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Clark County Medical Examiner's Office - MEDIA RELEASE
Clark Co. WA Communications - 02/21/24 4:46 PM

The following information is in reference to a death investigated by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office. This investigation is related to the vehicle crash on Northeast Risto Road on Feb. 16, 2024.

 

This individual died on 02/16/2024 in Battle Ground, WA.

The name of the decedent: Wicht, Tyler   Age: 20 years

The decedent was a resident of (city/state): Battle Ground, WA

 

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

Cause of death:  Multiple blunt force injuries

Manner of death:  Accident

How the injury occurred: Driver of vehicle that crashed

Place of injury: On side of road

 

Reports and records of autopsies or postmortems shall be confidential as per RCW 68.50.105. No additional information is available for release from the Medical Examiner’s Office. Refer all other inquiries to Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Media release issue date: 02/21/2024


Curtin Creek Community Park development project open house on March 6
Clark Co. WA Communications - 02/21/24 4:42 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Works, Parks and Lands division, invites residents to an open house to learn more about the development of Curtin Creek Community Park, 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6. The 17-acre property is located at 12603 NE 72nd Ave. in Vancouver. 

The park will be developed in two phases, due to funding constraints. The first phase of development will include parking, restrooms, inclusive and natural play areas, a picnic shelter, walking trails, viewpoints and a multipurpose synthetic turf field. Pickleball and basketball courts may also be included in the first phase. Phase two of development will include a second multipurpose field and a second picnic shelter. Construction of phase one is expected to begin in 2025. 

At the open house on March 6, parks staff will share information about the phasing plan in a presentation from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Before and after the presentation, residents are invited to discuss the plan with staff and provide input. Light refreshments will be provided. Residents can attend the presentation in person or online. The in person open house will be in the media center of Prairie High School at 11311 NE 119th St. in Vancouver. Signage will direct attendees to enter through the school’s north entrance. To participate online via WebEx, residents can register on the project webpage. An email reminder with a one-click link to join the meeting will be sent to those who register. Registration is not required, and a link to join the meeting will be posted on the website and available to join once the meeting starts. 

Handouts will be available in Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian. Meeting interpretation, additional translation and other accommodations can be requested by contacting Lynde Wallick, Parks and Lands Planner, at lynde.wallick@clark.wa.gov or 564.397.5882. 

The phasing plan, presentation documents and other project information will be posted at clark.wa.gov/public-works/curtin-creek-community-park by Feb. 28. A 30-day comment period will also open on Feb. 28. Instructions for submitting comments will be posted on the webpage with the phasing plan. A recording of the open house presentation, presentation slides and handouts will be posted to the webpage within seven business days of the open house. 

For information about road and park projects, closures, opportunities for community input, and more, residents can follow Public Works on X (formerly known as Twitter), Facebook and Instagram and view information on Nextdoor. 

Go to clark.wa.gov/public-works/news to read this information in another language. Click the button in the top right of the page that says “Change language” next to a globe icon and choose your preferred language. 

Vaya a clark.wa.gov/public-works/news para leer esta información en español. Haga clic en el botón en la parte superior a la derecha de la página que dice "Change language " junto al icono de globo terráqueo y elija su idioma preferido.

Чтобы прочитать эту информацию на русском языке, зайдите на сайт clark.wa.gov/public-works/news. Нажмите на кнопку Change language (“Изменить язык”) в правом верхнем углу страницы рядом с символом земного шара и выберите свой язык.

Перейдіть на сторінку clark.wa.gov/public-works/news, щоб прочитати цю інформацію українською. Натисніть кнопку Change language (Змінити мову) зі значком глобуса у верхньому правому куті сторінки та виберіть потрібну мову.

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PPB and Multnomah County Crime Suppression Mission Results in Arrests (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/21/24 4:04 PM
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On Sunday, February 18, 2024, officers from East Precinct and Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) conducted a retail theft and criminal interdiction mission. Working closely with retail partners, the two agencies conducted stops on suspected shoplifters. During this mission, two drivers eluded police at dangerous speeds through the community, even after the police stopped chasing them. With the assistance of the PPB’s Air Support Unit (ASU), these vehicles were followed safely from the air until the subjects stopped and ran from the vehicles. Police K9 assisted with tracking and capturing the suspects.

One pursuit of note was an Audi sedan stolen out of Hillsboro, Oregon whose driver eluded at dangerous speeds starting from Southeast 113th Avenue and Southeast Stark Street before concluding at Southeast 21st Avenue and Southeast Yamhill Street (24-40707). Video of the event is available here:

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A brief pursuit was terminated by the officers for safety reasons. ASU coordinated resources to attempt intervention strategies. At one point, the driver stopped the Audi and two passengers jumped out and ran on foot. The driver continued to the area of Southeast 21st Avenue and Southeast Yamhill Street. The suspects ran from the vehicle into a backyard, then forced entry into a home that was vacant for the weekend. With the assistance of Central Precinct officers, a perimeter was set around the block and a Portland Police K9 was used to search the home. The suspects were hiding in the basement. Four people in total were detained from the Audi and two were charged with felony crimes. The driver of the Audi, Austin L. Denison, 29, of Sherwood, Oregon, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) on charges of Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Unlawful Entry into Motor Vehicle, Burglary in the First Degree, Recklessly Endangering another Person (6 counts), Attempt to Elude Police Officer (motor vehicle), Attempting to Elude Police Officer (on foot), and 3 arrest warrants. The passenger, Shelby B. Steelman, 28, of Hillsboro, Oregon was booked into MCDC on charges of Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Unlawful Entry into Motor Vehicle, Burglary in the First Degree, and 3 warrants.

This is another example of interagency collaboration resulting in the capture of individuals putting the community at risk. PPB East and MCSO plan to continue conducting these missions to address theft and other criminal behavior in Portland and Multnomah County.

Refer to mission statistics below:

21 - Arrests
25 - Felony Charges
33 - Misdemeanor Charges
10 - Criminal Citations
10 - Felony Warrants
13 - Misdemeanor Warrants
2 - Violation Citations
2 - Stolen Vehicles ($38,000.00 Recovered Stolen Vehicle Value)
36 - Fentanyl Pills
12.7 grams - Methamphetamine

Photo descriptions:
1- Two Police cars pinning a suspect vehicle with front bumpers
2- Recovered stolen black Hyundai
3- Dismantled steering column of Hyundai
4- Portland Police officers holding the arm of a theft suspect in handcuffs in front of a black patrol SUV
5- Recovered stolen Audi

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UPDATE: Daniel Warren Sentenced to 36 Months in Prison
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 02/21/24 3:16 PM

UPDATE:

Today, Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Christopher Marshall sentenced Daniel Thomas Warren, 40, to 36 months in prison for one count of Assault in the Third Degree, to which Warren pled guilty on February 9. 

Judge Marshall set over sentencing on one count of Bias Crime in the First Degree – to which Warren pled no contest on February 9 – for 30 months. Before the expiration of 30 months, Warren is required to complete a number of programs and anti-bias education assignments, including engaging in three in-person community events or trainings provided by Race Talks PDX, completing implicit bias training, and completing 48 hours of community service work at the Union Gospel Mission.

A hearing will be scheduled after 30 months to evaluate whether the requirements, as ordered by Judge Marshall, have been met. If Warren meets the requirements, the bias crime charge will be dismissed. If Warren does not fulfill these requirements, he will face a presumptive sentence of 25-30 months in prison.

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Original Message (7/17/2023)

UPDATE: Daniel Warren Enters Plea on Assault & Bias Crime Charges

Today, Daniel Thomas Warren, 40, entered a plea on two charges relating to the assault of the owner of LoRell’s Chick Shack in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood in June 2023. Warren pled guilty to one count of Assault in the Third Degree and pled no contest to one count of Bias Crime in the First Degree. Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Christopher Marshall accepted the plea.

Deputy District Attorney Kristen Kyle-Castelli is the prosecutor assigned to this case. Sentencing is currently scheduled for February 21 in front of Judge Marshall.

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Original Message (7/17/2023)
 

DA Mike Schmidt Announces Grand Jury Indictment of Daniel Warren on Assault & Bias Crime Charges

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt today announced that a grand jury indicted Daniel Thomas Warren, 40, on two charges relating to the recent assault of the owner of LoRell’s Chicken Shack in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood:

  1. Assault in the Second Degree
  2. Bias Crime in the First Degree

On June 15, Portland Police officers were dispatched to the area of SE 52nd Avenue and SE Foster on reports of an assault, but both parties had left the scene. Officers were able to obtain witness statements, video footage, and the location of the victim. A detective interviewed the victim, who explained that Warren hit the victim from behind, causing the victim to fall forward, at which time Warren continued punching him while stating racial slurs. 

Portland Police released an image of Warren in an attempt to locate and arrest him. On July 2, two East Precinct officers were on a call assisting Portland Fire & Rescue with traffic control in the 12300 block of Southeast Division Street when they spotted Warren walking. They stopped and arrested him, and he was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. 

Upon review of the evidence provided by law enforcement, prosecutors presented the case to the Grand Jury, which returned a true bill of indictment on July 10.

Due to the violent nature of these crimes and the risk that Warren poses to public safety, prosecutors filed a motion seeking preventive detention (a means of denying any form of release during pendency of the case). Warren waived the preventative detention hearing at this time and remains in custody.  

Deputy District Attorney Kristen Kyle-Castelli is the prosecutor assigned to this case. The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office thanks the Portland Police Bureau for their assistance in this case.

A charging instrument is only an accusation of a crime. Warren is innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Oregon among top states keeping people covered; announces timeline for remaining renewals
Oregon Health Authority - 02/21/24 2:12 PM

February 21, 2024

Media contacts:

Erica Heartquist, 503-871-8843 ica.heartquist@oha.oregon.gov">erica.heartquist@oha.oregon.gov

Jake Sunderland, Oregon Department of Human Services,  land@odhs.oregon.gov">Jake.Sunderland@odhs.oregon.gov, 503-877-0170

Oregon among top states keeping people covered; announces timeline for remaining renewals

More than one million people are keeping their Oregon Health Plan benefits due to Oregon’s efforts to expand coverage options

SALEM, Ore. — With more than 85 percent of the state’s 1.5 million renewals complete, 5 out of 6 Oregonians are keeping their Oregon Health Plan (OHP) or other Medicaid benefits.

Oregon’s 85 percent renewal rate continues to be the second highest in a national comparison of state renewal rates by KFF, a nonpartisan health policy organization. KFF analysis also shows Oregon also has saved more people from unnecessary renewal paperwork than any other state via the automated renewal process. Oregon’s high renewal rates are also due to proactive efforts by the state to keep people covered, such as structuring the renewal schedule, extended response timelines, and the upcoming OHP Bridge program for adults with higher incomes.

During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE), the federal government allowed states to keep people on Medicaid benefits. This ended when the pandemic emergency ended, and since April 2023 Oregon has been making sure everyone on OHP is still eligible.

At this point in the PHE unwinding process, Oregon has sent the initially planned 10 waves of renewal letters. About 6 percent of members are still responding to those initial waves. The remaining renewals, about 8 percent of the total, will occur over the summer.

Members who have not received a renewal yet should:

  • Keep their address and contact information up to date.
  • Check their mail or online ONE account for their renewal letter.
  • Do what the renewal letter asks as soon as possible.

Anyone concerned they missed their letter should get help with their renewal via one of the ways to find help listed below.

Although most people are keeping coverage, approximately 200,000 people will lose or have reduced OHP benefits and need to consider other coverage options.

  • People who do not have coverage through an employer or Medicare may be able to enroll through the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace and get financial help. Most people who enroll through HealthCare.gov qualify for this help.
  • The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is sending information to people who are no longer eligible for OHP benefits, advising of potential coverage options through the Marketplace.
  • People who have recently lost OHP benefits can enroll anytime until July 31, 2024, or within 60 days of their benefits ending.
  • For more information and ways to get help signing up for Marketplace, Medicare, or employer coverage, see “What to do if OHP is ending” below.

Extended unwinding schedule

On February 13, the federal government approved Oregon’s plan for the remaining roughly 107,000 renewals.

Many of these renewals were affected by a federal request for more than 30 states to review automated renewal processes, or restorations of some Oregon Supplemental Income Program Medical (OSIPM) benefits. A May 2024 update to Oregon’s automated renewal process will enable Oregon to use the new process for the remaining renewals.

Renewal letters will be sent to members in four waves between June and September. Members will still receive 90 days to respond, and 60 days’ advance notice before any termination or reduction in benefits. This means the final responses would be due in December 2024, and the final closures will happen in February 2025.

In the meantime, data about these renewals does not appear in the Medical Redeterminations Dashboard. For consistency, data below continues to use the December total number of members affected by unwinding.

February OHP renewal data

As of Feb. 17, 2024, 1,241,196 people have completed the renewal process. This represents 85.3 percent of all OHP and Medicaid members.

  • 1,029,357 people (83.6 percent) were renewed and kept their benefits.
  • 187,789 people (15.1 percent) were found ineligible.
  • 15,076 people (1.2 percent) had a reduction in their benefits. Most of these members lost full OHP but were able to continue Medicare Savings Programs that help pay their Medicare costs.

Find help renewing your benefits

  1. Learn more about how to renew your Oregon Health Plan medical coverage.
  2. Call the ONE Customer Service Center at 800-699-9075. All relay calls are accepted, and help is available in multiple languages. Wait times are lowest between 7 and 8 a.m.
  3. Visit or call a local Oregon Department of Human Services office. People can find their local office at https://www.oregon.gov/odhs/Pages/office-finder.aspx.
  4. Visit a community partner for free in-person help. To find one near you visit OregonHealthCare.gov/GetHelp(English) or orhim.info/ayuda(Spanish).

The large number of OHP renewals, along with renewals of long-term services and supports, may cause greater wait times, delays, and possible interruptions to people’s OHP benefits. The fastest way members can provide an update is by going to benefits.oregon.gov and logging into their ONE online account.

What to do if your OHP is ending:

  • First, review the case summary in your letter to make sure the information used to make the decision was correct. If that information has changed, notify the state. You can call the ONE Customer Service Center at 800-699-9075 (toll-free, all relay calls accepted) or find other options to connect at benefits.oregon.gov. If the information on file for you is correct and you disagree with the decision, you can request a hearing. Learn more about hearings.
  • Explore options through an employer. If you, your spouse, or a parent are working, you may be eligible for health coverage through that employer. Talk to your manager or Human Resources department to see if you qualify. You will have a special enrollment period to enroll mid-year due to loss of OHP benefits.
  • If you have or are eligible for Medicare: For help understanding and choosing the right Medicare options, go to OregonHealthCare.gov/GetHelp to find an insurance agent or a counselor at the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance Program (SHIBA). You can also call SHIBA at 800-722-4134.

If you need to sign up for Medicare for the first time, contact the Social Security Administration (SSA) at 800-772-1213 to enroll by phone or find a local office. You can also enroll in Medicare online at ssa.gov/medicare/sign-up.

  • Nearly 80 percent of Oregonians qualify for financial help through the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. Visit OregonHealthCare.gov/WindowShop to answer a few quick questions, find out how much you can save and find out how much coverage may cost you. You can also call the Marketplace Transition Help Center at 833-699-6850 (toll-free, all relay calls accepted).
  • Need free local help finding other coverage? Visit https://OregonHealthCare.gov/GetHelp to find professional help near you.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) are committed to transparency and will continue to send monthly information about medical coverage among Oregonians as the agencies continue to track the programs. Check our ONE Eligibility Operations Dashboards for more frequent updates on medical renewal data and wait times for callers to the ONE Customer Service Center.

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ODVA Seeks Diverse Veteran Candidates to Fill Current and Future Positions on Veterans Advisory Committee (Photo)
Ore. Department of Veterans' Affairs - 02/21/24 2:00 PM
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The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs is seeking interested veterans to fill current and future vacancies on the Veterans Advisory Committee. 

The Advisory Committee was established in 1945 at the agency’s founding and holds a distinct and fundamental role in advocating for veteran issues, sharing insight on veteran concerns and advising the director of ODVA. The committee is composed of nine military veterans appointed to four-year terms by the Governor.

The Governor is committed to ensuring that all Boards and Commissions represent diverse Oregonians by age, race, ethnicity, gender, and LGBTQIA+ status. To ensure a broad and diverse pool of candidates to consider for appointment, ODVA is seeking applications from interested members of the veteran community from both rural and urban areas, across diverse backgrounds and eras of service.

The quarterly advisory committee’s meetings are held virtually and in-person throughout the state on the first Wednesday in March, June, September and December. 

Interested veterans from all branches of the U.S. Armed Services are encouraged to apply. The application process can be reviewed and accessed at the Governor’s Boards and Commissions webpage: https://www.oregon.gov/gov/Pages/board-list.aspx.

Follow the application instructions for “External – New Applicants” and be sure to include a resume, a short personal biography that includes your military service and other veteran community activities you have or are currently involved in, and fully answer the supplemental questions. Only complete applications will be considered. 

ORS 406.210 also states that the executive committees of congressionally chartered veterans’ organizations that maintain an Oregon state headquarters may submit a list of up to three veterans to be considered for Advisory Committee openings to the ODVA Director’s Office at odva_vaac@odva.oregon.gov. Important: All nominees must still apply through the normal application process by the application deadline.

Applications or nominations for the Advisory Committee must be submitted to the Governor’s Executive Appointments office no later than March 29, 2024. Questions about this recruitment process may be directed to ODVA at odva_vaac@odva.oregon.gov

More information about ODVA’s Veteran Advisory Committee can be found online at www.oregon.gov/odva/Connect/Pages/Advisory-Committee.aspx.

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Established in 1945, the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs is dedicated to serving Oregon’s diverse veteran community that spans five eras of service members. ODVA administers programs and provides special advocacy and assistance in accessing earned veteran benefits across the state. Learn about veteran benefits and services, or locate a local county or tribal veteran service office online at oregon.gov/odva

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UPDATE: Victim of Deadly Shooting in Hollywood Neighborhood Identified (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/21/24 1:43 PM
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The victim in the Hollywood Neighborhood deadly shooting has been identified as 29-year-old Laddie R. Calhoon, Jr. His family has been notified of his death and provided the attached photograph for public release. They are requesting privacy at this time.

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

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Detective Jeff Sharp at Jeff.Sharp@police.portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-9773 or Detective Tony Harris at Tony.Harris@police.portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-0441 and reference case number 24-40215.

This is the 14th homicide of the year in Portland.

Photo description: Portrait of Laddie R. Calhoon, Jr.

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Original Message Below

On Sunday, February 18, 2024, at 2:40 a.m., officers from the North Precinct responded to a shooting call in the 4200 block of North Halsey Street. When officers arrived, they found a man who was deceased. No arrests have been made and no one has been detained.

The Portland Police Homicide detectives have responded to the scene to investigate. If anyone has information about this incident, they are asked to please contact Detective Jeff Sharp at jeff.sharp@police.portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-9773 or Detective Tony Harris at tony.harris@police.portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-0441. Please reference case number 24-40215.

The identity of the victim will be released after the Medical Examiner has confirmed the cause of death and after family members have been notified. The PIO is not responding to the scene. More information will be released when appropriate.

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Chemeketa Community College is Proud to Present DakhaBrakha (Photo)
Chemeketa Community College - 02/21/24 1:42 PM
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One night performance is scheduled March 22, 2024 in the Chemeketa Auditorium


 

Salem, Ore., February 21, 2024 — Chemeketa Community College is proud to present DakhaBrakha on March 22 at 7:30pm.  DakhaBrakha is a world-music quartet from Kyiv, Ukraine.

