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Fri. 07/20/18
OHA accepting applications for Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee
Oregon Health Authority - 07/20/18 9:04 AM

July 20, 2018

OHA accepting applications for Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee

The Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division is seeking applicants for the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee.

OHA invites applications from people who meet the criteria outlined in HB 4133, Section (3) at https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2018R1/Measures/Overview/HB4133.

Board members are appointed by the Governor. Member terms are in general four years each. As this is a new committee, initial terms of office will be assigned by the Governor so that terms expire at staggered intervals.

To apply, submit the following documentation by September 1 to executive.appointments@oregon.gov.

  1. A completed executive appointment interest form, which is available at the Governor’s office website at http://www.oregon.gov/gov/admin/Pages/How_To_Apply.aspx.
  2. A resume or brief biographical sketch.
  3. A brief statement of interest.

Information about the legislation is available on the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee website at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/HEALTHYPEOPLEFAMILIES/DATAREPORTS/Pages/Maternal-Mortality-Morbidity-Review-Committee.aspx.

For more information, contact Cate Wilcox, OHA Public Health Division, at 971-673-0299 or cate.s.wilcox@state.or.us.

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Three Suspects Arrested During Burglary Investigation in Portland's Lents Neighborhood (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/20/18 8:31 AM
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On Friday, July 20, 2018, at 3:26 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a burglary at the temporary Grant High School site, located at 3905 Southeast 91st Avenue.

When officers arrived at the high school, they contacted contract security personnel who informed officers they had responded to the location after an alarm was activated. Officers learned the security personnel had heard multiple people's voices in the school as they investigated the cause of the alarm activation. Upon hearing the voices, the security personnel waited for police to arrive.

Responding officers positioned themselves around the building. A police canine team responded to assist with the burglary investigation. As officers searched the temporary Grant High School site, three suspects ran from the building and were taken into custody by officers positioned outside.

As officers continued the burglary investigation, they located a backpack believed to belong to the suspects. Inside the backpack officers located a loaded firearm. Upon further inspection, officers learned the firearm had previously been reported as a stolen gun. Officers also located vandalism, including a broken window and paint that had been applied to the walls, lockers, and floors of the school. (Photographs of the firearm and vandalism are provided with this release.)

The suspects were lodged at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home on charges of Burglary in the Second Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, Theft by Receiving in the First Degree, and Possession of a Loaded Firearm in Public. The suspects' identities will not be provided by the Police Bureau, in accordance with Oregon State law.

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41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team to conduct combat training in California (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 07/20/18 8:30 AM
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SALEM, Oregon – The 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oregon Army National Guard, is scheduled to conduct a large-scale training exercise, July 21-August 12, 2018, at Camp Roberts and Fort Hunter Liggett, California. The 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team is scheduled to conduct convoy operations to California to participate in this training.  

The exercise is an instrumented brigade field training exercise known as eXportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) designed to certify platoon proficiency across the brigade in coordination with First Army. The XCTC program brings full training resource packages to National Guard and active duty bases around the country, allowing units to train on their schedule, closer to home, minimizing cost and time away from civilian jobs.

The training exercise prepares the brigade for supporting federal mobilizations. Units will be exercising tactical, operational, communications, and decision-making skills while focusing on problem analysis.

“This exercise keeps our units trained and ready for federal missions and builds upon the brigade’s training from last year’s Warfighter Exercise,” said Col. Eric Riley, commander of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team. “Improving our Soldiers’ skills, relationships and communications within our units is the ultimate goal of this event.”

There are approximately 3,000 personnel with more than 10 units from multiple states and other supporting elements scheduled to participate:
• Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 41st IBCT, Oregon
• 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, Oregon
• 1st Battalion, 200th Infantry Regiment, New Mexico
• 1st Squadron, 303rd Cavalry Regiment, Washington
• 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, Oregon
• 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery Regiment, Oregon
• 741st Brigade Engineer Battalion, Oregon
• 141st Brigade Support Battalion, Oregon
• 189th Combined Arms Training Brigade (CATB), Washington
• 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, California

“It will improve our ability to work in a realistic joint training environment while building key relationships not only here in Oregon, but across multiple units throughout the region,” said Riley. “The 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team has a long history of success and this exercise will assist in advancing and strengthening that record.”

 

PHOTO CAPTION: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team prepare for travel to California to conduct a large-scale training exercise known as eXportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC), July 21-August 12, 2018, at Camp Roberts and Fort Hunter Liggett. (Photo by Maj. W. Chris Clyne, 41st IBCT Public Affairs)




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Market Responds to Growing Demand and Offers More Housing Choices in Salem (Photo)
City of Salem - 07/20/18 8:00 AM
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Salem, Ore. — Those looking to live in Salem have more options as the number of apartments being built in Salem has skyrocketed in recent years. In the past three years, the City issued building permits for 1,317 multifamily units. That is more than the total number issued over the 10 prior years combined: 1,298 units. This recent surge in housing choices meets a need that is expected to continue over the next few decades.

According to the 2015 Salem Housing Needs Analysis, the Salem area is expected to grow by nearly 60,000 people by 2035. This growing population will need a mix of smaller and less expensive units, and more housing types, including more multifamily housing, according to the study.

The community and City of Salem recognized the need to increase affordable housing options as part of the recent strategic planning initiative. The 2017 Salem Strategic Plan, which articulates goals for the City, identified affordable housing as a priority.

Here are a few examples how the City is encouraging more housing choices in Salem:

Financial Incentives

Land Supply and Land Use Regulations

  • The City is working to increase the amount of land that can be developed into multifamily housing. The 2015 Housing Needs Analysis showed that the Salem area has a projected 207-acre deficit of land for multifamily housing based on a 20-year population projection.
  • In July 2017, the City changed its rules to allow accessory dwelling units, also known as mother-in-law units, in Salem. The City has approved 15 such units so far, with more under review. 



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OMSI ANNOUNCES MASTER DEVELOPER: Gerding Edlen selected to lead the development of OMSI's property
OMSI - 07/20/18 7:47 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (July 20, 2018) – The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) announced today it has selected the master developer with whom it will partner on the development of its 18-acre riverfront campus. Gerding Edlen, a Portland, Oregon-based real estate investment and development firm, will provide strategic support and guidance for the OMSI team, working with them and other firms on a long-term vision for the development of the site. 

“We were fortunate to have had so many qualified firms express interest in this project are delighted to partner with Gerding Edlen,” said OMSI President and CEO Nancy Stueber. “I was impressed by their demonstrated expertise in developing transformative urban neighborhoods like the Brewery Blocks and South Waterfront, and their ability to work with the City of Portland and other public agencies in securing public funds for public / private partnerships.”

Multiple firms, including many local entities, will be part of the development team led by Gerding Edlen and will play important roles in the development of the OMSI property:

- SERA Architects: Urban Design & Planning
- The Farkas Group: Infrastructure Financing & Development Agreement Advisor
- URBAN.SYSTEMS: Smart City Technology Advisor
- Long Haul Capital: Impact Capital Advisor

“We are very excited to begin this partnership with OMSI,” said Jill Sherman, partner at Gerding Edlen. “Our team has been truly energized by OMSI’s vision and the opportunity to participate in the creation of a new, innovative and sustainable district that will benefit the wider community and enhance OMSI’s mission.”

Over the past two decades, Gerding Edlen has been committed to owning and developing mixed-use, urban-infill sustainable properties that strengthen communities and neighborhoods in major cities across the United States. As early proponents of sustainable development, the firm has more than 75 LEED certified or certified pending properties in its portfolio and is committed to integrating leading-edge sustainability innovations into its properties.

Here in Portland, the firm’s projects include the Brewery Blocks, Wieden + Kennedy, OHSU Center for Health and Healing, along with multiple buildings in the South Waterfront, Vestas’ North American Headquarters, Indigo @ Twelve | West, Pacific Northwest College of Art’s Main Campus building, multiple buildings on the PSU Campus, Central City Concern Old Town Recovery Center, and numerous affordable housing projects.

“I am thrilled this Oregon icon is building on its strengths and unlocking the potential for such exciting development on the east side of Portland,” said Sen. Ron Wyden. “Today’s news marks a great step forward for OMSI, which enjoys a well-earned reputation as a go-to place for science education and so much more for our community.”

Next steps for OMSI and the Gerding Edlen team include a planning process, which will lead to an application for a Central City Master Plan and a Development Agreement with the City of Portland for public infrastructure. Gerding Edlen will also begin to work with its team to develop innovative infrastructure solutions that they hope to implement as part of the redevelopment.  

“Today marks an important inflection point for the thriving Central Eastside district,” said Rep. Earl Blumenauer. “We are grateful for OMSI’s leadership, not only as an anchor institution for the state and region, but for its commitment to building community and harnessing innovation.”

In addition to creating a center of excellence and sustainability for the region, the OMSI district will also serve as a hub for the city’s Innovation Quadrant and feature a mix of uses and jobs, including growing creative industries, education facilities, research opportunities and visitor attractions such as open space and improved access to the river. 

