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09/20/14
Scoggins Creek Fire - Sept. 20 morning update
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/20/14
#ScogginsCreekFire
Oregon Department of Forestry
September 20, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Fire Information Line: 503-357-2191

Fire at a Glance

Size: Estimated 250 acres

Cause: under investigation

Location: 2 miles NW of Hagg Lake and 8 miles west of Forest Grove

Containment: 0%

Expected Containment: unknown

Current Situation:

Firefighters, dozer operators, and engine crews, are working overnight to slow the fire spread while structural firefighters are staged to protect homes.

The weather Saturday could prove difficult with expected high temperatures and wind. Crews will continue aggressively fighting the fire to protect homes and natural resources.

Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Incident Management Team 2 will begin work Saturday morning and assume command from the local ODF team at 6:00 p.m. The team will build on the momentum created through the immediate response by the Gaston Rural Fire District, Washington County Fire District 2, Forest Grove Fire and Rescue, Washington County Sheriff's Department, Washington County Parks, the Red Cross, and the local Oregon Department of Forestry.

Homes along Stepien Road have been evacuated. Hagg Lake Park is closed until further notice.

Visit our social media sites, Inciweb page, or call the Fire Information Line at 503-357-2191 for the latest information.

For More Information:
Email: ScogginsCreekFire2014@gmail.com
Twitter: @scogginsfire
InciWeb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4119/

Evacuations:
Washington County Sheriff's office at: 503-992-3242 (recording) or Twitter: @forestgrovefire
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09/19/14
Linn Deputies investigating fatal motor vehicle crash (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 09/19/14
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred during the afternoon of September 19, 2014. The crash occurred on Bell Plain Drive near Hwy 99E and was reported at 3:02 pm by a passing motorist.

The driver and single occupant of the blue 2001 Buick LeSabre, was identified as a 65-year-old David James Gingerich of Shedd.

The investigation reveals Mr. Gingerich had been traveling east on Bell Plain Drive when he lost control of his vehicle, while attempting to negotiate a 90 degree corner. Mr. Gingerich's vehicle drove down into a 10 foot deep ravine and then rolled over onto its top. Mr. Gingerich was found behind the wheel of his vehicle and not restrained by his seat belt.

It is unknown at this time if alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Linn County Deputies were assisted by members of Halsey/Shedd Fire Department. Fisher Funeral Home removed Mr. Gingerich from the scene.

The investigation is continuing.


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Red Cross opens Shelter for Forest Grove Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/19/14
The Red Cross was notified of evacuations due to a wildfire outside of Forest Grove, Oregon, near Hagg Lake where people have been evacuated from their homes.

The Red Cross is responding by opening a shelter at Dilley Elementary, located at 4115 SW Dilley Road, Forest Grove, and will continue to assess the situation as it develops.
Health advisory issued September 19 for Wickiup Reservoir
Oregon Health Authority - 09/19/14
September 19, 2014

High toxin levels found at reservoir in Deschutes County

The Oregon Health Authority issued a health advisory today due to high levels of blue-green algae in Wickiup Reservoir, located 40 miles southwest of Bend off South Century Drive in Deschutes County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of very high levels of cyanotoxins produced by the blue-green algae. These dangerous toxin concentrations in the water can be harmful to humans and animals.

Exposure to bacterial toxins can happen through accidental swallowing, which may produce such symptoms as numbness, tingling, dizziness, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting; inhalation of water droplets, which can lead to breathing problems, sneezing, coughing or runny nose; and skin contact, which can cause skin irritation, including a rash. Symptoms usually occur in less than 24 hours. Drinking water directly from Wickiup Reservoir is especially dangerous.

Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. Dogs in particular can quickly experience symptoms of toxin exposure and can die within an hour.

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

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.

People who draw in-home water directly from Wickiup Reservoir are advised to use an alternative water source because private treatment systems are not proven effective at removing algae toxins. However, public drinking water systems can reduce algae toxins through proper filtration and disinfection. If people on public water systems have questions about treatment and testing, they should contact their water supplier.

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.

Public health officials also advise that people not eat freshwater clams or mussels from affected water, 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.

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

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the the Deschutes National Forest Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District at 541-383-4000.

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, call the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Bloom website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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Update: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 126W west of Veneta in Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/19/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday evening's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred along Highway 126W west of Veneta. OSP worked with the Lane County Medical Examiner and confirmed the victim is identified as LANCE MATTHEW HOSE, age 49, from Eugene.

According to Master Sergeant Lang Hinkle, on September 16, 2014 at approximately 6:00 p.m., a 1995 Honda Accord station wagon containing one person was traveling eastbound on Highway 126W near milepost 36 negotiating a left curve when it went off the side of the highway and struck a tree.

The vehicle caught fire and a passing motorist stopped at the scene. Due to the spreading fire, they weren't able to get the victim out of the vehicle or put the fire out as it spread to several trees and surrounding brush.

Firefighters from Lane Fire Authority and Lane Rural Fire Rescue responded to the scene to extinguish the fire that spread to an estimated 3/4 of an acre area.

OSP troopers from the Springfield and Florence offices, along with Lane County Sheriff's Office, responded to the scene. The cause of the crash is unknown.

The highway was blocked about two hours before one lane was opened to traffic. ODOT assisted at the scene with traffic control.

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New Middle School Public Open House
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 09/19/14
Parkrose School District is pleased to announce an open house for the new Parkrose Middle School. With over 140,000 square feet of learning space that enhances teaching and learning, the new building clearly represents the district's commitment to the growth and success of students and families in the community. The forward thinking architecture and technology infrastructure directly support the major initiatives in the district, and help build a strong foundation for all students to be successful in a global society. Parkrose Middle School is a high-performing level 4-rated school overall, and earned a level 5 in academic growth. It is ranked in the top 10% of schools in the state, and is a nationally recognized AVID Demonstration School, hosting visiting school districts from across the country. Please join us in celebrating the grand opening of the new Parkrose Middle School located at 11800 NE Shaver Street on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Ribbon Cutting & Opening Ceremony 11:00am-12:30pm. Building tours led by AVID Ambassadors 12pm-3pm. Oregon Department of Education Deputy Superintendent will address the community during the event.
Camas-Washougal Fire Personnel Rescue Patient from Lacamas Lake Shore (Photo)
Camas-Washougal Fire Department - 09/19/14
CWFD Division Chief Cliff Free, Battalion Chief Allen Wolk, and Firefighter Gene Marlow, construct a ramp to remove the wheelchair from lake bed
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At approximately 12 noon on September 19, CWFD personnel were dispatched to a report of a fall on the Heritage Trail on the south shore of Lacamas Lake in Camas. On arrival, personnel found a patient who had been traveling the trail in her electric wheelchair when she suddenly went over an embankment and fell approximately 15 feet on to the lake bed. Lacamas Lake is currently at very low water level to help facilitate annual clean up. At most any other time of the year the area where the patient landed would have been under water. The patient appeared to suffer only minor injuries and was evacuated by personnel to a nearby ambulance down the trail and taken to a hospital for evaluation. CWFD personnel returned to the scene hours later to assist in removing the 350 pound wheelchair from the lake bed for family members as there was no way to remove it without special equipment. Crews constructed a wood ramp to assist in driving the heavy device back up on to the trail.


Attached Media Files: CWFD Division Chief Cliff Free, Battalion Chief Allen Wolk, and Firefighter Gene Marlow, construct a ramp to remove the wheelchair from lake bed , CWFD personnel remove wheelchair from lake bed , CWFD Firefigher Gene Marlow constructing ramp to remove extricate wheelchair from lake bed
Serious Injury Crash with Life Flight -Update
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/19/14
UPDATE:
The driver has succumbed to injuries sustained in this crash. He died at Peace Health SW WA Medical Center, his remains were transferred to the custody of the Clark County Medical Examiner. Family members have been advised. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The deceased driver is identified as BENDER, Brian C. 30 yoa of Yacolt, WA.

Serious Injury Crash with Life Flight
Just before 8AM today, Fire/Rescue and Sheriff's Deputies responded to a single car crash at the 10800 Block of NE 299th Street. A passenger vehicle with one occupant was W/B on NE 299th Street when the car veered off the roadway and crashed into a tree on the south side of the road. The driver, a 30 year old male sustained significant injury in the crash, he was lifeflighted to SW PeaceHealth Hospital. His present condition is unknown. The Clark County Sheriff's Traffic Unit is investigating the circumstances of the crash. The driver's name is not being released at this time.
See attached photograph of Lifeflight lifting off from scene. Photo from by Sgt. Craig Randall
Willamette River health advisory expanded after toxic algae confirmed
Oregon Health Authority - 09/19/14
EDITORS: A media availability has been scheduled for 3:30 p.m. today, September 19, in Room 1-A (first floor) of the Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St. State Health Officer Katrina Hedberg, M.D., will be on hand to answer questions about the health advisory. OHA Environmental Public Health staff members also will be available to respond to technical questions.

September 19, 2014


Willamette River health advisory expanded after toxic algae confirmed

Warning now extends from Ross Island to Sauvie Island

The Oregon Health Authority is expanding a health advisory after preliminary test results show blue-green algae covering a stretch of the Willamette River flowing through downtown Portland is a toxic species.

Officials with OHA's Public Health Division say the advisory, first issued September 16 for the stretch of the Willamette between the south end of Ross Island and the Fremont Bridge, now extends from Ross Island downriver to the south end of Sauvie Island.

Public health officials recommend that people avoid all contact with Willamette River water in this stretch of the river, and that pets be kept away from the water as well. This includes avoiding swallowing or inhaling water droplets, and avoiding skin contact. Drinking water directly from this stretch of the Willamette is especially dangerous at this time.

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

Official results of at least two tests on water samples conducted by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality are expected back later today. A preliminary test by one of the laboratories, Aquatic Scientific Resource, confirmed the blue-green algae, which is visible as a swirling, bright-green slick, is a species known as Microcystis aeruginosa (microcystis). This type of algae produces toxins that are harmful to humans and animals. The advisory threshold for microcystis is 40,000 cells of the toxin per milliliter of water. Preliminary counts indicate microcystis is present in the Willamette River at 2.25 million cells per milliliter. Several samples were collected around Ross Island, but the specific sample used for this count was from the mouth of the Ross Island lagoon.

Accidental swallowing of water containing these toxins may produce such symptoms as numbness, tingling, dizziness, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting. Inhalation of water droplets can lead to breathing problems, sneezing, coughing or runny nose. Skin contact can cause skin irritation, including a rash. Symptoms usually occur in less than 24 hours.

Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. Dogs, in particular, can quickly experience symptoms of microcystis exposure and can die within an hour.

The toxins produced by microcystis cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating the water with camping-style filters, health officials warn. People who draw in-home water directly from Willamette are advised to use an alternative water source because private treatment systems are not proven effective at removing algae toxins.

No public drinking water systems draw water from the portion of the Willamette River affected by the health advisory.

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.

Public health officials also advise that people not eat freshwater clams or mussels from affected water, 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.

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the Department of Environmental Quality at 503-693-5723.

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, call the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Bloom website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

The Public Health Division has issued six harmful algae bloom advisories so far this season. The most ever issued was 22, for various water bodies around the state, in 2010; the fewest was in 2012 with nine. August and September are the peak months for harmful algae advisories.

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Drug Turn-in Event
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/19/14
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State Senate confirms Jeremy Brown to Oregon Tech's first board (Photo)
PCC - 09/19/14
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PORTLAND, Ore. - On Wednesday, Sept. 17, the Oregon State Senate voted unanimously to approve Gov. John Kitzhaber's appointment of Portland Community College President Jeremy Brown to the first-ever, 15-member Board of Trustees for Oregon Tech (formerly OIT).

Brown will begin his tenure on July 1, 2015 and serve through June 30, 2018. Due to recent higher education reform the seven-member Oregon University System governed by the State Board of Higher Education was decentralized and universities like Oregon Tech now have their own governing boards. For the complete list of the first nine confirmations, read the Oregon Tech announcement.

"I'm honored to be part of the first cohort of trustees to serve Oregon Tech University," said Brown, who joined PCC in 2013. "Oregon is on the front lines of some of the most innovative dialogue and practices when it comes to post-secondary education. Serving on Oregon Tech's Board of Trustees will enable an even stronger partnership and more opportunities for students."

Brown's participation on Oregon Tech's Board symbolizes the long-standing partnership between the two institutions that includes:

* Dual enrollment agreement, joint 2+2 transfer programs (students can apply to both institutions with major and transfer path already planned out), and six articulation partnerships.
* PCC and Oregon Tech are collaborators in the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership (STEM Oregon), promoting career pathways and dual credit for students in science, technology, engineering and math, with a focus on underrepresented students.
* Because of PCC's strong health science programs, both institutions have forged a strategic relationship related to Oregon's Center for Health Professions -- a state-of-the-industry, green facility housing Oregon Tech's progressive allied health programs.

Brown has a strong connection between the trades and post-secondary education. He is a son of a millwright and an educator from Northwest England. He immigrated to the United States to pursue his education and instruction in nuclear physics. A native of Manchester, England, Brown served as president of Dowling College on Long Island and of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, part of the state's public university system before arriving at PCC.

He earned both his bachelor of science degree and his doctorate in physics from the University of Birmingham, England. His doctoral work in experimental nuclear physics was conducted at both the University of Birmingham and the University of California-Berkeley. He spent two years at Indiana University pursuing physics research, followed by a faculty position in the physics department at Princeton University. In addition, he served as an associate dean of the graduate school at Yale University and associate dean of faculty at Princeton.

Brown also serves on the Erie Philharmonic, St. Vincent Health System & Board of Corporators, Hamot Hospital, Portland Business Alliance, All Hands Raised, Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI), and Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley boards.


About Portland Community College: PCC is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and 19th largest in the nation, serving approximately 89,903 full- and part-time students. PCC, which is roughly the size of Rhode Island, has three comprehensive campuses, five workforce training and education centers, 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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Hockinson School District Board Meeting
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 09/19/14
The Hockinson School District will hold a Regular Board Meeting on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the District Office Board Room, located at 17912 NE 159th Street, Brush Prairie, WA 98606.
We Need Your Help in Locating a Missing Endangered Person (Photo)
Beaverton Police Department - 09/19/14
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****UPDATE****
THE FAMILY WILL NOT SPEAK WITH ANY MEDIA

On September 16, 2014 Beaverton Police Officers took a report of a missing endangered 22 year old male identified as Perry Jean Yun. Yun was last seen by his family on the morning of September 15, 2014 when he left for work.

The family is concerned for the safety of Yun and fear he might attempt suicide. Yun was fired on the morning of the 15th when he arrived at work and a troubling note was found by his family in his room. Yun owns a handgun and might possible have it in his possession since it has not been located at his residence.

Yun is described as 5'10", 190 pounds, black hair, and brown eyes and might be wearing glasses. Yun might be driving a white Honda Accord with Oregon license XAK533. Yun has been known to hike and target practice in the Corvallis area.

The Beaverton Police Department is asking for your assistance in locating Perry Yun. If anyone has any information that will assist in locating Perry please call the Beaverton Police at (503) 629-0111.
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Police Bureau Invites Community to See New Training Complex (Reminder) (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/19/14
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The Portland Police Bureau is inviting the community to come celebrate its new Training Complex. On Saturday, September 20, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Bureau will host a community-wide open house.

Community members can tour the facility and visit with Bureau members as well as meet members of the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT), K-9 Unit and Air Support Unit, and see the tools they use to keep the community safe. Kids can meet McGruff the Crime Dog, have their fingerprints taken by the members of the Forensics Evidence Division, and see how the Explosive Disposal Unit's robot works. Visitors can also participate in the Bureau's obstacle course and receive crime prevention information or hear about Neighborhood Watch Programs from Crime Prevention Specialists at the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI).

In March 2012, the City Council voted to fund a police and public safety training facility. The Bureau purchased the building and dedicated it on October 29, 2012. The remodel began in December 2013 and was completed on time and within budget. The new Training Complex is the first of its kind for the Police Bureau and City of Portland and now houses all the training disciplines in one central venue, generating significant cost savings and efficiencies. It will also improve the Bureau's ability to provide scenario-based training using all the various disciplines in one location.

The Training Complex is located at: 14902 NE Airport Way in Portland.

Training Complex Info

Architect: SCOTT | EDWARDS ARCHITECTURE LLP
General Contractor: 2KG
Contractor for Firearms Range: Action Target
Purchased building on April 30, 2012 for $6.4 million
Remodel timeline: December 2013-September 2014
Total Project Cost: $15 million (bond measure)
Site Size: 9.6 acres
Patrol Vehicle Operations Area: 3.5 acres
Building Size: 61,193 square feet
Green components include water efficiency; multiple energy performance measures; recycling of materials, purchasing and waste.
Features:
* Police Vehicle Operations Skill Pad
* Defensive Tactics Mat Rooms
* Firearms Ranges
* Multiple Classrooms of Varying Sizes
* Patrol Tactics Scenario Village
* Administrative Offices

Other Bureau's involved in remodel:
* Office of Management and Finance
* Bureau of Technology Services
* Bureau of Environmental Services
* Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
* Bureau of Parks and Recreation
* Bureau of Transportation
* Water Bureau

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Give More 24! campaign attracts 1,842 donations
Community Foundation for Southwest Washington - 09/19/14
Southwest Washington (September 19, 2014) -- With the generosity of 1,842 donations, Give More 24! raised more than $430,000 during the region's first-ever day of giving. The money will benefit 85 nonprofits in Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania counties in a variety of ways.

"Give More 24! merged two of the greatest change agents in the modern era -- technology and philanthropy -- to demonstrate the collective giving power of southwest Washington," said Jennifer Rhoads, President of the Community Foundation.

Gifts began coming in at 7:00 a.m., and the first donation was to Pacific Foundation for Blind Children. During the 24-hour period, Give More 24! attracted donations from 29 states and 1 foreign country. The areas receiving the highest overall level of gifts were Human Services ($123,324), Community Improvement ($69,886) and Youth Development ($47,892). Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington received the highest number of individual donations, with 170 gifts, while Support for Early Learning and Families raised the most funds ($42,666) overall.

"We've always felt that southwest Washington was filled with very generous people, and yesterday confirmed that," said Mary Pringle, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Foundation. "We set the bar high in our first year and should be proud of ourselves as a community."

The exact total of $431,994.69 includes $93,000 in incentives raised by the Community Foundation to catalyze local giving for 24 hours. The incentives included a $75,000 stretch pool -- generously donated by Nancy Lematta and Dr. Candace Young -- used to match a share of each online gift, as well as 18 $1,000 prizes that were sponsored by Beaches Restaurant and Bar, the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington and Kuni Automotive. A list of these prizes and the winners can be found at www.Give-More-24.org.

The Columbian was the official Give More 24! media sponsor, and additional outreach and support came from The Convenience Group, Leadership Clark County, Nonprofit Network of Southwest Washington and Riverview Bank.

For full details on Give More 24!, including a leaderboard detailing which nonprofits had the most donors and which nonprofits raised the most money, visit www.Give-More-24.org. This event is designed to showcase our community's spirit of giving, raise awareness about local nonprofits and celebrate the collective effort it takes to make our region great.

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Innovative Housing Celebrates 30 Years of Service
Innovative Housing, Inc. - 09/19/14
PORTLAND, Ore. - Innovative Housing, Inc. (IHI) joined with friends, partners, and supporters on Wednesday, September 17th to celebrate 30 years of providing high-quality, affordable homes to low-income people. Innovative Housing owns and operates 920 affordable rental apartments in the Portland region and houses more than 2,400 men, women, and children every year. IHI pairs its housing with a robust services program that helps residents use their housing as the foundation for success in life. IHI staff responds to resident needs and provides services to help meet basic needs, maintain housing stability, and break the cycle of poverty - services include resource referrals, direct financial assistance, one-on-one household budgeting, youth and family programs, classes and workshops, and employment assistance.

Innovative Housing is currently renovating Portland's infamous Erickson Saloon in Old Town into 62 studio and one-bedroom apartments and has 54 family-sized apartments under construction in Albany, Oregon. For more information about Innovative Housing and its services, please visit www.innovativehousinginc.com.
City of Vancouver to activate two new Mill Plain pedestrian crosswalk beacons
City of Vancouver - 09/19/14
Vancouver, Wash. - The City of Vancouver plans to activate a new pedestrian hybrid beacon crosswalk on Southeast Mill Plain at about Southeast 157th Avenue on Monday, Sept 22.

There currently is no crosswalk at this location, which is close to multi-family, commercial and transit services frequently used by pedestrians. An enforcement-and-education effort will accompany activation of the new beacons.

Meanwhile, on East Mill Plain west of Andresen Road, the former overhead, flashing-yellow pedestrian walkway has been upgraded to the new hybrid beacon system too. Those new beacons also are expected to be activated there during the week of Sept. 22.

The new hybrid beacons, with their series of yellow and red lights, have been shown to command more attention from drivers than traditional yellow overhead beacons. In addition, the new systems also provide pedestrians with clear, audible and visual direction on when and how to proceed across the crosswalk.

Installation of these two new pedestrian hybrid beacons on Mill Plain was made possible by a $499,000 grant through the Washington State Department of Transportation. A key component of the grant is education and enforcement to help raise awareness and improve pedestrian safety.

Signage will be used to alert drivers to the new pedestrian crosswalk beacons. Vancouver Public Works staff is handing out multi-language educational flyers at nearby shops, schools, apartment complexes and other residential sites to remind pedestrians and drivers how the new crosswalk systems work. The City also plans to share the news on NextDoor and through other social media channels.

Vancouver Police will be conducting additional enforcement to ensure that drivers are complying with the new crosswalk beacons. Pedestrian safety is a serious concern. Drivers who fail to heed the solid red or flashing red beacons will be ticketed.

All the traditional rules for traffic and pedestrian signs and signals apply to the new hybrid pedestrian crosswalk beacons. Here's how these systems work:

PEDESTRIANS: For pedestrians, the new beacons function much the same as traditional pedestrian crossings at fully signalized intersections, with some additional cues. Pedestrians push the button to cross, and then watch and listen for commands. The beacon system will show a WALK symbols showing when it is safe to cross. A flashing DON'T WALK hand and countdown clock will be displayed as time remaining to cross runs out. Finally, a solid DON'T WALK hand will indicate when pedestrians must stay out of the crosswalk and allow vehicle traffic to proceed. Added help comes in the form of a spoken command to walk, wait or clear the intersection if an emergency vehicle is coming.

DRIVERS: For drivers, these new hybrid beacons are a little different than older crosswalk systems. There's a series of four yellow and red beacons, not just one light. The crosswalk beacons are dark until activated by a pedestrian. When pedestrians approach the new crosswalk, they push the WALK button and drivers first see the beacon flash yellow. That means go slow and be prepared to stop. Next the beacon turns solid yellow, which means caution for the motorists, and prepare to stop. The next beacon is solid red. Solid red always means stop because pedestrians may be crossing. Finally, the beacons are flashing red. For a motorist, just like an intersection that has flashing red lights, you must stop at the flashing red and look to make sure all is clear before proceeding.

There already are five new hybrid beacon crosswalks along Fourth Plain Boulevard, one on St. John's Road north of state Highway 500 and one along Fort Vancouver Way, near Clark College. Community outreach to help familiarize both pedestrians and drivers with the new hybrid beacon operations has been occurring throughout the year.

More information can be found in the Traffic Signals and Signs section of the www.cityofvancouver.us/streets webpage. Visit the Public Works section of the City of Vancouver's YouTube channel to view an instructional video on how to use the new crosswalk systems: www.youtube.com/user/CityofVancouverUS.

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Update #2: Name Released - Death Investigation - Truax Island east of Corvallis in Linn County
Oregon State Police - 09/19/14
The victim is identified as KATHERINE YEHLE DAVIDSON, age 28. DAVIDSON most recently lived in the Albany area. An autopsy was done Thursday by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office but the manner and cause of death is undetermined at this time. Toxicology test results are pending to assist in determination of the cause of her death. There is no evidence at this time to indicate her death was the result of a crime.

On September 17, 2014 at approximately 3:50 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) responded to Truax Island in the Willamette River Greenway off Riverside Drive north of Highway 34 and confirmed a report of a deceased body. Investigators assigned to the interagency Linn County Major Crime Team were activated along with the Linn County District Attorney's Office, Linn County Medical Examiner, and OSP Forensic Services Division responded to the scene to initiate the investigation.

The Linn County Major Crime Team is comprised of investigators from OSP, Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Police Department, Lebanon Police Department, and Sweet Home Police Department.

Her family members have requested no media contact.

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Districts should be on alert for suspected false billings
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 09/19/14
A number of Oregon school districts have reported receiving requests for purchasing data that could be related to a suspected nationwide string of fraudulent billings from a company calling itself "Scholastic School Supply."

On Sept. 10, Scholastic Inc., the children's publishing and media company, issued a statement saying that the two companies are unrelated and that Scholastic School Supply was using Scholastic's name and trademark without authorization. Scholastic Inc. said Scholastic School Supply has been referred to multiple state attorneys general for investigation.

Districts in Utah and Kansas have reported receiving false invoices from Scholastic School Supply from Nevada addresses.

Ellen Klem, Director of Consumer Outreach and Education for the state Department of Justice, said any district that suspects it has received a fraudulent invoice should call the Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-877-877-9392 or go to the department's website at www.oregonconsumer.gov.

The Oregon School Boards Association is a member services organization for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Oregon's Oldest Assisted Living Property Celebrates 25th Anniversary Helping Seniors and Now Baby Boomers
Bishop Marketing and Public Relations - 09/19/14
PORTLAND, OR, September 1, 2014
Oregon's oldest assisted living property is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Owner Walt Bowen had no idea he'd become a trail blazer of the industry when he established Regency Park Assisted Living and Memory Care in 1989. He wanted to create a comfortable home with first class amenities for seniors to live in when they retired.

Regency Park Assisted Living is hosting a party & open house Thursday September 25, 2014 from 4:00-6:00pm welcoming neighbors, families of current & past residents, city officials from Beaverton and Portland and builders who remember what the property was like when the doors opened 25 years ago.

Baby Boomers are changing the face of retirement every day and Regency Park completed a $1-million remodel to keep up with the times, creating a grand foyer, custom bar & bistro area, upgrades in the dining room and re-landscaped patio. Its West Hills location off Hwy 26 provides easy access to any direction.

Factor in the health care aspect and Regency Park is catapulted to the top of the list because seniors are embracing the concept of living independently at an assisted living property in part, because of on-site medical back up. Regency Park Assisted Living and Memory Care employs a registered nurse, medical aids and caregivers that check on residents throughout the day, something not traditionally found at an independent living property.

With more seniors developing dementia, Regency Park's Kingswood Court Memory Care is seeing an increase in residents and family's researching for their parents' future. Regency Park is one of the top property's to care for these residents, with specially trained aids in this dedicated area. One of Regency Park's original programs called 'Illuminations' has been recognized as an industry first in Executive Living magazine.

Regency Park Assisted Living and Memory Care provides assisted living, Memory care, respite and adult day care services. A senior housing environment, providing full-service, senior living with resort-style amenities in the heart of Portland, Oregon. Also serving Portland, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Tigard, and surrounding communities. Owned by BPM Senior Living and managed by Blue Harbor Senior Living.
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Attached Media Files: 25th Anniversary
City Partners with the Sisters Of St. Mary of Oregon to Host Soup's On Benefit For Oregon Food Bank, Oct. 4 (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 09/19/14
Thai Bloom won the 2013 Soup's On tasting event.
Thai Bloom won the 2013 Soup's On tasting event.
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The City of Beaverton and the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon will host the fourth annual Soup's On tasting event to help benefit the Oregon Food Bank on Oct. 4 from 5-7:30 p.m. in the Valley Catholic Athletic Center (4275 SW 148 Avenue).

"As a community, it's important that we do everything we can do to make sure no one goes hungry," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "This is a wonderful event that allows residents to sample local flavors, while supporting a great cause. I encourage you to bring your family and friends for a fun-filled evening."

Tickets are available online ($20 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12) or at the door ($25 for adults and $7 for children). Children under the age of 5 are free. Local vendors will provide soups, desserts, wine and coffee for the annual tasting event. The wine bar is cash only. At the end of the night, attendees and special guest judges will vote on their favorite soups. The vendors with the top three vote totals will receive an award.

The guest judges for the soup contest include, Byron Beck, features editor, GoLocalPDX.com; Cathy Marshall, reporter, KGW-TV; Christina Lent, Managing Editor, Beaverton Valley Times and The Tigard Times; Kjerstin Gabrielson, community engagement specialist, Oregonian Media Group; Jenny Hansson, anchor, KOIN-TV; and Rhonda Shelby, morning meteorologist, KATU-TV.

"There will also be a little friendly-competition between the Beaverton Police Department and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue on who made the tastiest soup of the day," said Mayor Doyle.

The event will feature regional vendors and supporters, including Ava Roasteria, Bale's Marketplace, Black Bear Diner, Buddies Sports Bar and Grill, Decarli Restaurant, The Dessert Tray, Donut Day, Elephants Deli & Catering, Elmer's, Golden Valley Brewery, Hall Street Bar & Grill, Lizzy Cakes Cupcakes, Maryville, McMenamins Pubs & Breweries, McCormick's Fish House & Bar, Monteaux's Public House, Newport Bay Restaurant, New Seasons Market, Noodles & Company, Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, Olive Garden, Prime Time Restaurant and Sports Bar, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Signature Affair, Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, Stanford's Restaurant & Bar, Starbucks, Stockpot Broiler, Reedville Catering, Sweet Tomatoes, Thai Bloom, and Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill.

The event receives generous support from A-1 Glass and Mirror, Baggenstos Farms, Beaverton Car Wash, Beaverton Toyota, Cash & Carry, Cherry City Electric, Costco, Crown Trophy, Farmington Gardens, Howard S. Wright, Kuni BMW, Portland Clinic, Safeway, Sisters of Providence, U.S. Bank, Vanek's Beaverton Shoe Repair, and West Coast Events.

For more information, visit www.ssmo.org/events/SoupsOn.php.

In 2014, Beaverton was again recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was one of just four cities of its size recently recognized as a "Smarter City" energy leader by the Natural Resources Defense Council and one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine. In addition, Beaverton was named one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine, an All-America City finalist, as one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com, one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine, the Recycler of the Year from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists and as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities, the Beaverton Community Vision program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter. Beaverton also enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov, like the City of Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.

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Attached Media Files: Thai Bloom won the 2013 Soup's On tasting event.
Clark County Skills Center unveils new Salon (Photo)
Evergreen Sch. Dist. - 09/19/14
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The new Clark County Skills Center Cosmetology Salon will be open for business starting Monday, September 22nd from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The Cosmetology program and Salon recently moved from an off-campus location on Fourth Plain, to the Skills Center campus, 12200 NE 28th Street, as its new building was completed this fall.

The Salon provides a work-experience site for area high school students enrolled in the Skills Center's Cosmetology program who are on track to obtain a Washington state beauty operator's license. Services are offered to the public at very reasonable prices, ranging from basic haircuts ($5.50) to hair color services ($15-$50+) to manicures ($6-$7) and pedicures ($10-$11), as well as special occasion packages ($18.50-$31). All services are performed by students under their instructor's supervision.

The new Salon offers a spa-like experience with new, state-of-the art equipment. Regular hours of operation are Mondays through Thursdays from 12:00 noon to 5:00 PM. To make an appointment, call 360-604-1080. Walk-ins are welcome during Salon hours. The Salon does follow the Evergreen School District calendar so hours are subject to change.

The Clark County Skills Center began in 1983 as a cooperative educational venture between eight Southwest Washington School Districts. The vision of those districts was to create a school, in partnership with business, "to prepare students for the work force" by offering students the opportunity to be trained in technical career areas too expensive for a single district to fund. Today, there are over 1,000 students enrolled in 16 programs of study.


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Beth Johnson Appointed to Fill Vacant Board Position
Kelso Sch. Dist. - 09/19/14
Kelso, WA--Friday, September 19, 2014--On Wednesday September 17, the Kelso School District Board of Directors appointed Beth Johnson to fill the open position created by the resignation of Bob Simmons. Johnson will fill the vacancy for the duration of Simmons' term through November 2015.

Johnson has lived in the area for 19 years. She and her husband, Greg, have three children in the Kelso School District. Johnson has a long history of volunteering in the District, having previously served on the district's math curriculum adoption committee and volunteered for many activities in children's classrooms. Johnson has a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Washington.

"Through her numerous volunteer activities Beth has shown a deep commitment to Kelso students," said School Board President Bob Lucas. "Beth's desire to work collaboratively as a board member to assure Kelso students have every resource necessary to succeed will make her an excellent addition to our board. We are extremely fortunate to have her serve. "

If you have any questions please contact Beth Grambo in the Superintendent's office at 360-501-1927.
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Man Steals and Crashes Police Car - Facing Multiple Charges
Portland Police Bureau - 09/19/14
On Friday September 19, 2014, at 4:53 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the area of Northeast 137th Avenue and Sacramento Street on the report of a man running up and down the street screaming about someone following him.

As officers were en route, the 9-1-1 caller reported that nobody was following the man and it appeared that the man was either high on something or having mental health issues.

Officers arrived in the area and got out to talk to the man to assess his condition but when he saw police he ran away. Additional officers arrived and began to contain the area but the man ran towards an unoccupied running police car and got into the driver's seat. The man stole the police car and drove off, nearly hitting three officers as he sped away.

The man crashed into a yard at Northeast 142nd Avenue and Sacramento Street and was taken into custody. He was identified as a 33-year-old male and he was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries and a mental health assessment. The police car, a 2009 Ford Crown Victoria, sustained serious damage. No officers were injured in this incident.

The suspect faces several charges upon his release from the hospital. His name will not be released until he's officially charged.

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City Of Beaverton Hosts Cert Disaster Exercise on Sept. 27 (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 09/19/14
CERT members participate in disaster training exercise.
CERT members participate in disaster training exercise.
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The City of Beaverton is hosting a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Disaster Exercise on Sept. 27 from 8 to 5 p.m. at the TVF&R Regional Training Center (12400 Tonquin Road Sherwood).

"Beaverton's CERT team members help keep our community safe in times of crisis," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "This program gives civilians the skills and knowledge to help our first-responders in emergency situations. This exercise will help sharpen their skills."

The CERT Disaster Exercise is designed to create realistic scenarios for CERT members to test their emergency knowledge and practice their skills. It will test their ability to conduct building search and rescue, cribbing, disaster triage, fire suppression, and rope work. There will also be demonstrations by Life Flight and Mountain Wave search and rescue.

This is the second time this multi-jurisdiction exercise is being conducted and is made possible through a federal Homeland Security Grant. The exercise also gives participants the opportunity to coordinate with CERT programs from other cities. CERT teams participating include, Beaverton, Tigard, St. Helens, Hillsboro, McMinnville, Woodburn, Clackamas County and Yamhill County.

CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number of people, with the resources available. During a disaster it will take time for formal emergency services (i.e., police, fire, EMS, etc.) to reach all the geographical areas of Beaverton. During that time the CERT members will make a difference.

The Beaverton CERT program offers free training sessions that give people the decision-making and physical skills to assist others in the event of an emergency. The city wants to continue to expand the number of members in the CERT program and is seeking more residents interested in participating. Those interested, can enroll for the spring session, which will begin in early March. Participants attend eight different classes once a week. Special arrangements for the basic CERT class can also be made for groups of 35 or more.

For more information on CERT, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov.

In 2014, Beaverton was again recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was one of just four cities of its size recently recognized as a "Smarter City" energy leader by the Natural Resources Defense Council and one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine. In addition, Beaverton was named one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine, an All-America City finalist, as one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com, one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine, the Recycler of the Year from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists and as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities, the Beaverton Community Vision program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter. Beaverton also enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov, like the City of Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.

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Attached Media Files: CERT members participate in disaster training exercise.
142nd Fighter Wing to conduct night flying
Oregon Military Department - 09/19/14
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will be conducting routine F-15 night flying training Sept. 22-25.

The missions allow the wing to stay current with mandatory Air Force requirements. Night flying is conducted almost monthly as it provides essential training for night time maneuvers. Training flights will be completed each evening before 10:00 p.m.

Since September 11, 2001 the 142nd Fighter Wing has flown more than 47,000 hours in support of the Aerospace Control Alert mission to ensure the Pacific Northwestern skies remain safe.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Sept. 19, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/19/14
This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Friday, Sept. 19, 2014

NEW FIRES

Souley Ridge: This 38 acre fire about 45 miles southwest of John Day started yesterday afternoon. Immediate response using a few crews, five engines, a few dozers, 2 helicopters, and four airplanes stopped the fire growth overnight at 38 acres. Crews will continue working to contain the fire today.

CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES

36 Pit: This 4,104 acre fire is about 35% contained. It started Saturday, September 13 on the Mount Hood National Forest near Estacada. The crews have turned their focus to secure the southwest line to work toward containment. Silver Fox RV Park residents have been allowed back to their homes.

For information on Evacuation levels, call the Clackamas County Sheriff 503-630-7712.

The fire contact information is: 360-280-4352, 503-630-1711, 36pitfire@gmail.com

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's major actions as a partner with other agencies.

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF's fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Nick Hennemann | Public Information Officer
Private Forests
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street, Salem, OR 97310
Cell (503) 910-4311
nhennemann@odf.state.or.us

Rod Nichols | Public Information Officer
Private Forests
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street, Salem, OR 97310
Desk (503) 945-7425
Cell (503) 508-4478
nhennemann@odf.state.or.us


Connect with us:
www.oregon.gov/ODF | social media | State Forests Online Community

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Consumer Advisory: Think about insurance before participating in sharing economy
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 09/19/14
The Department of Consumer and Business Services, Insurance Division advises Oregonians to consider their insurance needs when engaging in new apps and websites that facilitate car rides, vacation rentals, and other services - known as the "sharing economy."

"When a new industry emerges, it often creates unique insurance situations," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "Consumers should be aware that traditional insurance policies may not apply when participating in a new kind of business."

Examples include transportation networking companies (TNCs), such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar, that offer smartphone apps to help connect drivers and passengers as an alternative to taxis. Drivers who participate use their personal vehicles to transport passengers for a fee. Other companies, such as Airbnb, allow people to list and book properties for rent through its website.

Here is what you need to consider before participating in these new endeavors:

Drivers of TNCs

Personal insurance policies will not provide you with coverage if you drive for a TNC. Because you would be collecting a fee for driving another person, your personal insurance policy would not cover any damage or losses that occur. Before signing up to become a driver:

* Find out if the company has an insurance program. Make sure the commercial automobile insurance policy held by the TNC includes coverage for bodily injury and property damage to you and others before and during the time you are designated to drive passengers for payment.

* Review any agreement involving car-sharing or ridesharing. Seek legal counsel if needed.

* Call your insurance company or agent to discuss your options and whether you might want to consider a commercial insurance policy.

Passengers of TNCs

Neither your personal auto policy nor the personal auto policy of the driver will protect you when you are riding in another vehicle for a fee. Before using a ride-sharing service:

* Ask the transportation company if it has coverage that will pay for your expenses in the event of an injury.

* Call your insurance company or agent to discuss your options.

Homeowners listing their home for rent

Some insurance companies may provide coverage if you occasionally rent out a room, but making all or part of your home available for regular rental likely would be considered business use. Homeowner policies generally do not provide coverage for business use. If you are considering renting out your home through a service such as Airbnb:

* Check with your agent or insurance company if you're considering making all or part of your home available for rental on a regular basis. Your agent or customer service representative can explain how your current policy does or does not apply and any options available to you.

* Find out whether you can add to your coverage, or whether you have to buy a policy specifically designed for a landlord.

Consumers renting a room or home

If you rent through a mobile app or website and there is damage to your belongings during your stay, your own homeowner or renter policy would apply similar to when you rent a hotel room.

If you have questions, the Insurance Division can help. You can reach the division's Consumer Advocacy Unit by calling 1-888-877-4894 (toll-free), emailing cp.ins@state.or.us, or visiting www.insurance.oregon.gov.

The Insurance Division is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit http://www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
09/18/14
Gaston Man Arrested after Crashing into Deputy's Vehicle (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/18/14
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September 18, 2014--Sheriff's Deputies attempted to assist a man that had overdosed on medication in an attempt to harm himself. The man refused care and drove a vehicle at a high rate of speed into a deputy's patrol vehicle causing substantial damage and minor injuries prior to his arrest.

On September 18, 2014 at 3:02 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to the 47000 block of SW Fluke Drive in the community of Gaston concerning a man that reportedly overdosed. Family members called and reported Alexander Fastabend, 22, had intentionally ingested a large number of pills. The family members believed that Mr. Fastabend wanted to cause himself harm. It was reported Mr. Fastabend had armed himself with an unknown type of hand saw while in the residence.

Sheriff's Deputies arrived and were assisted by the Oregon State Police (OSP) and Gaston Fire District. The deputies were able to safely get the family out of the residence to remove them from potential harm. Members of the Sheriff's Office Mental Health Response Team (MHRT) were arriving to open the lines of communication with Mr. Fastabend to provide him with assistance.

Prior to talking to MHRT, Mr. Fastabend quickly exited the house, jumped into a 2014 Honda Accord and sped down the long gravel road toward SW Old Highway 47. As Mr. Fastabend sped down the gravel road, an OSP Trooper had to leap out of the way to avoid being struck by the Accord. At the intersection of Fluke Drive and SW Old Highway 47, the driver rapidly accelerated head-on into a deputy's patrol vehicle causing major damage to both vehicles. Both vehicles came to rest across SW Old Highway 47 into a farm field over 100 feet from the collision (photos attached).

After the crash, Mr. Fastabend bolted from the Accord and ran into a nearby corn field. The corn stalks were over six feet tall. As deputies and fire personnel tended to the injured deputy, additional deputies and OSP began their search for Mr. Fastabend. Within seven minutes, Mr. Fastabend emerged from the corn field holding a large butcher type knife in his hand. Deputies and OSP immediately converged on him and were able to quickly and successfully deploy their Tasers and take Mr. Fastabend into custody without further incident.

It was later discovered that Mr. Fastabend started a fire in the residence before fleeing in the Accord. The fire was mostly extinguished prior to its discovery due to the lack of combustible materials.

The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team and the Washington County Forensic Science Unit responded to assist with scene documentation, measurements, speed estimates and evidence processing. Washington County Detectives were called to assist with the investigation.

The Sheriff's Deputy in the crash had minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital. He suffered minor head and upper body injuries.

Alexander Fastabend was taken to the hospital for medical attention. He is potentially facing First Degree Arson and Second Degree Assault charges when he is released from the hospital. There are additional charges possible as the investigation continues.


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Family of Six Displaced by Late Afternoon Fire (Photo)
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue - 09/18/14
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Hillsboro, Oregon - Late this afternoon two adults and four children were displaced by a fire in their rental home. The fire was reported to 9-1-1 dispatchers at 4:50pm and the first engine company to arrive from the Main Station #1 found flames burning up the siding on the rear corner home and into the attic space. As one group of firefighters attacked the exterior fire, another worked on venting the roof to allow access to the fire in the attic. Firefighters had the fire extinguished within 15 minutes of their arrival.

Witnesses told investigators that three children and one adult were home at the time of the fire. When one of the children saw flames outside near the back door, she alerted everyone inside. Everyone quickly evacuated the home and called 9-1-1. The mother of the three children and their four year old brother were not home at the time of the fire.

Hillsboro Fire Investigators determine the cause of the fire to be accidental in nature. In addition to the exterior fire damage, the interior of the home suffered substantial water damage as a result of the fire in the attic.
The Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting the family with temporary housing and essentials.

Eighteen personnel from Hillsboro Fire & Rescue responded to the fire. No injuries were reported.


Hillsboro Fire and Rescue reminds citizens to evacuate at the first sign of smoke or fire and call 9-1-1 once safely outside


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Image attachments: Firefighters venting the attic at 543 SE 11th Place.
Fire damage to exterior at 543 SE 11th Place


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Oregon National Guard member added to Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 09/18/14
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An Oregon National Guard Soldier was added to the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial and honored in a ceremony, Sept. 18, at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Ore.

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) added five Oregon fire fighters who were killed in the line of duty to the list of names on the memorial. The ceremony brought together multiple fire fighting and public safety agencies from throughout the state, including members of the Oregon National Guard, to honor the fallen and their families.

Melvin Claude Richardson, age 18, of Albany, Ore., was killed on September 6, 1935 when a flaming tree branch fell and struck him. He was one of 40 initial National Guard fire fighters recruited to fight the McKenzie Bridge fire that burned more than 2,500 acres in the Willamette National Forest.

Richardson's cousin, Nancy Farrar, contacted the DPSST to have his name added to the wall of the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial. Farrar also added his name to the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Staff during the ceremony.

More photos from the ceremony are avaialable for download on Flickr:
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Nancy Farrar (center) is assisted by a member of the Oregon National Guard Honor Guard (right) as she adds her cousin's name to the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Staff during a ceremony, Sept. 18, at the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial in Salem, Ore. Melvin Claude Richardson, an Oregon National Guard member, was killed while fighting the McKenzie Bridge fire that burned more than 2,500 acres of the Willamette National Forest in 1935. Farrar worked with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training to have Richardson added to the memorial. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Nancy Farrar (right) is escorted by a member of the Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard (left) following a memorial ceremony, Sept. 18, honoring her cousin, Melvin Claude Richardson, at the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial in Salem, Ore. Richardson, an Oregon National Guard member, was killed while fighting the McKenzie Bridge fire that burned more than 2,500 acres of the Willamette National Forest in 1935. Farrar worked with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training to have her cousin added to the memorial. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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A member of the Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard (center) rings the Last Alarm bell as representatives from multiple fire fighting and public safety agencies (including Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon) render honors during a memorial ceremony, Sept. 18, at the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial in Salem, Ore. A member of the Oregon National Guard, Melvin Claude Richardson, was added to the memorial and honored during the ceremony for his selfless sacrifice while fighting the McKenzie Bridge fire that burned more than 2,500 acres of the Willamette National Forest in 1935. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Update: Photos - Five Injured, One Seriously, in Four Vehicle Crash - Highway 11 north of Pendleton (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/18/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday morning's four-vehicle traffic crash that injured five people, one seriously, on Highway 11 north of Pendleton.

On September 18, 2014 at approximately 7:20 a.m., a 2010 Buick Enclave driven by KARI R. WILSON, age 51, from Helix, was northbound on Highway 11 near milepost 4 when it traveled into the southbound lane and struck the left side of a 1997 Ford F350 pickup driven by KLAUSE HOEHNA, age 61, from Weston. The initial impact caused the Ford pickup to go off the highway and roll at least once.

The Buick continued northbound and collided nearly head-on with a 2000 Honda Civic driven by HENRY BECERRIL, age 24, from Milton-Freewater. The Buick then collided nearly head-on with another southbound vehicle, a 2009 Mini Cooper driven by RAUL MARROQUIN JR, age 36, from Walla Walla, Washington. The Buick came to rest on the Mini Cooper's hood off the side of the highway.

WILSON and a 7-year old child passenger were transported by ambulance to St. Anthony Hospital with minor injuries.

HOEHNA was also transported by ambulance to St. Anthony Hospital with minor injuries.

BECERRIL was transported by LifeFlight to Providence St. Mary Medical Center and then transferred to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland with serious injuries.

MARROQUIN was transported by ambulance to Providence St. Mary Medical Center with minor injuries.

All occupants were using appropriate safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Pendleton and Hermiston offices responded to the scene to investigate the cause of the crash. Trooper Jeremy Gunter is the lead investigator. No enforcement action taken at this time.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Umatilla Tribal Police Department, Pendleton Ambulance, Umatilla Tribal Ambulance, LifeFlight and ODOT.

Highway 11 was closed at the scene for over four hours.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Monday, September 22, 2014 Executive & Regular Board Business Meeting Agenda
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 09/18/14
The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon, will convene in a Executive Session & Regular Board Business Meeting on Monday, September 22, 2014 in the Boardroom at the Parkrose District Office located at 10636 NE Prescott St., Portland, Oregon at the hour of 6:30 p.m. The Board will hear a presentation from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. They will receive department updates from the Superintendent's office, School Improvement, Technology, Human Resources, Student Services and the Business office. The Board will be taking action on items including: Consent Agenda, OSBA Board of Directors Nomination, Site Council Membership, Annual Student/Parent and Staff Handbooks, and their goals for 2014-2015. The agenda is posted on the Parkrose School District Website at https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1000205
Update:vDeath Investigation - Truax Island east of Corvallis in Linn County
Oregon State Police - 09/18/14
UPDATE: The victim is identified as a 28-year old female. Her name may be released tomorrow after confirmation with investigators and medical examiner. An autopsy was done Thursday but the manner and cause of death is undetermined at this time. No other information to be released.

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Members of the Linn County Major Crime Team are conducting a death investigation following the discovery Wednesday afternoon of a deceased body in the vicinity of Truax Island east of Corvallis.

On September 17, 2014 at approximately 3:50 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) responded to Truax Island in the Willamette River Greenway off Riverside Drive north of Highway 34 and confirmed a report of a deceased body. Investigators assigned to the interagency Linn County Major Crime Team were activated along with the Linn County District Attorney's Office, Linn County Medical Examiner, and OSP Forensic Services Division responded to the scene to initiate the investigation.

Investigators will be in the area during the night and may be contacting some local residents as part of the investigation. The deceased's sex is not being released at this time and identity is pending confirmation. No other details will be released tonight. An update is anticipated Thursday following the initial investigation at the scene.

The Linn County Major Crime Team is comprised of investigators from OSP, Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Police Department, Lebanon Police Department, and Sweet Home Police Department.

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TVF&R Firefighters Fill The Boot for MDA
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 09/18/14
On September 19-20, off-duty TVF&R firefighters will take to the streets to once again "Fill the Boot" for MDA. Firefighters will ask passing motorists to drop a donation into their fire boots...see below for locations. Firefighters hope to raise $60,000 for MDA!

"We know the money we raise definitely makes a difference in the lives of people affected by neuromuscular diseases, and that it helps them get the care they need," states Local 1660 President Rocky Hanes. "Fill the Boot is a proud tradition for us, and it's a great way for our firefighters to be in our community reminding residents that we are always ready to help."

Friday, September 19th
7:00am - 10:00am
Location #1: Beaverton Fred Meyer/Farmington & Hwy 217
Location #2: Bethany/Cornell Frontage Road

Saturday, September 20th
10:00am - 6:00pm
Location: Wilsonville Fred Meyer


See full press release for more details.

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Attached Media Files: 2014 Fill The Boot Press Release
Update: Injury Truck Crash - Highway 38 on Scottsburg Bridge east of Reedsport (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/18/14
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Update: The driver was identified as BRIAN J. NEELEY, age 54, from Sheridan. NEELEY was cited by OSP for Careless Driving and Fail to Drive Within Lane.

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Highway 38 at the Scottsburg Bridge near milepost 16 is now open to one lane following a traffic crash involving a commercial truck pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with lumber products. The truck and trailer was hanging over the bridge railing above the river and an estimated hundred gallons of diesel had leaked into the river.

According to Lieutenant Steve Mitchell, on September 18, 2014, at approximately 8:20 a.m., a 1994 Peterbilt truck pulling a flatbed semi-trailer loaded with lumber products driven by NEELEY was eastbound on Highway 38 near milepost 16. As the truck was negotiating a left curve it struck the guardrail and went onto the bridge railing. The lumber products spilled off the trailer as it went over the railing. The truck and trailer were partially hanging off the bridge over the Umpqua River.

NEELEY was taken by ambulance to Lower Umpqua Hospital with minor injuries.

Oregon State Police (OSP), Douglas County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, Scottsburg Fire Department, US Coast Guard and local emergency responders are working together at the scene. Oregon Emergency Response System (OERS) was notified and a HazMat team was contacted to respond and handle the diesel spill.

The highway was expected to be blocked for several hours. ODOT was dispatching a bridge inspector to the scene to check for damage.

Traffic updates being provided by ODOT and also posted by ODOT on Twitter and TripCheck.com.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Attached Media Files: 2014-09/1002/77957/091814.hwy38_scottsburgbridge.1.jpg , 2014-09/1002/77957/091814.hwy38_scottsburgbridge.2.jpg
North Clackamas Schools PACE helps more than 300 teenage parents in 20 years
North Clackamas Sch. Dist. - 09/18/14
About two decades ago, a pregnancy likely ended the education of a student at North Clackamas Schools.
That changed, when Carolyn Jenkins and Ron Dexter created the Parent Academic Career Employment program (PACE) for the district in 1994.

In the past 20 years, more than 300 teenage parents have been helped by the program to complete their high school education.

On Saturday, Sept. 20, there will be a 20-year celebration of the program from 12:00p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Sabin-Schellenberg North Campus at 14211 S.E. Johnson Road, Milwaukie, for all of the current and former students and their families, plus current and former staff.
According to Renee Taylor, an instructional assistant for PACE and organizer of the event, so far more than 260 students have responded to invitations.

The original teens are now in their late 30s "and their babies are now 18 and 19," said Taylor. "It gives us an opportunity to reconnect and bring our community back to PACE to keep it in the forefront and use it as a resource."
Bringing back the former students, she said, will show current students that though they face a hard road with teen pregnancy, success can be achieved.

Former students commented on the PACE Facebook page about what the program did for them.
"PACE gave me a second chance at an education, in a loving and judge free environment. While I was working on my education, I never had to worry about my son because the staff at PACE is so much more than "Staff" they become your family. I was encouraged and supported every step of the way from the moment I first took the tour and was considering going to PACE," wrote Shelby Henson.

"PACE is an amazing program. They welcomed me with open arms at a time when I felt isolated and alone. Knowing my daughter was in good hands right next door enabled me to be able to concentrate on my studies," wrote Deon McManus. "The staff and teachers were always happy to see us and being surrounded by other girls in similar situations provided a great support system. PACE isn't just a program to help you finish school, it's a family."

Taylor echoed the family theme, pointing out that many of the students were turned away from their families due to the pregnancies and the PACE staff became their surrogate families.
"Teen pregnancy in not what anyone wants to happen in their family, but it does." said Taylor.
In addition to regular high school courses, the PACE program provides students with parenting courses, career guidance, transportation, breakfast and lunch and - most importantly, said Taylor - child day care.
Milwaukie Police Warn Citizens - Be Aware of Recent Phone Scam
Milwaukie Police Dept. - 09/18/14
Milwaukie Police Warn Citizens - Be Aware of Recent Phone Scam

On 09-18-14 the dispatch center that answers Milwaukie area requests for police assistance was inundated with calls from citizens regarding the latest telephone scam.

LOCOM received 40 complaints from citizens who received very aggressive and threatening calls from someone claiming to work as an Internal Revenue Service auditor or a detective from the sex crimes unit. The caller demanded that if money was not sent immediately, someone would arrive shortly to arrest the recipient of the phone call.

The public should be aware calls such as these are being made by criminals trying to scam money from unsuspecting, or naïve citizens. Police suggest that when a citizen receives one of these calls, to simply terminate the call. Do not send money-grams.

Government agencies, including law enforcement, never ask for fines or bills to be paid via a money-gram, nor would they make such a request by phone.
Deputies Respond to Report of Human Remains
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/18/14
Late Wednesday afternoon, deputies from the Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of human remains discovered near Mill City, 25 miles east of Salem. At approximately 3:30 p.m. a local hunter discovered the remains off a wooded game trail and notified the Sheriff's Office. When Deputies arrived, it was verified the remains were human, and detectives were called out, along with the Medical Examiner and a Deputy District Attorney. This is normal procedure for this type of incident.

The investigation proceeded into the evening, and the remains were identified as that of 55 year old Gregory Dean Johnson of Mill City. In September 2013, Mr. Johnson left his residence and was reported missing by family members. Search efforts in September and October 2013 did not turn up any leads.

The investigation indicates Mr. Johnson died of natural causes and there is no indication of any suspicious circumstances. This investigation will conclude today, and there are no further details for release.
Hockinson School District Facilities Symposium
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 09/18/14
The Hockinson School District Superintendent and Board of Directors will hold a Facilities Symposium on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the High School MPR, located at 16819 NE 159th Street, Brush Prairie, WA 98606

Please join us to discuss our school facilities and make recommendations on how to address the educational, maintenance and security needs of district buildings.
Deputies Arrest Burglary Suspect (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 09/18/14
Cody Michael Lee
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Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports that on September 18, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. deputies arrested Lebanon resident, Cody Michael Lee 21-years old, in connection with a burglary reported to the Sheriff's Office at 5:28 a.m.

Deputies responded and learned the family woke up to find their residence was entered while the family; the victim, his wife and their 10 & 14 year old daughters, slept. Deputies processed the residence for evidence. Most rooms showed evidence that they had been entered and property taken. Several items of evidence were seized, to include a lead pipe and a knife. Approximately $2700 worth of hunting gear was taken from the residence.

At approximately 10:00 a.m., the Lebanon Police Department responded to a disturbance at Home Town Furniture and learned Lee had contacted a family member of the victim for assistance in disposing of the property he claimed to have had for some time. The family member was aware of the missing property and became suspicious so he contacted the victim who identified the property and confronted Lee.

After interviewing Lee, he was arrested for Burglary in the First degree and Theft in the First degree. He was lodged at the Linn County Jail.


Attached Media Files: Cody Michael Lee
Central Oregon Regional Arts Summit set for Oct. 6
Oregon Arts Commission - 09/18/14
(Bend, Ore) - The Arts & Culture Alliance of Central Oregon (ACA) is partnering with the Oregon Arts Commission to produce the first Central Oregon Arts Summit on Monday, Oct. 6, at the Riverhouse Convention Center in Bend.

This marks the first regional arts summit organized by the Arts Commission, which fosters an environment for artists, administrators and community members to come together for provocative learning exchanges that spark new insights and connections to their work. The Commission has previously hosted annual statewide art summits in Portland.

"Feedback from our statewide arts summits held in Portland revealed there was an opportunity to better address specific regional needs by presenting smaller, geographically focused summits," said David Huff, the Commission's assistant director. "We chose to begin a new model with Central Oregon due to its commitment to cultural tourism and diverse array of arts organizations and partnerships."

The 2014 regional summit, "Exploring Connections," will highlight the state of the arts in Central Oregon, with breakout sessions on: public value of the arts; art in health care; cultural tourism; Oregon's art ecology; creative place making; and art in business. The summit is open to individual artists, arts supporters, arts-related businesses and volunteers, as well as staff and board members of nonprofit organizations.

The Central Oregon Art Summit's keynote speaker, Doug Borwick, is the author of "Building Communities, Not Audiences: The Future of the Arts in the U.S." Borwick will discuss the idea that arts organizations need to become deeply connected with their communities, and will provide new ways of looking at the arts as a powerful force for building better communities and improving the lives of all. As one of the country's leading advocates for the arts and community engagement, Borwick has served as keynote speaker and workshop presenter at conferences across the U.S. and Canada as well as in Beijing and Singapore.

Following the Central Oregon Arts Summit, attendees are invited to a free reception at the Deschutes Public Library from 5 to 6:30 p.m. where they can enjoy a local craft brew, meet funders, visit with other nonprofit leaders and artists, and learn more about the Foundation Center's grant information network.

The Oregon Arts Commission, housed in Business Oregon, was established in 1967 to foster the arts in Oregon and ensure their excellence. Recognizing the impact the arts have on Central Oregon and the economy, the Arts & Culture Alliance was formed in May of 2010.

The Arts & Culture Alliance realizes the impact the arts have on Central Oregon and the economy. The ACA understands the need for collaboration and networking; their shared purpose in working together to promote the arts and supporting each other establishes a collective voice.

The partnership with the Arts Commission celebrates the ACA's recent non-profit status, which will enable the ACA to pursue additional collaborations to better meet its mission to promote Central Oregon as a cultural destination and to promote and strengthen collaboration within the art and culture community.

Central Oregon Arts Summit
Monday, October 6
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Riverhouse Convention Center
$50 registration (fee includes box lunch)
($40 for ACA or NAO members. Call Michelle Solley at 541.508.8785 for ACA membership information.)

Arts & Culture Alliance Members:
2nd Street Theater; Art in Public Places; Art in the High Desert; Arts, Beautification & Culture Commission, Arts Central, Atelier 6000, Bella Acappella Harmony, Bend Chamber of Commerce, Bend Dance Project, BendFilm, Caldera, Cascade Arts & Entertainment, Cascade Chorale, Cascades Theatrical Co., Central Oregon Mastersingers, Central Oregon Symphony Association, COCC Barber Library Rotunda Gallery, Des Chutes Historical Museum, Deschutes Public Library, High Desert Chamber Music, High Desert Journal, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Lubbesmeyer Studio, Mockingbird Gallery, Museum at Warm Springs, Redmond Community Concert Association, Roundhouse Foundation, Sisters Folk Festival, Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, Sunriver Music Festival, Sunriver Stars Community Theater, Terpsichorean Dance Studio, The Nature of Words & Tower Theatre Foundation.

Membership is open to creative arts practitioners, non-profits, businesses, artists, groups, and organizations that focus on the arts. Please visit www.artsandculstureco.org, www.facebook.com/ArtsCultureAlliance, or contact Michelle Solley for more information: michelledsolley@gmail.com.

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10/14-16: Nature vs. humanity topic of free environmental symposium (Photo)
Lewis & Clark - 09/18/14
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Human beings have fundamentally transformed the earth. But will our future global reality be one of hope or possible apocalypse? How do we guide our environmental practices when notions such as the balance of nature and living within limits no longer fit our collective experience?

On October 14-16, the Environmental Affairs Symposium at Lewis & Clark will explore the hotly debated Anthropocene concept and whether terms like "nature" and "humanity" are now so intermixed that they've lost their useful meaning.

This year's symposium features two keynote speakers; Lesley Head--whose research explores how humans have physically changed earth's systems, how we think about our place in nature, and how these two things are connected--and Paul Robbins, who focuses on the ecological and economic values that emerge from human-influenced and human-created landscapes. Their lectures will take place at the Ecotrust Natural Capital Center, 721 NW 9th Avenue, on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

Additional panels will focus on complex issues such as the perils and prospects of comprehensive urban planning; the effect of the Farm Bill on domestic production and international markets; cultural resilience to disasters; and cleanup at the Portland Harbor Superfund site.

For a complete schedule of events and speakers, visit http://go.lclark.edu/envs/symposium.

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Located in Portland, Ore., Lewis & Clark is a private institution with a public conscience and international reach, enrolling approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,500 students in graduate professional programs. Our alumni, faculty, and students are recognized as global thinkers and leaders. Our three schools offer undergraduate studies in the liberal arts and sciences and graduate professional programs in education, counseling, and law. For more information, visit http://www.lclark.edu.


Attached Media Files: Lesley Head , Paul Robbins
No-questions-asked 'Prescription Drug Take-Back' for Oak Grove residents set for Saturday, Sept. 20
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/18/14
Oak Grove residents: Want to safely dispose of unwanted, unused prescription drugs?

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will hold a no-questions-asked "Prescription Drug Take-Back" on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Oak Lodge Sanitary (14611 SE River Rd., Milwaukie, OR 97267) [ map: http://goo.gl/maps/T8A3P ]

Sheriff's Office deputies will be on hand to accept unwanted medications at your driver's-side door.

Prescription medications are among the most commonly abused drugs, so it is important to dispose of them safely after they're no longer needed by the patient. Flushing pharmaceuticals down the toilet can be dangerous both for the community and local wildlife, so take-back programs like this are the best option for disposing of unused prescription drugs.

If you can't make the Sept. 20 event, Clackamas County also has convenient permanent drop-boxes in ten locations around Clackamas County. A full list of drop-box locations can be found in this 2013 press release:
http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/pressreleases/2013-06-07-CCSOPR-PrescriptionDrugDropBoxes.html

NOTE: A second, larger-scale "Drug Take-Back" is also set for the following Saturday, Sept. 27. A press release on this larger collection event will go out next week.

For more information, contact the Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Unit at 503-785-5077 or by email at crimeprevention@clackamas.us

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Bank Robbery Investigation Underway in Southeast Portland's Mill Park Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 09/18/14
On Thursday September 18, 2014, at 3:01 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the Bank of America branch, located at 10201 Southeast Washington Street on the report of an armed bank robbery.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted bank employees who told police that the suspect was armed with a handgun as he demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the bank and was last seen on the North side of the bank.

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

The suspect is described as a white male in his early-40s, 5'2" tall, thin build, scruffy face, close-cropped hair and bald on top, wearing a green t-shirt and tan pants. The suspect was armed with a handgun.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact Detective Brett Hawkinson at (503) 823-1080, brett.hawkinson@portlandoregon.gov; or, the Portland office of the F.B.I. at (503) 224-4181.

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City Reinvents Long-Standing Community Art Event Into Beaverton Arts Mix! (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 09/18/14
Amnesty by Wade Baune, a 2014 BAM! sculpture and fine art entry.
Amnesty by Wade Baune, a 2014 BAM! sculpture and fine art entry.
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The City of Beaverton and Beaverton Arts Commission invite the public to attend Beaverton Arts Mix! (BAM!), a nine-day juried art show and sale. BAM! will be open daily from Oct. 4-12 at the Beaverton City Library (12375 SW 5th Street).

"Just like the Visual Arts Showcase before it, the Beaverton Arts Mix! is sure to be the arts centerpiece for our community," said Mayor Denny Doyle.

The 30-year-old Beaverton Visual Arts Showcase has been reimagined into a more dynamic event now known as BAM! The new event features:

* More than 120 works of fine art in a variety of media
* Outdoor Quick Draw on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to noon
* Opening night public gala on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 7-8:30 p.m.
* Oregon Humanities Conversation Project forum on Wednesday, Oct. 8 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
* The Beaverton Civic Theatre's production of "Into the Woods" from Oct. 3-18. (www.BeavertonCivicTheatre.org)
* Several children's art activities throughout the week hosted by the Beaverton City Library. (www.BeavertonLibrary.org/Kids)

BAM! is made possible through the generous support of Reser's Fine Foods, Artisan Renovations, Beaverton Arts & Culture Foundation, Cultural Coalition of Washington County, Dick Blick Materials, First Tech Federal Credit Union, Gamblin Artists Colors, Heitzman Body & Paint, The Oregonian, Oregon Cultural Trust, and The Village Gallery of Arts.

For a complete list of participating artists and examples of their work, please visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/BAMArtists.

BAM! is produced by the City of Beaverton and the Beaverton Arts Commission. For more information, including art sale hours, please call the city's Art, Culture & Events line at 503-526-2559 or visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/BAM.

The Beaverton Arts Commission contributes significantly to the quality of life in Beaverton by presenting artistic and cultural events, which celebrates community values and helps connect residents to their artistic and cultural heritage. The commission presents annual events such as BAM! and Ten Tiny Dances. In addition, the commission leads public art projects, including Beaverton's mural program and temporary sculpture program. For more information, visit www.BeavertonArts.org, or call 503-526-2288.

In 2014, Beaverton was again recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was one of just four cities of its size recently recognized as a "Smarter City" energy leader by the Natural Resources Defense Council and one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine. In addition, Beaverton was named one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine, an All-America City finalist, as one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com, one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine, the Recycler of the Year from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists and as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities, the Beaverton Community Vision program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter. Beaverton also enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov, like the City of Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.

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Attached Media Files: Amnesty by Wade Baune, a 2014 BAM! sculpture and fine art entry. , Reflection by Shane Moyo, a 2014 BAM! digital and graphic design entry. , Still Morning by MariAnne MacGregor, a 2014 BAM! photography entry.
Former Oregon State University Employee Arrested Following OSP Investigation Into Selling of University-Owned Mobile Phones & Devices (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/18/14
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A former Oregon State University (OSU) employee turned herself in to Oregon State Police (OSP) Thursday after warrants were issued following an indictment related to selling university-owned cellphones during her employment.

On September 18, 2014, former OSU employee CHRISTINA MARIE ADAMS, age 49, from Eugene, turned herself in to OSP at the Springfield Area Command office after being notified of outstanding felony and misdemeanor warrants for her arrest. ADAMS was arrested and lodged at the Benton County Jail on charges of Aggravated Theft in the First Degree and Official Misconduct in the First Degree.

The OSP Major Crimes Section conducted the investigation, confirming ADAMS sold 388 university-owned cellular phone and mobile devices to a purchasing and recycling agent during her employment as an IT support staff member. The alleged unlawful activity occurred during her employment from 2008 until discovered in 2013. The amount of the transactions totaled $14,465.

University officials placed Adams on administrative leave and shortly after terminated her employment. OSU requested OSP conduct a criminal investigation for potential charges.

Working in conjunction with the Benton County District Attorney's Office, ADAMS was indicted for a felony charge of Aggravated Theft in the First Degree and a misdemeanor charge of Official Misconduct in the First Degree.

OSP Detective Michael Berland was the lead investigator.

Questions regarding this case should be referred to the Benton County District Attorney's Office. Questions for OSU should be referred to Steve Clark, Vice President of University Relations and Marketing.

Photograph - Benton County Sheriff's Office

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UPDATED w/ SUSPECT SKETCHES: Armed pair rob homeowner, leave scene in victim's pickup truck; shots fired; tips sought (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/18/14
CCSO Case #14-24986 -- male suspect sketch
CCSO Case #14-24986 -- male suspect sketch
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UPDATE: SEPT. 18. 2014, 3:20 p.m. -- SUSPECT SKETCHES RELEASED

Suspect sketches of the male and female suspects in the Sept. 11 home-invasion robbery in unincorporated Milwaukie are attached to this release.

The original press release with full details is reproduced below. The Sheriff's Office is still seeking tips from the public in this crime. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office 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 CCSO Case # 14-24986.
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EARLIER: SEPT. 12, 2014, 1:09 p.m.

On 9-11-14 at about 10:15 p.m. 2 suspects robbed the residents of a home in the 3900 block of SE Aldercrest in unincorporated Milwaukie. The home invasion robbery occurred when the first suspect, a white female, came to the door asking for assistance. When one of the home's occupants opened the door, the woman brandished a gun, and a white male accomplice assisted her in forcing their way into the residence. During a struggle with the homeowner (who had armed himself with a firearm) at least two shots were fired. The victim was physically assaulted, and the suspects left in his truck after robbing him.

The stolen truck was recovered several hours later near River Rd. and SE Laurie Ave in Milwaukie. The victim's vehicle is a 2014 Dodge crew cab diesel pickup, gray in color.

During the course of the robbery the homeowner was injured and was treated by rescue personnel.

The suspects are described as:

1) White Female Adult 70" tall, brown hair, black leather jacket
2) White Male Adult, 68" tall, red bandana across face, white t-shirt

TIPS SOUGHT

Detectives are asking for leads from the public. Anyone who saw a similar vehicle in the Milwaukie area last night between 10:15 p.m. and 1:00 a.m, or if you have any other information concerning this crime is encouraged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office confidential Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp

The investigation is ongoing. Case number: 14-24986

The victims are not currently available for interviews. If that changes media will be notified.

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Attached Media Files: CCSO Case #14-24986 -- male suspect sketch , CCSO Case #14-24986 -- female suspect sketch
Centennial School District Board Meeting - September 24, 2014
Centennial Sch. Dist. - 09/18/14
The Centennial School District Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in the district office board room. The annual restraint and seclusion report will be presented at this meeting as well as a current enrollment report. The Board's focus during the remainder of the meeting will be to consider the adoption of policies and administrative regulations from Section J - Students.
Invitation to Portland VA Medical Center Town Hall
Portland VA Medical Center - 09/18/14
What: PVAMC is hosting a Veterans Town Hall
When: 23 Sept. 2014 at 9:30--11:00 a.m. & 30 Sept. 2014 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: PVAMC main campus auditorium in building 101, 2nd floor at 3710 SW U.S. Veterans Hospital Rd. Portland
Who: ALL Veterans & family members are invited.
Media interested in attending - please contact PVAMC Public Affairs Officer, Daniel Herrigstad, Daniel.herrigstad@va.gov, 971-221-4920
Why: To share information, answer questions, and address concerns of the Veterans PVAMC serves

Note: The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Regional Office will have a separate Town Hall at 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.at the same location

A Media Avail is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. to meet with a ask questions of the PVAMC Director and the VBA Regional Director.