Reflecting fundamental elements of sound and soul, Ukrainian ethnic chaos band DakhaBrakha create a world of unexpected new music. The name DakhaBrakha is original, outstanding and authentic at the same time. It means give/take in the old Ukrainian language. Accompanied by traditional instrumentation from different countries, the quartet’s astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range creates a trans-national sound rooted in Ukrainian culture.

This powerful and moving evening of entertainment with DakhaBrakha will be a night to remembered. Tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dakhabrakha-tickets-656951117477?aff=oddtdtcreator

Concert will be held at Chemeketa Auditorium. 4000 Lancaster Dr. NE Salem, OR.  Building 6, purple parking lot. For further information and upcoming concerts visit www.ChemeketaConcerts.weebly.com



 

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4000 Lancaster Drive NE Sale

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

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


 




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Division of Financial Regulation publishes Oregon Investor Guide, other educational resources for the public (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 02/21/24 1:32 PM
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Salem – Deciding how and where to invest your money can be a difficult and overwhelming decision. The Oregon Division of Financial Regulation (DFR) now has resources available to help.

The division recently published the Oregon Investor Guide, a free publication that is available both in print and online. DFR created this guide to take the mystery out of investing and provide a useful resource for new and experienced investors alike. The contents are accurate, unbiased, and simply stated to make investing concepts easy to understand, and to help you make the best investment decisions possible. Whether you invest on your own or entrust your investments with a professional, education is the best defense against fraud and making uninformed decisions.

This publication is part of the division’s efforts to update consumer education resources available to the public. The division’s website now features the following new guides:

“This investor guide, along with other updated materials, gives us a good library of resources in areas where the public tells us they are needed most,” said TK Keen, DFR administrator. “Some of these guides help specific communities at specific times in their lives. There are challenges newlyweds face when they are combining finances and military personnel have unique money management situations. We can help Oregonians at different points in their lives, whether it’s providing guidance on repaying student loans, making health insurance choices, or beginning new employment. We are excited about these new resources.”

You can view all of DFR’s publications on its consumer education and engagement page.

To obtain print copies of any of the division’s consumer guides, email your request to each.dfr@dcbs.oregon.gov">outreach.dfr@dcbs.oregon.gov. Paper copies will also be available at all tabling events and presentations the consumer education and engagement team attend.

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




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OSP plans saturation patrols in Lincoln County Feb. 22-24
Oregon State Police - 02/21/24 12:40 PM

High visibility patrols to focus on impaired drivers

LINCOLN COUNTY, Ore. 21 Feb. 2024 – Oregon State Police is stepping up patrols along the central coast Feb. 22-24, 2024, in anticipation of the Newport Seafood & Wine Festival. The annual event draws an estimated 25,000 visitors to the area during the four-day festival. 

Nine troopers from the OSP’s High Visibility Enforcement Unit will augment units from the Newport Patrol Office. The high visibility saturation patrols will focus on impaired driving including Ignition Interlocking Device (IID) requirements, minor in possession of alcohol or marijuana, and open containers.  

Troopers will also concentrate on other Fatal 5 violations such as speed, occupant safety, lane usage, and distracted driving. Along with impaired driving, the Fatal 5 violations are those that are statistically shown to contribute to serious injury and fatal crashes. 

“We encourage event attendees to make plans for a sober ride home as part of their weekend festivities,” said Capt. Kyle Kennedy. “The festival offers a free shuttle bus with stops at Newport area hotels throughout the weekend. We appreciate the organizer’s commitment to safety and encourage attendees to use the service, designate a sober driver, or utilize taxi and ridesharing services.” 

OSP patrols will primarily focus coverage along Hwy. 101, Hwy. 20, and Hwy. 18. 

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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.


UPDATE: Suspect in January Homicide Found Deceased
Portland Police Bureau - 02/21/24 12:12 PM
The suspect in a January homicide has been found deceased.

On Tuesday, February 20, 2024, Analiesa Golde was found deceased in the Long Beach, WA area. It appears Golde died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Her vehicle has been recovered by law enforcement.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to thank the community for assistance with this case.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Brad Clifton at Brad.Clifton@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0696 or Detective Calvin Goldring at Calvin.Goldring@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0256 and reference case number 24-19762.

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Original Messages Below

The search for a woman suspected of killing her husband has expanded to Southwest Washington.

Detectives have reason to believe Analiesa Golde may be in Southwest Washington. More specifically, she may be in or around Toutle or Mount St. Helens. The Portland Police Bureau is asking anyone living or recreating in the area to be on the lookout for Golde and her Toyota 4Runner (photos attached).

Golde should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who spots her is urged to call 911 immediately. Anyone else with non-critical information about this case is asked to contact Detective Brad Clifton at Brad.Clifton@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0696 or Detective Calvin Goldring at Calvin.Goldring@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0256 and reference case number 24-19762.

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Photo description: Actual vehicle and suspect
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The Portland Police Bureau needs the public’s help locating the suspect involved in last week’s homicide in the Lents Neighborhood.

Detectives have identified Analiesa Golde, the victim’s wife, as the suspect in the case. She is now wanted for Murder in the Second Degree.

Golde’s whereabouts are unknown. She may be driving a 2015 burnt orange Toyota 4Runner with Oregon license plate 501HSB. Golde should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who spots Golde is urged to call 911 immediately.

Anyone with non-critical information about this case is asked to contact Detective Brad Clifton at Brad.Clifton@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0696 or Detective Calvin Goldring at Calvin.Goldring@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0256 and reference case number 24-19762.

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The victim in this case has been identified as Phillip E. Pierce, 37, of Portland. His family has been notified of his death. They provided the attached photo for release, but they are requesting privacy at this time.

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

If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Brad Clifton at Brad.Clifton@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0696 or Detective Calvin Goldring at Calvin.Goldring@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0256. Please reference case number 24-19762.

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A homicide investigation is underway after a man was found deceased inside a Lents Neighborhood house.

On Friday, January 26, 2024 at 8:45a.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a missing person, an adult male, in the 9300 block of Southeast Sun Crest Drive. After an extensive effort to locate him, officers developed information that the man may be inside the locked and secured home. They forced entry and searched the home to do a welfare check. Inside, they found the man deceased. Suspicious circumstances at the scene led officers to notify Homicide Unit detectives, who responded to the scene to investigate. For several hours, the investigation closed Southeast Sun Crest Drive between Southeast 92nd Avenue and Southeast Grandview Terrace. The on-scene investigation has wrapped up and roads are reopening. At this point, the case is considered a homicide investigation.

Official cause and manner of death, and the victim’s identity, will be confirmed by the medical examiner. His name will be released only after family has been notified.

No suspect or suspects have been located and no arrests have been made, however detectives do not believe there is an articulable danger to the community.

If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Brad Clifton at Brad.Clifton@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0696 or Detective Calvin Goldring at Calvin.Goldring@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0256. Please reference case number 24-19762.

Additional information will be released as appropriate.

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CSI Happy Hour Fundraiser to Support Local Youth Programs (Photo)
Police Activities League of SW Washington - 02/21/24 12:10 PM
CSI Happy Hour Invitation
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The Police Activities League of SW Washington (PAL) is excited to announce their 2nd annual Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Happy Hour fundraiser. 

The event supports PAL programs including forensic science summer camps for middle and high school students provided in collaboration with local law enforcement agencies. 

The event includes a mock crime scene investigation where participants will collect evidence from the crime scene and help to investigate the mock crime in partnership with the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit. There will be a raffle to win a K9 Ride Along with the Vancouver Police Department K9 Unit. 

The event will be on Thursday, March 21st, 2024, from 5:30 – 7:30PM at the Providence Academy Building – 400 E Evergreen Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98660.

Tickets for the event are live and can be purchased HERE or by visiting https://palofswwa.ejoinme.org/CSIHappyHourTickets.

Limited tickets are available. Included in your ticket is hors d’oeuvres and a hosted bar. 

Mt. Tabor Brewing is our beer sponsor for this event. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available, and information will be provided upon request. 

PAL’s mission is to build positive relationships between law enforcement and youth through educational programs and recreational opportunities. PAL offers year-round programs to children and youth at free or low cost.

Learn more about PAL by visiting https://palofswwa.org




Attached Media Files: CSI Happy Hour Invitation

Moses Lopez Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison for 2023 Fatal Stabbing of a Taxi Cab Driver
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 02/21/24 11:29 AM

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt today announced that a Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge sentenced Moses Jacob Lopez, 30, to 22 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of a Radio Cab driver in April 2023.   

Incident

On April 9, 2023, at approximately 6:41 p.m., Portland Police officers from the Central Precinct responded to a report of a stabbing near the intersection of Southeast Washington Street and Southeast Water Avenue. When officers arrived, they found the driver of a Radio Cab, later identified as 43-year-old Reese McDowell Lawhon, deceased in his vehicle. Detectives obtained the surveillance video from inside the Radio Cab, which revealed that the passenger, Moses Lopez, stabbed the victim in the neck. 

Emergency medical responders who arrived at the scene prior to police arrival witnessed Lopez exiting the Radio Cab with clothing that appeared to be marked with blood and dropping what appeared to be brass-style knuckles with an attached blade. Because Lopez remained in the ambulance after being treated for minor injuries, officers were able to arrest Lopez on scene. Lopez was booked into custody in Multnomah County at 12:56 a.m. on April 10, 2023.

Plea & Sentencing

Deputy District Attorney Kristen Kyle-Castelli represented the state in this case, which resulted in a negotiated plea agreement with the defendant and his counsel. Lopez pled guilty this morning to one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree and one count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Judge Heidi Moawad accepted the plea and imposed the 22-year prison sentence today. 

Lopez is currently in custody in Multnomah County and will be transported to the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections to serve the 22-year sentence. 

The DA’s Office thanks PPB Detective Shaye Samora and the officers who assisted with this case. DA’s Office staff also acknowledge the victim’s family, as well as his friends and colleagues at Radio Cab, and hope that today’s sentencing brings some closure that will allow the healing process to continue.  

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UPDATE: Suspect in 2022 Homicide Arrested
Portland Police Bureau - 02/21/24 11:01 AM
An arrest has been made in a 2022 homicide investigation associated with a deceased security guard.

On Tuesday, February 20, 2024, U.S. Marshals arrested Cedrick Damon Washington Jr., 31, of Portland. He was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on the following charges: Murder in the Second Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Detective Michael Schmerber at Michael.Schmerber@police.portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-0991 and reference case number 22-119655.

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The deceased victim in this homicide has been identified as 22-year-old
Sircharles Marc Anthony Jones. Jones was working as a security guard at the time he was killed.

The Medical Examiner's Office has determined his manner and cause of death to be homicide by gunshot wound. Jones' family has been notified of his death, and they provided the attached photograph for public release.

Photograph: Sircharles Jones

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A man is deceased after a shooting in the south waterfront area of Downtown Portland and homicide detectives are investigating.

On Friday, May 6, 2022 at 3:21a.m., Central Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a shooting in the 2100 block of South River Parkway. When they arrived they located a deceased adult male in a vehicle. The cause and manner of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner.

Officers searched for suspects but none were immediately located. No arrests have been made.

Portland Police Homicide Unit Detectives responded to the scene to investigate. During the investigation, South River Parkway is closed east of South Moody Avenue.

The investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Michael Schmerber at Michael.Schmerber@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0991 or Detective Erik Kammerer at Erik.Kammerer@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0762 .

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

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Compliance Monitoring Program Committee meets Feb. 28
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/21/24 10:46 AM

SALEM, Ore. — The Compliance Monitoring Program Committee will hold a virtual meeting Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 9 to 11 a.m. To join virtually, please use the Zoom video conference information found on the agenda.

The committee’s agenda includes:

  • Update on long-term compliance monitoring study
  • Riparian rule selection discussion

The meeting is open to the public to attend online via Zoom. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting by emailing ta.L.FriasBedolla@odf.oregon.gov">marta.l.friasbedolla@odf.oregon.gov.

The CMP Committee assists efforts to monitor compliance with Forest Practices Rules. The committee advises ODF regarding monitoring projects and procedures. View more information on the CMPC webpage.


Senior Dancer from Jefferson High School's Renowned Company Earns Prestigious Recognition (Photo)
Jefferson Dancers - 02/21/24 10:27 AM
Jefferson Dancers 2023 - 2024
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In a triumphant display of talent and creativity, a senior member of the Jefferson Dancers at North Portland's Jefferson High School has clinched top honors at the Regional High School Dance Festival. Finn Chisholm, a dedicated member of the renowned pre-professional dance company, secured the highest accolade for his outstanding choreography piece titled "Peaks and Valleys" at the event held from February 16 to 18 at the Arts and Communication Magnet Academy.

Chisholm's choreographic creativity shone brightly as his piece unanimously impressed the panel of esteemed judges, comprising dance professors from prestigious universities and seasoned dance professionals.

Out of 13 submissions from regional high school dance programs, Chisholm's "Peaks and Valleys" was selected as one of the performances for final adjudication in the Outstanding Student Choreography Showcase. This achievement marks the fourth consecutive year a Jefferson Dancer has seized the spotlight in this category, underscoring the company's consistent excellence.

Steve Gonzales, the Artistic Director of Jefferson Dancers for over 25 years, expressed his admiration, stating, “Once again, I’m so pleased with the hard work and dedication the JDs are putting forth. This has been an unusually heavy scheduled year of performances, school work, new choreography, setbacks from weather, unplanned challenges, preparation for this festival, our upcoming tour to France, and the annual Spring concerts.  Working with such talented young artists over the years is an honor. Their ability to submerge themselves into their work, reach into themselves, and share their vulnerabilities in their choreography is amazing.”

The National High School Dance Festival, renowned as the largest in the United States, is a platform to celebrate the pinnacle of high school dance programming excellence since 1992. Three days of performances, master classes, and auditions for prestigious college and summer-intensive scholarships.

Reflecting on his achievement, Chisholm remarked. “Thank you to this company and cast for allowing me to set this piece embracing both sentimental and tender memories, the peaks and valleys of life, and turn them into such a beautiful piece of work.” His award-winning piece, "Peaks and Valleys," is slated to grace the stage of Portland's Newmark Theatre from April 18 to 20 as part of the Jefferson Dancers' highly anticipated annual spring performances.

The Jefferson Dancers, affectionately known as "the JDs," represent the pinnacle of excellence within the nationally renowned dance department at Jefferson High School. This elite company has nurtured the school's most talented dance students for nearly half a century, fostering a multi-ethnic ensemble of dancers aged 14 to 18. Under the expert guidance of Artistic Director Steve Gonzales, the Jefferson Dancers devote themselves to rigorous rehearsals every school day, coupled with intensive dance instruction. Their repertoire spans diverse styles, including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop, and African, showcasing their versatility and artistry on stage.




Attached Media Files: Jefferson Dancers 2023 - 2024 , Finn Chisholm, Dr. Kathryn Kearns and Steve Gonzales

Ridgefield School District announces superintendent finalists, invites community to public forums (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 02/21/24 10:00 AM
Asha Riley, Assistant Superintendent Woodland Public Schools
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The Ridgefield School District is pleased to announce the three finalists to become the district’s next superintendent and is inviting the public to meet them at a series of public forums. 

Each day from Tuesday, February 27th through Thursday, February 29th, one candidate per day will be available to meet with the public from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the View Ridge Middle School Commons. Those in attendance can meet the candidate and ask questions, and the district will collect feedback from the community regarding their thoughts on each candidate.

Each of these forums will also be broadcast via YouTube Live on the district’s YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/RidgefieldSchoolsWA, and the recordings will be posted to watch on demand for anyone unable to attend the forums in person. 

Below is the schedule of the candidates, as well as a brief bio for each candidate: 

Tuesday, February 27
Dr. Wesley Benjamin, Executive Principal of Forney High School
Forney Independent School District in Forney, Texas

After completing a bachelor's degree in Theology from Ouachita Baptist University, Dr. Wesley Benjamin started his career in education as a high school physics and engineering teacher at Forney High School in Forney, Texas. Dr. Benjamin continued his education by earning master’s and doctorate degrees in Educational Leadership while transitioning to working as a learning specialist, a director of innovation, an assistant principal, and is currently the executive principal at Forney HS. 

“Throughout my career at Forney Independent School District in Forney, Texas, I've experienced its growth from 8,500 to over 17,000 students," Dr. Benjamin wrote in his application. "I've helped to lead numerous bond campaigns, securing over $2 billion with strong voter support. This journey has sharpened my skills in strategic planning, fiscal management, and community engagement, essential for guiding a district through significant growth.”

“My leadership philosophy centers on building trust, collaboration, empowerment, and developing capacity in those around me. Throughout my career, I have focused on assembling and nurturing high-performing teams, recognizing and fostering individual strengths, and seamlessly integrating them into our overarching mission of educational excellence. This philosophy has been pivotal in creating a cohesive, goal-oriented culture that consistently delivers exceptional results.”

Wednesday, February 28
Asha Riley, Assistant Superintendent
Woodland Public Schools

Asha Riley has a bachelor’s degree in early learning education from Concordia University and began working as an elementary school teacher at Fisher’s Landing Elementary School in the 2000-2001 school year. While still working as an elementary teacher in the Woodland and Evergreen school districts and as a professional development administrator for EPS, Riley completed a master’s degree in education from City University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Washington State University. 

Since then, Riley has been an elementary school principal, a director of teaching and learning, and an assistant superintendent in Woodland, WA while completing her superintendent credential from Washington State University in 2014. 

“My leadership style is rooted in integrity, transparency, and optimism," Riley wrote in her application. "I prioritize building trust within a team by consistently demonstrating honesty, reliability, and a strong moral compass. I believe in leading by example and maintaining focus on doing what is best for kids. I am deeply committed to the success and well-being of every student.”

“Encouraging collaboration is also central to my leadership philosophy as I recognize the value of harnessing the collective strengths of a team. With a clear district vision, I believe I can inspire positive change and implement strategic initiatives that enhance the overall educational experiences for all students.”

Thursday, February 29
Dr. Jenny Rodriquez, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning
Yakima School District

Dr. Jenny Rodriguez first started working in education as an elementary school secretary and attendance clerk in Richland, WA. She completed her bachelor’s degree in history from Washington State University, and subsequently completed a master’s degree in teaching and then a doctorate in educational leadership from WSU. While working on her advanced degrees, Dr. Rodgriguez taught middle and high school social studies and English Language Arts before becoming a high school principal and then the executive director of teaching and learning in the Pasco School District in 2013. Since 2021, Dr. Rodriguez has been the assistant superintendent of teaching and learning in the Yakima School District. 

“I have 20-plus years of successful service in public education, in administrative, certificated, and classified roles, at all levels of the education system," Dr. Rodriguez wrote in her application. "Foundational to my work is a passion and commitment to the success of every student.”

“My core values are honesty, transparency, and continuous learning. In all that I do and with everyone with whom I work, I am known for clear, direct, and kind communication. Ensuring my words and actions align is core to who I am, and I believe we achieve the greatest success when each person is encouraged to show up as they are and build on their unique skills and talents to create something truly special together.”

All members of the public are invited to these forum. Ridgefield School District staff are of course welcome to attend, but there will also be other opportunities exclusively for staff members to meet with the candidates. Those interested in submitting a question prior to these forums are asked to please complete this Google form

At the conclusion of these forums, community members are encouraged to provide feedback about these candidates by completing this Google form




Attached Media Files: Asha Riley, Assistant Superintendent Woodland Public Schools , Dr. Jenny Rodriquez, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning, Yakima School District , Dr. Wesley Benjamin, Executive Principal of Forney High School Forney Independent School District

First installment 2024 property tax payments due Tuesday, April 30, 2024
Clark Co. WA Communications - 02/21/24 9:59 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Treasurer Alishia Topper reminds residents that first-installment 2024 property taxes are due April 30. 

