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Tualatin Valley Water District Board of Commissioners Work Session Notice -- April 4, 2023
Tualatin Valley Water Dist. - 03/30/23 5:52 PM

The April Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) Board of Commissioners work session will be held Tuesday, April 4 2023, at 6:00 p.m. 

This meeting is only available via phone or the web. If you would like to attend, please use the contact information found below by 4:30 p.m. on April 4.

The Board meeting agenda and packet and additional information regarding TVWD are available sam.kaufmann@tvwd.org">here.

About TVWD 

TVWD serves about 217,700 customers in parts of Washington County, Oregon. Our service area covers more than 41 square miles including portions of Beaverton, Hillsboro, Tigard and unincorporated Washington County.

TVWD is the managing agency for the Willamette Water Supply System (WWSS), an additional water supply for the region which is being constructed in partnership with the City of Hillsboro and the City of Beaverton. The WWSS includes intake facilities, over 30 miles of pipes, a water treatment plant and two storage reservoirs. The system will deliver fresh, high-quality, treated water from the Willamette River to 400,000 Washington County residents and businesses, and is being built to the highest seismic safety standard to recover quickly after a major earthquake. The investments in the system will provide reliable, quality drinking water for generations to come.

UPDATED WITH PHOTOS ** Portland Fire Responds to Reported Home Explosion (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 03/30/23 4:54 PM

Portland Fire and Rescue, along with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVFR), responded to a reported home explosion in the hills of northwest Portland this morning. Crews from Portland Fire Station 27 and TVFR Station 60 arrived to NW Burkhardt Court to find one house fully engulfed in flames with fire spreading to a neighboring home. Crews immediately began applying water to the fire and were successful in containing the fire to the two homes. Due to the amount of fire and the involvement of multiple homes a second alarm was requested which brought additional fire resources to the scene. Ladder trucks were used to spray large amounts of water from an elevated position.


This call highlighted the importance of training with neighboring agencies. Portland Fire Station 27 and TVFR Station 60 regularly meet to train and discuss strategies for fighting fires in this area. Northwest Portland presents certain challenges to responders including tight winding roads, steep hills and larger homes that are often on hillsides.


During the initial fire attack crews did not locate any fire victims in either home and there were no injuries to firefighters on scene. Fire investigators responded to the scene and are working to determine the cause of the fire. NW Natural also responded to the scene and is working to ensure that all gas service in the area is secure.

Attached Media Files: 2023-03/549/162323/CBC88421.JPG , 2023-03/549/162323/1AB8ACA0.JPG

Celebrating Excellent Oregon Child Welfare Casework: Meet this Year's Honorees (Photo)
Oregon Department of Human Services - 03/30/23 4:35 PM
Amanda Catchpole
Amanda Catchpole

Correction: a typo in the names of two honorable mention awardees was found and has been fixed. 

(Salem, OR) – The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) celebrates National Social Work Month in March. Social work is inherent in the work done by the Child Welfare Division and other areas at ODHS, which annually helps 1.5 million Oregon residents through all stages of life. 

“National Social Work month is a time to recognize that those who do social work are important to our world and our community well-being,” said Child Welfare Interim Director Aprille Flint-Gerner. “The positive contributions they make keep hope alive for communities, families, young people, and children. As we continue to carry out our work, we adhere to the values and beliefs of the Child Welfare Division Vision for Transformation which include service to humanity, social justice, integrity, human dignity and competence.” 

Tom Moan (1940-1985) spent his entire professional career as a child welfare caseworker and administrator in Oregon. He recognized that those most committed to child welfare often go unrecognized. Upon his death, Tom Moan’s family, friends and colleagues created The Tom Moan Memorial Award to honor excellent child welfare casework practice.  

ODHS recently named Amanda Catchpole from Clatsop County and Alexandra (Alex) Ronning from Deschutes County the 2023 (awarded in 2022) recipients of the Tom Moan Memorial Award. Awardees are chosen through nominations from families, community organizations, Child Welfare Division employees and organizational partners. This year’s awardees will attend the National Association of Social Work Conference in Washington DC as part of their recognition. The annual conference highlights best practices and developments in the field of social work. All expenses for the award are raised privately by ODHS staff and the Tom Moan award committee. 

Amanda Catchpole, one of this year’s winners, is a certified Licensed Clinical Social Worker and recently served as a supervisor in Clatsop County. She now is a Child Welfare trainer for the PSU Partnership. Amanda was nominated for her outside the-box thinking in accessing supports for children and resource parents to maintain stability. She pushes people to see beyond what has been traditionally done and encourages new and innovative ideas.  

Alexandra (Alex) Ronning is a Certifier for resource families (formerly known as foster families) from Deschutes County who has also worked as a child protective services worker. She is a strong advocate for resource families but also has great judgment in assessing the safety of children. She values positivity and builds that into her care for fellow staff as well as with children in foster care and their resource families. She is passionate about supporting children and families and can work with anyone from any background, whatever place they may be in their life. 

“We are exceptionally proud of both Amanda’s and Alex’s work serving and strengthening the children and families of Clatsop and Deschutes Counties and throughout Oregon in their work,” said Interim Director Flint-Gerner. “We deeply appreciate the support from the communities they serve in nominating these outstanding Child Welfare workers. Rolf Moan, Tom Moan’s son and committee chair noted a common thread in all the nominee and awardee interviews: a belief that the circumstances these children and families faced were temporary and that they could play a role to help children and families reach their full potential. These skills are also important components of the Vision for Transformation and the child welfare system we are working towards.” Nominations for next year’s Tom Moan honorees are now open and will close at the end of May. 

Honorable mentions for the award include Amanda Hurst (Polk County), Isabel Garcia (Marion County), Mark Davis (Benton County), Reo French (Douglas County), Heather Glazier (Jackson County), Natalee Evans (Clackamas County), Paul Anderson Homan (Jackson County), Phillip Herrera (Baker County), Courtney Langner (Oregon Child Abuse Hotline- Multnomah County) 


The National Association of Social Workers organizes Social Work Month to educate the public about the invaluable contributions of the profession. More information is available at www.socialworkmonth.org. 

About the ODHS Child Welfare Division: The Oregon Department of Human Services, Child Welfare Division is committed to transforming itself to better support the individual needs of families and to best serve Oregon’s children and young people. Read the Child Welfare Division Vision for Transformation to learn more.

Attached Media Files: Amanda Catchpole , Alex Ronning

Fatal Crash - Interstate 84- Union County
Oregon State Police - 03/30/23 4:20 PM

On Monday, March 27, 2023, at approximately 10:00 A.M., the Oregon State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Interstate 84, near milepost 256, in Union County.  The crash was not witnessed and was discovered by someone walking near the river who then reported it to law enforcement.


The preliminary investigation indicated a 2013 Chevy Silverado, operated by Aaron Ray Waggoner (47) of Stanfield, failed to negotiate a curve, went off the roadway and became airborne before coming to rest, upside down in a river over 100 feet below the roadway. The operator was located deceased upon arrival. 


The involved vehicle had been reported stolen from the City of La Grande (city owned) at approximately 9:00 P.M., March 26, 2023.


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


OSP was assisted by the Union County Sheriff Department, La Grande Fire Department, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash- Interstate 84- Sherman County
Oregon State Police - 03/30/23 4:10 PM

On Saturday, March 25, at approximately 1:16 P.M., the Oregon State Police responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian crash on Interstate 84, near milepost 108, in Sherman County.


The preliminary investigation indicated a red 1996 Subaru Legacy and black 2010 Nissan Armada were parked along the shoulder of I-84, near milepost 108, working on the disabled Subaru. The pedestrian, Michael Beauford Baysinger (69) of Kennewick (WA), was standing at the partially opened driver's door of the black Nissan when a white 2020 Freightliner semi-truck with double trailers, operated by Robert Maxwell Service (29) of Gresham, passed in the righthand lane. The Freightliner struck the partially ajar driver's door of the black Nissan and the pedestrian.  The pedestrian was killed as a result of the collision.


The roadway was impacted for several hours during the on-scene investigation.  The CMV operator was cooperative during the investigation


OSP was assisted by Sherman County Fire and Rescue and ODOT.

Kelso School District Receives Zo8 Award for Employee Wellness Programs
Kelso Sch. Dist. - 03/30/23 4:04 PM

In acknowledgement of Kelso School District’s commitment to building and sustaining a robust employee wellness program, the district received the Zo8 Award from the Washington State Health Care Authority’s Washington Wellness initiative. The award recognizes organizations for implementing best practices following an eight-step SmartHealth Workplace Wellness Roadmap.


The health and wellbeing of staff is a top priority in Kelso School District, and providing a comprehensive workplace wellness program is part of the district’s strategic plan. In addition to providing a generous employee assistance program that provides free and confidential resources and access to counseling, training and informational sessions are held at school sites and quarterly wellness surveys are sent to all employees.


A Wellness Committee managed by Human Resource Director Dr. Holly Budge and made up of diverse staff members (including teachers, principals, counselors, dean of students, administration, and human resource staff) coordinates the district’s efforts. The committee meets every month to analyze program results, identify concerns, and develop action plans to address any issues and enhance wellness efforts.


“We are deeply committed to staff and student wellness,” said Dr. Budge, “and by supporting the well-being of our staff, we are helping them to better support the well-being of our students.” 


Washington Wellness will celebrate Zo8 award winners this week during an annual recognition ceremony. Winning organizations receive a physical award and certificates for contributing team members.


“Kelso School District is proud to actively support the health and well-being of our staff and we are honored to receive this award,” said Dr. Budge. 

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The West Linn Police will be doing extra traffic safety patrols during the month
West Linn Police Dept. - 03/30/23 4:02 PM

West Linn Police will be joining other area agencies to participate in a federally funded effort to educate the public about distracted driving, “U DRIVE, U TEXT, U PAY”.

Distractions occur when a driver voluntarily diverts attention to something not related to driving that uses the driver's eyes, ears, or hands.  There are four types of driver distraction:

  • Visual--looking at something other than the road
  • Auditory--hearing something not related to driving
  • Manual--manipulating something other than the wheel
  • Cognitive--thinking about something other than driving

West Linn Police urge drivers to follow these safety tips:

  • If you are expecting a text message or need to send one, pull over and park your car in a safe location. Once you are safely off the road and parked, it is safe to text.
  • Designate your passenger as your “designated texter.” Allow them access to your phone to respond to calls or messages.
  • Do not engage in social media scrolling or messaging while driving. 
  • Struggling to not text and drive? Activate your phone’s “Do Not Disturb” feature, or put your cell phone in the trunk, glove box, or back seat of your vehicle until you arrive at your destination.

West Linn Police Department will participate in High Visibility Enforcement patrols, using funds from a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation through Oregon Impact. The grant funding will allow the West Linn Police Department to deploy extra officers to conduct traffic safety stops. Grant money will also fund more WLPD patrols for speeding, seatbelt use, and DUII.

Oregon Historical Society Hosts Book Launch for Dr. Carmen Thompson's The Making of American Whiteness on April 6 (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 03/30/23 3:25 PM
Carmen Thompson
Carmen Thompson

Portland, OR — The Oregon Historical Society is proud to host the official launch party on Thursday, April 6, for Dr. Carmen P. Thompson’s new book, The Making of American Whiteness: The Formation of Race in Seventeenth-Century Virginia, a ground-breaking work that changes the narrative about the origins of race and Whiteness in America. Using an exhaustive range of archival documents, this book shows what Whiteness looked like in everyday life in the early seventeenth century, finding it eerily predictive to Whiteness today.

Doors to the Oregon Historical Society will open at 5:30pm, and a short conversation between Dr. Thompson and Portland State University professor emeritus Dr. Darrell Millner will begin at 6pm. Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author through the OHS Museum Store, and light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to all, though guests are asked to kindly register in advance online.

Thompson is a highly sought expert on race and Whiteness in America and was a co-guest editor with Dr. Darrell Millner for the Oregon Historical Society’s Winter 2019 special issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly, “White Supremacy & Resistance.” In an introduction essay, Thompson discusses the concept of Whiteness ­— “an expectation (sometimes an unconscious expectation) that the government will maintain laws and policies generally benefitting White people.” Thompson also provides an analysis of critical scholarship in the field and makes connections between the articles in this issue and “two core characteristics of Whiteness that are present in Oregon’s White supremacist history — expectation and exclusion.” Thompson’s introduction along with the full Winter 2019 “White Supremacy & Resistance” issue is free to read online.

Carmen P. Thompson earned her Ph.D. in U.S. history from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and her master of arts in African American studies from Columbia University in New York. Thompson’s scholarship was quoted in the December 2022 Oregon State Supreme Court decision, Watkins, Jacob Keith v. Ackley, regarding the disparate racial impact of non-unanimous jury decisions. She wrote the introduction to the forthcoming book, Protest City: Portland’s Summer of Rage, a photo book that chronicles the yearlong protests in Portland, Oregon, after the murder of George Floyd by police in 2020. She has held visiting scholar appointments at the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University in New York and in the Black studies department at Portland State University and has taught a wide range of courses on the Black experience and Whiteness at Portland State University and Portland Community College.

About the Oregon Historical Society

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


Attached Media Files: Carmen Thompson , The Making of American Whiteness Book Cover

Gresham Hosts First Annual SafetyFest
City of Gresham - 03/30/23 3:01 PM

GRESHAM, Ore. – The City of Gresham is excited to invite the community to the first annual SafetyFest taking place April 1 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Gresham City Hall, 1333 Northwest Eastman Parkway, Gresham. SafetyFest is a safety resource event where the community can find safety themed resources, food, and family friendly activities all for free.  

“Safety means different things to different people,” said Fire Chief Scott Lewis. “SafetyFest is a great opportunity to create a one stop shop for many of our community’s safety needs.” 

Some of the activities at SafetyFest will include: 

  • A firefighter obstacle course 
  • Bike rodeo 
  • Bounce house 
  • Face painting  

SafetyFest is a chance to meet the staff and community organizations working to make this community a safer place and receive safety-related resources, including automobile anti-theft devices for the first hundred attendees.  

“We’re excited to partner with our community to create a safer Gresham,” says Gresham Police Chief Travis Gullberg. “After the unprecedented response to the anti-theft devices we handed out in December, we knew we had to create more opportunities to provide our community with the resources that matter most to them, and this event is one more way we’re working to do that.”  

For more information, visit GreshamOregon.gov/Calendar/ 

About Gresham: 

Gresham is a welcoming community of hard-working people where tradition meets opportunity in Oregon's fourth largest city. Gresham’s residents care deeply about our roots and are committed to building a vibrant future. Today, Gresham is a dynamic, innovative, and rapidly growing city with a desire to thrive. To learn more, visit www.GreshamOregon.gov or visit us on Twitter at @CityofGresham. 


Man Facing Manslaughter Charge After Assault Victim Dies
Portland Police Bureau - 03/30/23 2:45 PM
A suspect is in custody facing a manslaughter charge after the victim of an assault died in the hospital.

On Friday, March 17, 2023 at 7:55p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a report of an assault at a convenience store in the 12100 block of East Burnside Street in the Hazelwood Neighborhood. When they arrived they determined that the victim had been assaulted and was transported to the hospital by ambulance. The suspect left before police arrived and was not immediately located.

On March 22, 2023 at 11:21p.m., the victim died at the hospital as a result of his injuries. He is identified as Curtis E. Davies, 62. The medical examiner determined that Davies died of homicide by blunt force trauma. His family has been notified of his death. They are requesting privacy at this time.

The Portland Police Homicide Unit assumed the investigation and determined that the suspect was Aaron Reed-Jones, 35. On March 29, 2023, Jones was arrested by Homicide Unit detectives assisted by the United States Marshals Service. He was interviewed by detectives and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Manslaughter in the First Degree, Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, Criminally Negligent Homicide, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Mike Jones at Michael.Jones@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0405 or Detective Jeff Sharp Jeff.Sharp@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-9773. Please reference case number 23-70095.

There have been 18 homicides year-to-date in Portland.


Sheriff's Office Investigating Threats at Thomas Jefferson Middle School
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/30/23 2:36 PM

On March 29, 2023,  Thomas Jefferson Middle School administrators made the Clark County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) aware of a possible threat of violence against the school. It was reported a student was overheard making threats against Thomas Jefferson Middle School. According to administrators, parents reported that their student came home and reported overhearing another student threatening the school.

CCSO responded and investigated the incident. Deputies spoke with the involved student and their parents. It was determined this did not appear to be a credible threat based on the information they obtained. The student does not have access to weapons or firearms. The student was kept home from school on 3/30/23.

This morning, on 3/30/2023, CCSO was again contacted by school administrators about additional details related to the threats from the previous day. Other students identified a second student as possibly being involved with the original student being investigated. School administrators spoke with the student, and they were sent home. The second student did not have access to weapons or firearms either. 

CCSO worked with the administration and Vancouver Public Schools Security staff to ensure students' safety today.

It is worth stating again that it is not believed that anyone involved with this incident posed a credible threat to students or staff at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. 

Two Arrests Made in Internet Child Luring Investigations. (Photo)
Lincoln City Police - 03/30/23 12:46 PM

During the month of March, Lincoln City Police Officers conducted several online child-luring investigations. Posing as underage children on various social media platforms, the undercover officers went online and were subsequently contacted by adults who offered to meet up with a person they believed to be a minor for sex. When these adults arrived at an undisclosed public location to meet up with the minor, they instead were contacted by law enforcement and arrested.

43-year-old Daniel C. Bastien, of Lincoln City, was arrested on March 22, 2023 and charged with the crimes of Luring a Minor, Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the first degree, Attempted Rape III, and Attempted Sodomy III. He was subsequently transported and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail.

34-year-old Austin J. Marshall, of Newport, was arrested on March 29, 2023 and charged with the crimes of Luring a Minor and Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the first degree. He was subsequently transported and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail.

With April being National Child Abuse Awareness Month, the Lincoln City Police would like to encourage parents to monitor their children’s social media activity and discuss with them the possible dangers of communicating with strangers online. These investigations are conducted in an effort to reduce criminal activity and to further enhance the safety of our community.

Submitted by:  Lieutenant Jeffrey Winn

Attached Media Files: 2023-03/6142/162322/child_luring_media_release.tiff

Guns, Drugs, and Ammunition Located After Traffic Stop (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/30/23 12:29 PM
Social Media Graphic
Social Media Graphic

Early this morning, deputies stopped a car that ran a red light. Shortly after, they located three guns, ammunition, and fentanyl in the car and on the driver.

On Thursday, March 30, 2023, at 12:12 a.m., a Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped a 2008 red Chevrolet Impala for running a red light at the intersection of SW Dennis Avenue and SW Oak Street. Once the Impala stopped, the deputy contacted the driver, 25-year-old Jessie Chavez-Echeverria, and learned he had a suspended driver’s license.

During the traffic stop, deputies learned that Chavez-Echeverria was a convicted felon and found a 9mm handgun in the center console. Shortly after, deputies located two additional guns, ammunition, and fentanyl in a bag that Chavez-Echeverria had with him.

Chavez-Echeverria was arrested for three counts of felon in possession of a firearm and a parole violation detainer.  

Charges for the fentanyl are pending, and additional charges are likely.

