Emergency Reports | News Releases | Traffic | Participants
Sort by: Date | Category
Portland/Vanc/Salem News Releases for Fri. Feb. 12 - 7:58 am
Fri. 02/12/16
Heavy congestion expected on North Coast today
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 02/12/16 7:08 AM
Travelers heading to the North Coast today are reminded that there will be heavy congestion on U.S. 101 before and after a public memorial for fallen Seaside Police Sgt. Jason Goodding.

Prior to the 1 p.m. service at the Seaside Convention Center, a law enforcement procession will travel from Camp Rilea south on U.S. 101 to Seaside. The procession will be leaving Camp Rilea at around 10:45 a.m., effectively closing the southbound lane for over two hours.

While the northbound lane will remain open, northbound lanes could also see delays. All travelers should use extreme caution during the procession.

Delays on U.S. 101 should also be expected today after the service as mourners leave Seaside.

If you are expected to drive in this area between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., you are encouraged to take an alternative route or delay traveling until the events have ended.

Sgt. Goodding was shot and killed in downtown Seaside Feb. 5.
Arrest made in Oregon City homicide. (Photo)
Oregon City Police Dept. - 02/12/16 6:01 AM
2016-02/1388/91872/Lisa_M._Peterson.jpg
2016-02/1388/91872/Lisa_M._Peterson.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1388/91872/thumb_Lisa_M._Peterson.jpg
On February 11, 2016 at about 4:00 PM Oregon City Police Officers responded to a shooting on Falcon Drive. Officers arrived a found 59 year old Joseph Ben Peterson dead from an apparent gun shot wound. The Clackamas County Major Crimes Team was called to assist in the investigation along Oregon City Police Detectives.

On February 12, 2016 at about 1:00 AM Lisa Marie Peterson, 56 years old, was arrested and charged with one count of murder in the case. Ms. Peterson was booked into the Clackamas County Jail with no bail.


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/1388/91872/Lisa_M._Peterson.jpg
Media Availability on Friday, February 12
FBI - Oregon - 02/12/16 1:00 AM
The FBI is offering credentialed media the opportunity to take an escorted visit close to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Friday, February 12th. Each media outlet will be permitted a maximum of 2 people. You will have the opportunity to move closer to the refuge (but not into the refuge) to take photos/videos. For safety, there will be restrictions in terms of where and how you can move through the visit. No live streams or uplinks will be permitted during the course of the visit, and no interviews will be given during the visit.

Meet:
The Narrows
9:15 am
Red Cross Responds to Cowlitz County Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/12/16 12:26 AM
Disaster Volunteers from the Red Cross responded to assist 4 adults and 2 pets that were displaced by a fire in Casstle Rock, WA. The single family fire took place in the 200 block of Bond Road. One pet perished in the fire.

The Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs and also information about recovery services, disaster health and disaster mental health services.
Thu. 02/11/16
NB U.S. 101 traffic moved from detour back onto the Oregon Coast Highway (Photo)
ODOT: SW Oregon - 02/11/16 10:22 PM
NB view of Oregon Coast Highway with VMS
NB view of Oregon Coast Highway with VMS
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1202/91870/thumb_NB_view_of_Oregon_Coast_Highway_with_VMS.jpg
One lane of traffic was restored in each direction on U.S. 101 south of Brookings. Northbound traffic moved back to the Oregon Coast Highway from a temporary detour shortly before 10 p.m. Southbound traffic moved back on Feb. 3. An emergency repair project is underway to replace failed culverts, rebuild Shopping Center Road and refill a large sinkhole. Expect minimal delays as the repair work continues.


Attached Media Files: NB view of Oregon Coast Highway with VMS , NB view of Oregon Coast Highway traffic
Suspect Fires Gunshots at Victim Over Camping Dispute in Downtown Portland - No Known Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 02/11/16 10:12 PM
On Thursday February 11, 2016, at 8:36 p.m., Central Precinct responded to Northwest Naito Parkway under the Broadway Bridge on a second hand report that someone was firing a gun under the bridge.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted witnesses who told police that two homeless men were arguing over a camping spot when one of the men pulled a handgun and fired several shots towards the other man. Both men ran away and there were no reported injuries.

Officers canvassing the area located evidence of gunfire consistent with witness statements. There is no suspect description to share at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333, reference case #16-45943.

###PPB###
Red Cross Responds to SE Portland Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/11/16 8:03 PM
Disaster Volunteers from the Red Cross assisted 2 adults and 2 kids displaced by a single family fire in the 3600 block of SE 28th in Portland.

The Red Cross provided temporary lodging assistance and assistance with basic immediate needs and provided information regarding disaster health and disaster mental health services.
Critical Injury Crash Highway 126W-Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/11/16 7:06 PM
2016-02/1002/91866/IMG_0111.JPG
2016-02/1002/91866/IMG_0111.JPG
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1002/91866/thumb_IMG_0111.JPG
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into this mornings critical injury crash on Highway 126W in Lane County.

On February 11, 2016 at 9:32 a.m. OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to a critical injury crash involving two vehicles on Highway 126W west of Veneta. Once on scene, troopers determined that a 1997 Chevrolet pickup, operated by James Swain, age 49, from Florence, was eastbound and for unknown reasons lost control and side-swiped the guardrail on the eastbound side of the highway. SWAIN'S pickup continued eastbound and crossed the centerline and into the path of a westbound ODOT pickup, operated by Dominic Luebbers, age 19, from Salem.

SWAIN and his passenger Timothy Driver, age 26, from Florence were both transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. SWAIN is being treated for critical injuries and DRIVER is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. LUEBBERS was also transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend for precautionary reasons.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Seatbelt usage is undetermined. The highway was closed for several hours while troopers investigated the scene.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Oregon Department of Transportation, Lane Rural Fire and Eugene/Springfield Fire.

Photographs courtesy of OSP.

###


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/1002/91866/IMG_0111.JPG
Instructions for media parking at the Goodding memorial (Photo)
Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation - 02/11/16 5:30 PM
2016-02/5485/91865/021116_Parking_SeasideAssemblyArea_HighRes.jpg
2016-02/5485/91865/021116_Parking_SeasideAssemblyArea_HighRes.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/5485/91865/thumb_021116_Parking_SeasideAssemblyArea_HighRes.jpg
The memorial service for Seaside Police Sgt. Jason Goodding will be held tomorrow, February 12, at the Seaside Convention Center, located at 415 First Avenue in the City of Seaside. For media attending the event, a designated assembly area has been established. If you wish to park in this area, your vehicle MUST be in place no later than 10 a.m.

SATELLITE TRUCKS

Media satellite trucks will be restricted to the south side side of the convention center on the north side of Oceanway Street (Along the curb next to the building), beginning at the stop sign at Edgewood Street and Oceanway. Spaces can be used up to the west side of the generator area, but not between the generator and the garbage compactor.

ALL OTHER VEHICLES

Non satellite trucks and vehicles can park in the parking lots immediately south of the convention center in the area designated on the attached map. There are two lots reserved for media in this location, immediately adjacent to Pizza Harbor Restaurant.


Reminder: All media attending with a vehicle MUST be in place no later than 10 a.m.

Please see the attached map


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/5485/91865/021116_Parking_SeasideAssemblyArea_HighRes.jpg
Sheriff Staton comment regarding tort claim notice settlement
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/11/16 5:00 PM
Yesterday, Wednesday February 11, 2016, I attended a mediation session arranged by the Multnomah County Attorney's Office to review and discuss the tort claim notice that had been sent to the county. I attended this session with lawyers from the Multnomah County Attorney's Office lawyers, and also with privately retained counsel because the county attorney's office does not represent individuals. Our goal, and that of the employee involved and her attorney, was to seek an effective resolution to this matter. Through the efforts of all parties a successful resolution was found and resolved all issues. It has been my goal to continue the normal business of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office uninterrupted as this process unfolded. I am proud the Sheriff's Office staff have continued to strive forward and provide exemplary service to the residents of Multnomah County.

The Multnomah County Communications Office also released a statement on behalf of the Chair, and the agreement has already been released to the public. Earlier today the Multnomah County Chair suggested there might be additional questions. I can't speculate what those might be, but the County attorneys were an essential party of this successful mediation.

Last week I advised the Attorney General that I would like to have an investigation into two additional issues relating to the conduct of the office, one of which has already been investigated. This afternoon just after 3:00 p.m. the Attorney General's Office confirmed that it would be moving forward. I want to be respectful of that process so do not intend to comment further to allow that Office to do its work. I look forward to addressing this more comprehensively at that time.
CCC press release
Clackamas Community College - 02/11/16 4:13 PM
Please find attached the latest Clackamas Community College news and events.


Attached Media Files: CCC March 2015 events
Student assaulted by another student at Columbia River High School (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/11/16 3:58 PM
evidence search
evidence search
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1172/91861/thumb_2112015_066.jpg
Sheriff's Deputies responded to an assault of a student by another student about 11AM today. Investigation determined that while at the school, a CRHS male student confronted another CRHS male student and struck the victim over the head with a metal club like instrument and then fled the scene. The victim student was treated at the school by EMS for an open laceration to his head. He was transported via ambulance to a nearby hospital. His wound is not thought to be life threatening. The suspect student was located on school grounds and was taken into custody. Due to the severity of the assault, detectives with the Major Crimes Unit are conducting this investigation. The suspect was booked into the Clark County Juvenile Detention facility on a felony assault charge.
Nine Search and Rescue volunteers from four different SAR organizations, Evergreen Search Dogs, Clark County Sheriff SAR, SW Washington SAR and Search Dogs NW responded at the request of detectives and searched a wooded ravine northeast of the school where the suspect student had discarded the weapon. SAR teams located the weapon in the dense underbrush and it was recovered by investigators.
No further information will be released at this time.


Attached Media Files: evidence search
Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to Spilled Substance Along Railway in NW & NE Portland (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 02/11/16 2:56 PM
Spill Substance
Spill Substance
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/549/91858/thumb_image.jpg
Portland Fire & Rescue responded to a railcar spill on railway tracks in NW and NE Portland. The spill consists of a concentrated form of baking soda, which is considered a skin and eye irritant.

PF&R's Hazmat Team is on the scene directing substance clean up. Pedestrians/pets are to avoid the substance, which is white and sand-to-gravel sized.

NW Naito Pkwy currently has one lane closed north of the Steel Bridge. NW 9th Ave will also experience closures over the next few hours. This flash alert will be updated when new information is available.


Attached Media Files: Spill Substance
Rose Pruning Workshop
City of Salem - 02/11/16 2:53 PM
Salem Rose Society and City of Salem Parks are pleased to announce a rose pruning workshop to be held at Bush's Pasture Park Municipal Rose Garden on Saturday, February 13, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Parks Operations Horticulture Technician, Tom Beatty, along with Salem Rose Society experts, will be on-hand to demonstrate and teach proper pruning techniques. Have you ever wondered what the differences are between a hybrid tea rose, a floribunda, or a multi-flora? These and other questions relating to roses will be addressed during this informative pruning workshop.

People interested in attending are asked to bring their own hand tools. These tools should include hand pruning shears (sorry, no anvil type). If you do not have hand tools, there are a limited number of tools that will be available for use at the workshop.

Sign up now to take advantage of this great opportunity to build your rose pruning skills and to learn more about roses. To reserve a spot, please contact Tibby Larson at talarson@cityofsalem.net or 503 589-2197.
TVWD Offers Free Screening of Earthquake Preparedness Video
Tualatin Valley Water Dist. - 02/11/16 2:45 PM
Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) and the Washington County Office of Emergency Management are offering a free screening of Unprepared, Oregon Public Broadcasting's (OPB) hour-long documentary focusing on Oregon's earthquake preparedness.

The screening will be Tuesday, February 23 at TVWD Headquarters, located at 1850 SW 170th Ave., Beaverton. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by a discussion with an engineer involved in the production and TVWD officials. Light refreshments will be provided.

"Unprepared is an excellent video showing why Oregonians should be ready for the Cascadia subduction zone earthquake, which we know is coming," said TVWD Chief Executive Officer Mark Knudson. "TVWD, Washington County Office of Emergency Management and our partners are proud to share this thought provoking film with the community as it speaks directly to our values of reliability, safety and emergency preparedness."

Space is limited so RSVPs are encouraged. Those interested can register by emailing register@tvwd.org or calling (503) 848-3079.

In addition to TVWD and Washington County of Emergency Management, other sponsors include OPB, Hart Crowser, Oregon Field Guide, and Salus Resilience.

TVWD provides high quality drinking water and excellent customer service to more than 217,000 people in Washington County, Oregon. The service area covers more than 44 square miles and includes portions of the cities of Hillsboro, Beaverton and Tigard. More information about TVWD can be found at www.tvwd.org

###


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/4174/91859/Unprepared_Screening_Flier.pdf
Riparian Rulemaking Committee sets meetings
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/11/16 2:11 PM
News Release

Release date: Feb. 11, 2016

Contact:
Angie Lane, Project Manager, 503-945-7387, angie.g.lane@oregon.gov


The Riparian Rulemaking Advisory Committee will meet on Feb. 19 and March 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry's Salem Headquarters, 2600 State St. A public comment period is scheduled at the beginning of each meeting, and complete meeting agendas will be available seven days in advance of the meetings on the committee's website at www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/RiparianRuleTechnicalAdvisoryCommittee.aspx.
The Oregon Board of Forestry appointed the committee to collaboratively discuss and provide feedback on draft rule language to implement the Board's Nov. 15 decision relating to riparian areas for small- and medium-sized fish-bearing streams in western Oregon.

Meeting details:
Topics for the Feb. 19 meeting include providing input on the draft committee charter and operating principles, reviewing the Board's decision and direction from the Nov. 15 meeting, the timeline for the rulemaking process, identifying policy issues that need clarification, and deciding on alternatives for identifying streams where salmon, steelhead, and / or bull trout are present.
Topics for the March 22 meeting include formally adopting the committee charter and operating principles, identifying the extent of any possible fiscal impact(s) created by the draft rules, and beginning to formulate draft rule language.
Meeting agendas may be subject to change based on the extent of committee discussions and decisions.

In November 2015, the Oregon Board of Forestry adopted streamside shade buffers to protect cold water in western Oregon fish-bearing streams. Specifically, the decision applies to small- and medium-sized streams bearing salmon, steelhead, and / or bull trout that are located in the Coast Range, south coast, interior, and western Cascades geographic regions (as defined in the Oregon Forest Practices Act).

The 13-member Riparian Rulemaking Advisory Committee is comprised of representatives from affected agencies, regional forest practices committees, small woodland owners, the conservation community, and industrial forestland owners.

Public Meetings
The public is invited to attend the meetings. The 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 meetings. For more information about attending the meetings, please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.

###
City of Albany partners with RAIN to offer start-up program
City of Albany - 02/11/16 2:10 PM
RAIN is taking on a new meaning for entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts in the mid-Willamette Valley.
The City of Albany, in collaboration with the Oregon Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN), will host the Startup Albany Meet-up from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, at Brick & Mortar Café, 222 First Avenue W. Attendees will meet other individuals who are starting companies and/or helping entrepreneurs launch and grow businesses. The meet-up is free to attend; and coffee and tea will be provided. For more information, including registration, visit: http://bit.ly/Albany-RAIN-Meetup1.
"Cultivating our entrepreneurs is essential to a strong regional economy," said Kate Porsche, Albany Economic Development and Urban Renewal Director. "We are thrilled to partner with Oregon RAIN on this initiative because we have seen this program act as a catalyst for entrepreneurs in communities very similar to ours."
"We've had a lot of success introducing the RAIN model in other areas of the state, and Albany certainly has the infrastructure to support and sustain that energy," said Caroline Cummings, Venture Catalyst for RAIN. "There's commercial industry, it's a short drive from an outstanding accelerator program in Corvallis, and there's new excitement for Downtown Albany living and commerce."
Two more collaborative events are scheduled: a call of interest on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, where people will learn how to launch a new venture in Albany and how to engage the city's startup activities; and a startup seminar on Thursday, May 5, 2016.
"This program is part of our larger economic development efforts in Albany," Porsche said. "I am excited about this new focus on entrepreneurs and their emerging businesses. The goal is to bring together all the necessary pieces of a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem which includes entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, government, and elected officials."

About Oregon RAIN

RAIN is a state and regionally funded consortium of government, higher education, and business communities in Lane, Linn, Benton, and Lincoln Counties. It helps to advance entrepreneurship through programs that lead to innovation, mentorship, and investment in high-growth companies.

In coordination with the Cities of Corvallis and Eugene and communities throughout the region, RAIN is partnered with two business accelerators to create a collaborative environment to assist entrepreneurs in establishing viable companies that generate jobs, wealth, and opportunities for the region. RAIN Corvallis is served by the Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator. The RAIN Eugene Accelerator is a partnership between the University of Oregon and the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information about RAIN, visit www.oregonrain.org.
Marine Board Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Relocation of the Duckworth Dock to Swan Island
Oregon Marine Board - 02/11/16 2:03 PM
The Oregon State Marine Board is soliciting public comment on the proposed relocation of the Kevin J. Duckworth Memorial Dock located on the Eastbank Esplanade, upstream of the Steel Bridge to Swan Island. The City of Portland is requesting the Board's approval to relocate the dock approximately 2.75 river miles downstream to Swan Island and transfer its operation and maintenance to Portland Parks and Recreation. The proposed dock location is on the Willamette River with the upland connection merging into the North Portland Willamette Greenway trail. The dock would include a 200 foot slow-no wake zone. The intention of the dock is to allow short-term overnight and day use tie-up for recreational boaters.

The Marine Board will host a public meeting on February 23, 2016, from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Portland Building, Room C, 1120 SW Fifth Ave. in Portland to present the proposal and accept oral and written comments from interested parties. The Portland Building is located on the Transit Mall and participants are encouraged to use either the bus or MAX to attend.

The submission deadline for written comment is 8:00 pm, February 23, 2016. Please submit your comments on the proposed dock relocation by email, or US mail, to: Janine.belleque@state.or.us (email); : or Janine Belleque, Boating Facilities Manager, 435 Commercial Street NE, Suite 400, P.O. Box 14145, Salem, OR 97309-5056. Comments will not be accepted by telephone.

To review the public notice and learn more, visit
http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/members.aspx

###


Attached Media Files: Aerial photo showing existing and proposed location of Duckworth Dock
Statement by FBI Special Agent in Charge Greg Bretzing on the Situation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
FBI - Oregon - 02/11/16 2:02 PM
This morning the FBI took into custody the four remaining occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge without incident and without shots fired. Rev. Franklin Graham and Michele Fiore were at the checkpoint to meet the occupiers as they left their encampment.

As we have said since day one, our goal has been to end this illegal occupation peacefully, and we are grateful that we were able to do so today. I want to make it very clear that we will continue to enforce the law with respect to the refuge and other federal properties. Anyone who chooses to travel to Oregon with the intent of engaging in illegal activity will be arrested. Saying that, I want to reassure those Harney County residents who simply visited the refuge or provided food to the occupiers -- we are not looking into those events. We are concerned about those who have criminal, violent intent.

While the occupation is over, there is still quite a bit of work that needs to happen before the refuge can re-open to the public. I want to run through some of that with you now.

Next Steps

The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge remains closed, and it will remain closed for some number of weeks. During this time, law enforcement will continue to man checkpoints at the edge of the refuge to maintain the security of this crime scene.

Most immediately, FBI agents are inspecting and securing the buildings and any other areas of concern on the refuge to ensure that no one else is hiding. This process will take some number of hours.

Following that tactical clearing of the refuge, a team of FBI Special Agent Bomb Technicians, detectives with the Oregon State Police Arson/Explosives Unit, and bomb technicians from the Portland Police Bureau and Oregon Air National Guard will methodically work their way through the property to locate and mitigate any explosive-related hazards. This process could take several days.

Once the refuge is cleared of any hazards, the FBI's Evidence Response Teams (ERT) will enter to document and collect evidence related to potential crimes committed during the occupation. In addition, FBI forensic examiners from the Northwest Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory will work to recover and process computers and electronic devices. It will likely be several weeks before the evidence teams complete their work on the refuge, and it will likely be a number of months before the forensic examiners complete their analysis.

At the same time, the FBI is deploying experts with its Art Crime Team to work on the refuge. These agents are specially-trained in cultural property investigations. They will be responsible for working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Burns Paiute Tribe to identify and document damage to the tribe's artifacts and sacred burial grounds.

They will start with an archeological field assessment to determine any potential violations of the Native American Graves and Repatriation Protection Act (NAGPRA) and the Archeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA). This work will likely take a number of weeks to complete.

As the FBI works through each of these investigative processes, we will consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as to how and when we will be able to return control of the refuge to that agency.

Closing Thoughts

Over the course of the last month, the people of Harney County have lived through an experience that is both highly emotional and physically exhausting. We have seen the occupiers and their outside supporters try to drive deep divisions between those who live and work here. We have seen some residents leave their homes, fearing violence against their families. We have seen the confusion, concern and trouble that the occupiers' actions have caused for this community.

This series of events has been beyond difficult for Harney County families. But, in the time I have been here, I have also seen the deep love that you have for this place you call home... love for the people, the land, and the way of life that makes Harney County so special. This passion for everything good about Harney County is what will help heal the community after this incident.

This is your community, and the FBI, along with our other law enforcement partners from across the state, are honored that we could be of service to you. We still have work we need to do -- and we continue to ask for your patience as we complete these necessary last tasks. We will do everything we can to return the refuge to its normal operations as soon as possible.

In particular, we know that the people of the Burns Paiute Tribe have specific concerns about the potential desecration of their ancestral lands and artifacts dating back thousands of years. As we complete the necessary safety checks and process the crime scene, we will work with the tribal members to ensure that our work remains sensitive to their historical and cultural concerns.

In closing, I want to thank Sheriff Ward for all of his hard work. I have never met a man who cares more about the people he serves... who cares more for the community in which he lives. No matter how you feel about the Hammonds or the situation at the refuge or the role that we have played here, Sheriff Ward has done exactly what he has promised to do since this all started back in November. He has worked tirelessly to ensure that the people he serves are safe, that they are heard, and that they can find a path back to normalcy.

Thank you.
OSP Fish and Wildlife Division and the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge are Asking for the Public's Assistance with a Poaching Case in Harney County on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
Oregon State Police - 02/11/16 1:50 PM
The Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Division and the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge are asking for the public's assistance in locating the person(s) responsible for the unlawful taking of a large bodied mule deer buck found deceased with the head removed near Frenchglen in Harney County on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The buck is believed to have been shot on or about November 20, 2015. A reward is being offered by the Oregon Hunters Association through the Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) program for any information leading to an arrest and conviction in this or any other wildlife offense. Callers can remain anonymous. The TIP program number is 1-800-452-7888.

Anyone with information regarding this particular offense is encouraged to contact Sergeant Cyr with the Oregon State Police at 541-523-5867 ext. 4170

###
BPA Chief Operating Officer announces retirement
Bonneville Power Administration - 02/11/16 12:34 PM
PR 07 16 BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016
CONTACT: Mike Hansen, 503-230-4328 or 503-230-5131

BPA Chief Operating Officer announces retirement

Portland, Ore. -- Chief Operating Officer Claudia Andrews announced earlier this week that she will retire from the Bonneville Power Administration on Sept. 30.

Andrews, who was appointed chief operating officer in February of 2014, is responsible for Power Services; Transmission Services; Environment, Fish and Wildlife; Customer Support Services and Information Technology.

"I am deeply appreciative of Claudia's talent and leadership on so many levels -- from the managerial courage she displays as we navigate BPA through tough issues at the core of our highly complex business, to her thoughtful and caring approach in interacting with our workforce," said BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer. "She will be missed."

Before serving as chief operating officer, Andrews was BPA's executive vice president and chief financial officer, overseeing capital and debt management, accounting, cash management and budgeting. Between 2006 and 2012, she served as BPA's treasurer, acting chief risk officer and acting chief financial officer. Previously, she held a variety of management and staff positions in the Finance, Power Services and Supply Chain organizations. She has worked at BPA since 1990.

"Culminating my career at BPA as chief operating officer has provided me with an even greater opportunity to work with -- and appreciate -- the tremendously gifted and dedicated people at BPA," Andrews said. "I am very proud of the things we have accomplished during our time together."

Andrews added that staying focused on BPA is what is most important to her and she has many things to accomplish during her remaining months, including assuring a seamless transition to a new chief operating officer. Waiting until the end of September should allow enough time to conduct the federal selection process and provide a brief overlap period before her departure. BPA will soon post a vacancy announcement for the next chief operating officer, a Senior Executive Service position.

About BPA

The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 Northwest 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 259 substations to 490 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
###
FBI Press Conference Advisory
FBI - Oregon - 02/11/16 11:40 AM
The FBI will hold a press conference at approximately 2:00 pm (Pacific) on Thursday, February 11, 2016, to discuss the next steps for law enforcement at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Media may start setting up at 1:00 pm.

Location:
Harney County Chamber of Commerce
484 N. Broadway Avenue
Burns, OR 97720

Speaker:
FBI, Special Agent in Charge Greg Bretzing

There are currently no plans by any agencies to do interviews outside of the press conference.
Celebrate Oregon's 157th Birthday this Sunday with Thomas Lauderdale and the Oregon Historical Society (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 02/11/16 11:23 AM
Oregon's 64th Birthday, 1923, OHS Research Library, Oregonian Collection, NegNo009818
Oregon's 64th Birthday, 1923, OHS Research Library, Oregonian Collection, NegNo009818
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/2861/91850/thumb_Birthday002_cropped.jpg
Portland, OR -- Celebrate Oregon's birthday in style at the Oregon Historical Society! Oregon shares its birthday with Valentine's Day--what could be a better way to celebrate the holiday than by professing your love for Oregon?

The celebration begins on Sunday, February 14 at noon in the Oregon Historical Society pavilion (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland). Join Pink Martini's Thomas Lauderdale for the singing of "Happy Birthday," along with former Oregon Governors Ted Kulongoski and Barbara Roberts and Senator Ron Wyden. Feast on free cake from Gerry Frank's Konditorei and meet Gerry himself as he signs copies of the latest edition of Gerry Frank's Oregon.

As a birthday gift for all Oregonians, admission will be free all day (11am -- 5pm) to the Oregon Historical Society's museum! February 14 is the final day to see the compelling exhibit The Art of War: Propaganda Posters of World Wars I & II.

The Oregon Historical Society is also proud to host Chinese American: Exclusion / Inclusion, on display now through June 1, 2016. On loan from the New-York Historical Society, this exhibition will make its only appearance on the West Coast at OHS before being sent to China for display. 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.


Attached Media Files: Oregon's 64th Birthday, 1923, OHS Research Library, Oregonian Collection, NegNo009818
FBI Arrests All Remaining Occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
FBI - Oregon - 02/11/16 11:21 AM
At approximately 9:40 am on Thursday, February 11, 2016, the FBI brought three of the remaining Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupiers into custody without incident. At approximately 11:00 am, agents brought the fourth into custody without incident.

Sean Larry Anderson, age 47, of Riggins, Idaho
Sandra Lynn Anderson, age 48, of Riggins, Idaho
Jeff Wayne Banta, age 46, of Yerington, Nevada
David Lee Fry, age 27, of Blanchester, Ohio

No one was injured, and no shots were fired. Thursday marks day 41 of the occupation of the refuge.

Agents arrested the remaining four occupiers as they walked out of the refuge to the FBI checkpoint. Those arrested will face arraignment before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Portland on Friday, February 12, 2016.

At times, there were dozens of highly armed militants occupying, visiting and supplying the refuge. On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, a federal grand jury indicted 16 people:

Dylan Wade Anderson, age 34, of Provo, Utah
Sandra Lynn Anderson, age 48, of Riggins, Idaho
Sean Larry Anderson, age 47, of Riggins, Idaho
Jeff Wayne Banta, age 46, of Yerington, Nevada
Ammon Edward Bundy, age 40, of Emmett, Idaho
Ryan C. Bundy, age 43, of Bunkerville, Nevada
Brian Cavalier, age 44, of Bunkerville, Nevada
Shawna Cox, age 59, Kanab, Utah
Duane Leo Ehmer, age 45, of Irrigon, Oregon
David Lee Fry, age 27, of Blanchester, Ohio
Kenneth Medenbach, age 62, of Crescent, Oregon
Joseph Donald O'Shaughnessy, age 45, of Cottonwood, Arizona
Jason S. Patrick, age 43, of Bonaire, Georgia
Ryan Waylen Payne, age 32, of Anaconda, Montana
Jon Eric Ritzheimer, age 32, Peoria, Arizona
Peter Santilli, age 50, of Cincinnati, Ohio

Each subject faces one federal felony count of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 372.
All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

"The occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge has been a long and traumatic episode for the citizens of Harney County and the members of the Burns Paiute tribe. It is a time for healing, reconciliation amongst neighbors and friends, and allowing for life to get back to normal. I want to thank our neighbors in eastern Oregon for their patience, resolve, and their kind and welcoming spirit to the many members of federal, county, state, local, and tribal law enforcement who have worked tirelessly to bring this illegal occupation to a conclusion. The fine work of so many dedicated public servants in a difficult endeavor cannot be understated. I am very proud of them all," said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney, District of Oregon.

"Much work is left to assess the crime scene and damage to the refuge and tribal artifacts. We are committed to seeing the job done and to pursue justice for the crimes committed during the illegal occupation."

The FBI will release more information about the law enforcement work that still remains to be done at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge later in the day.

###
Hiring an unlicensed tax preparer can be risky
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 02/11/16 10:40 AM
SALEM, Ore.--The income tax filing deadline, April 18 this year, is quickly approaching and you may be like many Oregonians: looking for someone to prepare your tax return. If so, make sure that person is properly licensed in Oregon. It's not only a legal requirement for filing returns, but it helps ensure the accuracy of your return and avoid errors that could end up costing you money.

JoAnn Martin, administrator of the Department of Revenue's Personal Tax and Compliance Division, recommends checking the credentials of anyone you're considering hiring to do your taxes. In Oregon, anyone you pay to prepare your tax returns must be licensed as a tax practitioner or certified public accountant (CPA).

"If you hire an unlicensed preparer, there's a real risk that they'll make potentially costly mistakes on your return," Martin said.

No matter who does your taxes, even if they're a properly licensed tax professional, you should check your return thoroughly before it's submitted.

"Ultimately, you're responsible for the accuracy of your return. It's up to you to check what's on it before it's sent."

In Oregon, anyone getting paid to prepare and file tax returns must have an active tax preparer or CPA license. Visit these websites to find out if the person you want to hire has an active license:

www.oregon.gov/OBTP for tax preparers.
www.oregon.gov/BOA for Oregon CPAs.
www.cpaverify.org for out-of-state CPAs.

You can report unlicensed tax preparers to the Board of Tax Practitioners.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax information, check the status of your refund, or make payments. You can also email questions.dor@oregon.gov; call 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or call, toll-free, 800-356-4222. The department receives a lot of phone calls during tax season so you may experience long wait times.
- 30 -
OFBF releases Information on Authorized Donation Sites
Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation - 02/11/16 10:40 AM
The Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation ("OFBF") is a 501(c)(3) organization that responds statewide to Law Enforcement Line of Duty Deaths. OFBF organizes, finances and conducts Law Enforcement Line of Duty Death Memorial Services and provides direct financial support to the family of fallen law enforcement officers.

OFBF's Line of Duty Death Response Team was activated at the request of the Seaside Police Department to handle the memorial service for Sgt. Jason Goodding. OFBF also established a fund for the Goodding Family. OFBF is the only organization approved by the Goodding family and the Seaside Police Department to provide this support.

On February 10, 2016, information became available that a California based organization was soliciting donations, ostensibly, for the benefit of Sgt. Goodding's family. This organization has not been authorized by the Goodding family to solicit donations on its behalf nor has it been invited to assist in any way by the Seaside Police Department. A request was made to this organization to cease its efforts and that request was refused. OFBF will not name this organization.

OFBF strongly urges members of the public to scrutinize any organization seeking donations in support of Sgt. Goodding's family. Donations can be made at any US Bank to the Goodding family in a fiduciary account established by OFBF. Donors are asked to tell their US Bank branch that your donation is for The Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation for the Benefit of the Jason Goodding family. If you have any information, please contact Dan Thenell, Attorney at Law or Sgt. David Thompson at the listed numbers.


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/5485/91847/Letter_from_Attorney.pdf
Update-Fatal Crash Highway 221 in Polk County-Names Released
Oregon State Police - 02/11/16 10:03 AM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing this afternoons investigation into a single vehicle fatal crash on Highway 221 in Polk County.

On February 10, 2016 at approximately 2:00 p.m. OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to Highway 221 near milepost 14 for a reported single vehicle fatal crash. Once on scene, troopers determined that a 1999 Dodge Durango, operated by Deborah Wall, age 55, from McMinnville, was southbound when it left the roadway and collided into a telephone pole on the southbound shoulder. The right front passenger, Shari Smith, age 50, from McMinnville, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. WALL was transported by ground ambulance to Salem Hospital with serious injuries.

Troopers are looking into the possibility that WALL swerved in an attempt to miss a vehicle that was in her lane. Troopers and other Law Enforcement searched the area for the other involved vehicle without success.

OSP troopers from both the Salem and McMinnville Area Commands are continuing the investigation. OSP encourages any witnesses to the crash contact Recruit Trooper Jason Robb of the Salem Area Command at 503-378-3387. Seatbelt usage is undetermined. The highway was closed for approximately four (4) hours during the investigation. Detours were set up by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

OSP was assisted by the Polk County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, Portland General Electric and Polk County Fire.

No photographs for release.

###
Reminder-Quarterly PIO Forum is February 18
Salem Police Dept. - 02/11/16 9:54 AM
Reminder-The next PIO forum will be held on Thursday, February 18 at 11:30 am. The meeting will be held at CCTV, 575 Trade St SE in Salem.

This is an excellent opportunity for media to meet with a variety of local Public Information Officers and to exchange information and ideas
Pair of Klamath Falls Residents Plead Guilty to Archaeology Charges / Drugs (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/11/16 9:28 AM
2016-02/1002/91844/Picture1.jpg
2016-02/1002/91844/Picture1.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1002/91844/thumb_Picture1.jpg
On February 19, 2015, the Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Division concluded an investigation into the unlawful take, possession and sale of Native American artifacts. A search warrant, served at the residence of DOUGLAS COTELLESE, age 47, from Klamath Falls, resulted in the recovery of numerous archaeological objects including funerary and sacred items. Troopers also located methamphetamine, scales, packaging materials, and other drug paraphernalia.

On January 6, 2016, JENNIFER DANIELS, age 42, from Klamath Falls, pled guilty to Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine and Possession of Methamphetamine and was sentenced to;
30 days in Jail
$2000.00 in Fines
24 month Probation

On January 13, 2016, DOUGLAS COTELLESE, pled guilty to Abuse of Indian Graves (2 counts), which is a "C" Felony, and sentenced to;
20 DAYS IN Jail
$1020.00 in Fines
24 month Probation
20 Hours Community Service

The seized artifacts will be forfeited.

OSP was assisted during this investigation by the Klamath Tribe, the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Department of Justice, the State Historical Preservation Office, and the Klamath County District Attorney's Office.

Oregon Law says a person may not remove any archaeological object located on public or private lands unless that activity is authorized by permit. OSP and its partners are committed to working together to protect the natural resources of our State.

To report archaeological crimes call 1-800-452-7888.

Photograph provided by OSP.

###


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/1002/91844/Picture1.jpg
Transition Center grand opening set for Tuesday, Feb. 16; media, public invited (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/11/16 8:47 AM
Transition Center Grand Opening flyer
Transition Center Grand Opening flyer
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/624/91840/thumb_GrandOpeningFlyer.jpg
On Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 3 to 5 p.m., Clackamas County Community Corrections will host a Grand Opening for its new Transition Center -- a new, all-in-one location providing crucial services to Corrections clients leaving jail or prison.

At 3:15 p.m., Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts will welcome attendees. The Grand Opening will feature tours, light refreshments, and info about community partners participating at the Transition Center. Angela Hawken, PhD and Jonathan D. Kulick, PhD of the Pepperdine School of Public Policy will also be on-hand to support the launch.

The facility is the first of its kind in the State of Oregon.

The media and public are invited to the event. The Transition Center is located at 2223 Kaen Rd. in Oregon City. Media outlets should contact our PIO for interview opportunities.

"This is part of a nationwide effort to right-size the prison population," said Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Chris Hoy, formerly the Sheriff's Office Community Corrections Captain. "The idea is to create programs that reduce recidivism without compromising community safety, and ultimately to reduce the incarceration rate. Clackamas County has been out front in investing in programs like this -- programs that reduce the revolving door at our county jail."

"It's about working together and it's about wrap-around resources," said Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts. "We have a population at our jail where many people are struggling with mental illness -- whether it's depression or something else. If you just boot them out the door, they can often end up right back in jail. The goal of the Transition Center is to break that pattern and change people's lives."

ABOUT THE TRANSITION CENTER

The Transition Center is located at 2223 Kaen Rd. in Oregon City, following a massive remodeling project that completely overhauled the former Sheriff's Office South Station building.

"It's a big change from what this building used to be," said Clackamas County Commission Chair John Ludlow at a recent preview gathering for the Transition Center. He spoke of the need to embrace the true meaning of "corrections," in the sense of setting people's lives back on track: "If they want to change we can help them... Without hope, what do people have?... We can help instill that in the way we 'correct' people and the opportunities we give them.... I'm really looking forward to this facility helping those people out."

To that end, the Transition Center provides a centralized location where clients being released from custody (or at risk of returning to custody) can seamlessly access re-entry services. These services -- all under one roof -- include:

- Employment and housing assistance
- Peer mentors
- Cognitive therapy
- Mental-health and substance Abuse assessments
- Basic needs
- Hygiene items
- Bi-monthly health-care enrollment.

In spring 2016, the Transition Center will also partner with Clackamas Community College to offer GED courses, and Northwest Family Services will also be offering parenting classes.

Plans are also underway to have a medical provider on-site.

Transition Center Probation Officers will conduct "reach-ins" at the Clackamas County Jail and local prisons -- completing risk assessments, developing release plans and beginning the referral process for clients before they're released.

"This is a great opportunity for Clackamas County Jail Captain Lee Eby and I to work together to reduce the recidivism in our local jail," said Community Corrections Director Captain Jenna Morrison. "We are targeting our highest-risk offenders, but we're also working with people with mental illness who spend too many days in our jail when what they really need is services. We've dedicated multiple staff to working IN the jail to create a seamless handoff to the Transition Center."

Transition Center staffers will also work to reduce the number of individuals going TO jail -- offering services to low-criminality clients who've had contact with law enforcement and may be struggling with mental-health issues or other crises. Staffers will work to stabilize these clients and connect them with any resources they need.

For more information on the Clackamas County Transition Center, click here: http://okb.oregon.gov/portfolio-item/clackamas-county-transition-center/

Community partners contributing to the Transition Center include:

- Northwest Family Services
- Clackamas County Behavioral Health
- CareOregon
- Clackamas Community College
- Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine
- Bridges to Change
- City Team
- CODA
- Lifeworks
- Community Solutions Clackamas County

[END]

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


Attached Media Files: Transition Center Grand Opening flyer
Media Advisory: PCC instructor to talk about big gravitational waves announcement (Photo)
PCC - 02/11/16 8:36 AM
2016-02/40/91839/TobyDittrich16.jpg
2016-02/40/91839/TobyDittrich16.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/40/91839/thumb_TobyDittrich16.jpg
SOUTHWEST PORTLAND - For interested reporters wanting to localize today's (Thursday, Feb. 11) huge announcement of the discovery of gravitational waves, Portland Community College instructor and Associate Director of the Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium Toby Dittrich is available for interviews about the subject.

The discovery of gravitational waves that ripple through space by world physicists connected with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) was anticipated by Albert Einstein a century ago. Dittrich said scientists were able to measure the gravitational wave signature of two massive black holes joining together to form one black hole using the Earth as an "antenna."

Dittrich, 69, plans to perform the Modern Eddington Experiment (MEE) during the solar eclipse that will first hit the continental U.S. in 2017. He wants to pull off a large-scale experiment as the eclipse happens, repeating British astronomer Arthur Eddington's 1919 solar eclipse observations on the deflections of starlight. He said while the LIGO experiment measures the distortion of the crust of the earth when gravity waves traveling through space and time vibrate the Earth, the historic experiment Sir Eddington performed was the first successful measurement of the fact that light not only falls downward due to gravity (Newtonian Deflection), but it also falls downward an equal amount because space and time are curved by mass (GR deflection). Both experiments are exploring Einstein's predictions resulting from his General Theory of Relativity.

"I have put together a team of astronomers across the country and around the world to hopefully recreate one of the most famous experiments of the 20th century," said Dittrich. "He was the first to verify Einstein's Theory of Relativity and the prediction that mass, and in particular the Sun, would deflect starlight that passed near it, proving that stars warp space. We hope to recreate that famous experiment at a level of accuracy that has never before been achieved at multiple sites with undergraduate students."

Dittrich is a long time physics instructor at the college's Sylvania Campus and is an avid inventor. For bio details, visit http://news.pcc.edu/2015/11/toby-dittrich/.

Availability:
Dittrich is available for interview or taping beginning at 2:30 p.m. today (Thursday, Feb. 11) at the Sylvania Campus (12000 SW 49th Ave.), Room 312, ST Building, or by phone or Skype or adobe Connect until 6 p.m.


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/40/91839/TobyDittrich16.jpg
Media parking at Sodhouse and Hwy 205- Burns
Oregon State Police - 02/11/16 7:59 AM
There are reports of several media vehicles at the checkpoint intersection of Sodhouse Road and Hwy 205. Please remember vehicles must be off the travel portion of the roadway.
Wed. 02/10/16
Cliven Bundy Arrested
FBI - Oregon - 02/10/16 11:41 PM
Cliven Bundy was taken into federal custody on the evening of Wednesday, February 10, 2016, in Portland. Further information on the charges is expected to be available on Thursday morning. All media inquiries should be directed to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Las Vegas at (702) 388-6508.
Detectives Investigate Homicide in Metzger Neighborhood
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/10/16 9:30 PM
February 10, 2016--Detectives have arrested a person related to a homicide in Metzger late this afternoon.

On February 10, 2016, at 3:00 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to a residence in the 7500 block of SW Cedarcrest Street in the community of Metzger, concerning a possible homicide. The suspect was located at the scene.

Sheriff's Deputies arrived and found Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue administering lifesaving efforts to Abdul Jamil Kamawal, 68, from Portland. Mr. Kamawal was on the ground concealed under straw outside of a house under construction. He was pronounced deceased shortly thereafter. Initial information indicates that Mr. Kamawal died from homicidal violence.

Sheriff's Deputies quickly apprehended Michael Troxell, 27, from Portland at the scene as the person reportedly responsible for Mr. Kamawal's death. Michael Troxell was not well known or related to Abdul Jamil Kamawal or his family.

The Washington County Major Crimes Team Detectives responded to assist with the investigation. The Oregon State Police Forensic Unit also responded to assist in searching for evidence and process the scene.

The Washington County Medical Examiner was on scene and confirmed the death as homicidal violence but could not confirm the exact cause of death. There was a shovel recovered at the scene but it is not conclusive if it was used in the homicide. An autopsy will be performed by the State Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death.
Michael Troxell was lodged in the Washington County Jail charged with Murder. He is held without the possibility of bail.

No additional information is available for release at this early stage of the investigation as detectives search through evidence and conduct interviews.

The Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in this case. If you have any information, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.
Fatal Crash Highway 221 in Polk County
Oregon State Police - 02/10/16 7:21 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing this afternoons investigation into a single vehicle fatal crash on Highway 221 in Polk County. Names of those involved will be provided in an updated release once next of kin notifications are made.

On February 10, 2016 at approximately 2:00 p.m. OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to Highway 221 near milepost 14 for a reported single vehicle fatal crash. Once on scene, troopers determined that a Sport Utility Vehicle, operated by an adult female, was southbound when it left the roadway and collided into a telephone pole on the southbound shoulder. The right front passenger in the Sport Utility Vehicle, also an adult female, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The female operator was transported by ground ambulance to Salem Hospital with serious injuries.

Troopers are looking into the possibility that the operator of the Sport Utility Vehicle swerved in an attempt to miss a vehicle that was in its lane. Troopers and other Law Enforcement searched the area for the other involved vehicle without success.

OSP troopers from both the Salem and McMinnville Area Commands are continuing the investigation. OSP encourages any witnesses to the crash contact Recruit Trooper Jason Robb of the Salem Area Command at 503-378-3387. Seatbelt usage is undetermined. The highway was closed for approximately four (4) hours during the investigation. Detours were set up by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

OSP was assisted by the Polk County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, Portland General Electric and Polk County Fire.

No photographs for release.

###
Fourth Suspect Arrested in Connection to 2013 Red Sunset Park Homicide (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 02/10/16 7:02 PM
2016-02/1278/91834/Kevin_Luna-Gonzalez.jpg
2016-02/1278/91834/Kevin_Luna-Gonzalez.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1278/91834/thumb_Kevin_Luna-Gonzalez.jpg
Gresham, Ore. -- Kevin Luna-Gonzalez, 22, of Gresham was arrested late last night for his involvement in a 2013 shooting that left one man dead and another injured at Gresham's Red Sunset Park. This fourth arrest comes more than two and a half years after the homicide.

Luna-Gonzalez was taken into custody during a traffic stop. Recently indicted by a Multnomah County Grand Jury for crimes related to the 2013 case, he was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Murder, Attempted Aggravated Murder, Assault in the First and Second Degrees, and six counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

"It's been a long two and a half years, and there's more work to be done," said Lead Detective Scott Hogan. "But I'm happy the victims, their families, and our community are able to experience some closure."

On July 6, 2013, at 9:27 p.m., police responded to Red Sunset Park in the 2400 Block of Red Sunset Dr., for calls of both fireworks and gunshots. Officers came upon a chaotic scene centered around the basketball court where they found Paulino "Paul" Venancio-Lopez, 33, of Gresham, had been shot and killed. Another man, Omar Merino-Lopez, 22, was identified as a second victim who had been shot in the leg. Merino-Lopez has recovered and Venancio-Lopez is survived by his wife and two young children.

With the assistance of the Beaverton Police Department and the East County Major Crimes Team, two juvenile suspects were contacted a short time after the shooting and arrested. Reynaldo Antonio Ceja, then 15, admitted to being the shooter and has since pled guilty to Murder. Brian Hernandez Cardon, then 17, admitted to supplying the murder weapon and also pled guilty to Murder. Both men are currently serving prison sentences.

Luna-Gonzalez's 24-year-old cousin, Tomas David Luna-Lopez, was similarly indicted in Feb. 2015, and is currently facing charges for murder and other related crimes. All the suspects involved are known to have affiliated with gangs.


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/1278/91834/Kevin_Luna-Gonzalez.jpg
FBI Surrounds Occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
FBI - Oregon - 02/10/16 6:18 PM
At approximately 4:30 pm (Pacific) on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, one of the occupiers rode an ATV outside the barricades established by the militia at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. FBI Agents attempted to approach the driver, and he returned to the encampment at the refuge at a high rate of speed.

At this time, the FBI has moved to contain the remaining occupiers by placing agents at barricades both immediately ahead of and behind the area where the occupiers are camping. Negotiations between the occupiers and the FBI continue. No shots have been fired.

"It has never been the FBI's desire to engage these armed occupiers in any way other than through dialogue, and to that end, the FBI has negotiated with patience and restraint in an effort to resolve the situation peacefully. However, we reached a point where it became necessary to take action in a way that best ensured the safety of those on the refuge, the law enforcement officers who are on scene, and the people of Harney County who live and work in this area," said Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon.

Wednesday marks day 40 of the occupation of the refuge.

Further updates will be released as appropriate.

###
Additional Venue Information for the public announced for Sergeant Jason Goodding Memorial Service (Photo)
Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation - 02/10/16 6:07 PM
2016-02/5485/91832/Goodding_Porch.JPG
2016-02/5485/91832/Goodding_Porch.JPG
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/5485/91832/thumb_Goodding_Porch.JPG
Due to the anticipation of a large response of police officers and firefighters from around the nation attending Sergeant Jason Goodding's memorial, it is expected that the family of Sgt. Goodding and uniformed emergency personnel will fill the Seaside Convention Center to capacity. Two additional viewing locations in Seaside have been established for the public to attend. Seaside High School and North Coast Family Fellowship.

Seaside High School is located at 1901 N. Holladay with access on Highway 101. It is on the procession route and parking will be open after the procession. The service will be viewed in the main gymnasium. Doors will open at 11:45 a.m. There is available seating for approximately 800 people, students will be seated separately in the cafeteria. Parking is available on Highway 101 and on side streets around the high school. The high school is wheelchair accessible. Due to road closures throughout the area, this will be the best alternative location for the memorial for those traveling Southbound on Highway 101.

North Coast Family Fellowship is located at 2245 N. Wahanna and will also open its doors at 11:45 a.m. The main chapel and youth room seat approximately 725 people. Parking is available for 600 vehicles. There will be reserved handicapped parking available and the building is fully handicapped accessible. This venue is on the detour route and for those heading northbound through Seaside, this will be the best alternative venue.

Additionally, several local businesses and venues are offering to stream the memorial live. The list includes the following locations:

Astoria
Columbia River Maritime Museum 1792 Marine Dr., Astoria
Hughes-Ransom Mortuary 576 12th St., Astoria

Gearhart
Gearhart Bowling Alley 3518 Highway 101, Gearhart

Seaside
Seaside Cinemas Movie Theater 1026 12th Ave., Seaside
Seaside Fultanos/Arcade 215 Broadway St., Seaside
Seaside Brewing 851 Broadway St., Seaside
Dundees 414 Broadway St., Seaside
Twisted Fish 311 Broadway, Seaside
Pig and Pancake 323 Broadway, Seaside

Cannon Beach
Coaster Theater 108 N. Hemlock Cannon Beach

ODOT signs will be posted throughout the area. Locals and visitors traveling through the area should anticipate delays due to the funeral procession.

For those wishing to stream the memorial service, use the following link: http://bit.ly/GooddingMemorial.


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/5485/91832/Goodding_Porch.JPG
Driver Arrested After Nearly Hitting Construction Workers, Attempting to Elude Police in Downtown Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/10/16 4:56 PM
2016-02/3056/91829/Frederick_John_Dekraker_29.jpg
2016-02/3056/91829/Frederick_John_Dekraker_29.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/3056/91829/thumb_Frederick_John_Dekraker_29.jpg
On Wednesday February 10, 2016, a 29-year-old man was arrested after leading police on two separate slow-speed traffic pursuits in Downtown Portland.

The driver, 29-year-old Frederick John Dekraker, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Attempt to Elude by Vehicle (two counts), and Reckless Driving (two counts), Recklessly Endangering Workers (four counts). He will be arraigned on Thursday.

At 9:46 a.m., two Family Services Division officers attempted to stop a dark blue 2001 Chevrolet Suburban on Southwest 3rd Avenue near Washington Street for traffic violations. The driver did not stop and drove away from the police. Due to vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic in Downtown Portland, the pursuit was quickly terminated.

At 12:23 p.m., Assistant Chief Bob Day and Chief Larry O'Dea were in a car stopped on Southwest Jefferson Street at Broadway when they saw the same vehicle speed through the intersection, nearly hitting several construction workers and sending traffic cones flying. The Chiefs attempted to stop the vehicle (initially unaware of the earlier incident) but the driver did not yield and continued driving southbound on Broadway but was stopping at red lights and not exceeding the speed limit.

Several blocks into the pursuit, the driver stopped, got out of the SUV, and started to lay down on the ground then got up and got back into the vehicle, driving away. The driver led police up to the VA Hospital in Southwest Portland and pulled into a parking structure where he was taken into custody without incident.

None of the construction workers were injured by the driver's actions.

Booking photo credit: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Group photo credit: Portland Police Bureau

###PPB###


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/3056/91829/Frederick_John_Dekraker_29.jpg , 2016-02/3056/91829/Chief_Odea_Assistant_Chief_Day.jpg
Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice awarded to Sgt. Jason Goodding
Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation - 02/10/16 4:54 PM
Sgt. Goodding Headshot
Sgt. Goodding Headshot
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/thumb_2016-02/5485/91830/Goodding_Headshot2.jpg
The Oregon Governor's Office announced today that Seaside Police Sergeant Jason M. Goodding has been posthumously awarded the Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice by the Governor's Commission on the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor. Sgt. Goodding of the Seaside Police Department was shot and killed while serving a felony warrant on Friday evening around 9:20 pm.

Governor Kate Brown will present the medal to Sgt. Goodding's wife at the memorial service being held at the Seaside Convention Center on Friday, Feb. 12, at 1:00 pm.

Sgt. Goodding is the 183rd Oregon law enforcement officer to have died in the line of duty since the first was recorded in the 1880s.

Donations for the Goodding family are continuing to be accepted at the two following donation points:

-Through any U.S. Bank branch in Seaside or nationally. The memo line should read "for the Goodding family" and checks should be made out to the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation.

-Through the Oregon Fallen Badge website at oregonfallenbadge.com

100% of donations will be contributed directly to the family.

Background Information:

The Governor may award the medal in the name of the State to the family of a law enforcement officer who has died while performing his or her duties as a law enforcement officer or who was killed because of his or her employment as a law enforcement officer.

The Law Enforcement Medal of Honor and the Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice were created by the Oregon Legislative Assembly and Governor through the passage of HB 2877 and is found within Oregon Revised Statutes 176.260 through 176.267.

The Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice was created at the request of multiple statewide law enforcement organizations, through the passage of Senate Bill 976 and became effective on January 1, 2012.

The governor's commission has now issued the Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice five times since the medal was established in 2012. Those honored include:

Seaside Police Sgt. Jason Goodding.
Oregon City Officer Robert A. Libke.
Eugene Police Officer Christopher Kilcullen.
Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter.
Department of Corrections Officer Buddy Herron.

Details of the memorial and procession can be found at the Oregon Fallen Bade Foundation "oregonfallenbadge.com"


Attached Media Files: Sgt. Goodding Headshot
Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice awarded to Sgt. Jason Goodding (Photo)
Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation - 02/10/16 4:43 PM
Sgt. Goodding Headshot
Sgt. Goodding Headshot
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/5485/91828/thumb_Goodding_Headshot2.jpg
The Oregon Governor's Office announced today that Seaside Police Sergeant Jason M. Goodding has been posthumously awarded the Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice by the Governor's Commission on the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor. Sgt. Goodding of the Seaside Police Department was shot and killed while serving a felony warrant on Friday evening around 9:20 pm.

Governor Kate Brown will present the medal to Sgt. Goodding's wife at the memorial service being held at the Seaside Convention Center on Friday, Feb. 12, at 1:00 pm.

Sgt. Goodding is the 183rd Oregon law enforcement officer to have died in the line of duty since the first was recorded in the 1880s.

Donations for the Goodding family are continuing to be accepted at the two following donation points:

-Through any U.S. Bank branch in Seaside or nationally. The memo line should read "for the Goodding family" and checks should be made out to the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation.

-Through the Oregon Fallen Badge website at oregonfallenbadge.com

100% of donations will be contributed directly to the family.

Background Information:

The Governor may award the medal in the name of the State to the family of a law enforcement officer who has died while performing his or her duties as a law enforcement officer or who was killed because of his or her employment as a law enforcement officer.

The Law Enforcement Medal of Honor and the Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice were created by the Oregon Legislative Assembly and Governor through the passage of HB 2877 and is found within Oregon Revised Statutes 176.260 through 176.267.

The Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice was created at the request of multiple statewide law enforcement organizations, through the passage of Senate Bill 976 and became effective on January 1, 2012.

The governor's commission has now issued the Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice five times since the medal was established in 2012. Those honored include:

Seaside Police Sgt. Jason Goodding.
Oregon City Officer Robert A. Libke.
Eugene Police Officer Christopher Kilcullen.
Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter.
Department of Corrections Officer Buddy Herron.

Details of the memorial and procession can be found at the Oregon Fallen Bade Foundation "oregonfallenbadge.com"


Attached Media Files: Sgt. Goodding Headshot
Police, Psychiatric Board seek public's help locating escaped resident (Photo)
Woodburn Police - 02/10/16 4:25 PM
Daniel Scott Moore
Daniel Scott Moore
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/4128/91827/thumb_Mug_-_Daniel_Moore.jpg
The Psychiatric Security Review Board and the Woodburn Police Department are asking for the public's assistance in locating Daniel Scott Moore, who walked away from his residential treatment facility in Woodburn at approximately 10 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 8. He was last seen in the Woodburn area. He has lived in Marion County for several years.

Moore is a Caucasian man, 5-feet-10, weighs approximately 236 pounds and has thinning, dark brown hair and blue eyes. He has a beard and a number of tattoos on his chest, arms and right shoulder. When last seen, he was wearing blue jeans, white tennis shoes, blue coat that reaches below his waist, a blue knit cap and small, round glasses. He might also be wearing a brown knit scarf.

He is known to frequent local coffee shops, Walmart and Goodwill. He may be frequenting places that serve the homeless population or locations where the homeless population congregates.

Moore may appear confused and disoriented. He is currently not considered dangerous, but is in need of immediate medical care. If you see Moore or you have other information regarding his whereabouts, please call 911 immediately to report his whereabouts.


Attached Media Files: Daniel Scott Moore
West Linn Officer Honored with Officer of the Year Award by local VFW (Photo)
West Linn Police Dept. - 02/10/16 4:24 PM
2016-02/1071/91826/20160209_111235-1.jpg
2016-02/1071/91826/20160209_111235-1.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1071/91826/thumb_20160209_111235-1.jpg
In a ceremony at the West Linn city council meeting on February 8, 2016 the Veterans of Foreign War Post 1324 made a presentation to one of West Linn's finest. Sergeant Dave Kempas was awarded the Officer of the Year by the local VFW. The mission of the VFW is to foster camaraderie among United States Veterans of overseas conflicts. Further, to serve our veterans, the military, and our communities and to advocate on behalf of all veterans. The VFW try to ensure that veterans always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of their country.

Always humble, Sgt. Kempas told those in attendance that he appreciated the recognition but was not sure he was deserving. He asked that all in attendance reflect in a moment of silence for the loss of Seaside police Sergeant Jason Goodding who was killed in the line of duty on February 5th while attempting to arrest a wanted felon.

Sergeant Kempas was joined at the ceremony by his family members of the West Linn Police Department. Sergeant Kempas' attitude, compassion, and commitment to service exemplify the efforts made by the members of the West Linn Police Department as well as law enforcement officers throughout the country.


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/1071/91826/20160209_111235-1.jpg , 2016-02/1071/91826/FullSizeRender.jpg
Beaverton Students Invited to Enter 12th Annual Human Rights Creative Expression Contest (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 02/10/16 4:20 PM
The city of Beaverton’s Human Rights Advisory Commission is holding its 12th annual Creative Expressions Contest for students. The winners of last year’s contest (pictured) were honored at a May 2015 city council meeting. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
The city of Beaverton’s Human Rights Advisory Commission is holding its 12th annual Creative Expressions Contest for students. The winners of last year’s contest (pictured) were honored at a May 2015 city council meeting. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1786/91825/thumb_NR_2016_HRAC_2015_CEC_Winners.jpg
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The city of Beaverton's Human Rights Advisory Commission (HRAC) is now accepting entries for its annual Creative Expression Contest. The contest gives Beaverton-area students, grades K-12, the opportunity to express their ideas about the importance of human and civil rights.


Creativity is highly encouraged. Entries may take the form of any artistic medium, including poems, stories, essays, original songs (or other musical compositions), any type of two- or three-dimensional artwork, film, dance, or any combination of these.


Participants should convey the importance of respect and acceptance at home, school, in the community or the world--whether they see it or not. Students may tell about a personal experience from their life or the life of their family, write about a time they felt included or excluded, or saw this happening to someone else. Students may also share something about a civil rights hero/heroine and relate it to their own life, or imagine a world in which everyone lives and works together in peace.


"Each year, HRAC receives amazing examples of how students view the issues involved in human rights," said HRAC vice chair Sheri Struk. "It has been impressive to see how thoughtful the students' work is, and how creative they are in expressing how history and their own lives have been shaped by human rights."


Informational flyers can be found at all Beaverton-area libraries, Powell's Books at Cedar Hills, the human resources department at The Beaverton Building, Beaverton schools, THPRD rec centers, or online, in English and Spanish, at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Creative.


Prizes will be awarded in three categories: elementary school, middle school and high school. The first place winner in each category will receive a $50 gift card to Powell's Books. Two runner-up winners in each category will receive a $25 Powell's gift card. All winners will be celebrated at a reception and televised awards ceremony at a city council meeting in May. A binder of all entries is kept in the young adult room of the Beaverton City Library for a full year. Winning entries can be viewed online. Entries may be submitted by an individual, in pairs, with a small group or as a classroom project, however, only one prize will be awarded per entry.


Submissions must be received by the city of Beaverton's human resources department at The Beaverton Building (12725 SW Millikan Way) or online at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Creative by 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 29.


For more information, please call 503-526-2569 or email HRAC@BeavertonOregon.gov.


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


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


# # #


Attached Media Files: The city of Beaverton’s Human Rights Advisory Commission is holding its 12th annual Creative Expressions Contest for students. The winners of last year’s contest (pictured) were honored at a May 2015 city council meeting. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
YWCA Clark County Now Accepting Applications for the Young Women of Achievement Scholarship Awards
YWCA Clark County - 02/10/16 4:08 PM
Vancouver, WA -- Applications are now being accepted by YWCA Clark County for the Young Women of Achievement Scholarship awards. Three Clark County high school students will be awarded scholarships in May 2016. Female students in the 12th grade are encouraged to apply.

The scholarship awards align with YWCA Clark County's mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people. Top candidates will possess an outstanding achievement in volunteering, school leadership roles, community involvement, expresses commitment to the YWCA mission and serve as a role model.

Students interested in applying are encouraged to submit an application by Thursday, Mar. 3, by 5 p.m. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Submit your application by e-mail to mvanpatten@ywcaclarkcounty.org, by mail to YWCA Clark County, 3609 Main St., Vancouver, WA 98663 or in person from 7:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday to the attention of Marissa Van Patten at YWCA Clark County.

Find the application online at: http://ywcaclarkcounty.org/ywoa

###
Update: Procession Map. Please note a Change made from Cottage Ave to Marion Ave on the route
Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation - 02/10/16 3:25 PM
A motorcade procession involving family and public safety/emergency response vehicles, in honor of Seaside Police Sergeant Jason Goodding, is scheduled to begin Friday, February 12, 2016, at 10:45 am. The public will not be allowed to ride in the procession, but is encouraged to show their support by lining the streets along the route. Southbound Highway 101 will be closed from Patriot Way at Camp Rilea to Broadway Street in Seaside for the duration of the procession. The public should expect long delays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Hwy. 101 north bound will remain open, but will be partially detoured around downtown Seaside at Avenue S to Wahanna Road.

The procession route is expected to include hundreds of public safety vehicles. The following link shows the procession route, starting from Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center (33168 Patriot Way, Warrenton, OR) and ending at the Seaside Convention Center (415 1st Ave, Seaside, OR.)

The following is the exact route of the procession from Camp Rilea to the Seaside Civic & Convention Center:

From Patriot Way turn right on Hwy 101 to go southbound.
Proceed on Hwy 101 to Gearhart Lane.
Turn right on Gearhart Loop westbound to N Marion Ave.
Continue on N Marion Ave southbound to N Pacific Way.
Turn left on N Pacific Way and proceed past Gearhart School to Hwy 101.
Turn right on Hwy 101 southbound thru Seaside to Broadway St.
Turn right on Broadway St to N Columbia St.
Turn right on N Columbia St northbound to 1st Ave.
Turn right on 1st Ave. eastbound.
Arrive at Seaside Convention Center on the right hand side.

Members of the public who wish to view the procession from along the route should be in position by 10:45 am. Please do not park on any of the streets that the procession will travel through.

During the procession, area travelers should be prepared for traffic congestion and delays along HWY 101 and on Seaside, Gearhart, and Warrenton streets. The Oregon Department of Transportation will post temporary signs advising motorists of closures, delays, and detours for non-processional traffic.

If you are planning on driving in these areas between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, we encourage you to take an alternative route or delay traveling until the events have ended. Members of the public attending the event are encouraged to carpool, walk, or ride a bicycle. Parking will be extremely limited.

Maps of the procession are attached.


Attached Media Files: Maps of Procession
354th Basic Police Class to Graduate From Oregon Public Safety Academy
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/10/16 2:32 PM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 354th 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 354 will graduate at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE in Salem, Oregon on Friday, February 19, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. There will be a reception immediately following the graduation.

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training would like to invite you to join us in observing the ceremony and congratulating Basic Police #BP354 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.

Reception immediately following

Police Officer Florian Aarts
Eugene Police Department

Police Officer Heather Ashwill
Central Point Police Department

Police Officer David Baker
Portland State University DPS

Police Officer Steven Biehler
Cottage Grove Police Department

Police Officer Derek Brown
Central Point Police Department

Police Officer Kevin Bunday
Eugene Police Department

Police Officer Tyler Caldwell
The Dalles Police Department

Police Officer Jamin Coy
St. Helens Police Department

Police Officer Jessica Dedrick
Medford Police Department

Police Officer Lane Doggett
Eugene Police Department

Police Officer Michael Draper
Hillsboro Police Department

Trooper Thomas Erhard
Oregon State Police

Trooper Brian Fahrenthold
Oregon State Police

Deputy Sheriff Orson Frates
Malheur County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Daniel Garrett
Oregon City Police Department

Police Officer Dylan Gaston
St. Helens Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Kimberly Graves
Benton County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Christopher Jentzsch
Eugene Police Department

Police Officer Melissa Jorgensen
Springfield Police Department

Trooper Matthew Journey
Oregon State Police

Deputy Sheriff Adam Kraushaar
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Cody Mann
Douglas County Sheriff's Office


Police Officer Anthony Martinez-Flores
Milton-Freewater Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Sean McCauley
Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Alexandra McDonald
Sweet Home Police Department

Police Officer Jamie McMahon
Springfield Police Department

Police Officer James McQueen
Hillsboro Police Department

Police Officer Derreck Moore
Central point Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Jessica Plummer
Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Isabel Ponce-Lara
Bend Police Department

Police Officer Kurtis Ramsay
Corvallis Police Department

Police Officer Travis Ray
Eugene Police Department

Police Officer Jordan Robeson
Umatilla Police Department

Police Officer Steven Schutz
Hillsboro Police Department

Police Officer Christopher Sells
Baker city Police Department

Police Officer Eric Tipler
Reedsport Police Department

Trooper Jimmy Tran
Oregon State Police


Police Officer Ernest Young
Hillsboro Police Department

Trooper Joseph Zimmerman
Oregon State Police


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
Oregon National Guard pilots to conduct high-altitude flights in Deschutes area (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 02/10/16 2:29 PM
2016-02/962/91820/091214-A-5611R-077.jpg
2016-02/962/91820/091214-A-5611R-077.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/962/91820/thumb_091214-A-5611R-077.jpg
Oregon Army National Guard aviators with Charlie Company, 7-158th Aviation, are scheduled to conduct high-altitude survey flights with HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters near the summits of Mt. Bachelor, Tumalo Mountain and Kwohl Butte on February 11, 2016. The purpose of the flight is to conduct reconnaissance of some potential landing zones for future high-altitude training.

The Oregon National Guard is working in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service to identify possible locations in Oregon between 6,000 and 9,000 feet for Blackhawk pilots to conduct training in support of the search and rescue program. Reconnaissance flights in other high-altitude locations throughout the state will take place later this spring and will be announced when scheduled.

Oregon Army Guard pilots currently use an approved training area that only has terrain up to approximately 3,500 feet. Pilots must travel to training sites in Colorado in order to receive the flight certification required to perform high-altitude search and rescue missions.

Working with the U.S. Forest Service to establish high-altitude helicopter training sites in Oregon will enable the Oregon National Guard to reduce the overall training cost, allowing more pilots to be certified and ready to rescue their fellow Oregonians.

This exercise should have minimal impact on recreation users. If anyone should encounter a helicopter landing in these areas, be advised to stay clear of the area as rotor wash will be strong with blowing snow and possible debris.


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/962/91820/091214-A-5611R-077.jpg
Monday, March 7, 2016, Parkrose School Board Public Forum
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 02/10/16 2:24 PM
Parkrose School Board
Public Forum
Monday, March 7, 2016
6:00 p.m. -- 7:00 p.m.
Parkrose School District Office Boardroom
10636 NE Prescott Street
Portland, Oregon 97220

What is a Public Forum? - Parkrose School District wants to hear from their community. This forum is open to the public. We hope you attend and ask questions, make comments or just sit and listen. We will ask speakers to fill out a Citizen Comment card and follow policy BDDH-AR-Public Participation. Speakers may offer objective criticism of school operations and programs but the Board will not hear complaints concerning specific school personnel.

Junta Escolar de Parkrose
Foro publico
Lunes, 07 de marzo 2016
18:00-19:00
Sala de juntas oficina del distrito escolar Parkrose
10636 NE Calle Prescott
Portland, Oregon 97220

¿Qué es un foro público? - El Distrito Escolar de Parkrose quiere saber de su comunidad. Este foro está abierto al público. Esperamos que asista y haga preguntas, comentarios o simplemente sentarse y escuchar. Vamos a solicitar a los asistentes que llenen una tarjeta de comentario y seguir Participación Publica BDDH - AR - público. Los altavoces pueden ofrecer crítica objetiva de las operaciones y programas escolares, pero la Junta no oirán las quejas relativas al personal escolar específicas.
Oregon Lottery to Present Oak Grove Fred Meyer with over-sized $10,000 Selling Bonus Check
Oregon Lottery - 02/10/16 1:25 PM
WHO: Oregon Lottery officials

WHEN: Noon, Thursday, February 11 (Tomorrow)

WHERE: Oak Grove Fred Meyer, 14700 SE McLoughlin Blvd., Milwaukie

WHAT: Oregon Lottery officials will present an over-sized $10,000 bonus check to officials at the Oak Grove Fred Meyers for selling a $1 million Instant Millionaire Scratch-it ticket.

BACKGROUND: After playing Oregon Lottery for 30 years, Louis Salerno of Portland hit a $1 million jackpot playing the Instant Millionaire Scratch-its. Mr. Salerno will not be attending the event.

VISUALS: Oregon Lottery officials will present an over-sized ceremonial check to Fred Meyer employees and will also distribute a limited amount of free Lottery tickets to patrons of the store.

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

###
Narcotics Arrest (Photo)
Woodland Police - 02/10/16 1:22 PM
2016-02/1381/91817/reinke.jpg
2016-02/1381/91817/reinke.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1381/91817/thumb_reinke.jpg
On Thursday 02-04-2016 agents of the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Narcotics Task Force in a joint investigation with Woodland Police arrested 58 year old Jeffrey Reinke of Woodland WA for two counts of delivery of a controlled substance (cocaine). There are more arrests expected from additional investigations between CWNTF and the Woodland Police. (Please see first attachment).