Tax statements will be mailed during the week of Feb. 19. If taxpayers are expecting a mailed statement and don’t receive one or have questions, they should visit www.clark.wa.gov/treasurer or contact the Treasurer’s Office at 564.397.2252 for a duplicate statement.

“Tax statements are mailed to property owners who do not pay through an escrow company, if a homeowner has paid off their mortgage and does not receive a statement, they should contact our office,” Topper said. 

The Treasurer’s Office is recommending taxpayers pay by mail or online. If in-person service is needed, the Treasurer’s Office is open Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm. The Treasurer’s Office is located in the second-floor Joint Lobby in the Public Service Center at 1300 Franklin St. A drop box for payments by check is located in the first floor lobby of the Public Service Center.

Topper will open a convenient drive-through drop-off location at the ground floor of the Public Service Center parking structure on Monday, April 29, and Tuesday, April 30, from 9 am to 4 pm.

Taxpayers may pay property taxes online from their checking or savings account or using a credit or debit card. Payments from electronic checking and savings accounts are free, while debit card payments incur a $3.95 vendor fee, and credit card payments are assessed a 2.39% vendor fee.

To make a payment, go to www.clark.wa.gov/treasurer/payment-options, or call 1.833.440.8685. To register to receive your tax statement electronically and manage your property taxes online, go to https://www.paydici.com/clark-county-wa/search/landing.

Payment transactions must be postmarked by midnight, Tuesday, April 30, 2024, to avoid interest charges.

Tax payments can be mailed to the Clark County Treasurer, PO Box 35150, Seattle, WA 98124-5150. Taxpayers are encouraged to use the return envelope and payment coupon provided with their statement to mail their payments.


Job Fair this Sunday 2/25/2024
Oaks Park Association - 02/21/24 9:12 AM

Oaks Park's annual hiring fair is this Sunday, February 25, 2024, from 1-4 PM at the Historic Dance Pavilion at Oaks Park.  It is the perfect opportunity for high school and college students to arrange their summer jobs!  Employment at Oaks Park is also great for seniors or anyone looking for a fun, stress-free way to supplement their income.  Positions are available in:

  • Ride Operations
  • The Roller Rink
  • Grounds/Housekeeping
  • Events
  • Games
  • Retail/Gift Shop
  • Food Services
  • Security/Guest Relations

The job fair is for 16 and older. For parents of job-seeking teens, a dedicated waiting area with snacks and beverages will be available. 

Parking is free for job fair attendees.

For more info about the Job Fair, visit oakspark.com. 


Coraline Voice Star Teri Hatcher Joins Kickoff Festivities at LAIKA Studios
Portland Metro Chamber - Downtown Portland Clean & Safe - 02/21/24 8:30 AM

Media Advisory 

 

WHISKER-TWITCHING ART EXTRAVAGANZA, CORALINE’S CURIOUS CAT TRAIL, DESCENDS UPON DOWNTOWN PORTLAND IN CELEBRATION OF 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF LAIKA’S DEBUT FILM

LAIKA, the Visit Downtown Campaign, Wild in Art, and OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital will kick off the countdown to Coraline's Curious Cat Trail on Thursday, February 22nd from 4:30-6:30 pm at LAIKA Studios. 

Coraline’s Curious Cat Trail is coming to Portland this August.  The trail will feature 30 almost six-foot-tall ‘Cat’ sculptures stationed throughout Downtown Portland, creating a free art trail for visitors complete with maps, a dedicated website, and social media.

Award-winning actress Teri Hatcher, who memorably voiced Mother, Other Mother and The Beldam in the Oscar®-nominated animated film, will join the launch event.   

“We are honored to embrace Portland's innate creativity with this amazing partnership between LAIKA and the Visit Downtown Campaign,” said Andrew Hoan of the Portland Metro Chamber.  “We eagerly await these exciting summer installations in Downtown Portland.  This is the perfect opportunity to collaborate with Portland’s own award-winning movie studio LAIKA and showcase our city’s vibrant artist community with proceeds benefitting OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.”

Local artists will use these impressive cat statues as canvases and hand-paint each Cat Sculpture. It truly is the purr-fect celebration for Portland, where LAIKA’s cinematic brilliance meets the diverse talent of local artists, creating an unforgettable experience for all.

"We're excited to collaborate with the Visit Downtown Campaign and Wild in Art to celebrate Coraline’s 15th Anniversary in LAIKA's hometown of Portland, Oregon," said LAIKA’s Chief Marketing and Operations Officer David Burke. "In the memorable cast of Coraline characters, Cat is a perfect fit for the trail. We believe this experience will bolster Portland's vibrant creative community and support OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital. We can’t wait for Summer!"

The Oscar®-nominated Coraline boasts stunning stop-motion animation, handcrafted puppets, and meticulously designed sets. Based on the novella by beloved author Neil Gaiman, Coraline is a wondrous, thrilling, fun and suspenseful adventure. A young girl walks through a secret door in her new home and discovers an alternate version of her life. On the surface, this parallel reality is eerily similar to her real life – only much better. But when this off-kilter, fantastical adventure turns dangerous and her counterfeit parents try to keep her forever, Coraline must count on her resourcefulness, determination, and bravery to save her family and get back home. 

Adapted for the screen and directed by stop-motion auteur Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Wendell & Wild), Coraline’s voice cast includes Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Ian McShane, Keith David (as Cat), and British comedy duo Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. 

At the completion of the Art Trail, the cat statues will be auctioned off as a fundraiser for OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. 

“OHSU Doernbecher is grateful to have been selected as the benefiting charity of the auction and we want to thank everyone at LAIKA, Wild in Art, Travel Portland and the Visit Downtown Campaign who made this possible,” said Dana A. Braner, M.D., physician-in-chief at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Credit Unions for Kids chair, and professor and chair of pediatrics in the OHSU School of Medicine. “With the community's support of this project, we will continue meeting the needs of our patients and families throughout the region who turn to us for support in their most challenging moments. We are excited to see our families and supporters out on Coraline’s Curious Cat Trail.”

The trail is the first in the US from the industry-leading installation producer Wild in Art. As creative producers of spectacular, meaningful, and innovative public art trails, Wild in Art has animated cities across four continents including Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Auckland, Christchurch, Cape Town, Nairobi, and São Paulo. Based in the UK, they’ve developed events the length and breadth of the country, including public art trails for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

PRESS:  To register for the Coraline Cat Trail launch event, please click the registration link below.

When: Thursday, February 22nd, 2024 

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 

Where: LAIKA Studios

6750 NE Bennett Street, Hillsboro, 97124

Bennett Theater 

Please allow extra time for parking and security

 

MEDIA REGISTRATION LINK

 

The Visit Downtown Campaign is a project of the Portland Metro Chamber, Downtown Portland Clean & Safe, and the City of Portland. 

The Portland Metro Chamber supports businesses of all types and sizes in succeeding and thriving throughout our region. For more than 150 years, it has been our honor to serve the business community of metropolitan Portland.

The Portland Downtown Clean & Safe district provides enhanced services to the people, places and businesses within a core 213-block area of our central city.

LAIKA was founded in 2005 in Oregon by President & CEO Travis Knight. The studio’s five films Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012), The Boxtrolls (2014), Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) and Missing Link (2019) have all been nominated for the Academy Award® for Outstanding Animated Feature. Kubo and the Two Strings won the BAFTA® Award for Best Animated Film and received an additional Oscar® nomination for Visual Effects. Missing Link was awarded the Golden Globe® for Best Animated Film. LAIKA was awarded a Scientific and Technology Oscar® in 2016 for its innovation in 3D printing. LAIKA is currently in production on its next animated film Wildwood.   The studio is developing The Night Gardener, an animated film from an original idea by Bill Dubuque, creator of the hit series Ozark.  The studio recently launched a Live Action subsidiary and is developing a feature film based on the action thriller novel Seventeen by screenwriter John Brownlow. 

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Experience the highest-quality pediatric care, close to home. Our team of experts provides family-centered care, designed to meet your child's exact needs.  OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

Wild in Art

We are creative producers of spectacular, meaningful and innovative public art trails.

We work with destinations, charities, brand owners, artists, businesses, learning providers and communities across the UK and worldwide to create memorable events which make a difference.

Press Contacts:

Visit Downtown Campaign

Sydney Mead

Smead@portlandalliance.com

 

LAIKA

Maggie Begley/MBC

Maggie@mbcprinc.com 

 

 

 


High Desert Museum Now Accepting Submissions for the 2024 Waterston Desert Writing Prize (Photo)
High Desert Museum - 02/21/24 8:30 AM
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BEND, OR — What do bestselling author Tucker Malarkey, Emmy award-winning actor Sam Waterston and one winning writer have in common? 

All will take part in the High Desert Museum’s 10th annual Waterston Desert Writing Prize which honors excellence in literary nonfiction about deserts. The Prize is now accepting submissions until May 1, 2024. 

This year the Waterston Desert Writing Prize will recognize the winner with a $3,000 cash award and a reception and reading at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon on September 26, 2024. The winner and finalists will be selected by the 2024 guest judge Sam Waterston – renowned actor and brother of Prize founder Ellen Waterston.

Known for his work in theater, television and film, Sam Waterston gained stardom portraying DA  Jack McCoy on the NBC crime series Law & Order (1994–2010, 2022–), for which he has received a Screen Actors Guild AwardGolden Globe Award and Emmy Award. Today you can also catch Sam’s performances in the Emmy-nominated Netflix Original series Grace and Frankie and Hulu’s award-winning limited series The Dropout in which he plays George Schultz. Other accolades include an Academy Award nomination for his role as journalist Sydney Schanberg in The Killing Fields (1984) and OBIE and Drama Desk awards in theater.

Sam Waterston will announce the 2024 winner and address attendees during the Waterston Desert Writing Prize ceremonies alongside the 2024 Prize winner and the 2024 keynote speaker, Tucker Malarkey, who will attend in person. 

Nationally bestselling author of the critically acclaimed and national bestselling novels An Obvious Enchantment and Resurrection, Malarkey’s first major work of nonfiction, Stronghold, describes one man’s journey to save salmon habitat in the U.S. and Russia. Stronghold was an editor’s pick for The New York Times, National Book ReviewOutside and Forbes. With a career that began at The Washington Post, Malarkey’s love of human culture and wilderness have since taken her all over the world.

The Prize was established in 2014, inspired by author and poet Ellen Waterston’s love of the High Desert — a region that has been her muse for more than 40 years. The Waterston Desert Writing Prize celebrates writers whose work reflects a similar connection to a desert, recognizing the vital role deserts play in ecosystems and the human narrative.

“To see how the Waterston Desert Writing Prize has grown in 10 years is exciting,” said Ellen Waterston. “Tucker Malarkey and my brother Sam Waterston will help us reach new audiences and promote the literary arts as the High Desert Museum has done since the Prize became a Museum program four years ago.” 

The winner of the 2023 Waterston Desert Writing Prize was Anna Welch. Her submission, “Momentum: A Trans-Continental Bicycle Journey,” details her 2019 adventure 3,700 miles across the continental United States. During that substantial bicycling trip, Welch encountered her first desert. Her work has been published in Wilderness Magazine and was most recently featured in the anthology True Travel Tales by Fine Line Press. 

“The many gifted writers who submit their work for the Waterston Desert Writing Prize expand how we think about desert ecosystems,” said Museum Executive Director Dana Whitelaw, Ph.D. “We look forward to how our perspectives will grow in 2024.”

Emerging, mid-career and established nonfiction writers who illustrate artistic excellence, sensitivity to place and desert literacy with the desert as both subject and setting are invited to apply. The award supports literary nonfiction writers who are completing, proposing or considering the creation of a book-length manuscript. It is recommended that the writing sample submitted is part of the proposed project or closely represents it in content and style.

The Waterston Desert Writing Prize Ceremony will take place at the High Desert Museum on September 26, 2024. To RSVP, visit highdesertmuseum.org/2024-waterston-ceremony.

To learn more about the Waterston Desert Writing Prize and how to submit an entry, visit highdesertmuseum.org/waterston-prize. Submissions will be accepted through May 1, 2024.

 

ABOUT THE MUSEUM:

THE HIGH DESERT MUSEUM opened in Bend, Oregon in 1982. It brings together wildlife, cultures, art, history and the natural world to convey the wonder of North America’s High Desert. The Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is a Smithsonian Affiliate, was the 2019 recipient of the Western Museums Association’s Charles Redd Award for Exhibition Excellence and was a 2021 recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. To learn more, visit highdesertmuseum.org and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

 

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Attached Media Files: Tucker Malarkey , Sam Waterston

Residential Structure Fire
Newport Fire Department - 02/21/24 8:14 AM

NEWPORT, OR-Firefighters from the City of Newport Fire Department, Depoe Bay Fire Department, Toledo Department, Seal Rock Fire Department, Central Oregon Coast Fire Department, and Pacific West Ambulance responded to a reported structure fire at the 1100 block of South East Bay Blvd, a single-story residential modular home. A total of four engine companies, one paramedic ambulance, two chief officers, and PUD were dispatched to the scene. 
Firefighters from Newport Fire Station 31 arrived at 12:06 p.m. after receiving the first 9-1-1 call. Upon their arrival, firefighters encountered a fully involved single-wide modular home. Fire crews went immediately to a defensive attack and protected exposures. The fire was fully contained at 1:04 p.m. 
An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway. The source of the fire appears to have originated in the bedroom. The investigation is ongoing. There were no injuries as a result of this fire. 
One resident inside the structure at the time of the fire exited the building without incident. The CityofNewport Fire Department reminds everyone to ensure that every bedroom has a working smoke alarm. 


Tue. 02/20/24
Siletz Abandoned Dogs, Suspect Arrested (Photo)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/20/24 6:50 PM
Photo of Dog
Photo of Dog
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02/14/2024 - Siletz, OR

On February 14, 2024, at around 4PM a Siletz resident reported to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies that two dogs were abandoned at her home in the 200 block of SW Molalla Street in Siletz, Oregon. The dogs were a male Siberian Husky and a female Rottweiler. Animal Services Deputy Martin began an investigation and obtained security camera footage of a suspect tying one of the dogs to the residence. The same suspect returned later with the second dog which was left in the middle of the street in front of the residence.
 

During follow-up investigation, Deputy Martin located the suspect, identified as 42 year old Cheryl Hamel-Fox, of Siletz, OR. Hamel-Fox claimed she was told it was okay to leave the dogs at the location. Animal Services Deputy Martin recovered the dogs, who were housed at the Lincoln County Animal Shelter. Hamel-Fox was arrested for two counts of misdemeanor Animal Abandonment.
 

Pictured are Blaze, the Siberian Husky and Ossa, the Rottweiler.
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Attached Media Files: Media Release , Photo of Dog , Photo of Dog

Grant Funds Available for Tourism Boosters in Seaside (Photo)
City of Seaside - 02/20/24 6:03 PM
Ride the Dirt Wave (June 8 and 9) is a previous grant recipient
Ride the Dirt Wave (June 8 and 9) is a previous grant recipient
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SEASIDE, Ore. – Feb. 20, 2024 – The City of Seaside Visitors Bureau and Tourism Advisory Committee are accepting applications for funding through the 2024-2025 Tourism Grant Program, an annual funding vehicle for events and projects that encourage overnight stays in Oregon’s original beach resort town. Up to $25,000 in grant funding is expected to be available for this fiscal cycle. Applications are due Friday, May 3.

A long-standing program supporting the City’s tourism economy, grant applications are accepted annually for events and projects that drive year-round visitation, especially overnight stays in the fall, winter and spring seasons. This grant cycle covers projects occurring July 1, 2024 through December 31, 2025. For more information and complete grant guidelines for this grant cycle, go to SeasideOR.com/Tourism-Grant-Program.

“These funds remain an important support for the community-led projects and events that have put Seaside on the map for generations of visitors in the Pacific Northwest,” said Joshua Heineman, Seaside’s tourism marketing director.

Last year’s grant project recipients included Seaside Jazz & Blues, Halloween Happenin’s (Seaside Downtown Development Association), Ride the Dirt Wave (Oregon Rides & Events), Caper on the Coast (Seaside Library Foundation), Three Course Challenge (Seaside School District), Pride in Seaside, Lewis & Clark Salt Makers Return (Seaside Historical Society Museum), DachSand (Doxies of PNW Club), and Seaside SandFest.

The Seaside Visitors Bureau is a department of the City of Seaside and the official destination marketing/management organization. The Seaside Welcome Center, located at the intersection of Highway 101 and Broadway, also serves as an official State Welcome Center in collaboration with Travel Oregon.

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Attached Media Files: News Release in PDF Format , Ride the Dirt Wave (June 8 and 9) is a previous grant recipient

Barricaded wanted subjected arrested after Salem SWAT Team responded
Polk Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/20/24 5:11 PM

On Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at about 10:40 a.m. the Polk County Sheriff's Office developed probable cause that a wanted person, Mr. Valentine Sandoval, was inside a metal shop behind 653 Warren Street South in Monmouth Oregon.  Mr. Sandoval is 34-years old and frequents between the community of Falls City and the city of Monmouth.  Mr. Sandoval had two outstanding arrest warrants, one was a Felony Parole Violation warrant out of the State Parole Board and the other was a Misdemeanor arrest warrant regarding a hit and run event out of Polk County Circuit Court.  The Polk County Sheriff's Office had obtained officer safety information regarding Mr. Sandoval during the last few months, to include possibly being in possession of a firearm.

 

The Sheriff's Office attempted to communicate with Mr. Sandoval from outside of the shop, which did not result in a response from him.  Due to the officer safety information, the Polk County Sheriff's Office requested tactical assistance from the Salem Police SWAT Team.  Salem SWAT responded and did not receive communication from Mr. Sandoval until after they deployed flash bangs, just outside of the shop pedestrian door.  Mr. Sandoval then complied with Salem SWAT and was taken into custody at about 3:57 p.m.

 

Mr. Sandoval was lodged at the Polk County Jail on the two arrest warrants and other charges may follow from additional uninvolved investigations.


Former Portland Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison for Sexually Abusing Multiple Children
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 02/20/24 4:22 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.—A former Portland resident was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison today for sexually abusing multiple children, videorecording and photographing the abuse, and posting the illicit videos and photos on a private Snapchat page he maintained and used to entice other children to produce and share sexually explicit images of themselves.

Rolando Daniel Benitez, 30, was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison and 10 years’ supervised release.

According to court documents, in July and August 2019, Benitez, pretending to be a 15-year-old boy named “Marcos,” sexually abused two children, then ages 14 and 17, used his cell phone to videorecord and photograph the abuse, and posted the child sexual abuse material to a private Snapchat story page he maintained. In at least one of the images posted to Snapchat, Benitez’s online alias “Marcos” was written with black ink on one of the children’s bodies. On at least one occasion, Benitez sexually abused both minor victims together.

Investigators later discovered that Benitez, who moved to Washington state while the investigation was pending, used his Snapchat story page to entice other children to produce and send him sexually explicit images of themselves. Benitez only allowed girls to join and view his private Snapchat stories, and only after the girls complied with his “rules” by sending him photos of their exposed bodies. He further required some of the girls to write and photograph his online alias on their bodies.

A local investigation of Benitez’s crimes was opened after one of his child victims submitted a tip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s CyberTipline. The victim included Benitez’s full name and phone number in the report and pleaded with authorities to “please stop this man.” Less than a month later, Benitez was arrested in Auburn, Washington, for sexually abusing a 12-year-old child he met on SnapChat.

