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Portland/Vanc/Salem News Releases for Sun. Sep. 25 - 1:45 pm
Sun. 09/25/16
Deputies Investigating Shooting NE Salem***Update Location Added***
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/25/16 1:12 PM
Deputies and Detectives with the Marion County Sheriff's Office are on scene and investigating a shooting that took place in a parking lot in the 3600 block of 47th Avenue NE around 12:45 p.m., today. One man has been shot and taken to Salem Hospital with what deputies are describing as life threatening injuries.

Very little information is known about what led up to the shooting and deputies are seeking anyone who may have been in the area who can provide a description or information regarding anyone involved. The Sheriff's Office is not releasing any further details pertaining to the victim or the incident at this time.
Sheridan Pancake Feed
Sheridan Fire Dist. - 09/25/16 11:17 AM
Come down before 1 PM and enjoy some tasty pancakes, eggs and ham. We are featuring the official unveiling of the museum fundraiser quilt and Fire truck rides. We are thankful for the support of our community and hope people have a great Autumn.
Early Morning Fire Damages Forest Grove Triplex (Photo)
Forest Grove Fire & Rescue - 09/25/16 10:46 AM
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Earlier this morning at 1:45am on September 25th, firefighters were dispatched to a reported structure fire in a triplex in the 1900 block of Douglas Street in Forest Grove. Crews arrived to find smoke showing from one of the units and were able to quickly extinguish the flames, but spent over an hour putting out hot spots in the walls and attic of the structure.

All residents were able to make it out safely with no injuries, also no firefighters were injured. After investigation it is believed that the fire was caused by an electrical failure in the wall of one of the units. This unit sustained heavy damage, the other two units sustained smoke and water damage. In total, 10 individuals were displaced and assisted by the American Red Cross.

Forest Grove Fire & Rescue wants to remind everyone to have a working smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside the bedrooms and on each floor of your residence. Remember to test the smoke alarms and if you have children, practice home fire drills.

We were assisted on scene by Cornelius Fire Department, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue, Banks Fire District and Forest Grove Police Department.


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Red Cross responds to Forest Grove Fire that affected ten people
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/25/16 7:54 AM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 3:30 a.m. in the 1000 block of Douglas St in Forest Grove, Washington County, Oregon.

The multi-family fire affected eight adults and two children.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, and information about recovery services, health services and mental health services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Sat. 09/24/16
UPDATE #2: Shooting Investigation Underway in Southeast Portland's Centennial Neighborhood - One Person Deceased
Portland Police Bureau - 09/24/16 8:35 PM
The victim in Friday's homicide has been identified as 45-year-old Michael Scott Hoven. The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined that Hoven died of multiple gunshot wounds.

No arrests have been made and detectives are seeking help from the public.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Bryan Steed at 503-823-0395, bryan.steed@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Michele Michaels at 503-823-0692, michele.michaels@portlandoregon.gov.

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Detectives are continuing to investigate the death of a 45-year-old male inside the residence on Southeast 162nd Avenue. Based on the preliminary investigation, detectives believe this is a homicide.

Officers responded to the report of a suspicious vehicle in the area after the primary call and found a vehicle that may or may not be related to the incident. Detectives are processing the vehicle for evidence to determine if it is related to the homicide.

No further information is available or expected to be released this evening.

Southeast 162nd Avenue is expected to be closed for several more hours.

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On Friday September 23, 2016, at 11:00 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting at a residence in the 1700 block of Southeast 162nd Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located a male adult victim inside the residence. Medical personnel confirmed that the victim was deceased. The cause and manner of death has not been determined.

Preliminary information indicates that two people, a male and a female, ran from the scene. They have not been located.

Southeast 162nd Avenue is closed to all traffic, between Clay and Mill Street.

Homicide detectives, Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division and the Medical Examiner are responding to begin an investigation.

Interested media should stage at Southeast 162nd Avenue and Clay Street. The Public Information Officer (PIO) is responding to the scene.

Anyone with information about this shooting should call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333 or speak to an officer at the scene.

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Early Morning Crash Critically Injures One Person - Driver Arrested (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/24/16 8:03 PM
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On Saturday September 24, 2016, at 3:41 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report that a driver crashed into a tree at Northeast Ridgewood Drive and Regents Drive.

Officers arrived and located the driver, 25-year-old Thomas Richard Keil, outside the vehicle and observed signs that he was under the influence of intoxicants.

Medical personnel arrived and began treating the right rear passenger, 24-year-old Leo James Burby, who was suffering life-threatening injuries. Burby was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team responded to conduct an investigation.

Based on evidence at the scene, officers believe that Keil was driving eastbound on Ridgewood Drive at a high rate of speed when he failed to maneuver an eastbound curve onto Regents Drive, lost control and hit a tree. Officers learned that Keil consumed marijuana and alcohol prior to driving and crashing into the tree.

Two other passengers did not suffer any serious injuries.

Keil was treated for minor injuries at a Portland hospital then was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Assault in the Second Degree, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person (three counts). Keil will be arraigned on Monday.

Drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs injure and kill thousands of people every year. People consuming alcohol or drugs are urged not to get behind the wheel and should have a sober driver or utilize taxis, rideshare companies, or transit so everyone is safe on our streets.

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

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

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Union Gospel Mission's Operation Overcoat Provides Clothing, Meals and More to the Homeless (Photo)
Union Gospel Mission - 09/24/16 2:41 PM
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Union Gospel Mission's Operation Overcoat Provides Clothing, Meals and More to the Homeless

Portland, Ore., - Union Gospel Mission's 16th Annual Operation Overcoat event provided 1,381 meals, thousands of articles of clothing, boots, and other services such as haircuts, flu shots, dental care and health information. Over 350 volunteers were on hand to distribute clothing and serve a meal of hamburgers, hot dogs and homemade potato salad. The event also featured live music. An estimated crowd of over 1,300 people attended the event.

Union Gospel Mission hosts the annual event at the beginning of the Fall season to help equip those who are homeless or in need with items such as coats, shoes and boots, sleeping bags and warm clothing.

One guest, Carolyn, had been homeless for over a year, and just this week found housing, said, "I was working, and just a few unfortunate events and we found ourselves homeless. It was terrible and these acts of kindness mean a lot."

For more information about Union Gospel Mission, go to ugmportland.org or call 503-274-GIVE.
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Shooting Investigation Overnight in Southeast Portland - One Person Injured
Portland Police Bureau - 09/24/16 12:15 PM
On Friday September 23, 2016, at 11:41 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting outside Maddy's, located at 17102 Southeast Powell Boulevard.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and found a male adult suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries.

Witnessed described seeing two African American males near a white car at the time of the shooting. The vehicle left the area after the gunshots were heard by witnesses.

The Gang Enforcement Team responded to investigate.

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UPDATE #2 - Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 86-Year-Old Man (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/24/16 12:03 PM
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On Friday September 23, 2016, a body was recovered believed to be Mr. Anderson, though investigators are still awaiting positive identification. He was recovered from Neahkanie Mountain in Tillamook County.

The family would like to extend much gratitude to all who helped in the search including the Portland Police Bureau, US Coast Guard, Manzanita Police and Fire, Tillamook County Sheriff, and Tillamook County Search and Rescue.

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The Tillamook County Sheriff's Office has located Mr. Anderson's vehicle on the Oregon Coast. Mr. Anderson remains missing. The Coast Guard is searching the coastline tonight and the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue will be searching the area tomorrow.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate 86-year-old Duane Irving Anderson, missing since Wednesday evening.

On Wednesday September 21, 2016, at approximately 9:30 a.m., Anderson was seen at the Lloyd Athletic Club, located at 815 Northeast Halsey Street, but failed to return home. Anderson was supposed to golfing after leaving the athletic club but it is not known if he made it to any of his preferred courses: Glendoveer, Eastmoreland, Colwood, or Broadmoor Golf Club.

Anderson is in good heath and is is out of character for him to be gone.

Anderson is described as a white male, 5'8" tall, 170 pounds, wearing a long sleeve shirt, beige pants, and a dark-colored windbreaker. Anderson was driving a white 2010 Toyota Prius, Oregon license plate 949EYU.

Anyone seeing Anderson or the vehicle should call 9-1-1 so officers can check his welfare. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to send it to missing@portlandoregon.gov.

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Fri. 09/23/16
Centennial School District Governing Board Work Session/Meeting, Sept 28
Centennial Sch. Dist. - 09/23/16 5:11 PM
The Centennial School District Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm in the district office board room. At this meeting new Board member, Rhonda Etherly, will take her oath of office and be seated on the Board. The work session topics to be discussed include: superintendent search process for 2016/2017 and transgender accommodations.

All confirmation items will be considered en masses. New business items being presented for the Board's consideration include:
7.2.1 - Consider Hiring NextUP Leadership for 2016/2017 Superintendent Search
7.2.2 - Approve Supplemental Budget for Fiscal Year 2016/2017 in the Total Amount of $126,606

The full board packet for the September 28, 2016, Board work session/meeting is available on the school district website (www.csd28j.org).
Police Make Arrest in Bank of the West Robbery (Photo)
Tualatin Police Dept. - 09/23/16 4:43 PM
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On Monday, September 22, 2016, Tigard Police arrested Grant Christian Ernst, 27 years of age, of Puyallup, Washington. Mr. Ernst was charged with second degree conspiracy to commit robbery, first degree theft, and unlawful possession of heroin.

Tigard and Tualatin Detectives, as well as members of the FBI, have been working collaboratively on an investigation into the September 1, 2016 robbery of the Bank of the West, in Tualatin. As a result of information obtained during the arrest of Mr. Ernst on September 22, 2016, he was also federally charged for the robbery of the Tualatin Bank of the West.

Mr. Ernst is currently in custody at the Washington County Jail.

Nothing further at this time.


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Beaverton Arts Mix Features Chalk Draw, Quick Draw, Art Show and Sale (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 09/23/16 2:47 PM
The 2016 Beaverton Arts Mix! (BAM!) includes an artist reception on Friday, Oct. 7. This free event offers the public an opportunity to meet artists and purchase works on display. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
The 2016 Beaverton Arts Mix! (BAM!) includes an artist reception on Friday, Oct. 7. This free event offers the public an opportunity to meet artists and purchase works on display. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The City of Beaverton Arts Program invites the public to attend Beaverton Arts Mix! (BAM!), a four-day juried art show and sale. BAM! will be open daily from Oct. 6-9 at the Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW Fifth Street. This year's BAM! will feature a wide array of artistic media, a public reception, an outdoor Quick Draw and Chalk Draw where you can witness art happening in the community, evening productions of the Beaverton Civic Theatre's The Addams Family and much more!


This year's BAM! will feature 96 artists and 163 works of art from media across the spectrum. All events are free and open to the public with the exception of The Addams Family, for which tickets are available at the door while supplies last.


BEAVERTON ARTS MIX! SCHEDULE OF EVENTS


Thursday, Oct. 6
10 a.m. -- 9 p.m. Art Show and Sale
10 a.m. -- 5 p.m. Featured Chalk Artist


Friday, Oct. 7
10 a.m. -- 6 p.m. Art Show and Sale
10 a.m. -- 5 p.m. Featured Chalk Artist
7 -- 8:30 p.m. Artist Reception
7:30 -- 10 p.m. Beaverton Civic Theatre's The Addams Family


Saturday, Oct. 8
8 a.m. -- 4 p.m. Chalk Draw
10 a.m. -- 5 p.m. Art Show and Sale
10 a.m. -- 12 p.m. Quick Draw
12 -- 3 p.m. Washington County Open Studio Art Demos
7:30 -- 10 p.m. Beaverton Civic Theatre's The Addams Family


Sunday, Oct. 9
1 -- 5 p.m. Art Show and Sale
2 -- 5 p.m. Beaverton Civic Theatre's The Addams Family


Artist registration is now open for the Beaverton Quick Draw on Saturday, Oct. 8. The quick draw is an en plein air (open air) event, in which artists will create a finished work in two hours outdoors in Beaverton. The first 20 artists to preregister will receive a swag bag at the event, including artist supplies, and tickets to a Beaverton Civic Theatre performance of The Addams Family or Sorry, Wrong Chimney!


There is no cost for artists to participate in the quick draw. Preregistration is recommended but not required. To preregister for the event, visit www.cityofbeaverton.submittable.com or www.BeavertonOregon.gov/BAM.


For more information about BAM, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/BAM.


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


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Marine Board Seeks Public Comment to Extend WED Zone on Lower Willamette River
Oregon Marine Board - 09/23/16 2:21 PM
The Oregon State Marine Board received a petition on September 20, requesting that the Marine Board open rulemaking to amend OAR 250-020-0385, Boat Operations in Yamhill and Marion Counties.

The petition proposes to extend the no wake enhancing device zone upstream from the Hwy 219 Bridge at RM 48.5 to RM 50 at the old Newberg-St. Paul Bridge crossing.

The existing rule was adopted in 2008 and prohibits the use of wake enhancing devices on the Willamette River from the Hwy 219 Bridge at RM 48.5 to the upper end of Willow Island at RM 31.5. Additionally, boat operation at slow-no wake speed is required within 100 feet of private docks, boathouses or moorages.

Written comments can be submitted by Wednesday, October 12 at 5 pm, via email to osmb.rulemaking@state.or.us or by U.S. mail to: June LeTarte, Administrative Rules Coordinator, 435 Commercial Street NE, Suite 400, P.O. Box 14145, Salem, OR 97309-5056. Comments via telephone will not be accepted.
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Vancouver Tennis Centers celebrates over 40 years with Oct. 2 open house
City of Vancouver - 09/23/16 2:00 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The Vancouver Tennis Center will celebrate over 40 years of service with a public open house showcasing everything the center has to offer from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. The tennis center is located at 5300 E. 18th St.

The anniversary open house is free and open to the community. Visitors of all ages and abilities can tour the center, meet the center's staff, learn more about the programs the center offers and take part in fun activities including tennis drills and pickleball.

As part of the celebration, the City of Vancouver recently completed a total renovation of the four outdoor courts at the tennis center. Four pickleball courts were also added to the two north courts using blended lines, bringing multi-use functionality to the center and helping to address the increased demand for pickleball courts in the city. The beautiful "U.S. Open Blue" courts are now open and ready for play!

When the weather doesn't cooperate, the Vancouver Tennis Center also offers nine indoor courts. It first opened its doors to the community in 1975. The center is owned and operated by the City of Vancouver and offers lessons, hosted activities, tournaments, leagues and open play to people of all ages and skill levels.

To learn more, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/tennis.

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Come support quality education!
North Clackamas Sch. Dist. - 09/23/16 1:12 PM
North Clackamas Schools accepting applications for two committee vacancies

Every year the District budget is approved in June following the dedicated work and oversight of the Budget Committee. Their time and service to prepare the budget affirms District commitments to reduce class sizes, create inclusive classrooms, boost the graduation rate and increase the number of students graduating college and career ready.

The North Clackamas School Board seeks to fill two vacancies on the district budget committee for three-year terms which expire June 30, 2019.

The Budget Committee includes all seven School Board members along with seven community volunteers appointed by the Board. The group hears budget recommendations from residents, reviews unit budgets, approves the budget document and the district's maximum annual spending limit.

Meetings are scheduled from February through May (once a month February through April). Each meeting lasts 2-3 hours and are held in the evening. View the Budget Committee calendar here.

Applications are due (must be received) by 4:00 p.m. Friday, October 21, 2016. The Board of Directors will interview applicants on the evening of Thursday, November 3, and appoint new members at the November 17 Board meeting.

Return the completed application (both sides) to the Board Secretary by email to hendersons@nclack.k12.or.us or by mail to:

North Clackamas Schools
12400 SE Freeman Way
Milwaukie OR 97222
Attention: Sandra Henderson

Prospective applicants may contact Sandra Henderson at 503-353-6002 or email hendersons@nclack.k12.or.us for additional information. District employees are not eligible.

Please click here to download a fillable PDF of the Budget Committee Application.


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Fatal Crash on Highway 20 at Milepost 259 between Ontario and Nyssa - Malheur County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/23/16 12:05 PM
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On September 22, 2016 at about 7:50 p.m., Mountain Daylight Time (MDT), Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 259 (between Ontario and Nyssa).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1992 Toyota pickup, operated by Billy Jo CARR Jr., age 50, of Nyssa, was travelling southbound when an unknown white SUV or hatchback passenger car was traveling northbound and attempting to pass in the lane of travel of the Toyota. The Toyota swerved to the right shoulder to avoid a head-on collision, resulting in the Toyota losing control and overturning onto its top.

CARR suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The white SUV did not stop and fled the scene.

Highway 20 was closed for approximately three hours following the crash. One lane was opened for two hours until both lanes were reopened.

OSP is being assisted by the Malheur County Sheriff's Office, Ontario Fire Department, Treasure Valley Paramedics and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

OSP is seeking the public assistance for additional witnesses or persons with information. Anyone who knows the identity of the driver of the white SUV or hatchback passenger car or who has additional information of the crash, is asked to contact Sergeant Kurt Marvin at 541-889-6469 or the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at 541-776-6111 (reference OSP case # SP16322989).

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Exciting New Partnership with the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum Brings STEM Classes to Local Students at Pearson Air Museum
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 09/23/16 11:52 AM
Starting in October, as part of a new partnership between the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum (EASM) and Pearson Air Museum at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, the EASM educational staff will provide educational programming for local students at the Pearson Air Museum campus. This partnership will increase the availability of aerospace-focused Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) based programs at Pearson Air Museum, and will allow both organizations to expand their educational enrichment activities.

This program will provide all the high-quality aviation programming available at the EASM, located in McMinnville, Oregon, to Portland/Vancouver metro area students. The lessons and activities have a hands-on approach, and bring technology and fun into the classroom. A variety of STEM-based topics can be selected by visiting classes, including: "Art and the Cosmic Connection," "Aerodynamics: From Flying Boats to Jets and Fighters," "Robots are Real," "Living and Working in Space," and more. Student fees for each course will be $10/student, payable to the EASM.

"We are excited about this partnership with Pearson Air Museum and are looking forward to growing our programming as we expand outside of our museum campus," said Ann Witsil, Interim Executive Director for Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, "Our educators are out of this world when it comes to STEM programming, and we are looking forward to sharing their knowledge and passion with the students from the Portland metro area."

"This is an incredible opportunity for metro-area students to utilize the combined talents of the National Park Service and the EASM and learn not only about the long aviation history of Pearson Field, but also the modern exciting facets of aviation and engineering," said Dr. Bob Cromwell, Acting Chief Ranger of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and the Manager of Pearson Air Museum.

Teachers from the Vancouver, Evergreen, and Portland Public School Districts are encouraged to sign their classes up for a field trip to Pearson Air Museum on any of the following dates:

October 4th or 12th, 2016
November 8th or 16th, 2016
January 10th, 18th, 25th, or 31st, 2017
February 8th, 14th, 22nd, or 28th, 2017
March 8th, 14th, or 22nd, 2017
April 11th, 19th, or 25th, 2017
May 9th or 17th, 2017

There will be two sessions available for each date, a morning session from 9 to 11 am, and an afternoon session from noon to 2 pm. Classes can make a full day of field trips by combining these STEM sessions with a curriculum-based tour of Fort Vancouver, as well.

Reservations are required, and groups of 30 students or more are required. Full information about each available course topic and more reservation information can be found online at http://www.evergreenmuseum.org/events?eventTitle=pearson-air-museum-and-easm-aviation-stem--1438903558--147, by calling 503-687-2439, or by emailing the EASM at booking@sprucegoose.org
Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee Executive Team meets Wednesday, September 28 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/23/16 11:13 AM
The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee Executive Team meets Wednesday, September 28 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 165, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: review and approval of minutes, public comment, updates on: DeafFest III, Text-to-911, deaf culture training, Rules Advisory Committee, and the ASL interpreter request for proposals.

For those who can't attend in person there is a toll-free phone number: 1 888-808-6929; participant code: 4517555.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Kelsey Gleeson at 503-947-5104 or Kelsey.Gleeson@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.
For questions about this meeting, please contact: Theresa Powell, 971-301-1618, Theresa.A.Powell@state.or.us.
Union Gospel Mission's 16th Annual Operation Overcoat is Saturday, Mission Expects to Serve 1,500
Union Gospel Mission - 09/23/16 10:53 AM
MEDIA ADVISORY

Union Gospel Mission's Operation Overcoat is Saturday, Mission Expects to Serve 1,500

Portland, Ore.,- Union Gospel Mission anticipates serving more than 1,500 meals and giving away over 4,000 articles of clothing at "Operation Overcoat." In addition to food and clothing the event offers free haircuts, free flu shots, health care information and dental exams.

The event takes place Saturday, September 24 from 10:00 am -- 2:00 pm on NW Third Avenue and Couch Street near Union Gospel Mission at 15 NW Third Avenue. Both NW Third Avenue and Couch Street will be closed near the Mission to accommodate the Operation Overcoat street fair.


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Note: The media are welcome to film/photograph the event, and interview event participants. Visuals: The largest crowds are generally in the first two hours of the event, people will be receiving a meal in the food line, selecting clothing and there will be a main stage with musical entertainment. Media contact is Stacy Kean at 503-314-5235 (cell) and ask for Stacy during the event at the volunteer station for assistance.
Employees and patients agree: The Oregon Clinic is one of the best places to be in Oregon
The Oregon Clinic - 09/23/16 10:24 AM
Employees and patients agree: The Oregon Clinic is one of the best places to be in Oregon

Physician owned and physician led, employees are the heart of the compassionate care provided at The Oregon Clinic

Portland, OR -- September 23, 2016
Be compassionate with your patients. Do what's in their best interest. Have a healthy curiosity for how to best serve them. These mantras guide the work of the more than 1,000 employees at The Oregon Clinic, and that patient-centered approach is part of what makes employees say it's one of the best places to work in Oregon. The Oregonian recognized The Oregon Clinic last night as fifth among Top Workplaces in large companies in Oregon. Generous benefits, competitive pay, and flexible schedules were all lauded by employees, but the focus on successful and positive patient outcomes is what really matters at The Oregon Clinic.

"We put patients first, which is how healthcare should be. Accommodations are made to ensure a positive patient outcome. Providing high quality customer service is first and foremost, [and] I still feel like TOC cares for each and every employee the same as when they first opened," explained one employee in the anonymous survey conducted by The Oregonian's research group.

74% of The Oregon Clinic employees, spread across 57 clinic locations, completed the Oregonian's anonymous survey, a very high response rate. The survey measured employee engagement and happiness with their workplace, asking questions about leadership, benefits, training and range of workplace-satisfaction issues.

Patient satisfaction surveys tell much of the same story, where more than 90% of patients are happy with their care and would refer others to The Oregon Clinic.

"I have been to more ENTs, neurosurgeons, neurologists, and neurotologists in the last three years than you can count. [My doctor at The Oregon Clinic] was the most knowledgeable, the best communicator, and the most willing to spend all the time it took to provide premium care, even though I know I cut into her lunch time. She also has great compassion. She is a gem," described one patient.

"All of the staff, from the front desk to the doctor, were terrific," said another patient. "I felt they really cared about me and my health."

"We prioritize employee happiness and success in part because we know happy employees lead to better patient care," explained Dr. Craig Fausel, President of The Oregon Clinic. "We value our employees and want them to do their best work possible. To enable that, we support them the very best we can."

Physician owned and physician led, The Oregon Clinic is unique in its organizational structure that allows physicians to retain their private practice autonomy. Physicians hold leadership positions and directorships in collaboration with several of the major health care systems and hospitals throughout the Portland metro area, but are independent practitioners.

The executives at The Oregon Clinic are practicing doctors who still maintain busy patient schedules in addition to their executive duties: President Craig Fausel, MD is a Gastroenterologist of 32 years. The three Executive Vice Presidents are a Pulmonologist, a Gastroenterologist, and a General Surgeon. The Board of Directors consists of shareholder physicians who represent different specialties within the organization.

Employees at The Oregon Clinic take pride in the excellent quality care they provide to their patients. "Knowing that every day I am assisting excellent physicians in improving the health and lives of patients is very rewarding. We all have a common goal, and we're all working together to do what's best for everyone," described an employee.

The Oregonian partnered with Philadelphia-based WorkplaceDynamics, an employee research and consulting firm, to determine the region's Top Workplaces rankings. Companies throughout Oregon and southwest Washington were ranked based on employee feedback about benefits, work environment, job satisfaction, and more. To see the full list of award recipients, visit http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2016/09/full_list_of_winners_top_workp.html.


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About The Oregon Clinic
The Oregon Clinic is the largest private specialty physician practice in Oregon. Patients receive respectful, compassionate care from our 200 physicians in more than 30 specialty areas. Founded in Portland in 1994, The Oregon Clinic is committed to delivering the highest quality patient care, practicing evidence-based medicine, and providing leadership for the healthcare community. We collaborate with primary care physicians and use a team approach to address health conditions at 57 specialty clinic locations across northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. Visit www.oregonclinic.com or call 503-935-8000 for more information.
Video Released of Violent Robbery, Assault at Southeast Portland Bar
Portland Police Bureau - 09/23/16 10:20 AM
On Wednesday September 21, 2016, at 9:48 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at Maddy's, located at 17102 Southeast Powell Boulevard.

Officers arrived in the area and spoke with the 64-year-old female victim/employee of the bar. The victim told police that she was cleaning the counter when the suspect approached her from behind and demanded money. The victim felt something pressed up against her side and she looked and saw that the suspect had a handgun.

The victim opened the register and the suspect began taking money and putting it into a bag. The demanded more money from the victim, then struck her in the head with the gun, knocking her to the ground.

The suspect then left the bar and rode away westbound on Powell on a black sport motorcycle. One customer was in the bar but didn't see anything until she heard the victim yell after being struck by the suspect.

The suspect is a white male, approximately 5'10" tall, and 180 pounds. During the robbery, the suspect work his black motorcycle helmet, a black jacket, glove, and tan or cream-colored pants.

Surveillance video of the incident is being released to aid in the investigation and can be viewed at https://youtu.be/OLk1hgjhjMM

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact Detective Brett Hawkinson at 503-823-1080, brett.hawkinson@portlandoregon.gov

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Albany Police Make Arrest In Robbery Of 16 Year Old Girl (Photo)
Albany Police - 09/23/16 10:11 AM
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On Thursday, September 22, 2016, at about 1:30 p.m., Albany Police Detectives, acting on an anonymous tip, made an arrest in connection with the robbery of a 16-year-old girl on September 15. 32-year old Albany resident Orrin Michael Monfort was taken into custody without incident at a residence in the 1800 block of SE 21st Avenue in Albany.

Michael Monfort was lodged in the Linn County Jail on the following charges:

Robbery in the Third Degree
Coercion
Linn County Circuit Court warrant

On September 15, 2016, a 16-year old girl reported that a male suspect threatened her and, after a brief struggle, was able to pull her bike away from her. This was reported to have taken place outside of the Mega Foods store located at 2000 SE Queen Avenue in Albany. The victim reported that she threatened to call the police as the suspect was ready to ride away on her bike. The victim reported that the suspect, Orrin Monfort, threw the bike at her, threatened her, and then walked off.

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Attached Media Files: Surveillance photo , Surveillance photo , Surveillance photo , Orrin Monfort Booking Photo
Hockinson School District Board of Directors Regular Meeting
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 09/23/16 10:04 AM
The Hockinson School District will hold a Regular Board of Directors Meeting on Monday, September 26, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. It will be held in the Middle School library located at 15916 NE 182nd Ave.; Brush Prairie, WA 98606.
City permit center engineering services counter reopens Oct. 3
City of Vancouver - 09/23/16 9:00 AM
Vancouver, Wash. -- Vancouver's engineering services counter at the City's Permit Center will reopen on Wednesdays starting Oct. 3. The counter had been closed on Wednesdays since June 29.

The temporary closure affected residential and commercial developers wishing to buy a water meter, get a right-of-way permit or discuss their project with an engineering technician.

The City's Permit Center is located on the first floor of Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. 6th St. The Permit Center receives and processes applications for building and development permits, land use permits, home occupation permits, public utility connections, civil engineering intake and routing and single trade permits. For more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/Permits.

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Client and Staff Safety Task Force will meet September 26 in Salem -- agenda now available
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/23/16 8:08 AM
The Client and Staff Safety Task Force will meet Monday, Sept. 26, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Oregon State Capitol, Room 350, 900 Court Street NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Those who are unable to attend in person can participate by conference call: 1-877-336-1831; participant code: 230706#.

The task force is directed to make recommendations on staff safety, resident care, and the operation of Stabilization and Crisis Units. The task force will provide a report to the Oregon State Legislature.

The task force will consider and make recommendations for:
Ensuring the dignity and self-determination of each resident in a Stabilization and Crisis Unit
Improving the safety of staff employed by a Stabilization and Crisis Unit
Improving training and support for staff
Staffing levels
Reducing incidents of aggressive and assaultive behavior by residents
Reducing the need for staff to work overtime
Improving access to appropriate mental health supports and intervention methods
Ensuring the timely transition of residents in Stabilization and Crisis Units when ready to be placed with a residential service provider in the community, including recommendations for building capacity in community-based care settings.

All meetings of this task force conform to Oregon public meetings laws. Requests for accommodation for a people with disabilities should be made to Angie Allbee and should be made at least 24 hours before the meeting. For more information, contact Angie Allbee, DHS Legislative Coordinator, at 503-689-5034.


Attached Media Files: SACU Task Force Agenda 9-26-16
Stephen McCorvey Homicide Remains Unsolved - Crime Stoppers Featured Case #15-35 (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 09/23/16 8:00 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve a homicide that occurred one year ago today.

On September 23, 2015, at 8:34 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the area of Northeast 15th Avenue and Buffalo Street after multiple reports of gunfire in the area.

Officers arrived in the area and located a vehicle occupied with two gunshots victims. Medical personnel responded to the scene and transported a 41-year-old female victim from the scene with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

30-year-old Stephen Dwayne McCorvey Jr. died at the scene. The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined that McCorvey died as a result of the shooting.

At this time, there is no suspect information.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is now offering rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information leading to arrests in any unsolved homicide case and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

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Vacant Convenience Market Set Ablaze - Arson Suspected (Photo)
Longview Police & Fire - 09/23/16 1:10 AM
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At approximate 9:20 Pm Longview and Cowlitz 2 Fire were dispatched to a possible fire at the Westside Shopper - Fast and Friendly Convenience Market located at 1809 Washington Way. The market has been vacant for several years.
While units were responding dispatchers advised enroute companies that smoke was pouring from the building and glass was breaking. Fire crews arrived to thick black pressurized smoke emitting from the front cantilevered mansard overhang on the buildings front, with bystanders yelling "Get Out"... indicating that the building might be occupied.
The vacant building had been boarded up at the front door which required firefighters to use a chain saw to make forcible entry before initiating fire attack. Once inside a quick search determined the building was vacant. Firefighters located the seat of the fire, which started in the front corner of the building and extended into the attic space. Fire crews put the fire under control in approximately 20 minutes.
While on-scene, several bystanders shared information with Longview firefighters and police that the fire was intentionally set. The building was vacant and had not had electricity for over a year. The City also coordinated security measures recently from vandalism.
The fire in under investigation cooperatively between Longview Fire and Police. At the time of the Press Release the property owner has not been identified. The inside of the structure suffered significant damage, with estimated damages of $300,000 to the structure and contents. Due to the extensive glass front of the building, board-up security provisions were made to secure the scene.
There were no injuries as a result of this fire and neither neighboring building was affected by the fire or smoke. In total, 19 firefighters from Longview and C2FR along with four apparatus were utilized to stabilize the incident.
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Attached Media Files: Inside , Fire Engine pumping , Front side
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CCC hosts fall job fair (Photo)
Clackamas Community College - 09/22/16 5:06 PM
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OREGON CITY -- Clackamas Community College, is hosting the Harvest a Job Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 5. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Gregory Forum, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. Local employers will be on site hiring for open positions.

The Harvest a Job Fair is an all-industry job fair, where employers with full-time, part-time and internship opportunities connect with CCC students, alumni and local job seekers, This free event is open to CCC students, alumni and the public.

More than 50 employers are participating in the Harvest a Job Fair, including: Target, USDA Forest Service, PDX Pipeline, Helping Hands Home Care, New Seasons, FedEx, Leupold & Stevens Inc., Creative Minds Learning Centers, Mt. Hood Skibowl, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare and Albertina Kerr. The industries represented at this event include:
Health care (CNA, care giving, nursing, medical assisting and more)
Manufacturing and production
Business
Logistics and transportation
Construction (heavy equipment, laborer, CDL truck drivers)
Parks, recreation and leisure
Warehouse, shipping and receiving
Administrative and office
Education
Human services
Retail

View a full list of employers and register to attend at www.clackamas.edu/careerfair. For more information, contact the CCC Career Center at 503-594-6001 or careercenter@clackamas.edu.

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Teaching Positive Behaviors Puts the Focus on Learning (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 09/22/16 4:51 PM
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The students at Tukes Valley Middle School are more than a little excited about the prospect of watching counselor Josh Cornwell pick bits of pie out of his beard. In fact, many of them will be on their best behavior this school year while competing for a chance to make that happen.

That's because Battle Ground Public Schools has implemented a district-wide, research-driven approach known as Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS). The PBIS program seeks to recognize students for exhibiting the expected, positive behaviors that are conducive to an effective learning environment. It's part of the district's focus on social-emotional learning, the process by which children and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions.

In the classrooms of Battle Ground's schools, students are taught behavioral expectations in a manner similar to how they are taught reading or math skills. Within the first few days of school at Glenwood Heights Primary, for example, students lined up by grade and followed their teachers from station to station where they watched demonstrations on what is expected from them in the different parts of the school and then demonstrated the positive behaviors back to their teachers. At the school bus station, students carefully boarded the bus and then sat side by side in the seats as they listened how they are expected to talk quietly, stay seated, and be respectful.

The ultimate goal of implementing PBIS is to build positive relationships between students and staff, providing the necessary support for all students to be successful in school. "By implementing PBIS across all schools and grade levels throughout the district, students become versed in a common language of established expectations that can be carried forward over the course of a student's entire academic career," said Tamra Scheetz, one of the district's two PBIS coaches.

The results have been impressive so far, significantly reducing the number of behavior referrals in the schools that first implemented the approach. In turn, this means that more classroom time can be focused on teaching academics instead of on correcting behaviors that would otherwise pose significant distractions.

A major piece of PBIS is the reinforcement of positive behaviors. Across the district, schools have developed a system where students earn special privileges or rewards for demonstrating positive behaviors. Staff have surveyed students to develop the most meaningful and motivating rewards. For example, students can earn additional recess time, have lunch or shoot hoops with a favorite teacher or staff member, or even enter a drawing for the chance to pie a staff member in the face at an assembly.

When students are recognized for a positive behavior, they are given a small token or a stamp that can later be exchanged for one of these privileges. At Tukes Valley Middle, students are given passports in which to collect their stamps. Some rewards are managed by individual classroom teachers, while other, larger rewards are managed by administration.

To engage older students in the PBIS process, teachers might ask them to create posters or produce short videos that help teach fellow students the behavior expectations. To help define and communicate the expectations, each school is creating a PBIS handbook based on a district template.

"Kids will rise to expectations if the bar is set high enough," Cornwell said . "The PBIS program is a great way to acknowledge the students who are doing the right thing, but may have been overlooked in the past."


Attached Media Files: Glenwood Heights Kindergarten teacher teaching students to walk through the hallways quietly , Glenwood Heights students learning about behavior expectations on board the school bus , Students at Glenwood Heights Primary School learning the behavior expectations while walking across camous
Wilsonville PD seeks tips in Sept. 21 sex assault case
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/22/16 4:13 PM
Please reference CCSO Case # 16-26046

Last night (Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016) around 11:06 p.m., deputies contracted to the City of Wilsonville received the report of a woman sexually assaulted at the Jory Trail Apartments (8750 SW Ash Meadows Rd., Wilsonville).

The woman reported being approached and attacked by the unknown suspect as she went to enter her apartment.

The woman reported being sexually assaulted, and was then able to scare off the attacker -- which alerted a neighbor, who caught a glimpse of the suspect.

After the attack, the suspect fled through the apartment complex on foot.

The suspect is described as follows:

- White or Hispanic male
- Height: 5'3" to 5'7"
- Wearing: dark hooded sweatshirt, dark baseball cap, blue jeans

TIPS SOUGHT

Wilsonville PD is asking the public for tips in this case. Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the neighborhood around the time-frame of the attack is urged to call Wilsonville Police at 503-682-1276 or contact our Tip Line by calling 503-723-4949 or using the online email form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp -- please reference CCSO Case # 16-26046.

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

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Vancouver Police investigate serious injury collision (Update 1: Suspect ID)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 09/22/16 4:07 PM
Update 1

On September 22, 2016, Vancouver Police arrested and booked Fontella Hooper, 30, of Vancouver, for 2 counts of Vehicular Assault.

Both victims are still hospitalized, one with life-threatening injuries. The names of the victims are not being released at this time.

The Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit is continuing the investigation.



Vancouver, Wash. -- On September 21, 2016, at approximately 7:00 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to a serious injury collision in the area of E Fourth Plain Blvd. /P Street involving two vehicles. The suspect driver, victim driver and victim passenger were all transported to an area hospital with the victim passenger suffering possible life-threatening injuries. It is believed that impairment was a factor in the crash.

E Fourth Plain Blvd. is closed westbound in the area of P Street with traffic being detoured northbound onto O Street. E Fourth Plain eastbound is limited to one lane in the area of the collision. The closures and detours are anticipated to be in place for several hours while the Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit conducts the investigation.

No further information is available at this time.

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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.
Monday, September 26, 2016 Regular Board Business Meeting Agenda
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 09/22/16 4:02 PM
The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon, will convene in a Board Business Meeting on Monday, September 26, 2016 in the Parkrose School District Office Boardroom located at 10636 NE Prescott Street, Portland, Oregon at the hour of 6:30pm. The Board will hear presentations from the Associated Student Body, Elevate Oregon, Dual Language International School and the High School Student Theater Group that went to Scotland. They will receive reports from the Superintendent's Office, Assistant Superintendent/School Improvement Office, Student Services and the Business Office. The Board will take action on Consent Agenda items and Action Items including: site councils and student/parent & staff handbooks. They will also report on their Board Business and be available to hear Citizen Comments twice during the Business Meeting. The agenda is attached and posted on the Parkrose School District Website at https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1000205
Man Exposes Himself Near Playground (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 09/22/16 3:47 PM
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GRESHAM, Ore. -- Police are investigating the report of a male exposing himself near a playground while children were playing.

On September 20, 2016 at 7:00pm, a Gresham Police officer was flagged down while directing traffic at an accident scene, by a concerned citizen reporting that he had witnessed an adult male exposing himself by a playground at the Columbia Trails Apartments, 1112 NW 15th Street. The citizen, who was sitting on the back porch of his apartment, saw a man acting suspicious and began filming him with his cell phone. That video shows an adult male, who appears to be touching himself, while looking in the direction of the playground. After being confronted by the citizen, the adult male rode away on a blue colored mountain bike.

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the subject. He is described as a white male, 30 to 40 years old, wearing a baseball hat, blue jeans, and a black long sleeve shirt over a light colored shirt. He was last seen riding away on a blue colored mountain bike.

Anyone who can identify or have had similar encounters with the pictured subject, are urged to contact the Gresham Police tip line at 503-618-2719.


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Multiple Search Warrants served in Astoria (Photo)
Clatsop Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/22/16 3:45 PM
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On September 22, 2016 Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Astoria Police Department and Pacific County Sheriff's Office executed multiple search warrants for the delivery of controlled substances at 411 Bond Street, Astoria Oregon.
Michael Douglas COOPER was found with approximately 22 grams of Crystal Methamphetamine Schedule 2 controlled substance packaged for delivery, scales, packaging material and a restricted weapon. Michael COOPER was charged with delivery of Methamphetamine and possession of a restricted weapon.
Tammy LAGERQUIST was in the room with COOPER. Tammy LAGERQUIST was charged with frequenting a place where controlled substances are used.
Kristin LOOMIS and Michael ORAZIO were found in possession of Crystal Methamphetamine a Schedule 2 controlled substance, packaging material, scales, security camera and a restricted weapon.
Kristin LOOMIS and Michael ORAZIO were charged with possession of a Methamphetamine, possession of a restricted weapon and frequenting a place where controlled substances are used.
Robert LARSON was located at another residence and was found in possession of Heroin Schedule 1 controlled substance and scales. Robert LARSON was charged with possession of Heroin.
Special thanks to Northwest Senior Services for assisting with Michael Cooper's mother Della Cooper.
Anyone with information or Retailer with information regarding the receipt of stolen/forged checks from Della Cooper please contact Detective John Walker at 503-325-8635 or jwalker@co.clatsop.or.us


Attached Media Files: Tammy Lagerquist , Robert Larson , Michael Orazio , Michael Cooper , Kristin Loomis
UPDATE: Terminated Caregiver Receives 18 Additional Charges (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/22/16 3:44 PM
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September 22, 2016 -- Today at 3:00 P.M., Adeladilew A. Mekonen was charged with several new crimes at his arraignment at the Washington County Law Enforcement Center.

The additional charges concern two victims, ages 87 and 94 years old. The charges are:
One Count of 1st Degree Rape
One Count of 1st Degree Kidnapping
Four Counts of 1st Degree Sexual Penetration
Three Counts of 3rd Degree Sexual Abuse
Four Counts of 2nd Degree Sexual Abuse
Five Counts of 1st Degree Sexual Abuse

These charges are from two of nine identified victims of unwanted sexual contact from Mr. Mekonen. Adeladilew A. Mekonen was previously employed at the West Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center in Portland prior to working at Providence Saint Vincent Medical Center. The nine victims that have come forth to the Washington County Sheriff's Office Detectives are associated with the West Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center and Providence Saint Vincent Medical Center locations. Both previous employers are cooperating with the Sheriff's Office with this investigation.

Sheriff's Detectives are concerned there are additional victims that have yet to come forward. Anyone with information on these cases should call the Sheriff's Office Detective Division at 503-846-2500.

Adeladilew A. Mekonen is held in the Washington County Jail on 1,000,000 bail. Due to the ongoing investigation, limited information is available at this time.

ORIGINAL RELEASE BELOW:

September 15, 2016 - Washington County Detectives arrested a Certified Nursing Assistant from Providence St. Vincent Medical Center for sexual contact with patients.

On September 14, 2016, Washington County Sheriff's Office Detectives, assigned to the Violent Crimes Unit, arrested 34-year-old Adeladilew A. Mekonen, a Certified Nursing Assistant at Providence Saint Vincent Medical Center, for sexual contact with patients.

The investigation stemmed from complaints made by two elderly females who were recently patients at the hospital. Sheriff's Detectives did follow up work and developed probable cause that Mr. Mekonen engaged in criminal conduct.

Mr. Mekonen has been charged with one count of Rape in the First Degree and one count of Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the Second Degree. He remains in the Washington County Jail with bail set at $250,000.

The Sheriff's Office wants to thank Providence Saint Vincent Medical Center for their full cooperation with this investigation.

Sheriff's Detectives believe there could be additional victims. Mr. Mekonen worked at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center from May 2016 until yesterday, when he was arrested. Anyone with information on these cases should call Detective Robert Rookhuyzen at 503-846-2673.


Attached Media Files: PDF Version with Photo , Mekonen Booking Photo
Bernice Bagnall Appointed to TVWD Board of Commissioners (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Water Dist. - 09/22/16 3:25 PM
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BEAVERTON -- Bernice Bagnall has been appointed to serve on the Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) Board of Commissioners. The appointment of Bagnall was made by the TVWD Board during the September 21 monthly Board meeting. Bagnall's appointment fills the Board vacancy created by retiring Commissioner Marilyn McWilliams, whose term officially ends on June 30, 2017.

A 40-year resident and customer of the District, Bagnall has an extensive background in public and private utility financial planning, with a specific focus on rates and oversight. Her 30-year career in utility finance and economics included employment with Pacific Power and Light Co., City of Portland and Clean Water Services. Bagnall retired in 2011 as the Chief Financial Officer for TVWD.

Bagnall also brings to the District an impressive history of leadership in the public sector and water industry, including past board and committee positions with the Oregon Government Finance Officers Association, Oregon Municipal Debt Advisory Commission, American Water Works Association Rates and Charges Committee and the Association of Clean Water Agencies Finance Committee.

"Bernice's background in utility rates, budgeting and financial management are all topics that we believe will be especially important to the District in the months and years ahead," said Dick Schmidt, President of the Board of Commissioners. "We are pleased to welcome her to the Board. There is a lot of work ahead of us."

"I'm very excited about this opportunity," noted Bagnall. "I believe that providing exceptional value and principled long-range planning for customers will help build understanding and trust. I look forward to doing my part as a volunteer on the Board of Commissioners."

TVWD provides high quality drinking water and excellent customer service to nearly 220,000 people in Washington County, Oregon. The service area covers more than 44 square miles and includes portions of the cities of Beaverton, Hillsboro and Tigard. More information about TVWD can be found at www.tvwd.org.


Attached Media Files: Bernice Bagnall
BLM Announces Annual Adjustment to Its Mineral Fee Cost-Recovery Schedule
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 09/22/16 3:17 PM
Effective October 1, 2016, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will implement an updated fee schedule to recover costs incurred in the processing of certain actions related to oil, gas, coal, and solid minerals activities on public lands. The updates to the existing fee schedule are based on inflation and follow the BLM cost recovery adjustment procedures established in 2005. The updated fee schedule appears in today's Federal Register and will be posted to the BLM website: http://www.blm.gov.

The updated fees cover costs for processing actions such as lease applications, name changes, corporate mergers, lease consolidations, and reinstatements. The BLM updates the fee schedule each year based on changes in the Implicit Price Deflator for Gross Domestic Product (IPD-GDP), as determined by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Since the IPD-GDP reflected only a small increase this year, 30 of the 48 fees subject to annual adjustment remain unchanged. Of the remaining 18 fees, 15 will increase by only $5, one will increase by $0.01 per acre, and two will increase by $20 and $35, respectively. Specifically, the fee for adjudicating 10 or fewer mineral patent claims will increase $20, from $1,535 to $1,555. The fee for adjudicating more than 10 claims will increase $35, from $3,075 to $3,110.

The BLM is authorized to charge cost recovery fees under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA) and the 2005 Cost Recovery Rule. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has also directed Federal agencies to recover costs for their services. The BLM first implemented a cost recovery fee schedule for certain oil and gas activities in November 2005. The 2005 Cost Recovery Rule expressly contemplated that the BLM would annually adjust the fee schedule to account for inflation.


Attached Media Files: 2016-09/5514/97915/Mineral_Cost_RecoveryPressReleaseFINAL9222016.pdf
Pedestrian Killed By Vehicle on Barrett Drive
Hood River Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/22/16 2:58 PM
HOOD RIVER, Ore. -- On September 20, 2016, at 2:15 p.m., deputies were dispatched to Barrett Drive near Markham Road for a vehicle that had struck a pedestrian. When emergency personnel arrived, they found ninety-one year old Yoshiko Duffield, in the roadway, in front of her residence, located in the 4300 block of Barrett Drive, west of Markham Road.

The operator of the vehicle that struck Duffield was identified as forty seven year old Mathew Caldwell of Hood River. Caldwell was operating a 1998 Ford Ranger pickup at the time of the crash. The vehicle was towed from the scene. Duffield was transported via LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland. She succumbed to the injuries sustained as a result of the collision.

Deputies were assisted with their on scene investigation by the Oregon State Police. The cause and circumstances surrounding the crash are still under investigation.
Fatal Crash on Highway 99W Claims Life of Newberg Man - Yamhill County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/22/16 2:52 PM
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On Wednesday September 21, 2016, at about 1:58 p.m., emergency responders were notified of a serious injury crash on Highway 99W near Stoller Rd. (Two miles north of Lafayette)

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2007 Ford pickup, pulling a dual axle utility trailer loaded with gravel, was southbound on Highway 99W, when for unknown reasons, veered right onto the southbound shoulder and then veered left into the oncoming northbound lane of travel. A 2005 Toyota Prius was northbound and unable to maneuver around the Ford, resulting in the Prius striking the passenger side of the Ford while in the northbound lane of travel.

The operator of the Ford, Antonio SANCHEZ-GUILLEN, age 31, from McMinnville, was transported to the Willamette Valley Medical Center with minor injuries. The operator of the Prius, Velda MITCHELL, age 84, from Newberg, was transported by ambulance to the Willamette Valley Medical Center with serious injuries and then transferred to a Portland Area Hospital. The front passenger of the Prius, Richard MITCHELL, age 85, from Newberg, was transported by Lifeflight to a Portland Area Hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

HWY 99W was closed for approximately three hours while the crash was investigated. Oregon State Police was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, McMinnville Police Department and McMinnville Fire Department.

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CORRECTION: Woodburn Police Arrest Man in Connection to Multi-Year Crime Spree (Photo)
Woodburn Police - 09/22/16 2:51 PM
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MR. NEHL WAS ARRESTED ON SEPT. 21, NOT SEPT. 22 LIKE THE ORIGINAL RELEASE STATED.

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A multi-year investigation culminated yesterday with the arrest of Dustin L. Nehl, 23, of Woodburn on a variety of charges in connection with crimes at Woodburn Estates & Golf, dating back to at least 2013, as well as crimes against the City of Woodburn at its water facility at Centennial Park earlier this year.

"This is a significant arrest not only because of the threat to our residents, but to City infrastructure and public safety," said Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris. "Our detectives have stayed on this case since 2013 and have done great work following up on tips leading to this arrest."

Woodburn detectives executed a search warrant at 10 a.m. on Sept. 21 at Nehl's residence in the 400 block of Ben Brown Lane. Nehl was not home at that time, but detectives arrested him at 9:30 p.m. that evening.

Nehl is lodged at the Marion County Jail on charges stemming from three separate incidents.

For crimes committed in the 1900 block of West Hayes Street he was charged with one count of Arson I, four counts of Possession of a Destructive Device and four charges of Construction of a Destructive Device. For crimes committed in the 700 block of S. Cascade Drive he was charged with one count of Arson I. For crimes committed at the Woodburn water treatment facility, he was charged with two counts of Criminal Mischief I.

Arson I is a Measure 11 crime.

The cases remain under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Woodburn Police Department at 503-982-2345.


Attached Media Files: Dustin Nehl
Nighttime traffic delays expected on Cornelius Pass Road
Washington County - 09/22/16 2:32 PM
Nighttime traffic delays on Cornelius Pass Road and intersections, between Cornell Road and U.S. 26, can be expected Sept. 20-23 and weekdays Sept. 26-Oct. 7 for storm sewer and paving work.

The tentative work schedule is as follows:

7 p.m.-5 a.m. Sept. 20-21: Lane closures on Cornelius Pass between Cornell Road and Ronler Drive for storm sewer pipe work. Flaggers will direct traffic.

7 p.m.-5 a.m. Sept. 21-23: Signal shutdowns on Cornelius Pass at Cornell, Ronler, Evergreen Parkway, Imbrie Drive and the eastbound U.S. 26 ramp as needed. Flaggers will direct traffic.

7 p.m.-6 a.m. weekdays, Sept. 26-Oct. 8: Signal shutdowns on Cornelius Pass at Cornell, Ronler, Evergreen Parkway, Imbrie Drive and the eastbound U.S. 26 ramp as needed. Flaggers will direct traffic.

10 p.m.-6 a.m. weekdays, Sept. 26-Oct. 8: Closures on Ronler Drive, Evergreen Parkway and Imbrie Drive at Cornelius Pass Road as needed to prevent cars from traveling across new pavement until it has cooled. Detours will be posted when closures are in effect.

Northbound and southbound travel on Cornelius Pass Road will remain open during the intersection work. Timing of the traffic signal shutdowns and intersection closures are dependent upon how rapidly the work progresses and on weather.

The Cornelius Pass Road project will widen the roadway to three lanes in each direction between Cornell Road and U.S. 26. There will be a center median and dedicated turn lanes at several intersections, including U.S. 26. Other improvements include sidewalks on both sides of the road, a buffered bike lane on the west side, a separated two-way bike path on the east side and new street lighting. It is expected to be completed in late December.

For more information about the project, visit the project website or contact lutproj@co.washington.or.us or 503-846-7800.

Washington County is committed to planning and protecting the uses of the land and to building and maintaining a great transportation system, balancing care for the natural environment, economic development, safety and community livability.
Salem Convention Center Awarded Prestigious LEED Green Building Certification (Photo)
City of Salem - 09/22/16 2:21 PM
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Salem, Ore. --The Salem Convention Center has been awarded LEED-EB Silver Certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selections, and indoor environmental quality. The Silver Certification is one step higher than what the Convention Center was awarded in 2010.

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, is the foremost program for buildings, homes, and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained, and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

LEED-EB references a type of certification, Existing Buildings. EB means the initial LEED designation was completed following building construction and is a less common designation. The Convention Center is one of two buildings in Salem to currently have Silver Certification for an existing building. There are currently only 15 buildings in the state of Oregon with LEED-EB Silver Certification. The majority of LEED designated projects are New Construction, in which designation occurred during the construction process.

Certification status requires re-application every five years and signifies a dedication towards sustainability throughout the facility and internal practices. The certification process began 18 months ago. Project partners included Salem Convention Center staff, the City of Salem Urban Development Department, and engineering consultant firm, AECOM.

For specific questions regarding Salem's LEED Certification process, please contact Sara Long at slong@cityofsalem.net or 503-589-2065. Si necesita ayunda para comprender esta información, por favor llame 503-588-6178.


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Sex Crimes Unit Seeking Public's Help to Identify Sexual Assault Suspects (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/22/16 1:39 PM
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The Portland Police Bureau Sex Crimes Unit is asking for the public's help in identifying suspects involved in two reports of sexual assault.

On Saturday September 17, 2016, at 11:49 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the Portland Adventist Medical Center to take a report of an overnight sexual assault and possible drugging. Officers spoke with the 23-year-old female victim who told police that she was with friends on Friday night at nightclubs in Old Town and the Pearl District.

The victim told police that she ordered a drink and shortly after ordering it, did not remember anything. She later awoke to a man having sexual intercourse with her in an unknown residence. The suspect later gave the victim a ride to her car.

The suspect in this incident is described as a dark-skinned male, possibly Middle Eastern, dark hair, 5'7" tall, 130 pounds, driving a gold sedan with a tan interior.

On Sunday September 18, 2016, at 1:59 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Northwest 9th Avenue and Couch Street on the report that a 20-year-old woman had been sexually assaulted by three men in the back of a vehicle. Officers spoke with the victim and her friends and learned that the victim was very intoxicated and was placed in a parked car by friends so she could sleep. The victim was lured from the vehicle by a suspect who drove her to the area of Northwest 16th Avenue and Kearney Street, where he and two other suspects sexually assaulted her.

The suspects in the second incident are described as males in their 30s of Indian or Middle Eastern descent. The suspect vehicle was described as a newer Honda Accord or Toyota Camry four-door, blue in color with tinted windows.

The victim in the second incident met with a Forensic Sketch Artist to develop a composite sketch of the suspect who lured and drove the victim.

Anyone with information about either of these incidents or information about suspects should contact Detective Todd Prosser at 503-823-9320, todd.prosser@portlandoregon.gov.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jefferson Man Crashes Pickup into Home off of Highway 20 - Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/22/16 1:23 PM
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On September 22, 2016, at about 8:15 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle into a house off of Highway 20, near milepost 16 eastbound.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1990 Chevy pickup, operated by Les Giles ENGSTROM, age 56, of Jefferson, was traveling eastbound, when for unknown reasons, drifted off the highway. The pickup traveled through a sign, telephone pole and into a house located at 4360 South Santiam Highway, Lebanon.

The house was unoccupied when the crash occurred and ENGSTROM only received minor injuries but refused to be transported by medics for further treatment.

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Linn County Sheriff's Office and Lebanon Fire Department.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

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BPA selects Janet Herrin as next chief operating officer (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 09/22/16 1:00 PM
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Portland, Ore. -- The Bonneville Power Administration has selected Janet Herrin as its next chief operating officer. Herrin will bring over 30 years of energy industry experience and leadership to BPA. She will replace Claudia Andrews, who is retiring from BPA this month after 26 years of federal service.

"I am very pleased to welcome Janet Herrin to BPA's senior leadership team," said Elliot Mainzer, BPA's administrator. "I have worked closely with Janet over the past few years and have been very impressed with her character, industry knowledge and passion for operational excellence. With her deep understanding of public power, hydroelectricity and the competing demands of managing a public service organization, Janet is exceptionally well positioned to serve as BPA's next chief operating officer. I look forward to working with her to further strengthen our culture and execute on our most important strategic objectives."

Herrin, born in Seattle, will start after the beginning of the calendar year. As COO, Herrin will be responsible for Power Services; Transmission Services; Environment, Fish and Wildlife; Customer Support Services and Information Technology. She will also oversee the new Business Transformation Office and play a critical role in BPA's heightened focus on disciplined program management and cost containment.

Herrin currently serves as a senior advisor to the secretary for the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. In this role, Herrin provides strategic counsel on rapidly changing industry issues and has worked closely with BPA, including on its development of a best-in-class human resources organization.

"I am a public power person -- it's where I like to be and what excites me," said Herrin. "That passion for public power originally enticed me to join TVA, and then I ended up staying for a 35-year career because the work was so interesting. I am thrilled to be coming home to the Pacific Northwest and to work in public power once again."

Herrin served as the chief administrative officer at the Tennessee Valley Authority. She led efforts to strengthen the safety culture; improve employee engagement; recruit and maintain a talented and diverse workforce; and implement successful cost-management efforts. Herrin also comes to BPA with valuable knowledge of hydropower from over 32 years of work on the 650-mile Tennessee River system that serves 9 million people, culminating in an 11-year tenure as TVA's senior vice president of river operations and dam safety.

Herrin has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a Master of Science in civil engineering from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and physics from Willamette University. She was a registered professional engineer in Tennessee and plans to re-establish her engineering certification when she comes to BPA.


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Tip of the Week September 26, 2016 - "Catfishing"
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 09/22/16 11:09 AM
OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF
Sheriff Curtis L. Landers
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
(541) 265-4277
Fax (541) 265-4926

TIP OF THE WEEK

Date: September 26, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

"CATFISHING"

Our youth are constantly connected to technology and social media. Whether it is a smart-phone, tablet, or laptop, they can communicate online in the blink of an eye.

Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram are just a few well-known social media apps. On Facebook, anyone who is added as a contact is considered a "friend." Does your child really know who they are "friending?"

Predators take advantage of social media by disguising themselves with a fake online profile. By acting a certain age or gender, they can easily lure a child or teen into communicating with them. After just a few messages, they can often convince youth to share personal information, or even meet in person, making them vulnerable victims. The slang term for this is "catfishing."

If you don't think it can happen to your child, our detectives suggest you watch a video at this link.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jMhMVEjEQg

Using hidden cameras, it reveals a few examples of "catfishing" and how dangerous it can be.

We are not trying to scare you, but rather encourage you to communicate with the youth in your life about the potential risks of trusting someone they have never met. Work with them to determine what is and is not safe information to share. If they want to meet a new friend, agree on a plan that will ensure their safety.

Our best advice is for parents to befriend their children on the apps they use so they can better monitor their use.

It's not uncommon for kids to have multiple Facebook accounts, so parents need to be proactive about keeping up with them.

The best time to have these conversations is BEFORE your kids create a social media account (which is earlier and earlier now). Let's work together to keep kids safe online!

You might be surprised what youth will fall for online. Don't let your child get "Catfished"!

For more information and tips, visit our web site at www.lincolncountysheriff.net and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff's Office -- Oregon.

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Kathy Manning, Administrative Assistant
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8th Annual Portland Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge For a cure for Cystic Fibrosis (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 09/22/16 10:51 AM
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8th Annual Portland Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge for a cure for Cystic Fibrosis at US Bank Tower

Sunday September 25th, 9am to Noon, at US Bank Tower, 511 SW Oak Street.

Event founder Wes Loucks, Fire Chief Mike Myers, and Local 43 President Alan Ferschweiler will speak at 8:30am. (See attachments)


Attached Media Files: Event Details , Stairclimb Logo
Employees at Truck N Travel receive $500 bonus from Lottery win (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 09/22/16 10:13 AM
Patrick Johnson of the Oregon Lottery presents Tricia Howell and Jim Anderson of Truck N Travel their selling bonus check.
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Sept. 21, 2016 - Coburg, Ore. -- When Eric Tackett won $9.4 million playing Oregon's Game Megabucks, little did he know that the nearly 100 employees at the Truck N Travel in Coburg would also share in his win.

Wednesday afternoon, John Anderson, president of the Truck N Travel TA truck stop off Interstate 5, announced that each employee would receive a $500 bonus, thanks to the big win. For any prize more than $10,000, Oregon Lottery retailers, receive a 1-percent selling bonus, and in the case of Truck N Travel, the bonus was $94,000.

"Our employees work so hard, when we found out we were going to receive $94,000 it just made sense to share it with them," Anderson said, trying not to get emotional. "We appreciate our employees."

The truck stop, which is family owned, sold the winning ticket on Aug. 31 and Anderson said half of the selling bonus went to the employees, while the other half was going to be used for maintenance on the buildings.

"I just know that we are going to need new air conditioners soon," said Jim Anderson, John's brother, who also is involved with the truck stop.

The Oregon Lottery was on hand Wednesday to present the family with the $94,000 selling bonus check and also handed out approximately 150 free Lottery tickets to celebrate the win.

"I didn't find out I sold the ticket until the winners came back and gave me a tip," said Audree Taylor, one of the checkers at the store in the truck stop. "We all were so excited and celebrated. I am just so full of excitement that everyone got a bonus because I did my job."

Tackett, a truck driver from Sutherlin, became the 256th Oregon Megabucks Millionaire when he hit the jackpot on Aug. 31. He claimed his prize Sept. 6 after delivering a load of steel in Albany. He plans to continue driving his truck.

"Normally I win free tickets," Tackett said. "I thought everyone was messing with me when they told me I won $9.4 million. I had (my wife) Beth check the ticket more than 50 times on different computers and phones."

Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org


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Attached Media Files: Patrick Johnson of the Oregon Lottery presents Tricia Howell and Jim Anderson of Truck N Travel their selling bonus check.
2016 Days of Culture to celebrate how Oregonians experience culture; social media campaign offers Central Oregon prizes (Photo)
Oregon Cultural Trust - 09/22/16 10:09 AM
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Salem, Ore. -- "Active is an understatement. Oregonians are erupting with imagination..." The brand anthem for the Oregon Cultural Trust proclaims the unique connection Oregonians have with culture; a connection that is celebrated each October during Days of Culture.

Days of Culture 2016 will showcase the diverse ways Oregonians experience culture with an Oct. 1-8 social media campaign inviting individuals to share snapshots and videos of their cultural experiences. All who post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ORCulture will be entered to win prizes that showcase Central Oregon culture.

The prizes include: three nights in a River Ridge one-bedroom suite (sleeps four) at Mount Bachelor Village Resort; Mount Bachelor lift tickets; a Wanderlust half-day excursion; passes to the High Desert Museum; a $100 gift certificate to Bend's Tower Theatre; passes to the Museum at Warm Springs including a Huckleberry gift basket; and 2017 "The Men Behind the Quilts" calendars from the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.

Traditionally a weeklong celebration of events and activities presented by Oregon's 1,400+ cultural organizations, coalitions and tribes, Days of Culture commemorates the Oct.8 anniversary of the Cultural Trust, established in 2002. The decision to expand the celebration to feature individual experiences came from a desire to demonstrate how interwoven our culture is with everyday life.

"Many people think culture is exclusively about art, humanities and history," said Aili Schreiner, Cultural Trust manager. "Certainly going to a concert, reading a book or visiting a monument are cultural experiences, but so is celebrating a birthday by eating cake or landing your first salmon on the Columbia River. Our culture is defined by who we are, what we do and how we experience life."

All Oregonians are invited to share their culture by capturing a photo or video of a cultural moment or event (anything from a visit to a lighthouse, a poetry reading, a sporting event or a concert to a quinceanera or a book club) and posting it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ORCulture. The goal is to digitally showcase a range of cultural experiences from around the state. All posts will be entered to win the Central Oregon prizes.

Days of Culture also launches the Trust's fundraising season; those who gave or give a 2016 donation to one of Oregon's designated 1,400+ cultural nonprofits are eligible for a tax credit if they make a matching gift to the Cultural Trust.

For details on Days of Culture 2016 and the tax credit, visit www.CulturalTrust.org.
To learn more about the cultural and recreational paradise of Bend, Oregon check out www.visitbend.com.

Editor's note: Winners will be selected via random drawings. Oregon Cultural Trust staff and board members and their immediate families not eligible to win.
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Seek Public's Help - Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area Vandalism Investigation
Oregon State Police - 09/22/16 9:47 AM
Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation regarding the Cape Kiwanda vandalism. OSP is working on identifying person(s) in the video(s) displaying the destruction of the natural rock formation at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area.

OSP extend their thanks to people who have already come forward with information. At this time, OSP has exhausted all investigative leads on what the public had previously provided. Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspects, that they have not already reported to law enforcement, please call the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at (503) 375-3555 or email tips to osppio@state.or.us. All calls are kept confidential.

The investigation is ongoing and information will be released when available.

The link below was provided by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department in their original release. It also contains links to the photos and video of the vandalism.

http://bit.ly/capekiwandavandalism

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Previous News Release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Department:
http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=v.dsp_newsStory&newsId=178

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New Help for Parents to Protect Kids on the Move: The Ultimate Car Seat Guide
AMR Portland - 09/22/16 9:14 AM
Every 33 Seconds, a Child is Involved in a Car Crash
New Help for Parents to Protect Kids on the Move: The Ultimate Car Seat Guide

[Portland, Ore.] -- With more than 2,600 children under 13 involved in a car crash every day, or one child every 33 seconds, parents need to be extra vigilant about keeping kids safe in cars. And while most families put kids in car seats, the latest research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that 59 percent of car seats are not installed correctly. To bring parents easy-to-access expert advice to protect their children in cars, Safe Kids Worldwide is launching a new resource - the Ultimate Car Seat Guide in honor of this year's national Child Passenger Week (Sept. 18 -- 24, 2016). Organizations across Oregon will host car seat checkup events throughout the month.

Visit www.UltimateCarSeatGuide.org.

The Guide, developed with support from General Motors, gives expert guidance to parents, particularly new parents, on the important decisions they face when choosing and using a car seat. It offers parent-friendly tips on how to fit a child into a car seat and how to know when it is time to move to a new type of seat.

Based on the wisdom gained from checking nearly two million car seats at Safe Kids Buckle Up events, the Guide provides parents the latest best practices to give kids the best protection. Advice covers all stages of a child's development, from the first car seat until the child is ready to ride with a seat belt.

"We are constantly asked by parents what kind of car seat to buy, how to install it properly, and when a child should move into a booster seat," said Lucie Drum, Coordinator for Safe Kids Portland Metro, led by American Medical Response (AMR). "Not every parent can make it to a car seat checkup event when they have questions about their car seat, but with the Ultimate Car Seat Guide, we can reach more parents with helpful tips to protect kids on the move."