Attached Media Files: Social Media Graphic

Salem Drug Trafficker Sentenced to Federal Prison
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 03/30/23 12:02 PM

MEDFORD, Ore.—On March 29, 2023, a Salem, Oregon man was sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison after he was caught transporting several dozen pounds of methamphetamine.

David Contreras, aka Jorge Castillo-Gomez, 51, was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison and five years’ supervised release.

According to court documents, on April 9, 2019, Contreras and an accomplice were traveling north on Interstate 5 near Central Point, Oregon when they were stopped by an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper for speeding. As the trooper approached the vehicle, he observed a cardboard box inside containing a clear package with a substance resembling methamphetamine. While the trooper processed the traffic violation, he determined that the driver had a suspended Oregon driver’s license and Contreras, a passenger, did not possess a license.

After an OSP narcotics canine alerted on the vehicle, troopers conducted a search. Inside the cardboard box they found several packages containing more than 33 pounds of methamphetamine. In addition to the drugs, they located a firearm concealed on the driver’s person, more than $3,000 in cash on Contreras’ person, and an additional $6,000 in cash in a backpack. The driver explained that he reported to Contreras who provided the troopers with a false name and identification documents.

On May 1, 2019, a federal grand jury in Medford returned an indictment charging Contreras and his accomplice with possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine. On November 8, 2021, Contreras pleaded guilty to the single charge.

This case was investigated by OSP with assistance from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). It was prosecuted by Marco A. Boccato, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.


Attached Media Files: PDF Release

LCSO Case #23-1702: Theft Suspect Arrested After Refusing to Exit Home (Photo)
Lane Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/30/23 11:34 AM

On 03/29/2023 just before 2:00pm the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received the report of a theft that occurred at a construction site in the 90200blk of Coburg Rd.  A construction crew advised that as they returned to their worksite they observed a Mitsubishi car speed away.  The workers then discovered that thousands of dollars’ worth of tools had been stolen.  Workers had been able to note the license plate number on the car.

Deputies identified the suspects as 34-year-old Trevor Lee Hendricks and 31-year-old Jessica Marie Jackson.  Hendricks was also found to have a warrant for his arrest out of Eugene Municipal Court.  

Deputies responded to the suspect’s residence in the 2800blk of Matt Dr. in Eugene and attempted to make contact with them.  Jackson was cooperative with deputies, but Hendricks remained inside the residence and refused to come out.  Deputies, including K9 Ripp and his handler Deputy Chris Gardner, entered the residence.  Hendricks finally surrendered when he learned that K9 Ripp would be assisting in the search for him.  

Hendricks was taken into custody and lodged at the Lane County Jail for his outstanding warrant and a new charge of Theft in the 1st Degree.  Jackson was issued a citation in lieu of custody for Theft in the 1st Degree.  Deputies were able to recover the tools stolen from the construction site.

Attached Media Files: 2023-03/6111/162319/CD86B586-612C-481A-9A75-4430F52E27C5.jpeg

Willamette Water Supply System Commission Board Meeting -- April 6, 2023
Tualatin Valley Water Dist. - Willamette Water Supply System - 03/30/23 10:10 AM

The Willamette Water Supply System Commission Board meeting will be held Thursday April 6, 2023, at 12:00 noon.

Location: This meeting will not be held at a physical location. If you wish to attend remotely, please contact ehms@tvwd.org">annette.rehms@tvwd.org or call 971-222-5957 by 10:00am on April 6, 2023.

If you wish to address the WWSS Board, please request the Public Comment Form and return it 48 hours prior to the day of the meeting.  

The Board meeting agenda packet and additional information regarding the WWSS are available on the Willamette Water Supply System Commission website: 


Tip of the Week for Aril 3, 2023 - Sharing the Road: Cyclists and Motorists (Photo)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/30/23 10:00 AM
Tip of the Week - Sharing the Road - Photo
Tip of the Week - Sharing the Road - Photo




Date:           March 30, 2023    

Contact:       Sheriff Curtis Landers


Cycling has become more popular as a recreational activity and as alternative transportation. As the weather continues to get nicer and more cycling events come into season, expect to see more bicycles on the road and in shared community spaces. Both cyclists and motorists have responsibility to follow traffic laws and to take additional precautions to keep everyone safe. 

Bicycles on streets and highways are considered, by law, a vehicle. Therefore, they are required to obey the rules of the road. This means they must follow the laws that apply to all vehicles and laws specific to cyclists.

Weather, experience, and traffic can impact the safety of sharing the road. Using additional caution and patience can help keep our roads safer for everyone involved.

Motorists should remember these tips:

  • When a cyclist has stopped and remains on their bicycle at an intersection or a traffic signal, they are to be treated as a vehicle waiting for their turn to proceed.
  • Be alert for small children on oversized bicycles. This may increase the likelihood for loss of control.
  • When passing a cyclist, go around them like you would for another vehicle and leave plenty of room.
  • When you are preparing to make a right turn, watch for cyclists who may pull up alongside you. Remember to look over your shoulder to check your blind spots.
  • When pulling away from the curb, merging, or preparing to turn, check for cyclists who may be trying to pass.
  • When parked at the curb, check for cyclists before opening the vehicle door. It’s the driver's responsibility not to open the vehicle door into traffic.
  • Do not follow too closely behind cyclists.
  • Cyclists are entitled to make left turns in the same manner as other vehicles.
  • Be aware of roadway conditions that may affect a cyclist.
  • Weather such as fog or rain impact motorists and cyclists alike. Use additional caution in hazardous areas and during times of low visibility.
  • Do not sound your horn unnecessarily. If you must use your horn, tap it quickly and lightly while you are still some distance away from the cyclist. 

Cyclists should remember these tips while using streets and highways:

  • Riding against the flow of traffic is illegal and increases your risk of injury and death.
  • Cyclists are required to ride in bike lanes or paths when it is adjacent to the roadway with exceptions for right and left turns and to avoid hazards.
  • In areas without bike lanes, cyclists are required to ride as close as practicable to the curb, however they may need to adjust to avoid grates, potholes, debris, gravel, sand, wet or slippery surfaces, rutted or grooved pavement and other hazards.
  • Keep your hands on the handlebars except when making a hand signal.
  • Keep your feet on the pedals.
  • Do not carry more people on the bicycle than it was designed for.
  • Do not hold onto, attach yourself or the bicycle to any other moving vehicle.
  • Only ride side by side on the road with another cyclist when it does not impede other traffic.
  • If there is not enough room to pass safely, ride single file.
  • Ensure the bicycle is equipped with at least one white light to the front and a red light and or red reflector mounted on the rear of the bicycle.
  • Wear reflective clothing or gear.
  • Wear appropriate protective gear.
  • Ensure the bicycle has effective brakes.
  • Share your cycling plans with loved ones, include where you are going and when you are expected to return.


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




Attached Media Files: Tip of the Week - Sharing the Road - PDF , Tip of the Week - Sharing the Road - Word , Tip of the Week - Sharing the Road - Photo

City of Salem Reports Sewer Overflow Event
City of Salem - 03/30/23 9:30 AM

The City of Salem announced that an overflow of untreated sewage occurred into Willamette River on March 29, 2023, at approximately 9:30 am near Church and Union Street sewer overflow tide gate. The overflow was noticed during a routine inspection of the flow monitoring equipment at the tide gate location. The overflow resulted from the buildup of solids in the sewer line due to low flow in the line causing the tide gate to be pushed open just enough to cause a steady stream of sewage to flow out to the river for the past four days. The duration of the spill was verified by a sensor on the other side of the gate, but no alarm was triggered since the flow was approximately one gallon per minute. Approximately 6800 gallons of untreated sewage were spilled. Public Works Department crews were dispatched immediately and cleared the intrusion thus stopping the overflow at approximately 10:00 am.  

If you see an overflowing manhole or wish to report a spill, please call the Public Works Department Dispatch Center at 503-588-6333. 

Learn more about Sanitary Sewer Overflows (https://www.cityofsalem.net/community/household/water-utilities/wastewater) and the steps taken by the City of Salem to reduce these events. 


Downtown Vancouver Auto Licensing Office updates hours beginning April 3
Clark Co. WA Communications - 03/30/23 9:07 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Auditor’s Auto License Office in downtown Vancouver is updating its hours of operation.

Effective Monday, April 3, 2023, the hours for walk-in and phone services will be 9 am to noon and 1 pm to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. The office is located 1408 Franklin St.

Clark County has nine subagent locations through the county to serve residents. To see a list of subagent locations and their hours of operation visit the county website at https://clark.wa.gov/auditor/licensing-locations

Clark County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit investigates pedestrian hit by vehicle
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/30/23 6:16 AM

On 3/30/23 at approximately 0406 hrs a witness called to report a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle near the entrance to I-205 south from NE 134th Street, Clark County, WA.   A Deputy was nearby and arrived on scene quickly to find a person injured in the roadway.  They provided care until medics arrived and transported the injured person to the hospital with serious injuries.  The driver of the vehicle that struck the pedestrian remained at the scene.  Eastbound NE 134th Street between NE 20th Ave and NE 23rd Ave(including the entrance to I-205 South) will be closed for a few hours while the incident is investigated by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit.

Wed. 03/29/23
City of Newberg Installs Cost Saving Fuel Tank (Photo)
City of Newberg - 03/29/23 5:24 PM
Newberg Public Works New Fuel Station
Newberg Public Works New Fuel Station

Newberg, OR – On March 27, 2023 Newberg Mayor Bill Rosacker and City Manager Will Worthey officially opened the new 5000 gallon split fuel tank at Public Works.  Mayor Rosacker took time to thank the Public Works for “finding ways to innovate and save costs”. The Project is expected to save the City $34,000.00 in annual fuel costs.  The new tank allows the City to access State bulk fuel pricing for diesel and gasoline. The onsite tank is also a benefit to first responders who need quick access to resources during emergencies.

Preston Langeliers, Superintendent of Maintenance, explained that his staff developed the plan, managed the project, self-performed all the site development and concrete work.  The team coordinated with the State Fire Marshal, fuel supplier, permit offices, and stormwater rules. “This is a motivated and skilled team. Even the operating procedures and training was developed in house”, according to Langeliers.  By self-performing the work, the City saved $160,000.00 on the project.  

All of these different elements created a savings for the city that will continue for many years to come.” according to City Manager Worthey who praised the Public Works team for the project.

The City maintains and fuels over 100 pieces of equipment for 7 departments; including Police Patrol, Building Inspectors, 9-1-1 Dispatch, street sweeper & plows, trucks, cars, backhoes, landscaping, and power generators at water and sewer lift stations.

Attached Media Files: Newberg Public Works New Fuel Station

Oregon Nurses' Statement on Oregon Health Authority's Denial of Request to Close Legacy Mount Hood Birthing Center
Oregon Nurses Assn. - 03/29/23 5:23 PM

Portland, Ore. - The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) issued the following statement upon the announcement from the Oregon Health Authority that state health officials denied a waiver application from Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center (LMHMC) to stop providing required maternity services.

Nurses have been saying that Legacy’s decision to close the birthing center was a mistake for months. Not only has the community in East Multnomah County relied on Legacy Mt. Hood for these services for generations, but the closure of the birthing center would add additional burdens to accessing health care for an already underserved population. The decision by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to deny Legacy’s request is not only the right thing to do, it also gives Legacy yet another opportunity to step up and do the right thing for the people of East Multnomah County.

The advocacy of nurses and other front line health care workers, along with legislative champions like Representatives Zach Hudson and Ricki Ruiz, and Senator Chris Gorsek, has raised significant awareness among the public of Legacy’s poor decision-making and their failure to act in the best interests of their community. Now, with their waiver request denied, nurses are clear: Legacy must reopen the birthing center as soon as possible and begin the difficult work of rebuilding trust between a health system that tried to put profit before patients and the dedicated staff, and community members, who rely on them.

Nurses and community members are grateful to OHA for their swift and decisive ruling to deny Legacy this request. 

The Oregon Nurses Association is also calling for support for House Bill 3592 which would require OHA to consider equity implications in maternity waiver processes.

The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) is the state’s largest and most influential nursing organization. We are a professional association and labor union which represents more than 15,000 nurses and allied health workers throughout the state, including more than 1,200 frontline nurses and allied health workers at multiple St. Charles Health facilities in Central and Eastern Oregon. ONA’s mission is to advocate for nursing, quality health care and healthy communities. For more information visit: www.OregonRN.org.

50th Annual Tualatin Lions Easter Egg Hunt, April 8, 2023 (Photo)
Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation - 03/29/23 4:28 PM
Ady & the Easter Bunny
Ady & the Easter Bunny

On Saturday, April 8, 2023 at 1:00PM, the Tualatin Lions Club will hold their 50th annual Easter Egg Hunt at the lush, green Tualatin Community Park, 8515 SW Tualatin Road, Tualatin, Oregon. The Easter Bunny has already been talking to the Tualatin Lions, making arrangements to be there early for photos with all of the Easter Egg Hunters and their families.

As in the past, there will be separate hunts for different age groups. Toddlers to 2-year-olds will be in the play area east of the central picnic shelter; 3 and 4-year-olds will be in the field south of the picnic shelter; 5 and 6-year-olds will hunt in deep left field of the softball field and 7 and 8-year-olds will hunt in shallow left field. 

A very special addition this year will be a hunt for visually impaired hunters up to age 8. The Tualatin Lions are partnering with a special friend, Ady Alvarez, and her family to provide beeping Easter Eggs and are looking forward to this great feature as a part of its annual gift to the children of the region.

Every hunter will receive a bag of Easter candy from the Scouts of Troop 530 and 2 hunters from each age group will receive big “special prizes” in return for finding “special eggs”. Troop 530 Scouts and Tualatin Lions can identify those “special eggs”.

The Tualatin Lions will sell fresh popcorn, soda and water. Everything is just $1 and all funds raised go to Lions charitable community projects including school vision screening in the Tigard-Tualatin and Sherwood Schools, eyeglasses and hearing aids for neighbors in need and more. The Lions will also happily accept donations of non-perishable food and cash that will directly go to the Tualatin Schoolhouse Pantry.

Families from all over the region are welcome beginning at noon on Saturday, April 8th for photos with the Easter Bunny and fresh popcorn. Egg hunts begin at 1:00PM and everything will go off, regardless of the weather. The Tualatin Lions can be reached at tualatinlions@gmail.com

For more info, contact Brad King at tualatinlions@gmail.com



Attached Media Files: Ady & the Easter Bunny

DA Mike Schmidt Testifies in Support of SB 915
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 03/29/23 4:16 PM

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt today testified in support of SB 915, ​​which would enhance resources at the Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) to assume control of the prosecution of criminal cases involving the fatal use of force by law enforcement. The bill utilizes an opt-in approach, allowing each county to decide whether or not to refer officer-involved shooting cases to DOJ.

“Deputy DAs work day in and day out with police officers, often developing strong professional relationships and getting to know each other in the way we all do when we work with people routinely,” said DA Mike Schmidt. “Yet the expectation is that when these members of law enforcement are the subject of a criminal investigation, we will take on the prosecution as though these relationships do not exist.

“The fatal use of force by a law enforcement officer is an extremely sensitive event that requires the highest levels of process and transparency to investigate and prosecute. Since my election, I have referred these cases for external review, frequently to DOJ, which is allowed via the DA Assist function – a mechanism within their criminal justice division, whereby DOJ can assist Oregon’s district attorneys upon their request. 

“But it comes at a cost. The DOJ criminal justice division is asked to serve the entirety of the state with a small team. Senate Bill 915 will create a dedicated resource within DOJ to handle cases involving the lethal use of force by law enforcement. This modest investment will allow DOJ to invest in specialized expertise to manage these crucially important and sensitive cases without risking the displacement of other priorities.

“I believe that this is responsive to what communities demand from their law enforcement representatives and from DA offices in terms of transparency, accountability, and professionalism.”

More information is available on the Oregon Legislature’s website


OHCS uplifts Governor Kotek's signing of HBs 2001 and 5019 as a bold step to address the housing needs of the people of Oregon
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 03/29/23 4:10 PM

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) applauds Governor Tina Kotek who today signed bipartisan legislation addressing the state’s housing and homelessness crisis into law. 

“As Oregonians, we are bound by our shared values that all people have access to basic, fundamental needs to which affordable housing is fundamental,” said OHCS Director Andrea Bell. “This legislation marks forward progress in the direction of sustained effort to improve the quality of lives of the people of Oregon.  

“The way forward requires all of us and investments at the scale needed to tackle the affordable housing crisis. Our economies and our communities are stronger when all people have access to their basic needs to which housing is fundamental. We are grateful to Gov. Kotek for relentlessly working toward meaningful change and the Oregon Legislature for recognizing the criticality that investing in affordable housing is investing in family stability, children’s success, racial justice and the economic health of our entire state.” 

HB 2001 includes a suite of policy changes intended to address Oregon’s housing needs. Some of those impact OHCS directly; some do not. Policies that would affect OHCS and the work the agency does include:  

Dedicating Emergency Housing Account (EHA) funds, one of OHCS’ core homeless services programs, to providing services and assistance to school-aged children or their families who are experiencing, or are at risk of experiencing, homelessness.  

Changing Oregon’s eviction timelines and statutes, which do not affect state programs directly but impact OHCS’ and our partners’ ability to reach Oregonians at risk of becoming homeless and provide support to keep them stably housed. 

Creating a loan/grant program to support manufacturers of modular housing, prioritizing benefits to Oregonians who lost housing due to disasters, live on low incomes, or live on moderate income (in that order).  

Codifying the Oregon Housing Needs Analysis, which shifts Oregon’s land use program in a way that empowers cities to take actions that meaningfully increase housing production, affordability, and choice.   

As a companion to those policy changes, House Bill 5019, the Affordable Housing and Emergency Homelessness Response Package includes key housing investments that OHCS will distribute to create housing solutions. This includes $155 million to support Oregon children and families at risk of and facing homelessness. The urgent need for funding was proposed by the Governor in response to the homelessness state of emergency that she declared on her first full day of office. 

About Oregon Housing and Community Services

Oregon Housing and Community Services provides resources for Oregonians to reduce poverty and increase access to stable housing. Our intentional focus on both housing and community services allows us to serve Oregonians holistically across the housing continuum, including preventing and ending homelessness, assisting with utilities, providing housing stability support, financing multifamily affordable housing and encouraging homeownership.


Department of Administrative Services on Governor Kotek Signing the Affordable Housing & Emergency Homelessness Response Package into Law
State of Oregon - 03/29/23 4:10 PM

Salem, OR- Today, Governor Kotek signed House Bill 2001 and House Bill 5019 into law. This Affordable Housing & Emergency Homelessness Response Package will allow the Department of Administrative Services to analyze housing data to support local jurisdictions and state agencies to make critical, data-driven decisions that will benefit all Oregonians.

The Department of Administrative Services, along with a number of state agencies are proud to begin work on improving the state of housing in Oregon.

The Department of Administrative Services has an important role set forth in House Bill 2001 which begins with the first step in the Oregon Housing Needs Analysis: calculating the number of housing units needed in Oregon. This calculation will be conducted while taking into account the following:

  • Historical underproduction of housing;
  • Housing for our homeless neighbors; and
  • Expected future need.