Interested media, please RSVP to the PVAMC Public Affair Officer.
UPDATE - ARREST: Reckless Driver Crashes into Vehicle Causing Serious Injuries - Major Crash Team Investigating (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/18/14
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Traffic Division officers today arrested 22-year-old Sergey Lastivka on several charges related to the Monday evening crash that left a woman in critical condition.

Lastivka was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Assault in the Second Degree, Assault in the Fourth Degree, Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII), and Reckless Endangerment (five counts).

Lastivka will be arraigned on Friday.

54-year-old Hope Davis remains in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

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Traffic Division officers are continuing to investigate last night's crash that critically injured a woman during a head-on crash in Southeast Portland.

54-year-old Hope Davis remains in critical condition at a Portland hospital after being hit head-on by a car driven by 22-year-old Sergey Lastivka. Lastivka received a minor injury and also was taken to a Portland hospital for treatment.

There have been no arrests so far and the case remains under investigation. Based on the investigation thus far, both alcohol and driving speed by Lastivka appear to be factors in the crash.

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On Monday September 15, 2014, at 11:00 p.m., an East Precinct officer was in the area of Mall 205 when he heard the sound of screeching car tires in area. The officer went to investigate the sound and was nearly hit by the reckless driver, who was doing cookies then sped away.

Multiple officers responded to the area to locate the suspect vehicle and an officer came across a crash where the suspect vehicle crashed into another vehicle driven by a female adult, at Southeast 96th Avenue and Market Street.

The female driver of the vehicle had to be removed from the vehicle by Portland Fire & Rescue personnel. She was transported to a Portland hospital with very serious injuries.

The male driver of the suspect vehicle suffered non-life-threatening injuries. His two female passengers were not injured in the crash.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to conduct an investigation into the crash.

No updates are expected on this case until late Tuesday morning.

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PF&R's Arson Dog and Her Handler Deployed on a National Response Team (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 09/18/14
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Last Friday Portland Fire & Rescue's Accelerant Detecting K9 (Lila) and her handler (Fire Investigator Fabian Jackson) were sent to Ferndale, Washington as part of a National Response Team(NRT). The team was directed to determine the cause of a fire at a boat manufacturer.

According to Inv. Jackson, these larger arson investigations always use at least one dog. Lila's tasks during this kind of event include screening equipment for contamination before it is brought onto the investigation site. She also checks key areas for accelerants that can sometimes indicate arson. Jackson and Lila returned from the deployment on Tuesday afternoon.

Lila was provided to PF&R by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Under an agreement between the ATF and the City of Portland the ATF provides for much of Lila's ongoing training and care. Investigator Jackson and Lila could be called to any part of the US and when they need to fly, Lila rides in the plane's cabin often sleeping on the floor at Jackson's feet. When they aren't working, Lila lives with Investigator Jackson and his family.


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Every Second Counts (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/18/14
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Last Sunday, seeing and smelling the thick smoke in your community, perhaps you wondered if a fire was not too far away. And, like me, you may have wondered if your house and landscaping could withstand a fire. The smoke drifting into the valley from the 36 Pit Fire in Estacada prompted many worried homeowners to call 911.

Are you and your home prepared to survive a wildfire?

An equally important question: Are you prepared to prevent a wildfire? This summer I was alarmed, as were many others I spoke with, to see careless actions at Oregon's top recreation destinations. Friends described seeing neighboring campers pack up and head for home, leaving their fire ablaze in the campfire pit. I personally witnessed roaring campfires at three different dispersed campsites during the hottest part of the day when the fire danger level was extreme. At this particular forest, campfires were only allowed in approved fire pits at designated campsites. And if the many road signs broadcasting this restriction failed to get people's attention, they could hardly ignore the pungent smoke in the air from a nearby large fire.

The smoke in the valley has cleared for now, but we are literally "not out of the woods" yet. A wet pattern is predicted for Tuesday, which may be the beginning of the end, but it will be a while before this fire season is officially over. Large fuels such as trees are slow to absorb any precipitation. Bone-dry grasses and other fine fuels can be dampened by a shower, but a warm day and fall's easterly winds can quickly sap any moisture, making vegetation more susceptible to a spark from a campfire, vehicle exhaust, target shooting, or a discarded cigarette.

No region of the state was immune to wildfire this year. Since January, Oregon has experienced 612 human-caused fires that have burned over 17,000 acres. Knowing that every second counts in the event of a wildfire, please make it a priority now to learn what you can do to prepare for and prevent wildfires from starting in the first place.

More tips on wildfire prevention, including campfire safety, motorized equipment use, and fire-resistant landscaping can be found on the Keep Oregon Green site, www.keeporegongreen.org and www.firewise.org.


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Cattle Crossing Highway Help OSP Trooper Find Missing, Elderly Eugene Man in Burns
Oregon State Police - 09/18/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the unexpected help of a group of cattle crossing Highway 20 in Burns, found a missing, elderly 87-year old Eugene man early Thursday afternoon.

According to Sergeant Brian Williams, on September 18, 2014 at approximately 12:14 p.m., WARREN "SPUD" TUCKER, age 87, was spotted in his 2006 Ford Focus by OSP Senior Trooper Tim Thomas in Burns while traffic was stopped on Highway 20 for cattle crossing the road. OSP was on the look out for TUCKER after being notified of an attempt to locate for his vehicle that reportedly left Bend this morning, possibly headed toward Burns.

Eugene Police Department said TUCKER left his residence on September 17 about 9:00 a.m.. He was reported missing by his daughter who said he suffers from a medical condition, increasing the concern for his well-being.

After finding TUCKER, OSP contacted Harney District Hospital in Burns and hospital staff enthusiastically agreed to have him come there until his family could arrive and be re-united with him. He was in good condition and OSP secured his vehicle at a secondary location until it can also be retrieved by his family.

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Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Sept. 18, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/18/14
This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

NEW FIRES
No new fires were reported in the past 24 hours on ODF-protected lands.

CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES
36 Pit: This 4,100 acre fire is about 30% contained. It started Saturday, September 13 on the Mount Hood National Forest near Estacada. The northwestern portion of the fire which is closest to any homes or structures is becoming more secure. Due to the decreased threat to structures, the Oregon Fire Marshal Blue Team will be demobilizing today.

For information on Evacuation levels, call the Clackamas County Sheriff 503-630-7712.

The fire contact information is: 360-280-4352, 503-630-1711, 36pitfire@gmail.com

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's major actions as a partner with other agencies.

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF's fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Nick Hennemann | Public Information Officer
Private Forests
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street, Salem, OR 97310
Cell (503) 910-4311
nhennemann@odf.state.or.us

Rod Nichols | Public Information Officer
Private Forests
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street, Salem, OR 97310
Desk (503) 945-7425
Cell (503) 508-4478
nhennemann@odf.state.or.us


Connect with us:
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Portland Fire Marshal Lifts Burn Ban Within Portland
Portland Fire & Rescue - 09/18/14
Due to the decrease of high temperatures and higher humidity levels, effective immediately, the Portland Fire Marshal has lifted the burn ban that was imposed on September 12, 2014. Outdoor recreational fires, campfires and fires in approved fireplaces or chiminea type devices are again allowed within the city of Portland beginning today, September 18th. This burning ban lift is based on weather conditions and community fire safety needs.
WOU's new board of trustees confirmed by state senate
Western Oregon University - 09/18/14
MONMOUTH, Ore. - The Oregon State Senate has voted unanimously Wednesday to confirm members of Western Oregon University's inaugural board of trustees. Governor John Kitzhaber nominated 14 individuals to WOU's new board in late August. WOU becomes an independent public university effective July 1, 2015, which is when this newly confirmed board gains governance authority.

Between now and July 1, the new board members will be preparing for their leadership roles through orientation to WOU, training on best practices for university board governance, adoption of board by-laws and formation of board structure. Board members will also be involved in the search process for a new university president who will begin July 1 as current President Mark Weiss will retire on June 30.

"A board of trustees dedicated to the university's success will position Western to continue doing what we do best - educating Oregonians - while maintaining WOU as a fiscally healthy institution," said WOU President Mark Weiss. "Our size enables individualized attention, excellent faculty and support services, and mentoring for student success; yet we also envision continued expansion of innovative programs, facilities and ways in which courses are delivered. Fundamentally, WOU will play a critical role in helping Oregon achieve its goals for a competitive, educated workforce."

The board of trustees to govern WOU was authorized by Senate Bill 270 during the 2013 regular session of the Oregon State Legislature. The inaugural board members represent the diverse cultural, economic and professional backgrounds found within the Western Oregon University community; they work in education, the private sector, and public service. The 15-member board includes 11 public members, three members representing WOU (a faculty member, staff member and student), and WOU's president as a non-voting ex-officio member.

The board members are (complete bios available at http://bit.ly/1piuMNR):
* Jaime Arredondo, secretary-treasurer for Pineros Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (Oregon's Farmworker Union)
* James M. Baumgartner, partner at Black Helterline LLP law firm in Portland and current trustee on the WOU Foundation Board
* Major General Daniel R. Hokanson, the adjutant general of Oregon
* Ivan Hurtado, underwriter for Farmers Insurance
* Gloria Ingle, retired K-12 educator, and council member and elder for the Confederated Tribes of Siletz
* Cecelia 'Cec' Koontz, business manager for Central School District and Monmouth city councilor
* Governor Theodore "Ted" R. Kulongoski, Oregon's governor from 2003-2011
* Dr. John Minahan, former president of WOU
* Dr. Jeanette Mladenovic, executive vice-president and provost at Oregon Health & Science University
* Lane Shetterly, partner in the law firm Shetterly Irick and Ozias; former legislator
* Louis C. Taylor, senior financial advisor at Taylor Wealth Management, and co-founder and chief operations officer for Zon Compounding, LLC
* Dr. Cornelia Paraskevas, professor of English at WOU
* Marshall Guthrie, director of WOU's Student Enrichment Program and Monmouth city councilor
* Sofia Llamas, current student at WOU (education major)
* Mark Weiss, president of WOU

About WOU
Western Oregon University, founded in 1856, is the oldest public university in Oregon. The university has received national recognition for excellence for its focus on student learning and success by the Education Trust, US. News and World Report, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, National Association of Academic Advisors, and Parade Magazine. In 2010 WOU was recognized by the Education Trust as being the top university in America at eliminating the Latino graduation gap. WOU is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Update: Driver Confirmed - Fatal Traffic Crash - Old Stage Coach Road north of Highway 126W in Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/18/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation following the discovery early Monday of a single vehicle fatal crash scene down a steep embankment off Old Stage Coach Road north of Highway 126W is Lane County. The ongoing investigation confirmed the deceased victim, CANYON ARTHUR McCARDEL, was driving the vehicle.

On September 15, 2014 at approximately 12:23 a.m., OSP was notified of a single vehicle fatal traffic crash off Old Stage Coach Road near milepost 5. A family member of HANNAH S. SMITH, age 18, from Eugene, who was previously reported missing to Lane County Sheriff's Office (LCSO), discovered the wreckage down a steep embankment on railroad tracks below after hearing her screams for help while passing through the area. SMITH was seriously injured and an 18-year old male, identified as CANYON ARTHUR McCARDEL from Eugene, was deceased.

LCSO and Lane Fire Authority responded to the scene and confirmed the report. OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office responded to investigate the crash. The railroad company was notified to prevent train traffic until the vehicle was removed and responders cleared the scene.

Preliminary investigation indicates the 2002 Mitsubishi Montero sport utility vehicle containing the two occupants was traveling on Old Stage Coach Road when it went off the roadway and down a steep embankment. The vehicle came to rest on its side on railroad tracks approximately 40 feet below. Initial information indicates the crash may have happened late Saturday night, September 13.

According to LCSO, SMITH was reported missing to their department Sunday, September 14 at 7:58 p.m., after family said she did not arrive at a friend's house Saturday night.

McCARDEL was not using safety restraints and was ejected from the vehicle. SMITH, who also was not using safety restraints, was trapped inside the vehicle and extricated. She was transported by Western Lane Ambulance District to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with serious, non-life threatening injuries.

Recruit Trooper Jillian Chaffin is the lead investigator. Senior Trooper Blaine Hlebechuk is the lead collison reconstructionist.

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Grants available to promote tourism in West Linn
City of West Linn - 09/18/14
Public, private and nonprofit organizations can submit applications to receive grants for projects that promote tourism in West Linn.

Clackamas County Tourism and Cultural Affairs has awarded grant money to the city of West Linn through the county's Community Partnership Program (CPP). The grant money provides funding for tourism-related projects in West Linn that have the ability to 1) increase overnight stays in lodging facilities within Clackamas County, 2) bring visitors into the community from more than 50 miles away to recreate, shop, dine or take in the arts, cultural or historic offerings, and/or 3) entice visitors to linger longer.

Grant Details and Schedule: A total of $20,000 is available through this program, but individual grants may be issued for as little as $500. Matching funds and in-kind contributions are not required, but are strongly encouraged. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Oct. 17. Incomplete applications will not be considered. This is a competitive grant. The selection committee will include the city's Economic Development Committee and city staff.

Grant funds may be awarded to public, private or nonprofit organizations whose projects demonstrate the ability to benefit the greater public interests of tourism product development, promotion and/or marketing. Funding will be provided to awarded projects by Dec. 12. All projects must be completed and funds expended by June 30, 2015.

Projects will be evaluated on the following attributes and qualities:
* Alignment with CCTCA and the community's established tourism goals and plans
* Create overnight stays within Clackamas County
* Likelihood of attracting tourists/visitors from outside the community
* Inclusion of more than one community, lodging or tourism partner
* Leverage of additional dollars and/or resources
* Are self-sustaining, have growth potential or are capacity-building
* Offer measurable or demonstrable return on investment (ROI)

Ineligible Projects and Expenses:
* Those providing profitability or benefits to a single lodging partner, business or individual
* Capital improvement projects benefiting a private, for-profit enterprise or property owner
* Compensation to applicant for executing their own proposal
* Community beautification, streetscape or banner projects
* Normal costs of doing business

Visit https://westlinnoregon.gov/economicdevelopment/2014-2015-cpp-grants, for more information. Call Chris Kerr, Economic Development Director, at 503-723-2538 or email him at ckerr@westlinnoregon.gov with any questions.
FAFSA Lab Provides Financial Aid Resources for Students
Clackamas Community College - 09/18/14
OREGON CITY -- When Clackamas Community College surveyed the community and students in 2013, finances emerged as the single greatest barrier to college for both new and returning students. In response, the college is taking steps to provide greater support to students as they work through the complex financial aid process.
CCC is launching a FAFSA Lab, designed to offer a hands-on environment to help current and prospective students, as well as members of the community, navigate the financial aid and scholarship process. FAFSA is the acronym for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Completing the FAFSA application is the first step in securing federal financial aid, grants, work study and student loans.
Research indicates that there are a variety of factors that can create serious obstacles for community college students beginning the financial aid process. These include technology barriers, lack of information and cultural differences.
"Students who have the greatest need for financial aid are less likely to successfully complete the process," said Tara Sprehe, associate dean for student and enrollment services at CCC. If you are a first generation college student, low income or returning to college after 20 years, understanding and applying for financial aid can be daunting.
"We want to demystify and remove those barriers," said Sprehe. "We want to offer the space and staff to help people complete the steps to receiving financial assistance and find success in college."
The FAFSA Lab at CCC will offer one-on-one advising for anyone in Clackamas County, not just CCC students. Services provided at the lab include:
* New FAFSA applications or renewals
* Federal PIN application
* New email access
* Adding school codes
* Completing master promissory note (MNP)
* Completing entrance and exit counseling
* Accessing and completing financial aid documents
* General advising about financial aid and scholarships

The FAFSA Lab is located in room 112 of the Dye Learning Center. It is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, and from 2 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
For more information, contact finaid@clackamas.edu or call 503-594-6100.
CCC Xpress Shuttle Begins Operating Sept. 29
Clackamas Community College - 09/18/14
OREGON CITY -- Free shuttle service from the end of the MAX Green Line at Clackamas Town Center to Clackamas Community College's Oregon City and Harmony campuses continues this year with expanded service hours.
CCC Xpress Shuttle service will begin Monday, Sept. 29, with the start of fall term with service offered between the Clackamas Town Center Transit Center and CCC in Oregon City for nearly 11 hours a day, Monday through Thursday. A second shuttle will also make a stop at the Harmony Community Campus. Shuttle service will be available Friday mornings between the Transit Center and the Oregon City campus.
The shuttle, supported by a two-year TriMet grant, operates fall, winter and spring terms. Limited service is available on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of finals week. Shuttle service is not offered during school breaks.
Riders will meet the CCC Xpress shuttle bus in the parking lot under the MAX Green Line stop. At the Oregon City campus, the bus will meet riders near the bus turnaround at the main entrance of the college. At Harmony, the shuttle stops in front of the CCC building.
The schedule will be posted on the CCC website prior to the start of fall term.
Clackamas Community College was awarded a $90,000 grant from TriMet to support the CCC Xpress earlier this year. The service is open to the public and there is no cost for passengers.
For more information, contact at 503-594-3040 or visit www.clackamas.edu/shuttle.


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Brain Regeneration, Trains and Nutrition on Fall CCC Seasoned Adult Agenda
Clackamas Community College - 09/18/14
OREGON CITY -- The Seasoned Adult Enrichment Program (SAEP) presents weekly programs for seniors and retirees at Clackamas Community College's Harmony Community Campus. The program provides seniors in the county with an educational experience designed and administered by "seasoned adults" in the community.
All classes are held Wednesdays at CCC's Harmony Community Campus in room OIT-191, unless otherwise indicated, and begin at 9:30 a.m. This fall's SAEP schedule follows:
Oct. 8: "Brain Buzz: Brain Regeneration." Cognitive trainer Debra Ochoa discusses techniques and exercises that improve brain function.
Oct. 15: "What's on the Ballot?" Presenters from the League of Women Voters will give an overview of the November ballot measures, and a CCC representative will discuss the college's bond measure.
Oct. 22: "Gone to the Dogs." Lean how dogs are trained to act as four-footed attendants to the elderly. Jerilyn Felton gives a presentation, followed by and question and answer session.
Oct. 29: "Nutrition and Healthy Choices for Seniors." Learn how to eat to feel well. Jill Schultz shares how food affects your mood, health, attitude and well-being.
Nov. 5: "Architecture as an Art Form." Larry Bruton, with ZGF Architects, presents a brief history of the company and reviews some of their major local designs.
Nov. 12: "Floating Down the River." Ed Wilson talks about the power and peril of steam-powered riverboats and paddle wheelers on our local waterways.
Nov. 19: "Trains, from Large to Small." Stan Townsend discusses railroads, past and present operations, and the world of recreating miniature railroad empires.
Nov. 16 & 23: CCC Theatre Production. Enjoy a Sunday matinee performance of CCC's fall term theater production. Begins at 2:30 p.m. in the Osterman Theater at CCC's Niemeyer Center. Purchase tickets online at www.clackamas.edu/theatre.
For more information about SAEP, please call 503-594-0620.
The Core Ensemble Presents 'Tres Vidas' at CCC
Clackamas Community College - 09/18/14
OREGON CITY - The Core Ensemble performs the music theater concert "Tres Vidas" at Clackamas Community on Thursday, Oct. 16, at noon. The performance is in the Gregory Forum at CCC's Oregon City campus.
"Tres Vidas" is chamber music theater work that celebrates the lives of three legendary Latin American women: Mexican painter Frida Kahlo; Salvadorian peasant activist Rufina Amaya; and Argentinian poet Alfonsina Storni. The script was written by Chilean poet/writer Marjorie Agosin. "Tres Vidas" is performed by the Core Ensemble trio of musicians, with cello, piano and percussion, and singing actresses. The show features a wide stylistic range of music.
The Oct. 16 performance at CCC is sponsored by the college Foundation, the Foreign Language Department, the International Education Committee and the CCC Cultural Arts Committee.
The concert is free to attend and is open to the public. For more information, contact Irma Bjerre at 503-594-3245 or by email at irmab@clackamas.edu.
OSP Civilian Employee Resigns, Arraigned on Criminal Charges in Marion County Circuit Court
Oregon State Police - 09/18/14
A former fleet manager for the Oregon State Police (OSP) resigned Friday, September 12, 2014, following the filing of criminal charges related to an allegation reported to the OSP Office of Professional Standards.

On July 31, 2014, OSP placed Michael James Halverson on paid administrative leave and initiated a criminal investigation after receiving information alleging he had exposed himself to another employee. The investigation also determined Halverson had sexually explicit images on his Department-issued cellphone.

After the investigation was completed and provided to the Marion County District Attorney's Office, criminal charges of Public Indecency and Official Misconduct in the First Degree were filed in Marion County Circuit Court. Halverson was placed on unpaid leave status September 11 and resigned the next day.

Halverson, age 49, was a civilian employee with OSP for ten years.

On September 18 at 9:30 a.m., Halverson had an out-of-custody appearance for an initial arraignment on both charges in Marion County Circuit Court. According to the Marion County District Attorney's Office, a future court date appearance is scheduled.

Questions regarding the case should be directed to Deputy District Attorney Bryan Orrio.

A photograph is not available for this release.

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Open house meetings on the Salmonberry Corridor concept plan set for Tillamook, Banks and Portland
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/18/14
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department(OPRD)invites the public to three open house meetings about the draft concept plan for the Salmonberry Corridor. The draft for developing the Corridor will be presented at the open houses, and community members are encouraged to share their comments. The concept plan is a long-term comprehensive plan to guide resource management and recreational uses along the corridor.

Meeting details:

Tillamook
Sept. 23, 2014, 6-7:30 p.m.
Port of Tillamook Bay, Officer's Mess Hall
6823 Officer's Row

Banks
Sept. 24, 2014, 6-7:30 p.m.
Banks Fire Hall
300 Main Street

Portland
Sept. 25, 2014, 6-7:30 p.m.
Metro Regional Center, Room 370
600 Grand Ave

The Corridor is a proposed 86-mile, rail trail that runs from Tillamook to Banks. The route includes the Port of Tillamook Bay Railway, which closed in 2007 after massive storm damage. All together, the Salmonberry Corridor could connect eight cities and two counties, linking the Oregon coast to the interior Willamette Valley through spectacular and rugged Oregon scenery.

For more information about the meeting or about the Salmonberry Corridor Concept Plan, please contact Rocky Houston, State Trails Coordinator, at (503) 986-0750 or rocky.houston@oregon.gov
New marijuana research published in time for the Oregon Legalized Marijuana Initiative, Measure 91 --under the influence of parents
Woloshin Communications - 09/18/14
Children of marijuana users much more likely to start using marijuana at a young age, new Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation survey finds

Portland, Ore. (Sept. 18, 2014) Children of parents who have used marijuana are more than three times more likely to use it themselves. That's according to a new nationwide survey of youth ages 18 to 25 commissioned by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's Center for Public Advocacy. The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation has two Oregon centers in Newberg and Beaverton. Findings and the complete report: http://www hazelden.org/web/public/children-of-marijuana-users.page.

"We commissioned this survey to get a better understanding of marijuana using habits and attitudes among young adults," said Mark Sheets, interim executive director of Hazelden at Plymouth, part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. "This information allows us to better educate people about the health- and addiction-related dangers associated with marijuana."

Findings and the report can be found at:

Survey highlights:

* Parents still have a big influence over their children when it comes to using marijuana.
* More than 60 percent of marijuana users don't think it's addictive or damaging to the brain.
* One in 10 surveyed report being high at school and while driving, on a daily basis.
* Colorado numbers mirror the rest of the country, even though recreational marijuana is now legal in Colorado.

"What we learned from the survey is deeply concerning," said Nick Motu, vice president of the Center for Public Advocacy of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, "because according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana is addictive and delays brain development in adolescents. The damage can be permanent."

Survey findings:

Parental influence - Among children who reported their parents have used or currently use marijuana, 72% indicated they have used marijuana. Conversely, 19.7% of children whose parents have never used marijuana reported having used marijuana themselves. Among the youth who use marijuana, 15.1% said they started using it before the age of 14, 34.9% started using between ages 14 and 16, and 36.3 started using between ages 17 and 19.

Addiction and Brain Damage - Among young adult participants overall (users and non-users), 40.2% think marijuana is not addictive, 36.3% think it is not damaging to the brain, and 33.7% think edible marijuana is safer than smoking marijuana. Among young adult marijuana users, the percentages are 60.5% (think it's not addictive), 60.8% (think it doesn't damage the brain), and 48.5% (think eating marijuana is safer than smoking it).

Greater use of other drugs - Among young adults who have used marijuana, 73.6% have used alcohol, 26.1% have used prescription drugs not prescribed for them, 17.8% have used ecstasy, 15.8% have used cocaine, 15.8% have used hallucinogens, 10.6% have used amphetamines and 4.1% have used heroin. Among non-marijuana users surveyed, the numbers are 29.2% (alcohol), 6.5% (prescription drugs), 0.5% (ecstasy), 1.0% (cocaine), 0.7% (hallucinogens), 0.9% (amphetamines) and 1.0% (heroin).

Marijuana Users Are Much More Likely to Use Other Drugs Than Non-users
(U.S. Young Adults Ages 18 to 25)

Survey completed August 8, 2014, for Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, by Q Market Research, Eagan, Minnesota. 1,051 responses geographically representative of U.S. young adults ages 18 to 25. Results are statistically valid (at a 95% confidence level) to within +/- 2.9%.


High while driving, in school and at work - Among the respondents who indicated they have used marijuana, 33.1% said they have driven while high, 35.1% said they have been high at school, and 23.1% said they have been high at work. Roughly one in 10 surveyed reported being high at school and while driving on a daily basis.


One in five U.S. young adults report having been high at school, driven high and worked high.
Survey completed August 8, 2014, for Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, by Q Market Research, Eagan, Minnesota. 1,051 responses geographically representative of U.S. young adults ages 18 to 25. Results are statistically valid (at a 95% confidence level) to within +/- 2.9%.



Frequency of use - Shockingly, 1 in 5 of the young adults surveyed (19.9%) reported using marijuana daily. Nearly 10% use marijuana weekly and another 10% use marijuana monthly.


Survey completed August 8, 2014, for Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, by Q Market Research, Eagan, Minnesota. 1,051 responses geographically representative of U.S. young adults ages 18 to 25. Results are statistically valid (at a 95% confidence level) to within +/- 2.9%.


Rocky Mountain High - Despite the recent legalization of the sale of recreational marijuana in the state, young adult respondents from Colorado do NOT show much difference in marijuana use and attitudes. For example, 48.7% of youth surveyed in Colorado admitted they have used marijuana compared to 40.7% of the rest of the country. In addition, 24.0% of the youth surveyed in Colorado use marijuana daily compared to 18.8% of the rest of the country.

The survey of 1,051 young adults ages 18 - 25 living in the United States was conducted by Q Market Research. Overall results obtained from the survey are statistically valid (at a 95% confidence level) to within +/- 2.9%.

Hazelden, a renowned national nonprofit that helps people reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction, operates two facilities in Oregon:

* Hazelden Springbrook in Newberg: In addition to its residential treatment and extended care programs, Hazelden Springbrook specializes in addiction treatment for those with co-occurring trauma disorders. It is also recognized for its health-care professionals program, its LGBTQ-sensitive care, and its innovative opiate addiction treatment.

* Hazelden Beaverton, an outpatient facility, combines cognitive behavioral treatment and other treatments with medications to help individuals become clean and sober. Its treatment team includes leading experts in the field of alcohol and drug addiction and co-occurring disorders.


About the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a force of healing and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. It is the nation's largest nonprofit treatment provider, with a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center. With 15 sites in California, Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Colorado and Texas, the Foundation offers prevention and recovery solutions nationwide and across the entire continuum of care to help youth and adults reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. It includes the largest recovery publishing house in the country, a fully accredited graduate school of addiction studies, an addiction research center, and an education arm for medical professionals and a unique children's program, and is the nation's leader in advocacy and policy for treatment and recovery. Learn more at www.hazeldenbettyford.org.
36 PIT FIRE UPDATE: Silver Fox RV Park downgraded to Level 2 evacuation status
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/18/14
THURS. SEPT. 18 11:15 a.m. UPDATE:

Following this morning's 10 a.m. meeting with fire personnel managing the response to the 36 Pit Fire, more evacuation levels are being downgraded.

Silver Fox RV Park has now been downgraded from Level 3 ("immediate evacuation") to Level 2 ("prepare for possible evacuation").

This means Silver Fox RV Park residents can return home, but should be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice if conditions change.

According to InciWeb's 9:45 a.m. update on the fire (http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4106/ ), "Excellent progress continues to be made by firefighters to contain the 36 Pit Fire. The northwestern portion of the fire which is closest to any homes or structures is becoming more secure. Firefighters are mopping up and putting out hot spots adjacent to fire lines."

A PDF on evacuation levels can be found here:
http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/Documents/Ready,%20Set,%20Go!%20Evacuation%20Levels.pdf

This information is also attached to this release and pasted below.

For the latest information on the 36 Pit Fire from InciWeb, including news releases, maps and more:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4106/

And for the latest info from Clackamas County Emergency Management:
http://www.clackamas.us/emergency/36pit.html

Oregon Evacuation Levels:
1, 2, 3 = Ready, Set, Go

LEVEL 1:
A Level 1 Evacuation means "BE READY" for potential evacuation.
Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system.

LEVEL 2:
A Level 2 Evacuation means "BE SET" to evacuate.
YOU MUST PREPARE TO LEAVE AT A MOMENTS NOTICE This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk.
THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates.

LEVEL 3:
A Level 3 Evacuation means "GO" Evacuate NOW
LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home.


Attached Media Files: Oregon Evacuation Levels fact sheet (PDF)
DUII Driver Arrested After Driving Into Trask River at Carnahan Park in Tillamook (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/18/14
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A Tillamook man was arrested for DUII Wednesday night after driving his car into the Trask River at Carnahan Park in Tillamook. The man was able to get out of his vehicle and was helped back to shore by Tillamook fire personnel who were training at the park.

On September 17, 2014 at approximately 8:19 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) and Tillamook Police Department (TPD) were notified that a vehicle drove down the boat ramp into the Trask River at Carnahan Park. Tillamook Fire District personnel were at the park training when the incident occurred and helped the driver to shore from his submerged 2000 Nissan Maxima.

The driver, JUAN JOSE GARCIA, age 34, from Tillamook, was transported by ambulance to Tillamook Regional Medical Center for a medical checkup. Upon release from the hospital, an OSP trooper arrested GARCIA for DUII and lodged him in the Tillamook County Jail.

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Garcia photo - Tillamook County Sheriff's Office

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City Of Beaverton Receives Awards For Its Health Conscious Working Environment (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 09/18/14
Beaverton staff participating in t'ai chi class in Griffith Park.
Beaverton staff participating in t'ai chi class in Griffith Park.
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The City of Beaverton made the list as one of Portland Business Journal's 2014 Healthiest Employers of Oregon for employer's with 100 to 499 employees. The city was also recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association (AHA) for helping employees eat better and move more.

"In Beaverton, we pride ourselves on being an active and athletic community," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "The city is committed to creating a work environment that helps our employees maintain a healthy lifestyle. We're honored to have received this recognition!"

Both companies acknowledged the city for its outstanding health and wellness programs that it offers its employees. The Portland Business Journal will list the award in its Healthiest Employers publication on Oct. 24, 2014. AHA will give recognition to the city on the company website as well as at local events.

"Our innovative health and wellness program has been successful because of our motivated employees," said Nancy Bates, human resources director. "These programs help improve an employee's overall quality of life and lead to a more productive work environment."

In 2014, Beaverton was again recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was one of just four cities of its size recently recognized as a "Smarter City" energy leader by the Natural Resources Defense Council and one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine. In addition, Beaverton was named one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine, an All-America City finalist, as one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com, one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine, the Recycler of the Year from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists and as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities, the Beaverton Community Vision program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter. Beaverton also enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov, like the City of Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.

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Credit Union Robbery (Photo)
Longview Police & Fire - 09/18/14
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On September 17, 2014, around 2:40 p.m., the Fibre Federal Credit Union located at 800 Triangle Center in Longview was robbed. The suspect contacted a teller demanding money. No weapon was displayed or mentioned. The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the credit union. Several officers from local law enforcement agencies responded to the incident. A K-9 track was attempted, but did not succeed in locating the suspect.

The suspect has not been identified at this time. He is described as a white male in his 30's-40's, with dark colored hair and facial hair. The suspect is described as being over 6'00" tall and a heavier build.

Surveillance video at the credit union was obtained and photos of the suspect are below. Citizens with information about the robbery or the identity of the suspect are asked to contact Det. Steve Dennis at 360-442-5800.


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Deputies Investigating Occupational Death
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 09/18/14
Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports his deputies are investigating a death at Freres Lumber in the 47000 block of Lyons Mill City drive, Mill City, that occurred last night at 11:10 p.m.

Millwright Bryan Dodge, 33 yrs from Mill City, was repairing a wood press when it activated and crushed him. The Mill City Fire Department responded to the lumber mill and confirmed the death.

The Linn County Deputies are being assisted with the investigation by the Linn County Medical Examiner and OSHA (Oregon Occupational Safety & Heath). Weddles Funeral Home transported Dodge to Stayton. The investigation is continuing.
City first in state to launch mobile app for garbage service and recycling (Photo)
City of Gresham - 09/18/14
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GRESHAM, Ore. - Getting the garbage out on time - and knowing what to put in that blue roll cart - just got easier. The City of Gresham today launches GoCart!, a free garbage and recycling reminder tool that sends collection day information and recycling tips to your smartphone or email box.

Gresham is the first city in Oregon to offer this mobile tool to help residents reduce, reuse and recycle. GoCart! is free. Residents who sign up before Jan. 1 will be entered into a drawing to win a year of free recycling and garbage service.

"Calls about collection days and haulers, and what can be recycled at the curb, are the most common ones that come into our office," said Dan Blue, manager of the City's Recycling and Solid Waste Division. "GoCart! makes it a lot easier to get that information - it goes right to your home or your pocket every week. This app is a great way to put technology to work for residents."

Here's how it works:

Visit GreshamOregon.gov/GoCart. Enter your home address. A screen will pop up giving you the name of your hauler, and you can push a button to create a weekly reminder for your garbage, recycling and yard debris pickup day. You also choose how and when you wish to receive the reminder - by home telephone, mobile phone, or email. Tips about recycling - what to put in, what to leave out - are also sent via GoCart! message.

GoCart! users can access a customized monthly calendar for their pickup days. The calendar can be accessed anytime on the City website.

The GoCart! technology is created by ReCollect, a Canadian company that has designed solid waste apps used by 30 other U.S. cities, including Vancouver and Clark County, Wash., who report high usage and favorable reviews. Gresham officials hope GoCart! not only provides convenience but also improves recycling rates - which reduces City costs and keeps customer rates low.

GoCart! is the third mobile app launched by the City to better engage residents through technology. Other apps serve small businesses and industrial site selectors. In addition, the City last month partnered with Nextdoor, the private social networking tool for neighborhoods, to create a new way to quickly get important news out to residents online.

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Brief Warrenton power outage scheduled Sept. 21 to upgrade electricity reliability, safety
Pacific Power - 09/18/14
Media hotline: 1-800-570-5838 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 18, 2014

Brief Warrenton power outage scheduled Sept. 21 to upgrade electricity reliability, safety
Early morning work scheduled to minimize inconvenience

WARRENTON, Ore. - Approximately 3,900 Pacific Power customers in the Warrenton area will have their electricity interrupted during the early morning hours of Sunday, Sept. 21, while Pacific Power crews safely move a transmission line higher to provide for more safe and reliable system operation.

The outage will begin at 2 a.m. Sept. 21 and be restored by 4 a.m. or earlier if possible. The area affected includes the entire communities of Warrenton and Hammond and outlying areas along Highway 101 such as Cullaby Lake, Sunset Beach and Fort Stevens. All traffic signals south of the Young's Bay Bridge on Highway 101 will be without power, as will the Astoria Airport, the Coast Guard Station and most of the Fort Clatsop National Memorial.

Pacific Power is working with transportation officials, local law enforcement and major customers in the area to make sure they are prepared and to minimize inconvenience to visitors to the area.

Customers in the affected area have been notified individually about the planned outage and work.

"The line's elevation has always been safe, but moving it higher will further ensure that this important transmission line will stay well out of harm's way and make outages even less likely," said Sheila Holden, regional community manager. "Providing your reliable, safe electric service is our top priority and this scheduled outage for system improvements will help assure that."

If customers have questions about the planned outage, they can call Pacific Power at
1-888-221-7070. Any outages during that time in other parts of the community should continue to be reported to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.


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Thief Arrested After Stealing Metal from New Portland Police Training Complex (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/18/14
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On Monday September 15, 2014, at approximately 6:30 p.m., a suspect stole several thousand dollars worth of metal panels to be used as the entry facade to the new Portland Police Training Complex, located at 14902 Northeast Airport Way.

A North Precinct detective was able to obtain surveillance video of the suspect vehicle, which was a fairly distinct looking Chevy S-10 pick-up truck.

On Wednesday September 17, 2014, the detective spotted the vehicle as it drove by him on his way home. Uniform officers were called to stop the vehicle and the suspect was arrested without incident.

The detective continued to investigate and late last night recovered all of the stolen metal but it is unlikely it can be used at the Training Complex as some of it has been damaged.

The suspect, 43-year-old Sean Michael Kearney, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on two counts of Theft in the First Degree.

Anyone with additional information about this theft is asked to contact Detective Travis Fields at (503) 823-5700.

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114 MPH DUII Driver Facing Charges Following OSP Traffic Stop - Interstate 5 near Tualatin
Oregon State Police - 09/18/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a 29-year old Tualatin man Wednesday night following a traffic stop for numerous hazardous violations while traveling 114 MPH southbound on Interstate 5 north of Tualatin.

On September 17, 2014 at approximately 11:00 p.m., an OSP trooper recorded a speed reading of 114 MPH on a 1998 Porsche Boxster as it passed other traffic southbound on Interstate 5 at Highway 217. The trooper also observed the vehicle make abrupt, dangerous lane changes and following other vehicles too closely until he was able to get it stopped near Tualatin.

The driver was identified as ANTHONY MICHAEL BALLAS, age 29, from Tualatin. Subsequent investigation led the trooper to arrest BALLAS for DUII-Alcohol and Reckless Driving. Following completion of initial investigation, BALLAS was cited to appear in Washington County Circuit Court and released to a responsible party.

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Dexter McCarty Middle School - Ice Bucket Challenge
Gresham-Barlow Sch. Dist. - 09/18/14
Media Advisory

Who: Dexter McCarty Middle School - Ice Bucket Challenge

What: The administrative team at Dexter McCarty Middle School has challenged students to raise $600 by September 19 for the ALS Association's Oregon and SW Washington Chapter for ALS Research.

On Friday September 19, at the conclusion of the fundraiser, the school's administrative team (including Principal John George) will undergo the Ice Bucket Challenge. The Gresham-Barlow School District is providing a tractor for the dousing. (The tractor scoop will be filled with ice water)

When: Friday, September 19 at 9:10 am

Where: Dexter McCarty Middle School - 1400 SE 5th Street, Gresham, OR 97080

Contact: Principal John George at 503-665-0148
Police Alert Senior Citizens to Financial Scams
City of Battle Ground - 09/18/14
The Battle Ground Police Department is alerting our community's senior citizens about financial scams and providing tips on how not to become a victim.

Financial fraud can be difficult to recognize and can include identity theft; fake check and wire transfer scams; investment and credit card fraud; and bogus online charitable solicitations.

One clear sign of a scam is the request to wire money. Any time a stranger contacts you by phone call, email, US mail, or in person and asks for money, it's a con - even if they claim to be a family member.

Following these tips and reminders from the police can prevent you or someone you know from becoming a victim:
* DO NOT give anyone personal information over the phone unless you initiate the contact.
* DO hang up on suspicious telemarketers
* DO NOT let yourself be pressured into a verbal or signed agreement or contract
* DO NOT be intimidated. If the caller insists you will be contacted by law enforcement or the IRS if you do not comply with their requests, simply hang up the phone.
* DO say no! A firm "no" can stop the most persistent of solicitors.
* DO NOT agree to pay for products or services in advance.
* DO NOT feel ashamed or embarrassed if you have been a victim of fraud.
* DO report it! The best way to prevent crime is to report it. Law enforcement agencies can use the information you provide to track the criminals and possibly prevent future victims of crime.

A printable copy of the Police Alert containing these tips along with additional information is attached. Placing the alert by the phone or on the fridge can be a good reminder on how to recognize and prevent a scam.

If you or someone you know may be a victim of fraud call 911 and report it.


Attached Media Files: Police Alert - Scam Targeting Seniors
Crime Prevention Tips to Protect Property in Garages and Garden Sheds (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/18/14
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The Portland Police Bureau and the Office of Neighborhood Involvement's Crime Prevention Coordinators would like to offer community members some helpful tips to reduce the occurrence of garage and shed burglaries.

- Lock garages and sheds when you are not able to monitor these areas. Tools, bicycles, and other items are often stolen out of an open garage while a resident gardens in the backyard or takes a break inside of the house.

- If your neighbors' garage door remains open for an extended period of time or is left open at night, let them know. They probably aren't aware and you can help keep your neighborhood safe from opportunistic thieves.

- Secure tools and climbing devices such as ladders since these can be used to access vulnerable areas of your home.

- Install locks on gates to your backyard to prevent easy access to the area.

- Report suspicious activity happening in your neighborhood to the police by calling 9-1-1.

- Report all incidents of theft by calling the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333 or by reporting online by visiting http://www.portlandpolice.com

Community members are encouraged to visit the City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention page at http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/cp for additional crime prevention tips and resources.

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PPB Training Complex Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Today (Reminder)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/18/14
Police Bureau Invites Community to See New Training Complex

The remodel of the Portland Police Bureau's Training Complex is reaching the completion stage and the Bureau will celebrate with two special events: On Thursday, September 18, 2014, at noon, Mayor Charlie Hales and Chief Michael Reese will join with other elected officials, city leaders and community members for a special ribbon cutting ceremony. Tours and light refreshments will be served. The media is invited.

On Saturday, September 20, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Bureau will host a community-wide open house. Community members can tour the facility and visit with Bureau members as well as meet members of the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT), K-9 Unit and Air Support Unit, and see the tools they use to keep the community safe. Kids can meet McGruff the Crime Dog, have their fingerprints taken by the members of the Forensics Evidence Division, and see how the Explosive Disposal Unit's robot works. Visitors can also participate in the Bureau's obstacle course and receive crime prevention information or hear about Neighborhood Watch Programs from Crime Prevention Specialists at the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI).

In March 2012, the City Council voted to fund a police and public safety training facility. The Bureau purchased the building and dedicated it on October 29, 2012. The remodel began in December 2013. The new Training Complex is the first of its kind for the Police Bureau and City of Portland and now houses all the training disciplines in one central venue, generating significant cost savings and efficiencies. It will also improve the Bureau's ability to provide scenario-based training using all the various disciplines in one location.

The Training Complex is located at: 14902 NE Airport Way in Portland.

Training Complex Info

Architect: SCOTT EDWARDS ARCHITECTURE
General Contractor: 2KG
Contractor for Firearms Range: Action Target
Purchased building on April 30, 2012 for $6.4 million
Remodel timeline: December 2013-September 2014
Total Project Cost: $15 million (bond measure)
Site Size: 9.6 acres
Patrol Vehicle Operations Area: 3.5 acres
Building Size: 61,193 square feet
Green components include water efficiency; multiple energy performance measures; recycling of materials, purchasing and waste.
Features:
* Police Vehicle Operations Skill Pad
* Defensive Tactics Mat Rooms
* Firearms Ranges
* Multiple Classrooms of Varying Sizes
* Patrol Tactics Scenario Village
* Administrative Offices

Other Bureau's involved in remodel:
* Office of Management and Finance
* Bureau of Technology Services
* Bureau of Environmental Services
* Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
* Bureau of Parks and Recreation
* Bureau of Transportation
* Water Bureau

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09/17/14
Gresham Police Conduct Pedestrian Safety Mission
Gresham Police Dept - 09/17/14
RELEASE DATE: September 17, 2014
CONTACT PERSON: Officer Ben Costigan
CASE NUMBER: None

GRESHAM POLICE CONDUCT PEDESTRIAN SAFETY MISSION

Gresham, Ore - Gresham Police conducted a Pedestrian Safety Operation on September 11, 2014 in the area of West Powell Blvd and Duniway Ave. The primary focus of this detail was to raise pedestrian safety awareness of drivers and pedestrians through education of pedestrian right-of-way laws. During the operation, officers issued 27 citations for crosswalk law violations and issued 41 citations for other offenses.

With school in session, it is especially important to remember that motorists must stop and yield to pedestrians who are waiting to cross, or are crossing the roadway. Motorists are also required to stop at all crosswalks when there is a vehicle already stopped in a lane adjacent to the lane they are traveling in. Refer to Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 811.028 Failure to stop and remain stopped for pedestrian, for specifics on the law regarding drivers and ORS Chapter 814 for laws pertaining to pedestrians.

Funding for this pedestrian safety detail was made possible through a grant from Oregon Impact and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Joel Fuhrman, Fran Costigan, and Ellen Jaffe Jones lead this year's incredible roster of inspirational speakers and chefs at the 2014 Portland VegFest. (Photo)
Portland VegFest - 09/17/14
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Portland, OR (September 17, 2014) Portland VegFest, Oregon's largest plant-based food and lifestyle event, will feature lineup of renowned speakers and chefs from around the country including:

* New York Times Best-Selling Author Dr. Joel Fuhrman is a board certified family physician and nutritional researcher who will be presenting on preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods.
* "Queen of Vegan Desserts" Fran Costigan is a pastry chef, culinary instructor, and cookbook author who will demonstrate how to prepare delectable dairy-free desserts that are sophisticated enough to satisfy anyone who loves desserts.
* With a just released and wildly popular "Paleo Vegan" cookbook, Ellen Jaffe Jones will present her surprising yet delectable blend of plant-based vegan cuisine and popular paleo diets.

In addition to the renowned speakers, attendees will enjoy the 100+ exhibitors and restaurants providing free tastings, vegan chef led cooking demonstrations, a new fashion and beauty area, fitness area and farmers market, film screenings, interactive kids' and teens' areas, free photo booths, bookstore, informational tables and other exciting activities.

Considered the "go-to" vegan event, Portland VegFest offers unparalleled resources, entertainment, and community building to celebrate sustainable, healthy and compassionate food choices to anyone wanting to learn more about plant-based diets. Celebrating its 10th year, this family friendly and affordable two-day festival is open for everyone, bringing together thousands of people with varying interests in plant-based food. From the committed vegan, the health conscious family, the sustainability minded individual or those who are simply curious, the event is for anyone who wants to explore healthy plant-based and sustainable food options, learn more about the vegan lifestyle, be inspired, and connect with a like-minded community.

Held at the Oregon Convention Center, tickets will be available at the door. For the complete lineup of speakers and activities, please visit www.portlandvegfest.org

About Northwest VEG and Portland VegFest
Portland VegFest is hosted by Northwest VEG, a nonprofit organization in the Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA area, dedicated to educating and encouraging people to make vegan choices for a healthy, sustainable, and compassionate world. Founded in 2003, Northwest VEG goals include:

* Build, support & maintain community in a fun environment
* Build, connect & network in the larger community
* Provide education & outreach
* Be a responsive, effective, transparent organization
* Provide expertise & serve as a resource to the community on veg issues
* Create positive change & make the world a better place

The goal of Portland VegFest is to celebrate, promote and build community around vegan lifestyles in a way that is inclusive for all; vegans, vegetarians and those who are curious about learning more about plant-based diets and the vegan lifestyle.

For more information visit www.portlandvegfest.org.



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24305 NE Elkhorn Rd.
Brush Prairie, WA 98606


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The Sheriff's Office takes on the fire department -- for charity -- during the 'Iron Chef Pizza Challenge' Thurs. Sept. 18 at California Pizza Kitchen at Bridgeport Village (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/17/14
Iron Chef Pizza Challenge (JPG flyer)
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On Thursday, Sept. 18, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies will take on personnel from Clackamas Fire District #1 and Lake Oswego Fire -- for charity -- in the "Iron Chef Pizza Challenge" at the California Pizza Kitchen at Bridgeport Village.

The full details, via the Chelsea Hicks Foundation website:
http://chelseahicksfoundation.org/iron-chef-pizza-challenge-for-charity-sept-18-at-cpk-bridgeport/

THE EVENT:
Police Dept. vs. Fire Dept.
Iron Chef Pizza Challenge for Charity
supporting the Chelsea Hicks Foundation

WHERE:
California Pizza Kitchen -- Bridgeport Village
7315 SW Bridgeport Road
Tigard, OR 97224
Next to Regal Cinemas
503-968-0504
http://www.cpk.com/locations/bridgeport-village/

WHEN:
Thursday, September 18, 2014
5:30 p.m. intro, 6 p.m. kickoff

CONTESTANTS REPRESENTING:
- Clackamas Fire Dist. #1
- Lake Oswego Fire
- Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

CELEBRITY JUDGES (evaluating pizzas made by the contestants):
- Tim Hohl - AM 860 KPAM First Edition Host
- Terry Travis - AM 860 KPAM First Edition Host
- Chef Kenny Morgan - Khao San Thai Street Food

THE CHARITY DRIVE:
California Pizza Kitchen Bridgeport Will Donate 20% of Your Check to the Chelsea Hicks Foundation! Bring in the flyer -- attached to this release, and also downloadable at:
http://chelseahicksfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/CPK-flyer-FINAL1.pdf

-- present it to your server, and California Pizza Kitchen will donate 20% of your check to the Chelsea Hicks Foundation (CHF).

ABOUT THE CHELSEA HICKS FOUNDATION:
CHF is a local nonprofit that provides therapeutic dress-up and play to seriously ill children in local children's hospitals. For more information visit: http://chelseahicksfoundation.org/

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Attached Media Files: Iron Chef Pizza Challenge (PDF flyer) , Iron Chef Pizza Challenge (JPG flyer)
UPDATE: North Precinct Investigating Report of an Armed Man in Area of N. Prescott & Interstate
Portland Police Bureau - 09/17/14
North Precinct officers conducted an extensive area search for the suspect in this incident but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

Officers did locate a broken shovel handle that may have been the "spear" described in this call. No firearm was located and it has not been verified that there actually was a gun used in this incident.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 30s, 5'7" tall, thin build, curly black hair, wearing a white t-shirt, and dark pants.

Based on the available information, officers do not believe the public is in danger and officers have cleared the area.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

North Precinct officers are presently checking the neighborhood around North Interstate Avenue and Prescott Street on the report of a male armed with a spear and a handgun.

There is no information at this point that he has threatened or injured anyone.

Several officers, including a Police K-9 Unit and the Air Support Unit are assisting with the search.

Anyone seeing a man with a gun and a spear is asked to immediately call 9-1-1.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

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National Park Service Seeks Applicants for Youth Living History Schools 2014-5
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 09/17/14
VANCOUVER, WA - The National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is seeking applications from interested youth, aged 10-18, for the national park's 2014-5 Living History Schools, including the acclaimed Young Engagé School and the Dame School.

Applications are due to the park by 5:00 pm on October 1, 2014. Application information can be found online at: http://go.usa.gov/p5VW . A maximum of sixteen students will be selected for each program.

Fort Vancouver's flagship Youth Volunteer Programs are the Young Engagé School and the Dame School, both designed for youth aged 10-18 years old. These two interacting tracks share resources that train youth in providing historic interpretation, demonstrating skills from the past, and speaking to the public.

Both training pathways are modeled after historic schools and other ways in which youth learned and developed skills at the Hudson's Bay Company's Fort Vancouver in the 1840s.

The goals of the schools are for students to:

Acquire knowledge about Fort Vancouver National Historic Site history, archaeology, and museum collections.

Foster stewardship for our nation's history and cultural and natural treasures.

Learn about everyday life in the nineteenth century jointly-occupied Oregon Country, including social history, etiquette and life skills.

Develop hands-on skills in costumed and basic interpretation (including public speaking and information sharing).

Gain practical experience in cultural demonstrations, programs, events, and offsite presentations.

Who: National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

What: 2014-5 Youth Living History Schools, incl. the Young Engagé School and the Dame School.

When: Applications due October 1, 2014. Program begins in November 2014 and ends in June 2015.

Where: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 612 East Reserve St., Vancouver, WA 98661

More information: http://go.usa.gov/p5VW
Specialized tricycle stolen from Vancouver residence (Update 1: Returned) (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 09/17/14
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*** Update ***

On September 17, 2014, a citizen brought in a tricycle matching the description of the stolen property to the Vancouver Police West Precinct, stating they found it in the area of NE Stapleton Rd/SR-500. The owners of the tricycle were contacted and when they arrived they noted significant damage to the tricycle. According to their assessment, the tricycle is not able to be used by their son, based on the extent of the damage.

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Vancouver, Wash. - On September 15, 2014, Vancouver Police were contacted regarding the theft of a specialized tricycle in the 5700 block of NE 85th Avenue. The Rifton Adaptive -Medium Tricycle belongs to the victim's ten year old son and was donated to the family by Shriner's Hospital based on the special needs of their son. (the image attached is a sample of the tricycle and not a photo of the actual tricycle).

Anyone with information on the theft, or the whereabouts of the tricycle is asked to contact the Vancouver Police Department.


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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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Clark County Sheriff's Office Open House and Community Safety Fair
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/17/14
Join us at 505 NW 179th Street this Saturday September 20th, 12pm-4pm for our annual open house and safety fair. This year we will combine this event with the culmination of our chief for a day program. At 12:15 pm a small motorcade will arrive at the precinct with Honorary Sheriff Cole, Honorary Chief Chase, and Honorary Chief Brooklyn. These children (from Clark County Sheriff's Office, Battle Ground Police Department, and La Center Police Department respectively) have been "sworn in" by their agencies and spent the summer getting to know the agency and participate in community activities with them.

Other events include a K-9 demo, auto extrication and fire extinguisher demo, and Lifeflight will be joining us (call load dependant). Several emergency vehicles will be on display including SWAT, Search and Rescue,and the bomb robot. There are several community exhibits with health and safety info and giveaways. Hot dogs, chips, water and soda will be provided. Kids activities include pony rides and small petting zoo, a bounce house, child ID and fingerprinting and more!

There is no charge for this event. Bring the family and come meet your local law enforcement, fire fighters and emergency personnel and learn about the tools we use to keep the community safe.


Attached Media Files: Clark County S.O. open house
Traffic Updates For The Cabela's Grand Opening
Tualatin Police Dept. - 09/17/14
Tualatin will soon be home to a new shopping center known as Nyberg Rivers with Cabela's as one of the anchor tenants. Many people in the community have expressed interest and concerns about traffic during the grand opening activities. Here are some of the details of the event to assist you in planning ahead for the expected increase in traffic and congestion.

The official grand opening will be on Thursday, September 18 with a ceremony beginning at 10:45 a.m. A large number of customers and increased traffic on surrounding roadways are expected not only for grand opening day, but throughout the weekend as well.

For several weeks, the City of Tualatin has worked with Cabela's to develop traffic and parking management plans with the goal of managing congestion. Cabela's will provide traffic and crowd management to keep cars flowing into and out of the site. They have also secured space for overflow parking, and shuttles which will transport employees and customers between these off-site parking locations and the store Thursday through Sunday.

Those in the area should expect traffic delays, and are encouraged to plan ahead and seek alternate routes for travel. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this exciting and busy grand-opening celebration.

For more detailed information visit www.tualatinoregon.gov
Salem City Club Presents: Second Election Debate: Ballot Measure 90 Game Changer for Oregon Elections? (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 09/17/14
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On September 26, SALEM CITY CLUB will host the second debate of the general election season featuring Ballot Measure 90, often referred to as Oregon Open Primary or Top Two. Oregon voters will see it on the ballot with the certified title: "Changes general election nomination processes: provides for single primary ballot listing candidates; top two advance."

Find out what this measure means for Oregonians. If Measure 90 passes in November, Oregon elections will be dramatically changed. The proposed measure, offered by initiative, would allow all voters, regardless of party affiliation, the opportunity to vote in the Primary Election. All candidates will be listed on ONE primary ballot. Only the top two vote-receiving candidates in the Primary will advance to the General Election. The days of Democratic and Republican Primaries and minor parties delivering candidates for the General Election would be over.

Measure 90 has clearly stirred political parties in Oregon. The states of Washington and California have recently implemented similar open primary systems, but Oregon's Ballot Measure 90 is a bit different. Should Measure 90 pass, the true impact of the Measure may not be known for years.

Jim Kelly, chief petitioner for the Ballot Measure, is a lifelong Oregonian, who grew up in NE Portland. In 1977 Jim founded Rejuvenation House Parts which he sold to Williams-Sonoma in 2012. He has lived on a ranch on the John Day River in rural Grant County since 1999, where he and his wife Sue raise grass-fed beef. Jim has a long history of civic involvement, including the Boards of 1000 Friends of Oregon and the Portland Housing Authority.

Sara Logue, a spokesperson for the Protect Our Vote Coalition, will speak in opposition to the Measure. A graduate of George Fox University with a BS degree in Elementary Education, Sara is a 5th grade teacher at Tom McCall Upper Elementary School in Forest Grove, Oregon. She is an Executive Board member of the Forest Grove Education Association and has worked with the Oregon Education Association as a Statewide Organizing Task Force Member

This is the second in a series of four pre-election series programs. Our first fall program was a debate on Ballot Measure 91. Still to be hosted are a candidate forum featuring candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, 5th District Oregon, on October 10, and, on October 24, a debate on Ballot Measure 88, the referendum concerning driver cards for those who cannot prove legal presence in the United States. The club also will co-sponsor with the League of Women Voters of Marion and Polk Counties evening candidate forums featuring candidates for the State House of Representatives, the State Senate, and the Marion and Polk County Commissions.

We have important issues to decide. Don't miss this important debate on Measure 90. As is our tradition we meet at the Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill. For lunch reservations please visit our web site at www.salemcityclub.com and register on line. Reservations are due by noon Wednesday, September 24, 2014. Parking is free. Doors open at 11:30 AM.


Attached Media Files: JimKelly , SaraLogue
Traffic Updates for the Cabela's Grand Opening
City of Tualatin - 09/17/14
Tualatin will soon be home to a new shopping center known as Nyberg Rivers with Cabela's as one of the anchor tenants. Many people in the community have expressed interest and concerns about traffic during the grand opening activities. Here are some of the details of the event to assist you in planning ahead for the expected increase in traffic and congestion.

The official grand opening will be on Thursday, September 18 with a ceremony beginning at 10:45 a.m. A large number of customers and increased traffic on surrounding roadways are expected not only for grand opening day, but throughout the weekend as well.

For several weeks, the City of Tualatin has worked with Cabela's to develop traffic and parking management plans with the goal of managing congestion. Cabela's will provide traffic and crowd management to keep cars flowing into and out of the site. They have also secured space for overflow parking, and shuttles which will transport employees and customers between these off-site parking locations and the store Thursday through Sunday.

Those in the area should expect traffic delays, and are encouraged to plan ahead and seek alternate routes for travel. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this exciting and busy grand-opening celebration.

For more detailed information visit www.tualatinoregon.gov
We Need Your Help Finding a Missing Endangered Elderly Woman (Photo)
Beaverton Police Department - 09/17/14
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***UPDATE***
Sharon Barnett has been found and is safe. She was found by a resident in the 17000 block of SW Richard Court. Thank you for your help getting to word out to the community.

***UPDATE***
Sharon is always hungry and might be in a restaurant or telling people she is hungry and has no money for food.

This afternoon at approximately 2:30 p.m. Beaverton Police were notified of a missing endangered elderly woman who is suffering from Alzheimer's.

Her name is Sharon Barnett and she is 70 years old. She was last seen at her residence in the 7900 block of SW Connemara Terr. Sharon is described as about 5'5" tall, thin build and has white hair. Sharon is able to get around on foot fine and is only suffering from Alzheimer's. Sharon is able to communicate but is extremely confused. When Sharon left she did not have her purse or any money and she is not familiar with TriMet.

Beaverton Police officers are currently searching the area and we are asking for your help in locating Sharon.

Anyone with information that can help us locate Sharon Barnett is asked to call the Beaverton Police at (503) 629-0111

Currently no family member is willing to speak with the media, if this changes I will let you know.


Attached Media Files: Press Release , Photo
City of Vancouver joins Nextdoor.com
City of Vancouver - 09/17/14
Vancouver, Wash. - The City of Vancouver has joined Nextdoor (www.Nextdoor.com) to improve citywide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications.

With Nextdoor, the City is able to share important news and updates, services, public events and emergency notifications that are relevant to specific neighborhoods. Several different City departments have the ability to post information to Nextdoor, including Neighborhood Police Officers.

Nextdoor is a private social network for neighborhoods. Nextdoor has already proven to be a well-adopted tool for Vancouver residents. Approximately 60 Vancouver neighborhoods are represented on Nextdoor, out of the 66 recognized neighborhood associations in Vancouver.

Nextdoor is free for residents and the City. Each Nextdoor neighborhood site is private, accessible only to residents who verify that they live in the neighborhood. Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor websites. While City staff will be able to respond to comments to their posts or to direct messages, they cannot view content posted on neighborhood Nextdoor sites. Additionally, information shared on Nextdoor is password protected and cannot be accessed by search engines.

Those interested in joining their neighborhood's Nextdoor website can visit www.Nextdoor.com and enter their address. If residents have questions about their Nextdoor website, please visit www.help.Nextdoor.com.

For more information about the City's Nextdoor activities, contact Judi Bailey, Neighborhoods Program Manager at (360) 487-8608 or judi.bailey@cityofvancouver.us; or visit www.cityofvancouver.us/socialmedia.


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J.D. Power Study Ranks NW Natural Highest in the West (Photo)
NW Natural - 09/17/14
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NW Natural also posts second highest score in the nation

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Northwest Natural Gas Company, dba NW Natural, (NYSE:NWN) has earned the highest overall score in the West among large utilities (those serving 400,000 residential customers or more) according to the 2014 J.D. Power Gas Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study.

This marks the 11th consecutive year that NW Natural has ranked among the best in the West. The company also earned the second highest score in the nation with a two point improvement over last year's score, posting 678 points out of 1,000.

"We are grateful to our customers who've given us this national recognition year after year," said Gregg Kantor, NW Natural president and CEO. "Every day our employees focus on delivering safe, reliable and affordable natural gas, and providing excellent service to our customers. We will continue to strive to exceed their expectations. "

The study, now in its 13th year, measures residential customer satisfaction with natural gas utilities across six areas: billing and payment; price; corporate citizenship; communications; customer service; and field service.

The 2014 J.D. Power and Associates study results are based on more than 69,800 responses from residential customers of the 83 largest gas utilities across the U.S. The study was fielded between September 2013 and July 2014.

About NW Natural

NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 697,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at nwnatural.com.


About J.D. Power

J.D. Power is a global marketing information services company providing performance improvement, social media and customer satisfaction insights and solutions. The company's quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually. Headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., J.D. Power has offices in North/South America, Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information on car reviews and ratings, car insurance, health insurance, cell phone ratings, and more, please visit JDPower.com. J.D. Power is a business unit of McGraw Hill Financial.

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Attached Media Files: Service Call , Service Tech
Water main work will close northbound lane of SW Terwilliger Blvd. north of SW Capitol Hwy. overnight this weekend
Portland Water Bureau - 09/17/14
A contractor for the Portland Water Bureau will work overnight on Friday and Saturday, September 19 and 20, on SW Terwilliger Boulevard, approximately 200 feet north of the intersection of SW Capitol Highway.
Work in the road will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 19 and end at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 20. If necessary, work will resume for a second night on Saturday, September 20 at 8:00 p.m. and end early Sunday morning, September 21.
The northbound lane will be closed for approximately 200 feet and flaggers will direct traffic around the construction zone. The night work is required by the Portland Bureau of Transportation in order to maintain two lane access to Oregon Health Science University during week days.
Project information can be found online at www.portlandoregon.gov/water/swcarolina
Vancouver Police seek help in locating missing adult. (Update: Located) (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 09/17/14
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*** UPDATE ***

Mr. Dillard was located today in Skamania County. He is safe and will be reunited with family.

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On 9/16/14 at approximately 700 PM, 79-year-old Kinnard Dillard left his residence in the 500 block of Miami Way in Vancouver driving his white 4-door 1991 Buick Park Avenue with Washington plates AEN4830. He told his wife he was going shopping, but he did not return. Mr. Dillard is in the early stages of dementia and is sometimes forgetful. If located, please call 911 for a welfare check on Mr. Dillard. Mr. Dillard is described as a black male, 5'10'' tall and about 165 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white shirt, khaki pants and white shoes.


Attached Media Files: v14-14333
Jesuit High School, Central Catholic High School, and the University of Portland Join Together to Sponsor Coaching for Character Conference on Oct. 4
Jesuit High School - 09/17/14
PORTLAND, OR - Three local prominent Catholic educational institutions are teaming up to create a conference for professional development geared toward helping coaches build character in their athletes. Jesuit High School, Central Catholic High School, and the University of Portland have collaborated to launch the conference titled "Coaching for Character." The conference will take place at Jesuit High School on Saturday, October 4, from 8:30am - 2:30 pm. Participants will have the opportunity to earn college credit toward their teaching credentials through University of Portland.

Featured speakers include: Gary Denham of the US Navy SEAL team instructor, Darren Treasure, Alberto Salazar & Jordan Hasay of the Oregon Nike Project, Bruce Brown of Proactive Coaching, and NBA Player and Coach Terry Porter.

The conference is open to all coaches, teachers and parents. Registration is online at www.jesuitportland.org/manresa. More information is below.

Coaching for Character Conference Agenda:

8:30 - 9:00 - Conference Check-in
9:00-10:30 - Opening Keynote
10:30-10:45- Break
10:45- 11:45 Session I
11:45-12:30 - Lunch
12:30-1:30 - Session II
1:30-1:45 - Break
1:45-3:00- Closing Keynote Session

Half Day Option (Either 9:00 - 11:45 or 12:30 - 3:00)

Opening Keynote

9:00 - 9:45: The role of character in the selection, retention, and performance of Navy SEALs - Gary Denham

For 20 years Gary Denham served all over the world as a Navy SEAL. He continues to serve his country in the position of Director of Instructor Development for Naval Special Warfare Center. In this role, Gary has the opportunity to educate/develop instructors who are charged with the task of leading candidates through the BUD/s training program. Gary's interactive presentation will explore some of the myths and realities of life as a SEAL. He will describe the SEALs performance/resilience model with a special emphasis on the central role character plays in the selection, retention, and performance of enlisted men, officers, and instructors. Encapsulated in the "better person principle," his talk will offer insight into why character is such a fundamental tenet of the SEAL program and culture and described how it is purposefully developed.

9:50-10:30: The role of the coach-athlete relationship in determining a successful athletic experience - Alberto Salazar, Darren Treasure, Ph.D., Jordan Hasay

Few relationships in sport are more influential than that between a coach and athlete/team. The relationship will change over time, is often complex, and may be viewed differently by coach and athlete. However, it is clear that the quality of this relationship is one of the most significant variables related to successful outcomes including satisfaction, development and performance. This presentation will look at the coach-athlete relationship from the perspective of a coach, athlete, and sport psychologist. Alberto Salazar, head coach of Nike's Oregon Project, will describe the key principles that guide his approach to coaching. Dr. Darren Treasure, Oregon Project sport psychologist, will present research focused on this critical area. Finally, University of Oregon alum and Oregon Project athlete Jordan Hasay will discuss the coach-athlete relationship from high school to the professional level from an athlete's perspective.

Closing Keynote: "The Impact of Trust" - Bruce Brown

When athletes trust their coaches and when teams trust each other it has a tremendous impact on performance. What allows someone to be trusted? How can coaches improve the level of individual and team trust? What causes coaches to be distrusted and how does that impact performance? When trust is present, teams have a much better chance of reaching potential.

Bruce Brown has worked 35 years as a teacher, coach, and athletic administrator at the junior high, high school, junior college and collegiate level. In that time he has coached football, basketball, baseball, and volleyball. He is the former national presenter for the NAIA's Champions of Character Program and currently serves as the Director of Proactive Coaching where he speaks nationally to athletes, coaches, parents, school districts and corporations.

Breakout Sessions: Breakout sessions will include information on Resiliency, Mind Set, and GRIT. Featured breakout sessions include presenters Terry Porter, Brian Baxter, Dr. Andrew Guest, Mike Hughes, Rebekah Jordan, and Bruce Brown.
Pacific University student and Hillsboro resident Jacob Palumbo honored by Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium (Photo)
Pacific University - 09/17/14
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FOREST GROVE -- The Oregon NASA Space Consortium has awarded Pacific University chemistry student Jacob Palumbo an undergraduate research scholarship of $12,000 to continue his work studying surfactants in an effort to develop an environmentally friendly agent to clean up oil spills.

A sophomore from Hillsboro, Palumbo spent this past summer developing and analyzing computational models to study molecules similar to those in soaps that cut through grease.

In addition to subsidizing Palumbo's tuition, the scholarship will fund additional computer resources for future models and simulations, as well as travel costs to symposiums around the state.

The OSG Scholarship Programs recognize the academic accomplishments of students that intend to pursue a career in the aerospace, science, or education community.

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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, Optometry, Education, Health Professions and Business, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn.


Attached Media Files: 2014-09/888/77927/Palumbo.JPG
CORRECTION: Ackerman-Munson, Springer re-appointed to Forestry Board (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/17/14
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EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS PLEASE NOTE:
This is a corrected version of the news release sent you previously.

Sybil Ackerman-Munson of Damascus and Gary Springer of Corvallis have been re-appointed to the Oregon Board of Forestry. The State Senate confirmed the re-appointments on Wednesday, affirming Gov. John Kitzhaber's nominations and a Senate Rules Committee recommendation. Ackerman-Munson's second term runs from July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2018, and Springer's from May 1, 2014 - April 30, 2018.

Ackerman-Munson has her own small business as an advisor for philanthropic institutions and individuals interested in effective grant making. She currently serves as a consultant for the Resources Legacy Fund, Burning Foundation, Gray Family Foundation, and Jubitz Family Foundation. She is also the Executive Director of the Lazar Foundation.

She has worked for many prestigious environmental organizations and has served on numerous boards and negotiating teams to craft solutions to complex policy challenges. She has served on the Environmental Justice Task Force, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, the Nearshore Ocean Task Force, the Governor's Panel on Oregon and California Lands, the Steens Mountain negotiating team, the Habitat Conservation Plan Public Interest Committee, and the State Forest Management Plan revision subcommittee.

Springer is a staff forester with Starker Forests, Inc. and also handles policy and public outreach duties for the family-owned company. In addition, he owns and manages an 80-acre tree farm in Harlan. He holds a baccalaureate in general humanities from Oregon State University. From the 1970s through the 1990s, Springer was a partner in Springer Logging, his family's contract logging business. He has served on a variety of forestry-related boards and committees, including the Forest Practices Advisory Committee and the Committee for Family Forestlands. He has also served on the Oregon Forest Resources Institute board.

Ackerman-Munson and Springer were appointed to their first terms on the Board of Forestry in 2010 by Gov. Ted Kulongoski.

The Board of Forestry consists of seven members, with the Oregon State Forester serving as secretary. The term of office is four years, and no member may serve more than two consecutive full terms. The mission of the board is to lead Oregon in implementing policies and programs that promote management of Oregon's public and private forests that is environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.

More information on the Board of Forestry is available at: www.oregonforestry.gov.


Attached Media Files: Sybil Ackerman-Munson , Gary Springer
Ackerman-Munson, Springer reappointed to Board of Forestry (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/17/14
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Sybil Ackerman-Munson of Damascus and Gary Springer of Corvallis have been reappointed to the Oregon Board of Forestry. On Sept. 17, the Oregon State Senate confirmed the reappointment of Ackerman-Munson to a second term running July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2018. Springer's second term is May 1, 2014 - April 30, 2018.

Gov. John Kitzhaber submitted the two nominations to the Senate rules Committee on Aug. 25.