This arrest is part of an on-going investigation so there is no additional information available at this time.


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/1381/91817/press_release_02-04-2016.doc , 2016-02/1381/91817/reinke.jpg
ECEAP Outcomes Report Highlights Kindergarten Readiness and Educational Successes
Wash. State Dept. of Early Learning - 02/10/16 12:30 PM
The Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) is Washington's pre-Kindergarten program that prepares 3- and 4-year-old children from low-income families for success in school and in life. The Department of Early Learning (DEL) oversees this program.

"ECEAP is an exceptional program for our children," said DEL Director, Ross Hunter. "The evidence is in the data. ECEAP children see a significant increase in vital language, cognitive, social-emotional and mathematics skills--bolstering the probability that 90 percent of children in Washington are Kindergarten-ready by 2020."

Director Hunter released information regarding DEL's Kindergarten-readiness goal in the previously released Early Start Act report (available online at del.wa.gov/EarlyStartAct).

ECEAP is aligned with nationally researched programs that have shown exceptional returns on investment and increased Kindergarten readiness in enrollees.

The newly released, 2014-15 ECEAP outcomes report showcases:
Characteristics of children in ECEAP,
Child development and learning outcomes,
Kindergarten readiness data and more.

Using the Kindergarten readiness benchmark in GOLDTM by Teaching Strategies, data shows that few children start their Pre-K year in ECEAP with kindergarten entry skills. At the end of one year of ECEAP, the percentage of ECEAP children with kindergarten entry skills increases significantly. For children with two years of ECEAP, the results are remarkably higher.

The 2014-15 school year was an expansion year for ECEAP with:
A total of 47 ECEAP contracts with educational service districts, school districts, community colleges, local governments and nonprofits; eight contractors were new to ECEAP this year.
A total of 336 ECEAP sites across Washington, including 65 new locations.
A total of 10,091 slots for children, which was an increase of 1,350.

To check out the ECEAP outcomes report, go to DEL's homepage at del.wa.gov. To learn more about ECEAP, visit del.wa.gov and search "ECEAP."


Attached Media Files: Word document with hyperlinks
Can You IDMe
Beaverton Police Dept. - 02/10/16 12:07 PM
The Beaverton Police Department has started a new interactive program to identify suspects related to ongoing investigations.

Many crimes are now caught on video and that video is useful in identifying the suspect(s) who are suspected of committing a crime. We have decided to make still clips of these surveillance videos available to the public. The hope is that someone will recognize the subject(s) in the photo and provide us the information needed to identify them. You can stay completely anonymous if that's what you want or leave contact info so we can follow-up with you.

We know that the more eyes we have looking for suspects of a crime, increases our chances of identifying them. The odds of identifying the pictured suspects is much higher when our community is aware of the need and is keeping an eye out. These photographs are now being posted to our police web page http://www.beavertonoregon.gov/index.aspx?nid=173 in the Most Wanted tab. Once you click on this tab you will be taken to the IDMe page and see a series of photos. Just click on a photo and it will take you to that page with more photos (if available), the case number, name of investigating officer and a description of the crime committed. If you have information that could be helpful in identifying the suspect(s) you can leave that information. You have the ability to stay anonymous or you can leave contact information for follow-up contact.

We hope that this new tool will be used by the community and help to identify these suspects.
##BPD##


Attached Media Files: Press Release
Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet February 23-24 in Portland
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/10/16 12:01 PM
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // Feb. 10, 2016

Media Contact: Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department // Desk: 503-986-0722 // Cell: 503-931-2590


Portland OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its first meeting of the year February 23-24 in Portland, Oregon.

On February 23, Commissioners will gather at 10:30 a.m. to participate in workshops and a panel discussion with local park agencies at the Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland, Oregon. Commissioners will attend a reception at the same location that evening at 4 p.m.

On February 24, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8:30 a.m. at the World Forestry Center, 4033 SW Canyon Road, Portland, Oregon to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at 9:45 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes several information and action items from agency staff, including requests to:

+ Award park grants to Oregon counties through the County Opportunity Grant Program, funded by a share of revenue from the Oregon recreational vehicle registration fees.

+ Designate the Painted Hills State Scenic Bikeway in Wheeler County, and recognize the South Shore Phillips Lake Trail in Baker County as a State Designated Scenic Trail.

+ Review and act on staff recommendations stemming from an external request to amend rules on the Upper Deschutes State Scenic Waterway.

+ Adopt an updated Statewide Trails Plan.

The draft agenda is online at http://bit.ly/february2016agenda. The full meeting packet will be available by 5 p.m. Friday, February 12. People who plan to present testimony are requested to provide 15 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Jen Busey at jen.busey@oregon.gov for distribution to the Commissioners before the meeting. Those needing special accommodations to attend should also contact Busey by email, or by calling 503-986-0719, at least three days in advance.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission (www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx) promotes outdoor recreation and heritage by establishing policies, adopting rules, and setting the budget for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The seven members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. They serve four-year terms and meet several times a year at locations across the state.

# # #
State confirms first travel-associated Zika case of 2016
Oregon Health Authority - 02/10/16 11:16 AM
EDITORS: Oregon Public Health has scheduled a media availability with Richard Leman, MD, from 1 to 2 p.m. TODAY in Room 918 (ninth floor) of the Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St.

February 10, 2016

State confirms first travel-associated Zika case of 2016
Travelers should take precautions when visiting affected countries

The Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division is confirming that a person in Oregon has been diagnosed with a travel-associated Zika virus infection. The adult woman contracted the virus in an affected country outside the U.S. and has recovered. There is no danger to the public.

This is the first laboratory-confirmed case of Zika in Oregon in 2016. Before this, three Oregonians have had travel-associated Zika confirmed since 2014.

Zika is spread by certain types of mosquitoes that bite an infected person, then bite an uninfected person. Sexual transmission of the disease also has been reported, though this appears to be rare. Zika symptoms, which include fever, rash, joint pain and redness of the eyes, are mild, and serious illness requiring hospitalization is uncommon. However, Zika may endanger pregnancies, so women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should be particularly careful to avoid the disease.

"We have been informing physicians whom to test for Zika and sharing information on how travelers can protect themselves from being bitten by mosquitoes," says Richard Leman, MD, an OHA public health physician. "We want to help Oregonians protect themselves."

The Oregon Health Authority is in regular contact with health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is partnering with the World Health Organization and other global health organizations to ensure the latest and most up-to-date information about the Zika outbreak is available to health agencies around the world.

Helpful links:
OHA, www.healthoregon.org, for updates on Zika in Oregon.
CDC, www.cdc.gov/zika/, for updates on national Zika outbreak.
Call 2-1-1 for general Zika information in Oregon.
Water Main Work to Affect Traffic on Southeast 45th Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard Intersection
Portland Water Bureau - 02/10/16 11:03 AM
PORTLAND, OR- Portland Water Bureau crews are working on a water main at the intersection of Southeast 45th Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard. The work will take place from approximately 8 p.m. until midnight Wednesday, Feb. 10 and from approximately 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11.

The public may travel both east and west on Hawthorne during construction on Wednesday but the eastbound lane will transition into the center lane to redirect traffic around the work zone. Crews will close Southeast 45th Avenue between Hawthorne Boulevard and Madison Street on Thursday with a detour set up around the work zone.

Approximately 11 households and four businesses may be out of water service for four to six hours. Those affected homes and businesses have been notified.

Crews will return to the site on a future date to complete paving, which is dependent on weather.

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.


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/1240/91811/Traffic_Advisory_021016.pdf
School Bus Traffic Collision in Vancouver (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/10/16 11:01 AM
2016-02/385/91807/DSC_6856.JPG
2016-02/385/91807/DSC_6856.JPG
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/385/91807/thumb_DSC_6856.JPG
Update: Two photographs of the accident located and attached as per multiple requests by various media outlets.

--------------------
On 02-10-16 at approximately 0838, Vancouver Police, Vancouver Fire, and AMR paramedic units were dispatched to report of a "Head On" traffic accident at 2800 block of NE 54th St, next to Minnehaha Elementary School in Vancouver.

Investigation revealed that a blue Nissan "Versa" had veered into oncoming traffic while traveling on 54th St and collided with a school bus traveling in opposite direction.

At time of the accident the school bus had fifty three children on board. As of time of this report, only one occupant of the school bus ( one of the children ) was found to have sustained a minor injury, like a scrape.

Driver and only occupant of the Nissan was an adult female. She was transported to a local hospital as she complained of injuries. As of time of this report, it appears that her injuries were non life threatening.

Preliminary investigation established that the collision was possibly caused by driver of the Nissan being distracted by her cell phone.

Vancouver Police Department's Traffic Unit has responded and is handling the investigation.

This investigation is active and no further information is available at this time.


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/385/91807/DSC_6856.JPG , 2016-02/385/91807/DSC_6853.jpg
Michael Allen Harrison & The Salvation Army in Concert for Rockwood Area Youth
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 02/10/16 10:15 AM
WHO: The Salvation Army, Michael Allen Harrison, Rockwood and Gresham area youth

WHAT: Concert benefitting after-school youth, music and sports programs for low-income youth. Michael Allen Harrison, Mac Potts, and Hailey Rowden, as well as students at The Salvation Army Gresham Music Academy will perform. In addition to the concert, there will be hors d'oeuvres, a live and large silent auction (more than 100 items/baskets), and more.

WHEN: Thursday, February 25, 2016; doors open 6:15PM & concert starts at 7PM

WHERE: The Salvation Army Gresham Corps
473 SE 194th Ave (194th & Stark)
Portland, OR 97233

WHY: "Music can change the world because it can change people" -- Bono. The Salvation Army believes in the power of music and how it can change lives. Youth in The Salvation Army's after- school programs find themselves challenged to overcome adversity and become the people they want to be. Music allows this expression and fosters growth, persistence, and more. Michael Allen Harrison has been a longtime friend of The Salvation Army in Gresham and once again supports them in this concert event to keep music alive so that it can change lives.

MORE: Free for the public. All proceeds support after school programs including the Gresham Music Academy program at The Salvation Army, which provides free lessons for any student in need including brass, guitar, piano, drums, bass, voice, xylophone, ukelele, and group lessons in choir, timbrels, band, and drums; a sports program featuring youth basketball, educational tutoring, and computer lab.

--------------------------------------------------------------

(Portland, OR) February 10, 2016 -- "Music can change the world because it can change people" -- Bono. For The Salvation Army, this rings so very true and is part of its daily ministry to low income families and children. To help change lives, The Salvation Army, Gresham Corps at 194th and Stark, and Michael Allen Harrison are once again collaborating for an incredible evening at their local Corps, benefitting the Gresham Music Academy. This year, Hailey Rowden and Mac Potts will also join Michael on stage for a sensational show. "An Evening with Michael Allen Harrison" will be on Thursday, February 25th, 2016 at 7pm, and will feature Michael Allen Harrison and musical talent from The Salvation Army Gresham Music Academy. There will be a silent and live auction in addition to the live performances. It is free to the public.

The event features hors d'oeuvres, desserts, silent and live auction, student and family testimonials and performances by Michael Allen Harrison, Hailey Rowden, Mac Potts, and the Gresham Youth Choir. Doors open at 6:15pm; the concert begins at 7PM.

All proceeds support after school programs including the Gresham Music Academy program at The Salvation Army, which provides free lessons for any student in need including brass, guitar, piano, drums, bass, voice, xylophone, ukelele, and group lessons in choir, timbrels, band, and drums; Sports program including youth basketball; educational help, tutoring program and computer lab. There is no charge to attend the event.

The event is sponsored by Weston Pontiac Buick GMC Kia; and Teeny Foods, both in Gresham. Heritage, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Friends level sponsors are still needed from $100-$5000. Donations of items needed for the silent and live auctions. Contact Marcia McQuade at 503.661.8972, or marcia.mcquade@usw.salvationarmy.org for more info.

###

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
Southwest Portland Market Robbed at Gunpoint Overnight - No Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 02/10/16 10:14 AM
On Wednesday February 10, 2016, at 12:19 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at the Swan Mart, located at 4440 Southwest Barbur Boulevard.

Officers arrived in the area and spoke to the employee who told police that the suspect entered the market and demanded money. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the store in an unknown direction.

Several officers, including a Police Canine Unit, searched the neighborhood but did not locate the suspect.

The suspect is described as an African American male in his 20s or 30s, 5'8" tall, medium build, wearing a dark jacket or hooded sweatshirt, gray pants, armed with a handgun.

Anyone with information about this robbery should contact Robbery detectives at 503-823-0405.

###PPB###
Vancouver Barracks Military Association Honors Black History Month with next Military History Talk "The Buffalo Soldiers at Vancouver Barracks" on February 18
Fort Vancouver National Trust - 02/10/16 9:16 AM
In honor of Black History Month, "Buffalo Soldiers at Vancouver Barracks" will be presented by Staff Sergeant (Retired) Frazier Raymond, United States Army, on February 18 from 6:30 to 7:30p.m. The event is part of a series of Military History Talks presented by the Vancouver Barracks Military Association. It is free to the public and hosted by the Fort Vancouver National Trust at the historic Marshall House, 1301 Officers Row.

Raymond is a member of the Moses Williams Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers. This group is named after Medal of Honor recipient Moses Williams, who is buried in the Vancouver Barracks Post Cemetery. Artifacts and photos honoring the history of Buffalo Soldiers stationed at Vancouver Barracks will be on display at the Marshall House, which will open at 5:30 p.m., to allow the public a chance to view the displays before the presentation, and to visit with some of the current members of the local Buffalo Soldiers Chapter.

The community is encouraged to attend the free Military History Talks. They are on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Marshall House, with the exception of the March 10 presentation with Dr. Rob Havers at the Red Cross Building. Please RSVP to president@vbma.us if you plan to attend.

Other upcoming Military History Talks:
March 10: "Marshall and Churchill, Soldiers and Statesmen" -- a bonus lecture added by the Fort Vancouver National Trust, featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Rob Havers, from the Marshall Foundation in Lexington, Virginia. This presentation will take place at the Red Cross Building at Fort Vancouver at 6:30 p.m.

March 17: "US Army Ambulance Service in WWI" -- featuring MSG Jack Giesen US Army (Ret.)
April 21: "Update on the Islamic State" -- featuring CW3 Daniel Sockle, US Army (Ret.)
May 19: "Changing Army Culture, A Female Perspective" -- featuring SGM Kelly Jones US Army (Ret.)
June 16: "The Oregon Trail and Today's Mass Migrations" -- featuring Colonel Bruce Mulkey (Ret.)

About the Buffalo Soldiers:
After the Civil War, during Reconstruction, the United States Army created several regiments of infantry and cavalry composed almost entirely of African American soldiers. These units, known historically as Buffalo Soldiers, served with distinction and honor on the American frontier.

About The Vancouver Barracks Military Association:
The mission of the VBMA is to highlight, preserve, and promote the historic importance of the Vancouver Barracks in the settlement and development of the Pacific Northwest. It is an inclusive committee composed of civic education, veteran and business partners.

About Fort Vancouver National Trust:
The Trust inspires civic pride and economic vitality through education, preservation, and celebration of our community's history. For more information, visit www.fortvan.org.
Clatsop County Sheriff's Office Press Release
Clatsop Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/10/16 9:10 AM
Funeral services for Sgt. Jason Goodding will be held Friday, Feb. 12, at 1 p.m. at the Seaside Convention Center. To allow as many Sheriff's Office staff as possible attend Clatsop County Sheriff's Office will be open Friday but with limited services. There will be no Concealed Handgun applications or renewals processed and no Fingerprinting available. We apologize for any inconvenience.
MESD Board Regular Session 2-16-16 at 6:00 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 02/10/16 7:35 AM
The Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220 in the Board Room.
Tue. 02/09/16
Police respond to "Swatting" incident in Forest Grove
Forest Grove Police - 02/09/16 9:11 PM
At approximately 6:10 pm this date, officers with the Forest Grove Police Department along with deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office responded to a report that a woman had been shot in the 3300 block of Main Street. Information received in the call included that the suspect had barricaded himself in a room with the victim. Police units arrived at the address and began shutting down streets in the area. Police made contact with the occupants of the home who were fully cooperative and stated no such incident had occurred.

During the investigation, the homeowner shared with police that he was an avid online gamer and this was not his first experience with hoax requiring an emergency response. The resident shared that approximately two years prior, a prank call of a gas leak in his home was made resulting in a fire department response. The resident suspects someone in the online gaming community in both incidents.

"Swatting" is a term describing a false call made to emergency services of an ongoing critical incident and derives from the specialized type of police units and equipment that often respond to such incidents. These incidents have become fads in the gaming community where players livestream game play and are watched by other gamers that phone in the false reports.

Calling in a false report of this nature are costly, can exhaust resources for hours and pulls emergency services away from legitimate calls for assistance. They can cause panic and duress for homeowners and neighbors. "Swatting" incidents can place officers and the general public at risk. Making false reports of this nature can result in serious charges, including but not limited to, Improper use of Emergency Reporting System and Initiating a False Report.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Forest Grove Police at 503.992.3260.
Identify a new career path at Feb. 25 Industry Fair (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 02/09/16 5:06 PM
BGPS Industry Fair flyer image
BGPS Industry Fair flyer image
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/20/91800/thumb_BGPS-Industry-Fair-Students-25Feb2016.jpg
Students and community members are invited to learn about careers in southwest Washington at Battle Ground Public Schools' Industry Fair at Battle Ground High School on Thursday, Feb. 25. Students and community members who attend the fair will be able to learn about career paths by talking with local employers about the jobs available at their companies. Bring your resume and consider your dress, because some companies have positions open now. The event, sponsored by BGPS, WorkSource and YouthWorks, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Battle Ground High School, 300 W. Main St., in Battle Ground.

Many industries will be represented: health science, manufacturing, technology, construction, finance, hospitality, retail, human services and transportation; and participants will have a chance to ask about the skills, abilities, and educational requirements to work in various jobs, along with what the work environment is like and what kinds of tasks are performed in various job roles. Representatives from more than 50 businesses will be available to answer questions.

Please join us for an educational evening at Battle Ground High School about the many career opportunities in our region. Please contact career guidance specialist Kevin Doyle at (360) 885-6598 or doyle.kevin@battlegroundps.org with questions.


Attached Media Files: BGPS Industry Fair flyer , BGPS Industry Fair flyer image
Deputies Asking For Help Finding Suspect With Outstanding Warrant (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/09/16 4:30 PM
2016-02/1294/91799/Carlson.jpg
2016-02/1294/91799/Carlson.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1294/91799/thumb_Carlson.jpg
Deputies are asking for the public's help in finding Leah Carlson, age 24, of Salem. Ms. Carlson is accused of using a stolen credit card to purchase $360 worth of items at a Salem Walmart on January 8th. The credit card was taken from a wallet that was left inside of a vehicle stolen from the Salem area the same day the card was used.

Ms. Carlson has a felony warrant for her arrest for Parole Violation and she may be traveling associated with a gray, 2004, Cadillac CTS with Oregon plate 084FJB. If you know where Ms. Carlson is or see her please, call our non-emergency number at 503-588-5032, you can remain anonymous.


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/1294/91799/Carlson.jpg , 2016-02/1294/91799/Example_Vehicle.jpg , 2016-02/1294/91799/plate_shot.jpg , 2016-02/1294/91799/side_view_of_female_exiting.jpg , 2016-02/1294/91799/female_enters.jpg
Friends and Family Say Goodbye to K9 (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/09/16 3:50 PM
2016-02/1294/91798/Lifesaving_Award.jpg
2016-02/1294/91798/Lifesaving_Award.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1294/91798/thumb_Lifesaving_Award.jpg
Friends, family and co-workers from all over Marion County gathered yesterday to stand alongside Senior Deputy Jerry Wollenschlaeger as he said goodbye to his best friend and K9 partner Yo. Yo, an, 11 year old Belgian Malinois came to the Sheriff's Office some 9 years ago and is credited with over 150 captures. After each capture Deputy Wollenschlaeger and Yo had a special routine where they would drive through and buy a cheeseburger to be enjoyed by Yo for his hard day's work.

In just one example of Yo's bravery, Senior Deputy Wollenschlaeger was patrolling when a male, high on mushrooms, jumped through the open window of his patrol car and began attacking Deputy Wollenschlaeger. Yo was released from the back of the patrol car and came to the aid if Deputy Wollenschlaeger. Yo seized the male which distracted him long enough that Deputy Wollenschlaeger could gain control of his attacker. In 2014, Yo successfully tracked and found a female threatening suicide. For his actions in this instance Yo was given the lifesaving award.

Yo was a regular and crowd favorite at K9 presentations, school events and a face you always loved to see running around the Sheriff's Office. Tragically after a recent medical procedure Yo was diagnosed with an untreatable form of cancer and had to be put to rest. Yo is gone but he will never be forgotten. To learn more about our K9 unit check out our webpage at http://www.co.marion.or.us/SO/Enforcement/Pages/SpecialTeams.aspx


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/1294/91798/Lifesaving_Award.jpg , 2016-02/1294/91798/IMG_9143.JPG , 2016-02/1294/91798/IMG_9082.JPG , 2016-02/1294/91798/IMG_9036.JPG , 2016-02/1294/91798/IMG_9032.JPG
Cowlitz Sheriff warns about a scam where callers are pretending to be from IRS.
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/09/16 3:39 PM
Sheriff Nelson would like to warn the public of a scam that happening throughout the Cowlitz County.

It starts with a phone call from someone who says they are from the IRS. The caller generally provides a name and an ID number and then tells the citizen they owe money to the IRS. They will threaten to call the Sheriff and have them arrested if they do not agree to pay. At least 4 separate Cowlitz County residents have been bilked out of thousands of dollars in the past few days. There is no pattern to the victims and the calls appear to be random. The people calling are NOT the IRS, and certainly NOT the police or the Sheriff's Office. The IRS and Law Enforcement do not call people by phone and threaten to arrest them if they don't pay their taxes.

We are not going to describe the suspects' tactics in further detail so as to not educate other unscrupulous individuals how to conduct this type of fraudulent scheme. A good rule to follow is never provide money or personal information to anyone calling you. You can also visit our website at: www.co.cowlitz.wa.us/sheriff then click on the "Links" on the left side of the page for "Identity Theft and Fraud Prevention Resources.

WHAT TO DO FOR THE IRS SCAM:
1) If anyone receives a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS or from law enforcement agencies threatening to arrest them or fine them if they do not immediately send money -- HANG UP! You do not need to report this to law enforcement agencies unless you have actually suffered a financial loss.
2) If anyone has actually suffered a financial loss, call the law enforcement jurisdiction where you reside.
3) You can also contact a number of local CPA (Certified Public Accountants).
4) If someone wants to make sure it is not the IRS, you can contact the IRS at www.irs.gov or,

IRS:
Vancouver
500 W. 12th St.
Vancouver, WA 98660 Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. (Closed for lunch 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.)
Toll Free 1-800-1040
Vancouver office number is (360) 905-1181
Sheriff's Office investigates stabbing
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/09/16 3:37 PM
The Clark County Sheriff's Office is actively investigating a stabbing that occurred in a rural area of northern Clark County on Sunday February 7th.

Shortly after midnight on the 7th a 911 caller reported that his friend had been stabbed while attending a large outdoor gathering in an area of rural Clark County known as Tarbell Mountain. The caller drove the victim to an area hospital where he was rushed into emergency surgery for multiple stab wounds. At this time, the victim is expected to recover.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office would like to speak with anyone who was attended this party and has not already been interviewed by detectives. If you attended this party please contact Detective Scott Kirgiss at 360-397-2028.

The name of the victim is not being released at this time.
Vancouver noted by the White House as a leader in computer science education
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 02/09/16 3:37 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- Vancouver Public Schools is one of 25 school districts in the nation commended by the White House for its commitment in support of President Barack Obama's initiative to expand computer science curricula for K-12 students. The White House briefing was released Jan. 30 in conjunction with President Obama's announcement of a $4 billion plan to give all students across the country the opportunity to learn computer science.

"We are proud to be named as a supporter for expanded opportunities so students can thrive in the innovation era," said Dr. Steven Webb, superintendent of Vancouver Public Schools. "This initiative will place creativity, critical thinking and agency at the very heart of the learning process, and will support the adaptive skills our graduates need to thrive in an increasingly interdependent economy and global community."

President Obama announced he will ask Congress to provide funding over the next three years for computer science learning in elementary, middle, and high schools.

"Now we have to make sure all our kids are equipped for the jobs of the future--which means not just being able to work with computers, but developing the analytical and coding skills to power our innovative economy," said President Obama in his weekly radio address.

Vancouver Public Schools, recognized as a leader in digital learning, offers a number of middle and high school courses connected to programming, coding and project-based learning. With potential funding from the initiative, the district would reinforce current programs and enhance college and career readiness. The district also would prioritize development and integration of coding, computer science and project-based learning at the elementary levels and content areas, and expand extended-day programming and internship opportunities for secondary students.

#CSforAll

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/images/FACT%20SHEET%2BPresident%20Obama%20Announces%20Computer%20Science%20For%20All%20Initiative_0.pdf

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/01/30/fact-sheet-president-obama-announces-computer-science-all-initiative-0
Michaela Cloyd Earns Trip to Statewide Poetry Out Loud Finals (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 02/09/16 2:22 PM
Brittany Rodin
Brittany Rodin
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/889/91791/thumb_POL_Rodin_Brittany.jpeg
Competing against students from across Southwest Washington, Michaela Cloyd did what no previous Ridgefield High School student had accomplished when she advanced to the statewide finals of the Poetry Out Loud competition with her victory at the Southwest Regional Finals of the national competition on February 2.

Cloyd, a junior, earned the trip to Tacoma on March 5 with stirring recitations of Dirge in Woods" by George Meredith and "Cadillac Moon" by Kevin Young.

"The tension in the room was palpable, and we all experience it," Cloyd said when describing the environment at the regional finals.

"Michaela was incredibly poised and powerful; she commanded the space while delivering two beautiful and varied performances. No surprise considering her impressive theater resume and diligent study of the poems. The entire English Department is exceedingly proud to have her as a representative," said Brittany Rodin, an RHS English teacher and the school's Poetry Out Loud coordinator.

Rodin began the Poetry Out Loud program in Ridgefield to expose students to more works of poetry and help build self-confidence. "Many students struggle with public speaking, and Poetry Out Loud gives them an additional opportunity to practice this skill," explained Rodin.

Cloyd acknowledged the many benefits of participating in the program, saying, "Competing with the other contestants both at RHS and Regionals was a very rewarding experience, and also very enjoyable. I got to meet new people and just by sitting there in silence, a relationship was created unlike any other I have ever had. We all became friends by sharing these feelings through little to no words."

Looking ahead to the state competition, Cloyd reflected and said, "I am proud of my accomplishment, but I know I couldn't have done it without Mrs. Rodin, my family, and my wonderful boyfriend, Rayne, who put up with hearing my poems all the time while checking them for accuracy. I am looking forward to the next round, and I can't wait to give it all I've got."

The state finals take place at Tacoma's Broadway Center for the Performing Arts on March 5. Joining Cloyd in representing Southwest Washington at the state finals, will be Sameayah Pehlke from the Vancouver School of Arts & Academics.

Poetry Out Loud is a national contest that encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. The program, which debuted in the 2004-2005 school year, has exploded in popularity with approximately 2.7 million students representing 9,500 schools participating over that time.


Attached Media Files: Brittany Rodin , Michaela Cloyd
Two drivers were killed in a crash on US Hwy 20 near milepost (MP) 166 just east of Burns.**UPDATE (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/09/16 1:31 PM
2016-02/1002/91570/20.2.harney.jpg
2016-02/1002/91570/20.2.harney.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1002/91570/thumb_20.2.harney.jpg
Update 2/9/2016

Oregon State Police (OSP) was notified by family that the passenger in the Cadillac, Darlene McGown, age 69, from Redmond, has passed away from her injuries sustained in the February 1, 2016 crash. Darlene McGown passed away on February 5, 2016 and had been receiving treatment at Saint Alphonsus Hospital in Boise since the crash.

###End of Update###


Previous Release

Two drivers were killed in a crash on US Hwy 20 near milepost (MP) 166 just east of Burns.
On February 1, 2016 at 12:31 PM OSP troopers were dispatched to a two vehicle crash on US Hwy 20 near Burns. Both drivers died as a result of their injuries.

Witness information reported a red 2015 Chevrolet pick-up, driven by Mr. Robert L. Heath, age 65, from Christmas Valley, Oregon, was traveling eastbound on US Hwy 20. Mr. Heath attempted to pass a commercial motor vehicle when it struck a westbound 2000 white Cadillac driven by Mr. Milton J. Kowalski Jr., age 71, from Redmond. The vehicles collided head-on and came to rest blocking highway 20.

Mr. Kowalski Jr. was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash. The passenger of the Cadillac, Ms. Darlene McGown, age 69, from Redmond and Mr. Heath were air-lifted to St. Alphonsus in Boise with critical injures. Mr. Heath died at the hospital a few hours after the crash.

The highway was completely closed for two hours and partially for another two hours. OSP was assisted by Hines Fire Department, Harney County EMS, and ODOT.


###


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/1002/91570/20.2.harney.jpg , 2016-02/1002/91570/20.harney.jpg , 2016-02/1002/91570/20.3.harney.jpg
Armed Suspect Robs Southeast Portland Tavern - No Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 02/09/16 1:22 PM
On Tuesday February 9, 2016, at 12:30 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at the Foster Gardens Tavern, located at 7855 Southeast Foster Road.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted employees who told police that the suspect entered the bar, armed with a handgun, and demanded money.

After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left and was last seen walking northbound on Southeast 79th Avenue from Foster Road.

Several officers checked the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect is described as a white male, taller than average, thin build, wearing dark clothing and armed with a handgun.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333, reference case #16-42948.

###PPB###
Fatal Crash Highway 350 in Wallowa County
Oregon State Police - 02/09/16 1:06 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday evenings fatal crash on Highway 350 in Wallowa County.

On February 8, 2016 at approximately 5:33 p.m. OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to a single vehicle injury crash on Highway 350 near milepost 21. Once on scene, troopers determined that a 1999 Toyota Camry, operated by Kenneth Allen, age 80, from Imnaha, was eastbound on Highway 350 when for unknown reasons left the roadway and collided with a rock wall. Mr. Allen's vehicle continued and came to an uncontrolled rest in Sheep Creek.

Kenneth Allen and his passenger Carolyn Allen, age 76, from Imnaha, were both transported by Life Flight Network to Providence Saint Mary's Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington. Once at the medical center Kenneth Allen was pronounced deceased from injuries sustained in the crash. Carolyn Allen is being treated for serious injuries.

OSP troopers from the Enterprise Work Site are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Seatbelt usage is undetermined.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Oregon Department of Transportation, Wallowa County Sheriff's Office, Joseph Fire Department and Enterprise Ambulance.

No photographs for release.

###
Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel hosts photo exhibit for Children's Hospital Association (Photo)
Legacy Health - 02/09/16 12:57 PM
Leave the past behind
Leave the past behind
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/419/91788/thumb_RCH_Leave_the_past_behind_Patient_Nov2014_PIC-0020.jpg
(Portland, OR) -- A photograph commissioned by Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel was selected for the 2015 Children's Hospitals Photo Exhibit, a national competition administered by the Children's Hospital Association. Hosting throughout February in the hospital lobby, the exhibit, comprised of powerful images of brave patients, supportive families and compassionate health care providers, celebrates children's hospitals' commitment to the health of all children.

Randall Children's Hospital's photo was chosen from more than 250 photographs submitted by 57 children's hospitals across the country by a distinguished panel of judges representing Parents magazine, The Exposure Group, The National Portrait Gallery, American University's School of Communications and the Children's Hospitals Today editorial advisory group.

The photo titled Leave the Past Behind shows 18-year-old Marta Nunez using art therapy to work through her frustrations and visualize her future. Randall Children's Hospital's photo stood out for its all-around excellence, composition and ability to relay what makes children's hospitals unique.

Chief Administrative Officer of Randall Children's Hospital Bronwyn Houston says, "Randall Children's Hospital is honored to have a photo chosen in and to be able to host the 2015 Children's Hospitals Photo Exhibit. Our photo depicts art therapy, which uses the creative art process in evaluating and treating pediatric patients who naturally use art to express themselves."

Marta suffered a spinal cord injury resulting from a car crash and persevered through months of rehabilitation at Randall Children's Hospital. She had this to say about art therapy, "I put my heart and soul into art therapy. It took my mind off of all of my problems."

The Children's Hospitals Photo Exhibit will be on display to the general public at Randall Children's Hospital February 5 through 29 in the lobby of the hospital.

Learn more about the exhibit online: https://www.childrenshospitals.org/Newsroom/Photo-Exhibit

###

Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel is one of Oregon's largest providers of pediatric inpatient and trauma services and opened its new home in February 2012. Randall Children's Hospital has a medical staff of nearly 500 physicians, including pediatric medical and surgical specialists, sub-specialists, hospitalists and community pediatricians. Randall Children's Hospital receives more than 170,000 patient visits per year.

Children's Hospital Association represents more than 220 children's hospitals to advance solutions for children's health.


Attached Media Files: News release , Leave the past behind
New Salem Health Rehabilitation Center inspires healing (Photo)
Salem Health - 02/09/16 12:55 PM
2016-02/977/91786/Salem_Health_Rehabilitation_Center_exterior_2_(1).jpg
2016-02/977/91786/Salem_Health_Rehabilitation_Center_exterior_2_(1).jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/977/91786/thumb_Salem_Health_Rehabilitation_Center_exterior_2_(1).jpg
Salem Health officially opened its new Rehabilitation Center at 755 Mission St., Building M in Salem. The two-story, 35,000 square foot space is designed to meet the rehabilitation needs of the community--and tailored for specialized and collaborative care.

The new building features:
An innovative overhead system designed to provide a safe and real-world experience for patients focused on gait, balance and fall risk
A larger warm water aquatic therapy pool
Multiple spaces for pediatric therapists to offer suspended vestibular equipment as part of therapy
Larger gyms for adult therapy and Work Injury Management

Visitors will discover the center's convenient location on the hospital campus with easy parking near the building.

"Our patients will love this fresh, new, natural environment for their therapy," says Phil Haworth, rehabilitation services manager. "They will experience more natural light, state-of-the-art equipment and inspired specialists with space to do their best work. It's really exciting."

Haworth says about 45 therapists and psychologists with Salem Health Rehabilitation Services see more than 7,300 new patients every year. Salem Health exceeded 50,000 patient visits in 2015.

People who need rehabilitation services can ask their provider for a referral to Salem Health Rehabilitation Center. Find more details about the center online at www.salemhealth.org/rehab.

Construction continues onsite of the new therapy and community play area--Salem's first outdoor play area for people of all abilities. People interested in making a donation can find more information online at www.salemhealth.org/tcpa or call 503-561-5576.


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 salemhealth.org; "Like" us on facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at youtube.com/salemhealth.


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/977/91786/Salem_Health_Rehabilitation_Center_exterior_2_(1).jpg , 2016-02/977/91786/Salem_Health_Rehabilitation_Center_lobby_(1).jpg
Pacific University Clinic Offers Affordable Primary Care, Other Services for Underinsured
Pacific University - 02/09/16 12:08 PM
HILLSBORO -- Those in need of primary medical evaluation and treatment but lacking adequate insurance coverage can receive comprehensive care for very low cost at the Pacific Psychology & Comprehensive Health Clinic, administered by Pacific University.

What began nearly three decades ago as the Pacific Psychology Clinic has expanded to become a one-stop suite of health services at clinic locations in downtown Portland (1411 SW Morrison, Ste. 310) and Hillsboro (222 SE 8th Ave., Ste. 212).

Primary care appointments, administered by the National College of Natural Medicine, are just $40 for the initial consultation, and $20 for each successive visit.

In addition to Western primary care and alternative medicine offerings, clients can also receive counseling therapy, physical therapy, speech-language therapy and occupational therapy at a single location. These services, provided on a sliding scale fee schedule, are administered by licensed practitioners and students within Pacific's schools of Professional Psychology, Physical Therapy, Communication Sciences and Disorders and Occupational Therapy.

The clinic's integrative model is designed to provide wholistic patient care in which providers who identify multiple issues can escort clients to other services, and subsequently collaborate with the other providers as needed to optimize all prescribed treatments.

Aaron Bergman, a mental health therapist at the Portland clinic, said the model of integrative care is especially important for those from underserved communities who have limited means to address multiple health issues, particularly if providers for different health issues are located throughout the city.

"For many clients, when things get difficult is when their medical concerns get deprioritized," he said. "Things like regular physician checkups or eye exams tend to get ignored for a long time. Here, when I identify other issues such as these, I can literally walk the client across the hall and get them set up with an appropriate provider, which tends to reduce their anxiety further."

Nikki Frederick, a psychology intern at the Hillsboro location, agreed and added that the clinic's design fosters better communication between all providers of a single patient.

"It's very easy to schedule sessions with other providers," she said, adding that she and her psychology colleagues accompany clients to their first appointments with other care providers to ensure they have a complete picture of a client's situation.

"We are really striving to achieve a much higher level of competency in coordinating total patient care so we don't overburden the clients with the redundancy and burden of having to explain their situation multiple times to providers based at different locations," she said.

The Portland location of the Pacific Psychology & Comprehensive Health Clinic recently began accepting Oregon Health Plan insurance. To schedule an appointment in Portland, please call 503-352-2400. To make an appointment at the Hillsboro location, please call 503-352-7333. For more information, visit pchpacificu.org.
Community Foundation Adds Position, Welcomes New Employees (Photo)
Community Foundation for Southwest Washington - 02/09/16 11:15 AM
2016-02/3522/91785/Trammell_Chrissy.jpg
2016-02/3522/91785/Trammell_Chrissy.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/3522/91785/thumb_Trammell_Chrissy.jpg
The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington recently added a key position to its team, and welcomed two new employees. Michael S. Macnab will fill the new Vice President of Gift Planning role, while Chrissy Trammell brings her expertise to the position of Operations Assistant at the local grantmaking organization.

Macnab will strengthen partnerships with professional and financial advisors throughout the region and help meet the financial, estate planning and charitable goals of prospective donors. Michael grew up on a family ranch in Sherman County, Oregon before receiving his bachelor's degree from Oregon State University. He has worked in the trust and investment management arena for nearly four decades and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. Before joining the Community Foundation, Macnab worked as the Senior Director of Gift Planning at the Oregon Health and Science University Foundation. He is the current President of the NW Planned Giving Roundtable, Vice President of the Southwest Washington Estate Planning Council and a member of the Portland Estate Planning Council.

Trammell will focus on coordinating office management and administrative duties to support the work of Foundation staff. She brings 15 years of administrative experience to her role at the Community Foundation. Most recently, Trammel worked in scheduling and diagnostics for the PeaceHealth Southwest Cardiology Clinic. Before that, Trammell ran a residential interior design business while raising a family. She is a Vancouver native, cares deeply about children's issues and animals, and believes strongly in giving back and building community through volunteerism.

"Our new hires build on the Foundation's reputation for providing excellent philanthropic services and bring specialized expertise that allows our entire team to work more effectively," Rhoads said. "We're excited to have them adding their skills to our mission of growing local philanthropy."

About the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington
Established in 1984, the Community Foundation helps southwest Washingtonians build a more vibrant community by inspiring investments in local philanthropy. The Foundation holds more than 290 distinct funds, which are actively invested to generate growth and income for granting purposes. Governed by an esteemed volunteer Board, the Community Foundation offers benefits and services to donors, nonprofits and the community at large. Learn more at www.cfsww.org.


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/3522/91785/Trammell_Chrissy.jpg , 2016-02/3522/91785/Macnab_Michael.jpg
Man Arrested for Grabbing 15 Year Old Female in Park (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 02/09/16 10:49 AM
Photo
Photo
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1412/91784/thumb_Vernon.jpg
On Saturday, February 6, 2016 at approximately 12:30 p.m. Beaverton Police responded to Powerline Park near SW Davis Road and SW 160th Avenue on a possible sex abuse report. A witness reported seeing an adult male run up behind a young female on the trail and grab her from behind like he was trying to take her to the ground. The witness yelled at the suspect to stop and get on the ground, he was detained until police arrived.

The suspect was identified as Dakota Michael Vernon, 23 years old from Beaverton. The 15 year old victim female told police she was walking on the path when Vernon grabbed her around the waist from behind and then grabber her bottom. She was able to push Vernon away and then ran up the path. The victim told police that she had seen Vernon and had a bad feeling, but felt safe since there were other people on the path and walked past him.

While police were investigating this incident they were contacted by an adult female about Vernon trying to grab her about 30 minutes earlier in the same area. This female told police she was walking in the park and saw Vernon standing in the grass with a strange look on his face. As she passed him she heard loud footsteps behind her and turned around. Once she turned she saw Vernon was one to two feet behind her and she yelled at him then ran away. A 14 year old female had reported a suspicious man in the same area the day prior and we believe it was Vernon.

Vernon was arrested and is currently in the Washington County Jail. The Beaverton Police Department is concerned that there might be more victims of unwanted physical contact from Vernon. If you have any information related to a similar incident like this involving Vernon you are asked to call the Beaverton Police at (503) 629-0111.


Attached Media Files: Press Release , Photo
Central Precinct Officers Arrest Car Prowler in Northwest Portland's Pearl District (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/09/16 9:50 AM
2016-02/3056/91782/James_Patrick_Brown_30.jpg
2016-02/3056/91782/James_Patrick_Brown_30.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/3056/91782/thumb_James_Patrick_Brown_30.jpg
On Tuesday February 9, 2016, at 4:06 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the REI parking garage, located at 1405 Northwest Johnson Street on the report that two suspects, one wearing a black mask and the other tying a bandana over his face, were seen walking into the parking garage.

Officers arrived in the area and established containment around the building before beginning to search for the two suspects. Officers located one suspect on the fourth floor. The suspect ran from officers, jumped a retaining wall to drop to the third floor, narrowly missing a police car driving through the garage. The suspect then forced his way through an exterior mesh window covering and climbed out onto a glass awning above the sidewalk. Officers outside the garage convinced the suspect to climb down where he was taken into custody.

Officers, including a Police Canine Unit, continued to search the garage but did not locate the second suspect. Officers did locate several cars that had been prowled.

The suspect, 30-year-old James Patrick Brown, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree and Attempted Possession of Methamphetamine. Brown was also lodged on a parole violation.

The second suspect was not located by police.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind community members to keep the interior of their vehicles "showroom" clean. Community members are advised never to leave valuables, including bags, purses, wallets, briefcases, laptops, tablets, cell phones, loose change or anything that may appear valuable to a thief in plain view.

Additional crime prevention tips can be found by visiting the City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention page regarding car prowls, http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/article/320547

Additionally, the Portland Police Bureau released a video in 2009 titled "Confessions of a Car Prowler," which can be viewed at http://youtu.be/De5IHBoGz6A

###PPB###


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/3056/91782/James_Patrick_Brown_30.jpg
Pilot Butte Canal Historic District (Cooley Road -- Yeoman Road Segment) Listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/09/16 9:36 AM
Pilot Butte Canal Historic District
Pilot Butte Canal Historic District
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1303/91764/thumb_OR_DeschutesCounty_PilotButteCanalHistoricDistrict_0003.jpg
A segment of the Pilot Butte Canal between Cooley Road and Yeoman Road in Bend and unincorporated Deschutes County is Oregon's latest entry in the National Register of Historic Places.

The construction of the Pilot Butte Canal was a result of the vision of east-coast real-estate investor Alexander McClurg Drake. Drake sought to irrigate the lands surrounding the Deschutes River under the provisions of the federal Carey Desert Lands Act, which encouraged the establishment of irrigated farms in the arid West.

Construction on the canal began in 1903. The critical Cooley Road to Yeoman Road Segment connected the already-constructed flume from the Deschutes River and traversed the basalt bedrock on its way north. However, the section was particularly difficult due to the terrain, and resources were concentrated here. Laborers using horse-drawn Fresno Scrapers and steam-powered drills finished this portion of the canal on February 10, 1905.

The canal's completion spurred rapid growth and development of central Oregon, including the establishment of Bend, Redmond, and other communities. It also provided an economic boost to the entire state with the growth of the agriculture and timber industries. The basalt floor and sides of the Cooley Road -- Yeoman Road Segment of the Pilot Butte Canal still show the tooling marks left by the scrapers and the steam drills, and its rough, unfinished nature reflects both the difficulty in digging the canal and the importance of finishing the project quickly.

The National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966
listed the Pilot Butte Canal segment in the National Register after an extensive public process beginning in December 2014. The review process included comments from the Central Oregon Irrigation Company, residents, advocacy groups, and local, state, and federal agencies. NPS' decision is based only on the National Register criteria, which considers the degree to which the property retains its historic appearance and its historic importance.

More information about the National Register and the Pilot Butte Canal Historic District, including a description of the nomination process and a full copy of the nomination document is available online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on "National Register" at left of page and then Pilot Butte Canal Historic District, Deschutes County).


Attached Media Files: Pilot Butte Canal Historic District nomination , Press Release , Pilot Butte Canal Historic District , Pilot Butte Canal Historic District
SCC Presents: "Higher Education in Transition: Private and Public Institutions of Higher Education Re-Think Education Models and Business Practices" (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 02/09/16 9:26 AM
George Pernsteiner
George Pernsteiner
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1853/91781/thumb_George_Pernsteiner.jpg
Join Salem City Club on Friday, February 19, 2016 for our luncheon program "Higher Education in Transition: Private and Public Institutions of Higher Education Re-Think Education Models and Business Practices."

Two nationally-known experts in higher education will take the Salem City Club stage this Friday to discuss the dramatic changes coming to both private and public institutions in Oregon and throughout the United States. Both see colleges and universities re-thinking their positions given the current impact of technology, demographics, economics, funding and even the perceived value of education.

Larry Large, president of the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities (OAICU) and George Pernsteiner, national president of the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), will share their knowledge on higher education transformations happening now and in the future, the necessity of the changes, how to accomplish them and who will be impacted.

Large, who has served as OAICU president for the last five years, also is the owner of L.D. Large Consulting LLC in Lake Oswego. Before that, Large served as president, interim president and in other administrative positions at colleges and universities in Oregon, Nevada, and Georgia. He holds degrees from Portland State University, the University of Oregon and was named an honorary alumnus from Corpus Christi College, Oxford University, in 2004.

Pernsteiner became national president of SHEEO in 2013 after serving nine years as chancellor of the Oregon University system. He also served in leadership positions at Portland State University, the University of Oregon and the University of California, Santa Barbara after a career in local government in Seattle, Washington. Pernsteiner holds degrees from Seattle University and the University of Washington and has taught at universities in both Washington and Oregon.

For Feb. 19 luncheon reservations, register online or call (503)370-2808 by noon, Wed. Feb. 17.

What: "Higher Education in Transition: Private and Public Institutions of Higher Education Re-Think Education Models and Business Practices"
When: Friday, February 19, 2016; Noon - 1 pm, doors open at 11:15 am
Where: Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St SE, Salem, OR
Who: Larry Large, President, OAICU and George Pernsteiner, National President, SHEEO
Email: info@salemcityclub.com
Website: www.salemcityclub.com


Attached Media Files: George Pernsteiner , Larry Large
Oregon City Police Participating in Safety Belt Blitz
Oregon City Police Dept. - 02/09/16 9:00 AM
The Oregon City Police Department along with several Oregon sheriff's offices, local police departments and OSP are participating in the OREGON SAFETY BELT OVERTIME CAMPAIGN BLITZ. The Blitz started February, 8 2016 and continues through February 21, 2016. Officers will also be on the alert for persons exceeding the posted speed limit or violating the "hands-free" cellphone law. This enhanced enforcement is paid from dedicated funding through USDOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Oregon City Police Department wants to remind you to "BUCKLE UP" before operating your vehicle.

The following information is provided by O.D.O.T. and the US Department of Transportation.

Statewide observation surveys in 2015 found 97 percent of Oregon's travelers use safety belts or child car seats. Not surprisingly, belt use was lower among persons killed in crashes; 75 percent among all crash fatalities and only 50 percent among persons killed in night time crashes, according to ODOT reports.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages one through twelve years old. Child car seats increase crash survival by 71 percent for infants under one year old and up to 59 percent for toddlers aged one to four. Booster seats reduce the chance of nonfatal injury among four to eight year olds by 45 percent compared to safety belts used alone.

Oregon law requires children less than forty pounds be restrained in a child seat. Children under one year or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds must be restrained in either a child seat or a booster seat appropriate for their size until they reach age eight or 4' 9" tall AND the adult belt system fits them correctly.

For help with child seats, refer to the seat manufacturer's instructions, vehicle owner's manual, or your local child seat fitting station. A list of fitting stations can be found at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/
Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to House Fire in SE Portland (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 02/09/16 8:50 AM
1800 SE 42nd Ave.
1800 SE 42nd Ave.
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/549/91779/thumb_image.jpg
Portland Fire & Rescue responded to a 2 story house fire at 1800 SE 42nd Ave. at 6:39 am. When crews arrived, they saw smoke coming from the eaves of the home and determined there was a fire in the attic. Crews made sure all occupants had gotten out of the house and began working on putting out the fire. Due to the remodeled roof, it took extra time to open the attic space that was burning and put out the fire.

PF&R's Arson Squad have determined that origin of the fire was in the attic. The cause of the fire is electrical in nature.

No injuries were reported and the occupants were not displaced.


Attached Media Files: 1800 SE 42nd Ave.
WSU Vancouver forum explores strategies to help students who experience PTSD succeed in school
WSU Vancouver - 02/09/16 8:38 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Discuss strategies to help students with post-traumatic stress disorder manage coursework, and academic tasks and physical space in classrooms at a forum from 2 to 3 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Library Building, Room 264 at Washington State University Vancouver. The forum is free and open to the public.

Ryan "Doc" McNabb, outreach specialist with the Portland Vet Center, will present an explanation of PTSD characteristics and some best-practice strategies. Guests will be invited to share what they have found helpful or pose lingering questions.

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. Parking is available at meters or in the Blue Daily Pay lot for $3.

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

# # #
WorkSource will ReBoot 1,000 Careers in Technology & Advanced Manufacturing by 2018
SW Wash Workforce Development Council - 02/09/16 8:00 AM
Three metro area workforce boards implement an $8.5 M U.S. Dept. of Labor grant, ReBoot NW, to deliver training and support to unemployed veterans and long-term unemployed workers

PORTLAND--VANCOUVER Metro Area (Feb. 9, 2016) -- Today, three metro area Workforce Development Boards representing the Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative (CWWC) announced the full launch of ReBoot Northwest (ReBoot NW), a training and jobs program for long-term unemployed and veterans seeking mid- to high-level careers in IT/Technology and Manufacturing.

ReBoot NW is our region's response to the White House's Ready to Work Initiative, which is premised on the idea that anyone who is ready to work should be able to find a job that fits their skills or access training to find a better job. All WorkSource centers in the region are now accepting applications for ReBoot NW.

Businesses are looking for qualified workers in IT/Tech and Manufacturing. "We have more than 40 industry partners supporting the ReBoot NW program," said Casey Barnard, Worksystems' ReBoot NW Senior Project Manager. "These businesses are sharing information about what they are looking for in job candidates and we are helping WorkSource clients to be better trained and prepared for their next career opportunity." The ReBoot NW program is working to develop a strong supply of skilled and qualified workers for the IT/Tech and Manufacturing sectors.

The Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative operates WorkSource centers in Clackamas, Clark, Cowlitz, Multnomah, Wahkiakum and Washington counties. Each WorkSource center hosts a ReBoot NW career coach to help clients assess barriers to their desired job in IT/Tech or Manufacturing and build a customized training and employment plan to help "ReBoot" their career. ReBoot NW services are tailored to individual needs and include everything from resume and networking help, to training scholarships, internships and work experiences.

Many ReBoot NW clients see immediate benefit to their job search, just by working closely with a ReBoot NW career coach. Of the 259 job seekers who have enrolled in ReBoot NW to date, one fifth have found jobs through the program, and many are actively engaged in industry immersion boot camps and in-demand training from Javascript to Lean Six Sigma. "For those who qualify and dedicate time and effort to their job search, ReBoot NW can pay dividends," said Barnard.

For more information, visit www.ReBootNW.org.
###

ReBoot NW is administered locally by Worksystems (Multnomah and Washington counties), the Clackamas Workforce Partnership (Clackamas County) and the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council (Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties). Program services are delivered at WorkSource centers in the Portland Metro Area and in Southwest Washington.


ReBoot NW Participant Profiles

Note: Michael and Doss are two examples of the types of candidates and job search issues the ReBoot NW program is intended to help. Both are happy to provide their perspective on the program in order to help others become aware of the opportunity and benefit from it. Other clients may be available for interview. Please reach out to the appropriate county contact.

Local Veteran Benefits from Coaching and Technical Resources through ReBoot NW -- Michael Williams, like many others in his shoes, was discouraged and feeling defeated by the job search process. He had been living out of the country for several years and had to make some tough choices with his career. Being new to Portland, he did not have many contacts. As a veteran, he investigated special programs but had not found anything that held promise -- until he found ReBoot NW.

The ReBoot NW program, offered through his local WorkSource center, provided him with a personal coach who spent one-on-one time with him, providing support and guidance, and assessing his background, his skills and his job search process. The ReBoot NW coach discovered Michael was highly educated, had a background in the military, medical, and financial fields, and was a motivated learner.

Michael had begun to teach himself coding and computer programming. His ReBoot NW career coach recognized the need for additional technical training and started by connecting him with ReBoot NW's Career Link tech industry immersion course and connecting him with top tech companies in Portland. Through the process, Michael was awarded a full scholarship to attend PDX Code Guild's Full Stack Python Developer Bootcamp, and recently obtained a Certification of Completion with Distinction. Today, Michael has marketable skills, a strong resume and cover letter, a larger networking circle, and many job prospects.

"Overqualified" Job Candidate Secures New Position with Certification and Resume Revamping -- Chelladurai Devadoss ("Doss"), a highly-educated and qualified engineer had never had employment problems until losing his last position at a company where he had worked for 10 years. Having patents and awards under his belt, it didn't seem like he would need to worry about finding something new. But his experience level and an increasing work gap on his resume was getting in the way of securing a position.

One of the things that had changed since Doss last looked for work was the automation of most companies' Application Tracking Systems. His ReBoot NW career coach taught him how to re-tool and customize his resume for the positions he was seeking. She also helped him understand how specialized certifications would make him more competitive and help get his resume to the top of the applications pile.

Doss received the benefit of ReBoot NW's personalized coaching, career planning, Career Link industry immersion boot camp, and advanced resume workshops. Through ReBoot NW, Doss was awarded a scholarship and completed a training course in Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. He was hired soon afterward for a research and development position by a major manufacturer in Oregon.

###


Attached Media Files: ReBoot NW News Release
Spokane Area Credit Unions to Contribute Over $28K to Sacred Heart Children's Hospital Today
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 02/09/16 7:37 AM
SeaTac, WA -- Continuing an important tradition of fundraising for hospitalized children, eleven Spokane area credit unions will make a special contribution to Sacred Heart Children's Hospital this afternoon. The contribution is being made in behalf of Credit Unions for Kids, a now-national charity founded 30 years ago by Northwest credit unions. To date, the nation's credit unions have raised over $150 million for the 170 Children's Miracle Network hospitals. Spokane credit unions have contributed over $1.5 million to Sacred Heart Children's Hospital.

Today's special presentation includes a check for $28,534.90 and two red wagons filled with toys. The wagons are a cheerful mode of transportation for the young patients going from their rooms to their medical appointments.

The money to be contributed today was raised last fall during the Northwest Credit Union Association's Roaring 20's gala and auction to benefit Credit Unions for Kids.

"Every single dollar raised by any credit union or group of credit unions directly benefits the Children's Miracle Network Hospital in their region. Donations might support toy purchases, patient care, research or medications, and in the end all of this puts smiles on faces of the kids and their families," said Jamie Dedmon, Managing Director of the Northwest Credit Union Foundation.

Media Coverage Invitation
Date: Today--Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Sacred Heart Children's Hospital, 101 W. 8th Ave, Spokane, WA 99204
If you cannot attend but your news outlet would like photos for use online or in later newscasts, please contact Lynn Heider

The Northwest Credit Union Foundation (NWCUF) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to identifying and nurturing partnerships that bring together Northwest credit unions, community organizations and nonprofits to improve and grow the regional economy. We provide credit unions and community partners with support that promotes asset-building, economic empowerment and cooperative development. Learn more at http://www.nwcuf.org.


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/4992/91776/Spokane_Area_Credit_Unions_Contribute_to_Sacred_Heart.docx
Muchas Gracias Armed Robbery (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/09/16 12:23 AM
Robbery suspect
Robbery suspect
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1172/91775/thumb_IMG_0320.JPG
On 02/08/2016 at approximately 2300 hours the Muchas Gracias located at 11500 NE 76Th street, Vancouver, Washington was robbed by a lone male with a handgun. The suspect entered the business and displayed a black colored semi-auto handgun to a store employee. The suspect demanded the money in the cash register. With an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect fled the store in an unknown direction. A k9 search of the area was unsuccessful. The male suspect was described as a white male in his thirties, approximately 510, brown hair, blue eyes wearing a black ski mask, black jacket, blue jeans and gloves.


Attached Media Files: Robbery suspect
Mon. 02/08/16
Pedestrian struck by vehicle at 12000 NE Hwy 99
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/08/16 11:58 PM
On 02/08/2016 at 1020 P.M., a 28 year old male pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in the southbound lanes of NE Hwy 99 at the 12000 block in Vancouver, Washington. The pedestrian was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with Investigators. No arrests have been made. Factors contributing to the collision are being investigated by the Clark County Sheriff Traffic Unit.
Auto-Ped Fatality in Tigard
Tigard Police - 02/08/16 6:58 PM
UPDATE

The woman who died in today's auto-pedestrian crash is identified as Vicky Stroh of Lake Oswego. Traffic investigators determined that Stroh was attempting to cross Hwy 217 without heed to the pedestrian crosswalk signal. No citations have been issued at this time. The investigation remains active.



Tigard Police were called to the intersection of NB Hwy217 at I-5 SB at approximately 5:30 a.m. this morning (020816) on reports of a pedestrian struck at the location. A 41 year-old Lake Oswego woman died at the scene. The victim was attempting to cross Hwy217 from south to north when she was struck by a pickup traveling from SB Hwy217 to SB I-5. The victim was in the crosswalk however it appears that the pedestrian control device was not activated. In addition, the victim appears to possibly have been walking distracted as evidence indicates she may have been wearing a personal listening device at the time.

The driver of the pickup remained on scene and is fully cooperating with investigators. The driver was not injured. Washington County CART was called to the scene to assist with the crash investigation.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office investigating body recovered in Willamette River
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/08/16 6:53 PM
On Monday February 8, 2016 at approximately 4:15 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies responded to the report of a body seen in the Willamette River near Cathedral Park by two fishermen. MCSO River patrol units arrived in the area and recovered the body of a deceased adult near one of the wing dikes just downriver from Cathedral Park. The body was transported to the Cathedral Park boat ramp. MCSO detectives and the Medical Examiner were notified. The body will be turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office.

We are not releasing any additional information at this time pending identification and family notifications.
US Bank Now Accepting Donations for Sgt. Goodding's Family
Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation - 02/08/16 5:19 PM
Citizens interested in helping support the Family of Sgt. Goodding in their time of loss
with monetary contributions may do so in one of two ways:

1. Donate through any U.S. Bank branch in Seaside or nationally.
Checks should be made out to the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation and the memo line should read: for the Goodding family. 100% of all donations will be contributed directly to the family. Cash, checks, and transfers are all accepted. Please make sure to mention the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation and the Goodding family when donating.

2. Donations can also be made through the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation website at
oregonfallenbadge.com and follow the link marked "Donate to
OFBF". When making your donation, after entering your payment information
and going to the next page, click on the "Add special instructions for
recipient" and type "for the Goodding Family" before submitting your
payment.
Nominations for 2016 Outstanding Oregon Woman Veteran of the Year
Oregon Dept. of Veterans' Affairs - 02/08/16 5:13 PM
The Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA) is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Outstanding Oregon Woman Veteran of the Year Award.
This distinct award recognizes three woman veterans who exemplify service as a veteran and as an outstanding member of the Oregon community. Selection criteria focus is on the nominee's achievements in support of veterans, her commitment to women veterans' issues, and as a citizen in service of her hometown, the State of Oregon, and the United States of America.
Submissions from both the veteran and non-veteran community are encouraged. The nomination form must be submitted online or in writing by March 4, 2016. The awards will be presented and recognized at the 2016 Oregon Women Veterans Conference on Friday, March 18, 2016.
Nomination forms are available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WVCNomination or by contacting ODVA's Women Veterans Coordinator.
This year's Oregon Women Veterans Conference will be held at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas on March 18 & 19, 2016. Women veterans throughout the state are invited to attend this biennial conference free of charge. Lunch and coffee are provided both days with a variety of workshops on topics including veteran's benefits/entitlements, women veterans health, coping with trauma, employment information, veteran and woman owned business information, and much more.
Registration is required to attend. Register online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016WVCRegistration.
For more information about the conference please contact the Oregon Women Veterans Coordinator, Elizabeth Estabrooks at (503) 373-2188 or elizabeth.estabrooks@state.or.us.

###
City of Salem Adult Softball and Kickball League Registration Information
City of Salem - 02/08/16 4:58 PM
The City of Salem Public Works Department announces team registration for 2016 Adult Softball and Kickball Leagues. Team representatives, coaches, or managers may pick up a 2016 League Registration Packet at the City of Salem Public Works Department, 555 Liberty Street SE, Room 325, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open during the lunch hour) or go to www.softballcityusa.com to print the team registration packet.

Registration is open for all 2016 leagues. Teams may register for all 2016 softball and kickball leagues--including spring, summer, and fall games. Registration forms have been simplified to make signing up easier and faster. Spots will fill up quickly, so register now to secure your place in one, two, or all three seasons.

Browse available softball and kickball league information, then download a team registration form from the publication page and submit it to register@softballcityusa.com. To arrange for online credit card payments, first-time users should call our office at 503-588-6261. If you prefer to write checks, mail or hand-deliver your registration materials to our office at 555 Liberty Street SE, Room 325. Have questions about registration, fees, or payments? Go to softballcityusa.com and look under registration. You may also contact us during regular office hours. We are here to help.

League openings are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Teams may reserve a spot with a $300 deposit for double header league. All fees must be paid in full by league deadlines or that league spot will be given to a team on the waiting list. Individuals looking to join a team can register on the Free Agent list at www.softballcityusa.com. Teams may contact you to join their team.

Spring/Summer League 12 Week (24 games/doubleheaders), Sundays--Thursdays
Games start: Week of April 10-14, 2016
Paid in full at time of registration - $1,190
Pay with deposit to hold team's spot - $1,390
(Min. deposit $300 + $200 installment fee + balance = $1,390)
Deadline is March 2, 2016, at 3:00 PM

Spring/Summer League 10 Week (20 games/doubleheaders), Fridays
Games Start: Friday, April 15, 2016
Paid in full at time of registration - $990
Pay with deposit to hold team's spot - $1,190
(Min. deposit $300 + $200 installment fee + balance = $1,190)
Deadline is March 2, 2016, at 3:00 PM

Spring Co-ed Single Game League 6 Week (6 games)
Games Start: Monday, April 11, 2016
Paid in full at time of registration - $310
Deadline is March 2, 2016, at 3:00 PM

Kickball Spring League 6 Weeks (6 games)
Games start: Thursday, April 14, 2016,
Paid in full at time of registration - $230
Deadline is March 2, 2016, at 3:00 PM

Spring Women's Single Game League 6 Week (6 games)
Games Start: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Paid in full at time of registration - $310
Deadline is June 1, 2016, at 3:00 PM

Late registrations or payments not made in full by the deadline will incur an additional $240 late fee for the 12-Week League and $200 late fee for the 10-Week League.

A mandatory meeting for all team representatives, coaches, or managers will be held on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at the City of Salem Library, Loucks Auditorium, 585 Liberty Street SE, at 6 p.m. Players are encouraged to also attend.

2016 Spring Leagues
Sunday Night Co-ed Doubleheader Leagues- 10 Teams
Monday Night, Co-ed Doubleheader Leagues- 14 Teams
Monday Night single Game League- 8 Teams
Tuesday Night, Men's Doubleheader Leagues- 16 Teams
Wednesday Night Men's 50+ Seniors Doubleheader League- 10 Teams
Wednesday Night Women's Single Game League- 6 Teams
Thursday Night, Men's Double Doubleheader¬- 12 Teams
Thursday Co-ed Kick Ball -- 12 Teams
Friday Night, Co-ed Doubleheader League- 14 Teams
Friday Night, Men's Doubleheader League- 6 Teams

Summer/Fall Softball and Kickball Registration information is available at www.softballcityusa.com.
Highway 20 Crash Takes Life of Ogden Utah Man - Deschutes County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/08/16 4:24 PM
Photo2
Photo2
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1002/91768/thumb_P1000696.JPG
On February 8, 2016 at about 7:52 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle roll-over crash on Highway 20 at milepost 55 (near Brothers).

Preliminary information reveals a 2001 Ford Windstar van was traveling eastbound on Highway 20 when the vehicle veered off the roadway and rolled over. Upon emergency crews arriving on scene they discovered the driver, Mr. Anthony Mychael VANOUDHEUSDEN, age 27, of Ogden Utah, who was ejected from the vehicle and later died from his injuries. Passenger, Ms. Destinni Aleah MARTINEZ, age 24, of Ogden Utah and child passengers (ages - 10 months, 3 year old and 6 year old) were taken to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend where they were treated for their injuries.

Evidence on scene indicates VANOUDHEUSDEN was not wearing a safety belt and was ejected from the vehicle. Troopers report icy conditions in the area which may have been a factor in the crash.

OSP was assisted by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Bend Fire, FBI, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Highway 20 was closed for one hour to allow the investigation to occur. The investigation is continuing and more information will be released when it is available.


Attached Media Files: Photo2 , Photo1
SE Lincoln Drive in Mt. Tabor Park closed to through traffic until April
Portland Water Bureau - 02/08/16 3:33 PM
Portland, OR -- A section of SE Lincoln Drive in Mt. Tabor Park will be closed to all foot, bike and motor vehicle traffic during the hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday beginning Tuesday February 9 to the first week of April. Pedestrians and bikes can still access trails above the closure area.

The Portland Water Bureau's contractor, JW Fowler, will be installing a 48-inch pipe from the intersection of SE Lincoln Drive, SE Tabor Drive and SE Harrison Street down to the SE Lincoln Street entrance to the park.

Parking will be available on SE Lincoln Drive up to the southwest entrance to the Off-Leash Dog Park. Park users will still be able to access the park using SE Harrison Street to SE Tabor Drive. The Off-Leash Dog Park will remain open.
Remember to drive slowly, exercise caution when traveling in the construction zone, and obey traffic controllers.


Attached Media Files: Map of closure area
Fallen Officers to Be Honored
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/08/16 3:21 PM
Fallen Officers to Be Honored

SALEM, OREGON: Three fallen law enforcement officers will be honored on the Oregon House Floor on Tuesday, February 9 at 10:30am.

HCR204 honors fallen Washington County Deputy Robert Talburt. Deputy Robert Talburt joined the Washington County Sheriff's Office in 1977. He was a member of the dive team and a mentor to young explorer scouts. Deputy Talburt was killed on December 14, 1984 while responding to a burglary in progress call when his patrol car hit a patch of wet mud left behind at a construction site and spun around hitting a utility pole. He died instantly. Deputy Talburt left behind his wife, Pam, their young daughter, Melody and extended family.

HCR206 honors fallen Clackamas County Deputy William Bowman. Deputy Bowman joined the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office in 1994. His was a member of the SWAT and Honor Guard teams. Prior to joining the Sheriff's Office, he worked as a paramedic for AA Ambulance and Life Flight Network. Deputy Bowman was killed on September 12, 2000 while participating in a training exercise. He is survived by his wife Corie, two daughters, Lauren and Grace, and extended family.

Prior to the reading of these HCRs, Washington County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard will post the colors. Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Chaplain Mike Vermace will offer the invocation.

A moment of silence will be held in honor of fallen Seaside Police Sergeant Jason Goodding who was killed on Friday, February 5, 2016.

A moment of silence will also be held on the Senate Floor.

The Oregon Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors was established in 1993. Oregon C.O.P.S. is a non-profit organization that provides resources to assist families after a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty. C.O.P.S. also provides support for co-workers who are affected by the loss, and training to law enforcement agencies on line of duty death and its aftermath. For more information on Oregon C.O.P.S. go to oregonpolicesurvivors.org.


Attached Media Files: PDF Flier
Woodland Public Schools hosts FBLA conference for nearly 300 students from around the region (Photo)
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 02/08/16 3:00 PM
In addition to the 60 events, students can participate in workshops where to learn about business practices and other topics.
In addition to the 60 events, students can participate in workshops where to learn about business practices and other topics.
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/59/91753/thumb_WHS-FBLA-Workshop.jpg
Monday, February 8, 2016-Woodland, WA-Nearly 300 students gathered at Woodland High School for the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Winter Conference where student teams competed in 60 events ranging from graphic and website design to job interviews and budgeting for businesses along with specialized workshops to train students for business careers after high school on Monday, February 1, 2016.

Rose Ruff, the business teacher at Woodland High School, organized the event after seeing it grow to a size where it needed a larger venue. "Thanks to Woodland's brand-new high school, we have plenty of room to put on the conference with all of its different events and competitions," said Ruff. "The new high school is such a beautiful venue that the students, coaches, and judges all had a great time enjoying the new space the school allowed."

A total of 291 students from schools around the region participated in individual and group competitions with volunteer judges including business owners, chamber of commerce members, city council members, and board members. "If people have the time to volunteer to judge, they do, because they see the value in FBLA," said Bob Berrigan, the FBLA Southwest Region Advisor and FBLA Chapter Advisor for Heritage High School in Evergreen Public Schools. "The sell to volunteer is super easy because the communities are all so supportive."

Students join FBLA for a variety of different reasons. "My parents are business owners, so I wanted to learn more about what running a business entails," explained Megan Jones, a Woodland sophomore in FBLA for her second year. "I love the fact that although there's a sense of competition; all of the students have a mutual understanding that participating in FBLA might take us somewhere, and work together to ensure each other's success -- there's a huge feeling of teamwork."

Karin Taylor, a Woodland senior who has been in FBLA since eighth grade, started participating in FBLA in graphic design before getting into business math, client service, and impromptu speaking. "I love speaking in front of people, and it's so much fun to convey what I'm trying to do," she said. "I'm a real people person and it's amazing getting to meet so many new people in the club and at the events."

The biggest challenge facing the FBLA advisers is coordinating the event with its 60 events including 33 speaking competitions. "Coordinating all the moving parts can be a nightmare to make sure they're all working together, but we have a great team of people working to get it done," said Berrigan. "What inspires me is seeing the students change over time; one of my students was going to drop out of school before I got him involved in FBLA. I like seeing students shine when they have opportunities they might not have had before."

