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Sat. 12/03/16
City of Woodburn Honors Local Officers Who Died in the Line of Duty (Photo)
Woodburn Police - 12/03/16 3:55 PM
Woodburn Overpass Blue Lights
Woodburn Overpass Blue Lights
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One of the unique features of the new Woodburn I-5 interchange is the City can program the lights on the overpass to various colors and color schemes.

City Administrator Scott Derickson authorized the overpass lighting change to blue on Dec. 1 at the request of Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris, to honor not only fallen officers across the country, but specifically those locally who gave the ultimate sacrifice, including Woodburn Police Captain Tom Tennant and Oregon State Sr. Trooper Bill Hakim.

"It is important that we not forget those who have died protecting our communities, and no City knows that more than Woodburn," said Chief Ferraris. "This is an appropriate honor for Capt. Tennant and Trooper Hakim, who will never be forgotten."

Agencies across the national honor fallen officers each December through Project Blue Light, which started in 1989.

The overpass lights will be blue for the entire month of December.


Attached Media Files: Woodburn Overpass Blue Lights
Military Appreciation Night at The Grotto's Festival of Lights
The Grotto - 12/03/16 2:57 PM
The Grotto is proud to once again celebrate Military Appreciation Night at The Grotto's Christmas Festival of Lights, co-sponsored by Sonitrol Pacific and Secure Pacific.

On Wednesday, December 7, all active and former servicemen and women with ID, and their families, receive FREE ADMISSION to The Grotto's Christmas Festival of Lights.

The Festival is open from 5-9:30 p.m. nightly through December 30.

For more information, go to http://thegrotto.org/christmas-festival-of-lights/


Attached Media Files: Military Appreciation Night
Lower Columbia SWAT takes Reckless Shooter into Custody
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/03/16 4:54 AM
Castle Rock, WA-Lower Columbia SWAT was called after a Castle Rock man fired numerous rounds out of his home shortly after midnight Saturday.

46 year old Thomas Mann was arrested for Reckless Endangerment after deputies were called to a report of gunfire at approximately 12:10 a.m. When the first deputy arrived on scene he heard gunfire coming from a residence in the 400 block of Studebaker Road, Spur 2. As the deputy approached the residence the gunfire erupted right above him. The deputy announced his presence and ordered the suspect to disarm and come out. The demands were met with a refusal and more gunfire. The deputy requested additional assistance.

Additional deputies responded as did SWAT. Attempts to contact him by phone or public address were unsuccessful. Nearby residents were evacuated from their homes as SWAT deployed.

After a couple of hours, Mann peacefully surrendered. He gave no explanation for his behavior and did not appear to be otherwise impaired.

He was transported to the county jail and booked.
Fri. 12/02/16
Fire Sprinkler System Assists Firefighters in Stopping Basement Fire at Sports Bar in Tigard
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 12/02/16 11:51 PM
At approximately 11:03 this evening crews from our downtown Tigard fire station were called to a reported fire in the basement at Lu's Sports Bar & Lounge, located at 11530 SW Pacific Hwy in Tigard. First arriving firefighters reported the basement was full of smoke, and requested additional resources to assist with the firefighting efforts. Once inside, crews were able to quickly determine that the buildings fire sprinkler system had kept the fire confined to a utility area under the bar area. Firefighters extinguished the remainder of the fire, and then worked to ensure the fire had not extended beyond the basement area.

All occupants inside the business were able to safely evacuate prior to the arrival of firefighters. There were no reports of injuries.

A TVFR Fire Investigator is working to determine the cause of the fire at this time. There were no damage estimates immediately available.

When a fire sprinkler system is present, the likelihood of injuries and costly damage is dramatically reduced. More information about fire sprinkler systems can be found at: http://www.tvfr.com/index.aspx?nid=144

For additional safety tips, please visit www.tvfr.com.
Police Seek Public's Help with Jewelry Theft Investigation (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 12/02/16 2:54 PM
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GRESHAM, Ore. -- Detectives are investigating a jewelry theft from a local pawn shop that totaled $9,000. They are asking for the public's help identifying the suspect, a man whose picture was captured by store surveillance cameras during the theft.

On Oct. 29, police responded to Silver Lining Jewelry & Loan, located at 300 S.E. 181st Ave., regarding a theft. A store employee reported a man entered the store and asked to see two diamond rings from the display case. Once given with the rings, the suspect ran out of the store and got into a smaller, gray passenger car that was waiting nearby.

The suspect is described as a white male, 30 to 45-years-old, with brown hair, a short brown beard and a cross tattoo on his hand. He was last seen wearing a dark-colored FOX baseball hat, a dark-colored jacket and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about the theft or the identity of the suspect is urged to call the Gresham Police tip line at 503.618.2719.


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Medicaid Long Term Care Quality and Reimbursement Advisory Council to meet Wednesday, December 14 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 12/02/16 2:52 PM
The Medicaid Long Term Care Quality and Reimbursement Advisory Council meets Wednesday, December 14 from 9:30 -- 11:30 a.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 166, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: Call to order; public comment; approval of October 5, 2016 minutes; advocacy and development update; Governor's Recommended Budget and upcoming legislative session; Conference on Aging debrief; council business; and the 2017 meeting schedule.

For those who can't attend in person there is a toll-free phone number: 1 888-808-6929. Use participant code 4517555.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Kelsey Gleeson at 503-947-5104 or kelsey.gleeson@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.
For questions about this meeting, please contact Max Brown at 503-945-6993 or at max.brown@state.or.us
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Bell Ringers Still Needed to Reach Goal of $750,000 - $171,094 Raised So Far This Year
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 12/02/16 2:50 PM
(Portland, OR) December 2, 2016 - Christmas is in full swing at The Salvation Army, and bell ringers are still needed to support the 2016 Kettle Season. This tradition started 126 years ago and continues today as an easy way for people to help others in need. Bell ringers are essential to the success of this program. So far, The Salvation Army kettles in the Portland Metro area have raised $171,094, which is 23% of its goal of $750,000.

"The Salvation Army raises over 50% of its funds for the entire year during this time of the year - and the kettles make up a large portion of that income," says Captain Robert Steiner, Divisional Secretary for The Salvation Army Cascade Division. "This is why it is so important that we have kettles and bell ringers fundraising at participating locations. We are fortunate to have great support from the community, whether it's working at a kettle and ringing bell or making a donation to a red kettle."

For The Salvation Army, it's all about people helping people. And that's why volunteers are so valuable to the work of The Salvation Army. Volunteers are truly the heartbeat of The Salvation Army. They bring an extra sense of joy and cheer at the kettle -- many of whom play instruments or sing carols and greet shoppers with smiles.

There are approximately 175 kettle locations in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties, which means there is an opportunity to volunteer or give near you.

If you would like to be a bell ringer this Christmas season, sign up online at ringbellsportland.org.

Can't make it to a kettle but would still like to donate? Visit Portland.SalvationArmy.org.

Bell ringing season started on November 19th and kettles will be located at many local retail sites through Christmas Eve. Proceeds from the kettles will go to support programs and services for people in need in your community.

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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 127 countries worldwide. For more information, or to make a donation, visit us online at www.portland.salvationarmy.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.

Friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyPortland
OHA to change testing standards for marijuana products
Oregon Health Authority - 12/02/16 2:46 PM
December 2, 2016

Temporary rules provide relief for industry, maintain public health protection

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) announced today it is modifying testing standards for medical and recreational marijuana products with new, temporary rules that balance testing costs for the marijuana industry with public health protection for consumers.

Governor Kate Brown requested agencies to develop the temporary rules so producers and processors can test fewer samples, which is expected to lower costs and create a more efficient process. The temporary rules take effect today, Friday, Dec. 2.

OHA is responsible for adopting testing standards for marijuana products that are necessary to protect public health and safety. These standards must take into account how the costs of testing will affect the cost to marijuana consumers.

Highlights of the temporary rules:

Replaces process validation with control study
Cuts three process validation tests to one control study.
A processor with a process lot that passes one control study can combine samples into one composite sample, plus a field duplicate for testing, for one year, unless the manufacturing of the product changes.

Removes alcohol-based solvents from testing requirement
Butanol, propanol and ethanol are removed from solvent analyte list.

Combines some batches for testing
Samples from multiple batches may be combined for the purposes of testing for THC and CBD if the batches are the same strain.
Samples from multiple batches, even if different strains, may be combined for the purposes of testing for pesticides if the total weight of the batches does not exceed 10 pounds.

Changes variance for potency testing of edibles
Increases the amount of homogeneity variance in edible products to plus five percent (+ 5%).

Changes labeling for potency
The THC and CDB amount required to be on a label must be within plus or minus five percent of the value calculated by the laboratory.

Since OHA permanent testing rules became enforceable on Oct. 1, 2016, the marijuana industry has reported to regulating authorities that testing costs are driving up consumer prices, creating product shortages, and causing some processors to temporarily cease operations and furlough employees.

"The Governor has been clear about the importance of the marijuana industry to Oregon's economy," said Jeff Rhoades, marijuana policy adviser, Office of Governor Kate Brown. "This approach keeps Oregonians employed, prevents marijuana product from slipping back into the illegal market, and continues to protect public health and safety."

Oregon labs have notified OHA of a total of 307 samples taken from marijuana products--from dried flower to extracts--that failed for either pesticides, solvents or both since Oct. 1, 2016.

Andre Ourso, manager of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program at OHA, says he's confident the temporary emergency rules will immediately alleviate some of the regulatory burden on the industry while still ensuring that cannabis is reasonably safe for consumers and patients.

"OHA understood the difficult situation that cannabis producers and growers were in with regard to the authority's Oct 1. testing regulations," Ourso said. "OHA looks forward to working with the Governor's Office and its sister agencies in developing permanent testing rules in the near future that protect the public from harmful substances, such as illegal pesticides, yet allow for the cannabis industry to succeed in a robust regulatory environment."

For more information, visit the OHA website at: healthoregon.org/ommp.

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Vancouver's Water Center concludes 20th anniversary year with special Second Saturday (Photo)
City of Vancouver - 12/02/16 1:59 PM
Storyteller Will Hornyak entertains and delights all ages with stories about the natural world
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Vancouver, Wash. -- Families are invited to join the Water Center in wrapping up its 20th anniversary year with a special Second Saturday cup of hot cocoa and an afternoon of fables and lore by popular local storyteller, Will Hornyak.

Hornyak will entertain and inspire all ages with stories about water and the natural world at this free event from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way.

Second Saturdays at the Water Center offer a place for families to create memories and explore hands-on activities.

December's Second Saturday will focus on seasonal crafts and making gifts out of recycled materials, along with fun-filled learning. Leap into a fascinating frog-tongue investigation or explore what it's like to be a creature of the night. Investigate the properties of water with pennies and paper clips. Paint a holiday-themed rock to take home or hide for others to find!

Want to attend? It's free! Please bring your own mug or travel cup for your free hot cocoa. You can help conserve resources and be a good steward, too.

Vancouver's Water Resources Education Center opened its doors in February 1996 in concert with the adjacent Marine Park Water Reclamation Facility. Since that time, more than 750,000 have passed through those doors.

The Water Center and its many programs have played a key role in increasing awareness of our vital natural resources. Visitors of all ages have come here to learn about water, explore wetlands, count critters, share Second Saturday activities, enjoy festivals, and attend important functions in the community room overlooking the Columbia River.

For more information or directions to the Water Center, please visit the City's website at www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter or call 360-487-7111.

ABOUT THE WATER RESOURCES EDUCATION CENTER:
Overlooking the Columbia River, the City of Vancouver's Water Resources Education Center offers exhibits, events and educational programs designed to teach us all how to be excellent stewards of water resources and how to use water wisely. The Water Center, a division of the City's Department of Public Works, is also caretaker of one of the metropolitan area's few remaining natural Columbia River riparian areas, nearly 50 protected acres of adjacent wetlands providing feeding, nesting and resting habitat for more than 120 species of fish and wildlife. The Water Center is part of the Vancouver National Historic Reserve.

The Water Center's general hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. From Interstate 5 or Interstate 205, take state Highway 14 to Exit 1. Turn south under the highway, then east at the Columbia Shores intersection onto Columbia Way and head east about 3 miles to the Water Center. More information is available on the Internet at www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter or by calling 360-487-7111.

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Bureau Statement Regarding the Release of Un-Redacted Police Reports
Portland Police Bureau - 12/02/16 1:49 PM
The Portland Police Bureau has received questions and concerns about the City's decision to provide un-redacted police reports in a news release earlier this week. The Bureau has received several emails, phone calls and social media posts from people who believe the Bureau should have redacted the addresses and phone numbers of those arrested. The Bureau also received communication expressing concern that those who were arrested could be subject to harassment.

The Bureau followed clearly established law in providing these public records as advised by the City Attorney's Office. Anyone who interprets the City's release of un-redacted reports as an implicit endorsement to threaten the people listed in those reports is absolutely wrong. The Bureau encourages anyone who has received threats to report them to the Portland Police Bureau or another law enforcement agency. The Bureau also wants to be clear that the release of these reports was in no way, shape or form retaliation for protected speech. They were released due to a public records request and the significant public and media interest in the arrests, not in an attempt to be punitive.

The Bureau's Records Division consults with the City Attorney's Office about whether Oregon law permits the redaction of the addresses and phone numbers of anyone listed in police reports, including in this case, those arrested.

The 2010 legal opinion from the Multnomah County District Attorney ordering the City to release addresses and phone numbers of witnesses listed in a police report is directly on point: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/619767

In that case, the City asserted that addresses and phone numbers in police reports are personal information and should be redacted--particularly in high-profile cases where concerns about retaliation or unwelcome attention from the general public are heightened. In contrast, the Oregonian argued that redaction was unlawful because the contact information of those who interact with police "is just the sort of vital information that the public records law was intended to get out into the public." In siding with the Oregonian, then-District Attorney Michael Schrunk cited the "strong and enduring Oregon policy that public records and government activities shall be open to the public."

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to transparency, open data and adherence to public records laws.

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Portion of Woodrow Street NE Closed for Railroad Crossing Safety Improvements
City of Salem - 12/02/16 1:24 PM
Woodrow Street NE will be closed between Portland Road NE and 16th Street NE on Wednesday, December 7th and Thursday, December 8th from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The purpose of the closure is to improve safety at the railroad crossing. The City will assist Union Pacific Crews, conducting excavations and installing crossing safety devices.

Once completed, the City will be able to extend the quiet zone north from Market Street NE through Silverton Road NE. This project is being funded by savings from the 2008 Streets and Bridges General Obligation Bond.

If you have questions or concerns about this project, please contact Julie Titchbourne at
503-588-6211 or jtitchbourne@cityofsalem.net.
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting One Person in Lebanon, OR
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/02/16 1:23 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on Friday, December 2, 2016, at approximately 11:35 a.m. in the 100 block of Wheeler St in Lebanon, Oregon. The fire affected one adult. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. 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 our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
41 DUII Arrests Made During the Month of November
Beaverton Police Dept. - 12/02/16 12:19 PM
The Beaverton Police Department is participating in a yearlong National Traffic Safety Campaign. The focus of this campaign is taking impaired drivers off our streets and keeping Beaverton a safe city to travel and live in. Officers were out on focused patrols for impaired drivers during the month of November and made 41 DUII arrests. During the month of December, officers will continue their efforts to take impaired drivers off the streets of our no refusal city.

These High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) details are paid for by grant funds. So far this year Beaverton Police Officers have taken 377 impaired drivers off of Beaverton streets. 54 of these 377 subjects refused a breath test and a warrant for a blood draw was granted.

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 Beaverton 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.
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Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Event at Oregon Historical Society Features WWII Veterans and Families (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 12/02/16 11:24 AM
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Portland, OR -- December 2, 2016 -- President Roosevelt's "day which will live in infamy" has been recognized every December 7th as a pivotal moment in American history. In recognition of the 75th anniversary of the attack, the OBON SOCIETY and Oregon Historical Society will focus on the transformation that has occurred since December 7, 1941.

Join us on Wednesday, December 7 at 7pm at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland) for a free program that will include an eye-witness account from one of the last surviving veterans of Pearl Harbor, and will examine the powerful trust and friendship that emerged between the people of the United States and the people of Japan and today's shared desire for peace and reconciliation.

Participant Biographies

Steven R. Beach
Oregon Army National Guard Brigadier General (Assistant Adjutant General) Beach possesses an unmatched knowledge of military history, current affairs, and veterans' issues. He can speak with the wisdom, authority, and experience that only a Brigadier General possesses.

Bethany Glenn
At the age of 20, Bethany Glenn's grandfather, Ensign John C. England, was aboard the U.S.S. Oklahoma anchored in Pearl Harbor. He lost his life saving the lives of many others and remained missing in action and forgotten for many years. Recently, his family was made aware of his existence, which led to his proper burial earlier this year.

Consul General Mr. Kojiro Uchiyama
On April 18, 2016, Consul General Uchiyama departed his previous position at the Embassy of Japan in Ireland to take up duties as the head of the Consular Office of Japan in Portland. The relationship between Japan and the states of Oregon and Idaho continues to be a broad and favorable one, based on mutual exchanges in the fields of political, economic, and cultural benefit. It is the Consular Office's goal to support and develop this relationship, and, through the daily activities of this office, to be a helpful presence to the Japanese and local communities.

Ed Johann
Ed Johann is a Pearl Harbor survivor who witnessed the attack from the unique perspective of ground zero. He was in an open boat, in the middle of the harbor, when the first planes emerged from over the horizon.

Bob Miller
For 34 years Bob Miller entertained, amused, and informed Portland residents with his daily broadcasts on KEX and KPAM. After retiring he had time to reconsider his father-in-law's souvenir flag from WWII that hung on the wall. He sent it to the OBON SOCIETY, they located the family, and it was returned to Japan.

Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith is the Director of the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs, which continues to build better lives for military veterans, spouses, and their families living in Oregon.

Kerry Tymchuk
Kerry Tymchuk is the Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society.

Hummingbird Chorus
One of the first links that connected the people of America and the people of Japan in the post-war years came unexpectedly through a song which filled both nations with hope and joy. It will be recreated by the choir.

Keiko Ziak
Keiko Ziak's story closely parallels that of Bethany. Her grandfather was drafted into the Army, sent off to the jungles of Burma, and disappeared without a trace. His existence was not mentioned by the family for more than 60 years until miraculously a personal item he had once carried was returned to the family.

Rex Ziak
As co-founder of OBON SOCIETY, Rex and his wife Keiko manage an international team that receives battlefield souvenirs, researches their place of origin, and returns these items to members of the family. By providing the point of contact between veterans and bereaved families, the OBON SOCIETY provides an opportunity for healing and reconciliation.



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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MESD Board Regular Session Meeting 12-13-16 6:00 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 12/02/16 11:13 AM
The Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220 in the Board Room.
Gang Enforcement Team Investigating Thursday Evening Shooting - No Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 12/02/16 11:08 AM
On Thursday December 1, 2016, at 11:24 p.m., North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team officers responded to multiple reports of gunfire in the area of Northeast 70th Avenue and Fremont Street.

Officers arrived in the area and located a residence on in the 3500 block of Northeast 70th Avenue that was struck by gunfire. None of the residents were injured.

Based on information learned at the scene, the Gang Enforcement Team assumed control of the investigation.

The Tactical Operations Division's Gang Enforcement Team (GET) is 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.

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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Commissioner Amanda Fritz announces funding towards enhancing Portland Parks & Recreation's Errol Heights Park (Photo)
Portland Parks & Recreation - 12/02/16 10:27 AM
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System Development Charges from development revenue go towards realizing SE Portland park's vision

(Portland, OR) --

Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz announces she is designating $5.3 million in funding towards transforming Errol Heights Park into the hybrid natural area and developed park envisioned in the 2005 park Master Plan. Errol Heights Park comprises more than 14 acres between SE 45th to 52nd Avenues and from SE Harney Street to SE Tenino Street in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood. The Woodstock and Ardenwald/Johnson Creek neighborhoods are also adjacent to the south and west of the park.

1,477 households are within a half-mile walking distance of Errol Heights Park, making this project one which significantly enhances parks services to area neighbors.

Funding for the next step in Errol Heights Park's development comes not from General Fund Tax dollars, but from System Development Charges (SDCs). These are one-time fees assessed on new development. SDCs help ensure that Portland's quality of life keeps pace with our growing and changing city by providing additional parks and recreation facilities needed to accommodate growth. Park SDCs are restricted by law towards expanding capacity only (rather than to maintain or repair existing park facilities).

"I'm excited that Errol Heights Park will now have even more opportunities for recreation and relaxation," says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. "The park has a unique combination of assets, including a Portland community garden and a natural area. Moving forward on transforming a portion of the site into its long-desired developed park will enhance the neighborhood and the livability of our city."

The current allocation of $5.3 million will allow Portland Parks & Recreation to realize the first phase of desired improvements to the park and natural area. While it is yet to be determined what improvements will be included in Phase 1 (pending upcoming public involvement with the community), some funds will be used to improve the streets around the park.

Improvements in Phase 1 of the Errol Heights Master Plan may include:
Additional and improved paths
Enhancements to the natural area portion of the park
A grass lawn and new plantings
Street improvements
Amenities for play and/or sports
A picnic and/or gathering area
A Portland Loo or other restroom facility

Other phases to realize the park's full vision may be possible in the future, depending on funding. Commissioner Fritz and PP&R aim to achieve the full vision of the Errol Heights Master Plan, but recognize that the full park development will need to be completed in phases. Public involvement and the design phase of the park will begin by summer, 2017.

"Portland is growing fast, and more than ever, our neighbors need places to play, to pause, places where we can connect with nature," says Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbatť. "The vision of Errol Heights Park is special in that it will be a place for both active play and for relaxing in a natural setting. We thank our Commissioner-in-Charge, our PP&R staff, and the Friends groups and volunteers who help enhance our parks and natural areas."

Volunteer groups such as Friends of Errol Heights, Friends of Trees and Johnson Creek Watershed Council have been dedicated stewards of the Errol Heights property for many years. A whopping 150 members of these groups came out to plant native trees and shrubs in a newly acquired parcel of the Errol Heights natural area on November 19, 2016.

"Having volunteered countless hours at Errol Heights over the years, my neighbors and I are delighted that Commissioner Fritz and Portland Parks & Recreation are moving forward to help the Errol Heights Park become what we've envisioned as a community," says Paul Ciri with the Friends of Errol Heights. "This funding is a tremendous start on the road to realizing the park's unique vision, one which has a wide appeal for all park visitors. We extend our sincerest thanks to the City."

Challenges Remain
As Portland Parks & Recreation commits to new parks in communities where none currently exist - and to expanding and enhancing other parks - many existing parks are at a crossroads. For decades, PP&R operating funding has been cut or remained flat, forcing the Bureau to postpone rehabilitation and maintenance in every neighborhood throughout the City. Despite the 2014 Parks Replacement Bond, passed by voters with overwhelming support, the list of needs across the PP&R system is huge, and grows every year that we don't address it. PP&R has anticipated unfunded maintenance needs totaling nearly $250 million over the next 10 years. The beautiful parks we love to visit are being held together by thousands of volunteers and wonderful employees going above and beyond the call of duty. PP&R has additional and unfunded growth needs of approximately $472 million over the next ten years.

Photos attached: Volunteers with Portland Parks & Recreation, Friends of Errol Heights, Friends of Trees and Johnson Creek Watershed Council planted native trees and shrubs in a newly acquired parcel of the Errol Heights natural area on November 19, 2016. Native plants support a diversity of insects and wildlife, and provide cleaner air and water for all Portlanders. Photos are courtesy of Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland, OR.

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49 Citations, 29 Warnings, One Arrest During a #VisionZero Traffic Safety Mission on Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/02/16 9:52 AM
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On Thursday December 1, 2016, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division, assisted by North, Central and East Precinct, conducted a Vision Zero traffic safety mission on Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard, from I-84 to Southeast Powell Boulevard. This area was selected due to numerous community complaints and it is a high traffic area for all road users.

In total, 49 citations for 60 separate violations were issued, 29 warnings for 32 separate violations were issued and one arrest for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII).

This mission was conducted in an effort to address the high number of traffic crashes this year resulting in serious physical injuries or death.

38 people have died in traffic fatalities in 2016 in the City of Portland.

The Traffic Division and Precinct operations will be conducting future enforcement missions as staffing allows.

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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Suspect Fires Shot During Armed Robbery of Convenience Store on Thursday Night - No Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 12/02/16 9:43 AM
On Thursday December 1, 2016, at 7:11 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the Mini Mart Express, located at 16437 Southeast Powell Boulevard, on the report of a robbery where the suspect fired a shot.

Officers arrived in the area and spoke to the employee who told police that the suspect entered the store, armed with a handgun, and pointed it at the employee as he demanded money. The employee ducked and the suspect fired a single shot then ran out of the store without obtaining any cash. The suspect may have left the area in a dark colored car.

The suspect was described as a black male in his 20s or 30s, 5'8" to 5'9" tall, average build, wearing dark clothing and a cloth covering his face.

Neither the employee or a customer that was in the store were injured as a result of the shooting.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Robbery detectives at 503-823-0403.

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Oregon Hospitals to Play Prominent Role at 14th Annual Oregon Leadership Summit
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 12/02/16 9:10 AM
Senior hospital leaders will play a prominent role in the annual Oregon Leadership Summit, scheduled for December 5th at the Oregon Convention Center. The annual gathering of business, government and not-for-profit leaders is an opportunity to discuss and outline solutions to the most difficult public policy issues facing the state. This year's focus will be on fiscal challenges sure to dominate discussions at the Oregon State Legislature next year.

"Oregon's hospitals are committed to more than just the physical health of our communities. We support collaborative solutions designed to ensure the long-term, fiscal health of our state's economy," said Andy Davidson, President and CEO of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS). "Nothing is more important to Oregon's children and other vulnerable populations than access to quality health care. Without a sustainable budget plan, however, this coverage will be put at risk."

Oregon's hospitals are responsible for 70,000 direct jobs, making them a critical economic linchpin in communities across the state. In fact, it's not uncommon for rural hospitals to be the largest regional employer, convener of community events, and provider of essential health services. They have a unique interest in finding a balance between the climate in which employers operate and the necessary level of government services.

"Supporting a forum like the Oregon Leadership Summit is a way we can encourage discussions between key decision makers that can lead to creative solutions," said Davidson. "It's critical that we move away from a boom and bust state revenue picture and adopt a sustainable growth path for state services."

The Oregon Association of Hospitals & Health Systems is the Summit's sole Level 1 Sponsor, while four of the association's members are sponsoring at lower levels.

More information regarding the summit can be found online at: http://www.oregonleadershipsummit.com

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About Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems

Founded in 1934, the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems is a statewide, nonprofit trade association that works closely with local and national government leaders, business and citizen coalitions, and other professional health care organizations to enhance and promote community health and to continue improving Oregon's innovative health care community.
UPDATE #2: Fatal Traffic Crash on Swan Island - Major Crash Team Investigating
Portland Police Bureau - 12/02/16 9:07 AM
The driver killed in Wednesday morning's crash was identified as 47-year-old Kyle Andrew Cline of Northeast Portland.

The truck driver involved in the crash was identified as 49-year-old Michael Dungey of Vancouver, Washington.

The investigation into the crash is continuing and once completed, it will be forwarded to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for review.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

North Basin Avenue was reopened to regular traffic at approximately 10:00 a.m. after investigators cleared the crash scene.

The driver killed has tentatively been identified as a 47-year-old male. His name will be released after his family has been notified.

The driver of the other vehicle that left the area was contacted and interviewed by police. The driver was not actually involved in the crash and was cooperative with investigators.

The truck driver involved in the crash was a 49-year-old male. The driver did not exhibit any signs of impairment and was cooperative with investigators.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Wednesday November 30, 2016, at 5:27 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a pin-in traffic crash on North Basin Avenue, North of Emerson Street, on Swan Island.

Officers, firefighters and medical personnel arrived and located the crash scene. One driver was deceased and the other driver was not injured.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team has responded to conduct an investigation.

Preliminary information indicates that two cars were being driven northbound on Basin at a high rate of speed, in the southbound lanes of traffic. A semi-truck was being driven southbound on Basin when one of the drivers of the speeding cars veered to avoid a collision while the other did not and collided with the semi-truck. The driver who avoided the collision did not stop and left the area.

The driver of the car involved in the crash died at the scene while the semi-truck driver was not injured.

Based on an initial investigation, road speed and wet road conditions appear to be factors.

North Basin Avenue, North of Emerson Street, will be closed for several hours. Officers at the scene are working to keep truck traffic moving but delays should be anticipated by drivers.

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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Major renovation project to close Marshall pool for six months starting Dec. 17 (Photo)
City of Vancouver - 12/02/16 8:53 AM
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Vancouver, Wash. -- At the end of the day on Dec. 17, the City of Vancouver's Parks and Recreation Department will close the public swimming pool at the Marshall Community Center for six months while it undergoes its largest renovation since it opened in 1965.

The $2.8 million renovation project will make much-needed improvements to the swimming pool, the pool deck and the pool's mechanical systems. Access improvements will also be made and three individual changing rooms will be added.

In addition to the pool closure, the project will require the full closure of the family change room. All of the other programs and amenities on the Marshall Center campus will remain open and operate as usual during the renovation project, including the men's and women's locker rooms.

"This is the biggest renovation of the Marshall pool in its 50-plus year history," explained Marshall/Luepke Community Centers Director Andy Meade. "This pool is well-used by many in the community and we look forward to reopening it in June 2017, just in time for our popular summer recreation programs."

During the closure, Marshall Community Center passholders may use the swimming pool at the Firstenburg Community Center (700 NE 136th Ave.). Starting Jan. 2, passholders also will be able to use the swimming pool at the Washington State School for Blind (2214 E. 13th St.) for early morning lap swims (5:30-7 a.m.) and the Super Fit water exercise class from 6 to 6:50 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

For more information about the renovation project, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/MCCPoolProject.

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Attached Media Files: A girl uses the water slide at Marshall Pool
PPB Geocaching Celebrates First Anniversary (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/02/16 8:00 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau's Geocaching Program is nearing its first anniversary as an ongoing community outreach opportunity. To date, the Bureau's six permanent geocaches have been visited a total of 662 times.

Geocaching is a popular activity around the world and there are more than 21,000 geocaches in the Portland area. People find them through Geocaching.com and their apps, sign the log book and share their experience.

The Bureau will celebrate the first anniversary this Saturday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the North Precinct Community Room. At the event, the Bureau's Geocaching plans for 2017 will be announced as well as a special coin challenge. Refreshments will be served. If you would like to attend, visit the Bureau's geocaching event page and log "will attend": https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC6VGET_portland-police-bureau-year-end-event

Most of the visitors to the Bureau's geocaches have posted comments that are very supportive, thanking PPB for its service and specifically for its willingness to be involved in the geocaching community.

Developed by Sgt. Hank Hays, with the idea of creating opportunities for the police and public to interact in a positive setting, the PPB has placed geocaches at various police building facilities; all three precincts, plus the former Southeast Precinct, Traffic Division and Training Facility.

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Red Cross Responds to Multi-Family Home Fire in Hillsboro, OR Affecting Two People
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/02/16 5:13 AM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a multi-family home fire disaster on December 2, 2016 at 3:30 a.m. in the 300 block of SW Edgeway Drive in Hillsboro, OR. The fire affected two adults

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. The Red Cross provides 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 our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Sprinklers Get Credit for Apartment Fire Stop (Photo)
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue - 12/02/16 4:07 AM
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(Hillsboro, Oregon) An automatic sprinkler system functioned as it was designed and extinguished an apartment fire in Hillsboro early Friday morning but not before the fire forced one woman and her neighbors to flee. 9-1-1 dispatchers received a call shortly before 2:00 am from a hysterical woman saying everything in her apartment was on fire at the Wyndhaven Apartments, 305 SW Edgeway Drive. Firefighters from Hillsboro Fire Department and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue quickly responded.

Upon arrival, Engine 6 from Hillsboro's Cherry Lane fire station found that the apartment's sprinklers had doused a mattress fire in the bedroom of a second floor apartment. Firefighters shut off the water flow to the one sprinkler head that had activated. The sprinklers limited significant fire damage to the occupant's mattress with water damage occurring to the furniture in the bedroom and the floors throughout the apartment. Water also seeped into a downstairs apartment. Total damage estimate is five-thousand dollars.

The adult female occupant of the apartment told firefighters that she had been smoking in bed and apparently fell asleep. She was not injured. A fire investigator will interview her and comb through the evidence at the scene to confirm the cause. Firefighters remained on scene for more than an hour removing smoke from the building and beginning the water removal process.

Both the adult female occupant of the fire-involved apartment and the two occupants of the apartment below will be assisted by the Cascade Chapter of the American Red Cross with overnight accommodations. The remaining estimated 100 occupants of the complex were allowed to return to their apartments about 45 minutes after the fire.

Hillsboro Fire and Rescue reminds all citizens that smoking in bed is the number one cause of fatal fires in homes. If you smoke:
Only smoke outside and never in bed
Use a sturdy astray to extinguish smoking materials or use a bucket of sand
Never smoke while using medicines, alcohol or medical oxygen
A combination of working smoke alarms and automatic sprinklers in any home provide the safest environment in which to live

For more fire and life safety information, visit www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/fire or call 503-681-6166.

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Thu. 12/01/16
Missing Endangered Female Located. (Photo)
Milwaukie Police Dept. - 12/01/16 8:54 PM
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UPDATE: Mikell Schlosser has been LOCATED. At around 8:45 p.m., Ms. Schlosser was located in Clackamas County. She has been transported to an area hospital, by AMR, for evaluation.

All family has been notified at this time.

We appreciate the assistance from Mountain Wave Search and Rescue and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

ORIGINAL RELEASE:
Milwaukie Police are currently looking for 20-year-old female, Mikell Schlosser (Goes by Kell). Ms. Schlosser suffers from a traumatic brain injury, has PTSD, and is in need of medication, which she does not have with her.

Ms. Schlosser is a student at Milwaukie High School and was last seen inside the high school around noon today. She left in an unknown direction. She was last seen wearing a long sleeve grey sweatshirt, with "Seaside" written on the back in white letters, black and turquoise yoga-type pants, pink socks, and pink and black slides. (Sandals/shoes.) She is approximately 5'5" tall, 145 pounds, has hazel eyes, and shorter brown hair with blonde streaks.

If Ms. Schlosser is seen or located please contact Milwaukie Police immediately. 503-786-7500.


Attached Media Files: Recent picture of Mikll , DMV Photo of Mikell
Man Brings Bird to Court Appearance (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/01/16 6:31 PM
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December 1, 2016 -- On November 28, 2016, Washington County Sheriff's Deputies assigned to the Courthouse Complex had to contend with a large macaw located in a tree. It was determined that the bird belonged to Craig Buckner (top inset photo) who was at the courthouse for a court appearance.

Mr. Buckner had not expected to be at the courthouse long and had placed the bird into a tree on the courthouse grounds to wait. Mr. Buckner was taken into custody on his court case and was very concerned for the well-being of his companion animal. The 4-year old macaw, named "Bird," was very well trained and would not leave the tree for anyone other than Mr. Buckner. Court security deputies escorted Mr. Buckner outside to retrieve "Bird" from the tree. Sheriff's Deputies allowed the macaw to accompany Mr. Buckner inside the court booking area to eat and cared for.

After several phone calls, deputies were able to locate a friend of Mr. Buckner who could pick up and care for "Bird" while Mr. Buckner resolves his court case.

Deputy Shoana McKelvey (bottom inset photo), who cared for "Bird" during the course of events said, "Our Sheriff's Office has very strong core values of doing the right thing. I also have very strong moral values of treating all people with compassion no matter what role I am taking. Mr. Buckner was already in a stressful position and did not need the additional stress and worry of his loved pet, Bird! Bringing the two together brought me joy and brought relief to Mr. Buckner and safety to his bird."


Attached Media Files: PDF Press Release , Bird , Bird Photo
Early Morning Blaze Destroys Lebanon House - Cause Undetermined Following Investigation
Lebanon Fire District - 12/01/16 5:17 PM
Early Morning Blaze Destroys Lebanon House

An early morning fire in the 100 block of Wheeler Street in Lebanon lit up the sky and destroyed a single family dwelling. A passerby reported the fire to 911 at 3:20 a.m. and the Lebanon Fire District was notified at 3:21 a.m. First arriving units encountered heavy fire from the west side of the structure and large amounts of heavy, black smoke pushing from the eaves and attic, indicating an intense, well-established fire within the structure.

All initial reports indicated that the home was unoccupied and had been vacant for some time, so first arriving fire crews knocked down the majority of fire from the exterior of the home as they waited for additional personnel to arrive. Oregon OSHA regulations and Lebanon Fire District operating policy requires six firefighters to be on scene before firefighters can enter a burning structure, unless there is a known victim inside. This provides a "Rapid Intervention Crew" who remain at the ready outside of the structure, in the event that the firefighters themselves require rescue. The first arriving units carried five qualified personnel, so crews had to wait for the next due unit to arrive before making entry into the structure. A second alarm was struck at 3:49 a.m. to request additional resources to assist at the fire and to standby and provide coverage for the Lebanon area. One engine from the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District provided assistance, as well as a truck and a medic unit from the Albany Fire Department.

Once inside, firefighters quickly knocked down the fire and began opening ceiling and void spaces to extinguish fire that had entered the walls and ceiling spaces of the house. Fire can travel unchecked through hidden voids in walls and ceilings and then reignite hours later causing additional damage to a structure. Roof gables were opened with chainsaws and thermal imaging cameras were utilized to determine that all hot spots had been contained.

Once the structural integrity of the home is ensured the Lebanon Fire Investigation Team will attempt to determine a cause of origin on the fire. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported. Anyone having information about this fire may contact Division Chief Jason Bolen at 541-451-1901.

UPDATE Following a thorough investigation the cause of the fire will remain undetermined.

For HD Photos of this fire visit the LFD Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/LebanonFireDistrict/

For HD Videos visit the LFD YouTube Channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjTxDBuPbD3DPAybCkCgEvg
City Seeks Task Force Members for the Wilsonville Town Center Plan
City of Wilsonville - 12/01/16 4:57 PM
WILSONVILLE, OR -- The City of Wilsonville invites interested members of the public to apply to serve on a task force for the Wilsonville Town Center Plan. The project focuses on creating a community-driven vision for the Town Center that guides future development efforts.

Task force members are expected to meet approximately six times over the next two years to discuss technical analyses, review public input and shape project recommendations. The composition of the task force includes approximately 15 members representing a diverse range of perspectives that may include residents and employees, business and property owners in Town Center, community-based service organizations, youth, and senior groups, among others. Applications to serve on the task force are available at www.ci.wilsonville.or.us/TownCenter and are due by Friday, Dec. 23, 5:00 pm, to Sandra King, City Recorder, at 503-570-1506; king@ci.wilsonville.or.us.

The goal of the Wilsonville Town Center Plan is to create a long-range vision for how the area can better serve the interests and needs of residents, visitors, businesses, property owners, and local employees. The plan seeks to develop strategies for how the Town Center area can evolve into a more attractive, commercially vibrant, pedestrian--friendly, mixed-use district that is easily accessible to all. The approximate 100-acre project area encompasses the properties north of Wilsonville Road, within and adjacent to Town Center Loop. As needed, the project also includes "influence areas" adjacent to Town Center, such as Village at Main and City facilities, that could benefit from activity in the area.

The planning process kicks-off in early 2017 and is anticipated to be completed by late 2018 when the Wilsonville City Council is expected to consider adoption of the plan. The project includes various opportunities for community input and engagement including community workshops, online and in-person surveys, pop-up events around town and idea centers located in key community spaces such as the Wilsonville Public Library.

Funding for the Wilsonville Town Center Plan is provided by a $320,000 grant from Metro's Community Planning and Development Grant program along with a $100,000 matching contribution from the City.

For more information, or to sign up for updates and event information, please visit the project website at www.ci.wilsonville.or.us/TownCenter, or contact Miranda Bateschell, Long Range Planning Manager, at 503-570-1581, bateschell@ci.wilsonville.or.us.


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Vancouver Public Works crews mobilize for possible icy conditions next week
City of Vancouver - 12/01/16 4:57 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- Come Monday morning, while most of the city is still sleeping, Vancouver Public Works deicing trucks will be making a preventive advance on major streets, overpasses and hills.

At the Public Works Operations Center, crews are prepared for next week's forecast of possible snow, rain and freezing night temperatures. Given Vancouver's generally low elevation, the main threat here is most likely to come in the form of slick, icy streets.

Deicing equipment has been mounted on Operations trucks, and ample supplies of deicing solution have been mixed up at the City's east and west Vancouver sites. If the forecast holds, an early morning shift of eight deicers will hit the streets at 4 a.m. Monday as a preemptive strike. Because deicing solution on the street becomes diluted by rain, Operations crews are prepared to continue the pattern of early morning deicing for as long as conditions require.

With more than 1,800 lane miles of streets in the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Public Works prioritizes its response to provide the greatest support for the critical, core streets that connect police, fire and emergency medical services. Next in priority are hills, bus routes and areas around schools. Crew also work closely with Vancouver Fire and Police to provide emergency access where needed in severe weather conditions. Neighborhood streets, with their numerous driveways and parked cars, do not get deiced or plowed due to demands of keeping major streets open.

Icy streets can make for extremely treacherous travel conditions. Those who must drive in wintry conditions are urged to go slow, leave plenty of room to stop, and be alert to pedestrians and other vehicles. Property owners are responsible for keeping adjacent sidewalks passable.

Residents are encouraged to join the City in preparing for winter by having traction devices, shovels and emergency kits ready if needed. Vancouver Public Works also reminds Water Utility customers to insulate, wrap and protect water pipes and hose bibs during freezing conditions. Customers who experience freezing water pipes are encouraged to leave a faucet open and call a plumber. Never try to thaw pipes with a flame.

To report a problem with streets, traffic signal outages, downed trees or water, please call Public Works' Operations Center Dispatch at 360-487-8177. For urgent issues outside of regular Operations' office hours, follow the directions to connect to the after-hours service line. (Please note that service requests submitted after hours through the MyVancouver app and the City's website are typically assigned the next working day.) Not sure if the problem site is within the City of Vancouver? Check the City's website: www.cityofvancouver.us/CityLimitsMap.

Any weather-related cancellations or updates for garbage and recycling collections will be posted on the City's website at www.cityofvancouver.us/solidwaste. To receive phone alerts for cancellations, customers should ensure that Waste Connections of Washington has their current phone number. Contact Waste Connections at 360-892-5370 or by email at customerhelp@wasteconnections.com.

For downed power lines, keep back and report to Clark Public Utilities at 360-992-8000 or 360-992-3000. In case of a life-threatening emergency, please call 911.

For more winter weather tips, information and updates, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/severeweather. Updates are also available through Public Works and other City social media channels, such as Facebook and Twitter, available online at www.cityofvancouver.us/socialmedia.

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Civil War football weekend DUII results (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/01/16 3:49 PM
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CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Benton County Sheriff's Office participated in extra Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants enforcement, surrounding the Oregon State University vs University of Oregon Football Civil War weekend, November 25-27, 2016.

Patrol statistics are taken from all stops by Benton County Deputies across the county. There were 95 traffic stops conducted by those working regular patrol and extra DUII patrol. During that time, one driver was arrested for DUII (alcohol), one for reckless driving, one for failing to carry and present a driver's license, and four on outstanding arrest warrants. There were a total of 20 traffic citations issued for violations including: speeding, no insurance, driving while suspended/revoked, and other various violations. Deputies investigated one non-injury traffic crash.

The next Benton County Sheriff's Office DUII saturation patrol is scheduled for December 15, 2016 through January 1, 2017, to coincide with the next holiday season. There will also be deputies working extra seatbelt, distracted driving, and speed enforcement during this time. This time of year the roads have more people driving on them, and the roads can be more dangerous due to weather and more darkness in the evening. Please use caution when traveling on the roadways, and keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

Oregon's DUII enforcement program is committed to reducing the amount of crashes and impaired drivers on our roadways by keeping them off the roadway and arresting them when they choose to drive. For more info on impaired driving, visit www.StopImpairedDriving.com.
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Tip of the Week December 5, 2016 - Winter Safety
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 12/01/16 3:36 PM
OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF
Sheriff Curtis L. Landers
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
(541) 265-4277
Fax (541) 265-4926

TIP OF THE WEEK

Date: December 5, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

WINTER SAFETY

A number of holiday and winter-related challenges can present themselves and coastal residents are no stranger to those challenges. The following tips are offered as reminders and maybe even a few new thoughts. The following tips are found in the 2016 Emergency Management calendar, which can be downloaded at www.lincolncountysheriff.net/emergency.

Tree Safety Tips
Choose a holiday tree with green needles that do not fall off when touched.
Keep the tree at least 3 feet away from heat sources an add water to the stand daily.
Never use lit candles on or near a tree.
Always turn off the tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

Poison Control, 800-222-1222
Holly berries, mistletoe and poinsettias are poisonous if swallowed.
Keep ornaments and snow globes out of children's and pet's reach, they may contain lead or other dangerous ingredients and will have sharp edges if broken.
Keep medication and poisonous products secured and away from children and pets.
Install a Carbon Monoxide (CO) detector in your home. CO is an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas. Do not use the oven or gas range to heat your home. Dial 9-1-1 if your detector sounds.

If Caught in Winter Weather
Stay in the vehicle.
Run the motor about 10 minutes each hour for heat.
Open a window a little for fresh air and to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
Make sure the exhaust pipe is not blocked.
Be visible to rescuers; turn on the dome light at night when running the engine.
Tie a colored cloth to your antenna or door.
Exercise: from time to time, move arms, legs, fingers and toes vigorously to keep blood circulating and to keep warm.

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

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Submitted by:
Kathy Manning, Administrative Assistant
kmanning@co.lincoln.or.us
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Attached Media Files: 2016-12/5490/99715/120516-Winter_Safety.pdf
Oregon Black Pioneers & Oregon Historical Society Celebrate Opening of National Museum of African American History and Culture with Smithsonian Poster Exhibition
Oregon Historical Society - 12/01/16 3:07 PM
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Portland, OR -- December 1, 2016 -- On September 24, 2016 the Smithsonian Institution opened its newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture. With free admission passes "sold out" through the end of 2016, Oregonians will have a rare chance to peek inside the museum as the Oregon Historical Society presents A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The commemorative poster exhibition will be on view December 6, 2016 -- January 16, 2017.

Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) in collaboration with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, A Place for All People highlights key artifacts that tell the rich and diverse story of the African American experience. From the child-size shackles of a slave and the clothing worn by Carolotta Walls on her first day at Little Rock Central High School to Chuck Berry's Gibson guitar, "Maybellene," and the track shoes worn by Olympian Carl Lewis, the exhibition presents a living history that reflects challenge, triumph, faith, and hope. The poster exhibition will share many stories of African American and African diaspora people and their contributions to the local community and the American story.

"Once we saw the quality and poignant content in these posters, we knew that this exhibit and the work of the National Museum of African American History had to be shared with Oregonians," said Willie Richardson, President of the Oregon Black Pioneers. "In the past few years, have created three original exhibitions that have been showcased at the Oregon Historical Society, so it seemed like the perfect venue to exhibit these powerful posters."

"The Oregon Historical Society has been proud to partner with the Oregon Black Pioneers on a series of original exhibits that share the important histories of Oregon's Black communities," said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. "The stories and artifacts on view at the National Museum of African American History are critical pieces of American history, and we are delighted that the Oregon Black Pioneers reached out to us to host this important exhibit."

The journey to establish this museum began a century ago with a call for a national memorial to honor the contributions of African American Civil War veterans. After decades of efforts by private citizens, organizations, and members of Congress, federal legislation was passed in 2003 to create the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Since then, thousands of artifacts have been collected to fill the inspiring new building that has risen on the National Mall. Through its exhibitions and programs, the museum provides a shared lens to view the nation's history and the possibility for hope and healing. It is a place where all can gather to remember, reflect and embrace America's story: a place for all people. For more information, visit nmaahc.si.edu.

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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.

About the Oregon Black Pioneers
The state's premier Black heritage organization is dedicated to illuminating African Americans' contributions to Oregon's history through research, publications, exhibits, and community outreach. The organization's 2015 exhibition, A Community on the Move, directly builds on two highly successful collaborations with the Oregon Historical Society and reflects the all-volunteer organization's increasing capacity to create meaningful opportunities for community dialogue and learning.

About SITES
SITES has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for 65 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science and history, which are shown wherever people live, work and play. For exhibition description and tour schedules, visit sites.si.edu.
Update: Man Hit by Car on East Powell Blvd. Died
Gresham Police Dept - 12/01/16 2:57 PM
GRESHAM, Ore.-- The man stuck by a car in the 400 block of East Powell Blvd. early Monday morning died from his injuries.

Landon Sanchez, 24, of Portland was run over by a maroon 2011 Nissan Sentra at approximately 2:50 a.m. on Nov. 28. Sanchez was not in a crosswalk and crash investigators assigned to Multnomah County's Vehicular Crimes Team believe he was likely unlawfully positioned in the roadway at the time he was struck. Sanchez suffered critical injuries and was transported to the hospital where he later died.

The driver of the Nissan, Portland resident Brandon Manley, remained at the scene and has been cooperative with investigators. Manley, 30, was traveling westbound on East Powell Blvd. in the left lane when he struck Sanchez.

The investigation is ongoing and no further information is available at this time. Investigators would like to talk with any witnesses who have not yet come forward. Anyone who witnessed this crash is asked to call the Gresham Police tip line at 503.618.2719.

Since the start of the year, there have been 49 pedestrian-related crashes in Gresham, including five fatalities. The Gresham Police Department reminds everyone to be conscious of their surroundings, wear bright or reflective clothing when walking at night, and use marked crosswalks whenever possible.



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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Two People in Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/01/16 2:42 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on Thursday, December 1, 2016, at approximately 1:00 p.m. in the 7000 block of SE 82nd Avenue in Portland, OR. The fire affected multiple families, including two adults and pets. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. 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 our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
America's Largest Christmas Bazaar Sunshine Day food drive supports Sunshine Division
Portland Police Bureau - 12/01/16 1:59 PM
This is being sent on behalf of the Portland Police Sunshine Division

For the past 35 years, America's Largest Christmas Bazaar has been on the forefront of helping the hungry during the holidays. On Friday, December 2nd -- bring two cans of food (per person) and get free entry to the show. The Christmas Bazaar has provided more than two tons of food for the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division every year since 1985. This is one of the largest single food donations made by a local Portland business.

Admission: $8.00 for adults -- kids 12 and under are only $3.00.
FREE Entry: Friday, December 2 -- bring two cans of food (per person) for local food banks
Dates: November 25-27. And the next Weekend: and Dec. 2-4
Location: Portland EXPO Center -- Exit 306b off of I-5 North or South
Light Rail: Take the Yellow Line right to the Expo Center
WEB: www.expochristmasbazaar.com
Phone: (503)282-0974

"Christine Palmer & Associates has supported Sunshine Division's no-cost food assistance programs for over three decades. The Christmas bazaar food drive, one of our largest, single event food drives, has impacted thousands of families over the years. This food drive makes an enormous impact on the clients we serve in the Portland-metro community" said Sunshine Division's assigned officer, Matt Tobey.


About the Sunshine Division
Since 1923 the Sunshine Division has provided free emergency food and clothing to families and individuals in times of crisis. This December marks 94 years that Sunshine Division and Portland Police Bureau members will home deliver holiday food boxes. This year, 2,500 food boxes will be delivered to families in need via three Portland police precincts and the Sunshine Division warehouse. An additional 1,000 holiday food boxes will be distributed via 20 local non-profits throughout the metro area (at no cost) to help the families and individuals they serve in their communities.

Sunshine Division is the only charity in the U.S. working side-by-side with first responders to distribute food and clothing 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We currently serve approximately 1,300 households directly (each month) at our North Portland facility where families can access FREE food and clothing 6 days a week, year round.

Sunshine Division is also a small food bank, assisting more than 20 local non-profits in the four county area, the Portland Police Bureau, and other local first responders, by providing them with FREE bulk food, clothing, holiday food boxes, and/or emergency food boxes to distribute throughout the metro area.

More than .90 cents of every dollar donated goes to Sunshine's mission and programs. Our efficiency makes us the only local food relief organization to receive five consecutive "four-star ratings" from the charity watchdog organization, Charity Navigator. Only 7% of the charities ranked nationally have received five consecutive 4-star evaluations.

About America's Largest Christmas Bazaar

This show is a great way to exchange the frantic shopping environments of the malls to strolling down the aisles at the Expo Center where you'll find the perfect blend of made-by-hand items. Holiday music provided by K103 is the perfect background for picking up distinctive stocking stuffers, as well as grand gifts, gadgets and good deals. Visiting Santa's Village and taking a ride on the beautiful carousel add to the experience. The vendors who fill the 900 booths at the show have been working on their gifts, toys, treats and decorations since early last year (much like a big red elf we all know).

The show is owned by Christine Palmer, who was there for the first show in 1982. Her small company (known as the elves), spend most of the year planning and putting it together. Several years ago, the show added Artisan's Alleys, two large areas in the center of each of the exhibit halls. 'Placing all the handcrafted items together made a huge difference', says Christine. 'It has been an attractive thing for the handcrafted vendors, which has meant we've been able to grow our handcrafted presence', she said. 'This year there were more handcrafted booths than we could fit in those areas, so you'll also find handcrafted booths sprinkled throughout the show'.

Among the hundreds of booths you will discover special gifts for men, women, children, friends and even your pet! You'll find hand-crafted, one of a kind gifts, holiday foods and gourmet treats, personalized ornaments, apparel, fresh greenery, useful household gadgets, smoked salmon, all kinds of jewelry, stocking stuffers, gifts from foreign lands, vintage collectibles and much more. Rather than running all over the city to fulfill your gift list, make America's Largest Christmas Bazaar your one-stop shopping experience. Look for gorgeous items made here in the Northwest such as candles, jewelry, hand-painted personalized Christmas ornaments, soap sold by the slice, organic natural beauty products, and much, much more!




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Resending with video link: Oregon launches plan to end new HIV infections in state
Oregon Health Authority - 12/01/16 12:47 PM
Editors: The live-stream of our event this morning was not available due to technical issues. It's now available on our YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/uf_BoICqEUY.

December 1, 2016

Five-year plan focuses on testing, prevention, treatment

PORTLAND--Oregon today launched an initiative that will end new HIV infections in the state, building on decades of foundational work to introduce a new five-year plan focused on testing, prevention and treatment.

The initiative, called End HIV Oregon, envisions a state in which all new HIV infections are eliminated and where all people living with HIV have access to high-quality care, free from stigma and discrimination. The Oregon Health Authority leads the effort, with partners that include local health departments and HIV prevention advocacy organizations.

"Today, we look forward to a new reality in Oregon -- the elimination of HIV transmission as we know it," said Lillian Shirley, director of the OHA Public Health Division, whose HIV Program coordinates the initiative. "This is not a lofty, pie-in-the-sky goal. We know what it takes, and we have what it takes, to get there."

The initiative was unveiled today during a media event at the OHA Public Health Division offices in northeast Portland. The event coincided with a day-long celebration of World AIDS Day that included a remembrance, a grand rounds talk, documentary screenings and displays of AIDS memorial quilts.

World AIDS Day is held each year on Dec. 1 as an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV, and remember those who died. Oregon Governor Kate Brown and President Barack Obama both have issued proclamations recognizing World AIDS Day.

The End HIV Oregon strategy is centered around three facts:
-- Testing is easy. Every Oregonian has an HIV status, but too few get tested for HIV. Confidential testing IS simple, convenient and fast. It is available throughout Oregon as part of a routine medical visit and is covered by most health insurance plans. Only 35 percent of adult Oregonians report having ever been tested for HIV. An estimated 1,100 people in Oregon are infected with HIV but don't know it. If most or all of these people were tested for HIV and entered into HIV medical care, Oregon could prevent 150 new infections over the next three years alone.

-- Prevention works. Core prevention programs such as syringe exchange, prevention education, and condom distribution must be maintained and expanded, and use of new tools, such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a daily pill that prevents infection, must be accelerated. When taken consistently, pre-exposure prophylaxis has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at high risk by up to 92 percent. OHA estimates that if 1,000 Oregonians at the highest risk of HIV infection started taking PrEP, the state could prevent eight new infections a year.

-- Treatment saves lives. With early testing and treatment, people infected with HIV are leading long, healthy lives. Effective treatment, called viral suppression, among HIV-positive people has the potential to prevent the largest proportion of new HIV infections. Only 68 percent of people with HIV in Oregon are taking a daily viral suppression pill that prevents infection. But effective HIV viral suppression treatment can reduce transmission by up to 96 percent. If 100 percent of Oregonians who know they are HIV infected were virally suppressed, more than two-thirds of new HIV infections could be prevented, health officials say.

"We want to focus attention on the fact that we already have the tools to permit us to effectively eliminate HIV in Oregon and to challenge ourselves collectively to do it," said Sean Schafer, MD, medical director for HIV programs, OHA Public Health Division.

Public health officials say data support a focus on testing, prevention and treatment, which could be the key to finally pushing the number of new HIV infections downward.

The End HIV Oregon initiative's first year will be crucial to the effort. Oregon will increase the proportion of Oregonians who test for HIV by implementing statewide early intervention services, or EIS, which link newly diagnosed people to HIV medical care and quickly get their partners tested for HIV. There also will be a focus on increasing collaborations among local public health departments, coordinated care organizations, private health systems and partners such as AIDS Education and Training Center to increase testing in health care settings. And grants will be used to support strategies that promote culturally competent testing to underserved and other priority communities.

Also during year one, OHA will maintain foundational prevention programs and initiate new activities specific to PrEP, including improving channels through which the drug is provided to those most in need, and increasing health care providers' assessment capacity to prescribe PrEP. In addition, the agency will partner with community-based agencies to educate individuals who could most benefit from PrEP and help them navigate services.

Finally, Oregon will support treatment as a prevention method by continuing to deliver programs that support access to and retention in HIV medical care. Activities include developing enhanced case management and patient navigation services statewide; increasing housing subsidies and support for people living with HIV who are homeless; and developing peer support programs to support long-term medication adherence.

OHA and its partners will issue a progress report each year on World AIDS Day. Oregon's Integrated Planning Group (IPG) for HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted diseases will review progress on activities and recommend corrective action as needed. The IPG is composed of people living with HIV and at risk of HIV infection, as well as as people representing alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment, community-based agencies, corrections, health care, higher education, and hospice.

"There is a light at the end of the tunnel," Schafer said. "We can end new HIV transmission in Oregon by going full-steam on these new efforts, and doubling down on what has been proven to work so far."

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DPSST Private Security/Investigators Policy Committtee Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 12/01/16 11:59 AM
For Immediate Release
November 30, 2016

Contact: Mona Riesterer
(503) 378-2431

Notice of Regular Meeting
The Private Security/Investigators Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a teleconference meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 9, 2016. The meeting will be held 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: 888-808-6929- and Participant code: 8917117

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. Unarmed Curriculum

2. Unarmed Curriculum Test Questions

## 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 Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Two People in Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/01/16 11:52 AM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on Thursday, December 1, 2016, at approximately 9:00 a.m. in the 700 block of NE Church St in Portland, OR. The fire affected multiple families, including two adults and pets. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. 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 our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to Occupied Trailer Fire in SE Portland (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 12/01/16 11:51 AM
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Portland Fire & Rescue responded to a trailer fire at 7409 SE 82nd Ave around 9:15 am. When fire crews arrived, they found smoke and fire coming from every opening in the trailer. As crews began putting water on the fire, an electrical line burned & then fell onto the metal trailer. This was an electrocution hazard to the firefighters and they had to stay clear of the trailer.

The resident that had been in the trailer at the time of the fire was rescued by a neighbor. The neighbor stated that he initially tried to put out the fire, but it became so big so fast that he knew he needed to get out. The neighbor then pulled the disabled resident out of the trailer just before fire crews got there. Fire crews treated and then AMR transported the 70 year old male resident to Emanuel Hospital.

Fire crews were able to extinguish the fire after the power company turned off the electricity to the down power lines.

PF&R's Arson Squad has determined that this fire was caused by lighting a match while on home oxygen therapy. PF&R recommends that anyone on or living with someone on home oxygen to not use matches, lighters or smoke. Please watch this video which was created in July, 2013:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDLIyjwtNrg

More home oxygen safety information can be found at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/article/301190


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Gang Enforcement Team Investigating Two Overnight Shootings - Two People Injured (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/01/16 11:43 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau's Gang Enforcement Team is investigating two shootings overnight that left two people injured.

On Thursday December 1, 2016, at 12:14 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting outside the Holiday Inn, located at 8439 Northeast Columbia Boulevard.

Officers and medical personnel arrived in the area and located an 18-year-old male suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a Portland hospital by ambulance, accompanied by his 19-year-old girlfriend. At the hospital it was determined that she too was suffering from a minor, non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

Neither victim had any suspect information.

At 2:51 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the area of Northeast 93rd Avenue and Thompson on the report of gunfire. Officers arrived in the area and located evidence of gunfire in the street and damage to a motorhome parked in the driveway of a home in the 9300 block of Northeast Thompson Street. The two people inside the motorhome were not injured.
Information learned at the scene indicated that both shootings were connected and believed to be gang-related incidents.

The Tactical Operations Division's Gang Enforcement Team (GET) is 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.

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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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting One Family in Cowlitz County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/01/16 11:34 AM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on December 1, 2016, at approximately 10:30 a.m. in the 100 block of Bunker Hill Road in Cowlitz County, Washington. The fire affected one family, including two adults and pets. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. 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 our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
BLM Finalizes Rule to Make Land Use Plans More Responsive to Community Needs
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 12/01/16 11:31 AM
Rule reinforces BLM's relationship with tribes, state and local governments, and the public

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today issued an updated rule that will make its land use planning more accessible to the public, more responsive to the changing conditions on the public lands, and more efficient.

The BLM developed this rule through years of work with state and local governments, cooperators, communities, stakeholders, and the public at large. The rule updates regulations that are more than 30 years old, provides additional and more robust opportunities for input into the agency's planning process, and ensures that science is a cornerstone of the BLM's planning work. The BLM launched this effort after hearing from stakeholders that the current planning process is too slow and cumbersome.

"Planning is the cornerstone of managing our nation's public lands and balancing their many uses and values," said Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Janice Schneider. "Allowing additional opportunities for public engagement will improve responsiveness at the local level and help address the challenges of managing public lands in the 21st century."

The BLM manages 10 percent of the nation's land and 30 percent of its subsurface minerals. Federal law requires the BLM to develop land use plans, which are essential tools for balancing
the many competing uses and values of the nation's public lands.

"Under the current system, it takes an average of eight years for the BLM to finish a land use plan. Too often, by the time we've completed a plan, community priorities have evolved and conditions on the ground have changed as well," said BLM Director Neil Kornze. "This update to our planning rule allows for a more streamlined process that also increases collaboration and transparency."

The final rule recognizes the vital partnerships that exist between the BLM and tribal, state, and local governments by providing special opportunities for cooperation and collaboration. The rule also enhances the consistency between the BLM's land use plans and the plans of other governments.

The rule creates a new, up front process to gather data and hear concerns from all parties, and gives the public access to early draft plans. The agency anticipates that this early engagement will help make planning efforts significantly more efficient. The rule also continues to support the use of high quality information, including the best available science. This information will be critical as the agency works to address the major challenges facing our nation's public lands, including increasingly severe droughts and wildfires, the planning and development of clean energy sources, and changing conditions for key wildlife species like sage grouse.

This year is the 40th anniversary of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, which directed the BLM to develop land use plans for all of the areas under its care. Using the critical lessons learned from those decades of planning work and close collaboration with communities and partners across the country, this rule will lead to ever-better stewardship of the places that the BLM has the privilege of managing.

The final Planning 2.0 rule can be accessed at www.blm.gov/plan2

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Local Red Cross Responds to 137 Disasters, Helps 472+ People in Oregon and Southwest Washington this Fall
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/01/16 11:08 AM
In addition to disaster response at home, 159 local volunteers deployed to help people affected by disasters across the nation in the past three months.

PORTLAND, Ore., December 1, 2016 -- This fall, volunteers and staff with local American Red Cross in the Cascades Region have worked diligently to help people affected by disasters in this region and beyond. Since September 1, 2016, the Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington has helped more than 472 people affected by 137 local disasters. Disaster responses September 1 -- November 30, 2016, included large incidents like the explosion in NW Portland and the tornadoes on the Oregon Coast as well as home fires that affect a single family.

In addition to local disaster response, 159 Red Cross volunteers from Oregon and Southwest Washington deployed to other major disasters throughout the nation to assist people affected by flooding in Louisiana, wildfires in California, flooding in Iowa and a hurricane on the East Coast.

"We have seen an unprecedented number of disasters this year," said Amy Shlossman, Chief Executive Officer for the American Red Cross Cascades Region. "From hurricanes and flooding on the East Coast to home fires and tornadoes here at home, the Red Cross has been there to help people when they need it the most. Our volunteers are among the first responders, providing shelter, meals, comfort and hope to people affected by disasters big and small."

The Red Cross responds to home fires, floods, wildfires, storms and other disasters by helping those affected address their immediate basic needs and begin their recovery. Red Cross staff and volunteers provide disaster assistance such as help with temporary housing; food; clothing; comfort kits with personal hygiene products; information about recovery services; and health and mental health services.

The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of local donors to fulfill its mission. The Red Cross has launched its holiday giving campaign, which urges people to give something that means something through a donation to the Red Cross.

A donation of $250 provides a night of emergency shelter and meals for a family of five.
A donation of $335 helps deploy an emergency response vehicle to provide assistance to a community in need.
A donation of $500 provides comfort kits for 200 armed service members.
A donation of $1,650 enables the Red Cross to deploy a volunteer to a relief operation for 11 days -- the average length of a disaster deployment.