Ackerman-Munson has her own small business as an advisor for philanthropic institutions and individuals interested in effective grant making. She currently serves as a consultant for the Resources Legacy Fund, Burning Foundation, Gray Family Foundation, and Jubitz Family Foundation. She is also the Executive Director of the Lazar Foundation.

She was previously employed by many prestigious environmental organizations and has served on numerous boards and negotiating teams to craft solutions to complex policy challenges. In addition to her position on the Board of Forestry, she has served on the Environmental Justice Task Force, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, the Nearshore Ocean Task Force, the Governor's Panel on Oregon and California Lands, the Steens Mountain negotiating team, the Habitat Conservation Plan Public Interest Committee, and the State Forest Management Plan revision subcommittee.

Springer is a staff forester with Starker Forests, Inc. and also handles policy and public outreach duties for the family-owned company. In addition, he owns and manages an 80-acre tree farm in Harlan. He holds a baccalaureate in general humanities from Oregon State University. From the 1970s through the 1990s, Springer was a partner in Springer Logging, his family's contract logging business. He has served on a variety of forestry-related boards and committees, including the Forest Practices Advisory Committee and the Committee for Family Forestlands.

He currently serves on the Oregon Small Woodlands Association and Oregon Society of American Foresters executive committees, and on research advisory committees at the Oregon State University (OSU) College of Forestry. He has also served on the Oregon Forest Resources Institute board.

Ackerman-Munson and Springer were appointed to their first terms on the Board of Forestry in 2010 by Gov. Ted Kulongoski.

The Board of Forestry consists of seven governor-appointed members, with the Oregon State Forester serving as secretary. The term of office is four years, and no member may serve more than two consecutive full terms. The mission of the board is to lead Oregon in implementing policies and programs that promote management of Oregon's public and private forests that is environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.

More information on the Board of Forestry is available at: www.oregonforestry.gov.


Attached Media Files: Sybil Ackerman-Munson , Gary Springer
Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 211 west of Molalla (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/17/14
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A Molalla-area woman was injured Wednesday morning in a rollover traffic crash off Highway 211 near S. Palmer Road west of Molalla. Oregon State Police (OSP) is completing the investigation.

On September 17, 2014 at approximately 6:51 a.m., a Dodge Neon driven by JENNIFER ERWIN, age 41, from Molalla, was traveling westbound on Highway 211 near milepost 10. As the vehicle was negotiating a left curve, it traveled onto the gravel shoulder where ERWIN lost control. The vehicle crashed through a wire fence into a field and rolled onto its top, coming to rest against a tree.

ERWIN was injured and it took Molalla Rural Fire Protection District firefighters about 30 minutes to remove her from the vehicle. ERWIN was taken by LifeFlight to Oregon Health & Science University with non-life threatening injuries. She was using safety restraints and the car's airbags deployed.

OSP Portland Area Command office is completing the investigation.

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Camas-Washougal Fire Department Annual Open House
Camas-Washougal Fire Department - 09/17/14
The Camas-Washougal Fire Department is hosting their 14th annual Open House and Health and Safety Fair on Saturday, September 27th from 10:00am - 2:00pm at Station 42, 4321 NW Parker Street, Camas WA. The day's events include kitchen fire simulations at 10:15 and 10:45, vehicle extrication at 11:00, Clark County Sheriff's Office, Vancouver Police, and Washougal Police K-9 demonstration at 11:30, Life Flight helicopter landing at 12:00 (weather permitting), house fire simulation with sprinkler demonstration at 12:55, and an emergency preparedness cook-off with Mayors Higgins and Guard judging at 1:30.

Available throughout the day will be CPR information and practice, fire engine displays and explanations, and the Fire Marshal's Office will provide fire prevention education. The Fire Marshal's Office will also hold a raffle for an emergency preparedness food kit give-away. Various organizations from the community will be providing health and safety displays and information. Confirmed organizations are Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency, Ft. Vancouver Power Squad, Ruby Olsen LMP, SW WA Agency on Aging, Vancouver Vision Clinic of Camas, SW Organization of Rescue Divers, Trauma Intervention Program, and Stop at 4". Additionally, PeaceHealth Trauma Department will be properly fitting bicycle helmets and have helmets for sale. Bring your friends and family and enjoy the day at the fire station!
UPDATE - ARREST: Major Crash Team Investigating Saturday Night Hit and Run Crash - One Person Critically Injured (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/17/14
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On Tuesday evening, 32-year-old Aarontino Smith Yazzte turned himself in to police as the driver in this hit and run crash.

Yazzte was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver with Injury, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver/Property (two counts) and Reckless Driving.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

Traffic officers are continuing to investigate a crash which left one man critically injured on Saturday evening.

30-year-old Kenny Cola-Cortez remains in a Portland hospital after being critically injured in the crash.

No arrests have been made and the case remains under investigation.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Saturday September 13, 2014, at 10:21 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a single vehicle crash into a pole at Northeast 111th Avenue and Halsey Street. As officers were en route to the call, additional information was reported stating that the driver ran from the scene of the crash.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located a 30-year-old male on the ground. Witnesses told police that the man was a passenger in the vehicle and stepped out of the car before collapsing to the ground.

Medical personnel transported the man to a Portland hospital where he was listed in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses told police that the driver who left the scene was a male Hispanic in his late 30s to mid-40s.

The vehicle was towed from the scene and an investigation into the crash is continuing by the Traffic Division's Major Crash Team.

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact Traffic Officer Erik Koppang at (503) 823-2216 or erik.koppang@portlandoregon.gov.

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Tigard Police Participating in National Drug Turn-In Event
Tigard Police - 09/17/14
On Saturday, September 27, the Tigard Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its ninth opportunity in three years to prevent drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to Tigard City Hall located 13125 SW Hall Blvd between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The service is free and anonymous.

In its seven previous National Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2.8 million pounds--more than 1,400 tons--of pharmaceuticals. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines--flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash--both pose potential safety and health hazards.
What to bring?
* Expired or unwanted prescription medications
* Medication from deceased family members
* Drugs that didn't work for you, a family member or pet
* Unneeded over-the-counter medicines

The unwanted drugs can be in either the original container or combined in another container or bag. We cannot accept thermometers, syringes or needles, medical waste, illegal drugs (such as marijuana or methamphetamine), IV solutions, lotions or creams. Also, medications from nursing homes, doctors' offices or any type of medical facility or business will not be accepted. Questions? Please call
503-718-2561. Visit www.tigard-or.gov/police to learn more.
UPDATE w/ CORRECTED NAMES: 36 Pit Fire update: All Level 3 evacuation areas downgraded to Level 2 -- EXCEPT Silver Fox RV Park, which remains Level 3
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/17/14
[All references to "36 Pit Fire" now correctly spelled, apologies]

Weds. Sept. 17 11:15 a.m. UPDATE:

Following this morning's 10 a.m. meeting with fire personnel managing the response to the 36 Pit Fire, evacuation levels in nearby areas are being changed:

All Level-3 "immediate evacuation" recommendations are being downgraded to Level 2 ("Prepare for possible evacuation") -- EXCEPT for the Silver Fox RV Park, which remains at Level 3.

This means the evacuation level at SE Fall Creek Rd and Michaels Rd near the 36 Pit Fire is now Level 2.

A PDF on evacuation levels can be found here and is also attached:
http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/Documents/Ready,%20Set,%20Go!%20Evacuation%20Levels.pdf

This information is also attached to this release and pasted below.

For the latest information on the 36 Pit Fire from InciWeb:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4106/

And from Clackamas County Emergency Management:
http://www.clackamas.us/emergency/36pit.html

Oregon Evacuation Levels:
1, 2, 3 = Ready, Set, Go

LEVEL 1:
A Level 1 Evacuation means "BE READY" for potential evacuation.
Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system.

LEVEL 2:
A Level 2 Evacuation means "BE SET" to evacuate.
YOU MUST PREPARE TO LEAVE AT A MOMENTS NOTICE This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk.
THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates.

LEVEL 3:
A Level 3 Evacuation means "GO" Evacuate NOW
LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home.


Attached Media Files: Oregon Evacuation Levels PDF
Portland Parks & Recreation Announces New Manager of Portland International Raceway (Photo)
Portland Parks & Recreation - 09/17/14
Photo: E.C. Mueller, the new manager of Portland International Raceway. Photo courtesy of Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland, OR.
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(Portland, OR) -

Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté today announced that E.C. Mueller, a veteran marketing executive with deep ties to the motor sports industry, will be the new manager for Portland International Raceway (PIR). Mueller takes over for Mark Wigginton, who is retiring after 15 years as PIR manager. The raceway is owned by the City of Portland, under Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R).

Mueller will start his new position on September 25. He spent 17 years at Intel Corporation working in marketing and technology. His experience includes brand strategy projects, marketing operations, business management of Intel's intranet and overseeing analytics of Intel's sponsorship of the BMW Sauber Formula One racing team. Prior to Intel, Mueller worked at Nissan Motor Corporation in California where his duties included product planning, motorsports/event marketing and model line management.

Mueller received his bachelor's in Business Administration and Marketing from Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo.

"There are many passionate, core user groups that love PIR," says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. "We look to E.C. to continue growing the strength of those ties while also exploring new ways to optimize the venue and serve the communities of Portland."

"I am excited to utilize my blended experience in motor sports, automotive and technology for this new role," says Mueller. "Both motor sports in general and PIR in particular are in a time of transition. So that means there is a tremendous opportunity to service our customers in new and innovative ways."

PP&R Director Mike Abbaté notes that the track has served the community since the 1960's, and expects exciting changes for Portland International Raceway.

"Mark [Wigginton] has done a tremendous job at PIR," says Abbaté. "As we lose a manager of his caliber to retirement, we are pleased to have someone with E.C.'s experience to help move PIR in to the future. Portland Parks & Recreation is committed to optimizing the unique value PIR offers of being one of few metro located motor racing facilities while also being part of our parks system."

About Portland International Raceway
PIR features events ranging from running and bicycle races to car shows, drag racing, sports cars and motorcycle road racing, motocross, even dance festivals, and more. PIR is a noted location for commercial photography, and hosts many movies and television shows shot in Portland. The raceway has a popular annual holiday light show, and the largest weekly "cruise-in" in America.

Portland International Raceway opened on the former location of the city of Vanport, which was wiped out by the 1948 flood. In 1961 the first Rose Cup race was held as part of the Portland Rose Festival. By 1965 the track was hosting regular drag races as well as motorcycle and kart races.

For schedule information please go to www.portlandraceway.com

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Attached Media Files: Photo: E.C. Mueller, the new manager of Portland International Raceway. Photo courtesy of Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland, OR.
Three Vehicle Crash in Tigard Injures Two-Including a Tigard Police Officer (Photo)
Tigard Police - 09/17/14
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On Monday, September 16, at approximately 3:45p.m., Tigard Police were called to an injury motor vehicle crash occurring near the intersection of Scholls Ferry Rd and 121st. Three vehicles were involved including a Tigard Police K-9 Officer in a marked Tigard Police unit. The officer and a driver of another vehicle involved were transported to area hospitals. The driver of the third vehicle was checked by emergency medical personnel at the scene.

The Tigard Police K-9, Baxter was not in the vehicle at the time of the crash. The image attached supports reasons why reinforced vehicle cabin cages for K-9s are so important and likely able to reduce injuries to dogs in the event of a crash.

The Beaverton Police Department was requested to assist and investigate the crash. One of the drivers involved, 21 year-old Aaron Weight was cited for Failure to drive within lane as well as Careless driving.

The Tigard Police Officer, Cameron Odam, was released from the hospital later that evening. Officer Odam would like to extend his thanks to the bystanders who quickly jumped into action and offered him assistance moments after the crash. There is no word on the condition of the other driver involved.


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Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Sept. 17, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/17/14
This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

NEW FIRES
No new fires were reported in the past 24 hours on ODF-protected lands.

CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES
36 Pit: The fire has grown to about 4,000 acres and is about 7% contained. It started Saturday, September 13 on the Mount Hood National Forest near Estacada. The fire was human caused and remains under investigation.

For information on Evacuation levels, call the Clackamas County Sheriff 503-630-7712.

The fire information number is 360-280-4352.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's major actions as a partner with other agencies.

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF's fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Nick Hennemann | Public Information Officer
Private Forests
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street, Salem, OR 97310
Cell (503) 910-4311
nhennemann@odf.state.or.us

Rod Nichols | Public Information Officer
Private Forests
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street, Salem, OR 97310
Desk (503) 945-7425
Cell (503) 508-4478
nhennemann@odf.state.or.us


Connect with us:
www.oregon.gov/ODF | social media | State Forests Online Community

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Update: Name & Photos Released - Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 126 west of Veneta in Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/17/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into an unreported serious injury crash found Tuesday morning by a Lane County Public Works (LCPW) employee and OSP trooper off the side of Highway 126W about ten miles west of Veneta. The driver's name is released in this update.

On September 16, 2014 at approximately 7:30 a.m., an OSP trooper patrolling westbound on Highway 126W was following a LCPW employee in a truck near milepost 38. The LCPW employee advised the trooper about possibly seeing a tire through the roadside brush. After the trooper and LCPW employee turned around and stopped on the side of the highway, they got out and confirmed there was an overturned vehicle off the highway and it was occupied by a seriously injured man.

After calling for medical response, they started emergency medical care until relieved by personnel from Lane Fire Authority and an ambulance. LifeFlight responded to the scene and transported MICHAEL P. VINCENT, age 36, from Coos Bay, to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend where he is in the intensive care unit. His injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

Initial investigation indicates the crash happened overnight at an unknown time as the 2001 Chevrolet Impala traveled westbound, went off the highway and rolled several times.

Recruit Trooper Candyce Fiddy is the lead investigator.

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publics assistance requesting in locating missing McMinnville man (Photo)
McMinnville Police Dept. - 09/17/14
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On September 4th, 2014 the McMinnville Police Department received a welfare check request regarding a subject named Louis "Paul" Geary. Mr. Geary is a white male, 59 years old, about 5'-10" tall, and weighing about 110 to 120 pounds with a very thin build. He has light colored hair (gray/blond) and he typically wears eye glasses.

Since the initial request detectives have been searching for Mr. Geary without success. The last time Mr. Geary was seen was the night of August 26th, 2014, which is out of character for him. At this time there do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding his disappearance but there have been no sightings of Mr. Geary and he has not made contact with family or friends. Anyone with information regarding Mr. Geary is urged to contact the McMinnville Police Department at 503-434-6500 and ask to speak with a Detective, please reference case #14-4156.

If you happen to know where Mr. Geary currently is located or happen to see him please immediately call 911 and attempt to stay in visual contact with him while speaking with a dispatcher.

The following photographs were taken on August 25th and 26th, 2014.


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Public meetings on statewide trails plan to be held throughout the state in October
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/17/14
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites comments on the development of a statewide comprehensive trails plan at 14 workshops scheduled throughout the state in October. Planning will cover motorized ATV trails, snowmobile trails, nonmotorized trails, water trails and state Scenic Waterways.

Trail users, representatives of outdoor recreation businesses and other stakeholders are encouraged to attend to provide feedback on regional trail issues and needs and to help identify trail development opportunities.

Workshop participants will also identify potential river corridors to be considered as additions to the Oregon Scenic Waterway Program, which sets aside river corridors for recreation and resource protection. Under direction from Governor Kitzhaber, OPRD studies at least three waterways every two years to see if they could be added to the scenic waterway system. Information on the process is available at: http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/Trail_Programs_Services/Pages/Scenic-Waterways-Assessment-Process.aspx.

Feedback from the workshops will be used to update the current Statewide Trails Plan for Oregon that was completed in 2005. The final product - to be titled Oregon Trails 2015: a Vision for the Future - is scheduled for completion in December 2015.

Workshops are scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. as follows:

Oct. 1, Pendleton, Little Vert Theater Room (downstairs), 345 SW Fourth St.
Oct. 2, The Dalles, Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, 1400 W. Eighth St.
Oct. 6, Mt. Vernon, Mt. Vernon Community Hall, 199 W. Main St.
Oct. 7, Burns, Harney County Chamber of Commerce, 484 N. Broadway Ave.
Oct. 8, Ontario: Four Rivers Culture Center Medical Arts Room, 676 SW Fifth Ave.
Oct. 9, Baker City: Baker City Public Library, 2400 Resort St.
Oct. 20, Coos Bay: Coos Bay Public Library, 525 Anderson Ave.
Oct. 21, Rogue River: Live Oak Grange Hall, 120 Gardiner St.
Oct. 22, Klamath Falls: Klamath County Museum, 1451 Main St.
Oct. 23, Bend: East Bend Library, 62080 Dean Swift Road
Oct. 27, Lincoln City: Driftwood Public Library, 801 SW Highway 101
Oct. 28, Salem: Center for Business and Industry, Room 115, 626 High St. NE.
Oct. 29, Portland: Portland Fire Station #12, 8645 NE Sandy Blvd.
Oct. 30, Eugene: Washington Park Center, 2025 Washington St.

For information on the Trails Planning Project and to view the current plan, go to: http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/Trail_Programs_Services/Pages/Trail-Plans.aspx.

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FREE backyard composting workshop offered September 23rd! (Photo)
Columbia Springs - 09/17/14
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Fall is the perfect time to turn your spoils into soil. Celebrate the first day of fall with a FREE Master Composter/Recycler Backyard Composting workshop on Tuesday, September 23 from 630 - 8pm at the Ridgefield Library (210 N Main Avenue / Ridgefield, WA 98642).

This workshop offers information on composting science, techniques, and systems, and will provide you with all the tools you need to be a successful composter.

Pre-registration is required for all workshops. To register and learn more about all of our workshop offerings, please visit: www.columbiasprings.org/mcr/workshops. Registration is also available over the phone.

For more information, please email mcr@columbiasprings.org or call 360 882-0936 x224.


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West Linn announces grand opening of Small Business Resource Center (Photo)
City of West Linn - 09/17/14
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The City of West Linn is proud to announce the grand opening of its new Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) at the West Linn Public Library on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 3 to 6 p.m.
The SBRC is located in the Resources Aiding Innovation and Networking (RAIN) room on the ground floor of the library and is designed to help West Linn's small and emerging businesses. It offers services including a conference table, presentation capabilities, speakerphone and Wi-Fi. The RAIN room is open during the library's regular hours of operation.
"The Small Business Resource Center is a great next step for home-based businesses that need additional resources. I'm pleased that we are able to provide them with these innovative and helpful tools," City Councilor Thomas Frank said.
Want to become a member? Membership is free and only requires a Clackamas County library card. Members receive discounted printing, the ability to reserve the RAIN room for presentations or meetings as well as access to classes and trainings on topics such as QuickBooks and funding opportunities, among others.
In addition, RAIN room users can also use resources available at the library like research on how to open a small business or write a business plan. The Small Business Resource Center is a place for West Linn's small-business community to network, learn and grow.
Come visit the SBRC during the grand opening and learn what we have to offer you and your business. The event is open to the public.
For more information about the Small Business Resource Center, visit https://westlinnoregon.gov/sbresourcecenter. If you have questions, contact Community Development Director Chris Kerr at 503-723-2538 or ckerr@westlinnoregon.gov.


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Correction on Media Advisory - Live burn demonstration Sept. 18 as part of the NW Fire Sprinkle Summit
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 09/17/14
*Correction - Live burn demonstration is Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 11:45 a.m.*

The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal is forwarding the following information on behalf of the Oregon and Washington Fire Sprinkler Coalitions.

When your house goes up in flames, minutes count - Watch a live burn demonstration that shows how long you have to escape.

With today's furnishings, household materials and open floor plans, a house fire can spread from smoldering to deadly in just seconds. To demonstrate how fast this happens, several local fire agencies are partnering to sponsor a "side by side" burn demonstration. One side of the demonstration area will be allowed to reach flashover, a point at which all contents of the room ignite. The other side of the demonstration area will show how residential fire sprinklers can quickly activate, allowing occupants precious time to escape.

A critical part of the Northwest Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit which will be held at the Heathman Lodge on Thursday, Sept. 18, this demonstration is jointly sponsored by the Washington and Oregon Residential Fire Sprinkler Coalitions. Fire personnel, building officials, and other stakeholders that work with fire sprinklers will be attending a one-day training to learn more about these life-saving safety devices. Experts from across the country will be on hand to share the latest research, technology, and developments in fire sprinkler advocacy.

"We show what happens during a home fire in a vivid way," said Shawn Olson, Lt. Deputy Fire Marshal, Clackamas Fire District No. 1 and chair of the Oregon Residential Fire Sprinkler Coalition. "When the room reaches flashover, the temperature can reach more than 1,200 degrees within minutes. On the other hand, if a home is equipped with a residential fire sprinkler system, the sprinkler activates at just 155 degrees, not allowing the room to reach flashover stage. Which can mean the difference between life and death."

The media is invited to attend. Interviews with attendees may be arranged.

Location: The Heathman Lodge parking lot, 7801 NE Greenwood Drive, Vancouver, WA 98662

Burn Demonstration begins promptly at 11:45 a.m.
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Vancouver City Council to conduct mobile streets workshop this Friday (Photo)
City of Vancouver - 09/17/14
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Vancouver, Wash. - The Vancouver City Council will hold an informational mobile workshop on Vancouver's street system from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19, traveling by C-TRAN bus for a first-hand look at transportation successes and challenges throughout the city.

The workshop will convene at 8 a.m. in the Aspen Room on the first floor of Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. Sixth Street. The Council will then board the bus and begin an approximately 50-mile trip that will take them from the most western boundaries of Vancouver to its most eastern vistas, covering a variety of neighborhoods and major arterial streets in between. The Council will return to City Hall's Aspen Room about noon, continuing the workshop with further discussions until adjourning at 1 p.m.

Although mobile, the workshop will be conducted in accordance with regular Council Workshop procedures, with presentations by staff along the route. No official action is taken at Council Workshops.

The route for the Council's Vancouver Streets Mobile Workshop is designed to reflect four key areas of focus:
- Taking care of what we have
- Upgrading the arterial backbone
- Improving functionality, mobility, safety and livability
- Investing strategically in economic vitality

To cover the full route in the allotted time, the Council is expected to disembark from the bus only a few times between starting and finishing at Vancouver City Hall. Approximate times and locations for stops, subject to traffic conditions, are as follows:
- About 8:30 a.m., Fruit Valley Road Bridge near Whitney Road
- About 10 a.m., Theater Room of Quarry Senior Living Center, 415 S.E. 177th Ave., for short break and continued presentations
- About 10:45 a.m., Moose Lodge parking lot, 11018 N.E. 18th St.

Accommodations are available to the public with advance notice due to limited seating on the bus for this mobile workshop. Please contact Amanda Delapena, Council Assistant, at 360-487-8605, to RSVP. The route map and other information related to the Mobile Workshop will be posted on the City's webpage at www.cityofvancouver.us/betterstreets.

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09/16/14
Industrial area truck fire contained to parking lot (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 09/16/14
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Quick action by a truck operator resulted in a safe escape when the truck he was operating caught fire today at 11095 SW Industrial Way at Specialized Pavement Marking, Inc., in Tualatin. At 3:39pm, the first call came into 9-1-1 reporting a truck on fire near a shed at the industrial park. Additional callers reported seeing flames and a heavy plume of black smoke coming from the truck. Initial reports indicated that there was propane tanks located near or on the truck so the incident was upgraded to a 1st alarm to bring additional resources as a precaution.

Crews arrived to find the truck fully-involved with flame and were able to locate the reported propane tanks on the truck. The truck also carried a 150-gallon diesel fuel tank. They initiated an aggressive attack on the fire using their aerial ladder nozzle and a ground monitor to provide high-volume water to suppress the fire while also keeping the propane tanks cooled with water. During the incident, crews experienced challenges with low-pressure being provided by the site's fire hydrants so water tenders were called to scene to provide additional water support. Crews had the fire under control in 43 minutes with the additional precautions to cool the propane tanks and allow them to completely vent safely. No nearby structures were immediately threatened by the fire. Approximately 32-firefighters responded to the scene. No injuries were reported. Nearby businesses were temporarily disrupted but resumed after the fire was out.

A TVF&R investigator is working to determine the cause of the fire and damage estimates.

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State to Honor 168 Fallen Firefighters in Ceremony on Thursday September 18, 2014 at 1 PM in Salem
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 09/16/14
The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) in partnership with the Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard will host the State's Fallen Firefighters Memorial ceremony on Thursday September 18, 2014 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem at 1 PM. This event is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.

163 fallen career and volunteer firefighters will be honored and five additional names will be added bringing the total number of structural, wildland and airport firefighters who have died in the line of duty to 168. The keynote speaker will be Chief Ron Siarnicki, Executive Director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). Before leading the NFFF, Chief Siarnicki served as Chief of the Prince George's County (Maryland) Department of Fire and Rescue. Chief Siarnicki will be joined by Bill Webb, Executive Director of the Congressional Fire Services Institute in Washington, D.C. In addition to his work on Capitol Hill on behalf of our nation's fire service, Mr. Webb, a native of Salem, Oregon, also serves as the Vice-Chair of the NFFF.

*Names to be added to the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial this year*

Jesse Trader - County Fire and Security

BACKGROUND: Jesse Trader died on August 6, 2013, at 07:20 while working on the Big Windy Complex fire in Josephine County. Jesse was 19 years old at the time of his death. He was a volunteer fire fighter with County Fire and Security, a private fire suppression company located in Merlin, Oregon. His duties included basic fire fighting and acting as a water tender driver/contractor for the fire season. Jesse was returning from the evening shift when the water tender (tanker) he was driving hit an embankment and rolled over on the Bear Camp Road near Soldier Camp. Firefighters in vehicles driving behind Trader immediately stopped to assist. An advanced life support ambulance arrived on scene within minutes and Life Flight was quickly launched, however, all efforts to save Firefighter Trader were unsuccessful.

John Hammack - Deschutes County, Deschutes National Forest

BACKGROUND: "On August 1, 2013, John Hammack, 58, a professional feller employed by R&K Water Service was part of a two person felling module assigned to Incident 398 on the Sisters Ranger District, Deschutes National Forest, near Bend, Oregon. Incident 398 included the task of felling a large 64" diameter legacy Douglas Fir that was struck by lightning and set the top on fire. District personnel took initial action late in the day of July 31, 2013 but they did not have the time or proper tools to safely control the fire without taking undue risk, which included felling the tree. The mission on August 1, 2013 was for the felling module of John Hammack and his felling module partner to fell the burning tree. This was not a particularly unusual assignment. At approximately 0911 hours, after several actions to prepare for a safe felling environment and just as John was returning to the base of the tree, a large portion of the top of the tree burned out, broke loose and tragically fell directly onto John killing him instantly while indirectly striking and injuring his felling partner.

Oscar Montano-Garcia - Wildland Fire Fighter

BACKGROUND: On August 25, 2013, Oscar Montano-Garcia, 50, collapsed and died of a medical condition working on the Nabob Fire in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest near the Oregon/California border. Oscar was employed as a contract Type 2 hand crew wildland fire fighter with Pacific Coast Contractors, Inc. (Under contract to the USDA Forest Service). He was on a lunch break (federally mandated) with his crew when he collapsed and succumbed to an unknown medical condition. EMT's on scene and multiple other EMS personnel attempted to revive him but were unsuccessful. He had a long history of working with Pacific Coast Contractors, Inc., and in Oregon's Forests. Oscar was highly regarded by those he worked with. He leaves behind his wife, daughter and son.

Tony B. Chapin - Willamina Fire Department

BACKGROUND: On September 24, 1998, fire fighter Tony Chapin was injured in a motor vehicle accident while in route to a required paramedic class he was attending at the College of Emergency Services in Portland, Oregon. Tony was wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident. When medics arrived he was immediately transported to the hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries on September 25, 1998. Tony was three months away from graduating from the paramedic program at the time of his death. Completion of the program was the first step in achieving his goal of attending medical school to become an emergency room physician. Tony was a member of the Willamina Fire Department (now known as West Valley Fire District) where he served with his father, Bob Chapin and his brother Chuck. Tony was survived by his wife, Kelly Chapin; his stepson, Ashton Lay; and his daughters, Brooke and Nikki Chapin. Tony was working full time at Taylor Lumber. He and his wife Kelly had just purchased their first home. At the time of his death, he was 19 years old.

Melvin Claude Richardson - Oregon National Guard

BACKGROUND: On September 6, 1935, Melvin Claude Richardson was one of 40 initial National Guard fire fighters recruited to fight the McKenzie Bridge fire in the Willamette National Forest. The fire was rapidly growing and exceeded 2,500 acres. While working on the fire, Melvin stepped from behind a tree and was struck by a falling snag that was on fire which broke his neck and killed him upon impact. He was 18 years old at the time of his death. DPSST was contacted by Nancy Farrar, second cousin to Melvin Claude Richardson, who recalled as a child the traumatic loss and the overwhelming impact to the family. He was an only child, therefore, it was a tremendous loss to his family. Nancy began the process of researching his death and presented the information to DPSST staff. She has requested he be added to the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial Wall in hopes of bringing closure and honor to her cousin after all these years.


*Background Information on the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation*

The NFFF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, located in Emmitsburg, Maryland. It is registered as a corporation in the State of Maryland. The Foundation receives funding through private donations from caring individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations. A grant from the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance supports programs for survivors of fallen firefighters. The Federal Emergency Management Agency partners with the Foundation to sponsor many of the National Memorial Weekend activities. The National Institute of Standards and Technology supports work on a national research agenda to prevent line-of-duty deaths and injuries.

Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to honor America's fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the non-profit Foundation has developed and expanded programs that fulfill that mandate. Our mission is to honor and remember America's fallen fire heroes and to provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives and work within the fire service community to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries.

Each October, the Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year. Thousands attend the weekend activities held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The Weekend features special programs for survivors and coworkers along with moving public ceremonies.

When a firefighter dies in the line of duty, the Foundation provides survivors with a place to turn. Families receive emotional assistance through a Fire Service Survivors Network, which matches survivors with similar experiences and circumstances. Families receive a quarterly newsletter and specialized grief publications. Our website provides extensive information on survivor benefits, Foundation programs, and other resources.

Spouses, children, and stepchildren of fallen firefighters are eligible for scholarship assistance for education and job training costs.

Under a Department of Justice grant, the Foundation offers training to help fire departments handle a line-of-duty death. Departments receive extensive pre-incident planning support. Immediately after a death, a Chief-to-Chief Network provides technical assistance and personal support to help the department and the family.

With the support of fire and life safety organizations, the Foundation has launched a major initiative to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries. Our goal is to reduce line-of-duty firefighter deaths by 25 percent in 5 years.

The Foundation is expanding the national memorial site in Emmitsburg, Maryland, to create the first permanent national park honoring all firefighters. The park includes a brick Walk of Honor(R) that connects the Memorial Chapel and the official national monument.

Media Outlets: Chief Siarnicki will be available to answer questions and share information about NFFF's programs after the memorial ceremony. He will be accompanied by Bill Webb, a native of Salem, Oregon, who is the Executive Director of the Congressional Fire Service Institute and Vice Chair of the NFFF Board, who will also be available for media interviews.

More info on the NFFF and its activities can be found at http://www.firehero.org/

More information on the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial and the names of the men and women it honors can be found online at: http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/FC/FallenFireFighterMemorial.shtml
McMinnville residents receiving "Microsoft" Repair scam calls
McMinnville Police Dept. - 09/16/14
The McMinnville Police Department has been receiving calls from victims concerning a computer virus scam. The situation is started by a cold call from someone purporting to be a representative of Microsoft and offers to help you with your computer problems. They may also inform you of a serious virus that has infected your computer and offer to help you solve this problem. They may identify themselves as a "Microsoft Tech Support"; "Microsoft Support"; "Windows Helpdesk"; Windows Service Center"; or similar. Local calls have involved exorbitant service bills and fraudulent use of the victim's banking information.

This type of scam has been around for several years and is currently involving callers form foreign countries which make tracking the cybercriminals difficult. They will use disposable phones, pay phones, or internet based phone services to contact you. The ultimate goal of the fraud varies upon whom is running it but they will try to get you to pay for an overpriced, and usually worthless, service under the guise of selling a solution to the victim's computer problem. They may also gain control of your computer and use it for illegitimate reasons. Often times the credit or debit card information is run through a foreign company further complicating who is perpetrating the crimes.

The cybercriminals can do the following:

* Trick you into installing malicious software that could capture sensitive data, such as online banking user names and passwords. They might also charge you to remove this software.
* Convince you to visit legitimate websites that will allow them to download software to control your computer remotely and adjust settings that will leave your computer vulnerable.
* Request credit card information so they can bill you for phony services.
* Direct you to fraudulent websites and ask you to enter credit card and other personal financial information.

Cybercriminals often use publicly available phone directories, so they might know your name and other personal information when they call you. They might even guess what operating system you're using. Once they've gained your trust, they might ask for your user name and password or ask you to go to a legitimate website to install software that will let them access your computer to "fix it". Once this happens, your computer and personal information are vulnerable.

Some ways you can protect yourself from telephone tech support scams include:

* Do not purchase any software or services.
* Ask if there is a fee or subscription associated with the service. If there is, hang up.
* Never give control of your computer to a third party unless you can confirm that it is a legitimate representative of a computer support team with whom you are already a customer.
* Treat all unsolicited phone calls with skepticism.
* Keep your credit card, checking account, or Social Security numbers to yourself. Don't give them to callers you don't know, even if they ask you to "confirm" this information. That's a trick.

If you think you may have downloaded malware from a phone tech scam, website, or allowed a cybercriminal to access your computer, take these steps:

* Change your computer's password, change the password on your main email account, and change the password for any financial accounts, especially your bank and credit card.
* Scan your computer with your virus detection software to determine if you have malware installed on your computer.
* Install current virus protection software from a trusted company whom you can verify their validity.

According to Microsoft's website, they do not make unsolicited phone calls to help you fix your computer. There are some instances where Microsoft will work with your internet provider and call you to fix a malware infected computer. These calls will be made by someone with whom you can verify you are already a customer. You will never receive a legitimate call from Microsoft or their partners to charge you for computer fixes.

If you believe you fell victim to one of these types of scams, you can contact the Federal Trade Commission online or at 1-888-382-1222. The FTC has resources and guidelines to assist with unwanted "Robocalls"; Identity Theft; National Do Not Call List; and additional information on scams. You may also report fraudulent activity to your local law enforcement agency, Better Business Bureau; major credit bureaus, and your banking institution.

Information resources obtained from Microsoft, FTC, and Snopes.com.
Riverview Community Bank Soup's On! Celebrity Chefs Compete for Share on October 11
Share - 09/16/14
Vancouver, WA - Riverview Community Bank invites the community to Soup's On! Celebrity Chefs Compete for Share on Sat., Oct. 11, 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton Vancouver, 301 W 6th Street. Wear your best denim and enjoy the 'Share the Harvest' atmosphere.

Tickets are $40 adults, $15 kids (5-12), table of 10 $400 and can be purchased on-line at sharevancouver.org (click on the Soup's On link) or by calling (360) 952-8223. Proceeds will benefit Share's vital programs and services.

"This year, we have invited six local celebrity chefs to participate in our "Chef Battle." Each bring their best soup and our guests decide which chef receives the "Share Soup-er Chef" award," said Diane McWithey, executive director. "The event will continue to feature artisan soups bowls as a keepsake for each guest, as well as the presentation of the Emily Marshall Volunteer of the Year Awards."

Featured chefs include Branden Marsh, The Grant House; Josh Simpson, Herbs 'N Roots; Troy Lucio, Hilton Vancouver; Edward Helbig, Legacy Health; Mychal Culver, Mill Creek Pub; and Maria Lopez, New Seasons Market. In addition to soup, dinner includes salad, bread, a selection of beverages and dessert.

Each guest will take home an artisan soup bowls designed by local artists Stephen Mickey, Robin Hominiuk, Michael Metz, Nick Molatore and Pat Brame.

The evening's program will include the presentation of the 2014 Emily Marshall Volunteer of the Year award; this year's nominees are Wal-Mart, Veterans Court Board, Carolyn Ochs and Dave and Jan Franzen.

Attendees are asked to bring donations of new towels (bath, hand, washcloth) to enter the door prize drawing.

Special thanks to Soup's On's presenting sponsors: The Vancouver Clinic, CenturyLink and Fred Meyer.

Those unable to attend the event can support Share by making a financial contribution on-line at sharevancouver.org or by check mailed to: Share, 2306 NE Andresen Road, Vancouver WA 98661.

About Share
Share was founded in 1979 with the goal of caring for the homeless and hungry in the greater Vancouver area. Share operates three shelters for the homeless, a transitional housing program, case management, a street outreach program, a Housing & Essential Needs (HEN) program and provides daily meals for the homeless and low-income members of our community. Share also operates a summer meals program for low-income children and a backpack program benefitting 1,900+ children at 83 schools to provide food for weekends to children receiving free or reduced-meal lunches. Additionally, Share offers financial programs that incorporate financial education and matched dollars for savings; these programs are designed to assist in the improvement of credit scores and financial management. For more information on Share, visit our Web site at www.sharevancouver.org.

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The City of Salem Announces SNApp - New Application for Salem's Neighborhood Associations
City of Salem - 09/16/14
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: September 16, 2014
CONTACT PERSONS: Brady Rogers
City of Salem
Community Development Department
Neighborhood Enhancement Division
503-588-6421, x7408
jbrogers@cityofsalem.net

The City of Salem Announces SNApp
New Application for Salem's Neighborhood Associations

The City of Salem is pleased to announce the Salem Neighborhood Association Application (SNApp) created by our Information Technology Department. Staff has devised an app that provides convenient access to neighborhood association information from mobile devices and desktop computers.

The app provides easy access to maps that display neighborhood association borders and locations. Using the app you can determine the neighborhood association you live in, sign up to receive materials from that neighborhood association, and access contact information for that association's leaders, City Councilor, and Neighborhood Services staff that support them.

Upcoming meeting times and dates are available, along with current agendas, and minutes from previous meetings.

To install the app on your device, go to www.cityofsalem.net and click on the "Salem Neighborhood Application (SNApp)" link under the "City Highlights" section, which will take you to the SNApp home page. You can also use the "How Do I...Find" menu and click on the "Neighborhood Association (SNApp)" quick link which takes you to the Neighborhood Associations page where the SNApp icon and link to the application's home page.

Once on the SNApp home page you may be prompted to follow instructions to add the SNApp shortcut to your device's home screen, or you can simply "pin" the SNApp shortcut to your home screen. Additional instructions on how to use SNApp can be found by clicking on the "?" icon on the SNApp home page.

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Health advisory issued September 16 for Willamette River
Oregon Health Authority - 09/16/14
September 16, 2014

Visual observation of scum on river from southern end of Ross Island to Fremont Bridge

The Oregon Health Authority is issuing a health advisory today based on visual observation of scum on the Willamette River, extending from the southern end of Ross Island downstream to the Fremont Bridge in Multnomah County.

Water monitoring is underway to determine the species and amount of blue-green algae cells present in the river. The type of species in the bloom will help to identify whether the cells present are those with the potential to produce toxins harmful to humans and animals.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is testing water samples taken from the river. People should avoid skin contact with water, as well as swallowing or inhaling water droplets, until results of tests are available. Drinking water directly from the Willamette River could be especially dangerous.

Exposure to toxins from blue-green algae can produce symptoms of numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting should also receive medical attention if they persist or worsen. Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity.

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

Oregon Public Health officials advise people living along the river that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating the water with camping-style filters.

People who draw in-home water directly from the Willamette River in the area affected by the advisory are advised to use an alternative water source because private treatment systems are not proven effective at removing algae toxins. However, public drinking water systems can reduce algae toxins through proper filtration and disinfection. If people on public water systems have questions about treatment and testing, they should contact their water supplier.

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.

Public health officials also advise that people not eat freshwater clams or mussels from affected water, 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.

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

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the Department of Environmental Quality at 503-693-5723.

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, call the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Bloom website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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District considers committee's recommendations with focus on school safety and facilities (Photo)
Washougal Sch. Dist. - 09/16/14
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Washougal, WA - The Washougal School District is inviting the public to discuss issues surrounding student safety, enrollment growth, and facility capacity as it considers the recommendations of the Long Range Facilities Planning Committee. The district will host a series of School Safety and Facilities Planning Forums at each Washougal school.

During the 2013-14 school year, the Long Range Facility Planning Committee evaluated the needs and conditions of WSD facilities and prepared recommendations to ensure that Washougal school facilities support a safe, positive environment for student learning and success.

The committee's recommendations include several priorities for the district, including improving safety at school entrances as well as planning for recent and anticipated enrollment growth. The district has grown by an average of 70 students per year over the past three years. Portables, many of them outdated and in use beyond their intended life span, are being used to house classrooms and other programs at six of seven schools.

The committee consisted of 18 members representing Washougal area citizens, district staff, two school board members and other individuals with professional expertise in facility planning. They reviewed nearly 300 needs identified by the district and toured school buildings over the course of several months. The evaluation separated the needs into two basic categories ­ facility needs that should be funded through voter-approved bonds and facility needs that should be addressed through the district's annual budget process. The highest priority identified by the committee was the need to improve the safety and security of every district school.

A copy of the Long Range Facility Planning Committee's final report can be found on the district website at http://bit.ly/1qcGg7V

The Washougal School District will host a series of School Safety and Facilities Planning Forums to address school safety concerns, facilities conditions, and to plan for future needs and growth.

Upcoming forum dates:

9/24/14: Washougal High School, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
10/13/14: Cape Horn-Skye Elementary School, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
10/14/14: Jemtegaard Middle School, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
10/16/14: Canyon Creek Middle School, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
10/20/14: Hathaway Elementary School, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
11/6/14: Gause Elementary School, 6:00-8:00 p.m.



Attached: Long Range Facilities Planning Committee's final report;
Photo caption: Community members, staff and board members attended an August 25 facilities forum to learn more about safety and facilities in Washougal School District.


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36 Pit Fire Update September 16, 2014 - 3:00 PM
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 09/16/14
Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 2
Incident Commander - Bruce Holloway
Deputy Incident Commander - Rex Reed

FIRE INFORMATION WEBSITE: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4106/
INFO PHONE: 360-280-4352
EMAIL: 36pitfire@gmail.com

The 36 Pit Fire was first reported on Saturday afternoon, September 13, 2014. The fire is located 10 miles southeast of the town of Estacada, Oregon burning in steep, rugged terrain, and is currently estimated to be approximately 3,588 acres in size. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

***A public meeting will be held this evening at the First Baptist Church, 29101 SE Eagle Creek Road, Estacada beginning at 7:30 pm. The meeting will provide updated information on the current fire situation and evacuations presently in place.

The Washington Incident Management Team 2 was called in to assume command of the fire on Monday, September 15th at 6:00 p.m. A Unified Command led by Incident Commander Russ Lane of the Oregon Department of Forestry, Bruce Holloway of the Washington Incident Management Team 2, and Scott Magers of the Oregon State Fire Marshal Blue Team has been established. The local Estacada Fire District 69 has been heavily involved in the fire suppression efforts. Governor Kitzhaber declared a conflagration September 15th thereby allowing for the mobilization of structural protection task forces from throughout the State of Oregon.

Most of the fire growth occurred on Sunday and Monday, burning on both sides of Highway 224. The fire is located mainly within the Mt. Hood National Forest along the stretch of the Clackamas River roughly between the South Fork of the Clackamas River at the north and Carter Bridge Campground at the south. A northwest portion of the fire also affects Bureau of Land Management and private lands.

Beginning last night, weather conditions turned more favorable for firefighters as relative humidity increased to 80 percent. Today, a marine layer expected to move across the fire area allowed firefighters to build fire line directly adjacent to the fire. Nine crews including four hot shot crews are working to suppress the fire today and supported by one heavy Type 1 helicopter and two medium Type 2 helicopters. Approximately 40 structural engines are currently assigned to the fire. Additional resources have been ordered.

Fire suppression priorities today are to hold the progression in the west and north flanks of the fire protecting property and natural resources. Night shift firefighting personnel will be patrolling and holding fire lines. Hazards to firefighters include steep rocky terrain, rolling material, and powerlines. The public is urged to drive safely while firefighters work to suppress the 36 Pit Fire.

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Alert Trooper Arrests TV Theft Suspect After Short Foot Chase - Interstate 205 at Clackamas Interchange (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/16/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a theft suspect Tuesday afternoon as he tried to scale a fence following a short foot chase along the northbound shoulder of Interstate 205 at Clackamas. The suspect was on felony probation and also wanted on 3 felony warrants.

On September 16, 2014 at approximately 1:38 p.m., an OSP trooper on patrol northbound Interstate 205 approaching the Clackamas interchange saw a male subject toss a large TV box over a chain link fence behind the Fred Meyer store on the east side of the freeway. As the trooper stopped the marked OSP patrol car, the man picked up the TV box and started running south along the fence line. The trooper pursued the man on foot about a hundred yards where the man stopped, dropped the TV box and tried to scale the fence. The trooper pulled him off the fence and detained him.

Further investigation indicated the suspect identified as CARLOS IVAN COTTO, age 25, from Oak Grove, stole the TV from the Home Electronics section and fled out a back door.

After being checked by medical personnel at the scene, COTTO was lodged in the Clackamas County Jail on the following charges:

* Absconding Parole (Clackamas County warrant)
* Probation Violation (Clackamas County warrant)
* Unlawful Entry in a Motor Vehicle (Clackamas County warrant)
* Theft in the Second Degree
* Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot

The stolen 48-inch HDTV was returned back to the store.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

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(Note: Cotto photograph will be available on Clackamas County Jail's website later today)

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BGPS Bus Report Update
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 09/16/14
This is an updated message about the Monday, September 15 bus safety report. Battle Ground Police Department has issued this statement:

"The Battle Ground Police Department has investigated the alleged report of an unauthorized bus as reported to Battle Ground Public Schools. The investigation confirmed that the bus in question was a school district bus occupied by a new driver and a trainer who were on legitimate business conducting a bus stop exercise."

The information reported to the district by concerned parents prompted the district to notify families to ensure safety and err on the side of caution during the time of the investigation. We would like to thank the community members who reported their suspicions and the quick response of the Battle Ground Police Department. Battle Ground Public Schools puts the safety and security of students at our highest priority.
City Council Advances Tax on Marijuana Sales, Approves New Public Works Standards and Hears an Update on Basalt Creek Concept Planning
City of Wilsonville - 09/16/14
WILSONVILLE, OR -- At the September 15, 2014, meeting of the Wilsonville City Council, the Council held a public hearing on Ordinance No. 748 and unanimously approved on first reading an ordinance imposing a tax on the sale of marijuana and marijuana-infused products in the City of Wilsonville. The ordinance, which is similar to marijuana taxation ordinances passed by the cities of Ashland and Hillsboro in anticipation of potential voter approval of a statewide marijuana legalization measure on the November ballot, imposes a lower tax rate on medical marijuana (5%) than that imposed on recreational marijuana (10%). City staff indicated that taxing marijuana may cause a reduction in the potential number of sellers in the Wilsonville area, with such sellers electing instead to operate in cities without such a tax. The public hearing was held open in order to allow for further public testimony and the second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for Monday, September 29 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall in the Councils Chambers.

Under continuing business the Council approved unanimously on second reading Ordinance No. 747, which adopts updated public works standards that mandate certain materials, design standards, construction specifications and maintenance requirements for public infrastructure, including roads, sidewalks, stormwater, sanitary sewer and water systems. Last revised in 2006, periodic updates to the standards ensure that public infrastructure is designed and constructed to current industry practices necessary to provide robust and reliable service to Wilsonville residents and businesses and to protect the general health, welfare, and safety of the public while minimizing maintenance costs and legal liability.

During work session prior to the meeting, the Council reviewed a report from staff and consultants on the Basalt Creek Concept Plan, which guides future development of the Basalt Creek region, an 800-acre unincorporated, rural area between Tualatin and Wilsonville. The report summarizes public input, stakeholder feedback, findings from the existing conditions analysis, land capacity analysis, and previews the initial concepts for development program alternatives, building types and a proposed road network. The joint planning process with the City of Tualatin along with Metro and Washington County began in early 2014 and is planned to conclude in late 2015. A public open house to review development scenarios is planned for early next year and the next joint Council work session with the City of Tualatin is planned for later this year. For more information, visit www.BasaltCreek.com.
New Veterans' Home in Lebanon to be Dedicated
Oregon Dept. of Veterans' Affairs - 09/16/14
((Updated information concerning Jodi Allworth and Sen. Wyden in paragraph 2))

SALEM - Following two years of construction, the much anticipated dedication of the Edward C. Allworth Veterans' Home in Lebanon will be held on Sat., Sept. 20, at 11 a.m. The new home is located at 600 North 5th Street.

Members of Allworth's family, including Edward's daughter Jodi Allworth, will be in attendance to cut the ceremonial ribbon that will officially open the new veterans' home. Other guests who are expected to attend include Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, Rep. Peter DeFazio, Linn County Commissioners, Lebanon Mayor Paul Aziz, and several state legislators. Cameron Smith, the director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA), will serve as master of ceremonies.

ODVA announced the location of the veterans' home in Lebanon in April 2010. Ground was broken on the new $40 million facility in September 2012.

Named for World War I Medal of Honor recipient Edward C. Allworth, the home has been designed on the small house model for skilled nursing facilities. Construction project manager John Osborn said this enhanced model creates a small community for a group of residents and staff.

"It is a significant improvement from the traditional skilled nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The small house model alters the facility's size, the interior design, staffing patterns, and methods of delivering skilled professional care and services," Osborn said. "These enhancements make this veterans' home a special place for some very special people who honorably served our country."

Oregon's second veterans' home will offer space for 154 residents needing long-term care as well as rehabilitation services, and Alzheimer's and dementia care. Care at this facility is an earned benefit available to veterans, their spouses, and parents who had a child die while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

During World War I, Capt. Edward C. Allworth was commanding U.S. Army soldiers in France when the enemy destroyed a bridge and forced his troops to cross a canal. Allworth, as his Medal of Honor award citation reads, "mounted the canal bank and called for his men to follow. Plunging in he swam across the canal under fire from the enemy, followed by his men. By his personal leadership he forced the enemy back for more than a kilometer, overcoming machinegun nests and capturing 100 prisoners, whose number exceeded that of the men in his command. The exceptional courage and leadership displayed by Capt. Allworth made possible the re-establishment of a bridgehead over the canal and the successful advance of other troops."

Information about Oregon's Veterans' Home benefit, qualifications and application process may be found at www.lebanon.oregonveteranshomes.com.
Oregon State Parks and Recreation officially acquires coast property in Tillamook County (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/16/14
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Tillamook OR - The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) closed a $1.8 million deal Friday to acquire 357 acres of coastal property in Tillamook County. Known locally as the Beltz property, the ecologically diverse plot sits along Sand Lake Road north of Pacific City and south of Cape Lookout State Park. The acquisition is the first step in opening a new park, a process that could take a year or longer.

The property consists of woodlands, dunes, oceanfront and both fresh- and saltwater marshes. OPRD purchased the land from Oregon-based nonprofit Ecotrust, which acquired it from a private landowner in May 2014. The final purchase price of $1.8 million was determined by an appraisal and is funded by Oregon Lottery dollars dedicated to state parks.

"We're bringing a new natural, outdoor experience to Oregonians thanks to two key partners," said Lisa Van Laanen, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department director. "First, Ecotrust put us in a position to purchase the property. Second, Oregon's citizens chose long ago to preserve the coast as a public place to explore and play, and they've given us the modest means to make prudent investments such as Beltz to improve the experience."

The department will work with the county and nearby residents to eventually open the park for hiking and bird watching, though a date has not yet been set. Plans include using existing low-impact trails and determining a safe public parking area, as well as preserving important habitat for coho salmon, great blue heron, bald eagles, songbirds and other wildlife.

Oregon state parks in Tillamook County currently attract 1.7 million visitors, resulting in $15 million a year in local spending, and a projected $100,000 in lodging taxes from state park camping in 2014.

More information on the property is at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/pages/commission-beltz.aspx

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REACH CDC Receives $1.7 Million to Preserve 64 Homes
REACH Community Development - 09/16/14
In rapidly gentrifying NE Portland, affordability will be maintained for senior citizens

Portland, OR - September 16, 2014 -- Today REACH CDC announced an award of $1.7 million from the City of Portland's Bureau of Housing to acquire and preserve the 64 unit Allen-Fremont Plaza, located in the heart of NE Portland's Boise neighborhood, a building serving primarily very-low income African American senior citizens.

Originally built in 1997 by GBC Inc. (GBC), an affiliate of the General Baptist Convention of the Northwest, an association of historically African-American churches located throughout the Pacific Northwest, Allen-Fremont Plaza was developed to provide affordable housing options for seniors in an historically African-American neighborhood. GBC initiated discussions with REACH two years ago about its desire to sell the building to a strong affordable housing developer to sustain GBC's long-term vision for a community that is both affordable and prevents displacement of long-term neighborhood residents. With the City's support, REACH will purchase the building while honoring GBC's original commitment to an affordable rent structure. Currently, a majority of residents are African-American seniors living on incomes of less than 30% of Median Family Income, or approximately $14,600 annually.

Inner N/NE Portland has undergone rapid gentrification and upscale development over the past several years, forcing out many long-term residents who cannot afford sudden, dramatic rent hikes. Allen Fremont Plaza is located in an area experiencing particularly swift redevelopment, displacing seniors and low income residents from their homes. With this award, REACH will purchase the building in early 2015 and perform approximately $500,000 of renovations, consisting primarily of energy efficiency upgrades; new roofing; interior unit upgrades; and exterior paint. Renovations are expected to take approximately six months. Rents for the 1-bedroom apartments will range from $460-$550/month.

In March of this year, Mayor Charlie Hales announced plans to spend $20 million in the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area. "This historically African-American sector of our city needs jobs," Hales said in a statement. "It needs economic opportunity. And it needs affordable housing. And working together, the community leaders and I are committed to this future." This award, along with several others made by the City, are assisting the City in meeting this objective.

"REACH and GBC are pleased to partner on this project and support our mutual goal of preserving affordable housing in Portland," says CEO Dan Valliere. "GBC took bold action in originally building the Allen Fremont Plaza. Now the City, along with GBC Inc. and REACH, are furthering broader preservation efforts to create long-term opportunities for lower-income residents and help them remain living in their homes in N/NE Portland."

About REACH CDC
For 32 years, REACH has built innovative and affordable housing for low-income families and individuals in the Portland metropolitan region. In 2013, REACH acquired Affordable Community Environments as a subsidiary corporation. REACH develops and manages affordable housing and provides supportive services to residents, as well as free home repairs to senior homeowners. Today, REACH's portfolio includes 1,956 units including single family homes, apartment buildings, and mixed-use developments located across Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties. 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.
Gov. Proclaims POW-MIA Recognition Day in Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Veterans' Affairs - 09/16/14
SALEM - Governor John Kitzhaber has proclaimed September 19, to be POW-MIA Recognition Day in Oregon. The proclamation honors the service and sacrifice of American military personnel who have either been captured, held as prisoners of war, or who remain missing in action.

Oregon's observance will again coincide with the National POW-MIA Recognition Day that is celebrated annually on the third Friday in September.

In his official proclamation, the governor called on Oregonians to join him in recognizing American war prisoners who are still missing. Kitzhaber stressed that these brave Americans deserve national recognition and to be accounted for and returned to the United States with honor and dignity.

Cameron Smith, the director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs, said that more than 83,000 Americans are still missing while serving in these wars.

"When we raise the black-and-white POW-MIA flag as a symbol to these missing Americans," Smith said, "we honor the sacrifices and remarkable determination of those captured as prisoners of war and we remember those who remain unaccounted for."

As part of the commemoration for this day, one of largest POW-MIA flags in the United States will be raised onto the giant flag pole located at the Latus Harley Davidson dealership in Gladstone, Ore. At 11 a.m., Thursday, September 18, veterans groups will hoist the 50-by-70 foot flag into place and then lower it on Saturday. The dealership is located off of Interstate 205, exit 11 at 870 E. Berkeley St.


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Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/16/14
This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

NEW FIRES

1224 Fire: This 11 acre fire near Wallowa started yesterday afternoon. Fire growth has been stopped and crews will be using dozers and crews to secure the perimeter.


CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES

36 Pit: This over 3,500 acre fire started Saturday, September 13 on the Mount Hood National Forest near Estacada. It has also crept onto ODF protected Bureau of Land Management lands. The U.S. Forest Service and the Oregon Department of Forestry are using a unified command to fight the fire. The fire was human caused and remains under investigation.

Governor Kitzhaber invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act in response to the fire. The fire threatens 168 homes. The OSFM Blue Incident Management Team is responding along with two structural protection task forces.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office has issued a Level 3, immediate evacuation order for residents of SE Fall Creek Road, Michaels Road. A Level 1 order (Get Ready) has been issued for residents of Tumala Mountain Road east of Divers Road.

The Lazy Bend Campground remains closed as well as other recreation sites along Highway 224. No additional evacuations have been ordered. The Silver Fox RV Park remains closed. The Red Cross has established an evacuation center at the First Baptist Church of Estacada. For information about evacuations go to the Clackamas County website (http://www.clackamas.us). For information on Evacuation levels, call the Clackamas County Sheriff 503-630-7712. The fire information number is 360-280-4352.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's major actions as a partner with other agencies.

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF's fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Nick Hennemann | Public Information Officer
Desk (503) 945-7248
Cell (503) 910-4311
nhennemann@odf.state.or.us

Connect with us:
www.oregon.gov/ODF | ODF social media | State Forests Online Community


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Oregon Department of Forestry and Keep Oregon Green Association participate in Twitter wildfire chat hosted by "Sunset" magazine editors on Wednesday, September 17
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/16/14
Oregon Department of Forestry and Keep Oregon Green Association participate in Twitter wildfire chat hosted by Sunset magazine editors on Wednesday, September 17


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Distribution: Major Media
September 16, 2014

Contacts:
Rod Nichols, Oregon Department of Forestry, 503-945-7425, rnichols@odf.state.or.us
Kris Babbs, Keep Oregon Green Association, 503-945-7499, kbabbs@odf.state.or.us


Fire season 2014 started early and continues to be active in Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry and the Keep Oregon Green Association are joining together on Wednesday, September 17, at 11:00 a.m. PDT, along with a panel of experts, to participate a Twitter chat hosted by Sunset magazine editors to help those in the western United States prepare for a possible wildfire. Questions will range from how fast a wildfire travels to the best things to do to make your home and garden fire-safe.

How does it work?
1. Log in to Twitter before the chat starts at 11 a.m. PDT and follow @SunsetMag
2. Enter #SunsetChat into the search bar and select the "All" search option to follow the chat in real-time.
3. Have a question? Tweet it using #SunsetChat; Sunset will pulse as many as they can out to the panelists.

With fire season still at the forefront of the news in the west, ODF and KOG hope that participating in this Twitter chat can help inform all Oregonians about how they can prevent wildfires, and things they can do to best remain fire-safe this year and prepare for future fire seasons in Oregon.


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Public Alert: Scammers Calling Portland Residents Claiming to be IRS
Portland Police Bureau - 09/16/14
The Portland Police Bureau has received two recent reports where victims stated that someone claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) called them and demanded money for back taxes.

In one incident in late August, the victim received a voice mail from someone claiming to be from the "Tax Fraud Department" of the IRS. The caller claimed that the victim owed money to the IRS and if they did not pay, the County Sheriff would make an arrest. The victim did not call the number back and did not lose any money.

In another incident in early September, the victim reported a similar call from a "Federal Crimes Investigator" from the IRS, claiming that the victim owed money from back taxes and that if she did not pay, police would respond and take the victim to jail.

Although the victim was suspicious, the caller convinced her that it was a legitimate call and told the victim to go purchase MoneyPak reloadable cards, then call back and provide the numbers over the phone.

Unfortunately the victim did what the scammer requested and lost nearly $12,000.

Similar scams have been reported in the past year where callers claim to be with a utility or other government agency demanding money.

If you question the authenticity of a call asking for payment, hang up and contact the utility or government agency directly.

Tips to help avoid becoming a victim to this scam include:

*Never give personal or financial information to an unsolicited caller or email.
*Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.
*Utility companies and government agencies will never contact you for payment by GreenDot, MoneyPak or Vanilla Reload.
*Remember that anyone who has the number on a prepaid card has access to the funds on your card.
*Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers to a stranger.

MoneyPak/Green Dot and Vanilla Reload have online tools to allow purchasers to request a refund if the scammer has not yet cashed the card.

For more information, please visit https://www.moneypak.com/refundrequest.aspx for MoneyPak/Green Dot and https://www.vanillareload.com/index.php/refund for Vanilla Reload.

"People should stay vigilant and avoid becoming a victim if they receive contact from someone claiming to be from the IRS who demands money," said Preston C. Lamb, Special Agent in Charge for the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

"Federal, State and local law enforcement and consumer protection officials are doing an outstanding job educating taxpayers about the scam and encouraging victims to contact TIGTA," Lamb said. "The most effective way for individuals to report scam attempts and losses is by filling out the "IRS Impersonation scam" form on TIGTA's website, www.treasury.gov/tigta."

If you are a resident of Portland and fall victim to these scammers with financial loss, you are encouraged to file a report by calling the Portland Police Bureau's Non-Emergency line at (503) 823-3333.

Resources are available for consumers to avoid becoming victims of scams and fraud at the Oregon Department of Justice. Information can be found online at: http://www.doj.state.or.us/consumer/pages/index.aspx

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Wildfire: It's not if, but when
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/16/14
This fire season has shown to be a long and grueling one. Stretching across the state from Klamath Falls to La Grande to Veneta, it started early and seems not to have an end in sight yet. Defensible space around your home is the critical piece to improve the survivability of your home in the event of a wildfire, and there is still time to create it this fire season.

"Creating defensible space around your home is the best way to make your home more survivable in the wake of a wildfire," says Oregon Department of Forestry's Matt Flock. "The more you can do to make your home defensible now, will be critical if a wildfire hits your community and you're not home."

When a wildfire starts, there is little to no warning. Defensible space is the way to prepare our homes and property to have a fighting chance in the wildland-urban interface (WUI), said the Community Wildfire Forester.

During a wildfire, firefighters work intensely to prepare homes in the path of a wildfire. The more that landowners can accomplish before the incident happens, the less time firefighters will need to spend preparing the homes and can focus instead on stopping the fire.

"It's the little things you can do that play a key role in keeping your home, family and community safe," he said.

Wildfires that occur in the WUI often are started by human activity and then spread to the forest. Corvallis recently had an 86-acre fire on the north side of town that threatened many homes. For residents, it was a sobering moment of what fire can do and how real it can become to communities near wooded areas.

Once underway a fire follows the fuel, whether it is trees or houses. Creating defensible space around a house is a proven way to make it less vulnerable to wildfire. The National Firewise Communities Program has great tips for WUI residents to refer to. The program says "Defensible space" simply means to:

- Maintain the landscape around a home to reduce fire danger.
- Provide safe access to firefighters so they can protect it.

To create defensible space, Firewise advises to start with the house and work your way out:

CHECK THE ROOF AND RAIN GUTTERS
Leaves and needles in gutters are very susceptible to the ember showers that commonly occur at the head of a raging wildfire. Cleaning that material out from the gutters and off the roof of your home will make it much more difficult for a fire to start there.

REMOVE FUEL SOURCES CLOSE TO THE HOUSE
The perimeter of the home and attachments out to about five feet are vulnerable if organic mulch, arborvitae or other flammable plants are located in that area. A wind-cast ember or a creeping ground fire could ignite fuels in this zone and carry flames to the structure.

MAINTAIN LANDSCAPING IN THE MIDDLE ZONE Maintain
Plants in the zone about 30 to 100 feet from the house should be low-growing and well irrigated. Firewise advises to:

- Leave 30 feet between clusters of two to three trees, or 20 feet between individual trees.
- Encourage a mixture of deciduous and coniferous trees.
- Create fuel breaks, such as driveways, gravel walkways and lawns.
- Prune trees up six to 10 feet from the ground.

Pruning trees in this way inhibits a wildfire from climbing into the crowns and carrying flames from tree to tree, and eventually to the house. Doing that allows the fire to stay on the ground where firefighters can fight the fire and keep its spread to a minimum.

OUTER ZONE
The zone 100 to 200 feet from the home requires less attention but still should be looked at for ways to create an outer buffer to wildfire. Trees may need to be thinned, though less intensively than those closer in.

- Remove any heavy accumulations of woody debris.
- Thin out clusters of small trees and remove ladder fuels that can climb into tree canopies.
- Reduce the density of tall trees so canopies are not touching.

HOMEOWNER/FIREFIGHTER ACCESS
Prune trees along the driveway and trim back shrubs so that the egress to leave your home is not blocked by intense fire behavior. Firefighter will need to use that same road to get into your home as well. Keeping it trimmed and open allows them to do their job and attack the fire as well.

More tips on how to create defensible space around your home and protect it from wildfire can be found at: www.firewise.org.
Reward Offered: OSP Fish & Wildlife Division Investigation of Unlawful Killing of 3 Black Tail Bucks in Eagle Point (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/16/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division asks for the public's help for information to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of three black tail bucks on Lake Creek Road in Eagle Point in Jackson County. A reward of up to $5,250 is being offered through two sources for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. The Humane Society of United States (HSUS) and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust (HSWLT) are offering $5,000 and the Turn in Poachers (TIP) Program, administered by the Oregon Hunters Association, is offering an additional $250.

Trooper Josh Nugent is investigating the discovery of three black tail bucks disposed of on Lake Creek Road near milepost 4. One of the bucks had his head cut off and the hind quarters and the rest was left to waste. The other two bucks had their skull caps cut off and the rest was left to waste. The rate of decomposition suggests they might have been killed around the first week of September.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Trooper Nugent at (541) 727-8055, or the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information may be kept anonymous.

The HSUS and HSWLT work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspected poachers. Questions regarding The Humane Society of the United States rewards program should be directed to Kaitlin Sanderson at (240) 672-8397 or ksanderson@humanesociety.org.

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UPDATE: Gang-Related Shooting in Southeast Portland's Centennial Neighborhood (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/16/14
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Gang Enforcement Team detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances of a Saturday evening shooting that injured two people in Southeast Portland.

20-year-old Johnny Ray Brown Jr. was contacted at the scene suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Brown was not cooperative with investigators.

18-year-old Isiah Romero Richards arrived at a Portland hospital by private car and was also suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Richards was not cooperative with investigators.

Detectives believe that both victims were involved in the same shooting and are associated to one another.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact Detective Brad Clifton at (503) 823-2087 or brad.clifton@portlandoregon.gov.

The Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team and Gun Task Force are continuing to actively investigate gang and gun crimes in the City of Portland.

Anyone with information about gang and/or 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.

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

Gun crimes in progress should immediately be reported to 9-1-1.

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On Saturday September 13,2014, at 7:07 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to an apartment complex in the 15600 block of Southeast Division Street on the report of a shooting.

Officers arrived in the area and learned that an 20-year-old male was suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment.

Preliminary information indicates that the shooting is gang-related and there were possibly two vehicles that fled the scene after the shooting. It is not clear if this was a drive-by shooting.

While officers began investigating this shooting, a 2nd gunshot victim arrived by private car at a Portland hospital. The male adult victim is described as having non-life-threatening injuries and it is not clear at this point if he is related to the shooting on Southeast Division Street.

The Gang Enforcement Team is responding to investigate the shooting.

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

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Free Child Safety Seat Clinic
Beaverton Police Department - 09/16/14
The Beaverton Police Department in a partnership with Safe Kids Washington County will be conducting a free child car seat clinic on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Kuni Collision Center located at 3725 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton, OR 97005. The clinic will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This clinic is designed to teach parents and caregivers how to properly install and use a child safety seat. A properly installed and used 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. But with so many different car seats on the market, it's no wonder parents find this overwhelming.

The type of car seat your child needs depends on several things, including your child's age, size and the type of vehicle you have. It is important that you read the owner's manual for your vehicle and the instructions that came with the car seat you purchased.

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 uses 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.

http://www.safekids.org/coalition/safe-kids-washington-county-0
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Salem Cancer Institute holds special open house Sept. 25
Salem Health - 09/16/14
Salem Cancer Institute will showcase its newly remodeled space with a grand opening on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on the Salem Hospital campus.

Guided tours will happen at 4:30, 5:15 and 6 p.m. Attendees will enjoy a healthy menu sampler from the new Garden Bistro, learn about Salem Cancer Institute's partnership with OHSU's Knight Cancer Institute, discover advanced treatment technology, and be introduced to the new Center for Integrative Medicine. Local cancer survivors will also be on hand at the event to share what has inspired them, including several artists showcasing their work.

The cancer center at Salem Hospital has been accredited as a comprehensive community cancer program by the Commission on Cancer since 1952 and by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers since 2010. Salem Cancer Institute has been affiliated with Oregon Health and Science University's Knight Cancer Institute since 2007, which strengthens diagnosis and treatment through shared expertise, research knowledge and records.

Salem Cancer Institute treated 2,000 patients last year, seeing an average 325 patients per day. When the institute first opened, door-to-diagnosis for breast cancer was 30 days; now it is four days. A cancer nurse navigator can see newly diagnosed patients "same day."

Salem Cancer Institute has been remodeled to be a restorative, community gathering place--and far more than a medical clinic, according to Steven Taylor, director of cancer services. Anyone coming into the lobby can start a journal, knit, research cancer topics online and find support groups and classes. The Garden Bistro specializes in offering nutritious cancer-fighting foods.

To register for the open house and tours, call the Community Health Education Center at 503-814-2432 (CHEC). Salem Cancer Institute is located in Building C on the Salem Hospital campus, 875 Oak St. SE. Parking is available under Building C using the Winter St. entrance, or in the campus parking garage.

Salem Hospital is part of Salem Health, along with West Valley Hospital, Willamette Health Partners and other affiliated health care organizations offering exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. Salem Hospital received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence(TM) from Healthgrades in 2014, placing it among the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Visit us at salemhealth.org; "Like" us on facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at youtube.com/salemhealth.
Police Bureau Invites Community to See New Training Complex (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/16/14
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The remodel of the Portland Police Bureau's Training Complex is reaching the completion stage and the Bureau will celebrate with two special events: On Thursday, September 18, 2014, at noon, Mayor Charlie Hales and Chief Michael Reese will join with other elected officials, city leaders and leaders from partner agencies for a special ribbon cutting ceremony. Tours and light refreshments will be served. The media is invited.

On Saturday, September 20, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Bureau will host a community-wide open house. Community members can tour the facility and visit with Bureau members as well as meet members of the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT), K-9 Unit and Air Support Unit, and see the tools they use to keep the community safe. Kids can meet McGruff the Crime Dog, have their fingerprints taken by the members of the Forensics Evidence Division, and see how the Explosive Disposal Unit's robot works. Visitors can also participate in the Bureau's obstacle course and receive crime prevention information or hear about Neighborhood Watch Programs from Crime Prevention Specialists at the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI).

In March 2012, the City Council voted to fund a police and public safety training facility. The Bureau purchased the building and dedicated it on October 29, 2012. The remodel began in December 2013 and was completed on time and within budget. The new Training Complex is the first of its kind for the Police Bureau and City of Portland and now houses all the training disciplines in one central venue, generating significant cost savings and efficiencies. It will also improve the Bureau's ability to provide scenario-based training using all the various disciplines in one location.

The Training Complex is located at: 14902 NE Airport Way in Portland.

Training Complex Info

Architect: SCOTT | EDWARDS ARCHITECTURE LLP
General Contractor: 2KG
Contractor for Firearms Range: Action Target
Purchased building on April 30, 2012 for $6.4 million
Remodel timeline: December 2013-September 2014
Total Project Cost: $15 million (bond measure)
Site Size: 9.6 acres
Patrol Vehicle Operations Area: 3.5 acres
Building Size: 61,193 square feet
Green components include water efficiency; multiple energy performance measures; recycling of materials, purchasing and waste.
Features:
* Police Vehicle Operations Skill Pad
* Defensive Tactics Mat Rooms
* Firearms Ranges
* Multiple Classrooms of Varying Sizes
* Patrol Tactics Scenario Village
* Administrative Offices

Other Bureau's involved in remodel:
* Office of Management and Finance
* Bureau of Technology Services
* Bureau of Environmental Services
* Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
* Bureau of Parks and Recreation
* Bureau of Transportation
* Water Bureau

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Attached Media Files: Community Invite Sept 20
Painkillers, opioids, heroin: the epidemic in our midst, Oregon leads nation in painkiller abuse
Woloshin Communications - 09/16/14
The epidemic in our midst: Painkillers, Opioids and Heroin

A free community conversation sponsored by ?the Center for Public Advocacy, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation,
Oct. 2 at Oregon Health & Science University

PORTLAND, OR (Sept. 16, 2014) - Oregon leads the nation in the abuse of painkillers. It's a deadly public health crisis. And it's right here ... in Oregon.