Former students rave about their time in FBLA. "Keeping in touch with former students is great because I get to see the impact that FBLA has had on them becoming successful college students and business professionals," said Berrigan. "FBLA goes way beyond what happens in the classroom by showing students how much they can accomplish by presenting to potential employers at these competitions where students have been offered internships on the spot."

Ruff started her career working in marketing and advertising for the Portland Expo Center while coaching a cheerleading squad on the side. "I realized that I enjoyed coaching so much that I decided to get my master's degree in teaching and become a full-time teacher," said Ruff, now in teaching her second year at Woodland. "I love so much about teaching, particularly the classes where I teach students about budgeting, balancing checkbooks, and give them skills that will help them in life after high school."

Any interested student can join the Future Business Leaders of America which offers competitions including banking and financial systems; business ethics; client service; 3D animation; computer game and simulation programming; emerging business issues, entrepreneurship; impromptu speaking; and much, much more. For Ruff, she enjoys the coaching aspect of being the FBLA Advisor for Woodland High School. "Coaching FBLA is similar to coaching cheerleading except the kids need to be much more independent," explained Ruff. "Their competitive events in FBLA require them to be on top of time management and preparing to compete."

Berrigan pointed out the variety of students who join FBLA. "All kinds of students get attracted to FBLA," said Berrigan. "Even students who want to be doctors end up in FBLA because they want to learn leadership skills and how to run their own practice."

In order to achieve its success, the FBLA program relies on funding from the state, a part of the state budget currently being reviewed by the legislature. "The state is currently holding hearings on Career and Technical student organizations like FBLA, and we want to make sure our representatives know how vital programs like FBLA are to student development and post-school preparation," said Berrigan.

For more information on FBLA, you can visit their website at www.wafbla.org.

###


Attached Media Files: In addition to the 60 events, students can participate in workshops where to learn about business practices and other topics. , The FBLA competitions are organized by FBLA advisors from the participating schools. (Pictured, from left to right: Kathy Scobba from Washougal High School; Bob Berrigan from Heritage High School; Kathy Schmit from Kalama High School; Joan Huston from Uni , Karin Taylor (senior, left) and Megan Jones (sophomore, right) have participated in FBLA to learn about business, public speaking, graphic design, and more. , Nearly 300 students from all around Southwest Washington gathered at Woodland High School to compete in 60 different events.
'Beyond Bags' Program yields positive recycling results
City of Vancouver - 02/08/16 2:44 PM
____________________________________________________________________________________________

Summary of Key Outcomes:

More than doubled the amount of plastic wraps, films and bags collected at Safeway stores
Significantly increased the collection of plastic wraps -- beyond bags -- (e.g., case wrap, product wrap, bread bags, produce bags, etc.) at stores
75 percent reduction in plastic bag contamination in curbside recycling carts of customers who received a notice on their cart about plastic bags/wraps
_____________________________________________________________________________________________

Vancouver, Wash. - Positive results are in from a 2015 program to increase awareness of and opportunities for recycling plastic wrap and bags.

This past year, the City of Vancouver, along with regional solid waste partners Clark County and Waste Connections of Washington, combined forces with the American Chemistry Council's Flexible Film Recycling Group, Safeway, and the Trex Company to implement a "Recycle Right Beyond Bags" program. The effort was focused on making it easier for consumers to recycle plastic wrap and bags at retail stores and raising awareness about keeping plastic bags out of curbside recycling carts.

Preliminary data from that program shows the amount of plastic bags and wraps taken for recycling to 12 Safeway stores in Clark County more than doubled between August and September 2015.

The Beyond Bags campaign, which focused on increasing recycling of flexible polyethylene (PE) packaging, known as "film" or "wrap" in Vancouver- area Safeway stores, blended seamlessly with a regional Recycling Done Right campaign in Clark County, targeted at educating customers at the curb about what does and doesn't go into blue recycling carts. The latter study showed a 75 percent decrease in plastic bag contamination within recycling carts of customers who had received informational notices.

"Leveraging partnerships and education, we were able to change how many residents deal with plastic bags and wrap, keeping these materials out of our community's curbside program and diverting them to retail drop-off recycling sites where they belong, said Tanya Gray, Solid Waste Supervisor at the City of Vancouver. "Importantly, these efforts have raised community awareness and strengthened our ability for recycling a wide variety of film, beyond the bag."

Plastic bags and wrap present problems when they escape into the environment as litter or are put into curbside recycling carts, where they lead to major problems at materials recovery facilities by getting tangled in disks designed to separate paper from other recyclables. Vancouver Solid Waste encourages reusable bags where possible. The campaign title, Beyond Bags, reflects the fact that plastic bags are only a small portion of all the various types of plastic wrap material used in consumer packaging -- from plastic film over dry cleaned clothes, to plastic wrap around paper towels, and much more. Most importantly, these plastic wraps and bags can be a valuable, recyclable material when taken to the right recycling location.

The region will continue to work on expanding the return to store "beyond bags" recycling program and also hopes to address commercial plastic film streams. More positive results are expected this spring from the Trex Recycling Challenge underway at a number of Clark County Green Schools, where students are actively engaged in collecting plastic film for delivery to retail stores.

A link to the final report on the Beyond Bags Program is expected to be posted on the City's website at: www.cityofvancouver.us/wrap.

###
Governor's Commission to Review Law Enforcement Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice for Sgt. Jason Goodding Seaside PD
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/08/16 2:08 PM
The Governor's Medal of Honor Commission will hold an emergency telephonic meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Please dial: 877-873-8017
Access code: 8191185

The Governor's Commission on the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor will hold an emergency telephonic meeting to review a request to present the Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice to the family of fallen Seaside Police Sergeant Jason Goodding's (DPSST# 43017). Sgt. Goodding of the Seaside Police Department was shot and killed while serving a felony warrant on Friday evening around 9:20 pm.

Sgt. Goodding is the 183rd Oregon law enforcement officer to have died in the line of duty since the first was recorded in the 1880s. 183 law enforcement officers across Oregon including city, county, state, tribal and federal officers who work in law enforcement, corrections and parole and probation agencies have died in the line of duty. A complete list of these officers can be found at http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/AT/pages/olememorial.aspx

The criteria for this award is as follows:

Oregon Revised Statute 176.267 - Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice.

(1) The Law Enforcement Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice is established. Upon nomination by the Governor's Commission on the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor established under ORS 176.262, the Governor or the Governor's designee may award the medal in the name of the state to the family of a law enforcement officer who has died while performing his or her duties as a law enforcement officer or who was killed because of his or her employment as a law enforcement officer.

(2) The medal shall be bronze and consist of a police shield overlaid by a sheriff's star with the seal of the State of Oregon in the center and the words "Law Enforcement Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice" within the design. The medal shall be suspended from a ring that is attached to a gold ribbon with a blue edge. The reverse side of the medal shall be inscribed with the words "Awarded by a grateful state for the ultimate sacrifice by a law enforcement family." [2011 c.434 ??1/21]


Background Information

The Law Enforcement Medal of Honor and the Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice were created by the Oregon Legislative Assembly and Governor through the passage of HB 2877 and is found within Oregon Revised Statutes 176.260 through 176.267.


Governor's Commission on the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor Members

Dave Dryden-- Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP)
John Bishop -- Oregon State Sheriffs Association (OSSA)
Heidi Moawad -- Public Safety Policy Advisor for Governor Kate Brown
Craig Halupowski -- Oregon Council of Police Associations (OCPA)
Rick Igou -- Oregon Peace Officers Association (OPOA)
Linsay Hale -- Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST)
Bill Lyons -- Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)
TVWD Receives the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award
Tualatin Valley Water Dist. - 02/08/16 1:44 PM
The Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) was recently awarded the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. The prestigious national award was given for TVWD's outstanding presentation of its 2015-2017 biennial budget.

The award reflects TVWD's commitment to meeting the highest standards of governmental budgeting, and the desire to make the budget understandable to its customers, citizens, and other interested parties. It is based on how well the budget document serves as:

A policy document: TVWD's budget not only provides a financial analysis, it also gives a detailed overview about the District's policies.
A financial plan: The budget provides current and future financial forecasts, and details how TVWD will budget for upcoming projects. Many budget documents only give current budget year information.
An operations guide: The budget includes general information about TVWD's operations.
A communications device: The budget uses many charts, graphs and pictures to make the information more understandable.

"This award goes to show that TVWD is dedicated to a transparent and easy to understand budget," said TVWD Board of Commissioners President Marilyn McWilliams. "Transparency is key to hold the District accountable to ratepayers, and this award validates the staff's hard work to make sure District processes are as accessible as possible."

Documents submitted to the Budget Awards Program are reviewed by GFOA professional staff and other national experts in public-sector budgeting. This is TVWD's seventh consecutive budget to receive the prestigious award.

"This peer review process is one of the key benefits of TVWD's participation in the award program," said Chief Executive Officer Mark Knudson. "Receiving outstanding ratings for many of the criteria included in the GFOA review is a reflection of TVWD's commitment to providing quality water and customer service in the most cost-efficient way possible."

For more information about TVWD's budget, visit www.tvwd.org/budget.


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/4174/91759/GFOA_Budget_Award_Press_Release_2016.pdf
Moda agreement ensures no changes to coverage for consumers
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 02/08/16 1:02 PM
(Salem) -- The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services issued a consent order today that outlines a plan for Moda Health Plan, Inc. (MHP) to stabilize its financial position and continue to serve its customers. As a result, the department has lifted the Jan. 27 order of supervision and MHP will resume selling and renewing policies to both individual and group customers in Oregon and Alaska.

The steps outlined in the order will generate more than $170 million for MHP, providing sufficient capital and surplus to continue operations. That means all MHP policyholders -- including those who have individual, group, Medicaid, and Medicare supplement plans -- will be able to keep their plans. All premiums, cost-sharing, networks, and benefits will remain the same.

DCBS worked in close partnership with the Alaska Division of Insurance and the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner to achieve this outcome.

"This course of action is the best option for consumers because it will not disrupt their current policies," said Patrick Allen, DCBS director. "These steps will provide a financial cushion so the company can make good on the commitments it has made to Oregonians."

The requirements in the order include:
Providing coverage and service to its individual policyholders in Oregon and Alaska through Dec. 31, 2016.
Establishing a bank deposit for the benefit of Alaska policyholders.
Selling a portion of money owed to MHP by the federal government.
Providing additional, more frequent reporting to DCBS and the Alaska Division of Insurance.
Selling a combination of assets, including some held by Moda, Inc., and making all proceeds available to MHP. These transactions, several involving third parties, will bring new capital to MHP.
Obtaining DCBS approval from before awarding executive salary increases or bonuses.
Obtaining surplus notes, which are debt instruments considered capital and surplus.

If Moda does not complete all the requirements as scheduled, the department retains the ability to take swift action.

"While we expect Moda to comply with the order, we will have the ability to take further steps, if needed," Allen said. "Our utmost concern is protecting Oregon policyholders."

Today's announcement follows last month's order of supervision issued by DCBS to MHP because of concerns over its financial condition. The department issued the order because of MHP's excessive operating losses and inadequate capital and surplus. The supervision order (http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/ins/admin_actions/actions_2016/insurer_2016/financial_2016/other_2016/16-13-001.pdf) prohibited MHP from issuing new policies, required it to raise adequate capital, and placed a state representative on site to oversee financial transactions. The order also required MHP to submit a business plan and secure sufficient capital.

"Initially, we thought it might be prudent for MHP to exit the individual market, but the steps outlined in the consent order instead will allow consumers to continue their health coverage with no changes;" Allen said.

For all MHP policyholders, there should be no disruption of services and consumers do not need to take action. If consumers have any problems or questions, they can call the department's consumer advocates at 1-888-877-4894 (toll-free). Frequently asked questions are available on its website: http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/Insurance/insurers/regulation/Pages/moda-faqs.aspx.

The consent order is available at http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/ins/admin_actions/actions_2016/insurer_2016/financial_2016/other_2016/16-13-002.pdf.
Public Safety Memorial Fund Board to hold Emergency Meeting - Sgt. Jason Goodding (DPSST# 43017) Seaside Police
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/08/16 12:57 PM
PUBLIC SAFETY MEMORIAL FUND BOARD / MEETING NOTICE

For Immediate Release / February 8, 2016

Contact Linsay Hale (503) 378-2427


Notice of Meeting


The Public Safety Memorial Fund Board will hold a meeting at 3:30 p.m. on February 9, 2016 at the Public Safety Training Academy in Salem, Oregon. Participation via conference call has been established.

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, Professional Standards Division Director at DPSST, (503) 378-2427.

Agenda Items:

1. Minutes for April 27, 2015 / Approve minutes

2. GOODDING, Jason - M-1 Applications for Benefits for PSMF Benefits

3. Next meeting - April 28, 2016

Requires a vote by the Board

Reason for emergency meeting is to discuss providing assistance as allowed within Oregon Revised Statute 243.950 to the family of Sergeant Jason Goodding (DPSST# 43017) of the Seaside Police Department who was shot and killed while serving a felony warrant on Friday evening around 9:20 pm.

The Public Safety Memorial Fund (PSMF) supports officers and families in time of need. This program was established by the Oregon Legislature in 1999. The Oregon Public Safety Memorial Fund is administered and staffed by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training(DPSST), in conjunction with a Governor-appointed Public Safety Memorial Fund Board of public safety constituents. The fund provides financial assistance to public safety officers who are permanently and totally disabled as a result of a line of duty injury, and to family members of the public safety officers who have been killed or permanently and totally disabled in the line of duty. The Board is currently Chaired by Oregon State Police Superintendent Rich Evans.

http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/MF/pages/index.aspx
Shooting Investigation Underway in Northeast Portland's Kerns Neighborhood - No Known Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 02/08/16 12:51 PM
On Monday February 8, 2016, at 12:26 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the area of Northeast 24th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard on the report that an occupant of one car was shooting at the occupant of another car.

Officers arrived in the area and located evidence of gunfire at Northeast 24th Avenue and Irving Street. Officers also located a vehicle parked near Northeast 12th Avenue and Irving Street that may be related to the shooting.

Benson High School was placed into a precautionary lockout due to the proximity to the shooting but it does not appear the incident has any direct relationship with the school.

No gunshot victims have been located at the scene or have arrived at any area hospitals.

Based on the initial information, the Gang Enforcement Team (GET) is responding to conduct an investigation into the shooting.

Anyone who witnessed the shooting or has information is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333.

###PPB###
Free Clinic of Southwest Washington receives $2,500 grant to help low-income patients receive medications
Free Clinic of SW Washington - 02/08/16 12:32 PM
VANCOUVER, Washington - The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington has received a $2,500 grant from Columbia Credit Union. The grant will help cover the rising cost of medications.

Last year alone, the Free Clinic had 6,690 total patient visits for medical and dental care. The dispensary filled 5,194 prescriptions -- all for free. Eight hundred and fourteen specialty appointments were coordinated with physicians and dentists in the community who volunteer their services.

"Without access to free medications at the Free Clinic, patients may end up in a hospital emergency room when their conditions become acute and where services are extremely expensive," said Barbe West, Executive Director of the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington.

Medical and dental care provided to patients includes the provision of medications, which are an essential component of the treatment plan for a patient to return to a healthy state. Individuals are able to return to their job or school and be healthy, productive participants in the community.

About the Free Clinic:

The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington provides free, compassionate, quality health care to children and adults who are otherwise unable to obtain such services. The Free Clinic offers medical, dental, vision and specialty care services that are provided by more than 600 volunteer professionals. The Free Clinic is funded by the local community and all donations stay in Southwest Washington.

For more information about the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington, visit: www.freeclinics.org.


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/1594/91755/News_Release_Columbia_Credit_Union_Grant.doc
Oregon Safety Belt Campaign
Tualatin Police Dept. - 02/08/16 11:30 AM
Tualatin Police will be conducting a safety enforcement blitz starting February 8, 2016. The project will focus on proper belt use for adults as well as children riding in car seats, texting while driving and speed.

Tualatin Police will join with police agencies nationwide for the annual, "Click it or ticket" campaign that runs from February 8th through February 21st. Oregon agencies will focus on educating drivers on the importance of wearing their safety belt properly and making sure children are properly secured in a child passenger safety seat. They will also focus on educating drivers on the dangers of texting while driving and speeding.

Statistics show child safety seats reduce crash fatality risk for infants under 1 year old by 71 percent and for toddlers aged 1 to 4 by 54 percent. Safety belts reduce fatality risk by 45 to 60 percent. And yet, 31% or 61 of Oregon's 198 occupant fatalities in 2012 were reportedly unrestrained. ODOT estimates that approximately half of these fatalities could have been avoided with proper restraint use.

Consistent vehicle restraint use is the single most effective way to protect motor vehicle occupants from crash injury or death, according to the US Department of Transportation.

For safety belt systems, "proper use" means lap belt placed low across hips and shoulder belt crossing center of the chest over the collarbone. Belts should be free of slack and lying flat with no twists or knots. If the shoulder belt portion of the belt rides up onto the neck or feels uncomfortable, comfort may be increased by using the built-in adjuster or by moving seat position. The shoulder belt should NOT be placed under the arm or behind the back -- this can cause serious internal injuries or ejection in a crash.

Oregon law enforcement agencies are committed to reducing traffic crash injuries and deaths by promoting safety belt use and encouraging other safe driving behaviors through active enforcement and education.

The safety enforcement campaign is a federally funded program administered by ODOT.

Nearly one hundred state, county and city police agencies are participating in overtime grants to be used primarily during joint, statewide enforcement saturations or, "blitzes" scheduled for February, May and September.

For more information on the, "Click it or Ticket" program please visit the following web pages, www.nhtsa.dot.gov/ or www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/safetybelts.shtml


Attached Media Files: February 2016 Safety Belt Blitz
Update: Victim of Friday's Shooting Death Identified as 22-year-old Portland Resident (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 02/08/16 9:27 AM
2016-02/1278/91751/Ravell_Sterling.jpg
2016-02/1278/91751/Ravell_Sterling.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1278/91751/thumb_Ravell_Sterling.jpg
Gresham, Ore. -- The man killed in the Friday's shooting near the intersection of SE 174th Ave. and SE Stark St. has been identified as Ravell Deshawn Sterling, 22, of Portland.

Detectives with the East County Major Crimes Team continue to investigate the reasons why Sterling was shot and what connection, if any, he had with the three suspects.

Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to call the Gresham Police tip line at 503.618.2719.

###


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/1278/91751/Ravell_Sterling.jpg
Look out for fraud, identity theft this tax season
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 02/08/16 9:00 AM
SALEM, Ore.--Tax filing season has begun and the Oregon Department of Revenue wants to remind taxpayers to file early, file electronically, and immediately report suspected identity theft. Oregon, other states, and the IRS have seen significant increases in the filing of fraudulent tax returns, often using stolen identities and fictitious W-2s as a way to try and claim refunds.

"We know tax fraud is on the rise," explained Kris Kautz, the department's interim director. "Our goal is to avoid paying on fraudulent claims to protect Oregon's tax dollars from misappropriation and protect our taxpayers from fraud."

How big is the problem?
In 2014, we saw 4,700 fake returns trying to claim a total of nearly $8 million in refunds.
We stopped all but 159 of those fake refunds from being issued, preventing nearly $7.8 million from getting into the hands of fraudsters.
Through mid-November 2015, we saw nearly 4,000 fake returns, claiming more than $7 million in refunds.
What is Revenue doing?
We're providing easier reporting options through our website and dedicated identity theft phone line. To report potentially fraudulent activities or to flag your account for possible fraud, go to our website at www.oregon.gov/dor and click on "Report Fraud or Identity Theft" under "Get Help" at the bottom of the homepage. You can also call (503) 947-2000.
Our online services use two-factor authentication and require taxpayers to validate specific tax information before they can access their Revenue Online accounts.
We're following up on suspicious returns. If we think someone is using your personal information to file a fraudulent return, we'll send you a letter asking you to verify your identity. You can verify you identity by mail, by phone, or by taking our new online identity verification quiz.
The Legislature funded our plan to incorporate commercial data analytics and real-time withholding matching to help us catch more fraudulent tax activity.
We're participating in the IRS Security Summit with other states, the tax industry, and the IRS to identify additional safeguards to protect taxpayers' federal and state tax accounts from identity thieves.
"These added security measures may add a bit more time to your filing but it's to protect you as an individual and our state's funds," Kautz said.

How can you protect yourself?
E-file as early as you can. If we get your real return first, we can better stop fraudsters from using your information.
If you think or know your identity was stolen, notify us immediately using the reporting feature on our website. You can also call (503) 947-2000. We can flag your account and watch for potentially fraudulent returns and help you get your real return processed correctly. You should also flag your account with the IRS by calling 1 (800) 908-4490.
For more information on protecting yourself or what to do if you're a victim of identity theft, visit:
o https://www.irs.gov
o http://www.consumer.ftc.gov
o https://www.identitytheft.gov

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.
Oregon Lottery introduces Year of the Monkey Scratch-it
Oregon Lottery - 02/08/16 8:47 AM
According to the Chinese Zodiac, February 8, 2016 marks the beginning of the Year of the Monkey. To help celebrate, the Oregon Lottery has launched the Year of the Monkey Scratch-it ticket.

"The Year of the Monkey Scratch-it seemed like a natural step for us after launching a very successful Loteria Scratch-it in May 2015," said Oregon Lottery Traditional Product Manager Art Kiuttu. "The Asian and Hispanic populations in Oregon are important and we have had numerous requests to expand our games to include games that have special appeal to our diverse audiences. Due to the great success with our Loteria Scratch-it we will be introducing a new Loteria Scratch-it this year and we hope to have the same success with our Chinese New Year Scratch-it, Year of the Monkey."

In Chinese culture, the number '8' is considered a lucky number. So it's only fitting that the $1 Year of the Monkey Scratch-it offers players a top prize of $888. The game has over $1 million in prizes and offers players a 1:4.06 overall odds of winning a prize. The Year of the Monkey Scratch-it is available in most Oregon Lottery retail locations.

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

###
Science on Tap Vancouver - Microbes and the Human Gut: Do These Bacteria Make Me Look Fat?
Via Productions - 02/08/16 8:27 AM
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Time: Doors at 6 p.m. event at 7 p.m.
Location: Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main Street, Vancouver, Wash.
Cost: $8 online advance tickets, $10 suggested cover at the door.
Food & Drink: Beer, wine, popcorn, pizza slices, and snacks available.

The human body has trillions of cells, but only about 1/10th of those cells are actually human. The rest are microbes that live in and on our bodies and collectively they're called the "human microbiome," and we couldn't survive without them. They make vitamins for us, help us digest food, and battle disease-causing microbes, and they may influence our behavior, particularly in what and how much we eat. However, disturbances to the gut microbiome, perhaps through antibiotic overuse, have been associated with obesity, asthma, and autism. Understanding how a body's microbiome is unbalanced or not functioning optimally may help lead to new and unusual treatments such as use of probiotics, prebiotics, and fecal transplants. (Really.) At this Science on Tap, Lisa Sardinia, PhD associate professor of biology at Pacific University, will explain what the microbiome is, how it can get out of balance, and how we may be able to restore health by deliberately changing the kinds or numbers of microbes that share our bodies.

Science on Tap at the Kiggins is produced in partnership with Washington State University Vancouver.

For more information on Science on Tap, visit Via Productions.
Fatality Collision Investigation
Camas Police Dept. - 02/08/16 2:15 AM
Camas, Washington --

On 02-07-16 at approximately 9:40pm, Camas Police and Fire units were dispatched to a single motorcycle collision in the 4700 block of NW Lake Road. The motorcycle involved was traveling westbound on NW Lake Road when it veered to the left for unknown reasons and impacted a cement curb. The collision caused the helmeted rider to be thrown from the motorcycle. There were no additional passengers and no other cars involved.

The motorcyclist, a 65 year-old Vancouver resident, was pronounced dead at the scene by Camas Paramedics. The name if the decedent is not being released at this time pending notification of family.

The Clark County Sheriff Department's Traffic Homicide Unit is assisting Camas PD with the accident investigation.
Sun. 02/07/16
Red Cross Assisting After Weekend Fires in Gold Beach, Clackamas
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/07/16 10:51 PM
The American Red Cross is providing immediate assistance for residential fires in Curry and Clackamas County.

A Feb. 6 single-family fire in the 31000 block of Crabapple Way in Gold Beach, Curry County affected one adult. The Red Cross provided lodging assistance and assistance to address immediate basic needs, information about recovery services and disaster health and/or disaster mental health services.

Another Red Cross disaster action team responded Feb. 7 to assist one adult and two children from another family affected by a Feb. 6 multi-family fire in the 8000 block of South East Lake Rd in Milwaulkie, Oregon. The Red Cross provided assistance to address immediate basic needs, information about recovery services and disaster mental health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc to schedule an appointment.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Tigard Man Assaults Uber Driver and Steals Vehicle (Photo)
Tigard Police - 02/07/16 8:37 PM
2016-02/1798/91744/Colin_Michael_Lyle_DOB_041484.jpg
2016-02/1798/91744/Colin_Michael_Lyle_DOB_041484.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1798/91744/thumb_Colin_Michael_Lyle_DOB_041484.jpg
On Saturday, February 6, 2016 at approximately 11:20 p.m. Tigard Police was notified that a suspect had stolen a vehicle from the parking lot of a 7-Eleven located 12045 SW Hall Blvd. in Tigard. A Tigard officer arrived within minutes and spoke with the owner of the stolen vehicle who told police he was an Uber driver and had an intoxicated passenger in his vehicle. The victim advised that he had picked up the suspect in Portland and was heading to a Tigard location. The victim added that the suspect had been verbally abusive which then escalated to physical contact. The driver turned into the 7-Eleven parking lot to get help after the suspect began to interfere with the driver's ability to control his vehicle. When the victim stopped at the 7-Eleven and went into the business, the suspect drove-off with the victim's vehicle. Witnesses later told police the suspect drove over a curb and down a dirt slope when he exited the parking lot.

Shortly after Tigard Police received a call of an intoxicated driver who crashed into a curb near the intersection of Sattler and Parkland Streets in Tigard. Evidence at the scene led police to a residence nearby where the suspect, 31 year-old Collin Lyle was taken into custody. Lyle was charged with DUII, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Reckless Endangering and Intimidation. Lyle was lodged in the Washington County Jail.
The victim was not injured.


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/1798/91744/Colin_Michael_Lyle_DOB_041484.jpg
Memorial Service set for Sgt. Jason Goodding Announced
Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation - 02/07/16 7:27 PM
The memorial service for Seaside Sgt. Jason Goodding will be held this Friday, February 12, at the Seaside Convention Center located at 415 First Avenue in the City of Seaside. The start time is 1:00 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. Additional venues will be be identified in case the convention center reaches capacity. In that case, the event will be simulcast for the public at those additional venues.

The service will be preceded by a law enforcement procession that will wind through the streets of Seaside ending at the convention center. The public is encouraged to stand on the route to show their support for Sgt. Goodding's family, who will be riding in the procession.

Details of the route will be announced later this week, along with potential overflow venues where the service will be broadcasted. Media will be given detailed instructions on where to park and a schedule of the planned events. Because of the limited seating in the main venue, Media will be requested to establish a pool camera to video the event.
We are requesting that all media reports include a link to the site where all donations to the Goodding family should be directed. There have been several donation sites passed around, but there is only one site that has been vetted and guarantees 100% of the donations go to the family. That site is "OregonFallenBadge.com"

A media phone number (503-433-3447) has been established expressly for questions regarding the memorial service and activities surrounding the family of Sgt. Goodding. Any questions about the investigation should be directed to The Oregon State Police.
Sewer Overflow
Oak Lodge Sanitary Dist. - 02/07/16 2:35 PM
The Oak Lodge Sanitary District experienced a pump station failure at 2704 SE Park Ave. in Oak Grove that resulted in a sewer overflow at 11:40pm on 2/6/16. Staff responded to the pump station and corrected the condition. The sewage bypass ceased at 12:05am on 2/7/16. The estimated volume of the bypass is 17,500 gallons. Warning signs have been posted and public is advised to avoid contact with Kellogg Lake for the next 48 hours.
Driver Crashes into Apartment Building (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/07/16 2:02 PM
Crash Photo
Crash Photo
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1128/91740/thumb_Apt_Crash_Photo_2.PNG
February 7, 2016--Sheriff's Deputies responded to a crash where a vehicle collided into a building causing significant damage.

On February 7, 2016 at 10:14 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to 17970 SW Blanton Street in the community of Aloha concerning a vehicle that crashed into an apartment building.

Sheriff's Deputies arrived and found Baylee Torgerson, 16, from Aloha, had been driving a 2004 Honda Pilot with her father as a passenger. It was reported that Ms. Torgerson was practicing parking in the apartment complex parking lot. It appears she accelerated and rapidly drove from the parking lot, through a fence, and into the side of the building. It is not known why she accelerated instead of braked.

The apartment was not occupied at the time of the crash. There were no injuries in the incident. The building received significant damage but appears to be habitable.


Attached Media Files: Crash Photo , Crash Photo
Remains of Sgt. Goodding returning to Seaside
Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation - 02/07/16 12:23 PM
The Oregon Medical Examiner has released the remains of Seaside Police Sergeant Jason Goodding. He is being escorted by a number of law enforcement agencies back to Seaside at this time.
*UPDATE* Lebanon Fire District Responds To House Fire (New Photos) (Photo)
Lebanon Fire Dist. - 02/07/16 11:40 AM
2016-02/1191/91735/IMG_0827.JPG
2016-02/1191/91735/IMG_0827.JPG
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1191/91735/thumb_IMG_0827.JPG
UPDATE
The Lebanon Fire Investigation Team has concluded that the 2-Alarm fire from early Sunday morning was caused by a failure in the components of the hot tub on the back patio. The fire was deemed to be accidental and not suspicious in nature. Damage estimates not available.


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/1191/91735/IMG_0827.JPG , 2016-02/1191/91735/IMG_0825.JPG
Officers Conducting Bar Check in Southeast Portland Arrest Man with a Stolen Handgun (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/07/16 10:00 AM
2016-02/3056/91738/33-year-old_Rontonio_Augustus.jpg
2016-02/3056/91738/33-year-old_Rontonio_Augustus.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/3056/91738/thumb_33-year-old_Rontonio_Augustus.jpg
On Sunday February 7, 2016, at 12:27 a.m., Gang Enforcement Team (GET) officers conducted a walk-through at the Shamrock Bar, located at 4919 Southeast 82nd Avenue, after reports of an earlier fight where a subject may have had a gun.

Officers noticed a man acting very nervous in the bar so they contacted him. During their contact, officers located a loaded handgun in his pants pocket.

The man, 33-year-old Rontonio Augustus, was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a Firearm. Additionally, Augustus was held on a parole violation on an original charge of Attempted Murder. He will be arraigned on Monday.

Officers learned that the handgun was stolen in a car prowl.

###PPB###


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/3056/91738/33-year-old_Rontonio_Augustus.jpg
Salem Police Investigating a Homicide in Southeast Salem
Salem Police Dept. - 02/07/16 9:34 AM
Salem Police detectives are currently investigating a homicide that occurred on the afternoon of February 6.

Salem Police officers were called to a residence in the 1700 block of Warbler Ct SE at approximately 2:16 pm on a report of a disturbance. When officers arrived they found 45-year old Maria Roldan-DeManzur deceased in the residence. Officers were able to immediately detain 21-year old Jose Manzur-Roldan for questioning in the case, and he has since been arrested on charges of Murder and has been transported to the Marion County Corrections Facility. Jose Manzur-Roldan is the son of victim Maria Roldan-DeManzur.

There were two young children in the residence at the time of the incident. Both of those children are safe and have been released to relatives.

The investigation is continuing and all further media releases will be through the Marion County District Attorney's Office, Deputy District Attorney Amy Queen, 503-588-5222.
Red Cross Assisting After Linn County Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/07/16 8:34 AM
Disaster Action Team responders from the American Red Cross Cascades Region are assisting four adults and two children displaced by a single-family residential fire Feb. 7 in the 600 block of Vaughn Avenue in Lebanon, Linn County.

The Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs, and information about recovery services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc to schedule an appointment.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Sat. 02/06/16
UPDATE: 28-Year-Old Woman Arrested After Leading Police on Traffic Pursuit in North Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 02/06/16 8:44 PM
28-year-old Amanda Christine Shelton was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Assault in the Second Degree, Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, Reckless Driving (four counts), and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII). She will be arraigned on Monday. Shelton may face additional charges at a later time.

No booking photo is currently available.

###PPB###

###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Saturday February 6, 2016, at 12:24 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the area of Northeast 70th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard on the report of a reckless driver in a white SUV.

As officers were responding to the area, numerous calls were made to 9-1-1 by witnesses to the reckless driving in the area, heading northwest into North Precinct. Officers received information that a witness heard someone in the vehicle saying something about a gun and that the driver seemed to be trying to run people off of the road. Another witness reported seeing a young person seated in the front seat crying.

North Precinct officers spotted the vehicle near North Interstate Avenue and Lombard Street, where the suspect rammed a patrol car then sped out of the area. Officers pursued the suspect to the area of North Cecelia Street and Portsmouth Avenue, where officers successfully utilized a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) to spin the vehicle out and get the suspect stopped.

Officers took the driver, a 28-year-old female, into custody. Officer located three children in the vehicle, all of whom were unharmed. The children are approximately 3, 5 and 11 years old and are related to the driver. They will be turned over to family.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team has responded to conduct an investigation into the suspect's actions.

No officers or community members were injured as a result of the suspect's actions today.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

###PPB###
UPDATE: SUSPECTS IN CUSTODY--Happy Valley detectives seek public's help to catch 'Clackamas Porch Pirate' package thief; surveillance video available (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/06/16 7:44 PM
Tranton Anderson
Tranton Anderson
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/624/91613/thumb_1363540.jpg
UPDATE: SUSPECTS IN CUSTODY. (2-6-16, 7:00 pm)

Shortly after reaching out to the general public for their help identifying the suspects, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and Happy Valley Police Department, received several tips from both law enforcement personnel and members of the public that positively identified the suspects. The suspects are identified as 27 year old Amanda Kanthack, and her boyfriend, 37 year old Trenton Ryan Anderson.

Ms. Kanthack had already been taken into custody and lodged into the Multnomah County Jail on an unrelated charge at the time of identification. Detectives with the Happy Valley Police Department quickly disseminated Mr. Anderson's information to other local law enforcement agencies. Officers with the Portland Police Bureau worked with Happy Valley Police Detectives and were able to successfully locate Mr. Anderson. On 2-5-16 at approximately 11:30 pm, officers with PPB safely took Mr. Anderson into custody. Mr. Anderson is currently lodged at the Multnomah County Jail for a warrant and possession of methamphetamine, in addition to the various theft charges he is facing in Clackamas County. Ms. Kanthack will be interviewed in regards to her role in the package thefts in the near future by detectives with the Happy Valley Police Department.

On 2-6-16, officers with the Oregon City Police Department located the green Mercedes that was used by Mr. Anderson and Ms. Kanthack, in the commission of the thefts.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and Happy Valley Police Department would like to extend our utmost gratitude to the Portland Police Bureau, the Oregon City Police Department, as well as the various members of the public who helped to identify Mr. Anderson and Ms. Kanthack. This was truly a community effort to help ensure the continued safety of the citizens of Clackamas County.

[End Update]


Please reference CCSO Case #s 16-1689 and 16-2608

Surveillance video from two theft incidents involving the suspects (.mp4 format):
https://www.dropbox.com/s/1kbyad0a33o3bmx/Jan.%202016%20Clackamas%20serial%20porch%20theft%20surveillance.mp4?dl=0

Surveillance video on our YouTube channel:
https://youtu.be/bLvdh865wEM

Happy Valley Police detectives are asking the public for tips as they look for a new serial package thief -- and once again they've got excellent porch surveillance video of the suspect.

Authorities believe the "Clackamas Porch Pirate" is involved in at least six recent package thefts in the Happy Valley / Clackamas area. The suspect's M.O. appears to involve following delivery trucks on their rounds -- and working with a female accomplice in the back seat of his vehicle who rips open the packages in the back seat.

Porch surveillance video of two of the thefts has provided an excellent view of the suspect and suspect vehicle. Police are seeking tips from the public.

As seen in the above-linked video -- which captures two separate thefts on Jan. 19 and Jan. 28, 2016 -- the suspect is a while male in his 20s, roughly 6 feet tall and 180 pounds, driving a green 1994-95 Mercedes sedan with no plates and a trip permit.

TIPS SOUGHT

Have you seen the Clackamas Porch Pirate? Any tips regarding this incident can be called in using our Tip Line at (503) 723-4949 or by using the online e-mail form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp -- please refer to CCSO Case #s 16-1689 and 16-2608.

Porch surveillance cameras shooting high-definition video have been a huge boon to investigators working these sorts of cases. Last December, porch surveillance video provided a huge break in the search for the package-theft Grinch, which led to two arrests ( http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/pressreleases/2015-12-17-CCSOPR-PorchTheftTipsSought.html ).

The Sheriff's Office urges citizens to have packages delivered to secure locations or in person.

Three Clackamas County cities -- Damascus, Happy Valley, and Wilsonville -- contract with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to provide municipal police services.

[END]

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

Contact Info:
Sergeant Nathan Thompson
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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


Attached Media Files: Tranton Anderson , Amanda Kanthack
Westview High School wins third-straight berth in the National Science Bowl (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 02/06/16 6:18 PM
2016-02/1236/91733/P1080118.JPG
2016-02/1236/91733/P1080118.JPG
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1236/91733/thumb_P1080118.JPG
PR 06-16 BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140
or 503-230-5131

Students flex brainpower at 25th anniversary of largest regional science bowl in nation
Westview High School wins berth in the National Science Bowl

Portland, Ore. -- Three-time champion Westview High School Team 1 of Beaverton, Ore., proved unstoppable Saturday afternoon in the Bonneville Power Administration Regional Science Bowl at the University of Portland. In the 25th anniversary event, Westview overcame a strong challenge from second-place finisher Lincoln High School of Portland.

Catlin Gabel School Team 1 of Portland finished third, and Sunset High School Team 1 of Beaverton, Ore., was fourth among 59 teams of math and science whizzes from schools across western Oregon and western Washington.

The nation's largest regional science bowl highlighted the intellectual and competitive energy of more than 250 high school students vying for an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Department of Energy's National Science Bowl from April 28 to May 2.

"The final round was definitely nerve-racking, but that's what makes Science Bowl great," said Bryan Lee of Westview's Team 1.

"A lot of it depends on speed," said his teammate, Anthony Zheng. "That makes it more exciting than just sitting at a desk."

Beyond the prestige of winning and the prospect of the national competition, BPA and science bowl volunteers have worked to establish partnerships with universities and colleges in the region to offer scholarships for the top three teams in the high school division. In all, 17 colleges and universities in the Northwest offered members of the top teams a chance at more than $300,000 in scholarships.

Amid the fast-paced scoring, wins and losses, the day also had its entertaining moments.

"It's really fun," said Beaverton High team captain Cole Cavanaugh. "My favorite part might have been sharing looks of despair -- or maybe just acceptance -- when the really random, weird or obscure questions came up. At one point, someone from another team guessed, 'The Beatles?'"

Ming Liu, the captain of Team 1 from Mountain View High School of Vancouver, said, "This is my last year at science bowl. It's been a great journey, and I am honored that I got to compete against so many talented teams this year. It has also been great getting to know the smart people on other teams competing here."

In addition to the competition, demonstrations and hands-on activities took place throughout the day. In the afternoon, a separate engineering competition allowed teams that had not advanced to the double-elimination round to test their engineering and design skills. This year's challenge was to construct a transmission tower with the structural integrity to defy the forces of an earthquake.

"Bonneville has sponsored the Science Bowl each year for a quarter century to support these incredible students in their love of math and science," said BPA Chief Operating Officer Claudia Andrews. "As I watched them compete today, I was amazed and inspired by these kids. They are the energy innovators of the future, and we hope today's experience provides another step toward that important goal."

The hundreds of students in the competition, including last weekend's middle school event, come from public and private schools in Washington and Oregon -- from as far north as the Seattle metro area and as far south as Ashland, Ore. Many practice for months, in groups and individually, for the competition, which is as intense as any sporting event, particularly at the high school level.

BPA sponsors the science bowl to showcase students' talents in science, technology, engineering and math, as well as to encourage them to consider careers in these fields. This helps to build the future labor pool of scientists and innovators so critical to the energy industry. The BPA Regional Science Bowl is sponsored by the University of Portland, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories and Vernier Software & Technology.

"We're just doing this for fun, just to have a great time," said Alison Bowden of Beaverton High School. "We've had a lot of really close rounds, and it's really fun to cheer on our teammates. It's a good bonding experience for us."

BPA REGIONAL SCIENCE BOWL ALL STARS
BPA recognized the following students who answered the most questions correctly in the morning rounds:
Ashwin Sah, Jesuit High School Team 1
Daniel Chiu, Catlin Gabel High School Team 1
Ming Liu, Mountain View High School Team 1
Kevin Shen, Sunset High School Team 1
Chandler Watson, Oregon Episcopal High School Team
Anders Olsen, Lincoln High School Team
Matthew Seeley, Lake Oswego High School Team
Akshay Pulavarty, Westview High School Team 1

About BPA

The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 Northwest 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 259 substations to 490 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

###


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/1236/91733/P1080118.JPG
Red Cross Assisting After Multi-Family Fire In Clackamas County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/06/16 5:11 PM
The American Red Cross Cascades Region is providing immediate emergency assistance for three adults and two children displaced by a multi-family residential fire Feb. 6 in the 8000 block of SE Lake Road in Portland.

The Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs, mental health services, health services and information about recovery services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc to schedule an appointment.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
OSP Continuing Death Investigation at Baker Beach near Heceta Head - Lane County
Oregon State Police - 02/06/16 5:08 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and Lane County Sheriff's Office are continuing their investigation into a deceased male found at Baker Beach, seven miles north of Florence.

According to Sergeant Michael Berland, on February 6, 2016 at 1:56 p.m., a body was reported washed ashore at the Baker Beach. Lane County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police responded to scene.

The Lane County Medical Examiner's office was notified and assisted the Oregon State Police in the recovery of the body along with the Lane County Sheriff's Office. The investigation is continuing into an attempt to identify the deceased male found on the beach and also to determine cause and manner of death.

Please contact the Oregon State Police Springfield Office at (541) 726-2536 with any information on this investigation. No further information will be released at this time.
Officer involved shooting in Seaside *** Update 4*** (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/06/16 3:45 PM
2016-02/1002/91724/jason_goodding_smaller_size_file.jpg
2016-02/1002/91724/jason_goodding_smaller_size_file.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1002/91724/thumb_jason_goodding_smaller_size_file.jpg
Update 4
The Oregon State Police and the Clatsop County Major Crime Team has located the fourth person present during the officer involved shooting.

###

Update 3 Photo Included

On February 5, 2016 at 9:22 PM Seaside Sergeant Jason M. Goodding and an additional Seaside police officer made contact with Phillip Ferry, age 55, from Seaside. FERRY was walking down Broadway and was known by the officers to have a warrant for his arrest. Sergeant Goodding and the other officer attempted to place FERRY under arrest for the felony assault warrant. FERRY resisted arrest and the other officer deployed less lethal force (taser). FERRY fired a shot and struck Sergeant Goodding. The other Seaside police officer returned fire and shot FERRY.

Both Sergeant Goodding and FERRY were transported to local hospitals. Sergeant Goodding and FERRY died at the hospitals due to their injuries.

Sergeant Goodding was 39 years of age and lived in the Seaside Community. He is survived by his wife and school aged children. Sergeant Goodding graduated from Sherwood High-School and he earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Portland State University. Sergeant Goodding was hired with Seaside Police Department in April of 2003. During his tenure he worked as a patrol officer, detective, and a patrol sergeant. Sergeant Gooding also dedicated time to his community by coaching several different sports teams within the Seaside area.

Senate Bill (SB) 111 establishes protocols when an agency is involved in an officer involved shooting investigation. SB 111 mandates a separate agency lead the investigation. The Oregon State Police has been asked to conduct the investigation with the assistance of the Clatsop County Major Crime Team. The Major Crime Team is comprised of officers from Seaside Police Department, Astoria Police Department, and the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Cannon Beach, Warrenton Police Department, and the Oregon State Police.

There will be no additional information regarding the officer involved shooting until the investigation is completed.

The Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation will assist with the funeral of Sgt. Goodding the date and time will be posted to flashalert as soon as possible.

###

Update 2
Press conference scheduled for 10:00 AM on February 6, 2016 at the Seaside City Hall at 989 Broadway, Seaside.
###

Update
The officer involved shooting was a result of a contact with the suspect and officers on Broadway. OSP is requesting any witnesses to call 1(800)452-7888. At this time Broadway is closed due to the investigation.
###

On February 5, 2016 at approximately 9:20 pm a Seaside police officer was shot and transported to a local Clatsop County hospital. A Suspect was also shot and transported to a local hospital.

The Oregon State Police, Clatsop County District Attorney's office and the Clatsop County Major Crime Team are conducting the investigation of the officer involved shooting. We will not confirm the condition of the police officer or the suspect at this time.

We are aware of social media and news reports regarding the event. We ask for respect and consideration for the families and for Seaside Police Department.

The Clatsop County District Attorney's Office anticipates holding a press conference, in Seaside, on the morning of February 6th. The press conference time and location will sent out through Flash Alert.

Law enforcement does not believe there is any threat to citizens in the Seaside area.

All media inquiries should be directed to osppio@state.or.us

###


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/1002/91724/jason_goodding_smaller_size_file.jpg
Central Precinct Conducting a Death Investigation After Woman Jumps or Falls from Downtown Building
Portland Police Bureau - 02/06/16 1:48 PM
On Saturday February 6, 2016, at 12:46 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Southwest Yamhill Street, between 6th Avenue and Broadway, on the report that a woman jumped from a Downtown building and was deceased.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the woman and confirmed that she was deceased. The woman appears to be an adult, possibly 40 to 60 years old.

At this point, there is no indication of foul play. Witness information indicates that she either jumped or fell from at least the 5th floor of a nearby building.

Street traffic is not affected, however the sidewalk is closed as the investigation continues.

The Medical Examiner responded to the scene to conduct a death investigation.

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

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

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

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

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

###PPB###
2 people escape apartment fire in Milwaukie (Photo)
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 02/06/16 1:39 PM
2016-02/799/91728/lake_crest_fire.png
2016-02/799/91728/lake_crest_fire.png
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/799/91728/thumb_lake_crest_fire.png
An apartment fire was reported just after 11:00 am today at the Lake Crest apartments at 8124 Lake road. First units on scene found a first floor apartment with fire coming from the bedroom window. Firefighters quickly pulled a hose line to the window to help cool the fire they then made entry and were able to knock down the fire. Other units checked the apartments on the fire floor as well as the units above the fire. Firefighters reported an all clear of all the units and the fire was under control. Fire crews from Clackamas Fire District 1 and Gladstone fire were on scene.

There was a adult male and his son at home when the fire broke out. They were both able to escape the fire and the adult male was taken to the hospital as a precaution for smoke inhalation. The apartment was heavily damaged and many others in the building had smoke damage. Red Cross was called to the scene to help with the people who's apartments were affected.

The Lake Crest apartments are set up with a common hall way that leads to all the apartments on each floor so firefighters had to check every room on the first and second floor for victims. Having to search that many rooms takes time and extra man power but crews were able to clear all of the rooms quickly.

First arriving firefighters said the smoke alarms were sounding upon their arrival so remember whether you are a home owner or rent an apartment always make sure you have working smoke alarms.


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/799/91728/lake_crest_fire.png , 2016-02/799/91728/lake_crest_fire_2.png
Update: (Photos Added) Multi-agency investigation results in the arrest of a federal fugitive and the execution of a search warrant in rural Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/06/16 1:32 PM
2016-02/1002/91723/IMG_5539.JPG
2016-02/1002/91723/IMG_5539.JPG
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1002/91723/thumb_IMG_5539.JPG
The following is being released on behalf of the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement Team:

A multi-agency investigation resulted in the arrest of a federal fugitive and the execution of a search warrant in rural Josephine County late Thursday. Seized during the investigation were methamphetamine, US currency, marijuana, heroin, firearms, a significant explosive device and other items of evidentiary value. ROYAL KRUESI, age 41, from Murphy, was arrested on a federal warrant for Possession of a Firearm by a Felon and state warrants for ID Theft and Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon.

On February 4, 2016, KRUESI was arrested on Highway 238 in Josephine County after a short elude on a motorcycle and foot pursuit by the Oregon State Police. KRUESI had a large amount of US currency on his person along with a methamphetamine pipe. A search of his Harley Davidson motorcycle revealed approximately 1 ?1/2 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, $30,000 dollars in US currency, three handguns (two which were loaded), scales, packaging material and other evidence.

Law enforcement officers subsequently returned to KRUESI'S residence in the 12000 block of Water Gap Road near Murphy with a search warrant, which Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS) SWAT executed. Seized from the search warrant and a consent search of an adjacent residence were two ounces of crystal methamphetamine, one ounce of tar heroin, three firearms (including an semi-auto AK 47 rifle), 10 pounds of marijuana, packaging material, scales, a money counter, approximately ten thousand rounds of ammunition, a ballistic vest and other items of evidence.

Various items were discovered on the property stemming from a 2013 Jackson County Burglary report. The items recovered included a Honda Quad, plasma cutter, motorcycle riding gear and sand paddle tires.

Investigators also located a sophisticated Improvised Explosive Device (IED) during the search of KRUESI'S residence.

According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Drug Enforcement Section Sergeant Jim Johnson, the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) team partnered with many law enforcement agencies to assist with this investigation after receiving repeated information regarding KRUESI illegally distributing narcotics. Participating agencies included members from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety SWAT, Oregon State Police (OSP), United States Marshal Service (USMS) and Special Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) from Boise, Portland and Eugene. "Collaboration between a multitude of state and federal law enforcement agencies, the tireless pursuit of those who assisted in this operation, and excellent investigative work to apprehend this sought after fugitive was paramount in the case's success," said Johnson. RADE initiated the investigation last year after determining KRUESI was rumored to be linked to violent encounters and may have used intimidation to propel his methamphetamine distribution organization in Josephine County.

Additional crimes against KRUESI will be forwarded to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office and to the United States Attorney's Office for review. The investigation is continuing and additional arrests are anticipated.

Special thanks to Josephine County Sheriff Daniels for his support, the Josephine County District Attorney's office and the Assistant United States Assistant Attorney's office in Medford for their assistance in the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding suspicious drug activity is encouraged to call the RADE tip line at (541) 955-6970.

The interagency narcotics RADE team is comprised of personnel from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Oregon State Police, Josephine County District Attorney's Office, and the Josephine County Community Corrections.

No photographs for release.

###


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/1002/91723/IMG_5539.JPG , 2016-02/1002/91723/IMG_2919.JPG
Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation partnering with Seaside Police Department to plan memorial services for Sergeant Jason Goodding
Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation - 02/06/16 1:00 PM
The Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation is partnering with the Seaside Police Department to plan the memorial service for Sergeant Jason Goodding, who was killed in the line of duty on February 5, 2016.

For individuals wishing to donate to help support the Goodding family, donations can be made on-line through the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation website at www.oregonfallenbadge.com. Click on the "Donate to OFBF" link on the home page and then enter "For the Goodding Family" into the memo line of the PayPal donation page.

No date, time, or venue for the memorial service has been set at this time. This information will be released when it becomes available.
Three in Custody for Gresham Homicide
Gresham Police Dept - 02/06/16 2:58 AM
On February 5, 2016 at 2:33 p.m. Gresham Police responded to the report of a man shot near the intersection of SE Stark St. and SE 174th Ave. Police arrived on scene and located an adult male who was deceased. The suspects had already fled the scene.

A short while later, Portland Police located a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description traveling northbound on Interstate 205. A pursuit ensued continuing into Washington State. A Cowlitz County Deputy successfully deployed spike strips on Interstate 5 near the City of Kelso and a Washington State Patrol Trooper used a pursuit intervention technique (PIT) to stop the vehicle. Three suspects were taken into custody without further incident.

23 year old Rony Celis of Renton, Washington, 20 year old Charles Moimoi of Seatac, Washington, and 18 year old Clayton Harrell of Des Moines, Washington were booked into the Cowlitz County Jail on charges related to the homicide.

The victim's name is not being released at this time and it is not known if the incident is gang related. The investigation is on-going. Anyone with information in regards to the case is asked to call the Gresham Police at 503.618.2719.
Fri. 02/05/16
Red Cross Assisting Family of Five After Linn County Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/05/16 8:49 PM
The American Red Cross Cascades Region is providing immediate emergency assistance for two adults and three children displaced by a single-family fire Feb. 5 in the 1300 block of Clark Mill Road, Sweet Home, Linn County.

The Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs, health services and information about recovery services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc to schedule an appointment.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Dragon Dance & Parade from Chinatown to SW Portland this Sunday, February 7 at 11am
Oregon Historical Society - 02/05/16 5:18 PM
Portland, OR -- The Oregon Historical Society (OHS), in partnership with local dragon and lion dance teams, will host a mile long parade this Sunday, February 7. The parade begins at 11am on the corner of NW 4th Avenue and Davis in Chinatown, will continue along 3rd Avenue and up SW Jefferson, finishing at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Ave.). The celebration continues at the OHS, where admission is free all day to the museum (11am -- 5pm).

The dragon, owned by the Oregon Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, has not been used in a public parade for at least ten years, though some members of the community say it has not been in a public performance for nearly twenty years. It takes twenty-one people to carry the 60-foot dragon, and the parade team will be comprised of members of Lee Association Dragon & Lion Dance Team (led by Terry Lee), N.W. Dragon & Lion Dance Association (led by Wally Chow), International Lion Dance (led by Michael Choi), as well as volunteers recruited by the Oregon Historical Society who are new to this important tradition in the Chinese American community. There will also be lions dancing throughout the parade, and additional performances will take place at the Oregon Historical Society when the parade arrives at approximately noon. Sweet treats and tea will be provided.

Press Photos: http://bit.ly/207m9bS

The parade marks the start of Chinese New Year, which is Monday, February 8, 2016, as well as the opening of two exhibitions at the Oregon Historical Society. The Oregon Historical Society is proud to host Chinese American: Exclusion / Inclusion, on display now through June 1, 2016. On loan from the New-York Historical Society, this exhibition will make its only appearance on the West Coast at OHS before being sent to China for display.

In conjunction, the Oregon Historical Society's museum will also open a second exhibition on February 29 entitled Beyond the Gate: A Tale of Portland's Historic Chinatowns. This original exhibit tells the hundred year history of Portland's Old Chinatown (1850-1905) and New Chinatown (1905-1950). Unbeknownst to many Oregonians, Portland in fact was home to the second largest Chinatown in the nation in 1900.

About Chinese American: Exclusion / Inclusion

America's desire for trade with China is older than Independence, yet in 1882 the nation's borders shut for the first time to exclude Chinese workers. A long and bitter contest over immigration and citizenship ensued, influenced by tensions within the United States and the changing tenor of relations between the two countries.

This struggle over freedom and the right to belong shaped the Chinese American experience and the very formation of American society. It is a story of extraordinary individuals, fearful and courageous acts, and unexpected twists and turns that have surprising relevance to our world today.

"After seeing this exhibit in person at the New-York Historical Society, I knew that it would be well received in Portland," said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. "It is a world-class display, and tells an important history that is so relevant amidst the current conversations over immigration in our country."

A series of public programs on the topics of immigration, migration, exclusion, and inclusion of Americans throughout history have also been scheduled at the Oregon Historical Society and at venues across the state. For a full calendar of programs, visit www.ohs.org/events.

The Oregon Historical Society's museum is open seven days a week, Monday -- Saturday from 10am -- 5pm and Sunday from 12pm -- 5pm. Admission is $11, and discounts are available for students, seniors, and youth. OHS members and Multnomah County residents receive free admission every day.




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.
20-Year-Old Clatskanie Man in Custody on Sexual Abuse charges
Columbia Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/05/16 5:16 PM
Columbia County Sheriff's Deputies today arrested a 20-year-old Clatskanie man on multiple sexual abuse and other charges stemming from a lengthy, two-year investigation involving multiple agencies.

A Columbia County grand jury indicted Jerrus Storm Lumijarvi yesterday, and he agreed to turn himself in to deputies this afternoon. He was lodged on the following charges:

4 cts of Burglary I
1 ct of Unlawful Sexual Penetration I
1 ct of Sexual Abuse I
1 ct of Possession of Material Depicting Sexually Explicit Conduct of a Child
1 ct of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse I
2 cts of Private Indecency
1 ct of Invasion of Personal Privacy
1 ct of Coercion

In December, 2013 Lumijarvi was contacted by CCSO Investigators and Homeland Security ICE Agents during a sting operation. Lumijarvi had been communicating with undercover investigators leading up to that date via text messages attempting to obtain sexual favors in return for providing sexually explicit photographs of under age females. Upon contact by investigators and agents Lumijarvi was found in possession of computers, and computer storage devices. The District Attorney's Office declined prosecution, pending further investigation.

Last fall, a CCSO deputy took a report from a juvenile female who reported that Lumijarvi had conducted lewd acts in front of a 13 year old boy. Further, that Lumijarvi had committed a number of criminal acts of sexually explicit conduct with a juvenile female between March 2013 and June 2013

During the course of the investigation multiple interviews of witnesses were conducted in addition to the service of a search warrant on Lumijarvi's Clatskanie residence. Multiple items of evidentiary value were seized including computers and cell phones. These items were sent to the FBI for analysis. Lumijarvi was subsequently interviewed regarding the allegations. He was released pending review from the grand jury, which issued a true bill of indictment yesterday.

Bail is currently set at. $390,000, pending additional counts expected to be charged as the investigation continues.
Centennial School District Governing Board Meeting Notice for February 10, 2016
Centennial Sch. Dist. - 02/05/16 4:54 PM
The Centennial School District Board of Directors will meet on February 10, 2016, at 7:00 pm in the district office board room. Reports to be presented at this meeting include: Parklane Elementary School Building Report, the Annual Audit Report, Educator Effectiveness Update Report, the Student Representative's Report, and the Superintendent's Report. Along with various confirmation items that will be considered en masse, the Board will consider item 7.2.1, Consider MESD Program and Services Resolution for 2016/2017; item 7.2.2, Consider Open Enrollment Options for 2016/2017; item 7.2.3, Consider Revised Policy JEFA - Closed Campus; and item 7.2.4, Consider Revised Policy EFA - Local Wellness Program.

The complete board packet for this meeting is available on the Centennial School District website (www.csd28j.org) under the "School Board" tab.
**UPDATE** Fatal Shooting Investigation
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/05/16 4:22 PM
UPDATED INFORMATION
This information is being sent in cooperation with the Douglas County District Attorney's Office.

On Thursday, February 4, 2016, the investigation into the shooting that occurred in the 3000 Block of Rice Valley Road was presented to a Douglas County Grand Jury. The Grand Jury heard testimony from numerous witnesses which included Ryan Scevers' wife and Mr. Frank Hendrickson. They also heard from witnesses who reported the initial theft of the four wheeler and from the officers and Detectives who investigated the incident.

At the conclusion of the testimony, the Grand Jury voted unanimously that Mr. Frank Hendrickson was justified in his use of force and that no criminal charges would be returned against Mr. Hendrickson.

Contact Information: Deputy District Attorney Shannon Sullivan -- (541)-440-4388
END UPDATE

PREVIOUS RELEASE
On 01-30-16, at about 0845 hours Douglas County Communications received a report of a theft of a four wheeler from a barn located in the 800 Block of Thurman Road, in the Rice Valley area.

The stolen four wheeler was observed by responding Deputies, as well as by Oregon State Police Troopers. The operator of the four wheeler had a dog on the four wheeler with him at the time. Responding law enforcement officers were unable to pursue the vehicle due to the terrain where the four wheeler was seen. 24 year old Ryan Scevers, who lives on Thurman Road was identified as a possible suspect.

On 01-30-16, at about 1010 hours Douglas County Communications received a report from a resident in the 3000 Block of Rice Hill Road that they had just shot a subject after a confrontation with the subject at their residence. Responding Deputies and Troopers contacted 65 year old Frank Hendrickson and his wife, 62 year old Delilah Knight, at the residence. They also located the same subject they had seen earlier in the day riding on the stolen four wheeler, the stolen four wheeler, and the dog that had been with the subject. The subject was determined to be 24 year old Ryan Scevers, who was declared deceased at the scene.

Deputies learned Hendrickson and Knight had been at home when they heard a commotion outside. Hendrickson found a dog had come onto his property and was chasing his animals. Hendrickson shot the dog, which died at the scene. A short time later, Ryan Scevers rode into Hendrickson's driveway on the stolen four wheeler. Ryan Scevers entered into Hendrickson's pick-up truck, took a rifle from inside of it, and began to shoot at Hendrickson and Knight. One of the rounds fired by Ryan Scevers struck a window of the Hendrickson's residence, which knocked Knight to the ground. Knight was not struck by the bullet. Another round fired by Ryan Scevers struck Hendrickson's dog, which died at the scene. Hendrickson then returned fire and struck Scevers. Knight was transported to River bend Medical Center, where she was treated for a suspected broken hip. Hendrickson was not injured during the shoot-out.

Along with the Oregon State Police, the Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Sutherlin Police Department, the Roseburg Police Department and the Douglas County District Attorney's Office. The investigation is continuing. No arrests have been made, and the case will likely be presented to a Douglas County Grand Jury. Scevers next of kin has been notified.

No further information will be available until Monday morning.
Pursuit stopped on I5
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/05/16 3:54 PM
This Friday afternoon the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office assisted the Washington State Patrol and other agencies in helping to successfully stop a high speed pursuit that originated in Oregon. Three subjects were taken into custody. There were no injuries to the subjects or law enforcement personnel. Presently I5 northbound traffic is being diverted off I5 onto Old Pacific Highway at Kalama River Road. Media inquiries should be directed to the Washington State Patrol or the Gresham, Oregon Police Department.
Mother Arraigned on Criminal Mistreatment Charges Connected to Her Boyfriend's Sexual Activity with Her Child
Portland Police Bureau - 02/05/16 3:31 PM
On Friday February 5, 2016, 42-year-old Janet Lynn Porter was arraigned in Multnomah County Court on six counts of Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree, a felony, after her indictment by a Multnomah County Grand Jury.

Porter was arraigned out of custody and was not booked into jail on the charges.

The indictment stems from an October 2015 investigation that started when her boyfriend, 41-year-old Thomas Gene Duncan Jr., was arrested after a federal investigation into child pornography. During that investigation, Portland Police Bureau Child Abuse Team detectives learned that Duncan had been sexually active with Porter's 12-year-old daughter.

Duncan was indicted on numerous sex crime charges by a Multnomah County Grand Jury and is facing additional federal charges. He is currently in federal custody and has not yet been arraigned on the Multnomah County charges.

At this point there is no information of any additional victims but anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Stephen Gandy at 503-823-0185, stephen.gandy@portlandoregon.gov.

###PPB###
BGHS Student Is State Winner of Doodle 4 Google Competition (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 02/05/16 3:25 PM
Holly Halberg, a freshman at Battle Ground High School, learned at a surprise school assembly that she is the Washington state winner of the Doodle 4 Google contest. She accepted the award from the Google team with her little sister and her art teacher fr
Holly Halberg, a freshman at Battle Ground High School, learned at a surprise school assembly that she is the Washington state winner of the Doodle 4 Google contest. She accepted the award from the Google team with her little sister and her art teacher fr
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/20/91715/thumb_BGHS-Doodle4Google-Holly-Halberg-2-05Feb2016.jpg
Battle Ground High School freshman Holly Halberg learned at a surprise school assembly this morning that she is the Washington state winner of the Doodle 4 Google contest. Holly has advanced to the public voting round of the K-12 competition to create a Doodle that will be on the Google homepage for a day.

The public can vote through Feb. 22 for a finalist in each grade category at http://www.google.com/doodle4google. Four national finalists will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship, and the national winner will get a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education grant for his or her school. The national winner's Doodle will be on Google.com for a day.

Holly created a silhouette that tells the world "What makes me...me," the theme for this year's competition. She took inspiration from the things she enjoys in her life, from her little sister and living in the Pacific Northwest to reading and photography. Holly entered the competition after Alder Suttles, her art teacher at BGHS last semester, asked students to create a Doodle as a class assignment.

More than 25 students from her classes entered their Doodles into Google's competition, Suttles said, which for the first time could be created by most any medium the student favored. Holly said she chose a silhouette because she loves incorporating them into her photography. It took her a couple of weeks to develop the idea, compose it and then create the final project using an exacto knife to cut the silhouettes out of black paper and adhere them to paper cut from a book with blades of grass and the word Google written in black marker behind the silhouettes.

"She's very careful, and thoughtful and so talented," Suttles said. "It was an assignment we could have finished in class, but she took the materials home for extra time." Suttles added that while scanning the Doodles into a computer in preparation for entry into the competition, she stopped when she came to Holly's Doodle. "It was obvious to me it was special," she said.

Google held a surprise assembly at the high school on Friday to announce that Holly is the Washington state winner and to share technological innovations that Google is working on, including self-driving cars. Holly said that while sitting in the assembly amongst her classmates, and knowing that many had entered the competition, it didn't occur to her that she had won. As the state winner, Holly received a tablet and t-shirts with her Doodle printed on them. Battle Ground High School received $2,500 for art supplies, which will be used to purchase a pottery wheel and easels for art classes.

Holly has taken many art classes while attending Battle Ground Public Schools. At Amboy Middle School, Holly took art from Rebecca Broyles, a National Board Certified Teacher who now teaches visual arts at River HomeLink.


Attached Media Files: Holly Halberg, a freshman at Battle Ground High School, learned at a surprise school assembly that she is the Washington state winner of the Doodle 4 Google contest. She accepted the award from the Google team with her little sister and her art teacher fr , Holly Halberg, a freshman at Battle Ground High School, learned at a surprise school assembly that she is the Washington state winner of the Doodle 4 Google contest. She accepted the award from the Google team with her little sister and her art teacher fr , Holly Halberg, a freshman at Battle Ground High School, is the Washington state winner of the Doodle 4 Google contest with her silhouette design.
Vancouver Chamber Opens Registration for March Workshop Series (Photo)
Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce - 02/05/16 3:20 PM
2016-02/3339/91714/GVCC_Spring_Workshop_Series_Class_List___WEB.jpg
2016-02/3339/91714/GVCC_Spring_Workshop_Series_Class_List___WEB.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/3339/91714/thumb_GVCC_Spring_Workshop_Series_Class_List___WEB.jpg
(VANCOUVER, Wash.) -- On Friday, February 5th registration officially opened for the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce's (GVCC) eight-part Spring 2016 [Engagement] Workshop Series. This workshop series will kick off on Tuesday, March 1st with "Top Events for Businesses to Engage with the Community" instructed by Stacey Donovan, the Special Events Director at the City of Vancouver. Workshops will run every Tuesday and Thursday at the chamber (1101 Broadway Suite 100 Vancouver WA 98660) from noon to 1pm through the month of March. The classes are $10/person for GVCC Members; $20 for non-members. The general public is encouraged to attend. The presenting sponsor is The Columbian Newspaper. Register at http://www.vancouverusa.com/pages/WorkshopsTrainings.

The GVCC's 2016 Spring [Engagement] Workshop Series Class list:
Tuesday, March 1st workshop: Top Events to Engage with your Community by Stacey Donovan, City of Vancouver and Erin Adams, Human Services Council Senior Connections Expo.
Thursday, March 3rd workshop: Maximize Your Presence at Events by Ronnie Noize, DIY Marketing Center
Tuesday, March 8th workshop: Empower your Non-Profit Board to be Community Spokespeople by Patricia Zamboni Coash of Aushi Mizani, Success Coach.
Thursday, March 10th workshop: Tips from 20 Years of Engaging the Community by Kim Hash, Program Director at SHARE.
Tuesday, March 15th workshop: Internal Customer Service by Jody Blackwood, Clark College Economic and Professional Development.
Thursday, March 17th workshop: Understanding your Customers Perspective for Deeper Engagement by Kevin Hiebert of Resonate: Center for Community Innovation, Dialogue and Leadership Development.
Tuesday, March 22nd workshop: Using Digital Media to Engage Customers by Alan Hwang of ACH Marketing.
Tuesday, March 24th workshop: You're Professional Image: The Importance & Power of Impression Management by Kate Singh of Aevum Images and Dr. Carol Parker Walsh of Evolve Image Consulting.
Workshops are limited to the first 20 registrants.

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.

###


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/3339/91714/GVCC_Spring_Workshop_Series_Class_List___WEB.jpg
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire in Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/05/16 2:56 PM
Disaster action team volunteers with the American Red Cross responded to a disaster in the 1200 block of SE Belmont St. in Portland, Ore. This single-family home fire affected one adult and three pets. The Red Cross provided assistance to address basic immediate needs and information about recovery services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc to schedule an appointment.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
UPDATE #2: Driver of Toyota Crashes Head-On Into TriMet Bus Being Driven on Mt. Scott Boulevard (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/05/16 2:50 PM
2016-02/3056/91685/Bus_Crash_1.jpg
2016-02/3056/91685/Bus_Crash_1.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/3056/91685/thumb_Bus_Crash_1.jpg
The driver killed in last night's crash has been identified as 45-year-old Ronnie Bernard Davis Sr.

The TriMet bus operator was treated and released from the hospital.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. When the investigation is complete, the case will be reviewed by the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.

###PPB##

###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

The driver of the Toyota has died at a Portland hospital.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is continuing their investigation into the crash.

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###

###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Thursday February 4, 2016, at 6:22 p.m., East Precinct and Transit Police Division officers responded to Southeast 104th Avenue and Mt. Scott Boulevard on the report that a driver crashed head-on into a TriMet Bus being driven up the hill.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and contacted both drivers to check for injuries. The male adult driver of the Toyota had potentially life-threatening injuries requiring ambulance transport to a Portland hospital.

The TriMet bus driver was transported by ambulance to a Clackamas County hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries. There was one passenger on the bus that was not injured.

Preliminary information indicates that the driver of the Toyota was traveling down the hill on Mt. Scott Boulevard, crossed over the center-line and crashed into the TriMet bus driver, who was traveling up the hill.

The Traffic Division and Transit Police Division are investigating the crash.

Photos courtesy of the Portland Police Bureau.

###PPB###


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/3056/91685/Bus_Crash_1.jpg , 2016-02/3056/91685/Bus_Crash_2.jpg , 2016-02/3056/91685/Bus_Crash_3.jpg
FBI Phone Scam Warning
FBI - Oregon - 02/05/16 1:43 PM
The FBI is warning Oregonians to be on alert for a phone scam that spoofs the FBI's telephone number on the victim's caller ID. In at least a couple of recent incidents, a caller has claimed that the targeted person has an unpaid ticket or otherwise owes money. The caller claims the person will be arrested if a fine is not paid.

The originating telephone number used by the scammer is "spoofed" -- meaning that it appears as if the call is being made from one of the FBI's Oregon offices.

