partners offer access to people for critical sight saving surgeries and treatments; secure new eyeglasses; help people who can’t afford eyeglasses and hearing aids, and manage the largest vision screening program in the US. In 2015, OLSHF launched the LEAP Optical Finishing Lab to manufacture high quality, low cost eyeglasses. Annually, over 2,000 Oregonians receive new eyeglasses built by their lab. 

About OLSHF & the Lions of Oregon 

The Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (OLSHF) serves communities statewide. Since their formation in 1959, they have created programs in response to the need for sight and hearing assistance and partnered with medical professionals for discounted rates. They have built upon the promise made to Helen Keller by creating a continuum of care for people who lack access to vision and hearing services. Learn more at www.olshf.org or www.facebook.com/olshf.

Lions of Oregon & Northern California are a part of an international network of 1.4 million men and women in 200 countries and geographic areas who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world. Lions are best known for working to end preventable blindness, the giving of eyeglasses and hearing aids for the needy and local service projects. http://www.md36lionsclubs.org/

About Lions Clubs International:
Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world. Our 1.4 million members in more than 46,000 clubs provide humanitarian service in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the globe. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired, championed youth initiatives and strengthened communities through hands on service and humanitarian projects. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit www.lionsclubs.org.

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Portland Fire responds to 2 alarm commercial fire
Portland Fire & Rescue - 04/21/24 5:06 PM

Portland Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a commercial fire located in the Overlook Neighborhood of North Portland at about 10:15am this morning.  The approximately 10,000 square foot building housed an automotive repair shop in one half and a space that was currently vacant in the other half. 

The first arriving truck company reported brown smoke coming from the garage bay door and as they were attempting to make entry realized the smoke was under significant pressure. At about that same time the first engine company and Chief Officer were arriving, and it was determined that the building needed to be ventilated prior to entry and a defensive fire attack was initiated. Due to the size of the building and the dangerous smoke conditions Command also called for a 2nd alarm at this time.

This was a warehouse style building with very few windows and the fire yet to breach the roof, so it was determined that a large hole needed to be cut in the roof to provide pressure relief and allow firefighters to make entry to find and extinguish the fire. While the vertical ventilation was being done on the roof firefighters on the ground were preparing to make entry by forcing open locked doors but keeping them closed and preparing to cut holes in the large bay doors while also preparing hose lines for an offensive fire attack.

Once the hole was cut in the roof the dangerous smoke conditions quickly improved allowing for an offensive fire attack.  Crews entered the building, quickly found and extinguished the fire and the fire was recalled about 30 minutes after the initial call.  A few crews remained on scene after the recall to assist in ventilating the building and to continue to look for hot spots.   

No injuries were reported.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Sat. 04/20/24
Fatal Crash - Interstate 5 - Douglas County
Oregon State Police - 04/20/24 10:11 PM

Douglas County, Ore. 19 Apr. 24- On Friday, April 19, 2024, at 7:58 p.m., Oregon State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 5, near milepost 146, in Douglas County.

The preliminary investigation indicated a southbound Jaguar F-Pace, operated by Paul William Jordison (23) of Rochester (WA), veered off the right-hand shoulder of the roadway for unknown reasons. The Jaguar left the roadway, traveled airborne for approximately 100 feet down an embankment, and struck a tree approximately 15 feet above the ground level before falling to the base of the tree.

The operator (Jordison) was declared deceased at the scene.

Before the crash, the Jaguar was reportedly driving at high speeds.

The highway was not impacted during the on-scene investigation.

OSP was assisted by North Douglas County Fire and ODOT.

 

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About the Oregon State Police

Oregon State Police (OSP) is a multi-disciplined organization that is charged with protecting the people, wildlife, and natural resources in Oregon. OSP enforces traffic laws on the state’s roadways, investigates and solves crime, conducts postmortem examinations and forensic analysis, and provides background checks, and law enforcement data. The agency regulates gaming and enforces fish, wildlife, and natural resource laws. OSP is comprised of more than 1,400 staff members – including troopers, investigators, and professional staff – who provide a full range of policing and public safety services to Oregon and other law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon.


Suspect Arrested After Attempting To Stab An Oregon City Police Officer
Oregon City Police Dept. - 04/20/24 6:49 PM

On April 20th, 2024, at about 12:48 p.m. Oregon City police officers responded to a report of a suspicious adult male at Jiffy Lube located at 13851 Beavercreek Rd. The same subject, later identified as 23-year-old Adonai Gabriel-Escamilla, had been called in as trespassing at the same location earlier in the day.  During the first incident, Mr. Gabriel-Escamilla ran through traffic, refused to stop, and officers were unable to locate him during a subsequent area check. 

When officers contacted Mr. Gabriel-Escamilla during the second incident, he produced a knife and attempted to stab an officer.  Mr. Gabriel-Escamilla again fled on foot and at one point entered a local business with customers inside, prompting a large police response.  Attempts were made to close traffic to contain Mr. Gabriel-Escamilla and to protect bystanders.  Officers further pursued Mr. Gabriel-Escamilla, who ultimately dropped the knife and was arrested. 

Mr. Gabriel-Escamilla was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The Clackamas County Major Crimes team has been activated to investigate the incident.  Mr. Gabriel-Escamilla is expected to be lodged at the Clackamas County Jail once medically discharged for attempted aggravated murder of a police officer and additional charges.   

During the incident, OCPD officers were assisted by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and the Gladstone Police Department. 

Investigators are encouraging anyone who has video of the incident to call the Oregon City Police Tip line at 503-905-3505.  Please reference OCPD case number #24-007805.


Fri. 04/19/24
City of Lake Oswego Expresses Gratitude for Advisory Jury's Service in Oswego Lake Access Trial
City of Lake Oswego - 04/19/24 5:14 PM

Lake Oswego, OR – The City of Lake Oswego extends its gratitude to the advisory jury for their service in the Oswego Lake Access Trial. We understand the jury had to consider difficult questions and their mixed verdict reflects that. We appreciate the thoughtfulness and dedication they brought to their role in considering the facts and arguments.

As a community, we value public input in shaping our decisions. The City is committed to listening and upholding a diversity of perspectives in its decision-making processes.

For information about the City of Lake Oswego, visit www.lakeoswego.city.

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Haggart Observatory at CCC offers public viewing nights (Photo)
Clackamas Comm. College - 04/19/24 5:07 PM
Clackamas Community College’s Environmental Learning Center partners with Rose City Astronomers to offer public viewing nights at the Haggart Observatory.
Clackamas Community College’s Environmental Learning Center partners with Rose City Astronomers to offer public viewing nights at the Haggart Observatory.
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OREGON CITY – The Haggart Observatory at Clackamas Community College’s Environmental Learning Center announces its public viewing nights scheduled for 2024. Partnering with the Rose City Astronomers, the observatory will offer free stargazing opportunities throughout the year, allowing visitors to explore the wonders of the night sky through the observatory’s powerful telescope.

This year, the Environmental Learning Center will focus on showcasing the moon. While everyone has seen the moon before, viewing it through a high-powered telescope offers a new perspective, revealing craters, mountains and plains in detail.

The Haggart Observatory boasts a 24-inch Newtonian reflector telescope housed within its dome. During viewing nights, Rose City Astronomers volunteers also set up portable telescopes on the observatory deck, providing a variety of viewing options.

The viewings are free, open to the public and operate on a first-come, first-served basis. No pre-registration is required. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, especially for popular dates, as space may be limited.

Rose City Astronomers volunteers are enthusiasts who are passionate about sharing their knowledge of the night sky. They will be on hand to guide visitors, answer questions and ensure everyone gets a chance to marvel at the wonders of space.

The observatory will be open to the public on the following dates:

  • Saturday, April 20 (waxing gibbous moon, 7-9 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, May 15 (first quarter moon, 9-11 p.m.)
  • Saturday, May 18 (waxing gibbous moon, 7-9 p.m.)
  • Thursday, June 13 (first quarter moon, 9-11 p.m.)
  • Saturday, Aug. 10 (waxing crescent moon, 6:30-8:30 p.m.)
  • Monday, Aug. 12 (first quarter moon, 6-8 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 17 (full moon, 9-11 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 16 (full moon, 8-10 p.m.)

If the skies are cloudy on a scheduled viewing night, call Rose City Astronomers at 503-594-6044 for cancellation updates. Dress warmly for the evening weather. Clackamas Community College is located at 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City 97045. The Environmental Learning Center, where the observatory is housed, is on the northeast side of campus.

About Haggart Observatory

The Haggart Observatory is located at Clackamas Community College's Environmental Learning Center in Oregon City. Originally constructed in 1989 with the community's help, the observatory offers a unique opportunity for stargazers to explore the cosmos.

About the Environmental Learning Center

The Environmental Learning Center has a rich history as an educational resource for Clackamas Community College, regional schools, industry and the community. Located on the former site of a Smucker's processing plant, the center was created to demonstrate what people could do to reclaim industrial sites, address stormwater issues and restore wildlife habitats in urban areas. Each year, thousands of people visit to explore the 5-acre site and learn about watershed health. The site serves as an important stormwater facility for the college campus and provides critical wetland habitat for resident and migratory birds, such as the great blue heron, wood duck and merganser. For more information about the Environmental Learning Center, visit CCC's Environmental Learning Center webpage at www.clackamas.edu/ELC.

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Attached Media Files: Clackamas Community College’s Environmental Learning Center partners with Rose City Astronomers to offer public viewing nights at the Haggart Observatory.

Centennial School District Governing Board Meeting Notice, Wednesday, April 24, 2024 AT 7:30 PM
Centennial Sch. Dist. - 04/19/24 4:44 PM

The Centennial School District Governing Board will convene for a Work Session on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, at 7:30 p.m. 

Please be aware that a Budget Committee Meeting will take place (virtually) from 6:00 - 7:30 pm prior to the Work Session.

The full board meeting packet is available for reference on the Centennial School District website at www.csd28j.org and can be found on the School Board page.

All attendees will participate virtually via the Zoom app.  If you are interested in joining the meeting, please click on the link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89267786636?pwd=VStxS3VaNGsrSlRtTW5UaHF1SkZHdz09
Passcode: 512170

Or Telephone, dial:
  +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799
Webinar ID: 892 6778 6636
Passcode: 512170

NOTE: An Executive Session will take place on April 24th at approximately 8:30 p.m. pursuant to (ORS 192.660(2)(d) - To conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to carry on labor negotiations.

All attendees will participate virtually.  Authorized parties may join the meeting virtually, by clicking the link below.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83982523943?pwd=K1pQcEZaY3owNXJTTjdvdkRiVVZMZz09
Passcode: 849122

To view the agenda and accompanying documents, click or paste this link into your browser: https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Organization/1561. The meeting agenda and associated documents may be updated as necessary.

For information about the agenda email dan@csd28j.org">melissa_grindle@csd28j.org or oard@csd28j.org">board@csd28j.org.


Wednesday, April 24, 2024 Organizational Budget Committee Meeting Agenda
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 04/19/24 4:37 PM

The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon, will convene in an Organizational Budget Committee Meeting on Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at the Parkrose School District Office located at 10636 NE Prescott Street, Portland, Oregon at the hour of 6:30pm.

Guests and members of the public may attend in-person or virtually.  

Virtual Link - Please click this URL to join: https://zoom.us/j/94961285856 or join by phone: 1-253-215-8782 Webinar ID: 949-6128-5856

We encourage and welcome all members of our community to engage with our board. Please email questions@parkrose.k12.or.us or call 503.408.2100 to arrange for translation services at least 72 hours before this meeting. Closed captioning provided on zoom. Other appropriate auxiliary aids and services may be provided upon request and appropriate advance notice.

The agenda is posted on our website at:LINK.

Agenda items include, but are not limited to: Budget Chair and Vice Chair elections, Superintendent’s annual budget message, presentation of the 2024-2025 budget & possible adoption of the 2024-2025 budget. 

Electronic/Virtual Public Comment Protocol - If you wish to submit a public comment before, or during this Board Meeting please fill out this electronic public comment form before "Public Comments" on the agenda: https://forms.gle/5sUjRZjxJikqmqVg9. If you don’t submit your comment in time we will read it at the next board meeting.

In-Person Public Comment Protocol - Upon arrival to the meeting, please fill out an Intent-to-Speak card and hand it to the Board Secretary prior to "In-person Public Comment" on the agenda. You will have a 3 minute time limit.

Board Meeting Video Recordings - For those of you who cannot attend we will post a recording of the meeting on our website at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXajhxrPxMclOQ6J00JUszQ.

Questions welcomed, please email: questions@parkrose.k12.or.us or leave a voice message at 503-408-2114.


Duplex Fire in Tualatin Displaces Residents (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 04/19/24 4:26 PM
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Just before 3 p.m. Friday, callers to 911 reported black smoke pouring out of a duplex in the 19000 block of SW 68th Avenue in Tualatin. Firefighters from TVF&R and Lake Oswego Fire Department arrived to find one of the units engulfed in flames and threatening the neighboring residence and nearby trees. Firefighters quickly conducted a search to verify that people weren’t trapped inside while they began to extinguish the fire, which they knocked down within 12 minutes. Firefighters worked for another hour to  prevent the fire from rekindling while removing smoke and salvaging belongings.

A TVF&R fire investigator will be working to determine where and how the fire started by examining material evidence and conducting witness interviews. The residents of the fire unit were not home when the fire started, and residents from both units of the duplex will be displaced due to fire, smoke, or water damage. The duplex did not contain a residential fire sprinkler system. There were no injuries as a result of the fire.

In addition to the support from Lake Oswego Fire Department and Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency (911 dispatchers), TVF&R was assisted by Tualatin Police Department, American Medical Response, Portland General Electric, and NW Natural Gas. The American Red Cross will be assisting families displaced by the fire.

TVF&R approves the use of all images included with this release for the purpose of news dissemination.
 




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Superintendent Templeton Update (Photo)
Washougal Sch. Dist. - 04/19/24 4:00 PM
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Washougal School District Superintendent Dr. Mary Templeton has been selected as the new superintendent in the Lake Stevens School District, starting July 1, 2024.  

The Washougal School Board is proud of Templeton’s tenure in Washougal and her dedication to seeing the district rise during the six years she has served as superintendent. Templeton led the development of the Washougal 2025 Strategic Plan, which asked students, families, staff, and the community to share their hopes and dreams for our students. The plan has guided important work over the past five years, with the district making significant progress toward knowing, nurturing, and challenging all students to rise.

Board president Angela Hancock said, “Through the last six years, Mary has consistently focused on increasing student achievement and opportunities. Her determination to see our students and our district rise to our full potential has led to the highest graduation rate on record.  The board deeply appreciates her steady leadership throughout some of the most difficult years we have seen in public education.”

Under her leadership, our district invested in teacher training and rebooted the Professional Learning Community collaboration time, centering this time on practices that directly impact student learning. Through the reinvigorated Professional Learning Community time, teachers have seen stellar growth in student achievement as measured by standardized tests, with 70% of areas measured by the Smarter balanced Assessment showing progress and 82% of areas higher than the state average.  

Templeton has championed our Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, investing in project based learning activities that help students develop real-world skills that will serve them in whatever career path they choose. Our robust CTE programs provide dual credit and industry certification opportunities that students can use to reach their goals in skilled trades, higher education, the military, or professional careers. 

Templeton has elevated student voice, and increased opportunities for students to participate in leadership at the school and district level, asking students to co-author their educational future. She has engaged with community organizations to build partnerships that strengthen our schools and serve our students.  Working with social service, faith-based, and civic organizations, the district makes sure every student has the opportunity to succeed. 

In response to student and family feedback about the quality of student meals, Templeton led an initiative to start scratch-made meals for students.  This has improved the student experience by serving healthy, chef-inspired meals for students. 

Templeton’s passion for serving the whole child led to a focus on engaging students in artistic, creative, vocational, and athletic pursuits that help students develop skills needed to be successful in the workplace.  She has helped the Washougal community navigate a number of unprecedented challenges.  Through her steady leadership, our district has emerged from the pandemic with strong community support, committed staff, and a vision for a bright future for every student. 

The board will meet to create a plan on filling this important role, and once decisions are made, the district will share information with the community. 


 




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Yamhill County Sheriff's Office Makes Multiple Sex Crime Related Arrests (Photo)
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/19/24 3:01 PM
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Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office patrol staff responded to a reported sex crime in the 200 block of NE Yamhill Street in the city of Sheridan.  A sixteen-year-old reported two adults provided the juvenile alcohol and marijuana and then engaged in sexual contact, on multiple occasions.  The investigation was turned over to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) detectives.