This holiday season, people can help those who need it most through the Red Cross in four ways:
Make a financial donation to the Red Cross
Schedule an appointment to give blood
Send cards to members of the Armed Forces through the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program
Give the gift of time by becoming a Red Cross volunteer

DISASTER SERVICES Disasters affected thousands of people this year. From home fires to wildfires, floods, tornadoes and hurricanes, every nine minutes the Red Cross responds to a disaster across the country. Financial donations can help the 70,000 people who turn to the Red Cross every year for assistance with disasters big and small.

BLOOD SERVICES As many as 44,000 blood donations are needed every day across the country to meet the needs of hospital patients. The holiday season is a particularly challenging time to maintain a stable blood supply with schools out and regular donors away. A single blood donation to the Red Cross can save up to three lives.

SERVICE TO ARMED FORCES Many members of the military will be separated from their loved ones during the holidays. By remembering them through the Holiday Mail for Heroes program, help lift their spirits with a thank you card. Visit www.redcross.org/MailforHeroes to participate.

BECOME A VOLUNTEER One of the greatest gifts someone can give is the gift of time by becoming a Red Cross volunteer. Visit the "Ways to Volunteer" information on the Red Cross web site to learn how (www.redcross.org/Volunteer).

A list of local disaster responses September 1 -- November 30 is attached.

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


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Police Seek Help Identifying Sexual Assault Suspect
Gresham Police Dept - 12/01/16 11:08 AM
GRESHAM, Ore.-- Gresham detectives are seeking the public's help to identify a man who reportedly assaulted a 19-year-old woman early yesterday morning in southeast Gresham. The forced sexual assault occurred in the 2800 block of SE Powell Valley Rd. at approximately 4:00 a.m. on Nov. 30. The victim was walking to work when she was approached by a stranger who engaged her in conversation before the attack.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian man is his early to mid-20s, cleanly shaven, with light eyes and short blond hair. He is approximately 5-feet-1-inch tall, "thin," and was wearing dark clothing and black tennis shoes. He may have red-colored "markings" on his hands.

Investigators believe the man was armed with a handgun and ask the public to use caution if they have contact with someone matching his description.

Anyone who believes they know the identity of the suspect or has information pertinent to this case is asked to call Detective Scott Hogan at 503.618.3141.

No further information is available at this time.



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Vancouver Police investigate shooting
Vancouver Police Dept. - 12/01/16 11:04 AM
Vancouver, Wash. -- On December 1, 2016 at approximately 12:52 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to a shooting at the Quarter Deck Bar (4300 E Fourth Plain Blvd.). Information at this early stage of the investigation indicates that an unknown suspect fired into the bar from outside, hitting two patrons. One person received a significant injury; the other has what appears to be a non-life threatening injury.

The Vancouver Police Major Crimes Unit is investigating and at this time there is no suspect information available and there have been no arrests. Anyone with information is asked to call the Vancouver Police Department.

No further information is available at this time.


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Suspect Arrested in Fatal Stabbing (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 12/01/16 11:03 AM
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Salem Police detectives have arrested a Keizer man in a fatal stabbing that occurred at a crash scene early in the morning on November 28.

Salem Police were called to the intersection of Liberty St SE and Superior St SE at approximately 1:37 am on November 28 on a report of a single vehicle into a tree. Arriving officers found a maroon colored 2006 Chevrolet Trail Blazer that had run into a tree with 32-year old Andrew Ramon of Gervais deceased in the vehicle. There were no other vehicles around.

During an autopsy on the victim, it was determined that he had been stabbed, resulting in his death. Salem Police detectives immediately began an intensive investigation into the victim's death.

The investigation determined that victim Andrew Ramon had been involved in an altercation with 26-year old Darnell Edward Harris of Keizer during the previous evening and/or early morning and had subsequently crashed his vehicle into the tree. Harris came upon the crash scene and stabbed victim Ramon while still in the vehicle, causing Ramon's fatal wounds.

Harris was located late in the afternoon of November 30 and was detained without incident. He was later transported to the Marion County Corrections Facility and lodged on charges of Murder, two counts of Tampering with a Witness and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

The investigation is continuing, and anyone with any information is asked to call Salem Police Detective Corporal Jeff Keniston at 503-588-6050 extension 7163.

Any further media releases in this case will be through the Marion County District Attorney's Office, 503-588-5222.

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Attached Media Files: Darnell Harris
Marion County Sheriff's Office to Take Part in "No Shave November" (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/01/16 8:51 AM
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To the sorrow of many, the beards are officially coming off the faces of Marion County Sheriff's Deputies. Today 76 Deputy Sheriff's will be breaking out their razors and cleaning their faces for all to see. In all the Sheriff's Office raised $3,040.00, which will be given to the Mathew Hill Foundation who will distribute the money to aid in the fight against cancer.



For the first time in Marion County Sheriff's Office history Deputies are putting down their razors and embracing their ability to grow hair. No Shave November has been declared and Sheriff's Office employees are rising to the challenge of making a donation for the break from that daily chore we all dread.

For $40.00 Sheriff's Office staff can take part in No Shave November. The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Deputies will essentially be donating the money what they typically spend on shaving and grooming to help save lives, educate about cancer prevention, and aid those fighting the battle.

Deputies can participate by growing a beard, cultivating a mustache, letting those legs go natural, and skipping that waxing appointment. So we are asking our staff to put down their razors and start growing for a great cause.

All proceeds raised by the Sheriff's Office will be donated directly to "No Shave November." To learn more about the program head to their website at https://no-shave.org/


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Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 11/30/2016
Sandy Police Dept. - 12/01/16 8:14 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 11/30/2016

ESTACADA:

There were no new crimes reported in Estacada yesterday. Woo hoo!

SANDY:

18 2016-2036

On 11/30/2016 at about 1337 hrs., officers took a report regarding harassment in the 38000 block of Sandy Heights Road. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2016-2039

On 11/30/2016 at about 1358 hrs., police responded to the 38000 block of Pioneer Avenue to impound a small baggie of suspected drugs found on the floor. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2016-2038

On 11/30/2016 at about 1407 hrs., police took a theft-from-vehicle report from the 38000 block of Cascadia Village Drive. A report was taken.

18 2016-2040

On 11/30/2016 at about 1511 hrs., officers received a report of a minor in possession of marijuana. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2016-2041

On 11/30/2016 at about 1500 hrs., Muhammad A. Karieh (55, transient), was arrested on three warrants out of Multnomah County. When he was taken to the Clackamas County Jail, jail medical staff determined the man could not be lodged at the jail. He was taken to Willamette Falls Hospital and admitted. The warrants were re-entered.

18 2016-CAD

On 11/30/2016 at about 1951 hrs., police responded to the 39000 block of Dubarko Road regarding a domestic dispute. A report is pending (CAD).
Reminder: OHA today launches plan to end new HIV transmission
Oregon Health Authority - 12/01/16 8:06 AM
Editors: This event will be livestreamed today at 10 a.m. at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoeSaRun8ys

December 1, 2016

What: State and local health officials and HIV/AIDS prevention advocates will launch a five-year plan, called End HIV Oregon, to eliminate new transmission of HIV in Oregon. The event also recognizes Dec. 1 as World AIDS Day.

When: Today, Thursday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Room 1A (first floor).

Who:
-- Lillian Shirley, director, OHA Public Health Division
-- Tricia Tillman, director, Multnomah County Health Department
-- Sean Schafer, MD, medical director, HIV Programs, OHA Public Health Division
-- Panel of people living with HIV
-- Other community partners working to fight HIV and AIDS

Visuals: Three AIDS memorial quilts are on display in the lobby and Room 1A. Also, there will be videos of people living with HIV giving brief testimonials about what an HIV-free Oregon means to them.

Background: End HIV Oregon is Oregon's strategy to end new HIV infections. It builds on decades of work by community members, and public and private agencies on such programs as prevention education, syringe exchange, and quality care and treatment.

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'Shop With A Cop' community event set for Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016; hosted by Clackamas County Peace Officers' Benevolent Foundation (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/01/16 7:00 AM
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Video from previous "Shop With A Cop" events:
2015: https://www.facebook.com/385638251522068/videos/916691008416787/
2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgTik1a7MOs
2013: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otYpLNkB20g
2012: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rf9Xg59ozy8
2011: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tO27OWeZ3CQ
2010: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrBXJt8z3uA

The Clackamas County Peace Officers' Benevolent Foundation co-hosts its 10th annual "Shop with a Cop" charitable event on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 at the Clackamas Wal-Mart (10000 SE 82nd Ave. Happy Valley, OR. 97086).

During "Shop with a Cop," local law-enforcement officers locate children whose low-income families have had some enforcement contact with police, present those children with $100 gift cards, and then shop with them at the Wal-Mart.

Wal-Mart wraps all the gifts for the kids, supplying gift-wrap, ribbon and tags. It's an opportunity for police and kids to get to know one another; any concerns the kids may have had about police are often changed for the better.

This year, the CCPOBF raised enough money to allow approximately 150 children from Clackamas County to participate in the event -- paired with law-enforcement personnel from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, Clackamas County Community Corrections, and the Molalla, Canby, West Linn, Milwaukie, Sandy, and Lake Oswego Police Departments.

Kids were selected by school counselors or school resource officers and came from Canby, Sandy, Milwaukie, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Wilsonville, Oregon City, Estacada, Gladstone, Molalla, Colton and the North Clackamas School District.

This year, children will once again receive $100 Wal-Mart gift certificates and will be "assigned" their very own law-enforcement officers to accompany them during their shopping sprees.

To learn more about "Shop with a Cop," or to donate to the event, visit http://ccpobf.org/christmas-shop-with-a-cop/

Photos from previous 'Shop With A Cop' events are attached to this release, and video from previous years are linked above.

ABOUT 'SHOP WITH A COP'

"Shop with a Cop" helps bridge relationships between children and the police. These children are specifically chosen because their families may have experienced prior law-enforcement activity with police -- creating a significant impact on the child. Witnessing the arrest of a loved one can cause many youngsters to harbor strong negative feelings towards law-enforcement. "Shop with a Cop" presents an opportunity to identify with those children and pair them together with a law-enforcement officer in a positive situation -- shopping for Christmas presents.

Once again, Wal-Mart has graciously donated funds to the event -- in addition to providing Wal-Mart staff and all necessary wrapping paper. Santa will also be there for a photo op.

Along with Wal-Mart's generosity, the event would not be possible without the Clackamas County Benevolent Foundation's support -- provided by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Canby Police Department, Molalla Police Department, West Linn Police Department, Lake Oswego Police Department and public generosity. All had a major hand in contributing financially and physically to this event.

DONATIONS WELCOME

All members of the community are more than welcome to participate in this event by donating -- each $100 donation allows another child to participate in "Shop with a Cop." Info on CCPOBF donations is here: http://ccpobf.org/make-a-donation/

If you prefer, for your convenience, your donations will be accepted at the event.

ABOUT THE CCPOBF

The Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization that assists police officers and their families in Clackamas County when an officer is injured or killed. The Foundation also works closely with programs dedicated to helping at-risk children. To learn more about the CCPOBF, visit http://ccpobf.org/

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Wed. 11/30/16
AARP Oregon Hosts Vital Aging Conference Saturday with Mayor-Elect Ted Wheeler
AARP Oregon - 11/30/16 6:01 PM
Clackamas, Oregon -The state's largest membership organization is hosting a Vital Aging Conference Saturday, December 3 at the Doubletree Hotel in Portland featuring mayor-elect Ted Wheeler as a keynote speaker to talk about his accomplishments as State Treasurer and his vision for creating a community that celebrates people of all ages and abilities. More than 300 people are expected to attend the "sold out" event.

AARP Oregon is the largest membership organization in the state and is hosting the free conference to celebrate older adults and their many opportunities and contributions to our community. "We celebrate all those who own their age," state AARP Oregon State Director Jerry Cohen. We are featuring new ways of living and aging, and the products and solutions that make this possible."
In addition to Wheeler, the conference will feature noted radio personality Rebecca Webb on being an "Encore Entrepreneur," and AARP The Magazine Columnist Ron Burley on how to be a savvy consumer during the holidays. AARP The Magazine is the largest circulating magazine in the world.
"The event is completely at capacity," said AARP Director of Engagement Bandana Shrestha. "Older adults are active consumers and now about 15% of our population. We are thrilled to present an exciting program that highlights contributions of people 50 + -- and obviously there is a great demand for programs that meet the needs of mature adults."

AARP Oregon Vital Aging Conference
When: 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Doubletree Hotel, 1000 NE Multnomah St, Portland, OR 97232
Agenda
8:30 am Registration, Resources, & Refreshments
9:00 am Welcome & Introductions Elaine Friesen-Strang, AARP Oregon Volunteer State President &
Opening Prayers Rose Highbear, Wisdom of Elders
9:15 am Creating a Community for All Ages, Ted Wheeler, State Treasurer & Mayor Elect
9:35 am The Pivotal Power of Health Storytelling Dr. Joanne R. Warner
10:05 am Encore Entrepreneurship Rebecca Webb
10:20 am Break, Resources, & Refreshments
10:40 am Tai Chi Edward Brewington
10:50 am Frauds and Scams And Consumer Tips for the Holidays Ron Burley
11:30am Vital Aging: What Next?! Paul Iarrobino
11:45am Grant High School Royal Blues Choir
Noon Drawings & Adjourn
Media alert: OHA to launch plan to end new HIV transmission
Oregon Health Authority - 11/30/16 4:05 PM
Editors: This event will be live-streamed at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday, Dec. 1) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoeSaRun8ys

November 30, 2016

What: State and local health officials and HIV/AIDS prevention advocates will launch a five-year plan, called End HIV Oregon, to eliminate new transmission of HIV in Oregon. The event also celebrates Dec. 1 as World AIDS Day.

When: Thursday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Room 1A (first floor).

Who:
Lillian Shirley, director, OHA Public Health Division
Tricia Tillman, director, Multnomah County Health Department
Sean Schafer, MD, medical director, HIV Programs, OHA Public Health Division
Panel of people living with HIV
Other community partners working to fight HIV and AIDS

Visuals: At least two AIDS memorial quilts will be on display. Also, there will be videos of people living with HIV giving brief testimonials about what an HIV-free Oregon means to them.

Background: End HIV Oregon is Oregon's five-year strategy to end new HIV infections. It builds on decades of work by community members, and public and private agencies on such programs as prevention education, syringe exchange, and quality care and treatment.

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Family Forestland committee meets December 5
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 11/30/16 3:43 PM
In recent years, family forest landowners have raised concerns regarding seed and seedling availability for reforestation, of particular importance to landowners with smaller tracts of land. The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet on Dec. 5 to hear from Oregon Department of Forestry staff about the issue and continue discussions about potential solutions. The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry's Headquarters, Tillamook Room, Building D, 2600 State St., Salem.

The agenda also includes:
-Next steps in review of streamside protections in Eastern Oregon and the Siskiyous
-Willamette Partnership: An overview of ecosystem services
-Update from ODF's Protection Division on Smoke Management

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.
Loren 'Renn' Cannon Named Special Agent in Charge of the Portland Division
FBI - Oregon - 11/30/16 3:38 PM
FBI Director James B. Comey has named Loren "Renn" Cannon as the special agent in charge of the Portland Division. Mr. Cannon most recently served as the section chief of the Leadership Development Program in the Human Resources Branch at FBI Headquarters.

Mr. Cannon entered on duty with the FBI in 1998 and began his career in the San Francisco Division, San Jose Resident Agency, where he investigated violent crime, drug trafficking organizations, and international terrorism. Mr. Cannon also served as the San Francisco SWAT senior team leader.

Throughout his career, Mr. Cannon has held leadership positions in the San Francisco Joint Terrorism Task Force, as the deputy on-scene commander in Afghanistan, and as the assistant legal attachť in Sydney, Australia.

Mr. Cannon will assume this new role in late January.
District Attorney Review Concerning the May 30, 2016 Officer Involved Shooting
Tualatin Police Dept. - 11/30/16 3:21 PM
The Washington County District Attorney released the decision letter concerning the May 30, 2016 incident involving Robert Wickizer in Tualatin.

The review is attached on the following pages.


Attached Media Files: 2016-11/858/99635/OIS_053016-001_Update_2.pdf
Stabbing Victim Succumbs to Injuries -- Suspect Indicted for Murder (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/30/16 3:00 PM
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On November 29, 2016, 50-year-old Charles Anthony Longjaw was indicted by a Multnomah County Grand Jury on a charge of Murder. He will be arraigned on Thursday December 1, 2016.

This investigation started on Sunday November 20, 2016, at 6:02 p.m., when Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a stabbing at Southwest 3rd Avenue and Oak Street.

Officers and medical personnel arrived in the area and located the victim, 43-year-old Mark Sandoval Whelan, suffering from stab wounds. Whelan was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment to serious injuries requiring multiple surgeries. On November 26, Whelan succumbed to those injuries.

Officers canvassing the area found a blood trail leading to the intersection of Southwest 4th Avenue and Pine Street. Limited information that night indicated that two males ran from the area, one described as a Hispanic or Native American male in his 30s.

Assault Detail detectives were able to identify Longjaw as the suspect and he was subsequently arrested on November 21, booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Assault in the First Degree and Assault in the Second Degree. Longjaw was additionally held on a parole violation.

Anyone with information about this stabbing is asked to contact Detective Brad Clifton at 503-823-0696, brad.clifton@portlandoregon.gov.

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Oregon Health Policy Board to meet December 6 in Portland at OHSU
Oregon Health Authority - 11/30/16 2:52 PM
November 30, 2016

Contact: Jeff Scroggin, 541-999-6983, jeffrey.scroggin@state.or.us (meeting information or accommodations)

Includes discussion, updates and possible votes to approve policy recommendations and health care workforce committee membership

What: The monthly public meeting of the Oregon Health Policy Board

When: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3303 SW Bond Ave., third floor, room 4. The meeting also will be available via live-stream. A link to the live-stream and a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2016-OHPB-Meetings.aspx. Members of the public can also call in to listen at 1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042#.

Agenda: Director's report; Governor's office update; primary care payment reform discussion and possible vote; Workforce Committee membership update and possible vote; behavioral health discussion; "CCOs of the future" discussion and possible vote; public testimony

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2016-OHPB-Meetings.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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Southern Oregon University welcomes health enrollment event
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 11/30/16 2:25 PM
(Salem) -- Students at Southern Oregon University are invited to sign up for health insurance during an enrollment event that will include free in-person help with the application process.

The event, which is also open to residents of Jackson County, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8, at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., in Ashland.

The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is hosting the enrollment fair in partnership with the university. The event arrives as open enrollment -- for those who buy plans on their own because they do not have coverage through their employer -- runs through Jan. 31.

Attendees should bring the following household information:
Social security numbers and birth dates
Immigration documentation
Employer and income information
Federal tax information
Policy numbers and plan names for current insurance.

Enrollment can get confusing. It may be difficult for people to navigate on their own. That is why help from an expert is available.

"These enrollment events are all about connecting people to the information they need, helping them understand their options, and signing them up for the plan that best suits them," said Natasha Egoroff, outreach and education coordinator for the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace.

More information
The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace offers general information for consumers through a local service center, which can be reached by calling 855-268-3767 (toll-free) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by email at info.marketplace@oregon.gov

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The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.
Vancouver firefighters seek donations for annual winter coat drive
City of Vancouver - 11/30/16 2:19 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The Vancouver Fire Department and Vancouver Firefighters Union will kick off their annual winter coat drive on Dec. 1. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 16.

Firefighters are partnering with the 45th Columbia River Scouts, America's Self Storage and The Source Climbing Gym to collect and distribute the donated coats to local children through several charitable organizations.

"We are specifically seeking donations of warm, winter coats in youth and teen sizes, but all sizes are appreciated," said Vancouver Firefighter Ben Burtle, who is coordinating the drive.

In addition to winter coats, Vancouver firefighters are requesting donations of new, unopened personal hygiene products, such as shampoo, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste.

Donations can be dropped off at the following locations Dec. 1-16:

Vancouver Fire Station 2
400 E. 37th St. (corner of Main Street)

America's Self Storage
108 NW 139th St.
360-989-2179

The Source Climbing Gym
1118 Main St.

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Health enrollment fair headed to Clackamas Community College
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 11/30/16 2:17 PM
(Salem) -- Students at Clackamas Community College are invited to sign up for health insurance during an enrollment event that will include free in-person help with the application process.

The event, which is also open to residents of Clackamas County, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Clackamas Community College, 19600 Molalla Ave., in Oregon City

The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is hosting the enrollment fair in partnership with the college. The event arrives as open enrollment -- for those who buy plans on their own because they do not have coverage through their employer -- runs through Jan. 31.

Attendees should bring the following household information:
Social security numbers and birth dates
Immigration documentation
Employer and income information
Federal tax information
Policy numbers and plan names for current insurance.

Enrollment can get confusing. It may be difficult for people to navigate on their own. That is why help from an expert is available.

"These enrollment events are all about connecting people to the information they need, helping them understand their options, and signing them up for the plan that best suits them," said Natasha Egoroff, outreach and education coordinator for the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace.

More information
The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace offers general information for consumers through a local service center, which can be reached by calling 855-268-3767 (toll-free) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by email at info.marketplace@oregon.gov

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The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.
Vancouver Police unveil student-painted mural
Vancouver Police Dept. - 11/30/16 2:16 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- On December 2, 2016, the Vancouver Police Department will host an unveiling ceremony for a student-painted mural that is being permanently displayed at the Vancouver Police West Precinct.

Date: Friday, December 2, 2016
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Vancouver Police West Precinct (2800 NE Stapleton Rd.)

The mural project involved students from Ft. Vancouver High School, including Teo Huerta Jaramillo (current senior) and Manuel Avalos (Ft. Vancouver graduate), in coordination with muralist Rodofo Serna.

This event is open to the public.


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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
Battle Ground City Council seeks applicants for Council Position No. 6
City of Battle Ground - 11/30/16 1:57 PM
The Battle Ground City Council is seeking applications from citizens interested in serving an unexpired term for Battle Ground Council Position No. 6, which expires in December of 2017.

An eligible applicant must be a registered voter in Clark County and have been a resident of the City of Battle Ground continuously for at least one year preceding the appointment.

The City Council meets regularly on the first and third Monday of each month for a study session that begins at 6 pm and the general meeting that begins at 7 pm. City Councilmembers often have committee meetings and other time obligations in addition to council meetings.

Detailed information and application are available at www.cityofbg.org/council-application or at Battle Ground City Hall (2nd floor) located at 109 SW 1st Street in Battle Ground. Completed applications must be received by 4 pm on Thursday, December 14, 2016.

To request additional information about the vacancy or application process, please contact City Clerk Kay Kammer at 360-342-5008 or kay.kammer@cityofbg.org.
Police Bureau Releasing Arrest Reports from November 21 Protest (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/30/16 1:49 PM
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The Portland Police Bureau is releasing all police reports associated with the November 21, 2016 arrests of three people: 23-year-old Greg McKelvey, 23-year-old Micah Rhodes and 24-year-old Kathryn Stevens. These reports are being released due to the public and media interest in these arrests.

The reports are available for download at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/docs/16374346.pdf

Late yesterday, the Bureau was made aware via social media of a seven-second piece of video showing a Portland Police Bureau officer attempting to use a mandibular angle pressure point on Stevens as she was being arrested. This action is documented in officers' reports (pages 4 and 33 of documents).

The Bureau is also aware of a longer section (1:30:51) of KPTV Fox 12 video that shows much of the protest activities leading to the arrests https://www.facebook.com/fox12oregon/videos/10154837858948701/

Specifically, at approximately 52:30, there is a different angle of the arrests of McKelvey and Stevens, providing greater context to the seven-second video.

As with all arrests and uses of force by police, officers write reports documenting the sequence of events and justifications for any use of force. Those reports are subject to an administrative review to determine if the force was within policy. If the actions of an officer are found to be in violation of policy, the officer may be subject to discipline. An overview of the discipline guide can be reviewed at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/482707

"I take any allegations of improper force and misconduct seriously," said Chief Mike Marshman. "I demand that all officers' conduct is within the law, policy and consistent with the values of the community and the Portland Police Bureau."

If you witnessed actions by a police officer that you feel rise to the level of misconduct, you are encouraged to file a report with the Office of Independent Police Review at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/ipr/52031

We asked that you provide as much information as possible, including any photos, videos or documents.

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***UPDATE***Hillsboro Police Search For Hit and Run Driver - Suspect Located
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 11/30/16 12:24 PM
This release updates the prior release listed below

On 11/29/16 at 6 PM the hit and run suspect in this case came to HPD and turned himself in.

The officer investigating this case interviewed him and checked the suspect vehicle.
He is identified as Christopher Parmelee, age 25 of Hillsboro. He was arrested for Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (injury related). He was cited and released for the felony crime.

The victim in this case remains hospitalized in serious condition.


PRIOR RELEASE:
On November 27, 2016 at 4:50 PM Hillsboro Police patrol officers responded to a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash on Minter Bridge Rd near River Rd in Hillsboro.

The driver of a Ford truck struck a 75 year old female pedestrian and fled the scene. The woman suffered a head injury and possibly some internal injuries. She was transported to the hospital via ambulance and is in serious condition.

The suspect vehicle is described as late '90's Ford F-150 pick up truck, red and white or silver 2-tone with a red canopy. The vehicle will likely have a broken front turn signal. No description of the driver/suspect available.

Persons may call Hillsboro police at 503 681 6175 with any information.


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Mall theft leads to pursuit, crash, two arrests. (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/30/16 11:53 AM
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Mall clothing theft leads to pursuit, crash, two arrests

Please reference CCSO Case #16-32720

At approximately 3:05 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the area of Clackamas Town Center (12000 SE 82nd Ave., in unincorporated Happy Valley) on a report of a theft from the Forever 21 store.

Two women -- later identified as Nina Jackson, 19, of Vancouver, and Chaniq Green, 20, of Vancouver -- had allegedly filled two bags full of clothing and then fled the store without paying.

A suspect vehicle description was provided by dispatchers to deputies as they responded to the call.

One of the responding deputies spotted the suspect vehicle driving northbound on SE Bob Schumacher. The deputy activated lights and attempted to pull over the vehicle. The suspect vehicle accelerated away from the deputy, fleeing the scene at a high rate of speed.

The deputy pursued, losing sight of the vehicle. He soon located the suspect vehicle -- flipped on its top in a driveway at 11030 SE 92nd Ct.

Ms. Jackson and Ms. Green had fled the crashed vehicle on foot, and were stopped and arrested while attempting to scale a fence of a nearby property.

Ms. Jackson and Ms. Green were transported to a local hospital for evaluation and then transported to Clackamas County Jail. Both Ms. Jackson and Ms. Green sustained minor injuries due to the crash.

Ms. Green (the suspect vehicle's driver) was charged with:
- Theft II
- Hit and Run -- Injury
- Attempt to Elude Peace Officer X2
- Reckless Driving
Chaniq Green's complete booking info is here: https://web3.clackamas.us/roster/inmates/inmate.jsp?id=2016032720 Her bail was set at $52,500.

Ms. Jackson was charged with:
- Theft II
- Interfering with a Peace Officer

The alleged stolen property was recovered in the vehicle and returned to Forever 21.

Crash-scene and booking photos are attached.

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News-release archive:
http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/newsarchive.html


Attached Media Files: Green, Chaniq , Jackson, Nina , Crash Scene 2 , Crash Scene 1
Sheriff's Response to 2014 Tragic Death in the Washington County Jail
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/30/16 11:41 AM
November 30, 2016 - In April of 2014, Madaline Pitkin passed away while under medical care at the Washington County Jail. In response to this incident, the Sheriff stated, "On behalf of everyone at the Washington County Sheriff's Office, I express my deepest sympathies and condolences to Ms. Pitkin's family and friends. Madaline Pitkin's death was a tragedy, and we remain committed to taking decisive steps to make sure that we have the highest level of health care available."

The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office concluded Ms. Pitkin died from "complications of chronic intravenous drug abuse" and the circumstances of her death appear to indicate her medical care, provided by the contracted health care provider Corizon, was inadequate. In the seven days Ms. Pitkin was in the jail, deputies repeatedly expressed concern about her condition to Corizon staff. On April 23, 2014, the deputy supervising the unit where Ms. Pitkin was housed was concerned about Ms. Pitkin, and made calls to Corizon staff requesting she be seen. Ms. Pitkin was transferred to the jail's medical observation unit shortly thereafter. The following day, April 24, Ms. Pitkin collapsed and jail staff did their very best to revive her.

During the normal administrative review of medical records in the days following Ms. Pitkin's death, the Sheriff was shocked and dismayed to learn of Corizon's apparent lack of response to her written requests for medical help. Accordingly, the Sheriff asked the District Attorney to assign the County's Major Crimes Team to conduct a criminal investigation of Ms. Pitkin's death. The investigation did not find criminal wrongdoing, but it did document several very troubling issues with the care Ms. Pitkin received.

Further disappointing is the fact that in the two years from Ms. Pitkin's death, Corizon remains unwilling to resolve this claim without forcing Ms. Pitkin's family to file a federal lawsuit and relive their daughter's tragic death. Corizon took a similar approach in dealing with the death of an Oregon inmate at another jail, Kelly Conrad Green, who died under their care in 2013. Corizon settled the Green case last year shortly before trial by paying Green's family seven million dollars. As a result of these facts, and because Corizon refuses to comply with contract provisions which require they indemnify the County for Corizon's negligent performance, Washington County will likely join plaintiff in filing claims against Corizon related to this incident.

In 2015, Washington County began contracting with a new medical provider for the jail. The new provider -- NaphCare -- has demonstrated a clear commitment to significantly improve services for inmates. NaphCare's own initiative has resulted in health professionals having better access to inmates which provides more effective and efficient medical care. Sheriff Garrett said, "I could not be more pleased with their performance to date. Strong partnerships with professionals from the County Health Department and NaphCare will help ensure a more comprehensive and compassionate approach to inmate care."
MEDIA ALERT: REACH Home Repair Project Helps Longtime Homeowners Remain in the Lents Community
REACH Community Development - 11/30/16 11:40 AM
What: REACH Community Development Home Repair Project
Critical repairs help longtime homeowners remain in the Lents community

When: Friday, December 2nd, 2016 11:00am -- 12:00pm

Where: 8636 SE Schiller St, Portland, OR

Hosted by: Claire & Jack Lamme, SE Portland homeowners, and REACH clients

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

REACH's Community Builders Program provides critical home repairs to help 77 low-income Lents homeowners retain their homes and remain in their communities each year, thanks to a grant award from the Portland Housing Bureau(PHB). Friday's home repair project is an example of work being done to address the need for safety and accessibility repairs for aging homeowners.

Thanks to a generous in-kind labor donation from Joseph Ketner Construction, Claire & Jack Lamme will receive a new wheel chair ramp that will help them age safely in their home. The longtime senior homeowners live in the Lents community, a neighborhood of SE Portland at risk of gentrification and displacement due to rising housing costs.

Lack of funds to make accessibility modifications (ie. wheel chair ramps, grab bars, etc.) can often lead to someone leaving their home. Through this PHB grant, REACH is helping low-income households in the Lents neighborhood retain their homes. The Community Builders Program focuses on providing free home repairs for senior or disabled homeowners living on a low-income.

The full scope of work for Mr. & Mrs. Lamme's home includes:

Installation of accessibility ramp to increase mobility
Installation of grab bars in bathroom to improve accessibility and prevent falls
Gutter cleaning


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Gresham Police Watch for DUII Drivers and Enforce Safety Belt Laws
Gresham Police Dept - 11/30/16 10:30 AM
GRESHAM, Ore. -- The Gresham Police Department has been awarded a 2017 "DUII Enforcement for High Visibility Enforcements" grant from Oregon Impact and a "Safety Belt Enforcement" grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation. Officers will conduct specific safety enforcement missions now through September 2017. Along with other local agencies, these missions are aimed at keeping drivers and pedestrians safe throughout Oregon.

DUII Enforcement Grant

High visibility enforcement, increasing the number of officers on the streets who aggressively seek drunk drivers, is designed to deter people from driving after they have been drinking. Officers will be looking for drunk drivers during this holiday season, specifically between Dec. 15, 2016 and Jan. 1, 2017.

Ways to prevent impaired driving:
?,? Stop alcohol service long before the event is over
?,? Prepare for guests to stay the night, or assist with calling for cab service
?,? Choose a responsible designated driver
?,? Serve plenty of food to help lessen the effects of alcohol
?,? Offer a wide range of non-alcoholic beverages
?,? Report impaired drivers by calling 911

Safety Belt Enforcement Grant

Oregon law requires children under one year of age, or weighing less than 20 pounds, to be restrained in a rear-facing child safety seat. It also requires children weighing under 40 pounds be restrained in a child safety seat. Children over 40 pounds must be in either a child safety seat or booster seat, until they are eight years old or four-feet-nine-inches tall and the adult safety belt system fits them correctly.

The Oregon Department of Transportation reports, on average, safety belts reduce the chance of being killed in a collision by 55 percent. In regards to infants under one-year-old, the proper use of child safety restraints can reduce their chances of fatal injuries by 71 percent.

In order to ensure child safety seats are being used correctly, refer to the manufacturer's instructions, your vehicle owner's manual, or visit a local child seat fitting station. You can find more information about fitting stations at the following websites: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources.


Oregon law also states any person under 18-years-old is not allowed to ride in the open bed of a pickup truck, with very few exceptions. See ORS 811.205, Carrying Minor on External Part of Vehicle, for details.
Science on Tap Portland -- What Doesn't Kill You... How Early Experiences Shape You, Your Health, and Your Kids
Via Productions - 11/30/16 10:08 AM
Date: Tuesday, December 6, 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, popcorn, and snacks available.

Your experiences in early childhood are not just the beginning of your life story, rather, they set the tone for how you will respond to life events for years to come. Childhood experiences that are consistently stressful or traumatic get "under the skin" and shape the brain and the body in ways that put us at risk for mental and physical health problems as adults. These experiences can also affect the way we parent our children. At this Science on Tap, Sara Waters, PhD, professor of Human Development at WSU Vancouver, will talk about how and why traumatic childhood experiences stay inside our minds and bodies for a lifetime and what we can do about it. She will talk about her research on how parents transmit stress to their children and intervention programs that help heal the effects of early trauma.

This is a repeat of the talk held at the Kiggins Theater in Vancouver on October 12, 2016.

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Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don't have to be a science geek to have fun -- all you need is a thirst for knowledge!

For more information on Science on Tap, visit Via Productions.
362nd Basic Police Class to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 11/30/16 8:55 AM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 362nd Basic Police Class.

The Basic Police Class is 16-weeks in length and includes dozens of training areas including survival skills, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, ethics, cultural diversity, problem solving, community policing, elder abuse, drug recognition, and dozens of other subjects.

Basic Police Class 362 will graduate at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE in Salem, Oregon on Friday, December 9, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with a reception immediately following the graduation. Police Chief Kirk Sanfilippo of the Sutherlin Police Department will be the guest speaker.

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training would like to invite you to join us in observing the ceremony and congratulating Basic Police #BP362 on their successful completion of basic training.

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.

Graduating members of BP362:

Police Officer Hector Aguilar
Forest Grove Police Department

Police Officer Andrew Albrecht
Tualatin Police Department

Police Officer Ashley Alliman
Sutherlin Police Department

Police Officer Jesse Baker
North Plains Police Department

Trooper Mary Balakas
Oregon State Police

Police Officer David Bartlett
Tillamook Police Department

Police Officer Tanner Brooks
Bend Police Department

Police Officer Kyle Buchholz
Dallas Police Department

Trooper Gina Caianiello
Oregon State Police

Deputy Sheriff Kyle Cutsforth
Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Derek Evans
Grants Pass Dept of Public Safety

Police Officer Morgan Fitzgerald
Albany Police Department

Police Officer Julio Garcia-Cash
Springfield Police Department

Trooper Justin Hay
Oregon State Police

Police Officer Andrew Huffman
Portland Police Bureau

Trooper Jake Hyde
Oregon State Police

Police Officer Emmy Ivarsson
Portland Police Bureau

Trooper James Jarrell
Oregon State Police

Police Officer Anela Javor
Mt. Angel Police Department

Police Officer Brook Johnson
Grants Pass Dept of Public Safety

Trooper Isaiah Johnston
Oregon State Police

Trooper Daniel Ketcham
Oregon State Police

Police Officer Matthew Krump
Forest Grove Police Department

Police Officer Sheung Lau
Portland Police Bureau

Trooper Aaron Likens
Oregon State Police

Police Officer Christopher Lynch
Monmouth Police Department

Trooper Kurtis Matthews
Oregon State Police

Police Officer Griffin McDowell
Salem Police Department

Police Officer Travis McMasters
Pendleton Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Bryan Morris
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Britton Nelson
Canby Police Department

Police Officer Conner O'Leary
Springfield Police Department

Police Officer Tiago Oliveira
Bend Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Aaron Porter
Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Ryan Seymour
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Trooper Benjamin Stinnett
Oregon State Police

Police Officer Todd Trapp
Portland Police Bureau

Police Officer Markus Williams
Umatilla Tribal Police Department

Police Officer Shane Wilson
Prineville Police Department



## 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 Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
Vancouver Police and Nautilus Inc. combine holiday shopping event (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 11/30/16 8:41 AM
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Vancouver, Wash. -- On Saturday, December 3, 2016, the Vancouver Police Officer's Guild (VPOG) and Nautilus Inc. will be hosting a huge shopping event for kids. This will be the first year combining the Nautilus Holiday Helper event with Shop With A Cop. This combined event will allow over 80 kids the opportunity to shop with Vancouver Police officers and Nautilus staff!

Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016
Time: 5:30 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.
Location: Target (16200 NE Mill Plain Blvd.)

This will be the 24th anniversary of Shop With A Cop and the 13th year for Nautilus Holiday Helpers.

"I am so thrilled that the Vancouver Police Officer's Guild and Nautilus are able to combine their events this year to create one giant shopping event. I want to acknowledge the generosity of the VPOG members and Nautilus to host these holiday shopping events each year and appreciate the opportunity for our staff to help spread a little holiday joy to kids in need", says Vancouver Police Chief James McElvain.

"Through the Nautilus Cares program, we strive to be a strong partner in the communities in which we live and work," said Wayne Bolio, SVP Law & Human Resources at Nautilus, Inc. "This is our 13th year partnering with the Vancouver Police Department for Holiday Helper, one of the most anticipated event of the year for our employees and their families."

Each year the Vancouver Police Officers Guild and Nautilus work with multiple social service agencies in the community that serve families in need to identify and select the children to participate in these shopping events (all children have already been pre-selected by the social service agencies and this event is not open to the general public).

Members of the media are invited and encouraged to attend and will have access to the store at 5:30a.m., with the kids arriving at approximately 5:45a.m.

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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers


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West Linn PD to Participate in High Visibility DUII Enforcement During the Holidays
West Linn Police Dept. - 11/30/16 8:37 AM
The West Linn Police Department thanks you for helping us keep our roadways safe during the long Thanksgiving weekend. With aid from a grant through Oregon Impact, the West Linn Police Department deployed extra patrol officers and arrested 10 drivers for DUII during the month of November. We will continue to work to keep our streets safe during your Christmas and New Year's celebrations. The State of Oregon's reigning two time DUII Officer of the Year is West Linn Officer Jim Abeles. Officer Abeles has made 115 DUII arrests so far this year. Officer Abeles is one of many reasons why West Linn is one of the safest cities in the United States.

WHAT CAN I DO TO KEEP WEST LINN SAFE? We are asking for your help in reporting suspected intoxicated drivers. If you see what you believe is the unsafe operation of a motor vehicle: First, stay as far away from the other vehicle as possible. Second, DO NOT not try to pass the vehicle or signal the driver to pull over. Doing so could result in a collision. Third, take notice of the license plate number along with details of the vehicle including make, model and color. However, make sure you don't compromise your own safety trying to obtain this information. Finally, pull over and call 911. Give the exact location of the vehicle, including the name of the road or cross streets and the direction the vehicle is travelling. Give a complete description of the vehicle and the manner in which the vehicle is being driven. If possible, give your name and contact information so an officer can talk to you later. West Linn Police Officers have made numerous DUII arrests because citizens have followed these steps for reporting suspected intoxicated drivers.

Please don't drink and drive, there are easier ways to get face time with your favorite West Linn Police Officer!

Thank you, on behalf of all Law Enforcement working in Clackamas County. We wish you a safe holiday season.

Sgt. B. Wade Corbin

West Linn Police Department
Artist Lillian Pitt to Unveil Latest Collection of Art and Jewelry at Fort Vancouver Visitor Center (Photo)
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 11/30/16 8:36 AM
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On December 3, 2016, from 11 am to 3 pm, artist Lillian Pitt will unveil her latest collection of fine Native American-inspired jewelry and art sculpture at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center bookstore. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Fort Vancouver.

Pitt is a renowned contemporary Native artist, and has had her artwork featured in museums and galleries throughout the Pacific Northwest.

The Fort Vancouver Visitor Center is located at 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98661. This event is free and open to the public.


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Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 11/29/2016
Sandy Police Dept. - 11/30/16 7:55 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 11/29/2016

ESTACADA:

No new crimes were reported yesterday in Estacada. Woo hoo!

SANDY:

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On 11/29/2016 at 1221 hrs., police received a phone report regarding an assault that occurred in April in the 38000 block of Sandy Heights Street. The caller claimed that a man she had been caring for in his home had poisoned her and her friend, and they were still sick from it. An investigation showed that the man did not appear to have intentionally
harmed anyone, and no charges are being filed.

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On 11/29/2016 at 1418 hrs., the police responded to a two vehicle non-injury traffic crash
on Pioneer Blvd near Beers Avenue. A report is pending.

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On 121/29/2016 at about 2051 hrs., police received a report of credit card fraud. A report is pending (CAD).
A Holiday Concert to Lift the Spirits
Mortensen Communications - 11/30/16 7:00 AM
Portland, OR -- (Nov 22, 2016) A partnership between local charities and benefactors will provide tickets for hundreds of families to attend Michael Allen Harrison's Christmas at the Old Church concerts this December.

IN 2015 the concert series celebrated its 25th anniversary, breaking all attendance records, playing to thousands of concertgoers over its 25-show run at Old Church in Southwest Portland.

Over the years, businesses and foundations have helped to sponsored the series making it possible for those who may not have the financial means to attend the show.

This year, thanks to sponsorship by Sure ID and the Hedinger Family Foundation, there will be 2,000 tickets offered to families in need, twice the number of free tickets that were available to last year's shows.

Many of the families attending the holiday concerts will come from Birch Community Services (BCS), a non-profit organization founded by Barry and Suzanne Birch. BCS, also celebrating its 25-year anniversary, offers food, clothing and financial management classes to working-poor families.

In a recent article in the Gresham Outlook, BCS Board Chair Mark Childs said that organization's "strategy of partnership with working, struggling families who fall between the cracks, has enabled (BCS) to foster a culture of dignity and accountability, giving us the opportunity to instill hope and provide product from family to family."

This year will be his first year working with BCS, and for Harrison, the relationship is personal.

"I've known several families who have turned to BCS over the years, and have seen, firsthand, how successfully their program runs," he said. "There are many wonderful organizations out there making a difference, and BCS is one that both serves and empowers its clients to improve their lives."

Harrison also works with the Salvation Army, veterans' groups and others to bring families out to the concerts. Through the support of corporate and individual sponsors, Harrison says the performers "have the ability to share the warmth of holiday spirit with people from all walks of life -- it is a gift for all of us!"

The Concerts

Michael Allen Harrison's Christmas at the Old Church is celebrating 26 years as one of Portland's most beloved holiday traditions. The 2016 shows will include performances by regular cast members Julianne Johnson, Bill Lamb and American Idol finalist Haley Johnsen.

New additions to the show this year include We Three, a multi-talented sister-and-brothers group from McMinnville.

There will also be special appearances by Bill "The Schonz" Schonely and Thomas Ellis, son of guitarist Tim Ellis, a local music icon who passed away of cancer earlier in 2016.

To sponsor a family, email MAH@teleport.com, or call (503) 568-9134.

EVENT: Christmas at the Old Church
DATES: Dec 10-26 at the Old Church in SW Portland (22 shows)
TICKET LINE: (503) 568-9134
TICKETS: www.michaelallenharrison.com
BCS WEBSITE: http://www.birchcommunityservices.org
Man who nearly died of heroin overdose thanks Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputy who saved him; video available
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/30/16 6:30 AM
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B-ROLL VIDEO for news outlets -- featuring sound-bite interviews and more (.m4v format):
https://www.dropbox.com/s/npqifpw8szyyynj/NarcanSaveBRoll-CCSO.m4v?dl=0
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A Clackamas County man who nearly died of a heroin overdose is speaking out from jail about the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Patrol deputy who saved his life.

Sheriff's Office Deputies Karen Moss and Steve Martin were out on patrol on Tuesday, Oct. 25 when they arrived at a home on River Road in Milwaukie and found Kaleb Johnson-Hawney lying on the floor of the garage, unresponsive.

He had overdosed on heroin.

"I injected it and felt fine for about five minutes, but then I started walking around and then next thing I know the cops and everyone was around," said Johnson-Hawney. "When I woke up my chest hurt really bad -- obviously from my heart going out and starting again."

Deputy Moss administered two doses of a drug called Narcan to Johnson-Hawney. Within minutes, he began breathing again.

Narcan quickly blocks the effects of opioids on the brain -- allowing a person suffering breathing problems due to an overdose to be revived. A person close to death is suddenly awake and breathing again.

"Deputy Karen Moss, thank you -- I could have died," said Johnson-Hawney.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Patrol deputies began carrying Narcan kits earlier this year. Since then, Clackamas County deputies have saved three people overdosing on heroin. Deputy Moss says she is just thankful to have been there that day.

"In this job, we might save lives every day and never know it, you get a drunk driver off the road, drugs out of someone's pocket -- but to know you saved a life is amazing," said Deputy Moss.

Johnson-Hawney said he has been using heroin since he was 13 years old. Now 22, he hopes to finally get help for his addiction, and has this message for others who may be struggling with substance abuse.

"You should stop before it's too late -- you never know what can happen," said Johnson-Hawney.

Johnson-Hawney remains housed at the Clackamas County Jail on unrelated charges.

"He's a heroin user, and he's scared for when he gets out -- that if he has nowhere to go, he will relapse again," said Deputy Martin. "I just hope he seeks the help he needs."

"I just hope it is his rock bottom, and he stops digging and gets some help," said Deputy Moss.

Currently, 26 deputies carry Narcan kits in their patrol cars. All of the deputies have gone through special training to administer the life-saving medication.

BACKGROUND: To read an earlier (Aug. 3, 2016) press release on the Sheriff's Office's deployment of Narcan, click here:
http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/pressreleases/2016-08-03-CCSOPR-NarcanSuccess.html

VIDEO SOUND-BITES AVAILABLE

B-roll and soundbites from Deputy Moss, Deputy Martin, and Kaleb Johnson-Hawney -- are available to news outlets. You can download the video files (.m4v format) from this Dropbox link:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/npqifpw8szyyynj/NarcanSaveBRoll-CCSO.m4v?dl=0

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Tue. 11/29/16
Salem couple claim $6.8 million Oregon's Game Megabucks prize
Oregon Lottery - 11/29/16 4:56 PM
Nov. 29, 2016 - Salem, Ore. -- A Saturday afternoon stop for fuel turned into $6.8 million for a Salem couple.

Angela and Brian Feiring, long-time residents of Salem, won the $6.8 Oregon's Game Megabucks Jackpot after stopping at the South Salem Shell, located on South Commercial.

"We always do quick pick and the numbers we got had our daughter's birthday in them, so we thought they might be lucky," Angela said.

By winning the $6.8 million jackpot, Feiring became Oregon's 257th Megabucks millionaire. The Feirings opted to take the one-time lump sum cash payment option, and took home approximately $2.2 million after taxes.

The winning numbers were 7-18-26-33-38-40 for the Saturday, Nov. 26, drawing. The Feirings matched all six numbers with their quick pick ticket.

Oregon's Game Megabucks numbers are drawn every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

The South Salem Shell sold the winning ticket and will receive a 1-percent selling bonus for selling the winning ticket, bringing in $68,0000 to the store in South Salem off Commercial Street. Sanjay Prasad, owner of the store, when he learned about the bonus said that he hadn't thought about what he was going to do with the money.

"I was planning renovations to the store. We really need a new roof, so the money came in at the right time!" he said.

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

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


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Salem Police Arrest Burglary Suspect After Entering Occupied Residences (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 11/29/16 4:34 PM
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Salem Police Officers arrested a suspect after he entered two occupied residences in northeast Salem early in the morning on November 26.

Officers were dispatched to the area of the Hawthorne Ave NE and Felina Ave NE at 4:57 am on November 26 on a report of a suspect who was peering into and shining a flashlight into apartment windows in the 3300 block of Felina Ave NE. As officers were responding to this call, another call was received from another residence in the 3800 block of Felina where a male suspect had just entered that residence and had fled on foot.

Responding officers were checking the area when they spotted a suspect hanging out of a window of an apartment in the 4400 block of Felina Ave NE. The suspect's upper body was inside of the window with his legs hanging out the outside. When the officer approached, the suspect jumped back out of the window and fled on foot. The suspect climbed over a fence, jumped into thick brush, fell into a creek and attempted to flee further, but was surrounded by officers and surrendered.

As officers continued their investigation, they determined that the suspect, 20-year old Timothy Christian Desjarlais, had entered two separate apartments as well as three vehicles in the area and had removed property from those vehicles. The property from those thefts was returned to the victims.

Desjarlais was arrested and lodged in the Marion County Corrections Facility on two counts of Burglary in the First Degree, Interfering with a Police Officer and Parole Violation.

Desjarlais was also arrested by Salem Police officers on July 30, 2016 on Burglary and theft charges for entering an occupied residence and also breaking into vehicles in south Salem.

A photo of Desjarlais is attached.

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Help Doernbecher Children's Hospital by Voting for South Salem Ace Hardware's Holiday Display (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 11/29/16 2:49 PM
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Oregonians can help Doernbecher's Children's Hospital by voting for South Salem Ace Hardware's holiday display on Facebook (www.facebook.com/southsalemacehardware).

Local Ace retailers all across the country have been busy getting their stores in the holiday spirit. South Salem Ace Hardware, located at 706 Madrona Avenue SE in Salem, is competing with other Ace Hardware stores around the nation for the best holiday display. Photos of the displays are posted on both the corporate and local Facebook pages.

The Salem display is a Northwest holiday theme, featuring a log cabin, both green and flocked, fully decorated trees and a fireplace mantle completely decked out with stockings and candles.

The picture with the highest number of likes by Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:00 am wins a $10,000 donation to the store's local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. For Oregon, that would be Doernbechers Children's Hospital. Second place is $7,000 and third place can donate $3,000.

Donna Hyland, Ace's Business to Business liaison said, "We want to be the Ace that brings such a generous donation to Doernbechers. They do so much for the children in our state. Please vote."

For information call Donna at 503-763-6323.

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About our national partnership: Since becoming a Children's Miracle Network Hospitals partner in 1991, Ace Hardware has raised more than $64 million for local Children' s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country. This success stems from the creative fundraising efforts of the Ace Hardware Foundation and the generous contributions of Ace retailers, Ace customers, vendor partners and Ace team members


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Two Reported Structure Fires Give Lebanon Firefighters A Busy Morning (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 11/29/16 2:07 PM
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Two structure fires that were dispatched within 43 minutes of each other could have given the Lebanon Fire District a real test. Fortunately, both calls were determined to be "Smoke In The Building" calls rather than actual fires and were quickly handled by LFD crews.

LFD first received a call for a commercial structure fire at the Lebanon Taco Bell at Main and Airport at 10:55 am on Tuesday morning. Firefighters arrived at 10:57 a.m. to find all customers and employees evacuated after what was described as smoke filling the structure through the HVAC duct work. Firefighters used thermal imaging cameras to examine the HVAC unit from both inside the structure and on the roof and did not find any active fire. An engine, a truck, a Battalion Chief, two medic units and a Division Chief responded and cleared the scene at 11:21 am.

Nineteen minutes later at 11:40 am firefighters were called to the Brookdale Assisted Living Community in the 100 block of S. 5th Street for a house fire in one of the independent living cottages on site. Firefighters were on scene at 11:42 am and found smoke coming from the open front door of a cottage. A quick investigation revealed that a frozen burrito had been severely overcooked in a microwave and ignited, destroying the microwave but only causing light smoke damage to the rest of the structure.

The Lebanon Fire District points out two important takeaways from these fires. First, in the event of smoke or a fire in a commercial building, evacuate the building immediately and call 911. Do not attempt to re-enter the structure for any reason. Second, when doing any kind of cooking you are advised to remain in the area in which you are cooking and to have a listed fire extinguisher ready in case of accidental fire. For more information on free commercial fire and life safety inspections or home fire safety contact the Lebanon Fire District at 541-451-1901 or visit our website at www.lebanonfire.org.

For short HD video clips of both fire scenes, visit the LFD YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjTxDBuPbD3DPAybCkCgEvg


Attached Media Files: Taco Bell Staff members evacuated to the parking lot prior to fire department arrival. , Engine 31 arrives at the Brookdale Cottage fire scene. , Firefighters ladder the structure to inspect the roof-mounted HVAC system. , Lieutenant Mark Fitzwater prepares to access the roof of the Lebanon Taco Bell.
NW Natural donates $35,000 to Critical Health and Human Services
NW Natural - 11/29/16 1:51 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. -- NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) has contributed $35,000 from its Corporate Philanthropy Fund toward health and human services for at-risk populations in local communities.

In addition to health and human services, NW Natural shareholders donate more than $1 million each year to nonprofits in arts and culture, educational and youth programs, and initiatives to improve the environment.

"We're committed to helping improve the lives of community members who are at a fragile point in their lives," said Von Summers, community affairs manager for NW Natural. "One of our core values is caring, and we're able to live that out by donating to leading nonprofit service organizations which help with critical services."

This year, donation awards include the following organizations:

Big Brothers, Big Sisters ($10,000) The organization's mission is to provide children experiencing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

LifeWorks Northwest ($5,000) LifeWorks Northwest promotes a healthy community by providing quality and culturally responsive mental health and addiction services across the lifespan.

Medical Teams International ($5,000) The team provides medical and dental care, humanitarian aid, and holistic development programs to all people in need, regardless of religion, nationality, sex, or race.

Oregon Food Bank ($5,000) The food bank works to eliminate hunger in Oregon by addressing the root causes of hunger through public policy, nutrition and garden education, and public awareness.

Transition Projects ($5,000) The project helps people transition from homelessness to housing in the Portland metro area. The project assists more than 10,000 people each year through a broad array of services, resources, and tools.

Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation ($5,000) The foundation provides high-quality, comprehensive, and culturally appropriate primary health care to the communities of Washington and Yamhill Counties with a special emphasis on migrant and seasonal farmworkers and others with barriers to receiving health care.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 718,000 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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Outdoor ice skating rink returns to Hillsboro for the holidays - opens Friday (Photo)
City of Hillsboro - 11/29/16 1:34 PM
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HILLSBORO, OR -- More than 5,000 ice skaters and spectators enjoyed Winter Village at Orenco Station Plaza during its 2015 debut, proving to City of Hillsboro organizers that more is needed: Skaters need more space; Families need more days to get on the ice. Now, returning for its second season, Winter Village is growing.

The region's only open-air ice skating rink will reopen Friday, December 2, with an additional 16 feet of ice for skaters to lace up and enjoy the ice more comfortably and safely. The expanded rink will be nearly 100 feet long.

Meanwhile, the Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department has added two weeks to the skating calendar for a full 30 days of Winter Village skating through Monday, January 2. In addition, a newly-created Winter Village scene near Orenco Station Plaza's oak trees will feature metal-framed carolers and gingerbread characters, lit up similar to ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo.

Watch a video of the ice skating at www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTANzaMnEI4.

Winter Village will feature special activities and offerings throughout the season. Tuesdays are $10 Teen Tuesdays, with a special skate from 10 pm to 11:30 pm. On Wednesdays, purchase a Family 4-Pack for just $35.

"People want more fun things to do in the winter to spend time with friends and family, and create new traditions," said Winter Village organizer Iris Ringer. "Winter Village at Orenco Station Plaza is helping our community make lasting memories and create some real holiday magic."

Ringer says children and families were well represented during daytime skate sessions last year, while teens and couples skated at night more often. About half of Winter Village attendees in 2015 were 35 - 45 years old.

"Many people have moved here from outside of Oregon and are excited to have a fun winter experience in the city," Ringer said. "Having shopping and dining options around Orenco Station Plaza makes Winter Village an even better place to grab a bite to eat, lace up the skates, and enjoy a hot beverage."

Since last year's Winter Village, La Provence restaurant has opened, as well as the recently-completed Vector apartment building, and parking options in the neighborhood have increased. With visitors able to ride MAX Light Rail to Orenco Station, Ringer expects between 7,000 and 10,000 people will enjoy Winter Village in 2016.

Find a full list of Winter Village activities, hours, and prices at www.Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/WinterVillage.


Winter Village at Orenco Station Plaza -- 943 NE Orenco Station Loop
Opens Friday, December 2
Ice skating hours: 10 am - 10 pm
First two weeks: Monday - Thursday late start hours: 2 pm - 10 pm
Skate sessions last 90 minutes and start at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm, 6 pm, and 8 pm
All ages and abilities welcome
Admission: $12, including $2 skate rental (only $10 if you bring your own skates)
Children 9 and under: $9 (includes skate rental)
Ticket sales begin 15 minutes before each session (early arrival recommended)
Half-day on December 24
Closed on December 25
Runs through Monday, January 2


About the Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department: The City of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department is an award-winning and nationally-accredited parks and recreation agency. We are dedicated to providing diverse, innovative, and exceptional recreational and cultural opportunities that enrich the lives of our citizens. Learn more at www.Hillsboro-Oregon.gov.


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Public Safety Memorial Fund Board Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 11/29/16 1:12 PM
Oregon Department of Public Safety,
Standards and Training
For Immediate Release
November 29, 2016
Contact: Linsay Hale
(503) 378-2427

Notice of Meeting
The Public Safety Memorial Fund Board will hold a meeting at 10:00 a.m. on December 2, 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 July 28, 2016
Approve minutes

2. LAWRENCE, John - M-1 Applications for Benefits
Application for PSMF Benefits

3. Next meeting - January 26, 2017

Requires a vote by the Board

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board
Port of Vancouver hosting Terminal 1 open house, Christmas Ships viewing Dec. 5
Port of Vancouver - 11/29/16 1:11 PM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Enjoy festive treats, see the Christmas Ships and learn more about waterfront redevelopment at a Dec. 5 open house at the Port of Vancouver USA's Terminal 1.

The port is hosting this free, family-friendly event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the WareHouse '23 event space in the former Red Lion hotel, 100 Columbia St., Vancouver.

The Christmas Ships are expected to make their arrival in front of Terminal 1 around 8 p.m. There are plenty of festivities to keep visitors busy in the interim, including live music by Vancouver Community Concert Band, coffee, hot chocolate, cookies and a cash bar for those 21 and older, provided by WareHouse '23.

The port's waterfront project team will also be on hand to share the latest on plans to redevelop Terminal 1. There is no formal presentation; the community is encouraged to drop by anytime during the event to talk with staff and ask questions.

Parking is available at Terminal 1 as well as along Columbia Way. Outdoor ship viewing will also be available at the high dock above the amphitheater; those interested in outdoor viewing should dress for the weather.

About Terminal 1
The Port of Vancouver USA is redeveloping a 10-acre site it owns on the Columbia River. Known as Terminal 1, the 10-acre site is the port's birthplace and home to its first warehouse, built in the 1920s through a partnership with the City of Vancouver. When fully developed, Terminal 1 could feature a public marketplace, new hotel, retail and commercial office space, and visitor amenities.

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The Port of Vancouver USA is one of the major ports on the Pacific Coast, and its competitive strengths include available land, versatile cargo handling capabilities, vast transportation networks, a skilled labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. For more information, please visit us at www.portvanusa.com.
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Nine People in Rickreall, OR
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/29/16 12:55 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at approximately 11:00 a.m. in the 600 block of S. Pacific Highway West in Rickreall, OR. The fire affected multiple families, including three adults, six children and pets. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. 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 our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Health Secretary Nominee Would Take Away Thousands of Oregonians' Access to Health Care
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 11/29/16 12:34 PM
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon issued the following statement in response to President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of Georgia Congressman Tom Price for U.S. Health Secretary. Price has vowed to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal the Affordable Care Act.

"Let's talk about what 'defunding Planned Parenthood' really means: taking health care away from the 61,672 Oregon women, men and young people Planned Parenthood serves each year," says Laurel Swerdlow, Advocacy Director for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. "More than 90 percent of what we do is basic, preventive health care - lifesaving cancer screenings, well-woman exams, birth control, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. The vast majority of federal funding Planned Parenthood receives is Medicaid reimbursement for healthcare services. One in five women will rely on Planned Parenthood for health care in her lifetime.

"People don't come to Planned Parenthood to make a political statement. They come because they need quality, compassionate health care. Every year in Oregon, Planned Parenthood health centers provide 84,397 STI tests, 7,680 pap tests and 8,647 breast exams. We are grateful to the Oregon community for standing with Planned Parenthood and standing with the thousands of Oregonians who rely on us for care each year. Planned Parenthood has been in Oregon for more than 50 years, and we will continue to be here for our patients, no matter what.

"In addition, the Affordable Care Act has been a game changer for women. Before the ACA, millions of women were denied coverage because of so-called 'pre-existing conditions,' like breast cancer, pregnancy or domestic abuse; some were forced to pay more for insurance just because they were women; and some were only allowed limited plans that excluded any coverage for any health concerns they already had. What's more, women faced limits on the amount of coverage they could use in their lifetime, so one serious illness could mean bankruptcy. About 360,000 Oregon women now have access to fully covered women's health services thanks to the ACA's preventive health benefits, including birth control, routine well-woman exams, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and mammograms for women older than 40 without copays or other out-of-pocket expenses. We simply cannot afford to move backward."
Semi Truck Lost Load of Sheet Metal Causing Traffic Delays on Tualatin-Sherwood Road
Tualatin Police Dept. - 11/29/16 11:59 AM
Update: All travel lanes open again.

A semi-truck lost its load of sheet metal in the roadway on SW Tualatin-Sherwood Road at SW 89th, near the Dutch Bros. One of the center lanes of travel as well as the left turn lane into Dutch Bros. is currently blocked for the next 1-2 hours until crews can get the sheet metal lifted back onto the truck. Police ask that drivers please use alternate routes.
BPA senior vice president Mark Gendron to retire (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 11/29/16 11:58 AM
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Portland, Ore. -- Senior Vice President of Power Services Mark Gendron announced that he will retire from the Bonneville Power Administration in March 2017.

Gendron is responsible for BPA's power scheduling functions, generation asset management, power contracts and rates, power purchases and acquisitions, energy efficiency and the business relationships with BPA's retail utility customers. Power Services produces revenues of nearly $3 billion per year from the sale of about 11,000 average megawatts of power.

"Mark has been an incredibly valuable member of the BPA executive team, blessed with an acute sensitivity to the needs of our customers and a personal style and grace that has touched all who have worked with him," said Elliot Mainzer, BPA administrator and chief executive officer. "I will miss his even keel and wise counsel and wish him and his wife Loraine many happy years of retirement."

Prior to serving in his current role, Gendron was vice president of Northwest Requirements Marketing, responsible for marketing and contracting the sale of requirements power to BPA customers.

Gendron has also served on committees and boards for a variety of public power organizations over the years including the Idaho Consumer-Owned Utilities Association, Idaho Energy Authority and Public Power Council.

"As a leader coming from public power, Mark brought important insight and talent to BPA that will be difficult to replace," said Scott Corwin, executive director of PPC. "He has taken on some of the agency's biggest challenges, but has remained a good friend and a highly respected colleague who will be missed throughout the industry when he retires."

Gendron came to BPA from Idaho Falls Power where he was the general manager for 10 years. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado and began his career as a design engineer. He worked for various utility and engineering companies in the West before joining Idaho Falls Power in 1985 as chief engineer.

"I have been fortunate and blessed to have capped off my career at the Bonneville Power Administration, where I have had the privilege every day of working with great people committed to delivering on our mission that is so important to the people of the Northwest," said Gendron.

The lead time on Gendron's announcement will allow the agency to conduct the federal selection process and provide a brief overlap period before his departure. BPA will soon post a vacancy announcement for the next senior vice president of Power Services, a Senior Executive Service position.

