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Wed. 08/24/16
Suspect Arrested for Throwing Explosive Under Occupied Motorhome in Southeast Portland - No Injuries (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/24/16 10:37 PM
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On Wednesday August 24, 2016, at 5:01 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to Southeast 160th Avenue and Division Street on the report that someone threw an explosive underneath an occupied motorhome parked on the side of the street.

Officers arrived and assesed the device, which was an unexploded improvised device. Officers requested the Metropolitan Explosives Disposal Unit (MEDU) respond to the location to safely collect the device.

The suspect did not remain in the area.

This evening, at 5:59 p.m., an East Precinct officer was in the area of Southeast 160th Avenue and Division Street on an unrelated matter when the victim from the morning told the officer that the suspect was in the area. Officers contacted the suspect and after a brief investigation, took him into custody.

The suspect, 46-year-old Jeremy Patrick Kidwell, was transported to the Detective Division where Arson Investigators continued the investigation into the incident. Ultimately, the suspect was booked into jail on charges of Manufacturing a Destructive Device, Possession of a Destructive Device and Arson in the First Degree.

Anyone with information about this incident or this suspect is asked to contact Detective Joe Luiz at 503-823-3408 or joseph.luiz@portlandoregon.gov.

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Attached Media Files: 2016-08/3056/97179/Jeremy_Patrick_Kidwell_46.jpg
Update: Missing Washington Man Found Safe, Returend Home
Gresham Police Dept - 08/24/16 10:15 PM
GRESHAM, Ore.- Thomas Walker, 69, of Sammamish, Wash., was found safe in downtown Portland on Aug. 22 and has since returned home.
Sex Crimes Detectives Arrest 39-Year-Old for Abusing a Child, Possessing Child Porn (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/24/16 9:14 PM
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On August 24, 2016, Portland Police Bureau Sex Crimes Unit detectives arrested a 39-year-old man after an investigation into reported child sexual abuse and possession of child pornography.

Ronald Nelson Chandler was arrested on charges of Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree, Sex Abuse in the First Degree and six counts of Encouraging Child Sex Abuse in the First Degree.

Chandler will be arraigned on Thursday.

The investigation started on August 10, when East Precinct officers responded to a Southeast Portland home on the report of child sex abuse and the possession of child pornography. The victim (now an adult) reported to police that the incidents occurred over a 10 year period.

On August 18, detectives served a search warrant at Chandler's home in the 14900 block of Southeast Division Street and seized several items of evidence. Chandler's juvenile children were placed into protective custody.

Detectives are concerned that Chandler may have victimized other children and are asking for information from the public. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jeff Myers at 503-823-0595 or jeff.myers@portlandoregon.gov.

If you have information regarding possible child sexual exploitation, report it to the CyberTipline at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.missingkids.org/cybertipline

The Portland Police Bureau collaborates with government agencies and community organizations that provide access to advocacy services to victims of sexual assaults.

A victim may be accompanied by a sexual assault advocate or other appropriate support person during the reporting process and/or criminal investigation.

Multnomah County Victims' Assistance Program: Provides support during the reporting of sexual assaults and referrals to victim services and resources: 503-988-3270.

Call to Safety (formerly the Portland Women's Crisis Line): Provides access to advocacy services, including confidential peer support, information and referrals to community resources. 24 hour crisis line: 503-235-5333, 1-888-235-5333, or https://calltosafety.org/

Project UNICA (Proyecto UNICA): Provides access to advocacy services for Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic and sexual violence. 24 hour crisis line: 503-232-4448, or 1-888-232-4448.

Additionally, the Portland Police Bureau WomenStrength, GirStrength and BoyStrength programs provide free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops to people around the Portland area.

To learn more information about these programs, call 503-823-0260 or visit http://www.portlandonline.com/police/womenstrength

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Polk County Grand Jury Finds Officer Involved Shooting "Justified."
Polk County Dist. Att. Office - 08/24/16 8:26 PM
DALLAS (OR) - Today a Polk County Grand Jury unanimously found that Polk County Sheriff's Deputy Casey Gibson was justified in using deadly force when he shot and killed Joshua Anthony Bolster, date of birth December 5, 1986, on the evening of July 5, 2016.
On July 5, 2016, at approximately 9:18 p.m., Monmouth Police Department officers responded to a complaint from a citizen that a man, later determined to be Joshua Anthony Bolster, had threatened him with a knife that same evening. The incident described by the victim occurred in the parking lot of an apartment complex located at 302 Monmouth Avenue S, within the City of Monmouth. According to the victim, Bolster leaned into his vehicle, obtained a folding knife with a 4 -5" blade from inside the car's interior and displayed it while advancing on the victim. The victim informed Monmouth officers he thought Bolster was going to "stab" him. Bolster drove away before officers arrived to contact him regarding the incident.
At approximately 9:21 p.m., Monmouth officers put out an "Attempt to Locate" Bolster based on the physical description of his vehicle. Polk County Sheriff's Deputies Casey Gibson and Kelly Lorence located Bolster's vehicle driving east bound on highway 22. Deputy Lorence discussed over the radio with Monmouth officers what reason they had to arrest Bolster. Monmouth police officer Kelli Carpenter informed Lorence that based on the incident involving the knife, probable cause existed to stop Bolster for the crimes of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing, and Trespassing.
Due to Bolster having a Salem address, deputies Lorence and Gibson concluded that Bolster may be attempting to return to Salem via Hwy 22. They had been patrolling the Wallace Road/Hwy 221 area and headed towards Hwy 22, where they located Bolster at approximately mp 23. Based on the information that Bolster may have a weapon in the vehicle and had threatened other persons, Gibson and Lorence elected to perform a "high risk" traffic stop in the interest of officer safety in apprehending Bolster and preventing further flight. Other PCSO units were also responding to the scene.
Deputy Lorence, who was driving the marked PCSO patrol vehicle, initiated the stop via use of his overhead lights. Bolster, driving a blue 1990s Honda Accord, pulled to the right shoulder and parked without incident. The deputies' vehicle was approximately 50' away from Bolster's vehicle.
Both deputies, with side arms drawn, began giving verbal commands for Bolster to put his hands up and come out of his vehicle. Deputy Lorence was standing behind his door on the driver's side, and Deputy Gibson was behind the front passenger side door. According to law enforcement and citizen witnesses, numerous commands to come out of his vehicle were given to Bolster. During this exchange with Bolster, Polk County Sheriff's Deputies Michael Smith and Michael Lauderback arrived on scene. They also drew their firearms and begin commanding Bolster to come out of his vehicle.
Bolster was non-compliant with verbal commands. According to witnesses he is hostile, belligerent, and told the deputies multiple times he will "not go to jail" and they will have to "shoot him." Bolster also told deputies he needs to get his phone from within the vehicle. Throughout the exchange, Bolster is partially seated inside the front driver's side of the vehicle, with much of his body obscured from the deputies. He has full access to the car's interior contents. The deputies warn him that if he reaches into his car, it will be considered threatening behavior. After being so warned, he removes his hands from the deputies' sight and begins rummaging in the car's interior, apparently looking for something. Again, deputies plead with him to stop this activity, because they cannot see what he is doing. Bolster continues to refuse to comply with the deputies' commands and is verbally combative. Deputy Gibson then fires one shot with his patrol rifle which strikes Bolster, but does not immobilize him. Bolster continues to rummage within his vehicle out of the deputies' sight as they issue more calls to come out of his vehicle and warn him that his actions are being interpreted as a threat. Dep. Gibson fires a second shot which strikes Bolster in the head. Bolster was transported to the Salem Hospital where he later succumbed to his wounds. During a subsequent forensic examination of Bolster's vehicle, the weapon used by him in the earlier Monmouth incident was located on the front passenger seat.
The Oregon State Police conducted the investigation and the Polk County District Attorney's Office presented the evidence to the Grand Jury.
In making their decision, the Grand Jury heard testimony from the four involved deputies, including Deputy Gibson. Also testifying were officers from the Salem Police Department, Monmouth Police Department, Oregon State Police, Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office, and five citizen witnesses. The Grand Jury also reviewed a scene diagram and photographs. Applying that evidence to the legal principles regarding the use of deadly force, the Grand Jury found that Deputy Casey Gibson's use of deadly force was lawful and justified because,
The use of physical force was necessary to defend the police officer or another person from the use or threatened imminent use of deadly physical force; and

The officer's life or personal safety was endangered in the particular circumstance involved.
Hillsboro Online Academy Earns Several Grants
Hillsboro Sch. Dist. - 08/24/16 5:24 PM
Online school receives $84,833 in grants for the 2016-17 school year

August 24, 2016, Hillsboro, OR --Congratulations are in order for Hillsboro Online Academy (HOA) for earning three significant grants that will enhance students' educational experience this school year.

Nike Grant -- In March 2016, HOA received notification that they had been selected to receive a Nike Community Grant of $5,000 to replace the backboards and wall padding in the HOA/Boscow Barnes 1948 gymnasium located at 3rd and Grant. The Nike Grant is a matching funds grant, with the Hillsboro School District providing matching funds for the project.

PEEK-8 Grant -- In June 2016, HOA learned it had been awarded a second year of funding through the Oregon Department of Education's (ODE) PEEK-8 (Physical Education Expansion K-8) grant program. This grant provides $50,000 toward the hiring of a physical education teacher for grades K-8 to help the school meet the physical education instructional requirements for students.

College and Career Readiness Grant -- Also in June 2016, HOA received official notification of their selection to receive a $29,833 College and Career Readiness grant from ODE. The grant will be used to develop an online college and career readiness course. College and career math readiness will be incorporated into the course through the use of EdReady, from the National Repository of Online Curriculum and provided to schools in Oregon by the Oregon Virtual School District (ORVSD), a branch of ODE. The grant will also provide funding for college and career exploration with on-site visits to college campuses and to businesses/organizations.

"Hillsboro Online Academy is committed to providing students with a rich and rewarding educational experience," explains Principal Linda Harrington. "We are very grateful for these grants as they will help us expand and improve our facilities and programming."

To learn more about Hillsboro Online Academy (located at 452 NE 3rd Ave., Hillsboro 97124), visit their website at hillonlineacademy.org or call 503-844-1050.

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Attached Media Files: 2016-08/107/97176/media_advisory_Hillsboro_Online_Academy_Earns_Several_Grants_082416.pdf
Free Air Conditioners for MS Patients in Oregon & SW Washington
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Portland - 08/24/16 4:39 PM
For Immediate Release: Portland, OR - August 24, 2016 Candyce Hayes, MSSP Executive Director, said, "We're making great strides towards our goal to raise $10,500 to purchase and give away 70 new air conditioners to Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients throughout Oregon and SW Washington. The community has donated $2,400 in 4 days via our GoFundMe account, https://www.gofundme.com/msoregon. Those donations will purchase 16 units. We hope to increase public awareness about the need for MS clients to stay cool during hot summer days, to raise an additional $8,100 and to give relief to those affected by MS. "

According to Dr. Dennis Bourdette, Professor of Neurology at OHSU, "People with MS cannot tolerate heat. Unfortunately, medical insurance does not cover the cost of providing air conditioning units, despite the well-recognized deleterious effects of heat on MS. Many people with MS are disabled and live on limited incomes, often making it impossible for them to afford purchasing an air conditioning unit. By providing air conditioning units to people with MS who could not otherwise afford them, the MS Society of Portland's Summer Comfort Program is a unique service."

"Stanley Cohan MD, Ph,d. and Medical Director of the Providence MS Center said, "...Elevated temperatures may magnify all the symptoms of MS and even result in the emergence of previously silent symptoms that may worsen impairments. Many patients suffering from MS have experienced significant adverse socio-economic consequences as a result of MS, and they simply do not have the resources to purchase or rent all that they need, forcing them to forego air-conditioning in the summer as this clear necessity becomes an unmanageable luxury..."

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Portland, Inc. (MSSP) is an independent private, non-profit organization that was founded in 1949 by the Columbia Lions Club to meet the day-to-day needs of those individuals suffering from MS. More than 8,300 Oregonians are living with MS. For more information about MS or the MSSP, please visit our website www.msoregon.org or contact Candyce Hayes at 503-297-9544. Instructions to apply for the Summer Comfort Program can be found on our website.
Come On Down to the 9th Annual BCSO Chili Cook-Off!
Benton County Sheriff's Office - 08/24/16 3:25 PM
PRESS RELEASE -- For Immediate Release

The Benton County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) 9th Annual Chili Cook-Off is the HOTTEST event of the year! Teams from public safety and community organizations compete for the honor of "Benton's Best Rootin' Tootin' Shoot'em Up Chili!"

This year's BCSO Chili Cook-Off is on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at the Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 SW 53rd Street, Corvallis, Oregon. Doors open at High Noon and the event closes at 4:00pm. Entry fee is $5 at the door, 1/2 off with military ID. Kids under 5 are free.

This family-friendly event includes live music, raffle prizes, the REACH Air-Medical Services helicopter (when it's not in service), demonstrations by public safety professionals, Sheriff's Mounted Posse, activities for the kids, and chili tasting! Soda, hotdogs, ice cream, and beer by Block 15 will be available.

A different local non-profit is chosen as a recipient each year. This year's proceeds will benefit Benton County 4-H Programs and the Benton County Sheriff's Mounted Posse.
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Attached Media Files: 2016-08/1505/97173/Chili_Cookoff_16_4H_MP.pdf
Vietnam War veteran to receive the Purple Heart, 51 years later (Photo)
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 08/24/16 2:30 PM
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The Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Walla Walla VA Medical Center, will present the Purple Heart tomorrow to a disabled veteran who was severely injured during the Vietnam War over 50 years ago.

Pfc. Ron Esselstyn, of Pendleton, was a 22-year-old Army military policeman when he was struck in the head by a moving helicopter blade while attempting to engage a Viet Cong sniper in a rice paddy in Soc Tran Province on Aug. 27, 1965. He was promptly medevacked to a field hospital, where he was stabilized, and later transferred to Madigan Army Hospital at Fort Lewis, Wash.

Medically discharged from the Army, Esselstyn recovered from his wounds, completed his education and began a new career as a tax appraiser for Umatilla County. He even became a marathon runner. But he was never awarded the Purple Heart.

It's not entirely clear why, but Esselstyn may have been considered ineligible due to a misunderstanding of Army regulations. Policy prohibits the Purple Heart from being awarded for wounds related to vehicular accidents, if the accident was not caused by enemy action, but that was not the case here.

Whatever the reason, ODVA Director Cameron Smith learned of the issue after meeting Esselstyn at a Veterans Day event last year. ODVA Operations Director Ed Van Dyke researched Esselstyn's case and, in March, sent a letter on his behalf to the secretary of the Army.

The request was forwarded to the Army Awards and Decorations Branch, which determined Esselstyn was eligible not only for the Purple Heart, but four other medals he had never received.

Van Dyke will present the awards to Esselstyn during a ceremony at 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wash. Esselstyn and his family will be in attendance, along with Medical Center Director Brian Westfield, state Sen. Bill Hansell and other dignitaries.

"I think it's just a shame that an Army veteran who was wounded while serving his country had to wait 50-plus years to get his Purple Heart," Van Dyke said. "I have a soft spot in my heart for those guys."

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Financial Donations Urgently Needed to Aid Louisiana
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/24/16 2:23 PM
Relief Effort Expected to Cost at Least $30 million; Thousands Still in Shelters

The American Red Cross remains on the ground in Louisiana, with volunteers helping the thousands of people who have lost everything they own in the devastating flooding. Twenty-seven local responders from Oregon and Southwest Washington are assisting relief efforts by delivering food, water and relief supplies such as cleaning items, and providing overnight stays in 18 Red Cross shelters.

To date, the Red Cross has received approximately $7.8 million in donations and pledges designated to support Louisiana -- but recovery costs are expected to exceed $30 million.

"The devastating flooding in Louisiana has changed tens of thousands of people's lives forever," said Amy Shlossman, CEO of the Red Cross Cascades Region. "The people of Louisiana truly need our help and with the generosity of our donors, the Red Cross will continue to provide relief and long-term recovery assistance to a devastated region."

Red Cross volunteers are also providing emotional support to help people cope. Health services volunteers are monitoring the health needs of people in shelters and replacing things like lost wheelchairs, eyeglasses and medications. Others are going out into neighborhoods to personally deliver supplies to affected communities.

Theresa Grimes, a volunteer from Bend, Oregon has been on the ground for two days. She is serving meals to people in some of the neighborhoods hit hardest by flooding. "A woman came up to me and asked me where I was from. I told her, 'I'm from Bend, Oregon,' and she started to cry. "She said 'You came all this way to help us. I can't believe it.' She was so moved she couldn't stop crying. It told her, 'It's my honor to be here to help you and I wouldn't miss it," Grimes said.

It's been more than a week since the floodwaters destroyed and damaged thousands of homes and together with local, state and national partners, the Red Cross has:
Served more than 260,000 meals and snacks
Distributed more than 60,000 relief items
Provided more than 40,000 overnight stays in emergency shelters - Sunday night, 3,000 people were still seeking refuge in 18 Red Cross and community shelters
Handled more than 17,000 calls from people seeking information and help

HOW TO HELP
Help people affected by the Louisiana Floods by visiting redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters.

INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS RESPONSES
Italy -- Earthquake
Today, August 24, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake took place southeast of Norcia, Italy at 3:30 a.m. local time. An hour later a 5.5 magnitude aftershock hit the same region. Initial reports show severe damage in other towns such as Amatrice and Accumoli. Initial reports indicate at least 38 people killed with many others missing.

The Italian Red Cross and the Italian Civil Defense are coordinating search and rescue activities and focused on finding survivors. Twenty ambulances have been sent to the area by the Italian Red Cross. Red Cross volunteers are in the affected communities providing aid and psychological first aid for survivors. Mobile kitchens are also being set up in the area for people who have been forced to leave their homes. The Red Cross is providing earthquake information and advice in the area as aftershocks continue to rock the region. At this time, preliminary efforts are focused on search and rescue and providing aid to affected communities near the epicenter. Meanwhile the American Red Cross continues to monitor the response in close coordination with our global Red Cross partners.

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


Attached Media Files: 2016-08/1190/97170/News_Release_-_Financial_Donations_Urgently_Needed_to_Aid_Louisiana_8-24-16.pdf
Remains identified at Mill Beach State Park in Curry County
Oregon State Police - 08/24/16 1:02 PM
UPDATE

In November of 2015, human remains were located at the Mill Beach State Park. On August 18, 2016 the University of North Texas (UNT) identified the remains as Mr. Derick W. Christie (age 23 from Brookings).

Due to the level of decomposition of the body, when located, no identity could be established from the autopsy and no cause & manner of death could be determined. Sample tissues were obtained and sent to UNT for analysis. Through the tissue and DNA samples UNT was able to positively identify the remains.

Mr. Christie has been reported to Brooking Police Department, by his parents, as missing/endangered on November 28, 2015. No suspicious circumstances surrounded his disappearance but Mr. Christie had recently had displayed changes in his behavior.

Individuals who are experiencing mental health crisis or family members seeking assistance can locate services in Oregon through https://www.oregon.gov/oha/amh/Pages/mentalhealth.aspx or
http://www.currych.org/services/behavioral-health/mental-health/



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OSP CONTINUING DEATH INVESTIGATION AT MILL BEACH STATE PARK - CURRY COUNTY

News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: December 8th, 2015 8:29 PM

Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and Brookings Police Department are continuing their investigation into a deceased male found at Mill Beach State Park in Curry County.

According to Sergeant Dave Aydelotte, on December 8, 2015 at 11:04 a.m., a body was reported washed ashore on the beach at the Mill Beach State Park within Brookings. Brookings PD and Oregon State Police (Gold Beach) responded to scene.

The Curry County Major Crime Team was activated by Curry County District Attorney with OSP as the lead. Curry County Sheriff Department sent a detective to assist as well. The investigation is continuing into an attempt to identify the deceased male found on the beach and also to determine cause and manner of death.

Please contact the Oregon State Police Gold Beach Office at (541) 247-6641 with any information on this investigation. No further information will be released at this time.

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FBI, U.S. Secret Service and City of Portland hold Seminars on Fighting Back against Ransomware
FBI - Oregon - 08/24/16 12:36 PM
Each day, cyber criminals launch thousands of attacks against the computer systems used by American businesses, organizations and community members using a type of malware called "Ransomware". The cost to the U.S. economy each year already reaches into the millions, but as the number and sophistication of the attacks increases, so do costs.

The FBI's Oregon Cyber Task Force is joining with the U.S. Secret Service and the City of Portland to offer two seminars to Portland-area businesses and community organizations as we collectively work to increase awareness, preparedness and resiliency.

Ransomware: Facts, Threats, and Countermeasures

When: Friday, August 26th (choose either the 9 am or 1 pm session)

Where: World Trade Center Auditorium, 121 SW Salmon Street

Who: Business and community leaders as well as IT professionals, security and preparedness managers, training coordinators and others

Cost: FREE!

Pre-registration required. Go to www.fbi.gov/Portland for more information and the registration links.

Note: Any media wishing to attend should contact Beth Anne Steele, FBI Public Affairs, no later than 8 am on Friday, August 26th by emailing your information to Elizabeth.steele@ic.fbi.gov


Attached Media Files: Ransomware Seminar Flier
WPD Sees Uptick in Telephone Scams
Woodburn Police - 08/24/16 12:11 PM
The Woodburn Police Department has recently seen an uptick in telephone scams involving iTunes gift cards. The scam artists have called victims in Woodburn and claimed to either be from the IRS or that the person called has won a cash prize. In each case, the victims were directed to purchase iTunes gifts cards and then give the gift card codes from the cards to the suspects over the phone.

The WPD cautions residents to not fall for this scam or other similar scams and to remind them that government agencies do not direct people to purchase gift cards. Those who get contacted or suspect a scam should hang up the phone and call the government agency themselves or their local police department.

The Woodburn Police Department also cautions citizens not to fall for anyone advising they are a prize winner where the "winner" has to pay money or make other purchases to redeem their prize.

Contact the WPD at 503-982-2345 for more information.
This Labor Day, Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Beaverton Police Dept. - 08/24/16 11:55 AM
This Labor Day weekend, families and friends will be celebrating the end of the summer. Sadly, this festive time has also become a dangerous time for America's roads, as many drunk drivers get behind the wheel after celebrating. For this reason, the Beaverton Police Department is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to stop drunk drivers and help save lives.

The high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, started on August 19, 2016 and will end on September 5, 2016. During this period, local law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunk driving. Increased state and national messaging about the dangers of driving drunk, and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce drunk driving on our nation's roads.

According to NHSTA, on average, over 10,000 people died each year (2010 to 2014) in drunk-driving crashes. During the 2014 Labor Day holiday weekend (6 p.m. August 29 -- 5:59 a.m. September 2), 40 percent of the fatalities in traffic crashes involved drunk drivers, which was the highest percentage over the five years 2010 to 2014. And nighttime proves to be the most dangerous time to be out on the roads: During the 2014 Labor Day holiday period, 83 percent of drunk-driving crash fatalities occurred between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. -- as compared to half of all drunk- driving crash fatalities throughout the rest of that year.

Remember: there is never an excuse to drink and drive. If you choose to break the law, Beaverton Police officers will see you before you see them. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
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Public Health Advisory Board Incentives and Funding Subcommittee meets August 31 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 08/24/16 11:16 AM
August 24, 2016

What: A public meeting of the Incentives and Funding Subcommittee of the Public Health Advisory Board

Agenda: Review subcommittee work plan; discuss three funding formula models; and subcommittee business

When: Wednesday, August 31, 2-3 p.m. A five-minute public comment period is scheduled at 2:55 p.m.; comments may be limited to two minutes.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 918, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. A conference call line is also provided at 1-877-873-8017, access code 767068#.

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan. The Incentives and Funding Subcommittee develops recommendations for consideration by the Public Health Advisory Board.

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

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Fifth Annual Portland Mini Maker Faire at OMSI Celebrates Creativity:
OMSI - 08/24/16 10:18 AM
New Marquee Activities will Combine with Returning Favorites to Take Over OMSI's Entire Campus

PORTLAND, Ore. (August 24, 2016) - In what has become a Portland tradition, OMSI will present the fifth annual Portland Mini Maker Faire, a family-friendly showcase of creativity and cool DIY technology taking place on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10 and 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Among the anticipated highlights:
? Needybot: The Lodge at Wieden+Kennedy developed this fuzzy, friendly robot as an experiment to see if they could entice people to connect with a robot the same way they connect with other humans. Meet Needybot and find out how you can help him learn.
? Supersonic Ping Pong Ball Launcher: It set a new world record of 806 meters per second (1,803 mph) in May; come see if it can beat its own record as it launches ping pong balls through plywood.
? Nemotoad: Made out of plywood, Styrofoam and fiberglass, this steampunk hovercraft is powered by a riding lawnmower engine which allows it to reach speeds of about 20 mph on water.
? Innovation Stage, with confirmed speakers that include LAIKA, Portland Apparel Lab and BB-8 Builders.
? Workshops and activities in all six of OMSI labs.
? More than 115 Makers, including returning favorites such as da Vinci Days, Yarn Car, and 3D printing.

Exhibits, talks, demonstrations and performances will bridge arts, crafts, science and engineering. Hands-on activities are designed to inspire and stimulate the Maker within.

"Portland has such a robust creative community and we have been honored to be able to showcase their many talents these past five years," said Andrea Edgecombe, OMSI events director. "Every year the event grows with more amazing makers and projects. We are always excited to see the innovation and ingenuity that exists in our region."

The Portland Mini Maker Faire is presented by OMSI and Intel, supported by OSH Park, Century Link, and Rockwell Collins, and is in partnership with Make: Magazine. It celebrates the Maker movement and brings together Makers of all fields with the goal of supporting grassroots innovation in the community.

Makers of all ages and backgrounds range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors, homesteaders, garage tinkerers and even commercial exhibitors. Maker Faire's mission is to entertain, inform, connect and inspire these Makers and aspiring Makers.

OMSI invites anyone who embraces the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and seeks to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.

The Portland Mini Maker Faire's 115+ exhibitors will run the gamut from demonstrations of 3D printers and steampunk computers; to rocket-making, sustainable art and much more.

Visitors can watch demonstrations of everything from historic European martial arts to metal forging and get hands on with projects that include clay making, wood working, computer programming, leather making, and a variety of upcycled art projects.

"Maker Faire is an excellent way to get students excited about making things, innovating, and engaging with science, technology, engineering and math outside of the classroom," said Jill Eiland, NW regional public affairs director at Intel. "Intel is a proud supporter of the Maker Movement nationally, and we are pleased to help bring the Mini Maker Faire to Portland."

Other selected demonstrations from the broad array being presented include:

? HAM Radios, which will allow visitors to talk to people around the country and world. Find out why this old-fashioned technology is still crucial: amateur radio works long after cell and telephone systems fail.
? Intel will feature demonstrations and activities designed to inspire and empower the Maker community showcasing products such as: Arduino 101, Intel(R) Galileo Gen 2, Intel(R) Edison(TM) and their newest innovator product the Intel(R) Joule(TM) compute module.
? Da Vinci Days Kinetic Sculptures, used in the "Kinetic Challenge," a two-day race that covers a 10-mile course over roads, through mud, sand and on water.
? Portland Children's Museum with "Get Rolling," which allows visitor to explore 3D space, problem solving and physics as they work together to build a large-scale marble run.
? Lumina Lab/Stoicheia Elements with its dodecahedron, each side of which depicts the iconography of one of the Twelve Olympians. Whimsical images, centered in a stained-glass rosary design, remain static and unchanging, while 2,000+ LEDs continuously morph and change, making every moment unique.
? CNC Router Parts will offer a "pinewood derby," where participants can create their own car on a digital tablet, which will then be made into a real car on a desktop CNC machine; or choose a predefined car from the larger fabrication machine. After assembling and racing the cars, visitors can take them home.

The event will take place throughout the OMSI campus, in the north parking lot and inside the museum. Admission details:

? Regular admission: $15 adults, $10 youth (3-17) and seniors (63+).
? Two-day passes are available for $25 adults, $15 youth and seniors
? OMSI members receive 50% off all tickets.

A food cart pod will be serving up local food and flavor, with Full Sail beer, Union Wine Co. wine, and Reverend Nat's hard cider, and DRY Sparkling soda available at the bar. OMSI's restaurant, Theory, will also be open with wood-fire pizza, salads, sandwiches, and Salt & Straw ice cream.

Portland Mini Maker Faire would not be possible without the support of presenting sponsor Intel and supporting sponsors OSH Park, Century Link, and Rockwell Collins. It is presented in partnership with Make: Magazine.

For more information on the many participants, visit www.makerfaireportland.com.

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit www.omsi.edu.

About Maker Faire
Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth-a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It's a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.

Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.

The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2016 celebrated its eleventh annual show with some 1,250 makers and 150,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in five years to 900+ makers and 90,000 attendees. Twenty-three other larger scale Maker Faires occur in cities around the world-Detroit, Atlanta, Berlin, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, and Shenzhen to name a few- and over 120 community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world.

About MAKE Magazine
MAKE is the first magazine devoted entirely to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology projects. MAKE unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages. MAKE celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will.

The Portland Mini Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.
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2500 Road Fire update - 08-24-16
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/24/16 9:28 AM
INCIDENT AT A GLANCE

Cause: Under investigation

Total personnel: 276

Hand crews: 16

Helicopters: 2

Fire engines: 16

Bulldozers: 2

Water Tenders: 6

Total acres: 222

Containment: 0%

Estimated suppression cost: $175,000

For More Information:

Facebook --
https://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry

Depoe Bay Fire & Rescue-
www.depoebayfire.com

Lincoln County Emergency Management-
http://www.co.lincoln.or.us/emergencymanagement

UPDATE
Crews continued to make good progress yesterday, and through the night. Clearing conditions allowed aircraft to work the fire into the evening.

Today crews will work to establish containment lines around the perimeter of the fire. They will focus on mop up efforts for areas of the fireline that have been constructed either by hand or dozer. Crews continue to patrol for spot fires throughout the fire area.

The weather today will be different compared to yesterday. The fog is expected to lift earlier, and temperatures will be higher. The wind is expected to shift to the NW by this afternoon, with gusts up to 10 mph. When the fog lifts there will be a good opportunity to use aircraft on the fire. The fire could also become more active as temperatures rise. Smoke may become more visible to the public.

Over the next 24 hours the objective will be to establish containment lines around the fire while continuing to mop up inside the fire perimeter. "Mop up" -Extinguishing or removing burning material near control lines, felling snags, and trenching logs to prevent rolling after an area has burned, to make a fire safe, or to reduce residual smoke.This will prepare the fire to be tested by higher temperatures and east winds that are predicted to be here tomorrow.

During the morning briefing for the firefighters the agency administrator Mike Totey said "It's different at the coast" several times while he was explaining to them that the vegetation is different than what they are used to when fighting fires. The mop up efforts will be different, and fighting fire is different than what fire crews are used to.

Citizens are encouraged to be mindful of the heavy traffic in and around Depoe Bay.

Fogarty Creek State Park will temporarily remain closed to the public while fire crews are utilizing it for fire camp. The incident command post is located at the Depoe Bay Fire & Rescue station.

There are no evacuations currently in effect.

Evacuation levels are explained as:

Level 1 indicates that residents should be "ready" for potential evacuations. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

Level 2 indicates that residents should be "set" for a potential evacuation. Residents must be prepared to leave at a moment's notice.

Level 3 evacuation means "GO" evacuate now leave immediately. Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately.
Kaiser Permanente Northwest Awards $75,000 Grant to Free Clinic of Southwest Washington
Free Clinic of SW Washington - 08/24/16 8:25 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash., Aug 24, 2016 - The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington has been awarded a three-year, $75,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente Northwest. This grant follows a similar three-year, $75,000 grant awarded to the Free Clinic by Kaiser in 2013. Both grants help support the clinic's project access program.

Project access provides free medical care for low-income, uninsured Clark County residents with specialty care needs. Patients are screened by project access care coordinators. If they qualify, patients are able to access donated specialty care and laboratory and hospital services.

The Kaiser Permanente grant will assist in supporting the program costs of application processing, recruiting and retaining physicians, developing community awareness and administrative recordkeeping.

"We're so grateful to Kaiser Permanente for their continued support," says Barbe West, executive director of the Free Clinic. "By giving our patients access to a wide list of specialty services, we're truly providing 'whole-person' care."

About the Free Clinic:
The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington provides free, compassionate, quality health care to children and adults who are otherwise unable to obtain such services. The Free Clinic offers medical, dental, vision and specialty care services from more than 600 volunteer professionals. The Free Clinic is funded by the local community, and all donations stay in Southwest Washington. For more information about the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington, visit our website: freeclinics.org.


About Kaiser Permanente's Community Benefit Initiatives
Kaiser Permanente Northwest is dedicated to improving the health of individuals and the
communities we serve. Specifically, our work is focused on: connecting low-income people to health care, educating children and families about healthy eating and active living, creating and sharing groundbreaking research, strengthening health safety nets in our communities, and supporting our employees' community engagement. In 2015, financial contributions to improve the health of Northwest communities totaled more than $141 million.
2500 Road Fire update 08-2316 evening
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/24/16 7:53 AM
Currently an Oregon Department of Forestry Type 3 incident command team has taken over the incident. They have set up an incident command post at the Depoe Bay Fire & Rescue station, along with a camp located at Fogarty Creek State Park. Fogarty Creek park is temporarily closed to all public access.

The 2500 Road Fire consists of three main fires spread out approximately 2-?1/2 miles, located two miles east of Depoe Bay. The fires started as one main fire that rapidly grew, spotting out in front of itself due to high winds. It was reported at 6 p.m. Monday.

Hand line or bulldozer line has been built most of the way around each of them. On Monday afternoon crews strengthened the lines and using aircraft to control the fire. Crews are also patrolling for more spot fires throughout the fire area.

Over the next 24 -- 36 hours the objective will be to strengthen the lines around the fire, especially on the west side. This will prepare the fire to be tested by high temperatures and east winds that are predicted to be on the way.

Citizens are encouraged to be mindful of the heavy traffic in and around Depoe Bay.

There are no evacuations in effect.

Citizens should always be aware of evacuation preparedness under any circumstance. For more information on preparedness levels go to the Lincoln County Emergency Management website: http://www.co.lincoln.or.us/emergencymanagement


INCIDENT AT A GLANCE

Cause: Under investigation

Total personnel: 279

Total acres: approximately 200

For More Information:

Facebook --
https://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry

Depoe Bay Fire & Rescue-
www.depoebayfire.com

Lincoln County Emergency Management-
http://www.co.lincoln.or.us/emergencymanagement


Information officer:
Tina Young
Oregon Department of Forestry
971-701-7105
Vancouver Police Investigate Armed Robbery, Two Suspects Arrested
Vancouver Police Dept. - 08/24/16 3:54 AM
On August 24, at approximately 1:30 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to the 7-11 Store, located at 3200 E Fourth Plain Blvd, for an armed robbery complaint. Initial investigation reveals two males entered the store, one pointed what the clerk believed to be a handgun and demanded cash. The males then exit the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.

A passer-by in a vehicle sees the suspects flee the store get into a vehicle around the corner from the store. The passer-by then follows the vehicle. The vehicle then gets on State Route 500, and heads east. The suspect vehicle and the witness drive upon several Washington State Police Troopers, who were investigating an un-related traffic accident near the intersection of S.R. 500 and Falk Rd. Both vehicles are stopped, and the witness notifies a trooper about the robbery.

The vehicle's occupants are detained and at the completion of the initial investigation, 18 year old Charles Ferguson of Vancouver and 16 year old Tyrique Hardnett of Portland, were arrested for Robbery in the First Degree. Ferguson was booked into the Clark County Jail and Hardnett was booked into the Juvenile Detention Hall. The two other occupants of the vehicle were identified, interviewed and released from the scene. The vehicle was seized by police and a search warrant will be applied for to retrieve evidence related to this crime.

This investigation is still on-going, no further information is available at this time. Any updates will be made in subsequent press releases.
Tue. 08/23/16
Two People Arrested in 2015 Kyle Polk Homicide Investigation (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/23/16 9:30 PM
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Portland Police Bureau Homicide detectives have made two arrests in connection with the December 2015 homicide of 21-year-old Kyle Polk.

On Tuesday August 23, 2016, 20-year-old Javier Fernando Hernandez of Vancouver, Washington, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Murder, Attempted Aggravated Murder, Attempted Murder, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon (two counts). Hernandez will be arraigned on Wednesday. He was arrested by the US Marshals Oregon Fugitive Task Force in Troutdale, Oregon.

On Friday August 19, 46-year-old Cynthia Anne Scholer of Vancouver, Washington, was arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail on charges of Hindering Prosecution (six counts) and Tampering with Physical Evidence. Scholer was released on bail and will be arraigned in Multnomah County Court on Thursday.

This investigation started on December 16, 2015, at 2:33 p.m., when East Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting at Southeast 112th Avenue and Division Street.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located Kyle Polk suffering from traumatic injuries. Lifesaving efforts were not successful and Polk died at the scene.

Homicide detectives followed leads in the case that led to a Multnomah County Grand Jury to indict Hernandez and Scholer in connection with Polk's murder.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact Detective Brad Clifton at 503-823-0696, brad.clifton@portlandoregon.gov; or Detective Todd Gradwahl at 503-823-0991, todd.gradwahl@portlandoregon.gov.

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Fire in North Plains Commercial Building Quickly Contained (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 08/23/16 8:18 PM
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Around 6:30pm this evening, callers to 9-1-1 reported heavy black smoke coming from the Yamaha Golf Cars building in the 10000 block of NW Main Street in North Plains. The TVF&R crew from nearby Station 17 arrived within two minutes and saw smoke coming from the eves of the large metal building and some windows broken by heat.

Firefighters learned that no one was inside the building, so they fought the fire from outside until additional crews arrived and they could safely enter the building. The second alarm was quickly recalled and crews spent more than an hour clearing smoke from the building and salvaging contents.

Preliminary information from the fire investigator indicates the accidental fire started near a golf cart in a storage bay. The building did not have a commercial sprinkler system. TVF&R was assisted by Hillsboro Fire & Rescue, Banks Fire District and Forest Grove Fire & Rescue.

Battalion Chief Jeff Cooper was the incident commander. Cooper states, "Early detection by people in the area, rapid response from TVF&R crews and assistance from partner agencies kept fire damage to a minimum."

TVF&R has been serving the city of North Plains and central Washington County as part of a contract with Washington County Fire District 2 since September, 2015. Last month, TVF&R increased staffing at the North Plains and Midway fire stations from two to three professional firefighters on duty at all times. The additional firefighters are also certified paramedics, which means they can provide near-emergency-room-level care in the field.

This November, voters in North Plains and portions of central Washington County will have the opportunity to decide if they'd like to permanently join Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.


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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire In Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/23/16 8:09 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on August 23 10400 block of SE Ramona street in Portland. This single family fire affected 1 adult and 3 children.  The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, health services, mental health services, and information about recovery services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department. 

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Corps seeks comments on Lakeview, Lake County, OR permit application
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 08/23/16 4:48 PM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by The Oregon Department of Transportation to conduct work in Lakeview, Lake County, Oregon. Public Notice NWP-2016-264 is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/
Lincoln Co. 2500 Fire Road Update (Photo)
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 08/23/16 4:28 PM
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Please see attached update from ODF regarding the Lincoln Co. 2500 Road Fire.

Currently an Oregon Department of Forestry Type 3 incident command team has taken over the incident. They have set up an incident command post located at the Depoe Bay Fire & Rescue station, along with a camp located at Fogarty Creek State Park. Fogarty Creek park is temporarily closed to all public access.

The fire consists of 3 main fires spread out approximately 2 ?1/2 miles, and 2 miles east of Depoe Bay. These fires started as 1 main fire that rapidly grew spotting out in front of it due to high winds. The fire started at approximately 6:00pm Monday August 22, 2016.

These 3 fires have hand line, or dozer lines most of the way around each of them. Today crews are strengthening the lines and using aircraft to control the fire. Crews are also patrolling for more spot fires throughout the fire area.

Over the next 24 -- 36 hours the objective will be to strengthen the lines around the fire especially on the west side. This will prepare the fire to be tested by high temperatures and east winds that are predicted to be on the way.

Citizens are encouraged to be mindful of the heavy traffic in and around Depoe Bay.

There are no evacuations in effect.

Cause: Under investigation

Total personnel: 279

Total acres: approximately 200

Citizens should always be aware of evacuation preparedness under any circumstance. For more information on preparedness levels go to the Lincoln County Emergency Management website: http://www.co.lincoln.or.us/emergencymanagement

Information officer:
Tina Young, Oregon Department of Forestry
971-701-7105


Attached Media Files: 2016-08/5490/97151/Ready_Set_Go!_Evacuation_Levels_-_Lincoln_County.pdf , 2016-08/5490/97151/2500_Road_Fire_Release_8_23_16.pdf , 2016-08/5490/97151/Ready_Set_Go!_Evacuation_Levels_-_Lincoln_County.jpg
Happy Valley seek tips in purse theft (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/23/16 4:21 PM
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Happy Valley Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a purse thief.

On Sunday August 21st, 2016 at about 4:30pm an unidentified male suspect stole a purse from an 89 year old victim, while she was at the Happy Valley Station Food Carts at 13551 SE 145th in Happy Valley, OR.

As pictured, the suspect is a white adult male between 30-50 years old, driving a Dodge Ram Truck with no front license plate and a handicap placard hanging from the rear view mirror.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact us using our Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp. Please reference case number 16-23030.

The victim in the case does not wish to be further contacted by the media.

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


Attached Media Files: Suspect vehicle in theft , Suspect in theft
Three establishments sell alcohol to minors in minor decoy operation
Forest Grove Police - 08/23/16 4:18 PM
On 8/18/16, Forest Grove Police with assistance from the Hillsboro Police Department and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission conducted undercover minor decoy missions at local stores, bars and restaurants.

Three establishments sold alcohol to minors in the operation. They were: The King's Head, Mama Jiah's Market and the Half Moon Sports Bar.

The following establishments refused alcohol purchases and were found in compliance: Hello Market, Bites Restaurant, Super Mercado La Montana, Godfathers Pizza, Mini-Mart, FG Tobacco, McMenamins Grand Lodge, Mandarin Chinese, Buffet Dynasty, Little Monkey Deli,
Tienda La Rosa, Jade Green Palace, Rainbow Lanes, Plaid Pantry, and FG Liquor Store.

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

For information on employee training programs and other questions related to OLCC laws and regulation, please visit www.oregon.gov/OLCC.
Be the eyes and ears to help curb arson fires
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/23/16 4:05 PM
Aug. 23, 2016

Contact:
Jeff Bonebrake
503-945-7445
Jeff.c.bonebrake@oregon.gov


Oregon's wildland fire agencies typically battle fires started by lightning or by people's carelessness. But in recent weeks, they've found themselves chasing down fire starts set by arsonists. Dozens of wildfires have broken out in recent weeks across Oregon -- many of them under suspicious circumstances.

Law enforcement and wildfire protection agencies at all levels are working hard to solve these crimes and prevent future arsons. Vigilance is high among Oregon State Police troopers, county sheriff's deputies, and state and federal forestry agencies' field personnel. Oregon's forests are expansive -- 30 million acres -- and they could use the public's help to put a stop to this rash of deliberately set fires.

Thousands of recreationists enjoying the forests this summer can serve as eyes and ears to report suspected illegal activity in the woods. Call the Oregon State Police Tip Line, 503-375-3555, to confidentially report tips.

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Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter to perform at special event Aug. 31 benefitting Clackamas County seniors
Wells Fargo - 08/23/16 3:51 PM
MILWAUKIE, Ore. -- Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Ellen Whyte will perform at a special event hosted by the Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County and Social Services of Clackamas County 4:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at Gray Gables Estate, 3009 S.E. Chestnut St., in Milwaukie.

Attendees will enjoy meat and vegetable skewers, refreshments and networking with other local residents. The $25 tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the Senior Citizens Council in Oregon City at (503) 657-1366.

The raffle prizes include $100 worth of lottery tickets. Wells Fargo has donated a large stuffed pony as a door prize.

Singing a blend of blues, jazz, funk and ballads, Whyte has released four albums. She has fronted bands continuously for more than 30 years across the country and in Canada. Whyte was inducted into the Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame in 2002 and into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame last year.

About Senior Citizens Council
Founded in 1972, Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County provides free or low-cost services to protect the financial and physical safety of home-bound, frail, vulnerable and geographically isolated individuals in Clackamas County, Ore. Many of those served don't have the ability to pay. The SCCCC relies on donations, grants and fundraising events to support those in need. More information about the council is at www.seniorcitizenscouncil.com.
Fatal Crash Highway 42 and I-5 Interchange - Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/23/16 3:26 PM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) are continuing the investigation into Tuesday morning's fatal crash on Highway 42 and the I-5 Interchange.

On August 23, 2016 at about 11:50 a.m., OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to a two-vehicle fatal crash on Highway 42 and the I-5 Interchange.

Preliminary information indicates that a 2005 Isuzu straight truck, operated by Christopher Bennett, age 33, from Roseburg, was southbound on I-5 and was on the off ramp to Highway 42. For unknown reasons Bennett's truck left the off ramp traveling down an embankment and up a steep incline and onto Highway 42, where it crashed into an eastbound 2007 Toyota Corolla, operated by Marsha Wright, age 62, from Roseburg.

Wright was declared deceased at the scene of the crash. A passenger in the Toyota Corolla, Patricia Van Arsdale, age 22, from Roseburg was transported to Mercy Medical Center with critical injuries. Bennett was transported to Mercy Medical Center with minor injuries.

All involved were wearing safety belts at the time of the crash. The highway was closed for about 4 hours.

OSP troopers from the Roseburg Area Command are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Investigators are requesting any witnesses that may have not contacted Law Enforcement to please do so by calling OSP at 541-440-3334. Senior Trooper Mark Moore is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Winston-Dillard Fire Department, Douglas County Fire District 2, Bay Cities Ambulance and Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Photographs provided by OSP.

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Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office investigating apparent Murder-Suicide at residence outside of Troutdale (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/23/16 2:56 PM
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Update: The deceased victim is identified as Ellen Larson, Age 61. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office determined the Cause of Death was multiple gunshot wounds, the Manner was ruled a Homicide.

Keith Gregory Larson, Age 62. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office determined the Cause of Death was a single gunshot wound. The Manner of Death was ruled a suicide.

Investigation and autopsy findings conclude that this is a case of murder-suicide. Two firearms were used in the commission of this event; a 22 caliber pistol was used in the murder, and a 9mm pistol was used in the suicide. Both weapons were recovered at the scene. The couple were married and lived at the residence.

Based on the investigation, this event likely took place on the evening of Friday August 20, 2016. The investigation is continuing.


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On Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. MCSO deputies responded to the report of a body found in a vehicle outside a residence at 1701 NE Seidl Rd. Troutdale, OR. A landscaping crew spotted the body in a vehicle when they arrived at the residence. Deputies arrived and located the body of a deceased adult female in a vehicle in the driveway of the residence. Deputies searched the residence and discovered the body of a deceased adult male inside the home. MCSO detectives were notified and responded to conduct the investigation. Preliminary investigation indicates both individuals suffered gunshot wounds. Investigators have recovered weapons at the scene and there is no threat to the public. Both of the deceased appear to be in their 60's.

The Medical Examiner has been notified and responded. The bodies will be turned over to the Medical Examiner's office. Identifications are being withheld pending family notifications.

Updates will be provided when more information is available.


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Annual Campfires & Candlelight Event Recreates Night of Historic Fire at Fort Vancouver
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 08/23/16 2:23 PM
On September 10, 2016, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will host its annual Campfires & Candlelight event. This free event is the national park's largest living history event of the year.

Beginning at 4 pm, the "Timeline of History" leading from East Fifth Street to the gates of Fort Vancouver will be the site of several camps filled with costumed reenactors sharing the history of the site. As visitors walk closer to the fort, they will be transported further and further back in time. Along this stretch, Living History Group NorthWest will host a World War II camp, the Buffalo Soldiers NW Chapter 9th & 10th Horse Cavalry will host a camp representing Buffalo Soldiers at Vancouver Barracks, and the First Oregon Volunteer Cavalry and Infantry will host a Civil War-era camp. Other camps populated by National Park Service volunteers will represent the site's World War I, Oregon Trail, and Hudson's Bay Company history.

At 5 pm, the gates of the reconstructed Fort Vancouver will open. Inside the fort, reenactors will recreate the night of September 26, 1844. On this night 172 years ago, a massive wildfire that had sparked to the northeast of the fort was moving towards the fort, and would eventually come within 300 feet of the fort's walls. Visitors will be able to interact with volunteers portraying specific characters who were present on that night, and will learn not just about the story of the fire, but also about other important issues from the time period. Learn more about the history behind the event at http://go.usa.gov/xDQ7C

Fort Vancouver and the Timeline of History camps will be open to the public until 10 pm, offering a rare chance to see the fort after dark, and see buildings lit by candlelight, as they would have been in the 19th century.

"Campfires & Candlelight is one of our favorite events, and it's our pleasure to bring it to our community year after year," said Acting Chief Ranger Bob Cromwell. "The theme for our 2016 event - called "Night of the Fire" - is debuting this year, and we are excited to share this exciting - and still relevant - moment in the site's history."

What: Campfires & Candlelight at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Where: 1001 E. Fifth Street, Vancouver, WA 98661

When: The Timeline of History opens at 4 pm. Fort Vancouver opens at 5 pm. The event ends at 10 pm.

Cost: Free
Sheriff's Office Increases Traffic Patrols
Hood River Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/23/16 1:50 PM
HOOD RIVER, ORE - The Hood River County Sheriff's Office will be increasing patrols for driving under the influence of intoxicants, safety belt violations and distracted drivers through the Labor Day weekend. The Sheriff's Office participates in two national traffic enforcement campaigns administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Oregon Department of Transportation. Grant funds are allocated to law enforcement agencies in an effort to provide high visibility enforcement of traffic laws during peak travel times. The goal is to reduce fatalities and injuries.

According to NHSTA, on average, over 10,000 people died each year (2010 to 2014) in drunk-driving crashes. During the 2014 Labor Day holiday weekend (6 p.m. August 29 -- 5:59 a.m. September 2), 40 percent of the fatalities in traffic crashes involved drunk drivers, which was the highest percentage over the five years 2010 to 2014. Distracted driving statistics paint a grim picture: In 2014, an estimated 3,179 people were killed and an additional 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. It is clear that distracted driving continues to be a deadly driving hazard. Also in 2014, nearly half of the 21,022 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes were unrestrained, according to NHTSA. During the nighttime hours of 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number increased to 57 percent of those killed. Law enforcement agencies will write citations day and night, with a zero-tolerance approach.

Please be careful on the roadways. If you suspect someone of driving while impaired call 911 immediately and report it.
Marine Board Seeks Boaters' Feedback for Strategic Planning
Oregon Marine Board - 08/23/16 12:49 PM
The Oregon State Marine Board, working with their Boat Oregon Advisory Teams, has created an online survey in hopes of gathering more feedback from recreational boaters.

The agency's 2017-2022 strategic plan is being developed and the purpose is to outline initiatives that will address issues, emerging concerns and gaps in "the way things are" and "the way boaters want things to be" when they're out recreating.

"It's our mission to serve recreational boaters through education, enforcement, access and environmental stewardship so everyone can have a safe and enjoyable experience," says Director Scott Brewen. "Feedback that we received in developing the last plan gave us tremendous insights on what we can do to improve services and fulfill our mission. A lot of progress was made, and now we'd like to build upon that work with this next strategic plan."

A short survey is available on the Marine Board's website and social media sites. This six question survey should take roughly five minutes to complete. To go directly to the survey, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OSMBStratPln.

To review the 2011-2016 Strategic Plan Accomplishments Report, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Documents/AccomplishmentsReportStratPln2011-2016_Final.pdf.
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Apply Now for Diverse Art Offerings Grant (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 08/23/16 12:27 PM
The Hula Halau Ohana Holo’oko’a mural was funded in part by a diverse art offerings grant from the City of Beaverton. Grant applications for funding of up to $500 will be accepted through Dec. 31. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
The Hula Halau Ohana Holo’oko’a mural was funded in part by a diverse art offerings grant from the City of Beaverton. Grant applications for funding of up to $500 will be accepted through Dec. 31. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The City of Beaverton's Arts Program is accepting applications for the diverse art offerings grant program.


This program supports unexpected art opportunities or events. Projects could include workshops, art classes, or art activities that serve Beaverton residents. This program is intended to support rare or unexpected opportunities, especially for emerging artists, students, and organizations new to the grant application process.


Students, individual artists, and arts and culture organizations who serve the Beaverton community are eligible to apply, as well as Beaverton schools and libraries.


Grants may be awarded up to $500 per event or opportunity, or until all funds are expended. Only one request per individual or organization will be funded each calendar year. Recipients of 2016 Beaverton community art grants are not eligible for this program.


Applications will be accepted through Dec. 31. All funded activities must take place within the 2016 calendar year and must serve Beaverton residents.


To apply online, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/ArtsGrants. For more information, contact artsmail@BeavertonOregon.gov.


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


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Attached Media Files: The Hula Halau Ohana Holo’oko’a mural was funded in part by a diverse art offerings grant from the City of Beaverton. Grant applications for funding of up to $500 will be accepted through Dec. 31. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
Dallas man sent to prison for selling Marijuana to minors.
Polk County Dist. Att. Office - 08/23/16 11:46 AM
DALLAS (OR) -- Morgan Keith Haney, 26, of Dallas, pled guilty today in Polk County Circuit Court to Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana to a Minor and Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana Within 1000 Feet of a School. He also pled no-contest to Possession of a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon. Judge Monte Campbell sentenced Haney to a total of 2 years and 10 months in prison and 36 months post-prison supervision for these crimes.

The Dallas Police Department's investigation revealed that Haney had been selling marijuana in the parking lot shared by Dallas High School and Chemeketa Community College. The case was prosecuted by the Polk County District Attorney's Office.
Gresham-Barlow releases final water testing results
Gresham-Barlow Sch. Dist. - 08/23/16 11:24 AM
Gresham-Barlow School District water testing update

On June 1 the Gresham-Barlow School District announced it would voluntarily test for lead in the drinking water of all of the district's schools in light of concerns raised in other school districts in Oregon.

The school district is following information and guidance from the Environmental Protection Agency for lead testing. Testing drinking water quality is a two-step process that starts with sample testing lead accumulation in stagnant water. If the sample test shows potential elevated levels of lead above 15 parts per billion (ppb) those fixtures are immediately shut off and undergo a follow-up test.

School district's precautionary measures
This summer the school district determined out of an abundance of caution that fixtures showing potential elevated levels of lead at or above 10 ppb would also undergo a follow-up test. In addition, while the EPA requires schools to remediate fixtures with lead levels of 20 ppb or over, as a precautionary measure the school district is replacing fixtures/valves on drinking water sources showing levels of 10 ppb or over. For those fixtures showing lead levels of 20 ppb or over, a third round of testing will take place. The fixtures will remain off until test results show the problem has been fixed.

Final testing results on website
As of August 20, the final results of water quality testing have been posted on district and school websites. To see the final results, visit www.gresham.k12.or.us. The information will be shared directly with staff and parents at the school.

Copies of the sampling results are available to the public. To view these results, please visit the school district's facilities department Monday through Friday between 7 am and 3:30 pm. The facilities department is located at 2020 SE Fleming, Gresham, OR 97080.

Information on health effects of lead
For information about the health effects of lead and how to check for lead in your home, visit the Multnomah County Health Department's website: www.leadline.org. To ask questions, call the Multnomah County Lead Hotline at 503-988-4000, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or email leadline@multco.us.

Information about water quality in Gresham-Barlow Schools
For more information about the water quality in Gresham-Barlow Schools, contact the GBSD Community Relations Department at 503-261-4558 or gbsd@gresham.k12.or.us.
'Turning Lives Around With Love' at the Friends of the Carpenter Annual Auction on Oct. 22
Friends of the Carpenter - 08/23/16 11:20 AM
Vancouver, WA -- Friends of the Carpenter (FOC) will host its 14th annual auction on Sat. Oct. 22, 2016, 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Hilton Vancouver, 301 West 6th Street. Tickets are $75 per person; a table of 10 can be purchased for $650.

"We are abundantly blessed by the community's continued support of our organization by attending our annual auction," said Tom Iberle, executive director. "The proceeds enable us to continue our daily work as a faith-based day facility that provides safety, structure and purpose for vulnerable members of our community."

The auction features dinner and both silent and live auctions. The silent auction will include over 100 items such as gift baskets, many heirloom quality woodworking items and more.

Event tickets can be purchased on-line at www.friendsofthecarpenter.org or at the FOC office, 1600 W. 20th Street. If you are unable to attend the auction, but would like to make a financial contribution to FOC, please call 360-750-4752; mail a check to: FOC, P.O. Box 65358, Vancouver, WA 98665; or make an on-line donation at www.friendsofthecarpenter.org.

Special thanks to our 2016 Auction sponsor: Gary & Nancy Ervin

For sponsorship opportunities please contact John Ryan at 360-750-4752.

About Friends of the Carpenter
Friends of the Carpenter was incorporated in Vancouver, WA in Oct. 1998 and began as a vision of a practical outreach of simple welcome and personal interaction between volunteers from the church and people living in poverty. Since the beginning, regular contact has been made with the homeless and poor persons of our community through woodworking events scheduled throughout the community and which, today, are held at FOTC's Friendship Center. Our mission: Friends of the Carpenter is a non-profit, faith-based day facility that provides safety, structure and purpose for vulnerable members of our community. Learn more at friendsofthecarpenter.org.

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Deadline extended for Benton County Sheriff's Office Citizen's Academy
Benton County Sheriff's Office - 08/23/16 10:20 AM
The Benton County Sheriff's Office is extending the deadline for applications to its 2016 Citizens' Academy. The new deadline is August 30th. Although the class is filling up, some space remains for those interested in learning about Benton County Sheriff's Office operations.

The Academy begins September 6th and meets for ten sessions ending October 25th. The class will meet each Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and on two Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. -- 2:30 p.m. The Saturdays are scheduled for October 1st and October 22nd.

This free program provides Benton County residents with an opportunity to learn more about what their Sheriff's Office does. Most of the sessions are taught by sworn Deputies who share their experiences with the class. The program includes presentations, tours, demonstrations, and hands-on simulations. All aspects of the Sheriff's Office responsibilities are covered including law enforcement, emergency management, search and rescue, parole and probation, jail operations and the support service and command responsibilities of the Office.

Most participants report that their understanding of the Sheriff's Office greatly improved over the course of the program. A recent graduate noted, "Overall, I am very glad that I had the opportunity to be a part of this program. It's very hands-on, enlightening and enjoyable."

Applications are available online at: www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/page/2016-citizens-academy or in person at the Law Enforcement Center, 180 NW 5th Street, Corvallis. For more information, contact the Benton County Sheriff's Office at 541-766-6858.
Foraging Workshop Will Teach You How to Identify Edible Plants All Around You (Photo)
Columbia Springs - 08/23/16 10:06 AM
Berries, cattails, and dandelions are just a few examples of the many wild edible plants you can find in our local area
Berries, cattails, and dandelions are just a few examples of the many wild edible plants you can find in our local area
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Whether you want to survive a zombie apocalypse or cook healthier cheaper meals for your family, foraging is a practical skill for all ages. Join plant enthusiast Eve Hanlin for a walk around Columbia Springs and an introduction to identifying the safe, easy and free foods that grow in abundance right within our city limits.

What: Intro to Urban Foraging Workshop
When: Saturday, September 17, 10am - Noon
Where: Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy / Vancouver, WA 98683
Cost: $5 suggested donation

Pre-registration is required for workshops. To learn more and register, visit columbiasprings.org. For questions, email workshops@columbiasprings.org or call 360-882-0936 x224.


Attached Media Files: Berries, cattails, and dandelions are just a few examples of the many wild edible plants you can find in our local area
Don't let down your guard on wildfires
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/23/16 9:31 AM
Temperatures may have moderated somewhat but Governor Kate Brown and State Fire Marshal Jim Walker want you to remain vigilant in preventing wildfire and reporting arsonists.

The Oregon Department of Forestry has reported that since January 1, 2016, there have been 486 wildfires caused by humans with at least one due to arson. This is an increase over our ten-year average.

Fourteen fires that have broken out in central Oregon over the past few weeks are being investigated as arson, including the Withers Fire north of Paisley that has scorched more than 3,400 acres.

"Oregon continues to experience extremely dry conditions where any stray spark could spell disaster in any area of the state," said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker.

"While you and your family are enjoying Oregon's great outdoors, I encourage you to not only be fire safe but be alert to any suspicious behavior and report it to local law enforcement officials," said Governor Kate Brown.

Tips can also be made by calling the Oregon State Police at 503-375-3555 or 911 in case of an emergency.
PCC garners multitude of honors and awards (Photo)
PCC - 08/23/16 9:23 AM
Third from right, PCC’s facilities director Tony Ichsan and, second from right, PCC’s Sustainability Manager Briar Schoon
Third from right, PCC’s facilities director Tony Ichsan and, second from right, PCC’s Sustainability Manager Briar Schoon
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- While summer marks a quieter time on most college campuses, Portland Community College is seeing an uptick in activity when it comes to the number of awards, honors and grant monies headed its way.

Awards:

The U.S. Small Business Administration has recognized Matt Thomas, founder of Brew Dr. Kombucha and a client of PCC's Small Business Development Center, as Oregon's Small Business Exporter of the year. Craft brewed in Portland since 2009, Brew Dr. Kombucha continues an aggressive growth trajectory and is expanding its company footprint in Canada's natural and conventional grocery channels. Assistance from PCC's SBDC and an SBA loan guaranty have contributed to the product's success and rank as the third largest kombucha producer in the U.S. The SBDC is part of PCC's CLIMB Center for Advancement, which offers both professional training and business development.

Portland Community College has been honored by APPA: Leadership in Education Facilities with the 2016 International Sustainability Award. The award is designed to recognize and advance sustainability excellence in educational facilities and to applaud the integration of sustainable policies and "green" practices throughout all facets of an organization. Tony Ichsan, PCC's facilities director, and Briar Schoon, the college's sustainability manager, traveled to Nashville, Tenn., to attend APPA's annual conference and exhibition and pick up the award.

Narce Rodriguez, dean of Student Development at PCC's Rock Creek Campus, has been tapped as this year's Oregon TRiO Association Achiever. The award honors a college graduate of an Oregon TRiO program who has earned professional, community and personal accomplishments over time. Rodriguez received the award at the annual professional development conference hosted by Oregon TRiO, a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of low income and first generation college students.

Grants:

The college has been awarded $288,816 from the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission for the "Effecting Cross-Discipline Practices in Education for STEM Success (EXPrESS)" grant. The project will expand recruitment, retention and support for women and underrepresented student groups in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) transfer degree programs, specifically those studying physics, chemistry and engineering. Activities will focus on STEM identification (as a STEM learner and professional), curriculum revisions, pedagogical innovations, student support, career and transfer preparation, and partnerships.

The Metro Area Communications Commission has awarded $48,600 to PCC to upgrade and replace equipment in its broadcast studio, part of the college's Multimedia program. The program produces the newscast "PCC Bridges TV News" and original programming for Channel 27, the college's cable access channel, which provides students with valuable training and skills.

The college has been awarded $37,491 from the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission to adapt two existing, successful open education resources for PCC's calculus sequence. The resulting textbook and platform will better align with course content and outcome guides and will include both print and digital versions for portable devices.


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

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


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New Safety Standards for BLM and Partner Organizations' Fire Response
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 08/23/16 9:18 AM
Portland, Ore. -- New standards for training, equipment and communication established this week will enhance the safety and efficiency of the partnership between the Bureau of Land Management and Oregon's Rangeland Fire Protection Associations (RFPA). The intent is to ensure a cohesive, safe and efficient response when firefighters from RFPAs are working alongside state and Federal employees.

"The RFPAs are an important element in initial response to wildfire starts on more than 13 million acres managed by the BLM in eastern Oregon," said acting Oregon/Washington State Director Ron Dunton. "The BLM is committed to strengthening our local partnerships," continued Dunton.

The RFPAs are comprised primarily of ranchers in an area who have come together to respond to wildfires. Given the size and remoteness of many Western rangelands, local RFPAs are often the first to respond to a fire start, gaining valuable time until BLM crews arrive. Cooperation among these groups and the BLM, in Oregon as elsewhere, has been improving in recent years.

The new standards, which set minimum age and training requirements as well as communication protocols and personal protective gear needs, also designate the Incident Command System as the management structure that will be used. All elements of the standards are designed to enhance the safety of all firefighters at an incident and facilitate efficient operations.

"This summer, the communication, collaboration and cooperation has been phenomenal between the agencies and the RFPAs," said Marvin Vetter, ODF rangeland fire protection coordinator. "The interactions have all been great." Vetter said after a recent lightning storm in Baker County. The RFPAs responded on initial attack to 15 lightning fires along with the State of Oregon Department of Forestry, BLM, and U.S. Forest Service firefighters, and everything went smoothly. Similarly the Juntura RFPA responded to the 24,000-acre Juntura Complex of fires on the BLM Vale District, providing much-needed resources and support.

A copy of the RFPA guidance is available online at: www.blm.gov/or/resources/fire
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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.


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Time running out on Oregon taxpayers with expired refund checks
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 08/23/16 9:07 AM
SALEM, Oregon--Thousands of taxpayers across Oregon have tax refund money awaiting them, but it'll soon be harder to get. After state checks expire, two years from their issuance date, there's a limited window of time to get them reissued before additional requirements apply.

"We still have more than 5,000 taxpayers with almost $1 million in expired checks," said Steve Bergmann, Oregon Department of Revenue accounting manager. "We want these taxpayers to get their money before they have to take additional steps."

Revenue sent letters to nearly 7,000 taxpayers in July, warning them that their checks are expired and they need to request a new check before the amount is transferred to the Department of State Lands (DSL). Some have already asked for a reissued check, claiming their portion of almost $1.5 million in expired refunds that Revenue identified in July. If you got a notification letter from Revenue, Bergmann said you should sign the notification letter and return it as soon as possible to have your check reissued.

Each October, Revenue has to send any expired check amounts to the Unclaimed Property Program at DSL. To claim property from DSL, taxpayers need a notarized claim and copies of identity-verifying documents.

Bergmann said the most common reasons for not cashing a refund check are misplacement of the check and having an incorrect mailing address on file with Revenue. He said taxpayers should notify Revenue of any address changes to ensure receipt of all tax-related correspondence.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; call 1 (800) 356-4222 toll-free (English or Spanish) or (503) 378-4988; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1 (800) 886-7204.
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Mon. 08/22/16
Small Wildland Fire NE of Depoe Bay
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 08/22/16 7:29 PM
Thank you in advance for your assistance with community the following information to our Lincoln County Community Members.

The smoke in the NE area of Depoe Bay to Lincoln City is due to a small wildland fire 2 miles east of Depoe Bay. Local Fire Officials are on scene and NO structures are threatened. Community Members are asked to NOT call 911 unless it is an emergency; Fire Officials are aware of the situation and are on scene.

More information will be provided to local, regional media as it becomes available. Information requests can be directed to:

Virginia "Jenny" Demaris
Emergency Manager
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
225 W. Olive St., Newport, Oregon 97365
vdemaris@co.lincoln.or.us
(541) 265-4199 Office
(541) 270-0702 Cell
Teen Driver Rescued From Submerged Vehicle In Canal - Crook County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/22/16 5:43 PM
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On August 22, 2016 at about 7:50AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a car that had crashed into an irrigation canal on Highway 370 near milepost 10, (six miles west of Prineville).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Ford Taurus was traveling eastbound on Highway 370 (O'Neil Highway) when the vehicle drifted off the roadway and onto the shoulder. The driver attempted to bring the vehicle onto the highway but lost control, crossing both lanes of travel. The car rolled over after it left the north side of the highway, upside down into an irrigation canal. The vehicle was submerged in the canal which had approximately 18" of water in it.

Two other motorists stopped and quickly began efforts to free the driver from the vehicle. The witnesses had to recline the driver's seat and use a knife to cut the driver from her seat belt. The driver, a sixteen year old female from Redmond was taken by private vehicle to an area hospital for minor injuries.

According to the driver's father, Denis FAST, he credits the quick measures the motorists who stopped at the crash scene by saving his daughter from drowning.

No further information.


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Community organizations team up to host Teen Health Expo to be held Tues., Aug. 23, at Hillsboro Clinic
Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area - 08/22/16 5:36 PM
Washington County Public Health, the Neighborhood Health Center, and the Inukai Family Boys & Girls Club Youth Advisory Council are teaming up to host a Teen Health Expo. The event will be held at the Hillsboro Clinic at 266 W. Main Street on Tuesday August 23, 2016 from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm.

This event will be an informative and positive exposition to educate teens and young adults on reproductive health options and resources available in the County. All members of the community are welcome.
Media Advisory: City of Gresham welcomes home Olympian Sam Crouser; Javelin thrower returns to PDX from Brazil on Tuesday, Aug. 23
City of Gresham - 08/22/16 5:19 PM
Memories for a lifetime! Gresham native and Olympian Sam Crouser, 24, returns home after competing in track and field at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Crouser will be greeted by Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis and local dignitaries at the Portland International Airport when his flight arrives at 11:40 a.m. Tuesday. The Gresham High School graduate and University of Oregon Duck represented Oregon and the United States in the men's javelin. Sam competed on the U.S. team with his cousin, Ryan Crouser, a Barlow High School graduate, who set a new Olympic record and won gold in the men's shot put. Ryan will not be at this event, but is expected to return to Gresham next month.

WHAT: A highly anticipated gathering at the airport gate as proud city leaders welcome Sam home from the Olympics.

WHO: Mayor Shane Bemis, Gresham City Councilors, Sam's family and friends.

WHERE: Portland International Airport, United Airlines Flight 569 (Sam will be greeted just outside of the security area).

WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 23, est. flight arrival is 11:40 AM

VISUALS and INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:
- Lots of hugs and cheering.
- A large welcome-home banner.
- Balloons.
- A 6'6, 229-pound Olympic athlete.
- Mayor Shane Bemis.

PLEASE NOTE: A separate event will be planned for Ryan Crouser, who will be returning to Gresham next month.
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The City of Salem Continues Burn Ban During Red Flag Conditions
City of Salem - 08/22/16 4:18 PM
With the extended weather forecast continuing to call for high temperatures and gusty winds, the City of Salem will continue to ban open burning until further notice.