 

 

On April 15, 2024, Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office SIU executed a search warrant at a residence in Sheridan.  During the warrant, detectives seized evidence pertinent to the case which corroborated the juvenile’s statements.  Two adults were arrested and are identified as Kevin Kemp (age 41) and Shannon Kemp (age 36). 

 

 

Both Shannon and Kevin Kemp were lodged at the Yamhill County Jail on multiple charges including Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree, Contributing to the Sexual Delinquency of a Minor, Providing Liquor to Minor, and Allowing Consumption of Marijuana by Person Under 21 Years of Age on Private Property.   

 

 

On April 17, 2024, Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit detectives received a case referral from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce regarding an individual uploading Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) to an online file storage platform.  Investigative leads showed the files were uploaded from a device with a telephone number belonging to an individual in Sheridan, OR. 

 

 

The same day, SIU detectives obtained and served a search warrant in the 500 block of SE Sheridan Rd in the city of Sheridan.  Evidence including an electronic device was seized.  Detectives arrested Brendan Haynes, age 27, and he was lodged in the Yamhill County Jail on 6 counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the 2nd Degree. 

 

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and Yamhill County Sheriff's Office is committed to investigating any report of sexual assault and child exploitation.




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TVF&R Invites Media to Recognition of Neighbors Who Intervened During Cardiac Event
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 04/19/24 3:00 PM

Media Invitation - Video & Interview Opportunity

Event:  Recognition of Bystander Interventions During Cardiac Event
Date:   Wednesday, April 24
Time:   4 – 5 p.m.
Location:  TVF&R Station 20, 414 E 2nd Street, Newberg, 97132
RSVP To:  Corrine Haning, Public Information Officer, 503-259-1111 or rine.Haning@tvfr.com">Corrine.Haning@tvfr.com 

On Wednesday, April 24, from 4 to 5 p.m., TVF&R will recognize six community members who took swift action to aid in the lifesaving care of Robert Bass, a Newberg School District employee at Antonia Crater Elementary School. 

On the morning of Tuesday, February 27, Bass experienced a cardiac event outside of Antonia Crater Elementary School. A community member out on a walk noticed him collapse and rushed over to help, calling 911 and initiating hands-only CPR with the direction of a WCCCA 911 dispatcher. Additional community members jumped in to retrieve and apply an AED, as well as continue hands-only CPR until firefighter paramedics arrived. 

We will recognize the efforts of these individuals and will highlight the importance of taking action in the first critical moments of a cardiac emergency.

For questions day of, please call 503-259-1111 or email pio@tvfr.com


Juvenile Arrested for Felony Assault of Mother
City of Battle Ground - 04/19/24 2:59 PM

On Thursday, April 18, 2024, at approximately 8:48am, Battle Ground Officers were dispatched to an active assault with a weapon in the 1600 block of SW 4th Street.  While enroute to the scene, officers were provided preliminary information through dispatch that the victim was being assaulted by her juvenile son who was reportedly armed with a knife and a blunt object, which was later identified as a kitchen pan.  Dispatch also relayed that the suspect may have harmed himself with a knife. 

Upon arrival, officers contacted the adult female victim outside of the residence, who indicated that the juvenile suspect was the sole remaining occupant inside the residence.  The suspect was described as a juvenile male with cognitive delays which render him non-verbal with most people.  

Officers observed several cuts to the victim’s arms which were constant with injuries that would be inflicted with a bladed weapon.  The victim also appeared disoriented when speaking to officers, and she stated to have been struck in the head with a kitchen pan during the altercation, which briefly rendered her unconscious. 

The additional arriving officers created a perimeter around the residence to secure the scene and the victim was turned over to American Medical Response personnel for treatment.  Battle Ground Officers utilized their vehicle loudspeaker to negotiate with the juvenile suspect who was still inside the residence and convinced him to exit.  The suspect was taken into custody without incident and arrested.

“This was an incredibly difficult situation, and I am immensely proud of how our officers conducted the scene,” said Chief Dennis Flynn.  “Their actions help bring this potentially volatile situation to a successful resolution.  Our thoughts now turn to this young man and his family, in hopes that he can receive the proper mental health care assistance that he needs.”

The juvenile suspect was arrested and booked on charges of 2nd Degree Assault - Domestic Violence.  This case has been forwarded to the Clark County Juvenile Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. 

The victim was transported to an area hospital for additional medical treatment.    

If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org.  Columbia River Mental Health Services (CRMHS) also provides an array of services and well-being programs for individuals and their families in the Southwest Washington region.  Information for CRMHS is available online at www.crmhs.org or by calling their non-emergency number at 360-993-3000. 


DA Mike Schmidt releases weekly cases impacted by public defense crisis
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 04/19/24 2:49 PM

February 19, 2024

PORTLAND, Oregon – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt released a list of cases impacted by the public defense crisis. The list includes felony cases dismissed by the JC3 court as a result of the crisis. 

In November, DA Mike Schmidt called the public defense crisis– defined by a lack of public defenders to provide counsel to defendants– an urgent threat to public safety. Individuals charged with a crime have a constitutional right to defense counsel. Victims have a right to justice. Absent counsel, criminal prosecutions cannot lawfully move forward, and throughout the counsel shortage, cases issued by the office have been routinely dismissed over prosecutors’ objections.

DA Schmidt also declared that MCDA would publish cases dismissed due to the crisis each week to increase transparency and advance the public’s understanding of the scope of the crisis. Here is an updated breakdown of the types of felonies getting dismissed.

There were 9 cases dismissed by the court as a result of the public defense crisis between 4/12/24 and 4/18/24:

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24-CR-01392

23-CR-58332

22-CR-41672

23-CR-49112

23-CR-58974

24-CR-03333

23-CR-40084

23-CR-59334

 

 

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Porch Fire Displaces Residents (Photo)
Vancouver Fire Dept. - 04/19/24 2:27 PM
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At 10:20am on April 19th, Vancouver Fire Department was dispatched to 7319 NE 110th Ave in Vancouver Washington.  First arriving units found a back porch fire on a single story house. The first Fire Engine on scene was able to apply water within 6 minutes of dispatch and prevent the neighboring home from being affected by the wind driven fire.  The house was quickly searched and checked for fire on the interior.  Flames were found to have extended into the attic forcing crews to fight it from below.  Damage to the home caused 2 people to be displaced but fortunately no one was injured.  Cause of the fire is underway through the Clark County Fire Marshals Office.   




Attached Media Files: Porch Fire

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Staff Accept "Game Changer Award" from Lloyd EcoDistrict (Photo)
Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability - 04/19/24 1:53 PM
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Award given “For the visionaries whose actions redefine the possible, setting new benchmarks in sustainability”

Portland, Ore.— Two staff members from the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability received awards for their visionary work at the sixth annual “Model the Way Awards.” Chief Sustainability Officer Vivian Satterfield and Sustainability and Climate Commission (SCC) coordinator Elaine Livingstone were honored by the Lloyd EcoDistrict for their work on the City of Portland’s future SCC.

The Sustainability and Climate Commission will be a new governance structure for climate action in Portland and serve as the official climate connection to other governance bodies at the City of Portland. It will also guide City climate action and sustainability goals as a new governance structure and champion body for current and future climate work.

“We are building this to serve as a voice for all Portlanders in the new form of government,” said Vivian Satterfield, BPS’s Chief Sustainability Officer. “This commission creates opportunity for the community to work collaboratively with government to ensure climate priorities are always considered in City work.”

Satterfield and Livingstone have worked to develop the framework for the new SCC over the past year. They researched similar commissions in other jurisdictions and gathered input from public, private and nonprofit sectors, community feedback from the City charter reform process and SCC in-person and virtual events, public comment, and workshops. A proposed ordinance is now scheduled to be heard by Portland City Council on April 24, and the public is invited to give testimony by May 8, 2024.

The Lloyd EcoDistrict’s Model the Way Awards are “a celebration of exceptional groups and individuals who embody leadership and inspire others to follow suit.”

 

About the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) develops creative and practical solutions to enhance Portland’s livability, preserve distinctive places and plan for a resilient future. BPS collaborates with community partners to provide comprehensive land use, neighborhood, district, economic, historic and environmental planning, and urban design; research, policy and technical services to advance green building, energy efficiency and the use of solar and renewable energy, waste prevention, composting and recycling, and a sustainable food system; and policy and actions to address climate change.




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Joint Retail Theft Mission Results in Numerous Arrests, 1 Driver Elude, Capture in Washington (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/19/24 1:41 PM
Bicycle officer searches arrestee
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A Portland Police retail theft mission out of East Precinct this week resulted in the recovery of thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise and numerous arrests.

On Wednesday, April 17, 2024, East Precinct officers and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) teamed up with business partners to conduct a retail theft mission in the Mall 205 and Gateway areas. The mission resulted in the recovery of nearly $3,000 in stolen merchandise. PPB and MCSO have partnered on several missions which have resulted in hundreds of arrests and warrants served. PPB works in collaboration with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office (MCDA) Retail Theft Task Force to present the cases in court for criminal prosecution.

Final results of the mission are still being calculated, but initial unconfirmed tallies indicate that 24 people were arrested. Two faced felony charges, 20 faced misdemeanor charges, and 4 were served with criminal citations that require an appearance in court next month. Also, six felony and nine misdemeanor warrants were serviced. Nearly $3000 in stolen merchandise was recovered (see details below). A stolen vehicle was also recovered.

Officers initiated 13 vehicle stops. One of the stops resulted in a suspect attempting to elude police into Washington State. Two mission officers observed a suspicious person in the parking lot of Mall 205 standing by a 2014 Honda Civic. The man jumped into the car and sped away from the officers, committing numerous traffic violations and failing to yield to the police vehicle’s emergency lights. The officers pursued the driver onto northbound I-205, but the suspect drove at reckless speeds estimated to exceed 100 miles per hour. Officers terminated the pursuit as he drove over the bridge into Vancouver. Officers relayed information to the Vancouver Police Department. VPD officers located the 40-year-old suspect and later arrested him. He is expected to face additional charges in Multnomah County related to the elude and reckless driving (case 24-95089). The assistance of the Portland Police Air Support Unit was critical in this arrest.

Retail theft is often more than just shoplifting items for personal use. Many suspects are involved in organized theft rings, which steal items that can easily be sold for cash on the secondary market or returned to stores for a “refund.” Returning or attempting to return stolen property, no matter the value, is a class-C felony ( https://oregon.public.law/statutes/ors_164.055 ).

In many cases, these individuals are involved in criminal activity that extends far beyond retail theft, including illegally possessed guns, drug possession and distribution, vehicle theft, and more. Additionally, disrupting theft preserves the viability of retail businesses that serve the Portland community. Therefore, these missions go a long way in improving livability across the area. Mission commanders analyze theft and other crime data to focus their missions on the neighborhoods most impacted by these crimes, which are often large retail shopping complexes. PPB recognizes that smaller local businesses are also impacted by retail theft and it’s our belief and goal that arresting and holding prolific thieves accountable will help reduce these crimes for the entire business community.

PPB is grateful to our partners at MCSO and MCDA Retail Theft Task Force for their collaboration aimed at addressing retail theft in the Portland Metropolitan area.

To learn more, join us for a video ride-along on one of PPB’s recent retail theft missions here: https://youtu.be/XF08DVNQjpQ


Retail Theft – Total Recovered Stolen Items Value: $2924.62
$189, Home Depot - Mall 205, Case Number: 24-16875
$39.90, Home Depot - Mall 205, Case Number: 24-94671
$336, Home Depot - Mall 205, Case Number: 24-94703
$564.90 Home Depot Total

$230.47, Fred Meyer - Gateway Plaza, Case Number: 24-16964
$12.46, Fred Meyer - Gateway Plaza, Case Number: 24-16874 MCSO/ PPB 24-94729
$70, Fred Meyer - Gateway Plaza, Case Number: 24-94675
$223.98, Fred Meyer - Gateway Plaza, Case Number: 24-94912
$536.91 Fred Meyer Total

$30, Target - Mall 205, Case Number: 24-94780
$316.36, Target - Mall 205, Case Number: 24-94897
$307.25, Target - Mall 205, Case Number: 24-94756
$212.63, Target - Mall 205, Case Number: 24-94685
$38.00, Target - Mall 205, Case Number: 24-95033
$904.24 Target Total

$753.48, Kohl's - Gateway Plaza, Case Number: 24-16898 MCSO
$753.48 Kohl's Total

$18, Safeway 122/Powell, Case Number: 24-16952
$8.48, Safeway 122/Powell, Case Number: 24-16897
$26.48 Safeway Total

$138.61, Other, Case Number: 24-94931
$138.61 Other Total

Photo descriptions:
A bicycle officer searches a suspect, in handcuffs
MCSO and Portland vehicles with police lights flashing parked in front of a Safeway
Two Trailblazers ballcaps held up in front of Target
Roll call at East Precinct with PPB and MCSO
A suspect sits on the bumper of a police vehicle as a police officer looks on
A suspect in handcuffs in front of Fred Meyer with recovered stolen items on the hood of a police vehicle, including hair dye, jewelry, and fashion items
A suspect in handcuffs seated on a curb in front of an MCSO vehicle
A suspect being arrested in front of Target
A theft suspect in handcuffs being escorted by officers.

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UPDATE: Grand Jury Transcripts Released for Matthew Holland Death Investigation
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 04/19/24 1:31 PM

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office (MCDA) today published transcripts of the grand jury proceedings in the death investigation of Matthew Holland.

Upon the grand jury’s return of a “not true bill” in this matter, MCDA filed a motion with the presiding court to create and release a transcript of the recorded grand jury proceedings pursuant to ORS 132.260(1). The transcripts are available on MCDA’s website:

MCDA has no additional comment on this matter.

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Original Message (3/21/24)

Grand Jury Returns Not True Bill in January 2024 Fatal Shooting by a Portland Police Officer

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt today announced that a grand jury returned a not true bill for the fatal shooting of Matthew Lee Holland, 31, on January 14, 2024. Upon the conclusion of the presentation of evidence, the grand jury returned the not true bill yesterday, finding the use of force by Portland Police Officer Joshua Howery that resulted in Lee’s death was not criminal under Oregon law. 

Previously released information regarding this incident can be found here

Pursuant to ORS 132.270, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office will file a motion and request that the court authorize the release of a grand jury transcript for public review. If the Court grants the motion, MCDA will post the transcript on its website.

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Missing child alert -- Caden R. Griffith is missing and is believed to be in danger (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Human Services - 04/19/24 1:30 PM
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(Salem) – The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Child Welfare Division, asks the public to help find Caden R. Griffith, age 14, a child in foster care who went missing from Hillsboro on March 25. He is believed to be in danger.

ODHS asks the public for help in the effort to find Caden and to contact 911 or local law enforcement if they believe they see him.

Caden is often spends times in the parks of Hillsboro, Tigard and Aloha. 

Name: Caden R. Griffith
Pronouns: He/him
Date of birth: May 28, 2009
Height: 5-foot-6
Weight: 167 pounds
Hair: Brown
Eye color: Brown
Other identifying information: Caden often wears a black beanie. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie and black pants. 
Hillsboro Police Department #24-0007407
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children #2018671

Sometimes when a child is missing they may be in significant danger and ODHS may need to locate them to assess and support their safety. As ODHS works to do everything it can to find these missing children and assess their safety, media alerts will be issued in some circumstances when it is determined necessary. Sometimes, in these situations, a child may go missing repeatedly, resulting in more than one media alert for the same child.

Report child abuse to the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).  This toll-free number allows you to report abuse of any child or adult to the Oregon Department of Human Services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. 

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Attached Media Files: Caden R. Griffith

Clark County Sheriff's Office Releases Critical Incident Video from 4/13/2024
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/19/24 1:05 PM

On April 13th, 2024, the Clark County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) was involved in a deputy-involved shooting. Multiple deputies were on the scene at the time of the incident. Four deputies were placed on Critical Incident Leave. Two deputies discharged their firearms. Two deputies witnessed the incident.

Following a deputy-involved shooting, the Clark County Sheriff's Office (CCSO), at the discretion of the Sheriff, will release body-worn camera (BWC) videos of the incident. The release of these videos will be separate from the Independent Investigation Team's (IIT) investigation.