About BPA
The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, 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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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting One Family in Marion County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/29/16 11:57 AM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on November 29, 2016, at approximately 10:30 a.m. in the 8000 block of Shaff Road SE in Turner, Oregon. The fire affected one family, including two adults and pets. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. 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 our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Filing deadline for W-2s, 1099s is now January 31
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 11/29/16 11:54 AM
SALEM, Ore.--The deadline for employers to electronically file their information returns, which include W-2s and some 1099s, has moved up to January 31. This applies to filing with both the IRS and the Oregon Department of Revenue.
The deadline shift stems from recent changes to the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, and Oregon's laws require that state tax deadlines mirror similar federal deadlines. According to the IRS, the intent of the earlier deadline is to have employer wage information on hand to compare against wage information reported on individuals' tax returns to help detect tax refund fraud.
In Oregon, all W-2s and most 1099s must be filed electronically using the Department of Revenue's Income and Wage Information Return E-services (iWire) application. Last year, the department processed over 4 million W-2s and 1099s from more than 138,000 businesses.
iWire is now available through Revenue Online--the department's self-service site. Aside from the new location, returning iWire users will also notice some significant improvements to the filing process this year, thanks to a redesign of the application.
Users now have three filing options: manual entry, bulk file upload, and spreadsheet import. Filers can put their information into the spreadsheet template and import that document directly into iWire. The system will then create individual W-2 and 1099 entries for review and validation. The manual entry option is now more user-friendly, with an entry screen that looks like the information return form, making it quicker and easier to enter data from a W-2 or 1099.
iWire users can now save their progress, and the error detection process has also been improved. iWire will instantly tell users if there are any errors in their submission and provide the line number the error appears on. This is significant for those submitting information returns for hundreds or thousands of employees because they won't have to spend time searching through their entire submission for an error.
For more information on changes to iWire, visit www.oregon.gov/dor/business. To learn more about Revenue Online or to sign up for an account, visit www.oregon.gov/dor.
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.
MESD Board Finance Committee Meeting 12-5-16 at 3:00 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 11/29/16 11:44 AM
The Multnomah Education Service District Board Finance Committee will meet on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220.
Two Suspects Charged and One Suspect at Large - Two Bull Elk Shot And Left To Waste - Union County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/29/16 11:27 AM
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Update:

On November 16, 2016, Oregon State Police asked for the public's help to locate individuals involved in the incident involving the unlawful killing and waste of two bull elk in Union County.

As a result of the overwhelming support from the community, Nathan Crouch, age 26, Dylan Crouch, age 22, and Brianna Black, age 18, all from Elgin, were identified as suspects in the incident. Dylan Crouch and Briana Black were charged with three misdemeanor charges of aiding in a game violation.

At this time, Nathan Crouch has not been located and is believed to have fled the state. He is facing misdemeanor charges which include two counts of unlawful taking of a bull elk, casting a light within 500 feet of a vehicle, hunting with the aid of a motor vehicle, hunting prohibited hours, two counts for waste of a game animal, hunting on the enclosed lands of another and hunting prohibited area-public roadway.

During the course of the investigation, information was obtained that Nathan Crouch had also unlawfully taken a large bull elk in Union County a few years prior to this incident. The antlers from the bull elk were located and seized by Troopers. Due to the statute of limitations, Nathan Crouch can only be charged with the unlawful possession of the antlers. This will be an additional charge for Nathan Crouch.

Oregon State Police is extending a special thanks to the public for their assistance in this case and is further seeking the public's assistance regarding the whereabouts of Nathan Crouch. Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact OSP Senior Trooper Marcus McDowell through the TIP hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or Email at marcus.mcdowell@state.or.us). Information may be kept anonymous.

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Previously Released:

The OSP Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of two bull elk in Union County.

On November 16, 2016, OSP was notified of two dead bull elk approximately 60 yards off of Yarrington Road, which is located northeast of Elgin in Union County. An OSP Fish and Wildlife Trooper responded and found both bull elk had been shot and left to waste. Investigation revealed the elk were most likely shot in the late evening hours of November 15 or early morning hours of November 16, 2016. Evidence was collected at the scene.

A reward of up to $500.00 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. The reward is offered by the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poacher (TIP) program.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact OSP Senior Trooper Marcus McDowell through the TIP hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or email at marcus.mcdowell@state.or.us. Information may be kept anonymous.


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Public Meeting Scheduled for Don Lindly Park
Oregon Marine Board - 11/29/16 11:13 AM
Lincoln County, in partnership with the State Marine Board, will be hosting a public meeting on December 15, from 4 to 6 pm at the Waldport City Hall's Council Chambers, 125 NW Alsea Hyw. The purpose of this meeting is to share concepts and gather feedback from recreational boaters to assist in the development of a recreational boating facility at Don Lindly Park.

Don Lindly Park is located on the Alsea River off Hwy 34 at milepost 7, before the bridge crosses the Alsea River and across from Canal Creek Road.

In late 2014, a variety of partners worked together to purchase the property to for the future development of a public boat ramp, docks, parking and sanitation.

For questions, please contact Keith Andresen, Lincoln County Parks Superintendent at 541-574-1215, kandresen@co.lincoln.or.us or Janine Belleque, Oregon State Marine Board Boating Facilities Manager at 503-378-2628, janine.belleque@state.or.us.
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Public Health Advisory Board's Accountability Metrics Subcommittee meets December 6 by webinar
Oregon Health Authority - 11/29/16 11:08 AM
November 29, 2016

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

Agenda: Review proposed accountability metrics for communicable disease, environmental health and emergency preparedness; finalize list of recommended measures to review at Dec. 15 PHAB meeting; review accountability metrics overview for statewide modernization plan

When: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 1-3 p.m. A 10-minute public comment period is scheduled at 2:50 p.m.; comments may be limited to three minutes.

Where: By webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8649512008301847555. The public also may join by listen-only conference call at 888-251-2909, access code 8975738#.

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

Program contact: Sara Beaudrault, 971-673-0432, sara.beaudrault@state.or.us

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Want to work at the Clackamas County Jail? Learn more at 'Corrections Career Event' set for Dec. 10 (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/29/16 10:38 AM
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Interested in working at our Jail? The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is hosting a "Corrections Career Event" on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 from 1 - 4 p.m. at the Public Safety Training Center (12700 SE 82nd Avenue, Clackamas, OR 97015).

Discover what it takes to get hired at our Jail during this presentation and Q&A session:

- What's involved in a Jail career
- Collateral duties
- Our generous benefits package
- How the Jail hiring process works
- Speak with Jail professionals
- Schedule NTN testing
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BENEFITS HIGHLIGHTS:

- Health insurance: High-quality health-care plans,
- 3 medical plan options, 2 dental plan options
- Retirement: Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)
- Life insurance, survivors' benefits, disability insurance, Employee Assistance Program, Paid vacation and holidays, bereavement leave, monthly longevity bonuses, incentive pay for education, community service, DPSST Certification and firearms qualification, Deferred Compensation, Retiree Medical Trust Fund, long-term care insurance.
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QUESTIONS? Contact Elisa Crebs at 503-785-5021 or ecrebs@clackamas.us

We're hiring now! Click on "Careers" at www.clackamas.us/sheriff

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Marine Board Seeks Public Comment on Slow-No Wake Rule in Clatsop County
Oregon Marine Board - 11/29/16 10:27 AM
The Oregon State Marine Board seeks public comment on a petition requesting the Board open rulemaking for certain waterways in Clatsop County.

The existing rule prohibits the operation of a motorboat at a speed in excess of 5-mph on the Skipanon waterway. The petitioner is requesting the speed restriction be removed from the area north of the Hampton Mill to the confluence of the Columbia River and the 5-mph designation be amended to read, "slow-no wake." Additionally, the petitioner proposes "5 mph" be replaced by "slow-no wake" on:
the John Day River within 200 feet of a houseboat;
Knappa Slough within 200 feet of the Knappa Dock; and
Warren Slough;
Svensen Slough between the Svensen Island Bridge and Bear Creek, as marked.

Written comments will be accepted until 5 pm on Wednesday, December 7. Submit written comments to osmb.rulemaking@state.or.us or June LeTarte, Rules Coordinator at 435 Commercial St. NE, Salem, OR 97301. Comments by telephone will not be accepted.

To view the petition and public notice, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Rulemaking-and-Public-Notices.aspx.
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Construction safety summit coming to central Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 11/29/16 10:19 AM
(Salem) -- The safety and health of workers in the residential, commercial, and industrial construction industries will take center stage during a two-day training conference headed to central Oregon.

Topics covered during the Jan. 30-31 Mid-Oregon Construction Safety Summit will include elimination of fall hazards, ladder safety, excavation rules, construction-related health hazards, and fire safety during construction.

Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, encourages employers and workers to attend the 16th annual summit at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes Convention Center in Bend.

The summit's keynote speakers are Jeff Deswert and Todd Taylor, with Kirby Nagelhout Construction and Taylor NW, respectively. During their Jan. 31 presentation, "The Journey to the Commitment," Deswert and Taylor will discuss how a culture of safety has contributed to the success of their companies and careers.

The two-day summit's other workshops include:

Construction A-Z. This session reviews the many hazards found in construction and demolition, and the best practices -- and requirements -- for correcting them.
Basics in starting a safety program
Safety culture improvement and the power of influence
Regulatory update for the construction industry
Strains: causes, prevention, and treatment
Hand/power tools and personal protective equipment

Registration for pre-conference workshops (Jan. 30) is $50. Conference registration (Jan. 31) is $85.
To register, go to https://safetyseries.cvent.com/summit17. If you have questions or need help registering, call the Oregon OSHA Conference Section, 503-947-7411.


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About Oregon OSHA:
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.osha.oregon.gov.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Reward Offered for Information Leading to Arrest of Murder Suspect - Crime Stoppers Featured Case #16-28 (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 11/29/16 9:25 AM
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The Gresham Police Department, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to locate a suspect wanted for murder.

30-year-old Demarco Herbert "Buddy" Streeter is wanted for murder in connection with the November 23, 2016, homicide of 29-year-old Harry Brogdon Jr. in the 18500 block of Southeast Stephens Court in Gresham.

Streeter is described as an African American male, 5'9" tall, 165 pounds, black hair, and brown eyes. Detectives believe that Streeter is armed and dangerous.

A vehicle taken in the homicide has been located and recovered and is no longer of interest.

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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Find Christmas tree farms with Oregon's Bounty (Photo)
Oregon Farm Bureau - 11/29/16 9:19 AM
Helicopter harvest at Farm Bureau member Noble Mountain Tree Farm, one of the world's largest wholesale Christmas tree suppliers.
Helicopter harvest at Farm Bureau member Noble Mountain Tree Farm, one of the world's largest wholesale Christmas tree suppliers.
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Use a smartphone to easily find Christmas tree farms and the best of winter harvest with Oregon's Bounty at http://oregonfb.org/oregonsbounty/.

Now that the Halloween pumpkin and Thanksgiving turkey have had their turn in the seasonal spotlight, the public turns its attention to another Oregon agricultural product: the Christmas tree.

With an ideal climate for evergreens, Oregon has long been the #1 grower of fresh Christmas trees in the nation. Last year Oregon's Christmas tree production was valued at an impressive $123.9 million, making it the 11th largest out of 220+ agriculture products raised in the state, according to the Oregon Dept. of Agriculture. The Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Assn. reports that there are 700 Christmas tree farmers in Oregon, raising 5.2 million trees on 42,000 acres.

To help consumers find family farms selling Christmas trees, and other favorites of winter harvest, Oregon Farm Bureau offers the searchable Oregon's Bounty website.

With a smartphone, search for "Oregon's Bounty" or go directly to http://oregonfb.org/oregonsbounty/ to quickly and easily find family farms selling Christmas trees -- as well as other seasonal ag products, such as holly, wreaths, hazelnuts, chestnuts, cranberries, pears, apples, winter squash, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, and garlic.

Oregon's Bounty allows visitors to search for farms by region and/or a specific ag product. Each of the more than 300 listings of farms and ranches includes hours of operation, contact information, and driving directions.

One of these is Green Ridge Christmas Tree Farm, an almost-100-year-old farm owned and operated by Fritz Ellett, president of Wasco County Farm Bureau. Green Ridge offers u-cut and pre-cut Christmas trees, selling directly to the public from the farm, instead of on the wholesale market.

"We're helping people create holiday traditions and good memories," said Ellett. "Family and friends come out to the farm and pick a Christmas tree together. They get to enjoy the fragrance of a real tree and the satisfaction of supporting a local farm. You can't get that from pulling a fake tree out of the attic."

A fresh-cut tree is also a more environmentally friendly choice than a petroleum-based version.

"Live Christmas trees are a natural, recyclable, renewable resource that won't end up in a landfill like artificial trees," he said.

Ellett said sometimes people are surprised to learn that Christmas trees are raised as a crop like wheat or grass seed.

"We're not going out into the woods and chopping trees down," said Ellett. "We're growing trees in a farm-like setting."

Instead of an annual harvest, an average 7-foot tree takes about 8 years of growing before it's ready for sale. Farmers have rotating plots with trees of varying ages to ensure there are enough mature trees by November and December. A small farm like Green Ridge hand-harvests its trees, or allows visitors to cut their own, while larger farms use helicopters to haul in trees from expansive acreage. After a crop is harvested, new trees are planted.

In Oregon, the most common Christmas tree varieties are Douglas fir ("The traditional tree, full and symmetrical with a fresh smell," said Ellett.), Noble fir ("Very attractive, more layered, holds up well."), and Grand fir ("Rich, dark-green color and the most aromatic.").

Green Ridge has started to offer the lesser-known Concolor fir, which Ellett described as "having the coloring of a blue spruce, but with long, soft needles and sturdy branches."

Of course, all varieties of live Christmas trees are biodegradable. Many communities publicize tree recycling programs soon after New Years.

Enjoy the bounty of winter harvest -- and support Oregon family farmers -- with Oregon's Bounty at http://oregonfb.org/oregonsbounty/.

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Oregonsbounty.jpg: Find local family farms offering the best of winter harvest with Oregon's Bounty.

Greenridge.jpg caption: Farm Bureau member Green Ridge Christmas Tree Farms in The Dalles offers u-cut and pre-cut Christmas trees.

Helicopterharvest.jpg caption: Helicopter harvest at Farm Bureau member Noble Mountain Tree Farm, one of the world's largest wholesale Christmas tree suppliers.


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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 (OFB) 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.

Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue is a third-generation farmer raising a variety of vegetables and berries at a nearly century-old farm near Boring, Oregon. He is OFB's 15th president.


Attached Media Files: Helicopter harvest at Farm Bureau member Noble Mountain Tree Farm, one of the world's largest wholesale Christmas tree suppliers. , Farm Bureau member Green Ridge Christmas Tree Farms in The Dalles offers u-cut and pre-cut Christmas trees. , Find local family farms offering the best of winter harvest with Oregonís Bounty.
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 11/28/2016
Sandy Police Dept. - 11/29/16 8:04 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 11/28/2016

ESTACADA:

1C 2016-CAD

On 11/28/2016 at about 0714 hrs., police took a theft report from tghe 1000 block of N Broadway Street. A report is pending (CAD).

1C 2016-2029

On 11/28/2016 at about 1934 hrs., police responded to a burglary at a residence on the 400 block of SW Elm Road. A report was taken.

SANDY:

18 2016-CAD

On 11/28/2016 at about 1030 hrs., police took a report of criminal mischief in the 19000 block of Bornstedt Road. A report is pending (CAD)

18 2016-2025

On 11/28/2016 at 1504 hrs., an RN at Kaiser Sunnyside Hospital called police to report they had a patient in their care who had shot himself in the leg. The incident occurred in the 37000 block of Dubarko Road. The investigation determined the shooting was accidental.

18 2016-2028

On 11/28/2016 at 1816 hrs., police responded to a motor vehicle crash on Highway 26 at Ruben Lane. The vehicle caught fire and was put out by the officer. A report is pending.
UPDATE - SERT/CNT responding to assist East Precinct
Portland Police Bureau - 11/29/16 7:08 AM
###UPDATE###

The suspect in this incident has been identified as James Eric Gallaway, a 26-year-old male white. He has been booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, Interfering with a Police Officer, Criminal Trespass II, Felon in Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Escape II.

The call began when an East Precinct Sergeant stopped a motorcycle for driving recklessly. During the course of the contact an officer discovered that the license plates on the motorcycle were stolen. Gallaway, the rider of the motorcycle, fled and was pursued by the sergeant and officers. The officers caught up with Gallaway and fought to take him into custody. During the struggle the sergeant was struck in the face and the suspect ran away. As he ran the officers realized he was armed with a handgun.

A perimeter was established and the subject was contained in the area. SERT responded and took Gallaway into custody.

###UPDATE###
SERT officers have taken the subject into custody and the situation is resolved.

The investigation continues but initial reports indicated that an officer observed a suspicious motorcycle and attempted to contact the rider but was unable to as the rider quickly drove off. A sergeant was able to contact the rider a short time later. During the course of this contact the an altercation occurred. The sergeant was stuck in the face with an unknown object by the suspect, who fled. The officer and sergeant began to pursue but realized the subject was armed and began establishing a perimeter.

East officers were able to contain the subject to a small area but could not get the subject to surrender. The subject dodged in and our of yards and climbed up on at least one building.

SERT arrived and was able to contact the subject and take him into custody.

The area has been opened up to traffic but officers are still searching the area for evidence. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333. The sergeant assaulted in this incident is not seriously injured.


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Today, November 29, 2016, at 12:06 a.m., an East Precinct officer attempted to contact a male white in his 20's wearing a black jacket near S.E. 83rd Av. and S.E. Tolman St. The subject fled the officer on foot heading southbound on Tolman. The officer began to pursue and observed that the suspect was armed with a handgun.

Officers established a perimeter and requested the Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) and Crisis Negotiation (CNU) to assist with locating the subject. While awaiting SERT officers observed a subject on a roof near S.E. 82nd Av. and S.E. Bybee St. A K9 unit responded to the area as well to assist while officers attempted to contain the subject.

Officers believe they have the subject contained in the area. Traffic and TriMet is being impacted. The Portland Police Bureau is asking area residents to remain inside and call 911 if they observe any suspicious activity.

The incident is still unfolding.

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OSP Continuing Death Investigation - Klamath County
Oregon State Police - 11/29/16 6:20 AM
On November 4, 2016, the Oregon State Police Klamath Falls Area Command received a report of a human skull that had been found in a wooded area on private property, just a short distance west of the city of Klamath Falls. Multiple OSP units responded and verified the skull was indeed human. Additionally, several teeth attached to the skull had fillings, and it appeared there was a noticeable membrane on the forehead; leading investigators to believe the skull was not an ancient artifact.

After finding the skull, investigators learned that on August 28, 2014, a black 2015 Dodge Challenger, belonging to a missing person, Brett T FARMER, was found abandoned in the area. Klamath County Sheriff's Deputies responded at that time, and learned Farmer had been reported to have been missing since August 23, 2014.

It was reported when FARMER was last seen he was carrying a Ruger.22 caliber pistol and a particular type of knife.

On November 6, 2016, Klamath and Jackson County Search and Rescue teams were activated to search the area where the skull and vehicle were located, in hopes of finding more remains. OSP Detectives and the OSP Crime lab were assigned to identify and investigate possible pieces of evidence searchers found. Searchers found the location where the subject most likely died; an area containing multiple human remains and clothing. Additionally, a Ruger .22 caliber pistol, knife, and two Dodge vehicle key fobs were located near the remains.

At the time of this press release, investigators are still awaiting the official autopsy results positively identifying the deceased, as well as the manner and cause of death.

No further information at this time.
Red Cross Responds to Single Family Home Fire in Beaverton Affecting Four People
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/29/16 3:46 AM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on November 29, 2016, at approximately 2:30 a.m. in the 13,0000 block of SW Berthold Street in Beaverton, OR. The fire affected four people, including one adult, three children and a pet.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. The Red Cross provides 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 our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Family of Four Displaced by Cooking Fire in Beaverton (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 11/29/16 2:58 AM
Cooking Fire - Berthold
Cooking Fire - Berthold
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A residential fire in the 13000 block of Berthold Street in Beaverton displaced a family of four early this morning.

Shortly after midnight, a resident called 911 to report that their home was on fire. TVF&R firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke throughout the house with flames in the kitchen area. The family of four safely evacuated their home and crews quickly extinguished the fire.

One adult and three children were displaced as a result of the fire, and the American Red Cross is assisting them with temporary housing and other essential needs.

TVF&R fire investigators have confirmed that the fire originated in the kitchen and was the result of a cooking fire.

Cooking fires are the leading cause of residential fires. To reduce your risk, we recommend the following safe cooking tips:

Keep a close eye on what you're cooking.
Never leave food unattended on the stovetop.
Heat cooking oil slowly and never leave it unattended. Turn down the heat if it begins to smoke.
Keep combustibles away from the stove, and keep your cooking area clean, including the exhaust fan, oven and stovetop.
Keep a large lid close at hand in case of a pan fire.
If the fire is still in the pan or oven and has not spread to nearby counters or cabinets, you may be able to extinguish it yourself.
If you experience a cooking fire, and the fire is large or appears to be growing, do not attempt to extinguish it. Leave the house quickly and call 911 from a cellphone or neighbor's house.

To extinguish a pan or oven fire:

Put a lid on it. The easiest way to extinguish a small pan fire is with a pan lid. Turn off the burner and carefully slide a pan lid over the pan from the side. The lid will smother the fire. Do not move the pan until the fire is completely extinguished and the pan is cool. If you do not have a pan lid, you may also use a baking sheet or pizza pan.
Use a fire extinguisher only if the fire is small and has not spread outside the pan. The discharge of a portable fire extinguisher lasts between eight and 10 seconds.
Shut the door on oven or microwave fires and turn off the heat.

Never transfer a burning pan from the stovetop to the sink or out the back door. The fire may grow in size and burn you or spread to countertops. Also, never pour water on a grease fire. The flames will "splash," causing the fire to spread and likely result in burns to your body.

For more fire safety tips, visit www.tvfr.com.


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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting One Adult
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/29/16 1:59 AM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on November 28, 2016, at approximately 5:00 p.m. in the 700 block of Carlson Road in Reedsport, Oregon. The fire affected one adult and pets.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. The Red Cross provides 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 our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Central Officers investigate shooting in S.E. Portland - no victim located
Portland Police Bureau - 11/29/16 1:36 AM
Yesterday, November 28, 2016, at 10:19 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the 1700 block of S.E. Tacoma St. on a report of shots being fired. Officers responded to the area and calls reported hearing approximately 15 gunshots.

An additional caller reported seeing two black males running from the area. One was armed with a handgun. Officers arrived and located a crime scene with evidence of a shooting, including a vehicle struck by gunfire.

Officers established a crime scene and began an investigation. During the course of the investigation they request the assistance of the Gang Enforcement Team (GET). GET responded to the incident to assist with the investigation. At this point it is not known if this incident is related to other recent shootings.

At 12:55 a.m. officers had finished the initial investigation and re-opened the crime scene. The investigation is ongoing.

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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Mon. 11/28/16
DOGAMI Governing Board to meet December 5 in Portland
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 11/28/16 5:23 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Governing Board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) will meet at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, December 5 at DOGAMI's Portland offices, 800 NE Oregon St., Ste. 965.

The meeting agenda is available at www.OregonGeology.org

The DOGAMI Governing Board sets policy and oversees general operations, and adopts a strategic plan every six years to guide DOGAMI's mission and objectives. The Board meets at least quarterly. As active members of their communities, Board members provide an important connection between Oregonians and DOGAMI's mission of providing earth science information and regulation to make Oregon safe and prosperous.
Vancouver Police investigate officer impersonation case
Vancouver Police Dept. - 11/28/16 5:15 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- On November 27, 2016, at approximately 11:56 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to a call involving a male suspect who impersonated a police officer and attempted to kidnap a female. The female victim had arranged an in-person meeting with a male she met on social media at a location in Vancouver. The female, and a male companion who drove her, arrived to the area of Maxon Road/SE 19th Street in Vancouver and saw a vehicle with flashing lights approach them from behind. They stopped, believing it was a police officer, and a male wearing what looked like a police uniform approached the victims' vehicle, pulled the female out of the vehicle, handcuffed her and put her inside his vehicle. The victim immediately realized the male was not a police officer and she fled from the area on foot, as did her male companion. The suspect fled the scene in his vehicle. Neither victim suffered serious injuries.

The suspect is a white male, 30's, 5"8, medium build with no facial hair.

Anyone with information that may assist with this investigation is asked to call the Vancouver Police Tip Line at (360) 487-7399.








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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
Wheel of Fortune Scratch-it second chance winners are headed to LA
Oregon Lottery - 11/28/16 5:00 PM
Nov. 28, 2016 - Salem, Ore. -- Three lucky Oregon Lottery Scratch-it players are headed to Los Angeles to play Wheel of Fortune with Pat and Vanna!

Mary Ceballos of Hillsboro, Norman Barley of Salem and Derek Katelhut of Vancouver, WA were the three winners of the Lottery's Wheel of Fortune Scratch-it second chance drawing.

Each of the winners entered non-winning Wheel of Fortune Scratch-its at www.oregonlottery.org. Their prize package includes:
- Round trip airfare for two to Los Angeles
- Five days and four nights deluxe accommodations
- $1,000 in spending money
- Two tickets to a non-broadcast, lottery players-only taping of the Wheel of Fortune with Pat Sajak and Vanna White and a chance to win $1 million
- And more

The Wheel of Fortune Scratch-it second chance drawing was conducted Wednesday, Nov. 16.

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

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David Ray Bartol Sentenced to Death
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 11/28/16 4:45 PM
David Ray Bartol, 45, was charged with Aggravated Murder for killing Gavin Siscel on June 4, 2013 at the Marion County Correctional Facility. Bartol and Siscel were both inmates at the facility when Bartol made a shank and stabbed Siscel to death while Siscel was watching television.

The jury trial began in Marion County Circuit Court on October 3, 2016. On October 18, 2016, after approximately two weeks of testimony and evidence, the jury unanimously found Bartol guilty of Aggravated Murder.

On October 19, 2016, the penalty phase proceeding commenced where the jury heard additional evidence from over 150 witnesses. The jury had the option of sentencing Bartol to death, life without the possibility of parole, or life with the possibility of parole after a minimum of 30 years in prison. The state sought a death sentence, which required the jury to answer "yes" to the following four questions:

(1) Was the conduct of the defendant that caused the death of Gavin Siscel committed deliberately and with a reasonable probability that the death of Gavin Siscel or another would result?
(2) Is there a probability that the defendant would commit criminal acts of violence that would constitute a continuing threat to society?
(3) Was the conduct of the defendant in killing Gavin Siscel unreasonable in response to the provocation, if any, by Gavin Siscel?
(4) Should the defendant receive a death sentence?

On November 10, 2016, the jury of 9 women and 3 men unanimously sentenced Bartol to death. The death sentence required each juror to answer yes to 4 statutory questions listed above, resulting in 48 "yes" votes and 0 "no" votes.

On November 15, 2016 a Judgment was signed sentencing David Ray Bartol to death. Under Oregon law, Bartol's conviction and sentence of death are subject to automatic and direct review by the Oregon Supreme Court.
Local Firefighters Come Together for the Community - Hosting free Candy Cane Day Breakfast
Sublimity Fire Dist. - 11/28/16 4:45 PM
Sublimity Volunteer Firefighters will be hosting a free Candy Cane Day Breakfast on Sunday, December 4, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Sublimity Fire Station. Volunteers will be serving an all you can eat biscuits and gravy breakfast, and Santa will be arriving in the Life Flight helicopter (pending weather and any emergency calls) in the park across from the fire station. Santa is scheduled to land at approximately 9:30 a.m. and will be handing out candy canes and visiting during the breakfast. Prologue Pastries is providing the biscuits at a discounted rate and donating the labor to bake them.
Admission is free, but attendees are encouraged to donate three cans of non-perishable food or to make a monetary donation toward holiday food baskets. All food and money collected will go to local families in need this holiday season. This is the fourth year for the breakfast and this event will take the place of firefighters going through Sublimity to gather food and distribute candy canes. Firefighters will still be collecting food at the station and any donations are greatly appreciated. Suggested items: stuffing mix, boxed mashed potatoes, mini marshmallows and canned items (yams/sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, corn, fruit cocktail and peaches).
For more information about the Candy Cane Day Breakfast, contact Sublimity Fire District at 503-769-3282.
Juvenile Arrested for Armed Robbery
Tualatin Police Dept. - 11/28/16 4:38 PM
On Sunday, November 27, 2016, at approximately 9:00pm Tualatin Police responded to a report of a robbery at knife-point that occurred on the walking path between Cabela's and the Heron's Landing Apartments, located at 18540 SW Boones Ferry Road, in Tualatin.

When officers arrived they learned that a female victim was walking along the path towards the Heron's Landing Apartment complex when a Hispanic male, 16 years of age, of Tualatin, approached her with a knife and demanded her bags. The male realized he was seen by witnesses and ran away from the scene without the bags. The victim sustained minor scratches to her back during the incident.

Washington County Sheriff's K9 and deputies, as well as officers from Tigard Police Department assisted Tualatin Police in a search for the suspect. He was seen running nearby by officers and taken into custody without incident. The victim positively identified the suspect. He was lodged at Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center where he was charged with attempted first degree robbery, unlawful use of a weapon, and aggravated assault.

Nothing further at this time.


Attached Media Files: 16-3323
Middle school students dissolve the shells off eggs to learn osmosis and how cell membranes work (Photo)
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 11/28/16 4:00 PM
Students scoop their egg out of the vinegar solution so they can conduct their daily measurements and observations.
Students scoop their egg out of the vinegar solution so they can conduct their daily measurements and observations.
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Monday, November 28, 2016-Woodland, WA-Woodland Middle School students in Jennie Zarosinski's Life Science classes dissolved the shells off of eggs using vinegar to study shell-less eggs and learn how cell membranes work.

Zarosinski developed an experiment for students to see how cell membranes work in the real world. Students soak eggs in a vinegar solution for several days to dissolve the shells off of the eggs. Each day, students use lengths of string to measure the circumference of their intact eggs and weigh them to determine their mass, recording the results and observing the day-to-day changes. Students also identify other characteristics of their eggs such as color, texture, and mass. Using those measurements and observations, students develop hypotheses about what they thought would happen next.

After a few days, students use the data they collect to determine whether they have enough information to prove or disprove their hypotheses, and discuss both their scientific questions and hypotheses with each other to help clarify their results. In this case, the eggs increased in size each day as the vinegar solution seeped into the egg through the process of osmosis.

Students learned about osmosis during the cell membrane classroom unit accompanying the experiment, making the hands-on experience an incredibly powerful teaching tool. "Cell membranes are semi-permeable which means they allow liquid to pass through them from a process called osmosis," explained Zarosinski. "By conducting this experiment, students can see how osmosis works first-hand."

For Zarosinski, coming up with new experiments to help provide hands-on experiences for students to learn material is a big part of teaching. This is the first time she's used the cell membrane experiment with her classes. "I'm always looking for more hands-on experiments so students can learn by performing practical work," she said. "I'm very fortunate to have a lab classroom like this one where students can use chemicals and conduct exciting experiments."

Students are excited to use experiments to learn. "Science class is a lot of fun because of the experiments and hands-on work," said Elana Koutny, a seventh grader. "Mrs. Z does a great job explaining the material, too!" Kayla Miller, a seventh-grade classmate, agreed with Koutny, "It's fun to see what happens throughout the course of an experiment and discovering new things."

Before becoming a teacher, Zarosinski worked as a microbiologist for nearly 30 years. About three years ago, she decided to become a teacher so she could share what she learned as a scientist. "I wanted to teach everything I learned about the world to kids," she explained. "I love the 'ah-ha' moments when students observe exciting things; to me, that's what science is and that's what motivates me -- I want to see students discovering new concepts and connecting with those concepts through their own actions."

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Attached Media Files: Students scoop their egg out of the vinegar solution so they can conduct their daily measurements and observations. , Students learn about osmosis by observing how the egg grows in size as the vinegar solution permeates its membrane. , Students learn about osmosis by observing how the egg grows in size as the vinegar solution permeates its membrane. , Jennie Zarosinski, a science teacher at Woodland Middle School, uses hands-on experiments so students can experience what they're learning.
UPDATE -- CORRECTED VICTIM AGE: Suspect in Milwaukie murder arrested by WSP following Washington crash (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/28/16 3:44 PM
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[UPDATE: Age of Melissa Elaine Vargas corrected below. She was 53, not 51.]

Please reference CCSO Case # 16-32525

At approximately 7:30 p.m. on November 27, 2016, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a reported shooting at a residence at 13614 SE River Rd., outside of Milwaukie in unincorporated Clackamas County.

When deputies arrived, they found a deceased female -- identified as Melissa Elaine Vargas, 53, of Gaston -- with a gunshot wound to the back of the neck.

Deputies were able to speak with Debra S. Kusch-Siegberg, 61, of Milwaukie, who lived at the residence. She told them that her ex-husband -- Gregory R. Siegberg, 62, of Milwaukie, who also lived at the residence -- came downstairs and shot Ms. Vargas one time. He then reportedly shot multiple times at his ex-wife as she ran from the residence to a neighbor's house, where she called 911.

Mr. Siegberg fled the scene in his vehicle -- a 2015 Subaru -- before deputies arrived.

Sheriff's Office detectives, Oregon State Police Crime Lab and the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team responded to process the crime scene and conduct interviews.

A short time later, at approximately 8:40 p.m., Sheriff's Office investigators were notified by the Washington State Patrol (WSP) that Mr. Siegberg was in custody as a result of a traffic crash. WSP troopers had responded to a report of a car overturned on I-5 near Ridgefield, WA. They arrested Siegberg on a DUII charge and he was transported to a local hospital, where he was evaluated and then booked into Clark County Jail; he then reportedly told Washington troopers about the Milwaukie homicide.

Sheriff's Office detectives responded to Washington State -- where, with the help of the Washington State Patrol, they were able to confirm Mr. Siegberg's identity and interview him.

The deceased, Ms. Vargas, was an acquaintance of Mr. Siegberg and Ms. Kusch-Siegberg, but was not a relative.

Ms. Vargas' family has been notified of her death, and the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office has completed its autopsy.

Mr. Siegberg is currently in custody in Clark County Jail in Washington ( https://www.clark.wa.gov/sheriff/jail-roster ) on a temporary warrant for the murder of Ms. Vargas and the attempted aggravated murder of Ms. Kusch-Siegberg. Mr. Siegberg will make his first court appearance in Washington this afternoon (Monday, Nov. 28).

ADDITIONAL INFO SOUGHT

Anyone with information on Gregory R. Siegberg and/or the homicide investigation is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line. Tips can be sent 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 # 16-32525.

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OMSI HOSTS SESAME STREET'S ELMO FOR PUBLIC MEET-AND-GREET: "Walkaround Elmo" To Open Planetarium's Newest Show, "One World, One Sky"
OMSI - 11/28/16 3:35 PM
Portland, Ore. (November 28, 2016) -- On December 1, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will host the beloved Sesame StreetTM character, walkaround Elmo, to celebrate the opening of the museum's newest planetarium show, One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure.
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One World, One Sky follows Big Bird, Elmo, and their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, on a fanciful trip from Sesame Street to the Moon. On their journey of discovery, the friends learn all about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the Sun and, of course, the Moon--and how very different it is from Earth.
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For the show's premiere, guests are welcome to come meet "walkaround Elmo" and discover the wonders of the night sky with fun, hands-on space science activities. Appearances from walkaround Elmo will be at 9:45-10:15 a.m., 10:45-11:15 a.m., 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., and 12:45-1:15 p.m. in the auditorium.
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The walkaround Elmo meet-and-greet event and space activities are free; planetarium tickets not included.
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One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure was created as part of a global partnership between the Adler Planetarium (Chicago); Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street; the Beijing Planetarium; and the Liberty Science Center (Jersey City, NJ). It features a planetarium show and educational outreach materials for children ages 4 - 6 and their families, teachers, and caregivers.
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Sesame Workshop developed the planetarium show with major funding by the PNC Foundation and other partners. The show provides children with an age-appropriate introduction to astronomy while forging cross-cultural connections. Its local premier and screening were made possible by a charitable donation from PNC Real Estate's community affairs committee secured from the PNC Foundation.
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The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (www.pnc.com), actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a bilingual $350 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life.
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One World, One Sky is now showing at 12:30 p.m. every day in OMSI's Kendall Planetarium.
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More information and tickets are available at omsi.edu.
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Sesame Street(R) and associated characters, trademarks, and design elements are owned and licensed by Sesame Workshop. (C)2016 Sesame Workshop. All Rights Reserved.
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About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in every county in Oregon and throughout the region. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.
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Salem Police Investigating Early Morning Fatality
Salem Police Dept. - 11/28/16 3:08 PM
Salem Police officers were called to Liberty St SE near Superior St SE at approximately 1:37 am this morning on a report of a vehicle into a tree. When officers arrived on scene, they found a maroon colored 2006 Chevrolet Trail Blazer into a tree with 32-year old Andrew Ramon of Gervais deceased in the vehicle. There were no other vehicles around.

The scene and surrounding roadways were closed for several hours as the investigation of the scene required the benefits of daylight.

The incident remains under investigation, and anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Salem Police Detective Corporal Jeff Keniston at 503-588-6050, extension 7163.
Celebration of Remembrance to Help Families Grieve
PeaceHealth - 11/28/16 3:07 PM
"The holiday season can be a very difficult time for people who are grieving the loss of a loved one," said Karen Davidson, MSW, a bereavement counselor at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. "While many of us enjoy the holiday season, we know that people who have suffered a loss can feel profound sadness during the period from Thanksgiving to New Year's. We're here to help."

PeaceHealth Southwest's Hope Bereavement Services invites all people in our community to attend a "Celebration of Remembrance" on Wednesday December 14, 2016 at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. The celebration, held in the Medical Center's Health Education Center in Auditorium A/B, is expected to be attended by more than 150 people.

"It's a wonderful way for families to remember and honor their loved ones, and cope with their own feelings of loss," said Davidson. "We have a special ceremony in which people put the names of their loved ones on an ornament, which they can then place on our beautiful tree, and share a special memory of the person who has passed. They are welcome to take the ornament home with them for their own tree, or leave it on ours as a gesture of remembrance."

The Celebration of Remembrance will also feature an uplifting reflection by Chaplain David Mossholder, lovely harp music, and refreshments.

The Celebration of Remembrance begins at 6:30pm and continues till 8pm. The Health Education Center is easily accessed from PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center's 92nd Avenue parking lot.

"There are a few challenging days each year for people struggling to live with the memory of their loved one," said Davidson. "Mother's Day, birthdays, anniversaries, and the upcoming holiday season elevate the need in our community to provide comfort for those grieving. We open our arms to anyone who wishes to join us."

For more information call (360) 696-5120.

About Hope Bereavement Services
Hope Bereavement Services, a program of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, provides emotional support and information for healing as you grieve. We offer bereavement support groups and counseling to members of our community, including individuals, families and children.
https://www.peacehealth.org/southwest/services/hospice/bereavement-services

About PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center
The region's health care leader and steward for 155 years, PeaceHealth Southwest is a community-owned, not-for-profit, 450-bed, medical institution located in Vancouver, Washington. Repeatedly recognized nationally as a 100 Top Hospital, PeaceHealth Southwest provides a full range of outpatient and inpatient diagnostic, medical, and surgical services to Clark County residents. PeaceHealth Southwest is also one of Clark County's largest employers with 3,400 employees and 600 active medical staff members that help support dozens of medical specialty services and programs, including cancer, heart, emergency, trauma, neuro-musculoskeletal, family birth, and primary care. For more information visit http://www.peacehealth.org/southwest.
Metrics and Scoring Committee to hold annual retreat December 2 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 11/28/16 3:05 PM
November 28, 2016

Contact: Jennifer Uhlman, 503-739-5267, jennifer.m.uhlman@state.or.us (meeting information or accommodations)

What: The Oregon Health Authority Metrics and Scoring Committee will meet for its annual retreat Friday, December 2, in Portland. There will be no public testimony.

When: Friday, December 2, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Legacy Good Samaritan Trustee Board Room, 1015 NW 22nd Ave., Portland

Attendees can also join through a listen-only conference line at 1-888-204-5984, participant code 127-7166.

Agenda: Welcome and consent agenda; measure alignment discussion; 2018+ program structure discussion; equity measure (time permitting); wrap-up, adjourn.

For more information, please visit the committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/analytics/Pages/Metrics-Scoring-Committee.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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Battle Ground's Tree Lighting Event to Kick-Off Holiday Season with the Spirit of Giving (Photo)
City of Battle Ground - 11/28/16 2:56 PM
Battle Ground Tree Lighting
Battle Ground Tree Lighting
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Battle Ground's 27th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting & Celebration in the Spirit of Giving will be held on Friday, December 2nd, from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at the Battle Ground Community Center located at 912 E. Main Street in the historic Old Town district of Battle Ground.

This traditional community celebration begins outdoors with caroling led by the Battle Ground High School Jazz Choir. Santa and Mrs. Claus are scheduled to arrive about 5:45 pm via Fire District 3 Engine to greet all the children and light the tree.

From 6:00 -- 7:30 pm the festivities move to the warmth of the community center, where children can have their pictures taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The $5 per-picture proceeds benefit the city's Summer Playground Program. The North County Community Food Bank will provide warm and tasty refreshments. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items or cash donations to benefit the food bank.

The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting & Celebration in the Spirit of Giving is a collaboration of the City of Battle Ground, Fire District 3, the North County Community Food Bank, the Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce and the greater Battle Ground community.


Attached Media Files: Battle Ground Tree Lighting
Meet over 85 local authors at the Oregon Historical Society's annual Holiday Cheer book sale & literary celebration
Oregon Historical Society - 11/28/16 2:17 PM
Portland, OR -- Shop local this holiday season and join the Oregon Historical Society on Sunday, December 4 for Holiday Cheer, a festive book sale & literary celebration! Chat with 85 local authors and make a dent in your holiday shopping by picking up the perfect personalized gift. Holiday Cheer begins at noon at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Downtown Portland) and authors will be signing until 4pm. Admission is free to both the book sale and to the museum.

A Portland tradition for nearly 50 years, Holiday Cheer is a chance to celebrate the rich literary talents in Oregon, and marks the start of the holiday season at the Oregon Historical Society. Authors are spread throughout the museum, selling everything from cookbooks and mysteries to comics and children's books... and, of course, history books! All featured authors have published a book in 2016, though many will also have past titles available.

Notable local authors in attendance include mystery writer Phillip Margolin, historical fiction author Jane Kirkpatrick, children's book author Bart King, and the one and only Gerry Frank. At Holiday Cheer, you will find a book for everyone on your shopping list, with guides to hiking and local fish to the official Portland Farmers Market cookbook to the annual favorite "It's Different Every Day" illustrated daily calendar. Plus, meet over 15 authors who contributed to the new children's book Oregon Reads Aloud, a charming collection of twenty-five stories by a trove of Oregon authors and illustrators celebrating twenty-five years of SMART's (Start Making A Reader Today) work empowering children to read. A full list of featured authors can be found at on our website at www.ohs.org/holidaycheer.

To add to the holiday cheer, local favorite The Dickens Carolers will be strolling through the museum performing lively holiday songs from 1 -- 2pm. Sip on a cup of hot cocoa and pick up a cookie as you chat with some of Oregon's best and brightest writers!

Admission to Holiday Cheer is free, and all museum exhibits will be open from Noon to 5pm. See a rare printing of the Declaration of Independence in Democracy's Blueprints, and learn about Oregon's rich comic industry in Comic City, USA -- and even meet comics Jan Eliot (Stone Soup) and Colleen Coover (Bandette) who are featured in the exhibit! For more information and a list of current exhibitions, visit www.ohs.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.
Oregon State Parks annual parking permits on sale in December
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/28/16 2:00 PM
Give the gift of the great outdoors this holiday season with an annual Oregon State Parks day-use parking permit. From Dec. 1-31, visitors and holiday shoppers can buy them for only $25--that's $5 off the regular price of $30. Purchasing these passes is easy--buy them online at https://store.oregonstateparks.org, along with branded holiday gift gear, such as portable coolers, water bottles and baseball caps.

Parking costs $5 a day at 26 Oregon State Parks unless you have a 12- or 24-month parking permit or a same-day camping receipt. The 24-month pass is $50. The permits are transferable from vehicle to vehicle.

"Our December sale is the only time we discount the annual parking permit," said Lisa Sumption, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) Director. "These make a great gift. Your family and friends will thank you for a year of unlimited playing, hiking and picnicking."

The Oregon Coast Passport is also discounted $5 in December. The passport is a multi-agency product, valid at Oregon State Parks, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service sites along the Oregon coast. The coastal passports are on sale for $30--regularly $35--in December.

The OPRD parking permits and Oregon Coast Passport can be purchased at major Oregon State Parks offices, some state park friends' group stores and local businesses throughout the state. For a complete list of vendors, visit http://oregonstateparks.org.

First time members of the nonprofit Oregon State Parks Foundation (http://www.oregonstateparksfoundation.org/membership/) receive a free 12-month permit at the $45 membership level or above.

Visitors are the single largest source of funding for Oregon's state parks. Revenue from RV registrations and the Oregon Lottery, dedicated by voters in 1998 and 2010, make up the rest.
Folklife Program at Gresham Public Library
Oregon Folklife Network - 11/28/16 1:55 PM
Gresham, Ore.--Nov 22--Join folklorist Nancy Nusz for an exciting look at the cultural traditions and the people of Multnomah County who practice them. The presentation will be Saturday, December 3rd, at 10:00 AM at Gresham Regional Library, 385 NW Miller Ave., Gresham, OR 97030.

This audio-visual presentation compels audiences to new insights about the "folkway" traditions that make Multnomah county special. Learn about culture keepers like weavers, R&B musicians, sculptors, and more; how they learned these cultural lifeways, and how they are actively passing their skills and knowledge through the generations.

Funding for this program comes from the National Endowment for the Arts to the Oregon Folklife Network, Oregon's designated Folk & Traditional Arts Program. The project sends trained folklorists to conduct research in the Portland metro counties of Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, Washington, and Yamhill to meet and document culture bearers in the region. Free public programs will be held in each county.

Nancy Nusz (MA, Western Kentucky University) began her folklore career at the Bureau of Florida Folklife, serving as Folk Arts in Education coordinator & conducting fieldwork (maritime, ethnic urban communities, agriculture, circus). In 1991, she came to the Oregon Folk Arts Program (Oregon Folklife Program), first as coordinator & then director, conducting fieldwork & programming, curating exhibits, & developing curriculum. Nancy has worked for UNESCO in Paris and most recently collaborated with OFN in 2015 to conduct a folklife survey of Oregon's Columbia River Gorge region. She is very excited to be meeting with old friends and interviewing new ones in the Portland Metro for 2016.

For more information about public programs in Clackamas, Columbia, Washington, or Yamhill counties, contact Brad McMullen at ofn@uoregon.edu or 541-346-3820.

Please contact Oregon Folklife Network Director, Riki Saltzman, at riki@uoregon.edu or 541-346-3820 with questions about the Oregon Folklife Network or recommendations for traditions, groups, or individual folk & traditional artists to be documented in the Portland Metro area. OFN always appreciates contact information for traditional musicians and dancers, quilters, storytellers, cooks, leatherworkers, fly-tiers, wood carvers, silversmiths, taxidermists, basket makers, and more.

The OFN is administered by the University of Oregon and is supported in part by grants from the†Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Historical Society, and the National Endowment for the Arts.†


Attached Media Files: Event Poster
Short Term Rental Licensing Applications Now Available Online and In-Person through the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 11/28/16 12:53 PM
Property owners who wish to operate a dwelling as a short term rental will be required to obtain a license through the Sheriff's Office effective December 1, 2016. Applications are now available online and in-person through the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners adopted Ordinance # 487 to establish conditions for the operation of short term rentals of dwelling units and to implement a licensing program to ensure compliance with the ordinance's standards. The conditions established will allow the operation of such rentals in a manner that respects and protects the livability of the neighborhoods in which these rentals are located.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office acts as the County Licensing Authority for this ordinance. If you have questions regarding the ordinance and licensing requirements, please contact The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office by telephone at 541-265-4912 or by email at sheriffstrlicensing@co.lincoln.or.us.

Your Sheriff's Office is located at:

Lincoln County Courthouse
225 West Olive Street, Room 203
Newport, OR 97365
Tel: (541) 265-4912
Email: sheriffstrlicensing@co.lincoln.or.us.

Business Hours (excluding holidays):
Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. - Noon

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Submitted by:
Lisa Combs, Support Services Director
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
ecombs@co.lincoln.or.us
541-265-4912


Attached Media Files: Short Term Rental Licensing
Second New Sculpture to Be Installed in Downtown Beaverton (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 11/28/16 12:17 PM
Jesse Swickardís Sun, shown here at the artistís studio, will be installed at Lombard Plaza at the corner of SW Broadway St and SW Lombard St. in downtown Beaverton on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. (Photo/Jesse Swickard)
Jesse Swickardís Sun, shown here at the artistís studio, will be installed at Lombard Plaza at the corner of SW Broadway St and SW Lombard St. in downtown Beaverton on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. (Photo/Jesse Swickard)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The City of Beaverton will install a new outdoor sculpture at Lombard Plaza on Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 4 to 5 p.m.


Jesse Swickard's Sun will be installed at the corner of SW Broadway St and SW Lombard St.


This is the second downtown sculpture to be installed this year. Angela Ridgway's embrace your inner light can be viewed at nearby Broadway Plaza, at the corner of SW Broadway St and SW West St. These sculptural installations were made possible through support from the City of Beaverton, Central Beaverton Neighborhood Association, Beaverton Downtown Association, and the Beaverton visioning program. For more information, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Arts.


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.


ABOUT THE ARTIST
Sun to enjoy; the sun is a joy we all have.


Jesse Swickard has been a self-employed artist in Sherwood since 1999. He has certifications in welding, auto body painting, and structural welding. He has done a number of commissioned pieces, including public and private pieces throughout the Pacific Northwest. Swickard creates these works of art in his 4,000-square-foot studio space, using laser cutting, flame cutting, and hand forming. For more information, visit www.jesseswickard.com.


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Attached Media Files: Jesse Swickardís Sun, shown here at the artistís studio, will be installed at Lombard Plaza at the corner of SW Broadway St and SW Lombard St. in downtown Beaverton on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. (Photo/Jesse Swickard) , Jesse Swickardís Sun will be installed at Lombard Plaza at the corner of SW Broadway St and SW Lombard St. in downtown Beaverton on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
City of Battle Ground Mourns Loss of Councilmember Bill Ganley (Photo)
City of Battle Ground - 11/28/16 10:35 AM
Battle Ground Councilmember Bill Ganley
Battle Ground Councilmember Bill Ganley
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City of Battle Ground flags were lowered to half-staff today to honor the memory of Councilmember Bill Ganley who passed away on Saturday, November 26th after a courageous battle with cancer.

Mr. Ganley served the City of Battle Ground for over 25 years. In 1991 he was appointed to serve as a member of the city's Planning Commission. He was first elected by the citizens of Battle Ground to Position No. 6 of the City Council in November of 1993; he was re-elected to five consecutive 4-year terms in which he served honorably. He was selected by his fellow councilmembers to serve as Mayor from 1997 to 2001 under the then-new Council-Manager Plan of Government. Mr. Ganley's leadership on the city council was instrumental in shaping the city and its form of government.

He served with distinction on several county-wide boards including the C-Tran Board of Directors, the Regional Transportation Council, the Clark County Urban County Policy Board, and the Railroad Advisory Board.

Mr. Ganley's extensive experience, historic perspective and knowledge of government served as an invaluable resource. He consistently demonstrated extraordinary leadership, integrity, dedication, and a committed desire to help people and advance the community of Battle Ground through teaching, volunteering, and serving.

Battle Ground Mayor Philip Johnson shared his thoughts in the following statement:

"Battle Ground lost a good friend Saturday. Bill Ganley was not a Battle Ground native, but like a good portion of our citizens, he embraced Battle Ground as his own, and we are a better community for having Bill as one of us.

"Bill wore many hats, he first was a son, and a husband, he was a fireman at heart, he was a teacher who only wanted the best for his students, he was a city councilman and mayor who was concerned greatly about Battle Ground and its future. Mostly he was a good friend to me and a multitude of others.

"Goodbye my friend, take your well-deserved rest, your work is done.

"For the rest of us our work continues. It is my hope that we can accomplish that work by using Bill's work ethic. Listen, consider, and act in the best interest of the people. I promise to do my best."


Attached Media Files: Battle Ground Councilmember Bill Ganley
Environmental Impact Statement for Boardman to Hemingway Project Released
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 11/28/16 8:35 AM
Vale, Ore. -- The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Vale District is releasing the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Boardman to Hemingway (B2H) Project. The Final EIS considers resource impacts across 24 routes organized in six geographic segments, as well as a "No Action" Alternative. A final decision will be issued by the BLM as a Record of Decision (ROD) no earlier than 30 days after the Final EIS is made available.

The B2H project is a joint venture proposed by Idaho Power Company, PacifiCorp, and Bonneville Power Administration for a 500 kilovolt, single-circuit transmission line. The proposed transmission line would go between a proposed Longhorn substation in Morrow County near Boardman, Oregon and the existing Hemingway Substation in Owyhee County near Melba, Idaho. The purpose of the proposed line is to provide additional capacity for energy exchange between the Pacific Northwest and the Intermountain West, depending on regional demand.

With the release of the Final EIS begins 30-day notice of availability and a 30-day LUP protest period. There is no formal public comment period for the Final EIS. The Final EIS can be found at: www.boardmantohemingway.com/documents and the BLM's eplanning site at: www.bit.ly/2dWseZL.
The preferred transmission line route was developed in conjunction with cooperating agencies after considering all route alternatives and variations over the six project segments. This route maximizes use of existing utility or infrastructure corridors, avoids or minimizes impacts on resources, and minimizes use of private lands.

The deadline for filing a Land-use Plan amendment protest is December 19, 2016. Protests can be submitted by mail:

Regular Mail
Director (210)
Attn: Protest Coordinator
P.O. Box 71383
Washington, D.C. 20024-1383

Overnight Mail
Director (210)
Attn: Protest Coordinator
20 M Street SE, Rm 2134LM
Washington, D.C. 20003


Attached Media Files: B2H Final EIS
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 11/23/2016-11/27/2016
Sandy Police Dept. - 11/28/16 8:01 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 11/23/2016-11/27/2016

ESTACADA:

1C 2016-2006

On 11/24/2016 at around 0209 hrs., police were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 1400 block of NE Kristie Lane. No crimes were committed and a report was taken.

1C 2016-2007

On 11/24/2016 at around 0609 hrs., police were dispatched to a report of a stolen vehicle in the 400 block of SW Ivy Road. It was discovered by the reporting party a short time later to have not been stolen.

1C 2016-2011

On 11/25/2016 at about 1302 hrs., police arrested John L. Audas (28, of Estacada) for a parole violation warrant. Audas was transported to Clackamas County Jail where he was lodged on no bail.

1C 2016-2020

On 11/26/2016 at about 1727 hrs., police took a phone report regarding a theft that had occurred in the 2000 block of NW Campus Drive. A report is pending (CAD).
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SANDY:

18 2016-2008

On 11/24/2016 at about 1015 hrs., officers responded to a report of a domestic disturbance in the 38000 block of Redwood Street. After interviewing involved parties, it was determined no crimes had occurred, and a report was taken.

18 2016-2010

On 11/24/2016 at around 2355 hrs., police were dispatched to a report of a theft that occurred in the 38000 block of Pioneer Boulevard. The suspect is unknown.

18 2016-2012

On 11/25/2016 at 1513 hrs., a victim called police to report a hit-and-run that occurred near the intersection of 362nd Drive and SE Skogan Road. The suspect vehicle struck the victim's vehicle and fled southbound on 362nd Drive.

18 2016-2013

On 11/25/2016 at 1528 hrs., a victim called police to report a fraud. The victim received a call from a person claiming to be with the sheriffs office. Victim was told he had a warrant and would be arrested if he didn't pay this individual $500 over the phone. He realized after the fact it was a scam.

18 2016-2014

Between 11/23/2016 and 11/25/2016, a suspect applied graffiti to the main gazebo in Meinig Park. The graffiti was photographed and the estimated cost of clean up is about $100. The investigation is ongoing.

18 2016-2015

On 11/24/2016 at about 1550 hrs., a man called to report his vehicle had been hit in the Fred Meyer parking lot. Multiple witnesses gave suspect information and the suspect will be contacted and interviewed soon.

18 2016-2016

On 11/25/2016 at about 1933 hrs., Officers responded to a crash that occurred at the intersection of Highway 26 and 362nd Drive. Upon arrival, they found that a pedestrian had been involved. There were no reported injuries but the pedestrian asked to be transported to the hospital as a precaution.

18 2016-2017

On 11/25/2016 at about 2005 hrs., police were dispatched to a report of a possible impaired driver parked at a business in the 39000 block of Proctor Boulevard. Officers found the vehicle on Highway 26 near Bluff Road and followed it, eventually stopping it at Highway 26 near Orient Drive. James O. Ramsey (27, of Portland) was booked into the Clackamas County Jail on charges of DUII-Controlled Substance and misdemeanor Driving While Suspended. He was lodged on $3,000 bail and the vehicle impounded.

18 2016-2018

On 11/26/2016 at around 0250 hours, police were contacted about a vehicle fire in the 40000 block of Highway 26. The fire was extinguished and the vehicle was towed.

18 2016-2019

On 11/26/2016 at around 0437 hours, police were dispatched to a report of a runaway child from the 39000 block of Gary Street. A report was taken and the child was entered as runaway.

18 2016-2021

On 11/26/2016 at about 1715 hrs., officers responded to a report of a domestic assault in the 37000 block of Meeker Street. The suspect, Chad W. Gates (46, of Estacada) was arrested on 11/27/2016 for two charges of Assault IV - APA and one charge of Menacing - APA. He was lodged at Clackamas County Jail on $22,500 bail.

18 2016-2022

On 11/26/2016 at about 2021 hrs., a woman reported that she had about $115 worth of items stolen from her during her patronage of a business in the 37000 block of Highway 26. There is a suspect and the investigation is ongoing.

18 2016-2023

On 11/27/2016 at around 0322 hrs., police were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 40000 block of Highway 26. It was determined that no crimes had been committed and a report was taken.

18 2016-CAD

On 11/27/2016 at around 0936 hrs., police responded to the 40000 block of Highway 26 regarding a domestic disturbance. A report is pending (CAD).
Sunday fire displaces family (Photo)
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - 11/28/16 7:15 AM
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Cowlitz County, WA- Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue responded to a structure fire in the 100 block of Talkeetna Heights Rd afternoon at 4:56. The resident reported the fire when he arrived home and saw a glow inside the front window; his wife and young child were out of town in the Portland, OR area. Firefighters arrived and reported flames coming out of the front door and from the rear of the double wide home. Firefighters extinguished the fire and checked for fire extension in the attic area and the walls. Three fire engines, a water tender, a brush engine, a medic unit, and a chief officer responded to the fire. The home was valued at $67,900 and is considered a total loss, according to fire officials. The family denied resources offered by the Salvation Army and will be staying with family in the area. The cause of the fire is under investigation; no injuries were reported.


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Pedestrian Struck at E Powell BLVD and Hood AVE
Gresham Police Dept - 11/28/16 6:27 AM
GRESHAM, Ore.--At 2:52 a.m. Police Officers responded to the area of E Powell BLVD and Kelly AVE where a pedestrian was struck by a motorist. The adult victim was transported to OHSU with critical injuries. The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with police. The Vehicular Crimes Team is currently investigating. Westbound traffic at E Powell BLVD and Hood AVE will be closed for the next two hours.
Highway 211 Fatal Crash Investigation Continuing - Clackamas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/28/16 4:50 AM
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On November 26, 2016 at about 11:09AM, a Clackamas County Deputy was in a marked patrol vehicle parked in the parking lot of the Clackamas County Fire Station on SR 211 and SE Judd Road. The deputy observed a Toyota Tacoma enter the parking lot and drive directly at his vehicle. The deputy believed the Toyota was attempting to collide with him and had to back his patrol vehicle out of the way to avoid a collision.

The vehicle, a 2005 Toyota Tacoma, left the area at a high rare of speed (southbound on Highway 211). The deputy believing the driver of the Toyota had just committed an attempted assault and was possibly DUII, began to pursue the Toyota. The deputy had lost visual sight of the vehicle and just a short distance from the fire station (about one mile), found the Toyota had crashed into a telephone pole and a tree near Fernwood Drive.

The driver, Matthew S JESSEE, age 33, of Beavercreek, was extricated from the vehicle and soon after pronounced deceased. During a search of the vehicle, a firearm was located in the Toyota.

OSP was assisted with the crash investigation by Clackamas County Sheriff's Officer, Clackamas Fire, CRAFT multi-agency team (Clackamas County Reconstruction and Forensics Team), and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

This is an ongoing investigation. More information will be released when it becomes available.


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UPDATE - East Precinct officers respond to disturbance involving a firearm
Portland Police Bureau - 11/28/16 3:29 AM
###UPDATE###

Officers are opening up traffic in the area of N.E. 110th Av. and N.E. Glisan St. They have not located the suspect in the call but continue to investigate the incident. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the non-emergency number at 503-823-3333.

###ORIGINAL MESSAGE###

Today, November 28, 2016 at 2:07 a.m., East Precinct officers received a call about an armed subject threatening a cab driver in the area of N.E. 110th Av. and N.E. Glisan St. The subject was reportedly intoxicated and armed with a gun. Officers responded to the area and contacted the cab driver.

Officers learned that the suspect had been dropped off in the area and a K-9 unit responded to assist. Shortly after arriving one of the officers heard a single gunshot.

Officers have established a perimeter and are checking the area for the suspect. He is described as a white male, about 25 years-old, over 6' tall and armed with a small handgun.

Officers are now in the process of checking the area. This will impact traffic in the area around N.E. 110th Av. and N.E. Glisan St.

###PPB###
Sun. 11/27/16
East Precinct officers respond to shooting - no known injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 11/27/16 4:35 PM
###UPDATE###

The Gang Enforcement Team will be responding to this incident. At this point it is not known if this incident is related to other recent shootings.

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.

###ORIGINAL MESSAGE###

Today, November 27, 2016, at 3:42 p.m., East Precinct officers received multiple calls reporting hearing gunshots in the 8300 block of N.E. Davis St. Officers responded to the scene and are investigating the shooting. Officers have not located any gunshot victims or suspects but have found evidence of a shooting including a home struck by gunfire.

It is early in the investigation but witnesses report a possible suspect as a black male, approximately 18 years of age, about 6 feet tall and skinny.

It is unknown if this incident is gang involved at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333.

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.

###PPB##
UPDATE #2 -Officers respond to shooting in S.W. Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 11/27/16 3:32 PM
###UPDATE###

Gang investigators have made an arrest in this shooting. Anthony Gray, a 19-year-old male and Quandrae Harris-Streeter, an 18-year-old male have been arrested. Early this morning, East Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team officers located a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle in the shooting. They were able to stop the vehicle and detain several occupants including the two arrested individuals.

Both subjects have been lodged in the Multnomah County Jail on charges including attempted murder and weapons charges.

Detectives continue to investigate this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Megan Burkeen at 503-823-2092 or Meghan.Burkeen@portlandoregon.gov or Det. Brian Sims at 503-823-2079 or Brian.Sims@portlandoregon.gov.


###UPDATE###

Officers have secured the scene. Initial reports indicate that a dispute occurred outside a party being held in a home in the area. It escalated and multiple shots were fired by unknown suspect(s). One person associated with the party was struck and is being transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A home was also struck.

There were a large number of youth in their late teens and possibly early twenties at the party. Officers are in the process of interviewing witnesses and the investigation continues.

Based on information learned at the scene, the Gang Enforcement Team is responding to assist with the investigation. Detectives do not know if this shooting is related to other shootings reported on Friday evening.

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.

###ORIGINAL MESSAGE###

This morning, November 27,2016, at 4:35 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to a shooting in the 0200 block of S.W. Hamilton St. Officers have arrived and are securing the scene.

While still early in the investigation officers believe the shooting was associated with a party being held at a home in the area. Officers believe the suspect or suspects have fled the location. At least one individual was shot. Officers on scene do not believe the injury is life-threatening at this time.

Officers do not know if the shooting is gang-related. Additional updates will follow as the investigation progresses.

The PPB asks that 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.

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.



###PPB###
Woman Killed In Highway 99W Crash - Polk County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/27/16 3:07 PM
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On November 26, 2016 at about 6PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 99W near milepost 70 (intersection of Suver Road).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2002 Ford F250 was traveling westbound on Suver Road when it attempted to cross Highway 99W where it was t-boned by a southbound 2010 Honda. After the impact both vehicles came to rest on the roadway.

The driver of the Honda, Cecilia L NICOSIA, age 23, of Dallas, was taken by air ambulance to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Corvallis for treatment of serious injuries.

The passenger in the Ford, Sara L BROWN, age 24, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Ford, Matthew L SERRY, age 25, was not injured. (BROWN and SERRY were married and resided in Falls City.) Preliminary investigation indicates neither were wearing their safety belts.

Highway 99W was closed for about six hours (with an established detour) while the crash was investigated. OSP was assisted by the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Polk County Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

This is an ongoing investigation, more information will be released when it is available.


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One Killed In Highway 212 Crash in Damascus - Clackamas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/27/16 8:16 AM
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On November 26, 2016 at approximately 6PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel were dispatched to a fatal motor vehicle crash on SR 212 just east of SE Tong Road (Damascus).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2004 Toyota Corolla was traveling eastbound on Highway 212 when it entered the westbound lane of travel where it was struck by a westbound by a 1998 Honda Accord.

The driver of the Toyota, William D ISAKSON, age 58, of Boring, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Honda, Aurelio M LOPEZ GOMEZ, age 49, of Salem, was taken to Oregon Health and Science University for non-life threatening injuries.

Highway 212 was closed for about four hours (established detour in place) while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas County Fire, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Contributing factors are still be investigated. More information will be released when it becomes available.


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Sat. 11/26/16
UPDATE - LOCATED - Public's help sought in locating a missing 78-year-old male (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/26/16 3:50 PM
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###UPDATE###

Mr. Rosenblum has been located.

###ORIGINAL MESSAGE###

Portland Police Bureau Missing Persons detectives are asking for the public's help in locating Stanley Rosenblum, a 78-year-old male. Mr. Rosenblum is a white male, about 5'10" tall and weighing 198 pounds. He was last seen in the 600 block of SW 11th ave at about 6:00 a.m. He was wearing a light blue jeans, a dark blue jacket, white sneakers and blue baseball cap. Mr. Rosenblum is medically fragile and not familiar with Portland.