All outdoor burning, including ceremonial and recreational fires, will continue to be prohibited within the City of Salem. This ban is based on weather conditions and community fire safety needs. The ban will remain in effect through this week. The City will reevaluate the forecast later this week prior to determining burn status for the weekend.

Cooking outdoors in approved propane or charcoal barbecue grills is allowed during this total burning ban, but always remember and follow safe grilling practices, and properly dispose of coals in a metal container when finished.

The Burn Ban includes the following open burning situations:

1. Agricultural burning
2. Land clearing or slash burning
3.Recreational fires, including:
a. Backyard fire pits
b. Outdoor fireplaces and portable fireplaces
4. Ceremonial Fires

Individuals found to be in violation of these requirements during the burn ban may be held liable for the cost of extinguishment and for any property damage resulting from an illegal fire.

For any questions please call the City of Salem Fire Department at 503-588-6245.
MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OP: Over 150 University of Portland students volunteer at schools, parks and non-profits across the city as part of public service project, August 23-24
University of Portland - 08/22/16 3:26 PM
(Portland, OR) -- Over 150 University of Portland students, including 120 freshmen and transfer students, arrived on campus early this week to volunteer at local schools, parks and non-profit organizations during the Moreau Center's annual Service Plunge, August 23-24.

Under the direction of 30 student leaders, Service Plunge volunteers will complete several projects at eleven locations around Portland prior to the start of the 2016-17 school year on August 29. Volunteer projects include clean-up and preparation at four Portland Public Schools, working with five local non-profits and clean-up and maintenance support at two Portland Parks & Recreation sites.

Media is invited to visit students at any of these Service Plunge work sites. Student leaders and students will be available for on camera interviews during the times stated below:

- Tuesday, August 23 -
Where: CAESAR CHAVEZ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, 5103 N. Willis Blvd.
What: 115 UP students participating in school clean-up and prep
When: 1:30pm to 5:00pm
Over 115 University of Portland will help staff at Caesar Chavez Elementary School prepare for the start of the new school year. Students will be painting and doing other maintenance projects to help support the school.

- Wednesday, August 24 -
Where: HARPER'S PLAYGROUND AND ARBOR LODGE PARK, 2525 N Dekum Street
What: 25 UP students volunteering with playground clean-up and maintenance
When: 9am to 12noon
University of Portland students helped construct Harper's Playground, Portland's first universally-accessible playground inspired by Harper Goldberg, in 2012. This week students are back to help the Goldberg family and Portland Parks & Recreation by cleaning up trash, weeding, spreading bark mulch and returning sand into the sand play area.

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Where: COLUMBIA CHILDREN'S ARBORETUM, 10040 NE 6th Drive
What: 48 UP students assisting Friends of Trees with removing invasive species
When: 9am to 12noon
This Service Plunge includes removing invasive species and protecting recently planted native trees and shrubs at the Columbia Children's Arboretum, a 110-acre arboretum and natural area tucked away by the Columbia River and just five miles from the UP campus.

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The Moreau Center, according to its mission statement, "helps develop skills, knowledge, and habits to serve the world through hope, compassion and solidarity. Rooted in Catholic social teaching, we provide direct service opportunities, leadership development, reflection and social analysis. We aim to make God known, loved and served by caring for our neighbors, building community and working for the common good."  The Moreau Center is named in honor of Rev. Basil Moreau, C.S.C., founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross.

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The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the American West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering and nursing.
Sheriff's Office Launches Summer Driving Campaign (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/22/16 3:22 PM
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Last Friday the Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team launched two separate driving campaigns focused to create a safe traveling experience for our visitors and residence. Beginning August 19th and ending September 5th deputies will be working our roadways focusing on impaired and distracted driving.

Our partners at the Oregon Department of transportation have offered eleven tips to "ditch the distractions."

1. Turn it off and stow it. Turn your phone off or switch it to silent mode before you get in the car. Then stow it away so that it's out of reach.
2. Spread the word. Record a message on your phone that tells callers you're driving and will get back to them when you're off the road, or sign up for a service that offers this feature.
3. Install an app. Apps can help you avoid texting while driving. Go to your app store and search for "distracted driving."
4. Pull over. If you need to make a call, pull over to a safe area first.
5. Use your passengers. Ask a passenger to make the call or respond to a text for you.
6. X the text. Don't ever text and drive, browse online or read your email while driving. It's dangerous and against the law in most states. Even voice-to-text isn't risk-free.
7. Know the law. Familiarize yourself with state and local laws before you get in the car. Oregon prohibits the use of hand-held cell phones in addition to texting.
8. Prepare. If using a GPS device, enter your destination before you start to drive. If you prefer a map or written directions, review them in advance. If you need help while driving, ask a passenger to assist you or pull over to a safe location to change your GPS or review your map/directions.
9. Secure your pets. Unsecured pets can be a big distraction in the car.
10. Mind the kids. Pull over to a safe place to address situations involving children in the car.
11. Focus on driving. Multi-tasking behind the wheel is dangerous. Refrain from eating, drinking, reading, grooming, smoking, and any other activity that takes your mind and eyes off the road.

The Sheriff's Office would like to remind our motorist to drive safe and sober, extra patrols are made possible by grants through the Oregon State Sheriff's Association and the Oregon Department of Transportation.


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Reminder of Press Conference - NW Regional Rollout of Text to 911
Clark Regional Emergency Services (CRESA) - 08/22/16 2:50 PM
911 Agencies, in NW Oregon and SW Washington, Unveil Text to 911 Capability on August 23rd, 2016

August 23rd, 2016 -- Vancouver, WA --
Members of the media are invited to a press conference on August 23rd, 2016 at 10:00 AM at the Clark Regional Emergency Services agency at 710 W 13th Street in Vancouver, Washington.
Eight 911 agencies will have representatives speaking about the importance of text-to-911, demonstrating the capability of how 911 dispatchers can receive and respond to text messages during emergencies. This capability will be of utmost importance if the caller is deaf, hard-of-hearing, speech impaired, for when speaking out loud would put the caller in danger.
Given some of the limitations of the technology, however, our primary message will be "Call if you can, Text if you can't" as voice calls are still the fastest way to communicate and receive help from 911.
The eight 911 agencies who will be present will include Clackamas County Department of Communications (CCOM), Marion Area Multi-Agency Emergency Telecommunications Dispatch (METCOM), Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA), Bureau of Emergency Communications (BOEC), Astoria 911, Columbia County 911, Lake Oswego Communications (LOCOM), and Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency (WCCCA).
Your presence is appreciated and will grant you access to representatives that will address information around text to 911, answer questions about text to 911, and provide you a look at live demonstration of text to 911. Members of the deaf and hard of hearing community will also be invited and this press conference will be sign interpreted.
Please RSVP to Kristine.devore@clark.wa.gov so that you can be provided a parking pass and to facilitate logistics.
***Update - Name Correction**** Lapine Man Killed In Highway 97 Crash - Deschutes County
Oregon State Police - 08/22/16 2:32 PM
Obrien not Obrian

Previous Release:
On August 22, 2016 at about 8:15AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a head-on collision on Highway 97 near milepost 145 (south of Bend).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu was traveling northbound on Highway 97 (in the fast lane) when it rear-ended a 2016 Ford F350, also traveling northbound. After this impact, the Chevrolet slid out of control, crossing the center yellow line and was struck on the passenger side by a southbound 2009 Honda Accord.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Joshua S MATTHES, age 25, of La Pine, was pronounced deceased on scene by emergency personnel. The driver of the Honda, Ashley S OBRIEN, age 24, of Oak Park, California, was seriously injured and taken to Saint Charles in Bend for medical treatment. The driver of the Ford, John NORRIS, age 59, of Bend was not injured.

Highway 97 was closed for one hour for the investigation to be conducted. OSP was assisted on scene by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Sunriver Fire, Bend Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation. This is an ongoing investigation; more information will be released as it becomes available.
Marion County Fire Defense Board Lifts Burn Ban (Photo)
Silverton Fire Dist. - 08/22/16 2:25 PM
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Due to the return of cooler weather and the increase of humidity, the Marion County Fire Defense Board has lifted the total burn ban that was imposed last Thursday, August 18, 2016, effective immediately. Recreational and agricultural fires are allowed within Marion County beginning today, August 22nd. This does not include ODF regulated lands.

Remember that Oregon Department of Forestry Fire restrictions and closures still apply on all ODF regulated/protected lands which includes all burning. Please contact the nearest Oregon Department of Forestry office for details and further information about waivers for regulated use rules including campfire waivers. Campfires in designated County, State, and Federal parks and campgrounds, are not affected at this time. Please refer to those entities for specific regulations for those locations.

Silverton Fire District urges residents to continue to use extreme caution with smoking materials, barbecues, and other open flames.

Visit our website at www.silvertonfire.com for more tips, including how to protect a home located in a wildland urban interface, from a potential wildfire.

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Attached Media Files: Silverton Fire Wildland Fire
Tigard Man Suffers Burns After Hash-Oil Explosion
Tigard Police - 08/22/16 2:03 PM
On August 20th shortly before 6 p.m., Tigard Police were dispatched to a report of an explosion occurring at the Park Glen Apartments located at 9305 SW Commercial Street in Tigard. Within minutes, a Tigard officer arrived and observed that a window on the second floor was blown out leaving glass strewn throughout the parking lot area as well as the window frame pulled-away from the building. The officer attempted contact at the affected apartment unit and was met at the door by the tenant who had visible burns over his body, neck and face. After quickly checking for other possible occupants, the officer escorted the victim to the arriving emergency medical units to be treated. The victim had been alone in the rental unit at the time of the explosion. No others were injured.

Investigators learned that the victim allegedly had attempted to create hash-oil which involves the use of flammables and other accelerants when the explosion occurred. The Westside Interagency Narcotics (WIN) team as well as the TVF&R Hazardous Materials Team were summoned to assist with the investigation.

The victim was transported by ambulance to Emanuel Hospital in Portland. No arrest has been made. The incident remains under investigation.
Overnight assault may be bias crime
Fairview Police Dept. - 08/22/16 1:39 PM
On August 21, 2016 at about 11p.m. Fairview Police responded to a report of a food theft from a gas station located at Fairview Parkway and NE Sandy Blvd. The suspect in that case was last seen walking east on Sandy Blvd. Just as officers cleared the theft call, they received a call regarding an assault from the Portland RV Park located in the 21400 block of NE Sandy, just a short distance away from the theft call. The caller described the suspect and that description matched the description of the suspect from the theft.

It was reported to the police that the suspect, later identified as 26 year old Matthew Holt, had approached the victim, an adult male who was apparently identified by the suspect as being gay, and asked if he had drugs for sale. After telling Mr. Holt that he and his family didn't have or use drugs, Mr. Holt started walking away deeper into the RV park. Concerned about what Mr. Holt may do, the victim followed Mr. Holt at a distance while the victim's partner called 911. The victim saw Mr. Holt pick up a chair from another resident's RV site. The victim told Mr. Holt to put the chair back and Mr. Holt responded by trying to hit the victim with the chair, and then by punching the victim in the face which caused a minor injury to the victim. Mr. Holt then walked away and was later discovered by Fairview Police where he was placed under arrest.

Mr. Holt made statements to the arresting officer that led the officer to believe that the assault was motivated at least in part by the victim's sexual identity. Follow-up investigation has supported a basis for this presumption. Mr. Holt will be charged with Assault in the 4th degree (class A misdemeanor; causing physical injury to another person) and Intimidation in the 2nd degree (class A misdemeanor; offensive physical contact/simple assault based upon a person's protected status, i.e. sexual orientation).

We do not believe that there are any more victims and at this time we do not believe there is an ongoing threat to the community. This case has been referred to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for prosecution.

The Fairview Police Department would like to thank the victim and witnesses in this case for providing clear statements and descriptions to officers that led to the arrest in this case. It is not always easy for people to report crimes when they have been victimized and their courage is commended.

Assaults are never acceptable. However, when they are conducted with motivation to harm someone because of their race, gender, or, as it appears in this case, sexual identity, the crime takes on a more repugnant tone. Laws are in place to protect those who have historically been victimized without protections. The Fairview Police Department will thoroughly pursue all bias crimes when brought to our attention. We are pleased that the outcome of this crime was not serious in terms of physical injury, however, we are concerned any time a member of our community is targeted due to their sexual identity, race, or other protected group.
Department of Revenue releases marijuana tax collection numbers
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 08/22/16 1:24 PM
SALEM, Ore.--As of July 31, the Department of Revenue has processed $25.5 million in marijuana tax payments this year. Medical marijuana dispensaries started collecting a 25-percent tax on their recreational marijuana sales in January.

Dispensaries' second quarter returns were due August 1, 2016. Any dispensary that collected taxes on the sale of recreational marijuana products is required to file a quarterly return. Dispensaries can be penalized for failing to file these returns in a timely manner. The quarterly return form and instructions are available at www.oregon.gov/dor/marijuana. If dispensaries have any questions about filling out the form or their filing obligation, they can contact the Marijuana Tax Program at (503) 947-2597 or marijuanatax.dor@oregon.gov.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1 (800) 356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); (503) 378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1 (800) 886-7204.
More Local Red Cross Responders Head Out to Help Louisiana Flood Relief Efforts
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/22/16 12:49 PM
Twenty-seven Red Cross responders from Oregon and Southwest Washington are on the ground in Louisiana helping with the flood relief efforts; Red Cross has served more than 200,000 meals/snacks and provided 39,000 overnight stays.

PORTLAND, Ore., August 22, 2016 -- The American Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) has deployed additional responders to Louisiana to help with flood relief efforts.

To date, 27 responders from Bend, Tigard, Monmouth, Wood Village, Medford, Silverton, Florence, Salem, Portland, Lake Oswego, Wolf Creek, Keiser, Williams, and Turner, Oregon, as well as Longview and Vancouver, Washington are either on the ground or heading to Louisiana. They are assisting affected communities by managing shelters, providing emergency financial assistance, health and mental health services, transportation services, and coordinating with local government entities to help deliver assistance.

Volunteers on the ground describe the damage as "catastrophic". Patty Albin and her husband Chuck, from Medford, Oregon, are among the 1,700 Red Cross responders from throughout the nation helping people who have lost everything.

"This morning a family from Baton Rouge came to us to get help -- a woman, man and two small children." Patty Albin said. "They told us they had stayed at a hotel until their money ran out and since then have been living in their car. We helped to make sure they got to a Red Cross shelter. Just before they left, the woman mentioned today is the little boy's birthday. He is turning seven. We brought him a stuffed Mickey Mouse toy and he lit up. This is why we're here. To give comfort and help people connect with the resources they need," Patty said.

The Albin's have family members in Baton Rouge who were affected by the storm. Chuck's brother and his family lost everything in the widespread flooding. The Albin's volunteer with the Red Cross for as many as 12 hours per day and then head to Chuck's brother's home to help their family with clean-up efforts.

THE SITUATION IN LOUISIANA:
The flooding in Louisiana is the worst natural disaster to hit the United States since Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Early estimates predict the massive Red Cross relief effort could cost at least $30 million, although the cost estimate may grow as we learn more about the scope and magnitude of the devastation. Local officials are estimating that more than 40,000 homes have been damaged. This is the second time in five months that Louisiana has seen more than 24 inches of rain during a single storm.

Red Cross workers are providing shelter, food and comfort right now, and will continue to be there in the weeks and months as ahead, helping residents recover from this disaster. Each day, the Red Cross is able to get into more and more neighborhoods, and volunteers are working tirelessly to provide assistance. In some areas, residents are still experiencing flooding, while other neighborhoods are facing the challenge of cleaning up.

Here are some of the ways the Red Cross is helping people affected by flooding:
Distributing food: since the onset of the flooding, the Red Cross and partners have served more than 200,000 meals and snacks.
Providing shelter: on Saturday night 3,000 people were still seeking refuge in 20 Red Cross and community shelters in Louisiana. At the peak of the floods, more than 50 shelters provided safety for more than 10,000 people. The Red Cross has provided more than 39,000 overnight shelter stays since the flooding began.
Distributing relief supplies: Red Cross has distributed more than 32,000 relief items. Dozens of disaster response vehicles and trailer-loads of relief supplies are in Louisiana. Some of these supplies include water, personal hygiene items, insect repellant, cleaning kits and bleach.
Connecting people to resources: the Red Cross call center has handled more than 16,000 calls from people seeking information and help since the floods began.
Shelter volunteers are providing emotional support and helping to replace items like lost eyeglasses and medications.

HOW TO HELP:
Donations are urgently needed. To help people affected by the Louisiana Floods or the California Wildfires visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

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


Attached Media Files: 2016-08/1190/97112/News_Release_-_More_Local_Responders_Head_to_Louisiana;_Thousands_Still_Staying_at_Red_Cross_Shelters.pdf
Oregon Credit Unions Can Help Relieve Financial Stress
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 08/22/16 11:40 AM
TIGARD, OR. -- The top cause of financial stress for Oregonians is paying debt, according to a new, nationwide survey by GoBankingRates. Key factors contributing to that stress in the Beaver State are credit card debt and high housing costs.

Credit unions can help, because they offer better interest rates on credit cards, loans, and savings accounts than most banks. For example, Oregon credit union members saved a collective $31 million in credit card interest rates last year vs. what they would have been charged by banks. Credit unions charged 5.63% lower interest rates than banks on classic credit cards. Oregon's credit unions also generally offer better interest rates on 15 and 30-year mortgages and home equity loans. Most credit unions also provide free financial counseling to help you manage your money.

How is all of this possible? Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, owned by their members. With no stockholders to pay, earnings are reinvested in the members.

Find out more about credit union membership by visiting http://www.asmarterchoice.org.
The GoBankingRates survey on financial stress can be found here: https://www.gobankingrates.com/personal-finance/financial-stress-state/

Source: Informa Resource Services, National Credit Union Association and Credit Union National Association analysis for the year ending March 31, 2016.




Attached Media Files: 2016-08/4992/97110/Oregon_credit_unions_can_help_relieve_financial_stress.docx
Coffee with a Cop set for August 24-Date Correction
Salem Police Dept. - 08/22/16 11:38 AM
Please note this event is August 24

Officers from the Salem Police Department extend an invitation to Salem residents for coffee and conversation at Starbucks Coffee Company, 1134 Lancaster DR NE, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 24.

The event, known as Coffee with a Cop, is an opportunity for community members to join officers for good conversation over an enjoyable cup of coffee.

"We hope the community has come to enjoy our coffee meets," said Lt. Dave Okada whose section oversees and participates in the program, "We are excited to be holding this next event in northeast Salem. Each session has been enjoyable as we have had the opportunity to have great dialogue with our community members in a relaxed and comfortable setting," Okada added.

The August event makes the fifth time the Salem Police Department meets with Salem residents as Coffee with a Cop has evolved into a standard community outreach program.

For more information about the event, please contact the Salem Police Crime Prevention Unit at 503-588-6175.

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Washington Credit Unions Can Help Relieve Financial Stress
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 08/22/16 11:38 AM
SEATAC, WA. -- The top cause of financial stress for Washingtonians is paying off debt, according to a new, nationwide survey by GoBankingRates. A key factor contributing to that stress in the Evergreen State is credit card debt, which averages over $6,200 a year and is higher than average debt in most states.

Washington Credit unions can help you manage that stress, because they offer much lower interest rates on credit cards. For example, Washington credit union members saved a collective $111 million in credit card interest rates last year vs. what they would have been charged by banks. Credit unions charged 5.63% lower interest rates than banks on classic credit cards. Most credit unions also provide free financial counseling to help you manage your money.

How is all of this possible? Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, owned by their members. With no stockholders to pay, earnings are reinvested in the members.

Find out more about credit union membership by visiting http://www.asmarterchoice.org.
The GoBankingRates survey on financial stress can be found here: https://www.gobankingrates.com/personal-finance/financial-stress-state/

Source: Informa Resource Services, National Credit Union Association and Credit Union National Association analysis for the year ending March 31, 2016.


Attached Media Files: 2016-08/4992/97109/Washington_credit_unions_can_help_relieve_financial_stress.docx
Magazine Salesman Arrested for Harassment
Corvallis Police - 08/22/16 11:32 AM
On August 21, 2016, at 3:22 pm Corvallis Police Department officers responded to an address on SE Bayou Place after a female resident reported a door-to-door magazine salesman touched her in an offensive manner and made sexually suggestive statements to her. The suspect, 20-year-old Laderrick McCray of Mississippi, came to the victim's residence as an employee of an out of state magazine sales company. McCray was very pushy and flirtatious, and led the victim from the doorway of her residence by putting his arm around her lower back. He then insisted that she let him come inside the residence, which she refused to do. His demeanor and comments made the victim uncomfortable and concerned for her personal safety.

McCray ultimately left the residence after the female returned inside her house, locked the door, and called police. Based on the suspect description, McCray was later located and arrested on the crime of Harassment. He was lodged at the Benton County Correctional Facility on that charge with a bail of $12,500.

Below is a link to McCray's booking photo:
https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/inmate_detail?inmate=1600001438
Media Map Maintenance
Portland/Mult Co 9-1-1 - 08/22/16 11:30 AM
Access to the BOEC Media Map will be impacted on Tuesday On August 23, 2016 from 5AM to 7AM for routine maintenance.
UPDATED: Arjun Chagarlamudi, M.D., Joins Cascade Cardiology (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 08/22/16 11:11 AM
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Salem, OR, (Aug. 22, 2016) - Arjun Chagarlamudi, M.D., has joined Cascade Cardiology. Chagarlamudi comes to Salem from Greenville, NC, where he recently completed his Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at East Carolina University.

Chagarlamudi graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine in 2008. Originally from Canada, he will be joining Cascade Cardiology and treat Medicaid patients among all other insured.

"I'm looking forward to joining Cascade Cardiology and being part of a team that treats patients across a wide spectrum of stages and conditions. In addition to seeing patients with advanced disease, I'd like to see and treat active, healthy patients from a preventative perspective in order to mitigate cardiovascular risk," said Chagarlamudi.

While completing his Internal Medicine Residency and Cardiovascular Disease Fellowships, Chagarlamudi participated in medical missions in developing countries. During his trips to Haiti, Nicaragua and Palestine he provided care to those who usually don't have the opportunity to receive quality treatment. "The most rewarding part of participating in medical missions is being able to bring the highest standard of U.S. medicine to an underserved population, who are often in dire need of this care," he said.

Chagarlamudi will join Maziar Azadpour, M.D., FACC, FSCAI, Ashit G. Patel, M.D., FACC, FHRS and Harminder P. Gandhok, M.D., FACC, FSCAI in the practice. Cascade Cardiology is headquartered in Salem, Oregon at the Meridian at 777 Commercial ST SE and has two additional locations to serve patients at Woodburn Health Center at 1475 Mount Hood AVE, Woodburn and at Silverton Health at 400 Welch ST, Silverton. www.CascadeCardiology.com or 503-485-4787.

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ABOUT CASCADE CARDIOLOGY: Cascade Cardiology is headquartered in Salem, Oregon at the Meridian at 777 Commercial ST SE and has two additional locations to serve patients at Woodburn Health Center at 1475 Mount Hood AVE, Woodburn and at Silverton Health at 400 Welch ST, Silverton. Cascade Cardiology is a member of the Salem Health's Cardiology CIN. They offer comprehensive, noninvasive and invasive cardiovascular care that includes interventional, peripheral vascular, cardiac rhythm management, advanced heart failure and arrhythmia care. The clinic manages complex cardiac patients including treating advanced heart failure patients as inpatient and/or outpatient. Cascade Cardiology is accredited in the area of adult Transthoracic by the ICAEL (The Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories). Accreditation means that Cascade has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The ICAEL grants this widely respected accreditation only to those facilities found to be providing quality patient care in compliance with national standards, a comprehensive application process and review.

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Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update: August 22
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/22/16 10:40 AM
Fires on ODF-Protected Lands
The weather service issued a red flag warning effective through today in South Central Oregon.

NEW

Shed Fire
The 12-acre Shed Fire about 10 miles east of Chiloquin started yesterday evening. The cause is under investigation.

UPDATE

Withers Fire
The 3,424-acre Withers Fire one mile north of Paisley is 85 percent contained. Evacuation notices lifted. For more information click here https://www.facebook.com/scofmpfireinfo.

An arsonist started the fire. Officials are conducting a criminal investigation. Specific details will not be released during the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call 541-947-2504. For information on any other suspicious activity on public lands call Oregon State Police at 503-375-3555. For emergencies call 911.

Fires on Other Jurisdictions

For more info on these fires visit the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.

NEW

Cherry Road Fire
The 14,500-acre Cherry Road Fire burning 7 miles southwest of Adrian is 5 percent contained.

UPDATES

Rail Fire
The 30,273-acre Rail Fire burning 5 miles west of Unity is 35 percent contained.

Sheridan Fire
The 191-acre Sheridan Fire burning 13 miles north of La Pine is 80 percent contained. Evacuation notices lifted.

Fire Statistics

Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. When fire activity increases, the latest information might not be included in the statistics.

January 1, 2016, through yesterday:
Lightning-caused fires: 61 fires burned 2,338 acres
Human-caused fires: 486 fires burned 1,964 acres
Total: 547 fires burned 4,302 acres

10-year average (for this period of the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 261 fires burned 28,675 acres
Human-caused fires: 465 fires burned 4,480 acres
Total: 726 fires burned 33,155 acres

For info on breaking fires, go to the department's wildfire blog.
TODAY - N. PDX Back to School Bash to Connect Families w/ Community Resources for Upcoming School Year
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 08/22/16 6:00 AM
(Portland, OR) August 11, 2016 -- "It takes a village to raise a child," and on August 22, 2016, that village will be North Portland coming together to help hundreds of kids get ready for school. The Salvation Army is hosting its first Back to School Bash from 11am -- 4pm at its location at 5325 N. Williams Ave. There, resources will be provided for youth and parents, specifically Middle and High School-aged kids, not only so that they can be prepared for the coming school year, but to also to prepare them for the future. Resources could include: free haircuts, food, school supplies and clothing, tutoring and homework help, nutrition and hygiene education and services, connections to medical services, career and employment support, and more.

"Our goal is to connect parents and students with the resources they need for the upcoming school year -- especially middle school and high school-aged kids," says Captain Angel Marquez, Corps Officer at The Salvation Army Moore Street Corps in North Portland. "We have noticed that younger students generally have more support available to them, so we want to make sure that all students -- no matter their age -- are able to be helped this year. This is why we are so excited to bring together community partners who have a common mission -to provide kids with the foundation they need to do well in school this year and for years to come."

Upon arrival, families are asked to check in at the front desk to receive a punch card for the event. After that, they are invited to visit areas and booths to earn a punch on the card. When completed, they can turn the punch card to win a prize.

Bring your friends out for a day filled with health, prizes, and games.

If you are a local organization who would like to participate, please contact Captain Angel Marquez at 971-340-4010 or angel.marquez@usw.salvationarmy.org. For more information, check out the event on Facebook at.facebook.com/samoorestreet/




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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army works in 124 countries worldwide. For more information, or to make a donation, visit us online at www.salvationarmyportland.org. People wishing to make monetary donations can do so by calling 503.238.GIVE (4483), or by mail, The Salvation Army, 8495 SE Monterey Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086-7844.

Friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyPortland
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Red Cross Responds to Fire in NE Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/21/16 11:26 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on August 21, 2016 at approximately 8:00 p.m. in the 00 block of NE Cook Street in Portland. The single-family fire affected three adults and one child. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, health services, mental health services, and information about recovery services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
The Future of the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum Campus Secure! New Investors close deal with bankruptcy court on MKS property.
Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum - 08/21/16 9:36 PM
McMinnville, OR (Aug. 19, 2016) -- The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and Wings & Waves Waterpark (EASM), a 501c3 entity, is pleased to announce that an investor group - The Falls Event Center LLC - has delivered the funds to purchase assets formerly owned by the Michael K. Smith Foundation, which had filed for bankruptcy in January of this year. Judge Dunn acknowledged the sale at a hearing that took place Friday morning, August 19th in Portland. The completion of the sale is expected within a few days. EASM is confident that The Falls Event Center LLC will be a supportive and collaborative landlord and will help to foster the growth of the Museum's mission "to inspire and educate, promote and preserve aviation and space history, and honor the patriotic service of our veterans".

The Falls Event Center LLC, partially owned by Steve Down, an Oregon native, has provided the funds needed to complete the purchase of these assets, which include: Wings & Waves Waterpark, the Evergreen Chapel and the Evergreen Space Museum. The EASM will continue to operate these facilities with normal hours and procedures and will work with a transition team on future enhancements. In addition to the buildings listed, nine artifacts and the land surrounding the current museum facilities were acquired through the sale. At this time, there is no plan to move any of the artifacts off-site.

"It is outstanding that with the court settlement today, the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum with its new partners, will be able to enhance our community, state and nation far into the future. As it strives to become a destination that will encompass a world class museum and education center for everyone to enjoy," stated John Rasmussen, Museum Board President.

"We are excited to become a part of the community of McMinnville, OR and the surrounding Willamette Valley through this purchase. We know that the Museum is a tourism draw for the region and we are planning to support and to grow the campus as originally envisioned by the founder, Delford M. Smith. We intend to help the Museum become Oregon's top destination within a few years," said The Falls Event Center CEO Steve Down.

The Museum management team is working closely with The Falls Event Center LLC to ensure a seamless transition of the Wings & Waves waterpark in the new year. EASM will continue to operate and enhance programs, events and activities as tenants on the campus. EASM continues to be the home of Howard Hughes' Flying Boat, "Spruce Goose," and over 150 other air and space artifacts. EASM educational programs are offered on location and at regional satellites, including the Pierson Air Museum in Vancouver, WA.
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Evergreen Museum Campus:
Located in the heart of Oregon's Willamette Valley wine country, the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum ("EASM") is the home of the world's largest wooden flying boat, the "Spruce Goose," the SR-71 "Blackbird," and the Titan II SLV Missile. Located on over 200 acres and encompassing four massive and magnificent buildings, the EASM exhibits more than 200 historic aircraft, spacecraft, accessible to visitors of all ages and enhanced with artwork and traveling exhibits. The Museum values its educational mission "to inspire and educate" and it's partnerships with the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, the Oregon Space Consortium and the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program, and scores of regional educational institutions.

The Museum facility is located at 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, across the highway from the McMinnville Airport and about three miles southeast of the charming town of McMinnville, Ore., on Highway 18. The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular visitor admission is required. Call 503-434-4180 or visit www.evergreenmuseum.org for more information.
Sheriff's Office Seeking Public's Help In Locating Possible Kidnap Victim ***Update***
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/21/16 8:13 PM
Today at 7:30 p.m., deputies arrested Alfredo Lopez-Almonte, age 29, for Kidnapping x 2, Assault IV x 3, Menacing x 2 all of which are related to domestic violence. Deputies were able to obtain probable cause after releasing a video capturing an instance where Lopez-Almonte kidnapped his then girlfriend.

The victim came forward after seeing herself on the news, the Sheriff's Office is not releasing the name of the victim in this case. In addition to his new charges Lopez-Almonte also had warrants for his arrest for Assault IV Domestic, DUII and Alien Unlawfully Present Due to Order of Removal from USA, Lopez-Almonte was arrested at his Salem home without incident. Please watch our web page for the booking image of Lopez-Almonte it will be available once he has been booked at the Marion County Jail.




On July 24th at 7:00 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the 100 block of Lancaster Drive SE in Salem. A witness reported to deputies that a male and female were in a physical argument and the male was chocking the female.

Deputies arrived in the area within 7 minutes of the call and could not locate the couple or their vehicle. Although they could not locate the vehicle deputies continued with their investigation attempting to retrieve video images from a local business.

On August 18th deputies obtained the video which clearly showed an older, white, Ford Expedition being driven by a male. The male exits the vehicle and forces a female back inside after she attempts to run away. Deputies believe the male and female are possibly Hispanic and may live in south east Salem. Deputies are seeking any information on the location of the vehicle or the identity of its occupants.

If you have any information regarding the vehicle or its occupants please call Sergeant Don Parise at 503-932-8483, you may remain anonymous.

The video can be viewed and obtained by following this link; https://youtu.be/EY-V4BVDOJs
Gresham Police Seek Public's Help in Locating Missing Elderly Male (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 08/21/16 6:37 PM
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GRESHAM, Ore.--Police are searching for 69 year old Thomas Walker of Sammamish, Washington. Walker arrived in the Gresham area earlier this week to compete in a swimming competition at Mt. Hood Community College. This morning at 8:00 a.m., Walker left the college and has not been heard from since. Friends and family are concerned for Walker's welfare due to a heart condition. Walker is currently without his medication and is unfamiliar with the area. Walker is described as a white male, 69 years old, 5'11", 180 pounds, with gray hair. He was last seen wearing a red t-shirt, swim trunks, and carrying a black athletic bag.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Walker is encouraged to contact the Gresham Police Department.


Attached Media Files: Thomas Walker
Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update: August 21
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/21/16 10:00 AM
Fires on ODF-Protected Lands
The weather service issued a red flag warning effective through today.


NEW

None.

UPDATE

Withers Fire
The 3,424-acre Withers Fire one mile north of Paisley is 65 percent contained. An arsonist started the fire. Officials are conducting a criminal investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call 541-947-2504. Evacuation notices in effect. For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/scofmpfireinfo.

Fires on Other Jurisdictions

For more info on these fires visit the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center at http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/.

NEW

None.

UPDATES

Rail Fire
The 29,097-acre Rail Fire burning 5 miles west of Unity is 30 percent contained.

Sheridan Fire
The 191-acre Sheridan Fire burning 13 miles north of La Pine is 60 percent contained. Evacuation notices lifted.

Rim Reservoir Fire
The 669-acre Rim Reservoir Fire burning 23 miles east of Burns Junction is 80 percent contained. This is the last report, unless significant activity occurs.

Fire Statistics

Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. When fire activity increases, the latest information might not be included in the statistics.

January 1, 2016, through yesterday:
Lightning-caused fires: 61 fires burned 2,338 acres
Human-caused fires: 486 fires burned 1,964 acres
Total: 547 fires burned 4,302 acres

10-year average (for this period of the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 256 fires burned 28,234 acres
Human-caused fires: 449 fires burned 4,393 acres
Total: 705 fires burned 32,627 acres

For info on breaking fires, go to the department's wildfire blog.
North Precinct officers respond to shooting - no injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 08/21/16 9:07 AM
Today, August 21, 2016, at 1:39 a.m., North Precinct officers received a call regarding a shooting near N.E. 18th ave and N.E. Alberta st. As officers responded additional information was received indicating that an involved vehicle had crashed at N.E. 21st ave and N.E. Alberta St.

Witnesses reported that four male black teens fled the crash. One was allegedly armed with a gun. This individual was described as being tall, possibly 6'3".

Officers arrived in the area and located a large crime scene but did not find the suspects. At least two uninvolved and unoccupied vehicles and one business (Alberta Veterinary Care)had been struck by gunfire. Investigators believe this incident is gang related.

The Tactical Operations Division's Gang Enforcement Team (GET) and Gun Task Force (GTF) are continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106 or email information to gangs@portlandoregon.gov.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

The Portland Police Bureau works closely with Enough is Enough PDX, a community-led campaign aimed at encouraging people to take a stand against gang violence in the area.

For more information about Enough is Enough PDX and how you can get involved, please visit https://www.facebook.com/EnoughIsEnoughPDX

Additional information about Enough is Enough PDX and other City efforts addressing youth violence can be found at the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, http://www.portlandonline.com/safeyouth/

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous. Rewards of up to $1,000 are available for other unsolved felony crimes - $2,500 for unsolved homicides.

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

###PPB###
Deputies Seeking Help In Locating Hit and Run Driver
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/21/16 8:22 AM
Early this morning around 1:00 a.m., a motorcyclists was traveling north on Lancaster Drive NE near the intersection of Devonshire Avenue NE in Salem. According to witnesses a newer, gray or silver Honda passenger car was traveling south on Lancaster when it turned in front of the motorcycle resulting in the two vehicles colliding.

The motorcyclists was transported from the scene to Salem Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, the driver of the Honda left the scene of the crash and fled north on Lancaster Drive. The Sheriff's Office is seeking any information regarding the vehicle and its occupants, deputies' believe the Honda sustained damage to the passenger side of the vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032 you can remain anonymous.
Sat. 08/20/16
Clackamas Fire District Water Rescue Team Has a Busy Day on the Clackamas River (Photo)
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 08/20/16 11:19 PM
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At 3:55pm on Saturday afternoon Clackamas Fire District as well as the Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium (Clackamas Fire District, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Lake Oswego Fire Department, Gladstone Fire Department, and Clackamas County Sherriff's Office) responded to reports of a 40-year-old female who went under water and never resurfaced just upstream from Carver boat ramp. Multiple bystanders reported that shortly after the individual entered the water she went under the water and was not seen again. On arrival Clackamas Fire District rescue swimmers entered the water and began searching the area where the female was last seen. Other crews from the consortium began arriving including more rescue swimmers, boat crews, and divers. After almost an hour of searching, crews began to transition from rescue mode to a recovery mode. This is one of the hardest decisions our crews have to make and they don't take it lightly.

During rescue mode crews will search aggressively in the area around where the patient was last seen taking into consideration the flow and speed of the water. In recovery mode crews will slow down and perform a more methodical search of the area as well as areas down river.

After almost two hours of searching in both rescue and recovery mode friends and family spotted the individual in question standing on the shore with other bystanders. The patient was in good spirits with no injuries and did not realize that the rescue operation was for her.

As crews were demobilizing from the Carver incident they were dispatched to another incident further up Clackamas River near the Eagle Creek area. A report came in that a 20-year-old female was experiencing a severe allergic reaction from peanuts. The female in question had been floating down the river on an inflatable device when the allergic reaction occurred. Engine crews from Clackamas Fire District's Redland and Boring Stations responded while the boat crews from Clackamas Fire District and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue made there way to find the best access. After finding the best access points, water rescue crews deployed their Rapid Deployment Craft or RDC to reach the patient, treat the patient and transfer her to the opposite river bank. The patient was experiencing an allergic reaction and was treated with epinephrine to reduce swelling in her airway. The patient was then transported by ambulance to an area hospital for further treatment and evaluation.

Neighbors in the area of Trillium Hollow Rd also played a major role in helping identify access points and provided an ATV to transport crews to those points.

As we get into the hot days of the summer season Clackamas Fire District wants to remind everyone on the water to always wear a life jacket and work on the buddy system. In addition come prepared with extra water, food, and any necessary medications in case of an emergency or unexpected change of plans.

Clackamas Fire District Water Rescue Team is a participating member of the Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium. The Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium is a group of water rescue professionals from many of the different fire departments, law enforcement agencies and districts in Clackamas County. Regional service is provided throughout Clackamas County including the Clackamas and Willamette Rivers. Each participating department provides a different rescue discipline to the rescue effort. From swiftwater technicians on kayaks and RDC's, to fast moving Jet skis, whitewater rescue boats and SCUBA divers this team is able to meet the special needs of each rescue.


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UPDATE - Officers respond to a subject on the ledge of the I-205 bridge
Portland Police Bureau - 08/20/16 9:53 PM
###UPDATE###

Officers were able to convince this individual to come off the bridge and get her help. I-205 northbound is open.

###ORIGINAL MESSAGE###

Today, August 20, 2016 at 7:18 p.m., Portland Police officers along with members of the Washington State Patrol and Clark County Sheriff's deputies responded to the northbound lanes of the I-205 bridge on a report of a female sitting on the ledge of the bridge. Officers arrived and learned the she was also armed with a knife.

Enhanced Crisis Intervention officers have responded and officers have attempted to speak with the female but have not been successful at this point. The northbound lanes of I-205 have been closed while officer continue to attempt to negotiate with the individual.

###PPB###
Red Cross Responds to Multi-Family Fire in Clackamas
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/20/16 9:35 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on August 20, 2016 at approximately 4:30 p.m. in the 8000 block of SE Lake Road in Milwaukie. The multi-family fire affected four adults. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, health services, mental health services, and information about recovery services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Dallas Family
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/20/16 9:27 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on August 20, 2016 at approximately 12:30 p.m. in the 400 block of SE Uglow Street in Dallas, OR. The fire affected two adults. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, health services, and information about recovery services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
UPDATE #2- Officers arrest subject in robbery on I-5 impacting traffic
Portland Police Bureau - 08/20/16 5:13 PM
Detectives have booked 29 year-old Casey J Graham into the Multnomah County Jail on three counts each of Robbery III, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver and Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle. Additionally, Graham was charged with one count each of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Assault IV and Attempt to Elude on Foot.

###PPB###

Detectives from the Portland Police Bureau's Robbery Detail have responded to this incident. Based upon the initial investigation it appears that the suspect in this incident initially entered an occupied vehicle near S.W. Garden Home and Oleson Rd. Detectives believe the suspect did not realize the vehicle was occupied and fled upon being confronted by the occupant. The suspect then approached a woman near the 7300 blk of Garden Home and demanded keys to nearby vehicle. The suspect was again confronted, this time by an employee from a nearby restaurant and fled yet again.

The suspect managed to locate an unoccupied, running vehicle in a nearby apartment complex and stole the vehicle. The suspect made his way to I-5 northbound, committing several hit and runs, before finally crashing and disabling the vehicle on the Morrison Bridge on ramp to I-84. After disabling the vehicle the suspect attempted to carjack a motorist who had stopped.

Officers from East Precinct happened upon the scene and confronted the suspect who fled. However, the officers were able to take the suspect into custody.

Detectives are continuing the investigation and updates will follow when more information becomes available. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division at 503-823-0400.

###ORIGINAL MESSAGE###

Today, August 20, 2016 at 11:28 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to a disturbance in S.W. Portland near SW Garden Home Rd and S.W. Oleson. Officers were told that a subject, possibly armed with a knife, was demanding car keys from people in the area. Officers responded and received additional calls about the subject.

As officers from Central were looking for the subject in S.W. Portland, an East Precinct officer came across an crash on the Morrison Bridge on ramp to I-84.

Officers responded and now believe this subject is related to the incident in S.W. Portland. They have taken him into custody and do not believe there is currently any risk to the public. However, traffic on I-5 has been severely disrupted. Updates will follow as more information becomes available.
Camas-Washougal Paramedics Transported for Heat Exhaustion
Camas-Washougal Fire Dept. - 08/20/16 5:01 PM
On the afternoon of August 20th, Camas-Washougal Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on State Route 14 eastbound, just west of the downtown Camas exit. While working on extrication and patient care, two CWFD paramedics were overwhelmed by temperatures that exceeded 100 degrees. Both were transported by American Medical Response (AMR) to an area hospital for evaluation and treatment of possible heat exhaustion. Both paramedics are expected to recover. Further information is not available as of this time.
River Road South is Open
City of Salem - 08/20/16 4:46 PM
The contractor has completed his work and River Road South in Salem was reopened to normal traffic shortly after 4:30 p.m. today.
Clackamas Fire Battles possible arson fire in Milwaukie (Photo)
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 08/20/16 4:13 PM
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Fire crews responded to a apartment fire at 8122 SE Lake Rd. On arrival it was stated that the fire was possibly started by someone living in the residence. Fire crews quickly went to work fighting the fire but found the front door barricaded from the inside. Once they made access, the fire was quickly contained to the single apartment unit. A total of 32 units were evacuated. Additional crews assisted with searching the building. One elderly woman, with the aid of fire fighters and their O2 masks an tanks was helped out of the apartment adjacent to the fire. Two individuals were treated on scene and released.
CCSO detained one suspected arsonist. Investigators are still on scene with law enforcement to determine the cause of the blaze. The Red cross was called to assist anyone displaced due to the smoke and fire damage.


Attached Media Files: FF crews , Front entry , Ladders , Fire Room
Portland Police run pedestrian safety traffic missions
Portland Police Bureau - 08/20/16 11:02 AM
Yesterday evening officers from the Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division conducted a pedestrian safety mission on NW 23rd av. from W. Burnside to NW Vaughn st. Officers issued 19 citations and 4 warnings.

The Traffic Division, in cooperation with Central, East and North Precinct, will be conducting additional missions tonight and in the coming days. The goal of these missions is to protect vulnerable road users in high traffic pedestrian areas.

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.

To learn more about the City of Portland's Vision Zero effort, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390

###PPB###
Rogue River Woman Loses Life In Early Morning Crash - Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/20/16 9:46 AM
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On August 20, 2016 at about 3:30AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel to a report of a single vehicle crash in Highway 99 near milepost 7.5 in Jackson County (near Rogue River).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2000 Mitsubishi Montero was traveling south on Highway 99 when it partially drove off the roadway on the southbound right shoulder. The vehicle then crossed both lanes of travel, left the highway and went down a steep embankment crashing into a tree on the east side of the highway.

The driver, Barbara Jean HOLLAND-MORROW, age 52, of Rogue River, was found deceased on scene (still seat belted in the vehicle) upon emergency personnel arrival. HOLLAND-MORROW was the vehicle's only occupant.

OSP was assisted by the Rogue River Fire, American Medical Response, Jackson County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation. More information will be released when it becomes available.


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Canine "Chase" Tracks Down and Captures Fugitive (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/20/16 9:09 AM
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On August 20, 2016 at approximately 3:47am, 22-year-old Joshua Ray Dow escaped from the Washington County Community Corrections Center (WCCCC) by climbing out a window. The WCCCC is a transitional facility and generally houses inmates who have been sentenced for low-level crimes. The facility allows its residents to leave during the day to seek employment, attend substance abuse treatment, etc.

Local law enforcement agencies were alerted to Mr. Dow's escape. At 5:49am, Deputy Michael Zaugg spotted Mr. Dow at a bus stop at Baseline Street and N 29th Avenue in the city of Cornelius. When Deputy Zaugg stopped to contact Mr. Dow, Mr. Dow ran. Deputies assigned to the city of Cornelius responded to assist with containing Mr. Dow to a smaller area.

Deputy Zaugg's canine partner "Chase" tracked Mr. Dow until Mr. Dow climbed a fence near the Cornelius Cinemas and was taken into custody by a sheriff's sergeant at 6:08am.

Prior to his escape, Mr. Dow had been in custody since August 4, 2016 on original charges of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Criminal Trespass I and Theft III. He is now charged with Escape II and a parole detainer, held without bail at the Washington County Jail.


Attached Media Files: 2016-08/1128/97081/PR160820-Sheriffs_Canine_Chase_Captures_Fugitive.pdf , 2016-08/1128/97081/Zaugg-and-Chase-06-16-15-med.jpg , 2016-08/1128/97081/Dow_booking_photo.JPG
Portland Fire & Rescue responds to gas leak in SE.
Portland Fire & Rescue - 08/20/16 7:52 AM
Firefighters are on scene of an automobile accident on 143rd and Stark. The vehicle hit a gas meter, causing crews to test air quality in neighboring businesses and homes. Stark will be shutdown from 141st to 146th until the incident is declared under control. The status of the driver is unknown at this time.
UPDATE - Police respond to fatal crash involving a pedestrian
Portland Police Bureau - 08/20/16 6:17 AM
###UPDATE###

Major Crash Team investigators have arrested Abdulrahman Noorah,a 20-year-old male, in connection with this crash. Investigators have determined that Noorah was traveling westbound on S.E. Hawthorne at approximately 55 to 60 mile per hour from S.E. 46th. The vehicle, a gold Lexus, approached S.E. 43rd ave. was rapidly passing vehicles while traveling in the center lane and nearly colliding with several vehicles near S.E. 44th.

At the northeast corner of S.E. 43rd ave and Hawthorne the victim, a juvenile female teenager, began crossing S.E. Hawthorne headed southbound in an unmarked crosswalk. As she crossed the victim was struck by Noorah. Witnesses stated the vehicle continued westbound at a high rate of speed, after colliding with the victim, and made no attempt to stop.

Eventually the vehicle returned to the scene. The suspect, who's license was already suspended, was arrested for Manslaughter II, Felony Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (hit and run) and Reckless Driving. Speed and driving are believed to be a factor in this crash. Investigators are still determining if intoxication was a factor.

Several of the victim's family members were present at the scene and the family is asking for privacy. Members of the Major Crash Team would like to thank the Ranger Station, a local business on Hawthorne, who closed their business to make it available for the family and other involved in this incident.

The PPB Traffic Division had conducted a pedestrian safety mission earlier that day in the area of N.W 23rd avenue. Other members of the Crash Team responded from the Bike Safety Fair at North Precinct. The PPB would like to remind drivers of the danger of driving recklessly and/or speeding, particularly in areas with vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and bicyclist.


###ORIGINAL MESSAGE###

Today, August 19, 2016 at 3:49 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a crash involving a vehicle and pedestrian. Officers arrived and learned that the pedestrian, a teenage female, was deceased.

The Major Crash Team has responded and is investigating. Based on the initial investigation it appears that the pedestrian was crossing S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. when she was struck by a car headed westbound. The driver is cooperating with investigators at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. is closed at this time.

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.

To learn more about the City of Portland's Vision Zero effort, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390
###PPB###
Fairview Police Car Hit By DUII Driver (Photo)
Fairview Police Dept. - 08/20/16 4:21 AM
Fairview Police Car Hit By Impaired Driver
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At about 12:30a.m. Saturday morning, Fairview Police arrested an impaired driver on NE Halsey St. just west of NE 223rd Ave. in the City of Fairview. While that impaired driver was being processed, a Fairview Police Reserve Officer was waiting for the tow truck to arrive to impound the suspect's vehicle. The Reserve Officer was seated in his patrol car with his emergency overhead lights activated.

Before the tow truck arrived, an SUV travelling eastbound on Halsey St. struck the Reserve Officer's patrol car from the rear, then struck the car of the original DUII driver, and the SUV then rolled and landed on its roof in the middle of Halsey St. The driver of the SUV received only minor scratches and was cleared by fire and EMS personnel that responded to the scene. The Reserve Police Officer was examined by fire and EMS personnel at the scene and was subsequently taken to Mt. Hood Medical Center by police personnel for cautionary examination. The Reserve Officer was released from the hospital with minor injury.

Members of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Gresham Police Department responded to aid Fairview Police with the accident investigation. As a result of their investigation, Gresham Police arrested the driver of the SUV on suspicion of DUII.

In this case, there were no serious injuries. However, this incident demonstrates two important points: First, driving impaired is the most preventable crime. If people choose to drink alcoholic drinks, please do not drive. There are many alternatives to driving drunk such as taxis or getting a ride from a sober friend or family member. Impaired drivers routinely cause accidents such as this one and we were very fortunate that there were no serious injuries or fatalities as this easily could have been. Secondly, this incident demonstrates yet another risk that officers face on a daily basis. We don't often think about traffic crashes as a risk to law enforcement. However, we need to remind motorists to slow down, move over if possible, and exercise caution whenever they see a police or fire vehicle with its emergency lights activated.

The Fairview Police Department would like to thank the Gresham Police Department and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office for their assistance with this crash. We urge the public to please do not drink or use drugs and drive.


Attached Media Files: Fairview Police Car Hit By Impaired Driver
Commercial Chimney Fire (Photo)
Sheridan Fire Dist. - 08/20/16 1:09 AM
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Sheridan, OR [August 15th 2016]: At approximately 8:30 PM Sheridan Fire District was dispatched on a commercial structure fire. Upon arrival crews observed smoke coming from the chimney of the structure owned by Sea Reach. Crews quickly searched the structure and determined the exhaust system ducts from a paint booth were the source of the fire and had not spread outside of the duct work. Crews worked as quick as possible to locate and extinguish any fire.

The high temperatures from our weather was an added factor and additional crews were requested to help keep the firefighters safe and help resolve the issue as quick as possible. Firefighters were being rotated out and hydrated frequently to help combat fatigue and heat related issues. One Firefighter was treated and transported for issues relating to heat exhaustion.

In total we had units from Sheridan Fire District and West Valley Fire District on scene: twenty-eight Firefighters, one ladder truck, five engines, one medium rescue, one ambulance, one brush vehicle and one command vehicle. Yamhill County Sheriff's provided assistance with traffic control and scene security. We also had units from West Valley Fire District, Amity Fire District and McMinnville Fire District moved up to cover Sheridan's response area.

The fire is still under investigation. We don't anticipate any additional press releases about this incident.


Attached Media Files: Exposure protection , Truck 9 crew doing exposure protection
Fri. 08/19/16
UPDATE - Fourth Annual Bicycle Safety Fiesta on Friday Afternoon at North Precinct (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/19/16 8:26 PM
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###UPDATE###
The Fourth Annual Bicycle Safety Fiesta was a huge success.

Today officers from the Portland Police Bureau's Youth Services Division and North Precinct hosted approximately 350 community members, ranging from children under a year old to grandparents and great-grandparents, in a bike safety fiesta. With help from the Blazer's Boys and Girls Club and the Portland Fire Bureau the event featured opportunities for children to receive school supplies, free lunch, soft drinks (provided by Pepsi), free bicycle helmets and most importantly to learn about bike safety. The Build a Bike program worked with children to build bicycles which were then donated to them. The event was made possible through donations and support from area businesses and community members. Sergeant Tim Sessions of the Youth Services Division remarked, "Many came despite the heat, 98-100 degrees. Friends were made with lasting impressions."

The Police Bureau would like to thank its partners and the community members who attended this event for their help in promoting bike safety.


###Original Message###

The Portland Police Bureau's Youth Services Division and North Precinct will host the Fourth Annual Bicycle Safety Fiesta on Friday, August 19, 2016, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event will be held at North Precinct, located at 449 Northeast Emerson Street. Emerson Street will be closed for the event, which will be in the police parking lot behind the Blazers Boys and Girls Club.

The public and media are invited to attend.

This event will take place in partnership with the Blazers Boys and Girls Club. Through generous donations, the Police Bureau is able to offer helmets, backpacks and school supplies to children living in Northeast Portland. Safety booths, a bicycle rodeo and food will be provided. Families are encouraged to attend.

Local elected officials, community board members, faith community, and donors have been invited to attend this community event.

The Youth Services Division (YSD) works with community partners to keep our youth safe. YSD strives to keep youth in school and out of the criminal justice system while applying non-traditional measures to hold youth accountable. Officers form partnerships, and build relationships with youth that is impactful and sustainable. Officers teach youth good citizenship values and assist schools increase their graduation rates.

"Thanks to many partnerships YSD has formed in the community, we are able to serve more than 500 low-income youth each year on a budget that is filled with in-kind services and donations," said Assistant Chief Chris Uehara. "YSD fosters youth leadership skills, and an understanding of community and civic responsibility."

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3 Alarm Fire (Photo)
Jefferson Fire Dist. - 08/19/16 7:42 PM
Barbara Irish with Penelope
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On Friday August 19, 2016 at 3:34 p.m. Jefferson Fire District was dispatched to a high risk grass fire at 2232 NE Millersburg Drive, Albany Oregon. Upon arrival Incident Commander, Jon Zeilman saw that the fire was approximately 1/2 acre and was within a few feet of a barn and a house. The fire quickly escalated to a third alarm fire. High winds blowing towards the structures made it very difficult in fighting the fire. Firefighters were unable to save the barn however they did save the house. The outside wall of the garage did receive some damage. There was also a chicken coop with two chickens. One chicken named Penelope has been located and is doing well. They are still trying to locate the other chicken. The home is owned by John and Barbara Irish. The fire quickly moved around the house and down the field until firefighters were able to stop the fire. It appears that the fire started from a spark near the railroad tracks. Albany, Tangent, Scio, and Turner were also dispatched to assist with the call.

The fire was deemed under control at 5:19 p.m. Crews continue to mop up for several hours after. There were no injuries to firefighters.


Attached Media Files: Barbara Irish with Penelope , 2016-08/1180/97076/IMG_5208.JPG
Cowlitz County Sheriff Investigating Fatal Police Shooting**Update** 8-19-16 with video link (Photo)
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/19/16 7:15 PM
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Update: August 19, 2016

Press Release -- Kelso 8-17-16 Shooting
Kelso, WA -- The violent attack of a convenience store clerk, customer and Kelso police officer on Wednesday resulted in the shooting death of a 27 year old Spokane man. The man has been identified by Cowlitz County Coroner Tim Davidson as Omer I. Ali.
Ali had been reported or contacted by law enforcement several times in the past few days beginning on August 13.
August 13th, 2016 --Ali was reported to Skamania County Sheriff as unwanted and possibly intoxicated at Swift campground but left prior to deputy arrival. A short time later he was contacted by a Cowlitz County sheriff's deputy in Cougar and was arrested for Driving While License Suspended. The rental car he was driving was impounded and was later discovered to have been stolen from Whatcom County.
August 15th, 2016 --Ali was released from the Cowlitz County jail and reportedly trespassed at an address in the 1600 block of 8th Ave.
August 17th, 2016 -- At about 12:30 a.m. Ali spoke over the outside jail intercom and then in person to the duty sergeant then left north towards Allen St.
At about 1:10 a.m. Ali arrived at the Flying K but left after being trespassed by employees and Kelso Police. Ali was armed with a flat board which was seized by KPD.
At just after 2 a.m. Ali was contacted again outside the jail by jail personnel and Longview Police.
At about 5 a.m. Kelso Police contacted Ali at a residence in the 300 block of North 4th Ave, Kelso complaining of him being in the yard and looking in windows
At 8:01 a.m. Ali arrived at the Flying K and attempted to shoplift but is told to leave by the clerks. Ali makes threats to the clerks he then walked west. Kelso Police are called and Officer Johnston arrives short after.
At 8:15 a.m. While Officer Johnston is in the store office viewing video Ali returns with a weapon and begins to assault the clerk, customer and then Officer Johnston before being stopped by gunfire.
Ali's jacket with identification was located by a citizen about a block away and turned into detectives later in the morning.
There is other contact and arrest history in Whatcom County.
Here is what we know about Ali:
He immigrated to the USA as a refugee from Sudan on 9-14-2013, living in Spokane. There were two misdemeanor warrants for Ali out of Spokane and Blaine, WA but neither are extraditable.


PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
August 19, 2016
Coroner's Office Confirms the Identity and Determines the Cause of Death in Kelso Shooting
CCCO Case #16-435
Longview, WA. The Cowlitz County Coroner's Office has positively identified the body recovered from the 103 West Main Street in Kelso, Washington on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 as Omer Ismail Ali.
Information gathered from the scene investigation and autopsy indicates that Mr. Ali's death occurred approximately at or about 0815 hours consistent with 911 call traffic. Mr. Ali is a 27-year-old (01/01/1989) transient with ties to Spokane, Washington.
An autopsy performed on Friday, August 19, 2016 concluded that Mr. Ali's Cause of Death is the result of Gunshot Wound of the Chest with other significant conditions: a Gunshot Wound of the Jaw and Neck, with the Manner of Death as Homicide resulting from a violent altercation with law enforcement. Homicide is defined by RCW 9A.30.010- Homicide is the killing of a human being by the act, procurement, or omission of another. The ruling of Homicide by the Coroner in no way implies criminal behavior on the part of the officer involved in the shooting. It is simply a finding that Ali died at the hands of another.
No further description of the investigative findings will be made at this time. Standard toxicology specimens have been released to the Washington State Patrol Toxicology Laboratory for analysis results will not be available for 6 to 8 weeks.
The Cowlitz County Coroner's Office is also asking for assistance from the public in helping identify and locate possible family members for Mr. Ali.

Any questions pertaining to the cause and manner of death can be directed to the Cowlitz County Coroner Dr. Timothy Davidson at 360-577-3079. The conclusion of the Coroner's independent investigation into the cause and manner of death does not conclude the investigation of the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office, questions regarding their investigation should be directed to Sheriff Mark Nelson at 360-577-3092.





Update: August 18, 2016 11:00am

The investigation of the shooting at the Kelso Flying K is continuing. The process of evaluating the evidence recovered from the scene will begin today. Additional interviews of witnesses and law enforcement personnel will also be conducted.

Investigators are now reviewing in-store video of the event. The Sheriff's Office hopes to release the video and police radio communication in the near future perhaps as early as Friday afternoon.

A photograph of the wooden staff used by the deceased in the assault on the store clerk, customer and the Kelso Officer is attached to this press release. The staff is about four feet long, is one and one half inches in diameter and weighs over two pounds. The staff was broken during the attack.

Efforts continue in trying to positively identify the deceased and next of kin. The Cowlitz County Coroner will be conducting an autopsy in the near future.

The next update will be when the video and police audio is available for release.


Attached Media Files: Radio Traffic , Wooden Staff
Cherriots announces detours to accommodate State Fair; District encourages riders to plan ahead for Friday, Aug. 26
Cherriots - Salem Keizer Transit - 08/19/16 5:41 PM
Effective 6 a.m., Friday, Aug, 26, all stops on 17th Street and Sunnyview Road, between Market Street and Lansing Avenue, will be out of service.

Route 10 will be on detour and will not serve the stops near the fairgrounds.

Route 13 will provide the closest service, with stops on Silverton Road.

Route 3 is a distant alternative, with stops on Fairgrounds Road.
McMinnville Gang Shooting leads to Multiple arrests
McMinnville Police Dept. - 08/19/16 5:14 PM
On August 6th, 2016 at about 6:45 pm, McMinnville Police received reports of a possible gang related shooting on 27th near Baker Street in McMinnville. Based on witness reports, a male got out of a vehicle and approached another vehicle stopped behind that vehicle. He then fired several rounds from a handgun at the second vehicle. Reportedly, the driver of the second vehicle accelerated forward and struck the shooter, knocking him to the ground and causing significant leg injuries. Based on witness reports, no one was injured other than the attempted shooter. With the assistance of friends from the vehicle, the injured shooter fled in the vehicle that he had originally gotten out of.

Since then, evidence recovered on scene and follow-up investigative work has led to the service of several search warrants within McMinnville and the recovery of additional evidence related to this incident. Based on that investigative effort, McMinnville Officers served a search warrant today in Northwest McMinnville and arrested the primary suspect in this incident.

Gustavo Andalon, age 19 of McMinnville, was arrested and lodged in YCCF pending arraignment in Circuit Court for charges of Attempted Murder (2 counts), Unlawful use of a Weapon (2 counts), Pointing a firearm at another (2 counts), Reckless Endangering (2 counts). Total Security Release Amount for Gustavo is $335,000.00.

Jose Alejandro Andalon, age 21 of McMinnville, was arrested and cited into Circuit Court for the charge of Hindering Prosecution.

Jorge Luis Jacobo, age 18 of McMinnville, was also arrested yesterday as a result of this investigation and lodged in YCCF pending arraignment in Circuit Court for Hindering Prosecution and Theft 1 of a firearm with a Security Release Amount of $10,000.00

Also, during the service of a search warrant yesterday, Jose Eric Marquez-Gonzalez, age 20 of McMinnville, was arrested and lodged in YCCF pending arraignment in Circuit Court for Possession of a Controlled Substance -- Cocaine with a security Release Amount of $5,000.00.

We anticipate there will be more arrests related to this incident and investigation.

Anyone with information or questions about this incident is asked to contact Detective Sam Elliott via our tip line at 503-434-2337.

Pictures of arrestees should be available through Yamhill County Correctional Facility.
Grove of the States to be restored in time for 50th birthday (Photo)
Oregon Travel Experience - 08/19/16 4:56 PM
Grove of the States Sponsorships Available
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Oregon Travel Experience is pleased to announce the initial phase of the Grove of the States Restoration Project will begin on Monday, August 22, 2016, at the southbound French Prairie Rest Area (I-5 Milepost 281, south of Wilsonville). French Prairie is Oregon's busiest rest area, with approximately 2 million travelers a year stopping on each side.

The Grove of the States is believed to be the oldest arboretum of state trees in the US and was originally a collection of trees from 53 US states and territories. The Grove was conceived and implemented by former Oregon Attorney General Robert Thornton in the mid-1960s as a way to honor Lady Bird Johnson's Highway Beautification Act.

"Friends of Trees is truly excited to be part of this tree-themed educational project, as well as to contribute to this unique bit of Oregon history," said Kris Hikari, regional program manager at Friends of Trees. "I mean, how neat will it be to stretch your legs by strolling through a forest of trees from every state?" she added.

As the Grove nears its 50th birthday next summer, project partners agree that a full restoration is needed to ensure this unique historical resource is retained for future generations.

Restoration project partners---Friends of Trees and the Oregon Department of Forestry---are sourcing new and replacement trees that will be planted in early 2017. The Grove will be re-dedicated for its 50th anniversary in August 2017.

"Unfortunately, the original planting-plan did not allow adequate space for the state trees to reach maturity," said Paul Ries, an urban forester with the Oregon Department of Forestry.

"As a result of their canopies being suppressed by adjacent Douglas-fir trees, many of the original state trees have died or are in extremely poor health and will not survive without additional room to grow," Ries added.

The restoration effort will correct the spacing between specimens, replace lost or dying trees, expand the arboretum footprint, construct new walking paths, and install Grove of the States interpretive signs within the rest area. New individual tree signs also will be installed.

Due to the initial phase of contractor work on the Grove, southbound French Prairie Rest Area may experience intermittent closures or partial lane closures (along the rest area ramp) during the day from August 22 - 26.

Approximately 40 Douglas-fir trees of the more than 900 in this part of the rest area will be removed; several for public safety reasons (trees deemed hazardous) others thinned to promote overall tree health and the Grove's survival.

Sponsorships and in-kind contributions will help to pay for this project. Corporate, small business, non-profit and individual tree sponsors will be recognized on Grove signage, promotional materials and on the Travel Information Council website.

For more information about the Grove of the States, the full media packet, sponsorship package, and our one page fact sheet, connect to the OTE website homepage at www.ortravelexperience.com, and the Grove of the States Restoration page. Materials and images are available to the press by email request to admin@oregonte.com.

<<>> About OTE

The Oregon Travel Information Council (doing business as Oregon Travel Experience) is a semi-independent state agency. Our mission is to create a great visitor experience by providing direction to destinations, connecting travelers with Oregon resources, and ensuring safe and convenient travel. We collaborate with local communities to showcase Oregon's history through the official Oregon Heritage Tree and Historical Marker Programs. We manage 29 rest areas at 17 locations across the state--and issue permits for our state's highway business signs and travel information kiosks.


Attached Media Files: Grove of the States Sponsorships Available , Oregon's Grove of the States
Oregon Safety Belt Campaign
Tualatin Police Dept. - 08/19/16 4:48 PM
Tualatin Police will be conducting a safety enforcement blitz starting August 22, 2016. The project will focus on proper belt use for adults as well as children riding in car seats, texting while driving and speed.

Tualatin Police will join with police agencies nationwide for the annual, "Click it or ticket" campaign that runs from August 22 through September 4. Oregon agencies will focus on educating parents and caregivers about the importance of proper child seat and safety belt use. They will also focus on educating drivers on the dangers of texting while driving and speeding.

Statistics show child safety seats reduce crash fatality risk for infants under 1 year old by 71% and for toddlers aged 1 to 4 by 59%. Booster seats may reduce the chance of nonfatal injury among four to eight year olds by 45% compared to safety belts used alone. Safety belts reduce fatality risk by 45 to 60%. And yet, 26% or 61 of Oregon's 232 occupant fatalities in 2014 were reportedly unrestrained. ODOT estimates that approximately half of these fatalities could have been avoided with proper restraint use.
Consistent vehicle restraint use is the single most effective way to protect motor vehicle occupants from crash injury or death, according to the US Department of Transportation.

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

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

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

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

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


Attached Media Files: 2016-08/858/97073/August_2016_Safety_Belt_Blitz.pdf
Battle Ground Schools Plan Welcome Back Events
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 08/19/16 4:05 PM
Battle Ground school offices are open, and several schools have scheduled events to welcome students back in preparation for the first day of school on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Back to School Events

Amboy Middle School -- Academy Night, Sept. 15, 5:30-7 p.m.
Battle Ground High School -- Freshman Orientation, Sept. 6, 6 p.m.
CAM Academy -- Ice Cream Social, Sept. 7, 1-2:30 p.m.
Captain Strong -- Ice Cream Social, Sept. 1, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Chief Umtuch Middle School -- Back to School Night, Aug. 31, 5:30-7 p.m.
Daybreak campus -- Back to School Night, Sept. 1, 6-7 p.m.
Glenwood Heights -- Back to School and Curriculum Night, Sept. 1, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Laurin Middle School -- 5th Grade Curriculum Night, Aug. 31, 5-6 p.m.; and 6th-8th Grade Curriculum Night, Sept. 20, 5:30-7 p.m.
Maple Grove School -- Wildcat Welcome Back Night, Sept. 1, 5:30-7 p.m.
Pleasant Valley Middle School -- Back to School Night, Sept. 1, 4-6 p.m.
Pleasant Valley Primary School -- Back to School Night, Aug. 31, 5-6:30 p.m.
Prairie High School -- Freshmen orientation, Sept. 7, 8-9 a.m.
Tukes Valley Middle School -- Open House, Sept. 1, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; and Ice Cream Social, Sept. 1, 6:30-7 p.m.
Tukes Valley Primary -- Back to School Open House and Social, Sept. 1, 6-7 p.m.; and kindergarten orientation, Sept. 1, 5:30 p.m.
Yacolt Primary -- Ice Cream Social and Curriculum Night, Aug. 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Back to School Guide: http://www.battlegroundps.org/parents-and-students/back-to-school
You can view and print several back to school items, including school supply lists, calendars, bus routes and more.
Monday 8/22 - N. PDX Back to School Bash to Connect Families w/ Community Resources for Upcoming School Year
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 08/19/16 3:56 PM
(Portland, OR) August 11, 2016 -- "It takes a village to raise a child," and on August 22, 2016, that village will be North Portland coming together to help hundreds of kids get ready for school. The Salvation Army is hosting its first Back to School Bash from 11am -- 4pm at its location at 5325 N. Williams Ave. There, resources will be provided for youth and parents, specifically Middle and High School-aged kids, not only so that they can be prepared for the coming school year, but to also to prepare them for the future. Resources could include: free haircuts, food, school supplies and clothing, tutoring and homework help, nutrition and hygiene education and services, connections to medical services, career and employment support, and more.

"Our goal is to connect parents and students with the resources they need for the upcoming school year -- especially middle school and high school-aged kids," says Captain Angel Marquez, Corps Officer at The Salvation Army Moore Street Corps in North Portland. "We have noticed that younger students generally have more support available to them, so we want to make sure that all students -- no matter their age -- are able to be helped this year. This is why we are so excited to bring together community partners who have a common mission -to provide kids with the foundation they need to do well in school this year and for years to come."

Upon arrival, families are asked to check in at the front desk to receive a punch card for the event. After that, they are invited to visit areas and booths to earn a punch on the card. When completed, they can turn the punch card to win a prize.