“I’m excited to see that OMSI has chosen a proven local development partner to help realize the OMSI Master Plan vision,” said Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler.  “The OMSI District has long been a priority development opportunity for the City on the east bank of the river. The City of Portland is committed to being a strong public partner to OMSI and Gerding Edlen and I will provide the direct access and leadership needed to move the project forward. Portland’s future is intimately linked to education and innovation and the OMSI campus development within the Innovation Quadrant is a tremendous opportunity to establish a dynamic and thriving district that is accessible, provides equitable opportunities and is a place where people can gather, learn, work and live.”

The property development will also leverage the major investment in mass transportation by TriMet through the OMSI/SE Water Ave station and Tilikum Crossing Bridge, which have connected the district to the greater Portland Metro Area like never before.

The land where OMSI is located and its surrounding areas were donated by Portland General Electric in 1993. PGE continues to support OMSI and the central east side as a big part of the region’s economic future.

“We are pleased to see the OMSI District continue to build momentum as a showplace for sustainability and innovation,” said Dave Robertson, PGE’s vice president of public policy. “We look forward to working with OMSI and other property owners in the area to envision and eventually implement the kind of smart energy systems that will be a cornerstone for our clean energy future.”

Additional points of contact for comments on OMSI’s property development:

Jena Levy, Marketing Manager, Gerding Edlen
jena.levy@gerdingedlen.com | 503.802.6644

Jennifer Arguinzoni, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Office of Mayor Ted Wheeler
Jennifer.arguinzoni@portlandoregon.gov | 503.823.1129

Steve Corson, Corporate Communications, Portland General Electric
steven.corson@pgn.com | 503.464.8444

Erin Flynn, Board Chair, Portland IQ
eflynn@pdx.edu | 503.725.8490

Brad Malsin, CEIC President, Central Eastside Industrial Council
brad@beamdevelopment.com | 503.595.0140

About Gerding Edlen
Gerding Edlen is a leading real estate investment, development and asset and property management firm recognized for its expertise in creating and owning highly sustainable, urban infill, office, residential and mixed-use properties. Founded in 1996, the firm engages a socially responsible approach to real estate by cultivating properties that strengthen communities, minimize impact on the environment and add profound value to residents and tenants. Gerding Edlen’s efforts are guided by a set of criteria, known as the Principles of Place, where community plays a pivotal role alongside design, technology and sustainability in the success of their properties. This commitment has led the firm to become a recognized national leader of sustainable development, which includes more than 75 LEED certified or certified pending properties. Based in Portland, Oregon, Gerding Edlen’s base of operations has grown from Portland, to a firm that conducts business in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Boston, Chicago and Hawaii.  In addition to the Portland office, Gerding Edlen has offices in San Francisco, CA and Boston, MA. For more information, please visit gerdingedlen.com. 

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in nearly every county in Oregon. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu. 


Thu. 07/19/18
Man Arrested for Murder After Assault on Elderly Female
Tualatin Police Dept. - 07/19/18 11:02 PM

On Thursday, July 19, 2018, at approximately 2:53 pm, Tualatin Police responded to a report of an assault in the 20000 block of SW 72ndAvenue, in Tualatin.

When officers arrived they located a 74 year old female assault victim inside the home.  The female victim was transported to OHSU but later died as a result of her injuries.

Officers also located a 47 year old male suspect inside the home.  The suspect, identified as Mr. Garth Beams, was taken into custody without incident and lodged at the Washington County Jail on a charge of Murder.

The Tualatin Police were assisted by members of the Washington County Major Crimes Team and the Washington County District Attorney’s Office.

No further information is available at this time.

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Substation Fire Now Number One Fire in the Nation; Additional Resources Added
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 07/19/18 6:53 PM

MORO, OR –  Day 3 of the Substation Fire brought high winds, with gusts up to 35-40 mph, making it a challenging day for firefighters.

The winds gave way to growth at the south end of the fire, near Deschutes river canyon, impacting both agricultural and wildland areas. Significant air assets continue to be used throughout the incident, in addition to dozers that helped firefighters make progress towards containment.

The Substation Fire is now considered the number one fire in the nation. Additional resources arrived Thursday afternoon in the form of a Pacific Northwest incident management team. These 60 team members add greater depth to the operational forces currently employed on the fire and will assist in managing all aspects of the fire. The additional resources complement the 217 firefighters, who represent 73 fire agencies across the state, currently assigned to the fire.

The Oregon National Guard has been activated to assist the Oregon Department of Forestry with wildfire suppression efforts following Governor Kate Brown’s statewide wildfire emergency declaration on July 18, 2018. These assets include two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters equipped with Bambi water buckets.

Other air tankers known as “Super Scoopers” and “Fire Bosses” that can drop hundreds and thousands of gallons of water continue to be used, as well as single-engine air tankers that can disperse fire retardant. Aircraft in this fuel type are very useful; they can provide heavy drops on canyon ridges and precision attacks in steeper terrain.

Evacuation levels have been very fluid. Law enforcement and fire officials appreciate the community’s understanding and responsiveness regarding evacuations. Fire officials are working closely with the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office and Sherman County Sheriff’s Office to continually evaluate the risk to communities. Level 3 (“Go”) evacuations continue to be in place for Moro and Grass Valley. The communities of Wasco and Kent remain under Level 2 evacuation. Area residents are urged to heed local emergency notifications as well as check the local sheriff’s office Facebook page and the Substation Fire Facebook page (www.facebook.com/substationfire2018) for updates.

Segments 3 and 4 of the lower Deschutes River remain closed.

The American Red Cross shelter at The Dalles Middle School at 1100 E. 12th St remains available to residents impacted by the fire. In addition to sleeping accommodations, the shelter is a resource for meals, community updates, and a cool place to get out of the heat and smokey conditions.

Locally, smoke is in the moderate to unhealthy range. Sensitive groups, such as those with asthma, chronic respiratory disease or cardio vascular disease, are encouraged to avoid smoke exposure, reduce time spent outdoors and avoid strenuous activity during smoky conditions.

 


Silver Creek fire - final update
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/19/18 3:08 PM

SILVERTON, Ore. – Crews working on the Silver Creek fire are in the final stages of mop-up operations. Most of the remaining hazard trees will be removed today and fire managers expect to begin demobilizing crews tonight. The fire is currently 80% contained and remains at 27 acres. While about 115 personnel are still working the fire, that number will decrease by the weekend. Remaining personnel will continue to locate and extinguish hot spots. Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire crews will continue to check the fire through the first fall rains. A Type II helicopter on standby in Salem will be available through the fire season. To date, no injuries or facility damage have been attributed to the fire.

Light smoke may continue to come from the fire, but should not impact operations in Silver Falls State Park. Waterfall areas are accessible during normal park hours. The 214 Trailhead, Howard Creek Horse Camp and Day-use Area, and Camp Silver Creek remain closed. Managers will continue to evaluate those closures and announce any changes.

As fire danger increases statewide and firefighting resources are stretched thin, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is prohibiting all campfires and open flames in all state park properties effective 10 a.m. today. Visitors planning a trip to a state park should check for up-to-date information about fire restrictions at http://bit.ly/2uLzdwY. For current fire restrictions in other areas, visit the ODF Website: https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx.

Supporting media is available on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5938/.

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Effective Saturday, July 21, all media inquiries about the Silver Creek fire should be referred to Bobbi Doan, Public Affairs Specialist with ODF (obbi.J.Doan@oregon.gov">Bobbi.J.Doan@oregon.gov; 503-945-7506).


Students from Brookings, Oregon to Display World War II Exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 07/19/18 3:03 PM
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Portland, OR – The Remembrance of World War II, an exhibit created by students from Brookings-Harbor High School, will be on display at the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) in Portland. The exhibit, which took 60 students from two classes of Junior U.S. History and the State and Local History class four weeks to create, gives a localized perspective on World War II from the viewpoint of the American homefront. Many of the photos featured in the exhibit are on loan from veterans living in Brookings and have never been published before now.  

The Curry Coastal Pilot published a story on the exhibit, stating that the students hoped that they might find a venue where more people could see the exhibit, specifically mentioning the Oregon Historical Society. OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk happened to see the article and contacted the students to learn more. After seeing the exhibit through a FaceTime call, Tymchuk told the students that OHS would be delighted to host their exhibit at its museum in Portland. 

“I was tremendously impressed with the research, scholarship, and creativity of the students, and wanted to give others the opportunity to see this exhibit on one of the most eventful and impactful times in history,” said Tymchuk.

Several students and their family members will be traveling from Brookings to Portland to see the exhibit on Saturday, July 28. The students will be available for interviews at 1pm at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland).

The Remembrance of World War II will be on view in the main pavilion of OHS from July 26 through August 3. Admission to this exhibit is free and is $5 to visit the rest of the museum; view a list of current exhibits at ohs.org. Admission is free every day for OHS members and Multnomah County residents. The museum is open seven days a week, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 12pm – 5pm.  