The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Vancouver Police Department, is conducting an independent investigation of this incident. The Clark County Sheriff's Office is not involved in the deputy-involved shooting investigation. CCSO will conduct its administrative investigation/review after the SWIIRT investigation is completed. 

The Critical Incident Video can be viewed on the CCSO Body-Worn Camera Page.

The Sheriff's Office cannot comment on the video release or the ongoing investigation. The video's release is meant to provide visual context of the incident, as CCSO understands it to have occurred, according to the BWC video. The video does not encompass the complete context of all recordings captured by all four body cameras.

Please be aware that the video contains graphic imagery and viewer discretion is strongly advised.


Race prompts temporary closure of portions of Cline Buttes/Buckhorn Motorized Recreation Area
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 04/19/24 12:58 PM

Prineville, Ore. — Portions of the Cline Buttes/Buckhorn Motorized Recreation Area will be closed Saturday, April 20, 2024, for the Technical Endurance Challenge hosted by Bend Racing. The racecourse will be closed at multiple points of entry for the safety of participants and the public. The start and end point for the race is the Buckhorn Staging Area.


Runners and bicyclists will race on portions of the off-highway vehicle trail systems on both sides of Highway 126 and the Cascade View Trail System, located west of Redmond. The closure will mostly affect the Buckhorn area, as participants traverse portions of trails 99, 93, 95, 85, 90 and Buckhorn Road. They will cross Highway 126 from Buckhorn to Barr Road, continue down Barr Road, and move into the Cascade View Trail System. Within the Cascade View Trail System, the race will use Blue Belly, Blue Belly Stem, and Stringer trails. 


OHV trails south of Highway 126, accessed from Barr Road North Staging Area, will not be closed. However,  the public should be aware of runners/bicyclists on Barr Road. Cascade View Trail System will not be closed during the race. Security will be staged at entrance points into the racecourse throughout the weekend. Flaggers and signage will also be present along both Buckhorn and Barr roads and staging areas. 


“We manage several hundred miles of trails within the Millican Plateau, North Millican, and South Millican OHV Trail Systems,” said Lisa Clark, Deschutes Field Office Manager. “This allows us the unique opportunity to permit a multi-sport race like this while also ensuring numerous other trails are still available to the public during the event.” 


Mountain bikers and hikers can use the nearby Maston trail use area. The Millican Valley OHV Trail System is an alternative site  for motorized use. It is  most easily from George-Millican Road south of Prineville.


The high-quality trails and facilities within the Cline Buttes/Buckhorn Motorized Recreation Area are collaboratively managed by the Central Oregon Combined Off Highway Vehicle Operations (COHVOPS). COHVOPS is a partnership which includes the Prineville District BLM, Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests, and Oregon Parks and Recreation ATV Program. 


For more information about the race, please visit Bend Racing’s website. For questions about the trail closures, please contact the Prineville District office at (541) 416-6700. 
 

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

 


Suspect Arrested After Using Molotov Cocktail to Ignite Occupied Trailer (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/19/24 12:32 PM
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A man is facing arson and domestic violence related charges after using a Molotov cocktail to light an occupied trailer on fire.

On Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 6:14a.m., Portland Fire & Rescue responded to a fire in travel trailer at Southeast 162nd Avenue and Southeast Division Street. The fire was extinguished. Fire Investigators responded and determined the fire was arson and the trailer was occupied an adult male and adult female at the time the fire was lit. There were no reported injuries.

About 9:26a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a call of suspicious circumstances near the same intersection. A neighbor found a shopping cart containing what appeared to be incendiary devices (Molotov cocktails). As the investigation was underway, a suspect, William A. Wingo, 33, was spotted nearby. The suspect tried to run but was quickly overtaken and arrested by the officers.

The investigation revealed that Wingo had previously lived in the trailer and had been in a relationship with the female victim. Investigators also determined that on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, Wingo had assaulted the female victim with a slingshot and lit a blanket on fire.

After being interviewed by detectives, Wingo was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Arson in the First Degree-Domestic Violence (2 counts), Possession of a Destructive Device (3 counts), Manufacturing of a Destructive Device (3 counts), Domestic Violence Assault in the Fourth Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree-DV, Reckless Endangering Another Person, and unrelated warrants.

The Fire Investigations Unit is grateful for the assistance of East Precinct patrol, the Metro Area Explosives Disposal Unit, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

The Portland Fire Investigations Unit continues to investigate this case. If anyone has information about this arson case, please contact Portland Police Detective Meredith Hopper at Meredith.Hopper@police.portlandoregon.gov or call the PF&R Fire Investigation Unit’s tip line, 503-823- FIRE (3473). Please reference PPB case number PP24-95493.

The Portland Fire Investigations Unit comprises fire investigators with Portland Fire & Rescue, who are sworn law enforcement officers, and a detective with the Portland Police Bureau. The collaboration leverages the specialized training and skills needed to investigate fires, including analysis equipment and accelerant detecting dogs.


Photo descriptions:

Glass bottle lying on the street inside firefighting foam, partially broken at the neck, black charring and soot covering it and surrounding pavement

Green and white trailer parked a street with some charred panels, some ash and firefighting foam visible on the pavement

Two images of glass bottles with greenish liquid inside and denim cloth protruding from the necks


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Attached Media Files: Used Molotov cocktail , Arson crime scene , Molotov cocktails in shopping cart , Molotov cocktails in shopping cart

Hoodland Fire District responds to fire at the Historic Timberline Lodge
Hoodland Fire Dist. #74 - 04/19/24 12:00 PM

04/18/2024

For Immediate Release

Government Camp, Oregon 

At approximately 9:30pm, Hoodland Fire was dispatched to the Historic Timberline Lodge for a fire in the attic and roof.  On arrival of the first fire crews, there were visible flames from around the central part of the lodge known as the headhouse.  Bypassing a 2nd alarm and going straight to a 3rd alarm assignment was called, bringing additional crews from both Clackamas and Multnomah Counties. In just under 2 hours from the time of the call, the fire was declared “Under Control”  crews continued to work on the scene protecting historical artifacts and artwork.

The last fire crews left the scene at about 2:30 this morning declaring the fire out. In total there was 10 fire engines, 3 ladder trucks, 5 water trucks (tenders), 4 Chief Officers, and 4 additional pieces of equipment.  Fire crews from Hoodland Fire, Clackamas Fire, Gresham Fire, Estacada fire, and Portland Fire worked on scene.  The cause of the fire is under investigation which is being led by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) and U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement.   

Hoodland Fire District would like to send a huge thank you to the employees of Timberline Lodge for detecting the fire early on, evacuating hotel guests and working hard in keeping fire/water damage to a minimum.

Future press releases will be going through the Mount Hood National Forest and Timberline Lodge


Multnomah County Sheriff's Office seeks feedback on proposed policy
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/19/24 11:56 AM

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) takes seriously its responsibility to engage community stakeholders about the services the agency provides. Policy and procedure serve as the foundation for all MCSO law enforcement operations, correctional operations, and business services. Policy provides members with the objectives, limits, and requirements that apply to their work for the public. Procedure provides detailed direction governing how a task is to be accomplished. 

We invite the public to provide feedback on proposed policy and procedure(s) through a 30-day period known as the Stakeholder Review. During the policy’s Stakeholder Review, the public is encouraged to submit comments or proposals relevant to the content of the policy drafts. People who submit comments should be aware that their remarks become public record.

The Sheriff’s Office is currently in the process of reviewing the following draft(s): 

  • Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) 
  • 920.00 Temporary Alternative Work Assignment (TAWA) Program 

To submit a comment, please go to our website.

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We take individual comments into collective consideration as policy is finalized.

To sign up for email notifications when policy reviews occur or get additional press releases from the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, click here.


St. Mary's Academy Raises Over $1,000,000 at 36th Annual Auction "Cheers to 165 Years"
St. Mary's Academy (Downtown) - 04/19/24 11:27 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                               

ST.MARY’S ACADEMY RAISES OVER $1,000,000 AT 36TH ANNUAL AUCTION “CHEERS TO 165 YEARS”

Portland, Ore — With more than 600 people gathered at the Oregon Convention Center on Saturday, April 13th, St. Mary’s Academy, an all-girls, Catholic High School in the heart of the University District of Portland, raised over $1,000,000. This year, St. Mary’s Academy (SMA) is celebrating its 165th anniversary and the auction was an opportunity to share in the schools storied history and revolutionary future. The event also celebrated two beloved SMA leaders – Marilyn and Tom Fink. The Fink’s received the Mother Marie-Rose award, named after the Foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, and the highest honor bestowed by SMA to community members. 

President Emily Becker shared with attendees “Our graduates change the trajectory of their families, their cities, our country, and the world.  The impact of our 11,000 alumnae cannot be underestimated and as we are celebrating this momentous milestone — our 165th anniversary — we know that our work is not done.” With 40% of students receiving tuition assistance, the school is charged with educating every young woman, regardless of financial background or circumstances. Funds raised at the annual auction make this possible. 

Dean of Mission and Charism, Patty Gorman, was this year’s Bids for Kids speaker, highlighting the importance of St. Mary’s Girls in our community. According to Patty, a 45-year veteran of St. Mary’s, “I believe deeply in the power of all-girls, Catholic education which is why I have devoted my life’s work to St. Mary’s.” Her deep commitment to SMA and the transformational educational environment that it provides is one of the major reasons why students continue to matriculate and become leaders in their communities.

This year’s auction was co-chaired by a group of SMA mothers, many of whom are also alumnae including:  Jennifer Bianchini, Liane Brakke-Pound ’96, Brittney Clark ’94, Hedy Safranski Foley ’92, Alisa Todd Gaylord ’92, Jessica Hickox Meyer ’94, Andrea Maynard Molloy ’96, Alison Money and Maria Ochsner Nelson ’99. 

The auction is St. Mary’s largest annual fundraising event with proceeds benefiting every student in a multitude of meaningful ways. 

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At St. Mary's Academy, We Believe.
Located in the University District of Portland, OR, St. Mary's Academy is the state's oldest continuously operating school and only all-girls school. Founded in 1859 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, St. Mary's Academy serves over 600 young women in grades 9-12. The school's college acceptance rate is 100% and SMA students achieve, excel, and are recognized locally, regionally and nationally in academic fields, leadership, STEM, the arts, athletics, community service and extra- and co-curricular activities. To learn more, please visit www.stmaryspdx.org 


Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Release #3
Vancouver Police Dept. - 04/19/24 10:34 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Vancouver Police Department, is conducting the Independent Investigation of the officer-involved use of force incident involving deputies from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, which occurred on April 13, 2024. 

Two involved deputies are:

  • Deputy Jim Payne is assigned to Central Precinct Patrol. He has been with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office since 2000 and has 23 years of law enforcement experience. 

 

  • Deputy (K9 Handler) Michael Gonzalez is assigned to Swing Shift Patrol. He has been with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office since 2021 and has seven years of law enforcement experience.

The two witness deputies are:

  • Sergeant Fred Harrison is assigned as a Patrol Sergeant. He has been with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office since 2006 and has 17 years of law enforcement experience.

 

  • Deputy Enrique Cordero is assigned to West Precinct Patrol. He has been with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office since 2021 and has two years of law enforcement experience.

All four remain on critical incident leave. 

The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Vancouver Police Department, is continuing the investigation. Once the investigation is complete, the case will be forwarded to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review. 

Additional information will be released as it is available and will be sent out in a media release.

 

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Pre-Election Conference Call: Oregon Elections Division to Provide Updates on May Closed Primary
Benton Co. Government - 04/19/24 9:37 AM

The Oregon Secretary of State's Elections Division will be hosting a pre-election conference call for members of the media on Tuesday, April 23rd, at 1 p.m. PDT. This briefing aims to provide crucial updates and information regarding the upcoming May closed primary.

During the 30-minute session, Secretary of State Communications Director Laura Kerns and Elections Division Director Molly Woon will deliver important insights and updates pertinent to the forthcoming primary. Moreover, there will be an allocated time for a question-and-answer session, enabling media representatives to express their informational needs for accurate election reporting.

Details of the Briefing:

  • What: Pre-election informational briefing for media members
  • When: Tuesday, April 23rd, 1:00 p.m. PDT
  • Where: Conference call

RSVP Information:

Media representatives interested in attending are kindly requested to RSVP by replying to Laura Kerns, Communications Director, Oregon Secretary of State, at (971) 707-0313 or via email at laura.kerns@sos.oregon.gov.

Your participation and engagement are invaluable as the Oregon Secretary of State strives to ensure accurate and informed reporting on the upcoming primary.


PPB Releases New Podcast: A Conversation with Chief Day (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/19/24 9:20 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau is releasing a new edition of the Talking Beat podcast featuring a discussion with Chief Bob Day. This is the first podcast with Chief Day since he was appointed.

Chief Day touches on a number of meaningful topics, including why he came out of retirement to lead PPB, the many changes he has seen over the course of his career, how the death of his son has changed his outlook on life, and how he is using these personal and professional experiences to lead the Bureau forward with hope.

https://www.portland.gov/police/news/2022/5/18/talking-beat-conversation-chief-bob-day

Photo description: Talking Beat graphic

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CCC offers free summer camps (Photo)
Clackamas Comm. College - 04/19/24 9:16 AM
High school students can earn college credit at CTE summer camp.
High school students can earn college credit at CTE summer camp.
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OREGON CITY – Students attending high school in 2024 can get a jumpstart on their college degrees through Clackamas Community College’s career technical education (CTE) summer camps – tuition-free.  

CTE camps run Aug. 12-16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. An information session will be held May 13, 6-7:30 p.m., in the Wacheno Welcome Center on the Oregon City campus.

CTE summer camps are open to Clackamas County students who will be entering ninth through 12th grade in fall 2024. Lunch will be provided, and transportation assistance is available from area high schools to the college. The deadline to register is June 9. The free CTE camps include:

  • Criminal justice investigation: Apply investigative techniques in areas like fingerprinting, evidence collection and crime scene photography and reconstruction.
  • Green building construction: Explore green building materials and construction through carpentry tools and techniques like measurement, layout and safe use of tools.
  • Intro to CNC machining: Learn basic CNC skills, including how to set up and operate CNC milling and turning centers. 
  • Music and film: Learn how to design, shoot, record audio and post-production of movies.
  • Horticulture – gardening and farming: Develop and learn the principles and best practices of organic fruit and vegetable gardening.
  • Medical assisting: Learn about the skills and attributes of a successful medical assistant while exploring patient-centered health care careers.
  • Makerspace: Discover the art of invention through hands-on activities using laser cutters and 3D printers.

“Students who enroll in the summer camp programs will accelerate their college education while saving both time and money,” Ni'Cole Sims, CCC director of education partnerships, said.

Space is limited at all camps, and a weighted lottery will provide priority placement for underserved students (students of color, students with disabilities, students with low socio-economic status and students with limited access to accelerated learning programs).

CTE camps will be held on the Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Ave. For more information about summer programs and how to register, visit www.clackamas.edu/cte-summer-camps. For questions about CTE camps, email hsconnections@clackamas.edu

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Attached Media Files: High school students can earn college credit at CTE summer camp.

Kelso School District Prioritizes Student Health With Changes to School Meals (Photo)
Kelso Sch. Dist. - 04/19/24 8:35 AM
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Chicken quinoa bowl
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Photo/Video Opp:  Media is invited to come to Kelso High on May 3 (National School Lunch Hero Day) and talk to students about that day’s lunch offering: free-roaming bison and lentil chili with cornbread. 

 

Over the last couple of years, Kelso School District Nutrition Services Supervisor and Registered Dietitian Kaydee Harris has been making small changes to the district’s meal program aiming for big impact ins student health.

RECENT UPGRADES INCLUDE:

  • Unlimited fruits and vegetables at EVERY school. Students are offered a rotating variety of fruits and vegetables (seasonal and non-seasonal) at lunch every day. Options include: fresh strawberries, grapes, melons, local apples of different varieties, pineapple, etc. Veggies include: cucumbers, jicama, cherry tomatoes, celery sticks, broccoli, cauliflower, snap peas, green salad mix, mini peppers, etc. In addition to fresh raw veggies and fruits, items include fresh roasted green beans, broccoli, asparagus, and more. 
  • Minimally processed foods and upgraded ingredients. We are increasing the number of scratch-made menu items, which includes bean burritos, bison meatloaf, baked chicken breast, salmon bowls, quinoa, pastas, sauces, and soups. The nutritional value of our meals is continually analyzed, leading to upgrades in ingredients. For example, the district has swapped out highly-processed, high-sodium American cheese for healthier cheddar, provolone, feta, etc. 
  • Locally sourced foods. Our Nutrition Services team has been working hard this year to increase locally sourced items like bison, salmon, beef, and raspberries through the Local Food for Schools program. They continue to source rolls locally from Kalama Sourdough for all of our menus, and have spent over $30K on locally sourced produce through the Department of Defense Fresh program. 