Anyone who sees Mr. Rosenblum is asked to call 911. Anyone with information about his possible whereabouts or with historical sightings is asked to email Det. Helwig at Heidi.helwig@portlandoregon.gov.

###PPB###


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Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) Until Tuesday November 29
Portland Police Bureau - 11/26/16 10:31 AM
Sgt. Greg Stewart is the Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Portland Police Bureau until Tuesday November 29, 2016.

Sgt. Stewart will be available by email or media-only pager to answer questions or respond to incidents with a clear need for immediate public notification due to community safety concerns.

All other requests will be answered the next business day.

Guidelines for media, including how to officially request records, may be found here: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/571559

###PPB###
Drunk Driver Crashes into Police Car Blocking Traffic on Sandy Boulevard Friday Night
Portland Police Bureau - 11/26/16 10:25 AM
On Friday November 25, 2016, at 11:12 p.m., a North Precinct officer was blocking Northeast Sandy Boulevard at 112th Avenue while conducting an investigation into a crash involving a driver and a pedestrian.

The marked police car, a 2013 Chevrolet Caprice, was unoccupied, blocking eastbound Sandy Boulevard with its emergency lights activated.

18-year-old Damian Begay was driving eastbound in a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu at a speed estimated to be above the posted speed limit, failed to stop and struck the patrol car, significantly damaging both vehicles.

Begay was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries. Based on the investigation, Begay was given criminal citations for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Reckless Driving.

The pedestrian struck in the initial call was not seriously injured.

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

###PPB###
Arrest Warrant Telephone Scam Continues in the Community (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/26/16 10:20 AM
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November 26, 2016 -- The Washington County Sheriff's Office continues to receive reports about a scam where someone representing themselves as a sheriff's lieutenant directs the victim to load money onto a pre-paid cash card to avoid arrest for missing jury duty. A new victim is willing to speak to the media.

On November 25, 2016, a 70-year-old Washington County man was contacted by phone by someone who purported to be a lieutenant with the sheriff's office. The man was told there was a warrant for his arrest for missing jury duty. The man was then directed to a nearby grocery store and instructed to load almost $2,000 onto pre-paid cash cards. The man then provided the card access codes to the suspect.

Unfortunately, this scam continues in the community. Victims report the following similarities:
They are contacted by phone by a convincing person purporting to be a law enforcement officer;
The suspect names a specific Washington County judge and claims the judge has issued a warrant due to the victim missing jury duty;
The victim is directed to a nearby grocery or convenience store with specific instructions on loading a pre-paid cash card;
The victim is instructed to provide the suspect with the numbers on the card;

The Washington County Sheriff's Office requests the media's assistance in alerting the public about this scam.

This is a reminder that a law enforcement agency will never request fines to be paid by means of a pre-paid card. Information about warrants can be confirmed in person at the sheriff's office.

Anyone who has been victimized by this scam is encouraged to report the incident to non-emergency dispatch at 503-629-0111.

The victim is willing to speak to the media.

Video Resource:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_dMiZLO1IY


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UPDATE: Major Crash Team Investigating Pedestrian Fatality at SE 160th and Stark (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/26/16 10:08 AM
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After an investigation into Friday night's pedestrian fatality on Southeast Stark Street, Traffic Division officers arrested the driver involved in the crash.

The driver, 37-year-old William Rugg of Camas, Washington, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Criminally Negligent Homicide. Rugg will be arraigned on Monday.

Investigators learned that Rugg was driving his 1996 Ford F-150 pickup eastbound on Stark Street when he struck 75-year-old Tony Joy of Vancouver, Washington in the crosswalk. Joy was walking from the north side of Stark to the south side, in a marked crosswalk that was previously upgraded with a rapid flashing light beacon, which alerts traffic that a pedestrian is crossing the street. Evidence collected at the scene as well as witness statements indicate that the rapid flashing beacon was activated and working at the time of the crash.

After the crash, Rugg pulled into a large parking lot and remained at the scene. Based on information learned during the investigation, Rugg was arrested and booked into jail. Additional investigation is being conducted by Traffic Division officers.

This is the 37th traffic fatality in the City of Portland in 2016.

###PPB###

###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Friday November 25, 2016, at 5:44 p.m., East Precinct and Traffic Division officers responded to the report of a pedestrian hit by a driver at Southeast 160th Avenue and Stark Street.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and found a male in his 70s critically injured at the scene. The man was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital but did not survive his injuries.

The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

Southeast Stark Street is closed in both directions at 160th Avenue for the next few hours as the Traffic Division's Major Crash Team conducts an investigation.

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

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

###PPB###


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One Person Injured in Shooting on SE Hawthorne Overnight - Gang Enforcement Team Investigating (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/26/16 9:49 AM
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On Saturday November 26, 2016, at 12:15 a.m., Central Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team officers responded to the report of a shooting in the 700 block of Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard.

Officers arrived and medical personnel arrived and located a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment to serious but not believed to be life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses indicated to police that the suspect was an African American male in his 20s, 5'9" tall, 120 pounds, wearing dark clothing. Witnesses told police that the suspect was last seen running eastbound on Hawthworne.

Based on information learned at the scene, the Gang Enforcement Team took over the investigation. Detectives do not know if this shooting is related to other shootings reported on Friday evening.

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.

###PPB###


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Fri. 11/25/16
Gang Enforcement Team Investigating Two Shootings in North Precinct on Friday Evening (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/25/16 10:42 PM
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The Portland Police Bureau's Gang Enforcement Team is investigating two shootings in North Precinct that occurred this evening, Friday November 25, 2016.

At 8:00 p.m., North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team officers responded to the 9500 block of North Todd Street on the report of gunfire. Officers arrived in the area and located evidence of gunfire, including damage to two parked cars and two residences. No gunshot victims were located at the scene or arrived at any Portland hospitals.

Information police learned at the scene indicates that several people were firing guns and all left the area.

At 9:55 p.m., North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team officers responded to Northeast 8th Avenue and Broadway on the report of gunfire.

Officers arrived in the area and located evidence of gunfire but did not locate any gunshot victims. Witnesses told police that after the gunfire, several African American males ran and left in different vehicles.

At this point it is not known if these shootings are connected.

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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Gang Member Suspected of Double Shooting Arrested on Monday (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/25/16 4:47 PM
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On Monday November 21, 2016, 26-year-old Claybourne Michael Crane was arrested in connection with the shooting of two women on November 18.

Crane was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Attempted Aggravated Murder (three counts), Attempted Murder, Assault in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree (two counts), Unlawful Use of a Weapon (three counts), Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Possession of Cocaine.

Crane is a documented gang member and was arrested by members of the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) after Gang Enforcement Team (GET) detectives developed probable cause to arrest him for the shooting.

This investigation started on November 18, at 12:39 a.m., when North Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting at Jags Clubhouse, located at 605 North Columbia Boulevard.

Officers arrived in the area and learned that a 22-year-old female was inside the bar and suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a Portland hospital by ambulance for treatment and will survive her injuries.

Officers learned that there was a disturbance outside the club and that an African American male fired several shots towards a parked vehicle containing several people then ran away from the scene. The victim walked into the club to seek help.

As officers were investigating the shooting, other officers responded to the report of a carjacking in the area of Northeast Broadway and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at the 76 Gas Station. Officers arrived in the area and contacted a 30-year-old female suffering from gunshot wounds. Medical personnel arrived and transported the victim by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers learned that the second victim was shot outside Jags Clubhouse and it did not appear that any carjacking occurred at the 76 Gas Station.

Based on information learned at the scene, GET responded to conduct the 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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Bend Man Loses Life In Single Vehicle Crash - Deschutes County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/25/16 2:29 PM
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On November 24, 2016 at about 4:15PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash in the 19000 block of Innes Market Road (near Waldon Trail, west of Bend).

Preliminary information revealed a 2004 Ford F250 was traveling westbound on Innes Market Road when it lost control negotiating a corner, left the highway and struck a tree.

A passing motorist came across the crash and called 911. The motorist reported it appeared the driver was unconscious and not breathing, but could not reach him due to the vehicle being locked. An OSP Trooper was on scene within a few minutes and broke the window out to access the driver. The trooper provided medical attention but the male was pronounced deceased a short time later.

The driver was identified as Blake D PAYNE, age 56, of Bend. Both airbags deployed but it appeared PAYNE was not wearing a seatbelt and had struck his head on the windshield.

OSP was assisted by Bend Fire and Rescue and the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office. No further information to be released at this time


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Oven fire quickly contained by Lebanon firefighters (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 11/25/16 12:41 PM
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A quick response by Lebanon firefighters kept an oven fire from spreading throughout a home today. The call came in for a kitchen fire at 11:58 AM Friday morning at 204 Cascade Drive, and firefighters from the Lebanon fire district were on scene within three and a half minutes. Upon arrival firefighters found smoke billowing from a stove in the kitchen of a single wide mobile home. According to the homeowner, they were attempting to clean the oven using the self clean function of the stove. Residual grease and other food items ignited inside the stove and homeowners were unable to unlock the oven door in order to put the fire out. Firefighters quickly removed the stove from the house and used positive pressure ventilation to ventilate the smoke from the structure. The Lebanon Fire District would like to remind citizens to always perform an initial cleaning of your oven before using the self-cleaning feature. Ovens will get extremely hot during the self-cleaning function and residents should remain in the area of the kitchen to ensure that accidental fire does not occur. Every kitchen should also have a rated fire extinguisher at the ready in case of accidental cooking fires. For more information about home fire safety contact the Lebanon Fire District at 541-451-1901.

For HD video from this incident visit the LFD YouTube channel


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Woodland, Wa Homicide UPDATE #6 Victim Photo + Bio (Photo)
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/25/16 12:23 PM
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Woodland Wa - Homicide Update #6 - 11-25-16 1:00 p.m.

The Cowlitz County Sheriff's office is releasing a photo of Donald "Donny" W. Howard (62yrs) who was murdered last Tuesday.

"Donny" Howard was known to frequently fish on the Lewis River near the hatchery. He would go there very early in the morning and was known to sell his home-made lead fishing weights. He would often pick up cans and trash on the river and alongside the road as well. He usually drove a dark colored Ford Ranger pickup truck that had a canopy. Donny was 5'6" and 300lbs (Photo Attached).

We are releasing this information in hopes that anyone who had contact with him between Saturday November 19th and early Tuesday November 22nd will call the Sheriff's Office and leave a message for Sgt. Brad Thurman at 360-577-3092.

It is important for the media to (please) advise the public that they can remain anonymous by using their smart phones and text a tip using the "TIP411" APP on their smart phone, and make it attention to the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office. OR, they can also send the tip directly to us without the APP by sending a text to 847411 and listing "CCSOTIP" in the subject line.
(DOL Photo will also be attached).

(CCD Rosenzweig available by phone and email).
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#5:11-24-16 1:00 a.m. Detectives concluded their examination at the scene shortly after midnight. They also attended the autopsy and collected additional evidence at that time. The Coroner has identified the victim as Donald William Howard, 62 years of age. Mr. Howard resided at the residence where the homicide took place.

CCD Rosenzweig states "We have received several tips from the public and we are grateful that people have contacted us. We are encouraging the public to contact Sgt. Brad Thurman at 360-577-3092 especially if anyone had seen or had contact with Mr. Howard on Sunday or Monday. This case is very active and we will continue to work on this with as much resources as are available. The public can also provide tips anonymously by using the "TIP411" APP on their smart phone and make the text attention to the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office".

CCD Rosenzweig will not be available for contact until after 10am on Thursday. we will not be providing media release unless new important information develops.
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11-23-16 3:30p.m. Investigators are still on scene with the state crime lab. There is an autopsy schedules for later tonight, which detectives will attend. It will be up to the coroner to determine what will be released relating to the ID of the victim and cause and manner of death.

We continue to receive very helpful tips from the public and we really need for the media to stress the importance of helping the public know that they can provide tips anonymously by using their smart phones and the "TIP411" app and make it attention to the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office.

CCD Rosenzweig

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#3 11-22-16 10:30p

The victim has been turned over to the Cowlitz County Coroner. (The date and time for an autopsy is not firmed up yet but will be soon.)

Detectives are still on scene but will be taking a break tonight. Other deputies will provide security throughout the night; and detectives will be on scene tomorrow most of the day.

We appreciate the information that the public as provided so far and we encourage anyone who has information related to this case that has not talked with a detective to leave a message for Detective Sergeant Brad Thurman at the Sheriff's Office at 360-577-3092.
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Previous update #2 below....

Attached picture of lead Cowlitz Sheriff detective Cory Robinson (seated) and Woodland detective Dustin Palmquist reviewing pictures taken from the scene...

Cowlitz Sheriff, Woodland Police and the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab team continue to process the scene; which includes examining, collecting and preserving evidence. They are also in the process of interview neighbors and other people who have information that may be related to the investigation.

At this point we can confirm that there is a deceased male in the house. There was a fire that was intentionally set in the house that the fire department quickly extinguished. There are other circumstaances about this case that cause detectives to believe this is a homicide and we are treating the case as such.

We are not releasing the name of the victim, the cause of death, or very many details as we are still very early in to this investigation.

We understand that there is an interest to know details surrounding the death of the victim but we do not want to release details that would compromise the investigation.

We want to stress that it is very important for anyone who has any information that may relate to this case to call Detective Sergeant Brad Thurman and leave a message. He can be reached at 360-577-3092.

Callers who wish to remain anonymous can do so by using a smart phone app called "tip411". Tipsters need to look for the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office and send the tip to us using this "app". The service makes the tipster completely anonymous to us.

CCD Rosenzweig has been available by phone and will continue to be available to the media to answer and many questions as possible. (phone number below).


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Purina Fire (Photo)
McMinnville Fire Dept. - 11/25/16 10:00 AM
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This morning at 6:43am the McMinnville Fire Department responded to a reported commercial structure fire with smoke in the Purina manufacturing plant located at 102 SE Booth Bend Road. Personal entered the facility and had to access a second story, approximately 70 feet high, to access a elevated grain bin. There were 5 McMinnville apparatus on the fire with approximately 20 personal utilizing an elevated platform to stabilize the incident. The incident lasted for just over 2 hours. There were no injuries during the event and the cause is still under investigation.

Amity Fire District was brought into McMinnville for cover during this event.


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Police Identify Shooting Suspect (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 11/25/16 9:40 AM
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GRESHAM, Ore. -- Since Wednesday morning, detectives assigned to East County's Major Crimes Team have been investigating the shooting death of Harry Deonte Brogdon Jr., 29, of Portland. The shooting occurred in the street around 11:00 a.m., in the 18500 block of SE Stephens Cir.

Detectives have identified the suspect as 30-year-old Portland resident Demarco "Buddy" Streeter. Streeter is believed to have been driving a black four-door sedan with an "SS" emblem on the front passenger door. This vehicle may possibly be a rental car.

Streeter has an extensive criminal history including weapon possession, attempted murder and eluding police. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

Police are asking that anyone with information about Streeter's whereabouts, the mentioned vehicle, or knowledge of the shooting, contact the Gresham Police tip line at 503.618.2917 or police non-emergency at 503.823.3333. Callers can remain anonymous. If Streeter is seen, police advise to immediately call 911 and not approach him.

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Marijuana Dispensary Burglarized Early Thursday - Three Suspects Arrested (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/25/16 9:13 AM
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On Thursday November 24, 2016, at 4:16 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to a burglary alarm at the Allied Patient Care Dispensary, located at 729 Southeast Powell Boulevard.

As officers arrived, they saw three suspects running from the business. One suspect was apprehended quickly while the other two suspects hid in the neighborhood. a Canine Unit from the Washington County Sheriff's Office responded to assist with the search. The two outstanding suspects were located and taken into custody without incident.

During the investigation, officers located a van with the engine running parked across the street from the dispensary. Inside the van, officers observed marijuana plants and a rifle. The van and contents were seized as evidence.

23-year-old Joshua Nathan Nice was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Burglary in the Second Degree and Conspiracy to Commit Burglary in the Second Degree. Additionally, Nice had an outstanding parole violation warrant.

23-year-old Winston Oscar Mcleod was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Burglary in the Second Degree (two counts). Additionally, Mcleod had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.

26-year-old Seth Laban Williams was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Burglary in the Second Degree.

Anyone with additional information about this burglary or these suspects is asked to contact Detective Matt Estes at 503-823-0462, matthew.estes@portlandoregon.gov.

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Early morning house fire in Oregon City turns out to be fatal. (Photo)
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 11/25/16 9:00 AM
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At 10:49 pm on Thanksgiving night Clackamas Fire District responded to a report of a house fire at 19371 South End Road in Oregon City. The initial call to dispatch said that there was someone still inside of the structure. Engine 17 was quickly on scene and found a single wide mobile home with a large amount of fire showing from the back half of the home. Firefighters immediately started to fight the fire while the Truck company went in to search for a possible victim. It was reported that the victims bedroom was in the back half of the home which was fully involved in fire. After the fire was under control the victim was located in an area that was believed to be her bedroom. There were three other people at home when the fire broke out and they all were able to get out and call 911. Fire investigators were called to the scene and the fire is under investigation. Clackamas County Sheriff, Oregon City Police and the Medical Examiner were also on scene.

It is unknown if smoke detectors were present or working at this time but make sure you have working smoke alarms in your home.


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Red Cross Responds to Multifamily Home Fire in Oregon City that Affected Three Adults
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/25/16 2:48 AM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a multifamily home fire disaster on November 25, 2016, at approximately 12:30 a.m. in the 19000 block of Southend Road in Oregon City, OR. The multifamily home fire affected three adults and two pets.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. The Red Cross provides 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 our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Thu. 11/24/16
Red Cross Responds to Flooding Incident in Beaverton that Affected Four People
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/24/16 9:19 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a flooding incident on November 24, 2016 at approximately 7:20 p.m. in the 20200 block of SW Scholls Ferry Road, Beaverton that affected two adults and two children.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. Red Cross responders are trained and prepared to respond to any disaster, like flooding, within this region. It provides hope and comfort to people and helps victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment
Police Identify Shooting Victim
Gresham Police Dept - 11/24/16 6:49 PM
GRESHAM, Ore. -- Police have identified the victim in Wednesday morning's shooting as Harry Deonte Brogdon Jr, 30 of Portland.

Police and medical personnel responded to the 18500 block of SE Stephens Circle, in regards to a shooting. When police arrived, they found Brogdon suffering from a gunshot wound. Brogdon was pronounced dead at the scene.

The East County Major Crime Team is still actively investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Police are asking anyone with information about this case to contact the Gresham Police Department tip line at 503-618-2917.
Female with Tattoos Identified Thanks to Public Response (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 11/24/16 2:02 PM
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The Vancouver Police Department, through tips from the public, were able to identify a previously unidentified female with two specific tattoos involved in a serious case. Vancouver Police Detectives would like to thank all who called in to 911 and the Vancouver Police Tip Line with information in this case. Due to the nature of the case, the female's identity will not be released at this time.


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Two Suspects Arrested, Gun Seized in Old Town (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/24/16 10:30 AM
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On Thursday November 24, 2016, at 2:27 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of gunfire in the area of Northwest 1st Avenue and Davis Street.

Officers arrived in the area and spoke with witness who provided descriptions of the suspects. No gunshot victims were located by police but officers did find evidence of gunfire. Callers and witnesses provided information that the suspects may have been in a dispute with another party in a vehicle prior to the gunfire.

Officers contacted two subjects matching the suspects descriptions at Northwest 4th Avenue and Couch Street. One of the suspects dropped a handgun onto the ground during a struggle with officers. He was taken into custody along with the second suspect.

The suspect with the gun, 29-year-old Christian Emmanuel Ramirez-Sanchez, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on numerous charges, including Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

The second suspect, 27-year-old Carlos Fernando Ortega, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Possession of Cocaine.

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Pedestrian Killed After Being Struck By Vehicle - Josephine County
Oregon State Police - 11/24/16 9:42 AM
On November 23, 2016 at approximately 8:30 PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle versus pedestrian crash on Highway 199 near milepost 5 (just south of Grants Pass).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta was traveling southbound on Highway 199 when the driver encountered a pedestrian walking in the lane of travel. The driver attempted to avoid striking the pedestrian but was unable to do so. After being struck by the Volkswagen, the pedestrian was struck by several other vehicles.

The pedestrian, an adult male, was pronounced deceased on scene. Troopers are working to identify the pedestrian in order to notify the family. The driver of the Volkswagen, Brianna M WAKEFIELD, age 22, of Crescent City, California was not injured.

Highway 199 was closed completely then partially for three and a half hours. This is a preliminary release. More information will be released when it becomes available.
DUII Crash Downs Power Pole in Tigard
Tigard Police - 11/24/16 9:41 AM
UPDATE 112416

The injured bicyclist is identified as 34 year-old Jessica Renee Wilson.

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Tigard Police are investigating an early morning crash on Hall Blvd. near Burnham St in Tigard. At about 2:00 a.m. a van traveling southbound on Hall Blvd. crashed into a power pole downing the pole and power lines. Coinciding, a 34 year-old female riding a bicycle in the immediate area was hit by the downed lines. A Tigard Police officer who was in the parking lot of the Tigard Police Department saw the crash and rendered aid. The bicyclist was transported by ambulance to the Burn Unit at Emanuel Hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the van, a 50 year-old male, was not injured and is under suspicion of DUII. The Washington County CART is investigating the crash.

Tigard Police is urging motorists to avoid the area and find alternate routes of travel. Power remains out in the area. PGE crews have been on scene throughout the night in effort to remove the downed power lines and restore service. The Tigard City Hall campus is also without power.
Traffic detours are in place.
Sandy Police Reserve Officer's Christmas Toy Drive (Photo)
Sandy Police Dept. - 11/24/16 9:39 AM
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Happy Thanksgiving! The Sandy Police Department's Reserve Officer Toy Drive is off to a great start. Many generous citizens have dropped off new, unwrapped toys for the Toy Drive, which is done this year in partnership with the Sandy Kiwanis Christmas Basket Program. Monetary donations have also been received. As a reminder, donations will be received through December 15th so there's still lots of time to donate. Black Friday is a great opportunity to grab a toy for a needy child this year.

Original release:

The Sandy Police Department's Reserve Police Officer unit is proud to announce it will be conducting a Christmas toy drive in partnership with the Sandy Kiwanis annual Christmas Basket Program. This year marks the Kiwanis' 60th year for the program, which directly helps the Sandy community.

Anyone wishing to make a donation can bring a new unwrapped toy to the Sandy Police Department located at 39850 Pleasant Street during regular business hours (Mon-Thurs 8:00am-6:00pm). Monetary contributions such as checks can be made out to the Sandy Kiwanis Christmas Program.

Toys for ages 10 and up (boys and girls) would be greatly appreciated. Toys and donations will be gladly accepted until December 15th.

For more information about the program please contact Detective Jason Coates at (503)489-2178.


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Wed. 11/23/16
Missing 86 Year Old Male
Vancouver Police Dept. - 11/23/16 8:13 PM
Today Duane Varner (86 years old) went missing from his home near the 9300 block of SE Butte Ave around 5 pm. He is described as 5'10" 140 pounds wearing a gray colored sweatshirt, khaki colored pants and brown shoes. He has dementia and has walked far from home in the past. Family believes he may head to stores and restaurants. Please call 911 if you see him.

Mr. Varner has been located
Tigard Police Investigate Auto-Pedestrian Crash on Pacific Highway
Tigard Police - 11/23/16 5:02 PM
UPDATE 112316 1700hrs
The victim is identified as Howard Tommy Hooker,age 70.



UPDATE
The pedestrian involved in Tuesday's crash has died. The name of the victim is being withheld pending family notifications.





A 9-1-1 call to Tigard Police on November 22 reported a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle. The incident occurred on Pacific Highway near 65th Ave. in Tigard at approximately 6:30 p.m. Witnesses reported seeing a man attempt the cross the highway when he was struck by a vehicle traveling in the northbound lanes. At the time of the crash, rain was falling steadily contributing to poor visibility. The driver of the vehicle involved remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. The were no indications of driver impairment. No citations were issued.

The victim, a 60 year-old male was transported by ambulance to OHSU with apparent serious injuries. Both directions of Pacific Highway were closed with detours in place for approximately two hours while police investigated.
Salem City Councilor Daniel Benjamin Resigns
City of Salem - 11/23/16 4:35 PM
Daniel Benjamin, Salem City Councilor representing Ward 6 has submitted a letter of resignation to Salem City Council. His resignation is effective immediately.

In his letter he wrote,

"Mayor and City Council,

Effective immediately, I hereby tender my resignation as Salem City Councilor of Ward 6.
I wish the very best of success to all citizens of the City of Salem. Thank you for the opportunity to be your city councilor. I truly cherish the time that I spent and the people I have met serving the City."

At the November 28 City Council meeting, Council will formally receive his resignation and consider whether to declare his seat vacant. Benjamin's term began in January 2015.

Mayor Anna Peterson said that the City received many emails and phone calls from residents asking that Councilor Benjamin be censured by Council, and many requested that he step down.

"Councilor Benjamin has done the right thing in resigning," said Mayor Peterson. "The important thing that I hope everyone understands is that this city council and city administration stands firmly committed to protecting everyone's civil rights, and the safety of all our residents."
Truck Destroyed by Fire Outside of Entrance to Hillsboro Landfill (Photo)
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue - 11/23/16 3:26 PM
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Just before 1:00 pm Wednesday afternoon, Firefighters from Hillsboro Fire Station #2 were dispatched to a truck fire at 3205 SE Minter Bridge Rd. They arrived to find a trash hauling truck in flames with heavy smoke coming from the cab and the engine compartment. The crew attacked the flames with water from Engine #2 as additional firefighters on Engine #1 arrived to secure a water supply form a nearby fire hydrant. Firefighters had the fire knocked down within five minutes of their arrival.

A Hillsboro Fire Investigator arrived shortly after the fire was extinguished. The investigator interviewed the driver and began examining the wreckage to determine the cause of the fire. The cause of the fire has not been determined at this time. The 2015 Freightliner truck is a total loss. No injuries were reported.


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Deputy Offers Pies Instead of Tickets? (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/23/16 2:49 PM
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The Marion County Sheriff's Office is always looking for creative ways to change driving behavior, so when Deputy Tom Barber said he had an idea we were all ears. Deputy Barber is assigned to the City of Sublimity a municipality that contracts law enforcement services with the Sheriff's Office.

Deputy Barber was approached by an anonymous donor who wished to donate ten pies to motorists who had been stopped for traffic violations. Deputy Barber stated, "What a creative way to impact our residents and perhaps change a behavior that makes our roads a safer place to travel for our residents and visitors."

Deputy Barber over the course of an hour stopped ten motorists, he started out his conversation as he always does, "Good afternoon, I'm Deputy Barber." Deputy Barber went on to tell the motorists why they were stopped and then came the twist. Deputy Barber informed each motorist the fine for the violation would be a, "nice round figure." So when Deputy Barber returned to his car and grabbed a pie to deliver to the motorist you can image the shock.

"A pie in lieu of a citation, it's certainly unique, I had one driver break into tears I couldn't believe it. I just hope this is a thanksgiving week that those ten motorists will never forget. " Deputy Tom Barber has been a police officer for over 19 years, and serves the 2700 residents who live within the city of Sublimity.


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The Governor's Commission on Senior Services will meet Thursday, December 8, in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 11/23/16 2:41 PM
The Governor's Commission on Senior Services will meet on Thursday December 8, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. -- 4:00 p.m. at Center 50+, 2615 Portland Road NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes regular commission business, public comment, a debrief discussion on the outcomes of the Oregon Conference on Aging held in October, an update from the Legislative Subcommittee, a discussion with DHS on the requested budget and the Legislative Concepts moving forward to the 2017 legislative session and how the Commission will proceed with the legislative session, the results of the Area Plan Review process and the Commission's role in developing the State Plan on Aging, as well as a continuation of the work centered on Aging as an Asset, Commission outreach events, and its partnership with the Oregon Disabilities Commission.

People can also call into the meeting or attend via webinar: Conference line: 888-363-4735 Access code: 3439085 or they can join via internet at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/327092861

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Kelsey Gleeson at Kelsey.Gleeson@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For questions about the meeting, please contact: Rebecca Arce, policy analyst at Rebecca.E.Arce@state.or.us.
Milwaukie Police Arrest Man For Attempted Murder. (Photo)
Milwaukie Police Dept. - 11/23/16 2:28 PM
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On 11-20-16, around 8:30 p.m., Milwaukie Police responded to the 2400 block of SE Willard Street in Milwaukie to investigate reports of shots fired in the area. Upon arrival Officers located a 25-year-old male subject with a single gunshot wound. The victim reported the shooter had fled prior to officer's arrival. The victim was immediately transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

As the investigation continued through the night, the suspect was identified as 31-year-old Long Thanh Vo. While looking for Mr. Vo, investigators learned he had been arrested by Portland Police for a separate and unrelated incident in their jurisdiction that occurred in the early morning hours of 11-21-16, less than 12 hours after the Milwaukie incident.

On 11-22-16, Milwaukie Detectives went to Portland and arrested Mr. Vo as he was being released from the Multnomah County Jail. Mr. Vo is currently being held at the Clackamas County Jail on charges of; Attempted Murder, Assault in the first degree, Reckless Endangering, Delivery of Controlled substance (Cocaine), and Delivery of Controlled substance (Heroin.)

The investigation revealed Mr. Vo was known to the victim and this was not a random act.

The investigation is on-going.


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Board of Forestry to discuss rulemaking petition Nov. 29
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 11/23/16 2:28 PM
The Board of Forestry will hold an executive session for the purpose of conferring with legal counsel regarding the board's rights and duties related to current litigation or litigation likely to be filed pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(h). If media representatives are present at Executive Session, then the representatives of the news media are specifically directed not to report on any of the deliberations during this Executive Session, except to state the general subject of the session as announced. A public meeting is scheduled after the executive session, for the board to review its final order regarding the petition for rulemaking on marbled murrelet sites.

On July 20, 2016 during its regular meeting, the board reviewed a petition to create rules for marbled murrelets. As part of its decision making, the board considered a report, a presentation, information from staff, and public comments. Acting within its authority under the Administrative Procedures Act, the board denied the petition, in part, because the specified resource sites topic, which includes murrelets, is on its work plan. As the board implements its work plan, many issues raised in the petition will be considered.

Both meetings will be held at Building C, 2600 State Street, Salem on November 29. The executive session will be held in the Clatsop Room from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m., and the public meeting in the Tillamook Room from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged by calling 503-945-7200 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

The Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. More information on the board is available at www.oregon.gov/odf. ODF is on Facebook and other social media sites, accessible at: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/odfsocialmedia.aspx
Oregon Home Care Commission to meet Dec. 1 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 11/23/16 2:15 PM
Salem, Oregon -- The Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC) will meet on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m., at 676 Church Street NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes public testimony; reports from the Governor's Commission on Senior Services, Oregon Disabilities Commission, Oregon Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Disabilities, DHS Aging and People with Disabilities program, community advisory councils and coordinated care organizations; quarterly Aging and People with Disabilities program update, disability community collaborative, new recommendations from the Oregon AARP on ways to provide relief to caregivers; and staff reports.

There will be a working lunch, followed by workforce development update, a personal support worker letter of support, Executive Director's report and a quarterly update from the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services.

The full agenda is attached.

A call-in number is available for people unable to attend in person: 1-888-431-3632, dial access code 3823746#

The commission meets on the first Thursday of every month.

The Oregon Home Care Commission welcomes visitors to its meetings. People who may need any type of accommodation due to a disability should contact Joanna Gould at 503-378-4984 or joanna.m.gould@state.or.us.

More information about the Oregon Home Care Commission is available at http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/HCC/Pages/index.aspx


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Monday, November 28, 2016 Regular Board Business Meeting Agenda
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 11/23/16 2:10 PM
The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon, will convene in a Regular Board Business Meeting on Monday, November 28, 2016 in the Boardroom at the Parkrose District Office located at 10636 NE Prescott St., Portland, Oregon at the hour of 6:30pm. The Board will hear a presentation from MESD and recognize Board Member Carter. They will receive reports from the Associated Study Body, Superintendent's Office, Assistant Superintendent/School Improvement Office and Student Services. The Board will take action on consent agenda items. They will also report on their Board Business and be available to hear Citizen Comments twice during the Business Meeting. The agenda is attached and posted on the Parkrose School District Website at https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1000205
Christmas Kettles Kicked Off -- Luncheon Raises Over $86,000 for 2016 Salvation Army Kettle Season Goal
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 11/23/16 1:36 PM
(Portland, OR) November 23, 2016 - It's that time of year again -- when the sounds of Salvation Army bells greet you at stores and businesses across the area. From now until December 24th, Salvation Army volunteers and staff will be raising funds for food pantry and after-school programs, and more for over 80,000 people in the Portland Metro area. The Salvation Army's 2016 Kettle Season goal is $750,000 and they are well on their way to reaching that goal, thanks to Portland's first Kettle Kickoff Luncheon event that raised over $86,000 last Thursday, November 17th, 2016. The luncheon was held at the Downtown Hilton and was sponsored by Centimark, TrueSense, and Weston Kia.

"Every day, but especially today, we are thankful for the blessings we receive throughout the year, and we are fortunate to have partners who come alongside us to make our work possible," says Captain Robert Steiner, Divisional Secretary for The Salvation Army Cascade Division. "We are so blessed to be able to serve others in such a great community."

The Salvation Army raises over 50% of its operating funds for the entire year during the months from October through December. This is why it is so important to have a successful kettle season.

Between now and Christmas, The Salvation Army still needs to raise over $650,000 to meet its goal, but they are off to a great start thanks to those who helped kick it off at the 2016 Kettle Kickoff Luncheon.

You can make a donation to The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign by dropping in coins or cash at your local kettle. You can also visit portland.salvationarmy.org to make a secure donation online.

If you would like to fundraise on behalf of The Salvation Army, visit redkettlereason.org to start raising money for a cause you believe in.

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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 127 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.

Friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyPortland
Answerland Advisory Committee meeting online, December 7, 2016
Oregon State Library - 11/23/16 1:29 PM
The Answerland Advisory Committee (AAC) will meet online on Wednesday, December 7 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Pacific Time. The agenda is included.

This is a public meeting; those who would like to attend should contact Tamara Ottum, 503-378-6506 or tamara.ottum@state.or.us, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.

The AAC advises the State Library and the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Council on Answerland, and its membership is drawn from all areas of the state and representing the public, school, academic, and special libraries that use or provide service for Answerland. The current member list is available at http://www.oregon.gov/OSL/LD/pages/answerland/advisory.aspx.

Questions or concerns can be addressed to Tamara Ottum, 503-378-6506 or tamara.ottum@state.or.us.


Answerland Advisory Committee Meeting
December 7, 2016
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Agenda

1:30 Welcome and housekeeping (Milner)
1:35 Review agenda and approve minutes from June 16, 2016 meeting (Milner)
1:45 Answerland Update (Ottum)
2:00 Open Forum
2:15 New Partner Library Agreements (Milner & Ottum)
3:20 Action item review (Ottum)
3:30 Adjourn
Gresham Police Investigate Homicide
Gresham Police Dept - 11/23/16 1:17 PM
On November 23, 2016 at 10:53 a.m. Gresham Police responded to the report of a male shot in the 18500 block of SE Stephens Circle. Police arrived on scene and found that the male was deceased. The name of the deceased is not being releasing pending the notification of next of kin. No one is in custody at this time but the public is not believed to be in danger. The East County Major Crimes Team is currently investigating what led up to the shooting. No other information is being released at this time.

Anyone with information in regards to the shooting is asked to the call the Gresham Police at 503.618.2917.
Vancouver installation honors victims of gun violence
WSU Vancouver - 11/23/16 12:10 PM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- "Remembering the Dead," a sound art installation by John F. Barber, faculty member of the Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University Vancouver, will be exhibited Nov. 17 -- Dec. 30 at Boomerang Gallery in downtown Vancouver. The work memorializes victims of gun violence in the United States by displaying and speaking their names.

This is the first local exhibition of "Remembering the Dead," which debuted at the international conference and festival of the Irish Sound Science and Technology Association, Derry, Northern Ireland, in September. The work was also invited for exhibition at the Paul Watkins Gallery at Winona State University in Minnesota.

"Remembering the Dead" is displayed in a wooden cabinet that recalls both a bullet and tombstone. The cabinet houses a computer, a monitor and a speaker. Each victim's name, age, place and date of death is displayed on the monitor while the victim's name is spoken via text-to-speech technology. After its display, the victim's name is added to a memorial list in the monitor's background.

"This process continues, eternally," Barber said. "With each name displayed, the list grows longer. With each name spoken, we are reminded of the human cost of gun violence.

"One of the individuals memorialized in this work was killed in downtown Vancouver," he said. "The mass killing that prompted the work occurred in Roseburg, Oregon."

Further information about "Remembering the Dead" is available online at nouspace.net/john/archive/dead/remember-the-dead.html.

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

As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations.
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Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council releases new website and mobile app for Barlow Road
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/23/16 12:04 PM
For the past two years, Dr. Erica Risberg, working with the Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council (OHTAC), has developed an educational and tourist project about the Barlow Road with funding from the Oregon Community Foundation's Historic Trails Fund. Dr. Erica Risberg, Historian and President of Shared Context Consultants, LLC, headed the project with the assistance of members of the Oregon-California Trails Association and its Northwest Chapter plus members of the OHTAC.

The funds were used to develop the website, www.oregontrail-barlowroad.org, which lists ten sites along the Barlow Road. The website was designed to help educators teach 4th and 5th grade students learn more about the Barlow Road. It has panoramic views of the sites, as well as historical photos when accessible, contextual descriptions of each site, and diary excerpts that were recorded by voiceover talents to engage the students more when learning about each site.

Subsequent funds were used to make some of the material accessible through a mobile application: Next Exit History (www.nextexithistory.com). The purpose of using the application is to make the material accessible to tourists. They can access the material while they have wifi service, and the information will be downloaded on their mobile device. Once the application has been downloaded, go to "Backpacks" and search for Barlow Road and download it. While traveling along the Barlow Road, there won't be much wifi service, but since the material has been downloaded onto the device, it can be accessed. The downloads are counted, so there is a method of tracking built in that can be used to garner support for future funds from Travel Oregon or other organizations that support cultural heritage tourism.

About Erica Risberg and Shared Context Consultants, LLC:
Dr. Risberg has over twenty-eight years of experience working in historical research for government agencies and private enterprise. Her experience includes cultural analysis, technical documentation, coordination and management of cross-agency interdisciplinary studies. Her company, Shared Context Consultants, LLC is a women-owned business that specializes in conducting research and working with local museums and agencies to develop methods to engage people with history. She has worked on several research projects with History Associates, Inc. and assisted the Museum of History and Industry (Seattle) and the Maine State Museum with developing content for exhibits.
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Two Men Charged After Poaching Trophy Buck - Wheeler County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/23/16 11:55 AM
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The Oregon State Police in conjunction with the Wheeler County Sheriff's Office and Warm Springs Department of Natural Resources recently completed an investigation into the unlawful take of a trophy 4x6 buck mule deer in Wheeler County near Fossil.

The investigation revealed on October 27, 2016 at approximately 6:20PM, Erland SUPPAH SR, age 69, of Warm Springs, and Oscar FINLEY, age 40, Wapato, Washington unlawfully shot the trophy buck on private property without permission during closed season from the highway right-of-way.

On November 21, SUPPAH was criminally cited for Unlawful Taking Buck Deer Closed Season, Hunting on Enclosed Lands of Another, and Hunting Prohibited Area; Highway Right-of-Way. FINLEY was criminally cited with Unlawful Taking Buck Deer Closed Season and Hunting on Enclosed Lands of Another. The Deer was seized as evidence.

No further information at this time.


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Two Elk Shot And Left To Waste (Again) - Columbia County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/23/16 11:52 AM
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The Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of two elk in Columbia County on November 21, 2016. This is following a similar incident that occurred last week in Union County (release below).

On November 21 at about 7am, troopers began an investigation after one cow elk and one five point bull elk were shot and left to waste on private property near Saint Helens (near Smith Road between Robinette Road and Dart Creek Road). OSP was able to salvage the elk where they will be donated to charity.

A reward of up to $1000 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. The reward is comprised of $500 from the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poacher (TIP) program and $500 from the Columbia County Chapter of the Oregon Hunter's Association.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Justin Morgan at (503)396-2408 or justin.morgan2@state.or.us. The TIP hotline may also be called any time at 1-800-452-7888. Any information may be left anonymously.


Release from 11/16/2016:
The OSP Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of two bull elk in Union County.

On November 16, 2016, OSP was notified of two dead bull elk approximately 60 yards off of Yarrington Road, which is located northeast of Elgin in Union County. An OSP Fish and Wildlife Trooper responded and found both bull elk had been shot and left to waste. Investigation revealed the elk were most likely shot in the late evening hours of November 15 or early morning hours of November 16, 2016. Evidence was collected at the scene.

A reward of up to $500.00 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. The reward is offered by the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poacher (TIP) program.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact OSP Senior Trooper Marcus McDowell through the TIP hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or email at marcus.mcdowell@state.or.us. Information may be kept anonymous.


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Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board to meet December 1 in Salem
Oregon Health Authority - 11/23/16 11:40 AM
November 23, 2016

What: A retreat and public meeting of the Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board

When: Thursday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Where: Callan Conference Room, Oregon State Hospital, 2600 Center St., NE, Salem, Oregon. The public also can attend via toll-free conference line at 1-888-278-0296, participant code 429-4893.

Agenda: Retreat topics include a review of the hospital's recent achievements, a discussion of priority issues and a data discussion. Following the retreat, the board will convene a brief public meeting.

Details: The Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board advises the superintendent, Oregon Health Authority Director and legislators on issues related to the safety, security and care of patients. Members include consumers, providers, advocates, legislators, community members, consumer families and OSH union members.

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.

For more information, see the board's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/osh/Pages/advisory-board.aspx.

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Traffic Advisory: Water Main Excavation Closes Center and Northbound Lane of SE 82nd Avenue at SE Glenwood Street
Portland Water Bureau - 11/23/16 11:34 AM
PORTLAND, OR- Portland Water Bureau crews will be conducting exploratory excavation that will close the center and northbound lanes of SE 82nd Avenue at SE Glenwood Street, just south of SE Claybourne Street.

The work will be conducted between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Monday November 28, 2016. Cones and barricades will block off the construction zone.

The traveling public is reminded to stay alert and use caution as traffic may suddenly slow or stop. To avoid traffic delays, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes around the work site.
Be alert for landslides in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 11/23/16 11:24 AM
PORTLAND, Ore. - The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch from Thursday morning through Friday evening for areas of northwest Oregon and southwest Washington.

The watch area includes the Portland metro area, the north and central Oregon coast and Coast Range, the central and south Willamette Valley, and the south Washington coast. Track Oregon flood watches here: http://1.usa.gov/1EM7qNl

"Landslides can be triggered by intense rainfall, and landslides and debris flows are possible during this weather," says Ali Ryan Hansen, communications director for the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). "Be aware of landslides as a potential hazard and use extreme caution when traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday."

Avoiding areas where landslides are more likely to occur is an important safety step, Hansen says. DOGAMI's interactive SLIDO map offers a look at landslide hazards, and is a useful tool for identifying areas that are susceptible to landslides. The map is online at: www.oregongeology.org/slido

People, structures and roads located below steep slopes in canyons and near the mouths of canyons may be at serious risk. In general, Hansen says, dangerous places include:
- Canyon bottoms, stream channels, and areas of rock and soil accumulation at the outlets of canyons.
- Bases of steep hillsides.
- Road cuts or other areas where slopes of hills have been excavated or over-steepened.
- Places where slides or debris flows have occurred in the past.

For more landslide and debris flow information: http://bit.ly/landslidehazards
Media Advisory: Union Gospel Mission to serve 1,300 Meals on Thanksgiving Day
Union Gospel Mission - 11/23/16 11:05 AM
Union Gospel Mission to serve 1,300 Meals on Thanksgiving Day

Portland, Ore.,- Union Gospel Mission will be serving 1,300 Thanksgiving meals to the homeless and anyone in need on November 24 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in a tent in front of Union Gospel Mission at 15 NW Third Avenue in Portland.


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Note: Opportunities to film/photograph and interview participants at the Thanksgiving event are available. Contact Stacy Kean at 503-314-5235 to make arrangements or ask for Stacy Kean at the volunteer station the day of the event.
LaCenter Arson Fire - Arrest
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/23/16 11:01 AM
Arrested and Booked on Arson First Degree
CLEM, Cindy Jo DOB 10/11/1966 female, La Center, Wa.
About 21:30 Hrs, on 11/22/2016 Clark County Fire Rescue, La Center Police and Clark County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a working house fire with thick smoke coming from the home's eaves and doorways, at 4517 NE 372nd Street, La Center, Wa. Deputies learned that a female resident of the home was distraught over a recent relationship break-up and had called her former co-habitant boyfriend saying she had lit their home on fire and made threats to perish in the fire. Her former boyfriend called 911.
Deputy Eric Cramer breached a door and could hear a woman's voice from inside the burning home; he was unable to enter through the billowing black smoke. Firefighters entered and located the woman, later identified as Cindy Clem, lying on the floor. She was evacuated and the fire was extinguished. Clem was transported via AMR to Peace Health Southwest Medical Center for treatment. When medically cleared, Clem was transported and booked into CCSO jail on a charge of Arson First degree. The Clark County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the arson fire.
No further information will be released at this time.
Safeway Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show Opens Nov 25 (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/23/16 10:30 AM
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THE SAFEWAY WINTER WONDERLAND HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW OPENS NOVEMBER 25TH, HELPS SUNSHINE DIVISION MAKE SEASONS BRIGHTER FOR FAMILIES IN NEED

The Safeway Winter Wonderland holiday light show, powered by Advantis Credit Union, opens for the season starting Friday, November 25, 2016, from 5pm to 11pm at Portland International Raceway. The light show now operates as a fundraiser for the Sunshine Division's food and clothing assistance programs. A title sponsorship from the Safeway Foundation and a presenting sponsorship from Advantis Credit Union provide significant funding support for the holiday light show this year.

"Expect some LED updgrades and new installations this year to the show," said Sunshine Division's Executive Director, Kyle Camberg. "We're making a series of upgrades in the years to come, including additional lighting installations and a complete transition to energy-efficient LED bulbs."

The show hours are Sunday -- Thursday, 5:30pm -- 9:30pm and Friday -- Saturday, 5pm -- 11pm. A detailed schedule of events can be seen at http://winterwonderlandportland.com/ Purchase advance tickets online at https://www.tickettomato.com/event/4136 or for $2 off at all Portland-area Safeway stores at customer service. Please note: November 28th is closed to the public.


Special nights include:
Bike the Lights Night -- November 29th from 5:30pm -- 9:30pm (at PIR)
No cars this evening.
Bike the lights with your family. Free onsite mechanical repairs by Bike Gallery. Don't have a bike? Nike Biketown Portland will be onsite with a limited number of bikes to share. Don't forget to deck your bike with lights! Helmets required for kids 16 and under.

Lloyd Center Lights & Leashes Dog Walk Night -- December 6th from 5:30pm -- 9:30pm (at PIR)
No cars this evening.
Walk the light show with or without your dog, partnering with our canine friends: Fences for Fido, Pacific Pug Rescue, and Project Pooch. Meet the hardest working dogs in Portland, Portland Police Bureau's K-9s.

Bring a bag of no-grain dog food, dress up your pooch for the 7pm costume contest emceed by iHeart Radio's Mives, and stop by the Lloyd Center booth to visit Santa!

The Sunshine Division has been committed to making holiday seasons brighter for local families since 1923. Winter Wonderland aligns with that mission by creating a platform to generate community support during a critical time of year. The 2016 show will be managed on behalf of Sunshine Division with support from the Hood To Coast Race Series staff. This year's show opens November 25, 2016 and closes Christmas night, Sunday, December 25, 2016.

ABOUT WINTER WONDERLAND
Recognized throughout the Pacific Northwest as the "Largest Holiday Light Show West of the Mississippi", the 24th annual Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show at Portland International Raceway is now a signature fund and food-raiser for the Sunshine Division. Spectators can enjoy the most impressive drive-through light show in the region, viewing over 250 colorful light set pieces and many fully animated scenes from the comfort of their own vehicle. Over two million visitors have taken the Winter Wonderland journey since its origin.

ABOUT THE SUNSHINE DIVISION
Since 1923 the Sunshine Division has provided free emergency food and clothing to families and individuals in times of crisis. This December marks 94 years that Sunshine Division and Portland Police Bureau members will home deliver holiday food boxes. This year, 2,500 food boxes will be delivered to families in need via three Portland police precincts and the Sunshine Division warehouse. An additional 1,000 holiday food boxes will be distributed via 20+ local non-profits throughout the metro area (at no cost) to help the families and individuals they serve in their communities.

We are the only charity in the U.S. working side-by-side with first responders to distribute food and clothing 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We currently serve approximately 1,300 households EACH MONTH directly at our facility in North Portland where families can access FREE food and clothing 6 days a week, year round.

Sunshine Division is also a small food bank, assisting more than 25 local non-profits in the four county area, the Portland Police Bureau, and other local first responders, by providing them with FREE bulk food, clothing, holiday food boxes, and/or emergency food boxes to distribute throughout the metro area. All services we provide to individuals and other agencies are 100% free.

More than .90 cents of every donation goes to Sunshine's mission and programs. Our efficiency makes us the only local food relief organization to receive five consecutive "four-star ratings" from the charity watchdog organization, Charity Navigator. Only 7% of the charities rated nationally have received five consecutive 4-star evaluations.

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Clackamas Fire launches annual Operation Santa
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 11/23/16 9:44 AM
Clackamas Fire District #1's Operation Santa Claus program is a month-long holiday toy and food drive organized by volunteers and staff. The funding is supported by the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation and the season kicks off by participating in 15 community parades beginning on November 25 through December 11. Santa will ride atop an antique fire engine, escorted by other fire apparatus, through area neighborhoods, while volunteers collect food and toy donations from community members along the route.

Steve Hoffeditz, public information officer for Clackamas Fire District #1 said last year's Operation Santa collected 36,000 pounds of food, over 8,000 toys, over 500 families made up of 2,000 individuals were helped.

If you can't make one of the parades, here are other ways you can help:

The Giving Tree: Families who have applied for assistance through Compassion in Action Clackamas County have provided wish-lists of gifts for children in need. Select a gift tag from the Giving Tree, located at the Clackamas Town Center. The tag will identify a child's or family's name, age, and requested gift. Purchase the requested item and return it to the Giving Tree.

Food Collection Barrels: Leave non-perishable food and new unwrapped toy donations at collection barrels, which can be found at any Clackamas Fire station and local businesses starting on November 25.

Cash Donations: The Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization association with Clackamas Fire. The Foundation accepts donations, with instructions available on the Clackamas Fire website, Operation Santa link.

If you would like to request assistance from Operation Santa, fill out an application at any Clackamas County social service agencies or a list of other locations and more information on receiving holiday assistance can be found on the Compassion in Action Clackamas County website: http://www.ciacc.org/.

Additional information on Clackamas Fire's Operation Santa Claus can be found on our website: http://www.clackamasfire.com/operationsanta.html.
Free Shred Day Event (Photo)
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 11/23/16 9:35 AM
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The "Free Shred Day" event held on Saturday, November 19, 2016, at the Lincoln County Courthouse parking lot was an overwhelming success this year! So much so, that the iSecure truck was filled to capacity by 1:15 p.m. which was 45 minutes before the 2:00 p.m. closing. This was the first year that your Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has sponsored such an event to encourage citizens to shred documents that contain personal or sensitive information and to reduce their potential for being victims of identity theft or financial fraud. Due to the overwhelming response by citizens, we will endeavor to sponsor another event of this nature on an annual basis. We would like to thank everyone for their participation and for the positive feedback received throughout the day.

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Submitted by:
Lisa Combs, Support Services Director
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
ecombs@co.lincoln.or.us
541-265-4912


Attached Media Files: Free Shred Day 2 , Free Shred Day 1
Tip of the Week November 28, 2016 - Protecting Pets in Winter
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 11/23/16 9:28 AM
OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF
Sheriff Curtis L. Landers
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
(541) 265-4277
Fax (541) 265-4926

TIP OF THE WEEK

Date: November 28, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

PROTECTING PETS IN WINTER WEATHER

Winter is a time we should pay close attention to the safety of our pets. Here are some safety tips to follow:

1. Pets that live outdoors should be fed a bit more in the winter because they need the extra calories to stay warm. They also should have fresh water put out a couple of times a day, or consider a special bowl that prevents the water from freezing.
2. If your pet goes outdoors, be aware of the temperature. Pets can get frostbite very easily on the ears, tail and paws.
3. When walking your dog in freezing conditions, check the paws to make sure that ice is not building up between the toes and that salt or gravel from the roads is not irritating the skin.
4. If your dog is a swimmer, keep it on a leash around open water or unstable ice. Hypothermia can set in quickly and the dog may be unable to get out of the water.
5. Before you start your car, ensure no animals have decided to nap in a warm spot under the hood of the vehicle.
6. If decorating for the holidays, keep ornaments out of the reach of your pets. Remember that poinsettias, holly, mistletoe and other plants can be toxic if ingested.
7. Ingesting anti-freeze can be fatal for your dog or cat. It has a sweet taste and even a tiny amount can cause severe kidney damage and even death. If you spill anti-freeze, soak it up immediately. (Clay kitty litter works well and discard the litter once the anti-freeze has been absorbed.)

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

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


Attached Media Files: 2016-11/5490/99480/112816-Protecting_Pets_in_Winter.pdf
BPA expecting big turkey bulge in electricity use on Thanksgiving (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 11/23/16 9:10 AM
BPA has discovered an unusual bulge in energy consumption occurs every T-Day morning as millions of people across the Pacific Northwest gather to cook meals. As tryptophan sets in after the big meal, operators ramp power down to an abnormally low evening
BPA has discovered an unusual bulge in energy consumption occurs every T-Day morning as millions of people across the Pacific Northwest gather to cook meals. As tryptophan sets in after the big meal, operators ramp power down to an abnormally low evening
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Bonneville Power Administration operators are prepared for the energy anomaly that they see every Thanksgiving Day. They have planned for an unusual bulge, or peak, in the morning as millions of people across the Pacific Northwest gather to cook meals, which rely heavily on the use of ovens and other appliances. After the big meal, system operators will be on hand to ramp power down during the tryptophan drop off.

"Most of the year, electricity usage follows typical seasonal patterns but severe weather and special events can always present different, even dramatically different, realities," said Elliot Mainzer, BPA's administrator and chief executive officer.

On a typical November weekday, BPA's regional load sees two peaks -- one in the morning and one in the evening. But on Thanksgiving we see a different pattern emerge. Unlike a typical morning where the most electricity usage peaks around 7 or 8 a.m., Thanksgiving ramps up at 9 a.m. as people cook their turkeys and pies. Power consumption on Thanksgiving then tends to stay up higher throughout the morning compared to a normal day when loads drop off in the middle of the day. When Thanksgiving loads start to wane, they stay low for the rest of the day, as cooking is done and the tryptophan sets in, rather than increasing again to an evening peak as they would on normal weekdays.

BPA and other utilities around the Northwest keep watch on the electricity consumption of the region's consumers day and night, 365 days a year. They ensure that there is enough output from power plants, which BPA provides mainly from renewable hydropower, and transmission available to keep the lights on. BPA's power and transmission system experts carefully watch weather and special events that can impact electricity usage and line crews are available around the clock in case any of the over 15,000 circuit miles of high-voltage transmission lines go down.

"This is a time of year we are even more thankful for the many men and women across the Northwest, at utilities big and small, who work diligently to keep power flowing so the rest of us can enjoy our holiday traditions," said Mainzer.


Attached Media Files: BPA has discovered an unusual bulge in energy consumption occurs every T-Day morning as millions of people across the Pacific Northwest gather to cook meals. As tryptophan sets in after the big meal, operators ramp power down to an abnormally low evening
Thousands of Portlanders to Enjoy Thanksgiving Weekend Activities
Portland Police Bureau - 11/23/16 9:00 AM
The Portland Police Bureau wants to wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend. Over the next several days, there will be many activities for Portlanders to enjoy and your police officers will be on the streets to keep people safe.

Friday's activities and events include the Macy's Holiday Parade in Downtown Portland, "Black Friday" shopping and the Holiday Tree Lighting at Pioneer Square.

On Saturday, the 120th version of the "Civil War" football game between the Oregon State Beavers and the Oregon Ducks will be played at 1:00 p.m. in Corvallis and shown on TV's throughout the Portland area.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to encourage people attending any of these various events to drive, bike or walk safely. TriMet and a variety of taxis and rideshare options exist for the safe travel of Portlanders and can ease the burden on traffic and parking challenges on busy weekends.

The Portland Police Bureau has a robust security plan, including extra officers who will be on patrol all weekend to make sure people are safe as they attend various events and celebrate with family and friends.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind the public drunk and drug-impaired driving is dangerous and illegal. Please follow these helpful reminders:

Use a designated driver.
Use TriMet, call a taxi or a ride-sharing company.
If you consume alcohol or marijuana, do it responsibly.
Remember, buzzed driving is drunk driving.

Community members can support zero tolerance for impaired driving by immediately reporting suspected impaired drivers to 9-1-1.

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Forestry advisory committees to select regional Operator of the Year award recipients for excellence in forestry
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 11/23/16 8:42 AM
Correction: Nov. 30, 10:00 a.m. -- 11:00 a.m., the Southwest RFPC will meet at the Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon Department of Forestry, 1758 NE Airport Rd, Roseburg.

The Operator of the Year award recognizes operators performing above and beyond in carrying out the Forest Practices Act. The criteria includes requirements such as re-planting, sound construction and maintenance of forest roads, and protection of stream buffers and habitat for fish and wildlife. Regional Forest Practices committees (RFPC), advisory groups made up of forest landowners and other citizens, will meet in late November and early December to select forestry professionals for the Operator of the Year award.

Public meetings will be held in each region throughout the state where award recipients will be announced. At each location, the committees will also discuss proposed bald eagle rulemaking changes.

Nov. 29, 11:00 a.m. -- noon, the Northwest RFPC will meet via conference call at the Oregon Department of Forestry, Sun Pass Room, 2600 State Street, Salem.
The Northwest region Operator of the Year nominees are:
-Mike Pihl Logging of Vernonia
-Wayne Stone Logging of Sandy
-Rick Krohn, Western Helicopter, of Newberg, and Mark Gourley, Starker Forests, of Corvallis

Nov. 30, 10:00 a.m. -- 11:00 a.m., the Southwest RFPC will meet at the Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon Department of Forestry 1758 NE Airport Rd, Roseburg.

The Southwest region Operator of the Year nominee is:
-Plikat Logging of Camas Valley

Dec. 1, 11:00 a.m. -- 2:30 p.m, the Eastern Oregon RFPC will meet at the Crook County Public Library, 175 NW Meadow Lakes Drive, Prineville.
Eastern Oregon region Operator of the Year nominees are:
-Brad Clemens, B & M Timber LLC, Burns
-Cameron Newell, B & C Logging, Inc., Baker City

Please note additional agenda item for discussion specific to Eastern Oregon location: RFPC will consider guidance for reforestation after fire in eastern Oregon.

Based on recommendations from each Regional Committee, the Board of Forestry will present the Operator of the Year Awards at its March 2017 meeting.

Regional Forest Practices Committees advise the board on current forestry issues and forest management approaches. The committees were created by 1971 amendments to the Forest Practices Act. Additional information about Regional Forest Practices Committees is available at: https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/RFPC.aspx . All committee meetings are open to the public. For questions about accessibility or special accommodations, please call (503) 945-7502.

Forests are among Oregon's most valued resources, providing a balance of environmental, economic and social benefits.
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 11/22/2016
Sandy Police Dept. - 11/23/16 8:25 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 11/22/2016

ESTACADA:

There were no reported crimes in Estacada yesterday! Woo hoo!

SANDY:

18 2016-2001

On 11/22/2016 at about 0958 hrs., police responded to a report of a three year old child alone and crying in the street. Officers responded and took the child into custody while the Records Clerk identified the child and located the family. The child was reunited with the parents before noon and a report was taken (CAD).

18 2016-2002

On 11/14/2016 at about 1433 hrs., police received a report that an unknown person stole a package from a residence in the 37000 block of Hamilton Ridge Drive. There are no suspects at this time.

18 2016-2003

On 11/22/2016 at 2309 hrs., police were advised of a missing adult from the 37800 block Bell Street. A report was taken and the adult was entered into appropriate databases.

18 2016-2004

At about 1710 on 11/22/2016, police observed Brandon D. Hatcher (41, of Sandy), at a business in the 37000 block of Highway 26. Officers later found that he had been excluded from that premise at the request of the manager. At about 0240 hours, police found Hatcher and arrested him for Criminal Trespass II. Hatcher was given a criminal citation and released.
Tue. 11/22/16
Social Media Meeting leads to Robbery
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/22/16 9:34 PM
The Clark County Sheriff's Office had taken two reports of armed robberies that have occurred as a result of a meeting arranged on a social media web site.

On 11/22/2016 a 23 year old male made arrangements on a web site called Meetme.com, the male agreed to meet a female at Truman Elementary School at 4505 NE 42nd Avenue. At approximately 1:30 am the male arrived to meet the girl, shortly after arrival four or five males wearing masks came out of the shadows and displayed hand guns and demanded all of the victim's money. The suspect the ordered the subject to run, which he did. The victim waited to report the robbery until this afternoon as he was embarrassed.

On 11/22/2016 at 7:18 pm Clark County Sheriff's Office and Vancouver Police responded to Truman Elementary, 4505 NE 42nd Avenue for a robbery just occurred. Upon contacting the victim, also a 23 year old male, he advised that he had made arrangements over a web site called Tinder to meet a female at Truman Elementary School, when the male arrived he was confronted by four or five males armed with handguns and they took his vehicle and fled the area.
Arriving officers checked the area for the suspects with negative results. The victim's vehicle was later recovered abandon approximately one mile east of the robbery location.

Both victims described the suspect female as between 17 and 23 years of age. The males were all wearing masks, but described as being in their late teens to early 20's, all were wearing some kind of mask on their faces. Four were armed with handguns and one with a rifle.

Based on the times of the robberies as well as the manner in which it occurred there is no danger to the students or staff at the school.
This is also a good reminder to be careful when arranging meetings on social networks with strangers.

The investigation is continuing.
Torralba-Arzola Sentenced to 93 Months for 2015 Woodburn Crash
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 11/22/16 5:21 PM
UPDATE: On November 22, 2016, the honorable Judge Thomas Hart sentenced Leovigildo Torralba-Arzola to a total sentence of 93 months in the Department of Corrections. The first 75 months of that sentence will be served day-for-day under the measure 11 minimum sentence for Manslaughter in the Second Degree. The judge ordered the defendant to serve an additional 18 months consecutive with eligibility for programming related to the conviction for Assault in the Third Degree. On each of the misdemeanor counts, the defendant was ordered to serve a concurrent sentence of 365 days. Prior to sentencing, the judge heard statements from the State, the defense attorney, and two of the victims in the case.

On November 16, 2016, after a three-day trial to the court, the honorable Judge Thomas Hart found Leovigildo Torralba-Arzola guilty of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Assault in the Third Degree, two counts of Assault in the Fourth Degree, and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. Sentencing is set for November 22, 2016 at 1:30 pm in the same courtroom.

These charges stemmed from a vehicle collision that occurred on November 15, 2015, just south of Woodburn on Highway 99E. During that collision, Martha Aldama-Cruz suffered fatal injuries, Jesus Francisco Aguilar suffered serious physical injuries, and both Erica Perez-Perez, and Eliseo Armenta-Arredondo suffered physical injuries.

Evidence at trial revealed that on the night of the collision, the defendant left a bar in Woodburn and was on his way home to Salem. The defendant had a blood alcohol concentration that was at least 0.212%, which is more than two and one-half times the legal limit. Additionally, the defendant was traveling approximately 85 MPH when he rear-ended the back of a mini-van taxi. During that collision, two of the four occupants were ejected and a significant amount of property damage occurred to the involved vehicles, as well as an auto dealership on the side of the road.

Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a class B felony, carries a mandatory-minimum sentence of 75 months in the Department of Corrections. Assault in the Third Degree, committed while the defendant was operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants, is also a class B Felony, which given the defendant's lack of a criminal history has a presumptive sentence of 16-18 months in the Department of Corrections. The remaining three counts are class A misdemeanors, which carry a maximum sentence of 1 year in the Marion County Jail. Since all counts involve different victims, the court has the discretion to require the sentences to be served consecutively.
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Two People in Milwaukie, OR
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/22/16 5:05 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at approximately 3:30 p.m. in the 5000 block of SE King Road in Milwaukie, OR. The fire affected 2 adults. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. 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 our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment
Milwaukie house fire quickly extinguished by Firefighters (Photo)
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 11/22/16 4:25 PM
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Tuesday afternoon at 1:30pm, a homeowner at 5201 SE King Rd in Milwaukie, OR, saw a flash from an electrical outlet and could smell smoke in her home and called 911. Clackamas Fire District #1 firefighters arrived and found the homeowner outside and heavy black smoke coming from the front door. The Engine company made entry and found heavy smoke conditions and fire to a back bedroom spreading to an upstairs living area. Truck 2 cut two holes in the roof for ventilation and the fire was brought under control. The house along with the basement was searched and firefighters remained on scene extinguishing hot spots. The homeowner agreed to go by ambulance to the hospital to be checked and no firefighters were injured. Fire Investigators are on scene to determine a cause.