"Clearly, we have a tragic epidemic right here in our midst," says Marvin D. Seppala, M.D., chief medical officer, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.

According to a 2014 Oregon Health Authority report:
* Doctors prescribed opioids to more than 900,000 Oregonians - about one in four - in 2013.
* Oregon's death rate from opioid overdose quadrupled from 2000 to 2012.
* Medical care due to overdose from all drugs cost Oregon hospitals an estimated $31million in 2012.

Why has opioid and heroin addiction skyrocketed to such heights in Oregon? Find out at "The Epidemic in Our Midst: Painkillers, Opioids and Heroin," a free community conversation, Thursday, Oct. 2, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Oregon Health & Science University, Old Library Auditorium, 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, sponsored by the Center for Public Advocacy, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.

Join experts from law enforcement, public health and addiction treatment for a frank and open discussion. Hear the stark facts about Oregon's opioid and heroin crisis and learn effective strategies to overcome this growing epidemic. Experts include:

* Marvin D. Seppala, M.D., chief medical officer, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, and the author of "When Painkillers Become Dangerous";
* Andrew Mendenhall, M.D., medical director, Hazelden at Beaverton, and diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management;
* Kim Mauer, M.D., OHSU, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, who was a pain research fellow at Stanford University;
* Sean Riley, founder and president, Safe Call Now, a 24-hour crisis referral service; and
* Dwight Holton, J.D., chief executive officer, Lines for Life, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing substance abuse and suicide.

In addition, Julie Edwards, mother of a son in recovery from opioid addiction, and president and co-founder of West Linn Community Task Force, a nonprofit focusing on drug-free youth, will share her powerful story.

To RSVP for this free event, register at Hazelden's event page (Hazelden.org/Oregon) or call Kristen Nieman, 503-554-4324.
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About the Center for Public Advocacy at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
As the leading voice related to addiction and recovery, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and its Center for Public Advocacy applies the nation's most extensive expertise and knowledge to shape public opinion, support those who need treatment and resources for their recovery, and change public policy.

About the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a force of healing and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. It is the nation's largest nonprofit treatment provider with a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center. With 15 sites in California, Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Colorado and Texas, the Foundation offers prevention and recovery solutions nationwide and across the entire continuum of care to help youth and adults reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. It includes the largest recovery publishing house in the country, a fully accredited graduate school of addiction studies, an addiction research center, an education arm for medical professionals and a unique children's program, and is the nation's leader in advocacy and policy for treatment and recovery. Learn more at www.hazeldenbettyford.org.
U.S. Entity recognizes 50th Anniversary of the Columbia River Treaty with Canada
Bonneville Power Administration - 09/16/14
Portland, Ore. - Today marks the 50th anniversary of the ratification of the Columbia River Treaty, an international agreement between Canada and the United States for the cooperative development and operation of the water resources of the Columbia River Basin for the benefit of both countries.

The Columbia River Treaty has been a significant driver behind diverse economic, public safety and ecological uses of the Columbia River. As a direct result of the Treaty, four storage dams were built: Mica, Arrow and Duncan dams in British Columbia, Canada; and Libby Dam in Montana. These four projects more than doubled the storage capacity of the Columbia River system, increased control of the river flow, thereby decreasing the risk of major flooding events downstream, and provided opportunities for releasing water at times needed for power generation and other downstream benefits such as fisheries and water supply. For the past 50 years, Treaty operations have helped prevent major flood damages and provide for economic development across the basin.

The U.S. Entity, which consists of the Administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division Engineer, is charged with formulating and carrying out the operating arrangements necessary to implement the Columbia River Treaty in concert with the Canadian Entity.

"We appreciate the extensive coordination and collaboration we've enjoyed with BPA and the Canadian Entity on this important treaty over the past 50 years," said Brigadier General John Kem, Commander of the Corps' Northwestern Division, "This extensive cooperation with Canada and U.S. regional interests has allowed us to achieve common Treaty goals and also to respond to the changing needs in the Columbia River Basin," added Elliot Mainzer, BPA Administrator.

Looking to build on the past success of the Treaty, the U.S. Entity led a three-year review process that culminated in a regional recommendation regarding the future of the Treaty. That recommendation, available at www.crt2014-2024review.gov, was delivered to the U.S. Department of State Dec. 13, 2013, and is undergoing a formal review by the U.S. Government.

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Health Share of Oregon gives more than $350,000 to local organizations in support of community health efforts
Health Share of Oregon - 09/16/14
Funded projects focus on culturally-specific services for behavioral health and chronic diseases

(Portland, OR) - Health Share of Oregon has announced more than $350,000 in grants to four community-based organizations in the Portland Tri-County area for projects supporting the Coordinated Care Organization's Community Health Improvement Plan.

This past June regional community-based organizations submitted proposals which would address behavioral health (mental health and substance abuse disorders) and chronic diseases which are preventable through physical activity and nutrition objectives, the primary focus areas of Health Share's Community Health Improvement Plan. Health Share was particularly interested in proposals from organizations with experience providing culturally-specific services and with experience training or working with traditional health workers.

The grant evaluation team consisted of representatives from Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties; Health Share members; health care professional who are or who work with Peer Support and Community Health Workers; community members who represent culturally diverse populations across the Tri-County area; and Health Share staff.

"The Community Health Improvement Plan offers Health Share the opportunity to partner with key organizations on improving health outcomes for our members," said Janet Meyer, Health Share CEO, "These initiatives will focus in large part on the work of culturally-specific community health workers and peer support specialists. We can't just focus on the individuals in a clinical or office setting. We have to move further out into the community to support health in our members' families and neighborhoods."

The following Community-Based Organizations were awarded grants:

Northwest Family Services: Serving Clackamas & Multnomah Counties. Audience: Hispanic/Latino. Focus: Behavioral Health Objectives.
NWFS and NAMI-CC will work to provide education and outreach in the Latino and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Intersex (LGBTQI) communities through peer resources, peer support workers, and host group culturally specific discussions on mental health and addiction issues with cultural specific and competent staff. Project activities will include increasing the number of Peer Support Specialists (PSS) in the greater Portland Metropolitan area, including those who are bilingual/bicultural Latino and those who identify with the LGBTQI community. Trainers will also offer mental health specific trainings to expand the number of PSS who can support Health Share members who identify as people of color, who speak a preferred language other than English, who identify as LGBTQI, who have a disability or are young or elderly, or who have been diagnosed with a severe persistent mental illness. In addition, NAMI-CC will hire a full-time Latino, bilingual PSS worker and significantly expand the hours of a current staff member who identifies as LGBTQI .NWFS and NAMI-CC will institute the 12-week class series to the Latino communities within Clackamas and Multnomah Counties. De Familia a Familia is a program of NAMI and is available in English and Spanish.

North by Northeast Community Health Services: Serving Multnomah County. Audience: African-American. Focus: Chronic Disease Objectives.
North by Northeast Community Health Services (NxNE) will expand their Community Health Worker (CHW) program in the effort to improve the health of African-American patients and eliminate health disparities. CHWs help patients identify barriers to health improvement, set goals, understand medication regimens and adhere to follow-up plans. In addition to hiring and an additional full-time CHW and expanding the number of patients assigned to their CHW program, NxNE will continue to focus on African-American patients with hypertension. They'll include African-American patients with other conditions such as obesity and diabetes, complex care coordination needs and/or multiple specialty referrals. NxNE staff will also be expanding their partnerships with other community-based organizations by using CHWs to coordinate intake for underserved populations. In particular, a) Corrections Health and Community Justice to ease the transition into primary care for African Americans released from incarceration, b) low-income housing organizations (Home Forward, NW Housing Alternatives) to ensure their residents newly covered by OHP have a primary care home, and c) other healthcare service providers (Planned Parenthood's NE Portland Center, Cascadia's Garlington Clinic) whose clients need a primary care home.

Center for Intercultural Organizing: Serving: Washington County. Audience: Asian/Pacific Islander, Latino, Russian-speaking, war torn regions of Africa & Middle East. Focus: Behavioral Health Objectives.
The Margins to Mainstream project is a collaboration that centers around developing and employing a trained base of immigrant and refugee "wellness life guides," or traditional health workers/organizers--assisted and supported by a team of social service agencies, community based organizations, and health care providers--that aid newcomers in acquiring the facilitative and communicative skills necessary to interact, understand, and cope with their needs in relation to their adopted environment, and work collaboratively toward institutional change. Wellness life guides will address the psychosocial health needs of immigrants and refugees on an individual level through mentorship and support and through referrals to culturally appropriate services, while providing breakthrough learning on a community level through group processes that connect individual issues to community and systemic issues.

Familias en Acción: Serving Clackamas, Washington & Multnomah Counties. Audience: Hispanic/Latino. Focus: Chronic Disease Objectives.
The Familias en Acción program will provide the CHW program, Senderos Hacía su Salud/Pathways to Your Health, for Hispanic members of Health Share. A Community Health Worker will conduct an initial intake with the client/family utilizing the Community Pathways to Health model to establish priorities for a comprehensive care coordination plan linking healthcare with family and community support resources utilizing the Community Health Access Pathways model. Familias will partner with Providence to serve their Medicaid clients in all three counties at their clinics in Portland, Gateway, Scholls and St. Vincents. The American Cancer Society cancer patient navigators will refer patients from OHSU and Legacy. Project Access NOW through their extensive network of volunteer clinics and hospitals will partner closely with Familias to enhance access to Health Share members.

- Community Health Improvement Plan -
As a part of health care transformation in Oregon, the Oregon Health Authority asked the 16 Coordinated Care Organizations throughout the state to collaboratively engage in a systematic approach to assessing the health of the populations they cover and the communities those populations live in, and then planning to improve the health of those communities by addressing health disparities.

After nearly a year of inquiry and analysis, Health Share's Community Health Needs Assessment (CHA) Committee, a subset of the Community Advisory Council (CAC), designated Behavioral Health and Chronic Disease as the two priorities for focus in Health Share's Community Health Improvement Plan.

The goal of the Community Health Improvement Plan is to reduce health disparities, promote health equity and improve overall population health in the region served by the CCO. The Improvement Plan supports strategies that are intended to benefit the broad Tri-County community with particular focus on issues that disproportionately impact Health Share members, and is funded through State of Oregon Transformation Funds, which are dedicated to innovative projects aimed at improving integration and coordination of care for Medicaid patients.

- About Health Share of Oregon -
Serving over 233,000 members in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties, Health Share of Oregon is a unique community-wide partnership created to ensure quality, cost-effective physical, dental and mental health care for Oregon Health Plan members. Health Share provides an integrated community delivery system with the objective of achieving better care, better health and lower costs for the Medicaid population and for the region.

Health Share is a collaborative of 11 founding partners: Adventist Health, CareOregon, Central City Concern, Clackamas County, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, Multnomah County, Oregon Health & Science University, Providence Health & Services, Tuality Health Alliance and Washington County.

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Woodland teacher named region's Teacher of the Year
ESD 112 - 09/16/14
Woodland High School teacher Sharon Conditt has been named Educational Service District 112 region Teacher of the Year. Conditt is one of nine finalists from around the state for the Washington State Teacher of the Year Award. One teacher will be selected to represent Washington State in the National Teacher of the Year Program.

Conditt teaches history and government at Woodland High School, a position she has held for the past 14 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in History from Illinois State University and a Master's Degree in History from Washington State University.

As a high achieving student who always excelled in social studies classes, she was told that smart kids don't become teachers. Encouraged to pursue a pre-med pathway in college, she couldn't ignore her love of history and desire to become a teacher. "As I started my student teaching placement, I immediately sensed that I was doing the career that I was meant to do," said Conditt.

Her passion for history and approach to teaching has made her a favorite among students. Traditionally, Woodland seniors select a teacher to speak at graduation. Conditt has been selected seven out of the past eight years, a testament to the relationship she has established with the students she teaches.

Conditt is one of the first National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) in Social Studies in her region and the first NBCT in Woodland Public Schools. In 2009 she earned the James Madison Memorial Foundation Fellowship for teachers seeking a Master's degree in History or Political Science. After completing her thesis, she graduated in May 2013 with her students cheering her on in the audience.

"Shari has a core belief that all of our students need to experience our national and world history in order to strengthen their understanding of their place in the world regardless of their career path or their current grade in school," said Principal John Shoup in a nomination letter. "Her honest and straightforward approach to teaching is valued by her students as they clamor to take any class she teaches."

Conditt will join other nominees from Washington at the state Teacher of the Year Award Ceremony, September 22, 1:30 p.m. in Seattle.



ABOUT ESD 112:
Educational Service District 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.




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7 Arrested, 53 Citations Issued During Labor Day Weekend Traffic Enforcement
Gresham Police Dept - 09/16/14
Gresham, Ore. - Gresham officers arrested 7 people (6 for DUII) and issued 53 traffic citations during the Labor Day weekend crackdown on impaired driving, Aug. 30 through Sept. 2. Multiple citations were issued for suspended license, speeding, and uninsured motorist violations.

The Gresham Police Department joined forces with the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Impact to get impaired drivers off the road. The campaign featured high-visibility enforcement and educational opportunities to learn more about safe driving habits.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012, Labor Day weekend (6 p.m. Friday to 5:59 a.m. Tuesday) saw 147 drunk-driving fatalities. Almost half of these fatalities (46%) occurred between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. Gresham police did not report any fatal accidents occurring within the city limits during the timeframe of this campaign.

For more information, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at http://www.nhtsa.gov and their national crackdown campaign headquarters at http://www.stopimpaireddriving.com.
Oregon Added 2, 900 Jobs in August while the Unemployment Rate Edged Up to 7.2 Percent
Oregon Employment Dept. - 09/16/14
Oregon's unemployment rate edged up, from 6.9 percent in July to 7.2 percent in August. This was the highest unemployment rate since-November 2013 when the rate was 7.3 percent, but far below the high point of the last recession, in June 2009, when the rate
was 11.6 percent.

It may seem surprising for the unemployment rate to go up when Oregon is adding jobs. But something else was also happening: Oregon's labor force was growing. If migration to
Oregon from other states increases and more people start looking for work because they
feel their prospects are improving, then both of these factors lead to more Oregonians joining the labor force. If this growth in the labor force is larger than the number of new
jobs created, then the unemployment rate will go up, at least in the short term.

So how many jobs did Oregon add? The primary measure of employment in Oregon,
seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment, increased by 2,900 in August.
This was the 12th increase in the last 14 months. Employment is now 40,700 above where it was a year ago and 127,300 above its recessionary low. With the recent and
steady job growth, Oregon is now just 20,100 from its pre-recession employment peak
reached in December 2007.

In August, two industries performed particularly well, with large gains in
seasonally adjusted employment. Professional and business services added 900 jobs while manufacturing added 1,000. Over the past 12 months, manufacturing grew
faster than overall employment. It added 5,500 jobs since August 2013, with
substantial gains in these component industries: wood product manufacturing
( +900 jobs), machinery manufacturing ( +900), transportation equipment
manufacturing ( +500), and food manufacturing ( + 700).

Payroll employment in July was revised upward to a gain of 1,300, compared with the
original estimate of a gain of only 200.

The average Oregon manufacturing production worker worked 39.9 hours in August, down 1.4 hours from a year ago. This drop in hours worked per employee is not
unusual, given the overall employment growth in the manufacturing industry.

Oregon wages haven't grown as fast as inflation over the past year. In August, the
average wage for Oregon's private sector payroll employees was $22.53, a 0.9%
increase from a year earlier.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the August county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Monday, September 22nd and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for September on Tuesday, October 14th.

The Oregon Employment Department is responsible for releasing Oregon's monthly payroll employment and labor force data. The data are prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The BLS estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other inputs.

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 2014 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS and are revised annually.

For the complete version of the news release, including tables and graphs, visit:
www.Qualitylnfo.org/pressrelease.

For help finding jobs and training resources, visit one of the state's WorkSource Oregon Centers or go to: www.WorkSourceOregon.org.


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Two Horses Killed After Being Struck By Vehicle - Highway 47 north of Highway 26 in Washington County
Oregon State Police - 09/16/14
Two horses were struck Monday night by a passenger car along Highway 47 about three miles north of Highway 26 in Washington County. Both horses died and the involved driver received a minor injury.

On September 15, 2014 at approximately 9:51 p.m., a 2013 Hyundai Sonata four-door driven by an adult female was traveling northbound on Highway 47 near milepost 73 when it struck two horses walking loose on the highway. One horse was killed on impact. The other horse was seriously injured and later euthanized by a veterinarian who responded to the scene at the horses' owner's request.

The vehicle was extensively damaged and its driver received a minor hand injury but refused hospital transport. The driver's name is not available for this release.

ODOT personnel responded to the scene to remove the deceased horses. One lane was open for traffic for two hours.

OSP, Washington County Sheriff's Office, and Banks Fire District 13 responded to the incident.

No photographs available for this release.

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State revokes agent license; seeks information from other victims
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 09/16/14
Salem - The Department of Consumer and Business Services has revoked the license of a Portland insurance agent for collecting money for policies but never forwarding the premium to the insurance company - leaving many Oregonians without coverage.

The department's Insurance Division revoked the license of Indira Jaskic and Jaskic Insurance after receiving complaints from consumers who paid for auto insurance polices but later found they had no coverage. Jaskic operated her insurance agency under the name Aseguranza Latina.

The division's investigation found that Jaskic collected premiums that were not send to the insurer, used funds in a premium trust account for personal and business expenses, and sold policies during periods when she was not licensed. The division found that many of Jaskic's victims did not speak English or had limited English skills.

"Oregonians should be able to trust that their insurance agent secures the coverage they pay for," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "Although we received complaints from several consumers in this case, we believe there may be more victims. We urge anyone who bought a policy from this agent to contact our office to ensure they do not have a gap in coverage and to talk to a consumer advocate."

Consumers can reach the Insurance Division's Consumer Advocacy Unit toll-free at 888-877-4894 and via email at cp.ins@state.or.us. Consumers also can file complaints through the division's website: http://www.insurance.oregon.gov.

The division is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit http://www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Tidewater Tugs Rescue Boaters in Two Separate Incidents on Columbia & Snake Rivers
Tidewater Barge Lines - 09/16/14
Tidewater Tugs Rescue Boaters in Two Separate Incidents on Columbia & Snake Rivers
Quick actions of well-trained crews save four people from potential disaster

Vancouver, WA - September 16, 2014 - Tidewater vessel crews were first responders and paramount in the successful rescue of four boaters in two separate incidents on September 9, 2014.

Two Tribal fishermen were unhurt Sept. 9, after their fishing boat overturned on the Columbia River just east of Stevenson, WA. At approximately 1:15 a.m., Todd Takalo, piloting the Tidewater tug Maverick, spotted a flashing white light in the water. Upon inspection, Mr. Takalo, along with Deck Mechanic Ryan Jones, discovered that the light was coming from an overturned fishing boat with two men on top of the vessel. The Captain, Chris Patnode, who was not on duty at the time, was immediately notified of the situation and quickly joined Ryan Jones on deck to ready man overboard equipment. In 35 mph winds and 4 foot swells, Pilot Todd Takalo navigated the tug as gently as possible over to the vessel in distress. The crew on deck were able to retrieve the two men and pull them aboard the Maverick where they were taken in to the galley to dry off and warm up. The fishermen said they had been stranded in the water on top of their vessel for over 45 minutes. Their fishing boat was unable to be towed or salvaged. The Maverick's crew made contact with another Tribal fishing vessel in the area who picked the men up and took them to shore.

In a separate incident, around 7:00 p.m. on Sept. 9, two recreational boaters were pulled from the water after their boat caught fire and capsized. Captain Greg Majeski on the tug Captain Bob, was leaving the Ice Harbor Dam on the Snake River (just east of Pasco, WA) when he saw heavy black smoke in the distance. As a precaution, he navigated the tug around the corner to investigate the source of the smoke. He describes seeing a recreational boat fully engulfed in flames and two people in the water near the burning wreckage. He called for all hands on deck and immediately went to the scene to begin rescue operations. The two stranded boaters, a man and woman described by the crew as being in their 70s, had been struggling trying to make it to shore. The Captain Bob crew pulled the couple from the water, just as their burning boat slipped beneath the surface of the Snake River. They were given blankets and taken to the Ice Harbor Dam where an ambulance was waiting. Witnessing this event unfold were several employees of Union Pacific railway who were aboard the Northbound Special as it rounded the corner on the rail adjacent to the river. They stopped the train when they spotted the burning boat and witnessed the rescue operation by the Tidewater crew. "It was very dramatic to watch this event from the train as it was happening. We deeply appreciate the quick action and professionalism of Tidewater's crews in averting what could have been a tragic situation," said Roger Rouleau, UP's Manager of Operating Practices.

Tidewater maintains rigorous safety training programs for its employees. All marine personnel complete First Aid, First Responder, and other safety training classes. Training is tested regularly with ongoing and frequent drills, such as man overboard drills, fire drills, security drills, and emergency procedure drills.

"We are proud of the Maverick and Captain Bob crews and commend their actions in responding quickly and safely in these two situations. Their response speaks to the high level of skill and dedication that our vessel crews exhibit in their work every day, in every situation," said Bob Curcio, President & CEO of Tidewater.

These types of events underscore the importance of having highly trained, skilled, and experienced professional mariners out on the river system. "In addition to providing valuable inland marine transportation service, our boats and crews act as river sentinels keeping watch and responding to on water emergencies throughout the Columbia & Snake River system," added Bruce Reed, Tidewater's COO. "Tidewater is dedicated to making the extra effort to go above and beyond to ensure the safety of personnel, the environment and the community in which we operate."

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About Tidewater
Tidewater is a multi-commodity transportation and terminal company headquartered in Vancouver, Washington. The company's operating area spans 465 miles on the Columbia-Snake River system extending from the Port of Astoria, OR, on the Pacific Coast inland to the Port of Lewiston, Idaho. For more information, visit www.tidewater.com
Salem Area Peace Festival
Lancaster Mall - 09/16/14
In order to celebrate cultural diversity and promote nonviolence, peace and sustainability, Salem Area Peace Network (SAPN.org) is organizing a Salem Area Peace Festival, to be held at Lancaster Mall (831 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem, OR 97301), from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Sunday, September 21, 2014. The Festival is open to the public and admission is free.

Salem Mayor Anna Peterson will formally open the Festival at 1:00 pm. Entertainers will include Rich McCloud, Jan Michael Looking Wolf, Lorena Smith, John Meyer and several different dance groups. Scheduled speakers are representatives from The Oregon Learning Center, Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary, the NAACP, as well as Professor Sukh Singh from Willamette University Law School.

The Festival will feature display tables or booths set up by cultural, peace, religious, and service organizations including: Baha'i World Faith, CAUSA, City of Salem Human Rights and Relations Advisory Commission, ENLACE, Greater Salem Filipino-American Association, Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Willamette Valley, Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary, Oregon Learning Center, NAACP, Safe Families for Children, Thompson-Patch Scholarship Fund, United Nations Association, and Unity of Salem.

The Festival is the first event of SAPN's project, "34 Days of Peace in Salem Area," which starts on September 21, 2014, the International Day of Peace, and concludes with a celebration at Salem Peace Plaza (Between City Hall & Library), on October 24, the United Nations Day. Additional information about upcoming Peace events can be found at http://salem-area-peace-network.org/ or sapn.org. For more information about the Salem Area Peace Festival or upcoming events at Lancaster Mall visit www.LancasterMall.com.
Future of Public Health Task Force meets September 23
Oregon Health Authority - 09/16/14
September 16, 2014

What: The Task Force on the Future of Public Health will have a 30-minute telephone meeting. The agenda includes a vote on the task force's report to the Legislature.

When: Tuesday, September 23, 11-11:30 a.m.

Where: Conference call: 1-888-363-4734, participant code 295577

Who: The Task Force on the Future of Public Health was created by Oregon HB 2348A to study the regionalization and consolidation of public health services, and the future of public health services in Oregon, to make recommendations for legislation.

The task force is made up of 15 members appointed by the Legislature, the Governor, and the directors of the Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services.

Details: To participate, call 1-888-363-4734 and use code 295577.

For more information about the meeting, contact Michael Tynan at 971-673-1282.

The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Oregon Task Force Recommends Creation of State-sponsored Retirement Plan
AARP Oregon - 09/16/14
Salem, OR, 9/15/14 - Oregon's Retirement Security Task Force took a major step Monday, issuing a report that investigates the challenges many Oregonians face in saving for retirement and recommends a structure for a state-sponsored retirement plan.

The Task Force, led by Treasurer Ted Wheeler, recommended that the State of Oregon create a retirement savings program that will be available to any Oregonian who doesn't have a retirement account through their employer. Employees will be automatically enrolled with the ability to "opt-out" if they choose. The report can be found at https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2013I1/Downloads/CommitteeMeetingDocument/40632.

"A successful retirement savings program needs to be automatic and easy to use," said Midge Purcell, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy at the Urban League of Portland. "Women, people of color, part time workers and small business employees are the most likely to encounter barriers to retirement savings and any way we can simplify the process makes it easier for them to secure their future."

The savings program recommended by the Task Force includes the following key elements:

* The program will be easy for employers to implement -- employee savings contributions will be automatically deducted from existing payroll and employers will not be required to make a contribution.
* The plan will be portable for employees, following them from job to job throughout their career.
* As directed by the legislature, the plan will not incur any liability for the state.

"Treasurer Wheeler and the Task Force have conducted thorough analysis of the barriers Oregonians face in saving for retirement and made thoughtful recommendations for a path forward," said Edward Brewington, AARP Oregon executive council member. "The next step is for the legislature to settle on details and create a savings program. This needs to get done in the 2015 legislative session - working Oregonians can't wait any longer to save for their future."

About Save Today, Secure Tomorrow

Today, nearly half of all Oregonians do not have a retirement plan at work. As a result, many are at risk of living in poverty when they retire - unable to cover basic living and medical expenses.

By giving every working Oregonian an easy way to save for retirement, we can provide security for individuals, families and our community. It's time to put Oregonians back in charge of their financial future.

Save Today, Secure Tomorrow is a broad coalition of organizations working to achieve a secure future for all Oregonians.

Members include: AARP Oregon, Family Forward Oregon, Main Street Alliance of Oregon, Urban League of Portland, Elders in Action Commission, Oregon Nurses Association, AFSCME, Oregon Action, Oregon Education Association, SEIU Local 503, Neighborhood Partnerships, Oregon AFL-CIO, Oregon State Firefighters Council, Community Action Partnerships of Oregon, United Seniors of Oregon, PCUN and Causa.
Homeless Man Injured in Stabbing in North Portland's Piedmont Neighborhood - No Suspect Info
Portland Police Bureau - 09/16/14
On Tuesday September 16, 2014, at 3:07 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to North Interstate Avenue and Lombard Street on the report of a stabbing.

Officers arrived in the area and located the victim, 64-year-old Marlin Moser, suffering from non-life-threatening stab wounds.

Moser, who is homeless, told police he was sleeping a few blocks away outside Little Ceasers Pizza (926 North Lombard Street) when an unknown person stabbed him while he slept.

There is no suspect description in this case.

Moser was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment.

Anyone with information about the stabbing is asked to contact Assault detectives at (503) 823-0400.

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PSU awards cash prizes to winners of Cleantech Challenge sponsored by Wells Fargo (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 09/16/14
Wells Fargo employees present a sponsorship check to PSU's Angela Jackson (second from right).
Wells Fargo employees present a sponsorship check to PSU's Angela Jackson (second from right).
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- And the winner is . . .

Last night Portland State University (PSU) announced the winners of its second annual PSU Cleantech Challenge. Wells Fargo donated $100,000 to PSU to support the competition among teams of students and professors who came up with new products to improve the environment.

The judges awarded the $10,000 grand prize to the Thorvolt team to help it further develop its alternative car battery, which eliminates environmental and health risks associated with lead-acid batteries with a new design that incorporates supercapacitor and lithium-ion technologies.

In addition, the Thorvolt team--made up of Andrew Thorsvik, a PSU graduate student in engineering and technology management, and his brother Jonathan--will receive a business services and support package from the PSU Business Accelerator.

The second-place prize of $5,000 went to SPEC, which stands for Sensing Pollution Exposure by Community. SPEC's innovative device, developed by Alex Bigazzi, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, records levels of air pollutants and uses a smart phone application to analyze, manage, and store the data associated with those readings.

In addition, the Thorvolt team won the $2,500 awarded for coming out on top in the two-minute pitch competition where Andrew Thorsvik emphasized the virtues of an automobile battery with a longer life, lower weight, and fewer harmful materials. Thorvolt also collected the $2,500 People's Choice Award.

15 Teams Took the Challenge

The Cleantech Challenge kicked off in the spring when seven semifinalists were selected from a pool of 15 teams that applied to take the challenge: to develop an innovative solution to a compelling problem in our resource-constrained world.

The seven semifinalist teams spent the summer and $2,500 each in development grants to develop their prototypes, which ranged from building materials made from non-recyclable waxed cardboard to a solar-powered Stirling engine to a system for recycling shower water.

Last night, the teams delivered carefully developed pitches to an audience of judges and exhibited their prototypes as part of the kickoff of Oregon BEST FEST, an annual cleantech showcase, hosted by Cleantech Challenge partner Oregon BEST (Oregon Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Center). Votes from judges and the public were tallied and the prizes were awarded as part of the evening program for the conference, which Wells Fargo also sponsored.

Cleantech Challenge team members represented a diverse cross-section of the PSU community including undergraduate and graduate students and faculty from a wide variety of disciplines--business to engineering, architecture to physics.

"I'm amazed at how far the Cleantech Challenge teams progressed over the course of the summer," said Quinn Read program manager of the PSU Center for Entrepreneurship and Cleantech Challenge. "The teams were able to refine their businesses while developing their prototypes and we were thrilled to see so much cross-campus collaboration."

"Wells Fargo believes that, as a company and as a member of the community, it's our responsibility to help protect and restore the environment. We embrace that responsibility in all we do," said Wells Fargo Regional President Tracy Curtis of Portland. "We created the Wells Fargo Clean Technology and Innovation grant program as part of our effort to donate $100 million for environmental projects across the nation by 2020. The PSU contest is one of many across the nation that we sponsor. We strongly believe in supporting and fostering the development of new and emerging clean technologies that can positively impact all of our lives."

The PSU Cleantech Challenge team is working to expand the competition statewide next year and to establish an incubator with the PSU Business Accelerator that would be dedicated to cleantech innovation.

To learn more about the challenge and the teams that participated, visit www.pdx.edu/clean-challenge.

About the Center for Entrepreneurship at PSU
Center for Entrepreneurship (CE) catalyzes and promotes student and faculty innovation through programs, community connections and startup incubation. (pdx.edu/entrepreneurship)

About Institute for Sustainable Solutions at PSU
The Institute for Sustainable Solutions (ISS) advances sustainability research, education, and outreach at Portland State, leading the University to be a powerful catalyst and model for a more equitable, ecologically balanced, and economically vibrant future.(www.pdx.edu/sustainability)

About Wells Fargo
Serving Oregonians' financial needs since 1852, Wells Fargo launched the Clean Technology and Innovation Grant Program in 2012 to foster new clean technologies and support the growth of green jobs. Its mission is to support technology advancements, which are a critical part of supporting a clean energy future for America's communities. Its goal is to find, foster and fund projects and entrepreneur programs that support the commercialization of new and emerging clean technologies.


Attached Media Files: Wells Fargo employees present a sponsorship check to PSU's Angela Jackson (second from right).
UPDATE - BRIDGE OPEN: Traffic Alert: I-5 Northbound Diverted onto I-405 due to Crash on Marquam Bridge
Portland Police Bureau - 09/16/14
All lanes of I-5 northbound were reopened at approximately 5:45 a.m.

The driver of the SUV, 30-year-old Bryan Scott Lemont, was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUII) and Reckless Driving. Lemont was booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

Both vehicles were towed from the bridge.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Tuesday September 16, 2014, at 2:34 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the top deck of the Marquam Bridge on the report of a crash involving a tractor-trailer and an SUV.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and contacted both drivers to check for injuries. The driver of the tractor-trailer suffered minor injuries and is being treated at the crash scene. The SUV driver was not injured but officers are investigating the driver for being under the influence of alcohol.

All lanes of I-5 northbound are being diverted to I-405 as the top deck of the Marquam Bridge will be closed as officers work to process the crash scene. They are working diligently to finish their investigation and get the vehicles removed from the bridge before the morning commute.

Drivers should pay attention to reader boards for any updates or use an alternate route until the crash scene is cleared.

Updates on the investigation will be provided late-Tuesday morning.

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#PA
09/15/14
KISS Raises $1.15 Million for Oregon Military Museum (Photo)
Historical Outreach Foundation (HOF) - 09/15/14
Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer, photo by David A. Barss
Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer, photo by David A. Barss
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Lake Oswego, Ore - - On a picture-perfect evening in Lake Oswego, at the private island estate of Rick and Erika Miller, members of legendary rock band KISS played an all-acoustic set for a small group of guests; making memories to last a lifetime and raising over $1.15 million dollars for the Brigadier General James B. Thayer Oregon Military Museum.

Band members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer arrived at the intimate gathering following a national tour where they played to over 600,000 over 42 shows. Sunday's audience was just under 200 in number.

Tommy Thayer, lead guitarist for KISS, has been involved with the Oregon Military Museum for several years, and is committed to honoring those who have served in the military. With all four KISS members in attendance, the event was unique in its size, setting, and the goal-exceeding $1.15 million it raised for the cause.

News anchor Steve Dunn of KATU emceed the program and introduced guest performers including The Patrick Lamb Trio, Julianne Johnson and Jean Pierre-Garau.

For Tommy, the museum named for his father holds a very personal connection. He is quick to express his gratitude and respect for members of the military who have served, and the heroes who have risked their lives for others.

"I've been blessed to live in this country and have the opportunity to do what I love and follow my passion for music," said Thayer. "None of it would be possible without people like my dad, and so many other veterans, who have bravely fought to protect our liberties and freedoms."

Alisha Hamel, as the executive director for the Historical Outreach Foundation, is charged with supporting the fundraising efforts for the Oregon Military Museum, and other educational initiatives including the Oregon WWII Memorial and the Veterans' Legacies Project. She has been involved in each phase of the museum project, and is an integral part in the development of the educational aspects of the museum. An educator, historian, and veteran of Desert Storm, Hamel brings a valuable perspective on Oregon's, and the country's, rich military history.

"The funds raised at this year's All-Star Salute will jump start the process of creating truly interactive, hands-on exhibits at the museum," said Hamel. " We know that the best way to teach history is to engage people in the learning experience."

The Oregon Military Museum, now under construction at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, is the largest initiative underway at the Historical Outreach Foundation, and Sunday's All-Star Salute was the largest single fundraiser in the history of the museum; the proceeds put the museum over the halfway mark on a $14.6 million project.

"We are incredibly grateful to KISS and to the Millers for creating this once-in-a-lifetime event." said Hamel. "This was beyond anything we could have imagined, and is an evening we will not soon forget."

To learn more about the Brigadier General James B Thayer Oregon Military Museum, or to support the programs at the Historical Outreach Foundation, visit www.historicaloutreach.com, or call (503) 705-5965.


Attached Media Files: Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer, photo by David A. Barss , Gene Simmons with Dan Dutton Chairman and CEO, Stimson Lumber, Photo by David A. Barss
Suspect in numerous child sex abuses being investigated by Milwaukie Police.
Milwaukie Police Dept. - 09/15/14
40-year-old Little John Patrick Marcus (02-05-74) is currently being held at the Clackamas County Jail on $500,000 bail for 19-counts related to; Use of a child in sex display, on-line sexual corruption of a minor, encouraging child sex abuse, luring a minor, and failure to register as a sex offender. The investigation into Mr. Marcus began back in November 2013.

Milwaukie Detectives, using computer forensics, were able to identify several victims. Due to the on-going investigation, and the victims being juveniles, names and locations of the victims are not being released.

The Clackamas County District Attorney's office issued warrants for Mr. Marcus and he was arrested in the State of Florida on 07-23-14, and extradited back to Oregon.

Police are concerned there may be other victims in the Milwaukie and Portland/Metro areas, and possibly state-wide as he drove trucks for a living.

Detectives are asking anyone that has information regarding Mr. Marcus, or any other possible victims of Mr. Marcus, to contact the Milwaukie Police Department at 503-786-7500.
PF&R Responds to a Brush Fire (16333 NW McNamee Rd.) and a Separate House Fire (11356 NE Fremont Ct)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 09/15/14
This afternoon at 3:19 PM Portland Firefighters were called to the area of 16333 NW McNamee Rd. Firefighters arrived and found a brush fire burning in a stand of timber and a power line down. Portland Fire & Rescue worked with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and the Oregon Department of Forestry to extinguish the fire. Portland General Electric responded to deal with the downed power line.

McNamee road was temporarily closed due to the power line and to protect firefighters working near the road. The fire was knocked down and contained. PF&R and TVF&R turned the fire over to the ODF for mop-up.

While the McNamee fire was still burning Portland Fire crews were called to a house at 11356 NE Fremont Ct. On arrival firefighters found fire on the exterior of a house, the fire was beginning to burn through the siding and into the houses interior. All of the homes occupants were safe outside and no injuries were associated with this fire. The Fremont Ct. fire was extinguished and a fire investigator was called to determine the cause.

These two fires should serve as a reminder that we still have very dangerous fire conditions with critically dry fuels (plants and detritus) and hot dry weather conditions.

According to Fire Investigators last weekend Portland Fire & Rescue responded to 10 structure fires, 7 of them were caused by improperly discarded cigarettes.
Oregon State Library Board Meeting Press Release, September 26, 2014
Oregon State Library - 09/15/14
The Oregon State Library Board of Trustees will meet at the Oregon State Library in Salem on September 26, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Aletha Bonebrake of Baker City will chair the meeting.

The focus of the Board meeting is discussion of the State Library draft strategic plan.

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.
35 to Become U.S. Citizens at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 09/15/14
USCIS & NPS to Welcome New Citizens During Constitution Day and Citizenship Day Celebration

VANCOUVER, WA. - On Sept 19, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) will conduct a naturalization ceremony at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service (NPS).

Thirty-five new citizens will be sworn in by Portland Field Office Director Evelyn Sahli. NPS Superintendent Tracy Fortmann will welcome the candidates and their families and connect the event to the national park's multicultural history. Keynote speaker for this event is Bob Knight, president of Clark College and the former Commander of Vancouver Barracks. The new citizens come from countries as diverse as El Salvador, Bhutan, Burma, Vietnam, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan and Singapore.

This event is part of USCIS' annual celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. More than 27,000 people will become U.S. citizens during approximately 160 naturalization ceremonies across the country from Sept. 16 to Sept. 23.

USCIS invites new citizens, their families and friends to share their experiences from the ceremonies via social media using the hashtag #newUScitizen.

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is commemorated every Sept. 17 in honor of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. In 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill formalizing the celebration of Citizenship Day. In 2004, Congress established Sept. 17 as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.

The NPS and the USCIS have an official partnership that encourages both agencies to co-host naturalization ceremonies in these special places set aside for public enjoyment and historical commemoration. This will be the fifth year that this event has been held at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

Date & Time: Sept 19, 2014 at 11 a.m.

Location: Parade Ground, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
1501 E. Evergreen Blvd (near the Bandstand)
Vancouver, WA 98661
--UPDATE--Detectives Search for Suspect in Cedar Mill Homicide (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/15/14
Homicide Suspect Composite Drawing
Homicide Suspect Composite Drawing
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--UPDATE--

September 15, 2014 -- Detectives Release Composite Drawing of Possible Homicide Suspect.

Today, September 15, 2014, Washington County Major Crimes Team Detectives released a composite drawing of the man suspected of killing Nicole Laube on August 19, 2014. The drawing was obtained from a witness that reportedly saw the man in the area at the time of the homicide. It is unknown if Nicole Laube knew the man in the composite drawing.

The Washington County Search and Rescue team previously searched the wooded area along a creek bed that travels through the Commons at Timber Creek apartment complex. That search recovered items of interest that are currently being analyzed to determine if they have any evidentiary value.

Detectives have been investigating every lead received from the public. Several people have been interviewed and have provided information and evidence to detectives. Detectives are reaching out to citizens, if anyone recognizes the man in the composite drawing or has additional tips to please call the Sheriff's Office at 503-846-2500.

A substantial cash award has been offered by a private citizen for the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for Nicole Laube's death.

Original press release below:

August 20, 2014--Detectives are searching for information related to a homicide that occurred yesterday evening.

On August 19, 2014, at about 5:10 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to the Commons at Timber Creek apartments in the community of Cedar Mill, concerning a seriously injured woman. Sheriff's Deputies were contacted by an apartment resident who reported that a female came to her and told her that she had been stabbed. Another resident called the Sheriff's Office for assistance.

Numerous Sheriff's Deputies responded and found Nicole Laube, 29, from Forest Grove, outside, unconscious and bleeding. Sheriff's Deputies began administering emergency lifesaving assistance for Ms. Laube. Nicole Laube was pronounced deceased shortly thereafter. She was an employee of the apartment complex working unspecified duties at the time.

And intensive man hunt was conducted with K9s and over 20 law enforcement personnel from surrounding agencies. The search was not successful in locating the suspect. Little information is confirmed at this early stage of the investigation as detectives search through evidence and conduct interviews.

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

The Washington County Medical Examiner was on scene and confirmed the death as homicidal violence but could not confirm the exact cause of death. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

The Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in this case. If you have any information, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.


Attached Media Files: Homicide Suspect Composite Drawing
Marine Board's External Advisory Committee Meeting September 16 to Recommend Agency Logo (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 09/15/14
Marine Board's current agency logo.
Marine Board's current agency logo.
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The Oregon State Marine Board invites boaters to attend the agency's mission and vision advisory committee meeting where new logo design concepts will be presented. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 16, at the Marine Board office, 435 Commercial Street NE, Suite 400, in Salem, from 10 am to noon.

The Mission/Vision External Advisory Committee was formed to address feedback the agency received from boaters during the agency's strategic planning process that began in 2010. The committee was charged with developing recommendations on new mission and vision statements that resonate with all boaters and to create an all-inclusive logo better emulating who the Oregon State Marine Board serves. The Marine Board approved the committee's recommendations for new mission and vision statements earlier in the year and the agency is now incorporating the language into all digital media materials and embracing the messages into changes to agency operations.

The meeting is accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons needing some form of assistance to participate should contact Ashley Massey at 503-378-2623 by Monday, September 15 by 5 pm. Public Comment will be allowed during the designated period at the end of the meeting.


To view the new mission and vision statements, as well as learn about the Marine Board's strategic plan implementation, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/pages/admin/strategicplan.aspx

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Attached Media Files: Marine Board's current agency logo.
Wells Fargo Bank moving two Portland area branches to new locations this week
Wells Fargo - 09/15/14
PORTLAND, Ore. - Wells Fargo Bank is moving two of its Portland-metro branches to new locations to better serve its local customers. Here are the details:

In Portland: A branch formerly at 2121 W. Burnside opened today at 1972 W. Burnside St. (.2 miles away). The phone number there is (503) 928-6071. The new branch, right near Providence Park, is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Manager Crystal Rodriguez leads a team of 11 team members, including five tellers, two bankers, a business specialist and a regional bank private banker.

"We needed to remodel our former branch to enable better customer interactions but the lease would not allow that," Rodriguez said. "This new location gives us more area up front for our bankers to meet with and serve their customers."

The new branch is LEED Certified. It includes a conference room, as well as a secured area that contains an ATM and a night drop for business deposits.

Grand Opening Set for Sept. 20

The new branch will hold its grand opening this Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visitors will be able to have their photo taken next to a Wells Fargo display stagecoach. Food and refreshments will be served.

"This will be an opportunity for me and the rest of our team to introduce ourselves to our customers and the community," said Rodriguez.

In Lake Grove: The current location at 16365 Boones Ferry Road will close this Friday, Sept. 19, at noon. The new branch is one mile away at 15955 S.W. Boones Ferry Road. It will open next Monday, Sept. 22, at 9 a.m.

"It's going to be a beautiful branch. It's the nicest I've ever seen," said Manager Kelly Murphy, who has worked for Wells Fargo in Lake Oswego for 10 years. "The artwork is modern. It has a paved and landscaped courtyard out front with open Wi-Fi that can be used for community events."

The new branch will also feature two walk-up and drive-up ATMs, foreign currency services, a large number of safe deposit boxes, an open floor plan with a large lobby, marble inside and out, skylights and lots of windows. The 4,500 sq.-ft. building will be the largest in the area.

Murphy will lead a team of 27 at the new branch, including 10 tellers, five personal bankers, a business specialist, and financial and mortgage experts.

The new branch, which is LEED Silver Certified, will be open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The phone number there will be (503) 342-4228.

Stagecoach at Grand Opening
The branch will hold its grand opening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 27.

Attendees at the grand opening will be able to take their photo on a full-size Wells Fargo stagecoach in the branch parking lot.

A five-piece brass band and some cheerleaders from Lakeridge High School will perform at the opening celebration before and after a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m.

Refreshments will be served. Wells Fargo will present a donation to the high school.

About Wells Fargo
Serving Oregonians since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.6 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 locations; 12,500 ATMs; and the internet (wellsfargo.com). The firm has offices in 36 countries to support its customers who conduct business in the global economy. Wells Fargo operates 128 branches in Oregon and S.W. Washington.

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Ridgefield School District proclaims Thursday, September 25, 2014 as Legendary Teacher Day (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 09/15/14
Steve Radosevich - District Board Member
Steve Radosevich - District Board Member
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Monday, September 15, 2014-Ridgefield, WA-Superintendent Nathan McCann and the Ridgefield School District Board of Directors proclaimed Thursday, September 25 as Legendary Teacher Day at a regular board meeting on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 to honor teachers who impact their students' lives.

"Almost everyone remembers at least one K-12 teacher who made a dramatic difference on their life and their perspective in a positive way," said McCann at the board meeting. "The goal of Legendary Teacher Day is to offer folks an opportunity to recognize teachers who influenced them in their lives by telling their stories."

On Thursday, September 25, the Ridgefield School District invites community members, staff, teachers and students to share stories of their legendary teachers on a special Facebook post which will be made on the district's Facebook wall at www.facebook.com/RidgefieldSchools. Community members who do not have Facebook accounts can email their stories to the Eric Jacobson, the district's Communication Manager, at eric.jacobson@ridge.k12.wa.us, who will post them to the wall. "We encourage everyone to share their story even if their Legendary Teacher doesn't necessarily teach at Ridgefield," said McCann. "Legendary Teacher Day is about great teachers and how they influence us wherever they teach."

As a way to motivate the Ridgefield community to share their Legendary Teacher stories, Dr. McCann, along with each of the board members, shared their own Legendary Teacher stories:

* Dr. Nathan McCann, District Superintendent
"My legendary teacher is Mr. Walter who taught 11th grade United States History when I attended Middlebury Union High School, part of the Addison Central Supervisory Union School District. Mr. Walter is why I became a teacher. He wasn't a particularly large man in stature, however he possessed a presence that commanded the class's attention. He wasn't autocratic - each student got the sense each day that this was our class, not just his class.

Mr. Walter served in the Vietnam War, and I believe his experience there shaped his commitment to making sure students understood the responsibilities living a democracy requires of its constituents. We regularly debated issues in class with Mr. Walter expecting his students to develop and present well-thought positions on the issues - it didn't matter which side of the issue we came down on, it was how we put in an effort to understand the issue.

He was the first social studies teacher I remember who would use stories in his lessons which made history come alive. His class nurtured my love for history which resulted in my own journey to teaching history before becoming a superintendent."

* Scott Gullickson, Board President
"My legendary teacher is Joshua Record who taught second grade when I attended Eugene School District. In an era when there weren't many male teachers, Josh was a young, energetic guy from Michigan who loved his Wolverines football team. He taught topics that weren't typical in the other second grade classes in our school - working on basic math facts until they became second nature for his students, and holding math competitions with 100 equations to see how many problems we could complete in a given amount of time. He gave us M&M candies to fuel our brains while we worked on math.

Other projects he taught us included: learning to play chess, roasting a pig underground, and building geometric domes. Josh would often stay after school so students could learn more about other topics including oceanography, cars, forests, construction, creative writing, sports, and even luaus.

Josh was likable, passionate, and ahead of his time - he understood how to drive and motivate kid. He was always teaching and we, as his students, were always learning and we even thought it was fun the entire time. Mr. Record was an amazing teacher who definitely had a huge impact on my schooling and willingness to explore and learn. I can't thank the man enough."

* Jeff Vigue, Board Vice President
"My legendary teacher is Mr. Mattson who taught 10th grade social studies when I attended Nokomis Regional High School. He had a passion for history and collecting historical memorabilia. One day, he held a show-and-tell in class where he brought Dwight D. Eisenhower's Five Stars to class. The passion with which he told the story of how he acquired them excited me to learn more about history. His storytelling techniques kept the class interested and engaged - he spoke to us instead of at us."

* Joe Vance, Board Member
"My legendary teacher is Mrs. Moore who taught fourth grade when I attended Chief Umtuck Elementary School in Battle Ground School District. My family had just moved to Washington from Montana, and Mrs. Moore made me feel loved and welcome. Honestly, I can't remember anything specific about the subject material she taught me; what I remember is how much I enjoyed attending school because of her. She made me feel like I was smart and that I was supposed to be a good student. Her dedication to her students helped me focus and try harder so I could meet her expectations of us."

* Steve Radosevich, Board Member
"My legendary teacher is Harry Burridge who taught physics when I was in 11th grade at Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis School District. When I entered my junior year, I wasn't particularly interested in science. I enrolled in physics primarily because of the Mr. Burridge's reputation as a great teacher. What made his class so compelling was the energy and passion he put into teaching the subject - he taught with a depth of expertise and desire he developed his enthusiasm with his students.

The aspect of his teaching that impacted me most was his ability to connect the concepts of science to its application by utilizing guest speakers; field trips to businesses and university research centers; and projects which connected the science he was teaching to major advancements that were changing the world at the time. Taking his class strongly influenced both my interests and my pursuits following high school."

* Becky Greenwald, Board Member
"My legendary teacher is Mrs. Lukehart who taught eighth grade Honors English when I attended the McMinnville School District. All teachers teach, but there are some who can change a person's life for the better. Mrs. Lukehart changed my life. She had such a friendly and fun personality which everyone loved. She never asked for too much, but she always expected students to do their best and always held us accountable for our work and our actions.

She had the ability to make her classes interesting and fun whether it was making jokes about different issues, sharing a story from her life, or just through her easy-going personality, she had a way of keeping the classroom's attention and focus. She made learning grammar and reading classic novels exciting and enjoyable - she was absolutely one of the legendary teachers in my life."

The Ridgefield Board unanimously approved Legendary Teacher Day as resolution number 2014-2015-001 "In Support of National Teacher Day."

Legendary Teacher Day was initially envisioned and started by Dr. Nicholas Clement, Dr. McCann's friend and colleague, whose book "How to Catch a Swamp Frog" described the legendary teachers he had throughout his life. You can find more information about Clement and his book at www.legendaryteacher.com.

Community members can participate in Ridgefield School District's Legendary Teacher Day on Thursday, September 25, 2014 by visiting www.fb.com/RidgefieldSchools and commenting on the special post on their Facebook wall commemorating Legendary Teacher Day or by emailing their stories to Eric Jacobson, the district's Communications Manager, at eric.jacobson@ridge.k12.wa.us who will post the stories he receives to the district's Facebook post.

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Attached Media Files: Steve Radosevich - District Board Member , Dr. Nathan McCann - District Superintendent , Joseph Vance - District Board Member , Becky Greenwald - District Board Member , Jeff Vigue - District Board Vice President , Scott Gullickson - District Board President
Media Advisory - Oregon Statewide Unemployment Rate to be Released Tomorrow
Oregon Employment Dept. - 09/15/14
Salem - The Oregon statewide unemployment rate for August 2014 will be released tomorrow, September 16, at 10 am.

The Oregon Employment Department will hold a press conference at the Oregon Employment Department Central Office in Salem. The event will take place in the building's auditorium, 875 Union Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97311.

The press conference will be moderated by Employment Department Public Information Officer Craig Spivey and will feature state employment economist Nick Belieciks.

The conference will be video streamed live. Reporters unable to attend the conference in person may submit questions by e-mail at: worksourcecommunications@gmail.com prior to, or during the news conference.

The press conference may be viewed live at the following websites:
http://www.qualityinfo.org
http://www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/COMM/Pages/livevideostream.aspx
MESD Board Regular Session Meeting 9-16-14
Multnomah ESD - 09/15/14
**********REVISED REGULAR SESSION AGENDA as of 9-15-14**********
The Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors will meet in regular Session on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220 in the Board Room. The Board will discuss the preliminary financial report for July and receive Board reports.
NW Natural Files Annual Rate Adjustment in Oregon
NW Natural - 09/15/14
Customers still paying less for gas than 10 years ago

PORTLAND, Ore. - Northwest Natural Gas Company, (NYSE:NWN), dba NW Natural, today filed its annual Purchased Gas Adjustment with the Public Utility Commission of Oregon (OPUC).

The proposed rate change includes a 1.7 percent residential increase, which means the average homeowner will pay about $1.06 more per month. The average business customer will see an increase of about 4.2 percent or $9.54 per month.

"The main reason gas costs have increased is this past winter's extreme cold weather -- especially in the eastern half of the country -- which caused temporary price spikes, low gas storage levels and higher prices to refill storage," said Randy Friedman, NW Natural director of gas supply. "But the good news is that our customers are still paying less than they paid for gas 10 years ago, and due to the abundant supply of domestic and Canadian natural gas, prices are expected to remain relatively stable for the next few years."

Each fall, NW Natural files for rate changes, based primarily on the wholesale cost of natural gas, plus some annual adjustments based on ongoing agreements with the OPUC.

The OPUC is expected to rule on the proposed rate change in late October, with the new rates taking effect on November 1. For more information visit the Rates & Regulations section of nwnatural.com.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 697,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at nwnatural.com.
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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of 5 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of 2 Washington Men - Interstate 5 north of Medford
Oregon State Police - 09/15/14
Two Washington men were arrested early Sunday morning during an Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop when a trooper found over 5 pounds of marijuana concealed in their vehicle on Interstate 5 north of Medford. OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On September 14, 2014 at approximately 12:44 a.m., an OSP trooper stopped a 2004 Honda Accord displaying Washington license plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 38 for a speed violation. Upon contacting the car's two occupants, they were identified as driver RORY GENE WOMACH, age 30, from Grandview, Washington, and passenger JUAN NAVARRO RAMIREZ, age 25, from Yakima, Washington.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to find over 5 pounds of marijuana concealed inside the vehicle. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $12,000.

WOMACH and RAMIREZ were arrested without incident and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana. According to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office jail website, neither suspect is listed in custody at this time.

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Marine Board to Hold Listening Session for Non-Motorized Boaters in Salem (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 09/15/14
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Non-motorized boaters are invited to join the Oregon State Marine Board agency staff and Non-Motorized Advisory Committee members for an evening of dialog about boating needs that better support your activities out on the water. The listening session will focus on boating access, on-the-water safety, education, information outreach, and funding options to support these services. The meeting is being held at the Marine Board Office, 435 Commercial St. NE., on Wednesday, September 17, from 6 pm to 8:30 pm.

"We heard a lot of great ideas at our first round of meetings in June," says Director Scott Brewen. "But some boaters may not have been able to attend those meetings, so we want to offer more opportunities to make sure we truly understand the needs that are out there." Brewen continued, "This process was initiated by boaters through their input to our Strategic Plan in 2011, and the common issue from motorized and non-motorized boaters alike was how to integrate non-motorized boaters' needs and participation into agency operations."

Comments from the prior listening sessions and the Non-Motorized Advisory Committee's recommendations can be viewed at: http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/pages/admin/strategicplan.aspx#Non-Motorized_Boating_Team_and_External_Advisory_Committee.

The input being collected will serve as a baseline for the potential development of a non-motorized boater program that will be compiled into a comprehensive report with recommendations and funding source options to present to the Marine Board in July of 2015.

The process and all documentation will be posted on the Marine Board website's strategic planning page, as well as the activities being implemented by other external advisory committees.

To learn more, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/pages/admin/strategicplan.aspx.
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Update: Driver Cited / Photos - Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 35 south of Hood River (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/15/14
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Update: OSP cited SERVANDO ZANORA AVENDANO to appear in Hood River County Circuit Court for DUII, Reckless Driving, and Assault in the Third Degree.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday morning's two-vehicle head-on crash that occurred on Highway 35 near Pine Grove. Both drivers were seriously injured and alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor.

On September 13, 2014 at approximately 7:04 a.m., a 1990 Nissan pickup driven by SERVANDO ZANORA AVENDANO, age 26, from Hood River, was traveling southbound on Highway 35 near milepost 95 in the northbound lane when it was involved in a head-on collision with a 1994 Honda Civic. After impact, the pickup came to rest on its side along the northbound shoulder and the Honda was resting in the middle of the highway.

ZANORA AVENDANO was extricated by firefighters and transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanual Medical Center with serious injuries. Preliminary investigation incidates alcohol is a contributing factor.

The Honda's driver, FRANCISCO CASTRO GUSMAN, age 21, from Parkdale, was also seriously injured and tranported by ground ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University.

OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Matthew Zistel is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Hood River Police Department and local fire personnel.

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Tsunami readiness means knowing evacuation routes (Photo)
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 09/15/14
Tsunami evacuation route signs point the way to high ground in Cannon Beach.
Tsunami evacuation route signs point the way to high ground in Cannon Beach.
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PORTLAND, Ore. - We know to drop, cover and hold on during an earthquake. But if you're at the Oregon coast, know the very important next step of heading to high ground - and the evacuation routes that will get you there.

A tsunami caused by a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake will hit the Oregon coast in as little as 15 minutes. The earthquake will be the only warning that a tsunami's about to arrive.

"As soon as the ground stops shaking, you need to be ready to move to higher ground," says Ali Ryan, earth science information officer for the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). "You'll get to an assembly area much faster if you're already familiar with the evacuation route."

Knowing evacuation routes is particularly important in coastal towns like Seaside and Cannon Beach, where many residences, businesses and attractions are in the tsunami zone. In Cannon Beach, about 50 percent of residents and 75 percent of businesses are in the inundation zone.

Because roads will likely be impassible, evacuation will need to happen by foot. Incorporating the route into a regular exercise routine or exploring a different route on every visit to the coast is a good way to get to know those paths to higher ground.

Race the Wave, a 5K fun run and walk set for Sunday, Sept. 28 in Cannon Beach, pairs recreation with tsunami evacuation route education. The race begins on the beach, then zooms up one of the city's main evacuation routes and ends at an assembly area. A free preparedness fair for the entire community will follow the run.

Before any visit to the coast, go to OregonTsunami.org and download a tsunami evacuation brochure or the Tsunami Evacuation Zone Viewer app. Find the evacuation route closest to your lodging, and take time to take the route once you're at the beach.

"After an earthquake, you'll only have minutes to get outside the tsunami hazard area," Ryan says. "Don't spend them wandering around because you don't know the route."

About Race the Wave
Race the Wave, a 5K tsunami awareness and preparedness run/walk, is Sept. 28 at 9:30 a.m. in Cannon Beach. Race registration, which includes a t-shirt, is $30 at: http://www.active.com/cannon-beach-or/running/distance-running-races/race-the-wave-5k-2014.

A free preparedness fair near the race finish line on Elk Creek Road will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair will feature preparedness giveaways, activities, displays and more.

Race the Wave is supported by the community of Cannon Beach, Clatsop County Office of Emergency Management, Oregon Office of Emergency Management, Oregon Office on Disability & Health at Oregon Health & Science University, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region X office, and DOGAMI.

About DOGAMI
The Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) increases understanding of Oregon's geologic resources and hazards through science and stewardship. Learn more at OregonGeology.org.


Attached Media Files: Tsunami evacuation route signs point the way to high ground in Cannon Beach.
Business Oregon Director Sean M. Robbins' Statement on Investment in OTRADI Bioscience Incubator:
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 09/15/14
Business Oregon Director Sean M. Robbins:

"Continued job growth in Oregon depends on our ability to maintain and expand the startup ecosystem that helps turn innovation into economic impact. That's why the Oregon Innovation Council and Business Oregon supported the establishment of the OTRADI Bioscience Incubator back in 2013. The incubator filled a critical gap in Oregon's competitive infrastructure by providing lab space as well as networking connections and entrepreneurial assistance.

It was fully leased within 6 weeks of opening and today the incubator is bursting at the seams. Because of that success and to take advantage of the tremendous opportunity to carry the story forward, I am pleased to support, alongside Governor Kitzhaber, a $325,000 Strategic Reserve Fund investment to expand the incubator and create opportunity for more Oregon-grown bioscience leaders. This investment is all about 'growing our own,' building on existing assets and assembling the right pieces to shape a prosperous Oregon future, driven by smart investments today."

http://ow.ly/BwOjO
Bureau Releases Reports and Information Regarding Arrest and Tasing of 16-Year-Old Male in North Portland's St. Johns Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 09/15/14
The Portland Police Bureau is releasing information related to the tasing and arrest of a 16-year-old male that occurred early Sunday morning in North Portland's St. John's Neighborhood.

On Sunday September 14, 2014, just after midnight, North Precinct officers were dispatched to the area of North Philadelphia Avenue and Ivanhoe Street after several calls to 9-1-1 regarding a disturbance, property damage and threats to shoot someone in the area. Officers received information that the group of people was approximately nine African-American males and females.

9-1-1 calls are available at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/docs/14-75824/911Calls.mp3

Listeners should be aware that there is graphic language contained in some of the 9-1-1 calls.

Arriving officers contacted a group of men and women matching the description of suspects, one of whom was a 16-year-old male. Officers attempting to place him into handcuffs became involved in a struggle with him, which resulted in a sergeant deploying a Taser to overcome the subject's active aggression, including his choking the female officer involved in the struggle.

One cycle of the Taser was effective and officers were able to place the subject into handcuffs. Two officers and a sergeant received minor injuries during this struggle.

After being placed into handcuffs, the 16-year-old male was treated at the scene by Portland Fire & Rescue then transported to a Portland hospital for an examination of a medical condition, before being transported to the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home on charges of: Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree; Interfering with a Peace Officer; Resist Arrest; Assaulting a Public Safety Officer; Attempted Assault on a Public Safety Officer (two counts); Harassment (three counts); Assault in the Fourth Degree; and Attempted Strangulation.

There were several people in the area during this incident who were very hostile toward officers, including the 16-year-old's brother, 20-year-old Giovanni Dmitri Gurule.

Gurule was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer and Resist Arrest.

The Bureau is releasing all reports related to this incident and are available here:
http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/docs/14-75824/14-75824_Reports_Redacted.pdf

The Portland Police Bureau was made aware that two videos have been posted to Facebook from eyewitnesses to the arrest. These two video links are posted below. Viewers should be aware that there is graphic language contained in these video links.

These videos are not maintained by the Portland Police Bureau and the Bureau cannot guarantee they will remain posted publicly.

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=338570056320699&set=vb.100005031213697&type=2&theater

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=771744542877143&set=vb.100001248131643&type=2&theater

The Portland Police Bureau requires that all uses of physical force (or complaints of use of physical force) by members of the Bureau be documented and investigated by a supervisor at the time of their occurrence. This investigation is reviewed by the involved member(s) Lieutenant, Captain, Commander, and the member(s) performance against training received prior to the incident.

Chief Mike Reese has asked that the Professional Standards Division review this entire incident.

If there are any additional videos or information regarding this incident, the Bureau would like them sent to the Independent Police Review Division, http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/?c=26646

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Stepping up to Strike Out substance abuse (Photo)
Law Enforcement for Youth - 09/15/14
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Subject: Striking out Meth in Marion and Polk counties


Striking out Meth in Marion and Polk counties is a fantastic anti-drug event held annually at a home Volcanoes baseball game in Keizer, Oregon. This event not only brings together the community and youth to recognize the negative impact of drugs in our community but also provides an opportunity to children and families in need opportunity to attend a great event and experience the excitement of one of our nation's favorite sports. General attendance to this event has averaged near 5,000 each year and over 500 youth and their families are able to participate, free of charge, many of whom may not otherwise get to experience the fun, excitement and family bonding that occurs while attending a baseball game.

Striking out Meth in Marion and Polk Counties baseball event includes a fantastic home Volcano baseball game, vendor/sponsor booths, free baseballs for kids, activities, law enforcement and emergency response vehicle displays, K-9 demonstrations, fireworks display, and more.

Law Enforcement for Youth has been a proud sponsor of this event for nearly a decade. Recently we were contacted by the event organizers who had concerns over the long term feasibility of continuing the event. We were asked to consider taking on the event as part of Law Enforcement for Youth's programming.

After months of discussion Law Enforcement for Youth is excited to announce the Striking Out Meth in Marion and Polk counties is now officially a part of Law Enforcement for Youth's programming. Most of the fantastic volunteers and supporters of this event will continue to participate in the organization and planning.

Former Marion County Commissioner Patti Milne and the Strike Out committee chair, has joined Law Enforcement for Youth's Board of Directors and will continue to lead the program and assist in the many other Law Enforcement for Youth activities which she has supported for many years. We are very happy to have Patti as part of our Board. Additionally the Public Safety Counsel, who has been a major event supporter since day one, will continue their support and involvement.

Law Enforcement for Youth will be making some immediate enhancements, which include the event becoming a celebration of a yearlong effort to educate youth in the dangers of substance abuse. Our Strike Out program will work closely with local law enforcement agencies to conduct educational presentations to youth and families on substance abuse topics such as dangers, abuse recognition, and recovery programs. The Strike Out event will continue and grow as the celebration of the efforts of the program.

Law Enforcement for Youth would like to also recognize the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes support of this transition and their willingness to not only continue to provide amazing support but show a genuine interest is supporting the annual program and Strike Out event growth and improvement.

For more information regarding this program, or for sponsorship opportunities please contact us at:
info@lawenforcementforyouth.com

Steve Polanski, Executive Director
Law Enforcement for Youth
503-363- KIDS
503- 551-5388 (cell)
steve@lawenforcementforyouth.com


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McCarty Middle School to participate in Ice Bucket Challenge
Gresham-Barlow Sch. Dist. - 09/15/14
Media Advisory

Who: Dexter McCarty Middle School - Ice Bucket Challenge

What: The administrative team at Dexter McCarty Middle School has challenged students to raise $600 by September 19 for the ALS Association's Oregon and SW Washington Chapter for ALS Research.

On Friday September 19, at the conclusion of the fundraiser, the school's administrative team (including Principal John George) will undergo the Ice Bucket Challenge. The Gresham-Barlow School District is providing a tractor for the dousing. (The tractor scoop will be filled with ice water)

When: Friday, September 19 at 9:10 am

Where: Dexter McCarty Middle School - 1400 SE 5th Street, Gresham, OR 97080

Contact: Principal John George at 503-665-0148
Health advisory issued September 15 for Tenmile Lakes
Oregon Health Authority - 09/15/14
September 15, 2014

High toxin levels found at Tenmile Lakes in Coos County

The Oregon Health Authority issued a health advisory today due to high levels of blue-green algae in Tenmile Lakes, located eight miles south of Reedsport off U.S. Highway 101 in Coos County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of high levels of cyanotoxins produced by blue-green algae. These dangerous toxin concentrations in the water can be harmful to humans and animals.

Swallowing or inhaling water droplets, as well as skin contact with water, should be avoided. Drinking water directly from Tenmile Lakes is especially dangerous.

Exposure to toxins can produce symptoms of numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting should also receive medical attention if they persist or worsen. Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity.

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

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.

People who draw in-home water directly from Tenmile Lakes are advised to use an alternative water source because private treatment systems are not proven effective at removing algae toxins. However, public drinking water systems can reduce algae toxins through proper filtration and disinfection. If people on public water systems have questions about treatment and testing, they should contact their water supplier.

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.

Public health officials also advise that people not eat freshwater clams or mussels from affected water, 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.

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

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the Tenmile Lakes at 541-759-2414.

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, call the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Bloom website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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City Accepting Applications for Clackamas County Tourism Grants
City of Wilsonville - 09/15/14
WILSONVILLE, OR -- The City of Wilsonville is accepting grant applications for local tourism projects that aim to increase the numbers of tourist visitors and increase the economic impact of tourism. In partnership with Clackamas County Tourism, up to $20,000 is available for projects that can:

* Increase overnight lodging stays in the County.

* Bring visitors into communities from greater than 50 miles away to shop, dine, recreate, take in arts or cultural offerings, or visit heritage sites.

* Entice visitors to "linger longer."

The maximum amount of a grant for a single project is the entire $20,000; the minimum request is $500. Funding for the Clackamas County Tourism-Community Partnership Program (CPP) grants comes from the County's 6% transient room tax paid by overnight lodging visitors. Eligible projects, which must take place within Clackamas County, that are funded are expected to be completed by June 30, 2015.

Applications are due at the City's Parks and Recreation administrative office by 5 pm on October 17. Applicants may seek a consultation prior to submitting an application.

The City-administered County tourism grant program is separate and distinct from the City's Community Tourism and Community Opportunity grant programs. Application to the County's program does not preclude application to the City's program.

Copies of all program materials are located on the Wilsonville Parks and Recreation website at www.WilsonvilleParksandRec.com.

Proposals are to be evaluated by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board on the following criteria: likelihood of attracting visitors (20%); ability to generate overnight stays (20%); partnerships (15%); use of additional/leveraged funds (15%); self-sustaining growth & capacity-building potential (15%); and measurable ROI (15%).

For more information, contact Brian Stevenson, Recreation Coordinator, at 503-570-1523;
stevenson@ci.wilsonville.or.us.

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Salem Health recognized as one of Oregon's Top Workplaces
Salem Health - 09/15/14
Salem Health is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of The Oregonian Top Workplaces.

The Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. WorkplaceDynamics conducts regional Top Workplaces programs with 40 major publishing partners across the United States. Over the past year, more than 5,000 organizations and 1 in every 88 employees in the U.S. have turned to WorkplaceDynamics to better understand what's on the minds of their employees. Through its workplace improvement offerings, WorkplaceDynamics provides solutions, training and tools to help clients improve their workplace.

Norm Gruber, Salem Health president and chief executive officer, recently attended an awards banquet sponsored by The Oregonian and accepted the award on behalf of the organization. During the event, employee quotes from the survey were highlighted for three companies, which included Salem Health. The quote said: "I have a chance to make a difference in someone's life every day. It is a great team to be part of. We all have each other's backs and work well to accomplish what lies before us."

"I could not agree more," said Gruber. "The work we do makes a difference in our community, and I have the organization to thank for it. Salem Health's most valuable resource is our employees and medical staff."

The Oregonian published the complete list of Top Workplaces on Sept. 14. For more information about the Top Workplaces lists and WorkplaceDynamics, please visit topworkplaces.com and workplacedynamics.com.

Salem Health is comprised of Salem Hospital, West Valley Hospital, Willamette Health Partners and other affiliated health care organizations offering exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. Salem Hospital received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence(TM) from Healthgrades in 2014, placing it among the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Visit us at salemhealth.org; "Like" us on facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at youtube.com/salemhealth.
Central Precinct Officers Respond to NW Skyline Blvd to Investigate a Suicide on Monday Morning
Portland Police Bureau - 09/15/14
This morning, Monday September 15, 2014, at 7:00 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the parking lot of the Skyline Restaurant, located at 1313 Northwest Skyline Boulevard, on the report of a deceased person in a vehicle.

Officers arrived and determined that a person seated in a vehicle was deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. A shotgun was observed in the deceased person's lap.