Bring your friends out for a day filled with health, prizes, and games.

If you are a local organization who would like to participate, please contact Captain Angel Marquez at 971-340-4010 or angel.marquez@usw.salvationarmy.org. For more information, check out the event on Facebook at.facebook.com/samoorestreet/




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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army works in 124 countries worldwide. For more information, or to make a donation, visit us online at www.salvationarmyportland.org. People wishing to make monetary donations can do so by calling 503.238.GIVE (4483), or by mail, The Salvation Army, 8495 SE Monterey Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086-7844.

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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Four People in Washington County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/19/16 3:03 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on August 19, 2016, at approximately 11 a.m. in the 12000 block of SW Canvasback Way in Beaverton, Oregon. The fire affected a single family, including two adults and two children. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office K9 Ranger to get body armor (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/19/16 2:54 PM
MCSO K9 Ranger
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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office K9 Ranger will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Ranger's vest will be embroidered with the sentiment "In memory of K9 Rocco Pittsburgh Bureau of Police". Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,000 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.7 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 -- $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

MCSO K9 Ranger joined MCSO as a patrol K9 in November of 2014. Ranger is a 5 year old German Shepherd and was imported from the Netherlands. MCSO also has two K9 drug dogs. Gunner, a two year old Springer Spaniel and Spencer, a 7 year old German Shepherd.

Deputy Todd Weber, Ranger's K9 handler, stated "This vest will provide much needed protection for Ranger while he is on patrol or engaged in higher risk captures or deployments." In his off duty time, K9 Ranger loves to swim and also enjoys ice cream!


Attached Media Files: MCSO K9 Ranger
Estacada Rural Fire District No. 69 Union Firefighters and Volunteer Firefighters Working Together (Photo)
Estacada Fire Dist. - 08/19/16 2:47 PM
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The Estacada Rural Fire District (ERFD) has been a combination agency since 1978, utilizing volunteers and career staffing to respond to emergency calls. Volunteer firefighters have a long history in the United States, going back to the infancy of this country. It has only been in the past 100 years career staffing for fire agencies has become a more suitable model for most growing communities.

Through the years ERFD has progressed and grown. With the combination of other local fire agencies. Such as Cazadaro FD, Currinsville FD and the rail company; eventually combining to create Estacada Rural Fire District No. 69 as we know it today. ERFD's response area covers more than 88 square miles, from the downtown location to the George community, out Redland Rd and towards Colton near Hillockburn. As these communities have grown in both population and industrial capabilities,. In response to this growth ERFD recently added two career firefighters and two resident volunteer firefighters, bringing the total to nine career firefighters, with over 24 volunteer firefighters, 18 support volunteers, 11Explorers (high school students), two full time administrative staff and three Chiefs.

ERFD is a fire district governed by an elected body of five board directors, which is not part of the City of Estacada. While ERFD works closely with the City of Estacada, along with other regional partners like PGE, ODOT, Sandy PD, Clackamas County Sheriffs and many others. ERFD is surrounded by Colton FD to the south, Sandy FD and Clackamas County FD to the north and west. Resources are shared throughout this industry, if it is a large incident like the 36 Pit fire that had more than 10 agencies from local, state, federal and private sector. All of this and more is coordinated through constructive agreements throughout the county and state. Working together towards a common goal of serving the citizens and visitors to our District is what we do. ERFD is able to accomplish this by having union career firefighters work in conjunction with volunteer firefighters. To showcase this, both the Estacada Volunteer Firefighters Association and International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1159 union firefighters are sporting their pride in the form of two stickers on fire apparatus.

Next time you see an ERFD apparatus, take a close look. You may see two small stickers showing two proud organizations working together for a common goal.


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Linn County Deputy District Attorney Receives Award - Wildlife Prosecutor Of The Year (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/19/16 2:13 PM
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On August 18, 2016, Linn County Deputy District Attorney Keith Stein was presented the 2015 Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year Award at the Oregon District Attorney's Association summer conference. DDA Stein received the award in front of hundreds of his peers and colleagues.

The 2015 Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year Award was presented by Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division Captain Jeff Samuels and Lieutenant Casey Thomas, along with Steve Marx, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) West Region Manager, on behalf of the Oregon Sportsmen's Coalition.

One example of a successful prosecution by DDA Stein:
A Sweet Home resident was recently sentenced in Linn County Circuit Court. The sentencing was stemming from a 2014 investigation involving Fish and Wildlife Troopers and an OSP aircraft. Late at night in October of 2014, the Aircraft Sergeant located a vehicle south of Sweet Home actively casting a spotlight from a motor vehicle and notified responding ground Troopers of its location and direction of travel. A trooper responded to the location to discover the suspect had fled the vehicle and was hiding in the thick forest. The suspect ultimately obeyed commands and revealed himself and his juvenile son. The suspect had concealed a rifle and spotlight in the nearby brush which troopers later located. The suspect was charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Hunt with Aid of Artificial Light, and was ultimately convicted on both counts. Below is the sentence the suspect received:
1 month and 2 days in the county jail
13 months in prison
Hunting privileges permanently revoked
Fined $400.00
When released, will have 24 months of Post-Prison Supervision
Rifle and spotlight seized as evidence was forfeited

In a nomination letter, an OSP Fish and Wildlife Trooper wrote: "DDA Stein is clearly an outstanding professional, mentor, and colleague, but I believe he should be viewed first as an outstanding prosecutor with respect to fish and wildlife laws. In many ways exceeding the challenging requirements and expectations for the award, DDA Stein's ambitions, intelligence and accomplishments complement precisely the stellar community of past recipients and make him highly deserving of the honor bestowed of this award... DDA Stein welcomes the diverse issues fish and wildlife offenses create with charging, forensics, ... he appreciates the challenges fish and wildlife cases present, and understands the importance and value of each case. DDA Stein has been the leader of the Linn County District Attorney's Office for prosecuting high-profile wildlife cases for approximately a decade."

ODFW West Region Manager Steve Marx said "ODFW commends DDA Stein for his commitment to prosecuting fish and wildlife cases. Effective enforcement of wildlife laws is a critical component to protecting population health and species conservation needs, and supporting wildlife associated recreation and quality outdoor experiences."

The Oregon Sportsmen's Coalition, which consists of volunteer outdoor enthusiast organizations opposed to the unlawful and unethical taking of wildlife to include the Oregon Hunters Association, sponsored the award. This is the ninth annual presentation of the Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year Award.

Pictured (left to right): ODFW West Region Manager Steve Marx, OSP Captain Jeff Samuels, DDA Keith Stein, Lieutenant Casey Thomas


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ADVISORY: State education and health officials to present webinar August 24 on new rules to support healthy school environments
Oregon Health Authority - 08/19/16 1:21 PM
August 19, 2016

Oregon state education leaders have adopted new rules for lead test planning in schools. Tune in to a live webinar to learn how these steps help Oregon students and families, and what state agencies are doing by joining us online at noon, August 24 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9bBd0vmQHU. The Oregon Health Authority will co-host with the Oregon Department of Education. The webinar will be available live and posted to the new OHA Healthy Schools website at http://www.healthoregon.org/healthyschools following the live presentation.

What: The Healthy School Facilities webinar presentation will recap what has happened to date to support healthy school facilities; clarify what the new rules mean; and outline next steps as the new school year begins. Questions related to school testing and new education rules can be emailed to HealthySchool.Facilities@state.or.us, and will be answered in the order they're received during the webinar.

When: Noon, August 24. Tune in live at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9bBd0vmQHU

Who: The webinar is open to everyone, and aims to support school administrators, principals, staff, parents and families and others interested in learning more about state solutions.

More information:
-- Oregon Department of Education rule adoption page: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=5565

-- OHA website for lead exposure and testing: https://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/HealthyNeighborhoods/LeadPoisoning/Pages/index.aspx

-- OHA website for radon testing in schools: http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/HealthyNeighborhoods/RadonGas/Pages/index.aspx

-- Information on statewide plan for reducing student exposure to lead in drinking water: https://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/HealthyNeighborhoods/LeadPoisoning/ChildCareSchools/Documents/schools-lead-in-drinking-water.pdf

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YCSO Urges Use Of Seatbelts and Child Safety Restraints
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/19/16 1:13 PM
Sheriff Tim Svenson of the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office announced today the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office will join other law enforcement agencies to encourage the use of safety belts and child restraints as the simplest and most effective way to prevent crash related injuries and fatalities. Increased patrols will be looking for drivers and passengers not using their safety belts, child safety seats or using them improperly during August 22nd through September 4th. Funding for increased patrols is provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

Sheriff Svenson reports "according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
parents and caregivers can use a seat belt on every trip, not matter how short as this sets a good example. Make sure children are properly buckled up in a car seat, booster seat or seat belt, whichever is appropriate for their age, height and weight. Have all children age 12 and under sit properly buckled in the back seat." Sheriff Svenson said with summer coming to an end and school getting ready to start he wants everyone traveling on the roadways in Yamhill County to be safe."

"Proper use" is required by Oregon law which means using the entire belt system, lap belt low across the hips and shoulder belt over the collarbone and crossing the center of the chest. Belts should be free of slack and lying flat with no twists or knots. The belt may not be worn under the arm for comfort as this can result in serious injury or death in a traffic crash. A child who weighs over forty pounds but is under age eight or is shorter than 4'9" tall must be properly secured with a child safety system that elevates them so that a safety belt or safety harness properly fits the person. The child safety system must meet the minimum standards and specifications established by the Department of Transportation under ORS 815.055.

ODOT wants to remind drivers of the latest national "best practice" recommendations for child passenger safety. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced new recommendations in 2011, which advises parents to keep toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age two or until they reach the maximum upper height and weight limits for their seat. The policy also advises that most children should ride in a booster seat until they are 4'9" tall and are between eight and twelve years old.

The Child Safety Seat Resource Center periodically conducts a free Safety Clinic at the Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue Fire Station in Newberg. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will check for correct installation, damage, recalls and size and age appropriateness.

The next clinic is scheduled for Saturday, October 1, 2016, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at 3100 Middlebrook Drive, Newberg, Oregon. For more information please contact the Child Safety Seat Resource Center at 877-793-2608 or visit www.childsafetyseat.org or Jill Dorrell at (503) 537-1214 or jill.dorrell@newbergoregon.gov.

The McMinnville Fire Department conducts free child safety seat fittings by appointment at the fire department. The address is 175 NE 1st Street, McMinnville, Oregon 97128. To schedule an appointment contact Jeff Cranford at (503) 435-5803 or cranfoj@ci.mcminnville.or.us.

Violations for not using or improperly using a safety belt, child safety seat or booster seat could cost as much as $110.00 per violation.
Board of Forestry to interview candidates for State Forester position Aug. 24 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/19/16 12:01 PM
The Oregon Board of Forestry will meet in executive session Wednesday, Aug. 24, to interview candidates seeking the position of State Forester, which heads the Department of Forestry. In May, Doug Decker, the current State Forester, announced his plan to retire in October at the end of this fire season.

Under the Oregon Revised Statutes - ORS 192.660(2)(a) and 192.660(7) - the executive session will be closed to the public. No decision will be made, and a second set of interviews for the finalists is planned for Sept. 7, also in executive session.

The executive session will run from noon to 4:30 p.m. at ODF headquarters, the Clatsop Room, Building C, 2600 State St., in Salem.
Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Executive Committee will meet Wednesday, August 24 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 08/19/16 11:58 AM
The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Executive Committee will meet Wednesday, August 24, 2016 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 165, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes: committee business; co-chair election; update on the interpreter Request for Proposals; deaf culture training; and new partnerships.

People also can call into the meeting: 1-888-808-6929; participant code: 4517555.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Kelsey Gleeson at 503-947-5104 or Kelsey.Gleeson@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the event.

For questions about the meeting, please contact: Theresa Powell, policy analyst, at Theresa.A.Powell@state.or.us
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Beat the heat and prevent wildfires this weekend (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 08/19/16 11:40 AM
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As the ongoing heat event continues through this weekend, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is reminding the public that heat-related illness is a serious threat, especially for elderly, youth, and those without air conditioning in addition to those working or exercising outdoors.

Furthermore, fires have the potential to rapidly spread due to the combination of hot, dry and windy conditions. The National Weather Service predicts that east winds will increase today particularly through the Western Columbia River Gorge, north Willamette Valley and Clark County, and Coast Range of Northwest Oregon.

"According to the National Weather Service heat is one of the leading weather related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and even more heat related injuries, so we want people stay safe by being aware of conditions and surroundings" said Andrew Phelps, OEM director. "It is very important to check on neighbors and family members who may be susceptible to problems with extreme heat, and make sure outdoor pets have plenty of water and shade."

Here are some helpful tips for heat safety and to prevent wildfires:
Heat Safety: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/
Wildfires: https://www.ready.gov/wildfires



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The Real Time Assessment Planning to for Oregon (RAPTOR) displays the current weather watches and warnings and active fires.

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It's Back... 2nd Annual Celebrity Chocolate Cake Smack-down Returns Tuesday, August 23
Oregon Historical Society - 08/19/16 10:55 AM
WHEN:
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
12pm -- 1pm

WHERE:
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

COST:
Free Admission -- and free cake for all once Gerry declares the winner!

Portland, OR -- August 19, 2016 -- For over 50 years, the sole judge of the Oregon State Fair's Chocolate Cake Contest has been the one and only Gerry Frank--public servant, businessman, and cheerleader for all things Oregon. Back by popular demand, the Oregon Historical Society will host its second annual Celebrity Chocolate Cake Smack-down in downtown Portland with Gerry as the judge. Come and watch as local community leaders and media personalities present their best recipes for judgment, and join in the tasting once Gerry declares a winner!

Contestants Include:
April Baer (Host of OPB's State of Wonder)
Ryan Deckert (President, Oregon Business
Association)
Marilyn Deutsch (Reporter, KPTV)
Lisa Garza (Author & Founder of Gluten Free
Foodies)
Lori Hardwick (Fundraiser Extraordinaire)
Margie Hunt (CEO, Special Olympics Oregon)
Nkenge Harmon Johnson (CEO and President,
Urban League of Portland)
Mark Katches (Editor, The
Oregonian/OregonLive)
Judy Margles (Director, Oregon Jewish
Museum)
Judge Judy Matarazzo (Multnomah County Circuit Court)
Sandra McDonough (CEO, Portland Business Alliance)
Dan Ryan (CEO, All Hands Raised)
Angelica Thornton (Anchor, KATU)
Kay Toran (CEO, Volunteers of America)
Craig Wessel (Publisher, Portland Business Journal)

Gerry's tips for making a winning chocolate cake include:
1. Aesthetically pleasing design
2. Keep it simple -- pure chocolate is best
3. Avoid dryness in the cake recipe
4. Dark chocolate is preferred to white chocolate
5. And most importantly, the richer the better!

Whose baking do you think will "take the cake"? Share your thoughts on social media using the hashtag #CakeSmackDown and be sure to tag @OrHist in your tweets!

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About the Oregon Historical Society
For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.
Health advisory issued August 19 for Agency Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 08/19/16 10:45 AM
August 19, 2016

High blue-green algae and toxin levels found in Klamath County lake

A health advisory was issued today for Agency Lake. Agency Lake is located just north of Upper Klamath Lake near Klamath Falls along Highway 97 in Klamath County.

Water monitoring on the lake has confirmed the presence of high levels of blue-green algae and associated toxins that can be harmful to people and animals.

Swallowing water while swimming or inhaling water droplets as a result of high-speed water activities, such as water skiing and power boating, should be avoided in areas where blooms are identified. Although toxins are not absorbed through the skin, contact with cells from a bloom can cause skin irritation and a red, puffy rash in individuals with skin sensitivities, or those who develop rashes easily.

Drinking water directly from Agency Lake is especially dangerous at this time. Oregon Public Health officials advise campers and other recreational visitors that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating the water with camping-style filters.

Oregon health officials recommend that people who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, because toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water. Public health officials also advise people to not eat freshwater clams or mussels from any freshwater source affected by a bloom and that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations do not allow the harvest of these shellfish from freshwater sources. Crayfish muscle can be eaten, but internal organs and liquid fat should be discarded.

Exposure to toxins in some cases can produce symptoms very similar to food poisoning such as weakness, cramps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and fainting. If these symptoms persist or worsen you should seek medical attention. Other toxins can produce numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention for you or your pet. There is no antidote for these toxins but supportive care can treat symptoms and other concerns.

Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. People who bring their pets to areas where blooms are identified should take special precautions to keep them from drinking from or swimming in the water.

The public will be advised when the concern no longer exists.

With proper precautions to avoid water contact, people are encouraged to visit Agency Lake and enjoy activities such as fishing, camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, and bird watching. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray, which could lead to inhalation risk.

For health information or to report an illness in people or pets, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400.

OHA maintains an updated list of all health advisories on its website. To find out if an advisory has been issued or lifted for a specific water body, visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "algae bloom advisories," or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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Vancouver Police host Girl Cops Are Awesome II
Vancouver Police Dept. - 08/19/16 10:32 AM
Vancouver, Wash. -- On September 1, 2016 the Vancouver Police Department will be hosting Girl Cops Are Awesome II.

Date: Thursday, September 1, 2016
Time: 3:00-5:30 p.m.
Location: Vancouver Police East Precinct (520 SE 155th Avenue)

Last year the Vancouver Police Department hosted an event called Girl Cops Are Awesome after hearing about a local girl, Kinley Goertler, who went with her mother to buy a SWAT costume for Halloween, only to be disappointed that the packaging seemed to indicate it was a boy's costume. Based on the positive response and attendance at last year's event, the Vancouver Police Department is hosting Girl Cops Are Awesome II.

This event is open to girls of all ages who want to meet some awesome "girl cops", learn more about a career opportunities in law enforcement, check out the equipment police officers use, and have a lot of fun! This event is open to the public and boys are welcome to attend too.


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


Attached Media Files: 2016-08/385/97049/GirlCopsIIFlyer.pdf
Health advisory issued August 19 for Willamette River's Ross Island Lagoon
Oregon Health Authority - 08/19/16 10:09 AM
August 19, 2016

A health advisory is being issued today for the Ross Island Lagoon and the mouth of the lagoon as it connects to the Holgate Channel. Ross Island Lagoon is located about one river mile south of downtown Portland in Multnomah County.

The advisory is being issued due to visual confirmation of a blue-green algae bloom in the lagoon. Water monitoring has been completed to confirm the type of blue-green algae present, and the level of any potential toxins that may be produced; however, shipping and analysis of the sample will take time. It is expected that data from the analysis of the bloom sample will be available by the middle of next week. At that time, depending upon the level of toxins found in the sample, Oregon Public Health officials will determine if the advisory can be lifted, or if it will continue in place until the bloom is gone.

Because sample analysis is needed to determine if a bloom is producing toxins, and because of the extreme heat predicted over the weekend and through next week, Oregon Public Health officials believe in order to protect the public health, that an advisory based on visual observation and extent of the bloom is warranted until data is available. This is because if toxins are being produced by the bloom, they can be potentially harmful to people, and even at low levels can be very harmful to pets.

Although the advisory is confined at this time to the Ross Island Lagoon and its mouth, the lagoon is influenced by the dynamics of the river which can cause bloom creep as the water in the lagoon rises and recedes. Always be aware that blooms can develop on any waterbody under the right environmental conditions. The Willamette is a big river and blooms can develop in areas along its course where low flow and slow moving water can be found.

If you see areas where the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish-red, follow the motto "When in doubt, stay out."

Oregon Public Health officials advise people to avoid swallowing or inhaling water droplets as a result of swimming or high-speed water activities, such as water skiing and power boating in areas where blooms are identified.

Drinking water directly from the river where a bloom is identified is especially dangerous since any toxins produced cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating the water with camping-style filters. People who may draw water directly out of this area for drinking or cooking are advised to use an alternative water source. No public drinking or potable water systems are affected.

Oregon health officials recommend that people who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, because toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water. Public health officials also advise people to not eat freshwater clams or mussels from any freshwater source affected by a bloom and that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations do not allow the harvest of these shellfish from freshwater sources. Crayfish muscle can be eaten, but internal organs and liquid fat should be discarded.

Exposure to toxins in some cases can produce symptoms very similar to food poisoning such as weakness, cramps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and fainting. If these symptoms persist or worsen you should seek medical attention. Other toxins can produce numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention for you or your pet. There is no antidote for these toxins but supportive care can treat symptoms and other concerns.

Contact with cells from a bloom can cause skin irritation and a red, puffy rash in individuals with skin sensitivities or those who develop rashes easily.

Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. People who bring their pets to areas where blooms are identified should take special precautions to keep them from drinking from or swimming in the water.

People may still visit the lagoon and enjoy activities allowed in the area such as bird watching and boating at low speeds. However, in all areas where a bloom has been identified or an advisory is in place, people should avoid any activities that might expose them to ingestion and inhalation.

For more information, or to report a human or pet illness, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400.

OHA maintains an updated list of all health advisories on its website. To find out if an advisory has been issued or lifted for a specific water body, visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "algae bloom advisories," or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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Kernville man killed in single vehicle traffic crash in Otis (Photo)
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 08/19/16 10:00 AM
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On August 18, 2016 at about 1050 AM, Douglas Buxton, age 42 of Kernville, was found deceased with his vehicle down over the embankment of Bear Creek Road near mp two in Otis. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police responded. The investigation revealed that Buxton was driving his silver colored Ford Ranger pick-up southbound on Bear Creek Road when he failed to negotiate a curve at MP two. His vehicle left the roadway, struck a tree then rotated down the embankment striking another tree. Buxton, who was not wearing his safety belt, was partially ejected causing fatal injuries. The driver safety belt had been removed from the vehicle prior to the crash. Damage to the driver compartment of the vehicle was minor. An alcoholic beverage container was found in the area of the crash associated with the vehicle however it is unknown if intoxicants were a factor in the crash pending toxicology results.
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Respectfully submitted by:

Senior Deputy Bruce McGuire
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
225 West Olive Street
Newport OR 97365
Bmcguire@co.lincoln.or.us
(541) 265-4277 x 7125


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National Aviation Day, Friday, August 19, 2016 (Photo)
Oregon Civil Air Patrol - 08/19/16 9:43 AM
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On National Aviation Day, August 19, the nation celebrates the anniversary of the birthday of Orville Wright.

Starting this Friday, NASA invites you to join the celebration of flight and everything it makes possible by taking our Orville flying squirrel along with you and posting a picture with the hashtag #WhereIsOrville.
Our heritage in aviation research goes back more than 100 years. We've helped air travel become a safe, reliable form of transportation. But we're not finished. We're working to transform aviation into something even better by perfecting new technologies, including those that could lead to shape-shifting wings, electric propulsion and the return of commercial supersonic flight.
Every U.S. commercial aircraft and every U.S. air traffic control tower has NASA-developed technology on board.
NASA is with you when you fly!
Where Is Orville?
It's National Aviation Day on August 19. Use social media to tell us where your Orville is on the day we celebrate flight.
Print me!
Write in your location, take a photo and post starting August 19.
Take a selfie with Orville, or a regular photo of him in your location. Be sure to write in where you are.
1. Download and Print Your Orville
Follow this link to download your Orville: (http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/thumbnails/image/orville_selfie_sign_final.jpg)
Print him out. We recommend printing a few copies so that you can post pictures from several different locations if you want!
Use the entire sheet in your photo, or, cut along the dotted line to release Orville from the page.
2. Starting Friday, August 19, take photos.
Are you going to be at an airport? Are you already on vacation at a place that you reached by air? Do you work in the aviation community -- at a company, organization or agency that has something to do with flight? Are you at school for aeronautics or aerospace? Are you a pilot or member of a flight crew? Do you work at an airport?
On the "@" line, write where you are and then take a selfie or regular photo while holding your Orville.
3. Post, and be sure to tag your posts with #WhereIsOrville.
4. Watch NASA Aeronautics social media accounts to see if we like your post.
Twitter: @NASAAero
Facebook: like us at "NASA Aeronautics"
Sondra Geddes
Education Specialist, AERO Institute
NASA Armstrong Educator Resource Center
38256 N. Sierra Highway, Suite A
Palmdale, CA 93550
(661) 276-2359 (Office)
(661) 276-5522 (ERC)
(661) 265-9548 (Fax)
sondra.l.geddes@nasa.gov
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Necarney Creek trail suspension bridge to close Aug. 29 for repairs
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 08/19/16 9:31 AM
The Oswald West State Park suspension bridge spanning Necarney Creek will close for rehabilitation work Aug. 29-Sept. 2. The work will include replacing the trusses, deck surface and handrails.

Last rehabilitated in 1998, the project is a top priority and necessary for visitor safety, said Park Manager Ben Cox. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department employees and a Department of Corrections inmate crew will complete the $7,500 project.

Cox recommends visitors and Oregon Coast Trail hikers use the beach as a detour via the South Beach Access Trail and the Shorts Sand Beach Trail.
Oregon City Police Participating in August Safety Belt Blitz
Oregon City Police Dept. - 08/19/16 9:12 AM
Oregon City, Oregon (August 19, 2016 9:30 am): The Oregon City Police Department along with several Oregon sheriff's offices, local police departments and OSP are participating in the OREGON SAFETY BELT OVERTIME CAMPAIGN BLITZ. The Blitz starts August 22, 2016 and continues through September 4, 2016.

Officers will also be on the alert for persons exceeding the posted speed limit or violating the "hands-free" cellphone law. This enhanced enforcement is paid from dedicated funding through USDOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Oregon City Police Department wants to remind you to "BUCKLE UP" before operating your vehicle.

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

Belts and child restraints work by holding a person safely inside the vehicle during sudden stops, swerves or crash. Without a belt or child seat, occupants may be violently thrown against each other, the car interior or completely out of the vehicle, greatly increasing the risk of injury or death.

Oregon law requires belts be used and maintained in working order. Children weighing under forty pounds must use a child seat with harness. Children under one year or weighing less than twenty pounds must ride in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds must use either a child seat or booster until they reach age eight or 4' 9" tall and the adult belt fits them correctly. A recent study by University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute revealed that "even those adult belt systems with designs most likely to fit children do not fit well when used for children aged six to twelve."

Safety belts, when maintained and used properly, can reduce the chance of fatal injury to adults by 45 to 65 percent. Properly functioning airbag systems can further reduce these risks. If you have concerns about recent product recalls related to your vehicle's safety belt or your child's safety seat, use your vehicle identification number or seat serial number to find current recall information on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/ or check with the product manufacturer.

For help installing child car seats, consult the seat manufacturer's instructions, your vehicle owner's manual, or visit a local child seat fitting station listed at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/
County Trust Land Advisory group to meet Aug. 26 at Forestry Department in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/19/16 9:03 AM
The Forest Trust Land Advisory committee will meet Aug. 26 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Oregon Department of Forestry's Headquarters, Tillamook Room, Building D, 2600 State St., Salem. Items on the agenda include an update on the Trask River watershed study and briefings from Department of Forestry districts on state forest efforts, such as forest management and recreation, throughout Oregon.

The Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee is comprised of seven county commissioners representing 15 Oregon counties where state forestlands are located. The FTLAC is a statutorily established committee that advises the Board of Forestry on matters related to forestland managed by ODF.

An opportunity for public comment will be provided and recorded audio will be available following the meeting. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7248.

Find the meeting agenda and learn more about the FTLAC here.

More background on state forest management and county relationships is outlined in Council of Forest Trust Lands Counties annual report here.
Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) Through Tuesday August 22 at 8:00 a.m.
Portland Police Bureau - 08/19/16 8:58 AM
Sgt. Greg Stewart is the Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Portland Police Bureau through Tuesday August 22, 2016, at 8:00 a.m.

Sgt. Stewart will be available by email or media-only pager to answer questions or respond to incidents with a clear need for immediate public notification due to community safety concerns.

All other requests will be answered the next business day.

Guidelines for media, including how to officially request records, may be found here: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/571559

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Hockinson School District Board of Directors Regular Meeting
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 08/19/16 8:24 AM
The Hockinson School District will hold a Regular Board of Directors Meeting on Monday, August 22, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. It will be held in the Middle School library located at 15916 NE 182nd Ave.; Brush Prairie, WA 98606.
Public Safety Alert (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 08/19/16 7:42 AM
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Stock photo of what the suspect vehicle looks like

UPDATE
Composite drawing of the suspect.

On the evening of Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Beaverton Police Officers responded to two separate reports of suspicious activity. Both calls were related to a subject trying to make traffic stops and impersonating a police officer.

The subject was driving a newer, gun-metal grey or dark grey Mitsubishi Lancer. The vehicle might have a LED light mounted above the rearview mirror that flashes white, red and blue. The suspect is described as a white adult male, approximately 35 to 40 years of age, shaved head, clean shaven face, muscular, large tattoo on the inside of his left arm and wearing a white T-shirt.

The suspect successfully made one traffic stop and contacted the victim in her vehicle. The victim stated that she believed he was an off duty police officer because his car did not look like a police car and he was not in a uniform. The victim stated that he did not have a badge and did not say he was a police officer. He demanded to see her driver's license and registration and after looking at them, he returned them to her and drove off.

It is very rare that any police officer would ever stop you and not be wearing a uniform. If you are ever stopped by someone who is not in uniform, ask to see their badge and identification. If they are not able to present this to you, roll up your window and call 911. If they are truly a police officer the dispatcher will be able to confirm this for you.

Here are some recommendations for you if you are not sure you are being pulled over by a real police officer who is not in uniform:

Continue driving to a populated area or a police department to pull over. ?,?

Once stopped, lock your doors and only roll your window down enough to be able to hear and pass your license through. ?,?

Ask the person to show you his/her badge and identification.

We are asking for the public's help to locate and identify this subject. If you have any information that will help in this investigation, you are asked to call (503) 629-0111 and reference case number 16-2301340.
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Camas and Washougal bans all outdoor recreational fires
Camas-Washougal Fire Dept. - 08/19/16 5:35 AM
Due to extremely elevated temperatures and lack of moisture, the Camas-Washougal Fire Chief has ordered an immediate ban on all outdoor burning in both cities, to include recreational fires. Enclosed barbecue grills are not impacted at this time. Camas and Washougal join other Clark County fire agencies in implementing the ban due to public safety concerns and red flag fire conditions. The ban will remain in place until further notice.
Thu. 08/18/16
Extreme Fire Weather Burn Ban in Effect
Canby Fire Dist. - 08/18/16 5:05 PM
We are moving to EXTREME fire danger tomorrow morning (Friday, August 19). This will put us into a total burn ban which includes recreational fires. You can visit www.canbyfire.org or our Facebook page for burn ban updates and also for cooling centers in Canby.
Extreme weather update
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 08/18/16 4:42 PM
We are moving to EXTREME fire danger tomorrow morning (Friday, August 19). This will put us into a total burn ban which includes recreational fires. You can visit www.clackamasfire.com or our Facebook page for burn ban updates and also for cooling centers in Clackamas County.
Yamhill County Red Flag Warning
Sheridan Fire Dist. - 08/18/16 4:39 PM
August 18th, 2016 - The Yamhill County Fire Defense Board has agreed to the following effective immediately:

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for Yamhill County and NW Oregon. Due to dangerous fire conditions ALL open burning is prohibited. Including Camp fires, Portable propane/Patio Fire Places and Charcoal BBQ's, backyard burning, agricultural burning and recreational burning (warming and cooking fires). Citations may be issued to violators.
Tualatin Library Extends Hours to Serve as Cooling Shelter During Hot Temps This Weekend
Tualatin Police Dept. - 08/18/16 4:25 PM
The Tualatin Public Library will extend hours to serve as a cooling shelter when the forecasted temperature will be 98 degrees. The Library is among several "cooling centers" in Washington and Clackamas Counties that will be available this summer.

Tualatin Library is open until 9 pm Monday through Thursday and will extend hours until 8:30 pm this Friday and Saturday, August 19-20. (The Library normally closes at 6 pm on Friday through Sunday.) In addition to offering regular services, water and family-friendly activities will be available. The Tualatin Library is located at 18878 SW Martinazzi Ave. For more information, call 503-691-3074.

The Juanita Pohl Center is another location residents without air conditioning can find some relief. The JPC is open Monday-Friday 8 am-5pm. The JPC is located at 8513 SW Tualatin Rd. (inside Community Park). For more information, call 503-691-3061.

The fountain at Tualatin Lake of the Commons is on 10 am to dusk.

Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and claiming more lives each year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined. The most vulnerable individuals are those who work or exercise outdoors, adults over 65, infants and children under four, the homeless or poor, and people with chronic medical conditions.

Washington County Public Health advises taking precautions to avoid heat-related health issues, including staying hydrated, staying in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as possible, and avoiding strenuous activities.



¡Mantente fresc@ en la biblioteca!

La Biblioteca Pública de Tualatin extenderá su horario si las temperaturas están pronosticadas en 98°F.

viernes 19 de agosto: 10 am-8:30 pm

sábado 20 de agosto: 10 am-8:30 pm

https://www.tualatinoregon.gov/library/cool-down-library-%C2%A1mantente-fresc-en-la-biblioteca
Shooting Investigation Underway at Northeast 9th and Alberta -No Known Gunshot Victims
Portland Police Bureau - 08/18/16 4:14 PM
On Thursday August 18, 2016, at 3:52 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to report of gunfire at Northeast 9th Avenue and Alberta Street and vehicles being driven out of the area.

Officers arrived in the area and located evidence of gunfire, including damage to at least one vehicle.

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

Gang Enforcement Team officers are responding to the scene to assist with the investigation.

Traffic on Northeast 9th Avenue from Alberta to Webster Streets is impacted by the investigation.

Preliminary information indicates that a suspect was seen with a gun and he is described as an African American male in his 20s, wearing a light-colored shirt and dark-colored baggy jeans.

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

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City of Beaverton Street Paving Planned for August 22 to 26
City of Beaverton - 08/18/16 4:09 PM
BEAVERTON, Ore. --The City of Beaverton's Public Works Department will be paving several streets from Aug. 22 to 26. The streets are:


SW Gleneden Dr. (155th Ave. to Gearhart Dr.)
SW Gleneden Ct. (Gleneden Dr. to cul-de-sac)
SW Gearhart Dr. (149th Ave. to Sexton Mtn. Dr.)
SW Gearhart Ct. (Gearhart to cul-de-sac)
SW151st Pl. (Gearhart to cul-de-sac)
SW Vulcan Ct. (Gearhart to cul-de-sac)


The exact schedule is weather-dependent. Work will begin at 7 a.m. and finish no later than 5 p.m. each day.


Traffic lanes will be flagged and remain open to local traffic. The city will complete the project as quickly as possible and work to minimize inconvenience, but there will be occasional delays.


Resurfacing streets regularly is considerably less expensive than rebuilding and increases their lifespan. Beaverton inspects its streets frequently to determine which roads are in need of paving.


For information on other city road projects this summer, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/RoadConstruction.


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


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The City of Salem Issues Burn Ban During Red Flag Conditions
City of Salem - 08/18/16 3:24 PM
With the weather forecast calling for high temperatures, gusty winds and low humidity, the City of Salem will follow Marion County's Fire Defense Board recommendation, and has enacted a burn ban within the City of Salem effective immediately.

All outdoor burning, including recreational fires, are now prohibited within the City of Salem. This ban is based on weather conditions and community fire safety needs, and will remain in effect through the weekend, or until weather conditions improve to minimize the fire danger.

Cooking outdoors in approved propane or charcoal barbecue grills is allowed during this total burning ban, but always remember and follow safe grilling practices, and properly dispose of coals in a metal container when finished.

The Burn Ban includes the following open burning situations:

1. Agricultural burning
2. Land clearing or slash burning
3.Recreational fires, including:
a. Backyard fire pits.
b. Outdoor fireplaces and portable fireplaces.

Individuals found to be in violation of these requirements during the burn ban may be held liable for the cost of extinguishment and for any property damage resulting from an illegal fire.

For any questions please call the City of Salem Fire Department at 503-588-6245.


Attached Media Files: August 18 Burn Ban
Deputies Provide Enhanced Labor Day DUII and Traffic Safety Patrols
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/18/16 2:55 PM
August 18, 2016--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies will provide extra patrols on Washington County roadways to enhance safety for the Labor Day holiday.

The Labor Day holiday period is known as one of the most dangerous holidays for crashes due to heavily traveled roadways, in combination with impaired and aggressive drivers.

In addition to extra patrols focused on impaired driving over the holiday period, Sheriff's Deputies will also focus on aggressive drivers. Sheriff's Deputies will be looking for drivers who are speeding, following too closely, and distracted while using mobile communication devices, along with seatbelt compliance checks.

Sheriff's Deputies will be providing extra DUII patrols and a Three Flags Seatbelt Blitz from August 22, 2016 through September 5, 2016. These enhanced traffic safety missions are sponsored with grants provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). The final results will be provided at the conclusion of these traffic safety missions on September 7, 2016.

Washington County Sheriff's Deputies regularly respond to traffic related incidents that could have been avoided if all drivers were sober, safe and considerate. Deputies are reminding drivers to slow down, avoid distractions, allow adequate following distances, wear their seatbelt, and secure children with properly fitted child restraints. The following ODOT three minute video provides safety recommendations for proper child and adult seatbelt use. http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/PublishingImages/safetybelts/swf/index.html

The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day holiday. The Sheriff's Office arrests about 1000 impaired drivers every year and has zero tolerance for impaired driving.


Attached Media Files: PDF with video link
Corps seeks comments on permit application for work in Benton County
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 08/18/16 2:49 PM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is accepting comments on a permit application from Kent Aldrich for a proposed project in Benton County, Oregon.

Public notice NWP-2014-307-1 is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx.
NOAA Grant Helps Remove Sunken F/V Western from Coos Bay (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 08/18/16 2:43 PM
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The Oregon State Marine Board was recently awarded a $55,000 NOAA Marine Debris Removal grant to assist with the removal of the F/V Western from Coos Bay. The Western is a 69.9 foot long, 78 gross ton, wood-hulled fishing vessel that was built in 1934. In January 2015, after breaking free from her mooring from the dock and from anchor several times, the Western ultimately sank near a row of pilings near the Empire Boat Ramp, in water deep enough for complete submersion. The vessel was deemed a priority to remove by several agencies and community groups because its large, near a busy navigation channel, and sunk in a sensitive fish and invertebrate habitat. However, adequate funding was not available for the approximately $95,000 cost of removal and disposal.

The project, titled, "A partnership for the removal and prevention of abandoned and derelict fishing vessels along the Oregon Coast", includes $17,500 matching cash from the Marine Board and $22,500 from the Department of State Lands as well as in-kind services from Oregon SeaGrant, South Slough NERR, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Environmental Quality, and staff from the coastal public ports and marinas. The Marine Board will contract with a salvage company for removal of the F/V Western from the water and dispose of the vessel through approved methods on land. The work will begin in October, 2016.

The grant also stipulates that in addition to removal of the Western, the Marine Board initiate and lead an Abandoned and Derelict Vessel Task Force with participation from Oregon coastal ports, law enforcement, commercial vessel owners, and other stakeholders to strategize and implement actions that will help prevent future abandoned and derelict vessels along the coast. A majority of coastal ports struggle with commercial fishing vessels that are no longer in use and have not been maintained for seaworthiness, left abandoned or in derelict condition. A goal of this task force will be developing an inventory of abandoned and derelict commercial vessels along the Oregon coast and develop plans and prioritize actions for future removal efforts.

The NOAA Marine Debris Program's "Community-based Marine Debris Removal" federal funding program provides funding to support locally-driven, marine debris assessment and removal projects that benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and NOAA trust resources. Projects awarded through this grant competition implement on-the-ground marine debris removal activities, with priority for those targeting medium- to large-scale debris, including derelict fishing gear and abandoned and derelict vessels.
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Explosive Device Found in Lyons
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 08/18/16 2:38 PM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his office received a report of an explosive device on August 17, 2016 from City of Lyons Public Works employee Richard Birky. Richard reported he found a homemade explosive device the day before in the roadway near the Lyons Library located at 279 8th Street. Richard stored the device in his vehicle and met with a deputy today to turn it over to law enforcement.

Deputies immediately placed the device on the ground, cleared a safe area and notified the Oregon State Police Bomb Squad for assistance, where they rendered the device safe for disposal. State Police Bomb Technician Sgt. Kevin Del Grande advised that this homemade explosive device was capable of taking off a hand if it would have detonated while someone was holding it. The device was about two inches in length, wrapped in tape and had a fuse.

Sheriff Riley asks anyone that comes across any suspicious looking device to not touch it, clear a safe area around the device and immediately report it to local law enforcement.

No suspect(s) have been identified at this point. The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information that may help with identifying the involved individuals please, contact Deputy Russell Williams at the Linn County Sheriff's Office (541) 967-3950.
Corps seeks comments on permit application impacting wetlands in Polk, Marion, Linn and Benton counties
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 08/18/16 2:10 PM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is accepting comments on a permit application from Bonneville Power Administration for a proposed project in Polk, Marion, Linn and Benton counties in Oregon.

Public notice NWP-2016-57 is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx.
State fire marshal urges vigilance and extreme care against wildfires
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/18/16 1:38 PM
With Oregon's hottest temperatures and driest conditions occurring throughout the next few days, Oregon State Fire Marshal Jim Walker is urging all residents to take the utmost care and thorough caution to prevent wildfires.

"A majority of this year's wildfires have been human caused," says State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "This demonstrates that all of us need to take responsibility for protecting ourselves and our neighbors by preventing wildfires in these extreme conditions."

The Oregon Department of Forestry has reported that since January 1, 2016, there have been 466 wildfires caused by humans. And due to the extreme temperatures, much of Oregon is under a burn ban.

Currently, Oregon has several active wildfires that have put people and homes at risk, and a number of families have received evacuation warnings.

"Our office is in constant communication with the Oregon Department of Forestry and our other wildland partners to assist with firefighting efforts if called upon, said Walker.
BLM, USGS Publish Data and Visualization Site for Sagebrush Geospatial Data
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 08/18/16 1:32 PM
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have published a hub to enable easy visualization and access to geospatial data about the west's "sagebrush sea." This will help guide sagebrush conservation efforts during the 2016 fire season and beyond.

"We have the benefit of a tremendous amount of scientific information to help us conserve the sagebrush ecosystem that hasn't always been organized in a way that makes it easy to find." said Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management Janice Schneider. "This hub provides a simple way to reach the most definitive information from the USGS, the BLM, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service, all in one place. It will provide the many groups working to conserve the sagebrush sea and Greater Sage-Grouse with a shared understanding of this landscape to help facilitate coordination in setting priorities for conservation and fire prevention at all levels."

The sagebrush geospatial framework includes a catalog of geospatial data for the entire sagebrush ecosystem, as well as a series of visualization tools. The hub allows users to view or create printable maps, download Geographic Information System (GIS) data, and compare local data sets with larger regional data sets. The wildland fire community can, for example, use the free online tools to help select areas for preventative actions that will reduce the potential for future fires in sagebrush habitat.

The new common access point for this sagebrush data is the Secretarial Order 3336 tab at https: //www.landscape.blm.gov/geoportal. Additional entries to the data catalog and analysis and decision support tools will be added to the framework as they become available.

"Geospatial data is critical for understanding how local conditions fit into the overall landscape." said Steve Hanser, USGS Sage-Grouse Specialist. "The data access, visualization, and decision support tools developed through this effort will help provide a landscape-scale understanding and context for decision makers, which are important when dealing with the vast area of the sagebrush biome."

This geospatial framework is a component of the comprehensive, science-based strategy announced by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell in January 2015 to address the more frequent and intense wildfires that are damaging vital sagebrush landscapes and productive rangelands in the Great Basin. The goals of this strategy include reducing the size, severity and cost of rangeland fires, addressing the spread of cheatgrass and other invasive species, and positioning wildland fire management resources for more effective rangeland fire response.

Schneider noted that the hub will provide access to the data used to develop the Conservation and Restoration Strategy, another element of the Integrated Rangeland Fire Management Strategy called for by Secretary Jewell in 2015. This strategy is intended to inform a multi-year plan for conservation and restoration actions across the sagebrush ecosystem.

The accelerated invasion of non-native grasses and the spread of pinyon-juniper, along with drought and the effects of climate change, increased the threat of rangeland fires to the sagebrush landscape and the more than 350 species of plants and animals, such as Greater Sage-Grouse, mule deer and pronghorn antelope, which rely on this critically important ecosystem. The increasing frequency and intensity of rangeland fire in sagebrush ecosystems has significantly damaged the landscape on which ranchers, livestock managers, hunters and outdoor recreation enthusiasts rely. This unnatural fire cycle puts at risk their economic contributions across this landscape that support and maintain the Western way of life in America.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

USGS provides science for a changing world. Visit USGS.gov, and follow us on Twitter @USGS and our other social media channels. Subscribe to our news releases via e-mail, RSS or Twitter.


Attached Media Files: 2016-08/5514/97025/Geospatial_Data_PR_8-17-2016.pdf
Convicted Felon Arrested with Guns, Drugs and Cash in Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/18/16 1:26 PM
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On Thursday August 18, 2016, at 12:28 a.m., East Precinct officers contacted a man asleep in a vehicle at Southeast 122nd Avenue and Reedway Street after a concerned passerby called 9-1-1.

Officers awakened the man, 32-year-old Adam Joseph Coopersmith, after observing items in plain view that led officers to believe he may have ingested illegal narcotics.

Coopersmith got out of the vehicle and gave officers consent to search his vehicle. Inside the car, officers located two loaded handguns, several loaded magazines, approximately 25 grams of heroin, and approximately $2,500 cash. Additionally, other evidence was located to indicate Coopersmith was trafficking narcotics.

Coopersmith was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Delivery of Heroin, Possession of Heroin, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm (three counts).

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Fire Destroys Large Home on NW Germantown Road (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 08/18/16 12:33 PM
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At 5:45 a.m. today, 9-1-1 received multiple calls reporting a large column of black smoke coming from the West Hills, northwest of the Bethany area. One of the callers to 9-1-1 was the property owner who confirmed over the phone and again on scene that no one was in the home. The homeowner was staying with a friend nearby and arrived to find at least half of the home on fire.

Firefighters arrived to the 13000 block of NW Germantown Road in Multnomah County and found a 6,000 square foot home engulfed in flames and upgraded the incident to a second alarm. The location presented multiple challenges including: a long narrow driveway, thick trees and brush and no immediate hydrants. Firefighters worked to fight the house fire, while also mitigating the spread of fire through embers into nearby brush.

Two drafting sites were set up at nearby hydrants to maintain a constant supply of water to firefighters. Germantown Road was closed at Old Germantown Road and Skyline Blvd intersections allowing for water tenders to shuttle water to the scene.

Initial indications from witness statements, burn patterns and video footage indicate that the fire possibly started in the garage, however; the investigation is ongoing.

TVF&R was assisted by firefighters from Portland Fire & Rescue, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue, officers from Portland Police and Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

With temperatures in the 100s, humidity levels dropping and winds picking up this afternoon, firefighters hope that everyone is cautious when using any materials or equipment that can become an ignition source. Learn how to be fire safe at www.tvfr.com.


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**Update** Shooting in Happy Valley - Victim Identified **Update**
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/18/16 12:11 PM
UPDATE 08-18-16 / 1145

The victim in this incident is identified as 18 year old Frank Nifon, of Happy Valley, OR. Mr. Nifon is being treated for his injuries at an area hospital, and is expected to survive.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact us using our Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp.


Sgt. Paul Coleman
Office of Public Information





UPDATE

The shooting occurred in the Incorporated City of Happy Valley, Oregon.

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On August 17, 2016, at approximately 8:15pm Officers with the Happy Valley Police Department and Deputies with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to New Hope Church located at 11731 SE Stevens Rd., Happy Valley Oregon on a report of a shooting. It was reported that a male had been shot in the parking lot of the church.

Upon arrival, it was discovered that a single male adult had been shot multiple times by an unknown male. The victim was treated at the scene and then transported to an area hospital via AMR ambulance services. The victim's condition is unknown at this time.

A search was conducted but as of the writing of this press release, no suspect has been found. A possible suspect description is a white male wearing a red shirt and red hat last seen fleeing the area on foot. Investigators believe at this time that the shooting is an isolated incident. The investigation is continuing.

Three Clackamas County cities -- Damascus, Happy Valley, and Wilsonville -- contract with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to provide municipal police services.
Tip of the Week August 22, 2016 - Back to School
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 08/18/16 11:43 AM
OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF
Sheriff Curtis L. Landers
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
(541) 265-4277
Fax (541) 265-4926

TIP OF THE WEEK

Date: August 22, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

BACK TO SCHOOL

It's time for many of our children to start back to school. Motorists need to get back in the habit of knowing where our neighborhood schools are located. There are more than 15 public and private schools located around Lincoln County.

Each morning and afternoon when school is in session, children are walking to and from school and when there's a chance they may be present, a school speed zone is in effect. The speed limit is 20 mph in a posted school zone between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on a day when school is in session. If the school zone is equipped with a flashing yellow light(s), then the speed limit is in effect when flashing.

It's vital that we obey these speed limits as our children's safety is at stake. These schools include kindergarten through twelfth grade. Some of these children are five years old and very small. A parked car can obscure their view of you and your view of them. These young people often fail to realize the importance of looking before they walk or run out into the roadway. Driving at 20 mph will give you more time to react and avoid striking them.
The following chart reveals the distance required to stop at specific speeds.

64 feet @ 20 mph
86 feet @ 25 mph
112 feet @ 30 mph
138 feet @ 35 mph
170 feet @ 40 mph

5 mph can make the difference between whether or not you hit a pedestrian.
As citizens we must protect our children. Traffic crashes are one of the deadliest hazards our children face. Let's do our part when we pass these schools by slowing down, watching, and expecting the unexpected.

Everyone needs to do their part to ensure the safety of our children.

For more information and tips, visit our web site at www.lincolncountysheriff.net and on your Smartphone via the "MobilePatrol" app and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff's Office -- Oregon.

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Kathy Manning, Administrative Assistant
kmanning@co.lincoln.or.us
Ph: 541-265-0652


Attached Media Files: 2016-08/5490/97021/082216-Back_to_School.pdf
UPDATE #2: Central Precinct Officers Attempting to Communicate with Burglary Suspect in Northeast Portland Residence (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/18/16 11:41 AM
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48-year-old Michael Edwin Glover was released from the hospital on Monday afternoon and was booked into jail on charges of Burglary in the First Degree (two counts), Interfering with a Peace Officer, Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Public Indecency, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Additionally Glover is being held on a parole violation.

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At approximately 1:00 p.m., the suspect was taken into custody by SERT officers after he'd refused to come out of a bedroom after hours of negotiation. The suspect did not immediately comply with officers orders and was Tased before being arrested.

The suspect was treated by medical personnel and will be taken to the hospital for an evaluation. After his release from the hospital he will be booked into jail on multiple charges.

His name and charges will be released after he's booked into jail.

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On Monday August 15, 2016, at 7:47 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the 600 block of Northeast 30th Avenue on the report that a man tried to break into a home and was headed into Oregon Park.

Officers arrived in the area and spoke with several witnesses who told police that the man approached a woman walking a dog and was fondling himself. The suspect then got into a City of Portland pick-up that was parked at Oregon Park. The Parks & Recreation employee in the truck yelled at the suspect to get out and the suspect ran across the street and broke into an occupied residence. The resident ran outside yelling that the suspect broke into her residence. The suspect then left that residence and entered a different residence in the same complex, where he is believed to be hiding.

Central Precinct officers have blocked all traffic along 30th Avenue and closed Oregon Park as part of the effort to contain the suspect. On duty members of the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) and the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) are at the scene to assist in safely resolving the situation.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 20s, 5'9" tall, thin build, possibly wearing hospital-issued clothing. There is no information he's armed with any weapons. Based on witness statements about his behavior, officers believe he may be under the influence of intoxicants and/or suffering in a mental health crisis.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

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Explore Oregon's rich mining history with new online collections
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 08/18/16 11:23 AM
New online collections of Oregon mining records are opening up the state's rich history.

The records span decades, from the gold rush of the mid-1800s to modern-day aggregate mining operations. The new collections include Baker County Mining Claim Records, mining records held by the Josephine County, Gold Hill, and Woodville historical societies, and a Mining Permit Viewer.

Putting the documents online is part of an ongoing effort by the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) to increase access to the Agency's scientific publications, records and historic collections, says Ali Ryan Hansen, DOGAMI communications director. The project was funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library.

"So many people will find these mining records interesting and useful," Hansen says. "And now, those historians and genealogists and gold panners and mine operators can look through these books and files wherever they happen to be, instead of travelling to where paper copies are held."

Creating digital copies also preserves irreplaceable information. A flood at the Baker County Courthouse in 2010 put mining claim record books--as well as other priceless historic real estate, tax, and court records--in peril.

Claim books were photographed page-by-page and assembled into PDFs. An 1862 book of mining laws, water rights and claims for the Pioneer District is the oldest book digitized as part of the project, and one of the oldest books of the gold rush era.

"Mining districts were kind of the first local governments in Oregon," says geologist Tom Wiley. "Their laws show us a lot about the lives and livelihoods of early Oregonians."

ABOUT THE COLLECTIONS
Baker County Mining Claim Records: Baker County's booming gold days are captured in more than 50 volumes that include records of claims bought and sold, claim locations, mining district meeting minutes and laws, claim maintenance records and more. Records span from 1862 to 1964. Find records here: bit.ly/bakerclaims

Historical Society Records: The project created online access to the mining and mineral records held by the Josephine County Historical Society, the Gold Hill Historical Society, and the Woodville Historical Society. Collections are wide-ranging, and include everything from a 1904 mining map of southern Oregon to Josephine County Sourdough Gazette mining newspapers of the 1960s. Among the holdings are maps, letters, photographs, news articles, publications and more. Find records here: bit.ly/societymining

Mining Permit Viewer: The interactive viewer offers easy access to permit files--which include site permits and inspections, maps, photos, and correspondence--for aggregate mining sites, most of which are no longer in operation. The viewer includes records for Baker, Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Crook, Curry and Deschutes counties. Some records are also available for mines in Douglas, Lincoln, Marion, Polk and Washington counties. Find the viewer here: bit.ly/MLRRviewer
Local Red Cross Sends Eight Responders to Help With California Wildfires; Others Continue to Help in Louisiana
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/18/16 11:19 AM
Eight Red Cross disaster responders from Oregon and Southwest Washington deploy to California to help people affected by massive wildfires; Eighteen others still on the ground in Louisiana helping flood relief effort.

PORTLAND, Ore., August 18, 2016 -- The American Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) is responding to the massive wildfires in California by deploying eight volunteers to help with relief efforts.

Responders from Nehalem, Beaverton, Portland, Keizer, Gresham and John Day, Oregon as well as Battle Ground, Washington are assisting affected communities by managing shelters, providing emergency financial assistance, health and mental health services, transportation services, and coordinating with local government entities to help deliver assistance.

Two of the responders include Cascades Region CEO, Amy Shlossman and Regional Disaster Officer, Cara Sloman.

"Communities across Louisiana and California have been devastated by fires and floods and many families have lost everything," said Amy Shlossman, CEO of the Red Cross Cascades Region. "Our ability to respond and help people when they need it most depends upon the generosity of our donors. Please help support our disaster response efforts across the country by visiting redcross.org."

THE SITUATION IN CALIFORNIA:
Explosive brush fires have ripped through more than 30,000 acres in San Bernardino County. More than 86,000 people have been forced to leave their homes. An unknown number of homes could be destroyed, and there is no containment in sight. Two Red Cross shelters provided refuge to 173 individuals affected by the Blue Cut Fire. In Lake County, three additional shelters are open to support families in need of lodging and support services. And in Kern County, the Red Cross is ready to open an evacuation center should it be needed. For all these wildfires, Red Cross shelters are providing for the immediate needs of those affected. Services include a safe and clean place to stay, food, hydration, emotional support and health services. All facilities will remain open for as long as there is a need.

THE SITUATION IN LOUISIANA:
The Red Cross continues to help thousands of people impacted by the flooding in Louisiana where the situation remains dire. On Wednesday night, more than 4,100 people were still seeking refuge in 30 Red Cross and community shelters. At the peak of the floods, more than 50 shelters provided safety for more than 10,000 people. The Red Cross and partners have served nearly 138,000 meals and snacks since the onset of the flooding. Mental health disaster workers are visiting shelters to offer comfort. Health services volunteers are helping with things like lost eyeglasses and medications. The flooding danger is not over. More rain is falling in Louisiana and flood waters are moving down-river, which could cause damage in new areas. The Red Cross is closely monitoring the situation to be ready to mount an additional response if necessary. According to meteorologists, more than 6.9 trillion gallons of rain -- enough water to fill 10.4 million Olympic pools -- deluged Louisiana this week.

HOW TO HELP:
Donations are urgently needed. To help people affected by the Louisiana Floods or the California Wildfires visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

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


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Pedestrian Safety Detail
Beaverton Police Dept. - 08/18/16 11:08 AM
The Beaverton Police Department will be conducting a Pedestrian Safety Detail on Monday, August 22, 2016 between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. The detail will be conducted in the area of SW 125th St. and SW Brockman St at the Fanno Creek trail. This is near Southridge High School and is a crosswalk used often by children.

This detail will focus on vehicles failing to stop and remain stopped for pedestrians in a crosswalk. Motorists are reminded it's your lane plus six feet. Stop for the pedestrian, who must clear the lane you're turning into and at least 6 feet of the next lane, before you proceed.

The primary focus of this detail is to raise pedestrian safety awareness. Through the use of a decoy pedestrian, the Beaverton Police Department hopes to raise the awareness of drivers and pedestrians through education and enforcement of pedestrian right of way laws. Pedestrians are also reminded to wear bright colors and pay attention to the traffic flow when preparing to cross the road. Pedestrians are also required to obey any traffic control device that directs the pedestrian's movement.

In our continued effort to provide options other than the standard citation, drivers receiving citations are given the option of taking a crosswalk diversion program hosted by the Beaverton Police Department.

Please see the YouTube link below to watch an informational video on crosswalk safety. https://youtu.be/KzexhlX73W8
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Attached Media Files: News Release
Meals on Wheels Volunteer Arrested for Aggravated Animal Abuse (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 08/18/16 10:49 AM
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GRESHAM, Ore. -- Police arrest a Meals on Wheels volunteer surrounding the death of a 6 year old Chihuahua.

On August 8, police were dispatched to the home of June Rigsby 70, of Gresham after she found her 6 year old Chihuahua named "Baby" deceased inside her home. June, who is disabled and was in bed at the time, heard a knock at the door and a man call out her name. That man was Gresham Resident Donald Nicoli, 68. June told investigators that she had made arrangements with Nicoli, who has been delivering Meals on Wheels food to her every Monday for several months, that she would leave the door unlocked for him enter her home.

June said when Nicoli came in and called out her name, her three dogs including Baby jumped from her bed to greet Nicoli. A few moments later, June heard a thud and only two dogs returned. After Nicoli left the house, June got out of bed to check on Baby, and that's when she found her deceased on the kitchen floor.

Detective Sergeant Jerry Harris, with the assistance of Multnomah County Animal Control, began investigating the circumstances surrounding Baby's death. Baby was sent to Oregon State University (OSU) where they assisted with determining how she died. Sergeant Harris said, "We received word from Oregon State University, that the cause of death was blunt force trauma and multiple skull fractures."

Investigators spoke with Nicoli who admitted to kicking the dog but could not remember specific details leading up to that day's events.

Nicoli was booked into Multnomah County Detention Center on one count of Aggravated Animal Abuse.

Gresham police want the public to know that Animal abuse is not taken lightly and it will be investigated to the fullest.

Citizens can report animal abuse 24 hours a days 7 days a week by contacting Multnomah County Animal Services at (503) 988-7387 or online to www.multcopets.org


Attached Media Files: Nicoli
Free Child Safety Seat Clinic
Beaverton Police Dept. - 08/18/16 10:43 AM
The Beaverton Police Department in a partnership with Safe Kids Coalition-Washington County and C & R Real Estate Services will be conducting a free child car seat clinic. The clinic will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at the Park Place Center located at 4915 SW Griffith Drive Beaverton, Oregon 97005. The clinic will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The last car will be accepted at 11:30 a.m. unless demand necessitates an earlier cut off time.

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

Make sure that you have registered your car seat with the manufacture. Registering your seat makes sense: It gives the manufacturer the ability to contact you about recalls and safety notices. It's also easy: Just send in the card that came with your car seat or fill out a simple form on the manufacturer's Web site. Your child's safety could depend on it. The best car seat is the one that you will use properly. This is what we hope to teach you when you come to one of our car seat clinics. The use of safety belts and child safety seats have been proven to greatly reduce your chances of sustaining serious injuries during a motor vehicle crash.

A certified technician will help parents and caregivers learn to install and use their child safety restraints properly. No appointment is required just drop by during the event. Each car seat check will take about 30 minutes. The last car will be accepted at 11:30 a.m. unless demand necessitates an earlier cut off time.
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Driver Issued Multiple Citations for March 2016 Fatal Crash on Northeast Glisan Street
Portland Police Bureau - 08/18/16 10:34 AM
The Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division has issued multiple traffic citations to a driver involved in a March 2016 traffic crash that killed 26-year-old Alexander Keppinger.

The driver, 43-year-old Roderick Alo, was given citations for Speeding, Driving Uninsured and Careless Driving. The case was reviewed by the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office and it was determined that no criminal charges would be filed in this case.

This investigation started on Sunday March 6, 2016, at 7:52 p.m., when East Precinct and Traffic Division officers responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash in the 13900 block of Northeast Glisan Street.

Investigators learned that Alo was driving a 2002 Acura TL eastbound on Glisan Street when he lost control of his vehicle and collided with a 2008 Toyota Corolla that was being driven westbound onto Glisan Street after turning from northbound 139th Avenue, driven by Lan Vo and occupied by Alexander Keppinger.

After being struck by Alo's vehicle, Lan Vo crashed into a 2005 Nissan Sentra being driven westbound on Glisan Street by 26-year-old Lance Faletogo. A passenger in the Nissan has been identified as 27-year-old Rawz Addison-Faletogo.

Lan Vo and Alexander Keppinger, were transported by ambulance to Portland hospitals with traumatic injuries. Keppinger died as a result of his injuries on March 24.

The occupants of the Nissan, Lance Faletogo and Rawz Addison-Faletogo, were transported by ambulance to Portland hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries and were treated and released.

Alo was not injured in the crash. He was not impaired and cooperated with investigators.

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.

To learn more about the City of Portland's Vision Zero effort, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390

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YWCA Clark County offers fee based training on information and dynamics of domestic violence for community members.
YWCA Clark County - 08/18/16 10:16 AM
In an effort to expand resources and information for community members and community based agencies, YWCA Clark County is offering four trainings in September that provide comprehensive information on domestic violence and supporting individuals experiencing or impacted by violence. Participants in trainings will gain knowledge about how to define domestic violence and understand its root causes, understand dynamics of stalking and challenge common myths. Specific training on marginalized communities and dynamics of domestic violence will also be offered as will training on Clark County based community resources that survivors often access.

Trainings will be offered at $15 per session or $50 for all four sessions. For more information and registration, visit ywcaclarkcounty.org/trainings.

About YWCA Clark County
YWCA Clark County serves more than 12,000 people each year who are survivors of domestic violence, homelessness, sexual assault, youth in foster care, child abuse and neglect, and oppression.
Major Crash Team Investigating Hit and Run that Seriously Injured a Pedestrian in North Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 08/18/16 10:01 AM
On Wednesday August 17, 2016, at 11:46 p.m., North Precinct and Traffic Division officers responded to the report of a pedestrian that fell out of a truck at North Lombard Street and Portsmouth Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located a 46-year-old man down in the street suffering from serious injuries. He was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment and is expected to survive.

Based on information learned at the scene, officers believe the man was walking across North Lombard Street and was struck by the driver of an older white pick-up truck traveling eastbound on Lombard. The initial information that the man fell out of a moving vehicle appears to be inaccurate.

Due to the severity of the man's injuries, the Traffic Division's Major Crash Team responded to conduct an investigation.

Anyone with information about this crash or the identity of the driver who fled the scene should contact Officer David Enz at 503-823-2208, david.enz@portlandoregon.gov.

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.

To learn more about the City of Portland's Vision Zero effort, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390

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Portland Fire & Rescue, Red Cross Team Up Again For Sept. 11 Memorial Blood Drive
Portland Fire & Rescue - 08/18/16 9:49 AM
Portland Fire & Rescue and the American Red Cross are joining together for the third consecutive year for a Sept. 11 Memorial Blood Drive to honor those lost during the 2001 terrorist attacks. The annual Portland Fire & Rescue Blood Drive will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm at Station 1, 55 SW Ash St. Those who come to donate can enjoy an on-site cookout and get a $10 Visa gift card while supplies last, courtesy of Suburban Propane through a Red Cross sponsorship.

The blood drive is open to the public and members of the community are encouraged to roll up a sleeve to join Portland firefighters in donating blood in honor of the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives on September 11th.

Portland Fire & Rescue kicked off the blood drive because the bureau wanted to offer an avenue of action for those marking this solemn day that has deep significance for first responders.

"Community health and wellness is one of the major components of today's modern fire service, so it makes great sense to mark this day by joining together to contribute to our important blood reserves," says Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Mike Myers. "I will be there to donate and I look forward to meeting our neighbors who will roll up their sleeves alongside me."

Fire Commissioner Dan Saltzman encourages those who are able to sign up to donate blood.

"September 11th showed us that we must always be ready and resilient. Our first responders train to face worst case scenarios such as we saw on that tragic day in 2001 and their bravery cannot be overstated," Saltzman says. "We as a community can also train for worst case scenarios; making sure we have plenty of life-saving blood on hand is one way that we can prepare. Please sign up to give blood on September 11th at Station 1."

"First responders know firsthand how important it is to have blood readily available for emergencies," said Neil Tosuntikool, Donor Recruitment director of the Red Cross Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region. "By hosting this blood drive, they are helping ensure that blood is on the shelves before it is needed."

Donors of all blood types - especially O negative, A negative and B negative - are needed. The Red Cross encourages donors to schedule their appointments in advance, but walk-ins also are welcome.

What: September 11 Memorial Blood Drive
When: Sunday, September 11, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.
Where: Portland Fire & Rescue Station 1, 55 SW Ash Street
Sign up: www.redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code PortlandFire or call 503-823-3700
Two Overnight Shootings, Two People Injured -- Unknown if Related Events (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/18/16 9:35 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau's Gang Enforcement Team is investigating two overnight shootings that injured two people.

The first incident occurred outside Grand Central Bowl, located at 808 Southeast Morrison Street at 11:02 p.m. on Wednesday night. Central Precinct officers responded to the location on the report of a disturbance involving gunfire outside the bowling alley.

Officers arrived in the area and located evidence of gunfire in the street, as well as bullet strikes to the building and a parked car. A short time later, a 24-year-old male arrived at a Portland hospital suffering from non-life-threatening injuries. Officers contacted the victim and believe that the injuries were suffered as a result of the shooting.

At 1:42 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of gunfire in the area of Northeast 80th Avenue and Glisan Street. As officers were responding, 9-1-1 operator received additional information that someone at the scene was suffering from a gunshot wound.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located a large crowd and a 19-year-old female suffering from serious injuries. She was transported to a Portland hospital where she remains with serious but not believed to be life-threatening injuries.

Officers also located two parked vehicles that had damage from gunfire. Northeast Glisan Street was closed from 78th to 80th Avenues for several hours as investigators processed the crime scene.

Preliminary information indicates that the second shooting may have been connected to an earlier memorial gathering honoring the life of Ervaeua Herring, who was killed on August 17, 2014. Four people have been indicted and arrested for Herring's murder.

Based on information learned at both scenes, the shootings are believed to be gang-related although it is not clear if they are related to one another. There is no specific suspect information in either case.

Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to contact Detective Todd Teats at 503-823-2137, todd.teats@portlandoregon.gov.

The Tactical Operations Division's Gang Enforcement Team (GET) and Gun Task Force (GTF) are continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106 or email information to gangs@portlandoregon.gov.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

The Portland Police Bureau works closely with Enough is Enough PDX, a community-led campaign aimed at encouraging people to take a stand against gang violence in the area.

For more information about Enough is Enough PDX and how you can get involved, please visit https://www.facebook.com/EnoughIsEnoughPDX

Additional information about Enough is Enough PDX and other City efforts addressing youth violence can be found at the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, http://www.portlandonline.com/safeyouth/

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous. Rewards of up to $1,000 are available for other unsolved felony crimes - $2,500 for unsolved homicides.

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over -- Battle Ground PD to Conduct Extra DUI Patrols
City of Battle Ground - 08/18/16 9:00 AM
Battle Ground Police Officers will be joining law enforcement throughout Clark County and WA State in extra DUI patrols August 19 -- September 5. The extra patrols are aimed at encouraging everyone to get a safe ride, especially if alcohol, prescription, over-the-counter medicine, or other drug use might be causing any impairment.

Driving under the influence of drugs, whether illicit, over-the counter, prescription, or a combination thereof, is just as dangerous -- and as unlawful -- as driving under the influence of alcohol.

Data shows that combining alcohol and drugs, or one drug with another drug can be a very deadly mix for drivers. According to a new study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately one-third of drivers in Washington State were drug-positive. The NHTSA study mirrors the state's deadly crash data. In 2015, there were 251 impaired drivers involved in deadly crashes. Of these drivers, 20 percent tested positive for alcohol greater than .08 only and another 20 percent tested positive for a single drug. However, nearly 60 percent of these drivers tested positive for multiple drugs, or drugs mixed with alcohol.

In addition to the Battle Ground Police Department, Ridgefield, Vancouver, and Washougal Police Departments, Clark County Sheriff's Office, CRESA, and the Washington State Patrol will be participating in this campaign through the coordination of the Target Zero Task Force (Clark & Skamania Counties). The DUI emphasis patrols are funded by a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and are part of Target Zero - striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030.

"The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is designed to encourage all of our citizens to help us achieve our goal of zero traffic deaths. Before you drive, make sure your mind is alert and ready for the important task of driving," said Darrin Grondel, Washington Traffic Safety Commission Director. "Don't risk getting arrested for a DUI, or causing a life-changing tragedy. Designate a sober, drug-free driver, catch a ride share, or walk with a buddy."

More information about Target Zero is available at www.targetzero.com.

