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Police Investigating Alleged Misconduct by Teacher
Gresham Police Dept - 05/17/24 10:08 PM

Gresham, Ore.— Police are investigating reports of inappropriate behavior towards students by a teacher at Centennial High School.  The allegations were reported to school staff earlier this week.  The Gresham Police Department is working with the Centennial School District and the case has been assigned to a detective for investigation.  The involved teacher has been placed on leave. 

 

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Mark Hawley at k.hawley@greshamoregon.gov">mark.hawley@greshamoregon.gov or 503-618-3199.

 

To protect the integrity of the investigation, no additional information is being released at this time.  




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2024 Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony (Photo)
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 05/17/24 8:49 PM
Park Rangers and BSA Scouts raising garrison flag
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Vancouver, WA - The Community Military Appreciation Committee (CMAC) will present Vancouver's Memorial Day Observance Monday, May 27, 2024, at 11 am. This annual ceremony at the Bandstand on the Vancouver Barracks Parade Ground honors men and women who have lost their lives in service of our country. Visitors may view the garrison flag raising, Mountain Howitzer cannon firing, and a wreath laying ceremony in honor of fallen heroes. Vancouver’s Memorial Day Observance is free of charge.

CMAC organizes this annual event with the support of its partners: the City of Vancouver, National Park Service (NPS), Clark County, Waste Connections, Northwest Natural Gas, and 40 et 8. For over 170 years, the Vancouver Barracks has been a center for military community. The Vancouver Barracks is now preserved by the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. NPS Facility Manager Alex Patterson shared, "Events like Memorial Day showcase the modern relevance of this historic site, and the enduring connection between the military post and this community."

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Superintendent Tracy Fortmann said, “the Vancouver Barracks and the Service Members that called this place home, represent a crucial component of this Park’s history. The Vancouver Barracks is much more than just a collection of buildings; they are a visible reminder of our shared 19th and 20th century military history.” Superintendent Fortmann added, “The National Park Service preserves and shares our nation’s history, including the service of the many soldiers and their families.”

Retired Army Colonel Larry J. Smith will be the Master of Ceremonies. Speakers at the event will include Superintendent Tracy Fortmann, Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle, with a keynote by wounded combat veteran, Staff Sergeant John Kaiser. There will be special remarks by U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel John Toll, Professor of Military Science at the University of Portland ROTC.  Everleigh Paul, from Liberty Middle School, will sing the National Anthem. Bagpiper, John Goff will play Amazing Grace. There will be a dove release and color guards, as well as military medleys played by the 204th Army Band.

Complimentary light lunch items will be available to the public, courtesy of the Vancouver Lions, Red Cross Cascades Region, and the Military Officers Association of America.-

Parking is available at Hudson's Bay High School and the National Park Service South Lot (located on 5th Street), where attendees may ride the dedicated C-Tran shuttle to and from the Bandstand. 

CMAC is an all-inclusive group composed of members representing youth, education, civic, military, veterans’ groups, and local governments. CMAC executes and plans community-wide events, such as Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Our Community Salutes, and POW/MIA Day ceremonies, as well as recognition and support of military families of all services. Learn more about CMAC at www.cmac11.com.

Event Details:

Title: Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony

Location: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Bandstand located on the North parade field.

Date: May 27, 2024

Time: 11:00am




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The Oregon National Guard honors U.S. Army Maj. (ret.) Charles L. Deibert during memorial service (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 05/17/24 8:31 PM
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CLACKAMAS, Ore. – A memorial service with full military honors was held for U.S. Army Maj. (ret.) Charles L. Deibert at Willamette National Cemetery in Clackamas, Oregon on May 17, 2024. A recipient of The Distinguished Service Cross for his service during combat operations in Vietnam, Deibert served in the Oregon Army National Guard for 15 years and would later serve for five years in the Army Reserves.

Initially enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1956, he joined the Oregon National Guard two years later in 1958. He attended Officer Candidate School, flight school, jump school and jungle survival school before volunteering for service in Vietnam in 1966. Assigned as a platoon leader to the 220th Reconnaissance Airplane Company, he would fly over 570 missions in the Cessna O-1 Bird Dog, directly saving hundreds of U.S. troops, making him one of the most decorated Oregon military aviators.

Highlighting his extraordinary heroism with operations against an armed hostile force on September 10, 1967, in the Republic of Vietnam, Deibert distinguished himself with exceptional gallant actions as he supported a Marine battalion engaged in battle with an estimated two-regiment North Vietnamese Army force.

Despite the extreme dangers of being shot down by friendly artillery barrages and hostile anti-aircraft fire, (then) Captain Deibert flew into the area, making several low passes through a curtain of continuous fire, helping locate enemy troop concentrations. After advising the Marines of the enemy situation, he called for tactical air support and continued making low level flights over enemy strongpoints.

Describing Deibert’s exemplary military service, Maj. Gen. (ret.) Raymond F. Rees, the former Adjutant General of the Oregon National Guard, offered a fitting eulogy for his long career of service to the United States Army.

“To me as a fellow Vietnam veteran, Larry was representative of the vast majority of Vietnam veterans,” Rees said. “That ten of thousands of those veterans served their nation, and returned to become productive members of society and leaders in their community.”

During the eulogy, Rees described the accomplishment of years of military service but also touched on his impacts in the business community and the importance of family and faith.

“I hope to capture in a few words, the scope and breadth of a well-lived life and the essence of a man who lived each day as a new day, a new opportunity and new adventure,” Rees said. “He was successful in a wide ranging business career and as entrepreneur…and was a caring and loving husband, father and patriarch.”

Among his other military awards, Deibert was recognized with The Distinguished Flying Cross (two awards), The Bronze Star, The Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, The Army Commendation Medal, The Presidential Unit Citation, Army Parachute Badge, and Army Senior Aviation Badge and other accolades.

Deibert served as the National Commander of the Legion of Valor from 2001-2002. After his retirement, he was appointed as the Civilian Aide to the U.S. Secretary of the Army from 2003 to 2017. 

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Released Photos from Memorial Service:

240517-Z-CH590-1011: Maj. Gen. (ret.) Raymond F. Rees (left), along with former Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski (center-left), Brig. Gen. Alan Gronewold, Adjutant General, Oregon (center-right) and Susan Malone (right), pause for a photo prior to the start of the Memorial Service for Major (retired) Charles L. Deibert, held on May 17, 2024 at Willamette National Cemetery, Clackamas, Oregon. During his military career, Maj. Deibert was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross during combat operations in Vietnam. He served for two years in the Marine Corps before joining the Oregon Army National Guard for 15 years, and later served in the Army Reserves for five years. After his retirement he was appointed as the Civilian Aide to the U.S. Secretary of the Army from 2003-2017. (National Guard photo by John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

240517-Z-CH590-1060: The Presentation of the American Flag is performed by the Oregon Army National Guard Funeral Honor Guard members during the Memorial Service for Maj. (retired) Charles L. Deibert held at Willamette National Cemetery, Clackamas, Oregon on May 17, 2024. During his military career, Maj. Deibert was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross during combat operations in Vietnam. He served for two years in the Marine Corps before joining the Oregon Army National Guard for 15 years, and later served in the Army Reserves for five years. After his retirement he was appointed as the Civilian Aide to the U.S. Secretary of the Army from 2003-2017. (National Guard photo by John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

240517-Z-CH590-1034 and 240517-Z-CH590-1207: Maj. Gen. (ret.) Raymond F. Rees (left), the former Adjutant General for the Oregon National Guard, delivers the Eulogy during the Memorial Service for Major (retired) Charles L. Deibert, held on May 17, 2024 at Willamette National Cemetery, Clackamas, Oregon. During his military career, Maj. Deibert was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross during combat operations in Vietnam. He served for two years in the Marine Corps before joining the Oregon Army National Guard for 15 years, and later served in the Army Reserves for five years. After his retirement he was appointed as the Civilian Aide to the U.S. Secretary of the Army from 2003-2017. (National Guard photo by John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

240517-Z-CH590-1234: Mr. David Winterholler address those in attendance with remembrance remarks during the Memorial Service for Major (retired) Charles L. Deibert, held on May 17, 2024 at Willamette National Cemetery, Clackamas, Oregon. During his military career, Maj. Deibert was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross during combat operations in Vietnam. He served for two years in the Marine Corps before joining the Oregon Army National Guard for 15 years, and later served in the Army Reserves for five years. After his retirement he was appointed as the Civilian Aide to the U.S. Secretary of the Army from 2003-2017. (National Guard photo by John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

240517-Z-CH590-1025: Distinguished guest and elected officials pause for the Invocation at the start of the Memorial Service for Major (retired) Charles L. Deibert, held on May 17, 2024 at Willamette National Cemetery, Clackamas, Oregon. During his military career, Maj. Deibert was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross during combat operations in Vietnam. He served for two years in the Marine Corps before joining the Oregon Army National Guard for 15 years, and later served in the Army Reserves for five years. After his retirement he was appointed as the Civilian Aide to the U.S. Secretary of the Army from 2003-2017. (National Guard photo by John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

240517-Z-CH590-1285: Brig. Gen. Alan Gronewold, Adjutant General, Oregon, renders a hand salute to Suzanne Deibert after presenting her with the American Flag during the Memorial Service for her husband Major (retired) Charles L. Deibert, held on May 17, 2024 at Willamette National Cemetery, Clackamas, Oregon. During his military career, Maj. Deibert was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross during combat operations in Vietnam. He served for two years in the Marine Corps before joining the Oregon Army National Guard for 15 years, and later served in the Army Reserves for five years. After his retirement he was appointed as the Civilian Aide to the U.S. Secretary of the Army from 2003-2017. (National Guard photo by John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)




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Armed Forces Appreciation Day at Oaks Park is tomorrow!
Oaks Park Association - 05/17/24 6:42 PM

National Armed Forces Appreciation day is tomorrow, May 18, and Oaks Park is delighted to continue our annual tradition of honoring local active military personnel with a day of free rides!  Active personnel and their immediate families recevie free ride bracelets when they show a valid military ID at the ticket booth tomorrow between 12 and 7 PM.

Plus at 2 PM there will be free cake and balloons for all park guests (while supplies last), and a visit on the midway from Chipper the Squirrel!

Visit oakspark.com for more details and to plan your visit.


Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Release #7
Vancouver Police Dept. - 05/17/24 4:06 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Vancouver Police Department, is continuing the Independent Investigation of the officer-involved use of force incident involving deputies from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office on April 13, 2024, at the American Legion located at 14011 NE 20th Avenue.

Once the investigation is completed, it will be forwarded to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review. 

Additional information will be released as it is available and will be sent out in a media release.

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Centennial School District Governing Board Notice, Wednesday, May 22, 2024 AT 7:30 PM
Centennial Sch. Dist. - 05/17/24 3:54 PM

The Centennial School District Governing Board will convene for a Work Session on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at 7:30 p.m. 

Please be aware that a Budget Committee Meeting will take place (virtually) from 6:00 - 7:30 pm prior to the Work Session.

The full board meeting packet is available for reference on the Centennial School District website at www.csd28j.org and can be found on the School Board page. The meeting agenda and associated documents may be updated as necessary.

All attendees will participate virtually via the Zoom app.  If you are interested in joining either meeting, please click on the link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89267786636?pwd=VStxS3VaNGsrSlRtTW5UaHF1SkZHdz09
Passcode: 512170

Or Telephone, dial:
  +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799
Webinar ID: 892 6778 6636
Passcode: 512170

NOTE: An Executive Session will take place on May 22nd at approximately 8:30 p.m. pursuant to (ORS 192.660(2)(d) - To conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to carry on labor negotiations.

All attendees will participate virtually.  Authorized parties may join the meeting virtually, by clicking the link below.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83173248580?pwd=UWNmaXMwaTY0YnBWb2xTd2Z0N3l2UT09
Passcode: 903904

For information about the agenda email dan@csd28j.org">melissa_grindle@csd28j.org or oard@csd28j.org">board@csd28j.org.


Man Arrested for Inappropriate Conduct in City Library (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/17/24 3:47 PM
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On Tuesday, May 7, 2024, Sheriff’s Office deputies serving the City of Cornelius responded to reports of inappropriate behavior by a man inside the city library. The concerning information involved a man seen masturbating at a table in an area where minors were present. Staff from the library contacted the police. 

Investigators gained access to video footage depicting inappropriate behavior on May 1, 2024, by the man in close proximity to minors. There is concern that multiple victims were in view of public indecency. 

The man, identified as 30-year-old Aaron Leap, was located on May 8, 2024, and taken into custody. Leap was transported to the Washington County Jail and lodged on the following charges: felony public indecency, probation violation for public indecency, and failure to appear in the second degree. 

Investigators believe there are victims, yet to come forward, who may have witnessed Leap’s inappropriate behavior. If you were in the Cornelius City Library on May 1, 2024, at or around 4:45 p.m. and witnessed Leap in a state of self-gratification, please contact non-emergency dispatch at 503-629-0111. 




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Saturday, May 18: Celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at the Oregon Historical Society with Free Admission and All Ages Activities (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 05/17/24 3:21 PM
Courtesy KALO Hawaiian Civic Club
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Portland, OR — The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) is excited to partner with KALO Hawaiian Civic Club to celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month with free museum admission and a day of activities for all ages on Saturday, May 18, from 10am to 5pm! This event is also presented in partnership with Oregon Rises Above Hate, a coalition of people and organizations who seek to give voice to AANHPI communities. 

In addition to educational videos and a craft corner hosted by KALO, the event will also feature two Papa Ulana Launiu (Weaving with Coconut Leaves) workshops, a traditional practice of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander people. These two-hour workshops led by Maui Grown 808, LLP offer an opportunity for community members to learn about the artwork, its history, and its meaning from artists traveling to Oregon from Lahaina, Maui. Maui Grown 808, LLP are artists Aunty Ui and Uncle Mario of Lahaina, Maui. Each participant will leave with a beautiful, new hat.

These workshops cost $25 to attend ($20 for OHS members) and are open to all people ages twelve and older. Pre-registration is recommended and can be done online at ohs.org/ulana.

Schedule of Events

10:15am
Oli and Opening Protocol
An oli is an Indigenous Hawaiian chant that is a traditional way to begin Hawaiian events.

10:30am–12:30pm
Ulana Workshop 1

11am–3pm
Keiki Corner Crafts
All attendees are invited to take part in keiki (child) crafts especially geared towards visitors under 12 who are not eligible for the Ulana workshops. 

12:30pm–1:30pm
Educational Videos 
Attendees will have the opportunity to watch educational videos about Hawaiian history and culture to connect the past to the events of the day.

1:30pm–3:30pm
Ulana Workshop 2

Native Hawaiians were among the earliest outsiders in present-day Oregon. The future state’s first resource to be exploited by outsiders was animal pelts, highly valued for trimming garments and making hats. Prevailing winds meant that ships heading to Oregon for that purpose routinely stopped in the Hawaiian Islands, also known as the Sandwich Islands. To learn more about this history, read “Hawaiians in the Oregon Country,” an entry on The Oregon Encyclopedia by Jean Barman and Bruce McIntyre Watson.


About the Oregon Historical Society

For nearly 125 years, 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 complex as Oregon’s cannot be contained within a single story or point of view. 
 

About KALO Hawaiian Civic Club

Ka ʻAha Lāhui O ʻOlekona Hawaiian Civic Club of Oregon & SW Washington (KALO HCC) is a local 501(c)3 organization located in Beaverton, Oregon. KALO HCC strives to actively participate in the promotion, perpetuation, and practice of the Native Hawaiian culture and values by advocating and elevating the voices of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities through cultural practices and educational opportunities. KALO HCC is housed at the AloHā Resource & Community Center (ARCC), which is an inclusive space for anyone in the community to enjoy. KALO HCC has a Community Pantry & Clothing Closet, both free services, as well as multiple workspaces/meeting areas with free Wi-Fi. The ARCC is open every weekday from 10am to 5pm.




Attached Media Files: Courtesy KALO Hawaiian Civic Club

Ridgefield School District celebrates its May 2024 Employee and Students of the Month (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 05/17/24 2:43 PM
Ridgefield School District's May 2024 Employee and Students of the Month with the Board of Directors
Ridgefield School District's May 2024 Employee and Students of the Month with the Board of Directors
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At its regular board of directors meeting on Tuesday, May 14, the Ridgefield School District celebrated the employee and students of the month! Please join us in congratulating these deserving award recipients! 

Employee of the Month

Alix Parsons, 5th grade teacher at Sunset Ridge Intermediate School

Alix Parson is not just an exceptional teacher, but also an esteemed colleague whose influence extends far beyond the classroom walls. Known for her adaptable 'go-with-the-flow' demeanor, Alix effortlessly navigates the challenges of teaching, inspiring both her students and fellow educators alike. Her impact on her students is palpable, as evidenced by the admiration they hold for her. So profound is their respect and appreciation for Alix that they took the initiative to advocate for her nomination as the May employee of the month, articulating in writing the myriad reasons why Ms. Parson is truly deserving of this honor:

“Our class thinks that Ms. Parsons is worthy of being Employee of the Month because she is hardworking, caring, organized, and an amazing person to be around. To start, Ms. Parsons is very hardworking. She has us practice our math and ELA every day, making sure that everyone understands. While we are learning in school, she makes sure we are all being challenged. She makes an effort each day to fill our brains with knowledge in our world. 

Another reason why we think that Ms. Parsons should be Employee of the Month is because she is caring. She cares for the students that may need help in understanding a new skill. She takes action when one of us is being bullied. And when something in our classroom isn’t going the way it was planned, she steps back and asks us what we think. She uses all of our ideas to make a new plan. 

In addition, Ms. Parsons is very organized. When we say organized, we mean ORGANIZED! She makes a schedule for us every day, letting us know what’s going to happen. She has her calendar with every single detail, from who needs to finish their homework, to when she needs to grade papers. She has neat and clear slideshows for explaining the new strategies or structures we are learning. It helps keep our classroom up and running. Our final reason for why we think that Ms. Parsons deserves to be Employee of the Month is because overall, she is an amazing person to be around. She is funny and easy to talk to. We can tell her all about our upcoming competitions, or our plans for the weekend, and she listens. She engraves it to her heart and remembers everyone’s story. She hears us, not just as a teacher, but as an amazing person.”

Students of the Month

Adilyn Simpson, preschool at the Early Learning Center

Addy is an exemplary student who illuminates the classroom. She consistently demonstrates kindness and compassion towards her peers, readily offering assistance and support whenever needed. Whether it's lending a hand with difficult assignments or providing a listening ear during challenging times, Addy has a commitment to helping others. Her teachers said "Addy is so sweet and respectful with all of her peers and teachers. She is always willing to lend a helping hand. Whether that is holding a friend’s hand in line or passing papers out for a teacher, Addy is up to the challenge. She is always so active at circle time and during classwork, sharing everything she has learned from last year at the ELC. She is an absolute joy to have in class and she brightens everyone’s day the moment she walks in the door." Addy will be missed next year at the Early Learning Center but we are so proud of her and excited to watch her grow!

Adelynn Moro-Baxter, 3rd grade at South Ridge Elementary School

Adelynn is an excellent role model. She models resilience every day by putting forth her very best effort, even when something is hard. Adelynn comes to school with a smile and a positive attitude, and that smile lasts all day. She is continually kind to all of her classmates, and models the three R's in our school on a daily basis. Way to go Adelynn!

John Nelson, kindergarten at Union Ridge Elementary School

There are too many reasons to list why John deserves to be student of the month, but here are just a few: John's heart is full of kindness. He brings a smile to his teacher's face every day and is an exceptional friend to all students in class. He embodies the 3 R's: always respectful, responsible, and resilient. But the biggest reason for this recognition is for his work ethic and motivation to learn. John's teacher shares that she is continually amazed at how much John has grown academically this year. John has much to be proud of, yet he is humble. He is easygoing, yet driven. He is independent, but cooperative. John's teacher looks forward to teaching him daily and wishes she had more time to see how far he soars! 

Jordan Camron, 5th grade at Sunset Ridge Intermediate School

Jordan Camron consistently exemplifies a positive attitude and dedication to his studies. Regardless of the challenges he faces, Jordan consistently puts forth his best effort, demonstrating resilience and determination. He not only excels academically but also fosters a culture of kindness and respect among his peers. His unwavering integrity is evident in his commitment to doing what is right and advocating for fairness. Moreover, Jordan's respect for our school environment is commendable, as he takes great care in maintaining our classroom and its resources. Jordan's exemplary behavior and commitment to excellence make him a standout role model for his classmates. Congratulations, Jordan, on being recognized as the Student of the Month! Your hard work and positive attitude truly set you apart.

Tyson Miller, 8th grade at Wisdom Ridge Academy

There are many students at Wisdom Ridge Academy who exemplify the traits of respectfulness, responsibility and resilience, but none better than Tyson Miller. Tyson has been at WRA for two years. When asked why he chose to attend WRA rather than his brick-and-mortar school, Tyson said he was “looking for a more challenging and rigorous school.” His sister was enrolled in WRA and he thought it would be a good fit for him. When asked what he likes best about WRA, Tyson’s response was “the staff. The staff is definitely the best staff I’ve ever worked with.”

Tyson’s teacher, Mrs. Robblee, said “Tyson is a whirlwind of energy, activity, and humor. He takes a full load of courses, stays on top of all of them, is two years ahead in math, and still finds time for long rehearsals with Journey Theater. Tyson is amazing.” 

Tyson says he is proud of keeping up with his schoolwork and not getting distracted. He is also proud of overcoming some anxiety and depression at the end of COVID and learning how to manage those feelings. He enjoys staying busy with Journey Theater, where he was the lead in “SpongeBob The Musical” and is playing Schroeder in the upcoming production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” He also helps out with the children’s ministry at his church. After high school. Tyson says he will definitely stay involved in the performing arts, but if that doesn’t pan out and pay the bills, he’s looking at financial planning or something to do with math.
 

Elizabeth Bloom, 8th grade at View Ridge Middle School 

View Ridge Middle School staff agree that Lizzy is kind, respectful and responsible! Lizzy is very involved at View Ridge, having been on the volleyball and basketball teams as a scholar athlete. She has excelled this year in band and jazz band, playing in honor band and receiving a jazz soloist award at Clark College. Her musical talent has also given her the opportunity to play with the RHS pep band periodically as well. 

Mr. DeShazer, her PE/Health teacher stated, “Lizzy is a spectacular student! From Health class to PE, she works to improve her skills or understanding on a daily basis with respect and resiliency. Apart from that, Lizzy is sweet and kind and gets along with everyone. Lizzy is well deserving of this honor!” 

Her math teacher, Ms. Pauletto said, “Lizzy is such a bright and kind student! She always comes to class ready to learn and challenge herself. She continuously lends help to others and leads with positivity. She is an all-star role model for the 3 R’s!” 

Mr. Nelson said “Lizzy comes to class each day with a good attitude, a calming presence and a focus on quality. Lizzy always produces high quality work and is very much appreciated.” Lizzy, you are a wonderful role model, student, artist, and athlete, you have a bright future ahead of you.
 

Davis Sullivan, 11th grade at Ridgefield High School

Ask any staff member on our campus what comes to mind when they think of Davis Sullivan and his impact on our school, and the theme is evident: dedicated, dependable, invested, curious, motivated… the list is endless. What follows are quotes from those who know him best at RHS - his teachers and coaches.

  • “Davis was the first one to arrive at my class each day, and always with a smile. And every day as he left he said ‘thank you.’ His love of learning was contagious in my room.”
  • “When Davis misses class, he painstakingly checks in ahead of time, does work while away, and checks back in after he returns to make sure he didn’t miss anything.”
  • “Davis has a quiet confidence about him and is still very approachable to staff and peers alike. He has a great sense of humor, witty personality, and genuinely cares about his education.”
  • “Davis is a leader in both cross country and track. Even through adversity, he perseveres and continues to work harder to meet his goals and expectations. He does this with such grace and quiet confidence.”
  • “Davis does a great job balancing his class load with his extracurricular load, and he excels in both.”
  • “Davis is one of the most kind and genuine students at RHS. He’s always working to help others get better.”
  • “Davis is what I call a magical student. Always on time, respectful, kind, and never negative. He is the perfect example of a student who works hard and strives to be better every day.”

It seems hard to imagine a student that is more deserving of accolades and praise. But when asked what he loves about Ridgefield High School and those that have influenced his journey, Davis is quick to praise others. Davis looks at RHS as a close-knit family, where everyone loves one another. He credits Ms. Uhacz for fostering a love a reading and finding more meaning in literature, and his coach, Angela Shields, for helping him to see sports as more of a lifestyle, where it's more important who you are and how you act during your sport than the place or medal you receive. When asked what advice he would give a younger student, he didn’t hesitate: “Be yourself and love others. Kindness is overlooked. Try to be the best you can every day. That’s special and beautiful.” Thank you Davis, for bringing your light, love, and kindness to RHS. We are a better school because of you.




Attached Media Files: Ridgefield School District's May 2024 Employee and Students of the Month with the Board of Directors

Residents invited to "Park Play Date" events to learn more about new playground equipment coming to Gaiser Middle School and Sifton neighborhood parks
Clark Co. WA Communications - 05/17/24 2:17 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Works, Parks and Lands invites the community to learn about the new play equipment coming this summer to Gaiser Middle School and Sifton neighborhood parks. The existing playground equipment at these parks will be replaced this summer. 

At the Park Play Date events, attendees can view images of the new playground equipment that will be installed. The events will also feature lawn games, activities and sweet treats. Parks staff will be in attendance to discuss the new playground equipment and other park projects. 

The Park Play Date at Gaiser Middle School Neighborhood Park will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 1. The park is located along Northeast 104th Street and Northeast 29th Avenue. The Park Play Date at Sifton Neighborhood Park will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 15. The park is located at 7090 NE 131st Ave. 

More information is available at clark.wa.gov/public-works/gaiser-middle-school-park and clark.wa.gov/public-works/sifton-neighborhood-park. Residents can contact project planner Lynde Wallick at lynde.wallick@clark.wa.gov or 564.397.5882 with questions or requests for accommodations. 

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

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

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

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

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

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Popular Shellburg Falls Recreation Area reopens after 2020 wildfire reconstruction (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/17/24 1:56 PM
A new mountain bike trailhead that includes new parking, picnic table and sign is part of the Shellberg Recreation Area in the Santiam State Forest.
A new mountain bike trailhead that includes new parking, picnic table and sign is part of the Shellberg Recreation Area in the Santiam State Forest.
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SALEM, Oregon--One of the most popular Santiam State Forest recreation areas, Shellburg Falls, will reopen today after being closed in the aftermath of the 2020 Labor Day wildfires.

“It’s almost unbelievable how wildfire can impact the landscape,” said Joe Offer, Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Recreation Manager.  “At Shellburg, we lost bridges, wooden signs and even the timbers on the ground used for steps burned up.  Yet our picnic pavilion with a metal roof survived.  It shows how wildfire burns at different rates, different severity, and skips around the landscape.  You can see that here at Shellburg.”

ODF estimates up to 75 percent of trees in the area were burned or partially burned. This made the department’s responsibility to manage state forests to provide economic, environmental and social benefits to Oregonians challenging.

A salvage harvest sale was conducted to get valuable timber out before it became unusable and to remove hazardous trees near roads, recreation areas and other infrastructure for the safety of the public.

“During those operations it gave the recreation staff time to evaluate and then reimagine the area to improve safety, access, and the overall experience in the forest for Shellburg users,” said Offer.

The challenge was the department did not get any more funds or positions to address the sever loss of recreation infrastructure.

“We have 1.5 fulltime recreation positions for the entire Santiam State Forest,” said Offer.  “That’s a challenge to carry out normal operations let alone rebuilding several recreation areas after fires. We also did not get any additional funds to replace lost infrastructure.”

With limited staff and budget, ODF relies on a unique partnership with South Fork Forest Camp (a joint Department of Corrections and ODF facility in Tillamook State Forest) and local non-profit groups to get much of the rebuilding and maintenance work done.

“The adults in custody from South Fork make and install all our signage,” said Offer. 

They also do trail work and provide labor outside of fire season when they contribute crews to fight wildfires.

“For Shellburg, the Salem Area Trail Alliance, Cascade Trail Crew and Trailkeepers of Oregon are key partners,” said Offer.  “Without their help, I’m not sure when we would have reopened.”

Some of the major changes to Shellburg include the closure of the old trailhead and the conversion of the small campground to the new main trailhead.  The new one is approximately six miles, mostly on gravel forest roads, from the old one.

“We had safety issues with people parking on the paved county road on busy days and access issues across private land with the old trail,” said Offer.  “The new trail head eliminates both those issues.”

There are two trails to the falls now, the first is Upper Shellburg Falls Trail that is approximately 1.5 miles round trip. This gives hikers a view from above or parallel to the falls. The second is the Lower Shellburg Falls Trail which is four miles round trip and ends up at the base of the falls. 

“In the future we plan to build a bridge below the falls to connect the trails,” said Offer. 

The other big change is the trail no longer goes behind the falls.

“There are loose rocks and gravel—so it is unstable and not safe.  We had to close that,” said Offer. 

There are barriers and signs warning people not to go behind the falls.

In addition to the trails to the falls, there are other hiking and mountain biking trails in the newly opened area that people can explore. 

“Our hope is people see this as an outdoor destination and not just one trail,” said Offer. “The falls are beautiful, but the other area trails will be interesting for people to see especially as the different impacted areas of the forest recover from those 2020 fires.”

In addition to Shellburg, all other campgrounds in the Clatsop, Santiam and Tillamook State Forests will open for the season today. To see a complete list, go to ODF’s website.  

The one major exception is the Butte Creek Falls Recreation Area in the Santiam State Forest. Salvage logging operations are on-going there from the 2020 fires, but it should reopen later this summer once hazard trees are removed from the access roads. 




Attached Media Files: A new mountain bike trailhead that includes new parking, picnic table and sign is part of the Shellberg Recreation Area in the Santiam State Forest. , This new bridge replaced the one that was destroyed in 2020 on the Shellberg Upper Trail. Volunteers from Trailkeepers of Oregon hauled in more than 100 tons of rock and installed the bridge. , The upper trail allows hikers to see the falls from above. Scorched tress and regrowth of vegetation provide a unique view perspective of the impact of wildfire to the area. No matter, the falls remain picture perfect. , The Shellberg Falls Lower Trail ends right in front of the falls. The old trails went behind the falls, but loose rocks and gravel made it unsafe to continue use of the old trail. Future plans call for a new bridge at the base of the falls to connect the upper and lower trail. But for now, hikers will have to back track on the same trail.

Oregon Department of Early Learning and Care Launches New Data Dashboard showing 96% Enrollment for the Preschool Promise Program
Ore. Dept. of Early Learning and Care - 05/17/24 1:44 PM

Oregon Department of Early Learning and Care Launches New Data Dashboard showing 96% Enrollment for the Preschool Promise Program

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 17, 2024 

Contact: 

Kate Gonsalves, (503) 428-7292 

delc.media@delc.oregon.gov 

SALEM, ORE. - The Oregon Department of Early Learning and Care (DELC) launched a new data dashboard demonstrating positive trends around the strong growth of Preschool Promise Program. The data shows thousands of families across the state are successfully accessing free, high quality preschool. Preschool Promise is a preschool program serving children ages 3-4, in a variety of early learning settings, in all 36 Oregon counties. The program is available to families who are living at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. For a family of four that amounts to a yearly annual income at or below $60,000.   

“Preschool Promise is helping to ensure that families with young children have preschool options that align with the learning environment they know will work best for their child and their family,” said DELC Director Alyssa Chatterjee. “I’m pleased to see the strength of the program reflected in the data. These aren’t just statistics, each data point on the graph represents families positively impacted by the Preschool Promise program.”  

 “Here in Medford, many families would be unable to attend our program without Preschool Promise funding,” said Sunny Spicer, Executive Director at Oregon Center for Creative Learning. “For many families, receiving that funding is the turning point to stability. Each day, I see the transformational impact that access to preschool provides to families. It’s the key to find employment, the pathway to housing, or the doorway to the services they have been seeking.”  

 Previously, the Preschool Promise program faced challenges with utilization during the pandemic when a child care provider workforce shortage created significant enrollment challenges for public preschool programs. Today, with the launch of DELC’s in-house procurement office, the data shows strong improvements and a positive trajectory in expanding the number of grantees and the number of preschool slots filled statewide. 

 The success of the program would not be possible without Early Learning Hubs that enroll children with grantees. This “mixed delivery model” spans across more than 300 sites in a variety of settings. Schools are one of the main delivery options of the program. This model reflects the unique needs of families looking for an appropriate preschool program including the need for extended hours, sibling considerations, culturally responsive care, or a preference for home based setting. 

 “Every family should have the access to free, culturally responsive preschool programs that meet their family's needs,” said Dayna Jung, Preschool Promise Manager. “Preschool Promise engages parents as partners in their child’s learning and development. I’m thrilled to see the data reflect how impactful this program is. This dashboard increases transparency and allows the public to spot trends and see how we are working to establish inclusive, welcoming environments for all families.”  

 The interactive Preschool Promise data dashboard helps to illustrate the broad need for child care across the state with maps that include county based information. Additional dashboards for other high quality DELC programs including Oregon Prenatal to Kindergarten are in development. To see the current dashboards, please visit the DELC website: Department of Early Learning and Care : Data and Research Homepage : Data : State of Oregon   

 In addition to the data dashboard, the agency also recently announced a new opportunity for providers interested in Preschool Promise. A Request for Applications (RFA) for the Preschool Promise program went live this week for the 2024-2025 program year. The agency welcomes applications from interested entities across the state to reallocate a total of 358 slots. Additionally, DELC is offering eligible applicants the opportunity to be placed in the Preschool Promise applicant waitlist pool for all 16 Early Learning Hubs to be considered when future slots become available. Materials must be received by 5:00p on June 17, 2024. To read more about the opportunity, or to learn more about Preschool Promise eligibility and enrollment please visit the Preschool Promise page on the DELC website.  

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About the Oregon Department of Early Learning and Care
The Department of Early Learning and Care’s mission is to foster coordinated, culturally appropriate, and family-centered services that recognize and respect the strengths and needs of all children, families, and early learning and care professionals. More information about DELC is available at Oregon.gov/DELC. You can also connect with DELC on Facebook or sign up for news alerts and updates


Hockinson Teacher Renae Skar State Finalist for 2024 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (Photo)
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 05/17/24 1:22 PM
Students in Renae Skar's fourth grade class stand with Skar in their classroom at Hockinson Heights Elementary School in Hockinson, WA.
Students in Renae Skar's fourth grade class stand with Skar in their classroom at Hockinson Heights Elementary School in Hockinson, WA.
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Renae Skar, fourth grade teacher at Hockinson Heights Elementary School (HHES), is one of four state finalists for the 2024 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The PAEMST is the highest recognition for kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics and science teachers in the United States.