"For nearly 20 years, we've been a partner with Safe Kids and have supported the Buckle Up program to raise awareness" said Jeff Boyer, Vice President of General Motors Global Vehicle Safety. "We are extremely proud that we can now offer parents a valuable tool that allows free access to vital safety information."

"Safe Kids provides accessible, easy-to-understand resources and education for parents and caregivers who want to make sure their littlest passengers are safe and secure in the correct car seat," said Dr. Mark Rosekind, Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. "It's our goal to make sure every child is buckled up, every time, and I applaud Safe Kids for their efforts in support of that mission."


About Child Passenger Safety Week - September 18-24
Child Passenger Safety Week is September 18-24 and culminates with National Seat Check Saturday on September 24. In September, Safe Kids partners will host nearly 500 car seat events and inspection stations across the country, offering guidance from Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians on proper car seat and booster seat installation and usage. Parents and caregivers can visit www.childsafetyseat.org, www.oregonimpact.org or www.safekids.org to see a calendar listing of checkup events in Oregon.






About Safe Kids Portland Metro
Safe Kids Portland Metro (SKPM) works to prevent unintentional childhood injury for kids from 0 to 18. Its more than 30 members in the Portland metro area include pediatric hospitals, fire departments, law enforcement, and community safety organizations. Safe Kids Portland Metro is one of 400 coalitions of Safe Kids Worldwide, a network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. SKPM was founded in 2004 and is proudly led by AMR.


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Lantern Tour Programs Light Up Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 09/22/16 8:47 AM
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is pleased to announce upcoming dates for the 2016-2017 season of its popular Lantern Tour series. These guided tours lead visitors on after dark, history-themed excursions through the national park.

"After hours, the sounds of the city are hushed and the only light in the park is by flickering lanterns," said Park Guide Justine Hanrahan, "There is something serene about exploring the park by candlelight with a park ranger. Lantern Tours are a special way for our community to connect with our past."

This season, the park will offer three separate Lantern Tour programs: Lantern Tours: An Evening at the Fort, Lantern Tours: Walking Vancouver Barracks, and Lantern Tours: An Evening at The McLoughlin House.

Lantern Tours: An Evening at the Fort takes place inside of the Fort Vancouver stockade. Visitors are treated to historical vignettes in each building as a park ranger guides them through the reconstructed fort. These vignettes transport the visitor back in time to exhibit what life was like at Fort Vancouver in the 1840s. This year, historical vignettes will explore the theatrical plays presented on board the HMS Modeste, a British warship that often visited the fort, in February 1846. Both residents of Fort Vancouver and American settlers were invited to the fort to observe the first theatrical group of its kind in Oregon. These Lantern Tours begin at 7 pm, but visitors must arrive at 6:45 pm. Admission is $15 per adult, and $10 per youth.

Lantern Tours: Walking Vancouver Barracks explores the U.S. Military history of the site. Each adult carries a lantern as a park ranger guides the group on an outdoor walking tour of the historic Army post. Visitors will learn about Ulysses S. Grant, Oliver Otis Howard, George C. Marshall, William S. Harney, and other significant figures in Vancouver Barracks' history. These tours are entirely outdoors, and they cover about a half mile over some uneven and unpaved ground. These tours begin at 7 pm, but visitors must arrive at 6:45 pm. Admission is $10 per adult and $7 per youth.

Lantern Tours: An Evening at the McLoughlin House are held in Oregon City at the McLoughlin House, a unit of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Visitors are invited to explore the life of Dr. John McLoughlin, the Chief Factor of Fort Vancouver who was later known as the "Father of Oregon," on these ranger-led tours. These tours take place in McLoughlin's retirement home in Oregon City, where he moved in 1846. Two tours will be held at the house on November 5, 2016, starting at 6 pm and 7:30 pm. Visitors must arrive 15 minutes before the start of their selected tour. Admission is $10 per adult and $7 per youth.

Reservations for October tours are open now. All tour dates can be reserved and pre-paid starting on October 1, 2016. All reservations must be pre-paid over the phone or in person at the Contact Station at the reconstructed Fort Vancouver. Reservations are non-refundable and non-transferable. All three Lantern Tours take place at least partially outdoors, and will occur rain or shine. Tour attendees are encouraged to dress appropriately for weather conditions. Due to program length, Lantern Tours are not recommended for children under the age of 10. To make a reservation, call 360-816-6244.

The Lantern Tour schedule for the 2016-2017 season is available at http://go.usa.gov/xKeUZ
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Victim Identified in Columbia County; Determined to be Homicide (Photo)
Columbia Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/21/16 7:10 PM
Homicide victim Apache Rose Hightower
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The Suspicious Death investigation in Columbia County is now a homicide investigation. Investigators working on the case have identified Apache Rose Hightower, 24, Portland, as the victim of homicidal violence following the autopsy held this afternoon in Portland.

Hightower's body was discovered yesterday afternoon a little before 4:30 p.m. by a passerby who did not have a cellular telephone with him, but notified other drivers who called 9-1-1. Deputies responding to the scene discovered her body down an embankment off of Pittsburg Rd. in the 30000 block.

Investigators used fingerprint records to make a positive identification of Hightower's body. Investigators were also able to notify Hightower's next of kin this evening, leading to the release of this information.

The investigation continues with the help of the Columbia County Major Crimes Team, the State Medical Examiner, and the Oregon State Police Crime Lab. Attached is a recent photograph of the victim. Investigators are encouraging anyone having information in regard to this case to call our recorded tip line at (503) 366-4698


Attached Media Files: Homicide victim Apache Rose Hightower
**UPDATE ** FBI Seeks Information on Fugitive Charged in Homicide
FBI - Oregon - 09/21/16 4:47 PM
Yancy Wade Ray turned himself into the Tacoma Police Department today. Please direct any inquiries to the Pierce Co. Prosecutor's Office.



(original release from 9/9/16)

The FBI is asking for the public's help to locate homicide suspect Yancy Wade Ray, age 50, who may be staying in the Portland area. On Thursday, September 8, 2016, the FBI obtained a federal fugitive warrant for Ray on behalf of the Tacoma Police Department. Ray has been charged with murder in the 2nd degree and unlawful possession of a firearm in the 1st degree in relation to a weekend death investigation. Please see the attached Crime Stoppers poster for details. Also attached are two photos of Ray.

Yancy Wade Ray is a black male, 6'2" and 175 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. He is known to use the street name "Slim" and the alias "Yancy Grayson". He has ties to the Tacoma, WA area as well as to Portland, OR.

Ray should be considered armed and dangerous. If you come in contact with Ray, call 911. Otherwise, non-urgent tips should be directed to Crime Stoppers of Tacoma/Pierce County at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Crime Stoppers of Tacoma/Pierce County, a non-governmental organization, is offering a reward of up to $1000 for information leading to the arrest and charge of the person involved in this case. The FBI has no involvement in the administration of this reward or any of its governing terms and conditions. However, to be eligible for the reward, the information must be provided through Crime Stoppers. Callers to Crime Stoppers will remain anonymous.
Traffic Advisory 9/21/16: Crane Delivery at Washington Park Reservoir Project Site Scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 22; Traffic Delays Expected
Portland Water Bureau - 09/21/16 4:47 PM
On Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 between 10:30 a.m. and noon, a large long-reach mobile crane will be delivered to the reservoir project site at Washington Park.

The crane, pre-loaded on a 130-feet oversized truck trailer, will enter the site by traveling West Burnside Road, to Southwest Tichner Drive, to Southwest Kingston Avenue, to Southwest Sherwood Boulevard.

After being unloaded, the truck trailer will exit the park using Southwest Park Place.

What Travelers Can Expect
20- to 25-minute temporary delays from 10:30 a.m. to noon as the truck trailer maneuvers through the park.
Heavy congestion, delays, and slow moving traffic on West Burnside Street, Southwest Tichner Drive, and Southwest Kingston Avenue.
Staged flaggers to direct traffic at the following intersections: Southwest Kingston Drive and Southwest Sherwood Boulevard; Southwest Kingston Avenue and Southwest Fairview Boulevard.

Avoid Delays
To avoid delays, plan ahead and detour around the crane's route.

Enter the park using:
West Burnside Road to Southwest Skyline Boulevard to Southwest Fairview Boulevard
Southwest Canyon Road to Southwest Knights Boulevard
Southwest Fairview Boulevard to Southwest Knights Boulevard
Southwest Canyon Road to Southwest Knights Boulevard

Exit the park using:
Southwest Fairview Boulevard to Southwest Skyline Boulevard to West Burnside Road
Southwest Knights Boulevard to Southwest Fairview Boulevard
Southwest Knights Boulevard to Southwest Canyon Road

Safety is Priority
Safety is our number one priority when moving any type of heavy equipment into or out of the project worksite.

A pilot car will help navigate the oversize load through the neighborhood. Onsite staff will be using radio communications, orange flags, and two-way radios.

Park users and travelers are encouraged to move safely around the park. Please watch for detours and signage and follow direction from flaggers. The public is encouraged not follow construction vehicles or buses as they may enter restricted zones. All construction-related traffic impacts are subject to change.

Project Details
The Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project entails constructing a new 12.4-million gallon, seismically reinforced below ground reservoir in the same footprint of existing Reservoir 3 (upper) with a reflecting pool/water feature on top. Existing Reservoir 4 (lower) will be disconnected from the public drinking water system and a lowland wildlife habitat area, bioswale, and reflecting pool will be constructed in the basin.

The large crane will be used for the construction of the shoring wall and other activities in the project site. The crane will move back and forth, once assembled, on tracks that stand more than eight feet tall. It is anticipated the crane will remain onsite until 2018.

For additional project information and updates, contact the project hotline at 503-823-7030, e-mail Lindsay.Wochnick@portlandoregon,gov, or visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/wpreservoirs.


Attached Media Files: 2016-09/1240/97891/TRAFFIC_ADVISORY_092116_-_Traffic_Delays_Expected_Thursday_for_Crane_Delivery_64.pdf
Families connect and learn together through new program for children ages birth to 5 years old (Photo)
Washougal Sch. Dist. - 09/21/16 4:23 PM
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Twenty-five children and their parents turned out to participate in a fun learning experience at the first 1-2-3 Grow and Learn group event September 14 at Hathaway Elementary.

The free parent and child play group was the first of a weekly series to be offered at Hathaway this year. The sessions provide early social and educational experiences that are aligned with state standards and lay the foundation for later school involvement.

Families participated in circle time, individual play time and a group activity. Facilitator Julie Jacobson of Educational Service District 112 sent families home with activities and tips for learning at home and plans to email participants information about each week's class in advance.

After observing the program's success at other schools, Developmental Preschool Coordinator Leslie DeShazer and Family Resource Coordinator Nancy Nass-Boon wanted to bring the learning groups to Washougal. "We are hoping to ease the transition to elementary school and give parents an opportunity to see what they can be doing at home to help prepare children for future success," said DeShazer. She was pleased with the turnout of families for the group's first event. "It was really fun to see how much the children liked it and the parents enjoyed it too. Parents made connections and were able to talk with others who have children the same age. It's a great way for families to begin an early relationship with the Washougal School District."

By connecting with families before children reach preschool or school age, staff are also able to identify early-on children who could benefit from developmental interventions.

In addition to socialization and school readiness, the program is involved in leading-edge child development research, having partnered with a researcher at the University of Washington as an innovation cluster site for Frontiers of Innovation--a Harvard study designed to use science to improve the daily lives of families and children.

All children (not just Hathaway families) are welcome to attend the free classes, which will be offered Wednesdays from 9-10:30 through June 7 at Hathaway Elementary. No registration is required, parents and children may drop in each week or as they are available. For more info contact Nancy Nass-Boon at 954-3809.


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Nicolai Mainline reopens (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/21/16 4:17 PM
The Oregon Dept. of Forestry has reopened Nicolai Mainline in the Astoria District.
The Oregon Dept. of Forestry has reopened Nicolai Mainline in the Astoria District.
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The Oregon Department of Forestry has reopened Nicolai Mainline in the Astoria District. Nicolai Mainline has been closed to through traffic from the 5-?1/2 mile marker to the 6-mile marker (near the Viewpoint Quarry) since Aug. 18. Traffic can use Nicolai Mainline again but travelers are cautioned to be aware of heavy log truck and rock truck traffic.

Shingle Mill Road will be closed later this fall near between Mile Markers 5 and 6. Traffic can bypass this closure by use of Nicolai Mainline, Simonsen Road, and/or Microwave Road.

"Road Closed" signs will be posted. Roads will be open for through traffic in the late evenings and on weekends.

For questions or clarifications on current closures or fire restrictions, call the Oregon Department of Forestry's Astoria District office, 503-325-5451.


Attached Media Files: The Oregon Dept. of Forestry has reopened Nicolai Mainline in the Astoria District.
Beaverton City Library Seven-Sentence Scary Stories Writing Contest for Teens
City of Beaverton - 09/21/16 4:06 PM
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- In celebration of the spookiest month of the year, Beaverton City Library and the Beaverton Library Foundation are challenging teens in grades 6-12 to write a scary story using only seven sentences! The Beaverton Library Foundation is pleased to again sponsor this annual short story contest for teens, awarding prizes for both middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) divisions--$100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.


Contest guidelines and an entry form are available on the teens page of the library website (www.BeavertonLibrary.org/Teens) and at the main library or the Murray Scholls branch beginning Saturday, Oct. 1. Entries can be submitted in the Teen Room at the main library (12375 SW 5th St) or at the Murray Scholls branch (11200 SW Murray Scholls Place) and are due by Saturday, Oct. 22, at 5 p.m. Winning entries will be posted on the teens page of the library website on Friday, Nov. 4. Good luck, and happy (or scary) writing!


For more information, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org/Teens or call 503-350-4001.


For additional information regarding Beaverton City Library, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-644-2197. Beaverton City Library is one of fifteen member libraries in Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS), which works to provide responsive and efficient library service countywide through centralized catalog, courier and other services.


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Mill Creek Correctional Facility donates nearly 500 pounds of fresh produce to the Union Gospel Mission (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 09/21/16 4:04 PM
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On September 1, 2016, Mill Creek Correctional Facility (MCCF) donated 484 pounds of fresh produce to the Union Gospel Mission (UGM) in Salem. MCCF provided UGM with a variety of fresh tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash, corn, and peppers to help supplement meals served.

The UGM helps the neediest men, women, and children in the community break the cycle of homelessness, addiction, and incarceration by partnering with churches, individuals, and organizations. The UGM serves over 200,000 meals every year to over 2,000 individuals.

The MCCF garden is grown and harvested by adults in custody, who were pleased to be able to give back to the local community. The MCCF inmate population also benefits from the crops, as the fresh vegetables are utilized inside the facility to supplement meals.

Twice a week the MCCF garden also bags produce for Marion-Polk Food Share (MPFS); in 2015, the garden was able to donate well over 20,000 pounds of produce to MFPS, which is a regional food bank leading the fight to end hunger in Marion and Polk counties. More than 40,000 people, including 14,000 children, receive emergency food each month through the Food Share partner network.

MCCF is an unfenced, minimum-security prison in Salem that houses approximately 290 male inmates who are within four years of release. The facility concentrates on work opportunities, most of which are in the form of work crews contracting with state agencies, local organizations, and private industries within a 60-mile radius of Salem. MCCF opened in 1929 as the Farm Annex of the Oregon State Penitentiary, housing 50 adult male offenders. The Farm Annex provided all of the milk, eggs, meat, fruit, and vegetables for the Oregon State Penitentiary and the State Hospital. The main building (as well as many of the out buildings that made up the farm) still stands today and, at 81 years old, it makes for the second oldest prison in the state.

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Linn Deputies Seize Approximately a Pound of Meth (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 09/21/16 3:08 PM
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on September 20, 2016, at about 9:25 a.m., his deputies served a narcotics search warrant in the 400 block of South Eleventh Street in Lebanon.

Located at the residence were Michael Robert Smith, 68, Kyle Robert Smith, 21, both from Lebanon and Heather LeAnn Johnson, 27, of Corvallis. Also present was a four- year-old child related to Michael and Kyle Smith.

Rochelle Marie Brown, 51, of Corvallis, arrived at the scene as the search warrant was being conducted and was found to be in possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia.

Among the items seized was approximately one pound of methamphetamine (15 oz. with the street value of $8,000), digital scales, packaging material, drug paraphernalia, drug records, surveillance equipment, $1,970 in cash, and eight firearms (one of which was reported stolen in December of 2007, to the Albany Police Department).

The Department of Human Services was called for the four -year -old child in the home and released to his mother.

As a result of the investigation, Michael Smith was arrested and charged with Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a School, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, and Child Neglect I.

Kyle Smith was arrested and charged with Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a School, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, and Child Neglect I.

Heather Johnson was cited and released on the charge of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

Rochelle Brown was cited and released on the charge of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Lebanon Police Department.


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Secretary Jewell, Governor Hickenlooper Celebrate Unprecedented Collaborative Conservation Effort for Greater Sage-Grouse
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 09/21/16 3:03 PM
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper today marked the one year anniversary of the historic decision not to list the greater sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act by celebrating the ongoing unprecedented collaborative conservation effort to conserve the sagebrush ecosystem with stakeholders at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.

The Administration, in partnership with the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA), today also released a report highlighting recent actions to conserve the sagebrush ecosystem, including efforts to minimize further habitat disturbance, restore the health of fire-impacted landscapes, reduce invasive grasses and provide opportunities for landowners and ranchers to invest in conservation actions that benefit the greater sage-grouse and the success of their own operations.

The roundtable provided representatives from the federal family, ranchers, industry, conservation community and the states an opportunity to discuss continued success of on-going efforts, challenges and next steps as they work together to implement the landscape-scale, science-based, collaborative habitat conservation plans.

"One year later, there's a lot to celebrate," said Secretary Jewell. "We knew that the work didn't stop with the listing determination, and I'm pleased that we collectively continue to make great progress on addressing threats to the bird, conserving the sagebrush habitat and providing a path forward for sustainable economic development."

"The diversity of people here today is evidence that there continues to be a broad commitment to conservation of the Greater Sage-Grouse from more than just federal and state regulators," said Gov. Hickenlooper. "We'll need to maintain that broad level of support from landowners and others to ensure Bureau of Land Management's RMPs can be implemented as intended, which is to conserve the species as well as support economic sustainability."

"The Sage Grouse Initiative is an example of how when agriculture and conservation partner together, we can reach our common goals for the greater good," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "More than 1,300 ranchers have conserved over 5 million acres of land as a part of this effort and USDA has invested more than $400 million to reach $760 million with our partners through 2018. Through the commitment of America's ranchers to improving habitats for other wildlife, we have achieved a historic outcome for the sage grouse, and shown that conservation can also benefit ranching operations and our rural economies."

The meeting marks the one-year anniversary of the Interior Department's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announcement that the greater sage-grouse does not warrant protection of the Endangered Species Act because of historic conservation and partnership efforts. The long-term decline of the greater sage-grouse and its sagebrush habitat sparked an unprecedented collaborative conservation effort across 11 western states that continues today.

The FWS reached the no-listing determination after evaluating the bird's population status, along with collective efforts by Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM), USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service and U.S. Forest Service (USFS), state agencies, private landowners and ranchers and other partners to conserve its habitat.

Earlier this month, the BLM issued internal guidance that clarifies how aspects of the agency's land use plans will be implemented as it relates to oil and gas leasing and development, grazing and the collection and use of land management data. Those land use plans, developed in cooperation among local, state and federal agencies as well as private landowners, were cited by the FWS as a key reason it found that the greater sage-grouse did not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.

The greater sage-grouse is an umbrella species, emblematic of the health of sagebrush habitat it shares with more than 350 other kinds of wildlife, including world-class populations of mule deer, elk, pronghorn and golden eagles. Roughly half of the sage-grouse's habitat is on federal lands, most of it managed by the BLM and USFS. These tend to be drier uplands where the birds mate, nest and spend fall and winter. While the federal plans that were developed to save the greater sage-grouse may differ in specifics to reflect local landscapes, threats and conservation approaches, their overall goal is to prevent further degradation of the best remaining sage-grouse habitat, minimize disturbance where possible and mitigate unavoidable impacts by protecting and improving similar habitat.

For more information about the greater sage-grouse, please visit www.doi.gov/sagegrouse.


Attached Media Files: DOI Sage Grouse Release 9-16
Government Information and Library Services Advisory Council Meeting at the State Library, 9/28/16
Oregon State Library - 09/21/16 2:31 PM
The Government Information and Library Services Advisory Council will meet on September 28, 2016 from 1:30 -- 3:30 p.m. in Room 103 at the State Library.

The Government Information and Library Services Advisory Council is established in the bylaws of the Oregon State Library Board to advise the staff of the Government Information and Library Services Program of the Oregon State Library. The Council will provide insight, consultation, and advice on strategies for better serving the information and research needs of Oregon state government agencies. The Council will also assist Government Information and Library Services staff in creating effective strategies and programs to inform state employees about services and to train state employees in the use of these services.

The following topics will be discussed at the meeting:

1) Welcome and introductions (5 mins) Jerry Curry
2) Round Robin (15 mins) All Attendees
a) Agency issues heading into the Legislative Season
3) Update on GS Program Manager Recruitment (5 mins) MaryKay Dahlgreen
4) Update on GS Reference Position opening (5 mins) MaryKay Dahlgreen/Jerry Curry
5) Recruitment of new Advisory Board members (5 mins) Jerry Curry
6) Subscriptions Database Status, 2015 HB 3523 (15 mins) Kate McGann
7) Summary of GS 2015-2016 Customer Satisfaction Survey conducted June 2016 (15 mins) Jerry Curry
8) Discussion about eClips Product (10 mins) Sean Nickerson
9) Discussion/Selection of GS Advisory Council Vice-Chair (5 mins) Sean Nickerson
10) Adjournment
Oregon City Police Department Stats from Pedestrian Safety Operation August 2016
Oregon City Police Dept. - 09/21/16 2:29 PM
Oregon City, Oregon (September 21, 2016, 2:30 pm): The Oregon City Police Department conducted the last of three pedestrian safety enforcement operations of 2016. The enforcement was funded by a grant from Oregon Impact.

The primary focus of this operation was to educate drivers and help raise awareness of the pedestrian right away laws. The Oregon City Police Department used a pedestrian decoy, while another police officer observed traffic violations occurring and radioed awaiting uniform officers to make the stop. The officers issued citations or warnings to help educate the violators. The overwhelming majority of drivers stopped for the pedestrian decoy, which was good to see.

The safety operation occurred on August 31, 2016 at the intersection of Linn Ave and Williams St between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. The operation resulted in 26 drivers being stopped. The violations included 8 citations issued for failing to stop or remained stopped for a pedestrian, 8 citations issued for driving while using a mobile communication device, 2 for no insurance, 2 for driving with a suspended driver's license, and 7 other miscellaneous violations. 6 warnings were given during the operation.

This intersection was specifically selected for the pedestrian safety operation due to heavy foot traffic going to and from Mt. Pleasant Elementary School. The Oregon City Police Department wants to remind everyone to stay aware of your surroundings when operating a motor vehicle.
Pacific University's 23rd Annual Performing Arts Series Features Flavorful Music Mix
Pacific University - 09/21/16 1:26 PM
FOREST GROVE -- The 23rd edition of Pacific University's Performing Arts Series will bring a wide range of music genres to Forest Grove through a five-concert lineup that begins Saturday, Oct. 1 and continues into the spring.

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Carlene Carter opens the 2016-2017 series with a mix of folk, pop and country music on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Carter is the daughter of country music legends June Carter Cash and Carl Smith, stepdaughter of Johnny Cash and granddaughter of "Mother" Maybelle Carter. Carlene Carter's latest album, Carter Girl, covers three generations of music written by the Carter family, including her own new material as well as that of original family members A.P., Sara and Maybelle, her mother June and her Aunt Helen.

The series' second installment features HAPA on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Often called the "Soundtrack of Hawai'i," HAPA's music brings a state of paradise for many, as Barry Flanagan, Kapono Ha'ili'ili and Tarvin Makia capture the Hawaiian landscape, history and mythology. Fused with American folk-rock, HAPA's work has been called the most exciting and beautiful contemporary Hawaiian music in the world. This special show will also feature acclaimed hula dancer Radasha Ho'ohuli.

A Night with Craig Fuller & Son continues the series on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. One of the most admired singer-songwriter guitar players of his generation, Pure Prairie League founding member Craig Fuller and son Patrick cross generations with a blend of country and rock music that can be heard in PPL's anthem, "Amie," as well as "Fallin' In and Out of Love."

Irish band Altan comes to town on Sunday, Mar. 12 at 3 p.m. to delight contemporary audiences with the beauty of traditional music, ranging from the most touching old songs to hard-hitting Irish reels and jigs. Altan is rooted in the music and fun of gatherings and sessions in kitchens and pubs in Donegal, Ireland, where virtuoso music was heard in an atmosphere of respect and intimacy. 

The final installment of the 2016-2017 Performing Arts Series features legendary Cajun group BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet on Saturday, Apr. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Born in 1975 out of the rich Acadian ancestry of its members, and created and driven by bandleader Michael Doucet's spellbinding fiddle playing and soulful vocals, BeauSoleil takes the rich Cajun traditions of Louisiana and artfully blends elements of zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex, country, blues and more.

All performances take place in McCready Hall at the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center on Pacific's Forest Grove Campus. Season subscriptions, including full ensemble and mini packages, as well as tickets for individual concerts are now on sale and can be purchased online or by calling 503-352-2918. Discounts are available for senior citizens 65 and better, students and Pacific University employees.

The 2016-2017 Pacific University Performing Arts Series is presented by Tuality Healthcare and sponsored by R.B. Hornberger Company, with additional support from Best Western University Inn & Suites. 
Two Clark County Events Help Us Look at Kids Through a Trauma-Informed Lens (Photo)
ESD 112 - 09/21/16 12:54 PM
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What we're learning about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) is shaping a new conversation about how we perceive children's behavior. Two free events, a documentary screening and a presentation, in Clark County are leading public discussions about ACEs and how using a trauma-informed approach makes a world of difference. Each event is led by Jim Sporleder, the former principal of Lincoln High School in Walla Walla who turned the school around by using a trauma-informed approach.

SCREENING: Paper Tigers
Thursday, October 6, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
La Center High School commons
725 NE Highland Road, La Center WA 98629
Hosted by La Center Unite, sponsored by PREVENT!
 
Paper Tigers is an intimate look into the lives of selected students at Lincoln High School, an alternative school that specializes in educating traumatized youth. Set amidst the struggling rural community of Walla Walla, WA, the film intimately examines the inspiring promise of Trauma-Informed Communities -- a movement that is showing great promise in healing youth struggling with the dark legacy of ACEs. Former principal of Lincoln High School, Jim Sporleder, will lead a 30-minute post-screening talk.
 

 
PRESENTATION: Catching Kids Before They Fall: A Paradigm Shift Responsive to Trauma
Friday, October 7, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Educational Services District 112 conference center
2500 NE 65th Avenue, Vancouver WA 98661
Sponsored by PREVENT!
 
Jim Sporleder will discuss how traditional methods for discipline in schools have lost their impact, and he'll introduce a new trauma-informed approach that is backed by evidence-based research. Many of the disruptive behaviors we see in our schools stem from students impacted by trauma and toxic stress. The core of the trauma-informed model are caring adults and educators who understand that they play a major role in helping students change their life path to one that will bring them fulfillment and purpose.


Both events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, contact Joy Lyons at 360-952-3397


About PREVENT!
Founded in 2006, PREVENT! is a group of diverse community members working together to prevent youth substance abuse in Clark County, WA. PREVENT! uses an evidence-based framework working in collaboration with parents, youth, schools, media, business, government, faith communities, law enforcement, youth-serving organizations, civic groups, health care professionals, and prevention organizations. PREVENT! is focused on improving the environment surrounding youth to create a community culture that promotes prevention and honors healthy living. PREVENT! is supported by the Drug Free Communities Support Program, the ESD 112 and over 440 community members and organizations across Clark County.


Attached Media Files: Catching Kids Before They Fall , Paper Tigers screening
Missing Person - Yamhill Co. (Photo)
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/21/16 12:35 PM
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The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance from the public in locating Jessica Jane Ford Jung. Jessica was last seen walking on Bridge Street in City of Lafayette on or about September 8th, 2016 at approximately 6:30 pm. At the time, Jessica was staying with some acquaintances who reside in the Lafayette area. She is 39 years old, 5'6" and was last seen wearing a pink and orange long sun dress, sandals, black shoulder strap purse and a pink sparkly hair clip. Jessica is reported to have Schizophrenia. A welfare check and an ATL (attempt to locate) was issued early in the investigation through LEDS. Jessica is now currently listed as a missing person in LEDS/NCIC. Phone records indicate on Sept. 11th she may have been in Clackamas County near I-205. If you see Jessica please contact your local law enforcement representatives. To provide additional investigative information please contact Detective Justin Brester at bresterj@co.yamhill.or.us or Deputy Sean Sato at satos@co.yamhill.or.us. or call the main office at 503-434-7506 and reference case number 16-2432.


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Suicide Attempt Creates Hazardous Materials Incident -- First Responders Injured (Photo)
Longview Police & Fire - 09/21/16 12:26 PM
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Longview, WA -- On Tuesday September 20 at 4:38 PM Longview Fire, AMR, and Longview Police responded to the report of a suicidal person at 1705 Hemlock Street, #5. The reporting person indicated that a subject at the incident address was posting suicidal messages to Facebook before the incident. The reporting person attempted to call the patient's cellular phone; the patient answered but was reportedly unintelligible and the 911 system was activated.

A Longview Police officer arrived at the scene at 4:43 PM and soon after making entry to the apartment, experienced a strong odor that made breathing difficult. Longview Fire Engine 81 with a crew of three arrived at the scene two minutes later. After receiving information from police, Engine 81 called for additional responders and made entry to the apartment using self-contained breathing apparatus. Once inside, they found a hand written warning sign on the bathroom door that indicated "Caution CO2". They entered the bathroom and found a semi-conscious patient on the floor -- they immediately removed the patient to the living room for emergency medical care and closed the bathroom door.

Additional Longview Fire units arrived at the scene at 4:48 PM and initiated air monitoring in the apartment, searched for other victims, and conducted an analysis of scene conditions. The patient was transported by AMR ambulance to St. John Medical Center in serious condition. On arrival at the hospital, the patient received additional decontamination procedures as medical care continued. At 4:53 PM, a firefighter complained of a burning sensation to his arm -- he underwent decontamination procedures at the scene and was transported to St. John Medical Center by ambulance. He received treatment for chemical burns to his arm. Other firefighters removed their clothing as a precaution and were evaluated at the scene without any indication of exposure. At the conclusion of the incident, the exposed police officer was also evaluated at St. John Medical center. The firefighter and police officer were released later in the evening while the patient remains hospitalized. No other injuries were reported.

The analysis of the incident scene suggested a continued threat of hazardous materials in the apartment and incident command staff requested a hazardous materials team from Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue. The hazardous materials team responded at 5:03 PM. Initial air samples inside and outside the building were normal. A representative from St. John Medical Center contacted the command post and advised that the patient was conscious and had told hospital staff about the chemicals in the apartment. This information was limited due to the patient's condition.

The Cowlitz 2 hazmat team was able to conduct detailed research prior to making entry. Based on this research, it was discovered that in addition to the toxic fumes there was also a potential that a combustible condition could exist in the affected areas of the apartment. On the receipt of this information all occupants of the apartment building were evacuated and electricity was disconnected from the structure.

A two person Cowlitz 2 hazmat team entered the apartment wearing protective suits. They evaluated the scene using specialized monitoring tools and equipment. The team exited the building and reported there was no flammable atmosphere inside the structure. The Cowlitz 2 team also reported normal monitor readings throughout the apartment.

Two personnel from the Washington State Department of Ecology's Spill Prevention, Preparedness and Response team were at the scene late into the night. The DOE hazardous materials specialists also entered the apartment wearing protective suits and performed additional tests. They removed contaminated materials from the apartment and neutralized them for disposal.

A representative from the Cowlitz County Health Department's environmental health unit was also at the scene. In collaboration with all the responding agencies, their technical experts, and the incident command team, it was determined that the incident was confined to apartment 5. The power was restored to the structure and all building occupants except for apartments 4 and 5 were allowed to reoccupy the building.

The Red Cross was contacted to provide emergency support to those displaced.

Continued testing is expected in apartment 5 on September 21 as coordinated by the Cowlitz County Health Department.

No hazardous conditions exist outside affected apartments.

As of 11:00 AM on September 21, the original responders who reported injuries are doing well and have returned to work. The condition of the civilian patient is unknown at the time of this release.

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Experience Ridgefield Set for This Saturday, September 24 (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 09/21/16 11:06 AM
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Ridgefield students are busy putting the final touches on Experience Ridgefield, a community carnival conceived to celebrate the hometown spirit that Ridgefield is known for throughout the region. Experience Ridgefield will take place at Ridgefield High School (2630 S. Hillhurst Road) from 3:00 -- 8:00 p.m.

Experience Ridgefield was developed and organized by students in the district's Superintendent's Student Advisory Council (SSAC). A dozen students, representing each of the district's four schools, meet monthly with Dr. Nathan McCann, Ridgefield's superintendent, to provide advice and feedback to McCann. Each year they are also asked to work on a project that contributes to the betterment of the community.

Experience Ridgefield was born from that concept. Gwen Harris, an eighth-grader, and a member of the SSAC is proud of all the work she and her colleagues have invested in creating Experience Ridgefield.

"As a group, we have been working hard on making Experience Ridgefield a memorable event for the whole community. I am excited to help with this event and extremely excited to help supervise the free childcare we are providing for all toddlers to 5- year olds," Harris said.

The students ensured the event would include activities for every interest. Harris pointed out some of the highlights, which include a game truck, laser tag, athletic skills stations, arts and crafts, dance and music performances, many food vendors, and much more.

Experience Ridgefield's theme is Past, Present, and Future and the students worked hard to honor the community's proud past. The event includes such activities as a Mr. Potato Head contest that will use real potatoes and potato sack races.

Wyatt Holbrook, a sixth-grade member, added, "We committed to making sure there were events and activities for everyone in the community. I'm proud of what we have accomplished and believe it captures Ridgefield's spirit. And I'm really proud that my family's business, Holbrook Concrete Construction, has been a part in helping make this event a reality."


Students dedicated multiple monthly meetings to brainstorming ideas that would adequately capture everything they love about Ridgefield. The group settled on Experience Ridgefield as the event title, determined to host an event that was highly interactive and representative of everything that makes Ridgefield unique.

The students participated heavily in recruiting the vendors, marketing and promoting the event, and securing sponsorships.

"I'm very proud of the work put in by all the students to create a large-scale community event that celebrates the spirit and pride that makes Ridgefield such a wonderfully unique place to live," said McCann.

More than 40 vendors will be participating in Experience Ridgefield. Holbrook Concrete Construction is the event's lead sponsor, with assistance from The Historic Sportsman's Steakhouse and Saloon.

In addition to all the food, music, and fun, the Ridgefield Family Resource Center (RFRC) is sponsoring a "Stuff the Bus" campaign at the event. The RFRC is in need of personal hygiene items, non-perishable food, and new coats.

Families will be able to complete the day's activities by enjoying the movie Back to the Future under the stars at the football stadium.

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Vancouver PAL hosts first literacy events of the school year (Photo)
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Vancouver, Wash. -- The Vancouver Police Activities League hosts literacy events each month during the school year in elementary schools in both the Vancouver and Evergreen School Districts. These events provide free books to kids, encourage reading, and create positive connections between kids and cops. Vancouver PAL will host the first literacy events of the new school year:

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Hockinson Heights Elementary (19912 NE 164th St, Brush Prairie)

Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m. -11:a.m.
Location: Martin Luther King Elementary (4801 Idaho St., Vancouver)

This school year, Vancouver PAL literacy events will focus on youth in the second and third grades. Each literacy event includes a safety presentation from the Vancouver Police Department, or Clark County Sheriff's Office, (depending on the location of the school), time for kids to pick out a free book, reading time with police officers, and a tour of specialty police vehicles. These literacy events are fun for both the officers and the kids. Literacy is one of the key educational programs the Vancouver Police Activities League focuses on.

Members of the media are always invited to attend any PAL events to see first-hand the positive impact that programs such as PAL can have on a community. Members of the media who want to attend a literacy event should check in at the school office to receive a visitor badge. Be prepared for great visuals and high energy!

For more information on the Vancouver Police Activities League visit www.vancouverpal.org.



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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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City of Beaverton Designated StormReady by National Weather Service
City of Beaverton - 09/21/16 10:17 AM
BEAVERTON, Ore. --The City of Beaverton was recently assessed and found to be StormReady by the National Weather Service (NWS). Beaverton is the first city in the Portland metro area to receive this honor.

NWS warning coordination meteorologist Tyree Wilde presented the city with a certificate and a road sign that designates Beaverton as StormReady at the Sept. 20 Beaverton City Council meeting.

According to the NWS, 98 percent of all presidentially-declared disasters are weather related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage.

StormReady is a voluntary program of the NWS that recognizes communities, cities and counties that have taken steps to ensure they are able to receive severe weather messaging and deliver those messages to their residents. The assessment looked at Beaverton's methods of receiving and sending emergency weather communications, their outreach efforts, emergency plans and relationships with partner agencies.

As part of the process, Beaverton placed weather radios in the Beaverton School District offices, Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency, The Beaverton Building, and the Griffith Drive building. The city also voluntarily installed a weather station at the Griffith Drive building, which feeds current weather information to Weather Underground.

For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.
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Take Steps Toward a Cure and help The ALS Association Walk to Defeat ALS (Photo)
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[Portland, OR] (September, 2016) -- On September 25th, The ALS Association Oregon and SW Washington Chapter's annual Portland Metro Walk to Defeat ALS will take place at the World Trade Center in Portland, Oregon. Registration for the Walk starts at 11 a.m. with a special opening ceremony beginning at 11:45 a.m.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The disease robs people of the ability to walk, to talk and even blink an eye. It traps them inside a body they no longer can control and ultimately prevents them from breathing as it takes their life. People living with ALS lose the power to use their legs, hold someone close, and simply say, "I love you," before their bodies gradually shut down. There is no known cause of the disease, although military veterans are approximately twice as likely to develop ALS as the general population. Every 90 minutes someone is diagnosed with ALS, and every 90 minutes someone loses their battle to this fatal disease. Living with ALS can cost up to $250,000 annually, depleting families of all savings.

The event will feature pizza from Papa John's and chocolate milk from Alpenrose Dairy. The event is underwritten in part by Alpenrose Dairy, Northwest Medical, Fred Meyer, Providence Brain & Spine Institute, SecureWorld, and Numotion, among many other local partners.

29 people living with ALS along with 133 teams and an estimated 2,500 event participants will be in attendance. This year's goal is to raise $375,000.
"Our chapter is dependent on events such as the Walk to Defeat ALS to ensure we meet the needs of people living with ALS in the Portland Metro area," said Lance Christian, the Oregon and SW Washington Chapter's Executive Director. "The Walk to Defeat ALS truly celebrates the heroes we all love who are living or who have lived with this horrible disease."

The Walk is open to the public, and all funds raised will be donated to the chapter for care services programs in the Portland Metro area and for research and awareness. The chapter offers all services to people living with ALS and their families free of charge. Last year, more than 3,000 walkers raised more than $350,000 for the Portland Metro Walk.

Since 2000, the nationwide events have experienced constant participant growth and have raised more than $250 million toward the goal of creating a world without ALS. To learn more about the Portland Metro Walk to Defeat ALS, call 800.681.9851 ext 106 or visit www.PortlandMetroWalktoDefeatALS.org.

About The ALS Association
The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting ALS on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure. To learn more about the local Chapter, visit www.alsa-or.org.

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Workers' compensation costs to drop for fourth-straight year
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 09/21/16 9:10 AM
Salem -- Oregon employers will see a key portion of their workers' compensation costs drop by an average 6.6 percent in 2017, the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) announced today. This marks the fourth year in a row -- and eighth year in the past decade -- that businesses will experience an average decrease in the "pure premium."

The average decrease in pure premium -- the portion of the premium employers pay insurers to cover claims costs for job-related injuries and deaths -- is part of a mixture of rate changes designed to invest in workplace safety and health programs while preserving historically low costs.

The other rate changes include:

An increase in the premium assessment, which funds state costs of running workers' compensation and workplace safety and health programs, from 6.2 percent to 6.8 percent. The increase is needed to invest in worker protection and related programs to keep pace with an expanding economy.
A decrease in the payroll assessment, which supports the Workers' Benefit Fund, from 3.3 cents per hour worked to 2.8 cents per hour. The fund pays for highly successful return-to-work and other special injured-worker programs. It is financially stable to the point that a reduction in the assessment is warranted.

The combination of the changes in pure premium rates and assessment rates is a net reduction in costs for the average employer. The average employer would pay $1.02 per $100 of payroll for claims costs and assessments, down from $1.10 in 2016.

"These rate changes preserve the integrity of our workers' compensation system," said Patrick Allen, DCBS director. "They do so by helping maintain a positive business climate for Oregon employers while also bolstering worker protections and benefits."

The decrease in pure premium 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 does not take into account the varying expenses and profit of insurance companies.

The decrease in the pure premium is effective Jan. 1, 2017, but employers will see the changes when they renew their policies in 2017. The changes to the premium and payroll assessments are effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Workers' compensation pays injured workers for lost wages and medical care for job-related injuries. A steady decline in average medical care costs and stable wage replacement costs are the key factors continuing to drive down the pure premium.

Oregon's workers' compensation premium rates have ranked low nationally for many years. Only seven states and the District of Columbia had average rates lower than Oregon in 2014, according to a biennial study conducted by DCBS. In contrast to changes made in some other states, Oregon has seen no meaningful reduction in worker benefits since at least the early 1990s.

The following chart summarizes all the changes: http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/dir/wc_cost/files/wc_cost_summary.pdf

Annual Oregon average pure premium rate changes and average changes by industry: http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/dir/wc_cost/files/pure_premium.pdf

More information about Oregon workers' compensation costs can be found at: http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/dir/wc_cost/index.html

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The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit http://www.dcbs.oregon.gov/.
City of Beaverton Invites Residents to Public Safety Center Neighborhood Forums
City of Beaverton - 09/21/16 8:40 AM
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The City of Beaverton invites residents to a choice of three community forums to learn about public safety in our neighborhoods and receive information on Public Safety Center Bond Measure 34-250. The bond measure would provide a new police and emergency management building that is earthquake resilient and will fix existing security, technology and privacy concerns that currently impact police and emergency operations.

The forums will include informational booths staffed by police, the city's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers and victim advocates to provide resources to participants. A presentation on the bond measure will be provided, as well as a panel discussion with elected officials and community members. In addition, attendees will receive free emergency preparedness supplies, find out about safety statistics in your neighborhood, and meet your neighborhood police officers and the city's new police chief.

"I'm looking forward to meeting residents and answering any questions they may have about public safety in our city and the public safety center bond measure," said Interim Police Chief Jim Monger.

The neighborhood forums will occur:
Thursday, Sept. 29 at Sexton Mountain Elementary School, 15645 SW Sexton Mountain Drive
Monday, Oct. 3 at the Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW Fifth Street
Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Beaverton Activities Center, 12500 SW Allen Boulevard

All forums are from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The bond measure presentation and panel discussion will begin at 7 p.m. Residents are encouraged to attend the forum that is most convenient. Refreshments and childcare will be provided. The forums are hosted by the city's Neighborhood Association Committees (NACs).

"Learn how public safety is done in Beaverton today and what it will look like in the future," said Sexton Mountain NAC Chair Rhonda Reister. "We hope you can join us!"

ABOUT THE PUBLIC SAFETY CENTER
Beaverton's public safety center will be built on city-owned property at the corner of SW Hall Blvd and SW Allen Blvd. While the existing building has served Beaverton for decades, it wasn't built with police and emergency services in mind. The building will not withstand a major earthquake, is located in a flood zone, and it is office space that doesn't safely separate the public, minors and victims from criminal offenders.

The bond measure will be on the November general election ballot. The measure will not increase residents' bond tax rate because it replaces the Beaverton City Library construction bonds. The rate is about 20 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. Property owners would continue to pay about $4.20 per month for property with an assessed value of $250,000. The center will cost $35 million.

For more information on the forums, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Neighborhood. To learn more about the public safety center and Bond Measure 34-250, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/PublicSafetyCenter.

For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.
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NW Natural Chooses Five Local Nonprofits for Major Contributions
NW Natural - 09/21/16 8:06 AM
Company makes three year commitment to children at risk, safety and the environment

PORTLAND, Ore. -- NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) has selected five nonprofit partners for its Programs of Focus: American Red Cross Cascades Chapter, Bridge Meadows, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children, Janus Youth Programs and SOLVE.

Each program will receive $35,000 in annual support for the next three years (2017??'2019), as well as volunteer service and in-kind donations from NW Natural and its employees. The programs were selected from more than 20 nonprofit applicants.

"We're pleased to offer long-term support to five nonprofits that provide critical services to our communities," said Von Summers, NW Natural senior manager of Community Relations. "This year we've focused in particular on organizations that address the pressing needs of at-risk children in Oregon and Southwest Washington."

Since 2003, NW Natural has donated more than $2 million to nonprofits through Programs of Focus. Funds come from the company's Corporate Philanthropy Program, which is supported by shareholder funds.

PROGRAMS OF FOCUS: 2017-2019
American Red Cross--Cascades Region (http://www.redcross.org/local/oregon/)
The American Red Cross Cascades Region includes Oregon and Southwest Washington. Approximately 2,500 volunteers provide response, relief and recovery services; save lives through health and safety training; provide assistance to active military members, their families and local veterans; and ensure we maintain a safe and stable blood supply for patients in need. The Red Cross was a Program of Focus for the 2014??'2016 funding period.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children of Multnomah, Washington & Columbia Counties (http://www.casahelpskids.org)
When an abused or neglected child is going through the trauma of the foster care system, a volunteer CASA advocate is works to guide them through safely, quickly and effectively. CASA for Children recruits, trains and supports citizen volunteers to provide quality advocacy for as many children as possible. CASA was a Program of Focus for the 2014??'2016 funding period.

Bridge Meadows (http://www.bridgemeadows.org)
Bridge Meadows develops and sustains intentional, intergenerational neighborhoods for former foster youth, adoptive families and low-income elders, building place, permanence and purpose one community at a time. Bridge Meadows' North Portland development opened to its first residents in 2011; a second development in Beaverton is scheduled to open in 2017.

Janus Youth Programs (http://www.janusyouth.org)
Janus Youth Programs serve more than 6,000 at-risk children, youth and families each year, providing a second chance to kids who have few resources and no place to turn for help. Since 1972, Janus has grown to become one of the largest nonprofits in the Northwest, operating more than 40 different programs that span Oregon and Washington.

SOLVE (http://solveoregon.org)
SOLVE is a statewide nonprofit organization that takes action every day to keep Oregon clean and green. It mobilizes over 35,000 volunteers and organizes over 1,000 cleanup and restoration projects throughout the state each year. SOLVE's mission is to bring Oregonians together to improve our environment and build a legacy of stewardship.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 718,000 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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Media alert: Opening ceremony for new Western Oregon University College of Education building
Western Oregon University - 09/21/16 7:45 AM
WHAT: Dedication and ribbon cutting for the Richard Woodcock Education Center, new home of Western Oregon University's College of Education

WHO: Guest speakers include: Jim Baumgartner (chair of WOU's Board of Trustees and Portland resident), Alma Pacheco (WOU student body president), Dr. Mark Girod (dean, College of Education), Dr. Richard Woodcock (building benefactor), and Dr. Rex Fuller (WOU president).

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 23 at 4 p.m.

WHERE: WOU campus. 345 Monmouth Ave. N., Monmouth, OR 97361. Map: http://www.wou.edu/resources/campus-map/ (note, this aerial view shows the lot pre-construction; the building is in what shows as a vacant lot immediately north of Hamersly Library).

ADDITIONAL INFO:
This 58,000-square foot building is the first multi-story building in Oregon constructed with cross-laminated timber (part of the wood products initiative by former Gov. John Kitzhaber).

This is the first time the three divisions of the College of Education will be under one roof, including nearly 100 offices and 23 classrooms. Classrooms are equipped with two-way broadcasting equipment (a collaboration with the Salem-Keizer School District) so students at WOU can check and see what's happening in a K-12 class.

A story about the building (via Western Edge magazine): http://www.wou.edu/westernedge/2014/04/01/richard-woodcock-education-center-made-possible-by-generosity-of-renowned-educator/

A press release with details about the building and its benefactor: http://www.wou.edu/wounews/2014/03/17/wou-receives-1-4-million-gift-to-create-the-richard-woodcock-education-center-to-train-oregons-next-generation-of-teachers/
Tue. 09/20/16
Water Main Repair Work Completed- Northeast 33rd Avenue Open
Portland Water Bureau - 09/20/16 11:23 PM
PORTLAND, OR- Portland Water Bureau crews have completed a water main break repair on Northeast 33rd Avenue. The section of NE 33rd that was previously closed, between Northeast Morris and Siskiyou streets, is now open.

The roadway has been repaired with a safe, temporary surface. The Water Bureau will work with the Portland Bureau of Transportation to prepare the area for a final repair at a later date.

The Portland Water Bureau's Maintenance & Construction crews are ready to respond to emergencies, including water main breaks, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. On average, crews respond to 200 main breaks a year.
***Update on HWY 22 MP 14 Crash*** Five People Killed In Four Separate Crashes - Western Oregon (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/20/16 9:12 PM
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Update on Highway 22, MP 14 - Polk County fatal crash - Driver's name released:

The deceased driver of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta was identified as Elisa ALVAREZ-MARTINEZ, age 49, of Keizer. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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Previously Released:

In the time span of about twelve hours, the Oregon State Police investigated four separate crashes on Western Oregon highways that took the lives of five people. Below is a summary of each.

HIGHWAY 22, MP 75 - LINN COUNTY
On September 17, 2016 at about 4PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 22 near milepost 75 (five miles west of the Santiam Junction).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta was traveling westbound on Highway 22 when it attempted to pass a slower moving vehicle. The Volkswagen lost control, slid off the south side of the highway and struck a tree. The Volkswagen continuing down the embankment, rolling over several times.

The driver, Alexander SHUMILOV, age 31, of Salem, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The highway conditions at this time were wet. OSP was assisted by the Black Butte Police Department Black Butte Fire and Rescue, Idanha Rural Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation. No further information to release at this time. (No photos of this crash are available.)


HIGHWAY 18, MP 1.5 -- LINCOLN COUNTY
On September 17, 2016 at about 6:40PM, OSP Troopers and emergency vehicles responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 18 near milepost 1.5 (just east of Lincoln City).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1999 Honda Civic was traveling eastbound on Highway 18 when it failed to negotiate a corner on the wet roadway. The Honda slid into the oncoming lane where it collided with a westbound 2010 Kia Soul.

The driver of the Honda, Maricela R TRUJILLO, age 42, of Woodburn received life threatening injuries and was taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital. Her two passengers, Sarah S TRUJILLO and Rebeca M AMADOR (both 20 years old and from Woodburn) were pronounced deceased on scene.

The driver of the Kia, Douglas J BENDER, age 23, of Milwaukie, Oregon was not injured. Two passengers in the Kia were taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Highway 18 was closed for approximately 5 hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by Lincoln City Police, North Lincoln Fire & Rescue District # 1 and the Oregon Department of Transportation. More information will be released when it becomes available. (Photo attached.)


HIGHWAY 22, MP 14 -- POLK COUNTY
On September 17, 2016 at about 10PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of single vehicle crash on Highway 22 near milepost 14 (just west of Highway 99W interchange.)

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta was traveling westbound on Highway 22 near milepost 14 when it drifted into the center median, rolled over and came to rest on it's passenger side on the south side of the highway.

The driver, a 49 year old woman from Keizer was pronounced deceased at the scene. Her name will be released pending her family being notified.

OSP was assisted by the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Dallas Police Department, Polk County Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation. This is an ongoing investigation. (No photos of this crash are available.)


HIGHWAY 42/INTERSTATE 5 -- DOUGLAS COUNTY
On September 18, 2016 at about 4:15AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a collision involving a semi-truck and a passenger vehicle at the Highway 42 interchange with Interstate 5.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2004 Ford Explorer was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 when it took the 119 exit (Highway 42). As the Ford negotiated the sweeping right corner of the off-ramp, it drifted off the ramp and rolled over in the area between the ramp and Highway 42. The Ford then rolled onto both lanes of Highway 42 where it struck an eastbound 2010 Peterbilt while airborne.

The driver of the Ford, Anthony Q WEBBER, age 31, of Roseburg, was pronounced deceased on scene. The driver of the Peterbilt, Richard E ARCEO, age 33, of Pasco, Washington was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg for minor injuries.

OSP was assisted by Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County Fire District 2, Winston-Dillard Fire, Bay Cities Ambulance and Oregon Department of Transportation. Highway 42 was closed for over four hours while the investigation was being conducted. No further information at this time. (Photo attached.)

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Sheriff's Office Investigating Suspicious Death
Columbia Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/20/16 7:30 PM
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is investigating a suspicious death on Pittsburg Rd about a mile from Salmonberry Lake. We have called in the major crimes team to assist us.WE have no victim information at this time. One body has been located, and investigators are awaiting forensic assistance from the Oregon State Police Crime Lab. Pittsburg Rd. is closed from Salmonberry Lake to Conibear Rd. at this time.
Salem Police Investigating Fatal Shooting-UPDATE (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 09/20/16 6:02 PM
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UPDATE: 09-20-16/6:00 pm

Cristian Acosta is currently lodged in the Whatcom County Jail in Bellingham, WA after he was arrested overnight attempting to cross the border into Canada. He has been charged with Aggravated Murder with a firearm and is awaiting extradition proceedings back to Salem.

The investigation has shown that this incident was related to a domestic relationship between the victim and the suspect.

The investigation is continuing, and any further information in this case will be released through the Marion County District Attorney's Office.


UPDATE: 09-20-16/11:50 am

Cristian Acosta was located and detained near the Canadian border over night. His vehicle has also been located.

Arrangements are being made for his return to Salem.

No further details are being released at this time.

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UPDATE: 09-19-16/10:15 pm

Salem Police officers were called to 2559 Hyde Ct SE at approximately 1:43 pm this afternoon on a report of a disturbance at the residence. When officers arrived a short time later they found 20-year old Lucia Pamatz deceased at the scene. An autopsy is being scheduled for the victim.

The investigation has revealed that there were multiple gunshots fired in the residence, and detectives are currently looking for 22-year old Cristian J Acosta of Salem. Acosta is believed to be driving a silver 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer with a black hood, bearing Oregon Crater Lake license CA61820. Anyone with information as to Acosta's whereabouts is asked to call the Salem Police Department.

The investigation is continuing.

A photo of Acosta is attached.

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Salem Police Detectives are currently investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 2500 block of Hyde Ct SE at approximately 1:43 pm this afternoon.

Investigators are on scene at this time. The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made. No further information is available at this time.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.


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OSP Seeking Public's Assistance With Elk Poaching Case - Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/20/16 4:00 PM
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The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of a bull elk in Douglas County.

On the morning of September 17, 2016, OSP was notified of a dead bull elk in the area of 4000 block of Rueben Road, Glendale, Oregon. OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers responded and found a dead elk in an open field between two houses, determining it had been shot and left to waste. Investigation revealed the elk was most likely shot on or around Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 2:30 a.m.

A reward of up to $500 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. The reward is comprised of $500 from the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poacher program.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact OSP Senior Trooper Aaron Baimbridge through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or 541-817-4473. (Email - aaron.baimbridge@state.or.us). Information may be kept anonymous.


Information on the TIP Reward Program:

The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward program is sponsored by the Oregon Hunters Association. Rewards are paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, big horn sheep, mountain goat, moose, and/or game birds.

TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish.

In addition, a reward may be issued for information that results in an arrest/conviction of a person who has illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident licenses and/or tags are not legally hunting and/or angling and are considered poachers.

Increasing damage to wildlife habitat by off-road vehicles prompted the Oregon Hunters
Association (OHA) in 2009 to create the Natural Resources Reward Program that offers a $200 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone causing natural resources damage by the illegal use of motorized vehicles and is similar to its highly successful TIP program.
$100 Game Fish
$100 Upland Birds
$200 Habitat
$250 Deer, Bear, Antelope, and Cougar
$500 Elk, Big Horn Sheep, Moose, and Mountain Goat

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

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)
TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

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UPDATE #2: Shooting Investigation Underway in Portsmouth Neighborhood - One Person Deceased (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/20/16 3:37 PM
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The victim in last night's shooting has been identified as 18-year-old Marquis Stephion Taylor. Taylor died of a single gunshot wound.

There is no suspect information in this case and motive has not been determined.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Anthony Merrill at 503-823-4033, anthony.merrill@portlandoregon.gov; or Detective Vince Cui at 503-823-0449, vince.cui@portlandoregon.gov.

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Homicide detectives are in the early stages of an investigation into the shooting that left one person deceased. The victim is an 18-year-old male. His name and cause and manner of death will be released after an autopsy is conducted on Tuesday by the Oregon State Medical Examiner.

Preliminary information indicates that witnesses heard gunfire and the victim ran some distance to where he was found by police. At this point there is no suspect information.

Gang Enforcement Team investigators are assisting with the investigation, although gang involvement has not been determined at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Anthony Merrill at 503-823-4033, anthony.merrill@portlandoregon.gov; or Detective Vince Cui at 503-823-0449, vince.cui@portlandoregon.gov.

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On Monday September 19, 2016, at 8:27 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of gunfire in the area of North Willis Boulevard and Hereford Avenue.

Officers arrived and located a gunshot victim in the 8100 block of North Hereford Avenue, just North of Willis. Medical personnel arrived and determined that the victim was deceased.

Homicide detectives, Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division and the Medical Examiner are responding to the scene to begin an investigation.

Media staging is on Hereford Avenue, just South of Willis Boulevard. The Public Information Officer (PIO) is responding to the scene.

Anyone with information about this incident should call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333.

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Remains of dead humpback whale return to shore at Oswald West State Park (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/20/16 2:42 PM
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News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // Sept. 20, 2016

Media Contacts:
Ben Cox, Park Manager, Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept., 503-368-5943, ext. 222

Teri Wing, North Coast District Manager, Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept., 503-861-3170, ext. 23


Arch Cape OR -- The remains of a 38' dead humpback whale that came ashore near Arch Cape over the weekend washed back out with the high tide, only to return today two miles south at Short Sand Beach inside Oswald West State Park (http://bit.ly/oswaldwest). State park staff will be on the beach at 1 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25, to present interpretive talks.

The twice-daily high tides predicted over the next few weeks are not expected to be high enough to take it back out to sea, though it is still possible for it to wash out. The interpretive presentations will happen on the beach whether the whale washes out or not. Researchers will continue to have access if they need to collect more tissue.

The bodies of marine mammals and other animals are a natural part of the ocean shore. On busy beaches in the heat of summer, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department staff normally bury large mammals if they are on busy beaches and reachable with excavation equipment. In this case, where temperatures are cool and visitors are fewer, it will be left to decay naturally. Scavengers and microorganisms will consume and recycle the tissue over the course of several weeks.

Researchers have the required federal permits to collect tissue from dead whales. All other visitors are encouraged to come see the humpback, but are not allowed to take any pieces and are discouraged from touching it. When visiting, keep pets away from the corpse, and keep an eye on the ocean for safety's sake.

The interpretive presentation and parking at Oswald West are both free. Park at the North Short Sand Trailhead on US Highway 101, and follow the trail signs from the parking area to Short Sand Beach, then walk north.

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Salem City Club Presents: A Debate on the Police Facility
VanNatta Public Relations - 09/20/16 2:35 PM
Join Salem City Club on Friday, September 23, 2016 for "A Debate: Local Pacs Are Divided In How Much To Pay For Proposed New Police Facility."

With many issues on Oregon's November ballots, ranging from presidential and gubernatorial candidates to raising corporate sales taxes, City of Salem voters have one local issue weighing heavily on their minds....the proposed police facility bond measure.

The possibility of building a new police facility has been studied and considered by Salem citizens and concerned groups for several years culminating in the City Council voting this summer to place an $82 million bond measure on the fall ballot.

Since then, two political action committees have organized in favor and opposition of the measure and representatives of those groups will debate the subject at the September 23, 2016 Salem City Club luncheon program.

TJ Sullivan, co-director of Keep Salem Safe PAC, will speak in favor of the measure and Brian Hines, officer of the Salem Can Do Better PAC, will speak in opposition. Both agree that a new police facility is needed but differ widely over the cost and what the facility should house.

Sullivan, a former Salem city councilor and chair of the City's Blue Ribbon Task Force that originally proposed the bond measure, is a partner of Huggins Insurance in Salem. He is known for his civic service and was awarded the City of Salem's 2015 Willard C. Marshall Special Citizen Award. Sullivan was the board chair for the Friends of the Senior Center, president of the Rotary Club of Keizer, and part of the Life Center Planning Committee for the Salem Alliance Church. He currently serves on the boards for Salem Academy Development Board and the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, and is the chair of the South Gateway Neighborhood Association.

Hines, a citizen activist who serves on the steering committee of Salem Community Vision and writes a popular blog called "hinessight," was a manager for Oregon's State Health Planning and Development Agency and served as Executive Director of the Oregon Health Decisions, a bioethics organization. Hines is the author of three books, including "Return to the One," a study of the Neoplatonist Greek philosopher, Plotinus. He has a master's degree in social work and has completed the course requirements for a Ph.D. in Systems Science.

For September 23 luncheon reservations, register online or call (503) 370-2808
by noon, Wed. September 21. Parking is free.

What: "A Debate on the Police Facility"
When: Friday, September 23, 2016; Noon - 1 pm, doors open at 11:15 am
Where: Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St SE, Salem
Who: T.J. Sullivan, Co-director of Keep Salem Safe PAC and Brian Hines, Officer of the Salem Can Do Better PAC
Email: info@salemcityclub.com
Website: www.salemcityclub.com
Water Main Repair Work Continues -- Section of Northeast 33rd Avenue Closed Until Wednesday Morning
Portland Water Bureau - 09/20/16 2:31 PM
PORTLAND, OR- Portland Water Bureau crews are continuing to repair a water main break on Northeast 33rd Avenue.

To assess and repair the damaged water pipe, Northeast 33rd Avenue between Northeast Morris and Siskiyou streets remain closed until Wednesday morning. After reopening the roadway with a safe, temporary surface, the Water Bureau will work with the Portland Bureau of Transportation to prepare the area for a final repair at a later date.

The main is a 24-inch cast iron pipe from 1906.

Approximately 72 homes are out of service while the main is repaired. Other homes may experience discolored water as sediment inside the pipe is disturbed. This water is safe to drink but customers should run their taps until water runs clear.

The traveling public is reminded to stay alert and use caution as traffic may suddenly slow or stop. To avoid traffic delays, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes around the work site.

The Portland Water Bureau's Maintenance & Construction crews are ready to respond to emergencies, including water main breaks, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. On average, crews respond to 200 main breaks a year.
City Council approves two west side transportation improvements
City of Vancouver - 09/20/16 2:08 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- On Monday night, the Vancouver City Council voted to approve an ordinance prohibiting through freight truck traffic from East and West 39th Street between Interstate 5 and Fruit Valley Road. Local deliveries to businesses located within the vicinity of 39th Street will still be permitted.

This action is the second council has taken in as many weeks to begin implementing transportation improvement recommendations from the City's Westside Mobility Strategy report, which was completed earlier this year.

Last week, the City council also voted unanimously to approve a resolution lowering the posted speed limit on East and West Fourth Plain Boulevard between I-5 and Kauffman Avenue from 30 to 25 miles per hour.

Both changes were recommended in the city's Westside Mobility Strategy, which was finalized and approved by City Council in July 2016 after 18 months of research and public outreach with neighbors, businesses and industries. The strategy, conducted in collaboration with the Port of Vancouver, studied the transportation needs and existing conditions for all modes of transportation within neighborhoods, commercial and industrial areas west of I-5 and made specific recommendations for improvements.

The freight truck ban on 39th Street will improve neighborhood livability on this narrow residential street, which has seen increased commuter and freight truck traffic after the state replaced an at-grade railroad crossing on 39th Street west of Lincoln Avenue with an overpass six years ago.

The speed limit on East and West Mill Plain Boulevard between I-5 and Lincoln Avenue is also 25 miles per hour. The change to the speed limit on Fourth Plain Boulevard will provide consistency between the two busy arterial routes and help improve safety on Fourth Plain Boulevard, which is a busy route between I-5 and the industrial areas in west Vancouver.

The "No Through Trucks" signs for 39th Street and "Speed Limit 25" signs for Fourth Plain Boulevard are expected to be installed in October. City staff is also working with the Washington State Department of Transportation on signage changes on I-5 related to the freight truck ban on 39th Street.

For more information about the Westside Mobility Strategy, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/wms.

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Evergreen Habitat for Humanity's Annual 'Raising the Roof' Benefit Breakfast Raises over $107,000
Evergreen Habitat for Humanity - 09/20/16 1:23 PM
Evergreen Habitat for Humanity's Annual 'Raising the Roof' Benefit Breakfast was attended by over 500 people and raised over $107,000 on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. Proceeds from this event will go to benefit Evergreen Habitat for Humanity and be used to build ten homes for local low income families at their newest subdivision off of Middle Way, McKibbin Commons.

"Every day, we see firsthand the critical role decent housing plays in creating positive outcomes in people's lives and in communities," says Josh Townsley, Executive Director of Evergreen Habitat for Humanity. "We are thrilled with the success of our breakfast and appreciate all the sponsors, table hosts, and volunteers who were extremely generous because they believe in a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We look forward to another year of creating safe and secure places for families to grow, be healthy, and thrive."

Jim Mains and Gary Bock were the masters of ceremonies keeping the crowd entertained and laughing all morning.

The benefit also featured a short video showing interviews with a local family who moved into their Habitat home this month and a family in Guatemala we built with last month during our Global Village trip. This heartwarming video focused on what homeownership has meant to them and the positive effects it will have on their lives and the lives of their children.

Clive Rainey, Habitat for Humanity International's first ever volunteer, was the keynote speaker for this year's breakfast. Rainey shared inspirational stories from around the world from his experience working and volunteering with Habitat for almost 40 years.

Habitat also recognized award recipients as well. Habitat volunteer Lloyd Viles received the 2016 Volunteer of the Year award, Dennis Ziesemer received the Ray Johnson award, and Chris Robertson of Robertson Engineering and Julie Danielson of Charter Communications both received the Community Partner of the Year award. Thank you to all of them for their outstanding dedication and support of Habitat.