Washington deadly crash data is available by state and county on the Washington Traffic Safety Commission website at: http://wtsc.wa.gov/research-data/quarterly-target-zero-data/
Fire danger rising to extreme: high temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/18/16 8:29 AM
The heat is on! A wave of hot dry windy weather is expected to hit the region Thursday and last through Saturday. Just a single spark under these conditions could lead to a significant and costly wildfire. Fire managers are reminding the public to be extra careful with fire as they seek ways to stay cool.

"Everyone will be looking for ways to beat the heat. Remember to take extra precaution with fires or anything that could start a wildfire," said Oregon Department of Forestry Unit Forester Michael Curran.

The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a fire weather watch for high temperatures, gusty winds and low relative humidity. The fire weather watch will be in effect from late Thursday night through late Friday night.

Fire season is in effect and fire managers have raised the fire danger level to extreme. Normal summer weather has dried forests, brush and grasses. The impending heat wave poses a significant fire weather threat and any fire starts could spread rapidly. Curran says, "We don't experience extreme fire danger very often. When it's this hot and dry, we need everyone to think twice before using anything that might emit a spark."

The following activities are prohibited during extreme fire danger.

Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water, and other designated locations.
Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except at locations designated by the forester. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.
The use of powersaws is prohibited during extreme fire danger.
Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited.
The mowing of dried, cured grass is prohibited.
Motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, are only allowed on improved roads free of flammable vegetation, except for the culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling, except on state highways, county roads and driveways: one shovel and one gallon of water or one 2-?1/2 lb.or larger fire extinguisher. All-terrain vehicles and motorcycles must be equipped with one 2-?1/2 lb. or larger fire extinguisher.
Use of fireworks is prohibited.
Tigard Police Arrest Stabbing Suspect
Tigard Police - 08/18/16 7:56 AM
On August 13 at approximately 5:40 p.m., Tigard Police received a 9-1-1 call reporting an assault with a weapon. When officers arrived minutes later, they found a man lying outside a rental unit with an apparent stab wound near the shoulder. A Tigard officer administered first-aid while emergency medical units began arriving. Soon other Tigard officers arrived and began to question a small group of bystanders. Officers learned the suspect appeared barricaded inside one of the apartment units. The Washington County Tactical Negotiation Team was summoned and was later able to take the suspect into custody without incident.

The investigation concluded that a gathering of several friends and acquaintances took place at the Windmill Apartments located at 10579 SW Tigard St. in Tigard. At some point during the gathering, an argument erupted between two men which ended with the alleged stabbing. At the time of the incident, there were several adults and two children in the dwelling unit. No others were injured during the ordeal. The victim, a 42 year-old Portland man was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital where he was treated and later released.

The suspect, 35 year-old Jesus Recio, was lodged in the Washington County Jail. Recio was charged with Assault II, an Oregon Measure 11 offense which if convicted, requires mandatory minimum sentencing.
Wed. 08/17/16
Traffic Alert: All lanes of SE Cesar E Chavez reopened at 9 p.m. after earlier underground cavity repair
Portland Bureau of Transportation - 08/17/16 11:08 PM
(UPDATE 11 p.m. Aug. 17, 2016) -- All lanes of SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd reopened at SE Alder Street at about 9 p.m., as expected after crews repaired underground cavities earlier today, the Portland Bureau of Transportation announced. One lane northbound and one lane southbound were closed after 11 p.m. Tuesday night and were closed all day today.

Earlier posts below.
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(UPDATE 5 p.m. Aug. 17, 2016) -- Two lanes of SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd are expected to remain closed through 9 p.m. tonight at SE Alder Street as crews repair underground cavities, the Portland Bureau of Transportation says. The left lane northbound and the left lane southbound were closed after 11 p.m. Tuesday night and were closed all day today.

Two travel lanes remain open, one each direction, though all traffic has been diverted to the eastern half of the roadway.

An 8-inch terra-cotta sewer pipe believed to be built in the year 1900 was found to have been broken, causing water to erode the surrounding soil, undermining the road surface. A concrete plug from an old connection to a nearby home may have failed, contributing to the damage. A video by PBOT crews shows standing water inside the sewer pipe, indicating a sunken section of pipe that also caused some erosion in the area or may have been caused by erosion from a nearby break. The exact cause of the breaks in the sewer main that led to the erosion has not been determined.

PBOT crews found an underground cavity approximately 8 feet wide, 8 feet long and as much as 8 feet tall in some areas under the road surface.

PBOT has posted HD video of standing water in a sunken section of the pipe.

Video courtesy Portland Bureau of Transportation: https://youtu.be/gYG5QtJIQJ4

Pictures by Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Travelers should avoid the area of SE Cesar E Chavez and SE Alder Street if possible, use alternate routes and expect delays when traveling in the area. SE Alder Street is closed to all but local residents between SE 38th Avenue and SE Cesar E Chavez.

The closure is located between SE Stark Street to the north and SE Belmont Street to the south, so travelers may want to turn off of Cesar E Chavez at those points or elsewhere to avoid delays.

Earlier post below.
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(Aug. 17, 2016) -- The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that two lanes of SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd are expected to remain closed through 5 p.m. today at SE Alder Street as crews inspect and repair underground cavities. The left lane northbound and the left lane southbound were closed after 11 p.m. Tuesday night.

One lane each direction on SE Cesar E Chavez is expected to remain open to traffic as crews make repairs the the road surface and underground utilities. Travel lanes on SE Alder Street are not affected, but travelers should expect delays on SE Alder Street and avoid the area if possible.

Travelers should avoid the area of SE Cesar E Chavez and SE Alder Street if possible, use alternate routes and expect delays when traveling in the area. The available lanes on SE Cesar E Chavez may change throughout the day. Two-way traffic may be shifted to the northbound lanes, if required to make the repairs, so travelers should pay close attention to lane closure signage leading up to this location.

The closure is located between SE Stark Street to the north and SE Belmont Street to the south, so travelers may want to turn off of Cesar E Chavez at those points or elsewhere to avoid delays.

We will post an update as we learn more about the cause of the road damage and timing of the road closure. It appears a leaking sewer line, more than 100 years old, may have caused the underground cavity. Two small holes in the roadway were visible late Tuesday night, exposing an underground cavity more than 3 feet in diameter and about 7 feet deep below SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd.

The traveling public is advised to use alternate routes if possible, expect delays and use caution when traveling in the area.

PBOT conducts emergency repairs to sewer and stormwater lines in the public right of way in Portland.

Underground cavities can be caused by sewer or water line leaks, damage caused by construction crews, the result of underground streams or weather events. Small cavities in city streets may be a sign of a larger underground problem. The public is advised to call PBOT's 24 hour dispatch to report sinkholes or other roadway hazards at 503-823-1700.


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Cowlitz County Sheriff Investigating Fatal Police Shooting**Update** 10:00 pm
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/17/16 10:13 PM
update 10:00pm August 17, 2016

The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office assisted by the Longview Police Department and Washington State Patrol has completed its initial investigation of the officer involved shooting at the Flying K in Kelso, WA. The store has been returned to the owner at about 10:00pm.

The deceased was removed from the scene by the Cowlitz County Coroner's Office. The Coroner's Office will release more information about the deceased once he has been positively identified and next of kin notified.

There is still much work to be done in this investigation. An update press release is planned for Thursday at 11:00am.
Photos and Video: Oregon Army National Guard and Portland Police Bureau conduct joint training in downtown Portland (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 08/17/16 8:50 PM
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PORTLAND, Oregon -- The Oregon Army National Guard partnered with the Portland Police Bureau during a joint training exercise in downtown Portland, Oregon, August 17, 2016.

The Oregon Army National Guard provided transportation for members of the Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) utilizing UH-72 Lakota helicopters.

Oregon Army National Guard aviators, with Detachment 1, Company A, 1-112th Aviation, conducted multiple helicopter flights from Troutdale to downtown Portland, dropping off police officers on top of a high-rise building.

"Conducting joint training helps us build stronger relationships between local law enforcement and the Oregon National Guard," said Brig. Gen. Mark Crosby, commander of the Oregon National Guard's Joint Domestic Operations Command. "This type of training and networking is an excellent opportunity for local first responders and the National Guard to work together as a team in the event that we need to help the citizens of Oregon during an emergency."

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/PYhj_P4G0AE

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160817-Z-IW846-048: Members of the Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) disembark an Oregon Army National Guard UH-72 Lakota helicopter, from Detachment 1, Company A, 1-112th Aviation, during a joint training exercise, August 17, in Portland, Oregon. The aircraft transported police officers to the top of a high-rise building in downtown Portland. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven Conklin, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

20160817-Z-PL933-010: Chief Warrant Officer-3 Paul Harryman, a UH-72 Lakota pilot with Detachment 1, Company A, 1-112th Aviation, Oregon Army National Guard, briefs members of the Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) on the proper ways to enter and exit the helicopter during a joint training exercise, August 17, in Troutdale, Oregon. The aircraft transported police officers to the top of a high-rise building in downtown Portland. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

20160817-Z-PL933-088: Members of the Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) rush to get on board an Oregon Army National Guard UH-72 Lakota helicopter, from Detachment 1, Company A, 1-112th Aviation, at the airport in Troutdale, Oregon, August 17. The aircraft transported police officers to the top of a high-rise building in downtown Portland during a joint training exercise. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

20160817-Z-PL933-103: A police officer, with the Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT), watches the landing of an Oregon Army National Guard UH-72 Lakota helicopter, with Detachment 1, Company A, 1-112th Aviation, at the airport in Troutdale, Oregon, August 17. The aircraft transported police officers to the top of a high-rise building in downtown Portland during a joint training exercise. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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AARP Gives 'Champion of the 50+' Award to U.S. Senator Ron Wyden for Important Work on Issues Impacting Age 50+ American Families (Photo)
AARP Oregon - 08/17/16 8:11 PM
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Clackamas, OR -- Today AARP announced US Senator Ron Wyden as a recipient of the 2016 "Champion of the 50+" legislative leadership award for his significant achievements during the 114th Congress that benefit the lives of the 50+ and our families. Senator Wyden received the award for preserving financial security through passage of legislation that addressed the shortfall in the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) trust fund, ensuring that children, veterans, older workers, families and others who receive disability insurance benefits would not face a 20% cut in their benefits.

"Senator Wyden deserves this award because he worked to improve financial security for millions of American families," said AARP Oregon state president Elaine Friesen-Strang. "Passing legislation to protect benefits for disabled workers has demonstrated leadership qualities to help Americans achieve greater financial security."

AARP Oregon has 500,000 members in Oregon representing people 50+! We believe that age and experience can enhance your possibilities.


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Forest Fire 1.5 miles west of Sunriver Oregon
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/17/16 7:17 PM
Fire Update as of approximately 1900 hours

There is an active forest fire 1.5 miles west of Sunriver, Oregon. It started near the intersection of River Summit Drive and Forest Road 40.

The fire is currently estimated at 300 acres in size.
It is moving southwest at a moderate spread rate.

Fall River Estates and Fall River Fish Hatchery have been placed on a Level 1 Evacuation notice.

Fire cause is unknown at this time.

There are several road closures in the area and the public is asked to stay out of this area.

Information will be updated as it becomes available.
Monday, August 22, 2016 Executive & Regular Board Business Meeting Agenda
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 08/17/16 6:53 PM
The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon, will convene in an Executive & Board Business Meeting on Monday, August 22, 2016 in the Parkrose School District Office Boardroom located at 10636 NE Prescott Street, Portland, Oregon at the hour of 6:30pm. The Board will hear presentations on a China America Exchange and a presentation on the High School/Middle School communication plan. They will receive reports from the Superintendent's Office, Assistant Superintendent/School Improvement Office, Technology, Human Resources, Student Services and the Business Office. The Board will take action on Consent Agenda items and Action Items including a second boiler change order, committee liaisons, their legislative assignments and a contract for substitute management. They will also report on their Board Business and be available to hear Citizen Comments twice during the Business Meeting. The agenda is posted on the Parkrose School District Website at https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1000205
Stabbing Investigation Underway in Southeast Portland's Mill Park Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 08/17/16 6:38 PM
On Wednesday August 17, 2016, at 6:13 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a stabbing in the 12400 block of Southeast Stark Street.

Officers and medical personnel arrived in the area and located a victim walking westbound on Stark Street suffering from a stab wound. The victim, a male adult, was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment to serious injuries.

Initial information indicates that the location of the stabbing may have occurred a few blocks away from where the victim was located.

No arrests have been made and officers are in the early stages of the investigation.

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

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Aloha Man Found Deceased in Private Lake (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/17/16 6:32 PM
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August 17, 2016--Sheriff's Deputies responded to a rural area north of North Plains concerning a possible drowning in a private lake. The man's body was later recovered from the lake.

On August 17, 2016, at 10:23 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies, assisted by the North Plains Department, were called to the 25200 block of NW Braga Road concerning a possible drowning. Family members called and reported Charles Merrill, 76, from Aloha, was missing. The family owns acreage on NW Braga Road that has a large lake of unknown depth. The family went searching for him and saw the family boat capsized on the lake but no sign of Mr. Merrill. It was not unusual for Mr. Merrill to visit the property and fish from the boat.

Sheriff's Deputies arrived and found the lake was about one acre in size and a capsized boat was found far from shore. The boat was unable to drift due to heavy vegetation. Sheriff's Deputies called the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office dive team to help search for Mr. Merrill. The dive team searched the water and at 4:55 p.m., found Mr. Merrill deceased in the lake near the boat. It does not appear he was wearing a lifejacket.

The Washington County Medical Examiner believes Mr. Merrill suffered a medical issue causing him to fall into the water.


Attached Media Files: PDF Version with Photo , Lake Photo
Red Cross Still Sheltering 7,000+ in Louisiana; Local Volunteers on Standby to Help With California Wildfires
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/17/16 6:28 PM
Louisiana hit by 6.9 trillion gallons of rain; California fires burn thousands of acres

PORTLAND, Ore., August 17, 2016 -- The American Red Cross continues to help thousands of people affected by disastrous floodwaters in Louisiana. Additionally, local volunteers are on standby to deploy to California to assist in the wildfire relief efforts there. The Red Cross is holding two volunteer training sessions tomorrow to recruit new volunteers interested in helping at local and national disaster responses.

Louisiana Floods
More than 7,000 people remained in Red Cross and community shelters Tuesday night and thousands more are without power in hot, humid conditions.
According to state officials, at least 11 people have died, and more than 30,000 have been rescued from flood waters by emergency crews--with more than 40,000 homes damaged. Relief efforts have been hampered by impassable roads and widespread power and communications outages.

The Red Cross has more than 1,000 volunteer on the ground, including 18 from Oregon and Southwest Washington. Local responders from Medford, Silverton, Florence, Salem, Portland, Lake Oswego, Wolf Creek, Eugene, Keiser, Williams, and Turner, Oregon as well as Vancouver, Washington are helping by managing shelters, providing emergency financial assistance, health and mental services, transportation services, and coordinating with local government entities to help deliver assistance.

The flood danger is not over in Louisiana. More rain is possible and flood waters are moving downriver, which could cause damage in new areas. The Red Cross is closely monitoring the situation, and will be ready to mount an additional response if necessary.

California Wildfires
Local Red Cross responders are on stand-by to help in California. On Tuesday, the Blue Cut Fire started in San Bernardino County and has burned 30,000 acres. Additionally, the Clayton Fire in Lake County has burned 4,000 acres and has destroyed more than 175 structures. An additional 380 structures are threatened.
The Red Cross continues to support communities affected by wildfires in California. More than 86,000 people have been forced to leave their homes due to wildfires. On Tuesday night, two Red Cross shelters provided safe refuge to 173 people affected by the San Bernardino County Fire. Additional shelters have been placed on standby as needs grow.


Community Invited to Learn More about Red Cross Volunteer Work; Attend Free Training
The American Red Cross is looking to recruit additional volunteers to help local and national disaster response efforts. Psychological First Aid is one of several courses Red Cross volunteers must take in order to support disaster relief efforts across the nation. The Psychological First Aid course helps others cope in the face of stressful events. For disaster survivors and workers, it involves providing a compassionate environment, assessing a person's needs and providing immediate support in stressful situations.
The Red Cross is holding two Psychological First Aid training sessions, tomorrow, Thursday August 18 in Portland and Medford, OR. Members of the community are invited to attend and learn more about volunteering with the Red Cross.

Portland Training: 5 p.m. at Red Cross Regional Headquarters - 3131 N. Vancouver Ave Portland, OR 97227.
Medford Training: 5 p.m. at the Medford Red Cross office - 60 Hawthorne Street Medford, OR 97504.

A volunteer information session and new volunteer registration will be held before both trainings (show up between 4 and 5 p.m.) and again immediately after the training for those interested in volunteering with the American Red Cross.

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


Attached Media Files: 2016-08/1190/96992/News_Release_-_Red_Cross_Sheltering_7000+_in_Louisiana;_Local_Volunteers_on_Standby_to_Help_in_California.pdf
Motor Vehicle Collision blocks N Parkway Avenue while firefighters extricate occupant (Photo)
Clark Co. Fire Dist. 3 - 08/17/16 5:59 PM
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Fire District 3 responded to a motor vehicle collision on N Parkway Avenue and NE Onsdorff Boulevard at 9:51 am this morning. On arrival, Fire District 3 crews found a commercial box truck blocking N Parkway and a small car on the sidewalk. The vehicles appeared to have been involved in a T-bone style collision in the intersection. Traffic was temporarily blocked while firefighters extricated the driver of the small car and evaluated the occupants of both vehicles for injuries. All occupants were transported to local area hospitals for further evaluation. Fire District 3 was assisted in response by Clark County Fire and Rescue, American Medical Response, and Battle Ground Police Department who managed traffic and conducted an investigation.


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Saturday, August 20, 2016 Special Working Session/Board Retreat Meeting Agenda
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 08/17/16 5:53 PM
The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon, will convene in an Special Working Session/Board Retreat Meeting on Saturday, August 20, 2016 in the home of Mary Lu Baetkey located at 10506 NE Beech, Portland, Oregon from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Board and Superintendent will spend the day preparing for the 2016-2017 school year. The agenda is posted on the Parkrose School District Website at https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1000205
Alert: 2 lanes on SE Cesar Chavez remain closed through 9 p.m. tonight; video available (Photo)
Portland Bureau of Transportation - 08/17/16 5:17 PM
PBOT crews work to assess a large underground cavity and make repairs while keeping two lanes open.
PBOT crews work to assess a large underground cavity and make repairs while keeping two lanes open.
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(UPDATE 5 p.m. Aug. 17, 2016) -- Two lanes of SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd are expected to remain closed through 9 p.m. tonight at SE Alder Street as crews repair underground cavities, the Portland Bureau of Transportation says. The left lane northbound and the left lane southbound were closed after 11 p.m. Tuesday night and were closed all day today.

Two travel lanes remain open, one each direction, though all traffic has been diverted to the eastern half of the roadway.

An 8-inch terra-cotta sewer pipe believed to be built in the year 1900 was found to have been broken, causing water to erode the surrounding soil, undermining the road surface. A concrete plug from an old connection to a nearby home may have failed, contributing to the damage. A video by PBOT crews shows standing water inside the sewer pipe, indicating a sunken section of pipe that also caused some erosion in the area or may have been caused by erosion from a nearby break. The exact cause of the breaks in the sewer main that led to the erosion has not been determined.

PBOT crews found an underground cavity approximately 8 feet wide, 8 feet long and as much as 8 feet tall in some areas under the road surface.

PBOT has posted HD video of standing water in a sunken section of the pipe.

Video courtesy Portland Bureau of Transportation: https://youtu.be/gYG5QtJIQJ4

Pictures by Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Travelers should avoid the area of SE Cesar E Chavez and SE Alder Street if possible, use alternate routes and expect delays when traveling in the area. SE Alder Street is closed to all but local residents between SE 38th Avenue and SE Cesar E Chavez.

The closure is located between SE Stark Street to the north and SE Belmont Street to the south, so travelers may want to turn off of Cesar E Chavez at those points or elsewhere to avoid delays.

Earlier post below.
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(Aug. 17, 2016) -- The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that two lanes of SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd are expected to remain closed through 5 p.m. today at SE Alder Street as crews inspect and repair underground cavities. The left lane northbound and the left lane southbound were closed after 11 p.m. Tuesday night.

One lane each direction on SE Cesar E Chavez is expected to remain open to traffic as crews make repairs the the road surface and underground utilities. Travel lanes on SE Alder Street are not affected, but travelers should expect delays on SE Alder Street and avoid the area if possible.

Travelers should avoid the area of SE Cesar E Chavez and SE Alder Street if possible, use alternate routes and expect delays when traveling in the area. The available lanes on SE Cesar E Chavez may change throughout the day. Two-way traffic may be shifted to the northbound lanes, if required to make the repairs, so travelers should pay close attention to lane closure signage leading up to this location.

The closure is located between SE Stark Street to the north and SE Belmont Street to the south, so travelers may want to turn off of Cesar E Chavez at those points or elsewhere to avoid delays.

We will post an update as we learn more about the cause of the road damage and timing of the road closure. It appears a leaking sewer line, more than 100 years old, may have caused the underground cavity. Two small holes in the roadway were visible late Tuesday night, exposing an underground cavity more than 3 feet in diameter and about 7 feet deep below SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd.

The traveling public is advised to use alternate routes if possible, expect delays and use caution when traveling in the area.

PBOT conducts emergency repairs to sewer and stormwater lines in the public right of way in Portland.

Underground cavities can be caused by sewer or water line leaks, damage caused by construction crews, the result of underground streams or weather events. Small cavities in city streets may be a sign of a larger underground problem. The public is advised to call PBOT's 24 hour dispatch to report sinkholes or other roadway hazards at 503-823-1700.


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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City's transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation


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Marion County Fire Defense Board Issues Burn Ban During Red Flag Conditions (Photo)
Silverton Fire Dist. - 08/17/16 4:53 PM
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With the weather forecast calling for Red Flag conditions with high temperatures, gusty winds and low humidity, the Marion County Fire Defense Board, has enacted a burn ban within Marion County effective Thursday, August 18, 2016. Due to the high temperatures combined with predicted winds the Marion County Fire Defense Board has issued a total ban of all outdoor burning effective immediately. All outdoor burning including recreational fires are prohibited in Marion County. This ban is based on weather conditions and community fire safety needs and will remain effect through the weekend or until weather conditions improve to minimize the fire danger.

Cooking outdoors in approved propane or charcoal barbecue grills is allowed during this total burning ban but always remember and follow safe grilling practices, and properly dispose of coals in a metal container when finished.
The Burn Ban includes the following open burning situations:
1. Backyard burning (yard debris, etc.)
2. Agricultural burning
3. Land clearing or slash burning
4. Recreational fires, including:
a. Backyard fire pits.
b. Outdoor fireplaces and portable fireplaces (Chimineas, etc.)
Individuals found to be in violation of these requirements during the burn ban may be held liable for the cost of extinguishment and for any property damage resulting from an illegal fire.

Silverton Fire District urges residents to use extreme caution with smoking materials, barbecues, and other open flames. Visit our website at www.silvertonfire.com for more tips, including how to protect a home located in a wildland urban interface, from a potential wildfire.

Attached photos are of actual wildland fires that we want to prevent.

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Deputies Investigating Fatal Traffic Crash North Marion County (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/17/16 4:44 PM
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The Sheriff's Office has completed its investigation of the crash that left one person dead and another in critical condition at OHSU. Deputies believe a semi-truck being driven by Joey McMaster, age 43, of Portland was west bound on McKay Road near Gearin Road when it collided head on with an SUV being driven by Marissa McConnell, age 43, of Newberg.

According to witness statements Ms. McConnell left her lane of travel striking the truck head on. The Sheriff's Office has not been able to determine why Ms. McConnell left her lane of travel but they have ruled out cell phone use.

McKay Road remains closed while crews remove the massive amount of wreckage and fuel spilled during the collision, it is estimated the road will reopen just after 5:30 p.m. The Sheriff's Office would like to take the time to remind drivers on our rural highways to please be attentive and use caution while traveling to your destination.




The Marion County Sheriff's Office is on scene of a two car motor vehicle crash involving a semi-truck and an SUV. The initial investigation is showing that a semi-truck hauling waste water was west bound on McKay Road NE when an east bound SUV drifted into the oncoming lane and impacted the semi-truck head on.

The driver of the semi-truck has been taken by Life Flight to OHSU with serious injuries and tragically the driver of the SUV was killed on impact. The Sheriff's Office will have the road closed for the next 4 to 6 hours while they complete their investigation. This release will be updated as details become available.


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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hosting a dedication ceremony for two new survey vessels.
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 08/17/16 4:33 PM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

MEDIA ADVISORY
Not Intended for Public Release

Monday, Aug. 22, 2016
10 a.m. to noon
Chinook Landing Boat Ramp
22300 NE Marine Drive
Fairview, OR 97204

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Graham and Hopman were built in Roseburg, Oregon, by North River Boats. Their design allows for exceptional maneuverability and a stable platform to monitor channel and harbor conditions and provide high quality, precise surveys of areas that need dredging. The new survey vessels' primary mission is to measure waterway depths and pass the information to the dredge crews who maintain the region's federal navigation channels.

The Graham, based in Coos Bay, Oregon, is 27 feet long and surveys small harbors and channels on the Oregon Coast, from Tillamook to Gold Beach. The Hopman is 25 feet long and based at the U.S. Moorings in Portland, Oregon. It provides hydrosurvey data for areas along the Columbia and lower Willamette rivers.

The Portland District has worked for more than a century to keep Oregon's waterways navigable. Corps survey vessels are essential tools in accomplishing that mission.
Portland District survey boats travel from Cape Disappointment on the southern Washington coast, to the Chetco River on the southern Oregon coast and east from the Pacific Ocean up the Columbia River to McNary Dam, providing vital data to the dredge crews who maintain the state's water channels.

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With summer temperatures expected to soar this weekend, PGE offers simple tips to stay cool and save energy
PGE - 08/17/16 4:29 PM
With summer temperatures expected to soar this weekend,
PGE offers simple tips to stay cool and save energy

Portland, Ore. -- More than 80 percent of PGE residential customers have air conditioning. While AC units keep homes cool and comfortable, they increase electricity use, which can increase energy bills. Fortunately, with or without air conditioning, there are many low- or no-cost ways of keeping cool. For energy saving tips all summer long, follow PGE on Facebook at Facebook/PortlandGeneralElectric.

PGE's free Energy Tracker online report shows how much energy you're using and how much you're saving. Visit PortlandGeneral.com/EnergyTracker.

If it's safe, open windows during cool nights and early mornings. Monitor outside temperatures; when it warms up to 75 degrees, close the windows and use an indoor fan (portable or ceiling).

Set the central air thermostat to 75 degrees (instead of 70 degrees). This results in an estimated energy savings of 115 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per month and an estimated monthly savings of $13.

Close curtains on sun-facing windows, and use white window shades, drapes or blinds to reflect heat away from the house.

When cooling the whole house with an air conditioner, be sure to keep all windows and doors closed. When cooling a single room with a window AC unit, be sure to close all windows and doors in that room to keep the unit running more efficiently.

Avoid cooking with a stove or conventional oven. Heat from these appliances affects indoor temperatures. Instead, use a microwave or barbecue outdoors.

Consider turning off the air conditioning and running a portable window fan overnight for 12 hours instead. For an average home with air conditioning, this results in an estimated energy savings of 335 kwh per month and an estimated monthly savings of $38.

Replace old incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs. These use 80 percent less energy and are available in warm white or daylight colors.

Check for the Energy Star(R) logo when shopping for a new air conditioner, and consider an energy-efficient heat pump. It's the most efficient way to heat and cool your home.

For long-term energy savings, consider installing a Nest learning thermostat. They're proven energy savers right out of the box, and -- with ducted air conditioning -- Energy Trust of Oregon has a $50 incentive, and PGE's Rush Hour Rewards provides an additional $25-$75 a year.

Look for other energy saving tips at PortlandGeneral.com/Energy, or contact a PGE Energy Services representative at 800-722-9287.

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Attached Media Files: 2016-08/101/96986/PGE_Summer_Weather_Tips_FINAL_8.17.16.pdf
Escape the heat at City recreation, water education centers
City of Vancouver - 08/17/16 3:58 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- Temperatures are heating up, but Vancouver has cool places where residents of all ages can seek some relief. Here are some options where you can splash, learn or simply chill.

Visit Vancouver Parks and Recreation's Community Centers to cool off, meet up with friends or take part in programs to play, swim or get fit. Marshall Community Center is fully air conditioned, except for the gymnasium. Most of the public areas at Firstenburg Community Center are ventilated with moving air, but are not air conditioned.

At both Firstenburg and Marshall centers, the Wi-Fi-enabled lobby areas are open to the public, free of charge. Fitness centers and pools are available to members or by paying a drop-in fee. Hours, schedules and other information can be found online at: www.vanparksrec.org (click on Community Centers at the top of the page).

Vancouver Public Works' Water Resources Education Center, along the Columbia River and waterfront trail, is an air-conditioned oasis for exploring our natural resources, from the aquaria to hands-on exhibits to toddler-size learning at Puddles Place. The Water Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission to the Water Center is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For Water Center information or directions, please see www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter.

There are other air-conditioned options around Vancouver, too, including restaurants, theaters and shops, as well as Fort Vancouver Regional Library District locations. Visit the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency's (CRESA) website to view a list of Clark County cooling centers at http://cresa911.org/emergency-management/emergency-preparedness/beat-the-heat-tips-and-places-to-stay-cool/.

The City of Vancouver reminds residents that during heat advisories it's important to stay hydrated. Where possible, stay indoors in an air-conditioned or cooled building. If swimming outdoors, be aware of river temperatures and currents and take precautions to be safe, including the use of flotation devices.

Children and pets should NEVER be left in a closed, parked vehicle for any time. Pet owners are also encouraged to provide cool shelter for animals and plenty of water. Please note that except for service animals, pets are not allowed in the community centers listed below.

For more hot weather safety tips from CRESA, please visit http://cresa911.org/emergency-management/emergency-preparedness/beat-the-heat-tips-and-places-to-stay-cool/.

Firstenburg Community Center
700 N.E. 136th Ave.
360-487-7001

Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 5:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 5:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Marshall Community Center
1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd.
360-487-7100

Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 5:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 5:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Water Resources Education Center
4600 S.E. Columbia Way
360-487-7111

Hours:
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: Noon - 5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

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Nicolai Mainline and Shingle Mill roads to close this summer and fall
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/17/16 3:52 PM
NEWS RELEASE
The Oregon Department of Forestry will close portions of Nicolai Mainline and Shingle Mill Rd. during this summer and fall because of active logging operations. Nicolai Mainline will be closed to through traffic from the 5-?1/2 to the 6 mile markers (near the Viewpoint Quarry) beginning around Aug. 18. Traffic can bypass the closure by using the Microwave Rd. (near Mile Marker 5 on Nicolai Mainline) and traveling to Simonsen Rd., then turning south to Foster Mainline and back to Nicolai Mainline or west to Shingle Mill Rd.

Shingle Mill Rd. will be closed later this summer or fall near between Mile Marker 5 and 6. Traffic can bypass this closure by use of Nicolai Mainline, Simonsen Rd. and/or Microwave Rd.
"Road Closed" signs will be posted. Roads will be open for through traffic in the late evenings and on weekends.

This closure will also have an impact on the Off-Highway Vehicle camp sites at the Viewpoint Quarry and portions of OHV trails in the area.

For questions or clarifications on current closures or fire restrictions, call the Oregon Department of Forestry -- Astoria District Office at 503-325-5451.
Cowlitz County Sheriff Investigating Fatal Police Shooting**Update** 3:30 pm
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/17/16 3:48 PM
Update-3:30-

Sheriff's detectives, Longview Police and State Patrol detectives are in the process of the crime scene search. This is expected to take several hours. Early information indicates that the deceased is from the eastern Washington area but identification will take place in concert with the coroner.

Undersheriff Marc Gilchrist will take over incident lead duties at 4:00 p.m.

Kelso, WA-This morning at approximately 8 a.m. Kelso Police were called to the Flying K Fuel Mart at 1st and West Main St. to a report of a male shoplifter. While they were in route the male left the store and headed across the street towards a residential neighborhood.

A Kelso Police officer arrived and contacted the two female clerks in the store. One clerk remained at the counter while the other went to the office with the officer to attempt to view the video.

While the officer was with the clerk the male returned carrying a pole type object described as similar to a walking stick. When he entered the business he began assaulting the clerk and also a customer.

The officer, 22 year Kelso Police veteran John Johnston, intervened and was also assaulted, suffering head, arm and leg injuries before shooting the suspect. The officer was transported to the hospital by ambulance to be treated for the listed injuries.

The clerk and customer were transported to the hospital where they were also treated and released.

The suspect, a 27 year old black male, is deceased.

Cowlitz County Sheriffs Office is conducting the investigation, assisted by Longview Police and Washington State Patrol.

A follow up live interview with Sheriff Nelson will be held at 2:30 at the parking lot across from the scene.
TVF&R's New Tiller Truck Rolls Into Action This Week (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 08/17/16 3:43 PM
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Tomorrow will be a big day for Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue as the first of three tractor-drawn aerial ladder trucks begins responding to calls. The truck will be based out of Farmington Road Station 67 in downtown Beaverton.

The new truck, commonly referred to as a tiller truck, has separate steering wheels in the front and back for better maneuverability through skinny streets, sharp turns, tight curves, and congested neighborhoods with lots of parked cars. Its ability to navigate more easily through challenging areas than straight-frame trucks allows crews to access scenes efficiently and position the aerial ladder for potential rescues of fire victims. This maneuverability will also improve response times.

Eighteen apparatus operators have been trained to drive the 60-foot-long truck with an apparatus operator driving in the tractor and a tiller operator driving in the back.

The rig has a 100-foot aerial ladder and includes 24 compartments with 40 percent more space than other trucks in TVF&R's fleet to store equipment and tools needed to respond to fires, rescues, and other emergencies.

More apparatus operators will be trained later this year with the arrival and deployment of the second tiller truck.

Video of tiller truck in action: https://vimeo.com/tvfr/review/179250292/452688a693


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Rock Creek's Oregon Promise Day draws large crowd, Sen. Mark Hass (Photo)
PCC - 08/17/16 3:37 PM
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The first class of Oregon Promise students have been getting a crash course in college life at Portland Community College.

On Wednesday, Aug. 17, college outreach staff welcomed more than 80 new students to the Rock Creek Campus (Beaverton/Northwest Portland) for an orientation to resources and services. In addition, more than 20 parents got a welcome and information session about what to expect and how to assist their children. In total, the college has been hosting dozens of Oregon Promise days at each comprehensive campus (Sylvania, Rock Creek, Cascade and Southeast) this summer with 70-80 students attending each.

State Sen. Mark Hass, who represents Beaverton, is one of the founders of the state program, which encourages residents who are graduating high school or are recent GED graduates to immediately continue their education by providing funding to attend community college in Oregon. At Rock Creek Wednesday, he chatted with students and parents from Washington and Columbia county high schools, encouraging them to make the most of the historic opportunity.

The Oregon Promise Grant was created by the Legislature in 2015 with first awards available this fall term. The Oregon Legislature appropriated $10 million for the first year of the program.

"The Oregon Promise says that if you keep your grades up and graduate from high school, we promise to provide you with two years of community college without borrowing a dime," said State Sen. Hass. "There are plenty of jobs in Oregon... The problem is our youth must currently take on crippling debt in order to fill these positions. This landmark legislation eliminates debt from that equation."

Students in attendance were excited to talk with Sen. Hass and learn about the enrollment process at PCC. Chase Isaacson, 19, graduated from Westview High School this year and is thrilled to get started on his college career at PCC through Oregon Promise.

"This is a great opportunity for me and everyone here," Isaacson said. "Without this it would have been so much harder for me to go to school. It's a real timesaver."

For more information about Oregon Promise, visit http://www.pcc.edu/oregonpromise


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

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


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With Hot Weather Around The Corner, The Salvation Army is Prepared
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 08/17/16 3:19 PM
(Portland, OR) AUGUST 17, 2016 -- It doesn't come as a surprise to anyone that the weather is going to heat up to unbearable temperatures later this week. For those living on the streets and in homes without air conditioning, it is downright dangerous. Heat-related death and illness are preventable, which is why it's important for The Salvation Army to provide additional services to our most vulnerable during this time.

To address the need, The Salvation Army is offering several options for the community to cool down:

WASHINGTON COUNTY
The Salvation Army in Hillsboro will become a cooling station for community members when the temperature reaches 94 degrees or hotter. Water will be provided throughout the day. In addition, staff and volunteers will strategically hand out water bottles in areas where the need is greatest. Information is also available with 211.

To contact The Salvation Army in Washington County, please call Lt. Jared Arnold at 503.640.4311.

MULTNOMAH COUNTY
Women experiencing homelessness are welcome to cool off at The Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter (SAFES), located at 2nd and Burnside in Downtown Portland. Women can access air conditioning, free snacks, water bottle refills, or use the cell phone charging station. The Day Services area is open to anyone who presents as female and will be available from 9am-8pm.

For more information, call the SAFES front desk at 503.227.0810.

EAST MULTNOMAH COUNTY
The Oregon Public Health website advises that "young children are sensitive to the effects of extreme heat, and must rely on other people to keep them cool and hydrated". The Salvation Army in Gresham will be keeping 150-175 kids cool during their planned Vacation Bible School, which includes a free lunch and is open during the heat of the day: 12:00PM -- 3:15PM, August 15th -- August 20th.

Learn more and sign up for Vacation Bible School at http://gresham.salvationarmy.org

If you who would like more information, please contact Teresa Steinmetz at 503.794.3293 or teresa.steinmetz@usw.salvationarmy.org or visit salvationarmyportland.org.



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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army works in 127 countries worldwide. For more information, or to make a donation, visit us online at www.salvationarmyportland.org. People wishing to make monetary donations can do so by calling 503.238.GIVE (4483), or by mail, The Salvation Army, 8495 SE Monterey Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086-7844. ??Friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyPortland
UPDATE- FOUND SAFE: Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 56-Year-Old Woman (Photo)
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Victoria Dan has been safely located and has returned home.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate 56-year-old Victoria Dan, missing since August 15, 2016.

Victoria was last seen at 7:00 p.m. on Monday when she left her home in the 5000 block of Southeast 72nd Avenue for her nightly walk.

Family has told police that Victoria has partial left-side paralysis which causes her to walk slowly. She also suffers from some occasional memory loss but is otherwise believed to be in good health. Victoria does not speak English.

Victoria is described as an Asian female, 4'8" tall, 130 pounds, last seen wearing a light green blouse and a floral print skirt.

Anyone seeing Victoria should call 9-1-1 so that police can check her welfare. Anyone with non-emergency information should contact the Missing Persons Unit at missing@portlandoregon.gov.

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127 arts organizations receive more than $1.2 million in Operating Support Grants from the Oregon Arts Commission
Oregon Arts Commission - 08/17/16 2:32 PM
Whether designing giant sea sculptures from ocean trash or raising the bar for contemporary dance choreography, creative minds at 127 Oregon arts organizations will be empowered by $1,214,638 in fiscal year 2017 Operating Support Grants from the Oregon Arts Commission.

Ranging from $3,500 to $44,096, the grants are available to nonprofit organizations with arts at the core of their mission and budgets over $150,000.

"We often hear that these are the most important grants we award," said Arts Commission Chair Libby Unthank Tower. "They alleviate some of the economic pressure and allow Oregon arts organizations to focus on their missions."

For the first time, applications were reviewed by discipline rather than budget size. The new approach enabled panelists to focus on grants in a category where they have expertise, said Tower.

In an effort to streamline the application process, organizations also are now required to undergo full application review every other year, she said. Organizations with full review for fiscal year 2017 were in the disciplines of Media Arts, Dance, Music and Interdisciplinary. Arts Services, Literary, Theatre and Visual Arts organizations underwent interim review and will have a full review in fiscal year 2018.

Organizations with budgets under $150,000 are eligible to apply for Small Operating Grants.

Fiscal Year 2017 Operating Support Grants were awarded to:

Central Oregon
Arts Central, Arts Services, Bend: $7,287
Atelier 6000, Visual, Bend: $6,373
BendFilm, Inc., Media. Bend: $4,820
Tower Theatre Foundation, Inc, Interdisciplinary, Bend: $3,500
Sisters Folk Festival Inc., Music, Sisters: $6,792
Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, Visual, Sisters: $3,500
Sunriver Music Festival, Music, Sunriver: $4,151
The Museum At Warm Springs, Visual, Warm Springs: $4,175

Coast
Artula Institute for Arts & the Environment, Visual, Bandon: $3,500
Astoria Music Festival, Music, Astoria: $7,380
Coos Art Museum, Visual, Coos Bay: $5,397
Lincoln City Cultural Center, Arts Services, Lincoln City: $3,500
Neskowin Coast Foundation, Interdisciplinary, Otis: $10,832
Newport Symphony Orchestra, Music, Newport: $3,848
Oregon Coast Council for the Art, Arts Services, Newport: $17,869

Eastern Oregon
Arts Council of Pendleton, Arts Services, Pendleton: $16,441
Columbia Arts, Arts Services, Hood River: $9,725
Crossroads Carnegie Art Center Inc, Arts Services, Baker City: $3,557
Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts, Visual, Pendleton: $7,200
Eastern Oregon Regional Arts Council, Arts Services, La Grande: $3,500
Fishtrap, Inc, Literary, Enterprise: $10,451
Josephy Center for Arts & Culture, Arts Services, Joseph: $3,500
Oregon East Symphony, Music, Pendleton: $3,500
Playa, Interdisciplinary, Summer Lake: $9,118

Southern Oregon
Ashland Art Center, Arts Services, Ashland: $3,500
Chamber Music Concerts, Music, Ashland: $6,678
Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Theatre, Ashland: $44,096
Peter Britt Gardens Music & Arts Festival, Music, Medford: $5,771
Rogue Gallery & Art Center, Visual, Medford: $7,083
Rogue Valley Chorale, Music, Rogue River: $4,115
Rogue Valley Symphony Association, Music, Ashland: $3,868
Ross Ragland Theater, Theatre, Klamath Falls: $18,094
Southern Oregon Film Society, Media, Ashland: $5,391
Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Arts Services, Roseburg: $9,621
Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon, Music, Medford: $5,341

Willamette Valley
Arts & Business Alliance of Eugene, Arts Services, Eugene: $3,500
Ballet Fantastique, Dance, Eugene: $4,750
Corvallis Arts Center, Inc., Arts Services, Corvallis: $10,148
Cottage Theatre, Theatre, Cottage Grove: $4,644
Eugene Ballet Company, Dance, Eugene: $15,468
Eugene Concert Choir, Music, Eugene: $7,798
Eugene Opera, Music, Eugene: $5,689
Eugene Symphony, Music, Eugene: $25,004
Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras, Music, Eugene: $6,714
Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Visual, Salem: $9,405
Joint Forces Dance Company, Inc., Dance, Eugene: $7,631
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Visual, Eugene: $10,524
Lane Arts Center, Arts Services, Eugene: $19,983
Lord Leebrick Theatre Company, Theatre, Eugene: $3,710
Oregon Bach Festival, Music, Eugene: $20,034
Oregon Mozart Players, Music, Eugene: $5,882
Oregon Symphony Association in Salem, Music, Salem: $8,096
Salem Art Association, Arts Services, Salem: $15,828
Salem Multicultural Institute, Interdisciplinary, Salem: $9,795
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts, Music, Eugene: $11,700
Willamette Art Center, Visual, Salem: $3,500

Portland Metro Area
All Classical Public Media, Inc, Music, Portland: $9,069
Artists Repertory Theatre, Theatre, Portland: $6,093
Bag & Baggage Productions, Theatre, Hillsboro: $6,680
BodyVox, Dance, Portland: $18,830
Broadway Rose Theatre Company, Theatre, Tigard: $10,996
Caldera, Interdisciplinary, Portland: $11,752
Cappella Romana, Music, Portland: $9,811
Chamber Music Northwest, Music, Portland: $16,837
Circus Project, Interdisciplinary, Portland: $7,083
Clackamas County Arts Alliance, Arts Services, Oregon City: $12,569
Clackamas Repertory Theatre, Theatre, Oregon City: $3,500
CoHo Productions, Theatre, Portland: $3,500
Curious Comedy Productions, Theatre, Portland: $3,500
Disjecta, Visual, Portland: $16,554
Echo Theatre Company, Theatre, Portland: $3,500
Ethos, Music, Portland: $4,644
Film Action Oregon, Media, Portland: $6,660
Friends of Chamber Music, Music, Portland: $11,069
imago Theatre, Theatre, Portland: $3,643
Independent Publishing Resource Center, Literary, Portland: $11,020
Lakewood Center for the Arts, Arts Services, Lake Oswego: $10,672
Literary Arts, Inc., Literary, Portland: $18,908
Live Wire Radio, Inc., Media, Portland: $10,223
Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Music, Portland: $9,173
Miracle Theatre Group, Theatre, Portland: $26,985
My Voice Music, Music, Portland: $6,556
Newspace Center for Photography, Visual, Portland: $8,752
Northwest Children's Theater & School, Theatre Portland: $7,664
Northwest Dance Project, Dance, Portland: $9,692
Northwest Documentary Arts & Media, Media, Portland: $6,102
Oregon Ballet Theatre, Dance, Portland: $11,725
Oregon Bravo Youth Orchestras, Music, Portland: $7,399
Oregon Center for Photographic Arts, Visual, Portland: $7,083
Oregon Children's Theatre, Theatre, Portland: $16,825
Oregon College of Art & Craft, Visual, Portland: $3,500
Oregon Repertory Singers, Music, Portland: $3,500
Oregon Symphony, Music, Portland: $29,727
Pacific Northwest College of Art, Interdisciplinary, Portland: $8,742
Pacific Youth Choir, Music, Portland: $9,785
Pendulum Aerial Arts, Dance, Portland: $3,848
PHAME, Interdisciplinary, Portland: $5,999
PlayWrite, Theatre, Portland: $10,049
Polaris Dance Theatre, Dance, Portland: $8,762
Portland Art Museum, Visual, Portland: $39,094
Portland Baroque Orchestra, Music, Portland: $13,642
Portland Center Stage, Theatre, Portland: $14,755
Portland Childrens Museum, Interdisciplinary, Portland: $12,542
Portland Gay Mens Chorus, Music, Portland: $8,071
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Interdisciplinary, Portland: $17,561
Portland Jazz Festival, Music, Portland: $3,500
Portland Opera Association, Inc., Music, Portland: $33,123
Portland Piano International, Music, Portland: $5,112
Portland Playhouse, Theatre, Theatre, Portland: $11,146
Portland Symphonic Choir, Music, Portland: $5,442
Portland Youth Philharmonic Association, Music, Portland: $4,730
Profile Theatre, Theatre, Portland: $4,641
Regional Arts & Culture Council, Arts Services, Portland: $29,912
Stumptown Stages, Theatre, Portland: $3,500
The Art Gym, Visual, Marylhurst: $8,606
The Old Church, Music, Portland: $7,147
The Portland Ballet, Dance, Portland: $7,773
Third Angle New Music Ensemble, Music, Portland: $5,109
Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Theatre, Portland: $12,948
triangle productions, Theatre, Portland: $9,290
Western Arts Alliance, Arts Services, Portland: $3,500
White Bird, Dance, Portland: $8,986
Write Around Portland, Literary, Portland: $14,768
Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington, Arts Services, Portland: $4,948
Young Musicians & Artists, Music, Portland: $7,066
Youth Music Project, Music, West Linn: $10,003
YU Contemporary, Visual, Inc, Portland: $5,465
***Update*** Oregon City Man Seriously Injured Following Crash With TriMet Bus - Clackamas County (Photo)
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The driver of the bus, Daniel G OTTO, was issued a citation for Dangerous Left Turn (Class B Traffic Violation).

OSP was assisted by West Linn Police, Portland Police, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, and Clackamas Fire.

No further information at this time.

Previous Release:
On August 16, 2016 at about 5:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crash on Highway 213 at SE Monterey Avenue (near Clackamas Town Center).

Preliminary investigation reveals a 2015 TriMet Bus was traveling southbound on Highway 213 (SE 82nd Ave) when it began a left turn onto SE Monterey Avenue. The bus turned into the path of a northbound 2016 Yamaha which collided with the right rear area (of the bus).

The motorcyclist, Justin M BERRY, age 40, of Oregon City, suffered serious injuries and was taken by air ambulance to an area hospital. The driver of the bus, Daniel G OTTO, age 58, of Portland was not injured. There were 5 passengers on the bus at the time of the crash; none were injured.

The northbound lanes of Highway 213 were closed for about 30 minutes before one lane was opened. The scene was cleared after about an hour.

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


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Oregon Disabilities Commission to meet August 22 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 08/17/16 1:46 PM
The Oregon Disabilities Commission will meet Monday, August 22, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 137 A, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: announcements; public comments; business and liaison reports; and discussion of the Governor's Commission on Senior Services and the Oregon Disabilities Commission joint meeting.

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

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Jeffrey Puterbaugh at 503-947-1189 or Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the event.
For questions about this meeting, please contact: Jeffrey Puterbaugh, 503-947-1189, Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us.
State agencies to update short-term risk levels for air toxics
Oregon Health Authority - 08/17/16 12:57 PM
August 17, 2016

OHA recommends lower short-term levels for chromium in glassmaking

PORTLAND, Ore. -- State environmental quality regulators and health experts will review and update established 24-hour screening levels for air toxics as part of the state's Cleaner Air Oregon program. State agencies use the 24-hour levels to determine whether emissions from nearby sources pose an immediate health risk to people.

In advance of the full review, scientists at the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) have recommended to the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) a reduced short-term level for hexavalent chromium as part of rules governing art glass manufacturing, which DEQ will propose to the Environmental Quality Commission for adoption.

Reviewing levels for assessing immediate health risks

The process for re-evaluating the 24-hour screening levels is set to begin this month and is planned to be completed by the end of the year. The purpose of the review is to ensure Oregon has rigorously reviewed 24-hour screening levels as the state expands air monitoring near industrial sources of air toxics. In addition, DEQ and OHA scientists will consider establishing levels for toxics that may not have 24-hour levels in place now. All of the 24-hour screening levels will be rigorously reviewed by third-party, independent toxicologists and subject to public comment.

"Short-term screening levels are an important tool that help regulators and health experts know if air emissions cross a line that could put the public at risk," said OHA Director Lynne Saxton. "They give us the data we need to take immediate action if neighbors are in jeopardy."

DEQ and OHA developed current screening levels for certain metals in February to compare data on heavy metal concentrations detected by air monitors in southeast Portland, near Bullseye Glass Co., and in north Portland, near Uroboros Glass. However, these preliminary screening levels were developed rapidly and without external scientific peer review.

After several months of using the standards to assess air quality data, the agencies' toxicology experts believe some of the current 24-hour screening levels may be too conservative, such as in the case of selenium. Others--such as levels identified for hexavalent chromium--may not be conservative enough. In addition, the existing screening list also doesn't include other non-metal air toxics produced by industrial emissions around the state.

"The current 24-hour screening levels were developed in just a few days to respond to an immediate need, using the most stringent, health-protective values we could find from our peers in other states in that short time frame, in response to intense community concern about emissions from Bullseye and Uroboros," said David Farrer, Ph.D., toxicologist with the OHA Public Health Division Environmental Public Health Section. "We now have the opportunity to take the time needed to get appropriate review by external scientists and people in the community."

The current list of air toxics includes arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, total chromium, chromium +6--also known as hexavalent chromium--cobalt, lead, manganese, nickel and selenium. The new list will add acetone, hydrogen sulfide, methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), naphthalene, and styrene. The agencies also have proposed a provisional 24-hour screening level for naphthalene, which will be evaluated in the new review.

Farrer said the re-evaluation of the 24-hour screening levels "is necessary to ensure these values are up to date, and reflect what existing data tell us about their effects on human health. An important part of the scientific process is to allow other scientists to check your work. We are glad that we now have the time to allow that to happen."

OHA recommends revised short-term standard for hexavalent chromium in new glass rules

OHA health experts also are recommending a more health-protective 24-hour provisional screening level for one metal: hexavalent chromium. Since the agency won't complete the 24-hour screening level review process before DEQ proposes new art glass rules to the Environmental Quality Commission, OHA scientists have submitted public comment to DEQ recommending it modify a section of the rules that revises the daily acceptable source impact level for hexavalent chromium, which was based on OHA's original 24-hour screening level, from 36 nanograms per cubic meter (ng/m3) of air to 5 ng/m3. The change would "ensure that the daily acceptable source impact level in the permanent rule is protective of health," according to the comment OHA submitted July 29.

Review process

OHA and DEQ are recommending the following timeline for reviewing the revised list of 24-hour screening levels and gathering public input:
-- Early September 2016--OHA and DEQ toxicologists review list, develop proposed revisions and recruit external scientific peer reviewers.

-- Mid-September 2016--External scientific review by EPA, academic and other toxicology peers.

-- September-October 2016--OHA and DEQ incorporate feedback from external scientific peer reviewers.

-- October-November 2016--Public comment period.

-- November 2016--OHA and DEQ incorporate and prepare responses to public comment.

-- December 2016--Revised 24-hour screening levels are released to the public.

The current comparison values for metals in air can be viewed on the OHA Public Health website at http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/TrackingAssessment/EnvironmentalHealthAssessment/Documents/metals/comparison-values-metals-in-air.pdf. The proposed peer reviewed 24-hour screening levels will be posted, and public comment can be made, starting Oct. 6 at CleanerAir.Oregon.gov.

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Scholarship awards boost student achievement
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 08/17/16 12:48 PM
(Salem) -- Workplace deaths and life-changing injuries send shockwaves through families, including throwing into doubt their capacity to finance higher education. That is why the State of Oregon provides the Workers' Memorial Scholarship program, which helps surviving family members achieve their educational goals.

Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, will honor 2016 recipients of the Workers' Memorial Scholarship awards during a public ceremony at noon on Friday, Aug. 19, in Room 260 of the Labor and Industries Building in Salem.

The recipients are:

Nicole Beck, Gold Hill

Beck graduated in 2015 from Crater Academy of Health and Public Services. She is studying nursing at Rogue Community College.

Beck lost her father to a logging accident and is receiving a $1,250 award.

Laura Dewey, Hermiston

Dewey is a 2016 graduate of Hermiston High School. She plans to study agriculture and marketing at Blue Mountain Community College, with a goal of becoming an animal scientist.

Dewey's father died as the result of a fire inside a tanker truck. She is receiving a $1,250 award.

Laura Dittman, Newberg

With her GED completed, Dittman is attending Portland Community College. She is studying health care and hopes to work in aging services and gerontology. She is receiving a $500 award.

Dittman's father died of a heart attack while doing his job as an insurance claims adjuster.

Daisy Maldonado Dominguez, Wilsonville

Maldonado Dominguez is a 2014 graduate of Wilsonville High School. She plans to study English and psychology at Oregon State University. She aspires to be a lawyer.

Maldonado Dominguez's father lost both arms in an agricultural machinery accident. She is receiving a $1,250 award.

Adelaine Prinz, West Linn

A 2015 graduate of St. Mary's Academy, Prinz is studying graphic design at Boise State University. She hopes to become a graphic designer.

Prinz's father died in an airplane crash while doing his job as a corporate controller. She is receiving a $1,250 award.

"These young people have faced the loss of loved ones and the challenges that brings," said Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood. "While we can do little to address their loss, these awards do offer us an opportunity to support them as they pursue their future goals."

Award recommendations are made by Oregon OSHA's Safe Employment Education and Training Advisory Committee, an advisory group with members from business, organized labor, and government. Oregon OSHA presents the awards annually to help in the postsecondary education of spouses or children of permanently and totally disabled or fatally injured workers.

The 1991 Legislature established the Workers' Memorial Scholarship at the request of the Oregon AFL-CIO, with support from Associated Oregon Industries.

The Workers' Memorial Scholarship is open to any high school graduate, graduating high school senior, GED recipient, or current college undergraduate or graduate student who is a dependent or spouse of an Oregon worker who has been fatally injured or permanently disabled while on the job. For more information about the program, go to http://osha.oregon.gov/workers/Pages/workers-memorial-scholarship.aspx.


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About Oregon OSHA:
Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, go to www.orosha.org.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Second annual Veteran Benefit Expo offers access to 'full range of earned benefits' (Photo)
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 08/17/16 11:59 AM
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The Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs' second annual Veteran Benefit Expo will be held Sept. 8 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, bringing together close to 100 federal, state and local providers of programs and services that benefit veterans and their families.

This free and unique event, open to the public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., is the largest veteran benefit expo of its kind in the state of Oregon and is being hosted in Portland for the first time.

"The 2016 Veterans Benefit Expo is a one stop shop event for veterans and their families to learn about the full range of their earned benefits," said Cameron Smith, director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs. "This is an opportunity to connect with over 85 service providers under one roof. We are excited to host in Portland this year and continue to take this approach to communities across Oregon going forward."

All veterans and active service members are invited to tap into valuable resources and connect with experts in the areas of veteran claims, education benefits, health care, business, employment, home loans, long-term care, mental health, recreation and more.

The 2015 Veteran Benefit Expo, which an estimated 500 people attended at the Salem Convention Center, was considered a huge success. And with a new venue and location, organizers hope this year's event will be even bigger and better.

Free on-site parking for this event has been made available by the Rose Quarter, and all parts of the Expo will be ADA-accessible. For more information, visit www.expo.oregondva.com, or call 503-373-2389.

If you are unable to attend the Expo, assistance on a wide variety of services can be found at Veteran Service Offices across the state. A complete list is available on the ODVA's website at www.oregon.gov/ODVA/VSODIRECT/pages/locator.aspx.


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Wilsonville PD deputies arrest magazine-selling suspect who confessed to two burglaries; tips sought (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/17/16 11:27 AM
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Please reference CCSO Case # 16-22502

At approximately 2:26 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16, deputies contracted to the Wilsonville Police Department responded to a daytime burglary in an occupied dwelling on Wimbledon Circle in Wilsonville.

A 12 year old boy was reportedly home alone when an unknown person entered the home.

Startled, the boy called his mother -- who called 911.

As deputies arrived to investigate, a neighbor observed the police activity -- and also noticed that a door-to-door solicitor, who had just been at his house, was now hiding behind a bush in his yard.

Seeing this as suspicious and possibly related, the neighbor immediately reported the hiding solicitor to deputies.

Deputies then searched for the subject -- and found her walking from the neighbor's house. Ultimately the solicitor confessed to the burglary. She reportedly told deputies she sells magazine subscriptions door-to-door and is part of a crew currently staying at a motel in Wilsonville.

The burglary suspect's name is Emely Mercedes Fernandez, 18. She is lodged at Clackamas County Jail on three counts of first-degree Burglary. Her complete booking info is here: http://web3.clackamas.us/roster/inmates/inmate.jsp?id=2016022502 Bail is set at $100,000. A booking photo is attached.

SECOND BURGLARY CONFESSION

Last night (Tuesday, Aug. 16) Wilsonville PD received another call from a resident stating they believed their house had also been burglarized during the day while her graveyard working son was home sleeping. This second burglarized home was in the same neighborhood, on Tournament Court -- a half-dozen or so houses away.

Deputy Woodward responded to the jail and interviewed suspect Emely Fernandez -- who reportedly confessed to this second burglary as well.

Suspect Emely Fernandez will be arraigned this afternoon in Clackamas County Circuit Court.

ADDITIONAL TIPS SOUGHT

Authorities would like to know about any additional related burglaries in the area. If you have any information, contact us using our Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp

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

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Attached Media Files: Booking photo: Emely Mercedes Fernandez, 18
Public Health Advisory Board Accountability Metrics Subcommittee meets August 25 by webinar
Oregon Health Authority - 08/17/16 11:26 AM
August 17, 2016

What: A public meeting of the Public Health Advisory Board's Accountability Metrics Subcommittee. The meeting will be held by webinar only.

Agenda: Discuss applicability of child and family well-being, Healthy People 2020, Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan, Winnable Battles and NACCHO Profile measures to state and local health departments; review accountability measure public input survey draft; discuss next steps.

When: Thursday, August 25, 2-3 p.m. A 10-minute public comment period is scheduled at 2:50 p.m.; comments may be limited to three minutes.

Where: By webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6661354190155385345. The public also may attend by a telephone conference call line at 888-251-2909, access code 8975738#.

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

More information, including agendas, meeting packets and minutes, is available on the board's website at http://public.health.oregon.gov/About/Pages/ophab.aspx.

Program contact: Cara Biddlecom, 971-673-2284; cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us

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Lebanon Fire District responds to 2 car motor vehicle crash on Hwy 34 (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 08/17/16 10:30 AM
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Lebanon Fire District responded to a two car motor vehicle accident at 0655 this am at the intersection of HWY34 and Goltra Roads with one person seriously injured. Upon arrival crews found the east bound lanes of Hwy 34 totally blocked with two midsized cars. The driver of one of the vehicles was a seriously injured female patient that was extricated with the "Jaws of Life", and then flown via REACH helicopter to a Portland area hospital with unknown injuries. A second male patient, the driver of the other vehicle was taken by ground ambulance to a local area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Lebanon Fire District would like to remind motorist to take caution at this intersection because of the danger when entering the HWY. Lebanon Fire District was assisted by Tangent Fire, OSP, LCSO and REACH 8 along with ODOT. Lebanon Fire District responded with three chiefs, one engine, one heavy rescue and one medic unit with a total of 13 personnel.


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Cooling Locations and Heat Prevention Tips
City of Salem - 08/17/16 10:23 AM
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for the Salem area which will be in effect from Thursday afternoon until Saturday evening.

The following locations are open and are available as cooling locations:

Main Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty Street SE, Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-5p.m.
West Salem Library, 395 Glen Creek Road NW, Wednesday Noon-6 p.m., closed Thursday, Friday and Saturday Noon to 6 p.m., closed Sunday
Center 50+, 2615 Portland Road NE, Wednesday and Thursday 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-3 p.m. closed Sunday
In addition, most malls are available to the public and can be used as cooling locations

Area residents are also invited to make use of the splash pads in several of Salem's parks. They operate seven days a week.
10 a.m.--8 p.m. Riverfront Park, 200 Water Street NE
10 a.m.--8 p.m. River Road Park, 3045 River Road N
12 p.m.--8 p.m. Fairmount Park, 650 Rural Street S
12 p.m.--8 p.m. Northgate Park, 3575 Fairhaven Avenue NE
12 p.m.--8 p.m. Wes Bennett Park, 2200 Baxter Road SE
12 p.m.--8 p.m. West Salem Park, 265 Rosemont Avenue NW
12 p.m.--8 p.m. Englewood Park, 1260 19th Street NE

Prevention of heat related illness is critical during hot weather. Here are a few tips to beat the heat:

Drink lots of fluids! You should drink small amounts frequently, e.g. one cup every 20 minutes.

Don't leave children or pets in the car! Even leaving them in the car for a little bit can be dangerous. Temperature in vehicles are significantly hotter than outside.

Manage your workloads and do your heaviest physical labor in the cooler part of the day. Add frequent short breaks. Watch yourself and coworkers for signs of heat illness.

Wear lightweight clothing. Light colored cotton fabric is a good choice.

Pull blinds or shades to reduce the amount of solar heating coming from the windows. Keep windows closed when air conditioning is running.

When possible, stay indoors in an air-conditioned area. If you do not have air conditioning, go to a shopping mall, public library, theater, or other public location that does.

Be sure pets have lots of fresh water to drink.

Check on sick and elderly neighbors that may be susceptible to heat illness.
Portland releases proposal for retrofitting unreinforced masonry buildings vulnerable during an earthquake
Portland Bureau of Emergency Management - 08/17/16 10:04 AM
On Wednesday (8/17), Portland released a draft proposal to require the seismic retrofit of the city's 1,700 public and privately-owned unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings. URM buildings are typically structures built before the 1960s using brick with little to no steel reinforcement in the walls that are highly vulnerable to collapse even during a moderate earthquake.

The draft proposal was developed by the Portland URM Seismic Retrofit Project, a group sponsored by Commissioner Steve Novick that includes the Portland Bureau of Development Services (BDS), Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM), Portland Development Commission (PDC), and community members. Since December 2014, the group has been meeting to find ways to reduce Portland's risk from URM buildings.

"We know Portland is in earthquake country, and that URM buildings pose a direct danger to the public when the ground starts shaking," said Commissioner Steve Novick. "Portland City Council has a moral imperative to listen to the guidance of scientists, engineers, and emergency managers and take action now to save lives before the next quake."

"Portland's current seismic building code, policies, and procedures have not been effective at reducing the city's stock of URM buildings," said Paul Scarlett, BDS Director. "The proposed policy positions Portland to reduce the danger in the coming years."

"Several cities on the West Coast, including San Francisco and Los Angeles, already have similar policies in place," said Carmen Merlo, PBEM Director. "Portland can learn from the example set by these communities."

Information about the proposal, along with a searchable URM map, is available at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/urms. Portland is also hosting two forums to allow the public to ask questions and provide feedback:

- September 8th: 6 to 8 p.m. at the Exchange Ballroom (123 NE 3rd Ave.)
- September 22nd: 6 to 8 p.m. at the Portland Development Commission (222 NW 5th Ave.)

Questions? Please email BDS.URMBuildings@portlandoregon.gov or call (503) 823-7300.

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Attached Media Files: URM Public Forums - September 8th and 22nd , Press Release
Press Conference - Kelso Shooting
Cowlitz Co. Emergency Management - 08/17/16 10:00 AM
There will be press conference at 114 1st Avenue, Kelso, at 1030 this morning regarding the officer involved shooting.
Tigard Police Chief Announces Plans For Retirement
Tigard Police - 08/17/16 8:44 AM
Tigard Chief of Police Alan Orr has announced his retirement. Orr's last working day with the Tigard Police Department will be August 31 and a formal retirement is planned for December.

Orr began employment with the Tigard Police Department in 2002, and he was promoted to Chief of Police in 2009. Prior to his tenure with the Tigard Police Department, Orr was employed for 32 years with the Portland Police Bureau. In all, Orr devoted 46 years to his law enforcement career.

While Chief of Police at Tigard, Orr saw unprecedented growth in both the police department and the City overall. Orr was at the helm when the police department took major leaps forward in areas of technology such as mobile data communicators, e-ticketing, the acquisition of automatic license plate readers, as well as in-car video installed across the fleet. Orr fostered a Chief's Advisory Panel, which serves as a sounding board from a host of community representatives. Orr also instituted the district car concept in Tigard, which assigns officers to the same patrol area to attain familiarity and advent more productive problem solving in the community.

Orr stated that the opportunity to work with such a professional group of men and women at the Tigard Police Department has been a privilege. He has a profound respect for the citizens of Tigard and cannot thank them enough for their unwavering support over the years.

Orr plans to remain in the metro area and enjoy his newly acquired free time with his family.
Point West to receive Juntos Avanzamos designation for commitment to Hispanic/Latino community
Point West Credit Union - 08/17/16 8:28 AM
PORTLAND, OR -- On August 17, Point West Credit Union will receive its Juntos Avanzamos ("Together We Advance") designation from the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions (The Federation) for its outreach and dedication to the local Hispanic/Latino community.

"As a CDFI certified credit union committed to serving minority and underserved populations in the Portland metro area, this designation is a reflection of our mission and the efforts our staff, members and community partners to help everyone achieve financial wellness" explained Amy Nelson, President/CEO of Point West Credit Union. "We are humbled and understand that the real work of economic empowerment lies ahead of us."

The Juntos Avanzamos designation is contingent upon a credit union's commitment and ability to serve Hispanics regardless of their immigration status. The program also seeks to standardize operational processes and procedures to ensure a more consistent experience for community members. Qualifications include bilingual member-facing employees, partnerships with Hispanic community organizations, financial education, and competitively priced products and services for Spanish speakers.

"It is an honor to welcome Point West to this program," noted Pablo DeFilippi, The Federation Vice President of Membership and Business Development. "This credit union is truly committed to financial inclusion and to opening the doors of opportunity to a community that so desperately needs access to affordable and equitable financial services. We congratulate Amy Nelson and her team on being the first credit union in Oregon to obtain the Juntos Avanzamos certification."

Juntos Avanzamos was developed by the Texas Credit Union League in 2005 as a Hispanic outreach program for credit unions. Now a national program sponsored by The Federation in conjunction with numerous state credit union leagues, including the Northwest Credit Union Association and the Mountain West Credit Union Association, it encompasses fifty credit unions across twelve states.

Point West's Juntos Avanzamos celebration is planned for Wednesday, August 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the credit union's headquarters, located at 718 NE 12th Ave in Portland. The event will include live music, local food, an address from State Representative Tobias Read, and additional speakers from Centro Cultural, the Northwest Credit Union Association, and The Federation. To attend, visit pwjuntosavanzamos.eventbrite.com.

Point West Credit Union is 100% not-for-profit, member-owned awesomeness headquartered in Portland, Oregon. With a bilingual staff ready to help its members achieve financial wellness, Point West works with its community partners to bring economic empowerment to the underserved, and needed capital to local microenterprise businesses--all with an unwavering commitment to its members and its cooperative roots. Find out more and join Point West today at www.pointwestcu.com.


Attached Media Files: Juntos Avanzamos Invitation
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Swearing in Ceremony for Mike Reese
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/17/16 8:00 AM
Today, August 17, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at the Multnomah Building, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. in the Multnomah County Commissioners Board Room. Mike Reese will be sworn in as Multnomah County Sheriff. Presiding Judge Nan Waller will administer the Oath of Office. Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury is also scheduled to speak. Retired Multnomah County Sheriff Bob Skipper will present the Sheriff's badge to Mike Reese after he has taken the Oath of Office.

The ceremony is open to the public. Community members and media are invited to attend as MCSO welcomes Mike Reese as he is sworn in as Multnomah County Sheriff.
Traffic Alert: Two lanes on SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd to remain closed at SE Alder St through 5 p.m. for repairs to underground cavities
Portland Bureau of Transportation - 08/17/16 7:09 AM
(Aug. 11, 2016) -- The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that two lanes of SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd are expected to remain closed through 5 p.m. today at SE Alder Street as crews inspect and repair underground cavities. The left lane northbound and the left lane southbound were closed after 11 p.m. Tuesday night.

One lane each direction on SE Cesar E Chavez is expected to remain open to traffic as crews make repairs the the road surface and underground utilities. Travel lanes on SE Alder Street are not affected, but travelers should expect delays on SE Alder Street and avoid the area if possible.

Travelers should avoid the area of SE Cesar E Chavez and SE Alder Street if possible, use alternate routes and expect delays when traveling in the area. The available lanes on SE Cesar E Chavez may change throughout the day. Two-way traffic may be shifted to the northbound lanes, if required to make the repairs, so travelers should pay close attention to lane closure signage leading up to this location.