 

KELSO SCHOOL MEALS FUN FACTS

  • Cooking kitchens at every school. Not every school district has cooking kitchens at every school. Many outsource meals or have one cook site and shuttle meals to school sites. In Kelso, food is made fresh every day on every school site.
  • KSD Test Kitchen. A lot of recipe testing happens every summer. Summer school students and staff get to sample new items and give feedback. Often, new menu items are launched at one school first, then rolled out to other schools after collecting feedback from students. There is also a yearly recipe competition between elementary school Nutrition Services staff during school conferences. The staff is given a challenge menu item, nutrition parameters, and a host of possible ingredients to make the item. Winning recipes get added to the menu cycle. This year’s challenge was a scratch-made bean and cheese burrito, which will rolled out district-wide April 17.
  • Variety is the spice of life. To keep up with current student preferences and food trends, every year new menus, in six-week cycles, are created. Interesting menu items this year include: teriyaki salmon bowl, bison meatloaf, quinoa bowls, chicken alfredo, roasted parmesan broccoli, roasted asparagus, BBQ chicken spread, chicken parmesan, chicken and waffles, and more.
  • We’re doing something right. We actively solicit feedback by fostering conversations with students in our cafeterias. We even look through garbage cans to see what gets thrown away. All this student feedback is collected after each new menu item and we make adjustments as needed. We know we’re doing something right because our meal service has increased:
    • 24% increase in total lunches served in the last 3 years, 105% increase in breakfast
    • 750,000 meals were served in 2022-23 
    • 1 Million meals are projected for this year (2023-24) 
  • ALL students eat free. Due to Kelso’s percentage of students qualifying for free and reduced-price meals, we’re able to offer ALL students free meals through the Community Eligibility Provision. 

 

IMPORTANCE OF SCHOOL MEALS 

  • Children participating in school meals are less likely to have nutrient inadequacies and are more likely to consume fruit, vegetables, and milk at breakfast and lunch.
  • Low-income students who eat both school breakfast and lunch have significantly better overall diet quality than low-income students who do not eat school meals.
  • Packed lunches brought from home by pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students have more calories, fat, saturated fat, and sugar than school lunches, and less protein, fiber, vitamin A, and calcium, according to a study conducted after implementation of the new school meal nutrition standards.
  • Receiving free or reduced-price school lunches reduces poor health by at least 29 percent based on estimates using national data.
  • Based on national data, economists estimate that the receipt of a free or reduced-price school lunch reduces obesity rates by at least 17 percent.

Source: Food Research & Action Center https://frac.org/programs/national-school-lunch-program/benefits-school-lunch#:~:text=School%20lunch%20is%20critical%20to,obesity%20rates%2C%20and%20poor%20health

 

About Kelso School District
Kelso School District has a goal of 100% (bit.ly/ksd-100) of students graduating high school and having post-secondary plans for college, career, trades, or military. Our mission is to prepare every student for living, learning, and achieving success as a citizen of our changing world.  When we asked students and staff what makes Kelso strong, with 45 voices, there was one clear answer (bit.ly/ksd-strong).




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City seeks volunteers to serve on Urban Forestry Commission (Photo)
City of Vancouver - 04/19/24 8:00 AM
Vancouver's urban forest program leading a tree tour
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Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants interested in two vacancies on its volunteer Urban Forestry Commission. Applications must be submitted by May 21.

The Urban Forestry Commission is an active, working group that helps plan and implement tree events, builds neighborhood association relationships, supports public education and plans community recognition programs related to appreciation of Vancouver’s community’s trees. Vancouver has been named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for the past 35 years, an honor that is due in large part to the work of this commission.

The commission’s advisory role includes review of Vancouver’s urban forestry policies and regulations, assistance with updating the Urban Forestry program’s work plan, and administering the Heritage Tree Program, Arbor Day recognition and awards programs. 

Those who have an interest in urban forestry and the environmental, economic, health and social benefits of trees are urged to apply. All applicants must also be available for an interview with City Councilmembers on a date to be determined.

The Urban Forestry Commission has seven citizen members who can serve two, four-year terms. This recruitment is for two full-term appointments, with a term expiring June 30, 2028. The commission meets at 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. Meetings will be conducted either in person or through a hybrid option. 

To learn more and apply online visit www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. To request a printed application or for more information, contact the Boards and Commissions Coordinator in the City Manager’s Office at P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, c_coordinator@cityofvancouver.us">bc_coordinator@cityofvancouver.usor 360-487-8600.

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Vancouver Fire Responds to Apartment Building Fire
Vancouver Fire Dept. - 04/19/24 7:49 AM

At 02:02 on 04/19/2024 the Vancouver Fire Department was dispatched to the report of a fire at 306 NE 104th Ave in Maple Ridge Apartments.  Vancouver Fire responded with 11 units and 26 personnel. Our first engine arrived minutes later to find the apartment building on fire.  Our crews engaged the fire directly while also making sure everyone was out of the building.  In less than twenty-three minutes the fire was under control.  The Red Cross was contacted to help three families who were displaced by the fire, no one was injured.

Vancouver Fire would like to remind everyone to please test your smoke detectors on a regular basis. 


Update: Timberline lodge fire under investigation (Photo)
Clackamas Fire District - 04/19/24 2:05 AM
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The fire that happened on the evening of April 18, at the Timberline lodge has been extinguished. Investigators from the ATF and US Forest Service are on scene working to determine a cause. The lodge and the ski area will both be closed tomorrow, April 19th, while the damage is assessed.

 




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Historic Timberline lodge facing fire (Photo)
Clackamas Fire District - 04/18/24 11:00 PM
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At approximately 9:30pm, reports started pouring in that the attic of the historic Timberline lodge was on fire. Fire crews from Hoodland Fire, Clackamas Fire, Gresham Fire and Estacada fire are on scene to help protect the Lodge. 

Currently, firefighters have a good knock down on the fire and are doing everything they can to preserve the historic assets that exist here.

After an initial search, crews found that everybody had made it outside and were safe. 

Employees of the lodge discovered the fire and called it in. 

Hoodland Fire's Chief Scott Kline is thankful for all the assistance. 

More details to come.




Attached Media Files: Timberline

Motorcyclist dies in early evening collision
Salem Police Department - 04/18/24 10:30 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  

DATE: April 18, 2024

Motorcyclist dies in early evening collision

Salem, Ore. — At approximately 6:10 p.m. this evening, the Salem Police Traffic Team responded to a single-vehicle collision on the offramp of the Center Street Bridge involving a motorcyclist.

The Traffic Team’s preliminary investigation indicates the rider of the motorcycle was traveling eastbound over the bridge. As the motorcyclist negotiated the sweeping right curve to proceed down the off-ramp, he lost control of the motorcycle and collided with the concrete barrier. The impact vaulted the rider across the barrier and approximately 30 feet down to the ground below the bridge.

The driver is identified as 27-year-old Mark Steven Sewell of Salem. Sewell was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The southbound off-ramp to Front ST NE was closed for approximately two-and-a-half hours while the collision was investigated.

To date in 2024, the Salem Police Department has responded to nine major traffic collisions resulting in nine deaths.

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Chemeketa Community College to Host Open House Extravaganza at Brooks Campus
Chemeketa Community College - 04/18/24 5:33 PM

Chemeketa Brooks Open House Will Include a New Kubota Center, a Visit From Rep. Salinas, and a Showcase of the Five CTE Programs Offered


 

Salem, Ore., April 18, 2024 — Chemeketa Community College will host the annual Brooks Regional Training Center Open House on April 23, 2024, from 9 am to noon at 4910 Brooklake Rd. NE, Brooks. The event will feature the brand new training center for Kubota and National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) partnership. The collaboration offers Chemeketa students a clear route to acquiring industry-recognized certifications tailored to repairing and servicing Kubota equipment. This equips them with the expertise and abilities necessary for pursuing employment as diesel technicians within the off-road diesel sector.

Students, parents, and the community are welcome to join us for campus tours and to learn more about the five Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs offered at Brooks Center. The five CTE programs include Fire Protection, EMT and Paramedic, Diesel Technology, Criminal Justice, and Building Inspection. 

Representative Andrea Salinas (OR-06) and Dr. Amy Loyd, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education, will be in attendance at the open house. They will host a roundtable on career-connected learning, focusing on work-based learning and overcoming barriers for rural students. Afterward, Rep. Salinas and Assistant Sec. Loyd will tour the campus and attend the Kubota ribbon cutting.

"This open house is a chance to see the impact of Chemeketa's CTE programs, providing a glimpse into the partnership between education and industry,” says Jordan Bermingham, Dean of the Brooks Regional Training Center at Chemeketa Community College. “This is also a celebration of our partnership with Kubota and NC3, paving the way for students to learn with cutting-edge technologies and cultivate the skills for today's workforce."


 

For more information, visit go.chemeketa.edu/brooks, email rooks@chemeketa.edu">brooks@chemeketa.edu, or call 503.485.2131.

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For more than 50 years, Chemeketa Community College has committed itself to transforming lives and our community through exceptional learning experiences in the Mid-Willamette Valley. As the second multi-campus district in Oregon, Chemeketa serves 18,000 students annually at its Salem and Yamhill Valley campuses, as well as Brooks, Eola, Winema, Dallas, Woodburn, and Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry (CCBI).

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


 


Monday, April 22, 2024 Executive & Board Business Meeting Agenda
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 04/18/24 5:25 PM

The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon, will convene in an Executive & Board Business Meeting on Monday, April 22, 2024 at the Parkrose School District Office located at 10636 NE Prescott Street, Portland, Oregon at the hour of 6:00pm.

Guests and members of the public may attend in-person or virtually.  

Virtual Link - Please click this URL to join: https://zoom.us/j/94961285856 or join by phone: 1-253-215-8782 Webinar ID: 949-6128-5856

We encourage and welcome all members of our community to engage with our board. Please email questions@parkrose.k12.or.us or call 503.408.2100 to arrange for translation services at least 72 hours before this meeting. Closed captioning provided on zoom. Other appropriate auxiliary aids and services may be provided upon request and appropriate advance notice.

The agenda is posted on our website at:LINK.

Agenda items include, but are not limited to: Student School Board Representative Senior Night Recognitions 6:00pm, goal presentation from Prescott Elementary, legislative session presentation, Asian American & Pacific American heritage month in May, teacher appreciation in May, school lunch heroes day in May, supplemental budget #1 for fiscal year 23/24, local option levy rate resolution, Chartwells dining services resolution, board reports, graduation speaker, board evaluation and local option discussion. 

Electronic/Virtual Public Comment Protocol - If you wish to submit a public comment before, or during this Board Meeting please fill out this electronic public comment form before "Public Comments" on the agenda: https://forms.gle/5sUjRZjxJikqmqVg9. If you don’t submit your comment in time we will read it at the next board meeting.

In-Person Public Comment Protocol - Upon arrival to the meeting, please fill out an Intent-to-Speak card and hand it to the Board Secretary prior to "In-person Public Comment" on the agenda. You will have a 3 minute time limit.

Board Meeting Video Recordings - For those of you who cannot attend we will post a recording of the meeting on our website at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXajhxrPxMclOQ6J00JUszQ.

Questions welcomed, please email: questions@parkrose.k12.or.us or leave a voice message at 503-408-2114.


Latest Measure 110 data show new highs in client engagement with highest quarterly gains in substance use treatment, peer support services
Oregon Health Authority - 04/18/24 4:47 PM

April 18, 2024

Media contact: Timothy Heider, 971-599-0459, timothy.heider@oha.oregon.gov

Latest Measure 110 data show new highs in client engagement with highest quarterly gains in substance use treatment, peer support services

SALEM, Ore. — Measure 110 Behavioral Health Resource Network providers reported increases in client engagement over all service areas, according to recently released quarterly reporting data.

As providers continue to establish and expand services, the most recent data revealed a 346 percent client gain in screening services since the program’s start – indicating that more providers are seeing new clients for the first time. Supported employment showed the highest overall percentage gain at 422 percent.

Client screening is an important first step for people seeking substance use treatment and recovery. As a result, network providers have reported increased numbers of people are accessing low-barrier treatment services and supports.

The latest data also show a 258 percent increase in people accessing peer services, in addition to other supports.  Many peer service providers reported meeting people in their homes or in community settings and using other measures to lower service barriers such as providing childcare and securing transportation to treatment.

Measure 110 network providers report the number of clients they serve and the number of encounters they have with their clients as a measure of overall engagement. Some clients may receive multiple services within a network or within multiple service networks.

The latest report covers network activities from July 1 through Sept. 30, 2023. Collectively, Measure 110 providers have now reported five quarters of data and expenditures from July 1, 2022, when the first network was established, through Sept. 30, 2023.

Overall, Measure 110 providers reported 267,000 encounters for people seeking peer support services and more than 220,000 encounters for substance use treatment over the 15 months of operations from July 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023.

OHA continually updates a comprehensive Measure 110 data reporting dashboard that includes quarterly data, expenditures, key demographic information, and aggregated narrative summaries for the 42 statewide service networks.

The dashboard also contains a section that shows how providers are conducting community outreach to directly connect individuals to services in their communities.

“Public awareness campaigns and community engagement activities play a pivotal role in dismantling social stigmas, misconceptions, and discrimination related to specific health services and conditions,” reported one provider. “By challenging and dispelling these stigmas, we empower individuals to seek care comfortably, which in turn, lowers the hurdles to accessing services.”

Other providers focused on reaching populations that historically have been under supported.  “Our peers and navigators have been able to do community outreach on a regular basis…with peer support referrals and health screenings,” reported one provider. “[Our] outreach focuses primarily on the houseless, unstably housed, incarcerated, transitional, and marginalized BIPOC communities.”

Another provider described the value of providing supported employment services to people in need. “The housing portion of our services has helped build tangible life skills as our tenants work to remodel and create a beautiful space while earning a paycheck.”

Despite the reported growth in service access, nearly one-third of providers continue to report challenges around building their workforce.

The deadline for the next round of reporting for expenditure and program data is in April and will cover the time from October 1 - December 30, 2023. OHA expects to publish that data in Summer 2024.

Background: In November 2020, Oregon voters passed Measure 110, the Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act of 2020, which became effective Dec. 4, 2020, to better serve people actively using substances or diagnosed with a substance use disorder. In July 2021, the legislature passed SB 755, which amended the act and made it more feasible to implement.

People who provide drug treatment and recovery services and advocates for criminal justice reform wrote Measure 110 in response to the high rate of drug addiction and overdoses in Oregon, and the disproportionate impact of those outcomes on Oregon’s communities of color.

Their goal was to establish a more equitable health-based and effective approach to substance use disorder.

OHA is continuing to develop and sharpen strategic parameters around data collection, establishing standards for the type that is appropriate to collect, modifying internal systems and processes to capture data outcomes, metrics, and reducing administrative burden on providers.

The Measure 110 program continues to refine service data collection for communities of color and other disproportionately affected communities, as the networks transition toward implementing Race Ethnicity and Language Disability (REALD) standards in their data collection.

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Clark College Invites Community to Two Latine Events Next Week (Photo)
Clark College in Vancouver - 04/18/24 4:30 PM
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April 26, 6-9 p.m. - ¡Celebración de Primavera! /  Día del Niño
April 23, 4-8 p.m. - Noche de Familia

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark College invites the community to its annual free, family-friendly Latine cultural celebration of children, literacy and Earth Day. ¡Celebración de Primavera! / Día del Niño (Celebration of Spring/Day of the Child) is from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 26, and its Noche de Familia event on Tuesday, April 23, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Both events are held at Gaiser Student Center on Clark’s main campus, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way. 

¡Celebración de Primavera! / Día del Niño

Celebrate children, families, reading, dancing, and singing with environmentally friendly games, arts and crafts and snacks on April 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. See the complete schedule here. Activities include: 

  • 6 p.m. - Snacks
  • 6:30 p.m. - Songs by Harney Elementary students 
  • 6:45 p.m. - Reading by author Christopher Cousins 
  • 7 p.m. - Games 
  • 7:30 p.m. - Dancing by Vancouver Ballet Folklórico
  • 8 p.m. - Dance lessons 
  • 8:15 p.m. - Dance party!