It is unknown if smoke alarms alerted the home owner but remember to always have working smoke alarms in your home. They will awaken you at night while you are asleep but also alarm you if a fire starts in a back bedroom when you are at home.


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Corps seeks comments on proosed Regional General Permit for Douglas, Coos, Curry and Lane Counties in Oregon.
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 11/22/16 4:23 PM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a proposal to change the northern boundary of the proposed Regional General Permit for the Southern Coast of Oregon from the Umpqua River to the Siuslaw River. Public Notice NWP-2015-402 is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/
Ridgefield High School Students Earn Spots in Northwest Honor Choirs (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 11/22/16 2:50 PM
Bob Meek
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016 -- Ridgefield, Washington -- Three Ridgefield High School music students have been accepted into the 2017 honor choirs sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) - Northwest Division. NAfME's Northwest Division encompasses six states: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

Julianne Hess, a senior, was accepted into the NAfME All-Northwest Mixed Honor Choir. Max Kunetz, a junior, and Bridget McCallie, a freshman, were both accepted into the All-State Symphonic Choir for the Washington Music Education Association (WMEA), a federated state unit of NAfME.

As members of these honor choirs, the students have earned the privilege of performing at the 2017 NAfME Northwest Division Conference scheduled February 16-19, 2017 in Bellevue, Washington and will have the opportunity to collaborate alongside other Northwest Division students selected for the honor.

The honor groups are organized expressly for Grade 9-12 students of classroom NAfME member educators only. Bob Meek, Ridgefield High School choir teacher and NAfME member, encouraged his students to submit their applications and audition tapes for the coveted choir spots earlier in the school year. The applications were screened at the state level and ultimately at the Northwest level for placement in the honor groups.

Meek received official word of the students' acceptances on Monday, November 14.

The All-Northwest honor groups span seven categories: Band, Wind Symphony, Orchestra, Mixed Choir, Treble Choir, Jazz Band and Jazz Choir. WMEA's All-State honor groups include three categories: Concert Band, Symphonic Choir and Symphony Orchestra.

"I'm so excited to have the opportunity to expand my voice and keep doing what I love," said Hess. Kunetz and McCallie were equally thrilled at hearing the news. "I didn't think I would make it this far!" said Kunetz. McCallie added, "I'm just excited to get to be part of the All-State Honor Group!"

All three students are now moving forward with plans to travel to Bellevue in February to rehearse with fellow student honorees for their performances at the Northwest Division Conference. They will be rehearsing with and performing under the direction of prominent conductors from colleges, universities, symphony orchestras and bands from around the country. "For all involved," said Meek, "very cool honors."

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Attached Media Files: Bob Meek , Bridget McCallie , Max Kunetz , Julianne Hess
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs Advisory Committee to meet in Salem Dec. 7
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 11/22/16 2:34 PM
The next meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 7 at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, 4190 Aumsville Highway S.E. in Salem. The public is invited to attend and participate.

The committee is comprised of veterans appointed by the governor to provide counsel on veteran issues and represent veteran concerns across Oregon. Its nine members serve in a vital advisory role to the director and staff of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs.

The advisory committee's meetings are held throughout the state on the first Wednesday in March, June, September and December. Registration is encouraged, but not required. If you plan on attending, please RSVP online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/998228C.

More information can be found at www.oregon.gov/odva/Pages/advisory.aspx or to contact the Advisory Committee, please email vaac@odva.state.or.us.
Salem City Club Presents: How has Oregon's unique motor voter law affected the general election? (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 11/22/16 1:59 PM
Jeanne P. Atkins
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Join us at Salem City Club on December 2 to hear Secretary Atkins discuss implementation of the Oregon Motor Voter law, the nation's first automatic voter registration program. She will also discuss what she learned visiting all 36 county elections officers on their own turf.

Secretary Atkins will be joining the Salem City Club in her final days of office to talk candidly about what she learned about being appointed to the state's second highest office after 35 years behind the scenes in politics and advocacy.

Jeanne P. Atkins is Oregon's 25th Secretary of State, who came out of retirement when Gov. Kate Brown appointed her to fill the vacancy left when Brown became governor. She was sworn in as Secretary of State on March 11, 2015.

Secretary Atkins has dedicated her career as a public servant and women's rights advocate.

She retired in January 2015 from the office of U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., where she served as State Director since 2009. Previously, she was Chief of Staff for the Oregon House Speakers Jeff Merkley and Dave Hunt. Secretary Atkins also served for five years as manager of the Women's and Reproductive Health Section of the Department of Human Services' Office of Family Health. She has also held senior staff positions in the Oregon Senate Majority Office and House Caucus Office. She ran for the Oregon House in 1992 and 1994.

During her nonprofit work, Secretary Atkins focused on policy analysis and public affairs at organizations including the United Way of the Columbia/Willamette and Planned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willamette. Early in her career, Secretary Atkins spent almost seven years in Washington, D.C., working in public policy. Throughout, her advocacy on behalf of women has been an unwavering theme.

Secretary Atkins and her husband, John, moved to Oregon in 1973 from her native state of Washington. She earned her law degree at the University of Oregon and received her bachelor's from the University of Washington.

For December 2 luncheon reservations, register online or call (503) 370-2808
by noon, Wed. November 30. Parking is free.

What: How has Oregon's unique motor voter law affected the general election?
When: Friday, December 2, 2016; Noon - 1 p.m., doors open at 11:15 a.m.
Where: Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St SE, Salem
Who: Jeanne P. Atkins, Outgoing Oregon Secretary of State
Email: info@salemcityclub.com
Website: www.salemcityclub.com


Attached Media Files: Jeanne P. Atkins
Hockinson School District Board of Directors Regular Meeting
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 11/22/16 1:45 PM
The Hockinson School District will hold a Regular Board of Directors Meeting on Monday, November 28, 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.
Health enrollment fairs offered in Tillamook County
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 11/22/16 1:34 PM
(Salem) -- Tillamook County residents are invited to sign up for health coverage during two insurance enrollment fairs that will include free in-person help with the application process.

Both events are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The dates and places are as follows:
Tuesday, Nov. 29, Kiawanda Community Center, 34600 Cape Kiwanda Drive, Pacific City
Tuesday, Dec. 6, North County Recreation District, 36155 Ninth St., Nehalem

Hosted by the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace and Oregon Health Authority, the events arrive as open enrollment -- for those who buy plans on their own because they do not have coverage through their employer -- runs through Jan. 31.

In addition to providing an opportunity to sign up for coverage through the Marketplace, the events will enable people to enroll in the Oregon Health Plan, Oregon's Medicaid program. People may apply for the Oregon Health Plan at any time.

Attendees should bring the following household information:
Social security numbers and birth dates
Immigration documentation
Employer and income information
Federal tax information
Policy numbers and plan names for current insurance

Enrollment can get confusing. It may be difficult for people to navigate on their own. That is why professional help from an insurance expert can be helpful.

"These enrollment events offer a convenient way for people to get the information they need, understand their choices, and to get the coverage that best suits them," said Cable Hogue, outreach and education coordinator for the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace.

The Marketplace is hosting the events with partners Adventist Health Tillamook Regional Medical Center, Rinehart Clinic, and Tillamook County Community Health Centers.

More information
The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace offers general information for consumers through a local service center, which can be reached by calling 855-268-3767 (toll-free) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by email at info.marketplace@oregon.gov

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National Park Service to Host "Christmas at Fort Vancouver" on December 10
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 11/22/16 1:33 PM
Experience the sights and sounds of the 1840s Victorian-era winter holiday season at the annual "Christmas at Fort Vancouver" special event on Saturday, December 10, 2016, from 10 am to 3 pm, at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

At the fort, visitors will hear caroling by the Madrigal Singers as they enjoy warm holiday wassail, games, craft making, and music with historical dancing. In addition, the festive ambiance at Christmas at Fort Vancouver will provide a memorable historic holiday scene where visitors with cameras can capture photos of friends and family with costumed reenactors. Popular blacksmithing and black powder demonstrations will also be held throughout the holiday event. The park will provide craft materials needed for attendees to make wooden toy tops, wreaths, tassels, and potpourri ornaments which families can use to make their own Victorian-era holiday treasures to decorate their homes or to give as gifts.

"For the diverse fur trade community that lived here in the 1840s, the holidays were a time to come together and celebrate," said Acting Chief Ranger Bob Cromwell, "For many years, this event has been bringing together our diverse modern community. We hope that everyone who comes to Christmas at Fort Vancouver will not just learn about history, but will also find new ways to celebrate this season of togetherness."

In conjunction with holiday activities at the reconstructed fort, visitors are invited to join in "A Celebration of Birds," hosted by the Friends of Fort Vancouver at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center. Current featured artist Joy Pomaika'i Hou'oli O'Hearn, will be demonstrate the traditions and techniques of Hawaiian feather art for the public from 10 am to 3 pm. Free children's activities will also be available: through a generous donation from Home Depot, children will be able to build and take home birdhouses (supplies limited), and volunteers will help children make pine cone bird feeders. The Friends of Fort Vancouver Bookstore at the Visitor Center will also be open, and is a perfect spot to find a unique gift.

Also at the Visitor Center, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest will have a beautiful noble fir on display in the lobby. Gifford Pinchot National Forest is selling personal use Christmas tree cutting permits at all forest offices, including the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center. Permits are $5.00 and there is a limit of five permits per household. Christmas tree permits include a map of cutting areas and special instruction for cutting Christmas trees on the national forest. Additionally, as part of the national Every Kid in a Park initiative, all fourth grader are eligible for a free national forest Christmas tree permit. For more information call the US Forest Service at (360) 891-5001.


Schedule of Events at the Reconstructed Fort (1001 East Fifth Street, Vancouver, WA)

10:30 AM: Blast of Black Powder! Historic Weapons Demonstration

11 AM- 1 PM: Christmas caroling by the Madrigal Singers

10 AM - 3 PM: Ongoing hands-on activities (while supplies last):

-Build your own toy top
-Taste apple wassail
-Craft your own holiday wreath
-Make your own Victorian handcrafts
-Winter themed story telling
-Play games of the 1840s
-Pose for a holiday photo with costumed reenactors
-Visit the Historic Kitchen and watch a cooking demonstration
-Visit the Blacksmith Shop and talk with volunteers demonstrating the lost art of blacksmithing

1 PM - 3 PM: Learn a holiday jig and sing along to carols! Participatory music and dancing in the Counting House

2:00 PM: Blast of Black Powder! Historic Weapons Demonstration

Cost: $5 adult, youth aged 15 and under are free

When: Saturday, December 10, 2016. Activities at the reconstructed fort are available from 10 AM - 3 PM

Where: Reconstructed Fort at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (1001 East Fifth Street, Vancouver, WA), Pearson Air Museum (1115 East Fifth Street., Vancouver, WA), Visitor Center & Bookstore (1501 East Evergreen Boulevard, Vancouver, WA).
LaPine Man Arrested Following Road Rage Incident On Highway 97- Deschutes County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/22/16 12:39 PM
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On November 22, 2016 at about 5:41AM, OSP received the report of a road rage incident on Highway 97 south of Bend.

Preliminary investigation revealed a male driving a 2015 Chevrolet pickup was driving aggressively and tailgating other motorists northbound on Highway 97 near milepost 146 (near Lava Butte ODOT scales) The Chevrolet soon after rearended a 1999 Honda Civic. The Honda suffered minor damage from this impact.

The driver of the Chevrolet and the Honda pulled onto the shoulder of the highway. The driver of the Chevrolet charged the driver of the Honda then punched him several times in the face. The driver of the Chevrolet then left the scene without exchanging information as required by law following a property damage crash.

The Honda driver, a 24 year old male from Sunriver, received minor injuries from the assault.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Brandon T KERN, age 25, of LaPine, was located at his place of employment. He was subsequently arrested and booked into the Deschutes County Jail for Assault IV and Menacing. More charges are pending completion of the investigation.

Any persons who have witnessed the incident are asked to call the Oregon State Police at 503-375-3555. More information will be released as it becomes available.


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Suspicious Death Investigation - Update
Woodland Police - 11/22/16 11:32 AM
11/22/16, 11:10: Update, the Cowlitz County Sheriffs Office has been asked to assist with this investigation.

We are asking the public that might have information to contact Sheriff Department Sgt. Brad Thurman (360) 577-3092.

Any future media requests should be directed to the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office, Attn Chief Criminal Deputy Charlie Rosenzweig
***Jackson County Deceased Driver Identified*** Two Killed In Two Separate Crashes Overnight In Southern Oregon
Oregon State Police - 11/22/16 11:21 AM
The driver of the Saturn was identified as Robert E JAMISON, age 67, of Klamath Falls. No further information to be released at thist time.
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Highway 140 -- JACKSON COUNTY

On November 21, 2016 at about 8:10pm OSP troopers responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 140 near milepost 31.5 (31 miles east of Medford).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2006 Ford pick-up was westbound on Highway 140 when it slid off the icy roadway into a ditch. The operator, Kevin CAIN, 31 of Klamath Falls and his pregnant wife, 40 year old Melinda VINCENT were not injured. A second vehicle, a 2006 Chrysler driven by 59 year old Dexter WILLIAMS and his wife, 66 year old Catherine WILLIAMS, both of Klamath Falls stopped to render assistance. An off duty EMT, 41 year old Michael TUTTLE of Shady Cove also stopped to assist. The WILLIAMS' placed VINCENT in their van and they were outside the vehicles near the Ford when the third vehicle approached.

The operator of the third vehicle, a 1998 Saturn lost control and crashed into the back of the van and struck several people outside the pickup. The operator of the Saturn was pronounced deceased on scene. The identity of this operator is being withheld until next of kin can be located and notified.

Catherine WILLIAMS, was taken by air ambulance to Sky Lakes Hospital in Klamath Falls with non-life threatening injuries.

Dexter WILLIAMS was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford with non-life threatening injuries.

TUTTLE was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

VINCENT was transported to Sky Lakes Hospital with minor injuries and as a precaution.

CAIN was not injured.

Speed and road conditions are being investigated as contributing factors into the crash. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Lake Creek Fire Department, Mercy Flights and Air Life of Klamath Falls. The Highway was reduced to one lane for approximately three and a half hours. More information will be released when it becomes available.


Interstate 5 - JOSEPHINE COUNTY

On November 21, 2016 at about 11:45PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash on Interstate 5 southbound near milepost 52 (just south of Grants Pass).

Preliminary information is a 2007 Ford pickup was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 when it drifted off the freeway and into the grassy median. The vehicle then rolled several times, ejecting the driver onto the shoulder of the interstate. The Ford came to rest in the travel lanes of I-5. The driver of a southbound 1995 Nissan sedan was unable to avoid colliding with the unoccupied Ford.

The driver of the Ford, Garette D WILSON, age 30, of Grants Pass was taken to a local hospital where he died shortly after arriving. The driver of the Nisan, Alexis WILLIAMS, age 35, of Ashland, was not injured.

Contributing factors are still being investigated for this crash. I-5 southbound was closed for over an hour and a half before one lane was open for travel. More information will be released when it becomes available.
***Deceased Driver Identified*** OSP Continuing Highway 126 Fatal Crash Investigation - Crook County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/22/16 11:20 AM
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The driver of the Plymouth was identified as Stephen POOLE, age 24, of Prineville. The contributing factors of this crash are still be investigated. No further information to be released at this time.
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On November 21, 2016 at about 5:15PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 126 and Highway 370 (just west of Prineville).

Preliminary information is a 1997 Plymouth Neon was turning eastbound onto Highway 126 from Highway 370 when it was t-boned by a 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander that had been traveling westbound on Highway 126. The driver of the Plymouth was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Mitsubishi, Jessica R BEAN, age 23, of Prineville refused medical attention.

Highway 126 was reduced to two lanes of east/west travel for two and a half hours while the investigation was conducted. The identity of the driver of the Plymouth is withheld pending next of kin notification.

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Crook County Sheriff's Office and Prineville Police Department. This is a preliminary release. More information will be released when it becomes available.


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SAIF to hold a free agriculture safety seminar in Salem on Dec. 1
SAIF - 11/22/16 10:50 AM
Summary: SAIF's annual series of free, ag safety seminars -- held all over Oregon -- aims to reduce the number of work-related injuries. There will be one in Salem on December 1, and two more on February 21 and February 22 (with the latter in Spanish). More info at saif.com/agseminar.

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As one of Oregon's largest industries, agriculture also tends to suffer its share of injuries and illnesses.

To reduce the number and severity of injuries in the industry, SAIF has presented free, half-day agricultural safety seminars across the state for more than 20 years. Each year the not-for-profit company reaches more supervisors, managers, and other workers and, hopefully, prevents more injuries.

Designed primarily for people working in agriculture, anyone with an interest in ag safety and health is welcome to attend. (They don't have to be insured by SAIF.) The seminars run from November to March.

For the past 12 years, several of the sessions also have been presented in Spanish.

Employers with small ag businesses who attend the seminar will meet OSHA's instructional requirement, one of four requirements that exempt small agricultural operations from random OSHA inspections.

This year, seminars will be held in 16 Oregon cities: Bandon, Central Point, Clackamas, Corvallis, Eugene, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Madras, Ontario, Salem, The Dalles, Wilsonville, and Woodburn.

Spanish-language seminars will be held in Central Point, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Klamath Falls, Salem, The Dalles, Woodburn, and Wilsonville.

The seminars -- which begin November 1 in Ontario -- are held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and include lunch.

Topics for the 2016-17 series:
Learning to S.I.T. | A simple, three-step approach to help make training more effective. The session focuses on effective teaching strategies while demonstrating applicable safety tips share within your operation.

Clearing the air on pesticide safety | We'll cover Worker Protection Standard rule changes for 2017 and 2018, proper storage and handling of the typical crop protection materials, and some real-world hazards to avoid when spraying.

Farm shop safety: improving your odds | Tips to avoid injury, stay in compliance, and use the farm shop to set higher standards for other work areas--featuring SAIF's new farm shop safety video.

Welding safety and other hot topics | Safety tips to reduce burns, eye injuries, and help manage toxic fumes while describing several unique fire hazards; plus skin cancer health facts, prevention, and detection guidelines.

This seminar series will not offer private applicator pesticide "core" credits.

The Oregon State Landscaping Contractors Board has approved the seminar for four hours of continuing education credits.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services has approved the seminar for four hours of producer continuing education credits.

Seating is limited, so early registration is recommended. You may register online at saif.com/agseminar or call 800.285.8525. We'll confirm by email as soon as we receive your registration. About one week before the seminar, we'll send you an email reminder with the location address. If you have any questions, please call 800.285.8525.

Get more information, or view the schedule of seminars, at http://www.saif.com/agseminar.

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit, state-chartered workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914 it has been caring for injured workers and helping to make workplaces safer. For more, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com


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Oregonians reminded to check their ITINs
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 11/22/16 10:48 AM
SALEM, Ore.--The Oregon Department of Revenue is echoing a warning to taxpayers from the IRS that certain individual taxpayer identification numbers (ITINs) will expire at the end of this year. The IRS is advising taxpayers to renew their ITINs before filing new returns, to prevent delays in processing or disallowance of certain tax credits.

ITINs with the numbers 78 and 79 in the middle, and any ITINs that haven't been used in the last three years, won't be valid for the upcoming tax-return-filing season unless they're renewed.

"We have approximately 31,000 Oregonians filing returns with an ITIN each year," said Megan Denison, policy and systems manager for the Personal Tax and Compliance Division. "We don't want an expired ITIN to delay processing of a return, and we want to make sure that Oregonians are getting good information, straight from the IRS, about their ITINs."

All ITIN-related questions should be directed to the IRS. The Department of Revenue can't help a taxpayer with the renewal process. You can contact the IRS through www.irs.gov or your local office.

For state tax programs, you can visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments. You can call (503) 378-4988 or (800) 356-4222 (toll-free) or email questions.dor@oregon.gov for additional assistance. For TTY for hearing or speech impaired, call (800) 886-7204.

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Ridgefield Schools' Thanksgiving Tradition Brings Community Together (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 11/22/16 10:46 AM
Chartwells character, Lionel the Lion, greets students during Ridgefield schools' annual Thanksgiving lunch
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016 -- Ridgefield, Washington -- It's been an annual tradition in the small-town community of Ridgefield for years -- a chance for families to join their kids for a special Thanksgiving school lunch and to give thanks for the community they live in.

Ridgefield School District's food services, operated by Chartwells, together with community leaders from the City of Ridgefield team up each year to host the popular event.

According to Connie Vowels, the district's Director of Food Services, the event brings the community together each year. "Ridgefield School District partners closely with our community leaders," said Vowels. "This event is a great way for us to support and engage with the community."

South Ridge Elementary School welcomed over 600 guests at their Thanksgiving lunch on Tuesday, November 15; later in the week, the district's other three schools, Union Ridge Elementary School, View Ridge Middle School and Ridgefield High School collectively served an additional 1,100 students, family members and school staff.

City of Ridgefield officials donned aprons and helped to serve the traditional lunch. This year's menu included turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes, fresh vegetables, stuffing, dinner rolls, apples, cranberries and pumpkin pie.

Students from Ridgefield High School's student leadership group dressed up in Chartwells' character costumes and added to the festivities, handing out apples to students and mingling with the crowd. The characters: Lionel the Lion, Sydney the Turtle, and Ava the Rabbit (each representing a component of Chartwell's motto, "Eat, Learn and Live,") help to promote healthy eating in schools.

Overall, approximately 1,735 students and parents attended the traditional Thanksgiving feasts last week -- a record for the small but rapidly growing school district. "The best numbers in my nine years here," said Vowels.

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Attached Media Files: Chartwells character, Lionel the Lion, greets students during Ridgefield schools' annual Thanksgiving lunch , Ridgefield city officials serve up Thanksgiving lunches in Ridgefield schools. From left: Mayor Ron Onslow, City Councilor Don Stose, Police Department Clerk Sandra Hoots and Police Chief John Brooks
Folklife Program at Chehalem Cultural Center
Oregon Folklife Network - 11/22/16 10:33 AM
Newberg, Ore.--Nov 16--Join folklorist Douglas Manger for an exciting look at the cultural traditions and the people of Yamhill and Clackamas Counties who practice them. The talk will be Wednesday, November 30th, at 7:00 pm at Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E Sheridan St., Newberg, OR 97132.

This audio-visual presentation compels audiences to new insights about the "folkway" traditions that make Yamhill and Clackamas Counties special. Learn about culture keepers like alpaca ranchers, traditional musicians, bee keepers and more; how they learned these cultural lifeways, and how they are actively passing their skills and knowledge through the generations.

Funding for this program comes from the National Endowment for the Arts to the Oregon Folklife Network, Oregon's designated Folk & Traditional Arts Program. The project sends trained folklorists to conduct research in the Portland metro counties of Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, Washington, and Yamhill to meet and document culture bearers in the region. Free public programs will be held in each county.

Douglas Manger, a veteran folklorist of twenty years, presents his findings in Yamhill and Clackamas Counties on Wednesday, November 30th, at 7:00 pm at Chehalem Cultural Center. His recent collaboration with Oregon Folklife Network's multi-year folklife surveys began in Southeastern Oregon (Malheur and Harney counties) in 2014; extended to the High Desert counties (Deschutes, Crook, Baker, and Union) in spring of 2016; and continues in the Portland Metro counties this fall. Manger's expertise in folklife spans his direction of the Northern Tier Cultural Alliance in Pennsylvania and management of the folk and traditional arts program at the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (Baltimore) overseeing initiatives across nine states and jurisdictions. While there, Manger managed the award-winning publication, From Bridge to Boardwalk: An Audio Journey Across Maryland's Eastern Shore. In 2007, Manger returned to his home state of Texas and founded HeritageWorks, conducting multi-year regional folklife field surveys in South and East Texas for the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio, and in Baton Rouge and vicinity for the Louisiana Folklife Program.

For more information about public programs in Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, or Washington counties, contact Brad McMullen at ofn@uoregon.edu or 541-346-3820.

Please contact Oregon Folklife Network Director, Riki Saltzman, at riki@uoregon.edu or 541-346-3820 with questions about the Oregon Folklife Network or recommendations for traditions, groups, or individual folk & traditional artists to be documented in the Portland Metro area. OFN always appreciates contact information for traditional musicians and dancers, quilters, storytellers, cooks, leatherworkers, fly-tiers, wood carvers, silversmiths, taxidermists, basket makers, and more.

The OFN is administered by the University of Oregon and is supported in part by grants from the†Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Historical Society, and the National Endowment for the Arts.†


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The state fire marshal wants you to keep fire safety on your holiday menu
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 11/22/16 9:23 AM
With Thanksgiving just a few days away, State Fire Marshal Jim Walker is reminding Oregonians to keep fire safety front and center when cooking and preparing holiday meals.

"When friends and family gather at this festive time of year, don't let it be marred by tragedy," says Walker. "By following a few fire prevention tips, you can keep yourself and loved ones safe."

From 2011 through 2015, there were more than 4,000 cooking-related fires in Oregon causing nine deaths, 228 injuries, and more than $37 million in property loss.

Cooking safety tips:
Keep a close eye on your cooking; never leave cooking food unattended. If you leave the kitchen, turn off the stove or set a timer.
Keep your cooking area clean, including stovetop, burners, oven, and exhaust fan.
Keep anything that can catch fire - oven mitts, wooden utensils, dishtowels, and food packaging away from your stovetop.
Wear clothing that will not dangle onto stove burners and catch fire.
Keep pot and pan handles turned inward on the stove to avoid bumping them and spilling hot foods.
Heat cooking oil slowly and never leave it unattended.
Have a "kid-free zone" of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot foods or drinks are prepared or carried.

If you have a cooking fire:
Always keep a lid nearby to smother small grease fires. Smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan. Turn off the burner and don't move the pan until it is completely cool.
Never pour water on a grease fire; it can splatter the grease and spread the fire.
In the event of a fire in your oven or microwave, turn them off and keep the doors closed.
When in doubt, get out! Call 9-1-1 after you leave.

Make sure you have smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside each sleeping area, and in every bedroom. Test smoke alarms monthly and replace them if they are 10 years old or older.

Turkey fryer safety:
The OSFM agrees with the National Fire Protection Association in discouraging the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that cook the turkey in hot oil. The use of deep fat turkey fryers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries, and the destruction of property.

However, if you use a fryer, the OSFM urges you to use extreme caution.

"If you're cooking your turkey in a deep fat fryer, always do it outdoors a safe distance from buildings, deck railings, and any other flammable material, and never leave it unattended," advises State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "Hot oil is extremely dangerous, never use turkey fryers on a wooden deck or in your garage."

More turkey fryer safety tips:
Lower and raise food slowly to reduce splatter and prevent burns.
Cover bare skin when adding or removing food from the fryer.
Make sure to have at least two feet of space between the propane tank and the fryer burner.
If the oil begins to smoke, immediately turn the fryer gas supply off and leave the pot uncovered to cool.

For more information on cooking safety, visit: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/Pages/cookingsafety.aspx

For more information on general home fire safety, visit: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/pages/commed_firesafety_program.aspx

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Suspicious Death Investigation
Woodland Police - 11/22/16 8:55 AM
Woodland is currently investigating what appears to be a homicide at 2145 Dahlia Street, in Woodland.

The Clark County Fire and Rescue (CCFR) were dispatched to 2145 Dahlia Street for a report of a house fire.

CCFR found a deceased male at the residence.

The scene and evidence was suspicious in nature so law enforcement was notified.

Woodland Police are actively investigating this incident as a homicide at this time.
No additional information is available at this time.

Woodland Police will provide additional press releases to update the media as information comes available.
49-Year-Old Man Seriously Injured in Early Morning Stabbing in Southeast Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 11/22/16 8:33 AM
On Tuesday November 22, 2016, at 4:48 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the 7-Eleven store located at 14750 Southeast Stark Street on the report of a stabbing.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the 49-year-old male victim suffering from serious injuries. He was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment and is expected to survive.

The victim told police that he was assaulted and stabbed by two white males in their 20s, both wearing baseball caps. The victim believed he recognized one of the suspects. Based on the investigation, police believe one of the suspects may also have been injured in the fight.

Several officers searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspects descriptions.

Anyone with information about the stabbing may contact Assault detectives at 503-823-0400, reference case #16-375037.

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Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 11/21/2016
Sandy Police Dept. - 11/22/16 8:21 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 11/21/2016

ESTACADA:

1C 2016-1988

On 11/21/2016 at 0653 hrs., a victim reported his vehicle was broken into the previous evening while parked in the 900 block of NE Edgehill Drive. The vehicle was not damaged, but stolen from the vehicle was approximately $2600 in tools and other equipment.

SANDY:

18 2016-1985

On 11/21/2016 at 0617 hrs., police located a stolen vehicle in the 39000 block of Evans Street. Bailey A. Smith (21, of Sandy) was arrested for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and lodged at Clackamas County Jail on $15,000 bail.

18 2016-1986

On 11/21/2016 at about 1008 hrs., code enforcement responded to a graffiti report in Meinig Park. The investigation is ongoing.

18 2016-1987

Between 11/18/2016 and 11/21/2016, an unknown suspect applied graffiti to a stone wall and fence near Jacoby Road and Dubarko Road. A report was taken; the estimated cost of clean up is about $100.

18 2016-1995

On 11/21/2016 at 1456 hrs., a victim called police to report his vehicle was stolen from the 39000 block of Dubarko Rd in Sandy. The vehicle was a 1995 Honda Accord valued at $2000. A report is pending.

18 2016-1996

On 11/21/2016 at about 1625 hrs., code enforcement responded to a dog attack report in the 38000 block of Sandy Heights Street. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2016-1997

On 11/21/2016 at about 1813 hrs., police responded to a phone report regarding criminal mischief in the 39000 block of Gary Street. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2016-1998

On 11/21/2016 at 2151 hrs., police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 18000 block of Seaman Street. It was determined no crime had occurred; both parties received domestic violence cards and a report was taken.
Albany Fire Department and Samaritan Health Services are selected for national training conference
Albany Fire Dept. - 11/22/16 8:05 AM
The Albany Fire Department and Good Samaritan Home Health were awarded a scholarship to attend the 2016 NFPA Remembering When(TM) Conference in San Antonio, TX on November 14- 16, 2016. The team participated in training to deliver educational fire and falls prevention program sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
NFPA selected teams from 30 communities across the United States and Canada to travel to San Antonio for the training. Teams are composed of at least one member of the fire department partnered with an individual from an agency within the community that serves older adults. Physical Therapist Lori Mueller from Good Samaritan Home Health is partnering with Community Paramedic Hillary Kosmicki and Deputy Fire Marshal Sandy Roberts from Albany Fire Department.
The team plans to conduct group presentations and training sessions to prepare additional facilitators. They also plan on holding public education classes for community members. Team members will also bring the program to older adults during home visits where they will tailor the Remembering When messages and help older adults identify changes that will increase home safety.
The Remembering When program has been implemented in communities throughout North America since 1999, to help thousands of older adults learn strategies to help them live safely at home for as long as possible. Program materials are available online at no cost.
For more information about Remembering When, visit www.nfpa.org/rememberingwhen.
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Three Arrested During Student Protest March on Monday Afternoon
Portland Police Bureau - 11/21/16 9:18 PM
In the afternoon hours of Monday November 21, 2016, Portland Police Bureau officers arrested three people during a student protest march that started at Holliday Park at 4:00 p.m.

23-year-old Gregory Robert McKelvey was arrested for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree;

23-year-old Micah Isaiah Rhodes was arrested for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Interfering with a Peace Officer; and,

24-year-old Kathryn Nora Stevens was arrested for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Interfering with a Peace Officer.

The student protest march participants, most of whom appeared to be youth, left Holliday Park and began walking in the streets towards Downtown Portland. Officers from the Traffic Division; North, Central and East Precincts; and, the Youth Services Division worked to keep students safe, keep the march moving and to minimize impacts to road users and TriMet.

During the march, police officers observed McKelvey and Rhodes actively encouraging and directing student protesters to counter lawful police orders which were being broadcast over a loudspeaker by police. At Southwest 5th Avenue and Salmon Street, officers arrested McKelvey then arrested Stevens after she attempted to interfere with McKelvey's arrest. Rhodes was arrested later at Southwest 2nd Avenue and Madison Street.

McKelvey, Rhodes and Stevens were booked into the Multnomah County Jail and will be arraigned on Tuesday. Booking photos will be available online shortly at http://www.mcso.us

After the first two arrests, students congregated in the City Hall plaza on 4th Avenue, held a brief rally on the 2nd Avenue side of the Justice Center, and then left Downtown Portland without further activities.

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Deputy Assaulted at Marion County Jail (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/21/16 4:19 PM
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Early this morning, around 2:00 a.m., a Deputy with the Marion County Sheriff's Office was assaulted by two inmates while performing hourly checks inside the Marion County Jail. The Deputy was able to fight off the attack long enough to call for help. When additional Deputies arrived, both inmates surrendered without incident. The Deputy was taken to the Salem Hospital for treatment and later released.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office Detective Division as well as representatives from the Oregon State Police are investigating. Over the next several days, Detectives will work to determine just how the inmates were able to escape their cell and attempt to identify the motive for the attack.

Sheriff Jason Myers stated, "Our Deputy acted heroically and bravely, I could not be more proud of this Deputy and all of our staff who responded to assist in a time of crisis."
Currently the Marion County Sheriff's Office is not releasing any information pertaining to the Deputy as this is an active criminal investigation. The names of the two inmates will be released once they have been charged with a crime and that time frame is not yet known. The Marion County Jail is a 24 hour facility that averages a population of around 400 inmates who are in custody pretrial or serving a sentence of less than one year.


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Arch Cape Mill Creek Slide
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 11/21/16 3:58 PM
On November 15, the Oregon Department of Forestry's Tillamook District received notice of sediment in Cedar Creek where it meets the Wilson River. The source was determined to be located near a slope above Arch Cape Mill Creek, within the Tillamook State Forest.

After review by the Department's Engineering Geologist, it was determined to have been a deep-seated rapidly moving landslide likely triggered by the record 26 inches of rain this fall. As a result of the landslide, ODF is reviewing aerial data which indicates a history of ground movement in the area. This information will be helpful in future planning efforts.

Impact: A motorcycle trail along Arch Cape Mill Creek is closed until further notice. Re-routing or re-opening the trail is pending future surveying and planning of the site. The slide was within the Tillamook State Forest where no structures are present.

The debris settled and was mostly contained on the slope within the 250 foot-wide forested stream buffer. Due to continued movement of the debris during rain events throughout the winter and the remote location and size of the slide, no action will be taken at this time to address further sediment delivery to Cedar Creek and the Wilson River.

-Landslides are a natural occurrence in the Coast Range, shaping the topography.
-ODF estimates, during large storm events on slopes with similar steepness, about 13 slides per square mile occur on forests over 100 years old in the Coast Range.
-Updates on the Arch Cape Mill Creek motorcycle trail and slide information will posted to the Tillamook State Forest webpage http://tillamookstateforest.blogspot.com/
Visual and Performing Arts Students Invited to Apply for Beaverton Arts Program Scholarships (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 11/21/16 3:48 PM
The City of Beavertonís arts program is now accepting applications for the annual art student scholarship program. Visual and performing arts students can apply now through Monday, Jan. 16. Pictured: Painting by 2016 student scholarship recipient Bailey V
The City of Beavertonís arts program is now accepting applications for the annual art student scholarship program. Visual and performing arts students can apply now through Monday, Jan. 16. Pictured: Painting by 2016 student scholarship recipient Bailey V
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The City of Beaverton is now accepting applications for the annual art student scholarship program. The deadline to apply is Monday, Jan. 16 by 11:59 p.m. This is the ninth year for the arts program's student scholarship program.


Scholarships are open to high school and community college students. High school students must currently be in their senior year and must attend a Beaverton public, private or alternative high school. Homeschooled students who live in the boundaries of the Beaverton School District are also eligible to apply.


New this year, the city is also offering scholarships to students who are currently enrolled in courses at Portland Community College. There is no age limit for these scholarships. Students must live in the boundaries of the Beaverton School District or have attended a Beaverton public, private or alternative high school.



Scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded to multiple recipients in the following categories:


Outstanding Visual Art High School Senior--includes traditional media, design and moving image.


Outstanding Performance Art High School Senior--includes music, dance, singing, and drama. Tech crew members can also apply.


Outstanding Visual or Performance Art Portland Community College student.


To fill out a self-nomination application, visit www.cityofbeaverton.submittable.com/submit. Visual art students will be asked to submit JPEGs of their work and performing arts students will be asked to submit a video link. A letter of recommendation from a visual art or performance art instructor must be attached to the application.


The scholarships are generously funded by the Beaverton Arts & Culture Foundation and Celebration of Creativity Committee of Southminster Presbyterian Church.


For questions about the guidelines or application, contact Kourtnee Buechner at 503-526-2376 or kbuechner@BeavertonOregon.gov.


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 Beavertonís arts program is now accepting applications for the annual art student scholarship program. Visual and performing arts students can apply now through Monday, Jan. 16. Pictured: Painting by 2016 student scholarship recipient Bailey V , The City of Beavertonís arts program is now accepting applications for the annual art student scholarship program. Visual and performing arts students can apply now through Monday, Jan. 16. Pictured: Photograph by 2016 student scholarship recipient Allyss
Battle Ground students receive top music honors
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 11/21/16 3:43 PM
Four students from Battle Ground Public Schools have been selected to participate in the annual Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) All-State band, choir and orchestra ensembles. Nearly 2,000 students from across Washington auditioned to participate in the prestigious event.

Finnegan Andrews, a senior at Battle Ground High School, will join the All-State Vocal Jazz ensemble; eighth graders Ashton Hemming (tenor sax) and Mallory Meyer (trombone) from Chief Umtuch Middle School will play with the Rainier and Baker All-State Bands, respectively; and Jacob Williams (trombone) from Tukes Valley Middle School will also play with the Baker Band.

These students will join more than 570 other outstanding young performers in Bellevue Feb. 16-18, 2017 for the gala event. These talented musicians will rehearse together under the direction of distinguished music educators and present a final concert on the afternoon of Feb. 18, 2017.

Well-known Washingtonians who have participated in past years' WMEA All-State groups include The Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and columnist David Horsey, 2008 National Teacher of the Year Andrea Peterson and jazz saxophonist Kenny G.
Police and Fire Officers visit Woodland Primary School to educate students and show the friendly face of first responders (Photo)
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 11/21/16 3:30 PM
Seeing first responders as friendly faces can make a huge difference for kids.
Seeing first responders as friendly faces can make a huge difference for kids.
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Monday, November 21, 2016-Woodland, WA-The Woodland Police Department and Cowlitz County Fire Department visited Woodland Primary School to discuss safety, the importance of knowing personal identification, and answer questions from elementary students while also providing tours of police and fire vehicles.

Ingrid Colvard, Principal of Woodland Primary School, recognizes the importance for students to see safety officers in different settings. "Some students may come to school with negative experiences or perceptions of law enforcement and safety officers," she explained. "We want to provide positive experiences for students with first responders so the kids can see these men and women as helpers and positive people in their lives."

Woodland Police Chief Phil Crochet addressed the assembly of Woodland Primary Students to show students the friendly face of their community's safety officers. "Police officers want to help people, and we want kids to know that we do a lot more than just arrest suspects," explained Crochet. "My favorite part of the job is reaching out to the community and interacting with kids -- I greatly enjoy the community engagement element."

Crochet discussed the importance of knowing home addresses, phone numbers, and if any family members have special medical conditions. "Mobile phones may prevent the address from showing up on emergency services," explained Crochet. "Parents should ensure their kids know their address, phone number, how to call 911, and how to get out of the house if there's a fire; parents need to have those conversations with their kids." To conclude the presentation, students asked questions about police officers' jobs and what they do during the average workday.

Crochet got his start in law enforcement working in Texas for more than 25 years before moving to Woodland with his wife two years ago. "I joined law enforcement because I want to help people and the excitement of the job drew me to it," he explained. "The people of Woodland are wonderful, and building up the relationship between the police and the community is instrumental to the department's success."

Following the presentation, students toured the Crochet's police car, and visited with members of the Cowlitz County Fire Department who brought a fire truck for students to check out. Grant Bjur, a lieutenant with the county fire department, echoed Crochet's perspective of the importance of community engagement. "Firemen are there to help and it's incredibly important for kids not to be scared," said Bjur. "We come out to talk to kids throughout the county a few times a year so they can see that we're just people, too, and not to be afraid if they ever need our help."

Milagros Wells, ELL Community Outreach Coordinator for Woodland Public Schools, helped coordinate the event. "We want to organize events for the entire school that will benefit our students from a variety of communities and cultures," she explained. "The law enforcement and fire safety professionals who serve our area are always willing to work with us and reach out to our community -- they're amazing!"

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Attached Media Files: Seeing first responders as friendly faces can make a huge difference for kids. , Following the presentation, students toured the police car and fire truck brought to the school by the first responders. , Woodland Police Chief Phil Crochet spoke to students about safety and how to interact with first responders. , Woodland Police Chief Phil Crochet and members of the Cowltiz County Fire Department visited the students of Woodland Primary School.
***Driver Dies As Result Of Injuries *** Washington Man Critically Injured In Interstate 5 Crash - Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/21/16 3:19 PM
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OSP learned that on the evening of November 20, 2016, FLOHR died as a result of his injuries while be treated at the hospital. No further information at this time.
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Previous Release:
On November 19, 2016 at about 8:15PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash near Interstate 5 milepost 136 (Sutherlin).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1999 GMC Suburban was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 when it left the highway, crashed through a fence and into the parking lot of a trucking company. The GMC crashed into a parked truck tractor and then a semi-trailer.

The driver, Peter W FLOHR, age 47, of Peshastin, Washington was taken by air ambulance to Sacred Heart Riverbend for treatment of life threatening injuries

Fatigue and speed are being investigated as contributing factors to the crash. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Sutherlin Fire, Sutherlin Police and Bay Cities Ambulance and the Chelan County Sheriff's Office (notification to driver's family).


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Family forest landowners Dave and Diane Rankin announced as Oregon's "Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year" on Nov. 21 in Portland (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 11/21/16 2:59 PM
(L-R) Dave Rankin, Riley Rankin (grandson), Dianne Rankin, and Dan Rankin (son). Dave and Dianne Rankin were announced as Oregon's Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year" today at the World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon.
(L-R) Dave Rankin, Riley Rankin (grandson), Dianne Rankin, and Dan Rankin (son). Dave and Dianne Rankin were announced as Oregon's Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year" today at the World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon.
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News Release


Release date: Nov. 21, 2016

Contact:
Jim James, Oregon Tree Farm System Administrator, 541-619-4252
Jamie Knight, Oregon Department of Forestry, 541-963-3168


The Oregon Tree Farm System has announced that Lane County family forest landowners Dave and Dianne Rankin are Oregon's 2016 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year. The honor was celebrated at the organization's annual awards luncheon held today at the World Forestry Center in Portland.

Family forest landowners from five other Oregon counties were also honored at today's event for their exceptional work in sustainably managing their family forestlands.

Income, recreation, and fish and wildlife habitat are the forest management objectives that have guided the Rankins for the 43 years they have owned their 194 acres of forestlands located just south of Florence.

In addition to managing their forests -- a mix of Douglas-fir, western redcedar, western hemlock, Sitka spruce, red alder, and coastal redwood -- the Rankins have enhanced the riparian area along the south slough of the Siuslaw River, improving both water quality and fish habitat.

Dave and Dianne also actively promote sustainable forest management in their community. They host a Forest Field Day for sixth grade students from Siuslaw and Mapleton schools that focuses on forest ecology and hydrology, and they also provide Siuslaw School and the Habitat for Humanity ReStore with lumber from Rankin Woodlands.

The other family forest landowners honored today for sustainable forest management on their forestlands are:
the Jack Thronson family (Clackamas County)
Nicholas and Megan Dahl (Lincoln County)
Joe and Shirley Holmberg (Linn County)
Mel and Wendy Mortensen (Washington County)
Susan Watkins and Arnie Hollander (Yamhill County)

The American Tree Farm System had announced earlier this month that the recipients of last year's Oregon award, the Defrees family from Baker County, have been selected as this year's American Tree Farm System 2016 National Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year, and will be honored as recipients of this national award on Dec. 6 in Washington, D.C.

This is the 50th year the Oregon Tree Farm System has recognized family forest landowners who provide an array of forest values and products through the management of their forestlands, as well as also actively promoting sustainable forest management in their communities.

The American Tree Farm System and state chapters are internationally recognized forest certification programs operated by and for family forest landowners to promote sound forest management through education, recognition, and assistance.

For more information on the Oregon Tree Farm System, visit www.otfs.org.

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Attached Media Files: (L-R) Dave Rankin, Riley Rankin (grandson), Dianne Rankin, and Dan Rankin (son). Dave and Dianne Rankin were announced as Oregon's Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year" today at the World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon.
Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS): Updated Media Contacts for Agency Programs
Oregon Department of Human Services - 11/21/16 2:54 PM
Bookmark this page: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/DHSNEWS/Pages/Contacts.aspx

Gene Evans, DHS Public Affairs Director
Phone: (503) 269-7950
E-mail: gene.evans@state.or.us

Child Welfare
Andrea Cantu-Schomus, Communications Officer
Phone: (503) 569-1123
E-mail: andrea.cantu-schomus@state.or.us

Employment First
Angela Yeager, Communications Officer
Desk: (503) 945-5664
Cell: (503) 507-3479
E-mail: angela.yeager@state.or.us

Central Services/Business Continuity
Christine Stone, Communications Officer
Phone: (503) 602-8027
E-mail: christine.l.stone@state.or.us

Aging & People with Disabilities, Office of Developmental Disabilities
Sherryll Hoar, Communications Officer
Phone : (503) 779-9317
E-mail: sherryll.j.hoar@state.or.us

Self-Sufficiency Programs, Aging & People with Disabilities
Tom Peine, Communications Officer
Phone: (971) 718-1701
E-mail: thomas.peine@state.or.us

Executive Support for Public Affairs Team
Sara Keck
Phone: (971) 707-1435
Email: sara.keck@state.or.us
Housing Stability Council - SPECIAL MEETING
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 11/21/16 2:27 PM
Wednesday, November 30 | 9-10 a.m.
TELECONFERENCE ONLY
1-877-273-4202 | 4978330

AGENDA:
Meeting Called to Order
Public Comment
Multifamily Funding Decision - Fircrest Manor
Closing Remarks
Meeting Adjourned
Tualatin Detectives Seek Help Identifying Theft Suspect (Photo)
Tualatin Police Dept. - 11/21/16 2:09 PM
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Tualatin Police Detectives are asking for the public's help identifying a suspect connected to a theft from Cabelas. The theft occurred on October 23, 2016. The suspect was seen taking a compound bow and arrows, then running from the store without paying.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Molly Pfaff at 503-691-4843.

Nothing further at this time.


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New exhibit at Wells Fargo History Museum focuses on Asian community in Oregon and beyond (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 11/21/16 1:34 PM
This 1851 photo of the Hop Wo laundry in Portland is among the pieces featured in the free exhibit. (photo courtesy of OHS)
This 1851 photo of the Hop Wo laundry in Portland is among the pieces featured in the free exhibit. (photo courtesy of OHS)
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Looking for something fun, educational -- and free -- to do with your family during the holidays? The Wells Fargo History Museum in downtown Portland has opened a new exhibit that celebrates the history of the Asian community in Oregon and beyond.

The exhibit will run through December 2017. It includes many images and artifacts from Wells Fargo's Corporate Archives, the Oregon Historical Society and the Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site in John Day, Ore.

The free museum is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the second floor of the Wells Fargo Center, 1300 S.W. Fifth Ave.

"In the late 1800s and early 1900s Portland had the second largest China Town in the United States, behind San Francisco. That's something that most Oregonians don't know," said Associate Museum Manager Steve Greenwood.

Wells Fargo's strong connection with the Asian community in Oregon dates back to the gold rush era of the 1850s. It was an era of extreme prejudice against Asians and many other companies refused to serve them.

The displays highlight a number Chinese-owned companies in Oregon, such as the Twin Wo Company and the Wing Sing Company.

"These are some of the many Asian-owned businesses Wells Fargo supported," said Steve Greenwood.

The exhibit also features a photo of the Hop Wo laundry on Front Street in Portland taken in 1851 (a year before Wells Fargo opened its first office in Portland).

Opened in 2001, the Wells Fargo History Museum in Portland also features an authentic 19th century stagecoach (the oldest one in Wells Fargo's collection), life-size reproductions of a turn of the century bank and a Wells Fargo agent's office, a working telegraph and other exhibits that detail the history of mining, transportation and Wells Fargo in Oregon.

The Portland museum is one of 12 that Wells Fargo operates across the western United States. This year the Portland site has welcomed more than 20,000 visitors.

Guided tours for groups up to 30 can be scheduled by contacting Greenwood at (503) 886-1102 or steve.m.greenwood@wellsfargo.com. For more information about Wells Fargo's history and its museums, visit www.wellsfargohistory.com.

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Attached Media Files: This 1851 photo of the Hop Wo laundry in Portland is among the pieces featured in the free exhibit. (photo courtesy of OHS)
NW Natural Shareholders Grant Nearly $80,000 for Local Education Programs
NW Natural - 11/21/16 1:29 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. -- NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) has given nearly $80,000 in grants during 2016 to help strengthen a variety of educational programs within its territory.

"We're honored to offer funding to community organizations to help carry out important educational work," said Von Summers, community affairs manager for NW Natural. "Many of the programs offer assistance to vulnerable populations who may not otherwise receive the supplies and education needed to become successful in today's world."

The organizations and donation amounts include the following:

$5,000 - Children's Institute imagines an Oregon where every child is prepared for success in school and in life. Their mission is to move research to action by promoting cost-effective public and private investments in our youngest children prebirth through third grade.

$5,000 - Ethos Music Center believes that all kids, regardless of socioeconomic status or geographic location, deserve access to music education. Ethos provides music lessons, group classes, camps, multicultural performances and workshops to more than 7,000 students across Oregon each year.

$15,000 - Friends of Outdoor School is dedicated to preserving the Outdoor School (ODS) experience for all Oregon students regardless of a student's ability, experience, income or family background.

$5,000 - "I Have a Dream" Foundation - Oregon provides long-term support to children and youth living in under-resourced communities to achieve their full potential, by promoting from an early age, values of higher education and career success, with opportunity guaranteed through financial resources, and other services.

$5,000 - Junior Achievement inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy.

$7,500 - The Library Foundation is committed to nurturing a lifelong relationship with learning and libraries for each person in our community.

$5,000 - OMSI inspires curiosity through engaging science learning experiences, fostering experimentation and the exchange of ideas, and stimulate informed action.

$5,000 - Open Meadow develops connection, capability, and confidence in disconnected youth through relationship-based, quality learning experiences that result in academic, personal, and community success.

$10,800 - OSU Foundation partners with Oregon State University to engage our community, inspire investment, and steward resources to enhance the University's excellence and impact.


$5,000 - Schoolhouse Supplies is based on the belief that every child deserves school supplies and has the right to a quality education. Support for public education in Portland is given by offering students and teachers free classroom supplies.

$10,000 - Stand for Children works to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to, college or career training.

NW Natural donates more than $1 million annually through the company's corporate philanthropy fund. In addition to education, the fund also supports the arts and culture, environmental causes and health and human services.

About NW Natural
NW Natural(NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 718,000 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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Friends of the Carpenter to Host Product Sale on Dec. 2 & 16
Friends of the Carpenter - 11/21/16 1:00 PM
Vancouver, WA -- Friends of the Carpenter (FOC) welcomes the community to their Product Sale on both Fri., Dec. 2, and Fri., Dec. 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Friendship Center, 1600 W 20th Street.

"If you are looking for a unique item for a friend or family member, our Product Sale is the perfect place to shop," said Tom Iberle, executive director. "We offer a wide selection of hand-made wood products made by creative people right here in Vancouver."

The Product Sale features a selection of locally, hand-made wood products, including crosses, pen & pencil sets, decorative boxes, toys, necklaces, outdoor planters, bird houses, holiday ornaments and more. Snacks will be served.

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

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Suspect Arrested After Robbing North Portland Credit Union Twice (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/21/16 12:34 PM
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On Saturday, November 19, 2016, Portland Police Robbery detectives, North Precinct officers, and an FBI agent contacted and arrested 19-year-old Marshall Charles Richmond outside the Trailhead Credit Union, located at 3904 North Mississippi Avenue. Richmond was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a Federal Hold for Bank Robbery.

Portland Police Bureau and FBI personnel conducted a surveillance mission on November 19 at the Trailhead Credit Union. Portland Police and FBI agents established a plan to apprehend the person believed to be responsible for robberies that had taken place at the credit union on September 19 and October 19. While investigators watched the location, a man later identified as Richmond was seen outside the Credit Union. Richmond appeared to be casing the credit union and he matched the description of the person responsible for the earlier robberies. Richmond was taken into custody and a pre-written robbery note was located in his possession.

Anyone with additional information regarding Richmond is asked to contact Detective Brett Hawkinson at 503-823-1080 or brett.hawkinson@portlandoregon.gov.

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Public's Help Needed in Locating Wanted Man (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/21/16 12:24 PM
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November 21, 2016 -- The Washington County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating 30-year-old Aaron James Emery. Mr. Emery is wanted after recently cutting off his GPS monitor and fleeing from the Washington County Community Corrections Center.

On October 18, 2016, detectives with the Washington County Sheriff's Office arrested 30-year-old Aaron James Emery after a DNA match linked him to the sexual assault of a teenager in Aloha in March 2015. Mr. Emery was charged with Public Indecency and Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree.

Mr. Emery bailed out of jail the following day and was moved to the Washington County Community Corrections Center to finish serving time on an unrelated felony Assault in the Fourth Degree charge.

Inmates in the community corrections center can leave during the day to work or attend treatment. Mr. Emery was employed in the restaurant industry and was monitored by a GPS ankle bracelet. Recently, Mr. Emery cut off his GPS monitor and failed to return to the community corrections center. A no-bail warrant for Parole Violation (Abscond) has been issued for his arrest. Mr. Emery has a distinctive tattoo on his left hand that may assist in his identification.

If you see Mr. Emery or have knowledge of his current whereabouts, please do not approach him. Instead, contact non-emergency dispatch or 911.


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Battle Ground Public Schools and Clark College partner to provide adult English language instruction (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 11/21/16 12:04 PM
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Battle Ground Public Schools and Clark College are partnering to provide English language instruction for adults who speak English as a Second Language (ESL). Classes will be held in Battle Ground and coursework will emphasize conversational English with attention given to reading, speaking and listening as well as school district information and U.S. culture.

Those who wish to register must first attend an ESL Information Session at Clark College on one of the following dates:

Monday, November 28 -- 9:30 a.m. or 6 p.m.
Wednesday, November 30 -- 12 p.m.
Monday, December 5 -- 9:30 a.m. or 6 p.m.
Wednesday, December 7 -- 12 p.m.
Monday, December 12 -- 9:30 a.m. or 6 p.m.
Wednesday, December 14 -- 12 p.m.
Monday, December 19 -- 9:30 a.m. or 6 p.m.
Wednesday, December 28 -- 12 p.m.

All information sessions will be held at Clark College, Gaiser Hall, Room 213. Friends and family can also attend. Please bring a photo identification with you to the information session.

Class schedules
Each class meets six hours per week over 10 weeks at the Lewisville Campus, Room C25 at 406 NW 5th Avenue in Battle Ground.

Winter 2017: Jan. 10 - March 16, Tues. and Thurs. from 6:00 - 8:50 p.m.
Spring 2017: April 11 -- June 15, Tues. and Thurs. from 6:00 - 8:50 p.m.

Space is limited, so we encourage those who are interested to register and enroll early.

Tutoring/Daycare Provided
Battle Ground Public Schools will provide tutoring/daycare for children whose parents are attending English classes. Parents are asked to register their children prior to the academic quarter by calling the Battle Ground Public Schools ESL Department at (360) 885-5439.

Fees and Contact
Students will be charged $25 tuition per quarter. For financial help or registration questions, contact the Clark College Basic Skills Office at (360) 992-2741. For general information, contact the BGPS ESL Department at (360) 885-5439.


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Police versus Fire challenge comes down to the wire, Operation Santa and the Clackamas Service Center win!
City of Happy Valley - 11/21/16 11:45 AM
A day of bidding on two shopping carts, filled to overflowing with Thanksgiving items, brought in big donations in the last minute.

After steady bidding from the time the auction opened, the final bids brought in over $1,000 for Operation Santa and a win for Fire.

The auction began with a challenge between local emergency responders, Police and Fire, on who could shop for the better Thanksgiving dinner in five minutes. On Nov. 17, representatives from Happy Valley Police Department, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and Clackamas Fire did their best to put together a complete Thanksgiving meal for the public to bid on.

The items chosen by the two groups were then auctioned through the City of Happy Valley's Facebook page.

Bids and support were received from residents and groups around the Portland area, but in the end, the final bids came from people of the community.

A local business organization, Happy Valley Business Alliance (HVBA), claimed Clackamas Fire's grocery items in a last minute bid that came in right under the wire. The organization has decided to double the benefit of their contribution by donating all of the items to the Clackamas Service Center, a community campus that offers food and resources for those in need. The HVBA, Clackamas Fire, and Happy Valley Police will be deliver the donated food items to the Clackamas Service Center (8800 SE 80th Ave. Portland, OR 97206) Monday afternoon at 2:00.

The top bid for the Police's cart, came from local residents and business owners, David and Dawn Golobay. The Golobays will also donate the food to the Clackamas Service Center making this friendly competition a win, win for local families in need. The Golobay's two young boys are looking forward to helping police make the special delivery of their items to the Clacakmas Service Center on Monday.

The total value of the two carts of groceries was roughly $885, but the auction brought in $1,177. Because Fred Meyer donated all of the food items, 100% of the proceeds will go to Operation Santa, Clackamas Fire's food and toy drive that benefits families in need in Clackamas County.

Details on delivery:
Date: Monday November 21st.
Time: 2:00pm
Location: Clackamas Service Center - 8800 SE 80th Aenue - Portland Oregon 97206
Attendance: Members of the Media, Firefighters, Police Officers, City Council, Happy Valley Business Alliance members and Golobay Family.

About Happy Valley
Happy Valley is a community of over 18,000 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.
Oregon OSHA awards 3 training grants
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 11/21/16 11:38 AM
(Salem) -- The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) has awarded three grants totaling more than $92,000 to help develop workplace safety and health education and training programs.

The recipients are:

Northwest Forest Worker Center: Preventing "Struck by Object" Accidents Among Forest Workers in Southern Oregon

The nonprofit group will develop training materials to reduce the risk to forest workers in Jackson and Josephine counties of getting struck by a falling tree or branch. Being hit by such objects is the leading cause of injury among workers in the forest services industry in Oregon.

The training materials will be videos -- offered in Spanish and English -- that engage trainees in discussions that connect to their own workplace experiences. Workers will learn best practices for preventing injuries, the legally required safety precautions, and their rights to a safe workplace.

The effectiveness of the training program will be measured in several ways, including debriefing sessions with trainers to gauge whether improvement is needed and follow-up interviews with workers to assess the effects of the training on their work practices.

Grant award: $40,000

City of Bend Fire Department: Injury Prevention Through Biomechanical Resilience Training

The City of Bend Fire Department will launch a training project designed to reduce injuries and claims costs among firefighters by improving the efficiency of their physical movements, and their flexibility and core strength.

Firefighters are prone to on-the-job sprains, strains, and tears, in part because the ergonomics of the basic task movements have not been addressed or corrected.

Although the fire department has a robust fitness and wellness program, there has been no systematic measurement of movement efficiency, flexibility, and core strength as they relate to specific movements for required tasks.

The training project will include development of therapeutic exercise prescriptions based on the results of a job-specific movement analysis. The project's effectiveness will be measured through declining injury rates, claims costs, and time loss days.

Grant award: $30,710

SafeBuild Alliance: Identifying and Documenting Best Known Lean Safety Practices

The nonprofit group will create a training and information program that identifies and communicates the best methods of integrating lean principles -- which call for eliminating waste and boosting efficiency -- with safe work procedures.

The construction industry recognizes opportunities to reduce injuries to trade workers while becoming more efficient through lean principles. Moreover, many contractors have improved worker safety and health through related programs. However, the information about how to do that is often not passed on to other contractors and projects.

The program will pinpoint the best methods of blending lean principles and workplace safety procedures, develop and deliver training based on those methods, and make the information widely available to others.

The program's success will be judged in several ways. Those include test surveys of those who receive training and a satisfaction survey of the companies that receive best-method analyses.

Grant award: $21,882.50

The Oregon Legislature launched the Occupational Safety and Health Education and Training Grant Program in 1990. Award recommendations are made by Oregon OSHA's Safe Employment Education and Training Advisory Committee, an advisory group with members from business, organized labor, and government.

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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.
Idaho Man Survives After Being Struck By Vehicle, Falling 50 Feet Into Snake River Then Swimming to Island - Malheur County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/21/16 11:35 AM
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On November 21, 2016 at about 6AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 378 (on the Snake River Bridge between Oregon and Idaho).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2008 Chevrolet Colorado was traveling westbound on I-84 when it lost control on the bridge after hitting black ice. The Chevrolet impacted the bridge and came to rest on the shoulder of the bridge. The driver of the Chevrolet, Steven S BAILEY, age 41, of Middleton, Idaho was not injured.

A passing motorist, Steven ARRASMITH, age 34, of Mesa, Idaho, stopped his 2016 Jeep behind BAILEY's vehicle to offer assistance. Another westbound vehicle a 2008 Hyundai lost control on the ice and struck the back of the Jeep causing it to lurch forward. ARRASMITH, who was now standing on the bridge, was struck by his Jeep and thrown over the bridge railing. He managed to hang on for a short period, despite having a serious injury, before falling about 50 feet into the Snake River below.

In the darkness, ARRASMITH managed to shed heavier clothing and swam to a nearby island. First responders could hear him yelling for help soon after rescued him. ARRASMITH was taken to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Hyundai, Jim D HUDNALL, age 68, of Walla Walla, Washington, received minor injuries.

OSP was assisted by the Ontario Police Department, Payette County Sheriff's Office, Ontario Fire and Rescue, Payette Fire and Rescue and the Oregon Department of Transportation. More information will be released as it becomes available.


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PLANNING ADVISORY - #OregoniansGive is Tuesday Nov 29 Hundreds of nonprofits across the state of Oregon prepare to celebrate #GivingTuesday
OregoniansGive on GivingTuesday - 11/21/16 11:27 AM
November 29, 2016 -- Tomorrow will be a big day for Oregon nonprofits as residents open their hearts and contribute millions of dollars to the organizations that make a direct impact on their community. #OregoniansGive -- the daylong celebration of generosity and statewide movement built on the message of #GivingTuesday -- will highlight the positive work underway by hundreds of locally-based organizations and encourage all citizens to do their part to help develop a brighter future for communities in every corner of Oregon.

This year's festivities will begin with a kickoff party at the Hollywood Theatre, featuring local leaders, live music, entertainment, and refreshments. Media are welcome.

Event Details:
What: #OregoniansGive Kick Off Party
When: November 29, 7-9 AM
Where: Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd.

For additional information on #OregoniansGive, please visit our website: www.OregoniansGive.org.

It will end with an event in Medford at the Holly Theater.

Event Details:
What: Drink and Give Event sponsored by # OregoniansGive and US Cellular
When: November 29, 5-8 PM
Where: Holly Theater, 226 W 6th Street, Medford

About #GivingTuesday

Started in 2012, #GivingTuesday is a global movement that lends balance to the focus on shopping and buying fueled by the deals offered on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The social media-driven event encourages charities, families, businesses, students and individuals to celebrate generosity and give to the organizations that make an impact in their community. Since its launch, #GivingTuesday has raised millions of dollars for tens-of-thousands of organizations.



About #OregoniansGive

Following a rousing success in 2014, organizers of #PDXGives expanded their efforts to connect all nonprofits across the state of Oregon for the annual #GivingTuesday day of generosity. #OregoniansGive celebrates all contributions from every resident -- from born and bred natives to recent transplants -- that make the state of Oregon what it is today and open the door for a brighter future. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

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21st Annual Riverfront Park Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
City of Salem - 11/21/16 11:25 AM
The 21st Annual Riverfront Park Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, sponsored by Comcast
and the City of Salem, will take place Friday, December 2, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at Riverfront Park, 200 Water Street NE.

Entry is free and features the following activities:

The Holiday Ringers, handbell performers, will provide music starting at 6 p.m.

Free hot cocoa and cookies will be provided by Roth's Fresh Markets.

One Thousand Soles and Straub Environmental Center are hosting activity tents.

Grant Community School Choir will perform and Mayor-elect Chuck Bennett will lead the Tree Lighting Ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Santa will arrive to help light the Holiday Tree with assistance from the Salem Fire Department. An attending child's name will be drawn from the raffle to light the Holiday Tree.

Live reindeer will be in attendance!
Credit, Debit Card Security Tips for Consumers
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 11/21/16 11:12 AM
TIGARD, OR & SEATAC, WA -- -- With "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" on the horizon, the holiday shopping frenzy gets its traditional jumpstart in November. In fact, according to the National Retail Federation's annual spending survey, consumers will spend an average of $935.58 this holiday season.