 

About the Oregon Historical Society

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




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Aug. 7 primary election ballots in the mail, election night results
Clark Co. WA Communications - 07/19/18 2:51 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – Ballots are in the mail to all registered voters for the upcoming Aug. 7 primary. For this election, all Clark County voters will receive a ballot.

If a voter does not receive a ballot by Thursday, July 26, please contact the Elections Office at (564) 397-2345 to request a replacement ballot. Replacement ballots also can be requested by email, by mail, or in person at the Elections Office, 1408 Franklin St. Office hours are 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

Email requests should be sent to elections@clark.wa.gov.  The mailing address is Clark County Elections Office, PO Box 8815, Vancouver, WA 98666-8815.

At 6 pm on election day, Tuesday, Aug. 7, the process of entering the scanned ballot information into the ballot tabulation system will begin. Election results will be released to the public and news media on the sixth-floor of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. at or before 8:15 pm Results also will be available on the County Auditor’s website at clarkvotes.org.

A sample ballot for this election is available at clarkvotes.org.


Hockinson School District Board of Directors Budget Hearing & Regular Meeting
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 07/19/18 2:46 PM

Date:               Monday, July 23, 2018

Time:               5:00 p.m. Budget Hearing, Regular Meeting Will Follow

Location:         Hockinson School District Board Room (New District Office)

Address:          17912 NE 159th St. Brush Prairie, WA 98606


Fairview man hits homerun with $80,000 Keno win (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 07/19/18 2:43 PM
David Brown of Fairview won more than $80,000 playing Keno 8-Spot.
David Brown of Fairview won more than $80,000 playing Keno 8-Spot.
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July 19, 2018 – Salem, Ore. – David Brown of Fairview knows exactly what he is going to do with his $80,884 Keno 8-Spot win – go see his Chicago Cubs.

“I had a trip to Chicago planned and now I am going to go see the Cubs play the Cardinals,” he said. “I got to see them last year in Phoenix and now I can see them at Wrigley Field.”

Brown said he is a 40-year Cubs fan and his Lottery win comes at a great time, just before his trip.

“I like to get my Keno tickets and then ignore the Keno board and scan them afterward,” he said. “That way I am surprised. I like being surprised.”

Brown was playing Video Lottery games at the Lighthouse in Oregon City when one of the clerks noticed someone had hit the Keno rolling 8-Spot jackpot. When players play the Keno 8-Spot, if no one has selected all eight numbers drawn, the rolling jackpot continues to grow.

“I scanned it and that’s when it said it was a high-tier win!” Brown said. “I immediately signed the back of the ticket and then checked online to see exactly how much I had won. I had a hint that I might have won, but when I saw it I was definitely surprised.”

Brown received $25,000 for matching all eight numbers, and $54,134 for the rolling jackpot on his quick pick ticket. In addition, Brown had a second quick pick ticket worth $1,750 for matching seven of eight numbers.
During the 2015-17 biennium in Multnomah County, where the Brown lives, more than $109 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement.

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. In the event of winning a jackpot, players 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 more than $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: David Brown of Fairview won more than $80,000 playing Keno 8-Spot.

POINT serves Search Warrant in Dallas (Photo)
Polk Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/19/18 2:42 PM
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On 7/18/2018 members of the Polk Interagency Narcotics Team (POINT), assisted by the Dallas Police Department, Oregon State Police and Polk County Sheriff’s Office, served a search warrant at the residence located at 482 SW Wyatt Street in Dallas, Polk County, Oregon.  The warrant service concluded an investigation into the illegal distribution of methamphetamine in the Polk County area conducted by Ronald Selby.

 

Detectives located just over 70 grams of methamphetamine, packaging materials, $620 in cash, digital scales, drug use paraphernalia including pipes and needles, video surveillance equipment and digital media devices.  The following subjects were arrested for the following charges:

 

Richard Selby

DOB/ 2-15-1962

Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine

Bail - $15,000

 

Ronald Selby

DOB/ 10-12-1969

Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine – Substantial Quantity (x4)

Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine – Substantial Quantity (x3)

Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine – Substantial Quantity / Commercial Drug Offense

Bail – $4.2 Million

 

Ronald Selby was on release from Marion County on a prior POINT investigation that resulted in his arrest on 12/14/2017 in Salem.  At that time Mr. Selby and his associate, Felipe Rodriguez Jr (DOB/ 9-25-1984) were arrested on Portland Road with 1,572.1 grams (3.47 pounds) of methamphetamine.  The case is pending prosecution in Marion County.

 

The Polk Interagency Narcotics Team is a cooperative effort by the Dallas Police Department, Monmouth Police Department, Independence Police Department, Oregon State Police, Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Polk County District Attorney’s Office.  The mission of POINT is to directly impact the negative effects of unlawful activities involving controlled substances within all jurisdictions of the Polk County community.

 




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Oregon National Guard activated to assist wildfire suppression efforts (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 07/19/18 1:43 PM
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SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon National Guard (ONG) has been activated to assist the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) with wildfire suppression efforts following Governor Kate Brown’s statewide wildfire emergency declaration on July 18, 2018.

At the request of ODF, aviation assets will be made available to wildfire crews in Oregon. The Oregon Army National Guard will provide two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters equipped with Bambi water buckets. Other air assets include an additional HH-60M Black Hawk helicopter to be on standby for medical evacuations and a UH-72 Lakota helicopter to assist with aerial spotting.

Other ONG assets and personnel could be activated if needed, including teams of service members to provide traffic assistance points and firefighting ground crews. Oregon National Guard ground troops have not yet been requested but are available if wildfire conditions worsen. 

Two teams (each with approximately 125 Soldiers and Airmen) have already been trained and are “Red Card” certified in preparation for wildfire season with an additional 125-person team scheduled to be certified by August 10. The teams are comprised of Citizen-Airmen and Citizen-Soldiers from Oregon Air and Army National Guard units across the state.

The ONG has an ongoing agreement with ODF known as Operation Plan Smokey, which stipulates the details of how ONG members and assets may be utilized to assist in annual firefighting efforts. This agreement is reviewed annually by leadership of both agencies.

 

PHOTO CAPTION: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment, land a CH-47 Chinook helicopter equipped with a 2,000-gallon capacity Bambi Bucket at Davis helibase near Gates, Oregon, in support of firefighting efforts at the Whitewater Fire in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness Area, August 7, 2017. The Oregon National Guard has been activated to assist the Oregon Department of Forestry with wildfire suppression efforts again this year following Governor Kate Brown’s emergency declaration. (Oregon Army National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Anita VanderMolen, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)




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Tip of the Week-July 23, 2018-Fire Safety
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/19/18 1:22 PM

We know that fires frequently occur, but no one seems to think they will be the victim of a fire.  However, hundreds of people are victimized by fire every year in this country. There are some precautions we can all take to reduce the risk of our becoming the victim of a fire. Use the following tips to help keep you and your family safe especially during the hot, dry season.

Protect your home from wildfire

  • Create a 30-foot non-combustible defensible space around your home. Stack firewood away from the home.
  • Trim branches along driveways so that they are 14 feet off the ground, 14 feet from other surfaces and 10 feet from the roof and power lines.
  • Use non-combustible roofing materials. Keep gutters and foundation screen vents free from debris.
  • Keep yards watered and mowed. Plant low-growing, less-flammable plants near homes.
  • Post your address in a location that is visible from all directions for at least 150 feet.

Campfires

  • Call before you go – Call your local forestry or fire district to learn if there any current campfire restrictions.
  • Select the right spot – Choose campgrounds with established fire pits. If campfires are allowed outside campgrounds, avoid areas near your tent, structures, vehicles, shrubs and trees. Be aware of low-hanging branches overhead. Clear the site down to mineral soil, at least five feet on all sides, and circle your campfire site with rocks.
  • Keep your campfire small.
  • NEVER use gasoline.
  • Always have a shovel and a bucket of water nearby to extinguish any escaped embers.
  • When you leave, drown all embers with water, stir the coals and drown again until it is DEAD OUT.

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




Attached Media Files: 2018-07/5490/116352/072318-Fire_Safety.pdf

Police Seek Help Finding Missing 13-Year-Old Girl (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 07/19/18 1:09 PM
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Gresham, Ore. – Police are looking for a missing 13-year-old girl who ran away on July 17. Jamya Smith has black hair, brown eyes, is approximately 5-feet-2-inches tall and weighs 115 pounds. She was last seen wearing an orange Oregon shirt, gray shorts, pink flip flops and leopard print glasses.

Anyone who has information about Smith’s whereabouts is encouraged to call the non-emergency police dispatch line at 503.823.3333 or if needed, 911.




Attached Media Files: Jamya Smith

Red Cross Responds to Multi-Family Home Fire Affecting Nine in Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/19/18 12:44 PM

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a multi-family home fire disaster on July 19, 2018, at approximately 10:00 a.m. in the 9400 block of NE Prescott in Portland, Oregon. The fire affected nine, including five 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 with toiletry items, 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 in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. 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/GetAnAlarm to schedule an appointment.