Skar began teaching in Washington in 2005. She has taught kindergarten through fifth-grade classes throughout her 19-year career in education. Skar has taught at HHES for seven years. She holds a Masters of Arts in Education and a National Board Certificate as an early childhood generalist. 

Renae Skar is deserving of recognition for her superior work ethic, ability to design rigorous, engaging lessons, and her ability to inspire her students to think of themselves as student scientists who are fully capable of addressing real-world issues and making a positive mark in the world,” said Meredith Gannon, Principal at Hockinson Heights Elementary School.

"All my science units begin with a real-world problem or project," said Skar. She is celebrated by colleagues, students, and school leadership alike for her hands-on, relevant approach to classroom teaching. "The salmon unit, in particular, stands out. My students are enthusiastic about hands-on activities, and this concept leaves a lasting impression. Throughout the year, they learn about and care for salmon, culminating in the release of these fish into their natural habitat. This meaningful, real-world experience not only creates lasting memories but also shows students how their actions can make a difference."

Skar attended a Project Based Learning (PBL) training series through ESD 112 that had a great influence on her instructional approach. “That not only gave me the tools and motivation to change my teaching but allowed me to meet a network of like-minded PBL educators who I still stay in contact with today,” said Skar.

State finalists now advance to the national level for the PAEMST. Kim Newton (Spokane Public Schools), Jenna Samora (Bellingham Public Schools), and Jennie Warmouth (Edmonds School District) also represent the state of Washington at the national award level. National award recipients are typically announced by the President of the United States within a year of the state selection.

National winners receive a citation signed by the President of the United States, a paid trip for two to attend recognition and professional development events in Washington, D.C., and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

Learn more on the Hockinson School District website. For more information about the PAEMST, visit paemst.nsf.gov/.




Attached Media Files: Students in Renae Skar's fourth grade class stand with Skar in their classroom at Hockinson Heights Elementary School in Hockinson, WA.

Fatal Crash- HWY 66- Jackson County
Oregon State Police - 05/17/24 11:56 AM

Jackson County, Ore. 15 May 24- On Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at 10:23 a.m., Oregon State Police responded to a motorcycle versus log truck crash on Hwy 66, near milepost 11, in Jackson County.

The preliminary investigation indicated a westbound Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by George Henry Macomber (66) of Klamath Falls, crossed the double yellow line into the eastbound lane for unknown reasons and struck an eastbound Kenworth log truck, operated by Robert David Sandene (44) of Cave Junction, head-on.

The operator of the Harley Davidson (Macomber) was transported and declared deceased at the hospital.

The operator of the Kenworth (Sandene) was not injured during the collision.

The highway was impacted for approximately 3 hours during the on-scene investigation. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

OSP was assisted by Ashland Fire and Rescue and ODOT.

 

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About the Oregon State Police
Oregon State Police (OSP) is a multi-disciplined organization that is charged with protecting the people, wildlife, and natural resources in Oregon. OSP enforces traffic laws on the state’s roadways, investigates and solves crime, conducts postmortem examinations and forensic analysis, and provides background checks, and law enforcement data. The agency regulates gaming and enforces fish, wildlife, and natural resource laws. OSP is comprised of more than 1,400 staff members – including troopers, investigators, and professional staff – who provide a full range of policing and public safety services to Oregon and other law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon. 


MESD Board Regular Session meeting 5/21 at 7:00 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 05/17/24 11:40 AM

The Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors will meet in Regular Session at 7:00 p.m. on May 21, 2024.  At the end of the Regular Session meeting, the Board will move to Executive Session under (ORS 192.660(2)(d))-To conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to carry on labor negotiations. 
This meeting will be held in person in the MESD Board Room at 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle.


Notice of TSCC Budget Hearing for 6:00 p.m. May 21, 2024
Multnomah ESD - 05/17/24 11:31 AM

A public hearing will be held by the Tax Supervising and Conservation Commission on the budget approved by the budget committee for the Multnomah Education Service District, Multnomah County, State of Oregon, for the fiscal year July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025.

The hearing will be held May 21st, 2024 at 6:00pm. This meeting will be in a hybrid format: in person
in the Boardroom at 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, OR 97220 as well as virtually via Zoom.
The purpose of the hearing is to discuss the budget with interested persons. A copy of the budget document may be viewed on the MESD website: www.multnomahesd.org/business-services.


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7th Annual No Limits Track Meet for Students with Disabilities Hosted by Kelso High School on May 31
Kelso Sch. Dist. - 05/17/24 11:17 AM

Hosted by Kelso High School (KHS) and organized and led by KHS Leadership students, the 7th Annual No Limits Track Meet for students with disabilities is on May 31, 2024. This Lower Columbia event is designed to allow students to celebrate their individual skillsets and participate in a fun and exciting day. 

Over 170 student athletes from 22 schools will be participating.

Events include: 

  • Assisted running/walking
  • Wheelchair and trike races
  • Standing and running long jump
  • Bowling ball push
  • Tennis ball / frisbee / softball / javelin throws 

Participating schools:

  • Camas High School
  • Castle Rock High School
  • Castle Rock Middle School
  • Coweeman Middle School
  • Jemtagaard Middle School
  • Hockinson 
  • Kalama High School
  • Kelso High School
  • La Center High School
  • Mark Morris High School
  • Monticello Middle School
  • RA Long High School
  • Ridgefield High School
  • Sunset Intermediate
  • Toledo High School
  • View Ridge Middle School
  • Wahkiakum High School
  • Wahkiakum Middle School
  • Washougal High School
  • Woodland Partners in Transition
  • Woodland High School
  • Woodland Middle School

As part of the experience, each student will receive a participant shirt, ribbons for each of their events, lunch, and shaved ice.

No Limits Track Meet
Friday, May 31, 2024
Kelso High School
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM 

 

About Kelso School District
Kelso School District has a goal of 100% (bit.ly/ksd-100) of students graduating high school and having post-secondary plans for college, career, trades, or military. Our mission is to prepare every student for living, learning, and achieving success as a citizen of our changing world.  When we asked students and staff what makes Kelso strong, with 45 voices, there was one clear answer (bit.ly/ksd-strong). 

 


Immerse yourself in Latino Culture at Clackamas Community College's free festival/Sumérjase en la cultura latina en el festival gratuito de Clackamas Community College (Photo)
Clackamas Comm. College - 05/17/24 11:13 AM
Enjoy performances celebrating the rich heritage of the Latino community at the Latino Festival.
Enjoy performances celebrating the rich heritage of the Latino community at the Latino Festival.
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Immerse yourself in Latino Culture at Clackamas Community College's free festival

Experience the vibrant energy of Latino culture at Clackamas Community College's popular Latino Festival on Saturday, June 8, from noon to 4 p.m. This free, family-friendly event is open to the public and promises a fun-filled afternoon celebrating the rich heritage of our Latino community.

What to expect:

  • Music and food: Immerse yourself in the sounds of lively music, enjoy delicious Latino cuisine and explore booths showcasing cultural heritage.
  • Community connections: Learn about available resources and connect with other community organizations.
  • Opportunities at CCC: Discover Clackamas Community College’s programs like GED, English for Speakers of Other Languages and career technical education.

“This festival is a wonderful bridge between Latino families and the college's resources,” CCC Skills Development Instructor Camilo Sanchez said. “It's also a chance for the Latino community to connect with other vital organizations.”

The Latino Festival takes place at the Gregory Forum on the college’s Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Ave. For more information, contact Camilo Sanchez at 503-594-3029 or camilos@clackamas.edu.

Sumérjase en la cultura latina en el festival gratuito de Clackamas Community College

Experimente la energía vibrante de la cultura latina en el popular Festival Latino de Clackamas Community College el sábado 8 de junio, de 12 a 4 p.m. Este evento gratuito para toda la familia está abierto al público y promete una tarde llena de diversión celebrando la rica herencia de nuestra comunidad latina.

Qué esperar: 

  • Música y comida: Sumérjase en los sonidos de la música animada, disfrute de la deliciosa cocina latina y explore puestos que exhiben la herencia cultural. 
  • Conexiones comunitarias: Conozca los recursos disponibles y conecte con otras organizaciones comunitarias. 
  • Oportunidades en CCC: Descubra los programas de Clackamas Community College como GED, Inglés para hablantes de otros idiomas y educación técnica profesional.

“Este festival es un puente maravilloso entre las familias latinas y los recursos del colegio”, dijo Camilo Sánchez,instructor de desarrollo de habilidades de CCC. “También es una oportunidad para que la comunidad latina se conecte con otras organizaciones vitales”.

El Festival Latino se lleva a cabo en el Gregory Forum en el campus de Oregon City del colegio, 19600 Molalla Ave. Para obtener más información, comuníquese con Camilo Sanchez al 503-594-3029 o camilos@clackamas.edu.

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Attached Media Files: Enjoy performances celebrating the rich heritage of the Latino community at the Latino Festival. , Learn about available resources and connect with other community organizations at CCC’s annual Latino Festival.

A Falcon (and two Tigers) prepare to take flight (Photo)
Battle Ground Public Schools - 05/17/24 11:06 AM
Battle Ground High School senior Lilianna Cooper and junior Jack McAleer
Battle Ground High School senior Lilianna Cooper and junior Jack McAleer
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No, it’s not the start of a fable. This summer, two Battle Ground High School Tigers and one Prairie Falcon will attend an eight-week Flight Academy sponsored by the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. This is the first time an AFJROTC cadet from Prairie High School has earned a spot in the training.

“Being accepted into the AFJROTC Flight Academy is surreal,” said Prairie junior Hasan Mohamad. “I am incredibly excited for the flying and educational opportunities, as well as meeting people who share this burning passion. If I could make it from nothing to the Flight Academy in one year, anyone aspiring to do the same could make it too.”

Each year only 250 students across the nation are selected from nearly 1,100 applicants. Since the program began in 2019, ten cadets from Battle Ground High School have completed the certification program. “The flight academy is essentially a $22,000 scholarship applied to one of about 24 universities across the country”, said Lt. Col. Andy Woodrow, the JROTC senior aerospace science instructor at Battle Ground High School. “The best part is there are no obligations for the student except to focus on the flight training during those eight weeks.”

Mohamad will be attending Texas Southern University in Houston for his training. Battle Ground High School senior Lilianna Cooper is matched to Charleston Southern University in South Carolina, while junior Jack McAleer is headed to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.

“Before I joined JROTC, I really didn’t think this was even a possibility,” Cooper said. “I’ve been inspired by my fellow ROTC leaders and I really want to inspire other kids as they go on further in high school.”

“She’s been a source of energy to the program,” said Woodrow. “She’s a role model, definitely, for the younger cadets and her peers, and sets an example for everyone around her.”

McAleer comes from a family with a background in aviation and has already logged a number of hours behind the yoke of private aircraft. “Having this opportunity gives me a new outlook on piloting as a whole, and makes the idea of aviation all the more possible in my mind,” said McAleer. His mom, Kathy, added, “The flight academy will provide a glimpse of what life might look like in a long-term military career or perhaps a career in aviation. I can tell you there has never been anything that Jack has wanted more than this opportunity! I believe this program (JROTC) pushes cadets to achieve more than perhaps they thought possible, which is very exciting.”

JROTC is one of dozens of Career and Technical Education opportunities throughout Battle Ground Public Schools. Visit our website to learn more about career pathways available to students in the district.




Attached Media Files: Battle Ground High School senior Lilianna Cooper and junior Jack McAleer , Prairie High School junior Hasan Mohamad

Bushnell's School of Nursing Receives $2.5M Grant
Bushnell University - 05/17/24 11:03 AM

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Bushnell’s School of Nursing Receives $2.5M Grant

 

Lane Community Health Council Makes Significant Investment in Nursing Education

 

Eugene, OR — Bushnell University’s School of Nursing, one of the anchor academic programs within the College of Health Professions, has received a sizable grant from Lane Community Health Council (LCHC) to expand its efforts to meet the nursing workforce shortage in Lane County. As a part of its ongoing mission to improve the health and well-being of residents of Lane County, LCHC has designated $2.5 million to help Bushnell build a state-of-the-art Nursing Simulation Lab and to provide scholarships for student nurses completing their Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) degree for clinical practice. 

 

Lane Community Health Council is partnering with Bushnell University to meet the ongoing crisis of the nursing shortage in our region through this significant investment in nursing education.  Bushnell University has quickly distinguished itself among the ABSN programs in the state for its innovative approach and successful clinical and academic outcomes. These funds will support ongoing excellence in the School of Nursing as one of the best healthcare programs in the region while also maximizing student enrollment capacity in the program. This will allow Bushnell to meet the state-wide nursing shortage more quickly and effectively. Additionally, the funds will be deployed to address systemic inequities in healthcare by recruiting more students from diverse populations. The School of Nursing is committed to best practices in educating nurses on the healthcare needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized in our communities. 

 

Nursing simulation labs are the hallmark of modern clinical nursing education. Simulation training utilizes high-tech, responsive patient manikins, providing students the opportunity to apply their academic knowledge to real-life medical situations. In simulated scenarios, nursing students get to both observe their peers and evaluate their own care using video recording and playback technology. This prepares student nurses efficiently and effectively prior to their required in-person clinical rotations in traditional hospital and community health settings.

 

This generous funding from LCHC, along with additional contributions from individual donors, family foundations, and local businesses, brings the fundraising efforts of Bushnell’s Health Professions Initiative to a total of just over $4.5M since the accelerated program began in January 2022. Together with the generous donation of over 11,000 square feet of education space in the Center for Medical Education and Research (CMER) at PeaceHealth’s Sacred Heart Medical Center University District (UD) campus, these funds provide the University much needed start-up costs to equip and establish this innovative nursing program. 

 

Bushnell’s nursing graduates are already making a difference in Oregon, with 62% of them choosing to stay in Lane County and over 90% practicing in-state. ABSN students can complete this full-time, pre-licensure nursing program in 12 months. Bushnell graduates currently have a 100% first-time passing rate on the required licensure exam for nursing practice (NCLEX-RN) and a 100% job placement rate upon completion. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN). 

 

Bushnell seeks to raise an additional $4.0M for the Health Professions Initiative through ongoing fundraising efforts and community partnerships. Additional resources will serve ongoing needs of the School of Nursing and expand behavioral health education through the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CHMC) graduate programs. Through this initiative, Bushnell will be able to enhance scholarship opportunities, train and graduate more healthcare professionals, and enlarge the scope of health education options in our region. 

 

 

About Bushnell University

Founded in 1895 Bushnell University helps students discover and answer God’s call on their lives. Devoted to offering a Christ-centered environment, Bushnell encourages students to grow in wisdom, informed by faith, leading to lives of service. Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the University was founded by pastor-educator Eugene C. Sanderson and pioneer businessman and church leader James A. Bushnell.

 

Bushnell is the largest private university in Eugene’s vibrant University District. The University offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees for undergraduate and graduate studies through on campus, online, and hybrid course formats. More information about the University is available at www.bushnell.edu.

 

About Lane Community Health Council

The Lane Community Health Council (LCHC) collaborates closely with physicians, hospitals, other healthcare providers and local community organizations to improve the health and well-being of residents in Lane County.

 

The LCHC governs our local Coordinated Care Organization (CCO), PacificSource Community Solutions, in agreement with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), serving Medicaid members enrolled in the CCO on the Oregon Health Plan (OHP). The LCHC works to guide the design, development and implementation of strategic initiatives in support of the CCO, in service to the mission of better health, better care and better value for our members in Lane County.

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Hospital Association of Oregon Considers Appeal of U.S. District Court Ruling
Hospital Association of Oregon - 05/17/24 11:02 AM

Concerns remain about the state’s Health Care Market Oversight Program

Lake Oswego, Ore.—A U.S. District Court judge ruled yesterday that a state law creating the Health Care Market Oversight Program does not violate the Due Process Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The Hospital Association of Oregon brought the lawsuit, and it can appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

The Oregon Legislature passed HB 2362 in 2021 to create the Health Care Market Oversight Program, which gives Oregon Health Authority (OHA) significant power to oversee transactions involving health care entities, and aims to promote transparency, support statewide priorities, and monitor impacts. But since its passage, there have been concerns about the law’s negative impacts.

“Proponents of this law said it would improve health equity and protect access to care, which we wholeheartedly support. However, the law fails to accomplish those objectives,” said President and CEO Becky Hultberg. “Instead, we have an agency that has been given too much power, and it has created costly and onerous processes that have proven both arbitrary and unpredictable.”

The hospital association challenged the law on two grounds: first, the law’s open-ended and vague wording violates the Due Process Clause of the U.S. Constitution because it imposes costs and penalties without fair notice or defined standards. And second, the law violates the Oregon Constitution because it delegates legislative power to a state agency, OHA.

While the federal court ruled the law doesn’t violate the Due Process Clause of the U.S. Constitution, it declined jurisdiction over the state constitutional claim and did not consider it on its merits.

“Rather than protect Oregonians, this law may be harming them,” Hultberg said. “It has created an environment where health care arrangements serving the public may be hindered, while allowing arrangements detrimental to the public to proceed. We continue to be worried about the impact this law will have on access to health care services, especially for the most vulnerable people in our state.” 

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Attached Media Files: 2024-05/1635/172392/HCMO_lawsuit_press_release_v.2.pdf

Jesse Calhoun Indicted on Murder Charges for the Deaths of Three Women
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 05/17/24 11:01 AM

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt today announced that a grand jury has indicted Jesse Lee Calhoun, 39, on murder charges for the deaths of Charity Lynn Perry, 24, Bridget Leanne Webster, 31, and Joanna Speaks, 32. All three women were found deceased under suspicious circumstances in 2023. 

Through an investigation involving multiple law enforcement agencies, investigators identified Jesse Calhoun as a suspect. Multnomah County prosecutors presented the case to a grand jury, which returned a true bill of indictment on May 16, 2024, for the following charges:

  • Three counts of Murder in the Second Degree
  • Three counts of Abuse of a Corpse in the Second Degree

Following the indictment, members of the DA’s Office and the investigation team notified the families of the charges.

MCDA recognizes the profound effect these women’s deaths have had on their families, friends, and the community. MCDA is committed to ensuring justice for the victims and their families. 

Anyone with information about the deaths of any of these victims and/or information about Jesse Calhoun should contact Portland Police Bureau Detective Jeff Pontius at y.pontius@police.portlandoregon.gov">Jeffery.pontius@police.portlandoregon.gov and/or Detective Stephen Gandy at Stephen.gandy@police.portlandoregon.gov.

MCDA would like to thank the following agencies for their collaboration on these investigations: Portland Police Bureau, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Gresham Police Department, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office, Polk County District Attorney’s Office, Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office, Oregon State Police Medical Examiner’s Office, Oregon State Police Crime Laboratory, Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Calhoun remains in custody at Snake River Correctional Institution at this time and is expected to be transferred to the custody of Multnomah County for arraignment on the indicted charges.

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

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Portland Police Seek Information About Street Racing Crash Suspect, Victims (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 05/17/24 10:25 AM
Suspect Vehicle
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The Portland Police Bureau is seeking information about what is believed to be a serious injury crash involving a participant in a street takeover last month.

View a video of this incident here: https://youtu.be/NS0BE8GT6co . Viewer discretion is advised. The video may be difficult for some to watch.

In the early morning hours of Sunday, April 14, 2024, at North Multnomah Street and North Williams Avenue in the Lloyd District Neighborhood, hundreds of people and dozens of cars were taking part in a street takeover event.

During the event, at about 2:51a.m., one of the participant drivers was seen sliding in the blocked intersection. During one stunt, the driver struck one of the onlookers, causing what are believed to be serious, potentially life-threatening injuries. The driver continued sliding while onlookers rushed toward the injured person. During the chaos, 2 additional onlookers were struck by the suspect driver. Their injuries were unknown. One of the onlookers, seen in the video wearing no shirt, was carried off by another onlooker.

After striking at least 3 people, the suspect driver left the scene, but returned later to continue sliding.

Some reports suggested that other onlookers were performing CPR on the injured person. Police were not able to immediately respond due to a large, hostile crowd and active street racing continuing. EMS was canceled because the patient was reportedly being transported via private vehicle. What happened to the patients after the incident is unknown.

The suspect driver and the 3 injured people have not come forward, and the suspect’s vehicle has not been located. The suspect vehicle is a mid-1990’s Ford Mustang coupe, black with yellow painted front-end, low-profile spoiler, and custom chrome wheels. The vehicle may have dents or other damage to the rear quarter-panels.

The injured onlookers are asked to contact PPB. Likewise, if anyone has information about the suspect driver, they are asked to reach out. Witnesses to these crimes are also being sought, including those who took photos and videos. Anyone with information is asked to e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov and please reference case number 24-91703.

Alternatively, Information can be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers of Oregon. Anyone wishing to submit a secure and anonymous tip regarding this or any unsolved felony crime should visit http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com or visit the App Store and download P3 Tips for your mobile device.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters remain anonymous.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is funded 100% by community donations. To support Crime Stoppers with a donation, or to view other unsolved cases, please visit http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com/ .

The Portland Police Bureau will continue its efforts in educating community members about the dangers of speed racing and street takeovers. This education will be conducted on our social media platforms and through one-on-one conversations with participants. PPB wants to remind participants that street takeovers can result in jail time, fines, and towed vehicles.

Every year, Portland Police officers respond to preventable collisions. These collisions can deeply impact those involved, their families and loved ones.

Future missions are being planned as resources allow. These missions typically will not be preannounced, so participants are warned that they are risking arrest, towed vehicles, and traffic tickets if they take part in illegal street racing or takeovers. The goal of these missions is to deter people from engaging in these illegal and dangerous activities that are often related to crashes, shootings and other criminal activity.

Photo description: Ford Mustang painted black with yellow front hood and fenders, chrome wheels, surrounded by onlookers

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Attached Media Files: Suspect Vehicle

Interviews Sunday at East Portland Sunday Parkways! (Photo)
Kaiser Permanente Northwest - 05/17/24 10:00 AM
Members of the community are invited to join in painting an interactive mural by artists Rather Severe in the CONNECT booth at Gateway Discovery Park. Finished murals are donated to the community in support of mental health.
Members of the community are invited to join in painting an interactive mural by artists Rather Severe in the CONNECT booth at Gateway Discovery Park. Finished murals are donated to the community in support of mental health.
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Get ready to walk, bike and roll on the open streets of East Portland as Portland Sunday Parkways, Presented by Kaiser Permanente, kicks off the first of three events from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 19. Join us for our 17th year as founding and presenting sponsor of the city’s biggest family street party, where we encourage neighbors to come out and celebrate good fun and good health. This beloved free community event promises a day of fun-filled activities for all ages along a 3.3 mile route through Gateway Discovery Park, Ventura Park and Lincoln Park

Media Interviews Available: 
Media are invited to the Kaiser Permanente “CONNECT” booth at Gateway Discovery Park from 11 a.m. to noon for interviews with Whitney Pettigrew, Kaiser Permanente Northwest; and Millicent Williams, Director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation. Gateway Discovery Park is located at (10520 N.E. Halsey St.); The Kaiser Permanente CONNECT booth is located on the edge of the park on Northeast 106th Avenue just south of Halsey, near the main Information Booth. Contact en.a.vitt@kp.org">Karen Vitt to schedule or come on by.

Visuals:

  • People coming together to paint an interactive community mural with artists Rather Severe in the CONNECT booth at Gateway Discovery Park (10520 N.E. Halsey St.). The finished mural will be donated to the community in support of mental health.
  • People enjoying free produce samples in the NOURISH booth at Gateway Discovery Park (10520 N.E. Halsey St.)
  • Children and adults playing games like life-size Jenga, Connect Four and bean bag toss in the PLAY booth at Lincoln Park. (S.E. 135th Ave. and Mill St.).
  • Demonstrations of heart-healthy strength-training exercises at the MOVE booth in Ventura Park (460 SE 113th Ave.).
  • Families playing the annual Kaiser Permanente Sticker Hunt – kids and adults who collect all the stickers along the route win a prize.
  • Opportunities for photos and videos of Portlanders coming together to bike, walk and run a 3.3-mile down and back route, while enjoying food, live music, fun and games.

"As a health care organization, we’re proud to partner with the City as the founding sponsor of Sunday Parkways 17 years ago, and provide fun, healthy and memorable experiences for our Portland communities,” said Wendy Watson, COO of Kaiser Permanente Northwest. "Sunday Parkways represents everything that is great about Portland. Friends and neighbors of all backgrounds interact in ways that may not happen otherwise, and people of all ages and abilities enjoy moving their bodies in a safe environment. Our sponsorship represents a commitment to promote civic pride, support local businesses, and encourage people-powered modes of transportation. All this leads to improved community health."

Save the date for all three day-long celebrations in 2024 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.:

Sunday, May 19 in East Portland
Sunday, June 16 in Northeast Cully
Sunday, Sept. 22 in Southwest Portland

During each event, Portland's streets will be turned into accessible, family-friendly routes that are closed to car traffic for the day. This allows people to bike, walk, roll, and play freely as they explore neighborhood greenways, city parks, and community spaces, all while sampling food, live entertainment, and other can't-miss surprises. 

“There is a strong link between physical activity and health and mental wellness,” said Watson. “Encouraging people to walk, ride and bike Sunday Parkways with friends and family is a great way for everyone to get out, get active and get to know their neighbors, while also allowing us to improve the well-being and resilience of our local communities.”

View the East Portland Sunday Parkways route map.

More Information:
Visit kp.org/sundayparkways for route maps and info.




Attached Media Files: Members of the community are invited to join in painting an interactive mural by artists Rather Severe in the CONNECT booth at Gateway Discovery Park. Finished murals are donated to the community in support of mental health. , Walk, run or ride the 3.3 mile route through East Portland Sunday Parkways, Presented by Kaiser Permanente, on May 19!

Private Security and Investigator Policy Committee (PSIPC) -- Recruitment
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 05/17/24 9:37 AM

Department of Public Safety Standards and Training

Memorandum

 

DATE:           May 10, 2024

TO:               All Oregon Private Security Providers and Interested Individuals

FROM:          Suzy Herring

                    Program Manager

SUBJECT:     Private Security and Investigator Policy Committee (PSIPC) – Recruitment

 

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (Department or DPSST) is accepting letters of interest, accompanying interest form, for two different openings on the

Private Security and Investigator Policy Committee. The recruitment is open until Thursday, June 13, 2024. The two openings are:

  • One person representing the public, who has never been employed or utilized as a private security provider or an investigator; and is not related within the second degree by affinity or consanguinity to a person who is employed or utilized as a private security provider or investigator.
  • One person representing the health care industry.

The Private Security/Investigator Policy Committee established by Oregon Revised Statute 181A.375, and is charged with the responsibility of developing policies, requirements, standards, and rules relating to the private security and private investigator disciplines. All recommended policies, requirements, standards, and rules are submitted to the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training (Board) for consideration. The PSIPC meets on a quarterly basis. The meeting calendar is listed here:  https://www.oregon.gov/dpsst/BD/Pages/default.aspx. Members of the PSIPC may be eligible for reimbursement of costs incurred traveling to and from meetings.

Nominations for membership must be submitted to the Department for presentation to the Board chairperson for consideration. All appointments to the committee will be subject to ratification by the Board. The term of an appointed member is two years. An appointed member may be appointed to a second term.

If you are interested, you must complete and submit a Policy Committee Interest Form. This recruitment closes at 5pm on June 13, 2024. Interest forms must be received prior to the deadline. The interest form is available on the DPSST website. Here is a link to the form. Please send your completed interest form to:

Samantha Kossa

4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, OR 97317

Samantha.Kossa@dpsst.oregon.gov

Phone 971.209.8235


DPSST - Board & Policy Committee Recruitments (Application Deadline 6/13/2024)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 05/17/24 9:34 AM

2024 Board on Public Safety Standards & Training

 and Policy Committee

Open Vacancy – Recruitments

 

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

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

  • Administrator of a Municipality recommended to the Governor by the executive body of the League of Oregon Cities
  • Representative of the collective bargaining unit that represents the largest number of individual workers in the DOC
  • One member who is a district attorney recommended to the Governor by the Oregon District Attorneys Association
  • One chief of police recommended to the Governor by the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police

Policy Committees: All Policy Committee applications are due by June 13, 2024.

Telecommunications Policy Committee:

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

Private Security/Investigator Policy Committee:

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

Corrections Policy Committee:

  • One Corrections Officer who is employed by the Department of Corrections at a women's correctional facility and who is a member of a bargaining unit

Police Policy Committee:

  • One person representing the public who has never been employed or utilized as a police officer, certified reserve officer, reserve officer or regulatory specialist
  • One command officer representing the Oregon State Police

 

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

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

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

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

 

Thank you,

DPSST Board & Committees Staff


Launch a teaching career at the CCC Teaching and Education Fair
Clackamas Comm. College - 05/17/24 9:16 AM

Calling all aspiring educators! Clackamas Community College invites the public to a Teaching and Education Fair on Wednesday, May 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This free event is a one-stop experience to explore rewarding careers in education. Whether you're just starting or looking to make a switch, the fair offers valuable resources and connections.

  • Discover your path: Explore CCC's teaching and education programs, including transfer options to four-year universities.
  • Meet the experts: Connect with university advisors and get guidance on making a seamless transfer.
  • Land your dream job: Network with representatives from local school districts, early learning centers and staffing agencies.
  • Win big: Sign up for a chance to win one of 10 tuition waivers worth up to $484.

The fair will be held at the Wacheno Welcome Center on the CCC Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Ave.

Ready to make a difference? Don't miss this exciting opportunity! For more information about Clackamas Community College’s teaching and education programs, visit https://www.clackamas.edu/academics/find-your-focus/teaching-education

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Vancouver Fire Responds to a Two Alarm Commercial Building Fire (Photo)
Vancouver Fire Dept. - 05/16/24 9:08 PM
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At 18:10 on 05/16/2024 the Vancouver Fire Department was dispatched to the report of a structure fire at 501 Columbia St. in Vancouver, WA. at Smokin Oak BBQ.  The first fire engine arrived four minutes later to find smoke billowing out of the building.  Vancouver Fire responded with twenty-seven personnel for the first alarm and quickly added a second. The building was evacuated, and initial crews attacked the fire quickly.  The fire was deemed to be under control thirty-five minutes later.  One citizen was evaluated for a medical issue but not transported. No firefighters were injured.  The fire is currently being investigated by the Vancouver Fire Marshals office.  Fire District Six sent a couple of fire engines for mutual aid.




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Preservation Award Winners Recognized At City Commission Meeting (Photo)
City of Oregon City - 05/16/24 4:26 PM
Todd Iselin accepts the 2024 Ruth McBride Powers preservation award.
Todd Iselin accepts the 2024 Ruth McBride Powers preservation award.
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May marks Historic Preservation Month, making it the perfect time for Oregon City to recognize those who go through extraordinary efforts to preserve and protect the city’s legacy. Those efforts were recognized during the May 15 City Commission meeting, where the 2024 recipients of the Ruth McBride Powers award were named.

Nominations come from the Historic Review Board to applaud the efforts of residents, business owners or others who dedicate themselves to preserving and restoring the city’s historic structures. This year two awards were given, a testament to the city’s dedication to preserving its history.

Accepting the first award was Todd Iselin of Iselin Architects. Responsible for the designs that garnered multiple Ruth Powers awards for building owners over the years, Iselin Architects’ work and efforts at maintaining the City’s historic character can be seen throughout the community. 

“When people come to Oregon City they get to see the real deal. They don’t see something that has been redone or is fake looking or trying to look old. They see what’s already here, and we just try to enhance it,” said Mayor Denyse McGriff when presenting the award. 

The other honors were for the Ely Store restoration. The building’s significance stems from both it’s age and its connection to the Ely brothers, for which the nearby Elyville Neighborhood is named. Located at 1019 7th Street, the Ely Store opened in 1905. Originally owned by brothers Duane and George Ely, the building served as a grocery store for several decades. The Ely Store has since undergone multiple changes, but this latest restoration brings it back in line with its original style. Owner Vicky Gackle accepted that award. 

The award is named after Ruth McBride Powers. Born in Michigan in 1903, Powers eventually became an Oregon resident and an ardent supporter of maintaining the City’s history. She is credited with saving more historic structures in Oregon City and the surrounding area than anyone else, including the historic Ermatinger House and the Rose Farm.




Attached Media Files: Todd Iselin accepts the 2024 Ruth McBride Powers preservation award. , Ely Store owner Vicki Gackle accepts the 2024 Ruth McBride Powers preservation award.

Fire escapes burn pile, causes 1 acre brush fire
Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue - 05/16/24 3:43 PM

Kelso, WA – Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) responded to a brush fire Wednesday afternoon at 3:46 in the 100 block of Lenora Ln.  A resident was burning leftover logging debris; the burn pile got out of control and spread up a hill toward other homes.  Fire crews arrived on scene and reported the fire to be ½ acre with flames reaching over 20 feet in the air.  Firefighters had the fire under control just before 5 pm; all hot spots were extinguished at 7:15 that evening.  The DNR remained on scene and monitored the scene for any flare-ups.  The final size of the fire was approximately 1 acre. 

Three brush engines, a water tender, a structural fire engine, a medic unit, and two Chief Officers responded from Cowlitz 2.  Two brush engines, a supervisor and several wildland firefighters from the DNR responded and assisted in extinguishing and mopping up the fire.  A bucket drop helicopter was ordered to assist in the incident, out of Olympia WA, but was returned mid-flight when the fire was under control.  Early in the incident, Cowlitz County Deputies assisted in alerting neighbors of the fire. No injuries or damage to any homes were reported. 

Fire officials stress that obtaining and following regulations set by burn permits can help avoid wildfire incidents which save resources, maintain safe environments, and save homes.  Be aware that fines and other penalties may be enforced for reckless burning.  Always visit: https://www.swcleanair.gov/ to determine current burn bans and obtain a burn permit from your local fire department before burning if allowed. 


Reward for information about poisoning case that killed wolves, eagle, and other wildlife- Wallowa County
Oregon State Police - 05/16/24 3:33 PM

REWARD FOR INFORMATION ABOUT POISONING CASE THAT KILLED WOLVES, EAGLES AND OTHER WILDLIFE - WALLOWA COUNTY

 

The Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division is partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement to investigate the unlawful poisoning of three gray wolves, two golden eagles, a mountain lion, and a coyote in the Imnaha River drainage in February of 2024 (link to USFWS Press Release). It should be noted that the suspected source of poison was removed from the landscape by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to prevent further poisonings. 