A witness told officers that the vehicle was parked in the lot at approximately 3:30 a.m. and when the witness returned at approximately 7:00 a.m., he found the deceased in the vehicle.

Detectives and the Oregon State Medical Examiner responded and, based on their observations, believe the person died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Portland Police Bureau wants community members know that help is available for those struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts.

In September 2013, the Portland Police Bureau released a video titled, "What if You Could Turn Back the Clock on Suicide?" The video is available for viewing at http://youtu.be/_1uz3cs-HdA

Suicide is preventable.

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

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

Lines for Life is also available 24 hours a day at (503) 972-3456.

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Cooks Butte Park Closed Due to Extreme Fire Conditions (Photo)
Lake Oswego Fire Dept. - 09/15/14
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Update - Cooks Butte Park will remain closed for another day due to the extreme weather conditions. A secondary reason is due to our smaller mobile brush truck is deployed to the fire in Estacada. We will re-evaluate again on Tuesday morning.

Lake Oswego - The Lake Oswego Fire Department has ordered Cooks Butte Park officially closed through the weekend.

"With a red flag warning and very high winds expected, we are extremely concerned about this park and the surrounding homes," said Fire Marshal Gert Zoutendijk. "This extreme weather combination, which is rare for our city or the Metro area, creates a high fire danger."
The closure is to help prevent any human caused fires - as experienced in the city of West Linn earlier this week when a fire was started behind West Linn High School by a photographer. This fire aided Lake Oswego's Fire Marshal in the decision to close Cooks Butte Park completely until the fire threat subsides. At this time only Cooks Butte Park is being closed due to its location and exposure to the winds.

The park is a valuable resource for our citizens and we will re-open the park as soon as possible.

With the red flag warning we want to advise our citizens to use extreme caution in and around their home and neighborhood. Lake Oswego Fire Department has seen an increase in bark dust and vegetation fires this summer. One of the fires started the outside of a home on fire but was quickly extinguished keeping the damage to a small attached shed. The majority of these fires are believed to have been caused by discarded smoking materials. Below are some safety tips to consider:
- Do not discard any smoking materials except in approved containers.
- Only place BBQ ashes in a metal container. Ashes can stay hot for longer periods of time.
- Keep your yard watered and plant fire resistive plants when possible.
- Have a fire break between vegetation and your house.


Attached Media Files: Closure sign at the main entrance of Park , Fire Marshal Zoutendijk posting the closure sign
OHSU arms its police officers today
OHSU (Hospital) - 09/15/14
WHAT: Oregon Health & Science University will arm its police officers today as the culmination of a six-plus-year process of evaluating its readiness for a critical incident on campus. OHSU Police Department Director Greg Moawad will provide background, update reporters on new policies and training procedures, and answer questions.

WHEN: 1 p.m., Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

WHERE: Skybridge connecting the OHSU Library (BICC) with the S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road parking structure (where live trucks park), Marquam Hill Campus
Pedestrian Safety Continues to be Top Priority in Newberg and Dundee
Newberg-Dundee Police Dept. - 09/15/14
The Newberg-Dundee Police Department in partnership through a grant from Oregon Impact, conducted four (4) Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations between April and September, 2014. These operations were conducted in both the communities of Newberg and Dundee.

During these four events, officers contacted 241 drivers for varying violations. Examples of violations that were addressed are Failure to Stop or Remain Stopped for a Pedestrian in a Crosswalk, Operating a Motor Vehicle While Using a Mobile Communication Device, Driving While Suspended, Driving Uninsured, Failure to Wear Seat Belt, Visible Emissions and other varying violations. Of these contacts, 12 citations were issued for Failure to Stop or Remain Stopped for a Pedestrian in a Crosswalk. Twenty citations were issued for other varying violations. In total, 209 warnings were issued.

The focus of the Newberg-Dundee Police Department was to remind and educate motorists and pedestrians in our communities of the laws relating to and the importance of safety as it relates to the interaction of motorists and pedestrians.

Contacted motorists were given a pamphlet that explained the law relating to Failure to Stop or Remain Stopped for a Pedestrian in a Crosswalk. Drivers and pedestrians alike must share roads. As a review, Oregon law requires that drivers stop and remain stopped for pedestrians when pedestrians are:

- In the lane in which the driver's vehicle is traveling;

- In a lane adjacent to the lane in which the driver's vehicle is
traveling;

- In the lane into which the driver's vehicle is turning;

- In a lane adjacent to the lane in which the driver's vehicle is
turning;

- Less than six feet from the lane into which the driver's vehicle is turning.

Remember that everyone is a pedestrian at some point during the day. Some of the most common pedestrian errors are crossing between intersections, failure to yield the right of way to a vehicle and crossing in a crosswalk against a signal.

Drivers should always be watching for pedestrians, especially children when approaching driveways. Toddlers especially, have a frequent tendency to not be aware of the dangers of their surroundings. Often times when walking along a sidewalk or exiting a business that is along a busy street, a toddler will dart out of arms reach of their parent and into traffic, causing serious injury or death. The importance of paying close attention to and holding on to your children when close to roadways cannot be overstated.

Safety is a shared responsibility in that motorists and pedestrians alike must be mindful of crosswalks and traffic signals that assist in the control and safety of pedestrian traffic.

Finally, we remind motorists to refrain from talking on the phone or texting while driving. All of these behaviors are traffic violations and subject to enforcement. More importantly, they are high risk behaviors that can lead to a traffic crash.

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September 18 Forum: Get Out in the Neighborhood for "Show Us the Way!"
Oregon Primary Care Association - 09/15/14
Portland, Ore., Sept. 15, 2014 - On September 18, three Portland neighborhoods will "Show Us the Way" to better community health. Attendees at this walk-and-talk forum will learn how neighborhood resources and interventions contribute to residents' health. Participants will also explore the most effective role for primary care providers to play in helping communities reduce health disparities. The event is co-hosted by Community Health Advocates of Oregon and its sister organization, the Oregon Primary Care Association.

The event kicks off with Dr. George Flores of The California Endowment. He will discuss his zip code analysis of three neighborhoods in North Portland (Cully, N. Williams/Killingsworth and New Columbia). Attendees will take bus and walking tours of these neighborhoods and hear from residents about the neighborhood amenities that contribute to their health.

Also on the agenda:
* Dr. Mohammad Shahbazi, professor of public health at Jackson State University. He will review a Mississippi community health worker model adapted from a successful Iranian model.
* James Smith, master barber from Dallas. James will describe his "barbershop ministry" - helping African-American men deal with hypertension and other threats to good health.
* Oregon community health workers, who will discuss their roles in keeping Oregonians healthy.

Event details:
* Thursday, September 18, 8 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. (includes reception with music by Vursatyl (of Lifesavas)
* Meet at Disjecta - 8371 N Interstate Ave. in Portland
* Cost: $125 per person
* To register: Online only, at www.orpca.org

Event sponsors include the Multnomah County Health Department, CareOregon, Central City Concern, FamilyCare, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, La Clinica, Northwest Human Services, OHSU, Siskiyou Community Health Center, Umpqua Community Health Center, Value in Purchasing Program and Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center.
09/14/14
Missing Endangered Adult (Photo)
Beaverton Police Department - 09/14/14
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***UPDATE***
Bates has been located in the City of Tigard and is safe.

On Friday, September 12, 2014 Beaverton Police were contacted by the wife of Scobee Mike Bates 58 years of age and reported him missing and endangered.

Bates was last seen by his wife on the evening of September 11, 2014 when they went to bed. Bates was noticed missing at approximately 5:00 a.m. on the morning of the 12th. Bates left his residence and took no personal items with him when he left. His driver's license, credit cards and money were all left at home. He was last seen at his work at 6:00 a.m. on the morning of the 12th, when he quit his job and turned in his cell phone.

Bates is described as 6ft tall, 200lbs, greyish brown med length hair, same color goatee (which differs from photo where he only has a mustache). He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a blue shirt and possibly carrying a backpack.

Bates is a person of habit, and homebody. He doesn't have any friends or distant family. Bates has never done anything like this before. Bates had had a recent mood shift from last Friday includes moodiness, withdrawn. Possible reasons include unhappy with work, chronic migraines and recently learned other job opportunity fell through. Wife believes this pushed him over the edge, and believes he is suicidal likely to take large amounts of medication to overdose.

Anyone who has seen or has any information that will help in locating Scobee Mike Bates is asked to call the Beaverton Police Department at (503) 629-0111.

Bates wife, Joyce Bates is willing to speak to the media. Call PIO for her telephone number
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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office to conduct "Operation Undercover Crossing" Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Mission in Wood Village (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/14/14
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The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will commence "Operation Undercover Crossing" on Monday September 15th, from 8:00am until 2:00pm. Monday's operation will take place at the intersections of NE 230th Court and NE Halsey in the City of Wood Village. This will be the second of two pedestrian safety enforcement missions conducted by the Sheriff's Office this summer.

The focus of this detail is to raise pedestrian safety awareness of drivers and pedestrians through education and enforcement of pedestrian right of way laws. Both pedestrians and drivers will be observed during this mission.

Approximately 75% of motor vehicle - pedestrian car crashes are due to driver miscalculations when yielding to a pedestrian crossing the street. In 2012, 18 of the state's 61 pedestrian fatalities occurred in Multnomah County and the death toll rose to 61 from 46 pedestrian fatalities in 2011.

In 2012, 4,743 people were killed in pedestrian/motor vehicle crashes, more than 12 people every day of the year (NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts). Though the number of pedestrian fatalities fell from 4,901 in 2001 to 4,743 in 2012, there were 76,000 reported pedestrian injuries in 2012; nearly one injury every 7 minutes.

According to Oregon law, drivers are required to stop for a pedestrian trying to cross in a crosswalk until the pedestrian reaches the sidewalk, or is at least one lane past the lane where the driver has stopped. Failing to stop or remain stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk is a Class B traffic violation punishable by a fine of $260.

Passing a vehicle stopped at a pedestrian crosswalk is also a Class B traffic violation, also punishable by a fine of $260.

Funding from Oregon Walks and the Oregon Department of Transportation has made Operation Undercover Crossing possible.

If you have questions about this operation or would like to ride along with deputies during the event, please contact the MCSO Public Information Officer.


Attached Media Files: 2014-09/1276/77816/Crosswalk2_(2).jpg , Crosswalk 1
Red Cross Wildfire Shelter Active in Estacada (Photo)
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/14/14
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The Red Cross currently has 14 evacuees at the shelter they have opened in conjunction with The First Baptist Church in Estacada. Residents of the Silver Fox RV Park are the primary clients at the shelter. More evacuees might be arriving at the shelter later this evening.


Attached Media Files: Red Cross Shelter
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office assists with 36 Pit fire near Estacada
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/14/14
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Sheriff's Office in conjunction with the United States Forestry Service, Estacada Fire Department, and the United States Forestry Service Law Enforcement division dealt with the 36 Pit fire burning about 10 east of Estacada, Oregon.

The fire is currently spreading and is over 1000 acres in size. Hwy 224 is now closed from North Fork Reservoir, east to Ripplebrook due to the fire and very hazardous conditions.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is asking that the public avoid the area so fire crews can have clear roads for travel to fight the fire.

Please do not call 911 if you see smoke, however if you do see a fire or any other emergency, you are asked to call 911.
Red Cross Sets Up a Shelter in Estacada
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/14/14
Disaster Responders from the Red Cross have opened a shelter at the First Baptist Church in Estacada for people displaced by the forest fire. As of Sunday morning 20 clients have used the shelter and more people are staying in RV's in the parking lot.

A further evaluation of immediate and long-term needs will take place later this afternoon.
UPDATE: NE Sandy Blvd. now open between 122nd and 138th avenues
ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood - 09/14/14
Northeast Sandy Boulevard re-opened between 122nd and 138th avenues shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday after a four-day closure caused by a burst water pipe. Intermittent lane closures may be needed in the weeks ahead to complete the project and pedestrians will need to use caution as the sidewalk work is not yet complete. But road travel lanes are now open.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/14/14
NEW FIRES
No new fires were reported in the past 24 hours on ODF-protected lands.

CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES

Yellow Point Fire: This is the final update for the Yellow Point Fire. The fire, 25 miles west of Cottage Grove, stands at 790 acres and is 85% contained. Management Team #3 has transferred command to a Type 3 organization. Fire crews will continue work in the area, and full containment is expected at 7 p.m. tonight. Road closures are still in effect and can be found, with additional fire information, at the Yellow Point Fire Inciweb site: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/ or by reading the press release copied below. The cause remains under investigation.

West Fork Fire: the West Fork Fire, not on ODF-protected lands but an interagency operation, started Monday seven miles south of Joseph, Oregon in northeast Oregon. The fire is 135 acres and 35% contained. Cause is under investigation. Firefighters continue to ensure suppression techniques are not easily visible for future visitors, including minimizing chainsaw use, and developing a rehabilitation plan. Fire managers encourage the public to respect the trail and area closures around the fire to ensure public and firefighter safety. The closures include Portions of the the West Fork trail (#1820) and the Ice Lake Trail (#1808). For more information, stay current via Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4101/

ABOUT THIS UPDATE

ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's major actions as a partner with other agencies.

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON

More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS

ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF's fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA

News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Tony Andersen | Public Information Officer
Desk (503) 945-7427
Cell (503) 507-4481
tandersen@odf.state.or.us

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OREGON DEPT. OF FORESTRY
INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM 3
DAN THORPE, INCIDENT COMMANDER

Yellow Point Fire
September 14, 2014
Final Update

Oregon Department of Forestry's Type 1 Incident Management Team #3 (IC Thorpe) has transferred command of the Yellow Point Fire to a Type 3 organization, led by ODF Western Lane District's Matt Mackey. Fire crews will continue to grid the fire area, mop up hot spots, patrol, fire line rehabilitation and begin pulling equipment off of the fire line.

The 790-acre fire is now 85% contained. Full containment is expected at 7:00 p.m. this evening.

ODF's IMT #3 wishes to thank the many cooperators that made the fire suppression effort a success. The fire was a testament to Oregon's complete and coordinated fire protection system that includes active participation from forest landowners. Roseburg Resources, Seneca Jones Timber Company and Bureau of Land Management played significant roles in meeting suppression objectives and minimizing acres burned. The team would also like to thank Lane County for allowing the use of the Alma Forestry Work Center for the incident command post and fire camp. The Work Center's proximity to the fire played dividends in helping the team and crews gain access to the incident.

Road closures remain in effect throughout the fire area. Hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts are required to stay away from the area until closures are lifted by fire officials.

FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 790 acres
Location: 25 miles W of Cottage Grove
Containment: 85%
Cause: Under Investigation
Road Closures:
Oxbow Creek Road (19-7-25.1) from Siuslaw River Road (19-7-25);
M-Line Road (20-7-8 and 19-8-29) from J-Line (19-8-3);
North Sister Creek Road (20-8-18.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
Twin Sisters Access Road (20-8-17) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
Yellow Point Road (20-7-28 and 20-7-8.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26) and
Yellow Creek Road (20-7-32) from Smith River Road (20-11-26).

Road closures remaining in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road. South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

Resources: crews 11; engines 8; tenders 4; helicopters 3 (stand-by)
Total personnel: 214
Estimated Cost: $5,000,000
Cooperating Agencies: BLM, Roseburg Resources, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Lane County Administrative Office, and the Douglas and Lane County Sheriff's Offices

For More Information: 541-935-4420

Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/
ODF Wildfire Blog: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry

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Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) through this evening
Portland Police Bureau - 09/14/14
Sgt. Greg Stewart is the Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Portland Police Bureau, today, Sunday September 14, until 7:00 p.m.

Sgt. Stewart can be reached by email, greg.stewart@portlandoregon.gov, or via the media-only pager for urgent breaking news.

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09/13/14
Residential Drug Robbery in Southeast Portland's Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood - No Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 09/13/14
On Saturday September 13, 2014, at 4:41 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 5800 block of Southeast Ogden Street on the report of a residential armed robbery.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted the victim who told police that three black males, armed with handguns, entered his apartment and robbed him of marijuana and cash. The suspects left the apartment and witnesses reported seeing them leave in a white 1990s Acura or Honda.

Nobody was injured during the robbery and there is no further description available.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Robbery Detail at (503) 823-0405.

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Vancouver Police warn of phone scam
Vancouver Police Dept. - 09/13/14
Vancouver, Wash. - On September 12, 2014, Vancouver Police were contacted by a man reporting that his relative had been the victim of a scam involving someone posing as a law enforcement officer requesting payment to avoid arrest. The victim, over the course of three days from Sept 9-12, purchased numerous pre-paid credit cards, totaling over $10,000 and provided the card information to the person claiming to be the law enforcement officer.

The Vancouver Police Department is currently investigating this incident and at this time has not confirmed any other similar cases.

The Vancouver Police Department reminds citizens to never provide personal or financial information over the telephone. If contacted by someone claiming to be from an organization requesting personal or financial information, citizens should hang up, locate the official organization phone number online or in the phone directory, and place a call to the official number to confirm any details. If you believe you have been the victim of this, or any other scam, please contact a law enforcement agency and make a report.


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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Sept. 13, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/13/14
This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

NEW FIRES
No new fires were reported in the past 24 hours on ODF-protected lands.

CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES

Yellow Point Fire: the Yellow Point Fire, 25 miles west of Cottage Grove, stands at 790 acres and is 70% contained. Road closures are still in effect and can be found, with additional fire information, at the Yellow Point Fire Inciweb site: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/ or by reading the press release copied below. The cause remains under investigation.

West Fork Fire: the West Fork Fire, not on ODF-protected lands but an interagency operation, started Monday seven miles south of Joseph, Oregon in northeast Oregon. The fire is 135 acres and 25% contained. Cause is under investigation. Firefighters continue to ensure suppression techniques are not easily visible for future visitors, including minimizing chainsaw use, and developing a rehabilitation plan. Fire managers encourage the public to respect the trail and area closures around the fire to ensure public and firefighter safety. The closures include Portions of the the West Fork trail (#1820) and the Ice Lake Trail (#1808). For more information, contact Christie Shaw at 541-263-0661 or stay current via Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4101/

ABOUT THIS UPDATE

ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's major actions as a partner with other agencies.

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON

More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS

ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF's fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA

News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Tony Andersen | Public Information Officer
2600 State Street, Salem, OR 97310
Desk (503) 945-7427
Cell (503) 507-4481
tandersen@odf.state.or.us

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Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander

Yellow Point Fire
September 13, 2014 Update

Fire crews have stood the test against the wind and now are preparing to put the finishing touches on the Yellow Point Fire. The 790-acre fire is now 70 percent contained.

Many crews were released today and will head to their home units for some well-deserved R&R as they get ready for their next assignment. While the fire attack has been a 24-hour affair for the last seven days, night shift crews are either on their way home or moving over to days. A few resources will continue overnight patrols and security for the fire area.

Oregon Department of Forestry's Type 1 Incident Management Team #3 (IC Thorpe) will transfer command to a Type 3 organization, led by ODF Western Lane District's Matt Mackey, tomorrow afternoon. Fire crews will continue to grid the fire area, mop up hot spots and patrol for spot fires.

Road closures remain in effect throughout the fire area. Hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts are required to stay away from the area until closures are lifted by fire officials.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Fire managers would like to remind the public to exercise caution under the current fire conditions. A Regulated Use Closure remains in effect that requires campfires in designated locations (approved campgrounds), prohibits smoking, power saw use and off road driving. Mowing of dried cured grass is not allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. For more information on fire restrictions, log onto www.oregon.gov/odf.

FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 790 acres
Location: 25 miles W of Cottage Grove
Containment: 70%
Cause: Under Investigation

Road Closures:
Oxbow Creek Road (19-7-25.1) from Siuslaw River Road (19-7-25);
M-Line Road (20-7-8 and 19-8-29) from J-Line (19-8-3);
North Sister Creek Road (20-8-18.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
Twin Sisters Access Road (20-8-17) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
Yellow Point Road (20-7-28 and 20-7-8.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26) and
Yellow Creek Road (20-7-32) from Smith River Road (20-11-26).

Road closures remaining in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road. South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

Resources: crews 26; engines 18; tenders 13; dozers 1; helicopters 3
Total personnel: 624
Estimated Cost: $4,187,000
Cooperating Agencies: BLM, Roseburg Resources, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Lane County Administrative Office, and the Douglas and Lane County Sheriff's Offices

For More Information: 541-935-4420
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/
ODF Wildfire Blog: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry


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Red Cross Responds to Washougal Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/13/14
Disaster Responders from the Red Cross responded to assist 3 adults and 2 children displaced by a single family fire in the 2200 block of North O Street in Washougal. The Red Cross provided help with lodging, food, clothing comfort kits and information about disaster health and disaster mental health services.
Red Cross Responds to Salem Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/13/14
Disaster Volunteers from the Red Cross responded to assist 3 adults and 3 children displaced by an early morning fire in the 1700 block of 38th Place NE in Salem.

The Red Cross provided lodging, clothing, shoes, food, comfort kits, plush toys and information about disaster health and mental health services.
Early Morning Fire Damages Home in Washougal (Photo)
Camas-Washougal Fire Department - 09/13/14
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At approximately 0300 on September 13, Camas-Washougal Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire in the 2000 block of North O Street in Washougal. On arrival, crews found active fire on the south side of a single family home, extending in to the roof and attic. The fire was under control within 30 minutes but not before causing severe damage to the home and contents. The structure is likely a total loss.

At the time the fire started, the home was occupied by a family of five and all were sleeping. One of the occupants awoke to the sound of fire at the same time a neighbor pounded on the door to warn them. The family were renters and all evacuated the structure safely. One subject was examined for smoke inhalation but was not transported. They are staying with other family members in the area as the home is no longer inhabitable.

Assisting CWFD were personnel from Vancouver Fire Department and East County Fire and Rescue. Approximately 20 firefighters were on scene. The fire investigation was led by the Clark County Fire Marshal's Office and the origin is believed to have been an accidentally discarded cigarette.


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Serious Injury Motorcycle-Involved Crash - Highway 97 south of Biggs Junction in Sherman County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/13/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday afternoon's serious injury crash involving a motorcycle and van at an intersection on Highway 97 near Wasco in Sherman County.

On September 12, 2014 at approximately 4:46 p.m., a Dodge van driven by MERVA HALEY, age 68, from Wasco, was turning off Clark Road to the southbound lane of Highway 97 when the van was struck in the driver side by a northbound motorcycle operated by MARK PETERS, age 55, from Hood River. Upon impact, PETERS was ejected from the motorcycle and critically injured.

PETERS was transported by Sherman County Ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles. PETERS was transferred by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. He was wearing a protective helmet.

There was no reported injury to HALEY.

OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Matthew Newby is the lead investigator. Enforcement decision is pending.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Sherman County Sheriff's Office, Sherman County EMS personnel, and ODOT.

OSP and ODOT urge all drivers and motorcycle operators to remember these safety tips:

* Remember, motorcycles are vehicles with all of the rights and privileges of any other motor vehicle on the roadway. Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width--never try to share a lane.
* Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.
* Because motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles it can be difficult to judge their speed. They may be closer than they appear. Allow extra time before turning in front of motorcycles.
* Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
* Allow more following distance, three or four seconds, when following a motorcycle, so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. Don't tailgate.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Update: Names Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 126W west of Walton in Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/13/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday afternoon's single vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of an elderly female passenger after she was transported to a Springfield hospital. The driver received minor injuries but declined transport. Names are released in this update.

According to Sergeant Casey Codding, on September 12, 2014 at approximately 3:30 p.m., a Toyota pickup driven by WILLIAM L. CALHOUN, age 64, from Bend, was traveling on Highway 126W near milepost 26 when it went off the highway and struck a tree.

The driver's 87-year old mother, BEVERLY LOUISE CALHOUN from Florence, was trapped in the pickup and extricated by Western Lane Fire / EMS personnel. She was transported by LifeFlight to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with critical injuries and died after arrival at the hospital. The driver received minor injuries but declined transport to a hospital. Both were using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Driver fatigue is a possible contributing factor. Trooper Josh Wolcott-Peterson is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Western Lane Fire / EMS and ODOT. The highway was closed about an hour before one lane was open to traffic during the scene investigation.

No photographs provided for this release.

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PF&R rescues woman after 40' fall
Portland Fire & Rescue - 09/13/14
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Fire crews are uncertain what caused a young woman to fall more than 40' off of Rocky Butte late last evening. The young woman, in her early teens, was transported to Emanuel Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Rocky Butte is a popular recreation area for bikers, hikers and rock climbers--but the area can be extremely dangerous as was evidenced tonight.

Responding to reports of a young woman over the edge of Rocky Butte, the PF&R technical rescue team arrived on scene just minutes later. Because Rocky Butte is a large area, fire crews decided to send companies to the top of the cliff "topside" and bottom "bottom side" in anticipation of the rescue.

Topside firefighters searching with large lights located the patient at the base of the cliffs more than 40' below and could see that she was moving.

Two firefighter/paramedics were lowered to the patient from above using a high-angle rope rescue system. Upon reaching the patient, firefighters performed a rapid evaluation and determined the need for urgent evacuation. The firefighters then immediately began treating the woman's many injuries.

Rescuers placed the woman into a rescue litter and carried her approximately 1/3 of a mile to the awaiting ambulance.

At the time of of this release Investigators do not know what caused woman to fall.

Portland Fire & Rescue would like to remind everyone that while our parks are a wonderful source of recreation--they can turn deadly in an instant. Hikers should stick to established pathways, follow posted signage and steer away cliffs or unknown areas--especially during the evening when visibility is limited.

No firefighters were injured on this incident.


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09/12/14
Vancouver Police Seek Assistance in Locating Missing Adult (Photo) UPDATE : Located this afternoon
Vancouver Police Dept. - 09/12/14
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UPDATE: O'Rourke was located this afternoon, near downtown Vancouver.



The Vancouver Police Department is actively searching for Sondra O'Rourke, a 68 year old female. O'Rourke was discharged from an area hospital early this morning and was supposed to return to her home in the 7000 block of Carolina Ln in Vancouver, but she never arrived.

The investigation to this point has determined that O'Rourke appears to have boarded a C-TRAN bus from the Fisher's Landing Transit Center in East Vancouver to a bus stop in the Parkrose area of Portland OR and her whereabouts now are unknown.

O'Rourke is described as White female, about five feet tall and about 250 pounds. She has Brown hair and Brown eyes and wears prescription glasses. She was last seen wearing a long sleeve purple colored sweatshirt and blue jeans.

A photo of O'Rourke has been attached; it was taken after she was discharged and before she boarded the bus.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Vancouver Police Department or their local law enforcement agency so O'Rourke can be contacted and her welfare checked.


Attached Media Files: O'Rourke
Announcing Open House for Fall Dog Trainer Series (Photo)
Willamette Humane Society - 09/12/14
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(Salem, OR) - Willamette Humane Society announces its partnership with Chemeketa Community College, and instructor, Catherine Steinke, CPDT-KA, to host a series of community education courses this fall. The series will prepare students and community members to become capable, knowledgeable professional dog training instructors.

Willamette Humane Society will host an Open House for those interested in the program to ask questions, view the course materials, and get to know the instructor, Catherine Steinke.

What: Open House for Professional Dog Trainer Certification Preparation Courses
When: Wednesday, September 17, from 7 - 8 pm.
Where: Willamette Humane Society Education Hall, 4246 Turner Rd SE, Salem

Professional Dog Trainer Certification Prep Lecture Series

This intensive, 30-hour course will cover the science of animal training, the art of instruction, and in-depth information about your best friend, the dog: canine body language, development, health, behavior, history and more. This is a fast-paced, challenging course for those who aspire to understand dogs deeply and teach others ethically and expertly how to care for and train their canine companions. This lecture series will provide the knowledge necessary to gain employment as a professional trainer in a kennel, shelter or pet store.

Professional Dog Trainer Certification Prep Practicum

Students enrolled in the Pro Dog Trainer course have the option to dually enroll in this exciting 20-hour hands-on adventure. We will be working with dozens of homeless dogs, training them to be better companions in their adoptive homes. This is an opportunity to put the theoretical learning to practical use, to benefit Willamette Humane Society, the community, and the shelter dogs, and gain real-life experience that will enhance your employment prospects at a shelter, veterinary hospital, grooming shop or kennel.


Registration is available for individual classes:

* Every Dog a Genius: The Science and Art of Changing Canine Behavior
* Canine Body Language and Aggression
* Your Friend, the Dog: Natural History, Behavior, Husbandry and Health
* Canine Behavior Coaching: Creating Classes and Counseling Families Ethically and Expertly


About Catherine Steinke: Named "the dog lady" by peers in grammar school, Catherine Steinke, CPDT-KA first became a California licensed veterinary technician, then finished a BA in Psychology while doing undergraduate research on the human-canine bond at the University of Montana. After that, she was recruited by the Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital to develop the ABC puppy school, to assist during veterinary behavior consultations and to help create and instruct the Purdue DOGS! behavior modification course for veterinary staff. Catherine is now an adjunct faculty member at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon and will instruct the state's only community college level professional dog trainer certification preparation program beginning in Fall 2014.


Willamette Humane Society (WHS) was founded in 1965 by local civic leaders to serve Marion and Polk counties. 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 800+ volunteers who serve over 6,000 dogs and cats each year.


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Gresham firefighters contain two-alarm blaze at Friends of Children site
City of Gresham - 09/12/14
GRESHAM, Ore. - Firefighters put out a two-alarm blaze that threatened the future East County site of Friends of the Children, the Portland nonprofit that provides long-term, professional mentoring to children and teens in need.

Gresham firefighters were called at 5:15 p.m. to the site, the former Police Activities League building located at 424 NE 172nd Ave. off Glisan in the Rockwood neighborhood of Gresham. A substantial fire was blazing, and about 40 firefighters from Gresham and Portland moved quickly to put it out. Gresham Interim Fire Chief Greg Matthews said the fire was recalled at 5:49 p.m.

The cause of the fire is not known at this time. However, Matthews said witnesses saw several youth run from the fire when it began in a rubble pile near the building. Gresham fire investigators and investigators from the Gresham Police Department are working on the case.

Firefighters were able to protect and save the gymnasium, which Friends of the Children prepares to remodel to create its first East County facility. Partial demolition of the building began this week by a private contractor. Friends of the Children is expanding to better serve children and teens in East County, where need for the program is growing. The nonprofit is currently raising $5 million to fund the project, and plans a family celebration at the site tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 13, from 12 to 3 p.m., at the adjoining Pat Pfeifer Park to kick off the construction.

Megan Lewis, director of development and marketing for Friends of the Children, said tomorrow's celebration will be held as planned, and gave thanks to firefighters for containing the fire and saving the gym.

The City of Gresham owns the property, and has given Friends of the Children a 99-year lease for $1 per year as a way to support children and families and help revitalize the Rockwood neighborhood. Ground for the new building, designed with input from youth, is scheduled to be broken in early 2015. It is scheduled to open in fall 2015.
PF&R responding to 2nd Alarm Commercial Fire
Portland Fire & Rescue - 09/12/14
PF&R is responding to a 2nd alarm commercial fire in Gresham.

A PIO is responding. Media staging is in the area of 174th and Glisan.
Detectives Search for Missing Man (Photo)---UPDATE--- Ronald Leckenby is victim name
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/12/14
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September 12, 2014-Detectives are searching for a man that reportedly walked into the woods. This case is being treated as suspicious due to many circumstances.

On September 9, 2014, Pearce Leckenby, 25, contacted the Washington County Sheriff's Office to report his father has been missing since about noon on Saturday, September 6, 2014. Pearce told the Sheriff's Deputy that he drove his father, Ronald Leckenby 45, from Aloha, to Silver Falls State Park in Marion County on September 6, 2014.

Pearce said Ronald got out of the vehicle and after making some comments walked through a heavily wooded area near the park. Ronald Pearce left his wallet, cellular phone and other personal items in the vehicle. Ronald has not shown up for work and has not contacted anyone close to him. It is very unusual for Ronald to be out of contact with his family and friends for this extended period of time.

Washington County Violent Crimes Detectives began assisting with the case. They are conducting extensive interviews to gather information that will assist in locating Ronald Leckenby. The Marion County Sheriff's Office searched the Silver Falls Park area but was not able to locate Ronald Leckenby. Washington County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue will conduct a search of the area close to Silver Falls State Park on September 13, 2014.

Ronald Leckenby is described as 5'9" tall, 190 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last reported wearing a brown suit when he went missing. The vehicle associated with Ronald Leckenby was a white 2014 Nissan Altima with a DMV temporary permit in the rear window and CARR dealership placards in the license plate locations.

Photographs of Ronald Leckenby and his vehicle are attached.

Detectives are asking anyone may have seen Ronald Leckenby or the Nissan Altima on Saturday September 6, 2014, between the community of Aloha and the Silver Falls State Park area, to please contact the Sheriff's Office.

If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Ronald Leckenby, please call 503-629-0111. Any additional information concerning the case should be forwarded to Detective Gary Jensen at 503-846-2742.


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City of Beaverton to Repave SW Western Avenue from Sept. 14-17 (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 09/12/14
The City of Beaverton will repave SW 5th Street between SW Maple and Western Avenues from Sunday, Sept. 14 through Wednesday, Sept. 17.
The City of Beaverton will repave SW 5th Street between SW Maple and Western Avenues from Sunday, Sept. 14 through Wednesday, Sept. 17.
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The City of Beaverton will repave SW 5th Street between SW Maple and Western Avenues from Sunday, Sept. 14 through Wednesday, Sept. 17.

On Sunday, Sept. 14, the city will begin preparing utilities and milling at 7 a.m. and will be finished no later than 6 p.m. Afterwards, night paving will run from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. until Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Please keep in mind that the tack coat that is put down prior to the asphalt overlay does not clean-up easily and the asphalt itself is quite hot. For the safety of young children and pets, please keep them inside during this time.

Resurfacing streets, rather than allowing them to deteriorate, allows the city to save tax dollars (overlays are much less expensive than costly rebuilds). Beaverton inspects its streets regularly to determine which roads are in need of overlays.

"Properly maintaining our streets keeps our city running smoothly," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "By being proactive and addressing streets that need attention, we can protect the overall structural integrity and longevity of our roads."

The city will strive to complete the work as quickly as possible while providing the highest possible quality. Nevertheless, the paving project will potentially cause occasional delays and other inconveniences. All dates are dependent on the weather.

For more information, please contact Debbie Martisak at 503-350-4084 or visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov.

In 2014, Beaverton was again recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was one of just four cities of its size recently recognized as a "Smarter City" energy leader by the Natural Resources Defense Council and one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine. In addition, Beaverton was named one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine, an All-America City finalist, as one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com, one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine, the Recycler of the Year from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists and as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities, the Beaverton Community Vision program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter. Beaverton also enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov, like the City of Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.

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Attached Media Files: The City of Beaverton will repave SW 5th Street between SW Maple and Western Avenues from Sunday, Sept. 14 through Wednesday, Sept. 17.
Corvallis Woman Arrested for Aggravated Theft in First Degree
Corvallis Police - 09/12/14
On September 12, 2014, Corvallis Police Department investigators arrested sixty-seven year old Susan Bower of Monroe for Aggravated Theft in the First Degree and Computer Crime. Both are felony crimes. The arrest is result of an investigation into her employment at the First Alternative Natural Foods Co-Op on SE 3rd St., in Corvallis.

Bower has been an employee of the Co-Op since 2004. She was employed as a cashier. Managers of the Co-Op discovered discrepancies in Bower's transactions, and after researching, they discovered she had stolen more than $11,900 from August 2013 until August 2014. In addition to stealing the $11,900 from the store, Bower had used the stores' sales records computer to create false entries in an attempt to hide the theft.

Bower was arrested and booked at the Benton County Jail, but was later released. At the time of this release a mug shot was not available, but may become available later on the Benton County Jail website.
Dump Trailer Loses Load of Rocks - Interstate 84 near Boardman (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/12/14
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Interstate 84 eastbound lanes are nearly clear of rock that spilled from a dump trailer traveling near Boardman.

On September 12, 2014 at approximately 2:00 p.m., a truck pulling a belly dump trailer loaded with large rocks was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 165 when the gate opened and rocks spilled onto the freeway. One vehicle was reported damaged.

ODOT and OSP responded to the scene. ODOT personnel quickly got equipment to the scene and are removing the rocks from the traffic lanes.

Traffic updates available on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.

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Prehistoric fish and birds of prey featured at Saturday, Sept. 20 Sturgeon Festival
City of Vancouver - 09/12/14
Vancouver, Wash. - Join the fun as spectacular sturgeon and remarkable raptors are showcased at the 18th annual Sturgeon Festival, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, at Vancouver's Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way.

Each year, this free family event attracts hundreds to celebrate the Columbia River ecosystems and learn about sturgeon, one of the oldest families of bony fish still alive. With the numbers of this prehistoric fish in the Lower Columbia River currently on the decline, there's never been a better time to discover more about them. Also, new this year, come see the free and breathtaking Birds of Prey show at 10:30 a.m., presented by Raptor House. Featured raptors include eagles, falcons, owls and hawks.

In addition to sturgeon-themed learning, the festival recognizes the ecosystems of the Columbia River by offering hands-on activities and information about other native fish, recycling, trees, water safety and much more.

The annual Sturgeon Festival offers a day of fun for kids of all ages! Additional activities include a fish dissection at 11:30 a.m., where inquisitive minds get a close-up view of sturgeon anatomy with help from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists. Eartha the Ecological Clown, assisted by Major, her friendly cockatoo, rounds up the celebration at 1 p.m. with a presentation about our planet, our diverse regional ecosystem and conservation of our vital natural resources.

The Sturgeon Festival is hosted by the City of Vancouver, with participation by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. For more information or directions, please contact the Water Center at 360-487-7111 or visit the website at www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter.


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

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

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Police Partnerships Extend to Washington County Rental Properties
Tigard Police - 09/12/14
Take a look around most cities within Washington County and one will find an abundance of rental properties. Whether the property is large or small, rental properties typically present unique needs to both the community and the police. Calls for police service at rental properties can be excessive; often creating frustration for other tenants as well. Good tenants deserve a safe and pleasant location to call home.

Decades ago, police began to understand that repeated calls for service to the same location were not productive. Even though arrests may have been made, it often did not diminish the root cause of the problem. Many times problems restart. Community policing introduced ways to address the source of issues at rental properties. Police now work with rental property owners and managers to reduce the risk and identify potential problems.

A unique coalition in Washington County takes this concept further. Crime prevention officers from Tigard, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Forest Grove, along with the Washington County Sheriff's Office have teamed-up to offer assistance and resources to rental property owners and managers. A free monthly forum geared specifically to help better manage rentals is available.

On Wednesday, October 8 the Westside Crime Prevention Coalition will begin their 15th season presenting informative topics designed to improve the safety and livability of rental properties. The forums will continue each month, always on the second Wednesday, meeting at PCC at Willow Creek located 241 SW Edgeway Drive in Beaverton.

A true benefit of attending the forum is an opportunity to get your questions answered by Attorney Jeffrey S. Bennett or his associates representing Warren Allen LLP of Portland which specializes in rental property issues. Come learn from the experts. You can download a brochure which lists the topics for the upcoming sessions: http://www.tigard-or.gov/police/community_policing/landlord_forum.asp
Works by Artist Bonnie White on Display at CCC Wilsonville (Photo)
Clackamas Community College - 09/12/14
Bonnie White’s work, “Mt. Hood
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OREGON CITY -- Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Campus presents the work of watercolor artist Bonnie White. The show opens Monday, Sept. 15, and runs through Oct. 31 in the gallery area of the main lobby.
Bonnie is from White Salmon, Wash., and turned to painting to express her passionate disapproval of the developments that were encroaching on the scenic and pastoral lands she loved. Primarily self-taught through books and workshops, White paints the splendor of the natural world on both grand and intricate scales. White's professional painting career spans nearly two decades, and she has earned more than two dozen awards.
CCC's Wilsonville campus is located at 29353 SW Town Center Loop East. Exhibit hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit is open to the public, and there is no cost to attend.
For further details, please call 503-594-0950.


Attached Media Files: Bonnie White’s work, “Mt. Hood
Stakeholder advisory group to discuss scientific review of forest management options
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/12/14
A stakeholder advisory group will meet on September 17 and September 22 to discuss a scientific review of stakeholder-proposed forest management options.

Read the science report here: http://www.oregon.gov/odf/BOARD/docs/BOF_Subc_Alt_FMP/2014_Sept/BOFMIN_20140904_ATTCH_02.pdf

The eight-member group represents a range of interests, including recreation, the timber industry, conservation groups, and commissioners from counties that receive timber sale revenue.

The meetings, open to the public, are scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Tillamook Room at the Oregon Department of Forestry campus, Building C, 2600 State St., Salem. Agenda items include an overview of the science report and the drafting process, general discussion, and public comment. Public comment opportunities are scheduled for 2:30 p.m., approximately.

Review the full agenda here: http://www.oregon.gov/odf/BOARD/docs/BOF_Subc_Alt_FMP/Stakeholder/2014_Sept/BOFMIN_20140917_AGENDA.pdf

The current plan, adopted in 2001 and revised in 2010, has not performed as forecast. The results have included insufficient revenue to support key forest management activities, including recreation, research and monitoring, and thinning of young stands.

The management plan covers the Tillamook and Clatsop state forests - about 510,000 acres between Portland and the coast - as well as the Santiam State Forest east of Salem and small, scattered parcels. State law requires that the lands be managed to produce a broad range of sustainable benefits, including timber, revenue to help support counties and local taxing districts, protection and enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities. Across Oregon, the state manages more than 800,000 acres, about 2.7 percent of the state's forestland base.

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Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged calling (503) 945-7200, 72 hours before the meeting.
Recreation and Aquatic Center Task Force to Review and Discuss Feasibility Study
City of Wilsonville - 09/12/14
WILSONVILLE, OR -- The City of Wilsonville's Recreation and Aquatic Center Task Force will meet on Tuesday, September 23, 5-7 pm, at Wilsonville City Hall, 29799 SW Town Center Loop East, Wilsonville.

The purpose of the task force meeting is to discuss a draft of the Recreation and Aquatic Economic Feasibility Study prepared by the Sports Facilities Authority (SFA), a Florida-based consulting firm retained by the City that specializes in public-facilities analysis and community engagement. The task force will review the consultants' findings and shape the recommendation for presentation to the City Council at an upcoming meeting.

The task force meeting is open to the public, but public testimony will not be accepted until the matter is heard by the City Council later this fall.

Under the guidance of the Council President Scott Starr, task force chair, the task force has met five times since last spring to study the need and determine the feasibility of building and operating a recreation and aquatics center in Wilsonville.

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Liberty House Invites Public to attend Champions for Children Luncheon: Russ Lewis of KGW to Speak (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 09/12/14
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(Salem, OR- Sept. 12, 2014) Russ Lewis, KGW-Channel 8 News anchor, will act as Master of Ceremonies for the Liberty House Champions for Children benefit luncheon to be held Sept. 23 at the Salem Convention Center. The luncheon will provide an opportunity to learn about and support the critical work of Liberty House, a child abuse assessment center. Seating starts at 11:30 a.m. and the program will begin at noon. Pre-registration is required.

Liberty House provides medical checkups and other important services for children referred for concerns of abuse or neglect. Specially-trained providers, interviewers and family support specialists work closely with the appropriate authorities to ensure services are offered in ways that don't add to the trauma a child might have experienced. The coordinated approach means that children and their families can get the help they need with fewer appointments and less stress. The services are neutral and objective. Liberty House serves Marion and Polk Counties, where there are over 8,500 calls to the child abuse hotline and over 1,100 confirmed cases each year. Liberty House currently has the space to see only one child or family at a time, and that is not enough.

In August the Liberty House board of directors and CEO Alison Kelley announced a major effort to purchase a neighboring building in order to increase the organization's capacity. Non-clinical services would be moved to the new building so that the original building could be remodeled to add exam, interview and family consultation rooms.

"We really need the community's help," Kelley said. "More children need to be seen at Liberty House than what we can currently handle. We need to be able to offer more appointments for children, especially for those children who need to be seen promptly. We also need to provide space for our partners; that way we bring the services to the children in one place instead of making families drive to multiple locations. We can't do that in our current space." Kelley added that they have the staff in place to provide the services; they just need to raise the $1.5 million to purchase the new building and remodel the original building.

"It is critical for us as a community to provide a location for law enforcement, the Department of Human Services, and our counseling professionals, where they can immediately help children and families in crisis," said Board of Directors Chair Scott Sadler. "We believe this space will allow Liberty House to serve the community at the highest level possible."

Guests at the luncheon will be able to contribute to the capital campaign as well as ongoing program expenses. The Champions for Children Luncheon is free but pre-registration is required to ensure sufficient space. Guests will also have an opportunity to sign up to volunteer. To attend, call Adrienne Christian or Elisa Ford at 503-540-0288.

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ABOUT LIBERTY HOUSE: Liberty House is provides specialized assessment services for children referred for concerns of abuse or neglect and offers a centralized place for children to receive medical and interview services. Liberty House serves children of all ages -- from infants through age 18. Services are voluntary and free of charge. Liberty House also provides community education and information about the issue of child abuse and the protection of children. Over one-half of Liberty House's annual funding comes from charitable contributions by individuals, businesses and foundations.
Liberty House is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization. It is a safe and special place for children. When there are concerns about children who may have been hurt by abuse or neglect, Liberty House is here to help. Liberty House is located at 2685 4th St. NE in Salem, 503-540-0288, www.libertyhousecenter.org


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Temporary PIO Change for MCSO
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/12/14
The Marion County Sheriff's Office will be using various PIO's over the next nine (9) weeks. Please send all media inquires to the PIO line at 503-584-6276 (MCSO). The backup PIO's are assigned to other duties so please be patient when waiting for a response.
Sergeant Baldridge will return to regular duty on 11/17/2014. Thank you.
Sheriff's Office Gives Away Uniforms to help Homeless (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/12/14
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In a recent clean-up effort, members of the Marion County Sheriff's Office Community Resource Unit (CRU) found 14 boxes of uniform items that were scheduled to be destroyed. Many uniform items must be properly disposed of to ensure they aren't misused; however, some items are simply "off the shelf." CRU and its volunteers sorted through the boxes, setting aside items that were in good repair, so that they could be donated.

When the clean-up project was complete, 170 pairs of durable, six-pocket pants were salvaged. These particular items were too worn for the uniform look of deputies, but still had some life left in them. The pants are a design that anyone could purchase, and they do not have any names, ranks, insignias or any markings that alone could be mistaken as a deputy sheriff's uniform.

Commander Eric Hlad assisted in delivering the boxes of pants to the Union Gospel Mission, and was pleased to be part of the experience. "We believe it's important for public safety agencies to be creative in the ways we give back. I'm glad to be part of an agency that embraces this philosophy," he said.

None of the pants donated to the UGM will be sold.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office Community Resource Unit (CRU), created under Sheriff Jason Myers' leadership, seeks ways to serve the community and to create positive change within neighborhoods.

Photo: From the left Stan Sorensen and Kyle Dickenson UGM Employees Receiving Boxes


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Free Clinic of Southwest Washington Volunteer Program receives 2014 Nonprofit Excellence Award
Free Clinic of Southwest Washington - 09/12/14
Vancouver, WA - The Nonprofit Network of Southwest Washington awarded the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington its 2014 Excellence in Volunteer Program Award at an awards reception on September 11 at the Heathman Lodge.

The award "honors a nonprofit program that exemplifies strong nonprofit leadership". The nonprofit must demonstrate "volunteer engagement that allows the organization to provide significant community benefit otherwise not attainable".

For over 23 years, the Free Clinic has been providing care for the uninsured in Clark County. In 1995 there were 125 volunteers providing care at the Free Clinic. Today, over 600 physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacist, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, medical and dental assistants, dental hygienists, students, interpreters, clerical and administrative volunteers provide care for people in need in our community. Besides urgent care, dental, and medication services, the Free Clinic's volunteers provide immunizations, sports physicals, vision exams, head lice treatments, health screenings, diabetes clinics, and confidential assistance with health insurance enrollment and connecting with community resources.

The award nomination was made on behalf of the thousands of patients who come through the doors of the Free Clinic each year, many of whom stop to write thank-you notes to the volunteers who have helped them.

"Dear Volunteers: You people are amazing! Giving of your time to help people like myself is truly amazing. I appreciate what each of you do, as I have no insurance, and without your services I'm not sure what I would do. Thank you," from a thank-you note by a Free Clinic patient.

About the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington
The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington (Free Clinic) provides and facilitates access to free, compassionate, quality health care for children and adults who are otherwise unable to obtain such services. The Free Clinic relies on grants and donations from the local community. Care and services at the Free Clinic are provided by 600 volunteer medical, dental, and administrative professionals. In 2013, volunteers worked almost 28,000 hours to care for 11,190 patient visits to the medical and dental programs. For more information about the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington, visit www.freeclinics.org.
BGPS Hires Communications Specialist (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 09/12/14
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Battle Ground Public Schools announces that it has hired Rita Sanders as its new communications specialist. Her first day was Monday. This is a full-time position in the district office at CASEE. Rita has lived in the district for seven years and brings to the job a range of experience in communications and publishing.

"I've always been so happy that my kids attend school in such a great district," Rita says, "and now I get to shout out about all the good things happening here and support the wonderful people dedicated to our children's education."

Most recently she planned communications for and helped manage the scientific journals of the American Ornithologists' Union and Cooper Ornithological Society. Prior to that she was the executive editor of iPro Developer, a digital and print magazine for software developers. In that role she was responsible for building external relationships with readers and authors and also for managing the content of the publication. Rita began her career as a newspaper reporter at the Corvallis Gazette-Times, where she covered Oregon State University on the higher education beat.

Rita has an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and a master's degree in technical communication with an emphasis on public relations from Colorado State University. Her husband, Todd, is a migratory bird researcher. They have two children who attend Battle Ground schools.

Rita will work with teachers and staff to communicate district and school happenings to parents and the community. She plans to use social media, existing district email newsletters, district phone calls, and other means to get information to parents. "I want to constantly assess the methods we are using to notify parents and the community about district news and what is happening in classrooms to make sure everyone has access to the information they need," she says.

The district will continue to work with the ESD 112's communications team to provide support, including crisis communications, strategic planning, and graphic design and video production.


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Gladstone Police Chief to Speak at International Chief's Conference
Gladstone Police - 09/12/14
Chief Jim Pryde of the Gladstone Police Department has been invited to speak at the 2014 International Association of Police Chiefs (IACP) conference next month. The title of the presentation is, "A New Beginning for Policing: Creating a Public Policy to Align Community and Government Priorities and Expectations On a Solid Foundation." In January 2010, after an extensive public process, Gladstone's City Council adopted their first-ever public policy on policing that identifies 10 core principles for policing the Gladstone way. This innovative approach established the foundation for police services in Gladstone.

Chief Pryde has been contacted by police departments in Oregon and from around the country regarding this unique and useful policy. Joining Chief Pryde in delivering the presentation at the IACP conference next month are organizational consultants Rod Brown and Brian Beamish. It is estimated around 14,000 command police officers from around the world will be attending the IACP conference.
Update: Missing Kentucky Men Whose Vehicle Found in Mt Hood Area (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/12/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) and Hood River County Sheriff's Office (HRSO), working in cooperation with Kentucky State Police (KSP), are continuing to ask for the public's help to locate a father and son whose vehicle was found last week along Highway 35 in the Mt. Hood area. With this weekend's expected warm weather and the potential for many visitors and hikers in the Mt. Hood area, some new details are being released after confirming the men were in the area last week.

On September 5, OSP checked a vehicle reported by Oregon Department of Transportation parked and abandoned along Highway 35 about eight miles south of the town of Mt. Hood. The vehicle, a silver 2012 Kia Rio four-door displaying a Kentucky license plate, had been parked about one week at that location approximately a half mile north of the Dog River Trailhead in Hood River County.

An OSP trooper checked the vehicle that morning and noted a significant amount of hiking equipment inside, an observation that appeared unusual for someone intending to hike and park a vehicle for that length of time at its location. The trooper unsuccessfully checked the area to find anyone connected with the vehicle. Two days later, OSP had the vehicle towed and impounded as an abandoned vehicle.

Follow up investigation by OSP and KSP confirmed the vehicle's owner, JOHN KEVIN WOOD, age 59, and his son, JASON ANTHONY WOOD, age 32, both from Bardstown, Kentucky, have not been in contact with family nor have neighbors seen them since mid-August. KSP initiated an investigation into the possible whereabouts of both men, took missing person reports and entered them as missing in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database.

JOHN WOOD is described as a white male, 6'1", 170 lbs, with gray hair and blue eyes. JASON WOOD is described as a white male, 5'9", 140 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. Photographs of both men are provided with this news release.

The following related information is being released in this update:

* On Wednesday, September 10, OSP and HRSO served a search warrant on the vehicle and found several personal items including sleeping bags, a stove, and hiking gear. The items found in the vehicle led HRSO Search & Rescue to believe they didn't leave the vehicle behind with the intention of going on a several-day hiking trip.

* Receipts were also found in the vehicle tracking them from Kentucky to Oregon, including a receipt from a Hood River fast food restaurant dated September 2. OSP contacted the restaurant and confirmed JOHN WOOD was there on that date.

* No maps or notes were found in the vehicle or at their Kentucky apartment indicating a planned hiking route or length of time they were going to be gone.

* A ranger at the Mt. Hood Ranger Station in Parkdale confirmed the two men came to the ranger station on or about September 2. The men indicated they were interested in hiking in the Mt Hood area and possibly the Pacific Crest trail.

* HRSO Sheriff Matt English said Search & Rescue personnel concentrated searches starting in the immediate area of where the vehicle was found parked and then worked outward from there. Searchers have checked the area on both the east and west sides of Highway 35, the Cat Creek area, and forest service roads on the west side leading up to Dog River Road, looking for any sign or sighting that the men were in the area. Several aerial flights were also conducted over a two-day period in the vicinity.

OSP, HRSO and KSP urge anyone seeing JOHN or JASON WOOD in the Mt. Hood area since September 2, or with information regarding their whereabouts, to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at (503) 731-3030. Lead investigator is OSP Detective Lori Rosebraugh.

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CCC Faculty Art Show Opens in Alexander Gallery (Photo)
Clackamas Community College - 09/12/14
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OREGON CITY - The Faculty Art Show at Clackamas Community College opens Monday, Sept. 22, in the Alexander Gallery. An artists' reception will be held in the gallery on Thursday, Oct. 9, from noon to 1:30 p.m. The group exhibition, showcasing the work of CCC art instructors, runs through Dec. 4.
The Faculty Show includes art pieces that explore a variety of disciplines including painting, sculpture, drawing, print making, photography, digital media, jewelry and ceramics. These works range in scale from small, intimate objects of adornment to a towering imagery that pushes boundaries of the periphery. Artists participating in the exhibition include David Raphael Andersen, Nora Brodnicki, Chris Dreger, Smith Eliot, Robin Epstein, Junko Iijima, Katy McFadden, Don Olsen, Mandee Schroer, Charles Siegfried, Kate Simmons, Thomas Wasson and Chris Whitten.
The Alexander Gallery is located in the Niemeyer Center at Clackamas Community College's Oregon City campus. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of campus holidays. Exhibitions are open to the public and there is no cost to attend. For additional information, please contact Kate Simmons at 503-594-3032 or kates@clackamas.edu.


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YWCA Clark County Luncheon a Success (Photo)
YWCA Clark County - 09/12/14
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YWCA Clark County raised $134,165 at the 20th annual luncheon featuring Sesame Street actor and writer Sonia Manzano. Funds raised will support YWCA programs which serve more than 11,800 people each year. Unique in the services they provide, YWCA programs share a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Sonia spoke to 400 guests about a myriad of topics related to the mission of YWCA. The Y's Care Children's Program was spotlighted this year, and Sonia shared the importance of empowering children through example and leadership. As a female and a Latina in broadcasting, Sonia was able to provide valuable perspective on overcoming social and cultural norms to pursue professional and personal goals.

YWCA is grateful to the numerous sponsors who helped make this event a success, including Columbia Credit Union, The Columbian and The Vancouver Clinic. This year's fundraising success is also credited to the support of a dedicated board, numerous match donors, and enthusiastic table hosts. Thank you to sponsors, donors and attendees for helping YWCA continue to serve Clark County individuals and families as they navigate some of the most difficult circumstances in their lives.


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October 2014 Calendar of Events Highlights
Clackamas Community College - 09/12/14
September 22 - December 4
Faculty Art Show
The Faculty Art Show, showcasing the work of CCC art instructors, opens Monday, Sept. 22, in the Alexander Gallery, and runs through Dec. 4. An artists' reception will be held in the gallery on Thursday, Oct. 9, from noon to 1:30 p.m. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of campus holidays. Exhibitions are open to the public and there is no cost to attend.
September 19 - October 5
Clackamas Repertory Theatre: 'Good People'
Clackamas Repertory Theatre presents "Good People" directed by David Smith-English. Evening performances are Thursdays through Saturdays, beginning at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 - 28. For tickets, please visit www.clackamasrep.org or call 503-594-6047.
October 1
Fall Term Mainstage Theater Production Auditions
Auditions for CCC's fall term mainstage production are Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Osterman Theatre in the Niemeyer Center. Prepare a one-minute monologue or read from the script. You do not need to be a CCC student to audition. For more information, call Kelly at 503-594-3153 or visit www.TheatreCCC.org.
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Chrysalis: Women Writers
Local author Pat Lichen guides women writers of all levels through discussions of their work. Chrysalis meets from noon to 2 p.m. in the Literary Arts Center, Room 220 in Rook Hall.
October 4
Clackamas Rep Kids Show: 'Wing It'
On Saturday, Oct. 4, Clackamas Repertory Theatre debuts "Wing It," a new series of shows for children ages 2-8. The show, created and directed by Travis Nodurft, begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Osterman Theatre at CCC's Oregon City campus. Admission is a suggested $5 donation at the door. For more information, visit www.clackamasrep.org or call 503-594-6047.
October 6
Community Bond Information Forum - Harmony Community Campus
This is a drop-in public forum to share information about the CCC bond measure. The forum runs from 5 to 7 p.m. in the lobby at CCC's Harmony Community Campus, 7738 SE Harmony Road. For more information, email bondinformaiton@clackamas.edu or visit www.clackamas.edu/bondinformation.
October 6
Make Your Own Mini Hoop House
This workshop provides instruction on how to construct a mini hoop house so you can grow food year-round. Class runs from 6 to 8:50 p.m. in Clairmont, room 117. Cost is $20. For more information, visit http://depts.clackamas.edu/hort or call 503-594-3292.
October 7
Community Bond Information Forum -Wilsonville Campus
This is a drop-in public forum to share information about the CCC bond measure. The forum runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the lobby at CCC's Wilsonville campus, 29353 Town Center Loop East. For more information, email bondinformaiton@clackamas.edu or visit www.clackamas.edu/bondinformation.
October 8
Community Bond Information Forum - Oregon City Campus
This is a drop-in public forum to share information about the CCC bond measure. The forum runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Community Center at CCC's Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Avenue. This event is part of the community fair led by Associated Student Government. For more information, email bondinformaiton@clackamas.edu or visit www.clackamas.edu/bondinformation.
October 16
'Tres Vidas' Core Ensemble Concert
The concert "Tres Vidas" is Thursday, Oct. 16, at noon in the Gregory Forum at the Oregon City campus. The Core Ensemble will perform chamber music theater work that celebrates the lives of three legendary Latin American women: Frida Kahlo, Rufina Amaya and Alfonsina Stonri. This concert is free to attend and open to the public. For more information, please contact Irma Bjerre at 503-594-3245 or irmab@clackamas.edu.
October 18
Japanese-Style Pruning
Learn the art of Japanese pruning with Masa Mizuno, a highly respected master of Japanese garden cultivation. Please bring your own gloves and pruning tools to this hands-on class. Workshop is from 8 to 11:50 a.m. in Clairmont, room 117. Cost is $40. For more information, visit http://depts.clackamas.edu/hort or call 503-594-3292.
October 24
Storm Water Management for Landscapers
This workshop focuses on proper design, maintenance and operational considerations for storm water facilities, including rain garden and swales, to ensure water quality goals. Workshop is from 8 to 11:50 a.m. in Clairmont, room 133. Cost is $40. For more information, visit http://depts.clackamas.edu/hort or call 503-594-3292.
Grant Program Seeks to Develop'Future Leaders'
Clackamas Community College - 09/12/14
OREGON CITY - Qualified students will receive financial and academic support to excel in the college environment through the new Future Leaders Program at Clackamas Community College. The college was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Oregon State Department of Community College and Workforce Development to implement the program.
The Future Leaders Program (FLP) will significantly reduce financial barriers for high-achieving science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics students who identify as low income and/or first generation college students. Qualified students will receive tuition and fees reimbursement, funding for books and a stipend.
In addition to the financial support, FLP participants will receive comprehensive student support services and access to leadership development classes.
"Our ultimate goal is to increase persistence and completion of our student leaders," said Jaime Clarke, program director.
To get additional information about the Future Leaders Program, please contact Jaime Clarke at 503-594-3497 or email jaimec@clackamas.edu. Information is also available at www.clackamas.edu/FLP.
Clackamas Rep's Launches Children's Theater Series, "Wing It" (Photo)
Clackamas Community College - 09/12/14
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OREGON CITY - Clackamas Repertory Theatre is launching a new series of productions for children this fall. "Wing It" premieres Oct. 4 at 10:30 a.m. in the Osterman Theatre.
"Wing It," created for children from 2 to 8 years old, is developed and directed by Travis Nodurft, Clackamas Rep company member, professional clown and Oregon City sixth-grade teacher. The shows are lively and participatory, and kids will have fun helping five silly creatures get out of fixes when they misbehave and learn life lessons.
Each performance will be a new story, but shows will begin with the children singing and dancing to the same song. Amid much laughter and more than a little yelling, Chirp the Cricket, Luna the Owl, Honey the Bee, Berry the Fruit Fly and Scentsy the Skunk, will eventually solve the problem of the day.
The grand finale will be a talent show in which the children are invited onto the stage to sing a song, recite a poem or tell a joke.
Shows are scheduled for Dec. 6, Feb. 14, April 11 and June 13. All performances begin at 10:30 a.m. and take place in The Osterman Theatre in the Niemeyer Center on the campus of Clackamas Community College. Admission is a suggested $5 donation at the door.
For more information, visit clackamasrep.org or call 503-594-6047.


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Police Still Seeking Tips to Solve Crime Stoppers Featured Case #14-36 - Armed Robberies (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/12/14
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The Portland Police Bureau's Robbery Detail, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to identify a robbery suspect.

On August 9, 2014, at 5:12 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at the Jackson's Shell Station, located at 15 Northeast Broadway.

The victim told police that the suspect was armed with a handgun and demanded money. After obtaining some cash, the suspect ran out of the business.

At 5:21 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the Plaid Pantry store, located at 2010 North Killingsworth Street on the report of an armed robbery.

Officers learned that the suspect in the 2nd robbery matched the description in the earlier robbery.

The suspect is described as an African American female, 5'4" to 5'6" tall, 140 to 160 pounds, wearing a tan baseball cap with a white letter "A" on the front, very short, multi-colored shorts, a multi-colored backless shirt, flip flops, an ankle wrap on her left foot, and a black bandana over her face.

Video and still images from both locations are being released to the public to aid in this investigation.

Surveillance video and still images can be viewed at: http://youtu.be/wEzImapFo8s

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the investigator.

Anyone with second-hand information is asked to share it with police.

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. Links can be shared directly with investigators or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Plaid Pantry offers an additional $1,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. To be eligible for this reward, the tipster must contact the investigator directly.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call (503) 823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be left in English or Spanish.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Investigator:
Det. Robert Hollins
(503) 823-3441
robert.hollins@portlandoregon.gov

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OMSI Update: September-October Exhibits, Events and Shows
OMSI - 09/12/14
OMSI HOURS
Fall (effective September 2): Tuesday - Sunday: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
*Open Mondays when Portland Public Schools are closed

FEATURED EXHIBITIONS

Animation
In OMSI's Featured Hall
Opening September 27

Step into the exciting and visually rich world of animation. From concept to finished product, visitors explore the science behind storyboarding, character design, voice acting, sound effects, and video editing while larger-than-life graphics of popular Cartoon Network characters provide a colorful backdrop to the exhibit.

ANIMATION(TM) was created and is circulated by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, Oregon and (C) 2013 Cartoon Network. All rights reserved.

EXHIBITIONS

Mind to Hand: Art, Science, and Creative Collision!
In Turbine Hall
On view through January 4

What sparks creativity? What does art have to tell us about science? How does science inspire artistic decisions? In the hands of eleven talented master artists 60+ years old, materials become objects of beauty, whimsy and wit. Mind to Hand explores the benefits, exciting outcomes and new ways to see our world when art and science collide!

Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science.
In Earth Hall
On view through December 7

Native American and native Hawaiian communities face many challenges to their ecosystems and their health. By drawing from traditional knowledge and science, native communities are developing innovative solutions to tackle current ecological and health challenges. Roots of Wisdom is the result of collaboration between OMSI, Indigenous Education Institute (IEI), and the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) with four native community partners.

EVENTS

Opera on Screen
In The Empirical Theater
Cost: $14 Adults (13-63), $8 Youth (3-13), $12 Seniors (63+). $2 off for Portland Opera subscribers and OMSI members. A subscription package for all four operas is available.

Portland Opera and OMSI are collaborating to present "Opera on Screen," a series of film screenings featuring recent productions from the San Francisco Opera. Each screening will be preceded by a special introduction given by a Portland Opera staff member.

September 19, 7 p.m.
La Rondine (Puccini) with introduction talk "The Operetta Tradition"
September 21, 4 p.m.
Samson and Delilah (Saint-Saens) with introduction talk "Femmes Fatale in Opera"

NEW INFO
October 3, 7 p.m.
Don Giovanni (Mozart) with introduction talk "Innovation & Technology in Opera"
October 5, 4 p.m.
Madame Butterfly (Puccini) with introduction talk "The Bishop Who Birthed Butterfly"
October 17, 7 p.m.
Samson and Delilah (Saint-Saens) with introduction talk "Femmes Fatale in Opera"
October 19, 4 p.m.
La Rondine (Puccini) with introduction talk "The Operetta Tradition"

Reel Science
Watch and learn at the Empirical Theater as OMSI brings the science of your favorite movies to life on the big screen. Perfect for science and film lovers alike, this series combines the best of Science Pub with the fun of movie night, bringing in experts to amplify your movie-watching experience.
Cost: $7 for non-members & $6 for members.

NEW INFO
October 8, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Reel Science: Speaker and film TBD

Portland Mini Maker Faire 2014
September 13-14, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: Adults $15, Youth (3-17)/Seniors (63+) $10. Two day passes available. Tickets sold at makerfaireportland.com
Let your inner tinkerer run free in the third running of the Greatest Show (and Tell) in Portland, and maybe the world--a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. This event demonstrates the use of modern technologies like 3D printing and photography production along with ancient techniques like sword-forging and survival skills.

OMSI Star Party: Autumnal Equinox Celebration
September 20, at approx. 7:00 p.m. at Rooster Rock State Park and L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park
Cost: FREE with $5 parking per vehicle fee
OMSI, Rose City Astronomers and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers will celebrate the beginning of autumn with a free star party! Join us as we gaze at the heavens from Rooster Rock and Stub Stewart State Park starting at 7:00 p.m. From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the stars and other celestial objects through a variety of telescopes. Viewing highlights include Saturn, Mars and more!

NEW INFO
OMSI Star Party: Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing #2
October 8, 1 a.m. - 5:30 a.m. at Milo McIver State Park
Cost: FREE with $5 parking fee per vehicle
The Full Moon will slide through the dark shadow of the Earth and for 58 minutes the only light hitting the Moon will be the reddish glow from Earth's sunrises and sunsets resulting in a total lunar eclipse. Weather permitting, a free viewing of the eclipse will begin at 1 a.m. at Milo McIver State Park in Estacada with the Rose City Astronomers and Oregon Parks and Recreation supplying telescopes for attendees to use. OMSI Space Science Director Jim Todd will be presenting informal talks about the eclipse and the autumn sky.

NEW INFO
Design Week: Behind the Scenes of OMSI's Exhibit Workshop
October 9, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Pepco (North of main museum)
Cost: FREE
Did you know that OMSI has been designing and fabricating exhibits for nearly 70 years?! Join OMSI's Creative Services team for light refreshments and a behind the scenes tour of Pepco, OMSI's exhibit workshop, where we research, design and produce exhibits that travel the world. Learn about the exhibit development process and try out some in-progress experiences that you may see on the museum floor one day.

The Pepco building is located on Water Avenue north of the main museum.

NEW INFO
OMSI Star Party: Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing
October 23, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at OMSI
Cost: FREE
A partial solar eclipse occurs in the polar regions of the Earth when the center of the moon's shadow misses the Earth. OMSI and the Rose City Astronomers will host a viewing party in OMSI's south parking lot on Thursday, October 23. The free event will begin at 1:30 p.m. and end three hours later. Filtered solar telescopes will be available for safe viewing of the Sun. Learn about the eclipse from our expert speakers and be a part of this live viewing experience at OMSI!

On the day of each scheduled OMSI Star Party, visitors should call the OMSI Star Parties Hotline at 503.797.4000 #3 then #5, or check the OMSI website for possible weather-related cancellations.

Theory Eatery

NEW INFO
September 23, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Eat Local Challenge
OMSI and Bon Appétit challenge visitors to eat locally sourced meals. Theory chefs will create a menu item composed entirely of ingredients sourced within 150 miles of the museum, while food science educators present demonstrations on invasive species.

NEW INFO
September 28, 2 - 7 p.m.
Invasive Species Cook-off
Cost and More information: www.eradicationbymastication.org
Presented by the Institute for Applied Ecology, this unique cook-off raises awareness and support and aims to lessen the havoc caused by invasive species on our natural world. Theory Executive Chef Ryan Morgan, along with two other local chefs will prepare a meal using all local ingredients and invasive species such as wild boar, Asian carp, blackberries and nutria.

NEW INFO
October 23, 6 - 9 p.m.
Blind Tasting Bingo
Cost: $30
In partnership with Ecotrust and Edible Portland, OMSI is hosting Blind Tasting Bingo, a game of sensory deprivation and heightened exploration. Players--eyes covered--will try to match the flavors from 14 small plates with the ingredients listed on a bingo board that includes both correct and false answers. A few lucky winners will receive a prize!

NEW INFO
October 27, 6 - 9 p.m.
Food Luminary featuring Anthony Cafiero of Racion and Chris Carriker of 23 Hoyt
Cost: $60 (includes dinner, beverages and gratuity)
Foodies and science lovers, dinner is served! Taste the best of the PDX food scene without the lines and with the science, of course. From the delectable four-course meal to the food-science demonstrations, Food Luminary puts a twist on your typical restaurant experience. 21+ only.
Cost: $60 (includes dinner, beverages, gratuity)

OMSI After Dark
Enjoy child-free, brain-building science fun featuring live demos, new exhibitions and old favorites! Guests can indulge in tasty snacks, sweets and beer and wine from regional food and beverage artisans. 21+ only, IDs required. OMSI After Dark is held the last Wednesday of every month. omsi.edu/afterdark
Cost: Tasting plus OAD: $25 non-members, $15 OMSI members, $5 OAD members / OAD only: $13 non-members, $6.50 members, Free OAD members

Get a head start on the science fun--drink up at happy hour starting at 5 p.m. in OMSI's eatery, Theory! The event takes place before OMSI After Dark each month and features a special menu including stone hearth pizza and local beer and wine.

September 24, 6 - 10 p.m.
Brewfest. Don't just drink beer, learn beer at our 4th annual tasting!

NEW INFO
October 29, 6 - 10 p.m.
Get in the spirit and celebrate Halloween at OMSI After Dark - costumes encouraged!

OMSI Science Pub
Science Pub is a monthly event held in multiple locations throughout the state and is open ages 21+ or minor with adult. No RSVP or scientific background is required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge!