Recreational use health advisory lifted July 19 for Lake Billy Chinook 
Oregon Health Authority - 07/19/18 12:41 PM

July 19, 2018

Reduced cyanobacteria and cyanotoxin levels confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted the recreational use health advisory issued June 22 and expanded on July 11 for Lake Billy Chinook, located about 12 miles west of Madras, in Jefferson County.

Water monitoring has confirmed that the level of cyanotoxins (harmful algae toxins) in the reservoir are below recreational guideline values for human exposure. However, Oregon Health officials advise recreational visitors to always be alert to signs of cyanobacterial (harmful algae) blooms in all Oregon waters, because blooms can develop and disappear throughout the season. Only a fraction of the many lakes and waterways in Oregon are monitored for cyanobacteria by state, federal and local agencies, therefore, you are your own best advocate when it comes to keeping you and your family safe while recreating.

People and especially small children and pets should avoid recreating in 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. 

It’s possible cyanotoxins can still exist in clear water. Sometimes, cyanobacteria can move into another area, making water that once looked foamy, scummy or discolored now look clear. However, when a bloom dies elsewhere in the water body, it can release toxins that may reach into the clear water. There also are species of cyanobacteria that anchor themselves at the bottom of a water body, live in the sediment, or can grow on aquatic plants and release toxins into clear water near the surface. OHA relies on laboratory tests of water samples to determine when cyanotoxins are no longer present to lift health advisories.

For recreational health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms or cyanotoxins in recreational waters, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0440. For information about recreational 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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Hillsboro Police Department's K9 Dozer receives donation of body armor (Photo)
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 07/19/18 12:36 PM
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Hillsboro Police Department’s K9 Dozer received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest was provided by an anonymous sponsor and embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Chicken, Miss Kitty and K9 Billy”.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 3,000 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million dollars.

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

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283, and a five-year warranty and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

K9 Dozer was born in The Netherlands on January 4, 2016, and he joined the Hillsboro Police Department in June, 2017.  Dozer is partnered with Officer Denise Lemen, and he is trained to locate human odor through tracking, building searches, evidence recovery and handler protection.  K9 Dozer's vest will honor the memory of K9 Billy, who died in the line of duty on December 4, 2017.




Attached Media Files: 2018-07/1408/116345/Billy.jpg , Embroidery on vest , K9 Dozer in vest

Battle Ground High School Choir to perform hit song with Foreigner (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 07/19/18 12:10 PM
Battle Ground High School's Choir performing at a concert during the 2017-18 school year
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The Battle Ground High School choir is set to perform on stage with the world-renowned classic rock band Foreigner on Saturday, July 28 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield. About 25 students will join the band on stage to sing backup for the band’s chart-topping song, “I Want to Know What Love Is,” which spent two weeks as Billboard’s number one song in February 1985.

Foreigner will donate $500 to BGHS’ choir program, which will help cover future program costs such as equipment, instruments, and travel to plays and performances.

“This is such a fantastic opportunity for our kids and for the BGHS Choir program,” said choir director Darcy Schmitt. “It's an honor to perform on stage with such an iconic rock band.”

The performance on July 28 is part of Foreigner’s Juke Box Heroes Tour, which also features the bands Whitesnake and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening. Tickets are still available.




Attached Media Files: Battle Ground High School's Choir performing at a concert during the 2017-18 school year

Lebanon Fire District Issues Fire Danger Warnings (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 07/19/18 12:06 PM
A 2017 grass fire in Lebanon.
A 2017 grass fire in Lebanon.
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Early Thursday morning, Governor Kate Brown declared a statewide fire emergency, including a ban on campfires and open flames within state park properties until further notice. Within the Lebanon area this ban would apply to Cascadia State Park and the Thompson’s Mill State Heritage Site.

Fire officials from LFD say that it’s important for the community to recognize that different parks and recreational areas will have different restrictions in place at any given time, and the best course of action is to contact the responsible agency for the area you are traveling to with questions about specific restrictions.

“We have so many different agencies within our fire district that it can become confusing as to what the rules are and who sets those rules.” says Lebanon Fire District Division Chief Jason Bolen. “The Oregon Department of Forestry, Linn County Parks Department, the US Forest Service, the Department of Ag, the DEQ and BLM; all of these jurisdictions exist within the boundaries of the Lebanon Fire District and at times each agency will have different restrictions in place.”

The Lebanon Fire District encompasses 134 square miles of territory and is bordered by a number of neighboring fire agencies. Following this morning’s announcement from Governor Brown, Lebanon fire officials reached out to other local agencies to verify their restriction levels. The restrictions listed below are current as of 11:00 am on 7/19/18 and are in effect until lifted by the issuing agency. Contact the agency listed for more details or for information on when restrictions will be lifted.

Oregon State Campgrounds – No campfires or open flames until further notice.  Contact: www.oregonstateparks.org

Lebanon Fire District – No backyard burning. Recreational fires burning only seasoned firewood are allowed in a designated fire pit with a water source at hand. Recreational fire pits shall not be closer than 25 feet to a structure. Portable outdoor fireplaces shall not be closer than 15 feet to a structure. There are NO mowing restrictions to residential lawns currently in place. Extreme caution should be taken when mowing brown or dead grass as it poses a significant fire hazard. Contact: Lebanon Fire District, 541-451-1901.

City of Lebanon – No campfires or open flames in city parks, including Gills Landing Campground. Contact: Maintenance Operations Department, 541-258-4918.

Linn County Parks & Campgrounds – Campfires allowed in permanent campfire rings only. Contact: Linn County Parks Department, 541-967-3917.

Oregon Department of Forestry – Campfires allowed in ODF protected land ONLY in an approved site and following an inspection by an ODF staff member; Contact ODF at 541-367-6108 to schedule an inspection. Industrial Fire Protection Level information can be found at www.oregon.gov/ODF Contact: ODF South Cascade District Office, 541-367-6108.

The potential for a devastating fire within the Lebanon Fire District increases with every day, as high temperatures reduce fuel moisture levels and increase the ignition potential. This fire season has already shown itself to be a potential record setter for fire damage, and with Linn County crews currently fighting the Substation Fire near The Dalles, department staffing and resources are already being stretched thin. “Our hope is that the public stays aware of the local fire danger and uses good judgement when working with fire.” Bolen said. “We’ll try to share as much information as possible so that our community stays well informed and up to date on local fire conditions throughout the summer.” Should a large-scale fire event occur in Lebanon, similar to last year’s Mt. Hope fire, Bolen says Lebanon firefighters are prepared to handle it.  “We begin preparing for fire season months in advance, so our crews and equipment are ready to go at a moment’s notice. We also have mutual aid agreements in place with our neighboring municipal departments and the support of ODF and the state, if needed.”

For more information on fire season conditions contact any of the agencies listed above or the Lebanon Fire District at 541-451-1901.

For HD Video of this and other LFD incidents, please subscribe to the Lebanon Fire District YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjTxDBuPbD3DPAybCkCgEvg

For HD photos of this and other LFD incidents, please follow the Lebanon Fire District Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LebanonFireDistrict/?ref=bookmarks

For updates on large scale incidents within the Lebanon Fire District, follow us on Twitter: @LebanonFD




Attached Media Files: A 2017 grass fire in Lebanon.

Battle Ground Planning Commission encourages public participation in hearing about city sign code
City of Battle Ground - 07/19/18 12:01 PM

Battle Ground, WA - The Battle Ground Planning Commission is seeking input from the public on the city’s sign code, specifically as it relates to temporary off-premise signs such as garage sale and other temporary signs used to promote an event or service. The commission will hold a public hearing on the topic at their Wednesday, July 25 meeting.  

The Planning Commission is tasked with making a recommendation to City Council about the sign code as it relates to temporary off-premise signs.   Input from the community is important to the process and the commission encourages those with an interest in the topic to participate. 

The Planning Commission meeting and Public Hearing will be held on Wednesday, July 25, 7pm at Battle Ground City Hall, 109 SW 1st Street.  The meeting agenda is available online at www.cityofbg.org/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_07252018-314.


Police cadets awarded grant (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 07/19/18 11:49 AM
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Thanks to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, the Salem Police Department Cadet Unit was able to purchase 10 new ballistic vests after being awarded an $8,000 grant.

The Salem Police Cadet Unit was formed in 1974 for teens and young adults considering the law enforcement profession. Cadets are introduced and trained in several law enforcement disciplines to prepare them for their duties in the field, and prepare them to interact and engage the public at community events. The cadets are provided uniforms and safety equipment when they go out to work with officers in the community. Safety equipment includes items such as these protective vests. “Safety equipment does wear out,” said Officer Shane Sevigny who is the advisor to the teen cadre. “So this grant was critical for the purchase of replacement vests. We’re very grateful.”