Noche de Familia

In addition, Clark College is hosting Noche de Familia on Tuesday, April 23 from 4 to 8 p.m. in Gaiser Student Center. This is a special night for Latine families to learn about academic options and resources available at Clark. Offered every term by the college and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, this free, public event includes activities for kids and dinner for all. 

Attendees will have opportunities to speak with Clark representatives from Financial Aid, Transitional Services, Workforce Education Services, Disability Support Services, Counseling and Health Center, Career Services and more. Workshops will be offered to explain the processes of applying for Clark College and applying for financial aid. Information will be available in both Spanish and English. 

Driving directions and parking maps are available at www.clark.edu/maps.

Clark College expressly prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, citizenship, immigration status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal in its programs and activities. Learn more at www.clark.edu/nds

If you need an accommodation due to a disability in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Clark College’s Human Resources Office. Phone: 360-992-2105 or email hr@clark.edu 

About Clark College 

Founded in 1933 and celebrating its 90th year, Clark College provides residents of Southwest Washington with affordable, high-quality academic and technical education. It is a public community college offering more than 100 degree and certificate programs, including bachelor’s and associate degrees; professional certificates; high school diplomas and GED preparation; and non-credit community and continuing education. Clark serves a wide range of students including high school students, displaced workers, veterans, parents, non-native English speakers, and mature learners. Approximately 45% of its students are in the first generation of their families to attend college. 

To learn more, visit the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion https://www.clark.edu/campus-life/student-support/diversity-and-equity/    

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Second Alarm Fire at Jopp Wood Recycling (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 04/18/24 3:37 PM
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Just after 8:15 AM, 9-1-1 received multiple calls reporting a fire and tapped out a single-alarm fire response in an industrial area of the St John’s Neighborhood in North Portland. Initial reports from callers stated that a large pile of wood products was on fire and that no homes or structures were threatened.

The first arriving Engine and Truck Companies from St John’s arrived within six minutes of being dispatched. The Engine officer took command of the incident and reported a large pile of pallets and wood debris with fire near the top of the pile. Knowing this had the potential as an extended incident from the onset, the first due Truck immediately set up its aerial ladder for an elevated master stream.

As additional units arrived, the first Chief Officer took Command. Incident Command then assigned the on-scene resources to the following tasks: establish a water supply, recon the area to ensure no exposures were present, confirm all individuals were accounted for, confirm the best access to the different areas of the wood pile, and set up for additional aerial master streams.

During the incident, water supply was a challenge due to the distance from the City of Portland hydrants and the private hydrants in the area. Because of this, the Incident Commander called for a second alarm response just before 9:30 AM. This brought additional fire response resources to the scene. Working with Portland Police and Portland Parks and Recreation, Fire crews had to shut down North Lombard for a portion of the morning and early afternoon to relay pump water to the scene.

Fire crews worked with site personnel who stated there were a lot of void spaces in the large pile of wood. Command sent a safety broadcast to fire companies on the scene so all personnel were made aware of this potential hazard. Site personnel then worked with fire companies to create a defensive fire break in the pile so the fire was contained. This was accomplished with the use of some heavy machinery and excavators that were already on site and were operated by the location’s employees.

With a fire break established and the material burning brought under control, Command began to release companies to go back into service. Three engines and three trucks will remain on the scene for an extended period to ensure extinguishment. A fire investigator was also called to the scene to assist in a fire cause determination. All traffic has been restored in the area. There were no injuries reported during this incident and no residents were displaced.

Portland Fire & Rescue would like to thank our partners with the Bureau of Emergency Communications (BOEC), Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland Police Bureau, Portland Water Bureau, Port of Portland Terminal 4, and Vancouver Fire Department. At the height of the incident, the following fire resources responded:

                Engines – 9

                Trucks – 5 

                Chief Officers – 5

                Rehab Unit – 1 

                Investigator – 1 

                Logistics/Apparatus Maintenance – 2

                PIO – 2

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Scout Ahead and Keep a Sharp Lookout for Obstructions (Photo)
Oregon State Marine Board - 04/18/24 3:00 PM
Obstructions on the Siletz River, several downed trees at a river bend
Obstructions on the Siletz River, several downed trees at a river bend
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Heavy wind and rain from winter storms cause trees to plunge into Oregon rivers. Trees become obstructions, a risk for all boaters, including paddlers, rafters, and drift boats. Some of these obstructions will become more dangerous as river levels drop, requiring boats to portage around the obstructions for safe navigation.

“We urge every boater to plan ahead. River conditions can change daily which is why checking river levels is critical. Always look downstream as you navigate allowing time to react and maneuver to the safest course,” says Brian Paulsen, Boating Safety Program Manager for the Marine Board.

The Marine Board urges the following precautions:

  • Visit the Marine Board’s Boating Obstructions Dashboard to view reported obstructions.
  • Learn about and how to report obstructions you encounter while boating.
  • Scout ahead and look for the safest route for each section of the river before committing. When in doubt, portage out.
  • Stay clear of partially submerged trees and limbs. Strong currents can quickly carry you in, potentially leading to capsizing and entrapment.
  • Wear a life jacket. Oregon’s waterways are cold year-round. Boaters are encouraged to wear a properly fitting life jacket and to dress for the water temperature, not the air temperature.
  • If you’re using a Stand Up Paddleboard, be sure to wear a quick-release leash on moving water, especially in rivers where obstructions are present so you can disconnect from the board if you are drawn into one.
  • Boat with others and stay within sight of one another. Do not separate far from one another so you can respond quickly to help.
  • Know your limits and how to self-rescue. Be sure your skills and experience are equal to the river difficulty and the conditions.
  • Fill out a float plan and let others know where you are boating and when to expect your return.

Visit Boat.Oregon.gov for everything you need to know about recreational boating in Oregon.




Attached Media Files: Obstructions on the Siletz River, several downed trees at a river bend

Temporarily Closure of Youngs Bay Boat Ramp
Clatsop County - 04/18/24 2:58 PM

(Astoria, OR) —The Youngs Bay Boat Ramp temporarily will close to public access for the launching or retrieving of water craft from 12 p.m. Monday, April 22 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2024.

Clatsop County Fisheries will temporarily block the boat ramp with a fish transfer pipeline for the receiving of salmon smolts to the net pens located at that site. 

The boat ramp is located at the City of Astoria site, 1555 West Marine Drive in Astoria.

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ODF's Northrup Creek Big Tree Trail inducted into the Oregon Heritage Tree Program (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/18/24 2:48 PM
The Big Tree Trail is great to visit anytime of the year, but in the fall many of the trees are in full color and make for an especially scenic walk.
The Big Tree Trail is great to visit anytime of the year, but in the fall many of the trees are in full color and make for an especially scenic walk.
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ASTORIA, Ore. — A giant 208-foot tall and estimated 200-year-old grand fir tree in Clatsop State Forest was inducted into the Oregon Heritage Tree Program in a ceremony April 12. The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and the Travel Information Council and its volunteer Oregon Heritage Tree Committee held the ceremony at the base of the tree which is part of ODF’s Northrup Creek Horse Camp Big Tree Trail at Northrup Creek Horse Camp. The grand fir became the 84th Oregon Heritage Tree. 

“A heritage designation recognizes trees with statewide or national significance,” said Craig Leech, Chair of the Oregon Heritage Tree Committee. “The Oregon Heritage Tree Program is the first state-sponsored heritage tree program in the country. It was established in 1995 to increase public awareness of the important contribution of trees to Oregon’s history and the significant role they play in the quality of our daily lives.”

ODF created the Big Tree Trail in 2012 when they identified numerous large conifer and deciduous trees near one another.

“Inducting the Big Tree Trail as an Oregon Heritage Tree helps honor this special trail of trees that are believed to be among the top five largest in the state,” said Dan Goody, ODF’s District Forester for the Astoria District. “Visiting an Oregon Heritage Tree is a chance to learn localized Oregon history and honor the vital role Oregon’s forests plays in our lives. In addition to viewing a sample of exceptional trees, The Big Tree Trail’s connection to the creation of Oregon’s modern forestry program makes it particularly notable.”

The Northrup Creek Horse Camp Big Tree Trail is located inside what used to be The Northrup Creek Grazing Experiment. The Experiment started in 1936 to study the seeding, fertilizing, grazing, and management of logged-off and burned-over timberlands and the effects of grazing on reforestation. The goal was to make burnt-up land profitable again. The project was overseen by the John Jacob Astor Experiment Station outside of Astoria and continued until the early 1950s. 

The Experiment ultimately “failed” as it determined grazing was not the solution for burned over timber lands. However, in 1939 Governor Charles Sprague gave a stump speech in the area at the time he was actively promoting the State Forest Acquisition Act. The legislation included conservation requirements for loggers to re-seed the forest by leaving seed trees and reforestation efforts for burned areas, particularly those affected by the repeated Tillamook burns of 1933, 1939, and 1945.

Former Clatsop County Judge Guy Boyington, one of the original framers of the state forest arrangement, envisioned that the foreclosed lands could be made productive if forest land management was available. Clatsop County became the first county to participate. 

You can visit the Big Tree Trail inside the Northrup Creek Horse Camp, located between Jewell and Birkenfeld four miles north of Highway 202. The trail is just under one mile and is open year-round for hiking. Hikers must start at the gate during the seasonal closure of the camp, which adds two miles. The horse camp will open May 17. The address is 87644 Northrup Creek Road, Clatskanie, Oregon. 

For more information regarding the Heritage Tree program visit www.oregontic.com/oregon-heritage-trees

For more information on recreation opportunities in Oregon’s state forests visit Oregon Department of Forestry : Recreation : Recreation : State of Oregon


 




Attached Media Files: The Big Tree Trail is great to visit anytime of the year, but in the fall many of the trees are in full color and make for an especially scenic walk. , This giant 208-foot tall and estimated 200-year-old grand fir tree in Clatsop State Forest was inducted into the Oregon Heritage Tree Program in a ceremony April 12. , Ty Williams, retired ODF Astoria Assistant District Forester and District Operations Coordinator (left) and Dan Goody, Astoria District Forester unveil the Heritage Tree plaque.

OHCS, BuildUp Oregon launch program to expand early childhood education access statewide
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 04/18/24 2:48 PM

Funds include $10 million for developing early care and education facilities co-located with affordable housing

Salem, Ore. — Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) and BuildUp Oregon announce the launch of the OHCS Co-location Fund aimed at expanding access to early childhood education and affordable housing across Oregon.

Families face a pile of cost burdens that limit their access to afford housing, and one of these burdens is the high cost of early childcare. These investments set out to change the trajectory for Oregon families, allowing for increased stability and a better quality of life,” says OHCS Director Andrea Bell.

BuildUp Oregon will administer the $10 million in OHCS funds allocated by the Oregon legislature through House Bill 5011 to support co-locating early care and education (ECE) facilities with affordable housing. 

These resources will help bring affordable housing developers and ECE providers together to open and expand childcare services within or on the grounds of affordable housing developments. The funding awarded will depend on each project's needs, size, and costs. 

Funds provided through BuildUp Oregon can be used for: 

  • Technical assistance to ECE providers and affordable housing developers on how to co-locate 
  • Relationship building between ECE providers and housing developers to identify potential collaboration opportunities and facilitate communication 
  • Financial support to ECE providers and developers to build or expand operations within or adjacent to affordable housing developments 

The goal of the OHCS Co-location Fund is to create or preserve 600 ECE slots throughout Oregon. 

OHCS is a funding partner with Multnomah County for the BuildUp Oregon program. Earlier this month, Multnomah County launched the Preschool for All Facilities Fund. That fund offers comprehensive support to early care and education providers in Multnomah County participating in Preschool for All (PFA) who are looking to enhance the quality of care at existing facilities, expand to serve additional families or open a new location.

"The Facilities Fund will provide crucial support to early care and education providers and help build up the infrastructure we need to ensure universal access to preschool by 2030," said Preschool and Early Learning Division Director Leslee Barnes. "This initiative represents a vital step towards all children having access to high-quality childcare in safe and nurturing environments."

Interested developers and providers can learn more about BuildUp Oregon by visiting www.BuildUpOregon.org. BuildUp Oregon will also provide further information about the OHCS Co-location Fund through a webinar in May. Details and updates on the webinar will be available on BuildUp Oregon’s website. 

About BuildUp Oregon

BuildUp Oregon is composed of four Community Development Financial Institutions. Its members are Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO), Craft3, Network for Oregon Affordable Housing (NOAH), and Low-Income Investment Fund (LIIF). Together, these organizations are dedicated to ensuring equitable access to high-quality childcare and supporting the growth and development of early care and education providers.

About Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) 

OHCS is Oregon's housing finance agency. The state agency provides financial and program support to create and preserve opportunities for quality, affordable housing for Oregonians of low and moderate-income. OHCS administers programs that provide housing stabilization. OHCS delivers these programs primarily through grants, contracts, and loan agreements with local partners and community-based providers. For more information, please visit: oregon.gov/ohcs

 

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Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue revenue is not keeping up with service demands and costs to provide emergency services
Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue - 04/18/24 2:41 PM

Board of Fire Commissioners to discuss fire levy lid lift April 25; public invited to attend and learn more

 

Revenue from Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue’s fire levy is not keeping up with capital needs, increasing numbers of emergency incidents, and costs to provide service.

The population within the CCFR response area has risen dramatically over the past decade, and so has demand for emergency services. Since 2017, CCFR call volumes have increased more than 40 percent. 

CCFR funds daily operations and capital purchases such as fire engines, ladder trucks, fire stations, and other equipment through a fire levy capped at $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value. CCFR has an emergency medical service (EMS) levy at $.47 per $1000 of assessed value that funds paramedic positions and pays for medical equipment and supplies.

In 2017, voters approved a fire levy rate of $1.50. Since then, it has dropped to $1.26. This is called “levy erosion” and impacts the fire district’s ability to provide service. The fire district is limited by state law to just a 1 percent revenue increase per year, while costs to provide emergency services increase nearly 6 percent each year.

CCFR used funding from the 2017 fire levy lid lift to add firefighter positions, reopen a shuttered fire station in Charter Oak, purchase property for a fire station in Ridgefield, purchase four fire engines and a ladder truck, and provide major maintenance on existing fire stations to extend their service life. These actions helped reduce the Washington Survey & Rating Bureau Protection Class Grade for CCFR from a 5 to a 4, thereby allowing for lower fire insurance rates for residents and businesses.

“CCFR has worked hard to use taxpayer dollars efficiently, while increasing the level of safety in our communities” Fire Chief John Nohr said. “We have amazingly talented firefighters in this organization, but we are struggling to maintain response capability and capital purchases with the current fire levy.”

Commissioners considering a fire levy lid lift

Costs and demand for services are outpacing revenue. CCFR is discussing going to voters this year for a fire levy lid lift. The Board of Fire Commissioners is considering a $0.24 lid lift (from $1.26 to $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value) during the August 2024 primary election. The lid lift would fund:

  • Maintaining staffing levels of three firefighters at each fire station every day
  • Purchase of two fire engines and one water tender
  • Complete the construction of a partially built fire station in Woodland
  • Initiate construction of a new fire station in west Ridgefield
  • Fire station improvements at the Dollars Corner, Fairgrounds, La Center and Charter Oak facilities

The fire levy lid lift would cost the owner of a $500,000 home an additional $10 per month or $120 per year. 

The CCFR Board of Fire Commissioners will discuss placing a levy lid lift on the August ballot at its April 25 meeting, which the public is invited to attend and learn more. The meeting begins at 4 p.m. at Station 21, located at 911 N. 65th Avenue in Ridgefield. You can also attend virtually via Zoom. Find the link at www.clarkfr.org.

 

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Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue (CCFR) serves 60,000 people over 125 square miles, including the cities of La Center, Ridgefield, Woodland, and the Cowlitz Indian Reservation. Our combination department includes full-time and volunteer firefighters responding to an average of 5300 fire and emergency medical calls a year. CCFR operates under a balanced budget and has a history of passing independent financial audits by the state.


Ridgefield School District receives another clean financial audit
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 04/18/24 2:27 PM

The Ridgefield School District has received another clean audit from the Washington State Auditor's Office demonstrating that the district has safeguarded public resources. This underscores the district's ongoing commitment to upholding the highest standards of financial transparency and accountability. The audit examined the areas of financial statements and federal grant compliance for the district's fiscal year from Sept. 1, 2022 to Aug. 31, 2023. Due to the size of its enrollment and annual budget, the district undergoes a thorough financial audit every year.