In addition to the aforementioned incident, the OSP Fish & Wildlife Division is also asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the person(s) responsible for the unlawful take of additional gray wolves, and the killing of domestic dogs in several other locations in Wallowa County, OR:

  1. During the months of July and October of 2023, F&W Troopers responded to the unlawful take of two wolves respectively, which had been poisoned within the Chesnimnus Wildlife Management Unit, approximately 30 miles northeast of Enterprise, OR. The poisonings and cause of death were confirmed through the Clark R. Bavin National Fish and Wildlife Forensic Laboratory.
  2. During April 2024, F&W Troopers responded to the unlawful take of a wolf, which is suspected of being poisoned in the Wenaha Wildlife Management Unit, approximately 5 miles west of Troy, OR. Investigators are awaiting a confirmed cause of death from the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory.
  3. During April 2024, F&W Troopers responded to a domestic dog which was poisoned and within the Sled Springs Wildlife Management. This location is approximately 9 miles north of Enterprise, OR. The poisoning was confirmed through a veterinary clinic.
  4. During late April 2024, F&W Troopers responded to another domestic dog which is suspected of being poisoned within the Snake River Management Unit. This location is approximately 6 miles north of Imnaha, OR. 

Anyone with information regarding these cases is urged to contact OSP Senior Trooper Sean Carothers through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or dial OSP (mobile).  TIPs can remain anonymous. 

Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators 


The Turn In Poachers (TIP) program is a collaboration between the Oregon State Police, Oregon Hunters Association, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Wildlife Coalition, Oregon Outfitter and Guides Association, and the Oregon State Marine Board. 

 

The TIP program offers preference point rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of the following big game mammals. 

 

Preference Point Rewards:

5 Points-Bighorn Sheep

5 Points-Rocky Mountain Goat

5 Points-Moose

5 Points-Wolf

4 Points-Elk

4 Points-Deer

4 Points-Pronghorn Antelope

4 Points-Bear

4 Points-Cougar

 

The TIP program also offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of the following fish and wildlife species. Cash rewards can also be awarded for habitat destruction, illegally obtaining hunting or angling license or tag, lending or borrowing big game tags, spotlighting, or snagging.

 

CASH REWARDS: 


Oregon Hunters Association (OHA) Cash Rewards:

$2,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat or Moose 

$1,000 Elk, Deer or Antelope 

$600 Bear, Cougar or Wolf

$300 Habitat Destruction 

$200 Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags

$200 Unlawful Lending/Borrowing Big Game Tag(s)

$200 Game Fish & Shellfish

$200 Game Birds or Furbearers

$200 Spotlighting

$200 Snagging/Attempt to Snag

 

Oregon Wildlife Coalition (OWC) Cash Rewards:

$500 Hawk, Falcon, Eagle, Owl, Osprey

$500 Cougar, Bobcat, Beaver (public lands only), Black bears, Bighorn Sheep, Marten, Fisher, Sierra Nevada Red Fox

$1,000 Species listed as “threatened" or “endangered" under state or federal Endangered Species Act (excludes fish) 

$11,500 Wolf

 

 

Oregon Outfitters & Guides Association (OOGA) Cash Rewards

$200 Acting as an Outfitter Guide for the Illegal Killing of Wildlife, Illegally Obtaining Oregon Hunting or Angling Licenses or Tags, or Illegally Offering to Act as an Outfitter Guide as defined in ORS 704.010 and 704.020.

 

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity: 

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or OSP (677)
TIP email: TIP@osp.oregon.gov  (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)


Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries May Board Meeting
Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries - 05/16/24 3:27 PM

The next regular public meeting of the FVRLibraries Board of Trustees will be held on Monday, May 20, 2024, 6:00 pm at the Stevenson Community Library. It will be a hybrid (in-person/online) meeting. 

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




Attached Media Files: 2024-05/897/172371/2024-5-20_-_Agenda.pdf

County seeks applicants with freight expertise for climate project community advisory group
Clark Co. WA Communications - 05/16/24 3:02 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – Interested Clark County residents with freight expertise are invited to apply for an open position on the Clark County Climate Project Community Advisory Group (CAG). 

This group is supporting the county's efforts to implement new state climate change planning legislation, in which the county is now required to add a Climate Change Element to its Comprehensive Plan by December 31, 2025. This means the county will need to address climate resilience and greenhouse gas reduction in its comprehensive plan, including goals and policies for the county to implement during the 20-year planning period, 2025-2045. The county will also need to address new environmental justice requirements to ensure policies benefit those most vulnerable to climate impacts and greenhouse gas pollution. The project area is unincorporated Clark County, including rural areas like Hockinson, Dollars Corner and Amboy, and urban areas outside of city limits, such as Hazel Dell, Salmon Creek and Orchards. 

Learn more about the project at https://clark.wa.gov/community-planning/climate-change-planning

Community Advisory Group

The county seeks applicants interested in participating in a consensus-based process to creatively and collaboratively develop policy recommendations related to reducing greenhouse gas pollution and improving the county’s resilience to climate impacts. The recommendations will be reviewed and considered by the public, the Clark County Planning Commission, and the County Council.

The group has been meeting since early 2024 and the person appointed to this position would participate in monthly meetings through the duration of the project which is expected to end in early 2025. The group typically meets the fourth Wednesday of the month, 5:30-8:30pm. Meetings are hybrid, with options to attend in person at the Public Service Center (1300 Franklin St., Vancouver) or remotely via Zoom.

CAG responsibilities include:

  • Advising staff on project priorities;
  • Reviewing and providing feedback on key project work products;
  • Collaborating with other CAG members to develop policy recommendations;
  • Acting as liaisons to specific constituencies or interest groups;
  • Encouraging community members to participate in the process; and
  • Acting as champions of the project and the recommendations that emerge from it.

CAG members are expected to have a personal or professional connection to the project area. CAG members are expected to demonstrate a balanced commitment to the adopted project scope of work (improving community resilience, greenhouse gas reduction, and environmental justice) and represent a broad spectrum of interests including those most vulnerable to climate impacts and greenhouse gas pollution, geographic representation of residents from across the unincorporated county, people with a range of transportation and housing preferences/needs, and people who work or participate in fields that intersect the topic. A list of current members is posted on the group’s webpage: https://clark.wa.gov/community-planning/community-advisory-group

To Apply

Applications are available online at: https://clark.wa.gov/community-planning/climate-change-planningPaper copies are available for pick-up at the Public Service Center front desk, first-floor lobby, 1300 Franklin St.

Applications may be submitted in the following ways: 

The deadline for applications is 5 p.m., Thursday, June 6, 2024. 

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Vancouver Police seek information on assault suspect (Update: Arrest)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 05/16/24 2:41 PM

Update

This morning at around 10:00 a.m., Vancouver Police were in the 2600 block of St. Johns Blvd. following up on a possible location of the suspect in the assault that occurred at Clark College earlier this week. Patrol Officers and Detectives from the Major Crimes Unit responded and located a male matching the description sleeping in a vehicle at the residential property. The male, identified as Salvador Aguilar, 31 years of age, was arrested and subsequently booked into the Clark County Jail for Assault I and Motor Vehicle Theft. 

The investigation is continuing and nothing further is releasable at this time.

Vancouver, Wash. – On May 14, 2024, Vancouver Police responded to Clark College (1933 Fort Vancouver Way) for the report of a disturbance with weapons call. Police located a female with a stab wound to the neck. The victim reported that while she was sitting outside the Archer building, an unknown male approached her, was screaming and asking for help. The female thought the male had punched her, but she saw blood an realized she had been stabbed. The victim was transported to an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.  The suspect fled on foot and was last seen heading northbound toward Water Works Park. Police were unable to locate him. 

Surveillance cameras captured images of the suspect who was described as East Asian or Middle Eastern, 30-40 years of age, medium build with a beard. 

During the investigation, Vancouver Police learned that another incident occurred on May 13 in one of the college parking lots involving a male suspect that matched the description of the suspect in the stabbing incident. In the May 13 incident, a female was sitting inside her car and an unknown male approached the driver’s door trying to talk to her. The female opened the driver’s door and the male pulled on the door attempting to get into the vehicle. The female screamed and the male ran off. This incident was reported to Clark security who later followed up with Vancouver Police.  

Police are asking anyone who may know the identity of the suspect to contact Detective Dustin Goudschaal; dustin.goudschaal@cityofvancouver.us or Detective Max Musich; michael.musich@cityofvancouver.us.  

Also, police are encouraging increased vigilance when in areas where you may be isolated or alone and to report suspicious behaviors to 911 immediately. 

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Council for the Homeless Secures New Building to Consolidate Services and Staff
Council for the Homeless - 05/16/24 2:17 PM

Just as Council for the Homeless is committed to finding homes for people experiencing homelessness, the executive team of the organization has also been looking for a new home for its dedicated staff and essential service delivery. We are proud to announce that the search for our everyone-under-one-roof home has met with success.

CFTH recently closed on the purchase of a retail property at 7723 NE Fourth Plain, Vancouver. Thanks to financial support from the Firstenburg Foundation, and public and private grants, improvements will begin soon so that, in the future, every CFTH employee will eventually work from a single location. The move-in date has yet to be determined, but employees will likely relocate there in phases as renovations are completed. 

Currently, CFTH staff of 40 are working from offices in the Vancouver Housing Authority building in Uptown Vancouver, the CFTH Housing Solutions Center on NE Andresen, and from home.

“This new location not only brings us all under one roof in a healthful and productive way but places us in a central location to address the homeless and housing instability crisis in Clark County. The people served by CFTH will benefit from having one location to visit for assistance, thus avoiding confusion between our two current offices,” states Sesany Fennie-Jones, CFTH executive director.

Clark County’s affordable housing and homelessness crisis has prompted CFTH and other social service organizations to increase their number of staff. “As our organization grew, we had to find dispersed office space for the expanded workforce,” says Fennie-Jones. “When COVID hit, we were already in two locations that were not close to each other. The pandemic forced many staff to shelter in place at home. Some staff continue to work at home due to our lack of office space. For many, their job is helping people who are badly traumatized. When staff are in the office, they are in a supportive environment while helping people in crisis and staff have separation between work life and home life. With our single headquarters facility, they can leave that trauma at work and return home to their serenity.

Financial support for the building purchase came in the form of loans and grants. CFTH will launch a campaign to fundraise to pay off loans and ensure long-term organizational infrastructure and sustainability.

About Council for the Homeless: Council for the Homeless (CFTH) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness in Clark County, WA., by providing community leadership, compelling advocacy and practical solutions to solve homelessness on an individual and community level. Founded in 1989, CFTH serves as the lead agency and coordinated entry for delivery of homeless services through the Continuum of Care for Homeless Services in Clark County, WA.

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Suspect Facing Attempted Murder Charges After Shooting Her Son (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 05/16/24 2:04 PM
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A suspect is facing attempted murder and other charges after a shooting that ended with a serious injury to her teenage son.

On Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at 3:05a.m., Portland Police officers from East Precinct responded to a report of a shooting victim arriving at a local hospital by private vehicle. They learned the victim had been shot in the neck and suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. They determined that the victim had been shot at Southeast 130th Avenue and Southeast Sherman Street about 10 minutes earlier.

Detectives responded to assume the investigation and determined that the suspect, Domanete A. Guirma, 38, of Portland, had fired a gun at another person known to her. The bullet struck her car, breaking a window (photo), and struck her son sitting in the backseat.

Guirma was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Assault in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

The investigation is continuing. If anyone has information about this case, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 24-802181.

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PPB Needs Public's Help Locating Assault Suspect (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 05/16/24 1:45 PM
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The Portland Police Bureau is asking for the public’s help in identifying the individual who assaulted an officer during a protest on the Portland State University campus.

On Thursday, May 2, 2024, a North Precinct officer assigned to Mobile Field Force was assaulted near the intersection of Southwest Broadway and Southwest Harrison Street. The officer was addressing a confrontational protester when a second protester stepped forward, reached under the officer’s face shield, and sprayed her with pepper spray. The suspect then retreated and ran away.

The suspect is described as a white male, with curly hair, likely in his 20’s, and wearing a blue hoodie sweatshirt at the time of the assault. PPB is releasing a photo of the suspect in hopes that somebody recognizes him.

Anyone with information is urged to contact crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 24-114343.

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OHA advisory: Consumption of raw milk may carry H5N1 risk
Oregon Health Authority - 05/16/24 1:20 PM

May 16, 2024

Media contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@oha.oregon.gov

OHA advisory: Consumption of raw milk may carry H5N1 risk

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is reminding people of the risks associated with raw (unpasteurized) milk consumption amid the current H5N1 “bird flu” outbreak in dairy cattle.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently tested 297 retail milk samples from 38 states for H5N1 virus. About 20% of these samples tested positive for H5N1 viral fragments, but none contained live infectious virus because the H5N1 virus had been killed through pasteurization.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), there are 49 dairy cattle H5N1 outbreaks across nine states. No outbreaks have occurred in Oregon, but H5N1 is believed to be more widespread than current testing suggests.

“We know that if H5N1 is present in the milk of infected dairy cattle, it will be killed by pasteurization,” said Dean Sidelinger, M.D., M.S.Ed., health officer and state epidemiologist at OHA. “Drinking raw milk carries many health risks, and those risks may now include H5N1 infection.”

Pasteurized milk is extremely safe and has undergone a heating process that kills disease-causing bacteria and viruses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people who consume unpasteurized milk are at risk for a variety of illnesses such as E. coli and Salmonella. Only pasteurized milk is sold in stores and provided to children in school lunches.

Raw milk that someone consumes from the same farm over a duration of time may not always be safe. Raw milk can get contaminated in many ways. While good safety practices can reduce the chance of germs getting in raw milk, they cannot eliminate all risk.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is offering free testing for H5N1 to dairy farms of any size in Oregon. For additional information regarding this new no-cost testing program, please visit: https://www.oregon.gov/oda/programs/AnimalHealthFeedsLivestockID/AHLicensing/Pages/Approved-Bovine-HPAI-Sampler.aspx.

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2024 Clark County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony Scheduled for May 22nd (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/16/24 12:53 PM
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The 2024 Clark County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony will be held on May 22nd, 2024, starting at 11:00 a.m. It will be held in room 680 inside the Public Service Center at 1300 Franklin Street in Vancouver, WA.

The ceremony recognizes law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty locally and throughout the State of Washington. It is open to the public and will feature the posting of colors and a bell-ringing ceremony performed by a multi-agency Honor Guard.

The ceremony will follow National Police Week, which runs May 12th – May 18th. In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

So far, in 2024, 58 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty nationally. In total, 319 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty in the state of Washington.

Fallen law enforcement officers in Clark County include:

• Officer Donald Sahota, Vancouver Police Department, 2022

• Sergeant Jeremy Brown, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, 2021

• Sergeant Brad Crawford, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, 2004

• Trooper James Gain, Washington State Patrol, 1987

• Deputy Sheriff Martin Sowders, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, 1976

• Trooper Don Campbell, Jr., Washington State Patrol, 1951

• Special Agent Ernest Vlasich, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, 1932

• Special Agent Ballard Turner, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, 1932

• Sheriff Lester Wood, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, 1927

• Deputy Sheriff Wilfred Rorison, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, 1922

Fallen K-9s in Clark County include:

• K-9 Ike, Vancouver Police Department, 2015

• K-9 Kane, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, 2011

• K-9 Dakota, Vancouver Police Department, 2007

• K-9 Lucky, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, 1990

• K-9 Brie, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, 1987




Attached Media Files: Clark County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony

Prosecutors Issuing Charges for Unlawful Delivery of Drugs Under New Provisions of HB 4002
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 05/16/24 12:50 PM

On April 1, 2024, a provision of HB 4002 became effective that restored crucial tools to hold drug dealers accountable. Prosecutors at MCDA have moved forward with pressing charges under the new law. DA Mike Schmidt advocated for the law changes that legislators ultimately adopted. 

In 2021, the Court of Appeals decision in State v. Hubbell, 314 Or App 844, overturned on technical grounds a long-standing statewide practice whereby a prosecutor could charge a defendant with delivery when they were found in possession of a significant quantity of a controlled substance along with evidence of the intent to distribute, even if they had not yet identified a buyer. This change meant that law enforcement could often no longer prove a delivery unless they caught the defendant in the actual act of distributing the drug. Individuals caught with large quantities of drugs were therefore often only charged with simple possession, and the number of drug distribution cases dropped both in Multnomah County and statewide as a result.  

With the restoration of these provisions via HB 4002, prosecutors in Multnomah County have resumed charging these cases.

DA Mike Schmidt said: “I am pleased that lawmakers share my concern that the dealers of deadly substances like fentanyl need to be held fully accountable under the law. The restoration of constructive delivery is making it easier for my office to prosecute the dealers that are driving addiction on the streets of Portland and throughout Oregon.” 

In April, approximately 25% of new prosecutions involving delivery of a controlled substance were charged under the new provisions of HB 4002.

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Off-duty Firefighters 'Fill the Boot' for Muscular Dystrophy Association
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 05/16/24 12:49 PM

Off-duty Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters will take to the streets next week to once again Fill the Boot for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

Tualatin Valley Firefighters Union Local 1660 members will ask passing motorists to drop a donation into their fire boots Friday, May 24, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and Canyon Road on-ramps and off-ramps to Highway 217 in Beaverton.

All funds collected through Tualatin Valley Firefighters Union Local 1660’s 2024 Fill the Boot event support MDA’s life-enhancing programs, including support groups and clinics, and assist families with medical equipment and costs. They also make MDA summer camp possible so kids with muscle diseases can enjoy a week of fun activities while gaining confidence and independence. MDA serves more than 3,800 individuals across Oregon and over 6,900 individuals in Washington who are affected by neuromuscular disease.

Since 1954, firefighters have fueled MDA’s mission to find treatments and cures for life-threatening muscle diseases. Muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and other related diseases take away people’s ability to walk, move, smile, talk, and even breathe.

To date, the International Association of Fire Fighters has raised more than $700 million for MDA. This year, TVF&R firefighters hope to raise $30,000 with the generous support of the community.

Local firefighters invite the community to join them in filling the boot for the MDA. Cash and checks made payable to MDA will be accepted at the Beaverton collection event. Secure online donations can also be made by clicking on the following link: Donate Here.




Attached Media Files: 2024-05/1214/172361/2024_Fill_the_Boot_Release.pdf

PPB Releases New Video on Air Support Unit (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 05/16/24 12:42 PM
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The Portland Police Bureau is releasing a new video highlighting the work of its Air Support Unit (ASU) following the purchase of more modern airplane this past year. The video can be found here: https://youtu.be/_mhsfa57cyY

ASU provides aerial support and expertise for the Police Bureau's patrol, investigative and administrative needs. In 2023, the Unit flew 1,146 hours (including simulator use). Of those hours, 754.2 hours were patrol support flights. The Unit also received 379 flight requests for 32 different units/agencies and continued to be on-scene of emergency calls for service in under two minutes (1.8). Last year, ASU responded to 1,977 calls for service and conducted 10 flight missions to assist East Precinct personnel with stolen vehicle missions.

As part of its contribution to curbing gun violence, the Air Support Unit successfully assisted in the recovery of 113 firearms during focused missions and while conducting patrol support flights.

In early 2021, the Air Support Unit began tracking incidents where ASU was involved in vehicle eludes and subsequent uses of force. In 2023, when ASU was used after a vehicle eluded a police stop and that pursuit was terminated by ground officers. Data showed there continued to be a comparatively lower rate of force used than when officers continued a pursuit in lieu of ASU support. This is a testament to the benefit of ASU and an advantage of disengagement.

The Air Support Unit currently has two planes, a 2015 Cessna 182t, which was purchased in 2023, replacing the former Air1, which was from 1978 as well as a 2003 Cessna 182t. ASU also has a Redbird flight simulator that provides training to pilots and Tactical Flight Officers.

ASU has two primary designated groups, Tactical Flight Officers (TFOs) and pilots. The Unit has one full-time PPB Sergeant who serves as Chief Pilot and ten additional members who serve in detached positions.

For more on the Air Support Unit, visit: https://www.portland.gov/police/divisions/air-support-unit

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Open-Air Train Rides in June! (Photo)
Oregon Rail Heritage Center - 05/16/24 11:51 AM
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Saturday, June 1 and Saturday, June 29

1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm

Adults: $15; Kiddos 3-12: $10; Children 2 and under ride free (on lap); Military & Seniors: $13.50

Join us for a 45-minute train ride in open air rail cars along the Willamette River in the heart of Portland. Excellent for viewing wildlife, paddleboarders and Oaks Park rides!

Open air cars are pulled by a diesel locomotive and depart from the Oregon Rail Heritage Center at 2250 SE Water Avenue in Portland, Oregon. Be sure to save a little time before or after to check out the museum.

Visit www.orhf.org/Saturday-train-rides for ticketing and more information.




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Celebrate All Dads with a Train Ride! (Photo)
Oregon Rail Heritage Center - 05/16/24 11:44 AM
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Saturday, June 15, 2024

1:00pm, 2:30pm and 4:00pm

45-minute round-trip train rides pulled by the BNSF 3613 diesel locomotive will depart from the Enginehouse at 2250 SE Water Avenue in Portland. Enjoy scenic landscape and wildlife along the east bank of the Willamette River. 

Tickets: $20 for adults; $15 kiddos 3-12; Children 2 and under ride free (on lap); Military & Seniors $18

Visit www.orhf.org/saturday-train-rides for tickets and more information.

Snacks and adult & kid-friendly beverages will be available for purchase. We will have plenty of old beer for dad! Onboard activities for kids of all ages.




Attached Media Files: Celebrate All Dads!

Jai Johnson named 2024 New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar (Photo)
PCC - 05/16/24 11:18 AM
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FOREST GROVE, Ore. – The Association of Community College Trustees and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society announced that Portland Community College student Jai Johnson has been selected as a 2024 New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar. 

The Forest Grove resident’s exceptional performance in the All-USA Academic Team competition, where over 2,200 applications were evaluated, has earned her this prestigious recognition. The New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship Program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Foundation and PTK.

She stood out as the top-scoring student from Oregon, showcasing academic achievement, leadership, service and significant endeavors. As a result, Johnson has been awarded a $1,500 scholarship sponsored by the Coca-Cola Foundation, with additional support provided by PTK.

“Earning this designation caught me by surprise,” Johnson said. “This just helps me move closer to reaching a huge milestone in my life that will set me on the path toward growth.”

Currently pursuing an associate degree in Family and Human Services at PCC, she said, “Believe it or not, this program picked me. I wanted to focus on early child development, but instead, I’m now learning how to increase the growth of families and help them maneuver through the challenges life brings.”

Despite facing challenges like time management as a 19-year-old navigating adulthood, Johnson remains resilient and grateful for her support system. Looking ahead, she aspires to become a youth or family advocate, aiming to make a positive impact in their community.

“I’m learning, and I’m grateful for the support system I have around me,” she added. “Peer support was big for me. Building bonds helped me learn more about connections and become more familiar with my school environment, which was extremely helpful, mostly financially.”

As a New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar, Johnson will be honored during the ACCT Leadership Congress, scheduled from Oct. 23–26 in Seattle.

 

About Portland Community College: Founded in 1961, Portland Community College is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and provides training, degree and certificate completion, and lifelong learning to more than 50,000 full- and part-time students in Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill, Clackamas, and Columbia counties. PCC has four comprehensive campuses, 10 education centers or areas served, and approximately 200 community locations in the Portland metropolitan area. The PCC district encompasses a 1,500-square-mile area in northwest Oregon and offers two-year degrees, one-year certificate programs, short-term training, alternative education, pre-college courses and life-long learning.

 

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




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Traffic Alert: Center Street NE Closed to Traffic at 12th Street NE (Photo)
City of Salem - 05/16/24 11:00 AM
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Salem, Ore. — The City of Salem is warning drivers who use Center Street NE that the road will be closed east of 12th Street NE at the railroad crossing beginning Tuesday, May 21, 2024, from 6 p.m. to Tuesday, May 22, 2024, at noon The 18-hour closure is necessary to make railroad crossing repairs at the intersection. Traffic on 12th Street NE will be allowed in both directions as construction is taking place. 

Location: Center Street NE closed to traffic at 12 Street NE, Salem, OR.

Date and Time: Tuesday, May 21, from 6 p.m. to Tuesday, May 22, 2024, to noon.

Affected Areas: The Center Street NE road closure will include travel lanes, sidewalks, and parking spaces near the train tracks in the construction zone.

Caution: Drivers are urged to be cautious while traveling, follow all signage, and watch for workers in the area.

This project is a continuation of planned construction work along the Union Pacific Railroad Line within the City of Salem limits. Future closures at the intersections of the Union Pacific Rail Road and Marion Street NE, D Street NE, and Market Street NE are expected in May and June of 2024. 

Please continue to monitor the Current Road Conditions Map on the City of Salem website to receive up-to-date information on scheduled or emergency road closures in Salem.  For additional information, please contact the City of Salem at 503-588-6211 or vice@cityofsalem.net">service@cityofsalem.net.




Attached Media Files: Map of Center St Detour Routes

Sandy Police Log 04-21-24 to 05-04-24
Sandy Police Dept. - 05/16/24 10:59 AM

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


Nonmedical vaccine exemptions for kindergartners hits record high
Oregon Health Authority - 05/16/24 10:37 AM

May 16, 2024

Media contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@oha.oregon.gov

Nonmedical vaccine exemptions for kindergartners hits record high

But OHA finds most Oregon parents, guardians still choose to immunize kids

PORTLAND, Ore.—Schools reported the highest rate ever for students claiming nonmedical exemptions from the state’s school vaccination requirements, new Oregon Health Authority (OHA) data show.

Statewide, 8.8% of kindergartners had a nonmedical exemption for one or more required vaccines, up from 8.1% in 2023 and 6.9% in 2022. In 2023, Oregon had the second highest nonmedical exemption rate in the country, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data.

Analysts with OHA’s Oregon Immunization Program found that 86.4% of kindergartners received all required vaccines in 2024, down from 87.1% in 2023 and 88.4% in 2022. The decrease in kindergarten immunization rates marks two consecutive years of decline.

Stacy de Assis Matthews, immunization school law coordinator at the Oregon Immunization Program, said the best defense against vaccine-preventable diseases is a well-immunized community, which also protects children who cannot be immunized because of age or medical condition.

“The concern is that a highly contagious disease, such as measles, will be introduced to a school that doesn’t have high immunization rates and that students will become sick,” Matthews said. She noted that, as of May 10, there were 132 cases of measles in the U.S. in 2024, of which 81% were unvaccinated or had unknown vaccination status, CDC data show.

But by far, most Oregon parents and guardians choose to have their children immunized, Matthews said. Schools reported that 91% of students in kindergarten through 12th grade received all required vaccines in 2024. However, this rate has been decreasing over time.

“School immunization laws help make sure kids can go to school in a safe and healthy environment free of vaccine-preventable diseases,” Matthews said. “These laws help support OHA’s goal of eliminating health disparities by 2030 by making sure each child’s immunization record is checked annually, and any child who is behind can be brought up to date on vaccines every year.”

Data from Oregon’s ALERT Immunization Information System provides a detailed look at childhood immunizations and adolescent immunizations, including immunization rates by race and ethnicity. OHA also maintains a summary of kindergarten immunization and exemption rates, which were updated this month, and a county and state immunization and exemption rate dashboard updated in August 2023 (2024 data will be available later this summer).

OHA also has individual school and child care immunization rate interactive maps (2024 data will be available later this summer) and individual school and child care immunization rate spreadsheets, also updated this month.

There are several resources for parents and guardians to get their kids vaccinated:

  • Information about immunization requirements for the 2024-2025 school year and school immunization forms are available in 17 languages.
  • If a person needs help in finding a clinic, they can contact 211 or their local health department. 211Info has English and Spanish speakers available, as well as interpreter services in many different languages.
  • If a child has Medicaid/Oregon Health Plan or no insurance, or is American Indian/Alaska Native, immunizations are available at low or no cost through the Vaccines for Children program.

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Washougal High School's Unified Garden Club Seeks Volunteers with a Passion for Gardening (Photo)
Washougal Sch. Dist. - 05/16/24 10:37 AM
Nicholas Maloney and Jason Meulton learn how to prepare seed starts at Hayes Family Growers.
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Washougal High School’s newly formed Unified Garden Club brings together students with disabilities and their peers to connect over the joy of gardening. The group is actively recruiting parent and community volunteers to help care for the garden over the summer and expand the student club in the upcoming school year. Student and staff leaders in the Unified Garden Club have long term goals to expand the club and donate produce from the garden to local food banks.

"I like the garden club because I get to hang out with friends, pull weeds, and learn how to plant healthy food," said Unified Garden Club student president, Nic Maloney. The after-school club fosters an environment of teamwork and respect while providing practical lessons in gardening, customer service, sales, and social connections.

The club raised $510 through the first annual ASB fundraiser plant sale this spring. Students sold 53 tomato starts, 53 impatiens, 36 begonias, 14 lobelias, and 48 French marigolds at the spring plant sale fundraiser. Proceeds from the plant sale will be used to sustain the garden space at Washougal High School through the summer. 

Community and parent volunteers are stepping up to help sustain the garden over the summer. Volunteers care for the garden for a week at a time in the summer months. These efforts make a big difference to maintain the garden as an educational resource for students throughout the year. For more information about how to volunteer, contact Kim Anderson at kimberly.anderson@washougalsd.org.

Hayes Family Growers, a local plant nursery, taught students from the WHS Life Skills class about preparing seed starts at their nursery in east Vancouver this year. Students were given a tour of the nursery and participated in activities that students will apply to establishing their own nursery space at the high school.“We’re thankful for our community partners and volunteers for helping to make this project a reality,” said David Williams, Garden Club advisor at Washougal High School. 

For more information about Washougal School District and to learn more about ways to get involved in projects like this as a community volunteer, visit: Volunteer - WSD (washougal.k12.wa.us)




Attached Media Files: Nicholas Maloney and Jason Meulton learn how to prepare seed starts at Hayes Family Growers. , Washougal High School students at Hayes Family Growers. Left to right, first row: Blake Early, Jason Meulton, Ava Campbell, Charles Jeter, Evan Minor, Wyatt McGuire. Second row: Alexandra Antonova, Kayla Berry, Sarah-Noelle Hare, Suzanne Brown and Nicholas Maloney.

Eastern Oregon Man Sentenced to More Than 12 Years in Federal Prison for Sexually Abusing Two Minors He Met Online
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 05/16/24 10:34 AM

PORTLAND, Ore.—A La Grande, Oregon man was sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison Wednesday for sexually abusing and transporting two minors from Washington State he met through Snapchat.

Albert Wayne Johnson, 42, was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison and 10 years’ supervised release.

According to court documents, on August 8, 2022, deputies from the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of two minors abandoned at Barton Park in Boring, Oregon. The children told the deputies they met Johnson on Snapchat and that he had driven them from Washington State through Idaho and into Oregon, and had sexually abused both during the trip. Along the way, Johnson stopped at a motel in Othello, Washington, where he abused the children, and a campground near La Grande, where he continued to abuse one of the children. After arriving in Boring, Johnson left the children at a campsite in Barton Park and never returned.

In August 2022, after receiving information about the abduction and abuse that had occurred, detectives from the Othello Police Department contacted the motel in Othello and obtained surveillance footage showing Johnson with the two children.

On August 30, 2022, officers and deputies from the La Grande Police Department, Union County Sheriff’s Office, Union County Probation Department, and Umatilla Tribal Police Department located Johnson at his residence in La Grande and arrested him on an outstanding parole violation warrant.

On October 5, 2022, Johnson was charged by criminal complaint with coercing and enticing a minor and transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. Later, on November 2, 2022, a federal grand jury in Portland returned a three-count indictment charging Johnson with traveling across state lines to engage in a sexual act with a minor, transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and commission of a sex offense by a registered sex offender.

On January 24, 2024, Johnson pleaded guilty to transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

This case was investigated by the FBI Pendleton Resident Agency with assistance from the Othello Police Department, La Grande Police Department, Union County Sheriff’s Office, Union County Probation Department, Umatilla Tribal Police Department, and Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Cassady Adams, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

Anyone who has information about the physical or online exploitation of children are encouraged to call the FBI at (503) 224-4181 or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.

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

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Oregon Community Trees announces speakers for June 27 Oregon Urban Forestry Conference in Eugene (Photo)
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Jena Hughes from the Dept. of Land Conservation and Development will explain just how urgent the need for more housing is in Oregon as one of the speakers at the "More Housing, More Trees: Giving Oregonians Both" urban forestry conference in Eugene on June 27.
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(EUGENE, Ore.) – Oregon Community Trees is announcing the names of the three individual speakers at the June 27th Oregon Urban Forestry Conference, being held in Eugene this year. “More Housing, More Trees: Giving Oregonians Both” is the theme of this year’s conference, which is jointly sponsored by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry and USDA Forest Service. 

The latest speaker to confirm is Dutch-Canadian ecological engineer and author Nadina Galle.  Galle’s new book entitled The Nature of Our Cities: Harnessing the Power of the Natural World to Survive a Changing Planet will be published by HarperCollins on June 18. She is winner of the European Space Agency’s top prize for her work on individual tree crown delineation to combat urban deforestation. She has received a number of other academic and entrepreneurial awards, including a Fulbright scholarship for a fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Senseable City Lab, where she still holds a research affiliation. Just this year she was named a National Geographic Explorer, researching how growing cities across Latin America are plugging into the Internet of Nature.  At the conference, Galle will appear virtually and make the case for more tree canopy. 

Making the case for why Oregon needs more housing will be Jena Hughes, a Housing and Growth Management Analyst at the Oregon Dept. of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD). There, she looks for creative solutions to address complex housing challenges guided by equity and sustainability. Before joining DLCD, Hughes spent seven years as a long-range planner in local government. She worked primarily on housing and land-use issues. Hughes studied Sustainable Environmental Design and City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Opening speaker for the conference is Eugene mayoral candidate Kaarin Knudson. Knudson is a licensed architect, educator and leader with more than 20 years’ experience advancing sustainable design and community-led solutions. In 2017 she founded the housing advocacy organization Better Housing Together to increase housing affordability, diversity, and supply in Lane County. She has been a longtime member of the City Club of Eugene, and was its president in 2022-23. She advised on the implementation of Oregon’s landmark middle housing laws and for the creation of Eugene’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund. She teaches a graduate urban design workshop at the University of Oregon and is co-author of a new textbook, The Sustainable Urban Design Handbook.

Two afternoon panels will dive deeply into discussions of creative ways cities can find new spaces to add tree canopy and how to preserve trees during multi-family housing development. Among the confirmed panelists are:

  • Ted Labbe, founding board member of DePave, a non-profit dedicated to urban re-greening.
  • Ryan Gilpin, consulting arborist and owner of Nidus Consulting. Gilpin is a contributing author of a book on best management practices for protecting trees during construction.
  • Portland developer Eli Spivak.
  • Chris Neamtzu, who as Planning Director for the City of Wilsonville planned and implemented many residential neighborhoods where preserved trees are the focal point. He is now Wilsonville’s Community Development Director.
  • Trees for Life Oregon board member Jim Gersbach. The organization advocates for the preservation of large, healthy shade trees and the space to plant them in Oregon’s urban communities.