On January 26, 2021, Benitez was charged by federal criminal complaint in the District of Oregon with producing, advertising, receiving, and possessing child pornography. On October 5, 2023, he pleaded guilty to a three-count criminal information charging him with two counts of sexually exploiting children, and one count of possessing child pornography. 

Benitez’s federal plea agreement is part of a global resolution between the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon and the King County, Washington, Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. On July 7, 2023, Benitez was sentenced in King County Superior Court to 136 months in state prison and a life-term of community custody (supervised release) for his abuse of the 12-year-old child in Auburn. Benitez’s federal and state sentences will run concurrently.

This case was investigated by the Portland Police Bureau and FBI Portland’s Child Exploitation Task Force (CETF) with assistance from the Auburn, Washington, Police Department. It was prosecuted by Gary Y. Sussman, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

Anyone who has information about the physical or online exploitation of children are encouraged to call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.

Federal law defines child pornography as any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor. It is important to remember child sexual abuse material depicts actual crimes being committed against children. Not only do these images and videos document the victims’ exploitation and abuse, but when shared across the internet, they re-victimize and re-traumatize the child victims each time their abuse is viewed. To learn more, please visit the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at www.missingkids.org.

FBI Portland’s CETF conducts sexual exploitation investigations, many of them undercover, in coordination with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. CETF is committed to locating and arresting those who prey on children as well as recovering and assisting victims of sex trafficking and child exploitation.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Justice Department to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

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Attached Media Files: PDF Release

Fatal Crash - HWY 97 - Jefferson County
Oregon State Police - 02/20/24 4:00 PM

Jefferson County, Ore. 19 Feb. 24-- On Monday, February 19, 2024, at 4:16 a.m., Oregon State Police responded to a five-vehicle crash on Hwy 97, near milepost 107.5, in Jefferson County.

The preliminary investigation indicated two southbound commercial motor vehicles were traveling on icy roads when the trailing CMV struck the rear end of the lead CMV.  The collision caused the lead CMV trailer to slide sideways into the northbound lanes. A northbound red Toyota Tacoma, operated by Felipe Gamboa-Lupercio (55) of Terrebonne, and a white Toyota Tacoma, operated by Timothy Fuzi (52) of Terrebonne, struck the sliding trailer. A northbound GMC Sierra, operated by James Johnson (60) of Terrebonne, then struck the Toyota Tacomas as well.

The operators of the CMVs, Mark Williams (64) of Hood River and Corey Heikkila (41) of Portland, were reportedly not injured.

The operator of the GMC Sierra (Johnson) was reportedly not injured.

The operator of the white Toyota Tacoma (Fuzi) was reportedly not injured.

The operator of the red Toyota Tacoma (Felipe Gamboa-Lupercio) and the front passenger, Genaro Gamboa-Lupercio (62) of Redmond, suffered injuries and were transported to a local hospital.

The rear passenger of the red Toyota Tacoma, Jose Refugio Gamboa-Lupercio (57) of Redmond, was declared deceased at the scene.

The highway was impacted for approximately 5 hours during the on-scene investigation.  The primary factors contributing to this crash are considered roadway conditions and speed. 

OSP was assisted by Jefferson County Fire, Madras Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, and ODOT.


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.


Vancouver Police seek assistance in locating missing endangered adult (Update: Located safe)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/20/24 3:36 PM

Update

Ms. Dunevant has been located and is safe. 

The Vancouver Police Department is requesting the public's assistance in locating Nettie Dunevant (72) a.k.a. Nettie House, a missing elderly woman. Nettie was last seen February 16, 2024 in the area of Extended Stay America, 300 NE 115th Ave in east Vancouver. Nettie has several mental health issues and impaired cognitive abilities. 

Nettie is a black female, 5'8", 160 lbs., with a hunched posture. She was last seen wearing a white cardigan sweater, dark-colored pants, light-colored hat and in possession of a red suitcase, plaid purse and black purse. Nettie does not have a phone or a vehicle.

Please call 311 or 911 with any information. 

 


Liberty High School to Host 2024 Regional Oregon Battle of the Books Competition
Hillsboro Sch. Dist. - 02/20/24 3:23 PM

Seven high school teams to compete for a chance to advance to the statewide competition

February 20, 2024, Hillsboro, OR - On Saturday, March 9, Liberty High School will host the 2024 Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) regional competition. Liberty has sent a team to OBOB for the past several years and is excited to serve as this year’s host.

OBOB is a statewide, voluntary reading program and competition for students in grades 3-12. that is sponsored by the Oregon Association of Libraries with the support of a Library Services and Technology Act grant. The mission of OBOB is: “to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, to promote academic excellence, and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students.” 

The regional competition at Liberty will include seven high school teams from the area. These teams will engage in a trivia battle about a set list of twelve books. The winner will advance to the OBOB statewide competition on Saturday, April 13 at Chemeketa Community College in Salem.

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Washougal School District Celebrates Washougal Youth Arts Month (Photo)
Washougal Sch. Dist. - 02/20/24 3:22 PM
Students participate in the 2019 canvas painting activity hosted by The Paint Roller. This year, The Paint Roller will host a rock painting event.
Students participate in the 2019 canvas painting activity hosted by The Paint Roller. This year, The Paint Roller will host a rock painting event.
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Washougal, WA – Washougal School District and Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance announce Youth Arts Month, an annual celebration of student creativity and innovation throughout March 2024. This month-long celebration includes over 10 different free, family-friendly events to showcase the talents and creativity of students across all Washougal schools. Washougal Youth Arts Month has been an annual tradition in Washougal since 2019. 

Washougal Youth Arts Month is a tradition that our students and community look forward to each year,” said Alice Yang, art teacher at Cape Horn-Skye Elementary and Canyon Creek Middle School. “It showcases the many talents of Washougal kids as they learn and grow.”

The community is invited to view a collection of student artwork at the Washougal Youth Arts Month Gallery at the Washougal Town Square on March 21 and 22 from 5-7 PM, and March 23 from 12-4 PM. The gallery includes multimedia, watercolor, clay, video, photography, metal and wood student-crafted pieces. This event, hosted by Washougal School District with generous support from the Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance, is free of charge.

"Art is good for kids so they can feel like they accomplished something," said Easton, student at Cape Horn-Skye Elementary School.

Musical performances are presented by Washougal School District students of all grade levels throughout the month of March. Visit the school district website for a full list of scheduled performances and art events throughout the month.

Families are also invited to participate in free community art events hosted by the Washougal Community Library and The Paint Roller this month. The Washougal Community Library offers Everyone’s An Artist programs, where families can explore new art forms and create a piece of take-home art, on March 6th and 20th at 4-5pm. Take-home art kits are also available to families during library open hours, while supplies last. The Paint Roller is hosting rock painting events on March 2, 9, and 16 at 1-3 pm at the Reflection Plaza. Rocks painted with The Paint Roller will be included in the Kids of Washougal Rock Garden downtown.

Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance (WACA) member Chuck Carpenter, who also serves on the Washougal School Board, said, “Washougal has become known for its support of the arts, and a real important part of that support is in fostering the abilities of our young people. This is why WACA, the City, and the schools work together on Youth Arts Month.” 

Visual and performing arts events like the student programs offered throughout Washougal Youth Arts Month are funded by the Washougal School Levy. The levy supports great opportunities for students to explore their interests, develop their talent, and share their passion with our community.




Attached Media Files: Students participate in the 2019 canvas painting activity hosted by The Paint Roller. This year, The Paint Roller will host a rock painting event. , Ms. Alice Yang's art class at Cape Horn-Skye Elementary , Ms. Alice Yang's art class at Cape Horn-Skye Elementary in Washougal , Families visit the Washougal Youth Arts Month Gallery , Family views student artwork at the Washougal Youth Arts Month Gallery

Statement on alleged misconduct by three corrections deputies
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/20/24 3:05 PM

Multnomah County Sheriff Nicole Morrisey O’Donnell has initiated a professional standards investigation into serious allegations of misconduct by three corrections deputies, Mirzet Sacirovic, Jorge Troudt and Gustavo Valdovinos.

In April 2022, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) was notified by a federal investigator that two cooperating defendants involved in a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) case shared concerning allegations of misconduct by the deputies during a meeting with investigators. The defendants alleged the deputies aided or facilitated assaults, provided contraband and allowed access to computers and personal cell phones. The alleged conduct was said to have occurred between 2018 and 2020.

The MCSO Detectives Unit opened criminal investigations into the allegations in April 2022. Due to the nature of the allegations, scope of the investigations, and for broad transparency, MCSO activated the East County Major Crimes Team. The East County Major Crimes Team consists of investigators from the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Gresham Police Department, Port of Portland Police Department, Oregon State Police, and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.

On September 21, 2022, then Sheriff Mike Reese formally requested that Oregon State Police lead the investigation. On that same day, the three deputies were placed on paid administrative leave. They remain in this leave status today.

Eight months later, in May 2023, the OSP investigator concluded the investigations and referred charges of official misconduct to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office. 

After a review by the deputy district attorney (DDA), the DDA declined to criminally charge the three corrections deputies. 

On November 14, 2023, the DDA sent a memorandum to District Attorney Mike Schmidt stating the DA’s Office would be unable to prove beyond a reasonable doubt all elements of the alleged crimes, citing the age of the allegations, the credibility of the cooperating defendants, lack of evidence, and lack of corroborating statements, among many other factors. 

With the conclusion of the criminal investigation and the declination to prosecute the corrections deputies, the cases returned to the Sheriff’s Office for further consideration.

Sheriff Morrisey O’Donnell is providing the following statement: 

“The alleged conduct outlined in the Oregon State Police investigative records is egregious and unacceptable. I will not tolerate conduct of this nature within our organization.

I have initiated a professional standards investigation. To ensure there are no perceived conflicts of interest, and because an inquiry of this scope requires significant resources, I will be turning to an independent investigator to complete the professional standards investigations.

It is important for the community to know the Sheriff’s Office has taken significant steps to ensure oversight in our jails in recent years. Measures include, but are not limited to: 

  • Replacing and installing new interior security cameras throughout the jail,
  • Reviewing and enacting policy to ensure compliance with state law and to reflect best practices in corrections settings,
  • Reforming the adult in custody complaint process,
  • Implementing technology to record activations of security doors,
  • Expanding our corrections deputy field training program,
  • Appointing a non-sworn inspector to oversee the MCSO Internal Affairs Unit.

These measures are building blocks. I am committed to identifying and implementing strategies to ensure accountability into the future.”

In the interest of transparency, the Sheriff’s Office is providing the OSP investigation reports; they can be found at this link. The DDA’s memorandum is also being made available here

To safeguard the integrity of the processes and investigations, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office is not commenting further at this time.

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Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee meets Feb. 23
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/20/24 2:21 PM

SALEM, Ore. — The Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee meets Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. at ODF headquarters in Salem, with a virtual option.

The public meeting will be held in the Tillamook Room, Building C, at the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Salem headquarters, 2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310. To join virtually, please use the Zoom video conference information found on the agenda.

Agenda items will include:

  • Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and Forest Management Plan (FMP) presentation
  • Formulate testimony for March Board of Forestry meeting

Public comment is scheduled at the beginning of the meeting. To submit written comment, email ftlac.comment@odf.oregon.gov. Written comments sent at least 48 hours before the meeting will give the FTLAC time to review and consider information. Comments submitted after that window of time will be sent to the FTLAC after the meeting, entered into the record and posted online. Comments are not accepted after the meeting concludes.

The Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee is comprised of seven county commissioners representing 15 Oregon counties where state forestlands are located. The FTLAC is a statutorily established committee that advises the Board of Forestry on matters related to forestland managed by ODF. View more information on the FTLAC webpage.

Questions about accessibility or special accommodations can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at least 24 hours prior to the meeting at 503-945-7200.


Correction to Corvallis Police Department Press Release / Fatal Crash on SW Philomath Blvd
Corvallis Police - 02/20/24 2:17 PM

News Release

Corvallis Police Department

180 NW 5th Street

  Corvallis, OR97330

541-766-6924

2/20/2024 1:15 PM

 

Media Contact: 

Lt. Ben Harvey, Corvallis Police Department

(541) 766-6556 / cpdpio@corvallisoregon.gov

 

Corvallis Police Response to Fatal Crash on Philomath Blvd

Corvallis Police Officers responded to a report of a single vehicle crash into a tree on SW Philomath Blvd near SW 71st St on Saturday morning around 08:22 am. 

On Saturday February 17th at approximately 8:22 am the Corvallis Police Department and the Corvallis Fire Department responded to a report of a vehicle crash on SW Philomath Blvd west of Shonnard’s Nursery. Officers arrived on scene and located a Lexus SUV with extensive damage crashed into a tree on the south side of SW Philomath Blvd near SW 71st St. No other vehicles were involved in the crash. 

Tragically, the sole occupant of the vehicle, identified as 28-year-old Laura Ruhl of Philomath, was found deceased upon arrival. The Corvallis Police Department extends its deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Ms. Ruhl during this difficult time. 

Members of the Major Accident Investigative Team (MAIT) were called out to carefully examine the crash site. Consequently, Philomath Blvd was closed for approximately three hours to facilitate thorough investigation and ensure public safety. 

The circumstances surrounding this unfortunate event remain under investigation and no further information will be released at this time. The Corvallis Police Department urges anyone with relevant information pertaining to the incident to contact Ofc Peter Mason at 541-766-6924. 


East County Resident Rescued from House Fire (Photo)
East (Clark) Co. Fire and Rescue - 02/20/24 1:41 PM
Blair Rd Fire Photo
Blair Rd Fire Photo
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Early this morning, East County Fire and Rescue (ECFR) was dispatched along with companies from the Camas Washougal and Vancouver Fire Departments to a residential fire with a trapped invalid occupant at 412 NE Blair Road. ECFR Engine 91 arrived to a working fire in a small one-story house and a resident confirmed that an invalid occupant was trapped in his bedroom. The firefighters from Engine 91 quickly stretched a hoseline to confine the fire and the Captain from Engine 91 assisted by the crew of Camas Washougal Fire Department Engine 43 rescued the trapped occupant.

The fire was quickly knocked down and the building was searched for additional occupants. Operations were hindered by the large amount of contents in the building and energized electrical wiring. Final extinguishment was delayed until the Clark Public Utility District personnel could cut power to the building. The Clark County Fire Marshal’s initial investigation indicated that the fire was accidental and it originated in the electrical panel of the home.

When this incident occurred, Engine 94 which is temporarily operating from Station 93 on NE 312th Avenue was out of service due to lack of staffing. Ironically, this closure moved one additional firefighter to Station 91 on NE 267th Avenue along with the two-person crew normally assigned to Engine 91. This provided sufficient staffing for the first arriving ECFR engine to be able to make entry, control the fire, and begin rescue operations. If Engine 91 had its normal two-person staffing, interior firefighting and rescue operations would have been delayed until an engine from the Camas Washougal Fire Department arrived at the incident. 

East County Fire and Rescue continues to struggle with maintaining sufficient personnel to maintain two staffed stations, one on each side of the Washougal River to provide timely response. In March, the board of fire commissioners will be considering a fire levy lid lift that would provide funding for four additional full-time firefighters and replacement of aging apparatus.

East County Fire and Rescue provides fire and life safety services to roughly 10,500 people over 60 square miles in southeast Clark County. We are a combination full-time, part-time, and volunteer-staffed fire district responding to an average of 1,100 calls a year on both sides of the Washougal River.

More information about East County Fire and Rescue can be found at www.ecfr.us. Fire Chief Ed Hartin also welcomes your questions at ehartin@ecfr.us or (360) 834-4908.

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Attached Media Files: Press Release , Blair Rd Fire Photo

Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Release #1
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/20/24 1:30 PM

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 which occurred on February 20, 2024, at approximately 12:05 a.m., in the 12500 block of NE 152nd Avenue in Clark County. 

Clark County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the location to conduct a welfare check on a female who family members believed was being held against her will by a male family member. Upon arriving on the scene, deputies attempted to detain the male subject who produced what appeared to be a firearm, which led to an officer-involved shooting. The male subject was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

The Washington State Patrol Crime Scene Response Team is assisting with processing evidence.  The investigation of the officer-involved shooting is being led by the Vancouver Police Department. Investigation of any crime(s) associated with the initial call for service will be investigated by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. 

Additional information will be released as it becomes available and will be sent out via media release.

 

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Corvallis Police Response to Fatal Crash on Philomath Blvd on Saturday February 17th
Corvallis Police - 02/20/24 1:23 PM

 

News Release

Corvallis Police Department

180 NW 5th Street

Corvallis, OR97330

541-766-6924

2/20/2024 1:15 PM

 

Media Contact: 

Lt. Ben Harvey, Corvallis Police Department

(541) 766-6556 / cpdpio@corvallisoregon.gov

 

Corvallis Police Response to Fatal Crash on Philomath Blvd

Corvallis Police Officers responded to a report of a single vehicle crash into a tree on SW Philomath Blvd near SW 71st St on Saturday morning around 08:22 am. 

On Saturday February 17th at approximately 8:22 am the Corvallis Police Department and the Corvallis Fire Department responded to a report of a vehicle crash on SW Philomath Blvd west of Shonnard’s Nursery. Officers arrived on scene and located a Lexus SUV with extensive damage crashed into a tree on the south side of SW Philomath Blvd near SW 71st St. No other vehicles were involved in the crash. 

Tragically, the sole occupant of the vehicle, identified as 28-year-old Laura Ruhl of Corvallis, was found deceased upon arrival. The Corvallis Police Department extends its deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Ms. Ruhl during this difficult time. 

Members of the Major Accident Investigative Team (MAIT) were called out to carefully examine the crash site. Consequently, Philomath Blvd was closed for approximately three hours to facilitate thorough investigation and ensure public safety. 

The circumstances surrounding this unfortunate event remain under investigation and no further information will be released at this time. The Corvallis Police Department urges anyone with relevant information pertaining to the incident to contact Ofc Peter Mason at 541-766-6924. 

 


Vancouver Police investigate fatality collision
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/20/24 12:49 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – On February 18, Vancouver Police responded to the 8100 block of NE Parkway Dr. for a vehicle vs. pedestrian collision. The driver was pulling out of a parking lot, making an eastbound turn onto Parkway Dr. when he struck a pedestrian who was either walking on the sidewalk or along the edge of the roadway. According to the driver, he did not see the pedestrian as he pulled out into the roadway. The pedestrian, a 37-year-old male, was transported to an area hospital where he later died.  The driver remained on scene and there were no signs of impairment. 

The Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit is continuing the investigation. This is the second fatal traffic crash investigated by the Vancouver Police Department in 2024. 

 

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County releases 2023 vacant buildable lands model capacity report for public review
Clark Co. WA Communications - 02/20/24 11:37 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Community Planning and GIS departments are releasing for public review the county’s 2023 Vacant Buildable Lands Model (VBLM) capacity report. 

The VBLM is a planning tool developed to analyze residential, commercial and industrial lands within urban growth areas. The model serves as a tool for evaluating urban area alternatives during Comprehensive Growth Management Plan updates and for monitoring growth patterns during interim periods. 

The VBLM analyzes potential residential and employment capacity of each urban growth area based on vacant and underutilized land classifications. This potential capacity is used to determine the amount of urban land needed to accommodate projected population and job growth for the next 20 years during comprehensive plan updates. The county is required to complete the comprehensive plan update by June 30, 2025.

Recent model updates include: 

  • Modifying VBLM logic to calculate capacity based on zoning, 
  • Updating VBLM configuration to reflect allowed residential densities in the yield assumptions, 
  • Incorporating yield estimates from the local jurisdictions, and 
  • Documenting special cases/exceptions to the established logic.