Millions of shoppers will use their credit or debit cards for convenience. They can shop with confidence by following these simple security safety tips offered by Northwest credit unions:
In-store purchases:
EMV chip cards provide an extra layer of security when you buy on site (not online). Not all merchants have caught up with this technology trend. If the merchant's chip reader is not functional, you must swipe your card. This underscores the need for you to monitor your spending transactions.
Take advantage of your credit union's online account monitoring services. Report any suspicious activity to your credit union immediately.
Be sure your card is returned following each purchase and that it is indeed your card.
Wait for the card receipt. Never leave it at the checkout counter; and keep receipts with you, not in your shopping bags.
Check your statements and watch for multiple or incorrect charges. Compare receipts to your account statements, and then destroy your receipts.
Report unauthorized transactions to your credit union immediately.
Keep a list of your card account numbers and telephone numbers to call if your cards are lost or stolen. Keep that list in a secure place.
Make sure you have signed your credit and debit cards. Do not write your PIN on the card!
When entering your PIN, block the keypad from the view of the cashier or other customers.
Know that your PIN can be stolen in other ways. There is a heat signature left on non-metal keypads for several minutes after you use it. Infrared cameras installed on Smartphones can be used to measure this heat signature and obtain your PIN. Stop this fraud by resting your fingers on other keys while typing in your PIN.
Running your card as credit rather than debit is another way of protecting your PIN.


Online Shopping: Use a Secure Internet Connection.
Do not use public wireless networks for online purchases.
Shop on sites with https:// in the URL, and be sure that an icon with a lock appears to the left. The "s" stands for "secure" and indicates communication with that site is encrypted.
Type the merchant's address directly into your browser; avoid links.
Use complicated passwords with at least eight characters. Include numbers, special characters and upper and lower case numbers.
Keep the antivirus and security software updated on your computers and mobile devices.
We recommend that you don't store your payment information. Many websites or apps let you store your credit and debit card information for convenience, but this might also be too convenient for thieves.
Do not respond to pop ups, and do not share card information via email or texts.
Set up payment and purchase alerts via text and email. If you notice suspicious activity, notify your credit union immediately.


By diligently following these safety precautions, consumers can shop with confidence and enjoy a happy holiday season free from fraud and identity theft. If you suspect your account has been compromised, contact your credit union immediately for assistance.

The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 150 of Oregon and Washington's credit unions. Northwest Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, owned by their 5.5 million members. Credit unions help members achieve their financial goals. All earnings in excess of operating expenses and required reserves are returned to members in the form of lower loan rates, fewer fees and higher interest paid on savings. Northwest credit unions returned $528 million in direct financial benefit to members last year. Because credit unions are local and member driven, they provide financial education and invest in making their communities better. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.


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Union Gospel Mission to Prepare 1,300 Thanksgiving Meals -- Still Needs Pies (Photo)
Union Gospel Mission - 11/21/16 11:09 AM
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Union Gospel Mission to Prepare 1,300 Thanksgiving Meals -- Still Needs Pies

Portland, Ore., - Imagine preparing to serve 1,300 Thanksgiving meals -- this involves 100 turkeys, 300 pounds of mashed potatoes, 300 pounds of stuffing and 60 gallons of gravy and more. Union Gospel Mission is seeking donations of pumpkin pies for the event on Thanksgiving Day, November 24 from 10:00 am -- 1:00 pm. Union Gospel Mission will be closing off the street on NW Third Avenue between Burnside and Couch Streets and erecting a 120-foot- long tent donated for use by Northwest Natural Gas. Tables will be set up inside the tent and volunteers will serve guests a traditional Thanksgiving meal. This is a free event and open to anyone in need. The event will also feature live music.

"We want our guests to feel like we have given them our very best, so we are making many of the dishes from scratch and want it to be the best quality. We are short on pies this year, so it would be great if people could donate pumpkin pies," said Lori Quinney, food service coordinator at Union Gospel Mission.

Pies can be dropped off at 3 NW Third Avenue in Portland. Union Gospel Mission is also seeking financial support for Thanksgiving events. Donations can be made online at www.ugmportland.org or mailed to 3 NW Third Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97209.

About Union Gospel Mission: Union Gospel Mission's purpose is "Feeding the hungry, restoring the addict and loving our neighbor." Union Gospel Mission has been serving Portland since 1927. Union Gospel Mission provides meals and care for the homeless, and operates LifeChange -- a transformative recovery program for men, women and children. Contact Union Gospel Mission at 503-274-4483 or ugmportland.org and @ugmpdx.

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Attached Media Files: Union Gospel Mission Needs Pumpkin Pie , Last year's Thanksgiving prep , Volunteer serves at Thanksgiving 2015
Celebrate New Year's Eve by Getting Loud in the Library (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 11/21/16 10:52 AM
The Beaverton City Library will celebrate New Yearís Eve with Loud in the Library on Saturday, Dec. 31, from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. This benefit for the Beaverton Library Foundation will feature dancing, mini golf, laser tag, a balloon drop, and more. Ticke
The Beaverton City Library will celebrate New Yearís Eve with Loud in the Library on Saturday, Dec. 31, from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. This benefit for the Beaverton Library Foundation will feature dancing, mini golf, laser tag, a balloon drop, and more. Ticke
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Have you ever wanted to get loud in the library? Do you have plans for New Year's Eve? Do you wish there was a family-friendly and fun way to ring in the New Year right here in Beaverton? Then we've got an event for you. Presenting sponsor Villa Sport invites you to get Loud in the Library and ring in the New Year at Beaverton City Library.


On Saturday, Dec. 31, from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., gather your friends for a night of New Year's festivities at the main library, 12375 SW Fifth St. Entertainment includes mini golf, laser tag, and a photo booth. Come dance the night away with DJ and event host Doc Titus from The Party Doctor and enjoy delicious food and drinks from locally owned Uptown Market. While the party is intended for adults, all ages are welcome.


The entire building will be transformed into a place for noisy celebration. Can't imagine a bartender and drinks in the Cathy Stanton Conference Room, a DJ and dancing in the meeting rooms, mini golf in the Children's area, laser tag in the Reference area, and a giant balloon drop in the beautiful, iconic stairwell? Buy your tickets today--you won't want to miss this opportunity to get Loud in the Library! There is plenty of parking.


Tickets are available online and from Beaverton Library Foundation board members and library administrative staff. A single ticket is $30; a couples' ticket (admits two people) is $50. This highly engaging and unprecedented New Year's Eve event is sure to be a blast for Beaverton community members who know and love the library and those who've never entered its doors before.


All proceeds will directly benefit Beaverton City Library through the work of the Beaverton Library Foundation. Since 1986, the Beaverton Library Foundation has promoted and funded reading and cultural appreciation through the sponsorship of library services and programs. Each year, they are the primary sponsor of the hugely popular and meaningful Summer Reading Program. More than 2,700 people visit Beaverton City Library and check out almost 10,000 items every day, and the Beaverton Library Foundation helps provide a margin of excellence that make Beaverton City Library the busiest single library in the state.


Loud in the Library is a fundraiser for the Beaverton Library Foundation; volunteers are needed; tickets are required. To learn more and to purchase tickets, visit www.BeavertonLibraryFoundation.org/NYE or call 503-526-3705.


For additional information regarding Beaverton City Library, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-644-2197. Beaverton City Library is one of 15 member libraries in Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS), which works to provide responsive and efficient library service countywide through centralized catalog, courier and other services.


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Attached Media Files: The Beaverton City Library will celebrate New Yearís Eve with Loud in the Library on Saturday, Dec. 31, from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. This benefit for the Beaverton Library Foundation will feature dancing, mini golf, laser tag, a balloon drop, and more. Ticke
Salem Health extends community partnership with Salem Free Clinics (Photo)
Salem Health - 11/21/16 10:42 AM
Check presentation by Salem Health representatives -- Bob Wells (left) , chair of Salem Health Board of Trustees, and Bahaa Wanly (center), VP of Salem Health Medical Group and interim CIO -- to John McConville (right), CEO of Salem Free Clinics.
Check presentation by Salem Health representatives -- Bob Wells (left) , chair of Salem Health Board of Trustees, and Bahaa Wanly (center), VP of Salem Health Medical Group and interim CIO -- to John McConville (right), CEO of Salem Free Clinics.
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Salem Health always looks to support community partners that provide medical care to those in need. Hospital representatives recently presented a check for $75,000 to Salem Free Clinics (SFC) at a special ceremony and extended its five-year partnership with SFC through donations that total more than $300,000.

"Salem Health's investment with Salem Free Clinics over the years has created an exponential return, bringing real results and significant benefit to people in the mid-Willamette Valley," said Leilani Slama, vice president of community engagement with Salem Health. "We are delighted to be a part of this community collaborative fueled by passionate volunteers and driven employees."

"Salem Health is our largest sponsor and greatest health care partner," said John McConville, chief executive officer with Salem Free Clinics. "Their donation represents 14 percent of our budget and solidifies our on-going sustainability."

Salem Free Clinics operates two clinics in Salem and one in Dallas. It provides medical, mental health, and dental services to the uninsured in the area and handles 5,500 patient visits each year. Patient demand remains high for SFC services and appointments are frequently backed up 2 to 3 weeks.

"Salem Health's support will allow us to expand SFC's preventative services including dental hygiene, health screenings and vaccinations, plus provide for approximately 800 patient visits," said McConville.

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.


Attached Media Files: Check presentation by Salem Health representatives -- Bob Wells (left) , chair of Salem Health Board of Trustees, and Bahaa Wanly (center), VP of Salem Health Medical Group and interim CIO -- to John McConville (right), CEO of Salem Free Clinics.
KSD Transportation Department Stuff the Bus Event
Kelso Sch. Dist. - 11/21/16 10:05 AM
Kelso, WA -- November 21, 2016 -- Kelso School District transportation department held its 9th annual Stuff the Bus Toy and Food Drive November 19, 2016. The departments PSE II members manned three different locations; Target, 7th Ave Walmart, and Fred Meyer. Toys collected will be given to Jumbo's Toy Run, an organization that gives away toys to children of need enrolled in Cowlitz County schools. The food donations are given to Lower Columbia CAP Food Warehouse, also serving Cowlitz County families. Garrett Sign Company out of Vancouver continued their support by donating a third banner for the additional location.

Fred Meyer was a new location for the event this year, yielding tremendous donations! Fred's generously promoted our event throughout the day within the store and allowed us to park the bus by the main entrance. They prepared bagged meals for customers to purchase and donated the meals that were not purchased, and gave their employees gift cards to purchase food and toys to bring out to the bus. Fred Meyer also donated 20 turkeys!!

All three locations also received cash donations, which will be added to our toy fund that started with funds from a garage sale held last June. Our chapter will have over $900 to spend on toys on Black Friday to fill the rest of the toy bus, the food donations filling another bus. Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers and a generous community for making this event a huge success.
Gresham Police Searching for Robbery Suspect (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 11/21/16 9:45 AM
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Gresham, Ore. -- Just before 10:00am on October 19, 2016 a man walked into the Key Bank branch at NE 181st avenue and NE Halsey street and used a demand note to rob the bank. The teller put an undisclosed amount of cash into a paper bag that the suspect brought with him and the suspect then ran out of the bank and fled east on NE Barr street towards NE 183rd avenue.

The suspect is described as an adult black male between six-foot and six-foot-two tall and weighing between 160 and 200 pounds. He was also wearing a very distinct denim jacket with a "Phat Farm" logo in the center of the back. Under the denim jacket he wore a red plaid hooded jacket and his face was covered with a yellow and red scarf. He was also wearing gray pants with gray and white tennis shoes. Pictures of the suspect and a detailed picture of the same brand of jacket are attached to this release.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect in this case is asked to call Gresham Police Det. Aaron Turnage at 503-618-3136.


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Designing Our World -- An OMSI, Portland Water Bureau Partnership (Photo)
Portland Water Bureau - 11/21/16 9:07 AM
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Designing Our World, a new exhibit at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) aims to engage underrepresented youth, especially girls, in engineering. OMSI is highlighting the ways in which engineering serves the community and is an important part of everyday life. The exhibition focuses on eight design challenges and visitors can engineer our city with scenarios such as miniature tsunami shelters, the role of gravity in the Portland water system, and bioswales. These collaborative activities were selected for their personal relevance to local residents, and in particular, the water main and bioswale activities allow visitors to engage with creative designs that affect their daily lives yet are often invisible.

These interactive exhibits are supported with engineering profiles featuring local professionals, including Teresa Elliott, the Portland Water Bureau's first woman Chief Engineer.

"I had a teacher once who told me that women did not have the temperament for math and science. I didn't mind proving him wrong," said Teresa. "I am where I am because I love my job, I'm committed to building and maintaining a safe and resilient water system and I have a personal touch that is not necessarily common with my generation of engineers."

Next time you and your family visit OMSI, stop by the Designing Our World exhibit to dream up your vision of our city, and get to know some of the people who are engineering the real thing.

The Portland Water Bureau and OMSI are proud to partner to help children learn more about their water and its role in our city.

Members of the media interested in experiencing the exhibit should contact OMSI's Communication Manager Kate McNally (kmcnally@omsi.edu; 503-797-4517) to arrange a visit.


About the Portland Water Bureau
The Portland Water Bureau provides the highest quality water, customer service and stewardship of the critical infrastructure, fiscal, and natural resources entrusted to our care. For general information, call 503-823-7404 or visit portlandoregon.gov/water.

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


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Clark County Sheriff's Office investigates threats to Heritage High School *UPDATED INFO 11/21/16
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/21/16 8:48 AM
UPDATED INFORMATION 11/21/2016 - Correction only to original Press Release

Updated correction on prior Press Release: CCSO received the information regarding the threat against Heritage High School on November 20th, 2016 at approximately 2100 hours, NOT on November 13th as previously stated. Also, the threat was made initially via text to other individuals, NOT via social media as previously stated.
-Updated by Sgt Alex Schoening on 11/21/2016.

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At approximately 2100 hours on November 13, 2016, the Clark County Sherriff's Office received information from multiple sources about a threat against Heritage High School. The threat was made via social media and involved a physical threat of violence against students and faculty at the high school. The Sheriff's Office, in partnership with the Evergreen School District Safety and Security team investigated the threat. The investigation resulted in the arrest of a seventeen year old male who has been a student in the Evergreen School District in the past.

The male was arrested for the following Revised Code of Washington:

RCW 28A.635.100
Intimidating any administrator, teacher, classified employee, or student by threat of force or violence unlawful--Penalty.
(1) It shall be unlawful for any person, singly or in concert with others, to intimidate by threat of force or violence any administrator, teacher, classified employee, or student of any common school who is in the peaceful discharge or conduct of his or her duties or studies.
(2) A person violating this section is guilty of a gross misdemeanor and shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars, or imprisoned in jail not more than six months, or both such fine and imprisonment.


The name of the subject who was arrested will not be released because he is a minor.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office and the Evergreen School District take threats to the school system very seriously. We would like to thank the students and parents who reported the threats tonight and encourage anyone with any information about a possible threat to any school, at any time, to report it immediately.


No additional details will be released at this time.
Vancouver Police make arrest in explosives investigation
Vancouver Police Dept. - 11/21/16 8:38 AM
Vancouver, Wash. --On July 29, 2016 and again on October 2, 2016 Vancouver Police responded to two incidents where improvised explosive devices were detonated in the parking lot at the St. James Apartments at 11022 NE 18th Street. Through an extensive investigation, a Vancouver Police Arson Investigator developed probable cause to arrest Pedro Franco-Gonzalez and to search his residence. With assistance from the SW Washington SWAT team, the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit, the Domestic Violence Unit and the Metro Explosive Disposal Unit, a search warrant was served at Franco-Gonzalez' apartment. Numerous pounds of explosive material, several Improved Explosive Devices, guns and drugs were recovered from the residence.

On November 18, 2016 Franco-Gonzalez was booked into the jail for Arson 1, Possessing Prohibited Explosive Devices and Possession with Intent to Deliver. Additional search warrants are yet to be served and additional charges are expected.

The investigation is ongoing and no further information is available at this time.

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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee Executive Team to meet December 1 in Portland
Oregon Department of Human Services - 11/21/16 8:34 AM
The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee Executive Team meets Thursday, December 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Portland State Office Building, Room 515, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland 97232. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include announcements, membership recruitment, Deaf culture training, review of Robert's Rules of Order and agenda planning.

For those who can't attend in person there is a toll-free phone number: 1 888-808-6929. Use participant code 4517555.

The meeting location is accessible to people 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 before the meeting.

For questions about this meeting, please contact: Theresa Powell, theresa.a.powell@state.or.us
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 11/16/2016-11/20/2016
Sandy Police Dept. - 11/21/16 8:34 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 11/16/2016-11/20/2016

ESATACADA:

1C 2016-1964

On 11/17/2016 at about 0654 hrs., police took a missing person report, but the person was located as of 0756 on the same day. A report was taken.

1C 2016-1972

On 11/18/2016 at around 0607 hrs., police responded to a report of a menacing that occurred in the 300 block of SE Main Street. No crimes were committed and a report was taken.

1C 2016-1980

On 11/19/2016 at about 1200 hrs., police responded to the 1000 block of SW Lake Shore Drive regarding a dog bite. A tenant was bitten by a dog owned by his landlord. He was treated by local medics and released. The owner of the animal and the animal itself moved out of the area before contact was made.

1C 2016-1984

On 11/20/2016 at 1132 hrs., a victim called police to report his cell phone was stolen by a known suspect. The victim contacted the suspect and a physical altercation ensued. The victim suffered an injured hand. The altercation occurred in the 700 block of N Broadway Street. The case is under investigation.

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SANDY:

18 2016-1961

On 11/17/2016 at around 0143 hours, police attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation on Highway 26 near Ruben Lane. The driver fled at a high rate of speed through neighborhood streets before fleeing on foot. The passenger stayed with the vehicle. This investigation is ongoing.

18 2016-1962

On 11/17/2016 at around 0522 hrs., police stopped a vehicle in the 37000 block of Highway 26 for a traffic violation. The passenger of the vehicle, John P. Lambert (30, of Sandy), had a warrant for parole violation. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Clackamas County Jail, where he was lodged on no bail.


18 2016-1965

On 11/17/2016 at about 1206 hrs., police responded to the report of a residential burglary in the 38000 block of Sandy Heights Street. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2016-1966

On 11/17/2016 at about 1215 hrs., police took a report of a theft that had occurred in the 18000 block of Carlson Avenue. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2016-1971

On 11/17/2016 at about 1948 hrs., police took a runaway report regarding a juvenile in the 14000 block of Bluff Road. At 2138, the family reported that the juvenile returned home.

18 2016-1973

On 11/18/2016 at about 1053 hrs., police took a trespass report from the 38000 block of Proctor Boulevard. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2016-1974

On 11/18/2016 at about 1500 hrs., Billy R. Crisp Jr. (36, of Sandy) was arrested on a warrant for failing to appear on a Theft II charge. He was taken to Clackamas County Jail, where he was held on $25,000 bail.

18 2016-1975

On 11/18/2016 at 1641 hrs., an individual living in the 17000 block of BeeBee Court reported two of his chickens had been killed by a neighboring dog that morning. The report will be forwarded to code enforcement.

18 2016-1976

On 11/18/2016 at about 1843 hrs., police responded to a report of a auto vs. pedestrian accident collision on Langensand Road & Highway 26. A driver turning from
northbound Langensand Road onto Eastbound Highway 26 did not see a pedestrian step out near his vehicle. The pedestrian was not injured sufficiently to require medical assistance, though he was checked on scene. He was discovered to have a warrant for his arrest. Brandon A. Craine (34, of Eagle Creek), was found to have a warrant for his arrest for the charge of Harassment. Once he was cleared by medics on scene, he was transported to the Clackamas County Jail, where he was lodged on $15,000 bail.

18 2016-1977

On 11-18-16 at 2023 hours, police were dispatched to a phone contact regarding a criminal mischief. Officers contacted the victim, Marcus Walters. Marcus advised that an unknown suspect(s) had broken out the back window to his vehicle when he parked his vehicle in front of the V.F.W, which is located at 38452 Proctor Boulevard, and that the window was broken out while he was inside, which was between 1700 hrs and 2000 hrs.

18 2016-1979

On 11/19/2016 at about 1234 hrs., police took a phone report regarding a theft from a vehicle in the 17000 block of Meinig Avenue. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2016-1981

On 11/19/2016 at about 1536 hrs., police took a theft report regarding two cases of beer stolen from the 38000 block of Pioneer Boulevard. A report was taken (CAD).

18 2016-1982

On 11/19/2016 at about 1706 hrs., officers responded to a report of an unattended death. A 70 year old male was found deceased at his residence in the 17700 block of Langensand Road. Sandy Fire responded, and the medical examiner's office was consulted. It was determined that the individual passed from natural causes, and the remains were transferred to the custody of a funeral home.

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On 11/19/2016 at about 2248 hrs., police stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on Highway 26 near University Avenue. The driver, Terry L. Shinaver (27, of Gresham), was found to have a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest. The $3000 bail warrant was confirmed, and he was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail. The vehicle
was impounded.
Protest Vandalism Suspect Turns Himself in to Police - Booked on Two Charges (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/21/16 8:31 AM
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On Sunday November 20, 2016, 21-year-old Miguel Rebollo turned himself into Portland Police Bureau detectives and was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Criminal Mischief in the First Degree and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

Rebello's photo was posted on the Bureau's CanYouIDMe site (http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/canyouidme/) after he was spotted in video footage kicking a vehicle during the November 10, 2016 protest and riot. Numerous tips were submitted to detectives identifying Rebello as the suspect.

The vehicle was being driven by a young woman and occupied by two small children at the time Rebello kicked the car, causing damage.

The Portland Police Bureau is continuing to ask for the public's help to identify criminal suspects involved in this last week's protests and riot. Many people were taking pictures and video during the protests that may contain the identities of suspects involved in reports of widespread vandalism.

Some images of criminal suspects have been released publicly on the Bureau's "CanYouIDMe" page and can be viewed at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/canyouidme/

If members of the public (including members of the media) have information, pictures or video that could be used to identify suspects, detectives would like you to submit it to the investigators. Investigators do not need links to media sites as these have already been obtained and will be reviewed.

IMPORTANT - For larger files of photos and/or video, please use a Dropbox or Google Drive link and email the link and any information to CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov

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Attached Media Files: 2016-11/3056/99403/Miguel_Rebollo_21.jpg
OSP Urging Safe Travels This Upcoming Holiday Weekend
Oregon State Police - 11/21/16 5:48 AM
With at least 10 people losing their lives on state highways over the past week, OSP is urging motorists to travel safely this Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend. Other traffic advisories to motorists are winter travel conditions, Black Friday shopping and the Civil War Game in Corvallis.

Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend - This holiday period (Wednesday through Sunday) will see one of the highest volumes of traffic in over a decade according to AAA Oregon/Idaho. As with other holiday weekends OSP is urging motorists to plan ahead, expect heavy traffic, expect poor driving conditions with rain expected at lower elevations and snow in the mountain passes, and take your time (more traveling tips at the bottom of this release). Know the road conditions before traveling by going to www.tripcheck.com


Winter travel - Those traveling in lower elevations, expect rain and wet roadways. Increase your following distances due to decreased traction on those wet roadways.

For those traveling Oregon's mountain passes, expect snowfall and winter driving conditions. Know when traction tires are required by visiting tripcheck.com. Too often these mountain pass crashes are caused by those not using traction tires. These crashes cause delays that last hours at times. If chains are the traction device, know how to install or use them. Too often we find motorists struggling in deep snow and below freezing conditions attempting to put them on for the first time.


November 24th and 25 - Black Friday Shopping at the Woodburn Outlet Mall. There has been historically major traffic issues on Interstate 5 in Woodburn on Thanksgiving evening and the following Friday due to the high volume of shoppers frequenting the Woodburn Outlet Mall. There has traditionally been backed up traffic prior to the Woodburn exit. Motorists are asked to consider taking alternate routes to Woodburn.

OSP will be focusing enforcement efforts on motorists driving on the shoulder of I-5, parking on the shoulder of I-5 and any other hazardous behavior. Another particular issue has been motorists driving past the backed up traffic and then trying to squeeze in prior to the Woodburn exit. OSP will be in the area actively enforcing traffic laws.


November 26 - Oregon State University versus University of Oregon Football Game in Corvallis at 1PM. OSP is advising motorists traveling on Interstate 5 to expect high volumes of traffic in the mid-Willamette Valley before and after the game. OSP is urging those attending the game to take your time, plan ahead and have a designated driver.


OSP is also urging motorists to plan their travels:

Expect heavy traffic volumes. Take extra time to reach your destination

Visit ODOT's traveler page www.tripcheck.com

Be prepared in the event you become stuck during your travels- Carry water, food, and blankets in the event you are stuck in your vehicle during your trip

Get a designated driver (plan ahead) if you plan on consuming intoxicating substances.

Put the distractions away. Pull over to use that handheld electronic device, ask as passenger to help or wait to arrive at your destination to use them.

Watch your speed; often speeding will not get you to your destination any faster. You will fatigue faster, burn more fuel, and create a more hazardous environment on the highway.

Be extra vigilant in highway work zones. Even when workers are not present, all work zone speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.

Get rested before you travel. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Be patient and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.

Wear your safety belt. Ensure your passengers and children are properly restrained too. We see too many crashes were people would have walked away with minor in any injuries.


Attached Media Files: 2016-11/1002/99402/2016_AAA_Thanksgiving_Travel_Proj.docx
Sun. 11/20/16
AMR's River Rescue Program Receives American Ambulance Association's Community Impact Award (Photo)
AMR Portland - 11/20/16 9:23 PM
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(Portland, OR.) -- AMR's (American Medical Response) River Rescue Team wrapped up another successful season this year with special recognition from the American Ambulance Association (AAA), a national organization whose mission is to ensure excellence in the ambulance services industry. The program was selected to receive the AAA's AMBY Award for Community Impact. The award was presented at the AAA Annual Conference at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

AMR's River Rescue Program is provided as a community service for two communities in Oregon- Troutdale and Gladstone. The program is the only one of its kind exclusively operated by a private EMS provider, supported by strong community partnerships, and was developed in July 1999, after a series of drowning deaths in the 1990's at two popular river parks.

The program is staffed by Oregon licensed Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics trained to meet United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) open water lifeguarding standards.
In 2016, the team conducted 148 rescues and assists of swimmers and boaters in peril.

2016 end of season stats.
Glenn Otto High Rocks 2016 Total 2015 Total
Park Attendance 38,323 24,856 63,179 75,570
Rescues/Assists 1/127 1/19 2/148 1/119
Children 47 (31.5%)
Adults 102 (68.5%)
Swimmers 133 (89.3%)
Boaters 16 (10.7%)
Prepared by Justine Kilsby, River Rescue Program Coordinator -- 2016

AMR's River Rescue Program has set the standard for community impact," said AAA President Mike Hall. "This award is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators."
The American Ambulance Association's AMBY Awards Program delivers best practices for all AAA members, recognizing excellence in the ambulance profession and the ingenuity that epitomizes AAA members. Entries are recognized on the AAA membership website, in the association's mobile event app and online publications. See https://the-aaa.org.

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About American Medical Response
American Medical Response, Inc., a leading provider of medical transportation, provides services in 40 states and the District of Columbia. More than 25,000 AMR paramedics, EMTs, and RNs work together to transport more than 4.4 million patients nationwide each year in critical, emergency and non-emergency situations. AMR, a subsidiary of Envision Healthcare Corporation, is headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colo. For more information about AMR, visit www.amr.net and follow @AMR_Social on Twitter. Locally, AMR provides ambulance services in Multnomah, Clackamas and Clark Counties. AMR and its predecessor companies have served Portland area communities since 1913.

About American Ambulance Association
Formed in 1979, the American Ambulance Association represents hundreds of ambulance services across the United States that participates in emergency and nonemergency care and medical transportation. The Association views prehospital care not only as a public service, but also as an essential part of the total public health care system.


Attached Media Files: 2016-11/562/99400/111916_AMR_River_Rescue_Program_-_2016_AMBY_Winner_FINAL.pdf , 2016-11/562/99400/Randy_Lauer_Regional_Director_AMR_Oregon_with_Justine_Kilsby_AMR_River_Rescue_Program_Coordinator.jpg
Stabbing Investigation Underway in Downtown Portland - One Person Injured
Portland Police Bureau - 11/20/16 7:34 PM
On Sunday November 20, 2016, at 6:02 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a stabbing at Southwest 3rd Avenue and Oak Street.

Officers and medical personnel arrived in the area and located a male in his 30s suffering from stab wounds. The victim was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment to serious injuries. He is expected to survive.

Officers canvassing the area found a blood trail leading to the intersection of Southwest 4th Avenue and Pine Street. Limited information indicates that three males ran from the area, one described as a Hispanic or Native American male in his 30s.

Anyone with information about the stabbing is asked to contact Assault detectives at 503-823-0400.

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Wanted subject apprehended with K9 assistance in Siletz (Photo)
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 11/20/16 5:27 PM
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On November 20, 2016 at approximately 8:15 AM Lincoln County Deputies were dispatched to a reported Criminal Mischief in the Siletz Trailer park, located at 724 SW Ferry Ave. in Siletz. The investigation revealed that Benjamin Arthur Palm, 37, of Newport, had taken property of another and destroyed it. Deputies had been looking for Palm since November 17th after he fled from a Toledo Police Traffic stop and evaded capture. Palm was wanted by his Probation Officer out of Benton County.

Deputies searched the SW Ferry Ave area for Palm and observed him running into a wooded area on foot. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office K9 Unit was utilized with the investigation. K9 Bonni and K9 Handler Deputy Gautney assisted in tracking Palm from his last known location. K9 Bonni quickly picked up the track and led Deputies to Palm who was actively trying to escape through a blackberry patch. Deputies gave Palm verbal warnings to surrender in which he quickly complied. Palm was taken into custody without further incident.

Palm was charged with Criminal Mischief in the second degree in relation to the vandalism complaint at the Siletz Trailer Park and placed on a probation hold by his Probation Officer. No bail was authorized.
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Respectfully submitted by:

Karl Vertner, Patrol Sergeant
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, OR 97365
(541) 265-0681
Kvertner@co.lincoln.or.us


Attached Media Files: Deputy Gautney with K9 Bonni
Deputies Seek Public's Help In Locating Wanted Man (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/20/16 5:09 PM
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Mr. Austin was arrested Saturday by the Salem Police Department. He was taken to the Oregon State Hospital. No further information.




Deputies are searching for Patrick Justin Austin, age 38, of Salem. Patrick is currently on supervision through the Psychiatric Security Review Board and authorities believe he has stopped taking his medications and showing up to work.

Patrick is a white male, 5'10" tall, 200 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes and is known to live in the Salem area. If you see Patrick or know his whereabouts please call your local law enforcement agency.


Attached Media Files: 2016-11/1294/99376/Austin.jpg
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting 11 People in Marion County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/20/16 4:07 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at approximately 2:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of Waller St SE in Salem. The fire affected 9 people, including 2 adults and 9 children. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. 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 our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.RedCross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Hillsboro Man Charged with Manslaughter Following October Crash That Kills Passenger (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/20/16 2:20 PM
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November 20, 2016 -- A Hillsboro man has been charged with manslaughter following a crash in late October that killed one passenger and injured three others near Banks.

On October 19, 2016, at 1:53 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to Northwest Cedar Canyon Road in the community of Banks, concerning a single vehicle traffic crash.

Sheriff's Deputies arrived and found a 2000 Toyota Avalon on its side in the roadway, heavily damaged. Deputies learned the vehicle, driven by 18-year-old Jake Pruett of Hillsboro, had been occupied by four passengers, one of whom was 31-year-old Colin Fleming of Banks. Fleming was transported to the hospital via Life Flight.

Deputies learned the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when Mr. Pruett failed to negotiate a corner and subsequently rolled the vehicle multiple times. Witnesses reported that Mr. Fleming had been standing up through the open sunroof when the crash occurred.

Members from the Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) responded to the crash and assisted in gathering evidence and documenting the scene.

On October 29, 2016, Mr. Fleming died at the hospital as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

On November 17, 2016, a Washington County Grand Jury indicted Mr. Pruett for the following charges:

- Manslaughter in the Second Degree
- Assault in the Fourth Degree (three counts)
- Reckless Endangering (three counts)
- Reckless Driving

On November 19, 2016, Mr. Pruett was booked in to the Washington County Jail on the charges listed above (photo inset). His bail has been set at $257,500.

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Attached Media Files: Press Release (PDF) , Pruett, Jake , Crash Photo
Man Shot After Altercation at Salem Night Club (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/20/16 3:47 AM
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At approximately 12:00 a.m., this morning, a man was shot in the leg after an altercation in the parking lot of the Midnight Sports Bar and Grill, located in the 3900 block of Center Street NE in Salem. Details surrounding the incident are limited as very few witnesses were located.

What investigators do know is that four men were involved in an altercation in the parking lot of the bar when one of the involved men fired a gun wounding the other man in the leg. The victim was taken to the Salem Hospital where he is expected to recover. Detectives are searching for a green or blue, Chevrolet or GMC truck with white racing stripes. Additionally one of the involved males associated to the truck had a large tattoo on the back of his neck and a thin line of writing tattooed on his forehead.

It is currently unknown if the shooting is gang related. Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to please call the Marion County Sheriff's Office, you can remain anonymous.


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Sat. 11/19/16
Safe Streets Task Force shuts down drug house, 9 firearms and methamphetamine recovered (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 11/19/16 7:41 PM
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On 11-19-16 members of the Safe Streets Task Force, Vancouver Police Neighborhood Response Team and Clark County Tactical Detective Unit were assisted by SW Washington Regional SWAT in the service of a search warrant at the residence of William Rathgeber (56yoa) located at 6114 NE 112th Ave in Vancouver Washington for methamphetamine distribution. During the service of this search warrant detectives located several ounces of methamphetamine for distribution and 9 firearms, some of which were reported stolen. Rathgeber will be facing at least 13 felony counts to include Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Firearm, Possession of Stolen Firearms and Maintaining a Drug House. Rathgeber's residence is directly across the street from Covington Middle School in Vancouver Washington.

Rathgeber is currently out on bail in Clark County for Unlawful Possession of Firearms, Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine and Running a Drug House for a search warrant that was served at this same residence in May of 2016. Rathgeber is prohibited from possessing firearms.

Gabriel Lawson (43yoa) was also arrested after he ran from police. Lawson was wanted on a felony warrant out of Port Angelas and a misdemeanor warrant out of Clark County. Lawson was also found in possession of methamphetamine.


Attached Media Files: Gun / drug seizure
Police Investigate Bank Robbery
Vancouver Police Dept. - 11/19/16 4:19 PM
On 11/19/16 at 1:33 p.m. Vancouver Police responded to a report of a bank robbery at Wells Fargo, 8211 NE Vancouver Mall Dr. Initial investigation revealed a white male walked into the bank and asked for a bag of money. A bag was handed to the suspect and he then fled from the bank with the bag. The suspect did not display any kind of weapon but one was implied.

The only description on the suspect is that of a white male wearing a ski cap and all black clothing.

This is an active investigation and no other information will be released as this time.
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting One Family in Washington County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/19/16 3:22 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at approximately 1:00 p.m. in the 13100 block of SW Bull Mountain Road in Tigard. The fire affected [3 people and their pets. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. 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 our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.RedCross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Coquille Woman Killed In Highway 42 Crash - Coos County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/19/16 11:36 AM
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On November 18, 2016 at about 6:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 42 near milepost 29 (east of Myrtle Point).

Preliminary information indicates a Chevrolet Aveo was traveling westbound on Highway 42 when it lost control negotiating a corner. The Aveo crossed the centerline where it collided with a 2013 Chevrolet Suburban. Both vehicles came to rest on the highway.

The driver of the Aveo, Savanna Jo MCADAMS, age 18, of Coquille, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Suburban, Mary L JONES, age 41, of Myrtle Point, was taken by ground ambulance to Coquille Valley Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Speed is being considered a contributing factor in the crash. Highway 42 was closed with intermittent flagging in one lane for about 4 hours. OSP was assisted by the Myrtle Point Ambulance, Bridge Rural Fire Protection District, Oregon Department of Transportation, Coos County District Attorney and the Coos County Medical Examiner.

More information will be released as it becomes available.


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Portland Fire & Rescue responds to a Basement Fire in NE
Portland Fire & Rescue - 11/19/16 7:35 AM
Portland Fire and Rescue crews responded to a call of smoke in the area of NE 52nd and Hancock around 1:30AM. Firefighters found an adult female and her child that had exited the building because of the smoke. After walking around the structure, crews noticed a glow from the basement and called for additional units.

As crews entered the building they found an adult female laying on the floor and assisted her out of the building. She was transported to a local hospital. Firefighters entered the basement and extinguished the fire while searching for victims. The building was a home that had been converted into six separate unit making a search more difficult.The fire is currently under investigation.
Fri. 11/18/16
Sheriff's Deputies Seek Victim of Road Rage Incident (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/18/16 9:28 PM
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November 18, 2016 -- Washington County Sheriff's Deputies are asking for the public's help in locating the victim of a road rage incident involving a handgun.

Today at 1:11 p.m., a Washington County Sheriff's Deputy was flagged down by a driver in the area of SW Murray Boulevard and SW Farmington Road in Beaverton, concerning a road rage incident involving a handgun. The driver reported that the occupant in a passing vehicle had waved a handgun at her.

Multiple deputies converged in the area and quickly stopped the suspect vehicle. Deputies interviewed the passenger, 54-year-old Tommy Gibbons Jr., of Tigard, OR. During the investigation, deputies learned that Mr. Gibbons had displayed a handgun at the victim during a road rage incident. Inside the vehicle, deputies located a loaded semi-automatic handgun and a loaded rifle.

Mr. Gibbons was arrested for Unlawful Possession of Firearms and lodged at the Washington County Jail.

After flagging down the deputy, the victim left the area before deputies were able to identify and interview her. The Washington County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's help locating the victim. If anyone has any information, please call 503-629-0111.


Attached Media Files: PDF , Mugshot
20-Year-Old Suspect Arrested for Riot and Vandalism (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/18/16 6:00 PM
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On Thursday November 17, 2016, Portland Police Bureau detectives arrested 20-year-old Gavin Hotchkiss in Milwaukie and booked him into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Criminal Mischief in the First Degree and Riot.

Hotchiss' arrest was in connection with the November 10 weekend riot and protests that left several businesses and vehicles damaged on the Lower East Side and Downtown Portland.

Detectives developed information that Hotchkiss was involved in vandalizing a Jeep being driven in Downtown Portland that was surrounded by protesters.

The Portland Police Bureau is continuing to ask for the public's help to identify criminal suspects involved in this last week's protests and riot. Many people were taking pictures and video during the protests that may contain the identities of suspects involved in reports of widespread vandalism.

Some images of criminal suspects have been released publicly on the Bureau's "CanYouIDMe" page and can be viewed at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/canyouidme/

If members of the public (including members of the media) have information, pictures or video that could be used to identify suspects, detectives would like you to submit it to the investigators. Investigators do not need links to media sites as these have already been obtained and will be reviewed.

IMPORTANT - For larger files of photos and/or video, please use a Dropbox or Google Drive link and email the link and any information to CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov

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Attached Media Files: 2016-11/3056/99382/Gavin_Scott_Hotchkiss_20.jpg
Deputies Recover Body from Willamette River
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/18/16 4:47 PM
The deceased has been identified as 63 year old Charles E. Rasberry of Portland, Oregon. The medical examiner ruled the cause of death as drowning, detectives indicate there are no signs of foul play.

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On Thursday 11/17/2016 at approximately 11:00 a.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies responded to the report of a body seen in the Willamette River near Swan Island. MCSO River Patrol units, assisted by the Portland Fire Bureau, arrived in the area a short time later and recovered the body of a deceased adult from the water.

MCSO detectives have been notified and will be conducting a death investigation. The body will be turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office. No further details are available at this time pending identification and family notifications.
Ridgefield Student Honored by KWRL Transportation Co-Op (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 11/18/16 4:34 PM
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Friday, November 18, 2016 -- Ridgefield, Washington -- Ridgefield High School student, Kobee Nelson, was honored this week with a prestigious award from KWRL Transportation Cooperative. The co-op, which provides bus services for students in the Kalama, Woodland, Ridgefield and La Center school districts, awarded Nelson with the KWRL Hero Award for Honorable Stewardship for taking action on behalf of vulnerable students on the school bus and preventing potentially unsafe situations.

The Ridgefield School District learned the news earlier this week from KWRL's Transportation Director, Shannon Barnett. Nelson is a junior at Ridgefield High School.

According to Barnett, bus surveillance videos in the past week showed how Nelson, on various occasions, went out of his way to assist a disadvantaged student on the bus, defending the student from other students. The videos also showed Nelson preventing disadvantaged students from harming themselves even as they were unaware of his intentions and were combative toward him.

Upon seeing a disadvantaged student on the bus getting picked on, Nelson said he made the decision to intervene because he had the power to make a difference. "If you want to test a man's true character, give him power," is a quote from Abraham Lincoln and are words that Nelson says he tries to live by.

In his message to the school district, Barnett noted that the award is only presented to bus drivers who rise above and beyond the call of duty in the course of their duties. Because of the degree of outstanding citizenship and distinguished stewardship that Nelson demonstrated, Barnett made an exception in this case. The KWRL Hero Award for Honorable Stewardship is the first ever to be awarded to a student.

The Ridgefield School District is proud to congratulate Kobee Nelson on receiving this exceptional award.

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Attached Media Files: Kobee Nelson
Highway 34 Crash Takes Life Of Salem Man - Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/18/16 3:50 PM
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On November 18, 2016 at about 6AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash blocking Highway 34 near milepost 2 (just east of Corvallis).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2006 Subaru sedan was traveling eastbound on Highway 34 when it lost control for unknown reasons. An eastbound 2002 Dodge pickup then t-boned the Subaru (passenger side impact). A third vehicle, a westbound 2015 Chevrolet pickup was struck by the Subaru sometime during the incident.

The driver of the Subaru, Michael S NELSON CEDILLO, age 29, of Salem was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Dodge, Christopher Lee SCHACHTSCHNEIDER, age 32, of Pendleton, was taken to Good Samaritian Regional Medical Center in Corvallis for non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Chevrolet, William A HAMPTON, age 69, of Salem was not injured.

Highway 34 was closed or partially closed for almost three hours. OSP was assisted by the Corvallis Police Department, Corvallis Fire Department, Benton County Sheriff's Office, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

OSP is seeking any persons who witnessed this crash to call 503-375-3555. More information will be released when it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.


Attached Media Files: 2016-11/1002/99380/Subaru.JPG , 2016-11/1002/99380/Dodge.JPG , 2016-11/1002/99380/IMG_0112.JPG
Salem Man Killed In Highway 99W Crash Near Amity - Yamhill County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/18/16 3:35 PM
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On November 17, 2016 at about 8:45am, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Highway 99W near milepost 42 (one mile north of Amity and about 5 miles south of McMinnville).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1995 Ford Ranger pickup was traveling northbound and for unknown reasons, crossed the centerline and struck a 2006 Freightliner tractor towing a set of double trailers head-on. The driver of the Freightliner attempted to move to the right shoulder to avoid the collision, however was not able to do so. Seatbelts were worn by all occupants of the vehicles.

The driver of the Ford, a 27 year old male, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The front right passenger of the Ford pickup, a 31-year-old male, was taken by ground ambulance to the Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville for treatment of minor injuries and released. The driver of the Freightliner, Arvis A LANE, age 67, of Eugene, was treated for minor injuries at the Willamette Valley Medical Center and released.

OSP was assisted by the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, Amity Police Department, Amity Fire Department, McMinnville Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The family of the deceased was recently notified. His name will be released after sufficient time has passed for them to notify more family. This is an ongoing investigation. More information will be released when it becomes available.


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Missing Oregon State Hospital patient found in Philomath
Oregon State Police - 11/18/16 3:20 PM
This release is being sent on behalf of the Oregon State Hospital.

An Oregon State Hospital psychiatric patient who was reported missing Nov. 17 has been found by the Philomath Police Department.

Philomath police arrested Jeffrey W. Appelt, 28, off Oregon Route 34 near Philomath at 11:44 a.m. today. Appelt was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped, and the officer recognized him from past contacts. Appelt was arrested on a warrant for unauthorized departure and lodged in the Benton County Jail. No other charges were filed.

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November 18, 2016

A 28-year-old Oregon State Hospital psychiatric patient, Jeffrey W. Appelt, was reported missing Thursday, Nov. 17. Anyone seeing Appelt should call 911 or the Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.

Appelt is considered to be a danger to others and is accused of unauthorized departure. The OSP is conducting an investigation to help locate him. Appelt should not be approached.

Appelt was admitted to Oregon State Hospital Oct. 3, 2016, as a civil commitment from Linn County. Appelt was transferred to the hospital from the Oregon Department of Corrections after being convicted of felony possession of a firearm and other firearms-related crimes.

He was last seen at Salem Hospital at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Two Oregon State Hospital staff members assigned to Appelt lost visual contact with the patient when he visited a restroom and did not return.

Hospital officials, who reported the missing patient to state and local law enforcement agencies, described Appelt as 6 feet tall, 272 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. When last seen, he was wearing a blue sweatshirt, khaki shorts and black and yellow Salomon sneakers.

Any future news releases will be issued by the OSP.

Contact Info:
Contact: Jonathan Modie, OHA, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@state.or.us
Oregon State Police PIO, osppio@state.or.us

OHA External Relations,oha.externalrelations@state.or.us

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City of Beaverton Celebrates the Season with Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting Dec 2 (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 11/18/16 3:16 PM
The City of Beavertonís annual Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting will be held on Friday, Dec. 2 at Beaverton City Park. This year, the event will partner with the German International Schoolís German Holiday Market for all-day festivities. (Photo/City
The City of Beavertonís annual Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting will be held on Friday, Dec. 2 at Beaverton City Park. This year, the event will partner with the German International Schoolís German Holiday Market for all-day festivities. (Photo/City
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The community is invited to celebrate the holiday season at the City of Beaverton's annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Open House on Friday, Dec. 2. This year, the city has partnered with the German International School of Portland to host the annual German Holiday Market presented by Condor Airlines.


The German Holiday Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Beaverton City Park parking lot at SW Hall Blvd & SW Third St. Previously held at the German International School, the market brings the traditions of a European winter holiday with more than 30 local craft and artisan vendors featuring German crafts, food, live music, wine and beer tastings and more.


The Holiday Open House begins at 5 p.m. inside Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW Fifth Street.
Outdoor activities begin at 6:30 p.m. across the street in Beaverton City Park, followed by the tree lighting ceremony at 7 p.m.


During the Holiday Open House, attendees will have a chance to visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus and helper elves, while listening to sounds of the holiday season from the Beaverton Community Band and the city's staff choir. Children and families can participate in holiday themed games, crafts, and a winter market. Attendees can visit with special guests, including princesses Elsa and Anna, as well as Star Wars characters. The line for meeting princesses and Star Wars characters will close at 6:30 p.m.


Beginning at 6:30 p.m., visitors can stroll down Candy Cane Lane to the tree lighting program. The Tirolean Dancers of Oregon and the Arts and Communication Magnet Academy choir will perform before Mayor Denny Doyle and Santa Claus light the tree at 7 p.m.


At 7:30 p.m., the Beaverton Civic Theatre will present Sorry! Wrong Chimney! in the Beaverton City Library auditorium. Tickets are $5 with a donation of a new, unwrapped toy. General admission is $15; $12 for students, seniors and groups; and $5 for children ten and younger. The City of Beaverton is proud to be a community partner of the Fox 12 Les Schwab Tire Centers Toy Drive.


For more information, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/TreeLighting or call the community events hotline at 503-526-2559. In case of inclement weather, check the website or call the hotline after 2 p.m. on the event day for updated information.


STREET AND PARK CLOSURES
To ensure the safety of pedestrians, SW Fifth Street between SW Hall Blvd and SW Watson Ave. will be closed from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The parking lot at SW Hall Blvd and SW Third St, next to Beaverton City Park, will be closed from Wednesday, Nov. 30 to Saturday, Dec. 3 for the German Holiday Market setup.


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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Salmonberry Trail meeting set Dec. 2 in Tillamook
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/18/16 3:00 PM
Tillamook OR - The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) will meet in Tillamook on Dec. 2, 2016, to discuss issues related to ownership and management of the proposed 84-mile Salmonberry Trail corridor that will connect the cities of Tillamook and Banks. The meeting will be from 10 a.m. to 1p.m. at The Officer's Mess Hall at the Port of Tillamook Bay, 6825 Officer's Row, Tillamook.

The agenda includes an update on fundraising efforts, status of a proposed railbanking agreement, a report from the Coastal Advisory Committee on the coastal planning study effort and discussion concerning insurance needs of the STIA .

The Salmonberry Trail will connect eight cities and two counties, passing by the Oregon coastline, fisheries, farmland and the rugged Oregon Coast Range. The route follows the Port of Tillamook Bay Railway, which closed in 2007 after massive storm damage. The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency was established to promote and facilitate coordinated direction and guidance in the planning, development and maintenance of the multi-use trail.

For more information, contact Dennis Wiley, Salmonberry Trail project manager, at 503-986-0723 or dennis.wiley@oregon.gov.
***Correction*** Fifteen Year Old Juvenile Killed In Highway 78 Crash, Two Others Injured - Harney County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/18/16 2:24 PM
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The 14 year old was taken to Oregon Health and Science University, not Saint Alphonsus.
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Previous Release:
On November 17, 2016 at about 7pm, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 78 near milepost 18 (10 miles west of Crane, 18 miles east of Burns).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1995 Nissan pickup had been traveling eastbound when it drifted off the shoulder and the driver over corrected causing the vehicle to roll several times on the highway. All occupants were ejected from the vehicle (no safety restraints used).

The operator, a 15 year old male from Burns, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The front right passenger, a 14 year old male from Burns, was critically injured and taken by air ambulance to Oregon Health And Science University. The backseatpassenger, a 10 year old male from Burns was taken by ground ambulance to Saint Charles Bend for treatment of non-life threatening injuries (brother of driver).

Distracted driving is being investigated as a possible contributing factor. Initial investigation indicates the juveniles did not have permission to be operating the vehicle. OSP was assisted on scene by Harney County Sheriff's Office, Harney EMS, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

This is an ongoing investigation. More information will be released when it becomes available.


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Tualatin Detectives Need Help Identifying Theft Suspect (Photo)
Tualatin Police Dept. - 11/18/16 2:10 PM
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Tualatin Police Detectives are asking for the public's help identifying a suspect connected to a theft from Cabelas. The theft occurred on October 24, 2016. The suspect was seen taking an Influence Teal Hunting Bow and Stalker Nocktu456 carbon arrows. He then ran out an emergency exit.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Molly Pfaff at 503-691-4843.

Nothing further at this time.


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Car Crashes Into Bambooza Grill (Photo)
Tualatin Police Dept. - 11/18/16 1:15 PM
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On Friday, November 18, 2016, at approximately 8:23am Tualatin Police responded to a report of a car that crashed into a building at the Bambooza Grill, 7628 SW Nyberg Road, in Tualatin.

When officers arrived they learned that the driver had mistaken the gas pedal for the brake while trying to park the car. The restaurant was closed at the time of the incident. No injuries occurred.

The driver was identified as Mr. Okino Martin, 23 years of age, of Portland. Mr. Martin was cited for no driver's license and no insurance.

Nothing further at this time.


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Vehicle Arson and Vandalism - Crime Stoppers Featured Case #16-27 (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 11/18/16 1:02 PM
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The Portland Police Bureau and Portland Fire & Rescue, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve an arson and vandalism.

On Friday November 18, 2016, at 12:28 a.m., Central Precinct officers and Portland Firefighters responded to Southeast 9th Avenue and Ash Street on the report that a vehicle was on fire and someone was observed running from the scene.

Officers and firefighters arrived to find a silver Ford Mustang on fire. After the fire was extinguished, officers noticed that there was spray paint on the on the passenger side of the vehicle stating "FK Trump". Officers also noticed a small sticker on the Mustang that was pro-Trump.

On a tan Volvo parked in front of the burned Mustang the same graffiti had been applied by an unknown person.

A witness told police that he heard what he thought might have been an explosion and saw a person jumping in place several times next to the Mustang, then run away southbound on 9th Avenue. The witness could only describe the person as a thin build, average height, dark clothing.

Photos released are courtesy of Portland Fire & Rescue.

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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Tigard Police and OLCC Conduct Compliance Check in Tigard
Tigard Police - 11/18/16 12:51 PM
Four out of ten businesses visited in Tigard on November 16, 2016 failed to pass an OLCC check for alcohol sales to minors. The Tigard Police Department assisted the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) with the recent compliance check. This grant-funded effort consists of a team of two Tigard Police officers and an OLCC inspector accompanying a twenty year-old male volunteer. The group visited the pre-selected establishments in Tigard which either sell or serve alcohol. Oregon Revised Statutes set strict guidelines for the OLCC regarding minor decoy operations at businesses selling alcohol. Throughout the year, checks are conducted unannounced at randomly selected businesses to ascertain compliance regarding the sale of alcohol to minors. Compliance checks may also be initiated based upon complaints lodged with the OLCC or local law enforcement.

This recent alcohol sales check in Tigard demonstrates 60 percent compliance which is significantly lower than the statewide average of 81 percent. An operation conducted last June in Tigard yielded 100 percent compliance. Historically, compliance rates in Tigard peaked as high as 100 percent and also drew dismal compliance figures as low as 30 percent (2009).

One way police are working to combat the problem of underage drinking is to partner with coalitions that help educate and support our community's youth in efforts to promote healthy and substance-free lifestyles. Tigard Turns the Tide is one example. You can learn more about this community coalition at www.tigardturnsthetide.org In addition, Tigard Police plan on continued enforcement and additional compliance checks to reaffirm the importance to affected businesses that the sale of alcohol to minors will not be tolerated
Double Fatal on I-5 near Tualatin (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/18/16 10:46 AM
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The driver and the passenger of the Volvo car were 16 year olds from Portland. Neither of the juveniles were wearing seat belts and speed is being considered a factor for the crash. Next of kin has been completed but names are being withheld because of their age. An updated photo with the Volvo is also being released.

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On November 18, 2016 at approximately 1:50 AM OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on I-5 just (northbound) south of milepost 289.

The preliminary investigation revealed a white 1996 Volvo 740 (passenger car) was traveling northbound in the center lane behind a red 2003 Volvo semi-tractor. The 16 year old male operator of the Volvo attempted to the pass the semi-tractor. The driver of the semi was identified as Vitaly Ivanov, age 45 from Renton, Washington. The Volvo car collided into the rear of the commercial vehicle. The impact caused the Volvo to spin out of control and collide, again, with the semi-tractor.

The male driver and the juvenile female passenger were pronounced deceased at the scene. Mr. Ivanov was not injured.

OSP was assisted by Tualatin PD, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, and ODOT.

The names of the deceased will be released once next of kin notification can be confirmed. No other information will be released at this time.

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Salem Receives Additional Housing Vouchers to Help Homeless Veterans
City of Salem - 11/18/16 10:13 AM
With the additional 25 vouchers, Salem now has 88 Vouchers to Assist Homeless Vets Find Permanent Homes.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced that Salem Housing Authority will receive 25 additional vouchers to provide a permanent home to local veterans experiencing homelessness.

The supportive housing assistance is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA. HUD's recent announcement awarded $18.5 million to housing authorities nationwide to help more than 2,200 veterans experiencing homelessness to find homes. VASH vouchers are now providing permanent housing to 1,893 homeless veterans in Oregon.

"Since the inception of the HUD VASH program eight years ago, HUD, the VA and Oregon housing authorities have made steady,, sure and significant progress and today's awards will speed that process," said HUD Northwest Regional Administrator Donna Batch, "Veterans have served our country bravely and well. A place to call home is the least we can provide in return for their service."

In the HUD-VASH program, VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) assess veterans experiencing homelessness before referring them to local housing agencies for vouchers. Decisions are based on a variety of factors, most importantly the duration of homelessness and the need for longer term, more intensive support in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing. The HUD-VASH program includes both the rental assistance the voucher provides and the comprehensive case management that VAMC staff offers.

Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program rent privately owned housing and generally contribute no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent. VA offers eligible homeless veterans clinical and supportive services.

For questions regarding VASH vouchers in Salem, please contact Andrew Wilch, Salem Housing Authority Administrator, at awilch@cityofsalem.net or 503-587-4819. Si necesita ayunda para comprender esta informaciůn, por favor llame 503-588-6368.
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Resending: Oregon State Hospital patient missing from Salem Hospital (Photo)
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November 18, 2016

A 28-year-old Oregon State Hospital psychiatric patient, Jeffrey W. Appelt, was reported missing Thursday, Nov. 17. Anyone seeing Appelt should call 911 or the Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.

Appelt is considered to be a danger to others and is accused of unauthorized departure. The OSP is conducting an investigation to help locate him. Appelt should not be approached.

Appelt was admitted to Oregon State Hospital Oct. 3, 2016, as a civil commitment from Linn County. Appelt was transferred to the hospital from the Oregon Department of Corrections after being convicted of felony possession of a firearm and other firearms-related crimes.

He was last seen at Salem Hospital at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Two Oregon State Hospital staff members assigned to Appelt lost visual contact with the patient when he visited a restroom and did not return.

Hospital officials, who reported the missing patient to state and local law enforcement agencies, described Appelt as 6 feet tall, 272 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. When last seen, he was wearing a blue sweatshirt, khaki shorts and black and yellow Salomon sneakers.

Any future news releases will be issued by the OSP.

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Oregon Department of Forestry deploys fire personnel to southeast region of U.S. to assist with wildfires
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 11/18/16 9:10 AM
In response to heavy drought conditions in the southeast region of the country, the Oregon Department of Forestry yesterday announced that an ODF Incident Management Team will be deployed on Nov. 21 to the Party Rock Fire in North Carolina. Since Nov. 5, ODF has deployed 20 of its personnel to Georgia, North Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee to assist with wildfire response.

"During our severe fire seasons of 2013-2015, others outside of Oregon answered our call for help. We couldn't have done as well alone, and now it's our time to reciprocate," said Doug Grafe, ODF's division chief for fire protection. Because Oregon is now out of fire season, it has the ability to assist other regions that are still facing wildfires and other emergencies, he said.

The Oregon Department of Forestry has three Incident Management Teams comprised of the agency's highest-qualified people trained in managing emergencies of all types.

Oregon participates in the national interagency firefighting effort through cooperative agreement with state and federal agencies, as well as through the Northwest Forest Fire Compact. During peak fire activity in 2013, 2014 and 2015, thousands of firefighters from throughout the county and Canada augmented Oregon's complete and coordinated fire protection system.

"We are proud that our highly trained personnel are able to assist other states and agencies during these emergency conditions," Grafe said. "In addition to lending their skills where they are needed most right now, our firefighters are able to bring what they learn on the fire line back to Oregon."
Polk County Sheriff's Office investigates fatal crash in West Salem.
Polk Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/18/16 9:03 AM
On 11/16/16 at about 11:33 p.m. the Polk County Sheriff's Office responded to a motor vehicle crash in the 5200 block of Orchard Heights Rd NW. Upon arrival deputies located the sole occupant of the vehicle, Jesse Robinson of Salem, Oregon deceased inside of the vehicle, a 1990 Ford Ranger pickup.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the vehicle was westbound on Orchard Heights Rd NW when it failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway and that speed may have been a factor.

Any person who has information regarding this crash can contact Deputy Mike Stevenson at 503-623-9251.
Two People Injured in Shooting Overnight at Northeast Portland Strip Club
Portland Police Bureau - 11/18/16 8:58 AM
On Friday November 18, 2016, at 12:39 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting at Jags Clubhouse, located at 605 North Columbia Boulevard.

Officers arrived in the area and learned that a 22-year-old female was inside the bar and suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a Portland hospital by ambulance for treatment and is expected to survive.

Officers learned that there was a disturbance outside the club and that an African American male fired several shots towards a parked vehicle containing several people then ran away from the scene. The victim walked into the club to seek help.

As officers were investigating the shooting, other officers responded to the report of a carjacking in the area of Northeast Broadway and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at the 76 Gas Station. Officers arrived in the area and contacted a 30-year-old female suffering from gunshot wounds. Medical personnel arrived and transported the victim by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers learned that the second victim was shot outside Jags Clubhouse and it did not appear that any carjacking occurred at the 76 Gas Station.

Based on information learned at the scene, the Gang Enforcement Team is conducting the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333.

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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Flu? Sinus infection? Local docs share latest on how to stay healthy this winter season
The Oregon Clinic - 11/18/16 8:57 AM
What you THINK you know about the flu shot and sinus infections has changed.

- Why right now (late November) is the BEST time of year to get the flu shot - and why everyone should get one
- New recommendations for how doctors are treating sinus infections (and why your doctor isn't prescribing antibiotics right away!)
- New flu vaccines for people with egg allergies, and why you can't get the flu nasal mist this year

Local specialists Dr. Roya Mansouri and Dr. Christopher Hargunani, Ear, Nose and Throat Physicians at The Oregon Clinic, can explain these updates and give you the latest information about treating these common winter illnesses.

Stay healthy with the newest cold & flu season info the public needs to know. What you knew 5 years ago may have changed!

Call or email to schedule an interview.
Client and Staff Safety Task Force meets December 1 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 11/18/16 8:56 AM
The Client and Staff Safety Task Force meets Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Oregon State Capitol, Room 350, 900 Court Street NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Those who are unable to attend in person can participate by conference call: 1-877-873-8017, Guest Code: 772325.

The task force is directed to make recommendations on staff safety, resident care, and the operation of Stabilization and Crisis Units. The task force will provide a report to the Oregon State Legislature.

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 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.

All meetings of this task force conform to Oregon public meetings laws. Requests for accommodation for a people with disabilities should be made to Angie Allbee and should be made at least 24 hours before the meeting. For more information, contact Angie Allbee, DHS Legislative Coordinator, at 503-689-5034.
Carjacking Suspect Arrested After Alert Community Member Calls 9-1-1 -- Crime Stoppers Featured Case #16-26 (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 11/18/16 8:29 AM
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On Thursday November 17, 2016, at 11:02 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to Autozone, located at 6614 Southeast 82nd Avenue, after a report that a wanted carjacking suspect in a stolen vehicle were at the store.

Officers arrived at the scene and entered the store. The suspect struggled with officers but was eventually taken into custody.

Officers learned that an alert community member heard about the robbery and remembered the suspect and vehicle description which led to the 9-1-1 call.

The suspect, 30-year-old Thomas Carl Price, was booked into the Multnomah County Grand Jury on charges of Robbery in the First Degree, Kidnap in the First Degree and Unlawful Use of a Vehicle. Additional charges will likely be added after the case is presented to a Multnomah County Grand Jury next week. Price will be arraigned today.

The investigation started on Tuesday November 15, 2016, at 6:29 p.m., when East Precinct officers responded to the area of Southeast 50th Avenue and Powell Boulevard on the report of a carjacking.

Officers learned that the suspect approached the female victim in the Dollar Tree parking lot, located at 6868 Southeast Foster Road, and told her at gunpoint to drive to the area of Southeast 20th Avenue and Powell Boulevard. The victim was able to escape in the area of Southeast 50th Avenue and Powell Boulevard and call 9-1-1. The suspect drove away in the victim's vehicle and later used the victim's credit card at several Southeast Portland locations shortly after the robbery.

A surveillance image of the suspect at Plaid Pantry was released to the public to aid in the investigation.

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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Cedaroak Boat Ramp Construction Delayed
Oregon Marine Board - 11/18/16 8:07 AM
The Cedaroak boat ramp, located on the Willamette River in West Linn, will be closed until after the first of the year.

During construction a large subgrade soft area was discovered on the upstream side, near the mid-point of the boat ramp, causing the boat ramp to settle unevenly. This has impacted construction and the timeline for completing the boat ramp and boarding dock replacement. The City's consultant engineers, Maul Foster & Alongi and geotechnical engineering firm, GRI, are currently working with the contractor and City of West Linn to resolve the site conditions before the ramp can be completed and re-opened.

For information and construction updates, visit the Marine Board's blog for Cedaroak at http://wp.me/pOodC-sKc
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Safe Streets Task Force arrests same felon twice in November on multiple charges (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 11/17/16 4:32 PM
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Vancouver, Wash. --On November 2, 2016, members of the Safe Streets Task Force and Vancouver Police Neighborhood Response Team served a search warrant at the residence of Brian Burke, 44, located at 11921 NE 37th Street in Vancouver for methamphetamine distribution. During the service of this warrant, Burke was found in possession of seven firearms (one of which was reported stolen). Burke is prohibited from possessing a firearm. In addition, approximately 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine and over 1 oz. of heroin, along with scales and packaging for distribution was located and $8,865 was also seized. Burke was booked into the Clark County Jail on twelve felony counts. Burke subsequently bailed out on the listed charges.

On November 17, 2016 members of the Safe Streets Task Force, Vancouver Police Neighborhood Response Team, and Clark County Tactical Detective Unit served another search warrant at Burke's residence located at 11921 NE 37th Street in Vancouver, with the assistance of the Southwest Washington Regional SWAT team, for methamphetamine distribution. During the service of this search warrant approximately two pounds of methamphetamine were located in Burke's room. Burke was again booked into the Clark County Jail for Possession with Intent Methamphetamine and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Burke's residence is only blocks from Image Elementary and just down the street from a school bus stop.



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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.


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Deer Ridge Correctional Institution reports inmate death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 11/17/16 4:30 PM
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CLARIFICATIONMr. Maready passed away Wednesday afternoon, November 16, at approximately 2:30 p.m.


An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly early Tuesday morning at Deer Ridge Correctional Institution (DRCI) in Madras. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Unit is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 16, inmate Eldridge Maready, 80, collapsed in a day room. DRCI staff immediately administered CPR, and Maready was taken off-site for medical care. He was pronounced deceased at 3:23 p.m.

Maready entered DOC custody January 31, 2012, on one count of manslaughter in the second degree out of Lane County. His earliest release date was February 5, 2018.