The FBI reminds the public that the FBI does not call private citizens requesting money. There are a number of ways people with criminal intentions can obtain your name, phone number, or e-mail address. The FBI reminds you to limit the information you freely provide online, including on social media sites. Phone scammers typically use fear, intimidation, and threats to get a victim to send money.

To protect against fraud:
?-–? Never give out personal information to someone you did not initiate contact with.
?-–? Before signing up for a contest or e-mail distribution list, make sure the business has a policy not to share your information or sell it to a third party.
?-–? Be leery of anyone you did not initiate contact with who asks for payment using a third party such as MoneyGram or GreenDot prepaid cards.
?-–? Scammers count on your lack of knowledge, so take the time to educate yourself about any offer you receive.

Individuals receiving such calls or needing to report any Internet related crime can file a complaint through the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.IC3.gov.
Vancouver Police substitute PIO, Feb 8-12
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/05/16 1:40 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- Vancouver Police PIO Kim Kapp will unavailable February 8-12. Taking media calls during office hours February 8-9 will be Cmdr. Dave King who can be reached at (360) 487-7512. Taking media calls during office hours February 10-12 will be Lt. Kathy McNicholas who can be reached at (360) 487-7442.

As always, for after-hour or weekend inquiries, members of the media should contact dispatch on the media line and request a return call from on-duty personnel.

All investigative updates are always sent out in the form of a media release and on duty personnel will not receive investigative updates.

###


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.
Celebrate Legacy Good Samaritan's 140th Anniversary by Sharing your Story (Photo)
Legacy Health - 02/05/16 1:38 PM
Original Legacy Good Samaritan
Original Legacy Good Samaritan
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/419/91708/thumb_Legacy_Good_Samaritan_original_building.jpg
As part of Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center's 140th anniversary of serving the Portland-metropolitan region and beyond the hospital is seeking stories from current and former Legacy Good Samaritan patients, physicians, staff and volunteers.

The contest concludes on Monday, February 29. The public will select three winners in two different categories: Patient or Staff/Volunteer. First place will receive an iPad mini and an opportunity to be featured in Legacy Good Samaritan's new historical exhibit, which will open fall of 2016; second place will receive $100 Visa gift card; and third place will receive $50 Visa gift card.

"From day one, people and their stories have been the heart and soul of Good Sam," said Jonathan Avery. "While much has changed at Good Sam and in the world of health care since we admitted our first patient in 1875, our mission has always remained the same -- to provide high-quality, compassionate care to those in need."

How to Submit Story
Those who are interested in sharing their story are encouraged to submit a brief recount of their experiences by visiting www.legacyhealth.org/goodsam140. There is a 300-word limit per story. The contest concludes on Monday, February 29. Public voting will begin on Tuesday, March 1 and conclude on Monday, March 11. The winners will be announced on Friday, March 18. If you have questions, please contact Jonathan Stephens at jstephe@lhs.org.

About Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center
Known as "Good Samaritan Hospital" when the Right Reverend B. Wistar Morris founded the hospital on October 9, 1875, Portland was considered a busy yet raw pioneer city of 13,000. "Good Sam", as it is affectionately known, was built for $10,000 and opened as a three-story hospital with only 25 beds and had a staff of five. It was located at Northwest 21st Avenue and Lovejoy Street, which was at the time considered to be the "belt timber which skirted the city" and only reachable through a small path in the woods. Legacy Good Samaritan has remained in the same general location ever since.

After a series of expansions, Good Samaritan merged with HealthLink, which included Emanuel, Meridian Park, Mount Hood and Holladay Park hospitals as well as the Legacy Visiting Nurse Association, in 1989 to form what is now known as Legacy Health.

Today, Good Sam has grown into a full-service medical center of national acclaim in one of Portland's most vibrant communities with 200 available beds and a staff of over 1500. Over the years, Legacy Good Samaritan has won numerous awards for its advancements in of cancer, rehabilitation, weight management, kidney transplant, eye, stroke and heart care.


Attached Media Files: Original Legacy Good Samaritan
Increased DUI enforcement on Super Bowl Sunday (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/05/16 1:33 PM
2016-02/385/91707/0120161143b.jpg
2016-02/385/91707/0120161143b.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/385/91707/thumb_0120161143b.jpg
Vancouver, Wash. --On February 7, 2016, thanks to a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, the Vancouver Police Department and Battle Ground Police Department will have additional officers out conducting DUI enforcement in an effort to keep impaired drivers off the road. The grant covers the overtime costs for the additional officers, high visibility marketing, and other costs associated with the various strategic community partners in support of Target Zero, Washington's strategic roadmap for eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030.

The Vancouver Police Department reminds anyone attending a Super Bowl party to choose a sober designated driver prior to the start of the party. If you see a partygoer who appears impaired and they don't have a designated driver, please call a cab or have a sober friend pick them up. For people hosting a party, make sure that guests who have been drinking, or that appear impaired, don't drive; take their keys, find a sober driver to take them home, or offer them a place to stay for the night if necessary. During the party, make sure to serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic drinks to all guests. If you are driving and see a suspected impaired driver, call 911.

The Vancouver Police Department wishes everyone a safe Super Bowl Sunday.



###


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.


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/385/91707/0120161143b.jpg
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Deputies watching for proper seat belt use during statewide safety belt "blitz" campaign
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/05/16 1:30 PM
From Monday February 8, 2016 through Sunday February 21, 2016, deputies from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) will be working day and night to increase proper safety belt and child car seat use. OSP, sheriffs and local police will be watching for proper safety belt and child car seat use during a statewide traffic enforcement "blitz". This enhanced "Click It or Ticket" enforcement is paid for by dedicated funding from Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon State Sheriff's Association.

MCSO will be adding extra patrols to enforce Oregon safety belt and safety seat laws. Deputies will be watching and contacting motorists who fail to properly use their safety belt, or who do not properly secure a child in the appropriate safety seat.

Properly using safety belts and child restraints holds a person safely in place and inside the car to prevent injury from occurring during sudden stops, swerves or a crash. Without a safety belt or child car seat, occupants can be thrown against each other, the interior of the car or completely out of the vehicle which greatly increases chances of serious injury.

Oregon law requires children less than forty pounds be restrained in a child seat. Children under one year or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds must be restrained in either a child seat or a booster seat appropriate for their size until they reach age eight or 4' 9" tall AND the adult belt system fits them correctly.

For help with child seats, refer to the seat manufacturer's instructions, vehicle owner's manual, or your local child seat fitting station. A list of fitting stations can be found at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/

Speeding and driver impairment are the most common causes of injury crashes. Oregon's safety belt overtime enforcement program is committed to reducing the severity of crash injuries by promoting proper safety belt and child restraint use. Multnomah County Sheriff's office reminds motorists, please remember, day and night "Click It or Ticket".

This is the first of three annual traffic enforcement "blitzes" dedicated to proper safety belt and child restraint use and runs February 8 through February 21, 2016.
Washington State Senator Don Benton Receives 2016 Community Impact Award from Northwest Credit Union Association
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 02/05/16 12:50 PM
SeaTac, WA. -- Senator Don Benton, who has represented Washington's 17th District since 1997, received the 2016 Community Impact Award from the Northwest Credit Union Association during a ceremony in Olympia last week.

With a grassroots army of 200 credit union employees and members looking on, Sen. Benton was lauded for decades of leadership benefitting consumers, and helping to pass legislation enabling the state's credit unions to better serve members.

"This honor is given to elected officials who have demonstrated their dedication to the people of Washington, through their support of credit unions. It is clear that Senator Benton has been and continues to be a true credit union champion," said Troy Stang, President and CEO of the Northwest Credit Union Association.

Joining Stang in presenting the honors was Roger Michaelis, President and CEO of Vancouver-based iQ Credit Union, which is in Benton's District.

"He has been a champion for credit unions," said Michaelis. "My first introduction to him was 20 years ago when he first got into the legislature. He's been championing causes for us the last 20 years."

Senator Benton noted that he was "deeply honored" to receive the Community Impact Award.

"You tell me another organization in the community that provides so many services and so many wonderful things outside of the financial services, and you do it all for members -- not for profit, not taking any profit from the community," said Benton. "I don't know of any other organization that does that. It's a unique system and I'm so proud to have helped it along."

Washington's 94 cooperative, not-for-profit credit unions have 3.4 million members, and protect financial assets of over $42 billion.

The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 157 of Oregon and Washington's credit unions. Northwest credit unions returned $352 million in direct financial benefits to their 5.2 million members last year. The NWCUA is the voice of the Northwest credit union movement, providing legislative, regulatory and public advocacy in addition to education, compliance, networking support and business solutions to credit unions. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/4992/91706/Sen._Benton_Receives_Community_Impact_Award.docx
Drug Task Force makes Woodland arrest
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/05/16 12:27 PM
On Thursday 02-04-2016 agents of the Cowlitz Wahkiakum Narcotics Task Force in a joint investigation with Woodland Police arrested 58 year old Jeffrey Reinke of Woodland WA for two counts of delivery of a controlled substance (cocaine). There are more arrests expected from additional investigations between CWNTF and the Woodland Police Department.
Washougal Police Arrest Local Man in Drug Investigation (Photo)
Washougal Police Dept. - 02/05/16 12:23 PM
Drugs seized photo
Drugs seized photo
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/3427/91704/thumb_DSC_0072.jpg
On February 4, 2016, at 230pm, Washougal Police Officers served a search warrant in the 700 block of G Street in Washougal. The investigation focused on the suspected sale of narcotics by Daniel Arthur Schrader, 52, of Washougal.
Discovered during the search were approximately 49 grams of methamphetamine, a scale, packaging materials, and drug paraphernalia.
Schrader was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and booked into the Clark County Jail.
The investigation is ongoing, no further details at this time.
Photo attached.


Attached Media Files: Drugs seized photo
Vancouver Police Department K9 Enzo receives body armor (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/05/16 12:13 PM
2016-02/385/91703/K9_Enzo_Vest_004.JPG
2016-02/385/91703/K9_Enzo_Vest_004.JPG
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/385/91703/thumb_K9_Enzo_Vest_004.JPG
Vancouver, Wash. -- Vancouver Police Department K9 Enzo has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a generous donation from Canine Wounded Heroes out of Roswell, Georgia.

All three Vancouver Police K9s now have received protective vests thanks to generous donations from both non-profit organizations and private donors.

The Vancouver Police Department is extremely appreciative of the outpouring of support from the public for the K9 unit.


###


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.


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/385/91703/K9_Enzo_Vest_004.JPG , 2016-02/385/91703/K9_Enzo_Vest_001.JPG , 2016-02/385/91703/K9_Enzo_Vest_002.JPG
Salem Police Responded to Serious Hit & Run Accident (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 02/05/16 11:47 AM
2016-02/1095/91700/Accident.jpg
2016-02/1095/91700/Accident.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1095/91700/thumb_Accident.jpg
Just after 10:00PM Thursday, the Salem Police Department responded to a serious hit and run accident at Portland Rd NE and Hyacinth St. According to witnesses, a black 2007 Chrysler 300 was southbound on Portland Rd. when a silver 2000 BMW northbound on Portland Rd. turned left into the path of the Chrysler, causing a t-bone accident. The driver of the Chrysler, 31 yr old Valeria Garcia of Woodburn, was transported by medics to Salem Hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the BMW fled the scene on foot leaving behind a passenger, 22 yr old Taylor Goulet of Salem. Goulet was transported by medics to Salem Hospital with life threatening injuries.

The accident remains under investigation by the Salem Police Department's Traffic Control Unit. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call (503)588-6171.


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/1095/91700/Accident.jpg
Tell us what you think about preparedness (Win a $150 emergency kit! WOW!)
Portland Bureau of Emergency Management - 02/05/16 11:13 AM
Preparedness survey to guide projects designed to reduce vulnerability to natural hazard risks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 5, 2016 -- There's work we can do now, together, to reduce our vulnerability to the risks associated with natural hazards like floods, earthquakes, landslides, storms and wildfires. We can't do it all and we can't do it all at once. But, with your guidance, the City of Portland can prioritize projects aimed to limit the impact of natural hazards on the systems and services that we need the most.

The City has released a simple preparedness survey (www.portlandoregon.gov/PBEM) to get a better understanding of how Portlanders prepare for emergencies and what they worry about when it comes to natural hazards. The information will be used to help the City better understand the work that needs to be done to get Portland ready for those events.

The survey is available in Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, Chinese and Vietnamese.

SWAG ALERT: Survey participants may enter to win one of five $150 emergency preparedness kits or a mini emergency kit.

Background: PBEM is working with a wide range of community and government partners to update the City of Portland's Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (NHMP). The plan's aim is to identify the City's natural hazard risks (flooding, earthquakes, landslides, extreme weather, wildfire and more) and the projects that can be done in advance to reduce the impact those hazards have on Portland residents. More information about the NHMP can be found here: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/PBEM/67578.

Meetings of the NHMP Steering Committee are open to the public. The next meeting will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17 in the Wy' East Conference Room of the Portland Public Schools Blanchard Education Service Center, 501 N. Dixon St., Portland OR 97227.

Connect to PBEM:
Twitter: @PortlandBEM · Facebook: www.facebook.com/PortlandBEM · Instagram: PortlandBEM


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/2998/91699/2016-02-15_Press_release_-_NHMP_Preparedness_Survey.doc
Public's Help Sought to Locate a 40-Year-Old Woman - Missing Since September 2015 (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/05/16 11:10 AM
2016-02/3056/91698/Missing_Jennifer_Lee_Brown_1.jpg
2016-02/3056/91698/Missing_Jennifer_Lee_Brown_1.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/3056/91698/thumb_Missing_Jennifer_Lee_Brown_1.jpg
The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate a missing 40-year-old woman, last seen in September 2015.

40-year-old Jennifer Lee Brown is described as a white female, 5'9" tall, 150 pounds, with blonde or brown hair.

Brown was last seen in mid-September 2015 visiting the home of a friend in the area of Southeast 16th Avenue and Stark Street.

Friends and family initially believed that Brown may have entered a long-term treatment facility as she struggled with addiction issues but she has not been heard from nor has she been in contact with anyone. In late-January 2016, police were contacted about Brown's disappearance.

At the time she was last seen, Brown was homeless and camping in parks.

There is no indication of foul play and police would like the public's help to locate Brown to check her welfare.

Anyone with information on Brown is asked to share it with the Missing Persons Unit by email, missing@portlandoregon.gov, reference case #16-26714.

###PPB###


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/3056/91698/Missing_Jennifer_Lee_Brown_1.jpg , 2016-02/3056/91698/Missing_Jennifer_Lee_Brown_2.png
CCC News (Photo)
Clackamas Community College - 02/05/16 10:54 AM
The Shadow Testament3
The Shadow Testament3
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/29/91697/thumb_The_Shadow_Testament3.jpg
Please find attached the latest Clackamas Community College news and events.


Attached Media Files: The Shadow Testament play , Skills Day , Aequitas Capital , The Shadow Testament3 , The Shadow Testament2 , The Shadow Testament1 , Skills Day Photo
FREE Children's Health Fair
Reynolds Sch. Dist. - 02/05/16 10:37 AM
The Multnomah Dental Society will hold its annual Free Children's Health Fair on Saturday, February 6, 2016, Reynolds Middle School from 10 a.m. -- 2 p.m.
This important community outreach program will provide a variety of health and dental related services at no charge.

The School, located at 1200 NE 201st Avenue, Fairview, will be filled with booths providing the following services:

? Dental, Vision, and Hearing screenings
? Dental Treatment --(Mobile Dental Units on site)
? Proper Dental Hygiene Instructions
? Immunizations
? Information on a variety of healthcare topics for the entire family
? Oregon Health Plan & Healthy Kids Sign up & Resources
? Lead Poison Screenings
? Nutrition/Diabetes Information
? Fire Safety
? Car Seat Safety
? Head Start Information
? Many other community resources
? Food will be provided

Each child attending will receive a "goodie bag" that includes a toothbrush and toothpaste and information on taking care of their teeth.
In addition, there will be entertainment and prize drawings, including the grand prize of a Xbox 360. Children do not need to be present at the time of the drawing to win.

The Fair is being held as part of the American Dental Association's nationwide program, Give Kids A Smile. The objective of Give Kids A Smile is to mobilize the nation's dentists during the month of February (National Children's Dental Health Month) to provide free oral health care services to thousands of low-income children.
Driver in Stolen Car Attempts to Elude Police in Car and on Foot - Captured After Causing a Crash, Hiding in Tree (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/05/16 10:20 AM
2016-02/3056/91695/Joshua_Marcos_Moler_27.jpg
2016-02/3056/91695/Joshua_Marcos_Moler_27.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/3056/91695/thumb_Joshua_Marcos_Moler_27.jpg
On Thursday February 4, 2016, at 11:48 p.m., Portland Police Canine Unit officers attempted to stop the driver of a green 1999 Subaru Legacy in the area of Northeast 141st Avenue and Sandy Boulevard. Officers observed the driver commit a traffic infraction and suspected the car was stolen (later confirmed).

The driver, later identified as 27-year-old Joshua Marcos Moler, failed to stop for police and led officers on a short traffic pursuit that ended when he crashed into another vehicle being driven on Northeast Marine Drive at 122nd Avenue.

After the crash, Moler got out of the vehicle and ran away, leaving a female passenger inside the car. The driver of the other vehicle in the crash was not injured. The female passenger in the stolen car was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries.

Several Canine Unit and North Precinct officers searched the area, ultimately finding Moler hiding in a tree near the Goodwill Industries property on the southeast corner of the intersection.

Moler was taken into custody without incident and was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, Attempt to Elude on Foot, Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon, Reckless Driving, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run), and Reckless Endangerment (two counts).

###PPB###


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/3056/91695/Joshua_Marcos_Moler_27.jpg
Homeowner Interrupts Burglary at Northwest Heights Neighborhood Home - Suspect Flees Area
Portland Police Bureau - 02/05/16 10:02 AM
On Friday February 5, 2016, at 4:56 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report that a victim was confronted by a burglar in a home in the 4000 block of Northwest Devoto Lane.

As officers were responding to the area they received an update that the victim was hiding in the master bedroom and last saw the suspect on the stairwell.

Officers arrived in the area and searched the home but did not find the suspect, described as an African American male in his 20s, 6'00" tall, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and dark pants. The victim told police that he heard noises in the house and when he went to check, the suspect confronted him on the stairs and threatened to shoot him. No firearm was seen by the victim.

Several officers, including a Police Canine Unit, searched the neighborhood but did not locate the suspect.

Anyone with information about this incident, including anyone with residential surveillance video, should contact the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333, reference case #16-381559.

Community members are encouraged to visit the City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention page at http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/cp for crime prevention tips and resources.

###PPB###
Yamhill County Sheriff's Office To Provide Extra Patrols on Super Bowl Sunday
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/05/16 9:56 AM
The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office will increase patrols on Super Bowl Sunday in an effort to minimize and reduce the negative impact of impaired drivers on law abiding motorists. These extra patrols will take place on February 7th. The extra patrols are paid for through a High Visibility Enforcement Grant provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Sheriff Svenson said "Super Bowl parties can be fun gatherings for family and friends and I want everyone to have a safe weekend."

If you plan to host a party or attend a party where alcohol or marijuana is being served you can take some precautions beforehand to avoid what could be a deadly end to the night.

If you host a party and provide alcohol or marijuana, make sure to also include food and non-alcoholic beverages. Monitor your guest's consumption and take the keys from a guest who has had too much.
Use public transportation or a taxi;
Ask a friend who has not been consuming for a ride home;
Promote the use of designated drivers and stop impaired family or friends from driving;
Always wear your seatbelt.
If you see a suspected impaired driver please call 9-1-1 and report them. Some signs to look for are:
Swerving or weaving in and out of a lane;
Stopping abruptly at traffic signs or signals;
Making unusually wide turns;
Driving over curbs;
Driving with headlights off at night.
Hockinson School District Regular Board Meeting
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 02/05/16 9:54 AM
The Hockinson School District will hold a Regular Meeting on Monday, February 8, 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
Beaverton to host Urban Land Institute Panel on Downtown Redesign
City of Beaverton - 02/05/16 9:04 AM
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The community is invited to hear from a panel of Urban Land Institute members, with expertise in urban design and development on Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 3-4 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall (12725 SW Millikan Way). The panel will present their recommendations in light of the city's visions and plans and will respond to key questions: what are the most important recommendations for transforming our downtown core from a suburban community to a more urban city; do the city's Design Standards and Guidelines hinder or assist good urban design; what tools are needed to successfully implement urban design expectations for the core area?

The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP to lcrabtree@BeavertonOregon.gov as seating is limited to 90. This event concludes the panel's engagement inclusive of a tour, discussions with public and private stakeholders, and deliberations.

For more information please contact the events program at events@BeavertonOregon.gov or 503-526-2559.

ABOUT URBAN LAND INSTITUTE NW
The mission of Urban Land Institute (ULI) Northwest, "is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. ULI Northwest carries forth that mission by serving the Northwest's public and private sectors with pragmatic land use expertise and education." For more information, visit http://northwest.uli.org/about-us/.

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

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

# # #
Fraud Alert: Active Phone Scams in Portland During Tax Season (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/05/16 9:00 AM
2016-01/3056/91482/Fraud_Alert.jpg
2016-01/3056/91482/Fraud_Alert.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/3056/91482/thumb_Fraud_Alert.jpg
The Portland Police Bureau wants community members to be aware of a variety of phone scams that are active in the Portland Metro area.

In 2015, officers received reports from people who stated that callers would claim to be members of a police department or sheriff's department and that the victim missed jury duty, had outstanding fines, or a warrant for their arrest that could be taken care of over the phone with a payment.

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

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

The Portland Police Bureau reminds you to be aware that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

###PPB###


Attached Media Files: 2016-01/3056/91482/Fraud_Alert.jpg
Corps awards The Dalles navigation lock contract
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 02/05/16 8:50 AM
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

News Release

Release No: PA 16-006
Contact: Scott Clemans, (503) 808-4513
For Immediate Release: February 5, 2016

Look for this news release at: http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/media/newsreleases.aspx


CORPS AWARDS THE DALLES NAVIGATION LOCK CONTRACT
Work to occur during system-wide 2016-2017 extended lock outage

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $10.5 million contract to a Vancouver, Washington, company to increase navigation lock reliability and safety at The Dalles Lock and Dam on the Columbia River.

Northbank Civil and Marine, Inc., will fabricate and install a new upstream navigation lock gate and new gudgeons anchors -- the top hinges and anchor points -- on the downstream gate. The contract also contains options for control systems upgrades and additional work on the downstream gate.

The project will reduce the risk of gate failure at this key point on the Columbia-Snake river inland navigation system, which annually supports transit of 9 million tons of cargo worth $3 billion, including about 40 percent of the nation's wheat.

"The upstream gate and controls systems are original equipment from when The Dalles Dam was completed in 1957 -- they're well beyond their 50-year design service life," said Jeff Ament, Corps project manager for this navigation lock work. "The downstream gate was replaced in 2010-2011, but the gudgeon anchors and other items were not a part of that project."

This work will coincide with major improvements, critical repairs and routine maintenance at other navigation locks throughout the Columbia-Snake river inland navigation system. A 14-week closure of those locks is scheduled to start Dec. 12, 2016.

For more information about the upcoming Columbia-Snake river extended navigation lock outage and to sign up for email notification of updates, visit http://www.nww.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/FY17LockOutage.aspx.

Public notices and other Portland District navigation information is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation.aspx.

- 30 -
Red Cross Assisting Families At Newberg Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/05/16 5:38 AM
The American Red Cross Cascades Region is providing immediate emergency assistance for two adults and three children displaced by a multi-family fire Feb. 5 in the 600 block of Morton Street in Newberg, Yamhill County.

The Red Cross provided lodging assistance and assistance to address immediate basic needs, information about recovery services and disaster health and/or disaster mental health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc to schedule an appointment.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Thu. 02/04/16
Monday, February 8, 2016 Working Session Meeting Agenda
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 02/04/16 6:58 PM
The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon, will convene in a Working Session Meeting on Monday, February 8, 2016 in the Boardroom at the Parkrose District Office located at 10636 NE Prescott St., Portland, Oregon at the hour of 6:30 p.m. The Board will be updated on All Hands Raised, the Parent Institute for Quality Education, review Budget priority poll, and have an introduction to policy changes. They will take action on one agenda item, discuss the MESD Budget Committee and prepare for Board Appointment Interviews at the next Business meeting. The agenda is posted on the Parkrose School District Website at https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1000205

SCHOOL BOARD VACANCY
Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon is accepting applications to fill the vacancy resulting from the resignation of James Trujillo from position #2. Please visit our website www.parkrose.k12.or.us or drop by our Administrative Office 10636 N.E. Prescott St., Portland, for more information & qualifications. Applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 16, 2016.
BGPS Nutrition Services Charts Contemporary Course (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 02/04/16 5:20 PM
Battle Ground Public Schools' Nutrition Services Director James Capen is focusing on healthy meals that satisfy contemporary tastebuds
Battle Ground Public Schools' Nutrition Services Director James Capen is focusing on healthy meals that satisfy contemporary tastebuds
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/20/91683/thumb_Nutrition-Services-Capen-2-04Feb2016.jpg
Battle Ground Public Schools' Nutrition Services has a new director charting the course of the district's mealtime services for students, and it looks like healthy, tasty options with a contemporary focus are guiding the compass. James Capen, the director of nutrition services for Battle Ground Public Schools (BGPS), began his new journey earlier this school year. Capen took over for Russ Kallwick, who left BGPS for another opportunity within Sodexo, the company that the school district contracts with to provide healthy lunches and breakfasts to students.

Capen has worked in the food service industry since he himself was in high school, and is excited to satisfy the more discriminating palates of today's students with healthy options. "More and more students are food savvy," he said. "We are serving kids who know what quinoa, saturated fats and whole grains are. They see the fancy side of food on TV prepared by celebrity chefs, and that's what they think about.

"We want to be a little more sophisticated for those students who are coming up," Capen continued. "They want things like fruit parfaits and smoothies, things they see coming out in the marketplace." At Prairie High School, for example, the students can now purchase the popular Jamba Juice brand of smoothies. With ingredients like cherry puree and pineapple and orange juices, the fruit smoothies are healthy and appealing. Battle Ground High School students will be able to purchase Jamba Juice smoothies later this month.

And while Capen strives to serve the most healthy foods, he also knows that it has to taste good to a second grader, or they probably won't eat it.

That's one of the main reasons why Capen and BGPS Nutrition Services registered dietitian Kirsten Fox are interested in the small changes to guidelines in the recent iteration of the Child Nutrition Act, which governs school meals and provides for free and reduced-price meal programs. Congress is working on a bill to reauthorize the act, now called the Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016. If the bill becomes law, only 80 percent of the wheat products that schools serve must be mostly whole grain. It's good news for kids who like Japanese-style yakisoba noodles, for example. For all their effort in searching, Capen and Fox have not been able to locate a tasty alternative to the white-flour noodles that many students love, and would like to be able to include it on the lunch menu as an occasional entree.

Capen, who grew up in Chehalis and graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in nutrition and food service management, is thrilled to have been selected for the Battle Ground Nutrition Services position.

"It's fun to observe all that is changing in food services," he said, "and to listen to people and figure out as a district where we want to go."

Additional Links:
Battle Ground Schools' Scratch Cooking Meets Nutritional and Kid Standards
http://www.battlegroundps.org/blog/battlegroundschoolsscratchcookingmeetsnutritionalandkidstandards

BGPS Nutrition Services Fuels Students with Nutritious, Balanced Meals
http://www.battlegroundps.org/blog/untitledpost-15


Attached Media Files: Battle Ground Public Schools' Nutrition Services Director James Capen is focusing on healthy meals that satisfy contemporary tastebuds
Sherwood Emergency Management Offers Free Community Preparedness Event
Sherwood Police Dept. - 02/04/16 5:09 PM
Sherwood Emergency Management is offering a Free Community Preparedness program on March 8, 2016 at 7pm at the Sherwood Police Department. Unlike programs where you just obtain information on how to create a plan, this 1.5-hour program provides a paper template and guides participants through the completion process where the outcome is a functional Family Emergency Plan!

The program includes:

Understanding local risks
Completing an actual plan template
Obtaining emergency supplies for the home
Putting together an evacuation kit
Storing critical digital data

This is a Free Community Preparedness event so there are no sales promotions or any obligations. Everyone is welcome to join us and get prepared!
City seeks public input on proposed changes to parking code
City of Vancouver - 02/04/16 5:05 PM
CONTACTS: Mike Merrill, Parking Services Manager, 360-487-8658, mike.merrill@cityofvancouver.us
Jennifer Campos, Senior Planner, 360-487-7728, jennifer.campos@cityofvancouver.us

The City of Vancouver's Parking Services Division is seeking public input on a series of proposed parking code changes before presenting them to City Council in March. Public comments about the proposed parking code changes are being accepted through Feb. 29. Visit www.cityofvancouver.us/ParkingCodeUpdate to access the comment form.

Proposed Parking Code Changes
Street Sweeping program Improvements: The proposed code changes would expand the current street sweeping boundary to include new roads in the waterfront development area, clarify public notification requirements and allow for the citation or removal of vehicles that repeatedly block sweepers from cleaning a street.
Prolonged Parking Management Tools: The proposed code changes would limit vehicle parking to no more than 24 hours and provide clear steps City staff can follow to cite and potentially tow a vehicle, including the ability to cite abandoned/stored cars with expired tabs.
On-street Parking Reservation Program: The proposed code changes would establish a formalized program and fees for reserving on-street parking spaces in downtown, Uptown Village, the Arnada neighborhood and parts of the Hough neighborhood, allowing parking spaces to be reserved by contractors, event companies, businesses and individuals.
Obstructing Traffic Clarifications: The proposed code changes would create a definition of a bike lane and add specific language stating that drivers cannot obstruct traffic by parking in a bike lane.
Law Enforcement Permit Program: The proposed code changes would establish a process to allow for the distribution of parking permits to City or county law enforcement staff that use unmarked law enforcement vehicles for official business at metered parking spaces.
The proposed changes were originally identified during the 2014 parking code reorganization as tools to improve the efficiency of the City's parking management program.

For more information about the proposed parking code changes or to provide public comment, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/ParkingCodeUpdate.
BJ Andersen, Executive Director of Willamette Humane Society, Achieves Professional Certification in Animal Welfare (CAWA) (Photo)
Willamette Humane Society - 02/04/16 4:49 PM
Willamette Humane Society 50th Anniversary Logo
Willamette Humane Society 50th Anniversary Logo
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/4008/91680/thumb_50th_Anniversary_Logo.png
BJ Andersen, Executive Director of Willamette Humane Society, Achieves Professional Certification in Animal Welfare (CAWA)

BJ Andersen has achieved the highest level professional designation for animal welfare professionals, having earned the Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA(TM)) credential. This designation provides independent, third-party validation of the knowledge and skills necessary for competent practice as an animal welfare or animal control executive.

The CAWA certification program, administered by the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA), distinguishes top-level executives and managers working in nonprofit and municipal agencies for their knowledge, experience and expertise.

CAWA candidates must meet strict eligibility requirements in leadership, management, and animal welfare experience and successfully pass a rigorous exam, developed to meet the highest competency standards.

The exam tests knowledge and skills in administration, human resources management, leadership, communications, advocacy and development, and animal management.

Jim Tedford, SAWA President & CEO, commented, "the CAWA certification program is a demonstration of the highest standards of leadership and management among nonprofit organizations, and we congratulate BJ Andersen, CAWA, for achieving this distinction."





About The Society of Animal Welfare Administrators



The Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA) is a community of professionals committed to excellence in the management and operation of animal welfare and control organizations.

SAWA provides the practical knowledge, resources, and solutions members need to grow as professionals, achieve the goals of their organizations, and, collectively, advance the animal welfare profession.



About Willamette Humane Society

Willamette Humane Society (WHS) was founded in 1965 by local civic leaders to serve Marion and Polk Counties, Oregon. In 2014-2015, Willamette Humane Society provided compassionate services to 8,255 pets and 65,417 people (16% of the local population). WHS offers pet adoption services, shelters surrendered or homeless cats and dogs, teaches responsible pet care, behavior and training -- and reduces pet overpopulation through its low-cost Spay and Neuter Clinic. WHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies on donor support and fees to accomplish its mission. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and includes a 55 member staff, and 1,100+ volunteers. For more information about Willamette Humane Society, visit whs4pets.org

###


Attached Media Files: Willamette Humane Society 50th Anniversary Logo , SAWA Logo , BJ Andersen
WSU Vancouver's Business Growth Alliance hosts forum on customizing your social media strategy
WSU Vancouver - 02/04/16 3:15 PM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Social media is a complex and advantageous marketing tool. To make the most of your online presence, join Washington State University Vancouver's next Business Growth Alliance forum to learn how social media can enhance your company's marketing strategy. The forum will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Feb. 17 in the Classroom Building, Room 308, at WSU Vancouver.

Presenter Iis Tussyadiah, associate clinical professor in the Carson College of Business at WSU Vancouver, will discuss social media channels and show you how to customize your promotional campaign to achieve your company's goals. Tussyadiah will also show you how to use analytics to fine tune your campaign. The forum will include a working session that will allow you to apply what you learn to your business.

The forum is open to all, however seating is limited. Register online at business.vancouver.wsu.edu/bgmap/ and click the link under "Upcoming events." Cost is $10 per person in advance or $15 per person at the door. Complimentary parking is provided to those who register prior to the event. For walk-in registrants, parking is available at meters and in the Blue Daily Pay lot for $3.

The Business Growth MAP Alliance brings together small businesses and entrepreneurs to learn from each other, industry experts and WSU Vancouver faculty.

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 four campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university offers affordable 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.

# # #
Great Electrifying Event lights up Bonneville Lock and Dam (Photo)
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 02/04/16 2:02 PM
2016-02/982/91675/160204-A-YY531-001.jpg
2016-02/982/91675/160204-A-YY531-001.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/982/91675/thumb_160204-A-YY531-001.jpg
PORTLAND, Ore. - Are you looking for a way to spend time with the family? Have fun? Learn something? Save money?

Do all of those things at Bonneville Lock and Dam's annual Great Electrifying Event.

"We have this engineering marvel right in our back yard," said Bonneville Dam Park Ranger Robin Norris. "This is an opportunity to get up close to a generator and see how we make electricity using the power of the Columbia River."

Bonneville Dam hosts a full day of hands-on activities, videos and tours Feb. 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Washington Shore Visitor Center.

"This event is part of National Engineering Week," said Norris. "It's designed to teach the basics of electricity and how we generate it at Bonneville Lock and Dam. It is geared toward elementary and middle school students but really has something for the entire family."

Visitors will learn how different forms of energy work through hands-on activities and videos, and can take a tour inside Bonneville's Powerhouse 2. Guided tours will be offered every 15 minutes starting at 10:30 a.m. Tours will be limited to 25 participants and visitors must register by 2 p.m.

To get to the Washington Shore Visitor Center, travel on Washington State Route 14 to milepost 39, then turn onto Dam Access Road about one mile west of the dam or three miles west of the Bridge of the Gods. Follow the signs to the visitor center.

For more information about Bonneville Lock and Dam, call 541-374-8820 or visit the Portland District website at: http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Locations/ColumbiaRiver/Bonneville.aspx


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/982/91675/160204-A-YY531-001.jpg
City of Beaverton partners with westide agencies to host national speaker on urban planning and infrastructure funding
City of Beaverton - 02/04/16 1:48 PM
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The community is invited to hear from nationally renowned speaker Joe Minicozzi, AICP and principal of Urban3, who will be speaking on community land, infrastructure, and finances on Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Beaverton City Library Auditorium (12375 SW Fifth St) and is presented by Washington County and the cities of Beaverton, Tigard, Sherwood and Hillsboro in collaboration with the Westside Economic Alliance.

The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP to events@BeavertonOregon.gov as seating is limited to 150.

For more information please contact the events program at events@BeavertonOregon.gov or 503-526-2559.

ABOUT JOE MINICOZZI, AICP
Joseph Minicozzi, AICP is the principal of Urban3, LLC, a consulting company of downtown Asheville, NC real estate developer, Public Interest Projects. Prior to creating Urban3, he served as the Executive Director for the Asheville Downtown Association.
Joe is a sought-after lecturer on city planning issues. His work has been featured at the Congress for New Urbanism, the American Planning Association, the International Association of Assessing Officers, and New Partners for Smart Growth conferences as a paradigm shift for thinking about development patterns.
Joe is a founding member of the Asheville Design Center, a nonprofit community design center dedicated to creating livable communities across all of Western North Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from University of Miami and Masters in Architecture and Urban Design from Harvard University.

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

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

# # #
More than 147,000 sign up for health insurance in Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 02/04/16 1:39 PM
Salem -- More than 147,000 Oregonians signed up for health insurance through HealthCare.gov during the open enrollment period that ended Jan. 31.

Enrollment for 2016 is about 31 percent higher than last year, when about 112,000 people signed up. Oregon had the largest rate of increase in enrollment of any state that uses HealthCare.gov. Seven out of 10 of those who enrolled this year are receiving tax credits averaging $256 per month to help pay for premiums.

"We are encouraged that so many Oregonians were able to sign up and take advantage of financial help. Signing up is an important first step toward getting the care you need," said Patrick Allen, director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS). "As a next step, consumers should familiarize themselves with their plans. If you have questions about what doctors, services, and drugs are covered, you can always call your insurer."

It's also important to report any life changes to HealthCare.gov as soon as possible. Changes in income, number of family members covered, or getting other coverage can affect the coverage or financial help you're eligible for.

Those who missed open enrollment may still be able to get covered. If they experience a qualifying life event, such as getting married, having a baby, or losing health coverage, they can apply for a special enrollment period through HealthCare.gov.

Many low-income Oregonians are also eligible for free or low-cost coverage through the Oregon Health Plan, Oregon's Medicaid program. You can apply for the Oregon Health Plan at any time.

If you're not sure if you qualify for a special enrollment period or the Oregon Health Plan, you can find out by answering a few questions online at https://www.healthcare.gov/screener/.

Those without coverage could have to pay a penalty when they file their federal income tax return. The penalty for going without coverage in 2016 is the higher of 2.5 percent of yearly household income or $695 for every adult in your family plus $347.50 for every child under 18.

In early 2016, most Oregonians will receive one or more tax forms -- IRS Form 1095 -- about the health care coverage they had in 2015. These tax forms verify that consumers had the coverage required by the Affordable Care Act.

"If you received tax credits to help you pay for your insurance during 2015, you will need to file a federal income tax return," Allen said. "You need to reconcile the amount of tax credits you qualified for with what you received. Otherwise you could have to pay back those tax credits back to the federal government."

Some Oregonians may qualify for a health coverage exemption to avoid paying the fee for not having coverage. Exemptions are based on a number of things, such as certain hardships, life events, health coverage or financial status, and membership in some groups. For more information, visit irs.gov.

###

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. DCBS houses both the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace and the Division of Financial Regulation. For more information, go to dcbs.oregon.gov.
Centennial School District to receive $7.1 matching grant from state
Centennial Sch. Dist. - 02/04/16 1:10 PM
If the Centennial School District can pass a school construction bond this spring, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has announced that the district will receive a $7.1 million grant to improve facilities and buildings. The grant is part of a $123 million pool, and the largest matching grant in Oregon.

The matching grant is a result of the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 447 last year. This piece of legislation enables ODE to work in partnership with school districts to more effectively address the facility needs of Oregon school districts. A critical objective of SB 447 is to encourage local voters to invest in their school districts by passing local bond measures.

The Centennial School Board is considering placing a bond measure on the May ballot. The measure would include recommendations of the district's Long Range Facilities Planning Committee, which presented their final report and Phase One recommendations to the School Board last spring. If passed, the bond will provide funds to build a new middle school, add multipurpose rooms at five schools, upgrade safety and security measures at all schools, make HVAC and energy efficiency upgrades, along with domestic water improvements and IT network infrastructure upgrades throughout the district.

The total cost of the Phase One recommendations is approximately $100 million. Because the district has been awarded the $7.1 million matching grant and anticipates money from the state for seismic upgrades, the total amount of the bond would be $85 million.

"We are excited that we are receiving this grant, said Rick Larson, Centennial's director of business and operations, "this way we can accomplish more projects on our list without the taxpayers footing the total bill."
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire in Toledo
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/04/16 12:19 PM
Disaster action team volunteers with the American Red Cross responded to a disaster in the 10000 block of Yaquina Bay Rd. in Toledo, Ore. This multi-family home fire affected two adults. The Red Cross provided assistance to address basic immediate needs, health/emotional health resources and recovery information.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc to schedule an appointment.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Salem Police to Continue Specialized DUII Enforcement Campaigns
Salem Police Dept. - 02/04/16 12:03 PM
The Salem Police Department will continue with specialized patrols to target those who are Driving Under The Influence of Intoxicants and will add extra patrols this weekend to enhance the safety of our roadways on this festive Super Bowl weekend.

The overtime patrols shifts, funded by Oregon Impact, will continue to focus on the very dangerous issue of driving while impaired. During the month of January, officers worked on three of these focused patrols and arrested two people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants while citing five people for driving with suspended driving privileges. One person was arrested on a felony warrant and an additional 86 citations and warnings were issued for other violations.

Overall, the Salem Police Department arrested 38 people for driving under the influence in the month of January, issued 95 citations for driving while suspended and issued another 706 citations and warnings for various other offenses.

The Salem Police Department and our partners such as Oregon Impact are committed to keeping our community safe through traffic safety enforcement and education.
Linn Benton ALERT Emergency Notification System Public Test
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 02/04/16 11:46 AM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley would like to announce a test of the LB ALERT system on March 12, 2016. The test will cover all of Linn County and the Albany city limits in North Albany. The test message will go out at 2 p.m. All traditional land phone lines in our 911 database will receive the message. Those who have registered other devices, with the system, will also receive the test message. Recipients will be given the option to confirm receipt of the message on each phone or device.

The LB ALERT Emergency Notification System is a mass notification system that allows public safety officials to provide rapid notifications to Linn and Benton County residents of emergencies, evacuations, and other urgent events. There will be no reason to call our office once you receive the message.

If you would like to register your cellular phone or other devices with LB ALERT, please go to our website, www.linnsheriff.org, and sign up.
Deputies Asking For Assistance in Identifying Suspected Car Thief (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/04/16 11:40 AM
2016-02/1294/91668/UUMV3.png
2016-02/1294/91668/UUMV3.png
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1294/91668/thumb_UUMV3.png
On January 20th, at about 10:00 p.m., an unknown male jumped over a locked gate belonging to the Monitor Phone Company, located at 15265 Woodburn Monitor Road NE. While inside the gate the male entered an unlocked service truck belonging to a contractor associated to the phone company.

The male was able to start the truck and drive away using the keys that were left inside of the ignition. Leaving the facility the suspect drove through the locked gate damaging the fence, it is believed the suspect was being followed by the black car in the associated pictures. On January 29th, the van was recovered at the Pilot Truck Stop by the Oregon State Police.

Investigators are asking for the public's help to identify the male and the vehicle believed to be involved in the theft. Note: The silver van pictured is believed to be unrelated to any events that took place on January 20th. The Sheriff's Office is offering a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest in this case, anyone with information is asked to call Sergeant Don Parise at 503-932-8483


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/1294/91668/UUMV3.png , 2016-02/1294/91668/UUMV2.png , 2016-02/1294/91668/UUMV1.png
Oregon Main Street adds two new Transforming Level communities
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/04/16 11:29 AM
Oregon Main Street has accepted the Beaverton Downtown Association and the Pendleton Downtown Association at the Transforming Downtown level of Oregon Main Street. Communities participating at this level have a high degree of commitment to using the Main Street Approach(R) as a model for their downtown revitalization effort.

The Main Street Approach(R) is a comprehensive downtown revitalization program that uses historic preservation as one of its most important tools. It is a practical program that helps a community build on their district's unique assets.

When hearing the news, Fred Bradbury, president of the Pendleton Downtown Association, stated, "The PDA Board and our members are excited about the opportunity to partner with Oregon Main Street and their staff. This nationally recognized program will provide tremendous support for downtown Pendleton as we go forward in implementing our strategic plans."

Over the past few years, Oregon Main Street has seen an increased interest in building a comprehensive downtown revitalization effort using the Main Street model and a renewed awareness of the link between local heritage and sustainable economic development. Between 2010 and 2014, communities participating at the Performing Main Street and Transforming Downtown levels -- the two highest levels in the OMS Network -- saw an increase of 295 net new businesses, 1,995 net new jobs, 719 private sector building improvement projects representing $53.9 million of private sector reinvestment.

"The Beaverton Downtown Association is very proud to have been accepted at the Transforming Downtown Level to the Oregon Main Street Program," said Paul Cohen, chair of the BDA. "We have worked hard over the last five years to take an aging downtown, in an Urban Renewal District, and transform it into a jewel of Beaverton, with new unique restaurants, an art gallery featuring all local artists, and multiple vintage shops all helping to attracting people downtown. All of this would not have been possible without the support of the City of Beaverton, the Oregon Main Street Program and our hard working volunteers."

Communities participating at the Transforming Downtown level must have a cohesive core of historic or older commercial and mixed-use buildings that represent the community's architectural heritage and may include compatible in-fill. They must also have a sufficient mass of businesses, buildings, and density to be effective, as well as be a compact and pedestrian-oriented district.

The primary emphasis of the Transforming Downtown level is to provide technical assistance to program's in their formative years. Acceptance into this level allows communities to participate in training, community assessments, technical assistance, the Oregon Main Street network, and receive local capacity building support. There isn't a fee to participate in the Oregon Main Street network.

The selection process included submitting an application that describes their community, downtown area, historical identity, goals, readiness, support, and funding commitments.

Currently, there are 82 communities in Oregon participating in one of the four levels of the Oregon Main Street Network: Performing Main Street, Transforming Downtown, Exploring Main Street, and Affiliate. While not a prerequisite for acceptance at the Transforming Downtown level, both of the newly designated communities were participating in the Oregon Main Street Network.

Oregon Main Street is part of Heritage Programs in Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, and is a designated coordinating program member of the National Main Street Center. Oregon Main Street provides assistance to all communities whether they are just beginning to explore options for their downtown or are seeking recognition as an accredited Main Street(R) town.

###


Attached Media Files: News release
State warns against using company engaged in mortgage fraud
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 02/04/16 11:08 AM
(Salem) -- The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services is warning consumers not to seek loan modification services from Liberty One Mortgage, a California-based unlicensed and unregistered company that has engaged in mortgage fraud.

The department, through its Division of Financial Regulation, has issued two orders requiring Liberty One Mortgage to stop all unlawful activity in Oregon and assessed $30,000 in civil penalties against the company. Liberty One Mortgage induced consumers to send money to the company for loan modification services without providing the services.

"We urge people to not use Liberty One Mortgage for a loan modification because the company will take your money and do nothing for you," said Laura Cali, division administrator. "Loan modification companies must be licensed to offer those services in Oregon. Check with the Division of Financial Regulation first before choosing a company from which to get loan modification help."

On Aug. 20, 2014, the division issued a final order by default against the California-based company for unlicensed activity with a civil penalty of 5,000. Oregon homeowners worked with Justin Williams of Liberty for loan modification services. After the homeowners sent the company $1,500, they had a difficult time reaching the company. Eventually, Liberty stopped all communication with the homeowners, who never received the loan modification.

During the ensuing investigation, the division reached out to its California counterpart, the California Bureau of Real Estate. The California bureau discovered the Studio City, Calif., address the company provided on documentation to the Oregon homeowners was the location of an Indian restaurant. Restaurant employees said they had no knowledge of Liberty. Liberty One Mortgage did not respond to repeated inquiries from the Division of Financial Regulation.

On April 17, 2015, the division received a second complaint involving Liberty. The Oregon homeowners received a solicitation phone call from Liberty in December 2014 and worked with Williams to get a loan modification. After the couple sent more than $8,000 to Liberty, the company stopped all communications. The homeowners contacted the holders of their first and second mortgages, who said Liberty or Williams never contacted them.

Liberty One maintains an active website at www.LibertyOneMortgage.com. The website asks for consumer information, yet provides no contact information for the company.

To check if a company or individual is licensed to do business in Oregon, call the Division of Financial Regulation at 866-814-9710 (toll-free) or 503-378-4140. You can also look up a license at www.dfcs.oregon.gov.

###

The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and www.dfcs.oregon.gov.
Gunfire in North Portland's Kenton Neighborhood Overnight Damages Home -- No Reported Injuries (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/04/16 10:49 AM
2016-02/3056/91664/GET.jpg
2016-02/3056/91664/GET.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/3056/91664/thumb_GET.jpg
On Wednesday February 3, 2016, at 11:21 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report that several gunshots were fired at a home in the 9100 block of North Chautauqua Boulevard.

Officers arrived in the area and located evidence of gunfire in the street in front of the home and noted several bullet holes in the front of the house. One round traveled through a bedroom wall where a 75-year-old woman was in bed. She was not injured. Another round traveled through the home and exited the rear of the house.

Officers checked neighboring homes for damage bud did not locate any additional bullet holes.

Based on information gathered at the scene and from the residents, the Gang Enforcement Team responded to investigate the shooting.

The Tactical Operations Division's Gang Enforcement Team (GET) and Gun Task Force (GTF) are continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106 or email information to gangs@portlandoregon.gov.

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

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

The Portland Police Bureau works closely with Enough is Enough PDX, a community-led campaign aimed at encouraging people to take a stand against gang violence in the area.

For more information about Enough is Enough PDX and how you can get involved, please visit https://www.facebook.com/EnoughIsEnoughPDX

Additional information about Enough is Enough PDX and other City efforts addressing youth violence can be found at the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, http://www.portlandonline.com/safeyouth/

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous. Rewards of up to $1,000 are available for other unsolved felony crimes - $2,500 for unsolved homicides.

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

###PPB###


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/3056/91664/GET.jpg
Report of Gunfire Overnight in Northeast Portland's Roseway Neighborhood -- No Injuries Reported (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/04/16 10:36 AM
2016-02/3056/91663/PPB_Yellow_Tape_Stock.jpg
2016-02/3056/91663/PPB_Yellow_Tape_Stock.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/3056/91663/thumb_PPB_Yellow_Tape_Stock.jpg
On Thursday February 4, 2016 at 12:49 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of gunfire in the area of Northeast 66th Avenue and Mason Street.

Officers arrived in the area and located evidence of gunfire in the street but did not locate any gunshot victims or damage to property.

A witness reported hearing a car speed away after the shots. Officers checked the area and did not locate any vehicles associated with this incident.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333, reference case #16-36761.

###PPB###


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/3056/91663/PPB_Yellow_Tape_Stock.jpg
Click it or Ticket Traffic Safety Campaign
Beaverton Police Dept. - 02/04/16 9:38 AM
Officers from the Beaverton Police Department and other law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon will be working a Click it or Ticket Seatbelt Enforcement Campaign. This campaign will begin Monday, February 8, 2016 and will continue through Sunday, February 21, 2016.

The focus of this campaign is seatbelt use, booster seats, and distracted driving involving cell phones and speeding. The goal of this campaign is to reduce traffic injuries and deaths by increased education and enforcement.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages one through twelve years old. Child car seats increase crash survival by 71% for infants under 1 year old and by up to 59% for toddlers aged 1 to 4. Booster seats reduce the chance of nonfatal injury among four to eight year olds by 45% compared to safety belts alone.

A child weighing less than 40 pounds must be properly restrained in a child safety seat. A child under one year of age or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds but under the age of eight or less than 4' 9" tall must be restrained in either a child seat with harness system or in a booster seat that raises the child up so that a lap and shoulder belt system fit correctly.

The Beaverton Police Department holds free child safety seat clinics throughout the year. The next clinic will be on Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Park Place Center located at 4915 SW Griffith Drive Beaverton, OR 97005. The last car will be accepted at 11:30 a.m. unless demand necessitates an earlier cut off time.

Speeding and driver impairment are the most common causes of injury crashes. Oregon's safety belt overtime enforcement program is committed to reducing the severity of crash injuries by promoting proper safety belt and child restraint use.

The Beaverton Police Department will continue to strive to keep our citizens safe, reminding you that car seats, seat belts and following the posted speed limit are effective ways to protect you and your family. Our enforcement efforts will be ongoing as we work with the community to save lives.

Click it or Ticket campaigns are funded through grants received from the Oregon Department of Transportation.
##BPD##


Attached Media Files: Press Release
Battle Ground PD arrest 5 after serving search warrant
City of Battle Ground - 02/04/16 9:21 AM
Yesterday, February 3rd at about 2:00 pm the Battle Ground Police Department, with the assistance of the Clark County Sheriff's Office Tactical Detective Unit, served a search warrant at a Battle Ground residence located in the 17000 block of NE 92nd Ave related to the suspected sale of narcotics by resident Jack Leigh.

Officers arrested five people:

Jack W. Leigh, 58 year old male who lived at the location, booked into Clark County Jail on charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin, Methamphetamine and Methadone pills.

George P. Rayburn, 76 year old male, booked into the Clark County Jail on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine.

Renee L. Fivecoats, 47 year old female, booked into the Clark County Jail on an outstanding felony warrant and two outstanding misdemeanor warrants.

Jeanne L. Younce, 54 year old female, booked into the Clark County Jail on Possession of Methamphetamine.

Laura L. Long, 49 year old female, arrested and released with charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The charges on all five have been forwarded to the Clark County Prosecutor's Office.

No further information will be released at this time.
Indictment Returned in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Occupation
FBI - Oregon - 02/04/16 9:17 AM
On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging 16 individuals in relation to the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Attached please find the unsealed indictment. Neither the U.S. Attorney's Office nor the FBI can comment further give the on-going legal process.

###


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/3585/91645/Bundy_Indictment_unsealed.pdf
Response to Questions Regarding the Oregon Office of Sheriff
Oregon State Sheriffs' Assoc. - 02/04/16 9:10 AM
Sheriffs in all 36 Oregon counties have taken an oath to support the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of Oregon, and the laws thereof. Our oath is our pledge to you, to be conservators of the peace for our citizens, while being respectful of the rights afforded to all of us under the Constitution.

What a great state and nation we live in that allows everyone to express their opinion, hold a sign in protest, lobby for change and live free without fear of retaliation from the government. Our founding fathers created a system of government consisting of three branches: legislative, judicial and executive.

Sheriffs and Sheriff's Offices are part of the executive branch, charged with enforcement of laws as directed by the legislative branch and interpreted by the judicial branch. Under our system of government, the judicial branch is given the authority to interpret the Constitutionality of our laws. We are a nation of laws, and the executive branch cannot override the laws passed by the legislative branch, nor can we ignore the clear guidance of the judicial branch. There is a process for changing the laws of our great nation and for amending our Constitution, and that process does not involve the armed takeover of government facilities and disruption of an entire community. We fully support the expression of political opinions, and advocating for change within the legal system -- that is what sets our country apart from developing countries where the government is changed by an armed takeover.

Recently, men and women have broken the law and encouraged others to take up arms against our local and federal governments. These individuals have used firearms and their interpretation of the Constitution to justify their criminal behavior. These militia men and women have broken into publicly owned buildings, disrespected Native American heritage and intimidated and harassed local residents and officials.

These men and women are asking for change, and we support their right to challenge our government to make change. However, we do not agree with or support any citizen or elected official who would advocate for change in a manner that includes illegal action, threats of violence, or violence against any citizen of the United States.


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/1230/91658/OSSA_release_Final.doc
Gifford Pinchot National Forest Headquarters and Visitor Services Moving to Fort Vancouver NHS in March
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 02/04/16 9:09 AM
Gifford Pinchot National Forest headquarters will be moving this spring to the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site campus near downtown Vancouver. Beginning March 1, forest visitor services will close their current location and re-open with the National Park Service at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Visitor Center. The visitor center, located at 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd., was recently remodeled and re-opened in November.

By partnering with the National Park Service, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest will be able to reach more visitors and provide enhanced customer service through extended hours. Visitors can plan trips to the forest, purchase federal recreation passes, and explore the national park from the same location.

"This is a great opportunity to provide a joint presence with the National Park Service," stated Gifford Pinchot National Forest Supervisor Gina Owens. "We are excited to be a part of the Fort Vancouver campus and look forward to serving our public in a new location."

"We welcome the employees of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and look forward to working alongside with them at the Visitor Center," added Fort Vancouver Superintendent Tracy Fortmann. "Together we will be able to provide a convenient, one-stop Visitor Center operation serving the public. It will be wonderful having our sister agency here with us in this national park!"

Later in the year, the entire forest headquarters office will relocate to one of the historic infantry barracks buildings on the site. The renovation of the 1906-1907 building is scheduled to be completed in the fall. During construction this spring and summer, forest employees will be in temporary quarters on the Fort Vancouver campus.
Portland Area Credit Unions Mark 30th Anniversary of Credit Unions for Kids with Contribution of Nearly $68K to OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 02/04/16 9:02 AM
Portland Area Credit Unions Mark 30th Anniversary of Credit Unions for Kids with Contribution of Nearly $68K to OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital

Tigard, OR -- Continuing an important tradition of fundraising for hospitalized children, Portland area credit unions will make a special contribution to OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital on Friday, February 5.

Working in partnership, the credit unions will present a check for $67,684.90. The credit unions will also contribute 3 toy-filled red wagons to the hospital and its young patients. The donation comes in a milestone year for the charity, "Credit Unions for Kids." Thirty years ago, a group of Oregon and Southwest Washington credit unions began raising funds for OHSU Doernbecher, and the charity was born. A decade later their model was adopted by the national credit union movement, resulting in contributions of over $150 million for the 170 Children's Miracle Network hospitals. Credit unions' contributions to OHSU Doernbecher during that time total over $12 million.

The money to be contributed Friday was raised last fall during the Northwest Credit Union Association's Roaring 20's gala and auction to benefit Credit Unions for Kids.

"It will be heartwarming to kick off Credit Unions for Kids' 30th year in the Northwest at OHSU Doernbecher, where it all started," said Jamie Dedmon, Managing Director of the Northwest Credit Union Foundation. "Every single dollar raised by any credit union or group of credit unions directly benefits the Children's Miracle Network Hospital in their region. Donations might support toy purchases, patient care, research or medications, and in the end all of this puts smiles on faces of the kids and their families."

Media Coverage Invitation
Date: Friday, February 5, 2016
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital, 700 S.W. Campus Drive, Portland, OR 97239
Media should arrive in the OHSU Doernbecher first-floor lobby by 9:15 a.m.


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/4992/91655/Portland_CUs_Present_to_Doernbecher.docx
NEW VIDEO: K9 Max Retires (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/04/16 8:50 AM
K9 trading card -- back
K9 trading card -- back
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/624/91653/thumb_K9Max_Page_2.jpg
Our K9 deputy Max is retiring following an impressive legacy of service to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. In this new video, posted on our YouTube channel, Deputy Erik McGlothin celebrates his K9 partner's career -- and introduces us to the family who will ease Max into his retirement:

https://youtu.be/4gSU6HNonw8

The video is also downloadable as an .m4v file from this Dropbox address:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/3t9fx1aezpsgyyf/MAX%20K-9%20Deputy.m4v?dl=0

[END]

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


Attached Media Files: K9 trading card -- back , K9 trading card -- front , 2016-02/624/91653/K9MaxWithCCFDMascot.jpg
Super Bowl Sunday and Enhanced DUII Patrols (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 02/04/16 8:38 AM
2016-02/1412/91652/300x250_118184.jpg
2016-02/1412/91652/300x250_118184.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1412/91652/thumb_300x250_118184.jpg
Super Bowl Sunday is a national sporting event and is typically one of the most dangerous days on the nation's roadways due to impaired driving.

The Beaverton Police Department will have three additional officers working Sunday, February 7th, 2016 starting at 5:00 p.m. for the Super Bowl festivities. The officers' primary focus will be to identify and remove impaired drivers from the streets of Beaverton.

Grant funds from the Oregon Department of Transportation support these extra High Visibility Event (HVE) DUII patrols.

The most important player of any Super Bowl party is the designated driver. Fans planning to celebrate Super Bowl 50 while drinking at a party, bar or restaurant need to plan a way to get home safely.

Ways to prevent impaired driving crashes: ?,?
Choose a responsible designated driver. ?,?
Serve plenty of food to lessen the effects of alcohol. ?,?
Offer a wide range of non-alcoholic drinks. ?,?
Stop alcohol service long before the event is over. ?,?
Prepare for guests to stay the night, if necessary, and call cabs for others.

Drunk (impaired) driving is always preventable, and driving drunk could result in much more than an arrest for DUII. Those who drink and drive risk seriously injuring or killing themselves or someone else. Drunk (impaired) driving is not an accident, it is a deliberate action taken by an individual that puts many innocent people at risk.

The Beaverton Police Department is asking citizen's to report impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1.
##BPD##


Attached Media Files: Photo , 2016-02/1412/91652/300x250_118184.jpg
GREAT Graduation Today at Floyd Light Middle School for 271 6th Grade Kids (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/04/16 8:00 AM
2016-02/3056/91481/GREAT_PPB_Logo.jpg
2016-02/3056/91481/GREAT_PPB_Logo.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/3056/91481/thumb_GREAT_PPB_Logo.jpg
Today, Thursday February 4, 2016, at 11:48 a.m., the Portland Police Bureau G.R.E.A.T. Program will be honoring students at Floyd Light Middle School, located at 10800 Southeast Washington Street

Officers Jessica Brainard, Chris Kulp, Heather Martley, Steve Morinville, Onest Robert, and Trevor Tyler will be celebrating the graduation and honoring the students hard work and achievement in the G.R.E.A.T. Program.

The officers and 271 6th graders will be celebrating and having a pizza party as part of the day's event.

G.R.E.A.T. stands for Gang Resistance Education And Training. The G.R.E.A.T. Program is a school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curriculum. With prevention as its primary objective, the program is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership.

Media is invited to attend this special event and is asked to check in with the office before attending the graduation.

To learn more about the G.R.E.A.T. Program, contact Officer Mike Paresa at (503) 823-2186 or Mike.Paresa@PortlandOregon.gov.

###PPB###

#CEO


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/3056/91481/GREAT_PPB_Logo.jpg
Red Cross responds to Residential Fires in Clark, Estacada, Multnomah County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/04/16 7:18 AM
The American Red Cross Cascades Region is providing immediate emergency assistance for three residential fires the evening of Feb. 3.

A single-family fire in the 4000 block of NE 66th Avenue in Vancouver, Wash. displaced one adult and one child. The Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance for immediate basic needs and information about recovery services.

A single-family fire in the 9000 block of NE Multnomah Street in Portland, Ore. affected one adult. The Red Cross provided assistance for immediate basic needs, comfort kits, blankets and information about recovery services.

A single-family fire in the 30000 block of SE Coupland Road in Estacada, Ore. displaced two adults. The Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance for immediate basic needs, comfort kits, health services, disaster mental health services and recovery information.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc to schedule an appointment.
Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Wed. 02/03/16
Vancouver man arrested for Burglary after forcing way into an occupied home, assaulting homeowner
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/03/16 10:31 PM
On February 3, 2016, at approximately 5:30 p.m., officers with the Vancouver Police Department were dispatched to a suspicious person call in the 11000 block of SE Evergreen Highway. After officers arrived, they learned an unknown male had attempted to force his way into an occupied home, but left the area. While finishing up that investigation, a call came into 911 of another suspicious person, again trying to get into an occupied residence, in the 10600 block of SE Burlington St., a short distance away. The description of the suspect matched the one provided at the Evergreen Highway address.

When officers arrived at the Burlington St location, they learned the suspect had gained entry into the home after physically assaulting the 72 year old homeowner. The suspect then locked the victim out of his home. The victim also told police members of his family were inside the house as well.

Officers attempted to gain entry into the house several times, but the suspect would overcome their efforts. Eventually, entry was made into the residence and the suspect was taken into custody after a brief struggle. No one inside the house was harmed or injured during this event.

The suspect, identified as 18 year old Irving Diaz Rodriguez of Vancouver, was treated at the scene for minor injuries before being transported to the Clark County Jail. He was booked on one count of Burglary in the First Degree, a Class A felony. The victim was also treated at the scene for minor injuries.

This investigation is still active, and more criminal charges are pending.
TVF&R Firefighters and 9-1-1 Dispatchers Join Legacy Meridian Park to Raise Awareness about
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 02/03/16 9:00 PM
MEDIA EVENT

What: Learn about #1 killer of women
Learn hands only CPR
Shadow a 9-1-1 dispatcher during live emergency calls
Tour 9-1-1 dispatch floor
See demonstration of lifesaving cardiac equipment
Get interviews with firefighters, paramedics, dispatchers, law enforcement officers
and Legacy staff

When: Friday, February 5 from 10--11 a.m.

Where: Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency (WCCCA) 9-1-1 Center
17911 NW Evergreen Parkway, Beaverton


As part of the American Heart Association's national "Go Red for Women" campaign, WCCCA dispatchers, Legacy Meridian Park staff and TVF&R personnel will exchange their regular uniform shirts for red ones in recognition that heart disease is the top killer of women in the United States, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined. They will continue wearing the shirts throughout Heart Month.

The partnership between Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and WCCCA will help raise awareness about the importance of knowing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack -- which can be different for men and women -- and when to call 9-1-1.

The red shirts sport an important message: Know the signs of a heart attack, don't delay, and call 9-1-1.

Identifying the symptoms of a heart attack and calling 9-1-1 triggers a potentially life-saving continuum of care for a cardiac patient. Dispatchers provide important CPR instruction, bystanders and law enforcement officers perform CPR, firefighter medics begin advanced medical care in the field and hospitals like Legacy Meridian Park provide expert diagnosis and lifesaving treatment.

While the message is equally important for both men and women, awareness of heart disease and gender-specific heart symptoms in women has severely lagged behind that of men."Our emergency responders and staff are wearing red shirts during Heart Month because we believe that the strength of an entire community fighting side by side will ultimately prove more powerful than the nation's No. 1 killer -- heart disease," states Fire Chief Mike Duyck. "Because our firefighter medics respond to over 3,500 cardiac-related calls each year, we will continue to tirelessly advocate for the heart health of our community and provide the most effective advanced medical care possible in the field."

As with men, the most common heart attack symptom in women is chest pain or discomfort. But women are more likely to experience the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain. They are also symptoms that women often brush off as the flu, stress, or simply feeling under the weather--which could put their lives in jeopardy.

Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center Chief Administrative Officer Allyson Anderson states, "In its first ten years, Go Red for Women has raised awareness by 23% that heart disease is the number one killer of women. Greater awareness has been achieved through many grassroots efforts like this red shirt campaign. We are eager to maintain the Go Red momentum and are committed to saving lives with our dedicated catheterization lab and Chest Pain Center."

Visit https://www.goredforwomen.org/ to learn more.


###
Fatal Crash Highway 97 north of Klamath Falls reveals medical emergency as possible cause
Oregon State Police - 02/03/16 8:21 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing its investigation into this afternoons single vehicle fatal crash involving a commercial motor vehicle on Highway 97 north of Klamath Falls.

On February 3, 2016 at approximately 3:00 p.m. OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to a single vehicle crash involving a commercial motor vehicle on Highway 97 near milepost 247. Once on scene, troopers determined that a 1987 Peterbilt Tractor and semi-trailer, operated by KENNETH WAGNON, age 65, from Oakridge, was northbound on Highway 97 when he drove off of the roadway onto the northbound shoulder causing the truck to roll onto its side. WAGNON was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash. An OSP trooper that also serves as a Deputy State Medical Examiner responded to the scene and is looking into the possibility that WAGNON suffered a medical emergency that caused the crash.

OSP troopers from the Klamath Falls Area Command are continuing the investigation into the crash. Seat belt usage is undetermined. Highway 97 was closed for approximately one (1) hour. The commercial motor vehicle is owned by Ron Bowers, Inc., from Eugene.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Chiloquin-Agency Lake Fire District and Oregon Department of Transportation.

No photographs for release.

###
Multnomah County Sheriff Daniel Staton response to Multnomah County Chair comments
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/03/16 6:46 PM
Earlier today, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury made comments regarding conversations she was engaged in with Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to have their office look at recent allegations. I welcome the opportunity for an outside inquiry. I am unable to comment on the pending employee tort claim, however, I believe an outside review will result in a more complete response to all of the issues involved.

The Charter Review Committee questions Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury brought up once again, have already been addressed by my office. The County Attorney was provided with the results from an internal audit completed at my order by MCSO IT in cooperation with Oregon State Police Law Enforcement Data Systems (LEDS). This was completed to address concerns raised by individuals that confidential or law enforcement search databases were utilized to "profile" Charter Review Committee members. The results of this audit confirmed there were no inappropriate searches conducted by any MCSO staff.

I have placed a call to Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum's office to concur with Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury and recommend they conduct a review to resolve this matter once and for all.

Attachment: Letter to Multnomah County Attorney's office regarding findings of internal audit.


Attached Media Files: MCSO Findings to County Attorney
New WCSO Booking Photo Procedures Will Continue for the News Media
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/03/16 4:42 PM
The Washington County Sheriff's Office will continue the simplified procedures that make booking photos available to the news media free of charge and within an hour.

Media members may send an e-mail request to WCSOCR@co.washington.or.us with a cc to WCSOPIO@co.washington.or.us. You may request up to three different booking photos of any subject who has been in our jail. Please include as much information as you have to help ensure you receive the correct photos: name, DOB, charges, arresting agency, date of arrest, etc. You should receive the booking photos by return e-mail within an hour and free of charge.

If you do not receive the photos within an hour, or if there is a valid reason to request more than three booking photos at no charge, you may contact the PIO at (503) 209-5613. Otherwise booking photos are available for $4 each.

Thank you
Oregon State Penitentiary reports inmate death
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 02/03/16 4:32 PM
At approximately 4:02 p.m. on February 2, Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) inmate Ronald Ruffin, 54, died unexpectedly in the infirmary. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, Oregon State Police and the Marion County Medical Examiner responded to investigate.

Ruffin entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on March 21, 1988, on one count of murder out of Multnomah County; he was sentenced to life in prison.

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

OSP is Oregon's only maximum-security prison, located in Salem, and houses over 2,000 male inmates. OSP is surrounded by a 25-foot-high wall with 10 towers. The facility has multiple special housing units including death row, disciplinary segregation, behavioral health, intermediate care housing, and an infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care. OSP participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including the furniture factory, laundry, metal shop, and contact center. It provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, work-based education, inmate work crews, and pre-release services. OSP was established in 1866 and, until 1959, was Oregon's only prison.

####
State Scenic Bikeway Committee Meeting Feb. 18 in Salem
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/03/16 2:47 PM
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's Scenic Bikeway Committee will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at the department's office in the North Mall Office building, 725 Summer St. NE, room 124, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The committee is an advisory group for the management and designation of routes nominated by the public for state scenic bikeway designation. Its 11 members include representatives of bicycle advocacy organizations, tourism organizations, local governments, and state agencies involved in bicycling recreation or transportation.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance by calling 503-986-0631.