The report is available for review on the county’s website at https://gis.clark.wa.gov/vblm/


Clark County Sheriff's Office Deputies Involved in Shooting
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/20/24 10:40 AM

Just after midnight on 2/20/24, Clark County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputies responded to a welfare check in Brush Prairie after a woman called 911, stating she was concerned for her mother’s safety. As the investigation continued, it appeared the woman’s mother may have been held against her will by a male family member. 

Upon arriving on the scene, deputies attempted to detain the male subject. The male then produced what appeared to be a firearm, which led to an officer-involved shooting. Deputies immediately attempted to provide life-saving aid to the male, but he was later pronounced deceased by fire department/EMS personnel. No deputies were physically injured. The female victim was transported to a hospital for evaluation. Five CCSO deputies are now on Critical Incident Leave, per standard protocol. 

The information is preliminary, and this is an ongoing investigation. The SW Washington Independent Investigation Team (SWIIRT), led by the Vancouver Police Department, will be investigating the shooting. Additionally, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office has notified the Washington State Office of Independent Investigations. 

As part of CCSO’s Body Worn Camera (BWC) Program, each of the involved deputies was wearing a BWC and the incident was captured on camera. Video of the incident will be released at a later time. 

In compliance with WAC 139-12, Clark County Sheriff’s Office personnel will not be involved in this investigation.

  • All future communications will be sent via the SWIIRT.
  • The SWIIRT will release the names of the involved deputies.
  • The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the name of the deceased.
  • Once the SWIIRT investigation is complete, the case will be forwarded to the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

No further information is available at this time.


OnPoint Community Credit Union Now Accepting Nominations for Outstanding Educators Schools Making an Impact (Photo)
OnPoint Community Credit Union - 02/20/24 9:30 AM
2023 OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education Educator of the Year winners. From left to right: Caryn Anderson, K-5 Educator of the Year winner; Lucas Dix, 6-8 Educator of the Year winner; Rob Stuart, President & CEO, OnPoint Community Credit Union; Willie Williams, 9-12 Educator of the Year winner; Samuel Platt, Gold Star Educator of the Year winner.
2023 OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education Educator of the Year winners. From left to right: Caryn Anderson, K-5 Educator of the Year winner; Lucas Dix, 6-8 Educator of the Year winner; Rob Stuart, President & CEO, OnPoint Community Credit Union; Willie Williams, 9-12 Educator of the Year winner; Samuel Platt, Gold Star Educator of the Year winner.
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The 15th annual OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education will recognize inspiring educators and schools with cash prizes—including paying the mortgage or rent for four teachers for an entire year

 

PORTLAND, Ore., February 20, 2024 — OnPoint Community Credit Union is calling for the public’s help to honor the region’s most inspiring and innovative teachers. Starting today, anyone can nominate a local educator for the 2024 OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education. The OnPoint Prize will award $193,000 to the winning educators and schools in May of this year.

Four winning educators will have their mortgage or rent paid by OnPoint for one year. Four runners-up will each receive a $5,000 cash prize. The OnPoint Prize also includes the Community Builder award for innovative school projects. Four schools will receive $2,000, and a fifth school selected by community votes will receive $5,000. A new category added in 2023 is the Gold Star awarda fourth category to honor pre-kindergarten teachers, counselors, librarians and school administrators.

“Educators do so much more than teach lessons – they shape the future leaders of our communities,” said Rob Stuart, President and Chief Executive Officer, OnPoint Community Credit Union. “As we open nominations for this year’s OnPoint Prize, we invite the public to join us in honoring those educators who go above and beyond to inspire, create and foster inclusivity.” 

Anyone can nominate an outstanding educator or apply for a Community Builder award starting today at www.onpointprize.com. The nomination period closes at 11:59 p.m. PST on Tuesday, April 8. OnPoint will announce the Educator of the Year finalists and Community Builder winners on May 8.

Since 2010, the OnPoint Prize has awarded more than $843,000 in prizes to 326 local educators and schools. This year’s awards include:

  • Educators of the Year: Four educators will have their mortgage or rent paid for one year and receive a $2,500 donation to their schools for resources and supplies. One educator from each category below will be chosen:
    • Grades K-5
    • Grades 6-8
    • Grades 9-12
    • Gold Star: A new category added last year that recognizes one educator who is a pre-kindergarten teacher, school counselor, substitute teacher, librarian or school administrator.

Runners-up: Four educators, one from each of the above categories, will receive a $5,000 cash award and a $1,500 donation to each of their schools for resources and supplies.

  • Community Builder Awards: One school, selected by community votes, will receive $5,000 for a project that will meaningfully improve that school or community. Four additional schools will each receive $2,000 for special projects.

Meet the four Educators of the Year who have had their mortgage or rent paid over the last year

Caryn Anderson, 4th grade teacher at Abernethy Elementary School in Portland, Ore.

Caryn Anderson balances individualized student attention with an inclusive classroom environment. She builds relationships with students and their families, and tailors instruction to each child's social, emotional and academic needs. Anderson's peers say she gives every student a voice, and parents say she catches students who might otherwise fall through the cracks. Anderson's emphasis on inclusion features books by authors of color and rich discussions about social injustice and racism.

Lucas Dix, 6-8th grade media arts and journalism teacher at Rowe Middle School in Milwaukie, Ore.

To understand Lucas Dix's influence at Milwaukie's Rowe Middle School, you'll need to watch one of the school news team's music videos. The Shamrock News video topics range from social-emotional development (Teach 100) to grammar (Comma Dance). Dix is a champion for positive school culture. He created the Rowe Zine, a magazine featuring writing pieces from language arts classes. He invented the 1 Million Word Club to encourage reading. He also brought back school dances and revitalized the track and cross-country teams.

Willie Williams, athletic advisor (formerly 9-12th grade history and economics teacher) at Roosevelt High School in Portland, Ore.

Willie Williams brings the spirit of community, respect, and inclusivity to Roosevelt High School. His curriculum elevates underrepresented groups and gets students thinking critically about history and justice. Williams is the Upward Bound mentor and Black student union advisor who stepped into the school's interim athletic director role mid-year, the classroom leader who greets his students with "Good morning, family," the educator who encourages critical thinking on electoral systems and immigration policy, and the role model who inspires students to join and lead social justice movements.

Samuel Platt, principal of Tumalo Community School in Tumalo, Ore. 

Samuel Platt was the first recipient of the Gold Star Educator award. His energy, love, and dedication have helped bring the Tumalo Community School to life. Platt championed the district's first music program in 2022, his first year on the job. The program included a new music teacher and the elementary school's first-ever concert. Platt also secured funding and staffing for eight after-school clubs in one week. He created initiatives such as the Comeback Kids, which supports faculty with tools that catch students up after two years of remote learning. Platt recognizes every student's birthday and their accomplishments over the school's loudspeaker. He also created the Kindness Awards assembly to honor students who have gone above and beyond to show kindness.

Five innovative school projects awarded funding in 2023

In 2023, OnPoint awarded five Community Builder grants to schools to fund innovative projects that inspire students, foster community, demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and reach a broad segment of the school community. 

The $5,000 grand prize, selected by community votes, went to Gaffney Lane Elementary School in Oregon City, a Title 1 school that was still working to transition back from the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the funding, the school purchased furniture that fosters a collaborative learning environment, allowing the students to stand and work, move their desks into groups, sit with a partner or alone on more updated furniture. The school also utilized the funds to support students who require additional or alternative supplies to be successful, so they don’t feel so different from their classmates.

Four schools across Oregon and Southwest Washington received the $2,000 award: 

  1. Buckman Arts Focus Elementary’s Multicultural Family Art Nights
  2. Buena Vista Spanish Immersion Elementary’s Supplemental Food Relief/Dispensa de Alimentos program
  3. Desert Sky Montessori’s Outdoor Book Nooks
  4. Marylhurst School’s Relaxation Room & Calming Center

About the Nomination Process

Information about the OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education and how to submit a nomination is now available at www.onpointprize.com. Anyone can nominate an educator, and educators may also nominate themselves. Applicants must be a full-time or job-share classroom teacher, counselor, school administrator, or librarian for grades Pre-K-12 in an accredited public, private or charter school, located within any county that OnPoint serves. OnPoint also accepts applications for the Community Builder awards within those same counties. For information about the campaign, additional qualifications and contest rules, please visit www.onpointprize.com.

OnPoint was founded more than 90 years ago by 16 teachers, and continues to honor its roots and the dedication of educators in Oregon and SW WashingtonClick here to learn more.

ONPOINT COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION

OnPoint Community Credit Union is the largest credit union in Oregon, serving over 539,000 members and with assets of $8.7 billion. Founded in 1932, OnPoint Community Credit Union’s membership is available to anyone who lives or works in one of 28 Oregon counties (Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Crook, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Gilliam, Hood River, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Morrow, Multnomah, Polk, Sherman, Tillamook, Wasco, Washington, Wheeler and Yamhill) and two Washington counties (Skamania and Clark) and their immediate family members. More information is available at www.onpointcu.com or 503-228-7077 or 800-527-3932.

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Attached Media Files: 2023 OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education Educator of the Year winners. From left to right: Caryn Anderson, K-5 Educator of the Year winner; Lucas Dix, 6-8 Educator of the Year winner; Rob Stuart, President & CEO, OnPoint Community Credit Union; Willie Williams, 9-12 Educator of the Year winner; Samuel Platt, Gold Star Educator of the Year winner.

Trails advisory committee to meet Feb. 28-29 to evaluate grant applications
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/20/24 9:07 AM

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Advisory Committee will meet February 28-29 to evaluate grant applications from around the state for projects to develop, improve or expand recreational trails. 

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) administers this federally funded grant program. 

The meeting is open to the public but does not include time for public comments. The committee will meet 9 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Feb. 28 and 9 a.m. to close of business Feb. 29. 

Members will evaluate 22 applications over two days. Agenda for meeting information and a list of project proposals: https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/GRA/Documents/RTP-Agenda-Feb2024.pdf

Options for attending:

In Person: Best Western Mill Creek, 3125 Ryan Dr SE, Salem, OR 97301 

Online: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85971565536

One tap mobile: (253)205-0468, 85971565536#

Phone: (253)205-0468, Webinar ID: 859 7156 5536

The RTP Advisory Committee will submit recommendations to the Oregon State Parks Commission for review and approval at their April meeting. OPRD will then forward approved project proposals to the Federal Highway Administration for final approval. 

The RTP Advisory Committee consists of 10 members who represent various trail user groups and land managers. Eligible RTP applicants include local governments, state agencies, federal land management agencies, tribal governments and nonprofit organizations.

RTP is an assistance program of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration. The program provides funds to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both nonmotorized and motorized trail uses, including hiking, biking, equestrian use, cross-country skiing, paddling, snowmobiling, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving or using other off-road motorized vehicles.

For more information contact Jodi Bellefeuille, Program Coordinator at 503-856-6316 or ellefeuille@oprd.oregon.gov">Jodi.bellefeuille@oprd.oregon.gov or visit the RTP webpage.

If special accommodations are needed to attend the meeting, contact Jodi Bellefeuille at least 72 hours prior to the meeting.


Mon. 02/19/24
FOUND: Missing Battle Ground Girl Found Safe
City of Battle Ground - 02/19/24 5:26 PM

We are pleased to report that 12-year-old Gianna Emra, of Battle Ground, has been found safe.

Battle Ground Police received a report of a runaway, Gianna Emra, on February 13.  Gianna was last seen by her guardian at the Vancouver Mall on the afternoon of February 11.  Officers immediately entered her as a missing person and began the investigation.

Gianna was located by the Vancouver Police Department shortly after 1:00pm on Monday, February 19. The details of her whereabouts during the timeframe she was missing are still unknown.   

The Battle Ground Police Department is grateful to our partners at the Vancouver Police Department for their efforts in helping to locate Gianna and bringing a successful resolution to this case.  Additionally, we would like to thank the public and media for sharing information. 


Woodland Public Schools will house Cascadia Technical Academy's Pre-Electrician program starting in the 2024-2025 school year (Photo)
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 02/19/24 4:30 PM
By partnering with Woodland Public Schools, Cascadia Tech will be able to offer the Pre-Electrician program to students throughout Cowlitz County
By partnering with Woodland Public Schools, Cascadia Tech will be able to offer the Pre-Electrician program to students throughout Cowlitz County
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Woodland Public Schools will house Cascadia Technical Academy’s Pre-Electrician program starting in the 2024-2025 school year

Monday, February 19, 2024-Woodland, WA-Woodland Public Schools will start offering the Cascadia Technical Academy’s Pre-Electrician program to juniors and seniors from Kalama, La Center, Ridgefield, and Woodland School Districts starting this fall with the 2024-25 school year. The Pre-Electrician program qualifies as a pathway to graduation where students will learn the residential and commercial electric codes; wiring and motor controls; electrical theory; and how to read blueprints.

The demand for electricians is expected to grow in the coming years due to the increasing need for skilled workers in the renewable energy sector and the ongoing maintenance of existing electrical systems. Additionally, becoming an electrician provides graduates with an avenue to high-paying career opportunities as well as the potential to become entrepreneurs and run their own firms. 

By partnering to launch the program, Woodland Public Schools and Cascadia Technical Academy can reach more students throughout Cowlitz County, “In an era where education is evolving rapidly, collaborative efforts between educational institutions and community organizations are crucial,” explained Asha Riley, Assistant Superintendent for Woodland Public Schools. “Our partnership with Cascadia Technical Academy holds immense promise to provide specialized programs for students throughout Cowlitz County.”

Additionally, the partnership between the two educational institutions helps to lower costs for all involved. “Cost-sharing ensures that financial burdens are distributed fairly between all districts utilizing the program,” said Riley “This makes the program accessible to a broader range of students, inclusivity that is essential for promoting social equity for students throughout our region.” 

Cost-sharing is not merely about financial transactions; it symbolizes a commitment to collaboration, equity, and student success. “With Woodland Public Schools and Cascadia Technical Academy joining forces to provide a pre-electrician program, we create a powerful synergy that benefits students, educators, and the community at large,” said Riley.

Learn more about how Woodland Public Schools educates our students and serves the community by visiting our dedicated news webpage at www.woodlandschools.org/news/wsd

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Attached Media Files: By partnering with Woodland Public Schools, Cascadia Tech will be able to offer the Pre-Electrician program to students throughout Cowlitz County , CTE courses teach trade skills including welding, auto repair, woodworking, electronics, and more.

News release from Northeast Multnomah Community Association (NEMCCA) to Multnomah County regarding two AMR two paramedic issue
Corbett Fire - 02/19/24 10:45 AM

Letter deals with the impact of the two paramedic issue for the approximately 4,000 people that live in Corbett; that is located in the Columbia Scenic Gorge. NEMMCA is a community association that was founded in 1959.




Attached Media Files: Letter

Western Oregon University Professor to present on recent expedition to Antarctica
Western Oregon University - 02/19/24 10:14 AM

University Marketing & Communications

Maureen Brakke 503-838-9329

Brittany Kima 503-838-8163

 

MONMOUTH, Ore. –  Western Oregon University Professor of Literature and Writing Henry Hughes, Ph.D., recently returned from an expedition to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Islands, and the Antarctic Peninsula to experience, study, and report on wildlife, ocean conditions, ice, climate change, travel culture, and ecotourism.

An Oregon Book Award-Winning published author and poet, Hughes travels the globe searching for inspiration for new literary projects, always with a connection to water and fishing. Growing up on Long Island, NY, Hughes shares that fishing and boating are big themes in his writing. He adds that being out on the water fishing offers a time to think about life and culture. He also lived in Japan for three years and in China for two which helped create a more informed global consciousness, helping to guide him in the way he thinks.

Hughes has written and published many poems and stories with seafaring/maritime themes and draws his influence from notable writers such as Herman Melville, Ernest Hemingway, and Annie Prolux. Hughes actively contributes articles to outdoor journals such as Anglers Journal and The Flyfish Journal, among many others. He has also published his autobiography Back Seat with Fish and edited three collections for the Penguin Rand House Everyman’s Library.

Hughes also actively writes for and manages The Write Place, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating and supporting literary and artistic projects that examine human relationships with the natural environment. Hughes’ recent experience is logged on this website. One of his English students, Jasper Beck co-edits for The Write Place. Beck won the Peter Sears Poetry Prize last year at Western, which recognizes the best poem written by an undergraduate at Western.

On February 22 at 4 p.m., Hughes will share his experience on his recent Antarctic expedition and lead a discussion on ecotourism in the age of climate change. This event is free and open to the public at Western Oregon University in Room 101 in the Richard Woodcock Education Center (RWEC).

During the 18-day expedition, Hughes and The Write Place Board Member Eugene Jones conducted and participated in onboard seminars and workshops in history, literature, oceanography, glaciology, meteorology, and zoology. They reported on avian flu mortality in South Georgia, ice formations in the Southern Ocean, and humpback whale migration. They also took hundreds of photos and hours of video, filled notebooks, talked, listened, and conducted interviews with passengers and crew members. Read the complete travelogue on the Write Place website.

Hughes notes that one of their guides, Eloisa Berrier, an Argentine biologist had asked them how they felt about Antarctica, and how they felt about the world and themselves. He writes that the experience happened, but “responses to those questions are still evolving.”

Next to his passion for travel and writing, Hughes loves teaching writing and literature at Western and appreciates the small class sizes and the down-to-earth students. He shares that he enjoys watching his students find themselves and that he’s been part of their journeys. “I can see that writing and literature helped guide many students,” Hughes says.

Learn more about Henry Hughes and learn more about the English Studies Department at Western Oregon University.

 

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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.


Clark College Reports on Achievements, Challenges and Strategic Initiatives at the 2024 State of the College Address (Photo)
Clark College in Vancouver - 02/19/24 12:19 AM
President Edwards with Trustees Suzanne Donaldson, Marilee Scarbrough, Jeanne Bennett, Denise Gideon and Cristhian Canseco Juarez
President Edwards with Trustees Suzanne Donaldson, Marilee Scarbrough, Jeanne Bennett, Denise Gideon and Cristhian Canseco Juarez
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VANCOUVER, Wash. – Clark College President Dr. Karin Edwards delivered the annual State of the College address on February 14 in Gaiser Student Center. Emma Sturm, president of the Associated Students of Clark College (ASCC) kicked off the event and gave a report on increased student participation in college clubs, and ASCC’s efforts to increase student engagement in on campus activities.

Student and veteran Ray Jackson also shared his experience of navigating college studies and parenthood with the help of several Clark College student support services, including the Veterans Center of Excellence, Disability Support Services, Advising Services, and Child and Family services.

During her speech, President Edwards announced that the college’s equity-centered strategic plan was approved by the college’s board of trustees last fall and provides a framework for all the college does. The new strategic plan is centered on students—to educate, empower, and elevate them to achieve their personal and professional goals. It also underscores a commitment to student success, empowerment, and equity.

Community partnerships and philanthropy are essential for supporting student and college needs.President Edwards expressed gratitude for the ongoing support of Clark College Foundation and the community. Notably, a $1 million gift from the Cowlitz Indian Tribe will launch the Clark College Innovation Fund that will address pressing needs and drive innovation. Clark College Foundation has awarded more than $85 million over the past 50 years. This year alone, the foundation has awarded $2 million that directly assists more than 550 students. 

In addition, Clark has disbursed $24.5 million in financial aid from other funding sources, including state and federal grants and loans as well as community scholarships. Recently, the college was awarded a $2.2 million Title III Strengthening Institutions grant from the U.S. Department of Education primarily for increasing student completion rates.