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

DRCI is a multi-custody prison located four miles east of Madras in central Oregon. This men's prison contains 644 minimum-security beds and 1,223 medium-security beds. The minimum facility began receiving inmates in September 2007. The medium facility has not received inmates due to cost saving measures. DRCI provides a range of correctional programs and services including, education, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, cognitive programs, and inmate work crews.



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Vancouver Police Activities League distributing 40 Thanksgiving baskets
Vancouver Police Dept. - 11/17/16 4:21 PM
Vancouver, Wash. --On November 22, 2016, the Vancouver Police Activities League (PAL) will be distributing 40 Thanksgiving baskets to Vancouver families in need.

Vancouver PAL has partnered with Walmart, the Vancouver Metro Sunset Rotary, Jennifer Venable from John L. Scott Real Estate, and the Vancouver Police Department to assemble and deliver the food baskets. Staff from Fruit Valley Elementary and Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary schools identified all the families who will be recipients of the PAL food baskets (this event is not open to the general public, the families have been selected by the schools).

This information is for members of the media: assembly and delivery of the baskets will take place at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary (4801 Idaho Street) from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and at Fruit Valley Elementary (3301 Fruit Valley Rd.) from 2-3:30 p.m. Media are invited to stop by either/both locations. This event will provide some great visuals, wonderful stories and representatives from all the partner organizations will be available for interviews.


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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Warns Public of Phone Scams
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/17/16 3:33 PM
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office would like to remind everyone about the prevalence of telephone scammers who continue to take advantage of our community. In a recent case, an elderly Troutdale resident was scammed for over $2,000.00, by a foreign scam claiming the victim had won the Publisher's Clearing House sweepstakes. Through the hard work of the US Postal service and Multnomah County Sheriff's Deputies, a bulk of the money in this case was returned.

Sheriff's Office detectives get these types of calls weekly and want you to remember that it is illegal for anyone to charge a fee for you to collect any type of winnings, and that U.S. Citizens do not win foreign sweepstakes. Anyone who receives a call asking for money should follow these safety tips;

1.Hang up the phone and DO NOT SEND MONEY!

2.Do not provide personal information over the phone to anyone calling you claiming you won a prize.

3.Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes award winners are notified in person by their prize patrol. If you are contacted and asked to send any form of currency (such as wired, prepaid gift cards, green dot cards or cash) then it is a scam. They will never ask you for a processing fee or tax to be paid on legitimate money won.

4.They may claim this deal or your prize money will go away if you don't act now. Do not be pressured into sending money, most funds are not recovered once sent to scammers.

5.They may give you an address or phone number to call in the United States to legitimize their effort. Scammers use fake contact information to convince victims to give money.

6.If you are adamant you want to send money, please contact the police, a family member or friend and tell them about the call first. If it is too good to be true, it probably is.

7.Contact Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Elder Crimes Detective Jay Pentheny at (503)988-4450, to ensure the call is not a scam.
Seniors invited to get 'Resources for Life' at Dec. 1 open house, weekly clinics
City of Vancouver - 11/17/16 3:27 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- Vancouver Parks and Recreation's 50 and Better Program will launch a new Resources for Life program for seniors and boomers at a free open house from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 at the Luepke Senior Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd.

The Resources for Life program is designed to provide people age 50 and over with information about housing, transportation, mental health or aging in general.

Weekly Resources for Life clinics will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Luepke Senior Center. The clinics provide free consultations with a volunteer social worker on a variety of subjects related to aging in Clark County.

Those who wish to meet with the social worker can either drop in for a 20-minute consultation between noon and 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays, or they can schedule a private one-hour consultation between 1 and 2 p.m.

For more information about the Resources for Life clinics and open house, please call the Luepke Senior Center at 360-487-7050.

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Pear Blossom Festival designated an Oregon Heritage Tradition
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/17/16 2:56 PM
Medford's Pear Blossom Festival, an all-volunteer run community event, marks its upcoming 64th year with an Oregon Heritage Tradition designation by the Oregon Heritage Commission.

Other Oregon Heritage Traditions include the Oregon State Fair, the Pendleton Round-Up, the Klamath Basin Potato Festival, and the Portland Greek Festival.

"The designation recognizes those traditions that have helped define the state," said Eric Martin, the commission's chair. "This event truly celebrates what is local heritage in Oregon."

The Pear Blossom Festival started in 1954 when the Medford Chamber of Commerce and other local organizations decided to hold a children's parade in celebration of the agricultural bounty of Southern Oregon. Marking each spring when pear trees come into blossom, the event has grown over the years to include food and wine tastings, pageants, a street fair, golf tournament, mini-marathon, bike race, and one of Oregon's largest parades.

Tens of thousands of Southern Oregon locals take part in the three-week long festivities held in the heart of downtown Medford. As the city's oldest tradition, the Pear Blossom Festival celebrates the rich agricultural roots of its community and our state.

"The festival Board of Directors is very honored to receive this distinguished award," said Pear Blossom Association President Darcey Mann-Self. "We would like to thank the City of Medford, our generous Sponsors, and our Volunteers for keeping Medford's oldest tradition alive, since 1954!"

An Oregon Heritage Tradition must have been in continuous operation for more than 50 years, demonstrate a public profile and reputation that distinguishes it from more routine events, and add to the livability and identity of the state. A list of Tradition designations is available at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/pages/oht.aspx .

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Shooting Investigation Underway at MLK/Beech - No Known Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 11/17/16 2:39 PM
On Thursday November 17, 2016, at 1:36 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting in the area of Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Beech Street.

Officers arrived in the area and learned that there were no gunshot victims at the scene but did locate evidence of a shooting. Witnesses described a younger African American male shooting at some other males, all of whom ran out of the area.

Based on information learned at the scene, the Gang Enforcement Team is conducting the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333.

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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Idaho seeking assistance for murder Suspect and endangered female (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/17/16 2:32 PM
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Bonneville County Sheriff's Office is conducting a homicide investigation which occurred on November 10, 2016 in Idaho Falls, and is asking anyone who has seen the suspect and a possibly endangered female to call 911.

The suspect has been identified as Jeremy James White, age 39, (see attached photo). He is described as being 6' 165 LBS with brown hair and blue eyes. White has a tattoo of "J.W." on his left forearm.

The female is identified as Deena Rane Aday, age 49, (See attached photo).Aday is being described as being 5'04" 150 LBS with brown hair and blue eyes. Aday has several tattoos including an infinity symbol on her right wrist,"Just breath" on her left wrist, "Roxie" and "Amrie" on her chest.

They are believed to be traveling in a 2004 silver (with black trim) Jeep Cherokee with Idaho license plate 8BHV461.

White should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. The public is asked to call 911 if they are seen.

The following information was the press release sent by the Bonneville County Sheriff's Office:

November 15th, 2016

RE: Updated tip line number (the previous 208-846-7676 number to the IDAHO fusion center still works, however it is not answered after hours at this time)

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Investigation continues on the Caldwell homicide and the whereabouts of Jeremy James White and Deena Aday are still unknown. The Sheriff's Office continues to receive tips via the previously released contact information but we still do not have a location on White, Aday, or the 2004 Silver Jeep Cherokee in question.

We would like to update the tip line information as follows:

By phone:
Crime Stoppers 208-522-1983
Dispatch 208-529-1200
(both of the above numbers are monitored 24hrs a day)

Online:
www.ifcrime.org
www.facebook.com/bonnevillecountysheriff

Again we stress that White is considered armed and dangerous and the welfare status of Aday is possibly endangered. Anyone coming in contact with either of these two individuals should not approach and contact Law Enforcement immediately.

November 14, 2016

RE: Continuing investigation of the Caldwell Homicide; search for information on whereabouts of suspect Jeremy White and endangered female Deena Aday.

Suspect: Jeremy James White, 39 years of age; Wanted for Homicide

Missing/Endangered female: Deena Rane Aday, 49 years of age

Vehicle: Silver 2004 Jeep Cherokee, Idaho license plate # 8BHV461

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The Bonneville County Sheriff's Office continues its investigation of the Christine Caldwell homicide from last week. Caldwell was found deceased last Thursday night in her residence after being reported missing earlier that day. Detectives are still in the process of analyzing evidence and awaiting results from an autopsy of the victim.

At this time the whereabouts of suspect, Jeremy James White (39 years of age), and a female accompanying him, Deena Rane Aday (49 years of age), are unknown. Detectives are currently following up on several leads and tips that have come in to our office over the weekend but we are still searching for information from anyone that may have seen or been in contact with White or Aday, or the vehicle they are believed to be traveling in. That vehicle is a Silver 2004 Jeep Cherokee with Idaho License Plate 8BHV461 and is registered to the victim, Christine Caldwell.

Jeremy White is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Ms. Aday's welfare status is unknown and we consider her to be endangered at this time. Jeremy also has the initials "J W" tattooed on his left forearm. If anyone should see these individuals


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Portland Symphonic Choir presents Wintersong! an annual Portland holiday tradition with the Portland premiere of Shawn Kirchner's "Behold New Joy: Ancient Carols of Christmas" (Photo)
Portland Symphonic Choir - 11/17/16 2:17 PM
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(Portland, OR) Tickets are now available through www.pschoir.org for Wintersong! Performances are on Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 11 at 3 p.m.

Fresh from two sold out performances of Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil, the Portland Symphonic Choir is back to work preparing for one of Portland's favorite holiday traditions, Wintersong! In this concert the choir celebrates international connections as we sing holiday music from cultures across the world. As always, the audience is invited to sing traditional carols along with the choir.

"At Wintersong, we come together as a community in song to celebrate both our differences and the common traditions that bind us together" said Artistic Director, Steven Zopfi.

This year, the Portland Symphonic Choir is excited to present the Portland premiere of Shawn Kirchner's "Behold New Joy: Ancient Carols of Christmas." This work is accompanied by percussion and an eight-piece brass ensemble. It is sure to bring the spirit of the holiday season to life!

Saturday's performance will feature the Chamber Choir from Evergreen High School in Vancouver, WA under the direction of Michael Day.

Sunday's performance will feature the Pro Cantorum choir from Reynolds High School in Troutdale, OR under the direction of Karen Bohart.

About Behold New Joy: Ancient Carols of Christmas:
Kirchner describes Behold New Joy as a fantasia on Christmas carol melodies. "To the scholar of the music of Christmas, nothing is more exciting than happening upon an obscure, nearly forgotten carol that still breathes with life," he writes. "For centuries, such carols have been dusted off, reshaped, and shared anew, bringing fresh bursts of Christmas joy to the festivities of the season."

This performance is supported by All Classical Portland 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 creating powerful, accessible choral experiences for all kinds of music enthusiasts - from the experienced musician to the brand new listener.
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Tip of the Week November 21, 2016 - Travel Tips
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 11/17/16 1:52 PM
OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF
Sheriff Curtis L. Landers
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
(541) 265-4277
Fax (541) 265-4926
TIP OF THE WEEK

Date: November 21, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Holiday Travel Tips
Wherever you're heading, if you're traveling during the holiday season, remember that everyone else in the world is also. Don't let terrible drivers, security scanners and long lines at the airport get you down. Here are some tips to help you survive the holiday travel.

Plan ahead.
Plan alternative trips if traffic makes your way home too overwhelming. Is there a scenic drive that might be longer but have less traffic? Pack snacks and drinks so you and your family will be fueled for the road trip. Break up a long drive by finding a few places to stop that will help keep the kids excited about the trip. If you're flying, definitely get some food before you board the plane. Leave extra time before flights to get through security and plan your flights to allow extra time between connections.

Follow these flying tips.
When flying, make sure you check the airline's restrictions ahead of time for carry-on luggage and fees for checked bags. Avoid checking bags altogether if you can. You won't have to wait for your luggage on the conveyor belt and you won't have to worry about your things getting lost. If you do check luggage, make sure you have all your medications, important documents and maybe even a change of clothes in your carry-on in case your luggage does lost.

Pack earplugs.
One of the best ways to mentally escape your stressful surroundings is to turn down the volume. The easiest way to do that is with earplugs. If there is a crying baby near you on the plane, put in the earplugs. If the music in the car is driving you crazy, put in the earplugs.

Ship gifts or give gift cards.
TSA suggests shipping wrapped gifts or waiting until you reach your destination to wrap them because they might have to unwrap a present to inspect it. Ship gifts ahead of time or buy the gift that can't go wrong: gift cards to a favorite store.

Travel on off-peak days.
The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the biggest travel day of the year and can also cause you the biggest meltdown of the year. A better option is to leave early on Thanksgiving Day and avoid the record traffic the night before. Same goes with flying: if you fly on the actual holiday itself you'll be avoiding the long lines and hoards of travelers.

Travel early or late in the day.
Flight statistics show that planes traveling earlier in the day have a better on-time performance. And if your flight is canceled, you will have the option of taking a flight later in the day. Also, there will be fewer lines at security. Best time to hit the road? When every one else is asleep -- early morning or late night. You can always take a nap when you arrive at your destination or on the ride there if you aren't the driver.

REMEMBER TO BREATHE!
The overly friendly person on the plane, canceled flights, the luggage that fell off in the middle of the highway, can be stressful. But remember to relax and BREATHE. These will make great stories to share when you finally make it to your destination. After all, holiday travel stress is just as much a tradition as pumpkin pie and re-gifting.

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

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Submitted by:
Kathy Manning, Administrative Assistant
kmanning@co.lincoln.or.us
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PIO Availablility
West Linn Police Dept. - 11/17/16 1:42 PM
Sergeant Mike Francis will be unavailable from November 18th through December 1st. Media inquiries and interview requests should be directed to Sgt. Dave Kempas or the on duty Sergeant through dispatch via the non-emergency number, 503-635-0238.
Ridgefield School Celebrations Commemorate Veterans Day (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 11/17/16 1:37 PM
South Ridge Elementary School Principal, Todd Graves, reads to students at the school's Veterans Day assembly on November 14
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Thursday, November 17, 2016 -- Ridgefield, Washington -- Students and staff in the Ridgefield School District set time aside from regular school activities in recent days to commemorate Veterans Day at special assemblies. Each school welcomed veterans and members of the military attending the celebrations, which were held at each school.

At Union Ridge Elementary School's assembly on Wednesday, November 9, students from each grade level performed for parents, staff, veterans and active-duty members of the military. Fifth-grader, Kennadi Jones, started the assembly by singing the "Star Spangled Banner." Kindergarteners performed the "Pledge of Allegiance" in sign language, and each grade level followed with special performances--patriotic songs, student reflections about Veterans Day, and presentations of donations, thank you notes, flowers and cards--for the appreciative crowd of veterans.

"We are the recipients of many who have sacrificed all to give us the gift of freedom," said Kelly Macdonald, Union Ridge Elementary School principal. "It is important to teach our students about the legacy of Veteran's Day and how to properly thank our nation's servicemen and women for their sacrifices."

Next door, just moments later at View Ridge Middle School, students were gathering in the gym for their assembly. After a performance of "America the Beautiful" by the school choir, there was a short presentation by Principal Tony Smith. Students enjoyed a short skit presented by their classmates, then watched a video created by the student leadership group showing students and staff talking about their relatives who are veterans.

Michelle Hankins, View Ridge Middle School's ASB Advisor, commented on the collaborative effort by the ASB and the choir. "It was great to see how so many different people contributed to making the assembly a success," she said.

Ridgefield High School's Veterans Day assembly was held on Thursday, November 10 and was emceed by students Brandon Lehto and Tyler Lehnertz. It included performances by both the high school band and choir as well as a flag presentation by an honor guard comprised of members from a local Boy Scout troop. Guest speaker, U.S. Army Sergeant Seth Christie, was on hand to give a short presentation, and the assembly ended with videos celebrating veterans, "To Salute Our Veterans -- Amazing Grace" and "Proud to be an American with Ronald Reagan."

"Ridgefield High School proudly honors all our service members, past, present, and future," said Tony VanderMaas, principal. "Veterans Day assemblies allow the school to pause and pay respect to those who sacrificed for our country and served something larger than themselves." This life lesson, he added, "is essential in the preparation of our young adults."

South Ridge Elementary School held their Veterans Day assembly on Monday, November 14. To convey the meaning of remembering loved ones lost while serving in the military, Principal, Todd Graves, read the students a story entitled "The Wall" by Eve Bunting, in which a child reflects on his visit to the Vietnam War Memorial where his grandfather is honored.

In keeping with the school's ASB-led program to celebrate a different character trait each month, South Ridge Elementary also took the opportunity during the assembly to recognize classes that displayed the best example of resilience, the character trait for November. Resilience tied in well with Veterans Day, as it is demonstrated by veterans' readjustment to normal life when returning home to family and friends.

"Our Veterans Day assemblies are opportunities for children to honor and give thanks to those men and women who have served and who are serving in our United States military," said Heather Westbrook, school counselor at South Ridge Elementary. "An assembly is a chance to bring meaning and understanding to this day, to teach children about the important role veterans play, and to teach a little history as well."

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Oregon Veterans' Home in The Dalles receives $114K grant to recruit and retain nursing staff
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 11/17/16 1:22 PM
The Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs is pleased to announce that its Veterans' Home in The Dalles has received a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs grant to help recruit and retain high-quality nursing staff at the award-winning skilled nursing facility.

In recent years, health care facilities across the state and nation have been impacted by a nursing shortage, which is projected to continue for the foreseeable future. This grant will fund three key initiatives designed to make sure the Home maintains the high-quality staff necessary to provide the excellent care its residents deserve.

"The Oregon Veterans Home in The Dalles is 'The Place Where Honor Lives,'" ODVA Director Cameron Smith said. "This grant will help ensure we continue to attract the best and brightest nursing staff to care for Oregon's veterans and their families."

The grant, which will be eligible for renewal over the next three years, will assist in funding three new initiatives at the Oregon Veterans' Home in The Dalles:

- A loan forgiveness program, which will reimburse registered nurses a portion of their school loans, up to $18,500 (cost of the RN program at Columbia Gorge Community College in The Dalles)

- Signing bonuses, offering a $5,000 bonus (paid over one year) to all newly hired RNs and a $1,000 bonus (paid over one year) to all newly hired certified nursing assistants

- The establishment of a permanent in-house training program for CNAs, which will give the Home much greater flexibility in maintaining an abundant supply of high-quality staff, in keeping with its new, more focused care model

The award was for just over $114,000, which will be matched by ODVA, pursuant to the terms of the grant. This means a total of more than $228,000 will be allocated for these three programs.

Opened in the fall of 1997, the Oregon Veterans' Home in The Dalles was the state's first veterans' home. The 151-bed facility provides rehabilitative, residential, medical and long-term care and services to veterans, their spouses and Gold Star parents, who have lost a child to war-time service.

The Home is Medicare- and Medicaid-certified, and was named one of the top rated nursing homes in Oregon by U.S. News & World Report last year.
YWCA Clark County begins new volunteer training on January 12, 2017
YWCA Clark County - 11/17/16 12:55 PM
Volunteer applications are currently being accepted for the upcoming volunteer training cycle. YWCA Clark County volunteers are partners in our mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. We are able to provide vital and life changing services because of our compassionate and dedicated volunteers.

The programs of YWCA Clark County offer opportunities for volunteers to support survivors of abuse, neglect, and oppression. Opportunities include providing advocacy and support to survivors of sexual assault, representing the best interests of abused and neglected children in the court system, and supporting the safety and healing of families experiencing domestic violence.

YWCA is interested in expanding the number of volunteers with the Court Appointed Special Advocate program and the Sexual Assault Program. In addition to providing comprehensive training, YWCA offers a chance to make a positive impact during a difficult time in someone's life.

Speaking about the impact of volunteer support, Sexual Assault Program Program specialist Kai Hill explains "Our volunteers are the heart of the sexual assault program. Whether in a hospital or court setting, they support survivors of sexual assault with compassion and empathy. Their presence and ability to listen to and support survivors in the healing process is our purpose statement in action, 'reducing the trauma for sexual assault survivors and their families'."

Winter training for new volunteers will begin on January 12, 2017. To learn how to become a volunteer visit ywcaclarkcounty.org or contact Nichole Peppers at 360-906-9112 or npeppers@ywcaclarkcounty.org. Application and pre-training interview are required.


About YWCA Clark County
YWCA Clark County serves more than 12,000 people each year who are survivors of domestic violence, homelessness, sexual assault, youth in foster care, child abuse and neglect, and oppression.
Volunteers to Assemble 600 Thanksgiving Food Baskets for Families in Need
Union Gospel Mission - 11/17/16 12:46 PM
Volunteers to Assemble 600 Thanksgiving Food Baskets for Families in Need

Portland, Ore., - On Saturday, November 19 from 9:30 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m., over 40 volunteers will be assembling 600 complete Thanksgiving food baskets for families and individuals in need. The Thanksgiving food baskets contain potatoes, vegetables, stuffing, yams, pudding or Jello mix, a gift certificate for a turkey. The food basket contains enough food for a family of four.

The Thanksgiving baskets will be distributed by Union Gospel Mission and through partner churches and other nonprofits.

"In addition to the big event we host for the homeless on Thanksgiving Day, we also want to reach out to those families and individuals in need, who cannot afford the traditional Thanksgiving meal. We are so thankful for the donors who support this effort and the partner churches and organizations that help us connect to those in need to give them a wonderful Thanksgiving," said Bill Russell, executive director of Union Gospel Mission.

About Union Gospel Mission: Union Gospel Mission's purpose is "Feeding the hungry, restoring the addict and loving our neighbor." Union Gospel Mission has been serving Portland since 1927. Union Gospel Mission provides meals and care for the homeless, and operates LifeChange -- a transformative recovery program for men, women and children. Contact Union Gospel Mission at 503-274-4483 or ugmportland.org and @ugmpdx.

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State Park camping reservations for 2017 eclipse booked in record time, some sites still available just outside the path
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/17/16 12:29 PM
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // November 17, 2016

Media Contact: Chris Havel, Director's Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department // Desk: 503-986-0722 // Cell: 503-931-2590

State Park camping reservations for 2017 eclipse booked in record time, some sites still available just outside the path

Salem OR -- Campers snapped up reservations to camp in Oregon State Parks along the path of the August 21, 2017 total eclipse in about an hour starting shortly after midnight today. Some state parks just outside the path of totality still have sites available, though they are expected to fill eventually.

To make a reservation, visitors can go to oregonstateparks.org, navigate to a park, and click the "Reserve Online" button. Parks just outside the path of totality (http://bit.ly/OregonStateParkEclipseMap) will experience a partial eclipse. Travel on August 21, 2017 will be challenging and congestion is expected to be significant.

Information about the eclipse experience in Oregon State Parks is online at http://bit.ly/OregonStateParks2017Eclipse. As of 11 a.m. today, reservable sites in the zone of a partial eclipse are available at these parks:

COAST
Nehalem Bay State Park, Tillamook County
Cape Lookout State Park, Tillamook County
Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park, Lane County

PORTLAND/GORGE
L.L. Stub Stewart Memorial State Park, Washington County
Deschutes River State Recreation Area, Sherman County
Memaloose State Park, Wasco County
Viento State Park, Hood River County

EASTERN/CENTRAL OREGON
Lake Owyhee State Park, Malheur County
Wallowa Lake State Park, Wallowa County

This park list is also on http://bit.ly/OregonStateParks2017Eclipse and will be updated through the day. State park staff are working on plans to open some first-come/first-served parks and other areas to reservations just for this event, and will issue a news release and message on social media such as https://www.facebook.com/pages/Oregon-Parks-and-Recreation-Department/ when the plans are final.

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Seasonal employees need safety training, too (Photo)
SAIF - 11/17/16 11:20 AM
Communication trends by generation
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Summary: As companies rush to hire workers for the holiday season, SAIF has tips on how to provide safety training to new employees of all ages

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Whether it's your first job or a way to supplement your career, working during the holiday season can be a great option for many Oregon workers. But, as companies invest in seasonal employment this year, SAIF wants to remind employers not to skimp on safety--and to remember that safety training communication comes in all shapes and sizes.

"Holiday help can be vital for Oregon businesses, especially in industries like retail. But it's critical to provide the same safety training as you would for any employee, especially when you consider new employees are more likely to be hurt on the job," said Christina Lincicome, SAIF's director of diversity and inclusion. "That said, there's no 'one size fits all' for communicating to your holiday workforce about safety."

Lincicome notes that, while it's not possible to predict how every employee best learns and communicates, there are some generational differences that generally apply.

"We know, for instance, that Generation Y may expect more in-the-moment feedback than previous generations," Lincicome said. "When implementing a strong safety culture, it's important to provide feedback as you go."

One thing workplaces can consider is pairing up millennials and boomers for safety training. Boomers tend to have more experience, prefer learning in a social environment, and are process-oriented, so can explain why things are the way they are. Millennials tend to be more solution-oriented, so may be able to point out a better way of doing things.

The most important thing is to not assume, cautions Lincicome. "Some managers may want to provide too much oversight to young workers, or assume older workers already know safety measures. It's critical to have an open dialogue with each worker to understand their experience to-date, gauge their preferences for how and where they receive communications, and determine where any gaps in safety training may be. By communicating in a way that connects with employees, employers can better ensure their workers are safe, and possibly save lives."

For more information on each generation's workplace preferences, please see the attached matrix. Supervisors of younger employees can also get more information, including tips for preventing young worker injuries, on SAIF.com at: http://www.saif.com/safetyandhealth/topics/supervise-young-workers.html.

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit, state-chartered workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914 it has been caring for injured workers and helping to make workplaces safer. For more, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com (http://saif.com/aboutsaif.html).


Attached Media Files: Communication trends by generation
Thanksgiving Safety (Photo)
Sheridan Fire Dist. - 11/17/16 11:16 AM
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Thanksgiving Safety

Did you know? Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment.

The kitchen is the heart of the home, especially at Thanksgiving. Kids love to be involved in the holiday

preparations. Safety in the kitchen is important, especially on Thanksgiving Day when there is a lot of

activity and people at home.

Have activities that keep kids out of the kitchen during the busy time. Games, puzzles or books can keep

them busy. Kids can get involved in Thanksgiving preparations with recipes that can be done outside the

kitchen.

Here are some key points to remember;

?,? Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.

?,? Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.

?,? Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.

?,? Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy

or coffee could cause serious burns.

?,? Keep the floor clear so you don't trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.

?,? Keep knives out of the reach of children.

?,? Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not

dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.

?,? Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children -- up high in a locked cabinet.

?,? Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle.

?,? Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

By applying these points to remember during your Thanksgiving Day gathering will be full of great food,

great times and wonderful memories. And speaking of "full", try not to gobble till you wobble.

Until next month, be safe out there.

Bill Alguire

Fire Chief


Attached Media Files: BE T.U.R.K.E.Y SAFE
Urgent: With Thanksgiving One Week Away, Local Furniture Bank is Calling All Dining Tables, Pots and Pans, Blankets (Photo)
Community Warehouse - 11/17/16 10:24 AM
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Community Warehouse is calling all Portland Metro and surrounding area residents to donate their spare dining tables, pots & pans, and blankets so local families transitioning into new homes can prepare and cook food, sit down together for shared meals, and keep warm this holiday season.

Especially during the holiday months, agencies throughout Portland work tirelessly to provide struggling families with food, warm clothing, safe housing and healthcare. Community Warehouse works in partnership with nearly 200 of these agencies, public schools and faith communities to provide another critical layer of support -- the comfort and dignity of home. Each week, social services agencies bring 50 families to Community Warehouse to get the basic household items and furniture they need to turn their empty housing into homes. With this foundation, their quality of life is significantly improved and they can devote their time and resources to meet other needs. In the words of one family who visited the Warehouse,
"We really needed those warm blankets. Thank you."

Currently, Community Warehouse does not have enough furnishings to meet the need. In the words of Program Director Erik Heise, "Just this past week, we served 65 families and our furniture floor is nearly empty. We are doing our best to take care of families before Thanksgiving, but we can't do it without strong support from our community."

Please drop off your donations today: Drop-off centers are located in Tualatin at 8380 SW Nyberg St, 97062 or in NE Portland at 3969 NE MLK Jr. Blvd, 97212 and are open Monday through Friday 10am-4pm, and Saturday/Sunday from 10:30am -- 4pm and. For information about our home pick-up service, please visit communitywarehouse.org. Questions? Call 503.235.8786.


Community Warehouse is the only furniture bank serving Oregon and southwest Washington that offers essential household items to over 7,000 individuals and families in need each year. Partnering with 180 local social service agencies, Portland Public Schools, hospitals, and faith communities the Warehouse provides the comforts of home to 50+ families each week. Together, we put used goods to good use every day.

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Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 11/16/2016
Sandy Police Dept. - 11/17/16 9:02 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police - 11/16/2016

ESTACADA:

1C 2016-1957

On 11/16/2016 at about 0750 hrs., police assisted motorists at a motor vehicle crash on Highway 211 near Jackknife Road. Officers remained on scene until medical personnel and Oregon State Police arrived to take jurisdiction.

1C 2016-1964

On 11/17/2016 at 0654 hrs., police responded to a report of a missing person from the 300 block of SW Highway 224. At 0756, the missing person was found by family.

SANDY:

18 2016-1952

On 11/16/2016 at about 0133 hrs., police contacted a suspicious vehicle in the 18000 block of Bodley Court. The vehicle was found to be stolen out of Portland; the vehicle was towed and a report was taken.

18 2016-1953

On 11/16/2016 at about 0745 hrs., a man living in the 39000 block of Dubarko Road called to report his vehicle had been stolen overnight. The vehicle was entered into state and federal databases as stolen. There are no suspects at this time.

18 2016-1954

On 11/16/2016 at 0934 hrs., police received a report of a hit & run collision that had occurred the previous day in the 36000 block of Highway 26. A report was taken.

18 2016-1955

On 11/16/2016 at about 1100 hrs., a citizen reported a theft from his vehicle in the 39000 block of Dubarko Rd. There is no suspect info at this time.

18 2016-1960

On 11/16/2016 at about 1508 hrs., police took a report about a missing and endangered adult male. The male was entered into appropriate databases and other agencies were called to assist. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2016-1961

On 11/17/2016 at about 0143 hrs., police initiated a traffic stop near the intersection of Highway 26 and Bluff Road. The vehicle fled from the traffic stop, drove through neighborhoods at a high rate of speed and then drove through Tupper Park. The driver then jumped out of his moving vehicle (it then crashed into a guardrail) and was able to get away on foot. His vehicle was impounded with methamphetamines being found inside. This case is open.
ODF names new Private Forests division chief
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 11/17/16 8:54 AM
The Oregon Department of Forestry today announced the selection of Lena Tucker to lead its Private Forests Division in Salem. ODF's Private Forests Division offers technical assistance programs to help private forestland owners in Oregon attain goals and responsibly manage natural resources. Tucker replaces Peter Daugherty, who was selected in September as Oregon's 13th State Forester.

"I am very excited to have Lena join our executive team as the Private Forests Division Chief. Lena has a proven record of leadership within the department and at the local and national levels," said Peter Daugherty, State Forester. "She will be a valuable addition to our team."

Tucker joined the department in 1994. She brings a range of program experience from geographic areas throughout Oregon and has served in various roles for the Department, including in its Fire Protection program. Most recently she served as the agency's Private Forests Deputy Division Chief, working on family forestland issues to improve assistance to and policies for family forests. She earned her bachelor's degree in forest management from Northern Arizona University.

Tucker is the chair of the Sweet Home Tree Commission and has been involved nationally with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) for over a decade, currently as chair of the SFI External Review Panel.

I am committed to the mission of ODF: serving Oregonians by protecting, managing and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic, and community sustainability," Tucker said. "I will do this by using science to inform policy, alongside initiating courageous conversations to understand the values of others, so that together we can create outcomes that benefit all Oregonians."

Forests provide broad environmental, social, and economic benefits. They provide clean water, fish and wildlife habitat, jobs, products, recreation, and tax funds for healthy communities. Learn more about private forestland owner assistance programs offered through ODF's Private Forests Division at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Working/Pages/HelpingLandowners.aspx
Fire at Corbett High School (Photo)
Corbett Fire - 11/17/16 1:11 AM
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Corbett High School had a fire tonight at approximately 10:41pm. Fire was reported by the night janitor. Janitor reported burning smell and hallway filling with smoke. Crews from Corbett Fire arrived and found a small fire in the maintenance room. Crews quickly extinguished the fire. Room had extensive smoke damage and still determining total damage, cause is under investigation.


Attached Media Files: Corbett High School
Wed. 11/16/16
Cowlitz Sheriff Deputies arrest 8 for stealing over 50 firearms: 440 guns seized. (Photo)
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/16/16 10:01 PM
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Cowlitz County, WA -- November 16th 106: Sheriff Deputies have arrested 8 suspects for stealing and or possessing over 50 firearms, many of the firearms are believed to be fully automatic. Deputies believe they have recovered all of the stolen firearms. The suspects sold some of the firearms; some were pawned, and some were destroyed by the suspects. (We do not know why). Other items were also stolen: Watches, Knives, etc.

This is an active investigation and as a result the Sheriff's Office is not identifying the victim, nor the exact location where the guns were stored; to do so would hamper the investigation. The Sheriff's Office is asking if the media learns of the location or the victim's name, that they not publicize this information at this time until more suspects can be located and more searches can be conducted for the stolen firearm. There is much more work that needs to take place on this investigation.

During the investigation Deputy Riley McNeal learned that the victim, who is in his eighties, had previous felony convictions and as a result, was prohibited from possessing the firearms legally. Eight deputies spent all day removing close to 400 firearms from the property that had not been stolen, but were unlawful to possess by the victim. Charges against the victim for illegal possession of the firearms are being considered. Some of the firearms appear to be fully automatic. Some if the firearms appear to be home made.

We do not know why the victim had this extensive of a collection, but it appears it was simply that -- a collection. There is no information that suggests the victim had any plans for criminal use of the firearms.

Arrested/Booked/Charges:

1) Skylar Smith, 19yrs, Yelm, Burglary, Trafficking of stolen property, Theft of Firearm
2)) Justin C. Gillman, 19yrs Longview, Burglary, Theft of Firearm, Trafficking Stolen Property.
3) Mycah U. Mendoza, Kelso, 18yrs, Burglary, Theft of Firearm.
4) Kyle M. Lopez, 17 years, Kelso, Burglary and Theft of Firearm.
5) Nicholas A Bradley, Kelso, 15yrs, Burglary and Theft of Firearm
6)) Brent a. Bradley, (Brother of Nicholas) Kelso, 16yrs, Kelso, Burglary and Theft of Firearm
7) Rodney Milliman, 16yrs, Longview: Charges: Burglary (Felony) and Trafficking in Stolen Property.
8) William Justin Milliman (brother of Rodney), 17yrs : Burglary and Theft of Firearm.

We are releasing two pictures. These are pics of the firearms that were taken from the owner. Pictures of the firearms that were stolen and then recovered from the suspects are not available at this time. We are not releasing more pictures, please do not ask. We are trying to focus our time on continuing the investigation of this case.

All suspects 18 or more were booked in the Cowlitz County Jail. Call the jail for information regarding their court appearance.

There may be more arrests in the case.

Anyone who has any information about this case is encouraged to call and leave a message for Deputy Riley McNeal who is the lead investigator on the case.

CCD Charlie Rosenzweig will be available for questions/email/interviews between 10am and 1pm tomorrow (Thursday)

We will not make the firearms available for viewing by the media, Sorry.


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Friendly competition leads to special donation
City of Happy Valley - 11/16/16 8:21 PM
Happy Valley Police and Clackamas Fire will speed shop for Thanksgiving dinner

Grocery shopping during the holidays is hardly anybody's idea of fun. What if you could get out of it, and support a worthy cause at the same time?

On Thursday, November 17th at 6:00am, representatives from Happy Valley Police and Clackamas Fire will take part in a Thanksgiving dinner shopping challenge, with proceeds going to Operation Santa, Clackamas Fire's holiday food and toy drive.

In this "Police versus Fire" challenge, a team of three police officers and three firefighters will compete to fill their grocery carts full of Thanksgiving dinner items. Each team will have five minutes to race through the new Happy Valley Fred Meyer, grabbing holiday dinner supplies like turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, pumpkin pie...you name it. If it's served for Thanksgiving dinner, it's on the shopping list.

Once their time is up, the contents of each shopping cart will be up for auction. The public will have the opportunity to bid on the carts of food items on Happy Valley's Facebook page and the team whose cart brings in the highest bid wins.

The lucky bidders for each cart will have the food delivered to their home by police and fire in time for Thanksgiving dinner.

In true holiday spirit, the Happy Valley Fred Meyer has volunteered to donate all food items so every dollar that is brought in through the auction will go directly to supporting families in need in Clackamas County.

Location:
Fred Meyer
17005 SE Sunnyside Road
Happy Valley Oregon 97086
Corner of Sunnyside Road & 172nd Avenue



About Happy Valley
Happy Valley is a community of over 18,000 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.

For more information, contact Steve Campbell.
Missing 83 year old Adult
Vancouver Police Dept. - 11/16/16 5:29 PM
Today Michael Urruchua (83 years old) went missing from his home near 5100 NE 121st Ave around 3 pm. He is described as 5'3" 130 pounds wearing a Brown sweatshirt, Black/Blue lounge pants and White socks with no shoes. He takes seizure medications and has dementia. Please call 911 if you see him.

Please Disregard: Michael has returned home safe.
UPDATE -- SUSPECT ID: Happy Valley PD deputy, suspect in hospital following shooting at 139th & Sunnyside; road closed; tips sought (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/16/16 5:05 PM
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UPDATE (Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, 5 p.m.) -- DEPUTY RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL; INVESTIGATION CONTINUES; TIPS SOUGHT

The deputy involved in yesterday's officer-involved shooting is Robert Cordova. Deputy Cordova is currently contracted to the Happy Valley Police. (Two Clackamas County cities -- Happy Valley and Wilsonville -- contract with the Sheriff's Office to provide municipal police services.) Cordova first became a Sheriff's Office Patrol deputy on July 18, 2015.

Deputy Cordova was released from the hospital yesterday. He is currently recovering at home, and remains on administrative leave while the incident is investigated -- standard procedure in this situation.

Sheriff's Office detectives continue to investigate the incident -- interviewing the involved deputy, witnesses, suspect Steven W. Wilson, and the citizens who came to Deputy Cordova's aid.

We also continue to seek tips from the public. Anyone with information on this incident is urged to call 503-723-4949 or use the online email form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 16-31438.
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EARLIER (Tuesday, Nov. 15, 3:30 p.m.)

- The suspect has been identified as Steven W. Wilson, 40 years old, from Portland. The suspect is currently being treated at OHSU.

We continue to seek tips from the public. Anyone with information on Steven W. Wilson, the auto-pedestrian incident to which our deputy was responding, or the shooting itself are urged to call 503-723-4949 or use the online email form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 16-31438.

- Two citizens -- including the citizen on the ride-along -- assisted our deputy during the incident, which involved a struggle with the suspect.

- Clackamas Fire District #1 also responded to the scene.

- Sheriff's Office detectives continue to investigate.
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EARLIER (Tuesday, Nov. 15, 1:40 p.m.) -- SUNNYSIDE ROAD RE-OPENED

Sunnyside Road has been re-opened following the investigation of this morning's officer-involved shooting.
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EARLIER (Tuesday, Nov. 15, 11:55 a.m.) -- CLARIFICATION ON INVOLVED DEPUTY

The involved deputy is a Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputy contracted to the Happy Valley PD. Two Clackamas County cities -- Happy Valley and Wilsonville -- contract with the Sheriff's Office to provide municipal police services.
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EARLIER (Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 9:19 a.m.)

At approximately 6:21 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, an officer-involved shooting (OIS) occurred in the area of SE 139th and Sunnyside.

The incident occurred during a response to a reported auto-pedestrian crash at SE 139th and Sunnyside. A civilian was travelling with the deputy on a ride-along.

The deputy was shot in the leg.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and other agencies responded to the scene.

The involved deputy was alert and talking to first responders at the scene. AMR transported him to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries; he is currently in stable condition.

The suspect was detained and transported to an area hospital with injuries. He is currently in unknown condition.

SE Sunnyside is currently closed at 139th while investigators process the scene. Citizens are advised to find alternate routes.

The media staging area is at Sunnyside Church at SE Sunnyside and 132nd.

The deputy will be placed on administrative while the incident is investigated -- standard procedure in this situation. The deputy's name will not be released at this time.

This release will be updated as more information becomes available.

A photo of first responders at the scene is attached.

ADDITIONAL INFO SOUGHT

Anyone with information on this incident -- or on the auto-pedestrian crash to which the deputy was responding -- is urged to contact the the Sheriff's Office Tip Line. Tips can be sent 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 # 16-31438.

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Search Warrant of Club Rouge Executed Wednesday by Child Exploitation Task Force
FBI - Oregon - 11/16/16 5:02 PM
On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, the Portland FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force (CETF) and the Portland Police Bureau Entertainment Detail executed a state search warrant at Club Rouge, 403 SW Stark Street, Portland, Oregon. The warrant was filed in Multnomah County based on an investigation by Beaverton PD in an underage minor sex trafficking case.

This search warrant is part of an ongoing investigation into the sexual exploitation of minors and is a follow-on to Operation Cross Country X (10), which is a program spearheaded by the FBI and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to target the criminal enterprises responsible for the commercial sex trafficking of children. One of the goals of Operation Cross Country is to raise public awareness about the seriousness of child sexual exploitation and how it takes strong partnerships to protect young people from being trafficked.

Portland FBI's CETF consists of agents and Task Force Officers from Beaverton PD, Portland Police Bureau, Tigard PD, Hillsboro PD, and Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. The FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force is committed to locating and arresting those who prey on children, as well as recovering underage victims of sex trafficking and child pornography.

For additional information, please contact Detective Chad Opitz at 503-526-2674 or the FBI at 503-224-4181.
Mission Street SE will be Closed for Pavement Rehabilitation Work
City of Salem - 11/16/16 4:22 PM
Mission Street SE will be closed to through traffic between Commercial Street SE and Church Street SE from 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, 2016, through 6 a.m. on Friday, November 18, 2016, to allow for pavement rehabilitation work at the intersection of Liberty Street SE. Detour routes will be in place during this paving operation.

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

Travel delays through the area are expected during this work. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes.
Dallas Man Killed In Early Morning Crash On Highway 223 - Polk County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/16/16 2:53 PM
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On November 16, 2016 at about 3:15AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash on Highway 223 near milepost 1 (just north of Dallas).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1999 Toyota Tacoma was traveling southbound on Highway 223 (Kings Valley Highway) when it crossed into the southbound lanes where it struck a northbound 2000 Toyota Corolla head on.

After the collision the Corolla left the roadway and rolled down an embankment. The Tacoma came to rest in the highway. A 2006 Kenworth tractor pulling a loaded log trailer had been following the Corolla northbound and swerved to avoid the collision. The truck left the roadway where it came to rest in the ditch.

The Corolla driver, Louis A HILDAGO, age 39, of Dallas, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Tacoma, Tad T YOUNG, age 34, of Silverton, received minor injuries and refused medical transport. The driver of the Kenworth, Steven E FOLLETT, age 65, of Philomath was not injured.

YOUNG is cooperating with the investigation. Fatigue is being investigated as a contributing factor in the crash.

Highway 223 was closed for about seven hours (detour in place) while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by the Dallas Police Department, Polk County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation and the Kansas State Highway Patrol (next of kin notifications).

More information will be released when it becomes available.


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The City of Tualatin Announces Starry Nights and Holiday Lights Celebration Presented by Comcast
City of Tualatin - 11/16/16 2:30 PM
Please join us as we kick off the holidays with our annual Starry Nights and Holiday Lights Celebration on Friday, December 2nd from 5:00 p.m. -- 8:30 p.m. at the Lake of the Commons (8325 SW Nyberg Street, Tualatin, OR). Come be a part of a special night filled with thousands of twinkling lights, hundreds of song-filled voices, and the lighting of the floating holiday tree. This free family event will include music from our local youth choirs, the tree lighting, children's activities, refreshments and more. Sponsored by the City of Tualatin, Comcast, Starbucks Coffee, New Seasons Market, Brow Betty, Lee Farms, Umpqua Bank, and La Z Boy. For more information on this exciting event, please visit the City of Tualatin's website at www.tualatinoregon.gov


Attached Media Files: Starry Nights and Holiday Lights
Hillsboro School District Completes Comprehensive Lead Testing
Hillsboro Sch. Dist. - 11/16/16 2:27 PM
More than 3,500 drinking water outlets tested, just 22 require further investigation and mitigation

November 16, 2016, Hillsboro, OR --Hillsboro School District has finally received lead testing results from comprehensive water sampling that was conducted over the summer. Out of more than 6,000 samples collected from over 3,500 outlets across the district, 299 showed initially high results and just 22 of those were "double positives," where both the first draw and flush samples were above the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recommended action level of 20 parts per billion (ppb).

In the early spring of 2016, the District began planning for the testing of all potential sources of drinking water: faucets, drinking fountains, exterior hose bibs, shower heads, etc. at each school and district facility.

The District's environmental safety contractor, PBS, conducted all of the sampling following the Oregon Health Authority's (OHA) guidance and the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 3Ts technical guidance on reducing lead in drinking water in schools.

The testing consisted of a first draw sample (water that has been sitting in the pipe between 8 and 18 hours) and a follow-up 30-second flush test. All samples collected are considered part of the test.

If the first draw sample shows lead content above the EPA's recommended action level, the District will immediately close access to that fixture and test the flush sample. If the flush sample shows lead content below the action level that means the lead is likely in the fixture itself, not in the water supply or in the pipes leading to the outlet. In that case, the fixture will be replaced and the outlet returned to service as a possible source of drinking water. (Closing access includes either turning off water to the outlet, placing a bag over the fixture, or placing signage at the outlet indicating that water is fine for hand-washing, but not for drinking.)

If the flush sample shows lead content above the action level that means the lead is likely coming from deeper in the piping system and that additional investigation needs to be conducted to determine and mitigate the source of the lead. In that case, the fixture will be removed and/or the water source capped until such time as the investigation can take place.

Locations of the double positive results are as follows:
Farmington View Elementary School -- East baseball field drinking fountain behind backstop (25.4 ppb)
Indian Hills Elementary School -- Gym storage area sink (68.2 ppb)
McKinney Elementary School -- Instructional materials center, center sink faucet (21 ppb)
Mooberry Elementary School -- Exterior hose bib, north wall near west end of building (25.7 ppb)
Brown Middle School -- Showerhead in girls locker room (28.8 ppb); drinking fountain in girls locker room (26.8 ppb); drinking fountain in boys locker room (36.4 ppb); boiler room sink (48.9 ppb); drinking fountain in student store (25.9 ppb); science room Y2, sink 6, cold only faucet (85.7 ppb)
Evergreen Middle School -- Science room 23, sink 7 (20.4 ppb); science room 24, sink 6 (579 ppb); room 38 sink (38.4 ppb); room 14, LRC, sink (44.4 ppb)
Poynter Middle School -- Storage room between rooms 25 and 26, sink (20.2 ppb); room 25, sink 4 (22.7 ppb)
Miller Education Center West -- Main building, science room 119, hand wash sink at restroom (143 ppb)
Hilhi -- Math/Science room 11, lab sink #7 (27.4 ppb); exterior hose bib, east side of Social Studies building (23 ppb); exterior hose bib, west side of Language Arts building (34 ppb); exterior hose bib, north side of Drama & Arts building (26 ppb); exterior hose bib, north side of Health Education/Gym (81 ppb)

It should also be noted that there were nine of the first draw samples with lead content above the action level for which no flush sample was taken, due to the age of the building and/or location of the outlets: two exterior hose bibs at Imlay Elementary School; a mop sink at Orenco Elementary School; a kitchen fill spigot at Patterson Elementary School; and two kitchen faucets, a science room lab sink, a sink faucet in the second floor women's restroom, and an exterior hose bib at Liberty High School. The fixtures at these locations will be replaced and the water from them will be resampled; only when testing shows results below the EPA's action level will those outlets be returned to service as possible sources of drinking water.

As results have come in for each school, they have been communicated to staff, students, and families via website postings, e-mail communications, and automated phone calls. We have also posted a spreadsheet of final results on the Environmental Testing page of our website. There, you can find the full testing reports for each school.

Working in collaboration with our School-based Health Center at Century High School, the District will cover the cost of lead testing for any student or staff member who fears they may have consumed a large quantity of water from one of the outlets that tested above the EPA's recommended action level, particularly those with a "double positive" result. Please contact the School-based Health Center directly for more information or to schedule an appointment (503-597-4580).

Next steps are to complete fixture replacements, investigate those locations where the flush test results were above the action level, and retest indicated outlets, as well as to determine a schedule for follow-up testing over the coming years.

Many thanks are in order for the District's Facilities team, particularly plumber Phil Suing, for all of their hard work in conducting this important testing and mitigation process, and to the City of Hillsboro for contributing $40,000 to help cover the cost of the testing.

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Attached Media Files: 2016-11/107/99314/media_release_Lead_Testing_Results_111616.pdf
Keizer Fire District Posts Another Clean Audit: Announcement (Photo)
Keizer Fire Dist. - 11/16/16 1:54 PM
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Keizer, Oregon. Keizer Fire District Board of Directors received their annual financial audit results last night, during their monthly meeting. The resulting accounting of all of the financial dealings for the Fire District gave the district the highest rating for their financial business practices. "While Audits may not be exciting or glamorous, Keizer Fire District has posted another "Exceptionally Clean Financial Record" as a testimony to their commitment to the fiduciary responsibility for their tax payers and use of public funds." Joe Van Meter, Keizer Fire District Board President.
The Independent Auditor's Report is required by Oregon Budget Law and is done by a contractor on behalf of the Fire District. AKT- CPAs and Business Consultants provided the report to the KFD Board of Directors last night at their monthly Board Meeting.
AKT Auditor, Josh Bailey provided an "Unmodified Clean Opinion" which means a clean audit finding and the highest qualified financial opinion according to Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).
"Keizer Fire District manages funding from property taxes, local option levy's, bonds, and ambulance billing revenue, while providing for staffing payroll, governmental purchases, finances, and records management, which amounts to the accounting of millions of tax payer dollars. All of this is necessary to manage an agency of our size. We are proud of our commitment to provide the public with an accounting of every penny." Jeff Cowan, Keizer Fire Chief.
While receiving the information regarding the audit and accounting, both the Board of Directors and AKT Auditors praised Financial Manager, Vickey Dosier for her attention to detail and achievement of another clean audit.


Attached Media Files: Audit Illustration , Audit Illustration
Crime Stoppers Featured Case #16-26 Carjacking (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/16/16 1:47 PM
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to identify a suspect in a carjacking.

On Tuesday November 15, 2016, at 6:29 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the area of Southeast 50th Avenue and Powell Boulevard on the report of a carjacking.

Officers learned that the suspect approached the female victim in the Dollar Tree parking lot, located at 6868 Southeast Foster Road, and told her at gunpoint to drive to the area of Southeast 20th Avenue and Powell Boulevard. The victim was able to escape in the area of Southeast 50th Avenue and Powell Boulevard and call 9-1-1. The suspect drove away in the victim's vehicle and later used the victim's credit card at a Milwaukie Plaid Pantry store a short time later.

The victim's vehicle is described as a black with gold trim 2002 Subaru Outback, bearing Oregon license plate 3-6-6-C-T-H.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 30s, blondish-brown hair and clean shaven. The suspect was last seen wearing a red and black San Francisco 49ers jacket, blue jeans and armed with a handgun.

A surveillance image of the suspect at Plaid Pantry is being released to aid in the investigation.

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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Attached Media Files: 2016-11/3056/99310/Carjacking.JPG
Seeking Public's Help Locating Two Missing Men (Photo)
Eugene Police Dept. - 11/16/16 1:26 PM
Missing Men
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UPDATE:
The two missing hunters have been found. Their vehicle had gotten stuck and they were just able to get free. They are safe and headed home.

General Hunting safety:

Make sure to go with a partner
Take a map
Leave a copy of your travel and hunting plan with family or a friend who will check to ensure you made it home. Include the date and time you will return, as well as the location and direction of your hunt.

PREVIOUS INFORMATION
Eugene Police are seeking the public's help to find two Eugene men who went on a hunting trip in Douglas County and have not returned. They left yesterday, Tuesday, November 15, at 5:30 a.m. and were due back at 2 or 3 p.m. yesterday.

Their families have been unable to get ahold of them. The pair were planning to hunt between Elkton and Loon Lake.

The missing men are:
Duvalier Prado, age 20
Joel Ramirez, age 20

Their photos are attached and there is also a photo of Ramirez's truck, blue Chevy GMC, with license plate 828 GRF.

If anyone knows of her location they are asked to call 541.682.5111.


Attached Media Files: Missing Men
Mayor, City Councilors, Diversity Advisory Board Affirm Beaverton as Welcoming Community
City of Beaverton - 11/16/16 12:54 PM
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The City of Beaverton's Diversity Advisory Board, mayor, and city council released open letters today reaffirming Beaverton as a welcoming, inclusive community.


Both letters express the city's continued commitment to welcoming all people and creating a safe environment for all residents.


"Beaverton is proud to be known as one of the safest and most diverse cities in our region," wrote Mayor Denny Doyle and Beaverton City Councilors Lacey Beaty, Betty Bode, Mark Fagin, and Marc San Soucie in a joint letter. "We recognize and our deeply saddened that many members of our community are currently feeling targeted and fearful, particularly communities of color, immigrants and refugees, Muslims, women, and LGBTQ people."


In a separate open letter, the city's Diversity Advisory Board wrote, "There have been many hurtful words and acts across our nation through the latest election and after....We will continue to empower communities to know their rights and engage with those who disagree."


To read the complete text of both open letters, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/1634/Welcoming-Beaverton.


The Diversity Advisory Board (DAB) advises the mayor and city council on equity and inclusion strategies that strengthen connections between diverse communities living in Beaverton and city government. The board is composed of 13 members who are appointed for three year terms.


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: Diversity Advisory Board Open Letter November 2016 , Beaverton Inclusion Letter to Community November 2016
WSU Vancouver Diversity Series features comedian Hari Kondabolu
WSU Vancouver - 11/16/16 12:34 PM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Hari Kondabolu, a Brooklyn-based comedian, actor and podcast host known for comedy on such subjects as race, identity and inequity, will speak as part of WSU Vancouver's Marquee Diversity Series. The university will present "An Evening with Hari Kondabolu" at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 in Dengerink Auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. To RSVP, visit events.vancouver.wsu.edu and click on the Dec. 1 Marquee Diversity Series listing. Accommodations are available on request.
Kondabolu has been praised by the New York Times as "one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today." His many performances include appearances with "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham," the 2007 HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He released his debut stand-up album, "Waiting for 2042" in 2014 and his second album, "Mainstream American Comic," in 2016. He is currently developing a pilot and documentary with TruTV.

Kondabolu's appearance is sponsored by WSU Vancouver's Student Diversity Center. For more information about him, visit his website, harikondabolu.com. For information about the program or to request accommodations, contact Amanda Shannahan, amanda.shannahan@wsu.edu, 360-546-9182.

ABOUT WSU VANCOUVER
WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-Tran bus service. Free event parking is available after 6:30 p.m. in Orange 2 Lot.

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

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City of Gresham Makes High-Level Police Appointments (Photo)
City of Gresham - 11/16/16 12:00 PM
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GRESHAM, Ore. -- The City of Gresham today announced two high-level appointments to the Gresham Police Department in the wake of a national search for a new Police Chief, after the retirement of former Police Chief Craig Junginger in June.

Former Gresham Deputy Chief and current Interim Police Chief Robin Sells has been appointed Police Chief, and will focus on operational issues and maintaining the department's excellent performance. In addition, Corey Falls, the current Jackson County Sheriff and former Deputy Police Chief in Ashland, has been asked to join the City of Gresham as Director of Police Services and 21st Century Policing.

In this role, Falls will report directly to the City Manager and will focus on the strategic planning and implementation of 21st Century policing initiatives in the department, including data-driven approaches to improving police services. Additionally, he will build upon and expand community outreach and listening opportunities focused on police services, crime prevention, intervention, and livability.

"Every time we have a high level vacancy, it presents an opportunity to take a global look at our current needs, and design an approach that will best achieve the service and community outcomes we desire," said City Manager Erik Kvarsten. "This structure will ensure that we maintain excellent day-to-day services while also fulfilling our obligation to consider the shifting terrain in law enforcement, continue to instill deep community relationships, and forge national best practices."

Sells initially joined the Gresham Police Department in 2015 as Deputy Chief, and began serving as Interim Chief in the spring of 2016. Sells has more than thirty years of law enforcement experience in Oregon and California, having served in nearly every position within law enforcement.

"I am incredibly honored to continue serving the City of Gresham as Police Chief, especially in this new structure," Sells said. "Modern law enforcement demands new and creative approaches, and this structure puts Gresham at the forefront of innovation. This is an outstanding community and a top-notch department poised for continued progress."

A southern Oregon native, Falls has eighteen years of law enforcement experience, and an accomplished academic vitae, currently wrapping up his doctorate in Business Administration.

"I'm extremely excited to join the team and take part in this innovative approach to policing the City of Gresham is implementing. I look forward to working with Chief Sells and City leadership to continue the great service the City provides," said Falls.


Attached Media Files: Corey Falls , Gresham Police Chief Robin Sells
Flu Hits Clark County (Photo)
PeaceHealth - 11/16/16 11:59 AM
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VANCOUVER, Wash. -- November 16, 2016

The flu has arrived in Clark County - earlier than in recent years and ahead of most other Pacific Northwest communities.

"We test each patient who comes to PeaceHealth Southwest experiencing flu-like symptoms,' said PeaceHealth Southwest Infection Prevention Specialist Catherine Kroll. "In the past two weeks we've seen a spike in positive results for influenza. We've gone from a baseline of zero confirmed cases to our current level of about 50% positive for those admitted to the hospital."

The flu strain sickening local patients appears to be mainly Influenza A, one of the strains targeted in this season's flu shot. It's encouraging news for those who have been vaccinated.

"It's not too late to get your flu shot," said Kroll. "Although it takes a few weeks after the vaccination for your body to build up full immunity, getting your shot now will give you and your family protection throughout the coming holiday season and beyond."

In recent years, flu season hasn't started in our community till after the New Year. Kroll says the PeaceHealth Southwest's Infection Prevention team has been tracking influenza's progress across the country. "The flu season started early in the southeastern US, and we've watched it come across the country. I would have guessed it would have been here in December. This is definitely an early start."

Although influenza cases are spiking in Clark County, flu levels remain lower in surrounding communities. PeaceHealth provides health care at hospitals and clinics throughout the Pacific Northwest, and only one other PeaceHealth community has declared the official start of flu season.

"Data from our hospitals in Longview, Eugene, Bellingham, and Ketchikan, Alaska shows that flu activity remains low," said Natalie Blum, PeaceHealth's System Director of Infection Prevention. "However, flu season has been underway in Florence, Oregon for more than two weeks."

To protect patients, visitors, and caregivers this flu season, the following guidelines are now in effect for anyone coming to visit a patient at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center:

Please do NOT visit patients if you are sick. Symptoms may include fever greater than 100įF, PLUS cough or sore throat.
Please limit the number of visitors to two family members.

Additional precautions are now in effect in special care units of PeaceHealth Southwest, including the Adult Intensive Care Unit; Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit; Family Birth Center; and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. These special care unit limitations include:

All visitors must be in good health according to the guidelines above.
Please no visitors under the age of 12 (except for siblings).
Visitation is limited to immediate family members (includes children and significant others).
Some units may implement visiting hour restrictions. Please check with the unit for details.

PeaceHealth Southwest also reminds staff and volunteers to refrain from reporting to work if they are feeling unwell. Beginning Monday November 21st, all staff or volunteers who have not received a flu vaccination will be required to wear masks in patient care areas.

We thank our visitors in advance for helping to protect our patients. PeaceHealth encourages all members of our community to get flu vaccinations and to practice frequent hand washing to protect yourself and loved ones from the spread of Influenza and other contagious illnesses.

About PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center:
The region's health care leader and steward for 155 years, PeaceHealth Southwest is a community-owned, not-for-profit, 450-bed, medical institution located in Vancouver, Washington. Repeatedly recognized nationally as a 100 Top Hospital, PeaceHealth Southwest provides a full range of outpatient and inpatient diagnostic, medical, and surgical services to Clark County residents. PeaceHealth Southwest is also one of Clark County's largest employers with 3,400 employees and 600 active medical staff members that help support dozens of medical specialty services and programs, including cancer, heart, emergency, trauma, neuro-musculoskeletal, family birth, and primary care. For more information visit http://www.peacehealth.org/southwest.


Attached Media Files: Catherine Kroll, Infection Preventionist
Town hall in Tillamook offers help with health insurance
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 11/16/16 11:41 AM
(Salem) -- Tillamook County residents who have questions about health insurance are invited to participate in a free town hall meeting that will provide in-person help, informational materials, and other resources.

Hosted by the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, the Health Insurance 101 town hall meeting is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Nov. 23, in the Copeland Room of the Tillamook County Library, 1716 Third St., in Tillamook. An enrollment fair will follow the town hall gathering at the same location from 1 to 3 p.m.

The town hall meeting arrives as open enrollment -- for those who buy plans on their own because they do not have coverage through their employer -- runs through Jan. 31. Enrollment can get confusing. It may be difficult for people to navigate on their own. That is why professional help from an insurance expert can be helpful.

"Enrolling in health insurance is about understanding your options and making informed decisions," said Cable Hogue, outreach and education coordinator for the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. "The town hall meeting will connect people to the resources and help they need."

The town hall meeting will provide answers to questions about health insurance in Oregon, review people's options, and address the myths of health insurance. Participants will learn how and when to enroll in health insurance. They will gain a better understanding of cost comparisons for various plans. Informational materials and resources will be available to all participants.

Pre-registration is recommended to ensure there are enough seats and handouts for everyone. Reserve your seat by emailing info.marketplace@oregon.gov or call 855-268-3767 (toll-free).

More information
The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace offers general information for consumers through a local service center, which can be reached by calling 855-268-3767 (toll-free) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by email at info.marketplace@oregon.gov

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The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.
Sheriff's Deputies Warn of Law Enforcement Scam
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/16/16 11:01 AM
November 16, 2016 --The Washington County Sheriff's Office has received complaints from the public concerning a warrant, jury duty or unpaid fees. The scammer asks for a payoff to avoid arresting the person that supposedly has a warrant, missed jury duty or had other financial issues.


The fraudulent person would call a citizen at random, identify himself as a Washington County Sheriff's Deputy, tell the citizen they had missed jury duty and needed to pay fees. Lately, there have been reports that the person will identify themselves as Lieutenant Troy Stevens, Court Investigator from the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Some people reported if they missed the call, the person would leave a message for them to call back at a 503 area code phone number.

The person would tell the victim that they will be arrested if they did not provide debit or credit card information to provide the court on their behalf to avoid an arrest warrant being issued.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office will never call demanding money for any reason. If someone calls and attempts to convince you there is a warrant for your arrest, you missed jury duty or have unpaid fines or fees, please call the agency directly to confirm the allegation. We are advising anyone who receives a call like this to report it immediately.

Other local law enforcement agencies have received reports with similar circumstances. This scam is a variation of other incidents where scammers will call or email with the promise of something in exchange for cash, Green Dot prepaid cards, money wires, or any other form of payment. Prepaid cards are considered as good as cash. Once a person has the secret code located on the back of the card, your money is lost and very difficult to trace.

The Sheriff's Office encourages the public to never send money in any form if you did not initiate it or to someone you don't personally know. These requests are a concern for law enforcement with individuals attempting to cheat you out of your money with various methods.

Investigators are seeking the public's help regarding similar scam cases. If you have any information, or have recently received a solicitation that seemed suspicious, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 629-0111.


Attached Media Files: PDF Flyer
River HomeLink's Theatre II to perform A Christmas Carol (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 11/16/16 10:02 AM
RHL Theatre II's 'A Christmas Carol' cast
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River HomeLink's drama club, known as RHL Theatre II, presents Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" with performances on December 9 and 10.

"A Christmas Carol" is based on the novella about Ebenezer Scrooge, an old man who is well-known for his miserly ways. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by a series of ghosts who show Scrooge how his harsh behavior has affected those around him. Is there still time for Scrooge to see the err of his ways and transform into a generous and kind-hearted human being before it's too late?

Performances will be at the Battle Ground High School Theater at 300 W. Main Street. Tickets are just $2 and are available to purchase in advance online at payments.battlegroundps.org or at the door the day of the show.

The performance dates and times are as follows:

Friday, Dec. 9 at 3:45 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)
Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)


Attached Media Files: RHL Theatre II's 'A Christmas Carol' cast
CORRECTION: Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting One Fmaily in Clark County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/16/16 9:45 AM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at approximately 9:30 p.m. in the 9900 block of NE 107th Street in Vancouver. The fire affected one family, including 2 adults, 6 children, and 0 pets. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. 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 our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.RedCross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Gang Enforcement Team Investigating Early Morning Shooting in Northwest Portland - No Known Injuries (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/16/16 9:14 AM
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On Wednesday November 16, 2016, at 2:30 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting outside the Casa Diablo strip club, located at 2839 Northwest St. Helens Road.

Officers arrived in the area and located evidence of gunfire in the parking lot and the street. Three parked cars in the lot were struck by gunfire.

Based on information learned at the scene, the Gang Enforcement Team is conducting the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333.

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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Unemployment Tax Rates for Oregon Employers Will Remain Stable in 2017
Oregon Employment Dept. - 11/16/16 9:00 AM
Unemployment tax rates for most Oregon employers will remain stable in 2017. Tax rates will remain at schedule 4 for employers that pay into the system.

