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Portland/Vanc/Salem News Releases for Tue. May. 3 - 1:43 am
Mon. 05/02/16
Salem Police Investigating Report of a Stranger Approaching and Grabbing a Child
Salem Police Dept. - 05/02/16 4:44 PM
Salem Police officers are investigating an incident where a 9-year old child reported that he was approached and grabbed by an unknown male.

The child was walking from his residence to a bus stop near the intersection of Stellars Eagle St NW and Bald Eagle NW at about 8:30 am this morning when he was approached by an unknown male adult who grabbed his arm. The child was able to pull away from the suspect, who then pushed the child to the ground. The child was able to get up and run away as the suspect followed in his vehicle. The child was eventually located walking along Highway 22 by an Oregon State Police trooper. The child sustained a scrape to his arm and was transported to Salem Health for evaluation.

The suspect in this case is described as a white male adult in his thirties with blue eyes and wearing a Boston Red Sox baseball cap. He was driving an old black and rusted vehicle that squealed when he drove.

The Salem Police Department would like to remind parents to have conversations with their children about "stranger danger." Younger children should be in the company of a responsible adult whenever possible. When not under the supervision of an adult, children should stay in groups and be aware of their surroundings. If they feel uncomfortable about their surroundings or people around them, they should immediately leave and contact a responsible adult. If approached by a stranger, children should not talk to them, accept rides or anything else from them and should immediately leave and report the incident to an adult. Likewise, all of us should be aware of our surroundings and watch for suspicious activities and immediately report those activities to law enforcement. When preparing to report suspicious circumstances, callers should note the type of activity, descriptions of all involved, any vehicle descriptions such as make, color and license plate, and any direction of travel if the subject has left the area.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Salem Police Department Youth Services Unit at 503-588-6257.

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City seeks proposals for Block 10
City of Vancouver - 05/02/16 4:39 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The City of Vancouver is soliciting proposals from developers to purchase the city-owned property at 811 Washington St., commonly known as Block 10.

The City issued the Request for Proposals (RFP) for Acquisition and Redevelopment of Block 10 May 2. Proposals are due at 3 p.m. on July 15, 2016.

As the last remaining vacant block in the heart of downtown, Block 10 presents a prime development opportunity for the region.

The City would like to sell the property to a private developer for multi-story mixed use development. The Vancouver City Center Vision and Subarea Plan, developed in 2007, envisions housing or offices with a mix of active services on the first floor such as restaurants, coffee shops, brew pubs, a grocery store or other retail.

Upon review of the proposals, City Council will decide whether or not to sell the property, depending on how well they meet the City's vision.

The RFP is available online at www.cityofvancouver.us/Block10. It includes details on incentives, the City's vision, zoning restrictions, environmental conditions, appraisal and other relevant information about the property.

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April Stats for Alcohol and Drug Offenses for WCSO
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/02/16 4:35 PM
The Washington County Sheriff's Office arrested 74 impaired drivers in April. Of those 74, at least 4 were impaired with drugs. Sheriff's Deputies also issued 3 Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP) violations.

Many of these DUII arrests were made by Sheriff's Deputies working grant funded overtime provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The Washington County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with ODOT and NHTSA, will conduct enhanced high visibility DUII enforcement patrols the entire month of May looking for impaired drivers. We encourage the public to enjoy their various celebrations responsibly.

If you're going to consume alcoholic beverages or recreational marijuana make sure to have a designated sober driver before the celebration begins. The Washington County Sheriff's Office reminds you to drive sober or get pulled over.

The May DUII Safety Patrol results will be posted the beginning of June.
Applicants sought for State Scenic Bikeway Committee -- update
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 05/02/16 4:26 PM
Editor's Note: This updates the April 27 news release information about the number of open seats.


The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is seeking to establish a list of candidates to serve on the State Scenic Bikeway Committee in at-large positions.

Two seats are open on the 11-member committee. Members of the committee are appointed by the OPRD director to a four-year term and are eligible for reappointment. The committee meets approximately five times per year, usually in Salem, for an all-day meeting with additional field trips throughout the state to proposed and designated bikeways. The at-large positions are a volunteer appointment and authorized for travel reimbursement.

The ideal candidates would have experience with bicycle tourism, community groups, and experience with underserved groups.

The committee advises OPRD with the long view of strengthening the existing program and proponent groups associated with each designated bikeway and makes recommendations to the department on designations and other matters pertaining to the bikeways program.

Those interested in serving must submit a bikeway committee interest form by May 12. For information or to obtain an interest form, go to
http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/BIKE/Pages/info.aspx or contact Alex Phillips, at alex.phillips@oregon.gov or 503-986-0631.


Attached Media Files: 2016-05/1303/94065/05-02__Applicants_sought_for_Scenic_Bikeways_Committee.doc
Client and Staff Safety Task Force to meet Tuesday, May 31 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 05/02/16 4:06 PM
The Client and Staff Safety Task Force meeting is planned for Tuesday, May 31, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court Street NE Salem in Hearing Room B. This meeting is open to the public.

The conference phone number for those who can't attend in person is: 1-877-873-8017; enter participant code: 772325# when prompted.

The task force, which was created by Senate Bill 226, is directed to make recommendations on staff safety, resident care, and operation of the Stabilization and Crisis Units. The task force will meet approximately six times and provide a report to the Legislature by September 15, 2016.

The task force will consider and make recommendations for:
Ensuring the dignity and self-determination of each resident in a Stabilization and Crisis Unit;
Improving the safety of staff employed by a Stabilization and Crisis Unit;
Improving the training and support for staff;
Staffing levels;
Reducing incidents of aggressive and assaultive behavior by residents;
Reducing the need for staff to work overtime;
Improving access to appropriate mental health supports and intervention methods;
Ensuring the timely transition of residents in Stabilization and Crisis Units when ready to be placed with a residential service provider in the community, including recommendations for building capacity in community-based care settings.

An agenda will be coming in a later communication.

All meetings of this Task Force are open to the public and will conform to Oregon public meetings laws. Request for an accommodation for a person with disabilities should be made to Angie Allbee at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. For more information, contact Angie Allbee, DHS Legislative Coordinator, at 503-689-5034.
Urban Forestry Conference slated for June 2 in Portland (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/02/16 3:37 PM
Speaker at the 2011 UCF Conference, Portland
Speaker at the 2011 UCF Conference, Portland
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Oregon Community Trees hosts their annual Urban & Community Forestry conference, geared for professionals and other interested members of the public, from 8 a.m. -- 4 p.m. on Thursday June 2 at the World Forestry Center in Portland.

"Maintaining Magnificence: Preserving large trees in our community forests" is the theme of this year's conference.

Dr. Julian Dunster, internationally-recognized consulting arborist, professional forester and registered professional planner, is keynote speaker. Dunster will begin the day with an overview of the local, regional and global competing interests related to trees in urban areas. The discussion will also address management goals, timeframes, challenges and opportunities in community forests, and how to balance exuberant "tree worship" with pragmatic realities.

The conference program will also include presentations about creative strategies and tested techniques in community tree preservation. Urban forestry experts from California, Oregon, and Washington will share case studies, policies and technologies in use today to preserve the most magnificent members of community forests. The conference is presented in partnership with the Oregon Department of Forestry and the US Forest Service and funded by generous local and regional sponsors.

About Oregon Community Trees
The mission of Oregon Community Trees is to promote healthy urban and community forests through leadership, education, awareness, and advocacy. Its members include arborists, urban planners, community activists and foresters. In partnership with the Oregon Department of Forestry, O.C.T. hosts an annual Urban and Community Forestry Conference each year.

>Continuing education credits, conference location
The conference takes place at the World Forestry Center's Miller Hall.

Continuing education credits are available for Oregon registered landscape architects, landscape contractors, ISA certified arborists and SAF certified foresters. Breakfast, lunch, and closing reception are included with registration.

For more information and to register: http://goo.gl/plbzt8 or http://oregoncommunitytrees.org/


Attached Media Files: Speaker at the 2011 UCF Conference, Portland
Evergreen Habitat for Humanity and Lowe's volunteers help families build strength and stability in celebration of Habitat's National Women Build Week (Photo)
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[VANCOUVER, Wa. (5/2/2016)] -- More than 30 Evergreen Habitat for Humanity volunteers and Lowe's Heroes employee volunteers joined together to help local families build a decent and affordable place they can call home. Saturday's project is part of Habitat for Humanity's National Women Build Week, which takes place April 30-May 8. The project also supports "Home for the Holidays," a nationwide initiative launched by Lowe's and Habitat for Humanity to work alongside 1,000 families to help them build or repair their homes by December.

Habitat for Humanity's National Women Build Week is a weeklong event created by its Women Build program that invites women to devote at least one day to help families build strength, stability, and independence through housing. The week is meant to spotlight the homeownership challenges faced by women. Lowe's donated $2 million to Habitat's 2016 National Women Build Week and will provide the support of Lowe's Heroes employee volunteers. The home improvement chain will also conduct how-to clinics at stores to teach volunteers construction skills.

WHAT:Habitat for Humanity and Lowe's Heroes celebrating National Women Build Week by installing flooring, window sills, and fencing to one of the homes on our Winchell Avenue site.

WHEN: May 7th, 8am-4pm

WHERE: 909 Winchell Avenue, Vancouver WA 98661

WHO: Josh Townsley-Evergreen Habitat for Humanity Executive Director, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity Volunteers and Lowe's Heroes Volunteers, Elle Newkirk-Lowe's Home Improvement HR Manager.

More than 300 Habitat for Humanity organizations across the country are hosting Women Build projects this year.

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


About Habitat for Humanity International
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity has grown from a grassroots effort that began on a community farm in southern Georgia in 1976 to a global nonprofit housing organization in nearly 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in over 70 countries. People partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering, or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.

About Lowe's in the Community
Lowe's, a FORTUNE(R) 50 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe's and the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed more than $225 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe's Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility and LowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com.


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Public hearing May 26 for Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant plan
Oregon Health Authority - 05/02/16 3:17 PM
May 2, 2016

What: The Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division is holding a hearing to take public comments on the agency's proposal for the use of funds from the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant.

When: Thursday, May 26, 2-3 p.m.

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

Details: To participate by phone, call 1-888-251-2909, and use code 8975738#.

For more information about the meeting or to review the proposal, contact Danna Drum, Public Health Division block grant coordinator, at 971-673-1223.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations call OHA at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.

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Oregon to Honor Fallen Law Enforcement Officers Tomorrow - Governor Brown and C.O.P.S. Director Dianne Bernhard to Speak at Memorial (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 05/02/16 3:09 PM
Deputy Gil Datan
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The Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial Ceremony is a significant event that the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is proud to host each year in partnership with the Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial Trust Fund, Oregon Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation, and Oregon's various statewide law enforcement associations.

The Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 1 PM at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Highway SE in Salem.

The memorial honors more than 180 fallen Oregon law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty since the 1880s. This includes officers from city, county, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies who have served as law enforcement officers, corrections officers, and parole and probation officers.

Governor Kate Brown and Dianne Bernhard, Executive Director of the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), will both speak at tomorrow's ceremony.

The name of Coos County Sheriff's Deputy Gil Datan will be added to the Memorial during tomorrow's ceremony.

Datan, age 43, died while he was on forest patrol on April 20, 2015. Deputy Datan was attempting to go up a steep embankment on his ATV, when it rolled over. Datan was thrown off, and the ATV landed on its side on top of him. Datan was unable to free himself or call for help. Datan was found by a search team at 9:45 PM in rugged terrain between three and five miles from where he parked his sheriff's office pick-up truck. Part of Datan's assignment as a timber deputy was to patrol timber lands between the Green Acres and Sumner Road area, which is very rough in places. The sheriff's office has several contracts with agencies including the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and private timber property owners to patrol their properties.

Datan started his law enforcement career in Coos County with the Myrtle Point Police Department in 1996. A year later, he served with the North Bend Police Department. He also worked for the Confederated Tribal Police Department and Reedsport Police Department, before he was hired as a deputy sheriff in Coos County in 2009. Datan is credited with being an integral part in the arrest of at least two homicide suspects. Datan was previously on a two-year rotation as a detective with the South Coast Interagency Narcotics Team, before he was assigned to be a timber deputy within the last few months

Note: Seaside Police Sergeant Jason Goodding (DPSST# 43017)who was shot and killed while serving a felony warrant on Friday evening, February 5, 2016 at around 9:20 pm is the 183rd Oregon law enforcement officer to have died in the line of duty since the first was recorded in the 1880s. Sgt. Goodding's death will be included in comments made during the 2016 ceremony and his name will be added to the Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial during the 2017 ceremony.

On a national level, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has released the roll call of names of 252 U.S. law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty, 123 of whom died in 2015 and 129 officers who were killed in prior years. These names will be engraved next month and formally dedicated at the 28th annual Candlelight Vigil held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Friday, May 13 at 8:00 pm. Additional information on this event can be found at http://www.nleomf.org/assets/pdfs/fallen-officers-memorial-wall/added-in-2016/Roll-Call-pubyear-2016-website-3-21-16.pdf

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For more information on the Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial please visit http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/AT/pages/olememorial.aspx

For more information on the Concerns of Police Survivors please visit
http://www.nationalcops.org/

The Memorial is under the oversight of the Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial Trust Fund Committee, a 501C3 non-profit. This committee administers funds raised from the Oregon Fallen Public Safety Officer License Plate and proudly sponsors both the Fallen Firefighter and Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremonies held at the Academy each year. This group also helps support a variety of survivor and peer support programs. facebook.com/fallenpublicsafetyofficerlicenseplate


Attached Media Files: Deputy Gil Datan
Woodland Third and Fourth Graders learn how to cook healthy meals by competing in the Future Chefs Event (Photo)
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 05/02/16 3:00 PM
Ashley Calvillo, third grader, won first place with her Cheesy Egg with Fruit Benedict.
Ashley Calvillo, third grader, won first place with her Cheesy Egg with Fruit Benedict.
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Monday, May 2, 2016-Woodland, WA-Third and fourth graders from Woodland Intermediate School competed to create the healthiest breakfast by cooking recipes of their own selection in Sodexo's Future Chefs event held at Woodland High School.

More than 20 students submitted recipes for their favorite healthy breakfast entrees with 14 selected as finalists to participate in the competition where the students worked in teams to prepare each of the recipes. "The concept behind the event is to help educate students about healthy eating habits while also teaching them that food can be fun," explained Lan Ha, Nutrition Services Director for Woodland Public Schools. "We promote food and interaction through this program with this event being the first time we've held one at Woodland."

Ha started the event by presenting to the students and gathered community members the safety procedures for working with ovens, blenders, how to handle knives, and being knowledgeable of kitchen equipment. She also discussed proper food handling techniques with all of the students beginning first by thoroughly washing their hands.

Student teams, along with adult supervision, prepared enough of each recipe for parents and community members who attended to sample the recipe, while the student who selected the recipe served as the team leader and prepared a display presentation plate. Each team prepared a total of three different recipes. The teams worked hard cracking eggs, cutting up meat, making dough, and cooking their meals, carefully following their recipes and guiding the rest of their team to ensure their food turned out the way they planned.

Chef Robin Boespflug from Battle Ground School District and a Sodexo manager served as judges, sampling each recipe, and judging the overall presentation and healthiness of the winning recipes. Each student received a certificate of participation as well as a medal for having their recipe selected as a finalist. The first place winner was Ashley Calvillo, third grader, with her Cheesy Egg with Fruit Benedict with the second place winner being Gage Fletcher, fourth grader, with his Gage's Breakfast Cook-Ups.

"I like cooking because you can make new things that are really tasty," said Calvillo. "I want to be a chef when I grow up - I would want to cook every type of food." Fletcher discovered his love of cooking by making food at home with his family. "I love making my Breakfast Cook-Ups because I came up with the recipe myself," he explained. "When I heard about this event, I really wanted to participate because I want to run my own restaurant one day."

Cooking at a younger age has become more popular in recent years thanks to the rise of videos on the Internet and television cooking shows. "A lot of the kids have experience now thanks to food network cooking shows and YouTube videos," explained Ha. "A lot of kids help prepare food at home by watching shows and cooking with their parents and families."

The Future Chefs program is part of Sodexo's community outreach program with Sodexo sponsoring the event including buying the ingredients for all of the recipes. Sodexo also provided chef hats and coats for each student to keep after wearing them during the event. Woodland High School students enrolled in the Culinary Arts classes also volunteered to help ensure the elementary students followed proper food handling techniques and cooking utensil safety.

Woodland staff members who helped supervise the students included Judy Lute and Cristina Forgery from Woodland Primary school; Annette Kirby and Lucy Dooley from Woodland Intermediate School; and Kelly Newton and Julie Hancock from Woodland High School.

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Attached Media Files: Ashley Calvillo, third grader, won first place with her Cheesy Egg with Fruit Benedict. , Ashley Calvillo, third grader, won first place with her Cheesy Egg with Fruit Benedict. , Cooking at a younger age has become more popular thanks to the rise of videos on the Internet and television cooking shows. , Chefs from the different schools along with high school Culinary Arts students helped students follow proper food safety and cooking utensil handling rules. , 14 Woodland Intermediate School finalists were selected to prepare the healthy breakfast entrees at the Future Chefs Event.
Prescription Drug Take Back Event Collects Over 1993 Pounds of Pills
ESD 112 - 05/02/16 2:57 PM
On Saturday, April 30th, 1,020 Clark County residents dropped off over 1993 pounds of medicine with local law enforcement officers and volunteers. The medicine disposal event was held at four locations throughout the county where a steady stream of cars waited to hand over prescription medicines and other medicines. The busiest location was Cascade Park Kaiser Permanente, serving 430 participants and bringing in almost 920 pounds of pills. All pills were separated from plastic containers where they will be transported for incineration. Plastics will be recycled.

The prescription drug disposal event is a biannual community partnership including Clark County Sheriff's Office, Vancouver Police Department, La Center Police Department, Battle Ground Police Department, Clark County Environmental Services, PREVENT! The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Clark County, Kaiser Permanente, Clark College, and La Center United. Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem. The 2014 Washington State Healthy Survey found that 6% of high school seniors admitted misusing prescription drugs. Most teens get prescription drugs they abuse from friends and relatives, sometimes without the person knowing. Proper drug disposal also is an environmental issue. Unused medications should not be flushed down the toilet or dumped down the drain.

PREVENT! would like to thank Kaiser Permanante for hosting two sites, as well as providing the vendor for the plastic recycling. Thank you to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for supplying prescription drug lock boxes (Pill pods) to each member of the public who turned in unused medications.

Unwanted medications can be disposed of year round at several collection sites across Clark County. Controlled substances, such as pain killers and tranquilizers, can be taken to participating law enforcement agencies. Non-controlled substances, such as over-the-counter medications, can be taken to local participating pharmacies.

For more information on both types of disposal, visit "Medications" at RecyclingA-Z.com.
For more information about other disposal or recycling options, visit RecyclingA-Z.com or call Clark County Environmental Services at (360) 397-2121 ext. 4352. Or PREVENT! Coalition at (360) 952-3397 or www.preventclarkcounty.org.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office investigating body recovered from Willamette River
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/02/16 2:53 PM
On Monday May 2, 2016 at approximately 12:05 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies responded to the report of a body seen in the Willamette River near the Burnside Bridge. River patrol units and Portland Fire Bureau units arrived in the area and recovered the body of a deceased adult male from the east side of the river channel near the Burnside Bridge. The body was transported to PFB Station 21. The Medical Examiner was notified and responded. MCSO is handling the investigation and the body has been turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office.

We are not releasing any additional information at this time pending family notifications.
Public Alert: Wanted Sex Offender Frequenting Hawthorne Boulevard (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 05/02/16 2:10 PM
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The Portland Police Bureau's Sex Offender Registration Detail (SORD) is asking for the public's help to locate a sex offender wanted for failing to register.

30-year-old Avril Ramona Lavigne, aka Romany Yves Mesina, has failed to register as a sex offender. Lavigne is described as an Asian male, 5'6" tall, 130 pound, with black hair.

Lavigne is most likely homeless and frequents the Hawthorne Boulevard area in Southeast Portland.

SORD officers have learned that Lavigne may be following young adult and teen girls and taking pictures of them which he posts on social media.

Lavigne was convicted of Rape in the Second Degree in 2009, resulting in the requirement that he register as a sex offender.

Anyone seeing Lavigne should immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information about Lavigne should contact SORD by email, sord@portlandoregon.gov.

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Six University of Portland students and one alumnus awarded prestigious 2016 Fulbright grants to work and study abroad (Photo)
University of Portland - 05/02/16 1:30 PM
PHOTO CREDIT: From L to R, Josefina Duran-Martinez '16, Emily Dovel '16, Caroline Harpster '16, Kristen Jakstis '16, Katherine Lord '16, Erin Nishijima '16 (Not pictured: Jonathan Squires '13)
PHOTO CREDIT: From L to R, Josefina Duran-Martinez '16, Emily Dovel '16, Caroline Harpster '16, Kristen Jakstis '16, Katherine Lord '16, Erin Nishijima '16 (Not pictured: Jonathan Squires '13)
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(Portland, OR) -- The University of Portland, a leader among its peer institutions in producing Fulbright scholars, has announced that six students and one alumnus have been awarded prestigious 2016 Fulbright grants to work and study abroad.

The seven Fulbright scholars have all been awarded English Teaching Assistantships (ETAs) to countries in Europe, Asia and Mexico. Two of the Fulbrights are for English teaching positions in Germany, two are for positions in South Korea, one is for a position in Malaysia, one is for a position in Mexico, and one is for a position in Turkey. These are the first Fulbright ETAs University of Portland students or alumnus have been awarded to teach in Malaysia and South Korea.

The University of Portland continues to be one of the top producers of Fulbright awards in the nation among master's level institutions, according to a study released by the Chronicle of Higher Education. The University is among only 14 institutions in the country with the highest number of both students and faculty to receive U.S. Fulbright grants.

"The University is committed to providing an excellent academic experience, while also helping our students learn to live and contribute in a diverse society and interdependent world," said University president Rev. Mark L. Poorman C.S.C. "It is gratifying to see the University's mission evidenced in our students' own commitment to teaching and serving in communities around the world through the Fulbright program."

The 2016 recipients include Caroline Harpster '16 (Germany), Kristen Jakstis '16 (Germany), Erin Nishijima '16 (South Korea), Jonathan Squires '13 (South Korea), Katherine Lord '16 (Malaysia), Josefina Duran-Martinez '16 (Mexico), and Emily Dovel '16 (Turkey).

"These students worked very hard on their applications and are richly deserving of the honor," said John Orr, Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement. "They will represent the University of Portland and the United States extremely well in their year abroad. And the University continues to expand its global reach, as the ETAs to Malaysia and South Korea are firsts for us."

University of Portland was also ranked first nationally among its peers for Fulbright recipients in 2015-16, 2012-13, 2011-12, 2010-11 and 2007-08, and second nationally in 2009-10, 2008-09 and 2006-07. Since 2001, 59 students from University of Portland have earned Fulbright grants.

The United States Fulbright program began in 1946 after World War II to "assist in the development of friendly, sympathetic and peaceful relations between the United States and other countries of the world" through the exchange of students, scholars and professionals. The program operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.

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The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the American West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.


Attached Media Files: PHOTO CREDIT: From L to R, Josefina Duran-Martinez '16, Emily Dovel '16, Caroline Harpster '16, Kristen Jakstis '16, Katherine Lord '16, Erin Nishijima '16 (Not pictured: Jonathan Squires '13)
Joint OHA, ODA, DEQ, ODFW statement on PSU oyster study
Oregon Health Authority - 05/02/16 12:31 PM
May 2, 2016

The Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Department of Agriculture, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife appreciate the work of Portland State University researchers to document the low concentrations of environmental contaminants detected within the state's oysters and other coastal species, published at http://www.pdx.edu/news/psu-study-finds-oregon-oysters-contain-drugs-other-toxins. Oregon is fortunate to have a system, set forth by a collaboration of state agencies with clear, active roles, for protecting our coastal waters, the shellfish species that call them home, and the many Oregonians--and people around the world--who consume them.

In 2013, as part of a statewide program to monitor toxics around the state, DEQ completed a monitoring program that analyzed sediment samples and oysters, mussels and clams for selected metals such as arsenic, cadmium, selenium, and mercury, PCBs, flame retardants, dioxins and furans, and chlorinated pesticides such as DDT. In 2013 and 2014, PSU had tissues from the same type of oysters analyzed for pharmaceuticals. Taken together, the oyster tissue samples from these studies showed:
--Low levels of contaminants, which were below OHA health screening levels.
--Levels of mercury that were low compared to other fish tissue around the state and similar to levels in clam and mussel samples collected from the same areas and below the OHA health screening level.
--Low levels of pharmaceuticals. The following is the amount of oyster meat that would have to be consumed to get a single dose of the pharmaceuticals at the amounts found in the oysters:

--- Naproxen (active ingredient in Aleve): more than 160,000 pounds.
--- Azythromycin (common antibiotic): more than 170,000 pounds.
--- Sulfamethoxazole (antibiotic): more than 630,000 pounds.
--- Diphenhydramine (antihistamine): more than 50,000 pounds.

OHA reviewed all of the oyster data reported in PSU's publication except the pharmaceutical results in March 2015. The study included softshell clams, and resulted in this advisory for softshell clams: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/news/Pages/OHA%20issues%20advisory%20for%20soft-shell%20clams%20along%20Oregon%20Coast.aspx. At the time, OHA also created this FAQ about other species and other contaminants tested: http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/Recreation/FishConsumption/Documents/softshell-clam-advisory-faq.pdf.

It is important to emphasize that the low concentrations of contaminants measured in Olympia oysters' tissues were well below the OHA screening values designed to protect human health. It is equally important for people to know about the contaminants that do occur in oysters so that they can make informed decisions about which shellfish are safe to eat and how many meals are appropriate. Health officials continue to encourage everyone to eat a variety of shellfish as part of a healthy diet. More information about Oregon fish advisories is available on the OHA website at HealthOregon.org/fishadv.

About Oregon oysters

Olympia oysters (Ostrea lurida) are a small (1.5 to 2 inches) species native to a few bays and estuaries along the Oregon coast. Scattered populations of Olympia oysters are found only in Netarts, Yaquina and Coos bays. About the size of a silver dollar, the little Olympia oysters are rare and their densities are greatly diminished in comparison to historic levels. Consequently, ODFW prohibits recreational and commercial harvest of wild stocks of native Olympia oysters in Oregon due to the low population levels. Commercial mariculture of Olympia oysters is permitted by ODA only in Netarts Bay and Yaquina Bay, and they are infrequently eaten by humans.

In contrast, the vast majority of oysters cultivated and consumed in Oregon are Pacific oysters (Crassostrea gigas). This large (4 to 8 inches), non-native oyster is grown in commercial mariculture operations, harvested, and sold to retail outlets in Oregon and throughout the region. Pacific oysters have become the most widely farmed and commercially important oyster in the world. Both Olympia and Pacific oysters are filter-feeders that capture microscopic phytoplankton and other materials on their internal gills. The Olympia oyster, however, is a temperamental feeder that captures relatively large diatoms, dinoflagellates, and phytoplankton cells on a sporadic basis. In contrast, Pacific oysters feed nearly constantly on small phytoplankton cells, and they grow quickly to the size marketed to consumers.

Participating agencies

-- Oregon Health Authority: OHA conducts health risk assessments and provides recommendations to the public, through health advisories, on appropriate consumption of oysters when contaminants in these species are measured above health-based screening levels, or when these species are the source of a foodborne infection.
-- Oregon Department of Agriculture: ODA regulates commercial shellfish aquaculture in the state. Shellfish sold for human consumption can be grown only in waters that have been certified by the ODA as meeting U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards for water quality. These standards are based on fecal coliform bacterial levels and naturally occurring marine biotoxin concentrations. Additionally, shellfish may not be grown in areas contaminated with poisonous or deleterious substances causing the shellfish to be adulterated and unfit for human consumption. Commercial mariculture of Olympia oysters is permitted by ODA only in Netarts Bay and Yaquina Bay.
-- Oregon Department of Environmental Quality: DEQ's Water Quality Toxics Monitoring Program assesses Oregon's waters for pollutants and tests a variety of fish and shellfish species for several contaminants.
-- Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife: ODFW's mission is to protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations. ODFW prohibits recreational and commercial harvest of wild stocks of native Olympia oysters in Oregon due to the low population levels.

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BLM Extends Deadline for Nominations for Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 05/02/16 12:02 PM
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has extended to May 31, 2016 the deadline for submitting nominations for the 2016 Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards. The prior deadline was April 12.

These non-monetary awards highlight some of the finest examples of responsible mineral resource development and illustrate the principles of sustainable development without compromising the needs of future generations. The awards program also helps to promote successful ideas and practices that may be implemented at various locations throughout the nation.

"These awards honor achievements in environmental health, social responsibility, and economic security," said Michael Nedd, BLM Assistant Director for Energy, Minerals and Realty Management. "They also highlight mineral development that protects and restores the environment while meeting modern needs for these raw materials."
The awards fall under five categories: the Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award, the Hardrock Mineral Community Outreach and Economic Security Award, the Hardrock Mineral Small Operator Award, the Hardrock Mineral Directors Award, and the "Fix A Shaft Today!" Award.
The Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award recognizes efforts in environmental stewardship. This category recognizes achievements demonstrating continuous or repeated efforts to successfully meet or exceed Federal, State, or local reclamation requirements with minimal oversight.
The Hardrock Mineral Community Outreach and Economic Security Award recognizes projects that show concern for community responsibilities and the economic benefits of mineral development. This award recognizes successful coordination of projects with local and regional stakeholders. Projects that contribute to quality of life or show concern for a community's long-term health are also eligible.

The Hardrock Mineral Small Operator Award recognizes efforts in environmental stewardship of operators with fewer than 15 employees. Similar to the Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award, this award recognizes achievements demonstrating continuous or repeated efforts to successfully meet or exceed Federal, State, or local reclamation requirements with minimal oversight.
The Hardrock Mineral Director's Award recognizes outstanding achievement in a particular area of sustainable development. The award will recognize an operator whose dedication and commitment to excellence has resulted in the use of a new or innovative design or technique that allows or enhances successful operations in technically challenging conditions or in critical environmental settings.
The Fix A Shaft Today!"("FAST!") Award recognizes active participation in the FAST! Campaign, which is a partnership initiative aimed at eradicating unsafe abandoned mine land features, especially open mine shafts.
Nominations are to be submitted to the BLM State Office (Attention: Solid Minerals) that has jurisdiction in the State where the operation is located. It is anticipated that the presentation of the awards will take place in Las Vegas in the fall of 2016 in conjunction with MINExpo.

Mining companies, regulatory authorities, geologists, and members of the public may nominate operators or organizations in the non-coal solid minerals industries for an award. Nominations need not be limited to operations on land managed by the BLM. For detailed information on the nomination and selection processes, including the required format for nominations CLICK HERE: http://www.blm.gov/style/medialib/blm/wo/Communications_Directorate/public_affairs/news_release_attachments.Par.92208.File.dat/2016%20Sustain%20Final.pdf
Bend Man Injured from Fall
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 05/02/16 11:02 AM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley, reports on May 1, 2016, John Frank, 37, of Bend was rescued after he jumped off of Tamolich Falls into Blue Pool. Tamolich Falls is located on the McKenzie River near Trail Bridge Reservoir. Blue pool is located at the base of Tamolich Falls and is a popular hiking destination.

Frank hiked approximately two miles into the falls with his wife Desirae Frank and their 16- year- old daughter. After seeing another individual successfully jump into the water, Frank jumped from an outcropping of rocks approximately 55 feet above the water. Frank was injured when he hit the water and was able to swim toward shore and yell for help. Desirae was at the water's edge and was able to help John to shore when he became distressed. Desirae is a Registered Nurse and rendered first aid.

John received chest and back injuries. Frank was injured at 4:25 pm. Bystanders hiked the two mile long trail out to where they could call for help at 5:15 pm. The Sisters Camp Sherman Rural Fire Department and McKenzie Fire Department initially responded to the scene along with the Linn County and Lane County Search and Rescue Teams. Because of the steep terrain, the Eugene Mountain Rescue Team and the Corvallis Mountain Rescue Teams responded to assist with the high angle rescue. Rescuers rappelled down to and prepared him for an air evacuation. Just after midnight the Army National Guard responded and was able to hoist Frank to safety where he was transported in stable condition to St. Charles Hospital in Bend.

With summer approaching, Sheriff Riley would like to remind the public of the hazards of cliff jumping into water. This can be very dangerous and caution should be taken in and around these areas.
Superintendent Steve Webb to be guest at White House
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 05/02/16 11:00 AM
Vancouver, Wash. -- Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steven Webb will be a guest of President Barack Obama on Tuesday, May 3. Webb was invited to the White House Great Educators Event to honor the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, state teachers of the year and other distinguished educators. Webb is the 2016 Washington State Superintendent of the Year and was one of four finalists for National Superintendent of the Year.

"I am grateful for this opportunity to represent our students, staff and community as President Obama celebrates public education and our nation's educators. They are the true heroes who endeavor each and every day to transform student lives," said Webb. "This special recognition honors our community's vision for its schools and the remarkable progress being made together on behalf of our children."

In Vancouver, Webb has led efforts to increase program choices in grades K-12, expand school-community partnerships that meet the needs of poverty-affected children, and personalize education through the use of one-to-one technology. Since 2010, the four-year on-time graduation rate has risen from 64 percent to more than 80 percent.

In recognition of his work to develop community schools, Webb was named one of 13 Education Week Leaders to Learn From in 2016. He also received the National Coalition Community Schools Superintendent Leadership Award for 2016, and was named a U.S. Department of Education Future Ready Leader.

Webb has provided national leadership through the American Association of School Administrators Digital Consortium, Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, Coalition for Community Schools and U.S. Department of Education Future Ready Initiative.

"Steve is an outstanding voice for public education. His leadership throughout the district, at the national level and within the Washington Association of School Administrators comes at a time when we need strong advocates for our schools," said Dr. Bill Keim, WASA executive director.

Vancouver Public Schools enrolls approximately 24,000 students at 37 schools and specialized program sites. Webb first joined the district as deputy superintendent in 2006 and was appointed to serve as superintendent in 2008.
Drug Take Back Event Results (Photo)
Benton County Sheriff's Office - 05/02/16 10:54 AM
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In a record-breaking year, the Benton County Sheriff's Office collected over 900 pounds of unwanted prescription medications at the Drug Take Back Event on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

Approximately 337 vehicles came through the event to drop off unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications. The goal of the event, which was held at the Benton County Fairgrounds, was to keep unused prescription drugs from being misused and to help keep them out of the water supply.

Twenty-five boxes of medications were collected and maintained in law enforcement custody until they were incinerated.

"We couldn't offer this important community service without the support of our Sheriff's Office volunteers and partners," said Undersheriff Greg Ridler. "Our certified Reserve Deputies provided traffic control and law enforcement security for the event and were supported by volunteers from our Auxiliary Team and Search and Rescue Unit. The Benton County Fairgrounds, Philomath Police Department, and Benton County Health Department were important partners."

This is the seventh year the Benton County Sheriff's Office has offered this service which is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as part of their National Take Back Initiative. Prior to this year, the largest number of medications collected was in 2013 when 815 pounds were incinerated.

A number of national studies indicate that the intentional abuse of prescription drugs, particularly among teens, is a continuing concern. Additionally, disposing of medications by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash is discouraged because it may lead to contamination of our drinking water.


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City of Beaverton Seeks Volunteers for New Adopt-a-Roadway Program (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 05/02/16 10:54 AM
The City of Beaverton is seeking volunteers to participate in its new Adopt-a-Roadway program. Applications from organizations are invited to apply through May 20. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
The City of Beaverton is seeking volunteers to participate in its new Adopt-a-Roadway program. Applications from organizations are invited to apply through May 20. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The City of Beaverton is seeking volunteers for its new Adopt-a-Roadway program. Twelve prominent and heavily trafficked street sections are available for adoption throughout the city.


Volunteer groups will commit to adopt a designated section for two years and clean it at least four times per year. The program is free and the city will provide all equipment and supplies and collect filled bags after each clean-up day. The adopting group will also have their name displayed on two signs along the roadway.


Through Beaverton Community Vision, people said they wanted more ways to improve the livability, beauty, and safety of local streets. The Adopt-a-Roadway program is an easy way to get involved and give back to the community.


Applications are due Friday, May 20. Street sections are first come, first served, so groups are encouraged to apply now. For more information, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/AdoptaRoad or contact Zander Doby at 503-350-4090 or adoby@BeavertonOregon.gov.


ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2015, Beaverton was recognized as one of the safest cities in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press with cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Silver Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.


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Attached Media Files: The City of Beaverton is seeking volunteers to participate in its new Adopt-a-Roadway program. Applications from organizations are invited to apply through May 20. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
Oregon City - Mt. View Cemetery Annual Commemorative Service
City of Oregon City - 05/02/16 10:34 AM
Oregon City -- The local community and surrounding areas are invited to Mountain View Cemetery's Memorial Day Commemorative Service on May 30, 2016, at 10:00 am. The Cemetery is located at 500 Hilda St, Oregon City, OR 97045.

Please join us in our tribute to veterans and other public servants that have gone before us.

This years event will feature guest speaker Retired Naval Commander JJ Morell, a 21-gun salute and other military honors and floral tributes, Oregon City High School Junior ROTC, with music provided by Gardiner Middle School and Grand View Baptist Church bands.

For information please visit our web site at www.orcity.org/cemetery, or call the cemetery office at 503-657-8299, by e-mail jking@orcity.org or dallen@orcity.org.
Crime Stoppers Tip Leads to Identification, Arrest and Conviction of Assault Suspect in Portland (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 05/02/16 10:00 AM
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On April 22, 2016, 68-year-old John Henry Ross Pryor was sentenced to 15 years in prison after being convicted of Assault in the First Degree and other charges. Pryor's conviction is related to the June 2015 baseball bat beating of a 48-year-old woman.

This investigation started on June 19, 2015, at approximately 7:50 p.m., when Portland Police Bureau East Precinct officers responded to the report of an assault at a residence in the 2400 block of Southeast 139th Avenue. The victim was struck with a baseball bat several times and the suspect, only known as "Papa John" at the time, attempted to stab her with a knife.

On August 12, Crime Stoppers of Oregon featured the case and asked for the public to provide tips on the case.

Several tips were received identifying the suspect, which led to his arrest on September 30, 2015, by the US Marshals Oregon Fugitive Task Force.

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

Information about unsolved homicides can lead to a reward of up to $2,500 cash. All other unsolved felony crimes are eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000.

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

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Red Cross Forum Teaches Vancouver Organizations How to Prepare for Disasters
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 05/02/16 9:45 AM
A disaster -- wildfires, floods, even a 9.0 Cascadia Earthquake - can happen
at any time. The American Red Cross and our partners are holding a forum to share best practices and preparedness solutions from top local executives.

VANCOUVER, Wash., May 2, 2016 - The Red Cross Cascades Region and local partners are helping businesses and organizations of all sizes to be prepared for a disaster through our Business Leaders Resilience Forum.

National statistics show that 40 percent of businesses do not reopen after a disaster and another 25 percent fail within one year. There are steps that businesses and nonprofits can take now to ensure their organization can get back up and running quickly if a disaster strikes.

Presentation attendees will hear directly from top business leaders to learn the steps they're taking to plan for emergencies as well as the tools available to engage employees, assess readiness and strengthen business resilience.

WHAT: American Red Cross Business Resilience Forum

WHEN: Wednesday, May 11, 2016
8:30 a.m. -- 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Clark Public Utilities
1200 Fort Vancouver Way
Vancouver, WA 98663

WEBSITE: redcross.org/VancouverBusinessLeadersForum

MEDIA CONTACT: Monique Dugaw, Communications Director
(503) 877-7121, monique.dugaw@redcross.org

Panel speakers include:

Amy Shlossman - Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross Cascades Region
Dan Krebs - Director of Operations, Clark Public Utilities
Kelley Okolita - Director of Disaster Management Services, Cambia Health Solutions
Scott Burns, Ph.D. - Geology Department, Portland State University
Tripp Robinson - Emergency Manager, Intel

This event is presented by: Kaiser Permanente

In partnership with: Clark Public Utilities


Attached Media Files: 2016-05/1190/94043/News_Release_-_Red_Cross_Forum_Teaches_Business_Preparedness_in_Vancouver.pdf
Free Child Safety Seat Clinic (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 05/02/16 9:13 AM
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The Beaverton Police Department in a partnership with Safe Kids Coalition-Washington County will be conducting a free child car seat clinic. The clinic will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Beaverton Police Department located at 4755 SW Griffith Drive Beaverton, Oregon 97005. The clinic will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The last car will be accepted at 11:30 a.m. unless demand necessitates an earlier cut off time.

This clinic is designed to teach parents and caregivers how to properly install and use a child safety seat. A properly installed and used child safety seat will greatly decrease the chance of your child sustaining a serious or life threating injury during a motor vehicle crash. One of the most important jobs you have as a parent is keeping your child safe when riding in a vehicle. Each year thousands of young children are killed or injured in car crashes. The proper use of car seats helps keep children safe. With so many different car seats on the market, it's no wonder parents find this overwhelming.

Make sure that you have registered your car seat with the manufacture. Registering your seat makes sense: It gives the manufacturer the ability to contact you about recalls and safety notices. It's also easy: Just send in the card that came with your car seat or fill out a simple form on the manufacturer's Web site. Your child's safety could depend on it.

The best car seat is the one that you will use properly. This is what we hope to teach you when you come to one of our car seat clinics. The uses of safety belts and child safety seats have been proven to greatly reduce your chances of sustaining serious injuries during a motor vehicle crash.

A certified technician will help parents and caregivers learn to install and use their child safety restraints properly. No appointment is required just drop by during the event. Each car seat check will take about 30 minutes. The last car will be accepted at 11:30 a.m. unless demand necessitates an earlier cut off time.
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Oregon Lottery launches new Loteria Scratch-it
Oregon Lottery - 05/02/16 8:33 AM
Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the Oregon Lottery has launched its second Scratch-it ticket version of the well-known Mexican Bingo-style game, Loteria.

"This was a very popular Scratch-it last year, and it resonated well with all Oregonians, so we decided to bring it back again this year, new and improved," said Oregon Lottery Associate Marketing Communications Manager Thais Rodick. Loteria is a Mexican Bingo-style game played by family and friends in the Hispanic community. The Loteria Scratch-it ticket offers players a $10,000 top prize.

"Oregon's population is becoming increasingly diverse," said Rodick. "Currently, 12.3 percent of Oregonians are Hispanics, 4 percent are Asian American and Pacific Islanders, and 2 percent African American. We are broadening our product offerings to make sure our games remain relevant with our consumers, and the recent success of Loteria Scratch-it and our most recent Chinese New Year ticket illustrate that we're on the right track."

New versions of the Loteria Scratch-it will be available in the coming months incorporating themes like "Dia De Los Muertos" (Day of the Dead) and "Navidena" during the holidays.


Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $10 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org.

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Aviation Summer Camps returning to Pearson Field Education Center
Fort Vancouver National Trust - 05/02/16 8:30 AM
Building and flying a remote control plane, visiting the PDX control tower, and piloting a real aircraft over Vancouver are among the fun and educational opportunities for youth at the five week-long aviation summer camps offered at the Pearson Field Education Center.

"We're pretty excited about this year's curriculum," said Garrett Schmidt, Director of Pearson Field Education Center. Along with instructing campers in the basics of flight through simulators and other hands-on methods, he will lead them on field trips to a regional air museum, the F.A.A. control tower at Portland International Airport, and other locations. "It's a unique way to be immersed in the world of aviation, while at the same time having fun learning STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts and principles that carry over into other areas of life."

Camps are for ages 9 to 17, and run Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pearson Field Education Center, 201A East Reserve Street, except the July 12 week when it is sponsored by the Camas Washougal Aviation Association (CWAA) at Grove Field in Camas.
Al Coupe Remote Control Plane Summer Camp: June 28-July 2
Aviation 101 Summer Camp Sessions:
July 12-16 (at Grove Field in Camas)
July 26-30
August 9-13
August 23-27
The cost for each week is $450. Register by calling 360.992.1815 or go to fortvan.org/aviationeducation to find the registration form.

Pearson Field Education Center delivers experiential, aviation-based science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs for youth. It is open every Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. for youth and families to enjoy free activities such as glider building, flight simulation, and other educational aviation fun. It is a program of the Fort Vancouver National Trust. For more information, go to fortvan.org/aviationeducation.
Fraud Alert: Phone Scams Active in Portland Metro Area (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 05/02/16 8:30 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau wants community members to be aware of a variety of phone scams that are active in the Portland Metro area.

Law enforcement has received reports from people who stated that callers would claim to be members of a police department or sheriff's department and that the victim missed jury duty, had outstanding fines, or a warrant for their arrest that could be taken care of over the phone with a payment.

Other victims have reported callers claiming to be public utilities, the IRS, charities and home repair companies.

Callers typically instruct the victims to purchase re-loadable cards and call them back with the numbers.

The Portland Police Bureau reminds you to be aware that:

The Portland Police Bureau or any other legitimate law enforcement agency does not call community members seeking payment for outstanding traffic citations or warrants.

The Portland Police Bureau does not call individuals and demand money from community members under any circumstances.

Individuals claiming to collect debts may try to instill fear in potential victims to persuade them to forward money.

MoneyPak/Green Dot and Vanilla Reload have online tools to allow purchasers to request a refund if the scammer has not yet cashed the card.

For more information, please visit https://www.moneypak.com/refundrequest.aspx for MoneyPak/Green Dot and https://www.vanillareload.com/index.php/refund for Vanilla Reload.

If you are a resident of Portland and fall victim to these scammers with financial loss, you are encouraged to file a report by calling the Portland Police Bureau's Non-Emergency line at (503) 823-3333.

Tips to help avoid becoming a victim to this scam include:

Never give personal or financial information to an unsolicited caller or email.

Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.

Utility companies and government agencies will never contact you for payment by GreenDot, MoneyPak or Vanilla Reload.

Remember that anyone who has the number on a prepaid card has access to the funds on your card.

Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers to a stranger.

To learn more about IRS scams, please visit https://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Fraud-Alerts

The Oregon Judicial Department (OJD) advises that courts may use an independent collection service to collect unpaid monetary judgments and fines. If someone believes they are being scammed regarding an alleged unpaid traffic citation or other court-imposed financial obligation they can:

Ask the collector (caller) for information specific to the alleged warrant or unpaid traffic citation. The caller should have the court case number, date of ticket and vehicle license number.

Verify the debt or confirm other details by calling the OJD collections hotline at 1-888-564-2828.

Use OJD Courts ePay to directly pay money owed to state courts for most traffic citations, civil fees or criminal fines (For more information go to http://www.courts.oregon.gov/OJD/OnlineServices/ePay/Pages/index.aspx.

If you receive a similar call, disconnect without providing any information or taking any instructions from the caller. Contact your local law enforcement agency. You may also file a complaint with the Oregon Department of Justice Consumer Protection Office via the Consumer Hotline at 1-877-877-9392 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or complete an online Consumer Complaint Form anytime at http://www.doj.state.or.us/consumer/Pages/complaint.aspx

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Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 05/02/16 6:43 AM
Special Meeting of the Board of Directors May 4, 2016.
Sun. 05/01/16
OSP Continuing Fatal Crash on I-84, Six Miles West of Arlington - Gilliam County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/01/16 8:43 PM
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On Sunday, May 1, 2016, at approximately 4:33 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) was notified of a single vehicle rollover crash which had occurred on Interstate 84 near milepost 132 westbound (six miles west of Arlington). Medical personnel from the Gilliam County Fire Department and Oregon State Police arrived and located two individuals who were both severely injured.

The driver was identified as Justin Matthew FLOWERS, age 24, from Portland, and the passenger, Hayden Michael SWANSON, age 23, from Portland. Life Flight transported FLOWERS to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington and SWANSON was transported by ground ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles. During transport to the hospital, FLOWERS succumbed to his injuries. After arrival at the hospital in The Dalles, SWANSON was also transported by Life Flight to OHSU in Portland, where he is in critical but stable condition.

The investigation revealed the vehicle, a 1999 Chevy C15 SUV, had been westbound on the interstate in the early morning hours, when for an unknown reasons it left the roadway, crashed through the north side guardrail and rolled down a rock embankment, coming to rest approximately 150 feet from the roadway. Preliminary information indicates that both FLOWERS and SWANSON had not been using their seat belts at the time of the crash and were ejected from the vehicle. Speed and fatigue are being considered to be contributing factors for the crash.

Oregon State Police was assisted by Gilliam County Ambulance, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Life flight, Richland Police Department and Benton County Washington Coroner's Office.


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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office conducting death investigation after fatal hiker fall along Horsetail Falls trail
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/01/16 8:19 PM
On Sunday May 1, 2016 at 5:20 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to the report of two hikers who had fallen off the Horsetail Falls trail as they were hiking down between the upper and lower Horsetail Falls. MCSO deputies arrived on scene with AMR rescue personnel and MCSO Green Hornet trail team members who were on duty. Green Hornet Trail team and AMR Rescue personnel were able to reach the two hikers, a 37-year-old female and a 3-year-old boy. Both had fallen approximately fifty to sixty feet off a cliff along the trail and traveled another twenty to thirty feet down a steep slope. The 37-year-old was suffering from life-threatening injuries. AMR attempted lifesaving efforts as she was brought up to the trail and transported down to the trailhead. She was declared deceased at the Trailhead. The 3-year-old boy was transported by ambulance to the hospital with serious injuries.

Updates will be provided when more information is available.
**Update** Portland Fire & Rescue Dive Team Assist With Sauvie Island Water Incident
Portland Fire & Rescue - 05/01/16 5:57 PM
PF&R Dive team was called to assist Fire District 30 on reports of a paddle boarder that had gone under the water near Collins Beach on Sauvie Island. The initial report at 4:21 p.m. was that a female in her 20s was paddle boarding with out a life preserver when she went into the water.

Other responding agencies include: Scappoose Fire Boat, Coast Guard, Sheriffs Office Boat, and Sauvie Island land based units.

Update
At 5:50 p.m. recovery operations began.

If any additional information becomes available this release will be updated.
Property Dispute Turns Into Robbery Near Turner (Photo) Update 1
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/01/16 5:10 PM
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UPDATE: Suspect in custody, Arrives is Limousine

On Friday April 29th the suspect turned herself in to deputies waiting at the Marion County Jail. Deputy Bennett was able to work with Ms Kempton's attorney who convinced her to turn herself in. Ms Kempton agreed to meet Deputy Bennett and her attorney in the parking lot of the Marion County Jail.

Deputies waiting in the parking lot for Ms Kempton saw a limousine pull into the parking lot right in front of the Marion County Court Annex. After about 10 minutes, Ms Kempton exited the limousine and contacted Deputy Bennett. The dog "Isis" is still missing and Ms Kempton would not tell Deputy Bennett where the pet is. Deputy Bennett will continue to attempt to locate the dog.

Ms Kempton was taken into custody and lodged at the Marion County Jail on charges of Robbery 3 (for causing injury during the theft of the dog) and Theft 1 (the theft of a pet). Deputy Bennett said this was a unique situation and one he did not expect. He has never had anyone arrive in a limousine to turn themselves in.

Anyone who has information about the whereabouts of "Isis" the dog should call Marion County Dispatch at 503-588-5032.





On April 26th, Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office, were called to the 5400 block of Sams Place SE near Turner to investigate a landlord tenant dispute that had grown out of control. From their investigation Deputies believe that Rose Mary Skoda-Kempton, age 39 of Turner also known as Brooke Kempton was upset at her tenant Kate Taylor, age 30, for being disrespectful and kicked Ms. Taylor out of the residence two days prior to the police being called.

Ms. Taylor moved from the residence the day she was asked to leave collecting her belongings and selling her horses which were being boarded, as part of the rental agreement, at Ms. Kempton's mother's residence near Turner. On April 26th around 8 a.m., Ms. Kempton went to Ms. Taylor's father's residence located in the 4700 block of Marion Road SE. While at the residence Ms. Kempton confronted 61 year old Kevin Taylor stating that Kate Taylor stole two saddles and she was taking Ms. Taylor's dog until she got her saddles back.

Mr. Taylor attempted to stop Ms. Kempton by jumping on the running boards of her silver Ford truck. Ms. Kempton accelerated forward throwing Mr. Taylor from the truck, onto the driveway, injuring his hand and wrist, which required treatment at a local hospital.

The Sheriff's Office is searching for Ms. Kempton and "Isis", the missing K9. Ms. Kempton is 5'09" tall and 147 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, she may be driving a 2008, Ford F250, Oregon license 305DGR. "Isis" is a 4 year old Whippit, she is black in color, weighing 15 lbs, and micro chipped. Deputies have made several attempts to contact Ms. Kempton at her residence and by phone, but so far have been unable to contact her. Deputies are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ms. Kempton or "Isis" to please call the Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032, you may remain anonymous.


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Prescription Drug Turn-In and Shred Event Draws Hundreds of People on Saturday (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 05/01/16 3:00 PM
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On Saturday April 30, 2016, the Portland Police Bureau White Collar Crimes Unit and the East Precinct Neighborhood Response Team hosted a prescription drug turn-in and shred event at Southeast Precinct.

This event was a partnership between the City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention Program, the Portland Police Bureau, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Portland Police Bureau's Sunshine Division, and Wells Fargo.

More than 400 people came to the event over the course of four hours and dropped off 7,000 pounds of sensitive documents for shredding, turned in 1,815 pounds of prescription medication, and filled five 50 gallon barrels with donations of food and clothing for the Sunshine Division.

Keeping sensitive documents and prescription meds out of the hands of people who might misuse them is an important technique for preventing fraud and drug abuse.

Community members with unwanted and unused prescription medicine should dispose of it properly by taking it to one of the locations listed here: http://www.oracwa.org/documents/UnwanteddrugdropoffsitesOR.pdf

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UPDATE: Suspect Arrested After Robbing a Hawthorne Boulevard Bank (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 05/01/16 2:28 PM
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On April 21, 45-year-old Wes Edward Hamman was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a Federal Hold for Bank Robbery.

Hamman was arrested shortly after robbing a bank on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard and attempting to get away from the area by riding in a taxi cab. After his arrest, Hamman was taken to a Portland hospital for a medical condition before being released to go to jail.

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On Wednesday April 20, 2016, at 12:32 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the Key Bank branch located at 4131 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard on the report of a robbery.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted bank employees who gave police a description of the suspect and that he'd implied that he had a gun.

Officers looking in the neighborhood spotted the suspect in the back of taxi at Southeast Cesar E. Chavez and Hawthorne Boulevards. Officers stopped the driver and took the suspect into custody without incident.

The robbery investigation is continuing and there is no public risk as a result of this incident.

Updates will be provided later today.

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Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue on Mt. Hood **Update*
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/01/16 1:40 PM
UPDATE

The lost hiker has found his way to safety. The hiker is not injured but tired. All rescuers are now coming of the mountain. No further updates to follow.

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On May 1, 2016, at approximately 0943hrs Clackamas County Sheriff's Office received a report of a lost hiker on Mt. Hood. Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue personnel have been in contact via a cell phone with the lost hiker, a 24 year old male from Vancouver WA, who indicated that he is not injured, just exhausted. CCSO Search and Rescue personnel, along with Portland Mountain Rescue and Mt. Wave Search and Rescue are currently working together to locate and escort the hiker to safety. Updates to follow.

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Crash severely injures Passenger, Driver likely Impaired (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/01/16 11:34 AM
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Early this morning, Sheriff's Deputies were called to the scene of a roll-over crash on NW West Union Road near NW 203rd Place. The passenger was pinned under the car and the driver had minor injuries. Both were hospitalized, deputies are still investigating the crash.

On May 1, 2016, at about 1:26 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a 911 call reporting a serious crash on NW West Union Road near NW 203rd Pl. in the community of Rock Creek. A car was reported overturned in a field.

Sheriff's Deputies and Firefighters form Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue arrived and found the female passenger, 39-year-old Nicole Nelson of Hillsboro, pinned under the black 2002 BMW 325i. Firefighters used hydraulic tools to lift the car and get Ms. Nelson out.

The driver of the car, 38-year-old Cary Lovelady of Hillsboro, was already out of the car when deputies arrived. Mr. Lovelady and Ms. Nelson were both transported by ambulance to Emanuel Hospital. Mr. Lovelady had minor injuries and Ms. Nelson's injuries were life threatening.

The Washington County Crash Analysis and Reconstruction Team (CART) was called to the scene to investigate the crash. Their preliminary investigation indicates that Mr. Lovelady was driving west on NW West Union Rd. and was entering a 40 MPH curve at a high rate of speed. He started to go off the road and then overcorrected his steering, losing control of the car and putting it into a roll. At this time investigators believe that both alcohol and speed were factors in the crash. No other vehicles were involved and Mr. Lovelady's license is currently suspended.

Mr. Lovelady may face felony DUII charges because of prior convictions for DUII and additional charges for injuries Ms. Nelson suffered in the crash. The investigation is continuing, no charges have been filed at this time.


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Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports inmate death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 05/01/16 10:33 AM
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly Sunday morning at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

Staff found inmate Tomas Vejar-Garcia, 76, unresponsive in his cell Sunday, May 1, at approximately 7:53 a.m.

Vejar-Garcia entered DOC custody on June 1, 2012, on two counts of sex abuse in the first degree out of Washington County. His earliest release date was June 6, 2016.

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

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


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American Red Cross Responds to a Single Family Home Fire in Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 05/01/16 8:23 AM
Volunteers with the American Red Cross disaster action team responded to a disaster that occurred in the 1700 block of SE 160th Ave in Portland.

This single family home fire affected 2 adults, 2 children, and 1 pet. Red Cross provided assistance in the form of temporary lodging, assistance to meet immediate basic needs, health and mental health services and information about recovery services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local fire department.

The American Red Cross provides hope and comfort to people affected by community disasters, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call 503 528 5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascades to schedule an appointment.
Portland Fire & Rescue Respond to Overnight Fire
Portland Fire & Rescue - 05/01/16 5:34 AM
Portland Fire crews responded with Gresham Fire crews at around 3:30 a.m. to reports of a house on fire at 1715 SE 160th Ave. Crews arrived to find a heavily involved single story home with an attached garage. The main body of the fire was located in the garage but had started to burn into the attic over the living area. First arriving crews were able to confirm that the occupants, two adults and two children, were safely outside. Additionally, the family pets were found safe in the back yard. The family reported that it was the homes working smoke detector that had alarmed and prompted them to evacuate. Smoke detectors save lives.

Another challenge and potential danger with this fire involved the natural gas meter. Flames and heat compromised the piping and natural gas was actively burning at the meter.

A Fire scene, at times, may appear hectic and overcrowded. But there is order in the chaos and everyone has a necessary job. Many crews worked simultaneously to bring this fire under control quickly. While one crew worked to extinguish the garage portion of the fire a second crew worked to ventilate heat and smoke from the roof using chainsaws to cut holes. A third company was securing a water supply from the hydrant down the street while a fourth and fifth company ensured the home was free of occupants and worked to extinguish the fire above the living area. Meanwhile, a sixth company moved to shut down the flow of natural gas at the meter. The seventh company performed an overall scene assessment and stood by, ready to intervene if a member of a fire crew needed immediate help. Finally, two chief officers ran the operational flow of the call.

While crews were able to successfully save a bulk of the structure, the family will be displaced due to the smoke and fire damage.

A fire investigator is on scene working to find a cause. No damage estimate is available at this time. No injuries were reported with this fire.

If pictures become available, this release will be updated.
Sat. 04/30/16
American Red Cross Responds to Multi-Family Home Fire in Gladstone
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/30/16 9:02 PM
Volunteers with the American Red Cross disaster action team responded to a multi family home fire in the 6000 block of SE Parkway Drive in Gladstone.

This multi-family home fire affected 3 adults, 1 child and 2 pets. Red Cross provided assistance in the form of temporary lodging, assistance to meet immediate basic needs, health and mental health services and information about recovery services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local fire department.

The American Red Cross provides hope and comfort to people affected by community disasters, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call 503 528 5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascades to schedule an appointment.
Oregon National Guard participates in University of Oregon Spring Game (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 04/30/16 8:02 PM
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160430-Z-OT568-066: Canton Kaumatule, University of Oregon defensive lineman, talks with an Oregon National Guard Airman prior to the start of the Spring Game, April 30, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Members of the Oregon National Guard, along with Veterans from every branch of service, participated in Veterans Appreciation Day activities during the game. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

160430-Z-OT568-072: University of Oregon football players run out of the tunnel towards the field alongside military Veterans to begin the Spring Game, April 30, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Members of the Oregon National Guard, along with Veterans from every branch of service, participated in Veterans Appreciation Day activities during the game. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

160430-Z-OT568-137: Oregon National Guard Soldiers line up behind University of Oregon football players at the start of the Spring Game, April 30, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Members of the Oregon National Guard, along with Veterans from every branch of service, participated in Veterans Appreciation Day activities during the game. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

160430-Z-OT568-194: Oregon National Guard Soldiers perform a flag folding ceremony in honor of missing and fallen service members during half time at the University of Oregon Spring Game, April 30, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Members of the Oregon National Guard, along with Veterans from every branch of service, participated in Veterans Appreciation Day activities during the game. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

160430-Z-OT568-229: U.S. Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith, commanding general of the 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), receives a flag folded by Oregon National Guard Soldiers in a ceremony during half time at the University of Oregon Spring Game, April 30, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Smith graduated from the University of Oregon in 1986. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

160430-Z-OT568-249: University of Oregon football players give their jerseys to members of the Oregon National Guard, along with Veterans from every branch of service, after the Spring Game, April 30, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. The players spent time getting to know the Veterans and gave them a tour of their training facilities. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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West Linn Police Officer James Abeles named Top DUII Officer of the Year for Second Year in a Row
West Linn Police Dept. - 04/30/16 7:08 PM
In 2015 Officer Abeles was named the DUII Officer of the Year after he arrested 65 impaired drivers in 2014. On April 29, 2016 he became the first municipal police officer to receive the award two years in a row.

West Linn Officer James Abeles has been awarded the 2015 Oregon DUII Enforcement Officer of the Year for City Police Departments.

Officer Abeles, who has been with the West Linn Police Department since 2012, received the award given by the Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Task Force.

In 2015, Officer Abeles arrested 90 impaired drivers in the city of West Linn. In 2015, after completing a complex and rigorous training, Officer Abeles became a Drug Recognition Expert. Officer Abeles performed 23 drug impairment evaluations in service to the West Linn Police Department and our partner law enforcement agencies in the Portland Metropolitan Area. He has maintained a 100% accuracy rate as determined by OSP lab testing of collected blood and urine samples.

In addition to these accomplishments Officer Abeles became a certified Standardized Field Sobriety Test instructor and was instrumental in the organization and evaluation of training held at the West Linn Police Department in 2015.

"Officer Abeles accomplishments are a reflection of his character and passion for traffic safety." West Linn Chief Timeus said. "Officer Abeles is an outstanding representative of our department and this great community"
Salem Brings Out Walkers of All Ages
March of Dimes - 04/30/16 4:27 PM
Hundreds Turn Out to Help Babies, and
Raise More Than $60,000 to Help Babies Be Born Healthy

(Salem, Oregon, April 30, 2016) -- It was the best feel-good moment of the week when approximately 200 residents joined together in support of the smallest citizens of SALEM -- babies -- by participating in the 2016 March for Babies to benefit the March of Dimes. Salem Health and Bush Park was packed with strollers, families and corporate teams who raised more than $60,000 to help babies be born healthy.

Special guests at the day's events included Molly & Kevin Roberts, the 2016 SALEM Ambassador Family. They joined walkers on the route as EMCEE SHAD BARNES, AND THE BAND SUGAR SAUCE provided tunes to keep the energy high.

"It was a memorable and rewarding day for all of us," said MOLLY ROBERTS, who's TWIN SON & DAUGHTER served as the 2016 SALEM Ambassador. "When ATTICUS AND CARRINGTON were born SEVENT WEEKS prematurely, we decided we wanted to do everything possible to give other families a happy result. We're honored to represent the March of Dimes today in return for all the support they've given us and our family."

For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects at marchforbabies.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. The 2016 March for Babies wass sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy's, Cigna, United Airlines, and Mission Pharmacal.

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SAMPLE 2016 MFB QUICK FUN FACTS -- OPTIONAL

About the Salem March for Babies

?,Y WHEN: Saturday April 30, 2016 9:00 a.m. start time
?,Y WHERE: Salem Health Hospital, 890 Oak St SE, Salem, OR 97301
?,Y Why: Approximately 865 babies will enter the world this week in Oregon. 81 of those babies will be born too soon.

March for Babies National Facts

March for Babies takes place in about 600 communities across the country.
About seven million people take part in the event.
That's 14 million shoes being laced up for babies!
We've been walking since 1970 and have raised more than $2 billion to benefit moms and babies.

Salem March for Babies Fun Facts

Number of Salem residents expected to walk in the event: 200
Participants in the 2016 Salem March for Babies are expected to raise more than $60,000 to support research, vaccines, education, and breakthroughs for babies.

That's 400 feet walking for babies in Salem alone this weekend!
Number of hot dogs served at the event: 200

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Women in Policing Career Fair Draws more than 700 Attendees (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/30/16 4:10 PM
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A Women in Law Enforcement Career Fair hosted at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem attracted more than 700 attendees today.

This was the second day of a two-day career fair hosted jointly by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), in partnership with the Oregon Peace Officers Association, Oregon State Sheriff's Association, and the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police.

More than 1,300 hundred attended the first day of the event which featured more than three dozen law enforcement agencies who were looking to recruit men and women for vacancies within their agencies.

DPSST's Director Eriks Gabliks said "law enforcement agencies around the state are looking for qualified men and women who reflect the communities they serve to fill vacant positions within their agency. Around the state we are looking to fill 500 vacancies in law enforcement, corrections, parole and probation, 9-1-1 and technical positions such as forensics, evidence technicians, crime analysts, etc. He said the focus of the Saturday event was to bring women into the criminal justice profession. In addition, to the 500 vacancies currently open, agencies are also looking at the potential retirements of more than 600 seasoned officers within the next two years as baby boomers reach retirement age"

More than 80 women currently employed by law enforcement agencies were on-hand today to answer questions and share information with participants. Women from every aspect of the law enforcement profession were on hand and included patrol officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, K-9 handlers, bomb technicians, forensics investigators, 9-1-1 operators, and command staff including Donna Henderson, Assistant Chief, Portland Police Bureau.