There will also be a variety of poster presentations on topics such as methods of tree preservation during construction, ideas for redesigning streets and right-of-way planting strips to make room for larger trees, and similar concepts. Anyone interested in submitting a presentation can do so here. 

Early registration for the conference is $150 until May 24 and $180 after that. Students can register for $80. Price includes a boxed lunch and social hour beverages and snacks following the conference. To register or for more information, please  go to More Housing, More Trees: Giving Oregonians Both by Oregon Community Trees (givelively.org)

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Vancouver Police investigate head-on DUI collision (Photo)
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Vancouver, Wash. – Last night at around 10:00 p.m., while Vancouver Police were investigating a disturbance with weapons call in the 2200 block of St. Johns Blvd., they heard a loud crash at St Johns Blvd/E 29th St. Officers ran over to provide assistance and found that two vehicles had been involved in a head-on collision. 

One of the vehicles (red Chevy Silverado) was traveling northbound on St. Johns Blvd. The other vehicle, (tan Toyota Tundra) was traveling southbound on St. Johns. The driver of the Silverado, crossed into the southbound lanes and crashed head-on into the Tundra. The driver and passenger of the Tundra were both transported for non-life threatening, but serious, injuries including broken bones and a dislocated hip. The at-fault driver of the Silverado was booked into the Clark County Jail for two counts of Vehicular Assault and DUI. 

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Free camping, day-use, and activities to celebrate State Parks Day June 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 05/16/24 10:11 AM

SALEM, Ore—Celebrate State Parks Day with free parking and free RV and tent site camping at all Oregon State Parks June 1 as well as special events at selected parks.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will waive day-use parking fees at the 25 locations that charge them and camping fees for all tent, RV and horse campsites June 1. 

OPRD will also waive day-use parking fees June 2, to support Free Fishing Days offered by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. 

State Parks Day has been a tradition since 1998 to thank Oregonians for their support of the state park system over many decades.

“Each Oregon state park is here today because of the support, investment and care from Oregonians and all visitors,” said OPRD Director Lisa Sumption. “We host State Parks Day in June to show our appreciation for everyone’s commitment to preserving Oregon’s special places.” 

State Parks Day Events

Several free special events are planned June 1 to celebrate State Parks Day:

Carl G. Washburne: Hot dog BBQ noon-1 p.m. in campground B Loop, across from site 32.

Fort Stevens: Come and play disc golf 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lil' Oozlefinch Putting Course.  Make a putt, win a special prize! Loaner discs available to use.  Giveaways and prizes for all who attend. 

Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail - Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead: Rangers and park partners will be at the Visitor Center 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with information and self-guided activities.

Jessie Honeyman: Hot dog BBQ 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the back patio of the Historic Cleawox Lodge.

L.L. Stub Stewart: The Friends of Stub Stewart State Park encourages all to come to the Community Fair at the Hilltop Day-use Area Picnic Shelter 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit the booths and tables hosted by local fire departments, state forestry agencies, and local volunteer organizations.  There will also be interpretive displays and arts and crafts activities for everyone.

Milo McIver:  Join a park ranger at the Interpretive Shelter for a Plant Identification Scavenger Hunt 10-11 a.m. Learn about the different traits of plants and how to determine which species grow within the park. Plan to spend approximately 20-30 minutes learning about edible fruits and prickly plants and then 30 minutes on the trail completing the scavenger hunt. 

Silver Falls State Park: Learn about the emerald ash borer (EAB) and its role as a threat to Oregon's ash trees. Oregon State Parks and Oregon Department of Forestry staff will be on hand 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to share information about this destructive pest at the Discovery Table in the Stone Circle in the South Falls day-use area. 

Spring Valley Access: Easy, ½-mile guided hike exploring native plants 11 a.m. Meet at the main parking lot near 8900 Wallace Road NW, Salem, OR, 97304. 

The Cove Palisades: Festival of the Land is a free festival that celebrates the diverse history, food and culture of Central Oregon 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event includes Dutch oven cooking demonstrations, kids’ games and activities, petting “zoo”, mini farmers market, pollinator, wildfire, and fish displays, and more. 

Visit the stateparks.oregon.gov event calendar for a list of additional events this summer.

For camping availability, please check oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com or visit first-come-first served sites: https://stateparks.oregon.gov/index.cfm?do=reserve.first-come

About Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

The mission of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is to provide and protect outstanding natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational sites for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations. The department manages 254 Oregon State Parks comprising more than 100,000 acres. Learn more at stateparks.oregon.gov.

 


Tip of the Week for the week of May 20, 2024 - Move Over. It's the Law. (Photo)
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MOVE OVER. IT’S THE LAW

Every day, first responders take on personal risk to serve our communities and save lives. Even a routine traffic stop has become risky. The following information comes from the Oregon Department of Transportation (www.oregon.gov/ODOT) and can help keep first responders and commuters safer.

There have been many cases where officers are pulled over on the side of the road when drivers have then crashed into them at high speeds. That’s why there’s a strict law in Oregon designed to help prevent these situations from happening again. 

The Move Over Law (ORS 811.147) states that if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated, you must:

  • MOVE OVER into another available lane.
  • If you can’t safely change lanes, SLOW DOWN to a speed that is at least 5 mph below the posted or designated speed of the roadway.
  • In all cases, the driver must try to provide as much room as possible for the emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle.

The Move Over Law is in place to help protect law enforcement officers, emergency workers, tow operators and those who routinely provide assistance to motorists along the highways. This group of dedicated professionals face a deadly threat on a daily basis: speeding and inattentive drivers. But the law also exists to protect you. The flashing lights are your cue to move over and slow down. 

If you are approaching the scene of a crash, carefully watch for emergency workers directing traffic and follow all of their instructions.

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

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Pacific Power to describe wildfire protection efforts (Updated location)
Pacific Power - 05/16/24 9:50 AM

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Media Hotline: 503-813-6018 

 

MEDIA ADVISORY

 

WHAT:    

In preparation for wildfire season, Pacific Power is inviting members of the media to its customer public forum in Hood River to share key elements of its plans to mitigate the threat of wildfire.

A Pacific Power meteorologist and spokesperson will be available for one-on-one interviews prior to the 5:30 p.m. public forum to discuss the company’s advances in weather modeling and fire forecasting and the company’s efforts to protect communities against wildfire.

Additional footage and photos will be provided upon request.

 

WHEN:    

May 16, 2024, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

 

WHERE:  

Hood River Hotel

102 Oak St.

Hood River, OR 97031

 

WHO:

Pacific Power Representatives

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Pacific Power to host customer forum on wildfire mitigation
Pacific Power - 05/16/24 9:48 AM

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Hotline: 503-813-6018

UPDATED LOCATION

Hood River, OR (May 16, 2024) – Pacific Power will host a public forum in Hood River on Thursday, May 16 to discuss our efforts to protect customers and communities against the threat of wildfire. During this conversation, company representatives will detail the important steps we take during wildfire season to keep customers and communities safe. This forum is an opportunity to learn about our comprehensive wildfire mitigation plan in Oregon. 

Topics of conversation: 

  • Our ongoing work to strengthen our system.
  • Our advanced weather monitoring capabilities.
  • Our enhanced vegetation management practices.
  • Our enhanced safety settings for wildfire season.
  • How Public Safety Power Shutoffs work – an important tool when wildfire risk makes it necessary to turn off power to ensure customer and community safety.

Event details:                                                                                                                        

              Thursday, May 16 – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

              Hood River Hotel           

              102 Oak St. 

              Hood River, OR 97031

Livestream:

https://theavdept.zoom.us/j/86586140450?pwd=ZWtQM0xDZDBVbjdMT2pYQ0hFdnFYZz09
 

Protecting our customers and communities while providing safe, reliable power is our highest priority. If you have any questions or would like to request a reasonable accommodation to attend this event, please contact us at 1-888-221-7070.

About Pacific Power

Pacific Power provides safe and reliable electric service to more than 764,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company supplies customers with electricity from a diverse portfolio of generating plants including hydroelectric, natural gas, coal, wind, geothermal and solar resources. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 2 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.  

 

 

 

 

 

 


Four Local Nonprofits Awarded $600,000 by OnPoint Community Credit Union & Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines (Photo)
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Funding presented in partnership with the FHLB Des Moines boosts critical work of Habitat for Humanity Portland Region, Hacienda CDC, AGE+ and The Freshwater Trust

PORTLAND, Ore., May 16, 2024 — OnPoint Community Credit Union, in partnership with Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines today announced a $600,000 Member Impact Fund grant to four Oregon nonprofits dedicated to affordable housing and environmental conservation. The recipients are Habitat for Humanity Portland Region, Hacienda CDCAGE+ and The Freshwater Trust

Each organization will use its funding to enhance vital community development projects across the region. The four nonprofits receiving this funding were selected by OnPoint based on their current needs in the housing and community development space.

“Each of these organizations plays a pivotal role in fostering stability, growth and resilience in our region,” said Rob Stuart, President and CEO of OnPoint Community Credit Union.This funding is a critical step towards enhancing the quality of life in the communities we serve. We are proud to partner with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines to provide these grants and invest in a brighter, more sustainable future for all Oregonians.”

How FHLB funding works

The FHLB Des Moines is a government sponsored enterprise that supports both mortgage lending and related community investment, with more than 1,200 member institutions. OnPoint’s membership means that for every dollar it donates, the FHLB Des Moines donates $3. This helps the credit union maximize its support of local nonprofits focused on economic development, affordable housing and conservation. 

FHLB Des Moines’s matching grant program, which was introduced in 2023, will provide nearly $20 million to eligible organizations to strengthen communities in Oregon, Hawaii, Montana, North Dakota, Guam, American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands this year. In 2024, FHLB Des Moines increased the available grant money in its Member Impact Fund by $10 million.

“We are thrilled to see grants from our Member Impact Fund having a direct, positive impact on communities in Oregon, advancing affordable housing and community development needs in a meaningful way,” said Kris Williams, President and CEO of FHLB Des Moines.

Below are details on each of the nonprofits receiving these grants thanks to OnPoint and the FHBL Member Impact Fund partnership:

Habitat for Humanity Portland Region has built and repaired homes for over 3,000 people with low incomes across the region since 1981. Habitat has over 100 affordable housing units across the Portland Metro region under construction this year, but currently lacks the required construction support to meet the growing demand for housing. Through the Member Impact fund grant, Habitat Portland Region will receive $100,000 to add more support to help build and repair more homes.

“OnPoint Community Credit Union is a growing partner that enhances our work in many ways including volunteerism and vital funding. We are so thankful for this incredible $100,000 grant from OnPoint in collaboration with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines. This funding will allow us to hire Americorps positions that will help us grow our volunteer engagement and build more homes throughout the Portland region,” said Steve Messinetti, CEO and President, Habitat for Humanity Portland Region.

Hacienda CDC is Oregon's largest Latino-led, Latino-serving housing organization. Since 1992, it has developed 12 affordable housing communities and served 2,400 people across Portland, Gresham, Molalla and Oregon City. OnPoint has provided financial support to Hacienda CDC since 2015, including donating $5,000 to the Portland Mercado Relief Fund to help vendors from its business development program affected by a fire. Hacienda CDC’s $200,000 Member Impact Fund grant will go toward the development of its new 122-unit affordable housing project in Hillsboro. 

“In Hacienda’s experience, developing affordable housing is a community effort that gets us to the finish line. For example, our Dolores Affordable Housing Project was awarded through a competitive process, which included land from the City of Hillsboro and $10.5 million of capital from Portland, Oregon’s Metro Housing Bond, among several other funding sources. Even with all this support, we still have a funding gap. This investment from OnPoint will be instrumental in bridging that gap and ensuring a commitment to affordable housing in Washington County. We are truly grateful for this community partnership with OnPoint.” said Ernesto Fonseca, CEO, Hacienda CDC.

AGE+ advocates for equitable aging in Oregon by engaging in partnerships and developing innovative programs that build capacity and address the challenges and opportunities of the aging population. AGE+ has developed a creative solution that supports housing-challenged rural communities in building affordable, accessible housing for older residents. AGE+ will use its $200,000 Member Impact Fund grant to replicate their success and share their expertise with communities so more older Oregonians have a place to call home.

“This collaboration with OnPoint is a testament to our mutual dedication to innovation and equity for underserved communities. These funds ensure AGE+ can continue to roll out its modular construction approach of affordable accessible housing for older adults in a rural community, still recovering devastating wildfires,” said Stephanie Hooper, AGE+, President & CEO.

The Freshwater Trust employs advanced technology and scientific expertise to restore and protect freshwater ecosystems. The Freshwater Trust provides capacity for local groups like water districts and farmer collectives to secure and prioritize funding for high-impact conservation projects, such as upgrading irrigation systems, planting trees to provide shade and lower water temperature, and aid the recovery of endangered species. The Freshwater Trust will receive a $100,000 Member Impact Fund grant to build more capacity for its various conservation initiatives.

“This generous donation from OnPoint represents an investment in a new approach to conservation. We need to have laser focus on solutions that are big enough – and bold enough – to match the scale of the problem. The Freshwater Trust is creating a path that ensures every action translates to a positive outcome for the environment and it’s possible because of the support of organizations like OnPoint. Our mission is to preserve and restore freshwater ecosystems and we are grateful to have them as a partner,” said Kimberlee Obilana, Vice President, People & Operations, The Freshwater Trust.

About OnPoint’s Community Giving 
OnPoint provides funding for nonprofits, local government-sponsored projects, educational institutions and foundations that positively impact its membership area. In 2023, OnPoint donated more than $2.5 million donated to 305 nonprofits in Oregon and Southwest Washington focused on diversity, equity and inclusion, financial education, food and shelter, climate change and youth services. For more information about OnPoint’s community giving efforts, visit https://www.onpointcu.com/community-giving/.

ABOUT ONPOINT COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION

OnPoint Community Credit Union is the largest credit union in Oregon, serving over 554,000 members and with assets of $9 billion. Founded in 1932, OnPoint Community Credit Union’s membership is available to anyone who lives or works in one of 28 Oregon counties (Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Crook, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Gilliam, Hood River, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Morrow, Multnomah, Polk, Sherman, Tillamook, Wasco, Washington, Wheeler and Yamhill) and two Washington counties (Skamania and Clark) and their immediate family members. OnPoint Community Credit Union is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). More information is available at www.onpointcu.com or 503-228-7077 or 800-527-3932.

ABOUT FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANK OF DES MOINES

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines is deeply committed to strengthening communities, serving 13 states and three U.S Pacific territories as a member-owned cooperative. We work together with over 1,200 member institutions to support affordable housing, economic development and community improvement. 

FHLB Des Moines is one of 11 regional Banks that make up the Federal Home Loan Bank System. Members include community and commercial banks, credit unions, insurance companies, thrifts and community development financial institutions. FHLB Des Moines is wholly owned by its members and receives no taxpayer funding. For additional information about FHLB Des Moines, please visit www.fhlbdm.com.

 

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Murdock Trust announces grants to Washington nonprofits
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust - 05/16/24 9:05 AM

Today, the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust published its Q1 2024 Grants Report. The report announces:

  • 96 total grants to Pacific Northwest nonprofits totaling $16.9 million.
  • This includes more than $6.2 million through 23 grants to nonprofits serving the Washington community.
  • The report can be found here. A full list of grantees can be found here.

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust is a private, nonprofit foundation that has invested more than $1.4 billion in nonprofits serving the Pacific Northwest since 1975. For details, please visit our website murdocktrust.org.


Murdock Trust announces grants to Oregon nonprofits
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust - 05/16/24 9:03 AM

Today, the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust published its Q1 2024 Grants Report. The report announces:

  • 96 total grants to Pacific Northwest nonprofits totaling $16.9 million.
  • This includes more than $4.5 million through 18 grants to nonprofits serving the Oregon community.
  • The report can be found here. A full list of grantees can be found here.

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust is a private, nonprofit foundation that has invested more than $1.4 billion in nonprofits serving the Pacific Northwest since 1975. For details, please visit our website murdocktrust.org.


The Oregon State Fair announces 2024 Umpqua Bank Concert Series (Photo)
Royle Media - Oregon State Fair - 05/16/24 8:00 AM
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Tickets on sale now

[SALEM, OR] With star talent on the lineup, the Oregon State Fair will be sunnier than ever this year – happening August 23 through Labor Day, September 2. Our Umpqua Bank Concert Series has a range of artists guaranteed to excite everyone in the family!

  • Friday, August 23 – veteran and country star, Craig Morgan
  • Saturday, August 24 – roots reggae group, Steel Pulse
  • Monday, August 26 –timeless rock band, The Goo Goo Dolls
  • Tuesday, August 27 – rapper, Yung Gravy
  • Thursday, August 29 – premier entertainer, Ludacris
  • Friday, August 30 – singer and songwriter, Daya
  • Saturday, August 31 – legendary rock band, FOREIGNER
  • Monday, September 2 – Winner of “The Voice”, Huntley, with support from Oregon Native Jacquie Roar

Good news! When you buy a concert ticket, it includes Fair admission. To purchase additional Fair Admission, Carnival, and other tickets, visit oregonstatefair.org. 

Artist photos are available here.

Ticket information: 

Tickets will ONLY be available for purchase on The Oregon State Fair website. Thanks to Umpqua Bank, there will be NO service fees.

Sign up for our newsletter here to get the latest fair information. 

Fair links

Tickets: (Fair/Carnival/Concerts/FairLift/Fast Pass/Parking) https://oregonstatefair.org/tickets

About the Oregon State Fair:
The Oregon State Fair is a public/private entity owned by the people of Oregon. The Fair began in 1861 in Oregon City. In 1862, the Fair moved to the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem, the State Capitol. The Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center hosts thousands of visitors from all over the world each year, with premier concerts, art, culture, rides, agricultural exhibits, and livestock exhibits. Throughout the year, the Fair and Expo Center works with multiple agencies to help facilitate emergency and disaster response needs. For more information, visit oregonstatefair.org or contact us at info@oregonstatefair.org 

 

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Committees to review historic property and archaeology grant applications
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 05/16/24 7:07 AM

Two separate committees will meet to score and rank applications for the Preserving Oregon and Diamonds in the Rough Grant programs. The recommendations from the committees will be forwarded to the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation for final review and approval June 21, 2024. 

Both meetings will be online and in-person at 725 Summer St NE, Salem, Oregon. 

The Diamonds in the Rough Grant Review Committee will meet May 29, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Please see the agenda for access details. 

The Preserving Oregon Grant Review Committee will meet June 5, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Please see the agenda for access details. 

Special accommodations for the meeting – including translation services – may be made by calling 503-986-0690 at least 72 hours prior to the start of the meeting. 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


Benton County Emergency Management Programs Collaborate on Wildfire Evacuation Drill
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/16/24 5:40 AM

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The City of Corvallis and Benton County Emergency Management (BCEM) programs are pleased to announce their collaboration on a wildfire evacuation drill for Benton County on Saturday, May 18th, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. 

The County's Temporary Evacuation Point (TEP) is the Kalapuya Building on SW Research Way, Corvallis. The City’s TEP will be the Northwest Hills Community Church on Walnut in Corvallis. The drills will involve Community Emergency Response Team volunteers to ensure a coordinated and effective response. 

The drill will serve as a valuable opportunity for residents and emergency responders to practice wildfire evacuation procedures and test communication systems. It is part of ongoing efforts to enhance emergency preparedness in Benton County. 

"We are excited to partner with the City of Corvallis on this important drill," said BCEM Manager Bryan Lee. "By working together, we can better prepare our community for emergencies and ensure that everyone is safe and informed." 

Residents can sign up for emergency evacuation route notifications with the Linn-Benton ALERT system at https://sheriff.bentoncountyor.gov/linn-benton-alert/. After signing up for the alerts you will receive all emergency-related notifications related to your location. 

Participating households have been provided detailed information about the exercise. Community members may notice additional traffic in the area as the evacuation drill gets underway. Unless there is an emergency, neighbors are advised to not call 9-1-1. Please contact the Benton County Call Center at 541-766-6200 with questions about the drill.

For more information about the wildfire evacuation drill and how you can participate, please contact Benton County Emergency Management at gencymanagement@bentoncountyor.gov">emergencymanagement@bentoncountyor.gov or call 541-766-6864.

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PF&R Responds to Electrocution and Forty Foot Fall From Power Tower in Sellwood (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 05/15/24 10:18 PM
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On May 15, 2024 at approximately 5:05 pm, Portland Fire & Rescue was dispatched to an area along the railroad tracks near Sellwood Riverfront Park for an individual who was reportedly climbing a steel powerline tower at this location, was electrocuted, and then fell forty feet into some bushes on the ground below. Per PGE, the line at the top of this tower was a 57,000 volt powerline. Per one witness, this individual was attempting to take a selfie photo when they fell. Another witness told dispatchers that they heard a “transformer blow” and then saw a person fall from the tower to the ground. Per an off-duty paramedic who was on scene when the fall occurred, the individual—in a stroke of incredibly good luck--was conscious and breathing immediately after the fall.

 

The PF&R crew arrived on scene simultaneously with an AMR ambulance and found the patient conscious, alert, breathing, and ambulatory. The patient was walked a short distance to the ambulance and was immediately transported to a trauma center for further evaluation and treatment. It was unclear to responders whether the patient actually contacted the powerline or whether the powerline arced and caused the electrocution.

 

Portland Fire & Rescue reminds Portlanders not to place themselves in dangerous situations--whether that means climbing power towers and exposing themselves to high-voltage power lines; standing on cliff edges; or posing close to dangerously cold or fast-moving bodies of water—for any reason or to obtain a photograph. No selfie is worth risking one’s life! We would also like to remind you to call 911 or seek medical evaluation if you are electrocuted. Electrical current can cause unseen internal damage and can also cause dangerous heart arrhythmias, so it is best to be evaluated by a physician, even if your injuries seem minor.

 

A different, lower-voltage powerline detached from the tower at the time of the incident and fell to the ground across the train tracks. The PF&R crew remained on scene after the patient was transported to secure this dangerous scene from the public until PGE was able to ensure all lines associated with this tower were deenergized, as there were many people out walking in this area in the mild, early-evening weather. We would also like to reminder Portlanders to stay far away from any downed power lines and to always assume any line down is energized and dangerous. If you see a downed power line, carefully back away and call 911. 

 




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Bridge Jumper / Suicidal
Camas Police Dept. - 05/15/24 5:21 PM

Camas Police Department

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May 15th, 5:19 p.m.

Sergeant Charles Nadgwick

 

Bridge Jumper / Taken into Protective Custody

Camas, Wash. -- On May 15th, 2024, at 4:24 p.m., Camas Police were dispatched to a suspicious male walking and dancing along the shoulder of eastbound SR 14 near the Camas Slough Bridge. When approached by an officer, the subject walked over the bridge railing, stood on it, and threatened to jump off. 

The situation caused responding police and fire personnel to close both the east and west bound lanes of SR 14 on the Slough Bridge. Officers were able to engage the subject in dialogue, deescalating the situation, and after about 30 minutes he was successfully taken into protective custody. He was later transported to a medical facility for a mental health evaluation. Neither the subject, nor responding officers were injured during the incident. 

 

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Suspicious Death Investigation Underway in Ashcreek Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 05/15/24 4:19 PM
Detectives are investigating a suspicious death in the Ashcreek Neighborhood.

On Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at approximately 10:55 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to reports of a death at a home in the area of Southwest Garden Home Road and Southwest 71st Avenue. When officers arrived, they found an adult male deceased.

Based on evidence found at the scene, Homicide Detectives responded to investigate. They are not looking for any suspects at this time.

Additional information will be released when appropriate.

Anyone with information about this case, who has not yet spoken with investigators, is asked to contact Detective Tony Harris at tony.harris@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0441 or Detective Jeff Sharp at jeff.sharp@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-9773 and reference case number 24-119407.

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Fatal Crash- HWY 126 - Lane County
Oregon State Police - 05/15/24 4:02 PM

Lane County, Ore. 14 May 24- On Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at 2:13 p.m., Oregon State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy-126, near milepost 1.5, in Lane County.

The preliminary investigation indicated a westbound Toyota Rav4, operated by Katherine Lee Horath (46) of Myrtle Creek, crossed into the eastbound lane for unknown reasons and struck a Chevrolet Equinox, operated by Rainbow Adah Tornell (52) of Eugene, head-on.

A passenger in the Toyota, Reania Danielle Horath (30) of Myrtle Creek, was declared deceased at the scene. The operator of the Toyota (Katherine Horath) and passengers- Timothy Richard Worrell (34) of Myrtle Creek and a female juvenile- were all transported to a local medical center for treatment of injuries.

The operator of the Chevrolet (Tornell) and a passenger, Siage Jacqueline Donaldson (25) of Eugene, were transported to a local medical center for treatment of 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 Florence Police Department, Siuslaw Valley Fire, and ODOT.

 

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About the Oregon State Police
Oregon State Police (OSP) is a multi-disciplined organization that is charged with protecting the people, wildlife, and natural resources in Oregon. OSP enforces traffic laws on the state’s roadways, investigates and solves crime, conducts postmortem examinations and forensic analysis, and provides background checks, and law enforcement data. The agency regulates gaming and enforces fish, wildlife, and natural resource laws. OSP is comprised of more than 1,400 staff members – including troopers, investigators, and professional staff – who provide a full range of policing and public safety services to Oregon and other law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon. 


Clerk Encourages Voters to Drop Off Ballots Starting This Friday
Clatsop County - 05/15/24 3:47 PM

(Astoria, OR)  — Clatsop County Clerk Tracie Krevanko is encouraging Clatsop County residents to drop off their ballots at an official Clatsop County Elections drop box location starting this Friday for the May 21, 2024 Primary Election.

“Since all mail postmarking now is being done in Portland, we encourage Clatsop County voters who typically mail back their completed election ballots to make sure ballots go in the mail by this Thursday. We want to make sure every vote counts,” she said.

Returning Election Ballots

Completed and returned ballots will be counted if they are postmarked on or before Election Day, Tuesday, May 21. 

Election ballots must be delivered to an official drop site or the County Clerk’s Office, 820 Exchange St., 2nd Floor, Astoria. The elections office will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on election day, Tuesday, May 21.

Clatsop County Voters Pamphlet

For the 2024 primary election, the Clatsop County voters’ pamphlet is included with the ballots that were mailed to voters. The pamphlet also is available online at ClatsopCounty.gov.

Ballot Process Live-Stream

Clatsop County Clerk and Elections Office is providing live, online video streaming of its processing of local ballots, from the verifying of signatures through to the actual count.

Activities being live-streamed are:

  • Receiving of ballots at the Clerk and Elections Office
  • Scanning ballots – elections staff scans ballots to log them is as received. 
  • Signature verification – elections staff compares signature on ballot envelope to voter’s registration record

Beginning May 20, the video stream also will show ballot-processing at the Judge Guy Boyington Building. Activities that will be shown are:

  • Ballot opening – elections staff remove ballots from envelope, check ballots for damage that may make them unreadable for the ballot counter
  • Vote scanning – ballots are run through ballot-counting machine

The video feed will continue to show ballot processing and counting after Election Day until all qualified ballots are counted.

While live, the video feed may show extended periods with no activity. That is because ballots are processed as they are received by the Clerk and Elections Office.

Election Schedule

  • May 21, 2024                  Election Day. Ballots postmarked by this date and received by the Clatsop County elections office by May 28, 2024 are valid ballots
  • June 17, 2024                  Last day to certify election

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Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability releases proposed Multifamily Energy Reporting and Tenant Notice policy for public comment
Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability - 05/15/24 3:38 PM

Public comment will be accepted between May 15 and June 14, 2024 

Portland, Ore.— The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability today released the Multifamily Energy Reporting and Tenant Notice policy for a 30-day public comment period. The draft climate policy would propose code changes aimed at expanding the current commercial building energy reporting program to include multifamily residential buildings. It seeks to help reduce carbon emissions and health risks for Portlanders by expanding energy reporting requirements to multifamily buildings and increasing prospective renters’ understanding of their energy bills, indoor air quality, and access to cooling.

The proposed policy has two parts:

  1. Energy reporting to the City: This adds multifamily residential buildings to the list of entities required to report to the City, and only impacts buildings that are 20,000 sq. ft. and larger. 
  2. Climate and health information for tenants: Owners of attached rental housing, which includes duplexes and larger buildings, would be required to notify prospective renters of climate and health information at time of application. This information would also be reported to the City annually.

Portlanders are encouraged to review the proposed code and provide public comment using the Map App tool on the BPS website between May 15 and June 14, 2024. The website also includes frequently asked questions for both property owners and prospective tenants/renters.

Members of the public, including multifamily property owners and current and prospective renters, are also invited to attend one of two identical informational meetings. Please register online to learn more about this proposed policy:

Disclosure of information is foundational to Portland’s equitable building decarbonization policies. Portland has already adopted reporting and disclosure requirements for single-family-residential homes and large-commercial buildings. Building owners can manage their buildings better with insight into energy use and costs. Individuals and families can make better decisions for themselves when information about monthly costs and health risks is more transparent and accessible.

 

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.


Lincoln City Homicide Investigation (Photo)
Lincoln City Police - 05/15/24 3:18 PM

On Tuesday, May 15th, at approximately 8:05pm the Lincoln City Police Department responded to a report of an assault in the parking lot of the Ashley Inn (3430 NE Highway 101). Officers arriving at the scene found one male, 69-year-old Milwaukie resident Bradley Jay Cole, seriously injured and unconscious.

30-year-old Roland Evans-Freke, a transient, was detained and later lodged at the Lincoln County Jail for Murder in the Second Degree, Assault in the Second degree, and Robbery in the Second Degree.

LCPD Officers, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, and Pacific West Ambulance provided medical care to Mr. Cole, but were unable to resuscitate him.  Mr. Cole was pronounced deceased at the scene.

At this time there is no reason to believe there is any danger to the public.

LCPD would like to thank North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, Pacific West Ambulance, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, and the Oregon State Police for their assistance in this case.

We will continue to release additional information as the investigation unfolds. Anyone with any information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Weaver at 541-994-3636.

Submitted by:  

Sergeant Torin Liden

Lieutenant Jeffrey Winn




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Committee for Family Forestlands meets for special meeting May 20
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/15/24 3:10 PM

SALEM, Ore. — The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet virtually for a special meeting on Monday, May 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. To join virtually, please use the Zoom video conference information found on the agenda

The committee’s agenda includes:

  • Discuss comments on Vision for Oregon’s Forests

The meeting is open to the public to attend online via Zoom. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 24 hours before the meeting by emailing estlands@odf.oregon.gov">committee.of.family.forestlands@odf.oregon.gov.

The 13-member committee researches policies that affect family forests, natural resources and forestry benefits. Based on its findings, the committee recommends actions to the Oregon Board of Forestry and the State Forester. View more information on the CFF webpage.


Pictures and video from the largest Cascadia preparedness exercise of its kind to date
Oregon Dept. of Human Services - 05/15/24 3:01 PM

Over the last two days, staff and volunteers from Lincoln County, City of Newport and the Oregon Department of Human Services Office of Resilience and Emergency Management worked together to erect the state’s second evacuation assembly point (EAP). This emergency preparedness exercise is the largest Cascadia preparedness exercise of its kind to date. It took a little more than three hours to set up all 18 tents, which included dormitories, eating area, shower tent and command post. Fifty-seven staff and volunteers spent the night in dormitory tents. 

Rep. David Gomberg, Rep. Paul Evans, Lincoln County Commissioner Kaety Jacobson, Lincoln County Emergency Manager Samantha Buckley and ODHS Director Fariborz Pakseresht gave brief comments to the media and answered their questions. 

Media remarks were followed by a meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners live from the EAP site. 

The highlight of the afternoon was an aerial demonstration involving Scappoose Fire District, Life Flight and the Coast Guard. Scappoose used drones to simulate different emergency scenarios including delivering communications equipment and medical supplies to the EAP. Life Flight landed a helicopter to deliver medical supplies. The Coast Guard simulated rescuing a person from the ground and hoisting them up to a hovering helicopter. 

Pictures and videos of the exercise are available to download at: https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/vUf9bdRivQ


Multnomah County District Attorney's Office to Launch New Domestic Violence Survivor-Centered Diversion Program
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 05/15/24 1:56 PM

Media availability scheduled for Thursday at 10 a.m.

District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced today that the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office (MCDA) is launching a new domestic violence survivor-centered diversion program. The objective is to provide community-based services in lieu of traditional prosecution for criminalized survivors to address underlying trauma. The program is being modeled after a similar program between the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the YWCA of Seattle King County. 

The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) selected MCDA last year as one of two sites to receive technical assistance in establishing the diversion program – in partnership with Bradley Angle – for criminalized survivors of gender-based violence.

DA Mike Schmidt said: “Addressing domestic violence is a top priority for me and my office, and we are pleased with the collaboration and support we’ve received as we move from the planning phase to implementation. The guidance from APA and King County will be invaluable in adopting best practices into our local program.”   

Bri Condon, Executive Director of Bradley Angle, said: “It is critical for long-standing social service agencies such as ours to use our grassroots power to block further injustices from occurring. A common tactic by abusers is to use the criminal legal system against those they have harmed. With this partner project we are dedicated to blocking that tactic and moving survivors of domestic violence – particularly BIPOC survivors – to safety from the inside.”

David LaBahn, President of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, said: “APA is extremely pleased to support the development of a survivor-centered diversion program in Multnomah County. The dedication of the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office and Bradley Angle has been impressive. We will take the lessons learned from this pilot program and provide information nationally so that jurisdictions across the country can also provide alternative pathways to address trauma and provide support by connecting survivors with culturally relevant community providers and services.”

Funded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, the APA has partnered with Bowie State University to work with MCDA to collect data and measure program outcomes.

Media Availability

MCDA will be hosting a virtual media availability with partner agencies to discuss the program on Thursday, May 16 at 10 a.m. Members of the media must RSVP to media@mcda.us by 8 a.m. May 16 in order to attend. 

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Western States Boating Administrators Association Annual Conference being Held in Astoria
Oregon State Marine Board - 05/15/24 1:00 PM

The Oregon State Marine Board’s representative for the Western States Boating Administrators Association (WSBAA), along with other agency staff will be attending the WSBAA annual conference in Astoria, May 20 – 23.

“Having the conference in our backyard is a tremendous opportunity to showcase our incredible boating state,” says Brian Paulsen, the Marine Board’s Boating Safety Program Manager and Boating Law Administrator for Oregon. “It’s even more special because two of our marine law enforcement partners are receiving regional awards for their exceptional service and contribution to recreational boating safety in Oregon. They will receive their awards during the award dinner reception on May 22.”