The closure is located between SE Stark Street to the north and SE Belmont Street to the south, so travelers may want to turn off of Cesar E Chavez at those points or elsewhere to avoid delays.

We will post an update as we learn more about the cause of the road damage and timing of the road closure. It appears a leaking sewer line, more than 100 years old, may have caused the underground cavity. Two small holes in the roadway were visible late Tuesday night, exposing an underground cavity more than 3 feet in diameter and about 7 feet deep below SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd.

The traveling public is advised to use alternate routes if possible, expect delays and use caution when traveling in the area.

PBOT conducts emergency repairs to sewer and stormwater lines in the public right of way in Portland.

Underground cavities can be caused by sewer or water line leaks, damage caused by construction crews, the result of underground streams or weather events. Small cavities in city streets may be a sign of a larger underground problem. The public is advised to call PBOT's 24 hour dispatch to report sinkholes or other roadway hazards at 503-823-1700.


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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City's transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation
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20-Year-Old Man Arrested for Homicide of 2-Year-Old Boy (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/16/16 8:50 PM
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On Monday August 15, 2016, at 4:40 p.m., Portland Police Bureau Homicide detectives were called to assist Child Abuse Team detectives at Portland Adventist Medical Center on an investigation where a 2-year-old boy was suffering from traumatic injuries. The child was transferred to Doernbecher's Children's hospital where he died early Tuesday morning.

This afternoon, the Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on 2-year-old Zackariah Luda Daugherty and determined the child died of homicidal violence.

Detectives conducted interviews of Zackariah's mother and her boyfriend, ultimately arresting the boyfriend for homicide.

20-year-old Taylor Lynn Kraig was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Murder?Domestic Violence.

He will be arraigned on Wednesday in Multnomah County Court.

Anyone with additional info is asked to contact Detective Mark Slater at 503-823-9319, mark.slater@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Erik Kammerer at 503-823-0762, erik.kammerer@portlandoregon.gov.

This is the 12th homicide in the City of Portland in 2016.

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OSP Seeking Public's Help With Deer Poaching Case In Banks - Washington County
Oregon State Police - 08/16/16 7:04 PM
The Oregon State Police is asking for the public's help in identifying the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of a doe deer in Banks.

On August 9th, an OSP Fish and Wildlife Trooper was advised of a dead black tail deer (doe) that was located on private property near Sellers Road and Woolen Road in Banks. Investigation revealed the doe suffered from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and throat area and was likely killed on or around the weekend of August 7th. A small fawn has been seen frequenting the area, and may have been the offspring of the dead doe.

The $1250 reward is comprised of $250 from the Oregon Hunters Association (OHA) Turn-In-Poacher program, $500 from the OHA Clatsop County Chapter, and another $500 from the OHA Tualatin Valley Chapter.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Senior Trooper Vanrenterghem through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888, or contact the OSP Northern Command Dispatch Center at 503-731-3030. Information may be kept anonymous.
Off-Duty CCSO Deputy Injured in Motorcycle Crash (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/16/16 6:37 PM
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Just after 5:15pm on August 16, deputies with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and Troopers with the Oregon State Police responded to the intersection of SE 82nd Ave. and SE Monterey Ave. in unincorporated Happy Valley. Callers were reporting that a Tri-Met bus and a motorcycle had collided in the intersection. Callers went on to state that the operator of the motorcycle appeared to have critical injuries.


Deputies and troopers quickly arrived on scene and determined that the male who had been driving the motorcycle was an off-duty Clackamas County Sheriff's Deputy. The deputy was off-duty and driving his personal motorcycle at the time of the crash.


The deputy was Lifeflighted from the scene to a local hospital where he is currently being treated for his injuries.


The driver of the bus is on scene and cooperating with the investigation.


The Oregon State Police are the lead investigators in this crash. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Criminal Reconstruction and Forensic Team (CRAFT) also responded to the scene and are aiding in the investigation-the cause of the crash is still under investigation



The Sheriff's Office thanks all the good samaritans who stopped to help deliver medical aid to our deputy. The Sheriff's Office would also like to thank Clackamas Fire District #1, American Medical Response, and Life Flight for their outstanding response to the crash scene.


All further questions should be directed to the Oregon State Police.


Attached Media Files: Crash Scene
Hillsboro School District CFO Adam Stewart Receives Distinguished Eagle Award (Photo)
Hillsboro Sch. Dist. - 08/16/16 5:54 PM
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Stewart is one of four school business officials to be recognized for their exemplary leadership

August 16, 2016, Hillsboro, OR --Adam Stewart, chief financial officer for the Hillsboro School District, was honored recently by the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) with its Distinguished Eagle Award. The Eagle Awards are the highest honor ASBO bestows upon its members.

Stewart is a reflective systems-thinker who considers the big picture when making decisions that affect the staff and students in Hillsboro. As he oversees the school nutrition, transportation, safety, maintenance, and business office functions of the district, he always considers the impact those departments have on student achievement and ensures resources are directed to the areas in which they will have the most positive return. He also recognizes the importance of professional development for those who serve the students and works closely with the support services team, building principals, and district leaders to ensure everyone receives the training they need to provide a vibrant teaching and learning environment. Stewart has served as Hillsboro's CFO since 2008.

Stewart will be presented with the Distinguished Eagle Award at the 2016 ASBO International Annual Meeting & Expo in Phoenix, AZ, on September 24. As a Distinguished Eagle Award recipient, he will receive a $2,500 college scholarship to present to a high school student(s), a crystal Eagle Award, and an invitation to attend the 2017 ASBO International Eagle Institute, a three-day leadership conference that brings together the best and brightest of the school business management profession.

Four school business officials were finalists for the annual Eagle Awards, subsequent to a nomination and review process. Lisa K. Frye, MBA, SFO, executive director of finance for Frederick County Public Schools in Winchester, VA, is the International Eagle Award recipient. As such, she will receive a $5,000 college scholarship to present to a high school student(s) of her choice. Two other school business officials--Christine L. Lee, CPA, CA, CSBO, SFO, director of finance, Lethbridge School District No. 51, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada; and Mark Wilsey, MBA, CEM, facilities and operations officer, Harrison School District 2, Colorado Springs, CO--are Distinguished Eagle Award recipients, along with Stewart.

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About ASBO: ASBO International, founded in 1910, is a professional organization of 4,500 members that provides programs and services to promote the highest standards of school business management practices, professional growth, and the effective use of education resources. For more information visit ASBO's website at asbointl.org.

About AXA: Proud sponsor of the Eagle Awards for the past decade and in business since 1859, AXA is a leading nationwide provider of financial protection products, particularly to K-12 educators. For more information about AXA, visit axa.com.


Attached Media Files: 2016-08/107/96951/media_advisory_Hillsboro_School_District_CFO_Wins_Distinguished_Eagle_Award_081616.pdf , Hillsboro School District CFO Adam Stewart
Portions of Minto-Brown Island Park Trail System to Close for Construction Activity
City of Salem - 08/16/16 4:36 PM
The City of Salem is announcing the closure of several trails in Minto-Brown Island Park to accommodate construction activity associated with the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge project and to ensure the safety of park users. This closure will be in effect Thursday and Friday (August 18 and 19, 2016) and Monday through Thursday (August 22--25, 2016). The trails will be open Saturday and Sunday for use during this construction period.

The closure will allow construction vehicles to pave the paths associated with the bridge construction on the Minto-Brown Island side of the bridge.

The following trails segments will be closed:

North and east legs of the Red Loop Trail
River Trail section that will dead end where it turns east
Gravel path between Parking Lot #3 and the River Trail

These closure sections are shown on the attached map.

Construction activity in portions of Minto-Brown Park will continue through fall. Visitors to the park should continue to remain alert for construction vehicles. For updates on construction activity, including to sign up for regular email communication, please visit www.cityofsalem.net/mintobridge.

Questions concerning these closures can be referred to John Kleeman, City of Salem Parks Operations, at 503-588-6336, or Aaron Kimsey, Public Works Engineering Project Manager, at 503 588-6211.


Attached Media Files: 2016-08/1081/96949/2016_minto-map-closures.pdf
City Council Approves Zone Change for Central Villebois Condos and Row Houses and Welcomes South Korean Delegation
City of Wilsonville - 08/16/16 4:22 PM
WILSONVILLE, OR -- On August 15, 2016, the City Council held a first reading and approved an ordinance for a Zone Map amendment of a 3.2-acre site located in the Villebois Village Center west of Villebois Drive North, south of the future Paris Avenue to allow the parcel to be developed as 82 condominiums and 10 row houses along with associated streets, alleys, and open space. The Council action changed the parcel's zoning from Public Facility to the Village Zone. The proposal was previously approved by Development Review Board (DRB) Panel B on July 25.

Under Mayor's Business the City Council welcomed a nine-member delegation from Yeoju City, South Korea, as part of business and trade mission to the United States that also included a stay in Chicago. In honor of the visiting delegation, Mayor Tim Knapp proclaimed August 15 as "'Yeoju City Day in Wilsonville' to Celebrate International Peace and Cooperation," and provided each visitor with an "Honorary Wilsonville Community Citizen" card. Prior to the Council meeting Mayor Won Kyeong Hei and visitors, along with City officials, members of the Korean-American community and Korean War veterans, paid respects to those who served in the military at the Oregon Korean War Memorial in Town Center Park.

Also under Mayor's Business, Mayor Tim Knapp issued a proclamation declaring September as National Preparedness Month. For more information regarding emergency preparedness visit www.ci.wilsonville.or.us/emergencymanagement.

Under New Business Council discussed a possible future resolution in the City's support of Clackamas County Gas Tax ballot measure to be voted on in November where 60 percent of the funds would be dedicated to fund Clackamas County road maintenance projects and 40 percent of the funds raised in Wilsonville would be dedicated to road maintenance projects in Wilsonville.

On the Consent Agenda the Council approved two resolutions. The first authorizes the City to enter into a contract with MIG Inc. to assist with community engagement and consultation for completion of the Town Center Redevelopment Planning project. The second resolution authorizes the City to enter into a contract with Northstar Electrical Contractors to complete the 2016 Street Light Infill project which includes the installation of new street lights along Boeckman Road over I-5 and Boones Ferry Road between SW 95th Avenue and Day Road.

During work session prior to the meeting, City Council received reports and discussed design guidelines for cellular technology equipment located in the City's right-of-way, an update on the IT Strategic Plan and support for a project that seeks to reopen the Willamette Falls Locks.

Community members are able to watch a replay of all or a portion of the City Council meetings on Comcast/Xfinity Ch. 30, Frontier Ch. 32 or on the City's video-on-demand service at www.ci.wilsonville.or.us/WilsonvilleTV.
UPDATE #2: Sellwood-Moreland Neighborhood Bookstore Robbed - Suspect in Custody (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/16/16 4:01 PM
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Bishop was also charged in connection with robberies at Palio Espresso (1996 Southeast Ladd Avenue) on August 7 and Clogs & More (3439 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard) on August 15.

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Robbery detectives booked 44-year-old Hilary Leah Bishop into the Multnomah County Jail late Monday night on charges of Robbery in the First Degree (two counts) and Robbery in the Second Degree (three counts). She will be arraigned on Tuesday.

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On Monday August 15, 2016, at 6:57 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at Wallace Books, located at 7241 Southeast Milwaukie Avenue.

Officers arrived in the area and spoke to the victim who told police that the female suspect was armed with a handgun and robbed the business. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left and was observed by a witness getting into a vehicle.

Officers canvassing the area located the suspect driving on Southeast McGloughlin Boulevard and eventually stopped the vehicle at Southeast 31st Avenue and Holgate Boulevard. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.

Robbery detectives are responding to continue the investigation. The suspect's name and charges will be released after she's booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

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Guns and Destructive Device Located During Search Warrant (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 08/16/16 3:57 PM
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GRESHAM, Ore. -- Police locate numerous firearms and a destructive device, during the service of a search warrant at a residence located in the 16600 block of N.E. Wasco Street, Gresham.

At 3:30am, Gresham Police executed a search warrant with the assistance of the East Metro SWAT, Southwest Washington SWAT, Washington County SWAT, Portland Police EDU, and Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), at the residence of suspect Christopher Norwood Young, 27, of Gresham. Young was located inside the residence and was taken into custody without incident.

In May, 2016, Gresham Police Detectives began investigating a large scale theft ring that was targeting heavy equipment from area construction sites. Detectives say Young traveled to local construction sites to identify potential heavy equipment to steal. Young would take photographs of the equipment and post ads on Craigslist listing the items for sale. Once a buyer was interested, Young would meet the buyer at the construction site on the weekends when he knew workers would not be present. After the inspection of the equipment, Young would set up a delivery date which would allow him time to steal and transport the equipment to an offsite location. Gresham Police Detective Cobb said "Young would target items such as front loaders and skid steer tractors. These stolen tractors would be sold to unsuspecting buyers for as little as $9,000 and as much as $30,000."

Gresham police served a search warrant on Young's address in June, 2016, looking for evidence of heavy equipment thefts. What investigators didn't expect to find was an arsenal of weapons, two (2) training grenades and one (1) live grenade. Gathering and combing through the evidence obtained in that search warrant lead investigators to believe that Young was in possession of a fully automatic AR-15 rifle and numerous other firearms in which he was firing both inside his residence into a 50 gallon drum style barrel and in the backyard. Young also had manufactured several homemade suppressors in which he used to muffle the sounds of the guns firing.

Further evidence revealed that Young had conversations with an individual about doing a school shooting. The statements were vague with no direct threats to any specific school. Police take any school threat seriously and detectives are continuing to investigate the legitimacy of those threats.

This morning's search warrant uncovered nine (9) handguns, seven (7) rifles which includes an AR-15 and an AK47 assault rifle, thousands of rounds of ammunition, two (2) homemade suppressors, and a destructive device (pipe bomb) and the components to construct other devices.

Young was booked into Multnomah County Detention Center on the following charges;
1ct) Possession of a machine gun
1ct) Possession of a destructive device
1ct) Manufacturing a destructive device
1ct) Attempted manufacturing a destructive device
3cts) Identity theft
1ct) Unlawful use of a weapon
2cts) Possession of a silencer
8cts) Unlawful discharge a firearm (Gresham City Ordinance)
2cts) Theft in the first degree
7ct) Unlawful use of a motor vehicle
7ct) Possession of a stolen vehicle
4cts) Aggravated theft in the first degree

Detectives are asking for the public's assistance to locate a second suspect Fabian Peniche. They are urging anyone with information about Fabian Peniche, this ongoing investigation or Christopher Young, to contact the Gresham Police tip line at 503-618-2719.


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Request for Comments: Proposal to Amend Community First Choice State Plan Option (K Plan)
Oregon Department of Human Services - 08/16/16 3:39 PM
Public Notice: REQUEST FOR COMMENTS
Proposal to Amend Community First Choice State Plan Option (K Plan)

The Oregon Department of Human Services is proposing an amendment to the Community First Choice Option (K Plan) in order to more accurately reflect current state policies and align the K Plan with existing waiver authorities.

The proposed amendment is posted online at:
http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/KPLAN/Pages/public-notice-comment.aspx

COMMENTS DUE: October 1, 2016.

The proposed amendment includes the following changes:
Technical changes to the institutional level of care language to better reflect current processes and procedures and align with currently-approved 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services waivers.
Removal of language referring to the "Live-in" program and "24 hour availability" of homecare workers and personal support workers to align with DHS-program changes enacted to address the requirements of Federal Department of Labor regulations.
Technical changes to Oregon Administrative Rule citations.
Update language relating to functional needs assessment tool used by the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS).
Add language clarifying Group Care Homes operated by ODDS and Group Care Homes operated by contracted entities.
Revise language to reflect current provider qualifications and verification of qualifications process.
Update quality assurance performance measures, including the removal of one performance measure, to align with current performance measures in 1915(c) HCBS waivers.
Revise language in rate-setting methodology section to address current process and rate-setting tools used.
Technical changes to remove dates for compliance that have already passed.

There is no change expected in the annual aggregate expenditures.

HOW TO COMMENT
Send written comments by fax, mail or email to:
Jesse S. Anderson, State Plan Manager
Health Policy and Analytics
500 Summer Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301
Fax: 503-947-1119
Email: jesse.anderson@state.or.us

NEXT STEPS: The Oregon Health Authority will consider all comments received. A State Plan Amendment will be submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

The Oregon Department of Human Services is currently seeking public comment regarding the proposed amendment to the Community First Choice Option (K Plan). We are required by CMS to offer people an electronic and non-electronic format to access the information. To address the non-electronic format we are asking you to post the attached public notice in your offices and have a copy of the Community First Choice Option (K Plan) available for people upon request.

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Free Window Stops Available to Prevent Window Falls (Photo)
Clark Co. Fire Dist. 6 - 08/16/16 3:08 PM
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Hazel Dell, (WA) Every year more than 3,300 children ages 5 and under are injured by falling out windows in the US. Some children die, some have head, neck, and other physical trauma that can be life altering. In the Portland/Vancouver this year, there have been several serious incidents of kids falling out of windows--and now that temperatures will creep into triple digits this week more families will be opening upstairs windows.

Nearly all of those falls could have been prevented. Safety agencies in Clark County want to take action to prevent window falls this summer.

In partnership with Safe Kids Clark County, Clark County Fire District 6 is offering free Kidco(R) Window Stops to parents in Clark County. These stops can be used with vertical and horizontal windows, and will stop the windows from opening more than four inches. The KidCo(R) Window Stops are egress compatible to allow windows to open fully in case of fire or other emergency.

In addition to having window stops in place, there are important tips to keep your kids safe:
Keep furniture and anything a child can climb on away from windows. Children have climbed on furniture, toys, and laundry and fallen out of a window.
Keep play away from windows and enforce the rule. Play one or two steps away from any window.
Educate children and care givers that window screens keep bugs out, NOT kids in.
Keep windows closed and locked when not used for ventilation.
Install window stops or window guards on windows that are 72 or more inches from the ground. Make sure they can be removed by an adult if needed in an emergency.
Don't install or unlock safety devices in front of children to prevent them from learning how to bypass the devices.
We are offering the free window stops to families with upstairs rooms where children may be such as bedrooms and family rooms. To pick up a free window stop you'll need to come to the main Fire Station for Clark County Fire District 6, 8800 NE Hazel Dell Avenue, Vancouver, WA. The window stops are available during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. while supplies last.
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We have parents available for interview who have experienced their own child falling out of an upstairs window and surviving. Here's a link to their story:

http://www.safekids.org/video/thomas-and-becca-why-window-safety-matters

Dave Schmitke
Public Education Coordinator/PIO
Clark County Fire District 6
Office (360) 360-576-1195
david.schmitke@ccfd6.org


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Local Red Cross Continues to Send Disaster Responders to Louisiana; 17 Volunteers Deploy to Aid Massive Relief Effort (Photo)
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/16/16 3:01 PM
Red Cross Response in Louisiana
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More Red Cross disaster responders from Oregon and Southwest Washington deploy to Louisiana. Cost estimates increase to $30 million as responders learn more about the scope and magnitude of the devastation.

PORTLAND, Ore., August 16, 2016 -- The American Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) is deploying additional responders to Louisiana to help with the flood relief effort. Thus far, 17 responders from Medford, Silverton, Florence, Salem, Portland, Lake Oswego, Wolf Creek, Keiser, Williams, and Turner, Oregon as well as Vancouver, Washington are either on the ground or heading to Louisiana. They are assisting affected communities by managing shelters, providing emergency financial assistance, health and mental health services, transportation services, and coordinating with local government entities to help deliver assistance.

THE SITUATION IN LOUISIANA:
The current flooding in Louisiana is the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Superstorm Sandy. The Red Cross is mounting a massive relief operation, which is anticipated to cost at least $30 million. This number may grow as responders learn more about the scope and magnitude of the devastation. Hundreds of American Red Cross disaster workers and volunteers are working tirelessly to provide food and shelter to thousands of people forced from their homes.
On Monday night, more than 8,400 people sought refuge in at least 35 Red Cross and community shelters in Louisiana.

The Red Cross has mobilized over 60 disaster response vehicles, nearly 40,000 ready-to-eat meals, and more than two dozen trailer loads of shelter and kitchen supplies that began arriving on Monday. Some of the supplies arriving include water, personal hygiene items, insect repellant, cleaning kits, bleach and other important supplies.

Local officials have reported making more than 20,000 water rescues, and are estimating that more than 25,000 homes -- at least 75,000 people -- have been affected. The flooding danger is not over as weather experts predict more rain is possible. This is the second time in five months that Louisiana has seen more than 24 inches of rain during a single storm.

HOW TO HELP:
The Red Cross urgently needs the public to help people who have lost everything and support the Louisiana flood relief effort by making a donation.
Visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS to make a donation.

Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recovery from these disasters.


"Seventeen local volunteers from Oregon and Southwest Washington have deployed to Louisiana, leaving the comforts of home to help people in need half way across the country," said Amy Shlossman, CEO of the Red Cross Cascades Region. "You can help support communities devastated by disasters by donating at redcross.org. A financial gift is the fastest and most efficient way to assist the people who need help now."

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


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YWCA Clark County Celebrates 100 Years with a Centennial Gala September 10, 2016 (Photo)
YWCA Clark County - 08/16/16 2:49 PM
YWCA Clark County Gala Logo
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Vancouver, WA -- YWCA Clark County is celebrating its Centennial Year with a once-in-a-century Gala event on September 10, 2016 at The Hilton Vancouver. The evening begins at 5:30 with a cocktail hour and walk down memory lane. Erik Runyan Jewelers will raffle a 1 carat diamond and YWCA is offering a vacation raffle with a chance to choose a trip for two to Aruba, Paris, New York City or Florida. Guests will then be treated to a three course dinner and special program and appeal. The evening will conclude with dancing and dessert. All proceeds from the evening will fund critical programs at YWCA Clark County which serve over 12,000 people each year. Event tickets are available at www.ywcaclarkcounty.org/gala. Raffle tickets are available by calling 360-906-9123.

Since 1916, YWCA Clark County has been on a mission to empower women through mentorship, friendship, education, and support. YWCA Clark County began as a lunch counter at 808 Main Street serving women who were in the workforce and needed a safe place to eat and gather during the workday. This comradery and support eventually extended to young women and over the years YWCA Clark County created programs focused on developing leadership and business skills, community service, health and wellness and social justice. As one of the first allies of NAACP in the fight for civil rights andone of the first to advocate for equal rights for women and for marriage equality, YWCA Clark County has also had exemplary women leaders such as Val Ogden, Valree Joshua, Jean Lacey, Joyce Kilpatrick and many others who dedicated their lives and careers to social justice and equality for all.

YWCA Clark County opened one of the first domestic violence shelters in the country and has continued to evolve its programs around the most pressing issues facing our community. Today, the organization offers five core programs. The SafeChoice Domestic Violence Program serves 1,400 victims of domestic violence each year. YWCA also operates the only Sexual Assault and CASA programs in Southwest Washington. The CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program assists over 600 foster children each year. In addition, YWCA is committed to serving older foster youth through the Independent Living Skills Program which helps 15-21 year olds prepare to live independently from State care. Our Y's Care Children's Program is a highly rated program for pre-school-age children who face social and economic barriers to early education.


Attached Media Files: YWCA Clark County Gala Logo
Inmate walkaway from Shutter Creek Correctional Institution back in custody (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 08/16/16 2:21 PM
Jose Toscano
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate is back in custody after walking away from a Shutter Creek Correctional Institution (SCCI) work crew that was working in Coos Bay in the area of the Educational Services District (ESD) offices.

SCCI staff discovered inmate Jose Ramon Toscano missing at approximately 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 16. An off-duty SCCI staff member observed Toscano in the area and contacted local law enforcement who apprehended the inmate at approximately 1:00 p.m.

Toscano entered DOC custody on January 28, 2016, on one count of delivery of methamphetamine out of Multnomah County. His earliest release date is April 6, 2019.


SCCI is a minimum-security prison in North Bend that houses approximately 286 male inmates who are within four years of release. SCCI serves as a transition and re-entry facility and is focused on cognitive programming, work programs, ad preparing inmates for return to the community. Inmates work on the institution site in the physical plant, kitchen and dining hall, warehouse, receiving and discharge, laundry, and prison grounds. Inmates also work on outside crews, primarily with the Department of Forestry, providing services throughout the year as trained wildland firefighters. Originally an Air National Guard radar station, the facility was converted into a prison in 1990.

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Reminder: Shop with a Cop Scheduled for Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Portland Police Bureau - 08/16/16 1:51 PM
240 Kids are scheduled to participate in this year's Shop with a Cop, tomorrow, Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 7 a.m. The Sunshine Division's Izzy's Kids will partner with Fred Meyer and Camp Rosenbaum to fund the annual "Shop with a Cop" event at the Gateway Fred Meyer store, located at 1111 Northeast 102nd Avenue.

This year marks the 14-year anniversary of Shop with a Cop, where Portland police officers and local kids spend a morning together shopping for back to school clothing. Participating kids are identified by the Boys and Girls Club of Portland and Home Forward, and are selected based on their financial need and outstanding volunteer efforts in the community.

Members of the media are invited to attend. For more information, contact: Sunshine Division Executive Director, Kyle Camberg: Direct: 503.577.6852 or kyle@sunshinedivision.org

To donate to the Sunshine Division Izzy's Kids Fund, please go to: http://www.sunshinedivision.org/donate/


For more information about the Sunshine Division, visit: www.sunshinedivision.org

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See If You Have Trash Or Treasure at the Oregon Historical Society's 3rd Annual "What's It Worth?" Event (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 08/16/16 1:19 PM
OHS ED Kerry Tymchuk with member Susan Emmons Poss and her Howdy Doody marionette
OHS ED Kerry Tymchuk with member Susan Emmons Poss and her Howdy Doody marionette
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Portland, OR -- August 16, 2016 -- Have you ever wondered if you had a hidden treasure buried in your closet? Then join the Oregon Historical Society for What's It Worth?, an annual event where local experts estimate the value of your collectibles.

WHEN:
Sunday, August 21, 2016
12pm -- 4pm

WHERE:
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

For $10 per item (plus regular museum admission) you could discover if the knick knack from your Aunt Gertrude is actually a valuable collectible! All proceeds raised from this special event support the Oregon Historical Society's mission.

In 2015, over 100 visitors brought items for evaluation. Some notable discoveries included a 37-star American flag, a 1956 Chicago Cubs baseball signed by the entire team, a collection of WWII propaganda posters, and a painting by George de Forest Brush of his father, Alfred Clark Brush, estimated around $18,000!

"Each year, it is exciting to see what sorts of items will walk through our doors. While many items already have great sentimental value attached, it is fun to see the delighted looks on the owners' faces when they find out that their item is also very monetarily valuable!" said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk.

Items that can be evaluated include books, manuscripts, fine and decorative art, Asian antiquities, American Indian baskets and bags, jewelry, military items (no firearms or weapons), sports memorabilia, toys, comics, coins, stamps, and more! The local specialists who will be joining us include:

John Henley, John V. Henley, LLC
Specialties: Books, Manuscripts, Documents, Prints, Illustrations

Shirley Sanders, Red Sign Estate Sales & Appraisals, LLC
Specialties: Decorative Art, Personal Property, Jewelry,

Roger Anthony, Communication That Counts
Specialties: Sports Memorabilia

Robert A. Beale, Robert A. Beale, Stamp Appraisals Northwest
Specialty: Stamps, Coins

Billy Galaxy, Billy Galaxy Vintage Toys and Collectibles
Specialties: Toys, Comics, Pop Culture

Dr. Terry Kneisler, Kneis Cards
Specialty: Sports Memorabilia

Natalie Linn, Linn-Tucker Indian Baskets
Specialties: American Indian Baskets and Bags

Jason Marden, Major League History
Specialty: Sports Memorabilia

Mona Miller, Pacific Gemological Laboratory
Specialties: Gems, Jewelry, Silver

Michael Parsons, Michael Parson Fine Art
Specialties: Fine Art

Lucinda Pierpont, An Asian Affair
Specialties: Asian Antiquities

Richard Richter, Clean Sweep Estate Services, Inc.
Specialties: Military Items, Toys, General Antiques and Collectibles

Ticket sales end at 3:30pm and there is a 5 item limit per person. All items presented for evaluation must be able to be carried by hand and weapons and firearms are prohibited. Evaluations given at this event are provided as auction estimates and are not considered legally binding paid appraisals.

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


Attached Media Files: OHS ED Kerry Tymchuk with member Susan Emmons Poss and her Howdy Doody marionette , 37 star America flag , Richard Richter examines WWII propaganda posters , Shirley Sanders, 2015 What's It Worth Event , Mona Miller, 2015 What's It Worth Event
Corps seeks comments on Washington County permit application
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 08/16/16 12:56 PM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is accepting comments on a permit application from Polygon NW Company for a proposed project in Washington County, Oregon.

Public notice NWP-2016-127 is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx.
Small Operating Grant Deadline for FY2017 grants Sept. 16 (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 08/16/16 12:19 PM
Inland Northwest Musicians performing in Echo, Oregon
Inland Northwest Musicians performing in Echo, Oregon
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More than 100 of the 700 residents of Echo, Oregon attended both concerts performed by the visiting Inland Northwest Musicians last December. Still, despite the enthusiastic reception the volunteer musicians receive in the rural communities they tour, it remains a constant challenge to offset travel expenses.

In 2015, when the Inland Musicians became one of the first recipients of an Oregon Arts Commission Small Operating Grant, the ensemble's future became more stable. "The $1,000 we received allowed us to continue to offer free concerts to our audiences," says programs director Lori Johnson. "We continue to reach communities that rarely have access to fine arts."

The grants are designed to provide operating support to arts organizations with budgets under $150,000. Eligibility is limited to organizations who have operated as an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit for two years or more.

"This grant program was developed to increase the Commission's support of Oregon's small arts providers," says Commission Chair Libby Tower. "These organizations frequently represent the only arts presenter for remote and underserved regions of the state."

Applications for FY2017 Small Operating Grants are due at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16.

For more information about the grant program, contact Brian Wagner at (503) 428-1981 or via email at brian.wagner@oregon.gov

FY2016 grant recipients were:
Applegate Regional Theater Inc, Veneta, $1,000
Astoria Visual Arts, Astoria, $1,000
Bach Cantata Choir, Portland, $1,000
Bandon Showcase Inc, Bandon, $1,000
Camerata Musica, Salem, $1,000
Cannon Beach Arts Association Inc, Cannon Beach, $1,000
Cascadia Chapter of NACUSA, Portland, $1,000
Ceili of the Valley, Salem, $1,000
Center for Architecture, Portland, $1,000
Chamber Music Amici, Eugene, $3,000
Cinema Project, Portland, $1,000
Colored Pencils Art & Culture Council, Portland, $1,000
Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association, Hood River, $1,000
Conduit Dance Inc, Portland, $4,200
Confluence: The Willamette Valley LGBT Chorus, Salem, $1,000
Corvallis Repertory Singers, Corvallis, $1,000
Dancing People Company, Ashland, $3,000
Desert Arts Council, Hermiston, $1,000
Florence Performing Arts Association, Florence, $1,000
Florence Regional Arts Alliance, Florence, $1,000
Free Arts NW, Portland, $1,000
Grande Ronde Symphony Association, La Grande, $1,000
Hand 2 Mouth, Portland, $3,150
Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre Northwest, Portland, $1,000
High Desert Chamber Music, Bend, $1,000
In Mulieribus, Portland, $1,000
Inland Northwest Musicians, Hermiston, $1,000
Inspirational Sounds Inc, Eugene, $1,000
Jacobs Gallery, Eugene, $1,000
Kukatonon, Portland, $3,000
Friends of Latimer Quilt & Textile Center, Tillamook, $1,000
Little Theater on the Bay Inc, North Bend, $1,000
Lord & Schryver Conservancy, Salem, $1,000
Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts, Eugene, $1,000
Monday Musical Club of Tillamook, Tillamook, $1,000
Northwest Print Council Inc, Portland, $1,000
Obo Addy Legacy Project, Portland, $1,000
Opal Center for Arts & Education, Cottage Grove, $1,000
Opera Bend, Bend, $1,000
Oregon Artists Series Foundation, Salem, $1,000
Oregon City Children's Theatre, Oregon City, $1,000
Oregon Writers Colony, Portland, $1,000
The Orlo Foundation, Portland, $1,000
Palisades Childrens Choir, Lake Oswego, $1,000
Performance Works NorthWest Inc, Portland, $1,000
Piano Santa Foundation, Portland, $1,000
Portland Chamber Orchestra Association, Portland, $1,000
Portland Child Art Studio, Portland, $1,000
Portland Jazz Composers' Ensemble, Portland, $1,000
Risk-Reward, Portland, $1,000
Salem Concert Band, Salem, $1,000
Salem Pops Orchestra, Salem, $1,000
Salem Youth Symphony Association, Salem, $1,000
Signal Fire, Portland, $1,000
The Dalles Art Association, The Dalles, $3,000
Upstart Crow Studios, Eugene, $1,000
Valley Repertory Theatre, Newberg, $1,000
Vibe of Portland, Portland, $1,000
Westside Cultural Alliance, Beaverton, $1,000
Willamette Jazz Society, Eugene, $1,000
Woodburn Art Center, Woodburn, $1,000
Zenazezza Inc, Portland, $1,000

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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon
The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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Attached Media Files: Inland Northwest Musicians performing in Echo, Oregon
Multnomah County Fire Departments/Districts issue summer burn ban
City of Gresham - 08/16/16 11:16 AM
MULTNOMAH COUNTY, OR. -- The Multnomah Fire Defense Board Chief has issued an outdoor burn ban effective Wednesday, August 17, 2016, in all areas of Multnomah County.

The burn ban has been issued due to forecasted high temperatures, limited rainfall and ongoing dry conditions. For updated information please call the burning information line at 503-618-3083.

The burn ban includes recreational campfires, fire pits, yard debris, agricultural burning and permits issued for open burning until further notice. Check with your local Fire Department/District for more information. For updated information please call the burning information line at:
--503-618-3083 for Gresham, Troutdale, Wood Village, Fairview, Fire District 10
--503-695-2225 for Corbett Fire District 14
--503-621-1242 for Sauvie Island District 30
--503-823-3700 for Portland Fire & Rescue general information

Outdoor barbecuing is still allowed; however, citizens should exercise extreme caution. When using charcoal briquettes please properly dispose of ashes in a covered metal container away from combustibles, and keep the ashes wet for a few days before properly disposing of them. Maintain at least 10 feet between outdoor cooking and anything combustible such as siding, fences, shrubbery, etc.

Smokers are reminded to ensure their cigarettes are truly out and placed in proper receptacles.

Those living in rural areas are asked to maintain their defensible space by monitoring growth surrounding homes and structures, and to maintain adequate access for firefighting equipment.

For additional information, contact Gresham Fire and Emergency Services, 503-618-2355.
N. PDX Back to School Bash (8/22) to Connect Families w/ Community Resources for Upcoming School Year
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 08/16/16 10:58 AM
(Portland, OR) August 11, 2016 -- "It takes a village to raise a child," and on August 22, 2016, that village will be North Portland coming together to help hundreds of kids get ready for school. The Salvation Army is hosting its first Back to School Bash from 11am -- 4pm at its location at 5325 N. Williams Ave. There, resources will be provided for youth and parents, specifically Middle and High School-aged kids, not only so that they can be prepared for the coming school year, but to also to prepare them for the future. Resources could include: free haircuts, food, school supplies and clothing, tutoring and homework help, nutrition and hygiene education and services, connections to medical services, career and employment support, and more.

"Our goal is to connect parents and students with the resources they need for the upcoming school year -- especially middle school and high school-aged kids," says Captain Angel Marquez, Corps Officer at The Salvation Army Moore Street Corps in North Portland. "We have noticed that younger students generally have more support available to them, so we want to make sure that all students -- no matter their age -- are able to be helped this year. This is why we are so excited to bring together community partners who have a common mission -to provide kids with the foundation they need to do well in school this year and for years to come."

Upon arrival, families are asked to check in at the front desk to receive a punch card for the event. After that, they are invited to visit areas and booths to earn a punch on the card. When completed, they can turn the punch card to win a prize.

Bring your friends out for a day filled with health, prizes, and games.

If you are a local organization who would like to participate, please contact Captain Angel Marquez at 971-340-4010 or angel.marquez@usw.salvationarmy.org. For more information, check out the event on Facebook at.facebook.com/samoorestreet/




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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army works in 124 countries worldwide. For more information, or to make a donation, visit us online at www.salvationarmyportland.org. People wishing to make monetary donations can do so by calling 503.238.GIVE (4483), or by mail, The Salvation Army, 8495 SE Monterey Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086-7844.

Friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyPortland
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon Endorses Ballot Measure 97
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 08/16/16 10:04 AM
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon today announced its endorsement of Ballot Measure 97, which would provide stable, adequate funding for healthcare services and education programs by increasing the minimum tax for large and out-of-state corporations with more than $25 million in annual Oregon sales.

PPAO is the political arm of the organization, advocating on behalf of Oregon's 12 health centers and the 61,672 women, men and young people who count on Planned Parenthood services every year. PPAO strongly believes every Oregonian deserves health care, regardless of their race, income, geography, immigration status, sexual orientation or gender identity.

"As advocates for affordable health care and comprehensive sex education in public schools, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon know the importance of protecting funding that ensures all Oregonians can access the services they deserve to help them stay healthy," says Mary Nolan, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. "About 1 in 10 Oregonians remain uninsured - disproportionately people of color, the LGBT community and low-wage workers. Many of them are patients at Planned Parenthood. For all of them across Oregon, vital treatment is out of reach without stable, adequate public revenue. That's why we endorse Ballot Measure 97, which would make large and out-of-state corporations pay their fair share in taxes and direct new revenue to health care, education and senior services."

Sarah Johnson, a 24-year-old Portland resident, adds: "As a woman who has turned to Planned Parenthood for affordable health services, I think it's time working Oregonians pay less out of pocket so that health care is affordable for everyone. Family planning is a smart investment, and our state budget shouldn't be balanced on the backs of the most vulnerable Oregonians. It's time for corporations to pay their fair share, so I'm voting yes on Ballot Measure 97."
Vancouver Police hiring entry and lateral police officers
Vancouver Police Dept. - 08/16/16 10:04 AM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The Vancouver Police Department has current police officer vacancies and is actively hiring both entry and lateral level police officers. The department will be hosting an informational meeting designed to offer prospective candidates information on the testing and background process and to answer questions.

Date: Saturday, August 20, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Vancouver Police West Precinct (2800 NE Stapleton Rd.)


Additional information on Entry and Lateral Police Officers is always available on the Vancouver Police Department Careers page: http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.


Attached Media Files: 2016-08/385/96933/Info_event_flyer_2016.pdf
Oregon's Unemployment Rate Rises to 5.2 Percent in July, Job Growth Continues
Oregon Employment Dept. - 08/16/16 10:00 AM
Oregon's unemployment rate was 5.2 percent in July, an increase from June's rate of 4.8 percent. The rate has risen from a record low of 4.5 percent in the three months of March, April and May. Oregon's labor force, which reached a record high of 2,058,000 in July, has grown rapidly in recent months as the number of people employed grew along with growth in the number of unemployed. Oregon's unemployment rate remained close to the U.S. unemployment rate, which was unchanged at 4.9 percent in July.

Oregon's payroll employment added 3,800 jobs in July after a revised gain of 1,900 in June. Several service-providing industries expanded rapidly, while the two major goods-producing industries contracted. July gains were largest in health care and social assistance (+2,100 jobs); professional and business services (+1,600); leisure and hospitality (+1,200); transportation, warehousing and utilities (+1,100); and other services (+1,000). Meanwhile, the industries with the biggest declines in July were manufacturing (-1,200 jobs) and construction (-1,100).

July's job gains were a bit weaker than the average job gains of the past 12 months. This may have to do with recent months' weaker trends in manufacturing and construction. Manufacturing lost 800 jobs, or -0.4 percent, over the past year. Despite July's losses, construction still added 7,500 jobs, or 9.2 percent, since July 2015. Professional and business services grew rapidly as well, adding 15,700 jobs, or 6.9 percent, over the past 12 months. Other services was third fastest, growing by 4,100 jobs, or 6.7 percent. Four other industries each expanded by between 3.4 percent and 4.1 percent over the past 12 months: transportation, warehousing and utilities (+2,400 jobs or 4.1%); leisure and hospitality (+7,100 jobs or 3.7%); health care and social assistance (+7,600 jobs or 3.4%) and private educational services (+1,200 jobs or 3.4%).

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the July county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, August 23rd, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for August on Tuesday, September 13th.??NLG


Notes:
All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted.

The Oregon Employment Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) work cooperatively to develop and publish monthly Oregon payroll employment and labor force data. The estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other sources.

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this Official Oregon Series data unless noted otherwise. This month's release incorporates the January, February and March 2016 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS.



The pdf version of the news release, including tables and graphs, can be found at www.QualityInfo.org/press-release. To obtain the data in other formats such as in Excel, visit www.QualityInfo.org, then within the top banner, select Economic Data, then choose LAUS or CES. To request the press release as a Word document, contact the person shown at the top of this press release.

For help finding jobs and training resources, visit one of the state's WorkSource Oregon Centers or go to: www.WorkSourceOregon.org.

Equal Opportunity program -- auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.


Attached Media Files: 2016-08/930/96932/charts_for_press_release.xlsx , 2016-08/930/96932/CLFIE_8-16-2016.xlsx , 2016-08/930/96932/employment_in_Oregon_--_July_2016_--_press_release.pdf
Daily Fire Update: August 16, 2016
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/16/16 9:37 AM
Fires on ODF-Protected Lands

Corey Road Fire
The 12-acre Corey Road Fire just north of Forest Grove was contained yesterday. As the summer heats up this becomes more difficult to do because the grass, sticks, trees and other fuels dry out so quickly.
As temperatures reach triple-digits this week, please help prevent wildfires. Preventing wildfires helps protect forests and firefighters. You can do this by following the fire prevention laws and industrial fire precaution level restrictions. This map shows fire restrictions: https://geo.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=41424358763949deb16e3f513e748844

Redwood Highway Fire Final Update
The Redwood Highway Fire burned 54 acres. Crews contained the fire yesterday and continue cooling hot spots to strengthen the containment lines.

Fires on Other Jurisdictions

More info on the following fires: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

Porcupine Butte
The 280-acre Porcupine Butte Fire burning 10 miles East of Clarno and is 30 percent contained.

Rail Fire
The 16,349-acre Rail Fire burning 5 miles west of Unity is 15 percent contained.

Juntura Complex Final Update
The 24,301-acre Juntura Complex burning 30 miles SW of Vale is contained.


Fire Statistics

Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2016, through Monday, Aug. 16, 2016:
Lightning-caused fires: 59 fires burned 2,218 acres
Human-caused fires: 466 fires burned 541 acres
Total: 525 fires burned 2,759 acres

10-year average (for this period of the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 231 fires burned 28,050 acres
Human-caused fires: 434 fires burned 4,233 acres
Total: 665 fires burned 32,283 acres

For information on breaking fires, go to:
http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
Free festival to help students get ready for first day of school
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 08/16/16 9:30 AM
It's time to get ready to go back to school! To help students and families prepare, Vancouver Public Schools is hosting its third annual back-to-school event.

Go Ready! Back-to-School-Readiness Festival
Friday, Aug. 19, 2016
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hudson's Bay High School, 1601 E. McLoughlin Blvd.
This event is free and open to all VPS students and their families.

The festival will feature food; entertainment; family-friendly activities; and information about early learning, counseling, health care, housing and other resources. It also will provide free immunizations, haircuts and gently used clothing. Approximately 60 district partners from the community will be in attendance to provide services and information.

Go Ready is organized by the district's network of Family-Community Resource Centers, which provides support for families all school year long. The event is designed to serve the district's students and families who need assistance with preparing for the first day of school, especially families who qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Eligibility for subsidized meals is one indicator of poverty, which can affect readiness to learn.

Learn more about the festival at http://vansd.org/events/goready .

Go Ready is a 2015 first-place winner of the National School Boards Association's Magna Award.
Oregon Army National Guard and Portland Police Bureau to conduct joint training in downtown Portland (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 08/16/16 8:00 AM
An Oregon Army National Guard UH-72A Lakota with Detachment 1, A Company, 1-112th Aviation, picks up the first five-man K9 team with Washington County Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) at McNary Field, in Salem, Oregon, July 13. The training helps famili
An Oregon Army National Guard UH-72A Lakota with Detachment 1, A Company, 1-112th Aviation, picks up the first five-man K9 team with Washington County Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) at McNary Field, in Salem, Oregon, July 13. The training helps famili
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SALEM, Oregon -- The Oregon Army National Guard will partner with the Portland Police Bureau during a joint training exercise in downtown Portland, Oregon, on August 17, 2016.

The Oregon Army National Guard is scheduled to provide transportation for members of the Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) utilizing UH-72 Lakota helicopters. Oregon Army National Guard aviators, with Detachment 1, Company A, 1-112th Aviation, will conduct multiple helicopter flights from Troutdale to downtown Portland, between the hours of 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

"Conducting joint training helps us build stronger relationships between local law enforcement and the Oregon National Guard," said Brig. Gen. Mark Crosby, commander of the Oregon National Guard's Joint Domestic Operations Command. "This type of training and networking is an excellent opportunity for local first responders and the National Guard to work together as a team in the event that we need to help the citizens of Oregon during an emergency."

The aircraft will drop off law enforcement officers who will conduct additional training in downtown Portland.

The Portland Police Bureau will share some photos of the exercise on Twitter (@PortlandPolice) and Facebook (@PortlandPolice).

The Oregon National Guard will also share images via Facebook (@OregonGuard), Twitter (@OregonGuard), Instagram (@OregonNationalGuard), and Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonmildep/).

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An Oregon Army National Guard UH-72A Lakota with Detachment 1, A Company, 1-112th Aviation, picks up the first five-man K9 team with Washington County Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) at McNary Field, in Salem, Oregon, July 13. The training helps familiarize SWAT teams with loading and unloading onto a helicopter safely and gives the K9 team members familiarization with the noise and high winds of the aircraft. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


Attached Media Files: An Oregon Army National Guard UH-72A Lakota with Detachment 1, A Company, 1-112th Aviation, picks up the first five-man K9 team with Washington County Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) at McNary Field, in Salem, Oregon, July 13. The training helps famili
Conclusion of Oregon State Police Forensic Division Investigation
Oregon State Police - 08/16/16 7:42 AM
During the summer of 2015 we initiated an investigation into missing controlled substances that had been removed from two of our crime labs. Our detectives subsequently established and documented a pattern of theft by employee Nika Larsen, an OSP scientist, who used her position to remove controlled substances from two of the five OSP crime labs.

We promptly notified all Oregon District Attorney Offices and turned the results of our investigation over to the Oregon Department of Justice for additional investigation and independent evaluation. The Oregon Attorney General and the United States' Attorney's office subsequently conducted their own investigations which confirmed OSP's findings and built a successful criminal case against Larsen.

We profoundly regret our scientist's behavior and any adverse impact it has had on our professional partners or the administration of justice. We are redoubling our commitment to delivering the consistently professional service that built our hard-earned reputation for excellence.

As part of our efforts moving forward we participated in and look forward to any recommendations from the workgroup established by Governor Brown to evaluate policies and procedures utilized with our crime labs. No human system can guarantee perfection, but we have underscored our commitment to integrity, reliability, security and transparency by updating lab security policies, procedures and equipment.
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The OSP Forensic Services Division provides Oregon's only full service forensic laboratory system. Our analysts provide technical assistance and training, evaluate and analyze evidence, interpret results, and provide expert testimony related to the full spectrum of physical evidence recovered from crime scenes.
Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office searching for overdue Rafters on Sandy River (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/16/16 6:35 AM
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Update: The rafters were located by the U.S. Coast Guard shortly before 5:30 a.m. on a sandbar a few miles upriver from Dabney State Park. The Coast Guard helicopter was able to land on the sandbar and pick up the rafters who were cold but uninjured. They were transported to the Troutdale Airport.

The four rafters are identified as Cody West, Age 27; Chris Penhall, Age 30; Tevin Cotton, Age 23; Cory Hood, Age 34, all of Vancouver, Wa. When asked about what happened the rafters said they became worried when it got dark and they couldn't see where they were going on the river. They stopped at a sandbar they came across and stayed the night on the sandbar. They were cold but did have some food and water with them and were able to make a fire to help keep a little warm. All of them said if they did another river float they would definitely start earlier in the day to ensure they would finish in the daylight and were happy to be safe and reunited with their friends.



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On Monday August 15, 2016 at approximately 11:30 p.m. MCSO deputies responded to Dabney State Park to take a report of four rafters who were overdue on the Sandy River. The group of originally six rafters started from Oxbow Park at approximately 4:30 p.m. in the afternoon. Shortly after they began their float from Oxbow, two of the rafters decided to stop and walk back up to their vehicle at Oxbow. The plan was to meet the others, four adult males, who were continuing downriver at Dabney State park the planned finish for their float. The pair drove the vehicle down to Dabney to await the arrival of the others still rafting down the river, but they never arrived.

MCSO River Patrol and MCSO Search and Rescue Coordinators were contacted and responded to Dabney State Park. MCSO River Patrol and patrol deputies checked roads parallel to the river in case the rafters had decided to get out from the river and try and walk out. SAR Coordinators worked through the morning to arrange for U.S. Coast Guard to assist in the search along the river and they are now responding to assist in search efforts.

The Command Post is located at Dabney State Park. Media staging is located near the Command Post.

Updates will be provided as more information is available.


Attached Media Files: CG Helo
Reward Offered in 2014 Hillsboro Homicide Case - Crime Stoppers Featured Case #16-19 (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 08/16/16 6:00 AM
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The Hillsboro Police Department, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve a 2014 homicide.

On January 16, 2014, 58-year-old Pablo Perez-Angeles, a grandfather, was murdered in his Hillsboro, Oregon residence. Police have discovered new evidence in the case and believe that there are additional witnesses with information that may lead to an arrest.

Detectives are working to solve this case and help bring a measure of closure to the victim's family.

The victim's daughter will be available for media interviews today at 9:00 a.m. at the Hillsboro Police Department.

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

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

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

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Seat Belt Enforcement Effort Aims to Save Lives Through Participation in Click It or Ticket Campaign
Polk Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/16/16 1:04 AM
Polk County Sheriff's Office -- From August 22nd through September 4th Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office in conjunction with law enforcement Officers throughout Oregon will participate in the national Click It or Ticket traffic enforcement "blitz" in an effort to save lives through increased seat belt use and education. This enforcement period comes ahead of the Labor Day weekend, which is one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. According to AAA more than 35.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more on the Labor Day weekend. During the "blitz" law enforcement agencies will also be working to educate parents about the importance of proper child seat and safety belt use during the statewide traffic enforcement "blitz."

The Click it or Ticket Campaign wants to bring awareness to some of the most vulnerable passengers by recognizing National Child Passenger Safety Week, which is September 18th through the 24th. During this time many communities will have Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians on-hand to provide education on how to use child car seats and booster seats. Locally, the Salem Hospital has a Child Car Seat Inspection Station, which is held every fourth Saturday of the month from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm. The next inspection date is August 27th. For other local Child Car Seat Inspection Stations and additional information regarding Child Passengers visit www.safercar.gov.

According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause nationwide of death for children ages one through twelve years old. Child seats may increase crash survival by 71% for infants under one year old and by up to 59% for toddlers aged one to four. Booster seats may reduce the chance of nonfatal injury among four to eight year olds by 45% compared to safety belts used alone. NHTSA observations of state safety belt use in 2015 revealed that Oregon's safety belt use rate is 95.5%, which is the 3rd highest ranking in the country trailing California and Georgia at 97.3%.


Oregon law requires children weighing under forty pounds to use a child seat with harness. Children under one year of weighing less than twenty pounds must ride in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds must either a child seat or booster until they reach age eight or 4'9" tall and the adult belt fits them correctly. If you are unsure whether your chgild is ready to transition to an adult belt system, use the east five-step test here: www.carseat.org/Booster/630.htm.

During the upcoming Labor Day weekend thousands of people will travel through Polk County. The Polk County Sheriff's Office is committed to ensuring the safety of everyone by enforcement and education through the Click It or Ticket campaign. One of the most important safety measures individuals can take is to not only buckle up themselves, but ensure child passengers are safely secured in the vehicle.

For more information on the Click It or Ticket campaign, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.


Attached Media Files: 2016-08/1292/96927/August_Blitz_Press_Release_(1).doc
Mon. 08/15/16
Update***back in custody***Inmate walks away from Columbia River Correctional Institution work crew (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 08/15/16 9:23 PM
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UPDATEAT APPROXIMATELY 8:52 P.M. INMATE JASSON RAY WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY BY U.S. MARSHALLS IN LANE COUNTY


An inmate walked away today from a Columbia River Correctional Institution (CRCI) work crew near the Pittock Mansion in Portland. Oregon State Police and local law enforcement are investigating.

CRCI staff discovered inmate Jasson Ray missing at approximately 10:45 a.m., Friday, August 12. Ray is a 37-year-old Caucasian male, 5'9" tall, 260 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He is most likely wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee, in orange or red shorts, and a blue t-shirt with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled in orange on the front and back.

Ray entered DOC custody on December 24, 2015, on three counts of felon in possession of a weapon out of Lane County. His earliest release date is February 15, 2019.

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

CRCI is a minimum-security facility that houses approximately 595 male inmates who are within four years of release. Located in the largest metropolitan area of the state, this facility is focused on cognitive programming, work programs, and preparing inmates for return to the community. CRCI is home to a 50-bed cognitive restructuring Alternative Incarceration Program (AIP). Individuals who successfully complete this 180-day in-prison program are released to the community for a 90-day transitional leave period. Individuals who successfully complete the transitional leave period are granted a reduction in their sentence and move to post-prison supervision. CRCI is located on a 26-acre site in northeast Portland and officially in opened in September 1990.


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Attached Media Files: Jasson Ray
Rollover Crash in Battle Ground (Photo)
Clark Co. Fire Dist. 3 - 08/15/16 5:57 PM
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Clark County Fire District 3 was dispatched at 1403 to a 4 car MVC at State Route 503 and Main Street. Crews arrived at 1405 to find a 4 car rear end accident with one vehicle on its top. One patient was transported by AMR to Peace Health Southwest. Traffic was congested in the area for a long period of time. Battle Ground Police Department and the Clark County Sheriff's Office assisted.


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Local Red Cross Sends Disaster Responders to Louisiana to Help with Worst Disaster Since Superstorm Sandy
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/15/16 5:55 PM
Fourteen Red Cross disaster responders from Oregon and Southwest Washington are deploying to Louisiana to help people affected by the worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy.

PORTLAND, Ore., August 15, 2016 -- The American Red Cross Cascades Region is responding to devastating flooding in Louisiana. Red Cross disaster workers are providing shelter, food and comfort to those affected and more help is on the way.

Responders from Medford, Silverton, Florence, Salem, Portland, Lake Oswego, Wolf Creek and Keizer are either on the ground or heading to Louisiana. They are assisting affected communities by managing shelters, providing emergency financial assistance, health and mental health services, transportation services, and coordinating with local government entities to help deliver assistance.

"We depend on the generosity of the public to make sure we can help people in need -- anytime and anywhere," said Amy Shlossman, CEO of the Red Cross Cascades Region. "It costs the Red Cross approximately $1,650 to send a volunteer to a relief operation for 11 days -- the average length of a disaster deployment."

THE SITUATION IN LOUISIANA:
The flooding in Louisiana is likely the worst natural disaster since 2012's Superstorm Sandy. Sunday night more than 10,600 people sought refuge in nearly 50 Red Cross and community shelters in Louisiana. Local officials have reported making more than 20,000 water rescues, and are estimating that 10,000 homes have been damaged. Many areas are still inaccessible. The flooding danger is not over as weather experts predict more rain is possible.

HOW TO HELP:
Preliminary estimates indicate that Red Cross response efforts could cost more than $10 million. Donations are urgently needed. To help people affected by the Louisiana Floods visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

OTHER RED CROSS RESOURCES:
SAFE AND WELL: Register on the Red Cross Safe and Well website so loved ones can see if you are safe and well. Those who can't access a computer can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and a Red Cross operator can help them register. They can also update their Facebook and Twitter status through the Safe and Well website or visit www.redcross.org/safeandwell on their smart phone and click on the "List Yourself as Safe and Well" or "Search for friends and family" link.

EMERGENCY APP: Download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts and information about what to do in case of flooding, wildfires and other disasters, as well as locations of shelters. The App also includes emergency first aid information and a Family Safe feature which allows people to instantly see if loved ones are okay. The free Emergency App is available in 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 emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/Cascades or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossCasc.


Attached Media Files: 2016-08/1190/96924/News_Release_-_Local_Red_Cross_Sends_14_Disaster_Responders_to_Louisiana.pdf
"Backpacks and Snacks" Event Provides School Supplies (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/15/16 5:31 PM
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On August 13, 2016, a total of 30 local children participated in a new program titled "Backpacks and Snacks with a Deputy." The goal is to provide children with much needed new school supplies. This program also fosters positive relationships between youth and emergency first responders.

With the generous donations from community partners, this event assisted nearly 30 children identified and nominated by local schools. Each child received a backpack filled with school supplies, enjoyed some lunch and spent time with Cornelius Sheriff's Deputies and the Cornelius Fire Department.

This event was made possible by donations from Cornelius Walmart, the Washington County Police Officers Association and the Western Washington County Firefighter's Association.
Cornelius Police Chief Roque said, "We are thankful to all of the supporters of this program. It gives you a good feeling to be part of making a child's future a little brighter."

Dr Perla Rodríguez Principal, Echo Shaw Elementary School said, "This event is important for various reasons. In addition to supplying students with greatly needed school supplies, it also creates an opportunity for students to connect with our local law enforcement officials in a family like environment, further strengthening our community as a whole."

The Sheriff's Office thanks everyone involved for their hard work and the generous contributions to help make this event a success.


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Red Cross Responds to Three Home Fires in Multnomah and Washington Counties Today
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/15/16 5:18 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to three home fire disasters in Multnomah and Washington Counties today, August 15, 2016.
Details on the three disasters are as follows:

At approximately 1:30 p.m. near 257th Dr. and Halsey St. in Troutdale, OR. The fire affected three people, including two adults and one child.

At approximately 2 p.m. in the 3600 block of SE 69th Avenue in Portland, OR. The fire affected five people, including four adults and one child.

At approximately 2 p.m. on the 1700 block of NW 143rd Ave. in Portland, OR. The fire affected two adults.

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

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
The First Day of School for Woodland Public Schools is Wednesday, August 31, 2016 (Photo)
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 08/15/16 4:00 PM
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Monday, August 15, 2016-Woodland, WA-The first day of school for Woodland Public Schools is Wednesday, August 31, so this week's feature comes packed with tips to make sure students, parents and the community can prepare for the 2016-2017 school year!

First Day of School
The first day of school is Wednesday, August 31, 2016 and all schools will run on normal schedule.

Visit our Improved Website
Over the summer, Woodland Public Schools made improvements to the district website to make information easier to find with new menus and cleaner navigation. Students, parents, and community members should be able to find everything they need to prepare for the new school year by visiting www.woodlandschools.org.

Be sure to visit the pages covering Bell Schedules, Calendars, Registration, School Supply Lists, and much, much more. If you can't find something, please let us know and we will update the site.

Staff is back in the office on Monday, August 15!
If you need to register your student for school, need access to your Skyward account, or need help from building staff, all building secretaries and the majority of school staff will return from summer break on Monday, August 15 and will be ready to help you!

More Information
As always, you can get more information about Woodland's schools from the following sources:

Website: www.woodlandschools.org
Facebook: www.fb.com/WoodlandPS
Twitter: www.twitter.com/WoodlandPS
Woodland Schools Weekly Email List: http://bit.ly/WPS-WSW
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Jesuit Named #1 Athletic Program in the Nation (Photo)
Jesuit High School - 08/15/16 3:45 PM
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Jesuit tops the list for best overall high school athletics program in the nation. That's according to high school sports news arbiter MaxPreps, which just last week awarded Jesuit with the 2015-16 MaxPreps Cup for a first place finish in its annual rankings.

Jesuit bested back-to-back winner Bentonville High School of Arkansas by collecting an incredible 9 state championship wins over the course of the 2015-16 school year. Jesuit women's swimming, men's swimming, women's soccer, women's volleyball, football, men's tennis, women's track, softball and baseball teams all took home OSAA 6A state titles. The MaxPreps Cup standings are determined by the number of state titles and second-place finishes, and then weighted for size of playoff division, size of state and type of sport.

"We aren't just a basketball or football school -- those programs are great -- but we pride ourselves on being well rounded, on having depth in all our sports, including volleyball, swimming, tennis and so on," says Jesuit Athletic Director Mike Hughes.

This marks the second year that Jesuit has won the MaxPreps Cup (2010) and third time that the school has been recognized on a national level as the top high school athletic program (Sports Illustrated named Jesuit first in the nation back in 2007).

In his latest blog post, Principal Paul Hogan acknowledged the school's student-athletes and coaching staff for their remarkable achievement:

"We are fortunate to have coaches who are knowledgeable, fully committed to our mission, and who know how to get young people to buy in to a team-first ethic in a me-first world. We [also] have talented student-athletes who know that hard work will trump talent every time, especially in high school."

The MaxPreps Cup comes on the tail of a string of impressive honors for Jesuit athletics and co-curricular activities. Jesuit's teams again took home the 6A All-Sports Award for total number of playoff points across all varsity sports in 2015-16, and the school also won its 12th Oregonian Cup for overall excellence in academics, athletics, activities and sportsmanship.

Congratulations to all our student-athletes, coaches, parents and alumni for their incredible hard work and support!


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Be Alert- Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Aug. 18 in Southwest Gresham
Gresham Police Dept - 08/15/16 3:19 PM
GRESHAM, Ore.-- Gresham police will conduct a pedestrian safety operation on Aug. 18 at the intersection of West Powell Blvd. and West Powell Loop. The department is hoping to raise pedestrian safety awareness for drivers and pedestrians through a two-pronged approach: education and enforcement of pedestrian right-of-way laws.

Focused patrols will happen at and near the intersection between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., with warning signs posted prior to entering the pedestrian safety operation zone. Pedestrian safety education is vital to keeping our roads safe.

Motorists must stop and yield to pedestrians who are waiting to cross, or who are already crossing the roadway. Motorists are also required to stop at all crosswalks when there is a vehicle already stopped in a lane next to the lane they are traveling in. Refer to Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 811.028, failure to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian, for specifics on the law regarding drivers. Refer to ORS Chapter 814 for laws pertaining to pedestrians.

Funding for this pedestrian safety operation is made possible through a grant from Oregon Impact and Oregon's Department of Transportation. An additional enforcement blitz that will focus on seatbelt safety, speeding, and distracted driving will happen throughout Gresham from Aug. 22 to Sept. 4.


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Crime Stoppers Offers Reward of up to $1,000 for Arrest of Fugitive Jasson Ray (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 08/15/16 3:03 PM
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The Oregon Department of Corrections, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to locate an escaped fugitive.

On Friday August 12, 2016, at 10:37 a.m., Portland Police Bureau Central Precinct officers responded to assist the Oregon Department of Corrections in the area of Pittock Mansion in Northwest Portland to find an inmate that walked away from a work crew.

The fugitive, 37-year-old Jasson Lewis Ray, is described as a white male, 5'8" tall, 260 pounds, shaved head, blue eyes, goatee, with lots of tattoos.

After his escape, Ray sought medical treatment at a Portland hospital but did not remain to see a doctor.

Ray may have returned to the Lane County area where he is from originally.

Ray is reported to be suicidal and may be armed with a gun.

Photos of Ray are being released to aid in his capture, including a Facebook photo, his Oregon driver's license photo and hospital surveillance.

Ray was serving time with the Oregon Department of Corrections on firearm and theft charges. Ray has prior convictions for assault and has criminal history in California and Arizona.

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

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

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

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Beaverton $100K Startup Challenge Returns (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 08/15/16 2:38 PM
DroneSeed is focused on precision forestry using drones. They were one of 1,000 applicants to be accepted into TechStars Seattle within their first year of being selected as a Beaverton $100K Challenge Winner. If your business has what it takes, apply now
DroneSeed is focused on precision forestry using drones. They were one of 1,000 applicants to be accepted into TechStars Seattle within their first year of being selected as a Beaverton $100K Challenge Winner. If your business has what it takes, apply now
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The second annual Beaverton $100K Startup Challenge is now accepting applications from startups interested in taking their business to the next level. The challenge was first launched in 2016 by the City of Beaverton and the Oregon Technology Business Center (OTBC). In 2017, five winning startups will be headquartered in OTBC and receive $20,000 or more along with incubation services and regular meetings with investors.


"Last year more than 60 entrepreneurs applied," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "The five winners have received significant investment interest from around the county, have hired more staff, and seen a rise in sales. This has been a big win for our city and OTBC."


For-profit, early-stage growth businesses with the ambition and potential to scale into national and international markets are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have a two to five member team with at least one team member working on the startup full-time. Applicants may be self-funded, grant-funded, and/or have investor funding of up to $250,000. Five startups will win:


$20,000 or more cash convertible-note investment
Regular meetings with active investors
Discounted legal and accounting services
HR and marketing assistance
OTBC's top-rated coaching and mentoring services
OTBC entrepreneur workshops, and more


To apply, visit www.otbc.org/BeavertonChallengeApplication. Applications are due Friday, Sept. 30. Finalists will be selected Dec. 5. For more information about the 2017 challenge, please visit www.otbc.org/BeavertonChallenge or contact Steve Morris at smorris@otbc.org.


The 2016 challenge winners include:


DroneSeed: Precision forestry using drones. Completed the TechStars Seattle program; closed $500k investment; added multiple positions; expecting first revenue this quarter
Senaptec: Improving athletic performance. Completed an athletic-industry incubator program; closed a $1.5 million investment; added a sales person; sales ramping up
goumikids: Beautiful baby essentials that work. On track to more than double last year's sales; expanding the team
Quickbeam: Pharmacotherapeutics for the treatment of methamphetamine addiction. Completed a round of animal testing; preparing for zebra fish testing at Oregon State University; well positioned for federal grant application later in the year
Cliqa: Remittance by paying bills instead of sending money. Upgraded software platforms; obtained celebrity endorsements; ramping up web metrics and revenue


ABOUT OTBC
The Oregon Technology Business Center (OTBC) is a decade-old nonprofit tech startup incubator that provides coaching, networking events, entrepreneurship programs and shared office space to help startup ventures succeed.


In 10 years, 80 new companies have been created and 125-plus high-wage jobs, with client startups generating $30 million-plus in annual revenue. According to a 2013 Oregon Founders Study, OTBC is the highest-rated incubator in Oregon for effectiveness in its mentoring programs--providing a unique combination of CEO mentoring, referrals to a large network of founders and domain experts and practical how-to entrepreneur workshops and videos. The hands-on attention and nurturing business environment helps startups become successful businesses.
The City of Beaverton is a founding sponsor and the OTBC facility is conveniently located across the street from the Beaverton Central MAX station, with free parking and easy access to Highway 217.


For more information, visit www.otbc.org.


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


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Attached Media Files: DroneSeed is focused on precision forestry using drones. They were one of 1,000 applicants to be accepted into TechStars Seattle within their first year of being selected as a Beaverton $100K Challenge Winner. If your business has what it takes, apply now
Linn County Sheriff's Office Participates in Boating Under the Influence of Intoxicants Saturation Patrol
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 08/15/16 2:26 PM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports from August 12, through August 14, 2016, his office participated in a Boating Under the Influence of Intoxicants (BUII) saturation patrol with the Oregon State Marine Board (O.S.M.B.) targeting intoxicated boaters at Foster Lake.

In partnership and funding received from the O.S.M.B., Marine Deputies from Josephine County and Klamath County assisted the Linn County Sheriff's Office Marine program for the three day event. As a result five people were arrested for BUII of a motorized boat and one person was arrested for BUII of a non-motorized boat.

Sheriff Riley would like to thank those agencies who assisted with the patrols on Foster Lake.

Sheriff Riley would also like to remind citizens, that Oregon Law prohibits anyone from boating while intoxicated. Boating while intoxicated causes impaired balance, blurred vision, poor coordination, impaired judgment, and slower reaction times. Mixing alcohol while operating a boat is a major contributor to boating accidents and fatalities. Please boat responsibly.
OHA Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet August 19 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 08/15/16 1:40 PM
August 15, 2016

Jennifer Uhlman, 503-739-5267 (meeting information or accommodations)

What: The regular public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Metrics and Scoring Committee

When: Friday, August 19, 9 a.m. to noon. Public testimony will be heard at 10:15 a.m.

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 210, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville

The public also can join through a listen-only conference line at 1-888-204-5984, participant code 1277166.

Agenda: Welcome and consent agenda; updates; public testimony; finalize 2017 benchmarks; Review 2018 measure selection work plan; revisit equity measure concepts; select 2017 challenge pool; wrap up and adjourn.

For more information, please visit the committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/analytics/Pages/Metrics-Scoring-Committee.aspx.

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

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240 Kids to Shop with a Cop and Receive New Back-to-School Clothes
Portland Police Bureau - 08/15/16 1:39 PM
When: Wednesday, August 17, 2016; 7 a.m.

The Sunshine Division's Izzy's Kids Program will partner with Fred Meyer and Camp Rosembaum to fund the annual "Shop with a Cop" event at the Gateway Fred Meyer store, located at 1111 Northeast 102nd Avenue.

This year marks the 14-year anniversary of Shop with a Cop, where Portland police officers and 240 kids spend a morning together shopping for back to school clothing. Participating kids are identified by the Boys and Girls Club of Portland and Home Forward, and are selected based on their financial need and outstanding volunteer efforts in the community.

The Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division, Fred Meyer, and Camp Rosenbaum, have partnered to fund the program and have generously donated $36,000 for Wednesday's event. In addition to the cash donation, Fred Meyer provides a significant discount off clothing purchased at the event and a backpack with school supplies for each child.

"No one was ever so happy to see a hundred cops before" said Sunshine Division's officer and bureau liaison, Matt Tobey. "It's a great opportunity for the Portland Police Bureau and Sunshine Division to show the community the positive aspects of community policing. This organization and these officers care about giving these kids a positive experience and the tools they need to feel good and perform well in school."