The highlight of the Saturday event was a Women in Law Enforcement Panel that included ten women from various agencies around the state who shared their experiences and insights into the law enforcement profession with attendees and answered questions from the audience.

More than four dozen city, county, state, tribal, university and federal agencies participated in the two-day event.

The reason for this first-ever statewide event, agencies around the state are looking to hire more than 500 qualified employees to fill both sworn (police, corrections, parole and probation, emergency communications) and non-sworn (chemists, nurses, CSI, etc.) positions.


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

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


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Driver Killed in Crash Following Terminated Pursuit
Salem Police Dept. - 04/30/16 11:35 AM
The Salem Police Department attempted to stop a 1999 white BMW at Macleay Rd and 46th St SE at about 3:20 AM Saturday because the driver was wanted in connection with release agreement violations which had occurred earlier in the 800 block of Rosemont Av NW. The driver failed to yield and continued eastbound on Macleay Rd eventually accelerating to 45 to 50 mph. At Cordon Rd. the driver disregarded a red traffic signal and the pursuit was terminated because of safety concerns.
Approximately ten minutes later, an officer checking the area for the suspect located the BMW in the 5900 block of Macleay Rd SE. The vehicle had left the roadway and struck a tree. The driver, 43 year old Joshua Tibbetts, was dead at the scene along with his dog, which had been in the vehicle. At the request of the Marion County Sheriff's Office, the Salem Police Department's Traffic Control Unit was called out to conduct the investigation. Next of kin has been notified.
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Prescription Drug Turn-In and Shred Event Today at Southeast Precinct
Portland Police Bureau - 04/30/16 7:00 AM
Today, Saturday April 30, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau will host a prescription drug turn-in and shred event at Southeast Precinct, located at 4735 East Burnside Street.

This event is a partnership between the City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention Program, the Portland Police Bureau, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Portland Police Bureau's Sunshine Division, and Wells Fargo.

Community members can come and drop off unwanted or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal and unwanted sensitive documents for secure shredding on site.

Keeping sensitive documents and prescription meds out of the hands of people who might misuse them is an important technique for preventing fraud and drug abuse.

Acceptable items for the prescription drug turn in include: any prescription medications and samples, over the counter medications, vitamins, pet medications, medicated ointments, and liquid medication in leak proof containers.

Items not accepted: thermometers, sharps, syringes, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, inhalers, EpiPens. To dispose of sharps, contact Metro at 503-234-3000 or http://www.oregonmetro.gov

Sunshine Division donation barrels will be available for donations of canned food, dry pasta, and gently-used clothing for needy families. Tax deduction forms will be provided.

A printable flyer is available for download by visiting http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/article/545037

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Fri. 04/29/16
American Red Cross Responds to Single Family Home Fire in Vernonia
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/29/16 10:30 PM
Volunteers with the American Red Cross disaster action team responded to a disaster today in the 55000 block of Nehalem Hwy S, in Vernonia.

This single family home fire affected 1 adult. Red Cross provided assistance in the form of temporary lodging, assistance to meet immediate basic needs, health and mental health services and information about recovery.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local fire department.

The American Red Cross provides hope and comfort to people affected by community disasters, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call 503 528 5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascades to schedule an appointment.
Proposed Sherwood City Budget Released
City of Sherwood - 04/29/16 7:25 PM
Total Budget and General Fund Budget are Reduced Compared with Current Year

Today Sherwood City Manager Joseph Gall released the Fiscal Year 2016-17 Proposed Budget. In compliance with state budget law, the proposed budget is balanced, and does not rely on any use of financial reserves. The total budget proposed for FY2016-17 is $26,103,745, a 7.9% decrease from the current adopted budget for this fiscal year. This includes $12,066,777 million for General Fund operations, a 1% decrease from the current fiscal year.

"In many ways, this can best be described as a status quo budget with minimal changes in our staffing levels," said Joseph Gall, City Manager. "While our local economy is strong and total revenues are relatively stable, I am concerned about the longer term challenge of providing the level of public services that Sherwood taxpayers deserve and expect, especially with the impending increases in PERS costs starting next year and beyond."

The public hearing process will begin at the Sherwood Budget Committee on Thursday, May 12th at 6:00 pm with subsequent meetings scheduled for May 19th and 26th, if necessary. All community members are invited to attend and participate in the budget process. Please visit www.sherwoodoregon.gov/budgetcommittee/page/fy-2016-2017-proposed-budget for regular budget updates and to review the proposed budget.

For more information, please contact Cathy Brucker, Interim Finance Director for the City of Sherwood at 503.625.4245 or by email at bruckerc@sherwoodoregon.gov
Additional Rewards Offered -- Unlawfully Killed Bighorn Ram In Gilliam County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/29/16 5:24 PM
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The Oregon State Police continue the investigation into the third bighorn sheep ram that was unlawfully killed in early April near milepost 118 on Interstate 84, east of Rufus.

Two additional rewards have been offered, with total rewards now at $2000, for information which leads to the arrest/conviction of the person(s) responsible. The rewards are as follows:

Oregon Hunters Association (OHA) Statewide TIP reward $500 (previously offered)
OHA Clatsop County Chapter reward $500
Oregon Foundation for North American Wild Sheep (OR-FNAWS) reward $1000

The Oregon State Police is requesting any person with information on this incident to contact Senior Trooper Jubitz at 541-705-5330.
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Previous Release:
On Sunday April 10th, 2016 at approximately 6:00PM the Oregon State Police received several reports from passing motorist's about a bighorn sheep near milepost 118 on Interstate 84 (east of Rufus).

The callers reported that the sheep was in an unusual position and was possibly dead. The deceased ram was located by OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers in a rock slide near the highway. A necropsy determined the ram had shot with a firearm and left to waste. There is no indication that this incident has any connection to the killing of two rams the week before just east of this location.

The Oregon State Police is requesting any person with information on this incident to contact Senior Trooper Jubitz at 541-705-5330. A Turn-In-Poachers (TIP)reward of up to $500.00 is available for information that leads to an arrest. Call 1-800-452-7888. No further information will be released as this is an ongoing investigation.

Information on the TIP Reward Program:
The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward program is sponsored by the Oregon Hunters Association. Rewards are paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, big horn sheep, mountain goat, moose, and/or game birds.

TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish.

In addition, a reward may be issued for information that results in an arrest/conviction of a person who has illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident licenses and/or tags are not legally hunting and/or angling and are considered poachers.

Increasing damage to wildlife habitat by off-road vehicles prompted the Oregon Hunters
Association (OHA) in 2009 to create the Natural Resources Reward Program that offers a $200 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone causing natural resources damage by the illegal use of motorized vehicles and is similar to its highly successful TIP program.
$100 Game Fish
$100 Upland Birds
$200 Habitat
$250 Deer, Bear, Antelope, and Cougar
$500 Elk, Big Horn Sheep, Moose, and Mountain Goat

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:
TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)
TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)


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Volunteers Celebrate Earth Day with Mulch Madness (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 04/29/16 4:21 PM
Volunteers at Barrows Meadow mulched around 900 native plants and trees in Beaverton on April 23 for Earth Day. This is the sixth year of work at this wetland restoration area. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
Volunteers at Barrows Meadow mulched around 900 native plants and trees in Beaverton on April 23 for Earth Day. This is the sixth year of work at this wetland restoration area. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The City of Beaverton and SOLVE held two Earth Day mulching work parties on Saturday, April 23.


Volunteers at three of Beaverton's neighborhood water quality facilities mulched around 1,400 native plants. The new native plants and trees will beautify the facilities and provide additional water filtering. Water from the facilities eventually feeds into Fanno Creek. The three facilities are located along the Sorrento bike path off SW 131st Ave.


In total, 145 volunteers from Beaverton's Neighborhood Association Committees, the Apple store at Washington Square, Elemental Technologies, Girl Scouts and Webelos, and an LDS youth group participated. The Tigard and Beaverton Orchard Supply Hardware stores each donated 50 buckets for mulching.


In addition, 57 volunteers mulched around 900 native plants and trees at Barrows Meadow. Volunteers included Brownie and Girl Scout troops and Kohl's Hillsboro. Orchard Supply Hardware and Rodda Paint donated mulching buckets. This is the sixth year of work at this wetland restoration site.


ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2015, Beaverton was recognized as one of the safest cities in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press with cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Silver Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.


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Attached Media Files: Volunteers at Barrows Meadow mulched around 900 native plants and trees in Beaverton on April 23 for Earth Day. This is the sixth year of work at this wetland restoration area. (Photo/City of Beaverton) , Volunteers mulched around 1,400 native plants and trees at three water quality facilities along the Sorrento bike path in Beaverton on April 23 for Earth Day. The new native plants and trees will beautify the area and provide additional filtering for the
Clackamas Community College news (Photo)
Clackamas Community College - 04/29/16 4:17 PM
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Please find attached the latest news from Clackamas Community College.


Attached Media Files: Geocaching , Wing It , CCC May events , geocaching photo2 , geocaching photo1 , Wing It photo
High Street SE Pavement Repair Lane Closures
City of Salem - 04/29/16 3:55 PM
On Monday, May 2, 2016, the northbound lane of High Street SE between Mill Street SE and Trade Street SE will be closed to repair failing pavement. The lane closure will begin at 9 a.m. and remain closed for the rest of the day until repair work in the northbound lane is complete. The southbound lane of High Street SE in the construction area will remain open during this work.

On Wednesday, May 4, 2016, the southbound lane of High Street SE between Mill Street SE and Trade Street SE will be closed. The lane closure will begin at 9 a.m. and remain closed for the rest of the day until repair work in the southbound lane is complete. The northbound lane of High Street SE in the construction area will remain open during this work.

On Friday May 6, 2016, both the northbound lane and the southbound lanes of High Street SE between Trade Street and Mill Street will be closed while new asphalt pavement is placed over the repairs. The full road closure will begin at 9 a.m. and remain closed until the asphalt paving is complete.


Attached Media Files: 2016-04/1081/94000/High_St_at_Mill_Race_Crossing_-_Construction_Area.pdf
Beaverton's Water Supply Meets or Exceeds State and Federal Standards (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 04/29/16 3:39 PM
A new report shows that Beaverton’s water supply continues to meet or exceed state and federal standards. This map shows the service area for City of Beaverton and other local water providers. (Image/City of Beaverton)
A new report shows that Beaverton’s water supply continues to meet or exceed state and federal standards. This map shows the service area for City of Beaverton and other local water providers. (Image/City of Beaverton)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The City of Beaverton's water supply meets or exceeds state and federal standards, according to the new 2016 City of Beaverton Water Quality Report--also known as the Consumer Confidence Report--which is now available online.


This annual report, required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Oregon Health Authority, provides important information about the source and quality of local water. The report is based on monitoring data from 2015.


The city supplies water to approximately 70,000 Beaverton residents, about 74 percent of the city's population. The remaining 26 percent are supplied water by Tualatin Valley Water District, Raleigh Water District, or the West Slope Water District. A detailed map showing water service providers is available at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/WaterServiceMap.


The water quality report is available online at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/CCR. For a translated version or more information, call the water quality report hotline at 503-350-4017. Contact Shelley Searle at ssearle@BeavertonOregon.gov to request a free copy by mail. Paper copies are also available at The Beaverton Building, Beaverton City Library main and branch locations, and the public works department.


ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2015, Beaverton was recognized as one of the safest cities in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press with cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Silver Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.


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Attached Media Files: A new report shows that Beaverton’s water supply continues to meet or exceed state and federal standards. This map shows the service area for City of Beaverton and other local water providers. (Image/City of Beaverton)
Women in Criminal Justice Career Fair - Saturday, April 30, 2016 11 am to 3 pm - DPSST - Salem (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/29/16 2:58 PM
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The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), in partnership with the Oregon Peace Officers Association, Oregon State Sheriff's Association, and the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, is pleased to host the Oregon Criminal Justice Career Fair at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

Tomorrow, Saturday, April 30, 2016 is the second day of a two-day event hosted at the Academy. More than 1300 participants from around the state attended the first day of the event. The Saturday event promises to be just as exciting with dozens of booths; displays of patrol cars, police motorcycles, river patrol boats, SWAT vehicles, explosive devices units vehicles and robots; and tours of the Academy.

DPSST's Director Eriks Gabliks said "law enforcement agencies around the state are looking for qualified men and women who reflect the communities they serve to fill vacant positions within their agency. Around the state we are looking to fill 500 vacancies in law enforcement, corrections, parole and probation, 9-1-1 and technical positions such as forensics, evidence technicians, crime analysts, etc."

Gabliks said the "Saturday event will focus on bringing women into the criminal justice profession and will have a panel discussion and other activities specifically to share the opportunities available. While the Saturday event will have a focus on women all are invited and welcome to attend."

Saturday, April 30th, 2016
Women in Criminal Justice Career Fair
11:00AM - 3:00PM
Oregon Public Safety Academy
4190 Aumsville Hwy SE
Salem, OR 97317

http://www.oregon.gov/dpsst/docs/flyer.pdf

Some Highlights

Meet recruiters from city, state, county, tribal and federal criminal justice agencies, recruiting to fill over 500 positions statewide.

Learn more about the job through agency displays and demonstrations.

Discover job opportunities in criminal justice for both sworn officers, as well as non-sworn
positions (analysts, chemists, nursing, forensics, etc.).

Meet leaders in their field and find out more about outstanding careers in criminal justice.

Tours of the Oregon Public Safety Academy (OPSA) will be provided throughout the day.

Women in criminal justice panel discussion, 4/30/16 at 1P.M

This event is open to everyone including interested applicants; middle school, high school and college students of all ages; parents; veterans; employment and guidance counselors; etc.

More than four dozen city, county, state, tribal, university and federal agencies are participating.

The reason for this first-ever statewide event, agencies around the state are looking to hire more than 500 qualified employees to fill both sworn (police, corrections, parole and probation, emergency communications) and non-sworn (chemists, nurses, CSI, etc.) positions at city, county, state, tribal, university and federal law enforcement agencies.

This is a great opportunity to find out about employment opportunities in criminal justice agencies around the state.


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

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


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Sign Up for ONI Notifications to Stay Informed
Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement - 04/29/16 2:34 PM
Are you aware that ONI has a tool that allows you to sign up and receive news and information to connect the people of Portland with opportunities for engagement around City decision making and public policy, community livability and safety, and promotion of networking and collaboration amongst communities and neighborhoods?

This service is known as ONI Notification and I'm sure some of you have been past subscribers. You are receiving this message because whether or not you are a past subscriber or someone who has not yet subscribed you will need to go through the subscription process if you want to receive these updates.

Back in December there was a problem with the City of Portland's news subscription service. A result of this technical issue was the loss of all users that had subscribed to receive news updates from our ONI Blog (Neighborhood News/ONI Notification). At that time we had approximately 2000 subscribers. So what this means even to those of you that had subscribed in the past is that you will need to re-subscribe!

The subscription service allows you to receive daily, weekly or monthly updates from the City regarding a number of different categories of City related news.

If you are interested in receiving notifications from ONI via this subscription service follow the attached instructions. Instructions are also available on the ONI Website at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/article/575145


Attached Media Files: ONI Notification Signup Instructions
27th Street SE Road Closure between Boone Road and Kuebler Blvd begins May 6, 2016
City of Salem - 04/29/16 2:31 PM
Beginning May 6, 2016, 27th Street SE will be closed between Boone Road SE and Kuebler Boulevard SE as part of the eastbound widening improvements to Kuebler Boulevard SE. This section of 27th Avenue SE is scheduled to re-open on September 1, 2016.

Access to Boone Road SE during this closure will be from Battle Creek Road SE. Please see the attached project location map for the closure limits and access route.

Please contact Troy Thomson, PE, Project Manager, at tthomson@cityofsalem.net or 503-588-6211 for additional information.


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Diverse History Presentations Planned by Oregon University Students
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/29/16 2:12 PM
Three Oregon university students will present research findings May 6 at the Oregon Heritage Conference in Salem. The presentations will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Hearing Room E of the Oregon State Capitol, and are free and open to the public.

The three students have been named Oregon Heritage Fellows by Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, based on the strength of both their scholastic achievement and their research topics. The fellowships encourage the thoughtful inquiry of Oregon's heritage by emerging scholars.

"The Fellows conduct original research into the diverse history of Oregon, often on topics that have drawn less attention from more-experienced historians," explains Chrissy Curran, assistant director with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. "We believe it is important that their research is presented to the public."

The Fellows, their schools and topics are:
Cassie M. Gray-Jeffries, Eastern Oregon University. "False Freedom: Japanese Americans in Eastern Oregon During the Internment Period."
Kira Lesley, Portland State University. "Making Room for Roses: Portland's 1911 Decision to Relocate the Municipal Poor Farm."
Taylor Rose, Portland State University. "Preeminently A People's Forest: Roads,
Recreation, and Wilderness in Mt. Hood National Forest, 1912--1964."

Eliza Canty-Jones, editor of the Oregon Historical Quarterly, will moderate the session.

The Oregon Heritage Conference May 4-7 brings together staff and volunteers from historical societies, historic landmark commissions, schools and universities, humanities groups, local and state agencies, museums, tourism and economic development organizations, federal agencies and tribal governments. To find more information and register for the conference, visit www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/conference.aspx


Attached Media Files: News release
Campus Safety Training Event for College Students
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/29/16 1:55 PM
The Washington County Sheriff's Office invites you to attend this informative public safety training geared towards college students. Sheriff's Depuies lead a powerful discussion on personal safety strategies. Students, educators and community members are all encouraged to attend.


Attached Media Files: Campus Safety Flier
Public invited to several Heritage Conference sessions
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/29/16 1:55 PM
The public is invited to attend several free sessions on Friday, May 6, at the Oregon Heritage Conference. The conference is taking place at the Oregon State Capitol and the free sessions will be in Hearing Room E.

The Oregon Heritage Conference brings together staff and volunteers from historical societies, historic landmark commissions, schools and universities, humanities groups, local and state agencies, museums, tourism and economic development organizations, federal agencies and tribal governments.

The three sessions are:
10 -- 11:15 a.m. "Centennial Highlights." Three historic places that have achieved 100 years are highlighted. The Historic Columbia River Highway was a feat of engineering and design; today portions are preserved for hiking and biking. Deschutes County, the youngest in the state, has long been known for its recreational opportunities and its own special culture. Eagle Creek Recreation Area in Multnomah County was the first developed campground in the US Forest Service.

1 -- 2:15 p.m. "NPS Oregon." The National Park Service is commemorating 100 years. This survey of some of Oregon's (and nearby) National Park Service sites will include history about Fort Clatsop, Crater Lake, Fort Vancouver and Oregon Caves.

2:30 -- 3:45 p.m. "Oregon's Heritage Fellows." Three Oregon university students who have been named Oregon Heritage Fellows by Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, will present on their topics. The Fellows, their schools and topics are:
Cassie M. Gray-Jeffries, Eastern Oregon University. "False Freedom: Japanese Americans in Eastern Oregon During the Internment Period."
Kira Lesley, Portland State University. "Making Room for Roses: Portland's 1911 Decision to Relocate the Municipal Poor Farm."
Taylor Rose, Portland State University. "Preeminently A People's Forest: Roads,
Recreation, and Wilderness in Mt. Hood National Forest, 1912--1964."

The conference is organized by Oregon Heritage. It is hosted by the Oregon State Capitol with support of the Oregon State Capitol Foundation. For more information about the conference, visit www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/conference.aspx


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Oregon Health Policy Board to meet May 3 at OHSU in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 04/29/16 1:54 PM
April 29, 2016

Contact: Jeff Scroggin, 541-999-6983 (meeting information or accommodations)

Includes presentation on Oregon's waiver renewal with CMS and public input opportunity

The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting May 3 in Portland. The meeting will be held at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing. The board will hear an update on Oregon's 1115 waiver with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Public testimony regarding the waiver is encouraged and will be heard during the meeting, beginning at 10:45 a.m.

When: Tuesday, May 3, 8:30-11:45 a.m.

Where: OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3033 SW Bond Ave., third floor, Room 4. The meeting also will be available via live web stream. A link to the live-stream and a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2016-OHPB-Meetings.aspx. Members of the public also can call in to listen by dialing 1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042#.

Agenda: Director's report; behavioral health town halls update; Workforce Committee Liaison update; Oregon's 1115 Waiver discussion; public input opportunity on Oregon's waiver renewal; OHPB priorities discussion; public testimony.

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2016-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

More information and documents about Oregon's Waiver renewal process are available on the OHPB website at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/health-reform/cms-waiver.aspx.

The draft waiver renewal application for public comment will be posted Monday, May 2.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations, call the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Sheriff's Office Participates in "Click it or Ticket" Campaign
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/29/16 1:36 PM
From May 16, through May 29, 2016, the Washington County Sheriff's Office will participate in the national Click It or Ticket campaign in an effort to save lives through increased seat belt use. This enforcement period comes ahead of the Memorial Day holiday, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. This program is funded through a partnership with NHTSA.

According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA), nationwide 88.5 percent of passenger vehicle occupants buckled up in 2015, almost 50 percent of occupants of fatal crashes were not restrained. In some states, the rate is as high as 70 percent unrestrained in fatal crashes. This fact gravely highlights the need for increased enforcement and awareness of seat belt use. Washington County consistently maintains over 98 percent compliance with wearing seat belts.

In 2014, nearly half of the 21,022 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes were unrestrained, according to NHTSA. During the nighttime hours of 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number increased to 57 percent of those killed. Law enforcement agencies will enforce seat belt usage day and night, with a zero-tolerance approach.
Vancouver Police Seeks Help in Finding Missing Endangered Teen (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 04/29/16 12:52 PM
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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking the help of the public to find a missing teenage boy. Gustavo Mendoza, age 14, has been missing since the evening of 4/28/2016 after leaving his Rose Village residence without permission.

Gustavo is 5'3" tall, 180 lbs, with short, dark brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a gray hoodie, gray pants, and white shoes. He does not wear glasses or braces.


The Vancouver Police asks that anyone with information about Gustavo's location please call 911.


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Shooting Investigation Ongoing in John Day - Grant County
Oregon State Police - 04/29/16 12:47 PM
On behalf of the Grant County District Attorney, Jim Carpenter:

On Thursday, April 28, 2016, at approximately 10:49 p.m., 911 received a call related to individuals that were shot and wounded, at the John Day Trailer Park, in the town of John Day. Multiple agencies dispatched units to the area.

The victims were identified as Christopher WOODELL, age 32, from John Day, and Eric TOWERS, age 35, from John Day. WOODELL was transported to Saint Charles in Bend by Life Flight and is in critical condition. TOWERS was transported to John Day Hospital by ambulance where he was treated and released.

A suspect has been identified and interviewed and the investigation is ongoing.

The agencies involved in this investigation are the John Day Police Department, Oregon State Police, Grant County Sheriff's Office and Grant County District Attorney's Office.
DPSST Corrections Policy Committee Meeting Scheduled
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/29/16 12:23 PM
Notice of Regular Meeting

The Corrections Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. The meeting will be held in the Boardroom at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Dial-in number: 888-273-3658 and Participant code: 4711910

If you dial-in for the meeting, please mute your phone unless you are addressing the group. Doing so will enable you to hear the meeting more effectively.

Agenda Items:

1. Minutes - February 9, 2016
Approve the minutes of the February 9, 2016 Corrections Policy Committee meeting.

2. Quarterly Review of DOC BCC by DPSST Audit and Compliance Program
Presented by Theresa King

3. 2016 Corrections Job Task Analysis
Presented by Theresa King

4. Alonzo Rowell DPSST # 36386 - Department of Corrections
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

5. Whitney Durham DPSST # 53595 - Department of Corrections
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

6. Ryan Heuberger DPSST # 46266 - Department of Corrections
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

7. Department Update

8. Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting - August 9, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.
Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Patrol deputy involved in injury crash involving pedestrian
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/29/16 11:20 AM
Update1: The pedestrian involved in the crash and transported to the hospital did not survive his injuries. The investigation of the crash continues and is being conducted by the Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division Major Crash Team. The results of their investigation will be turned over to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for review as part of their standard procedure for major crash investigations. The MCSO Deputy involved, a six year veteran, will be on administrative leave while the initial investigation is completed, which is MCSO's standard procedure in this type of incident.

We are not releasing any more information at this time pending notification of next of kin.

More information will be released when it is available.

--------------------Original Message--------------

This morning, (Friday) April 29, 2016 just after 4:00 a.m. a Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputy was involved in an injury crash involving a pedestrian in the 24000 block of NE Sandy Blvd. The MCSO Deputy was in a marked MCSO patrol vehicle traveling westbound on NE Sandy Blvd when the pedestrian was struck. The pedestrian, an adult male, was transported with life-threatening injuries to the hospital.

Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division Major Crash Team has responded to conduct the crash investigation. Preliminary indications are the pedestrian was not in a crosswalk and in the roadway when he was struck.

Further details will be released when more information is available.
Housing Stability Council Monthly Meeting - May 6, 2016
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 04/29/16 10:43 AM
May 6, 2016 | 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Discovery Park Lodge | Community Room
2868 NW Crossing Dr. | Bend, OR 97701
Call-In: 1-877-273-4202 | Participant Code: 4978330

AGENDA
9:00 Meeting Called to Order
9:05 Public Comment
9:15 Draft Meeting Minutes-April 1, 2016
9:20 Presentation by Local Partners
10:20 Housing Integrator Report
10:50 Residential Loan Program Consent Calendar
10:55 LIFT Program Design Adoption
11:40 Report of the Director
11:50 Report of the Chair
12:00 Meeting Adjourned
Hexavalent chromium averages above annual targets, air data show
Oregon Health Authority - 04/29/16 10:34 AM
EDITORS: Brian Boling, DEQ laboratory program manager, is available today between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to discuss air monitoring results. Contact Jennifer Flynt, DEQ Communications, to set up an interview.

April 29, 2016

DEQ inspectors also identify source of jump in selenium levels in SE Portland

Analysis of 50 days of air monitoring data found hexavalent chromium concentrations in the air in southeast Portland averaged above annual health-based targets. State investigators are visiting sites of potential sources to pinpoint the cause.

Though all metals are staying below Oregon 24-hour screening levels, which means there are no immediate health concerns, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Health Authority officials say the persistently elevated 50-day average for hexavalent chromium in southeast Portland demands continued scrutiny.

The target concentration for hexavalent chromium is 0.08 nanograms per cubic meter of air (ng/m3) when compared to an annual average, but the 50-day average has ranged between 0.086 nanograms and 0.28 nanograms across the four monitoring locations surrounding Bullseye Glass. During this period, Bullseye did not use chromium in glass production.

DEQ visits sites to find chromium source
Air results released today do not indicate the need for special precautions by neighbors, but they have prompted action on the part of state agencies to identify the sources.

DEQ has reviewed information on several other potential sources in the area, including a cement supplier, the nearby rail yard, and a metal finishing business to the south. Investigators have reviewed the types of emissions that could be expected from these facilities, analyzed meteorological (wind) data to narrow potential sources and visited at least one potential source.

Bullseye has not used any form of chromium in its glass-making furnaces since February, DEQ officials say. During a recent site visit to Bullseye, a DEQ inspector reviewed the company's list of ingredients used in a batch for glass production and chromium was not on it.

"There are other possible sources of chromium in the neighborhood where DEQ is monitoring," said Brian Boling, DEQ laboratory program manager. DEQ will continue to evaluate these other possible sources as part of its ongoing investigation.

The 50-day average for arsenic also has stayed above targeted concentrations in both southeast and north Portland. The health-based air quality goal for that metal is 0.2 ng/m3, but 50-day averages have been between 0.6 nanograms and 1 nanogram across the five monitors from which data are available. Arsenic averages are within what is seen in urban background concentrations.

Investigators find source of selenium increase
Investigators say Bullseye is the source of a jump in levels of selenium seen during a recent week in southeast Portland. Boling said DEQ staff visited the company last week after reviewing the air monitoring data and found it increased use of the metal starting April 6. Records show it used little to no selenium between Feb. 1 and April 5.

"While no samples have been above the short-term health screen levels, it was important to find out what caused the increase," Boling said. "Bullseye increased the level of selenium used and this is reflected in the air monitoring results released today."

Selenium is not believed to cause or increase risk of cancer, but at very high concentrations (200,000 nanograms per cubic meter of air), inhaled selenium can cause respiratory irritation, bronchitis, difficulty breathing and stomach pain.

David Farrer, Ph.D., toxicologist with the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division, said selenium levels are higher than what has been observed so far--just above 460 nanograms, compared to 271 nanograms, the previous high from October 2015. Still, he emphasized selenium levels remain below 24-hour screening levels and do not pose an urgent or immediate health threat.

A north Portland air monitoring site does not show an increase in selenium, nor the 50-day hexavalent chromium average exceeding target concentrations. The 50-day average for arsenic was above the target concentration. Uroboros Glass, located in north Portland, has not used arsenic for many years.

Weekly air monitoring data from southeast and north Portland are reported each week by the interagency group that includes DEQ and OHA, and published at SaferAir.Oregon.gov. For information about the Cleaner Air Oregon initiative to align industrial air toxics regulations with human health, visit CleanerAir.Oregon.gov.

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University of Portland's School of Nursing takes pledge on opioid education in national effort to combat prescription drug and opioid abuse
University of Portland - 04/29/16 10:29 AM
(Portland, OR ) - As part of  academic nursing's ongoing efforts to combat prescription drug and opioid abuse across the United States, the University of Portland's School of Nursing is proud to announce that it has committed to educating its advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) students on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. The commitment was featured in a White House fact sheet today as part of the White House Champions of Change event on Advancing Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery. Earlier this month, the Administration asked the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's (AACN) member schools with APRN programs to partner on this initiative. The University of Portland recognizes that opioid abuse is a pressing public health crisis, and it is critical that APRN students receive education on current standards.
 
Today, AACN's President and CEO Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, FAAN, will offer remarks at White House to recognize the 191 AACN member nursing schools that have taken this pledge.
 
"AACN is proud of the rapid response by our membership when the Administration called to help ensure future generations of providers who prescribe opioids for chronic pain are prepared for the critical work ahead," said Dr. Trautman. "We commend academic nursing's dedication to ensuring our nation's future providers are prepared to address opioid abuse and overdose using best practices."
 
"We are honored to be a part of this critical initiative," said Joane Moceri, dean of the University of Portland's School of Nursing. "Given the knowledge and passion of our educators and the compassion and intellect of our students, facilitating the implementation of the CDC guidelines will be a natural outgrowth of our ongoing work within the School of Nursing."

"The University of Portland School of Nursing makes a strong commitment to ensuring our future baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral nurses have the clinical and behavioral skills they need to implement the guidelines put forth by the CDC", noted Assistant Professor Lindsay Lancaster, PhD, RN, who will lead the University's efforts in the SON. "Actualizing these guidelines in practice necessitates nurses who understand the ethical obligations of providing holistic care to individuals with persistent pain; care that addresses the biospsychocial consequences of persistent pain through the use of evidence based non-pharmacological non-opioid pharmacological interventions.

'Embedding into our future nurses the values of patient centered care that relies on personalized treatment goals to guide decisions about treatment progression will ensure a treatment trajectory that best meets the needs and safety of the patient."

For a complete list of AACN member schools who have pledged, visit: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/opioids.
 
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The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the American West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.
Body Found South of Salem ***Update 2***
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/29/16 9:30 AM
Deputies have identified the man found last night near Croisan Creek as Loyd White, age 62, of Salem. Mr. White was reported missing on April 22nd to the Salem Police Department. Mr. White suffered from numerous health conditions and was known to wander from home after becoming disoriented.

Mr. White's death is tragic and our hearts go out to his family. Symptoms like Mr. White's affect many Marion County residents and their families often struggle with how to keep their loved ones safe, if you are a Marion County resident there are options.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office is a member of Project Lifesaver. You can purchase a small radio transmitter that is worn like a watch or bracelet and if your loved one is lost, our Search and Rescue Teams can track and find them quickly. The Sheriff's Office provides the maintenance for the transmitter so there is little to no work for the family. If you are interested in Project Lifesaver, check it out at; http://www.co.marion.or.us/SO/Operations/programs/Pages/PLI.aspx





Deputies, Detectives and the Medical Examiner are continuing their investigation into the body found near Croisan Creek. Detectives have identified the male and do not suspect foul play. We are working to notify the family but do not anticipate any further releases this evening.



Tonight at 6:00 p.m., Deputies were called to the 4200 block of Croisan Creek Road South near Salem, after the body of an adult male was found under a bridge near the creek. Deputies are on scene and waiting for the Medical Examiner to examine the scene and determine just how the man died.

We are very early in our investigation and very few details are available. This release will be updated as soon as more information becomes available.
Two Establishments Sell Alcohol to Minors in Undercover Sting
Forest Grove Police - 04/29/16 9:19 AM
On 4/28/16, Forest Grove Police in a joint operation with the Hillsboro Police Department and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission conducted undercover minor decoy missions at several local stores, bars and restaurants. Two businesses sold to minor decoys. They were: Momokawa Sake One and My Place Tavern.

The following establishments were in compliance and refused alcohol purchases: Phil's 1500 Subs, Hello Market, Bites Restaurant, Super Mercado La Montana, Players Pub, Mini Mart, 7-11,
Forest Theater, The Great NW Grill, FG Tobacco, Tyson's Pub N' Grub, Smoke 4 Less, Half Moon Sports Bar and Grampy's Deli.

This mission was part of an on-going collaborative effort to enforce laws related to the unlawful furnishing of alcohol to minors and to discourage underage drinking. More multi-agency operations are planned.

For information on employee training programs and other questions related to OLCC laws and regulation, please visit www.oregon.gov/OLCC.
Health Share Community Advisory Council meets May 6
Health Share of Oregon - 04/29/16 8:45 AM
Date: Friday, May 6, 2016
Time: 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Location: Beaverton Library, 12375 SW Fifth Street, Beaverton, OR 97005
Agenda: Available on the Council's website one week prior to each meeting

(Portland, OR) -- In a continued effort to reduce health disparities, promote health equity and improve overall population health, the Community Advisory Council will work on prioritizing the identified health needs of the community in which Health Share serves, at its monthly meeting, Friday, May 6.

Coordinated care organizations (CCOs) are required to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and implement a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHP) based on the CHNA every three years, with the next assessment to be completed July 2016.

Community health needs for the Tri-County region are identified through a community-wide process conducted by Healthy Columbia Willamette Collaborative (HCWC), of which Health Share is a member. HCWC will provide a preliminary summary of prioritized health issues identified through their assessment.

In addition, the Oregon Health Equity Alliance, with whom Multnomah County has contracted with to conduct their Community Health Improvement Plan, will present early findings from their CHP, allowing the Council to gain insight into work already being done within our communities.

The meeting is open to the public and Health Share members are encouraged to attend.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed for persons with disabilities. Those needing accommodations should contact Michael Anderson-Nathe at michael@healthshareoregon.org or (503) 416-4980 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

About the Community Advisory Council
Health Share's Community Advisory Council is comprised of Oregon Health Plan members, leaders from community-based organizations and county agencies. The council advises Health Share's Board of Directors on the strategic direction of the organization, and enables consumers to take an active role in improving their own health and that of their family and communities.

About Health Share of Oregon
Health Share of Oregon is the state's largest Medicaid coordinated care organization (CCO), serving more than 240,000 Oregon Health Plan (OHP) members in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties. Our mission is to partner with communities to achieve ongoing transformation, health equity, and the best possible health for each individual.

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

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Science on Tap Portland -- How to Keep Hope and Good Health as Climate Change Worsens
Via Productions - 04/29/16 8:18 AM
Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Time: Doors at 6 p.m. event at 7 p.m.
Location: Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton Street, Portland, Ore.
Cost: $8 online advance tickets, $10 suggested cover at the door.
Food & Drink: Beer, wine, popcorn, and snacks available.

It's easy to get overwhelmed by the doom and gloom of climate science. Projections for Oregon show increasing risk of drought, wildfires, heat waves, storms, and floods, and predictions for worldwide consequences are even more scary. These impacts threaten our health and the systems that support us...but maybe there is a silver lining in this dark cloud looming? Climate change may be the greatest challenge we have known as a society, but it is also the greatest opportunity to achieve the kind of systemic change we need to improve the health of our communities and our environment. Come hear from Emily York, coordinator of the Oregon Climate and Health Program, about how the Oregon Health Authority is working with partners to integrate climate resilience strategies into our public health system.

For more information on Science on Tap, visit Via Productions.
Prescription Drug Turn-In and Shred Event on Saturday April 30 at Southeast Precinct
Portland Police Bureau - 04/29/16 8:00 AM
On Saturday April 30, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau will host a prescription drug turn-in and shred event at Southeast Precinct, located at 4735 East Burnside Street.

This event is a partnership between the City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention Program, the Portland Police Bureau, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Portland Police Bureau's Sunshine Division, and Wells Fargo.

Community members can come and drop off unwanted or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal and unwanted sensitive documents for secure shredding on site.

Keeping sensitive documents and prescription meds out of the hands of people who might misuse them is an important technique for preventing fraud and drug abuse.

Acceptable items for the prescription drug turn in include: any prescription medications and samples, over the counter medications, vitamins, pet medications, medicated ointments, and liquid medication in leak proof containers.

Items not accepted: thermometers, sharps, syringes, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, inhalers, EpiPens. To dispose of sharps, contact Metro at 503-234-3000 or http://www.oregonmetro.gov

Sunshine Division donation barrels will be available for donations of canned food, dry pasta, and gently-used clothing for needy families. Tax deduction forms will be provided.

A printable flyer is available for download by visiting http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/article/545037

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Update: Wanted Felon Identified as Person Who Shot Officer (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 04/29/16 7:09 AM
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Gresham, Ore.-- As detectives continue to reconstruct last night's shooting, wanted Portland resident David Allen Charlton remains in custody at a hospital with at least one non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Fairview's Officer Scott Shropshire, who was struck by one of Charlton's bullets during the exchange of gunfire, was treated at a local hospital and has since been released.

Detectives say evidence from the shooting, supported by witness' statements, point to Charlton be the driver and sole occupant of the GMC Envoy that crashed into an apartment complex's fence. Charlton, 40, was seen grabbing bags from the car before running from the crash scene.

Officer Shropshire and Gresham Officer Michael Brooder were working a partner car nearby and quickly located Charlton, in the 18900 block of NE Couch Ln. Officers Brooder and Shropshire, both voted earlier this year as Officer of the Year for their respective departments, attempted to contact Charlton as he continued east on NE Couch. They were immediately joined by Gresham Officer John Heer.

Within seconds of radioing that they were contacting Charlton, shots were fired and Officer Brooder updated that Officer Shropshire was hit. Brooder has been an officer with Gresham for more than seven and a half years and Heer for more than two years. Shropshire has been employed as an officer with Fairview for nearly three years.

Charlton was wanted for a federal parole violation warrant, stemming from a 1999 bank robbery that he served 13 years in prison for. Currently facing two counts of Aggravated Attempt Murder, Charlton will likely face additional charges related to unlawful weapon possession and use.

Detectives assigned to Multnomah County's Major Crimes Team would like to talk with anyone who has information about this shooting and can be reached by calling the Gresham Police tip line at 503.618.2719.

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9 Year Old Boy Struck By Vehicle
Gresham Police Dept - 04/29/16 12:16 AM
On April 28, 2016 at 6:44 p.m. Gresham Police responded to a report of a bicyclist struck on Burnside Road just east of Cleveland Avenue. Police arrived on scene and found that a nine year old Gresham boy was struck while trying to cross Burnside. He was not at an intersection or within a crosswalk. The boy was transported to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation. Anyone that witnessed the crash is asked to call the Gresham Police at 503-618-2719.
Thu. 04/28/16
Portland Paramedic Awarded 2016 Star of Life
AMR Portland - 04/28/16 10:44 PM
(Portland, Oregon, April 27, 2016) -- William (Bill) Lang, a Paramedic for American Medical Response (AMR) in Portland, was selected as a 2016 Star of Life by the American Ambulance Association (AAA). The AAA honored "Stars" this year from 90 communities in 29 states across the country -- plus Trinidad & Tobago.

The American Ambulance Association's National Stars of Life Program honors the dedication of those EMS professionals who stand out and represent excellence in every area of the industry. The program was held at the Washington Court Hotel, Washington D.C., April 11-13, 2016.
"At the AAA's Stars of Life, we pay tribute to those EMS professionals who make a difference in the lives of the patients and communities they serve," said Mike Hall, AAA president. "Each Star is a vital part of our Nation's public safety and public health network." Lang was one of only 103 recipients to receive the 2016 Star of Life award -- the highest honor an EMS professional can receive.

According to the AAA, "Bill is an innovator and devoted clinician with 21 years of EMS experience, has performed numerous field saves, and most recently led the development of AMR's Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) program for their Portland operations.
Thanks to the countless hours Bill spent researching, training and meeting with mental health professionals, CISM has greatly benefited hundreds of AMR employees experiencing stress related to a difficult patient incident. In 2015, Bill was recognized by JEMS magazine with the Innovators in EMS Award for his work to create the CISM program.
"We are very proud of Bill's accomplishments. He is a dedicated professional, cares deeply about the well-being of his colleagues, and there is no one more deserving of this award than him," said Randy Lauer, Oregon Regional Director for AMR.

For a complete list of this year's Stars of Life, go to www.jems.com or the American Ambulance Association's "Stars of Life" section http://stars.the-aaa.org . Each Star of Life award winner will also be profiled in a special edition of EMS Insider.


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American Red Cross responds to a multi-family dwelling fire in Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/28/16 10:04 PM
Volunteers with the American Red Cross disaster action team responded to a multi-family dwelling fire in the 100 block of 162 Ave in Portland, Oregon.

This fire affected 5 adult and 6 children. Red Cross provided assistance in the form of temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate disaster related basic needs, information about recovery services and disaster health and/or disaster mental health services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local fire department.

The American Red Cross provides hope and comfort to people affected by community disasters, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call 503 528 5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascades to schedule an appointment.
American Red Cross responds to a multi-family dwelling fire in Aurora
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/28/16 10:02 PM
Volunteers with the American Red Cross disaster action team responded to a multi-family dwelling fire that occurred in the 14000 block of Cessna Street NE in Aurora.

This fire affected 2 adults and 1 child. Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate disaster related basic needs, information about recovery services and disaster health and/or disaster mental health services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local fire department.

The American Red Cross provides hope and comfort to people affected by community disasters, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call 503 528 5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascades to schedule an appointment.
Shooting Investigation Underway in Northeast Portland's Cully Neighborhood - No Known Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 04/28/16 9:38 PM
On Thursday April 28, 2016, at 9:09 p.m., North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team (GET) officers responded to multiple reports of gunfire in the area of Northeast 60th Avenue, between Simpson and Killingsworth Streets.

Officers arrived in the area and located evidence of gunfire and several witnesses who described hearing multiple gunshots then a vehicle speeding out of the area.

No gunshot victims have been located at the scene.

Officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the shooting and at this point have not determined any motive.

Anyone with information about the shooting should call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333.

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CORRECTION - 14 Kilos of Cocaine and $150,000 Cash Seized in Drug Investigation (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/28/16 8:04 PM
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An earlier version of this release had an incorrect headline of "13 Kilos" when the actual total is 14 Kilos. Additionally, the date of incident was Wednesday April 27, not April 28 as initially released. Finally, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) assisted with this investigation.

The Bureau regrets the omission and errors.

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On Wednesday April 27, 2016, Portland Police Bureau Drugs and Vice Division (DVD) officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of Southwest 170th Avenue and Merlo Road in Washington County. Officers suspected the occupants of the vehicle to be involved in the trafficking of cocaine.

During a search of the vehicle, DVD Drug Dog "Lola" located one kilogram of cocaine. DVD investigators, assisted by Westside Interagency Narcotics Team and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), served a search warrant at a Washington County residence where an additional 13 kilograms of cocaine were located as well as approximately $150,000 in cash, suspected to be drug proceeds. The cocaine and money was seized as evidence.

The estimated street value of the seized cocaine is $1,500,000.

40-year-old Rosendo Elvira-Vergara and 39-year-old Cayetano Alejandre-Alcaraz were booked into the Washington County Jail on charges of Delivery and Possession of Cocaine.

Community members wishing to provide information about drug activity in their neighborhoods or information about significant drug traffickers can file it online by visiting http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/30740

Booking photos courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Narcotics, cash and Lola photos courtesy of the Portland Police Bureau.

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***Second Escapee Arrested*** Law Enforcement Searching For Prison Escapee In South Salem (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/28/16 7:01 PM
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On April 28, 2016 at about 6PM, a citizen recognized MCGINNIS by his neck tattoo in a McDonalds located near Commercial Street and Kuebler Blvd and called 911. During this time, the 911 caller kept law enforcement updated as MCGINNIS exited McDonalds and entered a nearby Applebee's restaurant.

OSP and Salem Police arrived at the Applebee's prompting MCGINNIS to flee through the kitchen area. MCGINNIS exited out the rear of the restaurant where he was captured by law enforcement without incident.

Both MCGINNIS and CARNES were lodged at the Marion County Jail. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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Previous Release:
On April 28, 2016 at about 12:30PM, an OSP Detective spotted two prison escapees in south Salem. A foot pursuit ensued and the two escapees evaded law enforcement. A large perimeter was established and about 2:30PM, Justin CARNES was apprehended with the assistance of a K9 team from the Salem Police Department in the backyard of a residence near Kuebler and Sunnyside.

Law enforcement activity is still heavy in that area searching for William MCGINNIS, age 30, is a white male, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 190 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, He was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt and plaid shorts.

The public is asked to call 911 if MCGINNIS is spotted. More information will be released when it is available.

Please refer to this Department of Corrections Release from April 26, 2016:

Two Mill Creek Correctional Facility (MCCF) inmates walked away from separate work crews this afternoon. One walked away from a work crew near Salem's Bush Park. The other inmate was assigned to a crew working on the grounds of the Oregon State Penitentiary; he walked away from that crew. Oregon State Police are investigating.

Staff discovered inmate Justin Carnes missing from a work crew near the State Penitentiary at approximately 11:55 a.m., Tuesday, April 26. Carnes is a 30-year-old Caucasian male, 6 feet tall, 210 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Carnes was last seen wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange, and a blue t-shirt with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled in orange on the front and back.

Carnes entered DOC custody on March 17, 2015, on one count of assault in the first degree and one count of delivery of heroin out of Marion County. His earliest release date is February 9, 2020.

Inmate William McGinnis was discovered missing from a work crew near Bush Park at approximately 12:05 p.m., Tuesday, April 26. McGinnis is a 30-year-old Caucasian male, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 190 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. McGinnis was last seen wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange, and a blue t-shirt with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled in orange on the front and back.

McGinnis entered DOC custody on November 11, 2014 on one count of burglary in the first degree out of Lincoln County. His earliest release date is April 17, 2017.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.

MCCF is an unfenced, minimum-security prison in Salem that houses approximately 290 male inmates who are within four years of release. The facility concentrates on work opportunities, most of which are in the form of work crews contracting with state agencies, local organizations, and private industries within a 60-mile radius of Salem. MCCF opened in 1929 as the Farm Annex of the Oregon State Penitentiary, housing 50 adult male offenders. The Farm Annex provided all of the milk, eggs, meat, fruit, and vegetables for the Oregon State Penitentiary and the State Hospital. The main building (as well as many of the out buildings that made up the farm) still stands today and, at 81 years old, it makes for the second oldest prison in the state.


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FBI Arrests Medford Man on Explosives Charge
FBI - Oregon - 04/28/16 6:11 PM
At approximately noon on Thursday, April 28, 2016, FBI Agents and Medford Police Officers served a federal search warrant at an apartment on Poplar Drive in Medford. Inside, they found what appeared to be several pipe bombs. The Oregon State Police Explosives Unit responded, and members of that unit have rendered the devices safe.

There are two men who live at that apartment, and one was home at the time of the search. Agents and officers detained him for a short while until the scene could be secured, but he has been released and is not charged. FBI Agents located a second resident of the apartment at another Medford location shortly after entering the residence. This second man, 61-year-old John Martin Roos, was the subject of the search warrant. Agents made a probable cause arrest of Roos, charging him with Threatening the President of the United States and and Use of an Interstate Facility to transmit Threats. The United States Secret Service is assisting in this investigation.

Roos is currently housed in the Jackson County Jail. Roos will likely make an initial appearance before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the next few days. Assistant United States Attorney Bud Fitzgerald is prosecuting this case.

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Reception will celebrate Vancouver iTech students' virtual tour of Fort Vancouver
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 04/28/16 4:26 PM
The public is invited to an opening reception celebrating a virtual reality tour of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site created by Vancouver iTech Preparatory middle school students. The students teamed with National Park Service curators, interpreters and archeologists to create an interactive web-based experience that will enable people from around the world to virtually visit Fort Vancouver. The virtual tour is paired with narration written and performed by the students.

The free celebration will take place Saturday, April 30, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. 5th Street, Vancouver 98661.
UPDATE: Six People Facing Charges in Connection with 2015 Homicide of Robert Huggins (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/28/16 4:19 PM
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Detectives have spoken with members of victim's family, who expressed relief that there is some resolution in this case.

Detectives can confirm that the victim, Robert Huggins, was once affiliated with the outlaw motorcycle gang, the Gypsy Jokers, and that his death is directly linked to that affiliation. Detectives can also confirm that the five people arraigned today are in some way associated to each other through outlaw motorcycle gangs.

All of the suspects arraigned today in Multnomah County Court were denied release.

This remains an active investigation and more arrests are possible.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective Jim Lawrence at 503-823-0867, james.lawrence@portlandoregon.gov ; or, Detective Rico Beniga at 503-823-0457, rico.beniga@portlandoregon.gov.

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In the evening hours of Wednesday April 27, 2016, Portland Police Bureau Homicide detectives booked four people into jail in connection with the 2015 homicide of 56-year-old Robert Lee Huggins. Two other people were already in custody and are facing news charges. Huggins' body was found in on July 1, 2015, by loggers in Clark County, Washington.

56-year-old Mark Leroy Dencklau and 46-year-old Earl Devearl Fisher Jr. were booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Kidnap in the First Degree, and Conspiracy to Commit Kidnap in the First Degree.

34-year-old Tiler Evan Pribbernow, already in the Multnomah County Jail on unrelated charges, is being charged with Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Kidnap in the First Degree, and Conspiracy to Commit Kidnap in the First Degree.

51-year-old Ronald Charles Thompson and 43-year-old Kendra Castle were booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Hindering Prosecution.

32-year-old Malachi Watkins, already in custody in the State of Washington at the Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen for unrelated charges, will face charges of Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Kidnap in the First Degree, and Conspiracy to Commit Kidnap in the First Degree.

No additional details will be released at this time to preserve the integrity of the active and ongoing investigation involving the Portland Police Bureau and the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

All of those arrested (except for Malachi Watkins) will be arraigned on Thursday in Multnomah County Court.

Booking photos courtesy of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. Booking photos of Castle and Watkins were not available at the time of this release.

Victim photo courtesy of the Portland Police Bureau.

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Over 17,000 pounds of pesticides collected today (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/28/16 3:45 PM
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Philomath - Today the Oregon Department of Forestry helped collect over 17,000 pounds of unwanted pesticides. Liquid and solid pesticides will be disposed of using an eco-friendly process. Foresters, farmers, and other users had a free, anonymous opportunity to dispose of the pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals, in a responsible manner to help prevent them from entering the environment.

"This event, the Harrisburg one tomorrow, and the many others held across the state each year help everyone, because each event eliminates thousands of pounds of unwanted chemicals," said District Forester Mike Totey. "It's another way we show our commitment to safe and responsible forestry."

Forestry works with other agencies throughout the year to promote safe and responsible pesticide use by educating people, eliminating unwanted chemicals, and enforcing laws. The agency heavily emphasizes education, because it's where Oregonians get the biggest return -- preventing harm.

"I'm grateful for this opportunity because I've wanted to get rid of these for a long time and today was the perfect opportunity to do it safely," said participant Stan Starr.

The Water Quality Pesticide Management Team sponsors these collection events. The team includes the Oregon Departments of Agriculture, Environmental Quality, and Forestry, the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and Oregon State University Extension.

"Today was a huge success," said DEQ's Toxics Coordinator Kevin Masterson. "Typically we see 8,000 to 12,000 pounds of unwanted pesticides hauled away from these events and safely disposed of."

The team will hold four more agricultural, industrial and forestry pesticide collection events in 2016. The events will be June 3 in Lakeview, September 9 in Roseburg, October 22 in Tillamook, and November 19 in McMinnville. A household hazardous waste collection event will be held Saturday at the Harrisburg High School.

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Oregon scores A+ for access to state government spending data
State of Oregon - 04/28/16 3:41 PM
Salem, Ore. -- Oregon state government earns top marks when it comes opening the books on government spending, according to a recent report from USPIRG and the Frontier Group. (http://uspirgedfund.org/reports/usf/following-money-2016) Oregon joins Indiana, Ohio and Michigan as the only states to earn the maximum 100 points on the report's transparency scorecard.

Commenting on the report's release earlier this month, co-author Elizabeth Ridlington noted, "States' online spending transparency efforts are paying off in better informed citizens and a more efficient government." Adding, "Our research found that top-ranked states have been making steady improvements to their transparency websites over the years, giving citizens in most states unprecedented access to information on where their tax money goes."

Online access to Oregon state government spending is available through the Oregon Transparency Website -- managed by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services. (www.Oregon.gov/transparency) Additionally, visitors to the site can search state-issued contracts, meeting notices, employee salaries, information on local government spending, among other things.
Oregon Public Safety Academy Hosts Take Our Kids to Work Day (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/28/16 3:30 PM
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The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) hosted a number of activities at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem today as part of a national event, Take Our Kids to Work Day.

More than four dozen boys and girls participated in today's events at the Academy. The children were of family members and friends employed at the Academy in a variety of roles including public safety trainers, police officers, firefighters, regulatory specialists, and trades such as electricians, plumbers, food services, etc.

The day's activities started with an early morning physical fitness workout with Academy trainers. This was followed by a tour and demonstrations in the scenario village, firearms ranges, and emergency vehicle operations course. The highlight of the day was a hands-on firefighting demonstration by Academy fire training staff with a car fire training prop (ohotos attached).

DPSST Director Eriks Gabliks said "the goal of our event is two-fold. First, to give the children of our staff the opportunity to find out more about what their parents do. Second, to get boys and girls thinking about what type of careers they might be interested in when they grow up. Waiting until they are out of high school is too late. The motto of our day is that any boy or girl can do any career they want when they grow up."

Background on Take Our Kids to Work Day from Wikipedia - Take Our Daughters To Work Day was created in New York in the summer of 1992 by the Ms. Foundation for Women. The first celebration took place on Thursday, April 22, 1993 and has since been celebrated on the 4th Thursday of April every year in order for the 37 million children, parents, schools in over 3.5 million workplaces across the country, in addition to participants in over 200 countries around the world, to plan ahead for the annual event. The day has generally been scheduled on a day that is a school day for most children in the United States, and schools are provided with literature and encouraged to promote the program. Educators are provided with materials for incorporating career exploration into school curricula on the day before or after the event. The program was officially expanded in 2003 to include boys; however, most companies that participated in the program had, since the beginning, allowed both boys and girls to participate, usually renaming it "Take Our Children to Work Day" or an equivalent. The program's official website states that the program was changed in order to provide both boys and girls with opportunities to explore careers at an age when they are more flexible in terms of gender roles. The Ms. Foundation also states that men who have hosted children have benefited from being seen as parental figures in addition to their roles as professionals, which can contribute to combating gender stereotypes as well.
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## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

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


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Independence Man Sentenced to 75 Months in Prison for Sex Abuse
Polk County Dist. Att. Office - 04/28/16 3:26 PM
Dallas (OR) -- Frank Rashard Franklin, 34, of Independence has been sentenced by Polk County Circuit Judge Norman Hill to serve 75 months in prison after being convicted of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree after a two day jury trial. The case was prosecuted by the Polk County District Attorney's Office and investigated by the Independence and Salem Police Departments.
Valley Credit Union Selects Seasoned Credit Union Leader as Next CEO
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 04/28/16 3:23 PM
Oregonian Pat Force brings nearly three decades of experience to Valley

SALEM, Ore. --Valley Credit Union's Board of Directors has announced, effective April 20th, 2016, the selection of Pat Force as the new President/CEO of the Salem, Oregon-based 4,570 member, $68 million asset sized financial institution.

Force is a 26 year veteran of the credit union movement, serving most recently as the Chief Financial Officer for Northwest Community Credit Union in Eugene, Oregon. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oregon in Finance and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. In addition, Force received the Certified Chief Executive designation from the Credit Union Executive Society (CUES).

"Our board feels fortunate to have connected with a strong, seasoned individual who brings professional and technical depth along with a value driven leadership style which clearly represents and aligns with our long standing mission of "people helping people," said Denny Nielsen, Chairman of Valley Board of Director Selection Committee.

"I'm truly excited to partner with the Board and staff of Valley Credit Union as we serve the membership together," said Force. "I look forward to being a part of a team that is focused on helping our members achieve their financial goals."

The credit union's search was facilitated by O'Rourke & Associates, a San Francisco-based executive search and consulting firm exclusively serving credit unions.


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Battle Ground PD investigates and makes arrest in child molestation case
City of Battle Ground - 04/28/16 3:05 PM
Clarification:
For questions regarding the Child Protective Services (CPS) investigation, please contact Norah West at 360-902-7833.

Questions regarding the daycare facility and related licensing should be directed to Stephanie Liden, WA State Dept. of Early Learning at 360-725-4392.

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On Tuesday April 26th, the Battle Ground Police Department began an investigation into a report of a sexual assault that occurred in Battle Ground involving a minor child.

A 53 year old male, Jeffery Johnson, of Battle Ground was subsequently arrested and booked into the Clark County jail on two counts of Child Molestation in the 2nd degree. Johnson resided at the residence where the alleged crimes occurred which also served as the location of a daycare facility. There are no indications at this time of any criminal acts involving any of the daycare participants.

Child Protective Services is also conducting an investigation and the daycare license has been suspended pending the outcome of the CPS investigation. Any questions for CPS should be directed to Nora West at 360-902-7833.

Charges have been forwarded to the Clark County Prosecutor's Office.

The investigation is pending. No further information will be released at this time.
Registered Sex Offender Notification (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/28/16 3:04 PM
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Marion County Sheriff's Office is releasing the following information pursuant to ORS181.507, OAR 291-28-30, which authorizes Parole and Probation to inform the public when the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.

The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sex offense that requires registration with the Sheriff's Office. Additionally, this person's criminal history places them in a classification level which reflects the potential to re-offend. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.

NAME: William Albert Nosack
SID#: 5437397
DOB: 11/16/1957
CURRENT AGE: 058

RACE: White
SEX: Male
HEIGHT: 5' 11''
WEIGHT: 240lbs
HAIR: Brown
EYES: Brown

RESIDENCE: Marion County Sheriff's Office Transition Center, Salem, OR 97317

William Albert Nosack is on Post Prison Supervision for the crimes of : SEX ABUSE 1, SEX ABUSE 1, and INMATE IN POSSESSION OF A WEAPON

This person was granted Supervision on: 04/14/2016
Supervision expiration date is: 04/13/2019

Special restrictions include: [X] No contact with minors (male/female)
[X] Sex offender treatment
[X] Submit to polygraph
[X] No alcohol or bars
Other: Nosack's victims have been females who are known to him as well as females who are unknown to him.


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UPDATE w/ BOOKING PHOTO: Deputies intervene in attempted open-air safecracking; safe stolen from OC Preschool (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/28/16 3:00 PM
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[UPDATE: A booking photo of Darryl Aaron Tasco is attached. Total bail is set at $22,500.]

At about 11:57 a.m. on Thursday, April 28, 2016, Clackamas County Justice Court employees were outside their building on the east side of the Clackamas Town Center property. While they were outside, the employees observed suspicious behavior by a subject near the bike path that runs parallel to I-205.

The subject appeared to be breaking into a safe. In the open air. By the bike path.

The Justice Court employees summoned Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Deputy Middleton, who is assigned to provide security at Justice Court.

Deputy Middleton directed Patrol deputies to the area, where they discovered the subject.

Deputies apprehended the individual -- and found that the subject was, in fact, breaking into a safe.

As this incident was underway, Oregon City Police Officer Crivellone was clearing a call of a burglary from the Oregon City Preschool, located at 718 6th Street in Oregon City. Officer Crivellone heard the call over the shared radio channel used by many Clackamas County police agencies -- and quickly realized that the safe found outdoors sounded like the safe reported stolen from an overnight burglary for which he had just taken a call.

Further investigation by deputies and officers revealed that the safe along the bike path was the same that had been stolen from the school.

Arrested was Darryl Aaron Tasco, 55, of Delaware. Tasco was booked into the Clackamas County Jail on charges of Burglary in the Second Degree and Theft in the Second Degree. Tasco is also being detained on a fugitive warrant.

Photos of the arrest area and a checkbook retrieved from the stolen safe are attached.

Please reference CCSO Case # 16-1416 and OCPD Case # 16-11377

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REMINDER TO MEDIA -- PAGER DISCONTINUED: We have discontinued our Public Information Unit pager. All media outlets needing to contact our PIO can now send an email to SheriffPIO@clackamas.us


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Prescription Drug Turn-In and Shred Event on Saturday April 30 at Southeast Precinct
Portland Police Bureau - 04/28/16 2:00 PM
On Saturday April 30, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau will host a prescription drug turn-in and shred event at Southeast Precinct, located at 4735 East Burnside Street.

This event is a partnership between the City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention Program, the Portland Police Bureau, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Portland Police Bureau's Sunshine Division, and Wells Fargo.

Community members can come and drop off unwanted or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal and unwanted sensitive documents for secure shredding on site.

Keeping sensitive documents and prescription meds out of the hands of people who might misuse them is an important technique for preventing fraud and drug abuse.

Acceptable items for the prescription drug turn in include: any prescription medications and samples, over the counter medications, vitamins, pet medications, medicated ointments, and liquid medication in leak proof containers.

Items not accepted: thermometers, sharps, syringes, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, inhalers, EpiPens. To dispose of sharps, contact Metro at 503-234-3000 or http://www.oregonmetro.gov

Sunshine Division donation barrels will be available for donations of canned food, dry pasta, and gently-used clothing for needy families. Tax deduction forms will be provided.

A printable flyer is available for download by visiting http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/article/545037

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Beaverton Bakery's Carrie Ann Schubert Named as White House Champion of Change (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 04/28/16 1:59 PM
Beaverton Bakery owner Carrie Ann Schubert was one of ten people honored at the White House on Wednesday as a White House Champion of Change in Expanding Fair Chance Opportunities. Schubert was recognized for the bakery’s Second Chance Program, which has
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Beaverton Bakery owner Carrie Ann Schubert was named this week as one of ten White House Champions of Change in the Expanding Fair Chance Opportunities category.


Schubert was honored at the White House on Wednesday for the bakery's Second Chance Program, which was started ten years ago to give employment opportunities to people with criminal records.


The Second Chance Program was developed in partnership with Judge Thomas W. Kohl, who presided over the Washington County Adult Drug Treatment Court. The program helps individuals transition back into the community after being released from prison. More than 200 formerly incarcerated people have been trained in baking and job skills.


"We at the city are so proud of Carrie Ann and the Beaverton Bakery team," said Mayor Denny Doyle, who nominated Schubert. "They are doing great work giving people a second chance and a job. It is so exciting to see Beaverton Bakery singled out by the White House for their tremendous work for our community."


Beaverton Bakery has been a local landmark since its founding in 1925. It has been in the Schubert family since 1965.


For more information, visit www.WhiteHouse.gov/Champions.


ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2015, Beaverton was recognized as one of the safest cities in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press with cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Silver Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.


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OBA PAC Endorses "Legislative Champions" and Secretary of State Candidates
Oregon Business Association - 04/28/16 1:52 PM
Oregon Business Association's Political Action Committee (PAC) has announced its early support of a select group of candidates running for positions in the Oregon House and Senate, as well as two candidates running for Secretary of State.

"This is our chance every two years to recognize a group of leaders in the state who make tough decisions to enhance Oregon's economic competitiveness and quality of life," said John Russell, OBA PAC chair.

Additional endorsements will be announced in the fall.

OBA's PAC makes its endorsement decisions in two phases each election cycle. The first phase is typically held in March or April, before the May primary election. In this phase, the PAC chooses its select few "OBA Champions" for the year.

Additional candidates for endorsement consideration in the fall. The PAC supports candidates from both sides of the aisle. Ultimately, OBA seeks to support independently minded individuals who are balanced in their approach to solutions and have a clear vision of how to help grow the state's economy. The OBA PAC Board of Directors endorses candidates who consistently support the OBA policy agenda, take tough, independent, bipartisan votes and embody the OBA "Balanced Voice" in their policy making.

2016 OBA Senate Champions


Sen. Brian Boquist, R, Tillamook
District 12

Sen. Ginny Burdick, D, Portland
District 18

Sen. Fred Girod, R, Stayton
District 9

Sen. Mark Hass, D, Beaverton
District 14



House Champions


Rep. Cliff Bentz, R, Ontario
District 60


Rep. Knute Buehler, R, Bend
District 54


Rep. Brian Clem, D, Salem
District 21


Rep. Mark Johnson, R, Hood River
District 52


Rep. John Lively, D, Springfield
District 12


Rep. Caddy McKeown, D, Coos Bay
District 09


Rep. Jeff Reardon, D, Happy Valley
District 48


Rep. Brad Witt, D, Clatskanie
District 31


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Secretary of State Primary

The OBA PAC endorsed two outstanding candidates for Oregon Secretary of State, which is our only statewide office endorsement in the primary election.


Sen. Richard Devlin, D, Tualatin
District 19



Rep. Val Hoyle, D, West Eugene & Junction City
District 14


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Washington County Sheriff's Office Receives Top DUII Award (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/28/16 1:40 PM
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April 28, 2016--Washington County Sheriff's Office receives top Driving under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) award.

Today, the Washington County Sheriff's Office was selected by the Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Task Force as the County Agency-of-the-Year for 2015 for DUII enforcement.