Sergeant Nate Thompson from the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office was nominated for the prestigious Hollister Award. In 2023, Sergeant Thompson led the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office marine patrol team and completed over 7,000 boater contacts during the boating season. In whole, the program completed 1/5th of the total boater contacts made statewide among the other 31 County Sheriff’s Offices and the Oregon State Police. Sergeant Thompson and his team also assisted neighboring counties during the peak salmon fishing seasons for heightened awareness and boating safety patrols. Sergeant Thompson has been with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office for over 20 years, where the majority of that time he has worked in marine law enforcement. Sergeant Thompson exemplifies excellence in education through enforcement, positive interactions with boaters, boating safety intervention by conversation, and training the next generation of marine law enforcement officers. He has undeniably made a tremendous impact on thousands of boaters across Oregon and trained dozens of marine law enforcement officers for the future of boating safety.

Also from Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Marine Deputy Adam Peterson was nominated for the Western Region’s Officer of the Year Award. Since being assigned to marine patrol, Deputy Peterson completed 5,826 boater safety compliance examinations. In 2023, Deputy Peterson logged 429 motorized and 1,405 non-motorized boater contacts. Knowing that most drownings occur when boaters are not wearing a life jacket, he issued 27 citations and 56 warnings for life jacket violations. 

In 2023, 246 citations were written for life jacket violations in Oregon, meaning Deputy Peterson accounted for over 1/10th of all life jacket citation violations statewide. 

Deputy Petersons dedication to marine law enforcement and boating safety is shown not only through his public interactions, but also by his dedication to training other marine law enforcement around the state. Deputy Peterson is one of the top marine instructors in the Oregon State Marine Board’s marine law enforcement training program. His ability to operate a drift boat, jet boat and teach marine law enforcement to his peers surpasses every and all expectations. Evaluations from his peers include words such as “professional”, “dedicated” and “heroic.”   

The Western States Boating Administrators Association (WSBAA) is a non-profit organization that brings together boating law administrators and recreational boating professionals from the Western United States, including American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands, and U.S. Coast Guard to discuss boating safety issues of mutual concern. The annual conference is the stage for collaborative conversations to share best practices in boating education, law enforcement, waterway management; promote greater uniformity in boating laws and recognize the achievements of members. 


PPB Seeks Input on Directive (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 05/15/24 12:59 PM
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The Portland Police Bureau directs member action through its policies, procedures, and rules, as found within Directives. The Bureau is in the process of reviewing the following Directive(s) and seeks community input.

Community members are encouraged to read the directives using the links below, then follow the link at the bottom of the PDF copy of the directive to provide comments.

Second Universal Review link: https://www.portland.gov/police/2ur

Review Period: 5/15/2024 – 6/14/2024
• 0240.10, Line of Duty Death

All Bureau Directives are available at https://www.portland.gov/police/directives. This webpage also enables community members to sign up to receive email notifications when new or revised directives are posted.

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Local Police Travel to D.C. for National Law Enforcement Memorial Week (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 05/15/24 11:55 AM
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Three Washington County Police Agencies traveled to Washington, D.C. this week for police memorial week. Today, May 15, 2024, is National Police Officer Memorial Day. Members of the Beaverton Police Department, the Washington County Sheriff's Office, and the Hillsboro Police Department met at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C. to honor the nation's fallen police officers. 

National Police Week, including National Police Officer Memorial Day, holds a significant place in American history. It was established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962 to pay tribute to law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The week-long observance, typically held in May, serves as a time for communities and law enforcement agencies to come together to honor and remember the sacrifices made by officers across the nation.

According to statistics from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, over 23,000 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty throughout the history of the United States. National Police Officer Memorial Day and National Police Week provide an opportunity to reflect on their service and express gratitude for their dedication and bravery. 

Representatives from the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, the Oregon Department of Corrections and the Oregon State Police also attended and are depicted in the photograph attached to this press release. #BPD# 




Attached Media Files: Oregon Police Agencies at Police Memorial Week in Washington D.C.

Come One and All to the 75th Annual Lake Oswego Lions Club 4th of July Pancake Breakfast! (Photo)
Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation - 05/15/24 11:40 AM
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Lake Oswego - It's the "2024 WE SERVE - Together We Can" event everybody is waiting for!

Lake Oswego Lions Club and VisionEnvoy Club Branch is proud to present once again our annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast! Please bring your family and friends and celebrate this 75-year tradition together with us at George Rogers Park, 611 S State Street in Lake Oswego on that 1st Thursday in July. Enjoy all the pancakes and sausage you can eat for only $10 ($7 for children under 12).  Enjoy your delicious pancakes and sausage, hot coffee, cold milk, and orange juice with all of your neighbors including, (drum roll please) “Rae Gordon"!  This multi-award-winning singer and her band will be serving up rollicking patriotic selections in a potent stew of gritty blues and heartfelt soul – soaring vocals with searing guitar counterpoint, and a hard-driving rhythm section with the power of a freight train will have you up on your feet stomping and clapping with appreciation.”

It's time to celebrate! This is Lake Oswego Lions Club's biggest, family-friendly fun(d)raising event of the year! By participating you will support the efforts of LOLC to help provide vision and hearing assistance to neighbors who can't afford exams, glasses, or hearing aids and support local food pantries and various other charities.

We are, for the second time in our long illustrious history, offering sponsorship opportunities to anyone who wants to provide $50 to cover the cost of renting a table and eight chairs for this year's event! Each sponsorship includes a table tent card to promote your business and two vouchers for a free breakfast! 

WE SERVE is our motto.

Visit our website: https://e-clubhouse.org/sites/lakeoswegoor/index.php 

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lakeoswegolions

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Nimble Distro and Sauce Essentials' New Partnership Expands Reach of Number-One Selling Cannabis Products (Photo)
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PORTLAND, Ore., May 15, 2024 — Oregon-based wholesale cannabis distribution company Nimble Distro has added premier cannabis company Sauce Essentials to its growing list of distribution clients. 

“Customers love Sauce for its quality, consistency and innovation, which are the same attributes we bring to our distribution network,” said Joy Hudson, co-founder and chief executive officer of Nimble Distro. “It’s partnerships like this that will drive our industry into a new, high-performing era.” 

Nimble is now the exclusive statewide wholesale distributor for Sauce’s popular line of products, including its number-one-selling disposable vape pens. The partnership will help Sauce maintain and expand relationships with retailers and ensure product availability, ensuring brand growth in an industry challenged by inconsistent distribution networks.

Best-selling products now available in more places

Specifically, Nimble is distributing Sauce’s high-performance disposable vape pens, which are currently the top-selling disposable vape pens in Oregon, according to BDSA, the leading market research firm covering the legal cannabis market .  The disposable pens are known for their unique botanical terpene profiles, reliable quality and consistent flavor profiles across all the states where Sauce is sold. 

Nimble is also distributing Sauce’s Bursts, a new portioned 100-milligram fast-acting gummy that delivers an exceptional taste and experience. Bursts are nano-infused, allowing consumers to feel their effects within 10-15 minutes. 

“Nimble is truly the gold standard in Oregon’s cannabis industry,” said Dylan Spencer, chief marketing officer of Sauce Essentials. “Their vast distribution network, excellent service and deep market expertise put them in a league of their own. Partnering provides our customers with easy access to the products they know and love. And more people will get to experience our innovative products as they become available in more stores across Oregon.”

Partnership fuels both companies’ growth 

Nimble distributes to more than 400 retailers monthly. Sauce will leverage Nimble’s vast distribution network to expand its market presence and share in Oregon. Sauce has grown rapidly since entering the market in December 2021, expanding distribution to eight states in less than three years.  It has remained the fastest-growing cannabis vape brand in its markets for the last three years, according to BDSA.

“Nimble’s logistical capabilities and infrastructure support will allow us to focus more on product development and brand building, rather than the complexities of distribution,” Spencer said. “This operational efficiency can lead to cost savings and faster market penetration.”

Nimble has also grown rapidly in its first three years of operation. Its revenues have increased 20-fold in its first two years. This, despite Oregon’s volatile, oversaturated cannabis marketplace.

“We have been able to buck market trends with consummate professionalism, great relationships and industry knowledge,” Hudson said. “The cannabis industry is ever changing and complex, and we are constantly diversifying our services and evolving our model to meet our customers’ needs and remain profitable.” 

Nimble has built a competent and reliable distribution reputation in Oregon’s cannabis industry. Efficiency, customer service and support are built into every aspect of Nimbles operations. Efficiency, customer service and support are built into every aspect of Nimbles operations. Nimble’s headquarters in Milwaukie, Ore. is one of the state’s largest DEA-rated cannabis vaults. Its impeccable inventory management and dedication to compliance ensure that the complex logistics of cannabis distribution are handled smoothly and effectively. 

Please visit www.nimbledistro.com to learn more about Nimble.

About Nimble Distro

Nimble Distro is a leading wholesale distribution company in the cannabis industry. Driven by a powerful logistics and manufacturing engine, Nimble Distro drives profitability and positive social impact by forging collaborative partnerships with premier cannabis cultivators and processors. With a focus on product excellence and community engagement, Nimble Distro is committed to reshaping the future of the cannabis industry.

About Sauce Essentials 

Sauce Essentials brings high quality cannabis products to consumers that are both affordable and convenient. Our line up includes Sauce Essentials 1g Live Resin Disposable Vapes, Classic 1G Vapes, Bursts Edibles, and Smokes Pre-Rolls. Our products offer incredible flavors while offering a wide range of effects from energizing sativas to relaxing indicas. No matter which you choose, Sauce delivers complete satisfaction.

Sauce Essentials cultivates fun, community-focused experiences to accompany its products by having monthly giveaways. Customers can get their hands on limited edition Sauce Merch and huge prizes. Join the fun at www.sauceessentials.com or follow @sauceessentials on IG for details.




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University of Oregon's Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP) Celebrates Yearlong Partnership with the City of Salem
City of Salem - 05/15/24 11:00 AM

WHAT: SCYP Salem End of Year Celebration 

DATE: June 4, 2024

TIME: 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. Drop in anytime to celebrate the partnership.

  • 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Students final project poster session from two classes - Safe and Connected Salem: Bicycle Transportation Options and Equity and Park Assets.
  • 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Program Remarks and Open House

WHO: Elected Officials, City of Salem staff, University of Oregon leadership, faculty, and students 

PLACE: Center 50+, 2615 Portland Rd NE, Salem, OR 97301

BACKGROUND

Through year-long partnerships, the University of Oregon’s Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP) helps communities solve the problems of today and lay the groundwork for a sustainable, livable future—all while helping students prepare for the workforce through applied learning. Over the 2023-2024 academic year the City of Salem partnered with SCYP to complete over 20 courses directed at high priority projects for City Council and the Salem community. For more, see https://sci.uoregon.edu/sustainable-city-year-program-salem.

In Salem, University of Oregon students and faculty studied and made recommendations in SCYP courses that included journalism, architecture, landscape architecture, geography, nonprofit management, planning, public administration, and Portland State University engineering. Final reports from each class will continue to be added and are made available to the public. The City of Salem last worked with SCYP in the 2010-2011 academic year, making them the first repeat city to partner with SCYP. SCYP hosts the final reports and media from that year. 

“This is such a great partnership between the City and the University of Oregon,” said Salem Mayor Chris Hoy. “The ideas and collaboration these students bring to the City are instrumental in helping us tackle a variety of local problems. I’m grateful for their help and insight.”

This SCYP and City of Salem partnership is possible, in part, with support from U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, as well as former Congressman Peter DeFazio, who secured federal funding in FY23 for SCYP through Congressionally Directed Spending and the US Department of Education. With additional matching funds from the City of Salem, the partnership allowed UO students and faculty to study and make recommendations on city-identified projects and issues.

“UO’s SCYP is a proven model of success, using the drive and expertise of students and faculty to discover solutions that move Oregon communities to a clean energy future faster,” Sen. Merkley said. “The entire Salem community will continue to benefit from being an idea-sharing hub over the past school year that provided students with tangible, real-world learning opportunities to make the city more sustainable and resilient to climate chaos.”

“As a proud U of O Law School grad, I’m always gratified when my alma mater extends its statewide reach with timely on-the-ground offerings like these in Salem focusing on the climate crisis and equity,” Sen. Wyden said. “I’m glad the teamwork with our delegation has produced this big win for Salem and the university combining their creativity to develop sustainable solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing our state and country.”

The partnership will end with a celebration event with leaders from Salem and the University of Oregon, faculty, students, local elected officials, and community members. A poster session of final projects from two spring courses, Topics in Bicycle Transportation and Equitable Urban Parks, will occur for the first hour of the event for the community to interact and ask questions regarding the student’s work. Formal remarks will feature speakers from both entities, including UO faculty and students highlighting each project, proposed recommendations, and outcomes. Following formal remarks, attendees will have the opportunity to connect with UO faculty and students in an open house format to learn more about how the courses will help create long-term value for the Salem community.

“Students provide excitement, energy, and innovation,” said Salem resident and University of Oregon senior Sulwyn De Crouzuc. “A year of SCYP classes is going to be extremely beneficial for City staff to have access to a wide range of potential solutions and new ways of thinking about complex community issues.”

ABOUT THE SUSTAINABLE CITY YEAR PROGRAM:

Established in 2009, SCYP is now in its 14th year of partnerships with Oregon communities. SCYP partnerships connect University of Oregon students with local communities to implement real change drawing directly from community-identified issues. Through hands-on learning, SCYP harnesses the innovation of students and faculty to offer communities unique perspectives and ideas. Communities emerge from SCYP partnerships with increased community outreach, expanded conversations, and cutting-edge solutions, while students emerge better prepared to enter the workforce. For more, see: https://sci.uoregon.edu/.

ABOUT THE CITY OF SALEM:

The City of Salem is Oregon’s second largest city (179,605; 2022) and the State’s capital. A diverse community, Salem has well established neighborhoods, a family-friendly ambiance, and a small town feel, with easy access to the Willamette riverfront and nearby outdoor recreation, and a variety of cultural opportunities. Salem is in the midst of sustained, steady growth. As a “full-service” city, it provides residents with services such as police and fire protection, emergency services, sewage collection and treatment, and safe drinking water. Salem’s vision is a safe, livable, and sustainable capital city, with a thriving economy and a vibrant community that is welcoming to all. The City’s mission is to provide fiscally sustainable and quality services to enrich the lives of present and future residents, protect and enhance the quality of the environment and neighborhoods, and support the vitality of the economy. 

FUNDING ACKNOWLEDGMENT:

Community partnerships are possible in part due to support from U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, as well as former Congressman Peter DeFazio, who secured federal funding in FY23 for SCYP through Congressionally Directed Spending.


Vancouver Fire crews working on evacuation after a car into a building
Vancouver Fire Dept. - 05/15/24 10:56 AM

Vancouver Fire crews are on scene of a car into an apartment building in the Ellsworth/SE 10th area. This car has ruptured a natural gas line attached to the building. A 100' radius has been established and evacuation of that area is in progress. Please avoid the area if possible. 


Correction: Western Oregon University announces Congresswoman Andrea Salinas as commencement speaker (Photo)
Western Oregon University - 05/15/24 10:24 AM
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MONMOUTH, Ore.Western Oregon University announces its 2024 commencement on Saturday, June 15 at 10 a.m. on the MacArthur Field. Over 1,237 students are eligible to walk across the stage and graduate, completing a significant milestone in their lives. Nearly 50 percent of Western students are first-generation, meaning they are the first in their families to graduate with a four-year degree.

A first-generation student herself, Western is proud to announce its commencement speaker, Congresswoman Andrea Salinas. Salinas, the daughter of a Mexican immigrant, is one of the first Latinas to represent Oregon in Congress. After putting herself through college, Salinas pursued public service as a congressional aide and policy advisor, as well as an advocate for labor unions, environmental groups, and reproductive rights organizations. In 2017, she was appointed to the Oregon House of Representatives and served through the end of her term in 2022. In the Oregon House of Representatives, she served as House Majority Whip and was the Chair of the House Health Care Committee.

In Congress, Salinas is proud to serve on the House Agriculture and House Science, Space, and Technology Committees, where she crafts policies that will help level the playing field for Oregon farmers and rural communities and create more good-paying, union jobs. As Co-Chair of the bipartisan Mental Health Caucus, she has prioritized making mental health care and addiction treatment more accessible and affordable.

"We are honored to welcome Congresswoman Salinas as the keynote speaker for this year’s commencement ceremony,” remarked President Jesse Peters. “As both a first-generation American and a first-generation college student herself, she understands the transformative power of education. Her remarks will undoubtedly inspire our graduates, highlighting the possibilities that lie ahead for them. Western Oregon University is the only four-year public university serving her district. We value her advocacy for higher education and the support she has extended to our university.”

“As a first-generation college student myself, I am so grateful for the opportunity to speak at this year’s commencement ceremony,” said Rep. Salinas. “Growing up, my parents taught me the importance of hard work, perseverance, and community—the very same values that Western instills in each and every one of its students. I know these graduates have the skills they need to succeed, and I look forward to congratulating the Class of 2024 as they take the next big step into the future.”

 

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About Western Oregon University

Western Oregon University, established in Monmouth in 1856, proudly stands as Oregon's oldest public university. Hosting around 4,000 students, Western embodies a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution, with approximately 80% of its students hailing from within the state. Notably, its diverse student body comprises individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, veterans, and non-traditional learners. Western stands as the preferred campus in Oregon for those pursuing an enriching education within a nurturing, student-focused environment, characterized by faculty-led instruction.  Together we succeed.


 




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Upcoming Pedestrian Safety Enforcement
City of Astoria - Astoria Police Department - 05/15/24 10:17 AM

The Astoria Police Department will conduct directed crosswalk enforcement throughout the city to increase the safety of all pedestrians and drivers. This initiative is being funded through a grant from Oregon Impact. 

On May 23, 2024, the Astoria Police Department will have extra officers on duty participating in a pedestrian safety enforcement program.  This enforcement effort will focus on drivers who fail to yield to an officer acting as a pedestrian crossing at marked and unmarked crosswalks.  Additionally, officers will be watching for vehicles that pass vehicles that stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk and other traffic violations.  The fine for failing to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian or for passing a vehicle that is stopped at a crosswalk for a pedestrian is $265.00.

Officers will focus their enforcement efforts on Marine Dr. & 6th St., Marine Dr. & 17th St., Marine Dr. & 10th St., Klaskanine Ave. & 7th St., and Lief Erikson Dr. & 37th St. 

If you have any questions about this project, contact Sergeant Thomas Litwin of the Astoria Police Department at 503-325-4411 or by email at Tlitwin@astoria.gov. Your concerns and feedback are important to us.




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When in doubt, stay out: Increasing temperatures create potential for toxins in water
Oregon Health Authority - 05/15/24 10:09 AM

May 15, 2024

Media contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@oha.oregon.gov

When in doubt, stay out: Increasing temperatures create potential for toxins in water

PORTLAND, Ore.—As summer approaches, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reminds people heading outdoors to enjoy Oregon’s lakes, rivers and reservoirs to be on the look-out for potentially toxic cyanobacteria blooms.

Cyanobacteria are beneficial bacteria found in all fresh water worldwide. The bacteria can multiply into blooms in any water body under the right conditions — warm weather, sunlight, water temperature, nutrients and water chemistry. Many blooms are harmless, but some can produce cyanotoxins that make people and animals sick.

Exposure to cyanotoxins occurs when water is swallowed while swimming, or when people inhale water droplets during high-speed activities such as water-skiing or wakeboarding. Symptoms of exposure to cyanotoxins include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Numbness
  • Dizziness and fainting

Although cyanotoxins are not absorbed through the skin, people with sensitive skin can develop a red, raised rash when wading, playing or swimming in or around a bloom.

Children and pets are particularly sensitive to illness because of their size and activity levels. Similarly, livestock and wildlife can become ill and die after drinking from water bodies, troughs or other sources of drinking water affected by blooms and potential toxins.

Dogs can get extremely ill and even die within minutes to hours of exposure to cyanotoxins by drinking the water, licking their fur or eating the toxins from floating mats or dried crust along the shore. It is very important to get a pet to a veterinarian as soon as possible if they exhibit diarrhea, vomiting, breathing problems, difficulty walking or standing, or loss of appetite.

Very few freshwater bodies in Oregon are monitored for cyanotoxins. For this reason, it is important for people to carefully observe any water body they choose to recreate in before taking the plunge.

OHA recommends that everyone stay out of water that looks foamy, scummy, thick like pea-green or blue-green paint, or where brownish-red mats are present. Additionally, since blooms can wash up on the shore, people should avoid areas with algal mats that are either attached, floating or stranded on the shore.

Even then, looks can be deceiving. Certain blooms grow on or near the bottom of water bodies such as lakes and rivers. While some blooms make and release toxins into the water, they don’t change how the surface of the water looks, making them hard to see.

Community members looking for visual examples can find pictures of algae blooms in the Algae Bloom Photo Gallery or watch an explainer video on blooms at OHA’s official YouTube channel. If you are unsure, follow OHA’s guidance of “When in doubt, stay out.”

Open recreational areas where blooms are identified can still be enjoyed for activities such as camping, hiking, biking, picnicking and bird watching. By being aware of signs of a bloom and taking appropriate precautions to reduce or eliminate exposure, local communities can enjoy water activities such as canoeing, boating and fishing, as long as boat speeds do not create excessive water spray, and fish are cleaned appropriately.

To learn if an advisory has been issued or lifted for a specific water body, visit the Harmful Algae Bloom website or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 877-290-6767.

For health information or to report an illness, contact OHA at 971-673-0440. For campground or lake information, call the local management agency.

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Press Release: Oregon's Nonfarm Payroll Employment Rises by 4,900 in April
Oregon Employment Department - 05/15/24 10:00 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 15, 2024

CONTACT INFORMATION:
umenauer@employ.oregon.gov">Gail Krumenauer, State Employment Economist
(971) 301-3771
Video and Audio available at 10 a.m.
David Cooke, Economist (971) 375-5288

Oregon’s Nonfarm Payroll Employment Rises by 4,900 in April

In April, Oregon’s seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment rose by 4,900 jobs, following a revised gain of 2,600 jobs in March. April’s gains were largest in health care and social assistance (+1,700 jobs); construction (+1,500); and manufacturing (+900). Monthly declines were largest in professional and business services (-1,100 jobs).

Over the past two years, health care and social assistance continued to add jobs at a rapid, consistent pace. The sector grew by 16,600 jobs, or 5.9%, since April 2023 following a gain of 13,900 jobs, or 5.2%, between April 2022 and April 2023. Within the broader sector, social assistance accelerated its expansion in recent months, as it added 4,800 jobs during the past five months. The three component industries within health care each expanded rapidly over the past 12 months: nursing and residential care facilities (+3,300 jobs); hospitals (+2,900); and ambulatory health care services (+2,800).

Government, which added 9,400 jobs, or 3.1%, since April 2023, was the only other major sector growing quickly in the past 12 months. Each of its three components grew rapidly during that time: local government (+6,100 jobs, or 2.7%); state government (+2,100 jobs, or 4.6%); and federal government (+1,200 jobs, or 4.2%).

Meanwhile, more than half of the major industries reduced employment over the past 12 months, with manufacturing (-3,700 jobs, or -1.9%) and retail trade (-2,300 jobs, or -1.1%) cutting the most. Furthermore, professional and business services (-1,600 jobs); information (-1,100); and construction (-1,000) each shed at least 1,000 jobs.

Oregon’s unemployment rate was 4.2% in April, the same as in February and March. Since October 2021, Oregon’s unemployment rate has stayed between 3.4% and 4.2%, averaging 3.9%. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.9% in April and 3.8% in March.

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Next Press Releases

The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the April county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, May 21, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for May on Thursday, June 20.




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Excitement Mounts for Second Annual Native Youth Wellness Warrior PowWow, Set for Saturday June 1 (Photo)
Northwest Regional ESD - 05/15/24 8:50 AM
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HILLSBORO—On Saturday, June 1, the Native Youth Wellness Warrior PowWow comes to the Wingspan Event Center in Hillsboro for the second year in a row. 

A community meal will be served at 5 pm followed by the grand entry and student honoring for high school graduates at 6 pm. Carlos Calica will emcee and drummers from around the region will participate.

“This is an amazing opportunity to celebrate the graduates and all young students in a traditional way,” says SandeBea Allman, president of the Bow & Arrow Culture Club and chief community engagement and development officer at Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest (NARA NW). “We’ll have the presence of our respected Elders, families and friends and witness the honoring ceremony, which includes traditional drums, songs and dances.” 

This PowWow is made possible thanks to partners NARA Northwest, Bow & Arrow Culture Club, NAYA Family Center, the City of Hillsboro, City of Beaverton, Northwest Education Service District and its 20 component school districts.

“To plan and prepare, the Bow & Arrow Culture Club shares their knowledge of traditional protocol for the powwow, and the NARA Northwest has great pride in offering sponsorship and support in planning,” Allman explains. “These Graduates are our future and are the role models for the younger generation.”

Jenny Sanchez, American Indian/Alaskan Native facilitator for the Beaverton School District, was excited to join the event’s planning team. “As a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and a Native American employee of Beaverton School District, I felt like it was important to be involved not only as an employee but as a parent, community member and tribal member. Our students overcome obstacles in education and in life, and they are ready to be honored for completing high school and moving on to the next chapter in their journey. That is huge among Indian country.”  

This event is open to the public. “It's a way that the community can come together Native or non-Native to get a sense of culture and understanding of how we as Native people celebrate and honor each other,” Sanchez says.


 




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ReBuild Beaverton High - $253 Million Project Largest in 2022 Bond (Photo)
Publix Northwest PR-PA - 05/15/24 8:00 AM
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PRESS RELEASE  - May 15, 2024

Subhead: Construction Begins at Beaverton High School With 1994 Graduate Heading The Team - Skanska to Rebuild Largest School Project Within 2022 Bond 

New structure will improve learning through gathering, study, and flex spaces  (See rendering attached)

Skanska, a leading global development and construction firm, has broken ground to rebuild the historic Beaverton High School, at 13000 S.W. 2nd Avenue. 

The new Beaverton High School will comprise a 300,500-square-foot, three-story building surrounding a 15,500-square-foot, enclosed courtyard. Construction work includes a new academic and gymnasium building as well as new student and staff parking lots, athletic field structures and landscaping, with an opening date of fall, 2026. With just over $211 million in budgeted funds for construction and building materials, the new high school and campus will be the largest project within the Beaverton School District #48J’s 2022 bond. 

The new building will include pre-fabricated exterior walls built offsite and transported for installation; solar panels, skylights and large windows to reduce the school’s dependence on electricity while providing ample natural light. 

As the oldest high school in the city, Beaverton High is also believed to be the oldest in-use public high school in the state of Oregon in its original location and building. The original structure, which has been modified and added onto over many years, dates back to 1916.

“We look forward to having a modernized campus that meets students’ needs and functions as community evacuation center in case of a disaster,” said Andrew Kearl , Principal at Beaverton High School. “Skanska is well positioned to ensure student safety during construction, while supporting our efforts to provide a positive learning environment throughout the construction process.” 

“As a Beaverton High graduate, I’m honored to rebuild this school to better serve the existing and future student body,” said Trevor Wyckoff, Skanska account manager and senior vice president who is overseeing the project (Class of 1994). “I have confidence in Skanska’s ability to deliver a school that improves the student experience and exceeds the expectations of the community. I hope our work will inspire students to go into construction, we could use more BHS grads to impact our industry. I look forward to celebrating alongside students, teachers, administrators, and neighbors when we complete this project.” 

The school’s current, standalone cafeteria building will remain, with a new covered walkway connecting it to the new academic and gymnasium building. The new academic spaces will also entail new shop space for instruction to support the school’s emerging career technical education curriculum.

The new construction plan also includes a modernized performing arts area and athletic field improvements. The new theater will have modern features, including cedar wood to improve acoustics and bring in elements from the existing theater into the new space. “Skanska built the popular Patricia Reser Center for the Arts just a few blocks away, so we are excited to bring this important and recent expertise to Beaverton High’s arts community,” added Wyckoff.

Enhancements to the athletic fields on the south and west parts of Beaverton High’s campus will include re-turfing, adding four tennis courts and constructing a new field house adjacent to the baseball diamonds.

After students and staff move into the new academic center, the current school will be demolished to make way for increased parking access and to alleviate congestion and overflow into surrounding neighborhoods.

The project’s live construction camera can be found at https://view.ceros.com/skanska/beaverton-high-school/p/4. 

Contact

About Skanska

Skanska uses knowledge and foresight to shape the way people live, work, and connect. More than 135 years in the making, we’re one of the world’s largest development and construction companies. We operate in select markets throughout the Nordics, Europe and the United States. Skanska in the U.S. is headquartered in New York City with 28 offices around the country. In 2023, construction in the U.S. generated $7.1 billion in revenue, and as a developer in the U.S., Skanska has invested a total value of $4.6 billion in commercial and multi-family projects. Together with our customers and the collective expertise of our 6,500 teammates in the U.S. and 27,000 globally, we create innovative and sustainable solutions that support healthy living beyond our lifetime. 

 




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Busy Wildfire season is on the horizon. The Red Cross says get ready now, prepare and volunteer.
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 05/15/24 8:00 AM

Volunteers are needed to support families affected by continuous disasters.   

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

[Portland, ORE, May 14, 2024] Residents of Oregon and SW Washington are anticipating another busy wildfire season as the climate crisis threatens to upend more communities. The best defense during an emergency is to be prepared and the American Red Cross, Cascades Region advises everyone to get ready now. 

“Today, the Red Cross is responding to more large disasters — almost twice as many — than we did a decade ago,” said Priscilla Fuentes, CEO of the Red Cross Cascades Region. “This growing need for help means we need more volunteers trained and ready to support families facing their darkest moments. Plus, it is critical for Oregon and SW Washington residents to make an emergency plan now.” 

The number of billion-dollar disasters in the U.S. has increased 85% in just the last decade as disasters grow in frequency and intensity. People across the country are feeling the impact as an estimated 2.5 million were forced from their homes by weather-related disasters in 2023 — with more than a third displaced for longer than a month. 

LOCALLY:

  • In 2020, Oregon experienced the worst wildfires on record, burning over a million acres of land. The Red Cross sheltered thousands of people for months across the state.  
  • In 2021, Oregon experienced a heat dome with record high temperatures. Later that summer, we responded to the Bootleg Fire which was the third largest in Oregon history.  
  • In 2022, dozens of fires consumed 465,000 acres. The Red Cross opened 10 shelters in one month alone. A wildfire erupted in Clark County in October, an unusually late time in the year.  
  • In 2023, the Red Cross started the summer with four times as many wildfire responses than the previous year. Our Cascades Region sent people on over 300 deployments, from Alaska to Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Maui wildfires. 
  • In 2024, we are anticipating warmer summer temperatures which can intensify wildfire activity. 

Comprising 90% of the Red Cross workforce, volunteers are continuously providing shelter, comfort, hot meals, health services and recovery support to families in need across the country. We need you! 

VOLUNTEER TODAY The Red Cross is seeking new volunteers who are team-oriented and want to make an immediate difference. Visit redcross.org/volunteertoday to sign up. Free online training will be provided 

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR HOUSEHOLD With the increasing risk of climate-driven disasters, help keep your family safe by getting prepared today.  

  • Build an emergency kit with bottled water, non-perishable food, a flashlight, and battery-powered radio. Also include medications, copies of important papers, cell phone chargers and emergency contact information.
  • Make an evacuation plan with what to do in case you are separated from your family during an emergency and if you must evacuate. Make sure to coordinate with your child’s school, your work and your community’s emergency plans — and don’t forget your pets.
  • Know how to stay informed by finding out how local officials will contact you during a disaster and how you will get important information, such as evacuation orders.

Plus, download the free Red Cross First Aid app so you’ll know what to do if emergency help is delayed and the free Emergency app for weather alerts, open Red Cross shelter locations and more safety tips. Choose whether you want to view the content in English or Spanish with an easy-to-find language selector. Find these and all the Red Cross apps in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps. 

 

About the American Red Cross:  

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members, and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or follow us on social media.  

 

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Open houses to gather public input on scope of growth plan update--Comments at this stage to help frame environmental impact analysis
Clark Co. WA Communications - 05/15/24 7:37 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County is holding a comment period and four open houses about planning for development and studying potential impacts as the next step in updating the local Comprehensive Growth Management Plan. 

All in-person open houses are 7–8:30 p.m. Each event will start with a presentation at 7:15 p.m. followed by time to visit stations to view additional information, talk to staff, and submit comments.

  • May 28: Ridgefield High School Commons, 2630 S Hillhurst Road
  • May 29: Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room, 920 C St.
  • May 30: Battle Ground Community Center, Lewis River Room, 912 East Main St.
  • May 15 – June 5: Online, self-paced option at https://clark.wa.gov/community-planning/2025-update-eis

Translation services may be available upon request. Request must be sent to comp.plan@clark.wa.gov by Thursday, May 23, 2024.  

  • Los servicios de traducción pueden estar disponibles si los solicita. Se debe enviar la solicitud a comp.plan@clark.wa.gov antes del 5-23-24. 
  • Услуга письменного перевода может быть предоставлена по запросу. Запрос необходимо направить на адрес comp.plan@clark.wa.gov до 23.05.24.
  • 可应要求提供翻译服务。 请求必须在 2024 年 5 月 23 日之前发送至 comp.plan@clark.wa.gov

Anyone may attend an open house to learn about the county’s ongoing effort to plan for an additional 190,754 people and 88,100 jobs by 2045. The current focus is on determining what will be included in a formal environmental impact statement analysis for the project.

Comments must be submitted in writing by 5pm Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Learn more about the county Comprehensive Plan Update project, Your Future. Your Voice, at: https://clark.wa.gov/community-planning/2025-update.

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Pacific Power to host customer forum on wildfire mitigation
Pacific Power - 05/14/24 6:21 PM

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Hotline: 503-813-6018

 

Wasco, OR (May 14, 2024) – Pacific Power will host a public forum in Wasco on Wednesday, May 15 to discuss our efforts to protect customers and communities against the threat of wildfire. During this conversation, company representatives will detail the important steps we take during wildfire season to keep customers and communities safe. This forum is an opportunity to learn about our comprehensive wildfire mitigation plan in Oregon. 

Topics of conversation: 

  • Our ongoing work to strengthen our system.
  • Our advanced weather monitoring capabilities.
  • Our enhanced vegetation management practices.
  • Our enhanced safety settings for wildfire season.
  • How Public Safety Power Shutoffs work – an important tool when wildfire risk makes it necessary to turn off power to ensure customer and community safety.

Event details:                                                                                                                        

              Wednesday, May 15 – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

              Wasco School Events Center       

              903 Barnett St. 

              Wasco, OR 97065

Livestream:

https://theavdept.zoom.us/j/81752526063?pwd=bHp2bGpKb2piT0V6cFYvMDJXYnJRQT09

Protecting our customers and communities while providing safe, reliable power is our highest priority. If you have any questions or would like to request a reasonable accommodation to attend this event, please contact us at 1-888-221-7070.

About Pacific Power

Pacific Power provides safe and reliable electric service to more than 764,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company supplies customers with electricity from a diverse portfolio of generating plants including hydroelectric, natural gas, coal, wind, geothermal and solar resources. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 2 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.  