The Sunshine Division funds the "Shop with a Cop" event through its Izzy's Kids program. Izzy's Kids, which began in 1981 in honor of longtime board member Isabel Hoyt, provides funds so that Portland police officers can take children in need shopping for new school clothes. The Izzy's Kids program operates year-round and will pair an additional 300+ kids with an officer, for a unique, one-on-one shopping experience throughout the remainder of the school year.

Members of the media are invited to attend. For more information, contact: Sunshine Division Executive Director, Kyle Camberg: Direct: 503.577.6852 or kyle@sunshinedivision.org

To donate to the Sunshine Division Izzy's Kids Fund, please go to: http://www.sunshinedivision.org/donate/ .

About the Sunshine Division:
Since 1923 Sunshine Division has been providing emergency food and clothing relief to Portland families and individuals in need. An independent charity in unique partnership with the Portland Police Bureau, Sunshine Division operates year round, and serves Portland's most vulnerable populations: families with children, seniors, the disabled, and veterans as they face economic challenges to meet basic needs. In addition to the over 13,000 households served directly through their doors each year, Sunshine Division donates food to over 17 food-relief charities in five surrounding counties. The Sunshine Division distributes new and gently-used clothing through their Threadz clothing store and new clothing through the Izzy's Kids program, which pairs police officers with low-income students for a school clothes shopping trip.

For more information, please visit: www.sunshinedivision.org

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Deputies Arrest Man After Late Night Elude East Marion County (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/15/16 12:54 PM
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This morning, deputies arrested Matthew Reiner, age 29 of Bend Oregon after he allegedly eluded deputies overnight in East Marion County.

Last night around 11:30 p.m., a deputy with the Marion County Sheriff's Office attempted to stop an Audi A3 for driving 80 in a 55 mile per hour zone on Highway 22 near Lyons. When the deputy activated his lights the vehicle drove away on a gravel road at a high rate of speed. Due to the large amount of dust the deputy slowed but soon found the vehicle abandoned in a driveway in the 11000 block of Riverhaven Lane SE near Stayton. A canine attempted to locate the driver but was unsuccessful, deputies later towed the vehicle as evidence.

At 6:30 a.m. this morning a resident where the car had been abandoned called the Sheriff's Office to report a male was on his property searching for the Audi. Deputies caught up with Mr. Reiner as he was walking away from the residence. Deputies described Mr. Reiner as dirty, wet, scrapped up and in possession of a key to an Audi. As deputies investigated they determined Mr. Reiner was the registered owner of the Audi and a Deputy District Attorney for the Crook County District Attorney's Office. It is unclear why Mr. Reiner chose not to stop for the deputy.

Mr. Reiner was taken to the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Attempt to Elude the Police in a vehicle and on foot, he was booked into the Marion County Jail and later released. Mr. Reiner is scheduled to appear at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex on September 12th at 9:30 a.m.


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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Two Adults and One Pet in Wasco County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/15/16 12:42 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on August 15, 2016, at approximately 9:30 a.m. in the 2000 block of W 8th Street in The Dalles, OR. The fire affected a single family, including 2 adults and 1 pet. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
MEDIA ALERT: Children at Seven Clark County Child Care Centers Join International Event to Spread Happiness on August 16th
ESD 112 - 08/15/16 12:33 PM
PHOTO OP:
10:00 am - 11:00 am children will be chalking at Illahee Elementary in Camas
11:00 am -- noon children will be chalking at Glenwood Primary School in Vancouver


WHAT:
Children at seven of the Southwest Washington Child Care Consortium (SWCCC) centers in Clark County are participating in Chalk the Walks, an international event with Vancouver roots, in effort to make the world a happier place, if only for one day. Youngsters will be doing their part to spread smiles by chalking positive messages on seven of the centers' sidewalks.

SWCCC is an official community partner of Chalk the Walks. The 6th annual event, a project of The Joy Team, is all about spreading joy, inspiration and optimism through the magical power of sidewalk chalk. Thousands of strangers across the globe unite for one day to collectively spread inspiration and happiness in a simple yet powerful way: chalking positive messages on sidewalks everywhere.


WHEN:
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
10:00 am to noon


WHERE:
Seven of the SWCCC centers will have their little ones chalking the centers' walks: South Ridge Child Care Center in Ridgefield, Maple Grove Child Care Center in Battle Ground, Illahee Child Care Center in Camas; and Glenwood, Endeavour, Harmony and Image Child Care Centers in Vancouver.

Media is invited to come chalk with the kids at:
Illahee Elementary, 19401 SE 1st St, Camas, WA 98607 -- 10 am to 11 am
Glenwood Primary School, 9716 NE 134th St, Vancouver, WA 98662 -- 11 am to noon


WHY:
It makes people smile and infuses the world with positivity. We could use more of that. By involving children in positive community projects at an early age, we're growing a generation of involved citizens who will make the world a better place for years to come.


ABOUT SWCCC & ESD 112:
Southwest Washington Child Care Consortium (SWCCC) operates 29 centers in Clark County serving 2,000 children and 2,800 parents utilizing more than 200 employees. SWCCC is a program of Educational Service District 112.

ESD 112 enables school districts to concentrate more time, money and energy on student learning.  Headquartered in Vancouver, ESD 112 provides local and regional cooperative programs and services to school districts and communities in the six counties of Southwest Washington. ESD 112 was established by the Legislature in 1969 as one of nine regional educational service centers to work in partnership with local communities and school districts to provide support services for student instruction, professional development for staff, and technical assistance in the administration of schools. The agency offers more than 250 cooperatives and services ranging from interactive telecommunications to the child care network.  There are 30 public schools, 23 private schools and two state schools serving 100,000 students and 15,000 school employees who benefit from ESD services.
Gas leak -Gas line struck during construction project
Sheridan Fire Dist. - 08/15/16 12:27 PM
Sheridan, OR [August 15th 2016]: At approximately 09:16 AM today R & G excavating, a private contractor working on a project for the City of Sheridan, struck a 2" gas line near the 900 block of SE Sheridan road. Units from Sheridan Fire District, City Public Works and Northwest Natural Gas responded to the scene. It was determined, based on the size of the leak and the weather conditions to evacuate a residence and a doctor's office . Traffic was also restricted to those in the immediate area's evacuation to reduce the risk of a fire.
Initial reports from Northwest Natural Gas indicated the gas was venting straight into the atmosphere limiting the risk to a small area around the leak. Thanks to the rapid response and quick work of the gas company crews the issue was resolved within an hour of their notification.
Sheridan Fire District turned the scene over to the gas company once they had clamped off the leak. The gas company continued to work on scene repairing the line and checking the nearby structures for signs of gas, once the structures were cleared the occupants would be allowed to return.
Clackamas Fire District #1 has a busy night with two fires and a water rescue (Photo)
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 08/15/16 11:42 AM
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At 9:46 p.m. August 14th Clackamas Fire was dispatched to the first of two residential fires.
Located at 1312 Madison St. in Oregon city the single family residence was found to have a substantial fire present that started on the front porch due to a BBQ. The age and construction type of the home allowed the fire make its way into void spaces and eventually the attic. Within 15 minutes firefighters had extinguished the bulk of the fire and 2 hours later the fire was fully extinguished. Homeowners stated they had used there BBQ roughly 4 hours earlier and had shut it off. It is unknown why or how the BBQ rekindled and started the fire. All of the residents were able to get out of the home safely.

At 9:48 two minutes after the Oregon City fire was dispatched, a Water rescue call was dispatched near Carver. A group of 7 had been enjoying the river when night set in on their float. Unsure of their exact location they stopped and called for help. The Clackamas Fire Water Rescue Team with the assistance of TVF&R, were able to locate the families and float them down river to safety. It was noted that the parties involved were not prepared for being on the water after sun down and of the 7 people involved, only 1 child had a life jacket. As a reminder, everyone should have a life jacket when on the water especially minors.

At 11:03 Clackamas fire crews from Boring and Happy Valley responded to a reported shop fire in the Damascus area at 25066 SE Sunshine Valley Rd. The 40 x 20 shop was used for welding and had several acetylene tanks that caught fire. It is unsure what started the blaze. Fire crews with the aid of Sandy Fire and Estacada used rural water supply tactics due to the areas lack of residential hydrants. Fire crews were on scene for over 2.5 hours. No one was injured.

As always Clackamas Fire District #1 strongly encourages everyone to check their smoke detectors and ensure all heat sources are off or completely extinguished before walking away.


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Streamside (Riparian) Rulemaking Advisory Committee meets August 19
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/15/16 11:24 AM
The Riparian Rulemaking Advisory Committee will meet by conference call on Aug. 19 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry's Salem Headquarters, 2600 State St. The committee plans to acknowledge their consensus for the final draft of the Riparian Rules to be submitted to the Board of Forestry on Sept. 7. They will also acknowledge the final version of the meeting facilitator's summary report.

The committee provides input to the agency for drafting rules the Board of Forestry will consider as it implements its decision to increase streamside shade buffers along some fish-bearing streams in western Oregon.

This is a public meeting, however there will not be an opportunity to provide comments. Members of the public can attend and listen to the conference call at the Department of Forestry, 2600 State St., Santiam Room.
Struggling Homeowners may Receive up to $35,000 in Foreclosure Assistance from State Program
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 08/15/16 11:00 AM
SALEM, OR -- The state of Oregon announces a foreclosure prevention program that will launch statewide on Wednesday, August 17th at noon. The program is called "Home Rescue" and will provide assistance to homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage. Home Rescue will provide struggling homeowners with monthly mortgage payments for up to one year (12 payments with a total maximum benefit of $20,000) and can also provide a reinstatement benefit to bring a mortgage current (up to $15,000).

Homeowners interested in the program can apply online by visiting www.OregonHomeownerHelp.org. The website has an eligibility questionnaire and instructional video to help homeowners learn more about the program and guide them through the application process.

To qualify, applicants must be able to demonstrate at least a 10% reduction in projected 2016 income compared to any tax year between 2009 and 2015. Additional information about eligibility requirements and the application process can be found at www.OregonHomeownerHelp.org. Every two weeks at noon the program opens a limited number of new opportunities to apply and will continue this cycle until all program funds have been exhausted.

The Home Rescue program aims to provide assistance to approximately 3,500 homeowners across Oregon. Funding for Home Rescue is provided by the United States Treasury's Hardest Hit Fund, which allocated $220 million to Oregon in 2010 and an additional $94.5 million in 2016 for the administration of foreclosure prevention programs.

Oregon Housing and Community Services administers Hardest Hit Fund programs through the Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative (OHSI). To date, OHSI has provided more than $200 million in assistance to more than 12,000 homeowners. Performance reports for OHSI are available online at www.OregonHomeownerHelp.org.

OHSI customer service can be reached via email at Homeowner.Help@oregon.gov or by phone at 503-986-2025. OHSI partners with local housing nonprofits throughout the state to provide program delivery.

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UPDATE: Man Intentionally Run Over In Gresham Dies From Injuries
Gresham Police Dept - 08/15/16 10:57 AM
Gresham, Ore.-Larnell Malik Bruce, the 19-year-old Washington man who was run over on Wednesday night after fleeing an altercation outside 7-Eleven at 18735 E. Burnside, died as a result of his injuries on Saturday. The family is maintaining their request for privacy.

The suspected driver and passenger of the 1991 Jeep Wrangler that ran over Bruce are Russell Courtier, 38, and Colleen Hunt, 35. They remain in a Multnomah County detention facility on numerous charges with bail set at more than $500,000. The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office has been notified of the development and will be considering additional charges.

No further information is available at this time.

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Native American biface cache found in Willamette Valley (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 08/15/16 10:34 AM
Assistant State Archaeologist John Pouley shows the Native American bifaces found in the cache. The bifaces are made of obsidian sourced from Obsidian Cliffs in the Central Oregon Cascade Mountains. Pouley led the excavation that uncovered the fifteenth b
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Obsidian pieces found by a Willamette Valley landowner have been identified as a collection of Native American artifacts currently estimated to be 1,000-4,000 years old. The landowner has asked that his name not be shared.

The cache of 15 bifaces is important for several reasons, said Assistant State Archaeologist John Pouley with the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).

"For starters, we wouldn't know the site existed if the landowner hadn't reached out to our office to report the find," Pouley said. "Aside from the importance of his stewardship, the biface cache is additionally a rare type of archaeological site.

"Of approximately 35,000 recorded archaeological sites in Oregon, few, likely less than 25, consist of biface caches, he added. "Of the known biface cache sites, it is believed to be the first recorded in the Willamette Valley."

The cache is primarily comprised of what appear to be blank trade bifaces: hand-sized, unfinished stone tools, largely unmodified from when first created by early Native Americans flintknapping at the distant quarry. The Willamette Valley obsidian bifaces have been sourced to Obsidian Cliffs in the Central Oregon Cascades and were roughly shaped at the Cliffs, likely for easier transport. Once traded, they would be worked into a finished tool, or provide an expedient source for making sharp flakes. Most of the previously documented cache sites in Oregon contain finished tools such as knives, spears, or arrowheads, according to Pouley.

"The archaeological site provides information on not only what prehistoric biface blanks brought into the Willamette Valley looked like, but also on the knappable properties of the stone, which may assist with developing hypotheses on their intended use," he said. "Unmodified trade items of any kind typically do not survive in the archaeological record."

Information gathered from the cache will add to the knowledge of prehistoric trade networks. To obtain a better understanding of the context of the cache, Pouley led an archaeological excavation at the site in June 2016.

"We were pleased to find one biface in possibly its original position, referred to as 'in situ," he said. "Many times things are moved beneath the ground, whether by later human impacts, burrowing animals or repetitive freeze/thaw cycles. A biface in situ assists with establishing context, which allows for comparison with other items recovered during the process of a controlled excavation. The information can help us address a number of research questions, such as possibly refining the estimated age of the site."

Because of the importance of the site, Pouley received support from the archaeological community including local universities, private archaeology firms, and Native American tribes. The site is in the traditional territory of the Santiam Band of the Kalapuya. The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation were consulted. The contributions include completed analyses; donated time and expertise to identify the source of the obsidian, 3-D scanning, replication studies to better understand how the bifaces were made, ethnographic references that includes a tribal place name in the immediate vicinity, a magnetometer survey to provide data to assist with the excavation, illustrations and donated gear for the excavation.

"This site makes you wonder how many archaeological sites with the potential to shed light on the history of human occupation within Oregon have been found before, and never reported, Pouley said. "We encourage anyone that finds artifacts on their property to contact us."

Archaeological sites found on private land are owned by the landowner and the land remains in the owner's possession. At the conclusion of any state permitted archaeological excavation, all recovered artifacts remain the property of the landowner unless they consist of Native American human remains, burials and associated funerary objects, and objects of cultural patrimony. Often, landowners choose to donate recovered artifacts to a museum or tribe. No one is allowed on private land without owner consent, regardless of the presence of an archaeological site.

After the excavation and analyses are completed, Pouley will produce a professional archaeological report on his findings with the intent to have it later converted into a peer-reviewed publication. Pouley and many of the archaeologists that contributed to the study plan to present their findings at a symposium during the 2017 Northwest Anthropological Conference in Spokane, Wash.

He and others involved in the excavation also will share their findings with Abiqua Academy, a pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade independent school. Middle school students watched a portion of the excavation at the request of the landowner, who is associated with the school. The curriculum challenges students to think critically and creatively and teaches students the concepts of honor, empathy, accountability, respect and teamwork (HEART).

The cache gave them a tangible piece of history, said a teacher who accompanied the students to the site. Adding, "When we study the history of ancient native peoples of this area, we can now speak more fully to a complexity of culture--trade routes, the manufacturing of goods, migratory patterns--and then point to artifacts like those found here and show our students the evidence."

The State Historic Preservation Office is part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Visit www.oregonheritage.org for more information about programs and services.


Attached Media Files: Assistant State Archaeologist John Pouley shows the Native American bifaces found in the cache. The bifaces are made of obsidian sourced from Obsidian Cliffs in the Central Oregon Cascade Mountains. Pouley led the excavation that uncovered the fifteenth b , Megan Wonderly, a volunteer archaeologist at the excavation, records the vertical and horizontal position of the biface. , Volunteer archaeologist Megan Wonderly found an in situ biface biface during the excavation. The biface could help researchers better understand early trade routes. , Matt Diederich (right) shows a visiting middle school student how to sift soil and look for small artifacts. Diederich is an archaeologist with the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office.
Paving on OR99E north of Hubbard to start
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 08/15/16 9:43 AM
Maintenance crews working for the Oregon Department of Transportation will be paving OR 99E (mileposts 27-29)between Hubbard and the OR 551 cutoff road. The paving is scheduled for the next two weeks, Tuesday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

During the paving operation, one lane will be open with two-way traffic controlled by flaggers. Travelers should expect delays.
Vancouver Police seek assistance to locate missing person (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 08/15/16 9:01 AM
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Vancouver, Wash. --On August 14, 2016 Vancouver Police were contacted regarding a missing person, Richard Grady, who was last seen on August 6, 2016. Richard is recently homeless and depends on medication for a medical condition. He has no phone or vehicle and may be in the early stages of Dementia. Richard has gone missing before but has always returned home and has never been gone this long. Richard is known to stay on the west side Vancouver.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Richard Grady is asked to call 911.




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


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28 Men Arrested in Undercover Sex Trafficking Mission in Early August
Portland Police Bureau - 08/15/16 9:00 AM
During the week of August 7 to August 12, 2016, the Portland Police Bureau's Sex Trafficking Unit conducted undercover missions to address online sex trafficking.
 
Investigators posted online ads on known sex trafficking websites. 28 men contacted undercover police officers to arrange payment for sexual acts. Investigators were assisted by Portland area hotels as part of this effort.
 
For investigative reasons, the Sex Trafficking Unit is not sharing the specific website, application, or ad text publicly.
 
The 28 men who responded to the ad and came to the hotels were arrested with the misdemeanor crime of Patronizing a Prostitute (Oregon Revised Statute 167.008). Due to the volume of men arrested, all were given criminal citations to appear in court at a later time.
 
The following is a list of the men arrested:
 
42-year-old Travis William Saban of Vancouver, Washington
42-year-old Raul Santiago-Leon of Woodburn, Oregon
53-year-old Bernie R. Nickels of Vancouver, Washington
47-year-old Issac Bravo Zapata of Portland, Oregon
48-year-old David Vences-Salgado of Salem, Oregon
50-year-old Christopher Huston of Vancouver, Washington
40-year-old Paul James Taylor of Cottage Grove, Oregon
52-year-old Paul Ilg of Mt. Angel Oregon
38-year-old Oscar Santiago Dabila of San Bernadino, California
28-year-old Stephen Jesus Espinoza of Hillsboro, Oregon
23-year-old Ian Blair Bristow of Bend, Oregon
36-year-old Corey A. Bayha of Wood Village, Oregon
37-year-old William Robert Bright of Tigard, Oregon
24-year-old Rodolfo Reyes Galindo of Portland, Oregon
23-year-old Kellen Hashimoto of Portland, Oregon
50-year-old Scott Alan Nicholas of Canton, Michigan
43-year-old Jason Samuel Blazer of Eugene, Oregon
62-year-old Anthony Neal Aldridge of Washougal, Washington
50-year-old Juvenal Felipe Zafra-Miranda of Portland, Oregon
25-year-old Luis Alberto Flores of Portland, Oregon
28-year-old Chad Alexander Livran of Vancouver, Washington
65-year-old Fredrick King of Portland, Oregon
50-year-old Arnon Dror of Westport, Connecticut
27-year-old Adrian Dean Hunt of Vancouver, Washington
30-year-old Nathan Vaughn Lasko of Clackamas, Oregon
29-year-old Paul G. Randhawa of Calgary, Alberta Canda
28-year-old Christian Negron-Melendez of Bridgeport, Connecticut
51-year-old Ivan A Flores of Stamford, Connecticut

If you know or think that someone may be involved in trafficking or is being exploited, please contact the Portland Police Bureau's Sex Trafficking Unit at 503-255-0118, the Sexual Assault Resource Center hotline 1-800-640-5311; or, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678 or via the Cyber Tipline: http://www.missingkids.org/CyberTiipline
 
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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #16-17 - Fugitive Anthony Stone (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 08/15/16 8:00 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to locate a fugitive wanted for kidnapping, shooting and sexually assaulting a woman in July 2016.

On July 1, 2016, 42-year-old Anthony David Stone kidnapped, shot and sexually assaulted a woman in Southeast Portland. Stone was able to evade capture and investigators believe he may have fled to the East Coast, where he has a significant and violent criminal history.

Stone is described as an African American male, 5'9" tall and 230 pounds.

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

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

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Two People in Oregon City
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/15/16 7:48 AM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster last night, August 14, at approximately 11:15 p.m., in the 1300 block of Madison St in Oregon City, OR. The fire affected two adults and pets. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Fire Damages Miller's Homestead Restaurant in Tualatin (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 08/15/16 3:46 AM
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At 11:50PM on Sunday, August 14th, a passerby observed billowing smoke coming from the roof of Miller's Homestead Restaurant on McEwan Road, and called 911. Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue and a Lake Oswego Fire crew arrived on scene within minutes to find a single story restaurant with smoke showing from the roof vents and eaves, and no visible flames.

Firefighters quickly got to work gaining access to the building and aggressively fighting fire from the inside, when conditions rapidly changed. About 15 minutes after interior firefighting started, "we had to withdraw crews from the structure due to an extreme electrical hazard," stated Battalion Chief Dan Griffin. Firefighters sprayed water from the outside, including the use of an aerial truck to flow water from above the structure.

After PGE arrived and cut power, crews were able to resume fighting fire from the inside. Just before 1AM, the fire was declared under control, and investigators on scene were able to start their procedures. TVF&R was assisted on scene by Lake Oswego Truck 211, PGE, and several officers from the Tualatin Police Department. The incident remains under investigation.

The owners of Miller's Homestead Restaurant spoke with TVF&R, and stated that their "goal is to re-open as soon as possible to serve our customers." For more information on how to keep your business safe, go to tvfr.com.


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MEDIA ALERT: Chalk the Walks event colors the world happy on August 16th (Photo)
The Joy Team - 08/15/16 3:00 AM
Chalk the Walks 2015 in Long Beach, CA
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11:00 am - 1:00 pm at 808 Main St in Vancouver, Wash. - The Joy Team, Luxe Realty and others will be chalking Main Street with positive messages


--WHAT--
Thousands of strangers across the globe unite for one day to collectively spread inspiration and happiness in a simple yet powerful way: chalking positive messages on sidewalks everywhere.


--WHEN--
Tuesday, August 16, 2016


--WHERE--
Worldwide! The annual international event began in the heart of Vancouver, Washington, in 2011; and has since spread to all 50 US states and several countries (Australia, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, England, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Norway).

The Joy Team will be at 808 Main St in Vancouver from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

This year, four U.S. city governments are officially hosting events and encouraging citizens to chalk positive messages: the cities of Riverside, CA; Redding, CA; Milford, CT and Windsor Locks, CT. Riverside is giving out nearly 1,000 pieces of chalk at "chalk stops" (every public library and community center in the city: 14 places total) to encourage chalking.

Seven of the SWCCC (Southwest Washington Child Care Consortium) centers will have their little ones chalking the centers' walks.

Find 17 official community events here: http://chalkthewalks.com/our-partners/.


--WHY--
It makes people smile and infuses the world with positivity. We could use more of that.


--HOW--
No matter where you are, you can make the world a happier place in just a few minutes on Tuesday, August 16th. Simply chalk uplifting messages on your walks and share them on the Chalk the Walks 2016 Facebook event page (https://business.facebook.com/events/192197421134373/) or other social with #ChalkTheWalks.


2015 Chalk the Walks photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/syvpr2z0uw0walk/AABzQzWzknHrF1q5LmRBVYAda?dl=0


About The Joy Team
Founded in February 2010, The Joy Team is a 501c3 corporation based in Vancouver, Washington, with the mission of building community by spreading joy, optimism and inspiration. Projects of the positive thought organization include putting up 1305 positive messages (and counting) on billboards, delivering over 2,450 Happy Packets to the staff of organizations serving the community through The Junior Joy Team, giving over 4,400 jars of joy-wrapped peanut butter to hungry kids through the PB & JOY Project and the annual international Chalk the Walks event. Learn more at thejoyteam.org, like them on Facebook.com/TheJoyTeam or follow them on Twitter @TheJoyTeam or Instagram @the.joy.team.


Attached Media Files: Chalk the Walks 2015 in Long Beach, CA , Chalk the Walks 2015 in Vancouver, WA , Chalk the Walks 2015 photo in Hudson Valley, NY
Red Cross Responds to Newport, OR Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/15/16 2:36 AM
At 12:19 am disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a single family fire that occurred near Nye Beach in Newport. The fire affected two adults.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs including temporary housing and information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.

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

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
MEDIA ALERT: Chalk the Walks unites the world on August 16th for a common goal: Happiness (Photo)
The Joy Team - 08/15/16 12:03 AM
Chalk the Walks 2015 in Maryland
Chalk the Walks 2015 in Maryland
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--WHAT--
Thousands of strangers across the globe unite for one day to collectively spread inspiration and happiness in a simple yet powerful way: chalking positive messages on sidewalks everywhere.


--WHEN--
Tuesday, August 16, 2016


--WHERE--
Worldwide! The annual international event began in Vancouver, Washington, in 2011; and has since spread to all 50 US states and several countries (Australia, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, England, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Norway).

This year, four U.S. city governments are officially hosting events and encouraging citizens to chalk positive messages: the cities of Riverside, CA; Redding, CA; Milford, CT and Windsor Locks, CT. Riverside is giving out nearly 1,000 pieces of chalk at "chalk stops" (every public library and community center in the city: 14 places total) to encourage chalking.

Find 17 official community events here: http://chalkthewalks.com/our-partners/.


--WHY--
It makes people smile and infuses the world with positivity. We could use more of that.


--HOW--
No matter where you are, you can make the world a happier place in just a few minutes on Tuesday, August 16th. Simply chalk uplifting messages on your walks and share them on the Chalk the Walks 2016 Facebook event page (https://business.facebook.com/events/192197421134373/) or other social with #ChalkTheWalks.


2015 Chalk the Walks photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/syvpr2z0uw0walk/AABzQzWzknHrF1q5LmRBVYAda?dl=0

About The Joy Team
Founded in February 2010, The Joy Team is a 501c3 corporation based in Vancouver, Washington, with the mission of building community by spreading joy, optimism and inspiration. Projects of the positive thought organization include putting up 1305 positive messages (and counting) on billboards, delivering over 2,450 Happy Packets to the staff of organizations serving the community through The Junior Joy Team, giving over 4,400 jars of joy-wrapped peanut butter to hungry kids through the PB & JOY Project and the annual international Chalk the Walks event. Learn more at thejoyteam.org, like them on Facebook.com/TheJoyTeam or follow them on Twitter @TheJoyTeam or Instagram @the.joy.team.


Attached Media Files: Chalk the Walks 2015 in Maryland , Chalk the Walks 2015 in Colorado , Chalk the Walks 2015 in New Zealand
Sun. 08/14/16
Deputies Arrest Two Women for Burglary
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 08/14/16 9:31 PM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports today at 10:14 a.m., Linn County 9-1-1 Dispatch Center received a call of a burglary in Halsey. The caller said a female came to their front door asking to use the telephone, claiming her car had broken down. While at the front door, a second female entered the residence through the back door and stole the home owner's purse from the kitchen.

Deputies responded to the area and located two females and a male walking near the residence. Deputies recovered an empty wallet from one of the females that belonged to the victim. This eventually led to the arrest of Timeka Marie Betts, 23, of Lebanon and Kylee Irene Glover, 25, of Harrisburg.

During the investigation it was discovered that the females had arrived in the area in a silver 1993 cargo van, which was parked nearby in Halsey. Deputies learned through the Reedsport Police Department, that the van was reported stolen. Still missing from the burglary is $200.00 in cash, identification and several credit cards.

Betts and Glover were lodged at the Linn County Jail on charges of Burglary I, Theft II and Criminal Trespass I. Betts was also charged with Unlawful Use of a Vehicle and had multiple outstanding warrants. Glover also had multiple outstanding warrants.

The male that was found walking with Betts and Glover was released at the scene after being interviewed.

The investigation is continuing.
Deputies Arrest Salem Woman For Animal Neglect After 3 Week Investigation (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/14/16 8:16 PM
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On July 29th, Deputies were alerted by neighbors of a horse that appeared neglected in the 7400 block of Conifer Street NE near Salem. When deputies arrived on scene they were instantly concerned for the horses wellbeing as its ribs and hips were clearly showing.

During their investigation deputies learned the horse was aged 20 and named Doug. The owner Randi Solorzano, age 46 knew of the horse's condition and she told deputies that Doug was under the care of a veterinarian for a dental condition that was preventing him from eating.

The deputies contacted the veterinarian who confirmed the horse was under their care, placed on medication and a specific diet to gain weight. Deputies worked closely with the veterinarian and drove by the pasture regularly to watch the horse's condition.


After missing veterinarian appointments and the horses condition worsening, on August 13th deputies executed a search warrant seized Doug and arrested Ms. Solorzano for Animal Neglect II. Doug has been taken to a rescue where he is receiving the necessary care to recover. Ms. Solorzano was taken to the Marion County Jail and later released, she is set to appear in court September 12th at 9:30 a.m. at the Circuit Court Annex.


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Firefighters Contain Potentially Devastating North Plains Field Fire to Ten Acres (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 08/14/16 7:49 PM
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At 1:54 this afternoon, several citizens and an airplane flying over the Pumpkin Ridge area reported a rapidly growing brush fire in the vicinity of Corey Road near North Plains. Crews from Station 17 responded, and quickly started to attack the fire and provide tactical information for incoming units. Crews were faced with the potential for exponential fire growth in recently cultivated wheat fields surrounded by heavy brush and timber. Battalion Chief Jeff Cooper stated "with moderate winds and extreme dry conditions, this incident had potential to be much larger than it was. Crews first on scene did an excellent job keeping it in check".

Fire crews were faced with difficult remote access, having to shuttle water using water tenders from distant locations, and hot, dry winds. Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, along with units from Oregon Department of Forestry, Banks Fire District, and Cornelius Fire Department, fought the fire using specialized light and heavy brush rigs and hand tools. The fire was declared under control at 3:16 PM, having consumed just under 10 acres. There were no injuries, and no structures were damaged.

TVF&R and ODF Investigators worked side-by side and have determined that the fire was accidental, caused by a vehicle driving illegally off-road on leased farmland. A citation has been issued to the driver of the vehicle. Most of the burned land was a recently-harvested wheat field, with approximately one acre of timber impacted as well. Fire crews will remain on scene into the night monitoring the area for hot spots.

With hot, dry, and windy conditions predicted for the rest of the week, this is a timely reminder that a burn ban is in effect, and that all citizens should remain alert and vigilant. Please call 911 if you see any unusual smoke or signs of fire.

For more information on protecting your home or property from wildfire, visit www.tvfr.com.


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11 Year Old Boy Drowns in Canby (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/14/16 6:44 PM
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Just after 5:00pm on August 14th, Deputies with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office received several calls in regards to a drowning at the Canby Community Park, located at 1348 S Berg Pkwy. in Canby. Callers were reporting that an 11 year old boy had been found underwater and was now unresponsive.

Deputies with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office as well as officers with the Canby Police Department quickly arrived on scene and located the boy. All efforts to revive the boy were made, but unfortunately he was declared dead on-scene by medical personnel.

At this point in time, it appears that the boy was playing in the water with his family nearby, when he disappeared. A few minutes later a family member located the boy submerged in the river. The boy reportedly did not know how to swim and he was not wearing a lifejacket at the time of the incident.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office would like to urge the public to please use the most extreme caution around waterways and to use personal floatation devices while in the water; lifejackets save lives.

The identity of the boy will not be released at this time out of respect to the family.


Attached Media Files: News Release
Deputy and K9 Find Missing Autistic Boy Near Mt. Angel (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/14/16 4:09 PM
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Today at 2:00 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called after parents found their 14 year old Autistic son missing in the 11000 block of Beyer Lane NE near Mt. Angel. Austin Davis, age 14 went hunting for bugs around 1:00 p.m and had not returned, when his parents became concerned. After searching for Austin they found his clothing near the Pudding River, prompting the call to the Sheriff's Office.

Deputy Jason Bernards and his K9 partner Rolo along with water rescue teams from the Sheriff's Office and the Salem Fire Department were dispatched to the scene. At about 3:00 p.m., Deputy Bernards and Rolo found Austin alive and well on the opposite side of the Pudding River, Austin swam back across the river to Deputy Bernards and he was returned to his parents.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank all of our public safety partners who responded to help search for Austin.


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Life Jacket Kiosk Established at Local lake
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 08/14/16 3:40 PM
Most drownings occur way out at sea, right? Wrong! Nine out of ten drownings occur in inland waters, most within a few feet of safety and involving boats under 20-feet long. Most drowning Victims had a life jacket available and chose not to wear it.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol and the Oregon State Marine Board are working to make the boating season a little safer with the installation of life jacket kiosks at popular swimming and boating locations throughout Lincoln County.

Deputy Bruster said the community has come forward with wonderful support for the project.
The Sheriff's Office partnered with Lincoln County Parks to place a kiosk at Moonshine County Park. Captain Ted from Barrel Head Building supply in South Beach donated the materials to build the kiosk at Moonshine. Lincoln County Parks Department constructed the kiosk.
The Sheriff's Office partnered with Georgia-Pacific to place a kiosk at Ollala Reservoir. Bill Wilke from R Gray's Bargain yard in South Beach donated materials. The Bruster family from Toledo donated the roofing materials. Deputy Bruster and Marine Cadet Parker constructed the kiosk.

Pacific West Ambulance donated child and adult life jackets for the kiosks.
"If someone forgets their life jackets, they can borrow one, use it free of charge; we just ask they put it back," said Marine Deputy Bruster. "The idea is providing a safe boating and swimming opportunity and preventing drownings. It's a wonderful feeling to see children run up and grab a life jacket and run for the water."

Each kiosk includes infant, child, youth, adult personal flotation devices.
"Swimming and boating are a lot of fun, but drowning is a real danger," said Deputy Bruster. "Life jackets can easily be forgotten, or sometimes families fall short of a life jacket or two. The life jacket loaner kiosk is a free and convenient resource for families to 'grab and go' with the hopes of eliminating preventable drownings."
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is accepting donations of new or lightly used personal flotation devices approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Donations can be dropped off with any Lincoln County Park Host or at the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office at 225 West Olive in Newport. According to Keith Anderson, Lincoln County Parks Operation Supervisor, a free parking/camping pass will be issued to anyone who makes a life jacket donation by Memorial Day, May 30th 2016, the start of the swimming season.
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Respectfully submitted,

Senior Marine Deputy Barry Bruster
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Marine Patrol
225 W Olive
Newport, Oregon 97365
bbruster@co.lincoln.or.us
(541) 265-4277 x7104
Linn Deputies Arrest Two Men for Sex Crimes
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 08/14/16 2:38 PM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies have arrested two individuals for sex abuse. The arrests are the result of two unrelated reports of incidents that occurred at the Willamette Country Music Festival in Brownsville.

The first report came in today at approximately 4:00 a.m., when the female victim, 20, from Harrisburg, told deputies she woke up unclothed and did not remember what had occurred due to her intoxication and sleep deprivation. The victim was staying with friends in a motor coach RV located on the festival site.

Through the investigation deputies learned that Terry Allen Pepiot, 56, of Harrisburg was one of the individuals staying in the motor coach. Pepiot was interviewed and told deputies there had been an arrangement that he would sleep on a couch and two females would sleep in the bedroom of the RV.

At some point during the evening Pepiot entered the bedroom where the victim was sleeping. Pepiot confessed to sexually abusing the victim. Pepiot was arrested for Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the first degree and lodged in the Linn County Jail.

The second report came in today at 8:14 a.m. The female victim, 20, from Albany, told deputies she left the concert last night with a female friend when they met the suspect, who was not known to her, and began drinking alcohol with him at his campsite. The victim said she later woke up to the suspect sexually assaulting her.

As a result of the investigation, Jeremy Russell Janssen, 37, of Ridgefield, WA, was arrested for Sex Abuse I and taken to the Linn County Jail. Alcohol was a factor in this incident.

Numerous citations have been issued for MIP Alcohol during the weekend event. All minors found in possession of alcohol have been trespassed off the property by festival staff.

No mugshots are available at this time. They will become available later at linnsheriff.org
Lebanon Fire District Responds to a Four Vehicle Crash (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 08/14/16 1:34 PM
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Lebanon Fire District Responds to Four Vehicle Crash
At 10:32am Lebanon Fire District was dispatched to a four vehicle accident at milepost 9 on Highway 20, north of Lebanon. This was a head-on collision involving an eastbound SUV towing a boat and a westbound car. Another westbound pickup hauling a camping trailer crashed into the boat and a fourth vehicle, a small car hit the truck and camping trailer. Two people were transported to Lebanon Community Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Both lanes of Highway 20 were shut down for an hour. Lebanon Fire District responded to this first alarm incident with one chief, one engine, and two ambulances. LFD was assisted on scene by Oregon State Police and the ODOT incident response team. Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District and Albany Fire Department covered Lebanon's District during the event


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Five Injured In Early Morning Highway 20 Crash East Of Bend - Deschutes County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/14/16 12:22 PM
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On August 13, 2016 at about 12:55AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle rollover on Highway 20 near milepost 5 (near Powell Butte Highway).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2001 Isuzu SUV was traveling southbound on Powell Butte Highway at a high rate of speed when it failed to stop at the stopsign with Highway 20. The Isuzu left the roadway and rolled multiple times. Emergency crews had to extricate the occupants following the crash. A total of five occupants were taken to the hospital for injuries ranging from minor to serious.

The driver, Shawn W SEAGRAVES HALL, age 23, of Redmond, was cited at the hospital for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, and Assault II.

Speed and Alcohol is being considered contributing factors. This is an ongoing investigation; more information will be released when it becomes available


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Sat. 08/13/16
Red Cross Responds to South Beach, OR Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/13/16 4:15 PM
At 8:30 a.m. On August 13th disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a single family fire that occurred in the 12000 block of SE Chittum Rd. In South Beach. The fire affected one adult and 4 children.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs including temporary housing and information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.

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

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Subject Arrested In Relation To Redwood Highway Fire - Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/13/16 3:53 PM
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On August 12, 2016, a fire near Selma broke out burning approximately 50 acres.

The Oregon State Police Arson Unit and the Oregon Department of Forestry began an investigation. During the investigation, a Selma area transient was arrested on an unrelated warrant and lodged at the Josephine County Jail.

This person, Marcus A YEOMAN, age 35, quickly became the person of interest in the fire. Investigators determined it was human caused and that YEOMAN had built a campfire which led to the wildland fire. On August 13, 2016 YEOMAN was cited for Reckless Burning.

This is an ongoing investigation and no further information will be released at this time.



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Wildfire in Selma Burns Three Homes - 08/13/16

Fire crews worked through the night cooling hot spots and monitoring fire lines on the Redwood Highway Fire in Selma, located on Highway 199 near the California border in southwest Oregon. Cooler nighttime temperatures and calm winds allowed for continued progress to be made on the fire line, which is 87 percent contained. The fire size remains at approximately 50 acres. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

No other fires larger than 100 acres were reported Friday or early Saturday on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands.

Just before sunrise today on the Redwood Highway Fire, firefighters discovered a small spot fire 1,000 feet outside of the current fire line. Within minutes, firefighters extinguished the flames and formed a wet line along the perimeter. Throughout the day, ground crews and aircraft will continue to monitor fire activity and watch for burning snags, spotting and flare ups. The goal is to ensure the fire perimeter is 100 percent lined by this evening.

Firefighters working on structural protection this morning uncovered three homes, and at least five outbuildings destroyed by the fire. It was originally thought by fire crews that only two homes were lost on Deer Creek Road in Selma; however, the daylight revealed that there were two homes on one property, a main house and guest house. All residents managed to safely evacuate. Firefighters will continue to search for additional structures damaged or threatened in the burned area.

Deer Creek Road remains under evacuation this morning. Residents on the 975 block and above on Deer Creek Rd. are at a "Be Set" Level 2 evacuation notice. Residents on the 974 block and below on Deer Creek Rd. remain at a "Go" Level 3 evacuation status. The road is closed to the public. After an additional assessment early this afternoon, Incident Command will revisit the option of reopening the road and changing evacuation levels. Residents seeking shelter assistance should visit the evacuation center, located in Cave Junction at 200 W. Watkins Street.

Redwood Highway is open but travelers are advised to drive slowly through the Selma area. Firefighting operations are still occurring next to the road and areas of smoke may be present.

The weather forecast today in southwest Oregon includes a Red Flag Warning for the Rogue River, Applegate River and Illinois River basins. Hot temperatures, 100-105, low relative humidity and potentially strong afternoon winds are expected across the region.

In the rest of Oregon, temperatures along the Coast remain moderate with highs in the mid-70s and lows in the mid-50s. East of the Cascades, high temperatures are expected in low-to-mid 90s and light winds. On Sunday, there is a chance of thunderstorms in the southern Oregon Cascade Range and the Klamath Basin.


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Early morning house fire, dog rescued
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - 08/13/16 3:26 PM
Kelso- Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue responded to a house fire Saturday morning at 6:30 in the 1400 block of North 4th Ave. Firefighters reported heavy smoke coming from the attic when they arrived at the single story home; all of the residents were out, except their dog. Firefighters knocked down the fire in 8 minutes and were able to locate and remove the dog from the house. The small adult dog, unknown breed, suffered no injuries. A fire engine, a medic unit, and a chief officer responded to the fire. Cowlitz County PUD and Kelso police also responded. Damage to the home and contents are estimated at $10,000, according to fire officials. The American Red Cross resources were offered, but the adult couple have friends and family in town. The fire started and was contained to the garage. Its cause is under investigation, but is believed to be accidental. No injuries were reported.
Medical Personnel Sought To Fill Vacancies For Oregon State Athletic Commission
Oregon State Police - 08/13/16 1:20 PM
Qualified candidates are being sought to serve as medical personnel (as needed) with the Oregon State Athletic Commission. This is a great opportunity to see Oregon, support small business, and help protect the health and safety of all parties involved in professional boxing and mixed martial arts. Interested candidates from across the state are encouraged to apply.

The Oregon State Athletic Commission (OSAC) is charged with regulating Professional Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts and Entertainment Wrestling in the state of Oregon. OSAC is comprised of an Event Administrator, Governmental Auditor, Compliance Specialist, and an Office Specialist who are responsible for the program's day to day operation. OSAC also has a five member volunteer board that makes recommendations to the Superintendent of State Police, as well as a Medical Advisory Committee that recommends Medical Personnel prior to being chosen as an OSAC team member.

Medical Personnel receive payment for their services at OSAC sanctioned events. Lodging and travel expenses are also included. Interested persons should contact Sergeant Bob Charpentier, of the Oregon State Athletic Commission, at (503)378-8739, or email at bcharpe@osp.state.or.us.

Medical Personnel have the opportunity to qualify competitors before competing in a professional boxing or mixed martial arts bout, complete a post bout exam, and occasionally provide post bout care. Medical Personnel sit ringside and cage side during events and have an up close view of bouts between competitors to ensure both competitors are safe and not exposed to any unnecessary risks.

Medical Personnel must meet the following minimum qualifications, must be approved by the Medical Advisory Committee and consent to and pass a background investigation:

(1) Must be a medical doctor, osteopath or physician's assistant licensed in the State of
Oregon;

(2) Must be familiar with the physical standards for licensing boxers and mixed martial
arts contestants as outlined in Oregon Administrative Rule 230 and Oregon Revised
Statute Chapter 463 or be willing to learn;

(3) Must be willing to provide pre and post-fight medical exams prior to and during
events; and

(4) Must be willing to travel to events on weekends when able.

More information is available on the Commission website at: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/OSAC/Pages/Home.aspx
Red Cross Responds to South Beach, OR Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/13/16 12:47 PM
At 8:30 a.m. On August 13th disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a single family fire that occurred in the 12000 block of SE Chittum Rd. In South Beach. The fire affected one adult.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs including temporary housing and information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.

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

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Northeast Portland's Fairley's Pharmacy Robbed on Saturday Morning
Portland Police Bureau - 08/13/16 12:03 PM
On Saturday August 13, 2016, at 9:34 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to a robbery alarm at Fairley's Pharmacy, located at 7206 Northeast Sandy Boulevard.

As officers were responding to the scene, they learned that two men robbed the pharmacy at gunpoint.

Officers arrived at the scene and contacted employees who told police that one suspect demanded cash and narcotics while the other told the other employees and a customer onto the floor.

After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash and narcotics, the suspects left the pharmacy without incident.

The suspects are described as African American males in their mid-20s. The suspect with the gun was described as 5'7" tall, wearing black and red clothing. The suspect without the gun was described as 5'10" tall, 180 pounds, wearing black and red clothing.

It is unclear if these suspects are involved in any other robberies.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Robbery detectives at 503-823-0405.

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Wildfire in Selma Burns Three Homes
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/13/16 11:16 AM
Fire crews worked through the night cooling hot spots and monitoring fire lines on the Redwood Highway Fire in Selma, located on Highway 199 near the California border in southwest Oregon. Cooler nighttime temperatures and calm winds allowed for continued progress to be made on the fire line, which is 87 percent contained. The fire size remains at approximately 50 acres. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

No other fires larger than 100 acres were reported Friday or early Saturday on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands.

Just before sunrise today on the Redwood Highway Fire, firefighters discovered a small spot fire 1,000 feet outside of the current fire line. Within minutes, firefighters extinguished the flames and formed a wet line along the perimeter. Throughout the day, ground crews and aircraft will continue to monitor fire activity and watch for burning snags, spotting and flare ups. The goal is to ensure the fire perimeter is 100 percent lined by this evening.

Firefighters working on structural protection this morning uncovered three homes, and at least five outbuildings destroyed by the fire. It was originally thought by fire crews that only two homes were lost on Deer Creek Road in Selma; however, the daylight revealed that there were two homes on one property, a main house and guest house. All residents managed to safely evacuate. Firefighters will continue to search for additional structures damaged or threatened in the burned area.

Deer Creek Road remains under evacuation this morning. Residents on the 975 block and above on Deer Creek Rd. are at a "Be Set" Level 2 evacuation notice. Residents on the 974 block and below on Deer Creek Rd. remain at a "Go" Level 3 evacuation status. The road is closed to the public. After an additional assessment early this afternoon, Incident Command will revisit the option of reopening the road and changing evacuation levels. Residents seeking shelter assistance should visit the evacuation center, located in Cave Junction at 200 W. Watkins Street.

Redwood Highway is open but travelers are advised to drive slowly through the Selma area. Firefighting operations are still occurring next to the road and areas of smoke may be present.

The weather forecast today in southwest Oregon includes a Red Flag Warning for the Rogue River, Applegate River and Illinois River basins. Hot temperatures, 100-105, low relative humidity and potentially strong afternoon winds are expected across the region.

In the rest of Oregon, temperatures along the Coast remain moderate with highs in the mid-70s and lows in the mid-50s. East of the Cascades, high temperatures are expected in low-to-mid 90s and light winds. On Sunday, there is a chance of thunderstorms in the southern Oregon Cascade Range and the Klamath Basin.
Early Reminder- Increased DUII and Safety Belt Enforcement for Labor Day Weekend
Gresham Police Dept - 08/13/16 2:04 AM
GRESHAM, Ore.-- With Labor Day a few weeks away, it is time to prepare for a fun and safe weekend. Not driving while intoxicated and making sure kids are safely belted are two ways to help turn weekend plans into fun-filled reality.

During the Labor Day weekend, Gresham Police Department will deploy extra patrols to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the department's ongoing traffic safety campaign. The goal of this campaign is to save lives by removing impaired drivers from the streets.

Motorists can expect to see enhanced DUII enforcements to continue during other special events throughout the year. People who drink and drive risk serious injury or death to themselves or someone else. Impaired driving is not an accident, it is a deliberate action taken by an individual that puts many at risk.

Ways to prevent impaired driving:

?,? Stop alcohol service long before the event is over.
?,? Prepare for guests to stay the night, if necessary, and call cabs for others.
?,? Choose a responsible designated driver.
?,? Serve plenty of food to lessen the effects of alcohol.
?,? Offer a wide range of non-alcoholic beverages
?,? Report drunk drivers by calling 911

Officers will also emphasis appropriate safety belt usage. Children who are riding unrestrained or in the wrong type of safety restraint are often injured or killed in traffic accidents. Safety belts save lives and data shows that as children get older they are less likely to buckle up. Over the past five years, more than 1,500 kids between the ages of eight and 14 died in vehicle crashes across the nation. Of those who died, almost half were unbelted. During the past seven months, Gresham officers issued 230 citations for safety belt and child restraint offenses. You can find more information about child restraint fitting stations at the following websites: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources

Enhanced DUII and safety belt patrols are made possible by partnerships with Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Impact, and funding through the US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.



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Police Issue 85 Citations During Two Pedestrian Safety Missions
Gresham Police Dept - 08/13/16 1:35 AM
GRESHAM, Ore.-- Gresham traffic officers conducted two pedestrian safety missions, 31 days apart, resulting in a total of 85 citations. The first mission was on July 1 at the intersection of NW Division St. and NW Overlook Ave. The second mission took place on Aug. 1 at the intersection of W Powell Blvd. & SW Duniway Ave.

The goal of the two four-hour missions was to raise safety awareness for drivers and pedestrians regarding pedestrian right-of-way laws. This was accomplished through handing out educational brochures and citations. Safety education is vital to the reduction of vehicle-pedestrian collisions.

During the two evening missions, officers issued 46 citations for crosswalk infractions, 39 citations for other driving offenses, and three warnings. Other offenses that occurred near the safety missions included illegal cell phone usage, failure to use a seat belt, driving without an operator's license or with a suspended license, failure to obey traffic control device, expired registration, not providing proof of insurance, and speeding.

Funding for these pedestrian safety missions was made possible through a grant from Oregon Impact and Oregon Department of Transportation. Additional missions will be scheduled during the month of September, as the new school year begins.



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Update:Man Intentionally Run Over in Gresham Identified as Larnell Bruce, 19 (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 08/12/16 7:20 PM
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GRESHAM, Ore.-- The man who was run over on Wednesday night after fleeing an altercation outside 7-Eleven, 18735 E. Burnside, has been identified as 19-year-old Washington resident Larnell Malik Bruce.

Bruce remains in critical condition at an area hospital and his family is requesting privacy.

The suspected driver and passenger of the 1991 Jeep Wrangler that ran over Bruce are Russell Courtier, 38, and Colleen Hunt, 35. Both suspects are lodged at a Multnomah County detention facility with more than $500,000 bail. Courtier and Hunt are facing charges of attempt murder, assault in the first degree, and unlawful use of a weapon.

No further information is available at this time.

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UPDATE--Deputies Locate Endangered Man Missing from West Slope Neighborhood (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/12/16 6:57 PM
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UPDATE: Johnson Wang was found safe in Beaverton. Mr. Wang was located by an alert person who had seen the story on KOIN 6 News. A second person called in shortly after, as well. Mr. Wang was evaluated by EMS, found to be in good health, and was returned home.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank everyone involved in locating Mr. Wang, including the media and the alert public.

Original Release Below:

Deputies Search West Slope Neighborhood for Missing Endangered Man

August 12, 2016 -- Sheriff's Deputies are searching the West Slope neighborhood for a man that has been reported missing and is possibly in danger due to health issues.

Today at 4:26 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to the West Slope neighborhood for a report of a man missing from the area of SW Canyon Road and SW Walker Road. Johnson Wang, 56-years-old, was reported missing by a caregiver. The last time Mr. Wang was seen was at about 4:00 p.m. today.

Mr. Wang is reported to have dementia and Parkinson's disease, which could cause him confusion and make it difficult for him to find his way home. It is reported that Mr. Wang's dementia sometimes causes him to attempt to speak primarily in Chinese, though he is fluent in English.

Johnson Wang is described as being 6'00" tall, thin build, with medium-length black and gray hair (photo inset). He was last seen wearing a green shirt and blue sweatpants.

Washington County Sheriff's Deputies are enhancing the search efforts and utilizing a K-9 unit in attempts to locate Mr. Wang.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's help with this case. If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Johnson Wang, please call 503-629-0111.


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Deputies Search West Slope Neighborhood for Missing Endangered Man (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/12/16 6:09 PM
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August 12, 2016 -- Sheriff's Deputies are searching the West Slope neighborhood for a man that has been reported missing and is possibly in danger due to health issues.

Today at 4:26 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to the West Slope neighborhood for a report of a man missing from the area of SW Canyon Road and SW Walker Road. Johnson Wang, 56-years-old, was reported missing by a caregiver. The last time Mr. Wang was seen was at about 4:00 p.m. today.

Mr. Wang is reported to have dementia and Parkinson's disease, which could cause him confusion and make it difficult for him to find his way home. It is reported that Mr. Wang's dementia sometimes causes him to attempt to speak primarily in Chinese, though he is fluent in English.

Johnson Wang is described as being 6'00" tall, thin build, with medium-length black and gray hair (photo inset). He was last seen wearing a green shirt and blue sweatpants.

Washington County Sheriff's Deputies are enhancing the search efforts and utilizing a K-9 unit in attempts to locate Mr. Wang.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's help with this case. If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Johnson Wang, please call 503-629-0111.


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Field Fire Burns 7 Acres near Cornelius (Photo)
Cornelius Fire Dept. - 08/12/16 6:03 PM
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This afternoon (August 12th) at 2:45pm, firefighters were dispatched to a reported field fire near the intersection of NW Cornelius Schefflin Road and NW Verboort Road. While responding, crews noticed a large column of smoke from the distance and upgraded their response to a 1st Alarm. First arriving units found approximately 2 acres of a cut wheat field on fire, with flames quickly spreading. Using a mobile fire attack, which involves four wheel drive fire apparatus (known as brush rigs), crews drive and fight the flames at the same time. While crews were attacking the flames, winds spread the fire across Verboort Road into another field creating a separate fire (known as a spot fire). Because of this and varying wind conditions, incident command requested a 2nd Alarm to bring in additional firefighters. After approximately an hour of attacking the fire, crews were able to extinguish the flames and spent over another hour putting out hot spots. Crews were assisted with stopping the flames by local farmers using disk equipment, which digs into the ground and flips the clean dirt over, removing anything that can burn.

The fire is believed to have started by farming equipment that was cutting and processing the field at the time. It is possible either a bearing seized or a rock was hit, causing a spark. In total 7 acres of field burned (6 acres on original field and 1 acre on a spot fire field), no structures were damaged and no one was injured.

This is a good reminder that with very high temperatures and very low humidity, fires can start and spread easily. Try to limit your activities outside until cooler weather returns to the area.

For the duration of the incident we had portions of NW Cornelius Schefflin Road and NW Verboort Road closed. The roads re-opened at 5pm, just in time for the afternoon commute.

Cornelius Fire was assisted on scene by Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, Gaston Fire District, Banks Fire District, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue. We were also assisted by Washington County Sheriffs Office, Forest Grove Police Department and Washington County Road crews with closing off roadways allowing for safe operations for firefighters.

Incident Information
9 Brush Rigs
4 Water Tenders
2 Chief Officers
1 Fire Investigator
30 Total Firefighters

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State Unveils New Tool for Firefighter Driver Training (Photo)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 08/12/16 3:24 PM
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The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is the home of the Fire Training and Certification Programs for the State of Oregon. Today, DPSST unveiled its newest fire service training tool, a 2016 Freightliner truck with a skid frame. This new resource became possible through an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This new tool will be added to DPSST's Skid Avoidance for Fire Apparatus Drivers (SAFAD) Program that addresses the second leading cause of line-of-duty deaths in the nation's fire service; driving emergency vehicles.

Most fire apparatus drivers learn to drive expensive emergency vehicles on the streets of the communities they serve. Approximately 80% of the state of Oregon is served by dedicated volunteers who drive their personal vehicles to the fire station and then respond to an emergency incident with a multi-ton emergency vehicle with lights and sirens active, in some cases without any formalized training.

To accomplish its goals, which mirror many of the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (http://www.everyonegoeshome.com/16-initiatives/), the DPSST SAFAD Program uses both classroom and hands-on training. The classroom training incorporates information from the various national programs listed above and begins to lay the foundation for belief, misconception, and consequence. The class includes a review of state motor vehicle codes and regulations, analysis of accidents involving fire apparatus, and basic driving instruction. Case studies are used throughout the classroom portion so that fire apparatus drivers understand they are accountable for their actions and that they play an important part in changing the culture of the fire service, both when responding to and returning from incidents in fire apparatus as well as personal vehicles.

The innovative hands-on portion is accomplished using a specially designed training platform. The platform is called a "skid truck" and mounts under the Freightliner truck which simulates a fire engine. The skid truck, equipped with lights and siren, has hydraulic cylinders attached to each corner which allow the vehicle to be lifted while in operation simulating a skid but in a controlled setting. Oregon's geography, weather and population are diverse. From the high desert of Eastern Oregon, the mountains of Central Oregon, the urban and suburban communities in the Willamette Valley, to the Pacific Coast Highway (101) that follows the Oregon Coast. The SAFAD program is ideal in preparing Oregon firefighters for the driving and weather challenges they will encounter when responding to incidents across the state.

Since DPSST implemented SAFAD in 2009 over 6,000 firefighters have received the training program. Oregon has seen a marked decrease in the number of vehicle crashes involving fire apparatus responding to and returning from emergency incidents. Before the program was implemented, on average ten crashes occurred each year involving fire apparatus. After DPSST's SAFAD program was implemented, that number has been drastically reduced. More important, since the program has been implemented, there have been no line-of-duty deaths in fire apparatus in the state. While this change can be attributed to a number of factors including increased awareness by state and national fire service organizations and publications, we believe the SAFAD program has also played a major role in changing the culture of the Oregon fire service.

In 2012 Oregon's SAFAD Program was recognized by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Congressional Fire Service Institute which bestowed DPSST with its Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award.

DPSST serves more than 41,000 public safety professionals of which approximately 13,000 are career and volunteer firefighters. On an annual basis, DPSST's Fire Training Program reaches approximately 10,000 firefighters through classes offered at the Oregon Public Safety Academy and through its regional delivery program.

For more information on Skid Car and Skid Truck http://www.skidcar.com/


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Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 08/12/16 3:22 PM
NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MONDAY AUGUST 22, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
via teleconference 1-888-824-5783 Ext.90095991# and via Blackboard Collaborate at
http://tinyurl.com/BoardORVA
OSP arrests suspects in fire on Weyco near Scappoose (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/12/16 3:21 PM
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The Oregon State Police arrested four suspects on suspicion of starting a fire that burned Aug. 5 on Weyerhaeuser property along Holaday Road in the Scappoose area. The wildfire, thought to have resulted from an illegal campfire that spread out of control, ignited several logging slash piles.

An OSP trooper arrested four males ranging in age from 19-23 on Aug. 6. They were charged with reckless burning, trespass and littering. The suspects later confessed to having built the campfire, which is prohibited under current fire safety rules. OSP obtained video from social media that shows the individuals at the campfire site. Text messages accompanying the video contained comments to the effect that they thought they had extinguished the campfire.

Weyerhaeuser security could file a complaint against the men. The Oregon Department of Forestry intends to take legal action against the suspects to collect fire suppression costs.

Regulated Use rules were in force when the wildfire occurred and will continue in effect until significant fall rains allow them to be lifted. These heightened safety restrictions prohibit campfires and other open fires in order to prevent wildfires during periods of high fire danger.

"Oregon State Police would like to remind the public that having a campfire when prohibited is a potential criminal act," said OSP's Bill Fugate. "If an unintended wildland fire occurs, the crime would be more severe. Please obey fire restrictions so all may enjoy our forests."

Firefighting crews worked through the night last Friday to control the wildfire. No homes were threatened by the blaze. Scappoose Fire District was assisted in the suppression effort by Columbia River Fire & Rescue and the Oregon Department of Forestry.


Attached Media Files: 2016-08/1072/96855/Holaday_Rd_Fire_3.jpg , 2016-08/1072/96855/Holaday_Rd_Fire_2.jpg , An illegal campfire on Weyerhaeuser land near Scappoose Aug. 5 spread to logging slash piles and caused an intense wildfire. (Photos by Kelly Niles, ODF)
Integrating Exciting New Shelter Medicine Ideas at Willamette Humane Society (Photo)
Willamette Humane Society - 08/12/16 3:03 PM
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Dr. Kristina Hogg, Shelter Veterinarian at Willamette Humane Society, just returned from a three day conference at Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell University in Ithica New York. The conference was funded in part by a grant from the ASPCA.

Conferences, and specifically shelter medicine conferences, are an extremely good method of learning the current state of affairs in shelters across the country. Willamette Humane Society is planning to upgrade housing within our current shelter for treating ringworm suspect animals. "It was helpful to learn the new understanding of ringworm and how to best plan our room to minimize contamination and maximize life-saving of ringworm suspects. It's also nice to confirm what we are doing well and where we can improve to serve the animals in our community even better" said Dr. Hogg.


About the ASPCA(R)
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA(R) (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals(R)) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation's leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA's mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


Willamette Humane Society (WHS) was founded in 1965 by local civic leaders to serve Marion and Polk counties, Oregon. In 2014-2015, Willamette Humane Society provided compassionate services to 8,255 pets and 65,417 people. WHS provides pet adoption services, shelters surrendered or homeless cats and dogs, teaches responsible pet care, behavior and training -- and reduces pet over-population through its low-cost Spay and Neuter Clinic. WHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies on donor support and fees to accomplish its mission. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and includes a 35 FTE member staff, and 1,100 volunteers. For more information about Willamette Humane Society, visit whs4pets.org.


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Five ways to beat the heat
Pacific Power - 08/12/16 2:57 PM
Pacific Power media hotline: Aug. 12. 2016
1-800-570-5838 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Five ways to beat the heat
Tips from Pacific Power to be safe, stay cool and use less energy

PORTLAND, Ore. --With forecasts predicting triple-digit temperatures throughout the Northwest over the coming weekend, Pacific Power wants to remind customers to stay safe and use these tips to beat the heat, use less energy and save money.

Stay hydrated and watch for others
Drink water and stay out of direct sunlight as much as possible. Use hats and sunscreen.
Check on neighbors who you know have few outside contacts. Keep a close eye on children and pets to make sure they have water available and have some place to cool down after bouts of fun in the sun.

Don't let the sun shine in
On hot days, close blinds and drapes, especially in south-facing windows which allow in the most heat.

Open windows in the evening and circulate cool air
Open windows in the evening and early morning to let in cool air. Be aware, however, of any safety or security issues.
Use fans to bring in and circulate cool air. Ceiling and window fans use less electricity than an air conditioner when the compressor is engaged. Running an air conditioner in fan-only mode can also be effective as outside temperatures drop.

Reduce the heat inside
Use heat-producing appliances like ovens, dishwashers and dryers in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler.
Grill outside or use a microwave or toaster oven. A toaster oven uses one-third to one-half as much energy as a regular oven and releases less heat into the home.
Turn off heat-generating devices when not in use, including lamps, televisions and computers.

Be air conditioner smart
Set your thermostat at 78 degrees. This will keep you comfortable and cooling your house below that temperature can increase your air conditioning bill as much as 8 percent.
Don't turn off the air conditioner when you're gone; instead set it higher, at 85 degrees. That setting allows your air conditioner to use less electricity to cool the house than if the air conditioning has been off all day, but doesn't shut down altogether.
Use a programmable or smart thermostat; set it to start bringing your home's temperature from 85 degrees down to 78 degrees no more than 30 minutes before you get home.
Replace air conditioner filters once a month. The dirtier your filter, the less efficient it is.
Lamps, televisions or any other appliance that creates heat needs to be kept away from the thermostat; they will impact its accuracy.
Your air conditioner will operate most efficiently if you trim nearby foliage to allow adequate air flow around the unit.
Don't block inside distribution vents with furniture or other objects.

For more information and tips, visit bewattsmart.com.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages.
UPDATE: Fatal Crash Investigation Underway on Northeast Lloyd Boulevard
Portland Police Bureau - 08/12/16 1:57 PM
Investigators have identified the motorcycle rider killed early this morning as 24-year-old Jonathan David Albee of Oregon City.

Traffic investigators learned that Albee and his friend, 30-year-old Anthony Michael Moore of Happy Valley, were riding westbound on Northeast Lloyd Boulevard when Albee, riding a black 2005 Suzuki GSX, failed to maneuver a curve in the roadway, struck the north curb line and crashed into a large tree. Moore did not crash and remained at the scene.

Moore displayed significant signs of impairment when speaking with officers and was ultimately given a criminal citation for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and provided a ride home by police.

The crash remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about the crash should contact Officer David Enz at 503-823-2208 or david.enz@portlandoregon.gov.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Friday August 12, 2016, at 12:46 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a motorcycle crash on Northeast Lloyd Boulevard at approximately 7th Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the rider down and not responsive. Medical personnel determined that the rider was deceased. A second motorcycle rider was at the scene and was detained by officers on suspicion of impaired driving.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the two motorcycle riders, both males, were riding westbound on Lloyd Boulevard when the lead rider went down, crashed and struck a tree. At this point it is not known why the rider crashed.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is at the scene conducting an investigation.

Lloyd Boulevard, from approximately Grand to 9th Avenues, is expected to remain closed for another 2 hours.

No further updates are expected to be released until late-Friday morning.

This is the 29th traffic fatality in the City of Portland in 2016.

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.

To learn more about the City of Portland's Vision Zero effort, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390

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35-Year-Old Man Arrested After Stealing, Crashing Farm Truck (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/12/16 1:30 PM
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On Friday August 12, 2016 at 6:55 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a hit and run crash at Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and East Burnside Street. As officers were responding, they received an update that the suspect was running southbound on Grand Avenue, being chased by bystanders.

Officers arrived in the area and took the suspect into custody.

Officers learned that the suspect stole the truck from Delta Farms in Northwest Portland earlier in the morning then crashed into another vehicle before running from the scene.

Nobody was seriously injured in the other vehicle.

The suspect, 35-year-old Jacob John Bunker, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle and Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver. Bunker was also held on a parole violation.

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Cool Shelters and Heat Prevention Tips
City of Salem - 08/12/16 1:07 PM
The U.S. Weather Service predicts temperatures in the upper 90s today for the Salem area. The following locations are open and available as places to go to stay cool:

Main Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty Street SE, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m.-5p.m. Sunday
West Salem Library, 395 Glen Creek Road NW, Noon-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, closed Sunday
Center 50+, 2615 Portland Road NE, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday
In addition, most malls are available to the public and can be used as cooling locations

Prevention of heat related illness is critical during hot weather. Here are a few tips to beat the heat:

Drink lots of fluids! You should drink small amounts frequently, e.g. one cup every 20 minutes.

Don't leave children or pets in the car! Even leaving them in the car for a little bit can be dangerous. Temperature in vehicles are significantly hotter than outside.

Manage your workloads and do your heaviest physical labor in the cooler part of the day. Add frequent short breaks. Watch yourself and fellow workers for signs of heat illness.

Wear lightweight clothing. Light colored cotton fabric is a good choice.

Pull blinds or shades to reduce the amount of solar heating coming from the windows. Keep windows closed when air conditioning is running.

When possible, stay indoors in an air-conditioned area. If you do not have air conditioning, go to a shopping mall, public library, theater, or other public location that does.

Be sure pets have lots of fresh water to drink.

Check on sick and elderly neighbors that may be susceptible to heat illness.
UPDATE #2: Inmate Escapes from Work Crew at Pittock Mansion - Officers Searching Parks, Trails, Neighborhood (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/12/16 12:53 PM
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Ray was last seen at Good Samaritan Hospital, located at 1015 Northwest 22nd Avenue, at approximately 10:30 a.m. after he was given a ride by an unwitting person from the area of Pittock Mansion. Ray gave the name "Aaron Ray" to hospital staff and claimed to be suffering from an arm injury.

Ray was last seen wearing a dark blue shirt, dark blue shorts, and wearing heavy socks (no shoes).

Additional photos are being released, including a hospital surveillance photo and one of Ray's Facebook photos.

Anyone seeing Ray is asked to immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information should call Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

The inmates name is Jasson Lewis Ray, not Jasson Ray Lewis as initially released.

He was possibly last seen in the 2900 block of Northwest Cumberland Road, which is the neighborhood northeast of Pittock Mansion.

Officers and a Canine Unit are continuing to search the area.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Friday August 12, 2016, at 10:37 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to assist the Oregon Department of Corrections in the area of Pittock Mansion to find an inmate that walked away from a work crew.

37-year-old Jasson Lewis Ray is described as a white male, 5'8" tall, 200 pounds, shaved head, blue eyes, goatee, lots of tattoos, last seen wearing blue jeans with "INMATE" printed in orange and a blue or black t-shirt.

Ray may have walked off into neighborhoods South of Pittock Mansion. Area residents and recreational park users are asked to call 9-1-1 immediately if Ray is seen in the area.

Ray was serving time with the Oregon Department of Corrections on firearm and theft charges. Ray has prior convictions for assault and has criminal history in California and Arizona.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

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Media/PIO Forum is Next Thursday
Salem Police Dept. - 08/12/16 12:28 PM
The next regional Media/ PIO forum will be held on Thursday, August 18 at 11:30 am. The meeting will be held at the Marion County Emergency Operations Center, 5155 Silverton Road NE.

This is an excellent opportunity for media to meet with a variety of local Public Information Officers and to exchange information and ideas
Sherwood Police Arrest Woman after a Yearlong Embezzlement Investigation (Photo)
Sherwood Police Dept. - 08/12/16 12:23 PM
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On August 12, 2016 officers from the Sherwood Police Department concluded a yearlong investigation with the arrest of Sarah Lenore Ahschlager, a 39 year old resident of Canby, Oregon.

Sherwood Police began to investigate after called by Sherwood Family Medicine regarding missing funds from their business in June of 2015. This investigation was very extensive and involved combing numerous records. To date, this case involves funds totaling $145,000.00 which Ahlschlager allegedly embezzled, while employed as the office manager.

On August 10th, 2016 a Washington County Grand Jury issued a secret indictment and a warrant was issued for Ahlschlager's arrest. Officers located Ahlschlager and arrested her on the warrant without incident.

Ahlschlager was booked into the Washington County Jail on the warrant which alleged 30 felony counts; Aggravated Theft in the 1st Degree, Aggravated Identity Theft, Identity Theft, and Forgery in the 1st Degree. Her bail was set at $200,000.00.