This award is presented to a Sheriff's Office which has initiated or accomplished an effective DUII project or program in their area of responsibility through enforcement, prevention, and community involvement. The agency must also proactively train officers in DUII enforcement and drug-impaired driving laws, taking a proactive approach to deter impaired drivers.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office has DUII enforcement as one of our top priorities. The Sheriff's Office continues to arrest over 1000 impaired drivers every year. Washington County fatal crashes involving alcohol have dropped in recent years. There is still much work to be done, especially with the increasing number of impaired people driving under the influence of drugs and prescription medication.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Unit has DUII enforcement deputies dedicated to prevent alcohol and drug impaired people from driving and creating hazardous situations. The Sheriff's Office will continue to stay focused to stop impaired driving to help keep our roads safer.

If you have any information concerning an impaired driver, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 629-0111 or 911 if it is an emergency.


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Surplus Sale of Vintage Books & Photographs next Saturday, May 7 at the Oregon Historical Society (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 04/28/16 1:10 PM
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Portland, OR -- It's spring cleaning in the Oregon Historical Society Research Library! Next Saturday, May 7, from 10am to 4pm, all are welcome to this epic biannual shopping experience in the OHS Pavilion (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland). Admission to the sale and to the museum is free all day.

The books for sale will include thousands of titles, many relating to Oregon and the American West, most priced between $1 and $5! There will also be some rare and hard to find editions available for higher prices, some dating back to the early nineteenth century!

The sale will also include duplicate photographic prints copied from the Society's vast holdings, including images of Portland and other locales in the Pacific Northwest. The OHS Museum Store will also be selling a wide selection of surplus books!

Plus, Oregon Historical Society members get special early access to the sale from 9am -- 10am. Want early access to the sale of the season? Join the Oregon Historical Society today -- special discounts are available for teachers, students, seniors, and Multnomah County residents! Details can be found online at www.ohs.org/join.

For questions about the sale, please leave a voicemail for the Research Library staff at 503.306.5240, or email libreference@OHS.org.

Please note: All of the books for sale from the OHS Research Library duplicate existing OHS holdings or are outside the OHS collecting scope. Nothing from the Society's permanent collections is being sold. For more information on the OHS Library collection, visit http://ohs.org/research-and-library/our-collections.

About the Oregon Historical Society

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


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Oregon Disabilities Commission to meet May 12 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 04/28/16 11:32 AM
The Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) is planning to meet Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer Street NE, Salem in Room 456. The meeting is open to the public.

People unable to attend the meeting in person, can participate on the telephone by calling, toll free 1-888-808-6929; Participant Code: 4517555.

The agenda includes: Approval of Agenda; Approval of Minutes; Liaison Reports;
Commission Business; Discretionary Budget Update; membership; Upcoming ODC Executive Committee Elections; Department of Labor Update; Oregon Department of Veteran's Affairs Update; Service Equity; and Public Forum.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Jeffrey Puterbaugh at 503-947-1189 or Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours prior to the event.

For questions about this meeting, please contact: Jeffrey Puterbaugh, 503-947-1189, Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us.

To learn more about the Oregon Disabilities Commission: https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORSDISABILITIES/ADVISORY/ODC/Pages/index.aspx.
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Oregon Farm Bureau seeks calendar photos (Photo)
Oregon Farm Bureau - 04/28/16 11:12 AM
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Oregon Farm Bureau invites the public to submit photos for its 2017 Oregon's Bounty calendar.

The award-winning calendar celebrates all aspects of Oregon agriculture: the products, the people, the production, the landscape, the enjoyment, anything that depicts the beauty, technology, culture, enjoyment, or tradition of family farming and ranching.

"Spring is a great time to start looking at Oregon agriculture for photo opportunities," said OFB Communications Director Anne Marie Moss. "Tree orchards and flower fields are blooming, farmers markets have started, farmers are busy planting, and there are young animals on ranches."

Horizontal-format, high-resolution images -- both close-ups and panoramic views -- are needed of all types of agriculture in all seasons. Subject ideas include the farmers markets, close-ups of ag products or crops in the field, planting and harvesting of crops, panoramic scenes of farmland, people enjoying agriculture or ag products, farm animals, portraits of farmers/ranchers, county fairs, on-farm festivals, and farming scenes from all seasons.

Photographers with images selected for month pages in Oregon's Bounty will receive a photo credit in the 2017 calendar and copies of the calendar.

The deadline for entries is September 15, 2016.

Photo specifications and contest rules are attached, and are also available at www.oregonfb.org/calendar.

Photographers do not need to be Farm Bureau members to participate and there is no limit to the number of photos that can be submitted.

The state's largest general farm organization, Oregon Farm Bureau is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state's family farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas. The calendar is sent to 60,000 Farm Bureau members around the state and hundreds more are distributed throughout the year.

For more information or to see the 2016 Oregon's Bounty calendar, visit www.oregonfb.org/calendar. Project contact is Anne Marie Moss, OFB Communications Director, at annemarie@oregonfb.org, 503.399.1701.

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Note to Editors: "Farm Bureau" is a registered trademark; please capitalize in all cases.

The state's largest general farm organization, Oregon Farm Bureau is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state's farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas.

First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has 7,000 member families that are professionally engaged in agriculture. OFB's 15th President, Barry Bushue, is a third-generation farmer raising a variety of vegetables and berries at a nearly century-old farm near Boring.


Attached Media Files: Calendar photo specifications and contest rules , The cover of the 2016 Oregon's Bounty Calendar
Early morning fire destroys garage (Photo)
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - 04/28/16 10:20 AM
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Cowlitz County, WA- Firefighters from three agencies responded to a structure fire Thursday morning just after 6am in the 200 block of Cowlitz Dr. The couple, in their 50's, heard crackling sounds and light "pops" coming from their garage, got up to investigate to find their garage on fire. The man and woman evacuated the home and called 911. Firefighters initially reported the attached garage to be fully involved. Firefighters were able to hold the fire to the garage and save the living quarters of the home. Firefighters were also able to protect two recreational trailers next to the garage from the fire with hose streams. Fire officials estimate $100,000. in damages to the garage and its contents. A small passenger car parked near the garage is estimated to be totaled, according to fire officials. Red Cross resources were offered to the couple, but the couple will be staying with family in the area until the home is tenable. No injuries were reported; the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue, Longview Fire Department, and Cowlitz Fire District 6 responded to the fire. Cowlitz County Public Utility District and Cowlitz County Sheriff deputies also responded. Four fire engines, a medic unit, and two chief officers responded to the incident.


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Tualatin is Named a Finalist in the America's Best Communities $10 Million Prize Competition
City of Tualatin - 04/28/16 9:32 AM
Tualatin, Ore., April 28, 2016 -- The celebration in Tualatin continues after being named one of eight finalists in the America's Best Communities (ABC) competition yesterday. Tualatin ABC Team Members Mayor Lou Ogden, John Bartholomew from Mask & Mirror Community Theatre and Bethany Wurtz from the Tualatin Tomorrow Vision Advisory Committee presented Tualatin's pitch to the panel of judges in a "Shark Tank" environment. The pitch was based on Tualatin's Community Revitalization Plan which was developed as part of the quarter-finalist round of the competition.

Tualatin's Community Revitalization Plan focuses on increasing opportunity and the standard of living for everyone in the community through advancing STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education. While Tualatin continues to seek solutions to all community-defined needs and priorities described in the Tualatin Tomorrow Vision, the ABC initiative is hyper-focused on one specific target: connecting youth and under served populations to STEAM education and CTE training that align with Tualatin's advanced manufacturing industry base. In addition to providing jobs and personal growth opportunities for residents, the plan will help the community begin to develop a workforce pipeline for a large cross-section of employers.

In the short-term Tualatin plans to build a mobile makerspace enabling students to create, build, and enjoy hands-on learning. Makerspaces are interdisciplinary innovation spaces dedicated to the art and science of manufacturing goods. The mobile makerspace will be scaled to serve students K-12 with special emphasis on elementary and middle school, girls, and minorities. Its unique attribute is mobility. It will literally roll to wherever the kids are; schools, neighborhoods, and community events, to maximize utilization. The team is working with employers to acquire equipment to outfit a trailer with computers for multimedia and CAD, 3D printers, various tools and equipment that will connect kids to the latest technology. Initial funding will be from the ABC award and local commitments.

Longer-term, Tualatin intends to supplement the mobile maker space with a permanent Community Career and Creative Center. The Center would provide space to add larger maker equipment, conduct classes and workshops and integrate performing arts.

More than 350 communities nationwide entered the competition after its launch in 2014, and 50 were selected as quarterfinalists in April 2015, and this was narrowed to 15 semi-finalists in January 2016.

Tualatin's Team including the City, the Tualatin Chamber, Mask & Mirror Community Theatre, the Tigard-Tualatin School District, Tualatin Tomorrow Visioning Committee, South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership and other businesses and community members developed a community revitalization plan focusing on long-term and short-term goals.

"The feeling in the room was electric! You could just feel the passion each presenter felt when talking about their hometown," said team member Bethany Wurtz.

The America's Best Communities finalists are: Lake Havasu City, Arizona; Statesboro, Georgia; Valley County/Meadows Valley, Idaho; Chisago Lakes Area, Minnesota; Huntington, West Virginia; Darrington/Arlington, Washington; Tualatin, Oregon; and Madison, Indiana. Sponsored by Frontier Communications, DISH Network, CoBank and The Weather Channel, the America's Best Communities competition has dedicated $10 million in prizes and other support to spark economic revitalization in small towns and rural communities across the country.

"We are so grateful to have stumbled upon this opportunity because it has helped us to discover an answer to a challenge we have faced for many years. This project is going to change people's lives," said Mayor Lou Ogden.

All eight finalists were awarded $100,000 to begin implementation of their plans. In April 2017, the top three communities making the largest impact and showing the greatest potential for achieving sustainable revitalization will be selected as the grand prize winners. The first place community will receive $3 million, the second place community $2 million, and $1 million for third.

To learn more about Tualatin's plans, visit www.tualatinabc.org.
Linn DA Holds Press Conference
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 04/28/16 9:15 AM
Linn County District Attorney, Doug Marteeny, will be holding a press conference Friday, April 29th at 10:00AM. The location of the press conference will be the Linn County Sheriff's Office, 1115 Jackson St. SE, Albany, Oregon.

This press conference will address an officer involved shooting that happened in Linn County, Oregon, on March 25th, 2016.
Shot fired by Sheriff's Deputy at scene of disturbance -- no injuries (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/28/16 8:55 AM
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About 12:30 pm 04/27/2016 Sheriff's Deputies along with Camas Police responded to a reported threats and disturbance with a weapon at 6610 NE 232nd Ave. Camas, WA. When law enforcement arrived, they were confronted with an individual brandishing a firearm. A Sheriff's deputy fired (1) one round from his service weapon, the subject, an adult male, was disarmed and secured. The subject was not hit by the shot and was not injured during the encounter but began complaining of chest pain. Fire Rescue responded and the subject was transported to an area hospital. His condition is unknown. The individual was NOT arrested or charged with a crime. This incident is under lead investigation of the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit. The Deputy Sheriff involved has been placed on routine paid critical incident leave.
No further details are being released at this time.


Attached Media Files: scene photo
Major Crimes Team Investigating Officer-Involved Shooting in Gresham
Gresham Police Dept - 04/28/16 3:52 AM
Gresham, Ore.-- What started as a late night traffic crash into a wrought iron fence at 224 SE 188th Ave., Gresham, ended two blocks away with an exchange of gunfire between police and the unidentified Caucasian suspect. A Fairview officer assigned to the East Metro Gang Enforcement Team and the suspect were shot during the encounter. Both men are expected to survive.

Just before 11:00 p.m. yesterday, officers were dispatched to the report that a GMC Envoy had crashed into a fence and the adult male driver was running away from the scene. The Fairview officer and his Gresham Police partner arrived first, locating the suspect in the 18900 block of NE Couch Ln., northeast of the crash. A radio call indicating they located the suspect was quickly followed by "shots fired" and "officer hit."

Deputies from Multnomah County and officers from Gresham, Fairview and Portland responded, rapidly securing the scene and preserving evidence. The roadways surrounding the incident are expected to be closed until later this morning as the investigation continues.

Detectives assigned to Multnomah County's Major Crimes Team are hoping to talk with anyone who has information about this shooting and can be reached by calling the Gresham Police tip line at 503.618.2719.

Per normal protocol, all officers directly involved in the incident have been placed on leave during the initial phases of the investigation.

No more information is available at this time and no updates are expected until the late afternoon.



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Marine Board Approves Grants, Denies Petition for Multnomah Channel
Oregon Marine Board - 04/27/16 5:19 PM
The Oregon State Marine Board approved five boating facility grants and one grant amendment and approved initiating the rulemaking process on four administrative rules during their quarterly Board meeting, held on April 26, in Salem. The Board also denied a petition to initiate rulemaking for Multnomah and Columbia Counties.

In a 4 to 1 decision, the Marine Board denied a petition to initiate rulemaking to consider adoption of a new rule in Chapter 250, Division 020 that would expand the slow --no wake zones on the Multnomah Channel, bank-to-bank, and 500 feet before and 500 feet after any marina, floating home moorage, park, dock, or boat ramp. The Board requested that staff provide regular reports on the amount of time the channel is patrolled and report on education and outreach efforts about wake to boaters, businesses, and homeowners in the affected area.

The Board approved initiating rulemaking on Chapter 250, Division 011, Steering and Sailing Rules to be congruent with federal regulations, to initiating rulemaking removing 250-010-0057 from rule since this language is already in statute, and to clarify language in 250-010-0058 for automatic and requested refunds when there is an overpayment in boater titling and registration fees.

The Board also approved initiating rulemaking for Kinney Lake in Wallowa County to
prohibit the use of motors on the lake. Kinney Lake is a 22 acre irrigation reservoir that is secondarily managed as a public trout fishery. Previously, ODFW prohibited fishing from "floating devices" on Kinney Lake, but ODFW recently changed their rules to allow fishing from boats. However, ODFW, the Wallowa Valley Improvement District, and Triple Creek Ranch requested the Board restrict the use of motorized boats to continue to avoid erosion of the dam.

The Board also approved to initiate rulemaking for OAR Chapter 250, Division 016 to amend, repeal and add new rules to accommodate current practices in the Outfitter/Guide Registration program.

The Board approved the following boating facility grants and grant amendment:
Applicant Facility Name/Waterbody Scope State/Federal Funds Applicant Cash/Match Project Total
OPRD Schwitter Landing/Sandy Beach, Columbia River Fabrication and installation of a debris deflection boom $185,000 (Boating Infrastructure Grant) $160,000
$500 administration $355,500
City of Tillamook Carnahan Park, Trask River Boarding dock replacement and security camera installation $213,750 $71,250 $285,000
Lincoln County Public Works Knight Park, Salmon River Restroom replacement and parking area repair $63,350 $14,650
$8,500 labor
$5,000 administration, contracting and oversight $91,500
Port of Cascade Locks Port of Cascade Locks, Columbia River Ramp toe extension $18,750 $2,500
$3,070 pre-agreement permitting expenses
$680 administration, contracting and oversight $25,000
Douglas County Parks Amacher Park, Umpqua River Ramp toe replacement $25,000 $25,000 $50,000
OYCC Clackamas, Josephine and Lane County Boating Facilities Employ 15 youth for work on 28 boating facilities during the summer $31,515 $38,199 $69,714

For more details about grant requests or petitions, review the agency staff report at: http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Board-and-Public-Meetings.aspx.
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UPDATE #2: Shooting Investigation Underway in West Buckman Neighborhood - One Person Injured (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/27/16 5:09 PM
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45-year-old Muhammad Bilal Rahman has been indicted by a Multnomah County Grand Jury on charges of Assault in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Felon in Possession of a Firearm in connection with this shooting investigation. Rahman has been in the Multnomah County Jail since April 3, 2016.

The victim in this case is continuing to recover from his injuries.

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Medical personnel at a Portland hospital have indicated to police that the victim's injuries are now believed to be life-threatening.

Homicide detectives have responded to the scene to continue the investigation.

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On Thursday March 31, 2016, at 5:08 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Southeast 11th Avenue and Pine Street on the report of a shooting.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the victim, a male adult, suffering from a gunshot wound. He has been transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment to serious injuries that do not appear to be life-threatening.

During the investigation, officers learned that the victim is residing in a tent on the sidewalk and that the suspect is believed to be a fellow camper.

Officers, including a Police Canine Unit, are checking the neighborhood but have not located the suspect.

Assault Detail detectives have been notified and will continue the investigation.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact the Detective Division at 503-823-0400.

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Former Woodburn lifeguard arrested on rape charge (Photo)
Woodburn Police - 04/27/16 4:12 PM
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Gervais police recently arrested Jacob Bonham, a former part-time Lifeguard who worked at the Woodburn Aquatic Center between 2012 and 2016. Bonham, 22, was arrested in Gervais and lodged in the Marion County Jail on April 26. He was arraigned April 27 on the charge of Rape in the Third Degree involving a minor under the age of 16.

Anyone with information related to Bonham's arrest is asked to contact the Woodburn Police Department at 503-982-2345.


Attached Media Files: Jacob Bonham
2ND Official Budget Committee Meeting Notice --- Proposed Budget for FY 2016-2017
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 04/27/16 3:54 PM
NOTICE OF BUDGET COMMITTEE MEETING -- PROPOSED BUDGET FOR FY 2016-2017

The Multnomah County School District #3 / Parkrose School District will hold a public meeting to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 on the following dates:


May 4, 2016 & May 18, 2016: Budget Committee Meetings (if and as needed). This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place. Any person may appear at the meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee. Meetings will conclude on either of these dates if the Budget committee takes action to approve the 2016-17 Proposed Budget.

All meetings will be held in the Board Room at 6:30 pm at Parkrose School District, 10636 NE Prescott St., Portland, OR 97220. A copy of the budget can be inspected or obtained on or after April 20, 2015 at 10636 NE Prescott St., Portland, OR 97220, between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm. This notice is also published on the District's website at http://www.parkrose.k12.or.us/ pursuant to ORS 294.426(5) -- (on Home page under District Info).
Applicants sought for State Scenic Bikeway Committee
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/27/16 3:35 PM
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is seeking to establish a list of candidates to serve on the State Scenic Bikeway Committee in an at-large position.

One seat is open on the 11-member committee. Members of the committee are appointed by the OPRD director to a four-year term and are eligible for reappointment. The committee meets approximately five times per year, usually in Salem, for an all-day meeting with additional field trips throughout the state to proposed and designated bikeways. The at-large position is a volunteer appointment and authorized for travel reimbursement.

The ideal candidate would have experience with bicycle tourism, community groups, and experience with underserved groups.

The committee advises OPRD with the long view of strengthening the existing program and proponent groups associated with each designated bikeway and makes recommendations to the department on designations and other matters pertaining to the bikeways program.

Those interested in serving must submit a bikeway committee interest form by May 12. For information or to obtain an interest form, go to
http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/BIKE/Pages/info.aspx or contact Alex Phillips, at alex.phillips@oregon.gov or 503-986-0631.


Attached Media Files: News release
Two-Day Career Fair looks to fill 500 Law Enforcement Vacancies
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/27/16 2:53 PM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), in partnership with the Oregon Peace Officers Association, Oregon State Sheriff's Association, and the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, is pleased to host the Oregon Criminal Justice Career Fair at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem on Friday, April 29, 2016 and Saturday, April 30, 2016.

Criminal Justice Career Fair
April 29th, 2016 - April 30th, 2016
11:00AM - 3:00PM

Friday, April 29th, 2016
Criminal Justice Career Fair
and
Saturday, April 30th, 2016
Women in Criminal Justice Career Fair

Oregon Public Safety Academy
4190 Aumsville Hwy SE
Salem, OR 97317

http://www.oregon.gov/dpsst/docs/flyer.pdf


Some Highlights

Meet recruiters from city, state, county, tribal and federal criminal justice agencies, recruiting to fill over 500 positions statewide.

Learn more about the job through agency displays and demonstrations.

Discover job opportunities in criminal justice for both sworn officers, as well as non-sworn
positions (analysts, chemists, nursing, forensics, etc.).

Meet leaders in their field and find out more about outstanding careers in criminal justice.

Tours of the Oregon Public Safety Academy (OPSA) will be provided throughout the day.

Women in criminal justice panel discussion, 4/30/16 at 1P.M

This two-day event is open to everyone including interested applicants; middle school, high school and college students of all ages; parents; veterans; employment and guidance counselors; etc.

More than four dozen city, county, state, tribal, university and federal agencies are participating.

The reason for this first-ever statewide event, agencies around the state are looking to hire more than 500 qualified employees to fill both sworn (police, corrections, parole and probation, emergency communications) and non-sworn (chemists, nurses, CSI, etc.) positions at city, county, state, tribal, university and federal law enforcement agencies.

DPSST's Director Eriks Gabliks said "law enforcement agencies around the state are looking for qualified men and women who reflect the communities they serve to fill vacant positions within their agency."

Gabliks said the "Saturday event will focus on bringing women into the criminal justice profession and will have a panel discussion and other activities specifically to share the opportunities available. While the Saturday event will have a focus on women all are invited and welcome to attend."

This is a great opportunity to find out about employment opportunities in criminal justice agencies around the state.


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

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


Attached Media Files: career fair flyer
Gresham celebrates National Bike Month (Photo)
City of Gresham - 04/27/16 2:30 PM
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GRESHAM, Ore. -- Get ready to pedal. Gresham's Bike Month, traditionally celebrated each May with a variety of free and fun community activities, gets an early start with some kickoff events in April.

Bike Month in Gresham features 15 events, including the popular Transportation Safety Fair and Bike Rodeo on May 14, plus group bike rides, treats on the trails, a helmet giveaway, volunteers conducting bike counts on local trails, and a free bike wash and lube workshop on April 28 at the City Hall loading dock.

Everyone can compete in the Bike More Challenge Kickoff Celebration. Bike for points, prizes and bragging rights. Join the City's team or register one on the Bicycle Transportation Alliance's Bike More Challenge website: http://www.bikemorechallenge.com/

"Bicycling continues to become more accessible to residents as a healthy and inexpensive alternative to travel, and our staff are working to make that option as easy and as fun as possible," said Katherine Kelly, Transportation Planning Manager for the City.

Volunteers are needed to help at a variety of bike-themed activities. Contact Sandra Doubleday at 503-618-2816.

For a complete list of events and volunteer opportunities visit www.GreshamOregon.gov/BikeMonth.

Gresham, a designated League of American Bicyclists "Bicycle Friendly City" since 2010, has more than 117 miles of bike lanes throughout Gresham and popular bike routes including the Springwater Corridor, Gresham-Fairview Trail and Main City Park Spur Trail. Last year, 177,643 bicyclists used Gresham's segment of the Springwater Trail, and 18,197 bicyclists used the Gresham-Fairview Trail.

Bike Month activities are supported and sponsored with help from our partners: Oregon Nurses Association Constituent Association 1; Bikes for Humanity PDX; Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel; and The League of American Bicyclists.

Attachments: Gresham Bike Month Schedule of Activities; 2 photos courtesy of City of Gresham


Attached Media Files: 2016-04/1046/93927/Gresham_Bike_Month_Events_2016.docx , Bikes , Bike helmet
UPDATE #2: Major Crash Team Investigating Serious Injury Crash on Southeast Holgate Boulevard
Portland Police Bureau - 04/27/16 2:15 PM
49-year-old Theodore Swan, a passenger involving in this serious crash, died on Monday April 25 at a Portland hospital. The driver, 28-year-old Christopher Allen Schmidt, remains in the hospital receiving medical treatment for serious injuries. The third injured person, 25-year-old Amanda Atkinson, has been released from the hospital.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Traffic Division officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances of this morning's crash on Holgate Boulevard.

Investigators have learned that 28-year-old Christopher Allen Schmidt was driving a tan 1994 Honda Accord westbound on Holgate at a high rate of speed when he ran the red light at 92nd Avenue, colliding with two other vehicles on the roadway.

Schmidt was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment to serious, but not life-threatening injuries. His front passenger, 25-year-old Amanda Atkinson, was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries. The rear passenger, 49-year-old Theodore Swan, was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Officers learned that the car Schmidt was driving was reported stolen.

The first car Schmidt struck was a black 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser, being driven southbound on 92nd Avenue by 45-year-old Brad Luker. Neither he nor his passenger, 41-year-old Anna Benz, required transport to a hospital.

The second car Schmidt struck was a red 1993 Honda Civic, driven by 28-year-old Jamien Zapata. Zapata was stopped at the red light facing eastbound on Holgate at the time of the crash. Zapata was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for a serious, but not life-threatening injury. Neither of his passengers, 36-year-old Joshua Koulavong or 18-year-old Jasmine Guerrero, suffered any serious injuries.

No arrests have been made or citations issued as the investigation into the crash is continuing. The driver of the stolen Honda, Christopher Schmidt, is expected to face charges after the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office presents the case to a Grand Jury.

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On Friday April 22, 2016, at 2:39 a.m., an East Precinct officer on patrol spotted a speeding car in the area of Southeast 94th Avenue and Holgate Boulevard being driven westbound on Holgate.

The officer, who was driving eastbound, turned around and began to follow the vehicle, a gold Honda. As soon as the officer activated the police lights to stop the driver, the driver sped away and moments later ran a red light at Southeast 92nd Avenue and became involved in a collision with two other vehicles.

Multiple people involved in the crash have been transported by ambulance to Portland hospitals for treatment. One patient is suffering from potentially life-threatening injuries.

The officer learned after the crash that the car was stolen.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to conduct a crash investigation.

Traffic in the area of Southeast 92nd Avenue and Holgate Boulevard will be affected for several hours due to this crash.

There will be no further updates until late-Friday morning.

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NW Natural Shareholders Give More than $66,000 to Support Local Education
NW Natural - 04/27/16 2:09 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. -- NW Natural's (NYSE:NWN) 2016 corporate giving is off to a strong start with more than $66,000 going toward educational programs.

"Each year, NW Natural shareholders donate more than $1 million through the company's corporate philanthropy fund," said Von Summers, community affairs manager for NW Natural. "We were pleased in the first part of the year to make several significant donations to organizations focused on different levels and aspects of education."
The educational organizations and donation amounts include the following:

All Hands Raised ($5,000) Serving Portland and Multnomah County to ensure the sustained success of every child from cradle to career. All Hands Raised brings together local community stakeholders to transform children into independent, educated adults.

Community Transitional School (CTS) ($5000) CTS provides a stable, supportive environment that promotes both personal and academic growth for children whose families are homeless, in transition and experiencing chronic poverty-related crises.

Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities ($12,000) The Alliance represents 18 of Oregon's regionally accredited, nonprofit private higher education institutions. Together, Alliance colleges and universities enroll more than 37,000 students and deliver approximately 30 percent of all baccalaureate degrees and higher awarded in Oregon.

Portland Community College Foundation ($10,000) The PCC Foundation enriches lives and strengthens the region through support of education at PCC. All students in the region have access to an excellent education at PCC and the support needed to succeed, regardless of their ability to pay.

Schoolhouse Supplies ($5,000) Schoolhouse Supplies, an award-winning nonprofit, is based on the belief that every child deserves school supplies. The program supports quality education by giving students and teachers in Portland free classroom supplies.

The PSU Foundation ($15,750) Created in 1963, the PSU Foundation raises philanthropic gifts, invests them responsibly, and stewards them in accordance with donors' wishes. The PSU Foundation is responsible for raising and managing private resources to support the mission and priorities of the university and contributes to institutional excellence.

The University of Oregon Foundation ($13,500) The Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation, is responsible for receiving and administering the thousands of private gifts donated annually to the University of Oregon, and disbursing those funds to the university according to donor intent.

NW Natural's core values are Integrity, Service Ethic, Safety, Caring and Environmental Stewardship. Learn more about the causes we care about and contribute to in our 2015 Annual Community and Sustainability Report.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 714,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at nwnatural.com.

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Officers and Passersby Pull Suicidal Man Back Over Bridge Railing Early Wednesday Morning
Portland Police Bureau - 04/27/16 2:06 PM
On Wednesday April 27, 2016, at 6:12 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to several 9-1-1 calls reporting a man hanging over the railing of the Division Street overpass above I-205 and the MAX rail tracks. As officers were responding to the scene they learned that several passersby were holding onto the man trying to prevent him from jumping off the bridge.

Officers arrived at the scene and immediately began helping the passersby hold onto the 23-year-old man, who was dangling upside down, below the level of the railing. The officers and the passersby were holding onto the man's feet and pant legs.

Officers talked to the man and reassured him that he would be ok if he let them help. After several minutes, the man calmed down and allowed the officers and passersby to pull him back through the railing to safety.

Once he was back on stable ground, the man was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for mental health treatment.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable.

The Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center is available 24 hours a day at 503-988-4888.

If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please visit Cascadia or call 503-963-2575. Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has an urgent walk-in clinic, open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 7 days a week. Payment is not necessary.

Lines for Life is also available 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Information about the Portland Police Bureau's Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) and additional resources can be found by visiting http://portlandoregon.gov/police/bhu

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Prescription Drug Turn-In and Shred Event on Saturday April 30 at Southeast Precinct
Portland Police Bureau - 04/27/16 2:00 PM
On Saturday April 30, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau will host a prescription drug turn-in and shred event at Southeast Precinct, located at 4735 East Burnside Street.

This event is a partnership between the City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention Program, the Portland Police Bureau, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Portland Police Bureau's Sunshine Division, and Wells Fargo.

Community members can come and drop off unwanted or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal and unwanted sensitive documents for secure shredding on site.

Keeping sensitive documents and prescription meds out of the hands of people who might misuse them is an important technique for preventing fraud and drug abuse.

Acceptable items for the prescription drug turn in include: any prescription medications and samples, over the counter medications, vitamins, pet medications, medicated ointments, and liquid medication in leak proof containers.

Items not accepted: thermometers, sharps, syringes, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, inhalers, EpiPens. To dispose of sharps, contact Metro at 503-234-3000 or http://www.oregonmetro.gov

Sunshine Division donation barrels will be available for donations of canned food, dry pasta, and gently-used clothing for needy families. Tax deduction forms will be provided.

A printable flyer is available for download by visiting http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/article/545037

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Deputies Support Harrisburg High School Green Day Event (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 04/27/16 1:55 PM
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On April 21, 2016 Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his patrol deputies participated in the Green Day event held by Harrisburg High School students. Harrisburg High School hosted the event in which their students gave back to the community of Harrisburg in a variety of ways. This year's events included collecting trash around the city, a community car wash, doing yard work for seniors and spreading bark mulch at various locations.

Linn County Sheriff's Office deputies assisted the high school students in raking out flower beds and planting new plants in the area of the Harrisburg Justice Center, including the Sheriff's Office substation. The students helped the deputies by washing their patrol vehicles at their student-ran carwash. Sheriff Bruce Riley reports one of the most important jobs for deputies is building relationships with the communities we serve, especially our youth. This is an excellent example of the support we receive from our community on a daily basis. The fact that the high school reached out to the deputies like this says that we are doing a good job in our communities.


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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire in Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/27/16 1:54 PM
Volunteers with the American Red Cross disaster action team responded to a disaster just after noon today, April 27, 2016, in the 7000 block of Killingsworth St. in Portland, Oregon. The single-family fire affected two adults. The Red Cross provided assistance to address immediate and basic needs (an example of assistance may include food or temporary housing), and information about recovery services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

Did you know that the American Red Cross responds to an average of two disasters every day in our region? We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Over 1000 graduates to participate in 2016 University of Portland Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 1
University of Portland - 04/27/16 12:37 PM
- Business leaders Tim Boyle and Fedele Bauccio will address attendees in two ceremonies to be held at campus's Chiles Center -

(Portland, OR) -- Portland's Tim Boyle, chief executive officer of Columbia Sportswear, and Fedele Bauccio, co-founder and CEO of Bon Appétit Management Company, will address the 2016 University of Portland spring commencement exercises on Sunday, May 1 at the Earle A. and Virginia H. Chiles Center on campus, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd.

To accommodate the increasing number of graduates and their family members, there will be two ceremonies this year: Commencement I, which begins at 10:00 a.m., is for graduates of the College of Arts and Science and School of Education; Commencement II, which starts at 2:00 p.m., is for graduates of the Pamplin School of Business, Shiley School of Engineering, and School of Nursing. Family and friends of graduates, alumni, benefactors, and the community are all welcome to watch the graduation ceremony. For information on tickets and parking, please visit the Commencement page on the University's website, www.up.edu/commencement.
 
Video of the commencement exercises will be streamed live on the internet. The free streaming will be available at up.edu/commencement/video. The live video stream will be provided by Sports Video NW at sportsvideonw.com.

University president Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C. will confer an anticipated 871 bachelor's degrees on Sunday. Poorman will confer 155 master's degrees during the two commencement programs.

Fedele Bauccio '64, '66 MBA, '04 Hon., co-founder and CEO of Bon Appétit Management Company, will deliver the address for the morning Commencement ceremony. After working for more than two decades in the food service industry, Fedele Bauccio launched Bon Appétit in 1987 with the idea of offering on-site restaurants that served fresh and healthy food options. Today, the company operates more than 650 customized onsite restaurants for corporations, universities (including his alma mater), museums, and sports venues in 31 states.  With his wife, Linda, he established the Bauccio Lecture in Entrepreneurship, which brings national leaders to the University of Portland campus each year. He was also instrumental in the recent remodel of the Pilot House as well as the University's dining hall, which was aptly renamed Bauccio Commons in 2010.

Columbia Sportswear's chief executive officer Tim Boyle will receive an honorary doctorate and deliver the address at the University's afternoon Commencement ceremony. A Portland native, he graduated from Jesuit High School in 1967 and earned his degree in journalism from the University of Oregon in 1971. That same year, he stepped into help run Columbia Sportswear when his father, Neal Boyle, the company president since 1964, died suddenly of a heart attack. Together, he and his mother, Gert Boyle, reshaped the small and struggling Portland-based sportswear company into what is now a globally recognized brand with net sales of more than $2.3 billion. Tim Boyle and his wife, Mary, are also known for their commitment to and support of causes in fields as wide-ranging as scientific research, education, and the arts. His business acumen and belief in the efforts of other Oregonians has had a far-reaching impact in this state and beyond.

- Christus Magister Medal -
On Sunday, the University's highest honor, the Christus Magister Medal, will be awarded to D. Allen Lund and his wife, Kathleen, of Pasadena, Calif.. The Lunds are longtime supporters of the University of Portland and Catholic education. Allen is the president and CEO of the Allen Lund Company, a transportation and logistics brokerage, which he established in 1976. He is chairman of the University of Portland's Board of Regents. Beyond The Bluff, the Lunds received the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton award from the National Catholic Education Association in 2009 for their significant support of Catholic education, and in 2011 Kathleen was named a Cardinal Honoree by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Kathleen has been a longtime advocate for pro-life causes and is a board member and past president of the Right to Life League of Southern California.

The Lunds' dedication to the mission of this University has changed the landscape of the campus in myriad ways. One of the most visible changes is the University's Bell Tower, which has quickly become an iconic campus landmark since its dedication in 2009. Other crucial endeavors that they have supported include the establishment of an endowed scholarship for students, the renovation of the library, the building of a new recreation center, and a rare Heritage Edition of The Saint John's Bible, which is on permanent display in the Clark Library.

- Honorary Doctorate Recipients -
Also receiving honorary doctorates will be Eleanor Blum, the first female dean of an engineering school in the United States; Rev. Robert S. Pelton, C.S.C., scholar and author; Cathy Rush, women's sports pioneer; Steve Shepard, business leader and member of the University's Pamplin School of Business Hall of Fame; and Ron Thomas, president of the University of Puget Sound. David Brooks, nationally recognized journalist and author, was awarded his honorary degree during a visit to campus in March.

For more information on the Commencement ceremonies, tickets, parking, and biographies of the speakers and honorary doctorate recipients, visit www./up.edu/commencement.

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The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the American West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.
Local Red Cross Disaster Responders Help with Flood Relief Efforts in Texas (Photo)
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/27/16 12:17 PM
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Bend resident and veteran Red Cross volunteer, Theresa Grimes will be available for phone interviews with media today between 1:45 p.m. -- 2:30 p.m. Grimes is on the ground in Texas assisting with recovery efforts. To schedule an interview, please contact Monique Dugaw at 503-877-7121.

Eleven local disaster responders are in Texas helping with flood relief efforts. More than 4,500 homes in the Houston area have been affected by recent floods and more severe weather is expected this week.

Disaster responders from the local American Red Cross Cascades Region are assisting residents of the greater Houston area affected by recent devastating flooding. Eleven responders from Portland, Medford, Otter Rock, Salem, Bend, Tigard, Keizer, Junction City and Corvallis, Oregon are on the ground in Texas providing shelter, meals, relief supplies and health and mental health services to those affected by severe weather and floods.

"When a disaster occurs in our own backyard or in communities across the nation, our local Red Cross volunteers in Oregon and Southwest Washington are among the first to step up to offer help," said Amy Shlossman, CEO of the Red Cross Cascades Region. "These responders leave their families and the comforts of home to bring help and hope to those who need it most. Without our volunteers, who make up more than 90 percent of our disaster workforce, these relief efforts would not be possible."

Torrential rainfall has inundated Houston, Texas, causing severe damage and destruction throughout the major metropolitan area. Rain came down at rates as high as four inches an hour, flooding waterways at rapid rates and leaving residents trapped in their own homes and vehicles. Some areas experienced near-record, 500-year flood levels and the severe conditions caused nine fatalities. More than 1,200 high-water rescues were made in the Houston area, many of which involved people attempting to drive to safety through flooded streets. Initial reports indicate that more than 5,000 homes have been directly impacted along with thousands of destroyed vehicles.

The American Red Cross responded immediately in Texas, and disaster teams have been operating shelters, serving meals and distributing relief supplies and comfort since last weekend to help those in great need.

Since April 18 the Red Cross has:
Opened 11 shelters, helping to provide more than 1,500 overnight stays;
Distributed more than 24,700 relief items such as rakes, shovels, work gloves and comfort kits;
Served nearly 35,300 meals and snacks; and
Provided more than 1,400 health and mental health contacts for those in need.

It costs the Red Cross approximately $1,650 to send a volunteer to a relief operation for 11 days -- the average length of a disaster deployment. This includes travel, transportation, lodging, food and support systems. More than 22,000 Red Cross responders have been deployed over the last 10 months. By comparison, during Hurricane Sandy the Red Cross deployed 17,000 responders.

As floodwaters slowly recede, Red Cross caseworkers are helping people plan their next steps and connect to available resources to support their recovery. Red Cross health workers are also offering services such as replacing prescription medications and eyeglasses, and mental health workers are helping people cope with a very difficult situation.
The National Weather Service reports portions of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas and Nebraska face an enhanced risk of severe weather throughout this week, including heavy rain, damaging winds, large hail and possible tornadoes. The Red Cross is monitoring the situation and putting staff and relief supplies on standby in case they are needed.
Red Cross preparedness and response efforts are made possible through generous donations from our community. Donations are used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters large and small -- providing food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support and recovery planning. To help people affected by the Texas Floods and Tornadoes and other disasters, visit www.redcross.org/donate or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/Cascades, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossCASC.


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DEA's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday
DEA Seattle - 04/27/16 12:15 PM
April 27, 2016 - (Seattle, Washington) -- After collecting and destroying 5.5 million pounds--2,762 tons--of unused prescription drugs in the past 5 years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is continuing its efforts to take back unused, unwanted and expired prescription medications. The DEA invites the public to bring their potentially dangerous, unwanted medicines to one of over 5,000 collection sites around the country that are manned by more than 3,800 of DEA's tribal and local law enforcement partners. This service is free of charge, with no questions asked.

On Saturday, April 30, 2016, there will be 43 collection sites throughout the state of Oregon open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time. The public can find a nearby collection site by visiting www.dea.gov, clicking on the "Got Drugs?" icon, and entering their zip code into the search window, or they can call 800-882-9539. Only pills and other solids, like patches, will be accepted--the public should not bring liquids, needles or other sharps to take back sites.

When the results of the ten DEA Take Back Days for the Pacific Northwest are combined, the DEA and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed over 268,456 pounds (134.2 tons) of medication from circulation. Combined results for the previous ten Take-Back events in Oregon (2010-2015) resulted in 78,293 pounds (39.1 tons) of drugs removed from circulation.

America is presently experiencing an epidemic of addiction, overdose and death due to abuse of prescription drugs, particularly opioid painkillers. 6.5 million Americans abuse prescription drugs, according to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than abuse cocaine, heroin, and hallucinogens combined.

"Most prescription drug abusers get their pills from friends and family, including from the household medicine cabinet," said DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg. "Please remove unwanted prescription drugs from your homes and help prevent substance abuse fueled by our medicine cabinets."

Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States, eclipsing deaths from motor vehicle crashes or firearms. The removal from homes of unwanted prescription pills that can be abused, stolen or resold is an easy way to help fight the epidemic of substance abuse and addiction.
Inmate dies in custody (Photo)
Benton County Sheriff's Office - 04/27/16 10:40 AM
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On 4/26/16 at 00:48 in the morning, deputies working in the Benton County jail requested medical assistance on an inmate who had collapsed and was unconscious. Two deputies had been present and walking with the inmate when he collapsed. The deputies performed CPR on the inmate until medical personnel arrived and treatment continued. The inmate did not regain conscious and died.
The inmate is identified as Rory Christopher Holmes, 46 years old. He had no known address. Mr. Holmes had been arrested and booked into the BCSO jail on 4/20/2016 for multiple charges to include Criminal Trespass II, Failure to Appear on a previous DUI charge and Interference with a Peace Officer.
The investigation of Mr. Holmes death is continuing. There were no outward signs of trauma or injury to Mr. Holmes and the death is not considered suspicious. The inmate had been treated for minor medical issues and had received treatment while in custody.


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Vancouver Public Schools announces administrative changes for 2016-17
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 04/27/16 10:05 AM
Administrative changes for 2016-17
Vancouver Public Schools has announced several administrative changes for the 2016-17 school year. Personnel assignments are subject to final approval by the school board.

End-of-year administrator retirements
- Debbie Elliott, principal, Fruit Valley Community Learning Center
- Jim O'Banion, principal, Vancouver School of Arts and Academics
- Darcy Rourk, executive director, human resources
- Wendi Russell, director, Career and Technical Education (CTE)
- Marianne Thompson, executive director, elementary and middle schools
- Karri Yank, principal, Roosevelt Elementary School

Jim Parsley Center changes
- Kathy Everidge, assistant superintendent, chief schools officer, will be named assistant superintendent, human resources. Travis Campbell, assistant superintendent, chief academic officer, will assume Everidge's duties with support from the executive directors of teaching and learning. The position of chief schools officer will be eliminated.
- Debra Hale, currently principal of Sarah J. Anderson Elementary, will be an executive director of teaching and learning.
- Mark Wreath, from Mt. Hood Community College, will take over as CTE director.
- Albert Alcantar will shift from interim director to director of athletics and safety.
- Carole Pemberton will move from interim supervisor to transportation supervisor.

Elementary school principal changes
- Katie Arkoosh, current associate principal, will become principal at Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School.
- Matt Fechter, current associate principal at Chinook Elementary, will fill the principal position at Fruit Valley Community Learning Center.
- Megan Vickery, currently McLoughlin Middle School associate principal, will be principal at Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary.

Elementary associate principal changes
- Kevin Coffey, currently a teacher at Peter S. Ogden Elementary, will be associate principal at Sarah J. Anderson Elementary.
- Kirsten Copeland will move from associate principal at Minnehaha and Anderson elementary schools, to associate at Minnehaha and Hazel Dell elementary schools.
- Katie Ronning, associate principal at Hazel Dell and Felida elementary schools, will go full-time as associate principal at Felida.
- Patrice Woods, from Education Northwest in Portland, Oregon, will be half-time associate principal at Truman Elementary.
- Donna Jeffries, associate principal at Columbia River High School, will become associate principal at Chinook Elementary.

Middle and high school principal moves
- Jody Videlco, principal at Vancouver Flex Academy, will fill the principal position at Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies, following the departure of Scott Parker, who is leaving the district at the end of the year.
- Lori Rotherham, current associate principal, will become principal of Vancouver School of Arts and Academics.
- Steve Lindblom, current principal of Vancouver Home Connection and Vancouver Virtual Academy, will become principal at Vancouver Flex Academy.
- Deanna Hogan, current director of student attendance and welfare, will take over as principal at Vancouver Home Connection and Vancouver Virtual Academy.

Middle and high school associate principal moves
- Marji Ruzicka, currently associate principal at Fort Vancouver High School, will become associate principal at Columbia River High School.
- Allison Darke, Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies coordinator, will become associate principal at Fort Vancouver.
- Jennifer Hockhalter, Vancouver School of Arts and Academics teacher, will become associate principal at VSAA.
- Zach Tautfest, current Skyview High School teacher, will fill a new associate principal position at Vancouver iTech Preparatory.
- Angie Gaub, currently a Positive Behaviors and Interventions Support coach at Jason Lee Middle School, will become associate principal at McLoughlin Middle School.
- Anita Chase, associate principal at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, will become the associate principal at Vancouver Home Connection and Vancouver Virtual Academy.
- Andrea Sperry will move from half-time associate principal at Truman Elementary to full-time associate principal at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.
WSU Vancouver to graduate 975 at 2016 Commencement (Photo)
WSU Vancouver - 04/27/16 9:39 AM
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VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Washington State University Vancouver will graduate 975 students at its 2016 Commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. May 7 at Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield. Chancellor Mel Netzhammer will preside, and graduating senior Shain Wright, president of the Associated Students of Washington State University Vancouver, will deliver the commencement address.

BACKGROUND ON THE GRADUATES
The 2016 graduates include 29 doctoral candidates in the areas of education, environmental and natural resource sciences, neuroscience, nursing and nursing practice.

The 102 master's candidates will receive degrees in accounting, anthropology, botany, business administration, computer science, education, engineering and technology management, environmental science, mathematics, mechanical engineering, nursing, psychology, public affairs, teaching and zoology.

The remaining 844 bachelor's candidates will receive degrees in anthropology, biology, business administration, computer science, criminal justice and criminology, digital technology and culture, earth and environmental sciences, education, electrical engineering, English, environmental science, history, hospitality business management, human development, humanities, mathematics, mechanical engineering, neuroscience, nursing, psychology, public affairs, social sciences and sociology.

COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER
As president of the Associated Students of WSU Vancouver, Shain Wright has focused on issues related to diversity and equity. Wright has been passionately involved on campus since arriving in 2012, initially volunteering for Student Diversity events and later working as staff in the Student Diversity Center. Wright also took the lead on Gender Neutral Bathroom Week, a campaign to educate WSU Vancouver students on gender diversity, and received the MLK Student Service Award. Wright is graduating summa cum laude, with a double bachelor's degree in public affairs and human development and a certificate in case management.

COMMENCEMENT DETAILS
Sunlight Supply Amphitheater is located at 17200 NE Delfel Road, Ridgefield. Parking and gates open at 11 a.m. The seating area opens at 11:30 a.m. Concessions will be available. Commencement is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

Sunlight Supply Amphitheater is a covered outdoor venue. Umbrellas and strollers are not allowed in the seating area. Golf cart and wheelchair service will be provided to guests who need assistance. Accommodations will be available for deaf and hearing-impaired guests, with sign-language interpreters in a designated area and amplification devices at the information booth.

For more information about WSU Vancouver's 2016 Commencement ceremony, visit vancouver.wsu.edu/commencement.

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

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High School-based Preschool Receives High Marks on Oregon's Early Learning Rating System
NW Regional ESD: Columbia Co. - 04/27/16 9:33 AM
Children in Columbia County have more opportunities to build a strong foundation for learning, thanks to a partnership between a local high school-based preschool and the NW Early Learning Council (one of Oregon's 16 early learning hubs).

St. Helens High School's preschool and childcare, Cubs Corner and Little Lions, was recently awarded four out of five stars on the state-recognized Quality Rating Improvement System QRIS) -- a set of measures that indicate high-quality child care and early learning.

Cubs Corner and Little Lions serves as an educational learning lab for high school students looking to pursue a career working with children and families. With the focus of supporting teen parents in their completion of their high school education and providing parenting skills to new parents, the offerings have expanded over the years to include an array of opportunities and services. Currently, 27 children from six weeks to six years are enrolled in three age-specific classrooms: infant, toddler, and day school (capacity is 36 children).

Instruction at Cubs Corner and Little Lions focuses on the use of play to organize information, make meaning of the world, practice and improve their skills, and develop minds and bodies. The philosophy is that play is the framework that allows children to create a healthy foundation for all future learning and growth.

The school adheres to numerous state and national guidelines including the National Association for the Education of Young Children's Code of Ethical Conduct, the Oregon Child Care Division rules, the Oregon Department of Educational Standards, and the State of Oregon Department of Education's guidelines for High School-based Child Development and Parenting programs.


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PCC student earns college's first Critical Language Scholarship to Turkey (Photo)
PCC - 04/27/16 9:13 AM
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NORTH PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland Community College student Isabelle McRae has focused her education on international studies and hopes to someday be a translator. This summer, she is taking steps toward her goals as the first-ever PCC student to earn a prestigious Critical Language Scholarship to Turkey.

The scholarship is a two-month program from June through August and is run by the U.S. State Department. After an orientation in Washington D.C, McRae will head to Bursa on the western part of the country. The program is designed to encourage more students to study critical foreign languages. Awardees are given full funding for airfare, housing, meals, tuition and cultural activities to engage in an eight-week summer program of study.

"When I heard that I had won, I was on the phone with my sister and I started screaming," said McRae, who is a student at PCC and Portland State University as part of the institutions' dual enrollment pact. "I couldn't believe it. It was a competitive program, and it validates everything I've been doing. It's an amazing feeling."

What's even more amazing is that McRae isn't studying Turkish at PCC (she takes Spanish). It was a few years ago that while traveling the world she decided to detour to Turkey. An excursion of volunteering in small villages for a few weeks turned into months, which helped the Northeast Portland resident gain a rudimentary understanding of the Turkish language. This brief exposure, coupled with wanting to transfer to Portland State University's Turkish language program, made applying for the CLS opportunity a no-brainer.

"It's a fascinating language and with PSU having a program, it made sense to study it," she added. "It's not a language that is taught at most institutions. But thankfully to win one of these scholarships, you don't need to be in a Turkish language class or program."

PCC has had eight students win Critical Language Scholarship opportunities to Russia since 2011. But McRae is the first to win an immersion experience to Turkey.

"It's truly exceptional to win a CLS," said Anne Haberkern, director of the Curriculum Support Office at PCC who oversees the college's study abroad. "Isabelle was competing with applicants from across the U.S, including students from all of the Ivy League institutions, major research universities, and others. Each year there are typically more than 5,000 applicants for the program and only about 500 scholarships awarded, so fewer than 10 percent of the applicants are successful."

McRae's own faculty are thrilled to see her get this opportunity to study abroad.

"I was delighted but not surprised to learn of Isabelle's CLS honor," said Andrew Cohen, her creative writing instructor. "She's a focused and highly engaged student. In our creative nonfiction class she showed her colors as a real travel writer, recounting her first big trip to Turkey in memorable color and detail, while thoughtfully exploring the risks and especially rewards of international travel."

The Port Townsend, Wash., native will stay with a Turkish host family, participate on field trips, and spend 20 hours in credit classes learning the language. This won't be new for her, she's been to Turkey four times before, but acknowledges this will be a challenge.

"I consider myself a beginner," McRae admitted. "Hopefully, I can work to become an intermediate speaker by the end of the summer. I've always been interested in the language, and want to be forced to interact and be tested by being immersed in the culture. It's the fastest way to learn. I'm so grateful to have the opportunity and not have to break the bank to do it."


About Portland Community College: PCC is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and 19th largest in the nation, serving approximately 85,000 full- and part-time students. PCC has four comprehensive campuses, eight education centers, and 200 community locations in the Portland metropolitan area. The PCC district encompasses a 1,500-square-mile area in northwest Oregon and offers two-year degrees, one-year certificate programs, short-term training, alternative education, pre-college courses and life-long learning.

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


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Corps determines Kennewick Man is Native American
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 04/27/16 9:03 AM
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division has reached an initial determination regarding the set of ancient remains known as Kennewick Man.

Based on review and analysis of new information, and in particular, evidence provided by recently published DNA and skeletal analyses, there is substantial evidence to determine that Kennewick Man is related to modern Native Americans from the United States. Therefore, the human remains are Native American under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). Because the finding is that Kennewick Man is Native American, the remains are now subject to the processes and procedures outlined in NAGPRA.

Following the 2015 publication of new DNA information based on Dr. Eske Willerslev and his team's research, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began to re-examine the status of Kennewick Man to determine whether this substantial new evidence meant that the remains are Native American under NAGPRA. Additionally, the Corps contracted for an independent validation of the genetic evidence underlying the June 2015 results. The Corps received this report in April 2016, which concurred in the finding that the Kennewick Man's DNA sequence sample is genetically closer to modern Native Americans than to any other population worldwide.

"My decision regarding this determination has been an important one to make and is based on the best available evidence," said Brig. Gen. Scott A. Spellmon, Commanding General of the Northwestern Division. "I am confident that our review and analysis of new skeletal, statistical, and genetic evidence have convincingly led to a Native American Determination," he added.

A Federal agency must first determine that human remains are Native American for NAGPRA to apply. Today's release of this Native American Determination meets that requirement. The Corps will next review the priority of custody for any Native American Tribe who submits a claim. The priority of custody review is an important step that includes a cultural affiliation review. Under NAGPRA, a finding of cultural affiliation is a different process than a Native American determination and must be supported by a preponderance of the evidence. The remains will continue to be curated at the Burke Museum in Seattle, Wash., during the NAGPRA process.

A copy of the Native American Determination, a set of frequently asked questions, as well as links to related documents can be found on the Northwestern Division's web site at http://www.nwd.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/CulturalResources/KennewickMan.aspx.

Background:
In July 1996, the nearly complete, male skeletal remains of Kennewick Man, sometimes referred to as "The Ancient One," were inadvertently discovered by two men on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' land at the McNary Dam Project near Kennewick, Wash. Kennewick Man is one of the oldest and most complete skeletons discovered in North America.

The recovery of the remains, and subsequent analyses, led to a controversial debate over who controls the human remains among the federal government, Native American Tribes, and scientists.
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MESD Board Finance Committee meeting 5-2-16
Multnomah ESD - 04/27/16 7:55 AM
The Multnomah Education Service District Board Finance Committee will meet on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220. The Committee will review the Quarterly Finance Report.
Tue. 04/26/16
Honor Flight of Oregon to take 23 World War II veterans to DC
Mortensen Consulting - 04/26/16 11:03 PM
GRANTS PASS -  For the 19th time since 2010, Honor Flight of Oregon will be hosting World War II veterans

and veterans from other military services eras as they visit the memorials in Washington DC, April 29 to May 1.

On this trip a group of 23 World War II veterans, six veterans from The Last Frontier Honor Flight in

Fairbanks, Alaska, and their guardians will participate in the trek to the nation's capital.


The all-expenses paid trip for each veteran includes visits to the memorials dedicated to World War II, Korean

War, Vietnam, the U.S. Marine Corps (Iwo Jima), U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Navy. The group also will visit the

Lincoln Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery.


"These veterans travel at no cost because supporters who have donated funds want to show their appreciation to

our veterans who gave so much to their country to preserve and protect America's freedoms. If Americans

thought it was important enough to build these memorials, Honor Flight wants to ensure the veterans to whom

the memorials are dedicated actually get to visit them," said Gail Yakopatz, the chair of Honor Flight of

Oregon.


"The VA reports that about 600 World War II veterans die each day, so the time to express our thanks to these

brave men and women is quickly running out. The Honor Flight Network nationally is working together to

provide these trips so our veterans are honored and they also can have some personal reflection and closure

about their military service," she added.


Honor Flight of Oregon is one of 130 regional hubs in 44 states participating in the national program honoring

World War II veterans by taking them to Washington, DC to visit their memorials. The Grants Pass based non-

profit organization serves veterans in 10 counties located west of the Cascade Mountains.


Since 2005, approximately 160,000 veterans nationwide have participated in the honor flight program. Honor

Flight of Oregon has escorted 440 veterans to Washington DC and is one of four hubs in the state. Nearly 1,300

veterans have been transported aboard all honor flights from Oregon.


Honor Flight of Oregon is always accepting donations to fund future trips for veterans later this year. More

information can be found at  www.honorflightoforegon.org.
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire in Tigard
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/26/16 10:14 PM
Volunteers with the American Red Cross disaster action team responded to a single family house fire in the 15000 block of 79th Street in Tigard, Oregon.

The single family house fire affected 2 adult and one pet. Red Cross provided assistance to address immediate disaster related basic needs and information about recovery services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local fire department.

The American Red Cross provides hope and comfort to people affected by community disasters, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call 503 528 5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascades to schedule an appointment.
Foot Chase Leads to Burglary Arrest
Tualatin Police Dept. - 04/26/16 4:36 PM
On Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at approximately 12:30pm, Tualatin Police responded to a report of a possible theft in the 21300 block of SW Makah Ct., in Tualatin.

A witness reported seeing two males walking around a neighbor's house. The witness also reported that one of the males took a bike from the house. When officers arrived in the area, they immediately contacted one of the suspects, however the other one ran. Officers were able to catch up to the second suspect a short time later after a short foot pursuit. During a search of the second suspect's backpack, a garage door opener was found that had been reported stolen in a separate theft from a vehicle in Tualatin earlier this morning. Both males were taken into custody.

The first suspect was identified as Harold W. Bratton, JR, 39 years of age, of Tualatin. The second suspect was identified as Brian T. Schoenheit, 19 years of age, of Colton. Mr. Bratton had a warrant for a probation violation and is also being charged with conspiracy to commit first degree theft and first degree burglary. Mr. Schoenheit also had a warrant listed for his arrest for failure to appear and is being charged with first degree burglary, first degree theft, unlawful entry into a motor vehicle and third degree theft. Booking photos can be obtained through the Washington County Jail where they are lodged.


Attached Media Files: 2016-04/858/93898/16-1166.pdf
***Suspect In Custody*** OSP Asking For Public's Assistance In Locating Wanted Attempted Murder Suspect -Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/26/16 3:54 PM
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Linzin Rooni ESHALOM has been arrested in Phoenix, Arizona. OSP is still seeking the public's assistance if anyone has information on the April 19th incident to contact them at 541-776-6111. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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Previous release:
On April 19th, 2016, at approximately 10:30PM, OSP Troopers were dispatched to the report of a home invasion robbery at 8051 Holland Loop Road in Cave Junction. The report indicated one occupant of the residence was pistol whipped and shot by the suspect(s). The initial report indicated that there were four suspects who were dressed in black with masks covering their faces.

The resident at 8051 Holland Loop Rd was the victim to this incident. He was injured during the incident and was treated and released from Three Rivers Medical Center on April 20, 2016.

While OSP Troopers were on scene of the home invasion, Asante Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass reported a unidentified male had been transported and left at Three Rivers Hospital. The report indicated the unidentified male had been shot several times.

Detectives from the Oregon State Police Criminal Division responded to assist. The subsequent investigation has revealed the following information:

The unidentified male who was dropped off at Three Rivers Hospital was later identified as 32 year old, Linzin Rooni ESHALOM. ESHALOM was set to be discharged after a medical procedure on the evening of April 25th. Prior to that procedure, he self-discharged from the hospital with the assistance of his mother and sister. They are currently believed to be enroute to Glendale, Arizona in a 2016 white, Chrysler, Town and Country mini-van, bearing Oregon Plate, 647GJG.

The Oregon State Police has probable cause to arrest Linzin Rooni ESHALOM, who resides in Peoria, Arizona, on the following charges:

Attempted Murder
Robbery I
Assault II
Unlawful Use of a Weapon
Burglary I

Additional investigation is being conducted in order to identify the three additional suspects.

More information will be released when it is available as this is ongoing investigation.


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BPA seeks innovative solutions for peak congestion in southwest Washington and northwest Oregon
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/26/16 3:47 PM
PR 12 16 BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 26, 2016
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140/5131

BPA seeks innovative solutions for peak congestion in southwest Washington and northwest Oregon

The pilot program would test solutions that may defer the need to build the proposed I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project

Portland, Ore. -- The Bonneville Power Administration is releasing a request for offers on products or measures from third parties that might assist in alleviating transmission congestion in southwestern Washington and northwestern Oregon.

The request for offers, or RFO, would establish a pilot program to address congestion in the near term as well as inform BPA on whether cost-effective options exist that could potentially defer the need to build the proposed I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project by five or more years.

In February of 2016, BPA released a final environmental impact statement on the I-5 project, a major step in the siting of a proposed line that would resolve congestion for BPA's transmission service in southwestern Washington and northwestern Oregon. However, the document does not represent a decision to build the transmission line.

The final EIS explains that BPA has previously explored non-wires solutions but to date has not found any combination that address the issue in the long term and are operationally, commercially, and economically feasible. However, BPA recognizes that technologies are continuously evolving and new advancements or strategies for their use could provide a solution that pushes out the need to build, reducing upward pressure on BPA electric rates.

"We want to make sure that we make the right investment at the right time for BPA and the people of the Northwest," said Jeff Cook, the vice president of Planning and Asset Management for Transmission. "While construction of a physical line would resolve capacity limitations along this corridor for the foreseeable future, it is a costly undertaking. It also would introduce new infrastructure in this vicinity that we recognize is of intense concern to local communities.

"By testing new advances in congestion management on our system, we may be able to uncover a solution that helps us defer the need to build in the immediate future."

In order to maintain system reliability, BPA must operate its bulk electric system to continually balance the supply, or generation, of power with the demand, or use, of that power. That balancing act is subject to both the physical limitations of the lines transmitting the power as well as the geographic location of the power's generation and the path the electricity must travel to reach an end user.

With southwest Washington and northwest Oregon, the generation used to meet the demand for electricity mainly comes from remote locations to the north or east, where the abundant sources of hydroelectric and wind power lie. Much of that power must travel along a transmission corridor known as South of Allston that has not been reinforced with additional capacity since the 1970s. Since then, the population around that corridor has more than doubled. During the most acute periods of high electric demand, the amount of power traveling on those lines can approach or exceed safe operating limits.

Currently, BPA's ability to manage the generation or demand along this path is more limited in the summer. These conditions create a reliability risk. With the increasing population in southwest Washington and northwest Oregon, and the corresponding increase in demand over time, that reliability risk grows as more electricity moves on the existing lines South of Allston.

"The response to this RFO will help us to see if there are adequate resources in the region to sufficiently manage that congestion and shift the electric load elsewhere," Cook said.

About BPA

The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 261 substations to 475 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov

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Learn to Save Money and Live Healthier at a DIY Cleaning Workshop (Photo)
Columbia Springs - 04/26/16 3:16 PM
You can make your own cleaners using common household ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda, and lemon.
You can make your own cleaners using common household ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda, and lemon.
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Looking to save money and create a healthier home for your family? You can do both at a Columbia Springs DIY Cleaning Workshop! Learn a number of ways to reduce toxic chemicals around your house by making cheap and simple cleaners. You'll even take home your very own DIY cleaning kit, perfect for spring cleaning.

When: Tuesday, May 17, 6-8pm
Where: Columbia Springs Swift Classroom
Cost: $25 per household. Includes take home cleaning kit and information.

Pre-registration is required and can be done at www.columbiasprings.org


Attached Media Files: You can make your own cleaners using common household ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda, and lemon.
BGPS celebrates student art at 57th District Art Show (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 04/26/16 3:08 PM
Student watercolor on display in Battle Ground Public Schools' District Art Show
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More than 800 creative works will be on display May 3-24 during Battle Ground Public Schools' annual District Art Show. The event, in its 57th year, will be held at Captain Strong Primary School.

The art show celebrates the work of student artists from every grade level. Pieces on display include 3D sculptures, ceramics, drawings, digital art, photography and paintings. The event was founded by the late Bob Peck, who taught art classes and shaped the art program at Battle Ground High School for more than 37 years before he retired.

The public is invited to view the art free of charge from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on school days from May 3 to 24 at the school, 1002 NW 6th Ave., Battle Ground. A public reception for student artists will be held on Monday, May 9 at 4:30 p.m. at Captain Strong, in conjunction with a regular school board meeting at 6 p.m. At the meeting, board members will recognize the first place, grand prize and best of show student winners. The school building will be open until 8 p.m. that evening for the art show.


Attached Media Files: Student watercolor on display in Battle Ground Public Schools' District Art Show , Mosaic on display in Battle Ground Public Schools' District Art Show
City of Beaverton Seeks Community Input on Arts and Culture Center (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 04/26/16 3:01 PM
The City of Beaverton is seeking input on a new proposed performing arts center through an online community survey. Pictured: An artist’s rendering imagines what the new center could look like. (Image/Opsis Architecture)
The City of Beaverton is seeking input on a new proposed performing arts center through an online community survey. Pictured: An artist’s rendering imagines what the new center could look like. (Image/Opsis Architecture)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The City of Beaverton is seeking input on a proposed new performing arts center in Beaverton through an online community survey.


Beaverton has a thriving arts community but few performing arts venues. Through Beaverton Community Vision and other outreach, people have expressed a desire for more spaces for local music and artistic performances. A performing arts center could include space for professional theater, dance, live music, and arts education. The survey will help inform what types groups and activities might use the future center.


The survey will be open through Friday, May 6. To take the survey, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/ACC. For more information on the proposed performing arts center or the city's arts program, contact Elaine Worden at 503-526-2299.


ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2015, Beaverton was recognized as one of the safest cities in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press with cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Silver Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.


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Attached Media Files: The City of Beaverton is seeking input on a new proposed performing arts center through an online community survey. Pictured: An artist’s rendering imagines what the new center could look like. (Image/Opsis Architecture)
Fatal Crash Investigation on NE Columbia Boulevard Likely Caused by Medical Event
Portland Police Bureau - 04/26/16 2:26 PM
On Tuesday April 26, 2016, at 11:59 a.m., North Precinct responded to the report that a man driving a pick-up truck crashed into a power pole in the 7800 block of Northeast Columbia Boulevard.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and began medical treatment on the driver, who died at the scene. The driver was a male believed to be in his 80s.

Based on witness statements and a scene examination, police believe that the driver may have suffered a medical event prior to the crash.

The Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Due to the preliminary crash investigation and the potential medical event, the Traffic Division's Major Crash Team did not respond to the scene.

The scene is clear and traffic has resumed normal operations.

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Beaverton Company Automation Solutions Attends Hannover Messe International Trade Show
City of Beaverton - 04/26/16 2:12 PM
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Automation Solutions, a Beaverton company, is participating in the Hannover Messe international trade show this week in Hannover, Germany, as part of Business Oregon's booth. Automation Solutions is the only Beaverton-based company participating.