Independent state auditors reviewed Ridgefield's internal controls over financial reporting, federal grant compliance, and the financial statements prepared for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. The auditor’s report concludes that the district complied with laws and regulations; and that there were no internal control deficiencies. The auditor’s also determined the financial statements were fairly presented and accurately reflected the district’s financial operations. 

"Maintaining a clean audit history is paramount to earning and retaining the trust of our community," said interim superintendent Chris Griffith. “We take our responsibility very seriously, and I am proud of the teamwork and effort of district administrators and staff who ensure we are properly safeguarding public funding. This achievement reflects our dedicated efforts to ensure every dollar is accounted for and directed towards maximizing the educational experience for our students."

The State Auditor's Office audits school districts annually as part of its efforts to track public money and provide essential accountability and transparency for district operations. Their report states "the State Auditor’s Office has the independence necessary to objectively perform audits, attestation engagements and investigations. Our work is designed to comply with professional standards as well as to satisfy the requirements of federal, state and local laws. The Office also has an extensive quality control program and undergoes regular external peer review to ensure our work meets the highest possible standards of accuracy, objectivity and clarity."

“Ridgefield School District is fully committed to maintaining and building the public’s trust,” said Paula McCoy, Ridgefield School District’s Executive Director of Business Services. “Our track record of accountability is critical, and we are pleased to have another year of clean audits that demonstrate our commitment to being good financial stewards.”

The final reports for Ridgefield's 2022-23 audits are available on the State Auditor’s Office website and include the following:

● Financial Statements Report: Provides an opinion on whether financial statements are presented fairly and in accordance with the applicable reporting framework. Examines records for fraud and/or large errors or misstatements.

● Federal Single Audit Report: Required when a district spends more than $750,000 annually in federal assistance funding and determines compliance with federal requirements. View the Financial Statements and Federal Single Audit Report here


Sakura Festival celebrated at Clark College on April 25  (Photo)
Clark College in Vancouver - 04/18/24 1:47 PM
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ANNUAL EVENT CELEBRATES FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN CULTURES 

Vancouver, Wash.— The annual Sakura Festival returns on Thursday, April 25 to the Clark College main campus, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way. The free community event underneath a canopy of cherry blossoms is presented by Clark College, the city of Vancouver and Vancouver Rotary. 

Opening remarks begin at 1 p.m. in the Royce Pollard Japanese Friendship Garden, located next to Beacock Music Hall on Clark’s main campus. In case of inclement weather, the event will be inside Gaiser Student Center in the Penguin Union Building.

Schedule 

  • 12:50 p.m. - Koto performance by Mitsuki Dazai
  • 1:10 p.m. - Greetings from Dr. Karin Edwards
  • 1:15 p.m. – Greetings from City of Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle
  • 1:22 p.m. – Greetings from Mr. Yuzo Yoshioka Consul General
  • 1:25 p.m. – Greetings from Clark College student, Daniel Wall
  • 1:28 p.m. – Clark College Treble Ensemble performance
  • 1:40 p.m.– Guests walk through Japanese garden and up to Gaiser Student Center
  • 2:30 p.m. - The celebration continues in Gaiser Student Center with a performance by Oregon Koto-Kai, Haiku reading by Clark College Japanese Club, martial art demonstration, and art share by children enrolled in Child and Family Studies program. There will be a variety of cultural displays and demonstration tables around the room. Hand-painted cherry blossom cookies will be provided by the college’s Professional Baking & Pastry Arts students.
  • 3:30 p.m. - Event ends

History of Sakura Festival at Clark College: More than 25 years ago, the City of Vancouver received a gift of friendship: 100 Shirofugen cherry trees. They were planted at Clark College, creating an enduring reminder of the bonds between our region and Japan. Over the years, those trees have grown and blossomed—as has that friendship, creating traditions like the establishment in 1995 of a sister-city relationship between Vancouver and Joyo, Japan, and our annual Sakura Festival, begun in 2006. Learn more about the history of the Sakura Festival.

Driving directions and parking maps are available at www.clark.edu/maps.

Clark College expressly prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, citizenship, immigration status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal in its programs and activities. Learn more at www.clark.edu/nds.

If you need an accommodation due to a disability in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Clark College’s Human Resources Office. Phone: 360-992-2105 or email: hr@clark.edu


About Clark College 
Founded in 1933 and celebrating its 90th year, Clark College provides residents of Southwest Washington with affordable, high-quality academic and technical education. It is a public community college offering more than 100 degree and certificate programs, including bachelor’s and associate degrees; professional certificates; high school diplomas and GED preparation; and non-credit community and continuing education. Clark serves a wide range of students including high school students, displaced workers, veterans, parents, non-native English speakers, and mature learners. Approximately 45% of its students are in the first generation of their families to attend college.   

 

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Multi-Agency Stolen Vehicle Operation Yields Positive Results (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/18/24 1:44 PM
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A multi-agency stolen vehicle operation resulted in the recovery of multiple stolen vehicles and guns.

On Saturday, April 13, 2024, officers assigned to the Portland Police Bureau’s East Precinct ran a multi-agency stolen vehicle operation with assistance from PPB’s K9 and Air Support Units, the Gresham Police Department, Port of Portland Police Department, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Multnomah County District Attorney’s Auto Theft Task Force, and Parole & Probation. The Vancouver Police Department also conducted a SVO and collaborated with PPB for when vehicles eluded across the river.

The mission resulted in the recovery of eight stolen vehicles. In addition, six people were arrested. Three vehicles eluded police and three vehicle pursuits were initiated. This resulted in successful captures. The three vehicles were all stolen and two of the vehicles had guns in them. One of the guns was confirmed stolen from a residential burglary. This firearm was found in a vehicle driven by 22-year-old Emirra R. Barker. She was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on the following charges:

Felon in Possession of a Firearm
Theft in the First Degree
Possession of a Stolen Vehicle
Elude by Vehicle
Elude on Foot
Recklessly Endangering Another Person (two counts)
Unlawful Entry of a Motor Vehicle
Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree
Reckless Driving

The crowdsourced Facebook group, PDX Stolen Cars, helped locate and recover 4 unoccupied stolen vehicles. This is the 15th SVO that the PDX Stolen Cars group has assisted on. This has resulted in the recovery of 35 stolen vehicles.

The SVO utilizes data-driven, evidence-based practices and collaborates with OHSU Knight Cancer Institute scientists. This operation yielded a low ratio of one stolen vehicle located out of every 2 traffic stops/encounters (1:2).

Below are the initial results from the April 13th multi-agency SVO:

15 traffic stops/encounters
8 stolen vehicles
6 custodies
3 vehicles eluded (all 3 captured/all 3 stolen)
3 vehicle pursuits
2 vehicles towed

At the midpoint of the SVO, the entire team transitioned and assisted on a street takeover mission. Officers helped with taking multiple people into custody, the towing of participant vehicles, as well as the forfeiture of vehicles.

Impressive Decreasing Trend in Stolen Vehicles

Over the last 11 months, stolen vehicle operations have consistently delivered results in reducing vehicle theft rates. In February 2023, there were 802 vehicles reported stolen. In February 2024, it was 420 for a 48% decrease.

April 2023: 24.4% decrease compared to the previous year (892 to 674)
May 2023 : 23.7% decrease compared to the previous year (849 to 648)
June 2023: 26.7% decrease compared to the previous year (829 to 607)
July 2023: 29.7% decrease compared to the previous year (862 to 606)
August 2023: 35.3% decrease compared to the previous year (939 to 608)
September 2023: 25.5% decrease compared to the previous year (861 to 644)
October 2023: 36.6% decrease compared to the previous year (931 to 590)
November 2023: 44% decrease compared to the previous year (966 to 538)
December 2023: 42% decrease compared to the previous year (895 to 523)
January 2024: 56% decrease compared to the previous year (984 to 437)
February 2024: 48% decrease compared to the previous year (802 to 420)

There are a lot of factors that go into crime trends, but enforcement efforts driven by data analysis, efficient use of limited resources, and interagency partnerships have been key factors in the reduction in car thefts in Portland. Car thefts are extremely impactful for victims, especially those who rely on their vehicles for their livelihoods. Stolen vehicles are often used by suspects in other crimes including robberies and shootings. Interdicting those occupied stolen cars can prevent other crimes.

For more on East Precinct’s innovative use of data, to make fewer stops, resulting in better outcomes, visit: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/news/read.cfm?id=462764

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Run, Walk, Stroll Through Downtown At the 4th Annual Rose City 5k
Portland Metro Chamber - 04/18/24 1:00 PM

PRESS RELEASE  

CONTACT:  

Tina Sillers

Director, Media Relations  

tina@portlandmetrochamber.com

                             

    

Portland Metro Chamber’s Annual 5k Brings Hundreds of Runners to the Downtown Waterfront  

  

APRIL 18, 2024– Portland, OR: Runners and walkers will lace up their sweetest kicks on Thursday, May 9th for the 4th Annual Rose City 5k, hosted by the Portland Metro Chamber and presented by Nike. 

Athletes of all levels are invited to participate. Join the race as an individual or bring your co-workers and run as a team. Last year more than 300 runners and walkers competed in the event.  

All participants will receive a Nike Dri-Fit t-shirt, a Rose City 5k tote bag, and other goodies to commemorate the day.  

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Awards will be given for fastest team, largest team, and best team spirit. Individual medals will also be handed out to the top three finishers (runners & walkers) in each age group (male & female). 

“In my humble opinion, this is the best 5k race in the history of 5k races,” says Andrew Hoan, President & CEO of the Portland Metro Chamber.  

Following the event, the group will gather in the plaza for an awards ceremony that will include music, food and fun. 

A group of people standing together 

 “It is an opportunity to get together with your friends and neighbors and enjoy what we hope will be a gorgeous day on the waterfront in the city we all love,” says Hoan. This event is all about bringing good positive energy into our downtown, building community, having some fun together and supporting the Rose City.”   

 

WHAT: Portland Metro Chamber Rose City 5k 

WHEN: Thursday, May 9th 3:00pm to 6:00pm           

WHERE: World Trade Center (Outdoor Pavilion),Downtown Portland 

              25 SW Salmon Street, 

              Portland, OR 97204  

Online registration closes at 12 noon on May 8th.Contact Ashley Odil for event information.  

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Portland Metro Chamber – Greater Portland's Chamber of Commerce – was founded in 1870 and is the leading voice for business in the region. The Alliance represents the largest, most diverse business network in the region, bringing together nearly 1,900 dynamic members, and advocates at all levels of government to support commerce, community health, and the region’s overall prosperity.  


U.S. Attorney's Office Launches Carjacking Task Force
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 04/18/24 12:37 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.—The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon announced today that it will join 10 other U.S. Attorney’s Offices in establishing a multi-agency task force to address carjacking, an important public safety threat impacting communities in Oregon and beyond.

“We are pleased to join our Justice Department colleagues from across the country in taking this important, targeted step to address carjacking, a dangerous, violent crime. We thank all our law enforcement partners for their ongoing commitment to protecting Oregonians through this and other violent crime reduction efforts.” said Natalie Wight, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

“The Justice Department has no higher priority than keeping our communities safe. We do so by targeting the most significant drivers of violent crime and by acting as a force multiplier for our state and local law enforcement partners. We’re seeing results — with violent crime declining broadly nationwide,” said Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco. “Today, we are launching seven new carjacking task forces across the country to build on the success of task forces in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Tampa, where available data shows that carjacking rates are now falling. When prosecutors, officers, agents, and analysts come together to crunch data, share intelligence, and apply best practices, we can make real progress in the fight against all forms of violent crime, including carjacking.”

In keeping with the Justice Department’s Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Violent Crime, the District of Oregon carjacking task force will focus federal resources on identifying, investigating, and prosecuting individuals responsible for committing carjackings and related crimes throughout the state. 

Carjacking task forces have proven to be an effective part of successful violent crime reduction strategies by focusing on a significant driver of crime and taking violent offenders off the streets. For example, carjackings in Philadelphia declined by 31 percent from 2022 to 2023, and armed carjackings are down 28 percent in the District of Columbia so far this year compared to the same period in 2023. In Chicago, carjackings decreased 29 percent from their high in 2021 through the end of 2023.

Local efforts to combat carjacking have already produced positive results. On Tuesday, a federal grand jury in Portland returned a three-count indictment charging, Raheim Carter, 41, a Portland resident, with carjacking, using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence, and illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. On March 15, 2024, Carter and an accomplice are alleged to have stolen a vehicle at gunpoint from a North Portland resident. Carter and the accomplice are alleged to have approached the victim while he was unloading groceries from his vehicle, demanded he hand over his keys at gunpoint, and drove off with the vehicle. The case was investigated by the Portland Police Bureau with assistance from the FBI.

The newly formed carjacking task forces will be led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) with state and local law enforcement partners.

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City of Tualatin's Assistant City Manager/Finance Director Don Hudson Appointed to Serve on National League of Cities Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations Committee
City of Tualatin - 04/18/24 11:30 AM

Don Hudson, Assistant City Manager/Finance Director of City of Tualatin, OR has been appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2024 Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations Federal Advocacy Committee. Mr. Hudson was elected to a one-year term and will provide strategic direction and guidance for NLC’s federal advocacy agenda and policy priorities on taxes that affect cities, towns and villages, voting and voter protections, advancing housing finance legislation, and more. The appointment was announced by NLC President Mayor David Sander of Rancho Cordova, CA.   

“Decisions made at the Federal level can have significant impacts on local cities, so I am honored to have been selected to this committee.  The importance of making sure lawmakers understand how their decisions affect our ability to provide the services our residents want and expect from the City of Tualatin is vital to meeting the needs of our residents and customers.”

As a member of NLC’s Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations Federal Advocacy Committee, Mr. Hudson will play a key role in shaping NLC’s policy positions and advocate on behalf of America’s cities, towns and villages before Congress, with the administration and at home. 

“NLC’s federal advocacy committees play an important role in helping policymakers in Washington understand the issues and challenges facing America’s cities, towns and villages at the local level,” said NLC President Mayor David Sander of Rancho Cordova, CA. “I’m thrilled to have Mr. Hudson serve on NLC’s  Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations Federal Advocacy Committee this year, and look forward to working with him to strengthen the federal-local partnership and grow our common knowledge of the issues and opportunities facing our communities.”   

The leadership of this year’s committee will consist of Committee Chair Blaine Griffin, Council President , City of Cleveland, OH; Vice Chair Mary Dennis, Mayor, City of Live Oak, TX;  Vice Chair Clare Kelly, Council Member, City of Evanston, IL;  Vice Chair Julie Spilsbury, Councilmember, City of Mesa, AZ

For more information on NLC’s federal advocacy committees, visit: https://www.nlc.org/advocacy/federal-advocacy-committees/.


Crime Stoppers Featured Case #24-07 - Vancouver Police Department seeks assistance locating missing person (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 04/18/24 11:21 AM
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The Vancouver Police Department in conjunction with Crime Stoppers of Oregon is asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing person.

On March 26th, Cristina Ase, a 61-year-old Vancouver woman, was reported missing to the Vancouver Police Department by her husband. Coworkers of Cristina also called police when she did not show up to work earlier that morning. Cristina was last heard from at about 5:30 a.m. on March 26th.

Christina’s vehicle was located unoccupied in Vancouver on March 27. She is possibly carrying a black & white bag or purse. Her clothing is unknown. A photo of Cristina Ase is included with this release.

Investigators are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of Chrisina Ase, to contact Crime Stoppers of Oregon.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information reported to Crime Stoppers of Oregon that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime, but tipsters must remain anonymous. Secure and anonymous tips can be left at www.crimestoppersoforegon.com, or you can visit the app store and download P3 tips for smartphones or tablets.



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Western Oregon University Board of Trustees approves tuition increase
Western Oregon University - 04/18/24 11:09 AM

MONMOUTH, Ore. – The Western Oregon University Board of Trustees convened on April 16 and 17 to consider and approve several items, including the tuition & fees for the 2024-25 academic year.

The Tuition Advisory Committee, which includes students, staff, and faculty, submitted a proposed five percent tuition increase, which was accepted by President Jesse Peters and presented to the Board of Trustees on April 17. The trustees approved the five percent increase to resident undergraduate tuition and a 4.86 percent increase to nonresident undergraduate tuition. Graduate tuition will increase by five percent, and is assessed at the same rate regardless of residency. Summer 2024 tuition rates are included at the same rates as the 2024-25 academic year.