 

 

 

 

 


Traffic Alert: Street Closure Planned for One-Day Event Near Capitol Mall on May 18 (Photo)
City of Salem - 05/14/24 3:00 PM
May 18 Traffic Control Plan
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  • Road closures and lane restrictions are expected surrounding the Capitol Mall starting at 10 a.m.
  • Drivers should use extra caution in response to increased pedestrian traffic in the area.
  • The permitted event includes closures of streets and sidewalks along Court Street, Center Street, and Cottage Street NE until 5 p.m. to accommodate increased pedestrian traffic.

Salem, Ore. — The City of Salem is alerting the public about street closures related to a planned one-day event on Saturday, May 18, 2024, near the Oregon State Capitol Mall. Permitted street closures for the event include Court Street between 12th and Cottage from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and portions of Center and Court Street between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Drivers should expect increased pedestrian traffic and some delays. Temporary signage indicating road closures and lane restrictions will be in place. Drivers are asked to plan accordingly and seek alternate routes during the listed event times. Please drive safely and watch for an increase in pedestrians in the area. 

Closure Details

  • Date: Saturday, May 18, 2024
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Affected Streets: Center Street NE, Court Street NE, and Cottage Street NE near the Oregon State Capitol Mall.
  • Details:  Full or partial street closures will be in effect during much of the day Saturday, May 18. 2024. This will accommodate the permitted activities and ensure the safety of all participants and visitors.
  • Parking: On-street parking may be limited. Information about free parking options downtown is available on our website. 
     

The City of Salem appreciates your cooperation and patience during this event and is committed to ensuring safety and accessibility for all residents and visitors. 

If you have questions, please contact the Public Works Department’s Public Information Office at smith@cityofsalem.net">tbsmith@cityofsalem.net.




Attached Media Files: May 18 Traffic Control Plan

Fatal Crash - HWY 101 - Coos County
Oregon State Police - 05/14/24 2:48 PM

Coos County, Ore. 13 May 24- On Monday, May 13, 2024, at 4:35 p.m., Oregon State Police responded to a three-vehicle crash on Hwy-101, near milepost 250, in Coos County.

The preliminary investigation indicated a northbound Nissan Frontier, operated by Tracy Martin Goforth (63) of Gold Beach, crossed into the southbound lane for unknown reasons and struck a Toyota Prius, operated by Ronald Willam Lyons (76) of Bandon, head-on. The Nissan came to rest in the northbound lane while the Prius spun in the southbound lane and struck a Toyota Venza, operated by Dennis Joseph Dugan (70) of Bandon, nearly head-on.

The operator of the Nissan (Goforth) was transported and declared deceased at the hospital.

The operator of the Prius (Ronald Lyons) and passenger, Delia Villarreal Lyons (73) of Bandon, were transported due to injuries suffered during the crash.

The operator of the Venza (Dennis Dugan) and passenger, Mary Therese Dugan (69) of Bandon, were transported due to injuries suffered during the crash.

The highway was impacted for approximately 15 hours during the on-scene investigation. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

OSP was assisted by Green Acres Fire, Bandon Fire, and ODOT.

 

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About the Oregon State Police
Oregon State Police (OSP) is a multi-disciplined organization that is charged with protecting the people, wildlife, and natural resources in Oregon. OSP enforces traffic laws on the state’s roadways, investigates and solves crime, conducts postmortem examinations and forensic analysis, and provides background checks, and law enforcement data. The agency regulates gaming and enforces fish, wildlife, and natural resource laws. OSP is comprised of more than 1,400 staff members – including troopers, investigators, and professional staff – who provide a full range of policing and public safety services to Oregon and other law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon. 


Fatal Crash -- Hwy. 213 -- Clackamas County
Oregon State Police - 05/14/24 2:47 PM

Fatal Crash – Hwy. 213 – Clackamas County
Clackamas County near Mulino

CLACKAMAS COUNTY, Ore. 14 May 2024 – On Saturday, May 11, 2024, at 2:54 p.m., Oregon State Police responded to a single-vehicle motorcycle crash on Hwy. 213 near milepost 13 in Clackamas County.  

The preliminary investigation indicated a black Yamaha motorcycle, operated by Steven Andrew Boyles (38) of Oregon City, was traveling northbound when he lost control of the motorcycle for an unknown reason and left the roadway off the northbound shoulder. 

The operator of the motorcycle (Boyles) was declared deceased at the scene. 

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

Oregon State Police was assisted by the Molalla Police Department, Molalla Fire Department, and the Clackamas County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

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About the Oregon State Police
Oregon State Police (OSP) is a multi-disciplined organization that is charged with protecting the people, wildlife, and natural resources in Oregon. OSP enforces traffic laws on the state’s roadways, investigates and solves crime, conducts postmortem examinations and forensic analysis, and provides background checks, and law enforcement data. The agency regulates gaming and enforces fish, wildlife, and natural resource laws. OSP is comprised of more than 1,400 staff members – including troopers, investigators, and professional staff – who provide a full range of policing and public safety services to Oregon and other law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon. 


Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Release #15
Vancouver Police Dept. - 05/14/24 2:36 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Vancouver Police Department, is continuing the investigation of the officer involved shooting that occurred on February 20, 2024, involving deputies from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Case files have been forwarded to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the investigation is nearing completion.
 

Additional information will be released as it becomes available. 

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SAIF promotes Todd Graneto to chief financial officer (Photo)
SAIF - 05/14/24 2:30 PM
SAIF CFO Todd Graneto
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Todd Graneto is SAIF’s new chief financial officer, as of May 13. Graneto, who joined SAIF in 2016, previously served as the vice president of premium audit and underwriting services. In his new role, Graneto will be responsible for the financial services division, including financial reporting, budgets, corporate accounting, and billing and connections. 

“Todd has a strong passion for our mission and brings extensive experience,” said Chip Terhune, president and CEO at SAIF. “He will bring new insights, direction, and innovation to this role.”

Graneto holds an MBA from Portland State University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Oregon University. Before he joined SAIF, he served as the vice president of finance for Health Net, a Fortune 500 company. 

About SAIF

SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com.




Attached Media Files: SAIF CFO Todd Graneto

Opioid Settlement Board OKs $13.7 million to boost Oregon's prevention workforce
Oregon Health Authority - 05/14/24 2:20 PM

May 14, 2024

Media contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@oha.oregon.gov

Opioid Settlement Board OKs $13.7 million to boost Oregon’s prevention workforce

OHA to provide allocation proposed by Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Opioid Settlement Prevention, Treatment & Recovery Board (Settlement Board) has approved a proposal to direct $13.7 million toward increasing and strengthening the state’s substance use prevention workforce.

On May 8, the Board approved an Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission (ADPC) proposal to build Oregon’s workforce capacity for primary substance use disorder prevention by providing:

  • $9.5 million to counties to strengthen local prevention workforce and evidence-based prevention programming.
  • Nearly $3.8 million to culturally and linguistically specific community-based organizations and regional health equity coalitions to increase the number of primary prevention initiatives in communities experiencing disproportionate impacts of substance use and overdose.
  • $450,000 to the Oregon Coalition for Prevention Professionals to train and certify up to 100 new certified prevention specialists.

The funding will be sent to Oregon health Authority (OHA), which will administer the allocations. The Board’s decision can be viewed in a recording of its May 8 meeting here.

Settlement Board Co-Chair Annaliese Dolph said, “The Settlement Board is setting an example for the state with this support of upstream prevention. We cannot treat our way out of the substance use disorder crisis. We must also prevent substance use disorders from occurring in the first place.”

Prior to awarding any funding, OHA must engage the partners listed in the ADPC proposal and provide a proposed funding formula and implementation plan to the Board for approval no later than Sept. 4, 2024. OHA is developing a partner engagement plan to begin this work.

Since July 2021, the State of Oregon has reached agreement on national lawsuits against several companies for their roles in the opioid crisis. Through these agreements, nearly $600 million will be awarded to Oregon over the course of 18 years. Settlement funds from opioid manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies are divided between the State of Oregon (45%) and local jurisdictions (55%).

The state’s share is deposited into the Opioid Settlement, Prevention, Treatment and Recovery (OSPTR) Fund as it becomes available. This fund is controlled by the 18-member OSPTR Board.

Local jurisdictions receiving settlement funds (those with populations greater than 10,000) decide how to use their funds. Cities and counties must report to the Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) annually on how they have allocated their funds. The annual OHA-DOJ expenditure report for fiscal year 2022-2023 will be posted to OHA’s website soon. The report for the current fiscal year will be published no later than Dec. 21, 2024.

OHA contracted with Comagine Health to convene a monthly Opioid Settlement Learning Collaborative for local jurisdictions to discuss allowable uses of settlement funds and best practices, including prevention best practices from other local jurisdictions.

OSPTR Board allocations to date

Through the current fiscal biennium that ends in June 2025, about $89 million will be deposited into the OSPTR Fund. To date, the OSPTR Board has decided on the following allocations:

  • $26.7 million to the nine Federally Recognized Tribes in Oregon – this is equivalent to 30% of all funds anticipated this biennium. This 30% set-aside will continue for the life of the fund as additional settlement payments are deposited.
  • $13 million to the Save Lives Oregon Harm Reduction Clearinghouse to distribute naloxone and other life-saving supplies to qualified entities.
  • $4 million to develop a unified and evidence-based state system for collecting, analyzing and publishing data about the availability and efficacy of substance use prevention, treatment and recovery services in Oregon as required by ORS Chapter 63, Section 6.

To learn more about Oregon’s opioid settlement funds, visit oregon.gov/opioidsettlement.


Zachary Hackman Sentenced to 19 Years in Prison for 2022 Homicide
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 05/14/24 1:39 PM

Zachary Hackman Sentenced to 19 Years in Prison for 2022 Homicide 

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt today announced that a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge sentenced Zachary Tyler Hackman, 24, to 19 years in prison for the 2022 killing of James Orlando Harris. Mr. Harris was the father of Hackman’s girlfriend. 

Incident

On October 9, 2022, at 6:31 p.m., Portland Police officers were dispatched to a suspicious circumstances call in the 0-100 Block of Northeast Marine Drive. Officers arrived to find a person deceased. The Medical Examiner's Office determined that the victim, identified as 54-year-old James Orlando Harris, died of homicidal violence. 

On October 23, 2022, Zachary Hackman was arrested and charged in connection with the murder. He was lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center, where he has remained since. 

Plea & Sentencing

Senior Deputy District Attorney Kevin Demer and Deputy District Attorney Alex Hargrove represented the state in this case, which resulted in a negotiated plea agreement with the defendant and his counsel. Judge Jenna Plank accepted the plea on May 13, 2024, and sentenced Hackman as follows:

  • 204 months for one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree
  • 24 months consecutive for one count of Abuse of a Corpse in the Second Degree

Additionally, Hackman will serve three years of post-prison supervision. He is currently in custody in Multnomah County and will be transported to the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections to serve his sentence.

The DA’s Office wishes to thank the Portland Police Bureau officers and detectives who assisted with this case, as well as the victim advocate who supported Mr. Harris’ family.

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New Spanish books for adults & teens at Astoria Public Library
City of Astoria - Astoria Public Library - 05/14/24 1:23 PM

¿Más libros? ¡Sí, por favor!
New Spanish books for adults & teens at Astoria Public Library


Astoria, OR – ¿Hablan español? Want to read comics, bake a custard tart, or escape into a fantasy novel? Now you can at the Astoria Public Library. Thanks to a grant from Roundhouse Foundations, Astoria Public Library has a new collection of Spanish books for adults and teens. The collection includes graphic novels, fiction, informational books, and mp3 audiobooks.


“We are excited about the opportunity to better serve our Latinx community,” said Suzanne Harold, Library Director. “We encourage everyone in Astoria to visit the library and see all the resources we offer. In addition to books, we have programs for all ages, DVDs, research databases, rainy day activities for kids, and more. Library cards are free to everyone who lives inside city limits. Stop by with your photo ID and proof of address and we’ll get you set up!”


“A collection of books in Spanish will be of great benefit to our Spanish-speaking community members. All of us at El Centro NW appreciate the efforts the Astoria Public Library is making to include books that represent the diversity of our area,” said Rocío Simmons, President, El Centro NW Board of Directors.


The grant proposal started as a homework assignment for Nolan Parker, graduate student at Emporia State University School of Library and Information Management. In their final semester, Nolan needed to write a grant application. They reached out to the Astoria Public Library, discussed the library’s needs and potential funding sources with the director, then wrote the ultimately successful grant proposal. “We couldn’t have done this without Nolan’s help! Their enthusiasm and dedication were essential to winning the grant,” said Harold.


To learn more about the Astoria Public Library, visit www.astorialibrary.org or contact Suzanne Harold at 503-325-2450.

The Roundhouse Foundations is a private family foundation based in Sisters, Oregon that supports creative solutions to the unique challenges associated with rural culture and the landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. For more information call 541-904-0700 or visit their website at www.RoundhouseFoundation.org.


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U.S. Attorney's Office Recognizes National Police Week, May 11-17, 2024
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 05/14/24 1:00 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.—In honor of National Police Week, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon recognizes the service and sacrifice of federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement. This year’s commemoration is observed Saturday, May 11 through Friday, May 17, 2024.

“As our country recognizes National Police Week, the Justice Department joins families and communities in remembering the members of the law enforcement community who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting the public,” said Attorney General Merrick Garland.  “Policing is difficult and dangerous, yet time and time again, law enforcement officers answer the call, showing up for their communities when they are needed the most.  Their devotion to duty is matched only by that of their loved ones who make daily sacrifices to support them.  The Justice Department is committed to doing everything in our power to help provide our law enforcement partners with the resources they need to carry out their noble work on behalf of the public.”

“At the U.S. Attorney’s Office, we are inspired daily by the service and sacrifice of all our law enforcement partners. We offer our deepest gratitude to each and every one of our partners as well as their families and loved ones who make it possible for them to do the work they do,” said Natalie Wight, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

In 1962, President Kennedy issued the first proclamation for Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week to remember and honor law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifices. Peace Officers Memorial Day, which every year falls on May 15, specifically honors law enforcement officers killed or disabled in the line of duty.   

Each year, during National Police Week, our nation celebrates the contributions of law enforcement from around the country, recognizing their hard work, dedication, loyalty and commitment to keeping our communities safe. 

On Monday, May 13, the names of more than 280 officers killed in the line of duty in 2024 who have been added to the wall at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial were read during a Candlelight Vigil. To view a recording of the livestream of this event, visit https://nleomf.org/memorial/programs/national-police-week-2024/candlelight-vigil/

To learn more about National Police Week and the virtual candlelight vigil, please visit www.policeweek.org.

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Attached Media Files: PDF Release

PPB Serves Search Warrant at Home of Prolific Graffiti Vandal (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 05/14/24 12:58 PM
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A search warrant was served at the home of a prolific graffiti vandal and evidence was seized.

On the morning of Tuesday, May 14, 2024, officers assigned to Central Precinct’s Neighborhood Response Team (NRT), in coordination with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Strategic Prosecution and Services Unit, served a search warrant at a home near Northeast 11th Avenue and Northeast Skidmore Street in the Sabin Neighborhood. Gabriel Rodriguez-Lee, who is responsible for the OMEGA tag, lives at the home. During the service of the search warrant, a substantial amount of evidence, including hundreds of iterations of the OMEGA tag, was seized. Eight felony cases of Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, as well as one misdemeanor case of Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, will be referred to the District Attorney’s office.

The investigation into Rodriguez-Lee goes back months. In October 2023, North Precinct officers arrested him for spray painting a large OMEGA tag in the 1400 block of North Schmeer Road. At the time of his arrest, Rodriguez-Lee had a firearm in his possession. In November 2023, he pleaded guilty to the gun charge and he received one-year probation.

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Clark County Finance Committee meeting scheduled for May 21
Clark Co. WA Communications - 05/14/24 12:51 PM

Vancouver, Wash. — The Clark County Finance Committee is scheduled to be held on the second floor of the Public Service Center, Room 243 at 9:30 am Tuesday, May 21, 2024.

Pursuant to RCW 42.30.030(2), which encourages public agencies to provide public access to meetings, this meeting can also be viewed via Teams or joined telephonically.

  • Dial-in number: 1-213-262-7043 Phone ID: 534 548 147
  • Meeting ID: 297 568 398 07
  • Passcode 33Sm9a
  • Join online here.

See the agenda for the meeting on the county's website at clark.wa.gov/treasurer/investment-reports-meetings.


Press Release: Protect Our Waters - Waterway Cleanup Series Seeks Volunteers for Summer Events (Photo)
SOLVE - 05/14/24 12:20 PM
WES_Kickoff Meldrum Bar Park (4)
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Portland, Ore., May 14, 2024 – The annual Waterway Cleanup Series, a collaborative effort between SOLVE and Clackamas Water Environment Services, has launched its 2024 iteration with a highly successful kickoff event at Meldrum Bar Park in Gladstone. The event, held on May 9, brought together 36 volunteers who joined forces to clean the vegetation and wetlands along the picturesque Willamette River, collectively picking up 100 pounds of trash and preventing it from reaching the waterways.

The Waterway Cleanup Series, spanning from May to September, is a vital initiative aimed at elevating the cleanliness of rivers, streams, and creeks throughout the region. Each year, SOLVE and Clackamas Water Environment Services join forces to actively promote and support a diverse range of litter cleanup projects, all geared towards preserving and enhancing the health of our precious waterways.

"We are thrilled to launch another season of the Waterway Cleanup Series, a true testament to the power of community and environmental stewardship," said Kris Carico, CEO of SOLVE. "As we embark on this journey together, I urge individuals and families to seize this opportunity to make a tangible impact on the environment while connecting with nature and each other. Hosting or joining a cleanup event is not just about picking up trash; it's about fostering a sense of responsibility and pride in our local ecosystems, ensuring they remain vibrant and healthy for generations to come."

Get Involved!

We're calling on individuals, businesses, community groups, and organizations to host cleanup events along their favorite waterways throughout the summer months. By organizing or joining a cleanup event, everyone plays a crucial role in preventing trash from polluting our rivers. More information and details about the family-friendly Watershed Discovery Day on June 1st can be found on our website: https://www.solveoregon.org/waterway-series

 

About SOLVE 

SOLVE is a statewide non-profit organization that brings people together to improve our environment and build a legacy of stewardship. Since 1969, the organization has grown from a small, grassroots group to a national model for volunteer action. Today, SOLVE mobilizes and trains tens of thousands of volunteers of all ages across Oregon and Southwest Washington to clean and restore our neighborhoods and natural areas and to build a legacy of stewardship for our state. Visit solveoregon.org for more information. 

About Clackamas Water Environment Services

Clackamas Water Environment Services (WES) produces clean water, protects water quality, and recovers renewable resources. We do this by providing wastewater services, stormwater management, and environmental education. It's our job to protect public health and support the vitality of our communities, natural environment and economy.




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State holding open house meetings on community wildfire programs
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/14/24 12:10 PM

SALEM, Ore. — A series of six open houses about the state’s new community wildfire risk reduction programs are scheduled June 3 through July 1 across Oregon. These events will offer opportunities to learn about new defensible space and home hardening standards, as well as the draft wildfire hazard map. 

The resource-fair style open houses are being held in the communities that have some of the greatest levels of wildfire hazard within the wildland-urban interface. Each open house will begin with a short presentation and introductions, but visitors may stop in at any point during the event to get questions answered about the draft hazard map and associated community wildfire programs. 

Representatives from multiple agencies will be present to have one-on-one or small group conversations to help people understand Oregon’s statewide wildfire programs.

  • Oregon Department of Forestry representatives will address questions on administrative rules and hazard zone assessment appeals.
  • Oregon State University representatives will address questions on wildfire hazard science, statewide data sources, and updates to the draft hazard map made over the last two years.
  • Oregon State Fire Marshal representatives will address questions regarding defensible space standards, code adoption process and implementation.
  • Building Codes Division representatives from the Department of Consumer and Business Services will address questions on home hardening construction standards, related code provisions, and implementation.
  • Division of Financial Regulation representatives from the Department of Consumer and Business Services will address questions on home insurance market and requirements of insurers under Senate Bill 82 (2023).
  • Wildfire Programs Advisory Council members will address questions on statewide policy direction for wildfire programs and council business.

Meetings will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Redmond—Monday, June 3, Deschutes County Fairgrounds and Expo Center, South Sister Hall, 3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond, OR 97756
  • La Grande—Tuesday, June 4, Union County Fairgrounds, Mount Emily Building, 3604 N 2nd St., La Grande, OR 97850
  • Central Point—Monday, June 17, Jackson County Fairgrounds, Mace Building, 1 Peninger Rd., Central Point, OR 97502
  • Grants Pass—Thursday, June 20, Grants Pass High School, 830 NE 9th St., Grants Pass, OR 97526
  • Klamath Falls—Monday, June 24, Klamath County Event Center, Hall #2, 3531 S 6th St., Klamath Falls, OR 97603
  • The Dalles—Monday, July 1, Oregon Military Department Armory, 402 E. Scenic Dr., The Dalles, OR 97058

Find more information on ODF’s wildfire hazard webpage.

To subscribe to information related to updates on the statewide wildfire hazard map, visit the ODF website.

Background: The 2021 Legislature passed Senate Bill 762 that required the Oregon Department of Forestry to develop and maintain a comprehensive statewide map of wildfire risk that included wildland-urban interface boundaries and five fire risk classes by June 30, 2022, in collaboration with Oregon State University. After the initial version of the map was rescinded August 4, 2022, ODF and OSU began gathering feedback and incorporating it into future mapping efforts. 

The 2023 Legislature passed Senate Bill 80 that made several changes to the map including changing the name from a “risk” map to a “hazard” map, reducing the number of hazard classes from five to three, and changing the appeal and notification requirements. 

Written comment or questions about any aspect of the implementation of Senate Bill 762 and Senate Bill 80 may be submitted by email at any time to ehazardmap@odf.oregon.gov">odf.wildfirehazardmap@odf.oregon.gov.


MEDIA ADVISORY: Oregon's largest coastal earthquake preparedness exercise May 15, 2024 (map attached) (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Human Services - 05/14/24 11:18 AM
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Update: map to exercise shuttle access site attached 

MEDIA ADVISORY 

Oregon’s largest coastal earthquake preparedness exercise May 15, 2024  

WHAT: State legislators, Lincoln County and ODHS’ Office of Resilience and Emergency Management emergency preparedness exercise and instillation of evacuation assembly point (EAP) equipment. 

WHEN: Wednesday, May 15, 2024 

Due to the location at the Newport Municipal Airport, there is no direct access to the site, media and their equipment will need to be shuttled in. Therefore, arrival and departure need to be coordinated and timed. If possible, please RSVP to Lincoln County Public Information Officer Kenneth Lipp at lic_affairs@co.lincoln.or.us">public_affairs@co.lincoln.or.us or 541-265-4100. 

  • 8:00-8:15 A.M.: media shuttled to the site
  • 8:30-9:00 A.M.: tour of EAP tents and equipment for media
    • Pictures and video can be taken during the tour
  • 9:00-9:30 A.M.: press briefing
    • Representative David Gomberg
    • Representative Paul Evans
    • Kaety Jacobson, Lincoln County Commissioner 
    • Samantha Buckley, Lincoln County Emergency Manager 
    • Fariborz Pakseresht, ODHS Director
  • 9:40-9:55 A.M.: departure shuttles for media
    • The next opportunity to leave will be 1:00 P.M.
  • 10:00-11:00: Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting in an EAP tent
  • 11:00-1:00 P.M.: drone and helicopter demonstrations
    • Drone flown by Scappoose Fire District 
    • Helicopters flown by Life Flight and the United States Coast Guard 
  • 1:00 P.M.: departure shuttles for media, shuttles out available until 2:00.

Video of the aerial demonstrations will be sent from Lincoln County PIO to media by 3:00 P.M. on May 15. 

WHO:  State legislators and leaders from Lincoln County and the Oregon Department of Human Services’ Office of Resilience and Emergency Management 

WHERE: Parking lot at 145 SE 72nd St., Newport, OR 97365, then shuttle to EAP site 

WHY: ODHS’ Office of Resilience and Emergency Management (OREM) supplied Lincoln County with Conex boxes that contain food, water, tents and medical supplies to support 100 people at the evacuation assembly point (EAP) for two weeks in the event of an emergency. Evacuation assembly points are short-term locations for people to gather while emergency responders work to access the impacted area. The Lincoln County EAP is located at the Newport Municipal Airport.  

This is the second EAP that OREM has placed on the Oregon Coast. The first is located at the Tillamook Municipal Airport. OREM is working to place a third set of equipment on the southern Oregon coast.  

EAP tents will be set up on Tuesday and Wednesday as part of an emergency preparedness exercise. OREM, as the lead state agency for mass care (e.g. shelter, food and water), has staged these supplies in coastal communities like Newport because these communities will be isolated from responders in the immediate aftermath of the Cascadia earthquake. During this exercise, OREM will teach community leaders how to set up the EAP.  

A news release was sent last month.  

HOW: For interviews or additional information please contact Lincoln County Public Information Officer Kenneth Lipp at lic_affairs@co.lincoln.or.us">public_affairs@co.lincoln.or.us or 541-265-4100. 




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Portland Gang Leader Sentenced to Federal Prison for Role in Drug Trafficking Conspiracy
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 05/14/24 11:16 AM

PORTLAND, Ore.—The leader of Portland’s 18th Street Gang was sentenced to federal prison today for his role in a conspiracy to traffic large quantities of fentanyl, methamphetamine and cocaine into the Portland area for redistribution and sale.

Gustavo Torres-Mendez, 38, a Portland resident, was sentenced to 168 months in federal prison and five years’ supervised release.

According to court documents, in 2019, following his release from state prison for first degree robbery with a firearm, Torres-Mendez established himself as the leader of the 18th Street Gang in Portland. At the time, investigators were aware that Torres-Mendez maintained a significant stature with and history in the gang developed while serving time in Oregon state prisons and for his activities out of custody.

By late summer 2022, investigators had obtained significant evidence that Torres-Mendez and a close associate were leading a criminal enterprise active in selling counterfeit Oxycodone pills containing fentanyl, methamphetamine and cocaine in and around the Portland metro area. In early September 2022, investigators uncovered a major effort by Torres-Mendez and several associates to collect money for a large drug purchase and, within days, the group had collected more than $126,000 in cash. At around the same time, on September 7, 2022, police stopped a vehicle connected to the group traveling near Grants Pass, Oregon. A search of the vehicle returned more than 104 pounds of methamphetamine and eight pounds of cocaine.

On November 15, 2022, a federal grand jury in Portland returned a seven-count indictment charging Torres-Mendez and six associates for conspiring with one another to distribute fentanyl, methamphetamine, and cocaine. Two days later, on November 17, 2022, a multi-agency law enforcement operation was conducted targeting Torres-Mendez and his associates. A search of Torres-Mendez’s North Portland home returned a handgun, ammunition, tactical body armor, a small bag of “M30” counterfeit Oxycodone pills, and $6,386 in cash. On the same day, investigators located and seized 10 additional firearms at a location in Portland used by the 18th Street Gang to store and distribute drugs and keep weapons.

On September 6, 2023, Torres-Mendez pleaded guilty to conspiring with his associates to distribute fentanyl, methamphetamine, and cocaine. Three of Torres-Mendez’s co-conspirators have also pleaded guilty and been sentenced to federal prison.

This case was investigated by the FBI and Portland Police Bureau. It was prosecuted by Thomas H. Edmonds and Nicole M. Bockelman, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

This prosecution is the result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the U.S. by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

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Construction beginning on new roundabout at intersection of Northeast 119th Street and Northeast 152nd Avenue
Clark Co. WA Communications - 05/14/24 11:11 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – Construction is beginning to convert the intersection of Northeast 119th Street and Northeast 152nd Avenue to a single-lane roundabout. Currently, traffic on Northeast 119th Street is controlled by stop signs at the intersection with Northeast 152nd Avenue. The intersection has been the site of several severe crashes in the last 10 years, resulting in multiple serious injuries and two fatalities. Due to the number and severity of crashes, the intersection was identified as a high priority for reconstruction to minimize crash risk and severity. Changing the intersection to a roundabout will require all vehicles to slow and will also reduce the risk of head-on and T-bone (side-impact) collisions. 

Preconstruction activities have begun at the project site. The intersection will be closed to through traffic in July and August for construction of the roundabout. During the closure, local access to neighboring properties will be maintained. Through traffic will be directed onto a signed detour route. Construction of the roundabout is scheduled to be complete by the end of August. At that time, the intersection will reopen to through traffic. Additional paving, striping and installation of permanent signage, guardrail and lighting is anticipated to be complete by October. 

Construction is weather dependent and this schedule is subject to change. Schedule updates, detour maps and additional information can be found on the project webpage at clark.wa.gov/public-works/ne-119th-st-and-ne-152nd-ave.

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

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

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

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Marine Board's New Boating Safety Advocate Program Sets Sail for the Boating Season (Photo)
Oregon State Marine Board - 05/14/24 11:00 AM
Images of the Boating Safety Advocates for the Oregon State Marine Board
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The Oregon State Marine Board is amplifying its education and outreach program to meet boaters where they are, by the water, and in the community.

The agency hired five seasonal boating safety advocates (BSAs), who will interact with the public at schools, safety fairs, and other community gatherings to promote boating and water safety and are a resource to boaters on the water.

The advocates will be active during peak boating use, especially beginners who may not be aware of pertinent safety equipment or potential risks.

“This program emphasizes the Marine Board's commitment to modernizing boating safety education and outreach,” says Brian Paulsen, Boating Safety Program Manager for the Marine Board. “We are focused on decreasing boating fatalities in Oregon. So many incidents are preventable and come down to education, understanding risks, and safety equipment. The BSAs will help reinforce how to play it safe.” 

The BSA positions are not regulatory in nature but collect informal field data related to boating activities for safety and compliance. Advocates are approachable and boaters are encouraged to share their passions and perspectives. “Engaging with boaters at the water across the state creates an opportunity to have conversations and learn what the agency can do for boaters,” Paulsen adds. “BSAs are also eyes and ears for agency staff and may help us gather observational data when they are out on the water.”

Learn more about the Marine Board’s Boating Safety Advocates and recreational boating in Oregon.
 

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Attached Media Files: Images of the Boating Safety Advocates for the Oregon State Marine Board

Newport, OR Man Arrested After Stolen Vehicle Pursuit (Siletz, OR)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/14/24 10:15 AM

On 05/14/2024 at about 6:02 am, WVCC Dispatch received a report of a vehicle stolen from the Siletz Valley Charter School in Siletz, OR. The owner of the vehicle also reported that there was a firearm stored in the vehicle. Dispatch broadcast detailed information to the Newport Police Department, who had Officers on duty, in an attempt to locate the vehicle.

At about 7:10 am, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Deputy Antonio Ortiz located the vehicle in driving southbound on Highway 101 in South Beach, OR, and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle continued driving, turning into South Beach State Park, where Newport Police Officers responded to assist. In South Beach State Park the vehicle continued to drive recklessly, endangering bystanders, until a citizen stood in its path and the driver stopped the vehicle. Deputy Ortiz, with assistance from Newport Police Officers, conducted a high-risk traffic stop and removed the driver from the vehicle. The driver is identified as 47-year-old Randy Johnson of Newport, Oregon. 

Randy Johnson was taken into custody and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on charges of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer (Felony), Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Theft in the First Degree, Reckless Driving, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office enjoys close working relationships with our local Law Enforcement partners and is grateful for the assistance provided by the Newport Police Department. As always, community members are encouraged to be alert to criminal activity and to report crimes they witness, while remaining uninvolved and at a safe distance from Law Enforcement activities. To report a crime in Lincoln County, contact WVCC Dispatch at 541-265-0777.


Washington County K9 Trials Returning to Hillsboro Stadium on May 18 (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/14/24 10:09 AM
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On Saturday, May 18, 2024, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Sheriff’s Office Foundation, will host the 17th Annual Washington County K9 Trials at the Hillsboro Stadium – 4450 NE Century Blvd, Hillsboro, OR 97124. This fun event offers an exciting opportunity for families to learn more about the incredible K9 units dedicated to protecting our communities. 

Competition events include area search, agility course, suspect apprehension, fastest dog, and handler protection. Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded to the top three dogs of each event based on the fastest times. The first-place designation will be awarded to the overall winner based on a point system for each event.

In addition to the entertaining and fast-paced competition, spectators will enjoy a community fair and a meet-and-greet with the K9s after the competition. The community fair opens at 10 a.m., and the K9 competition begins at 11 a.m. 

Food and drinks are available for purchase. 

Family and friends of all ages are encouraged to join us for this celebration of our dedicated K9 units, but please leave pets at home (service animals are welcome).

More information: https://bit.ly/K9Trials

The event will be streamed live at the following link for those unable to attend in person:

https://youtube.com/live/UxfseLZqtEo?feature=share




Attached Media Files: K9 Trials

Umpqua Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines Award Grants to 13 Oregon-based Affordable Housing Nonprofits (Photo)
Umpqua Bank - 05/14/24 10:03 AM
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LAKE OSWEGO, Ore., (May 14, 2024)—The Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization of Umpqua Bank, is pleased to announce, in partnership with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines (FHLB Des Moines), the distribution of $160,000 in grants to 13 Oregon-based nonprofits working to support access to affordable housing. 

Umpqua Bank is a member of FHLB Des Moines, which partners with financial institutions within its network to provide funding to meet the housing, business and economic development needs of the communities they serve. This year, through the Member Impact Fund, FHLB Des Moines provided $3 for every $1 donated by Umpqua Bank to the selected 13 Oregon-based organizations addressing access to affordable housing or community development throughout the state.  

The Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation’s partnership with the FHLB Des Moines is part of Umpqua Bank’s commitment to support nonprofits focused on improving access to economic opportunity, including affordable housing. According to Oregon’s Office of Economic Analysis, more than half of renters in the State of Oregon are unable to afford both rent and other basic needs. 

“Access to quality housing is a major challenge for so many families right now, and strategic partnerships are critical to ensure that affordable housing is a reality for everyone in the communities we serve,” said Chris Merrywell, Umpqua Bank’s Consumer Banking President. “It’s an honor to join forces with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines in support of the great work organizations across Oregon are doing to provide accessible housing for more residents.” 

“We are thrilled to see grants from our Member Impact Fund having a direct, positive impact on the communities in which our members help advance affordable housing and community development needs in a meaningful way,” said Kris Williams, President and CEO of FHLB Des Moines. 

The following 13 organizations each received a 3:1 grant match from Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation and Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines: 

Received $10,000 in funding each: 

 

  • Bienestar provides housing and builds hope and community for the wellbeing of Latinxs, immigrants, and all families in need.  

 

  • Bridge Meadows creates and inspires intergenerational residential communities, enriching the well-being of children, families, and elders. 