Beaverton's Automation Solutions is part of the largest-ever U.S. delegation to Hannover Messe, the world's largest trade fair for industrial technology. More than 200,000 attendees from 70 countries will participate in the trade fair taking place from April 25 to 29, including global investors, buyers, distributors, resellers, and government officials.


The United States is this year's "Partner Country" for the first time, which provides more than 390 U.S. businesses the opportunity to be featured prominently throughout the event. President Obama will also participate in this year's event.


Automation Solutions designs and builds custom turnkey automation systems; provides systems integration, programming, service, support, consulting, and training; and is a reseller and stocking distributor of automation components to original equipment manufacturers and end users.


"Automation Solutions is a great example of the type of advanced manufacturing and clean technology companies that have chosen to locate in Beaverton," said Mike Williams, City of Beaverton economic development manager. "This is an incredible opportunity for them to identify new clients and partners to bring more business home to Beaverton."


Automation Solutions is also participating in the City of Beaverton's workforce training assistance program to help grow their business.


For more information on Automation Solutions, visit www.asmym.com. To learn more about the City of Beaverton's business resources and assistance opportunities, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/EconDev.


ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2015, Beaverton was recognized as one of the safest cities in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press with cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Silver Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.


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Two inmates walk away from Mill Creek Correctional Facility work crews (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/26/16 1:46 PM
William McGinnis
William McGinnis
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Two Mill Creek Correctional Facility (MCCF) inmates walked away from separate work crews this afternoon. One walked away from a work crew near Salem's Bush Park. The other inmate was assigned to a crew working on the grounds of the Oregon State Penitentiary; he walked away from that crew. Oregon State Police are investigating.

Staff discovered inmate Justin Carnes missing from a work crew near the State Penitentiary at approximately 11:55 a.m., Tuesday, April 26. Carnes is a 30-year-old Caucasian male, 6 feet tall, 210 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Carnes was last seen wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange, and a blue t-shirt with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled in orange on the front and back.

Carnes entered DOC custody on March 17, 2015, on one count of assault in the first degree and one count of delivery of heroin out of Marion County. His earliest release date is February 9, 2020.

Inmate William McGinnis was discovered missing from a work crew near Bush Park at approximately 12:05 p.m., Tuesday, April 26. McGinnis is a 30-year-old Caucasian male, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 190 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. McGinnis was last seen wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange, and a blue t-shirt with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled in orange on the front and back.

McGinnis entered DOC custody on November 11, 2014 on one count of burglary in the first degree out of Lincoln County. His earliest release date is April 17, 2017.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.

MCCF is an unfenced, minimum-security prison in Salem that houses approximately 290 male inmates who are within four years of release. The facility concentrates on work opportunities, most of which are in the form of work crews contracting with state agencies, local organizations, and private industries within a 60-mile radius of Salem. MCCF opened in 1929 as the Farm Annex of the Oregon State Penitentiary, housing 50 adult male offenders. The Farm Annex provided all of the milk, eggs, meat, fruit, and vegetables for the Oregon State Penitentiary and the State Hospital. The main building (as well as many of the out buildings that made up the farm) still stands today and, at 81 years old, it makes for the second oldest prison in the state.


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Attached Media Files: William McGinnis , Justin Carnes
Health Share's Chief Medical Officer to testify before Congress (Photo)
Health Share of Oregon - 04/26/16 1:33 PM
Dr. Maggie Bennington-Davis, Chief Medical Officer, Health Share of Oregon
Dr. Maggie Bennington-Davis, Chief Medical Officer, Health Share of Oregon
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(Portland, OR) -- Dr. Maggie Bennington-Davis, Chief Medical Officer for Health Share of Oregon, the state's largest coordinated care organization (CCO) serving more than 240,000 Oregon Health Plan members, will testify before the United States Senate Finance Committee this Thursday. The hearing, "Mental Health in America: Where are we now?" will give Congress the opportunity to learn how state and federal health care systems address mental health issues.

Bennington-Davis, a psychiatrist, was invited to testify before the Committee due to her leadership on mental health and addictions services in Oregon, including work on Health Share's early childhood initiatives such as Project Nurture, which aims to integrate behavioral health and substance use treatment into maternity care, priorities around Kindergarten readiness and promoting early life health, and building coordinated support around children in foster care.

"Oregon's CCO design has brought new attention to and appreciation of the roles of mental illness and addictions when it comes to costs and poor health outcomes," said Bennington-Davis. "I think of it as us finally discovering the neck -- the CCO model compels us to do a much more thorough job of connecting the brain and the body. Much mental illness, like many physical illnesses, is preventable, and the CCO model encourages us to look upstream toward prevention."

Health Share's behavioral health initiatives and programs reflect the collaborative efforts of Health Share and its partners as they work towards a regional system, one in which mental health and addictions services are administered with standardized care management throughout the Tri-County Metro area.

The hearing will convene on Thursday, April 28 at 2:00 p.m. Dr. Bennington-Davis' written statement will be posted on Health Share's website following testimony before the Committee.

About Health Share of Oregon
Health Share of Oregon is the state's largest Medicaid coordinated care organization (CCO), serving more than 235,000 Oregon Health Plan (OHP) members in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties. Our mission is to partner with communities to achieve ongoing transformation, health equity, and the best possible health for each individual.

Health Share was founded and continues to be governed by 11 partner organizations serving OHP members: Adventist Health, CareOregon, Central City Concern, Clackamas County, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, Multnomah County, Oregon Health & Science University, Providence Health & Services, Tuality Health Alliance and Washington County.

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Attached Media Files: Dr. Maggie Bennington-Davis, Chief Medical Officer, Health Share of Oregon
UPDATE -- FALSE REPORT: Happy Valley PD determines April 24 crime not burglary; 18-year-old faces false report, prostitution charges (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/26/16 12:20 PM
Suspect Vehicle #3
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UPDATE (April 26, 2016) -- 18-YEAR-OLD FACES FALSE REPORT, PROSTITUTION CHARGES

On Monday, April 25, 2016, Happy Valley Police continued its investigation into the previously reported "home-invasion burglary" on April 24 -- and learned that far different crimes had occurred at the residence.

Happy Valley Police found evidence that indicated the initial reports provided were inaccurate.

Investigators learned that the homeowner's son -- Ethan Kwon, age 18, of Happy Valley -- in fact invited the female seen in the surveillance video into the home.

Mr. Kwon was charged with initiating a false report and patronizing a prostitute.

Authorities are still working to identify the female seen in the surveillance video.

No booking photo of Mr. Kwon is available at this time.

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EARLIER RELEASE: Happy Valley PD investigating mid-afternoon burglary; suspect video available; tips sought

Please reference CCSO case # 16-10924

UPDATE -- Surveillance video (.mp4 format):
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At approximately 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, 2016, deputies with the Happy Valley Police Department were dispatched to a residence in the area of SE Mia Garden Dr. and SE 152nd Ave. in Happy Valley, on a report of a residential burglary that had occurred around 1 p.m.

The homeowner, who wishes to remain anonymous, was reporting that she had returned home to discover that there was money missing from a nightstand located in an upstairs bedroom.

The homeowner's 18-year-old son had been home while she was gone -- but stated he didn't remember anything suspicious that had occurred.

The homeowner elected to review her home security system -- and discovered that at approximately 1 p.m., an unknown female had entered her home through an unlocked front door.

The suspect casually entered the victim's home and proceeded to steal over $200 in a period of about eight minutes.

The homeowner's son was in his bedroom listening to music through headphones at the time of the burglary, unaware there was a stranger inside the home.

After the suspect collected the cash, she casually exited the house and left the area via her vehicle.

Attached to this release are four photographs of the vehicle the suspect arrived and left in, and one photograph of the suspect entering the home. Surveillance video clips of the suspect and her vehicle can be downloaded from this Dropbox link:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ro4stpb75scsndh/CCSO%20Case%20%2316-10924%20Surveillance%20Video.mp4?dl=0

TIPS SOUGHT

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and the Happy Valley PD are asking the public to please come forward with any information that may lead to the identification and prosecution of the suspect.

Anyone with information on the identity of this suspect is urged to contact us using our Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 16-10924.

Additionally, the victims have expressed that they wish to not be contacted by the media, and all inquiries should be sent through the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Public Information Office.

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

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News-release archive:
http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/newsarchive.html

Contact Info:
Deputy Hayden Sanders
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Office of Public Information


Attached Media Files: Suspect Vehicle #3 , Suspect Vehicle #2 , Suspect Vehicle , Suspect and Vehicle , Suspect
Oregon Public Safety Academy hosts Women in Criminal Justice Career Fair in Salem (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/26/16 12:05 PM
Oregon women in law enforcement
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What: Women in Criminal Justice Career Fair

When: Saturday, April 30th, 2016 / 11:00AM - 3:00PM

Where: Oregon Public Safety Academy / 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE / Salem, OR 97317

While the focus of this event is to recruit women into law enforcement careers, the event is open to all.

Learn about the outstanding opportunities in Criminal Justice!

Meet recruiters from city, state, county, tribal and federal criminal justice agencies, recruiting to fill over 500 positions statewide.

Learn more about the many jobs available through agency displays and demonstrations.

Discover job opportunities in criminal justice for both sworn officers, as well as non-sworn positions (analysts, chemists, nursing, forensics, etc.).

Meet leaders in their field and find out more about outstanding careers in criminal justice.

Tours of the Oregon Public Safety Academy (OPSA) will be provided throughout the day.

Women in criminal justice panel discussion, 4/30/16 at 1P.M.

For more information http://www.oregon.gov/dpsst/docs/flyer.pdf


Attached Media Files: Oregon women in law enforcement
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Celebrates Biodiversity at Its First Ever BioBlitz Festival
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 04/26/16 11:48 AM
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (NHS) will be hosting a Centennial BioBlitz - a treasure hunt to discover living organisms - May 20 and 21, 2016. National park rangers, accompanied by scientists from Clark College, Lower Columbia College, Paleoinsect Research, Portland State University, The Xerces Society, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. National Forest Service, and the National Park Service, will lead volunteers of all ages and backgrounds as citizen scientists for a day. Teams will develop a "snapshot" of biological information in the park by counting and identifying plant and animal species using the iNaturalist app, cameras, and field guides.

The BioBlitz will kick off on Friday, May 20, at 7 pm in the Tex Rankin Theater at Pearson Air Museum. Award-winning author Jack Nisbet will present "I Do Not Go Alone": Natural History Forays from Fort Vancouver. Spokane-based teacher and naturalist Jack Nisbet is the author of several books that explore the human and natural history of the Intermountain West. Nisbet's recent focus on the naturalist David Douglas resulted in The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest, which the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association named as one of the 2010 Books of the Year. Nisbet's presentation will examine some of the significant collections made around Fort Vancouver through period journals and art, then consider what the work of early naturalists can tell us about the Columbia District's human and natural landscape over the past two centuries. The nonprofit Friends of Fort Vancouver will host a book signing before and after the lecture. Books written by Nisbet will be available for purchase.

The lecture will be followed by an evening survey of bats and insects in the Fort Vancouver Garden and along the Spruce Mill Trail. This Friday event will begin at 8:00 pm.

On Saturday, May 21 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, BioBlitz headquarters will be located at the Historic Hangar at Pearson Air Museum, where visitors can learn how to become citizen scientists for the day. Inside the hangar, a festival will feature family-friendly exhibits and activities presented by the National Park Service, Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center, Confluence Project, Fort Vancouver Lions Club, Friends of Fort Vancouver, Intertwine Alliance, Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program (NPS), SOLV, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Forest Service. From the Historic Hangar, expert scientists will lead their teams into the field, where they will document plants, insects, and birds. This data will be sent to the site of the national BioBlitz event in Washington DC, where it will be broadcast on the National Mall with data from other participating national parks.

Pre-registration for the BioBlitz inventories and events is strongly recommended. Participants can obtain free tickets to all inventories and events, as well as view a full schedule of the day's inventories, on the event's Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fort-vancouver-national-historic-site-bioblitz-inventories-tickets-24352961363

For those who cannot sign up online, there will be experts available at the BioBlitz festival on May 21 to assist in free-form inventories and to help with the use of the iNaturalist app.

"When people think of wildlife in the national parks, they probably don't think of Fort Vancouver," said Fort Vancouver NHS Acting Chief Ranger Dr. Bob Cromwell. "But even as an urban national park, we have a fascinating array of biodiversity. This is our first BioBlitz event at the park, and it's fitting that it takes place during the Centennial year of the National Park Service. We hope that this inspires our visitors to see our national park in a new way, and encourages them to find their park right here in their own backyard."

Fort Vancouver NHS Superintendent Tracy Fortmann added, "Just as the early naturalists worked with American Indian communities to find and identify new plant species 190 years ago, our citizen scientists will help inventory our natural world as it is today. We hope to show the link between history and the natural world while exploring bats, pollinators, and other species of critical importance to urban environments."

This BioBlitz is part of a nationwide effort by the National Park Service to celebrate the centennial. Events are happening all along the West Coast and out into the Pacific Islands. From Canada to Mexico, from the Sierra to American Samoa, there is a BioBlitz happening in a park close by. This is a great opportunity to get up close and personal with nature, possibly discover something new, and find your inner ranger for a day.

WHAT: BioBlitz at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

WHERE: Pearson Air Museum at Fort Vancouver NHS, 1115 East 5th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661

WHEN: Friday, May 20, at 7 pm, and Saturday, May 21, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

COST: Free

TICKETS AND MORE INFORMATION can be found at the event's Eventbrite site: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fort-vancouver-national-historic-site-bioblitz-inventories-tickets-24352961363
PF&R Rescues 8 Ducklings from Storm Drain Near Marine Drive (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 04/26/16 11:27 AM
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Portland Firefighters were called to rescue several ducklings found in a storm drain near N Marine Drive and Suttle Rd at 9:45 am. Fire crews were able to safely rescue 8 ducklings, unfortunately, the mother duck and 2 other ducklings were found deceased in the near-by parking lot. The lucky 8 are being cared for until they can be transferred to the Audubon Society.

This is the second duck rescue PF&R has been involved with in the past 3 days.


Attached Media Files: Lucky 8 Rescue , Lucky 8 Rescue , Lucky 8 Rescue
Beaverton Announces Winners of If I Were Mayor Contest (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 04/26/16 11:22 AM
Jaeho Lee, a fourth grader at Findley Elementary School, won the poster category of Beaverton’s “If I Were Mayor…” contest. The winners were honored at the April 19 Beaverton City Council meeting. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
Jaeho Lee, a fourth grader at Findley Elementary School, won the poster category of Beaverton’s “If I Were Mayor…” contest. The winners were honored at the April 19 Beaverton City Council meeting. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Mayor Denny Doyle announced last week the winners of the "If I Were Mayor..." contest during the April 19 Beaverton City Council meeting.


This is the eighth year the city has participated in the competition sponsored by the Oregon Mayors Association. The Beaverton winner in each category received a $50 Visa gift card and will go on to compete in the statewide competition in July for an iPad Air 2 tablet.


"Congratulations to our winners!" said Mayor Doyle. "Thank you to all the students who participated and the teachers and parents who encourage civic engagement in our young people. Our youth never disappoint with their creativity."


Poster Contest Winner (Grades 4 and 5): Jaeho Lee
Jaeho is a fourth grader at Findley Elementary School. Jaeho's poster portrayed a whole community that would be able to say "home sweet home," and described services for the homeless and ways to make more temporary shelters.


Essay Contest Winner (Grades 6 to 8): Annika Wadhwani
Annika is a sixth grader at Highland Park Middle School. Her essay focused on making Beaverton safe. She offered suggestions on how to maintain landscapes and clean the community, and she stressed the importance of hiring staff that could be trusted.


Video Contest Winner (Grades 9 to 12): Ellie Younger
Ellie is a ninth grader at the Arts and Communication Magnet Academy (ACMA). If Ellie were mayor, she would have mobile libraries and use kittens to help with mental health issues. She would have hybrid cars for police officers to use and save the planet at the same time.


Mayor Doyle and the Beaverton City Council judged entries based on the criteria outlined by the Oregon Mayors Association, including creativity, clarity and sincerity of thought, proper grammar use, and subject relevancy.


ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2015, Beaverton was recognized as one of the safest cities in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press with cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Silver Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.


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Attached Media Files: Jaeho Lee, a fourth grader at Findley Elementary School, won the poster category of Beaverton’s “If I Were Mayor…” contest. The winners were honored at the April 19 Beaverton City Council meeting. (Photo/City of Beaverton) , The winners of Beaverton’s “If I Were Mayor…” contest were honored at the April 19 Beaverton City Council meeting. Pictured: (front row, left to right) Ellie Younger, grade 9; Annika Wadhwani, grade 6; and Jaeho Lee, grade 4. (back row) Councilors Lacey B
Application period now open for forest conservation program
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/26/16 11:19 AM
Applications are now being accepted for a program that works to protect the future of Oregon's forests. The "Forest Legacy" program helps landowners with the conservation of forests threatened by risk of fragmentation or new development.

Two million four hundred seventy thousand acres -- equivalent in size to two Delawares -- are protected through the Forest Legacy Program, now in its 26th year.

Forest Legacy is a national cooperative forestry program of the U.S. Forest Service that seeks to conserve private forest lands that may become lost to non-forest uses. The voluntary program provides financial incentives -- using conservation easements, land acquisition or land donation -- for private landowners to protect environmentally important working forest areas threatened by development, fragmentation and other non-forest uses.

The Forest Legacy Program supports state efforts to keep forestlands viable, and retain actively managed forests. The Oregon Department of Forestry administers the program in Oregon, and applications for Forest Legacy funding consideration are now being accepted for federal Fiscal Year 2018. Letters of interest and property descriptions must be submitted to ODF by May 18, 2016.

Letters should be signed and submitted by a legal representative of the landowner, or include a letter signed by a legal representative of the landowner indicating permission to submit the Letter of Interest on the landowner's behalf.
Letters should describe the project's strengths with respect to the three national Forest Legacy Program scoring criteria.

The three criteria are: importance of natural resources; threat from conversion to non-forest use; and strategic importance with respect the property's relevance or contribution to existing or emerging conservation initiatives. To be eligible, the private forest lands seeking Forest Legacy Program funding must be within one of six Forest Legacy Areas designated across Oregon (see map: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Documents/WorkingForests/OregonForestlegacyAreas.pdf).

Timelines
Project nominations consisting of a 3-4 page letter of interest with a property description attached, must be submitted electronically or by hard copy by close of business Wednesday, May 18, 2016, to:

Amy Singh
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97310
(971) 718-1054 / amy.s.singh@oregon.gov

Oregon's Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee reviews submitted Letters of Interest to decide which applicants will be invited to complete a formal application. Formal applications are developed using the national Forest Legacy Information System (FLIS) to ensure uniformity with project submissions from other states. Applicants need to attend a Forest Legacy Information System (FLIS) webinar training, which will be scheduled in June or July 2016.

The application Representative, landowners (and other partners) are invited to present their draft Project Briefs to the State Forest Stewardship Committee on Thursday, September 22, 2016 in Salem. Committee members will provide feedback to all applicants on ways to strengthen their project briefs.

About Forest Legacy
Oregon's Forest Legacy Program addresses privately owned forestlands that face threats to conversion to non-forest use by urbanization, rural residential development, parcelization and other development pressures. The goal of the program is to maintain working forests that conserve important commodity as well as non-commodity forest resources and conservation values including water flows and quality; fish and wildlife habitat (especially for threatened and endangered species); stores of carbon; and biodiversity.

Oregon welcomed its first Forest Legacy Program project in September 2007 when the City of Eugene worked with a private landowner to preserve more than 25 acres of oak habitat in Lane County's South Eugene Hills.

For more information:

Oregon's Forest Legacy Areas
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Documents/WorkingForests/OregonForestlegacyAreas.pdf

Oregon Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee
https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/SCC.aspx

Oregon Forest Legacy Program Website
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/AboutODF/Pages/GrantsIncentives.aspx
Yamhill County Man Arrested on Kindap and Assault Charges (Photo)
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/26/16 11:05 AM
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On Monday, April 25th at about 1:00 p.m., Yamhill County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a physical domestic situation that had just occurred at 18201 SW Baker Creek Road in rural McMinnville. YCSO deputies, along with Officers from the McMinnville Police Department and Troopers from the Oregon State Police responded to assist. The initial information from the victim was that her ex-boyfriend was suspected to be on methamphetamine and had chased her down the road to a neighbor's residence. The caller gave the suspects name as Joseph Gage, 20 years of age.

YCSO deputies were familiar with Joseph Chevy Gage, and had probable cause to arrest him on an already existing case involving a stolen vehicle that occurred on April 10th.

When deputies arrived at the residence and approached the door they observed Gage run deeper into the house. Based on his demeanor additional officers were requested and a perimeter was established. The victim was interviewed further and advised she had been held inside the residence, against her will by Gage, and assaulted. She advised she was able to escape the residence and make it to a neighbor's house. It was determined there was additional probable cause for felony person crimes.

Deputies, Troopers and Officers entered the residence and systematically searched for Gage, eventually locating him hiding in an overhead crawl space. An additional male, identified as Luis Gerardo Villegas, 19 of Salem, was located in the residence as well. He was taken into custody on an outstanding burglary warrant from Marion County.

Joseph Gage was lodged in the Yamhill County Correctional Facility by Deputy Greg Park on charges of Kidnapping in the First Degree, Coercion, Strangulation, and Assault IV. His bail is currently set at $235,000. He is scheduled to be arraigned today at 1:30 p.m.

Those with information pertinent to this case are encouraged to contact Deputy Greg Park at 503-434-7506 or parkg@co.yamhill.or.us


Attached Media Files: Gage
Woodburn Police Department releases free mobile app to connect with members of community (Photo)
Woodburn Police - 04/26/16 10:47 AM
WPD mobile app QR code
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The Woodburn Police Department has released a free mobile app to connect with members of the Woodburn community through their smartphones.

The new app allows the WPD to quickly disseminate emergency alerts, post news about missing persons, traffic delays, arrests or threats and much more. In the event of an emergency, app users receive instant notification via their mobile devices.

Citizens can easily send comments and crime tips -- anonymously if they wish -- and place calls to the police department with the touch of a button. They can notify the department about suspicious activity and easily send images such as graffiti through the app.

Anyone using Android, Windows or Apple platforms can download the app simply by going to the app store and searching for "Woodburn Police Department."

"The app provides an easy-to-use method for two-way communication between our department and community members," said Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris. "It's a valuable tool for enhancing relationships with our community."

Ferraris added that the app also allows the police department to post photos and images, news releases, most wanted suspects, links to other agencies and much more.

"Open communication and transparency are really important to me, and I want our department personnel to have every opportunity to meet with, and collaborate with the public," Ferraris said. "This app will allow us to stay in contact with the community in a much broader, and immediate way. This is another platform that allows us to connect with people immediately, and for the public to connect with us as well."

The app supports the department's commitment to engage with the community in a timely manner through all sorts of social media. News that is distributed through the app also can be set to automatically post on the department's social media accounts and distributed to the news media.

There is a Spanish version of the app available as well, which can be found immediately after downloading the app.

The Woodburn Police Department app is not meant to replace calling 911 for crimes and emergencies in progress. Those experiencing an emergency situation should continue to call 911.

Attached is the QR code for Woodburn's new app.

The WPD app was developed under the name USPDhub by LogicTree IT Solutions, Inc.


Attached Media Files: WPD mobile app QR code
Cowlitz PUD's Osprey Have Three Eggs (Photo)
Cowlitz PUD - 04/26/16 10:43 AM
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Cowlitz PUD Live Osprey Cam

In early March 2016, Cowlitz PUD, in partnership with Cascade Networks, launched a live-feed osprey camera. The camera focuses on a platform Cowlitz PUD built 15 years ago near a utility pole to provide a safe nesting alternative. Osprey have nested on this platform ever since and each year return to their summer home in Cowlitz County.

The osprey returned from their winter home on March 25th and began mating and nest preparation on March 30th. We celebrated the ospreys' return by holding a naming contest, and we are pleased to announce that Cowlitz PUD Osprey Cam Facebook followers chose Electra and Watt-Sun.

Electra laid three eggs between April 18th and April 24th. Together, Electra and Watt-Sun will incubate their eggs for 36 to 42 days. If all goes well, the first egg should hatch around May 26th. The second egg should hatch on May 29th and the third on June 1st.

Please join us in watching nature unfold before your eyes at: http://www.cowlitzpud.org/ospreycam.php
Like us on Facebook and follow the osprey family at: https://www.facebook.com/cowlitzpudospreycam/
If you have questions or comments about the Osprey Cam, please contact us at opsreycam@cowlitzpud.org.

Cascade Networks and Cowlitz PUD are excited to share our successful environmental sustainability project, showcasing our proactive approach to protect wild migratory birds.


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No-questions-asked 'Prescription Drug Take-Back' set for this Saturday, April 30 (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/26/16 10:26 AM
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Want to safely dispose of unwanted, unused prescription drugs?

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will hold a no-questions-asked "Prescription Drug Take-Back" this Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Public Safety Training Center (12700 SE 82nd Ave., Clackamas, OR 97015).

Map to drop-off point: https://goo.gl/maps/QBgUnb7ik2F2

Sheriff's Office deputies will be on hand to accept unwanted medications at your driver's-side door.

Prescription medications are among the most commonly abused drugs, so it's important to dispose of them safely after they're no longer needed by the patient. Flushing pharmaceuticals down the toilet can be dangerous both for the community and local wildlife, so take-back programs like this are the best option for disposing of unused prescription drugs.

If you can't make the April 30 event, Clackamas County also has convenient permanent drop-boxes in ten locations around Clackamas County. A full list of drop-box locations can be found in this 2013 press release:

http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/pressreleases/2013-06-07-CCSOPR-PrescriptionDrugDropBoxes.html

For more information, contact the Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Unit at 503-785-5077 or by email at crimeprevention@clackamas.us

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News-release archive:
http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/newsarchive.html

REMINDER TO MEDIA -- PAGER DISCONTINUED: We have discontinued our Public Information Unit pager. All media outlets needing to contact our PIO can now send an email to SheriffPIO@clackamas.us


Attached Media Files: Drug turn-in flyer (PDF) , Drug turn-in flyer (JPEG)
Portland Symphonic Choir joins with six nonprofit organizations to present an evening of reflection upon social justice causes and interpretation through music at "A Child of Our Time" May 11, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (Photo)
Portland Symphonic Choir - 04/26/16 10:18 AM
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(Portland, OR) Tickets are now available for this unique and important presentation of Michael Tippett's rarely performed oratorio at www.pschoir.org

Six nonprofit organizations join with the Portland Symphonic Choir for this special presentation of Michael Tippett's secular oratorio "A Child of Our Time." Each of them are dedicated to furthering arts programs and social justice causes in the Portland metro area. They will be available at tables in the lobby prior to the start of the concert to provide information and interact with concert goers. They include:
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education - The mission of the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education is to interpret the Oregon Jewish experience, explore the lessons of the Holocaust and foster intercultural conversations.
Young Audiences Arts for Learning or Oregon and SW Washington -- Providing arts-in-education services to nearly 93,000 children in more than 220 schools each year.
PHAME PDX - PHAME inspires individuals with developmental disabilities to lead full, creative lives through arts education and performance.
Mercy Corps Northwest - Working together to build more just, productive and resilient communities in the Pacific NW.
Milagro Theater - Providing extraordinary Latino theatre, culture, and arts education experiences for the enrichment of all communities since 1985.
Portland Gay Men's Chorus - Aspiring to expand, redefine, and perfect the choral art through eclectic performances that honor and uplift the gay community and affirm the worth of all people.

About A Child of Our Time:
Conscientious objector Michael Tippett wrote this work in the midst of WWII, and it was performed in 1944, months before the end of the war. The work, carefully laid out in three parts, was written in response to the events that led to Kristallnacht, the wave of anti-Jewish pogroms that began in 1938. Tippett examines the underlying themes that informed that event. He interweaves African American spirituals with references to the oratorios of Bach and Handel in a timeless work about human light and darkness, despair and hope, and the dreadful destruction of war.

The Oregon Jewish Museum has partnered with the Portland Symphonic Choir to curate a series of images that will be projected during the performance, adding a powerful visual component to the event. "We are thankful for OJM's partnership on this project," says Dr. Steven Zopfi, Artistic Director for the Portland Symphonic Choir. "We believe that the images will truly bring to life the experience the composer was living as he wrote the work, and will engage our community in a deeper understanding of social justice issues throughout time."

Joining 140 members of the Portland Symphonic Choir onstage will be 49 members of the Portland Sinfonietta and four outstanding soloists, featuring soprano, Marlette Buchanan, bass-baritone Andre Flynn, tenor Carl Halvorson, and mezzo-soprano Angela Niederloh.

This project is funded in part by grants from The Collins Foundation, the Regional Arts & Cultural Council and Work for Art, and the Oregon Arts Commission.

About the Portland Symphonic Choir:
Since 1945, Portland Symphonic Choir has been singing the choral masterworks
with excellence and passion. Under the leadership of Artistic Director, Steven Zopfi,
the 140 voices that make up the choir have achieved a reputation of excellence and
dedication through creating powerful, accessible choral experiences for all kinds of
music enthusiasts - from the experienced musician to the brand new listener.
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Attached Media Files: A Child of Our Time , Portland Symphonic Choir
Battle Ground High School Presents 'Father of the Bride'
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 04/26/16 10:12 AM
Show Times: May 5, 6, 7 & 11, 12, 13 7:00 PM

Battle Ground High School Drama Club's spring production of the play "Father of the Bride" opens May 5. Written by Caroline Francke and directed by Stephan "Cash" Henry, performances will take place in The Lair.

"Father of the Bride" is a hilarious comedy about a simple wedding that quickly gets out of hand. The BGHS play will be set in the 1980s with all the colorful clothes, over the top hairstyles and fun music of the decade.

The play runs May 5-7 (Thursday-Saturday) and May 11-13 (Wednesday-Friday). Performances begin at 7 p.m., and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door or online at https://payments.battlegroundps.org and are $5 for students with ASB and senior citizens and $8 for the general public.


Attached Media Files: Battle Ground High School presents Father of the Bride on stage
Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports inmate death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/26/16 10:07 AM
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly Monday morning at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

Staff were medically treating Avis Woodrum, 60, when he passed away in TRCI's Health Services Unit. Emergency Medical Technicians pronounced Woodrum deceased at 8:53 a.m.

Woodrum entered DOC custody on August 30, 2011, on one count of kidnapping in the second degree out of Marion County. His earliest release date was March 25, 2017.

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

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


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Attached Media Files: Avis Woodrum
Oregon communities receive funding to celebrate Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, May 7 (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/26/16 9:57 AM
Create defensible space around your home to protect it from an encroaching wildfire. Mowing grass, trimming shrubs and trees, and keeping rain gutters clear of leaves are easy steps to reduce fire risk.
Create defensible space around your home to protect it from an encroaching wildfire. Mowing grass, trimming shrubs and trees, and keeping rain gutters clear of leaves are easy steps to reduce fire risk.
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This year, eight Oregon communities at risk from wildfire were awarded $500 each to implement wildfire prevention projects on Wildfire Preparedness Day, May 7. Through its Firewise Communities USA Program, the National Fire Protection Association and State Farm Insurance are providing cash awards of $500 each to 125 projects across the nation to be implemented during the May 7, 2016, event.

The eight Oregon communities that successfully competed for these cash awards include: Grants Pass (two awards), Berkenfield, Bend, Corvallis, Shady Cove, Central Point and Ashland.

Is your home at risk of wildland fire? A staggering 751,672 Oregonians (occupying approximately 342,000 homes) live in forested areas, making them vulnerable to wildfire. Get involved! Take part in National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 7. Commit a couple of hours, or the entire day, and watch as your actions bring your community together and help reduce your wildfire risk.

"Communities that survive wildfires have one thing in common: They are prepared," said Cindy Kolomechuk with the Oregon Department of Forestry. "Taking the time to create defensible space around homes can make all the difference in the world."

Creating defensible space around homes has been demonstrated to minimize wildfire risk while increasing the safety of residents and firefighters. The National Firewise Communities USA Program has crucial tips for creating this defensible space:
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- Maintain landscapes at least 30-100 feet around a home to reduce fire danger

- Provide safe access to firefighters so they can protect it

Kolomechuk encouraged residents of communities that in forested areas to challenge their family, friends and local organizations to participate in Wildfire Preparedness Day.

Reducing losses from wildfires is a shared responsibility among emergency managers, response agencies, and local community members.

"Working with your neighbors to reduce wildfire hazards around homes before the fire starts is the best investment you can make to protect your property and community from potentially devastating losses," she said.


Attached Media Files: Create defensible space around your home to protect it from an encroaching wildfire. Mowing grass, trimming shrubs and trees, and keeping rain gutters clear of leaves are easy steps to reduce fire risk.
Interior Department Takes Next Step in Comprehensive Review of Federal Coal Program
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 04/26/16 9:43 AM
WASHINGTON -- As the next step in the Department of the Interior's comprehensive review of the federal coal program, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced the dates and locations for a series of public meetings in May and June to solicit public input. These meetings will provide the public with opportunities to help the BLM identify and evaluate potential reforms to the federal coal program. Today's announcement follows last month's publication of a Notice of Intent to conduct a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) that began a formal, comprehensive review of the federal coal program.
"As we begin this review, we are looking forward to hearing from the public about a wide range of issues about the federal coal program," said BLM Director Neil Kornze. "The information we gather will help shape future decisions about this public resource."

The BLM is particularly interested in gathering public input on the issues and policies that should be outlined in the PEIS, including topics such as whether Americans are receiving a fair return for federal coal, how market conditions affect coal, how federal coal affects the environment, and how these and other factors impact coal-dependent communities. Public feedback obtained during these meetings will help inform the size and scope of the review conducted in the PEIS.

In January, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced a comprehensive review that will examine a broad array of concerns about the federal coal program following critical reports issued by the Government Accountability Office and Interior's Office of the Inspector General; concerns raised by members of Congress and other interested stakeholders; and feedback received from a series of public listening sessions last year in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico and Washington, D.C.

Each public scoping meeting is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. -- 4:00 p.m. local time in the following six locations:

May 17, 2016 Casper Events Center
1 Events Center Drive
Casper, WY 82601

May 19, 2016 Salt Palace Convention Center
100 West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

May 26, 2016 Tennessee Theatre
604 S. Gay St.
Knoxville, TN 37902

June 16, 2016 Pittsburgh Convention Center
1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

June, 2016 Seattle
To be announced

June 23, 2016 Two Rivers Convention Center
159 Main St.
Grand Junction, CO 81501

The meetings in Casper, Seattle and Pittsburgh will be live-streamed at www.blm.gov/live, and all six meetings will have a listen-only audio link via telephone. Those who attend the meetings in person and who wish to speak will be asked to sign-in. Speakers will be called upon on a first-come, first-served basis and will be accommodated to the fullest extent possible given the space and time available. Those interested in attending should check the BLM Coal PEIS website prior to the meeting for additional information.

Written comments may be submitted until July 23, 2016, using one of the following methods:

Email: BLM_WO_Coal_Program_PEIS_Comments@blm.gov

Mail: Coal Programmatic EIS Scoping
Bureau of Land Management
20 M St. SE, Room 2134 LM
Washington, D.C. 20003

The Interior Department will release an interim report on the PEIS by the end of 2016. The interim report will contain a summary of substantive comments received during the public scoping period and conclusions from the scoping process about potential planning alternatives results. The comprehensive review is expected to take approximately three years to complete.

Additional information on the PEIS can be found here, and additional information on the federal coal program can be found here.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Attached Media Files: Interior Department Takes Next Step in Comprehensive Review of Federal Coal Program BLM To Gather Public Input at Scoping Meetings Across Nation
City of Newberg Selects New City Manager
City of Newberg - 04/26/16 9:33 AM
The City Council has selected Joe Hannan to serve as the City's next City Manager, subject to contract negotiation and final approval at the May 16th Council meeting. Mr. Hannan brings 30 years of local government experience, including 13 years as a manager in Oregon, to this position in Newberg.

He was selected through a process managed by Bob Murray and Associates who conducted an extensive, nationwide search that generated a total of 80 applicants for the position. The Council selected and interviewed six candidates on April 9th. Three were invited back for final interviews on the 23rd.

The final interview process included three panels composed of community members, business leaders and City employees who interviewed each candidate in the morning. The Council then met with representatives of these panels and used their input to develop questions that were put to the candidates in afternoon interviews.

Formal approval of the contract with Mr. Hannan for the position will be considered by the Council at its May 16, 2016 meeting and he is expected to begin work with the City on June 6, 2016.
Public Safety Memorial Fund Board to Hold Meeting
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/26/16 9:26 AM
PUBLIC SAFETY MEMORIAL FUND BOARD MEETING NOTICE

For Immediate Release
April 26, 2016

Contact: Linsay Hale, DPSST by phone (503) 378-2427


Notice of Meeting:

The Public Safety Memorial Fund Board will hold a meeting at 10:00 a.m. on April 28, 2016 at the Public Safety Training Academy in Salem, Oregon.

Teleconference Information: (888) 273-3658; Participant Code: 4711910

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made as soon as possible by contacting Linsay Hale (503) 378-2427.

Agenda Items:

1. Minutes for February 9, 2016 / Approve minutes

2. BURNS, Mark - Medford Fire-Rescue / Application for PSMF Benefits

3. Next meeting - July 28, 2016

Requires a vote by the Board

The Public Safety Memorial Fund (PSMF) supports officers and families in time of need. This program was established by the Oregon Legislature in 1999. The Oregon Public Safety Memorial Fund is administered and staffed by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training(DPSST), in conjunction with a Governor-appointed PSMF Board of public safety constituents. The fund provides financial assistance to public safety officers who are permanently and totally disabled as a result of a line of duty injury, and to family members of the public safety officers who have been killed or permanently and totally disabled in the line of duty. The Board is currently Chaired by Oregon State Police Superintendent Rich Evans.
Legislators, Hospitals Announce Funding for Rural Healthcare Transformation in Budget
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 04/26/16 9:13 AM
April 26, 2016 -- Salem, Oregon --Senator Alan Bates and Representative Nancy Nathanson along with Oregon's rural hospitals announced the inclusion of $10 million in the state's recent budget to fund projects designed to help ensure the sustainability of rural health care. The projects were developed during an exhaustive listening tour and process conducted in a partnership between the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), the Oregon Office of Rural Health (ORH), and the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS).

"These investments in our rural health will improve lives and economies," said Senator Alan Bates, co-chair of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, who helped shepherd the projects through the legislature. "Health systems are not one size fits all and I am glad to see rural areas getting specific tools to meet their needs."

"I applaud these organizations for their dedication to finding ways to transform rural health care in Oregon," said Representative Nancy Nathanson, co-chair of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, who was a key champion of the funding. "I'm proud to support these investments which will have long-term benefits for health care access in rural Oregon."

"Oregon's rural hospitals are grateful for this opportunity and the support for rural health care from the legislature," said Rick Yecny, Chief Administrative Officer of PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Hospital in Florence, Oregon, who chairs the OAHHS Small and Rural Hospital Committee. "Oregon's small and rural hospitals face a difficult task in ensuring they transform to meet the needs of the modern health care system while staying financially viable. The programs envisioned will accelerate that process and ensure Oregon's rural residents continue to receive top-notch health care in the communities where they live."

The programs funded through this legislation focus topics such as:
Workforce shortages, recruitment and retention of providers, increasing graduate medical training capacity;
Access to health care in rural communities, and strategies to sustain local health care services;
Professional development training for population health and volume-to-value care and the ongoing adoption of transformative practices in rural communities.
All the programs rely on:
Partnerships with organizations that have existing expertise and are utilizing national experts;
Programs that have a demonstrated track record of success in other states and provided several different opportunities for hospitals to get engaged depending on their needs.

The four programs set out in the legislation are:

Launching a Transitional Post-Acute Care program in partnership with Mayo Clinic
This program will hire a consultant to help hospitals to establish transitional post-acute care programs. It is based on a successful transitional post-acute care model developed in Midwestern hospitals. The goal is to improve readmission, increase patient satisfaction, and transition care for patients back to their rural communities to increase hospital throughput by freeing up capacity in urban settings and reducing cost to the patient with local care and decreased transportation.

Support for the Oregon Graduate Medical Education (GME) Consortium
The successful operationalization of the Oregon GME Consortium will help bolster the number of GME slots in Oregon. This is a short term action that will have long-term rewards through an increase in primary care providers with a special focus on rural training tracks.

Population health education and coaching for all rural health care providers and leaders
This program will address knowledge gaps that hinders the spread of the coordinated care model and build a shared platform of knowledge about population health to stimulate effective investment in improvement strategies. The result will be a certification via a multi-week educational platform including small group training and coaching focused on rural outcomes.

Implementation of virtual clinics
This new care delivery model will bolster urgent care and/or afterhours access to care without additional brick-and-mortar facilities. A virtual clinic is staffed around the clock and offers patients visits via videoconference or telephone. This is a short-term access solution that brings up to 20 providers to our rural communities immediately through a virtual office, with the effect of redirecting care to a more appropriate setting.

"We are very appreciative for the legislature for their support of these important projects," added Rick Yecny on behalf of Oregon's rural hospitals and health care providers. "We look forward to implementing these programs and sharing the positive results upon their completion. In the end, we know the outcome will be a healthier rural Oregon, with greater access to care in rural communities."

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Attached Media Files: 2016-04/1635/93868/FINAL_-_Rural_Transformation_Release.pdf
***Name Released*** Commercial Vehicle Crash On Interstate 5 Kills Driver - Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/26/16 9:00 AM
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The deceased driver was identifed as Allen W SMITH, age 52, of Martinez, California. Information will be released as it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation

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Previous Release:
On April 25, 2016 at about 330AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crash involving a commercial vehicle on Interstate 5 near milepost 100 (just north of Canyonville).

Preliminary investigation reveals a 2015 Freightliner towing a trailer was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 when it drove off the roadway and into the center median. It rolled over and came to rest on it's roof. The cargo, laminated beams, spilled onto the northbound lane of travel of Interstate 5.

The driver of the truck, an adult male was pronounced deceased on scene by emergency personnel. A dog that was in the truck was taken to a local veterinarian for treatment.
The northbound and southbound fast lanes were closed during the investigation and clean up. Name of the deceased will be released after the family has been notified. More information will be released as it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.


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Mon. 04/25/16
Deputies Investigate Off-Duty Portland Police Officer DUII Crash
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/25/16 10:56 PM
At approximately 1:30pm on Monday, April 25, 2016, Deputies with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and the Happy Valley Police Department responded to a traffic crash near the intersection of SE 172nd Ave. and SE Big Timber Ct. in Clackamas, OR. Callers were reporting that a black colored car had been driving at a high rate of speed, when it collided with a red pickup and rolled over.

Deputies arrived on scene with medical personnel from the Clackamas Fire District to render aid and begin an investigation into the crash. Deputies learned the black colored car was owned by the city of Portland. The vehicle was being operated by, Daniel Chastain, who is currently employed by the city of Portland as a police officer.

Initial indications revealed excessive speed and alcohol as possible contributing factors to the crash. The Clackamas County Crash Reconstruction and Forensic Team (CRAFT) responded to the scene to assist in the investigation. Deputies conducted a thorough DUII investigation and developed probable cause to believe Mr. Chastain had been operating his vehicle while intoxicated. Mr. Chastain was placed under arrest for DUII and transported to a local hospital for medical evaluation as a precaution.

Mr. Chastain was subsequently cited and released on four charges; DUII-alcohol, reckless driving, reckless endangering, and criminal mischief in the first degree. No booking photo is available of Mr. Chastain. The case will be submitted to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office for review.
Sheriff's Office reunites stolen bicycles with Thai exchange students (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/25/16 8:45 PM
Suspect - Austin T. Cook
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Students available for media interviews

Please reference CCSO Case # 16-10913

At approximately 2:37 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, 2016, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the area of the Oak Grove Fred Meyer after an employee reported that a man stole two customers' bicycles that were parked at a bicycle rack in front of the store.

The employee followed the suspect as he drove away in a red Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Deputies arrived within about two minutes -- and contacted the suspect as he walked around his parked car in a residential neighborhood close to the Fred Meyer.

The suspect was identified as Austin Taylor Cook, 33, of Washington.

The bicycles were plainly seen in the utility portion of the Mr. Cook's Jeep, along with drug paraphernalia around the interior.

After Mr. Cook gave deputies consent to search the Jeep, the bicycles and a helmet were recovered, along with drug paraphernalia and a small amount of methamphetamine.

Mr. Cook initially told deputies he purchased the bicycles at another local store, but eventually told deputies he stole the bicycles to potentially sell them to get money for gasoline and/or drugs.

Mr. Cook was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on charges of Theft II and Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine). Mr. Cook's complete booking information can be found here: http://web3.clackamas.us/roster/inmates/inmate.jsp?id=2016010913

A representative of the bicycles' rightful owners contacted the Sheriff's Office that same day, after seeing pictures of the bicycles on the Sheriff's Office Twitter account ( https://twitter.com/ClackCoSheriff/status/724362908793073664 ).

The next day the lead investigating deputy met with the bikes' owners -- who turned out to be exchange students from Thailand living and working in the Milwaukie area. Arrangements were made for the bicycles to be returned to them. They were reportedly grateful and excited their bicycles had been recovered.

A booking photo of Austin Cook is attached to this release, as are photos of the stolen bicycles.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY

The bicycles' owners are willing to speak with the media and their contact information can be obtained by contacting the Sheriff's Office PIO at SheriffPIO@clackamas.us

Please reference CCSO Case # 16-10913.

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REMINDER TO MEDIA -- PAGER DISCONTINUED: We have discontinued our Public Information Unit pager. All media outlets needing to contact our PIO can now send an email to SheriffPIO@clackamas.us


Attached Media Files: Suspect - Austin T. Cook , Bikes Together , Bike 2 , Bike 1
Off-Duty Portland Police Officer Arrested after DUII Crash in Clackamas County
Portland Police Bureau - 04/25/16 7:06 PM
The Portland Police Bureau was notified this afternoon that an off-duty Portland Police officer was involved in a traffic crash in Clackamas County where alcohol was a factor.

Officer Daniel Chastain was arrested by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office on charges of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) - Alcohol, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangerment, and Criminal Mischief in the First Degree. Chastain was booked into the Clackamas County Jail and later released.

Officer Chastain is a 17-year-veteran of the Portland Police Bureau and was assigned to the Tactical Operations Division. Officer Chastain was placed on paid Administrative Leave, which is standard procedure, pending the resolution of the case in Clackamas County.

Officer Chastain was driving a City of Portland vehicle at the time of the crash as he was in an "on-call" status while off-duty.

The Portland Police Bureau cannot comment further on a personnel matter because it could interfere with the process of conducting a neutral, objective internal investigation and the Bureau must protect public employees' privacy interests consistent with the Oregon Public Records Law and relevant collective bargaining agreements.

Once the investigation is complete, this event will be the subject of an internal review and presentation to the Police Review Board.

Inquiries for information about the crash and criminal investigation should be directed to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

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UPDATE: Fatal Crash on Foster Road Kills One Person Early Sunday Morning
Portland Police Bureau - 04/25/16 5:24 PM
The driver killed early Sunday morning has been identified as 47-year-old John Wesley Ritter.

The other driver involved in the crash, 18-year-old Sean Kyler Olsen, remains in a Portland hospital being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Traffic investigators learned that Olsen was driving a 2015 Kia Sorrento eastbound on Foster Road and crossed the centerline, crashing head-on into Ritter, who was driving a 2000 GMC Jimmy.

The investigation is continuing and once complete it will be given to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for review.

Anyone with information about the crash should contact Officer Chris Johnson at 503-823-2213, chris.johnson@portlandoregon.gov.

This is the 18th fatal traffic crash of 2016.

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

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

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Sunday April 24, 2016, at 3:51 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a traffic crash on Southeast Foster Road in the area of 134th Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located both drivers, one of whom was deceased. The other was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital and is expected to survive.

The Traffic Divsion's Major Crash Team responded to the scene and is investigating the crash.

Foster Road was closed for several hours as a result of this crash.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

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Special Event: Salem City Council Candidates' Forum
VanNatta Public Relations - 04/25/16 5:19 PM
On Thursday, April 28, 2016, the Salem City Club and League of Women Voters of Marion and Polk County are co-sponsoring an evening public education forum to be held from 6-8 pm in the Anderson Room of the Salem Public Library.

Seven candidates vying for Salem City Council positions will participate in the public education forum. Those participating are Jan Kailuweit and Cara Kaser, Ward 1; Brad Nanke, Ward 3; Tiffany Partridge and Matt Ausec, Ward 5; and Warren Bednarz and Sally Cook, Ward 7.

With so many critical issues facing the City of Salem, this will be a great opportunity to hear from the candidates who will make decisions affecting all citizens of Salem, not just their ward constituents.

Registration is not required for this free event.

What: "Salem City Council Candidates' Forum"
When: Thursday, April 28, 2016; 6-8 pm
Where: Anderson Room, Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St. SE
Who: Jan Kailuweit, Cara Kaser, Brad Nanke, Tiffany Partridge, Matt Ausec, Warren Bednarz and Sally Cook.
Email: info@salemcityclub.com
Website: www.salemcityclub.com
Ridgefield School Board Adopts Pursuing Premier (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 04/25/16 4:10 PM
Dr. Nathan McCann, Ridgefield's superintendent
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Monday, April 25, 2016 -- Ridgefield, WA -- The Ridgefield School District Board of Directors adopted Pursuing Premier, the district's goals and planning blueprint during their regularly scheduled meeting on April 12. The board's adoption marks the conclusion of a lengthy process to refine the school district's goals that began in August 2015. The outcome is a bold document that provides direction for the district's pursuit to become Washington state's premier school system.

"In order to achieve excellence one must pursue it with vigor. Our entire board is steadfast and united in this pursuit and want every student to know they have our support," said Scott Gullickson, the board's president.

"Ridgefield is a very special place. Our community spirit and commitment to a future of unlimited possibilities are unparalleled. It is that incredible support that allows us to look boldly to the future," said Dr. Nathan McCann, the district's superintendent.

Pursuing Premier identifies four focus areas that are critical to the district's aspirations:

Quality instruction that ensures research-based instructional practices are implemented in every classroom;
Educational programs focused on supporting the growth and development of the whole child;
Learning environments that promote appropriate risk-taking and prepare all students for success in the 21st century;
Community partnerships that promote collaboration and enhanced communication and provide additional learning experiences for Ridgefield students.

The district's four identified goals include:

Achieve high outcomes through quality instruction, personalized learning, and continuous improvement resulting in success for every student;
Provide safe, inclusive, and supportive environments that nurture the well-being of the whole child;
Provide collaboration and communication opportunities with families, staff, and the community resulting in strong partnerships;
Close the disparity gaps by ensuring high expectations, removing barriers and providing opportunities for all students.

Each goal includes a set of strategies as well as identified indicators that serve as measurements of success.

The process began with staff throughout the district developing draft iterations of a purpose statement to replace the district's mission and vision statements. Board members reviewed and fine-tuned the purpose statement, before approving it in November 2015. Throughout the winter and early spring members of the district's leadership team met regularly to develop the document. Chris Griffith, the district's assistant superintendent, facilitated the process.

"I am very pleased with the collaborative process that led to Pursuing Premier. It has the fingerprints of our staff, students, community members, and partners," said McCann. "I am particularly grateful for the work undertaken by Mr. Griffith and our principals. The discussions our leadership team engaged in were some of the most thought-provoking and enjoyable I have experienced as a school administrator."

To learn more and view the document in its entirety, visit http://www.ridgefieldsd.org/about-us/district-mission.

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Attached Media Files: Dr. Nathan McCann, Ridgefield's superintendent , Scott Gullickson, school board president , Pursuing Premier, Ridgefield Goals and Planning Blueprint
Stabbing Investigation Underway in Southeast Portland - Suspect in Custody
Portland Police Bureau - 04/25/16 4:05 PM
On Monday April 25, 2016, at 3:25 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the 1300 block of Southeast 160th Place on the report of a stabbing.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the victim, a male adult, who was suffering from a non-life-threatening injury. The victim was treated for his injuries at the scene by medical personnel and released.

The suspect, the victim's brother-in-law, was located and arrested nearby without incident.

Detectives from the Domestic Violence Reduction Unit (DVRU) are responding to conduct the investigation.

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Missing Person Update, Depoe Bay, Oregon (Photo)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/25/16 3:51 PM
PIC, Katie Roe, Missing Person
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Lincoln County Sheriff's Office received an investigative tip over the weekend of a piece of clothing that may belong to missing person, Katy Roe. After further investigation and consultation with the family it was confirmed the article of clothing does belong to Katy Roe and was in her possession the night of her disappearance. The piece of clothing was found by a citizen in the Depoe Bay area near the shoreline. The Lincoln County Major Crime Team continues to work through leads and information from the tip line and considers this an active investigation.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is committed to supporting the family of Katy Roe, supporting the members of the Lincoln County Major Crime Team (MCT) and keeping the community informed of pertinent and valid information.

Citizens are encouraged to continue to use the Sheriff's Office Sheriff's Tip Line (541) 265-0669 to report information that may assist detectives in the investigation; citizens are also encouraged to replace the local 911 Dispatch Center number on their social media postings with the tip line number.

Community members can also be directed to a community Facebook or website page in support of Katy Roe, "Bring Katy Home", https://www.facebook.com/bringkatyhome/timeline , www.bringkatyhome.com .


Attached Media Files: 04.25.16 Media Release - Missing Person Update , 04.25.16 Media Release - Missing Person Update , PIC, Katie Roe, Missing Person
Vandals Destroy New 911 Call Box (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/25/16 3:31 PM
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After a season of record high temperatures and the lowest lake level in years, the North Fork Community saw an explosion in day and evening use of recreation areas like Salmon Falls, North Fork Park and Three Pools. The remote and picturesque areas are filled with abundant forests, wildlife and river views that make Marion County a premier recreation destination. With the uptick in usage came an increase in injuries, littering, vandalism, trespassing and other criminal behavior that made everyday life challenging for the full time residents of the scenic canyon.

The Sheriff's Office and its partners have been working in collaboration with the residents and other community partners to address safety concerns brought by the large number of visitors. These projects have included park improvements, increased patrols and the installation of a 911 call box located at the Salmon Falls Recreation Area.

With limited, if any, cell service, the Salmon Falls call box was installed and wired over the winter, and the phone was set to be placed this spring, just prior to the recreation season. Unfortunately, vandals broke the box and post, and threw them over an embankment. Crews are now working to reinstall the post, box and finish the installation of the phone.

Commander Eric Hlad of the Enforcement Division stated, "It is disappointing that the senseless actions of a select few are delaying the installation of a vital and potentially lifesaving tool. Please, if you see someone tampering with, or damaging these phones or boxes, write down a description of the person or get a license plate, and report it to the Sheriff's Office immediately."

The Sheriff's Office is seeking any information that might lead to the arrest of the vandals. If you have any information, please call the Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032. You may remain anonymous.


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Woodland High School students learn Horticulture Science culminating in an annual plant sale open to the community (Photo)
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 04/25/16 3:30 PM
The 28th Annual Plant Sale includes 30 varieties of tomatoes, 15 varieties of peppers, flowers, hanging baskets, and much, much more.
The 28th Annual Plant Sale includes 30 varieties of tomatoes, 15 varieties of peppers, flowers, hanging baskets, and much, much more.
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Monday, April 25, 2016-Woodland, WA-Students in Mary Ellen Vetter's Horticulture Science classes at Woodland High School learn how to organically grow plants in mass quantities culminating in this year's 28th Annual Plant Sale scheduled for Friday, May 6 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Vetter teaches Floriculture and Horticulture Classes at Woodland High School, teaching for 36 years with 27 of those years at in Woodland, beginning in 1985. "I particularly enjoy the times when students take what they learn in class and apply it to their lives afterward," said Vetter. "I have students who run their own shops and others who work for agriculture companies as well as many students who use the skills they've developed just for personal use."

Students begin by learning the process of how to grow the plants themselves. Plant science includes learning about the germination of seeds, proper watering techniques, and pest control. In addition, Vetter ensures the students receive the full education of the plant industry. Vetter designs the curriculum for her classes around industry standards while aligning them with state science requirements including common core. All classes are then approved by OSPI. "After they grow their plants, students study marketing techniques, communication skills, and retail sales including pricing, budgeting, and inventory," explained Vetter. "Interest in Horticulture and growing plants organically has been increasing in recent years thanks to an interest in healthy eating and people growing their own vegetable gardens at home."

Students in Vetter's classes don't use pesticides to grow their plants. "This year, the only pest we experienced was a small aphid infestation," said Vetter. "In order to remove the pests, students wash the plants manually using a combination of a special soap and water to ensure the plants are clean and free of pests without using possibly harmful chemicals."

Students enroll in Vetter's classes for a variety of reasons. "I took a future-trades class in middle school with Ms. Vetter, so when I enrolled in Horticulture Science to learn more from her," said McKayla Shippen, a Freshman. "Growing plants from seeds requires a lot of responsibility because you need to keep working throughout the process to ensure the plant's survival."

Pavel Nyukeyev, a sophomore, agreed with Shippen. "Learning and about plant growth and their development through different stages is fascinating," he said. "In addition, Ms. Vetter is a great teacher; she's excellent at explaining things and her teaching style is a lot of fun." Nyukeyev's classmate, Brennan Lamoreaux, also a sophomore, took the class after growing plants at home. "Having grown plants before makes the class a lot of fun," said Lamoreaux. "Learning specific watering techniques is really interesting; we spend a lot of time learning exactly how to water properly, and I wasn't expecting how complicated it can be to get it right."

This year's 28th Annual Plant Sale features more than 30 varieties of tomatoes, more than 1,300 in total; 15 varieties of peppers; and a wide selection of vegetables and flowers including squash, zucchini, pumpkins, broccoli, kale, petunias, marigolds, and many more. This year's sale will also include plants grown by Woodland Middle School Hands-On Science Classes taught by Sharlene Brown who worked in coordination with Vetter. "Each year, the students select the plants they grow throughout the class," said Vetter. "Our students are incredibly proud of their work, and we hope the community will come to the plant sale to learn or continue to enjoy gardening as much as we do."

The Plant Sale will be held on Friday, May 6 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Woodland High School located at 1500 Dike Access Road, Woodland, WA 98674 and is open to all members of the community. Funds raised from the sale support the FFA program, and are also used to pay for the next year's plant sale and activities.

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WSU Vancouver to present four top awards at 2016 commencement (Photo)
WSU Vancouver - 04/25/16 3:20 PM
Allegra Koupal
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VANCOUVER, WASH. -- Washington State University Vancouver has announced its 2016 awards for research, service to the university, student achievement and teaching. The four recipients will each receive a Chancellor's Medallion at the commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. May 7 at Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield.

Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence--John Harrison, associate professor, School of the Environment

Chancellor's Award for Service to WSU Vancouver--Dan Harmon, Hoffman Construction

Chancellor's Award for Student Achievement--Allegra Koupal, 2016 graduate in human development

Students' Award for Teaching Excellence--Gretchen Rollwagen-Bollens, associate clinical professor, biological sciences and School of the Environment

CHANCELLOR'S AWARD FOR RESEARCH EXCELLENCE
Each year, WSU Vancouver gives its highest research honor to recognize a faculty member's exemplary research quality and quantity as well as positive influence on the broader community.

John Harrison studies watershed biochemistry, with particular attention to the effects of human activities on watersheds. Recently, his Global Change and Watershed Biochemistry Lab has been exploring the effects of nitrogen and other bioactive nutrients on coastal and riverine ecosystems, including the Columbia River and Pacific Northwest ocean shores. Since joining the WSU Vancouver faculty in 2006, he has brought more than $2 million in external funding to WSU.

Harrison has published 48 peer-reviewed papers, most in top journals, as well as dozens of abstracts and other publications. He has worked as an expert consultant for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and conducted research at the University of California, Davis, and the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences of Rutgers University. He currently co-chairs the Global NEWS UNESCO-IOC Work Group, an international, interdisciplinary scientific task force focused on understanding the relationship between human activities and coastal nutrient enrichment.

Harrison earned his bachelor's degree with honors from Brown University, and his Ph.D. in Geological & Environmental Sciences from Stanford University. He holds an Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professorship from the WSU College of Arts and Sciences and has received many national awards and fellowships for his scholarship.

CHANCELLOR'S AWARD FOR SERVICE TO WSU VANCOUVER
The service award is given at the discretion of the chancellor to recognize a company or person for selfless dedication of time, talent and resources toward advancing the university's mission.

Dan Harmon, one of three owners of Hoffman Construction, has been instrumental in the company's work to construct several significant buildings on the WSU Vancouver campus. In addition, he and his wife, Kathy, have endowed scholarships that have enabled many students to complete their degrees.

The Harmons have endowed 10 scholarships for WSU Vancouver students in the name of Glenn Terrell, who was president of WSU when Dan was a student in Pullman. They also invested to start the Second Chance Scholarship, and then matched dollar for dollar each contribution at the 25th Anniversary dinner in 2014 to endow the scholarship at more than $135,000. These scholarships go to students who are close to finishing their degrees but don't have the money to stay in school.

Dan Harmon joined Hoffman Construction after graduating from WSU in 1980. He attended Lewis & Clark law school in the evening. He has served on WSU Vancouver's Business Advisory Board and the WSU Foundation Board of Governors. His leadership is a significant reason why WSU exceeded its $1 billion fundraising goal.

Harmon is a fierce believer in education as a life-changing force. Recalling his personal struggle to get through college and law school by piecing together scholarships, work-study and summer jobs, he said, "Education is the very best thing you can give a person. I am happy to be able to pay it forward."

CHANCELLOR'S AWARD FOR STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
The student achievement award annually recognizes one student's love of learning, persistence to overcome barriers in pursuit of academic goals, leadership potential and involvement in campus life.

This year's recipient is Allegra Koupal, a graduating senior in human development. Although there was little in her background to suggest she would succeed in college, she has emerged as a campus leader.

Following a difficult childhood, Koupal got into trouble in her teens. She dropped out of high school and became addicted to drugs. She was arrested on felony drug charges and burglary and imprisoned for 108 days. And then she turned her life around.

While incarcerated, Koupal participated in the YWCA WORTH program and began to work toward her GED. Learning and education became her personal 12-step program. After her release she enrolled at Clark College, and in 2012 she transferred to WSU Vancouver.

Married since 2013 to Jeffery Koupal, she has a 3-year-old daughter and a teenage stepson.
"This degree is the highlight of my marriage," Koupal said. "My husband urged me to pursue my education because he saw it in me before I saw it in myself."

Her commitment to scholarship is reflected in her 3.73 GPA induction into the Human Development honorary society, Kappa Omicron Nu. As a departmental teaching assistant, she contributed to the development of case studies, grading, tutoring and encouraging struggling students. She has also completed off-campus trainings to learn how to facilitate support groups and help children who have been victims of sexual assault or exploitation.

"My determination, motivation and drive all came when I transferred to WSU Vancouver," Koupal said. "It energized me and pushed me to have the opportunities to re-identify myself. To be recognized in the community as something other than a convicted felon."

STUDENTS' AWARD FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE
Students honor a faculty member each year with the teaching excellence award. The award recognizes exceptional dedication to students and infectious enthusiasm for the subject matter.

In nominating Gretchen Rollwagen-Bollens, a student called her "inspirational, encouraging, and a really strong example of a successful woman in science." Students also say she takes extra time to create assignments that enable them to investigate current issues they care about, and that she encourages them to stretch academically.

As a teacher, Rollwagen-Bollens seeks to impart not only the subject matter but also three interrelated principles: the scientific process of observation, questioning and evidence-based conclusions; collaboration with others to gain multiple insights and expertise; and critical thinking.

As a research scientist, Rollwagen-Bollens focuses on the health of aquatic ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest, bringing numerous research opportunities to her students. She co-directs WSU Vancouver's Aquatic Ecology Lab, along with her husband, Steve Bollens, a professor at WSU Vancouver.

Rollwagen-Bollens earned her Ph.D. in integrative biology in 2003 at the University of California, Berkeley, and spent a year doing research and teaching at San Francisco State University before joining WSU Vancouver in 2004. She has been promoted several times, most recently to clinical professor, a title that will become official in August.

Besides teaching, she leads a new National Science Foundation grant that brings undergraduates from around the region to WSU Vancouver to conduct summer research with faculty in the School of the Environment. Recently she directed a program that brought science faculty and graduate students together with K-12 teachers of science to instill enthusiasm for science and improve the science education of K-12 students and the general public.

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

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Attached Media Files: Allegra Koupal , Gretchen Rollwagen-Bollens , Dan Harmon , John Harrison
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Two Adults and One Child in Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/25/16 2:59 PM
Volunteers with the American Red Cross responded to a disaster at approximately 10 a.m. today, April 25, in the 5000 block of SE 79th Ave in Portland. The single-family fire affected two adults and one child. The Red Cross provided assistance to address immediate and basic needs (examples may include food or temporary housing), information about recovery services and disaster health/mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

Did you know that the American Red Cross responds to an average of two home fires every day in our region? We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers free smoke alarm installation in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Upcoming Smoke Alarm Installation Events Include:

Bend, OR -- April 30
Portland, OR -- May 7
Pacific County, WA -- May 14
Roseburg, OR - May 28
McMinnville, OR -- June 18
Portland, OR -- June 25
Portland, OR -- July 30
Salem City Club Presents: "The Fine Art of City Management" (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 04/25/16 2:51 PM
Steve Powers
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Join Salem City Club on Friday, May 6 for "The Fine Art of City Management". City management is definitely more art than science! Managing the various constituencies: long-term city staff, elected city officials and the public, while keeping the city running smoothly is like keeping plates twirling on top of tall sticks. Steve Powers hit the ground running when he assumed the position of Salem City Manager on November 30, 2015. Discussions of a new police facility were well underway, the bridge from Riverfront Park to Minto Brown Park had begun, and many infrastructure improvement projects were on deck with contracts and funding in place.

With 5 months on the job, Steve has had an opportunity to get acquainted with Salem. He has had time to consider Salem city management in the context of the challenges and opportunities facing our community. We've chosen a property for a police facility, but the design must be decided. Other challenges such as transportation, housing, and unfunded retirement responsibilities remain. A growing and diverse population creates opportunities as well as challenges. The May election will decide our new mayor and three city councilors. There is a lot going on in Salem! We thought it was time you hear from Steve...and he hear from you.