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UPDATE (TIME CHANGE) Corps offers media opportunity to learn about repairs to Jetty A at the Mouth of the Columbia River (Photo)
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 08/12/16 11:41 AM
Car-sized stones are offloaded for the repairs to Jetty A at the Mouth of the Columbia River.
Car-sized stones are offloaded for the repairs to Jetty A at the Mouth of the Columbia River.
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US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

Release No: PA 16-028
For Immediate Release:
Aug. 11, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY
Not Intended for Public Release

Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016
noon to 2 p.m.
Cape Disappointment
322 Coast Guard Road
Ilwaco, Washington 98624

PORTLAND, Ore. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, is hosting a media visit to Jetty A at the Mouth of the Columbia River. The Corps' project manager will be available for interviews regarding current Jetty A repair work and the planned rehabilitation of the entire jetty system at the Mouth of the Columbia River. Visual capture opportunities include photography and video of the car-sized stones used for the jetty repair and the custom barge built to carry them.

ABOUT THE MOUTH OF THE COLUMBIA RIVER JETTY SYSTEM
Consists of three jetties: Jetty A, North Jetty and South Jetty
Provides a safe and reliable entrance for the $24 billion in trade that travels on the Columbia and Snake rivers.
More than 40,000 local jobs depend on this trade.
Jetty A, constructed in 1939, is 1.6 miles long
Jetty A redirects river and tidal currents away from the North Jetty foundation, and together, the three jetties minimize maintenance of the navigation channel.

REQUIREMENTS TO ACCESS THE CONSTRUCTION AREA
Mandatory submittal of a Visitor Access Form by 1 p.m. Aug.15. The form can be requested by sending an email to jeffrey.m.henon@usace.army.mil.
Bring a State or Federal I.D.
Appropriate safety clothing, including a hardhat, reflective safety vest and steel-toed boots. Visitors that want to capture visuals of the barge and/or jetty must also have a personal flotation device. A limited number of hardhats, safety vests and PFDs will be available.

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Attached Media Files: Car-sized stones are offloaded for the repairs to Jetty A at the Mouth of the Columbia River.
Fatal Crash Highway 30 Saint Helens -- Update Names Released
Oregon State Police - 08/12/16 10:25 AM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the fatal crash investigation that occurred Thursday afternoon on Highway 30 within Saint Helens.

The driver of the Toyota Highlander has been identified as QUINNION AVERY, age 57, from Marietta, Georgia.

The driver of the Honda Civic has been identified as RHONDA LULL, age 48, from Saint Helens.

Investigators at the scene are looking into speed and alcohol use as possible contributing factors into the cause of the crash.

At the request of Scappoose Police Department, OSP conducted the crash investigation.
Any inquiries regarding the initial driving complaint and pursuit prior to the crash should be directed to Scappoose Police Department for information.

No further information for release.

No photographs available for release.

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Previous Release- 8/11/2016

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoons two vehicle fatal crash that occurred on Highway 30 within the city limits of Saint Helens.

Preliminary investigation revealed that on August 11, 2016 at about 12:54 PM, a member of the Scappoose Police Department attempted to make an enforcement contact with a 2004 Toyota Highlander, driven by an adult male, in relation to a driving complaint on Highway 30. The operator of the Toyota Highlander initially pulled over and then fled the stop westbound on Highway 30. Scappoose Police pursued the Toyota Highlander for a short time and distance and terminated the pursuit in the interest of public safety.

At about 12:57 PM, after the pursuit had been terminated, the operator of the Toyota Highlander crashed into the back of a westbound 2012 Honda Civic, driven by an adult female, on Highway 30 within Saint Helens. The Toyota Highlander left the roadway to the north over railroad tracks and came to an uncontrolled rest down an embankment. The Honda Civic went across three lanes and left the roadway to the south going through a fence and came to an uncontrolled rest in the yard of a residence.

The male operator of the Toyota Highlander died from injuries sustained at the scene of the crash. The female operator of the Honda Civic sustained serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital in Portland for treatment.

It was determined by investigators that the operator of the Toyota Highlander was not wearing a safety belt. The female operator of the Honda Civic was wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash.

OSP troopers from the Saint Helens Worksite are continuing the investigation into the crash.
Names of involved are being withheld pending next of kin notification. More information will be released when it becomes available.

At the request of Scappoose Police Department, OSP will be conducting the crash investigation. Any inquiries regarding the initial driving complaint and pursuit prior to the crash should be directed to Scappoose Police Department for information.

No photographs available for release.

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Gang Enforcement Team Officers Arrest 32-Year-Old Convicted Felon with a Handgun (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/12/16 10:00 AM
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On Wednesday August 10, 2016, at 11:33 p.m., Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team officers contacted a man sitting in a parked car at Southeast 117th Avenue and Oak Street, next to Ventura Park.

Officers spoke with the man, 32-year-old Derek Brandon Conley, and obtained consent to search him and his vehicle. Officers found a loaded handgun in Conley's pants pocket and took him into custody without incident. Officers also discovered a small amount of cocaine.

The handgun and cocaine were seized as evidence and learned that Conley is a convicted felon, prohibited from possessing firearms.

Conley was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Possession of Cocaine.

The Tactical Operations Division's Gang Enforcement Team (GET) and Gun Task Force (GTF) are continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106 or email information to gangs@portlandoregon.gov.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

The Portland Police Bureau works closely with Enough is Enough PDX, a community-led campaign aimed at encouraging people to take a stand against gang violence in the area.

For more information about Enough is Enough PDX and how you can get involved, please visit https://www.facebook.com/EnoughIsEnoughPDX

Additional information about Enough is Enough PDX and other City efforts addressing youth violence can be found at the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, http://www.portlandonline.com/safeyouth/

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous. Rewards of up to $1,000 are available for other unsolved felony crimes - $2,500 for unsolved homicides.

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

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Oregon State Library Board Meeting in Salem, August 26, 2016
Oregon State Library - 08/12/16 9:44 AM
The Oregon State Library Board will meet at the State Library in Salem on Friday August 26, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Aletha Bonebrake of Baker City will chair the meeting.

At the meeting on August 26th, the board will review the Board Work Plan, the Agency Operational Plan, and the annual Board Best Practices evaluation. An open forum is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. Anyone may address the Board on any topic at the open forum.

Sign language interpretation will be provided for the public if requested prior to 48 hours before the meeting; notice prior to 72 hours before the meeting is preferred. Handouts of meeting materials may also be requested in alternate formats prior to 72 hours before the meeting. Requests may be made to Jessica Rondema at 503-378-2464.

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OREGON STATE LIBRARY BOARD MEETING
August 26, 2016
Oregon State Library
Room 103
Salem, OR
Aletha Bonebrake, Chair

Agenda

9:30 a.m. Approval of the Minutes of the June 10, 2016 Meeting Bonebrake

9:35 Reports of Board Chair and Members Bonebrake

10:00 State Librarian Reports Dahlgreen
Activities since the last meeting
Operational Plan Update

10:45 Staff Reports Hanning, Krueck, Henderson, McGann/Wann

11:45 Open Forum Bonebrake

Noon Lunch

1:00 New Business
Board Work Plan Bonebrake
Board Best Practices Bonebrake

2:00 Adjournment Bonebrake

Any person may address the Oregon State Library Board at this meeting on any topic.

NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change.
32 Traffic Citations Issued, Two Arrested in #VisionZero Safety Mission on Thursday Evening (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/12/16 9:38 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division, in partnership with all three patrol precincts, conducted a Vision Zero traffic safety mission on Thursday evening.

From 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., officers conducted high-visibility enforcement and education stops on Northeast Lombard Street from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to I-205. This stretch of roadway is also known as Portland Highway/Highway 30 Bypass and is a high-crash corridor.

In total, 32 citations were issued for 45 different traffic charges. 28 written warnings were issued by officers conducting the mission. Officers arrested one driver on an outstanding warrant and issued a criminal citation to another for Reckless Driving.

This mission was conducted in an effort to address the high number of traffic crashes this year resulting in serious physical injuries or death. At the time of this mission, 28 people had been killed in traffic-related crashes in the City of Portland this year. Approximately three hours after the mission ended, a 29th died on Northeast Lloyd Boulevard.

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

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.

To learn more about the City of Portland's Vision Zero effort, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390

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Deputies Arrest Man After Attempting to Light Local Business on Fire (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/12/16 8:58 AM
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Last night at 10:50 p.m., deputies arrested Jesus Ochoa-Oliveros, age 31, after witnesses say he lit several rags in an attempt to burn Hearthbeat Florist a flower shop located at 500 Lancaster Drive SE in Salem. After a short foot chase, Mr. Ochoa-Oliveros was arrested and found to be in possession of 3 knives, brass knuckles and a lighter.

On August 10th, Deputies contacted Mr. Ochoa-Oliveros near a series of criminal mischiefs and a dumpster fire in this instance Mr. Ochoa-Oliveros ran from deputies and was able to escape. Mr. Ochoa-Oliveros is currently at the Marion County Jail where he will appear in court today for the crimes of Arson II, Resisting Arrest, Interfering with a Police Officer x 2 and Carrying a Concealed Weapon.


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Health advisory lifted August 12 for Odell Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 08/12/16 8:57 AM
August 12, 2016

Reduced blue-green algae and toxin levels confirmed; continued caution with pets advised

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted the health advisory issued July 28 for Odell Lake, located 75 miles southeast of Eugene off Highway 58 in Klamath County.

Water monitoring has confirmed that the level of blue-green algae toxins are below guideline values for human exposure. However, the Oregon Health Authority recommends that people continue to be cautious with their pets in the lake because toxins are still above the very low exposure levels established for dogs.

Oregon health officials advise recreational visitors to always be alert to signs of algae blooms in Oregon waters, because only a fraction of the many lakes in Oregon are monitored for blue-green algae by state and federal agencies. People and their pets should avoid areas where the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, if a thick mat of blue-green algae is visible in the water, or bright green cells are suspended in the water column. If you observe these signs in the water you are encouraged to avoid activities that cause you to swallow water or inhale droplets, such as swimming or high-speed water activities.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. For information about advisories issued or lifted for the season, contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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Athletes Who Are Blind and Visually Impaired to Participate in Portland to Coast Walk Relay on August 26th-27th
Northwest Assn. for Blind Athletes - 08/12/16 8:45 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Billy Henry, Founder/Executive Director
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes
311 West Evergreen Blvd, Suite 200
Vancouver, Washington 98660
Local Phone: 1-360-718-2826
Toll Free: 1-800-880-9837
http://www.nwaba.org
bhenry@nwaba.org

Athletes Who Are Blind and Visually Impaired to Participate in Portland to Coast Walk Relay on August 26th-27th

Vancouver, Washington--August 12th, 2016-- Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) announced today that the organization has provided support to Team Eye Rock, a group consisting of 11 blind or visually impaired athletes and their guides, to enable the team to compete in the Portland to Coast Walk Relay taking place August 22nd and 23rd.

"We are extremely excited to have athletes competing in this phenomenal community event. It will be a truly life-changing experience for all of those involved." said NWABA Founder and Executive Director Billy Henry

"Team Eye Rock is extremely grateful to have such a valued partnership with Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA), an amazing organization that makes it possible for our team to be athletic and competitive in the Portland to Coast Walk Relay, the largest walk relay in the world. With the support of the NWABA, our blind and visually impaired athletes and sighted guides face the extreme race conditions with courage, strength and determination," said Sarah Walden, 2016 Team Eye Rock Captain

Through participation in sports and physical activity, individuals who are blind and visually impaired build confidence; enhance self-esteem; develop friendships; improve physical fitness, increase independence and gain the skills, tools and resources to be successful in all areas of life. Donations are accepted to support Team Eye Rock by mailing a check to PO BOX 65265, Vancouver, WA, 98665 or making an online gift at www.nwaba.org.

About NWABA:
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides programming to more than 1,300 children, youth, adults and military veterans with visual impairments. The mission of NWABA is to provide life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. The Association was formed by a group of visually impaired students in 2007 to ensure that people who are blind were participating in sports and physical activity.

For information: http://www.nwaba.org or
Contact: bhenry@nwaba.org
Phone: 1-360-448-7254

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Mayor/city council Salary Review Commission meeting Aug. 16
City of Vancouver - 08/12/16 8:28 AM
Contact: Aline Babine, Human Resources Department, 360-487-8416, aline.babine@cityofvancouver.us

The City of Vancouver's Citizen's Commission on Mayor/City Council Salaries (a.k.a. Salary Review Commission) will hold a public meeting at 10:30am on Tuesday, August 16.

The meeting will take place at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. 6th St.. Free parking is available for visitors in the building's south visitor parking lot. If this lot is full, on-street parking is also available. Visitors should check in with the information desk upon arrival.

The Salary Review Commission was established by a City charter section approved by voters in 1994. Salary reviews are performed every other year to coincide with the City's budget cycle. The commission is comprised of five members of the community who are appointed by the mayor, subject to approval by the Vancouver City Council.

The commission's purpose is to study the relationship of salaries to the duties of the mayor and city council members and to set their salaries. The commission must file the schedule of salaries for the mayor and council members with the City Clerk by May 1, 2016, for inclusion in the 2017-18 City budget. The Commission's first ordinance was filed on April 20, 2016, but was later repealed by the City Council. The Commission must reconvene to set a new schedule.

The City of Vancouver's downtown area is served by C-TRAN routes 2, 3, 4, 25, 30, 32, 37, 41, 44, 47 and 105 Express. Bus schedules are available at City Hall, the Citizens Service Center, and other public buildings. You may reach C-TRAN at 360-695-0123 for information on times, fares, and routes.
UPDATED: Child Safe: Vancouver Police Department requests assistance locating 14-year-old runaway (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 08/12/16 5:49 AM
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8/12/2016 Update

Kayla was returned home safe and healthy late on 8/11/2016.VPD thanks those who assisted in her return.

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VPD asks for the public's assistance in locating a missing 14-year-old female runaway, Kayla Lynn Donohue. Kayla ran from her residence in eastern Vancouver on 8/10/2016. Kayla is 5'7" and has a medium build. She has blonde hair and blue eyes. She wears hair hair long and straight, about 3 inches below the shoulders. It is unknown what she was last wearing, but she took with her a small skateboard and black backpack with unknown accent colors. If anyone sees Kayla or knows where she is, please call 911.


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***UPDATE #1***Alert Resident Calls in Suspicious Person, Leads to Burglary Arrest*** (Photo)
West Linn Police Dept. - 08/12/16 3:04 AM
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UPDATE #1
Several items have been located in the that would seem to be from other burglaries. Photo's are being provided in hopes someone in the community may recognize these items.

Original Message
On Thursday August 11, 2016 at about 1223 hours, West Linn resident Theresa Norris noticed something suspicious. She saw two men driving down the street in the Parker Crest neighborhood in a black VW Jetta. As she watched them, the passenger would run up to the front doors of homes and then run back to the car. After seeing this activity numerous times she called the police.

Responding officer checked the area and eventually found the vehicle in the Sunset neighborhood abandoned. During the course of checking the area one officer found two men matching the description running through yards onto Sunset Avenue where he was able to stop and detain them. Clifton Arthur Chambers, 32, and John Vanderbeck, 44, both from Portland were arrested on weapons and drug charges.

A warrant was obtained for the vehicle which led to the discovery of items stolen in an unreported burglary on Sunset Avenue earlier in the day. Investigators notified the home owners after finding the rear sliding glass door of their home smashed out.

John Vanderbeck was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail for felon in possession of a restricted weapon and Burglary in the First Degree. Clifton Chambers was transported to the hospital after ingesting a large quantity of heroin as he was being contacted by police. He will face charges of probation violation, possession of heroin, and Burglary in the First Degree once he is released from the hospital.

"The discovery of these bad guys would not have been possible were it not for Mrs. Norris trusting her suspicion and calling the police", said West Linn Police Lieutenant Stradley. "This case represented a tremendous amount of teamwork from all levels from citizens to patrol officers to detectives", added Sgt. Francis.

Daytime burglaries occur often. Residents are reminded to keep an out for suspicious activity and report it immediately. "Suspicious activity can cover a broad array of behaviors. The bottom line is that if you think it does look right, call us. This case shows exactly what can result if you trust your guy", said Lieutenant Stradely.


Attached Media Files: Green Bag , Guitar , Personal Photo
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Alert Resident Calls in Suspicious Person, Leads to Burglary Arrest (Photo)
West Linn Police Dept. - 08/11/16 9:06 PM
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On Thursday August 11, 2016 at about 1223 hours, West Linn resident Theresa Norris noticed something suspicious. She saw two men driving down the street in the Parker Crest neighborhood in a black VW Jetta. As she watched them, the passenger would run up to the front doors of homes and then run back to the car. After seeing this activity numerous times she called the police.

Responding officer checked the area and eventually found the vehicle in the Sunset neighborhood abandoned. During the course of checking the area one officer found two men matching the description running through yards onto Sunset Avenue where he was able to stop and detain them. Clifton Arthur Chambers, 32, and John Vanderbeck, 44, both from Portland were arrested on weapons and drug charges.

A warrant was obtained for the vehicle which led to the discovery of items stolen in an unreported burglary on Sunset Avenue earlier in the day. Investigators notified the home owners after finding the rear sliding glass door of their home smashed out.

John Vanderbeck was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail for felon in possession of a restricted weapon and Burglary in the First Degree. Clifton Chambers was transported to the hospital after ingesting a large quantity of heroin as he was being contacted by police. He will face charges of probation violation, possession of heroin, and Burglary in the First Degree once he is released from the hospital.

"The discovery of these bad guys would not have been possible were it not for Mrs. Norris trusting her suspicion and calling the police", said West Linn Police Lieutenant Stradley. "This case represented a tremendous amount of teamwork from all levels from citizens to patrol officers to detectives", added Sgt. Francis.

Daytime burglaries occur often. Residents are reminded to keep an out for suspicious activity and report it immediately. "Suspicious activity can cover a broad array of behaviors. The bottom line is that if you think it does not look right, call us. This case shows exactly what can result if you trust your gut", said Lieutenant Stradely.


Attached Media Files: John Vanderbeck , Clifton Chambers
Deputies Investigating Two Car Crash Involving Pedestrian (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/11/16 8:25 PM
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Deputies are currently on scene and investigating a two car crash that has seriously injured a pedestrian. Deputies believe a black Chevrolet passenger car was driving east on Silverton Road NE and ran a red light as it turned north on to Lancaster Drive NE.

The Chevrolet was struck by a westbound Chrysler 300 and the impact pushed the Chevrolet into a pedestrian that was crossing Lancaster Drive NE on a skate board. The pedestrian was taken by ambulance to Salem Hospital with serious injuries but he is expected to survive.

No further details are available regarding the crash at this time. The release will be updated as those details become available.


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One banana, two banana, three banana, four... (Photo)
ODOT: SW Oregon - 08/11/16 7:24 PM
Aug. 11 banana truck fire 3
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The Interstate 5 Exit 11 northbound off-ramp in Ashland reopened at 6:18, following a brief closure caused by a commercial truck fire. This is the second commercial truck fire on I-5 near Ashland involving a load of bananas this summer. The previous semi fire occurred on July 13. (If you can't get "The Tra La La Song" out of your head, check out this link to the Ashland Daily Tidings story from the first banana truck fire: http://goo.gl/tNoKYm).


Attached Media Files: Aug. 11 banana truck fire 3 , Aug. 11 banana truck fire 2 , Aug. 11 banana truck fire
Fatal Crash Highway 30 Saint Helens
Oregon State Police - 08/11/16 5:21 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoons two vehicle fatal crash that occurred on Highway 30 within the city limits of Saint Helens.

Preliminary investigation revealed that on August 11, 2016 at about 12:54 PM, a member of the Scappoose Police Department attempted to make an enforcement contact with a 2004 Toyota Highlander, driven by an adult male, in relation to a driving complaint on Highway 30. The operator of the Toyota Highlander initially pulled over and then fled the stop westbound on Highway 30. Scappoose Police pursued the Toyota Highlander for a short time and distance and terminated the pursuit in the interest of public safety.

At about 12:57 PM, after the pursuit had been terminated, the operator of the Toyota Highlander crashed into the back of a westbound 2012 Honda Civic, driven by an adult female, on Highway 30 within Saint Helens. The Toyota Highlander left the roadway to the north over railroad tracks and came to an uncontrolled rest down an embankment. The Honda Civic went across three lanes and left the roadway to the south going through a fence and came to an uncontrolled rest in the yard of a residence.

The male operator of the Toyota Highlander died from injuries sustained at the scene of the crash. The female operator of the Honda Civic sustained serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital in Portland for treatment.

It was determined by investigators that the operator of the Toyota Highlander was not wearing a safety belt. The female operator of the Honda Civic was wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash.

OSP troopers from the Saint Helens Worksite are continuing the investigation into the crash.
Names of involved are being withheld pending next of kin notification. More information will be released when it becomes available.

At the request of Scappoose Police Department, OSP will be conducting the crash investigation. Any inquiries regarding the initial driving complaint and pursuit prior to the crash should be directed to Scappoose Police Department for information.

No photographs available for release.

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Tip of the Week August 15, 2016 - Aggressive Driving
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 08/11/16 4:16 PM
OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF
Sheriff Curtis L. Landers
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
(541) 265-4277
Fax (541) 265-4926

TIP OF THE WEEK

Date: August 15, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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


Aggressive Driving

Eight out of 10 drivers surveyed in the AAA Foundation's annual Traffic Safety Culture Index rank aggressive driving as a "serious" or "extremely serious" risk that jeopardizes their safety.
They're right. Aggressive driving accounts for more than half of all traffic fatalities and is a factor in up to 56% of deadly vehicle crashes. Motorists are concerned with others' aggressive driving while many are guilty themselves.

Although "road rage" incidents provide some of the most shocking views of aggressive driving, many common behaviors, including racing, tailgating, failing to observe signs and regulations, and seeking confrontations with other drivers, all qualify as potentially aggressive behaviors. Speeding is one of the most prevalent aggressive behaviors. AAA Foundation studies show that speeding is a factor in one-third of all fatal crashes.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety was founded in 1947 by AAA to conduct research to address growing highway safety issues. The organization's mission is to identify traffic safety problems, foster research that seeks solutions and disseminate information and educational materials.

Despite strong public awareness and understanding of aggressive driving, many people are willing to excuse aggressive behaviors. Half of all drivers in AAA's Traffic Safety Culture Index admitted to exceeding both neighborhood and highway speed limits by more than 15% in the past 30 days. More remarkable, a quarter of drivers say they consider speeding acceptable.

As more people understand the many behaviors that can become aggressive and see their own behavior in a new light, they can begin to adopt safer driving practices and manage risk more effectively.

Do you think YOU are a calm driver? Find out by taking a short quiz on the AAA website at www.aaafoundation.org/are-you-aggressive-driver.

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


Attached Media Files: 2016-08/5490/96823/081516-Aggressive_Driving.pdf
Centennial School District Governing Board Meeting Notice for August 17, 2016
Centennial Sch. Dist. - 08/11/16 4:13 PM
The Centennial School District Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at 7:00 pm in the district office board room. During this meeting the Board will meet with search consultant, Greg McKenzie, for a question and answer session on the search processes they can consider. Reports to be presented include the: Annual Oregon English Language Learners Report and the Superintendent's Report.

Along with confirming en masse various confirmation items, the Board will consider the following board action items:
7.2.1 - Consider Approval of the Administrators Agreement
7.2.2 - Consider Modification of Dr. Paul Coakley's Interim Superintendent Contract
7.2.3 - Consider Revised Policy IGDF, Student Fund-Raising Activities
7.2.4 - Adopt the Supplemental Budget for Fiscal Year 2016/2017 for the Total Amount of $350,684
7.2.5 - Declare Board Position 3/At-Large Vacant

The complete board packet for this meeting is available on the School Board page of the Centennial School District website (www.csd28j.org).
Night paving planned for Vancouver's East Mill Plain Boulevard
City of Vancouver - 08/11/16 3:46 PM
CONTACTS:
Brooke Porter, Outreach Coordinator, City of Vancouver Public Works, 360-487-7116, brooke.porter@cityofvancouver.us

Loretta Callahan, Public Information/Community Relations, City of Vancouver Public Works, 360-487-8255 or loretta.callahan@cityofvancouver.us

Drivers who travel East Mill Plain Boulevard in Vancouver between North Garrison Road and Southeast 103rd Avenue should be prepared for night lane closures and delays next week.

Starting at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, contractors for the City of Vancouver's Pavement Management Program will begin the work of milling off the street's top surface for repaving. The work is being done during the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., typically Sunday night through Friday morning, to reduce traffic impacts on this busy street.

Those traveling through the construction zone should watch for flaggers, lane changes and closures, and be prepared for potential delays. Where possible, please consider using a different route.

The resurfacing work on East Mill Plain is expected to be completed by the end of August. Paving is highly dependent upon weather conditions, which can impact schedules.

The City of Vancouver has more than 1,800 lanes miles of streets. This year, Vancouver's Pavement Management Program will put $6.6 million to work improving and preserving streets. To further maximize resources, the East Mill Plain paving project is being coordinated with a City project to extend public sanitary sewer lines in an adjacent neighborhood.

Project maps and a complete list of streets scheduled for Pavement Management work this summer can be found online at www.cityofvancouver.us/pavement.
Health advisory for water contact at Rockaway Beach and Seal Rock State Park Beach lifted August 11
Oregon Health Authority - 08/11/16 3:41 PM
August 11, 2016

Testing shows fecal bacteria levels have subsided

The Oregon Health Authority today lifted a public health advisory for contact with marine water at Rockaway Beach, located in Tillamook County and Seal Rock State Park Beach, located in Lincoln County. OHA issued the advisory for Rockaway Beach August 9 and for Seal Rock State Park Beach August 10, after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.

Ongoing samples taken by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) show that contamination has subsided and the water no longer poses a higher-than-normal risk associated with water contact activities. However, officials recommend staying out of large pools on the beach that are frequented by birds, and runoff from those pools, because the water may contain increased bacteria from fecal matter.

State officials continue to encourage other recreational activities at all Oregon beaches, suggesting only that water contact be avoided when advisories are in effect.

Since 2003 state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state agencies participating in this program are OHA, DEQ and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0400, or call OHA toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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The International School to Cut Ribbon On New Classroom Building
The International School - 08/11/16 3:28 PM
News Release -- August 11, 2016

THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL TO CUT RIBBON ON NEW CLASSROOM BUILDING
$6 Million "Learners' Hall" Supports School's Unique Multicultural, International Baccalaureate Learning Environment

The International School, a language immersion and International Baccaulareate elementary school, will open the 2016-17 year by welcoming its 4th and 5th grade students into a brand-new classroom building. Resting on a hilltop that overlooks downtown Portland and the revitalized SW Waterfront area, 'Learners' Hall" is considered to be a major step for The International School towards providing its students with an optimal learning environment, as well as fulfilling the school's vision of becoming a center of excellence in multicultural education.

Learners' Hall was designed in accordance with the TIS mission of fostering global citizenship. Its ten large classrooms and roomy, open workspaces will encourage collaboration and mingling between the school's Chinese, Spanish, and Japanese immersion tracks. The multicultural environment helps to enable the development of the traits embodied in the school's International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, such as "knowledgeable," "open-minded," and "reflective."

"Over the course of 26 years, we have developed an exceptional academic program," says Robert Woods, Executive Director of TIS. "Now, we are building facilities that match the quality of education at TIS and help to establish us as the preeminent school for language immersion on the West Coast. This will have profound benefits for our entire community, but most notably for our students and faculty."

The School financed half of the $6 million cost and raised the remaining funds through philanthropic support. Mahlum Architects is the architect, and Triplett Wellman is the primary contractor. Learners' Hall has a number of sustainable design features, including being partially solar-powered.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Learners' Hall will be held on Monday, August 29, at 8:30am. For more information, please feel free to reach out to Katharine Simons, TIS Director of Marketing and Communications (503.226.2496 ext 109; KatS@intlschool.org). or TIS Director of Development Lauren Riegelnegg (503.226.2496 ext 117; LaurenR@intlschool.org).


About The International School

At The International School, children acquire language and culture as they learn to pursue knowledge beyond the classroom and throughout life. Students are immersed in Spanish, Japanese or Chinese while receiving a comprehensive education through our inquiry-based International Baccalaureate approach. Rather than working through a standard lesson and memorizing facts, students explore central themes and develop their own questions as they apply concepts and skills from a variety of subjects. Through this collaborative, constructivist approach, children gain deep understanding and learn the skills needed to acquire, organize, and communicate knowledge -- both in English and in fluent Chinese, Spanish, or Japanese.

The International School's small classes and international faculty provide a warm, multicultural environment that engages students in math, science, social studies and arts. Now celebrating our 26th Anniversary, we educate nearly 450 students in preschool through 5th grade. Students may start in preschool or kindergarten without prior target language experience.
Three days of fun at Tillamook Forest Center featuring 'Return from the Burn' Aug. 19-21
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/11/16 2:06 PM
Throughout the weekend the Tillamook Forest Center will host engaging activities and displays representing the history of the forest before, during and after the catastrophic fires that began in 1933.

All Three Days . . .
Get a hug from Smokey Bear and receive a free goodie bag! 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily
Meet forest firefighters and spray a fire hose! 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily
Create arts and crafts to take home

Saturday, August 20, 11:30 a.m. | Cheryl Hill - Stories from Oregon's Lookout History
Local author Cheryl Hill will talk about the history of Oregon's fire lookouts and discuss current lookouts in Oregon, as well as share hiking opportunities and offer tips on renting a fire lookout.

A STEP BACK IN TIME
This year's Tillamook Forest Center Return from the Burn no-cost event is held in conjunction with Tillamook County's "A Step Back in Time". Visit area museums and take a scenic train ride for $20. For more information, call the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum at 503-842-4553.

LOCATION, DAYS AND HOURS
The Tillamook Forest Center is located on Highway 6 at milepost 22, approximately one hour from Portland and 20 minutes from the city of Tillamook. Summer hours daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. continue through Sept. 7. Fall hours, Wednesdays -- Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. begin on Sept. 8. For more information about the Tillamook Forest Center, visit www.tillamookforestcenter.org or call 866-930-4646.
Shooting Bulletin
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/11/16 1:25 PM
CLackamas County Sheriff's Office Detectives are requesting assistance via the attached bulletin.


Attached Media Files: Detective Bulletin
911 Agencies, in NW Oregon and SW Washington to unveil text to 911 capability on August 23rd, 2016
Clark Regional Emergency Services (CRESA) - 08/11/16 12:51 PM
August 23rd, 2016 -- Vancouver, WA --
Members of the media are invited to a press conference on August 23rd, 2016 at 10:00 AM at the Clark Regional Emergency Services agency at 710 W 13th Street in Vancouver, Washington.
Eight 911 agencies will have representatives speaking about the importance of text-to-911, demonstrating the capability of how 911 dispatchers can receive and respond to text messages during emergencies. This capability will be of utmost importance if the caller is deaf, hard-of-hearing, speech impaired, for when speaking out loud would put the caller in danger.
Given some of the limitations of the technology, however, our primary message will be "Call if you can, Text if you can't" as voice calls are still the fastest way to communicate and receive help from 911.
The eight 911 agencies who will be present will include Clackamas County Department of Communications (CCOM), Marion Area Multi-Agency Emergency Telecommunications Dispatch (METCOM), Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA), Bureau of Emergency Communications (BOEC), Astoria 911, Columbia County 911, Lake Oswego Communications (LOCOM), and Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency (WCCCA).
Your presence is appreciated and will grant you access to representatives that will address information around text to 911, answer questions about text to 911, and provide you a look at live demonstration of text to 911. Members of the deaf and hard of hearing community will also be invited and this press conference will be sign interpreted.
Please RSVP no later than Thursday, August 18th, 2016 to Kristine.devore@clark.wa.gov so that you can be provided a parking pass and to facilitate logistics.
MESD Board Finance Committee Meeting 8-15-16 at 3:00 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 08/11/16 12:40 PM
The Multnomah Education Service District Board Finance Committee will meet on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220.
Vancouver and Battle Ground police conducting DUI enforcement this weekend (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 08/11/16 12:23 PM
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Vancouver, Wash. -- On August 13, 2016, Officers from the Vancouver and Battle Ground Police Departments will have additional officers enforcing the DUI laws in an effort to keep drunk, drugged and high drivers off the road. Officers, who are also drug recognition experts, will be among the officers conducting these increased DUI patrols.

The Vancouver Police Department encourages anyone who may be attending summer parties or events and will be consuming intoxicants to select a designated sober driver in advance, call a sober friend, or use a car service instead of getting behind the wheel impaired. Uber is offering first time users a special coupon code for $25 toward their first trip. Sign up for the Uber coupon code RIDEHOMEVANC at https://get.uber.com/go/ridehomevanc.

Thanks to a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, law enforcement agencies in SW Washington have extra officers conducting DUI enforcement throughout the year to help keep our roadways safer.

The Vancouver Police Department wishes everyone a happy and safe summer!



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


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Pacific University Brings NCAA Division III Football to Hawai'i
Pacific University - 08/11/16 12:16 PM
FOREST GROVE -- A historic Oregon university with strong ties to Hawai'i is making a historic venture to the islands in mid-September.

Pacific University is bringing its football team and much more to Honolulu Sept. 15-17 for three days of fun and fellowship among the university's alumni, families, current students and friends.

The Pacific University Boxers will take on Occidental College (Calif.) at Kunuiakea Stadium on the campus of Kamehameha Schools Kapalama on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. The game is believed to be the first-ever NCAA Division III football contest held in Hawai'i, and it will conclude a three-day celebration that commences Thursday, Sept. 15 with the second annual Pacific University Boxer 'Ohana Golf Tournament.

In between, a special reception for Pacific 'Ohana will take place Friday night at the Manoa Grand Ballroom, and a Boxer Nation Game Day tailgate party will be held at Shorebird Restaurant at the Outrigger Reef Hotel & Resort from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday just prior to the 5 p.m. football kickoff.

Additionally, Pacific's Board of Trustees will hold its annual board retreat in Hawai'i, led by newly appointed chair Gerald Yoshida '73 of Char Hamilton Yoshida & Shimomoto Attorneys at Law, in Honolulu. Yoshida is a 1973 alumnus who has served as a trustee since 2010 and is the first resident of Hawai'i to chair Pacific University's Board of Trustees.

Pacific University has been a home away from home for many Hawai'i residents even before the Islands entered statehood in 1959. Today, more than 3,000 Pacific alumni and 400 current students call Hawai'i home. In 2015, the Boxer football team had 28 players from Hawai'i on its roster, the second highest number in the nation behind only the University of Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors.

The long weekend begins on Thursday morning, Sept. 15 at the Ewa Beach Golf Club for the second annual Pacific University Boxer 'Ohana Golf Tournament. Friday evening's reception at the Manoa Grand Ballroom begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be attended by alumni and friends, Pacific Board of Trustee members, as well as head football coach Keith Buckley. All net proceeds from these two events help fund the 'Ohana Scholarship and the Henry Kaulia Scholarship, and help offset Pacific athletic teams' travel expenses to Hawai'i for non-conference competitions such as the football game against Occidental.

Tickets for all events, including golf tournament participation, the reception, pregame tailgate party and football game are available at pacificu.edu/hawaii2016.

Pacific University is the only mainland university with a resource office in Hawai'i to serve alumni, current and prospective students. The office opened in 2013 under founding director Gary Pacarro, a 1974 Pacific University alumnus and former trustee. Pacarro is available to discuss Pacific in Hawai'i 2016 and can be reached at 808-536-5880 or ro@pacificu.edu">gpacarro@pacificu.edu.

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Founded in 1849, Pacific University (Ore.) is a diverse and sustainable community dedicated to discovery and excellence in teaching, scholarship and practice. The university consists of colleges of Arts & Sciences, Education, Optometry, Health Professions and Business, with locations in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene, Portland and Woodburn.

Health insurers agree to serve rural counties in 2017
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 08/11/16 11:32 AM
Salem -- Several health insurance companies have agreed to continue to offer statewide individual coverage -- and in one case, expand coverage -- in 2017, the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) announced today.

All counties in Oregon will have at least two carriers participating both on and off Oregon's Health Insurance Marketplace and at least two carriers participating exclusively off the marketplace. Many of these counties were facing significant decreases in the number of health insurance companies available in the individual market in 2017.

"We are concerned about the shrinking number of options in certain areas of the state, and we asked insurance companies to reconsider their decisions to withdraw," said Patrick Allen, director of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services. "This is a short-term solution to provide more options in 2017, but we need to focus on long-term solutions to stabilize the individual market."

The changes include the following:

BridgeSpan Health, Providence Health Plan, and Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon will once again offer statewide coverage in 2017. They previously planned to limit their coverage to certain geographic areas for 2017.
ATRIO Health Plans will expand its coverage to Deschutes County.

Because these four insurers are taking more risk than they expected, Allen is allowing them to adjust their rates upward. The rate changes result in more consistent rates across the state and include the following:
BridgeSpan and Regence's statewide rates are between 3 percent and 6 percent higher than the final rates the DCBS Division of Financial Regulation approved in July.
For the counties included in Providence's original filing, the rates are about 5 percent higher than the final rates approved in July.
For the counties included in ATRIO's original filing, the rates are 2 percent to 8 percent higher than the final rates approved in July.
For the counties Providence and ATRIO added after rates were approved, the state assigned new rates equivalent to BridgeSpan's new rates.

"While bringing back these plans throughout the state is in the best interest of consumers, we know continued rate increases are not sustainable," Allen said. "In the coming months, we will work with the Governor's office, legislators, and stakeholders to develop proposals for the 2017 legislative session that address the underlying costs of health care so that Oregonians throughout the state continue to have coverage options."

For county-by-county details about coverage in the individual market, visit dfr.oregon.gov/public-resources/Documents/individual-coverage.pdf. The Division of Financial Regulation will post final premium tables for each county later this month on oregonhealthrates.org/.

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The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit dcbs.oregon.gov and dfr.oregon.gov.
Salem Police To Participate in Traffic Safety Campaign
Salem Police Dept. - 08/11/16 11:17 AM
Salem Police Officers are participating in a statewide traffic enforcement and safety campaign. The campaign consists of three designated traffic enforcement and education periods throughout the year. The first was from February 8 through February 21, the second from May 16 through May 29, and the third will be from August 22 through September 4.

The department will be increasing traffic patrols during daylight hours for the purpose of enforcing seatbelt laws, child restraint violations, minors riding in open truck beds and cell phone use (specifically texting) while driving during this two week campaign. This Oregon Safety Belt Overtime Campaign is a statewide selective traffic enforcement program that utilizes Federal funding from the US Department of Transportation. The goal of the campaign is to reduce the number of motor vehicle related deaths and injuries by increasing public awareness of laws regarding the three most prevalent factors contributing to traffic crash injuries: safety restraint use, speed and impaired drivers.

A statewide observation survey in 2015 found 97% percent of Oregon's motoring public routinely using safety belts. However, ODOT crash data reveals a safety belt use rate of only 75% among those killed in crashes in 2015. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages one through twelve years old, but the proper use of child car seats increases crash survival by 71%.

Oregon law states that a child weighing less than 40 pounds must be properly restrained in a child safety seat and a child under one year of age or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat. A child over 40 pounds and less than eight years old or is less than 4' 9" tall must be restrained in either a child seat with harness system or in a booster seat that raises the child up so that a lap and shoulder belt system fit correctly.

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

The Salem Police Department along with the Oregon Department of Transportation encourages all drivers and passengers to make a conscious effort to use their seatbelt at all times when traveling in a motor vehicle regardless of the distance traveled. We are also encouraging the proper use of child safety seats and restraints. Please contact the Salem Police Traffic Control Unit at 503-588-6171 with any questions about traffic safety.

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Reward Offered in Luccas McNeill Homicide - Crime Stoppers Featured Case #16-16 (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 08/11/16 10:57 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve an August 2016 homicide.

On Sunday August 7, 2016, at 11:54 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the 2100 block of Northeast 81st Avenue after multiple reports of gunfire.

Officers arrived in the area and found 28-year-old Luccas Demetrius McNeill down in the street next to a vehicle. Medical personnel arrived and determined that McNeill was deceased. The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined that McNeill died of gunshot wounds.

Evidence of gunfire was located at the scene and witnesses described hearing a car speed away after hearing the gunfire.

McNeill was working as a security guard at the time of his death, helping to support his mother and sister. A fund has been established to help support McNeill's family. Information about the fund may be found by visiting https://www.gofundme.com/2mpt8ztg

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

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

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

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Polk County Courthouse Closed for Suspicious Package (Photo)
Polk Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/11/16 10:55 AM
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On 8-11-2016 at about 7:40 a.m. a courthouse staff member found a suspicious bag left on the front steps of the historic courthouse in Polk County. The Sheriff's Office was notified and the bag was investigated. No one in the courts claimed the bag, so at about 8:00 a.m. the courthouse was closed and evacuated. The Salem Police Department Bomb Squad was requested to assist and they responded in less than an hour. They were able to scan the bag and then a bomb tech cleared it. The courthouse was re-opened at about 10:18 a.m.


Attached Media Files: Closer view of bag , Bag left at Courthouse entrance
UPDATE: Suspicious Death Investigation After Man Found Dead in North Portland Motel Room (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/11/16 9:48 AM
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The person found deceased on Monday afternoon has been identified as 57-year-old Brian Lloyd Littrell. Littrell had no current address at the time of his death but appears to have lived in the Portland area for many years.

The cause of death remains undetermined.

A 2011 photo of Littrell is being released to aid in this investigation.

Anyone with information about this death should contact Detective Vince Cui at 503-823-9786, vince.cui@portlandoregon.gov; or Detective Mark Slater at 503-823-9319, mark.slater@portlandoregon.gov.

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On Monday August 8, 2016, at 2:27 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the Super Value Inn, located at 5205 North Interstate Avenue, on the report that motel staff found a deceased male in one of the motel rooms.

Officers arrived at the scene and confirmed the subject was deceased. The deceased is a male in his 50s. Officers noted that circumstances in the room were suspicious-in-nature, so Homicide detectives responded to the scene along with criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division and the Medical Examiner.

The Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy on Tuesday to determine the cause and manner of death as well as confirm the identity of the deceased.

Anyone with information about this death should contact Detective Vince Cui at 503-823-9786, vince.cui@portlandoregon.gov; or Detective Mark Slater at 503-823-9319, mark.slater@portlandoregon.gov.

Photo courtesy of the Portland Police Bureau.

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Corrections Deputies and Officers to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 08/11/16 9:40 AM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of Basic Corrections Local #BCL023 on Friday August 19, 2016 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon.

We would like to invite you to join us in observing the ceremony and congratulating Basic Corrections #BCL023 on their successful completion of basic training.
The event will begin at 11 am with a reception to follow after the ceremony. Sheriff Byron Trapp of the Lane County Sheriff's Office will be the guest speaker.

The graduating students appreciate the family, friends and guests who make graduation an appropriate conclusion to their basic training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy.

Members of Graduating Class BCL023

Deputy Sheriff Spencer Bell
Coos County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Elaine Benade
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Jeremy Bowman
Coos County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Jennifer Crandell
Curry County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Bradley Davis
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Mason Dawson
Columbia County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Jennifer Essick
Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Steven Fierro
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Zachery Fierro
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Corrections Officer Arthur Galaviz
Washington County Community Corrections

Deputy Sheriff Tyler Gill
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Tanner Hanes
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Lex Harrold
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Hart
Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Samuel Hatch
Polk County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff William Koenig
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Yumi Kong
Polk County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Cody Libbett
Coos County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Rebecca Maples
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Reece McClendon
Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Jordan McDonald
Marion County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Joshua Merritt
Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Christopher Read
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Mark Rhodes
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Laura Rouse
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Asmir Sacirovic
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Ryan Sansom
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Corrections Officer Stephanie Sansom
Florence Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Elijah St. Helen
Clatsop County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Stefanie Thelin
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Amy Thomas
Linn County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Jarett Villafane
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Arryn White
Marion County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Erica Whitney
Marion County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Joshawa Wilson
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Kelci Woodbury
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Christopher Younger
Polk County Sheriff's Office



## Background Information on the BPSST and DPSST ##

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
Invalid phone number (656) 322-5468 used in Hoax Calls demanding ransom money
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/11/16 9:27 AM
Sheriff's Deputies investigated a reported "kidnapping phone call" originating from phone number (656) 322-5468. The complainant reported that she had received an alarming call on her cell phone with caller ID showing this number. The complainant told deputies that the female voice of an adult young woman was crying and sobbing and claiming she had been kidnapped and that the kidnapper had threatened to kill her. An adult male voice was heard in the background, demanding money or he would kill the woman.
Investigating deputies learned that the phone number is Invalid and has reportedly been used in numerous similar kidnap hoax calls nation-wide to unsuspecting random members of the public as well as 911 dispatch centers. It's unknown if those perpetrating this hoax are actually attempting to defraud and profit from the victims or are just trying to create unnecessary public alarm. An on line search shows numerous public complaints concerning calls received from this number. Anyone receiving a call originating from (656) 322-5468 should be advised that the call is likely a scam/hoax and immediately hang up.
Man, 46, dies in hospital after assault outside Wilsonville saloon; suspect in custody on assault charges; DA considering additional charges; tips sought (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/11/16 9:04 AM
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Please reference CCSO Case # 2016-17304

In the early morning hours of Saturday, June 25, 2016, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies contracted to the Wilsonville Police Department responded to an assault outside Wanker's Corner Saloon and Café (8499 SW Main St., Wilsonville).

The victim of the assault -- Randy Pigeon, 46, of Wilsonville -- was transported to a local hospital with severe injuries.

In the ensuring investigation, probable cause was developed to arrest 29-year-old Jorge Keymolen Jr. of Woodburn. Keymolen has been in custody at the Clackamas County Jail since July 14, 2016. He was indicted by a Clackamas County Grand Jury on charges of Assault in the Second Degree and Assault in the Fourth Degree. His complete booking info is here: http://web3.clackamas.us/roster/inmates/inmate.jsp?id=2016017304 A booking photo is attached.

On Tuesday, August 8, 2016, victim Randy Pigeon passed away in the hospital.

The Clackamas County District Attorney's Office is now considering additional charges in the case.

Any questions regarding possible additional charges against Jorge Keymolen Jr. should be directed to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office.

Questions regarding the results of the post mortem examination of Randy Pigeon should be referred to the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office.

ADDITIONAL INFO SOUGHT

This investigation is ongoing at this time. We are seeking additional tips from anyone who witnessed the incident or has additional information.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Eric Lee at 503-682-1012.

The public can also contact us using our confidential Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online e-mail form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 2016-17304.

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

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Attached Media Files: Booking photo: 29-year-old Jorge Keymolen Jr. of Woodburn
Cherriots Rideshare Recognized at International Transportation Conference
Cherriots - Salem Keizer Transit - 08/11/16 9:02 AM
Cherriots Rideshare received international recognition for innovation in transportation demand management work at the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) international conference in Portland.

Wander Walks, a downtown Salem walking map, won Rideshare the Commuting Options Award. The map has 12 suggested walks that include photos, distance and time estimates, and local sights along the route.

Cherriots collaborated with a Willamette University PACE (Practical Application for Careers and Enterprises) team on the mapping project. The PACE program is a hands-on experience for first year Willamette University MBA students. Teams of students actively apply what they are learning to real organizations.

Roxanne Rolls and Kiki Dohman accepted the award on behalf of Cherriots.

"Having a project like Wander Walks recognized at an international conference affirms the value that active transportation modes like waking bring to Oregon," said Rolls. "With the success of this map, featuring the state capital, we are now working with several local health-oriented organizations on four additional maps."

More than 450 transportation professionals from federal, state and local governments, universities, and major businesses attended the conference that kicked off with an opening reception featuring U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, a leading voice in Congress for transportation options and livable communities. This year, 80 organizations were nominated for 18 awards in categories that include marketing, research and commuting options.

The full list of 2016 winners is available online: http://actweb.org/act-national-awards-winners-named-at-portland-conference/.

ACT announced the award winners during the 2016 international conference held in Portland, July 31- Aug. 3. ACT represents major employers, public transportation departments, and private sector transportation providers to improve transportation options, livability and economic competitiveness.
Madras Woman Killed In Crash On 82ND AVE In Clackamas
Oregon State Police - 08/11/16 9:01 AM
On August 10, 2016 at about 11PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle versus a pedestrian on Highway 213 at SE Overland Street in Clackamas.

Preliminary investigation revealed a pedestrian was atemtping to cross Highway 213 (82nd Ave) when she was struck by a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe. The pedestrian, Vernita M ADAMS, of Madras, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver of the Chevrolet William E JONES JR, age 52, of Portland was not injured. JONES is fully cooperating with the investigation which is ongoing.

The northbound lanes of 82nd Ave were closed for several hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation. More information will be released when it becomes available.
Back to School Bash in N. PDX to Connect Families w/ Community Resources for Upcoming School Year
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 08/11/16 9:00 AM
(Portland, OR) August 11, 2016 -- "It takes a village to raise a child," and on August 22, 2016, that village will be North Portland coming together to help hundreds of kids get ready for school. The Salvation Army is hosting its first Back to School Bash from 11am -- 4pm at its location at 5325 N. Williams Ave. There, resources will be provided for youth and parents, specifically Middle and High School-aged kids, not only so that they can be prepared for the coming school year, but to also to prepare them for the future. Resources could include: free haircuts, food, school supplies and clothing, tutoring and homework help, nutrition and hygiene education and services, connections to medical services, career and employment support, and more.

"Our goal is to connect parents and students with the resources they need for the upcoming school year -- especially middle school and high school-aged kids," says Captain Angel Marquez, Corps Officer at The Salvation Army Moore Street Corps in North Portland. "We have noticed that younger students generally have more support available to them, so we want to make sure that all students -- no matter their age -- are able to be helped this year. This is why we are so excited to bring together community partners who have a common mission -to provide kids with the foundation they need to do well in school this year and for years to come."

Upon arrival, families are asked to check in at the front desk to receive a punch card for the event. After that, they are invited to visit areas and booths to earn a punch on the card. When completed, they can turn the punch card to win a prize.

Bring your friends out for a day filled with health, prizes, and games.

If you are a local organization who would like to participate, please contact Captain Angel Marquez at 971-340-4010 or angel.marquez@usw.salvationarmy.org. For more information, check out the event on Facebook at.facebook.com/samoorestreet/




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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army works in 124 countries worldwide. For more information, or to make a donation, visit us online at www.salvationarmyportland.org. People wishing to make monetary donations can do so by calling 503.238.GIVE (4483), or by mail, The Salvation Army, 8495 SE Monterey Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086-7844.

Friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyPortland
City lodging tax grant application deadline extended to September 14, 2016
City of Vancouver - 08/11/16 8:41 AM
The City of Vancouver has extended the deadline for lodging tax grant applications to Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 at 3 p.m. Applications are for projects or events that will increase overnight and day-visit tourism within the city. The guidelines and application for the City's lodging tax grants are available on the City's website at www.cityofvancouver.us/LodgingTaxGrants.

The lodging tax grants are available to non-profit organizations or government agencies with projects, events or activities that increase visits to the city or help increase tourism-related revenues. The grants are funded through a four percent lodging tax on hotel, motel and bed and breakfast stays.
Delays expected for bridge inspection work on northbound Interstate 5 south of Salem
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 08/11/16 8:21 AM
Motorists traveling northbound on Interstate 5 this weekend can expect delays south of Salem for bridge inspection work on the Mill Creek Bridge (milepost 252.54). The bridge is located between the Kuebler and Mission Street interchanges.

Inspections are scheduled between 6 a.m. to noon on both Saturday and Sunday, August 13-14. If needed, inspections may also occur on Saturday-Sunday, August 20-21. Motorists can expect to see at least two lanes of I-5 closed during that time which will cause delays.

The inspections are being conducted by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) as part of its Long-Term Bridge Performance Program. FHWA is inspecting a number of bridges in several western states. The Oregon Department of Transportation is coordinating the inspection work and traffic control for the Mill Creek Bridge inspection.

Motorists are encouraged to visit TripCheck.com to get the latest on any traffic delays.
Man Run Over While Trying to Flee Altercation, Critically Injured
Gresham Police Dept - 08/11/16 7:56 AM
Gresham, Ore.-- An unidentified man was critically injured near the intersection of E. Burnside St. and N.E. 188th Ave., run over late last night by a 1991 Jeep Wrangler. While detectives try to identify the victim, a man and a woman are in custody for what appears to be an intentional assault.

Officers responded to a 911 call from the 7-Eleven, 18735 E. Burnside, just after 11:45 p.m. on Wednesday for the report of a disturbance. At the time of the call, two men were physically fighting outside store.

Arriving within two minutes, officers diverted to the east side of 188th, north of the store, were a black man lay critically injured. It appears the victim was run over while on the sidewalk, by the suspect he had been fighting with.

Quickly gathering information, officers broadcast the suspects' descriptions and vehicle information. An alert officer spotted the red Jeep about seven minutes later near N.E. 185th Dr. and N.E. Sandy Blvd. Officers were able to safely get the car stopped and took the suspects into custody.

Gresham residents Russell Courtier, 38, and Colleen Hunt, 35, are under arrest and facing charges of attempt murder, assault in the first degree, and unlawful use of a weapon. Courtier is identified as the driver of the Jeep and Hunt as the passenger.

It does not appear the victim knew the suspects prior to last night's altercation. Detectives are working to learn more about what led to the initial fight and trying to understand why Courtier and Hunt chose to chase after the man and run him over.

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Pearl Harbor launches WWII 75th Anniversaries w/Oregon Dove Release on Nat'l Spirit of '45 Day, Aug 14: Brave WWII sailors honored at Willamette Nat'l Cemetery 11AM (Photo)
Oregon Spirit of '45 - 08/11/16 7:32 AM
Congressional Dignitaries and US Navy representatives will recognize the "Greatest Generation' and commemorate the upcoming 75th Anniversary of the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack ~ Bring your WWII hero's military photo to this Aug 14,11 AM Event

PORTLAND: Join us for Spirit of '45 Day at the amphitheater at Willamette National Cemetery on Sunday, August 14 at 11 am for a ceremony of honor, gratitude and remembrance to recognize the incredible contributions of the World War II generation. 75 Doves will be released signifying the 75st Anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

Spirit of '45 Day, the 2nd Sunday of every August (this year Victory in Japan 'V-J' Day), is keeping the Spirit of '45 Alive to honor the 16.1 million Americans who defended our freedom 1941-1945.

This year, the Spirit of '45 commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and honors those WWII service members of the US Navy, Marines, Merchant Marines and Coast Guard, specifically those who fought and lost their lives in the December 7,1941 attack. When you arrive at the Cemetery site, you will 'REMEMBER AND BE INSPIRED' by the Wall of Honor -- 'their faces' -- of these brave men and women surrounding the podium and displayed in the amphitheater.

Special presentations from US Senator Merkley's Office and the US Navy will honor Pearl Harbor survivor Ed Johann and the youngest WWII sailor to receive a Medal of Honor, Robert E. Bush.

Ed Johann, at age 17, rescued men on the USS Arizona on 7 December 1941 and later received the Navy commendation medal with valor for his heroic efforts. Ed, 93 years young. lives on the Oregon coast and is expected to be joined this weekend by his great grandson, one-year active duty Marine Lance Corporal Benjamin Jennings stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA.

Robert E Bush, at the age of 18, is the Navy's youngest sailor to receive the Medal of Honor. He was awarded his medal of honor by President Truman for his gallantry and intrepidity in Okinawa on May 2, 1945 --putting the life of his fellow officer before his own. Tom Brokaw dedicates a chapter to Robert in his book, "The Greatest Generation." Bush will be represented by his only daughter, Susan Ehle.

US Navy Sea Cadets and Civil Air Patrol will participate. The ceremony will include full military honors, color guard, patriotic music, the traditional salute of 21 guns and taps to recognize the contributions made by the "Greatest Generation.' Attendance is expected to exceed 1,000. The ceremony will be held in the Assembly Area near the flagpole and the Pearl Harbor Memorial. All military branches will be honored for the 16 million Americans who served (152,000 Oregonians) and nearly 500,000 (7,200 Oregonians) who lost their lives.
HELP US BUILD THE 'WWII WALL OF HONOR -- FACES OF HEROES.' Oregon Spirit of '45 enlists all families, friends and communities to bring your WWII hero's military photo to our August 14 event to honor the men and women of the WWII generation--all service branches from any state welcome. Your hero's service branch, hometown and other optional data will be helpful for our volunteers ready to add your photo to our 'wall.' You can also UPLOAD your photo and information to www.orspiritof45.org.

In 2020, during the WWII 75th Anniversary Spirit of '45 Commemorative Weekend of Aug 7-9, America will honor the achievements and virtues of men and women of this incredible generation by displaying a Wall of Honor banner of their photos collected by all states--stretching the 2-mile-long mall from The Nation's Capital steps to the Lincoln Memorial, and back to the reflecting pool of the National World War II Memorial.
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The Oregon Spirit of '45, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to commemorating the achievements and virtues of the World War II generation, on the 2nd Sunday of every August, so as to inspire future generations.

KEEP THE SPIRIT OF '45 ALIVE! is a non-profit, non-partisan initiative to preserve the legacy of the men and women of the Greatest Generation so that their example of courage, self-sacrifice, "can-do" attitude and commitment to community can help inspire a renewal of national unity in America at a time when our country once again must come together to meet historic challenges. Its goal is to establish an annual day of remembrance and national renewal to remind America of the values and accomplishments of the generation who endured the hard times of the Great Depression, fought to defeat the greatest tyranny in history, and then went on to rebuild their shattered world in an unprecedented effort to help assure a better future for both friend and former foe alike.


Attached Media Files: OR Spirit of '45 Fact Sheet , OR Spirit of '45 Aug 14 Event Flyer , WWII 75th Anniversaries Timeline , WWII Wall of Honor -- SUBMIT PHOTO , OR Spirit of '45 Logo
Vancouver House Fire (Photo)
Vancouver Fire Dept. - 08/11/16 4:39 AM
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Vancouver Firefighters responded to the report of a house fire at 1:30 am Thursday morning. Firefighters arrived to the 5700 block of 48Th street and reported flames through the roof of a two story house under construction. Heavy smoke was visible from several miles away. 2 homes adjacent to the house on fire were also damaged by the blaze. It took 24 firefighters approximately 30 minutes to bring the fire under control. No injuries were reported. This is the second fire in the same area of Vancouver in past 24 hours. The Clark County Fire Marshal's Office is currently on scene conducting an investigation. Further information will be available after the investigation is completed


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LFD Responds to 2nd Alarm Structure Fire at Entek Manufacturing (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 08/11/16 12:20 AM
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At 6:12 PM on Wednesday evening fire crews were dispatched to a report of a structure fire at the Entek Manufacturing plant. Initial reports stated the fire was discovered in one of the extruder processing lines. Firefighters from LFD found fire burning the plastic battery separator material on one of the units.

An aggressive attack by the crews stopped the fire spread within ten minutes of arrival. Crews spent approximately one hour and twenty minutes on scene to ensure all hot spots were extinguished. The Lebanon Fire District was assisted by the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District and the Albany Fire Department, as well as the invaluable staff at Entek. The Scio Fire District and Medic 71 covered all additional emergency calls while crews tended to the Entek incident.

This is the second fire involving similar equipment in the past six months. There were no injuries reported, however there was approximately $10,000 in equipment damage. All together there were nine fire apparatus on scene, two chiefs, and 27 total fire personnel.


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Wed. 08/10/16
Upcoming Labor Day DUII enforcement patrols.
Fairview Police Dept. - 08/10/16 10:47 PM
August 10th, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Fairview Police Department will be conducting DUII enforcement patrols to arrest persons driving under the influence during the upcoming Labor Day weekend. This was made possible by a grant through Oregon Impact.

Oregon Impact provides educational experiences to end impaired and distracted driving. With an emphasis on teen drivers and those that ride with them, Oregon Impact works with middle school, high schools and colleges in Oregon and SW Washington, and attends multiple community events each year to open conversations and encourage good choices.

If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone's life, and inaction could cost a life.



Source:

John Pemberton
Sergeant
Fairview Police Department


Attached Media Files: 2016-08/2172/96789/August_10_2016_Press_Release.doc
Red Cross Responds to Lafayette Fire on SE 26th Ave.
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/10/16 8:46 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a second single family fire in Lafayette, Oregon tonight at 6:15pm. The fire affected 1 adult and took place in the 12000 block of SE 126th Ave.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs including temporary housing and information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.

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

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Red Cross Responds to Lafayette, Oregon Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/10/16 7:18 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a single family fire that took place today (8/10) in Lafayette, OR. The Disaster Volunteers responded at 3:15pm to assist 1 adult and 1 child.

The Fire occurred in the 1200 block of 3rd Street.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected and information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.

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

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
OSP Continuing Crash Investigation Involving Police Officer - Jackson County
Oregon State Police - 08/10/16 7:05 PM
On August 7, 2016 at about 12:05AM, an OSP Trooper responded to the report of a two vehicle crash that occurred on E 8th Street and S Central Ave in Medford which involved a Medford Police Officer.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Medford Police Officer was responding to an emergency backup request from another Medford Police Officer. While responding with his marked 2014 Dodge Charger's lights and siren activated, he collided into a 2002 Toyota Highlander in the mentioned intersection.

After impact, the police vehicle struck a tree near the intersection. The officer, Andrew GAULT, suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford for treatment.

The driver of the Toyota, Bridgett A STOCKWELL, age 25, of Medford and a passenger in her vehicle sustained minor injuries and sought medical treatment.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.
Missing Endangered Child (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 08/10/16 6:25 PM
Elvin
Elvin
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UPDATE
Three juveniles saw Elvin walking on SW 124th and followed him to 6200 SW Hall. They then flagged down members of Washington County Search and Rescue who radioed that they thought they were out with him. Beaverton officers responded and confirmed that it was Elvin. There is no information on where he had been and I do not expect to have any of that until tomorrow.

UPDATE
Elvin has been located and is safe and was located at a residence at the 6200 block of SW Hall.

UPDATE
Washington County Search and Rescue has been conducting door to door searches since this morning. Bloodhounds are being brought out to assist in this search. Beaverton detectives have been reviewing video surveillance from business in the area to see if there is any sign of Elvin.

The Beaverton Police Department wants to thank you for helping get Elvin's photo out to Metro area.

I will update you when any new information comes in.

The family does not want to speak to media

The Beaverton Police Department needs your help in locating Elvin (Bito) Dejesus Gomez-Mendez 15 years of age, who is missing. Elinde has the mental capacity of a seven year old and speaks Spanish.

Elvin left his residence at the Allenwood apartment at approximately 7:00 p.m. on the evening of August 9, 2016. Elvin was last seen by his grandmother when he left the house with $5.00 to go to a taco truck on SW Allen Blvd. The family had been out looking for him until calling the police at 1:12 a.m. on the 10th.

Elvin is described as a 15 year old, Latino, boy, 5'6", 125 pounds, short black hair, brown eyes and goes by the name of Bito. He was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt, black pants and blue shoes. Elvin attends Beaverton High School and does not have any friends in this area.
If you see Elvin you are asked to please call the Beaverton Police at (503) 629-0111. Please help us locate him and get him back home safely.
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Attached Media Files: 2016-08/1412/96758/Missing_endangered_Elvin.pdf , Elvin
LC5 Public Notice Message
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 08/10/16 5:11 PM
The next meeting of the Lincoln County Citizen Corps Coordinating Council (LC5) will be held at 6:30pm on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners' meeting room #108, 225 West Olive Street, Newport, Oregon. An agenda is attached.


Attached Media Files: 2016-08/5490/96784/08.17.16_-_Agenda_LC5.pdf
UPDATE- High Street and Church Street Bicycle Lane Conversion
City of Salem - 08/10/16 5:08 PM
UPDATE 8/10/16
A project to convert the right hand vehicle lane on High Street and Church Street between Ferry Street and Union Street to a bicycle lane is underway.

Lines have been painted on both streets but lane markings are not yet in place.

The contractor will be working tonight to better identify the lane changes and restrictions.

Motorists are asked to use caution and avoid using the right hand lane.


Original 7/25
Construction will begin August 1, 2016, to convert the right hand vehicle lane into a bicycle lane on High and Church Streets between Union Street NE and Trade Street SE.

This project was recommended in the Central Salem Mobility Study adopted by City Council in 2013. The conversion will change these streets from three-lane roadways to bicycle-friendly streets with two traffic lanes and one buffered bicycle lane. The goal of the project is to provide bicycle commuters and recreational cyclists comfortable access to the city center from nearby neighborhoods. The project is being funded by a combination of Urban Renewal Revenues and Gas Tax Funds.

The project will include restriping of the lanes on both streets and parking modifications to accommodate the lane adjustments and increased bicycle traffic. There will also be limited pavement and sidewalk improvements. In order to construct this project with as little disruption as possible, the work will primarily occur at night between 8 p.m. and 5:30 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. Work is schedule to be complete by September 15, 2016.

If you have any questions or concerns about this project, please contact Julie Titchbourne at 503 588-6211 or jtitchbourne@cityofsalem.net.
TOMORROW: Media Invited to Public Art Lighting & Dedication Ceremony in Hillsboro
City of Hillsboro - 08/10/16 4:53 PM
When the sun sets in Hillsboro on Thursday, August 11, the Shute Park Library will be transformed into a canvas for colored shadows, with images conveying the thoughts and dreams of Hillsboro residents.

Media members are invited to the unveiling of the public art piece, Shute Seeds, with the inauguration of the lighting on Thursday, August 11, at 8:30 pm after the Showtime at Shute concert. The dedication ceremony of the work will be a culminating celebration of a long community-engagement process that valued collaboration to represent the neighborhood and engage visitors.

WHAT: Shute Seeds - a stainless steel sculpture with color-changing LED lighting.
WHEN: Thursday, August 11, at 8:30 pm
WHERE: Hillsboro's Shute Park Library (at Shute Park), 775 SE 10th Avenue, Hillsboro

Including the community was one of the goals that the Public Art Selection Committee set for the project. After artist Blessing Hancock was selected among over 170 applicants, she received and orientation from Library and Arts leaders, as well as a background of the community before meeting with a Latino resource group to get inspiration. Then, visitors to the library, as well as local students and the general public contributed ideas to build the artwork.

South Meadows Middle School students enthusiastically added a personal touch. Student Joselene Roman noted, "I drew roses because they remind me of my mother. She means the world to me and she loves roses. I wanted to look into the inside of the flower."

Erich Flint, another South Meadows student, highlighted Hillsboro's natural beauty with the view of Mt Hood in the distance, surrounded by trees and plants.

"You would be hard-pressed to find a better real-world connection than a sculpture in the local community that is designed by community members themselves," said Brian Cook, Art Teacher at South Meadows Middle School.

The City's Public Art program strives to provide memorable public places that strengthen our community, celebrating our cultural diversity while enlivening our neighborhoods. Hillsboro Public Art is a program of the Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department. More information about Hillsboro's Public Art Program can be found at www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/publicart.
Supported Bicycle Tours Offered on Two Scenic Bikeways Sept. 17-18 (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 08/10/16 4:19 PM
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UPDATE: Corrected info on Blue Mountain Century - overnight stay in Heppner (not Ukiah).

Proponents of two Oregon Scenic Bikeways have organized fully supported bicycle tours the weekend of Sept. 17-18, complete with support vehicles, meals and luggage shuttles.

This is the perfect way to ride the Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway from Estacada to Detroit or Blue Mountain Century Scenic Bikeway that starts and ends in Heppner. Participants can enjoy these challenging rides and steep climbs without having to haul extra water, food, change of clothes and other gear.

The Estacada Development Association presents the second annual Cascading Rivers Ride, a two-day, 144-mile ride along the wild and scenic Clackamas River with more than 3,000 feet of climbing--and descending! Participants will stay overnight in Detroit at a hotel or at Detroit Lake State Park. Estacada Development Association is also offering a series of shorter one-day rides. All options leave from Estacada. Register at
http://estacadadevelopmentassociation.org/mainstreet/cascading-rivers-ride/

The cost for the two-day Cascading Rivers Ride is $85, including ride support, two lunches, breakfast and an after-ride meal. Lodging not included.

Heppner Chamber of Commerce presents the fifth annual Blue Mountain Century Ride, featuring 108 miles starting and ending in Heppner. Participants will stay overnight in Heppner at a hotel or local campground. This ride features some of the most remote and scenic road riding in Oregon. Register at http://www.heppnerchamber.com/recreation-cycling

The cost of the Blue Mountain Century ride is $85, which includes Saturday lunch, Saturday evening barbecue, light snacks, transportation from Heppner to the ride's start in Ukiah, support during the ride and facilities at rest stops. Lodging not included.

Links for printable maps ride descriptions can be found at http://www.oregonscenicbikeways.org


Attached Media Files: 2016-08/1303/96731/Cascading_Rivers.JPG , 2016-08/1303/96731/Blue_Mountain_Century.jpg
Early Morning Shooting Investigation in Southeast Portland's Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 08/10/16 3:52 PM
On Wednesday August 10, 2016, at 4:02 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of gunfire at a home in the 5700 block of Southeast 120th Avenue.

Officers arrived in the area and spoke to one of the residents who pointed out several bullets that were fired into the home. The resident did not have any suspect information. A nine-year-old boy was sleeping on the couch was narrowly missed by the bullets.

There is no suspect information and no apparent gang nexus.

Anyone with information about this shooting may send a tip to CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov.

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TOMORROW: 225 Hillsboro Volunteers Will Build Playground in Six Hours
City of Hillsboro - 08/10/16 3:49 PM
Thursday, August 11, 8:30 am -- 2:30 pm
Photo/Interview Opportunities Available

WHAT:
More than 225 volunteers from CarMax (@CarMax), Hillsboro Parks & Recreation (@Hillsboroparks), Hillsboro Community Foundation, organizers from KaBOOM! (@kaboom) and Hillsboro residents will join forces on Thursday, August 11, to give area kids a new playground to explore, imagine and create. The design is based on children's drawings created at a special design event in May.

WHEN:
Thursday, August 11
8:30 am to 9 am - Kick-off ceremony
10 am to 1 pm - Best viewing of playground construction
1 pm to 2:30 pm - Final construction phase
2:30 pm to 3 pm - Ribbon-cutting ceremony
(Times approximate)

WHERE:
McKinney Park
375 NW Dennis Ave
Hillsboro, OR 97124

WHO:
-225 volunteers from CarMax, Hillsboro Parks & Recreation, Hillsboro Community Foundation, and the local Hillsboro community
-Local representative, CarMax
-Jerry Willey, Mayor, City of Hillsboro
-Scott Eisenstein, President, Hillsboro Community Foundation

WHY:
A playground is more than a playground. It's a brain expander, friend maker and muscle builder. Play is central to a child's ability to grow into a productive adult. It enables children to learn, grow and simply enjoy being a kid.