The Salem Police Department is thankful for civic-minded organizations, such as the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, whose mission is to help provide life-saving equipment and needed resources to public safety organizations in communities like Salem.

If you, or someone you know is interested in becoming a Salem Police Cadet, please see the information on our website at www.cityofsalem.net/police.

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ABOUT FIREHOUSE SUBS PUBLIC SAFETY FOUNDATION

In 2005, the Firehouse Subs founders established the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, lifesaving equipment, and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations. Through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has granted more than $35 million to hometown heroes in 47 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, including more than $176,000 in Oregon.

 




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Crime Stoppers Tip Leads to Arrest of Suspected Drug Dealer and Seizure of Two Guns (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/19/18 11:38 AM
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On Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at 3:21 p.m., members of the Portland Police Bureau's Central Precinct Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) served a search warrant at a residence at the Westwind Hotel Apartments, located at 333 Northwest 6th Avenue.

This investigation began earlier in the day on Tuesday, after an anonymous tip was submitted to Crime Stoppers of Oregon. The anonymous tip led Central Precinct NRT officers to investigate the occupant of an apartment in the Westwind Hotel Apartments who was reportedly selling illegal drugs.

Based on information gathered during the investigation, officers submitted a warrant for approval and received approval from a Multnomah County judge.

As officers searched the apartment, they located over a half ounce of heroin which is equivalent to approximately 121 dosage units, $1,100.00 in cash, drug packaging materials, and two firearms. One of the seized firearms was previously reported as a stolen firearm. (Photographs of the firearms have been provided with this release.)

The suspect, 27-year-old Peter K. Nam, was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Manufacture of Heroin within 1000 feet of a School (two counts), Delivery of Heroin within 1000 feet of a School (two counts), Possession of Heroin (two counts), Theft in the First Degree by Receiving (one count), and warrants for Possession of a Controlled Substance Cocaine and a Douglas County warrant for Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver.

Anyone with information about Nam is asked to contact the Portland Police Bureau non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

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

To submit tips:

- Visit the App Store and download "P3 Tips" to submit secure and anonymous tips.
- Online at https://www.p3tips.com/823
- Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, 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.

To see other featured and unsolved cases, please visit https://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com/

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Attached Media Files: Peter K Nam , Firearm , Firearm

Increased DUI enforcement in SW Washington (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 07/19/18 11:32 AM
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Vancouver, Wash. –On July 20 and 21, 2018, the Vancouver and Washougal Police Departments and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office will have additional officers enforcing DUI laws in an effort to keep drunk, drugged and high drivers off the road.  Officers, who are also drug recognition experts, will be among those conducting these increased DUI patrols.   

These additional DUI enforcements are possible thanks to a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, which covers the overtime costs for the additional officers, as well as high visibility marketing in support of Target Zero, Washington’s strategic roadmap for eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030.  

If you are driving and see a suspected impaired driver, call 911.

For more information on these DUI emphasis patrols visit our DUI Enforcement page: https://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/dui-enforcement .

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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 https://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/how-do-i-become-vancouver-police-officer.

 

 

 

 




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Independence man sentenced to over four years in prison for dealing heroin.
Polk Co. Dist. Att. Office - 07/19/18 11:32 AM

DALLAS (OR) – Felipe Rodriguez, Jr., 33, of Independence, was sentenced in Polk County Circuit Court on Wednesday, to serve 58 months in prison by Judge Rafael A. Caso after pleading guilty to two separate counts of delivering substantial quantities of heroin.

The plea and sentencing marked the culmination of an investigation overseen by the Polk Interagency Narcotics Team (“POINT”) and a criminal prosecution led by the Polk County District Attorney’s Office.

 

 

 


California Man Sentenced to 150 Months in Federal Prison for Violent Assault Resulting in Serious Injury
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 07/19/18 11:04 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. – Victor Joseph Contreras, 23, of Fresno, California, was sentenced today to 150 months in federal prison for charges stemming from a March 2016 shooting death on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

According to court documents, on March 19, 2016, Contreras and codefendant Julian Darryl James Simpson attended a party on the reservation. As a result of escalating disputes between suspected gang members at the party, Contreras and Simpson were asked to leave.

When other party goers left the house, Contreras and Simpson opened fire on them using semiautomatic pistols. Simpson fired at least one shot at a victim, striking him in the back of the head, and fired additional shots into a nearby car. Contreras, upon hearing the gunshots, fired more than 20 rounds into the crowd of party goers, striking a second victim just above the ankle. The first victim was medically evacuated to a nearby hospital but later died from his injuries. Contreras fled the scene, but was arrested shortly thereafter. Simpson was arrested a week later in Lewiston, Idaho with the firearm used to kill the victim.

Contreras previously pleaded guilty to one count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence on July 5, 2017. Upon completion of his prison sentence, Contreras will be on supervised release for 5 years.

Simpson pleaded guilty to second degree murder on October 27, 2017. He was sentenced 25 years in prison followed by a 5-year term of supervised release.

The case was jointly investigated by the FBI and the Umatilla Tribal Police Department, and prosecuted by Scott M. Kerin, Jennifer J. Martin, Paul T. Maloney, and John C. Brassell, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon.

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Sherwood Receives Financial Reporting Achievement Award
City of Sherwood - 07/19/18 10:57 AM

For the sixth year in a row, the City of Sherwood has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for FY2017.  This certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

Sherwood’s CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standard of the program including a constructive “spirit of disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.  “It is rewarding to gain this recognition once again,” stated Joseph Gall, City Manager. “Achieving this high level of recognition in financial reporting is a result of our ongoing commitment of fiscal transparency and solid financial management. Congratulations to Katie Henry, Finance Director and her staff in putting together a CAFR that achieves this recognition”

The City of Sherwood has also received similar recognition for its budget from the GFOA for many years.  The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 19,000 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, IL, and Washington, D.C.


OMSI LAUNCHES NEW PLANETARIUM CONCERT SERIES: Concert-goers have front row seats to the galaxy while enjoying live music
OMSI - 07/19/18 10:48 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (July 19, 2018) – The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is excited to announce a new monthly planetarium concert series - Kendall Concerts: Music Under the Dome, which combines live musical performances with stunning visuals that invite audiences on an immersive, multisensory journey. 

Every month, musicians from all genres will serenade audiences in the planetarium, showcasing their talent and love of music with lasers, stars, and galaxies flashing across the domed screen. Each concert is a unique opportunity for OMSI guests and music enthusiasts to experience the visual wonders of the planetarium coupled with the musical accompaniment of local artists.  

Concert Schedule

Mondegreen | July 26, 8 p.m.
The “moon rock” duo will perform their debut “Returnity” is an exploration of space, lucidity, peace, mother nature, fractals, and modern-day consciousness.

Wooden Sleepers | August 9, 8 p.m.
This Portland folk-grass band is set to release their deput LP “Storm Floatin’” this fall.  Their Kendall Concerts performance is a chance to hear their album ahead of its October release.

The Brothers Billygoat | September 2, 8 p.m. 
This duo featuring harp, keyboard and percussion will play beneath beautiful and intricate self-made stop-motion films, projected on the Kendall Planetarium’s 52-foot dome.

The Bylines | October 14, 7 p.m. 
A jazz-inspired, story-driven pop duo, who most recently worked with the Oregon Symphony and Carnegie Hall to create the “Lullaby Project”.    

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in nearly every county in Oregon. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu. 


Search for Missing Swimmer Continues in Willamette River (Photo)
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/19/18 10:11 AM
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The search for 68 year old Leocadio Sendejas-Sanchez, who disappeared while swimming yesterday, continues this morning in the Willamette just north of Wheatland Ferry. Yesterday, divers and search crews covered approximately 1/4 mile of river water before suspending the search due to darkness. At about 9:00 a.m. Yamhill County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol conducted a visual search of the water. Divers from Clackamas County Dive/Rescue are scheduled to enter the water around 10:00 a.m.

An update will be provided later this afternoon




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Oregon's Youth Unemployment Rate at Record Low
Oregon Employment Department - 07/19/18 10:00 AM

Oregon’s unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in 2017, which was Oregon’s lowest unemployment rate since comparable records began in 1976.

The unemployment rate for Oregon teens ages 16 to 19 was 9.5 percent in 2017, which was also the lowest unemployment rate since 1978 when comparable records began. This was a large drop from a year before when the unemployment rate for teens was 20.0 percent.

 
The unemployment rate for Oregon young adults ages 20 to 24 was 7.6 percent in 2017, which was also the lowest unemployment rate recorded for this age category. The last time the unemployment rate for young adults was 7.6 percent was in 2005. In 2016, the unemployment rate for young adults was 9.6 percent.

Having a part-time or summer job used to be the normal situation for many teenagers. The labor force participation of teens averaged around 59 percent from 1978 to 2000. The rate started falling dramatically in 2001 both in Oregon and the nation. During the recession and in the aftermath of the recession it continued to slip.