Steve Powers would like to do his part to "make Salem, Oregon the best city in the country." It's not a throw-away line he uses. He means it when he says it. He will define what "the best city in the country" means to him and share his vision of how we might get there. He promises to outline a strategic plan for managing the business of Salem in a manner consistent with the financial, legal, and political dynamics of our special community. He also wants to hear from you! There will be plenty of time for questions.

Steve Powers and his wife Jayne live in Salem. Steve holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Political Science from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. He has extensive governmental experience including four years as the City Administrator with Ann Arbor, Michigan, fifteen years as County Administrator with Marquette, Michigan, two years as County Coordinator with Martin County, Minnesota and seven years as Assistant County Administrator/Assistant to County Administrator with Jackson County, Oregon.


For May 6 luncheon reservations, register online or call (503) 370-2808
by noon, Wed. May 4.

What: "The Fine Art of City Management"
When: Friday, May 6, 2016; Noon - 1 pm, doors open at 11:15 am
Where: Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St SE, Salem
Who: Steve Powers, Salem City Manager
Email: info@salemcityclub.com
Website: www.salemcityclub.com


Attached Media Files: Steve Powers
Vancouver Chamber Welcomes New Ambassadors and Government Contracting Counselor (Photo)
Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce - 04/25/16 2:25 PM
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(VANCOUVER, Wash.) -- The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) has gained two new "Red Coat" Ambassadors: Scott Flury, owner of Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar and Beth Anderson of Home Instead Senior Care. This brings the GVCC's Ambassador team to 22 members. Also, the Chamber has added one part-time Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) counselor available to assist businesses who are seeking help in local, state and federal government contracting.

Scott Flury is the owner of Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar (established in 2011) located in Uptown Vancouver. Taking his passion for coffee and wine to the next level Scott converted an old house built in 1901 with a double lot to make a place where people can enjoy and relax, hold a business meeting or just sit and contemplate life. He and his wife Sarah continue to expand the menu, increase happy hour selections, and keep local beers on tap for customers to enjoy. Latte Da Coffee loves to support "local" and is happy to be known as the place where Vancouver meets.

Beth Anderson is a Home Care Consultant with Home Instead Senior Care of Vancouver, WA, where she works with senior citizens in need of assistance with medical concerns and day-to-day living. She has been providing help to seniors for over ten years and has a proven track record in the senior care field. She provides the personalized support, education and caring advice that allows aging adults to live safely and comfortably in their own homes as long as possible. Beth then maintains that same relationship when and if assisted living options become necessary. She also sees to it that her customers are provided with companionship and personal care, including specialized Alzheimer's care and hospice support when required.

Jeremy Riley joins the Washington PTAC in the Great Vancouver Chamber of Commerce office as a Government Contracts Specialist with 10+ years of Federal Government contracting knowledge from the industry perspective. He also supports the Oregon-based PTAC (called GCAP) as a Procurement Counselor. Jeremy's experience includes negotiation and administration of large R&D and production contracts, market assessments and competitive proposal development. His primary areas of expertise include FAR/DFARS, teaming agreements, technical data rights/IP, and business system implementation. Most recently, he led the M&A and strategic partnership initiatives for the Raytheon Missile Systems' business unit. Jeremy graduated with honors from both Cornell University (B.S. in Applied Economics and Management) and the University of Arizona (MBA).

About the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC):
Founded in 1890, the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) is a non-profit organization aimed at advancing and strengthening the regional business community through member services, public affairs advocacy and community building. The Chamber is a supportive alliance of diverse member businesses, individuals and organizations, working together toward long-term business prosperity. The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce is the heart of Clark County's business community, advocating for sound, sensible and dynamic policies that ensure a vital economic climate while improving Vancouver's infrastructure and quality of life. For more information, please visit www.vancouverusa.com.
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Attached Media Files: Beth Anderson , Scott Flury , Jeremy Riley
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event
Beaverton Police Dept. - 04/25/16 2:23 PM
The Beaverton Police Department in a partnership with the US Drug Enforcement Administration(DEA) will be providing the opportunity for you to drop off expired or unused prescription medications.

WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 2016 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Beaverton Police Department 4755 SW Griffith Drive Beaverton Oregon, 97076

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines--flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash--both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Beaverton Police Officers will be on hand to accept unwanted medications at your driver's-side door. The service is free and anonymous -- no questions asked.

Items Accepted:
Any unwanted prescriptions or over-the-counter medicines.

Items Not Accepted:
Illegal drugs
Medical waste or trash
Thermometers, syringes, or needles
IV solutions


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Attached Media Files: News Release
CORRECTION: Suspect Arrested for Felony Assault after Stabbing in Downtown Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/25/16 1:22 PM
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This incident occurred on Saturday April 23, not April 24 as initially released.

The Bureau regrets the error.

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On Saturday April 23, at 8:33 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a stabbing at Southwest 3rd Avenue and Burnside Street.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the victim, 50-year-old Mitchell Ray Jones, suffering from serious injuries. Jones was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment and is expected to survive.

Officers in the area located the suspect walking out of the area and took him into custody without incident.

Officers learned that there was a dispute among the men prior to the stabbing. Both the victim and suspect are homeless.

The suspect, 46-year-old Adrian Cano Chacon, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Assault in the Second Degree.

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Robert Gordon Davis pleads guilty to murder.
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 04/25/16 12:27 PM
At a hearing this morning before the honorable Judge Hart, Robert Gordon Davis entered pleas of guilty to Murder with a Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person. Sentencing is set in the same courtroom on May 3, 2016 at 10:00 am. These charges stemmed from a shooting on May 29, 2015 at 3184 Surfwood Dr, Salem, OR, that caused the death of Jose Garcia-Roldan. No further information will be released pending sentencing.
Suspects Arrested, Stolen Vehicle Recovered After Traffic Pursuit in Southwest Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 04/25/16 11:26 AM
On Monday April 25, 2016, at 9:23 a.m., Central Precinct officers were alerted to the presence of a stolen vehicle in the area of Southwest 3rd Avenue and Jefferson Street. Officers received a LoJack hit on a stolen white 2010 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck, which was reported stolen on Sunday and said to have a shotgun inside the vehicle.

Officers obtained visual contact on the vehicle, which the driver was operating at speeds of 70 to 80 miles per hour, southbound on Naito Parkway.

Officers pursued the vehicle until the vehicle left the roadway at Southwest Barbur and Terwilliger Boulevards. Three young men ran from the vehicle but were quickly apprehended by officers. None of the occupants suffered any injuries as a result of the crash. The shotgun reported to be in the stolen vehicle was found inside the truck.

Officers are continuing to investigate the incident and updates will be provided at a later time.

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UPDATED w/ B-ROLL VIDEO: Sheriff's Office hosts 17th annual Child Abuse & Family Violence Summit April 19-22; contact PIO for interview opportunities (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/25/16 10:56 AM
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UPDATE: B-ROLL VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE

B-roll video from the Summit can now be downloaded from this Dropbox link:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/whrno8dbxfvtvov/2016ChildAbuseSummitB-roll.mp4?dl=0

The B-roll includes sound bites from Sheriff Craig Roberts and speaker, activist and former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy -- plus footage (without sound) of the audience and assorted speakers and presenters.

Information on Sheldon Kennedy and the Summit is below.

EARLIER (April 13, 2016)

The 2016 Child Abuse and Family Violence Summit starts Tuesday, April 19 and ends Friday, April 22 at the Red Lion Hotel on the River in Portland, Oregon. For media outlets, interview opportunities are available with experts leading sessions at the Summit; contact PIO Sgt. Brian Jensen for details.

Special events at this year's Summit include:

- A Wednesday, April 20 screening of 'Swift Current' (84 minutes) -- which tells the story of former NHL hockey player Sheldon Kennedy, who was sexually abused by his junior hockey coach and has gone on to become one of the world's leading advocates for victims of child abuse. Kennedy will also give a keynote speech at the conference on April 20.

- A Thursday, April 21 fundraiser for Camp HOPE, a camping and mentoring program provides children ages 6-15 who have been exposed to domestic and sexual violence with the opportunity to get outdoors, play, and have fun. The fundraiser will feature an appearance by Camp HOPE and Family Justice Center founder Casey Gwinn, who is also delivering a keynote at the Summit on April 21.

Other keynote speakers at this year's Summit include motivational speaker and trainer Derek Clark of http://www.IWillNeverGiveUp.com ; and Sharon W. Cooper, MD, FAAP, a retired Air Force colonel and CEO of Developmental & Forensic Pediatric, PA -- a consulting firm that provides medical care, research, training and expert witness experience in child-maltreatment cases, as well as medical care for children with disabilities.

The Sheriff's Office is also working to schedule interviews with experts from the conference for its Facebook Live feed. Keep an eye on the Sheriff's Office Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/Clackamas-County-Sheriffs-Office-385638251522068/ ) for details.

ABOUT THE CHILD ABUSE SUMMIT

The Summit was started in 2000 by Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts. At that time, he was a CCSO detective working child-abuse and child-homicide investigations. He realized they weren't isolated cases -- that instead we were facing a hidden epidemic of violence and abuse.

This led to the founding of the three-and-a-half-day multi-disciplinary conference -- designed for professionals working in the areas of investigations, interviewing, assessment, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse, neglect and domestic violence.

Last year, over 750 attendees came from across the United States and around the world.

The Summit is hosted by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Child Abuse Team ( http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/cat.html ) and the Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT) ( http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/dvert.html ). The Summit's goal is to educate professionals on the complex issues associated with child abuse and family violence, to broaden each professional's knowledge base in multiple areas, and to increase understanding of the other agencies' roles and responsibilities.

The conference theme, "The Power of One in Collaboration with Others," continues throughout the Summit as professionals learn new ways to work together to protect and make each child safe in our communities.

Visit http://www.ChildAbuseSummit.com for more information -- including session descriptions, speakers and other activities.

Direct links to more info:

Full Summit conference notebook, with detailed session descriptions and more:
http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/documents/2016SummitNotebook-WEB.pdf

Tuesday, April 19 schedule:
http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/summit/tuesday.html

Wednesday, April 20 schedule:
http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/summit/wednesday.html

Thursday, April 21 schedule:
http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/summit/thursday.html

Friday, April 22 schedule:
http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/summit/friday.html

Speaker bios:
http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/summit/speakers.html

Media should contact Sheriff's Office PIO Sgt. Brian Jensen for interview inquiries.

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REMINDER TO MEDIA -- PAGER DISCONTINUED: We have discontinued our Public Information Unit pager. All media outlets needing to contact our PIO can now send an email to SheriffPIO@clackamas.us


Attached Media Files: Derek Clark , Sharon Cooper , Sheldon Kennedy , Casey Gwinn , Child Abuse Summit promo image 2 , Child Abuse Summit promo image 1
Miller-Jones to retire Jan. 1 as OSBA executive director
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 04/25/16 10:42 AM
Betsy Miller-Jones, executive director of the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA), publicly announced her retirement Monday, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Miller-Jones, 62, who has held the position since January 2012 (she was interim for one year before being made permanent in January 2013), said she is retiring to spend more time with family. Before being named executive director she spent seven-plus years at OSBA in board development, traveling around Oregon to train school board members on issues such as roles and responsibilities.

"OSBA is a very strong organization with excellent leadership, a superb staff and broad base of support," Miller-Jones said. "We have rallied our members and our communities around support for public education through the Promise of Oregon campaign. We have been a strong voice for our members' priorities, including reform of the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), and increased state investment in public education. Our services to school districts, education service districts and community colleges have strongly supported the work our local boards do to increase student achievement. As I prepare to leave the association, I do so with confidence that OSBA is in great shape to advocate for our students and members through the many challenges ahead."

Dr. Doug Nelson, OSBA president, praised Miller-Jones for her leadership.

"Through Betsy's persistence, grit and common sense, together with the help of a strong staff and the guidance of the board, she has transformed OSBA into a solid and well-respected organization in Oregon. We owe Betsy a great deal of thanks for her dedication and hard work. We will miss her presence and guidance but know she will enjoy a wonderful retirement," Nelson said.

The OSBA Board of Directors has appointed an executive director search committee. Nelson said the committee will hire a search firm to develop a timeline and process so that the OSBA Board can hire a highly qualified candidate and ensure a smooth transition in leadership by Jan. 1, 2017. The process will include input on the qualities and qualifications of the next executive director provided by the OSBA board, staff and other partners and members, he added.

OSBA is a member services organization for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Forestry Professionals Meet in Coos Bay
Society of American Foresters - 04/25/16 10:15 AM
Coos Bay, OR -- Many of Oregon's forestry professionals will gather in Coos Bay on April 27 through 29 for the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Oregon Society of American Foresters (OSAF). OSAF members include over 900 field foresters, administrators, researchers and educators, who manage and study the 29.5 million acres of public and private forests throughout Oregon.

The theme of the 2016 Annual Meeting is "Water -- Trees -- Transportation." The program includes expert speakers and field trips covering all aspects of water quality, forest management, and transportation challenges and opportunities on southern Oregon's coast. The program begins Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. with a keynote panel addressing Oregon's riparian rule changes; this panel is highlighted by George Ice, an emeritus research forest hydrologist. The remainder of the day attendees are treated to panels addressing watershed science and management, forest health issues and forestry marketing logistics in the coastal region.

On Thursday, Clark Seely, Society of American Foresters' national president and Ed Shepard, Oregon's national representative, will speak to "SAF Now and For the Future." After additional presentations on Coos Chapter's education projects and EROAD trucking and logistics tracking, members will retire to the field for the afternoon. There are two half-day field trips options: a forestry logistics tour looking at marine and rail transportation of wood products from the Coos Bay area, and the other looking at forest health and watershed management on Campbell Global-Menasha property. That night, an awards banquet to honor 2015 OSAF award winners will be held, followed by a dance.

On Friday, attendees will be treated to panel presentations on forestry education in Oregon and forest density management across geography and ownerships. The meeting concludes at noon, but for those that are willing to spend part of the afternoon in Coos Bay, there is a barge tour of the Bay provided by Knutson Towboat, a local towboat company. All in all, there are over 26 speakers featuring experts from all walks of the forestry and logistics/shipping profession.

All program events other than the field tours will be held at The Mill Casino Hotel and RV Park on Coos Bay. For a complete agenda, see www.forestry.org/oregon/2016AnnualMeeting/ or call the SAF Northwest Office at 503-224-8046.

About SAF: The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States. Founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot, it is the largest professional society of foresters in the world.
Quick work by Woodburn officers leads to recovery of stolen vehicle, arrest (Photo)
Woodburn Police - 04/25/16 10:04 AM
Cruzita McCartney
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Woodburn police officers took a report of a stolen van in the 1300 block of N. Front St. on April 24 at 7:03 a.m. and by 7:23 a.m., the stolen van was located by Officer Mike Araiza.

Officer Araiza had located the stolen van in the area of A Street and Stark Street in Woodburn and saw two females leaving the area. Once the van was deemed unoccupied and safe, officers began to check the area for the females. By 7:36 a.m. Officer Araiza located the females and, along with the assistance of fellow officers Linda Hendricks and Shawn Hershberger, found evidence linking the females to the vehicle theft.

Cruzita McCartney, 29, of Gervais, was subsequently arrested and taken to Marion County Jail on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and mail theft. Maria Alicia Villegas, 29, of Hillsboro, was initially released from the scene, but is now wanted for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

"This was great police work by these officers, who acted quickly and were able to not only find the stolen vehicle, but made an arrest within about 30 minutes of the original call," said Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris. "I am proud of the work our officers do here in the community."

Vehicle theft continues to be a problem in Woodburn, Ferraris added, and said education of the community to protect their vehicles, along with proactive work by police officers, will greatly decline this issue.

Some tips to keep your vehicle safe:

Keep it locked, even for short periods;
Grab your keys and don't leave it running;
Follow the light! Avoid parking in dark, isolated areas;
Don't leave valuables in cars;
Consider anti-theft devices (i.e. alarms, steering wheel locks, etc.);
Use smart keys, if possible.


Attached Media Files: Cruzita McCartney
BPA work requires overnight outage April 27-28 for Pacific Power customers in Cannon Beach
Pacific Power - 04/25/16 10:03 AM
April 25, 2016
Media hotline: 1-800-570-5838 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


BPA work requires overnight outage April 27-28 for Pacific Power customers in Cannon Beach

CANNON BEACH, Ore. -- Approximately 2,800 Pacific Power customers in the Cannon Beach area will be without electricity overnight Wednesday, April 27 and into Thursday morning because a Bonneville Power Administration project in the coast range requires shutting off the line that supplies the city electricity.

The outage is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Wednesday. April 27 and could last until 6 a.m. on Thursday April 28, although power will be restored at the first opportunity.

The outage will affect all of Cannon Beach as well as nearby communities such as Arch Cape and Falcon Cove.

Customers in the affected area have been notified individually about the outage. Lodging and restaurant operators are encouraged to make sure their guests are aware of the interruption, as well.

"The temporary power interruption is necessary in order for the BPA to safely replace and upgrade electrical equipment. These upgrades will reduce the likelihood of unexpected outages in the future and improve reliability in Cannon Beach," said Alisa Dunlap, regional business manager for Pacific Power.

If customers have questions about the planned outage, they can call Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070. Any outages during that time in other parts of the community should continue to be reported to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.
Portland State University to Host Oregon Historical Society Glass Lantern Slide Show May 5 (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 04/25/16 9:49 AM
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Portland, OR -- The Oregon Historical Society and Portland State University invite you to a pictorial history of Oregon's bounty. Featuring hand colored glass lantern slides from 1850 to 1940s, this original slide show titled "The Land of Milk and Honey" will showcase many aspects of the state's agricultural industries that make Oregon one of the best places to eat in the world!

The event begins at 6pm in Portland State's Lincoln Performance Hall. Tickets are $20 and $10 for PSU students; purchase tickets in advance through the Portland State Box Office at pdx.edu/boxoffice or by calling 503.725.3307.

Culinary historian Heather Arndt Anderson (Portland: A Food Biography) will share stories of Oregon's cornucopia, while Oregon Historical Society archivist Matthew Cowan operates an original 1930s projector. Once projected, it is hard to comprehend how these vibrant depictions of Oregon were each hand painted, sometimes using only a single brush bristle.

A proto-cinematic device, lantern slide projectors--like their "magic" predecessors from the 1850s--were an early mode of audio visual performance before the advent of motion picture film. From Portland classrooms to Carnegie Hall, these slide shows were often the sole means for the general public to visit distant lands and mountain peaks and were often noted for their vivid colors. Soon though, with the advent of 16mm to the home market in the 1920s and followed by the introduction of Kodachrome in 1935, these glass slides were soon replaced with more stable and affordable media.

The presentation will be followed by a reception in Lincoln Hall. Ticket sales support the Portland State University Film Program, which emphasizes how historical research animates the past through the study of the origins of early cinema, film archiving, and the studio system.

To discover more of the Oregon Historical Society's glass lantern slide collection, visit the OHS Research Library Tumblr at http://ohsresearchlibrary.tumblr.com/.



About the Oregon Historical Society

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


Attached Media Files: Pumpkin Fields Near Grants Pass - Credit Oregon Historical Society Research Library, Portland Public School Slide Collection , Oregon Hops Field - Credit Oregon Historical Society Research Library, Frank Branch Riley Collection , Woman with Apples - Credit Oregon Historical Society Research Library, Frank Branch Riley Collection , Pear Cannery, Medford - Credit Oregon Historical Society Research Library, Portland Public School Slide Collection , Cherry Eaters at the Cherry Fair, Salem - Credit Oregon Historical Society Library
Wells Fargo Survey: Despite Weak Global Economy, U.S. Companies Still Turning to International Markets for Growth (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 04/25/16 9:44 AM
Factors likely to have a negative impact on international business plans
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SAN FRANCISCO -- April 25, 2016 --Despite concerns about exchange rates and global economic conditions, a majority of U.S. companies expect an increase in non - U.S. revenue over the next 12 months as they continue to pursue business opportunities in international markets, according to the latest Wells Fargo International Business Indicator. Recognizing ongoing value in doing business globally, 47 percent of U.S. companies expect profits from international business activity to increase this year, compared to 39 percent in 2015. Additionally, 87 percent of U.S. companies agree that international expansion is needed for long-term growth, with emerging markets providing the greatest opportunities (69 percent).

Released today by the International Group of Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC), the 2016 International Business Indicator registered a positive score of 65, up modestly from 63 in 2015. The Indicator tracks the strength and direction of the international outlook of U.S. companies, surveying more than 260 U.S. companies with annual revenue of $50 million or more that conduct at least some international business.

"The latest indicator results show that, even with global volatility, U.S. companies remain optimistic about international growth opportunities," said Richard Yorke, head of Wells Fargo International Group. "While some U.S. companies may be reevaluating certain factors of their international strategy -- such as timing and specific markets -- they are not retreating from pursuing global business opportunities as a core part of their business strategy."

The U.S. Factor
Indicating a dampened outlook for the U.S. business market, less than half (48 percent) of survey respondents expect the U.S. market to improve over the next 12 months, down from 64 percent in 2015. Concerned about growth prospects in the U.S., more than a third (36 percent) expects economic conditions in the U.S. to negatively impact their international business plans, up from 24 percent in 2015. At the same time, a majority of companies agree that low interest rates (66 percent) and depressed energy prices (61 percent) have benefitted their business.

With the U.S. presidential election taking center stage, a majority of U.S. companies agree the campaigns are not sufficiently addressing issues of importance to international business. According to the Indicator, while U.S. companies are somewhat divided on whether the election outcome will impact their international business (45 percent agree, 53 percent disagree), 59 percent of companies surveyed do agree that many issues of importance to international business, including corporate taxes, are not being adequately addressed by the presidential campaigns.

Western Europe Moves to No.1
Surpassing China, the 2015 Indicator's most-mentioned market, Western Europe is now viewed as the most important international market for U.S. companies, according to 33 percent of survey respondents. While the region continues to experience a mild economic recovery, Western Europe moved from No. 4 in 2015 to the top spot in 2016, while Canada and Mexico fell from the top three. China follows Western Europe with 23 percent, as Asia Pacific, excluding China and Japan (20 percent), and Latin America, excluding Mexico (15 percent), round out the top four.

For the second consecutive year, as companies look ahead two-to-three years, China remains the top "hot spot" for longer-term future growth, followed by Mexico and Brazil. Citing its growing market and large population, 42 percent of U.S. companies say China is important to their business success today and/or in the future. However, the region does present a challenge in the short term, with nearly 65 percent executives reporting that China's economic slowdown has affected their companies' international business.

U.S. companies continue to invest in global marketplace
The survey found that U.S. companies remain confident about the future of the global marketplace. Six in 10 companies expect their international business activity to increase, while 54 percent believe the international component of their business will become more important in the next 12 months. Forty four percent expect to increase the amount of products/resources they source from outside the U.S., up from 31 percent in 2015. Planning for international growth remains a priority for most U.S. companies, as 63 percent say they expect to increase long-term international business development planning in 2016.

Issues impacting international business decisions
According to the Indicator, corporate taxes and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement are two issues important to U.S. companies. Six in 10 executives say corporate taxes play a significant role in their companies' international business decisions. While 56 percent of survey respondents say the TPP will open new opportunities for their companies in the Pacific Rim, 19 percent state it is too early to tell whether it will have a positive or negative impact.

When assessing international markets, U.S. companies indicated several key factors that are likely to have a negative impact on their international business plans, including political stability outside of the U.S. (59 percent), currency fluctuations or exchange rates (51 percent), and general economic conditions outside the U.S. (51 percent).

For more information on the Wells Fargo Indicator, including a complete report of the findings and a video overview with Richard Yorke, visit https://www.wellsfargo.com/indicator.

About the Wells Fargo International Business Indicator
On behalf of Wells Fargo, global research firm GfK conducted 262 telephone interviews between December 15, 2015 and February 5, 2016 with executives at U.S. companies with $50 million or more in annual revenue that conduct business internationally. Additionally, participants had to be associate vice president/director level or above, with either direct decision-making or some influence over the company's international business plans and/or strategies. The margin of error on the total is +/-7.3 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.
Wells Fargo's International Group operates from 35 countries outside the U.S., including branches in Beijing, the Cayman Islands, Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC), Hong Kong, London, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, and Toronto.

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.8 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,800 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 269,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune's 2015 rankings of America's largest corporations. Wells Fargo's vision is to satisfy our customers' financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.

About GfK
GfK is one of the world's largest research companies, with more than 13,000 experts working to discover new insights into the way people live, think and shop, in over 100 markets, every day. GfK is constantly innovating and using the latest technologies and the smartest methodologies to give its clients the clearest understanding of the most important people in the world: their customers. In 2014, GfK's sales amounted to ?,?1.45 billion. To find out more, visit www.gfk.com.


Attached Media Files: Factors likely to have a negative impact on international business plans , International Business Indicator , Future growth hot spots , Importance of regions or countries to U.S. companies
Columbia River estuary ecosystem restoration project environmental assessment available for comment
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 04/25/16 9:28 AM
Release No: 16-018
For Immediate Release:
April 25, 2016

Revised comment period dates
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public comments on the draft Environmental Assessment for ecosystem restoration at Columbia Stock Ranch.
The Corps proposes to restore hydrologic connectivity between the Columbia Stock Ranch project site and the Columbia River. This will restore structure and function of floodplain habitats, provide fish access to wetlands and off-channel habitats, and increase rearing and foraging opportunities for juvenile fish to improve survival in the lower Columbia River and estuary.
The draft EA is available for review on the Corps' web site at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Media/Announcements.aspx. Questions or comments regarding the draft document should be directed to Joyce Casey, 503-808-4760, or Joyce.E.Casey@usace.army.mil. Comments, postmarked by May 25, 2016, also can be mailed to:

District Engineer
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Attn: CENWP-PM-E/Joyce Casey
P.O. Box 2946
Portland, Oregon 97208-2946

Please reference public notice CENWP-PM-E-16-03, draft Environmental Assessment for Columbia Stock Ranch Ecosystem Restoration Project title in all written correspondence.


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Efficiency Exchange conference highlights energy efficiency innovations and trends (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/25/16 8:30 AM
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Northwest connects on the latest energy efficiency programs and strategies

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho -- April 25, 2016 -- The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), in partnership with the Northwest Power and Conservation Council and utilities throughout the Northwest, are hosting the fourth annual Efficiency Exchange conference.

The region wide event focuses on promoting technical innovation and new ideas in utility energy efficiency programs. This year's event will be at the Coeur d'Alene Conference Center in Idaho on April 26-27, with tours on April 28.

"This is the biggest utility energy efficiency event in the Northwest," said Richard Genece, vice president of Energy Efficiency for BPA. "It's where utilities, implementers, contractors and policy-makers share ideas, best practices and strategies so that we can continue to drive the Northwest's energy efficiency powerhouse."

Attendees will build new relationships, gain a better understanding of emerging trends in the industry, and learn about new products, programs and practices to consider in their own organizations.

This year's conference kicks off with a general session on energy efficiency in the Seventh Power Plan, which the Council adopted in February. The plan concludes that energy efficiency is the key to meeting our region's future demand for electricity.

"The Council's analysis found that energy efficiency can meet all of the Northwest's anticipated load growth through 2035," Council Chair Henry Lorenzen said. "It also provides a significant contribution to the region's newly identified need for capacity resources which can help meet spikes in system demand. The Council is pleased to help sponsor the 2016 Energy Efficiency Exchange and to continue work with BPA, NEEA and other regional partners to promote this important resource."

In addition to this topic, experts from around the Northwest will present on a range of issues, such as electric vehicle infrastructure, lighting and new methods of driving energy efficiency through data and behavior.

Attendees will also get an insider's look at how energy-efficient technologies are tested, refined and applied to a number of local industries. The final day of the conference includes tours of the Fighting Creek Landfill Gas Project, Rohinni Lighting, and the Post Falls Hydroelectric Development, among other sites.

"The Northwest has been an established leader in collaborating on energy efficiency for the last two decades," said NEEA's executive director, Susan E. Stratton. "Efficiency Exchange brings together thought leaders and program experts to share new ideas and insights that benefit the whole region. Together, we are shaping our energy future."

Between sessions, attendees can visit the Conduit Lounge and register, post and share information on Conduit [conduitnw.org], an online community that facilitates collaboration and coordination among energy efficiency professionals in the Northwest.

View the full agenda of the conference at www.efficiencyexchangenw.com.


Attached Media Files: Now in its fourth year, Efficiency Exchange is the biggest energy efficiency event in the Northwest.
Clatsop County Sheriff's Office News Release
Clatsop Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/25/16 8:23 AM
On Saturday, April, 23, 2016 at approximately 4:52pm, 34 year old, Joseph T. Nestor of Astoria, OR died from injuries he sustained from a 60 - 70 foot fall from the top of Young's River Falls.

Clatsop County 911 received a call that a male subject had fallen from the Young's River Falls. Deputies from the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office responded immediately arriving on scene at approximately 5:09pm where they began their investigation into the incident.

A witness reported that Joseph Nestor was at the falls with his father and brother. Alone, while his father and brother stayed on the shore below Joseph began climbing on the face of the falls and lost his footing. He slipped and fell approximately 60 - 70 feet onto the rocks below and then into the water. The witness then lost sight of him.

Joseph's body was recovered from the water a short time later. Clatsop County Medical Examiner Joann Guilliani determined that Joseph died from his injuries sustained during his fall onto the rocks.

The Clatsop County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by; the Lewis and Clark Fire Department, the Olney Walluski Fire Department, and the Oregon State Police.
Sun. 04/24/16
Red Cross responded to a single-family fire in Vemonia, OR.
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/24/16 9:41 PM
Volunteers with the American Red Cross disaster action team responded to a disaster at 8:10 p.m. on April 24, 2016 in the 55800 block of Nehalem Highway in Vemonia, OR. The single-family fire affected two adults.The Red Cross provided assistance to address immediate and basic needs, comfort kits and information about recovery services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

Did you know that the American Red Cross responds to an average of two disasters every day in our region? We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascades to schedule an appointment.
Red Cross responds to a multi-family fire in Phoenix, Oregon
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/24/16 4:08 PM
Volunteers with the American Red Cross disaster action team responded to a disaster at 2 p.m. on April 24, 2016 in the 900 block of North Rose Street in Phoenix, Oregon. The multi-family fire affected two adults and one pet. The Red Cross provided assistance to address immediate and basic needs, comfort kits and information about recovery services and health/emotional health resources.. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

Did you know that the American Red Cross responds to an average of two disasters every day in our region? We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascades to schedule an appointment.
Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org/cascades
Ridgefield High School Winter Athletes Distinguish Themselves in the Classroom (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 04/24/16 11:30 AM
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April 24, 2016 -- Ridgefield, WA -- Spudder boys' and girls' basketball, cheer, gymnastics, and wrestling teams earned plenty of accolades on the courts and mats, but it is their collective classroom accomplishments that may be most impressive. All five varsity winter sports' teams at Ridgefield High School received the WIAA "Distinguished Academic Honors" award, by earning team Grade Point Averages of at least 3.0.

"Academic success is a source of tremendous pride for Spudder athletes and coaches," said Debbie Bentler, the district's athletic director.

Ridgefield's Athletic Core Covenants stress that academics are to remain each student athlete's top priority. "We had five wrestlers and one gymnast competed at state at the conclusion of the season, and we are certainly proud of those athletic accomplishments. To achieve that level of success while also performing at a high level in the classroom is even more impressive."

The Ridgefield School District athletic guidelines require students to pass all classes to be eligible to compete in contests. This expectation fosters a culture of pursuing excellence on and off the courts. Coaches and athletes are embracing academics, as evidenced by this year's team GPA's:

Girls' Basketball (3.44GPA) - 15 team members in the program having 3.5GPA or higher during the first semester

Cheer (3.40GPA) - 10 student-athletes in the program having a 3.5GPA or greater during the first semester

Gymnastics (3.39GPA) - 4 participants in the program earning a 3.5GPA or higher during the first semester

Boys Basketball (3.24GPA) with ten athletes in the program possessing a 3.5GPA or higher during the first semester

Wrestling (3.16GPA) - 8 wrestlers in the program earning a 3.5GPA or higher during the first semester

The time commitment of daily practices and games throughout the season can create challenges for student athletes to keep up academically. Coaches have begun including study halls as part of the weekly routine to help support students.
Girls' basketball coach Tom Klutz is especially pleased with the commitment he saw from his team in the study halls. "It was really well attended by the kids, and they appreciated the time to work on their academics." Klutz went on to add, "Study halls were great for our team as the kids helped one another on homework assignments, which helped to create a family atmosphere."

Bentler echoed that sentiment. "The desire our student-athletes have to excel academically has shown to truly benefit our athletic programs. Study sessions have created great bonding experiences within teams."

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PF&R Firefighters Rescue family of ducklings from storm grate. (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 04/24/16 10:51 AM
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Firefighters were called out earlier today to a report of ducklings trapped in a storm grate near SE 148th and Grant Ct.

Upon arrival crews noticed the mother duck circling around a storm grate in a driveway with her young ducklings trapped below. Firefighters removed the grate and reunited the duck family.

The pictures tell the rest of the story.

Dan Watson
PF&R PIO


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Red Cross Youth and Community Volunteers Install 250 Free Smoke Alarms in Silverton, Mt. Angel, Scotts Mills (Photo)
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/24/16 10:07 AM
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SILVERTON, Ore., April 24, 2016 -- American Red Cross youth and community volunteers installed 250 free smoke alarms and provided fire and earthquake safety education to Silverton, Mt. Angel and Scotts Mills residents yesterday.

Nearly 40 volunteers participated in the free smoke alarm installation event, led by Silverton High School teacher Kirsten Barnes. Silverton High School students are active in the school's Red Cross Youth Club, and volunteer countless hours of their time to help prevent home fires, provide assistance at Red Cross shelters and donate blood. Just last week the students hosted a Red Cross blood drive where 120 units of blood was collected for patients in need.

About the Home Fire Campaign Free Smoke Alarm Installation Events
The Red Cross and local partners provide new smoke alarms free of charge in homes that need them across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Home fire is the single greatest disaster threat to individuals and families throughout the country and the local Red Cross responds to an average of two home fires every day in our region.

The Home Fire Campaign was initiated in 2014 to help reduce death and injury by home fire through free smoke alarm installation. Since then, volunteers in this region have installed more than 5,000 free smoke alarms and delivered countless hours of fire and earthquake safety education in the Cascades region.

The next Home Fire Campaign free smoke alarm installation event will take place on Saturday, April 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., in Bend, Oregon.

For additional information or to schedule an appointment to have free smoke alarm(s) installed please call (503) 528-5783 or visit www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire.

Volunteers are needed for this lifesaving outreach effort. Individuals, faith-based groups, local businesses and organizations are invited to participate. Training will be provided on the day of each event. To register to volunteer visit www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire or email volunteer.cascades@redcross.org.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/cascades or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossCASC.


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Suspect Indicted on Charges Connected to Kona's Death, Theft of Motor Vehicle (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/24/16 9:30 AM
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34-year-old Francisco Vincent Gonzalez has been indicted on numerous charges in connection with the April 7 theft of a motor vehicle and the death of a companion animal "Kona" that was inside the vehicle.

On April 21, a Multnomah County Grand Jury was convened to consider charges against Francisco Vincent Gonzalez relating to the theft of the vehicle, Kona and the dog's subsequent death.

An indictment was returned for the crimes of Animal Abuse in the First Degree; Animal Abuse in the Second Degree; Animal Neglect in the First Degree; Animal Neglect in the Second Degree; Animal Abandonment, Theft in the First Degree; Theft in the First Degree -Theft of a Companion Animal; Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle; Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle; Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and Identity Theft.

In a related case, Gonzalez's wife, 33-year-old Linda Kathy Gutierrez was indicted for Hindering Prosecution.

Both will be arraigned on Monday morning in Multnomah County Court.

Prior to the Grand Jury and at the request of law enforcement, the remains of Kona were transported to the Oregon Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Oregon State University. A full forensic examination of Kona was conducted. A comprehensive report is still pending but the preliminary findings are that there are no indications that Kona was subjected to any form of physical trauma prior to his death.

This investigation started on April 7, 2016, when East Precinct officers responded to the 8400 Block of Southeast 82nd Avenue on a report of a stolen vehicle with the owner's dog inside. Responding officers were unable to officially take a stolen report on the vehicle, due to it not being registered to the victim or the victim having proof of ownership, but officers did broadcast an "attempt to locate" to other officers to find the Hyundai Elantra and the victim's dog "Kona" that was inside the car. Officers encouraged the victim to use social media to get the word out to the public until an official stolen report could be filed.

In the afternoon of Tuesday April 12, 2016, East Precinct officers responded to the report of a suspicious vehicle parked at Southeast 91st Avenue and Cooper Street. Officer arrived and learned that the vehicle was the victim's Hyundai Elantra and that Kona was still inside, deceased. The victim took custody of Kona and later buried him in Southern Oregon.

Detectives were able to identify Gonzalez as the suspect and he was arrested on Thursday April 14, at approximately 5:45 p.m., at the Super Value Inn Motel, located at 5205 North Interstate Avenue.

The hotel room was rented by Gonzalez' wife, who was arrested later at a different North Portland address.

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Manzanita Couple Killed In Highway 101 Crash - Clatsop County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/24/16 7:02 AM
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On April 23rd, 2016 at approximately 3:15PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 101 near milepost 28 (just north of Cannon Beach).

Preliminary information indicates a 2011 Hyundai sport utility was traveling southbound on Highway 101 when it crossed over the centerline and struck a northbound 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe head-on. After the impact both vehicles came to rest on the highway.

The driver of the Hyundai, Gregory W HERON, and his passenger, Martha H HERON (both age 64 and from Manzanita) were pronounced deceased on scene. The driver of the Chevrolet, Diana R FEKE, age 57, and Jethro J FEKE, age 59 (both of West Linn) received non-life threatening injuries. Both were taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Highway 101 was closed for about three and a half hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by the Clatsop County Medical Examiner, Cannon Beach Fire Department, Cannon Beach Police Department, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Cause of the crash is still under investigation. More information will released when it becomes available.


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PF&R on scene of a pin in accident at SE 133rd and Foster Rd.
Portland Fire & Rescue - 04/24/16 4:40 AM
Portland Fire & Rescue was called to an auto accident at 0351hrs this morning involving two vehicles on SE 133 & SE Foster Rd. PF&R crews used extrication equipment to remove a trapped victim. Due to the damage to the vehicle the extrication required more personnel and equipment. Foster Rd is closed at this time (0433hrs).

This release will be updated as more information becomes available.

Dan Watson
PF&R PIO
Sat. 04/23/16
Red Cross responded to a single-family fire in Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/23/16 1:59 PM
Volunteers with the American Red Cross disaster action team responded to a disaster at 03:30 on 4/23/2016 in the 2000 block of SE 153rd Ave in Portland,OR. The fire affected multiple families, including seven adults and one child. The Red Cross provided assistance to address immediate and basic needs, comfort kits and information about recovery services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.
Did you know that the American Red Cross responds to an average of two disasters every day in our region? We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascades to schedule an appointment.
Clark County Jail Inmate found deceased -- apparent suicide
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/23/16 11:16 AM
Clark County Sheriff's Office Corrections Deputies discovered an adult male inmate alone in his cell unconscious and nonresponsive at 17:42 Hrs. Friday, 4-22-2016. Deputies summoned aid and immediately began CPR. Vancouver Fire Rescue and AMR responded and administered emergency medical aid. All efforts to resuscitate the subject were unsuccessful and emergency medical personnel declared the person deceased at 18:09 Hrs.
The circumstances of the death are under investigation of detectives from the Clark County Major Crimes Unit. The deceased was turned over to the Clark County Medical Examiner to determine the cause and manner of death. The identity of the deceased and particulars of his confinement are not being released at this time, pending family notifications.
No further information will be released at this time.
McMinnville Man Loses Life In Highway 18 Crash - Yamhill County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/23/16 9:20 AM
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On April 22, 2016 at about 4:35AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a three vehicle crash on Highway 18 near milepost 49 (one mile east of McMinnville).

A 2003 Dodge Durango was westbound on Highway 18 when it crossed the centerline and struck an eastbound 2004 Chevrolet Astro van head-on. The Dodge then struck a 2005 Honda Civic which had been following the Chevrolet. When this impact occurred, the Dodge rode up and over the hood of the Honda. The roof of the Honda was tore off killing the driver inside. The Durango then rolled over and came to rest in a ditch.

The driver of the Dodge, Daniel L CAIN, age 25, of Lafayette, received minor injuries. The driver of the Chevrolet, Stanley N CASS, age 62, of McMinnville, received non-life threatening injuries and was transported to an area hospital. The deceased driver of the Honda was identified as Robby A ROBBINS, age 56, of McMinnville.

Fatigued driving is being investigated as a contributing factor. Seatbelts were worn by all drivers. A detour was established for approximately four hours as the scene was investigated. OSP was assisted by the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, McMinnville Police Department, McMinnville Fire Department, Dayton Fire Department, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

More information will be released as it becomes available.


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Wrong Way Driver Crash On Hwy217 In Tigard (Photo)
Tigard Police - 04/23/16 8:31 AM
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Tigard Police were called to a motor vehicle crash which occurred as a result of a motorist traveling the wrong direction on Hwy 217 in Tigard. The crash occurred at approximately 3:35AM on the north end of the I-5 flyover ramp to northbound Hwy 217. Three vehicles were involved.

Witness reports indicate that a Dodge Ram pickup was traveling the wrong direction when it collided with another pickup and a passenger vehicle. The driver in the passenger vehicle needed to be extricated and was transported by ground to OHSU. The driver of the pickup appeared not injured. The suspected wrong-way driver was transported by ground to OHSU with life-threatening injuries. That driver was found under his vehicle which had rolled-over.

The flyover ramp was closed for several hours while police investigated the crash. A similar crash occurred on April 4th in the same area which resulted in the death of that wrong-way driver.


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Overnight Fire Displaces Two SE Portland Residents (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 04/23/16 3:33 AM
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At just before 2:30 a.m. Portland Fire & Rescue responded to multiple calls of a home on fire near SE 152nd and SE Lincoln Street. Initial reports, as crews were en route, were that an occupant was still inside. Upon arrival crews found heavy smoke coming from the eaves of the home directly around the attached garage. Crews also immediately located an individual standing outside the home in front of the garage and was confirmed to be the unaccounted for occupant. With both occupants accounted for and safely outside the home crews focused their efforts on the fire.

The main body of the fire was located in the garage and the attic directly above. Crews worked on the roof and cut vent holes to release heat and to keep the fire from spreading through the attic. At the same time crews inside the garage extinguished the fire on the ground level. Fire damage was contained to the garage. However, enough smoke damage is present through the rest of the home that the occupants will not be staying there at this time.

The occupants were checked out at the scene at opted to not be taken to the hospital for further evaluation.

During the initial phase of this fire it was reported that the unaccounted for occupant was inside trying to fight the fire. It is important to understand that it does not take much for someone to become incapacitated from smoke inhalation. If a fire is too large to handle on your own, it is time to get out and stay out of the home. If you know you are the last person to evacuate during a fire, close doors to the fire affected area and as you exit home. This will slow the fires growth due to lack of oxygen.

No injuries were reported with this fire. An Investigator is on scene working to determine a cause and develop a damage estimate.

If photos become available, this release will be updated with them.


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Red Cross responds to a multi-family fire in Umatilla, Oregon.
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/23/16 1:01 AM
Volunteers with the American Red Cross disaster action team responded to a disaster on Friday, April 22,2016 in the 1500 block of 3rd street in Umatilla, Oregon.
This multi-family fire affected 9 adults, 15 children and many pets.
The Red Cross provided assistance to address immediate and basic needs, and information about recovery services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.
Did you know that the American Red Cross responds to an average of two disasters every day in our region? We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascades to schedule an appointment

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org/cascades
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Former OSP Sergeant John Burright Honored At Ceremony In Salem (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/22/16 5:14 PM
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A ceremony was held on April 21, 2016 to dedicate the naming of a Salem City Street in the name of former Oregon State Police Sergeant John Burright who was critically injured in 2001. John later medically retired due to being disabled.

The ceremony took place at the site of the future Oregon State Police headquarters building in southeast Salem. The ceremony was attended by John's family, friends and coworkers. Superintendent Rich Evans presented the family with replicas of the street sign "Burright Ln SE", which was later unveiled by John's son Jeremy.

On September 4, 2001, Sergeant Burright, OSP Senior Trooper Maria Mignano and Albany Police Officer Jason Hoerauf were alongside Interstate 5 near milepost 243 (south of Salem) assisting a disabled motorist when they were struck by a driver who had fallen asleep at the wheel. Senior Trooper Mignano and Officer Hoerauf were killed and Sergeant Burright was critically injured.

Mignano and Hoerauf have been honored for their sacrifice at the Oregon Peace Officer Memorial at the Oregon Public Safety Academy. "This is a way to honor John for his contributions serving the citizens of Oregon", said Superintendent Evans. "The sign will remind troopers when they are on their way to work how important the work they do is".

People close to John stated he set the standard of a family man, fellow trooper and friend. They believe that naming the street after John will bring his presence back to the office and something he would have wanted.

The new OSP headquarters, which is at 3565 Trelstad Ave SE, is set to be open by mid-summer. The building will consolidate several OSP facilities that are currently scattered around Salem. Those include, Office of State Fire Marshal, property and procurement, Criminal Justice Information Services, the Salem Area Command and OSP headquarters.


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Beaverton City Library Invites Teens to Participate in Annual Teen Poetry Coffeehouse (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 04/22/16 4:08 PM
Teens are invited to participate in the Beaverton City Library’s Teen Poetry Coffeehouse on Thursday, May 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Coffee and snacks will be provided. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
Teens are invited to participate in the Beaverton City Library’s Teen Poetry Coffeehouse on Thursday, May 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Coffee and snacks will be provided. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The Beaverton City Library invites teens in grades 6 to 12 to share poems--originals or favorites by other authors--at the annual Teen Poetry Coffeehouse on Thursday, May 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at 12375 SW Fifth Street.


Parents, teachers, and family members are welcome to stay for the announcement of the winners of April's teen poetry ballads contest from 6 to 6:15 p.m. Only teens may stay for the poetry reading portion of the event from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Coffee and snacks will be provided for teens.


Teen poetry contest prizes will be awarded for both middle school (grades 6 to 8) and high school (grades 9 to 12) divisions. First place receives $100, second place $50, and $25 third place. Winning entries will also be posted on the teen page of the library website on Friday, May 6.


For more information, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org/Teens, call 503-350-4001, or stop by the teen room at the main library.


ABOUT THE LIBRARY
The Beaverton City Library is the second-busiest library system in the state, with more than 780,000 patrons a year at its main location at 12375 SW Fifth Street and Murray Scholls branch at 11200 SW Murray Scholls Place.


For additional information regarding Beaverton City Library services, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-644-2197. The Beaverton City Library is one of fifteen libraries in Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) that work communally to provide excellent countywide library service by sharing valuable resources and information with one another.


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Attached Media Files: Teens are invited to participate in the Beaverton City Library’s Teen Poetry Coffeehouse on Thursday, May 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Coffee and snacks will be provided. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
Traffic Advisory UPDATE: PBOT crews reopen all lanes of SE Milwaukie Ave earlier than expected after stormwater repairs
Portland Bureau of Transportation - 04/22/16 3:23 PM
(3 p.m. April 22, 2016) After hours of excavation and repairs to damaged sewer lines, Portland Bureau of Transportation crews have reopened all lanes of SE Milwaukie Avenue at SE Reedway Street, earlier than the expected 4 p.m. completion time.

Travelers are advised to use caution, as the temporary surface may have bumps and other inconsistencies.

Crews will need to return on another day, likely next week, to restore the permanent pavement surface.

A cavity of about 2 feet in diameter was reported on Tuesday afternoon, believed to be about 4 feet by 6 feet underground as well. PBOT crews secured the area with a steel plate. Upon further inspection, crews found evidence of a larger underground cavity undermining the street surface and closed the road to gain better access at 8 a.m. on Wednesday.

Excavating through about 2 feet of material, including antiquated streetcar tracks, cobblestones and asfault, revealed an underground cavity about 6 feet deep, 12 feet wide and 17 feet long in the northbound travel lane.

On Thursday, crews found more underground cavities to the south and west of the initial reported sinkhole. Repairs in those areas were made Thursday and today.

PBOT conducts emergency repairs to sewer and stormwater lines in the public right of way in Portland.

Underground cavities can be caused by sewer or water line leaks, damage caused by construction crews, water from underground streams or weather events. Small cavities in city streets may be a sign of a larger underground problem. The public is advised to call PBOT's 24-hour dispatch to report sinkholes or other roadway hazards at 503-823-1700.

IMAGES: For links to video and photos of the cavities in SE Milwaukie and PBOT crews working to fix them, see PBOT's YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/PBOTinfo and PBOT's Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/PBOTinfo/media

YouTube videos available:
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ni79LY7PWEM

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City's transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation
Four Guns, Five Arrests on Thursday Night in Southeast Portland's Brentwood Park (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/22/16 3:18 PM
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In the afternoon hours of Thursday April 21, 2016, Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team (GET) officers made five arrests and seized four handguns from a group of people in Southeast Portland's Brentwood Park.

GET officers patrolling the area observed several people known to the officers as criminal gang associates in Brentwood Park, located at 6900 Southeast 60th Avenue. Officers attempted contact with the group and several people began walking away.

Officers contacted two females in the South end of the park, both of whom were armed with handguns. 24-year-old Brenea Sante Williams had a loaded handgun with a 30 round magazine in her hand at the time the police contacted her in the park. Officers ordered her to drop the gun and lie on the ground, where she was safely taken into custody.

23-year-old Sequoia Raeanne Turner had a loaded gun in her waistband when police contacted her and she was safely taken into custody.

Two other loaded handguns were seized inside the park -- one found lying on a picnic table and one from a man who was released from the scene pending further investigation. Three other men were contacted and arrested for parole violations.

Williams was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Loaded Firearm and Possession of Weapons in a Park.

Turner was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a Loaded Firearm.

28-year-old Clemeth Maurice Porter was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a parole violation.

23-year-old Jaronn Mart Moody was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a parole violation.

24-year-old Brandon Taylore Johnson was booked into the Multnomah County jail on a parole violation.

The Tactical Operations Division's Gang Enforcement Team (GET) and Gun Task Force (GTF) are continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106 or email information to gangs@portlandoregon.gov.

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

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

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

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

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

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

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

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Tourism to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Creates $67.5 Million in Economic Benefits
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 04/22/16 2:26 PM
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 818,672 visitors to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in 2015 spent $4.69 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 792 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local community of $67.5 million.

"Fort Vancouver National Historic Site welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world," said Superintendent Tracy Fortmann. "National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service, and it's a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities."

Fortmann added, "Established in 1948, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site has long been a part of our community. Through the many years since its creation, park staff, volunteers, and partners have striven to serve our community as well as visitors coming from across the nation and internationally. Visitation has and continues to grow steadily. Today, the national park is recognized as a welcoming hub actively providing historical and archaeological education, research, and learning, as well as hosting free, dynamic public events, educational programs, partnered activities, and permitted events."

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas of the U.S. Geological Survey and Lynne Koontz of the National Park Service. The report shows $16.9 billion of direct spending by 307.2 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. The spending supported 295,000 jobs nationally; 252,000 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $32 billion.

According to the 2015 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (31.1 percent)
followed by food and beverages (20.2 percent), gas and oil (11.8 percent), admissions and fees (10.2 percent) and souvenirs and other expenses (9.8 percent).

To download the report visit https://www.nps.gov/subjects/socialscience/vse.htm

The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.

To learn more about the national parks in Washington and how the National Park Service works with Washington communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to https://www.nps.gov/state/wa/index.htm
Update: Southbound N Interstate lanes reopened after stormwater repairs
Portland Bureau of Transportation - 04/22/16 2:23 PM
(April 22, 2016) UPDATE: Portland Bureau of Transportation crews have reopened the southbound Interstate Avenue travel lane and bike lane earlier than expected after repairing stormwater system damage.

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(April 22, 2016) UPDATE: Portland Bureau of Transportation crews are closing the southbound Interstate Avenue travel lane and bike lane today from 8 a.m. through as late as 3 p.m. An additional underground cavity was found this morning after work on other stormwater system damage on Thursday.

Southbound Interstate Avenue will be closed between N Tillamook and N Thunderbird Way. Southbound motor vehicle and bicycle traffic will be detoured to the Broadway Bridge ramp, then to Larabee Ave., rejoining N Interstate Ave, south of Broadway, near Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The northbound travel lane and bike lane are not affected.

The public is advised to expect delays and use alternate routes if possible.

Prior updates are below.
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UPDATE: PBOT crews have reopened the southbound travel lane and bike lane on N Interstate Avenue, after repairing an underground cavity. The northbound travel lane and bike lane are expected to remain closed through 2 p.m., as previously announced.

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UPDATE: Southbound travel and bike lanes on N Interstate will remain closed through 3 p.m. today near the Broadway Bridge, between N Tillamook and N Thunderbird Way. During a routine inspection of a stormwater line this morning, PBOT crews found damage to an underground stormwater line and a cavity that requires further inspection. The traveling public is advised to use alternate routes.

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Traffic Advisory: Sewer work to close N Interstate Ave near Broadway Bridge 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday April 21

The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that sewer repairs will require closures of N Interstate Avenue on Thursday April 21 between NE Tillamook Street and the Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Northbound Interstate Avenue will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Northbound bicycle and motor vehicle traffic will be detoured at N Larabee Avenue, through N Broadway, to rejoin N Interstate farther north.

Southbound Interstate Avenue will be closed between N Tillamook and N Thunderbird Way from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Southbound motor vehicle and bicycle traffic will be detoured to the Broadway Bridge ramp, then to Larabee Ave., rejoining N Interstate Ave, south of Broadway.

The work is required to inspect some sewer lines in southbound lanes and fix a small underground cavity in the northbound lane. PBOT has received complaints that motor vehicle drivers on northbound Interstate Avenue have been driving in the bike lane to avoid a steel plate set temporarily in the travel lane. Repairs on northbound Interstate Avenue should allow crews to replace the steel plate with asphalt.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made and use alternative routes if possible. We ask the public to travel cautiously and observe all lane closures and directions from reader boards, signage and flaggers.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City's transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation
Oregon Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Task Force meets April 29 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 04/22/16 1:59 PM
April 22, 2016

What: The first meeting of the Oregon Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Task Force.

Agenda: Introduce the Oregon Opioids Prescribing Guidelines Task Force, discuss the CDC guideline and recommendations, and identify topics for discussion. See the complete agenda on the OHA opioids website at healthoregon.org/opioids.

When: Friday, April 29, 9 a.m. to noon

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

Details: The Oregon Health Authority is convening a task force to develop statewide opioid prescribing guidelines. These guidelines will support Oregon's initiative to address the epidemic of opioid use, misuse, and overdose by optimizing care, improving patient safety, and providing a consistent framework for endorsement and implementation at the local level.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations call the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Oregon OSHA offers help during national safety event
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/22/16 1:39 PM
(Salem) -- Oregon OSHA Consultation Services is offering to bring expertise to work sites across the state during the May 2-6 National Safety Stand-Down event.

In its third year, the voluntary national stand-down, organized by federal OSHA and other federal agencies, will focus on the dangers of falls in the construction industry. Such falls, which are preventable, remain a leading cause of death for construction workers.

"The National Safety Stand-Down offers employers the opportunity to focus on fall hazards and build a working relationship with Oregon OSHA," said Roy Kroker, consultation and public education manager for Oregon OSHA.

Oregon OSHA's no-cost consultation services are always available to help employers identify and correct safety and health hazards. However, the agency believes the week of the national stand-down affords a special opportunity to establish a relationship with employers and workers to reinforce the importance of safety in the workplace.

Anyone who wants to prevent falls in the workplace can participate in the national stand-down. Previously, participants have included commercial construction companies of all sizes, residential construction contractors, general industry employers, unions, and safety equipment manufacturers.

Companies can conduct a safety stand-down in a variety of ways, including taking a break to have an informal safety meeting, conducting safety equipment inspections, developing rescue plans, and discussing specific hazards on the job.

Last year's national stand-down reached more than 2.5 million workers. This year, federal OSHA's goal is to reach 5 million workers, and Oregon OSHA aims to help make the national event a success in Oregon. Its consultants will participate in activities chosen by employers to help protect workers.

Employers are encouraged to request a visit from a consultant during the National Safety Stand-Down by calling Oregon OSHA's central office in Salem, 503-378-3272, or a field office in their area:

Bend: 541-388-6068
Eugene: 541-686-7913
Medford: 541-776-6016
Pendleton: 541-276-2353
Portland: 503-229-6193
Salem: 503-373-7819

The dangers of falls in the construction industry cannot be overstated. Deaths caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 337 of the 874 construction deaths recorded in 2014, according to federal data.

The construction industry also has the greatest number of both fatal and nonfatal traumatic brain injuries among U.S. workplaces, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. From 2003 to 2010, 2,210 construction workers died because of a traumatic brain injury.

To learn more about the National Safety Stand-Down: https://www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/

For more information about Oregon OSHA's Consultation Services: http://www.orosha.org/consultation.html

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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.
Red Cross and Youth Volunteers to Install Free Smoke Alarms in Silverton, Mt. Angel and Scotts Mills
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/22/16 12:11 PM
Red Cross volunteers, including more than a dozen Silverton High School students and Silverton Fire Cadets will install free smoke alarms and provide fire and earthquake safety education to Silverton, Mt. Angel and Scotts Mills residents on Saturday, April 23.

PORTLAND, Ore., April 22, 2016 - Home fires are the single greatest disaster threat to individuals and families throughout the country. Through the Home Fire Campaign, the American Red Cross and local partners are helping to reduce the risk of home fire by installing free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington.

This Saturday, April 23, between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. the Red Cross will be in Silverton, Mt. Angel and Scotts Mills, Oregon to install new, free smoke alarms in homes that need them.

Trained volunteers will begin installing smoke alarms in the area of 822 Industry Way in Silverton in the morning and will travel throughout Silverton, Mt. Angel and Scotts Mills for installation appointments as the day progresses. During appointments volunteers will be reviewing fire safety and earthquake safety checklists with residents and providing information about creating a fire escape plan. Silverton Fire Department cadets will also be on hand to help install smoke alarms in addition to other community volunteers.

More than a dozen Silverton High School students will be volunteering to help install smoke alarms. At least three of the students have been affected by a home fire, themselves, and are now giving back to help others in the community. Many of the students have volunteered with the Red Cross throughout high school and have helped out at Red Cross shelters, including the one established in Oregon City during the record winter storms last year.

The Silverton High School students are part of the school's very active Red Cross Youth Club, led by teacher Kirsten Barnes. Barnes, Salem's Dianne Mekkers and Portland's Cara Sloman recently received the National Presidential Award for Excellence in Washington, D.C. for their work to set up a training academy for disaster responders. The model they developed is now being implemented throughout the country.

For additional information or to schedule an appointment to have smoke alarm(s) installed please call (503) 528-5783 or visit www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire.

Volunteers are needed for this lifesaving outreach effort. Individuals, faith-based groups, local businesses and organizations are invited to participate. On-site training will be provided. To register to volunteer, visit www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire or email volunteer.cascades@redcross.org.

The Red Cross Cascades region responds to an average of two home fires every day. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire: Get informed. Make a Plan. Build a Kit. This information and more is available at http://www.redcross.org/Cascades or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1RESsyg


Attached Media Files: Red Cross and Youth Volunteers to Install Free Smoke Alarms to Silverton, Mt. Angel and Scotts Mills
Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee to meet April 28
Oregon Health Authority - 04/22/16 11:31 AM
April 22, 2016

What: A public meeting of the Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee, which provides the state Tobacco Prevention and Education Program with recommendations and guidance on program and budget matters. Agenda items include legislative session debriefing; tobacco retail policy efforts; and tobacco prevention policy options.

When: Thursday, April 28, 1-3 p.m.

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

Who: The Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee is appointed by the Governor. Members come from private organizations and state agencies dedicated to reducing the harmful impact of tobacco use on Oregonians.

Details: Please note that space is limited. For more information, visit the committee's website at https://public.health.oregon.gov/PreventionWellness/TobaccoPrevention/Pages/trac.aspx.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations call the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Six to receive Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/22/16 11:19 AM
Individuals, organizations and projects that have made outstanding contributions to preserving Oregon heritage will receive Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards May 5 in Salem. The public is invited to attend the presentation with pre-ticketing required.

"The award recipients represent the diversity of efforts to preserve Oregon's heritage," said Kyle Jansson, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. "They also serve as models for others for how to make the most out of available resources."

The recipients will be:

-- Oregon Digital Newspaper Program, a cooperative, ground-breaking effort led by the University of Oregon Libraries to digitize more than 740,000 pages of historic newspapers and create related educational resources.

-- Oregon Archaeological Society, for its decades of work educating the public about archaeology, preserving cultural resources and advancing archaeological knowledge.

-- J.S. Cooper Block Restoration, for an outstanding effort to restore an Independence landmark that has helped to rejuvenate the downtown area.

-- B.A. Beierle, for her enduring and collaborative efforts to sustain the historic resources of Corvallis and Benton County.

-- Gary Dielman, for his decades-long work preserving and writing about the history of Baker County, including the 10,000 historic images collected by the Baker County Library District.

-- Sally Donovan of Hood River, for her dedication and outstanding work on behalf of Oregon's heritage resources, including her leadership in working with historic cemeteries.

The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards are a project of Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. This year's awards are being presented in conjunction with the Oregon Heritage Conference.

Tickets for the awards presentation are available by using the online registration system that is available through www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/conference.aspx. For more information, contact Kyle Jansson at 503-986-0673 or kyle.jansson@oregon.gov


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BLM Oregon Unveils Vintage-Style Commemorative Poster of Steens Mountain (Photo)
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 04/22/16 11:09 AM
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Portland, Ore. -- The Bureau of Land Management's Oregon/Washington State Office released a new vintage-style poster and postcards of Steens Mountain for Earth Day 2016. The posters and postcards will be available to the public at no cost from all BLM offices and public rooms throughout Oregon and Washington.

"An area as special as southeast Oregon's Steens Mountain deserves an equally special commemoration like this beautiful vintage poster. The Steens Mountain and its high desert surroundings is one of the crown jewels of Oregon wildlands. Conservation efforts here are an example of successful cooperative conservation efforts." said acting Oregon/Washington BLM State Director Jamie Connell.

The Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area (CMPA) contains 428,156 acres of public land offering diverse scenic and recreational experiences. The CMPA encompasses an extraordinary landscape with deep glacier carved gorges, stunning scenery, wilderness, wild rivers, a rich diversity of plant and animal species, and a way of life for all who live there. The 52-mile Steens Mountain Backcountry Byway provides access to four campgrounds and the views from Kiger Gorge, East Rim, Big Indian Gorge, Wildhorse and Little Blitzen Gorge overlooks are spectacular!

The United States Congress designated the Steens Mountain Wilderness in 2000 and it now has over 170,200 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Oregon and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. "The high Steens landscape reveals the dramatic effects of contrasting geologic forces -- tectonic uplift and glaciation. The vintage Steens poster depicts the massive backdrop that compels us to play an active part in something much bigger than ourselves," said Jerry Magee, Oregon/Washington BLM State Wilderness Lead.

The Act also designated three new Wild and Scenic Rivers --- Wildhorse Creek, Little Wildhorse Creek and Kiger Creek --- and adds two new segments --- Ankle Creek and Mud Creek --- to the existing Donner und Blitzen Wild and Scenic River. Also, the first ever Redband Trout Reserve has been created to improve stream health and fish habitat.

The BLM's National Conservation Lands encompass some of the most scenic, culturally rich and scientifically important public land in America. These lands include approximately 875 areas (more than 32 million acres) of National Monuments, National Conservation Areas, Wilderness Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, and other federally-designated special places.

The vintage poster and postcard series is being produced to raise awareness and encourage greater stewardship of our National Conservation Lands. Since 2014, the BLM has published 13 vintage posters. All the posters can be viewed at: www.flickr.com/photos/mypubliclands/sets/72157644226090865

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.


Attached Media Files: Steens Mountain Poster Press Release , Steens Mountain Poster
Fire Sprinkler System Spares Large Market Place in West Linn (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 04/22/16 11:07 AM
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Just after 8:45am today fire crews were dispatched to a commercial fire alarm at the West Linn Central Village shopping complex, located at 21900 Willamette Dr. in West Linn. Information from the alarm company, along with information from occupants inside the structure indicated the presence of smoke coming from the Aqua Nails Bar. This prompted the response to be upgraded to a full first alarm assignment, bringing additional firefighters and resources to the scene.

First arriving fire crews encountered dark grey smoke inside the Aqua Nails Bar, and also found the fire sprinkler system activated. Crews immediately began to work to locate the source of the smoke, which they quickly determined was originating from the Aqua Nails Bar occupancy. Additional firefighters arrived on scene and began to evacuate neighboring businesses within the complex. Due to the size of the structure and the volume of smoke exiting the building the incident commander requested a second alarm for additional firefighting resources.

Firefighters worked on scene for over 40 minutes to evacuate smoke and water, and to salvage belongings. Although fire damage was contained to the Aqua Nails Bar, some adjacent businesses had moderate smoke damage. There were no injuries reported as a result of the fire.

Assisting TVFR firefighters on scene were crews from the Lake Oswego Fire Department, Gladstone Fire Department, Clackamas Fire District, and AMR ambulance. At this time employees are being allowed to return to the businesses not affected by the fire.

There is a TVFR fire investigator on scene working to determine the cause of the fire. There is currently no damage estimate available at this time.



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Pulitzer Prize winning article on Cascadia raises awareness in advance of regional exercise (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 04/22/16 11:07 AM
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The possibility of a devastating mega-earthquake in Pacific Northwest has been a topic of conversation lately, thanks in part to the riveting and informative article by Kathryn Shultz in The New Yorker called "The Really Big One." The article was published in July of last year, and brought widespread attention to the importance of planning for a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami. Shultz recently won a Pulitzer Prize for the story.

"It's great to see this topic spurred such a prestigious award," said Andrew Phelps, director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. "Though the article pointed out some scary elements, the awareness it has generated has helped to move communities to enhance their preparedness planning."

On June 7-10, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management will participate in Cascadia Rising, the largest-ever regional exercise supported by FEMA Region X that includes local, state, tribal and federal partners. Cascadia Rising is scheduled to occur in Oregon, Washington and Idaho to simulate the first 4-days of a Cascadia earthquake and tsunami.