Currently, the playground at McKinney Park is over 20 years old and in need of replacement. This playspace will bring Hillsboro one step closer to becoming more playable, by making it easier for kids to get the balanced and active play they need to thrive. A playful child has unlimited potential, and in building this playground together, more than 1,400 Hillsboro kids will have the play-filled childhood they deserve.

Since 1996, KaBOOM! has been dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids because KaBOOM! believes #playmatters for all kids.

The CarMax Foundation has provided the majority of the funding for the playground through its national partnership with KaBOOM!, supporting The Foundation's commitment to furthering the cause of children's healthy living. The project is among 33 playgrounds The CarMax Foundation and KaBOOM! will build across the country by the end of 2018 -- a $5 million investment.

The Portland Trail Blazers will support the event with appearances from their mascot, Blaze the Trail Cat, as well as members of the Blazer Dancers. CarMax is an Official Partner of the team.

VISUALS:
-Before and after shots
-Volunteers assembling, carrying, and installing brightly colored playground equipment
-Volunteers moving 77,760 cubic feet of safety surfacing by hand
-Ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the playground

Hillsboro Parks & Recreation
Formed in 1975, Hillsboro Parks & Recreation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in our community by providing exceptional facilities, a comprehensive park system and diverse recreational programs. The department provides thousands of year-round recreational opportunities for people of all ages and abilities in its 28 parks and eight recreational facilities. For more information, visit Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/ParksRec.

Hillsboro Community Foundation
The Hillsboro Community Foundation enhances the livability and quality of life in our community by promoting and facilitating charitable giving to address local needs. In fulfilling its mission, the Hillsboro Community Foundation serves as an ambassador to promote the needs of the Hillsboro community; raises awareness about the role of philanthropy in achieving community goals; connects donors to community causes they care about and the organizations, projects and programs that meet their philanthropic goals and manages donor advised charitable funds in support of the many and varied community organizations, programs and events that bring Hillsboro to life.

The CarMax Foundation
The CarMax Foundation is designed to enrich the communities where our associates live and work and has donated more than $30 million since 2003. Funding programs are made available through a portion of CarMax, Inc.'s pre-tax profits. CarMax, a member of the FORTUNE 500 and the S&P 500, and on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For(R) list for 12 consecutive years, is the nation's largest retailer of used vehicles. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, CarMax currently operates 161 superstores in 79 markets. The CarMax consumer offer features low, no-haggle prices, a broad selection of CarMax Quality Certified used vehicles, and superior customer service. During the 12 months ending February 29, 2016, the company retailed 619,936 used cars and sold 394,437 wholesale vehicles at our in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com. For more information on The CarMax Foundation, visit foundation.carmax.com.

Portland Trail Blazers
Members of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Portland Trail Blazers were founded in 1970 and purchased by Paul G. Allen in 1988. The team's rich heritage includes 32 playoff appearances, three trips to the NBA Finals, an NBA championship in 1977 and a commitment to community service and sustainability. The Trail Blazers are dedicated to positively impacting underserved kids and their families throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington where they live, learn and play. Portland is the first and only professional sports franchise to receive the prestigious National Points of Light Award for excellence in corporate and community service. The Trail Blazers home arena, the Moda Center, earned LEED Gold Recertification in 2015 after becoming the first existing professional sports venue in the world to receive LEED Gold status in 2010. The team is also one of the founding members of the Green Sports Alliance. For more information, visit www.trailblazers.com.

About KaBOOM!
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids -- particularly those growing up in poverty in America -- the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,300 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 8.1 million kids. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives. To learn why #playmatters: visit kaboom.org or join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom.


Attached Media Files: 2016-08/2850/96556/Hillsboro_Build_-_Media_Advisory_FINAL.pdf
MESD Board Regular Session 8-16-16 at 6:00 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 08/10/16 3:45 PM
The Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220 in the Board Room.
MESD Board Executive Session 8-16-16 at 5:45 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 08/10/16 3:41 PM
The Board of Directors will meet in Executive Session at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 in the Board Room at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220. This Executive Session is called under: ORS 192.660(2)(h): To consult with counsel concerning the legal rights and duties of a public body with regard to current litigation or litigation likely to be filed.
MESD Board Work Session 8-16-16 at 5:00 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 08/10/16 3:37 PM
The Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 for a Work Session at 5:00 p.m. in the Board Room at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220.
Gang Enforcement Team Investigating Tuesday Night Shooting in East Portland - No Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 08/10/16 3:30 PM
On Tuesday August 9, 2016, at 11:04 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a report of gunfire in the 15900 block of East Burnside Street.

Officers arrived in the area and located evidence of gunfire and damage to a residence. Officers spoke with occupants of the apartment who were not cooperative with police. Officers learned that at least six people were inside the apartment at the time of the shooting, including a teenager who was sleeping right below where the bullets entered the apartment.

Based on information learned at the scene, the shooting is believed to be gang-related.

Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to contact Detective Bryan Declercque at 503-823-2056, bryan.declercque@portlandoregon.gov.

The Tactical Operations Division's Gang Enforcement Team (GET) and Gun Task Force (GTF) are continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106 or email information to gangs@portlandoregon.gov.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

The Portland Police Bureau works closely with Enough is Enough PDX, a community-led campaign aimed at encouraging people to take a stand against gang violence in the area.

For more information about Enough is Enough PDX and how you can get involved, please visit https://www.facebook.com/EnoughIsEnoughPDX

Additional information about Enough is Enough PDX and other City efforts addressing youth violence can be found at the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, http://www.portlandonline.com/safeyouth/

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous. Rewards of up to $1,000 are available for other unsolved felony crimes - $2,500 for unsolved homicides.

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

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50 and better summer health, wellness fair at Luepke Center Aug. 18
City of Vancouver - 08/10/16 2:50 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- A Caring Closet and Vancouver Parks and Recreation's 50 and Better Program will host a free summer health and wellness fair at the Luepke Senior Center on Thursday, Aug. 18.

The fair starts at 10 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m. The Luepke Senior Center is located at 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd. in Vancouver, right behind the Marshall Community Center. The fair is geared toward people age 50 and up, but is open to all.

Highlights of the fair include free walker/wheelchair repair, a blood pressure clinic, a variety of health and wellness education presentations and booths, live music and prize raffles. Attendees will receive an additional raffle ticket for each Durable Medical Equipment item donated to A Caring Closet. There will also be a free espresso bar in the morning and a free ice cream sundae bar in the afternoon.

For more information about Vancouver Parks and Recreation's 50 and Better Program, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/50andBetter.

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Oregon Students compete in national robotics competition aboard the International Space Station
Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum - 08/10/16 2:37 PM
itucatey August 12th, 2016 students from across Oregon will gather at Evergreen 3D theater on the Museum Campus, starting at 6 am, to watch a live broadcast of astronauts, Jeffrey Williams and Oleg Skripochka. They will be controlling satellites aboard the International Space Station with computer code written by Oregon students as part of their Zero Robotics summer learning program.

Zero Robotics is a robotics programming competition that allows middle-school and high school students to work in teams to code and control Synchronized, Position, Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES). The game/challenge is designed by MIT students and changes every year to reflect a current need/research area of NASA. This year's game, SpySPHERES challenged teams to retrieve broken satellite debris while at the same taking and uploading pictures of the other SPHERE. Players also have to be wary of fuel and energy consumption and plan accordingly. During the five-week program middle school students have worked to learn physics, mathematics, and computer programming through interactive activities and hands-on experience programming the SPHERES. Students spent much of the summer learning to write computer programs and formulating strategies for their SPHERES in anticipation of the final competition.

The Middle School Zero Robotics Summer Program began five years ago in the Boston area, centered around the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and has since grown to a program with locations around the country, including Alabama, California, Colorado, D.C. Metro/Maryland, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, Texas, West Virginia and Washington. "The true innovators of the future are the ones that know how to
program computers, not just how to use them." says Alvar Saenz-Otero, Director of the MIT Space Systems Laboratory. "That is why Zero Robotics teaches programming starting in Middle School." Zero Robotics is led by MIT's Space Systems Laboratory, which originally designed the SPHERES, with partners MIT, Aurora Flight Sciences and the Innovation Learning Center. The Middle school competition is sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), the Northrop Grumman Foundation, and NASA.

Learn more about Zero Robotics and SPHERES research by visiting www.zerorobotics.mit.edu or www.nasa.gov/spheres/home; Or by contacting Dr. Alvar Saenz-Otero, SPHERES Lead Scientist & MIT Space Systems Laboratory Director:zerorobotics@mit.edu

Evergreen Museum Campus:
Located in the heart of Oregon's Willamette Valley wine country, the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum ("EASM") is the home of the world's largest wooden flying boat, the "Spruce Goose," the SR-71 "Blackbird," and the Titan II SLV Missile. Located on over 200 acres and encompassing four massive and magnificent buildings, the EASM exhibits more than 200 historic aircraft, spacecraft, accessible to visitors of all ages and enhanced with artwork and traveling exhibits. The Museum values its educational mission "to inspire and educate" and it's partnerships with the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, the Oregon Space Consortium and the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program, and scores of regional educational institutions.
Upcoming Workshop Teaches You How to Raise Your Own Chickens (Photo)
Columbia Springs - 08/10/16 1:44 PM
Learn how to raise your own farm fresh eggs at a Backyard Chickens Workshop
Learn how to raise your own farm fresh eggs at a Backyard Chickens Workshop
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Want access to farm fresh eggs right in your own home? Learn the basics of raising your own chickens at a Columbia Springs Backyard Chickens Workshop! Chickens are a great way to provide your own food, and can help you reduce waste by consuming some of your kitchen scraps. Whether you have a few feet or a few acres, you can raise chickens effectively. Join us to receive resources and tips on coops, feed and feeders, rules and regulations, flock health and size, caring for eggs, and more.

When: Thursday, September 1st, 6-8pm
Where: Columbia Springs Swift Classroom, 12208 SW Evergreen Hwy, Vancouver, WA
Cost: $5 suggested donation

Pre-registration is required for workshops. To learn more and register, visit columbiasprings.org. For questions, email workshops@columbiasprings.org or call 360-882-0936 x224.


Attached Media Files: Learn how to raise your own farm fresh eggs at a Backyard Chickens Workshop
Expect detours on U.S. 20 until fall east and west of Interstate 5
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 08/10/16 12:54 PM
Through the end of September, travelers on U.S. 20 should expect detours on the west and east sides of Interstate 5 due to construction road closures just west of Eddyville (west) and 26 miles east of Sweet Home at the Sheep Creek Bridge (east). Many travelers take this route as a scenic trip across Oregon.

U.S 20 Sheep Creek Bridge closure will last through the end of September. The highway is fully closed from milepost 54 to 56.9. The bridge is out. There is no local detour.
Eastbound travelers should take OR 20 from Lebanon to OR 226 to OR 22, or OR 126 from Springfield.
Westbound travelers should take OR 22 to OR 226, or OR 126 from Santiam Junction.
The road is open between Sweet Home and the bridge on the west side and from Santiam Junction to the bridge from the east. Campgrounds and recreation areas will continue to be open and accessible. A span of the bridge and abutments are being repaired due to damage from an active slide area.
For more information, including a detour map and videos on the project, go to:
https://oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION2/Pages/US-20-Sheep-Creek-Bridge-Phases-1-and-2--.aspx

U.S. 20 Pioneer Mountain-Eddyville Project overnight road closures are scheduled to begin on August 14 and will last through the end of October between mileposts 15.84 and 16.91. Closures will occur Sunday through Thursday between the hours of 7:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. There is no local detour. Minimal construction delays should be expected in the area during the day.
Travelers should take OR 18 or OR 34 when the roadway is closed.
This project will create five-and-a-half miles of new road, bypassing a 10-mile section of the original U.S. 20 that was built in 1917. For more information, go to:
http://us20pme.com

U.S. 20 travelers are encouraged to check TripCheck or call 511 for the latest in travel information.
Oregon Cultural Trust awards record $2.9 million to Oregon cultural nonprofits (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 08/10/16 11:57 AM
The DAlles-Wasco County Library Foundation Little Makers program in The Dalles
The DAlles-Wasco County Library Foundation Little Makers program in The Dalles
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Salem, Ore. -- A record 149 grants totaling $2.9 million will be awarded to Oregon's cultural nonprofits by the Oregon Cultural Trust in fiscal year 2016-17, a 9 percent increase over last year. The increase is the direct result of another record year of fundraising.

The awards include a total of $714,045 to the Cultural Trust's five statewide partners (Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Humanities, Oregon Historical Society and the State Historic Preservation Office); $714,045 to 45 county and tribal cultural coalitions -- for regranting in their communities; and $1,433,798 in competitive Cultural Development Grants to a record 99 cultural organizations across the state. Cultural coalition base awards rose from $6,000 to $6,300; total coalition grants include a per capita multiplier that ranges from $15.62 for the Burns Paiute Tribe to .12 for the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition.

"The uniqueness of the Cultural Trust in the national landscape is a testament to Oregonians' dedication to supporting culture," said Carole Morse, chair of the Cultural Trust Board. "More than 10,000 families, individuals and businesses invest in the Trust every year to ensure future generations have access to active and culturally vibrant communities."

"It is extremely gratifying to see the numbers continue to rise," said Brian Rogers, the Cultural Trust's executive director. "We are grateful to the legislature for the flexibility to award more of the money we raise to the groups contributing to Oregon's cultural vitality. It's an investment in the creative expression and cultural exchange that makes Oregon so special."

The Cultural Development Grants include first-time awards to 45 organizations and the largest grants ever awarded -- $40,000 -- to eight groups: The Benton County Historical Society; The Dalles-Wasco County Library Foundation; Japanese Garden; Miracle Theatre Group; National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in Oregon; Oregon Public Broadcasting; Oregon Shakespeare Festival; and Portland Center Stage. More than half of the grants were awarded to organizations outside of the Portland Metro area. Cultural Development Grants fund projects that address access, capacity, creativity and preservation.

Cultural Development Grants were awarded to:
Note: Grant recipients are organized alphabetically by geographic regions (Central Oregon, Coast, Eastern Oregon, Gorge, Portland Metro, Willamette Valley and Southern Oregon)Photos available by request.

Central Oregon
Camp Sherman Historical Society, Camp Sherman (Preservation): $8,013
Fireplace Restoration: To support restoration and repair of the masonry fireplace in a shelter constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corp at the Camp Sherman Campground.

Deschutes Public Library Foundation, Bend (Creativity): $12,994
A Novel Idea: To support the community read program, which includes more than 30 book discussions, cultural programs, art workshops, exhibits and scholarly presentations.

OperaBend, Bend (Access): $14,881
Puccini's "La Boheme:" To support the presentation of the touring production across rural parts of Oregon.

Playa, Summer Lake (Creativity): $31,239
Residencies: To support the confluence of artists and scientists coming together for residencies and related activities.

Women's Civic Improvement League DBA KPOV, Bend (Capacity): $7,835
Radio Signal Expansion: To support an expansion of KPOVs signal throughout Central Oregon in order to reach new audiences and better serve existing listeners.


Coast
Chetco Historical Memorial Committee, Brookings (Preservation): $15,428
Native American Historical Site Preservation: To support Oregon's cultural heritage by preserving the remains of a prehistoric Native American site at the Port of Brookings Harbor, Oregon.

Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay (Creativity): $8,390
50th Anniversary Art Exhibitions: To support the 16 special art exhibitions from October 2016 through July 2017 for the organization's 50th anniversary.

Little Theatre on the Bay, North Bend (Capacity): $16,984
Restroom Construction: To support the needs of patrons of North Bend's historic Liberty Theatre by adding accessible and appropriately sized restrooms.

Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, Newport (Capacity): $13,353
Designing an Expansion: To support a community planning process that refines the architectural and infrastructure designs for the expansion of Newport's Performing Arts Center.

South Coast Folk Society, North Bend (Creativity): $11,349
Folk Orchestra Formation: To support a permanent folk orchestra on the Southern Oregon Coast to enrich cultural life and bring new resources to local communities.

Monday Musical Club of Tillamook, Tillamook (Capacity): $9,133
Executive Director Hire: To support hiring the Monday Musical Club of Tillamook's first employee, an executive director, to increase organizational stability.


Eastern Oregon
Drexel H. Foundation, Vale (Capacity): $16,585
Programming Staff Hire: To support Cultural Programming Staff to improve capacity to coordinate volunteers and to improve marketing and outreach.

Eastern Oregon Regional Arts Council, La Grande (Capacity): $8,548
Additional Staff: To increase capacity with additional staff to manage local and regional arts programming.

Four Rivers Cultural Center, Ontario (Preservation): $11,376
The Preservation of Photographs of Japanese Americans: To support the digitization of 40,000 to 60,000 negative photos from two local commercial photographers essential to the history of Ontario from 1945-1985.

Grande Ronde Symphony Association, La Grande (Access): $12,143
Orchestral and Chamber Music Concerts: To support four public orchestral concerts and a series of four chamber concerts serving audiences in a rural isolated region.


Gorge
Arts in Education of the Gorge, Hood River (Access): $13,107
Art of Community: To support the creation of a bilingual art map and other activities to increase Hispanic access to the Art of Community public art project.

Columbia Arts, Hood River (Creativity): $9,688
Japanese Culture and Art Celebration: To support and explore the richness of Japanese culture and art in Oregon through a variety of art forms in a month-long celebration.

Confluence Project, Hood River (Access): $21,303
Confluence Oral History Project: To reconnect generations of Native people to place, each other and the broader community through the power of storytelling and art making.

The Dalles-Wasco County Library Foundation, The Dalles (Capacity): $40,000
Teen Programming Room and Digital Media Lab: To support repurposing an existing library facility to create a teen programming room and digital media lab for students in 6th-12th grades.


Portland Metro
Bag&Baggage Productions, Hillsboro (Creativity): $8,254
The Drowning Girls: To support the Pacific Northwest Premiere of "The Drowning Girls," a haunting drama featuring an all-women production and performance team.

Boom Arts, Inc., Portland (Creativity): $7,100
Spiritrials: To support the Portland presentation of "Spiritrials," a timely, imaginative theatre production about racial profiling and drug sentencing laws.

Chamber Music Northwest, Portland (Creativity): $23,490
2017 Festival: To support Chamber Music Northwest's 2017 Festival, to focus on music created by women composers, including five new commissions as well as classic works.

Classical Up Close, Tigard (Access): $5,562
Classical Up Close Spring Chamber Music Festival: To support the fifth annual Classical Up Close Spring Chamber Music Festival, with free concerts presented all over Portland.

CymaSpace, Portland (Access): $6,045
Purchase New Equipment: To support the purchase of new equipment in order to expand access to cultural programming available to deaf and hard of hearing communities.

Ethos, Portland (Access): $17,992
Music Education Access: To support in-school music education opportunities for youth in rural Oregon communities.

Experience Theatre Project, Beaverton (Creativity): $9,133
The Tempest: To ensure and grow vibrant theatre arts in Beaverton and greater Washington County by producing a free outdoor production of "The Tempest" in the summer of 2017.

Friends of Historic Forest Grove, Forest Grove (Preservation): $7,621
The A.T. Smith House: To support the creation of a preservation plan for the Historic A.T. Smith House for contextual, educational and historic tourism programming.

Hand2Mouth, Portland (Creativity): $11,087
Psychic Utopia: To support the early development of a theatre work inspired by Oregon communes and created through engagements with communities across the state.

Historic Preservation League of Oregon dba RESTORE OREGON, Portland (Preservation): $20,352
Oregon's Most Endangered Places: To support an expanded program to save Oregon's Most Endangered Places by increasing staff and state-wide programming.

Hollywood Theatre, Portland (Creativity): $18,522
Hollywood Theatre Annex: To support the creation of a Hollywood Theatre multimedia art space showcasing local film/video works at the Portland International Airport.

Imago Theatre, Portland (Creativity): $7,727
Presentation of a Greek Tragedy: To support presenting a Greek tragedy in which text, stagecraft and staging are unified into one powerful force accessible to a wide audience.

Japanese Garden, Portland (Capacity): $40,000
Construction of Gallery and Performance Venues: To support exhibiting and demonstrating Japanese and Japan-inspired visual and performing arts.

Kukatonon Childrens African Dance Troupe, Portland (Capacity): $12,261
West African Dance and Drumming program: To support a culturally authentic West African dance and drumming program serving primarily low-income youth.

Literary Arts, Portland (Access): $17,949
Oregon Book Awards Tour: To support literary excellence in writing by Oregonians, and to facilitate a statewide author tour.

MediaRites, Portland (Preservation): $9,288
Crossing East Archive-Oregon Stories: To support the Crossing East Archive-Oregon Stories, part of an oral history archive project highlighting Asian American and Pacific Islander history.

Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Portland (Access): $8,881
Beginning Strings Programs: To create access to music through peer-to-peer education at underserved schools as well as the Tuition Assistance and tuition-free Beginning Strings programs.

Miracle Theatre Group, Portland (Capacity): $40,000
El Centro Milagro and El Zocalo: To support improvements to El Centro Milagro's exterior and El Zocalo to improve amenities and services for community and creative partners.

Mittleman Jewish Community Center, Portland (Creativity): $5,000
Lobby Gallery Update: To support the creation of a flexible gallery space supporting visual art exhibits at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center.

My Voice Music, Portland (Access): $13,650
Learning Opportunities for Youth: To help marginalized youth cope, heal and thrive through ongoing musical instruction, leadership opportunities and positive adult mentorship.

Newspace Center for Photography, Portland (Access): $17,164
Hidden Assembly: To support Hidden Assembly, an exhibition, and corresponding public programs to reach new audiences and increase awareness of the hidden labor market.

Northwest Childrens Theater and School, Portland (Creativity): $21,905
Sleeping Beauty: To support Northwest Childrens Theater and School's first puppet play and the development of five distinct characters that will become new playful faces representing the organization's mission.

Obo Addy Legacy Project, Portland (Access): $6,533
Expressions of Africa: To support a two-day event to encourage youth participation in a jazz and African music event.

Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland (Creativity): $28,168
Choreography XX: To support the creation and free public presentation of three world premiere ballets by female choreographers with Oregon Ballet Theater's new Choreography XX initiative.

Oregon Children's Theatre, Portland (Access): $18,272
Tomás and the Library Lady: To support the production and tour of "Tomás and the Library Lady" in Oregon communities, coupled with community engagement and literacy programs.

Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland (Access): $18,739
A. Susana Santos Journeys in Creativity: To support the A. Susana Santos Journeys in Creativity program for Native American communities, primarily high school students, throughout Oregon.

Oregon Contemporary Theatre, Portland (Creativity): $9,229
Blue Door: To support a production of Tanya Barfield's "Blue Door" in Oregon Contemporary Theatre's 2016-2017 season, a first-time partnership with Profile Theatre.

Oregon Public Broadcasting, Portland (Access): $40,000
Oregon Experience: To support the production of the 2016-2017 season of Oregon Public Broadcasting's award-winning history documentary series Oregon Experience.

Oregon Repertory Singers, Portland (Creativity): $7,563
The Armed Man: To support the Portland premiere of "The Armed Man," a multicultural mass for peace by Karl Jenkins performed by Oregon Repertory Singers and orchestra.

Pendulum Aerial Arts, Portland (Capacity): $7,528
Head of School Hire: To support the addition of a new Head of School, a senior-level position in charge of the training academy, the defining element of Pendulum Aerial Arts' mission.

PHAME, Portland (Capacity): $11,535
PHAME Forward: Phase 1: To support a multi-year capacity building and program expansion initiative.

Portland Baroque Orchestra, Portland (Creativity): $19,681
PBO Chamber Series: To support an innovative chamber series to create artistic opportunities that attract a new generation of top period musicians to the region for the Portland Baroque Orchestra.

Portland Center Stage, Portland (Creativity): $40,000
2017 JAW-A Playwrights Festival: To support the creation of new theatrical works during Portland Center Stage's 2017 JAW-A Playwrights Festival.

Portland Chamber Orchestra, Portland (Creativity): $30,341
Global Harmonies: To support 70 years of music in five programs culminating in Global Harmonies, a program of brotherhood with the Chief Joseph Symphony featuring Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland (Access): $16,632
Time-Based Art Festival: To support the planning and implementation of the 14th annual Time-Based Art Festival.

Portland Piano International, Portland (Creativity): $5,000
The Clearing: To support the inaugural presentation of The Clearing, a contemporary music festival scheduled for Nov. 7-13, 2016 at Portland State University.

Portland State University Foundation, Portland (Preservation): $5,000
Preservation of Historic Newspapers: To support preservation of the historic newspapers of Oregon's African American community to ensure the paper's long-term security and accessibility.

Portland Story Theater, Portland (Access): $5,000
Urban Tellers-Refugee Stories: To support a workshop and show dedicated to personal narratives from Portland's refugee community.

Portland SummerFest, Portland (Creativity): $6,076
Opera in Portland's Washington Park: To support the presentation of a free annual concert-style Opera in Portland's Washington Park with world-class singers and a professional local chorus and orchestra.

Portland Youth Philharmonic Association, Portland (Creativity): $8,113
Symphony Performance by Tomas Svoboda: To support the world premiere of a 1963 symphony by Tomas Svoboda to be performed in Corvallis, Newberg and Portland, and distributing a recording.

Profile Theatre, Portland (Creativity): $7,426
Commissioning of a Play: To support the commissioning and development of a new play by the featured 2018 season playwright, resulting in a world premiere.

SMART (Start Making A Reader Today), Portland (Access): $8,363
Purchase Literature: To support increased access to literature representing diverse cultural perspectives for children.

Staged! Musical Theatre, Portland (Creativity): $5,000
John Hughes High: To support workshops and a presentation of an original musical theatre piece written by Mark LaPierre and Eric Nordin with leading roles for teens.

Tavern Books, Portland (Creativity): $15,251
Tavern Books' Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series: To support the expansion of Tavern Books' Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series, including the addition of a writer's residency for young female poets.

The Library Foundation, Portland (Access): $6,527
Everybody Reads Program: To support the Everybody Reads program for 2,000 teens in high-risk schools, including books, study guides and transportation to an author visit.

The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in Oregon, Newberg (Preservation): $40,000
Hoover-Minthorn House Museum: To support structural stabilization of the Hoover-Minthorn House Museum as a necessary step to the preservation of the museum.

The Portland Ballet, Portland (Capacity): $9,174
Studio Expansion: To support expansion of the smallest of the Portland Ballet's three studios, adding 400 square feet.

The Shadow Project, Portland (Access): $15,449
SuperSensory Literacy: To support the installation of SuperSensory Literacy spaces in public schools, making reading more accessible to children with learning challenges.

triangle productions!, Portland (Access): $6,002
The Brown Paper Bag Series: To support the production of a play and a workshop project in order to expand triangle's community outreach programming.

Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Portland (Capacity): $20,463
Third Rail's Membership Model: To support the Third Rail's Membership Model and programming with increased marketing resources and a dedicated marketing position.

Vibe of Portland, Portland (Capacity): $12,295
Fundraising Project: To support Vibe's fundraising capacity, enabling Vibe to expand its arts education programs to meet community demand for arts education.

Wisdom of the Elders, Inc, Portland (Access): $20,950
Documentary Film Series: To support a documentary film series with cultural arts of Oregon tribes, including storytelling, music and dance, carving and basket weaving.


Southern Oregon
Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre, Talent (Capacity): $8,968
Business Plan Development: To support the creation of a strategic business plan to ensure the long-term sustainability of Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre.

Chamber Music Concerts, Ashland (Access): $6,255
Creating Access for Audience Members: To support presentations of chamber music to potential audience members who are precluded from enjoying performances due to hearing and mobility impairments.

JPR Foundation, Ashland (Preservation): $13,233
Holly Theatre Restoration: To support the restoration of auditorium chandeliers and the fabrication of period lobby light fixtures as part of the Holly Theatre restoration in Medford.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland (Creativity): $40,000
Off the Rails: To support the development, rehearsal, premiere and surrounding community partnerships for "Off the Rails" by Native American playwright Randy Reinholz.

Rogue Valley Chorale, Rogue River (Creativity): $6,287
A Festival of Choirs: To support the presentation of a multi-generational concert celebrating the joy of life-long singing.

Rogue Valley Symphony Association, Ashland (Capacity): $17,780
Development Manager Hire: To support the hiring of a permanent, full-time development manager to increase staff capacity in the area of fundraising.

Southern Oregon Film Society, Ashland (Access): $7,971
Ashland Independent Film Festival: To support regional filmmaking by giving access to youth and adults throughout rural Southern Oregon to produce and experience local films.

Southern Oregon Historical Society, Medford (Preservation): $11,316
Textile Collection Project: To support improved care of and access to the Southern Oregon Historical Society's three-dimensional collection through a textile cataloging and preservation project.

Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Roseburg (Capacity): $5,000
Social Marketing: To support implementation of the social marketing component of the Umpqua Valley Arts Association's marketing plan.


Willamette Valley
Antique Powerland Museum Association, Salem (Capacity): $14,003
Volunteer Program and Event Manager Hire: To improve the volunteer program and to increase use of the Antique Powerland Museum Association's facility for rentals and events.

Ash Creek Arts Center, Independence (Capacity): $7,424
Administrator Hire: To support hiring a half-time administrator, Ash Creek Arts Center's first staff member, to coordinate activities, be the primary contact person and manage the membership program.

Benton County Historical Society, Philomath (Access): $40,000
New Museum Building: To increase public access to collections by developing a new museum building, designed by Allied Works Architecture, in downtown Corvallis.

Cascadia Concert Opera, Eugene (Access): $5,000
Opera for All: To support the presentation of opera in English at community and retirement centers to underrepresented audiences at no or little cost.

Corvallis Arts Center, Corvallis (Creativity): $12,069
Microbiomes-Seeing the Unseen: To support an art and science collaboration project resulting in a multi-media arts exhibition and show catalog in 2017.

Cottage Grove Historical Society, Cottage Grove (Access): $8,895
The General: To support the commissioning of an original score for the silent film "The General" and a tour with live music for the film's 90th anniversary.

Delgani String Quartet, Eugene (Creativity): $8,389
Astonished by Music: To support Delgani's upcoming 2016/2017 season, titled "Astonished by Music," which includes four concerts and educational programs.

Elkton Community Education Center, Elkton (Capacity): $6,413
Fort Umpqua Awareness: To support increased public awareness and enjoyment of the recently completed replica of Fort Umpqua, a historic Hudson's Bay Company trading fort.

Eugene Symphony, Eugene (Access): $8,910
Symphony Connect: To support a series of barrier-reducing chamber music performances and cultural experiences for clients of Eugene and Springfield human service agencies.

Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem (Preservation): $6,251
African and Oceanic Objects Conservation: To support an assessment of conservation needs and build storage mounts for the African and Oceanic objects in the permanent collection.

Historic Elsinore Theatre, Salem (Capacity): $17,867
Audience Development Program: To fund an audience development program through new investment in communications, marketing, online resources and event programming.

Huitzilopochtli Dancing and Teaching our Indigenous Heritage, Woodburn (Access): $5,000
Aztec Dance Circle: To support increased access to the Aztec Dance Circle program in a low-income, underserved community.

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (University of Oregon Foundation), Eugene (Preservation): $22,568
Campbell Courtyard Preservation: To replace the historic Campbell Courtyard reflecting pool, restore garden plantings and protect the basement storage vault art from water damage.

Lane Arts Council, Eugene (Access): $10,926
Fiesta Cultural: To support celebrating local Latino art and culture while increasing integration opportunities for Latinos in our community.

Oregon Mozart Players, Eugene (Access): $16,133
Education Coordinator Hire: To support the expansion of Oregon Mozart Players education and community engagement programs.

Salem Art Association, Salem (Preservation): $9,872
Online Database of Asahel Bush II Letters: To support digital access to historical letters written by notable Oregonians to Asahel Bush II, editor of the Oregon Statesman, from 1850 to 1863.

Salem Concert Band, Salem (Creativity): $7,582
A Poem by Eric Ewazen: To support commission of a musical tone poem depicting the Oregon Coast by Eric Ewazen to be premiered by Salem Concert Band.

Shelton McMurphey Johnson House, Eugene (Preservation): $21,140
Shelton McMurphey Johnson House Preservation: To support the completion of the preservation and restoration of the 128 year-old wooden windows of the Shelton McMurphey Johnson House.

Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill, Salem (Preservation): $8,190
Large Object Storage Building: To support the preservation and inventory of heritage artifacts by installing an HVAC system for climate control in the Center's Large Object Storage Building.

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25-Year-Old Father Arrested for Assaulting 5-Week-Old Son (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/10/16 11:30 AM
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On Tuesday August 9, 2016, the Portland Police Bureau's Child Abuse Team began investigating a report of a 5-week-old child hospitalized with traumatic injuries suffered over the weekend.

Detectives interviewed the child's 19-year-old mother and 25-year-old father as part of the investigation, along with medical personnel.

Ultimately, detectives determined that the father, 25-year-old Samuel Dominick Phelps, intentionally injured his son by dropping him on his head and throwing him into a chair.

Phelps was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Assault in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree and Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree.

The child remains hospitalized but is expected to survive.

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Two People Arrested Tuesday Night After Blocking Driveway to East Precinct (Photo)
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On Tuesday August 9, 2016, at approximately 9:45 p.m., East Precinct officers arrested two people after they refused to leave the driveway to the Portland Police Bureau's East Precinct, located at 737 Southeast 106th Avenue.

51-year-old Robert Lee West and 38-year-old Sarabeth Rachel Long were arrested on charges of Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

Officers contacted West and Long, who were initially accompanied by a few other people, as they were standing in the driveway/parking garage access to East Precinct, filming officers as they entered the garage for shift change.

Officers informed the group that they were free to film as much as they like but could not block access to the garage and that if they continued to do so they may face arrest. While others followed the advice of the officers, West and Long did not and continued to block the driveway.

As additional officers formed to arrest West and Long, they left the area in a vehicle and were stopped at Southeast 102nd Avenue and Washington Street where they were arrested without incident. Long, the driver, was also issued traffic citations for Driving While Suspended and Failure to Present Proof of Insurance. Long's vehicle was towed from the scene as a traffic hazard.

The Portland Police Bureau would like the public to know that filming officers, or any member of the public, is not a crime as long as the person filming is not committing a crime to do so, i.e. blocking a driveway, trespassing or other criminal activity.

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City invites public to groundbreaking ceremony for new Fire Stations 1 and 2 (Photo)
City of Vancouver - 08/10/16 9:41 AM
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The City of Vancouver invites the community to a groundbreaking ceremony for new Fire Stations 1 and 2 on Monday, Aug. 15 at 1 p.m. at 2106 Norris Rd. in Vancouver, the future site of Fire Station 2. Fire Chief Joe Molina and Mayor Pro Tem Anne McEnerny-Ogle will speak at the groundbreaking.

"The City is relocating Fire Stations 1 and 2 in order to improve service and response times to the highest call volume area along the Fourth Plain corridor," said Fire Chief Joe Molina. "These new facilities will help keep our city a safe, vibrant and welcoming place to live."

In 2014, the City completed a Long Range Facility Plan for Fire Stations 1 and 2. After studying whether these two stations should be repaired, replaced or moved, it was determined that the City would be best served by rebuilding and moving both fire stations. The station relocations will improve service and response times as well as maximize the efficiency of coverage from all four stations in the southwest part of the city.

Fire Station 1 (currently located at 900 W. Evergreen Blvd.) is being relocated to 2607 Main St and Fire Station 2 (currently located at 400 W. 37th St.) is being relocated to 2106 Norris Road. The design team for the stations was led by Mackenzie with support from Interface Engineering and construction will be completed by Corp. Inc. Construction.

Work on the new stations begins next week and the existing fire stations will not close until the new stations are complete and operational, expected to be in fall 2017.

For more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/newfirestations.


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59 Traffic Charges Issues in #VisionZero Safety Mission on Tuesday Evening (Photo)
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The Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division, in partnership with all three patrol precincts, conducted a Vision Zero traffic safety mission on Tuesday evening at various locations in the City of Portland.

From 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., officers conducted high-visibility enforcement and education stops at the following locations:

82nd Avenue, from Northeast Sandy Boulevard to Southeast Division Street
Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, from Fremont to Killingsworth
Southwest Barbur Boulevard
Southwest Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway

In total, citations were issued on 59 different traffic charges, including three for Driving While Suspended. Nine written warnings were also issued by officers conducting the mission.

This mission was conducted in an effort to address the high number of traffic crashes this year resulting in serious physical injuries or death. So far this year, 28 people have died in traffic-related crashes.

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

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.

To learn more about the City of Portland's Vision Zero effort, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390

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Coffee Creek Correctional Facility inmates called to first fire (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 08/10/16 9:06 AM
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After attending an Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire school in July to qualify as wildland firefighters, a crew from Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) was called to its first fire Thursday, Aug. 4.

The crew of 10 was called to a quarter acre fire off Big Rock Loop Road outside of Mulino. Along with the CCCF crew, the Molalla Fire Department and ODF responded to the fire, which was in the mop-up stage by the end of the afternoon.

The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) has a longstanding partnership with ODF. Last year marked the first time women in custody were trained as firefighters. Although they saw limited action in 2015, this year, in addition to being on standby for firefighting, they will also be used for fuel reduction projects.

The firefighter training program is part of CCCF's ongoing efforts to offer opportunities that help build skills and boost self-confidence. ODF has praised the dedication and professionalism of the women's crew.

CCCF is a multi-custody prison in Wilsonville accommodating all of Oregon's female inmates (approximately 1,260). The prison has cell and dormitory housing, inmate work programs, skills training, treatment programs, health services, religious services, physical plant, a central records unit, and administrative areas. CCCF participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises, including a contact center, auto CAD, and document scanning. In addition, CCCF houses the state's intake center, which provides intake and evaluation of all inmates committed to state custody by the courts. The intake center houses approximately 400 male inmates. CCCF's minimum facility opened in 2001, and the medium facility opened in 2002.

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Health advisory issued August 10 for water contact at Seal Rock State Park Beach
Oregon Health Authority - 08/10/16 9:06 AM
August 10, 2016

The Oregon Health Authority issued a public health advisory today for higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Seal Rock State Park Beach, located in Lincoln County.

Water samples indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can result in diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. Direct contact with the water should be avoided in this area until the advisory is lifted, especially by children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria.

Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources such as stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

While this advisory is in effect at Seal Rock State Park Beach, visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Even if there is no advisory in effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

Although state officials advise against water contact, they continue to encourage other recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) on this beach because they pose no health risk even during an advisory. Neighboring beaches are not affected by this advisory.

The status of water contact advisories at beaches is subject to change. For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0400, or 877-290-6767 (toll-free).

Since 2003 state officials have used a U.S.Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state organizations participating in this program are the Oregon Health Authority, Department of Environmental Quality and Parks and Recreation Department.

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Homeowners rely on word of mouth to find construction contractors
Construction Contractors Board - 08/10/16 8:54 AM
Homeowners still rely on word of mouth to find a contractor and that's a good thing, according to the Construction Contractors Board (CCB).

"Using a licensed contractor that has done quality work for friends, relatives or neighbors is the best way to ensure your project is a success," Enforcement Manager Stan Jessup said.

The CCB commissions an annual survey of Oregon homeowners and 75 percent of those interviewed this year said they would use a referral from someone they know to find a contractor. Another 32 percent identified Internet lists such as Angie's List or Craigslist as places to find contractors.

"Getting ideas from online lists is OK but you still must vet the contractor thoroughly," Jessup said. "That means verifying that the person's CCB license is active and that the name matches the person you might do business with."

"It also means you still need to check references," he added. "Don't rely on online reviews for all your information."

Other survey findings:

While 82 percent of Oregonians agree that it's important to use licensed contractors, only 41 actually verify the license by contacting the CCB or using its website to look up a license. The easiest way to check a license is to obtain a CCB license number and enter it in the "search" feature at www.oregon.gov/ccb. Anyone who is advertising online must include his or her CCB number. If you have questions or need assistance, contact the CCB at 503-378-4621.

A total of 67 percent of those surveyed know that it is illegal to use an unlicensed contractor to build a home or assist with a home improvement project. Homeowners can also report suspected unlicensed contractors on the CCB website.

Most projects are a success -- 86 percent of homeowners with recent projects said in the survey they were satisfied with the work. However, 9 percent were dissatisfied.

Licensing in Oregon carries important protections for homeowners. It means the contractor is bonded and insured, and the CCB may be able to mediate disputes.

"Taking the time to really check out contractors at the front end will help avoid problems in the long run, and finding quality contractors through people you trust is key," Jessup said.


About the CCB
The CCB is the state agency licensing more than 36,000 contractors. Contractors that are paid to repair, improve or build a home must be licensed. Learn more about how to have a successful project at www.oregon.gov/ccb.
Chalk the Walks and Make the World a Happier Place on August 16th (Photo)
The Joy Team - 08/10/16 3:00 AM
From Grace Sikora of Chicago, IL
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Spread smiles & inspiration with the 6th annual international Chalk the Walks

No matter where you are, you can make the world a happier place in just a few minutes on Tuesday, August 16th, by chalking positive messages on your sidewalk or driveway and sharing them with thousands of others across the globe. The 6th annual international Chalk the Walks event takes place anywhere all throughout the day with the sole purpose of infusing as many people as possible with some much needed joy and inspiration.

Chalk the Walks, a project of The Joy Team, is all about spreading happiness through the magical power of positive messages and sidewalk chalk. The international event began in the heart of Vancouver, Washington, in 2011; and has spread to all 50 US states and several countries (Australia, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, England, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Norway).

The public is invited to chalk with The Joy Team and Luxe Realty at Boomerang from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at 808 Main Street. Chalk will be provided and "Smiling leads to happiness" stickers will be given to everyone who comes out and chalks.

"This is a simple yet powerful way to put some happiness into the world," said Michele McKeag Larsen, founder of The Joy Team and creator of Chalk the Walks. Write happy messages, have fun doing it, spread some joy while you're at it. "And you never know what a difference your message might make in someone's life."

Being part of the joy-spreading movement is easy. Just join the Facebook event at bit.ly/CHALK2016, chalk uplifting messages on your sidewalks on Tuesday, August 16th, take a photo and share your messages on the Chalk the Walks 2016 Facebook event page or other social with #ChalkTheWalks. Then scroll through and enjoy a virtual playground of inspiration and optimism.

Several cities (Riverside, CA; Redding, CA; Milford, CT and Windsor Locks, CT) and organizations (Connecticut Children's Medical Center; St. Charles Cancer Center in Bend, OR; and more) are hosting Chalk the Walks events. Anyone can host a Chalk the Walks in their town and invite the community to join them. Several gatherings are planned to infuse positivity and a list of those known to The Joy Team can be found here: http://chalkthewalks.com/our-partners/

For more information or to download customizable event posters, visit ChalkTheWalks.com.
Join Chalk the Walks 2016 here: https://www.facebook.com/events/192197421134373/
See photos from the 2015 event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/292418904279367/


About The Joy Team
Founded in February 2010, The Joy Team is a 501c3 corporation based in Vancouver, Washington, with the mission of building community by spreading joy, optimism and inspiration. Projects of the positive thought organization include putting up 1305 positive messages (and counting) on billboards, delivering over 2,450 Happy Packets to the staff of organizations serving the community through The Junior Joy Team, giving over 4,400 jars of joy-wrapped peanut butter to hungry kids through the PB & JOY Project and the annual international Chalk the Walks event. Learn more at thejoyteam.org, like them on Facebook.com/TheJoyTeam or follow them on Twitter @TheJoyTeam or Instagram @the.joy.team.


Attached Media Files: From Grace Sikora of Chicago, IL , From Elle Key of Hudson Valley, NY
UPDATE: Crisis Negotiators / SERT Responding to Assist North Precinct Officers on Armed Person in Mental Health Crisis
Portland Police Bureau - 08/10/16 2:21 AM
At approximately 1:45 a.m., the 47-year-old woman involved in this incident was taken into custody after she exited the vehicle with a gun in her hand. A Canine Unit was able to take control of her and assist SERT officers in getting her into custody. After seizing the gun, officers determined that it was a replica firearm.

Negotiators talked to the woman for several hours on the phone to help resolve the situation peacefully.

She was transported to a Portland hospital on a police hold for a mental health evaluation.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Crisis Negotiation Team and Special Emergency Reaction Team are responding to the area of Northeast Garfield Avenue and Skidmore Street to assist North Precinct officers who are attempting to resolve a situation with a woman armed with a gun in a mental health crisis.

Behavioral Heath Unit officers have been communicating with the woman by phone as she is seated in her vehicle in the street.

Traffic in the immediate area is closed.

The Public Information Officer (PIO) is responding to the scene. Interested media should stage at the South end of the perimeter - exact cross streets to be determined upon PIO arrival.

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Two Killed In Highway 199 Crash Near Grants Pass - Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/09/16 9:52 PM
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On August 09, 2016 at about 2PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of head-on collision on Highway 199 near milepost 11 (southwest of Grants Pass).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2016 Nissan Altima was traveling northbound on Highway 199 when it began to pass vehicles in a designated passing lane (one southbound, two northbound lanes). The Nissan crossed over the double yellow line where it collided with a southbound 2001 Dodge pickup head-on.

The driver of the Dodge, Larry E TYLER, age 73, of Kerby was taken to Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford where he remains in critical condition. The passenger of the Dodge, Virginia TYLER, age 72, also of Kerby, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Nissan, Gary J MARTINICH, age 61, of Brookings, was as transported to Three Rivers Community Hospital in Grants Pass where he died as a result of his injuries.

Highway 199 was closed temporarily but reopened shortly after for restricted traffic flow for approximately 2 hours. OSP was assisted by AMR ambulance, Rural Metro Fire, Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Speed and alcohol are both being investigated as contributing factors to the crash. More information will be released when it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.


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Suspicious package left at Newberg Public Safety building.
Newberg-Dundee Police Dept. - 08/09/16 8:57 PM
At approximately 5 pm this afternoon, an unidentified male entered the Front lobby of the Newberg Public Safety building and purposely left a backpack, then walked away. The reception and records desk had already been closed for the day but the front doors to the building had not been secured. Communications Officers in the dispatch center were able to observe the man on video and noted he was carrying a backpack. The man walked around the lobby looking around for approximately 45 seconds but made no attempt to contact anyone at the intercom or counter phone provided. He then took the backpack off and intentionally left it on the seats in the waiting area and exited the building. Dispatchers immediately notified Officers who quickly began looking in the area for the subject but he was not located. In the wake of unprovoked attacks on law enforcement around the country, the circumstance was immediately considered a possible threat.

The front lobby and business offices in the public safety building were immediately cleared and the building secured. The OSP bomb squad was also notified and responded to deal with the possible device. Newberg Police Officers were assisted by Newberg Public Works in blocking all pedestrian and vehicle access to the streets adjacent to and approaching the front of the Public Safety building. Access to the Public Safety Building and adjacent streets was limited for approximately 2 hours until members of the OSP bomb squad could safely identify items inside the backpack. The backpack ultimately contained no destructive device.

The Newberg Police Department would like to thank neighboring citizens for their patience and understanding during the brief street closures.
Crews Responding to Rolled Over Tanker Truck on Bell Road in Newberg -- Road Closed (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 08/09/16 8:31 PM
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At approximately 6 p.m. this evening, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue crews responded to the scene of a second tank on a two-car tanker truck carrying aviation fuel rolled onto its side at Bell Road and Mountain Top Road in Newberg. The intersection will be closed to all traffic for several hours while they offload the fuel and clear the tanker truck from the roadway.

The driver of the truck was not injured and no other vehicles were involved. The overturned tank did not leak any fuel. The cause for the rollover is unknown at this time.

TVF&R crews are being assisted by Yamhill County Public Works and Yamhill County Sheriff's Office.


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one person transported to the hospital after garage fire (Photo)
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 08/09/16 7:10 PM
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At approximately 5:25 pm this evening firefighters were called to a report of a structure fire at 12726 SE 26th Ave in Milwaukie. Fire crews found a garage on fire and starting to extend to the home. As firefighters were extinguishing the fire Truck 2 entered the home that was attached to the garage and found an altered women in a bedroom very confused. She was unable to get out of the home on her own so firefighters took her out of the home. She was transported to a local hospital with smoke inhalation. The fire did not spread to the home but there was some smoke damage and investigators were called out to determine the cause of the fire.

Initial reports were that people were going into the home as the garage was on fire before firefighters arrived. Alway evacuate the home if there is a threat of fire and remember to Check your amoke alarm and make sure it functions correctly.


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UPDATE: Child located...Vancouver Police seeking the public's help locating missing 12-year-old (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 08/09/16 6:42 PM
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The missing 12 year old was located and returned to his family on 8/9/2016 by the Portland Police Bureau. VPD thanks all those who submitted tips and watched for the missing child.




8/8/2016 Update

The Vancouver Police Department would like to renew its request that the public in the Portland-Vancouver metro area continue to keep an eye out for 12-year-old Rodrigo Alexander Quintanilla. He has been gone from his residence since 8/5/2016. Rodrigo was spotted late in the evening of 8/7/2016 in a NE Portland area retail store. He was alone.

Rodrigo was last seen wearing a white T-shirt with khaki colored pants. He has with him a gray with black pattern Columbia brand jacket. He is also carrying a white and multi-colored Skullcandy brand backpack.

Rodrigo may attempt to seek shelter in retail stores, fast food restaurants, and other public places.

If you see Rodrigo, please call 911.



8/5/2016 Update:

Vancouver Police are seeking the public's help again in finding a missing 12-year-old runaway, Rodrigo Alexander Quintanilla. Rodrigo ran from his Delaware Lane home in Vancouver early on 8/5/2016. Rodrigo is a Hispanic male with brown eyes, black hair, and is 5'2" and 120lbs. His clothing description is unknown. VPD requests that anyone with information about Rodrigo's whereabouts please call 911.


Previous Update:

The missing 12 year old, Rodrigo QUINTANILLA has been located safely. His family was notified of his whereabouts. Thanks to the public for their assistance.


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Sheriff's Office Investigates Crash Involving Police Motorcycle (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/09/16 6:18 PM
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The Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team has been requested by the Keizer Police Department to investigate a crash involving one of their police motorcycles.

According to deputies, today at 4:00 p.m., Officer Tyler Wampler was operating his marked police motorcycle east on Chemawa Road NE near the Safeway. The vehicle Officer Wampler was traveling behind turned into the parking lot, as Officer Wampler negotiated around the turning vehicle, a black Mercedes being driven by Tellif McClyde, age 39 exited the Safeway and struck Officer Wampler.

Officer Wampler has been taken to Salem Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Mr. McClyde was not injured in the crash and he is cooperating with investigators. Traffic is slowed in the area while deputies complete their investigation, we ask motorists use caution if you are in the area.


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Oregon National Guard Soldiers conclude training in Romania (Photos and Video)
Oregon Military Department - 08/09/16 4:42 PM
Story by Spc. Timothy Jackson, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.

CINCU, Romania -- More than 250 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, mobilized to Romania with the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team (CBCT) to participate in Exercise Saber Guardian 2016, a multinational military training exercise, from July 27 to August 7.

Exercise Saber Guardian 16 officially ended with a closing ceremony, August 7, at the Romanian Land Forces Training Center in Cincu, Romania. Col. Robert Bertrand, the Saber Guardian exercise co-director and Brig. Gen. Nicolae Tonu, the deputy commander of the Romanian Land Forces 4th Infantry Division, both spoke at the ceremony to congratulate and thank all those who participated.

"Today we finish an exercise that brought all of us closer together as nations and partners. This exercise gave us the opportunity to prove ourselves and to anyone else that we can work together as a team," Tonu said.

Saber Guardian is an annual multinational exercise hosted alternately by Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine. The exercise is part of U.S. European Command's Joint Exercise Program designed to enhance joint combined interoperability with allied and partner nations.

Saber Guardian 16 involved more than 2,800 troops from five NATO countries (Bulgaria, Canada, Poland, Romania and the USA) and five Partnership for Peace states (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine) participated in the exercise.

Among those participating were 1,700 American Soldiers with M1A2 Abrams tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles, more than 900 Romanian Land Forces Soldiers, and almost 50 Canadian Soldiers with Infantry Armored Vehicles. Soldiers from the other countries participated in computer-assisted command and training exercises connected with the Training Centre in Novo Selo, Bulgaria and the Training and Peacekeeping Centre in Yavoriv, Ukraine.

Exercise Saber Guardian 16 was planned and commanded by the Romanian Land Forces Staff and NATO Integration Units. The exercise unfolded in four stages. The command stage trained commanders and staff in the development of combined planning, standard operating procedures and staff battle drills in a force-on-force environment at the brigade level. In stage two, the command post exercise (CPX) cross-trained Romanian officers with officers from Bulgaria, Ukraine and the U.S. to develop and improve communications and procedures. Soldiers worked with their Romanian counterparts in stage 3, the field training exercise (FTX), using a combination of mechanized and ground engagements. In the final stage, Soldiers conducted an array of live fire exercises with vehicles, aircrafts, and weapons systems from U.S. Army, Romanian and Canadian militaries.

"During these two weeks all of us made a great effort, we understood each other, we manage all obstacles and issues and we end this exercise in outstanding conditions," Tonu said.

The officers from both countries thanked the soldiers, officers, civilian employees and allies, as well as all citizens for their kindness and understanding for the exercises that occurred throughout the country.

"We stand in formation as countries, but today we stand as one," Bertrand said in closing.

The majority of Oregon Soldiers who deployed for the exercise are traditional Guardsmen who drill one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer. Many of them have families, are attending college, and work for civilian employers. The 3-116th Cavalry Battalion consists of Oregon Army National Guard units from Baker City, Hermiston, Hood River, La Grande, Ontario, Pendleton, The Dalles, and Woodburn, Oregon.

PHOTOS AND VIDEO of 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, Oregon Army National Guard, training in Romania (please credit the photographers and videographers):

Photo gallery: https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonmildep/albums/72157672232918995

U.S. Army Sergeant talks about Romanian Exercise experience (interview): https://www.dvidshub.net/video/478405/us-army-sergeant-talks-about-romanian-exercise-experience

Tanks in Romania (aerial footage): https://www.dvidshub.net/video/478361/tanks-romania-aerial-footage

Tank Live Fire in Romania (video): https://www.dvidshub.net/video/478354/tank-live-fire-romania
UPDATE #3: Homicide Investigation Underway in Northeast Portland's Madison South Neighborhood (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/09/16 4:39 PM
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Luccas McNeill's family has released the attached photo of him for use in help solving the case.

His family is willing to be interviewed by media. Contact Sgt. Simpson for information.

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The victim of Sunday night's homicide has been identified as 28-year-old Luccas Demetrius McNeill. The Medical Examiner determined that he died of gunshot wounds.

Detectives are working with family to get a photograph for release.

There is no suspect information in this case and it is unclear why McNeill was killed.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Rico Beniga at 503-823-0457, rico.beniga@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Mark Slater at 503-823-9319, mark.slater@portlandoregon.gov.

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Homicide detectives are continuing to investigate an overnight shooting that left a 28-year-old man deceased in Northeast Portland.

At this point in the investigation, there is no suspect information and no apparent nexus to gang activity.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy on Tuesday to determine the cause and manner of death. The victim's name will be released after the autopsy is complete and family has been sufficiently notified.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Rico Beniga at 503-823-0457, rico.beniga@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Mark Slater at 503-823-9319, mark.slater@portlandoregon.gov.

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On Sunday August 7, 2016, at 11:54 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the 2100 block of Northeast 81st Avenue after multiple reports of gunfire.

Officers arrived in the area and found an adult male down in the street next to a vehicle. Medical personnel arrived and determined that the man was deceased.

Evidence of gunfire was located at the scene and witnesses described hearing a car speed away after hearing the gunfire.

Homicide detectives, criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division and the Medical Examiner are at the scene in the early stages of a homicide investigation.

This is the 11th homicide in the City of Portland in 2016.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Rico Beniga at 503-823-0457, rico.beniga@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Mark Slater at 503-823-9319, mark.slater@portlandoregon.gov.

The Public Information Officer (PIO) is not responding to the scene but will be available for interviews and updates later this morning at the Justice Center.

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Don't be fooled by the rain - Fire season remains in effect (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/09/16 4:35 PM
An abandoned campfire on Aug. 1 in Douglas County burned one-half acre and cost more than $12,000 to put out.
An abandoned campfire on Aug. 1 in Douglas County burned one-half acre and cost more than $12,000 to put out.
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The 2016 fire season is off to a promising start. Following three consecutive prolific fire seasons, the Oregon Department of Forestry is having early success. But as always, there is room for improvement. To date, 470 wildfires have burned 2,685 acres on ODF-protected land. Acres burned at this time each of the last three years accounted for 93,613 (2013), 46,583 (2014) and 17,800 (2015) respectively.

Preparedness has played a key role. The state's wildfire organization, which protects nearly 16 million acres of private, county, state and some federal lands, coordinates with other private landowners, forest workers, fire districts, and state and federal partners to keep fires small. With Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watches forecasted for central and eastern Oregon over the previous weekend, ODF shifted several west-side crews, engines and aircraft east of the Cascades to prepare for lightning and high winds. The strategy paid off as initial-attack crews and supporting resources worked nonstop to keep up with multiple lightning ignitions from Friday through Sunday.

Weather and conditions on the ground have also attributed to the low number of acres burned as the state continues to recover from four consecutive years of drought. Cooler conditions and the occasional shot of rain this summer have been a nice reprieve from the previous three sweltering summers. But don't be fooled. Fire risk models still indicate high potential for fires to start and spread out of control. And we still have a long way to go before the risk is reduced. Fire season generally lasts well into October.

The wildcard is people. To date, 87 percent of all fires started on ODF-protected lands have been caused by people. And leading the way are things that can and should be prevented: burning back yard debris and campfires escaping control.

"This is troubling," said ODF Fire Prevention Coordinator Tom Fields. "We have been preaching fire prevention for over 100 years. That's why our organization and several other forestry agencies were originally formed: to prevent fires from occurring and keep them small when they do happen. We absolutely need the public's help to be successful. Keep campfires in established fire pits within campgrounds; put them out when you leave; and wait until fire season is over to burn back yard debris."

Fields said that while campfires and debris burning have been restricted statewide for several weeks, 74 fires have burned over 135 acres since July 1.

"There's a perfectly good reason why we need to regulate these activities," he said. "Summer conditions are conducive to pushing what seem to be innocent campfires and debris burning fires out of the control of a person's capabilities, especially when they walk away without completely extinguishing the fire."

Other known fire starters currently restricted statewide include smoking, off-road vehicle use, mowing dry grass, and cutting and welding metal. Check ODF's interactive fire restrictions map on the web, www.oregon.gov/odf to find out what is allowed where you live and where you plan to travel.

Today is Smokey Bear's Birthday, the most recognized mascot in the world. In the spirit of Smokey's legacy, ODF and its partners want to remind everyone to do their part to prevent careless wildfires and Keep Oregon Green.

http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/FirePrevention.aspx
https://www.facebook.com/odfprevention
http://keeporegongreen.org
https://www.facebook.com/keeporegongreen


Attached Media Files: An abandoned campfire on Aug. 1 in Douglas County burned one-half acre and cost more than $12,000 to put out.
Clackamas Community College news (Photo)
Clackamas Community College - 08/09/16 4:18 PM
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Please find attached the latest news from Clackamas Community College.


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Firefighter saves life by donating kidney (Photo)
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - 08/09/16 3:12 PM
Firefighter Brad Yoder and his wife Laura
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Cowlitz County, WA- Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue Firefighter/EMT Brad Yoder will have surgery at Legacy Good Samaritan (Portland, OR) on August 15th to remove his right kidney for donation to Dana Clayton who suffers from Polycystic kidney disease. Mrs. Clayton is the lifelong friend of Brad's wife Laura; her friend and her husband's kidneys are an exact match. Brad explains the decision to donate, "Most candidates go through a 4-6 month testing process before finding a match. Ours took only six weeks; it was just meant to be. For me this is the ultimate in servanthood. I'm donating so that she can live, period." Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a genetic disorder that causes numerous cysts to grow in the kidneys. PKD cysts can greatly enlarge the kidneys while replacing much of their normal structure, resulting in chronic kidney disease (CKD) causing reduced kidney function over time. CKD may lead to kidney failure. Brad's recipient is in the end stages of this disease.

Brad and his two brothers grew up in the small town of Kalona, Iowa. After high school Yoder enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp and achieved the rank of Lance Corporal. He later moved to Washington State and began riding bulls in rodeo circuits. In 2001 he signed up to serve as a volunteer firefighter for Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue and fought wildland fires working for the U.S. Forest Service. Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue hired Brad full time in 2007. Yoder responded to emergencies, but also instructed C2FR's high school cadet program for 10 years. He and his students also created a memorial, featuring an actual piece of steel from the World Trade Center, honoring those lost in the September 11th attacks. A remembrance ceremony is held every year on 9/11 in the morning at C2FR's station 21 on Vine St. in Kelso. The memorial is always open to the public.

Brad was elated with the support he has received, "It is very humbling to see the amount of support...I am not one that really likes the recognition or needs accolades but when I asked my work if they would support me donating a kidney it was instantly & positively received." Fire Chief Dave LaFave and C2FR board of commissioners have allowed for other employees to donate sick time to Yoder. He continues, "My brothers and sister from Local 3828 and all the employees at Cowlitz 2 have been super supportive.....apparently when I get out of surgery there will be a firefighter in my room 24hrs/day until I come home and any chores my wife needs help with like mowing our yard weekly while I recover will be handled.......This brotherhood and department breathes and selflessly displays servanthood...I am blessed to be a part of this organization."

Brad is married to his wife Laura of 7 years and has two children, a 16 year old son Braden and a 13 year old daughter Elianna.

It takes a special person to serve as a kidney donor for a family member or friend. More information on kidney donation visit: http://www.legacyhealth.org.


Attached Media Files: Firefighter Brad Yoder and his wife Laura , Recipient Dana Clayton and Firefighter Brad Yoder
REACH Receives $75,000 Grant from NeighborWorks America: Grant highlights innovative collaboration between housing and service providers
REACH Community Development - 08/09/16 3:10 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. -- August 5, 2016 -- Today REACH Community Development announced its selection to participate in the Healthy Homes & Communities grant program as an Innovation grantee and awarded $75,000 from NeighborWorks America on behalf of the Housing with Services (HWS) project. HWS consists of nine Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) partners and a network of government and other nonprofit agency partners that provide enhanced health care and social services to approximately 1,400 tenants residing in eleven federally subsidized independent housing properties for low-income seniors and adults with disabilities in downtown Portland.

The HWS project began operations in July 2014. Grant funds, allocated over a one year period, will support project operations to continue implementation of the pilot project and develop an expansion and replication plan for this model.

"The HWS Pilot Project is one of the first examples of housing providers, health insurers and service providers formally uniting to create better access to care navigation and health services with the goal of improving well being for residents in subsidized housing," says REACH CEO Dan Valliere, also serving as Board Chair for Housing with Services. "This grant will help build a better system of collaboration to improve health outcomes and reduce disparities for the most at-risk and hard to reach individuals."

About REACH Community Development
Since 1982, REACH has built innovative and affordable housing for low-income families and individuals in the Portland metropolitan region. REACH develops and manages affordable housing and provides supportive services to our residents, as well as free home repairs to senior homeowners. Today, REACH's portfolio includes 2,131 units including single family homes, apartment buildings, and mixed-use developments located across Oregon and Washington. REACH has won numerous state and national awards for its creative approach to building healthy communities and its innovative housing projects. More information at http://reachcdc.org.

About Housing with Services Limited Liability Corporation (LLC)
A pilot project initially spearheaded by Cedar Sinai Park (CSP), the partners came together to improve access to health, social and supportive services for building residents through a systemic and integrated approach. Project goals include improved health outcomes for building residents and reduced health care costs. LLC partners include Cedar Sinai Park; CareOregon Inc.; Home Forward, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare Inc.; REACH CDC Inc.; Asian Health & Service Center Inc.; LifeWorks NW; Sinai Family Home Services Inc.; and Jewish Family and Child Service. Non?LLC service providers include APS Healthcare; Harsh Property Management; Islamic Social Services of Oregon State; Metropolitan Family Services; Providence ElderPlace; Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services; NW Mobile Hygiene; and Catholic Charities.
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Grant will provide support for homeless students in three county school districts
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 08/09/16 3:00 PM
The State of Washington Department of Commerce awarded a $500,000 Homeless Student Stability Program (HSSP) grant to three Clark County school districts and Council for the Homeless. Battle Ground, Evergreen and Vancouver public school systems and Council for the Homeless submitted a collaborative proposal. Overall, the Department of Commerce awarded $1 million in HSSP grants in the state. The grants are the outcome of HB-1682, the Homeless Student Stability and Opportunity Gap Act, which was supported by several legislators including Representative Sharon Wylie from Clark County's 49th legislative district.

HSSP will fund one full-time staff person each in the Vancouver and Evergreen districts and one half-time staff person for the Battle Ground district. The goal of the new "housing navigators" will be to help stabilize homeless students and their families allowing students to participate fully in school and achieve their highest potential. Grant funds also will provide financial resources to help families find safe, decent and affordable housing. The project begins Sept. 1, 2016, and ends June 30, 2017.

Evergreen Public Schools will act as project lead and will manage the required financial and program reports. Council for the Homeless will administer funding for staffing, training and operations, as well as rental assistance for families and flexible funding to address other barriers to securing and retaining housing such as application fees and court and legal fees.

In Vancouver Public Schools, the new housing navigator will serve families at Washington Elementary School, Discovery Middle School and Hudson's Bay High School. The housing navigator will work closely with Family-Community Resource Center coordinators and with the VPS Project HOPE liaison. In the past year, the number of homeless children attending school in Vancouver has increased 26 percent.

"Safe, stable housing is a basic need and a critical foundation for learning," said Tamara Shoup, VPS director of family engagement and FCRCs. "By partnering with school districts across the county and Council for the Homeless, we will create a strong network of support for our highly mobile children and families."
Free Shredding Event
Beaverton Police Dept. - 08/09/16 1:25 PM
The Beaverton Police Department will be providing a free shredding event on Saturday, August 13, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Sunset Presbyterian Church located at 14986 NW Cornell Rd. Portland Oregon 97229.

Identity theft and fraud crimes continue to be of great concern for all of us. The City of Beaverton would like to help you avoid becoming a victim of identity theft and fraud, by keeping your personal information away from the hands of identity thieves. One of the methods identity thieves use to steal your information is combing through recycling and garbage for sensitive information that has been thrown away.

The Beaverton Police Department recommends and encourages citizens to use a shredder (preferably cross-cut) for sensitive documents, such as credit card statements, financial statements, pre-approved credit card offers, old IRS tax forms, bank checks, household bills, and other documents that may contain sensitive information.

Shred-it will be on site with two commercial-sized shredding trucks for this event. Items no larger than staples and paper clips may be attached to the papers. Because of the popularity of this event each vehicle will only be allowed THREE BANKER STYLE BOXES of documents to be shredded.

This event is not for business documents. It is for personal documents only that contain personal information that if thrown out could lead to identity theft.

Service will be on a first come, first served basis and limited to the capacity of the commercial sized shredding trucks from Shred-it. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause should the capacity be reached. Participants are encouraged to donate canned food to the Oregon Food Bank at the shredding event. Volunteers will be on site to accept these food donations.

Please do not contact Sunset Presbyterian Church with questions about this shredding event. All information related to this event is posted on the Beaverton Police Department's web page and Facebook page.


Attached Media Files: News Release
Port of Vancouver, AbSci LLC agree to cancel lease for biotech space at Terminal 1
Port of Vancouver - 08/09/16 12:52 PM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- The Port of Vancouver USA and AbSci LLC have agreed to cancel the biotechnology company's lease at Terminal 1.

The port's Board of Commissioners voted unanimously today to rescind the lease, which would have provided renovated office and lab space in the former Red Lion Vancouver at the Quay Hotel.

AbSci originally planned to relocate from its offices in Portland, Oregon, to the port's waterfront development at Terminal 1 this spring. However, AbSci's continued rapid growth due to significant industry interest in its SoluPro(TM) protein manufacturing platform means further investment in the port's interim facility at the former hotel no longer meets the company's needs.

"We're pursuing an aggressive schedule for redevelopment at Terminal 1, which includes eventual demolition of portions of the Red Lion," said port interim CEO Julianna Marler. "AbSci is growing and needs a facility that can support that growth and expansion into the future.

"It's unusual for us to rescind a lease, but it's important we support AbSci and our economic development partners as we all work to bring life sciences companies and jobs to Southwest Washington."

The Columbia River Economic Development Council has been partnering with the port, AbSci, Greater Portland Inc and other partners for more than a year to bring the life sciences sector to Southwest Washington. CREDC will continue to work with AbSci to find a home in Vancouver that fits the company's long-term needs.

"We're encouraged by AbSci's strong growth and commitment to relocating to Vancouver, even if it's not at Terminal 1," said CREDC President Mike Bomar. "Given the nature of AbSci's technology and their ability to be an influential player in the biotech sector, we believe that they have the potential to serve as a catalyst in the efforts to attract additional biotech companies to Southwest Washington and we appreciate their ongoing collaboration on these efforts."

"We appreciate the partnership that brought us to Vancouver," said AbSci CEO Sean McClain. "This is a great place to work and live, and we look forward to finding our future home, contributing to the local community, and supporting the growth of the life science ecosystem in the region."

Biotech at Terminal 1
The Port of Vancouver is working through the planning and Concept Development Plan process for Terminal 1, the port's 10-acre waterfront redevelopment in downtown Vancouver. The port is pursuing an aggressive schedule; demolition of existing structures could begin this year and the first phase of construction could start in late 2017.

With this timeline in mind, the port has decided not to continue pursuing biotechnology at its interim facility at Terminal 1. Instead, the port will shift its focus to supporting CREDC's strategic plan to target and attract this industry.

"As a public agency with an economic development mission, we play an important role in supporting our region's efforts to develop the life sciences sector," said port Director of Economic Development Katy Brooks.

"CREDC is continuing to work with our private developers to attract life science businesses to Terminal 1 and biotech at the waterfront is still a real possibility. Going forward, we'll support our partners and the community infrastructure necessary for this industry to thrive in our region."

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The Port of Van