Oregon’s strong job growth since 2013 attracted more teens and young adults into the labor force. The participation rate of teens ages 16 to 19 increased to 40 percent in 2017. Teen participation is close to its pre-recession rate of 42 percent, but still considerably less than what is was in the 1990s. The participation rate of young adults ages 20 to 24 increased to 74 percent in 2017.

More information is available in “Unemployment Rates for Oregon’s Youth – Lowest on Record.”

 

For help finding jobs and training resources, visit one of the state's WorkSource Oregon centers or go to: www.WorkSourceOregon.org.

Equal Opportunity program — auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.




Attached Media Files: Oregon's Youth Unemployment Rate at Record Low

Campfires and open flames prohibited in Oregon State Parks
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/19/18 9:14 AM

SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is prohibiting all campfires and open flames in all state park properties effective 10 a.m. today. The ban is in response to Gov. Brown’s declaration of a fire emergency. The campfire and open flame ban includes campgrounds, day-use areas, and all areas of the Ocean Shore and beaches managed by OPRD.

The fire ban applies to wood, charcoal, and other flame sources that cannot be turned off with a valve. Liquid fuel stoves or cooking devices that can be turned off with a valve are permitted, but cannot be left unattended. 

MG Devereux, OPRD deputy director, says the ban is meant to avoid any accidental fires on OPRD property that would further tax limited firefighting resources.

“We understand this is an inconvenience for campers, especially those who might not see the immediate need for local fire restrictions,” said Devereux. “We appreciate the public’s patience and their willingness to help protect our natural areas.”

The fire ban is expected to last at least one week, but will be evaluated based on weather, resource conditions and input from Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and other state and local fire officials.

Visitors planning a trip to a state park should check for up-to-date information about fire restrictions at http://bit.ly/2uLzdwY or by calling the state parks info line at 800-551-6949.


Media Opportunities: MCSO Participates in Community Summer Events
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/19/18 9:01 AM

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will participate in two local community summer events happening this weekend, July 20 and 21, 2018.


Wood Village Nite Out

Friday, July 20

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Wood Village Baptist Church

23601 NE Arata Road

 

Coordinated by the City of Wood Village and hosted by the Wood Village Baptist Church, this annual summer event is the City’s largest neighborhood event! This year’s Nite Out will feature kid’s games and activities, great music and food, and exciting demonstrations by first responders. This event is a part of the National Nite Out Program that is supported by many of the businesses in the area. Wood Village Baptist Church provides over 100 volunteers for the estimated crowd of 2,500 visitors.

 

Due to construction on NE Arata Road and limited on-site parking, visitors are encouraged to use caution in the area and consider parking nearby and walking to the event.

 

 

Troutdale SummerFest

Saturday, July 21

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Glenn Otto Park

1102 E Historic Columbia River Hwy

 

Join in on the annual summer fun in Downtown Troutdale! The Historic Columbia River Highway will be closed off from Kibling to Glenn Otto Park and kids are invited to “Chalk It Up” on the streets in front of Mayor’s Square. At 11:00 a.m., the parade will march through town to Glenn Otto Park where the festivities will go on throughout the afternoon! Glenn Otto Park will have a variety of vendors, food, entertainment, music, and fun activities for the kids!

 

MCSO’s own K9 Ranger has been honored as the Canine Citizen of the Year! He and his partner, Deputy Weber, will proudly represent MCSO during the parade and throughout the day’s fun.

 

SummerFest is hosted by the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce. This year, a portion of proceeds will benefit the Multnomah County Animal Shelter Services.

 

More information is available at http://www.westcolumbiagorgechamber.com/troutdale-summerfest/


Both events are family friendly and open to all!

Media is invited to attend both events.


Science on Tap Vancouver -- Music and the Aging Brain: A Discussion and Concert
Via Productions - 07/19/18 9:00 AM

Science on Tap Vancouver hosts a special second event in July!

Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Time: Event at 7 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.)

Location: Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main Street, Vancouver, WA

Cost: $14.00 advance tickets, $15.00 at the door, $8 for students

Food & Drink: Beer, wine, pizza slices, popcorn, and snacks available.

Event Website: https://www.viaproductions.org/events/kiggins_july_25_music/

Our brains undergo numerous changes that affect memory, motor, and sensory functions as we age. Many of these changes are amplified in diseases like Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Could music limit the effects of aging and neurodegenerative diseases? 

At this event, learn from Dr. Larry Sherman, a musician and Professor of Neuroscience at the Oregon Health & Science University, and singer/songwriter Naomi LaViolette as they explore how listening, practicing, and performing music influence the brain, and how these activities could impact brain aging and disease. They will also discuss Naomi’s work as a pianist, vocalist, arranger, and composer with Steven Goodwin, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, and the Saving His Music project, which has received prominent coverage in national and local news.

Join us and enjoy a multi-media presentation that combines live music and visuals with discussions about cutting edge science. Both Dr. Sherman and Ms. LaViolette will be performing live music ranging from Debussy, Leonard Cohen, and the Beatles to original pieces by Ms. LaViolette and Steven Goodwin.

This is a repeat of the sold out talk given at the Aladdin Theatre on May 3, 2018.

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Science on Tap at the Kiggins is produced in partnership with Washington State University Vancouver

 


Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, drink a pint, and enjoy learning. 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! For more information on this event or about Science on Tap, visit Via Productions.


Interior to Host Press Call on the Endangered Species Act
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 07/19/18 8:59 AM

WASHINGTON - Today, at 12:00 PM EST, Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), as well as from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will host a news media telephone briefing regarding the Endangered Species Act. Credentialed members of the news media may RSVP for the call by emailing Interior_Press@ios.doi.gov to obtain the dial-in information.

WHAT: 

Telephone press briefing 

WHO:  

Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt
USFWS Assistant Director for Ecological Services Gary Frazer
Senior NOAA Officials

WHEN:

Today, July 19, 2018 at 12:00 PM EST

WHERE: 

RSVP to obtain dial-in information 

RSVP:

This call is only for members of the news media. Email Interior_Press@ios.doi.gov to obtain the dial-in information


Crack crab with CCC wrestling (Photo)
Clackamas Comm. College - 07/19/18 8:07 AM
CCC hosts annual crab feed Sept. 29
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OREGON CITY – The Clackamas Community College Foundation, on behalf of the CCC wrestling team, will host the seventh annual crab feed and auction fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 29, from 5 to 10 p.m., in Gregory Forum, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City.

Crack a shell or 17 at this no-host social hour and auction. The night begins with shrimp cocktails and smoked salmon appetizers followed by an all-you-can-eat crab dinner. Proceeds from the event assists the CCC wrestling team in purchasing team gear and funding its annual trip to the National Championships.

“This event is a must for us to continue to help our student athletes accomplish their goals and for this college to continue to compete at such a high level nationally in wrestling,” head wrestling coach Josh Rhoden said.

Clackamas Community College has won 38-straight dual meet victories, which is the nation’s longest winning streak. The team has won a record five-straight national Dual Meet Championships and finished in the top three nationally in six out of the last eight seasons.

The crab feed and auction helps CCC get our athletes a level of exposure that allows them opportunities to move on to a four-year college or university to pursue their educational and athletic dreams.

“None of this is possible without the type of support we receive from this event,” Rhoden said.

The cost is $50 per person, or sponsor a table of eight for $400. Register online at https://bit.ly/2JvV3JS.

For more information, email Josh Rhoden at joshr@clackamas.edu or call 503-594-3275.

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Attached Media Files: CCC hosts annual crab feed Sept. 29

Felony Elude Suspect Crashes Vehicle (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 07/19/18 7:49 AM
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On July 18, 2018 at 2:15 p.m. Beaverton Police officers responded to a suspicious vehicle/person call at SW Erickson/SW Larson. The complainant reported a male and female were possibly casing houses and when confronted, the male mentioned having a gun. Officers recognized the description of the male and his vehicle as being the same ones involved with eluding officers a week prior.

Officers arrived and visually confirmed it was the same male, 26-year-old Chase Larrazabal. Mr. Larrazabal tried to ram three patrol vehicles. A vehicle pursuit ensued which ended when Mr. Larrazabal crashed his Mercury Mountaineer into a Lexus sedan and Toyota Tacoma at SW Murray/SW Teal. Mr. Larrazabal’s vehicle ended up partially submerged in the lake.

Mr. Larrazabal tried to act like a crash witness but was quickly taken into custody. Mr. Larrazabal and his 35-year-old female passenger were taken to a local hospital for precautionary measures. The 66-year-old female driver of the Lexus was taken to a local hospital for serious injuries. One passenger of the Toyota Tacoma was taken to a local hospital for precautionary measures.

Officers and deputies from the Washington County Crash Reconstruction Team are assisting with the investigation. After Mr. Larrazabal is released from the hospital he will be lodged at Washington County Jail on his three misdemeanor warrants, Attempted Assault in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, Felony Elude and crimes associated with last week’s incident.

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Attached Media Files: incident scene , suspect's car , mugshot

Shooting Investigation Overnight in Portland's Argay Terrace Neighborhood - No Known Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 07/19/18 7:45 AM
On Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at 10:35 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the 3400 block of Northeast 124th Place on the report that area residents heard gunfire.