We would like to thank all of the sponsors for the event including: Thrivent Financial, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, Barnes & Christofanelli CPAs, Clark County Rental Association, Clark Public Utilities, Guild Mortgage, Parr Lumber, Providence Health and Services, Riverview Community Bank, Stewart Title, UNFI, Vancouver Housing Authority, Waste Connections, and When the Shoe Fits. We would also like to thank our Table Hosts: Fidelity National Title, Imagine Homes Reality, Jordan Ramis, Knights of Columbus, Neal Jones Food Company, Robertson Engineering, and Vancouver Energy.

The breakfast benefit was held from 7:30 a.m. until 8:35 a.m. at Vancouver Hilton Hotel in Vancouver, WA located at 301 W. 6th Street in Vancouver, Washington.

Since 1991, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity has worked to improve living conditions for low-income Clark County residents. The non-profit organization works in partnership with people in need from all walks of life to develop communities by building safe, affordable housing. Homes are sold at no profit with a zero percent interest rate mortgage after the partner families complete their sweat equity hours.

For additional information or to schedule an interview with an Evergreen Habitat for Humanity beneficiary, please contact Josh Townsley, Executive Director, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, at 360-737-1759.

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Police Seek Help Identifying Theft and Fraud Suspect (Photo)
Tualatin Police Dept. - 09/20/16 12:27 PM
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On Monday, September 5, 2016, Tualatin Police responded to a report of a theft from a vehicle in the parking lot of Boom Fitness, located at 18039 SW Lower Boones Ferry Rd, in Tualatin.

Sometime between 4:30pm and 4:55pm, an unknown suspect smashed the driver's side window of the victim's vehicle and took the victim's gym bag and wallet. Approximately one hour later, images of an unidentified Caucasian adult female suspect committing fraud with the victim's credit card were caught on video by loss prevention at the Clackamas Fred Meyer, located at 16301 SE 82nd Ave.

The female fraud suspect was described as approximately 20-30 years of age, having dark brown hair with neon pink highlights at the base. She was wearing a white t-shirt with the word "PEACE" written in black, a gray camouflage hooded sweatshirt and tight, black pants.

Tualatin Police ask anyone with any information that could help identify the female suspect to please call the non-emergency number, 503-629-0111 and reference case #16-2540.

Police urge drivers to always secure valuables in the trunk of the vehicle and never leave them in view of others, inside the passenger compartment of the vehicle while the vehicle is unattended.

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Oregon Lottery to Present Truck 'N Travel with $94,000 Selling Bonus Check
Oregon Lottery - 09/20/16 12:13 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Winning $9.4 million Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket sold at Coburg truck stop

WHO: Oregon Lottery officials

WHEN: 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21

WHERE: Truck 'N Travel TA, 32910 E. Pearl St., Eugene

WHAT: Oregon Lottery officials will present a $94,000 bonus check to officials at Truck 'N Travel TA for selling a $9.4 million Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket on Aug. 31.

BACKGROUND: Eric Tackett of Sutherlin, a truck driver, won $9.4 million playing Oregon's Game Megabucks on Aug. 31. On the way to claim his prize Sept. 6, he dropped off a load with his truck and brought his big rig to the Oregon Lottery offices. He plans to continue driving, despite winning the jackpot. Eric and his wife Beth have been invited to the event.

VISUALS: Oregon Lottery officials will present an over-sized ceremonial check to Truck 'N Travel TA employees and will also distribute a limited amount of Lottery tickets to patrons of the store.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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Veterans Affairs Veterans Town Hall & Claims Clinic in Vancouver - Sept. 24 (Photo)
VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) - 09/20/16 11:41 AM
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Co-hosted by the Directors of VA Portland Health Care System & the Portland Regional Office of the Veterans Benefits Administration, a Town Hall and VBA Claims Clinic is being held at the Vancouver Campus of the VA on Sept. 24 starting at 10 a.m.

Veterans, family members and interested members of the public and the media are welcome to attend this event. Veterans can meet with VBA claims representatives to discuss their specific claims starting at 10 a.m. and running to about noon. Starting at 10:30 a.m. a town hall-style meeting will be hosted by the two VA directors who will be providing information and addressing questions and listening to suggestions from the audience.

Location:
Portland VA Vancouver Campus
1601 E. 4th Plain Blvd
Vancouver, WA 98661
Columbia Room, Building 11, 3rd Floor

Questions? Contact the Public Affairs Office at
(503) 402-2975 or VHAPOR-PublicAffairs@med.va.gov


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EOCI and TRCI to host recruiting event (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 09/20/16 11:37 AM
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Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution (EOCI) and Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) have joined resources to hold a one-day recruiting event on Saturday, October 8, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. During this event, corrections professionals will share information about careers including Correctional Officers, Food Service Coordinators, Physical Plant/Maintenance Specialists, Correctional Counselors, Medical Professionals, Mental Health Professionals, and Administrative Support. Refreshments will be offered throughout the day.

Those who come on board at EOCI or TRCI will join a team of 4,500 corrections professionals across the state within the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC). In addition to excellent benefits, DOC provides many opportunities for job rotations, promotions, and continuing professional development.

All attendees will receive assistance with the online application and scheduling for the National Testing Network (NTN) REACT Test for Correctional Officers ($35 fee -- accepted payment methods are: valid credit card, debit card, or prepaid debit card). Participants may register prior to the event at: https://nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs.

Those wishing to attend will need to bring valid photo identification (driver's license, military ID, or passport). Attendees may not wear clothing that is blue (including denim), camouflage, or suggestive. Cell phones and smartwatches cannot be taken inside the facility. Tours of EOCI will be available.

The event will be held at the Blue Mountain Community College Science Building located at 2411 NW Carden Avenue, in Pendleton. Interested applicants with questions about the recruiting event may call (503) 930-2462. They may also visit www.odocjobs.com for more information.

EOCI is a multi-custody prison located in Pendleton that houses over 1,600 male inmates. The institution is known for its Oregon Corrections Enterprises industries, including a garment factory that produces Prison Blues(C), whose products are sold in and outside the United States. Other industries are its embroidery and laundry facilities. EOCI provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, religious services, and inmate work crews. The buildings that make up EOCI were constructed in 1912 and 1913 and were originally used as a state mental hospital. After two years of renovation, EOCI received its first inmates in June 1985.

TRCI is a multi-custody prison in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 male inmates. TRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including institution and industrial laundry, mattress manufacturing, and sewing. Other institution work programs include reparation and cleaning of irrigation ditches, maintenance of local baseball fields, and work with local cities and the Hermiston School District. The facility provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, religious services, and behavioral health services. TRCI opened in 2000.

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September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/20/16 11:12 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau's partners at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) recognize September as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This month helps promote resources and awareness around the issues of suicide prevention, how you can help others and how to talk about suicide without increasing the risk of harm.

Through August of this year, there have been over 1,500 dispatched calls for a person threatening or attempting suicide. Additionally, Portland Police officers have responded to 60 reports of a person completing suicide. To put this number in perspective, there had been a total of 12 homicides and 30 traffic fatalities for that same time period.

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

In 2013, the Portland Police Bureau released the video, "What if You Could Turn Back the Clock on Suicide?" The video is available for viewing at https://youtu.be/_1uz3cs-HdA

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

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

Lines for Life is also available 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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

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Portland hosts public forum on proposal for retrofitting unreinforced masonry buildings vulnerable during an earthquake
Portland Bureau of Emergency Management - 09/20/16 10:48 AM
MEDIA ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 20, 2016

Contact: Ross Caron Felicia Heaton
Bureau of Development Services Bureau of Emergency Management
(503) 823-4268 (503) 209-0549

Portland hosts public forum on proposal for retrofitting unreinforced masonry buildings vulnerable during an earthquake

On Thursday (9/22), Portland is hosting the second of two public forums to discuss a draft proposal to require the seismic retrofit of the city's 1,700 public and privately-owned unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings. The forum is being held at the Portland Development Commission (222 NW 5th Ave) from 6 to 8 p.m. URM buildings are typically structures built before the 1960s using brick with little to no steel reinforcement in the walls that are highly vulnerable to collapse even during a moderate earthquake.

The draft proposal was developed by the Portland URM Seismic Retrofit Project, a group sponsored by Commissioner Steve Novick that includes the Portland Bureau of Development Services (BDS), Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM), Portland Development Commission (PDC), and community members. Since December 2014, the group has been meeting to find ways to reduce Portland's risk from URM buildings.

Information about the proposal, along with a searchable URM map and way to provide feedback, is available at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/urms.

Questions? Please email BDS.URMBuildings@portlandoregon.gov or call (503) 823-7300.

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Wallowa County Man Loses Life in Highway 82 Crash on Minam Grade - Union County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/20/16 9:57 AM
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On September 19, 2016 at about 3:06 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on State Route 82 near milepost 31 (Minam Grade).

Preliminary investigation revealed an older Dodge farm truck, operated by Gary Leonard ALFORD, age 70, of Joseph, was traveling eastbound down Minam Grade when his vehicle failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle left the roadway and traveled down the embankment, where ALFORD was ejected.

Emergency services personnel extracted ALFORD from the hillside below the roadway. Life Flight arrived on scene but ALFORD had succumbed to his injuries before he could be evacuated from the scene. Witness statements and some scene evidence suggest that an equipment failure may have been a contributing factor in the crash.

The highway was closed for two hours while the investigation was being conducted. OSP was assisted by Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Elgin Fire, Union County Sheriff's Office and Wallowa County Sheriff's Office.

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Public Safety Complex 505 NW 179th St. Ridgefield, WA Open House (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/20/16 9:47 AM
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Public Safety Complex 505 NW 179th St. Ridgefield, WA Open House is Saturday, September 24, 12-4 p.m. Free fun for the whole family- kid activities, demonstrations by K9, Life Flight, fire department; static display of emergency vehicles, hot dogs, chips, pop, and popcorn, community vendors, low-cost bicycle helmets and free fittings and a lot more! Bring a donation of peanut butter or jam or canned goods to benefit the North County Community Food Bank.


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Credit Unions: Local, Member Owned and Trustworthy
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 09/20/16 8:59 AM
TIGARD, OR. -- Looking for some positive headlines about financial institutions that can be trusted to do the right thing for people? Oregon credit unions have plenty of good news! As not-for-profit cooperatives, they are owned by their members, and exist only to serve them. There are no Wall St. stockholders to pay, so earnings are invested back into members and communities. For example:
Beaverton-based Rivermark Community Credit Union has created an innovative path to help small businesses gain access to capital and other resources they need to succeed. The credit union seeded a $100,000 endowment with the Oregon Community Foundation, and is inviting staff and members to contribute to the fund online. The fund will provide grants to non-profits that support small businesses. Contact David Noble (503) 526-3635 dnoble@rivermarkcu.org.
In Portland, USAgencies Credit Union offers a Platinum VISA card that gives members rewards to use toward travel, merchandise and more--and 5% of the net profits are given back to charities such as food banks, pet adoption and educational programs. Contact Kasey Rockwell (503) 275-0346 krockwell@usacu.org.
Credit unions in the Bend area work together to sponsor the Great Drake Park Duck Race, supporting children and families in need. Mid Oregon Credit Union, OnPoint Credit Union, SELCO Community Credit Union, First Community Credit Union and Oregonians Credit Union branches in Bend galvanized the community to contribute $117,000 to the cause earlier this month. Contact Kyle Frick at Mid Oregon. (541) 585-1802 kyle@midoregon.com.
Credit unions care about teachers. Eugene-based SELCO Community Credit Union is accepting applications for mini-grants for educators. The credit union awarded $26,500 last year. Visit selco.org/MiniGrants to apply now. Contact Colleen Thompson (541) 686-5395 cthompson@selco.org.
Teachers in the mid-Willamette Valley school districts are also eligible for credit union grants, offered by Maps Credit Union's Community Foundation and PEMCO Insurance. Contact Lisa Daniels (503) 588-0181 ex 3230 ldaniels@mapscu.com.

Members of not-for-profit cooperative credit unions can count on lower interest rates on their loans and credit cards and higher rates on their savings accounts. For example, Oregon members collectively received $104 million in direct benefits last year-through the money they saved on new and used car loans, credit cards, mortgages, home equity loans and higher interest savings accounts. Find out why nearly 50% of the people who call Oregon their home, call credit unions their best financial partner! Visit www.asmarterchoice.org.
Source: Data analysis of bank and credit union interest rates, Informa Research Services, NCUA and CUNA, 12 months ending March 31, 2016.


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Water Main Repair Closes Northeast 33rd Avenue between Morris and Siskiyou Streets
Portland Water Bureau - 09/20/16 2:56 AM
PORTLAND, OR- Portland Water Bureau crews are responding to a water main break on Northeast 33rd Avenue.

To assess and repair the damaged water pipe, crews must shut down Northeast 33rd Avenue between Northeast Morris and Siskiyou streets until approximately 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20.

The main is a 24-inch cast iron pipe from 1906.

Approximately 72 homes may be out of service while the main is repaired. Others may experience discolored water as sediment inside the pipe is disturbed. This water is safe to drink but customers should run their taps until water runs clear.

The traveling public is reminded to stay alert and use caution as traffic may suddenly slow or stop. To avoid traffic delays, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes around the work site.

The Portland Water Bureau's Maintenance & Construction crews are ready to respond to emergencies, including water main breaks, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. On average, crews respond to 200 main breaks a year.
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Corps seeks comments on permit application for Columbia River dredging.
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 09/19/16 5:12 PM
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by Northwest Aggregates Co. to conduct dredging on the Columbia River between River Miles 80 and 120 in Columbia and Multnomah Counties, OR and Cowlitz and Clark Counties, WA. Public Notice NWP-2016-30 is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/
Battle Ground School District Receives Initial Water Testing Results
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 09/19/16 4:58 PM
Battle Ground Public Schools has received initial results for water testing indicating elevated levels of lead in water at some sources on six campuses. Some samples from Amboy Middle, Captain Strong Primary, Chief Umtuch Middle, Maple Grove, Yacolt Primary, and the Lewisville campus were found to have lead contents above the federal Environmental Protection Agency's recommended limit for lead of 15 parts per billion.

The district has taken immediate action to prohibit drinking from sources that tested above recommended limits for lead, and is following federal guidelines for addressing elevated lead levels and follow up testing.

"We are concerned about the health and safety of our students, and have taken measures to address the results as swiftly and efficiently as possible," said Mark Hottowe, Battle Ground's superintendent.

The district has shut off water sources that showed elevated levels of lead and is changing those fixtures. Following replacement of the fixtures, the district will conduct follow up testing according to federal guidelines. The district will be working with the principals at each of the impacted buildings to make appropriate accommodations to make sure students have adequate access to drinking water.

To be thorough, Battle Ground Public Schools conducted testing at every source of drinkable water across the district. The district drew samples from more than 2,000 sources following federal recommended guidelines for testing.

The results the district has received to date represent approximately 20 percent of the more than 2,000 samples. The district will address additional results as it receives them.

Battle Ground will continue ongoing testing as part of its maintenance plan and commitment to providing a safe environment for students and employees.
Kelso Celebrates Legendary Teachers
Kelso Sch. Dist. - 09/19/16 4:30 PM
Legendary Teacher Day is September 22nd and the Kelso School District is celebrating local teaching legends in a big way. The School District is rallying members of the community, the School Board, the Chamber of Commerce and City Council to join in the celebration, as well.

Every Teacher of the Year in the Kelso School District since 1989 has been invited to be a special guest at the September 23rd Kelso High School football game.  They will have a special seating section and be recognized before the game for their great contributions to Kelso's kids and community.

The Kelso School District will be encouraging the community to acknowledge a legendary teacher in their lives by promoting Legendary Teacher Day on the District's website, social media channels and internal newsletter. The School Board issued a Proclamation on September 6th to acknowledge the day and the City of Kelso will consider a Proclamation at the Council's September 20th meeting. The Chamber will promote Legendary Teacher Day in their daily email beginning September 12th.

"Teachers shape and mold us in ways few others in our lives do," said Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich. "We're excited to join this national day of recognition and honor legendary teachers."

Legendary teachers build relationships, engage deeply with students and create high expectations. Here's how to recognize a personal teaching legend:
If the teacher is currently teaching, reach out to them personally. Be sure to cite the specific reason that they are your legend.

If the teacher is inactive or retired, send your tribute to the principal of the school where your legendary teacher influenced you.

Making it public is encouraged! Post your legendary teacher tribute on social media with the hashtag #legendaryteacher.

Learn more about Legendary Teacher Day at legendaryteacher.com.
Snake River Correctional Institution to host recruiting event (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 09/19/16 4:07 PM
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Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) in Ontario will be holding a one-day recruiting event on Saturday, October 1, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. During this event, corrections professionals will share information about careers including Correctional Officers, Food Service Coordinators, Physical Plant/Maintenance Specialists, Correctional Counselors, Medical Professionals, Mental Health Professionals, and Administrative Support. Refreshments will be offered throughout the day.

Those who come on board at SRCI will join a team of 4,500 corrections professionals across the state within the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC). In addition to excellent benefits, DOC provides many opportunities for job rotations, promotions, and continuing professional development.

All attendees will receive assistance with the online application and scheduling for the National Testing Network (NTN) REACT Test for Correctional Officers ($35 fee -- accepted payment methods are: valid credit card, debit card, or prepaid debit card). Participants may register prior to the event at: https://nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs.

Those wishing to attend will need to bring valid photo identification (driver's license, military ID, or passport). Attendees may not wear clothing that is blue (including denim), camouflage, or suggestive. Cell phones and smartwatches cannot be taken inside the facility.

SRCI is located at 777 Stanton Boulevard, Ontario. Interested applicants with questions about the recruiting event may call (541) 881-4573 or (503) 930-2462. They may also visit www.odocjobs.com for more information.

SRCI is a multi-custody prison in Ontario that houses approximately 3,000 male inmates. SRCI has multiple special housing units including disciplinary segregation, intensive management, infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care, and an administrative segregation unit. SRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including a contact center, laundry, and sign shop. SRCI specializes in incentive housing, specialized housing, inmates with mental health/medical vulnerabilities, education and trades programs, cognitive and parenting programs, and institution work programs. SRCI opened in 1991 and is the largest correctional institution in the state.

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Two Car MVC at W Main ST and SW 10th Ave, Battle Ground (Photo)
Clark Co. Fire Dist. 3 - 09/19/16 3:23 PM
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Fire District 3 responded to a motor vehicle collision on SW 10th Avenue and W Main ST at 12:12 pm this afternoon. On arrival, Fire District 3 crews found one medium sized sedan blocking the intersection, and one pickup truck pulled off to the side of the road. The vehicles appeared to have been involved in a T-bone style collision in the intersection. Traffic was temporarily blocked while firefighters extricated the driver of the car and evaluated the sole occupant for injuries; the driver of the truck was uninjured. The occupant of the sedan was transported to a local area hospital for further evaluation. Fire District 3 was assisted in response by American Medical Response, Clark County Sheriff's Office, and Battle Ground Police Department who managed traffic and conducted an investigation.


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Upcoming Painting Projects Will Preserve History at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 09/19/16 2:33 PM
The National Park Service is scheduled to begin a parkwide project to address the external envelope of multiple buildings at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. National Park Service staff will oversee the repainting of seven buildings, including the McLoughlin House in Oregon City, the historic Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) Shoppette in the East Vancouver Barracks, and the Band Stand on the Parade Ground. Work is anticipated to begin as soon as next week.

"This project is a good mix of cyclic painting, addressing the maintenance backlog, and resource stewardship. The majority of the work will be on historic buildings that are known to have lead-based paint, which we will be addressing through an abatement process. In addition, we will be proactively assessing the historic fabric of these structures and addressing any repairs that may be needed," said Facility Manager Alex Patterson. "Ultimately, this work will help put the buildings' exteriors in good condition as well as place these structures on the National Park Service's predictive maintenance schedule."

Superintendent Tracy Fortmann added, "We are very excited to begin this significant painting and treatment project. First up is the painting of the McLoughlin House, which is one of the oldest and most significant homes in the Pacific Northwest. We will also be painting the iconic Band Stand on the Parade Ground. The Band Stand, a highly popular venue within the national park, is a central gathering place for numerous community and special events as well as educational programs throughout the year. We also look forward to repainting the AAFES Shoppette, which continues their long history of serving our community's active and retired military personnel and their families here. Ultimately, the work accomplished through this project will make critically important improvements to nationally significant structures within this national park."

During this project, the immediate work areas will be closed off to allow the painting contractor a safe and secure work area. However, efforts will be made, where possible, to keep building serving the public open for visitors to enjoy. The park asks visitors and the community to work with them as this very important work occurs in a safe and effective manner in the weeks and months ahead. The work is contracted to Saybr Contractors from Tacoma, Washington, and is expected to last approximately two months, but will be weather dependent.
Local Square Dance Caller arrested for multiple counts of child sex abuse.
Tualatin Police Dept. - 09/19/16 2:09 PM
The Tualatin Police Department, in conjunction with the Washington County Sheriff's Office, has arrested a popular Square Dance caller from the Portland area.

Charles William Garner, 55, of Tualatin, was arrested on September 16, 2016 for multiple crimes involving a child, to include Rape, Sodomy, Sexual Abuse, and Using a Child in a Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct.

Investigators fear that there may be other victims who have yet to come forward. Mr. Garner was a popular Square Dance caller in the Washington and Marion County areas for the last several years.

Anyone who may have had contact with Mr. Garner is urged to call the Police, and report any criminal activity that may have occurred.

Anyone who may have had contact with Mr. Garner can contact investigators at 503-691-4842.

Charles William Garner is currently in the custody of the Washington County Jail. A booking photo may be available by contacting the Sheriff's Office.
Annual October archaeology series set for Smith Rock State Park
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/19/16 1:17 PM
Smith Rock State Park will host its 14th annual Oregon Archaeology Celebration (OAC) lecture series in October. In addition to the weekly Friday evening presentations, a special Saturday event is set for Oct. 1. All presentations will take place at the Smith Rock State Park Welcome Center, 10087 NE Crooked River Drive, Terrebonne. The free talks are open to the public. Day-use parking is $5. Annual parking passes for 12- or 24-months are available.

"This is an outstanding opportunity for members of the public to discover the compelling and colorful history and heritage of our region," said Paul Patton, Mountain Region resource specialist for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD).

Oct. 1 [Saturday], noon-3 p.m.: Patrick O'Grady, Ph.D., and staff archaeologist for the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, will display and discuss "The Traveling Museum of Oregon Prehistory."

The following Friday evening presentations are scheduled from 7-8:30 p.m. and will include a question and answer period.

Oct. 7: Rory Becker, Eastern Oregon University associate professor of anthropology, will present "Seeing Beneath the Soil: Remote Sensing Techniques in Archaeology."

Oct. 14: Jenny Huang, Bureau of Reclamation archaeologist, will present "A Place of Power: The Watson Rock Art Site of Malheur County."

Oct. 21: Eric Iseman, OPRD park ranger and researcher, will present "Tribal Rock Art of the Oregon Country."

Oct. 28: Paul M. Patton, OPRD resource specialist, will present "A New Look at the Peopling of the Americas."

The OAC program was established in 1993 when Gov. Barbara Roberts made a proclamation that set aside one month each year to celebrate and promote Oregon's archaeology, cultural heritage and history.

Smith Rock State Park is located off U.S 97 three miles north of Redmond and three miles east of Terrebonne. More information and directions are available at www.oregonstateparks.org or by calling 541-923-7551, ext. 21.
Jesuit Fr. Greg Boyle to Speak in Portland (Photo)
Jesuit High School - 09/19/16 12:34 PM
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On Monday, October 17, Father Gregory J. Boyle, S.J. will be the keynote speaker at Jesuit High School's 14th Annual Financial Aid Luncheon at the Oregon Convention Center. Fr. Boyle, S.J. is the founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, which trains and employs former gang members in a range of enterprises and provides critical services to 15,000 men and women each year. Homeboy Industries is the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world.

Fr. Boyle is the author of the 2010 New York Times-bestseller "Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion." All Jesuit High School students read "Tattoos on the Heart" as part of the school's 2016 summer reading program, and they will have the opportunity to discuss the book with Fr. Boyle when he visits campus following the luncheon on Oct. 17 at an all-school assembly in Knight Gym from 1:40-2:30 pm.

Fr. Boyle is also the subject of Academy Award-winner Freida Lee Mock's 2012 documentary, "G-Dog." He has received the California Peace Prize and been inducted into the California Hall of Fame. In 2014, the White House named Father Boyle a Champion of Change.

Jesuit High School invites friends of the school community to attend the Financial Aid Luncheon and to be inspired by Fr. Boyle's lifelong commitment to God and to serving his fellow men and women. His work embraces the Ignatian vision and the mission of Jesuit High School.

The Financial Aid Luncheon is critically important to the school and helps ensure that students, regardless of their financial circumstances, are able to receive a Jesuit education. "Our biggest priorities at Jesuit High School are to fulfill our apostolic mission while keeping our school accessible, affordable and diverse," says Thomas Arndorfer, Jesuit's president. "In the last year, Jesuit provided $2.8 million in need-based financial aid, which benefited one of every four of our students. The Financial Aid Luncheon at Jesuit has proven to be one of our most important initiatives on an annual basis. We are deeply grateful to all who have made it such a success historically."

The Financial Aid Luncheon runs from noon to 1 PM, Monday, October 17th with doors opening at 11:15 AM. There is no ticket charge or table host cost. For more details, including information about sponsorship, contact Diane Salzman at dsalzman@jesuitportland.org or 503-291-5497.


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Public meetings on Lane Co. forestland classification for fire protection to be held in Florence, Lowell and Eugene
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/19/16 12:32 PM
The Forestland Classification Committee for Lane County will hold public meetings in Florence, Lowell and Eugene to provide information on the classification process for wildland fire protection within the county. The committee recently reviewed and classified lands within Lane County, and part of the Western Lane and South Cascade Protection districts of the Oregon Department of Forestry to determine which need protection from wildland fire. The classification has nothing to do with other land-use regulations.

The Oregon Department of Forestry provides wildfire protection services to forestlands in the county, and a Forest Patrol Assessment on protected lands helps fund firefighting.

The public meetings will be held:
- Sept. 26 - Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St, Florence, 6:30-8 p.m.
- Sept. 29 - Lowell High School Gymnasium, 65 S. Pioneer St., Lowell, 7-8:30 p.m.
- Oct. 3 -- Lane Community College Center for Meeting and Learning, 4000 E. 30th Ave.,
Eugene, 6:30-8 p.m.

The meetings are open to the public, and landowners will have an opportunity to share their comments or concerns. Maps showing the preliminary classifications will be available for review a half-hour prior to each meeting. Also, the maps, along with other information including written testimony forms, can be found on the Lane County Forestland Classification website, www.lanecounty.org/Departments/AssessmentandTaxation/Pages/ForestlandClassification2016.aspx

More information on the Lane County forestland classification review can be obtained by contacting Tom Soward, ODF Western Lane District, 541-935-2283 x237, or visiting in person at the district office, 87950 Territorial Road, in Veneta.
Robbery Investigation Underway at North Portland Credit Union
Portland Police Bureau - 09/19/16 11:47 AM
On Monday September 19, 2016, at 10:10 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a robbery at Trailhead Credit Union, located at 3904 North Mississippi Avenue.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted employees who told police that the suspect used a demand note and obtained an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect left the credit union without incident.

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

The suspect is described as an African American male in his 20s, 5'10" tall, 140 pounds, short hair, mustache, wearing a blue sweatshirt and gray sweatpants.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Robbery detectives at 503-823-0405.

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FEPPP Celebrates Approval of Financial Education Standards in WA
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 09/19/16 11:31 AM
FEPPP HOSTS COMMUNITY CELEBRATION FOR OSPI APPROVAL OF WASHINGTON STATE FINANCIAL EDUCATION STANDARDS-Event Sept. 27

FEPPP members, financial education champions, state and local officials gather in Yakima to recognize first step in financial education legislation being completed

OLYMPIA -- The Financial Education Public Private Partnership invites the public, educators, students, local and state elected officials to help celebrate the reaching of a milestone in Washington for financial education in K-12 classrooms: the development and approval of state financial education standards to be taught to in Washington schools.

"The standards represent a commitment that has been made by the people of this state to ensure that our children will be given the tools they need to help take control of their financial lives," Pam Whalley, Director of the Center for Economic and Financial Education, Western Washington University, said. "With the adoption of these standards, personal finance takes its place alongside the academic disciplines that we recognize as being necessary for our students to be career or college ready upon graduation."
The 2015 State Legislature passed SB 5202 requiring FEPPP to "work with the office of the superintendent to integrate financial education skills and content knowledge into the state learning standards." FEPPP has been working since the legislation was approved, in partnership with OSPI, to implement these standards.
In January 2016, 11 educators met to consider existing resources and student needs related to financial education. The group reviewed the essential components of financial education standards. Using Jump$tart National Standards as a foundation, work began in three grade-band teams: Elementary (K--5), Middle School (6--8), and High School (9--12). Through discussion and review of the national standards, recommendations were made for grade-level benchmarks. Feedback was pursued from Washington's Curriculum Advisory Review Committee (CARC) and from OSPI subject matter experts. (See more detail at http://www.k12.wa.us/CurriculumInstruct/FinancialEducation/default.aspx)
Superintendent Dorn is expected to sign formal adoption of these standards at the celebration in Yakima. Once signed, FEPPP will "continue work with educators and stakeholder to develop resources for linking standards and implementation models" as directed by the legislation.
Please join FEPPP members, state and local officials, and financial education champions in celebrating this great accomplishment. Appetizers and beverages will be served. This is a great opportunity to learn about financial education efforts in Yakima and make new partnerships to further the work of financial education.
Register for the free event at: https://fepppfinancialeducationcelebration.eventbrite.com
FEPPP Financial Education Community Celebration
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 27
Time: 4:15 to 6:00 pm
Place: Junior Achievement World, 650 University Park Way, Yakima, Washington
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The Financial Education Public Private Partnership, created to extend the efforts of the Financial Literacy Public Private Partnership, brings together members form the public and private sector to bring quality financial education to students of the public school districts.
In 2009 legislature passed SHB 1347, extending the efforts of Financial Literacy Public-Private Partnership (FLPPP) by creating the Financial Education Public-Private Partnership (FEPPP). The committee brings together individuals from both the public and private sector in an effort to provide quality financial education for students in the public school system. FEPPP will continue the work of:
Identifying strategies to increase the financial education of students;
Providing quality financial education information for school districts; and
Providing financial education instructional materials and professional development.


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Ridgefield School District Introduces Standard Response Protocol to Enhance Student and Staff Safety (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 09/19/16 11:12 AM
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Ridgefield, WA, September 19, 2016 -- In an effort to enhance student and staff safety at all campuses, the Ridgefield School District has partnered with the "I Love U Guys" Foundation to adopt the Standard Response Protocol (SRP).

The Standard Response Protocol allows for a shared lexicon by all schools, staff, students and parents. Unlike past practice, SRP allows the district to prepare for a wide variety of emergencies.

Work related to this effort began last year when the school district closely analyzed emergency responses and actions related to various events. In January of 2015, the district organized a Rapid Response Active Threat table-top exercise in partnership with Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA), the Ridgefield Police Department, Clark County Fire & Rescue, the La Center Police Department and Phoenix Security. Considerable time was then dedicated to locating and reviewing various tools to streamline and unify the district's response to emergencies. This work led the Ridgefield School District to the "I Love You Guys" Foundation and their vast array of resources.

"Our number one priority is student and staff safety. Adopting the Standard Response Protocol enables us to use a shared language that our law enforcement and other first responders are familiar with. Chris Griffith, our assistant superintendent, has done an excellent job leading this effort. We have strategically engaged with our local first responders, amassed valuable information, and enhanced relationships that make it easier to keep our campuses safe," said Dr. Nathan McCann, Ridgefield's superintendent.

Griffith led a three-member team that participated in a national school safety symposium in Columbine, Colorado in July. The team brought the information back to the district and led training for all administrators in August. All teachers were trained in early September, and all Ridgefield students will be receiving training in the following week.

"The training in Columbine reinforced just how important school safety is," said Griffith. "I am excited to see that the Ridgefield School District has adopted universal language and procedures that can aid students and staff should emergencies present themselves. Working closely with our local first responders has been a wonderful experience. They care so much about the safety and security of our kids. I am so proud of the effort put forth by everyone involved."

At the core of the SRP are four actions. Each action has specific language that must be used followed by directives that clearly tell staff and students how to respond.

The four actions are:
Lockout. This action is followed by the directive: "Secure the perimeter" and is used to safeguard students and staff within the building.
Lockdown. This action is followed by "Locks, lights, out of sight" and is used to secure individual rooms and keep students quiet and in place.
Evacuate. This action is always followed by a location, and is used to move students and staff from one location to a different location in or out of the building.
Shelter. This action is always followed by a type and a method and is the protocol for group and self-protection.

By using the standardized language of the SRP, the district believes that all participants will clearly understand the action and response expected of them. A district-wide adoption will allow parents to reinforce these actions with their students regardless of what school they attend. SRP provides our emergency response partners (police, fire, medical) with a clearer picture of specific emergencies unfolding at our schools.

If you are interested in learning more about the Standard Response Protocol, please visit the Foundation's website at: http://iloveuguys.org/srp.html


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Albany Police Department Concludes 2 Narcotics Investigations -- Arrests and Seizures (Photo) - Corrected
Albany Police - 09/19/16 11:09 AM
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During the week of September 12, 2016, the Albany Police Department concluded 2 narcotics investigations that resulted in 8 arrests and the seizure of over 2 1/2 pounds of methamphetamine, $113,000.00 in U.S. currency and 6 firearms.

On Monday, September 12, 2016, at approximately 8:50 p.m., Albany Police Street Crimes Detectives conducted a traffic stop in 1200 block of SE Lafayette Street in Albany and arrested the 3 occupants of the vehicle. The arrests were part of an ongoing narcotics investigation. During a search of the vehicle, detectives seized 1/4 pound of methamphetamine, over $1,000 in U.S. currency, scales, and a loaded handgun.

The 3 occupants were lodged at the Linn County Jail without incident on the following charges:
Sasha Davidson, 35 years old of Albany, Oregon - Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful possession of a Firearm
Charles Yancey, 39 years old of North Bend, Oregon - Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
Stefanie Foltyn, 32 years old of Sacramento, California - Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

As a result of this traffic stop a search warrant was executed on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at approximately 12:50 a.m., at a residence in the 6000 block of Silverton Road in Salem. Three individuals were located at the residence and arrested as a result of the search warrant. During a search of the residence, detectives seized methamphetamine, cocaine, packaging material, scales, and over $8,000.00 in U.S. currency.

The 3 individuals from the residence were lodged at the Marion County Jail without incident on the following charges:
Frank DeFelice, 58 years old of Salem, Oregon - Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
Trevvor McFee, 27 years old of Keizer, Oregon - Felony warrant for Parole Violation issued by the Oregon State Parole Board
Holly Kelsey, 28 years old of Salem, Oregon - Felony warrant for Parole Violation issued by Oregon State Parole Board and a Misdemeanor warrant issued by Salem Municipal Court

On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Albany Street Crimes Detectives, following up on leads from the Silverton Road search warrant, searched a residence in the 3700 block of Haggers Grove Road in Salem, Oregon. During the search detectives seized one pound of methamphetamine, over $100,000.00 in U.S. currency and four handguns. Charges are still pending in regards to this seizure.

On Thursday, September 15, 2016, at approximately 7:00 a.m., Albany Police Street Crimes Detectives executed a search warrant at a residence in the 38000 block of Golden Valley Drive in Lebanon. Two individuals were located at the residence and arrested as a result of the search warrant. During a search of the residence, detectives seized 1 1/3 pounds methamphetamine, packaging material, scales, a firearm and over $3,500.00 in U.S. currency.

The 2 individuals from the residence were lodged at the Linn County Jail without incident on the following charges:
Elaine Falwell, 53 years old of Lebanon, Oregon - Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
Robert Edelhuber, 54 years old of Lebanon, Oregon - Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine

The Albany Police Department was assisted by the Linn County Regional SWAT Team, the Marion County SWAT Team, Linn County Sheriff's Office, Benton County Sheriff's Office, Lebanon Police Department, Sweet Home Police Department and the Springfield Police Department.

Booking photos of Stefanie Foltyn, Frank DeFelice, Trevvor McFee, and Holley Kelsey were not available at the time of this press release.

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Ridgefield School District Celebrates Legendary Teacher Day on September 22. (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 09/19/16 11:06 AM
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September 19, 2016 -- Ridgefield, WA - The Ridgefield School District Board of Directors proclaimed Thursday, September 22 as Legendary Teacher Day at a regular board meeting on Tuesday, September 13, 2015 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 Dr. Nathan McCann, Ridgefield's superintendent. "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 22, 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. "We encourage everyone to share their story even if their Legendary Teacher doesn't 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 2016-2017-001.


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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Four Adults and Two Children in Multnomah County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/19/16 10:37 AM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster today, September 19, at approximately 7:30 a.m., in the 8000 block of Wall Ave. in Portland, OR. The multi-family fire affected six people, including four adults and two children. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Dallas Fire & EMS Receives Grant for Extrication Tools (Photo)
Dallas Fire & EMS - 09/19/16 10:34 AM
Pictured left to right; Dallas Fire & EMS Chief Fred Hertel, Community Relations Officer April Welsh, Tribal Council Chairman Reyn Leno, Lt Frank Ehrmantraut, and City of Dallas City Council President Jim Fairchild. Photo credit to Michelle Alaimo/Smoke S
Pictured left to right; Dallas Fire & EMS Chief Fred Hertel, Community Relations Officer April Welsh, Tribal Council Chairman Reyn Leno, Lt Frank Ehrmantraut, and City of Dallas City Council President Jim Fairchild. Photo credit to Michelle Alaimo/Smoke S
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The City of Dallas Fire & EMS is proud to announce the award of a $25,000 grant from the Spirit Mountain Community Fund. The Spirit Mountain Community Fund is a charitable foundation of The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. The Spirit Mountain Community Fund's focus is to improve the quality of life in Northwest Oregon through community investments that provide lasting benefits consistent with the Tribe's culture and values.
This grant money will go towards the purchase of replacing aging extrication equipment on the City's rescue engine as well as updating existing extrication tools on the SW Polk Rural Fire Protection engine, which is housed at the Rickreall Fire Station. Dallas Fire & EMS is responsible for providing rescue services for all motor vehicle collisions that occur in an area spanning 240 square miles. This includes thirty miles of highway.
In 2015, there were 130 citizens that Dallas Fire & EMS made contact with that required medical evaluation after suffering a motor vehicle collision. We approximate that 10% of these patients required auto extrication to be freed from their vehicle. Auto extrication is performed by highly trained personnel using specialized tools to manipulate vehicle construction and free the occupants.
Currently, Dallas Fire & EMS owns auto extrication equipment that is no longer serviceable by the manufacturer. If certain pieces of extrication equipment were to malfunction, we would not be able to replace it. Currently, we have one piece of equipment that is permanently out of service as it is no longer serviceable and unsafe to use.
We currently staff our response apparatus with volunteer firefighters who have completed a minimum of 100 hours of training before being qualified to respond to emergency incidents, including motor vehicle collisions. This also requires regular training to stay current on new techniques and information.
Dallas Fire & EMS is grateful to The Spirit Mountain Community Fund for supporting us with this opportunity to purchase new extrication equipment so that we can continue to provide exceptional service to our community.


Attached Media Files: Pictured left to right; Dallas Fire & EMS Chief Fred Hertel, Community Relations Officer April Welsh, Tribal Council Chairman Reyn Leno, Lt Frank Ehrmantraut, and City of Dallas City Council President Jim Fairchild. Photo credit to Michelle Alaimo/Smoke S
Give More 24! Offers Fun-Filled Events that Make A Difference (Photo)
Community Foundation for Southwest Washington - 09/19/16 10:34 AM
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Who: You! Anyone can support local causes with a minimum donation of $10.

What: Southwest Washington's third annual day of online giving. Give More 24! is a community-wide, 24-hour online giving marathon that benefits more than 125 local causes.

When: September 22, 2016 from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59:59 p.m.

How: Visit www.give-more-24.org on September 24, choose your cause and watch your dollars go further when you support local nonprofits.

Where: Donate at home, work, on vacation or in-person by visiting www.give-more-24.org. There are also dozens of "OFFICIAL EVENTS" where you can have fun while making a difference through online donations. See details below:

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Give More 24! @ Vancouver Mall | 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
8700 NE Vancouver Mall Drive, Vancouver, WA 98662
Visit the hub of all things Give More 24! Sponsored by Vancouver Mall, this fun-filled giving event will feature family-friendly activities like crafts and games that incorporate your kids' favorite princesses and superheroes. Starting at 4 p.m. the adults get to have their own fun. The stars of Hello Vancouver! will take center stage and keep audiences laughing with game show antics and a variety of music. If you're thirsty, pair your giving with a $10 beer and cider tasting experience that features Jester & Judge cidery, pFriem Family Brewers and 54°40' Brewing Co. For more information, please contact Chrissy Trammel at 360-694-2550 or chrissy@cfsww.org.

Play More 24! | Midnight to Midnight
2510 E Evergreen Boulevard, Vancouver, WA 98661
Sit in on a 24-hour jam session at the School of Piano Technology for the Blind and soak up the talented sounds of some of the school's favorite pros, instructors, students, novices and local stars. They will each take shifts and busk indoors for your dollars throughout the day. If you'd like to join the jam session, contact the school at 360-693-1511 to reserve a slot. For additional information, please contact Cheri Martin at cherim@pianotuningschool.org.

Mentoring Gives Back | Midnight to Midnight
7301 NE 137th Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98682
Teach One to Lead One is organizing a day to give all that you can. On-site volunteer projects include planting and raking to help the Sifton Elementary School community garden flourish. Food will be provided throughout the day, as well as free carwashes for school staff and free haircuts for students. Contact Marc Logan for more information at marc.logan@T1L1.org or by calling 360-828-1402.

Fresh Alliance Food Frenzy | Midnight to Midnight
Various Locations
Clark County Food Bank invites community members to visit their neighborhood grocery store and help end hunger. A food bank team will be visiting all 24 Fresh Alliance grocery stores in just 24 hours. Each 30-minute stop will encourage shoppers to help end hunger in Clark County through a Give More 24! donation. For more info about the schedule, please call 360-693-0939 or email Katie.survillo@clarkcountyfoodbank.org.

Thanks a Latte | 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
2500 Main Street #120, Vancouver, WA 98660
Give up your morning joe and help out someone in need at Second Step Housing. Pacific Perks is bringing out a barista and setting up a FREE coffee cart for an hour. Get your day started off right, make an early morning donation, mingle with staff and friends, and get to know how your gift will make an impact. For additional information, please contact Mary Hopkins at
360-719-4073 or mary@secondstephousing.org.

Clark County History Tourpacalypse! | 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
1511 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660
Experience all 12 of the Clark County Historical Museum's Vancouver Neighborhood tours in one day-long event. Curator Brad Richardson will be taking this challenge on as the lone guide. Follow the museum on social media to find out where you can join him, or you can watch the livestream on Facebook from the comfort of home. Your gifts will keep Brad moving along the Tourpocalypse! trail. Please contact 360-993-5679 for more information.

Swing More 24! | 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Various Locations
It's the return of a fun, interactive way to support parks, trails and recreation throughout Clark County. Local residents, including mayors and city councilors, business owners and employees and the Parks Foundation board will take to swings sets across Clark County and ask for community support during their "swing shift." More information on the "swing shifts" and Swing More 24! prizes can be found at the Parks Foundation website, www.ParksFoundation.us.
Boomerang Generosity Partners Lunch | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
808 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660
Come enjoy some light lunch and refreshments at Boomerang and see how generosity returns at this downtown Vancouver coffee and gift shop. Live music will be playing in the library and there's even a treehouse to entertain the kids. Meet six of the shop's Generosity Partners and make your Give More 24! gift at one of the giving stations. Contact Peter Johnsen at
360-952-8127 or peter@generosityreturns.com for more information

Mill Creek Pub Giving Lounge | 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
1710 SW 9th Avenue #101, Battle Ground, WA 98604
All the Give More 24! buzz in north Clark County will converge at the Mill Creek Pub giving lounge, which will include a dunk tank and giving stations galore. Enjoy a bite to eat and get to know a few local nonprofits, including Leadership Clark County, Vancouver Police Activities League and Rocksolid Community Teen Center. They are all "Dunking for Dollars" throughout the day. Additional information can be found by contacting Angel Escobedo at 360-567-1085 or director@leadershipclarkcounty.com.

Soar More 24! | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
201A East Reserve Street, Vancouver, WA 98661
Have a fun mid-day break from your earthly restraints. Realize your loftiest dreams. Stop by the Pearson Field Education Center and fly a flight simulator, build a glider or engineer a high-flying whirligig for the vertical wind table. It's your turn, as a grownup, to experience the fun of aviation that is enjoyed by kids every Saturday, on school tours and at aviation day camps. Light fare will be provided as well. For more information, please contact toni.wise@fortvan.org.

Give More at South Pacific Cafe | 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
15 East Main Street, Battle Ground, WA 98604
South Pacific Cafe is celebrating its new lunch hours by partnering with North County Community Food Bank for Give More 24! Sit down to lunch or dinner on Thursday, September 22 and $2 from your meal will go to help feed hungry residents in north Clark County. Food bank staff will be on hand with laptops, so you can also donate online to this great cause. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Cerveny at executive.director@nccfoodbank.org or by calling 360-687-5007.

Dining for Dollars at Burgerville | 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
13309 NE Highway 99, Vancouver, WA 98686
Five partner charities--Assistance League of SW Washington, Bridge the Gap, Friends of the Carpenter, Friends of the Children and The Giving Closet--invite you have lunch or dinner with a side of generosity. Burgerville will be donating 10 percent of sales and there will be kid-friendly entertainment. Direct donations will also be accepted through the Give More 24! website. For details, please contact Michelle Rouse at 360-750-4752 or michelle@friendsofthecarpenter.org.

Ice Cream, You Scream for Give More 24! | 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
1400 Washington, Suite #200, Vancouver, WA 98660
You don't have to scream, but you can if you want to. Umpqua Bank will be encouraging the giving spirit of Give More 24! and celebrating national ice cream cone day by offering up free ice cream at its Washington Street location. Rain or shine, stop in and share in the generosity of local giving, because ice cream is good any time...and in any weather.

Why Limit Happy to One Hour? | 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
2834 Allen Street, Kelso, WA 98626
Enjoy a fun-filled evening at the beautiful Miller home. This wine pairing event will include live entertainment by a very special guest start, local crooner Raeann Phillips! Direct on-line donations can be made during this event. For information about this event or to secure a $10 entry ticket, please contact Kelsey at 360-430-1413 or Diane at 360-520-9673 or by emailing dperron@cowlitzhabitat.org. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Vancouver Breweries Unite 4 Give More 24! | 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
1101 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660
Great Western Malting, the Kiggins Theatre and 10 Vancouver breweries are joining forces to raise money for their favorite nonprofits! Tap into some frothy delights and enjoy a FREE showing of the beer-loving cult classic, Strange Brew. All beer proceeds will benefit ten nonprofits near and dear to the brewers' hearts. Cheers to doing some local good with local beers! For additional info, contact the Kiggins Theatre at 360-816-0352 or info@kigginstheatre.com.

Dining with the Symphony | 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
3225 Ocean Beach Highway, Longview, WA 98632
A grouping of small ensembles from the Southwest Washington Symphony will be performing a dinner table concerto for the lucky patrons of Teri's Restaurant. To complement the evening, Teri's Restaurant is offering a wonderful dinner special: two entrees, two glasses of house wine and a dessert to share for $24--a good deal and great entertainment. Sarah Koss can be contacted for more information at 360-636-5981 or sarahkoss@comcast.net.

Give More 24! Guided Hike | 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
12208 SE Evergreen Highway, Vancouver, WA 98683
A special edition of Columbia Springs' monthly guided hike will feature door prizes, a water-themed adventure and an exciting art project. Come out and learn what bugs can tell us about our water quality, take part in a chemistry activity and learn how and why water flows through a hatchery. All ages are welcome for this free event, though donations are encouraged through the Give More 24! website. Contact 360-882-0936 or hello@columbiasprings.org for more details.


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Joint Message from the Portland Muslim Community Police Council and the Portland Police Bureau
Portland Police Bureau - 09/19/16 10:30 AM
The Portland Police Bureau has been in communication with Muslim community leaders after the bombings in the New York/New Jersey area and the stabbings in St. Cloud, Minnesota. These incidents injured nearly 40 people combined and have left communities in fear of further incidents.

The suspects in these apparent unrelated incidents have been reported to be from Afghanistan (NY/NJ) and Somalia (Minnesota), both predominantly Islamic countries.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and we want to express our appreciation for those first responders who are addressing these terrible acts, including the two police officers injured today in a shootout with a suspect.

We have no information to suggest that Portlanders are at any risk as a result of these incidents.

The Portland Muslim Community Police Council was formed in March 2016 after recognizing the mutual need for the Muslim community and the police to engage with each other and work together. The council works to collaborate on the many complex socio-economic, political and cultural issues in relation to the American criminal justice system and community safety and security.

The council is made up religious leaders and community members as well as members of the Portland Police Bureau, ranging from police officer to assistant chief.

The goal of the council is to develop a long term community engagement program with the Muslim community and implement the program's mission throughout the Police Bureau.

By working together on these complex social justice issues, the council hopes to assist Portland's Muslim community members with their integration process, mitigate unnecessary difficulties and negative outcomes, and ensure the peace and stability of their families and community.

The council is asking the community to come together in these times of tragedy by supporting all community members and to understand that the actions of one individual do not reflect the beliefs of a culture and religion based on peace and love.

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Beaverton Named One of Top 50 Best Places to Live in America (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 09/19/16 10:27 AM
Beaverton is in the top ten of Money Magazine’s 50 Best Small Cities in America for 2016. Beaverton was recognized for its diversity and value. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
Beaverton is in the top ten of Money Magazine’s 50 Best Small Cities in America for 2016. Beaverton was recognized for its diversity and value. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Money Magazine announced today that Beaverton has been named one of the Best Places to Live in America for 2016. This year's list ranks the 50 Best Small Cities in America. Beaverton ranked number 9 on the list and was the only city in Oregon selected. The magazine examined schools, affordable homes, good jobs, and community amenities.


"What an incredible honor for our community," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "It is particularly gratifying to be recognized for our affordability, cultural inclusiveness and proximity to Nike."


Cities with populations from 50,000 to 300,000 were evaluated on more than 60 factors including median household income, projected job growth, property values, diversity, culture, strong public schools, sports, crime rates, accessibility to health care, and more. This year's list placed extra value on financial factors including job market, economic opportunity, and housing affordability.


Beaverton was recognized for its ethnic and cultural diversity, with one in five residents born outside the United States and nearly 100 languages spoken in the Beaverton School District. The timing of this announcement comes as the city is in the midst of celebrating National Welcoming Week with a whole host of activities scheduled through Sept. 25. To learn more about Welcoming Week, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/WelcomingWeek.


To view the complete list of 50 Best Small Cities in America, visit www.money.com/bestplaces.


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


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City seeks applicants for position on downtown, city center redevelopment authorities
City of Vancouver - 09/19/16 10:11 AM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the Downtown Redevelopment Authority (DRA) and the City Center Redevelopment Authority (CCRA) boards. The single position serves on both boards. Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21.

To apply online, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. To request an application or for more information, contact Amanda Delapena in the City Manager's Office at City Hall, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, Amanda.Delapena@cityofvancouver.us or by calling 360-487-8605.

The DRA and the CCRA are both urban renewal corporations separate from, but created by, the Vancouver City Council. The scope of work and responsibilities of the two boards are interdependent and best served through a single board member. Board members work in a voluntary capacity to advise the mayor and city council on public/private partnerships and public assistance to private developments in downtown Vancouver.

The vacancy is for a four-year term. There is no residency requirement to serve on the boards.

Regular DRA and CCRA board meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at Vancouver City Hall (415 W. 6th St.). Additional special meetings of the boards are advertised and held as needed. Board members prepare for meetings by reviewing financial projections, legal documents and other technical information related to the projects being presented to the boards.

The DRA oversees the operational, financial, and promotional aspects of the Vancouver Hilton Hotel and Convention Center. For more information about the DRA, including links to current and past meeting agendas and minutes, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/dra.

The CCRA is responsible for overseeing downtown redevelopment consistent with the Vancouver City Center Vision (VCCV) plan, and advises City Council on the business aspects of redevelopment projects and agreements within the VCCV plan area. For more information about the CCRA, including links to current and past meeting agendas and minutes, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/ccra.

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Pacific Psychology and Comprehensive Health Clinics Accepting Health Share of Oregon for Mental Health Services
Pacific University - 09/19/16 10:07 AM
PORTLAND -- The Pacific Psychology and Comprehensive Health Clinics are now accepting Health Share of Oregon plans for mental health services for residents of the Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties.

The PCH Clinics treat adults, couples, children and adolescents and families with a variety of mental health concerns. "Our clinics are behavioral health homes and integrated care clinics providing mental health and primary care services to diverse communities, marginalized groups, and underserved individuals across the lifespan," director Cathy Moonshine said.

PCH Clinic services are client-centered, strength-based, culturally responsive, trauma-informed, holistic, and recovery-oriented. The mental health service array includes psychotherapy, case management, medication evaluations and management along with neuropsychological and psychological assessment. Primary care services include complementary and natural medicine. Clients can also access our physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech language therapists.

The PCH Clinics are a service offering of Pacific University's School of Professional Psychology, and administered by faculty and staff from the school as well as the university's schools of Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Communication Sciences and Disorders. Pacific University also partners with the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) to add clinical rotations of Naturopathic Doctors. Moonshine said the clinics provide services to individual adults and youths, as well as families, conducting nearly 10,000 client sessions annually.

Consistent with the triple aims of the Affordable Care Act, integrated care is considered the most responsive, efficient, and effective form of medical and mental health services.

"We engage in interprofessional collaboration and care integration at the clinics," Moonshine added. "Our services take into account medical, functional, physical, and other health-related issues when treating mental health concerns; patient advocacy; and referrals to specialty services."

Located in downtown Portland (1411 SW Morrison, Suite 310) and downtown Hillsboro (222 SE 8th, Suite 212), both locations are easily accessible by Tri-Met. The PCH Clinics are open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 9 to 5 and Saturday from 9 to 3.

To make an appointment at the Portland location, please call 503-352-2400. For Hillsboro clinic appointments, please call 503-352-7333.

For more information, visit pchpacificu.org.
CCC news (Photo)
Clackamas Community College - 09/19/16 9:57 AM
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Please find attached the latest news from Clackamas Community College.


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Media Invited to Groundbreaking for Landmark Washington Park Reservoirs Resilience Project
Portland Water Bureau - 09/19/16 9:41 AM
The media is invited to a groundbreaking event for the Washington Park Reservoir, a landmark seismic resilience project, at noon on Monday, Sept. 26. The ceremony is at the Washington Park Chiming Fountain at Southwest Sherwood Boulevard and Southwest Sacajawea Boulevard. Reception immediately following the ceremony. Members of the Portland Water Bureau project staff and Commissioner Nick Fish will be available for interviews.

Limited parking is available on Southwest Wright Way and Southwest Washington Way
For additional transportation options, please visit Explore Washington Park and TriMet.

At the event, media will have the opportunity to:

Hear from speakers on the significance of and need for the project
Conduct one-on-one interviews with project staff from the Water Bureau and contractor Hoffman Construction
Photograph parts of the active construction site and ceremonial groundbreaking
Project details and renderings will be provided.

The project includes building a new, seismically reinforced below ground reservoir. The reservoir will maintain the historic drinking water function provided by the original reservoirs and has been engineered to withstand ongoing landslide encroachment and potentially catastrophic effects of a major earthquake. A reflecting pool will be featured on top in the same general footprint as the historical Reservoir 3. Reservoir 4 will be disconnected from the public drinking water system, and a lowland habitat area/bioswale and a reflecting pool constructed in the basin.

For more information about the project, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/wpreservoirs.


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Northwest Portland Restaurant Robbed Late Sunday Night by Two Suspects
Portland Police Bureau - 09/19/16 8:54 AM
On Sunday September 18, 2016, at 11:59 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at Papa Haydn restaurant, located at 701 Northwest 23rd Avenue. The caller reported that two masked men robbed the restaurant at gunpoint then fled the area.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted employees who told police that both suspects entered the restaurant and one was armed with a handgun. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspects left the restaurant without incident.

Officers searching the neighborhood did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect that displayed a handgun was described as a male, unknown race, 5'5" tall, medium build, wearing a dark-colored t-shirt, light-colored jeans, and a Halloween-style mask.

The second suspect was described as a white male in his 30s, 5'8" tall, medium build, neutral-colored hooded jacket with a hood, blue jeans, wearing a Halloween-style mask.

Anyone with information about this incident or any area residents with home surveillance video are asked to contact Robbery detectives at 503-823-0405.

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UPDATE: Robbery Investigation at Woodstock Neighborhood Plaid Pantry - Suspect in Custody (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/19/16 8:24 AM
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The suspect in this robbery, 34-year-old Jonathan Lee Lathrop, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail early this morning on charges of Robbery in the First Degree (four counts) and Kidnap in the First Degree. He'll be arraigned today in Multnomah County Court.

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On Sunday September 18, 2016, at 11;09 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the Plaid Pantry store, located at 5414 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, on the report that someone armed with a chainsaw and a knife was robbing the store.

Officers arrived in the area and located the suspect outside the store, where he was taken into custody without incident. A chainsaw was seized at the scene.

Next to the store, a vehicle was on fire but it is not known if it is related to the robbery or the suspect. Portland Fire & Rescue responded to put out the fire and will investigate the circumstances.

Nobody was injured during the robbery and detectives are responding to continue the investigation.

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Record number of Oregonians covered by health insurance, survey finds
Oregon Health Authority - 09/19/16 7:00 AM
September 19, 2016

SALEM--Oregon's uninsured rate dropped for the fifth consecutive year in 2015, placing Oregon among the top tier of states with the highest percentage of residents with health care coverage, according to new national data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Since 2010, Oregon has improved its position from 37th in the nation to 19th in the ranking of states with the highest percentages of residents who have health insurance.

According to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS), the uninsurance rate for Oregon is 7.0 percent, down from 9.7 percent in 2014. The national uninsured average rate is 9.4 percent. Today, 3.71 million Oregonians have health insurance, a record number according to the ACS report.

The new federal survey is consistent with state data, which has also shown increasing rates of coverage. Under the Oregon Health Insurance Survey (OHIS), the percentage of Oregonians who are able to access care through health insurance jumped to 95 percent in 2015, an increase of nearly 10 percentage points from when the survey was last completed in 2013. (The ACS and OHIS report slightly different insurance coverage rates due to differences in methodology.)

"When people have health insurance they receive better and more comprehensive care, which helps hold down costs for everyone," said Lynne Saxton, Director of the Oregon Health Authority. "Oregon has made important gains in coverage that are improving the health and well-being of Oregonians and their families. When people have health insurance it increases their ability to have productive working lives and to complete their education."

Medicaid expansion and insurance market produce gains in health care coverage

Oregon's improvements follow the state's decision to expand coverage under the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) to individuals and families who earn 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL), as permitted by the federal Affordable Care Act. Oregon is one of 32 states nationwide to expand Medicaid coverage.

The expansion of health care occurred in conjunction with the state's health transformation initiative. Over the past three years, more than 400,000 people were added to the Oregon Health Plan, which now covers one in four Oregonians. According to data collected by independent researchers, there is at least one full-time working person among most families with OHP coverage.

A recent report to the Oregon Legislature found the state's health reform efforts have increased health coverage, improved outcomes and contained health care costs in the state's Medicaid program. The new report was presented two weeks ago at a meeting of the Oregon Health Policy Board. Research has shown that expansion of coverage reduces premiums in commercial coverage and lowers the cost of charity care for hospitals.

While expanded Medicaid coverage drove much of Oregon's gains, the added benefits of tax credits and subsidies through the insurance exchange market made coverage more affordable, helping more state residents obtain coverage. As of the first quarter of 2016, nearly 132,000 Oregonians were enrolled in individual coverage on the marketplace, with about 95,000 of those consumers receiving financial help.

"With financial help and other reforms, more and more Oregonians are able to access health insurance coverage for themselves and their families," said Patrick Allen, director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services. "We are encouraged by this success, but we know work must continue to improve affordability and ensure a sustainable market."

Changes in insurance coverage

The Oregon Health Insurance Survey found some significant changes in patterns of coverage in Oregon. In 2015:

-- The uninsured rate for adults 18-34 was cut in half to less than 20 percent, from above 40 percent in 2011.
-- The uninsured rate for adults 35-64 dropped nearly 15 percentage points to just over 10 percent, from a high of 25 percent in 2011.
-- Approximately 3.64 million Oregonians had insurance, while 204,000 Oregonians continued to lack coverage.

Oregon uses the OHIS because it includes more detailed information on demographics, access, utilization, cost of care and health status, and better represents minority groups in the state. Oregon uses the ACS date to compare with other states and the national average.

"While Oregon has made important strides in expanding coverage we have more work to do to ensure we maintain our gains and continue to improve both quality and access to care in Oregon's health system," OHA Director Saxton said. "We need to create a path to financial sustainability for Medicaid."

Bill Wright, director of the Center for Research and Education, said, "Through the Oregon Health Study, we now have strong evidence that when uninsured persons gain Medicaid, they see significant improvements in their ability to access care. They are also far more likely to get important preventive screenings and services and experience dramatically less financial strain and debt due to medical issues. We've also seen evidence that acquiring insurance significantly reduces depression and improves subjective health and well-being."

Media availability

Reporters interested in learning more can join a conference call from 11:30 a.m. to noon today with Berri Leslie, administrator of the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, and Jon Collins, director of Health Analytics at Oregon Health Authority. To participate, dial 1-877-873-8017, access code 8257371

Mobile friendly: Participant: 877-873-8017,8257371#

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Attached Media Files: 2016-09/3687/97791/LegislativeReport_Q1_2016-1.pdf , 2016-09/3687/97791/ACS-Factsheet-2015-1.pdf , 2016-09/3687/97791/2015-OHIS-Trends-Fact-Sheet.pdf
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Twelve in Portland, Oregon
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/19/16 4:46 AM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016 at approximately 12:30 a.m. in the 8000 block of N. Woolsey Avenue in Portland, Multnomah County, Ore.

The single-family fire affected two adults and ten children.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
UPDATE #2: Robbery Investigation Underway at Northeast Portland Marijuana Dispensary
Portland Police Bureau - 09/19/16 2:07 AM
No suspects were located in the dispensary or the surrounding neighborhood after an extensive search by SERT officers.

The one person detained was released after detectives determined that he was not involved in the robbery.

Robbery detectives are continuing to investigate and may release more information on Monday afternoon.

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The Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) is responding to assist North Precinct officers with a search for suspects in the robbery.

Any remaining media can remain on Sandy Boulevard, next to Parkrose Hardware. The Public Information Officer (PIO) is responding to the scene.

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On Sunday September 18, 2016, at 8:48 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery in progress at Green Buds Dispensary, located at 10929 Northeast Sandy Boulevard.

Officers arrived in the area and saw at least two people running from the dispensary into the area north of Sandy Boulevard, toward the railroad tracks.

Officers learned that multiple suspects, both male and female, were involved in the robbery at the business. At least four of the suspects were armed with handguns. No shots were believed to be fired during the robbery and it is unknown if anything was taken from the dispensary.

One person has been detained in the area and officers are continuing to search the area North of Sandy Boulevard.

Anyone with emergency information about the robbery is asked to call 9-1-1.

Anyone with non-emergency information about this incident is asked to call Robbery detectives at 503-823-0405.

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Sun. 09/18/16
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Three People in Marion County, Oregon
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/18/16 10:01 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 at approximately 3:30 p.m. in the 5200 block of Lacey Court N. in Keizer, Marion County, Ore.

The single-family fire affected one adult and two children.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Shooting Suspects Arrested Thursday Afternoon, Guns Seized (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/18/16 12:44 PM
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On Thursday September 15, 2016, Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team (GET) detectives, assisted by the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT), arrested two people in connection with a Wednesday morning shooting in Southeast Portland.

19-year-old McKeever Watkins Thompson and 16-year-old Nico Thomas were arrested on charges of Attempted Aggravated Murder, Attempted Murder and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Thompson was booked into the Multnnomah County Jail and Thomas was booked into the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home. Thompson is also being held on a probation violation.

The investigation started on Wednesday September 14, 2016, at 2:59 a.m., when East Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting in the 2300 block of Southeast 143rd Avenue. Arriving officers located evidence of gunfire in the street, and contacted two young women who told officers they had been shot at but not injured.

Based on information learned at the scene, GET detectives responded and continued the investigation, which led to the identification of Thompson as one of the suspects.

On Thursday, investigators located Thompson at a residence in the 8300 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard and obtained a search warrant for the residence. After SERT officers took Thompson and Thomas into custody, investigators searching the residence located and seized multiple firearms.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

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Gang Enforcement Team Investigating Early Morning Shooting in the Vernon Neighborhood - No Known Injuries (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/18/16 11:46 AM
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On Sunday September 18, 2016, at 3:17 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to multiple reports of gunfire in the area of Northeast 15th Avenue and Killingsworth Street.

Arriving officers located evidence of gunfire on Killingsoworth Street as well as approximately one block South on 15th Avenue.

According to the investigation, more than two dozen shots were fired in this incident. No gunshot victims were found at the scene or arrived at any area hospital. Officers did not locate any property damage as a result of this incident.

Based on information learned at the scene, GET detectives responded and continued the investigation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

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Sat. 09/17/16
Pacific University Will Mark Peace Day With Peace Pole Dedication
Pacific University - 09/17/16 4:47 PM
FOREST GROVE -- The Pacific University community will mark the International Day of Peace, Wednesday, Sept. 21, with the dedication of a Peace Pole on the Forest Grove campus in front of Scott Hall. A short ceremony, open to the public, will begin at 10 a.m. and a reception will follow.

The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") is observed around the world each year on Sept. 21. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution 36/37, the General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to "commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples."

Pacific University student Jared Kawatani ('17) first proposed the idea of creating a Peace Pole on campus as a place for students, faculty, and staff to gather and reflect on peace. "Finding peace within the world, our community and ourselves is something that we are faced with in our Pacific community and all around the world," Kawatani said. "Currently, the world is pressed with issues such as the Syrian refugees, climate change, gun violence, and so much more."

According to the Peace Pole Project, tens of thousands of Peace Poles exist in 180 countries as monuments to peace that serve as constant reminders "for us to visualize and pray for world peace."

Pacific University's new Peace Pole is being funded by grants from the University's Center for Civic Engagement, Center for Peace and Spirituality and Undergraduate Student Senate.

"The search for creating peace in our world is part of the Pacific ethos," said Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie, University Chaplain and director of the Center for Peace and Spirituality. "All of us at Pacific are impressed by this student-driven initiative to lift up the cause of peace."

For more information, please contact Rev. Dr. Currie at 971-322-7920 or chuck.currie@pacificu.edu.