###


Attached Media Files: News release
Speed Trap Ahead! Gresham's Traffic Officers Focus on: Safety Belt and Child Restraint Use, Texting, Speeding (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 02/03/16 2:41 PM
2016-02/1278/91642/4_steps_for_kids.jpg
2016-02/1278/91642/4_steps_for_kids.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1278/91642/thumb_4_steps_for_kids.jpg
Gresham, Ore.--Gresham Police Department's traffic division will conduct enhanced patrols throughout Gresham from Monday Feb. 8 through Sunday Feb. 21, looking for unsafe drivers and passengers.

The focus is to educate the public about safety belt and child safety seat laws, and about the dangers of distracted driving. The officers will pay particular attention to drivers who are texting or unlawfully using a mobile communication device while driving. Officers will also focus on drivers who are exceeding the posted speed limit.

The Oregon Revised Statute concerning operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile communication device (ORS 811.507) was upgraded from a Class D to a Class C violation, increasing the base fine from $110 to $160. Failure to properly maintain a vehicle's safety belt is also a Class C violation, while failing to wear a safety belt is a Class D violation.

A statewide observation survey in June 2015 found 97% of Oregon's motorists are using safety belts. Traffic studies continue to show unbelted or improperly restrained occupants are five times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle than occupants who are belted properly. Odds of surviving being ejected from a vehicle are estimated to be one in four.

This safety blitz is funded by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) with dedicated funding from the US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

ODOT provides the following safety belt reminders:

ADULT BELT LAW
Oregon law requires that all motor vehicle operators and passengers be properly secured with a safety belt or safety harness. Limited exemptions are allowed under ORS 811.215. Vehicle owners are required to maintain belt systems in working order.

CHILD RESTRAINT LAW
Child passengers must be restrained in approved child safety seats until they weigh 40 pounds or reach the upper weight limit for the car seat in use. Infants must ride rear-facing until they reach both one year of age and 20 pounds.

BOOSTER SEAT LAW
Children more than 40 pounds or who have reached the upper weight limit for their forward-facing car seat must use boosters until they are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall, or if they are age eight and the adult belt fits correctly.

(More information regarding seat belt safety can be found at www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/safetybelts.shtml.)


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/1278/91642/4_steps_for_kids.jpg
Consumers alerted to potential scams
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 02/03/16 2:30 PM
(Salem) -- The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) urges consumers to protect themselves from potential scams in light of the uncertainty caused by the financial troubles of Moda Health Plan Inc.

DCBS is aware of multiple incidents in which consumers worried about the status of their insurance with Moda receive calls from people who claim to be able to help them. The incidents involve callers who ask for personal information, including Social Security numbers, and who threaten to cut off consumers' coverage if they do not act immediately.

Consumers who receive any such calls about Moda should not provide any of their personal information. It likely is a scam. Decisions have not been made about whether Moda customers will need to find new plans. Communications about such decisions will come from either Moda or the State of Oregon.

To protect consumers and ensure claims are paid, DCBS has assumed control of Moda's financial decisions. The department is working with Moda on a plan to improve its financial condition. Once the plan is finalized, more information will be released.

In the meantime, Moda customers can continue to access services and get their claims paid.

Oregonians who believe they have been a victim of a scam about Moda should contact the Oregon Department of Justice's Consumer Protection Hotline at 503-378-4320 or http://www.doj.state.or.us/consumer/Pages/hotline.aspx, or visit OregonConsumer.gov. Frequently asked questions about Moda health plans are available on the DCBS, Division of Financial Regulation's website at http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/Insurance/insurers/regulation/Pages/moda-faqs.aspx. Consumers are encouraged to regularly check for updates. Consumers may also contact the department's consumer advocates by phone at 888-877-4894 (toll-free) or email at cp.ins@oregon.gov.

###

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Josephine County Woman Arrested for Multiple Crimes in Connection with a Stabbing (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/03/16 2:09 PM
2016-02/1002/91639/BENET.jpg
2016-02/1002/91639/BENET.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1002/91639/thumb_BENET.jpg
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Wednesday mornings stabbing in Josephine County.

On February 3rd, 2016 at approximately 7:10 a.m. OSP troopers from the Grants Pass Area Command responded to a report of a stabbing which occurred at 380 Murphy Creek Rd, Grants Pass, Josephine County. Upon their arrival they located one female victim who sustained a knife wound to her left torso and blunt force injuries to her hand and foot. The female victim was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass with non-life threatening injuries. The victim will not be identified at this time as this is an on-going investigation.

The OSP Criminal Investigation Division assumed the investigation and subsequently arrested, TRACY BENET, age 51, listed as a transient. BENET was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for the following crimes:

-Attempted Murder
-Burglary I,
-Unlawful Use of Weapon (x2)
-Assault II.

No further information for release.

Photograph provided by Josephine County Sheriff's Office

###


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/1002/91639/BENET.jpg
Arts Groups Invited to Apply for Two Beaverton Grant Programs (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 02/03/16 1:43 PM
Music in Small Spaces’ “The Harp is Hip,” a concert featuring harpist Denise Fujikawa, was a 2015 recipient of a community grant from the city of Beaverton’s arts program. The city is now accepting applications for 2016 community and diverse opportunity g
Music in Small Spaces’ “The Harp is Hip,” a concert featuring harpist Denise Fujikawa, was a 2015 recipient of a community grant from the city of Beaverton’s arts program. The city is now accepting applications for 2016 community and diverse opportunity g
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1786/91638/thumb_2016_NR_Arts_Grants_Harp_is_Hip.jpg
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The city of Beaverton is now accepting applications for two arts grant programs.


Community Grant Program
Now in its fourth year, this program is funded by the city and the Beaverton Arts and Culture Foundation. Grants provide financial support for nonprofit visual, written, individual artists, and performing arts organizations who serve the Beaverton community.


Who: Individual artists, arts and cultural groups, and Beaverton schools. Social service agencies, religious organizations, and private businesses are also eligible if they pair with a nonprofit arts or diverse cultural organization for a joint project.
What: Applications to this grant program should address one or more of these five goals:
1. Bring people together by providing opportunities for all people to experience and explore art.
2. Create ways for people to celebrate cultural diversity through art.
3. Help local artists to have a voice and to thrive artistically.
4. Spur the development and stewardship of art.
5. Educate the community on the intrinsic and economic value of art.
Amount: Two levels of funding are available: $1,000 and $2,000. (See application for eligibility details.) Applicants who receive a Beaverton diverse art offerings grant in this cycle will not be eligible for the community grant.
Applications Due: March 21, 2016, 5 p.m.
Applicants Notified: May 20, 2016
Activity Dates: All funded activities must take place between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017


Diverse Art Offerings Grant
This new grant program will support unexpected art opportunities or events that may arise. Projects could include workshops, art classes, or art activities that serve Beaverton residents. This program is funded by the Reser Family Foundation, and is intended to support rare or unexpected opportunities, especially for emerging artists, students, or organizations new to the grant-making process.


Who: Students, individual artists, and arts and culture organizations who serve the Beaverton community. Beaverton schools and libraries are also eligible to apply.
What: This grant program is intended to provide support outside of the annual Beaverton community grant cycle for unanticipated events or opportunities.
Amount: Up to $500 per applicant. Only one request per individual or organization will be funded each calendar year. Applicants who receive a Beaverton community grant in this cycle will not be eligible for the diverse art offerings grant.
Applications Due: Accepted now through December 31, or until all grant funds are expended.
Applicants Notified: Depends on application date
Activity Dates: All funded activities must take place by December 31, 2016.


To apply for either program, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/ArtsGrants. For more information, contact artsmail@BeavertonOregon.gov.



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

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


# # #


Attached Media Files: Music in Small Spaces’ “The Harp is Hip,” a concert featuring harpist Denise Fujikawa, was a 2015 recipient of a community grant from the city of Beaverton’s arts program. The city is now accepting applications for 2016 community and diverse opportunity g , The ISing Choir received a 2015 community arts grant from the city of Beaverton. The city is now accepting applications for 2016 community and diverse opportunity grants. (Photo/ISing Choir) , Beaverton Civic Theatre’s outreach project for their 2015 production of A Little Princess was a recipient of a Beaverton arts program grant. The city is now accepting applications for 2016 community and diverse opportunity grants. (Photo/Beaverton Civic
BPA reaches major milestone with release of final EIS on I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project
Bonneville Power Administration - 02/03/16 1:21 PM
PR 06 16 BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140
or 503-230-5131

BPA reaches major milestone with release of final EIS on I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project

More work remains before a decision is made on how to address transmission congestion in southwestern Washington, northwestern Oregon

Portland, Ore. -- The Bonneville Power Administration is releasing its final environmental impact statement on the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project after more than six years of analysis and robust public involvement.

The final EIS is a significant milestone in BPA's National Environmental Policy Act review for the siting of a potential 500-kilovolt transmission line from the Castle Rock, Wash., area to Troutdale, Ore.

The final EIS documents the completed analysis of potential impacts to a wide spectrum of human and natural environments from various potential routes that total more than 300 miles in length. BPA addressed nearly 10,000 comments during the EIS process and worked with landowners and others to obtain input for the analysis.

While the final EIS includes a thorough environmental analysis and identifies a preferred route, the final EIS is not a decision document. It does not include a decision on whether to construct the line.

"Before we make a decision, Bonneville will continue to evaluate the circumstances around the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project to ensure we're making the right investments at the right time," said BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer, who will ultimately make the decision to build or not.

Mainzer added he does not anticipate reaching a decision before late 2016.

BPA proposed the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project to address a growing transmission congestion problem in southwestern Washington and northwestern Oregon. While there is enough power generation in the region to meet energy demands, the existing transmission lines that deliver the power from other parts of the Northwest are becoming increasingly constrained in their ability to move that power during periods of high electricity use.

As a result of this congestion, the possibility of brownouts or power outages in this area from transmission constraints is increasing. BPA's studies currently show that if electric demand, or load, continues to grow without any additional physical or operational changes, that scenario might occur as early as 2021.

In addition to considering whether to build the proposed line, for the past several years BPA has been actively exploring possible "non-wire" solutions -- measures that do not involve building a new transmission line -- that may address the congestion issue as part of its mission to deliver power reliably and at low cost to the Northwest.

Some solutions have been found that have allowed the need for the project to be deferred until 2021. However, to date, BPA has been unable to identify any combination of non-wire measures that would address congestion and maintain transmission reliability in this corridor for a longer term and that would be operationally, commercially and economically feasible.

Even so, non-wire technologies are regularly evolving, and BPA is continuing to explore these measures and their ability to meet reliability needs, whether in the short or long term -- or indefinitely, if possible.

BPA has assembled a team of highly skilled engineers and other subject matter experts to continue exploring non-wire solutions. BPA is evaluating whether some combination of these measures would be sufficient to maintain reliable electric service by offsetting projected increases in power flow across southwestern Washington and northwestern Oregon. Some of those options might include:

Generation redispatch: Refers to changing which large generation sources serve the load. This may alleviate congestion by reducing the amount of generation and power being transmitted along a path to more closely match the load or anticipated need.

Demand response: Refers to managing the power consumption at the end user. This may alleviate congestion by reducing power consumption and pairing it with generation reduction in a location to reduce flows along the transmission path.

Distributed standby generation: Refers to using small diesel generators or solar power generators near the source of the load.

Other distributed energy resources: This includes battery storage and solar generation. Large-scale batteries near the load can be used during times of high power demand. Similarly, during times of high generation, the batteries can be used to store surplus generation that can later be returned to the power system during periods of high demand. Solar generation converts sunlight to electricity and can be scalable from residential rooftops to industrial acreage scale.

Energy efficiency: Refers to increasing efficiency of existing buildings or appliances to reduce electricity use.

Jeff Cook, BPA's vice president of Transmission Planning and Asset Management, emphasized that it is unlikely a single solution exists among the non-wire solutions.

"It's important to also remember that any solution we arrive at will have a cost associated with it, and not all solutions are equal in terms of the benefit that they provide to our customers and constituents," Cook said. "Part of the ongoing analysis is whether one of these options, or a combination of them, might help address the congestion problem and what potential trade-offs BPA and the region would face as a result."

In the meantime, Mainzer will continue to review the merits of the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project along with any emerging information on non-wire solutions.

"This line would provide a long-term transmission solution, and so far, we haven't found any other feasible and cost-effective options," said Mainzer. "We recognize the impact and uncertainty that this potential line has on the affected communities in the I-5 corridor. But I want to be sure every potentially feasible option has been explored before I make a decision of this size and scope."

For more information on the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project, visit www.bpa.gov/goto/I5.

About BPA

The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 Northwest 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 259 substations to 490 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

###
Sober Driving is Everyone's Responsibility - #DontDriveDrunk
Portland Police Bureau - 02/03/16 12:37 PM
During the month of January 2016, Portland Police officers arrested 53 impaired drivers, utilizing additional funds supplied with a grant from Oregon Impact. We hope everyone had an enjoyable New Year's celebration; however it is important to remember that responsible driving is a year-round commitment.

The Portland Police Bureau will be adding additional DUII enforcement units during the month of February to help ensure our streets stay safe, and to prevent needless tragedies within our community.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind the public that drug-impaired driving is just as dangerous (and illegal) as alcohol-impaired driving. Officers will be taking a zero tolerance approach to all forms of impaired driving.

February brings us the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl, as well as the Valentine's Day celebrations. Please continue to find your designated drivers, taxi, or your preferred ride share driving company.

Drink responsibly and remember buzzed driving is drunk driving.

Support zero tolerance for impaired driving by reporting suspected impaired drivers to 9-1-1.

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###
City of Battle Ground Seeks Applicants for Planning Commission Position
City of Battle Ground - 02/03/16 12:30 PM
The City of Battle Ground is seeking applicants to fill a vacant position on its Planning Commission. The commission is a 7-member volunteer board that is charged with advising the City Council on all legislative land use matters referred to them by the council including comprehensive planning, capital facility planning, transportation planning, and development codes.

To qualify for the position, applicants must reside within the City of Battle Ground. For more information regarding the Planning Commission and an application to serve, visit www.cityofbg.org/planning-commission.
ESD 112 announces winners of regional Poetry Out Loud contest (Photo)
ESD 112 - 02/03/16 12:09 PM
Michaela Cloyd and Sameayah Pehlke
Michaela Cloyd and Sameayah Pehlke
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/487/91634/thumb_michaela_and_sameayah.jpg
ESD 112 announces the winners of the regional contest for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. The student winners are Michaela Cloyd, Ridgefield High School, Ridgefield School District and Sameayah Pehlke, Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, Vancouver School District. These students will advance to the state competition in March.
The competition, presented in partnership with the Washington State Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. On February 2, nine high school students from high schools in our region participated in the Poetry Out Loud regional contest at ESD 112.

Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure. Beginning at the classroom level, winners advance to a school?wide competition, then to regional and state competitions, and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, DC. Some 365,000 students, 9,000 teachers, and 2,300 high schools nationwide took part in the 2014--2015 Poetry Out Loud program.

At ESD 112, students recited works they selected from an anthology of more than 700 classic and contemporary poems. Judges evaluated student performances on criteria including voice and articulation, evidence of understanding, and accuracy. Teachers introduced poetry recitation in the classroom using materials created by the NEA and the Poetry Foundation, including a standards?based Teacher's Guide, a website, a Learning Recitation DVD, and a CD featuring poetry recitations by well?known actors and writers such as Anthony Hopkins and Rita Dove.

The ESD 112 winners will advance to the Washington State Poetry Out Loud contest in Tacoma, Washington on Saturday, March 5, 2016. The Washington State champion will advance to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals May 2-4, 2016 in Washington, D.C., where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed.

To learn more about Poetry Out Loud, visit www.poetryoutloud.org.

#####


Attached Media Files: Michaela Cloyd and Sameayah Pehlke
Levy ballot deadline nears
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 02/03/16 12:01 PM
Voters have just one more week to submit ballots for the Vancouver Public Schools' levy election. The educational maintenance and operations (M & O) levy is not a new tax. It will replace the levy expiring this year.

Ballots must be postmarked or dropped off at the Elections Drop Box by Feb. 9. The Drop Box is located on 14th Street between Franklin and Esther streets. On election day only, ballots also may be dropped off at some area schools. A list of school locations accepting ballots will be posted on Monday, Feb. 8, on the Clark County Elections website at https://www.clark.wa.gov/elections.

The replacement M & O levy will continue basic programs and services for three years--2017, 2018 and 2019. The district is requesting authorization of $46.2 million for collection in 2017, $47.3 million in 2018, and $48.4 million in 2019. The current levy amount (for 2016) is $45.2 million. Levy amounts are limited by a state-set "levy lid." Vancouver Public Schools is below that lid.

Projected replacement levy rates (per $1,000 of assessed property value) are $3.04 for 2017, $3.02 for 2018, and $3 for 2019. The current estimated levy rate for 2016 is $3.06.

More information is available on the Vancouver Public Schools website: www.vansd.org.
23-Year-Old Man Arrested After 54-Count Indictment on Sex Charges Involving Children (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/03/16 12:00 PM
2016-02/3056/91617/Jared_Kelly_White_23.jpg
2016-02/3056/91617/Jared_Kelly_White_23.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/3056/91617/thumb_Jared_Kelly_White_23.jpg
On Tuesday February 2, 2016, East Precinct officers arrested 23-year-old Jared Kelly White and booked him into the Multnomah County jail on 54 felony sex crimes involving children. White was arrested without incident at his home in the area of Southeast 126th Avenue and Bush Street.

White was indicted by a Multnomah County Grand Jury on charges of Sodomy in the First Degree (15 counts), Sex Abuse in the First Degree (28 counts), and Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree (11 counts).

These charges are the result of three 2015 investigations conducted by the Child Abuse Team involving incidents going back to 2007 involving three juvenile victims.

Detectives have learned that White has held several jobs where he had contact with children and have information indicating that there may be additional victims. White's job history includes working for the Multnomah Education Service District Outdoor School and an event childcare company.

Due to the sensitive nature of this investigation, no additional details can be shared at this time.

Anyone with information about White or additional victims is asked to contact Detective Nathan Tobey at 503-823-0276, nathan.tobey@portlandoregon.gov.

To learn more information about the Child Abuse Team and to find resources for victims of child abuse, please visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/435145

###PPB###


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/3056/91617/Jared_Kelly_White_23.jpg
Oregon Cultural Trust's Statewide 'Conversations with Funders' set for Feb.9-March 3 (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 02/03/16 11:43 AM
Coquille Indian Tribe salmon pit demonstration at 2015 Oregon Heritage Conference; Heritage grants are among those to be discussed at the Conversations.
Coquille Indian Tribe salmon pit demonstration at 2015 Oregon Heritage Conference; Heritage grants are among those to be discussed at the Conversations.
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1418/91629/thumb_Coquille_Chief_Don_Ivey_hosting_a_salmon_pit_demonstration.JPG
Salem, Ore. -- Cultural Trust Manager Aili Schreiner will join with colleagues from the Trust's Cultural Partners -- Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage, Oregon Humanities and the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office -- February 9 through March 3 for "Conversations with Funders," a 12-stop state tour encouraging cultural nonprofits to apply for close to $5 million in collective grant funds.

Representatives from the Oregon Community Foundation and Portland's Regional Arts and Culture Council also will attend some events.

Organizations encouraged to attend "Conversations with Funders" include libraries, arts organizations, museums, cultural centers, historical societies, arts alliances, literary groups and heritage organizations.

"There are more than 1,450 cultural nonprofits serving Oregonians," said Schreiner. "We want to make sure they know about the grant funds that are here to support them."

Among the grant opportunities discussed will be the Cultural Trust's 2017 Cultural Development Grants; grant guidelines are now posted on the Trust website (http://www.culturaltrust.org/grants/development-grants)
for an application deadline of April 22 (see details below).

"Conversations with Funders" begin Tuesday, Feb. 9, in Astoria and are scheduled in regional flights. Registration is not required.

The schedule is:

Oregon Coast -- all events 4-6 p.m.
Astoria: Tuesday, Feb. 9, Columbia Hall, Clatsop Community College
(1651 Lexington Ave.)
Lincoln City: Wednesday, Feb. 10, Lincoln City Cultural Center
(540 NE Highway 101)
Florence: Thursday, Feb. 11, Florence Event Center (715 Quince St.)



Southern, mid-Valley & Central Oregon -- all events 4-6 p.m.
Medford: Tuesday, Feb. 16, Medford Library (205 South Central Ave.)
Eugene: Wednesday, Feb. 17, Maude Kerns Art Center (1910 E 15th Ave.)
Bend: Thursday, Feb. 18, Brooks Room, Downtown Bend Public Library
(601 NW Wall St.)

Willamette Valley and Portland -- all events 4-6 p.m.
Salem: Tuesday, Feb, 23, Green Room, Center for Community Innovation
(1255 Broadway St. NE, #110)
Portland: Wednesday, Feb. 24, Madison Room, Oregon Historical Society
(1200 SW Park Ave.)
Hillsboro: Thursday, Feb. 25, The Walters Cultural Arts Center (527 East Main St.)

Eastern Oregon and the Gorge -- all events 4-6 p.m.
Baker City: Tuesday, March 1, Crossroads Carnegie Art Center (2020 Auburn Ave.)
Pendleton: Wednesday, March 2, Heritage Station Museum (108 SW Frazer Ave.)
Hood River: Thursday, March 3, Hood River Library (502 State St.)

Oregon Cultural Trust Cultural Development Grants

The Oregon Cultural Trust's Cultural Development Grants recognize and support significant cultural programs and projects through four grant categories: access; preservation; creativity; and capacity.

2015 was a successful fundraising year for the Cultural Trust. A record amount will be available for grants, which last year totaled more than $2.6 million. Cultural Development Grants represent one third of the annual funding the Trust provides to Oregon's cultural nonprofits. Other funding includes grants to the Trust's five statewide partners -- to support their projects and respective grant programs -- and to 45 county and tribal cultural coalitions that fund local initiatives and grants.

2017 Cultural Development Grants are for projects and activities that will occur between Aug.1, 2016 and July 30, 2017.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 22.

For more information contact Schreiner at aili.schreiner@oregon.gov or by calling 503-986-0089.
# # #


Attached Media Files: Coquille Indian Tribe salmon pit demonstration at 2015 Oregon Heritage Conference; Heritage grants are among those to be discussed at the Conversations.
Libby Unthank Tower elected Arts Commission Chair; Christopher Acebo named Vice Chair (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 02/03/16 10:57 AM
Julie Vigeland
Julie Vigeland
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1418/91616/thumb_Julie_png.png
Salem, Ore. -- Libby Unthank Tower, a Eugene graphic design and marketing professional in her second term on the Oregon Arts Commission, succeeded Julie Vigeland as Commission Chair on
Jan. 1. Christopher Acebo, Associate Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, is now Vice Chair and Vigeland serves as Immediate Past Chair. Elections took place at the Dec. 4, 2015, Commission meeting in Portland.

Tower's career spans public, private and non-profit sectors. Currently with Eugene's Asbury Design, she previously managed marketing and public relations for the City of Eugene Cultural Services Division, overseeing institutional marketing and public relations for the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Community Events and the Public Art programs Tower earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Oregon in 1977. She studied abroad at Waseda University in Tokyo, and attended the Yoshida Hanga Academy studying under Japanese Master Artist Toshi Yoshida.

"I am full of gratitude and pride," said Tower. "We have a newly completed strategic plan to provide guidance and move us forward with work and initiatives designed to enhance the quality of life for all Oregonians. Our future is bright." Tower's term expires on Dec. 8, 2017.

Acebo's work at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival includes collaborating on season planning, creative team selection, casting, strategic planning and producing the festival productions. He is a set and costume designer who designed the world premiere production of "All the Way" by Robert Shenkkhan, as well as its Broadway production that won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2014. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, San Diego and his bachelor's in Political Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. His first term on the Commission expires on March 19, 2018.

Vigeland, who led the Commission for three years, called being chair the capstone of her volunteer career in the arts. "Nothing can compare to the view from a statewide perspective," she says. "What an amazing array of arts organizations we have in every corner of our expansive state. I only wish that each and every Oregonian had the opportunity to learn about the richness of art throughout the state. It is breathtaking!

"We are so fortunate to have Libby Tower as our new chair," Vigeland added. "She is experienced and ready to lead us to the next level. The Arts Commission is in great hands!" Vigeland's second term expires July 26, 2017.
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
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 the Oregon Business 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, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
? 30 ?


Attached Media Files: Julie Vigeland , Christopher Acebo , Libby Unthank Tower
Corps accepts funds to evaluate impacts of proposed pipeline project
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 02/03/16 8:53 AM
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Portland District has announced it will accept funds from Northwest Natural Gas to consider if the proposed North Mist pipeline project will impact a federal levee near Clatskanie, Oregon.

The Corps will use the funds to pay for labor and overhead of Corps personnel evaluating the engineering plans, specifications and reports related to the proposed project.

The Corps may accept and expend these funds pursuant to Section 214 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2014 (Public Law No. 106-541), as amended, which provides that the Secretary of the Army, after public notice, may accept and expend funds contributed by a non-federal public entity, natural gas companies, or public utility company to expedite the evaluation of a permit of that entity related to a project or activity for a public purpose under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Army. In doing so, the Secretary must ensure that the use of such funds will not impact impartial decision making with respect to permits, either substantively or procedurally.

A public notice describing this action is available for public review on the Corps' Portland District website at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Media/Announcements.aspx.

Portland District is not seeking public comment regarding this action. For additional information regarding the original notice or the funding, contact Marci Johnson at (503) 808-4765 or via e-mail at Marci.e.johnson@usace.army.mil.
21st annual Eagle Watch celebration set for Feb. 27-28
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/03/16 8:51 AM
Culver, OR -- The 21st annual Eagle Watch celebration will be Feb. 27-28 at Round Butte Overlook Park. The free celebration honors eagles and other raptors that live in the Lake Billy Chinook area. Hosted by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), Portland General Electric (PGE), and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, the event features activities to explore the natural and cultural significance of the birds.

"This event has something for the entire family," said Event Coordinator and OPRD Park Ranger Erin Bennett. "Visitors will have the opportunity to glimpse our resident bald eagles and golden eagles, as well as learn about the significance of the eagle to tribal culture and traditions."

Central Oregon Students in 4th-12th grade can enter the Eagle Art Contest through Feb. 15. Winners will be announced at lunch on Feb. 27, and their artwork will be on display during the celebration. Artwork can be dropped off at The Cove Palisades State Park, or call the park to arrange for someone to pick it up from your school office. Contest rules are posted at covepalisades.wordpress.com.

The two-day celebration runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28. Festivities will be in "Eagle Village" at Round Butte Overlook Park's visitor center, 10 miles west of Madras.

Attendees can meet Aquila, a rehabilitated golden eagle, as well as a great horned owl. Children are invited to build a bluebird house (on Saturday) or a bird feeder (on Sunday) and make a commemorative Eagle Watch button to take home. The Madras Garden Center will demonstrate how to create a backyard refuge and enjoy birdwatching year-round.

To cap off the event, the Quartz Creek Drummers and Dancers will provide a special presentation of tribal drumming and dancing sponsored by Warm Springs Power and Water Enterprises at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission and parking at PGE's Round Butte Overlook Park is free. New Eagle Watch souvenirs will be available, and a silent auction will benefit the Oregon Eagle Foundation. Cash and checks will be accepted; there is no ATM onsite.

For information, call Parks Information at 800-551-6949 or The Cove Palisades State Park at 541-546-3412 or visit oregonstateparks.org. Information will also be posted on The Cove Palisades blog, The Cove Rattler, at covepalisades.wordpress.com.
Council Amends West Side Urban Renewal Plan, Appoints Volunteer Board and Commission Members and Clarifies SMART's Future Service Area
City of Wilsonville - 02/03/16 8:33 AM
WILSONVILLE, OR -- On Feb. 1, the Wilsonville City Council held a second reading and approved a substantial amendment to the West Side Urban Renewal Plan that includes the Villebois neighborhood and extends along Brown Road and further to the east to include a section of the Old Town neighborhood. The amendment increases the maximum indebtedness of the urban renewal district by $9.4 million to $49.4 million in order to complete a set of primarily road construction projects that were already specified in the Plan. The amendment is consistent with the Wilsonville Urban Renewal Strategic Plan adopted by Council in October 2014 as recommended by a community task force.

City Council approved a resolution that clarifies the City's intent to align the service area boundary for the City's public transit system, South Metro Area Regional Transit (SMART), to be the city limits of Wilsonville. The resolution provides SMART support to begin plans to provide transit services to areas that have been, or are planned to be, annexed into the city limits. Some areas of Wilsonville, such as the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, are currently in the Wilsonville city limits but are in the TriMet service area, so SMART staff plan to begin working with TriMet to transition these areas to be served by SMART. The resolution also allows staff to move forward with plans to serve newly-annexed, or soon to be annexed areas that are not currently served by public transit.

The City Council appointed volunteers from the community to fill a number of vacancies on the City's various boards and commissions. The appointments include: Andrew Karr and Paul Bunn to three-year terms on the Budget Committee; Sammy Nada, Fred Ruby and Samuel Scull to two-year terms on the Development Review Board; reappointment of Eric Postma and Peter Hurley and the appointment of Karman Mesbah to four-year terms on the Planning Commission; reappointment of Elaine Swyt and Steve Benson to second four-year terms on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board; and the appointment of Larry Beck, Katherine Johnson, Jimmy Lee and Roseann O'Laughlin to one-year terms on the Wilsonville-Metro Community Enhancement Committee. The Council also thanked other members of the public who applied for, but were not selected to fill, the various vacancies.

Under the consent agenda the Council authorized SMART to enter into a contract to expand and replace the existing Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) station that currently fuels four SMART buses located at the SMART office and bus yard on Boberg Road. The expansion of the CNG station is paid for in part by a Congestion Mitigation-Air Quality grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation and in part from City resources.

During the communications portion of the meeting the Council heard a report on the results of a Strategic Energy Management initiative conducted in partnership with the Energy Trust of Oregon to identify energy savings opportunities at the City's Waste Water Treatment Plant and the Willamette River Water Treatment Plant. Overall, with the help of contractors from CH2M and Veolia North America who separately operate the two treatment plants, the initiative identified over $26,000 in annual energy savings.

- # # # -
Get immunizations up-to-date before School Exclusion Day February 17
Oregon Health Authority - 02/03/16 8:00 AM
February 3, 2016

Parents must provide schools, child care facilities with children's vaccine records

February 17 is School Exclusion Day, and the Oregon Immunization Program is reminding parents that children will not be able to attend school or child care starting that day if their records on file show missing immunizations.

Under state law, all children in public and private schools, preschools, Head Start and certified child care facilities must have up-to-date documentation on their immunizations, or have an exemption.

"Immunization is the best way to protect children against vaccine-preventable diseases such as whooping cough and measles," said Stacy de Assis Matthews, school law coordinator in the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division. "It keeps schools and the entire community safe and healthy."

Information for parents about updated vaccine requirements:

-- The hepatitis A vaccine, which protects against a communicable viral infection, is a two-dose series required for children 18 months and older in child care, preschool and kindergarten through seventh grade.

-- Parents of children with old exemptions on file signed before March 2014 will need to submit updated documentation. If the child has received the vaccines, the parent needs to turn in the immunization dates to the school. If the parent wants a nonmedical exemption, the parent needs to turn in a Vaccine Education Certificate showing that they've received education about vaccines, either from a health care practitioner or from the online vaccine education module. The parent also needs to sign a new Certificate of Immunization Status. More information about exemptions can be found at the division's vaccine exemption website at www.healthoregon.org/vaccineexemption.

If school and child care vaccination records are not up-to-date, the child will be sent home. In 2015, local health departments sent 29,234 letters to parents and guardians informing them that their children needed immunizations to stay in school or child care. A total of 4,666 children were kept out of school or child care until the necessary immunization information was turned in to the schools or child care facilities. Letters to parents will be mailed on or before Feb. 3.

Parents seeking immunizations for their children should contact their health care provider or local health department, or call 211Info--just dial 211. No one can be turned away from a local health department because of the inability to pay for required vaccines. Pharmacists can immunize children 7 and older. Parents should contact their neighborhood pharmacy for details.

Additional information on school immunizations can be found at the Immunization Program website at www.healthoregon.org/imm. Follow the Oregon Immunization Program on Facebook.

# # #
Tue. 02/02/16
Vancouver Convenience Store robbed at gunpoint
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/02/16 11:25 PM
On 02/02/2016, at approximately 8:30 p.m., a male subject entered the AM/PM Store located at 3817 Main St in Vancouver WA, displayed a weapon, and robbed the store of an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect is described as a black male, medium build, wearing a disguise covering his face. A K-9 track was conducted, however the suspect was not located.

Video surveillance to be recovered at a later time. Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect or knowledge of this incident should contact Vancouver Police.
Red Cross Teams Doing Disaster Relief in Multnomah, Douglas and Pacific Counties
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/02/16 6:52 PM
Disaster Action Teams from the American Red Cross Cascades Region are providing immediate emergency assistance for disaster clients on local disaster responses in Multnomah and Douglas County, Oregon and in Pacific County, Washington.

A single-family residential fire Feb. 2 in Winston, Douglas County displaced two adults and their pets. The Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs, information about recovery services and disaster health and/or disaster mental health services.

A disaster client in the 200 block of Skees Road in Raymond, Pacific County is receiving Red Cross assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs, information about recovery services and disaster health and/or disaster mental health services.

A single-family fire Feb. 2 in the 800 block of SE Alder Street in Portland, Multnomah County displaced one adult. The Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs, information about recovery services and disaster health and/or disaster mental health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and southwest Washington. Residents may call 503-528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc to schedule an appointment.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Chinese American: Exclusion / Inclusion Exhibition on Display at Oregon Historical Society through June 1, 2016 (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 02/02/16 4:59 PM
Joyce Chen left Shanghai in 1949, settling in Cambridge, MA. Capitalizing on her culinary skills, she opened a Mandarin-style restaurant in 1958. Her growing reputation and subsequent cookbook landed her a nationally televised cooking show—the first TV se
Joyce Chen left Shanghai in 1949, settling in Cambridge, MA. Capitalizing on her culinary skills, she opened a Mandarin-style restaurant in 1958. Her growing reputation and subsequent cookbook landed her a nationally televised cooking show—the first TV se
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/2861/91603/thumb_Joyce_Chen.jpg
Portland, OR -- America's desire for trade with China is older than Independence, yet in 1882 the nation's borders shut for the first time to exclude Chinese workers. A long and bitter contest over immigration and citizenship ensued, influenced by tensions within the United States and the changing tenor of relations between the two countries.

This struggle over freedom and the right to belong shaped the Chinese American experience and the very formation of American society. It is a story of extraordinary individuals, fearful and courageous acts, and unexpected twists and turns that have surprising relevance to our world today.

The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) is proud to host Chinese American: Exclusion / Inclusion, on display now through June 1, 2016. On loan from the New-York Historical Society, this exhibition will make its only appearance on the West Coast at OHS before being sent to China for display.

"After seeing this exhibit in person at the New-York Historical Society, I knew that it would be well received in Portland," said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. "It is a world-class display, and tells an important history that is so relevant amidst the current conversations over immigration in our country."

OHS will kick off the exhibition and Chinese New Year with a fabulous mile-long parade and dragon dance through Portland this Sunday, February 7. The Dragon Dance will begin at 11am on the corner of NW Davis & 4th Ave., continuing through Chinatown, down 3rd Ave., and up SW Jefferson (click here for detailed map). The celebration continues at OHS (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland) when the parade arrives around noon, where admission will be free, sweet treats and tea will be served, and all are welcome to enjoy special performances by local Lion Dance teams!

In conjunction, the Oregon Historical Society's museum will also open a second exhibition on February 29 entitled Beyond the Gate: A Tale of Portland's Historic Chinatowns. This original exhibit tells the hundred year history of Portland's Old Chinatown (1850-1905) and New Chinatown (1905-1950). Unbeknownst to many Oregonians, Portland in fact was home to the second largest Chinatown in the nation in 1900.

A series of public programs on the topics of immigration, migration, exclusion, and inclusion of Americans throughout history have also been scheduled at the Oregon Historical Society and at venues across the state. For a full calendar of programs, visit www.ohs.org/events.

For additional reading on Chinese Americans in Oregon, visit The Oregon Encyclopedia website at http://bit.ly/1W05bvt.

The Oregon Historical Society's museum is open seven days a week, Monday -- Saturday from 10am -- 5pm and Sunday from 12pm -- 5pm. Admission is $11, and discounts are available for students, seniors, and youth. OHS members and Multnomah County residents receive free admission every day.



About the Oregon Historical Society

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


Attached Media Files: Joyce Chen left Shanghai in 1949, settling in Cambridge, MA. Capitalizing on her culinary skills, she opened a Mandarin-style restaurant in 1958. Her growing reputation and subsequent cookbook landed her a nationally televised cooking show—the first TV se , Activist Wong Chin Foo published this newspaper, entitled Chinese American, in New York in 1883—possibly the first public use of the term “Chinese American.” New-York Historical Society , Empress of China Fan, ca. 1784, Courtesy of the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania Collection , During WWII, Chinese Americans and their supporters petitioned Congress to repeal the Chinese Exclusion Act. Their campaign was successful—the 60-year statute was overturned in 1943. However, Chinese immigration remained subject to severe quotas. Septembe , The majestic “Moo Lung” appeared in parades and celebrations nationwide, including the July 4th, 1911 “Parade of Nations” in New York City, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-B2-2302-15 , Anna May Wong Certificate of Identity, National Archives of San Francisco, 54099
Sherwood Police Investigate Traffic Altercation With A Knife
Sherwood Police Dept. - 02/02/16 4:49 PM
On January 28th, 2016 at approximately 10:47 PM, Sherwood Police were called to 16220 SW Langer Dr. on the report of a stabbing. Officers located the victim, 28 year old Thomas Perritt of Dundee, Oregon in the parking lot; he was bleeding from a single stab wound to the left arm. The officers learned that the victim had been stabbed by a male after he had nearly been hit by a car.

Sherwood police officers and a citizen began to give the victim first aid. Soon after, the victim was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated. Due to the significance of the victim's injuries, the Washington County Major Crimes Team was called out to assist the Sherwood Police Department with the investigation.

The juvenile suspect (identity will not be released) was identified. Officers were able to locate the suspect, who came to the Sherwood Police station to be interviewed.

No arrests have been made in this case, as the incident has been referred to the Washington County District Attorney for review.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who might have additional information is asked to call Sherwood Police via the non-emergency line for dispatch, at 503-629-0111.

Sherwood Police PIO/Contact Captain Mark Daniel 503-925-3651
Public Indecency Suspect Arrested After Several Month Investigation (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/02/16 4:43 PM
2016-02/3056/91592/Nathan_Lee_Conner_34.jpg
2016-02/3056/91592/Nathan_Lee_Conner_34.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/3056/91592/thumb_Nathan_Lee_Conner_34.jpg
On February 2, 2016, Central Precinct officers booked a 34-year-old man into the Multnomah County Jail after a several month investigation into lewd acts in Portland's Washington Park.

34-year-old Nathan Lee Conner was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Indecent Exposure (13 counts), Public Indecency (13 counts), Offensive Littering (13 counts), and Criminal Trespass in the First Degree. He will be arraigned on Wednesday in Multnomah County Court.

On approximately April 2015, the Central Precinct Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) began investigating reports that a man, sometimes dressed in woman's clothing, was in Washington Park exposing himself and masturbating. The suspect, later identified as Conner, would leave evidence of an offensive nature behind in the park.

Officers did not receive any reports that Conner threatened or approached anyone during his acts of lewd behavior.

Central Precinct officers worked closely with Portland Parks & Recreation Security staff and Park Rangers on this investigation, which led to the release of a surveillance image from a Northwest Portland business.

The surveillance images, released on the Police Bureau's CanYouIDMe page (http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/canyouidme/) led to the identification of Conner as the suspect.

The Bureau is releasing the surveillance image again and sharing Conner's booking photo, courtesy of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

Anyone with additional information about Conner or these incidents may contact Officer Michael Bledsoe by email, michael.bledsoe@portlandoregon.gov.

###PPB###


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/3056/91592/Nathan_Lee_Conner_34.jpg , 2016-02/3056/91592/Public_Indecency_Suspect_Photo.jpg
Update-Missing Person Investigation- Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/02/16 4:30 PM
2016-02/1002/91601/Megan_Owens.jpeg
2016-02/1002/91601/Megan_Owens.jpeg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1002/91601/thumb_Megan_Owens.jpeg
A video of the United State Coast Guard (USCG) rescuing the first responders from North Lincoln Fire and Rescue is being provided by the Oregon State Police. The video is available for viewing at the following link: https://youtu.be/uVw-Y8ItFRs. Please note that the date and time stamp on the video are not correct.

###End of Update###

Previous Release:

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday afternoons report of a missing teenage female that fell into the Pacific Ocean at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area.
On February 01, 2016 at approximately 2:50 PM four youths were climbing on the cape at Cape Kiwanda when MEGAN OWENS, age 17, from Marysville, Washington, fell off the rocks into an area commonly known as the Punch Bowl. OSP troopers responded along with Tillamook County Sheriff's deputies, local fire/EMS and aircraft from the United States Coast Guard (USCG).

During the search, two members from the North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, who were searching the area on personal watercraft reportedly fell into the water as sea conditions began to worsen and were later rescued by the USCG Jayhawk aircraft crew. One responder was dropped off at the beach and the other was transferred to emergency medical services personnel in Lincoln City.

Aircraft from the USCG continued their search late into the night. OSP troopers and Tillamook County deputies remained on the beach until search crews arrived early this morning. Notification of those involved and their families has been completed by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office Chaplains. Search of the area will continue and will be conducted by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office.

OSP was assisted in the search by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Nestucca Fire, Netarts/Oceanside Fire and Rescue, United States Coast Guard, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue and Tillamook Ambulance.

Family is requesting that those with inquires respect their privacy and direct questions to the Oregon State Police. Questions regarding the two personnel from North Lincoln Fire and Rescue should be directed to their agency. No further information to release.

Photo: Courtesy of the Owens Family.

###


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/1002/91601/Megan_Owens.jpeg
Narcotic Search Warrant and Subsequent Arrests (Photo)
Woodland Police - 02/02/16 4:00 PM
2016-02/1381/91599/Benberg.png
2016-02/1381/91599/Benberg.png
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1381/91599/thumb_Benberg.png
Woodland Police and the Cowlitz Wahkiakum Narcotic Task Force with the assistance of officers from the Washington State Department of Corrections and Immigration and Customs Enforcement executed a narcotics search warrant in the 1200 block of Goerig Street in Woodland. Two Woodland residents were arrested and charged with narcotic offenses. Albert C. Kloehn, age 67 was charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance in a School Zone, and Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver; Pamela S. Benberg, age50 was charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance in a School Zone, and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Officers also seized four grams of methamphetamine along with $665 cash and packaging materials.

This effort is part of an on-going partnership between the Task Force and Woodland Police.


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/1381/91599/Benberg.png , 2016-02/1381/91599/Kloehn.png
Gladstone Police DUII Patrols During Super Bowl Sunday
Gladstone Police - 02/02/16 3:56 PM
The Gladstone Police Department will be conducting extra patrols on February 7, 2016, Super Bowl Sunday. The patrols are focused on keeping drunk or distracted drivers off the road.

Whether you're preparing for the Super Bowl or the Puppy Bowl, it's always smart to plan for getting yourself home safely if you're out at a party or knowing how you will get your guests home safely if you hosted the party. This is also a good time to renew your commitment to never encourage or allow underage drinking. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. Your responsible actions may save someone's life -- and inaction could cost a life.
Free Boating Education Class
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/02/16 3:51 PM
Need your boaters card? The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office Marine Division will be hosting an Adventures in Boating certification course. Classes are open to any individual who needs to obtain a Washington State Boaters Education Card. The next class will be on Saturday, March 19th. The class is from 8am-3:30pm at the Cowlitz County Search and Rescue Building, 1800 Western Lane in Kelso. Cost for the class is FREE.

To Register: Contact Deputy Jordan Spencer by email at spencerj@co.cowlitz.wa.us . The deadline to register is Wed, March 16th. This one day class will certify you to operate a vessel in the state of Washington.

Reminder: All vessel operators age 59 and younger must have a Washington Boaters Education Card to operate a vessel in Washington State. For additional information and resources, check out www.boatered.org.
Sherwood Police Arrest Suspect In Case Of Domestic Assault With A Knife
Sherwood Police Dept. - 02/02/16 3:36 PM
On February 1, 2016 at approximately 10:40 PM, Sherwood Police were approached by 31 year old Jose Garcia of Sherwood, the victim of a domestic assault with a knife in the parking area of Kohl's 16685 SW 12th St. The victim was bleeding from a single stab wound to the abdomen. The victim told officers that he had been stabbed while driving his girlfriend home. The victim told the officers that she had gotten out of the car nearby and was walking in the area.

Sherwood police officers began to give the victim first aid, and called for medical assistance. Officers began to look for the suspect with a police dog. Shortly thereafter a female approached the officers on scene and they determined that the female was the suspect, who was no longer armed. The suspect was detained on a Probation Violation and was taken to the Sherwood Police Department to be interviewed.

The victim was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated and released.

Sherwood police have arrested Stephanie Avalos, a 27 year old resident of Sherwood, Oregon. She has been charged with one (1) count of Assault II- Domestic, ORS 163.175. Ms. Avalos was booked at the Washington county Jail. This investigation continues, and additional charges may be pending.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who might have additional information is asked to call Sherwood Police via the non-emergency line for dispatch, at 503-629-0111.

Sherwood Police PIO/Contact Captain Mark Daniel 503-925-3651
26-Year-Old Man Arrested After Traffic Pursuit, Ramming of Police Officer in Police Car (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/02/16 3:30 PM
2016-02/3056/91595/Pierre_Sails_26.jpg
2016-02/3056/91595/Pierre_Sails_26.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/3056/91595/thumb_Pierre_Sails_26.jpg
On Monday February 1, 2016, at 8:12 p.m., East Precinct officers attempted to stop a driver of a vehicle in the area of Southeast 136th Avenue and Division Street. Officers believed that the vehicle, and possibly the occupants, were linked to a crime a few days earlier.

The driver, later identified as 26-year-old Pierre Sails, sped away from officers and led them on a traffic pursuit, which ended after an officer applied a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) to spin the suspect vehicle. As officers in police cars began to surround Sails' vehicle, Sails accelerated and rammed into one of the patrol cars.

Officers were able to take custody of the Sails and determined that he was under the influence of alcohol.

Sails, was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Assault in the Second Degree, Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, Reckless Driving, and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII).

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team responded to conduct an investigation into the crash.

No police officers were injured in this incident.

###PPB###


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/3056/91595/Pierre_Sails_26.jpg
Red Cross Responds to Multi-family Home Fire in Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/02/16 2:54 PM
Disaster action team volunteers with the American Red Cross responded to a disaster in the 6000 block of SE Alberta St. in Portland, Ore. This multi-family home fire affected six adults. The Red Cross provided assistance to address basic immediate needs, information about recovery services and health/emotional health resources.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc to schedule an appointment.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
UPDATE -- HIKER FOUND: Search for missing hiker continues on Mt. Hood
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/02/16 2:50 PM
UPDATE (Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, 2:30 p.m.) -- HIKER FOUND

Before 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2, searchers located an empty snow cave they believe belonged to the missing subject, Christian Houck.

At about 11 a.m., a search plane from the Hood River County Sheriff's Office spotted a subject in Zigzag Canyon. The plane guided the search groups to the subject -- who was identified as Mr. Houck.

Christian Houck was uninjured and able to ski back to Timberline Lodge with the search teams.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted in the search by Mountain Wave Emergency Communications, Portland Mountain Rescue, Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue, the U.S. Air Force 304th Rescue Squadron, the Hood River Crag Rats and the Hood River County Sheriff's Office.

[END UPDATE]
________

EARLIER (Feb. 2, 2016, 8:46 a.m.): Search for missing hiker continues on Mt. Hood

Yesterday (Monday, Feb. 1) just after 2:40 p.m., a hiker called into 911 reporting he was lost and in need of assistance from search and rescue.

The hiker -- Christian Houck, 51 years old, of Seattle, WA -- told dispatchers he had hiked above the Palmer Glacier on Mt. Hood and got off-course while attempting to return to Timberline Lodge.

Houck gave dispatchers his approximate location, but did not have equipment with him to give an exact location.

Search and rescue personnel responded and located Mr. Houck's vehicle in the parking lot of Timberline lodge.

Volunteers from Mountain Wave Emergency Communications, Portland Mountain Rescue, Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue and the U.S. Air Force 304th Rescue Squadron responded to the scene.

Searchers were unable to locate Mr. Houck as they searched late into the evening. Avalanche danger and stream-crossings hindered search efforts.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue Coordinators contacted Houck by cell phone and told him to shelter in place for the evening. The search would resume at first light when it was safe.

Houck made a snow cave to sleep in for the night. He reportedly marked the cave so it could be located by searchers.

At 6 a.m. this morning (Tuesday, Feb. 2), searchers returned to the field in an attempt to locate the missing hiker. They estimated it would take two hours to get to the area where the hike is believed to be located.

SAR Coordinators made contact with Mr. Houck again just after 8 a.m. He told the SAR Coordinators he might know where he was at -- and advised he was attempting to self-rescue. Coordinators advised Houck to stay in place and they would come to him.

Mr. Houck has still not been located. The search continues.

[END]

REMINDER TO MEDIA -- PAGER DISCONTINUED: We have discontinued our Public Information Unit pager. All media outlets needing to contact our PIO can now send an email to SheriffPIO@clackamas.us
Orenco Elementary School Celebrates 300th Orca Live Broadcast
Hillsboro Sch. Dist. - 02/02/16 2:35 PM
Student-run TV show has provided students with invaluable experience anchoring, directing, mixing and filming

February 4, 2016, Hillsboro, OR -- Today, Orenco Elementary School will celebrate the 300th broadcast of its student-run television show, Orca Live! Students from past crews will be returning to the school to anchor the special show and reflect on previous seasons.

The show began in November 2004, thanks to the vision of the school's principal and generous grant funds from Intel and other sources. Throughout the years, Orca Live has received tremendous support from Orenco's Booster Club, the Hillsboro Schools Foundation, Nike, Synopsys, and Orenco staff.

Teachers Tom Bunker and Mike Futter began the program together, and even though Mr. Bunker retired in 2011, he still helps out as a volunteer.

Students direct and anchor the broadcasts, work the mixer board, audio board, and camera for their shows, which air every other week. Typical broadcasts include a focus on grade-level learning as well as photographs from throughout the school. Though the students have also tackled special projects like commercial parodies, detective dramas and silent films; they even had the chance to interview Miranda Cosgrove when she was in town to perform at the Washington County Fair in 2012.

More than 200 students have been part of the Orca Live crew over the past twelve years, including 20 pairs of siblings. Participating in Orca Live has provided students with a very unique experience, taught them valuable technical skills, increased their public speaking skills, and overall has been a bright spot in their educational careers.

Please join current and former students to help celebrate all they've accomplished over the last twelve years. Their special broadcast will begin at 1:05 p.m.

Media may arrive at 12:30 p.m. and are asked to check in at the main office (22550 NW Birch St., Hillsboro).

For more information, please contact Mike Futter at futterm@hsd.k12.or.us.

###


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/107/91591/media_release_Orca_Live_300th_broadcast_020416.pdf
Josephine County Man Arrested in Connection with Sex Abuse Investigation (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/02/16 2:29 PM
2016-02/1002/91589/SELLERS.jpg
2016-02/1002/91589/SELLERS.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1002/91589/thumb_SELLERS.jpg
Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a Josephine County Man for multiple crimes in connection with an on-going Sex Abuse investigation.

On January 26th, 2016, the OSP Criminal Investigation Division began an investigation into the alleged sexual abuse of a minor female. The female was interviewed on January 29th, 2016 and disclosed multiple incidents of sexual abuse perpetrated by her then step-father, WILLIAM CARLOS SELLERS, age 37, from Grants Pass. On February 1st, 2016, SELLERS was interviewed in regards to the allegation. SELLERS was subsequently arrested and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the following charges:

Sex Abuse I
Unlawful Sexual Penetration

The investigation is ongoing and no other information is available for release. OSP detectives are requesting anyone that may have information pertaining to SELLERS to contact Sergeant Annie Harris at the Central Point Area Command at 541-618-7967.

Photograph provided by Josephine County Sheriff's Office.

###


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/1002/91589/SELLERS.jpg
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office ramps up DUII patrols through Superbowl Weekend
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/02/16 2:17 PM
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will be adding High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) DUII patrols beginning Wednesday February 3, 2016 and continuing through Sunday February 7, 2016. MCSO Deputies will be on the lookout for drivers operating vehicles under the influence of alcohol or other drugs and do not heed the message to designate a sober driver.

The Sheriff's Office reminds drivers: Stay Alive, Don't Drink and Drive:

Use a designated driver
Call a taxi or ride-sharing company
Use public transportation
Remember, "buzzed" driving is drunk driving

Grant funded DUII enhanced patrols conducted January 22 through January 24, 2016 resulted in three drivers being arrested for DUII.

These types of missions are made possible through grant funding made available from the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon State Sheriff's Association.

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office participates in enhanced DUII enforcement efforts to assist in reducing impaired driving and save lives. Other HVE DUII enforcement missions are scheduled to be conducted in upcoming months and holidays, and other special events with identified DUII problems.

Community members can support zero tolerance for impaired driving by immediately reporting impaired drivers to 9-1-1.
Union Gospel Mission to Host Mayoral Candidate Forum on Solutions to Homelessness
Union Gospel Mission - 02/02/16 1:47 PM
Union Gospel Mission to Host Mayoral Candidate Forum on Solutions to Homelessness

Portland, Ore., - Union Gospel Mission will host a Mayoral Candidate Forum on Friday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 3 NW Third Avenue in Portland. The forum will focus on solutions to homelessness in Portland. Union Gospel Mission's Executive Director, Bill Russell, will moderate the forum. Each candidate will have an opportunity to share an opening statement and closing statement, and guests will have an opportunity to ask questions of the candidates. The event is open to the public, but with limited seating.

Union Gospel Mission has reached out to all declared candidates and the following candidates have agreed to participate: Ted Wheeler, David Schor, Jules Bailey, and Sarah Innarone.

"We are pleased to host this Mayoral candidate forum on solutions to homelessness. It is a great opportunity to hear from the candidates on this critical issue. We also look forward to how everyone in the city can collaborate to find a compassionate and sustainable solution to assist people living on the streets," said Bill Russell.

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, info@ugmportland.org, or on Twitter at @ugmpdx.

# # #
Harney County Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Update
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/02/16 1:24 PM
The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office was asked by the Oregon State Police to lead the investigation into the officer involved shooting on January 26, 2016 in Harney County.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office reached out to agencies on the Tri-County Major Incident Team. Resources from The Bend Police Department, Redmond Police Department, and Oregon State Police provided resources for the Major Incident Team investigation (all are agencies from within Deschutes County).

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office has received a number of requests for information and or release of evidence. At this time, we will not release any further information on the investigation.

"Our office continues to lead the Major Incident Team on the Harney county officer-involved shooting investigation. This is an on-going investigation and in order to maintain its integrity, no further information will be released until a thorough investigation and review is completed by Malheur County District Attorney, Dan Norris," stated Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office.

Malheur County District Attorney Dan Norris stated, "All pertinent reports will be released to the public when the investigation is complete." These investigations take a considerable amount of time. It is expected to be at least 4 to 6 weeks before this information is likely to be released. Any updates or release of information will be released through www.flashalertbend.net.

The Tri-County Major Incident Team is comprised of members of law enforcement from the Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson County Sheriff's Offices and District Attorneys; the Bend, Redmond, Prineville, Madras, Black Butte Ranch, Sunriver and Warm Spring Police Departments and the Oregon State Police. The purpose of the Tri-County Major Incident Team is to allow agencies access to additional investigative resources during major incidents.
Missing Person Investigation- Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/02/16 1:18 PM
2016-02/1002/91585/Megan_Owens.jpeg
2016-02/1002/91585/Megan_Owens.jpeg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1002/91585/thumb_Megan_Owens.jpeg
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday afternoons report of a missing teenage female that fell into the Pacific Ocean at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area.

On February 01, 2016 at approximately 2:50 PM four youths were climbing on the cape at Cape Kiwanda when MEGAN OWENS, age 17, from Marysville, Washington, fell off the rocks into an area commonly known as the Punch Bowl. OSP troopers responded along with Tillamook County Sheriff's deputies, local fire/EMS and aircraft from the United States Coast Guard (USCG).

During the search, two members from the North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, who were searching the area on personal watercraft reportedly fell into the water as sea conditions began to worsen and were later rescued by the USCG Jayhawk aircraft crew. One responder was dropped off at the beach and the other was transferred to emergency medical services personnel in Lincoln City.

Aircraft from the USCG continued their search late into the night. OSP troopers and Tillamook County deputies remained on the beach until search crews arrived early this morning. Notification of those involved and their families has been completed by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office Chaplains. Search of the area will continue and will be conducted by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office.

OSP was assisted in the search by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Nestucca Fire, Netarts/Oceanside Fire and Rescue, United States Coast Guard, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue and Tillamook Ambulance.

Family is requesting that those with inquires respect their privacy and direct questions to the Oregon State Police. Questions regarding the two personnel from North Lincoln Fire and Rescue should be directed to their agency. No further information to release.

Photo: Courtesy of the Owens Family.

###


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/1002/91585/Megan_Owens.jpeg
Living in the Shadow of High Bank Fees? Join a Not-for-Profit Credit Union
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 02/02/16 10:58 AM
SEATAC, WA. -- Punxsutawney Phil's forecast notwithstanding, consumers can step out of the shadow of high bank fees and interest rates by joining a local, not-for-profit cooperative credit union.

Because of their cooperative structure, credit unions don't pay Wall Street stockholders. Instead, they generate value for their members by charging lower fees and offering better loan rates.

A comparison of bank and credit union fees and rates shows Washingtonians who belonged to credit unions last year, saved a collective $305 million--a minimum of $178 per household. The more financial services a member gets from the credit union, the greater the savings. Credit unions offer you lower interest rates on car loans, credit cards, 15-year mortgages and home equity loans; and pay you higher rates on savings products such as money market accounts, certificates of deposit and retirement accounts. Federally insured credit unions offer a safe place for you to save money, with deposits insured up to at least $250,000 per individual depositor. The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) is the independent agency that administers the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF).

Not a member? Visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org to find a local, not-for-profit credit union near you. Membership makes sense, and saves big $.
Source: Informa Research Service, NCUA, and CUNA, for 12 months ending Sept, 2015.

The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 157 of Oregon and Washington's credit unions. Northwest credit unions returned $352 million in direct financial benefits to their 5.2 million members last year. The NWCUA is the voice of the Northwest credit union movement, providing legislative, regulatory and public advocacy in addition to education, compliance, networking support and business solutions to credit unions. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/4992/91583/Groundhog_Savings_WA.docx
Marine Board to Convene Abandoned/Derelict Vessel Task Force
Oregon Marine Board - 02/02/16 10:55 AM
The Oregon State Marine Board is holding a kick off meeting in Newport on February 9, from 9 am to 12 pm at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, 2030 SE Marine Science Drive. This meeting is open to the public, however; public comments will not be accepted.

This is an information-gathering meeting to identify potential members for an Abandoned and Derelict Fishing Vessel Prevention Task Force, to discuss ideas to prevent abandoned and derelict fishing vessels along the coast and to develop a process for measurable outcomes through coordinated efforts.

Future meetings will be held in areas that are impacted by abandoned and derelict vessels, and in locations close to participating members.

To view the meeting agenda, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/members.aspx.
###
Portland Fire & Rescue Introduces Zeus, our New Top Dog (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 02/02/16 10:48 AM
Zeus
Zeus
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/549/91580/thumb_2.jpg
Today PF&R welcomed a new member to its ranks, Zeus the Arson Dog. Arson dogs are conditioned to detect and alert hydrocarbons found in petroleum-based fuel in exchange for a reward in food. After his training was complete, Zeus was certified by a chemist as being able to tell the difference between varieties of hydrocarbon scents in small quantities necessary to start a fire. This certification is crucial when evidence is uncovered by canines and their handlers, as they become a key point in criminal and civil trials.

Zeus was assigned to Lt. Jackson, who also functions as an ATF Taskforce Agent, in November 2015 and brought back to PF&R in December. Zeus will assist Lt. Jackson with fire scene investigations, especially in determining the origin and cause of a fire. All alerts by Zeus are verified by the Oregon State Crime Lab. To keep their skills sharp, the team trains at random intervals 2-3 times per day.

PF&R's Accelerant Canine Detection Team not only responds to incidents within the City of Portland, they are also members of the national response team and can be called to anywhere within the U.S.

Zeus' cousin, Lila, retired last November after 7 years of service with PF&R. Accelerant detection canines usually work a minimum of 5 years and no more than 9 years of age.


Attached Media Files: Zeus , Zeus
Living in the Shadow of High Bank Fees? Join a Not-for-Profit Credit Union
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 02/02/16 10:41 AM
TIGARD, OR. -- Punxsutawney Phil's forecast notwithstanding, consumers can step out of the shadow of high bank fees and interest rates by joining a local, not-for-profit cooperative credit union.

Because of their cooperative structure, credit unions don't pay Wall Street stockholders. Instead, they generate value for their members by charging lower fees and offering better loan rates.

A comparison of bank and credit union fees and rates shows Oregonians who belonged to credit unions last year, saved a collective $115 million--a minimum of $141 per household. The more financial services a member gets from the credit union, the greater the savings. Credit unions offer you lower interest rates on car loans, credit cards, 15-year mortgages and home equity loans; and pay you higher rates on savings products such as money market accounts, certificates of deposit and retirement accounts. Federally insured credit unions offer a safe place for you to save money, with deposits insured up to at least $250,000 per individual depositor. The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) is the independent agency that administers the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF).

Not a member? Visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org to find a local, not-for-profit credit union near you. Membership makes sense, and saves big $.
Source: Informa Research Service, NCUA, and CUNA, for 12 months ending Sept, 2015.

The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 157 of Oregon and Washington's credit unions. Northwest credit unions returned $352 million in direct financial benefits to their 5.2 million members last year. The NWCUA is the voice of the Northwest credit union movement, providing legislative, regulatory and public advocacy in addition to education, compliance, networking support and business solutions to credit unions. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/4992/91581/Groundhog_Savings_OR.docx
CORRECTED -- UPDATE: Citizens Academy continues Feb. 3 & 6 at the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/02/16 10:24 AM
[Updated w/ corrected Brooks Building address.]

Citizens Academy continues Wednesday, Feb. 3 at the Brooks Building (9101 SE Sunnybrook, Clackamas) from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Local citizens will begin their second session learning about various aspects of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. On Wednesday, participants will hear from detectives in the investigations unit who will educate them about what it takes to build a case from start to finish.

The final day of the Citizens Academy is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 6 and will begin at the Public Safety Training Center (12700 SE 82nd Ave., Clackamas). Activities will take place between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Participants will hear from graduates of the Clackamas County Substance Abuse Program (CSAP) and learn about high-speed pursuits and active shooter situations.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's Citizens Academy was developed to give citizens an inside look at law enforcement. Participants have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of the Sheriff's Office and meet the deputies behind the badge.
________

EARLIER: Local Community Leaders to participate in the 2016 Citizens Academy

Local leaders will get a glimpse of what the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office does on a daily basis by participating in the 2016 Citizens Academy. The 3-day academy provides citizens the opportunity to get a first-hand look at the day to day operations of a law enforcement agency.

"Our work is not always easy, but it's so important," said Sheriff Craig Roberts. "I'm thrilled to give leaders in our community an opportunity to see what we do at the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

Those participating in the academy will learn about services provided to the community, the divisions and their functions. Participants will tour the Clackamas County Jail, learn about Community Corrections, and meet the K-9 dog handlers along with other activities. The academy will be held on January 30, February 3, and February 6.

Media is welcome to attend.

[END]

REMINDER TO MEDIA -- PAGER DISCONTINUED: We have discontinued our Public Information Unit pager. All media outlets needing to contact our PIO can now send an email to SheriffPIO@clackamas.us
Early Childhood Education Career Planning Portal Launches (Photo)
Wash. State Dept. of Early Learning - 02/02/16 10:12 AM
Screen shot
Screen shot
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/5169/91579/thumb_ECP_Career_Portal_Shot.png
The Department of Early Learning (DEL), the Center for Excellence for Careers in Education and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) have partnered to release the Early Childhood Education Career Planning Portal.

"Professional development is a key component of enhancing early education in Washington state," said DEL director Ross Hunter. "The launch of this portal is one way that we hope to make higher education and training accessible."

The portal is currently live at ececareers.del.wa.gov. It features early childhood career options with "day-in-the-life" descriptions and position qualifications. Users can easily browse college degrees and certificates, connect directly with college advisors and begin planning careers and education goals. Users are also able to navigate the site independently, with an advisor or an Early Achievers coach.

One of the most innovative features of the Early Childhood Education Career Planning Portal is the advanced search function. It allows for a map-view of all educational programs throughout the state--online programs are also listed and described.

Support services are available on the portal, including, scholarship information, links to early learning partners and the professional development division at DEL.

For more information about professional development or the new portal, please contact: MERIT@del.wa.gov.


Attached Media Files: Word document with hyperlinks , Screen shot
36 DUII Arrests Made During the Month of January
Beaverton Police Dept. - 02/02/16 9:09 AM
The Beaverton Police Department is participating in a yearlong National Traffic Safety Campaign, with a focus on impaired drivers. The goal of this campaign is to save lives and educate the motoring public about the dangers of driving impaired. During the month of February, officers will continue their efforts to take impaired drivers off of Beaverton streets.

These High Visibly Enforcement (HVE) details are paid for by grant funds. These funds allow us to have officers out looking specifically for impaired drivers in our community. So far this year Beaverton Police Officers have taken 36 impaired drivers off of Beaverton streets. Three of these individuals arrested refused to take a breath test and a blood draw was taken under our no-refusal program.

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.
##BPD##


Attached Media Files: Press Release
Oregonians reminded to claim their kickers
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 02/02/16 9:01 AM
SALEM, Ore.--Tax return filing season is open and the Oregon Department of Revenue wants to remind you to claim your tax surplus credit, or "kicker," on your 2015 personal income tax returns.

The credit is how the state is returning a more than $402 million tax surplus to eligible Oregon taxpayers. There won't be any kicker checks issued as there have been in the past.
We've launched What's My Kicker, a new online tool that calculates your credit amount based on information from the 2014 Oregon tax return you filed. All you need to enter is your Social Security number or individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN), last name, and filing statuses for 2014 and 2015. Visit www.oregon.gov/dor and click on the "What's My Kicker" link. You can only use this tool if your 2014 and 2015 filing statuses are the same.

If your filing statuses are different, you can calculate the amount of your credit by multiplying your 2014 tax liability before any credits, except credits for taxes paid to other states, by 5.6 percent.

You're eligible to claim the credit if you filed a 2014 Oregon tax return and had tax due before credits. Even if you don't have a filing obligation for 2015, you still have to file a 2015 Oregon tax return to claim your credit. The state may use all or part of your kicker to pay any state debt, such as taxes due for other years, child support, court fines, or school loans.

For more information on claiming your credit or how to donate it to the Oregon State School Fund, see the instructions for Oregon Form 40 (full-year Oregon residents), Form 40P (part-year residents), and Form 40N (nonresidents). All forms are available on our website at www.oregon.gov/dor/forms. Those using tax preparation software will be presented with options to determine their eligibility and credit amount.

Remember to file as early as possible to limit the potential for people to file fraudulent returns using your information. Filing early can also expedite processing by getting your return into the system sooner. We also recommend that you:
File electronically, using one of the many free options listed on our website at www.oregon.gov/dor/e-filing.
Have your bank routing numbers ready when you file so you can use direct deposit for your refund. You can get your refund in 7--10 days by e-filing and using direct deposit, versus up to 10 weeks if you file a paper return and request a paper check.
Complete your federal return first. You'll need information from it for your state return, and you must submit a copy of your federal return with your state return.
Ensure you have your W-2 included with your return. Filing a return without a copy of your W-2 can delay the processing of your return and refund.

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 for hearing or speech impaired, call 1-800-886-7204.
Traffic Safety Team to Add Extra Patrols Through Super Bowl Weekend (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/02/16 8:50 AM
2016-02/1294/91576/DUII.jpg
2016-02/1294/91576/DUII.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1294/91576/thumb_DUII.jpg
The Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team will be adding extra patrols over the Super Bowl weekend extending through February 21st. Over the weekend Deputies will be focusing on detecting and arresting impaired drivers. Beyond the weekend Traffic Safety Team members will switch their focus to ensure motorists are wearing their seatbelts.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration;

In 2013, approximately 1 in 5 child (12 and younger) passenger deaths were in drunk-driving crashes. Seventy-one percent of the time, it was the child's own driver who was drunk.
Of those child passengers killed while riding with a drunk driver, 44 percent weren't buckled up at the time of the crash.

Let's make this Super Bowl weekend one to remember and not one you wish you could forget. If you are going to drink or smoke, please don't drive.


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/1294/91576/DUII.jpg
Land Board to consider easements, receive forestry report and announce agency director
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 02/02/16 8:19 AM
Salem -- At their meeting on Feb. 9, the State Land Board will be asked to approve four permanent easements: a bridge easement in Tillamook County; road easements in Wallowa and Klamath counties; and a sewer line crossing in Malheur County.

The board also will receive the Oregon Department of Forestry's annual report on the management of Common School Forest Lands, and appoint a new director of the Department of State Lands.

The meeting will be held:

Feb. 9, 2016
10:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.
Department of State Lands
Land Board Room
775 Summer St. NE, Salem

This meeting will be held in a facility that is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you need assistance to participate in this meeting due to a disability, please notify Lorna Stafford at (503) 871-4323 or lorna.stafford@state.or.us at least two working days prior to the meeting.

Meeting agenda: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/SLB/Pages/Agendas%202016/slb_agenda_feb2016.aspx

The State Land Board consists of Governor Kate Brown, Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon's Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.

####
www.oregonstatelands.us
Update: Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to House Fire in SE Portland (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 02/02/16 7:01 AM
SE 88th Ave
SE 88th Ave
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/549/91572/thumb_image.jpg
UPDATE: Portland Fire & Rescue was called back to 5017 SE 88th Ave at 9:00 pm last night with reports of hearing an explosion and when neighbors looked out their windows, the entire first floor was burning. This occurred 23 minutes after crews had put out the last of the hot spots and went back to the fire station. When crews arrived, they found flames coming from the entire first floor and the roof collapsed. It took 30 mins to get the fire under control and crews remained at the house until almost midnight.

PF&R's Arson Squad has determined that the second fire was arson. The first fire has been classified as undetermined at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

##### Original Message 2/1/16 #####

Portland Fire & Rescue responded to a house fire at 5017 SE 88th Ave at 6:10 pm. When fire crews arrived, they found a boarded up vacant house with black smoke coming from the front. As crews began to enter the house, the fire increased in size rapidly and started burning the trees on the side of the house. An electrical line also burned through, fell to the ground and was a electrocution hazard to the crews. The house was found full of material which made it very difficult to move around to extinguish the fire. In addition, the windows had metal bars on them so crews couldn't use them to get in or out of the house. The incident commander ordered all crews out of the house due to unsafe conditions and instead put the fire out from the outside.