Examining the need is an important step in assessing how state government may be able to improve the housing situation across the state. Oregonians are struggling with housing availability and high costs and Governor Kotek has made it a top priority to alleviate those challenges. This work, along with other analytical work that the agency conducts will be performed in a clear and transparent manner, consistent with the high-quality analysis the public expects, and policy leaders rely upon.

The Oregon Housing Needs Analysis is conducted by the Office of Economic Analysis within the Department of Administrative Services. Once the analysis is conducted, local governments and state agencies including the Department of Land Conservation and Development and Oregon Housing and Community Services can begin to make actionable plans to alleviate the challenges in increasing supply and making housing more affordable. The analysis is required to be completed no later than January 1, 2025, however, the Department of Administrative Services will work to ensure it is completed on a timeline that supports agencies’ needs. 

“Governor Kotek and the Legislature have made a historic investment in the housing future of Oregon,” said Berri Leslie, Interim Director of Department of Administrative Services. “We are prepared to take these first, important steps needed to evaluate the state’s housing needs. This analysis will help other agencies do the vital work of creating stability and a housing environment that makes sense for the needs of all Oregonians.”


House Bill 5019 provides $20 million to expand and strengthen the Oregon Department of Human Services, Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program
Oregon Department of Human Services - 03/29/23 4:00 PM

(Salem) – The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) applauds Governor Tina Kotek who today signed bipartisan legislation addressing the state’s housing and homelessness crisis into law.

House Bill 5019 (HB 5019) includes a suite of policy changes and investments intended to address Oregon’s housing needs. It provides approximately $20 million dollars of funding to expand and strengthen the ODHS Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program.

The ODHS Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program is tasked with coordinating statewide planning for delivery of services to youth experiencing homelessness under the age of 25. The program partners with impacted youth, community organizations and other state agencies to support and fund initiatives and programs within the youth homelessness system.

"We all have an interest in a community in which young people have access to stable and safe housing so that they can pursue their life’s goals and reach their full potential,” said ODHS Director Fariborz Pakseresht (he/him). “A young person’s experience with homelessness does not always follow a linear path and is unique from the experience of adults. We are grateful to Governor Kotek and the Oregon Legislature for this investment of $20 million that will strengthen our ability to work in collaboration with community-based organizations, local government and other system partners, to provide flexible supports and services that meet young people experiencing homelessness where they are.”

ODHS will use the $20 million provided by HB 5019 to expand and strengthen its support of local programs across the state, as well as newer initiatives and supports for youth experiencing homelessness across Oregon by increasing investments in:  

  • Prevention services including youth outreach and drop-in services.
  • Early and crisis intervention housing such as shelter and other programming.
  • Medium-term housing such as transitional living and other programming.
  • Host home programs that provide temporary housing for youth experiencing homelessness.
  • Other services such as culturally specific programming, mental health and substance use supports.

HB 5019 will also increase the ODHS Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program staff from one to six positions, this will improve ODHS’ ability to collaborate with partners and young people, expand services that meet young people where they are and improve data collection. 

In 2021, ODHS completed the state's first needs assessment focused on youth experiencing homelessness. The assessment estimated that there are over 8,200 unhoused individuals under the age of 25 who are likely to need safe, affordable housing and services to maintain stability.

More information about the ODHS Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program can be found online

About the Oregon Department of Human Services

The mission of the Oregon Department of Human Services is to help Oregonians in their own communities achieve wellbeing and independence through opportunities that protect, empower, respect choice and preserve dignity. 


Multi-Agency Public Meeting on North Fork Corridor
Marion County - 03/29/23 4:00 PM

LYONS, OR – Marion County is hosting a public meeting at Elkhorn Fire Station on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, from 6-8p.m. 

Representatives from Marion County, Oregon Department of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management, United States Forest Service, and the Lyons Rural Fire District and Ambulance Service will present agency updates on wildfire recovery efforts in the North Fork Corridor.

The meeting will take place at the Elkhorn Fire Station, located at 32788 N Fork Rd, Lyons, OR 97358. 


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Suspect rams patrol vehicle, causes head on collision on I-405 Tuesday night (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/29/23 3:57 PM

The driver of a suspected stolen vehicle rammed a Transit Police vehicle with two Multnomah County sheriff’s deputies inside and later caused a head on crash on I-405, injuring multiple people.

On Tuesday, March 28, at 7:42 p.m., Multnomah County sheriff’s deputies assigned to the Transit Police Division (TPD) stopped a suspected stolen SUV in a parking lot near the N. Lombard Transit Center. As the deputies were preparing to exit their vehicle, the suspect put the SUV in reverse and rammed the front of the Transit Police vehicle. The suspect then drove away, hitting an uninvolved vehicle as it exited the parking lot. The suspect then turned south onto I-5. The deputies initially pursued the suspect vehicle onto I-5, but ended the pursuit when they lost sight of the SUV.

Approximately six minutes later, it was reported that a car matching the suspect’s SUV was driving the wrong way in the northbound lanes of I-405. Moments later, it was reported that the SUV collided head-on with another car north of the NW Glisan Street overpass. A second car was unable to avoid the crash and collided with both vehicles. Deputies, along with Portland Police officers, responded to the crash location and confirmed the SUV involved was being driven by the suspect.

The northbound lanes of I-405 near NW Glisan Street were closed for a period of time during the investigation.

  • Suspect vehicle: The suspect vehicle was occupied by two adults. The driver and passenger suffered serious injuries and were transported to a local hospital.
  • Victim vehicle one: The driver, the sole occupant, was transported to an area hospital with moderate injuries. 
  • Victim vehicle two: A driver and child were inside the car. The child was transported to an area hospital for evaluation out of an abundance of caution.
  • The deputies who first encountered the suspect in North Portland were not injured.

The driver of the suspect vehicle is identified as 30-year-old Kyle Christopher Voltz.

During the investigation, deputies learned Voltz took the Highway 30 exit westbound from I-405 southbound. Before reaching NW Vaughn Street, Voltz turned around and entered the westbound Highway 30 off ramp from I-405 northbound. Voltz drove into oncoming lanes and continued south against the flow of traffic prior to the collision. Based on the suspect’s behavior, deputies believe Voltz was under the influence of narcotics. A blood test will be completed to confirm whether he was under the influence.

Voltz will be booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center when he’s released from the hospital on charges of assault in the first degree, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, felony elude, felony hit and run and reckless driving, among other charges.

Image description: Suspect's SUV following head on collision

Image description: Head on collision (photo courtesy Portland Fire & Rescue)

Attached Media Files: 2023-03/1276/162302/Head_on_collision_22-13735.jpeg , 2023-03/1276/162302/Suspects_SUV_following_head_on_collision_22-13735.jpg

County seeks applicants for Community Action Advisory Board
Clark Co. WA Communications - 03/29/23 3:36 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – The county manager is seeking applicants to fill two positions on the volunteer Community Action Advisory Board. 

Positions include an elected official from the county’s fourth district, and a low-income representative from the county’s fifth district. 

Term periods start immediately, and are three years, ending Dec. 31, 2025. Incumbents have the opportunity for re-appointment to two additional three-year terms. 

The fifteen-member board makes recommendations about local government funding for basic needs, self-sufficiency, and housing programs. Members also advocate for services supporting low-income communities, families and persons at local, state and federal levels. 

Clark County is looking to diversify the board composition and encourages people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives to apply, especially people of color and from historically oppressed or under-resourced communities. 

Interested residents must submit an application and résumé to Rebecca Royce, Clark County Community Services, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000 or ebecca.royce@clark.wa.gov">rebecca.royce@clark.wa.gov

Application information can be found at https://clark.wa.gov/community-services/caab-community-action-advisory-board or by calling Rebecca Royce at 564.397.7863. 

Deadline is Thursday, April 27.

Beaverton Sex Assault Suspect Likely Has More Victims (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 03/29/23 3:28 PM
Ali Muhammed Quraishi
Ali Muhammed Quraishi

On May 30, 2022, Beaverton Police Department officers took a report of a sexual assault which occurred at an apartment in the Cedar Mill area of Beaverton. The victim reported meeting the suspect, 32-year-old Ali Muhammed Quraishi, through Quraishi’s work as a dancer / dance manager at a Portland area club. 

Beaverton Police Department officers began their investigation into the report and determined that there were additional victims. Thus far in the investigation, at least four victims have been identified. 

On March 17, 2023, a Washington County Grand Jury indicted Quraishi on 16 charges related to the assaults of the four victims. On March 27, 2023, Quraishi was arrested and lodged at the Washington County Jail where he is currently being held on the charges. Detectives believe that Quraishi was still working for the club at the time of his arrest. 

Based on the nature of Quraishi’s crimes, Beaverton Police Detectives believe he likely has additional victims. If you, or someone you know, had inappropriate interaction with Ali Quraishi, or if you have information regarding his involvement in these, or similar, crimes, please contact Detective Maggie Brown at 971.253.9690 and/or madalynbrown@beavertonoregon.gov.

Attached Media Files: Ali Muhammed Quraishi

Oregon Health Authority denies request to close Legacy Mount Hood Hospital Birthing Center
Oregon Health Authority - 03/29/23 3:22 PM

March 29, 2023

Contact: Afiq Hisham: (971) 273-3374; Afiq.Hisham@oha.oregon.gov

Oregon Health Authority denies request to close Legacy Mount Hood Hospital Birthing Center

Portland, Ore —State health officials have denied a waiver application from Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center (LMHMC) to stop providing required maternity services. Based on a review of Legacy’s waiver application, answers to questions from state health licensing staff, and other information, the closure of Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center’s Family Birth Center, does not meet the needs of Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center patients or the community.

Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center submitted a waiver request to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) on March 6, 2023, to close the Family Birth Center. Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center closed the Family Birth Center on March 17, 2023, while OHA’s Health Facility Licensing & Certification (HFLC) program was reviewing Legacy’s waiver application and seeking additional information from Legacy.

In addition to reviewing Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center’s waiver request, state health officials have opened a separate but related investigation into the closure of the birth center without an approved waiver.

Health care facilities are required to meet the terms of their state license and federal certification to receive Medicare and Medicaid payments through the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Oregon Health Authority conducts investigations to ensure health facilities meet their state and federal requirements. If a health care facility is found to be noncompliant, they have 90 days to return to compliance or risk losing their ability to bill Medicare or Medicaid through their federal CMS certification.

Under state regulations, a hospital that requests a waiver of a licensing requirement must show that the proposed waiver maintains or improves the health and safety of the patients, meets the individual and aggregate needs of patients, and does not jeopardize patient health and safety.

 Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center sought state approval to close the birth center after Legacy’s staffing changes left the facility without enough staff to safely provide maternity services. Legacy proposed to redirect patients to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for maternity care.

State health officials who reviewed the waiver submission found that Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center did not meet any of the three criteria required to permit the birth center’s closure. According to the state’s waiver determination, officials determined that the closure did not maintain or improve patient services. The birth center’s staff shortages were the result of management decisions, and the hospital chose to close the facility instead of placing staff at the birth center that were willing to implement management’s proposed new care model.

State health officials also found that the closure does not reflect community needs. Before its closure, Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center served more women seeking urgent obstetrical care than any other hospital in the Legacy system. It served a disproportionate percentage of patients who had limited English proficiency, fewer or no prenatal visits, limited education and greater enrollment in the Oregon Health Plan (OHP). Eliminating access to delivery services in the area would not meet these patients’ needs and could result in more complications and premature deliveries and worsen health inequities.

State officials reviewing the waiver application also expressed concerns about patient safety. With its higher numbers of urgent obstetrical cases than other Legacy hospitals, Legacy’s proposal to divert patients to Emanuel would force some patients to deliver in the Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center’s emergency department. In those circumstances, emergency physicians may not have adequate training and experience in deliveries and there would not be enough time to transport patients facing complications.

OHA’s Public Health Director Rachael Banks said, “Our goal is to ensure patients have timely access to maternity care. The closure of the Family Birth Center at Mount Hood Medical Center does not meet that goal.”

State health regulators are continuing the ongoing compliance investigation at Mount Hood Medical Center, including the closure of the Family Birth Center. Results of that investigation are expected in coming weeks.


Update: Suspect Arrested in Michael Hatcher Homicide
Gresham Police Dept - 03/29/23 3:21 PM


RELEASE DATE: March 29, 2023
CASE NUMBER: 23-11742

Gresham, Ore.— The Gresham Police Department, with the assistance of Portland Police Bureau SERT, arrested Portland resident Ervin Standifer Jr, 61, at his residence. 

The East County Major Crimes Team began investigating the case on Friday morning when patrol officers responded to a subject down on the sidewalk. Officers located Hatcher deceased. An autopsy performed at the State Medical Examiner's office determined, the victim Portland resident Michael Lashone Hatcher, 35, died of gun violence. 

Standifer is booked at the Multnomah County Detention Center on Murder in the second degree.

Police are asking that anyone who may have witnessed this incident or have other information about what led to Hatcher's death to call our tip line at 503.618.2719 or toll-free at 1.888.989.3505.


PIO # 503.766.3066
Twitter: @Greshampd
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Free trees--no fool'n Seedling give aways aim to help forestlands recover after devastating 2020 wildfires (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/29/23 3:09 PM

SALEM, Ore. – There will be two tree seedling give aways to help with reforestation and recovery from wildfires that took place in 2020.  The first is April 1, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., and focused on restoration efforts after the Beachie Creek Fire. Marion County Environmental Services and partner organizations have an ongoing “Canyon Comeback” campaign to help restore the Santiam Canyon area that saw more than 700 homes and business properties burned. Area property owners can pick up seedlings at North Santiam Park.  Those wanting seedlings need to RSVP first at the Canyon Comeback website.  More details including pick up schedule, types of trees, and planting instructions are on the website.  A community tree planting will also take place April 2 at Packsaddle Park from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., weather dependent.

The other seedling give away is focused on restoration efforts after the South Obenchain wildfire in Southern Oregon burned more than 32,000 acres. The Oregon Department of Forestry is sponsoring this event and seedlings can be picked up April 3-6 at ODF’s Southern Oregon District Office, 5286 Table Rock Road, Central Point.  The pickup hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Area landowners can only pick up the seedlings by the full box—each box contains approximately 400 trees.  For more information contact Marcus Havniear, ODF Stewardship Forester, at cus.havniear@odf.oregon.gov">marcus.havniear@odf.oregon.gov or (541) 664-3328. 

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Attached Media Files: 2023-03/1072/162296/Seedling.jpeg

TOMORROW: Free Museum Admission and Presentations from Native Storytellers at the Oregon Historical Society's March 30 (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 03/29/23 2:53 PM
Ed Edmo
Ed Edmo

Portland, OR — Celebrate spring break by visiting the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) for free on Thursday, March 30, from 10am to 5pm. Special family-friendly activities include live presentations from Native storytellers, a “Tell Your Family Story” craft (available from 12pm to 4pm), and activity pages to help explore OHS’s flagship exhibition, Experience Oregon

All cultures, communities, and families have their own ways of passing stories through generations to teach lessons, foster community, and preserve history. For Native communities, storytelling is an intimate tradition that connects the past to the present. Native American culture is rich in oral traditions that pass along customs, rituals, and legends through vivid narratives often told by tribal elders to younger generations. The Oregon Historical Society is grateful to welcome Wilson Wewa and Ed Edmo for two presentations about Native traditions and history.

Wilson Wewa, who will present at 11am, was raised on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in central Oregon, and as a child spent countless hours hearing the stories of his family, Tribe, and lifeways as they pertained to his life. Later, Wewa traveled extensively with his family and especially his grandmother to other parts of the Great Basin, where he met many other Northern Paiute elders who added to his knowledge of his people. He continues to be called on by his people as an orator, storyteller, and funerary officiate. Wewa works for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs as the Senior Wellness Coordinator, a position he has held since 1980, and is consulted by other tribes and organizations in the United States on elders’ issues. Wewa is a frequent attendee at the Return of the Boise River People gathering held each year in Boise, Idaho, where he is usually singled out to share on a number of topics that pertain to Northern Paiute heritage and land. 

Ed Edmo, who will present at 1pm, is a Shoshone-Bannock poet, playwright, performer, traditional storyteller, tour guide, and lecturer on Northwest tribal culture. Edmo was born in Nevada; when he was a baby, his family moved to his father’s ancestral home of Celilo Village along the Columbia River. Edmo is enrolled in the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and also has Yakama and Nez Perce ancestry. Edmo offers guided tours to the She Who Watches petroglyphs on the Columbia Gorge, as well as to the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in central Oregon’s High Desert country. He conducts workshops, traditional storytelling performances, dramatic monologues, and lectures on issues such as cultural understanding and awareness, drug and alcohol abuse, and mental health. Edmo is a published short story writer, poet, and playwright and serves as a consultant to the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian.

Current exhibitions on view during spring break include OHS’s permanent exhibitions Experience Oregon and History Hub as well as Our Unfinished Past: The Oregon Historical Society at 125. For 125 years, the Oregon Historical Society has preserved Oregon’s history through its collections, library, educational programs, exhibitions, and scholarship. Our Unfinished Past, on view through December 17, explores the people, events, and stories that have shaped the institution, reflecting on OHS’s complex history and its mission to be the collective memory of Oregon.

The Oregon Historical Society is located in downtown Portland, Oregon, at 1200 SW Park Avenue, on the traditional homelands of Chinookan-speaking peoples, such as the Multnomah, Cascade, Clackamas, and Clowwewalla, who made their homes along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. The Tualatin Kalapuya’s ancestral homelands include present-day Washington and portions of West Portland. Today, Portland is home to Indigenous people from across the region and the United States.

Through a variety of practices, policies, and projects, the Oregon Historical Society works to elevate Native perspectives and knowledge, respect tribal proto­col, and demonstrate recognition of tribal sovereignty. OHS education staff are currently working on creating lesson plans, educational resources, and professional-development programs that connect local history and OHS resources to support the implementation of Senate Bill (SB) 13, now known as Tribal History/Shared History. 

About the Oregon Historical Society

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

Attached Media Files: Ed Edmo , Wilson Wewa , Visitors in Experience Oregon exhibition , Flags of Oregon's nine federally recognized tribes on view in Experience Oregon.

CCC announces winter honor roll
Clackamas Comm. College - 03/29/23 2:45 PM


A total of 454 students made the Clackamas Community College honor roll and 947 students made the president's list for winter term 2023.

To be named to the honor roll, students must earn a grade-point average of 3.5 or better. To be named to the president's list, students must earn a 3.75 grade-point average or better.


Attached Media Files: 2023-03/29/162295/CCC_Winter_2023_Honor_Roll_Lists.xlsx

Traffic collision involving bicyclist results in fatality
Salem Police Department - 03/29/23 1:33 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  

DATE: March 29, 2023

Traffic collision involving bicyclist results in fatality

Salem, Ore. — At approximately 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, Salem Police patrol officers responded to the scene of a traffic collision involving a bicyclist and the driver of a pick-up truck at the intersection of Leslie and High STS SE.

The preliminary investigation by the Salem Police Traffic Team revealed the bicyclist was riding southbound on High ST approaching Leslie ST when the driver of the truck traveling eastbound on Leslie ST entered the intersection and crossed the bicyclist’s path of travel, resulting in a collision.

The bicyclist, 53-year-old Marganne Allen, suffered critical injuries and was transported to Salem Health where she later died.

The driver of the pick-up truck, Samuel Landis, age 37, was not injured. He remained on the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

The intersection remained closed for approximately four hours as the incident was investigated, and the scene cleared.