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Founded in 1849, Pacific University offers more than 84 areas of study within its colleges of Arts & Sciences, Optometry, Education, Health Professions and Business with locations in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene, Portland and Woodburn.
Man Indicted for Invasion of Personal Privacy and Child Pornography (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/17/16 9:59 AM
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PRESS RELEASE
Case#50-162250721

Man Indicted for Invasion of Personal Privacy and Child Pornography

September 16, 2016--Washington County Sheriff's Child Abuse Detectives are searching for additional victims following the arrest of an Aloha man after being found in possession of stolen female under garments and child pornography.

Deputies began investigating Leighton Tilford Olson, 37, after being called to a suspicious circumstance in the community of Aloha. It was discovered that Mr. Olson was in possession of thousands of stolen female under garments. Enforcement deputies obtained a search warrant for Mr. Olson's residence and contacted Child Abuse detectives.

During the investigation, detectives discovered evidence that Mr. Olson had been recording his co-workers in the employee restroom at his place of employment, Little Caesar's Pizza in Aloha. Detectives also discovered recordings of unsuspecting victims in his bathroom at his apartment.

On September 13, 2016 a Washington County Grand Jury indicted Leighton Olson on 5 counts of Invasion of Personal Privacy, 4 counts of First Degree Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse, 4 counts of Using Child In Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct, 2 counts of Second Degree Theft, and 1 count of Burglary in the First Degree.

Mr. Olson was arrested at a court hearing Friday September 16, at 3:00 p.m. His bail is set at $1,165,000.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are likely. No additional information is available at this time.

Detectives believe that there may be more victims and are asking for the public's assistance. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Tim Miller at (503) 846-2700.


Attached Media Files: 2016-09/1128/97799/PR160916_Man_Indicted_for_Invasion_of_Personal_Privacy.pdf , 2016-09/1128/97799/Leighton_Olson.JPG
Fri. 09/16/16
UPDATE - Shooting Investigation Underway at North Portland's McCoy Park
Portland Police Bureau - 09/16/16 9:17 PM
The victim in the shooting is a male in his 20s. He is expected to survive his injuries.

The Gang Enforcement Team is investigating the shooting.

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On Friday September 16, 2016, at 4:08 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to multiple reports of gunfire at McCoy Park, located at North Trenton Street and Newman Avenue.

Officers arrived in the area and located multiple witnesses and one gunshot victim. The victim is being treated by medical personnel.

Officers are speaking with witnesses to gather suspect information.

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

Updates will be provided when they become available.

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Air monitor near daycare in SE Portland shows elevated selenium
Oregon Health Authority - 09/16/16 5:02 PM
September 16, 2016

State is directing nearby Bullseye Glass to reduce emissions of the metal

PORTLAND, Ore.--A jump in selenium concentrations in the air near Bullseye Glass Co. has prompted state agencies to immediately conduct an inspection and secure the company's agreement to restrict use of the metal in its manufacturing process.

Data from a monitoring device near the Children's Creative Learning Center (CCLC) daycare, one of multiple such devices the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has had deployed around Bullseye since March 1, 2016, shows that the concentration of selenium on Sept. 6 was 887 nanograms per cubic meter (ng/m3) of air. Oregon's 24-hour screening level for selenium is 710 ng/m3.

The 24-hour screening level is the level above which immediate negative health effects could occur.

When 24-hour screening levels are exceeded, that triggers further scrutiny by DEQ and OHA. Today the agencies sent a joint letter to Bullseye confirming the company's commitment to limit use of selenium in its art glass manufacturing process to no more than five pounds per day and only use selenium in furnaces controlled by a baghouse. Scientists at the agencies believe that doing so will prevent spikes above the current 24-hour screening level.

The agencies also are requiring Bullseye to look into why a newly installed baghouse, which was expected to control emissions from 11 or more furnaces, apparently wasn't effective in preventing the Sept. 6 selenium spike.

"Bullseye's use of less than five pounds of selenium per day should be very effective in preventing the kinds of jumps in readings that we saw on Sept. 6, even if the metal is used in a furnace without a baghouse," said Brian Boling, DEQ laboratory program manager. "We also need to make sure Bullseye's new filtration system is working properly, which will further reduce the chances of spikes."

Breathing air with high levels of selenium over a short period of time can cause respiratory irritation with symptoms such as coughing, bronchitis and difficulty breathing. Workers who breathed air with selenium levels much higher than measured near Bullseye also experienced stomach pain. Scientific evidence indicates that short-term exposure at the detected level does not cause cancer and does not cause developmental problems in children or developing babies.

OHA tracks real-time emergency department data from hospitals through Oregon ESSENCE, or Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics. The agency found there was no increase in ED visits related to respiratory illness on Sept. 6 or 7 from people who live near Bullseye Glass.

Selenium also has health benefits. Selenium is an essential nutrient, and selenium deficiency can cause other health problems, but high levels of the metal, as with many substances, can be toxic.

Oregon based its 24-hour standard for selenium on the level set by New Hampshire, the most restrictive standard for the metal in the nation. Other states have set higher levels. Oregon's 24-hour thresholds are being reviewed by external health experts and will be open for public comment next month.

The current comparison values for metals in air can be viewed on the OHA website at http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/TrackingAssessment/EnvironmentalHealthAssessment/Documents/metals/comparison-values-metals-in-air.pdf. The proposed 24-hour screening levels will be posted, and public comment can be made, starting Oct. 6 at CleanerAir.Oregon.gov.

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Attached Media Files: 2016-09/3687/97798/bullseye-letter-9-16-2016.pdf
Salem Police Sergeant Retires (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 09/16/16 4:46 PM
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The Salem Police Department celebrated the career and retirement of Sergeant Russell "Rusty" Morris on Friday afternoon.

Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore presided over the retirement ceremony, noting Sgt Morris' long and successful career of 28 years.

Sgt Morris began his law enforcement career as a Reserve Deputy with the Marion County Sheriff's Office in 1988 and was hired full time as a Deputy Sheriff 13 months later. In 1993 he went to work for the Gresham Police Department, then was hired by the Salem Police Department in 1996.

During his career at the Salem Police Department, Sgt Morris worked on patrol and in the Traffic Control Unit. He was promoted to the rank of Corporal in 1998 and worked in the Criminal Investigations Section and in the Drug Enforcement Unit attached to the local DEA Task Force. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2003 where he worked as a patrol supervisor, supervisor of the Traffic Control Unit and supervisor in the Street Crimes Unit. During his time as the Sergeant of the Traffic Control Unit, Sgt Morris was instrumental in the implementation of the Photo Red Light program.

Throughout his career with the Salem Police Department, Sgt Morris had extra duties as a Field Training Officer and the Field Training Officer program supervisor, was a member of SWAT, a firearms instructor and department armorer, Intoxilizer instructor, Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) officer and instructor and Trauma Team member and supervisor.

Sgt Morris said that he is looking forward to spending time with family and friends and much more time fishing. The Salem Police Department wishes Sgt Morris the best in his retirement.


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Daniel Robinson's "Close to Home" exhibited in Governor's Office through Nov. 11 (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 09/16/16 3:00 PM
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Salem, OR --Painter Daniel Robinson of Fossil, Oregon, will exhibit "Close to Home" in the Governor's Office at the Salem Capitol Building from Sept. 16 to Nov. 11.

"Close to Home" presents large-scale oil paintings of rural Oregon landscapes--both natural and those affected by human presence. While depicting contemporary views of rural Oregon, Robinson's paintings harken to the social realism of the 1920s and 1930s when artists depicted the everyday life of the American working class. With a richness of color, strongly defined lighting and a subdued sense of presence, Robinson's paintings evoke a profound beauty and compel contemplation.

Born in Buffalo, New York, Robinson spent his childhood in New York, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Idaho before settling in Oregon for his high school years. He attended the Pacific Northwest College of Art and received a Bachelor's of Fine Art degree from Portland State University. A monograph of Robinson's work, "In Oregon," was published in 2004 by Nazraeli Press. Robinson is represented by Charles A. Hartman Fine Art in Portland.

The Art in the Governor's Office Program honors selected artists in Oregon with exhibitions in the reception area of the Governor's Office in the State Capitol. Artists are nominated by a statewide committee of arts professionals who consider artists representing the breadth and diversity of artistic practice across Oregon, and are then selected by the Arts Commission with the participation of the Governor's Office. Only professional, living Oregon artists are considered and an exhibit in the Governor's office is considered a "once in a lifetime" honor. Artists whose work has previously been shown in the Governor's office include Henk Pander, Michele Russo, Manuel Izquierdo, James Lavadour, Margot Thompson, Gordon Gilkey and Yuji Hiratsuka.



The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grantmaking, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. More information about the Oregon Arts Commission is available online at: www.oregonartscommission.org

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Attached Media Files: Daniel Robinson. Early Light, 2016. Oil on canvas 30x54 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Charles A. Hartman Fine Art
Women's Safety Fair Announcement
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/16/16 2:54 PM
Women's Safety Fair Announcement Attached


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Drinking Fountains Turned Back On in Minto-Brown Island Park
City of Salem - 09/16/16 2:35 PM
The City turned on the drinking fountains at Minto-Brown Island Park Friday thanks to the installation of a new water line. These ADA accessible drinking fountains also include a fountain for dogs.

The fountains are in two locations: Parking Lot 2 near the Dog Park, and Parking Lot 3 near the reservation shelter. The new water line also serves three fire hydrants within the park.
DOGAMI Governing Board to meet September 26 in Corvallis
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 09/16/16 1:24 PM
CORVALLIS, Ore.- The Governing Board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) will meet on Monday, Sept. 26 at 9:30 a.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

The meeting agenda is available at www.OregonGeology.org

The DOGAMI Governing Board sets policy and oversees general operations, and adopts a strategic plan every six years to guide DOGAMI's mission and objectives. The Board meets at least quarterly at sites around the state. As active members of their communities, Board members provide an important connection between Oregonians and DOGAMI's mission to provide earth science information and regulation to make Oregon safe and prosperous.
Health advisory lifted September 16 for Blue Lake in Multnomah County
Oregon Health Authority - 09/16/16 12:33 PM
September 16, 2016

Reduced blue-green algae and toxin levels confirmed; continued caution with pets advised

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted the health advisory issued September 7 for Blue Lake. Blue Lake is located just outside Wood Village north of Interstate 84 in Multnomah County.

Water monitoring has confirmed that the level of blue-green algae toxins are below guideline values for human exposure. However, the Oregon Health Authority recommends that people continue to be cautious with their pets in the lake because toxins are still above the very low exposure levels established for dogs.

Oregon health officials advise recreational visitors to always be alert to signs of algae blooms in Oregon waters, because only a fraction of the many lakes in Oregon are monitored for blue-green algae by state and federal agencies. People and their pets should avoid areas where the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, if a thick mat of blue-green algae is visible in the water, or bright green cells are suspended in the water column. If you observe these signs in the water you are encouraged to avoid activities that cause you to swallow water or inhale droplets, such as swimming or high-speed water activities.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. For information about advisories issued or lifted for the season, contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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Client and Staff Safety Task Force meets October 17 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/16/16 11:48 AM
The Client and Staff Safety Task Force will meet Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Oregon State Capitol, Room 350, 900 Court Street NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Those who are unable to attend in person can participate by conference call: 1-877-336-1831; participant code: 230706#.

The task force is directed to make recommendations on staff safety, resident care, and the operation of Stabilization and Crisis Units. The task force will provide a report to the Oregon State Legislature.
The task force will consider and make recommendations for:
Ensuring the dignity and self-determination of each resident in a Stabilization and Crisis Unit
Improving the safety of staff employed by a Stabilization and Crisis Unit
Improving training and support for staff
Staffing levels
Reducing incidents of aggressive and assaultive behavior by residents
Reducing the need for staff to work overtime
Improving access to appropriate mental health supports and intervention methods
Ensuring the timely transition of residents in Stabilization and Crisis Units when ready to be placed with a residential service provider in the community, including recommendations for building capacity in community-based care settings.

All meetings of this task force conform to Oregon public meetings laws. Requests for accommodation for a people with disabilities should be made to Angie Allbee and should be made at least 24 hours before the meeting. For more information, contact Angie Allbee, DHS Legislative Coordinator, at 503-689-5034.
Tukes Valley Middle School makes bein' green look easy (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 09/16/16 10:43 AM
Teacher Natalie Keller and the Tukes Valley Middle School Green Team after being presented with their Silver and Gold level certifications
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It's been said that it ain't easy being green, but that didn't deter the students at Tukes Valley Middle School. After earning a Bronze Level certification from Washington Green Schools just last year for its school grounds and gardens project, the Green Team at Tukes Valley quickly rose through the ranks, earning two additional certifications for its efforts over the past year.

The Tukes Valley Green Team received a Silver Level certification in Waste and Recycling for its plastic bag collection efforts and Gold Level certification in Water for work the students did on the creek near the school. More than 30 students participated in Green Team projects and activities over the past year.

"It's quite impressive for a club that's just two years old to have already achieved Gold Level status," said Natalie Keller, a 7th grade science teacher at Tukes Valley and the Green Team's staff leader. "The Green Team provides students with the ability to make a real, powerful difference in the school and community. That difference will be influential for years to come, long after the students have graduated from the school itself."

The school celebrated its newest green achievements during the first school-wide assembly of the year, during which Clark County Green Schools Environmental Outreach Specialist Michelle Picinich presented the Green Team with its Silver and Gold Level certificates.

As part of its Waste and Recycling certification, the Tukes Valley Green Team collected plastic bags and film for the Trex Company Challenge. The team was commended for its education efforts to keep plastic bags out of curbside recycling bins. Plastic bags can clog recycling sorting machines, resulting in costly breakdowns.

Now that the Green Team is certified in three environmental categories and Tukes Valley is a Gold Level school as a result, the Green Team will need to get certified in the remaining three Washington Green Schools categories if it is to achieve the highest Platinum Level designation. The remaining categories are Energy, Healthy School Buildings, and Transportation.

"I will never forget a comment one student made the first year Tukes' Green Team began," Keller said. "The student looked over the nature trail and said, 'One day, when I'm a dad and my kids go here, I'm going to point at the nature trail and tell them I did that!' The changes the students make in our community and the pride it gives the students is the true accomplishment of the Green Team."

Battle Ground Public Schools is proud of Tukes Valley for progressing through the Green School designations and encourages other schools in the district to seek their own certifications.


Attached Media Files: Teacher Natalie Keller and the Tukes Valley Middle School Green Team after being presented with their Silver and Gold level certifications , Tukes Valley Middle School students and Green Team members Juliann McCabe (left) and Alena Stevens (right)
CAM Academy earns state accreditation (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 09/16/16 9:49 AM
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It took 15 months, a mountain of data, and a whole lot of teamwork from staff and families to achieve the milestone recognition, but CAM Academy has earned the distinction of being accredited by the Washington State Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD). Accreditation is a quality assurance process that requires a school to be evaluated by an external entity to determine if standards are met and improvements are being made for continuous growth.

"We enjoyed working with our local Educational Service District and the Association of Educational Service Districts to achieve accreditation," said CAM Academy Principal Ryan Cowl. "We had four very knowledgeable educators come into the school and review everything from school culture and climate, academic rigor and curriculum to the opportunities students gained during their high school experience. The ESD interviewed students, parents, administration and staff as a way to provide our school with positive feedback and recommendations for future improvements."

The AESD accreditation program was established more than 40 years ago to ensure that Washington's high schools were adequately preparing students for college. Over the years, the State Board of Education opened the accreditation process to all grade levels. Washington state does not require schools to be accredited; however, about 400 of the nearly 3,000 public, private and charter schools in the state currently have the designation.

To earn the accreditation, CAM collected and analyzed student performance data such as school climate surveys and academic, attendance, and community engagement data; assessed its programs for areas of improvement; collaborated with staff, students and families to set goals; documented the school's direction, achievements and challenges; created an improvement plan; and participated in an external review.

In its accreditation report, the AESD Accreditation Panel commended CAM Academy for:

A strong staff belief that in order for students to be successful there must be a strong system of communication with families. The new 'branding' of CAM Academy is an example of this communication process with all stakeholders.

All school stakeholders, including students, are engaged in creating a culture of excellence. Additionally, student interviews indicate that the administration and teachers are always willing to help and that students want to succeed and push each other to do better.

Ryan Cowl, CAM's new principal, accepts change as a normal and positive process and fosters a spirit of collaboration and reflective practice through feedback.

Professional learning is seen as a collaborative activity. Staff have regular scheduled time to collaborate around common professional learning opportunities.

CAM Academy met or exceeded every goal area for school year 2015-16.

There is a focus on retention of students through increased opportunities (e.g., Advanced Placement classes).

"I am very proud of the contributions of our staff, students and parents through the accreditation process," Cowl said. "It is worthwhile, meaningful and exciting to learn things that reinforce the work we are doing and allow us to achieve positive growth academically, socially and emotionally. It is a privilege to work with such a great community and school district."


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Health advisory lifted September 16 for Howard Bay in Upper Klamath Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 09/16/16 9:34 AM
September 16, 2016

Reduced blue-green algae and toxin levels confirmed; continued caution with pets advised

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted the health advisory issued June 24 for Howard Bay located in the southwest corner of Upper Klamath Lake, northwest of Klamath Falls in Klamath County.

Water monitoring has confirmed that the level of blue-green algae toxins are below guideline values for human exposure. However, the Oregon Health Authority recommends that people continue to be cautious with their pets in the lake because toxins are still above the very low exposure levels established for dogs.

Oregon health officials advise recreational visitors to always be alert to signs of algae blooms in Oregon waters, because only a fraction of the many lakes in Oregon are monitored for blue-green algae by state and federal agencies. People and their pets should avoid areas where the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, if a thick mat of blue-green algae is visible in the water, or bright green cells are suspended in the water column. If you observe these signs in the water you are encouraged to avoid activities that cause you to swallow water or inhale droplets, such as swimming or high-speed water activities.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. For information about advisories issued or lifted for the season, contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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Bypass-related paving to start on Sunday evening near Dundee
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 09/16/16 8:16 AM
Paving of the OR 99W intersection with the Newberg-Dundee Bypass just west of Dundee is scheduled to begin this Sunday evening (September 18). Crews will be working between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. grinding and paving OR 99W, and striping OR 99W the following week, near Neiderberger Road and Parks Drive, where the Bypass crosses over and then connects to OR 99W.

Crews will work several nights (generally Sunday to Thursday) during the weeks of September 18 and September 25. Travelers can expect night time delays.

Also, travelers should watch for signage and shifts in travel lanes on OR 99W near Dundee. A new signal has been installed and will be turned on in several weeks. Since there is no access onto the unfinished Bypass until late 2017, the light will be green nearly all of the time, and drivers will continue to use OR 99W as usual.

A variety of construction activities on the Bypass are picking up with the start of rainy season just a few weeks away. To learn more about these activities and the progress of Bypass construction, the public is encouraged to visit the project web site at www.newbergdundee.org.
The City of The Dalles and The Dalles Main Street Receives Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for Outstanding Partnership (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/16/16 7:38 AM
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The City of The Dalles and The Dalles Main Street received an Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for "Outstanding Partnership" from Oregon Main Street on September 15 during the Oregon Main Street Evening of Excellence Celebration in Astoria. This award is given to a community which demonstrates how two or more organizations have effectively collaborated on a specific downtown preservation project or on-going downtown revitalization effort. Accepting the award were Mayor Steve Lawrence, City of The Dalles, and Matthew Klebes, Executive Director, The Dalles Main Street.

The Dalles Main Street and the City of The Dalles have developed a strong partnership that supports consistent, on-going downtown revitalization efforts. This partnership began with the funding and organizational support to bring several AmeriCorps Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) volunteers to The Dalles and gradually increasing each RARE's scope of work to focus on downtown revitalization. A major milestone of this partnership was the hiring of the first Executive Director of The Dalles Main Street organization. This partnership has continued to develop with additional funding for projects such as the Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) program as well as an additional RARE volunteer under the Main Street organization.

The results of this partnership can be seen throughout the year and throughout the downtown. Visitors and community members can now find parklets, wayfinding kiosks, bike racks, holiday lights, and other improvements. Several new businesses have opened, others have moved and expanded. Several facade projects have been recently completed and interiors are being renovated.

"Perhaps most importantly," said Matthew Klebes, The Dalles Main Street Executive Director, "are the additional communication, support, and coordination of efforts and projects amongst the multiple nonprofits, City, business owners, property owners, and community citizens that this partnership has achieved."

"We are so pleased to recognize the deep and meaningful partnership that exists between The City of The Dalles and The Dalles Main Street," says Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street Coordinator. "Many cities help launch local main street efforts, but in The Dalles, the City and local program continue to strengthen this relationship providing both critical financial and philosophical support for on-going downtown revitalization efforts."

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Oregon Main Street is part of Heritage Programs, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. For more information about Oregon Main Street, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Sheri Stuart at 503-986-0679 or sheri.stuart@oregon.gov.


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Early morning structure fire ends tragically (Photo)
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - 09/16/16 7:36 AM
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NOTE: A account has been set up for donations at Fibre Federal Credit Union under "D. Alexandra Wolfe" for the victims of the early morning house fire. Thank You.


Kelso- Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue, Longview Fire, Cowlitz Fire District 6 (Castle Rock) and Cowlitz Fire District 5 (Kalama), and Clark County Fire & Rescue (Woodland) responded to a structure fire early Friday morning in the 2400 block of Burcham St at 2:51. Initial crews reported heavy smoke and fire from the rear of the two story home and immediately called for more resources. A female resident escaped with three dogs, but reported to firefighters that there was still someone inside the house. Five fire engines, a ladder truck, a medic unit, an overhaul apparatus, and two chief officers responded. Cowlitz County Public Utility District, Kelso police, and Cowlitz County Chaplains also responded. Fire crews made access to the home through the back side of the house to search for the victim and extinguish the fire. The 45 year old man was found by firefighters downstairs, in his room, deceased. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The home, valued at $162,000, is a total loss, according to fire officials. No other injuries were reported.

The woman, in her early forties, was awake and waiting for her carpool ride to work when she heard the smoke alarm activate. She silenced the alarm and went downstairs, to check on her friend, and found heavy smoke in the basement. She tried to alert him through the wall, but was overcome by smoke and exited the home. She was taken to Peace Health St. John's medical Center for smoke inhalation by first responders. Red Cross aid has been offered to her.


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The Dalles Main Street Promotional Booklet Receives Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for Best Community Education Activity (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/16/16 7:35 AM
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The Dalles Main Street Promotional Booklet received an Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for "Best Community Education" from Oregon Main Street on September 15 during the Oregon Main Street Evening of Excellence Celebration in Astoria. This award is given to a targeted campaign that educates the community on a particular aspect of a Main Street program (e.g., Farmers' Market, community pride, beautification, Main Street advocacy, economic development, historic preservation, etc.). Accepting the award was Matthew Klebes, executive director, The Dalles Main Street.

One of the questions main street organizations are always asked is, "What is Main Street?" The Dalles Main Street Promotional Booklet was inspired by the need to answer the above question. The Dalles Main Street began to gather photos and design their booklet after being inspired by a booklet produced by a community in Washington. The booklet was drafted by Matthew Klebes, reviewed by the Promotion Committee, and then finalized and polished by Optimist Printers, a local downtown printing company. The booklet provides an overview of the Main Street Approach, committee accomplishments, project highlights, funding sources and spending breakdown, and how to support The Dalles Main Street.

"We are very proud of the booklet," said Matthew Klebes, The Dalles Main Street Executive Director. "We gave copies to each City Councilor and the City Manager during one of our updates to City Council, gave copies to our Board and several downtown businesses to share, and we distribute the booklets during events and festivals."

"This is one of the nicest organizational promotional pieces I have ever seen," says Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street Coordinator. "We are happy to give this award to The Dalles Main Street and to use the booklet as a model for communities throughout our Oregon Main Street Network."

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Oregon Main Street is part of Heritage Programs, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. For more information about Oregon Main Street, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Sheri Stuart at 503-986-0679 or sheri.stuart@oregon.gov.


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Let It Glow Project in Downtown St. Helens Receives Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for Best Downtown Beautification Project (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/16/16 7:33 AM
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The Let It Glow project in downtown St. Helens received an Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for the "Best Downtown Beautification Project" from Oregon Main Street on September 15 during the Oregon Main Street Evening of Excellence Celebration in Astoria. This award is given to the Main Street organization that has designed and implemented an attractive stand-alone beautification project in the downtown. Improvements must be within the Main Street Program area. Eddie Dunton with the St. Helens Economic Development Corporation (SHEDCO) was on hand to accept the award.

Let It Glow is a two phase project designed to increase holiday spirit in St. Helens. Phase 1 is a holiday lights competition where main street businesses and residents decorate their property and compete for a prize. Phase 2 was the creation of 30 oversized Christmas ornaments, created by SHEDCO volunteers -- some of them first time volunteers with the organization, to hang in the public Courthouse Plaza. At the same time, the City of St. Helens invested in decorations for the Plaza. The combined efforts of SHEDCO and the City yielded incredible results. After hearing about the decorations, many residents came to the historic downtown to see the results. The project was such a success, that SHEDCO plans on making more ornaments for 2016 for placement along the entire main street corridor.

"This is a wonderful example of how to engage local community members in downtown revitalization efforts," says Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street Coordinator. "On a small budget, SHEDCO had a major impact in bringing residents downtown to experience the district and to see what downtown has to offer."


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The Oregon Trail(R) Game 5K Receives Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for Outstanding Fundraiser (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/16/16 7:30 AM
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Downtown Oregon City Association's The Oregon Trail(R) 5 K received an Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for "Outstanding Fundraiser" from Oregon Main Street on September 15 during the Evening of Excellence Celebration in Astoria. This award is granted to the Main Street organization that has displayed the most creativity and success in securing funds for its downtown program or a specific project. Lauren Dees with DOCA was on hand to accept the award.

The Oregon Trail Game 5k is a signature event designed to introduce a key demographic (young families) to downtown Oregon City and is DOCA's most important fundraiser. Based on the classic 1980's computer game, The Oregon Trail(R) Game 5K takes runners on a cross-country adventure from Missouri to Oregon, over mountains and across rivers, and to their final destination -- Oregon City! Runners make decisions along the course such as whether to ford a river, go hunting, and more. Each decision along the trail affects their ultimate fate. Runners receive a timed score as well as a game score.

"The Committee set initial goals of 200 registrants and net income of $10,000 for the first year event," said Jonathan Stone, DOCA Executive Director. "Instead, the event was a runaway success with over 630 registrants last year from 15 states and over $20,000 net income. This year, we grew the event to over 800 registrants."

"This event not only raises a great deal of money for DOCA but it puts downtown Oregon City on the map," says Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street Coordinator. "We are so pleased to recognize the amazing results achieved by the dozens of DOCA volunteers."


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Jonathan Stone with the Downtown Oregon City Association Receives Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for Main Street Manager of the Year (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/16/16 7:27 AM
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Jonathan Stone with the Downtown Oregon City Association received an Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for "Main Street Manager of the Year" from Oregon Main Street on September 15 during the Evening of Excellence Celebration in Astoria. This award is given to a Main Street Manager from a Performing Main Street or Transforming Downtown community for the overall impact he has had on the local downtown revitalization program. Mr. Stone was on hand to accept the award.

Jonathan's success in shaping DOCA began with community-centered branding process that helped articulate who downtown Oregon City is -- a resilient, entrepreneurial historic community that manages to retain its small town, family-friendly charm within the Portland metro. Knowing this has allowed DOCA to pivot the organization toward a more successful model and focus, with programing and marketing designed to enhance and promote that identity. Other successes include expanding the capacity of the organization and bringing back an active committee structure, working with volunteers to create signature fundraising activities to improve the financial stability, creating an annual visioning session for community feedback and input, enhanced the reputation of DOCA as a resource for business and property owners, increased collaboration with other organizations.

"Jonathan took a struggling community organization and transformed it into a purpose driven nonprofit grounded in a strong sense of the kind of place community members want to see downtown Oregon City become," said DOCA board member Brad Forkner.

"Jonathan has truly helped DOCA build a strong foundation to help the program be sustainable over the long haul," says Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street Coordinator. "It is exciting to see the number of new people involved in downtown revitalization efforts. The energy is pretty contagious!"

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Oregon Main Street is part of Heritage Programs, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. For more information about Oregon Main Street, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Sheri Stuart at 503-986-0679 or sheri.stuart@oregon.gov.


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Doug Hood with the Newberg Downtown Coalition Receives Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award as Volunteer of the Year (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/16/16 7:25 AM
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Doug Hood received an Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award as the "Volunteer of the Year" from Oregon Main Street on September 15 during the Oregon Main Street Evening of Excellence Celebration in Astoria. This award is given to a Main Street volunteer from a Performing Main Street or Transforming Downtown community for their overall impact on the local downtown revitalization program. Mr. Hood was on hand to accept the award.

From the first organizational meeting in 2009, Doug Hood has been a quiet force behind the creation of the Newberg Downtown Coalition (NDC) and its day to day operation, volunteering a minimum of two half days a week doing whatever was needed. He set up and posts weekly to the NDC Facebook page, developed and maintains the website, and helps organize the downtown cleanup days twice per year.

"We fondly refer to Doug Hood as our Newberg Downtown Coalition 'geek,'" said Maureen Rogers, NDC board member.

As a demonstration of how deep his volunteer commitment to the Main Street program is, he recently turned down the offer of a stipend for his work. Instead, Doug saw the need for an assistant to perform front office duties and suggested the NDC use the funds instead to fill this role.

"Volunteers are the backbone of our main street programs," says Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street Coordinator. "Since 2010, our top two tier level communities have had 126,282 hours of volunteer time dedicated to downtown revitalization efforts. We applaud all the volunteers but especially congratulate Doug Hood this year. What impressed the award review committee was Doug's sustained efforts over a long period of time and to do jobs that are both essential but not necessarily visible."

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Oregon Main Street is part of Heritage Programs, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. For more information about Oregon Main Street, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Sheri Stuart at 503-986-0679 or sheri.stuart@oregon.gov.


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JS Cooper Block in Independence Receives Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for Outstanding Historic Renovation Project (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/16/16 7:21 AM
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The JS Cooper Block in downtown Independence received an Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for "Outstanding Historic Renovation Project" from Oregon Main Street on September 15 during the Oregon Main Street Evening of Excellence Celebration in Astoria. This award recognizes an individual or business that has completed an outstanding historic renovation project in the Main Street Program area including both interior and exterior work. Bodie Bemrose was on hand to accept the award.

The JS Cooper Block is the key architectural feature in Independence's well-preserved historic downtown. For many years the Cooper Block languished. In 2014, a local developer was able to purchase the building. Restoration of the Cooper Block required a significant investment, but Florin Drutu, the new owner, and Bodie Bemrose, the owner's agent, understood the value that revitalized historic buildings can have. Drutu and Bemrose repointed all the brick, cleaned and repaired all the original windows upstairs (they remain functional double-hung windows with original glass) and restored all three original storefronts on the building. The City provided assistance with a $50,000 façade restoration grant, and also secured a $12,000 Diamonds in the Rough grant through Heritage Programs, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, to supplement the owner's own funds.

"Downtown Independence has experienced a significant revitalization in the past 15 years," said Shawn Irvine, City of Independence, "but the Cooper Building was always the blemish on that positive story. The revival and restoration of this building continues the positive momentum and has truly inspired the community."

"We are very pleased to recognize the JS Cooper Block with this award," says Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street Coordinator. "To see this the historic character of the building restored is inspiring. And to see a mixed use project including downtown residential in a small community will be a great model for other communities in Oregon."

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Oregon Main Street is part of Heritage Programs, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. For more information about Oregon Main Street, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Sheri Stuart at 503-986-0679 or sheri.stuart@oregon.gov.


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Rain Art Project in Downtown Hillsboro Receives Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for Best Placemaking Project
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/16/16 7:19 AM
The Rain Art project in downtown Hillsboro received an Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for the "Best Placemaking Project" from Oregon Main Street on September 15 during the Oregon Main Street Evening of Excellence Celebration in Astoria. This award will honor those who have implemented attractive and sympathetic improvements for a public area in the downtown. Karla Antonini with the City of Hillsboro and Saira Siddiqui with the Hillsboro Downtown Partnership were on hand to accept the award.

The City of Hillsboro commissioned Portland artist, Corey Lunn, to create several stenciled drawings on Main Street sidewalks using a special "hydrophobic" (waterproof) spray paint. It is clear and invisible when dry, but comes alive and is highly visible when it gets wet. During the Oregon rainy season, the inspired creation of hidden artwork magically appears on the streets of Downtown Hillsboro turning Main Street into an unexpected Art Walk. Community members loved the surprise and left comments on the Hillsboro Downtown Partnership's social media about the art, encouraging others to go out on rainy days to view it. Due to the success of the activity, the Hillsboro Downtown Partnership is interested in partnering with the City to make this an ongoing scavenger hunt throughout Downtown during the winter months.

"Not only was our Downtown a pilot for Hillsboro," said Saira Siddiqui, Executive Director, Hillsboro Downtown Partnership, "but Hillsboro became a pilot for other communities. We received calls from other Oregon Main Street communities asking how to get the project started."

"This is a great example of a Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper placemaking activity championed by Project for Public Spaces," says Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street Coordinator. "It encourages people to interact with the downtown in a fun and engaging way."


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Oregon Main Street is part of Heritage Programs, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. For more information about Oregon Main Street, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Sheri Stuart at 503-986-0679 or sheri.stuart@oregon.gov.
Estacada Uncorked Receives Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for Best Special Event (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/16/16 7:17 AM
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The Estacada Development Association's Estacada Uncorked event received an Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for the "Best Special Event" from Oregon Main Street on September 15 during the Oregon Main Street Evening of Excellence Celebration in Astoria. This award recognizes excellence in a single, downtown special event, festival, or promotional series. Connie Redmond and Robyn Beisell who worked on the event were on hand to receive the award.

The spark for the Estacada Uncorked was to capture the imagination of young and old who live in or around Estacada with a social event -- part street fair, part wine or microbrew tasting. It is a family friendly event with a strong emphasis on children's activities and art. In fact, one local business took advantage of the children's events and brought in a children's librarian to do story hour activities and reportedly enjoyed the best revenue of any single day since opening her doors.

"Although we predicted 250 for our first year event," said Nancy Hoffman, Executive Director of the Estacada Development Association, "the actual turnout was close to 600. We had the sense people who attended were hungry for a downtown social event and this one hit the spot."

"The award review committee was particularly impressed with the support of local government -- every city councilor, the mayor, and the city manager attended the event," says Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street Coordinator.


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Oregon Main Street is part of Heritage Programs, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. For more information about Oregon Main Street, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Sheri Stuart at 503-986-0679 or sheri.stuart@oregon.gov.


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Francis Court in Dayton Receives Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for Best New Building Project (Photo)
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Francis Court received an Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for the "Best New Building Project" in a historic downtown from Oregon Main Street on September 15 during the Oregon Main Street Evening of Excellence Celebration in Astoria. This award is granted to the individual, business or organization that has constructed the best new building or building addition in a downtown area. The winner will exhibit design quality and an appropriate relationship to surrounding architecture. If building is occupied, special consideration may be given to the use of the new structure and how well the new business or tenant complements the existing business mix in the downtown. Paul Falsetto, architect on the project, was on hand to accept the award.

"Francis Court" is a new mixed use building integrated into an historic residential/commercial neighborhood including two residential apartments and two new commercial retail spaces in downtown Dayton. Architect Paul Falsetto worked directly with the two business owners to custom design their spaces. He also met with the bordering residential neighbor early in the process to share the design concept and incorporate her feedback. The design and construction were completed in a manner that complements the historic neighboring buildings, while adding valuable space that enhances downtown.

"Francis Court is the first new building constructed in the downtown core in five decades," said Kelly Haverkate, main street coordinator, Dayton Community Development Corporation. "It has sparked a lot of great community interest."

"This project has had a major impact on the district," says Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street Coordinator. "On any given day, the corner, which includes the adjacent Block House Café, is hopping with activity adding to the vitality in downtown Dayton."

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Oregon Main Street is part of Heritage Programs, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. For more information about Oregon Main Street, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Sheri Stuart at 503-986-0679 or sheri.stuart@oregon.gov.


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Dayton Community Develoment Association Receives Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for Best Image Activity (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/16/16 7:06 AM
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The Dayton Community Development Association's Artscape project received an Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for the "Best Image Event" from Oregon Main Street on September 15 during the Oregon Main Street Evening of Excellence Celebration in Astoria. This award recognizes excellence in a downtown image campaign, event, or series. Kelly Haverkate, main street coordinator, DCDA, was on hand to accept the award.

Dayton Artscape! was an opportunity to showcase local artists while adding to downtown's visual appeal. Local artists contributed works of art focused on the Dayton area, featuring cultural, agricultural, and historic images. The original artwork was replicated in light pole banners for the downtown. Both the artwork and the banners were auctioned to raise funds to support the DCDA in future Artscape events and other downtown initiatives. About 100 residents attended the event which netted $5,400.

"Dayton Artscape was a great success both financially and in community building," says Kelly Haverkate, main street manager, Dayton Community Development Association. "This type of event shows the community is continuing to come together in new and exciting ways."


"It was very exciting to see DCDA tackle this type of project," says Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street Coordinator. "They continue to raise the bar in projects to enhance the sense of place in downtown Dayton and to bring the community together. We commend them on their efforts."


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Oregon Main Street is part of Heritage Programs, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. For more information about Oregon Main Street, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Sheri Stuart at 503-986-0679 or sheri.stuart@oregon.gov.


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The Carlton Pool House Project in Downtown Carlton Receives Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for Outstanding Special Project (Photo)
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The Carlton Pool House project in downtown Carlton received an Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for the "Outstanding Special Project" from Oregon Main Street on September 15 during the Oregon Main Street Evening of Excellence Celebration in Astoria. The Special Project award recognizes a special one-time project or activity that positively affects the downtown revitalization effort. Patrick J. Swanick, Chair, Pool Project Citizen Advisory Committee, was on hand to accept the award.

The Carlton Pool House, in the heart of downtown, was on the verge of collapse after 80+ years of heavy use. The facility was no longer compliant with current building codes and the structure was deteriorating. It was not possible to restore the building due to the sub-standard materials used in its original construction and its poor condition. As the Pool House declined, the building became a very visible eyesore for all to see on a daily basis. And, without a functioning Pool House, the public pool could not be used according to Oregon state law. After a failed bond effort, the City put together an advisory committee to refine the design scope and implement a multi-faceted community outreach strategy, including hosting several fundraisers.

"The New Carlton Pool House Project exemplifies the dedication and perseverance of a community that is focused on its future, while respecting and preserving the many contributions from its past," said Patrick J. Swanick, Chair, Pool Project Citizen Advisory Committee. "With this major project successfully completed, Carlton's downtown has been substantially improved for decades to come."

"We were pleased to recognize the City of Carlton for their efforts to replace the Carlton Pool House," says Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street Coordinator. "The outstanding community involvement is a model for other communities."
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Oregon Main Street is part of Heritage Programs, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. For more information about Oregon Main Street, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Sheri Stuart at 503-986-0679 or sheri.stuart@oregon.gov.


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Astoria Downtown Historic District Association's Volunteer Appreciation Night Receives Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for Best Volunteer Development Activity (Photo)
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The Astoria Downtown Historic District Association's Volunteer Appreciation Night received an Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for "Best Volunteer Development" from Oregon Main Street on September 15 during the Oregon Main Street Evening of Excellence Celebration in Astoria. This award honors the Main Street organization that has developed the most thorough effort to recruit, train, motivate, or recognize volunteers. On hand to accept the award was Blue Anderson with the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association.

ADHDA's Organization Committee hosts an annual Volunteer Appreciation Night and Awards Ceremony to recognize key individuals who were integral in the program's accomplishments and successes of the previous year. More than 100 volunteers attended the event in 2016.

"ADHDA would not be where it is today without the support and dedication of our volunteers," said Alana Garner, Executive Director. "The volunteer and community spirit in downtown Astoria is contagious. Each year there are many volunteers who go above and beyond their volunteer duties."

"Volunteers are the backbone of our main street programs," says Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street Coordinator. "Since 2010, our top two tier level communities have had 126,282 hours of volunteer time dedicated to downtown revitalization efforts. An often overlooked task, but essential to maintaining volunteer support is to remember to recognize those who give their time and energy -- this is something Astoria does so well. The award nominating committee was particularly impressed with the creativity of the award names and descriptions making sure they are unique to each volunteer and their contributions."

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Oregon Main Street is part of Heritage Programs, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. For more information about Oregon Main Street, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Sheri Stuart at 503-986-0679 or sheri.stuart@oregon.gov.


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ShoreStyle Wedding Faire in Astoria Receives Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for Best Economic Vitality Activity (Photo)
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The Astoria Downtown Historic District Association's ShoreStyle Wedding Faire received an Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for "Best Economic Vitality Activity" from Oregon Main Street on September 15 during the Oregon Main Street Evening of Excellence Celebration in Astoria. This award is granted to the Main Street organization that has created and implemented the best downtown retention or business recruitment activity. On hand to accept the award were event chairs Rebecca Johnson and Jessica Newhall.

ShoreStyle Wedding Faire was created to showcase the Columbia-Pacific region as a premier wedding destination to couples and event planners throughout the Pacific Northwest. It attracted people from Portland, Salem, and Bend as well as people from Washington, Idaho, and California. The Faire also embraced other event-related gatherings such as graduations, milestone anniversaries and birthdays, and retirement parties.

"Not only was the event successful at promoting our region," said Alana Garner, Executive Director of the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association, "it also exceeded fundraising goals for ADHDA by 70%."

"We are happy to present this award for the ShoreStyle Wedding Faire," says Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street Coordinator. "We encourage communities to look at their business clusters to identify opportunities to market to a new customer niche. That's exactly what they achieved with ShoreStyle."


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Oregon Main Street is part of Heritage Programs, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. For more information about Oregon Main Street, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Sheri Stuart at 503-986-0679 or sheri.stuart@oregon.gov.


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Fort George Brewery + Public House in Downtown Astoria Receives Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for Business of the Year (Photo)
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Fort George Brewery + Public House received an Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for the "Business of the Year" from Oregon Main Street on September 15 during the Oregon Main Street Evening of Excellence Celebration in Astoria. This award goes to the business that demonstrates a commitment to the community, exhibits exemplary customer service, strengthens the business mix, and supports its employees. On hand to accept the award was owner Jack Harris.

"Fort George Brewery + Public House's owners have been critical partners in the revitalization efforts of ADHDA," says Alana Garner, executive director, Astoria Downtown Historic District Association. Harris, a former ADHDA board member, is instrumental in planning and organizing ADHDA's largest fundraiser, the Pacific Northwest Brew Cup. He and other key staff also participate in ADHDA's second largest fundraiser, the Jane Barnes Revue, as well as serving on committees and the board.

The Fort George building was an automotive service station until the late 1990's. It sat vacant and sadly neglected until 2007 when brewery owners Jack Harris and Chris Nemowill transformed it into the home of the Fort George Brewery. Now spanning an entire city block, featuring three separate eateries and a staff of over 100, Fort George Brewery + Public House is a cornerstone of downtown Astoria. The business is dedicated to keeping Astoria as its home town. It hosts a free weekly public lecture series, live music, and a newly created monthly Benefit Night to support local fundraising needs.

"We are so pleased to recognize Fort George Brewery + Public House with this award," says Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street Coordinator. "From bringing vitality to this long vacant space, to creating new jobs, to supporting community nonprofits, they have truly become an outstanding community partner."
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Oregon Main Street is part of Heritage Programs, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. For more information about Oregon Main Street, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Sheri Stuart at 503-986-0679 or sheri.stuart@oregon.gov.


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State Recognizes Nineteen Individuals & Projects for Excellence in Downtown Revitalization
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/16/16 6:33 AM
SALEM -- Oregon Main Street announced its 2016 "Excellence in Downtown Revitalization" award winners last night at the Evening of Excellence Celebration in Astoria, Oregon.

The nineteen projects, businesses, & individuals honored are:

Outstanding Historic Renovation
- JS Cooper Block, Independence

Best Façade Improvement
- The Clothes Tree, Corvallis

Best Streetscape Project
- City of Roseburg Urban Renewal Agency

Outstanding New Building
- Francis Court, Dayton

Best Beautification Project
- Let It Glow, St. Helens Economic Development Council

Best Placemaking Project
- Hillsboro Rain Art, City of Hillsboro

Outstanding Special Project
- The Carlton Pool House, Carlton

Outstanding Partnership
- The Dalles Main Street and City of The Dalles

Main Street Manager of the Year
- Jonathan Stone, Downtown Oregon City Association

Main Street Volunteer of the Year
- Doug Hood, Newberg Downtown Coalition

Outstanding Fundraiser
- The Oregon Trail(R) Game 5 K, Downtown Oregon City Association

Best Image Activity
- Dayton Artscape, Dayton Community Development Association

Best Special Event
- Estacada Uncorked

Best New Business
- Running Princess Apparel, Corvallis

Business of the Year - tie
- Sweet Wife Baking, Baker City
- Fort George Brewery + Public House, Astoria

Best Economic Vitality Activity
- ShoreStyle Wedding Faire, Astoria Downtown Historic District Association

Best Volunteer Development
- Astoria Volunteer Appreciation Night, Astoria Downtown Historic District Association

Best Community Education
- The Dalles Main Street Promotional Booklet

"We are very pleased to recognize the outstanding individuals, businesses, and projects in communities participating in the Oregon Main Street Network," said Sheri Stuart, state coordinator, Oregon Main Street. "They represent some of the hard work, creativity, and investment happening across the state to strengthen and revitalize our historic downtowns."

The wide range of awards is reflective of the comprehensive Four-Point Approach(R) to downtown revitalization developed by the National Main Street Center. This model is used by the communities participating in the three-tier Main Street Track of Oregon Main Street Network. From 2010 to 2015, communities participating in the Performing Main Street and Transforming Downtown levels of the Network have seen $62,943,871 in private building improvement projects, $75,088,333 in public projects, 863 private rehab projects, 468 net new businesses, and 2,244 net new jobs.

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Oregon Main Street is part of Heritage Programs, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. For additional information, visit www.oregonheritage.org.
The Salvation Army Sets Sail Again - Friday, 4pm
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 09/16/16 2:30 AM
(Portland, OR) September 16, 2016 - On Friday, September 16, 2016 at 4 p.m., The Salvation Army partners with Willamette Sailing Club on Macadam Blvd., to teach kids leadership, working as a team, and how to overcome their fears by learning to sail.

About 20 kids will participate in the Friday afternoon sailing lessons.

Major Ken Perine with The Salvation Army Portland Tabernacle heads up the annual event designed to inspire leadership and teamwork in kids aged eight to 17.

"Sailing is like a ballet -- the crew needs to work together to keep the sails full of wind, the bow pointed in the right direction and the lines tight," said Major Perine. "We're teaching essential team building skills in a unique format that they otherwise would never have access to."

The Salvation Army provides dozens of programs for youth throughout the city including afterschool music programs, summer camp -- even midnight basketball.

"Most people see the red kettles and bell ringers at Christmas but don't realize just how many great programs they are funding with their spare change," said Major Perine. "We are constantly striving to find new ways to engage kids that may not otherwise have this kind of opportunity."

Media is welcome at Willamette Sailing Club at 6336 SW Beaver Ave, Portland, OR 97239, Friday, September 16 at 4:00 p.m.

HD Footage recorded at during last year's sailing program is available for use with this story at http://tinyurl.com/jd47nw9

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

Friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyPortland
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Shooting Investigation Underway in Northeast Portland's Cully Neighborhood - No Known Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 09/15/16 10:11 PM
On Thursday September 15, 2016, at 8:49 p.m., North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team officers responded to the report of gunfire in the 6200 block of Northeast Simpson Street.

Officers arrived in the area and located evidence of gunfire and learned at least one residence and one parked vehicle were struck by bullets. There were no gunshot victims located at the scene or arrived at any area hospital.

Preliminary information indicates that someone in a silver sedan fired multiple gunshots then sped out of the area.

Based on information learned at the scene, the Gang Enforcement Team is conducting the investigation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

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27-Year-Old Man Arrested in Downtown Portland Outside Federal Courthouse - Rifle Seized (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/15/16 9:02 PM
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On Thursday September 15, 2016, at approximately 5:00 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse, located at 1000 Southwest 3rd Avenue, to assist Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officers with a person in custody.

Central Precinct officers learned that DHS officers arrested a man after he brought a concealed rifle into a controlled area around the courthouse. The suspect was carrying the rifle concealed and wrapped in a towel. DHS officers saw him walking towards the courthouse, carrying a sign and a towel wrapped around something. DHS officers challenged him as he entered the controlled area. The towel wrapped around the item slipped off and officers could see it was concealing a rifle. The suspect dropped the rifle was taken into custody without incident. An inspection of the rifle by officers revealed that it was not loaded but had an empty magazine in the rifle.

The suspect, 27-year-old Matthew Thomas Mglej, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Mglej was also cited for a Federal firearms violation by DHS officers.

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In Custody Death Investigation at Marion County Jail
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/15/16 8:54 PM
Today at about 7:30 am, 36 year old Dezeray Molieri of Salem was found unresponsive in her cell. Deputies immediately began CPR until medical personnel arrived with advance life support, but efforts to revive Ms. Molieri failed and she was pronounced dead.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office has notified Ms. Molieri's family of her death.

The Sheriff's Office, as part of its standard protocol, has requested that the Linn County Sheriff's Office conduct an investigation into Ms. Molieri's death. The medical examiner's office will work to determine the exact cause of death; however, foul play is not suspected. We don't anticipate any further news releases until after the medical examiner's report has been received.
Keizer man sentenced to 5 years, 10 months in prison for Independence robbery.
Polk County Dist. Att. Office - 09/15/16 5:10 PM
DALLAS (OR) -- Juan Sullivan Martin, of Keizer, was sentenced Monday to 70 months in prison by Polk County Circuit Judge Monte Campbell for two counts of robbery in the second degree. Martin, 40, was accused of entering a home in Independence and threatening the residents before taking their property. The case was investigated by the Independence and Salem Police Departments. It was prosecuted by the Polk County District Attorney's Office.
Single vehicle injury crash in Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/15/16 4:42 PM
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On September 15, 2016 at about 10:15AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle injury crash on Interstate 5 at milepost 1.5, which is about 13 miles south of the town of Ashland in Jackson County.

According to Sergeant First Class Jeff Proulx, preliminary investigation revealed a 2001 Ford F150 pickup was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 when for an unknown reason the vehicle left the roadway on the left side and drove on the shoulder for several hundred yards, then drove back onto the interstate. Once on the interstate the vehicle rolled, ejecting the two male passengers. The vehicle then rolled several more times as it struck the guard rail and came to rest about 100 yards down an embankment.

The driver of the vehicle, Matt Tudor, age 40, of Yreka, CA, was taken to Rogue Regional Medical Center and treated for minor injuries. The right front passenger, Chris Stevens, age 30 of Yreka, CA was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center and treated for minor injuries. The right rear passenger, Tim Hendricks, age 24 of Yreka, CA was transported by Life Flight to Rogue Regional Medical Center and treated for his injuries, which are not serious at this time. The left rear passenger, Mahaliah Gulbranson, age 21 of Yreka, was transported to Providence Medical Center and treated for minor injuries. It appears only the driver was wearing his seat belt.

There were two dogs in the truck and they ran away after the crash. Jackson County Animal Control responded to locate the dogs but was unable to do so. We have no information on the description of the dogs.

The contributing factors into the crash are still under investigation, but the driver may have fallen asleep. OSP was assisted by Fire District 5, Ashland Fire and Rescue, Mercy Flights and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Paving on SW Nevada Street -- September 17th
Portland Water Bureau - 09/15/16 4:18 PM
PORTLAND, OR -- As part of the Hannah Mason Pump Station construction project, crews will be preparing and paving to the east and west of Macadam Boulevard on SW Nevada Street this week.

To minimize traffic disruptions, work will occur Saturday, September 17th from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. During road paving, both SW Nevada and SW Macadam will remain open, but some traffic turning movements could be restricted. As with any construction project, safety is our first priority. Please obey flaggers and all construction signs.
Sheriff's Office Seeks Publics Help in Locating Missing 18 Year Old Student
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/15/16 4:16 PM
Trevor Mitchell, an 18 year old high school student from Sublimity, Oregon, was reported missing to the Marion County Sheriff's Office on the evening of September 11, 2016. He was last seen by his family around noon that day wearing a navy polo shirt, blue jeans, and black Vans shoes. Trevor is described as being 5'11" tall and weighing approximately 135 pounds with sandy blond hair and blue eyes.

On September 13, 2016, Mitchell's vehicle was located at the Separation Lake trailhead near the Three Sisters Wilderness Area. Lane County Search and Rescue responded and searched the area that evening, then returned with additional resources the morning of September 14, 2016. Lane County Search and Rescue K9 teams, ground search teams, and riders from Lane County Sheriff's Mounted Posse have all participated in the search for Trevor. Search efforts continue today in the area of Separation Lake and the surrounding wilderness. At this time, no new information has been located to indicate Trevor's whereabouts.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office and Lane County Sheriff's Office are asking for your assistance locating Trevor Mitchell. We are asking anyone who has seen Trevor since
September 11, 2016 to call the Lane County Sheriff's Office at 541-682-4141 and or the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032.


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Detectives Arrest Hospital Caregiver for Sexual Contact with Patients (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/15/16 4:09 PM
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September 15, 2016 - Washington County Detectives arrested a Certified Nursing Assistant from Providence St. Vincent Medical Center for sexual contact with patients.

On September 14, 2016, Washington County Sheriff's Office Detectives, assigned to the Violent Crimes Unit, arrested 34-year-old Adeladilew A. Mekonen, a Certified Nursing Assistant at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, for sexual contact with patients.

The investigation stemmed from complaints made by two elderly females who were recently patients at the hospital. Sheriff's Detectives did follow up work and developed probable cause that Mr. Mekonen engaged in criminal conduct.

Mr. Mekonen has been charged with one count of Rape in the First Degree and one count of Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the Second Degree. He remains in the Washington County Jail with bail set at $250,000.

The Sheriff's Office wants to thank Providence Health & Services for their full cooperation with this investigation.

Sheriff's Detectives believe there could be additional victims. Mr. Mekonen worked at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center from May 2016 until yesterday, when he was arrested. Anyone with information on these cases should call Detective Robert Rookhuyzen at 503-846-2673.


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Woodrow Street NE Closure
City of Salem - 09/15/16 3:50 PM
As part of the application for a quiet zone at the Woodrow Crossing of the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR), a reconstruction at the tracks must be made. UPRR crews will begin on Monday, September 19, 2016, and the work will be completed by September 23, 2016. Woodrow Street NE will be closed at this location from 6 am, Monday, September 19, to 6 pm on Wednesday, September 21.
Suspect in Early September Shooting Charged with Attempted Murder (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/15/16 3:15 PM
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In the evening hours of Wednesday September 7, 2016, 29-year-old Hai Tu Duong was arrested in connection with a September 5 shooting at Southeast 136th Avenue and Powell Boulevard that injured one man.

Duong was stopped in a vehicle and arrested at Southeast 122nd Avenue and Fremont by members of the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) after Gang Enforcement Team investigators located him at a home near Northeast 115th Avenue and Prescott Street.

Duong was booked into the Multnomah County Jail for a parole violation.

Today, detectives added charges of Attempted Murder, Assault in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Duong will be arraigned on the new charges on Friday in Multnomah County Court.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact Detective Jeff Pontius at 503-823-2081, Jeffery.pontius@portlandoregon.gov.

This investigation started on Monday September 5, 2016, at 7:44 p.m., when East Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team officers responded to the report of a shooting in parking lot of the Lucky Corner Restaurant, located at 13604 Southeast Powell Boulevard.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located a 29-year-old man suffering from traumatic injuries. The victim was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.

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Cherriots Seeks Community Feedback on CARTS Redesign
Cherriots - Salem Keizer Transit - 09/15/16 2:19 PM
One of Cherriots most successful routes is an express service between Wilsonville and Salem. Route 1X is so popular that often every seat on the bus is taken. The success of express routes like the 1X illustrates the type of service Cherriots wants to create by redesigning CARTS bus service. Cherriots is currently seeking input on the Chemeketa Area Regional Transportation System (CARTS) redesign plan from the communities it serves.

The plan outlines the ways CARTS can be transformed into a more reliable service, with more trips per day to larger cities such as Woodburn, Mt. Angel, Silverton, Dallas and Stayton. But no plan is complete without robust community input.

The plan's details are outlined at Cherriots.org/regional, including proposed changes, route-by-route information, a list of outreach events, funding information and an option to provide feedback. People also can view the proposed routes in Google Maps and download printable draft schedules. They can comment online or attend an outreach event. Feedback will be accepted through Oct. 14.

Two significant changes to the CARTS system will improve the ability for riders to know when their bus will arrive, and to transfer to Cherriots buses at the Downtown Transit Center:

Trip requests that make the bus leave its route, known as route deviations, will no longer be allowed on CARTS. (This will not affect CARTS 45, which is designed to pick people up at their homes by request). People will no longer be able to flag down the bus. Flagging down a bus causes delays and can be very dangerous. Service will be offered from designated stops only.

The new CARTS schedules will be designed to make it easier for people to transfer from CARTS to Cherriots buses, without a lengthy wait at the Salem Downtown Transit Center.

Additionally, staff will be exploring the possibility of making it more affordable for CARTS riders to transfer to Cherriots buses, and to further integrate the two services.

"What's happening on the road now is that route deviations cause buses to be late," said Chris French, Cherriots senior planner. "That means people waiting at CARTS bus stops aren't confident their bus will arrive on time. These riders could be late to work, school or an appointment. It's not efficient and reliable."

In the proposed plan, the only flexible route that will continue to run is CARTS 45, which serves Dallas, Independence and Monmouth. Riders must book trips in advance to ride CARTS 45.

To provide express service to towns within the CARTS service area, and stay within current funding, portions of routes with very low ridership will be cut. For example, service areas east of Stayton would fit this criteria.

"For most riders -- and people who would like to ride an express route -- the redesigned CARTS service will be more reliable, offer faster trip times, and give them more trip options per day," said Ted Stonecliffe, Cherriots long range planning analyst. "We understand this redesign will have a big impact on communities served by CARTS. We really want people to learn more about the proposal and provide feedback. This is an opportunity to make your voice heard."

The CARTS Redesign Plan will be modified to incorporate public input. The modified plan will be presented to the Cherriots Board of Directors on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017.
Mill Creek Correctional Facility graduates first GED class (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 09/15/16 2:09 PM
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On September 2, 2016, Mill Creek Correctional Facility (MCCF) commemorated its first graduation ceremony for adults in custody who successfully earned their General Education Development (GED) certificates. The seven graduating students dressed in the traditional cap and gown as they marched to pomp and circumstance. Friends and family were invited to celebrate their achievements.

MCCF began collaborating with the Santiam Correctional Institution (SCI) to provide education services in October 2015. The students spend their days working full-time on outside work crews and spend their evenings inside a classroom. Through this partnership, MCCF has been able to offer 36 students the opportunity to enroll in classes. The students are provided instruction by two tutors who are also adults in custody. Students are able to take official tests with the support of Chemeketa Community College staff and SCI staff.

Research shows adults in custody who participate in correctional education programs have 43 percent lower odds of recidivating than those who don't. Analysis also shows that those individuals who participated in vocational training programs were 28 percent more likely to obtain employment after release from prison than adults in custody who did not.
MCCF is an unfenced, minimum-security prison in Salem that houses approximately 290 male inmates who are within four years of release. The facility concentrates on work opportunities, most of which are in the form of work crews contracting with state agencies, local organizations, and private industries within a 60-mile radius of Salem. MCCF opened in 1929 as the Farm Annex of the Oregon State Penitentiary, housing 50 adult male offenders. The Farm Annex provided all of the milk, eggs, meat, fruit, and vegetables for the Oregon State Penitentiary and the State Hospital. The main building (as well as many of the out buildings that made up the farm) still stands today and, at 81 years old, it makes for the second oldest prison in the state.


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Summer's End Promenade and Public Lands Day to be Celebrated at Fort Vancouver NHS
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 09/15/16 1:53 PM
The National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will present the annual Summer's End Promenade on Saturday, September 24, 2016, between 1 pm and 3 pm, as part of the national park's celebration of National Public Lands Day.

National Park Service Volunteers-in-Parks of all ages will be attired in a range of period clothing illustrating 110 years of history represented at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and the Vancouver National Historic Reserve. They will stroll down Officers' Row and along the national park's historic Parade Ground, stopping at the Grant House and its veranda.

In addition to connecting visitors to the site's history, the costumed volunteers will help celebrate National Public Lands Day, the largest volunteer day for public lands in our country, and one of the National Park Service's 2016 "fee free" days.

Visitors are invited to stop and have one-on-one conversations 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 the Historic Hangar at Pearson Air Museum at 1115 E. Fifth Street.

The public is encouraged to enjoy the grounds of the national park and the Vancouver National Historic Reserve 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, Volunteer/Coordinator of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Costume and Textile Department.

"Tremendous work is put into reproduction costumes at the park, allowing the public to see the level of detail and care our staff and volunteers put into representing the past. 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.

National Public Lands Day, which also takes place on September 24, brings together volunteers from coast to coast to improve and restore the lands and facilities that Americans use for recreation, education, exercise, and enjoyment. In honor of this day, all national parks nationwide, including Fort Vancouver NHS, will waive their admission fees.

What: Summer's End Promenade, a celebration of National Public Lands Day

When: Saturday, September 24, 2016, between 1 pm and 3 pm

Where: Officers' Row & the Parade Ground at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Inclement weather locations are the Grant House and Pearson Air Museum.

Cost: Free
Public Health Advisory Board Accountability Metrics Subcommittee meets September 22 by webinar
Oregon Health Authority - 09/15/16 1:47 PM
September 15, 2016

What: A public meeting of the Accountability Metrics Subcommittee of the Public Health Advisory Board

Agenda: Subcommittee staffing update; work plan review; review communicable disease control measures

When: Thursday, September 22, 2-3 p.m. A 10-minute public comment period is scheduled at 2:50 p.m. Comments may be limited to three minutes.

Where: By webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8160646047412113665; or by conference call at 888-251-2909, access code 8975738#.

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan. The Accountability Metrics Subcommittee develops recommendations about public health quality measures for the board's consideration.

For more information, see the advisory board's website at http://public.health.oregon.gov/About/Pages/ophab.aspx.

Program contact: Rebecca Pawlak, 971-673-1034, rebecca.l.pawlak@state.or.us

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The Cost of Natural Gas Drops Again
NW Natural - 09/15/16 1:28 PM
NW Natural files for rate reduction in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. -- NW Natural (NYSE:NWN), has filed for a rate reduction with the Public Utility Commission of Oregon (PUC). If approved the new lower rates will take effect for residential and commercial customers on Nov. 1.

NW Natural has requested a 2.6% rate reduction for residential customers and 1.6% drop for commercial. The typical residential customer using an average of 50 therms a month would pay about $1.40 less each month. The typical commercial customer using 233 therms per month would pay $3.60 less monthly.

The Sept. 15 filing reflects relatively stable natural gas commodity prices for the coming year, as well as other year-to-year adjustments and costs approved by regulators.

"Our customers are paying less for their natural gas today than they did 15 years ago," said David H. Anderson, NW Natural President and CEO. "It's gratifying to be able to provide the efficiency and performance benefits of our product at such a great value."

More Savings for Customers
This rate reduction is in addition to a bill credit customers received earlier this year. NW Natural returned $16.8 million to Oregon customers in June because gas prices were lower than expected since rates took effect back in Nov. 1, 2015. The average residential customer received a bill credit of about $16, and the average small commercial customer's credit was $75.

Additionally, NW Natural passed back about $9.4 million to customers in June resulting from efficient use of natural gas storage and pipeline facilities. This was the 14th consecutive year customers received a June bill credit for this purpose.

More about rates
Each year, local gas distribution companies file for rate adjustments with the PUC based on expected gas commodity costs for the next 12 months; a true-up of any differences between the previous year's gas costs and the amount collected from customers; and other adjustments based on previous agreements with the PUC.

Regulators will issue a final decision on this year's filing by the end of October, with new rates effective Nov. 1.

Find more information in the Rates & Regulations section of nwnatural.com or call 503-226-4211 and ask for the Rates & Regulatory Department.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 718,000 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 www.nwnatural.com.
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Ridgefield School District to Host Experience Ridgefield (Photo)
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September 13, 2016 -- Ridgefield, WA -- Get ready for some old-fashioned, small-town fun as the Ridgefield School District prepares to host Experience Ridgefield on Saturday, September 24. The community carnival, set to take place at Ridgefield High School from 3:00 -- 8:00 p.m., celebrates Ridgefield's proud past, prosperous present, and promising future.

"We are all very excited for Experience Ridgefield. This is truly an event where there will be something for folks of all ages to enjoy. We have numerous food vendors, live music on the main stage, games and activities, including a Game Truck, Laser Tag, gymnastics, flag football, a golf chipping station, potato sack races, inflatables, arts and crafts, many exhibits and displays, Mr. Potato Head contest, and much more," said Bonnie Harris.

Experience Ridgefield was developed and organized by students in the district's Superintendent's Student Advisory Council (SSAC). A dozen students, representing each of the district's four schools, meet monthly with Dr. Nathan McCann, Ridgefield's superintendent, to provide advice and feedback to McCann. Each year they are also asked to work on a project that contributes to the betterment of the community.

Experience Ridgefield was born from that concept. The Ridgefield School Board, led by Board members Scott Gullickson and Joe Vance, were looking for a way to bring the community together at a district-hosted event. McCann turned to the SSAC students to develop the carnival, and they certainly delivered.

Students dedicated multiple monthly meetings to brainstorming ideas that would adequately capture everything they love about Ridgefield. The group settled on Experience Ridgefield as the event title, determined to host an event that was highly interactive and representative of everything that makes Ridgefield unique.

The students have also been heavily involved in recruiting the vendors, event marketing and promotion, and securing sponsorships.

"I'm very proud of the work put in by all the students to create a large-scale community event that celebrates the spirit and pride that makes Ridgefield such a wonderfully unique place to live," said McCann.

More than 40 vendors will be participating in Experience Ridgefield. Holbrook Concrete Construction is the event's lead sponsor, with assistance from The Historic Sportsman's Steakhouse and Saloon.

In addition to all the food, music, and fun, the Ridgefield Family Resource Center (RFRC) is sponsoring a "Stuff the Bus" campaign at the event. The RFRC is in need of personal hygiene items, non-perishable food, and new coats.

Families will be able to complete the day's activities by enjoying the movie Back to the Future under the stars at the football stadium.

"I'm grateful for the generosity of our partnering sponsors and the many local businesses, civic groups, and public entities for supporting Experience Ridgefield," said McCann.

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Tip of the Week September 19, 2016 - Teen Dating Violence
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 09/15/16 11:55 AM
OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF
Sheriff Curtis L. Landers
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
(541) 265-4277
Fax (541) 265-4926

TIP OF THE WEEK

Date: September 19, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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


THE ABCs OF TEEN DATING VIOLENCE

Teen dating violence is what happens in a teen dating relationship when one person uses abuse to gain power and keep control over his or her partner. This abuse can be physical, emotional, or sexual. The following information is from the Office of the Circuit Court of Cook County, IL.