The fire was under control about an hour later. Crews are still working to put out the hot spots at the time of this release.

The fire is under investigation at this time. No injuries were reported.


Attached Media Files: SE 88th Ave
Mon. 02/01/16
Red Cross Responds After Klamath County Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/01/16 8:42 PM
The American Red Cross Cascades Region is providing immediate emergency assistance for one adult displaced by a residential fire Feb. 1 in the 200 block of S. 3rd Avenue in Chiloquin, Ore. The Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs, disaster health services and recovery information.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc to schedule an appointment.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Hazel Dell Peoples Credit Union robbed (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/01/16 7:49 PM
Suspect Photo
Suspect Photo
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1172/91571/thumb_Peoples_Robbery_020116.jpg
At 5:41 PM on Monday, February 01, 2016, a male suspect entered the Peoples Credit Union at 7403 NE Hazel Dell Avenue.

The male suspect presented a note demanding money from the teller, and advising her that he was robbing the bank. No weapon was seen or implied.

The male received an undisclosed amount of money from the bank teller and left the location. Clark County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of the Vancouver Police Department, conducted a K9 track, but did not locate the suspect.

The suspect was described as a white male, 25-35 years of age, approximately 5'08-6' tall. He had dark hair, and several days growth of beard. The male was wearing a dark ball cap with a light logo in the center, a long black jacket, with a light, possibly flannel hood lining, medium colored jeans, and black tennis shoes with white on the sides of the soles.

If you have information on the robbery, please contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line at (877) 274-6311.


Attached Media Files: Suspect Photo
Happy Birthday, Vancouver's Water Center! Celebrate 20 years in the community at Feb. 13 Second Saturday Party.
City of Vancouver - 02/01/16 4:13 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- Come to our party! Kids and their families are invited to join in a special Second Saturday birthday celebration from 1 to 3 p.m., Feb. 13, at Vancouver's Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way. We'll have a River of Fun learning about February Floods!

Enjoy hands-on activities, water science games and birthday cupcake treats while supplies last. What would a birthday party be without a clown? Special guest Eartha the Ecological Clown will provide extra fun for kids with face-painting and educational activities. Like admission to the Water Center, this special Second Saturday 20th birthday event is free.

Vancouver's Water Resources Education Center first opened in February 1996, just weeks after flooding brought the Columbia River near its doors. 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 about vital natural resources as visitors of all ages have come 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.

Watch for special events throughout 2016 commemorating the Water Resources Education Center's 20th anniversary, including the return of the gala "Splash!" evening with "Splash! Back 20" this spring.

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.
###
Reflections on College Life: Pacific University Theatre's Winter Production Examines Two Students Living Fifty Years Apart
Pacific University - 02/01/16 4:11 PM
FOREST GROVE -- This winter on Pacific University's Tom Miles Theatre stage, the lives of two Pacific University women intersect across time in Dance Slow Decades, a play by Kailea Saplan '15 and directed by Debbie Lamedman.

Inspired by letters left to the university by alumna Cheron (Messmer) Mayhall '64, Saplan began working on the play as her senior thesis. Dance Slow Decades examines the lives of two Pacific women living 50 years apart.

Evelyn Fields, a senior in 1964, is an overachieving sociology major who's got her fingers in everything on campus. Her modern day counterpart, Akiko Cooper, is a theatre major who is also juggling her academic, social and love lives during a tumultuous senior year. In a blending of then and now, Evelyn's perspective is told through the letters she writes to her mother, while we learn about Akiko through text messages and conversations with her mother and friends. Spanning September through May, the year presents personal challenges and monumental cultural moments that define their particular times.

Lamedman, who trained and worked as a professional actor in New York, doesn't shy away from jumping onstage to explain her vision. "I really want to serve the script," she says. With the cast, she guides them to find the humanity that's implied on the page. For many, this means finding their footing in both 2014 and 1964, as they double roles in each era.

The lives and loves of these women are placed in their respective cultures through fashion, speech, and multimedia elements. Costume designer Melissa Heller is embracing the challenge of dressing the cast in ways that allow them to cross between time periods quickly.

"This show is quite tricky in that many of the actors play multiple roles living within different time periods, but often many of those single characters transition between decades themselves," she says. "The hope is to be able to draw enough similar visual lines that speak not only to the characters themselves, but the zeitgeist and aesthetic in the era that they exist. Also on the creative team is Technical Director Tal Sanders, whose scenic work deftly manages multiple locations and encompassing an active college campus.

Dance Slow Decades features an outstanding cast of student actors, including McKenzie Brock, Emy Gaub, Haley McKinnon, Malachi Skjeie, Emily Hanson, Jordan Miller, Abby Morgan, Gabie Mbenza-Ngoma, Corri Seideman, Alex Montgomery, Devin Moss and Calvin Porterfield.

The show runs Thursday, Feb. 11 through Sunday, Feb. 14 in the Tom Miles Theatre (Warner Hall) on the university's Forest Grove Campus. Curtain opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee concludes the run. Tickets range from $5 to $8 and may be purchased in advance online at tinyurl.com/pacudsd, or by calling the Pacific University Box Office at 503-352-2918.

The cast and crew will partake in a question and answer session with the audience following the opening performance (Thursday, Feb. 11).

For more information, please contact Pacific Theatre & Dance Department chair Ellen Margolis at margolis@pacificu.edu or 503-352-2752.
Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council to review Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway proposal Feb.12
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/01/16 4:08 PM
The Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council will review a proposed state scenic bikeway in Wheeler County at their Feb. 12 meeting. The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Headquarters, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem.

The agenda includes reviewing a proposal for designating a 130-mile route through the Painted Hills as the Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway. The council invites public comments.

The Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) was established by the Legislature in 1971 to advise the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and to promote non-motorized trail recreation and development in Oregon. The council is made up of seven volunteer members appointed by the Oregon Park and Recreation Commission to represent the five Oregon congressional districts. Council members meet four times annually in different locations across the state.

For more information about the meeting or about ORTAC, contact Rocky Houston, State Trails Coordinator, at 503-986-0750 and rocky.houston@oregon.gov.
Beaverton City Library Hosts Discussion on Income and Wealth Inequality (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 02/01/16 3:52 PM
The Beaverton City Library will host “How Much Inequality is Acceptable?” with presenter Julia Hammond (pictured), as part of the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project, on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. (Photo/Julia Hammond)
The Beaverton City Library will host “How Much Inequality is Acceptable?” with presenter Julia Hammond (pictured), as part of the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project, on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. (Photo/Julia Hammond)
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1786/91567/thumb_NR_2016_Library_How_Much_Inequality.jpg
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The Beaverton City Library will host "How Much Inequality is Acceptable?" on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. at the main location, 12375 SW Fifth Street. As part of the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project, presenter Julia Hammond will lead a conversation about income and wealth inequality and how big-picture economics affect individual lives.


"How Much Inequality Is Acceptable?" will explore beliefs and values around income inequality. Is it an incentive for hard work and invention, an acceptable part of community life? Or does that story no longer make sense? At what point, if ever, is the gap too large? Inequality seems a natural consequence of rewarding excellence and innovation in a capitalist economy. But the level of inequality changes with the times. A number of prominent economists have recently suggested that America now has the largest income gap in the history of the world. As of 2013, one tenth of American households earned almost half of all income.


Julia Hammond is a writer, educator and curriculum developer. She is the owner of Folklala, a company that curates folk art boxes for families, schools and nonprofits. For the past nine years, she has been a humanities professor at the Art Institute of Portland.


This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jill Adams, adult services librarian, at JAdams@BeavertonOregon.gov.


ABOUT OREGON HUMANITIES
Oregon Humanities connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. More information about Oregon Humanities' programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Idea Lab, Public Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at www.oregonhumanities.org. Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.


ABOUT THE LIBRARY
The Beaverton City Library is the second-busiest library system in the state, with more than 780,000 patrons a year at its main location (12375 SW Fifth Street) and Murray Scholls branch (11200 SW Murray Scholls Place).


For additional information regarding Beaverton City Library services, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-644-2197. The Beaverton City Library is one of fifteen libraries in Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) that work communally to provide excellent countywide library service by sharing valuable resources and information with one another.


# # #


Attached Media Files: The Beaverton City Library will host “How Much Inequality is Acceptable?” with presenter Julia Hammond (pictured), as part of the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project, on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. (Photo/Julia Hammond)
YWCA Clark County Seeks Film Submissions for Social Change Film Festival
YWCA Clark County - 02/01/16 3:32 PM
Vancouver, WA -- YWCA Clark County is celebrating its Centennial Year with a Social Change Film Festival at The Kiggins Theater on April 14th & 15th to showcase a selection of winning film submissions from local, regional and national filmmakers of all ages.

Filmmakers are invited to submit fifteen minute film shorts that create a vision for a community that is free of violence and oppression. With the theme, "In a Perfect World..." creative narratives will show what life would be like if YWCA achieved its mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all within our second century.

YWCA is using Film Freeway to receive and review submissions. A small fee of $10 is required for each submission. For more information, visit: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/InaperfectworldSocialChangeFilmFestival.

The call for entries for the Social Change Film Festival opened January 4, 2016 and will close on March 18th at midnight. Submissions are open to all genres and will be judged based on content and quality as well as successfully presenting a positive vision, compelling story, and a clear passion for social change.

The Kiggins Theater, a valued partner in the YWCA Social Change Film Festival, will be showing films that illuminate the issues of equality, domestic violence and oppression throughout 2016. Proceeds from concessions during select feature films will be donated to YWCA Clark County.

YWCA will also host the documentary "Black Girl in Suburbia" by Portland Producer & Director, Melissa Lowery, on May 19th at 7:00 pm. After the show, Ms. Lowery will join a panel of social change leaders to engage in a dialogue about how Clark County can make a difference in creating a more just and equal society.

Founded in 1916, YWCA Clark County's mission is to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. YWCA Clark County operates the only domestic violence shelter in SW Washington. The SafeChoice Domestic Violence shelter serves 1,400 victims of domestic violence each year. YWCA also operates the only Sexual Assault and CASA programs in Southwest Washington. In addition, YWCA is committed to serving youth and children through the Independent Living Skills Program for foster youth and Ys Care Children's Program for children experiencing homelessness and economic insecurity. YWCA Clark County serves over 12,000 people annually.


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/642/91566/YWCAFilmFestFlyer.pdf
Woodland Public Schools holds an innovative course to teach adults how to help students love math (Photo)
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 02/01/16 3:00 PM
Attendees looked at the different ways they approached math problems and diagrammed their solutions visually, discussing the results with the group.
Attendees looked at the different ways they approached math problems and diagrammed their solutions visually, discussing the results with the group.
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/59/91503/thumb_WSD-Math-Instruction-at-ESD-112-5.jpg
Monday, February 1, 2016-Woodland, WA-Teachers and administrators from Woodland Public Schools and other local school districts came together with Woodland's Director of Math Instruction, Heidi Rhodes, for a five-day course on how to introduce student discourse into math classrooms in order to motivate students to love math.

Rhodes designed the Mathematics Leadership Workshop for administrators and teachers to create plans for how to lead development in mathematics teaching in each of their buildings. Participating school districts included Woodland, Ridgefield, and the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School.

During the workshop, the attendees formed small groups to work through math problems using the concepts presented by Rhodes, focusing on student discourse. The concept of student discourse is to have students work on the same math problems together in small groups with each student taking a different role including explaining their own approach to solving the problem. "My favorite reactions are when people who never knew math could be fun begin to feel what genuinely learning mathematics really feels like," explains Rhodes. "They begin to understand the power of talking about ideas and the enthusiasm in the room becomes palpable."

For each problem, students share their approach to their solution. The speaker explains their solution and answers any questions their tablemates might have. With each student having to explain their approach to solving the problem, students are able to learn different perspectives and ways to solve the same math problem which causes them to think differently about possible solutions. One example used fractions, causing attendees to think about the complexity of certain concepts and how to represent those complexities visually. Teachers and administrators discussed how different students might see the solutions in their own way.

"By explaining their approach to solving a math problem on an individual basis, the other students in the group can see and learn new ways to look at how to solve math problems from each other," explained Rhodes. "They are often curious about the way a different person saw an idea because when their classmate describes their understanding, the listener's ideas go even deeper."

Jake Hall, Principal of Woodland Middle School, greatly enjoyed the course. "I can see that the research shows that the more students are working on the processes and using evidence to explain their thinking, the more they will understand the concepts," he said. "This training has affirmed what I've seen in excellent teaching and learning: students are engaged, enjoy their work, use great effort which is noticed and promoted by the teacher, and students and spend time really working in, around, and through concepts."

Steven Carney, Principal of Woodland Intermediate School, agreed with Hall. "Traditionally, the math classroom has focused on teaching students how to get the right answer rather than allowing the students to engage in rich discussion and exploration of the mathematics involved in a variety of solutions," he said. "If we want our students to be college- and career-ready, they must have experiences that allow them to act and talk like a mathematician not just learn how to get the answer."

Rhodes has facilitated mathematics workshops for teachers and administrators for more than ten years, designing and creating courses specifically for to help adults help kids love math. "My passion is to help adults figure out how easy it is to love math so they will be better positioned to help their students love math, too," said Rhodes.

###


Attached Media Files: Attendees looked at the different ways they approached math problems and diagrammed their solutions visually, discussing the results with the group. , Attendees looked at the different ways they approached math problems and diagrammed their solutions visually, discussing the results with the group. , Attendees looked at the different ways they approached math problems and diagrammed their solutions visually, discussing the results with the group. , Heidi Rhodes has been teaching and facilitating courses on math instruction for more than 10 years, customizing each course for the audience she teaches. , Staff members from different school districts formed small groups as part of the five-day class on innovative math instruction
Sheriff's Office & Public Works Collaborate to Improve Your Marion County Park Experience (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/01/16 2:41 PM
2016-02/1294/91564/IMG_0481.JPG
2016-02/1294/91564/IMG_0481.JPG
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1294/91564/thumb_IMG_0481.JPG
Mid January the Marion County Sheriff's Office Code Enforcement Division collaborated with our partners at Public Works to begin a large scale project to remove trash and clear brush from over grown trails and recreating areas in some of our Marion County Parks. The crew consisted of a Code Enforcement Officer who managed a crew of inmate workers from our Transition Center.

The crew worked in all weather conditions as they fought through mounds of berry vines and poison oak. Code Enforcement Officer Art Stinson stated, "It was fun working in the parks, especially Minto where we uncovered three picnic sites that were overgrown with vegetation and unusable." The crew paid special attention to removing invasive species while not affecting the natural landscapes of these wilderness areas. In all the crew visited 5 parks, Minto, Niagara, North Fork, Pack Saddle and Spongs Landing where they completed over 120 hours of work.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank our partners at Public Works for providing the tools used to get our job done. In addition special thanks must be made to those inmates who made a positive contribution to their community and its visitors.


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/1294/91564/IMG_0481.JPG , 2016-02/1294/91564/IMG_9805.JPG , 2016-02/1294/91564/IMG_9830.JPG , 2016-02/1294/91564/IMG_0159.JPG
I Love Salem Photo Contest!
City of Salem - 02/01/16 1:46 PM
The City of Salem Public Works and Community Services Departments are teaming up to host the third annual I Love Salem photo contest. Show us what you love about Salem through your lens. Starting Monday, February 1, 2016, people who live, work, or play in Salem can submit their favorite photograph of Salem for the contest.

Provide a photo for one of the suggested topics (Parks, Rivers and Streams, Neighborhoods, Trees, Activities) or submit a topic of your own. Send submissions as a jpg file to photos@cityofsalem.net by Monday, February 29, 2016. Upon submission, the City of Salem will send a release. Registration becomes official once a release is returned to the City of Salem. Submissions are limited to three per person.

Although the contest occurs during the month of February, photos do not have to be taken in February. To be eligible, photographs must be of the Salem area, but can be old photos, new photos, and photos taken in winter, spring, summer, or fall.

Who will receive this year's honors? The public will help decide! Photographs will be posted for the contest via the following Facebook pages. The community will vote for their favorite photos online March 7--14, 2016. A link for community voting will be announced on the following Facebook pages prior to the online-voting period.

Clean Streams: www.facebook.com/CleanStreamsClearChoices
Neighborhood Services: www.facebook.com/SalemNeighborhoods
Parks Volunteers:
www.facebook.com/pages/City-of-Salem-Parks Volunteers/374562252160?ref=ts&fref=ts

The winners will be announced on Thursday, March 17, 2016.
Learn about Citizen Emergency Response Teams at Feb. 10 meeting (CORRECTED)
City of Albany - 02/01/16 1:12 PM
The Mid-Valley Local Emergency Planning Committee, which assists public safety officials with emergency preparedness in Linn and Benton counties, will host its annual meeting from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Boulevard SW, Albany. The meeting will be in Fireside Room CC211 in the Calapooia Center Building.
The agenda includes an overview of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, which recently launched in the area. CERT groups are citizen volunteers who receive training and can be called upon to assist public safety officials during an emergency. People interested in joining CERT can learn more at the meeting about training that will be offered in 2016.
Deadline extended for 2016 General George C. Marshall Leadership Award nominations
Fort Vancouver National Trust - 02/01/16 11:59 AM
The Fort Vancouver National Trust announced the deadline for the Marshall Public Leadership Award presented by Riverview Community Bank has been extended. Nominations for both the adult and youth award programs must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 12.

The nomination form may be found online at fortvan.org/marshall, or may be picked p at the Fort Vancouver National Trust offices in the General O.O. Howard House, 750 Anderson St., Vancouver, WA.

The 2016 award recipients will be honored at a joint (adult and youth) award dinner on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at the Artillery Barracks at Fort Vancouver. Each nominee will receive tickets to the dinner. Additional tickets may be purchased for $25 each at fortvan.org/marshall. Please contact Natalie Hantho for details at (360) 992-1804 or natalie.hantho@fortvan.org.

Adult Award:
Nominees for the adult Marshall Public Leadership Award must be a resident of Clark County, be 35 years of age or under and have completed a four-year college degree. Selection is based on demonstrated leadership ability, commitment to public service, academic achievement and potential for an ongoing active role in public service.

Award benefits for the General George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award (adult) include:
A $2,200 stipend towards a trip to the Marshall Foundation in Lexington, Virginia, Colonial Williamsburg and Washington, D.C.
Opportunities to meet and develop relationships with community leaders
A scholarship to participate in the Leadership Clark County Program, a nine-month course designed to enhance public leadership skills

Youth Award:
Nominees for the Marshall Youth Leadership Award must be enrolled in high school (or home schooled) at the 12th grade level and a resident of Clark County. Selection is based on the nominee's activities and projects demonstrating the values of General Marshall represented as one of America's leading citizens and soldiers.

Award benefits for the General George C. Marshall Youth Leadership Award include:
$2,500 college scholarship
$500 paid summer internship in the Trust's Celebrate Freedom office
Opportunity to meet with local elected representatives
Opportunity to participate in Celebrate Freedom events including Independence Day at Fort Vancouver, Flag Day at Fort Vancouver and Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver
A biography of General George C. Marshall

About the Fort Vancouver National Trust:
Established in 1998, Fort Vancouver National Trust is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a vibrant community that preserves and celebrates its rich history while shaping its legacy for the future. The mission of the Trust is to inspire civic pride and economic vitality through education, preservation, and celebration of our community's history. For more information, visit fortvan.org or call 360-992-1800.
The Fort Vancouver National Trust produces the Celebrate Freedom Series of festive and educational events that inspire all generations to strengthen the community values of leadership, public service, lifelong learning, vision and patriotism. For more information, visit fortvan.org/CelebrateFreedom or call 360-992-1804.
January DUII Safety Patrol Results and February Patrol Announcement
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/01/16 11:44 AM
Impaired driving continues to be a significant problem in Washington County and the State of Oregon.

In January, Washington County Sheriff's Deputies arrested 74 impaired drivers, 7 of whom were under the influence of drugs other than or in combination with alcohol. Nine of these DUII arrests were made by deputies working grant funded overtime provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The Washington County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with ODOT and NHTSA, will conduct high visibility enforcement patrols this Super Bowl weekend and the entire month of February looking for impaired drivers. We encourage you to enjoy the NFL Super Bowl weekend responsibly.

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

The February DUII Safety Patrol results will be posted the beginning of March.
WHS Unified Team Offers Opportunities for Youth (Photo)
Washougal Sch. Dist. - 02/01/16 11:26 AM
Grant Lewis and Nathan Odenthal
Grant Lewis and Nathan Odenthal
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/28/91558/thumb_Grant_Lewis_and_Nathan_Odenthal.JPG.jpeg
Playing youth sports and being a part of team competition provides life lessons that extend far beyond the play field. Now that Special Olympics Washington Unified Sports has come to Clark County, there are opportunities for high school students with special needs to have the experience of being on a team and playing competitive sports.

The Unified Sports model combines Special Olympics athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities) as teammates on sport teams for training and competition. The Unified Team provides students an opportunity to use sports as a way to bond, create friendships and working together as a team.

Washougal Teacher Dani Allen began coaching the Unified soccer team at Washougal High School last spring and is now coaching the new basketball team. "Being a part of this program has been life changing," she said. "It is touching on so many levels. These kids are able to build friendships and camaraderie that you just can't do in the classrooms. Some of what you see can bring you to tears. The sportsmanship, the athletes, the partners' interaction. It's amazing." Allen taught Special Education for 15 years, with seven of those in Washougal. She started at Hathaway Elementary and then taught at WHS. She is currently the art teacher at Jemtegaard Middle School.

"It has been great to play basketball," said team athlete and WHS senior, Shawn Fredericksen. "We have a positive attitude and work together. It is fun being a part of a team."

Fredericksen also gave credit to his coaches. "I like my coaches," he said. "They are fun and teach us new things. We are getting better each week."

Allen is helped by assistant coaches Lin and Greg Guiles of Washougal. "They are an important part of the program," said Allen. "I am not sure what I'd do without them!"

"Being on the team provides surprising benefits and life lessons for these kids," said Allen. "Like having to have their uniform washed and ready for games or to remember to bring shoes and clean shorts and shirts with you to school on practice days. Those are responsibilities these kids are having to step up to."

The team members also enjoy recognition at school during morning announcements that tell about the games and posters on the wall with their names on them. "Being on a team is a huge self-esteem booster for these students," said Allen. "And the interaction with the general education kids who help as partners is positive and great to watch."

WHS junior, Tyler Bowlin, got involved as a partner on the Unified team at the recommendation of a friend. "I'm glad I got involved. It is really fun to come out and help these kids who genuinely want to be here and try hard," he said. "What we are doing is all for the athletes. It is not for the partners to better ourselves in the sport. It feels good to help the athletes gain self-confidence so they see they are just as good as everyone else. The amount of happiness that shows in their face when they make a shot is just amazing. It's a great feeling for everyone."

"We have good spirit, we fight hard, and have team work," said WHS senior athlete, Mikey Nuketuk. "To not give up and to have a positive attitude are the most important parts to the game. We have a good team. We try our best and we all pushed hard. But you don't always win."

Although the players are working to win, there is a high emphasis on sportsmanship. In a game against Camas in January, a Camas athlete made a basket and came to the Washougal bench to celebrate. "Our whole team cheered and gave him high fives," said Allen. "It was awesome."

Allen has been struck by the pride the families are showing for their student athletes. "Some parents are seeing skills that they had not known their child had," commented Allen. "One parent commented that they did not know their son could run so fast. This is first time many of these students have participated in an organized sport programs and had their parents on the side line cheering them on. The parents are very supportive."

"My family thinks that is it cool that I am playing basketball," said Fredericksen. "And they know it is fun for me to be with my friends."

The WHS team has competed at several tournaments and its next is Saturday, February 6 at Kelso High School and then February 13 at Prairie High School. One of the challenges is to get fans in the stands at these games. "We are planning to do a scrimmage during a high school game half time or during a pep assembly," Allen said. She also commented that after the WHS cheerleaders attended a Unified game one of the squad members commented, "Everyone needs to see this." The games are free to attend.

Unified Sports compete in two divisions. Division one are those teams that are very competitive and division two are more recreational players. Washougal started with a single team but has grown to have a team in both division. Camas also has a team in each division.

According to Allen, Special Olympics helps with funding through a $2,000 grant for equipment and uniforms. WSD Special Education pays the rest. The coaching is all volunteer and there is no fee for students.



##


Attached Media Files: Grant Lewis and Nathan Odenthal
College health care scholarship program open for application
Salem Health - 02/01/16 11:20 AM
Applications are now being accepted for the West Valley Hospital Foundation scholarship for students in medically related fields of study. All applications must be received by March 25.

Applicants must have a permanent residence in Polk County or be a current employee or family member of a current employee at West Valley Hospital--and must have applied to a college in their field of study before applying for this scholarship.

Visit www.salemhealth.org/scholarships and click on the "West Valley Hospital Foundation scholarship" link. Call 503-831-3456 with questions.

The West Valley Hospital Foundation is committed to raising, managing and distributing funds to help West Valley Hospital achieve its mission of improving the health and well-being of the people and community it serves. Find more information online at www.salemhealth.org/wvhf.
YWCA Clark County Launches Women's Leadership Center with Classes For Youth (Photo)
YWCA Clark County - 02/01/16 11:15 AM
YWCA Women's Leadership Center
YWCA Women's Leadership Center
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/642/91557/thumb_Webpage_Banner.png
For Immediate Release
February 1, 2016

Vancouver, WA -- YWCA Clark County officially launches its newest program, YWCA Women's Leadership Center, with a series of classes beginning February 13, 2016.

Since 1916, YWCA Clark County has been on a mission to empower women through mentoring, fellowship, education, and support. In keeping with our commitment to serving the changing needs of women in Clark County, YWCA has launched a new Women's Leadership Center, located at their Community Office on Main Street, in Vancouver, WA.

Empowering teens is the focus of this year's Women's Leadership Center classes and workshops. In partnership with Girls, Inc., a nationally recognized leader in youth leadership curriculum, YWCA will begin offering Saturday classes with a two part series on media literacy, followed by classes in career readiness and community leadership.

YWCA Clark County will enlist the support of local women leaders to serve as mentors to teens in order to develop strong skills and a network of connections for young girls to explore school and career options. YWCA plans to offer classes for women of all ages beginning in 2017.

Classes are limited to fifteen middle school and fifteen high school girls. Register at www.ywcaclarkcounty.org or by calling Kate Sacamano at 360-906-9123.

Founded in 1916, YWCA Clark County's mission is to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. YWCA Clark County operates the only domestic violence shelter in SW Washington. The SafeChoice Domestic Violence shelter serves 1,400 victims of domestic violence each year. YWCA also operates the only Sexual Assault and CASA programs in Southwest Washington. In addition, YWCA is committed to serving youth and children through the Independent Living Skills Program for foster youth and Ys Care Children's Program for children experiencing homelessness and economic insecurity. YWCA Clark County serves over 12,000 people annually.

###


Attached Media Files: YWCA Women's Leadership Center
Florence Police request assistance in locating missing 85 year old male (Photo) UPDATE
Oregon State Police - 02/01/16 11:01 AM
2016-02/1002/91549/schug.jpg
2016-02/1002/91549/schug.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/1002/91549/thumb_schug.jpg
UDPATE: Mr. Schug has been located

This release is being sent on behalf of Florence Police Department.

On February 1, 2016 at 125 AM Florence PD was called to investigate a missing person from the 1900 block of 21st Street. The center reported one of their patients, Mr. Donald E. Schug , age 85, from Florence had broken a screen and left the facility.

The area has been searched and Mr. Schug has not been located. Mr. Schug was last seen wearing blue short-sleeved flannel pajamas and brown shoes. It is reported Mr. Schug has mild dementia. Mr. Schug is described as being 5'6", 155bs,brown eyes and balding grey hair. His photo is attached to this release.

Florence PD is requesting anyone who sees anyone matching Mr. Schug's description or has any information regarding Mr. Schug's location please call them at (541) 997-3515.


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/1002/91549/schug.jpg
Child Safety Seat and Seatbelt Enforcement Message
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/01/16 10:52 AM
Sheriff Tim Svenson of the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office announced today that the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office will join other law enforcement agencies to encourage the use of safety belts and child restraints as the simplest and most effective way to prevent crash related injuries and fatalities. Increased patrols will be looking for drivers and passengers not using their safety belts, child safety seats or using them improperly during February 8th through February 21st. Funding for increased patrols is provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

Sheriff Svenson reports "in 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
of the teens (aged 13-20 years) that died in crashes nationwide in 2012, approximately 55% were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Sheriff Svenson is committed to keeping roadways safe in Yamhill County and encouraging the public to use safety belts and child safety seats is the first step.

"Proper use" is required by Oregon law which means using the entire belt system, lap belt low across the hips and shoulder belt over the collarbone and crossing the center of the chest. Belts should be free of slack and lying flat with no twists or knots. The belt may not be worn under the arm for comfort as this can result in serious injury or death in a traffic crash. A child who weighs over forty pounds but is under age eight or is shorter than 4'9" must be properly secured with a child safety system that elevates them so that a safety belt or safety harness properly fits the person. The child safety system must meet the minimum standards and specifications established by the Department of Transportation under ORS 815.055.

ODOT wants to remind drivers of the latest national "best practice" recommendations for child passenger safety. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced new recommendations in 2011, which advises parents to keep toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age two or until they reach the maximum upper height and weight limits for their seat. The policy also advises that most children should ride in a booster seat until they are 4'9" tall and are between eight and twelve years old.

The Child Safety Seat Resource Center periodically conducts a free Safety Clinic at the Newberg Fire Department. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians and trained volunteers will check for correct installation, damage, recalls and size and age appropriateness. The next clinic is scheduled for Saturday, February 6, 2016, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the Springbrook Fire Station #21.

If you are not able to attend a clinic they are also available by appointment. For more information please call the Newberg Fire Department at (503) 537-1231 or visit www.newbergoregon.gov/fire/child-safety-seat-inspections or The Child Safety Seat Resource Center at 877-793-2608 or visit www.childsafetyseat.org.

The McMinnville Fire Department conducts free child safety seat fittings by appointment at the fire department. The address is 175 NE 1st Street, McMinnville, Oregon 97128. To schedule an appointment contact Jeff Cranford at (503) 435-5803 or cranfoj@ci.mcminnville.or.us.

Violations for not using or improperly using a safety belt, child safety seat or booster seat could cost as much as $110.00 per violation.
Corvallis Man Arrested for Kidnapping and Robbery after Crime Spree
Corvallis Police - 02/01/16 10:44 AM
On January 31, 2016, 20 year old Trenton Huber of Corvallis was arrested on multiple felony and misdemeanor charges after a series of crimes at several locations.

The series of incidents began with a 911 call in the 3100 block of NW Foxtail Plc. The caller, who was in his vehicle with his family in front of their residence, reported Huber approached their car and told them "I'm not going to hurt your family." Huber then tried to open the doors of the vehicle but was unable to get inside because they were locked.

Huber walked away from the initial caller's vehicle and encountered a father and 11 year old son on the bike path near the south end of NW Shooting Start Dr. Huber approached the father and son and told them he wanted to know where their car keys and house were. Huber then grabbed the 11 year old boy; put him in a headlock, almost choking him out while walking him down the bike path. The boy's father responded by striking Huber in the back until he released the boy. Huber then threatened to kill the father and son, before they fled to their residence. Huber did not follow them.

As the father and son victims were calling 911, Huber encountered his next victim at NW Shooting Star Dr. and NW Morning Glory Dr. Huber approached woman in her 20's who was in her vehicle at the intersection. Huber knocked on the driver's window and told the victim he needed help. When the victim rolled her window down to see what kind of help Huber needed, he pointed a handgun at her face and got into the back seat of her vehicle. Huber then kidnapped the woman and forced her to drive him from the area. She drove him away from the area while he held the gun to her head.

During the kidnapping, Huber told the female victim she was going to party with him and his friends. Huber took the victim's cell phone and struck her multiple times when he thought she drove too fast, or too slow, keeping the gun pointed at her at the same time. Huber also fondled the victim while she was driving. At one point during the drive, Huber became enraged with the victim and kicked out a rear window of her vehicle. During the drive, the victim tried to convince Huber to release her. When she stopped at the intersection of NW 27th St. and NW Van Buren Ave., the victim convinced Huber to let her out of the car. The female victim got out of the car and fled to a business on NW Monroe Ave. Huber stole the victim's car and drove away.

Huber took the victim's car and drove to the 900 block of NW 25th St. He parked the car in the driveway of a residence and got out of the car, leaving the handgun behind in the vehicle. Huber walked away from the stolen car, and after about a half block, he encountered another victim. Huber approached a male walking in the area, pulled out a knife, and confronted the man, telling him he was coming with Huber. Huber slapped the male victim, and handed him the keys to the stolen car. The male victim did not go with Huber, but fled to another location and called 911.

Huber fled from the confrontation with the male victim to a nearby residence in the 2500 block of NW Lincoln Ave. He kicked open the back gate to the residence and entered the back yard. As responding Corvallis Police officers began to arrive, Huber jumped the fence into an adjacent yard in the 2500 block of NW Coolidge and entered the residence through an unlocked door.

Inside the NW Coolidge Way location, Huber was confronted by a male resident. Huber grabbed hold of the resident, but did not further harm him. Huber was taken into custody by Corvallis Police Officers as he exited the NW Coolidge Way residence. As he was being taken into custody, Huber told officers he had not hurt anyone, and asked to get a citation for MIP so he could leave.

Huber's entire crime spree lasted 29 minutes.

Huber was charged with the following crimes:

Robbery in the 1st Degree Kidnapping in the 2nd Degree
Kidnapping in the 1st Degree Attempted Kidnapping in the 2nd Degree
Unlawful Use of a Weapon (2 counts) Coercion (3 counts)
Unlawful Use of a Vehicle Menacing (3 counts)
Harassment (2 counts) Criminal Mischief in the 2nd Degree
Criminal Trespass in the 1st Degree Sex Abuse in the 3rd Degree
Assault in the 4th Degree Carrying a Concealed Weapon
Attempted Unlawful Entry t Motor Vehicle Criminal Trespass in the 2nd Degree
Pointing a Firearm at Another

Huber is currently lodged at the Benton County Jail. His bail is set at $868,500. Huber's initial appearance in Benton County Circuit Court is scheduled for February 1, 2016, at 1:20pm

A mug-shot is available at the following link:

https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/inmate_detail?inmate=1600000176
Oregon State Police Arrests a semi truck driver for DUII Hwy 97
Oregon State Police - 02/01/16 10:18 AM
On January 31st, 2016 at 7:43 PM the Oregon State Police troopers were dispatched to a hit and run crash on US Hwy 97 near milepost (MP) 172. The crash occurred at the scene of another crash where tow trucks were removing vehicles. A semi-tractor/trailer stuck one of the tow trucks and caused substantial damage. The driver of the tow truck sustained a leg injury.

The semi driver, Mr. Stewart A. Maze, age 40, from Boise, Idaho fled the scene. OSP troopers located the vehicle and Mr. Stewart approximately 8 miles from the crash. Based on the investigation Mr. Stewart was arrested and lodged at the Deschutes County Jail for DUII, reckless Driving, Reckless endangering, Criminal Mischief, Assault IV, and Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver.

No photos are available at this time.

###
Crook Co. Forestland Classification Committee to meet Feb. 10, Prineville
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/01/16 10:11 AM
The Crook County Forestland Classification Committee will hold a public meeting 10 a.m. Feb. 10 in Prineville to discuss next steps in the forestland classification process, including preparation for public meetings and a hearing that will be held. The county periodically conducts a review to determine which lands within the protection district boundaries are considered forestland and thus are provided wildland fire protection.

TIME:
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

LOCATION:
Central Oregon Community College Open Campus Conference Room, 510 SE Lynn Blvd.,
Prineville, Ore. 97754
32-Year-Old Man Arrested on Numerous Charges After Four-Hour Standoff in Northwest Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/01/16 10:00 AM
2016-02/3056/91551/Matthew_Joseph_Medlin_32.jpg
2016-02/3056/91551/Matthew_Joseph_Medlin_32.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/3056/91551/thumb_Matthew_Joseph_Medlin_32.jpg
On Saturday January 30, 2016, at 1:09 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a man climbing on trains in the rail yard at 3930 Northwest Yeon Street.

Officers arrived in the area and attempted contact with the suspect, later identified as 32-year-old Matthew Joseph Medlin. As officers attempted contact, Medlin jumped from the top of one rail car into the open bed of a dumpster-style rail car and refused to come out. Medlin repeatedly picked up pieces of metal and rocks and held them as weapons.

Officers talking with him learned he was under the influence of methamphetamine and had been awake for more than 26 hours before entering the rail yard. Officers knew him from prior contacts and knew that he'd fought with officers in the past and was generally uncooperative. Officers also knew that he had a felony warrant for his arrest on a parole violation.

While officers were attempting to diffuse Medlin's agitated state, he injected himself with additional methamphetamine and began acting even more erratically. Officers continued to communicate with Medlin over several hours and through a thunderstorm and hailstorm.

Project Respond arrived to assist with communication and the Multnomah County Crisis Line was consulted. Additionally, the Portland Police Bureau's Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) and Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) were consulted on strategies.

Central Precinct, Canine Unit and on-duty SERT officers worked together to develop and carry out a plan to safely get Medlin into custody and get him medical treatment.

After four hours of communication, officers deployed less-lethal munitions and a Taser during the arrest as Medlin was holding make-shift weapons. Medlin was taken into custody after he dropped the weapons and was taken to a Portland hospital by ambulance for treatment.

After being released from the hospital, Medlin was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Criminal Mischief in the First Degree (two counts), Resisting Arrest (two counts), Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree (two counts), Interfering with a Peace Officer, and Disorderly Conduct. Medlin is also being held on an unrelated parole violation.

###PPB###


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/3056/91551/Matthew_Joseph_Medlin_32.jpg
Portland Fire & Rescue Introduces our New Top Dog - Press Conference Tomorrow (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 02/01/16 9:40 AM
Lt. Jackson and Zeus
Lt. Jackson and Zeus
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/549/91514/thumb_Jackson_Fabian_Zens.jpg
Portland Fire & Rescue's Arson Squad has welcomed Lila's replacement, Zeus, onto their team. We want to introduce Zeus to our media partners and our community.

What: Press Conference - Introducing Zeus, PF&R's new Top Dog

When: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 10:00 am

Where: PF&R's Central Fire Station, Skidmore Conference Room, 55 SW Ash St. Portland, OR

Why: Media can meet and greet Zeus, PF&R's new Top Dog

Please put it on your calendars. We look forward to seeing you next week.


Attached Media Files: Lt. Jackson and Zeus
Suspect Arrested After Breaking Several City Hall Windows Early Sunday Morning (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/01/16 9:30 AM
2016-02/3056/91550/Kevin_Scott_McQueen_45.jpg
2016-02/3056/91550/Kevin_Scott_McQueen_45.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-02/3056/91550/thumb_Kevin_Scott_McQueen_45.jpg
On Sunday January 31, 2016, at 2:52 a.m., Central Precinct officers were flagged down near the United States Courthouse, located at Southwest 3rd Avenue and Salmon Street, on a report that a man was throwing rocks at the windows and was in custody by security officers.

Officers contacted the suspect, 45-year-old Kevin Scott McQueen, and took custody of him. Officers learned that McQueen broke out nine windows on the 4th Avenue side of Portland's City Hall before being detained by security.

McQueen was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Criminal Mischief in the First Degree and Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree.

###PPB###


Attached Media Files: 2016-02/3056/91550/Kevin_Scott_McQueen_45.jpg
UPDATE: Officer-involved shooting during SWAT standoff on SE Concord
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/01/16 9:17 AM
UPDATE (Monday, Feb. 1, 9:15 a.m.)

The deceased is identified as Christopher Kalonji, age 19.
________

EARLIER (Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, 4 p.m.) -- INVESTIGATION CONTINUES; AUTOPSY CONDUCTED; DECEASED NAME WITHHELD AT FAMILY REQUEST

Detectives from the Clackamas Major Crimes Team continue to investigate the officer-involved shooting that occurred yesterday (Thursday, Jan. 28) at the Holly Acres Apartments in Oak Grove. The investigation is expected to take several weeks to complete.

An autopsy was conducted today by the Oregon State Medical Examiner. We will release the Medical Examiner's findings when they are completed and available.

However, we have been asked by the family to delay the release of this deceased's identity so that they can complete notifications to relatives that live outside of the United States. We expect to be able to release the identity early next week.

Please reference CCSO Case # 16-2536.

[END UPDATE]
________

EARLIER (Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m.)

The subject in today's SWAT standoff has died at the hospital.

The name of the deceased will be released pending family notifications.

The State Medical Examiner will release cause of death following an autopsy.

The deputies involved in the shooting are now on paid administrative leave -- which is standard practice following an officer-involved shooting.

The incident remains under investigation.
_________

EARLIER (THURSDAY, JAN. 28)

At approximately 7:35 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Patrol deputies responded to 3710 SE Concord. Dispatch had received a report of a 19-year-old man who was armed with a rifle -- and had reportedly threatened family members with that rifle.

Deputies soon determined that the subject was in a mental-health crisis. They immediately called for mental health personnel from the Behavioral Health Unit (http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/bhu.html ), as well as police negotiators.

A conversation was initiated with the subject that went on for about two-and-a-half hours.

During this time, members of the Clackamas County Interagency Special Weapons and Tactics Team ( http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/swat.html ) arrived and took over the scene.

The man eventually brandished the rifle, resulting in deputies firing at the man. The man retreated into the apartment, barricading himself in one of the rooms.

Deputies spent hours attempting to get the subject to surrender, including the deployment of tear gas and use of an explosive breaching charge on the door to reach the man.

At about 3:45 p.m. deputies were able to safely take the subject into custody.

His specific condition is unknown, but he is suffering from gunshot wounds. American Medical Response transported the subject to a local hospital.

The investigation has been turned over to the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team.

[END]
Learn about Citizen Emergency Response Teams at Feb. 10 meeting
City of Albany - 02/01/16 9:00 AM
The Mid-Valley Local Emergency Planning Committee, which assists public safety officials with emergency preparedness in Linn and Benton counties, will host its annual meeting from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 10, 2016, at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Boulevard SW, Albany. The meeting will be in Fireside Room CC211 in the Calapooia Center Building.
The agenda includes an overview of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, which recently launched in the area. CERT groups are citizen volunteers who receive training and can be called upon to assist public safety officials during an emergency. People interested in joining CERT can learn more at the meeting about training that will be offered in 2016.
Sun. 01/31/16
Boy Scouts of America Honor the Late Larry Epping for Lifetime of Philanthropy at Event
VanNatta Public Relations - 01/31/16 4:10 PM
Cascade Pacific Council, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will host a breakfast Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 7 a.m. at the Salem Convention Center, to honor the late Larry Epping for his lifetime of giving to the Salem community. His family will accept the recognition for Epping, a longtime real estate developer and generous philanthropist, who passed away Oct. 22 at the age of 94. Dr. Bud Pierce, a Salem oncologist, will be the keynote speaker.

2016 marks Cascade Pacific Council of BSA 100th anniversary. They will introduce a program to allow people to sponsor a campsite at one of the Council's five main campgrounds in Oregon. Local organizations are being encouraged to sponsor a campsite to make improvements to the sites for the scouts to use this summer and beyond. The goal is to recruit 100 campsite sponsors in 2016 in honor of the 100th anniversary of the B.S.A. Cascade Pacific Council.

The public is welcome to attend the breakfast. While the breakfast is free, a donation will be requested. Registration is required. Call 503-581-6601 to register.
Locally the BSA serves over 21,000 youth aged six to 21 in their various programs. Scouting teaches youth life and leadership skills using the outdoors as the classroom.
Man dies while attempting to chain-up near North Powder (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/31/16 1:27 PM
2016-01/1002/91546/84.1.jpg
2016-01/1002/91546/84.1.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/1002/91546/thumb_84.1.jpg
On January 31, 2016 at 8:30 AM a fatal crash occurred on I-84 Westbound near milepost (MP) 281 near North Powder.

The preliminary investigation indicated Mr. Igor S. Nikolaychuk, age 50, and from Vancouver, Washington was outside his semi-tractor/trailer in the process of chaining up near the left rear axle of the trailer. Ms. Mckenna Hamilton, age 21, from Star, Idaho was operating a 2007 Cadillac westbound when the vehicle began to slide sideways on the highway. The driver's side front bumper struck Mr. Nikolaychuk, pushed him underneath the trailer, and he was pronounced deceased at the scene.

At the time of the crash, the roads were icy and it was foggy. The visibility had been reduced to ?1/4 of a mile due to the fog. Ms. Hamilton was wearing her safety belt and the driver's side air bag deployed. The highway was reduced to one lane but remained open for travel.

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Union County Sheriff's Office, Baker County Sheriff's Office, and North Powder Rural Fire.


Attached Media Files: 2016-01/1002/91546/84.1.jpg
DUII Driver Crashes into Parked Van (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/31/16 1:14 PM
2016-01/1128/91545/Crash2.JPG
2016-01/1128/91545/Crash2.JPG
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/1128/91545/thumb_Crash2.JPG
Sunday January 31, 2016 - Saturday night Sheriff's Deputies serving the city of Cornelius responded to a hit and run crash involving a parked van. The investigation lead them to a Cornelius man who deputies arrested for DUII.

On Saturday January 30, 2016 at 9:19 p.m., Deputies responded to a hit and run on South Dogwood Street in Cornelius. A witness described hearing the crash and seeing a red pickup truck with a canopy driving away.

A few minutes later, dispatch received a call from John Nelson age 46 of Cornelius reporting he was in a crash and the other vehicle left the scene. Deputies responded to Mr. Nelson's home, also on South Dogwood Street. The damage to his pickup was consistent with hitting the parked van just down the street.

As deputies sorted out what happened, they determined Mr. Nelson was intoxicated and he was responsible for crashing into the parked van. He also fled the scene of the crash and called in a false report.

Mr. Nelson was arrested for DUII, Reckless Driving, Hit and Run, Criminal Mischief II and Initiating a False Report.


Attached Media Files: 2016-01/1128/91545/PR160131_DUII_Driver_Crashes_into_Van.pdf , 2016-01/1128/91545/Crash2.JPG , 2016-01/1128/91545/Crash1.JPG , 2016-01/1128/91545/John_Nelson.JPG
North Precinct safely arrests suspects in a disturbance with a weapon call after long standoff
Portland Police Bureau - 01/31/16 11:31 AM
Today, January 31, 2016, at 04:39 a.m., North Precinct officers received a call claiming that an individual had been assaulted and that the suspects were armed and inside a home in 4900 Block of N.E. Killingsworth St. Officers contacted the victim near the location and began an investigation.

The investigation revealed that occupants of the location had assaulted and threatened at least one person and that an additional female victim might still be inside the location. They also determined that the suspects inside the location were alleged gang members and possibly armed.

Officers were able to contain the location and began attempting to establish communication with those inside. Officer could hear yelling form the location but the occupants would not answer phone calls. Officers than began to loud hail the location. After loud hailing a female answered the phone.

Officers were able to get the female out of the location. She told officers that an additional victim was still in the residence. Officers were able to get this victim to leave the house. This individual was uncooperative with investigators.

Finally, Officers were able to convince the two suspects to peacefully leave the location. They were taken into custody and a sawed-off shotgun was recovered from the location.

To safely resolved the incident required enormous resources including officers from North, Central and East Precinct as well as support from K-9 units and the Port of Portland Police. The Gun Task Force responded to assist with the investigation and specialized unit such as the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT)and the Detective Division were consulted. After approximately four hours the situation was peacefully resolved.

The two suspects were lodged at the Multnomah County Jail. Eric L. Harris, a 41 year-old male, was charged with Coercion and weapons charges. Gerald Randale, a 32 year-old male, was charged Coercion, Assault IV and weapons charges.

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.

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.

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###
Sat. 01/30/16
Ashland man dies while swimming in Pacific Ocean- Whaleshead Beach State Park in Curry County
Oregon State Police - 01/30/16 8:26 PM
An Ashland man died while swimming in the Pacific Ocean at Whaleshead Beach State Park located on Oregon's south coast.

On January 30, 2016 at approximately 2:00 p.m. ALEXANDER HOWELL, age 23, from Ashland, was swimming in the Pacific Ocean about 75 yards from shore with a friend, ALEX SMITH, age 22, from Medford. According to witnesses, HOWELL indicated that he needed to go back to shore. Heavy surf and a strong rip current prevented the swimmers from making an easy return to shore. HOWELL and SMITH got separated in the rough waters. SMITH managed to get back to shore where two (2) other friends were waiting but HOWELL was not able to get to shore and his friends were unable to initially find him. The group called 911 and commenced a search of the shoreline and found HOWELL unresponsive on the beach. The friends performed CPR until they were relieved by emergency responders.

An OSP Patrol Sergeant from the Gold Beach Worksite responded to the scene along with local fire/EMS, Curry County Search & Rescue, US Coast Guard and Curry County Sheriff Department. HOWELL was transported to Curry General Hospital in Gold Beach for advanced life support. He was declared deceased at the hospital.

OSP learned that HOWELL attended Southern Oregon University in Ashland and is originally from Vista, California. HOWELL and SMITH were part of a group that traveled over from the Ashland area to visit the south coast.

No photographs for release.

###
Evergreen Junior High of Redmond, Wash., wins middle school level of BPA Regional Science Bowl
Bonneville Power Administration - 01/30/16 6:05 PM
PR 05-16 BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140 or 503-230-5131

Evergreen Junior High of Redmond, Wash., wins middle school level of BPA Regional Science Bowl

56 teams from across western Washington and Oregon competed for a chance to advance to the National Science Bowl

Portland, Ore. -- Evergreen Junior High Team 1 of Redmond, Wash., proved unstoppable in the 25th annual Bonneville Power Administration Regional Science Bowl this Saturday at the University of Portland. Evergreen overcame a strong challenge from second-place finisher Shahala Middle School Team 1 of Vancouver, Wash.

Stoller Middle School Team 1 of Beaverton, Ore., came in third with Meadow Park Middle School Team 1, also of Beaverton, taking fourth.

Some 56 teams of middle school students from western Washington and Oregon competed Saturday at the University of Portland. They were part of more than 700 students participating this weekend and next in the nation's largest regional science bowl. Evergreen Junior High Team 1 earned that honor and will take an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Department of Energy's National Science Bowl from April 28 to May 2.

Earlier in the day, eight students were recognized as All Stars -- those students who had answered the most questions correctly in the morning rounds.

BPA Regional Science Bowl All Stars
Rupert Li, Cedar Park Middle School Team 1
Fahmid Raman, Shahala Middle School Team 1
Alvin Meng, Rosemont Ridge Middle School Team 1
Arpit Ranasaria, Evergreen Junior High Team 1
Justin Yang, Stoller Middle School
Nathaniel Eddleman-Hunley, Access Academy Team 2
Aditi Subramanyam, Inglewood Middle School

"The Bonneville Power Administration is extremely proud to sponsor such a vibrant regional science bowl, and we've been committed to its success every year for a quarter of a century," BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer said. "This exciting event not only celebrates academic skill and endeavor, but it also helps seed the development of the next generation of scientists, engineers, mathematicians and technologists for the Northwest and the nation."

This year's high school competition is set for next Saturday, Feb. 6. Beyond the prestige of winning and the prospect of the national competition, the high school teams are competing for more than $300,000 in scholarship opportunities at 17 regional universities and colleges.

In addition to the competition, demonstrations and hands-on activities take place throughout the day. In the afternoon, a separate engineering competition allows teams that have not advanced to the double-elimination round to test their engineering and design skills.

The students in the competition come from public and private schools in Washington and Oregon -- from as far north as the Seattle metro area and as far south as Ashland, Ore. Many practice for months, in groups and individually, for the competition, which is as intense as any sporting event, particularly at the high school level.

BPA sponsors the science bowl to showcase students' talents in science, technology, engineering and math, as well as to encourage them to consider careers in these fields. This helps to build the future labor pool of scientists and innovators so critical to the energy industry. The BPA Regional Science Bowl is sponsored by the University of Portland, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories and Vernier Software & Technology.

BPA REGIONAL SCIENCE BOWL 2016 -- High School
Where: Franz Hall, University of Portland, Portland, Ore.
When: Feb. 6, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Notes: The event is free and open to the public. Championship rounds begin at approximately 4 p.m. in Buckley Auditorium.
More info: www.bpa.gov/goto/ScienceBowl

About BPA
The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 Northwest 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 259 substations to 490 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
###
Fatal Crash Highway 95- Malheur County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/30/16 5:45 PM
2016-01/1002/91540/20160130_115440_resized.jpg
2016-01/1002/91540/20160130_115440_resized.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/1002/91540/thumb_20160130_115440_resized.jpg
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing its investigation into this mornings fatal crash on Highway 95 near milepost 59 in Malheur County.

On January 30, 2016 at approximately 7:43 a.m. OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to a single vehicle fatal crash on Highway 95 near milepost 59. Once on scene, troopers determined that a Chevrolet Tahoe, operated by JORGE GUTIERREZ-HERRERA, age 36, from San Diego, California, was southbound and lost control due to icy conditions. The vehicle crossed into the northbound lane and continued off the roadway where in came to an uncontrolled rest on its top. During the crash the rear passenger, FRANCISCA HERRERA, age 69, from San Rafel, California, was ejected from the vehicle. FRANCISCA HERRERA was pronounced deceased at the scene. The right front passenger was identified as JULIAN GUTIERREZ-HERRERA, age 28, from Merced, California.

JORGE GUTIERREZ-HERRERA was transported to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Hospital in Boise by Air Ambulance. JULIAN GUTIERREZ-HERRERA was transported by ground ambulance to West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell. Investigators determined that JORGE GUTIERREZ-HERRERA and JULIAN GUTIERREZ-HERRERA were wearing safety belts. It was determined the FRANCISCA HERRERA was not wearing a safety belt.

OSP troopers from the Ontario Area Command are continuing the investigation into the crash.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Washington County Sheriff's Office, local ems and Oregon Department of Transportation.

Photograph provided by OSP.

###


Attached Media Files: 2016-01/1002/91540/20160130_115440_resized.jpg
Fatal Crash near Warm Springs (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/30/16 2:17 PM
2016-01/1002/91538/hwy26.1.jpg
2016-01/1002/91538/hwy26.1.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/1002/91538/thumb_hwy26.1.jpg
On January 29, 2016 at 9:00 PM a two vehicle crash occurred on US HWY 26 near milepost (MP) 93. The crash resulted in a single fatality at the scene.

The preliminary investigations indicate vehicle #1 a 2004 Ford F-250, driven by Juan Guerrero Gomez (age 42) from Gresham was westbound on US HWY 26. Vehicle #1 crossed the center-line and struck an eastbound 2016 Nissan Pathfinder. The driver of the Pathfinder,Mr. Matthew Hiller (age 42) from Vancouver, Washington was pronounced deceased at the scene.

There were no passengers in the Ford F-250 and three in the Nissan Pathfinder. The passengers of the Pathfinder were listed as: Mrs. Wendy Hiller (age 44) and two juveniles (age 12 and 1). Mr. Gomez, Mrs. Hiller and the one year old were transported to Madras hospital with minor injuries. The 12 year old was air transported to St. Charles in Bend with serious injuries.

Witnesses reported heavy snow fall at the time of the crash. Seatbelts and child safety
restraints were utilized and airbags deployed in both vehicles. OSP was assisted by Warm Springs PD, Warm Springs Fire, and ODOT.


Attached Media Files: 2016-01/1002/91538/hwy26.1.jpg , 2016-01/1002/91538/hwy_26.2.jpg
Central Precinct officers respond to stabbing
Portland Police Bureau - 01/30/16 11:53 AM
Today, January 30, 2016, at 11:34 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to a stabbing at 550 N.W. 6th Ave., the Greyhound Bus Station. Officers arrived and located the stabbing victim, who had been stabbed multiple times. Officers assisted the victim while also searching for the suspect. They were able to secure the scene and medical units transported the victim to an area hospital with potentially life threatening injuries.

The suspect is still at large. Officers have begun and investigation into the incident. Traffic will be impacted in around the 500 block of N.W. 6th Ave.

###PPB###
BPSST Corrections Policy Committee to Hold Quartely Meeting
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 01/30/16 10:24 AM
Notice of Regular Meeting

The Corrections Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9, 2016.

The meeting will be held in the Boardroom at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling Mona Riesterer at (503) 378-2431.

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

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

Agenda Items:

1. Minutes - November 10, 2015
Approve the minutes of the November 10, 2015 Corrections Policy Committee meeting.

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

3. 2015 Parole & Probation Job Task Analysis
Presented by Theresa King

4. Jason Holton DPSST # 48099 - Department of Corrections
Presented by Leon Colas

5. Department Update

6. Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting - May 10, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.


# Background Information about the Board and Department #

The Board consists of 24 members representing city, county and state public safety professionals representing each of the disciplines (police, fire, 9-1-1, corrections, private security), and a private citizen appointed by the Governor. The current Board Chair is Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 40,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests. The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county, tribal 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 20,000 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. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
BPSST Fire Policy Committee Meeting Cancelled
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 01/30/16 10:22 AM
Cancellation Notice of Regular Meeting

The Fire Policy Committee of the Board of Public Safety Standards and Training canceled their regular meeting that was scheduled on February 24, 2016 because of lack of agenda items.

The next meeting is scheduled May 25, 2016.


# Background Information about the Board and Department #

The Board consists of 24 members representing city, county and state public safety professionals representing each of the disciplines (police, fire, 9-1-1, corrections, private security), and a private citizen appointed by the Governor. The current Board Chair is Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 40,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests. The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county, tribal 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 20,000 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. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
BPSST Police Policy Committee to Meet in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 01/30/16 10:20 AM
Notice of Regular Meeting

The Police Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 10:00 a.m. on February 18, 2016. The meeting will be held in the Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in 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 Mona Riesterer at (503) 378-2431.

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

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


Agenda Items:

1. Minutes - November 19, 2015
Approve the minutes of the November 19, 2015 Police Policy Committee meeting.

2. Changes to Basic Police Curriculum
Presented by Ryan Keck

3. David Toll, DPSST #51790 - Nyssa Police Department
Presented by Kristin Hibberds

4. Samuel Wolfe, DPSST #33680 - Basic Police Certification
Presented by Leon Colas

5. Homero Reynaga, DPSST # 29551 - Portland Police Bureau
Presented by Leon Colas

6. David Fuller, DPSST # 16332 - Columbia County Sheriff's Office
Presented by Leon Colas

7. Department Update


8. Next Police Policy Committee Meeting - May 19, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.


# Background Information about the Board and Department #

The Board consists of 24 members representing city, county and state public safety professionals representing each of the disciplines (police, fire, 9-1-1, corrections, private security), and a private citizen appointed by the Governor. The current Board Chair is Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 40,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests. The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county, tribal 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 20,000 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. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
BPSST Private Security/Investigators Policy Committee to Meet in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 01/30/16 10:18 AM
Notice of Regular Meeting

The Private Security/Investigators Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. The meeting will be held in the Boardroom at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling Mona Riesterer at (503) 378-2431

Agenda Items:

1. Minutes - November 17, 2015 - Approve the minutes of the November 17, 2015 Private Security/Private Investigations Policy Committee meeting.

2. OAR 259-060-0010, Organized Event and Premises Definitions, Proposed Rule Change
Presented by Sharon Huck

3. OAR 259-060-0130-Private Security Executive Manager and Supervisory Manager Licensure and Responsibilities - Proposed Rule Change
Presented by Sharon Huck

4. OAR 259-00-0015, OAR 259-060-0025, OAR 259-060-0030; Proposed Rule Changes - Private Security Provider Responsibilities, Application for Certification and Licensure, and Temporary Assignments
Presented by Sharon Huck

5. Johnathan Skinner PSID #22911, Civil Penalty
Presented by Karen Evans

6. Subcommittee Updates
Alarm Monitor - Jimmie Edmonds, Chair
Armed - Donovan Beard, Chair
Event Security/Hospitality, Randall Scott, Chair
Unarmed - Mark Rauch, Chair
Private Investigator, Ron Miller, Chair

7. Department Update

8. Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting - May 17, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.


# Background Information about the Board and Department #

The Board consists of 24 members representing city, county and state public safety professionals representing each of the disciplines (police, fire, 9-1-1, corrections, private security), and a private citizen appointed by the Governor. The current Board Chair is Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 40,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests. The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county, tribal 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 20,000 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. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
Major Crash Team responds to crash in East Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 01/30/16 3:30 AM
Today, January 30, 2016 at 2:34 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a call of a rolled over vehicle near S.E. 134th Ave. and S.E. Stark St. Officers arrived and determined that the crash involved a single vehicle, with one person ejected from the vehicle and the other trapped inside.

Portland Fire was able to extricated the occupant of the vehicle and both subjects were transported to area hospitals.

It is early in this incident and the investigation is just beginning. The Major Crash Team is responding. Stark St. will be closed near S.E. 135th Av. for an unknown period of time and traffic in the area will be disrupted.

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###
Fri. 01/29/16
Gresham Police Investigate Stabbing
Gresham Police Dept - 01/29/16 11:49 PM
Gresham, Ore. -- On January 29, 2016 at 5:55 p.m., Gresham Police responded to the report of a man that was stabbed near a residence in the 18800 block of SE Division Street. Police arrived on scene and found that an adult male had been stabbed. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. His present condition is not known. There is no suspect information at this time and the incident is still being investigated. No further information is being released this evening.
Red Cross Provides Assistance After Single Family Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/29/16 10:20 PM
On January 29, 2016, American Red Cross responder assists client as a result of a single family fire in the 1000 block of Newmark Street in North Bend. Red Cross provided temporary lodging, assistance for immediate disaster related basic needs and information about how to recover from this incident.


The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. You may call 503 528 5783 to schedule an appointment for installation.

The Red Cross also encourages people to know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan in case of fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free "Prepare! Resource Guide" published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Depoe Bay Firefighters rescue people and dog with Jaws of Life
Depoe Bay Fire Dist. - 01/29/16 7:47 PM
for video and photos use link below.

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B3G9GHIz8cOOd3ltbU9KcElLNms&usp=sharing


At 3:45 PM on Friday January 29th Depoe Bay Firefighters were dispatched to a two vehicle accident on HWY 101 at Cape Foulweather. The initial report was of two vehicles multiple injuries, with one vehicle down a 30 foot embankment. Once on scene it was confirmed the initial report was accurate. Additional resources from Newport Fire Department and Pacific West ambulance were requested to the scene.

Firefighters use ladders and ropes to gain access to the victims trapped in the vehicle down the embankment. The jaws of life was used to extricate the patient out of thew car while addition firefighters, police and medical personnel were used to hoist the victims back up to the highway. A total of three patients were transported to local hospitals with non life threatening injuries.

When all human patients were safely under medical care and transported, Depoe Bay Firefighters turned to the final victim traded in the second car up on the highway. According to Depoe Bay Fire Chief Joshua Williams "a large breed dog was wedged under the passenger seat of a vehicle, the dogs head was in the front foot area, and the rear paws were in the back" "The entire length to the dog was trapped under the seat and unable to be freed.

This is when Depoe Bay Firefighters used the same too that had just freed the people involved in the accident, the "jaws of Life" The seat was taken apart as much as possible, and hydraulic spreaders and cutters were used. Within about 10 minutes the dog was freed. The dog was taken to a local veterinary clinic and is in the care of the Lincoln County Animal shelter.

" We do not know the extent o the injuries of the dog, but it looked like he/she was doing OK" stated Chief Williams. This serves as a good lesson that even our four legged friends should have restraints when traveling down the road.

Depoe Bay Fire was assisted by Newport Fire Department, Oregon State Police, Lincoln County Sheriff and ODOT
Livestock killing in Umatilla County results in arrest of two men
Oregon State Police - 01/29/16 6:10 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and detectives from the Hermiston Worksite arrested two men for multiple crimes in relation to livestock being illegally killed in Umatilla County.

On January 15, 2016 at approximately 8:30 a.m. OSP troopers from the Hermiston Worksite responded to a report of livestock being illegally killed and butchered on Feedville Road, near South Edwards Road in Stanfield. The report indicated a cow belonging to a local landowner had been shot and butchered sometime the previous night. At the scene, troopers located the remains of an animal that had been partially butchered and left to waste.

After receiving tips from community members OSP troopers arrested ANTHONY HAIGH, age 21, from Stanfield, for Theft 1, Criminal Mischief 1, Criminal Trespass while in Possession of a Firearm, Aggravated Animal Abuse, Interfering with Agricultural Operations and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. HAIGH was already in custody at the Umatilla County Jail on unrelated charges. TJ KESTLER, age 20, from Hermiston, was arrested and lodged at the Umatilla County Jail for Theft 1, Criminal Mischief 1, Criminal Trespass While in Possession of a Firearm, Aggravated Animal Abuse and Interfering with Agricultural Operations. Another adult male, from Stanfield, was not taken into custody but charges of Theft 1, Criminal Mischief 1 and Criminal Trespassing II will be referred to the district attorney's office.

No photographs for release.

###
Forestland classification process underway in Yamhill County
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 01/29/16 4:37 PM
A formal classification project is underway to review and determine which lands within the Northwest Oregon and West Oregon Forest Protective associations' district boundaries are considered forestland and thus are provided wildland fire protection through the Oregon Department of Forestry. ODF protects public and private forestland from fire across the state and provides this service in Yamhill County within the Forest Protection districts.

To facilitate this process, the Yamhill County Commissioners authorized and appointed a Forestland Classification Committee comprised of members of the public, the State Fire Marshal's Office, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and the Oregon State Extension Office.

The committee will examine all lands within Yamhill County, classifying lands as "forestland" or "not forestland" according to fire risk potential, vegetation type (fire fuel), community structure, and proximity to other forestland. The committee's efforts will help resolve issues pertaining to ODF's fire suppression role on forestlands and adjacent lands, and will become the basis for assessing the lands for the costs of wildland fire protection.

Yamhill County landowners and the public will have opportunities at upcoming public meetings to learn more about the history, process and current status of the project. Upon completion of its work, the committee will present the results of the forestland classification project, identifying forestland in the county to be assessed for fire protection by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

For more information about the project, interested persons may go online to: www.fgdfire.com. The Yamhill county assessor's website may also be a source of information in the near future. Information about the upcoming meetings can be obtained by calling the Oregon Department of Forestry, 503-357-2191.
Package Theft Suspect Arrested - Albany Police Department (Photo)
Albany Police - 01/29/16 4:36 PM
Dustin Halvorsen Arrest Photo
Dustin Halvorsen Arrest Photo
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/1192/91524/thumb_Halvorsen_Arrest_Photo.JPG
On Friday, January 29, 2016, at about 1:00 p.m., surveillance video from a residence in the 2000 block of Kodiak Avenue SW captured a suspect taking a package that had been left on the front porch. The surveillance video showed a white male adult pull up in front of the residence in a white Volvo sedan. The box was later found discarded and empty in the area of Pacific Boulevard SW and Morse Lane.

A short time later a caller reported an open package in the roadway on 53rd Avenue SW. It was discovered that this package, now empty, had earlier been delivered to a residence in the 1500 block of Black Bear Court SW.

At about 3:00 p.m., an Albany Patrol Sergeant spotted a white Volvo and stopped it in the 1200 block of Geary Street SE. The vehicle and driver matched those seen in the residential surveillance video. The driver, 31 year old Albany resident Dustin Halvorsen, was taken into custody without incident. Property from both packages was located inside the vehicle Halvorsen was driving.

Dustin Halvorsen was lodged in the Linn County Jail on charges of Theft, Criminal Trespass and Offensive Littering.

####


Attached Media Files: Dustin Halvorsen Arrest Photo
Time is running out for marijuana dispensaries
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 01/29/16 3:52 PM
SALEM, OR--The clock is ticking for medical marijuana dispensaries selling recreational products. By rule, recreational marijuana tax payments are due monthly, starting in February.

"Before making their first payment, dispensaries must register with us so we can create a tax account for them," said Marijuana Tax Program Manager John Galvin. "It's the law."

Right now, 120 of the 309 dispensaries selling recreational marijuana, according to the Oregon Health Authority's public list, still haven't registered with Revenue. Also, only five of those 309 dispensaries have scheduled an appointment to remit the taxes they collected from customers in January.

Here's what dispensaries need to know to stay compliant:
They must register with Revenue before they can make a payment.
Payments are due monthly. For cash payments, they must call (503) 945-8050 for an appointment at least 48 hours in advance.
Returns are due quarterly.
They must issue a receipt to every customer, showing the retail price and tax paid.

Dispensaries can set the price for their products, but the price must be determined prior to calculating the 25-percent tax. The temporary 25-percent tax is applied to the retail price of all recreational marijuana products sold by dispensaries through December 31, 2016.

For forms, registration, and frequently asked questions about the marijuana tax program, visit www.oregon.gov/dor /marijuana.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1-800-886-7204.
Community Education Launches Video Game Design Class (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 01/29/16 2:49 PM
Battle Ground Public Schools' file photo depicts fifth graders using an online coding program.
Battle Ground Public Schools' file photo depicts fifth graders using an online coding program.
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/20/91522/thumb_Copy_of_CAM-Hour-of-Code-photo3-08Dec2015.jpg
A new class from Battle Ground Community Education (BGCE) could replace the video game controller in your kid's hand with a device that would help redirect this electronic enthusiasm into computer programming. Code to the Future: Video Game Design is a new Community Ed offering for second through sixth graders that transitions students from being players to creators by teaching them computational thinking skills. The class begins Feb. 19 on the Lewisville campus. Students in the class will use kid-friendly programming applications like Scratch to make their own working video game design.

The class is an example of the new, unique kinds of classes that BGCE program lead Jude Blocker is working to add to the program's menu of continuing education and recreation classes for kids and adults. "Our goal is to engage with the community and provide opportunities to explore an activity, learn a craft or find a fun way to get physical activity," Blocker said. "If anyone has an idea for a class they'd like to teach, I'm always looking to integrate new classes into the program."

Registration is currently open for Video Game Design, as well as piano, beginning guitar for adults, a study skills class for adults and high school students, snowshoe trips, indoor soccer for primary students, Lego engineering and Safe On My Own. Registration will open Feb. 8 for spring sports, middle school basketball and volleyball, and track for grades third through eighth. Be on the lookout for spring break camps. A course schedule and registration information is available on the BGCE website at http://bgce.battlegroundps.org/. Registration is also available 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. by phone: 885-6584.

Code to the Future: Video Game Design (http://bgce.battlegroundps.org/index.cfm?method=ClassListing.ClassListingDisplay&int_category_id=2&int_sub_category_id=9) is open to students in second through sixth grades. Two classes are available to choose from on Fridays beginning Feb. 19: 3:30-4:30 p.m. or 4:40-5:40 p.m. The class integrates both programming and game design to give students a fun and well-rounded understanding of how to use technology to create. The 6-session class costs $105. Materials are provided. Check out a video on the class at www.CodeToTheFuture.com.