The exercise aims to test the Cascadia Playbook, a document that outlines the first 14-days of a coordinated response for a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami.

The playbook, says Phelps, is an innovative, whole community approach Oregon is taking to synchronize response efforts for a Cascadia event. Using the playbook as a guide, Cascadia Rising will help ensure emergency response partners are working together to provide decision makers with information to implement programs and policies that will save lives and property.

"It's an opportunity to test our ability to allocate and manage resources with urgency during a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami, and other disasters," Phelps said.

Thanks to the article by Schulz, recent major earthquakes, the tireless efforts of the emergency management community, and other outreach and events - lives and property will be saved when the inevitable Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami occurs.

"Now is a perfect time for everyone to evaluate a family emergency plan and update or establish emergency kits," said Althea Rizzo, Ph.D., the state geologic hazards program coordinator, and a noted authority on earthquake preparedness.

Rizzo advocates for having discussions with family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers and school officials about what to do in the event of a major earthquake or other disaster.

"Everyone should have established exit routes, contacts, meeting places, and available preparedness kits after a disaster."

You can view a brief informational video about the Cascadia Subduction Zone here: https://www.facebook.com/OMDOEM/videos/770831753061523/

For more information about Cascadia Rising 2016, visit https://www.fema.gov/cascadia-rising-2016.


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Client and Staff Safety Task Force to meet Wednesday, April 27 in Salem - Agenda
Oregon Department of Human Services - 04/22/16 10:55 AM
The first meeting of the Client and Staff Safety Task Force is planned for Wednesday, April 27, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court Street NE Salem in Hearing Room B. This meeting is open to the public.

The task force, which was created by Senate Bill 226, is directed to make recommendations on staff safety, resident care, and operation of the Stabilization and Crisis Units. The task force will meet approximately six times and provide a report to the Legislature by September 15, 2016.

The agenda for the meeting is posted here.

The task force will consider and make recommendations for:
Ensuring the dignity and self-determination of each resident in a Stabilization and Crisis Unit;
Improving the safety of staff employed by a Stabilization and Crisis Unit;
Improving the training and support for staff;
Staffing levels;
Reducing incidents of aggressive and assaultive behavior by residents;
Reducing the need for staff to work overtime;
Improving access to appropriate mental health supports and intervention methods; and
Ensuring the timely transition of residents in Stabilization and Crisis Units when ready to be placed with a residential service provider in the community, including recommendations for building capacity in community-based care settings.
For those not able to attend in person, there is a conference call option:
Call 1-877-873-8017, and enter participant code: 772325# when prompted.
Accessibility: All meetings of this Task Force are open to the public and will conform to Oregon public meetings laws. Request for accommodation for any person with disabilities should be made to Angie Allbee: 503 689-5034. Requests for accommodation should be made at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.


Attached Media Files: Agenda for Meeting
Hockinson School District Regular Board Meeting
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 04/22/16 10:48 AM
The Hockinson School District will hold a Regular Board Meeting on Monday, April 25, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. It will be held in the Middle School library located at 15916 NE 182nd Ave.; Brush Prairie, WA 98606
Traffic Advisory 04/22/16: Preparation for Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project Begins Spring 2016, Impacts to Travel
Portland Water Bureau - 04/22/16 10:17 AM
In order to comply with federal and state mandates and ensure a healthy, resilient, and secure water system, the Portland Water Bureau and Oregon general contractor Hoffman Construction Company are moving forward with an eight-year capital improvement project to update the Washington Park reservoir site at 2403 SW Jefferson Street.

Beginning late April 2016 and lasting for two to three weeks, the Portland Water Bureau and our contractor will begin preparing the project site by working with the City of Portland's arborist to remove vegetation and trees below lower Reservoir 4 near the pump station facilities and adjacent to SW Jefferson Street. All work will occur within the project site.

Selective tree pruning and inspection will also occur within the project site, around Reservoir 3 and 4, and along SW Sacajawea Boulevard, SW Lewis Clark Way, and SW Madison Court. Pruning and inspection will occur intermittently Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Travelers and park users are asked to exercise caution and drive slowly around tree pruning work areas.

Park users are encouraged to travel to and move safely around the park and its attractions by using the bus and light rail, walking, biking and skating, and taking the free park shuttle. Visit http://TriMet.org and www.ExploreWashingtonPark.org for transit options.

The project entails building a new, seismically reinforced below ground reservoir. The reservoir will not only maintain the historic drinking water function provided by the original reservoirs, but will be engineered to withstand ongoing landslide encroachment and potentially catastrophic effects of a major earthquake and will feature a reflecting pool on top in the same general footprint as the historical Reservoir 3. Reservoir 4 will be disconnected from the public drinking water system, and a lowland habitat area/bioswale and a reflecting pool will be constructed in the basin.

For additional project information and updates, contact 503-823-7030, e-mail Lindsay.Wochnick@portlandoregon,gov, or visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/wpreservoirs.


Attached Media Files: 2016-04/1240/93795/TRAFFIC_ADVISORY_042216_Preparation_for_WA_Park_Reservoir_Improvements_Project.pdf
Red Cross Helps Six People Affected by Fire in Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/22/16 9:33 AM
Volunteers with the American Red Cross responded to a disaster that occurred this morning, April 22, 2016, just before 7 a.m., in the 4500 block of Going Street, in Portland, OR. The multi-family fire affected six adults and one pet. The Red Cross provided assistance to address immediate and basic needs (an example of assistance may include food or temporary housing) and information about recovery services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

Did you know that the American Red Cross responds to an average of two disasters every day in our region? We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
CCC News (Photo)
Clackamas Community College - 04/22/16 9:31 AM
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Please find attached the latest news from Clackamas Community College.


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Centennial School District Governing Board Meeting Notice for April 27, 2016
Centennial Sch. Dist. - 04/22/16 9:17 AM
The Centennial School District Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm in the district office board room At this meeting the Board will recognize CHS Skills USA State Finalists and the Student Representative to the Board - Grace Ramstad.

Prior to the reports, the Board will provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the process to hire an Interim Superintendent for the 2016/2017 school year. An opportunity for public comment will also be provide on the hiring of Dr. Paul Coakley as interim superintendent for the 2016/2017 school year.

Reports at this meeting include: the Pleasant Valley Elementary School Building Report; the Centennial Transition Center Report, the Student Representative's Report and the Superintendent's Report.

Along with confirming en masse various confirmation items, the Board will consider board action items:
7.2.1 - Consider K-12 Math Adoption;
7.2.2 - Consider Revised Policy IGAEB - Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Prevention, Health Education;
7.2.3 - Consider Revised Policy IKA - Grading and Reporting System;
7.2.4 - Consider Revised Policy IL - Assessment Program;
7.2.5 - Consider Revised Policy INDB - Flag Displays and Salutes;
7.2.6 - Consider Approval of 2016/2017 School Year Calendars;
7.2.7 - Consider National School Nurse Day Resolution;
7.2.8 - Consider Increase of Meal Prices for 2016/2017;
7.2.9 - Consider Process for Hiring an Interim Superintendent for 2016/2017; and
7.2.10 - Consider Offering Dr. Paul Coakley the Interim Superintendent Position for the 2016/2017 School Year.

The complete board packet for this meeting is available on the Centennial School District website (www.csd28j.org) under the "School Board" tab.
11th Annual Prescription Drug Take Back (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/22/16 9:00 AM
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On April 30th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Salem Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 11th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Last September, Americans turned in 350 tons (over 702,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 10 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 5.5 million pounds--more than 2,750 tons--of pills.

A list of drop sites can be found below:


Salem Police Department
555 Liberty Street in Salem
(Salem Police Department)

Marion County Sheriff's Office
Roth's IGA
702 Lancaster Drive NE in Salem
(Corner of Center Street NE and Lancaster Drive NE)


Can't make it? Here is a list or permanent sites where you can always drop off your unwanted prescription drugs.

http://www.co.marion.or.us/CS/CFC/drugabuseprevention/Pages/Drugdisposalsites.aspx

(We cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.


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PACE Awards recognize two programs, three people for safety efforts
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 04/22/16 8:48 AM
Two programs and three individuals were recognized Thursday during PACE Awards presentations. Phil Wentz, chairman of the PACE Board of Trustees, presented the awards during the "PACE Day: Safe and Secure Schools" event at the Hilton Eugene.

The awards highlight significant contributions made in 2015 to the Property and Casualty Coverage for Education (PACE) program. PACE (pace.osba.org) is an insurance pool made up of nearly 300 Oregon member school districts, charter schools, education service districts (ESDs) and community colleges.

The outstanding programs recognized were the Tillamook Bay Community College's Safety Committee and the Baker School District.

The Tillamook Bay committee was noted for evaluating and improving all college safety efforts after the Oct. 1 shooting at Umpqua Community College. Baker was lauded for a districtwide security upgrade that includes an advanced lockdown system and rapid law enforcement response in the event of an emergency.

The outstanding individual recipients of a PACE Award were Claudia Meeks, transportation dispatcher and safety officer with the Port Orford/Langlois School District, and Superintendent Dave Novotney of the Willamette Education Service District (ESD).

Meeks was commended for constantly monitoring weather conditions to ensure student safety, and for spearheading a district Safe Haven Project, which is dedicated to evacuating students to high ground in the event of a tsunami.

Novotney serves on the Oregon Task Force on School Safety, which is working to develop a statewide school threat assessment system. He has also led regional efforts on promoting school safety and stressed security improvements at the ESD's sites.

Also honored with the PACE Special Service Award was Leland Bliss, director of operations for the Sisters School District. In September, when students from Eugene were involved in a tragic vehicle accident near Sisters, Bliss arranged for Sisters SD staff to provide assistance to athletes on a damaged Eugene SD bus, and a Sisters school bus transported them back home to Eugene.
Prescription Drug Turn-in Event
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/22/16 8:32 AM
See attached PDF for information concerning the April 30 event locations and times


Attached Media Files: PDF Flier
Updated/Located: Two twelve year old runways (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 04/22/16 6:57 AM
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On 04/22/16 the identified runaways were contacted by local authorities and taken into protective custody to be returned to their parents. No further assistance from the media or public is necessary.






The photograph of the child in the blue hat is Brent Luyster, the other with the dark hair is Bryan Hamilton.

Brent Ward Luyster
02/28/2004
4-10, 75 lbs, Dirty Blond Hair, Blue Eyes
LSW Black DC Brand Pants, Black Vans, and a black backpack with Skulls
Brent was on a blue Redline BMX style kids bicycle with blue flames
Was referred to as "Bubba"

Bryan Jake Hamilton
11/14/2003
5-01, 100 lbs, Brown Hair, Brown Eyes
LSW Dark Gray/Black Hoodie, Khaki Shorts, Black HiTops with Gray Spots, and a backpack
Goes by his middle name "Jake"

The parents believed both children went to Shahala Middle School today and then found out later they did not go to school. Both have a history of running away and are believed to be together. If you have information on their location or have seen these boys, please contact 911


Attached Media Files: Luyster , Hamilton
Thu. 04/21/16
Stabbing Investigation Underway in Sellwood-Moreland Neighborhood - One Man Injured
Portland Police Bureau - 04/21/16 9:43 PM
On Thursday April 21. 2016, at 9:27 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a stabbing at a residence in the 1700 block of Southeast Tenino Street.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the male adult victim suffering from serious injuries. He was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment.

Preliminary information given to police indicates that the suspect and victim know each other and officers are working to identify and locate the suspect.

No additional information is available at this time and updates will be provided when they become available.

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Monday, April 25, 2016, Executive & Regular Board Business Meeting Agenda
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 04/21/16 7:12 PM
The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon, will convene in an Executive & Regular Board Business Meeting on Monday, April 25, 2016 in the Boardroom at the Parkrose District Office located at 10636 NE Prescott Street, Portland, Oregon at the hour of 6:30p.m. The Board will recognize Teachers, Nurses and Music. Receive reports from the Associated Student Body, Superintendent's Office, School Improvement, Human Resources, Students Services and the Business Office. Take action on Consent Agenda and several Action items including: Appreciation resolutions, next year's calendar, PACE Joinder and Outdoor School Funding. They will report on their Board Business and be available to hear Citizen Comments twice during the Business Meeting. The agenda is posted on the Parkrose School District Website at https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1000205.
Red Cross Business Leaders Resilience Forum Teaches Organizations How to Prepare for Disasters (Photo)
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/21/16 4:37 PM
Business Leaders Resilience Forum Invitation
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A disaster -- wildfires, floods, even a 9.0 Cascadia Earthquake - can happen
at any time. The American Red Cross and our partners are holding a forum to share best practices and preparedness solutions from top local executives.

PORTLAND, Ore., April 21, 2016 - The Red Cross Cascades Region and local partners are helping businesses and organizations of all sizes to be prepared for a disaster through our Business Leaders Resilience Forum.

National statistics show that 40 percent of businesses do not reopen after a disaster and another 25 percent fail within one year. There are steps that businesses and nonprofits can take now to ensure their organization can get back up and running quickly if a disaster strikes.

Presentation attendees will hear directly from top business leaders the steps they're taking to plan for emergencies as well as the tools available to engage employees, assess readiness, and strengthen business resilience.

WHAT: American Red Cross Business Resilience Forum

WHEN: Monday, April 25, 2016
8:30 a.m. -- 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Cambia Health Solutions
Woolworth Building
1621 SW 1st Ave.
Portland, OR 97201

WEBSITE: redcross.org/PortlandBusinessLeadersForum

MEDIA CONTACT: Monique Dugaw, Communications Director
503) 877-7121, monique.dugaw@redcross.org


Panel speakers include:

Scott Burns, Ph.D. -- Past-Chair, Department of Geology, Portland State University

Kelley Okolita -- Director of Disaster Management Services, Cambia Health Solutions

Tripp Robinson -- Emergency Manager, Intel

Amy Shlossman -- Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross Cascades Region


This event is sponsored by: Ferguson Wellman Capital Management

In partnership with: Portland Business Alliance, BOMA Oregon & Cambia Health Solutions


Attached Media Files: News Release - Red Cross Forum Teaches Business Preparedness , Business Leaders Resilience Forum Invitation
Motorcycle Rider Arrested After Slapping an Officer's Arm, Attempting to Elude Police (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/21/16 4:02 PM
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On Wednesday April 20, 2016, at approximately 10:00 a.m., two Transit Police Division officers were stopped in traffic on Southeast Powell Boulevard at 72nd Avenue when a motorcycle rider rode between traffic lanes westbound and passed the marked police car. As he rode by, the rider slapped the right forearm of one of the officers, who had it resting on the open window sill of the patrol car.

The rider, later identified as 24-year-old Michael David Lindenburger, sped through the red light and drove away westbound on Powell Boulevard then made a quick turn northbound on 71st Avenue.

Lindenburger led officers on a traffic pursuit but officers disengaged at approximately 67th Avenue and Powell Boulevard due to Lindenburger's reckless driving and speed in the neighborhood.

A Traffic Division officer spotted Lindenburger on the Ross Island Bridge and stopped him on the West side of the bridge, where Lindenburger stopped and was arrested without incident.

Lindenburger was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangerment, and Harassment.

Lindenburger's motorcycle was towed from the scene.

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Celebrate Free Comic Book Day at Beaverton City Library
City of Beaverton - 04/21/16 3:51 PM
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Join the Beaverton City Library in celebration of Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 7. The main library, 12375 SW Fifth Street, will host local comic book creators for a meet-and-greet, hold a mini Comic Con, and give out free books.


The mini Comic Con and book giveaway are from 10 a.m. to noon. From 1 to 2 p.m., there will be a cosplay fandom party for teens in grades 6 to 12.


This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the annual celebration, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org/FCBD or www.FreeComicBookDay.com, or call 503-350-3600.


ABOUT THE LIBRARY
The Beaverton City Library is the second-busiest library system in the state, with more than 780,000 patrons a year at its main location at 12375 SW Fifth Street and Murray Scholls branch at 11200 SW Murray Scholls Place.


For additional information regarding Beaverton City Library services, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-644-2197. The Beaverton City Library is one of fifteen libraries in Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) that work communally to provide excellent countywide library service by sharing valuable resources and information with one another.


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Portland's Inflow Communications Inc.'s first acquisition in national expansion campaign is Dallas-based ConvergeData (Photo)
Woloshin Communications - 04/21/16 3:49 PM
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Oregonian Travis Dillard, president of privately held Inflow Communications Inc., of Portland, is fast-tracking plans for national growth. Last month the acquisition of ConvergeData of Dallas, also a ShoreTel(R) partner, expanded Inflow's book of business in Texas. There were no layoffs. Bryant Bloedorn, formerly of ConvergeData is now an Inflow executive engaged to offer ShoreTel technologies to Orlando and Tampa, Florida while expanding Inflow's customer base in the south and eastern United States. High sales performance seamlessly integrated into exceptional customer service have positioned Inflow for multiple national expansions this year.

"We are able to have an aggressive growth strategy because every staff member has 100 percent dedication to the success of our customer service program," says Dillard.

"We only hire employees whom are absolutely fanatical about the customer experience. We feel strongy that customer service in this country as a whole, let alone the tech industry, is complancent, unempathetic to customers, mediocore, and most often borderline criminally horrible. I'm proud that our focus on the customer's experience is disrupting the competition in our industry on a national level and is truly the jet fuel to our average 45% growth every year."

The company maintains a transparent approach to demonstrate these standards. Inflow's home page, http://www.inflowcommunications.com has real-time metrics published unfiltered and live from help desk and business office statistics on customer response and resolution times and customer satisfaction for all customer daily interactions with Inflow. Inflow outpaces competitors by breaking the cycle of mediocrity so often encountered in Information Technology and communications industry.

Inflow backs this promise up with the following service attributes:

A guaranteed response time and providing service and technical solutions eight times faster than the industry average as measured by national Zendesk Helpdesk statistics.

Employing a high concentration of advanced ShoreTel-certified and contact center engineers that are continuously trained and immediately available to customers 24x7x365.

Proactive and value-added services, such as system proactive monitoring, advanced system reporting, database back up, free training, white paper, tech articles and other educational resources including over 100 You Tube tutorials.

Up to 10% of all Inflow employees', including techcial and administrative employees, compensation is tied to response times, resolution times, and customer satisfaction.

If the customer's needs are not met eight times faster than the industry standard; or if a customer feels that Inflow fell short of world-class service, all Inflow employees are empowered to give customers $100 Amazon gift cards.

Meeting customer's needs and providing an extraordinarily positive customer experiences at every interaction is an Inflow core value.

BusinessInsider.com reports that the quality of customer service can significantly impact a retailer's bottom line. In fact, 66 percent of US consumers are willing to spend more money with a company that provides them with excellent customer service. According to Microsoft more than 60 percent of consumers say they have not completed an intended purchase due to a poor customer service experience.

Last December, Inflow Communications Inc. was named the third top partner on the ShoreTel Circle of Excellence list in the U.S. Solutions category. Worldwide there are more than 1,000 partners in theShoreTel Champion Partner Program. The same month, Inflow also achieved the Platinum level, the highest level within the ShoreTel Champion Partner Program. These awards and distinctions recognize the Portland company for exceptional achievement in:

Net billings and billings growth,

The highest levels of customer satisfaction,

Technical certification,

Demonstration of capability.

Information about Inflow Communications' multiple communication capabilities, are available at http://www.inflowcommunicatioins.com or call Portland headquarters office at (503) 575-7530 week days and during regular office hours; emergency support is available 24/7 via phone or email.


Attached Media Files: 2016-04/3764/93779/dark-logo.png , Inflow President Travis Dillard
Beaverton Arts Program Seeks Temporary Sculptures for Outdoor Exhibit (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 04/21/16 3:39 PM
This streetscape on Broadway is one of two sites for which the City of Beaverton is seeking temporary outdoor sculptures. Artists have until May 2 to submit applications for the two-year sculpture installation. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
This streetscape on Broadway is one of two sites for which the City of Beaverton is seeking temporary outdoor sculptures. Artists have until May 2 to submit applications for the two-year sculpture installation. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The City of Beaverton's arts program seeks to place sculptures in two prominent outdoor locations in downtown Beaverton for a two-year period. The city would like to place sculptural works of human scale that convey the community value of celebrating the creative spirit.


Artists are encouraged to visit the two sites before applying:


Site One: Lombard Plaza, SW Lombard at SW Broadway. This public space is a very active transportation hub. The WES commuter rail line passes the site at very slow speed, providing many viewers daily. Many buses and cars pass the site, as do pedestrians on their way to adjacent businesses and transit stops.


Site Two: Broadway Streetscape, SW Watson at SW Broadway. Beaverton's historic Broadway district recently completed a streetscape project to bring more pedestrian amenities into the area with the addition of plaza and park spaces. The area at the intersection of SW Broadway and Watson is a busy intersection both in terms of vehicle and foot traffic.


Artists will be responsible for transportation, installation, and removal of works. The city will maintain the work, create publicity materials, and feature the work on the city's website. The two selected sculptors will each receive $500 for installation, $2,000 for two-year rental, and $500 for removal.


Applications are due Monday, May 2, at 5 p.m. This opportunity is open to artists from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. To apply or view the full Call to Artists, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/SculptureProgram.


The City of Beaverton has an active public art master plan, with the goal of making Beaverton's public art more visible, engaging, and accessible. These sculptures will enliven outdoor civic spaces in the city.


ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2015, Beaverton was recognized as one of the safest cities in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press with cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Silver Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.


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Oregon Symphony's Classical Up Close Performs at Beaverton City Library
City of Beaverton - 04/21/16 2:48 PM
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The Beaverton City Library will host a blitz performance by the Oregon Symphony on Wednesday, May 4, at 2 p.m. at 12375 SW Fifth Street. Bassoonist Evan Kuhlmann and friends will perform. The concert is part of Classical Up Close, an annual series of free chamber music concerts organized and performed by musicians of the Oregon Symphony.


During this informal concert, audience members are encouraged to sit onstage with the performers, take pictures, post to social media, and applaud freely. Other Classical Up Close blitz performances and full-length concerts with various Oregon Symphony members will take place throughout Portland-area neighborhoods from April 23 to May 6.


This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Christina Hanson, adult services librarian, at chanson@BeavertonOregon.gov. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.ClassicalUpClose.org.


ABOUT THE LIBRARY
The Beaverton City Library is the second-busiest library system in the state, with more than 780,000 patrons a year at its main location at 12375 SW Fifth Street and Murray Scholls branch at 11200 SW Murray Scholls Place.


For additional information regarding Beaverton City Library services, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-644-2197. The Beaverton City Library is one of fifteen libraries in Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) that work communally to provide excellent countywide library service by sharing valuable resources and information with one another.


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Shooting Suspect Arrested, Booked Wednesday Evening on Multiple Felony Charges (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/21/16 2:37 PM
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In the evening hours of Wednesday April 20, 2016, 19-year-old Lofton Thomas Lane was arrested by police on multiple charges in connection with a shooting that injured two people in early April. Lane was arrested at a residence in the 15900 block of East Burnside by the Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT).

Lane, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Attempted Aggravated Murder (two counts), Attempted Murder (two counts), Assault in the First Degree (two counts), Assault in the Second Degree (two counts), Unlawful Use of a Weapon (11 counts), and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Lane also had two unrelated warrants for a parole violation and Furnishing False Information to a Police Officer.

The investigation began on April 4, 2016, at 5:21 p.m., when East Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting in the area of Northeast 108th Avenue and Weidler Street. Responding officers located two people, a 19-year-old male and a 19-year-old female, suffering non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. Both were transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment.

Officers searched the neighborhood for three people who ran from the scene and ultimately located and detained all three. All three were booked on charges and a fourth person was arrested at the scene and booked.

Gang Enforcement Team detectives responded to the scene and learned that there was an exchange of gunfire between people in two cars and detectives developed information leading to the arrest of Lane as one of the shooters. The other shooter, 19-year-old Anthony James Gray, was one of the men booked shortly after the shooting.

The Tactical Operations Division's Gang Enforcement Team (GET) and Gun Task Force (GTF) are continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106 or email information to gangs@portlandoregon.gov.

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

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

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

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

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

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

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

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One-Alarm Apartment Fire Leaves Hillsboro Woman Without A Home (Photo)
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue - 04/21/16 2:31 PM
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Hillsboro, Oregon -- A one-alarm fire damaged a second floor apartment leaving a Hillsboro woman to live with a friend this morning. The fire was noticed at 9:45 by workers at a catering company on the first floor of the building and reported to 9-1-1 dispatchers. Hillsboro Fire and Rescue responded to the 300 block of Southeast Second Avenue, arrived in under two minutes, and found fire coming from the open upstairs window of the apartment's kitchen. Firefighters quickly knocked down the flames and found no one home at the time. Damage to the building and contents is estimated at ten-thousand dollars. In all, 24 firefighters from Hillsboro Fire & Rescue responded to the blaze.

The apartment occupant said she had left home just 20-minutes before the fire. She told investigators that she left a new fan running perched on top of the electric stove near the window to cool her apartment. She added that she had not been cooking. Investigators ruled the fire accidental and have concluded the cause to be "undetermined" due to the fact that more than one possible ignition source could not be ruled out.

Hillsboro Fire Department reminds you to never leave any objects on top of your stove. It is easy to accidentally leave a burner on or bump a control to turn one on and cause a fire. For more fire and life safety information, visit www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/fire or call 503-681-6166.


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Most metals in air near glass factories stay at urban concentrations
Oregon Health Authority - 04/21/16 2:00 PM
EDITORS: Brian Boling, DEQ laboratory program manager, and David Farrer, OHA toxicologist, are available between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. today to discuss air monitoring results and the health risk analysis. Contact their agencies' communications staff member below for interviews.

April 21, 2016

SE Portland monitors continue to see higher-than-expected hexavalent chromium

New air monitoring data show levels of most heavy metals near two Portland glass factories are staying at or below concentrations expected in urban environments, and well below levels of immediate health concern.

The new data, culled from 24-hour air monitors deployed in southeast Portland near Bullseye Glass Co. and north Portland near Uroboros Glass, cover sampling between April 1 and April 4. They show concentrations of most metals, including cadmium and arsenic, have remained below levels that would be expected in urban environments.

None of the sampling results were higher than the Oregon 24-hour screening levels. That means there is no immediate or urgent health risk related to these new results. Oregon 24-hour screening levels are short-term concentrations below which immediate health effects are not expected to occur.

State investigators are looking into elevated hexavalent chromium levels that have occurred at the southeast Portland monitoring sites. Oregon Department of Environmental Quality officials are analyzing wind speed and direction to help identify potential sources and will continue to monitor in the area.

The levels of metals measured in the air near Bullseye through April 4 were many times lower than those metals measured there in October 2015, according to air monitoring results. They can be found on the SaferAirOregon website at http://saferair.oregon.gov/Pages/What-We-Know.aspx.

An interagency group that includes DEQ, Oregon Health Authority and Multnomah County Health Department is working to better understand potential long-term effects of the metals from emissions at the glass companies and other sources in the coming months. The group, led by OHA, is conducting a comprehensive analysis of air, soil, cancer and urine cadmium test data, and will seek community input that will inform two public health assessments (PHAs)--one for the area around Bullseye and one for the area around Uroboros. The PHAs are expected to be ready for public comment this fall.

Weekly air monitoring data will continue to be reported each Thursday by the interagency group and published at SaferAir.Oregon.gov.

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REACH CDC Receives $5 Million TIF Funding to Build 108 Homes (Photo)
REACH Community Development - 04/21/16 2:00 PM
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- April 21, 2016 -- Today REACH CDC announced an award of $5 million from the City of Portland's Housing Bureau (PHB) to build 72Foster, providing 108 new affordable units on a PDC-owned property in the Lents Town Center Urban Renewal Area with resident services provided in partnership with Asian Health & Services Center. This intergenerational, mixed-use building will include commercial space to advance the "destination" retail success of neighborhood businesses and the Portland Mercado. This project will significantly advance PHB's goals of ensuring that all Portlanders have access to affordable housing.

The Portland Housing Bureau awarded approximately $47 million in local and federal funds to eight proposed affordable housing projects. The sum is the largest funding award in the Bureau's history. The six new developments and two renovation projects come as a result of the Bureau's 2015 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), released last October, which made an unprecedented $61.6 million, 100 Project-Based Section 8 vouchers, and five publicly owned sites available for affordable housing proposals.

"Taken together, these eight projects respond to the urgency of the housing emergency for the most vulnerable Portlanders, and integrate the kinds of services and programs that will bring greater security and long-term solutions to those most in need," said Commissioner Dan Saltzman, in a statement released by the Portland Housing Bureau. "I commend the Housing Bureau for stretching itself and its resources to get here, and I commend our proposers for the creativity and resourcefulness they brought to meet the challenges we face."

Designed as an intergenerational, mixed-use building, this project continues REACH's commitment to partner with Asian Health & Service Center (AHSC) to address the un-met housing needs of low-income households within the most concentrated Asian American population in Oregon. 72Foster will include 108 housing units, ranging from studios to 3-bedrooms, creating permanently affordable housing serving both seniors and families, with rents affordable to residents earning approximately 60% or less of area Median Family Income (MFI), or less than $31,000 for a single-person household. The residential component will be combined with 10,000 sf of retail storefront to build on the success of Hacienda CDC's adjacent Portland Mercado and the planned Foster Road streetscape improvements. Total project costs are estimated to be approximately $21.3 million.

"REACH's proposed development at 72nd and Foster is especially important because it will help mitigate the displacement and exclusion of low income residents, especially the diverse cultural communities in SE Portland" said Holden Leung, Executive Director, AHSC .

"We applaud the City of Portland's unprecedented investment in affordable housing and are honored to be selected as a partner in these efforts," said REACH CEO, Dan Valliere. "This initiative points the way to even bolder efforts to address the housing affordability crisis -- including planned November 2016 ballot measures to create new affordable housing funds in both Multnomah County and City of Vancouver."

About REACH CDC
Since 1982, REACH has built innovative and affordable housing for low-income families and individuals in the metropolitan region. REACH develops and manages affordable housing and provides supportive services to our residents, as well as free home repairs to senior homeowners. Today, REACH's portfolio includes 2,073 units including single family homes, apartment buildings and mixed-use developments located across the City of Portland. REACH has won numerous state and national awards for its creative approach to building healthy communities and its innovative housing projects. More information available at http://reachcdc.org.

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Fire Destroys Dallas Home (Photo)
City of Dallas Fire & EMS - 04/21/16 1:33 PM
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At 5:27 am this morning Dallas Fire and EMS responded to the 1900 block of SW Fairview Ave on a reported house fire. Dallas Police also responded and was able to remove the adult female occupant from the residence prior to fire personnel arriving. The female was subsequently transported by Dallas Fire & EMS to Salem Hospital, where she was treated and released with non life threatening injuries. Approximately 20 firefighters were on scene for about an hour working to extinguish the fire. The residence and contents appear to be a total loss due to fire and smoke damage. Dallas Fire & EMS was assisted by SW Polk Rural Fire District, Falls City Fire, Polk County Fire District #1 and the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office. No firefighters were injured and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office.


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Detective Shipley Receives the Randy Nunnenkamp Champions for Children Award (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/21/16 12:54 PM
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April 21, 2016 -- Washington County Sheriff's Office Detective John Shipley (photo inset) was honored with the Randy Nunnenkamp Champions for Children award this morning at the Child Abuse and Family Violence Summit. This annual conference and awards ceremony is hosted by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

The Randy Nunnenkamp Champions for Children award is presented to an individual who, as part of their profession, is charged with protecting children and takes the responsibility to heart by dedicating themselves to this purpose. Randy was a member of the Washington County Sheriff's Office for 17 years. He was a member of the Governor's Sexual Assault Task Force, and in 2002 became a member of the Child Abuse Investigation Unit until his unexpected death in 2006. Randy is remembered as a tireless advocate for children and knew of no greater calling than the protection of children.

Detective John Shipley has been a Detective in the Child Abuse Unit for the last 13 of his 23 years with the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Detective Shipley is recognized by his peers, supervisors, partner agencies, and the Washington County District Attorney's Office as a dedicated expert in the field of child abuse investigation.

Detective Shipley is a positive role model and mentor to detectives who are new to child abuse investigation. Detective Shipley not only helps other detectives with their investigations but is very attentive to the mental wellness of new detectives working their own difficult cases.

Sheriff Pat Garrett said, "I congratulate Detective John Shipley for this very deserving honor. The stress of working child abuse cases can be very significant. John has investigated over 700 cases, he is a very skilled detective and his work helps at-risk children across Washington County. John stays grounded and is an effective mentor to others. I am grateful he is on our team and part of a strong group of detectives at the Sheriff's Office."


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Ceremony will honor fallen Oregon workers April 28
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/21/16 12:49 PM
(Salem) -- To remember those who have died on the job and to reinvigorate the call to protect workers, Oregon OSHA invites all Oregonians to the Workers Memorial Day ceremony at noon Thursday, April 28, in Salem.

The event will take place at the Fallen Workers Memorial outside the Labor and Industries Building on the Capitol Mall. The memorial service, coordinated by the Oregon AFL-CIO, will feature remarks from Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins and from Elana Pirtle-Guiney, workforce and labor policy advisor to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.

"In honoring those who sacrificed everything, we are reminded of the work still undone to protect Oregonians from workplace danger," said Atkins. "May the memory of those lost live on through their families and in our collective efforts to prevent future losses."

The ceremony will include the reading of the names of Oregon workers who died on the job in 2015. Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood and Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain will also be among the event speakers.

"On April 28, we mourn fallen workers and members of the armed services who died in the line of work and duty," said Chamberlain. "Through that mourning, we will reinvigorate our commitment to fight as hard as we can for the living by making sure Oregon's workers are getting the right gear, the right training, and the right precautions to do their jobs as safely as possible."

Through a partnership of labor, business, and government working together to improve workplace safety and health conditions in Oregon, the number of fatal workplace incidents eligible for workers' compensation benefits has been cut by about 75 percent since the Oregon Safe Employment Act was enacted in 1973.

"For each one of us, Workers Memorial Day provides an important reminder that at heart workplace safety is not about statistics or rates, but about individual stories, about lives saved and, when we fail, about lives lost," said Wood.

The annual Workers Memorial Day serves as a nationwide day of remembrance. It recognizes the thousands of U.S. workers who die each year on the job and the more than 1 million people in the U.S. who are injured each year at work. The observance is traditionally held on April 28 because Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act on that date in 1970.

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, go to www.orosha.org.

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

The Oregon AFL-CIO represents more than 300,000 working Oregonians and their interests, including good jobs, health care, retirement security, and rebuilding the middle class. For more information, visit www.oraflcio.org.
Salem Cancer Institute offers "Creative Art for Wellness" classes (Photo)
Salem Health - 04/21/16 12:33 PM
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Cancer patients and caregivers are invited to take part in "Creative Art for Wellness" -- an upcoming series of art classes specifically designed for them by the Salem Cancer Institute. Participants will create works of art to display at the cancer institute's National Cancer Survivor's Day Celebration on June 8. Artists may then take their creations home to enjoy.

HEALING BIRDS
Birds are a symbol of hope and healing. Participants will mold, paint and decorate their own bird. People are encouraged to attend one of each session. (Instructor: Marnie Jeffers)
Molding sessions: Tuesday, May 3, 5 to 7 p.m. and Thursday, May 5, 1 to 3 p.m.
Decorating sessions: Tuesday, May 17, 1 to 3 p.m. and Thursday, May 26, 5 to 7 p.m.

FLAGS OF HOPE
Traditional Tibetan prayer flags are stamped with prayers, mantras, and symbols -- and then suspended from ropes to flutter in the breeze, spreading wishes for happiness, hope, and prosperity. Participants will create their own flag(s). (Instructor: Dayna Collins)
Wednesday, May 11, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Monday, May 16, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 25, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

EASY PRINTMAKING
Participants will make their own prints using various shapes and object, foam forms, ink, and rolling pins. Designed so people can spend a few minutes or a few hours. Offered as part of our National Cancer Survivor's Day Celebration. (Instructor: Sonia Allen)
Wednesday, June 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

OPEN ART SESSIONS
People are invited to stop by the cancer institute's lobby to take part in an art activity. Participants will develop their own creation or be guided on a specific project. (Instructor: Sonia Allen)
Tuesdays, June 7, 14, 21, and 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In collaboration with the Salem Art Association, and supported by a generous grant from the Salem Health Foundation, all classes will be held at the Salem Cancer Institute -- located on the first floor of Building C on the Salem Health campus, 875 Oak St. SE. To register, call 503-814-CHEC (2432) or visit www.salemhealth.org/chec.

Salem Health -- an OHSU Partner -- offers exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. It is comprised of hospitals in Salem and Dallas, a medical group of primary and specialty care providers, plus other affiliated services. For the second consecutive year, the hospital in Salem received the prestigious 2016 Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals, placing it among the nation's highest performing hospitals. Visit us at www.salemhealth.org; "Like" us on www.facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at www.youtube.com/salemhealth.


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Cleaner Air Oregon launches public engagement phase
Oregon Health Authority - 04/21/16 11:59 AM
April 21, 2016

Community input will inform industrial air toxics rules that integrate health

PORTLAND--Cleaner Air Oregon, a program created by Governor Kate Brown and jointly led by Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), today launched a public engagement process to support the program's efforts to improve the health of all Oregonians by overhauling the state's industrial air toxics regulatory standards.

"Public health and environmental science indicate there is more we can do to address industrial toxics in our air," Governor Brown said. "We must do more."

Cleaner Air Oregon seeks to put human health front and center as the state looks at overhauling industrial air toxics regulations to incorporate health-based standards. A foundation of the regulatory reform is the involvement of a broad array of perspectives from people across the state.

"We invite the people of Oregon to share with us the things that matter most to them--whether that's human health, environmental quality, economic vitality of our communities or other concerns--and together help shape the rules to protect our shared priorities and create a safer, healthier Oregon for generations to come," said Peter Shepherd, DEQ's interim director.

State seeks input on health-based regulatory overhaul

DEQ and OHA are seeking broad-based public input into the Cleaner Air Oregon regulatory reforms.

--Oregonians can begin sharing comments and following the process at a new website, CleanerAir.Oregon.gov.
--Statewide public forums will be held starting this fall.
--An advisory group made up of strong representation from three critical priorities for Oregon: human health, environmental health and economic health. Members of the group will be Oregonians who reflect the communities facing the greatest challenges from air pollution, as well as people from the broader community and those from business and industry. The group's work will be informed by input from the public engagement process, as well as by environmental and health technical staff members from state agencies, and other science and health experts.

Oregon's current air toxics regulations for industries limit environmental emissions, but do not cap the total amount of contaminants a facility may release. The regulations are not designed to take into account the local impacts of industrial pollution on human health.

"We're poised to take a new approach to regulation, and for DEQ and Oregon Health Authority to collaborate in a new way that benefits Oregonians and contributes to a healthier state," said OHA Director Lynne Saxton. "The new regulations will incorporate human health science, together with environmental science, to drive decision-making."

New air toxics regulations will close gaps in current rules

The guidelines will set limits on toxic air emissions for industrial sources based on risks to human health; define exposure and emission levels that protect human health; and cover a comprehensive range of industries across the state. The rules will apply to facilities that emit a wide variety of potentially harmful toxics.

In addition to this regulatory overhaul, DEQ and OHA are taking additional steps for air quality:

--Addressing toxics in glass manufacturing: DEQ today proposed temporary rules to the DEQ's policy and rulemaking board, the Environmental Quality Commission, which the commission adopted. The temporary rules regulate small art glass manufacturers to reduce metals emissions. In the Portland area, DEQ will set up air monitors around potential "hot spots" to measure air pollutants using data from moss studies.
--Identifying concentrations of pollutants statewide: DEQ also is developing plans to use moss testing and other innovative techniques to screen for areas of elevated air toxics in other parts of the state.
--Comprehensive responses to air quality and health safety: OHA is developing a new program called Healthy Places Oregon. Under this initiative, OHA will conduct health assessments in five to 10 communities. Through these assessments, health experts will work with local communities to identify the highest priority health issues and environmental pollutants affecting health safety. OHA staff will work with state and local policy makers to develop solutions.

More information can be found at CleanerAir.Oregon.gov.

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Update: Two Middle School Girls Hit by Van While Walking Home From School
Gresham Police Dept - 04/21/16 11:55 AM
Gresham, Ore.-- Two 13-year-old middle school students, both in seventh grade at Gordon Russell Middle School, were hit by a delivery van yesterday afternoon on their way home from school. The girls, Viridiana "Viri" Orozco-Hernandez and Raquelin Velasco Gutierrez, were transported to area hospitals. Orozco-Hernandez was listed in critical condition and flown to a trauma unit by Life Flight.

Velasco Gutierrez has since been released from the hospital and is recovering at home. As of this morning, Orozco-Hernandez reportedly remains in critical condition. The girls' families expressed thanks for the community's prayers and support and are asking for privacy at this time.

Investigators with Multnomah County's Vehicular Crimes Team are working to determine exactly why the driver, Deann Marie Lepoidevin, 44, of Gresham ran the red light and hit the girls. Lepoidevin is cooperating with investigators and has not received any citation at this time. The investigation findings will be forwarded to the Multnomah County District Attorney's office for review, likely by the end of next week.

No additional information is available at this time.
American Red Cross Responds to Home Fire in Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/21/16 11:36 AM
Volunteers with the American Red Cross responded to a disaster just before 10 a.m. today, April 21, 2016, in the 1600 block of NW 19th Avenue, in Portland, OR. The fire affected one adult. The Red Cross provided assistance to address immediate and basic needs (an example of assistance may include food or temporary housing) and information about recovery services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

Did you know that the American Red Cross responds to an average of two disasters every day in our region? We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
WPD partnering with OSP, MCSO on extra patrols on April 23 as part of Distracted Driver Awareness Month
Woodburn Police - 04/21/16 10:45 AM
April is proclaimed by the National Safety Council as Distracted Driver Awareness Month. To help keep local roads and highways safe, the Woodburn Police Department will be partnering with the Oregon State Police Salem Command and the Marion County Sheriff's Office in doing extra patrolling along Highway 99E, and throughout the City, on Friday, April 22.

"Distracted driving is the rising cause of many traffic accidents, injuries and deaths," said Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris. "The purpose of this is to not only enforce the law and educate drivers on the dangers involved of driving distracted, but to save lives."

You can learn more about the National Safety Council and Distracted Driver Awareness Month here: http://www.nsc.org/learn/NSC-Initiatives/Pages/distracted-driving-awareness-month.aspx
Happy Valley implements a driver safety training program for all City employees
City of Happy Valley - 04/21/16 9:58 AM
HAPPY VALLEY, Ore. April 21, 2016 - This week, employees at the City of Happy Valley are going to driving school. The City recently implemented a new public safety program, an all-employee, hands-on driver training course. Over the course of a three-day period, all staff members will have the opportunity to attend a training session to work with instructors on sharpening their driving expertise, with the objective to be more skilled behind the wheel and set a positive example within the community.

"Employees have a responsibility to know how to properly operate their work vehicle and how the vehicle will handle in moments that count. That is why it is important to get employees on a driving course with expert trainers who can provide instruction," said Steve Campbell, Happy Valley's Director of Public Safety.

The training program puts participants through a practical driving course where instructors can address bad driving habits, while also teaching new skills. The driving program focuses on three vital driving skills: proper braking technique, vehicle backing, and collision avoidance. At the conclusion of the program, employees will drive away with more confidence in their ability to handle stressful driving situations when seconds matter.

Happy Valley's 52-vehicle fleet, which is used primarily by the Public Works, Building and Code Enforcement divisions and Happy Valley's Police department, travels over 300,000 miles a year, in all weather conditions.

"Our driver safety program not only makes good business sense, but also enhances the lives of our employees," Campbell emphasized. "For many of us, driving is the most dangerous part of our workday. By helping our employees gain additional road skills, we are helping them gain added security for them, their families, and the public."

Three years ago, the City ran a pilot program for interested City employees. The Safety Committee saw the value in the exercise and now the program is back with an organizational goal to have every employee complete the training.

With driving instruction being provided by the Happy Valley Public Safety division and Happy Valley Police Officers, program organizers expect to have over 100 public employees, from both the City of Happy Valley and Clackamas Fire District #1, complete the program over a three-day period.


About Happy Valley
Happy Valley is a community of over 17,500 residents, located 15 miles southeast of Portland, OR. The city was founded in 1965 and continues to be one of the fastest growing cities in Oregon.
Radio dramas examine Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
WSU Vancouver - 04/21/16 9:49 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- The Willamette Radio Workshop will perform two live radio dramas examining Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The performance takes place at 7 p.m. May 4 at the Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver. It is free and open to the public.

Directed by Sam A. Mowry, the dramas are episodes from the radio series "Gunsmoke" and "The Shadow." The performance is part of the Re-Imagined Radio project produced by John Barber, faculty member in Washington State University Vancouver's Creative Media and Digital Culture Program.

"These radio dramas were written and performed long before there was a name for or understanding about PTSD," Barber said, "but the effects were real and provided the basis for great storytelling and critical thinking."

Broadcast for 480 episodes between 1952 and 1961, "Gunsmoke" is one of the longest-running radio series. The performance features an episode titled "Bloody Hands," in which Marshall Matt Dillion, faced with too much killing and fearing he has lost his edge, quits his job just before a murderer comes to Dodge City.

"The Shadow" centers on Lamont Cranston, a young man with a mysterious power to thwart criminal activities. The episode to be performed, "The Silent Avenger," is from 1938, the year Orson Welles played the part of Cranston. The Shadow confronts a man facing a death sentence who has manipulated his brother, a World War I sniper suffering from PTSD, to kill everyone responsible for his pending execution.

The Willamette Radio Workshop reenacts historic radio dramas in front of live audiences. Each Re-Imagined Radio production begins with a live re-creation of a drama complete with voice actors and Foley sound artists. Digital and multimedia components are added to increase opportunities for audience engagement.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Concessions, beer and wine will be available for purchase. The Kiggins Theatre is located at 1011 Main St., Vancouver, Wash.

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

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Congresswoman Bonamici Named 2016 "Pro-Choice Champion" (Photo)
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 04/21/16 9:45 AM
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Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon will honor Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici as its "2016 Pro-Choice Champion." The award will be presented at the 2016 Courageous Voice Breakfast with keynote speaker Kathleen Turner on Wednesday, May 4th in Portland.

Every year, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon presents the Marilyn Epstein Pro-Choice Champion Award to recognize a leader who goes above and beyond in advocating for women's and reproductive healthcare issues. Bonamici is the first member of the U.S. House of Representatives to receive the award, which has previously honored State Representative Mary Nolan (2011), Secretary of State (now Governor) Kate Brown (2012), Senate Majority Leader Diane Rosenbaum (2013), U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (2014) and Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy (2015).

"Suzanne Bonamici has long advocated for a woman's right to decide which family planning methods work best for her," said Kamala Shugar, Board Chair for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. "In just her first four years in Washington, she has demonstrated leadership and steadfast support for women's health initiatives and for safe and affordable reproductive services for all Americans."

Throughout her tenure in the Oregon Legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Bonamici has courageously stood up for women's health time and time again:

She introduced the 21st Century Women's Health Act to expand comprehensive preventive health services, including full access to contraceptive coverage for all women served by Medicaid; establish a women's health nurse practitioner training program to expand primary care access; improve maternal safety and quality of care; create a Women's Health Ombudsperson; and provide assistance for rape survivors.

She led her colleagues in calling on the U.S. Health Department to follow Oregon's lead by requiring insurance companies cover a full year's supply of birth control at once.

She repeatedly speaks out on the House floor on behalf of the majority of Americans who oppose the shameful votes to defund Planned Parenthood. She also joined more than 150 colleagues in calling on Republican leaders to disband the House Select Committee investigating Planned Parenthood.

She joined her colleagues in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to rule against the Texas law that limits that access to abortion.

She supports increased access to contraception for women serving in the military, more transparency of Crisis Pregnancy Centers and a full repeal of the Hyde Amendment - which profoundly hurts those who already face significant barriers to receiving high-quality care, such as low-income women, immigrant women, young women and women of color.

She also has taken a leading role in fighting for paid leave policies, comprehensive sex education and improved access to treatment and other services for survivors of campus sexual assault.

The 2016 Courageous Voice Breakfast will take place from 7:30-9am Wednesday, May 4th at Sentinel Hotel's Governor Ballroom, 614 SW 11th Ave. This year's keynote speaker is Kathleen Turner, the Oscar- and Tony-nominated actress and respected activist who serves as chairwoman of Planned Parenthood Federation of America's Board of Advocates. Tickets are available at PPAOregon.org.


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Wildfire knows no season
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/21/16 9:06 AM
May is Oregon Wildfire Awareness Month. Oregon experiences its heaviest wildfire activity during the summer, but fires occur all seasons of the year including spring. During May, federal, state, tribal and local fire agencies will be spreading the word about wildfire prevention and the steps Oregonians can take to stop most fires before they start.

AT STAKE: LIVES, PROPERTY, FORESTS
When it comes to preventing wildfires, there's a lot at stake -- lives, personal property, and the many values provided by Oregon's forests and rangelands. During the 2015 wildfire season, about 1.6 million acres were consumed by wildfire across the Pacific Northwest, including 630,000 acres in Oregon. Some 675 structures were lost - many of them permanent residences. And tragically, three firefighters were killed. Key wildlife habitats, including those of the beleaguered greater sage grouse, went up in smoke.

In Oregon alone, some 850 human-caused fires ravaged the landscape. And on just the forest and rangelands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry, these "people" fires burned nearly 87,000 acres. But wildfire prevention educators are not pointing fingers. In the extreme weather conditions of last summer nearly any fire start, whether human or lightning caused, had potential to spread into a raging wildfire.

WILDFIRES CAN START AT HOME
Wildfires that occur in the wildland-urban interface often are started by human activity and then spread to the forest. Once underway a fire follows the fuel, whether it is trees or houses. Fortunately, this grave threat to lives and property can be dramatically reduced.

"Simple prevention strategies will make the strongest impact on your home, family and community safety," said Kristin Babbs, president of the Keep Oregon Green Association.

Spring is the perfect time, she said, to remove dead, flammable vegetation and limb up trees around the yard.

"When clearing brush and vegetation from around the home, property owners should also keep in mind the access needed by larger fire trucks," said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "Long driveways should be at least 12 feet wide, have 10 feet of vegetation clearance from the centerline to the edge of the driveway, and about 14 feet of overhead clearance. Having an adequate turnaround area is critical for firefighter."

To get an early start on Wildfire Awareness Month, join your neighbors in reducing your community's wildfire risk by taking part in National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on Saturday, May 7. The National Fire Protection Association has teamed up with State Farm Insurance to encourage residents to commit a couple of hours, or the entire day, to help raise wildfire awareness and work together on projects that can help protect homes and entire communities from the threat of fire.

COMING SOON: MORE WILDFIRE AWARENESS MONTH TIPS
During May, Keep Oregon Green will promote wildfire prevention topic via traditional and social media each week to help homeowners and recreationists learn how to ensure their outdoor activities do not spark the next wildfire. For more information, visit these websites: Keep Oregon Green, www.keeporegongreen.org; Oregon Dept. of Forestry, www.oregon.gov/odf; Office of the State Fire Marshal, www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/pages/index.aspx

Follow Oregon wildfire news and prevention updates on social media: Twitter @keeporegongreen, @ORDeptForestry and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/keeporegongreen; https://www.facebook.com/odfprevention/?fref=ts
Albertina Kerr's Art from the Heart Announces June Art Show (Photo)
Albertina Kerr - 04/21/16 8:58 AM
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PORTLAND, Ore. (April 21, 2016) -- Albertina Kerr's Art from the Heart will showcase its "Back to the Present" art show and sale on June 9, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. open to the public. The show will also feature poetry performances by some of the artists and an interactive music session lead by a local Portland band.

More than 40 artists will come together to present upwards of 100 new pieces including paintings, prints, mosaics, ceramics, and mixed media. All artwork on display will be available for purchase with 70% of proceeds going directly to the artists and 30% benefiting the program to purchase additional supplies.

"Art from the Heart shows give a time and place for the artists to be celebrated and recognized and given a voice when they otherwise may not." said Emily Conradson, Art from the Heart Program Manager. "It showcases individual artists' growth and is the culmination of six months of work."

Over the years, Art from the Heart has grown and developed into an art school, studio and gallery for adults with developmental disabilities to create, exhibit and sell their art. The program fosters each artists' creative growth, builds positive relationships within our community and promotes an awareness of the contributions of people of all abilities.

"Back to the Present" will be held at Art from the Heart, 3505 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232. For more information contact Steve Zeiden at 503.408.4721 or SteveZ@AlbertinaKerr.org

About Albertina Kerr
Since 1907, Albertina Kerr has strengthened Oregon families and communities. Today, we provide programs and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges, empowering them to live richer lives. Albertina Kerr's capital campaign, Kerr Community Promise, helps raise awareness and funds to support children's mental health.

For more information about Albertina Kerr, call 503.239.8101 or visit www.albertinakerr.org

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Records And Video Being Released Surrounding The Death Of Sergeant Jason Goodding - Clatsop County
Oregon State Police - 04/21/16 8:10 AM
The Clatsop County District Attorney's Office is releasing reports and video from the officer involved shooting surrounding the February murder of Seaside Police Sergeant Jason Goodding.

Clatsop County District Attorney Joshua Marquis will release these items beginning on April 21, 2016 at 8:45AM as requested. Due to the volume of information (500 pages of reports and 33 seconds of video), the information is being placed on DVD and will be available for pick up at the district attorney's office or through the mail.

District Attorney Marquis advised not all documents will be available to public disclosure, but the vast majority will be, including a major portion of the body video of one of the officers involved.

On February 5, 2016 Sergeant Jason Goodding and Officer David Davidson contacted Phillip Ferry and attempted to arrest him on an outstanding warrant. During the contact, Ferry resisted arrest and was able to fire one shot from a concealed firearm which struck Sergeant Goodding who died from his injuries. Officer Davidson returned fired striking Ferry, who later died from his injuries.

Under Senate Bill 111 Officer Involved Shooting protocols, a multi-agency crime team was activated with OSP as the lead investigating agency. The investigation was turned over to District Attorney Joshua Marquis who determined that Officer Davidson's use of deadly force on Ferry was justified.

Since media will need to pick up the report and video from the DA's office (e-mail is not possible) please e-mail or call the DA's office ASAP and advise if you need a copy and when someone from your organization will be at the DA's office to get it. Someone will be available over the noon hour at the DA's office.

Clatsop County DA contact info:

749 Commercial Avenue, Third Floor, Astoria, OR 97103
jmarquis@co.clatsop.or.us
503-325-8581.
Early morning high speed chase
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/21/16 7:54 AM
On April 21, 2016 at approximately 4:40am Deputies with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office attempted to stop a 1997 Honda Accord that had switched plates belonging to a 1992 Toyota Camry on SE McLoughlin Blvd. near SE Concord Rd. in unincorporated Clackamas County. Following an approximate 12 minute chase where speed reached approximately 75 miles per hour, the vehicle stopped on its own accord.
The operator, identified as James R. Williams, a 35 year old male, from Oregon City was taken into custody. Shortly after detaining Mr. Williams, he began sweating profusely and then began to convulse. Medics responded code 3 and transported Mr. Williams to St. Vincent Hospital where he is last known to be in ICU. It is believed Mr. Williams may have ingested drugs before his arrest.
Charges include Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine, Reckless Driving, Attempt to Elude a Police Officer, and a Felony warrant for a Parole Violation.
***Photo Update*** OSP Seeks Public's Assistance In Locating Missing Person - Marion County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/21/16 7:43 AM
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Previous Release:
The Oregon State Police is seeking the public's assistance in locating an missing and endangered adult male who was last seen at a Goodwill Retail Store at 1125 Crowley Ave SE, Salem.

Jerome W HALL, age 37 was last seen on April 20, 2016 around 1:30PM at or near the Goodwill Retail Store. OSP is asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of HALL to notify law enforcement immediately. HALL has medical conditions that if left untreated could be of serious risk.

HALL is a white male, 5'9" tall and weighs 170 pounds. He has a diabetic symbol tattoo on his upper left arm, a dragon tattoo on his upper right arm. He was last seen wearing a bright green Under Armour hooded sweatshirt and black Carhartt pants. It is believed he may be heading to the Portland or McMinnville area.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.


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***Name Released*** Man Killed In Motorcycle Crash On Interstate 84 - Umatilla County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/21/16 6:59 AM
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The deceased operator of the motorcycle was identified as Richard R HUTCHINS, age 80, of Chicago, Illinois. More information will be released as it becomes available.
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On April 19, 2016, at about 3:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crash involving a motorcycle into a guardrail on Interstate 84 near milepost 219 (east of Pendleton).

Preliminary investigation indicates the adult male rider was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 when for unknown reasons, drifted out of the lane of travel and struck a guardrail.
The driver of the motorcycle was transported to Saint Mary's Hospital in Walla Walla, WA by air ambulance. Medical staff at the hospital later pronounced him deceased as a result of injuries he sustained in the crash.

The Oregon State Police are working with the Walla Walla County Coroner in an effort to positively identify the driver. OSP was assisted at the scene by Umatilla Tribal Fire and Ambulance and the Oregon Department of Transportation.


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Marion County Law Enforcement Agencies To Conduct Distracted Driving Saturation Patrol
Oregon State Police - 04/21/16 6:21 AM
Marion County Law Enforcement Agencies are coordinating enforcement efforts on Friday April 22 for Distracted Driving Awareness Month. This enforcement effort will be focused on Highway 22E (east of Salem).

OSP and Marion County Law Enforcement Agencies will focus enforcement efforts on driving behaviors that contribute to serious injury and fatal motor vehicle crashes. Those behaviors are: Speed, Occupant Safety, Lane Violations, Impaired Driving and Distracted Driving (handheld electronic devices).

Agencies participating are Marion County Sheriff's Office, Salem Police Department, Aumsville Police Department, and Turner Police Department.


Release from the Oregon Department of Transportation:

Pay attention, save a life: Ditch the distractions - April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

"If you're texting... you're not driving."

Studies show many drivers will talk and text when they're alone, but think twice about it when they have a passenger. Yet nearly all drivers think it's dangerous to do so, passengers or not.

More than eight in every ten respondents to a recent survey said they feel uncomfortable riding with a distracted driver.

ODOT and partner agencies the Oregon State Police and AAA Oregon/Idaho are emphasizing the importance of focusing on driving when you're behind the wheel.

"Our goal is to change cultural norms when it comes to distracted driving," said ODOT Director Matt Garrett. "If each of us focuses on the job of driving when we get behind the wheel, we'll save lives every year."

Ditch the distractions
1. Turn it off and stow it. Turn your phone off or switch it to silent mode before you get in the car. Then stow it away so that it's out of reach.
2. Spread the word. Record a message on your phone that tells callers you're driving and will get back to them when you're off the road, or sign up for a service that offers this feature.
3. Install an app. Apps can help you avoid texting while driving. Go to your app store and search for Distracted Driving Lifesaver.
4. Pull over. If you need to make a call, pull over to a safe area first.
5. Use your passengers. Ask a passenger to make the call or respond to a text for you.
6. X the Text. Don't ever text and drive, browse online or read your email while driving. It's dangerous and against the law in most states. Even voice-to-text isn't risk-free.
7. Know the law. Familiarize yourself with state and local laws before you get in the car. Oregon prohibits the use of hand-held cell phones in addition to texting.
8. Prepare. If using a GPS device, enter your destination before you start to drive. If you prefer a map or written directions, review them in advance. If you need help while driving, ask a passenger to assist you or pull over to a safe location to change your GPS or review your map/directions.
9. Secure your pets. Unsecured pets can be a big distraction in the car.
10. Mind the kids. Pull over to a safe place to address situations involving children in the car.
11. Focus on driving. Multi-tasking behind the wheel is dangerous. Refrain from eating, drinking, reading, grooming, smoking, and any other activity that takes your mind and eyes off the road.

Statistics
ODOT data analysis of crashes in Oregon in 2010-2014 shows:
o On average, a distracted driver crash occurs in Oregon every 2.5 hours.
o On average, a person is injured in a distracted driver crash in Oregon every 3 hours.
o On average, a distracted driver crash involving a cell phone occurs in Oregon more than 5 times a week.
o On average, almost 5 people are injured each week in a distracted driver crash involving a cell phone.
A recent AAA survey concluded that, in a 30-day period, 70 percent of drivers talked on their cell phone while driving and percent read texts or emails while in traffic.
A recent ODOT survey by Southern Oregon University concluded drivers didn't like someone else driving distracted, but still did it themselves: 84 percent of respondents said they feel uncomfortable riding as a passenger with a distracted driver. But 44 percent admitted to driving distracted with passengers. And 75 percent admitted they drove distracted when they drove alone
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Two Middle School Girls Hit by Van While Walking Home From School
Gresham Police Dept - 04/20/16 10:28 PM
Gresham, Ore.--Two 13-year-old Gordon Russell Middle School students were severely injured when they were hit by a floral delivery van on their way home from school. Both students were rushed to area hospitals. One girl sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The second girl was flown to Oregon Health and Science University Hospital by Life Flight where she remains in critical condition. No names are being released at this time.

At 4:00 p.m., officers and medical personnel were dispatched to the intersection of NE Kane Dr. and SE 1st St., on the report that two middle school-aged girls had just been hit by a van and were laying in the roadway. Because of the nature of the incident, shortly after the first officer's arrival, the Multnomah County Vehicular Crimes Team was called to lead the investigation.

Based on the investigation thus far, including witness statements, police believe the girls were walking west, across the intersection. They were in a marked cross walk and had a "WALK" sign. At the same time, a 44-year-old woman was driving a delivery van southbound on Kane Dr., for Gresham-based Nancy's Floral.

The driver is believed to have run through the red light, striking both girls. The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation but speed, alcohol and drugs do not appear to be contributing factors. The woman remained at the scene and is fully cooperating with investigators. Further details about the cause of the crash are not expected to be known for several days.

Working with Gordon Russell's principal Rolland Hayden, Gresham-Barlow School District will have extra counselors on site at the school to help the girls' friends and schoolmates process this incident.


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Transient male brandishes knife at deputies
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/20/16 8:48 PM
At approximately 1820 hours, CCSO deputies were sent to a intoxicated transient male harassing customers at a convenience store located at 7301 NE HWY 99. The store employees wanted the subject Trespassed from the business. When contacted by deputies, the male subject brandished a knife and began to wave it around. The Male subject yelled at the deputies to "shoot him." The Male subject then walked away towards another occupied business complex still holding the knife in hand. As other deputies arrived, the male subject refused to comply with the deputies repeated instructions to drop the knife. Deputies deployed a 40mm less lethal platform followed up by a taser deployment. The male subject dropped the knife and was taken into custody without further incident. The subject was transported to the local hospital for an evaluation and charges will be referred to the Prosecutor's office. The subject was eventually identified as Todd A. Mott born in 1963.
2 Year old falls from window. ** Update**
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/20/16 8:38 PM
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UPDATE

The 2 year old that fell from the 3rd story is in stable condition at OHSU. There was a 5 year old that fell out of the same window prior to the 2 year old falling that sustained 'very minor injuries' according to Detectives. Both falls have been determined to be accidental.

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On April 20, 2016 at approximately 5:10pm Deputies with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office along with AMR and Clackamas Fire personnel responded to Sequoia Village located at 11236 SE Causey Circle, Happy Valley OR on a report of a 2 year who had fallen out of a window.
It was determined that a 2 year old had fallen out of a 3rd story window onto a 2nd story wooden deck. Life Flight was approximately 1/2 hour away therefore the child was transported to OHSU by AMR ambulance.
CCSO Detectives are enroute to investigate.
Lebanon Firefighters Cut Two Victims From Wreckage (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 04/20/16 6:45 PM
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Two adult females were transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center by ambulance on Wednesday evening following a two vehicle head on collision on Denny School Road in Lebanon. Firefighters and paramedics from the Lebanon Fire District arrived to find one vehicle in the roadway and another in a ditch at the intersection of Denny School Road and Sand Ridge Road, west of Lebanon. An adult male and female in the second vehicle refused transportation.

Firefighters used hydraulic extrication tools to spread open and remove the passenger door from the vehicle on the roadway, and removed its roof in order to extricate the two victims who were pinned inside. Both victims were using their seat belts and the vehicle's airbags deployed. One engine, two medic units, a Battalion Chief and two chief officers from the Lebanon Fire District were on scene for 46 minutes and were assisted by crews from the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District and the Linn County Sheriff's Office. The cause of the collision remains under investigation.


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Fire Crews Work Together to Contain Brush Fire in North Plains (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 04/20/16 5:22 PM
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At 3:48 this afternoon Washington County Fire District 2 crews were dispatched to a reported brush fire in the 25000 block of NW Moreland Rd. in North Plains. Initial reports to 911 dispatchers indicated the fire was started by two separate burn piles that became out of control. First arriving crews on scene reported an approximately one acre brush fire that was not threatening any structures. Due to the size of the fire additional resources were requested to assists firefighters already on scene.

Fire crews worked for 60 minutes to contain the fire, which was located in a wooded area that had recently been cleared. There were no structures damaged, and no injuries reported.

Firefighters will likely remain on scene for another hour as they continue to mop up and check for hot spots. The Oregon Department of Forestry was notified of the fire and was sending a supervisor to the scene.

Working together on scene to contain the fire was crews from Washington County Fire Dist. 2, TVFR, Hillsboro Fire and Rescue, and the Scappoose RFPD. The cause of the fire has been confirmed as slash burn piles that got out of control. The area the fire was located in allows for agricultural and slash burning; burning was permitted today between the hours of 12:00pm and 6:00pm.

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Spring Has Sprung and Summer is Coming, is Your Boat Ready? (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/20/16 5:19 PM
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The Pietty Island channel markers have been placed at Detroit Lake. These navigational aids assist boaters in making-way through the channel using the deepest and hazard free area. Boat operators should remember the three R's "Red Right Returning" when navigating through the channel, which means to keep the red markers on the right side of your vessel when returning from the open seas or heading up river and the opposite when heading down river.

In addition, the Marion County Sheriff's Office is hosting the last two free boat inspection events of the year. These events allow boaters to interact with marine patrol Deputies and receive their yearly Oregon State Marine Board boat safety check sticker prior to hitting the waterways. To pass the inspection, most boats are required to be registered with proper identification numbers, validation stickers, certificate of number, boater education card, wearable life jackets, a type IV throwable PFD, Fire extinguisher, sound producing device, working ventilation, navigational lights and a clean flame arrester.