Officers arrived at the scene and searched the area for suspects, injured people, and evidence of gunfire. There were no suspects or people with injuries that were located during the search. As officers canvassed the area they located a residence that had been struck multiple times by gunfire. Officers contacted the residents at the home that was struck by gunfire and determined no one had been injured inside the home. At this time no victims have arrived at area hospitals as a result of this shooting. Officers also located evidence of gunfire on Northeast 124th Place.

Officers learned that several nearby residents heard a vehicle leaving the area shortly after hearing gunfire.

At this time there is no additional information to provide the public in relation to this investigation.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact the Portland Police Bureau non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

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 any unsolved homicide is eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,500. Information about any other unsolved felony crime is eligible for a cash reward 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:

Visit the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips.

Online at https://www.p3tips.com/823

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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Dr. Todd Sanders Appointed to Tualatin Valley Water District Board of Commissioners (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Water Dist. - 07/19/18 7:12 AM
Dr. Sanders Taking Oath of Office
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The Tualatin Valley Water Board of Commissioners appointed Dr. Todd Sanders to the board for a term ending June 30, 2019. He replaces Commissioner Richard Burke, who left the board when he moved his residence outside of the district’s service area.

Dr. Sanders has served as a volunteer on the Tualatin Valley Water District Budget Committee for twelve years. He has worked in water supply systems and regulatory compliance; and he currently teaches engineering and engineering technology related to water supply and treatment at Portland Community College. Dr. Sanders holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Hydraulics & Hydrology from Michigan State University; and a master’s degree and a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Coastal Physical Oceanography from the University of Delaware. 

“The Tualatin Valley Water District Board of Commissioners enthusiastically selected Dr. Sanders to fill the vacant seat. He brings a solid professional background, a passion for providing high quality drinking water for all District members, and is committed to a diverse water supply for our region,” added Mark Knudson, Chief Executive Officer. 

Tualatin Valley Water District serves drinking water to approximately 225,000 residents of Washington County. To assure a future reliable and affordable water supply, Tualatin Valley Water and the City of Hillsboro are constructing a pipeline to draw water from the Willamette River in Wilsonville. See: tvwd.org and OurReliableWater.org for details. 




Attached Media Files: Dr. Sanders Taking Oath of Office

'20 Years of Changing Lives with Love' at Friends of the Carpenter Annual Dinner and Auction on Oct. 20; Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Friends of the Carpenter - 07/19/18 7:00 AM

Vancouver, WA – Friends of the Carpenter (FOC) will host its 16th annual auction on Sat. Oct. 20, 2018, 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Warehouse ’23, 100 Columbia St #102. Tickets purchased before Oct. 10 are $75 per person, $700 table of 10 (tickets increase to $85 per person, $800 table of 10 after Oct. 10) Event tickets are now on sale and can be purchased on-line at friendsofthecarpenter.org or at the FOC office, 1600 W. 20th Street.

“Twenty years is a tremendous milestone. We are honored to share this anniversary with our supporters and the community that we serve,” said Tom Iberle, executive director. “For this year’s event logo, we created a mosaic of people within the number 20. In addition to the faces of our participants, our volunteers and our woodworkers, you’ll also see a few Friends who made this Ministry possible – Duane and Julie Sich, Jack Artz, and Dan Nicholas – for whom we are eternally grateful.”

The event will feature dinner and both silent and live auctions, where guests can bid on exciting vacation packages, heirloom quality woodworking items, sports and recreation packages, gift baskets, and more. All funds raised by the event support FOC’s mission, including programs at the Friendship Center where people of all circumstances are empowered to live life with dignity, hope and love.

Sponsorship opportunities are available at various levels, from presenting sponsor at $30,000 to table sponsor at $1,000. Contact Christine Bilic, Administrative & Development Manager, at 360-750-4752 or istine@friendsofthecarpenter.org">christine@friendsofthecarpenter.org.

About FOC

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 FOC’s Friendship Center. Our mission: Friends of the Carpenter is a non-profit, faith-based day facility that provides safety, structure and purpose for vulnerable members of our community. Learn more at friendsofthecarpenter.org.

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Rural house fire results in total loss
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - 07/19/18 6:57 AM

Kelso, WA- Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue and Cowlitz Fire District #5 (Kalama) responded to a structure fire in the 4700 block of Rose Valley Rd Wednesday evening at 5:40.  Dispatch reported several calls reporting smoke in the area.  The first fire unit arrived on scene and reported that a house was on fire and the roof had collapsed.  Further investigation confirmed that the house was unoccupied.  Fire crews extinguished the fire in under 40 minutes from the exterior.  Two fire engines, two water tenders, a chief officer, and two brush engines responded to the fire.  The house’s assessed valued is $109,000. and is considered a total loss, according to fire officials.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.  Two firefighters were treated on scene for heat related exhaustion, no other injuries were reported. 


Wed. 07/18/18
Woman Suffers Fatal Fall at Potholes Area in Camas
Camas-Washougal Fire Dept. - 07/18/18 10:14 PM

At approximately 7 pm on July 18, Camas-Washougal Fire Department (CWFD) received a report of a female patient who had fallen in the "potholes" area below Lacamas Lake in Camas.  Responding personnel found an approximately 37 year old female patient who was deceased after suffering traumatic injuries.  The Clark County Technical Rescue team was requested for assistance in body recovery.  Recovery efforts were completely by approximately 10 pm.  CWFD was assisted by personnel from the Vancouver Fire Department, East County Fire and Rescue, and Clark County Fire District 6.  CWFD would like to remind citizens that the potholes area is not safe for recreation at any time of the year.  Swift water currents, cold water temperatures, and steep terrain, pose a constant threat. 

Further information concerning patient identity and cause of death will be under the authority of the Clark County Medical Examiner. 


Substation Fire Evacuations Grow; Fire Crews Battle Winds
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 07/18/18 9:55 PM

Governor declares state of emergency

Moro, OR – July 18, 2018 – The Substation Fire started southeast of The Dalles on Tuesday afternoon and moved further east today. Firefighters saw heightened activity on the north and the south end of the fire. More than 50,000 acres in Sherman and Wasco Counties are affected.

Level 3 evacuations (“Go”) increased to include Moro; level 2 evacuations (“Be Ready”) grew to include the community of Wasco, south to the community of Kent and several miles east. More than 900 homes are in the Level 2 and level 3 areas.  A Red Cross shelter open at The Dalles Middle School at 1100 E. 12th St in The Dalles.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency due to the ongoing threat of wildfire and increasing wildfire activity. The declaration makes available resources from around the state, and from outside of Oregon if necessary.

As of Wednesday afternoon 178 firefighters from 32 agencies across Oregon are focused on protecting structures in the line of the fire.  Additional resources continue to arrive from around the state.

A wide variety of flying air tankers have been deployed to fight the Substation Fire. These include:

  • Two 750-gallon capacity “Fire Bosses”
  • Two ”Super Scooper” air tankers, capable of which are “scooping” 12,000 gallons of water from the Columbia River to drop on the fire
  • A heavy air tanker which drops retardant on the fire
  • Two Type-2 helicopters

A VLAT (Very Large Air Tanker), which can carry 12,000 gallons of water, was also deployed.

“I saw neighbors helping neighbors and firefighters going the extra mile to bring this fire under control,” said Public Information Officer Damon Simmons. “While these fires are awful, they show the true spirit of the local residents and Oregonians in general.”

Hwy 97 has been closed intermittently. Travelers are advised to check ODOT TripCheck for up-to-date information.

The Wasco Co. Sheriff’s Office confirmed one civilian fatality as a result of exposure to the fire.

A hotline for Substation Fire information has been established: 503-597-8076. Additional information is available at www.faceook.com/Substation2018.

 

 

 


Search Underway for Swimmer in Willamette River near Wheatland Ferry ***Update (Photo)
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/18/18 9:12 PM
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Update

The search for Leocadio Sendejas-Sanchez, the missing swimmer in the Willamette River is being suspended due to darkness. Search crews from the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and Clackamas County Dive/Rescue searched for several hours, covering approximately one-quarter mile downriver from Sendejas-Sanchez’s last known location.

The search was conducted with the use of divers and four watercraft. 

Efforts will continue tomorrow morning and additional information will be made available as it develops. 
 

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Today, at about 4:15 p.m. Yamhill Communications Agency, the dispatch agency for the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, received a  911 call advising a swimmer had gone under water in the Willamette River, approximately 200 yards north of the Wheatland Ferry.

The swimmer was identified by a family member as Leocadio Sendejas-Sanchez, 68 years of age.  Sendejas-Sanchez, who is a resident of California, was visiting relatives in Oregon.  Those relatives were present on the shore at the time of the incident. 

Currently, the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, and Clackamas County Dive/Rescue have craft on the water searching for Sendejas-Sanchez. 