Battle Ground Community Education was established in 1975 as a partnership between the school district, city government and several other organizations to offer educational and recreational activities to adults and youth in the greater Battle Ground area. Today, the program is a department of Battle Ground Public Schools that is funded by the fees people pay to take classes. Last year, Battle Ground Community Education had more than 9,300 registrants participate in 1,400 camps, classes and sports. The program makes it possible for people of all ages to explore lifelong learning, promote creativity, gain knowledge and lead healthy active lives.


Attached Media Files: Battle Ground Public Schools' file photo depicts fifth graders using an online coding program.
Corps seeks comments on Lincoln County permit application
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 01/29/16 1:54 PM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is accepting comments on a permit application from the Port of Alsea for a proposed project in Lincoln County, Oregon.

Public notice NWP-2015-453 is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx.
Pedestrian In Critical Condition After Hit And Run
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/29/16 11:51 AM
On Friday, January 29, at approximately 3:00 a.m. the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of an injured pedestrian in the ditch on Westside Road, just north of Cummins Road in rural Yamhill County. This location is approximately 1.5 miles southwest of the City of Yamhill.

The male, later identified as Benjamin Lee Stonebrink, 36, of Amity was unresponsive at the scene and transported via ambulance to Willamette Valley Medical Center. Life flight was unable to respond due to weather conditions, and Stonebrink was subsequently transported by ground to Oregon Health and Science University. His injuries at this time are listed as critical.

Evidence at the scene indicated that Stonebrink was struck by a vehicle which had left the scene. Deputies eventually located the suspected vehicle at a residence on Lincoln Avenue near the community of Cove Orchard. The condition of the vehicle was consistent with striking a pedestrian.

A person of interest has been located and interviews are taking place. Criminal charges are expected to be filed. The case continues to be worked by the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the McMinnville Police Department and the Oregon State Police.

Anyone who may have witnessed this crash or has additional information is encouraged to contact Sgt. Joe Shipley with the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office at 503-434-7506 or via email at shipleyj@co.yamhill.or.us
C-TRAN invites public to weigh in on service change concepts
C-TRAN - 01/29/16 11:34 AM
Vancouver, WA -- C-TRAN is asking for the public's help in developing a major service change that could affect numerous bus routes later this year, aiming to improve safety, efficiency and quality of service using a system-side approach.

C-TRAN has created a series of concepts to start the conversation. We've identified 11 routes for possible changes and drawn up four possible new routes. We're also considering dropping two others. Taken as a whole, the concepts would mean most of C-TRAN's current routing is retained --- just served differently. The goal is to match agency resources with existing demand while reaching new areas. Among the existing routes impacted are Routes 2, 3, 4, 7, 19, 25, 37, 38, 39, 44, 72, 78 and 80. C-TRAN is also preparing for the opening of The Vine, a bus rapid transit system now under construction, which is scheduled for completion in late 2016.

People are invited to take advantage of one or more of the following opportunities to discuss the service change concepts:

- February 4, 2016: Presentation to Fruit Valley Neighborhood Association, 7-8 p.m., Fruit Valley Community Center, 3200 Fruit Valley Road, Vancouver
(served by Route 25)

- February 10, 2016: Open house meeting, 4-6 p.m., Fisher's Landing Transit Center, second floor, 3510 S.E. 164th Ave., Vancouver
(served by Routes 30, 37, 41, 65, 80, 92, Camas Connector)

- March 16, 2016: Open house meeting, 4-6 p.m., Vancouver Community Library, Klickitat Room, 901 C St., Vancouver
(served by Routes 2, 3, 4, 25, 30, 32, 37, 38 41, 44, 47, 71, 105)

- March 30, 2016: Open house meeting, 4-5:45 p.m., Three Creeks Community Library, Community Room, 800 N.E. Tenney Road, Vancouver
(served by Routes 9, 105, 134)

- April 12, 2016: Public hearing at C-TRAN Board of Directors meeting, 5:30 p.m., Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver
(served by Routes 2, 3, 4, 25, 30, 32, 37, 38 41, 44, 47, 71, 105)

Any changes approved would take effect in September. More information, including maps of each concept, is available at www.c-tran.com.

C-TRAN is the regional public transportation provider for portions of Clark County. It offers local bus service within its Clark County service area, Limited bus service to the nearest MAX light rail station, and Express commuter service to downtown Portland. It also provides Connector service within the city limits of Camas, La Center, and Ridgefield. For more information on C-TRAN please visit C-TRAN's Web site at www.c-tran.com, or call Customer Service at (360) 695-0123.
Oregon Employment Department Releases Report on Minimum Wage
Oregon Employment Dept. - 01/29/16 11:33 AM
The Oregon Employment Department has released a new report on the minimum wage.

"Oregon's Minimum Wage: Facts, Figures, and Context" can be found online at www.qualityinfo.org.

An audio interview regarding the study can also be found at http://oregonemploymentdepartment.podbean.com/
Battle Ground PD Seeks Public's Help to ID Car Prowler Suspect (Photo)
City of Battle Ground - 01/29/16 10:53 AM
Car Prowl Suspect
Car Prowl Suspect
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/2812/91513/thumb_Crystal_Spring_Suspect.jpg
The Battle Ground Police Department is seeking the public's assistance to identify the subject in the attached picture. He is suspected of prowling nearly a dozen vehicles in Battle Ground's Crystal Springs neighborhood during the early morning hours of January 16th.

If you have any information that can assist police in this case, please contact BGPD Detective Michele Fox at 360-342-5244, at michele.fox@cityofbg.org, or leave an anonymous tip online at www.cityofbg.org/tips.


Attached Media Files: Car Prowl Suspect
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Mrs. Carter Announced As Ambassadors for Shriners Hospitals for Children (Photo)
Shriners Hospital for Children-Portland - 01/29/16 10:23 AM
2016-01/4014/91512/Jimmy_Carter.jpg
2016-01/4014/91512/Jimmy_Carter.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/4014/91512/thumb_Jimmy_Carter.jpg
TAMPA, FL--February 1, 2016 Shriners Hospitals for Children(R) is pleased to announce former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Mrs. Carter have become ambassadors for the organization. As part of their support, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and noted humanitarian Mr. Carter appears in a Valentine's Day themed Shriners Hospitals for Children public service announcement (PSA).

The public is encouraged to visit www.shrinershospitalsforchidren.org/PSA to learn how former President and Mrs. Carter continue their legacy of philanthropy by helping the next generation receive the medical care they need. Media can also download the PSA by going to www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/PSA to air now through February 15.

Shriners Hospitals for Children provides specialty care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate at its 22 locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Shriners Hospitals manages all aspects of treatment, including surgery, rehabilitation and psychological support, regardless of the families' ability to pay.

"Shriners Hospitals for Children is very appreciative to Mr. and Mrs. Carter for their support. Their involvement will help us bring greater awareness to our mission to improve the lives of children in need of specialized medical care,," said Jerry Gantt, chairman of the board of directors for Shriners Hospitals for Children. "We are honored by their efforts and hope to be able to continue to work together to make the world a better place."

"Rosalynn and I are very pleased to be helping Shriners Hospitals for Children raise awareness of their efforts to provide life-changing care for children throughout the world," said former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. "We have been following the philanthropic efforts of Shriners Hospitals for many years and we look forward to helping people understand they are a resource available when seeking medical care for their children."

About Shriners Hospitals for Children:
Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Our 22 locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico provide advanced care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate. Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. For more information visit shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.


Attached Media Files: 2016-01/4014/91512/Jimmy_Carter.jpg
ATV Advisory Committee meeting set Feb. 11
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/29/16 9:26 AM
Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department is holding a meeting of the All-terrain Vehicle Grant Subcommittee on Feb. 11. The meeting will be held 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Cascade Hall at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, 2330 17th Street NE, Salem.

The committee will review all-terrain vehicle grant funding requests relating to development, maintenance and acquisition. Time is provided for public comment concerning grant applications. The facility is ADA accessible.

ATV Program staff may be reached at 503-986-0785 or -503-986-0706.
Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) Until Monday February 1
Portland Police Bureau - 01/29/16 9:00 AM
Sgt. Greg Stewart is the Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) through Monday February 1, 2016, at 9:00 a.m.

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.

###PPB###
"Stuff the Truck" event will bring together multiple charities (Photo)
Clothes for the Cause - 01/29/16 8:57 AM
2016-01/5196/91499/StuffTheTruck.jpg
2016-01/5196/91499/StuffTheTruck.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/5196/91499/thumb_StuffTheTruck.jpg
Portland, Or -- Local charities partner with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash. This "Stuff the Truck" event will attempt to completely fill a 53' semi with clothing and shoes to raise money for the following groups:
Sandy Dance Team
Moreland MOPS
Beaverton OHSET
Richmond (Oya No Kai)
Calvary Cooperative Preschool
EMS Outdoor School
Oregon City HS Lacrosse
Billquist
Bat Busters

You can drop off your donations to this clothing drive at: 10506 SE 82nd Happy Valley, Oregon 97086. They will be collecting donations between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on January 30th. This event is open to all. Residents can choose to donate their bags to one of the various groups or have their donation evenly split between all participating causes.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Maegan Leoni at 503-740-2341, Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.

###


Attached Media Files: 2016-01/5196/91499/StuffTheTruck.jpg
Good Samaritans Make Arrest
Woodland Police - 01/29/16 8:48 AM
On January 28th a little after 5:00 PM, a woman was assaulted by her boyfriend at Walmart located at 1486 Dike Access Road in Woodland. Immediately after the assault, three men who witnessed the event, intervened to detain the suspect until police could arrive. These good Samaritans very likely prevented serious injury to the woman.

Heroes are three local men: Shaen Ross, La Center, age 37; Brandon Webb, Ariel, age 43; and, Sean Lawley, Woodland, age 36.

Arrested was 33-year-old Owen Castonguay of Woodland.

A surveillance video that captured the assault will be available for release later this morning. A partial incident report will be available later today; the completed report may not be available until next week.
Vancouver Parks and Recreation hosts free writing workshop Feb. 5 (Photo)
City of Vancouver - 01/29/16 8:34 AM
RobertRoy
RobertRoy
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/144/91497/thumb_RobertRoy.jpg
Vancouver, Wash. -- Vancouver Parks and Recreation's 50 and Better Writing Club will host a free workshop for anyone interested in creative writing at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5.

The workshop will be at the Luepke Senior Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver, behind the Marshall Community Center.

Local writer Robert Roy will lead the discussion at the workshop and share his views and ideas about writing and his process. He will share examples of his writing and explain how he taps into his "other self," who has always been with him, waiting to be expressed. Roy will also invite attendees to talk about their own life experiences and ideas about writing.

Roy writes fiction and nonfiction stories for a monthly column called "Lighten Up" in Vancouver's Messenger newspaper. He is a retired professional social worker who transitioned into becoming a writer over time. Roy refers to himself as a "writer in progress," a viewpoint he says will never change in that it insures his potential to grow and mature as a writer.

For more information about the workshop, please contact Kelly Lund with Vancouver Parks and Recreation's 50 and Better Program at 360-487-7055 or Kelly.Lund@cityofvancouver.us.

For more information about Vancouver Parks and Recreation's 50 and Better Program, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/50andBetter.

###


Attached Media Files: RobertRoy
Northeast Portland Shooting Injures One Man Thursday Night -- Gang Enforcement Team Investigating (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 01/29/16 8:30 AM
2016-01/3056/91496/PPB_GET.jpg
2016-01/3056/91496/PPB_GET.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/3056/91496/thumb_PPB_GET.jpg
On Thursday January 28, 2016, at 11:06 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the area of Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and Dekum Street on numerous reports of gunfire. One caller reported seeing a car speeding out of the area at a high rate of speed.

Officers arrived in the area and located evidence of gunfire in the 6600 block of MLK.

A short time later, a 32-year-old male victim arrived at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. The victim was treated by medical staff and released from the hospital a short time later.

Based on information learned at the scene and from the victim, the Gang Enforcement Team (GET) responded to conduct an investigation.

The Tactical Operations Division 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.

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.

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###


Attached Media Files: 2016-01/3056/91496/PPB_GET.jpg
Thu. 01/28/16
Statement by Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Portland, 1/28/2016
FBI - Oregon - 01/28/16 7:42 PM
Clarification: We've received a few questions about the date/time stamp in the left corner of the video. Pilots use Zulu Time (also known as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)) when they fly. Zulu time is 8 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time (PST)... thus the date/time stamp would show just after midnight for January 27, 2016.


Good evening. My name is Greg Bretzing, and I am the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon.

We have quite a bit of information to share with you tonight concerning the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

First, I would like to confirm that as of this morning one more person left the refuge through a checkpoint. We believe there are four others who currently remain on the refuge. Since the establishment of checkpoints, a total of nine people have left the refuge. Of those, the FBI released six and arrested three.

Secondly, I would like to confirm that the FBI and Oregon State Police have narrowed the containment zones. This was done to make it more convenient for those who live and work in the immediate area of the refuge to go about their business. To this end, Highway 205 is now open in both directions.

There has been some media reporting that the situation at the refuge is resolved. That is NOT true. Again, we still believe there are occupiers on the refuge. The negotiators continue to work around the clock to talk to those four people in an effort to get them to come out peacefully.

Thirdly, we know there is quite a bit of interest related to the events as they occurred on Highway 395 on Tuesday afternoon. We know there are various versions of what occurred during this event: most inaccurate, some inflammatory. To that end, we want to do what we can to lay out an honest and unfiltered view of what happened and how it happened.

FBI agents and Oregon State Police troopers were involved in this operation. During this operation, OSP troopers utilized deadly force due to their proximity to LaVoy Finicum as the situation unfolded. Because of this, the Deschutes County Major Incident Team is conducting the outside review of the shooting per Oregon State law and established protocols. Because of that on-going investigation, I will not be able to answer every question you have... but hopefully we will give the public some clarity as to what occurred.

At approximately 4:25 pm on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, FBI and OSP began a law enforcement action to bring into custody the people riding in two separate vehicles as they traveled between Burns and John Day. The FBI did have a plane in the air, and what I am about to show you is a video from that plane. A couple of notes about the video before we watch it.

The plane is following the vehicles, and the camera sometimes pans from one vehicle to the other... a white truck in front and a jeep in back. At other times when the vehicles are in a fixed location, the plane is flying in a pattern over that location. Because of that flight pattern, there are portions where trees obscure what is happening. The details that I am about to provide to you are based both on an analysis of this video and some ground-level observations of agents and troopers on the scene.

Because the operation lasted more than 25 minutes, we are showing you two of the most pertinent clips today. The entire unedited video from the start of the traffic stop through the surrender of all individuals will be available to the media and the general public on the FBI's YouTube channel.

Because I am using some very specific language to describe what is happening, the entire transcript of my comments will be posted to www.flashalertbend.net.

I want to caution you that the video does show the shooting death of LaVoy Finicum. We realize that viewing that piece of the video will be upsetting to some people, but we feel that it is necessary to show the whole thing unedited in the interest of transparency.

The video picks up a few seconds before the FBI and OSP vehicles pull in behind the jeep -- the second vehicle in line. The jeep quickly pulls to a stop while the white truck -- driven by LaVoy Finicum -- continues some distance up the road. Some law enforcement vehicles stay with the jeep while others continue following the white truck. Over a period of several minutes out of camera view, the following people exit the jeep without incident:

The driver -- who was not charged and will not be named
Ammon Bundy
Brian Cavalier

Looking at the white truck... about four minutes into the video ... Ryan Payne exits through a back door. It's difficult to see behind the trees, but in the lower right hand corner you can see him with his hands up being approached by the law enforcement officers and being taken into custody.

There is a period of approximately 3 minutes and 47 seconds where the truck sits on the road. We have edited it for time here, but it is available in the raw, unedited version on the FBI's YouTube channel. Throughout this time, agents and troopers are providing verbal commands to the occupants to surrender. We can't comment on what may have been going on in the truck at this time, but those details may come out later as part of the overall shooting investigation.
When we come back to the video, the white truck leaves the scene at a high rate of speed. It travels some distance... quickly approaching a vehicle roadblock in the roadway.

As the white truck approaches the roadblock, there is a spike strip across the road but it appears Finicum missed it as he attempted to drive around the roadblock. He nearly hits an FBI agent as he maneuvers to the left. The truck gets stuck in the snowbank.

Finicum leaves the truck and steps through the snow. Agents and troopers on scene had information that Finicum and others would be armed. On at least two occasions, Finicum reaches his right hand toward a pocket on the left inside portion of his jacket. He did have a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic handgun in that pocket.

At this time, OSP troopers shot Finicum.

Approximately 30 seconds after the shooting -- law enforcement officers at the scene deployed flash bangs to disorient any other armed occupants. Shortly after that, they deployed less-lethal sponge projectiles with OC capsules. Those OC capsules would be similar to pepper spray.

Over a period of several minutes agents and troopers worked to safely remove the remaining truck occupants, and to take them into custody. Those people included:

Ryan Bundy
Shawna Cox
And another woman, who was not arrested and will not be named

As soon as the agents and troopers were confident that they had addressed any further threats, they provided medical assistance to Finicum. That happened about 10 minutes after the shooting.
Agents and troopers did find 3 other loaded weapons inside the truck. They included two loaded .223 caliber semi-automatic rifles. There was also one loaded .38 special revolver.

Again, you can see the rest of this unedited video on the FBI's YouTube channel.

Finally -- again -- I want to acknowledge the stress and disruption that the occupation of the refuge has caused has to the people of Harney County. We know this is difficult. We know that you want this concluded as soon as possible. We are doing everything we can to bring this to a resolution safely and quickly.

I have time for a few questions.
Media Parking on the Roads- Update
Harney Co. Sheriff - 01/28/16 6:21 PM
Update
The road closure sign will be moved to the intersection of Sodhouse Road and Hwy 205. While Hwy 205 remains opens, Sodhouse Road is closed.

###


There have been several reports of vehicles parked on the highways near the Malheur Refuge. Vehicles must be moved immediately and cannot block the roads. If vehicles are not removed they are subject to being towed. Please park only on the shoulders of the roadway and do not impede traffic.

The situation has not been resolved,refuge remains closed and the containment was simply moved for the convenience of local residents.

MEDIA: Do not go past the road closed signs.
Oregon State Police policy on the use of deadly physical force
Oregon State Police - 01/28/16 6:12 PM
The following is an excerpt from the Oregon State Police policy, rules, and procedure manual regarding the use of deadly physical force:

"...Notwithstanding ORS 161.239, A sworn employee may use deadly physical force only when the officer reasonably believes the use of such force is necessary to:

Defend the officer or another person from what the officer reasonably believes to be the infliction or threatened infliction of serious physical injury..."
Portland Fire & Rescue Cuts Female out of RV in N Portland (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 01/28/16 6:12 PM
RV Crash
RV Crash
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/549/91495/thumb_image.jpg
Portland Fire & Rescue responded to a roll-over traffic crash on N Columbia Blvd at N Chautauqua Blvd at 4:10 pm this afternoon. When crews arrived, they found one female occupant already out of the RV and a second female occupant still trapped inside. More crews were called to assist in cutting a large hole in the roof of the RV to remove the female patient. The 46 year old female was removed from the RV and transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Reports from witnesses near the crash stated that possibly 2 additional occupants left the crash after it happened. A semi-truck was involved in the crash. Portland Police are investigating.

Traffic was shut down on N Columbia Blvd for approximately an hour.


Attached Media Files: RV Crash
Fatal Crash Hwy 241 in Coos County
Oregon State Police - 01/28/16 4:44 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into a fatal crash on Hwy 241 in Coos County that was discovered this morning.

On January 28, 2016 at approximately 8:00 a.m. OSP troopers along with Coos County Sheriff's deputies and Coos Bay Fire Department responded to a report of a vehicle in the Coos River off Highway 241 near milepost 4. Responders found that an outgoing tide had uncovered a 1996 Honda Civic upside down in the river approximately 20 feet from shore. The North Bend Fire Department Water Rescue team responded with a boat and searched the vehicle. No persons were in the vehicle.

A search of the river and shoreline was conducted by OSP and the Coos County Sheriff's Office. In addition to the North Bend Fire boat, additional patrol boats were deployed by the United States Coast Guard, the Coos County Sheriff's Office and the OSP Fish & Wildlife Division. A Coast Guard helicopter also conducted an air search of the river and bay. The Lakeside Fire and Rescue Dive Team responded to the scene of the crash and conducted an extensive underwater search of the immediate area.

At approximately 2:15 p.m. members of the Lakeside Fire and Rescue Dive Team located the operator of the Honda Civic, EMILY SIGLOH, age 20, from Coos Bay, deceased in the Coos River near the vicinity of where the vehicle was discovered.

Evidence at the scene indicates SIGLOH'S vehicle was westbound on Highway 241 and for unknown reasons crossed into the eastbound lane and off the roadway where it came to rest on its top submerged in the river. Seatbelt usage is still being determined.

OSP troopers from the Coos Bay Area Command are continuing the investigation. SIGLOH was reported to law enforcement on January 27th as an overdue motorist and various agencies were attempting to locate her. The highway was closed for a short time while the vehicle was recovered from the river.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Coos County Sheriff's Office, Coos Bay Fire Department, North Bend Fire Department, Lakeside Fire and Rescue Dive Team, United States Coast Guard, Coos County Medical Examiner and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

No photographs for release.

###
FBI Press Conference 1/28/2016
FBI - Oregon - 01/28/16 4:12 PM
The FBI will hold a press conference at 5:30 pm on Thursday, January 28th to address the current on-going situation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Media may start setting up at 5:00 pm.

Location:
Harney County Chamber of Commerce
484 N. Broadway Avenue
Burns, OR 97720
Housing Stability Council Monthly Meeting - February 5, 2016
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 01/28/16 4:09 PM
AGENDA
February 5, 2016 | 9:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.
Oregon Housing and Community Services, Room 124 | 725 Summer Street NE, Salem OR 97301
Call-In: 1-877-273-4202 | Participant Code: 4978330
1. Meeting Called to Order
2. Public Comment
3. Draft Meeting Minutes - January 8, 2016
4. Residential Loan Program Consent Calendar
5. LIFT Program Design Draft Recommendations
6. Current and Future Multifamily Gap Resources
7. 2016 Legislative Short Session Update
8. Report of the Director
9. Report of the Chair
10. Meeting Adjourned
Officer Involved Shooting Investigation in Harney County
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/28/16 3:49 PM
On January 26, 2016 the Oregon State Police and Harney County District Attorney, Tim Colahan requested the Deschutes County Major Incident Team investigate the circumstances of the officer involved use of deadly force on Hwy 395 in Harney County. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is the lead agency on this investigation assisted by detectives from the Bend Police Department, Redmond Police Department, and Oregon State Police.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office performed an autopsy on January 28, 2016 and confirmed the identity of the deceased person as Robert LaVoy Finicum, age 54, of Freedonia, AZ. The results of the autopsy are not available at this time.

The investigation is being conducted in accordance with Senate Bill 111, which outlines the procedures for officer involved use of deadly force in the State of Oregon. Due to the importance and complexity of such investigations, we anticipate the investigation will continue for several days to weeks.

Harney County District Attorney Tim Colahan has transferred review of the investigation to Malheur County District Attorney, Dan Norris.

"In the interest of transparency and to prevent any perceived conflict of interest, it is appropriate to have a district attorney with no prior involvement review the investigation. I have requested Malheur County District Attorney, Dan Norris review the investigation and make a decision regarding the appropriate use of deadly physical force." Harney County District Attorney, Tim Colahan

The Malheur County District Attorney's Office will not be releasing any additional information at this time. Any further releases will come through the Harney County Joint Information Center at pio@co.harney.or.us
Free Clinic of Southwest Washington receives $40,000 grant over two year period
Free Clinic of SW Washington - 01/28/16 3:47 PM
Free Clinic of Southwest Washington receives $40,000 grant over two year period for Diabetes Coordinated Care Program

VANCOUVER, Washington - The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington has received a $40,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente Northwest and Providence Health and Services for the Diabetes Coordinated Care Program.

Statistics show that low-income individuals (the population served by Free Clinics) are more likely to suffer from uncontrolled diabetes due to lack of access to health care and other services. One in six of these low-income individuals with diabetes delay or avoid medical care because of the cost -- a barrier that Free Clinics aim to reduce through our collaborative diabetes program.

"It's rewarding to see a patient's face light up when they see results of positive changes in their diabetic journey," said Kimberly Wolfe, Medical Clinics and Project Access Supervisor.

The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington, in partnership with Battle Ground Health Care and the Healthy Living Collaborative of Southwest Washington will create a patient-centered community-focused approach to improve outcomes for diabetic patents

Kaiser Permanente Northwest and Providence Health and Services awarded grants to nine community supported clinics throughout Oregon and SW Washington.


Attached Media Files: 2016-01/1594/91485/Kaiser_and_Providence_News_Release_January_28_2016.doc
Two Arrested on Oregon State University Campus for Drug Crimes
Oregon State Police - 01/28/16 3:46 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) recently completed a drug investigation on the Oregon State University (OSU) campus resulting in the arrest of two adult males.

On January 21, 2016, acting on information they received about illegal drug activity, OSP troopers assigned to the Oregon State University Area Command served a search warrant on Room 334 Poling Hall at 360 SW Weatherford Place, Corvallis, Oregon on the OSU Campus.

As a result of their search warrant, GOBIND SINGH OLLEK, age 18, and MCINTYRE MARCELO SANTA CRUZ, age 18, both of Corvallis were arrested for: Delivery of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana by a Person Under 21 years of age, Manufacture of Marijuana and Conspiracy. OLLEK and SANTA CRUZ were lodged in the Benton County Jail on these charges. During the search warrant at least one half (1/2) of a pound of marijuana was seized. The street value of the marijuana is approximately $400.00.

OSP patrol troopers were assisted by members of the OSP Drug Enforcement Section.

Questions regarding OLLEK'S and SANTA CRUZ'S status at OSU should be directed to the University Relations and Marketing at 541-737-3808.

No photographs for release.

###
State places Oregon health insurer under supervision
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 01/28/16 2:17 PM
(Salem) -- The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Division of Financial Regulation announced today that it has issued an order of supervision to Moda Health Plan, Inc., because of concerns over its financial condition. At the same time, the department will begin working with Moda to transfer its individual market plans to another carrier.

An order of supervision allows the department to have a representative on site and in control of all financial decisions to ensure that consumers are protected. The order prohibits Moda from issuing new policies or renewing current policies in the individual market, and from adding new groups. The order also requires the company to obtain sufficient capital and present a business plan to DCBS that clearly demonstrates that it can operate in sound financial condition going forward. The supervision order is available at http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/ins/admin_actions/actions_2016/insurer_2016/financial_2016/other_2016/16-13-001.pdf.

The department took this action because of Moda's excessive operating losses and inadequate capital and surplus. Capital and surplus is the amount a company's assets exceed its liabilities. The required minimum increases as the company assumes more insurance risk.

"Our primary goal is to ensure consumers are protected," said Patrick Allen, director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services. "We will continue to work closely with the company to find a sustainable path going forward while minimizing risk to consumers."

The order became effective late yesterday; however, Moda's insurance policies may still appear on HealthCare.gov through the end of open enrollment, Sunday, Jan. 31. DCBS advises consumers still shopping for plans to choose a carrier other than Moda. In the event that Oregonians already enrolled with Moda need to switch plans, there will be a special enrollment period. In the meantime, Moda policyholders can continue to access medical services and get their claims paid.

DCBS, which also runs the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, will keep Moda customers apprised of new developments and actions they may need to take.

As of Sept. 30, 2015, Moda enrolled a total of about 244,000 Oregonians in the commercial market, including 95,000 in the individual market, 16,000 in the small group market, and 129,000 in the large group market. Moda also has members in the associations and trusts market.

Eastern Oregon CCO, which serves Oregon Medicaid members and is owned by Moda, serves 48,000 Medicaid members. No one on Medicaid is losing coverage.

The Oregon Health Authority is also working with the Public Employees' Benefit Board and Oregon Educators Benefit Board partners to minimize any potential impacts to their members. There are 1,100 PEBB members and 42,000 OEBB members enrolled in Moda health plans.

Consumers with questions should call the DCBS Division of Financial Regulation's consumer advocates at 1-888-877-4894 (toll-free). Staff will be available to answer calls until 8 p.m. More information can be found on the division's website at http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/Insurance/insurers/regulation/Pages/moda-faqs.aspx.

###

The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and www.insurance.oregon.gov.
UPDATE -- ADDITIONAL K9: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office K9s Kilo, Nero, Vito, Marco and Spencer to get body armor (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/28/16 1:58 PM
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. logo
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. logo
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/624/91416/thumb_VestedInterestIn_K9sLogo.jpg
[Updated with info on additional vest donation for K9 Spencer]

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office K9s Kilo, Nero, Vito, Marco and Spencer will each receive a bullet- and stab-protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. ( http://www.vik9s.org ).

K9s Kilo, Nero, Vito, Marco and Spencer's vests are sponsored by an anonymous donor, and will be embroidered with the sentiment "Proud to Support One Who Serves and Protects." Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

ABOUT VESTED INTEREST IN K9s, INC.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA, whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1,700 protective vests, in 49 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.6 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 and $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs.

There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at http://www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

To learn more about the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office K9 Unit, click here: http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/k9.html

Images of our K9 trading cards -- with stats on each dog -- are attached to this release.

[END]


Attached Media Files: Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. logo , K9 trading-card stats for Kilo, Nero, Vito, Marco, and Spencer
Fifth Graders Create an Arcade Wonderland at Union Ridge Elementary (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 01/28/16 1:49 PM
Alan Adams, Union Ridge art teacher
Alan Adams, Union Ridge art teacher
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/889/91479/thumb_UR_Arts_Arcade_1.28.16_Alan_Adams.JPG
Thursday, January 28, 2016 -- Ridgefield, WA -- Fifth grade art students at Union Ridge Elementary participated in a unique design and development project recently, creating an arcade wonderland that delighted the school's second grade students. Alan Adams, the Ridgefield school's art teacher, came across a YouTube video that told the story of how Caine Monroy spent his summer vacation in 2011 constructing an arcade out of cardboard boxes and miscellaneous supplies found in his father's auto parts store in Los Angeles, CA. Inspired by the video, Adams designed a cross-curricular unit intended to leverage the creativity and imagination of his fifth grade students.

Union Ridge principal Tracey MacLachlan describes the unit as "Absolute magic...It captures the kids' imagination and encourages creativity, experimenting, and the feeling of satisfaction that comes from constructing something."

Adams began his project by sharing the video, "Caine's Arcade" with his students for inspiration.

"When you tap into the creative minds of students and add in some cardboard scraps and recycled materials, unlimited possibilities abound," notes MacLachlan.

Collaborating with Union Ridge's fifth grade teaching team, Jake Dixon, Caitlyn LaChaine, Laurie Pritchard, and James Stevens, Adams moved forward. Students chose their teams and began the design proposal process. As student designs became more intricate, requests were made for additional materials to meet the creativity of the design teams. Teachers encouraged students to work on the design and development of the arcade games when they finished assignments early.

Students spent five weeks developing, building, and testing their games in Adams' art classes. First attempts often did not work, requiring students to make modifications to their designs. As the building progressed, students also made many revisions to their plans to make the games more engaging and fun. Adams made his classroom available for students during recess and many students even took their projects home to continue the work after school.

The resiliency and teamwork required by the students are highlights of the project according to Adams.

"It builds problem-solving skills by giving kids a real world context for their designs. Students really have to work! It is also huge for developing teamwork, and we spend quite a bit of our lesson time focused on how to work productively with teammates. I see it as a way to get kids excited about our STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) program at View Ridge. The experience helps them see the connection between engineering, design and art, and it is lots of fun," notes an enthusiastic Adams.

The culminating activity involved Union Ridge second grade students playing the arcade games. Fifth graders were required to market their games and teach the second grade students how to play. They offered tickets and prizes, creating a carnival atmosphere that made it more enjoyable for the second graders.

The pride felt by the fifth grade design students was evident. "I liked it when the kids beat their score. Their facial expressions really made me happy, and I was proud of what my team and I created," said Kayla Miller.

Cayden Lauder agreed. "Our game was titled Alien Blasters. I liked that you got to use your ideas and techniques. You got to see other kids enjoy it. There was one second grader who played our game over and over; that was really special."

Reflecting on the project, Adams is pleased with the outcome. "The Ridgefield School District is very supportive of the arts at all levels of the administration. I am given a lot of freedom to explore different types of curriculum that can motivate and engage students at the various age levels that Union Ridge serves."

For more information on Caine's Arcade or to view the video, visit www.cainesarcade.com.

###


Attached Media Files: Alan Adams, Union Ridge art teacher
New Albertina Kerr Board Members Announced (Photo)
Albertina Kerr - 01/28/16 12:43 PM
Anthony Seashore Headshot
Anthony Seashore Headshot
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/1375/91220/thumb_Anthony_Seashore.JPG
New Albertina Kerr Board Members Announced

January 28, 2016 (Portland, OR) - Eight new board members have been added recently across Albertina Kerr's Governing Board and Foundation Board of Trustees.

Governing Board
"As Kerr's mission continues to focus on serving those most vulnerable in the Oregon community, we welcome the addition of Mary Caballero and Melissa May as our new Governing Board Members," said John Thoma, Chair of Albertina Kerr's Governing Board.

Mary Caballero
Mary Caballero is a Partner and Director of Retirement Plans & Wealth Management at Heestand Company.

Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson is the Chief Executive Officer at Oregon's Health CO-OP.

Melissa May
Melissa May is an attorney with Catalyst Law, LLC focused on estate planning, probate and trust administration, and advising tax-exempt organizations.

Foundation Board of Trustees
"Our new Foundation Board members bring strong talent and dedication to continue Kerr's mission of partnering with the community to support people with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges to lead self-determined lives and realize their full potential," said Mary Lago, Kerr's Foundation Board Chair.

Christopher Beaulieu
Christopher Beaulieu is an Assistant Vice President of Investments at the Standard and is a Certified Financial Analyst.

Alex Bruemmer
Alex Bruemmer, CTFA, will be joining Key Bank as a Trust Officer in February 2016 from Union Bank. Bruemmer also serves as the Chair of Kerr's Ambassador Board.

Jennifer Hall
Jennifer Hall is Vice President of Operations and County Manager for Lawyers Title of Oregon.

Katherine West
Katherine West is a partner at Wyse Kadish LLP, where her practice focuses on Estate Planning, Trust and Estate Administration as well as additional probate matters.

Emeritus Board Member
Anthony J. Seashore was added as an Emeritus Board Member. Seashore has served on Kerr's Boards for 12 years and is a former Foundation Board Chair and is the President of TS Gray Construction.

About Albertina Kerr
Since 1907, Albertina Kerr has strengthened Oregon families and communities. Today, we provide programs and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges, empowering them to live richer lives. Albertina Kerr's capital campaign, Kerr Community Promise will help raise awareness and funds to support children's mental health.

For more information about Albertina Kerr, call 503-239-8101. www.albertinakerr.org


Attached Media Files: Anthony Seashore Headshot , Jennifer Hall Headshot , Christopher Beaulieu Headshoot , Katherine West Headshot , Mary Caballero Headshot , Melissa May Headshot , Alex Bruemmer Headshot , Albertina Kerr Logo , Phil Jackson Headshot
Corps seeks comments on Multnomah County permit application
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 01/28/16 12:26 PM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is accepting comments on a permit application from the Rose City Yacht Club for a proposed project in Multnomah County, Oregon.

Public notice NWP-1999-853-6 is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx.
Corps seeks comments on Clackamas County permit application
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 01/28/16 12:25 PM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is accepting comments on a permit application from Portland General Electric for a proposed project in Clackamas County, Oregon.

Public notice NWP-2016-27 is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx.
Portland man is an 'Instant Millionaire'
Oregon Lottery - 01/28/16 12:23 PM
January 28, 2016 - Salem, Ore. -- After 30 years of playing Oregon Lottery games, Louis Salerno of Portland instantly found himself with a $1 million win.

Salerno won $1 million playing the Oregon Lottery Scratch-it Instant Millionaire.

Salerno, who is retired and a native Oregonian, said before he did anything with his prize, approximately $670,000 after taxes, he was going to come up with a wise financial plan.

The Instant Millionaire Scratch-it is a $20 ticket. There are nearly $8 million in total prizes in those games. The $20 ticket features two $1 million top prizes, including Salerno's prize, and offers players a one in 3.62 chance of winning a prize. Odds of winning the $1 million top prize are one in 300,000.

Salerno purchased the ticket at the Fred Meyer in Milwaukie, and has been a lottery player for the last 30 years.

"I am a 'founding member' of the Oregon Lottery," Salerno joked. "I have been playing for 30 years."

Proceeds from Oregon Lottery sales help fund public education, parks, economic development and watershed projects.

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 are advised to contact the Lottery office and schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

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

###
Nonprofits Invited to Apply for City of Beaverton Social Service Grant Funding (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 01/28/16 12:03 PM
Impact Northwest is one of the recipients of a 2015-16 social service funding grant from the city of Beaverton. Applications are now being accepted for 2016-17 grants. (Photo/Impact NW)
Impact Northwest is one of the recipients of a 2015-16 social service funding grant from the city of Beaverton. Applications are now being accepted for 2016-17 grants. (Photo/Impact NW)
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/1786/91474/thumb_NR_2016_SSFC_Impact_NW_Program.jpg
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Interested nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations who provide social services to Beaverton residents are encouraged to apply for grants through the city of Beaverton social service funding application process. The submission deadline is Friday, Mar. 11 at 4 p.m.


The Social Services Funding Committee is committed to fund programs that address the needs of Beaverton residents and target the root causes of poverty. The city council has advised the committee to direct funding to organizations that meet one or more of the following city priorities:


Homelessness/Housing: Including shelters, rental assistance, tenant education/advocacy, senior housing, workforce training.


Affordable afterschool & educational programming: Including hunger/food/nutrition, childcare, academic support, English language learner education.


Health: Including school-based health clinics, affordable access to medical/dental care, mental health, hunger/food/nutrition.


Organizations are encouraged to apply by downloading an application from the city's website at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/SocialServices. Two information sessions will be held on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. at The Beaverton Building, 12725 SW Millikan Way.


Twenty-one organizations were funded in the 2015-2016 funding cycle. Funded organizations have already had an impact on the community by coordinating pantry services that offer fresh and nutritional food, tutoring children in their native language, and providing health services to vulnerable community members, among many other activities.


Funding for this program is provided by state revenue sharing, which is contingent upon the passage of the city's 2016-17 budget in June 2016.


For more information, contact Megan Cohen at 503-526-2584 or mcohen@BeavertonOregon.gov.


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


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


# # #


Attached Media Files: Impact Northwest is one of the recipients of a 2015-16 social service funding grant from the city of Beaverton. Applications are now being accepted for 2016-17 grants. (Photo/Impact NW)
Battle Ground Schools' Patron Tour Explores Career and Technical Education (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 01/28/16 11:32 AM
Battle Ground High School students use a graphic arts program to develop creative, digital versions of their initials during a digital arts class in the district's Career and Technical Education program.
Battle Ground High School students use a graphic arts program to develop creative, digital versions of their initials during a digital arts class in the district's Career and Technical Education program.
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/20/91469/thumb_CTE_Patron_Tour_Feb2015.jpg
A patron tour of Battle Ground Public Schools' Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes at three schools is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 18. Community members and parents are invited to participate in the tour and see firsthand what students are learning in CTE classes such as welding, culinary arts, early childhood education, video game design and agriculture.

Patrons will tour CTE classes at Battle Ground and Prairie high schools as well as CASEE. "CTE classes help students get jobs out of high school and give them the skills to go to college," said Cindy Arnold, director of CTE. "The classes are a big part of our students' schedules, and we want to share what they are learning." At Battle Ground Public Schools, more than 200 CTE classes are taught each semester in 36 content areas by teachers who have worked in the industry they are teaching. Many of the district's CTE programs have agreements with local community colleges that let students receive college credit for some of the high school classes.

The tour offers parents and members of the business community an inside look at the classrooms and students in action. It's a great way for parents of eighth graders to learn more about the classes and CTE programs that students in the Battle Ground Public Schools district can take at Prairie and Battle Ground high schools.

The Career and Technical Education Patron tour will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18. It will begin at Battle Ground High School, continue to Prairie High School, and then end at CASEE. Transportation will be provided between campuses. Please RSVP by Feb. 10 to the CTE program: 885-5359 or adams.kathy@battlegroundps.org.


Attached Media Files: Battle Ground High School students use a graphic arts program to develop creative, digital versions of their initials during a digital arts class in the district's Career and Technical Education program.
Coos County Deputy Gil Datan to be Honored on State's Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 01/28/16 11:29 AM
As this morning's quarterly meeting, the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training (BPSST) unanimously approved the addition of Deputy Gil Datan's name to the Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial during the State's ceremony on May 3, 2016 at 1:00 pm. This request came to the Board with a unanimous recommendation from its Police Policy Committee.

Deputy Datan's name will be the 182nd on the memorial that honors fallen Oregon law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty since the first was recorded in the 1880s. The memorial honors the sacrifices made by law enforcement officers across Oregon and the families and co-workers they left behind. It includes city, county, state, tribal and federal officers who work in law enforcement, corrections and parole and probation.

Additional information Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial
http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/AT/pages/olememorial.aspx


Incident Overview

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

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


National Information on Law Enforcement Officer Deaths

Law enforcement fatalities nationwide rose slightly during 2015, with 124 federal, state, local, tribal and territorial officers killed in the line of duty, according to preliminary data compiled and released today by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) in its 2015 Law Enforcement Fatalities Report.

The 124 officer fatalities in 2015 represented a 4% increase from the 119 officers who died in the line of duty in 2014. Of the 124 officers who died this year, 52 died in traffic-related incidents, 42 were killed by gunfire and 30 died as a result of other causes.

The number of officers killed by firearms in 2015 (42) was 14 percent lower than the 49 who died as a result of gunfire in 2014. Traffic stops resulted in seven of those shooting deaths, more than any other category of felonious fatalities in 2015. Two of those officers, Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate of the Hattiesburg (MS) Police Department, were gunned down in a traffic stop they conducted on May 9.

Ambush attacks against officers were the second leading cause of shooting deaths in 2015, accounting for six fatalities. Among them was Harris County (TX) Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth, who was shot 15 times in an unprovoked attack after filling his marked cruiser up at a local gas station on August 28.

Fifty-two officers were killed in traffic-related incidents this past year, which was six percent higher than the 49 who died on roadways in 2014. Traffic-related incidents have been the leading cause of officer deaths in 15 of the last 20 years.

Thirty officers died due to other causes in 2015, including 24 who suffered from job-related illnesses--mostly heart attacks--while performing their duties. Also included among those 24 are four officers who died of illnesses they contracted as a result of their rescue and recovery work following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

There are more than 20,000 names of officers killed in the line of duty inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, dating back to the first known death in 1791. Over the past decade (2005-2014) the average annual number of officer fatalities has been 145. The deadliest year on record for law enforcement was 1930 when 300 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty. The last time officer fatalities dipped below 100 for a single year was 1944.

The statistics released are based on preliminary data compiled by the NLEOMF and do not represent a final or complete list of individual officers who will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in 2016. For a complete copy of the preliminary report go to: www.LawMemorial.org/FatalitiesReport.

Key Data as of December 28, 2015:

Traffic-related incidents were the leading cause of officer fatalities in 2015, with 52. This was a six percent increase over the 49 traffic-related deaths in 2014. Of these 49 officers, 35 were killed in automobile crashes, 11 officers were struck and killed outside of their vehicle and six officers were killed in motorcycle crashes.

Firearms-related incidents were the second-leading cause of officer deaths in 2015, with 42. This was a 14 percent decrease from the 49 officers shot and killed in 2014.

Traffic stops resulted in seven deaths, the leading felonious cause of deaths among officers in 2015.

The other leading categories of felonious deaths in 2015 were ambushes (6), investigating suspicious persons or activities (5), disturbance calls (5), attempting arrests (4), inadvertent shootings (3), robbery (3), unknown (3), transporting suspects (2), burglary (2), investigative activity (1), and tactical (1).

Of the 30 officers who died due to other causes this year 24 were caused by job-related illnesses; two officers died when they fell to their death; one officer drowned; one officer was electrocuted; one officer was beaten to death; and one officer died in an aircraft crash.

During the past year, more officers were killed in Texas (12) than any other state; followed by Georgia (11); Louisiana (9); and New York and, California, with six each. Eight agencies experienced more than one officer fatality this year, including the Puerto Rico Police Department (5); Texas Department of Criminal Justice (3); Colorado State Patrol (2); Harris County (TX) Sheriff's Office (2); Hattiesburg (MS) Police Department (2); Kentucky State Police (2); New Jersey State Police (2); and New York City (NY) Police Department (2).

Four correctional officers were killed in the line of duty in 2015.Six of the fallen officers served with territorial agencies; three served with federal agencies; and two served with tribal agencies. Nine of the 124 fatalities were female officers, which was more than twice as many as 2014. On average, the officers who died in the line of duty in 2015 were 41 years old and had served for 12 years.
Linn Deputies Arrest Lebanon Man for Sex Abuse (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 01/28/16 11:28 AM
2016-01/2993/91472/Jail_photo.jpg
2016-01/2993/91472/Jail_photo.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/2993/91472/thumb_Jail_photo.jpg
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on January 27, 2016, his deputies arrested, 78, Richard Wade Conklin of Lacomb (Lebanon) for several sexual abuse crimes.

Conklin came to the Linn County Sheriff's Office on his own will to talk with detectives about allegations he sexually abused a 28-year old developmentally delayed female.

During his interview with detectives, Conklin admitted to engaging in sexual acts with this female whom he has known since she was an infant. Conklin, the victim, and her family attend the same church and are family friends.

Conklin admitted to knowing the victim was developmentally delayed and said she does not present herself as a 28-year old. Conklin further admitted to engaging in sexual acts starting several years ago with this female and he admitted it was wrong of him to do so.

Conklin is lodged in the Linn County Jail on the following charges, three counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, Sodomy in the First Degree, and Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree.

The Sheriff's Office investigation is continuing and anyone with information on this investigation are encouraged to contact Detective Beth Miller at 541-967-3820.


Attached Media Files: 2016-01/2993/91472/Jail_photo.jpg
Washington County District Attorney Releases Decision Letter
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/28/16 11:25 AM
UPDATE: Washington County District Attorney Releases Decision Letter

January 28, 2016--The Washington County District Attorney released the decision letter concerning the October 2, 2015 incident involving Phyllis Jepsen in Aloha.

Original Releases Below:

The letter is attached.

UPDATE: Aloha Woman Dies After Threatening Deputies with a Knife

October 9, 2015--Additional information released concerning the Aloha shooting.

The deputy-involved shooting last Friday in Aloha remains under investigation by the Washington County Major Crimes Team. The incident at 18000 SW Shaw Street began as a 9-1-1 call from a concerned witness. Upon arrival, Phyllis Jepsen threatened the deputies with a knife. After attempting unsuccessfully to subdue Phyllis Jepsen with less-than lethal tactics, the deputies responded with lethal force.

The deputies involved in the incident are Dennis Strange with 10 years of service, John McCullough also with 10 years of service and Matt Humphrey with 12 years of service. As is standard procedure, all three remain on paid administrative leave. Full details about the incident will be available after the Washington County District Attorney's investigation is completed.


UPDATE:

Saturday, October 03, 2015-- The woman involved in the confrontation with Sheriff's Deputies has been identified as Phyllis Ilene Jepsen, 55, from Aloha. She was pronounced deceased at the hospital and her next of kin have been notified.

No further information is available at this time.

ORIGINAL RELEASE:


Friday, October 02, 2015-- Today, at about 5:00 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies responded to a call of an attempted suicide in Aloha. Three deputies arrived on scene and were confronted a short time later by a woman with a knife. Deputies fired both less-than lethal and lethal rounds at the suspect. She was later transported to the hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

On Friday, October 02, 2015, at about 4:54 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies responded to an attempted suicide call at 18000 SW Shaw Street in the community of Aloha. Three deputies arrived on scene, and shortly after, were confronted by a 55-year-old woman with a knife.

At some point during the confrontation one of the deputies fired less-than lethal rounds at the woman and at least one of the other deputies fired lethal rounds at her. She was struck by at least one lethal round. None of the deputies were injured. Medical personnel responded and transported the woman to an area hospital where she later died from her injuries.

The Washington County Major Crimes Team is investigating the incident with assistance from the Oregon State Police Crime Lab.

All three deputies have been placed on routine paid administrative leave.

Due to the nature of the investigation, no further information is being released at this time.


Attached Media Files: DA Decision Letter
CCC Press Releases (Photo)
Clackamas Community College - 01/28/16 11:25 AM
Wing It photo
Wing It photo
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/29/91470/thumb_Wing_It_photo.jpg
Please find attached the latest CCC news and events.


Attached Media Files: Wing It - A Storybook Love Story , CCC Alexander Gallery exhibit , Bloodworks NW blood drive , Wing It photo , CCC Alexander Gallery exhibit photo
Portland Police Bureau to Appoint Four New Police Officers, Two Chaplains Today at 1:00 p.m. Ceremony (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 01/28/16 11:19 AM
2016-01/3056/91468/Badge.jpg
2016-01/3056/91468/Badge.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/3056/91468/thumb_Badge.jpg
Today, Thursday January 28, 2016, at 1:00 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau will be hosting a hiring ceremony in the Wayne Sullivan Room on the 14th Floor of the Justice Center, located at 1111 Southwest 2nd Avenue.

Four new police officers will be sworn-in to the Bureau and will be honored along with two additional police officers who were hired in the past three months.

Two Police Chaplains will also be sworn in and two non-sworn employees will be recognized.

Interested media should plan to arrive early and all guests must check in at the Central Precinct desk.

The Portland Police Bureau is actively recruiting new officers to the Bureau. For more information, please visit http://www.joinportlandpolice.com

###PPB###


Attached Media Files: 2016-01/3056/91468/Badge.jpg
UPDATE: Assault Detectives Asking for the Public's Help to Identify Three Persons-of-Interest
Portland Police Bureau - 01/28/16 11:12 AM
The three persons-of-interest in this case have been identified by detectives and the investigation is continuing into the circumstances of this incident.

No arrests have been made at this time.

Detectives would like to thank the public on the numerous tips received during this investigation.

###PPB###

###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On January 16, 2016, at 11:33 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Northwest 21st Avenue and Hoyt Street on the report of an assault and that a male was down and unconscious.

As officers were responding to the scene, dispatch provided an update that the suspect was last seen running eastbound on Hoyt Street. Witnesses described the suspect as a white or Hispanic male in his 30s, 5'11" tall, thin build, clean cut, wearing a black jacket and unknown-colored pants. The suspect was accompanied by two or three additional males.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the victim, 26-year-old Sam Whitehorn, suffering from head trauma. He was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment and remains under medical care at this time.

Witnesses told police that the victim was on the sidewalk, between the 21st Avenue Quick Stop and Muu Muu's when he became engaged in an argument with the suspect and his two companions. Witnesses told police that the suspect punched the victim once or twice, which caused him to fall and hit his head.

Assault detectives are releasing surveillance images obtained in this investigation of three people of interest. Detectives are asking for the public's help to identify all three people in these photos.

Anyone with information about this incident or these three people should contact Detective Tony Harris at 503-823-0786 or tony.harris@portlandoregon.gov.

###PPB###
New parks in east Portland to be named Loowit View Park, Gateway Discovery Park (Photo)
Portland Parks & Recreation - 01/28/16 11:08 AM
Loowit View renderings are courtesy of 2.ink Studio and Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland, OR.
Loowit View renderings are courtesy of 2.ink Studio and Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland, OR.
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/1399/91466/thumb_Loowit_View_Park_design_rendering_3.jpg
(Portland, OR) --

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) and Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz announce the names of the two new east Portland parks which will begin construction this spring. Gateway Discovery Park will be the name of the park encompassing nearly four acres off NE Halsey St between NE 104th & 106th avenues, built in partnership with the Portland Development Commission (PDC). The 16-acre neighborhood park at NE 126th Ave & Beech St. (previously referred to as the Beech property) will be named Loowit (pronounced loo-WIT) View Park.

Together, the two parks will serve nearly 1800 households which do not currently have ready access to a park or natural area.

Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz dedicated System Development Charge funds (revenue from new construction development in Portland) to the two projects in 2014. In January 2015, PP&R and the community began working together to develop the designs for the parks. The designs for both parks were finalized in the summer of 2015. Construction on the two new green spaces is scheduled to break ground in spring of 2016.

PP&R thanks the volunteers who served on park naming committees, comprising area neighbors, community advocates, representatives of traditionally underserved communities, and volunteers recruited and appointed by Commissioner Fritz and PP&R Director Mike Abbaté. Additionally, the Bureau thanks the Argay Terrace Neighborhood Association, Gateway Area Business Association, Hazelwood Neighborhood Association and the Parkrose Heights Neighborhood Associations for their participation and support in the design and naming processes.

"These two new parks represent a significant step in addressing historic inequities in park facilities in east Portland," says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. "All over Portland, people are telling me, 'Provide parks for people who don't have one.' There are inequities in every neighborhood, and insufficient resources to correct them all. Loowit View Park and Gateway Discovery Park continue the City's determination to correct the disparities in east Portland."

Portland Parks & Recreation solicited park names through October 2015, from neighbors via public meetings, the PP&R website and emails to community stakeholders. Potential names were weighed according to the vision and goals for each park and the guidelines stipulated in the Portland Parks & Recreation naming policy. Both Loowit View and Gateway Discovery Parks received nine name submissions.

"It is extremely exciting to see these park projects continue," says Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté. "A key milestone in the development of a new project is the name that the park will be known by for generations to come. We are so grateful to the naming committee, and to the Project Advisory Committee who, along with City staff, are guiding the development of these sites. Loowit View and Gateway Discovery Parks will be memorable into the future".

GATEWAY DISCOVERY PARK
Harper's Playground committed to raising the funds to make the new Gateway Discovery Park the site of Portland's next inclusive, barrier-free playground: the second in the City of Portland. Their first project is at Arbor Lodge Park in north Portland. The non-profit group participated on Project Advisory Committee and advised on inclusive design. The committee and the community were very committed to creating a play area that supported the participation of ALL children. Harper's Playground continues to advocate for inclusive playgrounds citywide.

"The name 'Gateway Discovery Park' invokes the same exciting sense of adventure that awaits in our entire neighborhood," says Linda Sanchez, a member of the park's naming committee. "GABA -- the Gateway Area Business Association -- shares the excitement of east Portland neighbors for the amazing new gathering space coming soon. It will really be a gateway into Gateway!"

Fast Facts on Gateway Discovery Park:
A partnership project with Portland Development Commission
Features
-The nearly four-acre park will become a "living room" for the Gateway neighborhood, featuring accessible spaces and activities for all ages, including a plaza ready to accommodate a variety of events, festivals, and farmers' markets. As envisioned in the Master Plan, the park will also include flexible green spaces to accommodate picnic areas, accessible playground features and nature play.
Equity/Equal Access
The park will serve more than 800 new households which currently do not have ready access to a park. Data show that 36% of these households are racial and ethnic minorities, and 28% are experiencing poverty.
Funding
Project construction cost is estimated at $5.2 million, which includes $4.2 million from System Development Charges (not General Fund tax dollars) and $1 million from The Portland Development Commission (PDC).

LOOWIT VIEW PARK
(pronounced loo-WIT)

Spread on 16 acres adjacent to Shaver Elementary School in northeast Portland's Argay neighborhood, Loowit View Park will feature a soccer field and basketball court, accessible play and picnic areas, parking, community gardens, a fenced off-leash dog area, and foot and bike paths with expansive views -- including a majestic vista of Loowit (the Native American name for the iconic Mt. St. Helens).
The park will serve nearly 1000 new households, ones which currently do not have ready access to a park.
"Recommending an appropriate name was difficult, but ultimately we enjoyed a rewarding outcome," says Nina Palacios, a member of the Loowit View naming committee. "I'm excited about the new park, one we've been eagerly anticipating for so long. I volunteer at the adjacent Shaver School, and the kids there are bursting with anticipation for their new park! I very much appreciate being a part of the naming process."
The park's name helps to honor the indigenous people who first lived on the land, and to recognize the overall history of the area.
"The name 'Loowit View Park' holds meaning on many different levels", says Cary Watters, a member of the Tlingit Tribe and of the park naming committee. "The fact that this park's name is a Native [Chinook Wawa] word, and that it honors the traditional way in which our people named places, is a huge step forward in healing - not only for the Native community, but for the land and the at-large community."

Fast Facts on Loowit View Park:
Features
- Adjacent to Shaver Elementary School in the Parkrose School District, in the Argay neighborhood of NE Portland. It will feature grand views, a youth sports field, a full-size basketball court and a teen area. The latter will include a climbing structure, two ping pong tables, a group seating area; and a skate park is under discussion. The entire teen area will be covered, with colorful sports court surfacing. Other features include accessible play and picnic areas, shelters, a restroom, pedestrian and bike paths, parking, community gardens, and a fenced off-leash dog area.
Equity/Equal Access
-The park will serve 965 new households which currently do not have ready access to a park. Data show that 49% of these households are racial and ethnic minorities, and 23% are experiencing poverty.
Funding
- Project construction cost is estimated at $7.8 million, from Parks System Development Charges (not General Fund tax dollars).

Challenges Remain
As Portland Parks & Recreation commits to new parks in communities where none currently exist - and to expanding 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.
System Development Charges, the funding being used to create the two new parks in east Portland (not General Fund tax dollars) are restricted to expanding capacity only. SDCs cannot be used to maintain or repair existing facilities. It is also insufficient to fully address the hundreds of park projects needed by our rapidly growing neighborhoods -- an additional need of approximately $472 million over the next ten years.
"In east Portland, two out of every five households do not have easy access to a City park. That is in stark contrast to the rest of Portland where four out of every five households live within a half-mile of a park or natural area", adds Commissioner Fritz, who designated Loowit View and Gateway Discovery Parks for development after careful consideration of community input. Commissioner Fritz considered four worthy park options that were ready to build in east Portland -- those with completed Master Plans.

###


Attached Media Files: Loowit View renderings are courtesy of 2.ink Studio and Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland, OR. , Loowit View renderings are courtesy of 2.ink Studio and Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland, OR. , Loowit View renderings are courtesy of 2.ink Studio and Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland, OR. , Gateway Discovery Park rendering courtesy of PLACE, LLC, and Portland Parks & Recreation
Vancouver Public Schools takes Wi-Fi on the road
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 01/28/16 9:57 AM
VPS students in sixth through 12th grades have gained managed access to the Internet while traveling on school buses. The district recently installed a Wi-Fi network on buses as part of strategic efforts to improve Internet access and capacity and create equity for students who do not have Internet at home.

Approximately 160 bus routes were upgraded. This gives opportunities to extend the school day to some 5,000 secondary students who ride a bus regularly and have district-issued one-to-one devices. The actual number of students using the network most likely is higher, to include those students and staff members who travel for athletic competitions and extracurricular activities.

Safety and security also is improved because the network allows remote, real-time access to cameras already installed on buses.

The Wi-Fi network is paid for by the district's technology levy, which also will fund one-to-one devices for all students in grades three through 12 by 2019. As of the 2015-16 school year, sixth- through 12th-graders and teachers are using devices. The Vancouver community approved the levy in 2013.

VPS also implemented a Wi-Fi network on its mobile Family-Community Resource Center, or FCRC. The mobile FCRC's network will be available to students, families and community members within roughly a 100-foot range.

Staffed by a full-time coordinator, the mobile FCRC roves around the district to provide resources and supplies for families who require assistance with housing, food, clothing, school supplies and other unmet needs that can be barriers to learning.

Planning is underway to determine where the mobile FCRC will stop. The plans include availability in neighborhoods; at community centers and events; in parks; and at the Lieser Campus, located at 301 S. Lieser Rd., Vancouver, WA 98664. Locations will be announced via Twitter by @VPS_FCRC.
A Thriving Arts Scene at South Ridge Elementary (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 01/28/16 9:17 AM
Heather Fukuchi, art teacher at South Ridge Elementary
Heather Fukuchi, art teacher at South Ridge Elementary
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/889/91464/thumb_SR_Arts_1.21.16_Fukuchi.JPG
Thursday, January 28, 2015 -- Ridgefield, WA -- South Ridge Elementary has a long-standing reputation for delivering exceptional academic results; the three-time School of Distinction recipient consistently enjoys some of the highest student test scores in Southwest Washington. But a closer examination will show the educational focus extends well beyond the core curriculum at the Ridgefield school, where a strong emphasis on arts education finds students engaged in creative art classes, choir and band, and even drama.

It is all part of the school and district's commitment to providing each student personalized learning experiences and opportunities.

"South Ridge students receive over 40 hours of art instruction during the school year" explains South Ridge principal Todd Graves. "If students attend South Ridge for their entire elementary career, they will receive an average of 270 hours of high-quality art instruction and exposure by the time they transition to middle school."

Students in art classes engage in a multitude of learning activities, ranging from instruction in the appropriate use of color to the creation of intricate two and three-dimensional works of art. Students are excited about the opportunities found in their art classes.

Katelyn Witter, a second grader, shared, "I like to make things. My favorite thing we've made is a Navajo rug. I have mine hanging in my bedroom at home."
Heather Fukuchi, the school's art teacher, works hard to develop engaging lessons that allow all students to feel successful and benefit from the sense of accomplishment associated with creating a work product.

"Teaching art to children is an essential part of their education. The arts allow children to express themselves, make connections to other subjects, and learn about other cultures, all while developing critical thinking, reflection, and problem-solving skills. In addition, the arts give children a place to thrive when other areas of their education may be a challenge," notes Fukuchi.

South Ridge students with an interest in the performing arts can access choir and band options. Starting in fourth grade, students are also able to audition for the annual musical. South Ridge has been offering students this opportunity for more than 30 years. The shows are Broadway-worthy and provide an excellent collaborative connection with both the school's PTA and Ridgefield High School drama students.

Sixth-grader Piper Hardin was enthusiastic in her praise, saying, "I did the musical in fourth and fifth grade and loved it. The hardest part was remembering all of the steps and movements for each song and act."

The arts are even finding their way into South Ridge's physical education curriculum. Beginning in March this year, students will be taught movement art in the form of several different dances during their regular physical education classes. This program is the result of a unique partnership between the Ridgefield School District and Dance Fusion Northwest.

"We are truly excited about the opportunity to share the culture of dance in the Ridgefield's elementary schools. It is a well-known fact that creatively educating kids is a vital part of learning itself. Not only is dance a wonderful art form, it is a physical activity, a mental activity and a creative activity. We are so happy to be a part this by introducing foundational dance forms in Ridgefield," said Carla Kendall-Bray, the owner of Dance Fusion Northwest.

Interdisciplinary work that connects the arts to the core curriculum is found throughout the school. Last year, students collectively authored and published a book as the school's instructional team looked for more creative ways to teach writing. Student artwork, depicting the story, can be found throughout the book.

South Ridge classroom teachers work closely with Fukuchi to align lessons that provide students with additional opportunities to make connections.

Sixth grader Grace Lazaro gives an example of this collaboration, "We are currently using clay to make sarcophagus' because in class we are studying about Ancient Egypt. I love using clay. It is my favorite part of art class."

In an era where many schools have greatly reduced or even eliminated arts offerings in order to focus more intently on math and English Language Arts, South Ridge has resisted the temptation to narrow the curriculum.
###


Attached Media Files: Heather Fukuchi, art teacher at South Ridge Elementary , South Ridge student art
UPDATE -- BODY RECOVERED: Crash sends truck into Collawash River; two make it out, one male missing
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/28/16 8:49 AM
UPDATE: BODY OF MISSING MALE LOCATED, RECOVERED

On Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, search-and-rescue personnel with the Clackamas Water Rescue Team (previously referred to as the Clackamas Water Rescue Consortium) continued their search along the Callowash River for missing 26-year-old Irinei Burkoff, of Woodburn. They began their fourth day of searching at 9 a.m.

At about 3 p.m. on Jan. 27, a relative of Mr. Burkoff saw what they believed to be his deceased remains in the river, about two-and-a-half miles downstream from the crash site.

Water-rescue personnel responded and confirmed that this was the missing man.

A recovery operation was mounted that included loading the body onto an inflatable craft to cross the river and then using ropes to climb an approximate 60-foot cliff.

The operation to recover the victim took until about 7:30 p.m. that evening.

The Deputy Medical Examiner and family members on scene confirmed the identity of the victim.

The victim's death was as a result of the crash and related conditions and no foul play is suspected.

Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue, Clackamas Fire, Lake Oswego Fire, American Medical Response Reach and Treat, Clackamas County Medical Examiner, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue, Marine, and Water Rescue personnel participated in the search and recovery operation.

More information on the Clackamas Water Rescue Team:
https://www.clackamasfire.com/swiftwaterrescue/consortium.html

[END UPDATE]

______

EARLIER: Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, 6:16 p.m.

Today (Monday, Jan. 25), the Sheriff's Office Dive Team and Search & Rescue personnel returned to the vehicle that had crashed early Sunday morning and was submerged in the Callowash River.

Divers were able to recover the vehicle, and it has been removed from the river.

The male who was last known to be in the vehicle has been identified as Irinei Burkoff, 26 years old, of Woodburn. The male was not recovered in the vehicle, and is considered missing.

Search & Rescue personnel searched the river and its banks, but found no sign of the subject.

Searchers will be back out tomorrow (Tuesday, Jan. 26) to continue searching for the male.
________

EARLIER: Jan. 24, 2016, 1:54 p.m.

On Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 at 3:28 a.m., a 911 call came in reporting a crash on Forest Service Road 63 near Forest Service Road 45, east of Estacada. Road 63 leads to Bagby Hot Springs. The call came from the Timber Lake Job Corporation near the Ripple Brook Ranger Station.

The 911 caller said they came across the crash, then drove 30 minutes to a phone. The caller reported that a vehicle had left the roadway, went down an embankment and was in the river. There was a female stranded on the other side of the river.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies and members of the Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium responded to the scene.

Responders arrived to find one female on the bank near the road and another female stuck on the other side of the river. Water rescue personnel used a rapid deployment craft to ferry across the river and rescue the female on the other side. She was brought back without any further incident. Both females were transported to the hospital; they were not seriously injured.

The vehicle they had been in was completely submerged in the Collawash River.

The submerged vehicle was a light-colored pickup; the roof of the vehicle was 2-4 feet underwater.

The current was very strong, and water rescue personnel could not safely investigate the vehicle to see if anyone was trapped inside.

The female on the road side of the river -- 19 years old, of Tigard -- told deputies she was driving the vehicle when she lost control and went off the roadway. She said the female on the other side of the river was the middle passenger -- 15 years old, and at this writing it is unknown where she is from.

The driver told deputies a male -- 26 years old, of Woodburn -- was in the front passenger seat.

The two females were able to get out of a window and swim to shore. They did not see the male get out and believed he was still in the vehicle.

Search & Rescue personnel searched the riverbanks for the male, but were unable to locate him.

Plans are being made to get specialized divers to the location on Monday in an attempt to recover the vehicle and search for the missing male passenger.

The names of those involved are not being released at this time until notifications are made.

[END]

REMINDER TO MEDIA -- PAGER DISCONTINUED: We have discontinued our Public Information Unit pager. All media outlets needing to contact our PIO can now send an email to SheriffPIO@clackamas.us
New 'Promise' video debuts on David Douglas early learning program
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 01/28/16 8:38 AM
A new video highlighting the early learning wing at Earl Boyles Elementary in Portland debuted today on "The Promise of Oregon" website at www.promiseoregon.org.

Boyles is in the David Douglas School District, which is pioneering the use of pre-kindergarten programs to teach children during formative learning years. The district reaches more than 100 3- and 4-year-olds at Boyles, and also this school year opened a pre-K classroom at Cherry Park Elementary.

The Richard C. Alexander Learning Wing at Boyles operates in partnership with Head Start and Multnomah County. The school also has a neighborhood center that allows parents and families to gather for events.

The video can also be seen on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkVfkZtAZ8U

The David Douglas video is one of four planned videos showcasing cutting-edge programs -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), career and technical education (CTE), the arts and more. The other videos, which will debut later in 2016, and this one all encourage schools and the public to "dream bigger" about what is possible in Oregon's schools.

The "Promise" campaign, which is being run by the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA), aims to create a groundswell of public support for K-14 education, in hopes of meeting Oregon's 40-40-20 goals and lifting student achievement and graduation rates.

OSBA is a member services organization for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.

Website: promiseoregon.org
Twitter and Instagram: @PromiseOregon
Facebook and YouTube: ThePromiseofOregon
Oregon Health Policy Board to hold planning session in Salem February 2
Oregon Health Authority - 01/28/16 8:20 AM
January 28, 2016

Contact: Stephanie Jarem, 971-273-6844 (meeting information or accommodations)

The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold a 2016-2017 planning session from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2. The meeting will be held at the OIS East Building, Room 315-A, 3990 Fairview Industrial Dr SE, Salem. This planning session will offer the board an opportunity to set goals for the future, discuss current issues and examine potential topics to address in 2016-2017. No official action will be taken during the planning session.

When: Tuesday, February 2, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: OIS East - Room 315-A 3990 Fairview Industrial Dr SE, Salem.
Members of the public can call in to listen by dialing 1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042#. Following the meeting, a link to the recording will be posted on the board's meeting page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2016-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

Agenda:
-- Welcome and overview;
-- [TENTATIVE] Messages from Governor Brown and the Oregon Legislature;
-- OHPB 2015 accomplishments;
-- OHPB discussion.

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2015-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.

# # #
Wed. 01/27/16
Additional Arrests in the Occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
FBI - Oregon - 01/27/16 9:48 PM
In the early morning hours of January 27, 2016, the FBI and Oregon State Police (OSP) established a series of checkpoints at major roads in and out of the refuge. In the hours prior to the checkpoints, several vehicles are known to have left the area. Since the establishment of checkpoints, a total of eight people have left the refuge. Of those, the FBI released five and arrested three.

At approximately 3:30 pm, the FBI made probable cause arrests of Duane Leo Ehmer, age 45, of Irrigon, Oregon, and Dylan Wade Anderson, age 34, of Provo, Utah. At approximately, 7:40 pm, agents made a probable cause arrest of Jason S. Patrick, age 43, of Bonaire, Georgia. All were in contact with the FBI, and each chose to turn himself into agents at a checkpoint outside the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The arrests were without incident.

Each man faces one federal felony count of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 372.

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The FBI and our partners continue to work around the clock to empty the refuge of the armed occupiers in the safest way possible.
Shooting Investigation Underway in North Portland - No Known Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 01/27/16 9:45 PM
On Wednesday January 27, 2016, at 9:03 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the area of North Wayland Avenue and Willamette Boulevard on several reports of gunfire.

Officers arrived in the area and located evidence of gunfire but did not locate any victims. Preliminary information indicates that the occupants of one car were shooting at the occupants of another car.

North Willamette Boulevard, between Wayland and Woolsey Avenues is blocked off to traffic due the investigation.