Anyone can be a victim of dating violence. Teens who are wealthy or not, religious or not, straight or not. The race or ethnic background of a person makes no difference. Anyone can be a victim. Anyone can be an abuser.

Be safe. Be a survivor, not a victim. Understand the three types of abuse.

Control. Abuse is about control, not love. Learn the difference. Be safe.

Dating violence is a consistent pattern of verbal (or emotional) abuse, physical abuse, or sexual abuse.

Emotional abuse can be as serious as physical abuse. Does your partner call you names? Humiliate you? Isolate you from your friends? Make all the decisions? Threaten you? Make you afraid?

Family and friends can help you. Don't keep any abuse secret. The more people who know, the safer you are.

Get help. Call a domestic violence program. You are not alone.

Help your friends who may be victims. They need you as a friend now more than ever.

Intervention and prevention begin with you. Do not accept any abuse from anyone or to anyone.

Judges know the problems of dating violence. If you have to get an order of protection to be safe, do it.

Kicking, hitting, and punching are types of physical abuse. Once is too many.

Love should be special. It is never controlling. It is never about one person telling the other person what to think, do, or how to act.

Murder is the ultimate horror of dating violence. It is the cause of 24% teen homicides.

No one likes being hit. Victims are afraid to leave abusers because they are afraid of being hit harder. Leave. Be a survivor.

Orders of protection tell the abusers what they can and cannot do.

Physical abuse doesn't always leave bruises, but always leaves scars.

Qualified counselors are available to help teen dating violence victims 24 hours a day. Call now for support.

Read and remember everything you can about dating violence. It could be a real lifesaver.

Sexual abuse can be anything from ruining your reputation, to touching you improperly, to rape.

Tell. The abuser wants you to think that no one will believe you and that no one cares about you. The abuser is wrong. People believe. People care. Abuse should not be a secret. Tell.

Understand that you are not alone: friends, family, teachers, police, judges, are all there to help.

Victory is in becoming a survivor. You do not have to be a victim. Only you can begin to make that change.

Winning the battle against teen dating violence is everyone's job. Listen to your friends. You can make a difference.

X-rays don't show all the hurt. Teen dating violence hurts everyone. Help stop the hurt.

Yearly, about 25% of all teens are dating violence victims. Don't be a statistic.

Zero tolerance is the only acceptable level of teen dating violence.

If you or someone you know is being abused, one agency to call for assistance is My Sister's Place at (541) 574-9424, (541) 994-5959 or 1-800-841-8325. Also report suspected abuse to the police. Don't let the abuse continue.

For more information and tips, visit our web site at www.lincolncountysheriff.net and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff's Office -- Oregon.

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Ph: 541-265-0652


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OSP Concludes Firearms Investigation Involving Portland Man - Clackamas County
Oregon State Police - 09/15/16 11:23 AM
On August 4, 2016 the Oregon State Police Patrol Division received a complaint of an alleged crime of Firearm Transfer by an Unlicensed Person (ORS 166.435). The complaint was based on media reports that, Jeremy P LUCAS, age 45, of Portland, had unlawfully transferred a firearm to a private party.

The investigation was challenging due to the lack of any evidence supporting the allegations. Further the fact that OSP did not secure a voluntary statement from LUCAS and no persons came forward with the name of who the firearm was transferred to made it difficult to prove or disprove this crime had occurred.

On September 9, 2016, the case was considered closed pending the development of new leads or information. The case was referred to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office for review who advised OSP that they would not pursue criminal charges (see their decline letter which is attached).

No further information at this time.


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Detective Receives the 2016 Fire Investigator of the Year Award (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/15/16 11:11 AM
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September 15, 2016 -- Yesterday, Washington County Sheriff's Office Detective James "Mitch" Coley was honored with the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) 2016 Fire Investigator of the Year award at the IAAI Annual Awards Banquet in Bend, Oregon.

The IAAI Fire Investigator of the Year award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and professionalism in the field of fire/arson investigation and is selected from nominations submitted by their peers in the field of Arson Investigation for the honor.

Detective Mitch Coley was nominated for this prestigious award for his diligent and tireless efforts investigating a series of arson fires set on Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation (THPRD) properties where the responsible party was ultimately prosecuted for these crimes.

Detective Mitch Coley has been a Detective for 10 of his nearly 20 years with the Washington County Sheriff's Office and specializes in Arson/Explosives investigations. Detective Coley is recognized by his peers, supervisors, partner agencies, and the Washington County District Attorney's Office as a dedicated expert in the field of arson investigation.

He is a mentor to his fellow investigators and peers and supervisors often attribute successful prosecution of cases to Detective Coley's thorough and detailed investigation. He has also served on the Clandestine Lab Enforcement, Remotely Operated Vehicle (Robot) Teams, Major Crimes Team, Westside Interagency Narcotics team and is a Survival Skills Instructor at the Sheriff's Office.

Detective Coley served in the Unites States Air Force and retired in December of 2013 as a Chief Master Sergeant after 23 years of service. While working at the Sheriff's Office, Detective Coley deployed four times to Iraq, Afghanistan and other foreign countries. He earned the Bronze Star for working with the 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq for Explosive Ordnance Disposal and led 867 combat missions during that deployment.


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Bias Crimes Detective Investigating Report of Children Pepper Sprayed by Unknown Suspect
Portland Police Bureau - 09/15/16 11:00 AM
On Tuesday September 13, 2016, at 9:16 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 5500 block of Northeast 9th Avenue on the report that several children were pepper sprayed by an unknown male riding a bicycle.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and treated the three male victims, ages 12, 11 and 7, for exposure to pepper spray. None of the victims required transport by ambulance to a hospital and were treated at the scene by medical personnel.

Police spoke with 62-year-old Patricia Garner and her daughter 32-year-old Foia Frazer, the grandmother and mother of the three victims.

Garner and Frazier told officers that they were getting the kids into the car as a man on a bicycle rode by southbound on 9th Avenue. The suspect turned around northbound, riding back by the car and sprayed the kids with pepper spray. Garner reported to police that the man yelled a racial epithet at them as he pepper sprayed the kids then rode away. The three victims, as well as Garner and Frazier, are African American.

The victims described the suspect as a white or Hispanic male in his mid-20s, 5'9" tall, 160 pounds, wearing black spandex-style bicycle clothing and a grey and black helmet. The suspect was riding a road-style bicycle (not a mountain bike), with a white box on the back of the bicycle.

Officers searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description. Frazier found the white box in the neighborhood and turned it over to police. The box contained various tools but no identifying information.

Due to the nature of the report, a detective assigned to investigate Bias Crimes is conducting the investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident or the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Detective Jeff Sharp at 503-823-9773, jeff.sharp@portlandoregon.gov.

Bias crimes are defined as any criminal act that targets a victim based on the suspect's perception of the victim's race, color, religion, national origin or sexual orientation.

The Portland Police Bureau investigates all reported incidents of bias crimes and encourages any member of our community who is the victim of such a crime to contact law enforcement.

If you have been the victim of a bias crime assault, immediately call 9-1-1. If you have been the victim of a bias crime, such as vandalism or graffiti, please call the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

To learn more about bias crime investigations, please visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/423009

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2016 Oregon Arts Summit to showcase "Arts in Action" (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 09/15/16 10:59 AM
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Salem, OR--"Arts in Action," art as a medium for addressing problems and strengthening communities, is the theme for the 2016 Oregon Arts Summit, scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, at the LaSells Stewart Center in Corvallis.

Hosted by the Oregon Arts Commission, the Arts Summit is a forum of learning and shared resources for arts organizations, arts associations, elected officials, individual artists and arts professionals from around the state.

Through "Arts in Action," artists, arts organizations and artistic communities help solve some of Oregon's most difficult and pressing problems and create social calls-to-action for the state. The day's programming will explore how the arts are strengthening the regions' social, physical and economic fabric.

Agenda highlights:
The Arts Summit's keynote speaker will be Tim Carpenter of EngAGE, an organization transforming aging and the way people think about aging by turning affordable senior apartment communities into vibrant centers of learning, wellness and creativity. Carpenter will speak about how artistic pursuits are making people's later lives more powerful and fulfilling.
Educator and artist Walidah Imarisha will lead a discussion about how arts are changing conversations about inclusion. She will lead participants through a timeline of Black history in Oregon documenting the story of race, identity and power in the state and how art and culture have played a role in both activism and oppression.
Insight Talks will feature six Oregon arts leaders sharing their organizational solutions: Julie Manning of Samaritan Health Services; Bruce Burris of OUTPOST1000/
ArtWorks; Liora Sponko from Lane Arts Council; Cheryl Snow of the Clackamas County Arts Alliance; Chrystal Figueroa and Stephen Marc Beaudoin from PHAME; and Seth Truby of BRAVO Youth Orchestras.

The Arts Summit also will feature dance, poetry and musical performances. Oct. 6 pre-conference activities include a tour of art and healing solutions at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center; a self-guided Corvallis Arts Walk featuring 13 different galleries and studios; and themed dinners with Oregon Arts Commissioners and staff.

Registration for the Oregon Arts Summit is $95. Scholarships are available; the deadline to apply for Arts Summit scholarships is Friday, Sept. 23. To apply, register or learn more visit www.regonline.com/oregonartssummit2016.
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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon.

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.


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Vancouver Competing against Honolulu and Anchorage for Small Business Grant, Need Votes Sept 19-30 (Photo)
Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce - 09/15/16 10:36 AM
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(VANCOUVER, WA) -- The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) is the only Pacific Northwest finalist for the "2016 Strong Communities Award," presented by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines (FHLB Des Moines). This award is tied to a $15,000 grant focused on small business and economic development projects across the country. Vancouver will face-off against Honolulu, Hawaii and Anchorage, Alaska (the other two "Urban Category" finalists) in a public vote. Voting will begin on Monday, September 19th and ending on Friday, September 30th at www.fhlbforcommunity.com/voting (page will be updated on 9/19). Each person will be able to vote once a day on their desktops, tablets, and/or phones.

Pacific Continental Bank (PCB), a long time GVCC advocate, submitted the Chamber's "Business Resource Center" (BRC) for consideration. PCB recognized the Chamber's effort to reinvigorate our local economy, where 95 percent of businesses are small, with less than 50 employees. In order to help strengthen our small businesses the Chamber has created a place where business owners and/or start-ups can gather information and access no-cost, or low-cost resources. The BRC provides a home for our Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP), which provides free one-on-one business counseling.

Additionally, our BRC is home to this region's only no-cost Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Government Contracting Counselor, who specializes in preparing small businesses to compete in the local, state, and federal government contracting marketplace. The GVCC also hosts advanced small business workshops series in the fall and spring of each year. Workshop topics range from marketing, customer service, customer engagement, social media marketing and more. The Chamber's BRC is an ongoing project, evolving as the needs of Clark County and its small businesses change. Just recently (May 2016) for our community's "Small Business Month," the Chamber launched a brand new two-part "Small Business Crawl" series. We took to the streets to drive awareness of the importance of small business and worked to incorporate the City's #couvesmallbiz hashtag to drive our campaign across digital platforms.

The Results: Clark County's unemployment rate sank from its peak of 13 percent to just six percent. Its job growth rate was also two percent higher than the national rate in February.

The FHLB Des Moines is challenging our community to rally behind our project during the public voting period from September 19 - September 30. Their mission is "Strengthening Communities Together" and voting will serve as a component of the selection process to award a $15,000 stipend to support small business and economic development growth.

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.

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines is a member-owned cooperative that provides funding solutions and liquidity to more than 1,400 financial institutions to support mortgage lending, economic development and affordable housing in their communities. Serving 13 states and three U.S. Pacific territories, FHLB Des Moines is one of 11 regional Banks that make up the Federal Home Loan Bank System. Members include community and commercial banks, credit unions, insurance companies, thrifts and community development financial institutions. The Des Moines Bank is wholly owned by its members and receives no taxpayer funding. For additional information about FHLB Des Moines, please visit www.fhlbdm.com.

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State Forest Stewardship Committee to meet Sept. 22
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/15/16 10:33 AM
The State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee will meet Sept. 22 in Salem to discuss the Forest Legacy Program and the Oregon Forest Management Planning System. Other items on the agenda include updates on the Community Forest Program and an overview of the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program.

The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters in the Tillamook Room, Building C, 2600 State St., in Salem.

The State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee advises the State Forester on policies and procedures for U.S. Forest Service, State and Private Forestry Programs such as Forest Legacy and Forest Stewardship. The committee consists of representatives from state and federal natural resource agencies, private forest landowners, consulting foresters and forest industry and conservation organizations.

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

Find the meeting agenda and learn more about the committee here
Commercial Street SE / Kuebler Boulevard SE Widening Improvements
City of Salem - 09/15/16 10:05 AM
Grinding and final asphalt paving operations for the Commercial Street SE / Kuebler Boulevard SE widening improvements are scheduled to begin Sunday, September 18, 2016, and be completed on Friday, September 23, 2016. This work will be performed between the hours of
9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Motorists should use caution as this work will require traffic shifting and lane closures on both Commercial Street SE and Kuebler Boulevard SE. At times, flaggers will be present to control traffic. This work will create traffic congestion within the area and motorists should expect delays.

This project was made possible due to savings from the Keep Salem Moving! Streets and Bridges Bond, passed by Salem voters in November 2008.

Please contact Will Kuenzi, PE, PLS, Project Engineer, at wkuenzi@cityofsalem.net or
503-588-6211 for additional information.


Attached Media Files: Widening Improvement Map
Red Cross Holds Free Earthquake Preparedness Presentation in Salem on September 22
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/15/16 10:04 AM
The Red Cross and our community partners are helping our community get ready for a 9.0 Cascadia earthquake by holding Prepare Out Loud, a visual and interactive earthquake preparedness presentation, in Salem next week.

SALEM, Ore., September 15, 2016 -- The American Red Cross is promoting preparedness and helping our community to be ready for disasters like a 9.0 Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake by holding Prepare Out Loud in Salem on September 22, at 5:30 p.m., at NW Natural, 3123 Broadway NE.

The Red Cross Prepare Out Loud presentation directly addresses the seismic significance of the Cascadia Subduction Zone and what to expect following an earthquake of this magnitude. Prepare Out Loud presenter, Steve Eberlein, was witness to the destruction of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami in Sri Lanka. The tsunami was caused by an underwater subduction zone earthquake and resulted in the deaths of nearly 300,000 people in 14 countries. His first-hand account of the incident lends perspective on the importance of preparedness. Following the Prepare Out Loud presentation, attendees will understand the steps they can take now to prepare for an earthquake and the central role their actions and voices play in building our community's resilience.

"Oregonians can be prepared for disasters by taking simple steps to prepare now and sharing their preparedness actions," said Steve Eberlein, preparedness presenter with the Red Cross Cascades Region. "It's time for us to unlock the power of peer influence and bring sustainable cultural change to Oregon."


WHAT: American Red Cross Prepare Out Loud presentation - Presented by NW Natural in partnership with PGE

WHEN: Thursday, September 22, 2016, 5:30 p.m. -- 7 p.m.

WHERE: NW Natural - 3123 Broadway NE, Salem, OR

WEBSITE: www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudSalem

The Prepare Out Loud presentation covers:
The science and history of the Cascadia Subduction Zone
Human behavior during disasters
What to expect during and after a Cascadia earthquake
How to prepare to quickly locate your loved ones following a disaster
How much food, water, and supplies you will need to take care of yourself and others

What others are saying about Prepare Out Loud
99% of attendees have rated the presentation as "excellent" or "very good"; 93% have found the presentation material to be "very accessible"; and the majority of Prepare Out Loud attendees described themselves as "motivated, inspired and hopeful" after the presentation.

Visit www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoud for more earthquake preparedness resources, including a:
Disaster preparedness kit-building checklist
Instructions on how to make a family emergency plan
Preparedness tips for seniors
Preparedness tips for pets
Information about water sources and storage
Information on how to prepare out loud

The Red Cross will be holding free Prepare Out Loud presentations across our region this fall. Other presentation locations include:
Tillamook and Manzanita on September 30
Register at www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudTillamook

Corvallis on October 4: in partnership with Samaritan Health Services
Register at www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudCorvallis

Medford on October 6
Register at www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudMedford

Eugene on October 11: in partnership with Chambers Construction
Register at www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudEugene

Portland on October 20 in conjunction with the Great Shakeout: Presented by Bill Naito Company in partnership with Leatherman and Parr Lumber
Register at www.RedCross.org/PrepareOutLoudPortland

Bend on November 7
Register at www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudBend


Attached Media Files: Prepare Out Loud Salem Flyer , Prepare Out Loud Comes to Salem News Release
White House Drug Policy Office Awards $625,000 to Local Coalition to Prevent Youth Substance Use in Washougal
Washougal Sch. Dist. - 09/15/16 9:54 AM
UNITE! Washougal Community Coalition has been award a $625,000 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grant to involve and engage their local community to prevent substance use among youth.

Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), announced last week all 698 grants, totaling $85.9 million, for Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Programs across the country, including Washougal. Grants awarded through the DFC Support Program are intended to support established community-based youth substance use prevention coalitions capable of effecting community level change.

"Our goal is to make Washougal a safe and healthy place for our youth," said Heather Jordan, member of the Washougal grant writing committee. "Prevention is a powerful tool to counteract youth substance abuse in our community, and we will use this funding to help youth in Washougal make healthy choices."

The local grant will be administrated by Washougal School District. The overall grant program is administered by The Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP).

"A primary goal of the grant is to reduce substance use among youth," said Mike Stromme, Ed.D. Washougal School District Superintendent. Over time this work is intended to reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.

"Another important goal is to support collaboration among coalitions and other public and private agencies working on the issues surrounding substance use among youth," he added.

Stromme pointed out that it is extremely rare for an organization to receive DFC grant funding on their first request. "This was a Herculean effort with many people in our community stepping up to help," he said. The group also studied the work of other local DFC grant winners and learned from their successful efforts.

UNITE! would like to thank members of the grant writing committee for their dedication of a tremendous amount of time and dedication to bring resources to our wonderful Washougal community. Members were Dr. Mike Stromme, Dr. Patricia Boles, Les Brown, Allan Fleck, Jen Fleck, Betty Gable, Larry Mayfield, Denise Livingston, Monica Kok, Sharon Bischoff, Mona Al-Dalaan, Rhea Bohlin, Deb Drandoff, Heather Jordan, Paul Greenlee, Robert Barber, Nancy Boon, Lisa Leonard, Lisa Young, Caleb Bischoff, Bridgette McCarthy, Scott Anderson, Sydney Mederos, Carson Connors, Debra Connors, Michael Stevens, Ann Stevens, Joy Lyons, Lucy Ann Kendall, Tiffany Schwieterman, and Awna Underwood.

The following were community Sector Representatives who lent their perspective to help engage the community in the grant process: Parent, Debra Connors; Business, Courtney Wilkinson; Media, Matthew Buitron; School, Stromme; Youth-serving organization-Children's Home Society, Mackenzie Dunham; Law enforcement-Washougal Police Department, Chief Ron Mitchell; Religious/Fraternal organization, Robert Barber, St. Mathew's Lutheran; Youth, Bridgette McCarthy, STASHA, Clark County Youth Commission; Civic/Volunteer groups, Washougal Lions, Peter Anderson; Healthcare professional, Dr. Dino Ramzi; Local government, Paul Greenlee. Another organization involved in reducing substance abuse-Community Services Northwest, Steven Morrison

"The Drug-Free Communities Support Program makes a vital difference at the community level -- reaching out to people where they live with the help they need to prevent substance use," said SAMHSA Principal Deputy Administrator Kana Enomoto. "SAMHSA is honored to join the Office of National Drug Control Policy in working with community coalitions across the nation to create healthy and drug-free environments for children, youth, and families."
Lebanon Fire District Unveils Emergency Services Master Plan
Lebanon Fire District - 09/15/16 9:50 AM
On Tuesday, September 13, 2016 the Lebanon Fire District presented an Emergency Services Master Plan to its Board of Directors.

Emergency Services Consulting International was engaged by the Lebanon Fire District to provide a Master Plan for the future delivery of emergency services within the city of Lebanon and the fire district. This report is a comprehensive document designed for the purpose of answering three questions: Where are we today, Where will we be in the next 10 to 15 years, and how will we get there? It evaluates current conditions found to exist in the agency, projects future community growth and service demand, and provides recommendations to sustain or enhance current services over the next 10 to 15 years.

The staff of Lebanon Fire District has already begun evaluating the recommendations in the Master Plan and will prioritizing them and assigning timelines for completion. With the recommendations from this document, Lebanon Fire District will move toward developing a Strategic Plan that will outline the step by step processes for obtaining our future goals.

The Master Plan can be read on the Lebanon Fire District website at http://www.lebanonfire.org/sites/default/files/fileattachments/lebanon_fire_district/page/882/lebanon_or_master_plan_final_report_8-30-2016.pdf
Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency to host annual Salmonberry Coalition meeting Oct. 7
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/15/16 9:00 AM
BUXTON, OR -- The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) will host its annual Salmonberry Coalition meeting Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Mt. Dale Meeting Hall at LL Stub Stewart State Park, 30380 NW Hwy 47, in Buxton.

The agenda will include updates on current ongoing trail projects, including the Salmonberry Trail Brownfields Study, the Tillamook County Local Plan Adoption Project and the Coast Segment Planning Study, as well as updates on current fundraising efforts. There will be a brief STIA business meeting at the end of the program discussing status of the railbanking effort.

The Salmonberry Coalition is a stakeholder group consisting of public and private partners focused on making the Salmonberry Trail a reality. The 84-mile Salmonberry Trail corridor will connect the cities of Tillamook and Banks and cross through two counties, passing by the Oregon coastline, fisheries, farmland and the rugged Oregon Coast Range. The route follows the Port of Tillamook Bay Railway, which closed in 2007 after experiencing catastrophic storm damage. The STIA was established to promote and facilitate coordinated direction and guidance in planning, development and maintenance of the multi-use trail.

For more information, contact Dennis Wiley, Salmonberry Trail Project Manager at 503-986-0723 or dennis.wiley@oregon.gov.
Children with Special Needs Horseback Ride Event hosted by Benton County Sheriff's Mounted Posse
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/15/16 8:20 AM
Children with Special Needs Horseback Ride Event
Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 from 10:00-11:00 am, registration opens at 9:30am

The Benton County Sheriff's Mounted Posse is hosting their 7th annual horseback ride event for children with special needs and their siblings. It will be held at the Indoor Arena of the Benton County Fairgrounds and is sponsored by Sheriff Scott Jackson.

The children are helped up onto the horse and led around the arena. Special accommodations are made for mounting/dismounting and safety while on horseback. Riders must be between 3 and 18 years of age and be able to hang on by themselves. The arena is not heated and long pants/closed-toed shoes are required.

There will also be a coloring area and brushing/petting station with miniature ponies. Photographs will be taken in front of a green screen and printed on site to give to the child. They will also be available online after the event for those who give permission to do so. A release form is required for all riders and will be available at the event registration table.

Please RSVP by September 28th, so we can plan appropriately. You may either email or phone, with the parent/guardian name, contact information and the number of children who will be riding.


Phone: 541-766-6045
Email: sheriffsposse@co.benton.or.us
http://www.bentoncountysheriffsmountedposse.com
Facebook -- Benton County Sheriff's Mounted Posse
Oregon Civil Air Patrol Conducts Change Of Command Ceremony (Photo)
Oregon Civil Air Patrol - 09/15/16 8:17 AM
Colonel William Ray, New Oregon Wing Civil Air Patrol Commander
Colonel William Ray, New Oregon Wing Civil Air Patrol Commander
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Colonel William Ray, CAP, assumed command September 10th of the Civil Air Patrol's Oregon Wing in a ceremony held at the Boulder Rock Inn in Lebanon, Oregon during the CAP's conference observing the CAP's 75th anniversary since it's founding just prior to WWII in December of 1941. Colonel Ray first joined the CAP as a 14 year old teenaged cadet in 1970 and served on active duty in the USAF from 1975-1977. He became a senior member in 1982 and most recently served as the Oregon Wing Chief of Staff. Colonel Ray replaces Colonel John Longely, CAP who has served as the Oregon Wing commander for the past four years since he was appointed wing commander in 2012.
Since it's founding and service during WW II, CAP has continued to save lives and provide relief through its emergency services program. CAP participants possess Federal Emergency Management Agency certifications and are qualified nationwide, making them the go-to organization for law enforcement entities such as State Police, the Border Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Operating over 600 single engine aircraft and 63 sailplanes, the Civil Air Patrol performs more than 90 percent of all U.S. Air Force-directed search and rescue missions utilizing aircraft and ground teams and an extensive radio communications network. The Oregon wing of the CAP has seen extensive service this past year with USAF recognition for 4 lives saved. Most recently, the Oregon CAP participated in a search for a missing hiker around Mt. Jefferson and the search for a missing aircraft on the Oregon coast

Members of CAP also play important roles in disaster relief and humanitarian services and train regularly for those roles such as the recent state wide, multi-agency Cascade Rising Exercise earlier this year. In addition to providing air and ground transportation and a vast communication network, CAP has formal agreements with many government and humanitarian relief agencies, facilitating effective operations.

In addition to performing missions in direct support of the Air Force by conducting light transport, communication support and low-altitude route surveys, CAP joined the war on drugs in 1986, offering their resources to halt the trafficking of drugs into, and within the United States.

The CAP also offers a Cadet Program for teenagers between the ages of 12-18 which includes multiple orientation flights as well as a community oriented aerospace education program.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 57,000 members nationwide. CAP performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 90 lives in fiscal year 2008. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 22,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 75 years. For more information, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com.


Attached Media Files: Colonel William Ray, New Oregon Wing Civil Air Patrol Commander
Man Hit by Union Pacific Train
Gresham Police Dept - 09/15/16 8:08 AM
GRESHAM, Ore. -- Police and medical personnel respond to a call of an injury accident near 181st Avenue involving a Union Pacific train.

At 3:56am, Gresham Police received a call from a Union Pacific employee, reporting their eastbound train had struck a pedestrian. It is estimated that this crash occurred a 1/4 mile west of 181st Avenue. Police arrived on scene and found the victim deceased. Just before 7:00am, the Oregon State Medical Examiner arrived on scene to assist with the investigation. It has been determined that the victim is a male but his identity is unknown. The circumstances surrounding the crash are still being investigated.

Union Pacific will be heading up the investigation moving forward. No traffic is impeded because of this investigation. No further information is available at this time.
UPDATED Suspect in custody. (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/15/16 6:32 AM
1996 Ford F150
1996 Ford F150
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UPDATE (Thursday, Sept. 15)

Richard Hess turned himself into the Clackamas County Jail on Wednesday Sept. 14, at approximately 10:30pm on a valid warrant for Murder.



MEDIA ONLY- Mr. Hess had refused all interview requests at this time.





UPDATE (Wednesday, Sept. 14) -- VEHICLE LOCATED; SUSPECT ID AND PHOTO; CALL 911 IF SEEN

Please reference CCSO Case # 16-24876

The vehicle of interest in this homicide has been located, abandoned, in rural Clackamas County, east of Estacada.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office can confirm the suspect in this case is Richard Allen Hess, 47, of Sandy, Oregon. Mr. Hess has a warrant out for his arrest for the crime of Murder.

Mr. Hess should be considered armed and dangerous. Please do NOT approach Mr. Hess if you see him -- call (or text) 911 immediately.

(Info on 911 texting, recently rolled out in Oregon and SW Washington: http://www.nwtext911.info/ )

The Sheriff's office would also like to remind the public that anyone caught harboring or assisting Mr. Hess could be investigated and charged with the felony crime of Hindering Prosecution (ORS 162.325).

Previous releases in this case are below.
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EARLIER: Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, 12:30 p.m.

1996 Ford F-150 pickup (not actual suspect vehicle)The victim in yesterday's shooting can now be identified as Dominick James Perry (DOB 5/13/77) of Portland, OR.

Mr. Perry was killed during an act of homicide, and as a result of a single gunshot wound.

The vehicle of interest in the case is still a white 1996 Ford F-150 pickup truck with Oregon license plate 902AJZ. If anyone sees this vehicle, please call (or text) 911 immediately and do not approach the vehicle or its occupant(s).

A photo of a 1996 Ford F-150 pickup truck has been attached to this release, but it's not the actual vehicle.

Anyone with information about yesterday's incident is asked to contact us using our Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 16-24876.
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EARLIER: Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, 7:50 p.m.

The victim in the shooting from earlier today has died. Victim identification will follow tomorrow's autopsy.
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EARLIER: Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, 2016, 1:00 p.m.

At approximately 8:55 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office received reports of a disturbance at 35100 SE Wilcox Rd. in Estacada. One person had reportedly been shot, and that the suspect had fled the scene.

Deputies arrived and were able to confirm that one person with a gunshot wound was still on-scene.

The victim was transported to OHSU by Life Flight to be treated for life-threatening injuries.

Detectives are currently on-scene investigating the crime.

Detectives believe this is an isolated incident and the public is not in danger.

A vehicle of interest has been identified: a white 1996 Ford pickup with Oregon license plate 902AJZ. If anyone sees this vehicle, please call (or text) 911 immediately -- do not approach the vehicle.

[END]

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


Attached Media Files: 1996 Ford F150 , Suspect Richard Allen Hess, 47, of Sandy, Oregon , Hess booking photo
Wed. 09/14/16
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol recovers body of missing fisherman near McGuire Island
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/14/16 9:06 PM
On Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at approximately 4:30 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies responded to the report of a body seen floating in the Columbia River near the east tip of McGuire Island. A boater near the island spotted the body and called the report in. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies responded along with Portland Fire Bureau and recovered the body of a deceased adult male, identified as Brian Louis Schmitz, Age 52, of Sandy, OR. MCSO River Patrol Deputies transported the body to Chinook Landing. MCSO detectives and the Medical Examiner were notified and responded. The body was turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office. The Medical Examiner ruled Cause of Death as Drowning and Manner of Death Accidental.

Brian Schmitz was reported missing after his boat was found adrift on Sunday morning September 11, 2016 on the Columbia River with no-one on board. The US Coast Guard, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Port of Portland Fire, Portland Fire Bureau, and Vancouver Fire aided in search efforts and assisted in recovery of the boat that morning.
Corps' fall operations: encouraging water safety and shoreline habitat stewardship
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 09/14/16 5:26 PM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Northwestern Division

For Immediate Release:
Sep. 14, 2016

LOWER COLUMBIA-SNAKE RIVERS, Wash. and Ore. -- The shift in reservoir operations during the fall means changes for shoreline visitors and water-sports enthusiasts.

The Corps advises boaters and other people using regulated waterways to always be alert to changes in water elevation. Current reservoir conditions can be viewed online at http://www.nwd.usace.army.mil/Missions/Water/Columbia, where you can find information on a regional basis, or view Walla Walla and Portland District water management pages.

"Typically the low flow part of the water year is between September and October, when boats can get grounded due to natural low flows and reservoir fluctuations," said Karlis Kanbergs, Northwestern Division Reservoir Regulation team lead. "Being aware of changing water conditions is vital to ensuring you have a safe boating experience."

Corps park rangers encourage visitors to safely enjoy the rivers by taking the following precautions:

When boating on managed reservoirs, please use caution because water levels can change quickly within the pool's operating range. Anchor your boat in water deep enough to avoid beaching, yet leave enough slack in your anchorline to avoid sinking your vessel, should reservoir levels fluctuate up or down.
Ensure properly fitting, accessible and serviceable life vests are available for each occupant on your boat. Better yet, wear them.
Keep life jackets on children while on or around the water. Don't let small children out of your sight.
Autumn often brings changing weather conditions which can create unsafe situations on open water. Know the weather forecast and have a float plan.

Changing water levels also changes how much land is exposed along the shoreline. Many beach-like areas frequently become submerged with just a one-foot increase in operating level. Nearby habitat areas can become vulnerable to damage by increased visitor traffic. Park rangers encourage visitors to avoid damaging the vegetation, and help keep shoreline habitat areas clean by using provided trash receptacles or, where no developed services are available, by taking their trash with them when they leave.

For more information about Corps-operated riverside parks, campgrounds and habitat management areas in the Walla Walla District, visit our website at www.nww.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation, or in the Portland District at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/Columbia/.

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'On-request' recreational lockage service begins Sept. 16 for boaters on Snake, Columbia rivers
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 09/14/16 4:57 PM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

Release No: PA 16-032
For Immediate Release:
Sep. 14, 2016

PORTLAND, Oregon --The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers begins its winter recreational vessel lock schedule Sept. 16. Recreational boaters may lock past dams on the lower Snake and Columbia rivers almost any time during daylight hours.

The change from scheduled recreational to 'on-request' lockages occurs seasonally to accommodate changing volumes of river traffic, according to Corps navigation officials.

During the winter lockage season, which continues through May 14, 2017, recreational vessels may lock through only during daylight hours at Walla Walla and Portland District navigation locks on the Columbia and Snake rivers at these locations:

Portland District

Bonneville Lock and Dam Columbia River Mile 145
The Dalles Lock and Dam Columbia River Mile 191
John Day Lock and Dam Columbia River Mile 216

Walla Walla District

McNary Lock and Dam Columbia River Mile 292
Ice Harbor Lock and Dam Snake River Mile 9.7
Lower Monumental Lock and Dam Snake River Mile 41.6
Little Goose Lock and Dam Snake River Mile 70.3
Lower Granite Lock and Dam Snake River Mile 107.3


Commercial vessels continue to have lockage precedence over recreational vessels. Recreational vessels may be allowed to lock through with commercial vessels at the discretion of the lock operator.

All vessel owner/operators lock through at their own risk. Everyone in the vessel must wear a personal flotation device during lockage. Boaters must follow the directions of the lock operator when using the locks or operating in the vicinity of the locks. The lock operator has final authority regarding the suitability of a craft for lockage.


The Corps of Engineers is planning an extended navigation lock closure beginning December 12, 2016. The 14-week closure will affect all navigation locks operated by the Corps on the Columbia and Snake rivers. The Bonneville navigation lock is scheduled to reopen Feb. 8, 2017; all other Columbia-Snake river navigation locks are expected to resume operations on March 20, 2017. For more information on the FY 17 navigation lock extended outage please visit www.nww.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/FY17LockOutage.aspx.

Boaters should refer to navigation notices, "How to Lock Through" instructions and other Corps District navigation lock information available online at Walla Walla District's website www.nww.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation.aspx, or at Portland District's website www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation.aspx.


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Pedestrian Struck by MAX on East Burnside - Traffic and Service Impact
Portland Police Bureau - 09/14/16 4:37 PM
On Wednesday September 14, 2016, at 4:15 p.m., East Precinct and Transit Police Division officers responded to 143rd Avenue and East Burnside Street on the report that a person had been struck by a MAX.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the adult female pedestrian suffering from traumatic injuries. She has been transported to a Portland hospital for treatment.

Preliminary information indicates that the woman intentionally stepped in the path of an oncoming MAX train headed westbound.

Westbound MAX service will be impacted for approximately one hour. Traffic along East Burnside Street may also be impacted during the investigation. Alternate routes include Northeast Glisan Street and Southeast Stark Street.

No further information is available at this time.

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Sheriff's Office Focuses on Safe Roads During Community Event (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/14/16 4:36 PM
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Anticipating increased traffic on county roads during the Mt. Angel Oktoberfest, the Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team will be adding extra DUII patrols. Deputies will be focusing on impaired and distracted drivers in and around Marion County.

What should you do if you see an impaired driver?
1. Stay as far away from the other vehicle as possible.
2. Do not try to pass the vehicle or signal the driver to pull over.
3. Take notice of the license plate number along with details of the vehicle including make, model and color. Please do not compromise your own safety trying to obtain this information.
4. Pull over or use your hands free device to call 911. Give the exact location of the vehicle, including the name of the road or cross streets and the direction the vehicle is traveling. Give a complete description of the vehicle and the manner in which the vehicle is being driven.

Once you call and give us the information, we will take it from there. Share our roads responsibly, please don't drink and drive.


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The City of Tualatin Announces the 13th Annual West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta (Photo)
City of Tualatin - 09/14/16 2:51 PM
Pumpkin Regatta
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The City of Tualatin announces the 13th Annual West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta

Gather all of your friends and family and come down to the Lake of the Commons for the 13th Annual West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta! The event is on Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. This is a rain or shine event and there is no fee for admission. The Regatta is unlike any other event and has become one of the most anticipated fall events in the Northwest. Watch costumed characters paddle 1,000 pound pumpkin boats in a series of wacky races.

The Pumpkin Regatta also features music, pie eating contests, kids pumpkin carving/painting, face painting, pumpkin golf, pumpkin bowling, a kids costume contest, Smokey and Rojo the Llama Boys, strolling entertainment, clown shows, hot food and drinks, and much more!

The Pacific Giant Vegetable Growers will hold the 17th Annual Terminator Weigh-Off in conjunction with the Regatta and the largest of the large pumpkins will be awarded cash prizes. Come early to watch the parade of giant pumpkins arriving at the Commons. You'll be amazed!

The Regatta wouldn't be possible without our Premier sponsors: A Group Real Estate, Comcast, New Seasons Market, Pacific Giant Vegetable Growers, PEMCO Insurance, Terra Firma Foundation Systems, Whole Foods Market, and Wilsonville Toyota. Community Sponsors and In-Kind partners include Cabela's, Citizen's Bank, Lee Farms, NW Natural, Starbucks, Umpqua Bank, Village Inn Restaurant, and Willowbrook Arts Camp.

The Tualatin Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 5k Regatta Run on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 9:00 AM. The Regatta Run honors CPL Matthew Lembke, who lost his life from wounds sustained on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan. To celebrate Matt's character and service, the run was created to raise money for a scholarship fund in his name. To register for the Regatta Run please go to www.fitcitytualatin.com.

Love searching for treasure? Everyone is invited to join in the Regatta Medallion Hunt. Clues will be announced weekly on the City of Tualatin website and in The Times starting on September 15 and will provide hints to the location of a bronze medallion hidden somewhere in the city. Clues and rules will also be posted on the City's website. The medallion finder will win a duplicate bronze medallion to keep, and a champion's ribbon!

For more information about the Regatta please go to www.tualatinoregon.gov/pumpkinregatta or call 503.691.3076.

The Lake of Tualatin Commons is located at 8325 SW Nyberg Street, Tualatin, OR 97062.


Attached Media Files: Pumpkin Regatta
State to Honor and Remember Fallen Fire Fighters on Thurs., Sept. 15
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 09/14/16 2:51 PM
The name of Medford Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Mark James Burns will be added to the state Memorial Wall during the 2016 Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial ceremony on September 15, 2016. The ceremony begins at 1 pm at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Highway SE in Salem. The public is invited to attend.

Many may not be aware of the death of Battalion Chief Burns or the events leading up to this loss. At approximately 1649 hours on August 24, 2010, resources from Medford Fire-Rescue were requested to assist the City of Ashland at a fire at 825 Oak Knoll Drive. Medford Fire-Rescue responded under a mutual aid agreement to a wildfire that began on the west side of Interstate 5 and was driven by strong winds and warm temperatures to the east side of the freeway. Upon their arrival, Medford Fire-Rescue units encountered multiple residential structures on fire in the Oak Knoll subdivision. Battalion Chief Burns was one of the responders to this event and played a direct role in commanding firefighting efforts. Ultimately 11 homes were destroyed and two others were damaged but the firefighters efforts kept the fire from spreading to more homes across the street. After this incident, Battalion Chief Burns reported he was injured from heavy smoke and intense radiant heat while conducting reconnaissance of the area and evacuating residents. This injury led to Battalion Chief Burns' medical retirement from Medford Fire-Rescue and sadly his death on March 6, 2016.

The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training Fire Policy Committee determined that Battalion Chief Burns' death met the criteria for the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial and was unanimously approved.

DPSST's Director Eriks Gabliks said "The Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial is a tribute to fire service professionals and their families who have made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting lives and property across the state. The State memorial, which was established eleven years ago on the campus of the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, honors 168 structural and wildland fire fighters, both career and volunteer. The memorial serves as a daily reminder of the sacrifices made by men and women who have served as fire fighters in our state and have died while protecting our communities, natural resources and airports. It also is a way to share with the families of the fallen that we will never forget."


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

More information on the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation can be found at
http://www.firehero.org
Safety pays dividends
SAIF - 09/14/16 2:43 PM
SUMMARY: SAIF's Board of Directors today announced that employers who insure with SAIF may be eligible for two dividends this year: one based on premium, and another tied to safety performance. The dividends total $140 million.



When it comes to workers' compensation, safety pays the best dividends. The reason is simple--costs remain low because accidents and injuries are avoided in the first place.

To underscore this point, the SAIF Board of Directors today declared two dividends for customers: a $120 million primary dividend to be paid to all eligible policyholders based on their premium, and a new, $20 million safety performance dividend to be paid based on each policyholder's safety results.

"The safety performance dividend creates an important incentive for policyholders to maintain and improve safety," said President and CEO Kerry Barnett. "It advances our mission to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work."

This is the seventh year in a row SAIF has returned a substantial dividend to its customers, but it's the first time since 2000 SAIF has rewarded safety performance through a dividend. The safety component will be distributed on a graduated scale based on the policyholder's losses and premiums, with the greatest amount paid to those with the best safety results as measured by paid losses to standard premium.

Together, the dividends represent a return of approximately 22 to 26 percent of premium that eligible customers paid in 2015. They are possible because of SAIF's overall financial results, including investment returns and favorable trends in claim costs.

"We're able to pay dividends because of strong financial results, and the best driver of those results are the injuries that don't happen as Oregon workplaces become safer and healthier," Barnett said. "More importantly, safety and health programs have helped thousands of workers avoid the pain and anguish of a workplace injury. That's the best dividend of all."

More than 46,000 customers are eligible for SAIF's primary dividend. Of those, about 95 percent are also eligible to receive all or part of the additional safety performance dividend.

Checks will be mailed in October to those who are eligible for the dividends.

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit, state-chartered workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914 it has been caring for injured workers and helping to make workplaces safer. For more, visit www.saif.com/about.
Union Gospel Mission to Host 16th Annual Operation Overcoat Street Fair (Photo)
Union Gospel Mission - 09/14/16 2:25 PM
Crowd Enjoys Meal at Operation Overcoat '15
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Union Gospel Mission to Host 16th Annual Operation Overcoat Street Fair
Event Provides Clothing, Food and More for Homeless

Portland, Ore., - On Saturday, September 24 from 10:00 a.m. -- 2:00 p.m. Union Gospel Mission will be hosting the Mission's 16th Annual Operation Overcoat street fair, a clothing and food give away for people who are homeless or in need. This event is free and open to anyone in need.

Union Gospel Mission will be blocking off NW Third Avenue between Burnside and Couch Streets and blocking off Couch Street between Third and Fourth Avenues for the Operation Overcoat event. At the event, guests will have access to free clothing, boots, shoes, sleeping bags, blankets, hygiene items and more. The barbeque meal will be hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, chips and soda. In addition to the clothing and the meal, there will be live music and free dental care in the Medical Teams International mobile dental van, free haircuts and free bibles.

Care Oregon will be providing information about accessing health care as well as a free vaccination clinic at the event.

Nearly 300 volunteers will be participating in Operation Overcoat this year.

At last year's Operation Overcoat, Union Gospel Mission provided over 4,000 articles of clothing and 1,217 barbeque meals.

To support Operation Overcoat, donations can be made online at www.ugmportland.org or call 503-274-4483. Union Gospel Mission's biggest need for Operation Overcoat is new or gently used sleeping bags. The sleeping bags may be dropped off at 3 NW Third Avenue in Portland or purchased via Union Gospel Mission's Amazon Wish List at https://amzn.com/w/2RVAPKU3YPC9J

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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Lakeview Man dies in a fatal commerical motor vehicle crash (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/14/16 1:59 PM
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On September 14, 2016 at about 5:15AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle fatal crash on Highway 140 E at milepost 2.5 (2 miles east of Lakeview).

According to Sergeant First Class Proulx, Preliminary investigation revealed a 1956 Peterbilt log truck was traveling westbound on Highway 140 E behind a 1979 Kenworth log truck. The Peterbilt truck caught on fire when coming down the hill and ran into the back of the Kenworth causing both vehicles to drive off the roadway, losing their load of logs onto the roadway.

The driver of the Peterbilt, Douglas McClain, age 60, of Lakeview, was pronounced deceased on the scene. The driver of the Kenworth, Brenton Cannon, age 66, of Lakeview, was not injured and remained on scene to assist.

The highway was closed for about 2 hours and is currently open to one lane with a pilot car until the logs can be removed. The driver of the Kenworth was wearing his seatbelt and it is unknown if the driver of the Peterbilt was at this time.

The contributing factors into the crash are still under investigation. OSP was assisted by Lakeview Fire Department, Lakeview Sheriff's Office, Thomas Creek Fire Department, US Forest Service Law Enforcement, Lakeview Disaster Unit and the Oregon Department of Transportation.


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National Preparedness Month Activities Help Families Plan for Disaster (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 09/14/16 1:51 PM
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SALEM, Ore. - National Preparedness Month is well underway and Oregon's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) reminds the public to be active in three important ways: Be informed about disaster threats in our state; make a family emergency communication plan; and build a kit with food, water and supplies to be self-sufficient for up to two weeks.

"We encourage all Oregonians to take steps to be ready for any emergency," said OEM Director Andrew Phelps. "Individual and family preparedness, as well as preparedness in the workplace, will help to save lives and property on our worst day,"

Several public preparedness activities are planned in September:
NW Natural and the American Red Cross team up to host a series of Get Ready events.
o September 17 | Get Ready Gresham
o September 17 | Get Ready Lincoln County
o September 24 | Get Ready The Dalles
Prepare Out Loud, presented by the American Red Cross Cascades Region, covers the science and history of the Cascadia Subduction Zone, human behavior during disasters, how to prepare to quickly locate loved ones after a disaster and the central role our actions and voices play in building community resilience.
o September 22 - Salem: Presented by NW Natural, in partnership with PGE
Register at redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudSalem
o September 30 - Tillamook and Manzanita
Register at redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudTillamook

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has an array of preparedness materials to help people plan for disasters, which are available through local county emergency management offices. The OEM Emergency "Go-Kit Passport" (http://bit.ly/2c9koc7)is a mini-booklet that provides a way to track family information, home evacuation plan, medical contacts and prescription needs, insurance carriers and room to include critical information for family pets. In addition, the booklet contains a list of basic emergency kit items and links to other disaster preparedness resources. Families and individuals can receive a Certificate of Preparedness signed by Governor Kate Brown when the "Go Kit Passport" has been completed. Send an email to public.info@state.or.us.

National Preparedness Month ends on September 30 but the public is invited to continue personal preparedness efforts by participating in the Great ShakeOut on October 20, an annual earthquake exercise that takes place around the world. At 10:20 a.m., people are encouraged to "drop, cover and hold on." In Oregon last year, an estimated 600,000 people participated. For more information or to register for the Great ShakeOut, visit www.shakeout.org/Oregon.

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Fatal Crash near Hubbard (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/14/16 1:08 PM
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On September 13, 2016 at approximately 7:59 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle collision on Highway 99E near milepost 26 (north of Hubbard).

According to Trooper Freitag, the investigation revealed a white 2008 Ford Ranger operated by Andrew Pine, age 20, of Hubbard, was travelling southbound when, for unknown reasons, he crossed into the oncoming lane of travel. The Ranger collided with a northbound Freightliner pulling double trailers loaded with lumber, operated by Patrick Bryant, age 58, of Battle Ground, Washington.

PINE was flown by Life Flight to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland where he later died from his injuries. BRYANT was not injured. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts.

Highway 99E was closed for approximately an hour and a half following the collision. One lane was opened for approximately 1 hour until both lanes were reopened.

OSP was assisted by Woodburn Ambulance, Aurora Fire Department, Hubbard Fire Department, and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).



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UPDATE: Major Crash Team Investigating Crash on Southeast Deardorff Road
Portland Police Bureau - 09/14/16 1:06 PM
The motorcycle rider critically injured in the crash has been identified as 33-year-old John William McArthur of Southeast Portland. McArthur remain in a Portland hospital with life-threatening injuries and was not believed to be impaired drugs or alcohol.

The driver of the other vehicle, a 2005 Toyota Avalon, has been identified as 29-year-old Whitney Roseman of Southeast Portland. Roseman cooperated with the investigation and was not believed to be impaired by drugs or alcohol.

No citations have been issued and the crash remains under investigation.

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On Tuesday September 13, 2016, at 5:03 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a traffic crash involving a motorcycle rider and a driver on Southeast Deardorff Road near Flavel Street.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and contacted the motorcycle rider, who was suffering from traumatic injuries. The rider, an adult male, was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment to life-threatening injuries.

The driver remained at the scene and has been cooperative with investigators.

Preliminary information indicates that the motorcycle rider was northbound on Deardorff Road at a high rate of speed, crossed the center line and crashed into the driver, who was driving southbound.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team has responded to conduct an investigation.

Southeast Deardorff Road is expected to remain closed for several hours as the investigation continues.

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

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

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Pacific University Visits Hawai'i 'Ohana for Historic Week (Photo)
Pacific University - 09/14/16 12:18 PM
Senior linebacker Trey Kodama is among 20 Pacific University student-athletes from Hawai'i who will play in front of their families and friends on Saturday.
Senior linebacker Trey Kodama is among 20 Pacific University student-athletes from Hawai'i who will play in front of their families and friends on Saturday.
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FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- Pacific University (Ore.) will celebrate more than 60 years of its Hawaiian tradition with a series of historic events on the Islands Sept. 15-17, culminating with the Boxers' first-ever football game in Hawai'i. The game is also believed to be the first-ever NCAA Division III game held in the state.

When the Boxers meet Occidental (Calif.) College at Kunuiakea Stadium on the campus of Kamehameha Schools Kapalama on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m., it will further solidify the university footprint on the Islands that has been many years in the making. More than 20 student-athletes will play as Boxers in front of their families, friends and alumni for the first time. Prior to Saturday, the only option for Hawai'i residents to see Boxer Football, other than traveling, has been to watch a videostream of the game at the university's Hawai'i office. Pacific's football roster contains the second-highest number of players from Hawai'i in the country, second only to the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

While the game is certainly the most anticipated attraction, a number of other activities to bring the Pacific University Boxer 'Ohana together have prompted Hawai'i Governor David Ige and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell to proclaim the week of Sept. 12-18 as "Pacific University (Ore.) Week."
The week also includes the university Board of Trustees' first-ever meeting in Hawai'i, as well as a fundraiser golf tournament (Sept. 15), special evening reception at the Manoa Grand Ballroom (Sept. 16) and pregame party (Sept. 17). Newly elected Board of Trustees chair Gerald Yoshida, a Honolulu-based attorney and 1973 alumnus of Pacific, will preside as the first chair from Hawai'i as well.

Pacific University has been a home away from home for thousands of Hawai'i residents pursuing higher education on the mainland since the 1950s.

Today, 17 percent of the university's undergraduate enrollment hails from the Islands and more than 1,500 engaged alumni call Hawai'i home. All told, more than 3,000 alumni, current students, parents and friends of the university live in Hawai'i.

The three-day series of events in Hawai'i are a way for the university to recognize and honor some of its staunchest supporters for service they provide that directly benefits the entire Pacific community, President Lesley Hallick said.

Such service includes preparation and administration of the university's annual lu'au, held each April, that annually attracts some 1,800 spectators and hundreds of alumni and parents of students from the Islands to administer the event. Preparation begins months in advance in Hawai'i at the homes of parents and alumni.
Trey Kodama, an All-Northwest Conference senior linebacker from Pearl City and Kamehameha Schools alumnus, looks forward to playing in front of his family and friends and said the university's commitment to inclusion and diversity is readily apparent by what it does to make Hawai'i residents feel welcome in Oregon.

"Ohana over everything - taking care of each other - is the hallmark of Hawaiian culture," Kodama said. "What Pacific does for those of us from Hawai'i is make the environment as inviting and friendly as it is on the Islands. From the food service - where rice is provided at every meal and spam and bento Fridays are the norm - to all of the learning services and activities, Pacific truly embodies the 'Ohana over everything' principle."

For three days next week, Pacific in Hawai'i 2016 will bring Boxer 'Ohana together and demonstrate just how much of a home away from home the university really is for thousands of Hawaiian residents.

Notable Pacific University (Ore.) Alumni from Hawai'i

Jim Romig '60 (Hilo Hattie founder)

Tim Choy '64 (educator and philanthropist)

Stanley Yamane '65, OD '66 (Eye Care Associates of Hawai'i founder)

Gerald Yoshida '73 (Char Hamilton Yoshida & Shimomoto Attorneys at Law) [Chair - Pacific University Board of Trustees]

Gary Pacarro '74 (Pacific University Hawai'i Office founding director; previously directed the Positive Coaching Alliance)

Isaac Kaopua Jr. '80, '81, OD '84 (President - Aloha Eye Care; currently practicing with Hawai'i Vision Associates)

Jodi Endicott '81 (artist)

Mike McCartney '82 (Hawai'i Governor's Office -- Chief of Staff; previously served as president and CEO of the Hawai'i Tourism Authority)

Pacific University (Ore.)'s Hawai'i Connection

1,500 living alumni reside in Hawai'i

17 percent of undergraduate students are from Hawai'i

More than 50 percent of all practicing optometrists in Hawai'i are Pacific University (Ore.) College of Optometry alumni.

Pacific University opened an office in Hawai'i in 2013 to serve alumni, current students and their families.

A unique agreement provides University of Hawai'i system community college students with seamless transfer opportunities to Pacific University to complete a bachelor's degree program.

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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: Senior linebacker Trey Kodama is among 20 Pacific University student-athletes from Hawai'i who will play in front of their families and friends on Saturday.

Gladstone DUII Patrols
Gladstone Police - 09/14/16 11:45 AM
Over the recent Labor Day holiday, the Gladstone Police conducted patrols focusing on getting drunk and impaired drivers off the road, with seven citations and warnings issued for a variety of offenses.

Also, remember to plan for and use a designated driver if you drink during various sporting events. And now that schools are back in session and it's getting dark earlier, it is doubly important to pay close attention to safe driving in school zones. Please keep this in mind when you travel to and from work. If you're talking or texting on your phone while driving, you are as dangerous as if you were legally intoxicated. Be safe, be smart and be careful.
Hospital Performance Metrics Advisory Committee to meet September 21
Oregon Health Authority - 09/14/16 11:22 AM
September 14, 2016

Contact: Pamela Naylor, 503-559-2216, pamela.naylor@state.or.us (meeting information and accommodations)

What: The regular public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Hospital Performance Metrics Advisory Committee

When: Wednesday, September 21, 9 a.m. to noon. Public testimony will be heard at 9:30 a.m.

Where: Oregon Health Authority Transformation Center Training Room, Lincoln Building, 421 SW Oak Street, Suite 775, Portland

Attendees can also join through a listen-only conference line at 1-877-848-7030, participant code 695-684.

Agenda: The agenda will focus on a discussion of Year 4, including the new opioid metric, benchmarks, and challenge pool criteria.

For more information, an agenda and hospital metrics meeting packet, visit the committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/analytics/Pages/Hospital-Performance-Metrics.aspx.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations, call the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Beaverton Civic Theatre's "The Addams Family" Preview at Beaverton City Library
City of Beaverton - 09/14/16 11:08 AM
Correction: The end run of "The Addams Family" performances is actually Oct. 15. We apologize for any confusion.


BEAVERTON, Ore. -- "How long has it been since we waltzed?" "Oh, Gomez, hours..." Thursday, Sept. 29, 7-8:30 p.m., join Beaverton City Library (12375 SW 5th St) for a spooky sneak preview of scenes from Beaverton Civic Theatre's fall production, "The Addams Family." Come in costume as one of the Addamses themselves, and your name will be entered in a prize drawing!


This program is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-644-2197. Upcoming performances are Sept. 30 -- Oct. 15 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, students, or a group (10 people or more), and $5 for youth 10 and under. All performances are at the Beaverton City Library auditorium.


For additional information regarding Beaverton City Library, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-644-2197. Beaverton City Library is one of fifteen member libraries in Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS), which works to provide responsive and efficient library service countywide through centralized catalog, courier and other services.


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Polish expert in electronic literature to speak at WSU Vancouver
WSU Vancouver - 09/14/16 10:32 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Polish scholar Monika Górska-Olesínka will give a lecture on Sept. 21. "Hidden algorithms. Poetry meets science in Stanis?,aw Dró?1/4d?1/4's 'concept-shapes'" will be about a collaborative artwork created by a poet and a physicist that featured a room "inlaid" with nearly 280,000 dice. Free and open to the public, the talk will take place at 2:10 p.m. in Washington State University Vancouver's Multimedia Classroom Building, Room 111.

Górska-Olesínka, a specialist in cyberculture, digital textuality and electronic literature who teaches at the University of Opole, will discuss the installation "Alea iacta est," a collaboration between poet Stanis?,aw Dró?1/4d?1/4 and scientist Bogdan Cichocki from Warsaw University. The 280,000 dice were arranged in a sequence of 46,656 of all the combinations of possible outcomes of a traditional game in which six dice are thrown. The work was featured at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003.

The author of several books and articles on electronic literature, Górska-Olesínka is in residence in September to conduct archival research at WSU Vancouver's Electronic Literature Lab. Her project focuses on the award-winning hypertext poem "True North," published on diskette by digital poet Stephanie Strickland.

The Electronic Literature Lab, directed by Dene Grigar, professor of digital technology and culture, is one of a handful of media archaeology labs in North America. It specializes in cataloging and documenting digital, expressive writing----a form of art referred to as electronic literature----and holds a collection of 200 works dating back to 1984 and 47 vintage computers, beginning with the 1977 Apple II, on which to access them. The lab is the site of the cataloging and documentation effort for the archives managed by the Electronic Literature Organization.
About WSU Vancouver
WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-Tran bus service. Parking is available at meters or in the Blue Daily Pay lot for $3.

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

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NW Natural Posts Highest Score in West, Second in Nation for Customer Satisfaction
NW Natural - 09/14/16 9:50 AM
Finishing a decade of top performance in J.D. Power Gas Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Northwest Natural Gas Company's, dba NW Natural (NYSE:NWN), customers have given the company the highest overall score among large utilities in the West and the second highest score in the nation in the 2016 J.D. Power Gas Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study.

The study, now in its 15th year, measures residential customer satisfaction with natural gas utilities across six factors: safety and reliability; billing and payment; price; corporate citizenship; communications; and customer service. NW Natural received 745 points in the large utility segment, which is utilities serving 400,000 or more residential customers. The company scored the highest in the nation in the safety and reliability category.

This is the seventh time in 10 years that NW Natural customers have ranked the company first in the West. And it's the ninth time in 10 years that the company posted among the top two highest scoring gas utilities in the nation.

"We are very grateful to our customers who have given us such high marks for the past decade, and we don't take it for granted," said David H. Anderson, NW Natural President and CEO. "From our unyielding focus on safety to environmental stewardship and community involvement, we will continue to work hard to exceed our customers' expectations."

The 2016 results are based on 62,000 responses from residential customers of the 82 largest gas utilities in the United States. The survey was conducted between September 2015 and July 2016.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and provides natural gas service to about 718,000 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
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Sheriff's office seeking information related to shooting
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 09/14/16 8:33 AM
On the morning of September 11, 2016, Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies responded to the 700 block of N. River Bend Road in Otis, Oregon on a report of a drive by shooting into a residence that occurred the night before at approximately11:30 PM. The home was occupied by five adults and one child when the shooting occurred, but no injuries were reported.

The investigation revealed the residents of the home initially believed the noise heard was fireworks but discovered evidence in the morning that indicated an unknown suspect(s) shot in the direction of their home.

Witnesses contacted reported seeing an unknown male subject associated with a silver or tan early 2000's model Toyota or Honda four door sedan in the area just prior to the shooting.

Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office tip line at (541) 265-0669.
CRESA 911 Adds Voice Prompt When Calling 911 in Clark County
Clark Regional Emergency Services (CRESA) - 09/14/16 7:49 AM
In the event you call 911 in Clark County and your call rings for more than ten seconds, you will now hear a recorded message advising you to stay on the line, and the next available call taker will be with you in a moment. PLEASE do not hang up if you do not get an immediate answer.
Due to increased call volume, CRESA has implemented this voice prompt to ensure callers their calls will be answered as soon as possible. "Callers will typically hang up between 8-14 seconds of ring time," says Kris Devore, Operations Manager at CRESA, "That hang up requires a call taker to dial the number back and wait for an answer on the line, thus increasing workload, leading to longer ring times, and more abandoned calls."
Implementation of this 911 voice prompt will keep calls ringing into the 911 center, while decreasing the work load related to calling callers back, and ensure callers receive the fastest response possible. Once a caller is on the line with a call taker, please answer the questions by stating your emergency and KNOWING YOUR LOCATION so that correct response can be directed.
For police related calls not needing an immediate life and safety response, callers are reminded to use Clark County's non-emergency law enforcement number 311 or 360-693-3111, however 911 should be called for ALL fire or medical complaints


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Man Arrested For Multiple Sex Crimes Involving A Juvenile - Josephine County
Oregon State Police - 09/14/16 7:05 AM
On September 13th, OSP Detectives, along with agents from the US Marshal's Service, arrested Seth Ray Milton, age 28, at his residence in Wilderville, Oregon.

Milton was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant resulting from an August 2016, secret indictment in Josephine County for; three counts of Rape in the First Degree, two counts of Sodomy in the First Degree and one count of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree.

The arrest culminated a ten month long investigation by OSP Detectives who initially received information from the alleged victim who is no longer living in the area. The investigation determined Milton began abusing a female relative when she was about six years old until she was fourteen years old.

Milton was lodged in the Josephine County Jail.

Additionally, investigators recently received information that Milton has been observed associating with underage females who are similar in age to the alleged victim at the time she was last abused. No additional victims have yet been identified. Anyone with information regarding Milton is encouraged to contact Oregon State Police Detective Bryan Scott at (541) 618-7957.
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Six People in Portland, Oregon
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/14/16 12:07 AM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 at approximately 9:45 p.m. in the 8000 block of NE Beech Street in Portland, Multnomah County, Ore.

The single-family fire affected two adults and four children.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
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Portland Fire & Rescue is on scene of an apartment fire on east burnside street
Portland Fire & Rescue - 09/13/16 10:27 PM
Firefighters were dispatched to an apartment fire (12110 E. Burnside St.) at 10:01 pm. They arrived to smoke coming from the back of a second story unit. The fire alarm notified neighboring units to exit the apartments. The building's sprinkler system extinguished the bulk of the fire, buying residents the needed time to evacuate. No one was injured during this incident. A fire investigator has been called out to determine a cause and assess damage.

Home sprinkler systems respond quickly to reduce the heat, flames, and smoke from a fire, giving families valuable time to get to safety.
Roughly 90 percent of the time, just one sprinkler operates.
Each individual sprinkler is designed and calibrated to go off when it senses a significant heat change.
Only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate, spraying water directly on the fire.

Portland Fire & Rescue cares about your health and safety and wants you to understand that an effective fire loss prevention and reduction measure for both life and property is the installation and maintenance of home fire sprinklers. Home fire sprinkler systems offer the optimum level of fire safety because they control the fire immediately in the room of origin, help limit the spread of fire, and often extinguish it before the firefighters arrive.

Learn more by visiting the Fire Sprinkler Initiative website (a project of the National Fire Protection Association) at http://www.firesprinklerinitiative.org.
Road Rage on I- 205 Southbound near Oregon City- UPDATE Suspect Arrested
Oregon State Police - 09/13/16 9:36 PM
UPDATE

On September 13, 2016 at 7:30 PM Mr. Bradlee J. France, age 38, from Oregon city was taken into custody for menacing, disorderly conduct, and pointing a firearm at another. Mr. France was lodged at the Clackamas Count Jail for the above charges as a result of the investigation of road rage on September 9, 2016.

Thanks to the tips from the public, Mr. France's vehicle was identified and an off duty Clackamas County Firefighter observed the vehicle near Stafford Road. Clackamas County Sheriff's Office located Mr. France driving the vehicle near the location. A traffic stop was conducted on Willamette Drive in West Linn. Mr. France was taken into custody without further incident.

Oregon State Troopers responded to the scene and took custody of Mr. France. Troopers retrieved the Glock 19, owed by Mr. France, used in the September 9th incident at his residence.

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On September 9th, 2016 at 7:30 AM a road rage incident occurred on I-205, southbound, near milepost 10 and 9 (vicinity of Oregon City). Several parties have reported the situation and provided a video showing a firearm being used in the incident. The vehicles involved are being described as Black Mercedez SUV and a Grey Dodge 3500 pick-up with a lift kit. The incident in question occurred on the southbound shoulder of I-205.

The Oregon State Police is investigating the case and are requesting any witnesses to please call our Northern Command Center at (800) 452-7888 with any information. Please refer to case number SP16-305875. We are not releasing the names of the parties involved at ths time.

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Suspect Arrested In Tigard After Assaulting OSP Trooper and Eluding Police
Tigard Police - 09/13/16 9:33 PM
Tigard Police will be updating FlashNews shortly with information regarding today's incident in Tigard. The Tigard PIO will be the contact for the incident (contact information noted below)

UPDATE

An Oregon State Police Trooper was assaulted today in Tigard by a wanted suspect. The incident began at approximately 4:15 p.m. when an on-duty State Trooper spotted a suspicious vehicle along 129th Ave. in Tigard. After checking further the vehicle registration, the Trooper attempted contact with the lone male occupying the vehicle. Without warning, the suspect became combative and began to assault the Trooper. Both men continued to move along the street in physical contact and at some point, a Taser was deployed by the Trooper, however ineffective. Both men continued to struggle until the suspect allegedly deployed pepper spray into the face of the Trooper. A call for assistance was made by the Trooper while the suspect fled the scene. Arriving patrol units began strict containment of the area while officers attended to the Trooper.

While multiple police agencies and K-9 teams were scouring the area, 9-1-1 calls into the dispatch center advised that a shirtless man had entered into at least two random homes in the area not far from where the incident initially began. In both cases, the suspect entered and exited a short time after. Residents in the area affected were advised by a telephone alert message to shelter-in-place.

Police ultimately located the suspect, 24 year-old John Michael Auer who was spotted entering a garage near the area where he was first encountered by the Trooper. Auer fled the garage through a window and concealed himself near a neighboring home until encountered by police. Auer was taken into custody at approximately 5 p.m. and charged with Assault, 2 counts of Burglary and Escape in addition to two warrants. Auer exhibited signs of a medical condition and was transported to a local hospital from the scene. Auer will be lodged upon release which is expected soon.
Dallas School District Employee Arrested, Charged with Sex Abuse (Photo)
Dallas Police Dept. - 09/13/16 6:24 PM
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UPDATE: Corrected office contact phone number.