"We firmly believe that higher education should be accessible to all, and affordability is a cornerstone of our mission,” shares Board of Trustee Chair Betty Komp. “While a slight increase was necessary, it enables us to continue delivering quality education and support to our students, ensuring their success and fulfillment throughout their academic journey."

Western Oregon University remains among the most affordable public higher education institutions in Oregon, offering the second-lowest tuition rate in the state. Western is also a member of the Western Undergraduate Exchange, the largest regional interstate tuition savings program, where students from participating states can attend Western and pay no more than 150 percent of the in-state resident tuition rate. 

“Students choose Western because it’s a special place. We take pride in offering students a tailored educational experience, fostering a sense of belonging, and delivering quality support services,” said President Jesse Peters. “We have worked hard to maintain affordability without compromising the exceptional quality of education and services that define Western. This slight tuition increase reflects our dedication to sustaining the excellence that makes us truly extraordinary.”

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About Western Oregon University

Western Oregon University, established in Monmouth in 1856, proudly stands as Oregon's oldest public university. Hosting around 4,000 students, Western embodies a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution, with approximately 80% of its students hailing from within the state. Notably, its diverse student body comprises individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, veterans, and non-traditional learners. Western stands as the preferred campus in Oregon for those pursuing an enriching education within a nurturing, student-focused environment, characterized by faculty-led instruction.  Together we succeed.

https://wou.edu/2024/04/18/western-oregon-university-board-of-trustees-approves-tuition-increase/
 


Primary Election Schedule; Post Office Change Impacts Deadlines
Clatsop County - 04/18/24 11:02 AM

 (Astoria, OR) — Clatsop County Clerk Tracie Krevanko is alerting the public about U.S. Post Office changes that could affect whether mailed voter registration cards and election ballots will arrive by deadlines.

“Now that all mail postmarking is now being done in Portland, we encourage Clatsop County voters who choose to mail in their voter registration card or election ballots to put them in the mail at least five days prior to any deadline. We want to make sure every vote counts,” she said.

“We also encourage people to register to vote online at the Oregon Secretary of State’s My Vote webpage and to drop their election ballots at one of Clatsop County election ballot dropbox locations,” she said.

  • April 30, 2024                  Last day to register to vote and choose a political party for
                                              the Primary Election. Registration cards postmarked by this
                                             date are valid registrations for this and future elections
  • May 1-May 7, 2024        Official Primary Election Ballots mailed
  • May 21, 2024                  Election Day. Ballots postmarked by this date and received
                                           by the Clatsop County elections office by May 28, 2024 are
                                           valid ballots
  • June 17, 2024                  Last day to certify election

How to Register to Vote

There are three ways people can register to vote:

Returning Election Ballots

Completed and returned ballots will be counted if they are postmarked on or before Election Day, Tuesday, May 21. 

Election ballots must be delivered to an official drop site or the County Clerk’s Office, 820 Exchange St., 2nd Floor, Astoria. The elections office will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on election day.

Clatsop County Voters Pamphlet

For the 2024 primary election, the Clatsop County voters’ pamphlet will be included with the ballots mailed to voters. The pamphlet also is available online at ClatsopCounty.gov.

Ballot Process Live-Stream

Clatsop County Clerk and Elections Office will provide live, online video streaming of its processing of local ballots, from the verifying of signatures through to the actual count.

The live feed will begin May 2. Activities that will be live-streamed are:

  • Receiving of ballots at the Clerk and Elections Office
  • Scanning ballots – elections staff scans ballots to log them is as received. 
  • Signature verification – elections staff compares signature on ballot envelope to voter’s registration record
  • At 9 a.m. on May 10 elections staff will live-stream the public test of the ballot-counting machine.

Beginning May 20, the video stream will also show ballot-processing at the Judge Guy Boyington Building. Activities that will be shown are:

  • Ballot opening – elections staff remove ballots from envelope, check ballots for damage that may make them unreadable for the ballot counter
  • Vote scanning – ballots are run through ballot-counting machine

The video feed will be live through certification. The video feed will continue to show ballot processing and counting after Election Day until all qualified ballots are counted.

While live, the video feed may show extended periods with no activity. That is because ballots are processed as they are received by the Clerk and Elections Office.

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Oregon Department of Emergency Management shares FEMA Public Assistance notification with counties and tribes impacted by the January storm (Photo)
Oregon Department of Emergency Management - 04/18/24 10:39 AM
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SALEM, Ore. – April 18, 2024 – On April 13, President Joe Biden approved Governor Tina Kotek’s request for a federal major disaster declaration for severe winter storms, straight-line winds, landslides, and mudslides that occurred throughout the state from Jan. 10-22 (view a GIS StoryMap of the event).

The declaration will provide supplemental grant funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance program, a reimbursement program for public infrastructure damage and response costs to state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations in designated counties impacted by the event. This disaster declaration covers Benton, Clackamas, Coos, Hood River, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Multnomah, Sherman, Tillamook, and Wasco counties and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians.

FEMA Public Assistance is a supplementary financial assistance program for emergency work and the repair or replacement of public facilities and infrastructure damaged by the winter event. Financial assistance is available on a cost-sharing basis; reimbursement is 75% federal share of the eligible cost for emergency measures and permanent restoration costs and 25% is the applicant's responsibility. The Oregon Department of Emergency Management (ODEM) administers the Public Assistance program in the state.

All eligible applicants with eligible projects within the designated counties and tribes can apply for public assistance. Eligible applicants include local governments, tribal governments, special districts, state agencies, and certain private nonprofits that have incurred costs for response activities or sustained facility damage as a direct result of the January event. Private nonprofits are those entities that provide a governmental type of service and have a 501(c), (d) or (e) tax exception status (see page 43 of the FEMA Public Assistance Program and Guide regarding eligible facilities and required documentation). Certain private nonprofits with damage to their facilities should apply for a U.S. Small Business Administration loan first.

ODEM and FEMA will work with each applicant to develop their projects, scope and costs that can be reimbursed. Potential applicants in the designated counties must complete a Request for Public Assistance in the FEMA Grants Portal by May 13.

The Major Disaster Declaration does not provide FEMA Individual Assistance and will not reimburse funds for repair or replacement costs by individuals to their property.

Learn more about the Public Assistance program at https://www.oregon.gov/oem/emresources/disasterassist/Pages/Public-Assistance.aspx.

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Newport man arrested for Felony hit and run
Newport Police Dept. - 04/18/24 10:31 AM

On Wednesday April 17th, 2024 at 8:55 PM Newport Officers were alerted to a motor vehicle versus pedestrian crash in the Walmart parking lot. Prior to Officers arriving, the suspect fled the scene in a vehicle. 

The investigation revealed 44-year-old Newport resident Larry Janz II was intentionally following the victim, who was known to Janz II, in his vehicle. The victim, who was also operating a vehicle, pulled into the Walmart parking lot, stopped their vehicle in a lane of travel, and exited their vehicle. Janz II sideswiped the victim’s vehicle, striking and injuring the victim in the process. The victim, a 38-year-old Newport resident, suffered injuries severe enough to be later transported to another hospital via helicopter. Janz II fled the scene without rendering aide or exchanging information, as required by law.

Janz II was located at his residence and later taken into custody without incident and lodged at the Lincoln County jail for: 

Fail to perform duties of driver to injured persons (Class C Felony).

The incident remains under investigation.  If you have any information regarding this case, contact Officer Mangum of the Newport Police Department at 541-574-3348. The Newport Police Tip Line is available at 541-574-5455, or Text-a-Tip at 541-270-1856 or tipline@newportpolice.net.

Newport Officers were assisted by: Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, Newport Fire Department and Pacific West Ambulance.


State Government Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council Will Meet
State of Oregon - 04/18/24 10:11 AM

Salem, Oregon - The State Government Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, 2024. The meeting will take place remotely via the internet on Microsoft Teams and is open to the public. The agenda and handouts will be posted on the Council’s website.

What:    Meeting of the State Government Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council  

When:   Wednesday, April 24, 2024, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Microsoft Teams (Click here to join the meeting)

Meeting ID: 259 221 087 88 Passcode: JyPqSX

Who:     State Government Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council 

The State Government Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council is established by Governor Kotek’s Executive Order 23-26, Establishing a State Government Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council

The purpose of the Council is to recommend an action plan to guide awareness education, and usage of artificial intelligence in state government that aligns with the State’s policies, goals, and values and supports public servants to deliver customer service more efficiently and effectively. The recommended action plan shall include concrete executive actions, policies, and investments needed to leverage artificial intelligence while honoring transparency, privacy, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Meetings of the State Government Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council are open to the public. 

Public comment may be made during the meeting.  Sign-up for public comment is required as spots are limited. Sign-up closes Monday, April 22 at noon. Written comment will also be accepted. Written comment can be submitted by mail to the Council Support Office, 550 Airport Rd SE Suite C, Salem, OR 97301 or online.

Accommodations can be arranged for persons with disabilities, and alternate formats of printed material are available upon request. Please contact Enterprise Information Services at 503-378-3175 at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting to request accommodations. Closed captioning is included on the Microsoft Teams meeting.

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Links

State Government Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council webpage: https://www.oregon.gov/eis/Pages/ai-advisory-council.aspx

Executive Order 23-26: https://www.oregon.gov/gov/eo/eo-23-26.pdf

Meeting link: (https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/ap/t-59584e83/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fteams.microsoft.com%2Fl%2Fmeetup-join%2F19%253ameeting_NDRmZjdkY2QtNTk0My00ODcxLWE3NjMtNTczODQwYmVlM2Uy%2540thread.v2%2F0%3Fcontext%3D%257b%2522Tid%2522%253a%2522aa3f6932-fa7c-47b4-a0ce-a598cad161cf%2522%252c%2522Oid%2522%253a%252234556cff-59ab-4761-8d66-f5c4ccec23c6%2522%257d&data=05%7C02%7CJessica.MADDOX%40das.oregon.gov%7Cd6650f0adfa94351bfa108dc5d6ca6ac%7Caa3f6932fa7c47b4a0cea598cad161cf%7C0%7C0%7C638487968427705959%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=piNCX%2BUreNnFcpCHLpY%2FtoJul%2FVU7OgApUabPW8teuM%3D&reserved=0)

Sign-up for public comment: https://forms.office.com/g/8NPeQbXRrA

Online comments submission:https://forms.office.com/g/5ecMVUWbbi


Tip of the Week for the Week of April 22, 2024 - Hiking Safety (Photo)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/18/24 10:00 AM
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Part of the beauty of Oregon is the hiking opportunities throughout the state. Hiking can be a fun and healthy activity for the whole family. But without proper planning, even a short hike could turn into a dangerous situation. Before you hit the trails, remember these hiking safety tips.

1. Make a Gear List

Whether you're hiking for three hours or three days, you don't want to forget something important. Make a gear list to make sure you have everything you need. Some items to include on your gear list are: 

  • Water
  • Water filtration such as a filter straw or a filtration waterbottle
  • Rain gear and additional climate-appropriate clothing
  • Compass
  • Map
  • Extra food
  • First aid supplies
  • Cell phone or radio with backup batteries

2. Bring a Map

Bringing a map and becoming familiar with the area before you hike is so important. You should never rely solely on GPS technology especially with limited service and battery power. Always pack a map and make sure you know how to read it before you need it. 

3. Hike During the Day

Whenever possible, plan to hike during the day. It is easier to get lost in the dark and the area may be home to wild animals that come out at night. 

4. Know the Area

Exploring new hiking trails can be exciting. Unfortunately, it also means you're unfamiliar with the territory. Before heading out, check regional hiking information for:

  • Local wild animals and what to do if you encounter them
  • Local poisonous plants
  • Local hunting areas and seasons
  • Local hiking or emergency alerts

5. Check the Forecast

Check the forecast while planning your hike and keep checking it until you leave. This helps determine what gear you need to bring and greatly impacts your safety. Hiking in hotter or colder weather have different challenges that impact your trip and your health. If the forecast does predict rain, snow, or ice, be sure the trail you're taking is passable in these conditions. Consider contacting your local Parks and Recreation Department so they can direct you to real-time information. When in doubt, reschedule your hike for better weather.

6. Be Confident Not Cocky

You know what you can and can't handle. When hiking in a group or with a more advanced friend, you may take risks you aren't ready for. Don't risk injury; be honest with your skill level before hitting the trail. 

7. Tell Someone Before You Go

Tell someone when and where you are going and when they should expect you to be back. If that person doesn't hear from you by a certain time, they can take the necessary action to begin a search. With Search and Rescue missions, time matters. If you don’t make it home on time, having a friend that can report your planned hiking activity and timeline can help searchers locate you. 

8. Stay Together

When hiking with a large group, it's easy to separate into groups of fast and slow hikers. Often, this happens naturally, but it isn't always safe. Keep someone at the front that hikes at a modest pace to ensure everyone stays together.

For more information and tips visit our website at www.lincolncountysheriff.net and like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon. 

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County Climate Project Community Advisory Group to meet April 24
Clark Co. WA Communications - 04/18/24 9:41 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Climate Project Community Advisory Group will meet at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, April 24. 

The Community Advisory Group (CAG) is made up of 20 county residents who were appointed by the county manager. The group is helping the county develop policy recommendations to implement new state climate change planning legislation for Planning Commission and County Council consideration to adopt for the county. The legislation emphasizes that planning and policy decisions related to climate change do not impact us all in the same way. The CAG is one of three advisory groups supporting the county’s Climate Project.

Community Advisory Group meetings are held at 5:30 pm the fourth Wednesday of the month. 

Meetings are in a hybrid format with both in-person and virtual participation options. Attend in Room 680 of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., or join virtually through information provided at: https://clark.wa.gov/community-planning/community-advisory-group.

The meeting is open to the public and includes a brief public comment period. A recording of the meeting will also be available for viewing afterwards.

To learn more about county climate planning, sign up for project updates, submit a comment, review meeting recordings, or learn about future community advisory group meetings, please visit the project website at https://clark.wa.gov/community-planning/climate-change-planning.

The county’s Climate Project is being funded by a state grant. The Washington Department of Commerce climate planning grant is supported with funding from Washington’s Climate Commitment Act (CCA). The CCA supports Washington’s climate action efforts by putting cap-and-invest dollars to work reducing climate pollution, creating jobs, and improving public health. Information about the CCA is available at www.climate.wa.gov.


City seeks volunteers to serve on Parking Advisory Committee (Photo)
City of Vancouver - 04/18/24 9:23 AM
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Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants interested in filling two vacancies on its volunteer Parking Advisory Committee. Applications must be submitted by May 21.

The Parking Advisory Committee is a seven-member volunteer body that advises the Vancouver City Council and City staff on parking policy and program implementation. Applicants must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Live or own property anywhere within the Vancouver city limits
  • Serve as an executive officer/partner or employee at a business located in the downtown area

All applicants must also be available for an interview with Vancouver City Councilmembers on a date to be determined. Parking Advisory Committee members serve four-year terms. The committee meets quarterly, or as needed, at 8 a.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Meetings are held both in-person and remotely. This recruitment is for two full-term appointments, with a term effective July 1, 2024 and expiring June 30, 2028.

Learn more about the City’s boards and commissions and apply online at www.cityofvancouver.us/boards

To request a printed application or for further information, contact the Boards and Commissions Coordinator at Vancouver City Hall, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, c_coordinator@cityofvancouver.us">bc_coordinator@cityofvancouver.us or 360-487-8600. 

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SOLVE's Annual Oregon Spring Cleanup: A Statewide Effort for Earth Day (Photo)
SOLVE - 04/18/24 9:11 AM
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Media Advisory - All Media Are Invited

SOLVE's Oregon Spring Cleanup 2024 spans across Oregon and SW Washington with over 100 events. This hallmark event, celebrating Earth Day, unites volunteers and partners from the Pacific Northwest to contribute to a cleaner, greener planet. Rooted in SOLVE's rich history, this event series merges two cherished events: the Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup (1986) and SOLVE IT for Earth Day (1990). The Oregon Spring Cleanup 2024 is presented by Portland General Electric. It's an excellent opportunity for families, coworkers, and neighbors to bond while preserving Oregon's stunning locations.

Media are invited to document environmentally engaged citizens and interview SOLVE staff and partners at the following two events:

What: SE Portland Eco-Disco: Litter Cleanup & Silent Disco

When: Saturday, April 20, 2024
The cleanup will be held from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. The silent disco will run from 11 AM until 1 PM.
Volunteers will start arriving after 9:45 AM.