Science Pub Portland - OMSI Empirical Theater/Theory
1945 SE Water Ave, Portland
Cost: $5.00 suggested donation.
omsi.edu/sciencepubportland

NEW INFO
October 6, 7 - 9 p.m.
Science of Influence
With Vanessa Van Edwards, lead investigator at Science of People

Science Pub Portland - Crystal Ballroom
Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St, Portland
Cost: $5.00 suggested donation.
omsi.edu/sciencepubportland.

September 16, 7 - 9 p.m.
Forensic Science: Chronicles of a Crime Scene Reconstructionist
With Rod Englert, retired Chief Deputy and Owner of Englert Forensic Consultants

NEW INFO
October 21, 7 - 9 p.m.
How Can the Study of Complexity Transform Our Understanding of the World?
With Melanie Mitchell, Ph.D., professor of computer science at Portland State University

Science Pub Hillsboro
Venetian Theatre & Bistro, 253 E. Main Street, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123
Cost: $5.00 suggested donation.
omsi.edu/sciencepubhillsboro.

September 29, 7 - 9 p.m.
Stop Motion Animation with LAIKA
With Brian McLean, Director of Rapid Prototype at LAIKA

NEW INFO
October 27, 7 - 9 p.m.
Quantum Entanglement & Teleportation
With Andrew M.C. Dawes, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics and assistant dean of Excellence in Teaching, Pacific University

Science Pub Eugene
Cozmic Pizza, 199 W 8th Ave., Eugene, OR (Inside The Strand at 8th and Charnelton)
Co-presenters of Science Pub Eugene are OMSI (omsi.edu), The Science Factory (sciencefactory.org) and the University of Oregon's College of Arts & Sciences (cas.uoregon.edu). Cost: $5.00 suggested donation.
omsi.edu/sciencepubeugene.

September 18, 6 - 8 p.m.
Jammed Particulate Systems
With Eric Corwin, Ph.D., astronomy professor in the Department of Physics, U of O

NEW INFO
October 9, 7 - 9 p.m.
Earthquakes in Oregon: Are We Ready for the Big One?
With Scott Burns, Ph.D., professor emeritus of geology at Portland State University

Science Pub McMinnville
Hotel Oregon, 310 N.E. Evans Street, McMinnville, OR
Cost: $5.00 suggested donation.
omsi.edu/sciencepubmcminnville

NEW INFO
October 23, 7 - 9 p.m.
What's an Anthropologist Doing Studying Energy? Social and Cultural Implications of the Looming Net Energy Cliff
With Thomas Love, Ph.D., professor of anthropology and environmental studies at Linfield College

$2 DAYS AT OMSI
Explore the museum for only $2 per person the first Sunday of every month.

October 5

THE EMPIRICAL THEATER AT OMSI
Named for knowledge gained through observation, the Empirical Theater emphasizes programming that engages and entertains visitors on educational, scientific and cultural topics. With a new giant screen, Dolby Atmos sound system and 3D capability, the theater is expanding the tradition of offering the latest in high-quality informative and entertaining films for all ages. omsi.edu/empirical-theater

NEW INFO
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The thrilling second chapter of the epic "How to Train Your Dragon" trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless. The inseparable duo must protect the peace - and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago.

X-Men: Days of Future Past
The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class in an epic battle that must change the past - to save our future.

Maleficent
Starring Angelina Jolie as the iconic Disney villainess, Maleficent is a live-action re-imagining of Disney's 1959 animated classic Sleeping Beauty. The film explores the untold story of Maleficent's transformation from beautiful, pure-hearted young woman to vengeful protector of her realm. Ruthlessly betrayed by the leader of an invading human army, Maleficent places a curse on the newborn infant of the human king only to later realize that the child may hold the key to peace in the kingdom--and to Maleficent's true happiness as well.

NEW INFO
Adrenaline Rush
From breathtaking views of skydiving over the Florida Keys to a 4,265-foot jump from a legendary Norwegian cliff, Adrenaline Rush explores the psychological and physiological forces behind risk taking and the physics involved in high-risk activities.

NEW INFO
Prehistoric Planet: Walking With Dinosaurs 3D
Join narrator Benedict Cumberbatch on an extraordinary journey back in time to the Alaska of 70 million years ago. Through the latest in CGI technology, BBC Earth invites you to witness the most authentic dinosaur experience ever to be presented on the Giant Screen.

Bears
An epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature's new True Life Adventure showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life's most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop, Bears captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet's last great wildernesses.

Flight of the Butterflies 3D
A scientific adventure story about the remarkable Monarch butterfly which makes one of the longest migrations on Earth with pinpoint navigational accuracy to a secluded place it has never been. Follow the monarchs' perilous and extraordinary journey through the story of an intrepid scientist's 40-year search to find their remote hideaway in the mountains of Mexico.

PLANETARIUM SHOWS

For more information, visit: omsi.edu/planetarium

To Space and Back
Now Showing Daily at 3:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
To Space and Back, narrated by James May, takes audiences on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to our own planet. It is an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day. Discover how we've been changed by space exploration, and what we owe to curiosity and the spirit of discovery.

Perfect Little Planet
Now Showing Daily at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun at 4:30 p.m.
Imagine the ultimate space vacation! Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes--a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known dwarf planet. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms of Jupiter. Walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? A solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.

Starry Nights LIVE!
Now Showing Daily at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.; Sat-Sun at 4:00 p.m.
Showing Daily at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.; and 4:00 p.m. starting June 14 Learn about the interesting stories of the constellations and others in this live presentation in OMSI's Kendall Planetarium. It is not just stars in the night sky--planets, constellations, zodiac, shooting stars, and satellites are all there if you know when and where to look. Navigate by the stars and discover how you can become a backyard astronomer. Topics will change monthly and graphics will be programmed accordingly. All shows are hosted and narrated live by OMSI planetarium staff.

MATINEE LASER SHOWS

September

Laser Galactic Odyssey
Showing Daily at 3:00 p.m.; Sat-Sun at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
A musical tour of the galaxy that mixes stellar lasers with science fiction themes, rock and electronic music.
Song List: Galaxy Song - Monty Python, Major Tom - Peter Schilling, Cosmic Girl - Jamiroquai, Cotton Eye Joe - Rednexx, Lost in Space - Apollo 440, Fire on High - ELO

EVENING LASER SHOWS (Fridays and Saturdays only)

September

NEW INFO
8:15 p.m.
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Around The World, Scar Tissue, Nobody Weird Like Me, Breaking The Girl, Under The Bridge, Yertle The Turtle, Give It Away, My Friends, Roller Coaster, Higher Ground.

9:30 p.m.
Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon - Speak To Me, Breathe, On The Run, Time, Breathe (Reprise), The Great Gig In The Sky, Money, Us and Them, Any Colour You Like, Brain Damage, Eclipse.

October

NEW INFO
8:15 p.m.
Smashing Pumpkins - Today, Stand Inside Your Love, Disarm, Tonight Tonight, Rhinoceros, Drown, Quiet, Zero, Cherub Rock.

9:30 p.m.
Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon - Speak To Me, Breathe, On The Run, Time, Breathe (Reprise), The Great Gig In The Sky, Money, Us and Them, Any Colour You Like, Brain Damage, Eclipse.

OMSI CONTACT INFO
Phone: 503.797.4000 or 800.955.6674
Website: www.omsi.edu

PRICING
Museum Admission: $13.00 Adults, $9.50 Youth 3-13 and Seniors 63+, FREE for members Submarine: $6.75 (Tours are for ages 3 and above) Empirical Theater Before 6pm: $8.50 Adults, $6.50 Youth 3-13 and Seniors 63+, $1 off for members Empirical Theater 6pm and After: $7 Adults, $6 Youth 3-13 and Seniors 63+, $1 off for members Planetarium: $5.75 Non-Members/$4.75 Members Matinee Laser Light Shows: $5.75 Non-Members/$4.75 Members Evening Laser Light Shows: $7.50
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Portland Fire & Rescue preparing a second day of "Red Flag" weather
Portland Fire & Rescue - 09/12/14
"Red Flag" warnings are up for a second consecutive day and Portland Fire & Rescue is prepared. Yesterday, more than forty-five fires resulted from the intense wind and dry conditions keeping fire crews, including the crews brought on specifically in anticipation of the extreme weather, busy throughout the afternoon and well into the evening.

The Fire Investigation Unit, this morning released the cause of yesterday's brush fire in Forest Park; an improperly extinguished campfire. That fire required firefighters to hike more than ?1/2 a mile carrying "bladder bags" full of water and hand tools. Though the fire crews limited the fire to well under an acre, firefighters noted that it could have been much worse.

Portland Fire & Rescue is staffing additional units today, including several "Brush Units" equipped specifically to deal with outdoor, brush and wildland fires.

Due to extreme weather conditions no outdoor burning is allowed today. Portland Fire & Rescue urges everyone to exercise extreme caution when using any potential ignition source of fire; this includes discarded cigarettes, barbecue coals, or other smoldering materials. On days like today it takes only a spark to ignite a conflagration. Anyone encountering even a small fire is urged to contact 911 immediately as fire can quickly multiply in size and only fire crews are properly equipped to safely respond to and extinguish such fires.
City of Tualatin Receives Grant
City of Tualatin - 09/12/14
Mayor Lou Ogden is proud to announce that the Oregon Public Health Institute (OPHI) has awarded the City of Tualatin $3,200 for the Tualatin River Greenway Benches project. This grant will add benches along the Tualatin River Greenway Trail to promote active living through exercise and further the Council goal of promoting health and wellness. Mayor Ogden would like to thank OPHI for its generous support.
Invitation to Portland VA Fisher House Groundbreaking 19 Sept. 2014 (Photo)
Portland VA Medical Center - 09/12/14
Artist rendering of PVAMC Fisher House
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Please join the Portland VA and the Fisher House Foundation for a ceremonious celebration for the construction groundbreaking of the New PVAMC Fisher House.

Date -
Sept 19, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location -
PVAMC Vancouver Campus located at 1601 E. 4th Plain Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98661 on the far southeast side of the PVAMC Vancouver Campus next to the Community Living Center.

Who is invited -
Everyone

The Fisher House Program provides no-cost temporary accommodations to America's military Veterans and active duty service members' families and caregivers while Veterans are getting treatment. PVAMC was selected to participate in the program and build a home on the Vancouver PVAMC campus to support Portland and Vancouver facilities. A shuttle service will provide transportation between the two locations. The
PVAMC house is to be designed for 16 families and have common kitchens and living rooms but will have private bedrooms and bathrooms.
Construction is anticipated to take 10 to 12 months to complete.

Media and the public are invited to this community event.

For more info go to the PVAMC Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/vaportland#!/events/517673025032953/


Attached Media Files: Artist rendering of PVAMC Fisher House
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Thursday, Sept. 12, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/12/14
This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Thursday, Sept. 12, 2014

NEW FIRES
No new fires were reported in the past 24 hours on ODF-protected lands.

CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES

>Yellow Point Fire: the Yellow Point Fire, 25 miles west of Cottage Grove, stands at 790 acres and is 51% contained. Firefighters remain on high alert as the forecasted Red Flag Warning continues today and through the weekend. Road closures are still in effect and can be found at the fire's Inciweb site: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/ or by reading the press release below.

>West Fork Fire: the West Fork Fire, not on ODF-protected lands but an interagency operation, started Monday seven miles south of Joseph, Oregon in northeast Oregon. The fire is 135 acres and 10% contained, and crews will continue to link firelines and contain the fire before warmer temperatures return this weekend. Cause is under investigation. Fire managers encourage the public to respect the trail and area closures around the fire to ensure public and firefighter safety. The closures include Portions of the the West Fork trail (#1820) and the Ice Lake Trail (#1808). For more information, contact Christie Shaw at 541-263-0661 or stay current via Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4101/

ABOUT THIS UPDATE

ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's major actions as a partner with other agencies.

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON

More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS

ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF's fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA

News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

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Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander

Yellow Point Fire
September 12, 2014 Update

The Yellow Point Fire remains 790 acres and is now 51 percent contained.

While the fire activity has decreased substantially over the past 24 hours, firefighters remain on high alert as the forecasted Red Flag Warning continues today through the weekend. While winds are expected to subside later in the day, temperatures are likely to increase and stay hot through Sunday. Any fire ignition outside containment lines carries the potential for rapid fire spread.

Fire crews will continue to grid the fire area, mop up hot spots and patrol for spot fires.

Due to fire traffic, road closures remain in effect throughout the fire area. Hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts are required to stay away from the area until closures are lifted by fire officials.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Fire managers would like to remind the public to exercise caution under the current fire conditions. A Regulated Use Closure remains in effect that requires campfires in designated locations (approved campgrounds), prohibits smoking, power saw use and off road driving. Mowing of dried cured grass is not allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. For more information on fire restrictions, log onto www.oregon.gov/odf.

FIRE AT A GLANCE

Size: 790 acres
Location: 25 miles W of Cottage Grove
Containment: 51%
Cause: Under Investigation

Road Closures:
Oxbow Creek Road (19-7-25.1) from Siuslaw River Road (19-7-25);
M-Line Road (20-7-8 and 19-8-29) from J-Line (19-8-3);
North Sister Creek Road (20-8-18.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
Twin Sisters Access Road (20-8-17) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
Yellow Point Road (20-7-28 and 20-7-8.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26) and
Yellow Creek Road (20-7-32) from Smith River Road (20-11-26).
Road closures remaining in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road. South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

Resources: crews 33; engines 27; tenders 14; dozers 1; helicopters 6
Total personnel: 827
Estimated Cost: $3,600,000

Cooperating Agencies: BLM, Roseburg Resources, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Lane County Administrative Office, and the Douglas and Lane County Sheriff's Offices

For More Information: 541-935-4420
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/
ODF Wildfire Blog: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry
MESD-Board Regular Session-9-16-14 at 6:00 pm
Multnomah ESD - 09/12/14
The Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors will meet in regular Session on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220 in the Board Room. The Board will approve the amended Superintendents contract, the Financial report for July, and receive Board reports.
Vancouver Chamber Launches Second "Home Based Business Series" on September 29th (Photo)
Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce - 09/12/14
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(VANCOUVER, Wash.) - On Monday, September 29th the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce will bring back the "Home Based Business Series" (HBBS) offering seven classes in a variety of topics important to small and home based businesses. The Chamber received overwhelming participation in the spring with their first-ever HBBS. The GVCC was featured on KGW News channel 8, as well as recognized nationally by fellow Chamber Leaders for this pioneering approach to micro business education.

If you're a small or home based business in Clark County registration is now open at www.vancouverusa.com for the following seven classes, all hosted on Monday nights from 6:30-8pm at the GVCC office (1101 Broadway Suite 100, Vancouver, WA 98660). Classes are free to Chamber members, $25/class for non-members, scholarships are available. Here is a complete list of classes and topics:

Monday, September 29 - Media Content, Chandra Chase, GVCC Communications Director
Monday, October 6 - Marketing, Ronnie Noize, DIY Marketing Center
Monday, October 13 - Top Mistakes, Facilitator, Amy Vance, Vance Family Soy Candles
Monday, October 20 - Time Management, Kevin Heibert, Resonate
Monday, October 27 - Sales Motivation, Carole Parker Walsh, Silpada Designs Jewelry & Adjunct Professor at Goshen College
Monday, November 3 - Social Media, Kevin Getch of WebFor
Monday, November 10 - Alternative Funding, Rebecca Kennedy, Community & Economic Development, City of Vancouver

"The Chamber was blown away by the participation last spring in our first-ever Home Based Business Series. Not only did we have a wide variety of businesses attend each class, but the series was a great opportunity for our Chamber Members to teach classes within the realm of their business expertise... this was a win-win for the community and Chamber," explained Darcy Altizer, the GVCC VP, Member Services and program creator.

About the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC):
Founded in 1890, the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) is a non-profit organization aimed at advancing and strengthening the regional business community through member services, public affairs advocacy and community building. The Chamber is a supportive alliance of diverse member businesses, individuals and organizations, working together toward long-term business prosperity. The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce is the heart of Clark County's business community, advocating for sound, sensible and dynamic policies that ensure a vital economic climate while improving Vancouver's infrastructure and quality of life. For more information, please visit www.vancouverusa.com.
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Linn County Traffic Enforcement Update
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 09/12/14
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports the Sheriff's Office has completed their participation in the Oregon Department of Transportation enhanced seatbelt enforcement for Linn County. The enhanced seatbelt enforcement ran from August 25th through September 7th.

These extra patrols were responsible for 44.25 hours of additional enforcement with 80 total traffic stops made. These traffic violations include 59 speed violations and 10 safety belt violations. In addition, 2 driving while suspended, 1 arrest warrant and 8 other traffic violations were enforced.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office would like to thank everyone for safe driving practices and following the rules of the road.
Hillsboro Police Locate Missing Teen
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 09/12/14
On the afternoon of September 11, Woodland Police Department officers, acting upon information developed by Hillsboro Police Department detectives, located 13 year old Ivette Gutierrez at a motel in the city of Woodland, Washington. Gutierrez was reported missing to Hillsboro Police on September 8. She was in good health and has been reunited with her family.

Her uncle, Jose Rigoberto Gomez-Sosa, age 44, was located at the same time and arrested by Woodland Police officers. He was lodged in the Cowlitz County Jail on a charge of Kidnapping in the Second Degree in the state of Washington. Charges in the state of Oregon have not yet been filed, and the case will be referred to the Washington County District Attorney's office for prosecution.
Tigard Pedestrian Crosswalk Enforcement Yields 21 Citations
Tigard Police - 09/12/14
On Thursday, September 11th, Tigard Police conducted a focused pedestrian crosswalk enforcement. The effort is to help raise awareness regarding pedestrian laws through enforcement and education. The grant-funded enforcement campaign took place at the intersection of Greenburg Rd and Center St. in Tigard.

Over the three-hour period, Tigard officers conducted 22 traffic stops. Of those, 14 drivers were issued citations for failure to stop and remain stopped for pedestrians (ORS 811.028). Other violations resulting in the issuance of citations or warnings include: 3 citations issued for failure to obey a traffic control device; 1 citation for driving while suspended; 1 citation for operating a vehicle without driving privileges; 1 citation for driving uninsured and 1 citation for failure to use a seatbelt.

Plans for additional pedestrian law enforcement projects are underway. More information about traffic safety and other important issues affecting motorists and pedestrians can be found at www.tigard-or.gov/police or www.oregon.gov/odot
MESD Board Executive Session 9-16-2014 at 5:30 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 09/12/14
The Board of Directors will meet in Executive Session at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 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; Following the Executive Session, the Board will meet at approximately 6:00 p.m. in Regular Session.
Scio Juvenile Arrested for Possession of Molotov Cocktails
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 09/12/14
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports on September 11, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. deputies responded to the Scio High School for a report of a student who claimed to possess Molotov cocktails. The principal was alerted by a teacher, that a 17-year old male student was making threats to throw Molotov cocktails at police cars.

Deputies responded to the High School and questioned the juvenile and the juvenile's grandfather, who had been contacted by the school. Deputies learned the juvenile was upset over the arrest of a juvenile friend. Deputies were told the Molotov cocktails were not at the school but were located at his residence in Scio.

Deputies responded to the juvenile's residence and seized 3 Molotov cocktails. The Molotov cocktails were made of glass bottles with gasoline inside. Each one had a paper towel stuffed in the neck of the bottle to be used as a wick.

Deputies seized the Molotov cocktails and the juvenile was arrested and transported to the Linn Benton Juvenile Detention Center in Albany. The Juvenile was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Destructive Device and Unlawful Manufacturing of a Destructive Device.

This investigation is continuing.
PF&R Responds to a House Fire (7466 N Van Houten)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 09/12/14
This Morning at 4:21 AM Portland Firefighters were called to a vacant house at 7466 N Van Houten Ave. When firefighters arrived they found fire on the back side of the structure. Fire crews found a majority of the fire on the exterior and in the homes attic.

Firefighters attacked the fire and began searching for occupants. The exterior fire was extinguished, but gaining access to the attic fire took longer as crews had to pull down interior ceiling material. All of the fire was extinguished and no injuries were associated with this fire. A fire investigator was called to determine the fires cause. Damage estimates aren't available yet.

The Portland area is expecting another warm, dry and windy day.

Please dispose of smoking material (cigarettes, cigars) in a non-flammable ashtray and ensure that cigarettes are completely extinguished.

Proper Disposal of Ashes-http://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/article/387766
09/11/14
Red Cross Responds to Marion County House Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/11/14
Volunteer disaster responders with the American Red Cross this evening met with Client in response to a disaster in the 21000 of Ferry Rd, SE in Mehama, OR., an unincorporated community in Marion County.

This single-family fire affected 1 adult. Red Cross provided lodging, food, clothing, comfort kits, and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.
3 local business contacted by caller who fraudulently represented local power company to get payment
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/11/14
The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office is investigating fraud cases where two local business owners received a call from a person saying they were from the Cowlitz PUD and that the people were behind in their PUD bill and needed to go to Rite Aid and purchase a prepaid credit card or the PUD would shut off their power. One customer, Robin Austreng who owns the Lone Fir Tavern went to Rite Aid to purchase the card, but was warned by the Rite Aid Employee that this was probably a scam and She did not purchase the card. The other victim, Amy Schlecht who owns Lexi's Pizza in Lexington got a similar call but did not purchase a card and called the PUD who confirmed it was a scam. We are learning that other agencies are investigating similar cases, but it is too early to know more details about these cases.

Cowlitz PUD is working with Sheriff Detectives on the investigation.

Dave Andrew of Cowlitz PUD states "Cowlitz PUD is very concerned to hear that its customers are being contacted and threatened to pay a PUD bill on the spot," said Dave Andrew, PUD Director of Customer Service. "In cases where our customers happen to be delinquent on a bill, our practice is to mail a notice first and allow the customer to make a payment arrangement or pay in a reasonable amount of time. No demands to make an immediate payment are made the PUD. That's not how we do business.

"If anyone receives such a call to pay their bill, just end the call. Then call 360-423-2210 during regular business hours and ask for the PUD's Customer Service Department to review the account and to let us know any key details about the call," Andrew said.

Detectives indicate that early leads are showing the callers are out of state. Anyone who believes they are the victim of this kind of fraud should call their local law enforcement where they live.
PF&R responds to a Wildfire (SW Capitol Hwy between Terwilliger & Barbur)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 09/11/14
This afternoon at 2:34 PM Portland Firefighters were called to a wildfire on SW Capitol Hwy between Terwilliger and Barbur. Fire crews from Station 5 arrived and found a fire burning up the hillside from Capitol to Terwilliger. Firefighters began working to put a "wet line" around the fire (soaking the plants and detritus on the fires perimeter).

The fire necessitated closing Capitol and Terwilliger for a time. The fire was knocked down and firefighters began mopping up or cooling and removing burning material. While firefighters were extinguishing this fire another brush fire was reported in the area of 3400 NW Raleigh. Fire commanders sent some of the engine crews from the capitol fire straight to the Raleigh fire.

So far today, there have been over thirty wildland incidents in Portland Fire & Rescue's response area.

Portland Fire & Rescue reminds residents to be fire safe during this hot, dry and windy weather. A Red Flag fire warning is in effect and the public is asked to refrain from outdoor recreational burning.

Please dispose of BBQ ash in a metal container with a metal lid. Store ashes away from structures.

Dispose of cigars, and cigarettes in non-flammable ashtrays and make sure they are completely out.
2014 Business & Leadership Awards Recipients Revealed at Sept 9th Event (Photo)
Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce - 09/11/14
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(VANCOUVER, Wash.) - On Tuesday, September 9th the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce hosted their Annual Officer Installation and 2014 "Business and Leadership Award" event at the Hilton in front of 320 of the community's movers and shakers. This event, themed "A Whole New Ballgame" was sponsored by the Port of Vancouver USA. This was the 3rd annual presentation of the "Business and Leadership Awards," where five awards were presented: Community Builder (Large & Small Business), Statesman of the Year, Start-up to Watch, and the Community Champion Award. The finalists in each award category were brought to the stage and presented a certificate and the 2014 winners were revealed:

Community Builder (Large Business): New Seasons Market
New Seasons, entered the Vancouver market two years ago and is actively engaged with schools, social services, the food bank and other non profits helping families by providing good nutritional education and food. New Seasons donates 10% of their after-tax profits to local organizations. Congratulations Leanne O'Neal.

Community Builder (Small Business): Mill Creek Pub
Mill Creek Pub and owner Russell Brent - a family owned restaurant in Battle Ground that serves as a community hub. Mill Creek Pub provides meeting space for groups. It also supports non-profit organizations by donating catered dinners and special dinner tours raising money for non-profits. Russell was out of town and his good friend and supporter Doug Quinn accepted on his behalf.

2014 Start up to Watch (defined as first five years in business): Fringe Digital Marketing Agency
Fringe is a Vancouver based creative and internet marketing firm. Matt Janik launched his business opening his first studio earlier this year in Vancouver. He hires local graduates from WSU-Vancouver and partners with various non-profits providing support. Fringe works with large companies such as Kiewit and Benchmade. It also works with small companies just starting out.

Statesman of the Year: Nan Henriksen
Nan Henriksen served as one of 15 county free holders elected to help draft a new county charter. Nan is a business owner, served as the Camas Mayor, active in her community for four decades. As chair of the freeholders, she led a respectful, fair, open minded and productive process and was successful in finding consensus among the free holders for the current charter proposal.

Community Champion (individual with outstanding community contributions): Tom Hagley Jr.
Tom Hagley Jr. is Chief of Staff at Vancouver Public Schools. He helped lead the effort to bring tablets and new technology into the classrooms to help equip students for the future. He also led a strategic initiative to develop a 13 family-community resource centers in schools serving high concentrations of poverty-affected students. By providing for basic needs and offering support, students arrive at school ready to learn.

About the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC):
Founded in 1890, the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) is a non-profit organization aimed at advancing and strengthening the regional business community through member services, public affairs advocacy and community building. The Chamber is a supportive alliance of diverse member businesses, individuals and organizations, working together toward long-term business prosperity. The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce is the heart of Clark County's business community, advocating for sound, sensible and dynamic policies that ensure a vital economic climate while improving Vancouver's infrastructure and quality of life. For more information, please visit www.vancouverusa.com.
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Title VI Program Update
Canby Area Transit - 09/11/14
Transit Advisory Committee for Canby Area Transit (CAT) will host a Public Meeting regarding an update of its Title VI Program which includes a limited English proficiency (LEP) plan. The goal of program and plan are to remove barriers and conditions that prevent minority, low income, limited English proficiency, and other disadvantages groups and persons from receiving access, participation and/or benefits from CAT services which are funded in part from federal programs.

Canby Police Department's Community Room.
September 23, 2014
7:00pm

Canby Police Department
1175 NW 3rd Avenue
Canby, OR 97013

In addition to the Title VI Program update, general information regarding the services currently offered by CAT will be presented. Attendees will be given an opportunity to share their ideas either verbally or through the completion of surveys or comment cards. Documents will be available in both English and Spanish. A Spanish interpreter will be available.

The update of the Title VI Program and the LEP will prepare CAT to update its Transit Master Plan. The Transit Master Plan update is planned for early 2015.

Transportation to and from the meeting will be available (within Canby). Please call CAT (503.266.4022) on or before 5:00pm on September 22nd to request a ride.


Attached Media Files: Spanish Flier , English Flier , Press Release
WSU Vancouver offers financial aid and scholarship workshops for college-bound students
WSU Vancouver - 09/11/14
Vancouver, Wash. - Washington State University Vancouver will host a series of A-Z of Financial Aid and Scholarship workshops this fall for prospective college students, no matter the college they choose. These workshops are free and open to the public.

Prospective students and parents will learn from financial aid experts the many ways to make a college education attainable. Presenters will answer commonly asked questions about financial aid and scholarships, including what scholarships are available, how to apply for financial aid, and when and how to receive awarded funds.

Workshops will be held in the Student Services Center, Room 101 unless otherwise specified:
* 5:30 p.m. Sept. 16
* 6 p.m. Oct. 1
* 2:30 pm. Oct. 18, Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110
* 5:30 p.m. Oct. 30
* 6 p.m. Nov. 12
* 7 p.m. Dec. 4, Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110
* 1 p.m. Dec. 13, Vancouver Community Library (Main), 901 C Street, Vancouver, Wash.

About WSU Vancouver
WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-Tran bus service. Parking for on-campus A-Z workshops is free in Orange Lot 2.

WSU Vancouver is celebrating 25 years of creating access to higher education in Southwest Washington. For 25 years, students have chosen WSU Vancouver for its scenic campus, small classes, close personal attention, topnotch faculty, accessible location and reasonable costs. At WSU Vancouver, students gain much more than a degree--they gain a brighter future.

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Crews Fight Heavy Fire at Bull Mountain Residence (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 09/11/14
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TVF&R firefighters were dispatched to an original report of a grass fire on 14500 block of SW 148th Place in Tigard. On arrival, however, crews found a different situation with the entire deck and upper story of the residence fully involved with fire and extending into the attic. Firefighters quickly deployed hose lines to attack the fire and had it under control in approximately 25 minutes.

The original 911 call came from a neighbor who indicated it was grass fire, but by the time he returned the site of the fire it had grown significantly and involved the home. As firefighters pulled hose lines to the back of the structure, they noticed the majority of the back lawn had been scorched. A TVF&R fire investigator found the fire had started on the exterior of the building and then moved to the interior. The exact fire cause is yet to be determined. No injuries were reported.

A red flag warning is currently in effect for the Portland area through Sunday. The combination of low humidity, strong winds and warm temperatures create an environment for fire to easily ignite and quickly spread. TVF&R urges extreme caution with disposal of all burning and smoking materials.


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Operation Overcoat Collection Day Sept. 20 at Cinetopia (Photo)
Union Gospel Mission - 09/11/14
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Operation Overcoat Collection Day Sept. 20 at Cinetopia

Portland, Ore.,- Union Gospel Mission will begin collecting needed items such as sleeping bags, new socks and underwear, hoodies and coats in L and XL sizes for its 14th Annual Operation Overcoat. Collection takes place on Sept. 20 from noon-2p.m. at Progress Ridge Cinetopia 12345 SW Horizon Blvd., in Beaverton.

Savannah, from 99.5 FM The Wolf, will be there to hand out prizes and movie passes. The event creates a fun environment helping Portland's homeless receive needed clothing items such as shoes, boots, sleeping bags and more.

Operation Overcoat takes place Sept. 27. Homeless men, women and children will receive tickets to "shop" for the essentials. In addition, guests have access to lunch, haircut, and dental exam. A live band will also perform keeping the day festive.

About Union Gospel Mission: Union Gospel Mission's purpose is "Feeding the hungry, restoring the addict and loving our neighbor." Union Gospel Mission has been serving Portland since 1927. Union Gospel Mission provides meals and care for the homeless and operates LifeChange, a transformative recovery program for men, women and children. Contact Union Gospel Mission at 503-274-4483 or ugmportland.org and @ugmpdx.

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Questions? Contact Stacy Kean or Jojoe Nujoy 503-274-4483.


Attached Media Files: Operation Overcoat 2013
Summer's End Promenade to Highlight 110 Years of History through Costume at Fort Vancouver NHS
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 09/11/14
The National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will be presenting the annual Summer's End Promenade on Saturday, September 27, 2014 between 1 pm and 3 pm.

National Park Service Volunteers-in-Parks (VIPs) of all ages will be attired in a range of period costume illustrating 110 years of history represented at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and the Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Participants will stroll down Officers Row and along the historic Parade Ground, stopping at the Grant House and its veranda.

Visitors are invited to stop and have conversations one-on-one with participants about what was taking place onsite and in the Pacific Northwest during the era each costume represents. Volunteers from the park's Costume and Textile Department will also be on hand to answer questions about clothing construction and style. Photography is welcome.

In case of inclement weather, the Promenade will visit the Grant House and relocate to Pearson Air Museum.

This event mimics the days past, when an afternoon stroll in pleasant weather was taken for good health, to enjoy the company of friends, and to show off one's clothing finery in a relaxed atmosphere. It is also an opportunity for the public to see reproduction clothing used across all park programs and events, with an emphasis on those items which may be displayed less frequently.

The public is encouraged to enjoy the grounds of the national park and see the results of the national park's Costume and Textile Department's dedicated volunteers, who work behind the scenes to help park programs come alive.

"It is highly rewarding to work with so many exceptionally talented volunteers. And, the public really cares about our efforts here at the park. We have received many generous donations--funds, time, talent, and items. It is so heartwarming when someone personally chooses to work with and support us," said Eileen Trestain, Coordinator of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site's Costume and Textile Department.

"Tremendous work is put into reproduction costumes because frequently the public is up close, asking questions of our history interpreters. This event gives the many volunteers who participate in our living history programs an opportunity to bring over 100 years of history to life," said Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Superintendent Tracy Fortmann.

"The sewing skills of the nineteenth century are very different than those of the twenty-first, and most volunteers have to learn a whole new 'old' way of sewing," added Trestain. "The costume department includes individuals performing all types of work from knitters,crocheters, embroiderers and beadworkers to office personnel--a whole range of skills beyond basic sewing."

What: Summer's End Promenade

When: Saturday, September 27, 2014 between 1 pm and 3 pm

Where: Officers Row & the Parade Ground of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site & Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Inclement weather locations are the Grant House and Pearson Air Museum.

Who: National Park Service Staff and Volunteers-in Parks at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Reward Offered: OSP Fish & Wildlife Division Investigation of Poached Bull Elk Southeast of Eagle Point in Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/11/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division asks for the public's help for information to identify the person(s) responsible for killing a large bull elk about five miles southeast of Eagle Point in Jackson County. A reward of up to $10,000.00 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. The reward is comprised of $5,000.00 offered through the Humane Society of United States (HSUS) and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust (HSWLT), $4,500 by the Cascade Ranch, and $500 through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) Program administered by the Oregon Hunters Association.

On September 8, 2014, OSP Trooper Josh Nugent began an investigation following the discovery of a headless bull elk on Lake Creek Road near milepost 2. After the head was removed, the elk was left to waste. The rate of decomposition suggests the elk may have been killed at night on September 6 or 7.

"If you know someone who has a fresh bull elk head or antlers, but has not meat or elk carcass, you can help solve this crime and be considered for a significant reward just by providing OSP with the key tip," said Sergeant Kirk Meyer.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Trooper Nugent at (541)727-8055, or the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information may be kept anonymous.

The HSUS and HSWLT work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspected poachers. Questions regarding The Humane Society of the United States rewards program should be directed to Kaitlin Sanderson at 240-672-8397 or ksanderson@humanesociety.org.

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Update: Beaverton Police Investigating a Homicide
Beaverton Police Department - 09/11/14
Update: Beaverton Police Investigating a Homicide

In the early morning of Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Beaverton Police were sent on a report of gun shots heard in the area of the Birch Point apartments. The report was that several gun shots had been heard by residents of the apartments at approximately 3:00 a.m.

Officers searched the apartment complex and located a deceased adult male outside of several apartments.

The Beaverton Police Department with assistance from the Washington County Major Crimes Team is currently investigating this incident.

Update:

The deceased victim in this case is identified as 24 year old Amjad Ahmed Alkofi. Alkofi was a resident of unincorporated Washington County. Alkofi was not a current resident of the Birchpoint Apartments.

Beaverton Police Detectives interviewed two subjects with knowledge last night in Bend, Oregon along with multiple other subjects locally.

Beaverton Police Detectives and Detectives assigned to the Washington County Major Crimes team have been working continuously to discover the details involved in this crime. Investigative progress has been made and we believe there is no further danger to the public associated with this case.

The investigation is on-going and as more details become available the Beaverton Police Department will release information using the Beaverton Police Facebook page, Flash Alert, Twitter, and the Beaverton Police website.

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MCSO K9 Deputy Varro career celebrated as he retires from service (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/11/14
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Today, Thursday Sept 11, 2014, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) celebrated MCSO Patrol K9 Varro's retirement from service with MCSO. MCSO K9 Deputy Varro started his career with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in October of 2005 after arriving in Portland from Germany. Varro, a 100% Pure Bred German Shepherd, was assigned to MCSO Patrol Deputy Todd Weber at the age of 16 months and served his whole career with Deputy Weber.

Varro's exemplary service started with a required 400 hours of Basic K-9 classes and the passing of the Oregon Police Canine Association standards. Varro ended his service with last assignment after a K-9 demonstration at the Kidney Kids Camp entertaining kids fighting through kidney disease.

Varro's career statistics include 985 Calls for Service, 123 captures, 172 assisted apprehensions and numerous evidence finds and retrievals. He has participated in over a hundred public appearances and demonstrations at schools and community events. In addition, Varro has deployed with several specialty units including the East Metro SWAT Team, US Marshal Service, PPB SWAT Team and Clackamas County SWAT. Varro has also assisted several other agencies in the metropolitan area when called upon including Clackamas County , Hood River County, Clark County and Washington County.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office thanks Varro for his distinguished service and for the exemplary service he has provided to the communities of Multnomah County over his nearly 9 years of Service with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.


Attached Media Files: K9Varro6 , K9Varro5 , K9Varro4 , K9Varro3 , K9Varro2 , K9Varro1
Coffee Creek Correctional Facility installs new playground equipment (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 09/11/14
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Children who visit their mothers at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) will soon have new playground equipment on which to slide, climb, and jump thanks to a fundraising effort by the Wilsonville Rotary's Through a Child's Eyes (TACE) committee. TACE projects are funded by the Wilsonville Rotary Club Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization.

Each of CCCF's facilities (medium and minimum) had playground jungle gyms when they opened 13 years ago. However, recently both gym sets had deteriorated and were removed for safety reasons. The TACE committee was asked to help, and immediately went to work procuring funding to complete the project. The main financial contributors are the Wilsonville Rotary TACE committee, Stimson Lumber Co., the Juan Young Trust, and Republic Services of Wilsonville.

Ground breaking began August 5, 2014, at the minimum facility, when staff and inmates began digging holes to set the posts in concrete. The minimum institution equipment is already in place, and installation of the medium institution's equipment is underway. In colorful hues of orange, green, and blue, the equipment features ladders, monkey bars, slides, holes to crawl through, and a fort-like arrangement to survey the surroundings.

"We feel extremely fortunate to have a partner like the Wilsonville Rotary," said Superintendent Heidi Steward. "They help provide a number of services to the children and families of Coffee Creek's incarcerated mothers. Their support is helping improve lives and public safety."

CCCF is a multi-custody facility in Wilsonville that houses more than 1,200 women. CCCF delivers a range of correctional services and programs including alcohol and drug treatment, education, work opportunities, cognitive programming, and pre-release services. The minimum facility opened in 2001 and the medium facility opened in 2002. CCCF is Oregon's only women's prison. It also houses the state's intake center, which provides intake and evaluation of all male inmates committed to state custody.

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Attached Media Files: Playground equipment at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility
City seeks applicants for position on Aviation Advisory Committee
City of Vancouver - 09/11/14
Vancouver, Wash. - The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill one vacancy on its Aviation Advisory Committee. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 13.

This nine-member group of volunteers is appointed by the Vancouver City Council and is responsible for advising the City on matters related to Pearson Field Airport and aviation issues in general.

There is no city residency requirement for this position. This recruitment is for a mid-term vacancy that expires December 2016. The committee meets at Pearson Field Airport Pilot's Lounge, 105 East Reserve St. in Vancouver, at noon on the second Tuesday of each month. The time commitment monthly varies from two to six hours, which includes meeting time and other duties.

Interested applicants may apply online at www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. To have an application mailed to you, or for further information, contact Amanda Delapena at Vancouver City Hall by phone at (360) 487-8605, by email at amanda.delapena@cityofvancouver.us, for by mail at City of Vancouver, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995.

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BGPS' Teachers Benefit from Professional Development Days (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 09/11/14
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Teachers in Battle Ground Public Schools met this past Wednesday afternoon to start the year's professional development series. The district has scheduled 11 early release days designed for professional development opportunities for teachers and staff. This week's focus was examining student data and work on this year's school improvement plans. Teachers and specialists use collaborative time to identify student needs and create plans to support students' academic success. The remaining professional development early release days will allow administrators, teachers and staff to focus on the implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Teacher Principal Evaluation Project, assessments and proven instructional practices.

"The past few years the district has realized that teachers need time to work together and collaborate around the new standards, new testing, and new report cards," said Mark Ross, Battle Ground's assistant superintendent of teaching and learning. "There are a lot of things we are asking teachers to do in addition to assessing student growth and creating goals."

CCSS represents a shift in the teaching of English language arts (writing, reading, listening, and speaking) and math. The standards were designed to ensure that all students are learning what they need to know to graduate from high school prepared for college or a career. The district has been preparing for CCSS over the past several years and will be joining all districts across the state with full implementation this year. Professional development time has been an essential element in preparing for this year's implementation.

The district has asked educators to focus some professional development afternoons on goals and collaboration within their schools, while on other afternoons teachers will come together across grade levels or subjects to share and learn the most effective teaching methods that will increase student achievement. "We want to make sure all teachers have the same understanding of what we expect the kids to know and be able to do," Ross said.

Teachers at Tukes Valley Primary spent the afternoon with their new principal, Jennifer Paulsen, discussing how teaching methods affect student achievement and what teachers can do to increase student achievement. "Teachers did a pre-assessment that told them about where their kids are at," Paulsen said. "Now they're looking deeper at student work to determine students' strengths and weaknesses, and teachers are using that information to plan instruction."

Teachers can also use student assessment data to discover more effective teaching methods. "If one class is doing better than another, then we want to find out why and share those teaching strategies across classrooms," Ross said.

The school district is constantly assessing the need for teacher collaboration and reevaluates the school calendar each year. "We want our teachers in classrooms and students in school, so it's important to determine the most effective balance," Ross said. Additional early release days are scheduled throughout the year for parent-teacher conferences and to monitor student progress and assign grades.

The Battle Ground Public Schools calendar is available on the district website at http://www.battlegroundps.org/about-us/school-calendars

More information about Common Core State Standards is available on the district website at http://www.battlegroundps.org/district/common-core


Attached Media Files: Captain Strong Primary Teachers , Tukes Valley First Grade Teachers
Special Education Grants Available in Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook and Washington Counties
NW Regional ESD: Washington Co. - 09/11/14
Public school educators in Washington, Clatsop, Columbia, and Tillamook counties working with children in special education programs are eligible to apply for grants between $100 and $5,000 from the Northwest Regional ESD Foundation. The application process runs Monday, September 15, through Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Awards will be announced Friday, November 14, 2014. Grants will be awarded for projects that directly impact young children and students through age 21, in Special Education programs. Additional information and the online application can be found at www.nwresdfoundation.org.
Crime Stoppers Tips Lead to Identification and Arrest of 4 Juveniles for Kenilworth Park Fires
Portland Police Bureau - 09/11/14
Arson Investigators from the Portland Police Bureau and Portland Fire & Rescue have arrested four juveniles in connection with several fires this Summer in Southeast Portland's Kenilworth Park.

The four male juveniles, ranging in age from 11 to 15 years old, face charges ranging from Arson in the Second Degree to Reckless Burning.

Anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers of Oregon led to the identification of the suspects.

Between July 12 and August 3, 2014, firefighters and police responded to 10 fires in the area of Kenilworth Park, located at Southeast 32nd Avenue and Holgate Street.

The fires were small trash fires in the park and, in one case, a burning mattress left near the northwest corner of the park. One fire damaged a fire hydrant.

Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in featured cases, or any unsolved felony crimes, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be left in English or Spanish.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Investigators:
Detective Joe Luiz
Portland Police Bureau
(503) 823-3408
joseph.luiz@portlandoregon.gov

Investigator Rick McGraw
Portland Fire & Rescue
(503) 823-3797
rick.mcgraw@portlandoregon.gov

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Grass fire contained, buildings saved (Photo)
Fire Dist. 3, Clark County - 09/11/14
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Fire District 3 responded at 11:00 to a grass fire in the area of 127th Circle and 192nd Ave. The fire was located in a pasture between a house and a large livestock barn. Crews quickly extinguished the fire that was threatening a pump house and the large barn. Fire District 3 would like to remind everyone that there are current red flag warnings in place for high winds and low humidity predicted for the next couple days. Also, the burn ban is still in effect until October 1.


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Rex Putnam celebrates 50 years with open house
North Clackamas Sch. Dist. - 09/11/14
Rex Putnam High School opened for the 1963 - 1964 school year.
To celebrate the school's half-century anniversary, the high school is opening the doors for community tours.
On October 3 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, the school will celebrate its history and show off its remodel.

"Your old locker is gone, but you can visit the classroom of your favorite teacher and reminisce a bit," states Kathy Walsh principal at Rex Putnam High School. "Come and see the beauty of the remodel. Thanks to community support the school is looking good. If you can show you are an alumni or former staff, we will give you a free ticket to get into the homecoming game, which starts at 7:00 pm."

There are a limited number of excess yearbooks from some of those 50 years.

The yearbooks will be given away on a first come, first served basis.
Thanks to 600 volunteer hours schools spruced up for opening day
North Clackamas Sch. Dist. - 09/11/14
Thanks to the efforts of volunteers from several area churches, students from North Clackamas Schools returned this month to eight improved landscaped schools.

On August 23, about 200 volunteers from Gracepoint, Milwaukie Covenant Church, Milwaukie Christian Church, Thompson Road Bible Fellowship, Hillside Christian Church, Oak Hills Presbyterian Church and New Hope Community Church turned out from 9:00 a.m. to noon to help spruce up the schools.

The schools included Ardenwald Elementary, Lewelling Elementary, Mount Scott Elementary, Lot Whitcomb Elementary, View Acres Elementary, Rowe Middle School, New Urban High School and Wichita Center for Families and Community.
The volunteers provided the tools and the district provided water and donuts.

This was the second year volunteers turned out for Community Care Day. Last year, three schools received landscaping.

"For our second year, I'd say that's something to be proud of," said Kathy Harrison, district volunteer coordinator, of the increased number of schools supported by the churches.
Boat operator certification course
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/11/14
Due to high demand the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office Marine Division will be hosting another Adventures in Boating certification course. Classes are open to any individual who needs to obtain a Washington State Boaters Education Card. All vessel operators age 59 and younger must have a Washington Boaters Education Card to operate a vessel in Washington State. The next class is scheduled for October 11th at the Cowlitz County Search and Rescue Building, 1800 Western Lane in Kelso. To register contact Deputy Jordan Spencer at 360-577-3092 or spencerj@co.cowlitz.wa.us. Deadline to register is October 8th. The class is FREE.
North Clackamas students outperform state in test scores, narrow achievement gap for English learners
North Clackamas Sch. Dist. - 09/11/14
Continuing to improve on a multiyear trend, students in North Clackamas Schools outperformed the state average in virtually every tested subject and grade level according to state test scores released today.
The data was especially promising for students who are learning English and for Hispanic students. North Clackamas English learners grew in each tested subject at each tested grade level, except for 3rd grade math, and Hispanic students grew in reading and writing at all tested grade levels.

"Our goal is to ensure that our students who are learning English are learning both the new language and the math, reading and science content," she said. "Students benefit when the instruction weaves together language supports and content."

"Educators were able to improve these scores by improving instruction for students learning English and by focusing on explicitly teaching academic language," said Assistant Superintendent Tiffany Shireman.

In other key findings:
-- North Clackamas 3rd through 7th grade reading scores grew in comparison to the previous year's scores.
-- North Clackamas economically disadvantaged students' reading scores grew in comparison to the previous year's scores at grades 3-8.

The next focus, according to Shireman, will be to adopt new math materials for all grades and to reinforce math instruction through a year-long study of effective math instructional practices.
Yamhill County Labor Day Weekend Activities
Newberg-Dundee Police Dept. - 09/11/14
Over the Labor Day holiday weekend, the Newberg-Dundee Police Department, McMinnville Field Office of the Oregon State Police, Yamhill County Sheriff's Office and Yamhill Police Department are all joined forces to detect and arrest impaired drivers.

The combined effort led to three (3) persons being arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. There were three crashes responded to Yamhill County highways. Fortunately, none were serious or fatal.

In addition, law enforcement officers issued approximately 15 citations for other violations to include Driving While Suspended, Driving Uninsured, Failing to Wear Seat Belt and Excessive Speed. Officers also issued approximately 69 warnings for varying violations. Additionally, officers encountered and arrested three people who had outstanding warrants for their arrest. One person was arrested for Recklessly Endangering another Person.

There were several calls to local law enforcement agencies reporting potentially impaired or reckless drivers. Highway safety is a responsibilty we all must share. Motorists not only have the responsibility to drive carefully themselves but also to monitor our roadways, being mindful of other drivers and report potentially impaired or distracted drivers and roadway hazards.

Law Enforcement Officers that work within Yamhill County would like to extend a "thank you" to those who planned ahead by designating a driver and who chose to not drink and drive. One's personal commitment to safety is imperative to the well-being of all motorists and their passengers.



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Workers' compensation costs to drop for second-straight year
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 09/11/14
Oregon workers' compensation costs will decrease an average 5.3 percent in 2015, the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) announced today.

The department approved the average decrease in "pure premium," which is the portion of the premium employers pay insurers to cover anticipated claims costs for job-related injuries and deaths.

Workers' compensation pays injured workers for lost wages and medical care for job-related injuries. Lower average costs in both of those areas are driving down the pure premium for the second-straight year.

"Oregon's strong commitment to workplace safety and health continues to keep costs low for businesses," said Patrick Allen, DCBS director. "Efforts to control medical costs and get workers back to work faster also have contributed to rate decreases in the past two years."

The decrease is based on a recommendation from the Florida-based National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. (NCCI), which analyzes industry trends and prepares rate recommendations for the majority of states.

Pure premium reflects only a portion of workers' compensation costs but is the key factor behind annual cost changes. The decrease is an average, so an individual employer may see a larger decrease, no change, or even an increase depending on the employer's own industry, claims experience, and payroll. Also, pure premium doesn't take into account the varying expenses and profit of insurance companies.

The rate decrease is effective Jan. 1, 2015, but employers will see the changes when they renew their policies in 2015.

Oregon's workers' compensation premium rates have ranked low nationally for many years. Only 11 states and the District of Columbia had average rates lower than Oregon at the beginning of 2012, according to a biennial study conducted by DCBS. The department will release a new study ranking states' 2014 workers' compensation costs in October.

In addition to any change in pure premium, other workers' compensation costs reviewed annually by the department include:

* An assessment on workers' compensation premiums to fund the state costs of running workers' compensation and safety and health programs.

* An assessment on hours worked to fund Oregon's highly successful return-to-work programs that help injured workers return to work quickly and earn close to their pre-injury wages. This assessment also provides increased benefits over time for workers who are permanently and totally disabled, and gives benefits to families of workers who die from workplace injuries or diseases.

Attached is a summary of all the changes as well as more detailed information about the pure premium rate.

More information about Oregon workers' compensation costs can be found at http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/dir/wc_cost/index.html.


Attached Media Files: Pure premium details , Workers' compensation costs summary
Water main work will close northbound lane of SW Terwilliger Blvd. north of SW Capitol Hwy. overnight this weekend
Portland Water Bureau - 09/11/14
Contractors for the Portland Water Bureau will work overnight on Friday and Saturday, September 12 and 13, on SW Terwilliger Boulevard, approximately 200 feet north of the intersection of SW Capitol Highway.
Work in the road will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, September 12 and end at 7 a.m. on Saturday, September 13. Work will resume Saturday at 8 p.m. and end early Sunday September 14 morning. The northbound lane will be closed for approximately 200 feet and flaggers will direct traffic around the construction zone.
Celebrate Pearson Field Party at Pearson Field Airport on September 27, 2014 (Photo)
Fort Vancouver National Trust - 09/11/14
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(Vancouver, WA - September 11, 2014) - Join us on historic Pearson Field for "Celebrate Pearson Field" on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. The annual celebration, taking place on Pearson Field at 201A East Reserve Street is hosted by Fort Vancouver National Trust, City of Vancouver and Pearson Field Advocates for General Aviation. There is no admission fee for this event. This event has activities for you and your family including:
- Drawing for FREE airplane flights (Introduction lesson courtesy of Aero Maintenance Flight Center. Must be present to win.)
- Open Cockpit of T-28
- View Classic Airplanes
- Model Glider Building
- Flight Simulator Lab
- Free Hot Dog Feed 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
- Live Music from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
- Learn from local search and rescue displays
For more information about Celebration Pearson Field please visit www.pearsonfield.com.
About Pearson Field
Pearson Field, the oldest operating airfield in the United States dates back to Lincoln Bichey's landing the Dirigible Gelatine here in 1905. The first airplane landed on the field in 1911. The army operated a cut-up mill for aircraft parts during WWI. Regular army flights at Pearson Field began in 1921 with the opening of a forest patrol base. Reserve fliers from the 321st Observation Squadron trained here from 1923 until the squadron was placed on active service in 1941. The year 1937 saw the landing of the first non-stop transpolar flight by the huge Russian ANT-25. The field continues to serve the region as a vital general aviation center while the aviation education center serve the important roles of preserving the fields rich aviation heritage while it educates all ages in general aviation. For more information about airport operations on Pearson Field, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/pearson or call (360) 487-8619.
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Yellow Point Fire - ODF Team 3 update, 09-11-14
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/11/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander

Yellow Point Fire
September 11, 2014 Update

The water is flowing on the Yellow Point Fire. More than 25 miles of hose has been strung throughout the mountainous terrain and 15 tenders are working in assembly line fashion distributing water to the line. If stretched in a straight line, the hose would reach from the fire all the way to Cottage Grove.

Mop up is in full gear as crews continue to brace for Red Flag Warning weather that is expected to develop Thursday through Friday. The goal is to be mopped in 300 feet from the fire perimeter.

Fire crews will also be on patrol for spot fires. Firefighters are using infrared cameras to locate hidden hot spots near the line that will enable them to search out and destroy any potential threat.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Fire managers would like to remind the public to exercise caution under the current fire conditions. Unnecessary human caused fires will only pull needed resources away from the task at hand.

FIRE AT A GLANCE

Size: 790 acres
Location: 25 miles west of Cottage Grove
Containment: 45%
Cause: Under Investigation

Road Closures: Oxbow Creek Road (19-7-25.1) from Siuslaw River Road (19-7-25); M-Line Road (20-7-8 and 19-8-29) from J-Line (19-8-3); North Sister Creek Road (20-8-18.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26); Twin Sisters Access Road (20-8-17) from Smith River Road (20-11-26); Yellow Point Road (20-7-28 and 20-7-8.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26) and; Yellow Creek Road (20-7-32) from Smith River Road (20-11-26). Road closures remaining in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road. South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

Total Personnel: 827
Estimated Cost: $3,361,271

For More Information: 541-935-4420
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/
ODF Wildfire Blog: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry
Oregon State Fair Council will meet in Salem September 18, 2014
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/11/14
Salem OR - The Oregon State Fair Council will meet in closed executive session at the Oregon State Fairgrounds and Exposition Center in Salem on September 18, 2014 starting at 8:30 a.m.
The executive session is not open to the public and is being held pursuant to Oregon Revised Statute 192.660 (2) (a) to interview potential candidates for the council's chief executive officer. Standards and criteria for hiring the executive director were discussed in a public meeting on July 3, 2014.
A public strategic planning session will follow from 1:30-3:30 p.m. to discuss ideas for future business on the Fairgrounds.
The council is charged with creating a new, sustainable business model for the Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center, and Council members have the authority to execute a business strategy.
The full agenda is online at: http://oregonstatefaircouncil.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/oregon-state-fair-council-will-meet-in-salem-september-18-2014/
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Sept. 11, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/11/14
This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

NEW FIRES
* West Fork Fire: the West Fork Fire started Tuesday seven miles south of Joseph, Oregon in northeast Oregon. The fire is 120 acres and 10% contained, and crews will continue to link firelines and contain the fire before warmer temperatures return this weekend. Fire managers encourage the public to respect the trail and area closures around the fire to ensure public and firefighter safety. The closures include Portions of the the West Fork trail (#1820) and the Ice Lake Trail (#1808). Wallowa Lake State Park is serving as fire camp to support crews and resources. Please use caution in the area. A public meeting will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Wallowa Lake Fire Hall. For more information, contact Christie Shaw at 541-263-0661 or stay current via Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4101/

CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES
* Yellow Point Fire: the Yellow Point Fire, 25 miles west of Cottage Grove, stands at 790 acres and is 45% contained. Additional road closures have been announced for the area and can be found at the fire's Inciweb site: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/


ABOUT THIS UPDATE
ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's major actions as a partner with other agencies.

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF's fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.
Fred Meyer and QFC Launch 'Pour It Forward' Program to Help Close the Milk Gap During Hunger Action Month
Dairy Farmers of Oregon - 09/11/14
Contact:Amanda Ip
Community Affairs Specialist | Fred Meyer & QFC
503.421.1146

Carissa Sauer, APR
Oregon Dairy Council
Direct:971-673-2732; Cell: 360-991-3225

Fred Meyer and QFC Launch 'Pour It Forward' Program to Help Close the Milk Gap During Hunger Action Month

Local food banks struggle to provide milk to clients each year


PORTLAND, Ore. Sept. 10, 2014 - More than 12.5 million families face hunger and malnutrition in America and look to local food pantries to provide their essential food items. And while milk is one of the most requested items, it is also one of the least-donated items, creating a milk gap.

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) is teaming up with the Great American Milk Drive to support Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger agency, during Hunger Action Month.

Through the end of September, the Kroger Family of Stores, including Fred Meyer and QFC, is inviting customers to 'Pour It Forward' by purchasing a $1, $3 or $5 milk voucher donation when checking out. All donations collected will benefit local food banks affiliated with Feeding America, which will provide free milk coupons to their clients.

"Kroger customers and associates have always embraced opportunities to help their neighbors in need," said Melinda Merrill, manager of community affairs for Fred Meyer Stores. "Through our 'Pour It Forward' campaign, we are adding a new way for our customers, associates and company to support local food banks by offering them access to an important food -- fresh and wholesome milk."

Approximately 95% of food banks reported they do not receive enough milk to meet their clients' needs. Although the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends adults drink 68 gallons of milk each year, Feeding America's clients receive only 1 gallon of milk per person, per year, on average.

"Milk is a great source of high-quality protein and is vital to growth and development," said Anne Goetze RDN, LD, Director of Nutrition Affairs at Oregon Dairy Council. "Funds raised during 'Pour it Forward' will help provide milk to thousands of families to keep them strong, healthy and full of energy."

Kroger's 'Pour It Forward' campaign is part of the Great American Milk Drive, the first-ever national program to help deliver highly desired and nutrient-rich gallons of milk to hungry families. The Milk Processor Education Program, National Dairy Council and Feeding America partnered to launch the Great American Milk Drive in April 2014.

As a founding partner of Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger agency, Kroger has been engaged in the hunger relief effort for more than 30 years. Today, the Kroger family of stores has longstanding relationships with more than 100 local food banks.

About Fred Meyer Stores
Fred Meyer Stores, based in Portland, Ore., offers one-stop shopping at its 132 multi-department stores in four western states. Nearly 30,000 Fred Meyer associates help customers fill their food, apparel, and general merchandise needs in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Stores range in size from 65,000 to 200,000 square feet and carry more than 250,000 products under one roof. Additionally, Fred Meyer contributes more than $5 million to communities across the Northwest each year through grants from the Fred Meyer Foundation as well as product donations, cash donations and sponsorships. Fred Meyer Stores is a division of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR). For more information, please visit our Web site at www.fredmeyer.com.

About Quality Food Centers
Founded in Seattle more than 50 years ago, QFC is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington and operates 65 stores in Western Washington and in Portland, Oregon. QFC has a long history as a neighborhood grocer, offering the highest quality products, exceptional service, and the finest shopping experience in the market. In 2012, QFC donated $1.2 million to the communities it serves and donated 3.5 million pounds of food to local food banks in Western Washington and Portland, Oregon. QFC is a division of the Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR). For more information, please visit our web site at www.qfc.com.

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UPDATE: NE Sandy Blvd. remains closed 122nd to 138th after water main break
ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood - 09/11/14
Northeast Sandy Boulevard will remain closed between 122nd and 138th avenues while ODOT evaluates the condition of the road following a Wednesday afternoon water main break. Buses are being routed around the closure. Local bicycle and pedestrian traffic is permitted but are excluded from the immediate work zone out of concern for the safety of the road.

The water damaged several hundred feet of the road, the U.S. 30 Bypass, but a thorough inspection, which will come later Thursday, is needed to determine what steps are needed to make the road safe. Once the work plan is set, the contractor will work around the clock to get the road open. No schedule for re-opening has been set but several days at least will be needed, the final timeline depending on the scope of the problem.
UPDATED Oregon CAP to Hold Annual Conference In Florence
Oregon Civil Air Patrol - 09/11/14
Over 125 members of the Oregon Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, the Auxiliary of the United States Air Force, will be holding their annual conference at the scenic coastal city of Florence in the Driftwood Shores Hotel complex this weekend September 12-13.
The conference, held each year at various locations in the state, brings together members of the organization to receive updated briefings in emergency operations plans, search and rescue, communications and aerospace education as well as other CAP programs.
During the evening banquet, the CAP will recognize outstanding members, teenaged cadets and individual units with the presentation of state and national awards and scholarships.
Keynote speaker this year will be Laurie Holien ,Deputy Director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, who will be giving a presentation about activities of Oregon Office of Emergency Services. There will be a focus on the Cascadia Playbook which the Governor is releasing this week. The new Cascadia Playbook is the OEM's plan in responding to a much discussed major 9.0 event off the Oregon coastline.

Also featured this year will be a formal Cadet Miliatry Ball with both cadets and senior members in attendance.
Oregon City Police Looking for "Skimming" Suspect
Oregon City Police Dept. - 09/11/14
On August 30, 2014 around 1:41 pm Oregon City Police were notified about a "Skimming Device" found on the ATM at the Clackamas Federal Credit Union located on Warner Milne Rd in Oregon City. A concerned citizen took possession of the device and brought it to the Oregon City Police Department to report the crime. A second unidentified witness reported a possible suspect vehicle description near the ATM. The vehicle was described as a newer dark grey sedan.

Oregon City Patrol Officers began to check neighboring bank ATM's for other devices. At about 3:16 pm a second "Skimming Device" was found on the Columbia Bank ATM located on Molalla Ave in Oregon City.

Surveillance photos of the suspect were obtained from both bank locations. The suspect is described as a white male adult with a short dark colored beard. The suspect was wearing long sleeved collared shirts with different patterns, jeans, and a baseball cap in the surveillance photos.

The Oregon City Police is asking for the public's help in identifying this suspect. If you have any information regarding these crimes or the identity of the suspect please contact the Oregon City Tip Line at (503) 496-1616.


Attached Media Files: 2014-09/1388/77698/Document_sent_from_Oregon_City_Police.pdf
Seeking Public's Help with a 1996 Cold Case Homicide (Photo)
Polk Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/11/14
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The Polk County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office are requesting the public's help in identifying the skeletal remains of a female that was found in the hills overlooking the Mill Creek area of rural Polk County on September 1, 1996.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office has determined that the bones are of a Caucasian female, middle age or older. The following are likely descriptors of the female:

Caucasian female, 45 years of age or older at the time of her disappearance, between 5'0 and 5'6" in height, with a slight build and possible curvature of the spine;

Most likely having a complete upper denture;

Black and gray hair;

The skull shows a crescent shaped surgical incision in the forehead area and has been determined to be a sinus related surgery that appeared to have occurred years before her death. This procedure may or may not have left a visible scar.

The decedent's body may have been in the Mill Creek area for as little as a few months up to one year making the time of disappearance from the fall of 1995 to the summer of 1996.

After extensive searching of missing person's reports from 1995 and 1996 in Polk County and throughout Oregon brought little in the way of leads to the decedent's identity, it is possible the decedent may have been from another state.

Due to the suspicious circumstances found at the scene, the Polk County Sheriff's Office investigated this incident as a homicide. Earlier this year, this case was turned over to the Polk County Sheriff's Office Cold Case Team who has worked with OHSU and the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office to develop medical information regarding the surgical scar as well as receiving an updated profile sketch, which was completed by personnel from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

The updated sketch is included with this release of information. Additional details can be found on www.Namus.gov under the Unidentified Persons Database, Case #9457, where additional sketches, photos, and case information can be found.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office requests that anyone who may have information regarding this incident or any missing person that fits the above description and estimated time of disappearance, please contact the Polk County Sheriff's Office tip line at 503-623-1878 or contact Det. Sgt. Mark Garton or Det. John Williams at 503-623-9251.


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Hillsboro Fire Conducting Smoke Alarm Campaign
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue - 09/11/14
Hillsboro firefighters and Boy Scout volunteers will be conducting a door-to-door smoke alarm campaign on Saturday, September 13th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the area around Bagley Park in northeast Hillsboro. Fire personnel will be asking residents if they have working smoke alarms in their home and offering to check those alarms for citizens who haven't tested them recently. If the homeowner doesn't have an alarm or sufficient alarms to adequately protect their family, fire personnel will provide and install smoke alarms free of charge. The alarms and the cost of the campaign have been underwritten by a grant from The Office of State Fire Marshal. The streets planned for canvassing are from NE Lincoln Street to NE Grant Street and from N 1st Avenue to NE 6th Avenue.

"We believe that working smoke alarms are the most important safety devices in your home," said Hillsboro Fire Chief Greg Nelson. "They protect you 24 hours a day and provide warning of a fire so that your family can safely escape." Chief Nelson also encourages the creation and regular practice of a fire escape plan in your home. "That plan should have a simple sketch of the floor plan of your home," said Chief Nelson, "And, it should show two ways out of every room and a meeting place in front of your home." Fire safety educators say families with small children should practice the plan several times a year, including one or more fire drills at night so that children learn that the smoke alarm sound means they should exit the home as quickly as possible.

If you own your own home and need to have your smoke alarm checked, contact Hillsboro Fire and Rescue today.

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

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Wildfire danger on the rise in Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/11/14
For wildfire managers, the current forecast of dry easterly winds and rising temperatures means just one thing: elevated fire behavior. East winds, common in late summer and early fall, can turn a smoldering campfire or an errant spark from a vehicle into a raging blaze in minutes. And the winds coming later this week are predicted to be especially strong - 15 to 20 mph. The low humidity, coupled with wind and high temperatures, can turbocharge even the smallest fire start.

Whether this weather event spawns new wildfires depends almost entirely on how Oregonians behave in the forest. This time of year, human activity is the chief cause of fires, not lightning. We can prevent wildfires by taking extra precautions as we work and recreate in the forest. You can make the difference by following a few simple tips:

- Operate ATVs and other motorized vehicles only on established roads.

- Check your vehicle for dragging tow chains that can send sparks into roadside vegetation.

- Don't park on dry grass - the hot exhaust system can set it smoldering in seconds.

- Check current fire restrictions for the area before building a campfire. Open fires may be prohibited. But if allowed, tend the fire constantly and extinguish it thoroughly before leaving the area.

- Smoke only in an enclosed vehicle. Properly dispose of cigarette butts.

The Keep Oregon Green Association offers additional tips on preventing wildfires at: http://www.keeporegongreen.org/home.html
Northwest and Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committees meet Sept. 19 in Springfield
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/11/14
The Northwest and Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committees are meeting Friday, September 19, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Board of Forestry recently asked the Committees to offer solutions to meet the Environmental Quality Commission's protecting cold water standards.

They will discuss and may make recommendations about:
* The Board of Forestry's streamside rulemaking process for protecting cold water; and
* The 2013 Forest Practices Act Compliance Audit.

This public meeting will be held at Willamette National Forest Supervisor's Office 3106 Pierce Parkway, Suite D, Room 215, Springfield.

Regional Forest Practice Committees are panels of citizens - mandated under Oregon law - that advise the Oregon Board of Forestry on current forestry issues and forest management approaches. Three Regional Forest Practice Committees, serving the Northwest, Southwest and Eastern regions of the state, were created by the 1971 Oregon Forest Practices Act. Under Oregon law, a majority of Regional Forest Practice Committees members must be private forest landowners and logging or forest operations companies.

Members of the public may attend the meeting. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7427.

Oregon's forests are among one of the state's most valued resources, providing a balanced mix of environmental, economic and social benefits.

Additional information about ODF's Regional Forest Practice Committees is available on the Oregon Department of Forestry's web site: www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/board/rfpc/rfpc.aspx

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PF&R Responds to a Brush Fire Along Springwater Trail (Area of 7910 SE Harney St.) and a House fire (622 SW Dolph Ct.)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 09/11/14
This Morning at 1:59 AM Portland Firefighters were called to brush fire on the Springwater Corridor Trail near 7910 SE Harney St. When they arrived firefighters found a brush fire burning along the trail. The fire was being pushed toward nearby structures by wind and the incident commander called for additional fire units.

Fire units began working to get hose lines around houses to keep the fire away and attacking the fire directly at the same time. The fire was extinguished and fire crews are in the process of "mopping up" or searching for hot spots. No injuries were associated with this fire. A fire investigator is on scene working to determine the fires cause. One homes attached deck was burned by the fire, but that was the extent of the structural damage.

While firefighters were on scene at the Harney Street fire another fire was dispatched in SW Portland. At 2;06 AM firefighters were sent to 622 SW Dolph Ct. for a back deck on fire. Fire crews arrived and found a houses deck burning with fire spreading up an exterior wall. The fire was knocked down and firefighters began removing burned material. No injuries were associated with this fire. Cause and damage information isn't yet available.

Portland Fire & Rescue reminds residents that a Red Flag Warning has been issued for tomorrow, indicating high fire danger. Conditions will be hot, dry and windy. These are the perfect conditions for an outside fire to start.

Please:
-Extinguish cigars and cigarettes in an appropriate ashtray and be sure they are out!
-Dispose of BBQ ashes in a metal container with a lid and store the container away from any structure.
-Avoid any sort of outdoor recreational burning during Red Flag days.
09/10/14
Red Cross Responds to SE Portland Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/10/14
Disaster Volunteers from The Red Cross assisted 1 adult and their pet after they were displaced by a fire in the 13000 block of SE Powell. The Red Cross provided lodging, food and clothes.
Gresham Police to Conduct Pedestrian Safety Mission
Gresham Police Dept - 09/10/14
Gresham, Ore -The Gresham Police Department will be conducting a Pedestrian Safety Operation on September 11, 2014 at the intersection of Duniway and West Powell Blvd. The primary focus of this detail is to raise pedestrian safety awareness of drivers and pedestrians through education and enforcement of pedestrian right-of-way laws. The detail will be conducted between the hours of 4:00 - 8:00 PM; warning signs will be posted prior to entering the pedestrian safety operation zone. Education of both drivers and pedestrians are vital to keeping our roads safe.

Motorists must stop and yield to pedestrians who are waiting to cross, or are crossing the roadway. Motorists are also required to stop at all crosswalks when there is a vehicle already stopped in a lane adjacent to the lane they are traveling in. Refer to Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 811.028 Failure to stop and remain stopped for pedestrian, for specifics on the law regarding drivers and ORS Chapter 814 for laws pertaining to pedestrians.

Funding for this pedestrian safety detail is made possible through a grant from the Oregon Impact and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Additional missions will be scheduled during the summer and again in September as the new school year begins.
Serious injury collision east of Battle Ground (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/10/14
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Serious injury collision
Sheriff's deputies and Fire/EMS responded to a two vehicle crash at approximately 1830 hrs. today at the intersection of NE 182 Ave. and 219th Street, east of Battle Ground. This intersection is a four-way stop with fixed stop signs. A full size Chevrolet pick-up driven by an adult male was west bound on 219th street as a mini van driven by an adult female with three small children passengers was south bound on 182nd Avenue when they collided. The pick-up driver was uninjured; all four of the minivan occupants were injured and transported to local hospitals. The most severely injured, a seven year old female was taken by life-flight in critical condition.
The sheriff's office traffic unit is on scene and investigating to determine the cause of the crash. Nothing further will be released at this time.


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PF&R Responds to an Apartment Fire (13223 SE Powell)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 09/10/14
This evening at 7:51 pm Portland Firefighters were called to the Scott Crest Plaza Apartments (13223 SE Powell Blvd) after a neighbor called 911 reporting a fire. When they arrived firefighters from Station 7 noticed smoke from several roof vents. Firefighters evacuated the buildings residents and began searching for the fire.

Fire crews made entry and found fire in and around an bathroom vent fan. The fire in the fan was extinguished although it had spread some distance in the attic. Once all fire was extinguished, fire crews began removing smoldering material.