On September 12, 2016, Dallas officers received a report from the Dallas School District that a male teacher employed by the District was alleged to have been involved in an inappropriate relationship with a female student. A subsequent investigation led by Detective Darren Buchholz resulted in the arrest of the male teacher.

Buchholz' investigation revealed evidence to support allegations that Kirk David Myrold--a Spanish teacher and soccer coach for the Dallas High School--had been involved in an inappropriate relationship with a 17 year old female student of the high school. As the result of the investigation by Buchholz, Myrold was arrested later that afternoon and lodged at the Polk County Jail, charged with one count each of Luring a Minor (Class C-Felony) and Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree (Class C-Felony) . Bail was set at $30,000.00

This investigation is continuing. Anyone with information regarding this, or a related incident, is encouraged to contact Detective Buchholz at 503-831-3516.


Attached Media Files: Polk County Jail Booking Photo - Myrold
Report on mineral resource potential of southern and eastern Oregon counties now available
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 09/13/16 4:41 PM
The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) today published a report on the mineral resource potential of southern and eastern Oregon counties.

In House Bill 3089, the 2015 Oregon Legislature directed DOGAMI to prepare a report that included:
- A review of the mineral resource potential of eastern and southern Oregon counties
- An evaluation of which metallic and industrial mineral commodities are most likely to be economically developable
- Recommendations for future mineral resource potential assessment activities
- A list of all relevant mineral inventories and studies previously completed by DOGAMI, and a cost estimate for making that information available online

Open File Report O-16-06, Metallic and Industrial Mineral Resource Potential of Southern and Eastern Oregon: Report to the Oregon Legislature by Ian P. Madin, Robert A. Houston, Clark A. Niewendorp, Jason D. McClaughry, Thomas J. Wiley, and Carlie J.M. Duda is available for download at: http://www.oregongeology.org/pubs/ofr/p-O-16-06.htm
Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee meets Friday, September 23, 2016 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/13/16 4:37 PM
The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee meets Friday, Sept. 23 from 10 to noon at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 252, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: public announcements; updates on the Western Oregon University contract, American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter requests for proposal process, the Department of Administrative Services ASL video project, and deaf cultural training; new executive leadership; and subcommittee reports.

For those who can't attend in person there is a toll-free phone number: 1 888-808-6929; Participant Code: 4517555.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Jeffrey Puterbaugh at 503-947-1189 or Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For questions about this meeting, please contact: Theresa Powell, 971-301-1618, theresa.a.powell@state.or.us.
Evergreen Museum launching new innovation alliances and educational programs in Fall 2016
Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum - 09/13/16 4:34 PM
McMinnville, Ore. (Sept. 13, 2016) -- With the mission to "inspire and educate, promote and preserve aviation and space history, and to honor the patriotic service of our Veterans", the Evergreen Museum campus is pleased to announce two new regional strategic alliances with the Pearson Air Museum and Innovate Oregon, and new educational offerings and speaker series on campus.

Starting September 2016, as part of a new strategic alliance between two museums - the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum (EASM) and the Fort Vancouver Pearson Air Museum - the Evergreen educational staff, based in McMinnville, OR, will be providing educational programming at Pearson Air Museum in Vancouver, Washington. This partnership will increase the availability of aerospace focused Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) based programs to Portland and Vancouver schools at Pearson Air Museum. Visit www.evergreenmuseum.org for details on class offerings.

Through the partnership with Innovate Oregon, the Museum is launching programs that help youth and adults re-imagine the possible. Like Innovate Oregon, EASM is aligning with leaders, entrepreneurs and youth in the community by providing a forum in which to learn, explore and ignite real career-development possibilities for the next generation in aviation-related innovations. This year's innovation program focus on drone-technology and how it may be used to address identified community issues. Students from regional schools convene every 6-8 weeks on the EASM campus to learn design-thinking skills, develop drone prototypes and share application innovations addressing community challenges. In between these focused "sprints" student groups return to their schools to develop their individual community team "solution". The year climaxes in the spring when each community team led by students presents and pitches their drone-solutions to interested investors in a "shark tank setting" at the EASM campus.

"We are excited about both of these collaborative regional partnerships - with the Pearson Air Museum and Innovate Oregon. We look forward to growing and sharing our exceptional programming and leadership in aviation and space innovations as we expand the museum's impact throughout the region. When it comes to STEM programming our educators are second to none. We are eager to share their knowledge and passion with the students all around Oregon," said Ann Witsil, Interim Executive Director for the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum Campus.

In addition to these new partnerships the Museum has created two new speaker series -- "Evergreen Ideas" which focuses on the community and current topics in a TED Talk format, and "History Continued" with a focus on air and spacecraft specimens and history in general. These two speaker series will increase community engagement and provide learning opportunities for all ages while increasing our offerings for Home school days, outreach programming and new museum educational programs. EASM staff, volunteers and new community partners will continue to make EASM a center for collecting and sharing stories and innovations across generations of learners and leaders in aviation, space and military developments. Evergreen Museum completes 2016 and launches into 2017 with a focus on igniting imagination, providing bold new speaking engagements and educational opportunities as a true regional inter-generational innovation center.

The educators and docents of Evergreen Museum believe that everyone can benefit from the lessons learned by those who innovated and explored before us. Innovation flows from refining the work of others and providing the right tools and encouragement to enable students to exceed expectations when tackling real-world challenges. Join EASM on our journey to become the Inter-generational Innovation Center of Oregon. Come! Be Inspired!

Next Inter-Generational Innovation Event:

Designing the Approach for 2016-17 Academic Year "Drone Innovation Challenge"
When: Saturday, September 17, 2016 9:am-11:00 am, All Welcome
Where: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, Theater Complex 3rd floor

"Evergreen Ideas" -- Education: "One Size Does not Fit All"
When: Saturday, September 17, 2016 4 pm -- 5 pm TED Talk
Where: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, Theater Auditorium
For more information, visit www.evergreenmuseum.org
Partnership with Peace Valley School

About the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
Evergreen Museum Campus:
Located in the heart of Oregon's Willamette Valley wine country, the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum ("EASM") is the home of the world's largest wooden flying boat, the "Spruce Goose," the SR-71 "Blackbird," and the Titan II SLV Missile. Located on over 200 acres and encompassing four massive and magnificent buildings, the EASM exhibits more than 200 historic aircraft, spacecraft, accessible to visitors of all ages and enhanced with artwork and traveling exhibits. The Museum values its educational mission "to inspire and educate" and it's partnerships with the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, the Oregon Space Grant Consortium and the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program, and scores of regional educational institutions.

The Museum facility is located at 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, across the highway from the McMinnville Airport and about three miles southeast of the charming town of McMinnville, Ore., on Highway 18. The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular visitor admission is required. Call 503-434-4180 or visit www.evergreenmuseum.org for more information.

Innovate Oregon is a bold initiative to ignite and amplify a culture of creative problem solving and empower the next generation of innovators to meet some of the biggest challenges facing our state.
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Six People in Multnomah County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/13/16 4:25 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster today, September 13, 2016, at approximately 1:30 p.m., in the 6000 block of SW 26th Avenue in Portland, Oregon. The fire affected six people, including two adults and four children. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Man convicted of promoting prostitution in Salem
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 09/13/16 4:21 PM
On September 13, 2016, David Wendell Fair, Jr (DOB: 8/25/76) was convicted of Promoting Prostitution, following a jury trial. Mr. Fair was sentenced in Marion County Circuit Court for his involvement in transporting a woman from Portland to Salem in order for the woman to engage in prostitution. Mr. Fair was observed dropping the woman off at a hotel and was contacted shortly thereafter by detectives from Salem's Street Crimes Unit.

Defendant was sentenced in front of the Honorable Tracy Prall. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison. Mr. Fair previously resided in Portland and Las Vegas.

Promoting Prostitution is a Class C felony and carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison.
Rules hearing set Sept. 27 for the newly designated Molalla River State Scenic Waterway
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/13/16 4:00 PM
The draft rules for a portion of the Molalla River recently designated by Governor Brown as a State Scenic Waterway are the topic of a Sept. 27 rules hearing hosted by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the Molalla Public Library, 201 E 5th St. The proposed rules focus on classification of river sections and specific management practices to maintain the character of the river in those sections.

A rules advisory committee reviewed the draft management plan and draft rules developed in 2015 for the section of the Molalla between the Table Rock Fork and the Glen Avon Bridge and provided comments on the impact of those rules on both land managers and the public earlier this summer. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the upcoming hearing to provide feedback on the draft rules. Comments will also be accepted in writing until 5 p.m. on Sept. 30 and should be sent to: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Attn: Richard Walkoski, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301; or e-mailed to OPRD.publiccomment@oregon.gov . Scenic waterways staff will incorporate input into the draft rules for OPRD commissioners to review later this year.

The State Scenic Waterways Program seeks to balance protection of natural resources, scenic value and recreation. Scenic waterway designations do not affect existing water rights. The draft plan, rules and other information are available at http://bit.ly/scenicwaterways. For more information on the rulemaking process, please contact Richard Walkoski at 503-986-0748 or richard.walkoski@oregon.gov.
Western Oregon University ranked highest among Oregon public universities in 2017 U.S. News & World Report
Western Oregon University - 09/13/16 3:32 PM
MONMOUTH, Ore. -- U.S. News & World Report ranked Western Oregon University highest of Oregon's regional public universities in the 2017 annual higher education rankings released today. WOU was named 19th among "top public schools" in the regional universities (west) category and 67th overall in regional universities (west) category (10 spots up from last year's 77th ranking).

These rankings reflect WOU's deep commitment to academic quality and student success. U.S. News collected data on up to 15 indicators of academic excellence, including graduation and first-year student retention rates, assessment by administrators at peer institutions, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and graduation rate performance.

"Western's steady improvement in the rankings demonstrates the university's long-standing commitment to student success," WOU President Rex Fuller said. "Western continues to be a university where access, affordability and opportunity lead to degree attainment for all students. These rankings are a positive reflection of our leading role meeting Oregon's higher education goals."

For more information about WOU's rankings visit, http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/western-oregon-university-3209.

Full list of "top public schools" in regional universities (west) category: http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/regional-universities-west/top-public

Full list of schools ranked in the regional universities (west) category: http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/regional-universities-west

About WOU
Western Oregon University (WOU), founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is Oregon's oldest public university. 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 2015 WOU was recognized by the Education Trust as being a leader in graduating Pell Grant recipients and in 2010 as the top university in America at eliminating the Latino graduation gap. WOU is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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Sheriff's Office statement concerning deputy's comments
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/13/16 3:01 PM
This is concerning the September 10, 2016 arrest of a 14 year-old girl for Harassment. A 25 minute video of the deputy's interaction with the girl and her family was recorded and distributed by a neighbor.

The Sheriff's Office releases the following statement:

As the deputy spoke to the girl, he made inappropriate comparisons to women of other beliefs and cultures as a way to illustrate to the young woman her situation was not as bad as she thought.

While we believe the deputy was acting in good faith, there is no question that his remarks were insensitive and inappropriate. We hope to turn this incident into a learning opportunity for the rest of staff.

Thank you
Oregon Disabilities Commission -- Executive Committee to meet September 26 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/13/16 2:56 PM
The Oregon Disabilities Commission Executive Committee meets Monday, September 26 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 166, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: announcements, public comment, subcommittee discussion, review of the Liaison Report List, service equity discussion, upcoming commissioner vacancies and outreach.

For those who can't attend in person there is a toll-free phone number: 1 888-808-6929; Participant Code: 4517555.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Jeffrey Puterbaugh at 503-947-1189 or Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.
For questions about this meeting, please contact: Jeffrey Puterbaugh, 503-947-1189, Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us.
Update: Suspects Charged In Killing of Vancouver Teen Indicted For Intimidation
Gresham Police Dept - 09/13/16 2:34 PM
GRESHAM, Ore.-- On Monday, Sept. 12, a Multnomah County grand jury indicted Russell Courtier and Colleen Hunt for Intimidation in the first degree, Oregon's bias crime statute, adding to the list of charges they already face for the murder of Larnell Bruce.

On Aug. 13 Bruce, 19, died as a result of injuries sustained during an assault where he was run over by Courtier.

On Aug. 18, a grand jury indicted Courtier and Hunt for Murder. Police allege Courtier intentionally ran over Bruce while being encouraged to do so by Hunt.

Since the beginning, investigators have been carefully uncovering the motive in this case and report that just knowing the suspects have clear ties to a white supremacist group is not enough to definitively prove in court how or if the affiliation played into their decisions that night.

Police believe additional witnesses, including subject matter experts on white supremacy gangs, have helped answer part of the motive and highlighted the suspects' associations as one contributing factor.

The investigation is ongoing and detectives encourage anyone who has additional information about this case to call the Gresham Police tip line at 503.618.2719.

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CREDC Welcomes Leading Cancer Research Expert to September 19th Luncheon (Photo)
Columbia River Economic Development Council - 09/13/16 2:30 PM
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VANCOUVER, Wash. (September 13, 2016) -- The Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC) is pleased to announce the keynote for the organization's fall luncheon on September 19th will be Dr. Gary Gilliland, President and Director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch). Dr. Gilliland will share his insights about the state of cancer treatment and innovations in the field, such as how big data is transforming research and the life science economy.

Dr. Gilliland's background is as a researcher and clinician specializing in blood cancers like leukemia. Among his many accomplishments, he has made major contributions to the understanding of the genetic basis of blood diseases, and with his team has translated these findings into new precision treatments that stop cancer while causing minimal side effects. He is also an advisor to Vice President Biden's Cancer Moonshot Initiative.

"We are thrilled to welcome such an esteemed speaker as Dr. Gilliland to share his expertise on such an impactful issue," said CREDC President Mike Bomar. "We know that the field of cancer research is evolving rapidly and will continue to have significant impacts on the life sciences sector as a whole. We look forward to learning more about how we can work with our regional partners to help support this dynamic work."

Fred Hutch is the first nationally designated cancer center in the Pacific Northwest and the region's largest recipient of National Cancer Institute funding. Fred Hutch is home to three Nobel Prize winners and nearly 3,000 investigators and staff working around the clock to cure cancer and many other diseases.

Fred Hutch is the world leader in not only bone marrow transplants but also the latest advances in immunotherapy, which is widely viewed as offering promising new approaches to cancer treatment. The treatment protocols and breakthroughs developed there are implemented in hospitals and clinics around the world.

EVENT LOGISTICS

DATE/TIME: Monday, September 19th, 11:30-1:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Warehouse 23 Ballroom, 100 Columbia Street, Vancouver, WA 98661
REGISTRATION: http://credcsept19.brownpapertickets.com


ABOUT THE FRED HUTCHINSON CANCER RESEARCH CENTER

At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch's pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer with minimal side effects. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation's first and largest cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women's Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Private contributions are essential for enabling Fred Hutch scientists to explore novel research opportunities that lead to important medical breakthroughs. For more information visit fredhutch.org or follow Fred Hutch on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

ABOUT THE COLUMBIA RIVER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

Serving Clark County since 1982, CREDC is a private-public partnership of over 140 investors and strategic partners working together to advance the economic vitality of Clark County through business growth and innovation. Through collaborative leadership, the CREDC promotes job creation and capital investment while maintaining the County's exceptionally high quality of life. For more information visit credc.org

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Liberty Street NE Reopening Delayed
City of Salem - 09/13/16 1:57 PM
The reopening of Liberty Street NE at Broadway Street NE originally scheduled for September 13, 2016, has been delayed until Wednesday, September 14, in order to complete traffic signal installation and testing.
Salem paving scheduled at Commercial and Union intersection near Marion Street Bridge
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 09/13/16 1:16 PM
An ODOT crew is planning to pave at the intersection of Commercial and Union Streets near the Marion Street Bridge during the evening of Thursday, September 15. Paving is planned between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Crews will be doing a maintenance patch in the center lane. This will require a two-lane closure. Travelers through the area can expect minor delays.
Medics and Firefighters recognized for Code Save (Photo)
Dallas Fire & EMS - 09/13/16 12:57 PM
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Five Emergency Responders were recognized at the SW Polk County Rural Fire Protection District board meeting held last night, for the high level of service and care that was demonstrated in the survival of a cardiac arrest victim.
On July 12, 2016, members of the Falls City Fire Department; Captain/EMR John Gilbert, Firefighter/EMR Billie Lambert and Firefighter Cie Lynch responded with City of Dallas Fire & EMS Paramedic Lisa Baubock and EMT Kyle Padilla to an unconscious patient.
Upon arrival the crews found a middle-aged male unresponsive in a location that was difficult to access. As the ambulance crew started treatment for this patient, the engine crew worked on how to move the patient from his residence to the ambulance. Once in the ambulance, the ambulance crew and the engine crew worked together to provide aggressive patient care. The patient's underlying medical illness was so grave, that even after securing an advanced airway, the patient went into cardiac arrest. The Fire and EMS team started CPR and prepared to provide advanced cardiac life support. Fortunately the patient quickly responded to CPR and regained a pulse. Fire personnel remained with the ambulance crew to provide care to the patient as he was transported to an area hospital.
The patient made a full recovery and returned home a week later. This man is alive today because of the treatment provided by the City of Dallas Fire & EMS and the support from the members of the Falls City Fire Department.
Firefighters and Emergency Medical Responders, who volunteer to protect their communities, should feel proud to be involved in the resuscitation of a patient in cardiac arrest. Their actions represent how important the volunteer system is to smaller communities.


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Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting Economic Summit: Millennials, Management and Me
Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center - 09/13/16 12:40 PM
September 28, Wednesday, 7:00-11:30 am

(Gresham, OR) Nationally known keynote speaker Mike Hourigan is a refreshingly unique keynote speaker and author who empowers the country's top companies and organizations to navigate constant change with real-world wisdom. A veteran leadership consultant and productivity expert, Mike is consistently sought after and hired by the top companies in the U.S., including McDonald's, Harley-Davidson, Disney, GE, Marriott, Aetna, ExxonMobil and Kaiser Permanente.

Author of "Riding the Waves without Getting Wet: A Journey to Leadership," Mike draws on his sales management, hiring and organizational change experience in the professional and corporate world to motivate audiences.

Are you a Millennial? Do you work with? sell to? or rely on one?
If the answer is yes to any of those questions, attending the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce 2016 Economic Summit: Millennials, Management and Me will answer your questions.

An extremely exhilarating, hilariously exasperating and guaranteed engaging look at Millennials with keynote speaker Mike Hourigan. Seats are limited. Register online: greshamchamber.org

The cost to attend this year's Economic Summit is $70 for Chamber members and $95 for non-members. Breakfast is included.


About the Chamber:
Serving the East Metropolitan Area since 1931, the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce is a private, nonprofit (501(c)(6)) business association that promotes the prosperity of the business community. The Chamber is committed to creating a strong local economy, representing business to government, providing networking opportunities and promoting the East Metro community.

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Free Child Safety Seat Clinic
Beaverton Police Dept. - 09/13/16 11:10 AM
Each year thousands of young children are killed or injured in car crashes. The proper installation and use of car seats will help keep children safe.

The Beaverton Police Department, in a partnership with Safe Kids Coalition-Washington County and C & R Real Estate Services, will be offering a free child car seat clinic. The clinic will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the Park Place Center located at 4915 SW Griffith Drive Beaverton, Oregon 97005. The clinic will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

A certified technician will help parents and caregivers learn to install and use their child safety restraints properly. No appointment is required, just drop by during the event. Each car seat check will take about 30 minutes. The last car will be accepted at 11:30 a.m. unless demand necessitates an earlier cut off time.

As part of the clinic, parents are urged to register their car seats by mailing in the consumer registration card or by using manufacturer's Web-site. By registering your car seat, the manufacturer has the ability to contact consumers about recalls and safety notices.
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Oregon City Police Investigate String of Commercial Burglaries (Photo)
Oregon City Police Dept. - 09/13/16 11:06 AM
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Oregon City, Oregon (September 13, 2016, 11:00 am): Oregon City Police are investigating four commercial burglaries which have occurred from July to September, 2016. The Berry Hill Radio Shack, Verizon Wireless, and Aaron's Furniture Store on Beavercreek Rd have all been the victims of commercial burglars since July.

The burglaries occurred on Saturdays and Sundays in the early morning hours. The suspect smashed windows to get inside the businesses and took electronics. He was captured on video surveillance during one of the burglaries. The burglar is described as a white male in his 30's about 5'9" tall with brown hair. He was associated with a second suspect in a black mid 90's Jeep Cherokee.

The Oregon City Police Department is asking the public's help in identifying the suspect from the surveillance photos. If you know the identity of this individual or any information regarding this crime, please call the Oregon City Police at (503) 793-4621, Oregon City case #16-2730.


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Portland Symphonic Choir to present Rachmaninoff's "All Night Vigil" in the historic Adrianna Hill Grand Ballroom (Photo)
Portland Symphonic Choir - 09/13/16 10:55 AM
Portland Symphonic Choir
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"The All Night Vigil is . . . a glimpse of heavenly beauty even while we are still on earth."
--Vladimir Morosan, Musica Rusica

(Portland, OR) Tickets are now available for this unique presentation of Rachmaninoff's "All Night Vigil" in one of Portland's historic ballrooms.

Although it is unusual for the Portland Symphonic Choir to perform without instrumentation, Rachmaninoff composed the All Night Vigil symphonically, treating the choir as an orchestra. This a cappella work features a full symphonic sound. Rich chords and doubled voices add color throughout the work.

Arguably one of the greatest choral works of the 20th century, the All Night Vigil is the zenith of the New Russian Choral School and laid the foundation for future choral works in similar style to follow. Modern performances of the work often occur in a sacred location; but Rachmaninoff composed the work to be shared with the secular world. Thus it was premiered in a concert hall.

For this performance, the Portland Symphonic Choir is offering a truly VIP experience. VIP guests will receive front row table seating in the balcony, and a bottle of wine. Immediately following the performance, VIP guests will enjoy appetizers and a special reception with the soloists and Artistic Director Steven Zopfi.

VIP tables will feature name and logo recognition and in the concert program and name, and logo and link recognition on the choir's website. VIP tables seat 10 guests and are available for just $500 each.

About the Adrianna Hill Grand Ballroom:
The Adrianna Hill Grand Ballroom is located in the heart of the Cultural District in Downtown Portland and occupies the 2nd Floor of the Historic Pythian Building. This two story ballroom has a beautifully restored hardwood floor and a suspended "U" shaped balcony. It features a 55-foot-long stage, large ornate brass chandeliers and a 35-foot high beamed and vaulted ceiling. Built in 1901, this storybook setting has been completely refurbished, complete with elaborate Old World designs along the sculpted balcony. There is elevator access to the ballroom, and it is across the street from a Max train stop and the City Center Smart Park.

About the Portland Symphonic Choir:
Since 1945, Portland Symphonic Choir has been singing the choral masterworks with excellence and passion. Under the leadership of Artistic Director, Steven Zopfi, the 140 voices that make up the choir have achieved a reputation of excellence and dedication through creating powerful, accessible choral experiences for all kinds of music enthusiasts - from the experienced musician to the brand new listener.

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission and supported by media partner, All Classical 89.9.
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Hundreds Expected at Clark County Recovery Forum Saturday
PeaceHealth - 09/13/16 10:27 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- September 13, 2016.

Addiction is a growing crisis in our community, and the Southwest Washington Recovery Coalition (SWWARC) is partnering with more than 20 local agencies this weekend to bring a message of hope to those battling addictions. The 15th annual Clark County Recover Forum begins with a free noon lunch at Gaiser Hall on the Clark College campus. During the event, people recovering successfully from addictions will share their inspirational stories of hope. Attendees will have the chance to win door prizes, and will also have the opportunity to interact with representatives from numerous community organizations that provide resources for addiction recovery. Several hundred people are anticipated to attend.

Over the last 15 years the need for addiction services has grown exponentially, with new sources of addiction moving to the forefront. "The opiate crisis is increasing at an alarming rate," said Joey Smith, Community Relations Coordinator at The Recovery Village - Ridgefield, one of the sponsors of this weekend's forum. "This event celebrates recovery. We will have speakers at the forum who will share their personal stories of success in battling their addictions, along with experts in all phases of addiction recovery. It's a perfect opportunity for people and families battling addiction issues to find the support they need."

Beyond opiates, the Recovery Forum will also address other powerful addictions including gambling, sex, internet, alcohol, and pornography. During the presentation, ten individuals will be honored for their contributions to recovery in our community. Lunch will be provided to all in attendance. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served beginning at noon, with the presentation scheduled for 1pm. Interpreters will be on hand to provide service for the hard of hearing.

SWWARC is grateful to the contributors for donations to this year's event:
Breaking Free Ministries -- CVTV -- Clark College -- Clark County Community Services -- Lifeline Connections -- Kleen Street Café -- Recovery Village -- PeaceHealth -- New Life Friends/Lord's Gym.

Where: Gaiser Hall; 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver WA
When: Saturday September 17th, 2016. Lunch at noon, presentation to begin at 1pm
For more information contact: Recovery Forum Chair Donnie Rychart at (360) 977-2902 or Joey S. Smith, Community Relations Coordinator at The Recovery Village - Ridgefield (650) 291-0916
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon August 2016 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 09/13/16 10:00 AM
August Marks 50 Consecutive Months of Job Growth in Oregon


Oregon's payroll employment grew for the 50th consecutive month as employers added 4,600 jobs in August, after a revised gain of 5,000 in July. Since June 2012, Oregon's economy expanded rapidly, adding 208,200 jobs--an average gain of 4,200 jobs per month. Oregon hasn't seen such a long string of monthly job gains since comparable records began in 1990. Nationally, August was the 71st straight month of job growth.

Oregon's unemployment rate was 5.4 percent in August, an increase from July's rate of 5.2 percent. The rate has risen from a record low of 4.5 percent in the three months of March, April and May. Oregon's labor force, which reached a record high of 2,065,000 in August, has grown rapidly in recent months as the number of people employed increased along with growth in the number of unemployed. Oregon's unemployment rate remained close to the U.S. unemployment rate, which was unchanged at 4.9 percent in August.

In August, several service-providing industries expanded rapidly, while the two major goods-producing industries expanded moderately. August gains were largest in health care and social assistance (+2,000 jobs); leisure and hospitality (+1,300); financial activities (+1,000); manufacturing (+700); and construction (+600). August job losses were largest in transportation, warehousing and utilities (-700 jobs) and government (-600).

Over the past 12 months, Oregon added 59,500 jobs, for a growth rate of 3.3 percent--nearly double the national growth rate of 1.7 percent. During that time, none of Oregon's major industries declined. Construction expanded at the fastest rate, growing by 9.1 percent, or 7,500 jobs. Two other industries grew very rapidly during that time: professional and business services (+14,800 jobs, or 6.5%) and other services (+3,500 jobs, or 5.7%). Industries with less than 1 percent growth were mining and logging (no change, or 0.0%); manufacturing (+500 jobs, or 0.3%); and information (+300 jobs, or 0.9%).

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the August county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, September 20th, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for September on Tuesday, October 18th.??NLG


Notes:

All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted.

The Oregon Employment Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) work cooperatively to develop and publish monthly Oregon payroll employment and labor force data. The estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other sources.

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this Official Oregon Series data unless noted otherwise. This month's release incorporates the January, February and March 2016 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS.

The pdf version of the news release, including tables and graphs, can be found at www.QualityInfo.org/press-release. To obtain the data in other formats such as in Excel, visit www.QualityInfo.org, then within the top banner, select Economic Data, then choose LAUS or CES. To request the press release as a Word document, contact the person shown at the top of this press release.

For help finding jobs and training resources, visit one of the state's WorkSource Oregon Centers or go to: www.WorkSourceOregon.org.

Equal Opportunity program -- auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.


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Recreational target shooting cleanup on Tillamook State Forest raises awareness about fire safety
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/13/16 9:57 AM
Of the 807 human caused fires in 2015 on ODF protected lands, it is estimated that discharging firearms caused 25 of them, usually because a hot bullet fragment comes into contact with flammable materials, such as dry vegetation. A group of recreational target shooters is working to reduce those numbers. On August 27 members of Northwest Firearms teamed up with the Oregon Department of Forestry to cleanup target shooting areas on the Tillamook State Forest in an effort to promote responsible target shooting and fire safety.

Unlike target ranges designed for shooting, most areas on public lands are not developed specifically for shooting. "Target shooting on state lands has been steadily growing in terms of use levels -- resources and management strategies have not kept pace with the activity," said Wayne Auble, Forest Grove Assistant District Forester for the Oregon Department of Forestry. "It is taking place across the forest in ways that create unsafe situations for people, increased fire risk, damage to trees and other resources, and litter. The partnership developed with Northwest Firearms will be valuable as management strategies are developed for this popular recreational activity on the forest."

Northwest Firearms members are working with ODF's Forest Grove District to reduce the risks associated with target shooting, including modifying a few sites to make them more fire resistant, safer to use and to better direct activity away from trees and other natural resources that can be damaged by shooting. "The sites are safer and more fire resistant" said Bryan Olson, a Northwest Firearms member who participated in the cleanup. "Signage around the area demonstrates how to use the area responsibly."

Debris burning has been and continues to be the leader among all human caused wildfires. In 2015, 183 fires resulting from debris burning charred 335 acres on ODF protected lands.

Find more information here or contact the Department of Forestry's Forest Grove District at 503-357-2191.
New 'Promise' video debuts on Glencoe HS robotics team
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 09/13/16 9:41 AM
A new video highlighting Glencoe High School's (Hillsboro School District) robotics team debuted today on "The Promise of Oregon" website at www.promiseoregon.org.

Team Shockwave from Glencoe High has ranked among the top teams in the Pacific Northwest and the nation. The video, which shows how students' interest in robotics is leading them on career paths, can also be seen on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZf9F-3QKMw

The Glencoe video is the last of four videos for 2016 showcasing cutting-edge programs -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), CTE, the arts and more. The videos encourage schools and the public to "dream bigger" about what is possible in Oregon's schools.

The "Promise" campaign, which is being run by the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA), aims to create a groundswell of public support for K-14 education, in hopes of meeting Oregon's 40-40-20 goals and lifting student achievement and graduation rates.

OSBA is a member services organization for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.

Website: promiseoregon.org
Twitter and Instagram: @PromiseOregon
Facebook and YouTube: ThePromiseofOregon
Salem City Club Presents:1966-2016: Medicare at 50 and Its Future (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 09/13/16 9:00 AM
Theodore R. Marmor, PhD
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Join Salem City Club on Friday, September 16, 2016 for our luncheon program on Medicare.

Medicare is one of the largest and, arguably, the most successful entitlement program provided by the federal government. In 2015, 55 million people were covered by Medicare, roughly 1/6 of the U.S. population. Few people enrolled in Medicare would give it up, many can't wait to have it, and younger generations wonder if the program will be around when they turn 65. In an age of continuing policy debates about healthcare and insurance reform, can we look to Medicare for insight and lessons on how to implement, manage and sustain such programs?

We are pleased to present a fascinating program on Medicare, its past and future, featuring Ted Marmor, who authored "The Politics of Medicare "(1973) and Revised (2000), a definitive work on the subject. He will provide historical context while focusing on the current state of Medicare, the political debates over reform and the facts and myths driving them, and provide a comparative look at healthcare programs around the world.

Theodore R. Marmor, PhD is emeritus professor of public policy and management at Yale University School of Management. Dr. Marmor has written and presented extensively on social security, healthcare policy, and healthcare reform since his participation in the creation of Medicare in 1965 as aide to the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare. The author or co-author of eleven books, Marmor has published over a hundred articles in a wide range of scholarly journals, as well as being a frequent op-ed contributor to U.S. and Canadian newspapers. He is currently on the editorial boards of the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis and the Journal of Health, Politics, Policy and Law.

He is also our national senior doubles squash champion.

For September 16 luncheon reservations, register online or call (503) 370-2808
by noon, Wed. September 14. Parking is free.

What: "1966-2016: MEDICARE AT 50 AND ITS FUTURE"
When: Friday, September 16, 2016; Noon - 1 pm, doors open at 11:15 am
Where: Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St SE, Salem
Who: Theodore R. Marmor, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Public Policy and Management, Yale University School of Management.
Email: info@salemcityclub.com
Website: www.salemcityclub.com


Attached Media Files: Theodore R. Marmor, PhD
Early Morning House Fire in Estacada (Photo)
Estacada Fire Dist. - 09/13/16 7:41 AM
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At approximately 0530 this morning Estacada Fire District was called to a house fire on NE Heaven St in Estacada. Crews arrived to find a double wide manufactured home heavily involved in fire with difficult access from the road. A second alarm was called for and crews from Estacada, Sandy & Clackamas Fire District responded to the fire. The owners of the property were not home at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported. Crews remain on scene at this time to finish the overhaul and extinguishment of the fire. The cause is currently being investigated.


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University of Portland ranked 7th in the West by 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings
University of Portland - 09/13/16 5:49 AM
(Portland, OR) - For the 22nd consecutive year, the University of Portland has received a top-ten ranking by U.S. News & World Report, which today released its 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. The University is 7th out of 124 institutions listed in the "Regional Universities -- West" classification. The full rankings can be seen on U.S. News & World Report's website.

"These rankings uphold the University's reputation as a place of excellence in teaching, research and service," noted University president Rev. Mark L. Poorman C.S.C. "They reflect the success of our long-held commitment to intellectual curiosity; to moral development and wise mentoring; to a lively, creative relationship between faith and reason, and the rich heritage found in Catholic social teachings."

Among notable measures in the U.S. News methodology was the University's exceptional 90% first-year retention rate and an annual graduation rate of 78%.

In addition, the University's Shiley School of Engineering rose 11 spots in the rankings to 35th nationwide among schools whose highest degree is a bachelor's or master's. The University also ranked 5th in the western region for "best colleges for veterans."

- About the methodology -

Per U.S. News & World Report, regional institutions are those that provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master's programs, but few, if any, doctoral programs. The 653 universities in this category are not ranked nationally but rather against peers in one of four regions -- North, South, Midwest and West -- because they tend to draw students most heavily from surrounding states.

U.S. News' methodology for this category weighs heavily on student retention rates, peer assessment and faculty resources, as well as on student selectivity, financial resources earmarked for educational purposes and the alumni giving rate.

- A history of excellence -

The University of Portland's commitment to its mission of teaching and learning, faith and formation, and service and leadership has been successfully proved through its graduates -- according to the Chronicle of Higher Education, the University of Portland has been among the highest in the nation among peer institutions for the number of alumni earning Fulbright scholarships for several consecutive years.

For six consecutive years, the University has been the top Oregon school in Kiplinger's Personal Finance annual ranking of best values in private universities. And for three consecutive years, Bloomberg Businessweek has named University of Portland the top school in Oregon for "return on investment" in a state-by-state ranking of schools providing graduates with the most return for the price of their education.


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The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the American West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.
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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Two People in Tillamook County, Oregon
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/12/16 10:17 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 at approximately 4:00 p.m. in the 12700 block of J Street in Nehalem, Tillamook County, Ore.

The single-family fire affected two adults and four pets.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Linn Deputies Investigate Suspicious Fire (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 09/12/16 8:53 PM
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports tonight at 5:59 p.m. the Linn County Sheriff's Office 9-1-1 Center received reports of a structure fire on Cold Springs Road in Crabtree.

Deputies responded to the location along with the Albany Fire Department, Lebanon Fire Department and Scio Fire Department. Emergency personnel found a RV and a shed on fire at the location. The fire later spread to a vacant house on the property. Fire personnel are still at the location extinguishing the structure fire. Deputies are investigating the fire as a possible arson. No injuries were reported.

The investigation is continuing.


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Red Cross is Assisting Wildfire Evacuees in Klickitat County; Temporary Shelter Established
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/12/16 8:46 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region are assisting the residents of approximately 30 -- 40 homes under level 2 and level 3 evacuation orders due to a wildfire near Roosevelt, WA.

The Red Cross has opened a shelter for evacuees at Father's House Fellowship, located at 207 S. Klickitat Ave. in Goldendale, WA 98620.

Individuals and families affected by the wildfire and in need of shelter assistance are encouraged to simply show up at the shelter for help.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/Cascades, like us on Facebook at Red Cross Cascades Region or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossCasc.
Large Fires And Vehicle Accidents Stretch Lebanon Fire District Resources During Two Hour Window (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 09/12/16 6:26 PM
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The Lebanon Fire District was busy handling a second alarm grass and brush fire on Payne Drive, when things just continued to get busier over the next two hours. At 1:14pm the first call came in for a report of a small, rapidly growing fire in a back yard in the 38200 block of Payne Drive. Upon arrival crews found a fire approximately 50' x 50' rapidly spreading towards trees, heavy brush, and a house. Fire crews were able to quickly protect the structure but the fire continued to run towards the railroad tracks where it was able to jump across the tracks and begin to spread as a separate fire. A second alarm was called by the incident commander and crews from Albany and Scio responded with mutual aid. Firefighters deployed progressive hose lays to rapidly advance to the front of the fires and cut off their progress. The fire was estimated to have consumed three acres of grass and brush. There were no civilian or fire service injuries.

While crews were working the Payne Drive second-alarm fire another first-alarm fire was reported at 31022 Santiam Highway near Pineway Road at 2:33pm. At the time, Lebanon's district was being covered by off-duty Lebanon personnel and mutual aid crews from Sweet Home, Albany, and Brownsville, and those resources were dispatched to the fire along with a Lebanon Division Chief. Upon arrival, the incident commander reported a small fire approximately 20 feet in diameter in some grass and brush with a live, arcing power line on the ground in the middle of the fire. Fire crews kept clear of the main body of fire due to the electrical hazard and proceeded to wet the surrounding area between the fire and unburned fuels, including a single family home. Consumers Power was contacted to secure the power lines and once power was cut to the lines fire crews moved in to put out the fire. The Oregon Department of Forestry also responded to assist crews on scene with two engines, a tender, and a dozer. Again, there were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

While crews were working on scene on Highway 20, a motor vehicle accident occurred just yards away from fire apparatus as drivers were slowing to look at the scene. Firefighters broke away from the grass fire to tend to the accident patients while an ambulance crew from Albany responded. There were no injuries to the four occupants in two vehicles, but Highway 20 was completely shut down for approximately 45 minutes.

As crews were breaking away from the Highway 20 fire scene a caller reported a 2-vehicle accident on Old Santiam Highway approximately a half-mile from the fire scene at 3:35pm. Firefighters and paramedics quickly responded and arrived to two vehicles with heavy damage, airbags deployed, and one male lying semi-conscious on the ground. From initial reports the driver of a Ford Ranger pickup lost control heading westbound around a bend in the road. The Ford slid sideways directly into the path of an eastbound Subaru SUV traveling at approximately 40 MPH. Two patients were transported from the scene and their medical conditions are unknown.

The Lebanon Fire District expressed their gratitude to their neighboring departments for their assistance with today's emergency events.


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Public meetings on Lane Co. forestland classification for fire protection to be held in Florence, Lowell and Eugene
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/12/16 5:02 PM
The Forestland Classification Committee for Lane County will hold public meetings in Florence, Lowell and Eugene to provide information on the classification process for wildland fire protection within the county. The committee recently reviewed and classified lands within Lane County, and part of the Western Lane and South Cascade Protection districts of the Oregon Department of Forestry to determine which need protection from wildland fire. The classification has nothing to do with other land-use regulations.

The Oregon Department of Forestry provides wildfire protection services to forestlands in the county, and a Forest Patrol Assessment on protected lands helps fund firefighting.

The public meetings will be held:
- Sept. 26 - Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St, Florence, 6:30-8 p.m.
- Sept. 29 - Lowell High School Gymnasium, 65 S. Pioneer St., Lowell, 7-8:30 p.m.
- Oct. 3 -- Lane Community College Center for Meeting and Learning, 4000 E. 30th Ave., Eugene, 6:30-8 p.m.

The meetings are open to the public, and landowners will have an opportunity to share their comments or concerns. Maps showing the preliminary classifications will be available for review a half-hour prior to each meeting. Also, the maps, along with other information including written testimony forms, can be found on the Lane County Forestland Classification website, www.lanecounty.org/Departments/AssessmentandTaxation/Pages/ForestlandClassification2016.aspx

More information on the Lane County forestland classification review can be obtained by contacting Tom Soward, ODF Western Lane District, 541-935-2283 x237, or visiting in person at the district office, 87950 Territorial Road, in Veneta.
Bow hunter in custody following death of hunting partner
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/12/16 5:01 PM
Released by: Sgt. Deke Demars
Detective Division

Occurred: 9/12/16 at 7:40 a.m.

Location: USFS RD 9736 near Paulina Lake Road
La Pine, Oregon

Deceased Hunter: Jeffrey Lynn Cummings Age: 45
Wood Village, Oregon

Arrested Party: Pekarek, Michael Shawn Age: 52
Tillamook, Oregon

Charges: Criminally Negligent Homicide, (One count)
Bail $50,000.00


NARRATIVE:

On 9/12/16 at 7:40 a.m., Deschutes County 911 received a 911 call from Michael Pekarek, stating he had shot his hunting partner with an arrow while they were bow hunting. Pekarek was given instructions on how to perform CPR from Deschutes County 911, which he did until Deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and medics from the La Pine Fire Department arrived on scene. Shortly after first responders arrived on scene, they determined Cummings was deceased.

The incident occurred near USFS Road 9736, approximately one half mile south of Paulina Lake Road. This location was approximately 6-7 miles east of Highway 97.


Detectives from Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and Troopers from the Oregon State Police Game Division responded to assist in the investigation.

The investigation determined Cummings and Pekarek were bow hunting on USFS Road 9736, when Pekarek spotted a mule deer on the west side of the road. Pekarek was a passenger in the vehicle and he exited the vehicle with his bow to attempt a shot at the deer. Cummings exited the vehicle with his bow and remained on the road. Pekarek briefly saw the deer and was ready to fire his arrow at the deer, but it moved out of view. Pekarek turned with his bow pointed toward Cummings to tell him the deer was moving toward him, when he released the arrow. The arrow struck Cummings in the abdomen and he fell down. Pekarek attempted to render aid to Cummings and then called 911. Cummings was pronounced deceased shortly after first responders arrived on scene.

Michael Pekarek was later arrested and lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail on one count of Criminally Negligent Homicide, with a bail of $50,000.00. Cummings' next of kin has been notified.

The Deschutes County District Attorney's Office and Deschutes County Medical Examiner also assisted in this investigation. This investigation is on-going and no further information will be released at this time.
Lebanon Fire Investigators Help Sheriff Apprehend Arsonist (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 09/12/16 4:20 PM
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Linn County Sheriff's Office Detectives arrested Kristian Ray Lee, 19, of Lebanon, on Monday in connection with seven arson fires in the area of Rock Hill Drive near Central Avenue. The fires were set between the dates of July 30, 2016 and August 28, 2016 along an approximately quarter-mile stretch of Rock Hill Drive between Central Avenue and Ty Valley Road.

The fires were all suspicious in nature as there was never a clearly identifiable cause, and members of the Lebanon Fire District Fire & Life Safety Division launched an official investigation after concurrent fires between August 12 and August 16, 2016. LFD placed surveillance cameras belonging to the Oregon Department of Forestry in the area, and on August 28, 2016 two new fires were reported on Rock Hill Drive within three minutes of each other. After extinguishing the fires, LFD investigators accessed the cameras and found images of a male on a bicycle who appeared to be setting the fires.

At that point the incident became a criminal investigation and fire authorities contacted the Linn County Sheriff's Office to hand the investigation over to them. LCSO Detectives were able to identify a suspect from the images provided by LFD and on Monday September 12, 2016 an arrest was made. Lee admitted to starting five of the seven fires and has been charged with four counts of Arson I, Reckless Burning, and five counts of Criminal Mischief II.

Lebanon Fire District Division Chief Jason Bolen praised the work of his staff and other agencies for the arrest. "This arrest is a direct result of the excellent investigation work of Lebanon Fire District fire investigators as well as the tremendous cooperation between the District, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and the Linn County Sheriff's Office. Our members did an outstanding job of quickly getting cameras up and sifting through tens of thousands of photos to find images of the suspect. All of their hard work paid off thanks to the great police work of the Linn County Sheriff's Office detectives. We want to thank the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Linn County Sheriff's Office for helping us get this arsonist off the streets."


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Bank Robbery Investigation Underway in North Portland's Kenton Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 09/12/16 4:15 PM
On Monday September 12, 2016, at 3:23 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a bank robbery at the Wells Fargo Bank branch located at 8334 North Denver Avenue.

Officers arrived in the area and spoke to employees who told police that the suspect entered the bank and demanded money from a teller. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect walked out of the bank without incident. The suspect did not display or imply a weapon.

Officers checking the neighborhood did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 40s, 5'10" tall, medium build, gray hair, stubble on face, wearing blue clothing.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact Detective Brett Hawkinson at 503-823-1080, brett.hawkinson@portlandoregon.gov.

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Woodland Middle School's Lunch and Lockers Event helps ease students into the school year (Photo)
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 09/12/16 4:00 PM
Teachers greet students and their families in their classrooms while classified staff members answer questions and direct attendees
Teachers greet students and their families in their classrooms while classified staff members answer questions and direct attendees
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Monday, September 12, 2016-Woodland, WA-Before the beginning of each school year, new and returning students at Woodland Middle School attend a special orientation and kickoff event called Lunch and Lockers where students and their families meet teachers, find lockers, and receive a free lunch.

Robin Uhlenkott, Social Studies, History and Leadership teacher, helps organize the annual event which has welcomed students for nearly a decade, helping students become familiar with how to open their lockers, find their classes, and manage materials in a locker instead of a desk. "A lot of students entering middle school were very anxious about all of the new responsibilities facing them such as using lockers and moving from class to class," explained Uhlenkott. "Lunch and Lockers was the brainchild of a committee of teachers developing ideas for parent and community involvement with the added benefit of settling students' worries before school starts."

Before the Lunch and Lockers event, teachers often had to spend the first few days of the school year helping students deal with their lockers. Now, the more laid-back atmosphere enables students to organize their lockers and familiarize themselves with the school's layout without the added stress of a ringing bell announcing the start of the next class. "You can feel the excitement and energy in the air throughout event making it such a nice way to jump-start a new year," said Uhlenkott. "Although some of the students may be anxious about the new school year, most of them are eager to get their new schedules, lockers, and meet their teachers."

Woodland Middle School provides a free lunch of hot dogs to students and their families. "The biggest change to the Lunch and Lockers event has actually been the lunch itself," said Uhlenkott. "Up until last year, the teachers barbecued the hot dogs, but now the school's food services staff prepares lunch for the attendees."

Teachers greet students and their families in their classrooms throughout Lunch and Lockers while classified staff members are stationed throughout the school greeting and directing attendees to wherever they need to go. "I really like this event because it's laid back and provides a fun way to gently introduce students to the school," said Jake Hall, Principal of Woodland Middle School. "Plus, it's also so much fun to meet the kids and their families." 

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Science on Tap Portland - You and Your Racist Brain: The Neuroscience of Prejudice
Via Productions - 09/12/16 3:34 PM
Special Event at Revolution Hall!

Date: Monday, October 3, 2016
Time: Doors at 6 p.m. event at 7 p.m.
Location: Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street, Portland, Ore.
Cost: $18.00 advance tickets, $20.00 day of show, $15 for students (minors under 21 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian)
Food & Drink: Martha's Restaurant and full bar available at theater

Racism exists when one group dominates, excludes, or seeks to eliminate another group on the basis of differences that it believes are inherent, hereditary, and unalterable. In large part, racism stems from the human brain's tendency to engage in prejudice, a process that allows our brains to make judgments based on visual information in milliseconds. These preconceived opinions about other people are not based on reason or experience but on instinct--and they have a basis in neuroscience. But why does the brain do this? More importantly, can we use what we known about the neuroscience of prejudice to overcome this reaction, potentially developing methods to combat prejudice and end racism?

Dr. Larry Sherman, a Professor of Neuroscience at the Oregon Health & Science University, will explain how our brains react to people who are "different" and explore possible ways to overcome the automatic prejudice that contributes to racism in our society.

Larry Sherman is a Professor in the Department of Cell, Developmental and Cancer Biology and in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at the Oregon Health & Science University. He is also the President of the Oregon Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. He has over 80 publications related to brain development and neurological diseases including Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis and neurofibromatosis. He serves on a number of US and international scientific review panels for the US National Institutes of Health, the US Congressionally-Directed Medical Research programs, and others. He has made numerous television appearances, discussing various topics related to neuroscience. He has also given hugely popular talks and performances (including playing the piano) around the globe on topics that include music and the brain, the neuroscience of pleasure and love, and a deeply personal presentation dealing with his recently discovered biological family and exploring the contributions of genes and environment to brain development and personality. The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and Portland Monthly Magazine recognized Dr. Sherman as one of the "People who are changing our world". He was also the 2012 Teacher of the Year at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine.

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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! To find out more, visit Via Productions.
MESD Board Regular Session 9-20-16 at 6:00 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 09/12/16 3:26 PM
The Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220 in the Board Room.
Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 09/12/16 3:15 PM
NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS September 19, 2016 @ 6pm.
1-888-824-5783 Ext.90095991# and via Blackboard Collaborate at
http://tinyurl.com/BoardORVA
Oregon State Library Board Executive Committee Meeting, 9/26/16
Oregon State Library - 09/12/16 3:05 PM
The Executive Committee of the Oregon State Library Board will meet by phone on Monday, September, 26, 2016. Aletha Bonebrake of Baker City will chair the meeting, which will begin at 10:00 a.m

Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting may come to Room 205 at the Oregon State Library. To listen to this meeting via telephone, please contact Jessica Rondema for information (503-378-5015, jessica.rondema@state.or.us).

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 503-378-5015, jessica.rondema@state.or.us.

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OREGON STATE LIBRARY BOARD
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
September 26, 2016
10:00 a.m.
Oregon State Library Room 205
Aletha Bonebrake, Chair

Agenda

10:00 a.m. Report of the State Librarian Dahlgreen

10:30 Discussion of the Board Meeting scheduled for October 28, 2016 Bonebrake

10:45 Other business Bonebrake

11:00 a.m. Adjournment Bonebrake

NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change.
Vocational Rehabilitation Policy Forum in Pendleton September 27
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/12/16 2:35 PM
The Department of Human Services Vocational Rehabilitation program is hosting a series of Policy Forums around the state in September. There will be a forum Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon and also from 3 to 6 p.m. at Vert Auditorium, Vert Club Room, S.W. Dorion Avenue.

People with disabilities, students with disabilities, their families, service providers, employers, teachers, advocacy organizations, Workforce partners and other organizations serving people with disabilities are all encouraged to attend.

Policy Forum participants will:
Learn about Vocational Rehabilitation policy and procedures
Participate in discussions about Vocational Rehabilitation
Contribute to Vocational Rehabilitation future directions

The forum is free but people are encouraged to register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/vrforum2016.

This is one of the five Policy Forums being held throughout Oregon. For a schedule of all the forums: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/EMPLOYMENT/VR/Documents/VR%20Statewide%20Policy%20Forums%20Schedule.pdf.
Salmon Creek Burgerville to Host 10% Cashback Event on Sept. 22 to Benefit Five Local Charity Partners
Friends of the Carpenter - 09/12/16 2:19 PM
Vancouver, WA -- Salmon Creek Burgerville, 13309 NE Highway 99, will donate 10% of sales on Thurs. Sept. 22, 12 to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m., to benefit five charity partners as part of Give More 24! The charities include: The Giving Closet, Friends of the Carpenter, Bridge the Gap, Assistance League of Southwest Washington and Friends of the Children.

Stop in to enjoy some kid-friendly entertainment. Donations will be accepted all day through the Give More 24! online giving event. Donate or learn more at www.give-more-24.org.

Give More 24! is a 24-hour, online giving challenge that urges everyone who cares about southwest Washington to take action by giving what they can, wherever they are, at the same time. The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington launched the event in 2014 with hopes of growing philanthropy across the region.

About The Giving Closet
The Giving Closet's mission is that no one should be hungry, unclothed, or uneducated within our reach.
The Giving Closet serves individuals and families from a variety of different backgrounds empowering them to claim a fresh start. The Giving Closet's intent is to see that every person in crisis is given resources to meet their basic needs. Building upon its heritage of ministry and outreach, The Giving Closet desires to touch the lives of the hurting, homeless, and hungry. Learn more at givingcloset.org

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

About Bridge the Gap
Bridge the Gap is a community outreach program designed to enrich the lives of abused and neglected children in Clark and Skamania Counties (WA). To do this, Bridge the Gap provides resources to enhance the stability, growth and success of children in foster and adoptive care. Our vision is to "give every child a childhood". Learn more at http://bridgethegapforkidscc.org/

About Assistance League of Southwest Washington
The Assistance League of Southwest Washington is a nonprofit all-volunteer organization dedicated to providing programs and services to enrich and improve the quality of life in our community. Our mission is to be dedicated to ongoing support and long-term presence in the community we serve. Our focus is on local community needs and helping our volunteers realize their vision for the community.

About Friends of the Children
In 1993, Friends of the Children opened its doors with three friends serving 24 children. Today, Friends of the Children -- Portland has 45 Friends guiding, supporting and mentoring 400 children. Our mission is to provide our most vulnerable children a nurturing and sustained relationship with a professional mentor who teaches positive values and has attainable expectations for each child to become a healthy, productive member of the community.

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The Cost of Natural Gas Drops Again
NW Natural - 09/12/16 2:03 PM
NW Natural files for rate reduction in Washington

PORTLAND, Ore. -- NW Natural (NYSE:NWN), has filed for a rate reduction with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC). If approved, the new lower rates will take effect Nov. 1.

NW Natural has requested a residential rate reduction of 1.5% and commercial rates by 1.8%. The typical residential customer using an average of 53 therms a month would pay about 79 cents less each month. The typical commercial customer using 243 therms a month would pay about $3.94 less every month.

The Sept. 12 filing reflects relatively stable natural gas commodity prices for the coming year, as well as other year-to-year adjustments and costs approved by regulators.

"Our customers are paying less for their natural gas today than they did 15 years ago," said David H. Anderson, NW Natural President and CEO. "It's gratifying to be able to provide the efficiency and performance benefits of our product at such a great value."

More Savings for Customers
This rate reduction is in addition to a bill credit customers received earlier this year. In June, NW Natural returned about $2.6 million to Washington customers because gas prices were lower than expected since rates took effect Nov. 1, 2015. The average residential customer received a bill credit of about $27, and the average small commercial customer's credit was $111.

Ordinarily, gas cost savings are held in a deferral account and returned as a reduction to customer bills beginning with the annual rates set each November. But this year, NW Natural filed a tariff with the Commission for permission to issue the credit starting June 1. The credit was based on customer gas use during the relevant months in which the decline in natural gas prices occurred.

More about rates
Each year, local gas distribution companies file for rate adjustments with the WUTC based on expected gas commodity costs for the next 12 months; a true-up of any differences between the previous year's gas costs and the amount collected from customers; and other adjustments based on previous agreements with the WUTC.

Regulators will issue a final decision on this year's filing by the end of October, with new rates effective Nov. 1.

Find more information in the Rates & Regulations section of nwnatural.com or call 503-226-4211 and ask for the Rates & Regulatory Department.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 718,000 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 www.nwnatural.com.
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Lebanon Man Arrested for Field Fires (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 09/12/16 1:47 PM
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports today his detectives arrested Kristian Ray Lee, 19, of Lebanon, in connection with seven fires. The fires started in the ditch line in the 37000 block of Rock Hill Drive, Lebanon, between July 30, 2016, and August 28, 2016. The Lebanon Fire Department responded to all of the fires and were able to control them in a short time. The largest area burnt was approximately three quarters of an acre in size. The Lebanon Fire Department and Oregon Department of Forestry deemed all seven fires were suspicious in nature.

The Lebanon Fire Department set up cameras in the area after the fifth fire which occurred on August 16, 2016. On August 28, 2016, two additional fires were started in the same area. The Lebanon Fire Department checked the cameras and caught images of the person starting the fires and contacted the Linn County Sheriff's Office for assistance with the investigation.

Detectives were eventually able to identify the person caught on camera as Kristian Lee. Detectives learned Lee lives approximately half a mile from where the fires were set.
Detectives also learned that Lee turned himself into the Linn County Jail on August 29, 2016, for unrelated charges.

Detectives interviewed Lee and he confessed to starting five of the fires.

As a result of the investigation, Lee was arrested and charged with four counts of Arson I, Reckless Burning, and five counts of Criminal Mischief II.

The charge of Arson is a result of forest land being threatened by the fires.


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Reward Offered in North Portland Fatal Hit and Run to Pedestrian - Crime Stoppers Featured Case #16-20 (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 09/12/16 1:44 PM
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve a hit and run that killed a man in North Portland.

On August 30, 2016, at approximately 8:48 p.m., North Precinct and Traffic Division officers responded to the report of a hit and run to a pedestrian.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the victim, 65-year-old Stanley Henry Grochowski, suffering from several injuries. Grochowski was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment.

On September 9, 2016, Grochowski died as a result of his injuries. This was the 32nd traffic fatality in the City of Portland in 2016.

Officers learned that Grochowski was crossing westbound across North Greeley Avenue, in a crosswalk, when he was struck by the driver of a dark-colored, smaller SUV that was traveling southbound on Greeley. The driver momentarily stopped, and then sped away from the scene.

Based on the investigation, officers believe that the suspect vehicle is a 2008 to 2012 Toyota Rav4, dark-colored with silver trim. A photo of a similar vehicle and a 2011 photo of Grochowski are being released to aid in this investigation.

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

Information about unsolved homicides can lead to a reward of up to $2,500 cash. All other unsolved felony crimes are eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

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Clackamas Community College ready to support former ITT Tech Students
Clackamas Community College - 09/12/16 1:20 PM
OREGON CITY -- Clackamas Community College aims to assist former ITT Technical Institute students as they complete their education by helping them finish their degrees, supporting them through credit for prior learning and identifying CCC programs they may be interested in pursuing.
ITT Tech was a national for-profit technical institute operating in 38 states that recently announced its closure. It previously operated two locations in Oregon located in Portland and Salem and three in Washington in Seattle, Everett and Spokane Valley.
"We are optimistic we can provide solutions for ITT Tech students in this stressful time," said David Plotkin, vice president of instruction and student services. "We stand ready to assist any students now and in the future who find themselves in similar circumstances."
Former ITT Tech students are invited to meet with staff from local community colleges at an education fair hosted at Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 SE Stark St. in Gresham on Sept. 16, 1 to 5 p.m., in the Learning Success Center, Room 3000. A map is found here: www.mhcc.edu/DirectionsMaps/.
Students will meet with rapid response teams consisting of transfer advisors and coaches, workforce staff, faculty in key program areas, financial aid staff and counselors.
Students can contact CCC directly by calling Max Wedding at 503-594-3008 or emailing max.wedding@clackamas.edu. For questions related to Health Sciences programs, contact Jarett Gilbert at 503-594-0699 or jarett.gilbert@clackamas.edu.
Pacific Power expands renewable energy portfolio
Pacific Power - 09/12/16 1:12 PM
Contact:
Ry Schwark, Pacific Power
503-813-7281

Pacific Power expands renewable energy portfolio
Signs agreements with 7 projects, 4 to be built in Oregon by end of 2016

Portland, Ore. -- Sept. 12, 2016-- Pacific Power has contracted with the owners of seven renewable energy projects to acquire the renewable attributes of those projects to help meet the Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) of Oregon, Washington and California. Four of these projects are new solar projects scheduled to begin operation in Oregon in the fourth quarter of 2016 to deliver power to the PacifiCorp energy grid. Two other new solar projects in Utah achieved commercial operation in the past year. The single wind project in the group is located in Colorado.

"These agreements extend our investment in renewable energy on our customers' behalf," said Rick Link, director of origination at Pacific Power. "As the result of our recent request for proposals for renewable resources, we have found these acquisitions to be cost-effective steps we can take to provide customers the cleaner energy they want. In the case of Oregon and the recently passed Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Act, which increases the Oregon RPS to 50 percent by 2040, these contracts combined with our existing renewable resource portfolio will keep the company in compliance through 2028."

The seven projects will provide an aggregate capacity of 168.5 megawatts, enough energy to power over 25,000 average homes. Pacific Power will be acquiring the renewable attributes of these projects called "Renewable Energy Certificates" or RECs. Each REC represents a megawatt hour of renewable energy. RECs are "retired" with an independent agency to show compliance with the RPS. The agreements involve the purchase of future-generated RECs from all six solar projects and previously generated RECs from the wind project.

With the solar projects, both the existing ones in Utah and the planned ones in Oregon, PacifiCorp had already agreed to buy the power output of the plants. Now buying the RECs allows the company to apply the contracts toward the RPS goals set by the states Pacific Power serves.

The projects are:

Bend, Oregon
Bear Creek Solar Center -- 10 MW scheduled construction completion, fourth quarter 2016

Bly, Oregon
Bly Solar Center 8.5 MW scheduled construction completion, fourth quarter 2016

Madras, Oregon
Adams Solar Center 10 MW scheduled construction completion, fourth quarter 2016
Elbe Solar Center 10 MW scheduled construction completion, fourth quarter 2016

Logan, Colorado
Logan Wind Energy 201 MW, not connected to PacifiCorp system

Milford County, Utah
Pavant Solar 50 MW

Iron County, Utah
Enterprise Solar 80 MW

The company expects the one-time rate impact of these agreements to be around 1/20th of one percent, or about a nickel on a hundred dollar electric bill for Oregon customers.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity providers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.
Gresham Police Issue 36 Citations During Four-Hour Pedestrian Safety Mission
Gresham Police Dept - 09/12/16 12:30 PM
GRESHAM, Ore. -- The Gresham Police Department conducted a pedestrian safety mission on Aug. 18 at the intersection of West Powell Blvd. and West Powell Loop, resulting in 36 citations. The goal of the mission was to raise safety awareness for drivers and pedestrians regarding pedestrian right-of-way laws. This was accomplished through handing out educational brochures and citations over a four-hour period.

During the safety operation, officers issued citations for drivers failing to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk and for drivers passing a vehicle that was stopped at a crosswalk. Other citations were issued for driving with a suspended license and one for a non-injury involving a vehicle rear-ending another that was stopped at the crosswalk.

Education for drivers and pedestrians is vital to keeping our roads safe. Motorists must stop and yield to pedestrians who are waiting to cross or who are in the process of crossing the roadway. Motorists are also required to stop at all crosswalks when a vehicle is already stopped in a lane next to the one 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. Refer to ORS Chapter 814 for laws pertaining to pedestrians.

Funding for this pedestrian safety mission was made possible through a grant from Oregon Impact and Oregon Department of Transportation. Additional pedestrian safety events will be scheduled throughout September.

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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue now recruiting for annual Search and Rescue program
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/12/16 11:53 AM
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue will begin enrollment this week in its annual Search and Rescue (SAR) program - open to those interested in offering their time to become part of this all volunteer organization. MCSO SAR welcomes all skill levels including those with little or no outdoor experience. An orientation meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 and again on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at Menlo Park School located at 129000 N.E. Glisan St. Portland, OR 97230.

Those who enroll in the SAR training program will become members of the MCSOSAR tradition, becoming members of an active search and rescue team that is regularly called to find the lost and care for the injured in the Columbia River Gorge, throughout Multnomah County, and around the state of Oregon. The program will accept volunteers over the age of 14, in good health, who are able to pass a background check. Middle and high school students must be making sufficient progress toward their diploma.

The 9-month program offers training and experience in current search and rescue techniques and culminates in Oregon State Search and Rescue certification. After the first month of training, new members will be able to participate in some searches. After just a few months, they can participate in all search types.

Key elements of SAR training include search techniques; wilderness awareness; outdoor survival skills; evidence identification and crime scene preservation; land navigation using GPS, map and compass; medical assessment and first aid.

This program is unique in that it is specifically youth oriented and provides an opportunity for those under 18 to hold leadership positions within the unit. All ages work side by side during training, missions, and events.

Those interested in joining are encouraged to attend either of the orientation nights. Questions can be emailed to info@mcsosar.org or check out the website at www.mcsosar.org for more information.

MCSOSAR Recruitment flyer attached.


Attached Media Files: MCSOSAR Recruit flyer
Fatal Crash on Highway 20 near Tumalo - Deschutes County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/12/16 11:43 AM
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On September 11, 2016 at about 9:30 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 12.5 (west of Tumalo).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 2000 Toyota Tacoma, operated by David FINCHER, age 45, of Sherwood, was travelling eastbound when he lost control negotiating a corner and crossed into the oncoming lane of travel. The Tacoma collided with two separate westbound vehicles, a gray 2014 Volkswagen Jetta, operated by Sarah PETERSON, age 37, of Bend, and passengers, female child, age 2, and male child, age 7; and a gray 2016 Dodge Charger, operated by Alexander PERKINS, age 28, of Bend and passenger Ashley PERKINS, age 27, of Bend.

The two year old female child passenger suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The remaining occupants were transported to St. Charles Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.

FINCHER was arrested and lodged into Deschutes County Jail for Manslaughter 2nd Degree. Additional charges are pending. FINCHER is scheduled to be arraigned in Deschutes County Circuit Court on Monday, September 12th at 1:30 p.m. (Today)

Highway 20 was closed for approximately three hours following the crash. One lane was opened for two hours until both lanes were reopened.

OSP is being assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Deschutes County Rural Fire District and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

OSP is seeking the public assistance for additional witnesses or persons with information. It is believed a bicyclist just west of the crash location, was nearly struck by FINCHER in the moments leading up to the crash. Anyone who knows the identity of the bicyclist or who has additional information of the crash is asked to contact Senior Trooper Jason Hanson at 541-388-6213 or the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 503-375-3555 (reference OSP case # SP16308856).

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.

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142nd Fighter Wing to conduct Dissimilar Air Combat Training
Oregon Military Department - 09/12/16 11:40 AM
PORTLAND, Oregon -- The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will host F-16 Falcons from the 21st Fighter Squadron, out of Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, to conduct dissimilar air combat training (DACT), Sept. 13-29, out of the Portland Air National Guard Base. Flights will launch daily after 8:00 a.m. and will conclude before 4:00 p.m.

DACT provides realistic combat scenarios for pilots to hone advanced aerial tactics that may be used against potential adversaries. The training is an essential and required component to ensure military readiness in support of the 142nd Fighter Wing's state and national missions.

About the 142nd Fighter Wing:
The Portland Air National Guard Base employs 1,500 Airmen who provide an economic impact of nearly $500 million to the region. The 142nd Fighter Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Their mission is to provide unequalled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community.
(Video Link - Interview Det. Jed McGuire) Update on Missing Person - Cheryl Hart (Photo)
Eugene Police Dept. - 09/12/16 11:28 AM
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The following Vimeo link is from the media interview with Detective Jed McGuire regarding the location of deceased person, Cheryl Hart.

NOTE: Please feel free to download and use the video without attribution to EPD.

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Today, Eugene Police Violent Crimes Detective Jed McGuire provided a news briefing and update on the Cheryl Hart case. Hart's body was found in Klamath County. Her boyfriend, Jeremy Milutin, who is currently in Jail will be charged in the case.