No citations have been issued or arrest made as the Traffic Team investigation into the collision continues. No further information is available for release.

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Spring coupons offer free disposal of yard debris, tires for Vancouver residents
City of Vancouver - 03/29/23 12:28 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – Vancouver’s annual spring coupons will arrive in more than 45,000 customer mailboxes soon. This popular program helps Vancouver community members with free disposal of yard debris and tires at designated drop-off sites. Coupons are valid for three months, from April 3 through June 30.

Coupons will be sent to all single-family residential garbage customers within the City of Vancouver with an active Waste Connections account. Customers who receive paper bills from Waste Connections will find coupons in their April bill. Customers signed up for electronic bills will receive a postcard in the mail from the City of Vancouver. Copies and digital coupons are not allowed under this program.

The annual coupon program is provided by Solid Waste Services, part of the City of Vancouver's Public Works Department, to help community members with the added vegetation that commonly results from spring pruning, mowing and weeding. The coupons also provide an opportunity to clean up and remove old, unwanted tires, which can create a nuisance if not disposed of properly.

More information about the spring coupon program is available at cityofvancouver.us/SpringCleanUpCoupons

Learn more about proper tree pruning at cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry. Explore alternatives to disposal of yard debris at free composting workshops or through Waste Connections’ optional organics services for Vancouver residents. 


County to host corrections officer career open house on April 19
Clark Co. WA Communications - 03/29/23 12:26 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Jail Services and Human Resources staff will hold an information open house for individuals interested in a career as a corrections officer. 

The open house will be Wednesday, April 19 in the sixth-floor hearing room in the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. The event begins at 7 pm, doors open at 6:30. Seating is limited, and reservations are required by sending an email to vicesRecruiting@clark.wa.gov">DLCntyJailServicesRecruiting@clark.wa.gov

The open house provides an opportunity to learn about the job and the hiring process including:

  • Preparing for the Public Safety Test
  • Training for the physical ability test
  • Completing the background information in a timely manner
  • Preparation tips for the final selection interview
  • What to expect on post-offer exams
  • Academy and training process

Staff will wrap up the event with an open question forum.

“Corrections officer positions are good paying jobs with excellent benefits,” said Dave Shook, Jail Services director. “I encourage anyone wishing to serve our community to attend this open house and learn more about joining our dedicated team of professionals.” 

The hourly pay range for corrections officers is $30.35 to $40.74. The county offers sign-on bonuses of $10,000 for entry-level new hires and $25,000 for new hires with prior experience. 

Corrections officers provide supervision, custody and care of inmates in the Clark County Jail. Duties include booking, searching and releasing inmates, monitoring jail access, courtroom security, inmate transport, inmate classification and work release. 

Learn more about the event and corrections officer positions at https://clark.wa.gov/jail-services/corrections-career-open-house

MESD Board Equity and Inclusion Committee meeting 1:00 p.m. on 4/6/2023
Multnomah ESD - 03/29/23 11:58 AM

The Multnomah Education Service District Board Equity and Inclusion Committee will meet at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 6,  2023.
This meeting will be held virtually via Zoom.

Passcode: 627456

Subject in Multiple Incidents Arrested
City of Seaside - 03/29/23 10:58 AM

SEASIDE, Ore. – March 29, 2023 – The Seaside Police Department (SPD) arrested Jeremiah W. Tolley Jr., 26, on Tuesday, March 28 in response to multiple incidents involving inappropriate touching and conduct in downtown Seaside and at the Outlet Mall.

On Monday evening, March 27, the SPD received a report that a male subject had inappropriately touched a female juvenile in downtown Seaside. Officers searched the area but were unable to immediately locate a suspect. The next morning, SPD officers received information from the Astoria PD regarding a potential suspect in the case. On Tuesday afternoon, March 28, SPD received a report that a male had inappropriately touched a female in a business at the Seaside Outlet Mall. Responding officers were able to locate a suspect with the help of the victim and took him into custody. The suspect at the scene was identified as Tolley, who matched the potential suspect identified by the Astoria PD earlier that day.

The investigation into the initial report revealed several similar reports of incidents in the area. One incident, which occurred on March 27 in a downtown business, was caught on camera and showed Tolley engaging in inappropriate conduct while watching a female employee.

Tolley was lodged at the Clatsop County Jail on four charges of Sex Abuse III, four charges of Harassment, and one charge of Public Indecency.

The SPD is seeking to identify any further potential witnesses or victims. If you have any information to share, please contact SPD Corporal Matthew Brown or Corporal Bethany Workman at (503) 738-6311.

end of release

Attached Media Files: News Release in PDF Format

NWRESD Names New School Safety Lead (Photo)
Northwest Regional ESD - 03/29/23 10:55 AM
Neha Mahajan Hertzog portrait
Neha Mahajan Hertzog portrait

Neha Mahajan Hertzog has joined Northwest Regional Education Service District as the new school safety and prevention services teacher on special assignment (TOSA). Neha replaces Jennifer Johnson, who is now working on school safety and prevention projects at the Oregon Department of Education. 

In her new role, Neha will collaborate with the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority to ensure educators, school districts and community partners in northwest Oregon have the training and expertise to develop, roll out and maintain a strong school safety and prevention system. 

The school safety and prevention system was originally established in May of 2019 by the Oregon Legislature as part of the Student Success Act. Neha joins 15 other school safety and prevention specialists across the state who are all working toward building a more coordinated approach to school safety. The goal of the system is to integrate school safety in a way that ensures students who have historically been pushed to the margins — students of color, students who identify as LGBTQ2SIA+, students who are learning English, students who are experiencing mental illness — are successful and have a voice in the system that is meant to keep them safe. 

Neha will provide technical expertise, consultation, training and system development to educators, schools and community partners in several key safety and health prevention areas. These include:  

  • Conducting and providing training on behavioral safety (threat) assessments
  • Supporting educators with suicide prevention, risk assessment and response
  • Creating and supporting crisis and tragedy response teams
  • Preventing and addressing bullying, cyberbullying, harassment and intimidation
  • Establishing sexual incident response protocols to address sexual violence and harrassment in schools
  • Fostering a safe and inclusive school climate and culture
  • Helping districts carry out the Every Student Belongs rule, which prohibits the three most recognized hate symbols at schools or school-related events
  • Developing bias incident response protocols
  • Promoting social and emotional learning
  • Expanding access and understanding of mental health and well-being

Neha, who is a licensed social worker and also holds a doctorate in developmental psychology, has 8 years of experience in K-12 education. Most recently, she worked as a school social worker for the St. Helens School District. As the district’s first school social worker, Neha responded to student crises, provided short-term mental health support, referred students and families to community resources, coordinated the district’s behavioral safety assessment work and led trainings on suicide prevention and risk assessments. 

She also helped launch an equity leadership team that focused on anti-racist learning and reflection, with a goal of overhauling curriculum, systems, and practices so they are more equitable for students. She was a founding member of St. Helens High School’s 9th Grade Success team, which used equity- and evidence-based change ideas to help more students graduate from high school. 

“Neha is a perfect fit for this role,” says Ryan Blasquez, a director of instruction at NWRESD. “She has the technical skills and thinking needed to build and sustain our systems for school safety and crisis management. She does that important work by using an equity lens that keeps students and families at the center of her decision making. I am really excited about the opportunity to work with her and learn from her. Our region is lucky to have her in this role.”

Neha also worked as a licensed social worker in the Beaverton School District for 3 years. During her time there, she provided social work services to students at 12 schools, including primary, secondary and alternative schools. She developed and implemented therapeutic groups for students experiencing anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, grief, divorce and other challenges. She also analyzed the effectiveness of the district’s social work program every year that was presented to district administrators and the school board. 

“I’m honored to have the privilege and responsibility of working in a role that allows me to have a meaningful impact on the lives and well-being of students in our region,” Neha says. “By proactively identifying and addressing potential risks, we can cultivate a culture of safety and support and ensure that all students in our region can learn, grow and thrive in an environment that fosters their academic, emotional and social development.”

Neha has a doctorate in developmental psychology from Yale University, a master’s degree in social work from Portland State University, and a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science from Yale. 

She is based at the Washington Service Center in Hillsboro.

For more information about the school safety and prevention services available to school districts, visit our school safety webpage. You can also sign up for email updates about upcoming events and training opportunities

Northwest Regional Education Service District is the largest of Oregon’s 19 education service districts. It serves 20 school districts in Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook and Washington counties. These school districts serve over 97,000 students. Through state funding, contracts, and private and public grants, the agency provides a wide range of special education and specialized services to students, educators and families in the region.

Attached Media Files: Neha Mahajan Hertzog portrait

Public Information Sessions for Proposed Lane County Public Safety Levy Renewal Week of 4/2/23-4/8/23
Lane Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/29/23 10:28 AM

Measure 20-340 


Public Information Sessions for Proposed Lane County Public Safety Levy Renewal

Week of April 2 - 8, 2023.

Lane County Sheriff Cliff Harrold will be available for questions related to the proposed Lane County Jail Levy Renewal (Measure 20-340) at the following locations next week:


  • Monday, April 3 at 6:00PM – Goldson Grange & Community Center (23479 Hwy. 36, Cheshire, OR)
  • Tuesday, April 4 at 7:30PM – Walterville Grange & Community Center (39259 Camp Creek Rd., Springfield, OR)


Following a short presentation, the Sheriff will be available to answer questions and speak with community members. 

Passage of this measure would not increase the tax rate and renews a current local option tax. 

Measure renewal will maintain a minimum of 255 local jail beds for the five-year period, providing the Sheriff with improved ability to hold those arrested for violent felony offenses until their cases are resolved. 

Levy renewal would also:

  • maintain investment in medical mental health services within the Jail to help those in custody make positive improvements and build life skills in an effort to reduce recidivism 
  • continue to provide counseling, secure treatment, and detention services for youth offenders

Levy funds are placed in a restricted fund earmarked for the Jail and Youth Services. An annual independent financial audit of levy spending is required and presented publicly.

The estimated tax rate for this levy is $0.55 per $1,000 of assessed value. The median Lane County homeowner is estimated to pay an average of $118 per year for five years. 

Additional information sessions will be provided by the Sheriff at different locations throughout the county in the upcoming weeks. 

Free online workshops promote composting and sustainable living strategies
Clark Co. WA Communications - 03/29/23 9:12 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County’s Composter Recycler program is offering a series of free online workshops about composting and sustainable living strategies. The eight-part series will teach participants how to reduce their impact on the planet through composting, green cleaning, recycling, food waste prevention, and low waste living. 

Here are the virtual workshops offered via Zoom this spring:

  • Backyard Composting: 7-8 pm Wednesday, April 12. Learn how to construct a compost pile and heat it up. 
  • Red Worm Composting: 7-8 pm Wednesday, April 19. Learn how to construct and maintain a worm bin that will turn kitchen trimmings into nutrient-rich fertilizer. Participants will be eligible to receive a worm bin, bedding and worms at no cost.
  • Lasagna Garden Composting: 7-8 pm Wednesday, April 26. Learn how to grow, build, and plant a raised-bed garden from easily obtainable urban waste. No tilling or turning required.
  • Advanced Composting Techniques: 7-8 pm Wednesday, May 3. Learn how to compost using the bokashi method, trench composting and new technology systems.
  • Green Cleaning: 7-8 pm Wednesday, May 10. Learn how to make three versatile and environmentally friendly household cleaners. Participants will be eligible to receive a green cleaning kit at no cost.
  • Recycling Done Right: 7-8:30 pm Wednesday, May 17. Learn how to be an expert recycler and understand why only certain items can go in recycling carts and glass bins.
  • Prevent Food Waste in the First Place: 7-8:30 pm Wednesday, May 24. Learn strategies for combating food waste, minimizing food spoilage, and using the food in the fridge. 
  • Low Waste Living: 7-8 pm Wednesday, May 31. Learn how to live a low waste lifestyle, including tips and resources to refuse, repair, refurbish, reuse and donate.

Pre-registration is required for all workshops. To register, visit the Composter Recycler website. Participants will receive a confirmation email after successful registration. Recordings of previous workshops are also available on the Composter Recycler website.

The Composter Recycler program educates the community about easy ways to reduce waste, increase recycling and create healthier homes. For more information about the program, visit the website or email info@clarkcountycomposts.org.

Oregon State Hospital patients deliver for Salem business
Oregon Health Authority - 03/29/23 9:10 AM

March 29, 2023

Media contact:

Amber Shoebridge (she/her)

Strategic Communications Officer, Oregon State Hospital

er.shoebridge@oha.oregon.gov">amber.shoebridge@oha.oregon.gov, Cell: 503-931-9586

Oregon State Hospital patients deliver for Salem business

On Tuesday, Oregon State Hospital (OSH) staff delivered several flats of different tomato varieties, basil and zucchini to 13th Street Nursery in Salem. The hospital and nursery have a long-standing partnership to provide vegetable starts that have been seeded and nurtured by OSH patients.

Patients can work various jobs across the hospital, including the greenhouse, where they can earn a wage and learn valuable skills that will help them have a successful transition back into the community.

Aside from learning the science and care involved in seeding, nurturing, harvesting and propagating plants, patients learn other skills, such as working in a team environment, showing up consistently for work, socializing with others and taking and following direction. 

Scott King and his wife, Dianna Brainard-King, owners of 13th Street Nursery, say the partnership reflects the nursery’s commitment to serve the community.

“It’s a great program,” King said. “Gardening does wonders for stress and it’s therapeutic. I saw it as a way to help the program and they’re great plants, so it helps the customers. It’s a win-win all the way around.” 

Michael Taylor, OSH Greenhouse program training and development specialist sees their shoulders relax when patients walk into the greenhouse and are surrounded by nature. “You’re doing something productive and also getting therapy that isn’t necessarily something you’re doing, it’s just kind of happening to you while being there.”

Patients work in the greenhouse year-round overseeing seasonal gardens and a wide variety of houseplants including succulents, aloe, begonias, ferns, snake plants and other varieties. Seasonal vegetables, fruits and herbs are used in the hospital’s kitchens and patients also help plan and organize plant sales held twice a year for OSH employees.

Media – please use this link for access to b-roll of OSH Greenhouse, delivery of plants to 13th Street Nursery, and soundbites from Michael Taylor and Scott King: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fo/2r2lcgwuh1itrzxqia94k/h?dl=0&rlkey=hqafzg9c91lxama5trdglh3h1

Basil starts at OSH Greenhouse

OSH plants at 13th Street Nursery

State Forester Mukumoto proclaims April as Oregon Arbor Month (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/29/23 8:56 AM
Tree planting is just one of many activities Oregon communities will be hosting during April, which State Forester Cal Mukumoto has declared to be Oregon Arbor Month.
Tree planting is just one of many activities Oregon communities will be hosting during April, which State Forester Cal Mukumoto has declared to be Oregon Arbor Month.

SALEM, Ore. — State Forester Calvin Mukumoto has proclaimed all of April as Oregon Arbor Month, allowing lots of time for commemorative plantings and other tree-related activities. 

“Trees play an essential role in the lives of Oregonians,” said State Forester Mukumoto. “Living through the extreme heat of 2021 and the isolation of the COVID pandemic has brought home to all of us the importance of urban trees to provide shade and cooling, as well as contact with nature right in our own neighborhoods. This proclamation highlights those and the many other benefits that both rural and urban forests provide to the people of Oregon.”

Read the full text of the proclamation here.

Scott Altenhoff, manager of the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Urban and Community Forestry Program said, “Arbor Month is the perfect time to reflect on the contribution trees make to our physical, mental and emotional health, to the livability of our communities, to our safety, the quality and quantity of our air and water, and to our economy.” 

Altenhoff said, “With extreme weather events becoming more common, more and more communities are recognizing trees for the role they play in moderating temperatures and slowing rainfall runoff and erosion.” 

At the same time, Altenhoff said urban trees face a wide range of threats. “Urban trees in Oregon are at risk from intensifying development, new pests and diseases, such as emerald ash borer, Mediterranean oak borer and sudden oak death and more extreme weather events,” he said.

The non-profit organization Oregon Community Trees supported the move from a week-long to a month-long recognition of trees back in 2020. OCT President Mike Oxendine said many towns and cities during the pandemic had to cancel in-person tree celebrations. 

“This year, people are getting creative and planning many tree-related activities throughout Arbor Month, including public dedications of Hiroshima peace trees that had to be postponed back in 2020,” he said.

Oxendine cited the April 29 dedication in Oregon City and the May 20 one in Klamath Falls as two examples of communities celebrating their peace trees, which were grown from the seeds of trees that survived the atom bombing of Hiroshima, Japan in August 1945. 

More money for urban forestry is on the horizon

ODF’s Altenhoff said he’s encouraged that substantial new federal funding for urban forestry is expected by ODF over the next few years. “The additional funding from the Inflation Reduction Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill will boost our capacity to help communities better manage and improve their urban forests. Whether it’s conducting a local tree inventory using free software linked to a statewide tree database, or banding together to secure long-term contracts for the growing of diverse trees now in short supply, cities and towns will be able to really make a difference.”

Altenhoff said a large share of the funding will be directed at helping historically underserved and marginalized communities, which often have less tree canopy than more affluent areas. “We will be able to help cities and towns start to make up for years of underinvestment in those areas,” said Altenhoff. 

Altenhoff is also heartened by state legislation to earmark funding specifically for urban forestry for the first time. “If passed, Oregon will join other states which are investing in their urban forests so they continue to provide benefits to their people.”     


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Attached Media Files: Tree planting is just one of many activities Oregon communities will be hosting during April, which State Forester Cal Mukumoto has declared to be Oregon Arbor Month.

SW Washington Nonprofits Registering for GiveBIG
Community Foundation for Southwest Washington - 03/29/23 8:41 AM

Vancouver, Wash., March 29, 2023 — Registration for GiveBIG, Washington’s largest online giving campaign, opened to nonprofits on February 23. More than 50 southwest Washington nonprofits have already signed up for the event, which is replacing Give More 24!—a local online giving day created by the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington

Give More 24! gave nonprofits in Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania Counties an easy way to raise awareness and funds online. Janie Spurgeon, Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer at the Community Foundation, said that beyond being duplicative of other events, Give More 24! had also accomplished its goals, including the resulting impact of helping nonprofits raise more than $15 million over nine years.

“Our hope was to develop nonprofit capacity around online fundraising, and the nonprofits involved are now using digital tools in ways we couldn’t have imagined,” Spurgeon said. “We know changing events is a big shift for everyone involved, but we’re confident that our nonprofits have the skills and understanding to find similar successes, along with exciting new opportunities, in GiveBIG.”

GiveBIG provides the same opportunities as Give More 24! but with more features, broader reach and year-round support. The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington partnered with 501 Commons, the organization that operates GievBIG, to discuss these features during its GiveBIG SW Washington Virtual Gathering on March 22. The presentation touched on GiveBIG benefits, registration, key dates, nonprofit resources and trainings, and regional plans for the statewide campaign.

GiveBIG is scheduled for May 2-3. Nonprofits can learn more and register to participate at GiveBIG website before the registration deadline on April 28. Nonprofits pay a sliding scale fee to register, which provides year-round access to the fundraising platform, tools, trainings and resources that can assist nonprofits in building online fundraising campaigns. 