Tax Schedule 4 includes an average rate of 2.26% for the first $38,400 paid to each employee. The specific rate each employer will pay under the new schedule depends on how much they have used the unemployment insurance system. The Oregon Employment Department is mailing notifications to businesses today regarding their individual tax rates and encourages employers to wait until they receive their individual notice before attempting to contact the department with questions. Any employer who has not received their notice within the next couple of weeks should contact the Oregon Employment Department Unemployment Insurance Tax Section. Contact information may be found online at www.Employment.Oregon.gov.

The tax structure for Oregon's unemployment trust fund consists of eight schedules. Movement between the schedules of tax rates is one of the self-balancing aspects of Oregon's unemployment insurance trust fund law. Each schedule has a range of tax rates based on an employer's previous unemployment insurance experience. Employers with more unemployment insurance claims have a higher tax rate than those with fewer claims.

Oregon law requires the Employment Department to use a statutory formula to determine employer payroll tax rates for the upcoming year. These taxes go into the unemployment insurance trust fund used to pay unemployment benefits. At its lowest point in 2010, the trust fund had a balance of just under $700 million, but as of October 31, 2016, the balance stood at $3.25 billion.

Oregon's self-balancing approach results in the state having one of the strongest trust funds in the nation. The trust fund provides an important support for temporarily unemployed workers, their families and communities while minimizing the impact on employers. The self-balancing approach allows this support without having to reduce benefits to workers or increase employer taxes as some other states have had to do after the Great Recession.


Attached Media Files: 2016-11/930/99296/Employer_2017_Tax_Rates.pdf
Clackamas Fire trains with National Guard's 102nd Weapons of Mass Destruction Team (Photo)
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 11/16/16 8:59 AM
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On November 14, the Oregon National Guard's 102nd Weapons of Mass Destruction(WMD) - Civil Support Team partnered with the Clackamas Fire District #1 Hazardous Materials Response Team and conducted a joint training exercise. The 102nd WMD is deployed upon request by Fire Departments through Oregon Emergency Management. The 102nd was created after 9/11 to augment first responders during WMD incidents. They are full-time Oregon National Guard soldiers who are trained in Hazmat/WMD.

The joint training exercise covered specialized protective suits that are used for mitigating emergencies involving many possible hazardous exposures, focused on a biological dispersion weapons, as well as decontamination. Clackamas Fire District #1 Hazardous Materials Response Team is very fortunate to have such an amazing resource with the 102nd WMD Civil Support Team.


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Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 11/15/2016
Sandy Police Dept. - 11/16/16 8:08 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 11/15/2016

ESTACADA:

There were no crimes reported in Estacada yesterday. Woo hoo!

SANDY:

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Between 11/14/2016 and 11/15/2016, an unknown suspect applied graffiti to the main stage in Meinig Park. A report was taken and it was estimated the cost of clean up to be about $150. The Sandy Parks Department abated the property.

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On 11/15/2016 at about 0759 hrs., code enforcement responded to a criminal mischief issue in Tupper Park. A report is pending (CAD).

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On 11/16/2016 at 0133 hrs., police recovered a vehicle that had been stolen from another jurisdiction. A report is pending (CAD).
***Victim Identified*** OSP Seeks Assistance After Hit And Run Crash Takes Life Of Pedestrian - Josephine County (Photo)
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The deceased pedestrian has been identified as Max Milton CARTER, age 91, of Cave Junction. Detectives are still seeking any information on who the driver of the vehicle was or any information on the incident. Those with information are asked to call OSP at 541-776-6111.

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Previous Release:
On November 14th, 2016, at approximately 7:15 AM, Troopers from the Oregon State Police Grants Pass Office were dispatched to a report of a hit and run crash in the area of Kerby Avenue and Schumacher Street in Cave Junction. Troopers were advised that a pedestrian had been struck by a dark colored vehicle which left the scene after the crash.

Responding Troopers searched the area and located a vehicle of interest which matched the description from witnesses. The vehicle was seized as part of the ongoing investigation. The male victim was transported from the scene by AMR to Three Rivers Medical Center with critical injuries.

On November 15th, 2016, at approximately 1:30 AM, OSP was notified that the male victim had died as a result of his injuries. The victim' name and information are not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin.

Troopers from the Grants Pass Patrol Office along with Detectives from the OSP Major Crimes Section in Central Point are continuing the investigation into the crash. As this is an active investigation, no further information is being released at this time.

OSP is asking anyone who may have witnessed this crash or who may have information related to the crash to contact Detective Brendan Quirke with the Oregon State Police Major Crimes Section at 541-776-6111.


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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting One Family in Clark County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/16/16 6:10 AM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at approximately 3:00 a.m. in the 17400 block of 39th St in Vancouver. The fire affected one adult and their pets. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. 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 our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.RedCross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
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Woodburn Police Seek Public's Help Identifying Man Using Fraudulent Credit Cards (Photo)
Woodburn Police - 11/15/16 10:28 PM
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Woodburn police officers are asking for the public's help in locating a suspect who signed up for a Sunglass Hut credit card and then purchased $1,600 worth of sunglasses with the fraudulent credit card.

The suspect has hit multiple locations throughout Washington and Oregon using fraudulent names, and proceeding to steal products from Sunglass Hut.

Anyone with information about the suspect, or can identify him, please contact the Woodburn Police Department at 503-982-2345. Individuals can remain anonymous and submit a tip using our Woodburn Police Department mobile app.


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Deputy Honored with Award for his Work as School Resource Officer (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/15/16 5:30 PM
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Yesterday Deputy Pete Marcellais received the "Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award" or the "ABCD Award" from the Chemawa Indian School. The award which is normally reserved for staff that embody the vision of "One Chemawa" was bestowed on Deputy Marcellais for his dedicated work at the school as a school resource deputy.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office contracts with the school to provide three deputies to perform law enforcement services. All three deputies work throughout the school year interacting one on one with students and staff to ensure a successful school year.

To receive the award Deputy Marcellais demonstrated the below character traits exemplifying the "One Chemawa" mantra.

One Chemawa -- Honoring our unique tribal cultures while we work as one people.

One Chemawa -- Courageously rising to every challenge.

One Chemawa -- Striving for excellence each day.

One Chemawa -- Supporting each other to achieve success.

One Chemawa -- When one of us succeeds, we all succeed.

We are Chemawa, strong and proud!


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Suspect Arrested for Multiple Acts of Vandalism During Protest and Riot (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/15/16 5:27 PM
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On Tuesday November 15, 2016, Portland Police Bureau detectives arrested 20-year-old Mateen Abdul Shaheed at an Estacada residence and booked him into the Multnomah County Jail.

Shaheed was booked into jail on six counts of Criminal Mischief in the First Degree and will be arraigned on Wednesday.

Shaheed was involved in numerous acts of vandalism during a riot and protest over the November 10 weekend, including damaging vehicles at Broadway Toyota.

Detectives received an overwhelming number of tips from the community after photos of the then-unknown suspect to the Bureau's "CanYouIDMe" page, http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/canyouidme/

The Bureau would like to thank members of the community and the media for their coverage of the events that led to Shaheed's identification and arrest.

Detectives were assisted by members of the US Marshals Oregon Fugitive Task Force and the US Forest Service.

Credit for the photograph on the left belongs to Christopher Onstott, Willamette Week.

Credit for the photograph/screen grab on the right belongs to KGW News.

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Parking fee waived for 'Green Friday' at Oregon State Parks
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/15/16 5:00 PM
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites the public to visit state parks for free on Nov. 25. For the second successive year, the department will wave day-use parking fees at the 26 state parks the charge them.

"We invite you to join a new tradition: Green Friday," said OPRD Director Lisa Sumption. "Why not skip the mall, and instead come out to play with your family and friends at your favorite state park?"

To help celebrate, the nonprofit Oregon State Parks Foundation is hosting special events at L.L Stub Stewart State Park, Tryon Creek State Natural Area, Champoeg State Heritage Area and Silver Falls State Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hot drinks and snacks will be available, and visitors will be able to deposit entry forms for drawings to win prizes from Columbia Sportswear, Keen Footwear, REI and Leatherman Tools. Entry forms are obtained by registering at www.oregonstateparksfoundation.org. Completed forms must be brought to one of the four participating parks from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day. KINK-FM radio will host a special promotional appearance by Music Director Jared from noon to 2 p.m. at Champoeg.

Parking is free year-round at almost all state parks; the waiver applies to the 26 parks that charge $5 daily for parking. The waiver applies from open to close on Nov. 25, except at Shore Acres State Park, where it expires at 3 p.m. for the Holiday Lights event that runs Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve. A list of parks that require day-use parking permits is at http://bit.ly/OregonStateParksParking.

Visit the Oregon State Parks website for directions to each park: www.oregonstateparks.org.
North Clackamas Schools celebrates first place in Oregon attendance rates
North Clackamas Sch. Dist. - 11/15/16 4:05 PM
Research shows attendance is an important factor in student achievement. The numbers for the state of Oregon are in for last year and North Clackamas Schools ranked first in student attendance for large districts in Oregon. Data for last year shows 86.8 percent of students at North Clackamas Schools regularly attend class (see attached table).


"We know, and research shows, attendance is an important component in student achievement," states Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, Tiffany Shireman. "We want our students to be successful and good attendance helps make that possible."


The state report provides information about the percentage of students who attended school regularly last year (i.e. students who were not chronically absent). Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing more than 10% of the school year, so the report data reflects those students who attended at least 90% of enrolled school days. The report includes information on student attendance at the district, school, grade and student group levels.
Find the the 2015-16 Not Chronically Absent report online at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=471.


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Suspect Arrested for Reckless Burning and Disorderly Conduct During Protest and Riot (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/15/16 3:36 PM
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On November 13, 2016, 19-year-old Damaree Mitchell was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on an outstanding arrest warrant. Mitchell was also suspected of starting a fire during a protest and riot over the weekend.

Detectives contacted Mitchell at the Washington County Jail and issued her criminal citations for Reckless Burning and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

The Portland Police Bureau is continuing to ask for the public's help to identify criminal suspects involved in this last week's protests and riot. Many people were taking pictures and video during the protests that may contain the identities of suspects involved in reports of widespread vandalism.

Some images of criminal suspects have been released publicly on the Bureau's "CanYouIDMe" page and can be viewed at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/canyouidme/

If members of the public (including members of the media) have information, pictures or video that could be used to identify suspects, detectives would like you to submit it to the investigators. Investigators do not need links to media sites as these have already been obtained and will be reviewed.

IMPORTANT - For larger files of photos and/or video, please use a Dropbox or Google Drive link and email the link and any information to CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov

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DOC Receives Vera Safe Alternatives to Segregation Report
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 11/15/16 3:35 PM
Today, Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) announced the receipt of a report by the Vera Institute of Justice (Vera), which provides analysis of the Oregon's use of segregation--also known as special housing--and recommendations for reducing its use. DOC is reviewing the report and developing a plan to address the findings and implement the recommendations.

In 2015, with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, DOC partnered with the Vera Institute of Justice as part of Vera's national Safe Alternatives to Segregation Initiative to reduce its reliance on segregation. Oregon was one of five corrections systems selected in a competitive bidding process to participate in the initiative, which will soon expand to up to five additional systems.

Over the past year, Vera conducted an assessment of the department's current use of special housing, and based on that assessment, recommended strategies to reduce its reliance on this practice through using alternative responses to institutional behavior, changing the environment in segregation, successfully reintegrating people back into the general prison population, and targeting strategies for particularly vulnerable populations such as people with a mental illness.

DOC Director Colette S. Peters stated, "In Oregon, we began taking steps to analyze our use of special housing nearly two years ago. We have made this one of our top agency initiatives. As part of this initiative, Oregon was one of five states selected to participate in the Vera Institute of Justice's Safe Alternatives to Segregation initiative. We look forward to our continued work with Vera and their recommendations about how we can collectively work to reduce the use of special housing."

"Vera has been pleased to partner with Oregon's DOC since May 2015 in their efforts to safely reduce reliance on segregated housing," said Sara Sullivan, project manager of Vera's Safe Alternatives to Segregation Initiative. "We have been inspired by their commitment to understanding their use of this practice and to pursuing alternatives that are safer and more effective for people who are in prison, the staff who work there, and our larger communities. The lessons learned from the work in Oregon will be valuable to other jurisdictions who are making changes to their own practices."

This report presents the findings of Vera's assessment in Oregon. In the spring, Vera will publish a summary report with findings and recommendations from all five of the jurisdictions participating in the Safe Alternatives to Segregation Initiative.

DOC employs 4,500 staff members at 14 institutions, two community corrections offices, and several centralized support facilities throughout the state. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of over 14,500 adults sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration, and direct or indirect supervision of 32,000 offenders on felony supervision in the community. DOC is recognized nationally among correctional agencies for providing adults in custody with the cognitive, education, and job skills needed to become productive citizens when they transition back to their communities.

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Two #NoDAPL Protests on Tuesday Afternoon May Impact Traffic in Downtown and Lloyd District
Portland Police Bureau - 11/15/16 3:06 PM
Two protests scheduled for Tuesday afternoon may affect traffic in Downtown Portland and the Lloyd District. The protests are part of a "national day of action" against the North Dakota Pipeline (#NoDAPL).

At 4:00 p.m., protests and rallies are scheduled outside Army Corps of Engineers buildings, located at 333 Southwest 1st Avenue in Downtown Portland and 1201 Northeast Lloyd Boulevard. The events in both Downtown Portland and the Lloyd District may affect commuters and TriMet users if participants block streets and/or affect transit lines. Protesters are reminded that stepping into the roadway and blocking transit lines is dangerous and illegal. Protesters are asked to be considerate of other people's needs to use the roadway and the transit system.

As with all demonstrations and marches, the Police Bureau's goal is to ensure a safe, secure and orderly event for community members, minimize disruptions to traffic, and to protect property.

While there is no information at this time to determine if there is intent to affect traffic, recent protests suggest that there are people that may embed themselves in large crowd an attempt to influence crowd behavior. Real-time updates will be shared by the Portland Police Bureau through the Bureau's Twitter page, @portlandpolice

It should be clear that "free speech events" do not require a permit; but, marches or demonstrations occurring in public streets that restrict movement of other community members do require a permit issued by the City of Portland to allow for the safety of all. No permits were issued for today's events.

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UPDATE: Armed Robbery at NW 9th St Subway (Photo)
Corvallis Police - 11/15/16 2:51 PM
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On November 13, 2013, at about 8:55 pm, Corvallis Police Officers and the Benton County Sheriff's Office responded to an armed robbery of Subway at 2350 NW 9th Street. Officers learned the business had been robbed by a man, armed with a handgun.

The investigation revealed a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt under a long black jacket with collar, white baseball cap, sunglasses, blue jeans, black shoes with white soles, purple food handler gloves (latex style) and blue bandana over his face entered the store from the NW 9th St entrance and confronted an employee with a handgun. The employee immediately ran to the back room of the business. The suspect then fled the business through the north exit side door. There were two employees in the business during the incident and they were unharmed. There were no customers in the store at the time of the incident.

The suspect is described as a white male, possibly in his thirties. He is between 5'11" and 6'2" feet tall with a thin to medium build and strawberry blonde hair. He displayed a black semi auto handgun during the robbery. An eyewitness in the area observed the suspect fleeing the area. The eyewitness observed the suspect remove the long black coat and was described as wearing a red hooded sweatshirt with a "mossy oak" type logo on the back while carrying the long black jacket in his arms.

Corvallis Police Officers and Benton County Sheriff's Office Deputies searched the area with the assistance from a K9 team from the Albany Police Department, but were unable to locate the suspect. Anyone with information concerning the robbery is asked to contact Detective Gabriel Sapp at (541) 766-6976.

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Vancouver Chamber Hires Ashlyn Salzman as Events Manager (Photo)
Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce - 11/15/16 2:48 PM
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(VANCOUVER, WA) -- The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) has hired Ashlyn Salzman as the Chamber's new Events Manager. Salzman will manage the GVCC's signature and reoccurring events series including the upcoming December 2nd Holiday Heroes Luncheon and the December 9th Legislative Outlook Breakfast events. The events manager is a crucial community connector, business advocate, and representative of the Chamber.

Salzman will put her Public Affairs degree from Washington State University - Vancouver to use, as the GVCC has an active Public Affairs Committee focusing on topics like: the minimum wage, sales tax exemption, reinstatement of the B&O tax, transportation, and more. Salzman's community service history includes completing Leadership Clark County (class of 2016), volunteer for the farmer's market and partners in careers, as well as serving as a Clark College Alumni Association Board member. Salzman also held a position with the Southwest Washington Contractors Association as first an Administrative Coordinator, then as a Business Development Manager. While at WSU V Salzman was the Director of Legislative Affairs and was a 2013-2014 Senator on campus.


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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Pat Boas' "Cipher" to be exhibited in the Governor's Office (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 11/15/16 2:32 PM
Pat Boas, Untitled (yellow), 2015, Sumi ink, gouache and flashe on Khadi paper. 30 x 22 in. Photo T. Harrison. Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach Gallery. Collection of Dave Pollin and the Canopy Hotel.
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Salem, Oregon -- Portland artist Pat Boas will exhibit "Cipher" in the Governor's Office at the Capitol Building in Salem from Nov. 22 to Jan. 12.

Boas uses the form, movement and sound-sense of words as maps for abstraction. Her paintings and works on paper distort the code of written language to the point where the viewer might glimpse, but not grasp, an implied meaning. Beginning with common stencil letters or the shapes between letterforms, the pieces develop into characters that are not easily deciphered, like logos too complicated to achieve the usual aim of instant recognition. The artist explains, "I want to confuse the acts of reading and looking, writing and drawing, jostling them with the noise of color and form."

Boas' work has been shown at the Portland Art Museum, PDX Contemporary and Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland; the Art Gym at Marylhurst University; the Hallie Ford Museum in Salem; the Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico; the Boise Art Museum; the Salt Lake Art Center; the Nicolaysen Museum in Casper, Wyoming; the Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Her work was recently featured in the 2016 Portland Biennial. She is the recipient of numerous honors, fellowships, grants and residencies, including from the Bonnie Bronson Fund, Caldera Arts Foundation, the Ford Family Foundation, Harold and Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation, Jentel Foundation, Oregon College of Arts and Craft, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Portland Art Museum and Oregon's Regional Arts and Culture Council. Reviews of Boas' work have appeared in Art in America and Art Papers and she has written articles and exhibition reviews for Art Papers, artUS and Artweek. Represented by Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, Boas is an associate professor and director of the School of Art + Design at Portland State University.

The Art in the Governor's Office Program honors selected artists in Oregon with exhibitions in the reception area of the Governor's Office in the State Capitol. Artists are nominated by a statewide committee of arts professionals who consider artists representing the breadth and diversity of artistic practice across Oregon, and are then selected by the Arts Commission with the participation of the Governor's Office. Only professional, living Oregon artists are considered and an exhibit in the Governor's office is considered a "once in a lifetime" honor. Artists whose work has previously been shown in the Governor's office include Henk Pander, Michele Russo, Manuel Izquierdo, James Lavadour, Margot Thompson, Gordon Gilkey and Yuji Hiratsuka.



The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational

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

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


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Heavy Rain Causes Gladstone Sewer Overflow
Gladstone Police - 11/15/16 12:47 PM
Gladstone residents are reminded to avoid contact with the Clackamas River for several days due to a raw sewage discharge that occurred on Monday November 14, 2016. The waste water and storm water systems were overtaxed by the heavy rains on Monday evening. The discharge occurred at the storm water outfall at the south end of Portland Avenue at West Clackamas.
Interior Department Announces Final Rule to Reduce Methane Emissions & Wasted Gas on Public, Tribal Lands
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 11/15/16 11:28 AM
Final Rule Limits Venting, Flaring and Leaking from Oil & Gas Operations to Reduce Waste and Harmful Emissions, Provide Fair Return to Taxpayers

As part of the Interior Department's reform agenda to create a cleaner and more sustainable energy future, and in furtherance of the Obama Administration's Climate Action Plan, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced the Methane and Waste Prevention Rule -- a final rule that will reduce the wasteful release of natural gas into the atmosphere from oil and gas operations on public and Indian lands. The rule updates 30-year old regulations governing venting, flaring, and leaks of natural gas, and will help curb waste of public resources, reduce harmful methane emissions, and provide a fair return on public resources for federal taxpayers, tribes and states.

"This rule to prevent waste of our nation's natural gas supplies is good government, plain and simple," said Sally Jewell. "We are proving that we can cut harmful methane emissions that contribute to climate change, while putting in place standards that make good economic sense for the nation. Not only will we save more natural gas to power our nation, but we will modernize decades-old standards to keep pace with industry and to ensure a fair return to the American taxpayers for use of a valuable resource that belongs to all of us."

The United States is the largest natural gas producer in the world, yet the American public has not benefited from the full potential of this energy resource due to venting, flaring, and leaks of significant quantities of gas during the production process. In fact, enough natural gas was lost between 2009 and 2015 to serve more than 6 million households for a year. According to a 2010 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, that amount of wasted gas means states, tribes and federal taxpayers lose millions of dollars annually in royalty revenue for the Federal Government and the states that share it.

In addition, venting and leaks during oil and gas operations lead to significant emissions of harmful methane -- a greenhouse gas at least 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
The rule, which will be phased in over time, requires oil and gas producers to use currently available technologies and processes to cut flaring in half at oil wells on public and tribal lands. Operators also must periodically inspect their operations for leaks, and replace outdated equipment that vents large quantities of gas into the air. Other parts of the rule require operators to limit venting from storage tanks and to use best practices to limit gas losses when removing liquids from wells. To ensure a fair return to the American taxpayer, the rule also clarifies when operators owe royalties on flared gas, and restores the government's congressionally authorized flexibility to set royalty rates at or above 12.5 percent of the value of production.

The rule also protects the environment. Without government action, U.S. methane emissions are projected to increase substantially. The rule makes an important contribution to the Obama Administration's goal to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40 -- 45 percent from 2012 levels by 2025. This rule projects cutting methane emissions by as much as 35%.
"This rule will benefit the American public and the environment," said Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Janice Schneider. "The rule responds to recommendations from several government studies, as well as stakeholder and tribal input. The result is an effective rule that not only gets more of our nation's natural gas into pipelines but also reduces pollution and cuts greenhouse gas emissions."

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) developed the final rule after robust outreach efforts. In 2014, the agency conducted initial public and tribal meetings. Publication of the draft rule was followed by a public comment period that generated hundreds of thousands of comments, and during which the BLM held additional public meetings and tribal consultation. The BLM also carefully coordinated with states and the Environmental Protection Agency to avoid inconsistency or redundancy in regulations.

The BLM's previous rules addressing venting and flaring were adopted long before new technologies unlocked vast new natural gas supplies in the United States. But recent technological advances allow operators to produce more oil and gas with less waste. About 40 percent of natural gas now vented or flared from onshore Federal leases could be economically captured with currently available technologies, according to a 2010 GAO report.

"America's natural gas helps power our economy -- it's a resource, not a waste product, and it's time we start treating it that way," said BLM Director Kornze. "With better planning and today's affordable technology, we can cut waste in half. This common-sense rule will save enough gas to supply every household in the cities of Dallas and Salt Lake City combined -- every year."

More information about the rule is available here along with Regulatory Impact Analysis and Environmental Assessment. A fact sheet on the rule is also available:
https://www.blm.gov/programs/energy-and-minerals/oil-and-gas/operations-and-production/methane-and-waste-prevention-rule

The BLM's onshore oil and gas management program is a major contributor to our nation's oil and gas production. The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of land and 700 million acres of subsurface estate, making up nearly a third of the nation's mineral estate. Domestic production from 96,000 Federal onshore oil and gas wells accounts for 11 percent of the Nation's natural gas supply and 5 percent of its oil. In Fiscal Year 2015, operators produced 183.4 million barrels of oil, 2.2 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 3.3 billion gallons of natural gas liquids from onshore federal and Indian oil and gas leases. The production value of this oil and gas exceeded $20.9 billion and generated over $2.3 billion in royalties, which were shared with tribes, individual Indian owners, and states.
Join Evergreen Habitat for Humanity for Annual Women Build Tea December 3 From 11:30 am -- 1 pm (Photo)
Evergreen Habitat for Humanity - 11/15/16 11:16 AM
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What: "Women Build Tea" benefiting Evergreen Habitat for Humanity Women Build Program
When: December 3, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. -- 1:00 p.m.
Where: Artillery Barracks in Historic Fort Vancouver, 600 East Hatheway, Vancouver, WA.

Evergreen Habitat for Humanity is hosting the Annual Women Build Tea on Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm.

The festivities will be held in the beautifully restored Artillery Barracks in Historic Fort Vancouver at 600 East Hatheway, Vancouver, WA. From the elegant tin ceiling to the historic white-oak hardwood floors, this unique venue is the perfect setting to kick off the holiday season and give back at the same time! Delicious Dishes will be catering and serving a wonderful assortment of festive holiday treats. As always, we will also have a silent auction filled with holiday gifts and special items you won't want to miss!

This year our special guest speaker will be Betsy Henning, Founder and CEO of AHA, a creative agency that is one of the largest women-owned businesses in the Portland, Oregon area. She is a leader, innovator, and visionary. With relentless dedication to her team and her clients, she demonstrates daily how a quick study with quick wit can bring out the best in others. Betsy helps clients--from startups to Fortune 100 companies--improve their businesses by creating marketing communications that earn a place in people's lives.

The mission of the Women Build program is to empower women to take action against poverty housing conditions by nurturing, recruitment and the training of women to build simple, decent, affordable homes. Women from all walks of life are brought together to address in a concrete way the housing crisis facing families in our community. This is done by supporting the mission with our time, energy and financial support.

Thank you to our sponsors of the event: Parr Lumber, Shonna Roberts of Premiere Property Group, LLC., Waste Connections, Providence Health and Services, and StoneRidge Homes. Interested in representing your business as a leader and advocate for women's empowerment through affordable homeownership? Give us a call or email amy@ehfh.org to discuss sponsorship opportunities ranging from $250 to $1,000.

This special event has limited seating, so please RSVP by November 25th, at BrownPaperTickets.com Event #2608883. Tickets are $30.00.

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.

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Hood River outage caused by metallic balloon (Photo)
Pacific Power - 11/15/16 10:46 AM
Shreds of the balloon that caused an outage that inconvenienced 7,500 customers for more than an hour. Photo courtesy of Pacific Power.
Shreds of the balloon that caused an outage that inconvenienced 7,500 customers for more than an hour. Photo courtesy of Pacific Power.
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Contact: Pacific Power media hotline FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1-800-570-5838 Nov. 15, 2016

Hood River outage caused by metallic balloon
Outage that affected 7,500 customers was one of about 30 per year that proves that balloons and wires don't mix
HOOD RIVER, Ore. --A power outage that disrupted life in Hood River Nov. 12 was caused by a metallic-skinned helium balloon that got away.

"We found unmistakable Mylar shreds when we did the repairs," said Curt Mansfield, vice president for operations at Pacific Power.

The balloon from a nearby celebration apparently blew into a substation and made contact with electrical equipment and caused a short. Response came quickly and power was back on within 75 minutes.

While rare, balloon-caused outages are regular occurrences. Pacific Power reported about 30 such outages in 2015, ranging in duration from a few minutes to several hours. In 2014, a balloon caused a six-hour outage in Seaside in the middle of July 4 weekend. Balloon-caused outages occur throughout the year, but about one third of them are during May and June when people are celebrating graduations and Father's Day.

"Balloons may seem like small things," said Mansfield, "but when escaped helium-filled balloons touch power lines, transformers or substations, even the smallest amount of metal found in the balloons can conduct electricity, causing damage to lines and power fluctuations or outages in nearby homes and businesses. Balloons also can cause serious personal injury if they make contact with lines when anyone is still touching an attached string."

"About 30 a year is not a lot," added Mansfield. "But all outages inconvenience our customers and these outages are so preventable."

There are steps you can take to help minimize the potential dangers:

Keep the balloons indoors where they can't rise into overhead power lines or drift into contact with transformers or substations.

Make sure the string for each balloon is securely attached and short enough to control its direction.

Attach a weight to the balloon's string so it cannot float away; and never intentionally release metallic balloons.

Supervise children who have received balloons as a gift.

Deflate balloons after the holiday and keep as a memento or dispose of properly. Birds and squirrels have been known to carry balloon remnants onto lines.

If you notice a balloon near a power line, do not try to retrieve it. Report it to Pacific Power by calling 1-888-222-7070 anytime.

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power is headquartered in Portland and provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. As part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power provide approximately 1.8 million customers in six western states with reliable, efficient energy. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment.


Attached Media Files: Shreds of the balloon that caused an outage that inconvenienced 7,500 customers for more than an hour. Photo courtesy of Pacific Power. , All that remains of a Mylar balloon that caused an outage in Hood River over the weekends are a few smears of plastic. Photo courtesy of Pacific Power.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon October 2016 News
Oregon Employment Dept. - 11/15/16 10:00 AM
Oregon Continues Strong Job Growth in October

Oregon added 6,100 nonfarm payroll jobs in October, continuing a trend of strong job growth. Since October 2015, Oregon added 55,400 jobs, which was a gain of 3.1 percent. This growth rate is nearly double the national job growth rate of 1.7 percent over that period. Oregon's September nonfarm payrolls were revised upward by 1,900 jobs to a new reading of a gain of 4,300 jobs.

In October, Oregon gains were led by two industries which each added 1,800 jobs: construction and health care and social assistance. Next in line were leisure and hospitality, which added 1,000 jobs; government, which also added 1,000; and retail trade, which added 900. Only one major industry declined substantially in October, as professional and business services dropped by 1,200 jobs.

Job growth was widespread among the major industries over the past year, with none declining. Leading the way were three industries that expanded by more than 4 percent: construction (+5,900 jobs, or 6.9%); other services (+3,300 jobs, or 5.3%); and health care and social assistance (+10,300 jobs, or 4.6%). Other industries with above-average growth over the past year were information (+1,300 jobs, or 4.0%); government (+10,400 jobs, or 3.4%); professional and business services (+8,000, or 3.4%); and leisure and hospitality (+6,600 jobs, or 3.4%).

In October, Oregon's unemployment rate was 5.3 percent, essentially unchanged from 5.5 percent in September. The unemployment rate was close to its year-ago figure of 5.6 percent in October 2015.

Oregon's labor force continued to grow in October, bringing the labor force participation rate up to 63.3 percent, from 61.3 percent in October 2015. Oregon's labor force participation rate--which represents the share of the population that is employed or unemployed--has increased since May 2015 as the job market has improved because of Oregon's strong growth.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the October county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, November 22nd, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for November on Tuesday, December 13th.??NLG

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

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

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this Official Oregon Series data unless noted otherwise. This month's release incorporates the April, May and June 2016 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS.

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

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

Equal Opportunity program -- auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.


Attached Media Files: Employment in Oregon October 2016 News Release
Drop in inappropriate antibiotic use 'encouraging,' but drugs still unnecessarily prescribed for viral infections, report says
Oregon Health Authority - 11/15/16 9:51 AM
November 15, 2016

Drop in inappropriate antibiotic use 'encouraging,' but drugs still unnecessarily prescribed for viral infections, report says

Oregon is seeing "encouraging" declines in unnecessary antibiotic use for treating respiratory infections, but people continue to needlessly use these bacteria-fighting drugs on viral infections such as colds and bronchitis, a new Oregon Health Authority report has found.

Unnecessary use of antibiotics on viruses can lead to dangerous antibiotic resistance, which makes these drugs less effective when they are most needed.

According to the 2016 report, "Antibiotic Prescribing in Outpatient Settings in Oregon," there has been a 29 percent decline in oral antibiotic use in Oregon since 2008, and an 8 percent decline between 2014 and 2015. Still, antibiotics were used to treat nearly half of uncomplicated bronchitis cases, even though most of these infections are typically due to viruses, not bacterial infections.

During 2008-2015, antibiotic use increased in the winter months, when respiratory infections peak each year. Although use of fluoroquinolones and cephalosporins--known as "broad-spectrum" antibiotic drugs--were level throughout the year, the most commonly used drug class in winter months, after penicillins, was macrolides, another broad-spectrum antibiotic.

"Prescription by clinicians of broad-spectrum antibiotics is always a little surprising, as they are often used for infections that don't require treatment in the first place," said Ann Thomas, M.D., of OHA's Public Health Division and medical director of the agency's Alliance Working for Antibiotic Resistance Education (AWARE).

She said the problem is that when antibiotics are used for viral infections, such as colds and bronchitis, it can lead to resistant bacteria and dangerous side effects. "Side effects can include diarrhea and vomiting, and they can even be deadly, such as allergic reactions. They also wipe out normal intestinal flora" she explained. "The data from this report tell us we still have work to do to reduce prescriptions for colds and bronchitis."

"Get Smart About Antibiotics Week," Nov. 14-18, is an annual international observance to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use. Locally, AWARE is sponsoring a showing of the documentary "Resistance," which explores the problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and highlights the dangers of overuse of antibiotics in humans and animals. The free event takes place at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at Portland State University's Fifth Avenue Cinema, 510 SW Hall St., Portland.

During this year's observance, AWARE is reminding consumers about the dangers of unnecessary antibiotics for viral respiratory infections. Antimicrobial resistance continues to pose serious health threats. At least 2 million people acquire serious infections, with 23,000 of those dying each year, from antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the United States. Outpatient settings in the U.S. are home to more than 60 percent of national antibiotic expenditures. Respiratory conditions, including many where antibiotics are not appropriate, remain the most common diagnoses lead to antibiotic prescriptions in children and adults.

Consumers should not pressure their health care providers to prescribe antibiotics for colds and the flu, and question their provider if they really need antibiotics when prescribed. Consumers who receive appropriately prescribed antibiotics for bacterial infections, however, should take every dose, even if symptoms improve, since not doing so contributes to drug resistance. And they should not share antibiotics with others, since individuals taking antibiotics not prescribed to them can experience adverse reactions.

As part of its ongoing effort to reduce inappropriate use of antibiotics in Oregon, AWARE, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, works to change Oregon clinicians' prescribing habits.

To learn more about Oregon AWARE and Get Smart About Antibiotics Week, visit OHA's AWARE website at http://www.healthoregon.org/antibiotics. More information about the CDC's national "Get Smart" campaign is available on the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/.

OHA's 2016 "Antibiotic Prescribing in Outpatient Settings in Oregon" report is available online at http://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/CommunicableDisease/AntibioticResistance/Documents/Oregon_Outpatient_Antibiotic_Prescribing_Report.pdf.

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Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 11/15/16 9:21 AM
Notice of Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors. November 21, 2016 6:00 pm.
1-888-824-5783 Ext.90095991# and via Blackboard Collaborate at
http://tinyurl.com/BoardORVA
Michelle Cardinal and Marvin Seppala join Central City Concern board of directors (Photo)
Central City Concern - 11/15/16 8:52 AM
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PORTLAND, OR: Central City Concern (CCC), Portland's non-profit serving people impacted by homelessness, poverty and addictions since 1979, has elected two new members to their board of directors. Michelle Cardinal and Marvin D. Seppala, MD, were both recently voted in by standing board members.

"We're thrilled to have two talented and dedicated professionals to help direct our organization," says Ed Blackburn, CCC's executive director. "Michelle and Marv will bring a diverse wealth of expertise to the people we serve."

Michelle Cardinal is the co-founder and CEO of R2C Group in Portland, a national advertising agency, with over 25 years' experience in marketing and media. She is also co-founder of the O'Leary/Cardinal Charitable Trust, which funds several nonprofit organizations focusing on education, women's health, and the environment. Michelle is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and brings 25 years of marketing and business experience to the CCC board. She looks forward to collaborating with others to help end homelessness.

Marvin D. Seppala, MD, is the chief medical officer for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in Center City MN. He is a psychiatrist specializing in addiction medicine. Marv has a deep background in recovery treatment and serves on CCC's Quality Committee. He also received the DePaul Freedom Award in 2006. He is a graduate of Drake University and received his MD from the College of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. Marvin is excited to be part of sustaining and improving the essential work of CCC.

For more information on CCC and its board of director, visit centralcityconcern.org.


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Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 11/14/2016
Sandy Police Dept. - 11/15/16 8:46 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 11/14/2016

ESTACADA:

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On 11/14/2016 at about 0754 hrs., police took a report about a non injury motor vehicle crash near the intersection of SE Moss Hill Road and SE Coupland Road. A report is pending (CAD).

1C 2016-1946

On 11/14/2016 at about 2052 hrs., police arrested David G. Gunter (33, of Eagle Creek) for DUII near the intersection of S Broadway Street and SW 3rd Avenue. He was transported to Clackamas County Jail and was lodged on $7500 bail.

SANDY:

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On 11/14/2016 at about 0141 hrs., officers responded to a report of a vehicle break-in at a residence in the 17000 block of Ruben Lane. Upon examination, it was found that a large piece of concrete was thrown through the passenger window of a Toyota pickup. The owner said that nothing appeared to be missing, and that he estimated that it would cost about $250 to repair the window.

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On 11/14/2016 at about 1434 hrs., police took a walk-in report at Sandy Police Department regarding bank fraud. A report is pending.

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On 11-14-16 at about 1649 hrs., a woman living in the 36000 block of Eldridge Drive reported that sometime between 1530 hrs. and the time of the report, unknown subject(s) stole her 1992 Honda Civic sedan. The vehicle's information was entered into the appropriate law enforcement databases as stolen. The investigation remains open.

18 2016-1947

On 11/14/2016 at about 2319 hrs., police responded to a report of a person sleeping on merchandise at a store in the 16000 block of 362nd Drive. Upon arrival, we contacted Jessie K. Miskill (32, of Portland). She was found to be intoxicated and on parole. She was detained on a parole violation and issued a private property exclusion at the request of a store employee. She was lodged on the parole violation at the Clackamas County Jail, without
bail.

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On 11/15/2016 at about 0731 hrs., code enforcement responded to a criminal mischief report in Meinig Park. A report is pending (CAD).

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On 11/15/2016 at about 0759 hrs., code enforcement responded to a criminal mischief report in the 17000 block of Tupper Road. A report is pending (CAD).
30th Annual Salem Police Toy Drive starts today!
Salem Police Dept. - 11/15/16 8:25 AM
The Salem Police Department is proud to launch its 30th Annual Toy Drive for Salem area children.

Thanks to a partnership with the organization, Communities and Partners of East Salem (CAPES), the holidays will be brighter for local children in need of gifts. "We accept new, unwrapped toys for infants and children up to 13 years old," said Jennifer Hingston, volunteer coordinator for the Salem Police Department.

"We have wonderful toy drive partners," she added. "From the five local businesses who participate as donation drop off sites, to the fantastic volunteers with CAPES who come together to sort and wrap the gifts. Together, we help bring a smile to local families in need of a few gifts for the children."

The generosity of Salem residents is what has made the toy drive a resounding success for the last three decades. The toy drive began in 1986 as a result of a tragic circumstance which affected a local family. It was late December when a Salem Police school resource officer responded to the scene of a suicide. Located in the belongings of the deceased, the officer found a Christmas wish list written by the young daughter.

The list greatly affected the officer and other police staff who responded by collecting funds to try to fulfil the wish list. It was the Salem Police family who launched the first toy drive, and 30 years later, the department and the Salem community continue to show their support of local children in need.

The drive begins Tuesday, November 15 and donations will be accepted through December 13. Drop off your donation at the Salem Police Department, 555 Liberty ST SE, 1st floor or any of the following locations:
Cycle Country, 4764 Portland RD NE
Dow Pediatric Dentistry, 140 Ramsgate SQ S, #110
Salem Electric, 633 7th ST NW
Salem Health Medical Group, 665 Winter ST SE, Bldg. B
White Oak Construction, 2455 River RD S
For more information, contact Jennifer Hingston at 503-588-6499, option 1.
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Reward Offered for Vandalism Suspect Identified from November 10 Riot (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 11/14/16 8:54 PM
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to locate a 20-year-old man wanted in connection with the destruction of property during a November 2016 protest and riot.

20-year-old Mateen Abdul Shaheed is described an African American male, 6'1" and 200 pounds.

Shaheed has a felony warrant for his arrest in connection with multiple vandalism incidents on November 10, 2016.

Shaheed was previously identified by numerous anonymous tips to investigators after photos were released to the public by the Portland Police Bureau. Detectives served a search warrant at his residence earlier today but Shaheed has not been located.

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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Vancouver Police seek help to locate missing juvenile (Update: Located safe)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 11/14/16 8:39 PM
Update

Eli has been located and is safe.



Vancouver, Wash. --On November 14, 2016, Vancouver Police were contacted regarding 11 year-old Eli Chavez, who was last seen by his family at approximately 3:45 p.m. today, in the area of St. Johns Blvd./SR-500.

Eli is 5'05, 130 lbs., has black hair, brown eyes, and was last seen wearing a red and black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, a baseball cap, and carrying a camo backpack. He has no known medical issues.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Eli Chavez is asked to call 911.


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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
Interfaith Event on Building the Beloved Community - Nov 20, 5:30 pm
Muslim Educational Trust - 11/14/16 5:08 PM
After a national election that many people believe has left Americans more divided than ever, Portland-area interfaith leaders have organized an evening of conversation about restoring what Martin Luther King Jr. called "the beloved community." The public is invited to attend the free event, "Returning to One Another: Building the Beloved Community in an Era of Division, Suspicion, and Isolation," on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 5:30 p.m. at the Muslim Educational Trust, 10330 S.W. Scholls Ferry Rd., in Tigard. Children are welcome and a children's program will be available.

Three longtime women activists from different religious traditions will talk about their work. Marion Dawan, Andrea Cano and Ida Cahana will discuss their motivations and what sustains them in their efforts during an informal conversation led by Ronault Catalani, a writer-lawyer-activist himself. After their conversation, guests are invited to share a potluck supper and engage in small table conversations about social justice causes near to their hearts and their vision of what the beloved community might look like here in Oregon. A main dish will be provided; guests are asked to bring fruit, salads or desserts to share. A grant from the Institute for Christian Muslim Understanding will help underwrite the cost of the dinner. RSVP on the Facebook event page at tinyurl.com/returningtooneanother or by calling Rania Ayoub (raniamet@gmail.com) or Hector Lopez (hecklopez@msn.com).

The King Center summarizes their namesake's vision in these words: "In the Beloved Community, poverty, hunger and homelessness will not be tolerated because international standards of human decency will not allow it. Racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood. In the Beloved Community, international disputes will be resolved by peaceful conflict-resolution and reconciliation of adversaries, instead of military power. Love and trust will triumph over fear and hatred. Peace with justice will prevail over war and military conflict."
Expect construction delays on access road to Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain Trail
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/14/16 4:40 PM
Manzanita OR--The access road to the south trailhead of the Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain Trail, a popular hiking trail at the south end of Oswald West State Park, will be closed periodically for construction until Nov. 23. A contractor will remove potholes, improve drainage and increase traction along the first 400-foot section at the west end of Neahkahnie Trailhead Road.

This is the first of three phases that will ultimately improve the entire length of the short, gravel road, ending at the trailhead parking area. Mike Critelli Excavation of Garibaldi will complete the first phase for about $5,000.
Two Idaho Men Killed In Crash On Highway 95 - Malheur County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/14/16 4:29 PM
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On November 13, 2016 at about 5:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash on Highway 95 near milepost 92 (30 miles north of the Nevada Border).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2000 Toyota Tundra was traveling northbound on Highway 95 when it crossed the centerline and collided with a southbound 2005 Chevrolet Trail Blazer.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Luis M SALAS RAMIREZ, age 35, of Garden City, Idaho and his passenger Parrish W SPEEGLE, age 49, of Boise, Idaho were pronounced deceased at the scene. The left rear passenger, William K SPEEGLE, age 42, of Boise, Idaho suffered life threatening injuries was taken by air ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise.

The driver of the Toyota, Brandon FULLER, age 45, of Livermore, California received minor injuries. He was arrested at the scene and taken to the Malheur County Jail where he was lodged on the following charges:

Manslaughter II (two counts)
Assault III
Reckless Driving
Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants

Alcohol consumption by FULLER is being considering a contributing factor in the crash. Highway 95 was closed for over six hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office (NV), Humboldt County Fire and Rescue (NV), Malheur County Sheriff's Office, Jordan Valley Ambulance and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

More information will be released as it becomes available.


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City of Beaverton's Public Safety Center Ballot Measure Passes
City of Beaverton - 11/14/16 4:21 PM
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- With today's updated election results from Washington County, the city is able to say that Ballot Measure 34-250 to build a public safety center for police and emergency services has passed. Final numbers will be certified by the county later this month.


"This is a tremendous moment for our city, for our police officers and for our emergency responders," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "We're grateful for the support from our residents."


The bond measure will construct a public safety center on city-owned property at the corner of SW Hall Blvd and SW Allen Blvd. The 90,000 square foot building will be built to critical-facility standards to withstand a major earthquake, moves police facilities out of a flood zone, provides private areas for crime victims and minors, and will include an Emergency Operations Center with disaster-response equipment.


The location of the new building also allows for more efficient police and emergency response, and consolidates all police and emergency management services in one location.


"It's important for police to respond to emergency calls for service as quickly and safely as possible," said Interim Police Chief Jim Monger. "Now our police officers will have a safe and central location for the services they provide to residents."


The bond measure will not increase residents' bond tax rate because it replaces the Beaverton City Library construction bonds. The rate is about 20 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. Property owners will continue to pay about $4.20 per month for property with an assessed value of $250,000. The center will cost $35 million.


Earlier this year, a citizen-led advisory committee recommended the new facility for police and emergency management services to ensure the city's emergency-response functions remain intact in case of natural and other disasters. The committee recommended a public vote be held to ask voters to fund the facility. In June, the Beaverton City Council unanimously approved a resolution to refer a bond measure to voters at the November election.


The design and permitting phases of the project will begin immediately and are expected to last 12 months. The construction phase of the project is anticipated to last 18 to 24 months. The public safety center is estimated for completion in early-2020.


For more information on the public safety center and for project updates, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/PublicSafetyCenter.


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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Early Learning Community Engagement Sessions
NW Regional ESD: Clatsop Co. - 11/14/16 3:45 PM
Parents and caregivers of young children, and community partners are invited to an open house to learn about the Northwest Early Learning Hub and early learning services and programs in Clatsop, Columbia, and Tillamook counties.

The Hub is seeking parent/caregiver input on early learning programs and how we can best provide services to you. Childcare and snacks will be provided.

Register at http://bit.ly/2eED7yj

Northwest Early Learning Hub works collaboratively to support coordinated systems that are child-centered, family-friendly, culturally and linguistically appropriate, and community-based to meet the needs of local communities.

http://www.northwestelc.org. www.facebook.com/Northwest-Early-Learning-Council-Hub


Attached Media Files: Early Learning Community Engagement Flyer - English , Early Learning Community Engagement Flyer - Spanish
Woodland High School's drama students prepare for their production of "Our Town" with their new director (Photo)
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 11/14/16 3:30 PM
The ensemble work in Our Town offers a wide variety of roles for students of different experience levels.
The ensemble work in Our Town offers a wide variety of roles for students of different experience levels.
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Monday, November 14, 2016-Woodland, WA-Woodland High School's drama students are preparing to put on their production of "Our Town," the first performance directed by the school's new drama director, with performances November 17-19 each night at 7 p.m.

Drama productions attract participation from a wide variety of high school students interested in participating in non-athletic extracurricular activities. "Our program's student demographics really encompass all kinds of students," said Heather Gordon, an English teacher who helps manage the drama productions. "The drama program lets students express themselves in a variety of ways where they can also build language skills and a true understanding of history."

Gordon started managing and directing the school's drama productions in 2012. "The program has grown a lot since I started," she said. "Managing drama productions is incredibly demanding requiring many, many hours after school, but I loved doing it."

This year, Gordon and the administrative staff at the school brought on a dedicated drama director, Branden McFarland, with Gordon serving as the executive producer working behind the scenes to arrange facilities and organize funding for the different productions. "It's nice to have it feel like a team now with Branden on-board," said Gordon. "It's good to have the team effort!"

McFarland graduated from Prairie High School in Battle Ground in 2010, and got his start as a director by helping out with his high school's productions. "I was hired on to help coach and teach which resulted in recommendations to other school districts," he said. "About three years ago, I came to Woodland to help teach stage combat and loved the school and community here."

McFarland believes drama can help students from all walks of life regardless if they're incredibly outgoing or very shy. "I was a frustrated teenager who was really shy in high school when a friend convinced me to try out for a school play," he explained. "The performance gave me so much self-confidence that I kept participating throughout high school, and wanted to come back after graduating to help other students who might be like me."

Building up student self-confidence continues to provide the biggest challenge with the biggest reward for McFarland. "The toughest part about teaching students is getting them to see how awesome they already are; they're often their own worst critics," he said. "There's no one trick to helping kids because they're each unique so it's a matter of figuring out what techniques work to motivate each and every one."

In order to involve as many students as possible, McFarland selects plays with enough roles for all of the students interested in participating. "The ensemble work in 'Our Town' makes it the perfect choice for whatever size group we have," he said. "My favorite time during a production is when students start developing their characters by throwing their own creativity in the mix; that's when they get to become artists."

The Woodland High School drama department will put on their production of "Our Town" open to the public with performances on Thursday, November 17; Friday, November 18; and Saturday, November 19 starting at 7 p.m. The show is recommended for audience members 14 years of age and older with adult tickets available for $6 each and student tickets available for $2 each.

The cast includes: Austyn Diraimo, Bree Anne Driver, Mary Beth Hall, Vanessa Hansen, Elizabeth Hunt, Austin Matthiesen, Sierra McIver, Julea Orem, Katelyn Paulson, Jesse Potter, Emily Rivers, Evelyn Roehn, Kacy Shreiner, Jon Smith, Maria Tuz, Tim Valencia, Emma Vandekrol, Caytlin VonBargen, and Nathan Warner.

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Northwest Regional ESD Releases Results of Testing for Lead in Water
NW Regional ESD: Washington Co. - 11/14/16 3:25 PM
The Northwest Regional Education Service District (NWRESD) announced today results of drinking water in the agency's offices and program sites in all four counties served by the ESD: Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, and Washington. Results indicate that lead levels meet federal guidelines at all but two drinking fountains.

Lead was initially detected above the recommended level at one drinking fountain at the Clatsop Service Center and one at the Beaverton Early Childhood Center. The fountains were immediately taken out of service and the agency is retesting and will rectify the problem as soon as possible. Both fountains are rarely used, which may have led to the higher rates.

The agency conducted the testing program to make sure that drinking water is safe for children and staff. Water with high lead levels can contribute to negative health effects, especially in young children.

The testing was conducted following federal and state guidelines. Samples from various locations in offices and program sites were sent to a state-certified laboratory for analysis. The laboratory results were received last week.

Information about the lead testing program, including the laboratory results, can be requested at the NWRESD's Hillsboro office 5825 NE Ray Circle, Hillsboro OR 97124, weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.


About Northwest Regional Education Service District (NWRESD): Education Service Districts were established by the Oregon legislature to provide services that local school districts are not able to offer economically or because of the small numbers of students involved. NWRESD provides services to 20 school districts with approximately 126,000 students from birth to age 21 in Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, and Washington counties, Oregon. The agency works collaboratively with the local districts to jointly determine the programs and services the ESD can provided in a centralized format that is efficient, cost-effective, and allows for maximum use of public dollars. These services include special education for children birth through age 21, technology, and operational functions such as business office and human resources.
Geographic Information Systems Celebrates its own Day on Nov. 16
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 11/14/16 2:47 PM
Wednesday, Nov. 16, is Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day!

Why is GIS important? GIS data and applications enable us to see what is going on in our area and around the world. We can now answer the question, "where am I in reference to what is going on?"

OEM uses a web mapping application called Real-Time Planning Assessment Tool for Oregon, or RAPTOR. This critical resource allows us to see and track weather watches and warnings, local storm reports, live weather radar, road closures/delays, and active incidents such as earthquakes, floods and wildfires. A public version is available,too! Check it out at http://arcg.is/2fDizI6.

Daniel Stoelb, GIS program coordinator for Oregon's Office of Emergency Management, will be available at the Emergency Communications Center in Salem (3225 State St., Room 115, Salem)
from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday if you are interested in seeing this cool and informative tool in action, and learn how it serves as a resource for emergency managers across the country.

Contact Paula Negele if you plan to attend: 503-871-8689 or paula.negele@state.or.us
Thanksgiving Preparations Underway at Union Gospel Mission (Photo)
Union Gospel Mission - 11/14/16 2:15 PM
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Thanksgiving Preparations Underway at Union Gospel Mission

Portland, Ore., - Union Gospel Mission is preparing to serve over 1,300 Thanksgiving meals at the Mission's annual "Love Your Neighbor Day" on Thanksgiving Day, November 24 from 10:00 am -- 1:00 pm. Union Gospel Mission will be closing off the street on NW Third Avenue between Burnside and Couch Streets and erecting a 120-foot- long tent donated for use by Northwest Natural Gas. Tables will be set up inside the tent and volunteers will serve guests a traditional Thanksgiving meal. This is a free event and open to anyone in need. The event will also feature live music.

Today, Union Gospel Mission's kitchen team will be starting to cook 100 turkeys for the Thanksgiving event. Turkeys will be cooked over the next ten days. The Mission's kitchen team has made 2,400 cookies for "snack packs" for the guests to take with them from the event. In addition to the cookies, the snack pack contains chips and soda.

Union Gospel Mission is seeking financial support for Thanksgiving events. Donations can be made online at www.ugmportland.org or mailed to 3 NW Third Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97209.

About Union Gospel Mission: Union Gospel Mission's purpose is "Feeding the hungry, restoring the addict and loving our neighbor." Union Gospel Mission has been serving Portland since 1927. Union Gospel Mission provides meals and care for the homeless, and operates LifeChange -- a transformative recovery program for men, women and children. Contact Union Gospel Mission at 503-274-4483 or ugmportland.org and @ugmpdx.

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St. Mary's Academy Basketball Standout Bendu Yeaney to Sign Letter of Intent with Indiana University Nov. 16 (Photo)
St. Mary's Academy (Downtown) - 11/14/16 2:11 PM
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Oregon prep basketball standout, Bendu Yeaney, will sign her National Letter of Intent with Indiana University this Wednesday, November 16 at 2:10 at St. Mary's Academy in downtown Portland. Media are welcome to join us for photos, video and/or questions for Bendu. The signing ceremony will take place in the St. Mary's gym.

Background on Bendu:
Started as a freshman for the Blues
Helped lead St. Mary's Academy to the Class 6A final as a sophomore, averaging 17.2 points
Averaged 16 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocked shots as a junior, earning all-state honorable mention

More from IU on Bendu, including video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdX2bglcXkA&feature=youtu.be


Attached Media Files: IU poster: Bendu Yeaney
Move-Over Enforcement Traffic Detail (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/14/16 1:44 PM
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November 14, 2016 -- This week is National Traffic Incident Response Week. Local law enforcement agencies will be on the roads with an emphasis to educate drivers of the Move-Over law. This law was created to help keep emergency personnel safer while on the roadways.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team is supporting a traffic detail to enforce the Move-Over law which directs drivers to move over or slow down when passing emergency vehicles that are stopped. Traffic incidents are the leading cause of death for both police officers and EMS/EMT responders. About one in every seven police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty die in vehicle crashes. A number of those were drivers crashing into the parked emergency vehicle or officer while on the roadside.

Oregon Revised Statute 811.147 requires motorists to change travel lanes or slow to at least five miles per hour below the posted speed limit, if unable to change lanes, when approaching emergency personnel and their vehicles. The fine for violating this law is $260.

Washington County Sheriff's Deputies, Oregon State Police Troopers and The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will be out in force on Tuesday November 15, 2016. They will be focusing on I-5, I-205, and Hwy 26 during the morning and afternoon hours.

Please remember to slow down and move over for emergency vehicles.


Attached Media Files: PDF with photos , Move-Over Graphic , ODOT Signage Photo
Joint Statement from the Portland Police Bureau and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/14/16 1:30 PM
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Over the past several days, the Portland Police Bureau has arrested in excess of 100 people for violating laws including Disorderly Conduct, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Attempted Assault on a Peace Officer and other criminal charges.

Those taken into custody for charges other than those related to the shooting on the Morrison Bridge (early Saturday morning) will have their first court appearance today at the Justice Center at 2:00 p.m. Nearly all of the criminal cases will not be charged and arraigned today. Due to the fluid nature of the ongoing protests over the past several days, most of the arresting officers were on duty, working to protect the city during an emergent event. As such, work is continuing by officers and detectives to complete the necessary reports but they will not be finished in time for today's arraignments and for review by the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office. Additionally, hundreds of hours of video evidence capturing the events must be collected and reviewed.

Nearly all of those arrested over the past several days have received or will receive traffic citations for violating Oregon Revised Statute 811.535, Failing to Obey a Police Officer. These citations will require a court appearance in approximately 30 days and carry a fine of up to $1,000.

Although all of the defendants will be learning today that their case was a "no complaint" at arraignment, none of the cases have actually been evaluated for legal sufficiency and prosecutorial merit. Once the reports have been submitted to the District Attorney's Office and the video evidence has been reviewed, decisions regarding prosecution will be made.

The sheer number of arrests during protests over the last several days has been an exceptional event and the charges being "no complainted" today is not unexpected and is a procedural matter given the extensive amount of work left to do in these cases.

The Portland Police Bureau is continuing to ask for the public's help to identify criminal suspects involved in this last week's protests and riot. Many people were taking pictures and video during the protests that may contain the identities of suspects involved in reports of widespread vandalism.

Some images of criminal suspects have been released publicly on the Bureau's "CanYouIDMe" page and can be viewed at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/canyouidme/

The Bureau would like any victims of vandalism and related crimes to file a report online at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/cor/

If members of the public (including members of the media) have information, pictures or video that could be used to identify suspects, detectives would like you to submit it to the investigators. Investigators do not need links to media sites as these have already been obtained and will be reviewed.

IMPORTANT - For larger files of photos and/or video, please use a Dropbox or Google Drive link and email the link and any information to CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov

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Search Warrant in Rural Yamhill Leads to Recovered Stolen Property and Arrests (Photo)
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/14/16 1:08 PM
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On November 13th at about 7:00 a.m. the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant at 16730 NW Singletree Lane in rural Yamhill. The warrant was the result of an investigation by Deputy Sam Elliott and others into burglaries and thefts that had been occurring in the Yamhill and Carlton areas.

After the property was secured, investigators found a large quantity of stolen items in and around the residence. The stolen property, most of which consisted of tools, auto parts, and construction equipment, was linked to at least three burglaries, and possible more.

Arrested at that location was Christopher Allen Douglas, 34, and Patriscia Howard Beierle, 44, both of the Singletree Lane address.

Douglas was lodged in the Yamhill County Jail on three outstanding arrest warrants involving four counts of Attempting to Elude Police, two counts of Recklessly Endangering Another, Reckless Driving, and violation of probation. He is custody with a no bail hold. Additional charges related to the thefts and burglaries will be added at a later date.

Beierle was arrested and lodged on charges of Hindering Prosecution, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Theft I by Receiving. She was released from the facility on her own recognizance.

The investigation continued, and a subsequent search warrant was served at 18055 NW Fairdale Road. Additional stolen property was located, including a U-Haul truck that had been stolen from the City of Gresham. That truck contained additional stolen property.

"I'm extremely pleased with the investigation done by our deputies and applaud Deputy Elliott for his tenacity in following up on the case." said Sheriff Tim Svenson. "The patrol deputies worked very hard, and several folks came in on their day off to assist. The result is that several burglaries will be cleared, suspects will be held accountable, and most importantly we have been able to return a large amount of stolen property to citizens."

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Deputy Sam Elliott at 503-434-7506 or elliotts@co.yamhill.or.us.


Attached Media Files: uhaul , beierle , douglas
Free Child Safety Seat Clinic (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 11/14/16 12:56 PM
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Each year thousands of young children are killed or injured in car crashes. The proper installation and use of car seats will help keep children safe.

The Beaverton Police Department, in a partnership with Safe Kids Coalition-Washington County and C & R Real Estate Services, will be offering a free child car seat clinic. The clinic will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at the Park Place Center located at 4915 SW Griffith Drive Beaverton, Oregon 97005. The clinic will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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.

As part of the clinic, parents are urged to register their car seats by mailing in the consumer registration card or by using manufacturer's website. By registering your car seat, the manufacturer has the ability to contact consumers about recalls and safety notices.
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UPDATE #3 - Man Injured in Shooting at Protest on the Morrison Bridge - Suspect Fled Area (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/14/16 12:05 PM
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Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team (GET) detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the shooting on the Morrison Bridge early Saturday morning that left one person injured. The victim, 21-year-old Louis Carlos Paredes-Luis, suffered a gunshot wound to a leg and will survive his injuries. The victim was participating in the protest march and is not gang-affiliated.

One of the people arrested, 18-year-old Steffon Marquese Corothers, will be released from jail after further investigation determined that he was not the suspect in the shooting.

GET detectives determined that a 14-year-old male was the suspect in the shooting. He has been arrested and lodged at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home on charges of Attempted Murder and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

The driver, 18-year-old Shamar Xavier Hunter, was charged in connection with this shooting and a different gang-related shooting that occurred on November 1, 2016, in the area of Northeast 115th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard.

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Two of the four people detained early this morning were arrested in connection with the shooting on the Morrison Bridge.

18-year-old Steffon Marquise Corothers was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charge of Attempted Murder and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

18-year-old Shamar Xavier Hunter was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on six (6) counts of Attempted Murder and one count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

For investigative reasons, the victim's identity, additional details and photos are being withheld at this time. A photo of the firearm seized is being released.

Both will be arraigned on Monday in Multnomah County Court.

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The victim in this shooting is continuing to recover from his injuries and is expected to survive. The victim was participating in the protest march when he was shot by the suspect who fled the area in a vehicle with several other people.

Early this morning, an off-duty officer spotted the suspect vehicle involved in this shooting in the area of Northeast 102nd Avenue and Sandy Boulevard. Officers conducted a high-risk traffic stop on the vehicle and four people were detained. In the vehicle officer located and seized a firearm. The occupants of the vehicle are believed to be criminal gang associates.

Gang Enforcement Team detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the shooting and need to hear from any eyewitnesses that have not already spoken with police.

Witnesses with information are asked to contact Detective Brent Christensen at 503-823-2087, brent.christensen@portlandoregon.gov.

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In the early morning hours of Saturday November 12, 2016, a man was injured in a shooting on the Morrison Bridge during a protest march.

Preliminary information indicates that a suspect was in a vehicle on the bridge and there was a confrontation with someone in the protest. The suspect got out of the vehicle and fired multiple shots injuring the victim.

Officers near the scene arrived quickly and provided medical aid until an ambulance arrived to transport the victim to a Portland hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect fled the area, likely in the vehicle described as a gray or silver sedan.

The suspect is described as an African American male, late teens, 5'8" tall, thin build, wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Several witnesses remained at the scene and spoke to investigating officers.

Anyone who witnessed the shooting or has information is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333.

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Calling 911 from Your Cell Phone: Don't Hang Up, Know Your Location
Portland/Mult Co 9-1-1 - 11/14/16 11:42 AM
The City of Portland / Multnomah County 911 center at the Bureau of Emergency Communications has updated its public information about calling 911 from a cell phone. The updated information recommends that anyone calling 911 with an emergency from a cell telephone stays on the line until the call is answered and the caller's location is confirmed.

Staying on the line ensures that 911 knows about your emergency and can send help. If you call 911 from a cell phone and hang up before your call is answered, the 911 calltaker may not be able to call you back, as they are frequently able to do with calls from landlines.

Always assume that the 911 calltaker does not know your location. Even if your cell phone is able to provide location information, the approximate location the 911 center receives can be located to within 165 feet (50 meters), but sometimes it can be up to 2000 feet (600 meters) or as large as 3 football fields or more, making sending help your way difficult and imprecise.

Always be prepared to give specific directions to your location. If you don't know where you are when you call 911, look for landmarks, large buildings, street signs, or paperwork nearby that may contain address information.

See this link for updated information about calling 911 from a cell phone: www.portlandoregon.gov/911/article/149134 and frequently asked questions: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/911/72015

Remember, use 911 to save a life, report a fire, or stop a crime. 911 is the right number to call in an emergency when a prompt response is needed. (503) 823-3333 is a ten-digit non-emergency number that you can dial 24 hours a day in Multnomah County for non-emergency public safety help. Using the non-emergency number keeps 911 available for true emergencies.

Text-to-911 is also available in Multnomah County for those individuals that may not be able to speak due to an emergency such as a home invasion or abusive partner, as well as individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have limited speech capabilities.

Location accuracy for Text-to-911 can be worse for texting than it is for voice calls to 911 from cell phones.

Like other 911 calls, Text-to-911 should be used only for in progress emergencies: those requiring immediate response from Police, Fire and/or EMS.
Corvallis Police Investigate Subway Sandwich Shop Robbery
Corvallis Police - 11/14/16 11:23 AM
The Corvallis Police are currently investigating an armed robbery that occurred on November 13, 2016, at approximately 8:58 PM, at the Subway sandwich shop at 2350 NW 9th ST. Anyone with information related to this incident are encouraged to call Detective Gabe Sapp at 541-766-6924.
142nd Fighter Wing to conduct temporary night flying operations (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 11/14/16 11:23 AM
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PORTLAND, Oregon -- The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct routine F-15 night training missions, Nov. 14-17, 2016.

Night training allows the Citizen-Airmen pilots based at the Portland Air National Guard Base to stay current with mandatory Air Force requirements. Night flying is conducted almost monthly as it provides essential training for nighttime maneuvers. Training flights will be completed each evening before 10:30 p.m.

About the 142nd Fighter Wing:
The Portland Air National Guard Base employs 1,500 Airmen who provide an economic impact of nearly $500 million to the region. The 142nd Fighter Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North A