Detectives learned Hart, age 35, was last seen in Eugene on the evening of Thursday, August 4, 2016, with her longtime boyfriend, 36-year-old Jeremy Kent MILUTIN. At that time, the couple were at a west Eugene residence. Detectives learned Milutin was alone in a Eugene store at approximately 7 a.m., Friday, August 5, 2016. He arrived and departed in a vehicle that was stolen in Columbia County on July 26, 2016.

The car was a blue, 4-door, 1994 Buick Century, with Oregon license plate 635-ADX. Detectives have not been able to verify an earlier report that Hart and Milutin were seen in Walton, Oregon, on the morning of Friday, August 5, 2016. At approximately 12 p.m. on Friday, August 5, 2016, Milutin was again seen alone in a store in Klamath Falls, Oregon. At 10 p.m. on Friday, August 5, 2016, Milutin remained alone and he was back in Eugene. Eugene Police patrol officers saw the vehicle he was driving and determined it was stolen. Milutin attempted to flee but he was quickly arrested. Milutin has remained in custody at the Lane County Jail since the arrest.

The case has been referred to the Lane County District Attorney for prosecution. The Lane County Medical Examiner is continuing the investigation and currently has jurisdiction in the case. Police are continuing to ask the public for help, and anyone who might have seen Jeremy Milutin, or the involved stolen car, to contact Detective Jed McGuire at (541) 682-6308, or Detective Chris Vreim at 541-682-5192.


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10 Men Arrested in Undercover Sex Trafficking Mission in Early September
Portland Police Bureau - 09/12/16 10:04 AM
During the week of September 5 to September 9, 2016, the Portland Police Bureau's Sex Trafficking Unit conducted an undercover mission to address online sex trafficking.

Investigators posted online ads on known sex trafficking websites. 10 men contacted undercover police officers to arrange payment for sexual acts. Investigators were assisted by a Portland hotel as part of this effort.

For investigative reasons, the Sex Trafficking Unit is not sharing the specific website, application, or ad text publicly.

The 10 men who responded to the ad and came to the hotel were arrested with the misdemeanor crime of Patronizing a Prostitute (Oregon Revised Statute 167.008). Nine men were given criminal citations to appear in court at a later time. One was lodged for Distribution and Possession of Methamphetamine and for Patronizing a Prostitute.

The following is a list of the men arrested for Patronizing a Prostitute:

55 year old Mario Abal Forzan of Vancouver
25 year old Humberto San Juan Martin of Portland
32 year old Ricardo Gonzalez-Flores of Tigard
68 year old Russ Michael Mulkey of Portland
34 year old Adan John Falatovich of Vancouver
50 year old Brian Erik Jamison of Portland
33 year old Troy Alan Kimito Matsumura of Portland
30 year old Emmanuel Rodriguez Barreto of Vancouver
34 year old Kidane Tewelde Michael of Portland
38 year old Justin Fincannon of Portland was also arrested for Distribution and Possession of Methamphetamine. He was booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

If you know or think that someone may be involved in trafficking or is being exploited, please contact the Portland Police Bureau's Sex Trafficking Unit at 503-255-0118, the Sexual Assault Resource Center hotline 1-800-640-5311; or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 1-800-843-5678 or via the Cyber Tipline: http://www.missingkids.org/CyberTiipline

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DUII Injury Motor Vehicle Crash on Highway 20 near Conifer Blvd near Corvallis (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/12/16 9:50 AM
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Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff's Office are continuing to investigate a single vehicle injury motor vehicle crash that occurred less than a mile east of Corvallis last Saturday night. The crash resulted in serious injuries to one person and minor injuries to another person. Alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.
At about 9:17 pm, on Saturday, September 10, 2016, Carmine Silva, 34, from Albany, Oregon, was driving eastbound on Highway 20, just east of the intersection of Conifer Blvd., in a 2012 Honda Civic. The vehicle struck the sidewalk near Pilkington Avenue, traveled across the intersection of Pilkington Avenue, struck a telephone pole, shearing it in half, struck a culvert, a large tree, and two more culverts before landing on its roof in the eastbound lane of Highway 20. The vehicle traveled over 600 feet in the ditch. Christina Pecora, 35, address unknown, was ejected from the vehicle and landed in the eastbound lane of Highway 20.
They were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis by an ambulance from the Corvallis Fire Department with serious injuries. The Benton County Multi-Agency Traffic Collision Investigation Team responded and processed the crime scene. Carmine Silva was arrested, transported to the Benton County Jail, and lodged for the following crimes: Assault II, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, and Criminal Mischief II.
Deputies are continuing to investigate the crash and the public is asked to contact Detective Sergeant David Peterson at 541-766-6820 if they have any information. The Oregon Department of Transportation assisted at the scene and the roadway was closed for about four hours.
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Benton County Jail Booking Photograph of Carmine Silva


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Portland Fire responds to a 2-Alarm Apartment Fire
Portland Fire & Rescue - 09/12/16 8:38 AM
Last evening at 9:32 pm, Portland Fire & Rescue was dispatched to an apartment fire in the 500 block of NE 100th Avenue. Upon arrival, fire personnel could see flames 15 feet high extending from the 2nd-level patio. The building consists of five stories and 67 units of apartments, and an adjacent commercial occupancy. Because of the potential with this kind of fire, the arriving fire companies called for a second alarm to bring more resources to the scene.

Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire and occupants were able to return to their homes quickly. No injuries were reported with this fire and no tenants were displaced.

The Fire Investigator reports that the fire started in a planter located on the 2nd level rooftop of the commercial space. A discarded cigarette is the likely source of ignition and damage was estimated at $10,000.
Sun. 09/11/16
Keizer Fire District Remembers 9-11 on 15th Year Observance (Update with digital Photos link)
Keizer Fire Dist. - 09/11/16 8:06 PM
News Release update with link to digital photos page attached.
https://fotofine.smugmug.com/Events/Keizer-Fire-District/Remember-9-11-16/

Keizer Fire District and the Keizer Community gathered once more to honor and remember the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. On this the 15th observance year, Keizer Fire held it's reverent and respectful memorial of those who were lost on 9-11, those who have sacrificed since, and those who still serve today. Anne-Marie Storms, Public Education Specialist, for Keizer Fire District, lead the observance off with the posting of the colors by Keizer Police Honor Guard, Sergeant Greg Barber and Officer Tyler Wampler. "The Star Spangled Banner" was sung in three part harmony by McNary High School Seniors, Emma Blanco, Ashton Thomas, and Madi Zuro. While the placement of the memorial wreath was set at the monument dedicated to 9-11, by KFD Board President Joe Van Meter and Keizer Mayor, Cathy Clark... Pastor Doug Fox gave an invocation. Oregon State Fire Marshal, Jim Walker offered the thoughts of those who continue to serve and Keizer Fire Chief Jeff Cowan, shared reflections of the past which have come to light in observance of this sacred day. Following a moment of silence, Doug Kroll of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, played, "Taps" on his bugle in the somber morning sunrise ceremony. Following the brief ceremony of events, the community gathered for breakfast in the Keizer Fire Station Community Room and shared memories of the days past with United States Military Veterans, Keizer Fire District Career, Volunteer and Retired members. This is the 15th commemoration of September 11th, 2001 for Keizer Fire District.

Video for the event is on Keizer Fire District on Facebook and YouTube courtesy of David Dahle of Keizer TV. https://www.facebook.com/KeizerFireDistrict/videos/1391038704243011/ and
https://youtu.be/wt1gyEvs-_Y

Still photos may be found at this link address: https://fotofine.smugmug.com/Events/Keizer-Fire-District/Remember-9-11-16/ courtesy of Kelvin Watkins, Keizer Fire District Photographer.
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Three People in Clackamas County, Oregon
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/11/16 5:47 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 at approximately 12:30 p.m. in the 6500 block of SE Hemlock Street in Milwaukie, Clackamas County, Ore.

The multi-family fire affected three adults.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Hillsboro Police Arrest Arson Suspect
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 09/11/16 5:42 PM
Hillsboro police officers responded to a residence fire on 9/11/16 at 2:05 pm at 650 SE 20th Pl in Hillsboro with the Hillsboro Fire Department. HFD personel quickly put out the fire and police searched for a female suspect.

Hillsboro police located the suspect nearby and took her into custody.
The suspect, identified as Sara N. Brown, age 30, of the address listed above was arrested and lodged in the Washington County jail on 1count of Arson-1.

No persons were in the residence and no persons were injured during this event and the motive is still unknown.
The mode of starting the fire is still under investigation by HPD and HFD investigators

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Arson Fire Destroys Hillsboro Home (Photo)
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue - 09/11/16 4:56 PM
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(Hillsboro, Oregon) A one-alarm fire gutted a Hillsboro home early Sunday afternoon and investigators say it was arson. An adult female is in the custody of Hillsboro Police in connection with the incident that happened shortly after 2 p.m. That's when 9-1-1 dispatchers began receiving multiple reports from neighbors that a home was on fire in the 600 block of SE 20th Court. When firefighters arrived, they found heavy fire coming from the lower level of a tri-level, wood frame home. Flames had extended into brush behind the home endangering neighboring structures and vehicles.

The first arriving Hillsboro firefighters began an aggressive attack stopping the fire in the brush and knocking down the flames in the lower floor from the exterior. As additional engine companies arrived, they entered the home and found extreme heat and flames in the main and upper floors. They were able to knock down the interior fire and cool the structure before a flashover occurred. Firefighters brought the fire under control within 20 minutes. They spent more than an hour dousing hot spots.

A fire investigator is interviewing witnesses, collecting evidence at the scene and coordinating with Hillsboro Police detectives.

The damage estimate in placed at 130-thousand dollars. The home suffered extensive fire damage to the west end, which had both upper and lower floors, and extensive smoke and heat damage to the main floor. There were no injuries.

The only occupant was the adult female now in custody. Please refer all inquiries about the suspect and circumstances of this case to Hillsboro Police.
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Firefighters rescue occupant from early morning house fire (Photo)
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 09/11/16 10:11 AM
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At 0529 fire was reported at a residence in the 6500 block of Hemlock street in Milwaukie. A resident of the home that was on fire made it out and went to a neighbors house who called 911. Firefighters arrived to a 1200 square foot home with fire coming out of three sides of the structure and possibly one person still inside of the residence. Heavy Rescue 5 and T2 went into rescue mode and entered the building to search for possible victims as E1 attacked the fire. One occupant was found in a back bedroom immediately and was brought out and transported code 3 by Clackamas Fire Medic 3 to Kaiser Sunnyside hospital in critical condition. Two other patients from the home were also transported to area hospitals. The fire was reported under control at 0540 hrs. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Rescue mode is when firefighters go into a structure to search for victims before crews can get inside with a hose line. Firefighters do this quickly and efficiently to get to victims as soon as possible and they train often on this tactic.

(Pictures will be sent out when available)


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County Council Chair Marc Boldt Joins Fire District 3 Firefighters in remembering September 11, 2001 (Photo)
Clark Co. Fire Dist. 3 - 09/11/16 9:51 AM
County Council Chair March Boldt reads the County Proclamation for 9-11-16
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County Council Chair Mark Boldt joined Fire District 3 Firefighters this morning to remember the 15th anniversary of the terrorists attacks on September 11, 2001. Councilor Boldt and Firefighters placed a wreath at the flag pole in memory of the nearly 3,000 people killed that day. 300 small flags representing approximately 10 people lost, and four larger flags representing each site attacked, were placed in the front lawn at Station 31 in Hockinson. Councilor Boldt read a Board of County Councilor proclamation honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11/01 and in the following years, and thanks the local Sheriff's Office, police departments, fire departments, fire districts and medical services across Clark County who risk life and limb for the common good. We shall never forget.


Attached Media Files: County Council Chair March Boldt reads the County Proclamation for 9-11-16 , County Council Chair Marc Boldt, Captain Larry Bauska J., Firefighter Zack Shamrell , County Council Chair Marc Boldt, Captain Larry Bauska Jr., Firefighter Zack Shamrell
Multnomah County Sheriff's office river patrol responds to call of boat adrift in the Columbia River
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/11/16 9:49 AM
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol Deputies responded shortly after 6:00 am to a call of a boat floating down the Columbia River with no-one on board. The US Coast Guard, Port of Portland Fire, Portland Fire Bureau,and Vancouver Fire aided in the retrieval of the boat and towing to nearby Chinook Landing. USCG is still searching the river and shoreline.

An update will be provided when more information is available.
Sat. 09/10/16
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Four People in Portland, Oregon
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/10/16 11:46 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on Saturday, Sep. 10, 2016 at approximately 8:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of NE 131st Avenue in Portland, Multnomah County, Ore.

The single-family fire affected one adult and three children.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Lebanon Fire District Responds to 1st Alarm Field Fire (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 09/10/16 9:22 PM
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At 2:18 PM this afternoon the Lebanon Fire District was dispatched to a report of a grass fire in the 32000 block of Hidden Valley Rd. Reports stated the fire was in a cut grass field with cattle present and was moving into some brush and trees. Fire crews arrived on scene and made an aggressive attack on the fire, already initiated by local residents with garden hoses, to stop the spread of flames to neighboring homes and shops. Field fencing made access very difficult for the fire engines, causing the need for fire crews to climb the electrified fences with their fire hoses to attack the flames.

No injuries were reported and no damage was sustained to buildings or equipment. In all LFD responded with two chiefs, two brush rigs, two fire engines, two water tenders, and 15 total LFD personnel. LFD was assisted on scene by the Oregon Department of Forestry and local residents. Fire crews spent an hour and 10 minutes mopping up hot spots and ensuring all smoldering areas were extinguished. The blaze was thought to be caused by a lawnmower which had been used earlier in the afternoon.

Although we've had limited rain in our area and cooler temperatures in the past week, LFD reminds you that conditions are still very dry. Backyard burning season will not return to our area until mid-October at the earliest. While mowing grass remember that striking a rock with a lawnmower blade can cause sparks to smolder in cut dry grass for an extended period of time before a full blown fire is seen. Be very vigilant until the wet season returns.


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(Audio/Video download link - Chief Kerns) Officer-involved Shooting at 3600 Block of Village Avenue
Eugene Police Dept. - 09/10/16 12:24 PM
The following Vimeo link is from the media interview with Chief Pete Kerns this morning regarding the officer involved shooting on Village Avenue.
NOTE: Please feel free to download and use the video without attribution to EPD.

Chief Pete Kerns - https://vimeo.com/182231217/aeabbae288

Deadly Physical Force Plan - http://www.lanecounty.org/Departments/Sheriff/Documents/SB111WebReady.pdf


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EUGENE POLICE NEWS RELEASE
September 10, 2016
Contact: Afterhours Media Line: 541.682.5155

At 12:51 a.m. today, September 10, officers were called to a physical dispute between a man and a woman at a single story apartment in the 3600 block of Village Avenue. Initial details provided to responding officers were that the male was intoxicated and was hitting his girlfriend and that there were guns in the house. There were two men and two women at the location. One of the men had called police.

Two officers arrived at the location and they encountered a man, who was holding a gun outside the house. Shots were fired and the man was hit. Officers provided the man with emergency treatment on scene before the arrival of paramedics. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries. The man shot appears to be the initial caller who had gone outside with a gun.

The two officers were not injured. They will be on administrative leave, which is standard policy after use of deadly force.

Area residences were canvassed to ensure the safety of all others in the area.

The names of the officers and other involved individuals are not being released at this time

The Lane County Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team is on site and will be in charge of the investigation, in conformance with Senate Bill 111 provisions for officer-involved shootings in Oregon.

IDFIT is asking anyone with information relevant to this case to call Oregon State Police at 503.375.3555, Sgt. Andy Kenyon.

For more about IDFIT: https://vimeo.com/29282684
***Update- Victim Dies*** OSP Conducting Shooting Investigation Near Grants Pass - Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/10/16 10:24 AM
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On Septemeber 10th around 7am, Michael S HOCKERSMITH died at the hospital while being treated for his injuries. This investigation is ongoing, any requests or inquiries should be directed towards the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.

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Previous Release:
On September 8, 2016 at about 6:45AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to 4444 Highway 199 (Redwood Highway) where they located a male subject suffering from a gunshot wound. The male victim, identified as Michael S HOCKERSMITH, age 24, of Grants Pass, was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center where he is currently listed in critical condition.

Preliminary investigation revealed HOCKERSMITH went to the mentioned address and a got into a disturbance with the residents, Richard C WEISS (age 64) and Ronnette D GIDEON (age 46). During the encounter, GIDEON shot HOCKERSMITH with a firearm. WEISS called 911 to report the incident.

GIDEON and WEISS cooperated with the investigation conducted by the OSP Criminal Division. Detectives later served a search warrant at the residence and conducted their investigation into the afternoon. OSP Detectives subsequently arrested GIDEON on charges of Attempted Murder and Assault in the 1st Degree. She was booked into the Josephine County Jail.

At approximately 2PM, as OSP Detectives were preparing to leave the residence, they heard the breaking of glass near the back of the residence. Upon checking the area, detectives observed large flames coming from a broken window. OSP Detectives along with responding patrol troopers, set up a search perimeter around the area. A Grants Pass Department of Public Safety K-9 unit responded to assist with searching the area without success.

Fire units from Rural Metro Fire, Grants Pass Fire, Illinois Valley Fire, as well as the Oregon Department of Forestry responded to the scene to assist with fire suppression. The house was extensively damaged from the fire.

OSP is now conducting an arson investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Oregon State Police at 541-776-6111. All media inquiries shall be directed to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office. No further information to be released at this time.


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Safety tips for Teen drivers.
Fairview Police Dept. - 09/10/16 12:41 AM
September 10th, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


As school recommences, the Fairview Police Department wants to provide parents and teens with five tips to help keep teen drivers, and those riding with them, safe while driving to and from school and to after school activities.

Take the Lead: Teen drivers are more inclined to heed the warnings of other teens as opposed to those of adults. Be a leader and talk to friends and family about the importance of safe driving.

Get a Good Night's Sleep: You now have to wake up early, so go to bed early. Studies show that driving while you're tired can decrease your reaction time, impair your vision or judgment, and can increase your chances of getting into a car crash.

10 Minute Rule: Get in the habit of always leaving ten minutes early. Running late for school causes you to drive faster than what you should, tailgate, and to weave through traffic to make up for lost time. Leave ten minutes early so that there will be no need to speed.

Wear Your Safety Belt: Make sure everyone in the front seat and back seats wear their safety belts. Doing this one simple thing could save a life!

Avoid Distractions: Do not text or talk on your cell phone while driving. Turn your phone off and put it out of reach while driving. Do not eat or drink while driving and limit the number of passengers in the car at one time. The more passengers there are in a vehicle, the greater the risk of an accident.

Oregon Impact provides educational experiences to end impaired and distracted driving. With an emphasis on teen drivers and those that ride with them, Oregon Impact works with middle school, high schools and colleges in Oregon and SW Washington, and attends multiple community events each year to open conversations and encourage good choices.



Source:

John Pemberton
Sergeant
Fairview Police Department


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Fri. 09/09/16
One Booked, Two Cited for Various Crimes During Downtown Portland Demonstration (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/09/16 10:54 PM
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In the afternoon hours of Friday September 9, 2016, several hundred demonstrators took to the streets in Downtown Portland, causing significant traffic problems in the Downtown core.

During the demonstration, projectiles were thrown at officers, at least one police car was damaged as well as a private citizen's vehicle, and some demonstrators intimidated and threatened members of the public.

During the several hours' long demonstration that moved throughout Downtown Portland, officers identified and arrested three people for committing criminal acts during the demonstration.

27-year-old James Mathew Mattox was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer and Harassment.

Two other men were given criminal citations to appear in court. One on charges of Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Interfering with a Peace Officer and the other for Resist Arrest, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Interfering with a Peace Officer.

Officers deployed pepper spray at one point due to the unruly nature of some in the crowd. Officers received reports from numerous members of the public who were scared, frustrated and intimidated by the actions of many in the demonstration. There were several different groups and causes represented in the demonstration.

Officers will be reviewing pictures and video of the demonstration in an effort to identify other criminal suspects and additional arrests are possible.

The demonstrations lasted from approximately 2:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

As with all demonstrations and marches, the Police Bureau's goal is to ensure a safe, secure and orderly event for community members and to minimize disruptions to traffic.

It should be clear that "free speech events" do not require a permit; but, marches or demonstrations occurring in public streets that restrict movement of other community members do require a permit issued by the City of Portland to allow for the safety of all. No permits were issued for today's events.

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Sheriff's Office Employee Arrested for Off-Duty Conduct
Hood River Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/09/16 8:32 PM
On September 9, 2016, Marc Smith, a Deputy with the Hood River County Sheriff's Office, was arrested for crimes relating to off duty conduct. On September 8, 2016, the Sheriff was notified of an incident involving Smith and alleged serious misconduct that was unrelated to the Sheriff's Office. Smith was immediately placed on administrative leave and Sheriff Matt English requested that the Oregon State Police conduct an investigation into the allegations.

Friday, Smith was lodged by the State Police at Northern Oregon Regional Corrections on charges of Luring a Minor, two counts of Sexual Abuse in the third degree, one count of Public Indecency and two counts of Private Indecency. At this time, the investigation is ongoing. It is the goal of the Sheriff's Office to be transparent with the public; however we must respect the fact that further release of information could compromise the integrity and sensitive nature of this investigation. The case has been referred to the Crook County District Attorney's Office for prosecution. Further inquiries should be directed to their office.

Sheriff Matt English said, "While Mr. Smith's conduct happened off duty, making certain that our organization maintains the highest standards of conduct and professionalism is paramount. I am committed to ensuring that our employees are held to the same standards as every citizen and that we are accountable for our actions whether on or off duty." English went on to say, "This incident, while deeply disturbing, should not overshadow the hard work that is done by the professional men and women in our organization every day."
Portland Fire Boat Rescues Boaters.
Portland Fire & Rescue - 09/09/16 7:04 PM
9/9/2016 5:40PM-This evening Portland Firefighters on patrol in the Willamette river were called to the scene of an overturned boat. PF&R's response included a fire-boat (on patrol), a rescue boat, two water rescue craft (personal water craft modified for rescue) and land based units. On arrival firefighters found a twenty person rowing shell overturned. Support boats were working to get people out of the water.

PF&R's boat and the rescue craft pulled 11 people from the water. Everyone on the overturned shell was accounted for and they were uninjured. No one was transported to the hospital. Most of the people on the boat were high school aged youth. They were ALL wearing personal flotation devices (PFD's).

PF&R doesn't know what caused the boat to overturn. The shell was towed back to its dock. PF&R asks that you boat safely and always wear your PFD.
Vancouver Police substitute PIO, September 12-16
Vancouver Police Dept. - 09/09/16 5:20 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- Vancouver Police Public Information Coordinator Kim Kapp will unavailable September 12-16. Taking media calls during office hours that week will be Lt. Kathy McNicholas who can be reached at (360) 487-7442.

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

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

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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.
Vancouver Police and SWAT arrest three people on drug and gun charges
Vancouver Police Dept. - 09/09/16 5:13 PM
Vancouver, Wash. --On September 8, 2016 Detectives from the Safe Streets Task Force (SSTF) and the Neighborhood Response Team West (NRTW) utilized the SW Washington SWAT team to assist in the apprehension of a potentially armed suspect. Members of the SWAT Team conducted a high risk traffic stop in the area of NE 112th Avenue/Mill Plain Blvd. Three individuals were taken into custody and two guns and a large amount of ecstasy were also discovered.

Arrested were:

Stephanie Linke, 35, for Unlawful Possession Of A Firearm and Possession Of A Controlled Substance Heroin.

Lucas Reed, 36, for Unlawful Possession Of A Firearm and Possession Of A Controlled Substance Heroin.

Charles Smith, 20, for Unlawful Possession Of A Firearm and Possession Of A Controlled Substance With Intent To Deliver Methamphetamine.

The investigation by the SSTF and NRTW is continuing.

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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.
Centennial School District Governing Board Meeting Notice for September 14, 2016
Centennial Sch. Dist. - 09/09/16 4:13 PM
The Centennial School District Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at 7:00 pm in the district office board room. Reports to be presented at this meeting include the student representative's report and the superintendent's report.

In addition to confirmation agenda items that will be considered for Board approval en masse, the Board will also consider the following:
7.1.1 - Interview Board Applicants and Appoint Board Member for Position 3/At Large
7.2.1 - Consider Superintendent's Work Plan and Evaluation Criteria for 2016/2017
7.2.2 - Consider Revised Policy BFC - Adoption and Revision of Policies
7.2.2 - Consider Revised Policy KGB - Public Conduct on District Property
7.2.3 - Consider Revised Policy GBM - Staff Complaints
7.2.4 - Consider New Policy GBMA - Whistleblower
7.2.5 - Consider Revised Policy GCDA/GDDA - Criminal Records Checks/Fingerprinting

The board packet for this meeting is available on the Centennial School District website (www.csd28j.org) and may be found under the 'School Board' tab of the website.
Health advisory for water contact at Nye Beach lifted September 9
Oregon Health Authority - 09/09/16 4:07 PM
September 9, 2016

Testing shows fecal bacteria levels have subsided

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) today lifted a public health advisory for contact with marine water at Nye Beach, located in Lincoln County. OHA issued the advisory August 31 after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.

Results from later samples taken by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) showed contamination had subsided and the water no longer poses a higher-than-normal risk associated with water contact activities. However, officials recommend staying out of large pools on the beach that are frequented by birds, and runoff from those pools, because the water may contain increased bacteria from fecal matter.

State officials continue to encourage other recreational activities at all Oregon beaches, suggesting only that water contact be avoided when advisories are in effect.

Since 2003 state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state agencies participating in this program are OHA, DEQ and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0400, or call OHA toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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Not Too Late to Join Evergreen Habitat for Humanity at Annual 'Raising the Roof' Benefit Breakfast
Evergreen Habitat for Humanity - 09/09/16 3:48 PM
What: 'Raising the Roof' Benefit Breakfast
When: September 20th, 2015 at 7:30 am
Where: Hilton, 301 W 6th St Vancouver, WA

Evergreen Habitat for Humanity's Annual 'Raising the Roof' benefit breakfast, which has helped to fund the dreams of homeownership for families in Clark County for the last 12 years, is almost here and it's not too late to join us.

Help Habitat build hope by joining them at their most inspirational event of the year. Help spread the mission of Habitat and 'Raise the Roof' on homes for families in need of stable and affordable housing. The complimentary benefit breakfast will be held at the Hilton of Vancouver on Tuesday, September 20th at 7:30 am. This hour long program is your chance to hear what Habitat will be working on in the upcoming year and hear directly from families on how Habitat's program has changed their lives.

Jim Mains and Gary Bock will be emceeing the event with Clive Rainey, Habitat for Humanity International's first ever volunteer, as the keynote speaker. Rainey served as the First Africa Director of Habitat and is now retired in Guatemala where he still actively builds with the organization. He continues to travel the world to speak on behalf of Habitat and affordable housing. This is an opportunity you won't want to miss.

Habitat will also be honoring their award recipients. This year, the Ray Johnson Award will go to Dennis Ziesemer. Dennis held a variety of positions in design including Electrical CADD Draftsman, Project Architect, and Civil Draftsman, before becoming the owner of DZ Design. Dennis and his wife Sherri were selected for our homeownership program in 2011. After the Ziesemer family moved into their home, Dennis worked alongside our construction team to design and build homes for future Habitat families. Dennis was instrumental in making the dream of homeownership a reality for other local families.

The Volunteer of the Year Award will go to Lloyd Viles. Lloyd worked as the General Sales Manager for Applied Industrial Technologies when he retired in 2006. Lloyd started his volunteer career in 2007 and in 2008, a neighbor convinced him to volunteer for a Habitat build. He quickly found he enjoyed building and started volunteering regularly for Habitat. Lloyd volunteers on site two days a week and enjoys building and working with a great group of volunteers and future Habitat homeowners.

This year Habitat will be honoring two Community Partners of the Year. These awards will go to Charter Communications and Robertson Engineering, PC. Charter Communications is a proud business partner of Evergreen Habitat. The company works hard to promote a strong culture of service and volunteerism among staff. Dozens of Charter employees have volunteered over the last three years at Habitat's Store, our construction site and they even sponsored A Brush With Kindness repair project. Robertson Engineering, PC specializes in providing professional consulting services related to public infrastructure and site development projects in Southwest Washington. Chris Robertson and his team have been instrumental in designing McKibbin Commons and getting the site ready for home construction. Habitat is proud to work with both of these amazing community partners and looks forward to their continued support.

Help Habitat celebrate the amazing work our community has done this past year and join them at their annual Raising the Roof benefit breakfast.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Amy Lodholz at 360-737-1759 X 208 or email amy@ehfh.org.

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Salem Police Investigating Fatal Shooting-UPDATE
Salem Police Dept. - 09/09/16 3:44 PM
UPDATE: 09-09-16/3:40 pm

The victim in this incident has now been identified and next of kin notified. The victim is 30-year old Manuel Zavala of Salem.

There are no further details to release at this time. All further media information on this case will be through the Polk County District Attorney's Office.

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UPDATE: 09-07-16/1:40 pm

Salem Police detectives have arrested a suspect in this morning's fatal shooting in west Salem.

Salem Police Officers were dispatched to the area of Taybin Rd NW and Calico St NW at about 3:27am this morning on reports of shots fired in the area. As officers were responding, the dispatch center received a call from a subject indicating that he had just shot someone at that location.

Officers arrived at the scene and encountered 32-year old Christopher Edward Gerberding and immediately detained him. Laying on the ground near Gerberding was a male adult who was deceased.

The investigation has shown that there was an altercation between Gerberding and the deceased victim at which point Gerberding shot and killed the victim. The victim has not yet been identified and an autopsy is pending.

Gerberding has been arrested on charges of Manslaughter in the First Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon and will be transported to the Polk County Jail. He will be arraigned on September 8.

The identity of the victim will be released upon positive identification and notification of next of kin.

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Salem Police Detectives are currently investigating a fatal shooting that occurred overnight near the intersection of Taybin Rd NW and Calico St NW.

One victim is deceased and another person was detained at the scene and is being interviewed by detectives.

No further information is being released at this time. Further information will follow as it becomes available.
Four horses and two mules died when struck by a commerical motor vehicle in Sherman County
Oregon State Police - 09/09/16 3:00 PM
On Friday, September 09, 2016, at approximately 4:35 AM, Oregon State Troopers responded to a Commercial Motor Vehicle Crash (CMV) on US-97 near milepost 25. (four miles north of Grass Valley in Sherman County). The CMV tractor/trailer combination collided with four horses and two mules which were killed as a result of the crash.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2012 Peterbelt was loaded with potatoes and traveling southbound when it collided with six animals which were in the middle of the highway. The driver of the CMV, Mr. Kory Kock, age 33, from Grass Valley, Oregon, was not injured. The tractor sustained extensive front end damage. The trailer was not damaged.

The owners were notified. The highway was temporarily blocked while the horses were recovered. At 7:24 AM, ODOT reported all animals were removed and all lanes were opened. The animals were pastured east of the highway. They had to walk several miles to get to the highway. It is unknown how they got out of the pasture. This portion of the highway is not considered open range. There was no enforcement action taken on the CMV driver or the owners of the animals.

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City of Beaverton Hosts Fall Artist Workshops (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 09/09/16 2:52 PM
The City of Beaverton will host a series of artist workshops this fall, from taxes and bookkeeping to social media marketing and networking. Instructor Jeffrey Howard (pictured) will lead the classes. (Photo/Jeffrey Howard)
The City of Beaverton will host a series of artist workshops this fall, from taxes and bookkeeping to social media marketing and networking. Instructor Jeffrey Howard (pictured) will lead the classes. (Photo/Jeffrey Howard)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The City of Beaverton's Arts Program is hosting artist workshops this fall presented by Jeffrey Howard at several Beaverton locations. This program is funded by the city of Beaverton and Oregon Community Foundation. All workshops take place from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Howard helps artists manage their businesses and find ways to sell their work. In these workshops, Howard will help artists learn bookkeeping and tax filing, marketing skills, and how to network effectively.

All workshops are free and open to the public. Please RSVP to any of these workshops by emailing artsmail@BeavertonOregon.gov with the workshop title in the subject line.

Bookkeeping/Taxes
Monday, Sep. 19, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Beaverton City Library, Meeting Room B, 12375 SW Fifth St.
Learn how to have fun managing money and preparing taxes. Artists will also learn how to set goals for future income and expenses, analyze and adjust financial levers, and create a fun and effective way to keep track of money.

MARKETING SERIES
Email Marketing
Monday, Sep. 26, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Beaverton City Library, Meeting Room A, 12375 SW Fifth St.
Learn how to build an effective email marketing strategy. Artists will investigate what works in email marketing and what does not while creating their very first email campaign in MailChimp.

Networking
Monday, Oct. 3, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
The Beaverton Building, Council Chambers, 12725 SW Millikan Way
Learn how to connect with people who can assist in achieving goals and building friendships at the same time. Artists will get to create a strategy for finding these people, and attracting and engaging them all while having a great time doing it.

Building a Contact List
Monday, Oct. 10, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW Fifth St. #100
Learn how to have fun managing contacts. Artists will learn different tactics for collecting new fans, examine different tools for managing them, and making real connections with people along the way.

Social Media Marketing
Monday, Oct 24, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Beaverton City Library, Meeting Room B, 12375 SW Fifth St.
Learn the value of social media to art and how to use it to your advantage. Artists will learn how to write part of a marketing plan around a social media marketing campaign.

Benefit Partner Marketing
Monday, Nov. 7, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Beaverton Activities Center, 12500 SW Allen Blvd.
Learn how to partner with local organizations to achieve social and philanthropic goals while growing business. Artists will leave with a plan and the tools to begin engaging the community.

Marketing Plan 101
Monday, Nov. 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW Fifth St. #100
This is the culmination of the marketing series. Artists will leave with a real marketing plan in hand and concrete steps that can be taken to begin building an art business and achieving goals.

For more information, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/ArtistWorkshops.

ABOUT JEFFREY HOWARD
Since 2000 Jeffrey Howard has been helping artists manage their businesses and find ways to sell their work. His goal is to help artists get the tools they need to succeed and live the life they dream of. He teaches artists how to manage their finances and plan for the success of their businesses, and creates opportunities for artists to show their work in coffee shops, bars, restaurants and other high traffic businesses. He puts artists' work in front of curators at galleries and museums and helps artists manage their brands in order to capitalize on their successes. For more information, visit www.Facebook.com/jeffreythoward.1745.

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

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Traffic Division, Union Pacific Railroad Issue Several Citations during Safety Mission in CEID (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/09/16 2:39 PM
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On Thursday evening, Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division officers, in partnership with the Union Pacific Railroad Police Department, conducted a joint traffic safety mission in the Central Eastside Industrial District (CEID), specific to railroad crossings.

The effort came about due to complaints from the railroad about drivers, pedestrians and bicycle riders not stopping for railroad crossing arms as well as pedestrians crossing over and under slow-moving rail traffic.

During the enforcement and awareness mission, officers focused on the area from Southeast Stark to Clinton Streets, Water to 12th Avenues.

Officers issued 10 citations for 17 different violations and issued 12 written warnings for 13 different violations. Four citations and four written warnings were specific to railroad crossing disobedience.

To learn more about railroad safety, please visit https://www.up.com/aboutup/community/safety/

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

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

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30 Citations, 27 Warnings Issued during a #VisionZero Traffic Safety Mission (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/09/16 2:31 PM
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The Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division conducted a Vision Zero traffic safety mission on Thursday evening along 82nd Avenue, from Southeast Division Street to the I-84 crossing.

From approximately 8:15 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., officers conducted high-visibility enforcement and education stops.

In total, 30 traffic citations were issued for 33 different traffic charges. 27 written warnings were also issued by officers conducting the mission. Additionally, one person was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) and Reckless Driving.

The Traffic Division was assisted by officers from East Precinct and Central Precinct. North Precinct officers were tied up on a tactical incident on Northeast Fremont Street.

This mission was conducted in an effort to address the high number of traffic crashes this year resulting in serious physical injuries or death. So far this year, 31 people have died in traffic-related crashes.

The Traffic Division and Precinct operations will be conducting future enforcement missions as staffing allows.

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

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

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BLM Announces Recipients of 2016 Rangeland Stewardship Awards
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 09/09/16 2:24 PM
Boise, Idaho -- The Bureau of Land Management today announced its Rangeland Stewardship Awards for 2016, given in recognition of the recipients' dedication to the health and productivity of public rangelands under BLM management.
"These awards honor excellence in management practices that benefit America's public rangelands," said BLM Deputy Director Steve Ellis in a statement issued from Washington, D.C. "Today the BLM proudly commends these public land stewards for their commitment to protecting rangeland resources for current and future generations."
The presentation of the four awards took place at the annual fall meeting of the rancher-based Public Lands Council. The awards were presented by Joe Tague, Chief of the BLM's Division for Forest, Rangeland, Riparian, and Plant Conservation.

The Rangeland Stewardship-Permittee Award went to the Mori Ranch in Tuscarora, Nevada, a family-owned operation with a BLM grazing permit that has demonstrated excellence in promoting native plant communities on the Mori allotment. The ranch's management, using a deferred rotation grazing system, has maintained perennial grass and shrub vegetation communities, minimizing cheatgrass invasion and production throughout the allotment, even in areas that have experienced recent fires.

The Rangeland Stewardship-Collaborative Planning Team Award went to the Shoesole Resource Management Group in Elko, Nevada, consisting of Federal and state agencies, organizations, and individuals, that has advised three Elko County family ranching operations on successful resource management practices for the past 20 years. The family operations are the Smith family's Cottonwood Ranch, the Boies family's ranch on the nearby Hubbard Vineyard allotment, and the Uhart family, which owns a ranching operation between the Cottonwood and Hubbard Vineyard allotments.

The Sage-Grouse Habitat Stewardship-Collaborative Group Award went to the West Box Elder County (Utah) Coordinated Resource Management Group, which the BLM commended as an ideal example of a community-based land stewardship organization that is committed, engaged, and active across land ownership boundaries.

The Sage-Grouse Habitat Stewardship-Permittee Award went to the Drewsey Ranch in Burns, Oregon, which the BLM honored for the operation's commitment to reducing invasive, wildfire-feeding annual grasses and improving sage-grouse habitat.

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


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Fort Vancouver National Historic Site to Host Author and Pilot Amber Smith
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 09/09/16 1:13 PM
The National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, in partnership with the non-profit organization Friends of Fort Vancouver, is pleased to announce a book signing and lecture by Amber Smith, author of the recently-released book "Danger Close: My Epic Journey as a Combat Helicopter Pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan" on Friday, September 16, 2016, at 7 pm. This free, public event will take place at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center.

Smith served in the United States Army as an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter pilot-in-command and air mission commander in the 101st Airborne Division. She is a combat veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Smith will sign copies of her book, which will be available for sale in the Visitor Center Bookstore, and will deliver a talk about her combat service.

"When I got to my unit in 2004," she said, "women were very rare in the Kiowa Warrior community. I worked very hard to do my job and contribute to the mission. As soon as they realized that, I was part of the team." She added, "The Kiowa Warrior is an incredibly effective tool on the battlefield, especially in the two theaters of war. It's important that the American people hear the perspective of people who have been on the operational side of national security."

Smith comes from a long line of military service and both of her parents are pilots. Her two sisters are also pilots in the military forces.

The family's keen interest in Pearson Air Museum led them to contact Acting Chief Ranger Bob Cromwell regarding showcasing Smith's book at the national park. "We are thrilled to be hosting this book signing, and highlighting modern Army aviation on today's battlefields. It connects with the legacy of some of the earliest roots of Army Air Corps aviation at Pearson Field," said Cromwell.

The book was released on September 6, 2016 by Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

What: Book signing and lecture by Amber Smith, author of "Danger Close: My Epic Journey as a Combat Helicopter Pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan."

Where: Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 East Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98661

When: Friday, September 16, 2016, at 7 pm

Cost: Free
Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet September 16 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 09/09/16 1:10 PM
September 9, 2016

Contact: Jennifer Uhlman, 503-739-5267, jennifer.m.uhlman@state.or.us (meeting information or accommodations)

What: The regular public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Metrics and Scoring Committee

When: Friday, September 16, 9 a.m. to noon. Public testimony will be heard at 9:45 a.m.

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 210, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville

The public also can join through a listen-only conference line at 1-888-204-5984, participant code 1277-166.

Agenda: Welcome and consent agenda; updates; select 2017 Challenge Pool; public testimony; introduction to kindergarten readiness; introduction to medication therapy management measures; effective contraceptive use.

For more information, please visit the committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/analytics/Pages/Metrics-Scoring-Committee.aspx.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility or other reasonable accommodations, call the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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20 Oregon arts organizations receive arts learning grants (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 09/09/16 12:42 PM
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A total of 20 Oregon arts organizations have received $192,938 in FY 2017 Oregon Arts Commission Arts Learning grants to support arts education projects across the state. The grants range from $4,357 to $14,918.

"We are delighted by the creativity and collaboration behind this year's applications, and are confident that the education of thousands of students around the state will be enriched as a result," said Arts Commission Chair Libby Unthank Tower, who chaired the review panel. "The variety of grant projects demonstrates the capacity in which art can help students learn."

Arts Learning grants are designed to: support projects that expand opportunities for K-12 students to learn in and through the arts by filling a critical gap or expanding opportunities for learners; encourage teachers and administrators to build knowledge about the arts through relationships with teaching artists and arts organizations; and include a plan for measuring new achievements, skills or attitudes of participants.

Grant applications are evaluated based on project quality and scope, project preparation and evaluation of student learning.

Editor's note: Although grant recipients are listed with their organizations' base location, the population they reach is often outside of their immediate community -- often in rural and underserved parts of the state.

Organizations receiving 2017 Arts Learning grants, and their project descriptions, are:

Architecture Foundation of Oregon, Portland: $7,870
Architects in Schools: To support a curriculum-based, six-week architecture design residency program for 3rd through 5th grade Oregon classrooms.

Arts in Education of the Gorge, Hood River: $7,001
Story Baskets: To support an integrated arts residency using basket weaving and storytelling to improve student skills in art, math and literacy.

Caldera, Portland: $14,918
The Geography of We - How Fire Sparks, Ignites and Transforms: To support a year-long arts mentoring project serving 430 underserved youth.

Fishtrap, Inc, Enterprise: $4,880
Various Writing Programs: To support Fishtrap's continuum of writing instruction for youth in Wallowa County.

Know Your City, Portland: $6,146
Youth Print PDX: To support the expansion of the 13-week arts and civics curriculum into two schools to serve 240 diverse youth in Multnomah County.

Lane Arts Council, Eugene: $11,360
Arts Apprenticeships: To support intensive, hands-on apprenticeships for low-income middle and high school students in Springfield.

Literary Arts, Portland: $14,282
Writers in the Schools: To support up to 45 semester-long creative writing workshops at 11 Multnomah County high schools.

Miracle Theatre Group, Portland: $4,357
Healthy Relationships Workshops: To support three days of workshops for students at Woodburn Arts and Communications Academy with a performance of "Broken Promises."

Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland: $13,478
Oregon Ballet Theatre L.A.B.: To support expanded dance residencies at three outlying, Title 1 schools in the Centennial, Reynolds and Beaverton school districts.

Oregon BRAVO Youth Orchestras, Portland: $14,773
BRAVO Youth Programs: To support intensive daily orchestral music education in rigorous after-school programs for more than 100 students at three schools with high poverty rates in Portland.

Oregon Children's Theatre, Portland: $6,639
Loud & Clear and Read, Write, Act: To support K-8th grade in-school residencies that use the power of theater to advance arts education and support classroom learning.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland: $12,009
School Visit Partnerships: To support Oregon Shakespeare Festival's School Visit Partnerships with Oregon schools, an expansion and enhancement of the company's School Visit Program.

Oregon Symphony Association, Portland: $12,427
Link Up National Concerts: To support two interactive, educational Link Up National Concerts in 2017, serving 5,400 3rd-5th graders from nearly 20 Oregon elementary schools.

Portland Art Museum, Portland: $9,688
Student Programs Expansion: To support the expansion of K-12 student programs, focused outreach and school tours for 16,000 students in the greater Portland region.

Portland Opera Association, Inc., Portland: $6,369
Portland Opera to Go: To support an educational tour bringing live opera performances to up to 15,000 students in K-12 schools around the state.

Portland Playhouse, Portland: $9,688
Fall Festival of Shakespeare: To expand the 10-week after-school theater education program to serve 10 Portland-area schools in the fall of 2016.

Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland: $14,396
Right Brain Initiative: To support arts integrated educational experiences for nearly 27,500 K-8 students and 1,300 educators in the Portland-metro tri-county area.

Ross Ragland Theater, Klamath Falls: $8,146
Youth StARTS: To support more than 3,000 hours of performing arts in-classroom instruction in Klamath County elementary schools.

Stories Alive, Ashland: $10,116
The Story Machine Program: To support 200 hours of literacy instruction and professional performances of original student work in nine Southern Oregon elementary schools.

The Arts Center, Corvallis: $4,395
Microbiomes - To See the Unseen: To support 220 students from five elementary schools in the creation and exhibition of collaborative artwork examining microbes and microbiomes.
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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon.
The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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Salvation Army Sets Sail in Portland Today
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 09/09/16 12:41 PM
(Portland, OR) September 9 , 2016 - Today at 4 p.m., The Salvation Army partners with Willamette Sailing Club on Macadam Blvd., to teach kids leadership, working as a team, and how to overcome their fears by learning to sail.

About 20 kids will participate in the first of 11 Friday afternoon sailing lessons.

Major Ken Perine with The Salvation Army Portland Tabernacle heads up the annual event designed to inspire leadership and teamwork in kids aged eight to 17.

"Sailing is like a ballet -- the crew needs to work together to keep the sails full of wind, the bow pointed in the right direction and the lines tight," said Major Perine. "We're teaching essential team building skills in a unique format that they otherwise would never have access to."

The Salvation Army provides dozens of programs for youth throughout the city including afterschool music programs, summer camp -- even midnight basketball.

"Most people see the red kettles and bell ringers at Christmas but don't realize just how many great programs they are funding with their spare change," said Major Perine. "We are constantly striving to find new ways to engage kids that may not otherwise have this kind of opportunity."

Media is welcome at Willamette Sailing Club at 6336 SW Beaver Ave, Portland, OR 97239, Friday, September 9 at 4:00 p.m.

HD Footage recorded at during last year's sailing program is available for use with this story at http://tinyurl.com/jd47nw9

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

Friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyPortland
Woodburn to honor Hispanic Heritage Month with Community Celebration
City of Woodburn - 09/09/16 11:57 AM
On Saturday, Sept. 17 the City of Woodburn is hosting a community celebration to honor Hispanic Heritage Month and Independence with its first annual Woodburn Community Celebration.

The Woodburn Community Celebration event will be located in the Plaza in Downtown Woodburn from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will feature a wide range of entertainment, food, vendors, games, prizes, kid zone and from 5-6 p.m., a ceremony to commemorate El Grito.

This event is significant to the Latino community and represents the inclusivity and diversity the City of Woodburn embraces and promotes to families, visitors, businesses and friends.

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The day of Sept. 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is Oct. 12, falls within this 30-day period.

If you are interested in more information about the Woodburn Community Celebration, please feel free to call Woodburn Economic Development Director Jamie Johnk at 503-980-6319 or via email at jamie.johnk@ci.woodburn.or.us.
Happy Canyon Pageant and Wild West Show designated an Oregon Heritage Tradition (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/09/16 11:54 AM
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Happy Canyon Pageant and Wild West Show, a community cultural event accompanying the Pendleton Round-Up, marks its 100th year with an Oregon Heritage Tradition designation by the Oregon Heritage Commission.

Other Oregon Heritage Traditions include the Oregon State Fair, the Pendleton Round-Up, the Klamath Basin Potato Festival and the Linn County Pioneer Picnic.

The pageant takes place September 14 through 17 in Pendleton. A banner will presented Friday evening before the show.

"The designation recognizes those traditions that have helped define the state," said Eric Martin, the commission's chair. "This event truly celebrates what is local heritage in Oregon."

This event began as a way to entertain Pendleton Round-Up fans in the evening. It started as just a wild-west show, but in 1916 the show was scripted to include the Tribal portion. The founders portrayed the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla cultures for all the world to see. This show was a distinct opportunity to demonstrate for the non?Indian audience a way of life they couldn't learn about anywhere else??with local Tribal people presenting their own culture and history.

The show continues to share the local history and culture with thousands in its performances and through participation in community events throughout the year.

"To receive this designation is such an honor for Happy Canyon." said Happy Canyon President JJ Spriet. "We have to thank the visionaries, Roy Raley and Anna Minthorn Wannassay, who wrote our show, and the thousands of volunteers who have made it happen since 1916." Spriet said.
An Oregon Heritage Tradition must have been in continuous operation for more than 50 years, demonstrate a public profile and reputation that distinguishes it from more routine events, and add to the livability and identity of the state. A list of Tradition designations is available at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/pages/oht.aspx .

The Oregon Heritage Commission coordinates efforts to solve statewide heritage issues through grants, education, and advocacy, and also promotes heritage tourism efforts. ###


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City Council Approves Zone Change for Villebois Village Center Area
City of Wilsonville - 09/09/16 11:48 AM
WILSONVILLE, OR -- On September 8, 2016, the City Council held a second reading and approved an ordinance for a Zone Map amendment of a 3.2-acre site located in the Villebois Village Center west of Villebois Drive North, south of the future Paris Avenue to allow the parcel to be developed as 82 condominiums and 10 row houses along with associated streets, alleys, and open space. The Council action changed the parcel's zoning from Public Facility to the Village Zone. The proposal was previously approved by Development Review Board (DRB) Panel B on July 25, and by City Council during first reading of the ordinance on August 15.

The City Council continued until the date certain of October 17 the second reading of a proposed ordinance to adopt the Coffee Creek Urban Renewal Plan. Mayor Tim Knapp indicated that the City Council would wait to act until prior approval by Washington County Board of Commissioners.

On the Consent Agenda the Council adopted a resolution that approves the City's participant as one of several concurring parties to an intergovernmental agreement between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and state and federal historic preservation agencies relating to closure and potential reopening of the Willamette Falls Locks in West Linn.

The City Council also continued a conversation started previously in work session with Community Development Director Nancy Kraushaar, PE, regarding options for dealing with truck traffic in East Wilsonville.

During work session prior to the meeting, City Council heard reports and discussed planning and development fees as a component of the Community Development Fund, as well as potential time, place and manner restrictions on the locations for sale or producing marijuana products should Wilsonville voters disapprove Ballot Measure 3-486 that "Prohibits Certain Marijuana Facilities" in the city. Council also began a discussion of options for dealing with truck traffic in East Wilsonville.

Community members are able to watch a replay of all or a portion of the City Council meetings on Comcast/Xfinity Ch. 30, Frontier Ch. 32 or on the City's video-on-demand service at www.ci.wilsonville.or.us/WilsonvilleTV.

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Info to request 911 recordings from BOEC
Portland/Mult Co 9-1-1 - 09/09/16 11:41 AM
Greetings media --
A heads up on the GovQA process to request 911 calls from BOEC's perspective. When you make a request for a recording / record of a call, we have to get permission from the investigating agency. If we don't get permission to release, we will let you know and then the request is closed out -- there is no pending queue for it. In the case of the intruder shooting, I received a request yesterday to release a copy of the tape. PPB approved, so it was released to the requestor yesterday. Today, I have received several emails from several outlets indicating they had made an original request in June and wondering why they did not get the recording. If you know a case has closed and believe the records could be open, and you want to re-request for a copy of a tape after some time has gone by, you will need to submit the request again via GovQA.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
City Holds Workshop on Proposed Boones Ferry Road to Brown Road Connector Roadway
City of Wilsonville - 09/09/16 11:39 AM
WILSONVILLE, OR -- The City of Wilsonville is holding a public workshop on the proposed Boones Ferry Road to Brown Road connector roadway on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 5:00--6:30 p.m., at Wilsonville City Hall, 29799 SW Town Center Loop East.

The workshop is focused on reviewing issues around current/proposed land-uses, wetlands and riparian areas, and other matters to help determine a preferred alignment for a new east-west corridor connection. This connector link between Boones Ferry Road in Old Town to Brown Road in West Wilsonville is part of long-standing plans to increase connectivity between neighborhoods and business as the community grows and develops, as well as providing access and utility service to undeveloped properties in the area. The study also recognizes the need to maintain existing freight access to industrial firms in the area, as well as to create a safe travel route for all modes of transportation. Once built, this connector will help alleviate motor-vehicle congestion on Wilsonville Road between Boones Ferry Road and Brown Road, improve pedestrian and bicyclist routes, and minimize environmental impacts while supporting the local economy and businesses by filling a gap within the roadway network.

Also an online survey has been set up at www.BoonesFerryToBrownRoad.org to receive both citizen and business feedback and comments. To learn more about workshop and the proposed roadway, go online to www.BoonesFerryToBrownRoad.org, or contact Steve Adams, Development Engineering Manager, at 503-570-1566; adams@ci.wilsonville.or.us.
City seeks applicant for Planning Commission position
City of Vancouver - 09/09/16 11:32 AM
Contact: Alexis Bafus, City Manager's Office, 415 W 6th St., P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995; 360.487.8607; alexis.bafus@cityofvancouver.us

The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill one (1) vacancy on the Planning Commission. The seven-member Planning Commission serves as a volunteer citizen advisory body and makes recommendations to the City Council on the comprehensive plan, sub-area plans, zoning and other land use matters.

The Vancouver Planning Commission reflects a broad range of neighborhoods, professional and community experience and perspectives and seeks to be representative of the cultural diversity of the Vancouver community. The Commission is seeking candidates with interest and experience in community planning, urban design or housing development, and who are active in business, neighborhood or community affairs.

Participation in the Planning Commission requires a significant time commitment, of approximately 15 hours per month. This includes regular attendance at monthly meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Meetings are held at City Hall at 4:00 p.m. Attendance at other sub-committee or City Council meetings may be required. Commissioners prepare for meetings by reviewing a variety of maps and technical information and making site visits.

Completed applications must be received by the City Manager's Office by 11:59 p.m., Friday, September 30, 2016.

Applicants may apply on-line at: http://www.cityofvancouver.us/boards.
WSU Vancouver's Business Growth MAP Alliance hosts forum on keys to growing your business
WSU Vancouver - 09/09/16 11:09 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Learn the key to growing your business and achieving success at Washington State University Vancouver's next Business Growth MAP Alliance forum. It will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Sept. 21 at the Pacific Continental Bank Community Room, 101 E. Sixth St., Vancouver.

Max Ault, director of business growth and development at the Columbia River Economic Development Council, will discuss how a business' growth depends less on procedures and calculations, and more on the owner's openness to change and flexibility.

The forum is open to all. Register online at business.vancouver.wsu.edu/bgmap and click the link under "Upcoming events." Cost is $10 per person in advance or $15 per person at the door.

The Business Growth MAP Alliance brings together small businesses and entrepreneurs to learn from each other, industry experts and WSU Vancouver faculty.

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

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Liberty Street NE Reopening Delayed
City of Salem - 09/09/16 10:53 AM
The reopening of Liberty Street NE at Broadway Street NE originally scheduled for September 2, 2016, has been delayed until Tuesday, September 13, in order to complete traffic signal installation and testing.
Oregon National Guard's 2-218th Field Artillery to hold change of command ceremony with Howitzer salute, Sept. 10 (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 09/09/16 10:50 AM
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The Oregon Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery Regiment is scheduled to conduct a 21-gun Howitzer salute in honor of the change of command ceremony for outgoing commander Lt. Col. Maurice Marshall, who is passing command of the unit to Maj. Jason Marshall.

The ceremony will take place Sept. 10, at 10:00 a.m., at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon. The Howitzer salute is schedule for approximately 10:15 a.m.

The 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, also known as the "Portland Light Artillery", was formed in Portland, Oregon, on February 3, 1866, and consists of Headquarters Battery (located in Forest Grove, Oregon); A-Battery (in Portland, Oregon); B-Battery (in McMinnville, Oregon) and G-Forward Support Company (in Forest Grove, Oregon). All Forest Grove units are currently operating out of the Jackson Armory in Portland while renovations are completed.

Units from the 2-218th Field Artillery have deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Noble Eagle in Iraq, as well as a state deployment for Hurricane Katrina & Rita relief operations in New Orleans. They have also performed Howitzer salutes for various events throughout the state including the playing of the 1812 Overture with the Oregon Symphony every year. The 2-218th shares a common mission with the Washington National Guard's 2-146th Field Artillery, often training together to insure battalion readiness.

For questions please contact Maj. Stephen Bomar at 503-990-9508, or via e-mail at Stephen.S.Bomar.mil@mail.mil

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090513-A-5706H-003: Oregon National Guard Soldiers with "The Governor's Own" Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery Regiment, fire a cannon salute to commemorate Armed Forces Day at the Capitol Mall in Salem, Oregon, May 13, 2009. (U.S. Army photo taken from video filmed by Staff Sgt. Kevin Hartman, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office)


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Hockinson School District Board of Directors Regular Meeting
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 09/09/16 10:13 AM
The Hockinson School District will hold a Regular Board of Directors Meeting on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. It will be held in the Middle School library located at 15916 NE 182nd Ave.; Brush Prairie, WA 98606.
man critically injured in Forest Grove crash (Photo)
Forest Grove Police - 09/09/16 10:08 AM
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Just after 6:00 am this date, emergency crews responded to a crash at the intersection of Hwy 47 and Maple Street in Forest Grove. A 28 y/o man driving a Honda Civic sustained life threatening injuries after attempting to cross Hwy 47 from Maple Street onto Fernhill Road and struck by a Tacoma pick-up southbound on Hwy 47. He was transported to a Portland trauma center. A passenger in the Honda Civic also sustained serious injuries and was transported to a Portland hospital.

The man driving the pick-up received minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital. A passenger in the pick-up was not injured.

Hwy 47 was closed until 8:30 am. Many of the morning school bus routes were delayed with Hwy 47 and Maple Street being the main access for nearby Mid-Columbia Company.

The crash is still under investigation.


Attached Media Files: Hwy 47 crash
370 students receive backpacks filled with school supplies donated by Salem Health Medical Clinics (Photo)
Salem Health - 09/09/16 9:31 AM
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For the third consecutive year, Salem Health Medical Clinics (formerly Willamette Health Partners) reached out to several elementary schools in Marion and Polk Counties and ask for their school supply lists for each grade. The annual effort focuses on kids and families who are struggling financially. These donations help them concentrate on learning.

"We set a goal to collect 200 backpacks this year," said Ralph Yates, DO, chief medical officer with Salem Health. "Our staff blew away that goal by donating 370 backpacks loaded with school supplies! We are honored to work with such caring and generous people."

The wave of backpacks nearly filled up the administrative office's waiting area. Soon afterward, staffers delivered the backpacks to the various area schools. Counselors and community liaisons gave them to students in need as they registered for school and at back-to-school nights.

Salem Health -- an OHSU Partner -- offers exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. It is comprised of hospitals in Salem and Dallas, a medical group of primary and specialty care providers, plus other affiliated services. For the second consecutive year, the hospital in Salem received the prestigious 2016 Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals, placing it among the nation's highest performing hospitals. Visit us at www.salemhealth.org; "Like" us on www.facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at www.youtube.com/salemhealth.


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Corps seeks comments on Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon permit application.
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 09/09/16 9:03 AM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by Noyes Development Co. to conduct work in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon. Public Notice NWP-2016-410 is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/
Driver crashes through barricades at Newport High School (Photo)
Newport Police Dept. - 09/09/16 9:01 AM
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On 09/08/2016 at about 12:45 p.m., Newport Police Department School Resource Officer Watson was standing in the area of NE Eads St and NE 4th St. He observed a blue 2000 Daewoo, 4-door sedan, traveling southbound on NE Eads St. The vehicle was observed to be traveling at a high rate of speed through the school zone, and was not braking for the approaching intersection. Officer Watson pulled a school district employee away from the roadway as the vehicle approached. The vehicle crashed through the barricades on NE Eads St, between the Newport High School main and west campuses. The vehicle continued southbound as multiple pedestrians were nearly struck. Officer Watson ran to his patrol vehicle, and attempted to pursue the subject. Due to the high rate of speed and debris, Officer Watson was unable to overtake the subject prior to the vehicle completely fleeing the area.

Newport High School entered a "Code Yellow" as Newport Police Officers established a perimeter and began to conduct an investigation. The suspect was identified as Alexis "David" Yanez Gomez, age 18 of Newport. He is currently enrolled as a Senior at Newport High School.

At approximately 2:35 p.m., Yanez Gomez turned himself in at the Newport Police Department. Yanez Gomez was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail and charged with Reckless Endangering; Reckless Driving; Hit and Run Vehicle-Property, and Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree. His bail was set at $60,000. Impairment is not considered to be a contributing factor to the crash.


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Corps seeks comments on Bandon, Coos County, Oregon permit application
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 09/09/16 8:58 AM
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by Ms. Gina Dearth to conduct work in Coos County, Oregon. Public Notice NWP-2016-112 is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/
UPDATE #3 - SERT/CNT Responding to Assist US Marshals on Barricaded, Possibly Armed Suspect (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/09/16 8:56 AM
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The suspect, 48-year-old Tony Lamont Brown, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail early this morning on charges of Attempted Murder/Domestic Violence, Robbery in the First Degree, Burglary in the First Degree/Domestic Violence (two counts), Menacing/Domestic Violence, and Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon.

Brown will be arraigned in Multnomah County Court today.

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At approximately 10:00 p.m., the suspect in this incident was taken into custody by SERT officers inside the home.

SERT used an explosive breach to open a door to the home and ultimately deployed multiple gas rounds into the home to get the suspect to surrender. After several hours, the suspect did not surrender, and SERT officers entered the home and were able to take him into custody.

The suspect will be turned over to detectives and eventually booked into the Multnomah County Jail on numerous charges.

His name and charges will be released on Friday morning.

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The suspect in this incident is wanted for Attempted Murder, Robbery and additional charges in connection with a domestic violence investigation.

The suspect is in the victim's home but is believed to be alone in the residence.

Crisis negotiators are working to communicate with the suspect.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) are responding to assist the US Marshals Office in apprehending a barricaded, possibly armed person in a home in the 3400 block of Northeast 81st Avenue.

Northeast Fremont Street is closed between 82nd and 77th Avenues, including side street access.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

Media staging will be on Fremont, West of 77th Avenue.

The Public Information Officer (PIO) is responding to the scene.

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Monday, September 12, 2016 Working Session Meeting Agenda
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 09/09/16 8:48 AM
The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon, will convene in a Working Session Meeting on Monday, September 12, 2016 in the Boardroom at the Parkrose District Office located at 10636 NE Prescott St., Portland, Oregon at the hour of 6:30pm. The Board will review an introduction of policy and discuss: Possible Magnet School, Equity, Foundation Meetings, Book Study, Initiatives Endorsement and Legislative Assignments/Visits. The board will take action on Consent Agenda items and one Action Item. The agenda is posted on the Parkrose School District Website at https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1000205
Fort Vancouver National Trust receives $10,000 donation from the Price Foundation (Photo)
Fort Vancouver National Trust - 09/09/16 8:06 AM
Kay Dalke/Sheadel presents $10,000 gift from the Honorable Frank L. and Arlene G. Price Foundation to Fort Vancouver National Trust Board Chairperson, Steve Horenstein.
Kay Dalke/Sheadel presents $10,000 gift from the Honorable Frank L. and Arlene G. Price Foundation to Fort Vancouver National Trust Board Chairperson, Steve Horenstein.
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Vancouver, WA - A donation in the amount of $10,000 was presented to the Fort Vancouver National Trust during its Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, September 6. The gift was from the Honorable Frank L. and Arlene G. Price Foundation, and presented by Foundation Executive Director, Kay Dalke/Sheadel.

"The Trust's historic preservation work represents one of the three areas the Price Foundation supports," said Dalke/Sheadel. The Foundation serves nonprofits within Clark and Cowlitz counties.

Arlene Price grew up in Vancouver, and was a graduate of Vancouver High School in 1943. She later became an art teacher in Kelso, where she met her husband, Frank, who obtained his law degree after serving as a Naval officer in WWII. He was a superior court judge in Cowlitz County for several years. According to Arlene's sister and Vancouver resident, Joanne Galloway, Frank and Arlene believed in the importance of historic preservation, and Arlene always felt especially closely tied to Vancouver.

"We are extremely grateful for this donation," said Trust Board Chairperson, Steve Horenstein. "The legacy of Frank and Arlene Price will be reflected for generations to come in the historic properties the Trust preserves."

About Fort Vancouver National Trust:
The Fort Vancouver National Trust is a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire civic pride and economic vitality through education, preservation, and celebration of our community's history. For more information, visit fortvan.org or call 360-992-1800.


Attached Media Files: Kay Dalke/Sheadel presents $10,000 gift from the Honorable Frank L. and Arlene G. Price Foundation to Fort Vancouver National Trust Board Chairperson, Steve Horenstein.
Thu. 09/08/16
Camas Police Serve Drug Search Warrant
Camas Police Dept. - 09/08/16 7:39 PM
Camas, Wash. -- On 9-8-16 Camas Police, with assistance of the Clark County Sheriff's Office and Washougal Police Department, served a drug search warrant at 21811 NE 28th Street.

The Officers contacted and detained four adults who were on the property at the time the warrant was served, including 49 year-old Tina Currie, who lives at the residence.

Officers found quantities of Methamphetamine, Heroin (powder and tar varieties) and paper LSD tablets inside the residence. In addition, officers found items consistent with the distribution of illegal drugs.

Currie was arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail for 3 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver.

The other adults who were contacted were not charged for the drugs located in the residence.
Serious Injury Crash Involving Several Motorcycles on Highway 20 Milepost 136 - Harney County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/08/16 4:01 PM
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On September 7, 2016 at about 9:15 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 136 (four miles east of Burns).

Preliminary investigation revealed that seven motorcycles were travelling westbound when they encountered lumber debris in the roadway, just over the crest of a hill. A 2016 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Larry LAHR, age 59, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and a 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by William HUNT, age 58, and passenger Rose HUNT, age 56, of Earlville, Iowa, swerved to avoid the debris and collided. This caused both motorcycles to go down on the roadway resulting in minor injuries to the riders.

A 2016 Can Am Spyder motorcycle swerved to the left to avoid the debris and collision and came to a controlled stop beyond the south shoulder of the roadway. A 2011 Harley Davidson was able to avoid the debris and collision and came to a controlled stop beyond the north shoulder of the roadway. A 2001 Harley Davidson, operated by David MARR, age 64, of Floyd, Iowa, braked to avoid the collision and debris, causing the motorcycle to overturn. Two additional Harley Davidson motorcycles were able to avoid the debris and collisions and came to a controlled stop.

David MARR sustained critical injuries and was flown from Harney District Hospital by Airlink to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. Larry LAHR, William HUNT and Rose HUNT sustained minor injuries and were treated and released.