The college budget and its financial sources focus on supporting Clark College’s commitment to provide affordable education. Clark currently offers more than 100 degrees and certificates in over 70 programs including 5 bachelor of applied science degrees. The annual tuition is $4,907 for 45 credits (during 3 terms).And 70% of Clark students transfer to four-year universities.

Enrollment has increased by more than 10% this academic year compared to the 2022-23 academic year.Approximately 8,683 students enrolled during the Fall and Winter terms, translating to 5,932 full-time equivalent students. Increased enrollment is expected to impact the budget positively, reducing the need to use the fund balance as the college had to do in previous years during and immediately following the pandemic.

New programs, degrees, and expansion of academic offerings are driven by community needs and workforce demands. The college is seeking to add a Civil Engineering Technology and Construction Management program, Food Service Operations certificate and Civil Engineering Technology and Construction Management program, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree that was recently approved on February 1.

The programs under development include: 

  • Clean Energy Technician program that will expand the college’s existing Mechatronic Technology and Automotive Technology programs to meet high-demand jobs.
  • Surgical Technician program will be the first in Southwest Washington. Pending final approval in May, graduates of the two-year program will earn an Associate of Applied Technology (AAT) degree in Surgical Technology. 

The Advanced Manufacturing Center, currently under construction at the college’s Ridgefield location at Boschma Farms, is on track to open in fall 2025. This center will host some of the new programs, and it can serve up to 1,200 students per term. 

Diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives remain top priorities at Clark College. Achievements include increased diversity in hiring and ongoing professional development initiatives. In addition, the college organizes The Northwest Regional Equity Conference, now in its fifth year. The conference plays a pivotal role in promoting equitable experiences for historically underrepresented students and employees.

Looking ahead, reflecting on the college's achievements, President Edwards expressed gratitude for the collaborative efforts of faculty, staff, and the community. As Clark College looks toward the future, she said it remains committed to student success, expanding program offerings, and strengthening community partnerships. Clark College continues to be a beacon of opportunity and excellence in the region.

 

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 three-quarters of its students are in the first generation of their families to attend college.   

 

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Attached Media Files: President Edwards with Trustees Suzanne Donaldson, Marilee Scarbrough, Jeanne Bennett, Denise Gideon and Cristhian Canseco Juarez , Dr. Karin Edwards with Student Speaker, Ray Jackson , Dr Karin Edwards, President of Clark College

Sun. 02/18/24
ONA Files Unfair Labor Practice Against PeaceHealth for Refusing to Meet with Nurses; Canceling Scheduled Mediation (Photo)
Oregon Nurses Assn. - 02/18/24 5:07 PM
ONA nurses on strike at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services to reach a fair contract agreement that addresses patient safety and community health; secure equitable pay; and solves PeaceHealth's staffing crisis. Photo Courtesy of Kevin Mealy, ONA.
ONA nurses on strike at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services to reach a fair contract agreement that addresses patient safety and community health; secure equitable pay; and solves PeaceHealth's staffing crisis. Photo Courtesy of Kevin Mealy, ONA.
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PeaceHealth has refused to meet with home care nurses for a month. 

(Springfield, Ore.) – The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) has filed an unfair labor practice charge against PeaceHealth for refusing to meet and bargain with local nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services. After receiving a strike notice Jan. 19, PeaceHealth unilaterally canceled a Jan. 23 meeting with nurses and a federal mediator and has refused to sit down with nurses for the last month. Local nurses have repeatedly offered to meet with PeaceHealth executives to reach a fair contract agreement to prevent or end a strike but PeaceHealth has declined.

Home health and hospice nurses at PeaceHealth declared a limited duration strike Feb. 10 - 24 to protect their community’s health and safety, combat care delays, secure equitable pay and address PeaceHealth’s staffing crisis at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services. 

The more than 90 registered nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services are represented by the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA).

“It’s disappointing that PeaceHealth executives would rather sit back and scroll Instagram than talk to the frontline nurses they count on. Our strike line is only 50 yards from their front door. We’re not hard to find. We’ll meet them anywhere, anytime,” said Jo Turner, a local hospice nurse and ONA chair at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services. “We love our patients, we love our jobs, and we’d love nothing more than to get a fair contract and get back to work. But we can’t talk to an empty chair. We need PeaceHealth’s executives to show up and prove they care about the people in our community the way nurses do.”

The National Labor Relations Act requires companies like PeaceHealth to bargain in good faith. “Section 8(a)(5) of the Act makes it an unfair labor practice for an employer ‘to refuse to bargain collectively with the representatives of its employees’” specifying that companies must meet with union representatives at reasonable times and reasonable intervals. ONA nurses and PeaceHealth had 40 contract negotiation meetings between Feb. 2023 - Jan. 2024.

However, the two sides have not met since Jan. 12 due to PeaceHealth’s ongoing refusal to negotiate with home care nurses. 

The National Labor Relations Board adjudicates unfair labor practice charges and can impose financial and legal penalties on companies like PeaceHealth which break the law. ONA previously filed an unfair labor practice charge against PeaceHealth after it unlawfully threatened to cancel nurses’ health insurance. 

ONA home health and hospice nurses at PeaceHealth are holding a limited duration strike Feb. 10 - 24. Nurses are not discouraging patients from seeking care during the strike, however PeaceHealth patients may experience delays, cancellations or substandard care as PeaceHealth refused to temporarily transfer patients to other home health agencies and is relying on scab workers from an out-of-state, for-profit company.

The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) is the state’s largest and most influential nursing organization. We are a professional association and labor union which represents more than 18,000 nurses and allied health workers throughout the state, including more than 90 nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services and nearly 1,500 frontline nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center. ONA’s mission is to advocate for nursing, quality health care and healthy communities. For more information visit: www.OregonRN.org.

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Monday, Feb. 19. Press Contact: Peter Starzynski, 503-960-7989, zynski@oregonrn.org">starzynski@oregonrn.org 

  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Nurse Press Availability on Strike Line by appointment

Tuesday, Feb. 20. Press Contact: Peter Starzynski, 503-960-7989, zynski@oregonrn.org">starzynski@oregonrn.org  

  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Nurse Press Availability on Strike Line by appointment

Wednesday, Feb. 21. Press Contact: Kevin Mealy, 765-760-2203, Mealy@OregonRN.org

  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Nurse Press Availability on Strike Line by appointment

Thursday, Feb. 22. Press Contact: Kevin Mealy, 765-760-2203, Mealy@OregonRN.org

  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Nurse Press Availability on Strike Line by appointment

Friday, Feb. 23. Press Contact: Kevin Mealy, 765-760-2203, Mealy@OregonRN.org

  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Nurse Press Availability on Strike Line by appointment
  • 6 p.m. Candlelight Vigil. Nurses are holding a vigil to talk about PeaceHealth’s repeated care cuts in our community, its impact on vulnerable patients and our hopes for the future.

Saturday, Feb. 24. Strike Concludes





Attached Media Files: ONA nurses on strike at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services to reach a fair contract agreement that addresses patient safety and community health; secure equitable pay; and solves PeaceHealth's staffing crisis. Photo Courtesy of Kevin Mealy, ONA. , Nurses testified before the Eugene City Council Feb. 12. Photo Courtesy of Kevin Mealy, ONA.

Fire sprinkler saves apartment building in SW Bend
Bend Fire & Rescue - 02/18/24 8:10 AM

AT 1016 PM on the night of February 17th, Bend Fire and Rescue responded to a reported fire on a first-floor patio at the Stillwater Crossing apartment complex. 2 Engines, a medic unit, a ladder truck and 1 command vehicle responded. The first arriving engine found a smoldering fire that had been extinguished by a single activated fire sprinkler. The crews assured the fire was completely out and shut down the system. All residents were able to return to their apartments. An investigation determined the cause was likely improper disposal of cigarette smoking material. Damage was limited to $2000 of contents and minor damage to the structure. The sprinkler system prevented significant loss to the structure and displacement of multiple occupants.

 National data show that the presence of fire sprinklers in residences drastically reduce the fire damage and potential for loss of life. 

 


Sat. 02/17/24
UPDATE: Motorcyclist Killed in Parkrose Heights Neighborhood Crash Identified (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/17/24 5:13 PM
Motorcycle
Motorcycle
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The motorcycle rider who died in Wednesday’s crash is identified as Jeremy T. Bankston, 38. His family has been notified of his death.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the driver of a 2018 Dodge Caravan was turning from eastbound on Northeast Eugene Street to northbound on Northeast 111th Avenue. Bankston was riding a 2001 Yamaha southbound on Northeast 111th Avenue at a speed well above the posted 20mph speed limit. He appeared to apply brakes, lost control, crashed, and slid under the minivan. The van was lifted with jacks by Portland Fire & Rescue in an effort to get to him for medical treatment, but he was deceased.

This is an ongoing investigation, but at this point no charges have been filed. If anyone has information about this crash and has not already spoken to police, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attn: Traffic Investigations Unit and reference case number 24-37199.

This is the 12th traffic-related fatality of the year in Portland. The original news release mistakenly stated the count. There have been 12 traffic deaths year-to-date, and 13 callouts of the Major Crash Team. Year-to-date in 2023, there had been 6 traffic deaths and 8 MCT callouts.

Those may be higher figures than the Portland fatal crashes counted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA’s count excludes crashes involving suicide, private property, non-public roadways, non-motor vehicles, medical events, and deaths that happen more than 30 days after a crash.

Photo descriptions:
1-Black and white motorcycle laying on its side, headlight shining
2-A yellow and grey floor jack lifting minivan up off the street, a black motorcycle helmet and white hightop shoe on the pavement nearby
3-The street sign at NE 111/Eugene, PPB traffic officers engaged in an investigation in background

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Original Message Below

A crash involving a motorcycle rider and a vehicle driver has resulted in a death in the Parkrose Heights Neighborhood.

On Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at 4:24p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a report of a crash at the intersection of Northeast 111th Avenue and Northeast Eugene Street. When they arrived they found a crash involving a motorcycle and a vehicle. The motorcycle rider was deceased at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle remained on scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

The Portland Police Traffic Division Major Crash Team (MCT) is responding to the scene to investigate the crash. During the investigation, Northeast 111th Avenue is closed between Northeast Thompson Street and Northeast Tillamook Street.

If anyone has information about this crash and has not already spoken to police, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attn: Traffic Investigations Unit and reference case number 24-37199.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. Additional information will be released as appropriate. This is the 13th traffic-related fatality of the year in Portland. That may be a higher figure than the Portland fatal crashes counted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA’s count excludes crashes involving suicide, private property, non-public roadways, non-motor vehicles, medical events, and deaths that happen more than 30 days after a crash.

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Attached Media Files: Motorcycle , Van , Crash investigation

Fri. 02/16/24
Woman in January Kenton Neighborhood Shooting Arrested, Charged with Attempted Murder (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/16/24 9:00 PM
Handgun
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A woman is facing attempted murder charges after an injury shooting in the Kenton Neighborhood last month.

On Tuesday, January 16, 2024, just before 6:40 p.m., North Precinct officers were dispatched to a shooting call in the 7600 Block of North Interstate Avenue. Officers arrived to find a man suffering from a serious gunshot wound to his leg. Officers quickly applied a tourniquet to the man’s leg, which appeared to be severely damaged, and he was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The suspect fled the scene before officers were called.

Officers learned from the victim that the shooter was a woman he had previously dated. Due to the past relationship between the victim and suspect, Portland’s Special Victims Unit (SVU) responded to the scene and assumed control of the investigation. On January 31, 2024, SVU applied for and was granted a warrant to arrest 62-year-old Annette Oliver on charges of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Assault in the First Degree, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon (2 counts).

Today, February 16, 2024, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Oliver in the City of Gresham, Oregon. She has been booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on the warrant. After Oliver’s arrest, SVU successfully located the gun used in the shooting (photo).

Anyone who believes they have information about the case and have not yet spoken with police is asked to email Detective Caroline Greulich at caroline.greulich@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference Case #24-12720.

Everyone deserves a life free of domestic and sexual violence. Call to Safety (CTS) provides access to advocacy services, including confidential peer support, information and referrals to community resources. Formerly the Portland Women's Crisis Line, CTS' 24-hour crisis line can be reached at 503-235-5333, 1-888-235-5333, or https://calltosafety.org/

Additionally, web-based resources are available from Multnomah County's Domestic Violence Coordinator's office: http://web.multco.us/dv

The Portland Police Bureau's Special Victim's Unit (SVU) provides officers and detectives with specialized training in the dynamics of domestic violence. This unit also operates jointly with Multnomah County's Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT) on "high-lethality" cases of domestic violence (those cases with warning signs associated with the most severe and life-threatening cases of domestic violence).

Information on SVU is available at: https://www.portland.gov/police/divisions/detectives/family-services

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Attached Media Files: Handgun

Correction: Date of incident corrected to 2/8/24 - OSP seeks public assistance- Marion County
Oregon State Police - 02/16/24 5:55 PM

Body of news release updated to reflect correct incident date of February 8, 2024.

 

Marion County, Ore. 8 Feb 24- Oregon State Police requesting public assistance locating a missing person.

On Thursday, February 8, 2024, Oregon State Police responded to the St Paul bridge on Hwy 219, near milepost 24, in Marion County. Gurjinder Singh Grewal (48) was last observed walking on the bridge at approximately 11:00 a.m.. His vehicle, a black Honda Pilot, was located just south of the bridge. 

Any person with dash-cam footage or who may have witnessed him in the area on 2 Feb. between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. is encouraged to contact the Oregon State Police Dispatch at 1-800-452-7888 or OSP (677).

Reference case number SP24042821.


 


Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries February Board Meeting
Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries - 02/16/24 5:10 PM

The next regular public meeting of the FVRLibraries Board of Trustees will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at the Vancouver Community Library. It will be a hybrid (in-person/online) meeting. 

You can view the meeting materials at: https://www.fvrl.org/board-trustees




Attached Media Files: 2024-02/897/170124/2024-2-20_Agenda_Final.pdf

Deputies Arrest Man After Road Rage Incident
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/16/24 4:21 PM

On Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at approximately 7:18 a.m., deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a road rage incident near the intersection of South 20th Avenue and Baseline Street in Cornelius.

A deputy, who was in the vicinity, observed the driver of a maroon Dodge Ram operating the vehicle in a manner that was deemed unsafe. The deputy witnessed the driver tailgating and swerving at other vehicles before colliding with another car. Both vehicles involved in the incident came to a stop and were subsequently contacted by the deputy. 

At the scene of the crash, the deputy identified the driver of the Dodge Ram as 62-year-old William Owens. Both Owens and the driver of the other vehicle were found to be uninjured.

During the investigation, deputies arrested Owens and transported him to the Washington County Jail, where he was booked on the following charges:

- Attempted Assault in the Third Degree

- Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree

- Menacing

- Reckless Driving

If you witnessed any unsafe driving behavior involving the Dodge Ram mentioned and have not yet spoken to the police, please contact the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.


DA Mike Schmidt releases weekly cases impacted by public defense crisis
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 02/16/24 4:15 PM

February 16, 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 a breakdown of the types of felonies getting dismissed.

There were 4 cases dismissed by the court as a result of the public defense crisis between 2/9/24 and 2/15/24:

23-CR-22427

23-CR-46037

21-CR-13502

23-CR-35645


Accreditation Public Comment Portal
Albany Police - 02/16/24 4:11 PM

The Albany Police Department proudly became internationally accredited on November 16, 2019, through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). Our department is currently the third law enforcement agency in Oregon to hold this status.

The Albany Police Department achieve reaccreditation in November 2023 by verifying compliance with established professional law enforcement standards. The accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards which demonstrate professional excellence within a comprehensive range of operational and administrative responsibilities.

As part of the on-going accreditation process, agency employees, and members of the community are invited to offer comments via the CALEA Public Comment Portal, available at https://cimrs2.calea.org/ and https://www.albanyoregon.gov/police/about/accreditation. Access to this portal is provided as an opportunity to the public for comments regarding our agency's compliance with CALEA standards, engagement in the community, delivery of public safety services, and overall candidacy for accredited status. These comments can be in the form of commendations or concerns. The overall intent of the accreditation process is to provide the Albany Police Department with information to support continuous improvement, as well as foster the pursuit of professional excellence. CALEA standards manual information may be viewed on the CALEA website at CALEA Law Enforcement Standards Manual. Questions about our agency, standards, or the accreditation process, please contact Accreditation Manager Merab Smith.

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Attached Media Files: 2024-02/1192/170120/APD_Public_Notice_for_Comment_Portal_2024.docx

Salem man sentenced to 25 years in prison for sexual abuse and sodomy involving eight year old child.
Polk Co. Dist. Att. Office - 02/16/24 3:53 PM

DALLAS (OR) – Markis Arryon Alexander McConnico, 28, has been sentenced to serve 300 months (25 years) in prison after being found guilty of one count of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree and one count of Sodomy in the Frist Degree by Polk County Circuit Judge Monte S. Campbell. According to the evidence presented at trial, the victim was eight years old when the abuse occurred in approximately 2021. 

McConnico, of Salem, was sentenced by Judge Campbell according to Oregon’s Jessica’s Law and determinate sentencing laws. He will not be eligible for any form of early release or sentence reduction. He will also be required to serve a lifetime term of Post-Prison Supervision upon his release and register as a sex offender.

The case was investigated by the Salem Police Department and prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Shannon Clausen of the Polk County District Attorney’s Office.

 


Man Dies After January Crash in Concordia Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 02/16/24 3:35 PM
On Friday, January 26, 2024, at 3:13 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the scene of a major crash on Northeast Lombard Street and Northeast Bryant Street in the Concordia Neighborhood. The collision involved two vehicles, both headed westbound. The initial investigation revealed that a 2014 Toyota Prius was stopped on the side of the road and pulled out into the path of a 2017 Toyota Prius.

The driver of the 2014 Prius was transported to a local hospital in what was believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. The Medical Examiner has since informed the Traffic Investigations Unit that the driver died on January 29, 2024. He is identified as Charles E. Preisch, 74, of Portland. His family has been notified.

The driver of the second vehicle was uninjured, remained at the scene and was cooperative. No arrests have been made. If anyone has information about this crash and has not already spoken to police, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attn: TIU and reference case number 24-20126.

This counts as the 5th traffic-related fatalities of the year in Portland, and the year-to-date total is now 12. That may be a higher figure than the Portland fatal crashes counted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA’s count excludes crashes involving suicide, private property, non-public roadways, non-motor vehicles, medical events, and deaths that happen more than 30 days after a crash.

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Man Faces Attempted Murder Charges After Shooting in the Northwest District Neighborhood (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/16/24 3:32 PM
Revolver Seized As Evidence
Revolver Seized As Evidence
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A man is facing attempted murder and assault charges after an injury shooting in the Northwest District Neighborhood.

On Friday, February 16, 2024 at 1:42a.m., Central Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of someone shot outside of a strip club in the 2400 block of Northwest 24th Avenue. Officers learned that the victim, an adult female, left the scene and had a taxi drive her to the hospital with a non-life threatening injury.

Officers obtained a description of the suspect and saw him driving away from the scene. They stopped and detained him at Northwest 25th Avenue and Northwest Raleigh Street. A handgun was seized as evidence (photo).

Detectives from the Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. Preliminary investigation indicates that the suspect was a patron of the establishment who got in a fight with a man outside. The fight concluded, and the man and a friend helped the suspect to his car. The suspect retrieved a handgun from his car and he fired at least one shot at the men as they ran away. No 911 calls were made about the shooting. The suspect remained at the scene, attempting to get back in the club, but was refused.