Where: 320 SE 16th Ave Portland, OR 97214 | (Map Link)
We will be meeting at Buckman Elementary, under the covered basketball courts.

This unique Earth Day celebration and collaboration with Heartbeat Silent Disco in Portland’s Central Eastside is presented by Portland General Electric. Following the cleanup at 12 pm, the festivities continue with a free silent disco until 1 pm, adding an extra layer of celebration to the cleanup efforts. Volunteers will be provided with wireless headphones with personal volume control and adjustable fit, allowing everyone to enjoy the music while respecting the natural surroundings.

The media should arrive at the Central Eastside Cleanup event by 9:45 AM. 

Available interviewees: 

  • Kris Carico, CEO, SOLVE 
  • Kregg Arnston, Executive Director of the PGE Foundation

For more event details, please check the event page:
SOLVE | SE Portland Eco-Disco: Litter Cleanup & Silent Disco (solveoregon.org)

 

What: Cityscape Sparkle: Earth Day Cleanup at Sport Oregon

When: Monday, April 22, 2024, 2 PM – 4 PM. Volunteers will start arriving after 1:45 PM.

Where: 1939 SW Morrison St Portland, OR 97205 | (Map Link)
We will be meeting outside of Sport Oregon.

This litter cleanup event taking place on Earth Day 2024 goes beyond tidying up the neighborhood streets. Participants are invited for a day of community, cleanliness, and local love at Sport Oregon to foster a sense of unity and enhance our local environment. This Earth Day event is presented by Swire Coca-Cola and TriMet.

The media should arrive at Sport Oregon by 1:45 PM. 

Available interviewees: 

  • Kris Carico, CEO, SOLVE 
  • Josh Keller, Development Director, SOLVE
  • Tia York, Manager of Media Relations, TriMet Public Affairs Division 

For more event details, please check the event page:
SOLVE | Cityscape Sparkle: Earth Day Cleanup (solveoregon.org)

 

Along with Portland General Electric, event sponsors of the Oregon Spring Cleanup 2024 include Clean Water Services, AAA Oregon/Idaho, Fred Meyer, Metro, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, KOIN, The Oregonian, The Standard, Swire Coca-Cola, Holman, Demarini-Wilson, TriMet, and PepsiCo.

 

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About SOLVE
SOLVE is a statewide non-profit organization that brings people together to improve our environment and build a legacy of stewardship. Since 1969, the organization has grown from a small, grassroots group to a national model for volunteer action. Today, SOLVE mobilizes and trains tens of thousands of volunteers of all ages across Oregon and Southwest Washington to clean and restore our neighborhoods and natural areas and to build a legacy of stewardship for our state. Visit solveoregon.org for more information. 

 




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Rangeland Fire Protection Association Annual Summit--neighbors helping neighbors
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/18/24 8:53 AM

BURNS, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry recently hosted the 2024 Rangeland Fire Protection Association Summit in Burns, Oregon. The annual summit provides a forum for the 28 Rangeland Fire Protection Associations (RFPAs) to meet with each other and partners in the spirit of helping each other be more effective at fighting wildfire on Oregon’s range. 

RFPAs are an integral part of the complete and coordinated wildfire protection system in Oregon. Oregon’s 28 rangeland associations across eastern Oregon provide initial attack response to wildfires on nearly 17.5 million acres of public and private ownership. Association members have a unique interest in suppressing wildfires since the lands they protect impact their livelihoods and those of their neighbors. 

During the summit the rangeland associations share information such as current membership, planned prevention and mitigation strategies, and lessons learned from the previous year’s wildfires. 

“The summit is an invaluable resource for association members and partners to advance wildfire suppression capability on Oregon’s rangeland, cropland, sage grouse habitat, and livestock forage that are crucial to the local economy,” said Allison Rayburn, ODF’s Rangeland Fire Coordinator.

An important part of the summit is the presentation of the Outstanding Neighbor Award, given to association members who are instrumental in supporting and growing their association. This year’s Outstanding Neighbor Award was presented to John O’Keeffe, president of the Warner Valley RFPA. O’Keeffe has represented local land interests and worked on ecological issues locally as a member of Oregon’s Wildfire Programs Advisory Council and the Oregon Cattleman’s Association, and nationally as a member of the Public Lands Council and National Wildland Fire Mitigation Management Commission.

“The people in this room are what makes this work. We want to have another generation, and another generation after that on the landscape and advocacy in far-away places is a large part of making that happen. I’ve been fortunate to have the local support to participate,” said O’Keeffe.

The history of RFPAs in Oregon started with legislation enacted in 1963 that allowed the formation of associations. In 1964, the Ironside RFPA was formed in northern Malheur County. For many years they were the lone association in the state. However, in 1998, a new era of RFPA interest emerged. Between 1998 and 2001, five additional RFPAs were formed and new associations have continued to form since then. There are currently 28 associations with over 1,200 volunteers. Association partner agencies include ODF, Bureau of Land Management, Oregon’s Office of the State Fire Marshal, Oregon State University Extension Service, county emergency managers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Natural Resources Conservation Service.


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UPDATE #2: Suspect Facing Murder and Bias Charge After Arrest for January Shooting
Portland Police Bureau - 04/17/24 7:17 PM
A man is facing murder and bias crime charges related to a January 19th shooting in the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood.

Since the shooting, Homicide Unit detectives have investigated the case, including locating and analyzing evidence, interviewing witnesses, and following up on leads. During that process, they learned the identity of a suspect, Kirk D. Belgarde, 53. Detectives worked with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office to present the case to a Grand Jury and obtain an arrest warrant. The Grand Jury determined, based on the evidence, that Belgarde intentionally caused physical injury to the victim because of his perception of the victim’s race.

On Wednesday, April 17, 2024, in Portland, the United States Marshal’s Service Fugitive Task Force arrested Belgarde on the arrest warrant. He was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on the warrant for Murder in the Second Degree, Bias Crime in the First Degree, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. The family of victim Rametheus Hill has been notified of the arrest in the case.

If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Brian Sims at Brian.Sims@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-2079, or Detective Meghan Burkeen at Meghan.Burkeen@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-2092. This news release has a corrected case number of 24-14609.

PPB's Major Crimes Unit 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, gender identity 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 - Bias Crime in the First Degree - https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/166.165
ORS 166.155 - Bias Crime 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, such as vandalism or graffiti, and the suspect is no longer present, 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.portland.gov/police/open-data/reported-bias-crime-statistics .

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Original Release Below

The person killed in the shooting on Friday, January 19, 2024, has been identified as Rametheus Clenese Hill, 25, of Fairview. His family has been notified of his death and they are requesting privacy at this time.

The Medical Examiner determined Hill died of homicide by gunshot wound.

If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Brian Sims at Brian.Sims@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-2079, or Detective Meghan Burkeen at Meghan.Burkeen@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-2092 and reference case number 24-13609.

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Original Release Below

A man is deceased after a shooting in the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood.

On Friday, January 19, 2024 at 8:00p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 7700 block of Southeast 82nd Avenue. When they arrived, they found the male victim deceased in the parking lot of a motel.

Portland Police Homicide Unit Detectives are responding to the scene to investigate. During the investigation, Southeast 82nd Avenue is closed between Southeast Flavel Street and Southeast Lambert Street. No immediate arrests were made, and no suspect information is being released at this time.

If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Brian Sims at Brian.Sims@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-2079, or Detective Meghan Burkeen at Meghan.Burkeen@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-2092 and reference case number 24-13609.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. More information will be released when appropriate.

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TVF&R Hosts Virtual Town Hall With Fire Chief
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 04/17/24 4:57 PM

Event will provide information about local option levy for emergency services.

The public is invited to attend a Virtual Town Hall on Monday, April 22, at 6 p.m. to learn more about Measure 34-332, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue’s local option levy that will be on the May 21 ballot. 

Fire Chief Deric Weiss will host the town hall that will be streamed live on TVF&R’s social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, X, and TikTok. Questions about the measure can be submitted during the event.

Measure 34-332 proposes a replacement five-year operating levy with a rate of 69 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation. If approved, the levy would cost the average homeowner about $210 per year or $17.54 a month.

TVF&R’s existing levy, which was approved in 2019, will not sustain current or future fire and emergency medical service operations and is set to expire in June 2025. Under Oregon law, levies expire in five years or less and require voter approval.

Over the past five years, there has been a 17 percent increase in the frequency of emergency incidents in TVF&R’s service area. The District’s growing community and rising demands require more firefighters and paramedics to maintain reliable emergency response.

If the replacement levy does not pass, funding that pays for at least 92 of 450 TVF&R firefighters and paramedics would be lost and staffing reductions would be required, which may impact response times and reliability. 

If the replacement levy passes, levy funds will retain existing first responders and add 36 more. Additional responders at existing stations will ensure prompt response times and reliability when multiple incidents happen at the same time.

Levy funding will also be used to purchase specialized equipment used for medical emergencies such as cardiac monitors and defibrillators as well as critical firefighting tools, including thermal imagers that aid in search and rescue efforts and self-contained breathing apparatus worn by firefighters in burning buildings. 

With increased wildfire risk and a strained emergency medical system, levy proceeds will also purchase smaller vehicles used to fight wildfire, shuttle water, and transport patients.

Levy funds will allow the District to add personnel who train and equip first responders.

If approved, the replacement levy would appear on the November 2025 property tax statement. TVF&R intends to maintain the same levy rate for 10 years, which will help long-term planning, ensure service stability, and provide predictability to taxpayers.

For more information, call Public Affairs Manager Stefan Myers at 503-649-8577. A video of the town hall will be available on TVF&R’s social media platforms and www.tvfr.com following the event.

Additional Video with Information About the Levy: https://youtu.be/x9dxx8G2Qdg


Increased Firefighter Staffing Saved a Man's Life (Photo)
Clackamas Fire District - 04/17/24 4:23 PM
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The swift action of firefighters saved the life of a man who was close to drowning in the Willamette River, near Meldrum Bar Park.

On Wednesday, April 10, 2024, firefighters were dispatched to an initial report of a male trapped inside a vehicle that was in the river, and reportedly had exited the submerging vehicle and was in distress. Arriving first on scene, firefighters quickly put on their personal floatation devices and identified a male struggling in the water. Due to the immediate threat to the male’s safety, two firefighters jumped in to prevent him from drowning. 

During the rescue efforts of the two firefighters in the water, the other two firefighters took throw bags to the nearest shore. The ropes from the throw bags landed right over the top of the three of them and the two firefighters on the shore were able to pull the rescuers and the male to safety. Upon their arrival on-scene, firefighters located and pulled the victim out of the water in 2 minutes and 44 seconds.

Once out of the water, the male was treated and transported by American Medical Response to an area hospital.

Battalion Chief Greg Holland said, “If the crew from Engine 315 had not done what they did [performed a high-risk rescue], the male would have drowned. He was out of time, out of breath, and out of energy to keep going.”

Clackamas Fire District would like to thank the community for their ongoing support of the Emergency Services Levy. As part of the year one plan, firefighters from Station 15 in Oregon City received an increase in firefighter staffing, along with four other fire stations across the Fire District. This increase in staffing improves response capabilities that ultimately saved this man’s life.

The photos are courtesy of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Drone Unit.

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Four Arrested in Organized Retail Theft Investigation (Photo)
Tigard Police - 04/17/24 3:20 PM
Investigators sorting through recovered stolen property.
Investigators sorting through recovered stolen property.
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Four people are facing charges after Tigard Police interrupted suspected Organized Retail Theft at a local shopping center and recovered nearly $10,000 in stolen merchandise.

On April 15, 2024 at 1:54PM, loss prevention employees at a store on SW Washington Square Road contacted detectives with the Tigard Police Department’s Commercial Crimes Unit, to say a person was stealing merchandise.

Detectives responded and learned the person was part of a four-person crew associated with Organized Retail Theft that had been stealing merchandise and committing fraudulent returns.

One of the subjects ran from loss prevention and hid in the back of a van in the parking lot. Officers and detectives responded and blocked in the van. The man initially did not comply with officers’ commands to come out. After several minutes, he did exit the van but repeatedly reached for his waistband, and a K-9 and foam 40mm round were used to safely take him into custody. 

Investigators learned the group came to the area from Seattle and detectives believe they committed similar crimes at another store location in Portland at roughly 12:15PM, just prior to coming to Tigard. They are all facing charges of theft I, attempted theft I and theft 2, and have been identified as:

  1. George Alvarez-Herrera, age 26, from Seattle
  2. Jahyaire Wilson, age 32, from Seattle (the person in the van)
  3. Dery’Aunte Sims, age 27, from Seattle
  4. Ashley Hall, age 37, from Portland (also charged with identity theft)

Additional charges are expected. To learn more about the Commercial Crimes Unit, visit www.tigard-or.gov/CCU

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Dozing Driver Crashes into SUV and Local Business
Lincoln City Police - 04/17/24 2:47 PM

On Wednesday, April 17th, 2024, at around 6:50 AM, multiple Lincoln City Police Officers responded to the report of a single vehicle crash into a building located at 3026 NE Highway 101, later learning another vehicle had also been struck. Officers arrived and assisted North Lincoln Fire Department with securing the scene and initial medical evaluation of involved drivers. 

Officers investigated and learned that Marvin Noe Tojin Lopez, a 24-year-old male from Newport Oregon, had fallen asleep at the wheel, while driving home from working on a residential remodeling job all night. Tojin Lopez had been driving his Honda Accord southbound and initially struck a northbound Honda Pilot with such force, the Accord’s front driver’s side wheel was entirely removed from the vehicle. Following the initial impact, the Accord skid into the building. Tojin Lopez was transported to the hospital for further medical care. The driver of the Pilot reported no injuries on scene. Subsequently Tojin Lopez was issued citations for Driving without a License, Driving without Insurance, Careless Driving, and Failing to Wear a Seatbelt.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Drowsy Driving led to 684 deaths in 2021 and in 2017 accounted for 91,000 of our nation’s vehicle crashes. If you feel fatigued, your driving skills are probable impaired as well. Please pull over, take a short 20-minute nap, and reevalute.

The Lincoln City Police Department would like to thank the North Lincoln Fire Department, Pacific West Ambulance, Menefee and Car Care Towing for their quick responses, allowing officers to get the roadway reopened.

Submitted by: Sgt Erik Anderson




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Oregon Heritage Tree to be dedicated in Brownsville (Photo)
Oregon Travel Information Council - 04/17/24 1:46 PM
Close up of Wisteria Braid
Close up of Wisteria Braid
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(Brownsville, Oregon) The Travel Information Council and its volunteer Oregon Heritage Tree Committee invite the public to participate in the induction of the Moyer House Linden Wisteria into the Oregon Heritage Tree program. The event will take place on Friday, April 26 at noon on the front grounds of the Historic Moyer House at 204 N Main St, Brownsville, Oregon 97327.

The Moyer House Linden / Wisteria, scientific name Tilia americana/ Wisteria floribunda, is the 83rd Oregon Heritage Tree, a designation that recognizes trees with statewide or national significance. The linden tree is 90 inches in circumference and the wisteria vine 135 inches. The pair is approximately 55 ft tall and estimated to be 143 years old. 

Speakers at the event include representatives from Linn County Parks and Recreation and Craig Leech, chair of the Oregon Heritage Tree Committee. 

The Moyer House wisteria and its companion linden tree display a unique partnership that have become a landmark to the Brownsville community, as well as a unique addition to the Oregon Heritage Tree Program. The two were planted concurrently in the northeast corner of the Moyer House front garden as seen in historic photos starting in 1882. The tree and vine are entwined in one another with the wisteria relying on the linden for support. In the spring, wisteria blossoms are profuse, popping out everywhere amongst the linden branches. 

Elizabeth Brown (1841-1922) arrived in the Calapooia Valley via the 1846 Blakely-Brown wagon train, captained by her uncle James Blakely. John Moyer (1829-1904), a carpenter from Ohio, arrived by horseback in 1852 after a journey of just three months. The two married in 1857 and raised their children in a humbler home on the property where the much grander Moyer House now stands. John gained wealth in lumber, cattle, a sash and door factory, and early businesses investments. 

They built the showpiece 1881 Moyer House to display their success. Formal landscaping adorned the front garden, which included the linden and wisteria, facing Main Street. The tree and vine have grown t