Tue. 03/28/23
Fatal Crash - HWY 101 - Clatsop County
Oregon State Police - 03/28/23 7:54 PM

On Monday, March 27, at approximately 6:47 P.M., the Oregon State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 101, near milepost 30, in Clatsop County.


The preliminary investigation indicated a Toyota Corolla, operated by Maria Guadalupe Nolazco Luna (20) of Cannon Beach, was southbound on Highway 101, near mile post 30, at the intersection with Sunset Boulevard. While making a left turn onto Sunset Boulevard, the sedan was struck on the passenger side by a northbound Dodge Ram 2500, operated by Jeffre Cottrell (41) of Rock Springs (WY). The operator of the Toyota declined medical transport from the scene and the operator of the Dodge was reportedly uninjured.


A passenger in the Toyota, a male juvenile (12), was transported to a local hospital where he later died of his injuries.


The highway was impacted for approximately 4 hours during the on-scene investigation.  The cause of the crash is under investigation.


OSP was assisted by the Cannon Beach Fire Department, Seaside Fire Department, Cannon Beach Police Department and ODOT. 



UPDATE: Victims in Triple Homicide Identified (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/28/23 6:48 PM
Crime Scene 2
Crime Scene 2
The three victims in Saturday’s Portsmouth Neighborhood homicide have been identified as Eskender Tamra, 17, of Portland; Babu Daudi, 19, of Portland; and Patrick D. Johnson, Jr, 20, of Portland. The victims’ families have been notified of their death. The families of Tamra and Daudi have provided photos for public release (see attached). The families are all requesting privacy at this time.

The medical examiner conducted autopsies and determined that all three died of homicide by gunshot wounds.

This remains an active investigation, and detectives continue to ask that if anyone has information about this case please contact Detective Jason Koenig at Jason.Koenig@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0889 or Detective William Winters William.Winters@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0466. Please reference case #23-77440.

Additional information will be released only at the direction of investigators.


Original Message Below

Three people are deceased after a shooting in the Portsmouth Neighborhood.

On Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 12:23p.m., North Precinct Officers responded to a report of a shooting at North Foss Avenue and North Foss Court. When they arrived they located three victims in a car. EMS responded as well and determined that all three were deceased at the scene.

The suspect or suspects left the scene before police were dispatched and were not immediately located. No arrests have been made.

Portland Police Homicide Unit has responded to the scene, along with the Enhanced Community Safety Team, Focused Intervention Team, Crisis Response Team, and Forensic Evidence Division.

During the investigation, North Foss Avenue is closed between North Houghton Street and North Willis Boulevard.

If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Jason Koenig at Jason.Koenig@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0889 or Detective William Winters William.Winters@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0466. Please reference case #23-77440.

“This shooting in broad daylight in a residential neighborhood is another tragic example of how gun violence can affect our community terribly,” said Chief Chuck Lovell, who responded to the scene. “I’m grateful to the PPB members who responded to this shocking incident. I’m also briefing Mayor Wheeler’s office on the investigation. I encourage anyone who has information about this shooting to reach out to our detectives.”

Photo descriptions:
1. Investigators work inside the crime scene, inspecting a tan colored sedan
2. Portland Police command center parked with investigators working in the background


Attached Media Files: Crime Scene 2 , Crime Scene 1 , Daudi and Tamra , Babu Daudi , Eskender Tamra

Clark County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit investigates fatal collision involving stolen truck (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/28/23 6:05 PM


3/28/2023 Update:

The driver of the vehicle involved in this incident has been identified as Corey Hermance of Camas, WA.  This case is currently under investigation by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit.

On 3/26/23 at approximately 1230 hrs a witness called 911 to report hearing a collision near the 35000 block of NE Washougal River Rd, Clark County, WA.   They were able to locate a truck that had driven off the roadway into a tree. First responders arrived and found the single occupant of the vehicle with significant injuries.  The unidentified male driver was transported to PeaceHealth Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.  The vehicle, a white Ford Ranger, had been reported stolen out of Portland on 3/25/23. The vehicle owner has been notified of its involvement in the collision.  Identification of the decedent will be done by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office. This case is active pending further investigation by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit.  Additional information may be released later, pending further investigation.  

Attached Media Files: truck

Unions and hospitals reach historic agreement on HB 2697 and related workforce package
Oregon Nurses Assn. - 03/28/23 4:30 PM

The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA), the Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals (OFNHP), Service Employees International Union Local 49 (SEIU) and the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) have reached consensus on a series of amendments to HB 2697. These amendments will make significant, historic advances towards safe hospital staffing and quality patient care throughout the state and, if passed by the Oregon Legislature, will put Oregon at the forefront of hospital staffing laws in the nation. In addition to HB 2697, the coalition has agreed on a package of legislation that builds a pipeline of health care workers, addresses hospital capacity and discharge challenges, and improves the state’s cost growth target to support investment in frontline caregivers.

The collective package is the result of months of negotiations between the interested parties, at the urging of Rep. Rob Nosse (D - HD42), the main sponsor of HB 2697 and the Chair of the House Committee on Behavioral Health and Health Care. With consensus reached, the amendments to HB 2697 and the additional components of the agreement will be shared with the Committee and forwarded to the House Ways and Means Committee no later than April 4. 

Key components of the amended bill include establishing first-in-the-nation nurse-to-patient ratios in state statute, for a wide range of hospital settings, including emergency departments, intensive care units, labor and delivery units, operating rooms, and others.  The bill also establishes committees for other hospital care providers like respiratory therapists, psychologists, pharmacists, environmental services workers and many others to create clear standards to improve staffing for the entire hospital care team. 

"ONA members are truly appreciative of the passionate work our partners and members have put into this legislation," said Tamie Cline, RN, president of the ONA Board of Directors. "This legislation is truly historic; Oregon will become the first state in the nation to have nurse-to-patient ratios codified in state statute. Simply put, this legislation, once passed, will be the high-water mark for safe staffing across the country, and will also help to significantly address the staffing crisis facing nurses and patients here in Oregon."

“We are very excited about the opportunities for all the workers who make up the care team to have a clear and resounding voice in hospital staffing. New committees for techs like respiratory therapists, imaging, dietary and environmental services workers and many others will now have a voice in safe patient care,” said Meg Niemi, SEIU Local 49 president. “And our union is excited to be the first in the nation with a ratio for certified nursing assistants in hospitals. This is one step in the workforce transformation that is needed, and we look forward to working together to create more opportunities.” 

“We are excited to be part of such a dynamic coalition fighting to see real changes across Oregon’s health system,” says OFNHP President Jonathon Baker. “This is an essential step towards fixing our staffing crisis, and we are grateful to those who collaborated with us to help ensure this groundbreaking piece of legislation can become law.”

“We’re grateful for the collective efforts that led to this agreement,” said Becky Hultberg, President and CEO of OAHHS. “The bill supports our hardworking frontline staff and reduces many of the administrative burdens hospitals currently face. We’re also thankful for labor’s support and commitment to the package of bills that will help protect access to care in our communities.” 

New enforcement mechanisms are also included in the amended bill language. 

“Our coalition is urging legislators to pass this historic legislation immediately and in parallel with the broader package,” said Baker. 

“We look forward to working together to improve other aspects of the health care workforce including increasing the number of educators and clinical spots to bring more people into the health care profession, as well as making sure that improvements can be sustained through hospital financials,” said Niemi. “By working together, we believe we will continue to improve the working conditions for our frontline staff, bring more people into rewarding professional careers and sustain and improve our health care system for Oregonians.”

A one-page overview of the amendments to HB 2697 and the related package of policy and funding agreements has been provided to Oregon legislators, which has been attached to this release for reference.

Attached Media Files: 2023-03/6931/162254/47683_OAHHS_HB_2697_SB1079_HB_2742.pdf

Update - Fire Damages 100 Year Old Barn near Cornelius (Photo)
Forest Grove Fire & Rescue - 03/28/23 4:19 PM

After conducting an investigation, it is determined that breezy conditions likely blew embers from a nearby burn pile into the barn, causing contents inside to catch fire. We want to remind citizens, when allowed to burn yard debris, never leave the burn pile unattended and always have a shovel and hose ready to use. 

At 3:24pm on Monday March 27th, Cornelius Fire Department was dispatched to a reported barn fire in the area of 36785 NW Long Road, approximately a mile north of the Cornelius city limits. Firefighters arrived approximately 5 minutes after being dispatched to find a large 2 story barn fully engulfed with fire, they immediately stretched hose lines to extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading to nearby structures. 

With the location being in the rural area without fire hydrants, we had to utilize water tenders to bring our water to the scene. This initially slow the attack on the flames until enough units arrived on scene from partnering agencies. It took fire crews approximately an hour to extinguish the majority of the fire. Firefighters spent several additional hours working on cooling down hot spots, this task had to be done from the exterior and at a safe distance due to an unstable roof. The roof portion of the structure eventually collapsed. At the time of release, firefighters are on scene and will remain on scene throughout the night watching the scene. There will likely be smoke seen in the area.

No firefighters or citizens were injured on scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The barn is approximately 100 years old and was built sometime around 1910.

Cornelius Fire Department was assisted on scene by Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Gaston Fire District, Banks Fire District, Metro West Ambulance and Washington County Sheriffs Office. 



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Committee for Emergency Fire Cost to meet for special meeting April 3 via Zoom
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/28/23 3:48 PM

SALEM, Ore. – The Emergency Fire Cost Committee will meet virtually Monday, April 3 at 8 a.m. To join the virtual meeting use the Zoom video conference information found on the agenda. To provide public comment, please contact ystal.bader@odf.oregon.gov">Chrystal Bader at 503-945-7220.

The committee’s agenda includes:

  • Insurance policy for 2023 fire season

The meeting is open to the public to attend virtually via Zoom. Public comments will be accepted near the end of the meeting as noted on the agenda. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 72 hours before the meeting by contacting ystal.bader@odf.oregon.gov">Chrystal Bader at 503-945-7220.

The Emergency Fire Cost Committee oversees the Oregon Forest Land Protection Fund (OFLPF), established by the Oregon Legislature as an insurance fund with the purpose of equalizing emergency fire suppression costs among the various Oregon Department of Forestry protection districts. The emergency funding system is designed to operate as an insurance policy whereby all districts contribute (pay premiums) into the fund so that money will be available to any individual district to pay fire suppression costs on emergency fires. View more information on the EFCC webpage.

Traffic Stop Leads to DUII and seizure of suspected Psilocybin Mushrooms-Yamhill County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/28/23 3:40 PM

On March 21, 2023, an Oregon State Police Trooper stopped a vehicle for speeding, driving 86 mph in a 55mph zone, on Highway 18 near milepost 31. The driver displayed signs of impairment, so the Trooper performed SFSTs.  The driver performed poorly and was arrested for DUII.

While searching the vehicle for evidence of the DUII, the Trooper located 292 grams of suspected psilocybin mushrooms, along with multiple firearms, and a scale. The driver was transported to the Willamette Valley Medical Center where a blood/urine search warrant was applied for, granted, and executed before the driver was cited and released. 

Additional commercial drug offense charges will be referred to the Yamhill County District Attorney's Office pending a controlled substance analysis.

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Bushnell University School of Performing Arts Spring Concert April 29th at 7pm
Bushnell University - 03/28/23 3:12 PM


EUGENE, OR (April 29, 2023)

A creative, educational, spiritual community helping talent find opportunity: BUSHNELL UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTS ITS SPRING CONCERT ON APRIL 29, AT 7 PM.


Saturday, April 29, at 7:00 PM

The University Choir, Instrumental Ensemble, Chamber Ensemble, and Bushnell Chorale will perform a diverse collection of music from around the world including sacredgospel, American folk, African, Hispanic, and Europeanlanguages and sounds! Join us for an evening of powerfulperformances and multi-cultural enrichment as we celebrate the music that transcends borders and brings us together. This special experience is one night only! Family friendly and free!

“Our students find great joy in all styles and genres of music and appreciate the opportunity to sing and play in welcoming spaces for appreciative audiences. We are honored and privileged to present this concert at First Baptist Church.”  

-- Dr. Kelly Ballard, Associate Dean

What: Spring Concert

University Choir

Instrumental Ensemble

Chamber Ensemble

Bushnell Chorale

Program subject to change.

LOCATION: First Baptist Church of Eugene

Tickets: Free

Interview & Media Opportunities: High-resolution photos are available upon request. For interviews, contact Emily Weinkauf Kidder at 541-521-6568 or ekidder@bushnell.edu

Bushnell School of Music and Performing Arts is a nonprofit, 50+ student music school based in Eugene, Oregon led by Associate Dean, Dr. Kelly Ballard. The school provides fundamental musical knowledge, performance, and leadership skills, marked by innovation, creativity, and high academic standards. Digital content is offered through its social media channels. More at bushnell.edu.



Public invited to comment on a federal grant award in Astoria
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/28/23 3:01 PM

The City of Astoria has received a grant through the federal Historic Preservation Fund, administered by Oregon State Historic Preservation Office to fund the following local preservation project. 

Clatsop County

City of Astoria
262 9th St; 1108 Commercial; 1198 Commercial; 357 12th St; 1380 Commercial; 255 14th St; 1033 Commercial; 1015 Commercial; 1125 Commercial; 1149 Commercial; 1153 Commercial; 1255 Commercial; 1269 Commercial; 1160 Commercial; 1198 Commercial; 1370 Commercial; 1380 Commercial; 389 12th St

$30,954 grant funds
Recreate and replace 224 missing or damaged glass tiles or vault lights in sidewalks in downtown.

This notice serves to make the public aware of the projects and solicit comments pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. The comment period is open for 30 days from the date of this announcement. To provide comments or learn more information about this project visit the federal grant public comment section of our website or contact Kuri Gill at i.Gill@oprd.oregon.gov">Kuri.Gill@oprd.oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 authorizes a program of federal matching grants, known as the Historic Preservation Fund, to assist the various states in carrying out historic preservation activities. The Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, and in Oregon, is administered through the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office. For information about the grants contact Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: i.Gill@oprd.oregon.gov">Kuri.Gill@oprd.oregon.gov.

Gresham Selected for Economic Mobility and Opportunity Cohort
City of Gresham - 03/28/23 2:59 PM

GRESHAM, Ore. – The City of Gresham is excited to announce it has been selected as one of the ten cities across the Country to be a part of the Economic Mobility and Opportunity Cohort. With the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Economic Mobility and Opportunity (EMO) program, the International City/County Management Association is offering a series of training opportunities in 2023 to boost upward mobility in local communities.   

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the City of Gresham,” said City Manager Nina Vetter. “This cohort perfectly aligns with our Strategic Plan priority for a Thriving Economy. By developing the strategies for economic growth and poverty reduction, we are laying the foundation for the upward mobility and long-term success of our community.” 

Throughout the application process, cities were gauged based on their readiness to implement EMO practices, policies, and programs. The following cities were selected to be a part of this innovative cohort:   

  • Beloit, Wisconsin 
  • Chesterfield County, Virginia   
  • Dubuque, Iowa 
  • El Paso County, Texas 
  • Grand Island, Nebraska   
  • Gresham, Oregon 
  • Meadville, Pennsylvania 
  • Morgan Hill, California   
  • San Juan County, Utah 
  • Tarboro, North Carolina 

The goal of this cohort is to increase City leader’s understanding of the drivers of and barriers to mobility and opportunity in order to develop actions that can improve the upward mobility of their residents. By focusing on the influence local government can have on access to quality housing, education, and health services, to stable employment and safe and supportive neighborhoods, Gresham believes it is possible to create a community where everyone can thrive.  

About Gresham: 

Gresham is a welcoming community of hard-working people where tradition meets opportunity in Oregon's fourth largest city. Gresham’s residents care deeply about our roots and are committed to building a vibrant future. Today, Gresham is a dynamic, innovative, and rapidly growing city with a desire to thrive. To learn more, visit www.GreshamOregon.gov or visit us on Twitter at @CityofGresham. 



Lebanon Fire District Responds to Four Fires in 48 Hours (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 03/28/23 2:39 PM

Lebanon, Ore.

The Lebanon Fire District has seen an unusually high occurrence of fires in our area, and has responded to three fires in our District and one in Sweet Home in fewer than 48 hours. 

The first two fires, both in Lebanon, occurred on Sunday, March 26. Crews battled a blaze in a pole barn on a property that provided difficult access, as it was full of RVs, cars, and other obstacles. In addition to being one of the four fires in two days, this was also the second fire at this property in less than a month. Later on Sunday, the same crews were dispatched to a fully-engulfed RV in a rural part of our District. Even without access to the city hydrant system, this fire was knocked down within 20 minutes of arrival.

On Monday evening, our neighbors to the east in Sweet Home were busy with their own structure fire. As part of our mutual aid agreements, LFD sent Aerial Truck 34 (T34) to assist, as well as a fully-staffed ambulance to cover any EMS calls for service during the fire. While those six duty crew members were assisting Sweet Home, several of our volunteers and off-duty staff came in to cover Lebanon. 

The final fire came in on Tuesday morning, approximately 20 minutes before the 7:00 AM shift change, which meant crews that battled the previous night’s fire were dispatched again, much like Sunday’s fires. First-arriving units found a residential home in the 300 block of Maple Street showing flames and smoke from both the home and attached garage. Firefighting efforts were challenged by the older construction of the home as well as a large volume of personal contents in and around the structure. Firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control, but 5th street was closed to local access for several hours. Because of the shift change timing, LFD was able to respond with over 25 personnel between A shift and B shift, Commanding Officers, and volunteers. One resident was evaluated for a minor burn injury on scene that did not require medical transport, and no firefighters were injured. 

Thank you to PP&L for securing electrical, Albany Fire Department for sending one engine and one medic to cover the district, and the City of Lebanon for providing traffic control. The cause of this fire also remains under investigation.

Though no causes for any of the fires have been determined yet, the Lebanon Fire District would like to remind residents to be cautious when using alternative home-heating methods, such as space heaters, and the importance of regularly testing and maintaining your smoke alarms. If you need assistance with smoke alarms, or wish to schedule a free home safety evaluation, please call our Fire & Life Safety office at (541) 451-1901.  

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East Precinct Works with Menlo Park Business Leaders to Address Crime (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/28/23 2:32 PM
East Precinct’s Neighborhood Response Team continues to conduct missions to address crimes that affect livability, including retail theft. On Tuesday, March 21, 2023, East personnel, along with PPB’s Air Support Unit, K9 units and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Transit Police, provided directed patrols around businesses in the Menlo Park neighborhood in the areas between Southeast Stark Street and Northeast San Rafael Street, and between Northeast 117th Avenue and 126th Avenue.

This mission brought a high visibility presence in the area, and officers visited multiple businesses while Transit Police were highly active and visible along the MAX line at 122nd Avenue.

Multiple drivers of vehicles eluded police and occupants inside the vehicle eluded on foot. With the assistance of the Air Support Unit, police were able to apprehend 100 percent of these eluders.

The mission contacted 32 subjects and 30 vehicles, resulting in 26 arrests (15 for felony charges and 17 for misdemeanor charges). It also included:

-17 Felony warrants serviced
-15 Misdemeanor warrants serviced

-6 Vehicles eluded
-7 Subjects eluded on foot

-3 Stolen vehicles captured
-3 Vehicles towed
-2 Illegally possessed firearms seized

The day started with an early morning roll call with members of the Menlo Business Association. This is an example of community policing at its best with community members working with law enforcement to help make the community safer.