Roughly 20 minutes later, the suspect then fired in the direction of the club as a female employee was coming out to a taxi to go home. The employee was struck in the leg. She got in the taxi and went to the hospital for treatment.

Gabriel D. Hutchings, 27, of Portland, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree (2 counts), Assault in the Second Degree, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon (2 counts).

If anyone has information about this case and has not already spoken to police, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attn: ECST and reference case number 24-38416.


Photo description: black revolver

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Attached Media Files: Revolver Seized As Evidence

Capital City Youth Committee Invites Mid-Valley Teens To Spring Summit
City of Salem - 02/16/24 3:30 PM

High School Youth Welcomed to the 15th Annual ILEAD Youth Leadership Summit 

SALEM, Ore. - Teens at ILEAD Youth Leadership Summit will attend workshops focusing on college and career readiness, financial literacy, health and well-being, and leadership development. The Summit is set for Saturday, March 2, 2024. This year’s Salem location features the  Knudson Branch of the Boys & Girls of Salem, Marion, and Polk Counties. The free, one-day event is open to any high school-aged teen living in the Mid-Willamette Valley. 

“We have a wide variety of workshops and presenters this year including Oregon State University, Oregon Native American Education Foundation, Goodwill Industries, Salem Health, and even Western Oregon University and South Salem High School student presenters,” said Summit Director Laurie Shaw Casarez. “All of our speakers seek to build on participant knowledge and understanding of themselves and the ‘real world’ around them, equipping them to be more ready for life after high school.”

“ILEAD helps you gain real-life experience, get involved, and make a real difference in your community,” said teen committee member Henry Baker, an 11th grader at West Salem High School

The nine-person teen committee selected workshop content they felt would help peers embrace the change that is fast-approaching most high school-aged youth. Topics address:

  • personal finances,
  • starting a business and/or heading to college,
  • mental and physical healthy lifestyle tips,
  • discovering strengths and interests, and 
  • goal setting

ILEAD is available to teens in Marion, Polk, and Linn counties.

"The thing I’m most looking forward to at ILEAD is being able to meet new people, who are also interested in not only bettering themselves, but just going to new experiences!” said Sofia Castellanos, an 11th grader at South Salem High. 

“I joined the youth committee with others from North Salem, Chemawa, Early College, South Salem, and West Salem High Schools to help my peers find the tools and resources that can set them up for success and embrace the future,” added Kaiden Armstead, a McKay High School 11th grader. 

Registration closes Thursday, February 29. The registration link is found on the ILEAD Youth Summit webpage and includes workshop descriptions and transportation information. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and includes meals, games, giveaways, a DJ, and an event T-shirt for all teen participants.

Coordinated by the City of Salem Youth Development Services, ILEAD is produced each year by a planning committee of youth and stakeholders. Marion County Health and Human Services, Salem Health: Hospitals and Clinics, Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties, and City of Salem are the March 2024 main sponsors. 

Note:  For student interviews, email ez@cityofsalem.net">Lshawcasarez@cityofsalem.net

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County council seeks volunteer for Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board
Clark Co. WA Communications - 02/16/24 3:28 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Council is seeking a community member with expertise in or experience with people with intellectual/developmental disabilities to fill an open position on the Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board. 

The 10-member advisory board makes recommendations to the county council relating to developmental disabilities services and issues. Members provide leadership to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of community programs.

The position is for an unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2024. This position is eligible for reappointment to another term following the conclusion of this term. Members appointed to the board include people knowledgeable about developmental disabilities or interested in services to persons with developmental disabilities in the community. Individuals with disabilities, family members, members of the business community or other interested individuals are encouraged to apply. There is a specific need on the advisory board for a person with developmental disability.

The Clark County Developmental Disability Advisory Board values diversity and the advisory board has adopted equity as a priority. People identifying as Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQ2+ as well as other historically under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

The advisory board meets at 5:15 pm the first Wednesday of every month. Currently, these meetings are held in an in-person/virtual hybrid format.

To apply, please send a letter of interest and résumé to Michelle Pfenning, Clark County Council, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000, or email to Michelle.Pfenning@clark.wa.gov

Application deadline is 5 pm Wednesday, March 20, 2024.


UPDATE#2: Pedestrian Killed in Southeast Portland Crash Identified
Portland Police Bureau - 02/16/24 1:44 PM
The pedestrian who died in this crash has been identified as Edward Hanson, 44. His family has been notified of his death.

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Original Messages Below

The suspect driver connected to a deadly hit-and-run crash is in police custody.

Not long after the fatal hit-and-run crash at Southeast 82nd Avenue and Southeast Flavel Street, officers arrested Skyler Lee-Stiles, 26, of Portland. He was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on the following charges: Criminally Negligent Homicide, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Death), and Tampering with Evidence. Lee-Stiles’ vehicle has been seized as evidence in the case.

Through the course of the investigation, officers determined Lee-Stiles was speeding through a work zone when he struck the pedestrian who was crossing Southeast 82nd Avenue mid-block.

Anyone with information on this incident, who has not yet spoken to police, is asked to email crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov, attention: Traffic Investigations Unit and reference case number 24-28665.

More information, including the identity of the victim, will be released when appropriate.

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Original Message Below

A pedestrian has been killed in a hit and run crash in Southeast Portland, Major Crash Team on scene.

On Monday, February 5, 2024, at approximately 2:17 a.m., officers from the East Precinct responded to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle near the intersection of Southeast 82nd Avenue and Southeast Flavel Street in Southeast Portland.

Officers arrived on scene and found an adult male deceased. The driver of the involved vehicle did not remain at the scene.

The Major Crash Team was activated to respond and take over the investigation. Investigators have closed Southeast 82nd Avenue between Southeast Malden Court and Southeast Henderson Street. Additionally, Southeast Flavel Street is closed between Southeast 80th Avenue and Southeast 84th Avenue.

This area will remain closed for several hours as the scene is processed and evidence is collected.

Anyone with information on this incident who has not yet spoken to police is asked to email crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov, attention: Traffic Investigations Unit and reference case number 24-28665.

More information will be released when appropriate.

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Pedestrian Killed in Bridlemile Neighborhood Crash Identified
Portland Police Bureau - 02/16/24 1:39 PM
The pedestrian who died in this crash has been identified as Floyd William Charlan Jr., 60.
His family has been notified of his death.

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Original Message Below

A crash involving a pedestrian and a vehicle has resulted in a fatality in the Bridlemile Neighborhood.

On Saturday, January 27, 2024 at 5:32p.m., Central Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a crash on Southwest Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway at Southwest 56th Avenue. When officers arrived, they found an involved pedestrian deceased. The involved driver stopped and remained at the scene.

The Portland Police Traffic Division Major Crash Team is responding to the scene. During the investigation, Southwest Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway is closed both directions between Southwest 56th Avenue and Southwest Shattuck Road.

If anyone has information about this crash, and has not already spoken to police, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregong.gov attn: Traffic Investigations Unit and reference case number 24-21094.

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

This is the 4th traffic related fatality this year in the city of Portland, and the 2nd involving a pedestrian. That may a higher figure than the Portland fatal crashes counted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA’s count excludes crashes involving suicide, private property, non-public roadways, non-motor vehicles, and deaths that happen more than 30 days after a crash.

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Driver killed in Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Crash Identified
Portland Police Bureau - 02/16/24 1:34 PM
The driver who died in this crash has been identified as Pedro Sanchez-Machic, 41. His family has been notified of his death.

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Original Message Below

One person is deceased following a crash in the Arbor Lodge Neighborhood.

On Wednesday, January 24, 2024, at approximately 4:32 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to reports of a crash in the 1900 block of North Rosa Parks Way. When they arrived, officers located a crash involving one vehicle. Unfortunately, the driver, an adult male, was deceased.

The Portland Police Bureau’s Major Crash Team responded to the scene and is investigating. During the investigation, North Rosa Parks Way is closed between North Denver Avenue and North Campbell Avenue.

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to email crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attn: Traffic Investigations Unit and reference case number 24-17834.

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

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Panda Cares, The Philanthropic Foundation Of Panda Express, And Boys And Girls Clubs Of Southwest Washington Open Panda Cares Center Of Hope In Vancouver, WA. (Photo)
Boys & Girls Clubs of SW Washington - 02/16/24 12:59 PM
Panda Express SWAG
Panda Express SWAG
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VANCOUVER, WA – February 14, 2024 – In partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Panda Express presented the ribbon cutting for the newest Panda Cares Center of Hope at the Clinton & Gloria John Clubhouse on January 31st, 2024. 

Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Panda Express are proud to bring a Panda Cares Center of Hope to Vancouver. The opening of this Center of Hope aligns directly with Panda Express’ commitment to foster academic success among Boys & Girls Clubs members across the country. Panda Cares Center of Hope is a newly renovated space within our Club designed to deliver more joy, education, and critical social-emotional development to local communities. Project Learn, the platform that unites each Center of Hope, is a holistic strategy intended to reinforce and enhance what youth learn during the school day, while creating experiences that invite them to fall in love with learning. Rooted in social-emotional development, this program is based on research showing that students do better in school when they spend their non-school hours engaged in fun and academically beneficial activities. 

Our Panda Cares Center of Hope was designed to meet the needs of our Club members and support them on their academic journey. The renovated space includes new furniture, a fresh coat of paint (including a chalk board wall), a calm reading corner, and a large touchscreen tablet to be used during our evidence-based academic programming. The new wall and ceiling panels help to absorb sound and great a space more conducive to learning. The Center of Hope will be a special place for hundreds of Club members for many years to come!

The Grand Opening Celebration was an exciting event where Club staff, Panda Express volunteers, community members, and nearly 100 Club youth came together to celebrate this accomplishment. Following the ribbon cutting, attendees enjoyed a photo booth and catered meal by Panda Express, and all youth were able to take home a SWAG bag filled with new books and a small panda stuffed animal with an Adoption Certificate. 

In addition to the $45,000 in grant funds to create the Center of Hope, Panda representatives presented a $10,000 check to be used as college scholarship funds for youth at the Clinton & Gloria John Clubhouse. This additional gift further exemplified Panda Cares’ generosity and commitment to supporting the academic success of young people in our community. 

Since 1999, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington (BGCSW) has been providing a safe, positive environment for our community's most vulnerable youth. We are one of the only agencies in Clark County to offer daily, affordable and accessible after-school and summer youth development programs in the highest-need neighborhoods that have few, if any, other youth services or facilities. Our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Thousands of youth have benefitted from the caring adult guidance and rich variety of programs offered by Clubs. Combined, our 8 sites serve an average of 500 youth daily after school and in our summer programs. True to our mission and purpose, Club members can participate in year-round programs (school-year and summer) for as little as $100, and we never turn anyone away for inability to pay. BGCSW relies on private philanthropy, in-kind partner contributions, and government grants to cover the true cost of operations. To learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington’s programs, please visit www.mybgc.org or call 360-448-7089. 

About Panda Express 

On a mission to inspire better lives, Panda Express® is the largest Asian dining concept in the U.S. Family-owned and operated since 1983 by co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew and Peggy Cherng, Panda Express is best known as a trailblazer for creating a wide variety of industry-first recipes, including its best seller the Original Orange Chicken® and award-winning Honey Walnut Shrimp™, which have defined the category of authentic American Chinese cuisine. Each dish at Panda Express, including the Wok Smart® selections, is thoughtfully crafted with quality ingredients and inspired by bold Chinese flavors and culinary principles. The restaurant brand has more than 2,400 locations and has introduced American Chinese cuisine to twelve international countries. Powered by this global family of associates, Panda Cares® the philanthropic arm of Panda Express, has raised more than $282 million and dedicated countless volunteer hours in bettering the health and education for over 13 million youths, as well as supporting communities in need since 1999. In 2020, the organization established the Panda Cares Scholars Program to provide the necessary funding, academic support and leadership development to help high school and college students learn, lead and thrive towards a bright future. For more information, visit pandaexpress.com or pandacares.org.




Attached Media Files: Panda Express SWAG , Book Drive , Thank you Panda! , Center of Hope

Twelve Oregon high school students advance to March 9 Poetry Out Loud State Contest (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 02/16/24 12:03 PM
Then-Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford congratulates 2019 Oregon champion Belise Nishimwe of St. Mary’s Academy.
Then-Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford congratulates 2019 Oregon champion Belise Nishimwe of St. Mary’s Academy.
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Salem, Oregon – Virtual semifinals held this week identified the 12 Oregon high school students who will compete in Oregon’s 2024 Poetry Out Loud State Contest on Saturday, March 9. The State Contest, which will feature a presentation by former Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford, is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. at Salem Public Library. The state champion will compete at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals, scheduled for April 30 to May 2 in Washington D.C.

Poetry Out Loud is a recitation contest for high school students, organized in Oregon by the Oregon Arts Commission in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Participants memorize and present poems, practicing public performance skills while exploring the complexity of poetry. 

The students advancing to Oregon’s 2024 State Contest are: Brooklyn Carr Heuer, West Linn High School; Cara Chen, Lakeridge High School (Lake Oswego); Maria Daniels, St. Stephen's Academy (Beaverton); Tali Greenfield, Lakeridge High School (Lake Oswego); Traiton Kramer, Oregon School for the Deaf (Salem); Katie Lineburg, St. Stephen's Academy (Beaverton); Arianna Morris, Redmond High School; Brayden Olsen, Oregon School for the Deaf (Salem); Kaydence Pope, South Medford High School; Misha Rana, West Linn High School; Mariah Reynolds, Redmond High School; and Bena Rodecap, Grant High School (Portland).

“All of the student performances were enthusiastic and heartfelt, which made selecting the finalists to move on to the state competition a challenge,” said Tiffany Harker, the Arts Commission’s arts education/Poetry Out Loud coordinator.

The State Contest will be held in Loucks Auditorium at Salem Public Library (585 Liberty Street SE). It is free and open to the public.

Please note: Student photos and bio information available upon request.

                 

The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission’s expertise in grantmaking, arts and cultural information and community cultural development. 


The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. More information about the Oregon Arts Commission is available online at artscommission.oregon.gov




Attached Media Files: Then-Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford congratulates 2019 Oregon champion Belise Nishimwe of St. Mary’s Academy.

DPSST - Board & Policy Committee Recruitments (Application Deadline 3/15/2024)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/16/24 11:43 AM

2024 Board on Public Safety Standards & Training

 and Policy Committee

Open Vacancy – Recruitments

 

The Board on Public Safety Standards & Training (BPSST) and established Policy Committees have open vacancies looking to be filled. The current vacancies are as follows:

 

BPSST: All Board applications must be submitted through Workday.com

  • Administrator of a Municipality recommended to the Governor by the executive body of the League of Oregon Cities
  • Representative of the collective bargaining unit that represents the largest number of individual workers in the DOC

Policy Committees: All Policy Committee applications are due by March 15, 2024.

Telecommunications Policy Committee:

  • One person representing telecommunicators
  • One person representing the public who has never been employed or utilized as a telecommunicator

Private Security/Investigator Policy Committee:

  • One person representing the health care industry
  • One person representing the public who have never been employed or utilized as a private security provider or investigator

Corrections Policy Committee:

  • Two people representing Non-Management Corrections Officers
  • One person representing the Oregon Sheriff’s Jail Command Center
  • One Corrections officer who is employed by the Department of Corrections at a women's correctional facility and who is a member of a bargaining unit

Police Policy Committee:

  • One person representing Non-Management Law Enforcement

To inquire about a vacancy, please visit Department of Public Safety Standards & Training : Board on Public Safety Standards & Training and Policy Committees : Boards and Committees : State of Oregon.

If interested in applying for a Policy Committee position, please complete and submit the Policy Committee Interest Form found under the ‘Board and Committee Resources’ section of the website listed above.

If interested in applying for a BPSST position, please complete the online application at Workday Board and Commission Opportunities. (Please note that an account may need to be created if not already in Workday)

For further information regarding the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training or its respective Policy Committees, please contact Samantha Kossa - samantha.kossa@dpsst.oregon.gov

 

Thank you,

DPSST Board & Committees Staff


County Council hearing on proposed housing code amendments for unincorporated Vancouver Urban Growth Area set for March 5
Clark Co. WA Communications - 02/16/24 11:32 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Council will consider proposed housing code amendments at a public hearing at 10 a.m. on March 5. 

The meeting will be held in a hybrid format. Anyone interested can join in person in the sixth-floor hearing room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. or virtually via Webex. Additional meeting details will be posted on the project web page at https://clark.wa.gov/community-planning/housing-options-study-and-action-plan.

The council held a public hearing on July 25, 2023, regarding proposed middle housing/single-family housing code amendments and related comprehensive plan text amendments. At the hearing, council requested staff and the project consultants to complete additional work on the code amendments with review and consideration by the Technical Housing Code Forum. Forum meetings were held Oct. 5 and Nov. 16, 2023.

The related proposed comprehensive plan text amendments were approved by the council at the July 25, 2023, hearing. The comprehensive plan text amendments were needed to insure consistency between the proposed code changes and the county’s current 20-year comprehensive plan. 

The proposed code changes, comprehensive plan text amendments and other project information can be found on the project webpage at www.clark.wa.gov/housingoptions

County council approved the Housing Options Study and Action Plan (HOSAP) in May of 2022 and directed staff to begin working on implementing strategies in the plan. The purpose of the plan is to encourage development of housing that is affordable to a variety of household incomes through the removal of regulatory barriers and/or implementation of other initiatives within the unincorporated Vancouver Urban Growth Area. The neighborhoods in this area include Hazel Dell, Salmon Creek, Felida, Pleasant Highlands, Minnehaha and Orchards. These neighborhoods have urban services that could support diverse housing types, like duplexes, triplexes, townhouses, condominiums, and small-scale apartments, compared to the rural unincorporated areas of the county.


The Mount Emily Shay #1 Arrives at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center (Photo)
Oregon Rail Heritage Center - 02/16/24 11:30 AM
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                           Revised News Release

 

For more information contact Renee Devereux, Executive Director, 503-233-1156

devereux@orhf.org">rdevereux@orhf.org

 

The historic steam logging locomotive Mount Emily Shay #1 traveled by BNSF Railroad on a flatcar to its new home at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center, arriving in the early hours of February 15, 2024.

The hundred-year-old locomotive had been in the care of the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) for more than six decades when, in 2022, OHS chose to transfer the Shay to the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation to be its permanent owner.

“We are grateful to OHS and thrilled to be the new operators of the Mount Emily Shay #1,” said Rick Franklin, president of the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation. “We look forward to entertaining and educating Oregonians of all ages on excursions powered by this grand old lady of Oregon railroading history.”

The Mount Emily Shay #1 was built 100 years ago by the Lima Locomotive Works in Ohio from a design by Ephraim Shay. Shays were geared workhorses of the timber and mining industries. After five years with the Independence Logging Company in Aberdeen, Washington, the Shay was sold to the new Mount Emily Lumber Company in LaGrande, Oregon. 

In 1955, the lumber company shut its rail operations and donated the Mount Emily Shay #1 to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, then located in Washington Park. OMSI concluded the locomotive was too big for the Vista Ridge tunnel and, in 1958, donated the engine to the Oregon Historical Society. 

The Mount Emily Shay went on long-term loan to the state of West Virginia beginning in the 1970s. The borrower restored the engine to working order (twice — it was damaged once due to fire), and the locomotive was operated on the Cass Scenic Railroad. In the mid-1990s, OHS, with the guidance, expertise, and help of train enthusiast Martin E. Hansen, recalled the locomotive from West Virginia to be of service educating and thrilling Oregon constituents. From several choices, the City of Prineville Railway was chosen as the new borrower/caretaker/operator of the Mount Emily Shay. 