No injuries were associated with this fire and damage estimates aren't yet available.
Red Cross Responds to Eugene Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/10/14
Disaster Volunteers from the Red Cross assisted 6 families consisting of 8 adults and 1 pet that were displaced by a grassfire on Hwy 99N in Eugene. The Red Cross provided bedding and linens, food and clothing to those displaced.
Red Cross Responds to Mt. Vernon Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/10/14
Disaster Volunteers from the Red Cross responded to assist 6 adults displaced by a multi-family fire in the 100 block of N. Mountain Blvd. The Red Cross provided lodging, food clothing, comfort kits and information on disaster health and disaster mental health services.
Vancouver Police Seeking Assistance to Locate Missing Man (Update 1) (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 09/10/14
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***Update 1***

Vancouver Police have received information that Mr. Elford may possibly be in possession of a firearm. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911.

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Vancouver, Wash. -On September 10, 2014 at approximately 1:45 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to the 9100 block of NE Vancouver Mall Drive for the report of a missing, endangered person. A family member reported that they were concerned about the immediate welfare of their relative, Victor Elford, 84. Mr. Elford's vehicle was in the parking lot and it appears he is on foot. Victor Elford is a white male, 5'7", 150 lbs., grey hair, blue eyes, unknown clothing.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Victor Elford 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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PF&R Responds to a Water Main Break (Near 138th & Sandy) (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 09/10/14
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This afternoon Portland Firefighters were called to the area of 138th & Sandy on reports of a water problem. Fire crews arrived and found signs of a water main break. There was a significant amount of water on Sandy. Water had also flowed into the parking lots of nearby apartment complexes but not units were damaged. No injuries were associated with this break.

The Portland Water Bureau is on scene working to restore service however several nearby businesses and residences are without water.


Attached Media Files: Railroad Tracks , Sandy Blvd
Northeast Sandy Boulevard closed between Northeast 131th and 138th Avenues due to water main break (Photo)
Portland Water Bureau - 09/10/14
Water Main Break on Sandy Boulevard
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Portland, OR- A water main break on Northeast Sandy Boulevard between Northeast 131th and 138th avenues has closed down both east and westbound lanes. Traffic is being detoured around the site. Traffic is advised to avoid the area.

Early this afternoon a 16-inch water pipe ruptured, causing water to flow into the immediate area. Water Bureau crews are onsite shutting down the water and making repairs. It is unknown at this time how many customers may be out of water but some multifamily units are affected.

Customers in the area may be experiencing dirty water and/or low pressure at their home. The discoloration does not pose a health risk. However, avoid using tap water or running the washing machine or dishwasher until the repair is complete. If customers experience dirty water, once the repair is complete, turn on each cold water faucets and allow them to run for several minutes or until the water is clear. Check www/portlandoregon.govwaterblog for updates.


Attached Media Files: Water Main Break on Sandy Boulevard
Events and Participants Announced for 2014 Share Games on Sept. 18, Part of Give More 24!
Share - 09/10/14
Vancouver, WA - Share is a proud partner of Give More 24!, our region's first-ever, 24-hour online giving challenge. This exciting event, organized by the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, is set to launch at 7 a.m. on September 18 at give-more-24.org.

To help celebrate this day of giving, Share will host 'The 2014 Share Games' at the Share Fromhold Service Center, 2306 NE Andresen Road, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Schedule of activities and participants include:

8 to 10 a.m.: Backpack stuffing in the parking lot (completed by Share volunteers)
9 a.m.: Backpack stuffing contest - Open to anyone.
11 a.m.: Celebrity Hopscotch - Featuring Sherri McMillan vs Jim West, City Council members Larry Smith against Bart Hansen and more.
12 p.m.: Outdoor Bowling Tournament - Featuring VBJ, Share, Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and more.
2 to 6 pm: Dunk Tank - Come and dunk Craig Pridemore, Jack Burkman, Cora Chandler (of Java House), Gary Bock and more.
3 to 5 p.m.: Veggie Derby, sponsored by Whole Foods - Bring your kids to build a derby and compete!
5 p.m.: HORSE - Featuring Mayor Tim Leavitt, Clark College's Bob Knight, Albert Angelo, Jim Mains, and KC Fuller.
6 p.m.: Lip Sync Battle - Come watch Clark County's KISS, Blues Brothers, Sherri McMillan, Shane Gardner and more.

Plus Esoteric BBQ is bringing their food stand, with meals to purchase for lunch and dinner.

Donors can make a donation in honor of one of the Share Olympic Athletes; just enter their name(s) in the notation field when making a donation on Sept. 18 at give-more-24.org.

The public is invited to come and watch our local celebrities compete and then are welcome to join in the fun. Tours of the Share Fromhold Service Center will also be offered.

On Sept. 18, donations to Share can be made at our Donation Station at the Share Fromhold Service Center or on-line at www.give-more-24.org/#npo/share. For all donations of $250 or above, donors will receive two complimentary tickets to Riverview Community Bank 'Soup's On! Celebrity Chefs Compete for Share' on Sat. Oct. 11, 5:30 p.m. at Hilton Vancouver.

Community members are encouraged to spread the word about Give More 24! via social media with #GiveMore24.

About Share
Share was founded in 1979 with the goal of caring for the homeless and hungry in the greater Vancouver area. Share operates three shelters for the homeless, a transitional housing program, case management, a street outreach program, a Housing & Essential Needs (HEN) program and provides daily meals for the homeless and low-income members of our community. Share also operates a summer meals program for low-income children and a backpack program benefiting 1,900+ children at 83 schools to provide food for weekends to children receiving free or reduced-meal lunches. Additionally, Share offers financial programs that incorporate financial education and matched dollars for savings; these programs are designed to assist in the improvement of credit scores and financial management. For more information on Share, visit our Web site at www.sharevancouver.org.
PPB VS PF&R Charity Soccer Match Hosted by the Portland Timbers to Benefit the Sunshine Division and Toy N' Joy.
Portland Fire & Rescue - 09/10/14
Teams representing the Portland Police Bureau and Portland Fire & Rescue will square off in a special "Rose City United" charitable match, hosted by the Portland Timbers, at Providence Park on Thursday, September 11, 2014.

The match, which kicks off at 7:00 p.m., is free and open to the public with a suggested donation at the gate.

As a way of honoring the dedication and hard work that both agencies provide the city, match attendees are strongly encouraged to bring a charitable donation of non-perishable food for the Portland Police Bureau's Sunshine Division, a child's toy for Portland Fire & Rescue Toy n' Joy Makers or a $5 cash donation, which will be split between the two charities.

All donations will be accepted at Gate 2 at Providence Park starting a 6:00 p.m.

In addition to the match, visitors will be treated to an array of interactive booths and tours of Portland Police Bureau and Portland Fire & Rescue emergency vehicles on the KeyBank Plaza and inside the concourse at Providence Park prior to and during the game.

Under the direction of Timbers assistant coaches Sean McAuley and Cameron Knowles as guest coaches for the two sides, the match will feature many of the familiar features of a regular Timbers MLS match, including the national anthem, color guard and ball kids. Two, 30-minute halves will be played with a short halftime break.

Please consider supporting these two great Portland charities!
WSU Vancouver offers Engineering and Computer Science Information Night
WSU Vancouver - 09/10/14
Vancouver, Wash. - Prospective students are invited to attend Washington State University Vancouver's Engineering and Computer Science Information Night from 6 - 8 p.m. Sept. 18 on the first floor of the Engineering and Computer Science Building. This event is free and open to the public. Parking is also free for this event.

Prospective students will learn about career opportunities, tour labs and speak with current students and faculty members about the School of Engineering and Computer Science's five degree programs in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and computer science.

The School of Engineering and Computer Science offers well-equipped classrooms and laboratories, small class sizes and research faculty. Engineering and computer science degrees are in high demand. WSU Vancouver graduates go on to careers in software engineering, product design, robotics, manufacturing and more.

About WSU Vancouver
WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-Tran bus service.

WSU Vancouver is celebrating 25 years of creating access to higher education in Southwest Washington. For 25 years, students have chosen WSU Vancouver for its scenic campus, small classes, close personal attention, topnotch faculty, accessible location and reasonable costs. At WSU Vancouver, students gain much more than a degree--they gain a brighter future.

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Adult fall chinook returns shatter single-day record set just one year ago
Bonneville Power Administration - 09/10/14
PR 17-14
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Bonneville Power Administration
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
CONTACT: Michael Coffey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 503-808-3722
Kevin Wingert, BPA, 503-230-4140 or 503-230-5131

Adult fall chinook returns shatter single-day record set just one year ago
Historic fish returns predicated on a combination of work to improve fish conditions at all life stages in the Columbia River Basin and favorable ocean conditions

Portland, Ore. - Since Sunday, more than 180,354 adult fall chinook have climbed the fish ladders at Bonneville Lock and Dam on their annual migration into the Columbia River Basin.

Sunday's count of 67,024 chinook was soon surpassed by Monday's return of 67,521 - marking the largest, single-day return since counting began with the construction of the dam in 1938. The previous record of 63,870 had been set less than a year ago on Sept. 9, 2013. On Tuesday, the numbers held strong with 45,809 chinook swimming past the fish counting windows at the dam.

The fish are among the 359,258 fall chinook seen thus far at Bonneville Dam. These numbers are only a fraction of the predicted 1.5 million adult fall chinook returning by the end of 2014.
These returns are the result of a host of federal, tribal, state and non-profit organizations in the region working together over the past decade to improve conditions in the tributaries and main stem river using an "all H" approach - harvest, habitat, hydro and hatcheries - as well as favorable ocean conditions.

"With our many partners, we work to balance the needs and interests of the region with large-scale improvements for fish," said David Ponganis, Northwestern Division Programs Director for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "These record-breaking numbers show that the structural and operational improvements made at the dams have resulted in safer passage conditions for juvenile and adult fish."

These efforts represent one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the nation, largely paid for by the region's electric ratepayers along with funding from federal taxpayers.

"The results we are seeing reflect a tremendous collaborative effort within the Columbia River Basin," said BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer. "We look forward to working with our existing and future partners towards a common vision of continuing to bring back more fish to the rivers."

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City Council Approves Water Storage Project on Cooper Mountain (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 09/10/14
This photo illustrates an existing city-owned water facility that has been in operation since 2007. These facilities are designed to blend in with the existing neighborhoods. Photo courtesy of City of Beaverton.
This photo illustrates an existing city-owned water facility that has been in operation since 2007. These facilities are designed to blend in with the existing neighborhoods. Photo courtesy of City of Beaverton.
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Last night, the Beaverton City Council approved the purchase of two Cooper Mountain lots to site a future underground storage facility and pumping station. The lots are located at the Reserve at Cooper Mountain subdivision.

"In Beaverton, we've used this aquifer storage and recovery system since 1999," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "This proven and well-understood system allows us to expand an efficient method to store our drinking water underground, and only pump it out when we have periods of high demand."

Underground storage is an inexpensive way to secure drinking water. It delays the need for new capital improvements such as man-made reservoirs as well as provides Beaverton with a redundant, back-up emergency water supply. Other benefits include conserving surface water from rivers and dams during environmentally stressful summer seasons.

The city recognized a unique opportunity to site this facility in a location that maximizes its ability to serve both local residents and future residents citywide.

The City Council also approved drilling a 1,000-foot deep water test well that is needed before a drinking water facility on the subdivision lots can be built.

"Our test well will help us confirm whether the underground aquifer below the subdivision lots will support storing millions of gallons of drinking water," said Public Works Director Peter Arellano. "Drilling for the test well is expected to begin in late September."

If the test well is successful, the city will pursue developing a larger production well on one of the lots. The timeline for building a pump station has not been finalized.

"We wanted to do this drilling now because the subdivision is new and not fully built out," said Arellano. "Our primary goal is to minimize the sound impact to future residents."

The city's future pump station would be housed in a structure that resembles a residential home, designed to blend in with the surrounding homes, and would be able to serve drinking water to all residents within the city limits.

Considering the fast pace of development at the subdivision, city staff have scheduled a public meeting to discuss the proposed test well drilling activity and potential well house/pump station. The meeting will take place at the Sexton Mountain Elementary School on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

In 2014, Beaverton was again recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was one of just four cities of its size recently recognized as a "Smarter City" energy leader by the Natural Resources Defense Council and one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine. In addition, Beaverton was named one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine, an All-America City finalist, as one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com, one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine, the Recycler of the Year from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists and as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities, the Beaverton Community Vision program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter. Beaverton also enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov, like the City of Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.

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Attached Media Files: The figure shows a cross-section of the proposed test well (6 inches in diameter and approximately 1,000 feet deep). The final production well hole that would be located on the Cooper Mountain lot would be 1000 feet deep and 20 inches in diameter. Figure , This photo illustrates an existing city-owned water facility that has been in operation since 2007. These facilities are designed to blend in with the existing neighborhoods. Photo courtesy of City of Beaverton.
Sherwood Ranked 3rd Safest City in Oregon
Sherwood Police Department - 09/10/14
Sherwood, Oregon has been selected as the #3 city on a list of Oregon's Safest Cities.

The selection was made by a private security company, who compared 2012 crime statistics, including both property and violent crimes, of over 300 cities in Oregon to determine their list of the safest cities. The full list of Oregon's safest cities can be found at: http://www.safechoicesecurity.com/blog/safest-cities-oregon/
Vancouver Washington Man for Online Sexual Corruption
Corvallis Police - 09/10/14
On September 10, 2014, Corvallis Police arrested fifty-nine year old Thomas Paul Harrington of Vancouver, Washington, for Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the First Degree and Luring a Minor.

On September 5, 2014, Harrington contacted an undercover online account of a Corvallis Police Detective posing as a female juvenile. He immediately initiated a sexual online conversation with the undercover detective and began attempting to get who he thought was a juvenile female to meet him. In addition to multiple sexual conversations, Harrington also sent multiple nude photos of what he reported to be himself.

Harrington made arrangement to meet with who he thought was a juvenile female on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at a location away from her home. Harrington drove from Vancouver Washington specifically to meet with the female juvenile in Corvallis. Harrington was taken into custody by Corvallis Police Investigators as he was waiting for the female juvenile to meet him outside the Corvallis Public Library.

Harrington was charged with one count of Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the First Degree and one count of Luring a Minor. He was booked and lodged at the Benton County Jail. His bail is currently set at $150,000. A booking photo can be located at the following link:

http://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/corrections/inmate_detail.php?bn=2013004069

Since beginning the undercover online child abuse investigations program in May 2013, Corvallis Police investigations have resulted in 9 arrests locally and 4 arrests nationwide.
Portland Police Detectives Arrest Suspect in New York City - Related to Portland Investigation Involving Sex Abuse to a Minor (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/10/14
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On Tuesday September 9, 2014, detectives from the Portland Police Bureau's Sex Crimes Unit, in cooperation with the New York City Police Department's Brooklyn Special Victims Squad, arrested 34-year-old Benjamin "Benn" C. Mendoza, at his place of business in New York City. Mendoza was booked into Brooklyn Central Booking and will await extradition to Oregon.

Mendoza had been named as a suspect in a Sex Abuse to a Minor case, reported to the Portland Police Bureau in late July, 2014, after Mendoza had been hired as a visiting coach at a specialized, Portland-based aerial arts school.

During the two weeks in mid-July, while Mendoza was coaching in Portland, he had access to a number of students who were minors, and it was one of those minors who alleged having been sexually assaulted by Mendoza. No weapons or threats of harm were reported. Mendoza is a resident of New York City.

An extensive investigation revealed that Mendoza has coached, taught and/or had access to minors, at numerous locations throughout the U.S.

On August 20, 2014, a Multnomah County, Oregon, Grand Jury issued a secret indictment against Mendoza on numerous charges relating to violations of Oregon Law, including: Luring a Minor (Felony; 2 counts), Sex Abuse in the Second Degree (Felony; 3 counts), Possession of Materials Depicting Sexually Explicit Conduct of a Child in the Second Degree (Felony), and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor (Misdemeanor). Additional charges may be pending.

Detectives are attempting to determine if there may be additional victims throughout the country.

Anyone who may have information about this case, or any similar incidents involving Mendoza, is asked to contact Detective Mike Weinstein, Portland (Oregon) Police Bureau, Sex Crimes Unit, at 503-823-0764 or Mike.Weinstein@PortlandOregon.gov.

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Three Flags Seatbelt Blitz Results
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/10/14
UPDATE: September 10, 2014--Three Flags Seatbelt Blitz results.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office Traffic Team reports the results from the Three Flags Seatbelt Blitz enforcement. The saturation enforcement was conducted in partnership with the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon Department of Transportation and a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These results are from the reporting period starting August 25, 2014, and continuing through September 7, 2014.

Total traffic contacts: 824
Safety Belt Violations: 114
Speed Violations: 377
Cell Phone/Texting Violations: 92
Additional Violations: 468 which includes a variety of traffic safety violations

There will be continued enhance traffic enforcement missions later this year.

Deputies Provide Enhanced DUII and Seatbelt Patrol

August 13, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies will provide extra patrols on Washington County roadways to enhance safety for the extended Labor Day holiday period.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day holiday. The Labor Day holiday period is 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, deputies will also focus on aggressive drivers. Sheriff's Deputies will be looking for drivers that are speeding, following too closely, and distracted while using mobile communication devices.

Deputies will be providing extra DUII patrol from August 15, 2014 through September 2, 2014. There will also be a Three Flags Seatbelt Blitz beginning August 25, 2014 and continuing through September 7, 2014. The results will be provided at the conclusion of these traffic safety missions

Washington County Sheriff's Deputies regularly respond to traffic related incidents that could have been avoided if all drivers were safe and considerate. Deputies are reminding drivers to slow down, avoid distractions, allow adequate following distances, wear their seatbelt, and secure children in properly fitted child restraints. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommendation for child passenger's link is attached. http://www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/CPS
Sheriff's Office Investigating Fire Near Silverton (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/10/14
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On September 4th at approximately 1:00 a.m., detectives with the Marion County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Unit were called to a barn fire on Lori Lane NE near Silverton. The Silverton Fire Department requested MCSO CIU detectives to respond after finding human remains inside of the barn.

As of this date the State Medical Examiner's Office is working on identifying the remains. Any information on that process should be directed to the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office.

The Sheriff's Office and the State Fire Marshal's Office are working to determine the cause of the fire. If the public has any information about this incident they are requested to contact the primary case investigator, Detective Bangs at (503) 540-8007. There are currently no further details available about this investigation at this time, pending next of kin notification. Once more details are made available an additional release will be made. That time frame is currently unknown.


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Sherwood Police investigate student threats
Sherwood Police Department - 09/10/14
The Sherwood Police Department was notified by a mandatory report on September 9th, 2014 of threatening statements found in the home of a Sherwood student. The threats were documented on a piece of paper and titled, "my hit-list". The list contained the names of 23 individuals.
The Sherwood Police Department acted immediately to the report and responded to the residence. A thorough search of the residence was conducted and nothing found to indicate any planning had gone into following through with the "hit list". After conferring with the Washington County District Attorney's office, investigators determined there would be no criminal charges filed at this time. The Sherwood School District was notified of the "hit-list" and have made required notifications to the necessary individuals affected by the list
The Sherwood Police Department in partnership with the Sherwood School District will continue to monitor this incident and will take the appropriate action if further information and/ or evidence is discovered. Because of privacy concerns and student confidentiality, we will have no further comments on the incident at this time.
Tomorrow: Portland Firefighters Invite Public to Donate Blood at Sept. 11 Drive (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 09/10/14
Jeff Allen, CEO of the American Red Cross Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region and Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Erin Janssens kick off blood drive recruitment at Station 1
Jeff Allen, CEO of the American Red Cross Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region and Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Erin Janssens kick off blood drive recruitment at Station 1
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Portland Fire Chief Erin Janssens invites the community to join Portland firefighters in donating blood at PF&R's Station 1 (55 SW Ash Street) to commemorate September 11th. Janssens notes that September 11th will always be a solemn day for this nation and it is a day that has deep significance for first responders. "For the past 13 years, we have struggled to find a suitable way to honor the selfless act of our colleagues and to remember the nearly 3000 people who lost their lives" Janssens says. "This September 11th, we hope to begin a new tradition. It seems fitting to mark this day by joining together with the community to help shore up our emergency resources."

Fire Commissioner Dan Saltzman encourages those who can to sign up to donate. "Our firefighters are the ones rushing into emergency situations to help those in danger. As we saw on September 11th and we see every day here in Portland, it is a risky profession," he says. "But firefighters aren't the only ones who can help people in danger. By giving blood, we can all help create a healthier and more resilient community. Please sign up to give blood on September 11th at Station 1."

The need for blood in our healthcare system is essential and ongoing. Every two seconds, someone in the US needs blood. A single trauma victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood. More than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day and those who are able to donate blood can help save lives.

PF&R thanks the American Red Cross, which will not only run this blood drive at Station 1 (PF&R's headquarters), but every day assists countless people in our area and across the country. "We are very grateful to partner with Portland Fire & Rescue in honoring those who have lost their lives during service," said Jeff Allen, CEO of the American Red Cross Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region. "It is special to have two groups with a shared commitment to helping people in need come together on one lifesaving project. We look forward to a long and valued partnership."

Potential donors are asked to sign up in advance for a time slot at www.redcrossblood.org by using the sponsor code PortlandFire. Those interested in donating can also get assistance signing up by calling PF&R's front desk at 503-823-3700.

What: September 11 Memorial Blood Drive
When: Thursday, September 11, 7:30 am to 4:30 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.

Note for media: Chief Erin Janssens will be donating blood at 9:00 am and will be available for photo-ops and interviews either before or after.


Attached Media Files: Jeff Allen, CEO of the American Red Cross Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region and Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Erin Janssens kick off blood drive recruitment at Station 1
Smarter purchasing reduces toxins, presents opportunity for Oregon businesses
State of Oregon - 09/10/14
Salem, Ore., Oregon state agencies will now use their collective buying power to purchase less-toxic products - making Oregon safer and providing opportunities for Oregon businesses. Today, State COO Michael Jordan approved new purchasing guidelines for state agencies to support the purchase of less-toxic products without compromising effectiveness or best-value.

"Oregonians are growing more mindful of what's in the products they use," said Jordan. "State government should too." He added, "We're in a unique position to not only reduce the amount of toxins used across our state, but also to drive the market to supply safer options."

Today's action was prompted by Governor Kitzhaber's 2012 executive order directing state agencies to increase the number of people- and planet-friendly products they purchase- reducing the use of toxic chemicals and building market pressure for improved offerings. The guidelines will enable the state to expand its green purchasing beyond the janitorial supply price agreement adopted in 2013. Under the agreement, state agencies have purchased effective cleaning supplies while reducing the amount of toxic chemicals used.

Over the past year, a green chemistry steering committee, led by the Governor's Office, developed general guidelines agencies will use to ask that vendors provide safer goods. The committee engaged state agencies, conservation groups and Oregon businesses to refine the guidelines prior to approval. From pest control, to office supplies to furniture and more, the guidelines offer a procurement path that often will lead to a safer alternative.

Some early adopting agencies have already realized the benefits of using the guidelines. For example:
* Instead of using poison to control a rat population, the Department of Corrections purchased nests and owls - quite effective, without the toxins.
* The Oregon State Hospital has gone from using six different chemicals to clean their buildings to two that are third party certified to be less-toxic, and easier for their staff to manage.
* The Oregon Department of Human Services recently worked with a vendor to eliminate paper billing, replace toxic cleaners with safer alternatives and train staff on proper usage, all while reducing their cost by more than 12%.

And it's not just state agencies realizing benefits. The state's collective buying power has the ability to shift the market towards less-toxic alternatives. "With a committed customer such as Oregon State Government, it's easier for us and our suppliers to invest in the development of safer products," noted Staples Chief Scientist Roger McFadden.

Most importantly, smarter purchasing supports a cleaner state for all Oregonians. "Oregon state government is providing sound leadership by bringing together product purchasers and suppliers to find solutions that are safer for people and the environment, while also being effective and affordable" noted Colin Price from the Oregon Environmental Council.

Link to guidelines: http://www.oregon.gov/DAS/EGS/ps/docs/GreenChemPol.doc
State Releases Study on Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults in Oregon
OR Department of Human Services - 09/10/14
Salem -- The second ever comprehensive study of elder financial exploitation in Oregon has been completed and was released today in Salem at the Financial Crimes and Digital Evidence Conference sponsored by the United States Attorney's Office.

The study of over 600 reports was conducted by the Office of Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigations (OAAPI), a shared service between Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority. The study is a follow up to the 2011 retrospective study on Financial Exploitation and helps provide a better understanding and picture of financial abuse in Oregon.

In 2013, Financial Exploitation allegations increased by 18% over 2012 and represented 42% of all the abuse investigations conducted by Adult Protective services. These 3398 allegations were documented in 2929 individual reports. The discrepancy in numbers exists because one report may include multiple allegations, multiple victims, or multiple perpetrators. Of these 2929 individual reports, 623 were read and hand mined for the data included in this study.

The study showed that the average loss per each substantiated case of monetary theft was $24,915. There are many other losses to victims such as personal property, unauthorized credit card use, and medication that can be more difficult to quantify financially.

"Financial Exploitation of individuals over the age of 65 and with physical disabilities has become the most commonly investigated type of abuse that community adult protective services addresses in Oregon," said Marie Cervantes, Director of OAAPI. "By digging deeper into the data with this second study, we are able to better see trends and methods more clearly. This will help us to come up with better prevention and education strategies."

"For many of our vulnerable adults that are exploited can mean years of hard work, money to pay basic living essentials such as food and electricity, and hopes for their future security are gone," she said.

Cervantes added that not only is financial abuse common but it often goes hand-in-hand with other types of abuse. One finding in this study is that even though financial exploitation is the most commonly investigated form of abuse, physical and verbal abuse are the fastest growing areas of abuse in Oregon.

Additionally, the study revealed that for the first time, non-mandatory reporters, such as bank employees and family members, were the most frequent reporters of financial abuse. According to study author and researcher Rebecca Fetters, this highlights the fact that even though bankers are not mandatory reporters, they have taken it upon themselves to do the right thing and recognize that they, along with close friends and family, are in a unique and important position to identify the warning signs and do something about it.

The study also points out that national studies confirm for every one case of financial exploitation that reaches the attention of APS or other authorities, an estimated forty-four cases go unreported.
The research also confirmed that the major perpetrators of financial exploitation in Oregon continue to be family members. This includes spouses, children, siblings, and grandchildren. Daughters (16%) were slightly more prevalent abusers than sons (14%). Family relationships accounted for 46% of all substantiated perpetrators of financial exploitation. Beyond family members, the second most common type of alleged perpetrator was acquaintances, followed closely by non-relative caregivers.

The study says that less than five percent of the sample was victimized by someone who was truly a stranger. Therefore, it is important to remember that most perpetrators of financial exploitation in Oregon have a trusted relationship with the victim.

The results of this study, and particularly the regional data, will be used to identify targeted areas of need throughout the state and to provide training and technical assistance to those areas.
To view the study in its entirety, go to: http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/abuse/Pages/index.aspx


Attached Media Files: 2014-09/973/77668/Financial-Exploitation-Oregon.pdf
What If You Could Turn Back the Clock? #SuicideAwarenessDay (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/10/14
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Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and the Portland Police Bureau wants community members know that help is available for those struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts.

In September 2013, the Portland Police Bureau released a video titled, "What if You Could Turn Back the Clock on Suicide?" The video is available for viewing at http://youtu.be/_1uz3cs-HdA

Suicide is preventable.

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

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

Lines for Life is also available 24 hours a day at (503) 972-3456.

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Oregon Department of Human Services, Oregon Health Authority Seek Public Comment on Transition Plan for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services
OR Department of Human Services - 09/10/14
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued regulations that define the settings in which it is permissible for states to pay for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). The Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) are working on a Transition Plan as required by CMS to meet the new requirements.

The two agencies are seeking public comment on the DRAFT plan, which has been posted online at: http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/dhsnews/Pages/hcbs-transitionplan.aspx

Request for comments: All individuals receiving HCBS services, family members, advocates, providers and delivery system representatives are asked to review the plan and submit their comments to assist in developing the final plan.

The purpose of the new regulations is to ensure that individuals receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community, to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS.

Deadline for comments: Please review and provide comments no later than October 5, 2014. Mailed responses must be received by this date in order to be considered.

The final Transition Plan due to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) by October 13, 2014.

Send e-mail comments to hcbs.oregon@state.or.us
Send written comments via mail to: HCBS Transition Plan Comments, 500 Summer Street NE, E09, Salem, OR 97301

PDF of DRAFT transition plan attached, available for download


Attached Media Files: 2014-09/973/77548/HCBS_Transition_Plan-Public_Comment_DRAFT.pdf
142nd Fighter Wing conducts dissimilar air combat training
Oregon Military Department - 09/10/14
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing is hosting F-16 Fighting Falcon's from Luke Air Force Base to conduct dissimilar air combat training, Sept. 9-19. Flights will launch daily after 7:00 a.m. and will conclude before 4:00 p.m.

Dissimilar air combat training provides realistic combat scenarios and opportunities to hone advanced aerial tactics that may be used against potential adversaries.

The 142nd Fighter Wing is tasked under the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to defend the skies over the Pacific Northwest. Since September 11, 2001, the Wing has flown more than 48,000 hours in support of this mission.
Two Astoria Men Sentenced in 3 Counties Following OSP Fish & Wildlife Division Investigation Into Unlawful Sale & Purchase of Fish and Crab
Oregon State Police - 09/10/14
Two Astoria men pled guilty last month and were sentenced in three different counties following an Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division investigation into unlawful purchasing and selling of fish and crab.

In January 2012, OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers began an investigation involving two men who operated Oceanic Logistics, LLC, identified as DANA MICHAEL FERGUSON, age 51, and SEAN MICHAEL FERGUSON, age 26. The company did not have a wholesale fish dealer license due to unpaid State landing fees.

During 2012 and 2013, the men bought and sold fish unlawfully without a wholesale fish dealer license. In an effort to disguise the illegal activity, a monetary deal was made with another fish dealer to document illegal fish purchases on the other dealer's assigned State fish receiving ticket. The unlawful purchases and sales were made in Astoria, Winchester Bay, and Charleston. Most of the illegal purchases involved Dungeness crab, which is a highly competitive market.

In August 2014, the men pled guilty and were sentenced in Clatsop, Douglas, and Coos counties as follows:

DANA FERGUSON

* Clatsop County - Pled guilty to 2 counts of No Wholesale Fish Dealer's License & 2 counts of Falsifying Business Records (both class A misdemeanors). Sentenced to 5 years bench probation and fined $1,000.
* Douglas County - Pled no contest to 2 counts of No Wholesale Fish Dealer's License (violation). Sentenced to 5 years bench probation.
* Coos County - Pled guilty to 3 counts of No Wholesale Fish Dealer's License and 2 counts of Falsifying Business Records (both class A misdemeanors). Sentenced to 5 years bench probation and fined $24,000 (fine is joint sentence with SEAN FERGUSON)

SEAN FERGUSON

* Clatsop County - Pled no contest to 2 counts of No Wholesale Fish Dealer's License (class A misdemeanor). Sentenced to 5 years bench probation and fined $1,600.
* Douglas County - Pled no contest to 2 counts of No Wholesale Fish Dealer's License (violation). Sentenced to 5 years bench probation.
* Coos County - Pled guilty to 3 counts of No Wholesale Fish Dealer's License and 2 counts of Falsifying Business Records (both class A misdemeanors). Sentenced to 5 years bench probation and fined $24,000 (fine is joint sentence with DANA FERGUSON)

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24-hour online giving event challenges residents to GIVE MORE (Photo)
Community Foundation for Southwest Washington - 09/10/14
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Community Foundation organizing southwest Washington's first-ever "day of giving"

The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington is organizing southwest Washington's first-ever day of giving. The event, called Give More 24!, has seen more than 80 nonprofit participants register over the last three months. Now, the Community Foundation is inviting residents to get ready for this 24-hour online giving challenge that empowers people to give what they can, wherever they are, on September 18, 2014. Beginning at 7 a.m. that morning, the Community Foundation will encourage everyone to visit www.Give-More-24.org and give to nonprofits that serve southwest Washington for 24 hours. People can also sign up for email updates by visiting the website today.

During the event, the Give More 24! site will make it simple for anyone to give by offering an easy-to-use directory of participating nonprofits and secure donation forms for charitable giving. Visitors can search by general cause areas or specific nonprofit names to find organizations that they want to support. Additionally, the site allows users to encourage their friends and family members to join them in giving to local organizations through the use of social media sharing.

The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington has also been raising funds from individuals and businesses to fund nonprofit prizes and a "stretch pool." that will multiply every donation. Thanks to Stretch Pool Sponsors Nancy Lematta and Dr. Candace Young, a $75,000 stretch pool will allow every gift given through Give More 24! online donation forms to provide additional dollars for nonprofits in southwest Washington. Prize Sponsorships from Beaches Restaurant and Bar, the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington and Kuni Automotive will also increase the chances for nonprofits to win one of twenty $1,000 prizes throughout the day. Descriptions of these prizes can be seen on the event website as well.

This model of fundraising is commonly called peer-to-peer fundraising, crowdfunding or crowdraising, and leverages the power of individual social networks and incentives to create a fun atmosphere for philanthropy. The Community Foundation saw this happening nationally and decided to use it for local impact.

"This event is not about competition, it's about co-opetition," Rhoads said. "The goal is to work together as nonprofits and donors -- to create a buzz about our community and an effort that empowers everyone who cares about southwest Washington to take part in making it better."

Rhoads said that the Community Foundation also hopes this event will bring new faces to local philanthropy. To help make this happen Give More 24! has a relatively low barrier to entry, asking donors for a minimum contribution of $10.

"This event will showcase the power we have in giving to our community," Rhoads said. "Each donation and social media mention grows the impact of Give More 24! and we think that ripple effect has the potential to raise at least $500,000 for local nonprofits in one day!"

The Columbian is a Media Sponsor for Give More 24!, and Supporting Sponsors include Leadership Clark County, the Nonprofit Network of Southwest Washington and Riverview Bank. Anyone interested in contributing on September 18, 2014 is encouraged to learn more and sign up to participate at www.give-more-24.org.

Who: You! Anyone can be a charitable champion. The minimum donation is $10.
What: Give More 24! -- a community-driven online giving challenge to benefit our region.
When: 7:00 a.m. on September 18, 2014 to 7:00 a.m. on September 19, 2014
Where: Donate while at home, on vacation or at work by visiting www.give-more-24.org. Local businesses and organizations will also host event that are posted on the website.
How: Visit www.give-more-24.org today and sign up to Give More 24! emails. Then, on September 18, you can make your dollars go further by supporting your favorite causes.

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BHU & ECIT Officers Receive Special Uniform Pin to identify them to the Public (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/10/14
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Members of the Portland Police Bureau's Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) and Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team (ECIT) have been issued special pins for their uniforms to identify them to the public.

Full-time BHU staff includes a lieutenant, sergeant, program manager, five officers, an analyst, and three clinicians. The Bureau has 78 ECIT officers assigned to various precincts and divisions as part of their regular duties. These officers are the first responders dispatched by 9-1-1 to calls determined to involve individuals in behavioral crisis.

All Portland Police Bureau officers receive 40 hours of crisis intervention training. ECIT officers have received an additional 40 hours of training as part of their assignment.

Training includes: indicators of mental illness; crisis communication skills; interaction with consumers and family members; and education on community resources. The training also includes scenarios applying patrol tactics to persons in behavioral crisis.

BHU was created in response to the changing landscape of police work and the requirements set forth in the City's agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

BHU coordinates the following four tiers of police response to individuals in behavioral crisis:

* The core competency crisis intervention training for all officers.

* Enhanced crisis intervention training for a group of officers who volunteer to respond to most crisis calls.

* The proactive Mobile Crisis Unit (MCU).

* The Service Coordination Team (SCT).

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to continuous improvement in our delivery of service to Portland's most vulnerable communities.

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Yellow Point Fire - Oregon Department of Forestry Team 3 update
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/10/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander

Yellow Point Fire
September 10, 2014 Update

Firefighters on the Yellow Point Fire are bracing for today's change in weather. Winds are beginning to shift to an easterly flow and temperatures are expected to rise. A Red Flag Warning is expected for Thursday that will bring warm east winds and higher temperatures to the area. The predicted fire danger conditions are expected to escalate interior burning and test established containment lines. The fire stands at 790 acres and 35% contained.

Resources on the fire include 29 hand crews, 27 engines, 15 water tenders, one bull dozer and 9 helicopters. Two minor injuries have occurred.

Additional road closures have been added in and around the fire area due to increased water tender traffic to and from water holes.

New road closures include:
* Oxbow Creek Road (19-7-25.1) from Siuslaw River Road (19-7-25);
* M-Line Road (20-7-8 and 19-8-29) from J-Line (19-8-3);
* North Sister Creek Road (20-8-18.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
* Twin Sisters Access Road (20-8-17) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
* Yellow Point Road (20-7-28 and 20-7-8.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26) and;
* Yellow Creek Road (20-7-32) from Smith River Road (20-11-26).

Road closures remaining in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

>FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 790 acres
Location: 25 miles west of Cottage Grove
Containment: 35%
Cause: Under Investigation
Resources: Crews: 29 | Engines: 27 | Tenders: 15 | Dozers: 1 | Helicopters: 9
Total Personnel: 840
Estimated Cost: $3,025,752
Cooperating Agencies: BLM, Roseburg Resources, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Lane County Administrative Office, and the Douglas and Lane County Sheriff's Offices

For More Information: 541-935-4420
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/
ODF Wildfire Blog: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry
Beaverton Police Investigating a Homicide (Photo)
Beaverton Police Department - 09/10/14
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In the early morning of Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Beaverton Police were sent on a report of gun shots heard in the area of the Birch Point apartments. The report was that several gun shots had been heard by residents of the apartments at approximately 3:00 a.m.

Officers searched the apartment complex and located a deceased adult male outside of several apartments.

The Beaverton Police Department with assistance from the Washington County Major Crimes Team is currently investigating this incident.

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Correction #2: Elderly Man Arrested After Shooting at Boat Off Siuslaw River East of Florence (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/09/14
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Correction: Mr. Nordahl's first name is spelled "Elden".

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is seeking additional witnesses following the arrest of an 81-year old man who fired a shotgun at the men's boat in the 6000 block of Highway 126 east of Florence along the Siuslaw River.

On September 8, 2014 at approximately 1:32 p.m., two OSP troopers, a Lane County Sheriff's Office deputy, and an officer from Confederate Tribes of Coos Lower Umpqua Siuslaw Indians Police Department responded to a reported menacing at 67500 Highway 126 near milepost 3. Initial investigation indicated that two men had boat trouble as they were in the Siuslaw River and rowed to a dock where they secured their aluminum drift boat. One of the men remained with the boat as the other walked to get their vehicle and trailer to remove the boat from the water.

After returning with the vehicle and trailer, the men loaded the boat and were getting ready to leave when the property owner, ELDEN NORDAHL, age 81, arrived on his boat and approached the men. After telling them not to leave, NORDAHL went into his home and came out with a shotgun, firing one shot that penetrated the boat's hull. As he was reloading, the men got in their vehicle and began driving away when a second round was fired hitting the boat's engine.

Subsequent to the investigation, OSP arrested NORDAHL for Menacing, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Pointing a Firearm at a Person. A shotgun, rifle and ammunition were seized for evidence.

OSP troopers reported seeing several people in the river near the incident site that may have been witnesses. Any witnesses are asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888 to leave a message for contact from lead investigator, Recruit Trooper Candyce Fiddy.

Photographs:
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Nordahl photograph - Lane County Sheriff's Office

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Sheriff's Report on Illegal Park Damage From Posting Signs At Hagg Lake
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/09/14
We appreciate everyone's questions regarding an incident at Hagg Lake this week. Feedback on our services is always welcome, as well as a chance to share more information when we can on an incident. With permission of the District Attorney, we are releasing the police report to ensure you have the full facts.

Mr. Medill was hanging his signs by drilling lag bolts into trees and structures, damaging public property in the Sain Creek Picnic Area. The deputy explained to Mr. Medill that his actions were against the law and asked him to stop. Mr. Medill said he knew it was illegal and he would continue placing signs in violation of the law. The Parks Department manager requested enforcement action. This placed our deputy in a tough position.

With approval of a supervisor on scene, and after giving Mr. Medill an opportunity to stop without any consenquences, the deputy took action to abate further damage to the park. He issued a citation (in lieu of going to jail) to Mr. Medill for Criminal Mischief II and notified him he was trespassed from the area. Mr. Medill replied that he would return to place more signs if needed.

Given the totality of facts and circumstances, the Sheriff's Office fully supports the actions of our deputy in this case.

The Sheriff's official report is attached.


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Salem Police To Participate in Seatbelt and Safety Restraint Campaign-UPDATE
Salem Police Dept. - 09/09/14
**** UPDATE ****

Salem Police Department participated in the Oregon Seatbelt and Safety Restraint Campaign from August 25 through September 7, 2014. During that two week period the Salem Police Traffic Control Unit issued 130 citations for safety restraint violations, 299 speeding citations, 28 citations for driving with a suspended license, an additional 408 citations were issued for various other offenses and 25 arrests were made for various charges.

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The Salem Police Department will be participating in a statewide campaign to address seatbelt use, proper child safety seat use, cell phone distractions (texting), speed violations and impaired drivers.

The Department will be using Federal funds from the US Department of Transportation to increase traffic patrols during the daylight hours from August 25 through September 7 in this third annual enforcement and education campaign. The goal of the campaign is to reduce the number of motor vehicle related deaths and injuries by increasing the 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 June 2013 found ninety- eight percent of Oregon's motoring public using safety belts, making Oregon one of the two highest safety belt use states in our country. Since the 1990 passage of Oregon's adult seatbelt law, observed seatbelt use among the motoring public has doubled from 50% to 98% while crash fatality and injury rates have both dramatically decreased by 58% and 24% respectively.

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

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.

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/
Salem Police to participate in traffic safety campaign-UPDATE
Salem Police Dept. - 09/09/14
**** UPDATE ****

The Salem Police Department assigned two officers to work varied shifts during the Labor Day holiday weekend on this high visibility project. These officers arrested four subjects for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, cited two drivers for driving with suspended licenses and issued 17 citations and warnings on various other violations. There were four additional subjects arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants by other officers in the Salem Police Department during this time period.


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Salem Police Officers will be partnering with Oregon Impact to participate in a statewide traffic enforcement and safety campaign throughout the Labor Day (September 1st) weekend to focus on motorists driving under the influence of intoxicants.

The goal of the statewide campaign is to reduce the number of motor vehicle related deaths and injuries by increasing public awareness of driving under the influence of intoxicants and focusing enforcement efforts during the busy holiday weekend. The campaign is in conjunction with Oregon Impact and other law enforcement agencies throughout the state.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data shows that 780 people lost their lives in crashes involving drivers with a Blood Alcohol Content of .08 or more during July 4th holidays over the last five years (from 2007 to 2011). These fatalities account for 40% of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities over this same five-year period.

The Salem Police Department wishes everyone a safe and happy 4th of July, but please celebrate safely and always have a designated driver. Remember: When in doubt, get a ride!
Swirling Winds Drive Lebanon Field Fire (Photo)
Lebanon Fire Dist. - 09/09/14
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Shortly before 3 p.m. this afternoon, Lebanon Fire District was dispatched to a field fire near the intersection of Stoltz Hill Rd. and Vaughan Ln. The initial reports from the farmer in the field were that gusty swirling winds were adversely impacting the fire. Upon arrival firefighters found a 2 acre fire that had spread into nearby brush. The fire proved difficult to control as the wind direction shifted multiple times in the first 15 to 20 minutes of the fire. Command called for a 2nd alarm, which brought additional mutual aid crews to help control the fire. The fire was brought under control at approximate 3:40 p.m. after burning 25 acres.


The fire occurred in a harvested rye grass field that was being flail chopped when the chopper struck a rock which sparked and ignited the dry grass stubble. There was no damage and no injuries were reported. Mutual aid was provided by Tangent Fire Department, Albany Fire Department, Sweet Home Fire Department, and Oregon Department of Forestry.

Photo Courtesy Jon Davis
Lebanon Fire District

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Fontaine Bleau Murder Suspect Arrested in Las Vegas (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/09/14
On Monday September 8, 2014, 23-year-old Xavier Dorell Bolden was arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada by the Las Vegas Criminal Apprehension Team. Portland Police Bureau Homicide detectives are in Nevada today to continue this investigation.

Bolden was lodged at the Clark County (NV) Detention Center to await extradition to Oregon.
Bolden was arrested on a warrant for Murder in connection with the November 9, 2013 homicide of 30-year-old Durieul Joseph Harris outside the Fontaine Bleau Nightclub, located at 237 Northeast Broadway.

On the night of the shooting, North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team officers responded to a large disturbance and shooting outside the club. Officers arrived to find a crowd of 75-100 people involved in a disturbance and Mr. Harris suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Mr. Harris died at the scene and officers learned that two other people suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds during the disturbance.

Anonymous tips given to Crime Stoppers of Oregon and a few brave witnesses coming forward were critical in securing an indictment for Xavier Bolden's arrest for Murder.

"I want to thank the Homicide detectives and members of our Gang Enforcement Team who spent countless hours investigating this case," said Chief Michael Reese. "I'm also thankful to the witnesses and people who came forward with information so that we could arrest the person responsible, bring justice to the family and friends of the victim and work to prevent retaliatory shootings."

Homicide detectives have conducted several interviews related to the shootings but believe that many other people fled the scene without talking to police and may have critical information that can assist in this investigation.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the investigators.
Anyone with second-hand information is asked to share it with police.

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. Links can be shared directly with investigators or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and you can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Investigators:
Det. Michele Michaels
Portland Police Bureau
(503) 823-0692
michele.michaels@portlandoregon.gov

Det. Bryan Steed
Portland Police Bureau
(503) 823-0395
bryan.steed@portlandoregon.gov

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With latest wolf depredation, Oregon ranchers now wait to see what happens next (Photo)
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SALEM, Ore. -- Since 2009, Oregon ranchers have been vigilant against wolves preying on their livestock.

Ranchers throughout the state, along with the Oregon Cattlemen's Association in Salem, have paid careful attention to what's happened on their land concerning wolves because wolf depredations directly impact the bottom line of not only ranchers, but also directly affects the economy and what's put on plates at American dinner tables. After all, cattle is the No. 2 agricultural commodity in Oregon at more than $669 million in 2013 alone, according to the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

Along with also paying attention to the legal ranglings of wolves at state and federal levels, Oregon ranchers are now in an awkward position with the Oregon Department Fish and Wildlife's latest wolf depredation investigation. Last month, ODFW officials confirmed that a wolf from the Umatilla Pack was responsible for killing a sheep in late-August, bringing the total of recent qualified wolf depredations to three. It's a significant stepping stone because in order for state officials to authorize a wolf killing, certain conditions need to be met. One of those conditions is that the rancher has taken non-lethal steps to protect their livestock. Another condition is that state officials must feel wolf attacks will likely continue despite more non-lethal protections. The third condition is that officials must supply undeniable proof that a wolf or wolves are responsible for four livestock attacks in a six-month period.

With three attacks now confirmed by officials, Oregon ranchers are in a bit of unfamiliar territory. Do they hope for another confirmed wolf depredation for state officials to possibly authorize a wolf kill that would stop depredations or do they simply hope another wolf attack on their cattle doesn't happen?

"We don't wish another rancher has another qualified event on any fellow producer," said Clint Sexson, the president of the Umatilla County Cattlemen's Association. "However, given the past events, another qualified event is anticipated. When, and if, that point does come, we are prepared to do our part to see that due process does follow through. We are only really looking for some kind of restitution for our many hours of worry and losses to our families and our operations."

Joseph rancher Todd Nash, the Oregon Cattlemen's Association Wolf Committee Chairman, said the situation is simply a difficult for both ranchers and non-ranchers.

"It's a negative thing to kill a wolf and for it to come to that," he said. "It's one of those no-win situations that we get into as an industry."

Even if a wolf does not attack, a wolf's mere presence can dramatically affect livestock. The harassed livestock not only lose valuable weight from being chased by a wolf, but livestock also have their grazing habits disturbed due to the wolf presence. As a result, livestock do not regain those valuable pounds back quickly, if they do at all. Both are major economic losses to Oregon cattlemen.

The presence of wolves also play key roles in lost pregnancies in livestock. The pregnant animal that is harassed has a higher risk of losing her growing fetus -- not only from being chased by wolves, but from the uneasiness that results from the wolves being present. Both cause higher levels of cortisol in the blood, which can result in the loss of a pregnancy.

Injuries and infections from wolf attacks also significantly affect livestock. The reduced weight and quality of the animal -- plus the cost of time, veterinarian bills and antibiotics for recovery -- substantially reduce the sale value of the livestock. Basically, the rancher has a slim chance to break even financially in this case, and they most likely will suffer a significant economic loss.

While much of this may seem only pertinent to Oregon cattlemen and those in related industries, the devastating impact of wolf depredations carry far beyond the rancher. In fact, it can trickle all the way down to the average consumer. How? One single cow can be worth at least $15,000 based on not only its physical characteristics, but how many calves it can produce in its lifetime. For instance, if a person was to buy a 2-year-old heifer, it would cost approximately $2,500. Throughout its lifetime, a cow can produce an average of 10 calves. Each of those calves is worth approximately $1,500, making each cow capable of generating $15,000. If their initial investments in these cows are lost, it could result in driving the cost of beef higher than it already is. Even more significant is that according to the Cattle Inventory Report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the 87.7 million head of cattle in the United States is the lowest since 1951, which means if there are fewer cattle, beef prices for the American consumer may spike.

Nash also said wolf depredations on cattle have other ancillary effects. If a calf or cow is killed by a wolf, others involved in the beef production process are negatively affected. Nash said a cow or calf that's killed by a wolf depredation won't go through the processing plant, the distributor and retailer before a cut of beef finally lands on a plate in front of the consumer. All of those employed people along the way - all the way down to the waiter who serves the beef to the consumer - won't benefit economically if a wolf attacks a cow or calf.

All of these factors are important in the wolf depredation issue regarding Oregon cattlemen.

"In the Oregon rancher's case, it seems that the wolves only slip away to not only linger nearby to cause more harm, but to continually antagonize our livelihood and future," Sexson said.

If the standards on wolf depredations are met that could allow state officials to issue a kill order, Oregon ranchers are steadfast: They want action to be taken.

"One of the problems with the Umatilla Pack, though, is they got so used to living right next to residents and killing right next to houses. Human presence has no value to them in a situation like that. Those types of wolves need to have a reverent fear of people and their dwellings," Nash said. "But if it does go to lethal control, I hope (state officials) are effective and they take out the wolves and all of the wolves that have been part of that behavior. Anything short of that is not going to be effective management."

In the meantime, Oregon ranchers and producers will continue to do all they can to protect their livelihood against the growing Oregon wolf population, evident by the recent news of wolf OR-7 finding a mate and having puppies. In fact, the wolf population in Oregon is growing 33 percent per year, doubling the wolf population every two years.

"We have seen the count escalate to this point before and the results were not necessarily favorable," Sexson said. "So, it is definitely a waiting game and we don't have control."

Ultimately, though, Nash said the entire situation is one where nobody wins.

"Wolves in Oregon are going to be in constant conflict with people in Oregon. We're not only going to have dead livestock, but we're going to have dead wolves -- legally and illegally -- and people are going to be upset on both sides. It's not fair to the wolves, either, being in this situation."


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The Oregon Cattlemen's Association (OCA) works to promote environmentally and socially sound industry practices, improve and strengthen the economics of the industry, and protect its industry communities and private property rights. For more information, please contact Scott Anderson at Scott@orcattle.com or 503-361-8941. Visit the OCA website at www.orcattle.com


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City of McMinnville is scheduling a Fall CERT class
McMinnville Police Dept. - 09/09/14
The City of McMinnville will be holding another Community Emergency Response Team training beginning October 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm. The class runs on Monday evenings through November 17, 2014 with a final exercise on Saturday December 6, 2014. Classes will be held at the McMinnville Fire Station 175 NE 1st St. The classes cover Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, Disaster Medical, Light Search and Rescue, Disaster Psychology, Terrorism and CERT, and hands on practical practice on the Saturday. All classes must be attended in order to complete the training and be able to respond as a team member.
The purpose of CERT is to provide training to take care your own family and assist their neighborhood after that emergency or disaster occurs. Once a person has obtained the training, and there is enough people trained in a neighborhood, a team is put together to respond within the neighborhood. After the neighborhood has been taken care of team members can respond to a staging area to be deployed to another area of the city or county or to help in some other aspect of the disaster response.
The basic class series is free and all sessions must be attended to complete the class. An application is required prior to the classes starting. You can obtain the application by going to the City of McMinnville Emergency Management page at www.macpd.org or pick it up at the police or fire station. Complete the application and drop it off at the police department or you can email it to Doug Cummins at cummind@ci.mcminnville.or.us. Class size is limited to 25 people so apply quickly to get a spot in this important training. Any question can be directed to Doug Cummins by email or phone at 503-437-2341.
Wilsonville Urban Renewal Task Force to Meet and Review City Council Concerns
City of Wilsonville - 09/09/14
WILSONVILLE, OR -- The City of Wilsonville's Urban Renewal Strategy Task Force is meeting on Tuesday, September, 23, 6-8 pm, at Wilsonville City Hall, 29799 SW Town Center Loop East, Wilsonville.

The Wilsonville City Council seeks additional review and recommendations from the Task Force regarding two primary components of the City's Urban Renewal Strategy, which was adopted by Council in May 2014.

The first issue for review pertains to Council concerns over a recommendation to remove the proposed "Old Town Escape" road from the West Side Urban Renewal Plan project list. The Old Town Escape is the only remaining project in the West Side Plan that is not subject to a development agreement or intergovernmental agreement, and therefore has no funding source.

The second issue for review concerns the future redevelopment of the Town Center area and a Council desire to have funding available for planning efforts and possible future investment to guide redevelopment of this area. The Task Force had previously recommended against adding a Town Center redevelopment project to the Year 2000 Urban Renewal Plan.

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27th Annual Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show returns to the Water Center Sept. 13 and 14 (Photo)
City of Vancouver - 09/09/14
Duck Carving
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Rita Davidson
Water Resources Education Center
360-487-7111
rita.davidson@cityofvancouver.us

Vancouver, Wash. - The public is invited to view intricately carved birds, fish and wildlife on display Saturday, Sept. 13, and Sunday, Sept. 14 during the 27th annual Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show and Northwest Championship at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.

This premier wildlife carving show and competition attracts more than 90 wildlife artists from across the United States and Canada. Judy Caldwell is the featured artist for this year's event. Ms. Caldwell is a native of Oregon and has been involved with art since childhood. She enjoys working with various woods and feels that her artwork helps demonstrate the "wonderment and beauty" of the natural environment.

New this year to the Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show is a special Virtual Digital Decorative Life-size Carving Competition. This first time use of a virtual, digital display allows artists and carvers from across the country, who cannot attend the event, to enter the competition. Entries will be displayed on the big screen at the Water Center on Sunday afternoon.

The 2014 Washington Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition winning entries will also be on display during the event and through the month of September in the second floor gallery of Water Center. The many waterfowl artwork showcases this year's winner, Nicole Lobkov, age 15, hailing from our very own Vancouver, Washington.

The public is invited to attend the many activities at the event throughout the weekend. This year's activities include seminars and demonstrations on both Saturday and Sunday. Woodworker Frank Werner presents tips and tools for wood carving, including harvesting, milling and drying materials, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13. Then from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Sept 14, Jerry Simchuk will share his knowledge and skills for making realistic looking leaves. Always fun is the judging of mini wood duck decoys in the fountain pool from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and trading of mini redhead drake decoys starting at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Families are especially encouraged to attend from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, when the Water Center presents a special Second Saturday, offering children a chance to paint a little wooden bird or feather of their own while learning about different birds species. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For Water Center information and directions, please see www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter or call 360-487-7111. For more details about the Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show and Competition, see www.columbiaflywaywildlifeshow.com.


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

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

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Photo Release: Playbook prepares Oregon Coast for potential earthquake and tsunami (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 09/09/14
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From left to right: Dean Perez, director of administrative services for Clatsop County; Tiffany Brown, Clatsop County emergency manager; Governor John Kitzhaber; and Scott Lee, Clatsop County Commissioner pause for a photo during a kickoff event for the Cascadia Playbook Sept. 9, after touring the Emergency Operations Center for Clatsop County at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore. Governor Kitzhaber's office and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management are spearheading the Playbook, a document in its initial stages that will ensure state agencies are in sync, providing decision makers with a practical guide to allocate and manage resources efficiently. In addition to the important project, the event was also held to raise awareness about individual and family emergency preparedness. (Photo by Cory E. Grogan, Oregon Office of Emergency Management)

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Governor John Kitzhaber contacts the Oregon Office of Emergency Management as part of a HAM radio demonstration during a kickoff event for the Cascadia Playbook Sept. 9, after touring the Emergency Operations Center for Clatsop County at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore. Governor Kitzhaber's office and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management are spearheading the Playbook, a document in its initial stages that will ensure state agencies are in sync, providing decision makers with a practical guide to allocate and manage resources efficiently. In addition to the important project, the event was also held to raise awareness about individual and family emergency preparedness. (Photo by Cory E. Grogan, Oregon Office of Emergency Management)

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From left to right: Jim Walker, Oregon State Fire Marshal; Mike Harryman, Oregon Public Health director; Dave Stuckey, Oregon Office of Emergency Management director; Stan Thomas emergency preparedness/business continuity manager, Oregon Health Authority; Laurie Holien, Oregon Office of Emergency Management deputy director; Sarah Jo Chaplen Department of Administrative Services deputy director; and Tiffany Brown Clatsop County emergency manager pause for a photo during a kick-off event for the Cascadia Playbook Sept. 9, after touring the Emergency Operations Center for Clatsop County at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore. Governor Kitzhaber's office and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management are spearheading the Cascadia Playbook, a document in its initial stages that will ensure state agencies are in sync, providing decision makers with a practical guide to allocate and manage resources efficiently. In addition to the important project, the event was also held to raise awareness about individual and family emergency preparedness. (Photo by Cory E. Grogan, Oregon Office of Emergency Management)

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Governor John Kitzhaber signs a proclamation for National Preparedness month during a kick-off event for the Cascadia Playbook Sept. 9, after touring the Emergency Operations Center for Clatsop County at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore. Governor Kitzhaber's office and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management are spearheading the Cascadia Playbook, a document in its initial stages that will ensure state agencies are in sync, providing decision makers with a practical guide to allocate and manage resources efficiently. In addition to the important project, the event was also held to raise awareness about individual and family emergency preparedness. In addition to the important project, the event was also held to raise awareness about individual and family emergency preparedness. (Photo by Cory E. Grogan, Oregon Office of Emergency Management)


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Beaverton Student Wins First Place in Statewide Writing Competition, "If I Were Mayor..." Contest
City of Beaverton - 09/09/14
Nandini Naidu, a freshman at Valley Catholic High School, has won first place for an essay she wrote as an eighth grader in the Oregon Mayors Association's (OMA) annual statewide civic awareness contest, "If I Were Mayor..."

"Nandini winning this contest confirms what I'm always thinking--Beaverton is home to some of the most talented students in the state," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "She's an inspirational young lady and we're proud of her statewide win."

Her accomplishment will be recognized during the Tuesday, Sept. 9 City Council meeting where she will be presented with a certificate and the first-place prize, a new iPad Air.

Each year, students compete in three age groups using different media to describe what it would mean to them if they were the mayor of their city. Fourth and fifth grade students design posters, sixth through eighth grade students write essays, and ninth through twelfth grade students produce a short video, PowerPoint or other electronic media presentation.

The competition began with a contest conducted by mayors in their local cities. The first place winners of the local contests are entered in the state-level contest, which is judged by members of the OMA Board of Directors. More than 30 cities participated in this year's contest at the local level, with 52 entries forwarded to the state-level contest.

Founded in 1972, the Oregon Mayors Association (OMA) is a voluntary association of persons who hold the office of mayor. OMA is recognized as an affiliate organization in cooperation with the League of Oregon Cities. Over two-thirds of Oregon's mayors are active members of the OMA.

In 2014, Beaverton was again recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was one of just four cities of its size recently recognized as a "Smarter City" energy leader by the Natural Resources Defense Council and one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine. In addition, Beaverton was named one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine, an All-America City finalist, as one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com, one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine, the Recycler of the Year from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists and as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities, the Beaverton Community Vision program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter. Beaverton also enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov, like the City of Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.

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"Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine" exhibit closes September 20 (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 09/09/14
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Join six local wineries for a closing celebration on Sunday, September 14, from 1 - 4 p.m.!

Portland, OR - There are less than two weeks left to visit the Oregon Historical Society's popular summer exhibition, "Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine," closing Saturday, September 20.

To celebrate the end of this beautiful Portland summer and the final full weekend of the exhibit, the Oregon Historical Society will host Arborbrook, Brooks, Cooper Mountain, Elk Cove, Maysara, and Ponzi wineries for an afternoon wine tasting event on Sunday, September 14 from 1 - 4 p.m. Also, at 2 p.m., industry pioneer Susan Sokol Blosser will sit down for a Q&A with OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk, discussing the early days of Oregon wine. Tickets to the End of Summer Celebration are $15, and include six tastes, appetizers, museum admission, and entrance to Susan Sokol Blosser's talk. Tickets can be purchased online.

Designed in partnership with the Linfield College's Oregon Wine History Archive and other industry partners, this original exhibition traces the history of Oregon wines from the earliest vineyards to legislative efforts to control alcohol during Prohibition to the resurgence of the wine industry in the 1960s and finally to what the future may bring for these thriving Oregon businesses.

Visitors to the exhibit will learn about the flourishing Oregon wine industry through artifacts, photos, works of art, and interactive experiences. View wine-related objects dating back to the 19th century, explore profiles of winemakers working in Oregon today, and use your senses to identify aromas typical to Pinot Noir. Art of the wine country is also on display in the accompanying exhibit "Oregon Vineyards: Through the Eyes of an Artist," curated by Art Elements Gallery in Newberg.


About the Oregon Historical Society

Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, educational programs, and digital content.

The Oregon Historical Society is located at 1200 SW Park Avenue in downtown Portland. Museum hours are Monday - Saturday from 10 AM - 5 PM and Sunday from Noon - 5 PM. Admission is always free for Multnomah County residents. Visit ohs.org for information on current exhibits and events and access to educational content.


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Legacy Health statement regarding Jeffrey McAllister criminal plea
Legacy Health - 09/09/14
Legacy Health is releasing the following statement from Brian Terrett, Public Relations Director, regarding the outcome of Jeffrey McAllister's criminal hearing in Portland, Oregon today, Sept. 9:

"We are glad that the criminal case has been resolved. All of the caregivers at Legacy Health will continue to focus their efforts on providing high quality care for all of our patients."
Legacy Health Expands Presence on Portland's Westside (Photo)
Legacy Health - 09/09/14
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Locally-owned health care provider opens new clinic offering primary care, acupuncture, integrative medicine, online scheduling and extended hours for westside families

(Portland, Ore. - Sept. 9, 2014) Legacy Health announced today it will continue its expansion on the westside of Portland with the opening of Legacy Medical Group - Raleigh Hills on Tuesday, Sept. 16. Legacy Medical Group - Raleigh Hills will offer primary care for all ages; traditional family and internal medicine and integrative medicine; acupuncture; online scheduling; and evening hours for added convenience.

"The health of a community is largely dependent on convenient access to high quality and comprehensive health care and services," said Mike Newcomb, D.O., chief operating officer of Legacy Health. "Legacy Health is dedicated to providing this kind of access to westside families with the opening of Legacy Medical Group - Raleigh Hills. We look forward to continuing to invest in primary care and specialty clinics that are located close to where our patients live, work and play on the westside."

In addition to primary care for all ages, Legacy Health's newest clinic will also offer integrative medicine, which takes into account the wellness of the whole person - mind, body and spirit. Specific services include acupuncture, mind-body medicine, nutrition and lifestyle changes, and evidence-based herbal medicine.

Legacy Medical Group - Raleigh Hills will be open Monday - Thursdays 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Fridays 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Patients of Legacy Medical Group - Raleigh Hills will have direct access to Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel and Legacy's many specialty clinics. Legacy Medical Group - Raleigh Hills is welcoming new patients and accepts many different health plans. To make an appointment, please call 503-414-5160. For more information, please visit http://www.legacyhealth.org/raleighhills.

Legacy's new westside clinic is comprised of a compassionate team of providers who offer varying expertise, experience and clinical interests:

As the medical director of Legacy Medical Group's westside and northwest primary clinics, Stephanie Anderson, M.D., is a primary care doctor who focuses on adults and teens age 15 and older. Her professional interests include adolescent and women's health.

Yana Little, M.D., is a board certified family medicine doctor. She is certified in acupuncture and believes in finding balance for her patients, providing a mix of Western medicine, nutrition, movement and Chinese medicine-acupuncture.

Brenda Olson, M.D., is a primary care doctor who enjoys helping her patients make health decisions and lifestyle changes to improve their overall health. Her interests include a team approach to health care, women's health and transgender care.

Legacy introduced itself to Portland's westside in summer of 2013 with the opening of Legacy Medical Group - Cornell, a two-story comprehensive health center offering many services including sports medicine and pediatric urgent care as well as Legacy Medical Group - Forest Heights, offering primary care for all ages.

Legacy Medical Group - Raleigh Hills joins Legacy's network of clinics has been servicing the Portland-metro area and surrounding region for 15 years. With almost 50 primary care and specialty clinics and over 300 doctors, Legacy Medical Group treats patients of all ages and from all walks of life.


About Legacy Health
Legacy Health is an Oregon-based nonprofit, tax-exempt organization and, with more than 9,000 employees, is one of the largest private sector employers in the Portland metropolitan area. Legacy Health provides an integrated network of healthcare services, including acute and critical care, inpatient and outpatient treatment, community health education and a variety of specialty services. Legacy's hospitals include: Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and Randall Children's Hospital, Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center and Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in Vancouver. Also included in the Legacy system are a hospice agency, a full-service research facility, and specialty and primary care clinics. Visit www.legacyhealth.org

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Sheriff's Office hosts Oct. 7, 8 training on domestic-violence strangulation cases
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/09/14
PDF flyer for this training:
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The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office -- in partnership with the Family Justice Center Alliance -- is hosting a new class for law-enforcement, legal, social-work and mental-health professionals: "Identifying, Investigating and Prosecuting Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Strangulation Cases."

The same training will be offered on two consecutive days: Tuesday, Oct. 7 and Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. Attendees need only register for one day.

TIME:
- 7:30 a.m. -- Registration
- 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. -- Training

LOCATION:
Providence Willamette Falls Community Center
515 15th Street
Oregon City, OR 97045
NOTE: Parking is limited; please carpool

This class will be taught by a panel of nationally recognized experts in the identification, investigation and documentation of strangulation in intimate partner violence: Gael Strack, J.D.; Casey Gwinn, J.D.; and, Dr. Bill Smock, M.D.

Topics to be covered will include:

- Findings from a study of 300 misdemeanor strangulation cases
- Resources and handouts from the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention
- Understanding the lethality of strangulation
- Identifying the signs and symptoms of strangulation cases
- Anatomy and medical aspects in surviving and non-surviving victims
- Investigating and documenting a domestic-violence and sexual-assault strangulation case for prosecution
- Legal aspects of strangulation cases with surviving victims
- Tools and resources for advocates
- Use of experts in court

REGISTER SECURELY ONLINE FOR THIS EVENT AT:
http://www.cvent.com/d/h4qcyp/4W

OR E-MAIL JULIE L. COLLINSON AT THE CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: jcollinson@clackamas.us

REGISTER BY: Friday, October 3, 2014

COST: $79

WHO SHOULD ATTEND THIS TRAINING:
- Judges
- Law-enforcement officers
- Prosecutors
- Domestic-violence advocates
- Civil legal attorneys
- Medical providers
- Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT:
This training session has been approved by Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST). Documents necessary to receive credit will be provided at the conclusion of the training.

HOSTED BY: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
THROUGH A PARTNERSHIP WITH: Family Justice Center Alliance

For more information about the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention, visit:
http://www.strangulationtraininginstitute.com

PDF flyer for this training:
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Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/09/14
NEW FIRES

* Tom Folley Fire: the Tom Folley Fire started yesterday afternoon near Tom Folley Creek Road three miles east of Elkton. Crews stopped the fast moving grass fire at 25 acres and remained at the scene until the evening, mopping up hot spots and securing lines. Cause is under investigation.

CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES

* Yellow Point Fire: the Yellow Point Fire, 25 miles west of Cottage Grove, stands at 785 acres and is 25% contained. Experiencing minimal growth yesterday, firefighters continue to strengthen fire lines today. Additional road closures are expected today near the fire area, with closures currently in effect for South Sisters Road east of Upper Smith Road and the South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

>ABOUT THIS UPDATE
ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's major actions as a partner with other agencies.

>FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

>OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF's fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

>NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

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Pacific University Recognized for Excellence by National Media (Photo)
Pacific University - 09/09/14
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FOREST GROVE -- Pacific University has once again been recognized for its quality as an institution of higher education by Washington Monthly, US News & World Report and Forbes.

Washington Monthly has ranked Pacific 15th nationally out of 671 institutions in the master's universities category, as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

"We rate schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country)," Washington Monthly editors stated.

US News has Pacific tied for 25th in the "Regional Universities West Region" category, comprised of "institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master programs, and few, if any, doctoral programs." Regional universities are ranked by geographical quadrant (North, South, East, West), and the publication selected a total of 120 institutions within the West.

Pacific is once again one of America's Top Colleges, according to Forbes, a listing that includes only 20 percent of the nation's undergraduate institutions. Of the 650 schools Forbes selected, Pacific is ranked 276.

Additionally, The Princeton Review has again named Pacific a Best Western College. The university is among just 124 institutions from 15 western states, including California and Texas, to be listed by the publication.


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Fort Vancouver National Trust's "Dancing with the Local Stars" Raises $154,000, Scott Campbell wins competition by raising largest donation total and breaking all-time record (Photo)
Fort Vancouver National Trust - 09/09/14
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VANCOUVER, Wash. -- (September 9, 2014) The Fort Vancouver National Trust has reported that Saturday's Dancing with the Local Stars raised $154,000. The net proceeds will support the Trust's programs at the Fort Vancouver National Site.

The September 6th dance competition at the Hilton Vancouver was attended by nearly 400 people. Eight local "stars" were partnered with Arthur Murray Dance Studio instructors and were taught dance routines. The community was encouraged to "vote" for their favorite dancer with their dollars both online and at the event. The dancer who raised the most money was declared the winner.

This year's winner is Scott Campbell, Governmental and Community Affairs Manager. Campbell performed a Tango with his dance partner Christina Mullen, Arthur Murray dance instructor.

Each of the celebrity dancers was awarded a trophy for categories voted on by the audience. The celebrity dancers and their awards are:

* Most Creative Performance: Dan Wyatt
* Best Overall Dance Performance: Patti Westby
* Most Charismatic Performance: Scott Campbell
* Most Outrageous Performance: Lou Brancaccio
* Fan Favorite: Dave Henderson
* Best Entrance: Pat Jollota
* Best Natural Talent: Katie Atkins-Castillo
* Best Costume: Heidi Scarpelli

2014 winner Scott Campbell commented, "A heartfelt THANK YOU to all of you who supported the Fort Vancouver National Trust and my quest to be crowned champion of Dancing With the Local Stars. So many to thank in this community. I am very humbled and could not have achieved this goal without their support."

"Without the hard work of these eight community stars this event would not be possible," said Elson Strahan, President and CEO of the Fort Vancouver National Trust. "We are immensely grateful for their dedication and support."