Event dates and locations:

Saturday April 23rd 9:00am until Noon
Woodburn Fire District
1776 Newberg Hwy
Woodburn, OR 97071

Saturday April 30th 9:00am until Noon
Hillyer's Santiam Motorsports
11361 Mill Creek Rd SE
Aumsville, OR 97325


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Fire District 3 Receives Bucket Brigade Grant from Georgia-Pacific Corporation (Photo)
Clark Co. Fire Dist. 3 - 04/20/16 5:07 PM
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Fire District 3 recently received an $8,000.00 Bucket Brigade donation from Georgia- Pacific Corporation. Inspired by the efforts of our nation's firefighters, including the many Georgia-Pacific employees serving their communities as volunteer firefighters, Georgia-Pacific decided to help firefighters serving local communities. The grant supplies equipment that is essential to the safety of firefighters. Fire District 3 will spend the money to purchase new Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), commonly referred to as "turnouts", for several personnel. The Bucket Brigade grants are available to fire departments within a 30 mike radius of a Georgia-Pacific facility. Chief Wrightson thanked Georgia -Pacific for their generous donation.

Joe Ertolacci from Georgia-Pacific Corporation presented the grant at a Fire Commissioners Meeting. The grant was accepted by Fire Commissioner Dick Deleissegues; Fire Commissioner Jon Couture; Fire Commissioner Buck Heidrick, and Fire Chief Steve Wrightson.


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Demand response demonstration project concludes with high success rate, national award (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/20/16 4:43 PM
During the demonstration project, participants, including the North Pacific Paper Corporation's pulp and paper manufacturing facility in Longview, Wash., reduced their electricity use within 10 minutes.
During the demonstration project, participants, including the North Pacific Paper Corporation's pulp and paper manufacturing facility in Longview, Wash., reduced their electricity use within 10 minutes.
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Richland, Wash. - Energy Northwest, its public utility partners, City of Richland, Cowlitz County Public Utility District, Pend Oreille County PUD together with the Bonneville Power Administration, successfully concluded an aggregated demand response demonstration project.

"The success of this pilot demonstrates the reliability and potential value of demand response to the region and our public power members," said EN CEO Mark Reddemann. "This technology furthers our mission to provide regional ratepayers responsible energy solutions."

Conceptually, demand response builds on the idea that while individual electrical loads are relatively small compared to the scale of a regional transmission grid, the coordinated decrease or increase of many loads at once may serve as a cost-effective alternative to building or purchasing the output of additional electric generating stations or transmission infrastructure, resulting in overall cost savings for Northwest ratepayers. During the trial project, participants successfully reduced energy usage in nearly 80 separate events.

For BPA, growing demands on the federal hydropower system, along with the increase of wind and other intermittent renewable generation in the region, has increased demand on BPA's finite ability to provide balancing reserves to meet industry reliability standards.

"This was a groundbreaking project for demand response as a flexible, reliable resource that can support the federal power system," said Mark Gendron, BPA's senior vice president for Power Services. "Energy Northwest has been a tremendous partner and its infrastructure as a DR aggregator has proven out."

This month, the Peak Load Management Alliance, a national community of experts and practitioners who advance demand response, recognized the demonstration project as one of the nation's best demand response programs, initiatives and achievements from 2015.

BPA and EN placed a pilot-scale 18-megawatt demand response resource in service last February. Pend Oreille County PUD and its customer Ponderay Newsprint Company joined in April, bringing the resource to its fully-subscribed 35-megawatt capacity.

During each test event, BPA, using AutoGrid's Demand Response Optimization and Management System platform, sent a signal to EN's Demand Response Aggregated Control System, which forwarded the signal to participants, such as Cowlitz County PUD, which serves North Pacific Paper Corporation, a large pulp and paper manufacturing facility in Longview, Wash.

After receiving the signal, each participant reduced electric power usage. To be considered a successful event, the load change had to be completed within 10 minutes and sustained for a given period of time. EN's aggregated control system collected detailed metering information from each asset and reported total capacity response, or electricity use reduction, to BPA. At the end of an event, DRACS sent a terminating signal for the asset to resume normal operations. DRACS is hosted within Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Electricity Infrastructure Operations Center, a U.S. Department of Energy-funded incubator facility built and operated for such roles.

Energy Northwest and its public utility partners continue to look for diverse electric loads from customers willing and able to reduce their electric demand on short notice. The participating public utilities that provide the customer loads for ongoing demand response resources are expected to include utility participants in Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

Energy Northwest and BPA will continue to evaluate the results from this project and, potentially, identify opportunities for further use of the pilot resources.


Attached Media Files: During the demonstration project, participants, including the North Pacific Paper Corporation's pulp and paper manufacturing facility in Longview, Wash., reduced their electricity use within 10 minutes.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Launch of Cleaner Air Oregon engagement process to create health-based air quality regulations
Oregon Health Authority - 04/20/16 4:40 PM
April 20, 2016

What: On April 6, Governor Kate Brown announced Cleaner Air Oregon, a regulatory overhaul process to create health-based air quality rules. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) are launching the public engagement process for developing these rules at the next Oregon Environmental Quality Commission meeting.

When: Thursday, April 21, 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Schedule:

-- 10:30-11:15 a.m.: Presentation by DEQ Interim Director Pete Shepherd, OHA Director Lynne Saxton, and DEQ Manager of Compliance and Enforcement Leah Feldon

-- 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Public comment period

-- 12:15-1:15 pm: Media availability.

The full agenda is available on the DEQ website at https://www.oregon.gov/deq/EQC/Pages/EQCAgendas2016/20160420agenda.aspx.

Where: Oregon Convention Center (Room E141-142), 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland

Details: Cleaner Air Oregon is a new effort to create stronger air quality regulations that protect the things that matter to Oregonians: human health, environmental health and the economic vitality of our communities. OHA and DEQ invite all Oregonians to define the next generation of air quality standards that protect these priorities and create a safer, healthier Oregon.

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Share's 'Journey to the Far East' Gala Raises a Record-breaking $213,000; Tickets to Exclusive Dinner Events Still Available
Share - 04/20/16 3:55 PM
Vancouver, WA -- Share's 'Journey to the Far East' Gala, held on Sat. April 16, raised a record-breaking gross total of $213,000, with $105,700 raised during the special appeal alone.

"We are once again astounded by the generosity of the Vancouver community, who gave so generously at this year's gala," said Diane McWithey, executive director. "The funds raised are vital in ensuring that men, women and children facing hunger and homelessness in our community attain every opportunity to have access to nutritious food for themselves and their family, secure housing and build a self-sufficient future."

A special thank you to all our sponsors: Riverview Community Bank; Columbia Credit Union; Jo Marie & Steve Hansen; CenturyLink; Stahancyk, Kent & Hook; Columbia Bank; Providence Health & Services; US Bank; IBEW 48; Phoenix Industrial; Whole Foods; Waste Connections
RSV Building Solutions; Divine Consign; Vancouver Energy; Dan's Tractor; Johnson, Stone & Pagano; Adam Roselli & Byron Rosselli of Eric Fuller and Associates; Comcast; The Columbian; VBJ; ADCO; and Pacific Office Automation.

Two exclusive dinner events were auctioned at the gala and some available seats still remain:

Catered Dinner by Russel Brent & Mill Creek Pub: $100 per person; May 26, 6 to 9 p.m., at the home of Jim West, catered by Russell Brent & Mill Creek Pub, who will serve wine, appetizers and a delicious dinner. Shannon Roberts, a local blues singer, will entertain after the meal. 11 spots at $100 per person are still available.

Whiskey Tastings & Gourmet Food Pairings by Chef Carl Henderson at the Grant House: $200 per couple; June 2 at 6 p.m., Chef Carl will prepare amazing food paired with whiskey tastings. Guests will learn a little about the whiskey and how/why it pairs well with each course. Guests will also sample whiskey in a variety of ways: neat, rocks and in craft cocktail form. 21 more couples ($200 per couple) can still sign up.

Tickets to both events can be purchased at sharevancouver.org (select 'Special Event Tickets' under program designation); proceeds from both dinners benefit Share.

About Share
Share was founded in 1979 with the goal of caring for the homeless and hungry in the greater Vancouver area. Share operates three shelters for the homeless, a transitional housing program, Lincoln Place (a 30-unit Housing First model apartment complex), a street outreach program, including a Day Center, a Housing & Essential Needs (HEN) program, provides case management to clients and provides daily meals for the homeless and low-income members of our community. Share also operates a summer meals program for low-income children and a backpack program benefiting 1,850+ children at 90 schools to provide food for weekends to children receiving free or reduced-fee lunches. Additionally, Share offers financial programs that incorporate financial education and matched dollars for savings; these programs are designed to assist in the improvement of credit scores and financial management. For more information on Share, visit our Web site at www.sharevancouver.org.

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Keizer Fire Chief Receives Annual Evaluation (Photo)
Keizer Fire Dist. - 04/20/16 3:54 PM
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Keizer Fire District Board of Directors have completed their annual evaluation of the Keizer Fire Chief, Jeff Cowan, in keeping with Fire District Policy and their commitment to due diligence. Overall, the Board found Chief Cowan to be, "Above Average' in all areas.

The passage and subsequent sale of the Public Approved Emergency Equipment Bond and now the purchasing of new equipment all fall under Chief Cowan's responsibility and the Board is pleased with the results and savings to the tax payers of Keizer.

Board President Joe Van Meter added, "Chief Cowan keeps the Board of Directors informed with good communication and is available to the community needs. He seeks to improve and better respond in this community and provide the best emergency services available." "He and his staff provide excellent Fire & Emergency Services to the Keizer Community."

Annual evaluation is a function of the Keizer Fire District Board of Directors for the Fire Chief to assure their directions are being followed. The Board members are elected by the citizens to oversee the Fire District. The Fire Chief is a CEO of the Fire District organization as well as an emergency manager. This is the ninth year here in Keizer for Chief Cowan. He has 35 years of experience in emergency services and is a licensed Paramedic as well.


Attached Media Files: Fire Chief Jeff Cowan
City Unveils Photography Series Honoring Longtime Councilor and Volunteer Cathy Stanton (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 04/20/16 2:28 PM
Susan Statler’s photograph of volunteers distributing school supplies is one of a new series at the Beaverton City Library honoring the life and volunteer spirit of longtime city councilor Cathy Stanton. (Photo/Susan Statler)
Susan Statler’s photograph of volunteers distributing school supplies is one of a new series at the Beaverton City Library honoring the life and volunteer spirit of longtime city councilor Cathy Stanton. (Photo/Susan Statler)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The City of Beaverton's arts program unveiled a new photography exhibit in the Cathy Stanton Conference Room at the Beaverton City Library. A series of images by Women Learning Photography Together, commissioned by Tom Stanton, Cathy's husband, honors her memory and her dedication to community service in Beaverton. The Stanton family and library supporters gathered to celebrate the new exhibit earlier this month.


The photographs represent causes and projects that were important to Stanton, a longtime city councilor and lifelong volunteer dedicated to making Beaverton a vibrant and engaged community. They are intended to inspire viewers to give back to the community and make Beaverton better for this and future generations.


The images in this exhibit include volunteering at the library, Fanno Creek cleanup, Oregon Food Bank and learning gardens, Beaverton Celebration Parade, Spencer House backpack distribution, Meals on Wheels, and the Elsie Stuhr Center. These are just a few of the community projects and organizations that were especially meaningful to Stanton.


This project was a collaboration between the Stanton family, Beaverton arts program, and Beaverton City Library. The arts program coordinated the photograph selection process, narrowing down the body of images from several hundreds to the final ten that were ultimately included in the display. The library provided wall space and supported this collaboration.


The photography exhibit can be viewed during open hours at the Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW Fifth Street. Availability is subject to conference room use.


ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Six members of Women Learning Photography Together met with Tom Stanton to discuss his vision for the project honoring his wife, Cathy Stanton. They took photos throughout the community, inspired by her volunteer work with the library and other places, as well as her many years on the Beaverton City Council. The photographers are Kate Ampersand, Dawn Baker, Rebecca Benoit, Patricia Dickerson, Rae Lynn Newman, Pamela Long, and Susan Statler. For more information on Women Learning Photography Together, visit www.meetup.com/NEW-Women-Learning-Photography-Together/.


ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2015, Beaverton was recognized as one of the safest cities in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press with cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Silver Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.


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Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Partners with SOLVE Oregon to Host Columbia River Waterfront Cleanup
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 04/20/16 1:53 PM
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (NHS) has partnered with SOLVE Oregon to provide cleanup supplies and trash removal along the Columbia River Waterfront Renaissance Trail on May 14, from 9 am to 1 pm. This section of the Waterfront Renaissance Trail is a very popular destination for locals and visitors as it provides a great view of the Columbia River, has easy access to a sandy beach, and connects the downtown with local restaurants. Volunteers who participate in the cleanup will help keep this site maintained for public enjoyment, improve the health of their local watershed, and learn about how this area was significant to the Hudson's Bay Company in the 19th century from a National Park Service archaeologist.

"We hope to have enough volunteers to walk the entire length of the trail section from Who Song and Larry's restaurant to the condominium complex to the east," said Aaron Porter, Centennial Volunteer Ambassador at Fort Vancouver NHS, "but we'll start our focus on cleaning up the areas that see the most use, especially the beach section." He added, "This project is an excellent way for our community to work together to maintain their local national park so that it can be enjoyed by everyone. With summer coming, it's a great time for a beach cleanup!"

Volunteers will need to register for the cleanup through the SOLVE website. Trash bags, gloves, and a limited supply of litter pickers will be available. Coffee and refreshments will also be provided.

When: Saturday, May 14, 2016, 9 am to 1 pm

Where: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Waterfront, 168 SE Columbia St. Vancouver, WA

Meeting Spot: Limited parking is available in the parking lots east of Joe's Crab Shack and Who Song and Larry's restaurants, and along SE Columbia Street. Please do not park in Joe's Crab Shack or Who Song and Larry's restaurant parking lots. Meet in the National Park Service parking lot east of the restaurants.
ESD 112 to open new behavioral intervention center in Cowlitz County
ESD 112 - 04/20/16 1:52 PM
A vacant Longview building previously used as both a skating rink and a fitness center, will soon become the new home of Quest Academy, a program that supports Cowlitz County students who require a more therapeutic learning environment. A program of Educational Service District 112, Quest Academy will serve students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Students identified for the program will receive support and assistance designed to help them improve their academic and social skills, develop more appropriate behavioral controls and increase self-esteem.

Quest Academy is modeled after a similar program in Evergreen Public Schools called the 49th Street Academy. Students have varying degrees of cognition, but share a common need for behavioral interventions and supports. Certificated special education teachers along with specially trained support staff work closely with students' schools and families to maximize academic achievement.

ESD 112 Superintendent Tim Merlino and Associate Superintendent of Specialized Services Birth-21, Mary Mertz, worked with the Cowlitz County school superintendents over the past two years to bring the project to fruition.

Susan Barker, Castle Rock School District superintendent, has been a strong proponent of the program and applauded the ESD 112/school district partnership. "We've talked about a program like this in Cowlitz County for many years," said Barker. "I often hear of the 'planets being in alignment' and believe it was a similar set of circumstances that allowed us to achieve this long-time dream," she added.

Kelso Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich agreed. "We are thrilled to be able to provide this level of support for students in Cowlitz County. The setting and program model at the Quest Academy will help ensure greater success for these students," he added.

ESD 112 is currently recruiting staff for the program and plans to open the Academy by November 1, 2016.
BPA expecting normal water year operations (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/20/16 1:43 PM
After a dry year, the Columbia River basin is back to normal water conditions.
After a dry year, the Columbia River basin is back to normal water conditions.
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PR 11 16 BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 20, 2016
CONTACT: Sarah Burczak, 503-230-3264 or 503-230-5131

BPA expecting normal water year operations

Portland, Ore. -- The Bonneville Power Administration is looking at a normal water year after implementing dry-year operations in 2015. Record-setting precipitation in December and a wet March have helped boost this year's water supply forecast.

The April 19 water supply forecast for January through July is 105.7 million acre-feet, or 104 percent of normal. The report is produced by the Northwest River Forecast Center, based on water volume measured at The Dalles Dam.

"One major difference we see this year is a more normal and evenly distributed snowpack in the Columbia Basin compared to last year," said Erik Pytlak, manager of the Weather and Streamflow Forecasting group in BPA Power Services. "Snowpack is what feeds the system's spring and summer runoff, so it's important to BPA to have good snowpack by this time of year."

With the approaching runoff, there's a chance BPA might need to use its oversupply management protocol this year should oversupply conditions arise. This protocol was last used in 2012. Oversupply occurs when a rare combination of factors comes together: low energy demand; an abundance of water; high hydroelectric generation; and operational limitations on the amount of water that can be spilled, or passed through the dams, to protect fish.

The oversupply protocol can be triggered any time of year, but is most likely during spring runoff, even in an average water year. BPA recently received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to use the OMP indefinitely, although BPA must still file the rate with FERC every two years. The protocol places the associated costs largely on the participating customers.

The El Niño weather pattern that the region has been experiencing since March 2015 is finally weakening, but because it was so strong, the region can expect the effects to linger for a few more months.

"El Niño events typically tilt toward warmer and drier conditions in the Pacific Northwest," said Pytlak. "However, strong events like we had this past winter can bring significant precipitation to the region and result in a healthy snowpack. That has indeed played out so far this year."

It has also been a rather warm winter, not only in the Pacific Northwest but across the United States. The warmer weather has been linked to lower demand for natural gas and this year's decline in natural gas prices. These lower prices have driven down the price of BPA's surplus power in the electricity market. That has reduced BPA's surplus power sales outlook this year. Surplus power sales are used to keep BPA rates lower than they would have been otherwise.

On the bright side, the amount of water in Columbia River Treaty storage dams, including those in Canada, is recovering from the additional water releases made last spring and summer to offset low streamflow conditions.

"Using current forecasts, there is a good chance of refilling the composite Canadian Treaty content to near normal levels by the end of the operating year, which was much lower than normal last year due to the dry conditions in the U.S.," said Trevor Downen, Canadian Treaty operations lead in Power Services' Operations Planning group.

About BPA
The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 261 substations to 475 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov
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Attached Media Files: After a dry year, the Columbia River basin is back to normal water conditions.
Commercial Structure Fire - India Palace Restaurant (Photo)
Salem Fire Dept. - 04/20/16 1:26 PM
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At 10:14 am the Salem Fire Department responded to a 2nd alarm commercial structure fire at the India Palace Restaurant located at 377 Court St NE in historic down town Salem.

While in route heavy smoke was visible and a second alarm was requested. Upon arrival there was fire visible on the roof of the structure. Fire crews made an initial attack on the fire and discovered the fire burning in the kitchen cooking area also. The fire was extinguished and contained to the cooking ventilation system and the roof where the ventilation system exited the building. Upon completion of the origin and cause investigation it was determined the fire resulted due to an accidental grease fire. The fire was contained to the structure of origin an no fire or smoke damage was present in the connecting businesses.

There were no injuries associated with the fire.

On scene 7 fire engines, 2 ladder trucks, 1 air support vehicle and 2 Battalion Chiefs totaling 30 firefighters on scene.

The streets in proximity of the fire were closed for approximately 2 hours and streets are now open.


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Captain Strong, Laurin schools earn highest state award (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 04/20/16 12:45 PM
2015 Washington Achievement Awards
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Two schools in the Battle Ground Public Schools district have earned 2015 Washington Achievement Awards, ranking them among the highest performing schools in the state based on three years of academic information. Captain Strong Primary was recognized for high progress and Laurin Middle School for English language acquisition.

The Washington Achievement Award is sponsored by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the State Board of Education. The state selected this year's 258 winning schools based on a revised Achievement Index of statewide assessment data. The Achievement Index measures school performance, emphasizing improvement and recognition. Educators, families, and community members can use the Index to identify areas of strength and improvement in Washington's schools. To qualify for an Achievement Award, schools cannot be listed as Priority or Focus and must have at least 95 percent participation on state tests.

Schools are recognized as top performers in one of seven categories:
Overall Excellence
High Progress
English Language Arts Growth
Math Growth
Extended Graduation Rate (awarded to high schools and comprehensive schools only)
English Language Acquisition
Achievement Gap

"The Achievement Awards recognize schools and educators making a difference in student outcomes. Award recipients are schools that have made measurable progress helping students prepare for college, career, and life," said Isabel Munoz-Colon, State Board of Education Chair. "The Achievement Awards are one way we can learn more about the successful strategies Washington schools are using to help our kids."

The award-winning schools will be recognized during a ceremony on May 10 at Union Gap School in Union Gap and at an upcoming Battle Ground Public Schools board meeting. The WAA criteria and list of winners and the state achievement index is available online.

WAA winners and criteria list: http://www.k12.wa.us/EducationAwards/WashingtonAchievement/
State achievement index: https://eds.ospi.k12.wa.us/WAI/IndexReport


Attached Media Files: 2015 Washington Achievement Awards
Abandoned/Derelict Commercial Vessel Task Force Meeting April 26 in Newport
Oregon Marine Board - 04/20/16 11:44 AM
Abandoned/Derelict Commercial Vessel Task Force Meeting April 26 in Newport

Agency staff at the Marine Board are convening a second meeting of the Abandoned and Derelict Commercial Vessel Task Force for the Oregon coast. This meeting will be held in Newport on April 26, from 11 am to 3 pm at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, 2030 SE Marine Science Drive. This meeting is open to the public, however; public comments will not be accepted.

This is an information-sharing meeting with staff from other state Abandoned and Derelict Vessel removal programs to learn about various prevention, funding, and removal techniques implemented in other regions.

Future meetings will be held in areas that are impacted by abandoned and derelict vessels, and in locations close to participating members.

To view the meeting agenda, visit http://www.orgon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Board-and-Public-Meetings.aspx.
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Improperly discarded cigarette ignites a residential fire in Happy Valley (Photo)
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 04/20/16 11:44 AM
Happy Valley exterior fire
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At 10:08 today Fire crews responded to an explosion at 9548 Denali Drive in Happy Valley. Upon arrival crews had fire on the exterior siding of the home and the gas line was breached adding to the fire. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire and shut the gas off. There was no extension inside the home and firefighters had to removed siding around the area of the fire to look for hot spots. The home owner had discarded a cigarette into a cumbustible exterior garbage can which caught fire. There were no injuries.

Always discard cigarettes into a non combustible container and away from any combustibles.


Attached Media Files: Happy Valley exterior fire
122 Oregon Students to Compete Saturday, April 23 in State National History Day(R) Competition (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 04/20/16 11:36 AM
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Portland, OR -- After months of intensive research, students from schools throughout Oregon will present their projects at the annual Oregon History Day competition on Saturday, April 23 at Concordia University (2811 NE Holman St, Portland). Judging will take place between 9am and 1pm, with a formal awards ceremony at 3pm. The event is open to media; please contact Rachel Randles (rachel.randles@ohs.org, 503.306.5221) if you are planning to attend.

122 students statewide from Medford to Helix to Portland will compete in Oregon History Day in order to qualify for the national competition. Thirty-three volunteer judges have signed up to evaluate the students' entries.

Thanks to generous grant funding from the Joseph E. Weston Foundation, Marie Lamfrom Charitable Trust, the Herbert A. Templeton Foundation, and the H.W. and D.C.H. Irwin Foundation, the student(s) with the best entry at Oregon History Day will receive free roundtrip airfare to the National History Day(R) competition, which takes place June 12-16 at the University of Maryland College Park campus near Washington, D.C.

Five years ago, the Oregon Historical Society reintroduced the National History Day(R) program to Oregon. In 2015, twenty-four Oregon students qualified to compete at the national level, presenting projects on topics ranging from Walter W. Waters and the Bonus Army to Marian Anderson's Lincoln Memorial Concert of 1939!

Each fall, OHS kicks off the Oregon History Day program alongside over half a million students across the country. OHS Curator of Education Kristen Pilgrim works closely with educators throughout the state, and students use the OHS Research Library and digital assets like the Oregon History Project and Oregon Encyclopedia to conduct research on the annual theme. The 2016 National History Day(R) theme is "Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange in History," and students can present their final project in the form of a paper, website, exhibit, performance, or documentary. At the national competition, scholarships will be awarded to select students, and approximately 100 students will take home cash prizes between $250 and $5,000 for superior work in a particular category of judging. For more information on National History Day(R), visit www.nhd.org.



About the Oregon Historical Society

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


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Beaverton Announces Winners of Creative Expression Contest (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 04/20/16 11:20 AM
“I May Not Look Like You,” by Isabelle Riley, a first grader at Raleigh Park Elementary School, is one of the winners of the City of Beaverton’s Creative Expressions Contest, sponsored by the Human Rights Advisory Commission. The winners will be honored a
“I May Not Look Like You,” by Isabelle Riley, a first grader at Raleigh Park Elementary School, is one of the winners of the City of Beaverton’s Creative Expressions Contest, sponsored by the Human Rights Advisory Commission. The winners will be honored a
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Mayor Denny Doyle and the Human Rights Advisory Commission (HRAC) will present the winners of the 2016 Human Rights Creative Expression Contest for students during the Beaverton City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m.


Participants were asked to share their feelings, opinions, experiences, and ideas about the importance of human and civil rights in a variety of ways such as painting, drawing, other art media, song, poem, performance piece, movie, photo essay, or written essay.


"Each year, I am consistently impressed by students' portrayals of what human rights means to them," said Sheri Struk, HRAC vice chair. "The students are creative and incredibly insightful in their understanding of human rights and are able express themselves, sometimes in very personal ways, about the importance of respecting one another."


This year's winners are:


Elementary School
First place: "These Truths are Self-Evident," Jaeho Lee, Findley, fourth grade
Runner up: "Blood Diamonds," Satvik K. Kumar, Findley, fourth grade
Runner up: "I May Not Look Like You," Isabelle Riley, Raleigh Park, first grade


Middle School
First place: "Discrimination is Still Here," Medini Madhusu¬dan, Stoller, sixth grade


High School
First place: "Beautiful Lives," Grace Tran, Westview, ninth grade
Runner up: "We are All Humans, Right?", Allison Payne, Westview, twelfth grade
Runner up: "We Shall Overcome," Angelina Chavez, Beaverton, tenth grade


The winners' work will be on public display at various events around the city for the rest of the year. They can also be viewed on the city website at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/CEC.


ABOUT HRAC
The City of Beaverton's Human Rights Advisory Commission's (HRAC) mission is to safeguard the rights of all citizens and promote mutual understanding. HRAC helps citizens and government in Beaverton to embrace and celebrate diversity, eliminate bigotry and enhance a sense of community. HRAC continues to be involved in a number of programs that promote basic human rights in the community, including the annual Human Rights Award and Creative Expression Contest.


ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2015, Beaverton was recognized as one of the safest cities in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press with cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Silver Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.


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Attached Media Files: “I May Not Look Like You,” by Isabelle Riley, a first grader at Raleigh Park Elementary School, is one of the winners of the City of Beaverton’s Creative Expressions Contest, sponsored by the Human Rights Advisory Commission. The winners will be honored a
Corps seeks comments on Multnomah County permit application
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 04/20/16 10:35 AM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is accepting comments on a permit application from Stern Group LLC for a proposed project in Multnomah County, Oregon.

Public notice NWP-2014-37-2 is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx.
Avery Park (West) limited to day use and walk-in only
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 04/20/16 10:03 AM
Release No: 16-017
For Immediate Release:
April 20, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has temporarily limited access to the west portion of Avery Park, to day use and walk-in only.

Vehicle access is restricted due to damage from a wildfire that burned shoreline vegetation, resulting in erosion and the potential for unsafe driving conditions. The east portion of the park remains open for camping and vehicle access. The Corps does not yet know when the western section of the park will reopen.

Avery Park is located along the Columbia River near Wishram, Washington at milepost 93 along Washington State Route 14. Please contact The Dalles Lock and Dam park ranger office at 541-506-7857 for questions or concerns and visit http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Locations/ColumbiaRiver/TheDalles.aspx. to explore further recreation opportunities in the area.
Oregon's 41,000 Job Vacancies Reflect Strong Economy
Oregon Employment Dept. - 04/20/16 10:02 AM
Oregon businesses reported 41,300 vacancies in winter 2016. That marks the first time job vacancies have exceeded 40,000 in winter, and reflects the rapid pace of job growth in the state.

Health care and social assistance topped all industries with 9,400 vacancies in the winter. Leisure and hospitality (6,600) and retail trade (4,800) also reported large totals. Together these three industries accounted for half of all vacancies.

Although a few large industries accounted for many vacancies, businesses across the economy were hiring for diverse jobs. Seven different industries reported at least 2,000 vacancies this winter. Occupations with the most vacancies ranged from retail salespersons and cashiers to personal care aides and nursing assistants, cooks, carpenters, maintenance and repair workers, and truck drivers.

As job growth has accelerated and the number of job openings remains high, employers face increasing difficulty finding the workers they need. Oregon businesses reported 60 percent of job vacancies as difficult to fill this winter, compared with 49 percent one year before.

Employers most commonly report a lack of applicants as the primary challenge filling vacancies. This winter several health care employers cited a lack of applicants due to high demand and industry competition for workers.

A lack of applicants has become a more prominent challenge for businesses in recent years. The Employment Department's newly released report, "Increasing Difficulty Filling Vacancies in Oregon's Labor Market" details the characteristics of difficult-to-fill vacancies, and possible options to reduce business challenges filling these job openings.

For more details on recent Oregon job vacancies, visit the "publications" tab on QualityInfo.org and scroll down to the "Job Vacancy Survey" section.

About the Survey

The Oregon Employment Department's Job Vacancy Survey serves as a current indicator of hiring demand and focuses specifically on characteristics of vacancies for anyone seeking a job in Oregon. In addition to developing the estimate of total vacancies in the state, the survey also provides insights on the industries hiring, wages offered, and education required. In recent years, the survey has also asked businesses whether their vacancies are difficult to fill.

Survey results are based on responses from private-sector businesses with at least two employees. Estimates for spring 2016 will be released in July.


Attached Media Files: 2016-04/930/93692/Job_Vacancy_Report_Winter_2016.mp3 , 2016-04/930/93692/Cut4.mp3 , 2016-04/930/93692/Cut3.mp3 , 2016-04/930/93692/Cut2.mp3 , 2016-04/930/93692/Cut1.mp3 , 2016-04/930/93692/Job_Vacancies_Winter_2016.pdf , 2016-04/930/93692/Increasing_Difficulty_Filling_Job_Vacancies_in_Oregons_Labor_Market.pdf
Oregon Liquor Control Commission Regulatory Specialists to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/20/16 9:27 AM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its First Oregon Liquor Control Commission Regulatory Specialist Class on Friday, April 22, 2016 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE in Salem, Oregon. The event will begin at 11:00 a.m. with a reception to follow after the ceremony. OLCC Director Will Higlin will be the guest speaker. All family and friends of students, supervisors, department heads and elected officials are welcome to attend.

The graduating students appreciate the family, friends and guests who make graduation an appropriate conclusion to their basic training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy.

Reception immediately following

Roster of Basic Oregon Liquor Control Commission Class #OLCC01:

Regulatory Specialist Thomas Dean
Oregon Liquor Control Commission

Regulatory Specialist Merideth Hingston
Oregon Liquor Control Commission

Regulatory Specialist Summer Hoover
Oregon Liquor Control Commission

Regulatory Specialist Karlee Johnson-Vetter
Oregon Liquor Control Commission

Regulatory Specialist Tara Mathews
Oregon Liquor Control Commission

Regulatory Specialist Frank Matsko
Oregon Liquor Control Commission

Regulatory Specialist Joseph McGlinchy
Oregon Liquor Control Commission

Regulatory Specialist Christopher Olson
Oregon Liquor Control Commission

Regulatory Specialist David Standiford
Oregon Liquor Control Commission

Regulatory Specialist Marc Warren
Oregon Liquor Control Commission

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
West Linn Police Department recieves additional grant funds for DUII enforcement
West Linn Police Dept. - 04/20/16 9:26 AM
The West Linn Police Department has received additional grant funds through Oregon Impact in order to increase DUII enforcement through September 2016. West Linn PD will have additional patrol cars searching for intoxicated drivers throughout the spring and summer holiday periods as well as on Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day, July 4th, the West Linn Fair, and Labor Day.

Drunk driving, impaired driving or buzzed driving all have the potential to claim lives and often will result in jail time. The men and women of the West Linn Police Department ask you to please think about this before you operate a motor vehicle after drinking alcohol or using any other substance that impairs your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.

The West Linn Police Department takes impaired driving seriously and these grant funds allow us to have dedicated officers out looking for those impaired drivers.
The Dalles Dam Visitor Center and Tours Reopen for Summer
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 04/20/16 9:24 AM
Release No: PA16-016
For Immediate Release:
April 20, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites guests to visit The Dalles Dam Visitor Center and tour the dam this summer.

The Dalles Dam Visitor Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday, between May 1 and Memorial Day weekend. After Memorial Day, the center begins daily operations, seven days a week through Labor Day weekend.

Starting May 7, tours of The Dalles Dam will be offered at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. They begin at the visitor center, then are conducted via electric shuttle which runs along a portion of the Riverfront Trail to the dam. Whether on a tour or at the visitor center, there are opportunities for fish viewing and visitors can explore interactive displays and learn about the dam's history, operations, and how power is generated. Pre-registration for tours is encouraged, as space is limited.

The Dalles Dam Visitor Center is located just north of Interstate Highway 84 at exit 87. Turn east onto Bret Clodfelter Way and follow the road to the visitor center. For more information and to register for tours, please contact The Dalles Lock and Dam Ranger Office at 541-506-7857 or 541-296-9778 or visit http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Locations/ColumbiaRiver/TheDalles.aspx.

After Labor Day weekend, the visitor center resumes weekends-only hours through the end of September when it closes for the season.

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Evergreen Public Schools sets 2016-17 calendar
Evergreen Sch. Dist. - 04/20/16 9:11 AM
The Evergreen Public Schools Board of Directors adopted the school calendar (attached) for the 2016-17 school year at last night's Board meeting. Classes will begin on August 31, 2016, and are scheduled to end on June 15, 2017 (if there are no inclement weather days).

"When Labor Day lands late, as is the case this year since it is on September 5, we start school before Labor Day so we are not ending school in late June," explained Superintendent John Deeder. The calendar reflects the required 180 days of school as mandated by the state of Washington.

The just released calendar indicates all the required holidays and breaks, and is available on the district's web site -- www.evergreenps.org. Separate calendars will be available soon for elementary, middle and high schools reflecting specific grade-level early release and late start days. As has been the case for the last half-dozen years, elementary schools will have early release on most Wednesdays.

Evergreen Public Schools is the fifth largest school district in the state with nearly 27,000 students, and the third largest employer in Clark County with 3,200 employees.


Attached Media Files: 2016-04/22/93695/EPS_Student_Calendar_2016-2017_School_Year.pdf
Department of Revenue releases marijuana tax collection numbers
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 04/20/16 8:34 AM
SALEM, Ore.--The Department of Revenue processed $6.84 million in marijuana tax payments through the end of March. Medical marijuana dispensaries started collecting a 25-percent tax on their recreational marijuana sales in January.
Since January, 57 percent of payments were made by appointment and 43 percent were made by mail. There were 320 dispensaries selling recreational marijuana products in February, as reported by the Oregon Health Authority.
The department would like to remind dispensaries that their first-quarter marijuana tax returns must be postmarked by May 2, 2016. Dispensaries should also remember:
Taxes collected for March's sales are due to the department by May 2.
They need to register for a tax account before making their first payment.
Vouchers need to be included with all payments.
Cash, check, or money order are the only payment options.
Cash payments are only accepted at the department's main office in Salem. Appointments are required. Call (503) 945-8050 at least 48 hours in advance to schedule an appointment. Appointment times are limited, so please call early in the month.
Payment vouchers, quarterly return forms, and more information about the marijuana tax program are available at www.oregon.gov/dor/marijuana.
Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1 (800) 356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); (503) 378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1 (800) 886-7204.
Woodland Police Chief's Forum
Woodland Police - 04/20/16 8:20 AM
Woodland Police Chief Phil Crochet will host a public forum on April 27th at 6:00 PM at the Woodland Police Department, 200 East Scott Avenue. This forum represents the Woodland Police Department's on-going effort to be transparent and build positive relationships with the community it serves. Chief Crochet will give a brief presentation on the Department's current operations and challenges and will follow up with a question and answer session.

Please join Chief Crochet to voice your concerns, compliments or complaints.
Traffic Alert: SE Milwaukie to be closed at Reedway at 8 am to inspect road cavity; no estimate on reopening time
Portland Bureau of Transportation - 04/20/16 7:57 AM
(March 31, 2016) -- The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that an inspection of a cavity in the roadway will require a full closure of SE Milwaukie Avenue at Reedway Street today at 8 a.m.

Both northbound and southbound lanes will be closed at 8 a.m. There is no estimate for how long the closure will be required.

The traveling public is advised to use alternate routes if possible, expect delays and use caution when traveling in the area.

We will post an update as we learn more about the cause of the road damage and timing of the road closure.


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Help Portland reduce its risk from earthquakes and other natural hazards
Portland Bureau of Emergency Management - 04/20/16 7:45 AM
Attend an upcoming workshop on Portland's Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan

Portland is at risk from earthquakes, floods, landslides, and other natural hazards. Fortunately there are actions we can take before disaster strikes to reduce the potential for harm to our homes and businesses.

The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) invites you to attend an upcoming workshop on the Portland Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan -- a strategy to lessen the negative effects of natural hazards on our community. We want to talk to you about hazards in your neighborhood, and get your ideas on projects to lessen their impact.

For more info, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/naturalhazard or contact NHMP@portlandoregon.gov.

Upcoming Community Workshops:

Saturday, April 23rd, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods office (4815 NE 7th Ave)
Saturday, April 23rd, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Lincoln High School (1600 SW Salmon St)
Sunday, April 24th, 2 to 5 p.m. at Sellwood Community Center (1436 SE Spokane St)
Saturday, April 30th, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Beach Elementary School (1710 N Humboldt St)
Tuesday, May 3rd, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Multnomah Arts Center (7688 SW Capitol Hwy)
Tuesday, May 10th, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at David Douglas School District (1001 SE 135th Ave)


Attached Media Files: Press Release
Two Portland Credit Unions to Host "Live" Budgeting Game for 200 High School Students Thursday, April 21
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 04/20/16 7:27 AM
Your reporter is invited to take the challenge!

Tigard, OR]-- Even students who graduate with straight "A's" may not be ready for the real world when it comes to living within their financial means. Two metro Portland area Credit Unions--St. Helens Community Credit Union and Sunset Credit Union--are working with Scappoose High School and Sunset High School to change all that. On Thursday, April 21, up to 200 students will participate in an interactive fast-paced life-like budgeting exercise called a "Financial Reality Fair." They will be assigned an entry level career and salary, and then work their way through a maze of spending temptations from necessities to luxuries such as entertainment and tattoos. Credit union volunteers serving as mock merchants will put the "hard sell" on the students, who will need to balance their budgets by the end of the hour. Look for lots of excited buzz and a-ha moments.

Pick the time and location that works best for your news team; there are three opportunities.
MEDIA EVENT: Financial Reality Fair
WHEN: Thursday, April 21, 2016
WHERE & WHEN
8:00 a.m. or 10:15 a.m. Sunset High School --13840 NW Cornell Rd. Portland, OR 97229
9:00 a.m. Scappoose High School--33700 SE High School Way, Scappoose, OR 97056
Follow the NWCUF Financial Reality Fair Extravaganza on Twitter: #FRFExtravaganza

St. Helens Community and Sunset are two of eleven credit unions across the Northwest to participate simultaneously in the Financial Reality Fair Extravaganza this week. The event is a Northwest Credit Union Foundation (NWCUF) community program, made possible by an experiential learning grant from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF).
Thanks to a partnership between the National Foundation, CUNA Mutual Group and Mindblown Labs, students will be able to continue their learning via the Thrive'n'Shine mobile app/game, a cutting edge digital tool for teaching personal finance management.

"Empowering people to manage their money is exactly what credit unions do," said NWCUF Executive Director Jamie Dedmon. "April is Financial Literacy Month so it's a wonderful time to help students travel a financial reality journey that they will find useful for the rest of their lives."

The Northwest Credit Union Foundation (NWCUF) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to identifying and nurturing partnerships that bring together Northwest credit unions, community organizations and nonprofits to improve and grow the regional economy. We provide credit unions and community partners with support that promotes asset-building, economic empowerment and cooperative development. Learn more at http://www.nwcuf.org.


Attached Media Files: 2016-04/4992/93686/Portland_Credit_Unions_Host_Live_High_School_Budgeting_Exercise.docx
Tue. 04/19/16
Teen Girl Nearly Hit by Bullet while Riding a TriMet Bus in Northeast Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 04/19/16 10:57 PM
On Tuesday April 19, 2016, at 10:25 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the area of Northeast 15th Avenue and Dekum Street on the report of gunfire.

As officers were responding to the area they received an update that a bullet hit a TriMet bus nearly hitting a teenage girl riding the bus. The bus stopped at Northeast 26th Avenue and Dekum Street to await police.

Officers arrived in the area and located evidence of gunfire at Northeast 17th Avenue and Dekum Street.

The Gang Enforcement Team has responded to assist with the investigation. There is no suspect information at this time.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333.

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***Name Released*** OSP Seeking Public's Assistance In Fatal Crash Involving Pedestrian - Lane County
Oregon State Police - 04/19/16 7:59 PM
The deceased pedestrian has been identified as Jacob D WALTERS, age 28, of Eugene. No further information is available for release at this time.

End Release

Previous Release:
On April 18th, 2016 at about 10:34PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a pedestrian struck on Highway 99W near Clearlake Road just north of Eugene.

Preliminary investigation reveals a 2003 Dodge Ram was traveling southbound on Highway 99W when it struck a pedestrian in the lane of travel. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel.

The driver of the Dodge, Ray E LUNT, age 69, of Lincoln City, was not injured in the crash. The identity of the deceased has not been confirmed. That information will be released once the deceased has been identified and a next of kin notification has been conducted.

Highway 99W was partially closed for approximately 4 hours for the investigation. OSP was assisted on scene by Lane Fire Authority, the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Lane County District Attorney's Office and the Lane County Medical Examiner.

It is believed that one or more persons may have witnessed the incident but not spoke with troopers. OSP is requesting ant persons with information on the incident to call the Springfield Area Command at 541-726-2536. More information will be released as it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.
Fire Crews Quickly Contain Residential Fire in Rural Tualatin (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 04/19/16 7:46 PM
Crews working at front of residence
Crews working at front of residence
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UPDATES WITH PHOTOS ATTACHED:

A TVFR Fire investigator was able to confirm the origin of the fire at the pool heater located in the basement. Damage is estimated at $10,000. The homeowners did have insurance, and will be able to stay at the residences tonight.

No further updates at this time.

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Just after 5:35 this evening, firefighters were called to a reported fire at a single family residence located at 6495 SW Wilhelm Rd, in a rural area just outside the city of Tualatin. The homeowner, who had discovered the fire, reported a room in the basement of the residence was involved in fire. The homeowner told 911 dispatchers they were attempting to extinguish the flames from the exterior of the home using a garden hose.

Firefighters from TVFR's Tualatin Fire Station arrived on scene within 4 minutes and confirmed the fire was in the basement of the residence. Crew's quickly began an initial fire attack and search for potential victims. It was quickly confirmed that all occupants had exited the residence safely. Because the fire was located in an area of the fire district without fire hydrants, additional resources were added to the response including water tenders. Due to the quick actions of the first arriving crew, the fire was contained with the water on the first arriving units, and the water tender response was canceled. Crews had the fire under control within 10 minutes after arrival. SW 65th Ave was closed for a period of time to provide firefighters and fire apparatus a safe working area.

There were no injuries reported as a result of this fire, and damage to the home was contained to the basement area.

A TVFR fire investigator is currently on scene to determine the cause of the fire. Initial indications point to the fire originating at a pool heater located in the basement. The homeowner reported to investigators the heater had been malfunctioning since early this morning. At this time there are no damage estimates available.

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Attached Media Files: Crews working at front of residence , Pool Heater
City Announces Grant Competition for Food Cart Pods in Beaverton
City of Beaverton - 04/19/16 4:45 PM
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The City of Beaverton has launched a food cart pod competition to provide up to $25,000 in assistance to create a food cart pod in Beaverton.


Property owners within Beaverton's urban renewal district and potential food cart pod owners are invited to apply. Applicants must have some form of site control. Prior experience with food cart pod development and operations preferred.


People have shared through surveys and other outreach that they would like more food carts in Beaverton. A recent feasibility study found that Beaverton residents, employees, and entrepreneurs are seeking more diverse and local food options within Beaverton's business districts, especially downtown. In 2015, the city updated its development code to allow food cart pods, and is now looking to assist entrepreneurs interested in locating in Beaverton.


Interested applicants are also invited to attend the upcoming Mayor's Developer Roundtable on Tuesday, April 26, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at The Beaverton Building, 12725 SW Millikan Way. This month's topic is focused on establishing food cart pods in Beaverton. RSVPs are requested at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Incentives.


Applications for the grant competition are due Friday, June 10. For more information, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/FoodCartPodCompetition or contact Janiene Lambert at 503-526-2545.


ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2015, Beaverton was recognized as one of the safest cities in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press with cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Silver Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.


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Attached Media Files: Beaverton urban renewal boundaries
Forestry Board to meet in Tillamook April 27, then tour Tillamook State Forest on the 28
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/19/16 4:38 PM
The Oregon Board of Forestry will receive an update on the Salmonberry Trail project and a progress report on the Private Forests' monitoring strategy, and also learn the status of the ongoing Fire Program Review when it meets April 27 in Tillamook. On April 28, the board will tour the Tillamook State Forest in the context of managing all state forestlands for "Greatest Permanent Value" for the citizens of Oregon.

Other items on the agenda include:

SPECIFIED RESOURCE SITES' RULEMAKING FOR BALD EAGLES -- With the removal of the bald eagle from federal and state "threatened and endangered species" protection, the board will explore what types of continued protection of bald eagle resource sites may be warranted under the Oregon Forest Practices Act.

RIPARIAN RULES/SMALL AND MEDIUM FISH-BEARING STREAMS' RULEMAKING UPDATE -- The board will receive an update on the rulemaking process associated with its recent stream protection rule decision.

2017-2019 BIENNIAL BUDGET POLICY PACKAGES -- Oregon Department of Forestry staff will introduce a first draft of the agency's proposed policy packages for the 2017-2019 biennium.

FOREST TRUST LAND ADVISORY COMMITTEE TESTIMONY -- The advisory group of elected county commissioners mandated by statute that advises the Board of Forestry will address the board.

The meeting is open to the public, and a public comment period is on the agenda. The meeting will run from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 214/15 at Tillamook Bay Community College, 4301 Third St., in Tillamook. Agenda materials will be available prior to the meeting at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/BOFMeetings.aspx

Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged by calling the Department's Public Affairs Office at least 48 hours in advance, at 503-945-7200.

BOARD OF FORESTRY TOUR
The tour will begin in the Tillamook Forest Center lobby 8:30 a.m., April 28, with recognition of the 10-year anniversary of the center, located at 45500 Wilson River Hwy. The tour will then depart for various stops on the Tillamook State Forest, returning to the center around 3:30 p.m. Members of the public may join the board members on the tour but are asked to bring a lunch and be prepared to provide their own transportation in the event van seating is unavailable.

The Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the State Forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon's 30 million-acre forestland base. More information on the board is available at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/AboutBOF.aspx .
ESD 112 region schools receive state's highest honor
ESD 112 - 04/19/16 4:23 PM
Twelve schools in the ESD 112 region are 2015 Washington Achievement Award winners.

The Washington Achievement Award is sponsored by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the State Board of Education. Award winners are selected using the state's Accountability Index and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver.

Schools are recognized as top performers in one of seven categories:

Overall Excellence
High Progress
English Language Arts Growth
Math Growth
Extended Graduation Rate (only awarded to high and comprehensive schools)
English Language Acquisition
Achievement Gap

"The Achievement Awards recognize schools and educators making a difference in student outcomes," said Isabel Muñoz-Colón, State Board of Education Chair. "Award recipients are schools that have made measurable progress helping students prepare for college, career, and life. The Achievement Awards are one way we can learn more about the successful strategies Washington schools are using to help our kids."

"OSPI and the State Board of Education have spent a lot of time on the achievement index," said Randy Dorn, superintendent of public instruction. "We're very proud of the schools recognized for their performance on the index. Each school shows sustained growth or excellence, or both. I congratulate each and every school for the hard work they've done."

ESD 112 region schools receiving the award are:

Battle Ground School District--Captain Strong Elementary (High Progress) and Laurin Middle School (English Language Acquisition).

Camas School District--Grass Valley Elementary (English Language Acquisition); Helen Baller Elementary (High Progress and English Language Acquisition); Lacamas Heights Elementary (High Progress); Liberty Middle School (Overall Excellence and Math Growth); Skyridge Middle School (Overall Excellence and Math Growth).

Evergreen School District--Mill Plain Elementary (Math Growth).

Kelso School District--Barnes Elementary (High Progress).

Ridgefield School District--South Ridge Elementary School (Overall Excellence and English Language Acquisition).

Washougal School District--Hathaway Elementary School (Overall Excellence).

Woodland School District--Woodland Primary School (English Language Acquisition).


The award-winning schools will be honored at a ceremony on May 10 at Union Gap School outside of Yakima.


More information
· WAA criteria and list of winners: http://www.k12.wa.us/EducationAwards/WashingtonAchievement


ABOUT ESD 112:
Educational Service District 112 enables school districts to concentrate more time, money and energy on student learning. Headquartered in Vancouver, ESD 112 provides local and regional cooperative programs and services to school districts and communities in the six counties of Southwest Washington. ESD 112 was established by the Legislature in 1969 as one of nine regional educational service centers to work in partnership with local communities and school districts to provide support services for student instruction, professional development for staff, and technical assistance in the administration of schools. The agency offers more than 250 cooperatives and services ranging from interactive telecommunications to a child care consortium. There are 30 public schools, 23 private schools, two state schools and 26 child care centers serving 100,000 students and 15,000 school employees who benefit from ESD services.

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Salem Police Investigating Fatal Traffic Crash (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 04/19/16 4:20 PM
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The Salem Police Traffic Control Unit is investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred Tuesday morning in south Salem.

Officers were dispatched at 8:37 a.m. to the 6400 block of Sunnyside Rd SE on a report of a two vehicle head on collision that had just occurred. Arriving officers found two vehicles sitting in the roadway with the drivers of both vehicles trapped inside. Fire units were on scene and called for further resources to extricate the drivers from the vehicles. Sunnyside Rd was closed in the area for nearly four hours as investigators worked to investigate the crash.

The investigation determined that 44-year old Daniel J Thompson was driving a green 1991 Subaru Legacy station wagon southbound on Sunnyside Rd when the vehicle crossed over the center line and collided with a red 1990 Ford Tempo sedan being driven northbound on Sunnyside Rd by 73-year old Michael J Tuel.

Both drivers were transported to Salem Health by ambulance, where Michael Tuel later died of his injuries.

The investigation is continuing, and anyone with information about this crash is asked to call the Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit. There have been no arrests made nor citations issued thus far.

The release of this information was held pending notification of next of kin. That has now been completed.


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Corvallis Man Arrested for Vehicle Theft
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 04/19/16 4:10 PM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on April 18, 2016, at 5:57 a.m., Linn County 9-1-1 Dispatch Center received a call from a resident in the 29000 block of Harvest Drive west of Tangent, reporting someone was attempting to steal a delivery truck from the residence. While deputies were responding, the caller told the dispatcher they saw someone running from the scene.

While deputies searched the area, Michael James Stanley, 46, of Corvallis was seen attempting to get into another car east of the caller's residence. Stanley was taken into custody without incident.

It was discovered that Stanley had driven his personal vehicle through the Oakville Cemetery damaging one headstone and continued into a farm field where his vehicle became stuck in the mud. He walked to a nursery business where he attempted to steal a different box van delivery truck, which also became stuck in the mud. Stanley continued on foot through fields where he entered two more vehicles; no property was taken from either vehicle.

Stanley was arrested and transported to the Linn County Jail on charges of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, 4 counts of Unauthorized Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief II and Criminal Trespass II.

The investigation is continuing.
Conference of Local Health Officials meets April 21 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 04/19/16 2:30 PM
April 19, 2016

What: The monthly meeting of the Conference of Local Public Health Officials.

Agenda: Updates; Modernization Assessment Report timeline; Fiscal Year 2017 emergency preparedness funding; coordinated care organization (CCO) and public health local agreements

When: Thursday, April 21, 9:30 a.m. to noon. The meeting is open to the public. No conference call option is available for the public.

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

The Conference of Local Health Officials provides recommendations to the Oregon Health Authority on the rules and standards for public health specified in ORS 431.345 and 431.350.

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

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Secretary Jewell Offers Vision for Next 100 Years of Conservation in America
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 04/19/16 2:25 PM
In remarks at the National Geographic Society and released early on Medium, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today laid out a vision for actions the nation can take to build upon America's rich conservation legacy and pass on healthy public lands and waters to the next generation.

The Secretary delivered the remarks during National Park Week to help mark the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. During the speech, Jewell called for a "course correction" for conservation that includes inspiring all Americans from all backgrounds to connect with public lands; implementing smart, landscape-level planning to support healthy ecosystems and sustainable development; and greater investments in national parks and public lands to prepare for the next century of conservation.

During her remarks, Jewell also announced that the federal government will undertake a first-of-its-kind study to analyze the impact outdoor recreation has on the nation's economy. The Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis feasibility study will present detailed and defensible data on the importance of outdoor recreation as a distinct component of the economy that can help inform decision making and management of public lands and waters.

"By producing credible data on the tangible economic benefits of public lands, we can help the public and Members of Congress better understand the benefits of investing in them," Jewell said. "Industry estimates show that consumer spending for outdoor recreation is greater than household utilities and pharmaceuticals combined -- and yet the federal government has never fully recognized or quantified these benefits. This project is the start of a multi-year effort to count these contributions in a comprehensive and impartial way."

For more on the outdoor recreation economic report, click here.

To view the speech online, visit doi.gov/parksforall.


Attached Media Files: 2016-04/5514/93674/Jewell_Conservation_in_America_4-16.pdf
Marine Board Meeting in Salem April 26
Oregon Marine Board - 04/19/16 2:09 PM
The Oregon State Marine Board will hold their quarterly Board meeting on April 26 beginning at 9 am, at the Marine Board office, 435 Commercial St. NE, in Salem.

The Board will be considering whether to initiate rulemaking on two petitions and several administrative rules, and will consider Round Two boating facility grant requests in addition to program reports. The agenda includes the following items:

Consideration of rulemaking for Chapter 250, Division 011 --Steering and Sailing Rules
Consideration of rulemaking for Insurance and Duplication Fees, OAR 250-010-0057 and Refunds, 250-010-0058
Consideration of Kinney Lake Petition for Rulemaking in Wallowa County, OAR 250-020-0340
Consideration of Multnomah Channel Petition for Rulemaking on boat operations in Multnomah and Columbia Counties, OAR 250-010-0282
Consideration of Rulemaking for Chapter 250, Division 016, Outfitter/Guide Registration

Consideration of Round Two grant requests:
o Sandy Beach --Schwitter Landing Debris Boom Amendment (OPRD)
o Carnahan Park Boarding Dock Replacement --City of Tillamook
o Port Ramp Toe Repair --Port of Cascades Locks
o Amacher Park Boat Ramp Toe Repair --Douglas County
o Youth Conservation Corps Summer Boating Projects -OYCC

The meeting is accessible for persons with disabilities. For a communication aid request or agenda questions, please contact June LeTarte, Executive Assistant, at 503-378-2617 by Monday, April 25. The Board will accept public comment during the designated period at the beginning of the meeting on only those agenda items which did not have a pre-noticed comment closing date.

To view the agenda and staff report, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Board-and-Public-Meetings.aspx.
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Sherwood Police Arrest Man for Criminal Impersonation for a March 22nd Incident on SW Pacific Highway in Tigard (Photo)
Sherwood Police Dept. - 04/19/16 1:34 PM
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On March 22nd, 2016, Officer Chris Pierce was returning to the City of Sherwood on SW Pacific Highway after completing an investigation in Portland. At about 12 AM, Officer Pierce saw a white Dodge Charger, parked in the roadway blocking a Honda Accord on SW Pacific Highway at SW Greenburg Rd.

As Officer Pierce passed the vehicles, he saw a male yelling at the female driver of the Honda Accord. Officer Pierce stopped to ask if everything was "OK", and the male replied that he was an "off duty" officer and displayed a badge.

The male told Officer Pierce that he had stopped the female in the Honda Accord for speeding and reckless driving. Officer Pierce looked at the badge which showed the title of "Junior Probation Officer". The male made reference to working part time for the Riverside County Sheriff's Office.

The males white Dodge Charger was determined to be a rental car, and had NO emergency equipment or lights. Officers from the Tigard Police Department arrived to assist Officer Pierce. A determination was made to release the male and the investigation continued.

This case was heard by a Washington County Grand Jury, who returned a secret indictment, and a warrant was issued for the male. On the morning of April 19th Sherwood Police arrested 20 year old Troy Matthew Bacon of Boise, Idaho on one count of Criminal Impersonation (ORS 162.365). Bacon was taken to the Washington County Jail, where he was booked on the warrant.
The Sherwood Police would like to remind the public that those who impersonate police officers erode the public's trust in law enforcement and may endanger unsuspecting people. There are several tips you can remember to protect yourself during a traffic stop while helping your police officers do their jobs.
Make sure it is a marked police unit. If it is not a marked unit, the emergency lights should be built in and are usually not a temporary light placed on the vehicle.
Try to stop in a well-lit area or a location where there are a lot of people present.
Turn on your emergency flashers but don't turn off your car.
Do not get out of the vehicle to meet the officer. Officers usually don't like this anyway.
Lock your door.
Look for a uniform, official department jacket, and other equipment used by police officers for the performance of their duties.
If the officer is in plainclothes, look for identifying clothing and equipment. If unsure, explain to the "officer" that you are unsure about the situation and ask them to display official department identification and badge. Ask where they work and if you can contact their dispatch center to confirm their identity. You may also request a marked patrol unit respond.
Pay attention to what they are asking. Most officers will advise you of the reason for the stop and request your driver's license, registration, and proof of insurance.
If they immediately tell you to get out of the car without any preliminary questions, be suspicious.
Trust your instincts. If they don't seem to be a real police officer they are probably not.
Tips courtesy: https://www.oregon.gov/osp/PATROL/Pages/Safety-Tip---Police-Impersonators.aspx


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PCC students win design contest and present concept for Rainier Transit Center (Photo)
Columbia Co. Rider Transit - 04/19/16 1:04 PM
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At the Monday meeting of the Rainier City Council, Students from the Portland Community College Sylvania and Rock Creek Architecture, Interior and Landscape Design Programs presented a design concept for the redevelopment of the "old Estby" service station site in Rainier. Michael Ray CCRider Transit Coordinator, presented students with an award and a $500 prize for designing a prototype for the Rainier Transit Center. The students who took part in the contest were, (in photo left to right) Douglas Eaglebear, Corinne Dermond, Vanessa Golding, Vanessa Morgan and Jodee Perry.

CCRider, along with the help of some local business, sponsored the contest to create design concepts for the new Rainier Transit Center that will serve as a hub for riders going to from Rainier to the south county area and Portland, and riders going to and from Rainier to Longview/Kelso and Astoria. Initially there were at least two groups that were working on a design prototype, one of them was unable to complete their concept in the time allotted.

Currently CCRider and Sunset Empire Transportation meet at Rainier for the CCRider Line 7 and line 5 routes that run from Portland to Astoria and Rainier to Longview. Plans call for the current structure at the site to be demolished and the site re-developed to meet public transit needs. The site will have rider amenities such as restrooms a place to wait for the bus and park n ride parking on site.

Funding for this project was provided by the Oregon Connect V Program and a federal intercity grant to be used as the match dollars. The Connect V funding totaled $678,308.00 and a federal inter-city grant funds totaled $135,662. The funding for this capitol project can only be used for development and construction of the transit center. This project significantly improves access and regional connections to public transit for residents, tourists and others needing public transit in Columbia County.

CC Rider would like to thank the following area businesses that contributed to the award for these talented students:
AKAAN Architecture - St Helens,
Lower Columbia Engineering - St Helens,
Fibre Federal Credit Union - Rainier,
First Transit - Beaverton,
CC Rider - Columbia County


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Old Youngs Bay Bridge closure for April 20 has been canceled
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 04/19/16 12:37 PM
The closure of the Old Youngs Bay Bridge (U.S. 101B) for the evening of April 20, has been canceled. The next evening closure to repair the pile caps will be later in May.
Correction: Skyview High School (not Heritage High School) Bomb Hoax
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/19/16 12:28 PM
Whoops! SKYVIEW HS not Heritage. Heritage HS not involved...
Sorry for the error. Sgt. Fred Neiman

Skyview High School Bomb Hoax
Skyview High School 1300 NW 139th Street Vancouver, Wa.
Arrested: male 9th grader student lodged at Juvenile Detention Center -- False reporting Bomb threat (felony) and disruption of school activities.
At 10:17 Hrs. today 04/19/2016 911 received a call from a student at Skyview High School claiming that he had knowledge that a bomb had been placed at the school. Skyview High School administrators and the School Resource Deputy were alerted. The school was evacuated as a precaution and the bomb squad summoned. A search of the school turned up nothing suspicious. Under further questioning, the student admitted the call was a prank. He was arrested and booked into JDH for making a bomb threat and disruption of school activities.
Students were returned to class. No injuries occurred. School release is at normal time. Parents of students are being notified of the incident by Vancouver School District.
Oregon DHS Invites All Stakeholders & Partners to Meeting/Conference Call, April 29
Oregon Department of Human Services - 04/19/16 12:23 PM
You are invited to participate in a DHS stakeholder/partner meeting re: 2017-19 budget and other Human Services topics. Join DHS Director Clyde Saiki and members of the DHS Executive Team for a brief presentation and discussion about where the agency is today -- and where we are going in the next year.

Friday, April 29th -- two meeting times
Salem, Oregon: Human Services Building
(500 Summer Street NE, Rooms 137 A-B-C)
8:30 am -- 10:00 am
or
1:30 pm -- 3:00 pm

>> Conference Call Information for those not able to attend in person:
Dial in number: 1-888-636-3807; Participant access code: 229664

RSVP to DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us and let us know which meeting you plan to attend (for space planning purposes!)

Please forward this invitation to others who may be interested.
Thank you!
Deputies don aprons for Special Olympics during Thursday's 'Tip-A-Cop' event at Clackamas Claim Jumper (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/19/16 12:11 PM
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Clackamas County law-enforcement personnel will trade their badges for aprons at the Claim Jumper Restaurant & Saloon in Clackamas as part of a special "Tip-A-Cop" event benefiting Special Olympics this Thursday, April 21.

Deputies and police officers will collect tips and help serve restaurant guests from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday. The Clackamas Claim Jumper is located at 9085 SE Sunnyside Rd., Clackamas, OR 97015.

Participating Tip-a-Cop restaurants either match patron tips or donate a percentage of their tips to Special Olympics during the fundraiser.

Media outlets are invited to drop by for interviews and photos with local law enforcement and Special Olympics athletes and representatives.

A flyer for the event is attached in PDF and JPEG formats.

ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS OREGON

Special Olympics Oregon serves the largest disability population in the state. Special Olympics Oregon provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Special Olympics Oregon is Training for Life.

"Tip-A-Cop" is part of the annual "Law Enforcement Torch Run" (LETR) campaign for Special Olympics. LETR -- which includes an international series of relay runs and special events like Tip-A-Cop -- is presented by more than 144,000 law enforcement officers worldwide to help raise money and public awareness for Special Olympics. LETR is the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics; funds raised go directly to local programs in states or countries where the funds are generated.

To learn more about the Law Enforcement Torch Run Campaign:
http://www.soor.org/Sub-Page.aspx?Name=History&PID=42

To learn more about Special Olympics Oregon:
http://www.soor.org/

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REMINDER TO MEDIA -- PAGER DISCONTINUED: We have discontinued our Public Information Unit pager. All media outlets needing to contact our PIO can now send an email to SheriffPIO@clackamas.us


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Aloha Woman Arrested for Early Morning Arson (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/19/16 11:50 AM
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April 19, 2016--Washington County Sheriff's Arson Deputies arrested and charged an Aloha woman with First Degree Arson. Sheriff's Deputies believe she intentionally started a fire in a travel trailer that she and her children were living in. There were only minor injuries.

Today, at 3:18 a.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to 4435 SW 175th Avenue concerning a reported trailer fire. Sheriff's Deputies arrived and found a large travel trailer fully engulfed in flames. Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (TVF&R) arrived and quickly extinguished the fire.

The property consists of two travel trailers and a house on a small parcel of land owned by another person. Sheriff's Deputies located Kimberly Clemens, 36 (photo inset), concealed, lying in the grass at the far end of the property. She was taken to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.

A Sheriff's Office Arson Detective has been working with the TVF&R Deputy Fire Marshal with this investigation. Investigators believe that Ms. Clemens intentionally started the fire while she and her teenage son were in the trailer. It was reported that as the fire continued to consume the trailer, Ms. Clemens' son had to force her out of the trailer and physically restrain her to keep her out.

At 8:56 a.m., Ms. Clemens was arrested as she was released from the hospital. She was charged with First Degree Arson and lodged in the Washington County Jail, held on $250,000 bail.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like to thank TVF&R for their assistance with this case.


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OHA issues statewide advisory recommending limited bass consumption
Oregon Health Authority - 04/19/16 11:49 AM
April 19, 2016

Elevated mercury levels found in fish tissue from many state water bodies

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is issuing a statewide advisory for bass due to elevated levels of mercury found in fish tissue sampled from a number of water bodies across the state.

The fish consumption advisory affects bass in all water bodies statewide, including river systems.

"Fish are an important part of a healthy diet, especially migratory fish like salmon, steelhead and trout," said Dave Farrer, Ph.D., toxicologist in the Environmental Public Health Section at the OHA Public Health Division. "The elevated mercury levels we're talking about in bass are of concern to us, but there are some simple steps people can take to reduce their exposure to mercury when consuming bass."