Additional photos are available on East Precinct’s Twitter page: https://twitter.com/ppbeast/status/1639370329557712899

Photo Description: Menlo Park business leaders attend morning roll call


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Deputies Arrest Man for Assaulting Employees at Business
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 03/28/23 2:32 PM

Linn County Sheriff Michelle Duncan reports that on March 27, 2023, at 4:22 p.m., deputies responded to a business in the 38000 block of Mason Road for a disturbance.  While enroute deputies learned a vehicle had hit a person.   Deputies arrived on scene and found several employees holding down a male in the parking lot of the business.  The male was identified as Robert France, 55, from Alamogordo, New Mexico. 

Investigators learned France drove his green 1997 GMC Yukon through a man door of the business, running over a 35-year-old employee of the business.  France got out of his vehicle and threatened another employee, 53-years old, with a knife inside the business.  Employees from the business were able to subdue France until law enforcement arrived. 

Paramedics from the Jefferson Fire Department and Albany Fire Department responded, and the 35-year-old employee was transported to the Salem Hospital.  He was later transferred to Legacy Emanual Medical Center in Portland due to the seriousness of his injuries.  The 53-year-old employee was transported to the Albany General Hospital where he was treated and released for a knife wound. 

Robert France was arrested and lodged in the Linn County Jail for Assault in the First Degree.  Other charges are pending.  The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Dakotah Hinrichs of the Linn County Sheriff’s Office at 541-967-3950.




Vancouver's State of the City, Council Community Forum a full house (Photo)
City of Vancouver - 03/28/23 2:04 PM
State of the City Activity Asked Guests What They Want to See in Our Community
State of the City Activity Asked Guests What They Want to See in Our Community

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver’s first in-person State of the City event in three years played before a full house at Firstenburg Community Center, 700 N.E. 136th Ave., on Monday, March 27. Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle opened with a video that looked back at some of the City’s accomplishments in 2022, then shared her speech discussing the future of Vancouver through the lens of the City’s Comprehensive Plan, officially launched as “Our Vancouver”.

“Our Vancouver will reflect our shared direction for the future of Vancouver. When completed, the plan will provide us a long-term vision for managing growth and development,” said Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle . “But more importantly, Our Vancouver will determine how the community will look, feel, and function – from land-use, development, and infrastructure to housing, equity and opportunity, and climate and the environment.”

A few highlighted accomplishments by the City in 2022 include:

  • Invested more than $7 million to prevent and end homelessness through affordable housing projects and the City’s two supportive Safe Stay Communities – 116 community members have been served and 38 have transitioned into stable housing.
  • Adopted an ambitious climate action framework establishing Vancouver as a national leader in tackling climate change with a goal to achieve carbon neutrality citywide by 2040.
  • Nearly completed Fourth Plain Commons (2200 Norris Road), a multipurpose space for the Fourth Plain community to grow, gather and live affordably.  
  • Opened new Fire Station 11 (9606 N.E. 130th Ave.) to improve emergency response in the Orchards/Sifton area. The new station was funded in partnership with Fire District 5 and is staffed and operated 24/7 by the Vancouver Fire Department.
  • Secured $1.5 million in federal funding and finalized a vendor contract for a body-worn and vehicle dash-dash and in-car camera system. Roll out of body-worn cameras for all sworn police staff began February 2023.
  • Continued development of the City’s Equity Atlas, an emerging tool used to identify areas of the community that have been historically marginalized or negatively impacted by planning policies to prevent displacement when development occurs. 
  • Opened two new neighborhood parks, Ida Bell Jones Park (Rose Village) and Nikkei Park (North Image). Both were named to celebrate and honor the diverse legacies and cultures of people that shaped Vancouver.

As part of the reimagined event, Mayor McEnerny-Ogle and the Vancouver City Council invited the community to attend a Council Community Forum following the address. The speech and forum, themed “Big Picture Questions”, discussed and encouraged attendees to share ideas and aspirations for the City’s future. 

The City also released its online Annual Report which includes additional details on the City’s 2022 accomplishments and a full accounting of how taxpayer dollars were invested. 

The State of the City address will be available for on-demand viewing on Clark/Vancouver Television (CVTV) channel 23 and HD 323, on the City’s Facebook and YouTube pages beginning 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 29. 

The next Council Community Forum is scheduled for June 12. Details will be available on the City’s website.


Attached Media Files: Our Vancouver Info Sheet , State of the City Activity Asked Guests What They Want to See in Our Community , Council Community Forum Discusses Big Picture Questions with Community Members , Councilmember Bart Hansen Facilitates a Discussion During the Council Community Forum , Mayor McEnerny-Ogle speaks to 2023 State of the City audience

Two arrested for retail theft
Salem Police Department - 03/28/23 2:00 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  

DATE: March 28, 2023

Two arrested for retail theft

Salem, Ore. — Salem Police patrol officers acted quickly yesterday, March 27, and arrested two women involved in a retail theft incident at the Willamette Town Center mall complex.

On Monday afternoon at approximately 12:15 p.m., officers responded to the Ulta Beauty Store at 831 Lancaster DR NE on the report of a woman who entered the store with a shopping bag and filled it with an estimated $5,000 of merchandise, then left the store without paying.

The woman fled the scene in a vehicle driven by another woman. Using witness information on the description of the suspects and the vehicle, patrol officers were able to locate the two female suspects inside the vehicle in the parking lot of the Target Stores across from the mall. A search warrant to search the vehicle was obtained, allowing officers to search its contents. Officers subsequently located the merchandise stolen from the store, as well as documentation of organized theft, drug paraphernalia, and a handgun.

The two women identified as Amber Dawn Alvarado, age 37, and Taylor Paige Hunt, age 29, were lodged at the Marion County Jail on charges of theft in the first degree. 

Alvarado faces an additional charge of felon in possession of a weapon, a firearm, and remains in custody, awaiting arraignment today at the Marion County Criminal Court Annex

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Board on Public Safety Standards and Training Meeting Scheduled 4-27-23
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 03/28/23 1:27 PM




Notice of Regular Meeting

The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 27, 2023, in the Governor Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. For further information, please contact Shelby Wright at (503) 378-2191 or shelby.wright@dpsst.oregon.gov

The meeting will be live-streamed on the DPSST Facebook page:


1. Introductions

2. Meeting Minutes

     Approve minutes from the January 26, 2023, Meeting

3. Fire Policy Committee

a. Fire Policy Committee Update – James Oeder, Chair

b. Consent Agenda (The following items to be ratified by one vote)

A. Nicholas Cantelon DPSST #32751 (Pendleton Fire & Ambulance) – No Action

  Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the FPC on February 22, 2023. 

B. Skyler Moore DPSST #42135 (Douglas County Fire District #2) – No Action

  Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the FPC on February 22, 2023.

C. Proposed Rule Changes for Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 259-009-0120

  Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the FPC on February 22, 2023.

4. Criminal Justice Policy Committees

a. Police Policy Committee Update – John Teague, Chair

b. Telecommunications Policy Committee Update – Michael Fletcher, Chair

c. Corrections Policy Committee Update – Matthew English, Chair

d. Consent Agenda (The following items to be ratified by one vote)

A. Committee Appointments

Telecommunications Policy Committee

- Adam Turnbo - Oregon State Police, Appointment to the TPC, 1st term effective April 27, 2023

e. Rule Changes for Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 259-008-0010, 259-008-0011, 259-008-0015 and 259-008-0080

     Background Investigation Standards and Pre-Employment Psychological Evaluation Standards

     Presented by Jennifer Howald

f. Changes to Basic Police Firearms Assessment - Information Only

     Presented by Noel Aher

5. Private Security/Investigator Policy Committee

a. Private Security Investigator Policy Committee Update – Thomas Thomas, Chair

6. Board Chair Nominations

- Carol Dishion

- Matthew English

- Michael Fletcher

7. Agency Update – Agency Director, Phil Castle

8. Next Meeting Date: July 27, 2023, at 9:00 a.m.


Administrative Announcement

This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Board members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.

Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission meets April 12-13 in Gold Beach
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/28/23 1:16 PM

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will convene April 12 and 13 in Gold Beach, Oregon. 

On April 12, commissioners will meet for a work session and training from 1 to 2 p.m. at the SureStay Plus Hotel in Gold Beach, 29232 Ellensburg Ave. From 2:15 to 4 p.m. the commissioners will convene an executive session to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public.

On April 13, commissioners will convene another executive session at 8:30 a.m. at the SureStay Plus Hotel in Gold Beach, 29232 Ellensburg Ave., to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A business meeting will begin at 9:45 a.m. and will be open to the public.

Anyone may attend or listen to the business meeting; instructions on how to listen will be posted on the commission web page prior to the meeting. The business meeting includes time for informal public comment related to any items not on the agenda. Registration is required to speak at the meeting if attending online, and is available online at https://bit.ly/registerapr2023commission. The deadline to register to speak at the meeting virtually is 5 p.m., April 11. No advance registration is required to speak in person at the meeting. Time per speaker is limited to three minutes. Please submit written public comments by 5 p.m. April 11 to is.havel@oprd.oregon.gov">chris.havel@oprd.oregon.gov

The full agenda and supporting documents are posted on the commission web page. Notable requests: 

  • Approve grant recommendations from grant programs to community awardees in the following amounts: All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) program for about $8 million, Recreational Trails Program (RTP) for $1.9 million and Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for $5.3 million.
  • Approve staff’s request to award a construction contract that exceeds $750,000 to repair and restore the slate roof on the guard house at Fort Stevens State Park as part of the agency’s Go Bond projects, which include work at 11 parks. 

Anyone needing special accommodations to attend the meeting should contact Denise Warburton, commission assistant, at least three days in advance: burton@oprd.oregon.gov">denise.warburton@oprd.oregon.gov or 503-779-9729. 

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission 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. 



Court Street Two-Way Conversion Delayed Due to Rain
City of Salem - 03/28/23 12:00 PM

Salem, Ore. — Due to continued rain in the forecast, work to complete the two-way conversion of Court St. in downtown Salem will be delayed. The paint used on roadways is a thermoplastic paint that is thicker, wear-resistant and contains reflective properties for visibility on asphalt surfaces. Thermoplastic paints require an extended period of dry, warm weather for application, and weather models continue to predict rain Wednesday and Thursday. 

Notifications will be sent out when the weather allows the project to move forward.

Follow us on social media for photos and updates on this project. For more information on current City of Salem road construction projects, visit the Active Construction Dashboard and view up-to-date information on the infrastructure improvements going on in your neighborhood. 

Arrest Made After Investigation of Several Business Burglaries
Lincoln City Police - 03/28/23 11:40 AM

Between March 20, 2023 and March 23, 2023 multiple businesses in Lincoln City were broken into. The involved victim businesses, 88 Grains Asian Fusion Bar, Burger King Restaurant, Mazatlan Restaurant, and AT&T Store, reported the burglaries resulted in the theft of cash and merchandise valued in the thousands of dollars. 

Lincoln City Police Officers and Detectives along with assistance from a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective teamed up and began a rigorous investigation into the string of burglaries. During the investigation, surveillance video from the victim businesses along with surveillance video from other nearby business was reviewed. Using the surveillance videos along with other investigative information obtained, a possible suspect was developed. It was further determined that a Salem Police Officer had contacted the possible suspect in the early morning hours of March 24th and arrested him on several outstanding warrants from other jurisdictions. He was lodged in the Polk County Jail on those warrants. 

Lincoln City Police Detectives responded to Polk County and Salem where they continued to gather additional information resulting in a search warrant being executed on a vehicle associated with the suspect. During the service of the search warrant, detectives recovered items stolen during the Lincoln City burglaries.    

On Tuesday, March 28, 2023, Lincoln City Police obtained arrest warrants for 30 -year-old Joshua Murrell, of Damascus Oregon, charging him with four counts of second degree Burglary, two counts of second degree Theft, and two counts of second degree Criminal Mischief. Due to Muller already being in custody on several other previously issued warrants, he is being held in the Polk County Jail until such time that he can be transferred to the Lincoln County Jail to be arraigned on the local charges.  

The Lincoln City Police would like to extend our thanks to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, and the Salem Police Department for their assistance with this investigation. In addition, we would also like to thank all of the local business that provided surveillance video and information used to solve these burglaries. This is another great example of our citizens and businesses working in partnership with police to enable us to quickly respond to, and solve criminal activity in our community. 

Submitted by: Lieutenant Jeffrey Winn


Swift Reservoir boat ramp to be out of service from September 2023 to March 2024
Pacific Power - 03/28/23 11:34 AM

Work to upgrade spillway gates will require lowering reservoir for six months

COUGAR, Wash.—March 28, 2023—The boat ramp at Swift Forest Camp on the Lewis River in southwest Washington will be out of service for six months starting in early September. PacifiCorp, which operates the ramp as part of an extensive array of recreational facilities on the Lewis River, needs to lower the reservoir level in order to complete work that will improve the operation of the dam’s spillways.

Work will begin by drawing down Swift Reservoir in early September 2023. Once the reservoir level has been lowered to approximate elevation 950 feet, construction will commence. The Swift Forest Camp boat ramp goes out of service at an elevation of 972 feet. The 950-foot reservoir level will need to be maintained for approximately six months as the work proceeds.

The upgrades include the construction of a bulkhead system in conjunction with spillway gate retrofit work. The bulkheads will give PacifiCorp flexibility in the timing of spillway gate maintenance and allow maintenance to be conducted without drawing down the reservoir. The work is part of our ongoing commitment to safety in dam operation.

PacifiCorp is notifying recreationists who have already reserved spots at Swift Forest Camp about the closure. Anyone now seeking to make a reservation at the campground after September 1 will be advised of the boat ramp closure In addition, private property owners along the shores of the reservoir have also been notified.

The company appreciates the patience of the people who enjoy Swift Reservoir. This short period of closure, much of it when the camping area and public boat ramp is closed, will make it possible to perform other spillway work in the future without affecting the reservoir level.


About PacifiCorp

PacifiCorp is one of the lowest-cost electrical providers in the United States, serving 2 million customers. The company operates as Rocky Mountain Power in Idaho, Utah and Wyoming and as Pacific Power in California, Oregon and Washington. PacifiCorp provides safe and reliable service through a vast, integrated system of generation and transmission that serves hundreds of communities as the largest private owner/operator of transmission and the largest regulated utility owner of wind power in the West. For more information, visit www.pacificorp.com. 

Police Investigate Fatality on Hood River Bridge
Hood River Police Department - 03/28/23 9:56 AM

Press Release



Date:             March 28, 2023

Topic:            Police Investigate Fatality on Hood River Bridge

From:            Neal Holste, Chief of Police

For Release:   Immediately


On March 28, 2023 at approximately 4:00am the Hood River Police responded to a vehicle stopped on the Hood River bridge.  A passerby reported the vehicle had no lights on and the vehicle appeared to be unoccupied. When Police arrived a short time later to check on the vehicle, they found a male laying in the middle of the bridge.  The male, identified as River Vanderkloot, 18, of Hood River, was unresponsive.  Hood River Fire was dispatched to the scene to provide medical assistance.  Vanderkloot was pronounced deceased a short time later.  At this time the police do not suspect foul play. 

This is an ongoing investigation.  If you have any information regarding this matter please contact the Hood River Police Department (541) 387-5256.


Lengthy poaching case ends with conviction- Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/28/23 9:00 AM

On March 17, 2023, Albert Lampert (69) of Glendale was found guilty of 21 misdemeanor charges relating to criminal trespassing and wildlife violations in Douglas County Circuit Court.  He was convicted by a jury of his peers after a 3-day trial.  The charges stemmed from an elk decoy operation that occurred in November 2020 by OSP Fish & Wildlife Troopers from the Roseburg and Coos Bay Area Commands. The investigation was concluded in January 2020 with a search warrant being served at Mr. Lampert’s residence.

On March 23, 2023, Albert Lampert was sentenced in the Douglas County Circuit Court and immediately remanded to jail for 30 days. Additionally, he received five years of probation where he cannot be hunting, in the woods with a centerfire rifle, or be with anyone who is hunting. The penalty for violating his probation is six months of additional jail time. Mr. Lampert was also fined $2100, received a 3-year hunting license suspension, and forfeited his rifle.

Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators

The Turn in Poachers (TIP) program offers preference points or cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation, to a suspect, for the unlawful killing of wildlife, and or waste of big game. Cash rewards can also be awarded for turning in people who destroy habitat, illegally obtain licenses/tags, and for unlawful lending/borrowing of big game tags. Learn more: https://www.oregon.gov/osp/programs/fw/Pages/tip.aspx

The Stop Poaching Campaign educates the public on how to recognize and report poaching. This campaign is a collaboration among state agencies, sportsmen, and other conservationists, landowners, and recreationists to engage the public in combatting Oregon's poaching problem. Our goal is to: Incentivize reporting on wildlife crimes through the TIP Line; Strengthen enforcement by increasing the number of OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers, and Support prosecution in becoming an effective deterrent. The campaign helps to protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitat for the enjoyment of present and future generations. 

Campaign Sponsors include Oregon State Police, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon State Marine Board, Oregon Hunters Association, Oregon Wildlife Coalition, and Oregon Outfitters & Guides Association.

Report a Wildlife or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity- Dial 1-800-452-7888 or OSP (677) from a mobile phone or via email at TIP@osp.oregon.gov

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State issues a warning on the risks of self-directed IRAs (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/28/23 8:02 AM

SALEM – As more people look for alternative ways to save for retirement, self-directed individual retirement accounts (IRAs) have become increasingly popular. While self-directed IRAs offer investors greater control over their investments, they also come with potential risks and financial losses.

The Division of Financial Regulation (DFR) is urging investors to exercise caution when considering self-directed IRAs. While self-directed IRAs may offer the potential for higher returns, they also come with increased risks, including the possibility of fraudulent schemes, high fees, and volatile performance that can result in financial loss.

Self-directed IRAs allow investors to hold alternative assets, such as real estate, precious metals, private equity, and cryptocurrency within their retirement accounts. This flexibility can be appealing, but it also creates the potential for investors to be exposed to risks they may not fully understand. Self-directed IRA custodians do not evaluate the quality or legitimacy of any investment in the self-directed IRA or its promotors; instead, that responsibility falls solely on the investor.

With a self-directed IRA, investors have soleresponsibility for evaluating and understanding the investments in the account. Due to federal laws and regulatory rules related to selling investment products or providing investment advice, most custodians for other types of IRAs limit the holdings in IRA accounts to firm-approved stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and certificates of deposit. However, these limitations do not apply to self-directed IRAs. 

Self-directed IRA custodians:

  • DO NOT sell investment products or provide investment advice
  • DO NOT evaluate the quality or legitimacy of any investment in the self-directed IRA or its promoters 
  • DO NOT verify the accuracy of any financial information that is provided for an investment in the account

Self-directed IRA custodians are responsible only for holding and administering the assets in the account. Furthermore, most custodial agreements between a self-directed IRA custodian and an investor explicitly state that the self-directed IRA custodian has no responsibility for investment performance.