 

  • Central City Concern is on a mission to end homelessness by helping individuals find a home, regain health and move toward long-term stability and success. 

 

 

  • Corvallis Neighborhood Housing Services (also known as DevNW) as provides technical and financial assistance to agencies that serve the housing and social services needs of lower-income residents. 

 

 

  • Hacienda Community Development Corporation is a Latino-led Community Development Corporation that strengthens families by providing affordable housing, homeownership support, economic advancement and educational opportunities. 

 

 

 

  • Portland Housing Center makes it possible for everyone to achieve their homeownership dreams through quality home buyer education, one-on-one guidance, financial services, and a variety of other resources. 

 

  • Proud Ground creates permanently affordable homeownership opportunities using the community land trust model to ensure multi-generational stability.   

Received $40,000 in funding: 

  • Scottsburg Community Services Association is dedicated to enhancing the quality and promoting the overall welfare of the citizens within the Scottsburg Community and build upon the historic legacy of the Scottsburg community. 

 

About the Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation 
The Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization of Umpqua Bank, recognizes the importance of building healthier, more resilient, better connected and inclusive communities throughout the eight-state footprint. It works to strengthen the communities Umpqua Bank serves by investing in organizations and initiatives that expand access to education and create economic opportunity for individuals, families and small businesses. The foundation was formed in 2014 to demonstrate Umpqua’s deep commitment to the communities it serves and has distributed more than $20 million across the bank’s footprint. 

 

About Umpqua Bank 
Umpqua Bank is a subsidiary of Columbia Banking System Inc., (Nasdaq: COLB) and a premier regional bank in the western U.S., with offices in Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and Colorado. With over $50 billion of assets, Umpqua combines the resources, sophistication and expertise of a national bank with a commitment to deliver personalized service at scale. The bank consistently ranks as one of America’s Best Banks (ranked by Forbes) and supports consumers and businesses through a full suite of services, including retail and commercial banking; Small Business Administration lending; institutional and corporate banking; equipment leasing; and wealth management. The bank’s corporate headquarters are located in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Learn more at umpquabank.com. 

 

About Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines 
FHLB Des Moines is one of 11 regional Banks that make up the Federal Home Loan Bank System. Members include community and commercial banks, credit unions, insurance companies, thrifts and community development financial institutions. FHLB Des Moines is wholly owned by its members and receives no taxpayer funding. For additional information about FHLB Des Moines, please visit www.fhlbdm.com. 




Attached Media Files: Umpqua Bank

Corvallis Police Department Patrol Car Totaled by Suspected DUII Driver (Photo)
Corvallis Police - 05/14/24 9:56 AM
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News Release

Corvallis Police Department

180 NW 5th Street

Corvallis, OR97330

541-766-6924

05/14/2024 10:00 AM

 

Media Contact: 

Crystal Patterson, Corvallis Police Department

(541) 766-6937/ cpdpio@corvallisoregon.gov


CORVALLIS POLICE DEPARTMENT PATROL CAR TOTALED BY SUSPECTED DUII DRIVER 

On Sunday, May 12, 2024, at approximately 1:30 AM, a Corvallis Police Department Patrol vehicle was rear-ended in the intersection of Hwy 99 W and NE Conifer Blvd. 

Witnesses at the scene reported seeing the patrol vehicle slow down on Hwy 99 W and begin a signaled righthand turn at the light onto NE Conifer Blvd when it was hit from behind by Amanda Johnston (24) of Albany. Witness accounts and investigation at the scene suggest Johnston was traveling at speeds close to 50 mph when the collision occurred. 

Benton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to the scene and performed standardized field sobriety tests that determined Johnston was showing indications of impairment. BSCO deputies subsequently arrested Johnston for a DUII-Alcohol and Reckless Driving. Johnston’s blood alcohol content registered at .19% at the time of her processing. Johnston was cited and released.

The Corvallis Police Officer involved in the collision was assessed at a local hospital for minor injuries. The patrol vehicle was totaled as a result of the collision (photo attached). 

This incident highlights the dangers that impaired driving poses to the community and officers. In our ongoing efforts to keep Oregon drivers safe, Corvallis Police Department patrol officers will be conducting targeted DUII enforcement this Memorial Day weekend. 

Note: At this time there is no additional information available related to this incident.

 




Attached Media Files: Totaled Patrol Car

Media Alert: SOLVE's Portland Business District Cleanup with CareOregon and the Portland Rose Festival Foundation (Photo)
SOLVE - 05/14/24 9:07 AM
Portland Business District Cleanup with CareOregon
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Media Advisory – All Media Are Invited

What: Portland Business District Cleanup at CareOregon

When: Wednesday, May 15, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

Where: 315 SW 5th Ave Portland, OR 97204Map Link

 

Event Description: Join SOLVE for a community-driven initiative to transform and beautify downtown Portland. The May Business District Cleanup is sponsored by CareOregon and the Portland Rose Festival Foundation. 

Why: Keeping Portland's downtown clean is crucial for our economy and environment. Litter not only impacts our community's appearance but also the health of our streets, neighborhoods, and waterways. The monthly Portland Business District Cleanup on May 15 is dedicated to preparing the city for the annual Rose Festival. Together with CareOregon and the Portland Rose Festival Foundation, volunteers will beautify our city and waterfront, ensuring a clean and welcoming environment for festival visitors and protecting local wildlife from the harmful effects of trash. Let's unite to welcome everyone to the Rose City for a summer of clean and safe fun!

Media Crews: Arrive by 12:45 PM outside the CareOregon office to see approximately 100 volunteers of all ages checking in, collecting their cleanup supplies, receiving a safety speech and event debrief, and then heading out in groups to pick up litter in the surrounding area. The event will run from 1 PM to 3 PM, with volunteers expected to spread throughout the southwest downtown area.

This event will have plenty of visuals of volunteers picking up litter, making for great community packages, VOs, and VOSOTS.

Available interviewees will include: 

  • Kris Carico, Chief Executive Officer, SOLVE
  • Josh Keller, Development Director, SOLVE
  • Alison Arella, VP of Community Impact, CareOregon

Visit the Portland Business District Cleanup webpage on the SOLVE website for more information.

About SOLVE:

SOLVE is a statewide non-profit organization that brings people together to improve our environment and build a legacy of stewardship. Since 1969, the organization has grown from a small, grassroots group to a national model of volunteer action. Today, SOLVE mobilizes and trains volunteers of all ages across Oregon, and SW Washington to clean and restore our neighborhoods and natural areas, and to build a legacy of stewardship for our state. You can follow SOLVE on Instagram at @SOLVEinOregon, Facebook at @SOLVEOregon, or at www.solveoregon.org




Attached Media Files: Press release May Portland Business District Cleanup at CareOregon , Portland Business District Cleanup with CareOregon

Correction: Medford Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Role in Fatal Fentanyl Overdose of a Teenager
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 05/14/24 8:39 AM

Please note the below correction. John Rocha was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison, not 70 months. We regret the error. If you have any questions, please contact us at USAOR.PublicAffairs@usdoj.gov.

MEDFORD, Ore.—A Medford man was sentenced to federal prison Monday for distributing fentanyl that caused the overdose death of a local teenager.

John Rocha, 31, was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison and four years’ supervised release.

According to court documents, on September 7, 2021, officers from the Medford Police Department responded to a report of an overdose death of a local 17-year-old high school student. Investigators soon learned that the teenager had taken counterfeit Percocet pills containing fentanyl. Within days, investigators identified Rocha as the victim’s fourth-level drug supplier and, when confronted by law enforcement, he admitted to having recently sold counterfeit pills.

On February 3, 2022, a federal grand jury in Medford returned a five-count indictment charging Rocha and four others with distributing fentanyl, possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

On February 20, 2024, Rocha pleaded guilty to distributing fentanyl.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement Team (MADGE). It was prosecuted by Marco A. Boccato, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

MADGE is a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force that identifies, disrupts, and dismantles local, multi-state, and international drug trafficking organizations using an intelligence-driven, multi-agency prosecutor-supported approach. MADGE is supported by the Oregon-Idaho High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) and is composed of members from the Medford Police Department, the Jackson County Sheriff and District Attorney’s Offices, the Jackson County Community Corrections, FBI, and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

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.

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Mothers Day fire quickly extinguished. (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 05/14/24 8:13 AM
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At approximately 4:49PM on Mother’s Day Lebanon Fire District Responded to the report of a structure fire in the 31000 Block of Berlin Rd. Initial reports stated that the caller heard two loud explosion and could see a large plume of black smoke coming from a structure. An off-duty LFD Lieutenant was the first on the scene and reported light smoke coming from the structure’s eves. The incident commander arrived on scene and assumed command of the fire directing the first arriving engine to make an offensive attack on the fire. Crews were able to make entry into the structure and reported high heat temperatures and  dense smoke conditions. The crews were able to access the roof and cut a hole to allow for smoke and heat to escape from the structure. The fire was then quickly extinguished. Lebanon Fire District responded with 22 personnel. LFD was assisted by Albany Fire department and Sweet Home Fire District to handle the multiple medical calls that occurred during the fire. 

Lebanon Fire District would like to remind everyone to use caution when using space heaters or air conditioners. 




Attached Media Files: Roof ventilation

Working smoke alarms saves Lebanon apartment building.
Lebanon Fire District - 05/14/24 7:44 AM

At approximately 6:46PM Lebanon Fire District received a call for a fire alarm activation in the 500 block of 12th St.  Dispatch stated that the neighbor could hear a smoke detector going off in the apartment next to her and the occupant of the apartment had just left. BC31 arrived on scene to a 2-story apartment complex. After further investigation BC31 found the apartment full of smoke. BC31 upgraded to a first alarm assignment and started evacuating the apartment building. The first Engine arrived on scene and was able to force entry into the apartment. The Engine company found food left unattended on the burner of the stove. No fire damage was done to the apartment and the residents were able to return to their residents. Lebanon Fire District responded with 13 personnel. 
Lebanon Fire District would like to remind everyone the importance of working smoke detectors.


VA Portland Health Care System to exhibit Veteran-created artwork in upcoming art installation at its Portland campus (Photo)
VA Portland/Vancouver Health Care System - 05/14/24 6:00 AM
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PORTLAND, Ore.–The VA Portland Health Care System is hosting a Veteran-created artwork exhibit at their Portland campus on May 20, 2024.

The 18-piece art exhibit entitled “Boots on the Ground for Art” will be featured in the VA Portland’s Auditorium, located on the second floor between building 100 and 101 starting at 10:30 a.m. on May 20. The event will showcase recently-completed paintings that were exhibited at the VA Portland’s Medical Library earlier in May. Members of the media are welcome to attend.

VA Portland’s Recreation Therapy Services, in partnership with the Oregon Society of Artists (OSA), offer weekly and monthly art classes, available online, at the VA, and in-person in the community, taught by classically trained art instructors. These classes are provided free of charge to Veterans. The program is a welcoming, safe community for all those who participate.

The VA Portland Whole Health Department and Recreation Therapy Services utilize art as one form of therapy to address symptoms of PTSD, trauma, and other mental illnesses. Veterans are encouraged to engage in meaningful recreation and leisure activities to cope, recover, and thrive. The OSA helps veterans improve their quality of life by supporting their involvement in the creative arts process. Veterans from all branches of the military are welcome to participate.

According to OSA staff, it has been their dream to feature talented veteran artists and display art from their veteran’s art class at a veteran-focused facility. OSA regularly features veteran-created art in their gallery every November, coinciding with Veteran’s Day.

Media interested in attending the event on May 20 should contact the POC listed below prior to end of day on Friday, May 17.




Attached Media Files: Boots on the Ground for Art-Poster 2 , Boots on the Ground for Art-Poster 1

Mon. 05/13/24
Reserve a county park picnic shelter for your event, now through Oct. 31 (Photo)
Clark Co. WA Communications - 05/13/24 4:17 PM
Creekside picnic shelter at Salmon Creek Regional Park/Klineline Pond
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Vancouver, Wash. – Host a party, potluck or special event at a Clark County park. Picnic shelters at eleven county parks are available to reserve for dates between April 1 and Oct. 31. Many shelters have electricity and water. Some shelters have features like fireplaces and barbeques. 

Shelters are available to reserve at: 

  • Captain William Clark Regional Park at Cottonwood Beach
  • Fairgrounds Community Park
  • Felida Community Park
  • Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park 
  • Hazel Dell Community Park
  • Hockinson Meadows Community Park 
  • Klineline Pond at Salmon Creek Regional Park 
  • Lewisville Regional Park
  • Orchards Community Park 
  • Pacific Community Park
  • Vancouver Lake Regional Park 

The shelters at Vancouver Lake Regional Park can be reserved for dates between Memorial Day weekend through Oct. 31. 

Reserving a shelter allows exclusive use on the day of the reservation. Shelters that are not reserved are available to use on a first come, first served basis. Reservations cost between $50 and $150 for a full day. Cost depends on the size and occupancy of the shelter. Reservations must be made for shelters that can fully accommodate the size of the group. Revenue from reservations helps support parks maintenance and operations. 

Park use permits are required for use of amplified sound systems, inflatable bounce houses and for weddings and baptisms. Permits are also required for events such as athletic competitions and fairs/festivals. Email ks@clark.wa.gov">parks@clark.wa.gov or call 564.397.2285 for information about park use permits. During peak-use season when our customer service staff experience high call volumes, customers should leave a voicemail and allow one to three business days to receive a response. Many shelters are fully booked weeks in advance, so customers should also be aware that availability is likely to be limited when requesting a weekend reservation within less than two weeks before their desired event date. Reservations must be made at least seven days prior to the event date. 

Information about parks, shelters and reservations can be found at clark.wa.gov/public-works/picnic-shelter-reservations-and-events. Reservations can be made online or by calling 564.397.2285 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (except holidays). 

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

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

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

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

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

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Attached Media Files: Creekside picnic shelter at Salmon Creek Regional Park/Klineline Pond

Nurses Vote to Approve Contract with PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services (Photo)
Oregon Nurses Assn. - 05/13/24 4:12 PM
Home care nurses and community allies held a candlelight vigil in Springfield Feb. 23 to demand PeaceHealth raise standards and commit to a fair contract for nurses and patients. Photo courtesy of Kevin Mealy, ONA.
Home care nurses and community allies held a candlelight vigil in Springfield Feb. 23 to demand PeaceHealth raise standards and commit to a fair contract for nurses and patients. Photo courtesy of Kevin Mealy, ONA.
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(Springfield, Ore.) — After 16 months of negotiations, home health and hospice nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services voted to ratify a four-year contract agreement with PeaceHealth May 13.  

Nurses at the region’s largest home health and hospice provider care for many of Lane County’s most complicated patients and deliver hospital-quality care directly to patients’ homes. They have spent the last year-plus fighting for a fair contract to improve patient care; address record turnover and vacancies; and hold PeaceHealth accountable to their community. 

The new contract includes several important care improvements.

Contract Highlights:

  • Protects community health by ensuring nurses who are exposed to communicable diseases can isolate to avoid compromising vulnerable, home-bound populations.
  • Raises safety standards by empowering an interdisciplinary workplace violence prevention committee to address workplace violence and prevention; physical and verbal abuse; and harassment issues unique to home care environments.
  • Promotes advanced training and education to bring health care innovations to Lane County. The contract increases support for nurses’ professional development--allowing more RNs to take advantage of continuing education opportunities to learn and deliver the latest best practices to local patients.
  • Creates accountability around health care costs by establishing a health benefits task force to explore workers’ and families’ health needs and make recommendations to keep care accessible and affordable.
  • Increases wages up to 16% over four years and raises pay for nurses with advanced degrees and skills. The contract also includes a one-time bonus for nurses still with PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services in Jan. 2025.

While nurses are proud of what they were able to achieve, they remain concerned that inequitable wages will continue negatively impacting their community by accelerating record turnover and limiting recruitment opportunities. 

Even with contractual improvements, nurses at every other local PeaceHealth hospital and home care service will receive significantly higher wages than nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services–including workers at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield; PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center in Florence; and PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Home Health in Florence. This pay gap will continue to make it difficult for PeaceHealth to address vacancies and attract or retain experienced providers. 

ONA and our members remain concerned about the corporatization of healthcare systems like PeaceHealth in Oregon and its impacts on the workers and communities. We will continue fighting to advocate for patients and providers. PeaceHealth has extensive work to do to repair its relationship with health care providers, patients and the local community–whose support for nurses was critical to the success of these negotiations. 

“I want to send a sincere thank you to the many elected leaders, union allies, community groups and supporters from all walks of life who signed a petition, attended a rally, marched with us on the picket line and showed their appreciation for nurses. I’m touched by the support nurses and our patients received from people in every part of Lane County,” said Jo Turner, ONA bargaining unit chair and nurse at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services. “We know there’s more work to be done to expand access to health care and to keep holding PeaceHealth accountable to our community. I believe we can build on the work of our community coalitions and continue raising standards to make sure everyone in our community has access to high-quality, affordable health care.”

The ONA represents more than 90 frontline nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services and nearly 1500 nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center Riverbend. 

Nurses began negotiating with PeaceHealth executives in February 2023. Their previous contract expired in April 2023. Nurses reached a tentative agreement April 24 and voted on the agreement May 6 - 13. 

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Attached Media Files: Home care nurses and community allies held a candlelight vigil in Springfield Feb. 23 to demand PeaceHealth raise standards and commit to a fair contract for nurses and patients. Photo courtesy of Kevin Mealy, ONA. , Health care providers and elected leaders stand together during a solidarity action in support of local home health and hospice nurses outside PeaceHealth Riverbend Wednesday, April 24. Photo courtesy of ONA.

Injury and explosions in a Mother's Day house fire (Photo)
Klamath County Fire District 1 - 05/13/24 3:54 PM
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A mother’s day residential fire sends one person to the hospital and destroys the house. At approximately 1:26pm, Klamath County Fire District 1 (KCFD1) was dispatched to a fully involved structure fire in the 3900 Blk of Altamont Dr. Crews were notified while responding to the fire, that the occupant had been removed from the structure by a passerby, but will need medical attention to treat burn injuries. Several calls into 911 said they had multiple explosions coming from inside the residence. Engines arrived to find an injured occupant at a neighbor’s house and heavy smoke and flames coming out of the windows at the front of the house and explosions where still happening. Sparking, downed electrical lines at the front of the house hindered fire suppression. The injured occupant was transported to the hospital by a KCFD1 ambulance. The explosions in the structure where from the occupants oxygen bottles. The house suffered a significant amount fire damage. The cause is still under investigation at this time. 




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CCSO Investigating Armed Home Invasion Robbery from 5/11/2024
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/13/24 3:43 PM

On 05/11/24 at approximately 5:40 a.m., the Clark County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) and Vancouver Police Department were dispatched to an occupied residential burglary at a residence near NE 162nd Ave and NE 20th Street.  The victim (homeowner) stated that an unknown male entered the residence through an open sliding glass door which the victim had just opened to let his dogs out into the backyard. The suspect displayed a handgun and threatened to shoot the victim if they gave any resistance. The suspect took a purse that contained keys for the victim’s black 2024 Honda CRV before entering the garage and stealing the Honda CRV. The victim described the suspect as:

A white male, approximately 6’1” tall, with broad shoulders and about 180 lbs. The suspect was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood up and a black facemask with a white print on it.

Patrol units responding to the area observed the Honda CRV around NE 155th Avenue and NE Fourth Plain Boulevard.  They initiated a pursuit of the vehicle, but the suspect eluded patrol. The pursuit ended near Vancouver Mall when the suspect was no longer in sight.

At 6:45 p.m., the stolen Honda CRV was recovered, unoccupied, in Longview, WA, by the Longview Police Department.  

No injuries were reported to the victim, the public, or law enforcement. The suspect's identity is currently unknown.

This is an active investigation that has been turned over to the CCSO Tactical Detective Unit.


VPS 3rd Graders Celebrate Their Heritage in Annual Children's Culture Parade (Photo)
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 05/13/24 3:03 PM
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For the First Time, Every Vancouver Public School 3rd Grade Class Invited to Participate

For immediate release

May 13th, 2024 - Vancouver, WA -  Third grade classes from around Vancouver Public Schools marched through the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site for the annual Children’s Cultural Parade.  For the first time, every third grade class had the option to participate in the parade this year.

The parade route started at the Pearson Air Museum and wound through the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, ending at Fort Vancouver.  Students wore signs that celebrated their families’ cultural heritage, while marching bands from Discovery Middle School and Columbia River High School provided the soundtrack to the parade.  Once they arrived at the fort, community leaders welcomed students with speeches.

In advance of the parade, teachers were provided 4-5 lessons plus a project to allow students to explore and express their family history.  The idea is to provide students with the chance to learn more about themselves, and to share their culture with their classmates to further understanding of one another.

Although the Children’s Culture Parade has a long history in Vancouver, this is the first time Vancouver Public Schools has been the sole participant, which allowed for more VPS students to join.

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This video news release includes b-roll and interview footage for broadcast use.

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Evergreen Virtual Academy
Evergreen Virtual Academy - 05/13/24 2:57 PM

EVERGREEN VIRTUAL ACADEMY
NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
MAY 14, 2024, 6:30PM 
Evergreen Virtual Academy Board Members are 
Hereby notified that a Work Session of the Board 
Will be held via Zoom Webinar at
https://evergreenvirtual-org.zoom.us/j/86346138790
Or Telephone:
Dial (for higher quality, dial a number 
based on your current location):
US: +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 9128 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 
646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592


Klamath Falls Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Illegally Possessing Methamphetamine
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 05/13/24 2:56 PM

MEDFORD, Ore.—A Klamath Falls, Oregon man with multiple previous drug- and firearm-related convictions was sentenced to federal prison today after he was caught by local law enforcement with methamphetamine and a handgun.

Andrew Miles Devos, 42, was sentenced to 75 months in federal prison and five years’ supervised release.

According to court documents, in January 2020, law enforcement learned that Devos, who at the time had eight prior felony convictions for drug and firearm offenses, was actively selling methamphetamine in Klamath Falls. After further investigation, on January 8, 2020, Devos was arrested when he arrived to complete a drug transaction. Law enforcement officers searched Devos’ vehicle and located 80 grams of methamphetamine, a 9mm firearm, 50 rounds of 9mm ammunition, a digital scale, and drug packaging materials concealed inside a backpack. 

On June 3, 2020, Devos was charged by criminal complaint with illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Later, on September 17, 2020, a federal grand jury in Medford indicted Devos on the same charges.

Prior to being sentenced today, Devos pleaded guilty to a one-count superseding criminal information charging him with possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

This case was investigated by the Basin Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (BINET) with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (ATF). It was prosecuted by John C. Brassell, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

BINET is a Klamath Falls area narcotics task force comprised of Oregon State Police, the Klamath Falls Police Department, and Oregon National Guard.

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PUC Seeking Public Comment on PGE Proposed Rate Increase
Oregon Public Utility Commission - 05/13/24 2:43 PM

PUC SEEKING PUBLIC COMMENT ON PGE PROPOSED RATE INCREASE
Spanish translation services available

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) is hosting a virtual event for the public to comment on Portland General Electric’s general rate case filing that proposed an increase to electricity rates. This event, held Thursday, May 16, 2024, from 6-7 p.m. PDT, provides the opportunity to speak directly to the commissioners about the proposed rate increase. Customers may also submit comments in writing or by phone through June 14, 2024.

PGE, which provides electric service to approximately 920,000 Oregon customers, filed a request to increase overall revenues by $202 million or approximately 7.4% for all customer types combined. If approved, residential single-family customers using an average of 886 kilowatt hours (kWh) per month would see a bill increase of $11.33. For a residential customer in a multi-family home using an average of 590 kWh per month, bills would increase by $8.23 Actual percentage increases will vary depending on customer type and usage. 

PGE’s proposed impacts for the different customer types due to the general rate case filing are noted in the chart below.

Customer Types

Residential

Small Commercial

 

Large Commercial

Industrial

Percentage increase for average usage

 

7.2%

 

9.4%

 

7.4%

 

4.2%

PGE identifies several reasons driving the general rate case filing, including investments in local battery energy storage projects for enhanced reliability and resilience during peak demand, transmission, and distribution to allow dependable energy flow as demand grows, and upgrades to technology and generation facilities for increased resilience and long-term, dependable power. 

PGE’s general rate case filing is undergoing a nearly year-long review and will be fully investigated on behalf of electricity customers by the PUC, the Oregon Citizens’ Utility Board, and others. This public comment event is part of that investigation, which will conclude in December when the Commissioners rule on the request. The Commissioners may approve or modify PGE’s request and will only approve rate increases if fully justified by the company. New rates, if approved, are expected to go into effect January 1, 2025. 

Comment via Zoom or phone on Thursday, May 16 from 6-7 p.m. PDT

This meeting may go beyond the scheduled end time to allow more people to comment. The Commission will attempt to accommodate all individuals arriving before 7 p.m. PDT and may close the meeting at 7 p.m. if there are no members of the public waiting to comment at that time. Members of the public who want to comment are encouraged to sign into the meeting as close to 6 p.m. as possible. This event will not be live-streamed.

Access the Zoom link and phone-in details at: https://bit.ly/3Uu9Viy 

Spanish translation services are available for community convenience at no cost. For those needing translation services, log into the Zoom platform and select English or Spanish on the bottom of the page. Translation services are not available for the meeting phone-in option.

Submit comments directly to the PUC by June 14, 2024

Stay Informed

To stay informed throughout this case, individuals may request to be added to the distribution list to receive publicly available documents. Submit requests by email to ings@puc.oregon.gov">puc.hearings@puc.oregon.gov or by calling 503-378-6678. Please specify Docket No. UE 435 in the request.

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The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) regulates customer rates and services of the state’s investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities, including Portland General Electric, Idaho Power, Pacific Power, Avista, Cascade Natural, and NW Natural. The PUC also regulates landline telephone providers and select water companies. The PUC’s mission is to ensure Oregonians have access to safe, reliable, and fairly priced utility services that advance state policy and promote the public interest. We use an inclusive process to evaluate differing viewpoints and visions of the public interest and arrive at balanced, well-reasoned, independent decisions supported by fact and law. For more information about the PUC, visit oregon.gov/puc.


Oregon Lottery Warns of Jackpot Scams
Oregon Lottery - 05/13/24 1:48 PM

Salem, Ore. –  Following news of the $1.3 billion Powerball win in Portland this April, Oregon Lottery is urging the public to beware of scams and phishing attempts associated with jackpots. 

Over the weekend, a text message was circulating that falsely promised the Powerball winner was donating prize money to 10 citizens chosen at random. It asked those receiving the message to call a phone number to claim the winnings. 

“Some common warning signs of phishing scams include receiving an unsolicited message with a sense of urgency or a request for personal information,” said Oregon Lottery Assistant Director of Security Justin Hedlund. “We expect there may be other scams out there trying to leverage the Powerball winner’s story, and it’s a red flag if something seems too good to be true.” 

Oregon Lottery will never ask you to pay a fee to access your winnings.  

If you believe you’re a victim of a scam, you can report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center: https://www.ic3.gov/. If you received a suspicious text message, forward it to SPAM (7726) and report the phishing attempt to the Federal Trade Commission at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $15.5 billion for economic development, public education, outdoor school, state parks, veteran services, and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery, visit www.oregonlottery.org


Battle Ground to Host Annual Memorial Day Ceremony, May 27 (Photo)
City of Battle Ground - 05/13/24 1:46 PM
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A Memorial Day ceremony to honor the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who lost their lives in service to our nation will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, May 27, 2024, at the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial located in Kiwanis Park at 422 SW 2nd Avenue in Battle Ground.

The ceremony will include the presentation of the flags by cadets from the Battle Ground High School Air Force Junior ROTC program.  The ceremony will also feature performances by Battle Ground High School Bandmembers Logan Gillespie (Bagpipes) and Rubyee MacPherson (Trumpet).  

The thirty-one Battle Ground-area men who died in service will be remembered and honored by a reading of their names.  These men, whose names are engraved on the wall of the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial, are:

World War II                                 
Julius J. Bergman                      
Otto O. Burgstahler                   
Edmond H. Condon                    
Jack O. Freel                            
Bruce C. Green                         
Joe J. Pancoska                         
Elmer E. Pellett                        
William A. Pelto                       
Archie C. Peru                                    
Abert E. Sakrison                       
Paul H. Snider                           
Sheldon E. Tessendorf                 
William A. Uskoski                      
Leonard A. Wallace                            
Milton E. Winston                       
Walter G. Wright                                           
                                               
Korean War                             
Jack Hanley

Vietnam War
Raymond E. Carpenter
Daniel B. Cheney
Richard A. Hostikka
Dale R. Lindberg
Alvin L. Lowery
Timothy G. Mattson
Monte V. Thomas
Donald F. Thulin

Global War on Terror – Afghanistan
Bryce D. Howard
Jonah D. McClellan
Andrew J. Shields

From the Global War on Terror – Iraq
Cedric E. Bruns
Kane M. Funke
Jeremiah J. Johnson

We invite the community to join us in remembering and honoring these heroes, as well as all members of the U.S. Armed Forces who died in service.  Read about the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial, at www.cityofbg.org/veteransmemorial




Attached Media Files: Memorial Day Ceremony - Battle Ground

Extra Patrols
Keizer Police Dept. - 05/13/24 1:23 PM

During the month of April, the Keizer Police Department deployed extra patrols specifically related to distracted driving awareness month through a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation.  Officers issued (50) warnings and (20) citations for distracted driving and various other traffic violations.

Utilizing a grant, the Keizer Police Department will be adding officers to patrol shifts in order to concentrate on seatbelts and proper child restraint from May 20th through June 2nd.  Though the focus will be on occupant protection, officers will also educate and may enforce cell phone usage, speeding and other traffic violations.


John Day River Boater's Guide available for 2024 river season (Photo)
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 05/13/24 1:21 PM
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PORTLAND, Ore, — To create a better recreation experience, Bureau of Land Management officials at the Prineville District have released a new edition of the John Day River Boater’s Guide. The release comes just in time for 2024’s river season.

“We created every page of this guide to empower visitors to be able to see the beauty of the river, mile by mile and to protect the natural beauty and resources along the John Day,” said Prineville District Manager Amanda Roberts. “Overnight permits on the John Day are popular and limited, and we want to prepare visitors who raft the river to have an excellent experience!”

The 67-paged, spiral-bound, waterproof book is full of information about the 174 miles of the John Day River—from Kimberly to Tumwater Falls—making it a perfect summer read as you float on. It also includes safety tips, river etiquette, and vibrant topographical maps that identify land ownership and potential boat-in camping areas along the river. 

Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, the Bureau of Land Management, the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, the John Day Coalition of Counties, and a group of private and commercial John Day River boaters collaborated to create the guide and enrich everyone’s experience of the John Day River and surrounding areas. 

A waterproof hardcopy of the John Day River Boater’s Guide can be purchased for $14.00 at the Prineville District Office in Prineville, Oregon. You may also call to order a copy for shipping. The fees collected stay within the John Day River recreation area to support its care and management for future generations.

For more information about the guide, contact Monica Morin, Outdoor Recreation Planner, at mmorin@blm.gov.

For more information on the John Day River and to get your boater's permit, visit Recreation.gov.

BLM Central Oregon Field Office
3050 NE 3rd Street
Prineville, OR 97754
541-416-6700
 

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.


 




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UPDATE: Victim in Wilkes Neighborhood Shooting Identified (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 05/13/24 1:07 PM
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The man shot and killed on May 4 in the Wilkes Neighborhood has been identified as Ozell Shepherd, 34, of Gresham. His family has been notified of his death. They are requesting privacy at this time, but they did provide the attached photo for public release.

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

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information, who has not yet spoken with investigators, is asked to contact Detective Ryan Foote at ryan.foote@police.portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-0781 or Detective Travis Law at travis.law@police.portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-0395 and please reference case number 24-109829.

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Original Message Below

A man has died in the Wilkes Neighborhood after a shooting.

On Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 5:00a.m., North Precinct officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 15700 block of Northeast Beech Street. When they arrived they found a victim in the street. Paramedics responded and determined the man died at the scene.

The suspect or suspects left the scene before police were called. Officers searched the area, but no immediate arrests were made.

The Portland Police Homicide Unit is responding to the scene to investigate. During the investigation, Northeast Beech Street is closed between Northeast 156th Avenue and Northeast 158th Avenue.

If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Ryan Foote at ryan.foote@police.portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-0781 or Detective Travis Law at travis.law@police.portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-0395 and please reference case number 24-109829.

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

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Media Advisory: Oregon Employment Department to Host Media Briefing May 15, 2024
Oregon Employment Department - 05/13/24 1:05 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
May 13, 2024 

 

Media Contact:  
Communications@employ.oregon.gov   


MEDIA ADVISORY

Oregon Employment Department to Host  
Media Briefing Wednesday, May 15, 1 p.m. 
 

WHO:                 Gail Krumenauer, state employment economist; David Gerstenfeld, Oregon Employment Department director; Unemployment Insurance director Lindsi Leahy; Paid Leave Oregon director Karen Humelbaugh.

WHEN:             Wednesday, 1 p.m., May 15, 2024 

WHAT:              The Oregon Employment Department is hosting a video-conference media briefing to share updates on economic and workforce-related trends in Oregon, as well an update on the agency’s efforts to improve customer service.  

WHERE:          Via Zoom video conference: Members of the media must RSVP by emailing Communications@employ.oregon.gov by noon on Wednesday, May 15. We will provide video conference login information to all reporters who RSVP. RSVPs must indicate if the reporter wants to ask a question of the presenters.  
 
After the briefing concludes, we will email the link to the video recording to reporters who RSVP’d. 

OTHER:           The Oregon Employment Department updates its agency dashboard each week. Visit oregon.gov/employ/NewsAndMedia for our latest news releases, video and audio clips, and the latest data for Unemployment Insurance, WorkSource Oregon, and Paid Leave Oregon.  

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The Oregon Employment Department (OED) is an equal opportunity agency. OED provides free help so you can use our services. Some examples are sign language and spoken-language interpreters, written materials in other languages, large print, audio, and other formats. To get help, please call 503-947-1794. TTY users call 711. You can also send an email to Language@employ.oregon.gov.

El Departamento de Empleo de Oregon (OED) es una agencia de igualdad de oportunidades. El OED proporciona ayuda gratuita para que usted pueda utilizar nuestros servicios. Algunos ejemplos son intérpretes de lengua de señas e idiomas hablados, materiales escritos en otros idiomas, letra grande, audio y otros formatos. Para obtener ayuda, por favor llame al 503-947-1794. Usuarios de TTY pueden llamar al 711. También puede enviar un correo electrónico a Language@employ.oregon.gov.




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PPB Officers Arrest Violent Burglary Suspect (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 05/13/24 12:59 PM
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An adult male is behind bars and facing charges after breaking into a business and causing significant damage.