OSP was assisted by Harney County EMS, Burns Fire Department, Harney County Sheriff's Office and Oregon Department of Transportation.

For information on motorcycle safety, visit the Oregon Department of Transportation's motorcycle safety page at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/pages/motorcyclesafety.aspxFor information on


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Detectives conducting death investigation Hazel Dell (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/08/16 3:52 PM
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About 13:30 Hrs. today 09/08/2016 a passerby reported finding a dead body in the wooded area just north of NE 78th Street and east of NE 13th Avenue in Hazel Dell. This area is frequented by transient campers. Deputies located the body of a deceased adult person as described by the passerby. Detectives with the Major Crimes Unit were summoned and are conducting an investigation. No obvious cause of death was apparent. The remains were turned over to the Clark County Medical Examiner. The identity and gender of the deceased are unknown at this time. No further information will be released at this time.


Attached Media Files: area overview
Governor's Commission on Senior Services Executive Committee meets Thursday, September 22 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/08/16 3:49 PM
The Governor's Commission on Senior Services Executive Committee meets Thursday Sept. 22, 2016 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 165, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes: regular commission business; a period for public comment; the transition of new executive committee; discussion of the next full commission meeting on Dec. 8, 2016; an update on the Oregon Conference on Aging; an update on the joint legislative subcommittee with the Oregon Disabilities Commission; and new business.

People can also call into the meeting using the conference line: 888-363-4735; participant code: 3439085.

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

For questions about the meeting, please contact: Rebecca Arce, policy analyst: Rebecca.E.Arce@state.or.us.
RESULTS--Deputies Provide Enhanced Labor Day DUII and Traffic Safety Patrols
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/08/16 3:40 PM
September 8,2016--The Washington County Sheriff's Office arrested 78 impaired drivers from August 1 through September 6, 2016 at the end of the Labor Day Holiday period. Of those 78, at least 10 were impaired with drugs. Sheriff's Deputies also issued 22 Minor in Possession of Alcohol/Marijuana (MIP) violations.

Nine of these DUII arrests were made by Sheriff's Deputies working grant funded overtime provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

During this same time period, Sheriff's Deputies worked an ODOT sponsored "seat-belt enforcement. The results are as follows:

680 Total traffic stops that resulted in:
98 Seat-belt citations
15 Suspended driver citations and one criminal suspension arrest
275 Speeding violation citations
35 Insurance violation citations
67 Cell phone citations

The Washington County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with ODOT and NHTSA, will conduct enhanced high visibility DUII enforcement patrols throughout the entire month looking for impaired drivers. We encourage the public to enjoy their various celebrations responsibly.

If you're going to consume alcoholic beverages or recreational marijuana make sure to have a designated sober driver before the celebration begins. The Washington County Sheriff's Office reminds you to "drive sober or get pulled over."

The September DUII Safety Patrol results will be posted the beginning of October.

ORIGINAL RELEASE BELOW:

August 18, 2016--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies will provide extra patrols on Washington County roadways to enhance safety for the Labor Day holiday.

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

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

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

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

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


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Beaverton Hosts: League of Oregon Cities "City Hall Week"
City of Beaverton - 09/08/16 3:18 PM
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The City of Beaverton, in partnership with the League of Oregon Cities (LOC), will host a forum for state and local policy makers from the greater Portland metro area on Friday, Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. in The Beaverton Building, Council Chambers (12725 SW Millikan Way). Beaverton is one of 17 cities across Oregon to lead discussions with legislators and candidates on issues that support the economic vitality and stability of Oregon communities.

During the forum, city officials, state law makers and legislative candidates will share perspectives on property tax reform, restoring recreational immunity, transportation funding, and PERS reform.

"This is a great opportunity for us to visit with our elected peers and highlight our local issues prior to the 2017 legislative session," said Mayor Denny Doyle.

City Hall Week represents a proactive approach to raising awareness of critical issues. City government statewide are facing increased fiscal pressures and would like greater flexibility in managing their affairs.

For more information about LOC's City Hall Week, please contact Craig Honeyman, legislative director at choneyman@orcities.org or Zach Baker, researcher, at zbaker@orcities.org.

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

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Tickets Available for 2016 First Citizen Reception Recognizing Bob Knight, President of Clark College (Photo)
Community Foundation for Southwest Washington - 09/08/16 3:09 PM
Bob Knight. Photo courtesy of Clark College/Jenny Shadley.
Bob Knight. Photo courtesy of Clark College/Jenny Shadley.
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Vancouver, Wash., Sept. 8, 2016 -- In July, a selection committee of community leaders and past First Citizens announced Robert "Bob" Knight as Clark County's 2016 First Citizen. The First Citizen Award recognizes a Clark County resident who has modeled exemplary citizenship through their actions and service to the community. The honor will be awarded on Wednesday, November 2 during a reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The venue for the reception has changed and will take place at WareHouse '23, which occupies the site of the former Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay. Tickets for the event are $35 and are available for purchase at the door or in advance by visiting www.columbian.com/firstcitizen.

Knight serves as president of Clark College and is described as "one of the most active community volunteers in our region" by former Vancouver Mayor Royce Pollard. A few of the organizations that have benefited from this service include the local chapter of the American Red Cross, Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington, the Columbia River Economic Development Council, Fort Vancouver National Trust, Greater Portland, Washington State University Vancouver and Workforce Southwest Washington.

Knight's service began long before he landed in Clark County and reaches far beyond our region. For 21 years, he served our country in various ranks and across two continents with the U.S. Army. Numerous letters of support cited his military career as an example of his leadership, especially during his role as commander of the Vancouver Barracks when the base was targeted for closure. Knight convened community members in a thoughtful, open process that Rick Takach characterizes as being "critical to the jewel that is the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site."

The nomination also focused heavily on Knight's career at Clark College, where he is said to have "brought stability to a position he did not seek." Knight, who originally joined the college as vice president of Administrative Services in 2004 and was named acting president in 2006, has overseen several major achievements at the college, including: construction of both Clark College at Columbia Tech Center and a new state-of-the-art, 70,000 square-foot building devoted to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math; the opening of the college's Veterans Resource Center; and one of the largest enrollment spurts of any community college in Washington State. Last year, Clark was listed among the nation's 150 best community colleges by the Aspen Institute. Much of this success is the result of Knight's leadership, which is defined by his ability to listen intently, build relationships, support others and foster collaboration.

Letters of support also noted Knight's giving of time and resources, off campus and outside of work. For years, Knight volunteered 30-40 hours each month in addition to overseeing the college. He was a leadership force behind the City of Vancouver's 150th anniversary and was important in bringing the Vietnam Traveling Wall to Vancouver. His involvement was instrumental in bringing prominent speakers to the region for the George C. Marshall Lecture Series, which included news anchor Tom Brokaw and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. In 2000, he helped Vancouver become one of only six cities in the nation selected to host a regional commemoration for the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, which drew a crowd of 3,000 to the Vancouver National Historic Reserve.

In all, each of the 29 letters of support--seven of which came from former First Citizens--demonstrate how Knight has shown effectiveness in leadership roles, raised standards and expectations, strengthened community identity and civic pride. These are all core traits of a First Citizen and the following accomplishments are a physical record of his community impact:

Accomplishments in career and service include:
Led the clean-up and closure of Camp Bonneville and the closure of Vancouver Barracks, which was vital in establishing the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
Led Clark College through one of the largest enrollment spurts of any community college in Washington State, while expanding the footprint and prestige of the organization.
Introduced the Presidential Coin, which is presented to faculty and staff members who provide exemplary service to Clark students, the college and the community.
Advocated and changed higher education funding in Olympia as chair of the capital committee for the Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges.
Enhanced relationships and connections between educators, employers and community organizations to create a more integrated workforce pipeline and community.
Served as both a member and chair of the military academy selection committee for Washington's third Congressional District.

Excerpts of supporters' comments include:
"In everything he does and every role he performs, Bob always puts service over self, mission over personal interest. Without question, Vancouver, Clark County, Southwest Washington and indeed our nation are better places because of Bob Knight." -- Brian Baird, Former Congressman

"No task has ever been too small or insignificant for his attention--despite his rank or position. We all continue to benefit from his ability to think strategically while also "rolling up his sleeves" to get a job done! We're fortunate Bob Knight calls Vancouver 'home'..." -- Twyla Barnes, Retired Superintendent

"Student success is one of President Knight's primary interests and is demonstrated by his willingness to go the extra mile and ensure that each student has the support necessary to succeed. His resolve and efforts for the students and the community have inspired me to become a better person; not only for myself, but for others as well." -- Inva Begolli, Doctoral Student

"Bob takes a great deal of pride in giving credit where credit is due." -- Nancy Bacon, Publisher

About the First Citizen Award
Recipients of the First Citizen Award, presented since 1939, are selected by a volunteer committee of community leaders and past award recipients. Recipients are chosen for their accomplishments and contributions to the community in a number of areas, including effectiveness in leadership roles, raising community standards and expectations, strengthening community identity and civic pride, and exemplary giving of time, self and resources. For a full listing of criteria and past recipients, please visit www.cfsww.org/our-community/first-citizen.

About the First Citizen Awards Event
Knight will receive the First Citizen Award during a community event scheduled for Wednesday, November 2 at WareHouse '23. The event will begin at 4 p.m., with the formal awards program at 5 p.m. Regents Bank is the presenting sponsor of the First Citizen Award reception. Biggs Insurance and PeaceHealth are supporting sponsors, and the event is organized in partnership with The Columbian and the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington.


Attached Media Files: Bob Knight. Photo courtesy of Clark College/Jenny Shadley.
Oregon Health Policy Board seeks feedback on coordinated care organizations
Oregon Health Authority - 09/08/16 2:53 PM
September 8, 2016

Health officials schedule listening sessions to discuss the future of Oregon's CCOs

The Oregon Health Policy Board (OHPB), a nine-member group appointed by the Governor to oversee health policy at the Oregon Health Authority, will hold a series of community meetings across the state in September and October to gather public input about Oregon's coordinated care organizations (CCOs) and how they deliver services to Oregon's most vulnerable citizens.

Oregon's coordinated care model was created in 2011 as part of Oregon's ongoing health system transformation. The 16 coordinated care organizations (CCOs) deliver physical, oral and behavioral health services to nearly 90 percent of Oregon's 1.1 million Medicaid recipients.

As part of the OHPB's mission to improve and monitor community-centered health initiatives, it will analyze the current model for opportunities to further advance health system transformation and to inform the 2017 Oregon Legislature. OHPB will gather input from consumers, advocates, primary care providers, and other stakeholders, and then develop recommendations to the Legislature for continued system improvements toward the goal of providing Oregonians with better health and better care at a lower cost.

"We're excited to hear directly from Oregonians who are served by or work with coordinated care organizations," said Zeke Smith, chair of the Oregon Health Policy Board. "We want to hear ideas about how to better provide access to high-quality, affordable health care for all Oregonians.

Local public meetings will be held at the following locations and times:

-- Tillamook: Friday, September 9, 4-6:30 p.m., Port of Tillamook Bay Officers' Mess Hall, 6825 Officers Row
-- Medford: Wednesday, September 21, 5:30-8 p.m., Inn at Commons, 200 N Riverside Ave.
-- Eugene: Monday, September 26, noon to 2:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 1685 W 13th Ave.
-- Hermiston: Friday, October 7, noon to 2:30 p.m., Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center, 1705 E Airport Rd.
-- Portland: Tuesday, October 18, 4:30-7 p.m., Ambridge Center Ballroom, 1333 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Please RSVP to HealthPolicyBoard.Info@state.or.us.

More information will be posted on the board's meeting page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/cc-future.aspx.

For questions about accessibility at the meetings or to request an accommodation, please call 541-999-6983 or write to HealthPolicyBoard.Info@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the event. Documents can be provided upon request in an alternate format for individuals with disabilities or in a language other than English for people with limited English skills.

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Attached Media Files: 2016-09/3687/97560/OHPB-CCO_Listening_Sessions-Tillamook.pdf
BPA wins awards for recycling, reducing and repurposing (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 09/08/16 2:28 PM
BPA recently donated surplus office desks, panels and filing cabinets to Providence Health & Services for its offices in Washington and Oregon.
BPA recently donated surplus office desks, panels and filing cabinets to Providence Health & Services for its offices in Washington and Oregon.
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Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration continues to be recognized for its sustainability efforts. The Environmental Protection Agency awarded BPA a 2016 Federal Green Challenge Award for recycling and reducing its paper use. And the Association of Oregon Recyclers recently named BPA and property disposal officer Kevin Kertzman its Recycler of the Year for finding a home for hundreds of 30-year-old office cubicles.

"Finding more sustainable and cost-effective ways to operate is just another way we're being a responsible agency and a good neighbor in the Northwest communities we serve," said John Hairston, BPA's chief administrative officer.

EPA's Federal Green Challenge is a national effort that encourages federal agencies to lead by example in reducing their environmental impact in the areas of waste, energy, water, electronics, transportation and purchasing. In fiscal year 2015, BPA increased its recycling efforts by 71 percent through the recycling of 2,397 tons of metal, 312 tons of glass and ceramics, 167 tons of wood and 97 tons of e-waste. BPA also cut its paper purchases by 61 percent through a reduction of the number networked printers and the continued adoption of electronic documents and presentations. And it reduced the need for new purchases by returning $4.3 million worth of usable materials back into its inventory.

Notably, BPA diverted 80 tons of obsolete ceramic and glass insulators from the landfill to certified recycling centers in Portland, Oregon. Through its supply chain, it shipped the insulators from areas that didn't offer glass and ceramic recycling to its Investment Recovery Center facility in Vancouver, Washington, which oversees the auction, transfer or recycling of surplus or obsolete equipment. BPA was also able to recycle copper wire from the insulators, which more than covered the glass and ceramic recycling fees.

"It was a win-win," said Kevin Kertzman, property disposal officer. "Not only did we reduce our waste, but we were also able to reimburse BPA's general fund, in turn crediting our electric ratepayers."

In June, the Association of Oregon Recyclers named BPA and Kertzman its Recycler of the Year for finding a home for hundreds of 30-year-old office cubicles. After a remodel of BPA's headquarters in Portland, Kertzman faced the task of disposing of the surplus workstations. Early on, due to the age and condition of the furniture there weren't any takers. But after about a year of looking, and with storage costs piling up at about a thousand dollars a month, Kertzman learned that Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit health and medical care organization, had offices throughout Washington and Oregon that needed that exact type of desks, panels and filing cabinets.

"It was a great outcome," Kertzman said. "We were able to support an important local not-for-profit agency, while eliminating waste and protecting the environment."

BPA has also partnered with the Oregon Department of Corrections to refurbish old, unwanted office furniture on more of a long-term basis. To date, BPA's partnership with ODOC's Reuse Center has saved thousands of pounds of materials from the landfill and scraps yards, and provided inmates meaningful work.

"This collaboration is a win all around," said Chad Naugle, ODOC's sustainability program manager. "It benefits the environment, uses intergovernmental resources, and provides vocational skills for adults in custody in recycling, repurposing and upcycling."

Through its regional partnerships for placing and refurbishing outdated office furniture, BPA estimates it has diverted 40 to 50 tons of material from the landfill and scrap yard, and saved an estimated $35,000 in storage fees.

In the past five years, BPA has reduced its total energy use by 6.6 percent; saved nearly 30 million gallons of water; cut its fossil fuel use by 285,127 gallons; and diverted 12,498 tons of waste from landfills.

Last year, BPA received a Federal Green Challenge Regional Award for waste reduction. In 2014, BPA was recognized by the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency for outstanding efforts to improve air quality. In 2013, BPA was the first federal agency to be certified by the City of Portland's Sustainability at Work program. And in 2012, BPA received the top award in the EPA's Federal Electronics Challenge. For more about BPA's accomplishments in protecting the environment, read its fifth annual sustainability report (www.bpa.gov/news/pubs/GeneralPublications/gi-Sustainability-at-BPA-2015.pdf).


Attached Media Files: BPA recently donated surplus office desks, panels and filing cabinets to Providence Health & Services for its offices in Washington and Oregon. , BPA won the EPA's Federal Green Challenge Award for purchasing and waste. And the Association of Oregon Recyclers named BPA and property disposal officer Kevin Kertzman its recycler of the year for repurposing 30-year-old office cubicles.
Wheel of Fortune Scratch-it second chance drawing will signal end of game
Oregon Lottery - 09/08/16 2:19 PM
Sept. 8, 2016 - Salem, Ore. -- The Oregon Lottery wants players to know that beginning Nov. 15, 2016, the Wheel of Fortune Scratch-it game will no longer be available. This is due to the game's second chance drawing that will take place Nov. 16, 2016.

"The Lottery normally waits until all top prizes for a Scratch-it game have been claimed before ending a game," said Interim Traditional Product Manager Tina Erickson. "With the ticket clearly touting the second chance prize on the face of the ticket, we determined it would be best to end the game just prior to the second chance drawing on Nov. 15."

The Wheel of Fortune Scratch-it is the latest entry into the Lottery's "family of games" Scratch-it offerings. In addition to the three second-chance prize packages, the game features four different tickets at different prices, with different top prizes. The $1 Wheel of Fortune game has a $5,000 top prize, the $2 game has a $10,000, the $5 ticket carries a $50,000 top prize, and the $10 ticket has a top prize of $100,000.

By entering non-winning Wheel of Fortune Scratch-its at www.oregonlottery.org, three players will be drawn to win a prize package that includes:
- Round trip airfare for two to Los Angeles
- Five days and four nights deluxe accommodations
- $1,000 in spending money
- Two tickets to a non-broadcast, lottery players-only taping of the Wheel of Fortune with Pat and Vanna and a chance to win $1 million
- And more

Each prize level of the Wheel of Fortune Scratch-it offers players a varying number of entries based on the ticket's price. The $1 ticket offers one entry, the $2 ticket gets two entries, the $5 ticket gets five entries, and the $10 ticket gets 10 entries into the second chance drawing.

The Wheel of Fortune Scratch-it second chance drawing will be conducted Wednesday, Nov. 16.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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Traffic Advisory 09/08/16: Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project Breaks Ground, Landmark Project will Temporarily Impact Travel and Parking
Portland Water Bureau - 09/08/16 2:16 PM
The Portland Water Bureau and contractor Hoffman Construction Company have begun an eight-year capital improvement project to update the Washington Park reservoir site. The project complies with federal and state mandates, seismically strengthens key water infrastructure on Portland's west side, and helps ensure a healthy, resilient, and secure water system.

The project will span from 2016 to 2024. During the first two years, major earthwork will occur along with the construction of shoring walls and the new underground reservoir. This will trigger the most significant impacts to TriMet bus service, traffic, transportation, and parking in the park.

Park users are encouraged to move safely around the park. Please watch for detours and signage and follow direction from flaggers.

The public should not follow construction vehicles or buses as they may enter restricted zones. All construction-related traffic impacts are subject to change.

To avoid delays, plan ahead and visit www.ExploreWashingtonPark.org and http://TriMet.org for transit options in the park. Please consider taking public transit and the Explore Washington Park Free Shuttle. The shuttle runs weekends only now through October 31 and will resume service in the spring.

From September 12, 2016 through March 2018, the following traffic restrictions will be in place:

ROAD CLOSURES
SW Sacajawea Blvd. will be completely closed to all vehicle and bike traffic and pedestrian use from the intersection of SW Sacajawea Blvd./SW Rose Park Rd./SW Wright Rd. to SW Park Pl.
SW Sherwood Blvd. will be closed to all vehicles from SW Kingston Ave. to the Soccer Field.
SW Sherwood Blvd. will be closed to all vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians from the Soccer Field to SW Sacajawea Blvd.

OPEN FOR PEDESTRIANS/BIKES/TOUR BUSES/SHUTTLE
The sidewalk of SW Sherwood Blvd. will remain open for pedestrian use and bike traffic from SW Kingston Ave. to the Soccer Field.

TRAFFIC REVERSAL
Traffic flow will be reversed on SW Lewis Clark Way. One-way traffic will travel SW Lewis Clark Way and exit the park on SW Park Place.

MULTI-USE SHARED PATH
Starting Sept. 16, 2016, a designated paved-path separate from vehicles will be available on SW Lewis Clark Way. Pedestrians and cyclists can use the path to travel both in and out of the park on SW Lewis Clark Way. Cyclists are required to walk and not ride bicycles on the path.
Prior to Sept. 16, pedestrians are encouraged to use the stairs by the Lewis and Clark Memorial Column or be escorted around SW Lewis Clark Way.

TRAILS
Pedestrians and cyclists can enter and exit the Madison Court Trail on SW Madison St. and SW Sacajawea Blvd. The trail will close intermittently; watch for signage.
The Mac Trail will remain open. Pedestrians are cautioned to watch for trucks where the trail intersects with SW Sherwood Blvd. and SW Sacajawea Blvd.

NO PARKING
All parking spaces closed on SW Sacajawea Blvd., SW Sherwood Blvd., and SW Lewis Clark Way.

TRIMET BUS SERVICE
Line 63 - Washington Park/Arlington Heights will be detoured and stops 6177, 4346 and 4343 will be closed. Check http://TriMet.org for updates.

PARK ENTRANCES AND EXITS
During this stage of construction:
Three park entrances will be available: W Burnside Rd. to SW Tichner Dr.; SW Fairview Blvd. to SW Knights Blvd.; and SW Canyon Rd. to SW Knights Blvd.
Four park exits will be available: SW Tichner Dr. to W Burnside Rd.; SW Fairview Blvd. to SW Knights Blvd.; SW Lewis Clark Way to SW Park Pl.; and SW Knights Blvd. to SW Canyon Rd.

The project entails constructing a new 12.4-million gallon, seismically reinforced below ground reservoir in the same footprint of existing Reservoir 3 (upper) with a reflecting pool/water feature on top. The new reservoir will preserve the historic drinking water function provided by the original reservoirs and be engineered to withstand ongoing landslide encroachment and potentially catastrophic effects of a major earthquake.

When complete and online, the new reservoir will supply water to Portland's west side and serve more than 360,000 people, including all downtown businesses and residents, 20 schools, three hospital complexes, more than 60 parks, and the Oregon Zoo.

Existing Reservoir 4 (lower) will be disconnected from the public drinking water system and a lowland wildlife habitat area, bioswale, and reflecting pool will be constructed in the basin.

For additional project information and updates, contact 503-823-7030, e-mail Lindsay.Wochnick@portlandoregon,gov, or visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/wpreservoirs.


Attached Media Files: 2016-09/1240/97556/WP_Reservoir_Project_Brochure_Sept_2016-Mar_2018.pdf , Traffic Advisory
Open House: Clackamette Park Boat Ramp Relocation
Oregon Marine Board - 09/08/16 2:12 PM
The City of Oregon City, in partnership with the Oregon State Marine Board and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are pursuing a long term solution for the boat ramp at Clackamette Park. The City is hosting an open house meeting on September 15, from 6 pm to
8 pm to provide information on the relocation, permitting process and estimated timeline. The Open house will be held at City Hall Chambers, 625 Center Street in Oregon City.

In December 2013, the boat ramp at Clackamette Park was severely damaged resulting in the closure of the boat ramp for boaters' safety. Recently, a short-term repair was made to the boat ramp to allow boating access while the City finalizes the design and engineering pursues a variety of permit approvals, and secures funding to relocate the boat ramp.

For questions please contact Denise Conrad, Assistant Parks and Recreation Director, City of Oregon City at 503-496-1565 email: dconrad@orcity.org or Janine Belleque, Boating Facilities Manager, Oregon State Marine Board at 503-378-2628 or email: Janine.belleque@state.or.us.
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NW Natural contributes $15,000 to help Oregon kids attend Outdoor School
NW Natural - 09/08/16 1:48 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. -- NW Natural has donated $15,000 to Friends of Outdoor School as a thank-you to the company's current and newly enrolled paperless billing customers.

The contribution will help Oregon sixth-graders experience the hands-on learning opportunities that Northwest Outdoor Science School provides.

"We're thrilled to partner with Friends of Outdoor School to offer such a memorable learning experience," said Von Summers, NW Natural community affairs manager. "Only half of eligible students participate in the program due to cost barriers. We hope this contribution helps close that gap."

NW Natural's donation is a result of a summer promotional campaign, "Go Paperless for Outdoor School," during which the company encouraged customers to switch to paperless billing.

By enrolling in paperless billing, NW Natural customers save time and resources, and get the convenience of bill information and energy-use history online anytime.

Outdoor School is a multi-day, overnight experience for elementary and middle school students operated by the Northwest Regional Education Service District and Multnomah Education Service District. Participants live in, and learn about, the natural world at one of four sites in northwest Oregon. According to Friends of Outdoor School, research shows that Outdoor School builds self-confidence, self-reliance, and strengthens leadership, collaboration and critical-thinking skills.

See the results of our campaign online: nwnatural.com/Paperless.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 718,000 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 Friends of Outdoor School
Since 2003, Friends of Outdoor School has been dedicated to preserving the Northwest Outdoor Science School experience for all Oregon students regardless of a student's ability, experience, income or family background. They do this by raising funds, gathering volunteers, and building community partnerships on behalf of Outdoor School. Find out more at friendsofoutdoorschool.org.

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Portland Man Dies in Late Night Crash (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/08/16 1:11 PM
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September 8, 2016--Sheriff's Deputies responded to a crash where a vehicle left the roadway and rolled over. The driver did not survive the crash.

On September 8, 2016 at 6:06 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to NW Phillips Road in the community of Helvetia, concerning a single vehicle crash that was called in by an off-duty Hillsboro Police Officer.

Sheriff's Deputies arrived and found a 2005 Nissan 350Z convertible heavily damaged in a field. Sheriff's Deputies determined the Nissan was travelling east on NW Phillips Road at a high rate of speed, failed to negotiate a hill, struck the ditch and rolled over several times. The investigation revealed that the crash possibly occurred prior to midnight.

Sheriff's Deputies found Christopher Smith, 46, from NW Portland, was driving the Nissan. Mr. Smith was ejected from the car and pronounced deceased at the crash scene.

The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstructive Team responded to gather evidence and document the scene.

Investigators believe excessive speed contributed to this crash. This case is still under investigation.


Attached Media Files: PDF Version with Photo , Crash Photo
PIO Duties 09/10 through
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/08/16 12:47 PM
Marion County Sheriff's Office PIO, Lt. Chris Baldridge will be on vacation beginning 09/09/16 until 09/22/16. For all media related issues please utilize the PIO line at 503-584-6276 or 503-584-MCSO.
Salem Police Bomb Squad Investigating Suspicious Items
Salem Police Dept. - 09/08/16 12:43 PM
The Salem Police Department Bomb squad is on scene at 1395 12th St SE investigating suspicious items located in a U-haul truck.

The truck was turned in to U-Haul sometime overnight and suspicious items were located in the cab of the truck. The truck is completely full of various items, and the U-Haul business as well as one lane of 12th St SE is closed as the Bomb Squad continues to investigate and render safe any suspicious items.

It is anticipated that this situation will be resolved and the business and lane of traffic opened at approximately 1:00 pm.

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Health advisory for water contact at Neskowin Beach lifted September 8
Oregon Health Authority - 09/08/16 11:48 AM
September 8, 2016

Testing shows fecal bacteria levels have subsided

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) today lifted a public health advisory for contact with marine water at Neskowin Beach, located in Tillamook County. OHA issued the advisory September 2 after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.

Results from later samples taken by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) showed contamination had subsided and the water no longer poses a higher-than-normal risk associated with water contact activities. However, officials recommend staying out of large pools on the beach that are frequented by birds, and runoff from those pools, because the water may contain increased bacteria from fecal matter.

State officials continue to encourage other recreational activities at all Oregon beaches, suggesting only that water contact be avoided when advisories are in effect.

Since 2003 state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state agencies participating in this program are OHA, DEQ and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0400, or call OHA toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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Science on Tap Vancouver - How Geckos Stick and Why We Care
Via Productions - 09/08/16 11:28 AM
Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Time: Doors at 6 p.m. event at 7 p.m.
Location: Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main Street, Vancouver, Wash.
Cost: $8 online advance tickets, $10 suggested cover at the door
Food & Drink: Beer, popcorn, and snacks available.

Geckos can run up smooth vertical surfaces but, until recently, no one knew how they did it. Studying the physics of gecko feet at the nanoscale and measuring the tiny forces involved showed that gecko feet stick mechanically, not chemically. This discovery lead to the development of the world's first adhesive that is dry, self-cleaning, reversible, and can even work in the vacuum of outer space. Designs based on gecko feet are being used to create robots that can run up walls and NASA grippers to clean up space junk. This adhesive could bring changes to the manufacture of everything from home electronics to car brakes. At this Science on Tap, Kellar Autumn, PhD, Professor of Biology and Entrepreneurship at Lewis & Clark College, will talk about gecko adhesion and how the study of strange animals has lead to biologically inspired materials and machines.

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!

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

For more information on Science on Tap, visit Via Productions.
Safety alert: Corps construction near The Dalles Dam North Shore boat launch may cause delays (Photo)
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 09/08/16 11:17 AM
Corps construction near The Dalles Dam North Shore boat launch may cause delays. Visitors are encouraged to use extra caution when accessing the boat ramp, observe all safety signs and watch for pedestrians and equipment.
Corps construction near The Dalles Dam North Shore boat launch may cause delays. Visitors are encouraged to use extra caution when accessing the boat ramp, observe all safety signs and watch for pedestrians and equipment.
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PORTLAND, ORE. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is staging equipment and constructing improvements near The Dalles Lock and Dam North Shore boat launch, which may delay visitor access. Visitors are encouraged to use extra caution when accessing the boat ramp, observe all safety signs and watch for pedestrians and equipment.

The Corps is constructing large concrete blocks as part of a project to improve the reliability of fish passage at The Dalles Lock and Dam. Work should be complete by late March 2017.

Adult salmon and steelhead use the fish ladders to return to their home streams to spawn.

Boaters may use alternate boat ramps at Avery Park, Horsethief Lake and Maryhill State Park in Washington and Celilo Park, located on the Oregon shore, during those times when the North Shore boat ramp is congested.

Public notices and other Portland District navigation information is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation.aspx, or for more information about Corps recreation areas visit www.nwp.usace.army.mil/recreation.


Attached Media Files: Corps construction near The Dalles Dam North Shore boat launch may cause delays. Visitors are encouraged to use extra caution when accessing the boat ramp, observe all safety signs and watch for pedestrians and equipment. , Corps construction near The Dalles Dam North Shore boat launch may cause delays. Visitors are encouraged to use extra caution when accessing the boat ramp, observe all safety signs and watch for pedestrians and equipment.
Western Oregon University waives application fees for members of the Armed Forces (Photo)
Western Oregon University - 09/08/16 9:37 AM
Western Oregon University Veterans Success Center logo
Western Oregon University Veterans Success Center logo
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MONMOUTH, Ore. -- Western Oregon University has continued its expansion of services for members of the military and their families. Effective August 1, 2016, WOU will waive the $60 undergraduate and graduate application fees for current members of the armed services and former members who were honorably discharged.

"Western Oregon University appreciates the service and sacrifices that members of the armed services have made for our country and the world. We are pleased to be able to waive the application fee for them," WOU President Rex Fuller said. "The university offers many services including a Veterans Success Center for veterans and their families and we look forward to supporting their college success."

WOU's focus on providing students with a personalized and highly supportive learning experience has resulted in the university receiving numerous national awards for student success. The university is a Yellow Ribbon Program participant and has been repeatedly recognized by GI Jobs Magazine as a GI Friendly campus.

"As a veteran, and the coordinator of the WOU Veterans Success Center, I am pleased that the university has continued to expand its services and support for America's veterans and current members of the armed services," said Andrew Holbert, coordinator of the WOU Veterans Success Center. "This is a great school that provides all students, including veterans, a high quality education with tremendous personalized support services."

More information on the Veterans Success Center can be found at wou.edu/veterans.

About WOU
Western Oregon University (WOU), founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is Oregon's oldest public university. 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 2015 WOU was recognized by the Education Trust as being a leader in graduating Pell Grant recipients and in 2010 as the top university in America at eliminating the Latino graduation gap. WOU is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.


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Oregon's drought taking heavy toll on conifer trees
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/08/16 8:50 AM
Oregon experienced record drought in 2013 through 2015, followed by another year of dry conditions in 2016, and those severe conditions are taking a toll on conifer trees. It's important to remember "a few drops of rain doesn't end the stress of drought on trees," said Lena Tucker, Deputy Chief of the Private Forests Division for the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Symptoms of drought include foliage loss, dead branches, dead trees and tops. Drought-stressed trees are more susceptible to further damage by insects and other pathogens, and damage typically is most severe on the fringe of forested areas and on shallow or rocky soil types. Trees growing near roads, ditches, pastures, disturbed soil, or where there is competing vegetation are frequently affected.

Symptoms are most visible during the spring following a drought event, although recent droughts have been severe enough for symptoms to appear in late summer or fall.

People can take preventative care to help trees survive drought by doing the following:
-Plant native and local drought-tolerant species
-Don't thin stands during droughts
-Control vegetation (especially grasses) that compete for soil moisture
-Remove and destroy dead and dying trees, blowdown and slash to reduce insect infestations
-Avoid damage from machines and soil compaction
-Irrigate landscape trees during dry weather, applying water slowly or use drip irrigation lines
-Apply mulch to landscape trees to retain moisture
-Don't alter drainage patterns (ditches, ponds, etc.) near established trees
-Don't fertilize during drought conditions. Fertilization stimulates dehydrates trees

To learn more about drought and tree care, visit the Oregon Department of Forestry's webpage here
Tip of the Week September 12, 2016 - Hunters & Hikers
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 09/08/16 8:48 AM
OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF
Sheriff Curtis L. Landers
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
(541) 265-4277
Fax (541) 265-4926

TIP OF THE WEEK

Date: September 12, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

HUNTERS AND HIKERS

Hunters:

Check weather reports before visiting the forest. Dress properly.
Tell someone where you will be hunting and when you will return. Leave a written plan at home and in your vehicle.
Be familiar with the area you want to hunt.
Avoid wearing white or tan during hunting seasons. Wearing hunter orange, viewable from all directions is recommended. Research reveals that orange and reds appear as darker subdued colors to deer and elk.
If accompanied by a dog, the dog should also wear hunter orange or a very visible color on a vest, leash, coat or bandana.
Check hunting equipment before and after each outing and maintain it properly. Familiarize yourself with its operation before using it in the field.
Carry a spare set of dry clothing. Use layering techniques to prevent moisture while retaining body warmth. Always bring rain gear.
Carry a first aid kit and know how to use its contents.
Clearly identify your target before shooting. Prevent unfortunate accidents or fatalities.
Be alert when hunting near developed areas and trails. Other recreationists are in the forest as well.

Hikers:

Wear bright clothing. Make yourself more visible. Choose colors that stand out, like red, orange or green, and avoid white, blacks, browns, earth-toned greens and animal-colored clothing. Orange vests and hats are advisable.
Don't forget to protect Fido. Get an orange vest for your dog if he/she accompanies you.
Be courteous. Once a hunter is aware of your presence, don't make unnecessary noise to disturb wildlife. Avoid confrontations.
Make yourself known. If you do hear shooting, raise your voice and let hunters know that you are in the vicinity.
Know when hunting seasons are occurring. If you choose to hike during a hunting season, learn about where and when hunting is taking place.
Know your own comfort level. If hunting makes you uneasy, choose a hiking location where hunting is not allowed, such as a national or state park.

For more information and tips, visit our web site at www.lincolncountysheriff.net and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff's Office -- Oregon.

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


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Clackamas Community College news (Photo)
Clackamas Community College - 09/08/16 8:38 AM
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Please find attached the latest news from Clackamas Community College.


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2009 Homicide of Jeanine Toth Remains Unsolved - Crime Stoppers Featured Case #11-23 (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 09/08/16 8:00 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve the 2009 homicide of Jeanine Toth.

On September 8, 2009, at 4:04 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to 6956 North Fessenden Street, Apartment #5, on a welfare check of 50-year-old Jeanine Michelle Toth. Jeanine was supposed to attend a Labor Day family barbecue but when she didn't make it, her family and friends became concerned and called police.

Officers arrived at the apartment and discovered Jeanine deceased inside the residence. Homicide detectives responded and immediately began an investigation into Jeanine's death. The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined that Jeanine died of multiple stab wounds.

Homicide detectives do not have any information on who may have been involved in Jeanine's death.

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

Information about unsolved homicides can lead to a reward of up to $2,500 cash. All other unsolved felony crimes are eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

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West Linn Police Department Arrests 11 DUII Drivers during the Labor Day "Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over" Campaign
West Linn Police Dept. - 09/08/16 3:10 AM
This past Labor Day holiday period, the West Linn Police Department partnered with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over drunk-driving enforcement campaign. From August 6-September 5, the WLPD showed zero tolerance for impaired driving, arresting 11 offenders for the deadly crime.

The West Linn Police Department ramped up its usual enforcement efforts, adding 3 additional officers during the event. These 3 additional officers were funded by a grant through Oregon Impact, and arrested 4 drivers for DUII (out of 11 total) over the Labor Day campaign.

For more information on this and other highway safety campaigns, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov.
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Man Enters Salem Residence and Bites Home Owner (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/07/16 9:09 PM
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Today, around 6:00 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to a residence in the 3700 block of State Street SE in Salem. A resident reported an unknown male entered his house and he was now fighting with the male trying to get him out of the house.

When the first deputy arrived they found the owner of the home and his teenage son holding down Mario Vega-Navarro, age 25, of Salem. The deputy approached Vega-Navarro in attempt to detain him, he resisted by pulling away from the deputy. Two additional deputies arrived and they placed Mr. Vega-Navarro into a prone position.

With three deputies attempting to arrest Vega-Navarro he continued to raise his body into a push up position, pull his hands away and bite at deputies. After several minutes deputies were able to place Vega-Navarro into handcuffs and paramedics were called to the scene because of Vega-Navarro's erratic behavior.

Vega-Navarro was medically sedated by paramedics and transported to the Salem Hospital. After removing Vega-Navarro deputies found that both victims sustained bites and bruises from Vega-Navarro's attack. After Vega-Navarro is medically cleared he will be taken to the Marion County Jail for the charges of Burglary I, Assault IV and Resisting Arrest, deputies do believe Vega-Navarro is currently under the influence of an unknown narcotic. Vega-Navarro's booking image will not be available until he is booked into the Marion County Jail. The Sheriff's Office does not intend to release the names of the victims in this case.


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Clark County Recruiting for Neighbors on Watch (NOW) program.
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/07/16 7:29 PM
The Clark County Sheriff's Office is recruiting for the NOW (Neighbors on Watch) Citizen Volunteer program! Clark County residents interested in enhancing the livability of their neighborhoods are encouraged to apply. NOW volunteers receive specialized training and patrol in pairs throughout the county looking for suspicious activity in areas where property crimes are frequent, attend community events, and participate in other assignments as needed.
Applicants must be at least 21 years old, pass a background check and successfully complete the NOW training academy. Volunteer commitment is 4 hours per month. For the full list of volunteer qualifications visit https://www.clark.wa.gov/sheriff/neighbors-watch
Applications are due by September 15 to be considered for the 2016 fall NOW Training Academy, tentatively scheduled to begin October 19.
To request an application or additional information, contact the Clark County Sheriff's Office Outreach Unit at (360) 397-2211 ext. 3380 or email sheriffcommunityoutreach@clark.wa.gov.
Sheriff's Office Investigating Fatal Vehicle Versus Pedestrian Crash North East Salem ***Update*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/07/16 5:18 PM
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Deputies have identified the deceased involved in Tuesday's fatal crash. Baxter Harrell, age 51 of Aumsville was walking down the center line of Cordon Road NE when he was struck by an on coming vehicle being driven by Josefina Cabrera, age 51, of Salem.

According to family Mr. Baxter left his residence earlier in the evening for a walk, it is unknown how he ended up so far from his residence or why he was walking in the middle of the road. Ms. Cabrera is cooperating with investigators and no citations have been issued.



Cordon Road has reopened to regular traffic, the Sheriff's Office has concluded that an adult male, was walking in the middle of Cordon Road NE when he was struck by a north bound driver who as headed to work.

The Sheriff's Office has not been able to identify the deceased male as he had no identification and may have been homeless. The Sheriff's Office is withholding all of the names of the involved parties until proper identifications and notifications can be made, that time frame is not yet known.




Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office are on scene and investigating a traffic crash that has left one person dead on Cordon Road NE near Carolina Avenue NE in Salem. From their initial investigation deputies believe a person was walking in the middle of Cordon Road NE when they were struck by an oncoming vehicle.

The person walking in the roadway was killed instantly, the driver of the only vehicle involved was not injured. Cordon Road is currently closed from Sunnyview Road North East to Carolina Avenue North East and drivers should use alternate routes during their morning commute.


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Health advisory issued September 7 for Blue Lake in Multnomah County
Oregon Health Authority - 09/07/16 5:08 PM
September 7, 2016

A health advisory is being issued today for Blue Lake. Blue Lake is located just outside Wood Village north of Interstate 84 in Multnomah County.

The advisory is being issued due to visual confirmation of a blue-green algae bloom in the lake. Water monitoring has been completed to confirm the type of blue-green algae present and the level of any potential toxins that may be produced.

However, shipping and analysis of the sample will take time. It is expected that data from the analysis of the bloom sample will be available by the middle of next week. At that time, depending upon the level of toxins found in the sample, Oregon Public Health officials will determine if the advisory can be lifted, or if it will continue in place until the bloom is gone.

Oregon Public Health officials advise people that swallowing or inhaling water droplets as a result of swimming or high-speed water activities, such as water skiing and power boating, should be avoided in areas where blooms are identified. Oregon Metro, the agency that manages Blue Lake, has closed the lake to swimming, wading, and fishing for as long as the advisory is in place (http://www.oregonmetro.gov/parks/blue-lake-regional-park).

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

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

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

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

People may still visit Blue Lake Park and enjoy activities allowed in the area such as bird watching and boating at low speeds; however, any activities that might cause ingestion of water from the lake should be avoided.

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

OHA maintains an updated list of all health advisories on its website. To find out if an advisory has been issued or lifted for a specific water body, visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "algae bloom advisories," or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767. For specific questions about Blue Lake Park and the lake closure, please call 503-665-4995, extension 0.

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MEDIA ADVISORY - Salem Fire Foundation Celebrates Success - Launches Sustainer Program (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 09/07/16 3:59 PM
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What:
To launch the sustainer and membership program for the Salem Fire Foundation and share its accomplishments over the last year:

Placing 65 Automatic External Defibrillators (AED's) in City of Salem Police Vehicles
Placing 35 AED's in the community through their grant program
Training over 2,280 Salem-Keizer 8th grade students in hands-only CPR/AED use
Students trained 480 family members using take-home kits

When:
Friday, September 9, 2016
5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Brief Program, survivor story and video premier

Where:
Roth's West Salem Hospitality Center, 1130 Wallace Rd NW, Salem, OR, 97304

Visuals:

Firefighters and the Salem Fire Chief
Bagpiper from the Salem Firefighters Pipes and Drum Band
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivor Dennis Bryant thanks first responders who saved his life
Students at CTEC the Career Technical Education Center
Display tables for PulsePoint, AED's/CPR training manikins

Salem Fire Foundation, donors, community members, firefighters
Salem Fire Chief Mike Niblock
Foundation President Sue Moore
Survivor Dennis Bryant


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New Police Chief
Ridgefield Police - 09/07/16 3:58 PM
City of Ridgefield announces a new police Chief


Attached Media Files: New Police Chief
Give More 24! Aims to Raise $1 Million for Local Charities (Photo)
Community Foundation for Southwest Washington - 09/07/16 2:47 PM
The Parks Foundation of Clark County is asking community leaders to swing in support of a vibrant network of parks in Clark County.
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Vancouver, Wash., September 2016--Southwest Washington's third annual day of online giving will launch at midnight on Thursday, September 22. The event, called Give More 24! is a day when residents from across southwest Washington, and those living and working around the world, can visit www.Give-More-24.org and give as one community for 24 hours. Those who wish to give can choose to support any of the 128 participating nonprofits, which are categorized into ten cause areas that include animals, arts and culture, community improvement, education, environment, health, housing, hunger, social services and youth development. And every gift stays local, because each of the participating nonprofits serves Clark, Cowlitz or Skamania Counties in some way.

This giving day concept, powered by the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, creates a "giving holiday" that allows charitable gifts to "give more" for 24 hours. How is that possible? Thanks to more than a dozen $1,000 nonprofit prizes, a $72,000 stretch pool and nearly $145,000 in matching gifts. However, charitable contributions must be made through the Give More 24! website in order to receive any of these giving incentives.

Jennifer Rhoads, President of the Community Foundation, said "We like to say it puts the "fun" in fundraising, because it encourages friendly competition and creates entertaining events."

Visitors to the website can search for their favorite nonprofits by name, general cause area or county of origin. Once the donor selects a nonprofit and makes their charitable gift via the website's secure donation form, the donation will be tallied in real time so that everyone can watch dollars add up and cheer on their favorite cause. The website also allows users to tap their social networks and rally friends and family in giving to local organizations.
"People love to see the impact their gifts make and there is no better way of doing that than to give where you live," Rhoads said. "We're all philanthropists and--by working together and giving what we can--we will spark the difference we want to see in our community."

Rhoads said that this event is designed to get people excited about giving local by introducing them to new nonprofits that are doing great things in southwest Washington. It also makes giving accessible to almost anyone by keeping a relatively low minimum donation of $10. As with all fundraising events, there is also a financial goal. This year, the event hopes to raise $1 million for local causes in 24 hours and engage nearly 4,000 donors. Last year, 2,362 unique donors gave 3,639 gifts to raise more than $695,000 for local causes during the 24-hour period.

The local fundraising event has grown in 2016 to feature more participating nonprofits and a number of exciting community events organized in partnership with local businesses. A listing of these community events can be found online at www.give-more-24.org/events.

This event would not be possible without the support of a generous group business sponsors and individual donors. Give More 24! is presented by Davidson & Associates Insurance representing PEMCO Insurance. The stretch pool is largely supported through private donations from generous individuals such as Don and Margaret Fuesler and Mason Nolan.

The Columbian is the official media sponsor for Give More 24! Printing sponsor, ADCO Printing and Graphics, has also generously contributed to its success. Vancouver Mall is the first official Give More 24! lounge sponsor, and prize sponsorships from the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, The Convenience Group and Heritage Bank have provided thirteen $1,000 prizes for the participating nonprofits. Descriptions of these prizes are available at www.give-more-24.org/prizes.

Anyone interested in contributing on Thursday, September 22 between 12:00 a.m. to 11:59:59 p.m. can learn more and sign up to participate at www.give-more-24.org.


Attached Media Files: The Parks Foundation of Clark County is asking community leaders to swing in support of a vibrant network of parks in Clark County. , The School of Piano Technology for the Blind will be hosting a 24-hour jam session to raise funds that will replace the school's leaking roof.
Vocational Rehabilitation Policy Forum in Bend on September 23
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/07/16 2:41 PM
The Department of Human Services Vocational Rehabilitation program is hosting a series of Policy Forums around the state in September. There will be a forum Friday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon and also from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Oregon Occupational Safety and Health division, Suite A-115, 1231 N.E. Third St.

People with disabilities, students with disabilities, their families, service providers, employers, teachers, advocacy organizations, Workforce partners and other organizations serving people with disabilities are all encouraged to attend.

Policy Forum participants will:
Learn about Vocational Rehabilitation policy and procedures
Participate in discussions about Vocational Rehabilitation
Contribute to Vocational Rehabilitation future directions

The forum is free but people are encouraged to register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/vrforum2016.

This is one of the five Policy Forums being held throughout Oregon. For a schedule of all the forums: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/EMPLOYMENT/VR/Documents/VR%20Statewide%20Policy%20Forums%20Schedule.pdf.
Madrona Avenue SE/25th Street SE Intersection Improvements
City of Salem - 09/07/16 2:17 PM
Flaggers will be present to periodically control local traffic on both 25th Street SE and Aviation Loop SE near the Salem Airport (see enclosed map) over the next several weeks. Construction activities will intermittently interrupt traffic flow in preparation for asphalt paving activities, which are scheduled to begin during the week of September 26, 2016.

Motorists should anticipate delays. Traffic may also use Turner Road SE/Airway Drive SE as an alternate route to access businesses on 25th Street SE south of Madrona Avenue SE.

The main Madrona Avenue SE/25th Street SE intersection will remain closed until October 31, 2016. We appreciate your patience during this road closure.

Please contact Aaron Edelman, PE, Project Manager at aedelman@cityofsalem.net or
503-588-6211 for additional information.


Attached Media Files: 2016-09/1081/97532/Madrona_25th_Improvements_(09-07-16).pdf
UPDATE: Pedestrian Injured in Hit and Run Crash on Southeast Division Street (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 09/07/16 1:56 PM
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The person injured in Tuesday night's crash has been identified as 21-year-old Dominique Hadley Mann of Northeast Portland. He remains in a Portland hospital being treated for injuries.

Traffic investigators learned that Mann was crossing 148th Avenue, from the westside to the eastside when he was struck by the northbound driver of a white 2008 Infiniti G37.

The woman who retrieved the suspect vehicle, 32-year-old Amber Nichole Mensing, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Hindering Prosecution, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, and Reckless Driving.

The investigation is ongoing and the actual driver has not yet been positively identified or arrested.

Anyone with information about this crash should send tips to CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov.

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On Tuesday September 6, 2016, at 8:44 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report that a pedestrian was struck by a driver at Southeast 148th Avenue and Division Street and that the driver fled the area.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the male pedestrian suffering from traumatic injuries. He was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment and his current condition is not known.

Preliminary information indicates that after striking the pedestrian, the driver fled the area but then returned and was providing aid to the pedestrian. Prior to police arrival, the driver left again and a female came to the scene and drove away in the suspect vehicle.

Officers engaged the female driver in a short pursuit before she crashed at Southeast 150th Avenue and Main Street, where she was taken into custody.

Officers are searching the area for the driver, described as a Hispanic male in his early-40s.

Traffic Division officers are at the scene conducting an investigation.

148th Avenue is closed between Division and Main Streets.

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

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

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Grand opening set for Let's All Play Place at Salem Health Rehabilitation Center (Photo)
Salem Health - 09/07/16 1:54 PM
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Come play with us and bring your friends to the grand opening of the Let's All Play Place on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The therapy and community play area is located at the corner of Mission Street SE and Church Street SE on the Salem Health campus.

Regardless of ability, anyone can play in a safe environment here, with wheelchair-friendly areas that enhance physical, sensory, emotional and social skills. Enjoy the therapy loop, swings, group spinner, boulder scramble and much more! Join us for a brief program to thank our generous donors and the Salem Health Foundation. The event will have a carnival theme and include snacks and giveaways.

Parking for those with accessibility needs is available in the Salem Health Rehabilitation Center parking lot off Mission Street SE. Additional parking is available in Salem Health's parking garage.

RSVP at 503-561-5576 or on www.facebook.com/salemhospitalfoundation. Special note: Photography and video recording by Salem Health may occur at the event. Those who prefer to not be recorded should please notify the hospital's photographers.

Salem Health -- an OHSU Partner -- offers exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. It is comprised of hospitals in Salem and Dallas, a medical group of primary and specialty care providers, plus other affiliated services. For the second consecutive year, the hospital in Salem received the prestigious 2016 Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals, placing it among the nation's highest performing hospitals. Visit us at www.salemhealth.org; "Like" us on www.facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at www.youtube.com/salemhealth.


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Annual early morning ceremony remembers 9/11 attack (Photo)
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - 09/07/16 1:33 PM
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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 year. 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 will begin at 6:45am.

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. Each year Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue's Honor Guard raises the American Flag and then lowers it to half staff. Fire Chief Dave LaFave will speak about the sacrifices made that day. Please join Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue in remembering.


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Applications being accepted for entries in the 2016 Lough Legacy Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver
Fort Vancouver National Trust - 09/07/16 1:04 PM
Vancouver, WA - The Fort Vancouver National Trust is now accepting entry applications for the 30th Annual Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver presented by the Lough Legacy. The event takes place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 5, rain or shine.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of this community celebration honoring Veterans of all service branches. Parade applications are available online at www.fortvan.org/veteransparade, at the Fort Vancouver National Trust office at 750 Anderson Street, or by calling the Trust at 360-992-1804. The deadline for the initial parade line-up is October 7, 2016. After this date, applications will continue to be accepted, but all registrants will be put at the end of the parade lineup.

The parade begins at the east end of Officers Row at East Reserve Street. The route continues around the Fort Vancouver National Site, ending past the Pearson Air Museum. Annually, it attracts more than 120 entries, with approximately 2,500 individuals marching or riding in the parade. The public is invited to demonstrate their support of veterans and troops by attending. It is one of the largest Department of Veteran Affairs sanctioned veteran's parades on the West Coast.

Groups and organizations that would like to honor our nation's veterans are encouraged to participate. Past participants include veterans service organizations representing all branches of the service, local high school marching bands, several college and high school ROTC groups, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops from throughout the region, a variety of equestrian units, and military and civilian vehicle collector clubs. The parade will be broadcast on CVTV.


About Fort Vancouver National Trust:
The Fort Vancouver National Trust is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a vibrant community that preserves and celebrates its rich history while shaping its legacy for the future. The mission of the Trust is to inspire civic pride and economic vitality through education, preservation, and celebration of our community's history. For more information, visit fortvan.org or call 360-992-1800.
Following National Search, New Child Welfare Director will Join Oregon DHS
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/07/16 1:00 PM
After a national search, Oregon's Department of Human Services (DHS) is pleased to announce that Lena Alhusseini has accepted the Child Welfare Director position, effective November 7, 2016.

She joins DHS from Brooklyn, New York, where she served as the Executive Director of the Arab-American Family Support Center. Alhusseini brings nearly 20 years of leadership experience in areas of international development, child protection services, social services and behavioral health, human rights, and community development.

She previously served with global organizations such as USAID, UNICEF and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Alhusseini also established the first child protection center in the Middle East to address the issue of child abuse.

In 2011, President Obama honored Alhusseini as a White House Champion of Change for her work with child protection, domestic violence and sex trafficking. She has a Master's in Public Administration (NYU) and an MSc degree in Information Technology Engineering.

"Lena's experience in strategic planning, policy and advocacy with a focus on building support and consensus to achieve successful outcomes made her a clear standout," said DHS Director Clyde Saiki. "Her passion for protecting and serving vulnerable populations gives us the confidence that she is the right fit for this position."

As part of the interview process, Alhusseini visited several rural and urban child welfare branch offices in Oregon, meeting with staff, community partners, legislators and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. She will be in Salem during September legislative days to begin meetings on issues of child safety, foster care placement capacity and comprehensive program improvement planning.

Lena's full bio, photo: http://www.aafscny.org/staffpages/lena-alhusseini
Beaverton Celebration Parade Road Closures (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 09/07/16 12:43 PM
Parade Route
Parade Route
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Please be aware of these street closures on September 10, 2016 for the Beaverton Celebration Parade.

SW Allen Blvd from SW Murray Blvd to SW 130th Ave -- closes at 8:00 a.m.

SW Erickson Ave from SW Allen Blvd to SW 5th St -- closes at 8:15 a.m.

SW 5th St from SW Erickson Ave to SW Griffith Dr -- closes at 8:15 a.m.

SW Lombard Ave, SW Hall Blvd, SW Watson Ave and SW Main Ave will also be closed at the intersection of SW 5th St. from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

SW Murray, Hwy 217, and SW Western will be open for Northbound and southbound traffic.

SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy and SW Canyon Rd will be open for Eastbound and Westbound traffic.

All streets will re-open immediately following the end of the parade -- about 12:30 p.m. For your safety as well as the parade participants, course Marshalls, spectators, and Beaverton Police Officers, please observe and obey all street closures.

Vehicles normally parked on the parade route must be moved before 8:00 a.m. Saturday, September 10, 2016.
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Attached Media Files: Press Release , Parade Route
Board of Forestry announces new Oregon State Forester (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/07/16 12:08 PM
New Oregon State Forester Peter Daugherty (center) flanked by Board of Forestry chair Tom Imeson (l) and retiring State Forester Doug Decker (r).
New Oregon State Forester Peter Daugherty (center) flanked by Board of Forestry chair Tom Imeson (l) and retiring State Forester Doug Decker (r).
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SALEM -- The Oregon Board of Forestry today unanimously selected Peter Daugherty as the next State Forester, concluding a process that began in early May when current State Forester Doug Decker announced plans to retire in October at the end of the current fire season. The Board announced the selection following an executive session to discuss the final two candidates, which also included ODF Forest Grove District Forester Mike Cafferata.

"The Board is excited to announce Peter Daugherty as the Oregon's new State Forester," said Board Chair Tom Imeson. "Peter brings a wealth of experience, energy and credibility to this critical position."

Daugherty currently serves as ODF's Chief of the Private Forests Division. He takes over as the 13th State Forester since the agency's creation in 1911.

"I'm looking forward to the privilege of working with the outstanding personnel of this agency, as well as with the dedicated stakeholders and all Oregonians who care about our forest resources," said Daugherty. "There are many opportunities, as well as challenges facing us as we hold ourselves to a high standard of forest stewardship, and I am committed to our continuous improvement."

The selection process included interviews with the Board, a public stakeholders group and an internal employee group, as well as meetings with the Governor. The Board sought public input on the recruitment plan and desired attributes in late June.

The Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the State Forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon's 30 million-acre forestland base. More information on the Board is available at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/AboutBOF.aspx .


Attached Media Files: New Oregon State Forester Peter Daugherty (center) flanked by Board of Forestry chair Tom Imeson (l) and retiring State Forester Doug Decker (r).
3rd Annual "Smiles For SMA" Golf Tournament and Auction to Benefit Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Cole Parker Randall Foundation - 09/07/16 11:45 AM
3rd Annual "Smiles For SMA" Golf Tournament and Auction to Benefit Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Cole P. Randall Memorial Golf Tournament to be held September 17

Aloha, Ore. (Sept. 7, 2016) -- The Cole Parker Randall Foundation will host its third annual fundraising golf tournament, dinner and silent auction on Saturday, Sept. 17 at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha, Ore. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Cocktail hour begins at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds from the golf tournament will benefit The Cole Parker Randall Foundation.

Participants will be able to enter various competitions held in conjunction with the tournament for prizes, including longest drive and closest-to-the-pin contests. A cocktail hour will follow the tournament, with dinner and silent auction held at 6:30 p.m. Brian Wheeler and Adam Bjaranson will once again lend their support as emcees of the event.

Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a neuromuscular disease which destroys the nerves controlling voluntary muscle movement. It is the number one genetic killer of children under the age of two.

Since the inception of the foundation just two years ago, the Cole Parker Randall Foundation has raised over $168,000 to fund meaningful research to help fight this devastating disease. They have recently partnered with the nation's leading SMA researchers at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital to establish the Cole Parker Randall SMA Research Fund, right here in Portland, Oregon!

"In establishing the Cole Parker Randall Foundation, in memory of our son Cole, our hope has been to raise awareness about the devastating effects of Spinal Muscular Atrophy and to contribute to the ongoing research in pursuit of a cure," said Dave Randall. "Through this event we will be able to raise money that funds research and provides support to families fighting the battle with SMA. We are grateful to all of the sponsors involved in this year's event and to all of the participants. Together we will be working for a great cause."

For more information on the Smiles for SMA: Cole P. Randall Memorial Golf Tournament, visit coleparkerrandallfoundation.org or facebook.com/coleparkerrandallfoundation
Landslide mapping methods defined in new paper
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 09/07/16 11:45 AM
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A new paper shows how Oregon geologists map the state's susceptibility to deep landslides.

The paper, published today by the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI), provides a consistent method for mapping susceptibility to deep landslides -- typically very large landslides that extend deep into bedrock.

The methods have already been put into practice in landslide mapping projects across the state, says Bill Burns, DOGAMI engineering geologist and the paper's lead author. Recent landslide maps, such as those for northwest Clackamas County, Clatskanie, Astoria and Silverton, were created using the method, which helps compare hazards in areas across the state, and defines common terms for discussing landslide risks.

"Our focus in developing this method was using the best science to create the most useful maps, so that Oregon cities and counties have the information they most need to reduce landslide risks," Burns says.

Little information had been published on mapping deep landslide susceptibility. Deep landslides tend to cover larger areas and move more slowly than shallow landslides -- but can do great damage. Knowing how susceptible an area is to multiple types of landslides is critical for planning, because strategies for reducing risks are different.

The paper is part of a series that captures landslide mapping methods, and builds on previous papers -- a protocol for landslide inventories, which show where landslides have occurred in the past, and a protocol for shallow landslide susceptibility. The papers describe methods for producing detailed, accurate and consistent maps, and detail what the maps show, and what their limitations are.

DOGAMI Special Paper 48, Protocol for Deep Landslide Susceptibility Mapping, by William J. Burns and Katherine A. Mickelson is available for free download at: www.oregongeology.org/pubs/sp/p-SP-48.htm

Other papers in the series include Special Paper 42, Protocol for inventory mapping of landslide deposits from light detection and ranging (lidar) imagery, 2009; and Special Paper 45, Protocol for shallow-landslide susceptibility mapping, 2012. The papers are available for free download in the DOGAMI Publications Center at www.oregongeology.org/pubs
Workplace safety, health event coming to southern Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 09/07/16 11:18 AM
(Salem) -- A three-day event in southern Oregon will offer employers and workers a variety of in-depth workshops and presentations on how to deepen their commitment to maintaining safe and healthy workplaces. Attendees will learn everything from building safety into every project and controlling welding hazards to achieving successful hearing conservation and fall protection programs.

Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, encourages employers and workers to mark their calendars for the Oct. 11-13 Southern Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference at the Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites in Ashland.

On Wednesday, Oct. 12, David Rabiner, a partner in Portland-based Rabiner Resources -- a public speaking, training, facilitating, and coaching firm -- will deliver the keynote presentation. Titled "Influence Without Authority: The Key to Safety Leadership," his presentation will explore important strategies for building a culture of safety.

"Safety shouldn't be about just following the rules," said Rabiner, who has spoken to national and international audiences for more than 22 years. "I'll be helping the group with the tools they need to go beyond compliance and achieve commitment."

Rabiner said the conference "is important because sometimes being a safety professional can be a lonely job." He added, "It gives safety professionals an opportunity to network with others who share the highs and lows. It's about learning with others who have something very important in common."

Other conference topics include:
Safety committee operations
Workplace violence: Who is vulnerable and what can we do about it?
Hazard identification
Truck fleet safety: What all employers with trucks should know
Hand tool safety
Recreational marijuana and employer drug screening: What can we do?

The Southern Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers and Oregon OSHA are co-sponsoring the conference. Registration for the conference on Wednesday and Thursday is $160, with optional pre-conference workshops ranging from $75 to $120. For more information or to register, go to http://safetyseries.cvent.com/southern16.

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, visit www.orosha.org.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.
Multnomah County Fire Departments/Districts lift summer burn ban
City of Gresham - 09/07/16 11:07 AM
MULTNOMAH COUNTY, OR -- The Multnomah Fire Defense Board Chief has lifted the outdoor burn ban in all areas of Multnomah County. The burn ban has been lifted due to the recent rainfall and moderate temperatures, which has improved the moisture content of the local ground cover.

Recreational campfires, fire pits, and agricultural burning are now permitted on DEQ approved burn days. Yard debris and open burning is still not permitted; the usual start date for these is on or around October 1st.

Check with your local Fire Department/District for more information. For updated information please call the burning information line at:
--503-618-3083 for Gresham, Troutdale, Wood Village, Fairview, Fire District 10
--503-695-2225 for Corbett Fire District 14
--503-621-1242 for Sauvie Island District 30
--503-823-3700 for Portland Fire & Rescue general information

Citizens should exercise caution when using charcoal briquettes, camp fires, and fire pits. Please properly dispose of ashes in a covered metal container, away from combustibles, and keep the ashes wet for a few days before properly disposing of them. Maintain at least 10 feet between outdoor cooking and anything combustible such as siding, fences, shrubbery, etc.

Smokers are reminded to ensure their cigarettes are truly out and placed in proper receptacles. Those living in rural areas are asked to maintain their defensible space by monitoring growth surrounding homes and structures and to maintain adequate access for firefighting equipment.

For additional information, contact Gresham Fire and Emergency Services at 503-618-2355.
Red Cross Holds Free Earthquake Preparedness Presentations Across Oregon this Fall
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/07/16 10:20 AM
The Red Cross is helping the region get ready for a 9.0 Cascadia earthquake and other disasters by holding Prepare Out Loud presentations in Salem, Tillamook, Manzanita, Corvallis, Medford, Eugene, Portland and Bend, Oregon starting in September.

PORTLAND, Ore., September 7, 2016 -- September is National Preparedness Month and the American Red Cross is encouraging preparedness by kicking off a series of Prepare Out Loud presentations to help communities be prepared for disasters like a 9.0 Cascadia earthquake. The Red Cross Prepare Out Loud presentation directly addresses the seismic significance of the Cascadia Subduction Zone and what to expect following an earthquake of this magnitude. Following the presentation, attendees will understand the steps they can take now to prepare and the central role their actions and voices play in building our community's resilience.

"We can rise to the challenge of a Cascadia earthquake," said Amy Shlossman, CEO of the Red Cross Cascades Region. "First, we must understand the risks we face, the steps we can take now to prepare and why it's so important to share our preparedness actions with others. Prepare Out Loud gives attendees the tools they need to get ready for disasters big and small."

The presentations, which start on September 22 in Salem will be held in the following cities on the following dates:

Upcoming Prepare Out Loud Events:
Salem on September 22: Presented by NW Natural in partnership with PGE
Register at www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudSalem

Tillamook and Manzanita on September 30
Register at www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudTillamook

Corvallis on October 4: in partnership with Samaritan Health Services
Register at www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudCorvallis

Medford on October 6: in partnership with Asante
Register at www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudMedford

Eugene on October 11
Register at www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudEugene

Portland on October 20 in conjunction with the Great Shakeout: Presented by Bill Naito Company in partnership with Leatherman and Parr Lumber
Register at www.RedCross.org/PrepareOutLoudPortland

Bend on November 7
Register at www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudBend

The Prepare Out Loud presentation covers:
The science and history of the Cascadia Subduction Zone
Human behavior during disasters
What to expect during and after a Cascadia earthquake
How to prepare to quickly locate your loved ones following a disaster
How much food, water, and supplies you will need to take care of yourself and others

What others are saying about Prepare Out Loud
99% of attendees have rated the presentation as "excellent" or "very good"; 93% have found the presentation material to be "very accessible"; and the majority of Prepare Out Loud attendees described themselves as "motivated, inspired and hopeful" after the presentation.

Visit www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoud for more earthquake preparedness resources, including a:
Disaster preparedness kit-building checklist
Instructions on how to make a family emergency plan
Preparedness tips for seniors
Preparedness tips for pets
Information about water sources and storage
Information on how to prepare out loud


Attached Media Files: Prepare Out Loud Info Flyer , News Release - Red Cross Holds