One of the biggest risks of investing through self-directed IRAs is the increased possibility of fraudulent schemes. These schemes can take many forms, from Ponzi schemes, in which newly invested funds are used to pay other investors in order to hide that the investment is not profitable, to bogus investments in nonexistent assets. Unfortunately, the lack of regulatory oversight in the self-directed IRA space, and lack of vetting performed by the self-directed IRA custodian, can make it difficult for investors to protect themselves from fraudsters.

In addition to the risk of fraud, self-directed IRAs can also come with high fees. These fees can be associated with the alternative assets themselves or with the custodians who hold the assets. Investors should carefully review all fees associated with a self-directed IRA before deciding to invest.

Finally, the performance of alternative assets can be volatile, leading to financial loss. Unlike traditional assets such as stocks and bonds, alternative assets may not have a well-established market, making it difficult to determine their true value. As a result, investors may be left holding assets that are difficult to sell or that have lost value over time.

“Self-directed IRAs can be a useful tool for certain investors, but it's important to understand the risks involved,” said TK Keen, DFR administrator. “Investors should thoroughly research any alternative assets they plan to hold within their IRA and carefully review all fees associated with their account.”

Investors who are considering a self-directed IRA should consult with a licensed financial advisor to help them evaluate the risks and potential rewards. By taking a careful and informed approach to investing, investors can help protect themselves from potential financial losses.

DFR’s website offers financial services help and our consumer advocates are always available to help people if they believe they have been scammed or been a victim of fraud. Contact the advocates at 888-877-4894 (toll-free). 


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

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Mon. 03/27/23
Sandy Police Log 03-12-23 to 03-18-23
Sandy Police Dept. - 03/27/23 5:16 PM

Please be advised that the Bulletin does not include all calls for service to which officers respond. Many calls do not require that a report be written; such as:

•Traffic Stops

•Advising/Referring a Person to the Proper Agency to handle their request

•Restoring the Peace

•Premise Checks

•Welfare Checks

•Flagged Down by Citizen

Attached Media Files: Bulletin

News from the Northwest Power and Conservation Council: Ocean Conditions Challenge Salmon; Funding for Hatcheries, Screens, Lands; 2022 Fish Returns and 2023 Forecasts
Northwest Power and Conservation Council - 03/27/23 4:53 PM

News from the Northwest Power and Conservation Council
March 27, 2023

Ocean Conditions are Challenging Salmon, Emphasizing Need for Management Actions
Despite good ocean conditions in the recent years, the trend for the future is not encouraging, according to NOAA Supervisory Research Fish Biologist Brian Burke.
Ensuring Funding for the Long-term Maintenance of Fish Hatcheries, Fish Screens, and Lands
The Council was briefed on the continued support for addressing non-recurring maintenance needs for past fish and wildlife investments in hatcheries, fish screens, and mitigation lands.

Columbia River Basin Fish Returns and Forecast for 2023
WDFW & IDFG gave an overview of the 2022 adult Chinook, coho, sockeye, and chum salmon and steelhead runs for the Columbia River and expectations for the 2023 fisheries, including information on the Snake River Basin salmon and steelhead returns and the forecast returns for 2023.

Council Comments on Bonneville’s Draft 2022-2027 Energy Efficiency Action Plan

Next Council Meeting: April 12-13 (Webinar)

Woodland student from TEAM High School organizes Poetry Slam for classmates to share inspiring poetry (Photo)
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 03/27/23 4:30 PM
Lue Morgan (far right) performed with their twin sister, Emma, (second from left) and friends attending to show support
Lue Morgan (far right) performed with their twin sister, Emma, (second from left) and friends attending to show support

Monday, March 27, 2023-Woodland, WA-Lue Morgan, a senior at Woodland Public Schools’ alternative TEAM High School, organized an evening poetry slam as a way for them and their classmates to have an opportunity to share their creativity and to have their voices heard on the evening of Wednesday, March 1.

The poetry slam kicked off with Elizabeth “Liz” Vallaire, one of TEAM’s Math and Science teachers, reading a poem she had written herself about her own time in school. Students shared other poems, both some they had written and some they selected for how they felt, such as Talia Maxwell who delivered two: one she wrote herself and “Annabelle Le” written by Edgar Allen Poe. The audience was made up of students who wanted to support their classmates during their performances.

For Morgan, creative writing provides an outlet to discuss challenging ideas through expression, “Poetry has always inspired me because it’s a way to talk about hard topics, to express yourself, and to share what you have been through,” they said. “While English Language Arts isn’t actually my favorite subject, it has always come pretty easy to me.”

Jillian Domingo, TEAM’s English Language Arts, Social Studies, Art, and Computer Sciences teacher, knew Morgan would excel during their performance at the poetry slam, “Lue is one of our deep thinkers and deep feelers,” she said. “They spend their time putting together care packages for people experiencing challenges and they are prolific poetry-writers.”

Morgan first approached Domingo about putting on a poetry contest or some kind of poetry event last year. “This year, Lue came up with the idea of hosting a poetry slam and did all the planning and preparation to make it happen,” she said. “Lue shared a poem they wrote themselves which was deeply personal and they delivered it with moving emotion.”

TEAM High School offers an alternative approach to earning a diploma rather than attending traditional high school as students can configure their schedules around their lives. Additionally, TEAM lets students work at their own pace, so many, like Morgan, can graduate early. “I started attending TEAM because I wanted to graduate quickly,” they said. “It’s definitely an alternative school, and it’s been very accommodating to my needs, as well.”

Morgan appreciates the supportive nature of TEAM’s teachers and staff who address student needs with one-on-one attention. “I think TEAM’s staff are absolutely awesome,” they said. “The staff definitely helps us as we approach our own educational paths.” Currently a senior, Morgan plans to get a job after graduating in the next few months and will look at colleges in the area to see if any appeal to them.

About TEAM High School:

TEAM High School offers Woodland’s students a path to earning a high school diploma which accommodates individual students’ life circumstances including full-time work, family responsibilities, or simply wanting the chance to finish high school early and get a jumpstart on their future.

The staff of TEAM try to help people think of alternative high schools differently. “Many people hear ‘alternative school’ and think it’s a place for ‘troubled’ kids” said Vallaire. “We want to change that perception: we don’t have ‘typical’ students – we have high-achieving students; students with life responsibilities; and students whose life circumstances make TEAM’s approach to learning a better fit.”

“TEAM can be great for students because we meet them where they are academically and offer a myriad of supports and flexibility with classes to help them succeed,” said Jillian Domingo, who teaches English Language Arts, Social Studies, Art, and Computer Science at TEAM. “Since we have time to work with our students one-on-one, they share information about their work, hobbies, and home lives; I feel having that knowledge helps me be a better teacher by allowing me to adjust my instruction to fit their specific needs and learning styles.”

To learn more about TEAM High School, how to enroll, or how your organization can partner with Woodland Public Schools, visit the TEAM website at www.woodlandschools.org/team

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


Attached Media Files: Lue Morgan (far right) performed with their twin sister, Emma, (second from left) and friends attending to show support , ?Jillian Domingo, a TEAM teacher (seated wearing blue sweater, knew Lue Morgan (seen reciting poetry here) would excel at performing during the poetry slam thanks to their deep emotional strength , Lue Morgan, a senior at TEAM High School, organized and performed at a Poetry Slam on Wednesday, March 1

Oregon City Education Program For Startups Pays Entrepreneurs to Learn
City of Oregon City - 03/27/23 4:07 PM

Oregon City, ORE - Oregon City's Economic Development Department is launching a new educational program for entrepreneurs – The Biz Pod. The limited-admission program was crafted for emerging and start-up company founders from all sectors who want to take a deep dive and look for ways to not just keep their business open, but to help them thrive. 

Each pod will be comprised of only six members. The exclusive format will create small cohorts of serious-minded entrepreneurs matched with advisors dedicated to ensuring their success. 

The seven-module course covers essential business areas, including business planning, marketing, finances and operations. In the unique setting of The Biz Pod, participants collaborate extensively, emphasizing "work on my business" time while limiting distractions.

In addition to a $3,000 grant at course completion, they receive one-on-one time with business advisors during the course and after. The participant makeup will include a range of sectors such as restaurants, retail, small manufacturing, technology and services.

"Our goal is to provide a unique educational experience that helps participants gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their business in the long term," says James Graham, Economic Development Manager. "We are excited to offer a program that pays entrepreneurs to learn and provides valuable one-on-one time with industry experts. The Biz Pod is another addition to the innovative small business support programs we are launching in Oregon's hometown of Oregon City in 2023."

Interested applicants should complete the Biz Pod Simple Interest Form by Friday, April 7, accessed from the Economic Development Department's website at https://oregoncitybusiness.com/incentives-programs/. They will then receive the full application in mid-April. After reviewing the applications, program coordinators will conduct interviews with potential participants for the classes to begin in May.

Salud Pública del Condado de Clatsop levantará el mandato de mascarilla en las oficinas de salud pública
Clatsop County - 03/27/23 3:52 PM

(Astoria, OR) — En asociación con la Autoridad de Salud de Oregón, el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Clatsop dejará de exigir que las personas usen máscaras cuando visiten las oficinas de salud pública a partir del lunes 3 de abril.

La Autoridad de Salud de Oregón está levantando su requisito de que los trabajadores de la salud, los pacientes y los visitantes en entornos de atención médica usen máscaras faciales a medida que las infecciones por COVID-19, VSR e influenza estacionalhandisminuido.

"Estamos comprometidos a mantener a las personas seguras y prevenir la propagación de estos virus", dijo Jiancheng Huang, director de salud pública. "Eso significa que pediremos a los clientes que usen una máscara si tienen alguno de los siguientes síntomas:

  • Fiebre o sensación febril/escalofríos
  • Tos
  • Garganta irritad
  • Nariz aguada o tapada
  • Dolores musculares o corporales
  • Dolor de cabeza
  • Fatiga (cansancio)"

El Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Clatsop puede reprogramar una cita si un cliente se niega a cumplir con la solicitud de mascarilla. 

"Apreciamos la comprensión y cooperación del público", dijo Huang.


Attached Media Files: 2023-03/7074/162246/Mask_Mandate_Lifted_in_Health_Care_Settings_FINAL_Spanish.pdf

Clatsop County Public Health To Lift Mask Mandate in Public Health Offices
Clatsop County - 03/27/23 3:15 PM

(Astoria, OR) — In partnership with Oregon Health Authority, Clatsop County Department of Public Health will stop requiring individuals to wear masks when visiting public health offices beginning Monday, April 3.

The Oregon Health Authority is lifting its requirement for healthcare workers, patients and visitors in health care settings to wear face masks as COVID-19, RSV and seasonal Influenza infections have decreased.

“We are committed to keeping people safe and preventing the further spread of these viruses,” said Jiancheng Huang, director of public health. “That means we will ask clients to wear a mask if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)”

Clatsop County Public Health Department may reschedule an appointment if a client refuses to comply with the face mask request. 

“We appreciate the public’s understanding and cooperation,” Huang said.


Attached Media Files: 2023-03/7074/162243/Mask_Mandate_Lifted_in_Health_Care_Settings_FINAL.pdf

East Precinct Continues Stolen Vehicle Missions (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/27/23 2:29 PM
Portland Police East Precinct personnel continue to conduct Stolen Vehicle Operations (SVO) missions in deeply impacted neighborhoods.

On Sunday, March 19, 2023, the SVO team, which involves personnel from East Precinct, the Air Support Unit and the K9 Unit, conducted a 10-hour mission focused on two areas. The first was mainly in the Roseway and Madison South Neighborhoods, Northeast 72nd Avenue to I-205 between Northeast Sandy Boulevard and Northeast Halsey Street. The second half of the SVO was south of that area in the Lents, Mt. Scott-Arleta, and Brentwood Darlington Neighborhoods, Northeast 72 Avenue to I-205 between Southeast Foster Road and Southeast Clatsop Street.

Using data-driving policing methods, this team made 22 stops, resulting in finding 9 stolen vehicles. This proved to be the most successful stolen vehicle ratio the team has experienced; every 2 stops resulted in a stolen vehicle recovery. In addition:

-Every 3 stops resulted in an arrest
-Every 2 stops resulted in a warrant serviced
-Every 4 stops resulted in a vehicle eluding
-Every 7 stops resulted in a subject eluding on foot
-Every 3 stops resulted in a vehicle towed
-Every 3 stops resulted in a citation issued

Of the 22 stops:

-9 stolen vehicles
-7 arrests
-11 warrants serviced
-6 vehicles eluded
-3 suspects eluded on foot
-7 vehicles towed
-8 citations issued
-7 drivers contacted with no valid driving privilege
-3 vehicles contacted with no valid vehicle insurance

The SVO team’s data from its 18 Stolen Vehicle Operations conducted over the last several months includes:

-741 stops / encounters:
-131 stolen vehicles (1 in 6)
-207 custodies (1 in 4)
-250 warrants serviced (1 in 3)
-27 guns recovered (1 in 27)
-122 vehicles eluded (1 in 6)
-135 vehicles towed (1 in 5)
-147 citations issued (1 in 5)

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

Photo Description:
Guns found in one stolen vehicle

Additional photos available on PPB East Precinct Twitter page:


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Gresham Police Searching for Missing Endangered 16-Year-Old (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 03/27/23 2:17 PM

RELEASE DATE:               Mar. 27, 2023
CASE NUMBER:                 23-10999


Gresham, Ore.— Gresham Police is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing endangered 16-year-old. Jai Lynn Irby left home in Gresham, early in the morning of Mar. 19th. Jai Lynn’s family is worried about her welfare and say she may be in need of medical attention. 


Jai Lynn is described by her family as a biracial female who is 6-feet and 2-inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. She has curly dark brown hair that is often tied back in a ponytail.


Anyone who knows of Jai Lynn’s whereabouts is asked to call 911 or non-emergency police dispatch at 503.823.3333
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Attached Media Files: 2023-03/1278/162244/23-10999_missing_endangered_Jai_Lynn_Irby_V2.pdf , 2023-03/1278/162244/23-10999_jai_lynn_additional_picture.jpg , 2023-03/1278/162244/23-10999_jai_lynn_picture.jpg

Oregon proporcionara $170 millones adicionales en asistencia de alimentos EBT Pandemicos para 434,000 ninos (Photo)
Oregon Department of Human Services - 03/27/23 1:30 PM

Lo que necesita saber:  

  • Oregon proporcionará $170 millones adicionales en beneficios de alimentos a 434,000 niños a partir de fines de marzo del 2023.
  • Cada niño elegible recibirá $391 en beneficios de alimentos entre fines de marzo y fines de mayo del 2023.
  • Estos beneficios de alimentos adicionales son parte del programa EBT Pándemico (P-EBT), un programa temporal en respuesta al COVID-19 destinado a dar apoyo adicional con alimentos a los niños cuyo acceso a los alimentos de programas escolares puede haber sido afectado por el COVID-19.

(Salem) – El Departamento de Servicios Humanos de Oregon (ODHS, por sus siglas en inglés) comenzará a proporcionar $170 millones en beneficios de alimentos EBT pandémicos (P-EBT, por sus siglas en inglés) para 434,000 estudiantes y niños pequeños en Oregon a partir de fines de marzo del 2023.

Cada niño elegible recibirá por correo una tarjeta P-EBT que contiene $391 en beneficios de alimentos. Esta tarjeta es diferente a la tarjeta regular de transferencia electrónica de beneficios (EBT). Las tarjetas se enviarán en lotes desde finales de marzo hasta finales de mayo de 2023.

“Estamos agradecidos de poder dar estos beneficios de alimentos a estudiantes y familias elegibles con niños pequeños en Oregon”, dijo Claire Seguin, directora interina de los Programas de Autosuficiencia de ODHS. “A medida que las comunidades continúan viéndose afectadas por el COVID-19 y el aumento del costo de los alimentos, sabemos que muchas familias están pasando por dificultades para obtener suficientes alimentos saludables para ellos y sus hijos. Animamos a las personas que tengan dificultades para cubrir sus necesidades básicas a que se comuniquen con nuestros socios en el 211, el Banco de Alimentos de Oregon y su Agencia de Acción Comunitaria local para obtener apoyo durante este momento difícil”. 

Quién es eligible para los beneficios de alimentos P-EBT 

Los niños son elegibles para P-EBT de verano del 2022 si: 

  • Fueron elegibles para recibir comidas gratuitas o a precio reducido del Programa Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares durante el año escolar 2021-2022 o asistieron a una escuela de Provisión de Elegibilidad Comunitaria.
  • Tenían menos de 6 años y estaban inscritos en SNAP durante los meses de verano del 2022. 

Entre marzo y mayo del 2023, cada niño elegible recibirá dos cartas en el correo a su nombre:

  • Una carta notificándole que es elegible para recibir los beneficios de P-EBT 
  • Un sobre separado con su tarjeta P-EBT que tiene $391 en beneficios de alimentos.

Los hogares con varios niños elegibles recibirán cartas y tarjetas separadas para cada niño. Los hogares comenzarán a recibir cartas de notificación a fines de marzo y las tarjetas P-EBT comenzarán a llegar en abril. Estos beneficios de alimentos adicionales son parte del programa P-EBT, un programa temporal en respuesta a COVID-19 destinado a brindar apoyo adicional de alimentos a los niños cuyo acceso a alimentos adecuados y de calidad de los programas escolares puede haber sido afectado por el COVID-19.

Visite pebt.oregon.gov para obtener más información sobre el programa P-EBT.

Las familias que tengan preguntas específicas sobre la elegibilidad de su hijo o la tarjeta P-EBT pueden comunicarse con el Centro de llamadas de P-EBT al (844) ORE-PEBT o al (844) 673-7328. El centro de llamadas de P-EBT está disponible de lunes a viernes de 8:00 a.m. a 5:00 p.m. hora del Pacífico en inglés, español, ruso, vietnamita, somalí, mandarín y cantonés. Las personas que llaman también pueden solicitar un traductor para idiomas adicionales.

P-EBT no reemplaza ningún programa de nutrición infantil que ya tenga y alentamos a las familias a continuar participando en los programas de comidas en sus escuelas y comunidades.


Attached Media Files: PEBT Card

Oregon to issue an additional $170 million in Pandemic EBT food assistance to 434,000 children (Photo)
Oregon Department of Human Services - 03/27/23 1:30 PM

Need to know: 

  • Oregon will provide an additional $170 million in food benefits to 434,000 children beginning in late March 2023.
  • From late March to the end of May 2023, $391 in food benefits will be issued to each eligible child.
  • These additional food benefits are part of the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program, a temporary COVID-19 response program meant to provide additional food support for children whose access to food provided through school programs may have been impacted by COVID-19.

(Salem) – The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) will begin issuing $170 million in Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) food benefits to 434,000 students and young children in Oregon beginning in late March 2023. 

A P-EBT card containing $391 in food benefits, which is different from a regular electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card, will be sent by mail to each eligible child. Cards are being sent in batches from late March to the end of May 2023. 

“We are grateful to be able to provide these food benefits to eligible students and families with young children in Oregon,” said Claire Seguin, interim director of the ODHS Self-Sufficiency Programs. “As communities continue to be affected by COVID-19 and the rising cost of food, we know that many families are experiencing hardship and are struggling to get enough healthy food for themselves and their children. We encourage anyone who is struggling to meet their basic needs to contact our partners at 211, the Oregon Food Bank and their local Community Action Agency for support during this difficult time.”