On Sunday, May 12, 2024, at approximately 6:30 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to reports of a break-in at an automotive shop in the 14000 block of Northeast Airport Way. When officers arrived, they noticed that several windows were broken and they heard yelling coming from inside the business. Officers established a perimeter and began communicating with the suspect who was described as combative. At one point, he threw a hammer through a broken window at officers, almost hitting them. It was clear the suspect was either under the influence of a controlled substance, experiencing a mental health crisis, or a combination of the two. Officers on the Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team (ECIT) were on scene and began utilizing de-escalation and communication skills in order to safely take the suspect into custody. Their efforts paid off as the suspect eventually responded to the de-escalation tactics. He was taken into custody peacefully and without use of force, but not before causing tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage to vehicles inside the business.

The suspect, identified as 34-year-old Alvie Sanders, was taken to the hospital to be treated for self-inflicted injuries from broken glass. Sanders was then transported to the Multnomah County Detention Center and lodged on an outstanding warrant and the following charges: Burglary in the Second Degree, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, and Theft in the Third Degree.

It is worth nothing, as primary responders to crisis calls, all Portland Police Bureau officers receive basic Crisis Intervention Training as well as annual CIT refresher training. In addition, the Bureau has volunteer officers from a variety of patrol assignments on the Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team (ECIT). These officers will be the first responders dispatched by 9-1-1 to crisis calls that are determined to be related to an individual in crisis. ECIT officers receive additional training in order to identify risks during a behavioral crisis, utilize crisis communication techniques to help de-escalate a person in crisis, and have knowledge of available community resources.

Photo description: Damaged door
Photo description: Damaged vehicle
Photo description: Damaged vehicle
Photo description: Suspect under arrest
Photo description: Hammer

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Double Fatality Crash on Highway 20 (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/13/24 12:58 PM
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CORVALLIS, Ore. – On Saturday, May 11, 2024, at approximately 11:02 a.m., Benton County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Deputies responded to a two-vehicle double fatality crash on Highway 20, approximately four miles west of Blodgett, Oregon.

Investigators determined 46-year-old Jessmyn Rae Allen, of Umatilla, was westbound on Highway 20 in a 2019 Subaru Crosstrek when she crossed the center line and collided with 52-year-old Elizabeth Lillian O’Neill, of Tidewater, traveling eastbound in a 2020 Ford Fusion. 

O’Neill was pronounced deceased at the scene as well as a passenger of the Subaru, 23-year-old Isaiah Aguilar, of Umatilla.

Allen was transported by helicopter to the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis with life-threatening injuries. Four other patients were transported by ambulance to the same hospital.

Highway 20 was closed for approximately four hours while investigators processed the scene.

The crash remains under investigation by the BCSO Crash Team. If you have any additional information or witnessed the crash, please contact Deputy Ball at 541-766-6858, or by email at all@bentoncountyor.gov">daniel.ball@bentoncountyor.gov

BCSO would like to thank the Philomath Police Department, Corvallis Fire Department, Philomath Fire Department, Blodgett Fire Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon State Police, and the Corvallis Police Department for their assistance with this incident.

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NAMOA Training Conference Coming to Hillsboro Stadium (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/13/24 12:22 PM
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On Tuesday, May 14, 2024, through Thursday, May 16, 2024, the North American Motor Officers Association (NAMOA) will host their annual training conference, bringing together motor officers from across the country to share ideas, best practices, and conduct training exercises. This conference is going to be held at the Hillsboro Stadium – 4450 NE Century Blvd, Hillsboro, OR 97124 and is a perfect opportunity to witness the professionalism, dedication to safety, and skill that Motor Officers bring to their unique positions. 

Washington County Sheriff’s Office is proud to be a part of hosting this prestigious event and will have motor deputies participating. We invite all interested to come and be a part of this exciting experience as spectators. 

 

Event schedule: 

  • May 14th, 10 AM - 5 PM 
  • May 15th, 12 PM - 5 PM 
  • May 16th, 8 AM - 4 PM 

 
More information about NAMOA: https://www.namoa.org/ 

NAMOA Training Conference Flyer: https://qrco.de/bewYsT  

 

Note to the editors: Contact the Public Information Officer for information on the schedule of events. A viewing area will be designated for media to take photos and videos during the competitions. 




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Lions to Host Public Meeting for a New Club in Vancouver (Photo)
Camas Lions - 05/13/24 12:09 PM
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Lions International Hosts Public Informational Meeting to Launch New Club in Orchards-Evergreen and East Vancouver Area

Vancouver, WA – May 8, 2024—Lions International, a renowned global service organization dedicated to making a difference in communities worldwide, is excited to announce a public informational meeting to discuss establishing a new Lions Club in the Orchards-Evergreen and East Vancouver area. The meeting is scheduled for June 4th, 2024, commencing at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting aims to introduce the community to Lions International’s mission and values and explore the potential impact a new club could have in the local area. Attendees will learn about the various service projects and initiatives undertaken by Lions Clubs worldwide and how they can get involved in making a positive difference in their community.

"Lions are committed to serving those in need and improving the quality of life in communities everywhere," said Doug Ballou, Guiding Lion and Secretary of the Salmon Creek Lions Club. "We believe that by establishing a new Lions Club in the Orchards-Evergreen and East Vancouver area, we can further extend our reach and make an even greater impact on the lives of those in our community."

The meeting will feature Lions representatives’ presentations and opportunities for attendees to ask questions and learn more about starting a new Lions Club. This is a unique chance for community members who are passionate about service and making a difference to become charter members of the new club, thereby playing a pivotal role in shaping its future.

"We are excited to engage with the residents of Orchards-Evergreen and East Vancouver and share our vision for a new Lions Club in the area," added Dr. Mark Mansell, Global Membership Team Coordinator, "Together, we can work towards building a stronger, more vibrant community for all."

The public informational meeting will be held at the Cascade Public Library Community Room, 600 NE 136th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98684

Date: June 4th, 2024, Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm

For more information about the meeting or to RSVP, please get in touch with Doug Ballou at 360-903-3993 or dougballou@comcast.net.




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Fatal Crash -- Hwy. 207 -- Wheeler County
Oregon State Police - 05/13/24 11:34 AM

WHEELER COUNTY, Ore. 13 May 2024 – On Saturday, May 11, 2024, at 2:02 p.m., Oregon State Police responded to a fatal motorcycle crash on Hwy. 207 near milepost 18 in Wheeler County. 

The preliminary investigation indicated a black Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by William Charles Edward Herrold (42) of Oregon City, was leading a group of motorcycles northbound on Hwy. 207 when it veered onto the gravel shoulder, lost control, and crashed. 

The operator (William Herrold) and passenger, Tanya Marie Ann Herrold (44) of Oregon City, were both thrown from the motorcycle. William Herrold was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Tanya Herrold died at the scene. 

A second motorcycle operated by Raymond Curtis Zentz (50) of Vancouver (WA) also veered onto the gravel shoulder and went down. Zentz was not injured.  

Traveling too fast for conditions was reported as a contributing factor to the crash. 

The highway was impacted for four hours. 

Oregon State Police was assisted by the Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office, Wheeler County Fire & Rescue, Mitchel Ambulance, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. 

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About the Oregon State Police
Oregon State Police (OSP) is a multi-disciplined organization that is charged with protecting the people, wildlife, and natural resources in Oregon. OSP enforces traffic laws on the state’s roadways, investigates and solves crime, conducts postmortem examinations and forensic analysis, and provides background checks, and law enforcement data. The agency regulates gaming and enforces fish, wildlife, and natural resource laws. OSP is comprised of more than 1,400 staff members – including troopers, investigators, and professional staff – who provide a full range of policing and public safety services to Oregon and other law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon. 


Fatal Crash -- Hwy. 26 -- Clackamas County
Oregon State Police - 05/13/24 11:30 AM

Fatal Crash – Hwy. 26 – Clackamas County
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CLACKAMAS COUNTY, Ore. 13 May 2024 – On Friday, May 10, 2024, at 10:10 p.m., Oregon State Police responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash on Hwy. 26 in Clackamas County near milepost 37. 

The preliminary investigation indicated that a white Mazda sedan, operated by Erwin Michael Cheney (57) of Eagle Creek, was turning eastbound onto Hwy. 26 from a driveway. The vehicle had missed a turn and was turning around in the driveway. As the sedan was turning on the highway, a westbound blue Honda motorcycle, operated by Norman Ralph Lawrence Markham (59) of Sandy, crashed into the rear driver side of the sedan. 

The motorcycle operator (Markham) was thrown off the motorcycle and subsequently struck by another vehicle prior to law enforcement's arrival. Markham died at the scene. 

The highway was impacted for approximately four hours. 

Oregon State Police was assisted by the Clackamas County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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About the Oregon State Police
Oregon State Police (OSP) is a multi-disciplined organization that is charged with protecting the people, wildlife, and natural resources in Oregon. OSP enforces traffic laws on the state’s roadways, investigates and solves crime, conducts postmortem examinations and forensic analysis, and provides background checks, and law enforcement data. The agency regulates gaming and enforces fish, wildlife, and natural resource laws. OSP is comprised of more than 1,400 staff members – including troopers, investigators, and professional staff – who provide a full range of policing and public safety services to Oregon and other law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon. 


Minto-Brown Island Parking Lots to Begin Construction May 28th, Thanks to the Safety and Livability Bond
City of Salem - 05/13/24 11:30 AM
  • Parking Lot #2 will be closed May 28, to begin construction of the new parking lot near the dog park.
  • Thanks to the Safety and Livability Bond, new paved surfaces, stormwater facilities, accessibility upgrades, and landscaping are planned.
  • For more details, go to www.cityofsalem.net/minto-brown

Salem, Ore. — The Minto-Brown Island parking lot paving project, funded by the 2022 Safety and Livability Bond, is scheduled to begin construction on May 28, 2024. This project includes improvements to Parking Lot #2 (Dog Park Area) and Parking Lot #3 (main lot) and is scheduled to be completed before the fall of 2024. 

The project, with a budget of $1.54 million, includes the following key elements:

  • New paved and striped surfaces for Parking Lot #2 and Parking Lot #3
  • Stormwater drainage improvements and treatment
  • Accessibility upgrades connecting the parking lots with the park trail and pathways
  • Landscaping around the new parking lots
  • Installation of bicycle parking facilities

Construction Impacts:

While the designated off-leash dog exercise area (i.e., dog park) and shared-use pathways will remain open for visitors, there may be temporary disruptions to parking availability and vehicle access during various construction phases. Access for pedestrians, including those with disabilities, will be available and identified through or around work zones during construction. Please remember to keep your dogs on a leash while walking within the park until arriving at the off-leash dog exercise area.

Construction Schedule:

The contractor will be working Monday – Thursday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. beginning May 28th, 2024.

Phase 1:

  • May 28th Lot #2 Closes and Site Prep Begins – Use Lot #3 and overflow area for parking during construction.
  • Next – Site Clearing and Excavation
  • Next – Concrete Pour for curbs
  • Next – Asphalt Paving
  • Next – Landscaping
  • Lot Opens (Anticipating mid-June, Weather dependent)

Phase 2:

  • Following completion of Lot #2, Lot #3 Closes and Site Prep Begins – Use Lot #1 or Lot #2 for parking during construction.
  • Next – Site Clearing and Excavation
  • Next – Concrete Pour for curbs
  • Next – Asphalt Paving
  • Next – Landscaping
  • Lot Opens (Anticipating late-July, weather dependent)

In February, before bird nesting season began, approximately 30 European birch trees were removed from parking lot #2 due to declining health from an infestation by a boring pest and concern regarding further decline due to construction activity and the resulting changes in microclimate from the new asphalt surface. Two additional non-native trees were also removed due to conflicts with the project.

At parking lot #3, two native black cottonwood trees and one non-native ginkgo tree were removed due to project conflicts.

Trees that were removed will be replaced with new native species in appropriate locations throughout the park in the fall of 2024.

Project Purpose

The heavily used gravel parking lot surfaces deteriorate as weather conditions worsen throughout the year, increasing maintenance costs and creating flooding issues on nearby paths and trails. This project will alleviate flooding issues around the parking lots, increase their size, improve parking efficiency, and increase the availability of spaces serving the dog area and popular trailheads for the park. 

The City of Salem is committed to enhancing the quality of life for all residents and visitors. For more information on future Safety and Livability Bond projects, visit www.cityofsalem.net/2022bond.


Electronic Government Portal Advisory Board Will Meet
State of Oregon - 05/13/24 11:03 AM

May 13, 2024

Salem, Oregon – The Electronic Government Portal Advisory Board (EPAB) will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. The meeting will take place remotely via the internet on Microsoft Teams and is open to the public. The agenda and handouts will be posted on the advisory board’s website.

What:       Meeting of the Electronic Government Portal Advisory Board

When:      Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Where:     Microsoft Teams (Click to join the meeting)
                Call: 1-503-446-4951 | Conference ID: 727 733 440#

Who:        Members of the Electronic Government Portal Advisory Board

The Legislature established the advisory board with enactment of ORS 276A.270-276. The board will advise the State Chief Information Officer (CIO) on key decisions and strategic choices about how the State CIO manages and operates the state’s web portal services.

The Oregon.gov portal is the connection point for citizens to access state agency services and information on the internet. The board provides oversight to specific websites, services and online payments where agencies choose to utilize the State Chief Information Officer’s E-Government Program as their service provider.

With the board’s advice, the State CIO wants to make the Oregon web portal services and their operation as effective as they can be for Oregonians to interact with state government.  


Victim in hit-and-run collision dies days later
Salem Police Department - 05/13/24 11:00 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  

DATE: May 13, 2024

 

Victim in hit-and-run collision dies days later

Salem, Ore. — A Salem man injured in a hit-and-run collision last week has died.

At approximately 11:40 a.m. on May 5, emergency responders were called to the 4100 block of Rickey ST SE after a man crossing the street was struck by the driver of a vehicle who then fled the scene.

The crash investigation determined the pedestrian was attempting to cross Rickey ST approximately one block east of Lancaster DR when they were struck by a pick-up traveling westbound on the same street. The pick-up driver hit the pedestrian who was in the lane of travel.

The pedestrian, Randall Dale Wilson, age 75, was transported to Salem Health with injuries. He was later transported for further care to a Portland-area hospital where he passed away Wednesday night, May 8. 

Officers identified the pick-up driver and arrested him at his home later that Sunday afternoon. The driver, Ramiro Gabriel Herrera, age 63 of Keizer, was lodged on the charge of failure to perform the duties of a driver.

Given Herrera’s arrested status, all further questions regarding this case should be directed to the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.

The Salem Police Department has investigated 11 significant traffic collisions resulting in 11 fatalities this year.

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Taxpayers affected by TurboTax error can file amended state return
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 05/13/24 10:54 AM

Salem, OR— Approximately 12,000 Oregon taxpayers who used TurboTax to prepare their 2023 federal and state tax returns may be able to reduce their tax owed or increase their refund by amending their state return.

Intuit, the makers of TurboTax, said the software program might not have selected the best deduction option (standard vs itemized) for some taxpayers, resulting in a possible overpayment to the state.

Intuit has contacted the affected taxpayers and provided instructions for filing an amended return at no charge.

Taxpayers will need to complete the amended return in TurboTax, print it out, and then choose one of the three options below to file their return.

  • Mail their return to the Oregon Department of Revenue at P.O. Box 14700, Salem, OR, 97309-0930.
  • Bring their printed amended return to one of the Department of Revenue offices. (Drop boxes are available to accept documents after regular business hours at the department’s offices, located in Salem, Bend, Eugene, Medford, and Portland.)
  • Enter the information from the printed return into Direct File Oregon to electronically file their amended return free of charge. 

Directions for using Direct File Oregon to file an amended state return are available on the Department of Revenue website.

Some amended returns can take up to six months to process if they require manual review due to errors or missing information. Taxpayers should make sure they follow these important steps that will allow more timely processing of their amended return.

  • Make sure the printed return they file is complete, including the federal form and all schedules (like Schedule OR-A).
  • Make sure they have checked the "Amended Return" box on the first page.
  • Use their current address, if it is different from the address they used when filing their original return.
  • Provide their direct deposit information for their refund, otherwise the department will mail a paper check.
  • Sign their amended return.

Affected taxpayers have three years from the date their return was originally filed or from the due date of the return, whichever was later, to file an amended return.


Oregon Community Foundation Welcomes Leaders in Healthcare and Housing to Board of Directors (Photo)
Oregon Community Foundation - 05/13/24 10:36 AM
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May 13, 2024

 

Media Contact: 
Colin Fogarty, Director of Communications, Oregon Community Foundation 
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Oregon Community Foundation Welcomes Leaders in Healthcare and Housing to Board of Directors

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon Community Foundation’s Board of Directors has two new members who bring extensive experience in community engagement and housing development. Karis Stoudamire-Phillips is the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Community Initiatives at Moda Health and Delta Dental of Oregon. Ernesto Fonseca is CEO of Hacienda Community Development Corporation, a long-time OCF partner that strengthens families by providing affordable housing, homeownership support, economic advancement and educational opportunities. After a unanimous vote, Stoudamire-Phillips and Fonseca join the 15-member board that oversees Oregon’s statewide community foundation.

"On behalf of Oregon Community Foundation Board of Directors, I welcome Karis and Ernesto into this exciting evolution of philanthropic potential in Oregon,” said Lane Shetterly, Board Chair of Oregon Community Foundation. “New leadership means new opportunities for discovery and meaningful impact in a state hungry for positive change in Oregonian’s daily lives.” 

"The foundation’s next stage of growth will depend upon our ability to bring Oregonians together around the state to deliver bold solutions with innovative resources,” said Lisa Mensah, President and CEO of Oregon Community Foundation. “Karis and Ernesto bring tremendous experience and insight to advance our work.”

Stoudamire-Phillips and Fonseca replace former board chair Kimberly Cooper and board member Patrick Criteser, who both served 8 years on the OCF Board of Directors. 

Karis Stoudamire-Phillips is a native of Portland. In her role at Moda Health and Delta Dental of Oregon, she develops, directs and implements community engagement strategies and action plans throughout Oregon and Alaska. She works to increase workforce and corporate cultural diversity, equity and inclusion, while ensuring product offerings across all businesses meet the needs of a diverse customer population. 

She has served on OCF’s Portland Metro Leadership Council since 2017, becoming chair in 2023. She also played pivotal advisory roles for OCF in the Albina Arts Community Visioning Committee and Connecting to Black Communities.

Ernesto Fonseca joined Hacienda as CEO in April 2017, bringing his passion for community development and a belief in the power of connecting families to opportunity. 

Ernesto’s own story reflects the potential that can be unleashed by investing in all our community members. Raised in central Mexico, Ernesto watched his parents take advantage of educational opportunities and their own initiative to build careers in construction and nursing. They passed on their values of hard work and education to their children, and Ernesto embraced those values to gain a foothold in this country by initially working in kitchens and restaurants as he pursued his educational goals, culminating with a Ph.D. from Arizona State University in Environmental Design and Planning. 

His extensive board service includes Northwest Outward Bound School, The Prosperity Agenda, Housing Oregon, Energy Trust of Oregon and Two Worlds Community Foundation. He also services in an advisory capacity to ASU Stardust Center for Affordable Homes & the Family. 

Since 1973, Oregon Community Foundation has worked to improve the lives of all Oregonians through the power of philanthropy. In partnership with donors and volunteers, OCF strengthens communities in every county in Oregon through grantmaking, scholarships and research. In 2023, OCF distributed $225 million in grants and scholarships. Individuals, families, businesses and organizations can work with OCF to create charitable funds to support causes important to them. To learn more, please visit oregoncf.org.

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Prevent Wildfires: Burn Debris Responsibly
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/13/24 10:00 AM

SALEM, OR – The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and other fire prevention experts urge the public to exercise caution when disposing of yard debris this spring. Over seventy percent of wildfires in Oregon are human-caused fires, with debris burning being the number one cause. As the weather gets hotter and fuels begin to dry out, the risk of a debris burn escaping increases. 

Now is the time to trim trees, bushes, and tidy up plants around your home to create a “defensible space” around your property. As you begin spring clean-up, the Oregon Department of Forestry and Keep Oregon Green urge you to put some extra thought into how you plan to dispose of your yard debris.

Call your local ODF office before burning to make sure the weather conditions are safe. You can also cover a part of the pile with plastic to keep it dry until the rainy fall and winter seasons when it’s safer to burn. Delaying your burn plans will give the debris more time to cure and avoid spring holdover fires as fire risk increases with hotter, drier weather. 

By choosing alternative disposal methods, or burning under safe conditions outside of fire season, Oregonians can significantly reduce the risk of creating a large wildfire. Remember, debris burning requires a permit or is prohibited in most areas during fire season.

If burning now is the only option to dispose of yard debris, fire prevention specialists ask people to follow safe burning practices. 

  • Call before you burn –  Burning regulations vary by location depending on the weather and fuel conditions. If you are planning to burn, check with your local ODF district, fire protective association, fire department, or air protection authority to learn about current burning restrictions or regulations, and if you need a permit.
  • Know the weather – Burn early in the day and never burn on dry or windy days, because fires can spread out of control more easily.
  • Always have water and fire tools nearby – When burning, have a charged water hose or a bucket of water, and shovel on hand to put out the fire. Drown the pile with water, stir the coals, and drown again, repeating until the fire is cold to the touch.
  • Clear a 10-foot fuel-free buffer around the pile – Make sure there are no tree branches or power lines above.
  • Keep burn piles small – Large burn piles can cast hot embers long distances. Keep piles small, maximum of four feet by four feet. Add debris to the pile in small amounts as the pile burns.
  • Burn only yard debris – State laws prohibit burning materials or trash that create dense smoke or noxious odors.
  • Never use gasoline or other flammable or combustible liquids to start or speed up your fire.
  • Stay with the fire until it is cold – NEVER leave your debris burn unattended. State law requires monitoring of debris burn piles from start to finish until it is out cold. This law is intended to ensure sparks or embers that jump from the fire can be put out quickly.
  • Go back and check burn piles. They can retain heat for several weeks and restart when the weather warms up and winds blow.
  • Costs of run-away debris burns– State law requires the proper clearing, building, attending and extinguishing of open fires all year. If your debris burn spreads out of control, you may have to pay for suppression costs, as well as the damage to your neighbors’ properties, which can be extremely expensive.

 

More tips on wildfire prevention, including campfire safety, motorized equipment use, and fire-resistant landscaping can be found on the Keep Oregon Green website. Find public use restrictions for Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands before your burn.


PCC unveils new state-of-the-art barn at Rock Creek Campus (Photo)
PCC - 05/13/24 9:48 AM
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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ore. – Portland Community College unleashed its “Animal House” on May 10 during a ribbon cutting with key Washington County partners.

PCC officially opened its new 10,000-square-foot barn at the Rock Creek Campus, 17705 N.W. Springville Road. It replaces an older barn that was nearly 50 years old that was beset by structural issues and a lack of quality education space and technology. The new barn is a modern facility designed to enhance the Veterinary Technology Program and improve animal welfare.

The program is crucial in meeting the workforce needs of the region – the Oregon Employment Department projects employment growth of 23.1% through 2029. A veterinary technician provides essential nursing care for all animals under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. The program is one of only two of its kind in Oregon, and only one of five in the Northwest.

“PCC has had a history of standing up for workforce development,” said Pam Treece, Washington County commissioner. “Workforce development as we approach the next 10, 15 and 20 years is critical to our economic development. We have to work hand in hand with PCC to educate our workforce. The beauty of PCC is that it stands at the nexus of what the student needs and wants, and what the business community needs and wants.”

In general, there are 4-5 jobs available for every Vet Tech graduate. Technicians can work in clinics, wildlife preserves, zoos, animal shelters and diagnostic labs, to name a few opportunities.

“The pandemic took a huge toll on veterinarians and veterinary technicians, and there is a high demand to increase the workforce,” said Dr. Adrien Bennings, PCC president. “Facilities like this new barn are helping PCC address those technician shortages.”

The barn, funded through the college’s 2017 bond, boasts modern features, including recessed flooring for animal pens, state-of-the-art water feeders, full internet connectivity, and internal cameras for animal monitoring. The design prioritizes efficiency and animal welfare, aligning with PCC's commitment to excellence in education and sustainability.

The facility is at the center of a fully operational farm with cattle, sheep, horses, and other livestock – as well as dogs, cats, and more. The real-world training students receive prepares them to become a certified veterinary technician. Ninety percent of PCC Vet Tech graduates have passed the veterinary technician national exam over the previous three years – 21% above the national average.

Students can now use a state-of-the-art classroom right next to the animals and utilize an ultrasound machine. The new barn will also be a community space for further awareness activities associated with animal care, small farms, and connecting the program to local high schools.

“The big part of preparing students for their careers is hands-on experience, and we are very lucky in this program to have a facility to provide that experience,” said Dr. Ragan Borzcik, Veterinary Technology Program chair. “The number one thing is it won’t allow the weather to rain on us when we are inside, which the old barn used to do. And, lighting in the old barn made learning really hard to identify parts of the animal when we would draw blood. Students would have to take their phones out of their pockets and use the flashlights.

“This facility is amazing for us,” she added. “There are lots of ways this will benefit our program.”

Key Info:

Project Manager: Stephen Wasserberger, Otak CPM

Design Team: Opsis Architecture

Contractor: Ross Builders Northwest

Budget: $4,000,000

Construction Completion: April 2024


For more information, visit www.pcc.edu/bond/, or www.pcc.edu/rock-creek-farm/

  

About Portland Community College: Founded in 1961, Portland Community College is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and provides training, degree and certificate completion, and lifelong learning to more than 50,000 full- and part-time students in Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill, Clackamas, and Columbia counties. PCC has four comprehensive campuses, 10 education centers or areas served, and approximately 200 community locations in the Portland metropolitan area. The PCC district encompasses a 1,500-square-mile area in northwest Oregon and offers two-year degrees, one-year certificate programs, short-term training, alternative education, pre-college courses and life-long learning.

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




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Foster Care Month celebrates resource parents as a vital support for children and families
Oregon Dept. of Human Services - 05/13/24 8:57 AM

(Salem, OR) – This May, the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) honors the vital role of resource families in creating safe and stable environments for children and young adults. In Oregon, adults who care for children in foster care are called resource parents, emphasizing the many important roles they play in supporting children and their parents, creating safe environments for them to thrive, and helping maintain relationships with their families of origin and communities. 

Supportive relationships are particularly important for young people who have experienced trauma and can change the trajectory of a life. According to Harvard’s Center for the Developing Child, supportive and responsive relationships help children develop resilience in the face of adversity.

As Governor Tina Kotek’s proclamation in recognition of National Foster Care Month states, “Oregon’s children are all of our children, and we have a responsibility to create safe, nurturing environments that enable them to thrive.”

Resource families come from a variety of backgrounds and can be part of a child’s extended family. Kinship care has become a priority nationally as research shows that children placed with relatives experience less trauma and have better behavioral and mental health outcomes. ODHS prioritizes recruitment of a wide range of resource families to ensure culturally diverse and affirming environments for children and young adults in foster care.

“It is important for children to be in resource families that recognize the importance of maintaining culturally affirming community and kinship connections,” said Aprille Flint-Gerner, Child Welfare Director. “I deeply appreciate Oregon resource families from all backgrounds for contributing to the lives of young people.”

Because resource parents play such a vital role in child welfare, ODHS has invested in programs to support them and improve retention. Two examples include the Response Support Network pilot project, and the Respite Program. The Response Support Network pilot project provides on-call behavioral health supports for children with complex behavioral and mental health needs. The Respite Program, implemented in 2023, supports resource parents and families of origin by training and certifying providers to make care more accessible and available. 

National Foster Care Month is an opportunity to:

There are many ways to support children and young people experiencing foster care and uplift families involved with Child Welfare. Visit our website, Foster.Oregon.Gov, to learn more, or call 1-800-331-0503 to get involved.

About the ODHS Child WelfareProgram

The Oregon Department of Human Services Child Welfare Program is committed to transforming itself to better support the individual needs of families and to best serve Oregon’s children and young people. 

 


Reynolds School District's Troutdale Elementary School to Collaborate with Local Artist for Mural
Reynolds Sch. Dist. - 05/13/24 8:38 AM

May 13, 2024, Troutdale, OR – Reynolds School District’s Troutdale Elementary School will partner with Arcadia Trueheart, an interdisciplinary artist, who will help create a mural of local plants. She will collaborate with every Kindergarten – 5th grade students to design the mural. Then all 3rd – 5th grade students will work with Arcadia to paint the final designed mural at the school. The final mural will be painted in the school’s cafeteria.

“I’m excited to work with the Troutdale students to create this mural,” proclaimed Arcadia. “Future Troutdale students will be able to understand the importance of local plants through the creation of this mural,” she added.

Every Troutdale Elementary 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade student will get to help paint the mural. The project will take place from Tuesday, May 14 – Thursday, May 16 between 9:30am – 1:00pm and from Tuesday, May 21 – Thursday, May 23 between 9:30am – 1:00pm.

About Reynolds School District:

As a community, we prepare lifelong learners to achieve their full potential in a complex and interconnected world. Reynolds School District recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups in our society. Reynolds School District Board of Education ensures that all educational programs, activities, and employment will be free of discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, parental or marital status, or age.

Contact: Steve Padilla, Director of Communications – spadilla@rsd7.net; 707.330.6559.

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CCB Urges Consumers to Report Unlicensed Contractors
Oregon Construction Contractors Board - 05/13/24 8:30 AM

The Construction Contractors Board (CCB), the state agency that licenses contractors in Oregon, follows a mission to protect consumers from unlicensed contractor activity. At this time of year, unlicensed contractor scams are common, as fly-by-night individuals take advantage of consumers conducting remodels and repairs on their property. 

CCB combats unlicensed contractor activity in many ways, including through presence of Field Investigators who visit construction job sites in search of unlicensed contractor activity. While Field Investigators make unannounced, random visits to job sites as they encounter them, they also follow up on reports of unlicensed contractor activity from consumers. These reports are an essential part of the CCB’s mission to protect consumers from scams. 

"Contractors that operate outside the adopted license standards put consumers at risk and undercut responsible licensed businesses,” said Chris Huntington, Administrator for the CCB. “When Oregonians report unlicensed activity they are standing up for their neighbors, supporting responsible licensed businesses and helping CCB be much more effective at addressing the harms of unlicensed contracting."

Dangers of Hiring an Unlicensed Contractor 

Unlicensed contractor activity puts consumers at risk. While CCB can fine unlicensed contractors for violations, consumers that hire unlicensed contractors have little recourse when construction projects go awry. 

CCB urges consumers to check contractors for an active license before hiring them. Consumers who become aware of unlicensed contractor jobsites should report them to the CCB. 

Dangers of working with unlicensed contractors include:

  • No ability to look up license history. CCB's online license search feature allows consumers to look up any license and see its history, including disciplinary history, previous suspensions, complaints and more. This helps consumers to make informed decisions when hiring a contractor. No such look up exists for unlicensed contractors.
  • No access to mediation. CCB offers mediation services to consumers in dispute with their licensed contractor. CCB mediations help keep these disputes out of court. Consumers in dispute with unlicensed contractors do not have this option, and while some do choose to go to court, others simply walk away. Many hire licensed contractors to fix the problem.
  • No insurance, bond, or workers comp policy. Licensed contractors are required to have insurance and a bond in place to protect consumers. Businesses with employees are requried to have workers comp. Most often, unlicensed contractors do not have this kind of protection and thus put consumers who hire them at risk.

“Hiring an unlicensed contractor can be enticing because they’re available sooner or seem more cost effective. The reality of using an unlicensed contractor is they may be too inexperienced to complete the work properly, which results in a failed project and potential damage to the home,” said Vena Swanson, CCB’s Enforcement Manager. “Since most unlicensed contractors are also uninsured and without a bond, the homeowner then must pay another contractor to fix the work and the damage. This can be three or four times the original amount.”

How to Report Unlicensed Contractor Activity? 

Reporting unlicensed contractor activity is easy with the CCB’s website. Consumers that are aware of unlicensed contractors working on active jobsites can report the activity to the CCB at this link: https://search.ccb.state.or.us/online_complaint_enf/ 

Consumers can also find this link themselves through the CCB’s website, www.oregon.gov/ccb 

To report activity, look for the button that says “Report Contractor Activity.”

Reports can be made anonymously, or consumers can request a follow up phone call to find out what happened to their report. 

“If you see or suspect unlicensed work happening, report the address to the CCB, and we can dispatch a field investigator to the site in your area while the work is happening,” said Swanson. “You can call us anonymously at 503-934-2446 to report an active jobsite, or email us at tips@ccb.oregon.gov">ccbtips@ccb.oregon.gov.”

The CCB provides many tools to consumers to help them through their home improvement projects. Visit the CCB’s website at www.oregon.gov/ccb to find free downloadable guides, to order informational publications sent to your home, and to look up any contractor’s license. 




Attached Media Files: 2024-05/4809/172167/2024_5-7_report_unlicensed_contractors.pdf

City seeks volunteers to serve on Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission (Photo)
City of Vancouver - 05/13/24 7:54 AM
Chelsea Anderson Memorial Play Station (CHAMP) at Marshall Community Park in Vancouver
Chelsea Anderson Memorial Play Station (CHAMP) at Marshall Community Park in Vancouver
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Vancouver, Wash. – The City seeks local parks and recreation enthusiasts to fill two vacancies on its Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission (PRAC). Applications must be submitted by June 7.

PRA is a 10-member volunteer group of city residents, two school district representatives and a liaison from the Parks Foundation of Clark County. The commission advises Vancouver City Council and staff on needs, plans and programs necessary to provide an adequate system of parks, open space, playgrounds, facilities and recreation services to the residents of Vancouver. 

Commissioners serve three-year terms. Commissioners meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St., as well as occasional special meetings. All meetings are currently being held as hybrid with in-person and virtual participation options.   

To serve on PRAC, applicants must live within the Vancouver City limits and be available for a virtual or phone interview with the Vancouver Mayor on a date to be determined. This recruitment is for two full-term appointments, with a term ending July 1, 2027. These seats are currently filled by incumbents seeking reappointment for their positions and will be re-interviewed along with any qualifying applicants, per Vancouver City Council policy.

Applications may be submitted online at www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. For a printed application or for further information, contact the Boards and Commission Coordinator at P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, c_coordinator@cityofvancouver.us">bc_coordinator@cityofvancouver.us or 360-487-8600.

Visit Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission to learn more about PRAC, including links to past meeting minutes and agendas.

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Attached Media Files: Chelsea Anderson Memorial Play Station (CHAMP) at Marshall Community Park in Vancouver

Sun. 05/12/24
First Responders Plan a Team Effort for Water Rescues on East County Rivers (Photo)
Corbett Fire - 05/12/24 6:32 PM
life jacket stand
life jacket stand
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Plans for water safety will be discussed and demonstrated for the Sandy and Columbia Rivers.




Attached Media Files: press release , life jacket stand