About Fort Vancouver National Trust
Established in 1998, Fort Vancouver National Trust is a public nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the preservation and education purposes of Fort Vancouver National Site. The mission of the Trust is to achieve national recognition of Fort Vancouver National Site as a premier historic destination. The Trust works with Fort Vancouver partners in a collective effort to preserve, enhance and operate Fort Vancouver for public benefit through education, resource development, advocacy, community identity, programs and cultural tourism. For more information, visit www.fortvan.org or call (360) 992-1800.
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Yellow Point Fire - ODF Team 3 Update
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/09/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander

Yellow Point Fire
September 9, 2014 Update

Anticipating severe fire weather that is expected to arrive Wednesday and Thursday, firefighters continue to strengthen established hand lines around the Yellow Point Fire. The fire had minimal growth from yesterday and now stands at 785 acres and 25% contained.

The northeast corner has been the most active portion of the fire over the last two days. Firefighters continue to strengthen containment lines and track down spot fires from rolling, burning debris.

Additional road closures are expected in and near the fire area due to increased water tender traffic to and from water holes. Road closures remaining in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

Cooperating agencies included BLM, Roseburg Resources, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Lane Fire Authority, Dexter Fire District, Lowell Fire District, Mohawk Valley Fire District, Lane County Administrative Office, and the Douglas and Lane County Sheriff's Offices.

FIRE AT A GLANCE

Size: 785 acres
Location: 25 miles west of Cottage Grove
Containment: 25%
Cause: Under Investigation
Road Closures: South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.
Evacuations: None
Structures Threatened: 0
For More Information: 541-935-4420
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/
ODF Wildfire Blog: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry

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Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board to meet September 18 in Salem
Oregon Health Authority - 09/09/14
September 9, 2014

What: Public meeting of the Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board

When: Thursday, September 18, 1 to 5 p.m.

Where: Callan Conference Room, Kirkbride Building, third floor, Oregon State Hospital, 2600 Center Street NE, Salem

Details: Board members include consumers, providers, advocates, legislators, community members, consumer families and OSH union members.

The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For more information, see the board's website at www.oregon.gov/oha/amh/osh/pages/advisory-board.aspx.

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Tactical Operations Division Welcomes New Captain and Lieutenant (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/09/14
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Captain David Hendrie, a 20-year-veteran, has been appointed to lead the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division (TOD). Captain Hendrie last served as the Captain of East Precinct.

As Captain of TOD, Captain Hendrie oversees the Gang Enforcement Team (GET), the Gun Task Force (GTF), the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT), the Metropolitan Explosives Disposal Unit (MEDU), and the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT).

Captain Hendrie spent seven years as a member of the Gang Enforcement Team as both an officer and a Lieutenant, and is experienced in gang investigations as well as efforts to work with the community to reduce gang violence.

Joining Captain Hendrie at TOD is Lieutenant Michael Krantz, a 20-year-veteran of the Police Bureau. Lieutenant Krantz comes to TOD after serving being assigned to the Metro Gang Task Force (MGTF). At TOD, Lieutenant Krantz is assigned to the GET.

These changes became necessary after Captain Pat Walsh was hired as the Chief of Police in Lompoc, California, after serving 22 years with the Police Bureau; and, Lieutenant Art Nakamura was selected to lead the Personnel Division.

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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 34 at Seven Mile Lane in Linn County (Photo)
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday evening's two vehicle traffic crash at the intersection of Highway 34 and Seven Mile Lane east of Interstate 5 in Linn County that turned fatal when a passenger died at an area hospital.

On September 8, 2014 at approximately 7:09 p.m., a 1993 Honda Accord driven by JAMES L. FIELDS, age 25, from Sweet Home, was traveling northbound on Seven Mile Lane when it failed to stop for a stop sign and entered into the intersection at Highway 34. The Honda was struck in the driver side door by a 2004 Subaru Impreza four-door traveling in the right eastbound lane of Highway 34. After impact, the Honda traveled across the highway and came to rest off the north shoulder. The Subaru came to a stop in the westbound lanes.

FIELDS and passenger ANNA MARIE MYERS, age 28, from Sweet Home, were both transported by ambulance with serious injuries to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis. MYERS reportedly died from her injuries later that night.

The Subaru's driver, CHRISTINA M. BANKS, age 35, from Lebanon, was not injured. She was using safety restraints.

Safety restraint usage by the victim is pending confirmation through the investigation by OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office. Trooper Ray Stallsworth is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Linn County Sheriff's Office, Tangent Rural Fire District, Albany Fire Department, and ODOT. The highway was restricted to a lane of travel for 90 minutes during the initial scene investigation.

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Update: Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 south of Rogue River (Photo)
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday afternoon's fatal traffic crash involving 5 vehicles southbound Interstate 5 in a highway work zone about two miles south of Rogue River. Names and additional details are released in this update.

According to Sergeant Tyler Lee, on September 8, 2014 at approximately 5:20 p.m., traffic was moving southbound along Interstate 5 near the bottom of the exit 43 off-ramp in a work zone where traffic was merging from the left lane to the right lane due to a construction-related lane closure.

Preliminary investigation indicates four of the involved vehicles were slowly moving in the right lane when a Ford Escape sport utility vehicle driven by STEVEN COLEMAN, age 31, from Central Point, failed to slow down and crashed into the back of a 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass driven by GERALD KIRK, age 65, from Rogue River. The impact caused the Oldsmobile to crash into the back of a Hyundai Sante Fe sport utility vehicle driven by MARIE S. MURPHY, age 25, from Ashland. Two other vehicles, a 2002 Subaru Forrester and a 2002 Dodge Neon, were then involved in the chain reaction crash.

A passenger in the Oldsmobile identified as MICHELE LAURITZEN, age 49, from Rogue River, was pronounced deceased at the scene. She was using safety restraints. KIRK was transported by Mercy Flights to Rogue Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

COLEMAN was checked at the scene by medical personnel but wasn't transported. He is cooperating in the investigation.

MURPHY was not reported injured. A passenger in the Subaru was transported with minor injuries to a hospital.

OSP troopers from the Central Point and Grants Pass offices responded to the scene to investigate. Trooper Adam Walport is the lead investigator. No enforcement action taken at this time.

OSP was assisted at the scene by other law enforcement, local emergency responders and ODOT. One lane remained closed at the scene during the investigation. Troopers cleared about 10:30 p.m.

OSP and ODOT urge drivers to be alert for highway work zones and workers day and night. According to ODOT:

* Work zone crashes are often more severe than other types of crashes.
* Most work zone crashes are caused by drivers not paying attention.
* Speeding - or driving too fast for conditions - is the second leading cause of work zone crashes.
* More than 40% of work zone crashes happen in the transition zone prior to the work area.
* Drivers and passengers are more likely to be injured or killed than on-site workers.
* Fines in work zones are double 24/7 whether workers are present or not.

More information about highway work zone safety is available on ODOT's website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/ts/Pages/workzonesafety.aspx

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Crime Alert: Vandalism Spree in Southeast Portland's Woodstock Neighborhood Damages Numerous Vehicles (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/09/14
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On Monday September 8, 2014, at 11:46 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the 4700 block of Southeast Steele Street on the report that a car window had been broken out by an unknown suspect.

The only suspect information available is a white male in his 30s on a bicycle.

Officers in the area located several vehicles with their windows broken out and received additional calls on vehicle vandalism.

The area affected is from Southeast Powell Boulevard to Tolman Street and Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard to 60th Avenue.

Community members who have not filed a police report are encouraged to do so by visiting www.portlandpolice.com to file a report online.

If you suspicious activity consistent with these reports, please immediately call 9-1-1.

The Portland Police Bureau and Crime Prevention want to help you and catch the person(s) responsible for these crimes.

We offer the following suggestions and tips:

- Park your vehicle off the street and in a garage, if possible.

- Enhance your exterior lighting: leave porch lights on at night, add motion sensor lighting to the garage and add pathway or sidewalk solar lighting. Prune trees or bushes that obstruct light.

If you have exterior video cameras, turn them toward the street to capture activity and people near vehicles parked on the street.

- Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and you can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

For more information about vehicle and home safety and security, contact your Crime Prevention Coordinator. Call (503) 823-4064 to locate your coordinator or visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/cp to learn more about Crime Prevention.

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Clark County Medical Examiner MEDIA RELEASE
Clark County Public Information & Outreach - 09/09/14
The following information is in reference to a death investigated by the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office

The individual was the driver of a vehicle in collision with train.

The name of the decedent: Kellogg, Charles W. Age: 80 Yrs

This individual died on 09/07/2014 in Vancouver, WA.

The decedent was a resident of (city/state): Ridgefield, WA

Cause of death: Multiple Blunt Force Injuries
Manner of death: Accident

No additional information is available for release from the Medical Examiner's Office.


Media release issue date: Prepared 09/09/14



Nikki Costa
Operations Manager
State Fallen Firefighter Memorial Ceremony Keynote Speaker Announced
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 09/09/14
The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) in partnership with the Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard will host the State's Fallen Firefighters Memorial ceremony on Thursday September 18, 2014 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem at 1 PM. This event is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.

Chief Ron Siarnicki, Executive Director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and retired Chief of Prince George's County (Maryland) Department of Fire and Rescue, will be the keynote speaker on a day that we honor and remember 163 fallen career and volunteer firefighters and engrave five additional names to the memorial.

*Backgorund Information on the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation*

The NFFF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, located in Emmitsburg, Maryland. It is registered as a corporation in the State of Maryland. The Foundation receives funding through private donations from caring individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations. A grant from the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance supports programs for survivors of fallen firefighters. The Federal Emergency Management Agency partners with the Foundation to sponsor many of the National Memorial Weekend activities. The National Institute of Standards and Technology supports work on a national research agenda to prevent line-of-duty deaths and injuries.

Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to honor America's fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the non-profit Foundation has developed and expanded programs that fulfill that mandate. Our mission is to honor and remember America's fallen fire heroes and to provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives and work within the fire service community to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries.

Each October, the Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year. Thousands attend the weekend activities held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The Weekend features special programs for survivors and coworkers along with moving public ceremonies.

When a firefighter dies in the line of duty, the Foundation provides survivors with a place to turn. Families receive emotional assistance through a Fire Service Survivors Network, which matches survivors with similar experiences and circumstances. Families receive a quarterly newsletter and specialized grief publications. Our website provides extensive information on survivor benefits, Foundation programs, and other resources.

Spouses, children, and stepchildren of fallen firefighters are eligible for scholarship assistance for education and job training costs.

Under a Department of Justice grant, the Foundation offers training to help fire departments handle a line-of-duty death. Departments receive extensive pre-incident planning support. Immediately after a death, a Chief-to-Chief Network provides technical assistance and personal support to help the department and the family.

With the support of fire and life safety organizations, the Foundation has launched a major initiative to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries. Our goal is to reduce line-of-duty firefighter deaths by 25 percent in 5 years.

The Foundation is expanding the national memorial site in Emmitsburg, Maryland, to create the first permanent national park honoring all firefighters. The park includes a brick Walk of Honor(R) that connects the Memorial Chapel and the official national monument.

Media Outlets: Chief Siarnicki will be available to answer questions and share information about NFFF's programs after the memorial ceremony. He will be accompanied by Bill Webb, a native of Salem, Oregon, who is the Executive Director of the Congressional Fire Service Institute and Vice Chair of the NFFF Board, who will also be available for media interviews.

*Names to be added to the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial this year*

Jesse Trader - County Fire and Security

BACKGROUND: Jesse Trader died on August 6, 2013, at 07:20 while working on the Big Windy Complex fire in Josephine County. Jesse was 19 years old at the time of his death. He was a volunteer fire fighter with County Fire and Security, a private fire suppression company located in Merlin, Oregon. His duties included basic fire fighting and acting as a water tender driver/contractor for the fire season. Jesse was returning from the evening shift when the water tender (tanker) he was driving hit an embankment and rolled over on the Bear Camp Road near Soldier Camp. Firefighters in vehicles driving behind Trader immediately stopped to assist. An advanced life support ambulance arrived on scene within minutes and Life Flight was quickly launched, however, all efforts to save Firefighter Trader were unsuccessful.

John Hammack - Deschutes County, Deschutes National Forest

BACKGROUND: "On August 1, 2013, John Hammack, 58, a professional feller employed by R&K Water Service was part of a two person felling module assigned to Incident 398 on the Sisters Ranger District, Deschutes National Forest, near Bend, Oregon. Incident 398 included the task of felling a large 64" diameter legacy Douglas Fir that was struck by lightning and set the top on fire. District personnel took initial action late in the day of July 31, 2013 but they did not have the time or proper tools to safely control the fire without taking undue risk, which included felling the tree. The mission on August 1, 2013 was for the felling module of John Hammack and his felling module partner to fell the burning tree. This was not a particularly unusual assignment. At approximately 0911 hours, after several actions to prepare for a safe felling environment and just as John was returning to the base of the tree, a large portion of the top of the tree burned out, broke loose an d tragically fell directly onto John killing him instantly while indirectly striking and injuring his felling partner.

Oscar Montano-Garcia - Wildland Fire Fighter

BACKGROUND: On August 25, 2013, Oscar Montano-Garcia, 50, collapsed and died of a medical condition working on the Nabob Fire in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest near the Oregon/California border. Oscar was employed as a contract Type 2 hand crew wildland fire fighter with Pacific Coast Contractors, Inc. (Under contract to the USDA Forest Service). He was on a lunch break (federally mandated) with his crew when he collapsed and succumbed to an unknown medical condition. EMT's on scene and multiple other EMS personnel attempted to revive him but were unsuccessful. He had a long history of working with Pacific Coast Contractors, Inc., and in Oregon's Forests. Oscar was highly regarded by those he worked with. He leaves behind his wife, daughter and son.

Tony B. Chapin - Willamina Fire Department

BACKGROUND: On September 24, 1998, fire fighter Tony Chapin was injured in a motor vehicle accident while in route to a required paramedic class he was attending at the College of Emergency Services in Portland, Oregon. Tony was wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident. When medics arrived he was immediately transported to the hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries on September 25, 1998. Tony was three months away from graduating from the paramedic program at the time of his death. Completion of the program was the first step in achieving his goal of attending medical school to become an emergency room physician. Tony was a member of the Willamina Fire Department (now known as West Valley Fire District) where he served with his father, Bob Chapin and his brother Chuck. Tony was survived by his wife, Kelly Chapin; his stepson, Ashton Lay; and his daughters, Brooke and Nikki Chapin. Tony was working full time at Taylor Lumber. He and his wife Kelly had just purchased their first home. At the time of his death, he was 19 years old.

Melvin Claude Richardson - Oregon National Guard

BACKGROUND: On September 6, 1935, Melvin Claude Richardson was one of 40 initial National Guard fire fighters recruited to fight the McKenzie Bridge fire in the Willamette National Forest. The fire was rapidly growing and exceeded 2,500 acres. While working on the fire, Melvin stepped from behind a tree and was struck by a falling snag that was on fire which broke his neck and killed him upon impact. He was 18 years old at the time of his death. DPSST was contacted by Nancy Farrar, second cousin to Melvin Claude Richardson, who recalled as a child the traumatic loss and the overwhelming impact to the family. He was an only child, therefore, it was a tremendous loss to his family. Nancy began the process of researching his death and presented the information to DPSST staff. She has requested he be added to the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial Wall in hopes of bringing closure and honor to her cousin after all these years.

More information on the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial and the names of the men and women it honors can be found online at: http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/FC/FallenFireFighterMemorial.shtml
POW/MIA Observance and Monument Dedication on September 20, 2014 at the Armed Forces Reserve Center (Photo)
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VANCOUVER, Wash.--September 9, 2014-- The Community Military Appreciation Committee (CMAC), a civic nonprofit organization, will be dedicating the POW/MIA Monument at the Armed Forces Reserve Center (AFRC) at 15005 NE 65th St, Vancouver, WA on Saturday, September 20th at 11:00am. The monument will serve as a reminder to visitors that our POW/MIA soldiers "Are Not Forgotten," and to remind citizens of Vancouver what these soldiers gave up for their country. CMAC will be dedicating the monument to the Armed Forces Reserve Center represented by the 88th Army Reserve Support Command on September 20th, in honor of National POW/MIA Recognition Day in the United States.
Monument construction broke ground in March 2014 and has been completed with the help of:
* Kelly Punteney, POW/MIA monument project manager
* Vancouver Granite Works, Robert Bean
* iQ Credit Union, presiding sponsor for the dedication ceremony
* Cemex, for the donation of materials for the monument
* Brick sales and fundraising led by CMAC, generating $20,000 for the project
The observance and dedication ceremony will feature U.S. Army Col. John F. Sweeney, the commander of the 2nd Brigade 95th Division located at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, as keynote speaker. COL John Sweeney is originally from Queens, New York, graduating with a BA from Don Bosco College. Following assignments in West Germany and New York, he was commissioned through Officer Candidate School in the Military Police (MP) Corps in 1987. His MP experiences included Platoon Leader and Operations Officer 1302nd Port Security and 812th MP Company; Security Officer, 1395th Terminal Transportation; Cdr. 291st Transportation Detachment; Cdr. 380th CONUS Replacement Center (CRC) Battalion (BN); Cdr. 860th CRC Company; and Battalion Cdr. 380th CRC BN. Active duty assignments include Info Operations Officer, G-3 Plans, US Army Pacific, Fort Shafter and Standing Joint Task Force; Secretary to General Staff, 70th Regional Support Command; Deputy Chief of Staff, G1, 3rd and 364th Expeditionary Sustainment Commands in Iraq and Kuwait. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Good Conduct Medal, and multiple Army Reserve service medals.
Other speakers include CMAC co-chair and Vancouver City Councilmember Larry Smith, Mayor Tim Leavitt, 17th District Representatives Paul Harris and Monica Stonier, POW/MIA monument project manager Kelly Punteney and WWII POW (70th Infantry Division) Dale Bowlin. The 204th Army Reserve Band led by Warrant Officer Robert A. Nicholas will provide music as well as Officer Rey Reynolds.
For more information on the project, please contact Larry Smith (CMAC co-chair) vancouvertiger@comcast.net or Dan Tarbell (CMAC co-chair) dantarbell@comcast.net or visit CMAC's website at www.cmac11.com.
All CMAC events are privately funded. CMAC is an all-inclusive group composed of members representing youth, education, civic, military, veterans groups, and local governments. CMAC executes and plans community-wide events, such as the Memorial Day, Veterans Day, High School Salute, and POW/MIA Day ceremonies and recognition/support of military families of all services.


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Lewis & Clark Overseas program highlighted by U.S. News & World Report (Photo)
Lewis & Clark - 09/09/14
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For the third year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has recognized Lewis & Clark's overseas and off-campus program as one of the best in the nation.

The 2015 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges issue recognizes "schools with outstanding examples of programs that education experts, including staff members of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, agree are key."

Lewis & Clark President Barry Glassner welcomed this validation of the college's leadership in international education.

"Whether it's our remarkable overseas study program with its rich opportunities for research and collaboration, or the international perspectives that are brought to our classrooms every day by our students and professors, Lewis & Clark is preparing students for success in today's society," Glassner said.

Lewis & Clark is the only school in the Pacific Northwest to make the 2015 study abroad list, which also features Dartmouth and Stanford. The list highlights programs that "involve substantial academic work abroad for credit--a year, a semester, or an intensive experience equal to a course--and considerable interaction with the local culture."

The overseas study program is one of the most distinguishing features of the college, attracting students from--and sending students to--every corner of the globe. More than 60 percent of Lewis &??^Clark students end up studying abroad, often in countries outside of Western Europe.

For a video about Lewis & Clark's overseas program, visit http://youtu.be/xoO-_Ne78Y8

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Located in Portland, Ore., Lewis & Clark is a private institution with a public conscience and international reach, enrolling approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,500 students in graduate professional programs. Our alumni, faculty, and students are recognized as global thinkers and leaders. Our three schools offer undergraduate studies in the liberal arts and sciences and graduate professional programs in education, counseling, and law. For more information, visit http://www.lclark.edu.


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New app puts power to help save lives in hands of blood donors
American Red Cross Blood Services - 09/09/14
[New Red Cross Blood Donor App offers features that make it simple, convenient and even more rewarding to give blood]

PORTLAND, Ore. (Sept. 9, 2014) -- The American Red Cross is launching a first-of-its kind Blood Donor App today that puts the power to save lives in the palm of your hand.

The Blood Donor App allows users to schedule blood donations, track their total donations, earn rewards and invite friends to join them on a lifesaving team. The new app is free and available for download now in app stores.

"The Red Cross Blood Donor App is a new way to help meet the constant need for blood," said Jeff Allen, CEO of Red Cross Blood Services in the Pacific Northwest Region. "The app makes it easier, faster and more convenient for users to schedule and manage their donation appointments, track the lifetime impact of their donations, and recruit friends and family to roll up a sleeve with them."

As the nation's single largest supplier of blood and blood products, the Red Cross is uniquely positioned to bring this cutting edge technology to blood and platelet donors. In addition to scheduling and managing blood donation appointments, other features of the app include:
* A blood drive or blood donation locator;
* The ability to sync a blood donation appointment with the user's calendar;
* Personalized "selfies" donors can use as they share their donation experience through social media;
* Special badges donors can unlock as they interact with the app, make donations and spread the word;
* A chance for donors to come together to form teams, tracking their cumulative impact and viewing standings on the Blood Donor Teams Leaderboard;
* Exclusive offers and discounts from some of America's best brands, including Shari's Berries, ProFlowers and 1A Auto, with new rewards added regularly; and
* Uplifting donor and blood recipient stories that show the power of rolling up a sleeve to help save lives.

The Red Cross has become a leader in putting vital safety information in the hands of people who need it during emergencies, with its award-winning disaster and preparedness apps downloaded more than 5 million times over the past two years. The new Blood Donor App takes it one step further by helping people save lives through blood donations.

The Blood Donor App, along with the others, can be found in app stores by searching for American Red Cross, visiting redcross.org/apps or redcrossblood.org/bloodapp, or by texting BLOODAPP to 90999 for a direct link to download. Message and data rates for texting may apply.

Eligible blood donors do not need a smartphone to schedule an appointment to give blood. Appointments can always be made by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by visiting redcrossblood.org.

How to donate blood
A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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Three Vehicles Damaged After Commercial Truck Loses Wheels & Axle - Interstate 5 in Tigard Area (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/08/14
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Three vehicles were damaged, and fortunately no one was injured, after the left rear dual axle of a semi-trailer came loose along Interstate 5 near Lower Boones Ferry Road near Tigard.

On September 8, 2014 at approximately 2:58 p.m., a commercial truck pulling a flatbed semi-trailer was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 290 when the left rear dual axle and wheels broke loose. The wheels and axle struck the center concrete barrier, bounced back across the southbound lanes and struck the right front area of a Dodge Durango sport utility vehicle. The wheels and axle then continued across the southbound exit off ramp, through a fence and struck two unoccupied vehicles in a parking lot near a Men's Wearhouse business. Both vehicles received moderate damage.

No citations have been issued. OSP was assisted at the scene by Tigard Police Department and ODOT.

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PF&R Responds to an Apartment Fire (5044 SE 28th Ave)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 09/08/14
This afternoon at 6:16 PM Portland Firefighters were called to an apartment complex at 5044 SE 28th Avenue. When firefighters from Station 20 arrived, they found an exterior fire between apartment units. Firefighters began fighting the fire and evacuating occupants.

Firefighters managed to contain the fire to a deck and to an outside wall. All occupants were evacuated safely and no injuries were associated with this fire. The apartments occupants will NOT be displaced. Fire investigators are on scene working to determine the fires cause. Damage estimates are not yet available.
NPS Campfires and Candlelight Event to Feature Mix of Old and New Activities
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 09/08/14
VANCOUVER, WA -- Visitors will find an exciting mix of familiar and new activities at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site's annual Campfires and Candlelight living history event, scheduled for 4 to 10 pm this Saturday, September 13, 2014.

As in past years, activities will be divided between those inside the reconstructed fort and those in a Timeline of History outside the stockade walls.

Outside the reconstructed fort, numerous costumed participants in encampments will form a Timeline of History, walking visitors back in time from the World War II era to 1846. Participating groups this year have expanded to include the Historical Aviation Guild, 113th Cavalry Living History Group, 249th Artillery Group, and 8th Infantry Division Medical Aid Station representing the World War II era; the 7th Infantry Regiment portraying that unit at Vancouver Barracks during the 1930s; Buffalo Soldier living history groups from Seattle and Portland with park staff and volunteers portraying the Army of the Indian Wars era; the First Oregon Volunteer Infantry and First Oregon Volunteer Cavalry representing units onsite during the Civil War era; and park staff and volunteers interpreting Oregon Trail emigrants and employees and families of the Hudson's Bay Company's Village at Fort Vancouver.

To complement the living history encampments in the Timeline of History, the park has added interactive elements for children, including potato sack races, a children's 1930's obstacle course, and children's Kaiser Shipyard races using miniature floaty-boats. In addition, The Vancouver Community Concert Band will perform music from the past, beginning at 5:45 pm.

Inside the reconstructed stockade there will be costumed staff and volunteers bringing to life a specific evening from the fort's past -- September 13, 1846 -- when the employees of the Hudson's Bay Company's Fort Vancouver learned about the wreck of the American schooner USS Shark at the mouth of the Columbia River and mobilized to provide them with aid and support.

Costumed reenactors will be working inside the reconstructed fort's kitchen, blacksmith shop, carpenter shop, infirmary, bakehouse, Indian trade shop, fur store, chief factor's house, and counting house and visitors can interact with them from 5 to 10 pm while they discuss, plan and prepare items to help the shipwrecked American sailors.

Schedule of Activities

4 pm
*Timeline of History opens; visitors may visit encampments and interact with living history reenactors.

*Inspection formations - 113th Cavalry Living History Group (Timeline of History).

*Until darkness, ongoing activities in the Timeline of History include the 249th Artillery's spud peel, potato sack races, and a children's 1930s obstacle course


4:30 pm
*First aid demonstration by 8th Infantry Division Medical Aid Station (Timeline of History).

5 pm
*Reconstructed fort opens; visitors may visit buildings and interact with living history reenactors portraying September 13, 1846 (Reconstructed Fort).

*1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry demonstration (Timeline of History, plowed field east of garden).

5:30 pm
*Historic Weapons Demonstrations (Timeline of History)

5:45 pm
*Vancouver Community Concert Band performs music from the past (Timeline of History).

6 pm
*Inspection formations - 113th Cavalry Living History Group (Timeline of History).

6:30 pm
*Historic Weapons Demonstrations (Timeline of History).

7:30 pm
*Historic Weapons Demonstrations (Timeline of History).

10 pm
* Program ends.
Oregon State Police Asking For Public's Help to Locate Missing Kentucky Men Whose Vehicle Found Abandoned in Mt Hood Area (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/08/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) and Kentucky State Police (KSP) are asking for the public's help to locate a father and son whose vehicle was found last week abandoned along Highway 35 in the Mt. Hood area.

On September 5, OSP checked a vehicle reported by Oregon Department of Transportation parked and abandoned along Highway 35 about eight miles south of the town of Mt. Hood. The vehicle, a silver 2012 Kia Rio four-door displaying a Kentucky license plate, had been parked for about one week approximately a half mile north of the Dog River Trailhead in Hood River County.

An OSP trooper checked the vehicle that morning and noted a significant amount of hiking equipment inside, an observation that appeared unusual for someone intending to hike and park a vehicle for that length of time at its location. The trooper unsuccessfully tried to find anyone to determine why the vehicle was parked at that location. Family contacts said the vehicle's owner, JOHN KEVIN WOOD, age 59, from Bardstown, Kentucky, most likely was accompanied by his son, JASON ANTHONY WOOD, age 32. Both men live together and neither have been in contact with family nor have neighbors seen them since mid-August.

JOHN WOOD is described as a white male, 6'1", 170 lbs, with gray hair and blue eyes.

JASON WOOD is described as a white male, 5'9", 140 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes.

After notification from OSP, the Kentucky State Police initiated an investigation into the possible whereabouts of both men. KSP has entered them as missing in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database.

Hood River County Sheriff's Office conducted an air search on two occasions with negative results. OSP towed the abandoned vehicle and impounded it pending the investigation.

Anyone seeing JOHN or JASON WOOD in the Mt. Hood area over the past two weeks, or with information regarding their whereabouts, is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at (503) 731-3030 or Detective Lori Rosebraugh at (541) 296-9646 ext. 5350.

Photographs of both men and the vehicle provided with this news release.

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Hillsboro Police Search For Missing Teen *updated* (Photo)
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 09/08/14
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Hillsboro Police Detectives are searching for a missing and possibly endangered 13 year old female.

On 09/08/14 Hillsboro police received a report that a 13 year old female, Ivette Gutierrez, had left her residence in SE Hillsboro in the early morning hours with her uncle Jose Roberto Gomez, age 44.

Gomez did not have permission to leave with the minor female and while it is believed that she went willingly,
based on the female's age and lack of consent from the parents, she could be endangered.

The pair is travelling without a vehicle and may be using public transportation. If they are seen the public is encouraged to call 9-1-1. Any other information should be directed to HPD detectives at 503 681 6175.


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More microsurfacing, paving throughout Vancouver this week
City of Vancouver - 09/08/14
Vancouver, Wash. - Microsurfacing is expected this week on portions of Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard, Southeast 15th Street, Southeast Evergreen Highway/East Old Evergreen Highway, Northeast 112th Avenue and Northeast Burton Road.

To reduce impacts to traffic and increase construction safety, night work is planned for Southeast Mill Plain, Northeast 112th Avenue and Northeast Burton Road/28th Street. In all cases, schedules can vary and are highly dependent on weather, construction equipment and construction conditions.

At this time, work on Southeast Mill Plain, between Southeast 136th and 172nd avenues, is expected to take place from 8 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday; from 8 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday; and from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday. The City's contractor also anticipates working Saturday and Sunday nights microsurfacing Northeast Burton Road/28th Street, between Northeast 98th and 143rd avenues; and Northeast 112th Avenue, between Northeast 26th Street and Northeast 34th Circle.

Meanwhile, daytime microsurfacing is currently planned for Thursday and Friday on Southeast 15th Street, between Southeast 164th and 192nd avenues; as well as Friday and Saturday on Southeast Evergreen Highway, from Southeast Bella Vista Place to Southeast Rivercrest Avenue, and on Southeast Rivershore Drive, from Southeast 164th Avenue to its west end.

Microsurfacing applications are generally applied on arterial and higher volume streets, and the quick-setting emulsion allows traffic to begin using the new surface in a short time, as little as an hour. Microsurfacing provides more durability than a slurry seal for high traffic areas, corrects minor defects and serves as a cost-effective, long-lasting means of pavement preservation.

In addition to the microsurfacing work, some major Vancouver streets are being paved this week during daytime hours. Those include Broadway Street, from East McLoughlin Boulevard to East Fourth Plain Boulevard, today and Tuesday; and Washington Street, from West Fifth Street to West Mill Plain Boulevard, on Wednesday and Thursday. To reduce impact to commuter traffic, work on Washington will occur between 9 a.m. and 4 pm.

In all construction zones, drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians are asked to be prepared for delays, watch for traffic or lane changes, proceed slowly and be alert to construction workers and others. Where possible, please use a different route to avoid a construction zone. Paving and surface treatments are highly weather dependent. Actual schedules may vary based on weather and construction conditions.

To view project maps and lists and read more about paving and surface treatment methods, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/pavement. To reach Vancouver's Pavement Management team, call 360-487-7708. To reach Vancouver's Construction Services, call 360-487-7750.

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Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 09/08/14
Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors September 15, 2014.
'mazingYou! Women's Conference Local Women Inspire Others at Oct. 3 Event (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 09/08/14
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mazingYou! Women's Conference
Local Women Inspire Others at Oct. 3 Event

(Salem Ore - Sept. 2, 2014) Women will have an opportunity to discover their unique qualities and to connect with other smart, talented women at the 'mazing You! Women's Conference Friday, Oct. 3, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Broadway Commons in Salem.

Diane McLaran and Bonnie Milletto team up to lead the conference. McLaran is the Executive Director of the Center for Business & Industry for Chemeketa Community College. Suddenly widowed in the prime of her life, she provides hope and encouragement for women who have experienced loss. Milletto is a specialist in change management, overcoming challenges, personal empowerment and is both an author and motivational speaker.

The workshop is designed to build essential career and leadership skills; embrace challenges and keep moving forward; explore passion and purpose; live an inspired life; connect with professional women and build networks. This will be achieved through interaction and activities designed to help women experience simple ways to spark creativity, to enhance confidence and overcome fear.

Early Bird registration ends Oct. 1 and includes a guaranteed lunch; day-of registration. Cost is $129 at www.mazingyou.eventbrite.com.


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Chevron's Fuel Your School Program Returns to Washington County to Help Fund Local Schools
City of Beaverton - 09/08/14
Chevron USA, Inc. has announced the launch of its third annual Fuel Your School program in Washington and Multnomah Counties to help provide educators with the resources students need to learn, explore and get excited about school.

Last year, Fuel Your School provided $95,000 in project materials to schools in Beaverton, and the program is again committed to providing this resource to teachers in Washington County.

"This program helps provide tools for Beaverton teachers to make learning come alive for their students," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "It's important that we support this program in the city as well as the rest of Washington County."

During the month of October, whenever you fuel up with eight gallons or more at a participating Chevron or Texaco station, Chevron will donate $1, up to $350,000. Donations earned through Fuel Your School will be used to help fund eligible classroom projects from Oct. 2 through Nov. 30, or until generated funds have been exhausted by eligible projects.

School teachers can post eligible classroom project requests at www.DonorsChoose.org for possible funding as part of the Fuel Your School program.

Anyone may also independently browse and fund inspiring classroom projects on www.DonorsChoose.org by making separate, individual donations.

"We understand that the success of our business relies on the success of our communities, and are strongly committed to supporting local public schools," said Marian Catedral, Chevron's policy, government and public affairs representative. "Fuel Your School helps get students excited about their education and prepare them for their future jobs."

By visiting www.FuelYourSchool.com, consumers can monitor the classroom projects in need of funding and see how much money is being earned.

In 2014, Beaverton was again recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was one of just four cities of its size recently recognized as a "Smarter City" energy leader by the Natural Resources Defense Council and one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine. In addition, Beaverton was named one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine, an All-America City finalist, as one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com, one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine, the Recycler of the Year from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists and as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities, the Beaverton Community Vision program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter. Beaverton also enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov, like the City of Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.

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City and Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance work together to slow traffic (Photo)
City of Vancouver - 09/08/14
Neighborhood Yard Sign Example: It's Your Neighborhood, Drive 25
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Vancouver, Wash. - The City of Vancouver, in conjunction with the Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance (NTSA), now offers four new yard signs for residents to remind passing motorists to obey the posted speed limit. The signs are designed to be placed on private property, within front and side yards, and act as an educational and awareness tool. Sign slogans include:

* Check Your Speed
* It's Your Neighborhood, Drive 25
* Slow Down, Watch for Children
* What's Your Hurry?

The City partnered with the NTSA in selecting messages and developing the four different signs. Each Vancouver neighborhood association recognized by the City is eligible to receive up to eight signs for use along their neighborhood streets. Representatives of the neighborhood associations may pick up their signs from 6:30-7 p.m. before the regular NTSA meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. 6th Street.

Individual Vancouver residents may also request one to two signs, while available. Please note: Supplies of these colorful yard signs are limited.

To request a yard sign, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/TrafficCalmingProgram, and click on the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Yard Signs Request Form to fill out and submit a request.

Since early 2013, the City of Vancouver, working in conjunction with the Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance (NTSA), has offered a Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program that provides tools, tips and possible project opportunities for residents seeking to slow local traffic while creating a more livable community. The program has already awarded funding to four neighborhood traffic calming projects, and 12 projects are eligible to apply for funding for this year's program.

The City and NTSA have enjoyed a long history of working to calm neighborhood traffic and improve neighborhood livability. This close partnership between the City and NTSA has resulted in several new or revitalized tools for residents to use in slowing neighborhood traffic.

Earlier this year, Vancouver Public Works launched a new volunteer program to raise driver awareness and calm neighborhood traffic using the City's radar speed trailer. NTSA helped design the new Speed Monitor Awareness Radar Trailer (SMART) Volunteer Program, recruit fellow neighbors to volunteer and champion the effort to improve safety. Residents may request that a City speed trailer be placed in their neighborhood to help make drivers more aware of posted speed limits and display real-time speeds. Follow this link and fill out the online information to request the use of a City speed trailer: www.cityofvancouver.us/SpeedTrailerRequest.

To learn more about the City's Traffic Calming Program, please visit the program website at www.cityofvancouver.us/TrafficCalmingProgram.

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UPDATE: North Precinct Officers Investigating Several Early Morning Commercial Burglaries Along the Broadway Corridor (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/08/14
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The person arrested this morning on an outstanding warrant, 31-year-old Anthony Nathaniel Pickett, was been booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

At this point officers do not believe he was the person involved in the burglaries.

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This morning, Monday September 8, 2014, at 3:24 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a burglary at Phagan's Beauty School, located at 1542 Northeast Weidler Street. Responding officers learned that a construction worker chased the suspect towards the Lloyd Center Mall but lost sight of him.

Several officers responded to the area, including a Police K-9 Unit, to search for the suspect.

The suspect was described as an African American male, 45 to 50 years old, wearing a blue sweatshirt, gray sweatpants, and he had a mustache.

The K-9 Officer spotted a person matching the suspect's description in the neighborhood. This subject ran from the officer and continued running West, crossing railroad tracks, jumping on a slow-moving freight train, jumping off the train, and crossing both direction of I-5, before being taken into custody on I-5 near the Morrison Bridge.

The subject taken into custody had an active warrant for his arrest, but at this point has not been charged with any crimes related to the call at Phagan's.

Burglary detectives will be following up with investigation. Three additional commercial burglaries were reported around the same time as Phagan's and it is unclear if any or all of these incidents are related.

The additional burglary locations are:

3255 Northeast Broadway (Dogs in the City Daycare)
2200 Northeast Broadway (Einstein's Bagels)
3004 Northeast Broadway (Go Wireless)

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333 or CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov.

Community members are encouraged to visit the City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention page at http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/cp for crime prevention tips and resources.

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MESD Board Finance Committee Meeting Postponed
Multnomah ESD - 09/08/14
The Multnomah Education Service District Board Finance Committee scheduled for September 8th at 3:00 p.m. has been postponed due to technical difficulties.
Linn Deputies Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 09/08/14
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred during the morning hours of September 6, 2014. The crash was reported in the 50000 block of Kingwood Avenue near Gates at 10:45 a.m. by a nearby resident identified as William Allen. Mr. Allen is employed as a firefighter with Gates Fire Department.

The driver, and single occupant of the 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee, was identified as 63-year-old Christopher Finley Wallace of Mill City.

The investigation reveals Mr. Wallace had been traveling east on Kingwood Avenue when he lost control of his vehicle near the intersection of Gates School Road. Mr. Wallace's vehicle crossed the opposing lane of travel and struck an oak tree that was approximately 10 feet off the roadway.

The Jeep then caught fire, with Mr. Wallace inside the vehicle. Mr. Allen ran to the vehicle and Mr. Wallace was found to be deceased with severe injuries. Mr. Allen was unable to get Mr. Wallace out of the burning vehicle. The vehicle became fully engulfed as the Fire Department arrived. At this time, our investigation revealed speed could be a contributing factor and Wallace was not wearing a seat belt. There was no indication of drugs or alcohol use.

Linn County Deputies were assisted by members of the Gates Fire Department and Mill City Fire Department. North Santiam Funeral Home removed the body from the scene.
Science on Tap - Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana (Photo)
Via Productions - 09/08/14
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Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don't have to be a science geek to have fun--all you need is a thirst for knowledge!

Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Time: Doors at 6 p.m. event at 7 p.m.
Location: Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton Street, Portland, Ore. http://cstpdx.com
Cost: $8 online advance tickets https://viaproductions.seatengine.com/shows/19493, $10* suggested cover at the door
Food & Drink: Beer, wine, popcorn, and snacks available. You're welcome to bring food into the theater with you.

Cannabis has been valued for its medicinal properties for 10,000 years, but only in the past century was it made illegal in the United States--against the protestations of the American Medical Association. The tide is turning at last. Twenty-two states, and the District of Columbia, have legalized access to medical cannabis, and there are currently 4.2 million medical cannabis patients in the United States. News articles appear frequently on the progress of cannabis legislation around the country, and Oregonians will have an opportunity to vote on whether to allow recreational use of marijuana in the November 2014 election.

At this Science on Tap, come hear Michael Backes, author of "Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana" http://www.blackdogandleventhal.com/cannabis-pharmacy-2/ talk about the evidence-based research that led to this clear, comprehensive guide to medical cannabis. He will examine helpful and harmful uses of cannabis for medical purposes, including how to have fewer unwanted side effects and how to avoid the buildup of tolerance to the effects of cannabis over time. His book provides detailed information about 27 of the most popular cannabis varieties, how to prepare and store cannabis; how best to administer preparations, and includes a guide to 29 ailments and illnesses for which doctors commonly recommend medical marijuana, including chronic pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, fibromyalgia, and Parkinson's disease.

Copies of this book will be available for sale and signing.

For more information on Science on Tap, please visit Via Productions http://www.viaproductions.org

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*A note on the suggested cover at the door: Science on Tap is mostly supported by money collected at the door. We are committed to offering educational opportunities to adults who want to learn, so if $10 is a hardship, please come anyway and donate what you can.


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Canby Fire & Police will be having our annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony (Photo)
Canby Fire Dist. - 09/08/14
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Canby Fire & Police will be having our annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony this Thursday, September 11, at Station 62, 221 S Pine, Canby OR. It will start at 8:00am and should conclude approximately one hour later.

This year is New York/WTC remembrance, and we will be rededicating the Roddy Morris sculpture and it's redesigned name plaques. Our theme will be, "Personal reflections on 9/11, what the day means to me".

This year we are also having our personnel share their thoughts on 9/11 from the perspective of a Firefighter/Police Officer. Were you already on the job? Were you not yet involved in Emergency Services and it motivated you to join? Were you just a small child? What are your thoughts of the great courage and sacrifice demonstrated by the 343 Firefighters and 72 Law Enforcement Officers whose names are inscribed on our memorial?

Media is welcome to attend contact Chief Todd Gary 503-969-7459


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District seeks Citizens Advisory Committee members
Camas Sch. Dist. - 09/08/14
The Camas School District is seeking volunteers to serve on the district's Citizens Advisory Committee. The CAC consists of 18-25 school district patrons who advise school administrators and board members on a variety of issues. Meetings are held the first Monday of each month during the school year from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM.

Interested citizens are encouraged to visit the next CAC meeting on October 6, 2014, at the Zellerbach Administration Center, 841 NE 22nd Avenue, Camas, in the Dennison Board Room, at 5:30 p.m.

Applications for appointment to the CAC can be obtained online at www.camas.wednet.edu or by contacting Gail Gast via e-mail at gail.gast@camas.wednet.edu or phone at 360-833-5412. All completed applications should be returned to the Camas School District Administration Center, attention Gail Gast, no later than Wednesday, October 8, 2014. Recommendations for appointment will be forwarded to the School Board for appointment at the October 13 board meeting.
PF&R Responds to a Fire at Roosevelt HS (6941 N Central)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 09/08/14
This afternoon at 1:28 PM Portland Firefighters were called to Roosevelt High-school at 6941 N Central St. School staff called 911 reporting smoke from several vents, they also indicated that students were being evacuated.

Firefighters arrived and found a small fire on the outside of a dryer in the laundry room. Insulation on the backside of the dryer caught fire, fortunately most of the damage was confined to the dryer itself. Firefighters extinguished the fire and are working to remove smoke from the affected area of the school.

School staff and students evacuated quickly and no injuries were associated with this fire.

Portland Fire and Rescue commends school staff and students for having and executing a fire escape plan. PF&R asks Portlanders to create and practice a fire escape plan at home. Residents are also encouraged to check in with schools and child care facilities to ensure that fire escape plans are in place and that fire drills are occurring.
Early 9/11 ceremony continues at Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - 09/08/14
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Kelso- Those lost as a result of the September 11th terrorist attacks will be remembered and honored at Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue's memorial located at 701 Vine street in Kelso on September 11th this coming Thursday.  The South tower of the World Trade Center fell at 9:59 Eastern Standard Time.  The North tower collapsed at 10:28. This ceremony memorializes the loss at the actual time and begins at 6:45am. Each year, since 2001, Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue's Honor Guard has raised the American Flag and then lowered it to half staff while Fire Chief Dave LaFave speaks. The public is invited to observe the ceremony; refreshments will be provided.

Chief LaFave comments on the annual remembrance and the early start time, "This ceremony is held early in the morning for a reason; the inconvenience to stand out here one morning a year to remember their sacrifice, at the time they perished, is the least we can do".

A steel artifact from the World Trade Center, released by the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey, is the center piece of the memorial. Only 1,000 steel artifacts have been released for memorials throughout the United States. Development of the memorial began in the Fall of 2009 by Cowlitz 2 Firefighter Brad Yoder and a number of high school fire cadets. The memorial is always open to the public to remember or to "never forget".


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Signs at Hagg Lake Posted as Part of Comprehensive Safety Effort (Photo)
Washington County - 09/08/14
Temporary Signs at Hagg Lake
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Washington County officials are posting temporary warning signs in the Sain Creek area of Henry Hagg Lake today with permanent signs to be posted later this week as part of a comprehensive effort aimed at emphasizing safety.

The permanent signs, in English and Spanish, will caution visitors to Scoggins Valley Park to "wear a life vest" and warn about "steep drop offs" that may not be immediately visible under the water's surface.

The posting of these signs comes after a tragic incident last month where four family members drowned near Sain Creek within a short walk of a life vest borrowing station. Water levels at the Hagg Lake reservoir tend to be low during the late summer months and underwater drop offs at changing locations often occur at the reservoir's bottom due to creek scouring.

"We are taking a comprehensive look at everything associated with water safety at Scoggins Valley Park since last month's tragedy," said Todd Winter, the park's superintendent. "In discussions with our partners at first-responding agencies, we know that additional signage may be helpful, but that we should not think of signs as the sole solution. Ultimately, the use of life vests and basic water-safety practices are critical."

In the weeks ahead, park officials plan to place permanent signage at the park's entrance near Scoggins Dam and at the most popular of over 30 water access points along Hagg Lake's 14 miles of shoreline. An estimated 750,000 visitors recreated at the county park last year.

Other safety improvements under discussion with partner agencies include:
* Additional life-vest borrowing kiosks at key locations, including Sain Creek.
* Implementation of a "watch card" program to encourage one responsible adult to monitor water safety among their party of visitors.
* Park-user guidance with maps showing recommended swimming and boating areas to be distributed at the park's fee station and at a road-side display along the park's main entrance.

In addition, park officials are continuing to collect any new or serviceable life vest at the park's fee booth so that they can be loaned to lake visitors. Life vest donations have also been long accepted at any fire station within Washington County. Fire and rescue agencies ask that the public donate any new or serviceable life vest or jacket meeting the U.S. Coast Guard's Type III designation or better.

Washington County encourages visitors to any natural or human-made body of water to follow the basic rules of swimming safety:
* Always swim with a buddy;do not allow anyone to swim alone.
* Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child's life to another child;teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
* Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
* Maintain constant supervision.
* Make sure everyone in your family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate water orientation and learn-to-swim course.
* Avoid distractions when supervising children around water.
* If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.
* Have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.
* Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.

Created by Scoggins Dam in 1975, Henry Hagg Lake was designed as a reservoir for drinking, agricultural and commercial uses. Through a cooperative agreement with the lake's owner, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Washington County operates Scoggins Valley Park as a site for boating, fishing and other recreational uses. The reservoir is comprised of 53,000 acre-feet of water during its peak levels, or enough to fill 26,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools.


Attached Media Files: Temporary Signs at Hagg Lake
Ridgefield High School's Girls Soccer Team runs a summer camp for kids interested in learning more about the sport (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 09/08/14
67 campers attended this year's youth camp
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Monday, September 8, 2014-Ridgefield, WA-Every summer for the past four years, Ridgefield High School's Girls Soccer Team hosts a youth camp to teach the basics of soccer and demonstrate their love for the sport.

Initially with the first year of the camp, the high school coaches intended to direct the activities of the camp, however that plan changed once the camp started. "The campers didn't want to pay attention to the coaches at all," explained Robby Trimbo, head coach for the RHS Girls Soccer Team. "The campers were enamored with the female players who were helping us run the camp, so we decided to change things up and let the players organize and run the activities; the program has been a huge success ever since."

The players oversee and run all of the camp activities which include drills, scrimmages, and skills training. "We make sure everything is running smoothly and that all the campers are having a good time," said Courtney Zumstein, a senior who has helped organize the soccer camp for three years. "At the end of each day, we run cool-down activities and discuss the different skills we've learned with the campers."

This year, the level of interest surprised the organizers. "We had 20 campers register in advance, however, on the first day of the camp, 67 campers showed up!" said Trimbo. "Our players were a little overwhelmed at first, but we were all incredibly excited to have that level of interest in the program."

Many of the current players on the Girls Soccer Team started developing their interest in the sport by attending high school games when they were kids themselves. "I loved coming to the stadium and watching the high school girls play," said Zumstein. "We wanted to offer that same sort of experience for girls and boys in the area who might not have the opportunity to get out there and play soccer."

Zumstein started playing soccer at age five after watching her brother play, and is currently entering her fourth year playing on the high school's team. "As a sport, I love the freedom soccer offers - you can add your own spin to the way you play the game," she said. "Soccer has been the biggest part of my life."

Girls and boys from 4 to 13 years in age attended this year's camp which was held from Monday, August 18 through Thursday, August 21. The camp cost $50 per camper which also included a special T-shirt for each camper. The team intends to hold the camp again next summer.

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Attached Media Files: 67 campers attended this year's youth camp , The RHS players teach drills and run scrimmages with the campers , The RHS Girls Soccer Team runs a youth camp to teach kids how to play soccer
Fatality traffic collision Amboy, Wa.
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/08/14
******UPDATE*****

The motorcyclist killed in Sunday night's collision has been identified as 38 year old William Penny of Amboy WA. Mr. Penny was riding his 1992 Harley Davidson motorcycle east on Cedar Creek Rd when he crossed the centerline near the 23500 block and struck a westbound 2014 Hyundai sedan. Mr. Penny was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and passenger of the Hyundai were not injured.

The collision is being investigated by the Clark County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit.


About 8:30 PM today Amboy Fire District 10 and Sheriff's deputies responded to a fatality collision at the 23500 Block of NE Cedar Creek Road, near Columbia Tie Road in Amboy, Wa. A motorcyclist east bound on Cedar Creek Road collided with a west bound passenger vehicle. The motorcyclist, an adult male was killed in the crash. The driver and passenger in the sedan vehicle were not injured. They both remained at the scene and are cooperating with the investigation. The sheriff's office traffic unit is conducting the investigation. No further details will be released at this time.
Serious Injury Hit & Run Crash Involving Motorcycle and ATV - Highway 99E north of Brooks
Oregon State Police - 09/08/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday night's serious injury hit & run crash that occurred on Highway 99E near Waconda Road NE about three miles north of Brooks. The crash seriously injured a motorcyclist and OSP is looking for information to help locate a reported involved ATV and its operator.

On September 7, 2014 at approximately 8:41 p.m., a motorcycle operated by KEITH F. MILLER, age 48, from Woodburn, was traveling on Highway 99E near milepost 39 when it collided with an ATV-type vehicle that was crossing the highway. Witness information indicated the ATV's operator, described as a Hispanic male, stopped briefly and then left the scene on the vehicle.

OSP and Marion County Sheriff's Office searched the area for the vehicle and operator but found neither. The highway was closed about 45 minutes before one lane was opened.

MILLER was transported by ground ambulance to Salem Hospital with serious injuries. He was wearing a protective helmet.

OSP is seeking information to help locate the involved vehicle and operator. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call OSP at 800-452-7888. Trooper Michael Lacer is the lead investigator.

OSP was also assisted at the scene by Marion County Fire District #1, Woodburn Fire District, and Woodburn Ambulance.

No photographs available for this release.

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West Linn seeks to honor its top volunteers
City of West Linn - 09/08/14
Robert Moore Award nominations now open

Do you know someone who spends his or her free time volunteering, taking time to help their neighbors, trying to make a difference in the lives of those around them, or sharing acts of kindness with others? Then you should nominate that person for the Robert Moore Award.
The Robert Moore Award was created by the West Linn City Council in 2013 to recognize individuals who contribute to the quality of life in our community without reward or recognition.

Named after the founder of West Linn, Robert Moore, the award commemorates Moore's selfless decision to name the town he founded after his friend and mentor, Dr. Lewis Linn. Because of people like Robert Moore and the recipients of the Robert Moore Award, West Linn is the wonderful community it is today.

"The Robert Moore Award is an important way that the City recognizes the hard work of our volunteers," Assistant City Manager Kirsten Wyatt said. "So many people in West Linn step up and do the right thing for our community, our schools and other organizations. The Moore Award is an opportunity for us to say 'thanks' for this important work."

Nominations for the 2013 awards are due Friday, Nov. 21. A citizen review panel will review the nominations and forward a select few to the city council. This year, the citizen review panel includes the 2013 Moore Award winner, Alex Kachirisky, and two graduates of the 2014 Leadership Academy. The citizen review panel will determine which nominations to forward to the city council, which will select the Moore award winner(s).

The winner(s) will be announced and honored at the Jan. 5 city council meeting at 6:30 p.m.
For more information or to make a nomination, visit https://westlinnoregon.gov/citycouncil/robert-moore-award.
Public invited to Pacific University for Hispanic forum on Saturday, Sept. 20
Pacific University - 09/08/14
FOREST GROVE -- The public is invited to Pacific University on Saturday, Sept. 20 to participate in a special forum, "Nuestra Voz - Self Determination and Sustainability."

Hosted by the university's Office of Diversity and Hispanic Heritage Student Association, Nuestra Voz (Our Voice) is designed for Hispanics and allies in Washington County to engage in dialogue with civic leaders and representatives from community organizations.

The forum takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the University Center on Pacific's Forest Grove Campus and features interactive sessions on countywide issues related to education, healthcare, workforce development and more.

Registration is free, but required in advance and may be done by contacting Alfonso Lopez-Vasquez at alfonsolv@pacificu.edu.

Schedule of Sessions

Saturday, Sept. 20
University Center (Multipurpose Room) - Pacific University, Forest Grove

8:30 a.m. - Check-in and Refreshments

9 a.m. - Welcome
University Welcome: John Miller, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Civic Leader Welcome: Denny Doyle, Mayor, City of Beaverton

9:30 - 10:45
Demographics: Challenges and Opportunities Diversity Presents for Washington County
Jason R. Jurjevich, PhD, Assistant Professor, Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, Assistant Director, Population Research Center - Portland State University

10:30 - 11:45
Panel Presentations to outline the state of the county in three critical areas that define sustainability:
* Health - Erin Mowlds, MPH, Washington County Public Health
* Education Pre-K/12 - David Bautista, PhD, Assistant Superintendent, Oregon Department of Education
* Higher Education and Workforce Development & Economic Sustainability - Representative Joseph Gallegos, PhD

Noon - 1:30 p.m.: Lunch
Keynote speaker (Frank López, President & CEO, US Hispanic Construction Association

1:45 - 3
Afternoon breakout sessions to identify critical issues and opportunities: Identifying inequities defining opportunities.
-Health - Leda Garside, ¡Salud! Services Manager/Cultural Liaison at Tuality Healthcare; Ruth Zuñiga, PhD, Assistant Professor & Director, Latino/Bilingual Track, School of Professional Psychology, Pacific University; Carole Timpone, OD, FAAO, FNAP, Associate Dean of Clinical Programs, College of Optometry, Pacific University.
-Education - Moderator: Narce Rodriguez, Dean of Student Development, PCC-Rock Creek.
-Economic Development - Jonath Colon, Business Development Coordinator, Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce & Eduardo Corona, Program Director, Adelante Mujeres/Empresas

These breakout sessions will provide areas of opportunity to be further discussed in community dialogues to be held during the balance of Hispanic Heritage Month. Desired dialogues will provide feedback for an action planning process.
* Data sources will be made available for further discussion
* Subject experts facilitating the breakout sessions will be charged with defining how inequities impact the Hispanic and overall community
* Each sub-group will outline areas for further study/discussion.

3 - 4 p.m.: Debriefing, breakout session reports and preliminary discussion on community dialogues

Event co-sponsors include Willamette Valley Reforestation, CAMINO, Portland Community College - Rock Creek, Centro Cultural de Washington County, New York Life, Salud! Services, Tuality Health Services and Washington County.

For more information, please call 503-352-1457.
Two Injured in Helvetia Rollover Crash (Photo)
Washington Co. Fire Dist. 2 - 09/08/14
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(Helvetia, Oregon) - Two people were seriously injured when their pickup truck struck a power pole and flipped onto its roof Monday morning on NW Helvetia Road in Washington County. The crash occurred just after 7:30 am. Firefighters from Washington County Fire District 2 and Hillsboro Fire Department responded to the scene and found two young adults entrapped in the vehicle. The incident commander called for additional resources and requested Life Flight to be activated.

Firefighters quickly stabilized the vehicle and began providing patient care while other firefighters began cutting away the vehicle's crushed doors. Both patients were conscious and talking with firefighters during the process. Both were extricated in about 25 minutes from the time firefighters arrived.

The female passenger was taken by Life Flight to Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) Trauma Center and the male driver was taken by Metro West Ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Hospital.

The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team was called out to investigate the accident. NW Helvetia Road will be closed for an undetermined amount of time.

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Photo Captions: Washington County Fire District 2 and Hillsboro Fire Department firefighters work to free two people entrapped when their pickup struck a power pole and flipped on its top early Monday morning on NW Helvetia Road.


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Rose City United Charity Soccer Match on 9/11 to Benefit the Sunshine Division and Portland Toy n' Joy Makers (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/08/14
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Teams representing the Portland Police Bureau and Portland Fire & Rescue will square off in a special "Rose City United" charitable match, hosted by the Portland Timbers, at Providence Park on Thursday, September 11, 2014.

The match, which kicks off at 7:00 p.m., is free and open to the public with a suggested donation at the gate.

As a way of honoring the dedication and hard work that both agencies provide the city, match attendees are strongly encouraged to bring a charitable donation of non-perishable food for the Portland Police Bureau's Sunshine Division, a child's toy for Portland Fire & Rescue Toy n' Joy Makers or a $5 cash donation, which will be split between the two charities.

All donations will be accepted at Gate 2 at Providence Park starting a 6:00 p.m.

In addition to the match, visitors will be treated to an array of interactive booths and tours of Portland Police Bureau and Portland Fire & Rescue emergency vehicles on the KeyBank Plaza and inside the concourse at Providence Park prior to and during the game.

Under the direction of Timbers assistant coaches Sean McAuley and Cameron Knowles as guest coaches for the two sides, the match will feature many of the familiar features of a regular Timbers MLS match, including the national anthem, color guard and ball kids. Two, 30-minute halves will be played with a short halftime break.

Please consider supporting these two great Portland charities!

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Media Advisory: Swan Island Trades Center open house Sept. 17
PCC - 09/08/14
WHAT: PCC is celebrating the completion of Phase 1 of construction at the Swan Island Training Center, 6400 N. Cutter Circle. The college's public open house will feature tours of the new 20,000-square-foot trades education building, which will house the college's the Trades & Industry Division (Facilities Maintenance Technology, HVAC-R, Electrical Trades/Apprenticeship and Fiber Optics.).

WHEN: 3-6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 17.

WHERE: Portland Community College's new Swan Island Trades Center, 6400 N. Cutter Circle.

WHY: The new trades center and nearby Cascade Campus, along with expertise from PCC's CLIMB Center for Advancement, will be a resource for continuing education, training, retraining and professional development for Swan Island businesses. Offered at Swan Island are the Facilities Maintenance Technology two-year degree; Facilities Maintenance Technology and HVAC Installers certificates; Millwright, Industrial Mechanics, Limited Maintenance Electrician, Manufacturing Plant Electrician and Stationary Engineer apprenticeships; and the Limited Building Maintenance Electrician training program.

HISTORY: PCC bought the former Oregon Motor Pool Facility in 2010 with a vision of creating a trades facility within the industrial core of Swan Island to meet the needs of the businesses in the area. In 2012, the State Legislature authorized $1 million to go towards construction of the PCC center in addition to the $3.6 million earmarked from PCC's 2008 voter-approved $374 million bond. Phase 1 construction began in May of 2013. Architect on the project is Waterleaf Architecture and general contractor is JE Dunn Construction.

More about the bond program at PCC: http://bond.pcc.edu/


About Portland Community College: PCC is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and 19th largest in the nation, serving approximately 89,903 full- and part-time students. PCC, which is roughly the size of Rhode Island, has three comprehensive campuses, five workforce training and education centers, 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/
Gresham rolls up its sleeves for first citywide day of service
City of Gresham - 09/08/14
GRESHAM, Ore. - The City of Gresham will hold its first community-wide volunteer day, the Green & Clean Day of Service, to clean up trails, roadsides and parks on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon. A celebration and ice cream social for volunteers will follow from noon to 2 p.m. at the downtown Arts Plaza.

The City is tapping into Gresham's many active community organizations to organize hundreds of pre-registered volunteers to power clean-up and beautification projects across the city.

Green & Clean projects include:

* Gresham-Fairview Trail: Trash pick-up and weeding, raking and general maintenance
* Eastman and Powell Roadside Pickup: Trash pick-up and general maintenance along the Eastman embankment south of Powell, as well as refreshing planters along Powell through the Gresham Butte wetlands
* Downtown Gresham and Rockwood: Stormdrain marking to protect watersheds
* Nadaka Nature Park and Tsuru Island Japanese Garden: Clean-up and beautification of Nadaka in Rockwood, and Tsuru Island in Main City Park

Gresham City Council members will work side-by-side with residents on Green & Clean projects and visit sites throughout the morning.

Councilor Jerry Hinton, who championed Green & Clean with guidance and support from the City's Citizen Involvement Committee, the Council, and the City's Office of Neighborhoods and Community Engagement, said the service day takes advantage of Gresham's strong history of volunteerism in its business, faith and non-profit communities.

"Serving others helps us find balance in our lives," said Hinton, who will offer brief remarks on the meaning of service at the event-capping celebration on the Arts Plaza. "Serving our community as families helps us raise a new generation respectful of others."

Aaron Abrams, manager of Gresham's Office of Neighborhoods and Community Engagement, has worked closely with volunteer groups, as well as co-sponsor Portland General Electric, for weeks to coordinate Green & Clean. With about 940 acres of open space, 300 acres of City parks and a 10-mile network of trails in Gresham, Abrams said it made sense to focus citizen efforts on these unique community assets, and hopes the event is the start of a lasting tradition.

"Volunteering for the Green & Clean event is not only a great way to help our city, it also helps to build bonds between people that lead to stronger and safer neighborhoods," Abrams said.

After the clean-up, a community celebration and ice cream social will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on the downtown Arts Plaza, located at 401 N.E. Second St. The celebration will feature games, music, and free ice cream for service day volunteers as part of the service day. The Children's Fountain will be bubbling, and food trucks will be selling snacks. Representatives from the City's Rise, Advance, Dream (RAD) Gresham initiative will be on hand to gather game-changing ideas for Gresham's future.

For more information on Green & Clean, visit GreshamOregon.gov/GreenandClean
For more information on RAD Gresham, visit GreshamOregon.gov/RAD.
City of Beaverton's Public Safety Center Ballot Measure Filed With Washington County Elections (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 09/08/14
Initial rendering of the proposed public safety center.
Initial rendering of the proposed public safety center.
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The City of Beaverton has filed ballot measure 34-226 with the Washington County Elections Office to authorize bonds to rebuild the former city hall at Griffith Drive into a public safety center. If passed, the measure would enable the city to issue $35 million in general obligation bonds to repurpose the former city offices into a center that would remain operational in the event of a natural or human-caused disaster.

The center would consolidate all of the city's police, court, and emergency management services under one roof and would eliminate the city's current need to lease space for police functions, saving more than $3.5 million over the life of the 20-year bond. The city intends to reuse the existing structure where possible and will not purchase additional land.

A citizen-led advisory committee studied the issue for four years and made the recommendation for a remodeled public safety center to the Mayor and City Council.

"Our citizens' committee reviewed many options and decided the most effective and financially sound solution is to remodel the existing city building," said Jim McCreight, chair of the Public Safety Center Advisory Committee.

The advisory committee found that the city's police, court and emergency operations are housed in facilities that will not survive a significant disaster. The committee also found that prisoners, defendants and sex offenders cannot be kept separated from the public.

The plan to remodel the Griffith Drive building took hold after the City Council's decision to move city administrative services to the Beaverton Building at The Round. That move was completed in mid-August.

In order to minimize the financial impact of the bond measure, the city is structuring the bond proposal to coincide with the retirement of the Beaverton City Library construction bonds set to expire in 2018.

Coordinating the timing of these bond measures means the amount voters will be asked to pay to fund the public safety bond measure is very similar to the amount taxpayers are currently paying for the construction of the Beaverton City Library which opened in 2000.

In order to learn more about the public safety center, the city is offering tours of the current police department.

"I welcome people to sign up and take a tour," said Beaverton Police Chief Geoff Spalding. "Officers have led more than 30 tour groups so far."

In 2014, Beaverton was again recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was one of just four cities of its size recently recognized as a "Smarter City" energy leader by the Natural Resources Defense Council and one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine. In addition, Beaverton was named one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine, an All-America City finalist, as one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com, one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine, the Recycler of the Year from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists and as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities, the Beaverton Community Vision program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter. Beaverton also enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov, like the City of Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.

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Yellow Point Fire - ODF Team 3 update
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/08/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander

Yellow Point Fire
September 8, 2014 update

Firefighters have completed hand line overnight around the Yellow Point Fire. Today, crews will focus on holding the established line and begin mop up operations. The fire now stands at 746 acres with 15 percent containment.

The meteorologist assigned to the fire is calling for optimal conditions for the suppression effort through Tuesday. Continued onshore flow from the coast will facilitate higher humidity and lower temperatures. Crews are taking advantage of these favorable conditions before the weather changes for the worse on Wednesday. At that time, the winds are expected to shift out of the east, which will elevate fire behavior.

Due to excessive fire traffic, smoky conditions and narrow roads, the public is encouraged to stay clear of the area. Road closures in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

Cooperating agencies included BLM, Roseburg Resources, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Lane Fire Authority, Dexter Fire District, Lowell Fire District, Mohawk Valley Fire District, Lane County Administrative Office, and the Douglas and Lane County Sheriff's Offices.

FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 746 acres
Location: 25 miles west of Cottage Grove
Containment: 15%
Cause: Under Investigation
Road Closures: South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.
Evacuations: None
Structures Threatened: 0

For More Information: 541-935-4420

Inciweb:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/
ODF Wildfire Blog: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
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http://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
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K-9 Xander Tracks and Captures Trespassing Suspect (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/08/14
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On Saturday, September 6, 2014, at about 10:30 pm, BCSO Deputies were dispatched to the area of Chip Ross Park because firefighters had discovered an illegal camp near the area of a large fire from the day before.

Fire crews were still in the area putting out small parts of the fire. A BCSO Deputy contacted one of the campers, John Reno Cerruti. During the investigation the deputy discovered that John Cerruti was in possession of methamphetamine and when confronted he sprinted away from the deputy. The deputy began to chase John Cerruti, however lost track of him in the brush.

BCSO K-9 Xander was called to the scene and immediately tracked John Cerruti to a yard of a house in the 2600 block of NW Century Drive. Hidden in brush, deputies had to pull Cerruti out as kicking and rolling his body in an attempt to flee. While trying to take Cerruti into custody Cerruti attempted to kick K-9 Xander in the face and K-0 handler Deputy Goller, in the legs. Recognizing the threst K-9 Xander bit Cerruti's calf, causing a small laceration.

The deputies were able to handcuff him, provide medical assistance,and transport him to the Benton County Jail, where he was charged with the following crimes: Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Criminal Trespass x2, Resisting Arrest, Escape III, Interfering with a Peace Officer, and Tampering with Evidence.

"Canines are invaluable tool that prove their value everyday. We find many suspects that we normally would not have," said Sheriff Scott Jackson. BCSO K-9's are purchased through community donations. If you are interested in supporting BCSO's K-9 program, tax deductible donations can be made through the Sheriff's Foundation.


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Suicide Prevention Week Press Release
Yamhill Co. Public Health - 09/08/14
Suicide is a major public health problem. The psychological pain that leads each of these individuals to take their lives is unimaginable. Their deaths leave families and friends bereft, and often have a major ripple effect on communities. Every year, almost one million people die from suicide; this roughly corresponds to one death every 40 seconds.

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among those aged 15-44 years in the United States and other countries; these figures do not include suicide attempts which can be many times more frequent than suicide.

Mental health challenges (particularly depression and alcohol use disorders) are a major risk factor for suicide in the United States. Suicide is complex with psychological, social, biological, cultural and environmental factors involved.

Efforts to prevent suicide have been celebrated during Suicide Prevention Week each year since 2003. In 2014, the theme of World Suicide Prevention Week is 'Suicide Prevention: One World Connected.' The theme reflects the fact that connections are important at several levels if we are to combat suicide.

Connectedness is crucial to individuals who may be vulnerable to suicide. Studies have shown that social isolation can increase the risk of suicide and, conversely, that having strong human bonds can be protective against it. "Reaching out to those who have become disconnected from others and offering them support and friendship may be a life-saving act," said Silas Halloran-Steiner, Health and Human Services Director.

Finally, connectedness is necessary at the local, state, national and international level. Many community leaders, faith-based organizations, clinical and non-clinical organizations are working towards the goal of preventing suicide, and locally efforts are being made to better connect public, private and faith-based entities.

Yamhill County is committed to helping individuals with mental health challenges get connected to local resources and services, such as mental health screenings, crisis services, support networks and educational opportunities. Please don't hesitate to reach out to our Prevention Coordinator, Becca Geist at 503-434-7378 to schedule trainings in one of two evidence-based community trainings Yamhill County Health and Human Services offers.

Silas Halloran-Steiner: "We want to prevent anyone in our communities from acting on suicidal thoughts so please reach out and ask for help if you or someone you love feels alone or unsafe."

Anyone who is experiencing an immediate mental health crisis can call (503) 434-7523, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

There is also a state suicide prevention hotline: 1-800-273-TALK
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org


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Yellow Point Fire update - Sept. 11, 8:45 a.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/08/14
The 746-acre Yellow Point Fire 25 miles west of Cottage Grove was fully lined Sunday evening and is 15 percent contained. Today firefighters will continue to take advantage of the current favorable conditions by strengthening fire lines and performing mop-up. A forecast weather change for Tuesday could worsen fire behavior, as the moist onshore flow gives way to drier, hotter weather.

An Oregon Dept. of Forestry incident management team is in command of the firefighting operation.

Resources at the fire include: 7 helicopters, 23 hand crews, 17 fire engines, 12 water tenders, two bulldozers and 12 water tenders.

Due to excessive fire traffic, smoky conditions and narrow roads, the public is encouraged to stay clear of the area. Road closures in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

Cooperating agencies included BLM, Lane Fire Authority, Dexter Fire District, Lowell Fire District, Mohawk Valley Fire District, Lane County Administrative Office, and the Douglas and Lane County Sheriff's Offices.

The fire broke out shortly after 5 p.m. Friday afternoon. Cause is under investigation.
Report Reveals Variation in Chlamydia Screenings for Adolescent Women in Oregon
Oregon Health Care Quality Corp. - 09/08/14
Despite an increase in chlamydia screening rates, confidentiality and access issues for adolescents are barriers to receiving screenings for the most common reportable illness in Oregon

PORTLAND, ORE. (September 8, 2014) - Clinics across Oregon show wide variation in screening practices for chlamydia, according to a new report released today from the nonprofit Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation (Q Corp). The report reveals that issues of confidentiality and access to care are major barriers for women 18 and younger, whose screening rate is significantly lower than the rate for older women.

The Information for a Healthy Oregon report also shows an improvement in rates of chlamydia screenings for sexually active women 16 to 24 years of age, as recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. In 2009, Q Corp published its first statewide report, which showed that Oregon's chlamydia scr