Bass is the focus of the advisory because it is a resident species--it lives in one place its entire life--and is considered a top predator, eating other mercury-contaminated fish within an ecosystem. The longer bass live, the more mercury they accumulate. In addition, bass are found across the state in many popular fishing waters, and the amount of data the state has for this species is adequate to warrant a statewide advisory.

OHA recommends the following monthly meal allowances for bass from all water bodies across the state, including river systems:
General population--Limit consumption to no more than six meals per month.
At-risk populations--Limit consumption to no more than two meals per month.

Mercury was found at levels above established screening values. This means it is high enough to be of concern to human health if fish contaminated with mercury are not eaten in moderation. For reference, the screening values used by OHA when determining if the concentration of mercury found in fish tissue is a health risk are 0.2 mg/kg for at-risk populations (infants, children, and pregnant or breastfeeding women), and 0.6 mg/kg for the general public. Average total concentrations found in fish tissue from across the state ranged from 0.08 mg/kg to 0.86 mg/kg of mercury.

Tissue samples were taken from 62 bass from 11 water bodies across the state, including eight rivers, two reservoirs and one lake covering each region of the state, from 2008 through 2014.

The statewide advisory and recommended meal allowances cover those water bodies that do not currently have an individual advisory in place for resident fish, including bass. For a list of water bodies with an existing advisory, see the advisory table at HealthOregon.org/fishadv. People should follow the recommended meal allowances for fish from these individual water bodies, rather than the statewide meal allowance of six and two.

A meal is about the size and thickness of your hand; for children, a meal is about the size and thickness of a child's hand.

People who eat too much fish contaminated with mercury can suffer negative health effects over time, such as damage to organs, the nervous system and reproductive system. Fetuses, babies and small children are most vulnerable to the health effects of mercury and, if exposed to high levels, can suffer life-long learning and behavior problems. For this reason, OHA recommends that pregnant and nursing women, and women of childbearing age (18 to 45), follow the consumption recommendations closely. Anglers also should not give bass to others unless the recipients are aware of the mercury contamination issue and they understand the recommendations in the fish advisory.

Fish consumption advisories are issued when fish tissue data collected and analyzed verifies that a particular contaminant is over Oregon's established screening value for that contaminant. OHA has several advisories currently in place for mercury in resident fish including bass, although fish tissue in many water bodies has not been sampled and analyzed.

Because data for mercury in fish tissue is available for some, but not all, lakes across the state, and because environmental conditions are such that mercury is present in recreational waters and can accumulate in the fish that live there, OHA believes it is necessary to issue a statewide advisory to protect public health.

Issuing a statewide advisory helps prevent confusion and reduces the public's exposure to mercury when consuming bass from non-monitored water bodies.

The advisory is expected to remain in place for the foreseeable future because mercury can come from both natural and human-made sources, and is transported globally through air pollution. The monthly meal allowances represent the most consistent health protective recommendations possible based on available fish tissue data. Should more mercury data become available, OHA will evaluate those data and update this and other advisories as practical and necessary.

By issuing the advisory, health officials hope to increase the public's awareness of fish species they should avoid or limit consumption of, and those they can keep eating. While it is important for people to know about contaminants in fish, it is equally important to keep fish on the table. Health officials continue to encourage people, including pregnant women, to eat a variety of fish as part of a healthy diet. Migratory fish such as salmon and steelhead are an essential source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients, and are low in contaminants.

Visit HealthOregon.org/fishadv to learn more about why fish is good for you, and for other fish-related topics.

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Join us for Walk MS Vancouver on Sunday, May 1 at Esther Short Park
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter - 04/19/16 10:24 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Walk MS connects people living with multiple sclerosis and those who care about them. It is an experience unlike any other--a day to join together, to celebrate the progress we've made, and to show the power of our connections.

From start to finish, Walk MS Vancouver is a fun, heartfelt, family-friendly event. Eat tasty food, drink refreshing beverages, take a selfie with Betty & Norman (our Walk MS Monsters), and head off from the starting line to the rhythmic pulse of The Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers. Move at the pace that's most convenient for you and your friends (this is no race). This year's route begins at Esther Short Park, goes down Columbia Street to the river, and back. Then celebrate at the finish line to the sounds of the Power Pep Band.

When you raise funds through Walk MS, you give hope to the more than 8,200 people living with MS in our community. The dollars raised support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research.

Register now and start fundraising today at: WalkMS.org

Sunday, May 1
Esther Short Park
W. 8th & Columbia Vancouver 98660
Vancouver, Washington
Site Opens: 9:00am
Opening Ceremony: 10:00am

REGISTER NOW
Go to WalkMS.org

CONTACT INFO
Andrea Kofoed
Walk MS Manager
andrea.kofoed@nmss.org
503-445-8342

PRESS PHOTOS
https://www.flickr.com/photos/defeatms/sets/72157664429111279/with/18203349979/

About Walk MS
Since 1988 Walk MS has raised more than $870 million to help people living with multiple sclerosis. It's the National MS Society's only simultaneous national fundraising event. The first Walk MS attracted 42,000 participants at 42 sites and raised $4 million. Since that time, the event has grown to nearly 350,000 walkers in almost 600 locations across all 50 states. The funds raised go toward life-changing programs and advanced research that give hope to those living with MS in our community.

About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. In 2013 alone, through its home office and 50-state network of chapters, the Society invested $48.3 million to support 380 new and ongoing research projects around the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS.

Learn More
National MS Society, Oregon Chapter
5331 SW Macadam Ave, Ste. 290
Portland, OR 97239
www.DefeatMS.com
For Earth Day - "The Big One, what Gorge residents need to know" Thursday night in Hood River, Springhouse Cellar winery 5:30-8:30pm (Photo)
Hood River Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/19/16 9:56 AM
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Join Hood River County, Hood River Sheriff's Office, Columbia Gorge Community College, public safety leaders from across Gorge communities and Oregon Office of Emergency Management this Thursday night 5:30- 8:30pm for a hands-on informational event in Hood River, THE BIG ONE, what Gorge residents need to know about Cascadia Subduction earthquakes.

This Earth Day event offers compelling speakers and more than a dozen hands-on "skill stations" where you can learn how to prepare for disasters and emergencies.

Enjoy the mini safety fair while you enjoy free hors d'oeuvres catered by Fresh Start Culinary Arts Program and the no-host bar wine from 5:30-8:30pm at Hood River's Springhouse Cellar Winery.

At 6pm, State geological expert Althea Rizzo, Ph.D., offers an interesting and engaging presentation about Cascadia Subduction earthquake impacts on the Pacific Northwest and the Gorge.

Hood River County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Management will offer a quick orientation on how our region is preparing and what you can do to prepare your home, family and business - then we'll send everyone to skill stations to practice.

Cascadia earthquake is "Oregon's greatest natural threat," according to the Governor's Task Force on Resilience. The Oregon Resilience Plan (Feb 2013) reported "very large earthquakes will occur in Oregon's future, and our state's infrastructure will remain poorly prepared to meet the threat unless we take action now to start building the necessary resilience. This is the central finding of the Oregon Resilience Plan requested by Oregon's 76th Legislative Assembly." As a result, Oregon has begun preparing for a magnitude 9.0 Cascadia quake, comparable to the 2011 Tohoku, Japan earthquake.

Hands-on skill stations include:

What's in your "Go kit" - how do you prepare for emergencies? Sample survival kits on display and talk to the experts

OSU - with Lauren Kramer, Asst. Professor of Extension Family and Community Health and Lynette Black, Oregon's rep to Extension Disaster Education Network
Red Cross
Hood River County Emergency Management

What to do when is the power is out. How do you shut off utilities and water? How do you switch safely from electric to generator power?

Pacific Power will stage their Hazard Hamlet - a 5-foot long display that is interactive and shows how community hazards come into play in emergencies - Pacific Power showcases this prop at Hood River Harvest Fest some years and it's very popular. Presenting is Ricky Walker, Transmission Distribution Manager, Pacific Power.
Find out about safe shut off of your natural gas from NW Natural -- Tonya Brumley
Hood River County Public Works Dept. -- where are your shut off values? Check out a solar power generator or other alternative power display - Nate Lain

Hood River County Sheriff's Office -- public safety, water sports safety, search and rescue

With Hood River County Sheriff Matt English and Deputy Quintin Nelson, marine safety officer

Hood River County -- David Meriwether, Barb Ayers, Belinda Ballah, Sandi Lain, Heidi Ochsner

Family safety -- checklists, Go-kits, family communication plans. How does your family reconnect if separated? Talk through some scenarios and take home a family communications plan template
What's in the County's Emergency Operations Plan? What is an EOC (Emergency Operations Center,) when is it activated and how does it support our region in disasters? Find out how responders work together with regional, state and federal teams.
Learn about some of our major planning assumptions / concerns (cut off in disasters, landslides, reduced access to fuel and groceries, medical and emergency supplies, volunteer and donation management needs, damage assessment and recovery.)
Learn about statewide (OR/WA/ID/CA) Cascadia Rising earthquake drills June 6-10 in Hood River and other communities
Seismic retrofitting grants are coming up soon for Oregon public buildings (schools, fire agencies, county and city buildings) -- some of our buildings need work.
Is your home or business quake-ready? Unreinforced masonry (old brick) buildings and those built before earthquake codes are a concern.

Hands-only CPR and fire extinguisher practice with Hood River Fire Department

CPR skill station - Kip Miller and the HRFD Fire/EMS team bring manikins - learn how to and practice hands-only CPR
Fire extinguisher practice - we all have them, when have you ever used one?

Hood River County Health Dept. -- vaccines and drinking water safety - tetanus shots offered

Inoculation station - get your tetanus shot and we'll bill your insurance right there at the event - most vaccines have no co-pay. You can request that specific vaccines by contacting Alison, 541-387-7119 or alison.donnelly@co.hood-river.or.us
How do you quickly/easily purify water if it's contaminated? With Ian Stromquist.
Quick and easy hand wash station to set up - prevents health problems from escalating

911 -- with Commander Erica Stolhand

What we do and when to call 911
Sign up in person for the countywide Citizen Alert System for emergency notification (aka evacuations or other emergencies) before wildfire season. All local safety agencies use this phone/email notification system to reach you with important information. We can't reach you on your cell or email if you don't opt in. We can only access your land line, if you have one.

Health care tips:

Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital's ER Manager Jane Burke and MCMC Nurse Manager Liesl Peterson -- when to go to the ER
What's in your first aid kit - Dr. Michele Beaman

OSU Extension - Food safety and Preservation

What to do if your freezer or fridge stops working
Storing Food for safety and quality
Water storage for emergencies

Waucoma Bookstore will showcase books on earthquakes and preparedness

Catering by Fresh Start Culinary Arts Program. Menu:

Crostini with a trio of spreads; white bean and herb, beet hummus, deviled egg and bacon spread.
Vegetable Crudités with lemon and dill yogurt dip
Cacahuates, chili and garlic roasted Spanish peanuts
Brownie bites

Hood River County Sheriff's Office offers a broad array of emergency response services to communities across the county, including Emergency Management, Search and Rescue, Marine Patrol, 911 dispatch, patrol division, Animal Control, Forest Patrol, civil division and management support for the NORCOR regional jail.


Attached Media Files: Earthquakes due in oregon , Earthquake damage
Beaverton City Library Hosts Demographics Data Mining Workshop (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 04/19/16 9:36 AM
Liza Morehead (pictured) and Charles Rynerson of Portland State University will conduct a free demographics data workshop at the Beaverton City Library on Tuesday, May 3. (Photo/Liza Morehead)
Liza Morehead (pictured) and Charles Rynerson of Portland State University will conduct a free demographics data workshop at the Beaverton City Library on Tuesday, May 3. (Photo/Liza Morehead)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The Beaverton City Library will host "Demographics Workshop with Social, Economic, and Environmental Data for the Region and Your Community" on Tuesday, May 3, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at 12375 SW Fifth Street. Portland State University researchers Charles Rynerson, of the Population Research Center, and Liz Morehead, of the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies, will lead the workshop.


Participants will learn how to access publicly available data, and the strengths and weaknesses of various data sets from agencies including the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Oregon Employment Department, Oregon Health Authority, and Oregon Department of Education. Data access platforms include American FactFinder, Census Business Builder, Census Reporter, Greater Portland Pulse, and Neighborhood Pulse.


At 4 p.m., Jill Adams, adult services librarian, will give a brief demonstration of Demographics Now, a Gale database available at the Beaverton City Library.


This event is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged at 503-644-2197 or www.BeavertonLibrary.org/Register. Registrants will receive a brief survey to help the presenters determine specific topics to cover. For more information, contact Jill Adams, adult services librarian, at jadams@BeaveronOregon.gov.


ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Charles Rynerson is a Research Associate at the Population Research Center (PRC) in the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University. A Portland native, he has worked as an applied demographer for 30 years at PRC, the San Diego Association of Governments and the San Diego Unified School District. At PRC, Rynerson is State Data Center Coordinator, helping the public access and understand information from the U.S. Census Bureau and providing training and assistance for a network of 24 agencies around Oregon that serve census data users. He also manages customized demographic projects including population and housing estimates and forecasts and school enrollment forecasts. Since returning to PRC in 2006, Rynerson has prepared enrollment forecasts and associated demographic analysis for more than 30 K-12 school districts in Oregon.


Liza Morehead, PhD, is a researcher and data analyst at the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies (IMS), at Portland State University. She is the project manager for Greater Portland Pulse and has a broad understanding of local, state and national data sources, including administrative data resulting from local government administration. Through her work at IMS, Morehead has extensive experience with identifying, collection, evaluating, interpreting and visualizing appropriate and applicable data. Additionally, Morehead has more than eight years of experience working with diverse stakeholders, including local, county and state governments to implement programs and work toward commonly held goals. In addition to her work at IMS, Morehead volunteers with the City Club of Portland, where she currently serves on the Research Board.


ABOUT THE LIBRARY
The Beaverton City Library is the second-busiest library system in the state, with more than 780,000 patrons a year at its main location at 12375 SW Fifth Street and Murray Scholls branch at 11200 SW Murray Scholls Place.


For additional information regarding Beaverton City Library services, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-644-2197. The Beaverton City Library is one of fifteen libraries in Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) that work communally to provide excellent countywide library service by sharing valuable resources and information with one another.


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Attached Media Files: Liza Morehead (pictured) and Charles Rynerson of Portland State University will conduct a free demographics data workshop at the Beaverton City Library on Tuesday, May 3. (Photo/Liza Morehead) , Charles Rynerson (pictured) and Liza Morehead of Portland State University will conduct a free demographics data workshop at the Beaverton City Library on Tuesday, May 3. (Photo/Charles Rynerson)
Two state heritage boards to meet May 4 in State Capitol
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/19/16 9:04 AM
Two state heritage boards will meet May 4 in in the Oregon State Capitol during the Oregon Heritage Conference.

The Oregon Heritage Commission and the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 9 a.m. in separate rooms. The Heritage Commission will be in Room 243 and the Historic Cemeteries Commission will be in Room 257. Their meetings are open to the public and their agendas include opportunities for public comment. Meetings are accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance of the meeting by calling 503-986-0690.

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The Oregon Heritage Commission agenda include consideration of an Oregon Heritage Tradition nomination, adoption of bylaws, and other heritage topics.

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The mission of the Oregon Heritage Commission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity. For more information, contact coordinator Kyle Jansson at 503-986-0673 or kyle.jansson@oregon.gov .

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The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries agenda includes a legislative update, planning of future events, and other topics related to historic cemeteries.

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

For more information about both commissions, visit www.oregonheritage.org


Attached Media Files: news release
Historic Trails Advisory Council meets April 24 in Redmond
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/19/16 8:52 AM
The Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council will hold its spring meeting In Redmond at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 24.

The meeting will be in the Conference Room at the Super 8 Motel at 3629 SW 21st PL, Redmond. The motel's telephone number: 541 548 8881

This meeting is free and open to the public and there is no charge for attending.

In 1998, the Governor established OHTAC to oversee and provide advice on Oregon's16 historic trails. The Council is made up of nine governor-appointed volunteer-citizens working together to advise the Governor and to locate, preserve and encourage the use of these historic trails by Oregonians and visitors to our state. The Council meets three times a year to explore at least one of the 16 designated historic trails. Guided by local residents and/or public agency experts, the Council members evaluate and record trail conditions and discuss opportunities for the marking, interpretation and protection of the trails.

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Clark County Sheriff's Office to no longer respond to Non-injury, non-blocking traffic collisions
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/19/16 8:23 AM
Annual seasonal service demands coupled with operational personnel shortages require a restructuring in patrol response priorities for the Clark County Sheriff's Office. As a result, sheriff's deputies will no longer respond to non-injury, non-blocking vehicular crashes. Drivers are encouraged to safely move damaged vehicles off the roadway and exchange driver's license and vehicle information including automobile insurance coverage.

Exceptions may be made if one or more of the following conditions exist:
Involved vehicle driver may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The public roadway remains partially blocked by a vehicle or debris from the crash.
The drivers or other parties are engaged in a disturbance
A publicly owned vehicle or public property is damaged.
An involved driver does not possess a valid driver's license or has had their driving privileges suspended or revoked.

Sheriff's deputies will continue to respond to crashes on county roadways if the roadway is blocked or drivers/occupants require immediate emergency medical care.

Drivers are also reminded to complete a Washington State Accident report form when required. Washington State Law requires any driver, pedestrian, pedal cycle or property owner involved in a collision within the state -- with $1000 or more damage to any one unit and/or injury to any person -- must complete a Motor Vehicle Collision Report. However, if a police officer is present and indicates he/she will submit a collision report, then you are not required to submit one. Collision reports may be filed on-line at: http://www.wsp.wa.gov/publications/collision.htm
Driver Arrested for DUII After Crashing into a Pedestrian on 82nd Avenue Monday Night (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/19/16 8:19 AM
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On Monday evening, Portland Police officers arrested a 31-year-old man for DUII after he crashed into a pedestrian on Northeast 82nd Avenue, causing life-threatening injuries.

The investigation began on Monday April 18, 2016, at 10:39 p.m., when East Precinct and Traffic Division officers responded to Northeast 82nd Avenue and Davis Street on the report that a driver crashed into a pedestrian.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located both parties. The pedestrian, 45-year-old Michael Joseph McBurney, suffering from traumatic injuries. He was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital where he is being treated for life-threatening injuries.

The driver, 31-year-old Hugo Lopez-Aguilar, remained at the scene and was cooperative with investigators.

Due to McBurney's injuries, the Traffic Division's Major Crash Team responded.

Witnesses told police that McBurney was crossing 82nd Avenue westbound in the northside crosswalk, against the "Don't Walk" signal. Lopez-Aguilar, driving a 1996 Nissan Maxima, was driving southbound on 82nd Avenue in the right line, with a green light to proceed.
While McBurney was in the crosswalk, nearly to the westside of the street, he was struck by Lopez-Aguilar.

Based on information learned at the scene, investigators arrested Lopez-Aguilar for impaired driving and believe that he may be under the influence of marijuana.

Lopez-Aguilar was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII). Additional charges may apply after the investigation is complete.

Drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs injure and kill thousands of people every year. People consuming alcohol or drugs are urged not to get behind the wheel and should have a sober driver or utilize taxis, rideshare companies, or transit so everyone is safe on our streets.

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

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

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Celebrate Parks on April 23rd at Battle Ground's 4th Annual Park Appreciation Day (Photo)
City of Battle Ground - 04/19/16 8:12 AM
Volunteers at 2015 Park Appreciation Day
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Parks in the City of Battle Ground offer countless opportunities for connecting with nature, activities, family, friends and neighbors. Join us in celebrating our community's parks the morning of Saturday, April 23 at the 4th Annual Park Appreciation Day work party.

Volunteers, along with city staff, will gather from 9 am to 12 noon at two of the city's most treasured parks, Kiwanis and Florence Robison, to give them a caring facelift just in time for the busy summer season. Clean up efforts will include litter pick up, raking and weeding flower beds, cleaning play equipment and spreading bark dust or playground chips.

"We are so appreciative of the volunteers who participate in this event," said Debbi Hanson, Battle Ground Parks and Recreation Director, "Battle Ground has a strong sense of community and our parks are well loved."

Individuals, families and groups are invited to participate. Children aged six and older are welcome with an adult. We ask that pets, however, remain home. Volunteer groups of six or more are encouraged to pre-register by calling 360-342-5380, by emailing bgparksandrec@cityofbg.org, or by completing a form available at cityofbg.org/ParksDay. Families and individuals are welcome to register but may also just show up at either of the parks.

The event begins at 9 am and concludes at 12 noon. Refreshments will be provided. Kiwanis Park is located at 422 SW 2nd Ave just a few blocks west of South Parkway. Florence Robison - South Park is located at 1900 NW 9th St just a few blocks east of NW 20th Ave.

For more information please contact Battle Ground Parks & Recreation at 360-342-5380 or by email at bgparksandrec@cityofbg.org.


Attached Media Files: Volunteers at 2015 Park Appreciation Day
Old Youngs Bay Bridge night time closure scheduled for April 20
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 04/19/16 7:38 AM
REMINDER:

Travelers are reminded that the first of 25 night time closures of the Old Youngs Bay Bridge (U.S. 101B) in Astoria is planned for Wednesday, April 20. The closure will be from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The 25 night time closures will be scheduled between April 20 and July 1 for extensive rehabilitation work. The closures are necessary for the replacement of pile caps on 18 different bridge bents which support the beams and girders of the bridge.

The closures will be intermittent and ODOT will receive a 48-hour notice from the contractor when a night is selected for the closure. All closures will be from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Closures will not be allowed on Friday or Saturday nights.

Variable message signs will be posted in various locations warning travelers of the closures. During the night time closures, travelers using U.S. 101B will detour around the closures using the Lewis and Clark River and New Youngs Bay Bridges. Travelers are urged to check TripCheck.com for the latest on scheduled closures.

The larger bridge rehabilitation work included the Lewis and Clark River Bridge. The bridge was closed during 2015 for almost 10 months so a contractor could replace most of the wood substructure that included deteriorated piles, sill caps and cross bracing. The west approach of the bridge was also replaced and the structural steel was repaired and coated.

The first segment of work on the Old Youngs Bay Bridge was mostly day time work replacing the old electrical system. During construction, both bridges were never closed at the same time and access to all businesses around the bridges has been maintained.

The $16.7 million bridge rehabilitation project began in December 2014. The overall project is scheduled to be completed in November 2017.
Fire Damages Two Cornelius Home (Photo)
Cornelius Fire Dept. - 04/19/16 7:05 AM
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At 3:15am this morning, firefighters were dispatched to a residential fire in the 500 block of N 20th Place. Crews arrived minutes later to find the exterior of a home engulfed with flames, the intense heat from these flames was also melting the siding of a neighboring house 30 feet away. It took firefighters approximately 10 minutes to knock down the flames, which they contained to the exterior of the house. Firefighters were also able to protect the neighboring home from catching fire.

The two adult occupants of the house were first alerted to their dog barking, when they went to figure out the reason their smoke alarms started to sound. They made their way downstairs and noticed a red glow with smoke coming from the front door. They found a second way out of the house by safely exiting through the garage with no injuries.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time. The fire appears to have started on the front porch area. The fire is estimated to have caused approximately $25,000 in damage to the structure and a vehicle, this includes damage to the neighboring house (melted siding and cracked windows).

Cornelius Fire Department wants to remind everyone to have a working smoke alarm outside of all sleeping areas, and to test them monthly. Also practice and know two ways out of every room in your house, in this case, residents couldn't use their from door.

Cornelius Fire Department was assisted on scene by Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue, Washington County Fire District #2 and Washington County Sheriffs Office.

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Mon. 04/18/16
Camas becomes only 7th Washington City to pass mandatory residential sprinkler ordinance
Camas-Washougal Fire Dept. - 04/18/16 9:45 PM
At their regularly scheduled meeting on April 18, the Camas City Council unanimously passed an ordinance requiring the installation of fire sprinkler systems in all new residential one and two family construction. With this new ordinance, Camas joins Olympia, Dupont, Kenmore, Bonney Lake, Redmond, and Tukwila, as only the 7th Washington city to pass a residential sprinkler ordinance requiring fire sprinkler installation in all new residential construction. In addition, Camas is the only city in the Portland (Oregon) Metropolitan Area to pass such an ordinance. The ordinance affects future new construction. It does not require retrofitting of existing construction. Camas-Washougal Fire Chief Nick Swinhart praised the efforts of the city's fire prevention division in drafting the new ordinance, as well as the approval of the Camas City Council that made it possible.
Missing McMinnville Man -- Owen Woods **updated information 4/18/16, 2030 hrs** (Photo)
McMinnville Police Dept. - 04/18/16 8:42 PM
Owen Woods - Current Photo
Owen Woods - Current Photo
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Updated Photos, 4/18/16, 2030 hrs.

Attached are the most recent photos of Owen Woods, as provided by his family. Please update any releases with the new photos.



Updated information on Owen Woods. Mr. Woods was last seen in the Depot Bay area of Lincoln County on 4/18/16 at about 3:30 am. Investigators from the McMinnville Police Department are working in conjunction with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office on the investigation. At the present time there does not appear to be any connection between Mr. Woods and any other missing person cases.

Mr. Woods is currently a student at Linfield College. The McMinnville Police Department is also working with Linfield Campus Public Safety and the college in the investigation.


Attached Media Files: Owen Woods - Current Photo
Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 04/18/16 5:35 PM
Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors April 25. 2016.
Committee for Family Forestlandls meets April 25
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/18/16 4:26 PM
News Release
Release date: April 18, 2016

Contact:
Nick Hennemann, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-945-7248
Lena Tucker, Deputy Chief Private Forests Division, Salem, 503-945-7529


The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet Monday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The committee will review its annual report to the Board of Forestry. The meeting will be at the Oregon Department of Forestry's Headquarters, Santiam Room, Building D, 2600 State Street, Salem.

The meeting will also include:
Updates on the Private Forests Division, an agreement related to fishers in Oregon, and the streamside shade buffer rulemaking
Discussions about the bald eagle rules, seedling supply and demand, and the committee's role with the Ritter Land Management Team

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

Public Meetings
The public is invited to attend the meeting. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. For more information about attending the meeting please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.

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Community Groups Invited to Apply for Beaverton Immigrant Integration Project Grants
City of Beaverton - 04/18/16 4:12 PM
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Community groups are invited to apply for the City of Beaverton's first ever immigrant integration mini-grants. The grants are designed for small, community-driven projects that aim to welcome immigrants into the city. The goals are to increase opportunities for cross-cultural exchange, support welcoming and connected neighborhoods, build relationships and understanding to unite residents, and foster pride in Beaverton's diverse community. The maximum grant size is $500 and applications are due Friday, May 20 at 5 p.m. Funds must be used for activities occurring in 2016.


Examples of eligible projects include sharing culture through food, art projects celebrating neighborhood diversity, business tours, film screenings, athletic activities, or educational workshops and advocacy events.


The immigrant integration mini-grants are part of the larger Welcoming Beaverton initiative, which recognizes, welcomes, and supports the successful integration of our local immigrant community. The City of Beaverton is a proud member of the national Welcoming Cities and Counties initiative, a network of municipalities across the country working to create more welcoming, immigrant-friendly environments that maximize opportunities for economic growth and cultural vitality for all.


Beaverton became a Welcoming City in April 2015 and hosted its first Welcoming Week in September 2015. Welcoming Week is a series of events that brings together immigrants and U.S.-born residents in a spirit of unity. Last year, the city celebrated with the launch of the Beaverton Night Market, a naturalization ceremony, and Citizenship Corner opening at the library, among other events.


Applicants are asked to consider hosting their grant-funded activities during Welcoming Week 2016, which will be celebrated from Sept. 16 to 25. If the funded activity does not occur that week, grantees are required to participate in another way.


The grant application is available online in English and Spanish at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/WelcomingWeek. For more information, contact the City of Beaverton's Cultural Inclusion Program at equity@BeavertonOregon.gov.


ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2015, Beaverton was recognized as one of the safest cities in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press with cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Silver Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.


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City of Beaverton Announces Visioning Partners of the Year (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 04/18/16 3:18 PM
The Beaverton Downtown Association was one of two recipients for the City of Beaverton’s 2016 Visioning Partner of the Year award. The BDA was honored for its efforts to revitalize downtown, including pedestrian-friendly improvements on SW Broadway Street
The Beaverton Downtown Association was one of two recipients for the City of Beaverton’s 2016 Visioning Partner of the Year award. The BDA was honored for its efforts to revitalize downtown, including pedestrian-friendly improvements on SW Broadway Street
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The City of Beaverton's Visioning Advisory Committee (VAC) announced last week the winners of the 2016 Visioning Partner of the Year award. For the first time, two winners were chosen: the Beaverton Downtown Association (BDA) and Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District (THPRD). The winners were announced at a meeting of all Beaverton Community Vision partners on April 14.


"The VAC had a tough time deciding on any one partner to recognize this year," said Jaann Hoisington, VAC chair. "We appreciate all of the contributions our partners make, so having two great partners stand out and champion the community's vision was a good problem to have."


The BDA was chosen because of its efforts to revitalize Beaverton's downtown, including pedestrian-friendly street improvements and updated signs. The BDA was recently recognized with a "Transforming Downtown" designation by the Oregon Main Street Program. The group has future plans including street festivals and a host of other activities to highlight the art, food, and ethnic cultural offerings in downtown Beaverton.


THPRD received the award because of its outreach work with diverse populations, as well as providing social support through use of its facilities as cooling shelters during last summer's heat wave and delivering meals to disadvantaged youth in the THPRD Rec Mobile. THPRD has also worked extensively to extend Beaverton's local trail network, including new connections on the westside trail. They work hard to make sure everyone has the chance to stay fit, including an adaptive recreation program, inclusive plan projects, and a new fit station at Elsie Stuhr Center.


For more information, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Visioning or contact Jahmai Cherry at 503-526-2432 or jcherry@BeavertonOregon.gov.


ABOUT BEAVERTON COMMUNITY VISION
The Beaverton Community Vision is an award-winning citywide project to determine what kind of community Beaverton residents want in the future. Thousands of citizens shared their ideas for Beaverton. From those ideas, the city developed an action plan to guide the community's future decisions for decades to come. An updated Beaverton Community Vision action plan was adopted by the Beaverton City Council in February 2016.


ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2015, Beaverton was recognized as one of the safest cities in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press with cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Silver Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.


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Attached Media Files: The Beaverton Downtown Association was one of two recipients for the City of Beaverton’s 2016 Visioning Partner of the Year award. The BDA was honored for its efforts to revitalize downtown, including pedestrian-friendly improvements on SW Broadway Street , THPRD was one of two recipients for the City of Beaverton’s 2016 Visioning Partner of the Year award, announced at a recent Beaverton Community Vision partner meeting. Pictured: (left to right) Jerry Jones, THPRD board secretary; Jaann Hoisington, Vision
Cascadia Community Presentations - Lincoln Co., May-June (Photo)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/18/16 3:12 PM
Presentation Announcement
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Community members are invited to attend one of the offered community presentations in May or June held in each of the incorporated cities. These presentations are provided with the support of the Lincoln County solid waste providers: Dahl Disposal, North Lincoln Sanitary and Thompson's Sanitary and your Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, incorporated Cities and Confederated Tribe of the Siletz Indians.


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Woodland High School Teacher earns prestigious $24,000 James Madison Fellowship Award (Photo)
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 04/18/16 3:00 PM
Sharon Conditt, WHS Social Studies Teacher, received the James Madison Fellowship in 2009.
Sharon Conditt, WHS Social Studies Teacher, received the James Madison Fellowship in 2009.
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Monday, April 18, 2016-Woodland, WA-Woodland High School Social Studies Teacher Katie Klaus earned the prestigious James Madison Fellowship Award, America's most prestigious award in constitutional history and government for secondary teachers. Each year, the James Madison Foundation selects one fellow from each state with Klaus being selected as the 2016 Washington State Fellow, earning an award of $24,000 to help pay for her graduate studies.

To be considered, applicants must be teachers of American History and Government at the secondary school level with an application process which reviews each teacher's academic history, extracurricular activities, and the teacher's potential to be successful in their graduate degree program along with teachers submitting a constitutional essay as well as letters of recommendation. A panel of independent assessors chooses which candidates they want to select as fellows for each year.

Klaus chose to teach in order to make a difference in the lives of children. "I wanted to become a teacher to help make a positive difference in the lives of students," said Klaus. "Most people can look back at their high school career and identify a teacher who really inspired or influenced them, and I want to be that type of teacher."

Klaus intends to earn her Master of Arts degree in American History and Government and is currently looking at several different schools to pursue her graduate studies. "One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is seeing students realize their own potential," she said. "If a student has been struggling to understand a difficult concept and then finally understands the material, there is a spark of excitement that comes from that; I enjoy these kinds of positive interactions that develop between students and teachers."

As part of being selected for the James Madison Fellowship, Klaus will attend their summer institute, a month-long course held at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. The course, entitled "The Foundations of American Constitutionalism" features trips to sites associated with the Constitution of the United State in and around Washington D.C. including Mount Vernon, Montepelier, Monticello, and the Arlington Cemetery. Participants also have a private meeting with a sitting Supreme Court Justice. "As a history teacher, I can help students develop the skills they will need to be contributing members of the democratic process," said Klaus.

Klaus is the second social studies teacher at Woodland High School to be selected for this prestigious award with Sharon Conditt earning the award in 2009. Following receiving the award, Conditt received a Master of Arts in History from Washington State University in 2012 with focuses on U.S. History, Women's History, and Constitutional Law. "The James Madison Foundation was created to help give teachers resources and educational opportunities so that they may help students better know, understand, and experience the ideas that built our nation," explained Conditt. "The selected teachers become experts in American Constitutionalism, and are then expected to share that knowledge and experience to increase students' agency in civic responsibility."

Conditt greatly values the month-long course she attended at Georgetown in 2010. "I spent hundreds of hours reading related materials including founding documents for the 13 colonies; papers on Republicanism and Democracy; all of the notes on the Constitutional Convention; and all of the Federalist and Antifederalist Papers," she remembers. "We heard the Supreme Court decide five cases, met with justices, and had a private meeting with now-Senator Majority Whip John Cornyn; it was truly the opportunity of a lifetime."

The James Madison Memorial Foundation offers the $24,000 James Madison Fellowships to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. You can learn more about the James Madison Memorial Foundation from their website: www.jamesmadison.gov.

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Attached Media Files: Sharon Conditt, WHS Social Studies Teacher, received the James Madison Fellowship in 2009. , Katie Klaus, WHS Social Studies Teacher, was selected as the Washington Fellow for the 2016 James Madison Fellowship.
Beaverton Arts Commission Presents Music in Small Spaces Flute and Koto Performance (Photo)
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Tessa Brinckman (pictured) and Mitsuki Dazai will perform music and poetry in “Gentle Numbers in Eternity” at the Beaverton City Library on Saturday, April 23, as part of Music in Small Spaces. (Photo/Tessa Brinckman)
Tessa Brinckman (pictured) and Mitsuki Dazai will perform music and poetry in “Gentle Numbers in Eternity” at the Beaverton City Library on Saturday, April 23, as part of Music in Small Spaces. (Photo/Tessa Brinckman)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Music in Small Spaces, supported by the Beaverton Arts Commission, will present "Gentle Numbers in Eternity with Mitsuki Dazai and Tessa Brinckman" on Saturday, April 23, at 2 p.m. at the Beaverton City Library auditorium, 12375 SW Fifth St.


Playing multiple flutes and kotos, Tessa Brinckman and Mitsuki Dazai perform music and poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month. The poets include Emily Dickinson, Jack Gabel, Heid Erdrich, Carl Sandburg, Nellie Wong and Terrance Hayes, in homage to the amazing diversity of gender, cultural, and generational experiences expressed by American poets. Likewise the music draws from traditional Japanese, American avant-garde and pop-groove, in a lively and soulful program. Composers include Jack Gabel, Yuji Takahashi, Ichiro Higo, John Neptune, Hiroshi Morikawa and Jim Franklin, all of whom are either native to, or have embraced as outsiders, Japanese culture.


This concert is supported by the Cultural Coalition of Washington County. Tickets are $16 for adults, $11 for seniors and students, and free for ages 12 and under. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit www.musicinsmallspaces.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.


ABOUT THE MUSICIANS
After intense study of traditional koto music at the Ikuta School of Koto in Tokyo, Mitsuki Dazai pursued advanced studies in contemporary koto music at Sawai Koto Conservatory, with instruction by modern koto masters Tadao Sawai and world renowned Kazue Sawai. Today, Mitsuki lives in Eugene, Oregon, and pursues a performance career which takes her all over Oregon, California and beyond.


The standard koto, similar to the Chinese gu-zheng, is a thirteen-string plucked zither of beautiful Paulownia wood with a movable bridge under each string. It was introduced to Japan from China through the Korean Peninsula in the 7th century.


New Zealand flutist Tessa Brinckman has been described by critics as a "flutist of chameleon-like gifts" and "virtuoso elegance" (Gramophone), an "excellent...flutist" (Willamette Week) and "highlight of Portland" (New Music Box), who "play(s) her instrument with great beauty and eloquence" (Music Matters New Zealand). In demand as a collaborator, performing on flute, piccolo, alto, contrabass and baroque flutes, Ms. Brinckman currently works with contemporary flute/percussion duo Caballito Negro, with master koto-player, Mitsuki Dazai, and a forthcoming new baroque ensemble, Next World Collective.


ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2015, Beaverton was recognized as one of the safest cities in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press with cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Silver Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.


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Attached Media Files: Tessa Brinckman (pictured) and Mitsuki Dazai will perform music and poetry in “Gentle Numbers in Eternity” at the Beaverton City Library on Saturday, April 23, as part of Music in Small Spaces. (Photo/Tessa Brinckman) , Mitsuki Dazai (pictured) and Tessa Brinckman will perform music and poetry in “Gentle Numbers in Eternity” at the Beaverton City Library on Saturday, April 23, as part of Music in Small Spaces. (Photo/Mitsuki Dazai)
Two Arrested Last Week After Firing Sawed-Off Shotgun at Rocky Butte (Photo)
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On Thursday April 14, 2016, at 1:32 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to Rocky Butte after several calls regarding gunfire. As officers were responding to the area, a caller reported seeing two men leave in a silver or gray car.

An officer in the area of Northeast 102nd Avenue and Glisan Street stopped a driver in a vehicle matching the suspect description.

Inside the vehicle, the officer located a sawed-off shotgun. Further investigation by the officer revealed that both the driver and passenger fired several rounds each from the shotgun into the air on Rocky Butte.

The driver, 22-year-old Christian Manuel Tarasov, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Possession of an Illegal Weapon and Discharging a Firearm in the City.

The passenger, 20-year-old Ethan Ray Hibbard, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Discharging a Firearm in the City.

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Battle Ground PD thanks Media & Public for assistance in 2 cases
City of Battle Ground - 04/18/16 2:38 PM
Last week, on April 13th, the Battle Ground Police Department released information and asked the public's help on two open cases -- a hit and run in which a motorhome damaged property and a case involving a trailer that had been stolen from North Creek Church. By the next morning, April 14th, the driver of the motorhome was identified, contacted and cited, and the church's trailer had been recovered.

The driver of the motorhome, Bryan C. Peake, 28, originally from Kansas, now staying in Oregon City, was cited for hit and run. As such, he will be held responsible for the costs to repair or replace the property that was damaged.

North Creek Church's trailer was located in Vancouver, WA. While it appears that the contents of the trailer were intact, church officials will check to see if there is anything missing or damaged. Police have not yet identified a suspect. The investigation remains active.

The Battle Ground Police Department thanks the public and the media for sharing the information and for providing the tips that led to such quick and positive results.
MEDIA ALERT: Weed Can Wait Campaign Launches on 4/20 at Discovery Middle School
ESD 112 - 04/18/16 2:31 PM
--WHAT--
The first of five pop-up parties at Clark and Skamania County schools to introduce kids to the Youth Now #WeedCanWait campaign happens at Discovery Middle School in Vancouver on 4/20. There will be a photo booth and wearable give aways (temporary tattoos, wristbands and beanies) to remind youth of why they should wait until after reaching legal age.

--WHERE--
Discovery Middle School
800 E 40th St, Vancouver, WA 98663

--WHEN--
On 4/20 during all 3 lunch periods:
10:30 -- 11:00
11:15 -- 11:45
12:00 -- 12:30

--WHO--
Over a thousand Vancouver teens and tweens supplied the voice and direction for Youth Now, a youth-focused marijuana prevention campaign launching on 4/20, a day normally synonymous with the code for smoking cannabis.

While the messaging and how it's delivered is directed by local youth, the execution of the campaign is supported by PREVENT! Coalition. The coalition brings together a wide circle of community members for the common goal of creating greater health and well-being for everyone. Even those with seemingly opposite opinions about marijuana, like local law enforcement and recreational retailers New Vansterdam and High End Market Place, are coming together to support youth prevention. The Youth Now campaign, run by Clark County's PREVENT! Coalition, is the result of a Department of Health grant funded by Washington State tax dollars from marijuana sales.

--WHY--
The campaign's main message, Weed Can Wait, aims to encourage youth to delay first use of cannabis until after the legal age of 21 in Washington and Oregon. Here's why:
According to the Healthy Youth Survey, an increasing number of Clark and Skamania County youth are beginning to use marijuana regularly as early as 5th and 6th grades.

Brains continue to develop through age 25.

Marijuana affects the parts of the brain that control emotions, memory and judgment.

The earlier a youth begins to use drugs, the more likely they are to progress to dependence.

Heavy marijuana use by teens has been linked to lower grades, lower likelihood of graduating from high school or enrolling in college and a higher likelihood of earning a lower income or being unemployed

If cited with underage use teens can lose federal financial aid and incur other societal consequences




THE 411 ON YOUTH NOW:
1,200 local middle and high school kids took an anonymous survey asking questions about how youth engage with marijuana prevention messages and how they perceive their exposure or risk. The PREVENT! Coalition used those comments to shape the message language and delivery for Youth Now.

Outreach includes:

An aggressive social media campaign on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and SnapChat

Pop-up parties at five schools in Clark and Skamania Counties to raise awareness

In partnership with Leadership Clark County, "Lock it up" cards reminding adults to keep their cannabis secure and out of reach at home will be given out with every purchase at New Vansterdam and High End Market Place marijuana retailers

Ads on 20 bus tails and inside 40 buses starting May 15th

Ads on Pandora, a popular free music app

The Cannabis Conversations Toolkit with common marijuana slang, consumption methods, effects, reasons for use and age-specific talking points to help adults talk with youth


About PREVENT!
Founded in 2006, PREVENT! is a group of diverse community members working together to prevent youth substance abuse in Clark County, WA, using an evidence-based framework. Working in collaboration with parents, youth, schools, media, business, government, faith communities, law enforcement, youth-serving organizations, civic groups, health care professionals, and prevention organizations; PREVENT! is focused on improving the environment surrounding youth to create a community culture that promotes prevention and honors healthy living. PREVENT! is supported by the Drug Free Communities Support Program, the ESD 112 and over 440 community members and organizations across Clark County.
Shooting Investigation Overnight in North Portland's Piedmont Neighborhood - No Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 04/18/16 1:44 PM
On Monday April 18, 2016, at 12:09 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of gunfire at North Albina Avenue and Ainsworth Street.

Officers arrived in the area and located evidence of gunfire in the street and damage to a home in the 6000 block of North Albina Avenue. The occupants of the home were not injured.

Officers were aware that the same home had been shot at previously on two occasions - both believed to be gang-related shootings.

The Gang Enforcement Team responded to conduct an investigation.

The Tactical Operations Division's Gang Enforcement Team (GET) and Gun Task Force (GTF) are continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106 or email information to gangs@portlandoregon.gov.

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

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

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

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

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

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

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

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Missing McMinnville Man (Photo) **Updated Photo Owen Woods**
McMinnville Police Dept. - 04/18/16 1:22 PM
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The McMinnville Police Department is looking for the public's assistance in locating Owen Henry Woods, DOB 03/19/94. He was last seen in Depoe Bay on 4/17/16 at about 3:30 am driving a 1995 Silver Toyota Tercel, Oregon license plate XSP426 (similar vehicle pictured). Owen has a history of depression and his family is concerned about his welfare.

If you see Owen's car please call 911. Anyone with information on Owen's whereabouts please call Officer Galloway at the McMinnville Police Department at 503-434-6500 and refer to case number 16-1780.


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County advisory group to state forestry will meet April 22, annual state forest program priorities on agenda (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/18/16 1:08 PM
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This release has been posted to the ODF Newsroom here: http://oregonforestry.wpengine.com/archives/1213

A group of county commissioners representing Oregon counties where state forestland is located will meet April 22 in Salem.

Items on the Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee agenda include a presentation on 2016 priorities for the State Forests Division----the department supervising the management of state-owned forestlands, Endangered Species Act compliance tools, and an overview of the meeting agenda for the April 27, 2016 Board of Forestry meeting.

The meeting is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Tillamook Room, Building C at the Oregon Department of Forestry campus, 2600 State St., in Salem. FTLAC meetings are open to the public, and an opportunity for public comment will be provided.

The FTLAC is a legally mandated committee of county commissioners representing counties that deeded lands to the state. The committee advises the Board of Forestry on matters in which counties may have a role related to forestland managed by ODF. This collaborative relationship between county governments and ODF has existed since 1986. The FTLAC is made up of seven members representing the 15 counties that have state forestland within their county boundaries. The counties include: Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Douglas, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, Tillamook and Washington.

Learn more about the FTLAC and ongoing state-county collaboration here:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/FTLAC.aspx

Learn more about ODF's annual contribution of $54.9 million in 2015 to county governments, and other state forest management accomplishments here:
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TVF&R Firefighter Volunteers Time to Assist with Earthquake Relief in Ecuador (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 04/18/16 12:53 PM
TVF&R Firefighter Paramedic Dan Livengood
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An off-duty Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighter paramedic traveled to Ecuador with One Flag Disaster Response Teams on Sunday following Saturday's 7.8-magnitude earthquake that claimed the lives of 350 people and injured more than 2,658 others.

Dan Livengood, who is part of a dedicated team of first responders who volunteer with the nonprofit organization that provides disaster relief worldwide, will be performing an assessment to determine whether One Flag deploys a team to assist with relief efforts.

One Flag Disaster Response Teams' goal is to provide rapid and appropriate response to disasters. The team will assess the major needs and request a volunteer response team comprised of firefighters, paramedics, doctors, nurses and other need-specific skill sets to partner with emergency services in the area impacted by the earthquake.

This is not the first time TVF&R medical personnel have deployed on disaster-relief efforts. With every deployment, they bring back skills and expertise that benefit the community and the fire district.

Every volunteer with One Flag Disaster Response Teams pays for their own travel and accommodations, though donations are accepted. These caring individuals adjust their schedules to take time off from work and time away from their families to help others in need around the world.

A blog has been set up to provide updates on One Flag's efforts as information becomes available. Those wishing to support a response team deployment can donate online at www.oneflagdrt.org.

Note: Dan Livengood will be available for interviews upon his return.


Attached Media Files: TVF&R Firefighter Paramedic Dan Livengood
Parkrose High School students win safety video contest (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/18/16 12:39 PM
Second-place winners (left to right): Janos Wilson, Sophia Swim, Thomas Poupore, Rae Millard, Mitchel Hummel
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(Salem) -- Students at Parkrose High School in Portland won $500 first- and $400 second-place prizes for videos they entered into a contest designed to increase awareness about workplace safety for young workers. The school also won matching amounts of prize money.

The video that garnered first place, "Voices in My Head," depicts a young worker who, under threat of firing, is ordered to do a job he's never done before. The worker struggles with pro-and-con voices in his head, eventually making the right -- and safe -- decision: His job shouldn't cost him his future.

Leah Coyle, a senior who directed the video, said she has friends who have been told to do unsafe work. She hopes the video helps young workers overcome such situations. "I want my peers to be safe," she said.

The video that won second place, "#47," centers on a worker who presses the wrong button on a human-cloning machine, coming close to unleashing destruction. After disaster is avoided, the worker is reminded by his supervisor about the importance of speaking up when you don't know how to do a job safely.

Rae Millard, a senior who directed the video, said she's honored to be part of a project that puts the spotlight on young worker safety. And she learned a lot along the way. "I didn't know that it was much of an issue until this project was introduced to me," she said.

The creators of the top videos were presented their awards on Friday during a special event at Parkrose High School. Sponsored by the Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]), the annual video contest focuses on teen workers, who are twice as likely to be injured on the job, according to federal studies.

To inspire teens to stay safe on the job, this year's contest carried the theme of "Speak up. Work safe." Students were asked to develop a video with a teen job safety and health message, and were judged on creativity, production value, youth appeal, and the overall safety and health message.

Students worked in teams to create videos. The Parkrose High School students who won first- and second-place prizes are:

First place ($500)
"Voices in My Head"
Producer/director: Leah Coyle
Actors: Keely Byerley (senior), Coyle, Salena Garver (senior), Matt Tremblay (senior)
Editors: Coyle, Garver

Second place ($400)
"#47"
Producer/director: Rae Millard
Script: Mitchel Hummel (junior)
Actors: Millard, Sophia Swim (junior), Janos Wilson (sophomore)
Camera: Thomas Poupore (junior)
Editor: Millard

The winning videos are available for viewing on YouTube: "Voices in My Head," https://youtu.be/QgxNiXTzg-w "#47," https://youtu.be/Wh4X3wzWdGI

The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) organizes the contest. The sponsors are Oregon OSHA, SAIF Corporation, local Oregon chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU, the SHARP Alliance, the Central Oregon Safety & Health Association, the SafeBuild Alliance, Hoffman Construction, and Construction Safety Summit.


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

The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) is a nonprofit dedicated to preventing young worker injuries and fatalities. O[yes] members include safety and health professionals, educators, employers, labor and trade associations, and regulators. For more information, go to http://youngemployeesafety.org/.


Attached Media Files: Second-place winners (left to right): Janos Wilson, Sophia Swim, Thomas Poupore, Rae Millard, Mitchel Hummel , First-place winners (left to right): Leah Coyle, Matt Tremblay, Salena Garver, Keely Byerley
Capitol Auto Group Donates $135,000 to United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 04/18/16 11:46 AM
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Salem, OR, (April 18, 2016) - Capitol Auto Group (CAG) presented an unprecedented $135,000 donation to the United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley (UW) at a companywide celebration last week. The company completed its annual 29 Days of Love campaign Feb. 29, designed to highlight employee involvement in charitable activities, especially the UW.

"There were 250 employees who participated in this year's campaign, which is nearly 90 percent of the company. More than a third of those involved, donated more than $600, more than 40 workers donated $1000 or more," said marketing director Carrie Casebeer.

United Way's Executive Director Randy Franke said, "The Casebeers and their employees have become an example of giving in the Salem community. We are incredibly grateful for their support and generosity."

The annual 29 Days of Love campaign is made up of various fundraising events including a silent auction, breakfast, chili cook-off and color fun-run.

Casebeer added, "Since 2011, there has been a 300 percent increase in the amount donated to United Way."


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Oregon Society of Radiologic Technologists Holds Mammography Conference in Salem - April 30 (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 04/18/16 11:39 AM
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On Saturday, April 30, the Oregon Society of Radiologic Technologists (ORST) will hold the 2016 Oregon Mammography Conference for professionals at the Red Lion Hotel in Salem from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The conference is designed for radiologist attendees to earn eight Category "A" mammography education credits through a day of education, training and networking. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be served.

Seminar topics and guest speakers include:
Breast Health Navigation: A New Way to Deliver Care, Cindy Davis RT(R)(M)(CT)(MR)
Don't Cut It -- Freeze It! Cryoablation for Early Stage Breast Cancer, Israel Madera
Cancer Genetics, Kathryn Murray
Hereditary Cancer Risk Assessment, Fran Andrews
Fukushima Daiichi: Radioactivity Releases and Human Health Impacts, David Hamby
Emergency Response, Glenda Villamar
Mammography Inspections, Glenda Villamar

Come and join OSRT in their mission of promoting and facilitating quality patient care in the field of medical imaging. The registration fees are $110 for OSRT members, $125 for nonmembers, $35 for students, and $175 after April 22 or at the door. For the full schedule and registration form please visit http://oregonsrt.org or call 503-315-0930.


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25th Annual Gresham Plant Sale, Proceeds Benefit Programs for Low-Income Families
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 04/18/16 11:30 AM
WHO: The Salvation Army, local gardeners

WHAT: 25th Annual Plant Sale where all proceeds benefit The Salvation Army's work in East Multnomah County! All plants are donated from local nurseries, so the selection is sure to be exciting and unique!

WHEN: Saturday, May 7th, 2016, 7am-4pm

WHERE: East Hill Church (at 701 N. Main Ave., Gresham, OR 97030)

WHY: For those who garden, Spring means a time for growth and a sense of peace as they care for the new plants they have planted. All year long, The Salvation Army is caring for youth and families in need in the community, encouraging personal growth and success. This plant sale is all about the community coming together to help their neighbors in need and give them the opportunity to grow. Since everything is donated, all proceeds benefit The Salvation Army's social service programs in East Multnomah County! Why not start your landscaping and help out your community all in one day? All plants are donated from local nurseries, so the selection is top-notch, and there will be several onsite plant specialists available to answer any questions.


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Grow Your Garden at the 25th Annual Plant Sale Benefiting The Salvation Army Gresham Corps

(Portland, OR) April 18, 2016 - April showers bring May flowers to the 25th Annual Plant Sale with The Salvation Army Gresham Corps --just in time for Mother's Day! On Saturday, May 7th, 2016, head over to East Hill Church (at 701 N. Main Ave., Gresham, OR 97030) from 7am until 4pm to take advantage of the low prices on high quality local nursery stock, including trees, shrubs, bushes, hydrangeas, lilacs and more for decorative landscaping. There will also be several onsite plant specialists at the sale willing to answer any questions you may have. All plants are donated from local nurseries, so the selection is sure to be exciting and unique! The money raised supports the operations of the Gresham Corps and Family Services.

Be sure to swing by the East Hill Church, located at 701 N. Main Ave., Gresham, OR 97030, from 7am-4pm on May 7th to get your spring garden started!

For more information on the plant sale, contact Marcia McQuade at 503.661.8972 x207.

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army works in 126 countries worldwide. For more information, or to make a donation, visit us online at www.salvationarmyportland.org. People wishing to make monetary donations can do so by calling 503.238.GIVE (4483), or by mail, The Salvation Army, 8495 SE Monterey Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086-7844.

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Robbery Suspects Arrested After Pursuit, K-9 Track -- Gun Seized as Evidence (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/18/16 11:21 AM
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On Sunday April 17, 2016, at 10:33 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the 10100 block of Southeast Washington Street, on the report of an armed robbery.

The caller reported that he was meeting someone for the private purchase of gift cards when a second person showed up, got into the victim's car and robbed the victim at gunpoint. Both suspects ran towards Home Depot and the victim provided descriptions of the men.

Officers quickly arrived in the area and one of them observed the driver of a car in the Mall 205 parking lot that matched one of the suspect descriptions. Officers stopped the vehicle on Southeast Washington Street near 103rd Avenue and could see three people inside the car. The driver stopped briefly but then sped away from police, eastbound on Stark Street.

Officers pursued the vehicle briefly but the driver's reckless actions led to officers discontinuing the pursuit. Officers did lay out spike strips in the area of Southeast Stark Street and 148th Avenue, which flattened both driver's side tires.

Officers canvassing the area located the abandoned vehicle parked on Southeast 157th Avenue, North of Stark Street. A witness told police that the suspects ran eastbound away from the car.

Officers from East Precinct and the Gresham Police Department quickly established a neighborhood perimeter and a Canine Officer and his dog "Billy" began to track the suspects, locating all three in short order. All three were taken into custody.

Officers checking the area for evidence did not initially find a gun but later found one on a secondary search.

20-year-old Alex Ngatia was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Robbery in the First Degree and Robbery in the Second Degree. Ngatia is believed to be the person involved in the initial meeting with the victim.

21-year-old Nash Muraya was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Robbery in the First Degree, Robbery in the Second Degree, Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, and Attempt to Elude on Foot. Muraya is believed to have been the gunman and the driver in the pursuit.

The third person in the car, an adult female, was interviewed and released without charges at this time.

Community members and businesses are encouraged to visit the City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention page at http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/cp for crime prevention tips and resources.

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Bar Patrons Detain Armed Robbery Suspect Who Fired a Shot During the Struggle (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/18/16 10:26 AM
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On Sunday April 17, 2016, at 10:38 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the Mt. Scott Pub, located at 6001 Southeast 72nd Avenue, on the report of a shooting. As officers were responding to the area, they received additional information that there were shots fired in the bar during a robbery and that the suspect was being held down by several men.

Officers arrived in the area and arrested the suspect, 25-year-old Deshantin Najhee Motley.

Officers interviewed bar patrons and employees and learned that Motley entered the pub, armed with a handgun, walked behind the bar and pointed the gun at the bartender as he demanded money. The bartender gave Motley an undisclosed amount of cash. As Motley attempted to walk out of the bar, several bar patrons tackled him to the ground and during the struggle, Motley fired a shot, narrowly missing one of the bar patrons. As bar patrons held Motley down, one of the witnesses took the gun away from and placed it on the bar. Motley's handgun was seized as evidence.

Motley was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Attempted Murder, Robbery in the First Degree (two counts), Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Felon in Possession of a Weapon. Additionally, Motley is being held on charges of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and a Parole Violation.

Motley will be arraigned on Tuesday in Multnomah County Court.

Community members and businesses are encouraged to visit the City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention page at http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/cp for crime prevention tips and resources.

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Troutdale Woman Presented with FBI Director's Community Leadership Award for Oregon
FBI - Oregon - 04/18/16 10:17 AM
On Friday, April 15, 2016, FBI Director James B. Comey presented June Vining with the 2015 Community Leadership Award for her work in Oregon. Ms. Vining is the founder and Executive Director of the Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) in Portland and Vancouver.

Ms. Vining started as a volunteer with the local TIP chapter more than 20 years ago, believing it would give her insight into the work that her husband does as a local police detective. As she became more involved, she realized that survivors of trauma are often left without support once the first responders leave. TIP fills that gap - dispatching trained volunteers to work with victims and families immediately following a traumatic event. Fire and police officers request TIP resources to all kinds of scenes -- those involving natural or unexpected deaths, home fires, car accidents, and more -- to provide emotional first aid and practical support. That support can take the form of notifying family members, helping to make funeral arrangements, and, sometimes, calling crews to help with crime-scene clean-up.

In recent years, Ms. Vining started a first-in-the-nation effort through TIP to bring teenagers into the program. These younger volunteers work with mentors to help support friends and families affected by teen suicides, fatal accidents and school shootings.

There are currently more than 200 trained volunteers supporting TIP in the Portland Vancouver area. The local affiliate has grown to the busiest and largest in the U.S.

"June says that her volunteers are there to help people on what can be the worst day of their lives. When her own family suffered a tragedy, she turned that experience into more than two decades of dedicated service to thousands of others. It is a testament to both her personal strength and goodness of spirit," said Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "She exemplifies the true spirit of leadership."

In addition to her work in Oregon and Southwest Washington, Ms. Vining is a nationally-recognized trauma intervention expert who regularly teaches and presents all over the country.

You can find more information about TIP through its website at http://www.tipnw.org.

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Every year, each of the FBI's 56 field divisions chooses one person or organization to receive the Director's Community Leadership Award. Each recipient must have shown a commitment to crime prevention or community service.

Note to media: You may download a high resolution image of Ms. Vining receiving the award from FBI Director James Comey at https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/partnerships_and_outreach/community_outreach/dcla/2015/portland
April 15, 2016, Keizer Death of Jeffery Holly
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 04/18/16 10:16 AM
On Friday April 15, 2016, Keizer Police investigated the stabbing death of 45-year-old Jeffery Holly, which occurred on Brooks Avenue, in Keizer, Oregon. At that time, and in consultation with the Marion County District Attorney's Office, 16-year-old suspect Elliott Ford was arrested based on probable cause and lodged at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Facility.

Since Friday evening, the Keizer Police Department's investigation has been on-going. Upon review of all the evidence as of Monday, April 18, 2016, the Marion County District Attorney's Office elected to not file charges against Mr. Ford at this time. Therefore, Mr. Ford will be released from the juvenile detention facility without conditions.

This investigation is on-going, and therefore no further information will be released. All press inquires can be directed to Brendan Murphy or David Wilson at the Marion County District Attorney's Office.

DRWilson@co.marion.or.us (503) 588-5222
BPMurphy@co.marion.or.us (503) 588-5389
Taxes Are Due Today and We Are Offering a Free Document Shredding Event (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 04/18/16 10:16 AM
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The Beaverton Police Department will be providing a free shredding event on Saturday, April 23, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Sunset Presbyterian Church located at 14986 NW Cornell Rd. Portland Oregon 97229.

Identity theft and fraud crimes continue to be of great concern for all of us. The City of Beaverton would like to help you avoid becoming a victim of identity theft and fraud, by keeping your personal information away from the hands of identity thieves. One of the methods identity thieves use to steal your information is combing through recycling and garbage for sensitive information that has been thrown away.

For this reason, the Beaverton Police Department recommends and encourages citizens to use a shredder (preferably cross-cut) for sensitive documents, such as credit card statements, financial statements, pre-approved credit card offers, old IRS tax forms, bank checks, household bills, and other documents that may contain sensitive information.

Shred-it will be on site with two commercial-sized shredding trucks for this event. Items no larger than staples and paper clips may be attached to the papers. Because of the popularity of this event each vehicle will only be allowed THREE BANKER STYLE BOXES of documents to be shredded.

This event is not for business documents. It is for personal documents only that contain personal information that if thrown out could lead to identity theft.

Service will be on a first come, first served basis and limited to the capacity of the commercial sized shredding trucks from Shred-it. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause should the capacity be reached. Participants are encouraged to donate canned food to the Oregon Food Bank at the shredding event. Volunteers will be on site to accept these food donations.

Please do not contact Sunset Presbyterian Church with questions about this shredding event. All information related to this event is posted on the Beaverton Police Department's web page and Facebook page. http://www.beavertonoregon.gov/index.aspx?nid=173 https://www.facebook.com/BeavertonPoliceDepartment.
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Oregon Talent Council Announces $2 million for Talent Development
Oregon Employment Dept. - 04/18/16 10:00 AM
The Oregon Talent Council has announced the award of $2 million in grants towards its first strategic investments in talent development. "The growth of our economy is dependent on how well-equipped graduates and program completers are prepared to enter the workforce," said David Childers, Chair of the Talent Council. "These grants will support many of the talent gaps identified in the Oregon Talent Plan and we expect these efforts to provide 'role models' to influence future training methods as a result."

"I am excited to see the collaboration between education and industry," said Kay Erickson, Acting Director of the Oregon Employment Department. "The Talent Council is providing leadership and energy around innovation and partnership building, and the investments they've chosen will better prepare Oregon workers to be the first and best choice of Oregon employers."

The Council has awarded competitive grants to the following public institutions of higher education for projects that meet the urgent talent needs identified by the Council:

Mount Hood Community College ($453,129)
Advanced Manufacturing Certification Center (AMC Center). MHCC will design and implement the AMC Center to incorporate a career pathway model for industry certifications as well as develop an Associate of Applied Science degree program in Mechatronics. The AMC Center has been planned and developed with industry leaders and will have the capacity to train 500 new and existing manufacturing workers by 2021. The project will support economic development by increasing the quantity and quality of the talent available to the over 600 manufacturers in the region by providing the best-educated and most skilled workforce possible for the community.

Oregon Health & Science University ($672,403)
Industry Relevant Training and Research Experiences for Biomedical Engineering and Data Science Students. This proposal by OHSU in partnership with Oregon State University will provide the skilled professionals needed to sustain Oregon's growth in biomedical engineering and will integrate industry-centric training and experiential learning activities within new transdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs at OHSU and OSU. Together with the Oregon Bioscience Association, this proposal will establish a program enabling trainees to cross traditional disciplinary boundaries and transition from academia into commercial enterprise through the use of industry-oriented BioPro short courses, including e-campus courses and internships.

Oregon Institute of Technology/Oregon Tech ($340,783)
Cybersecurity Workforce Development. Oregon Tech will offer an undergraduate dual major and a graduate level certificate in cybersecurity starting in the Fall of 2016 at both the Klamath Falls and Wilsonville campuses, as well as online. Undergraduate students will earn a degree with a second major in cybersecurity in four years by completing additional specialized coursework during the summers. Cybersecurity courses will be aligned with industry standard certifications, and where possible, use actual certification exams in place of final exams, giving students additional credentials and immediate industry qualifications while they are completing their degree.

Oregon State University ($533,686)
Pacific NW Electrical System Resiliency/Disaster Preparedness Training. This proposal addresses the urgent talent gap for energy systems engineers. OSU will partner with Portland State University and industry partners Central Lincoln Public Utility District, Portland General Electric and Pacific Power to develop graduate level, professional development, and industrial short-courses for incumbent and emerging talent in the electrical power systems area. Electrical power systems engineers will be trained for disaster preparedness and electrical system resiliency, with particular attention to a Cascadia Subduction Zone event.

The Talent Council was established by the 2015 Oregon Legislature, which also established an Oregon Talent Council Fund of $6.1 million, to seed investments in talent development programs. The Talent Council works with industry, workforce and the Oregon higher education community to help fill high wage, high demand occupations in the State. More information on the Council and the Oregon Talent Plan can be found at the Council's website: www.oregontalentcouncil.org.


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Sheriff Issues Consumer Alert: Travelling Asphalt Paving Scams
Benton County Sheriff's Office - 04/18/16 9:51 AM
Benton County, Oregon -- April 18, 2016 -- The Benton County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) would like to remind consumers to be extremely cautious when selecting a contractor to pave a driveway or other surface. Recent complaints have been filed regarding an asphalt paving company recently seen operating in Benton County.

Although this company currently holds a valid license through the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB), its business tactics resemble that of typical traveling pavement scams, such as: selling door-to-door, claiming they have leftover asphalt from another job, pushing you to make a quick decision, not offering any contracts, requesting check payments made out to an individual instead of the name of the business, and substandard work.

We urge consumers to protect themselves by checking with the CCB for a valid license or history of complaints, confirming the business address is valid (and not a shipping center mailbox), obtain bids from multiple companies, obtain a written contract, and write your payment check to the business name you contract with.

According to the CCB website, "Be cautious if you get an unsolicited door-to-door offer. Organized groups known as 'travelers' move from state to state posing as contractors. They often d