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

###PPB###
Linn County Detectives Conclude Investigation Of Local Metal Recycling Businesses
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 01/27/16 5:16 PM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on January 27, 2016, his detectives concluded a compliance check of all six metal recycling businesses located within Linn County. Metal theft is an ongoing problem for our local farmers, construction companies and various other professions. The compliance check began in September of 2015, after the Linn County Sheriff's Office received complaints about several metal recycling businesses not abiding by state metal recycling laws.

Many of these laws were put into effect during the 2009/2010 Oregon Legislative session to help combat the increase in crimes related to the theft of metal. Due to the laws, metal recycling businesses are required to hold payment of non-ferrous metals for three days. Non-ferrous metals include aluminum, copper, lead, nickel, tin, titanium, zinc, and alloys such as brass. Metal recycling businesses are also required to notify law enforcement within 24 hours if they purchase non-ferrous metal from persons convicted of certain crimes. Every year, recycling businesses are provided with a list of names of the known offenders and are required to report them to law enforcement.

Detectives completed a compliance check by having a subject working undercover, sell non-ferrous metal to the recycling companies. They also inspected records of all companies for the last 12 months and found three businesses, Recycling Depot from Lebanon, MJ Recycling of Albany and Millersburg Metal Recycling out of compliance with the state metal recycling laws.
As a result of the investigation, numerous crimes and violations were found, resulting in a total of 22 crimes and 126 violations being charged against Recycling Depot, MJ Recycling, and Millersburg Metal Recycling.

William Lloyd Banks, 70, from Lebanon and co-owner of Recycling Depot, was arrested for six misdemeanor crimes and was issued citations for 47 violations. The crimes include failing to report to law enforcement purchases made from a known offender and conducting a dismantler business without a license. The violations are related to the improper documentation of metal records and each have a presumptive fine of $1,000.

Diana Lynn Banks, 71, from Lebanon and co-owner of Recycling Depot, was arrested for five misdemeanor crimes and was issued citations for 46 violations. The crimes include failing to report to law enforcement purchases made from a known offender and conducting a dismantler business without a license. The violations are related to the improper documentation of metal records and each has a presumptive fine of $1,000.

Gordon Arnold Moore, 79, from Crabtree and owner of Millsersburg Metals and Recycling, was cited for 10 violations that each has a presumptive fine of $1,000. The violations are related to the improper documentation of metal records.

Myung Jei Kim, 57, from Beaverton and owner of MJ Recycling, was arrested for 11 misdemeanor crimes of failing to report to law enforcement purchases made from a known offender. He was also issued 23 citations for violations related to the improper documentation of metal records. Each of these violations has a presumptive fine of $5,000 due to Mr. Kim being convicted of five scrap metal business violations in 2012.

The remaining three businesses found in compliance were: Burcham Metals, Farmland Tractor and Magnet for Metals.
Battle Ground High School presents 1920s 'Taming of the Shrew' (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 01/27/16 4:57 PM
Battle Ground High School's production of
Battle Ground High School's production of
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/20/91457/thumb_BGHS-Winter-Play-Taming-of-the-Shrew-Feb2016.jpg
Battle Ground High School Drama Club's winter production, "The Taming of the Shrew" opens Feb. 11. The play, directed by Stephan "Cash" Henry, is a modern-language version of William Shakespeare's famed comedy set in Italy in the 1920s.

The BGHS production features fun and beautiful costumes, detailed set pieces, and the wit and charm of the school's talented student actors.

The play runs Feb. 11-13 and 18-20. Performances begin at 7:00 p.m. in The Lair at Battle Ground High School. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. for seating. Admission is $5 for students with ASB and senior citizens and $7 for general admission. Tickets are available at the door or online at https://payments.battlegroundps.org/.


Attached Media Files: Battle Ground High School's production of
Washougal Association of Educators and Washougal School District Board of Directors Approve Teacher Contract
Washougal Sch. Dist. - 01/27/16 3:59 PM
The Washougal Association of Educators and the Washougal School District Board of Directors have both ratified a new, two-year contract for district teachers. Both association and district representatives worked hard to craft a financially responsible agreement that provides a competitive compensation package for our dedicated teaching staff and prioritizes smaller class sizes. The agreement addresses a number of district and association concerns while updating antiquated contract language. The agreement provides a 5.4% pay increase over two years, coupled with the state-funded 4.8% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) over the next two years, for a total increase of 10.2% to help keep teacher pay in Washougal competitive with similarly sized districts.

The new agreement provides a better framework under which district teachers can continue their work implementing new curriculum and supporting all of Washougal's students. It also provides additional paid time for teacher training, recognizes increases in workload, and fully implements the new state teacher evaluation system. Superintendent Mike Stromme, Ed.D. noted, "The added professional development time is a wise investment in our staff. It will provide an opportunity to focus on implementing our new instructional framework, new curriculum adoption and implementation, and high quality teaching that leads to greater student learning."

Negotiations on the new agreement began in June 2015. A mediator from the Public Employee Relation Commission provided support during the three final bargaining sessions, helping the association and the district reach final terms on the agreement in December. The full agreement will be posted on the district's website after copies of the final agreement are printed and distributed to the association membership.
Loan Refinancing Program for Underwater Borrowers Continues Expansion
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 01/27/16 3:55 PM
For Immediate Release
January 27, 2016

Loan Refinancing Program for Underwater Borrowers Continues Expansion

Contact:
Alison McIntosh, OHCS, Government Relations & Communications Liaison
503-986-2079 or 503-510-1678

Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) and the Oregon Homeowner Stabilization Initiative (OHSI) are pleased to announce the Loan Refinancing Assistance Pilot Project (LRAPP) is opening slots today, January 27, 2016 in the Willamette Valley.

LRAPP is designed for homeowners who have suffered financial hardship and have substantial negative equity in their homes, but could afford a payment at the current value of their home. LRAPP has been operating in Crook, Deschutes, Jackson, Jefferson, and Josephine counties since 2011. These counties experienced the highest rates of negative equity and were extremely hard hit by the foreclosure crisis.

"For homeowners who continue to be underwater, meaning they owe more than their home is worth, this program can help them get back on their feet," said Margaret Van Vliet, Director of Oregon Housing and Community Services. "In some communities, more than 1 in 10 homeowners are still underwater on their mortgage. LRAPP is an innovative, one-of-a-kind refinance program to help people avoid foreclosure."

On January 27, 2016, slots will open to residents in the Willamette Valley counties and parts of the Coast, including Benton, Clatsop, Columbia, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Polk, Marion, Tillamook and Yamhill. Previously, the program opened in Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Jefferson, Sherman, Wasco, Wheeler, Baker, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, and Wallowa. The full opening schedule can be found at: http://www.oregonhomeownerhelp.org/assets/files/lrapp/LRAPP_Availability.pdf.

OHSI anticipates opening 50 application slots every two weeks for eligible homeowners in those counties. Homeowners can take an eligibility quiz on the OHSI website here: http://www.oregonhomeownerhelp.org/en/homeowner-education-program/lrapp-program.

Homeowners who may qualify for LRAPP include:
- Homeowners with significant negative equity in their homes;
- Homeowners who may be behind on their mortgage payments;
- Homeowners who could afford their mortgage at the amount their home is currently worth; and
- Homeowners whose incomes are at or below 150 percent of the state's median income (details are included in the eligibility quiz.)

All prequalified applications are subject to available funding at the time of closing or December 31, 2016 (the program close date). Participants are not guaranteed funding upon submitting an application.

Homeowners with questions about LRAPP can read more on the OHSI website or take an eligibility quiz: http://www.oregonhomeownerhelp.org/en/homeowner-education-program/lrapp-program.

###


Attached Media Files: 2016-01/1810/91455/1-27-2016-News-Release-OHSI-LRAPP-Expansion-Continues.pdf
Pacific Power analysis of Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan shows HB 4036 is affordable and workable
Pacific Power - 01/27/16 3:31 PM
Contact: Jan. 27, 2016
Ry Schwark, Pacific Power FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
800-570-5838
Ry.schwark@pacificorp.com

Pacific Power analysis of Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan shows HB 4036 is affordable and workable

Analysis shows Oregon-associated carbon emissions drop 35 million tons through 2040 with significant new renewable resources

PORTLAND, Ore.-- Pacific Power's analysis of legislation that would advance Oregon's clean energy goals finds that House Bill 4036 would result in cost savings of up to $600 million through 2030 versus the cost of the proposed ballot measures. Relative to current Oregon policy, HB 4036 results in an average annual cost increase of less than 1 percent between now and 2030.

HB 4036 ends Oregon customers paying for coal by 2030, and doubles renewable energy used to serve Oregon's customers by 2040. The legislation is a negotiated compromise in lieu of ballot measures that would otherwise be on the November 2016 ballot.

"Oregonians from all walks of life and across the state agree that it is time to move to a cleaner energy future," said Stefan Bird, president and CEO of Pacific Power. "We do too. But, Pacific Power has an obligation to achieve that shared objective in an affordable way. HB 4036 does that. It meaningfully moves Oregon towards a cleaner energy future in a way that is both doable and affordable, and does so in a far better way for customers than ballot measure alternatives."

"Even in an era of historically low natural gas prices, our analysis shows that renewable generation is the less expensive option and that additional renewable resources can be added while maintaining grid reliability," said Rick Link, director of origination at Pacific Power and lead analyst on HB 4036.

Key factors influencing analysis:

Natural gas is at historically low prices. Future increases in natural gas prices would make renewable generation even less expensive in comparison. Because renewables use no fuel, renewable generation protects customers from volatile fuel prices that are hard to project many years in the future.
Recently Congress extended, with a phase-out period, production tax credits (PTC) and investment tax credits (ITC). The benefits of these credits are passed along to customers and dramatically reduce the cost of new renewables before those tax policies fully sunset.
Costs to build renewable generation have declined substantially in recent years with advancements in mass production and technology improvements.

Key findings:

Removing coal-fueled generation from Oregon rates by 2030, under the bill provisions, will have no impact on customer rates through 2030 when compared to current Oregon policy. Incremental renewable resources may have a modest impact on costs, with an annual average cost increase of less than 1 percent between now and 2030.
When compared to HB 4036, the ballot measure initiatives would cost Oregon customers up to an incremental $600 million through 2030.
Compared to current Oregon policy, HB 4036 reduces Oregon associated carbon emissions through 2040 by 35 million tons.
Analysis shows that today new renewable resources (both wind and solar) are about 20 percent lower cost than new natural gas alternatives, making renewable resources the economically preferred choice. The difference would be even greater if natural gas prices rise off historical lows. These differences are also driven by the extended, but sun-setting PTCs and ITCs.
HB 4036 allows more flexibility in moving from coal-fueled to renewable sources than the ballot measures. This flexibility positions Pacific Power to take advantage of low-cost, near-term renewable resource opportunities. Flexibility provisions also maintain the company's ability to use existing transmission capacity opened up by retiring coal plants. Pacific Power's long-term plan currently anticipates closing or converting 2,800 megawatts of coal-fueled generation by 2034.
HB 4036, by encouraging early action, combined with the sun-setting federal tax credits, may result in approximately 600 megawatts of renewables being constructed in the near term.

Pacific Power joined with The Citizens' Utility Board of Oregon, Climate Solutions, NW Energy Coalition, Oregon Environmental Council, Oregon League of Conservation Voters, Natural Resources Defense Council, Portland General Electric, Renewable Northwest and Sierra Club to find common ground with HB 4036.

-###-
About Pacific Power
Pacific Power is headquartered in Portland, and provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. It is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, providing 1.8 million customers with value for their energy dollar and safe, reliable electricity. For more information, visit pacificpower.net.
PGE wind farm wins safety recognition
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 01/27/16 3:24 PM
Oregon OSHA has announced that Portland General Electric Co.'s Biglow Canyon wind farm has received an award for completing its first year of involvement in the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).

SHARP provides an incentive for Oregon employers to work with their employees to find and correct hazards, develop and implement effective safety and health programs, and continuously improve. The program aims to encourage employers to become self-sufficient in managing workplace safety and health issues. Currently, about 32 employer locations in Oregon participate in SHARP. That's in addition to about 142 employers that have graduated from the program. An employer becomes a graduate when it completes five years of SHARP.

PGE employs nine people at the wind farm near Wasco in Sherman County. Encompassing 217 turbines spread across 25,000 acres of wheat fields, the wind farm produces an average of 150 megawatts -- enough to power an estimated 125,000 homes. The wind farm's peak generating capacity is 450 megawatts.

"The SHARP program is important to us because it is driven and owned by the employees," said Ken Brock, safety coordinator for PGE's generating plants in eastern Oregon and Washington. "It continues to push people to look for something better or think outside the box instead of settling for the 'we are good enough' mindset. You look around in different industries and see so many top-down driven programs, but they just aren't as effective. When a program is owned by the employees it changes the culture, and that's what drives us to a safe and healthy workplace."

Oregon employers that have been in business for more than one year are eligible to apply for SHARP regardless of size or type of business, although the program is primarily designed to help small and mid-size businesses.

###

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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.
Educational Service District 112 announces regional Poetry Out Loud Contest (Photo)
ESD 112 - 01/27/16 3:12 PM
Poetry Out Loud logo
Poetry Out Loud logo
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/487/91452/thumb_POL_logo.jpg
Educational Service District 112 announces the Southwest Washington regional competition for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. The competition, presented in partnership with the Washington State Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.

On February 2, nine students from nine regional high schools will participate in the Regional Poetry Out Loud school contest at ESD 112. The top two finishers in this competition will advance to the Washington State Poetry Out Loud contest, which will be held in Tacoma, Washington on Saturday, March 5, 2016. The Washington State champion will advance to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals May 2-4, 2016 in Washington, D.C., where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed.

Students from the following schools will participate: Battle Ground High School, Camas High School, Cedar Tree Classical Christian School, Hayes Freedom High School, Heritage High School, Ridgefield High School, Stevenson High School, Trout Lake School and Vancouver School of Arts and Academics.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 2, 5--7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Educational Service District 112, 2500 NE 65th Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98661

OTHER: This event is free and open to the public, although seating is limited. For further information, call Kelly McPherson, Regional Coordinator, 360.952.3474



# # #


Attached Media Files: Poetry Out Loud logo
Notice of School Board Position Vacancy
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 01/27/16 2:08 PM
The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon is accepting applications to fill the vacancy resulting from the resignation of James Trujillo from position #2. Please visit our website www.parkrose.k12.or.us or drop by our Administrative Office 10636 N.E. Prescott St., Portland, for more information & qualifications. Applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 16, 2016.


Attached Media Files: 2016-01/68/91451/Application_for_Appointment_to_Parkrose_School_District_Board_of_Education_in_lieu_of_vacancy_Policy_BBE.pdf
Albertina Kerr receives $10,000 grant from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing Portland
Albertina Kerr - 01/27/16 2:06 PM
Albertina Kerr receives $10,000 grant from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing Portland

January 26, 2016 (Portland, OR) - Portland non-profit Albertina Kerr has recently received $10,000 in grant funding from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing Portland. The grant will be used for new equipment for Kerr's Crisis Psychiatric Care program. "We're thankful for this grant and support from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing Portland for our Crisis Psychiatric Care program. It helps recognize the work and achievements we do here on Kerr's Campus for Children's Mental Health," said Peter Rosenblatt, President of Albertina Kerr's Youth & Family Services Division.

Kerr's Crisis Psychiatric Care offers children ages 6 to 18 a short term residential placement and 24-hour access to mental health professionals. Children participate in therapeutic and recreational activities led by qualified mental health associates throughout the day to assist children in identifying alternate ways of handling the intense emotions that led to the need for intensive services.

The goals of the program are to stabilize children in crisis, provide effective mental health treatment and ultimately return the child to their home or a less intense level of care. The program also works to ensure that caregivers will be able to provide adequate supervision and monitoring, as well as an appropriate and safe environment to meet the child's ongoing needs.

The secure facility can serve 24 youth at once and also includes a gym, multiple family meeting rooms and two fenced outside recreation areas.

About Albertina Kerr
Since 1907, Albertina Kerr has strengthened Oregon families and communities. Today, we provide programs and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges, empowering them to live richer lives. Albertina Kerr's capital campaign, Kerr Community Promise will help raise awareness and funds to support children's mental health.

For more information about Albertina Kerr, call 503-239-8101. www.albertinakerr.org

# # #


Attached Media Files: Albertina Kerr Logo
Wells Fargo contributes $250,000 to OHSU Guest House (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 01/27/16 1:50 PM
Wells Fargo executives present a $250,000 grant check to OHSU staff members.
Wells Fargo executives present a $250,000 grant check to OHSU staff members.
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/1188/91449/thumb_group.jpg
PORTLAND, Ore. --- Wells Fargo today donated $250,000 to support the construction of the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Guest House for families of patients who must travel far from to home to receive specialized care.

OHSU will break ground in spring 2016 on a five-story guest house on its South Waterfront campus, across the street from the existing OHSU Center for Health & Healing and a planned second patient care tower, OHSU Center for Health & Healing South.

The 76-room OHSU Guest House, scheduled to open in 2018, will enable families of patients who've traveled long distances to receive extended care at OHSU and OHSU Doernbecher Children's hospitals to be close to their loved ones, as well as other patient families undergoing similar experiences. Amenities will include adult and pediatric dining, outdoor terrace with children's play area, resource center and fitness room.

"When we think of all of the critical services and world-class care that the OHSU teams provide to our community and beyond, it was important for us at Wells Fargo to support the hospital's efforts to expand their care," said Tracy Curtis, Wells Fargo's Oregon region president.

"This new guest house will allow the families of out-of-town patients to stay close to their loved ones while they are going through extended or complex treatments. The family guest house will have a huge impact on the recovery of these patients and we are honored to play a small role in that effort," Curtis said.

"We are extremely grateful to the team at Wells Fargo for their generous contribution to the guest house project that will support thousands of our patient families in the years to come," said Dana Braner, M.D., professor and interim chair of pediatrics, OHSU School of Medicine; and physician-in-chief, OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital. "Nearly half of patients at OHSU Doernbecher and OHSU Hospital travel to us from outside the Portland metro area. Providing convenient and affordable housing is a necessity. We want families to focus on their sick kids and loved ones and their most important task -- healing."

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.8 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,700 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune's 2015 rankings of America's largest corporations. Wells Fargo's vision is to satisfy our customers' financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.

About OHSU
Oregon Health & Science University is a nationally prominent research university and Oregon's only public academic health center. It serves patients throughout the region with a Level 1 trauma center and nationally recognized Doernbecher Children's Hospital. OHSU operates dental, medical, nursing and pharmacy schools that rank high both in research funding and in meeting the university's social mission. OHSU's Knight Cancer Institute helped pioneer personalized medicine through a discovery that identified how to shut down cells that enable cancer to grow without harming healthy ones. OHSU Brain Institute scientists are nationally recognized for discoveries that have led to a better understanding of Alzheimer's disease and new treatments for Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and stroke. OHSU's Casey Eye Institute is a global leader in ophthalmic imaging, and in clinical trials related to eye disease.

# # #


Attached Media Files: Wells Fargo executives present a $250,000 grant check to OHSU staff members.
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire in Beaverton
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/27/16 1:27 PM
Disaster action team members with the American Red Cross responded to a disaster in the 12000 block of SW Center St. in Beaverton, Ore. This single-family home fire affected four adults and one pet. The Red Cross provided assistance to address basic immediate needs and information about recovery services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc to schedule an appointment.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Public Record Request Fees Increasing for First Time in Two Decades
Portland Police Bureau - 01/27/16 1:12 PM
Effective on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, fees for obtaining public records from the Portland Police Bureau have increased for the first time in more than 20 years.

The Bureau recently conducted a cost analysis for public records, noting that fees have not increased in more than two decades. The Bureau evaluated its current actual costs for public records requests and increased fees to recover the Bureau's actual costs for supplying requested records. These new fees reflect actual personnel time.

The Police Bureau is also experiencing a backlog in public records release as the result of the new Records Management System (RegJIN) and the understaffed division and increased workload in the Bureau's Records Division. The processing time may take up to 16 weeks from when a public records request is received.

Public interest and financial fee waivers will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Due to the Division's limited staffing, financial constraints, and the high volume of requests to the Police Bureau, fee waivers will be rarely granted but will be considered under special circumstances.

For more information about the fees and this change, visit: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/561936

###PPB###
Friends of Fort Vancouver Host Sweetheart Dance to Benefit National Park Programs
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 01/27/16 12:35 PM
The 2016 Sweetheart Dance, sponsored by the Friends of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016, from 7 pm to 10 pm at Pearson Air Museum, located at 1115 E. Fifth Street, Vancouver, WA 98661.

Tickets purchased in advance are $20 per person and are available at the Friends' Bookstore at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, located at 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661. Tickets can also be purchased online at the Friends' website at www.friendsfortvancouver.org/dance-tickets. Tickets will be sold at the door for $25.

The Sweetheart Dance is reminiscent of the USO dances of the 1940s. Participants are encouraged (though not required) to wear period costumes and Class "A" uniforms, to take a step back in time and enjoy the evening. Beacock's Swing Band, founded over a decade ago by Vancouver musician Dale Beacock and conducted by Cary Pederson, will perform dance music from the 1920s through the 1950s.

The Grant House Restaurant will provide a no-host bar, and has created a signature drink for the dance called "The Kiss." Fortside Brewing Company and Double V Distillery will also be represented at the event. Hors d'oeuvres, soda, and coffee are included in the ticket price.

Participants who want to take a break from dancing (or watching the dancers) can tour Pearson Air Museum and take a souvenir photograph next to a vintage airplane. Volunteers and staff from the National Park Service will be available to answer questions about the historic airfield's past.

Raffle tickets will be on sale at the event for one dollar each. Six gift baskets will be available to win, featuring items that interpret the site's history, as well as local food and drink. Baskets will be donated by the Friends of Fort Vancouver NHS, the National Park Service, the US Forest Service, and more.

The event is a fundraiser for the non-profit Friends of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. All proceeds are used to support education and interpretive programs at the site.

What: Sweetheart Dance

When: Saturday, February 13, 2016, 7 pm - 10 pm

Where: Pearson Air Museum and Jack Murdock Aviation Center at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1115 E 5th Street, Vancouver, WA, 98661.

Cost: Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
Beaverton Students Invited to Apply for Visual and Performing Art Scholarships (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 01/27/16 12:35 PM
Brooklynn Gering, whose work “A Snapshot of Fashion” is pictured here, was one of the 2015 recipients of the city of Beaverton’s arts program scholarships for high school seniors. Applications for the 2016 awards are due Monday, May 2. (Photo/City of Beav
Brooklynn Gering, whose work “A Snapshot of Fashion” is pictured here, was one of the 2015 recipients of the city of Beaverton’s arts program scholarships for high school seniors. Applications for the 2016 awards are due Monday, May 2. (Photo/City of Beav
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/1786/91445/thumb_NR_2016_Arts_Student_Scholarship_Brooklynn_Gering_-_A_Snapshot_of_Fashion.jpg
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The city of Beaverton is now accepting applications for the annual art student scholarship program for high school seniors.


To qualify, students must be in their senior year of high school and must attend a public, private, or alternative school in the Beaverton School District. Homeschool students are also eligible to apply.


Multiple $1,000 scholarships will be awarded in each of two categories:
Outstanding visual art, including traditional media, design, and moving image. Visual art students will need to submit JPEGs of their work.
Outstanding performance art, including music, dance, singing, and drama. Tech crew members can also apply. Performing arts students will need to submit video links.


Students will also need to designate an instructor to write an accompanying letter of recommendation.


These scholarships are funded by the Beaverton Arts & Culture Foundation and Southminster Presbyterian Church's Celebration of Creativity. Winners in each category will be honored at a Beaverton City Council meeting in June.


Applications are due Monday, May 2 by 5 p.m. To apply, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/ArtsScholarships.


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


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


# # #


Attached Media Files: Brooklynn Gering, whose work “A Snapshot of Fashion” is pictured here, was one of the 2015 recipients of the city of Beaverton’s arts program scholarships for high school seniors. Applications for the 2016 awards are due Monday, May 2. (Photo/City of Beav , Kesiah Manival, whose work “By the Sea” is pictured here, was one of the 2015 recipients of the city of Beaverton’s arts program scholarships for high school seniors. Applications for the 2016 awards are due Monday, May 2. (Photo/City of Beaverton) , Andrei Eugenio, whose work is pictured here, was one of the 2015 recipients of the city of Beaverton’s arts program scholarships for high school seniors. Applications for the 2016 awards are due Monday, May 2. (Photo/City of Beaverton) , Charlotte Newsom, whose set design is pictured here, was one of the 2015 recipients of the city of Beaverton’s arts program scholarships for high school seniors. Applications for the 2016 awards are due Monday, May 2. (Photo/City of Beaverton) , Zakary Gibbons, whose work is pictured, was one of the 2015 recipients of the city of Beaverton’s arts program scholarships for high school seniors. Applications for the 2016 awards are due Monday, May 2. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
Suspect Sketches Released in Stabbing, Assault Case in Southeast Portland - Crime Stoppers Featured Case #16-04 (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 01/27/16 12:15 PM
2016-01/5183/91444/Assault_Suspect_Stabbing_Suspect.jpg
2016-01/5183/91444/Assault_Suspect_Stabbing_Suspect.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/5183/91444/thumb_Assault_Suspect_Stabbing_Suspect.jpg
The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to identify two suspects in an assault.

In the early morning hours of December 15, 2015, Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a stabbing and assault in the 500 block of Southeast Grand Avenue.

The two victims flagged down a taxi and as they were attempting to get into the cab, one suspect approaches them on foot and says he's going to rob the cab. The victims start to run away in separate directions. One victim, a 30-year-old male, is stabbed in the abdomen, while the other victim, a 32-year-old male, is beaten by several suspects.

Both victims were treated for their injuries at a Portland hospital.

The suspect that committed the stabbing is described as a white male in his 20s, 5'6" tall, medium build, "Asian-type" eyes, a narrow/pointy chin, reddish/brown curly hair, wearing a blue baseball hat with white lettering.

Forensic sketches of the stabbing suspect and one of the other suspects are being released to aid in this 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.

###CSO###


Attached Media Files: 2016-01/5183/91444/Assault_Suspect_Stabbing_Suspect.jpg
Burns man cited for Wildlife Crimes (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/27/16 11:31 AM
2016-01/1002/91443/IMG_0102.JPG
2016-01/1002/91443/IMG_0102.JPG
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/1002/91443/thumb_IMG_0102.JPG
On January 21, 2016, at approximately 12:15 p.m. an OSP Fish and Wildlife trooper received an anonymous game complaint originating in the Burns area regarding a person to be in possession of multiple trophy mule deer. OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers contacted, JADEN SIMPSON, age 19, from Burns, and learned that he was in possession of four (4) trophy buck skulls.

OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers seized the four trophy buck skulls. SIMPSON was criminally cited for four (4) counts of Illegal Possession of Game Parts-Mule Deer Skulls and other wildlife charges will be forwarded to the Harney County District Attorney's Office for consideration.

OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers were assisted by OSP Patrol Division troopers with the investigation.

Photographs provided by OSP.

###


Attached Media Files: 2016-01/1002/91443/IMG_0102.JPG
Statement by Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Portland, 1/27/2016
FBI - Oregon - 01/27/16 11:03 AM
Good morning. My name is Greg Bretzing, and I am the Special Agent in Charge for the FBI in Oregon.

For the past month, the FBI -- along with our partners at the Harney County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police and the many other federal and local agencies -- have had a very deliberate and measured response. We worked diligently to bring the situation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to a peaceful end. Some of those actions were seen, some unseen. But, because this is an on-going investigation with some armed individuals illegally remaining in the refuge, we cannot get into details as to every action tried or taken.

I will say that the armed occupiers were given ample opportunities to leave peacefully. They were given the opportunity to negotiate. As outsiders to Oregon, they were given the opportunity to return to their homes and have their grievances heard through legal and appropriate means. They chose, instead, to threaten the very America they profess to love with violence, intimidation and criminal acts.

Yesterday, the FBI and our partners took the necessary actions to start bringing this situation to an end. We worked to ensure that we could do so in the safest way possible -- removing the threat of danger from innocent citizens. We continue to work to empty the refuge of the armed occupiers in the safest way possible.

Eight people were arrested, and one man died yesterday as we attempted to take him into custody. Because there is an on-going investigation by the Deschutes County Major Crimes Team on behalf of OSP related to this piece of the investigation, I will not be able to comment on the specifics.

I would, however, ask for your patience as the shooting investigation works its way through that outside process. At the appropriate time, the Medical Examiner's office will release the decedent's identity, and OSP will address the details of the event.

Let me be clear: It is fully and unequivocally the behavior and the choices made by the armed occupiers that have led us to where we are today. And, as the FBI and our partners have demonstrated, actions are not without consequences.
Containment road blocks are now in place around the Refuge. The disruption that the good people of Harney County have had to endure over the last few months will continue -- for now.

If the people at the refuge want to leave, they can do so through the checkpoints where they will be identified. If they have questions or concerns, they can call the negotiators at the number that has been provided to them.

As I conclude I want to share my promise to the people who live and work here -- who are raising their families here - that we will continue to look for safe, peaceful and productive ways to end this armed occupation. We recognize that the sooner we do that, the sooner the citizens of Harney County can start healing this community they cherish so much.

Thank you.
2016 citizen academy to be held
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/27/16 11:00 AM
The Kelso & Longview Police Departments and Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office are currently accepting applications for the annual Citizens Police Academy. The goal of the Academy is to provide useful information to citizens about law enforcement within our community. Instruction will be provided on Patrol, SWAT, Drugs, Use of Force, Street Crimes, K-9 and much more. The academy will offer tours of the Cowlitz County Jail, 911 dispatch center and students will be allowed to participate in a 3 hour police ride-a-long.

Classes are held every Wednesday evening for 10 weeks (6-9pm). Classes start Feb 17th and will convene with graduation on April 20th. Anyone who lives or works in Cowlitz County may apply and must pass a background check. There is no cost to attendees.

Applications are available at the Kelso & Longview Police Departments and the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office. Applications are also available on each agencies website.

Class space is limited to the first 30 eligible participants. Applications must be submitted no later than February 10th 2016.
Two Arrested in Jefferson County after Methamphetamine Seizure
Oregon State Police - 01/27/16 10:31 AM
On January 19, 2016 at approximately 12:30 p.m. an Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife trooper contacted the occupants of a suspicious vehicle in a remote area near Culver just south of Madras. During the course of the contact the trooper learned that the female passenger, SUZANNE LAYCOCK, age 45, from Redmond, had a warrant for her arrest. During a search of her person incident to arrest LAYCOCK advised troopers that she was concealing a package in her clothing that the male operator, ERMINIO PENA, age 35, from Redmond, asked her to hide upon their contact with law enforcement. LAYCOCK retrieved the package and gave it to the troopers. Troopers located approximately 1.1 lbs. of suspected methamphetamine in the package.

Troopers arrested PENA and lodged him in the Jefferson County Jail for Unlawful Manufacturing, Delivery and Possession of Methamphetamine. Troopers cite and released LAYCOCK for the warrant and for Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers were assisted by members of the OSP Patrol Division and OSP Drug Enforcement Section. The street value of the methamphetamine is approximately $7,000.00.

No Photographs available for release.

###
Police representation for tomorrows news conference
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 01/27/16 10:13 AM
The police departments in the attachment will be represented at the press conference tomorrow.

9:00 am at the Clackamas Fire District #1 Training Center.


Attached Media Files: 2016-01/799/91437/Press_Release_Slide.pptx
UPDATED - NEW TIME: 11 AM - Press Conference Advisory: Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Situation
FBI - Oregon - 01/27/16 9:38 AM
The law enforcement partners involved in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge will hold a press conference at 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 27th. Media may start setting up at 9:30 am.

Location:
Harney County Chamber of Commerce
484 N. Broadway Avenue
Burns, OR 97720

Expected Participants:
FBI, Special Agent in Charge Greg Bretzing
United States Attorney's Office, U.S. Attorney Bill Williams
Harney County, Sheriff Dave Ward

There are currently no plans by any agencies to do interviews outside of the press conference.
Call Before You Clear: NW Natural's Sewer Safety Inspection Program (Photo)
NW Natural - 01/27/16 9:24 AM
Cross Bore image
Cross Bore image
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/3843/91436/thumb_Cross_Bore.jpg
PORTLAND, Ore. -- NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is notifying its customers of an important safety matter: on rare occasions, a sewer backup could mean a natural gas line has accidentally crossed the sewer line.

If a sewer backup occurs, it's important that plumbers first scope the line with a video camera. Attempting to clear a sewer line without first using a scope could result in the release of natural gas into the sewer system of a home or business, a potential hazard we want to prevent.

If a crossed line is suspected, call NW Natural at 800-882-3377. We will respond quickly, and if the gas line crosses through the sewer line, we will reroute the gas line at no cost to the customer.

"It's important to scope prior to clearing a sewer line and also to call us," said Ryan Van Gordon, NW Natural project manager. "These simple steps could prevent a potentially unsafe situation."

How do lines get crossed?
A gas line can accidentally cross a sewer line if the sewer line wasn't able to be located on a map or didn't have tracing technology in it at the time the gas line was installed. Today, this problem is preventable because maps and tracing technology are improving. Plus, NW Natural now sends a video camera down the sewer line after installing a gas line with trenchless construction.

Proactively searching for crossed lines
In addition to asking customers and plumbers to take action, NW Natural is actively inspecting for crossed lines across its territory and will continue to do so over the coming years. Prior to inspection, occupants will be notified by mail and a door hanger. Property access will be arranged as necessary.

To learn more about the NW Natural's Sewer Safety Inspection program, visit https://www.nwnatural.com/Residential/Safety/SewerSafetyInspections.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 707,000 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.

# # #


Attached Media Files: Cross Bore image
Gladstone Mayor Resigns
Gladstone Police - 01/27/16 9:23 AM
Mayor Dominick Jacobellis has announced his intent to resign his seat on the Gladstone City Council effective immediately. Jacobellis cited personal reasons for his decision to leave the City Council.

Jacobellis was elected by the Gladstone voters to a 4-year term on the City Council in November 2014. With the decision by Mayor Jacobellis, Council President Tom Mersereau will become the City's Acting Mayor and chair City Council meetings. He will continue to serve as Acting Mayor until the City Council meets to discuss the appointment of a Mayor. The City Council will also need to decide on how to fill the vacant City Council seat created by this resignation.

City Administrator Eric Swanson said "Serving on the City Council can be a real challenge since it becomes your second job and it is often quite a demanding one. During the past year, the Gladstone City Council has dealt with many major issues including moving forward on the redevelopment of the current city hall site into a 3-story joint library/city hall building. The proposed library will also serve the residents of Oak Lodge. The City Council also approved the hiring of key city staff positions to include a Public Works Director, Accounting Manager, full time Fire Chief and City Administrator. Speaking on behalf of the City, we acknowledge the many hours of meetings and work that Mayor Jacobellis has given to Gladstone. We understand the need to put personal matters first and wish him the best in his future endeavors."
Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue activated for lost hiker above Multnomah Falls (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/27/16 7:57 AM
Alexio Avila
Alexio Avila
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/1276/91433/thumb_Alexio_Avila.PNG
Final Update: Alexio arrived back at the Command Post at approximately 7:15 a.m., he was uninjured from his ordeal and in good spirits. He was glad to be down from the trail and able to start warming up. He appreciated Search and Rescue's efforts to attempt to locate him overnight.

Alexio said he started his hike at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday and after hiking a portion of the falls decided to go up to the top of Larch Mountain before turning around. As he came back down he lost sight of his tracks and had difficulty getting through the deep snow. He didn't have snowshoes and his shoes were getting full of ice/snow from trying to break through and continue down from Larch Mountain. Eventually Alexio said he came across a stream he followed down to a road. After calling 911 and talking with the dispatcher, his phone died. He took a nap and stayed in the area after waking up, moving around to keep warm before starting to follow the road down to where he eventually came out and found a house. He wasn't sure the description he gave dispatch was good enough for someone to find him so he started walking. Alexio was carrying some water and some trail mix with him that helped keep him hydrated and from getting to hungry. He was wearing partial winter clothing and said the weather wasn't too bad overnight although he was worried about getting hypothermia as it got colder.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office would like to remind anyone contemplating a hike or outing on trails within the Columbia Gorge and other scenic areas to research their route prior to attempting a hike. Closures and washouts can occur and information on the trail conditions can be found through various Columbia Gorge trail and hiking websites. Be prepared when you depart for a hike and ensure you are carrying the proper equipment when setting out including a map, compass, flashlight, extra food and water, extra clothing, fire starter, knife, first aid kit and signaling device. A GPS and a cell phone with extra battery. Let someone know your plan and when you expect to return so someone knows if you are overdue. During the winter low temperatures in the higher elevations can bring snow and hail. Be prepared for bad weather. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable visit or hike in the Columbia Gorge scenic areas.

--------------Update 2---------------------

Update 2: Alexio Avila walked out just before 6:00 a.m. making contact with residents of a house on Palmer Mill Rd and NE Brower Rd. An MCSO SAR team is en route to pick him up and transport him back to the Command Post. Initial reports indicate he is in good condition.

A final update will be provided after he has been returned to the Command Post.

--------------Update 1---------------

Update 1: MCSO Search and Rescue (SAR) teams are continuing search efforts for the lost hiker, identified as Alexio Avila, Age 22. Search teams from MCSO SAR have been deployed overnight, searching trails and roads above Multnomah Falls and around Larch Mountain. Searchers have covered approximately twenty miles of trails during search efforts so far. The weather in the area has remained mild overnight, although the higher elevations around Larch Mountain do have snow covered ground.

Mountain Wave Communications has responded and is supporting radio communications for search efforts. Approximately 18 searchers from MCSO SAR are currently involved in search efforts. Additional search and rescue teams are expected to arrive later this morning to assist in the search and provide relief for searchers out overnight.

Picture of Alexio Avila is attached.

Additional updates will be provided as more information becomes available.



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

This evening just before 5:00 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched on the call of a lost hiker near Larch Mountain. The hiker reported he had hiked to the top of Larch Mountain and was returning back had lost his tracks somewhere and couldn't find his way back down. The hiker reported he had found a rocky road and was standing on the road. He also reported his cellphone was low on battery. Dispatchers instructed him to stay where he was and they would dispatch units to assist. MCSO Deputies responded and contacted MCSO Search and Rescue (SAR) Coordinators to assist.

An MCSO Search and Rescue Coordinator and an MCSO hasty Search and Rescue team responded to assist deputies to locate the hiker. the MCSO SAR team drove to an access road on Larch Mountain to meet the MCSO SAR Coordinator and deployed down the access road to locate the hiker. Searchers have not made contact with the lost hiker and a full Search and Rescue team is now being called out to assist with Search efforts for the hiker.

More updates will be provided as information becomes available. The Command Post will be located in the Multnomah Falls I-84 parking area. Media staging is available near the Command Post.


Attached Media Files: Alexio Avila
Establishment of Checkpoints - Update on Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Situation
FBI - Oregon - 01/27/16 4:14 AM
The FBI and Oregon State Police have initiated a containment of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in order to better ensure the safety of community members and law enforcement. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution. We ask you to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the tip line at (541) 573-3162.

The containment procedure involves a series of checkpoints established along key routes into and out of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Attempts to Travel Into the Refuge
There will be signage ahead of each checkpoint. Anyone who moves beyond that signage will be stopped, identified and asked leave. Non-compliant people will be subject to arrest.

Leaving the Refuge
Anyone coming out of the refuge will have his or her identification confirmed and any associated vehicles searched.

Resident Ranchers Only
The only people allowed to pass into the checkpoints will be Harney County ranchers who own property in those specific areas. They will be required to show photo ID as they go in and out.
Located Safe Missing 54 Year Old Woman (Photo)
Canby Police Dept. - 01/27/16 4:04 AM
2016-01/1186/91431/IMG_0431.JPG
2016-01/1186/91431/IMG_0431.JPG
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/1186/91431/thumb_IMG_0431.JPG
Missing woman, Bosserman has been located safe in the Seattle area. The family and Canby Police Department are thankful she was found.

BOSSERMAN, SUZANNE MARIE DOB: 7-1-1961

LAST SEEN IN THE AREA OF 15000 BLK OF SE SEDONA DR CLACKAMAS, OR

Bosserman was last seen on 1-22-16 when she and had left on foot with no cell phone. Bosserman
has no credit cards and left with cash.


If you have information please call the Canby Police at (503) 655-8211.


Attached Media Files: 2016-01/1186/91431/IMG_0431.JPG , 2016-01/1186/91431/bosserman.jpg
Tue. 01/26/16
Additional Arrest Made in Arizona Related to the Occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge - Joint Statement by the FBI and OSP
FBI - Oregon - 01/26/16 8:51 PM
At 8:30 p.m. (PST) on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Phoenix Division made a probable cause arrest of Jon Eric Ritzheimer, age 32, on a federal charge related to the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Oregon. Ritzheimer turned himself into the Peoria, Arizona, police department. The arrest was without incident.

Ritzheimer faces one federal felony charge of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 372.

The FBI made the Arizona arrest in conjunction with a series of other arrests made by FBI and Oregon State Police in Harney County, Oregon, earlier in the evening. The following individuals also face the same charge:

Ammon Edward Bundy, age 40, of Emmett, Idaho
Ryan C. Bundy, age 43, of Bunkerville, Nevada
Brian Cavalier, age 44, of Bunkerville, Nevada
Shawna Cox, age 59, Kanab, Utah
Ryan Waylen Payne, age 32, of Anaconda, Montana
Joseph Donald O'Shaughnessy, age 45, of Cottonwood, Arizona
Peter Santilli, age 50, of Cincinnati, Ohio

We continue to work with Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward and his deputies and the United States Attorney's Office to address any further outstanding issues. As the investigation is ongoing, we cannot comment further at this time.

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
UPDATE - Additional Information about the arrests related to the Occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge: Joint Statement by the FBI and OSP
FBI - Oregon - 01/26/16 8:40 PM
UPDATE AS OF 8:40 P.M.

From the initial law enforcement action site along Highway 395: There were additional people who were detained and have since been released.

UPDATE AS OF 8:10 P.M.

The defendant who suffered an injury in the original enforcement action has been treated and released from a local hospital. He is now in FBI custody.

UPDATE AS OF 7:45 P.M.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. (PST), the FBI arrested Peter Santilli, age 50, of Cincinnati, Ohio, in Burns, Oregon. He faces the same federal felony charge as the individuals listed below. The arrest was without incident.


note correction to Hwy. 395



At approximately 4:25 p.m. (PST) on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Oregon State Police (OSP) began an enforcement action to bring into custody a number of individuals associated with the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. During that arrest, there were shots fired.

One individual who was a subject of a federal probable cause arrest is deceased. We will not be releasing any information about that person pending identification by the medical examiner's office.

One individual suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. He was arrested and is currently in custody.

The arrested individuals include:

Ammon Edward Bundy, age 40, of Emmett, Idaho
Ryan C. Bundy, age 43, of Bunkerville, Nevada
Brian Cavalier, age 44, of Bunkerville, Nevada
Shawna Cox, age 59, Kanab, Utah
Ryan Waylen Payne, age 32, of Anaconda, Montana

These probable cause arrests occurred along Highway 395.

In a separate event in Burns, Oregon, at approximately 5:50 pm, Oregon State Police arrested the following individual:

Joseph Donald O'Shaughnessy, age 45, Cottonwood, Arizona

All of the named defendants face a federal felony charge of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 372.

We continue to work with Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward and his deputies; Oregon State Police; and the United States Attorney's Office to address any further outstanding issues. As the investigation is ongoing, we cannot comment further at this time.

All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

###
TRAFFIC ADVISORY 01/26/16: Sewer Main Repair Closes Lane of SE Hawthorne Boulevard from SE 24th to SE 23rd Avenues
Portland Water Bureau - 01/26/16 8:36 PM
The northern westbound lane of SE Hawthorne Boulevard from SE 24th to SE 23rd Avenues is currently closed to traffic as crews work to address a broken sewer main.

The broken sewer main was discovered after Portland Water Bureau Maintenance & Construction crews addressed a main break just after 3 p.m. today, Jan. 26, 2016.

Water service to customers has not been impacted.

Traffic is being diverted into the inside westbound lane of SE Hawthorne Boulevard. Both eastbound lanes on SE Hawthorne Boulevard are open between SE 24th and SE 23 Avenues.

At this time, it has not been determined when the northbound westbound lane of SE Hawthorne Boulevard will reopen.

Motorist are 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.
Reserve Deputies Wanted
Polk Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/26/16 8:22 PM
The Polk County Sheriff's Office is currently accepting Reserve Deputy Sheriff applications for the Reserve Academy that runs from early November 2016 until the end of May 2017. The application deadline is February 12th, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Applicants must be 21 years of age and will be required at a minimum to pass a written test, interviews, criminal background check, psychological evaluation, physical fitness test and drug screening. Apply at http://www.co.polk.or.us/ms/volunteer-application and select the volunteer application.

Send or drop off the completed applications to the Polk County Sheriff's Office at 850 Main St Dallas, OR 97338. For further information, contact Detective John Williams at 503-623-9251.
Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Underway In Harney County
Oregon State Police - 01/26/16 8:14 PM
On January 26, 2016 at approximately 4:30PM, Oregon State Police Troopers were involved in an officer involved shooting during the arrest of several individuals near Burns.

The Deschutes County Major Incident Team will be assisting the Oregon State Police and the Harney County District Attorney's Office with the investigation. The investigation will be conducted in compliance with Senate Bill 111 which outlines protocols to be followed when deadly physical force is used.

As released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, one adult male suspect is deceased and one other adult male suspect received non-life threatening injuries. No law enforcement personnel were injured.

The incident occurred on Highway 395, about 20 miles north of Burns. Highway 395 is expected to be closed for an extended amount of time for the investigation to be conducted.

There will be no further information released until tomorrow. Please refer to an official release by the Federal Bureau of Investigation:

Arrests Made in the Occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge: Joint Statement by the FBI and OSP - 01/26/16
At approximately 4:25 p.m. (PST) on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Oregon State Police (OSP) began an enforcement action to bring into custody a number of individuals associated with the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. During that arrest, there were shots fired.

One individual who was a subject of a federal probable cause arrest is deceased. We will not be releasing any information about that person pending identification by the medical examiner's office.

One individual suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. He was arrested and is currently in custody.

The arrested individuals include:

Ammon Edward Bundy, age 40, of Emmett, Idaho
Ryan C. Bundy, age 43, of Bunkerville, Nevada
Brian Cavalier, age 44, of Bunkerville, Nevada
Shawna Cox, age 59, Kanab, Utah
Ryan Waylen Payne, age 32, of Anaconda, Montana

These probable cause arrests occurred along Highway 235.

In a separate event in Burns, Oregon, at approximately 5:50 pm, Oregon State Police arrested the following individual:

Joseph Donald O'Shaughnessy, age 45, Cottonwood, Arizona

All of the named defendants face a federal felony charge of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 372.

We continue to work with Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward and his deputies; Oregon State Police; and the United States Attorney's Office to address any further outstanding issues. As the investigation is ongoing, we cannot comment further at this time.

All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Salem Police Searching for 11-year old Child with Asperger's-UPDATE (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 01/26/16 7:39 PM
Evan Huitt
Evan Huitt
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/1095/91426/thumb_Evan_Huitt.jpg
UPDATE: 01-26-16/1937 HRS

Evan Huitt has been found safe and returned to his family. He was found by police officers close to his home.

The Salem Police Department would like to thank the public and media for their attention and assistance.

###


UPDATE: 01-26-16/1925 HRS

A photo of Evan Huitt is attached.

###


Salem Police are asking for assistance from the public as we continue a search for a missing 11-year old boy with Asperger's Syndrome.

Evan Huitt is described as 5'00", 80 lbs with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a grey colored hoody sweatshirt, and he likes to wear the hood up. He was wearing grey pants and grey shoes as well. He is described as being very friendly and verbal but may not be able to articulate where he lives.

Evan was last seen at about 5:30 pm today on Pine St NE near the railroad tracks.

A photo of Evan will follow shortly.

Anyone with information as to Evan's whereabouts is asked to call 911.


Attached Media Files: Evan Huitt
CCRider Needs a Few Good Drivers
Columbia Co. Rider Transit - 01/26/16 3:24 PM
CCRider is looking for a few good Drivers to help us provide outstanding service to County residents.

If you would like to apply for a job please come into our office at 1155 Deer Island Road, St. Helens between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to get an application.

Training is paid at $9.25 per hour classroom

After Training pay goes to $12.00 per hour on bus

Around 30 hours per week starting but could increase as needed.

No experience necessary as training is provided.
Tagger Known as "SEEK" Arrested
Tualatin Police Dept. - 01/26/16 3:24 PM
On Sunday, January 24, 2016 at approximately 1:50am, Tualatin Police arrested the tagger known as "SEEK".
Tualatin Police had previously asked for the public's help with information leading to the arrest of the graffiti tagger. Early Sunday morning, officers were doing extra patrols throughout the city, focusing on areas that had previously been tagged multiple times. Tualatin officers were able to observe a subject in the act of spray painting graffiti. Officers took him into custody without incident.
The tagger known as "SEEK" was identified as Michael Siegwald, 26 years of age, of Tualatin. Mr. Siegwald was charged with first degree criminal mischief and first degree criminal trespass. He was lodged in the Washington County Jail. Booking photos can be obtained through the jail.

Mr. Siegwald confessed to tagging multiple locations within the city of Tualatin. The arrest of Mr. Siegwald allowed the Tualatin Police to clear more than 20 cases that involved property damage valued at over $5,000.00. Additional charges may be pending.

No further information.
Fatal Crash Highway 126E and Deerhorn Road- Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/26/16 3:18 PM
2016-01/1002/91421/IMG_0101.JPG
2016-01/1002/91421/IMG_0101.JPG
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/1002/91421/thumb_IMG_0101.JPG
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into this mornings fatal crash on Highway 126E and Deerhorn Road in Lane County.

On January 26th, 2016 at approximately 9:45 a.m. OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to a two (2) vehicle crash on Highway 126E near milepost 11. The investigation indicates that a 2006 Suzuki XL7 suv, operated by PATRICIA BOOTH, age 77, from Springfield, attempted to turn westbound onto Highway 126E from Deerhorn Road. As BOOTH turned westbound she was struck on the driver's side by a 2004 Ford F250, operated by TIMOTHY ANTHONY, age 26, from Springfield.

BOOTH sustained fatal injuries during the crash and was pronounced deceased on scene by medical personnel. Neither ANTHONY nor his passenger, ANGELA HANSEN, age 40, from Eugene, were injured.

During the crash two (2) kittens less than a year old which belonged to BOOTH escaped from their carrier and ran off into the nearby woods and the neighborhood area of Cedar Flats. One is described as orange and cream colored and the other one is black with spots. Both were wearing possibly blue or green collars. If the kittens are located you are asked to contact the OSP Springfield Office at 541-726-2536 to report their location and hopefully reunite them with BOOTH's family.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command are continuing the investigation into the crash. All occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. One lane of Highway 126E was closed for approximately two (2) hours during the investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, McKenzie River Fire Department, and Eugene/Springfield Fire Department.

Photographs courtesy of OSP.

###


Attached Media Files: 2016-01/1002/91421/IMG_0101.JPG , 2016-01/1002/91421/IMG_0100.JPG
Free Clinic of Southwest Washington welcomes new board member (Photo)
Free Clinic of SW Washington - 01/26/16 3:15 PM
Jan Redding picture
Jan Redding picture
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/1594/91420/thumb_Jan_Redding_picture.jpg
News Release
January 26, 2016

Free Clinic of Southwest Washington welcomes new board member

The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington is pleased to welcome Jan Redding to its board of directors.

Redding has been with Vancouver Public Schools for the past 21 years. During most of that time, she has been the Assistant Director of the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools. The Foundation is an independent, 501(c)3 educational non-profit corporation which works to support Vancouver Public Schools (VPS). Redding works on partnership development and special events for the Foundation.

Redding previously served on the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington board of directors from 2000-2003. During that time, she worked closely with Free Clinic co-founders Dr. Sam Beall and Father Edward Rankin. She also worked with Free Clinic Director, Marcia Howery.

Redding is a lifelong resident of Vancouver and is married with two children.

About the Free Clinic
The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington provides free, compassionate, quality health care to children and adults who are otherwise unable to obtain such services. The Free Clinic offers medical, dental, vision and specialty care services that are provided by over 600 volunteer professionals. The Free Clinic is funded by the local community and all donations stay in Southwest Washington.

For more information about the Free Clinic, visit www.freeclinics.org.


Attached Media Files: News release Jan Redding , Jan Redding picture
Vancouver Police make second arrest in 2015 assault case
Vancouver Police Dept. - 01/26/16 3:07 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- On January 26, 2016, Spencer A. Pell, DOB 1/22/97, came to the Vancouver Police Department West Precinct in regards to the Chris Brewster assault, which has been under investigation since April 23, 2015. After the interview with detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit, Pell was arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail for the crime of Assault I. This is the second arrest related to this case. On January 5, 2016, Rodney T. Franck, was arrested for Assault I related to this crime.

The arrest of Pell concludes this investigation. Mr. Brewster remains unconscious as a result of the assault.

###


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.
Unknown Gunman Shoots Tire of Moving Tractor Trailer on I-205 Early Tuesday Morning
Portland Police Bureau - 01/26/16 2:48 PM
On Tuesday January 26, 2016, at 2;13 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to I-205 southbound at Division Street on the report that someone shot at a tractor-trailer being driven on the freeway, flattening one of the tires.

Officers contacted the truck driver who told police that he was driving southbound on I-205 in the right lane when someone in a newer black SUV with tinted windows pulled up along side him and someone inside the vehicle fired multiple rounds at the driver's side rear tire before speeding out of the area.

Officers located evidence of gunfire consistent with the truck driver's statement. The driver did not see the shooter and did not have any better description of the vehicle.

No similar incidents have been reported to police and there is no evidence to suggest this was a road rage incident.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call Assault detectives at 503-823-0400.

###PPB###
Milwaukie Police Need Help Identifying Subject Involved In Suspicious Activity. (Photo)
Milwaukie Police Dept. - 01/26/16 2:42 PM
Similar vehicle
Similar vehicle
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/1406/91417/thumb_16-262_truck.PNG
On the morning of January 21st, a 15-year-old Milwaukie High School student was walking to a bus stop in the 9700 block of SE Linwood when a man driving a grey Dodge pickup stopped and asked the student where he was going. The man offered the student a ride to school and the student got inside the vehicle.

Almost immediately the man started making sexually explicit comments and the student became scared for his safety. The student was able to get out of the truck near the intersection of SE Linwood/SE Railroad, unharmed and uninjured. The student arrived at school and reported the incident to school administration as well as police.

The driver was described as; Hispanic adult male, middle aged, large build, buzzed black hair, brown eyes, fairly heavy accent and wearing a black shirt with red lettering on the right side of chest. (Composite sketch below.) The vehicle was described as a newer Dodge pickup, light grey in color, with canopy and full-length running boards. (The photo is a similar vehicle. NOT actual suspect vehicle.)

Anyone who has information about the incident or who may recognize the vehicle or driver, are asked to contact Milwaukie Police Detectives. 503-786-7493.

Milwaukie Police also want to remind parents to talk to your children about not engaging strangers and to never get into a vehicle with someone you do not know.


Attached Media Files: Similar vehicle , Composite sketch
Vancouver Police awarded $150,000 impaired driving grant (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 01/26/16 2:20 PM
2016-01/385/91415/bus_ad_.jpg
2016-01/385/91415/bus_ad_.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/385/91415/thumb_bus_ad_.jpg
Vancouver, Wash. -- On January 28, 2016, the Vancouver Police Department will be holding a media event to announce a $150,000 Washington Traffic Safety Commission grant which was awarded to the Vancouver Police Department with the goal of reducing and preventing impaired driving deaths.

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Vancouver Police Department Administration (605 E Evergreen Blvd.)

A primary focus of the grant will be to have additional DUI enforcement in high crash areas throughout Clark County. Additional components of the campaign include high visibility marketing as well as outreach through various community partners in support of Target Zero, Washington's strategic roadmap for eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030. The first DUI enforcement emphasis of the campaign occurs on February 7, 2016, Super Bowl Sunday.

The local partners involved in this effort include the Vancouver Police Department, the Vancouver Neighbors on Watch (NOW) , Battle Ground Police Department, Camas Police Department, La Center Police Department, Washougal Police Department ,Washington State Patrol, Washington Liquor Control & Cannabis Board, Clark County Judiciary and District Court, Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Vancouver City Attorney's Office, Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA), and support from the Clark County Law Enforcement Council.

"Losing a loved one to an impaired driver is a tragedy no family should ever have to suffer and one that too many local families unfortunately have in recent years. I am, therefore, very excited to have this additional funding to allow our local police agencies the ability to conduct increased DUI enforcement and to spread the message of the dangers and consequences of driving impaired", said Vancouver Police Chief James McElvain.

Super Bowl Sunday is the first of many strategic dates that have been selected for increased DUI enforcement through the grant period, which ends September 30, 2016. The marketing materials include the campaign message, "Drunk, Drugged or High, It's All A DUI", and are featured on C-TRAN bus ads as well as posters and coasters which will be distributed to various businesses and public locations as a reminder that local law enforcement will be out in greater numbers to enforce DUI laws.


###


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.


Attached Media Files: 2016-01/385/91415/bus_ad_.jpg
Critical Injury Motor Vehicle Crash on Mary's Peak Road near Highway 34 (Photo)
Benton County Sheriff's Office - 01/26/16 2:17 PM
2016-01/1505/91414/Tahoe__#2.jpg
2016-01/1505/91414/Tahoe__#2.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/1505/91414/thumb_Tahoe__#2.jpg
Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff's Office are continuing to investigate a single vehicle critical injury motor vehicle crash that occurred about 9 miles southwest of Philomath. The crash resulted in critical injuries to a female passenger and serious injuries to the male driver.
At about 12:31 pm, on Monday, January 25, 2016 Jeremy Dryden, age 31, from Philomath, Oregon, was driving southbound on Mary's Peak Road, about a third of a mile north of the intersection with Highway 34, in a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe. He lost control of his vehicle for unknown reasons and traveled into a steep ditch on the west side of the roadway and collided with a large tree, head-on. Michal Dvir, age 27, from Philomath, Oregon, was in the front passenger seat. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash. Speed and the use of controlled substances may have been factors in the crash.
Medics from the Philomath Fire Department extracted both people. Jeremy Dryden was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis by an ambulance from the Corvallis Fire Department. Michal Dvir was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital by REACH air ambulance. She was later transported to Legacy Emmanuel Hospital in Portland by REACH air ambulance. The Benton County Multi-Agency Traffic Collision Investigation Team with the assistance of the Oregon State Police processed the collision scene. Deputies are continuing to investigate the crash and the public is asked to contact Sergeant Ben Drongesen or Sgt. David Peterson at 541-766-6858 if they have any information. The Philomath Police Department and the Oregon State Police assisted and the roadway was partially closed for about four hours. Highway 34 was closed for less than an hour as the REACH helicopter landed and took off.
Attachments:
Photographs of the Collision Scene

Contact:
Undersheriff Greg Ridler
Gregory.Ridler@co.benton.or.us
541-766-6870


Attached Media Files: 2016-01/1505/91414/Tahoe__#2.jpg , 2016-01/1505/91414/Tahoe_#1.jpg
City Salary Review Commission meeting, public hearing Feb. 1
City of Vancouver - 01/26/16 2:10 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The City of Vancouver's Citizen's Commission on Mayor/City Council Salaries (a.k.a. Salary Review Commission) will hold a combined meeting and public hearing at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1.

The meeting and public hearing will take place at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. 6th St., in the Beech Conference Room. Free parking is available for visitors in the building's south visitor parking lot. If this lot is full, paid on-street parking is also available. Visitors should check in with the information desk upon arrival.

The Salary Review Commission was established by a City charter section approved by voters in 1994. Salary reviews are performed every other year to coincide with the City's budget cycle. The commission is comprised of five members of the community who are appointed by the mayor, subject to approval by the Vancouver City Council.

The commission's purpose is to study the relationship of salaries to the duties of the mayor and city council members and to set their salaries. The commission must file the schedule of salaries for the mayor and council members with the City Clerk by May 1, 2016, for inclusion in the 2017-18 City budget.

The City of Vancouver's downtown area is served by C-TRAN routes 2, 3, 4, 25, 30, 32, 37, 41, 44, 47 and 105 Express. Bus schedules are available at City Hall, the Citizens Service Center, and other public buildings. You may reach C-TRAN at 360-695-0123 for information on times, fares, and routes.

###
Salem-Keizer Transit Welcomes New COO (Photo)
Cherriots - Salem Keizer Transit - 01/26/16 1:37 PM
2016-01/1733/91362/David_Trimble.jpg
2016-01/1733/91362/David_Trimble.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/1733/91362/thumb_David_Trimble.jpg
Salem-Keizer Transit is pleased to announce David Trimble has joined the team as chief operating officer. He will oversee Maintenance, Operations and Specialized Transportation Services. David comes to SKT from TriMet, where he served as director of transportation programs. He brings with him 20 years of experience in the transit industry, and 25 years in management.

"I am happy to have David on board," said General Manager Allan Pollock. "He brings a depth of experience that will be a real asset to our organization."

As COO, David will direct the activities of staff and contractors involved in the District's on-street services which include: Fixed-route service, paratransit, dial-a-ride rural transit,special services and medical transportation. His responsibilities also include maintenance operations, security and the call center, which takes calls for the RED Line, CherryLift and non-emergency medical transportation.

When asked about his immediate goals, Trimble said he plans to learn the system and get to know the community. He's looking forward to moving to Salem. "I think it's important to live in the community we serve," said Trimble. "I will work toward continuous improvement, to attract more riders and expand service. Salem needs transit service that meets the needs of all, whether student, worker or retiree."


Attached Media Files: 2016-01/1733/91362/David_Trimble.jpg
Changes to your property tax return filing (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 01/26/16 12:17 PM
Filing deadline has changed.
Filing deadline has changed.
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/861/91411/thumb_tax_filing.jpg
SALEM, OR-- If you own a business, even a home-based business, Oregon law requires you file a yearly personal property tax return with your county assessor.

The deadline to file your return has changed. You must complete and return it to the assessor, file it online, or postmark it on or before March 15, 2016. Extensions are no longer available (House Bill 2484 amended ORS 308.290). Personal property taxes are due November 15, 2016. Check your property tax statements to find out how much you owe.

Completed returns must include a detailed list of all business-related personal property, along with equipment purchases or lease dates, and original costs.

Personal property includes:
Office furniture, personal computers, and easily moved machinery.
Off-road vehicles.
Display cases if they are used in the business.
Leased equipment including copiers and power washers.

The county assessor calculates the tax due each year based on the personal property return. The assessor will not impose a tax if the property value is under the cancellation threshold.

Business owners must file a return each year, even if:
You didn't receive a tax return from the county in which your property is located.
The assessor previously canceled your tax.
You sold or closed your business during the year.
You sold or disposed of your personal property.

If a business owner doesn't file, penalties vary from 5 percent to 50 percent of the taxes due, depending on when the return is filed.

Assessors will calculate tax, penalty, and interest for up to the previous five years if a business hasn't reported personal property in the prior years. For forms and a complete list of taxable personal property, visit www.oregon.gov/dor or call 1 (800)356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); (503) 378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or e-mail, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1 (800)886-7204.


Attached Media Files: Filing deadline has changed.
Beaverton Arts Program Seeks Performers for Ten Tiny Dances 2016 (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 01/26/16 12:12 PM
Def Con 5 performs at the 2015 Ten Tiny Dances in Beaverton. The city is now accepting applications for the 2016 event, to be held on Saturday, July 9. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
Def Con 5 performs at the 2015 Ten Tiny Dances in Beaverton. The city is now accepting applications for the 2016 event, to be held on Saturday, July 9. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/1786/91410/thumb_NR_2016_Ten_Tiny_Dances_Call_for_Artists_Def_Con_5_sm.jpg
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The city of Beaverton's arts program is seeking proposals from master-level choreographers and dancers to create and perform a dance as part of Beaverton Ten Tiny Dances 2016. The event will be held on Saturday, July 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Beaverton.


Ten Tiny Dances is a free, public event that features a wide variety of dancers who represent modern, contemporary and traditional ethnic dance forms. Now in its eighth year, it is designed to engage audiences with unique performances and settings. The event guides the audience to explore Beaverton's artistic community and offerings through a blend of traditional ethnic performing art forms as well as contemporary forms.


To view the full call to artists guidelines or to apply for this event, please visit
www.beavertonoregon.gov/TTD. Applications are due Thursday, March 31 at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Kourtnee Buechner at kbuechner@beavertonoregon.gov.


ABOUT TEN TINY DANCES
Choreographer and dancer Mike Barber came up with an interesting concept in 2002. Ten Tiny Dances presents ten dance performances on a 4' x 4' stage, challenging the choreographers and dancers to use the limited space to fuel their creativity. Barber has presented Ten Tiny Dances in a wide range of settings, from warehouse spaces to trendy restaurants, and even on multiple stages, encouraging the audience to experience dance that has been created for a specific location.


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


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


# # #


Attached Media Files: Def Con 5 performs at the 2015 Ten Tiny Dances in Beaverton. The city is now accepting applications for the 2016 event, to be held on Saturday, July 9. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
Stolen Rifles Seized from Tent in Northwest Portland -- Two People Arrested (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 01/26/16 11:33 AM
2016-01/3056/91409/Stolen_Rifles_16-24184.jpg
2016-01/3056/91409/Stolen_Rifles_16-24184.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/3056/91409/thumb_Stolen_Rifles_16-24184.jpg
On Saturday January 23, 2016, at 9:45 p.m., Central Precinct officers spotted a stolen car parked at Northwest 19th Avenue and Thurman Street. Officers watched the stolen car to see if anyone in the area returned to it and later observed a person approach the car, remove some items, and place them into a nearby tent.

Officers approached the person and took him into custody without incident. He was later identified as 24-year-old Eric Christian Nunez, no residential address. Officers contacted a second person in the tent, identified as 42-year-old Jordan Alexander Clark, no residential address. Clark was taken into custody without incident and officers observed the stock of a rifle inside the tent.

Officers assigned to the Portland Police Bureau's Gun Task Force responded and wrote a search warrant for the contents of the tent. After serving the warrant, officers located five rifles inside that were reported stolen in a Clackamas County burglary. The stolen car, a 1996 Acura, was reported stolen in Vancouver, Washington. Inside the car, officers located a stolen handgun.

Investigators learned that Clark and Nunez have been living in the tent, sharing space.

Clark was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on five counts of Felon in Possession of a Firearm and an outstanding warrant for Theft in the Third Degree.

Nunez was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm (six counts), Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (six counts), Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle. Additionally, Nunez was lodged on outstanding charge of Possession of Heroin, Escape in the Third Degree and a parole violation.

###PPB###


Attached Media Files: 2016-01/3056/91409/Stolen_Rifles_16-24184.jpg , 2016-01/3056/91409/Eric_Christian_Nunez_24.jpg , 2016-01/3056/91409/Jordan_Alexander_Clark_42.jpg
Salem City Club Presents: Marion County: Justice Re-Investment for Public Safety and Public Good (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 01/26/16 11:30 AM
Janet Carlson, Marion County Commissioner
Janet Carlson, Marion County Commissioner
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/1853/91407/thumb_Janet_Carlson.jpg
Join us, Friday, February 5 when Janet Carlson, Marion County Commissioner and a Marion County Sheriff's Department representative will discuss Justice Reinvestment in Marion County.

Janet Carlson, Marion County Commissioner, has a strong interest in public safety and the justice system. During her tenure as Commissioner her efforts in this arena have made people in Marion County safer and healthier. The theme in much of this work has been focused on helping people succeed outside of prison. Justice Reinvestment is about using proven strategies to give offenders returning from prison the tools to succeed while expanding services to victims.

Within the Justice Reinvestment effort there are three overarching themes: helping people succeed outside of prison, helping victims of crime, and public safety. Commissioner Carlson will provide a look into the community effort to manage our justice system populations through reduced recidivism and prison diversion programs.

A recent SOAR graduate, Jason, shared about the effort:
"I've been in prison four times doing a total of 12 years. The choice for me was to continuously go in and out of prison, hurt my kids and continue to victimize people, or for me to reevaluate myself, decide that the past is the past and move on. I decided to move on. I found the right support with Marion County parole and probation officers. They care. They wanted me to succeed."

For more information on Commissioner Carlson, click here. To learn more about Marion County Probation and Parole please visit: http://www.co.marion.or.us/SO/Probation/Pages/default.aspx

What: "Marion County: Justice Re-Investment for Public Safety and Public Good
When: Friday, February 5, 2016; Noon- 1 pm, doors open at 11:15, lunch at 11:30 am
Where: Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St SE, Salem, OR
Who: Janet Carlson, Marion County Commissioner and a Marion County Sheriff's Department representative.
Email: office@salemcityclub.com
Website: www.salemcityclub.com


Attached Media Files: Janet Carlson, Marion County Commissioner
Kitchen grease fire displaces family of five (Photo)
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - 01/26/16 11:28 AM
Photo by The Daily News, Longview WA
Photo by The Daily News, Longview WA
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/3738/91406/thumb_Redpath_Fire.jpg
Kelso- Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue and Longview Fire responded to a structure fire Monday night at 6:20 in the 300 block of Redpath St. Initial reports described black smoke was filling the home after a grease fire in the kitchen spread to the walls. The occupants, a man, his wife, and their three small children, evacuated the home safely. Later their two dogs were also able to vacate the house with no injuries. The fire was knocked down and extinguished by firefighters in 21 minutes. The male occupant was cooking with grease on the stove when the grease ignited and then transferred the pan across the kitchen to the sink which splashed and ignited the wall and curtains. Four fire engines, a brush engine, two chief officers, and a medic unit responded to the incident. The displaced family will be aided by Red Cross with shelter and other resources. The cause of the fire has been determined as accidental and damage to the home and loss of contents is estimated at $60,000 by fire officials. No injuries were reported.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, from 2009 to 2013 fire departments in the United States responded to over 162,000 structure fires involving cooking equipment causing 430 deaths, 5,400 injuries, and over a billion dollars in property damage. Fire officials recommend keeping a lid nearby when people are cooking with grease and oils; smothering the fire by putting the lid over the pan and turning off the stove is a best practice. Leave the pan covered until the pan is cool to the touch. Cover the pan, get out of the house and call the fire department. In the event of a fire inside the oven, keep the door closed. Always stay in the kitchen when cooking, gently place food in the pan to avoid splashing, and never douse water on a grease fire.

This information and more safety tips can be found at: http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/causes/cooking/reports-and-statistics-about-cooking-fires-and-safety


Attached Media Files: Photo by The Daily News, Longview WA
Vancouver Police re-opens East Precinct to the public
Vancouver Police Dept. - 01/26/16 11:03 AM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The Vancouver Police Department recently reopened the East Precinct (