Since its return from West Virginia in 1994, the City of Prineville has housed and operated the Mount Emily Shay. 

In 2021 Prineville Railway requested an end to the loan agreement, and since OHS is not equipped to house nor operate a locomotive, the organization sought a new steward. A request for proposals was released in April 2022, and the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation was selected to be the new owner of the Mount Emily Shay on September 1, 2022.

OHS Deputy Museum Director Nicole Yasuhara says of the transfer, “The Oregon Historical Society sincerely appreciates the support of the City of Prineville in stewarding and operating the Mount Emily Shay for decades. We are thrilled that the Mount Emily Shay will have a new, permanent home at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center, where it will be on view and used for excursions, balancing preservation and access to this important piece of Oregon history.”

 "The City of Prineville Railway is pleased that the Mount Emily Shay #1 will have the best care and find new fans at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center," said Matt Wiederholt, Prineville Railway operations manager.

Before entering service in Portland, the locomotive will undergo a boiler inspection. When ready, the Mount Emily Shay #1 will pull excursions along the Willamette River. It will be the centerpiece of a new exhibit focused on railroading and the logging industry in Oregon and the Northwest.

About the Oregon Rail Heritage Center

The Oregon Rail Heritage Center is a working rail museum in Portland, Oregon, that opened to the public on September 22, 2012. The museum houses three steam locomotives owned by the City of Portland, among other rolling stock. Visitors are welcome to explore the Center and meet the volunteers who maintain these engines. General admission is free to the public during open hours, Thursday-Sunday 1-5 pm. Train excursions along the Willamette River in Portland are offered on many Saturdays year-round and more frequently during the year-end holidays. The Center is directed by the nonprofit Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation. 

About the Oregon Historical Society

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




Attached Media Files: Mount Emily Shay #1 , Loaded on Flatcar in Prineville, OR

The Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools Receives a $15,000 Grant from U.S. Bank Foundation
Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools - 02/16/24 11:30 AM

Vancouver, WA. – February 16th, 2024 – The Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools proudly announces a significant grant of $15,000 from the U.S. Bank Foundation, solidifying its commitment to fostering educational excellence in the local community. The Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools has long been a pillar of support for children and families, dedicated to enhancing educational opportunities and enriching the learning experience. Through various initiatives, the foundation addresses the diverse needs of students, ensuring they have the resources and support necessary to thrive.

The grant from the U.S. Bank Foundation will further propel the Foundation’s mission by earmarking funds for the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. The CTE program is a cornerstone in preparing students for real-world success by providing hands-on, industry-relevant skills and experiences. With this generous support from the U.S. Bank Foundation, the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools aims to expand and enhance the CTE program, enabling more students to explore and excel in fields crucial to their future and the community's prosperity.

"We are delighted to work with the U.S. Bank Foundation in advancing our commitment to quality education," says Jenny Thompson, Executive Director of the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools. "This generous donation will empower our CTE program, allowing us to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in a rapidly evolving job market."

U.S. Bank and the U.S. Bank Foundation have a commitment to providing access to educational opportunities that aligns seamlessly with the goals of the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools, reflecting a shared vision of investing in the potential of future generations. The bank and its foundation recognize the importance of supporting initiatives that not only strengthen educational foundations but also foster community development.

“We believe in the power of education to transform lives and communities. We’re proud to work with organizations like the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools to help empower youth and provide pathways to higher education so they have the tools they need for a successful future,” said Meghan Valley, community affairs manager at U.S. Bank.

This collaboration exemplifies the positive impact that community partnerships can have on local communities, showcasing how organizations like the U.S. Bank Foundation contribute to the educational ecosystem. The Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools extends its gratitude to the U.S. Bank Foundation for its commitment to making a lasting difference in the lives of students and families in Vancouver.

About U.S. Bank

U.S. Bancorp, with more than 70,000 employees and $663 billion in assets as of December 31, 2023, is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association. Headquartered in Minneapolis, the company serves millions of customers locally, nationally and globally through a diversified mix of businesses including consumer banking, business banking, commercial banking, institutional banking, payments and wealth management. U.S. Bancorp has been recognized for its approach to digital innovation, community partnerships and customer service, including being named one of the 2023 World’s Most Ethical Companies and Fortune’s most admired superregional bank. To learn more, please visit the U.S. Bancorp website at usbank.com and click on “About Us.”

 

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The Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools is an independent, 501(c)3 educational non-profit corporation established in 1988 to support Vancouver Public Schools (VPS). Governed by a volunteer board of directors made up of business, community, and education leaders, the foundation creates opportunities to cultivate and inspire student success. As an educational non-profit entity, the foundation serves students at all 40 VPS schools and programs, providing direct aid to students facing learning barriers due to economic need, as well as financial assistance for learning enrichment and mentoring programs that cannot be funded by the school district. The Foundation for VPS is supported by donations from school employees, parents, students, community members, businesses and foundations.


OHA Director launches first round of regional visits with Southern Oregon as first stop
Oregon Health Authority - 02/16/24 11:25 AM

February 16, 2024

Media Contact: Erica Heartquist, ica.j.heartquist@oha.oregon.gov">erica.j.heartquist@oha.oregon.gov, 503.871.8843

OHA Director launches first round of regional visits with Southern Oregon as first stop

(Medford, OR) Doctor Sejal Hathi, MD, MBA, confirmed one week ago as the new Director of Oregon Health Authority (OHA), will spend the next several months visiting all major regions in Oregon – meeting with and talking to community leaders, health care providers, Tribal leaders, local public health officials, and non-profit partners about their biggest needs from the state and the state health agency.

“I’m here with questions and I’m here to learn,” said Dr. Hathi at a sit-down meeting with medical, oral and behavioral health providers Thursday at one of La Clinica’s 30 sites in Southern Oregon. La Clinica offers integrated healthcare services to about 30,000 people across Jackson County.

This week, Dr. Hathi plans to visit Grants Pass, Medford and Klamath Falls.

“I’m taking notes. I am hearing that rural Oregonians feel ignored by OHA, and I’d like to change that. I’m appreciating that this is a region facing extraordinary workforce shortages, that is grappling with the dual drivers of scarcity and geography. And I understand the people here need both more resources and more support to care well for their families,” she said.

“We're grateful for the work Dr. Hathi is doing to understand the communities we serve and for the opportunity to share our successes and challenges with her,” said La Clinica Chief Medical Officer Chris Alftine.

Doctor Hathi is in Klamath Falls today meeting with two coordinated care organizations and the Klamath Tribes.

Doctor Hathi discussed her three most urgent priorities as OHA Director: eliminating health inequity, transforming Oregon’s behavioral health system, and expanding access to affordable health care.  But she emphasized that local input will inform and shape OHA’s priorities, strategies and focus.

“My highest priority is to listen and to learn, because I want to make sure that my vision and OHA’s strategies are grounded in the lived experiences of the communities we intend to serve, and their challenges and priorities,” said Dr. Hathi. “I can’t do that if I don’t truly listen.”

[Here is a link to the video of what Dr. Hathi said she learned during her visit to Southern Oregon]

Doctor Hathi heads to Astoria and Seaside in two weeks to hear from residents in the coastal communities of the state. A full schedule of all of Dr. Hathi’s upcoming regional listening visits will be posted on her web page.

Here are links to B-roll footage and still pictures from Dr. Sejal Hathi's Southern Oregon regional trip.

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SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Clatsop County Businesses Economically Impacted by the Winter Ice Storm
Clatsop County - 02/16/24 11:18 AM

(Astoria, OR) — Clatsop County is one of 18 Oregon counties being offered low-interest federal disaster loans to small businesses impacted by the winter ice storm that occurred Jan. 12-20, 2024.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses economically impacted by the winter ice storm.

 “We want to make sure that any Clatsop County small business impacted by the January storm is aware that the U.S. Small Business Administration is ready to help,” said Justin Gibbs, Clatsop County Emergency Management Director.

The SBA is committed to providing federal disaster loans swiftly and efficiently, with a customer-centric approach to help these businesses, said Isabella 

“Beginning Friday, Feb. 9, SBA customer service representatives will be available at the following virtual Business Recovery Center to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each business owner complete their application,” said Associate Administrator Francisco Sánchez of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Disaster Recovery & Resilience. The virtual center will be open on the days and times indicated below. No appointment is necessary.

VIRTUAL BUSINESS RECOVERY CENTER

Starting Feb. 8, 2024

Monday – Friday

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

FOCWAssistance@sba.gov

(916) 735-1531

According to the SBA, Small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.

These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Disaster loans can provide vital economic assistance to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

Eligibility is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage. These loans have an interest rate of 4 percent for small businesses and 3.25 percent for private nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years and are restricted to small businesses without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.

Interest does not begin to accrue until 12 months from the date of the first disaster loan disbursement. SBA disaster loan repayment begins 12 months from the date of the first disbursement.

The Oregon Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network is offering free, personalized counseling to help affected businesses in their recovery. Businesses may contact the Oregon SBDC at oregonsbdc.org to find the most convenient SBDC center and click on the “Request Advising” webpage link.

Applicants may apply online and receive additional disaster assistance information at SBA.gov/disaster. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659‑2955 or email customerservice@sba.gov">disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. For people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services.

The deadline to apply for economic injury is Nov. 8, 2024.

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Attached Media Files: 2024-02/7074/170099/SBA_low_interest_loan_for_Clatsop_County_Businesses_Impacted_by_Winter_Storm_FINAL.pdf

Police Activities League of Southwest Washington Receives Major DOJ Grant
Police Activities League of SW Washington - 02/16/24 11:13 AM

The Police Activities League (PAL) of Southwest Washington proudly announces that it has been awarded a significant grant totaling $162,935 from the Department of Justice. This funding, which is administered by the Community Safety Unit within the Washington State Department of Commerce, stands as a testament to PAL’s commitment to fostering positive relationships between youth and law enforcement in Southwest Washington. 

This grant will allow the organization to deepen its impact within the community. The awarded funds will be invested in a comprehensive strategic planning process to better align PAL’s initiatives with the needs and priorities of the communities it serves. With a particular focus on youth engagement, PAL will collaborate with key stakeholders, including local law enforcement agencies, school districts, and community members, to identify effective strategies that promote positive interactions between law enforcement officers and youth.

“It’s an exciting time for PAL,” said Jeffrey Tennant, Board President at PAL of Southwest Washington. “This funding enables us to ensure that our programs continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of young people. We believe that strong law enforcement and youth engagement is a cornerstone of a safe and thriving community.”

Further, the grant supports PAL in providing technical assistance to local law enforcement agencies. By sharing best practices and offering guidance, PAL aims to help these agencies strengthen their youth engagement activities. The goal is to build and sustain an environment where law enforcement and youth in the community can interact in positive and constructive ways.

“We are profoundly grateful for the Department of Justice’s support and the recognition of our efforts by the Washington State Department of Commerce,” said Jesse Jimenez, Executive Director of PAL Southwest Washington. “With this funding, we are poised to make a lasting impact and contribute to a brighter, safer future for our region.”

 

About PAL of Southwest Washington:

The Police Activities League of Southwest Washington is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting positive relationships between law enforcement officers and youth through a broad range of educational programs and recreational opportunities.

For more information about PAL of Southwest Washington and its programs, please visit: https://palofswwa.org


Estacada School Board Votes Unanimously to Place School Bond Measure on May Ballot
Estacada Sch. Dist. - 02/16/24 10:14 AM

The Estacada School Board voted unanimously during the February School Board Meeting to place a school bond measure on the upcoming May ballot. This landmark decision underscores the district's commitment to enhancing educational opportunities and infrastructure for current and future generations of students.

 

The proposed bond measure aims to address pressing needs within the school district, including:

 

Addressing Overcrowding by:

  • Building a new high school on the current EHS campus
  • Renovating part of the existing high school to create a separate junior high
  • Modifying the existing middle school into a third elementary

Improving Aging Facilities through:

  • Updating safety and security at all schools
  • Improving ADA accessibility
  • Installing fire safety systems
  • Repairing and replacing plumbing, electrical, roofing, windows
  • Removing asbestos
  • Improving air quality/temperature regulation

Advancing Career Readiness by:

  • Updating career technical education spaces, preparing kids for the modern workforce

Addressing Community Needs by:

  • Expanding and establishing indoor and outdoor facilities

 

By investing in these areas, the Estacada School District aims to uphold its commitment to providing a high-quality education that prepares students for future success while also addressing the evolving needs of the community.

 

"We believe that investing in our schools is an investment in the future of our community," said Ryan Carpenter, Estacada School District Superintendent. "This bond measure represents an opportunity to ensure that our students have access to the resources and facilities they need to thrive, and by extension, allows the Estacada community to thrive." 

 

The decision to place the school bond measure on the May ballot follows extensive community input and engagement. The majority of voters in a recent poll indicated support for the bond, with 54% describing the bond as an “urgent priority”. 

 

School Board Chair Ken Riedel described the bond as a “collective effort that has had many eyes on the plan to create a final package that maximizes cost efficiency while still addressing the many urgent needs of our schools and students”.
 

Voters and the community at large can learn more about the bond package at www.estacadaschoolbond.org.


Crime Stoppers Featured Case #24-04 - Wanted for Murder - Analiesa Golde (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 02/16/24 10:03 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau in conjunction with Crime Stoppers of Oregon is asking for the public's assistance in locating a wanted murder suspect.

55 year old, Analiesa Golde is wanted for the murder of Philip Pierce, after Pierce was found deceased on January 26, 2024 inside a residence in southeast Portland. Golde's whereabouts are currently unknown but it is believed she fled the Portland area. Golde was last seen driving a burnt orange, 2015 Toyota 4 Runner, with Oregon license plate 501HSB.

If anyone has information that could lead to the location and apprehension of Golde, they are requested to notify law enforcement immediately. Anonymous tips can be submitted to 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.



Attached Media Files: Vehicle , DMV

Teens Killed in North Marine Drive Crash Identified
Portland Police Bureau - 02/16/24 10:01 AM
The two people who died in this crash have been identified as Cristian Perez Hernandez, 18 and Gabriel Sanchez, 16. Their families have been notified.

Traffic investigators are appealing to the numerous people are believed to have been in the area when the crash happened, and most left the scene without speaking to police. If anyone has information about this crash, or has video or photographic evidence of the events, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attn: Traffic Investigations Unit, and reference case number 24-33954.

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Original Message Below

A fatal crash investigation is underway on North Marine Drive in the St. Johns Neighborhood.

On Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 11:02 p.m., North Precinct and Traffic Division officers responded to the intersection of North Marine Drive at North Leadbetter Road on a report of a two vehicle crash with one car on fire. Portland Fire & Rescue responded and extinguished the burning car. Two people were found deceased in the burned car. At least one more person has been transported to the hospital by ambulance with traumatic injuries.

The Portland Police Traffic Division Major Crash Team is responding to the scene to investigate the crash. During the investigation, North Marine Drive is closed between North Bybee Lake Road and North Pacific Gateway Boulevard.

Numerous people are believed to have been in the area when the crash happened, and most left the scene without speaking to police. If anyone has information about this crash, or has video or photographic evidence of the events, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attn: Traffic Investigations Unit, and reference case number 24-33954.

These are the 10th and 11th traffic-related fatalities of the year in Portland. That may be a higher figure than the Portland fatal crashes counted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA’s count excludes crashes involving suicide, private property, non-public roadways, non-motor vehicles, medical events, and deaths that happen more than 30 days after a crash.

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MESD Board Regular Session meeting 2/20 at 6:00 p.m.-Virtual via Zoom
Multnomah ESD - 02/16/24 9:30 AM

The Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors will meet in Regular Session at 6:00 p.m. on February 20, 2024.  At the end of the Regular Session meeting, the Board will move to Executive Session under (ORS 192.660(2)(i))- To review and evaluate the employment-related performance of the chief executive officer, employee or staff member who does not request an open hearing. 


This meeting will be held virtually through Zoom.

https://multnomahesd-org.zoom.us/j/87461540191?pwd=LtqEAGb2eNNmzlUQxprsUD9WRFIf0g.1
Passcode: 878483


Cryptosporidium Monitoring Update: Detections from routine monitoring in the Bull Run. Customers do not need to take any additional precautions at this time.
Portland Water Bureau - 02/16/24 9:05 AM

Since 2017, the Portland Water Bureau has detected low levels of Cryptosporidium from routine monitoring of source water. The Portland Water Bureau received results from ongoing monitoring from the Bull Run Watershed intake for Cryptosporidium, a potentially disease-causing microorganism. In the 50 liters sampled each day from February 11 to February 14, one Cryptosporidium oocyst was detected in the sample collected on February 13. Cryptosporidium was not detected in the samples collected on February 11, February 12, or February 14. Prior to this detection, Cryptosporidium was last detected from the Bull Run Watershed intake on January 24, 2024.

The Bull Run watershed is Portland’s primary source of drinking water. The Portland Water Bureau does not currently treat for Cryptosporidium, but is required to do so under drinking water regulations. Portland is working to install filtration by September 30, 2027 under a compliance schedule with the Oregon Health Authority. In the meantime, Portland Water Bureau is implementing interim measures such as watershed protection and additional monitoring to protect public health. Consultation with public health officials has concluded that at this time, customers do not need to take any additional precautions. 

Exposure to Cryptosporidium can cause cryptosporidiosis, a serious illness. Symptoms can include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and stomach pain. People with healthy immune systems recover without medical treatment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people with severely weakened immune systems are at risk for more serious disease. Symptoms may be more severe and could lead to serious or life-threatening illness. Examples of people with weakened immune systems include those with AIDS, those with inherited diseases that affect the immune system, and cancer and transplant patients who are taking certain immunosuppressive drugs.

The Environmental Protection Agency advises that customers who are immunocompromised and receive their drinking water from the Bull Run Watershed consult with their healthcare professional about the safety of drinking the tap water. The Portland Water Bureau and Burlington, City of Gresham, City of Sandy, City of Tualatin, Green Valley, GNR, Hideaway Hills, Lake Grove, Lorna Domestic Water, Lusted, Palatine Hill, Pleasant Home, Raleigh, Rockwood, Skyview Acres, Tualatin Valley, Two Rivers, Valley View and West Slope Water Districts receive all or part of their drinking water supply from Bull Run. To learn if your drinking water comes from Bull Run, please contact your local drinking water provider.

The public and the media are encouraged to view all sampling results posted to the City’s website at portland.gov/water/cryptoresults. The bureau will notify the media and public immediately should further test results indicate a risk to public health and precautions are necessary.

Customers with questions regarding water quality can call the Water Quality Line at 503-823-7525.

About the Portland Water Bureau

The Portland Water Bureau serves water to almost a million people in the Portland area. Portland’s water system includes two great water sources, 53 tanks and reservoirs, and 2,200 miles of pipes. With 600 employees working on everything from water treatment to customer service, the Water Bureau is committed to serving excellent water every minute of every day.




Attached Media Files: 2024-02/1240/170095/MEDIA_RELEASE_February_16_2024.docx

Fatal Traffic Collision
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/16/24 8:43 AM

On 2/16/2024 at approximately 0655 hrs a citizen called 911 to report finding a collision near the 19400 block of NE Risto Rd, Clark County, WA.   They caller had located a vehicle that had driven off the roadway into a tree. First responders arrived and found the single occupant of the vehicle deceased. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Homicide Unit was called out to conduct an investigation.  Family members of those involved in this incident have been notified.  This case is active pending further investigation.  

NE Risto Rd will be closed near the scene of the collision for several hours for the investigation.