Who is eligible for P-EBT food benefits

Children are eligible for Summer 2022 P-EBT if they:

  • Were eligible to receive free or reduced-price National School Lunch Program meals during school year 2021-2022 or attended a Community Eligibility Provision school​.
  • Were under the age of 6 and enrolled in SNAP during the summer 2022 months.

Between March and May 2023, each eligible child will receive two pieces of mail addressed to them: 

  • A letter notifying them they are eligible to receive P-EBT benefits
  • A separate envelope with their P-EBT card that has $391 of food benefits on it

Households with multiple eligible children will receive individual letters and cards for each eligible child. Households will start receiving notification letters at the end of March and P-EBT cards will begin arriving in April.

These additional food benefits are part of the P-EBT program, a temporary COVID-19 response program meant to provide additional food support for children whose access to adequate and quality food received through school programs may have been impacted by COVID-19.

Visit pebt.oregon.gov for more information about the P-EBT program. 

Families with specific questions about their child’s eligibility or P-EBT card can contact the P-EBT Call Center at (844) ORE-PEBT or (844) 673-7328. The P-EBT Call Center is available Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific in English, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Somalian, Mandarin and Cantonese. Callers may also request a translator for additional languages.

P-EBT does not replace any child nutrition program already offered and families are encouraged to continue to participate in meal programs in their schools and communities.  

P-EBT food benefits are issued in addition to regular SNAP benefits. P-EBT benefits are not considered in a public charge test.

Resources to help meet basic needs

About SNAP

Administered by ODHS, SNAP is a federal program that provides food assistance to approximately 1 million eligible, low-income families and individuals in Oregon, including many older adults and people with disabilities. Oregonians in need can apply for benefits, including SNAP, child care, cash assistance and Medicaid. Learn more at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-dhs-benefits. For local resources in your area, such as food or shelter, please call 2-1-1 or reach out to the state’s Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) at 1-855-ORE-ADRC or 1-855-673-2372.

About P-EBT 

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) is part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. P-EBT is money for children whose access to adequate and quality food may have been impacted by COVID-19. ​Learn more about P-EB​T from our FAQ for Families flyer.

P-EBT is a program in partnership with the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE).


Attached Media Files: PEBT Card

OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Seizure- Deschutes County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/27/23 1:27 PM

On March 21, 2023, at approximately 2:30 PM, an Oregon State Police Senior Trooper stopped a 2015 Nissan Altima for a vehicle equipment violation and for failure of a slower-moving vehicle to yield to overtaking vehicle, on northbound US 97 near milepost 161, in Deschutes County. During the traffic stop, the Senior Trooper noticed signs of criminal activity.

An OSP narcotics detection canine was applied to the vehicle and alerted to the presence of a narcotic odor coming from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was conducted. The Senior Trooper located approximately 36 pounds of suspected methamphetamine, and approximately two pounds of suspected heroin, which were concealed within the vehicle. 

The driver identified as Anabel Torres (38), of Sunnyside, Washington, and the passenger identified as Audel Torres Perez, (38), of Sunnyside, Washington, were interviewed and released pending referred charges.

OSP Troopers were assisted during the investigation by Oregon State Police detectives assigned to the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) team, Oregon State Police Southwest Region Marijuana Team, and the OSP-Criminal Investigations Division-Drug Enforcement Section (Domestic Highway Enforcement Initiative). 

The Oregon State Police-Domestic Highway Enforcement Initiative is supported by the Oregon-Idaho High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).

The Oregon-Idaho HIDTA program is an Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) sponsored counterdrug grant program that coordinates with and provides funding resources to multi-agency drug enforcement initiatives, including the OSP-DHE Initiative.


Attached Media Files: 2023-03/1002/162241/SP23082254.JPG

You're invited! Join the second "Climate Conversations with BPS" virtual event on Thursday, April 13 (Photo)
Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability - 03/27/23 10:54 AM

Eli Bonilla  
Senior Communications Strategist, BPS  


You’re invited! Join Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s Climate team at the second “Climate Conversations with BPS” virtual event on Thursday, April 13

Join the BPS Climate team as they explore what 100% clean electricity is, what it means for the community and field questions from the community.

Portland, Ore.— In this second “Climate Conversations” event, you’ll have an opportunity to be a part of an interactive discussion of 100% clean electricity and what it really means for you and the community. Learn how City of Portland staff, partners in the public and private sector, and you can make difference for our climate future.

Climate Conversations with BPS: Clean Electricity for All Edition  
Thursday, Apr. 13, 2023, 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)  
Register in advance for this meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZApcOCprTgsGNLVdr1hFvxSnsFHEVKE2C60

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Climate action is challenging work, and we are all in this together. From businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits to actions and engagement from community members, everyone has a role in helping reach our collective carbon reduction goals by 2050.

Join the conversation and share your ideas and goals as well as ask questions. This is an opportunity for you to explore how policy and community actions work together to get us to net zero. Sign up for the April 13 Climate Conversations with BPS event at: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZApcOCprTgsGNLVdr1hFvxSnsFHEVKE2C60

This event is the second in a new series called “Climate Conversations with BPS” where members of the community can learn more about the City’s Climate Justice work and ask questions of staff. Each event will highlight a new topic area. More events will be announced later in 2023.

Learn more about Portland's sources of emissions and trends, and our pathways to net-zero carbon by 2050. 

About the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

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

Attached Media Files: Clean-Electricity

Sheriff's Office Hosts Drug Take Back Event (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/27/23 10:39 AM

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a Drug Take Back Event on Saturday, April 22, 2023, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. This event allows the public to safely dispose of expired or unused medications.

This is a one-day, drive-thru event at 4500 SW Research Way, Corvallis. Those interested in dropping off at this location are asked to enter the parking lot off Research Way and follow the signs and directions of the volunteers.

Some items are not allowed at the event. For safety reasons, these include thermometers, intra-venous solutions, needles, EpiPens®, or medical waste of any kind. Illegal drugs are also not accepted. Medications can only be accepted from individual households, not from businesses such as nursing homes, doctor’s offices, or veterinary clinics. A complete list of restricted items is posted on the Sheriff’s Office website at https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/page/special-event-2023-drug-take-back.  

This event is offered as a public safety service to help keep prescription drugs out of the hands of kids or others who might abuse them. Misuse of prescription drugs is a serious problem, especially with teens and young adults.

Additionally, improperly disposing of medications, by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, can lead to contamination of our drinking water. While most drugs can be treated at wastewater treatment plants, some cannot.

Community partners Covanta and Oregon State University are helping support this event. It is sanctioned by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as part of its National Take-Back Initiative. The Sheriff’s Office is able to offer this service due to the volunteer support of their Reserve Deputies, Auxiliary Team, CERT, and Search and Rescue volunteers. For more information, visit https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/page/special-event-2023-drug-take-back.

Attached Media Files: 2023-03/1505/162236/Drug_Take_Back_(Twitter_Post).jpg

Downtown Salem Lane Restrictions Expected on Court Street as Two-Way Conversion Is Completed
City of Salem - 03/27/23 9:30 AM

Salem, Ore. — Lane restrictions are expected beginning Tuesday, March 28, 2023, as downtown Salem’s Court Street will transition from a one-way to a two-way street. Final lane adjustments are expected to be complete by Thursday, March 30, 2023, and include lane and parking stall striping, sign adjustments, and the activation of new traffic signals between Commercial St. NE and High St. NE.

The Court Street project was first proposed as part of the Central Salem Mobility Study recommendations in 2014. The project is designed to help increase access to local downtown businesses. Court Street, a westbound three-lane road, will be converted into a two-lane east-west street, and will include appropriate left turn lanes at Commercial St. NE and High St. NE and parking in both directions. These updates are similar to the 2021 conversion of State Street, which is located one block south of Court Street.

Over the next several days, construction crews will reduce available lanes of traffic on Court Street as needed and construction efforts will include:

  • Tuesday, March 28 – Removing existing striping and installing temporary lane markers 
  • Wednesday, March 29 – Stripe roadway and parking stalls, activate traffic signals
  • Thursday, March 30 – Complete remaining striping work and adjust remaining signs

Follow us on social media for photos and updates on this project. For more information on current City of Salem road construction projects, visit the Active Construction Dashboard and view up-to-date information on the infrastructure improvements going on in your neighborhood. 

Esther Short Park gets summer-ready with stage improvements, new gazebo (Photo)
City of Vancouver - 03/27/23 9:07 AM
Esther Short Park Pavilion Stage
Esther Short Park Pavilion Stage

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver is preparing for an exciting summer season with repairs to the pavilion stage and installation of a new gazebo at Esther Short Park (W. 8th and Columbia Streets). The pavilion and the gazebo area will be fenced off and closed to the public beginning Thursday, March 30. 

Esther Short Park hosts thousands of visitors each year for the Vancouver Farmers Market, arts and cultural festivals, charity fundraising events and gatherings of friends and family. Work on the pavilion and gazebo is expected to be completed in May. 

Dry rot was found in the columns of both the pavilion and the gazebo during routine maintenance checks at the end of 2022. The pavilion columns can be restored, but the gazebo was beyond repair and removed for public safety. The new steel gazebo will be placed in the same location once fabrication is complete. 

In addition to the column repairs, the pavilion stage will receive updates to the electrical system, have missing decorative elements restored, be cleaned and painted, and have moss removed from the roof. 

Esther Short Park remains open, but visitors should avoid fenced areas during construction and maintenance work. 

Attached Media Files: Esther Short Park Pavilion Stage

April public meetings scheduled for Smith Rock State Park Draft Master Plan release
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/27/23 8:00 AM

BEND, Ore.—The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites the public to weigh in on long-term planning for Smith Rock State Park as part of the process to update the park’s 1991 Master Plan. The Draft Smith Rock Master Plan will guide facility development, recreation use and resource management for the next 20 years, and will be reviewed at two upcoming public meetings. 

The draft plan will be posted Monday, April 10 on the OPRD planning website at https://bit.ly/OPRDMasterPlans .

Two meetings are scheduled on Monday, April 10 to review the draft plan: 

Once the plan is posted, comments can be submitted by email D.Publiccomment@oprd.oregon.gov">OPRD.Publiccomment@oprd.oregon.gov or online form on https://bit.ly/OPRDMasterPlans, or in writing to:  Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Attn. Jenna Marmon, 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem, OR 97301.  Comments will be considered through Monday, May 15, 2023. 

The draft master plan balances the feedback received from stakeholders throughout the planning process, which began in 2016 (the project was delayed due to COVID).  The management goals, strategies and development concepts proposed will help alleviate concerns heard throughout the process, including parking, congestion, trails, interpretive opportunities and management.  The plan provides a 20-year vision with a menu of solutions that can be implemented over time as funds become available. 

Comments received during the comment period (April 10- May 15) will be collected and reviewed for inclusion into the draft document, which will then be presented to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission for adoption at the June 2023 meeting. 


Sun. 03/26/23
Lebanon Fire District responds to second structure fire in the same day! (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 03/26/23 10:53 PM

At 1920 Lebanon Fire District was dispatched to its second structure fire of the day. Initial reports stated that a fifth wheel RV was on fire and everyone was out. The Incident commander arrived on scene to a fully involved fifth wheel trailer with no exposures. The fire was extinguished in about 20 minutes after the first engine arrived. Lebanon Fire had 16 personnel respond to the fire. No injuries were reported during the fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Attached Media Files: 2023-03/1191/162233/IMG_0644.jpeg

Fire destroy shop and contents. (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 03/26/23 5:47 PM

At 10:09 Lebanon Fire District responded to a report of a structure fire. The first arriving unit arrived to a 36X36 pole building with smoke and fire showing. After using the circular saw to gain access into the building, the Lebanon Fire District was able to knock the fire down. Lebanon Fire District responded with 19 personnel to extinguish the fire. Albany Fire Department and Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District assisted with the numerous medical calls that came in during the fire. No injuries were reported during the fire. The Cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Attached Media Files: 2023-03/1191/162230/IMG_0633.jpeg

Anti-Theft Car Device Recommended (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 03/26/23 2:09 PM

RELEASE DATE:                    March 26, 2023
CONTACT PERSON:            On-duty PIO
CASE NUMBER:                      23-12062


Gresham, Ore.—At approximately 12:46p.m., Gresham Police officers responded to 900 block of NE 162nd Ave., on a report of a stolen 2020 Kia Sportage. While taking the report, officers learned from the vehicle owner, Brianna Walker, she only purchased the vehicle 3 days prior. Walker’s vehicle was taken sometime overnight. Surveillance cameras indicate it was likely taken shortly after 6:15a.m.

Brianna is hoping her vehicle is located quickly because she makes her living as a food delivery driver. The 4-door Kia Sportage is burnt copper in color and does not have plates on it. It had a temporary permit in the back window when taken. The vehicle may have a broken window as indicated by glass in the parking space.


Gresham Police recommends the use of an anti-theft car device such as a steering wheel lock to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of vehicle theft.


If you have any information about the case, you are asked to call the Gresham Police Tip Line at 503-618-2719.

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Attached Media Files: 2023-03/1278/162227/PR-23-12062_-_Stolen_Kia_Sportage.pdf , 2023-03/1278/162227/23-12062-stolen-kia-sportage-pic.jpg

Sat. 03/25/23
Fatal Crash - Interstate 5 - Douglas County
Oregon State Police - 03/25/23 4:45 PM

On Friday, March 24, 2023, at approximately 5:58 A.M., the Oregon State Police responded to a two vehicle crash on Interstate 5 (southbound), near milepost 166, in Douglas County.


The preliminary investigation indicated a Freightliner CMV and semi-trailer, operated by Joel Lockhart (29) of White City (OR), was southbound and lost control striking the center barrier where it came to rest. A Nissan Murano, operated by Karen Sweesy (46) of Monroe (WA), was southbound and came upon the disabled CMV and semi-trailer. The Nissan crashed into the left rear corner of the semi-trailer. Sweesy was pronounced deceased at the scene by EMS. 

A passenger in the Nissan, Shari Landerville (59) of Monroe (WA), received serious injuries and was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend. The operator of the CMV was uninjured.


The highway was impacted for approximately 2.5 hours while the on-scene investigation was conducted.


OSP was assisted by North Douglas Fire & EMS, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Cottage Grove PD, and ODOT.

DA Mike Schmidt Statement on Shooting Deaths Reported Today
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 03/25/23 4:38 PM

Multnomah County DA Mike Schmidt issued the following statement related to the shooting deaths of three people today in North Portland:

"The loss of three people to gun violence today is a tragedy and an unimaginable loss to their families and communities. Two of my deputy district attorneys are on scene and actively working the case with PPB detectives. While we are in the very early stages of investigation, my office will work tirelessly to bring those responsible to justice and to provide support to the families during what is likely the worst moment of their lives.

“This loss magnifies the gun violence crisis facing our communities, and I remain committed to working with law enforcement partners to address prevention and to hold those responsible for gun violence accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”


Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue Conducts Swearing-In Ceremony for 15 New Entry Level Firefighters and Firefighter Paramedics (Photo)
Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue - 03/25/23 9:26 AM
Day 1 of recruit academy
Day 1 of recruit academy

RIDGEFIELD, WASHINGTON - Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue (CCFR) held a swearing-in ceremony on March 20, 2023, for 15 new entry level firefighters and firefighter paramedics. This ceremony marks an important milestone for the district as the new staff members will greatly improve the district's operational abilities, response times, and level of protection for the community. 

The new hires are a direct result of the support for the EMS levy that was passed last year. The levy enabled CCFR to hire additional firefighters and firefighter paramedics, resulting in improved staffing for the entire district. This has allowed for 3-person crews to handle a wider range of emergencies, reducing the need for multiple units on individual incidents. 

With the addition of these 15 new members, CCFR now has a plan for a paramedic on every rig, every day, thereby improving the speed and effectiveness of advanced life-saving capabilities. Additionally, CCFR is staffing additional unit(s) in the system, such as Engine 151 and adding a transport capable ambulance. This will result in better response times, improved operational abilities, and a higher level of protection for the community. 

The new members are in addition to the 7 recently hired lateral entry firefighters and firefighter paramedics that were hired earlier this year - who are already assigned to engine companies, protecting the community. 

CCFR's efforts to improve staffing and operational abilities may also result in an improved Protection Class with the Washington Survey and Ratings Bureau, which could lower property insurance rates for the community. 

"We are thrilled to welcome these new members to our team," said Fire Chief John Nohr. "Their expertise and dedication will greatly improve our ability to respond to emergencies and protect our community. This is a significant step forward for our district, and we are proud to serve our community." 

CCFR is committed to providing the highest level of service to the community and will continue to make improvements to ensure the safety and well-being of its residents.  For more information regarding our upcoming open house, as well as numerous firefighter paramedic job openings, see www.clarkfr.org

Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue (CCFR) serves 50,000 people over 125 square miles, including the cities of La Center, Ridgefield, Woodland, and the Cowlitz Indian Reservation. Our combination department includes full-time and volunteer firefighters responding to an average of 5000 fire and emergency medical calls a year. CCFR also provides a wide array of Community Risk Reduction programs including fire inspections, building plan reviews, and a Community Paramedic program. CCF&R operates under a balanced budget and has a history of passing independent financial audits by the state.

Attached Media Files: Day 1 of recruit academy , Badge pinning , Swearing in ceremony

Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue Receives Annual Contract Payment from the Cowlitz Indian Tribe (Photo)
Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue - 03/25/23 9:23 AM
CIT Partnership
CIT Partnership

RIDGEFIELD, WASHINGTON - Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue (CCFR) announced today that they have received the annual contract payment from the Cowlitz Indian Tribe for fire and emergency services on the Cowlitz Indian Reservation. The payment for 2023 is $346,000 and approximates the $1.50/per thousand of assessed value that other residents of the district pay for the fire and EMS services. 

The annual payment was presented to CCFR Fire Chief John Nohr by Cowlitz Tribal Council member Timi Russin on March 6th. This payment is made annually by the Tribe to cover the cost of fire and emergency medical services on the Cowlitz Indian Reservation. The original amount when ilani opened in April 2017 was $210,000 - and has risen to $346,000 as more buildings and improvements have been completed on the reservation. 

CCFR will meet with CIT representatives when the new hotel opens later this year to update the annual payment. This is a testament to the strong partnership between CCFR and the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, as both organizations work together to ensure the safety and well-being of the community. 

"We are grateful for the continued support and partnership of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe," said Chief John Nohr. "Their annual contract payment ensures that we can provide high-quality fire and emergency medical services to the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and their guests. We look forward to continuing our partnership and serving the community with professionalism and care." 

CCFR is committed to protecting all of the communities we serve, and this annual contract payment helps achieve that goal. The partnership between CCFR and the Cowlitz Indian Tribe is an important one, and both organizations are dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of the this community. 

Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue (CCFR) serves 50,000 people over 125 square miles, including the cities of La Center, Ridgefield, Woodland, and the Cowlitz Indian Reservation. Our combination department includes full-time and volunteer firefighters responding to an average of 5000 fire and emergency medical calls a year. CCFR also provides a wide array of Community Risk Reduction programs including fire inspections, building plan reviews, and a Community Paramedic program. CCF&R operates under a balanced budget and has a history of passing independent financial audits by the state.

Attached Media Files: CIT Partnership