The initial investigation has determined that Sendejas-Sanchez was attempting to swim across the Willamette from the Yamhill County side to the Marion County side when he was observed going under water.  Sendejas-Sanchez was described as a good swimmer; however he was not wearing a life jacket at the time of his disappearance. 

Water visibility in the Willamette is very good at this time, and the water is low.  The search is continuing and additional information will be provided when available.




Attached Media Files: patch , Search

Missing Child FOUND SAFE.
Vancouver Police Dept. - 07/18/18 7:56 PM

....Child found safe by Washougal Police....

Today at 3 pm Nash Modin (10 years old) left home after an argument with his mother. He has not been seen or heard from since that time. A canvas of the area met with negative results. VPD is asking for help from the public to locate Nash.

Nash is 4 foot, 89 pounds with a buzz cut a slight Mohawk stye Brown hair and Blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a Green bicycle helmet and Super Heroes Gray T Shirt and Black athletic shorts. He has brightly colored Yellow, Green and Black shoes. He is riding a boys one speeed (similar to a huffy style) bicycle.

Nash has no known medical issues at this time.


Man Charged With Murder After Beating His Father to Death (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/18/18 5:48 PM
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July 18, 2018 – A 53-year-old man has been charged with murder after severely beating his father in early March. The 77-year-old man died at the hospital in early June.

On March 2, 2018, at 3:32 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a welfare check at a residence in the 7200 block of Northwest 185th Avenue in unincorporated Washington County.

The caller, 53-year-old Shaun Maki, reported that his father, 77-year-old Melvin Maki, was suffering from self-inflicted injuries inside the home they both lived.

When they arrived, deputies found Melvin suffering from severe injuries that were not consistent with self-inflicted wounds. He was transported to a local trauma hospital with critical injuries.

Based on the suspicious circumstances, detectives from the Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit responded to investigate. Detectives collected evidence that led them to believe that Shaun had brutally beaten his father with a wooden shovel handle and waited a substantial time to call 9-1-1.

Detectives arrested Shaun that evening for attempted murder and other related charges, and lodged him at the Washington County Jail.

On June 4, 2018, Melvin died at a medical facility. The Oregon State Medical Examiner has ruled his death a homicide.

On July 18, 2018, a Washington County Grand Jury indicted Shaun Edwin Maki for murder, two counts of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, two counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment, and unlawful use of a weapon. He is being held at the Washington County Jail without bail.

Detectives were assisted in their investigation by Sheriff’s Office Forensic Science Unit personnel, Beaverton Police officers from the inter-agency Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team, and Oregon State Police Forensics.

The case will be prosecuted by the Washington County District Attorney’s Office.




Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Booking Photo

Deputies Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Crash (Independence) ***Names Released*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/18/18 4:56 PM
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Deputies have identified the drivers in yesterday’s fatal motor vehicle crash as Juan Ortiz-Hernandez, age 36 of Independence and Thomas Simons, age 62 of Monmouth.  Investigators believe Mr. Ortiz-Hernandez was traveling west on River Road in a small pickup truck when a motorcycle being operated by Mr. Simons failed to negotiate a curve resulting in a collision.  Mr. Ortiz-Hernandez was not injured in the crash but sadly Mr. Simons died at the scene. 

This marks the fourth fatal vehicle crash involving a motorcycle in Marion County within the month of July.  These very tragic events are a reminder of our great responsibility when taking to our roadways.  Attached is a link from our partners at Team Oregon who offer some great safety tips for motorcyclists.  https://team-oregon.org/resources/whatwouldyoudo/  

Deputies Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Crash (Independence) Today, July 17th, at 2:22 p.m., deputies with the Marion county Sheriff’s Office were called to a two vehicle crash that occurred in the 7400 block of River Road South near the Independence Bridge. Deputies believe a west bound motorcycle was negotiating a corner when the rider crossed the center line and struck a west bound pickup truck.

The driver of the pickup truck was not injured, sadly the motorcyclist died on scene. There are no additional details available at this time and no information regarding either involved driver will be released until the proper notifications can be made. River Road South is currently closed to one lane until the crash can be cleared.  Please use caution if you are traveling in the area.  




Attached Media Files: 2018-07/1294/116278/Crash_1.jpg

Vancouver Police Seek Public's Help with a Found Elderly Female (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 07/18/18 4:51 PM
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The female has been identified and responsible parties for her have been contacted

 

The Vancouver Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying an elderly female who was found wondering around the 1200 block of NE 93rd Ave earlier today.  In speaking with responding officers, the female believes her name is "Connie Rae", and she thinks she might live with others in a home near a park.  She doesn’t know anything else about herself. 

She is a White Female, around 5’5”, and weighing approximately 100 pounds.  She has long brown and grey hair.  When contacted by police, she was wearing a blue and brown colored flowered dress (see attached photo).  She was transported to an area hospital for a medical evaluation.  

Anyone who recognizes her or has information as to who she is and where she is living is strongly encouraged to contact the Vancouver Police Department. 




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Oregon Prosecutor Receives DEA Administrator's Award
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 07/18/18 4:10 PM

WASHINGTON – Scott M. Kerin, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, was one of several prosecutors and investigators recognized today by Acting Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator Uttam Dhillon for their work investigating a transnational opiate trafficking organization.

Kerin and his colleagues were given the prestigious Administrator’s Award for Outstanding Group Achievement in a ceremony today in Washington.

This case came to the attention of law enforcement as part of “Operational Denial,” an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation into the international trafficking of fentanyl and other legal drugs, and was significantly aided by the national and international coordination of agencies led by DEA’s Special Operations Division (SOD). The operation started in North Dakota in January 2015 as an overdose investigation. To date, 32 defendants have been charged as a result of the investigation.

This case jointly investigated by DEA; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); U.S. Postal Inspection Service; IRS Criminal Investigations; Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force; Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP); Portland Police Bureau (PPB), Drugs and Vice Division; Portland HIDTA Interdiction Task Force; Oregon State Police (OSP); and the Grand Forks, North Dakota Police Department.

Christopher C. Myers, U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota; Assistant U.S. Attorney Kerin; and Trial Attorney Adrienne Rose of the Criminal Division’s Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Section are prosecuting the case.

This case was brought as part of the Justice Department’s Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program, the centerpiece of the department’s strategy for reducing the availability of drugs in the U.S. OCDETF was established in 1982 to mount a comprehensive attack on drug trafficking by disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. Today, OCDETF combines the resources and expertise of its member federal agencies in coordination with state and local law enforcement.

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Attached Media Files: 2018-07/6325/116312/ANNOUNCEMENT-DEA-Administrator-Award-Final.pdf

Suspect Arrested in Connection to June 1st Shooting Investigation
Portland Police Bureau - 07/18/18 3:57 PM
On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, members of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team arrested 45-year-old Alexander J. Walton near East Cascade Avenue and North Fir Street in Sisters, Oregon on a warrant for Attempt Murder.

The warrant came as a result of an investigation into a shooting that occurred on the evening of Friday, June 1, 2018, outside of Darcy's Bar, located at 4804 North Lombard Street. When officers arrived they located an adult male with a gunshot wound. The man was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital where he received treatment and was eventually released.

During the course of the investigation, detectives learned Walton was connected to the shooting. Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Detectives worked with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office to take Walton into custody on Tuesday.

Walton was booked into the Deschutes County Jail on the warrant for Attempt Murder and will be transported to the Multnomah County Jail at a later date.

Anyone who witnessed, possesses video surveillance footage of, or knowledge of Walton's connection to the shooting is asked to call Detective Bryan Declercque at 503-823-2056 or Bryan.Declercque@portlandoregon.gov

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

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, 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:

Visit the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips.

Online at https://www.p3tips.com/823

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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Local agency to streamline emergency assistance
St. Vincent de Paul, Portland Council - 07/18/18 3:27 PM

Despite a vibrant economy and low unemployment rate, many households in the greater Portland area find themselves on the verge of either losing their homes, their utility services, or both. Though the reasons differ greatly across the socioeconomic divide, some will find help while others won’t be as lucky.

These are people who have lost a job, had a sudden medical emergency, experienced a family crisis, or more. A wide range of charities and government agencies offer help, but application processes are complex and time-consuming.

Most agencies aren’t likely to change their processing routines any time soon. But one long-running and well-respected organization in the Portland area is updating its screening process to shorten applicant wait times for those seeking emergency financial assistance.

“We want to operate more like a business, and be more customer-focused,” said Craig Loughridge, emergency services program manager for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Portland.

The society’s main Portland office will begin gradually shifting to taking appointments starting Aug. 1. Applicants now must apply in person at the agency’s office in southeast Portland, and are seen only on a first-come, first-served basis.

The current process has led to some applicants having to wait as much as five hours or longer to get an application reviewed, Loughridge said. Some applicants can wait that long only to have their application rejected.

“We understand how this can be extremely maddening,” Loughridge said. “Our clients have enough stress already. We shouldn’t be making it worse.”

The society hired Loughridge late last year to work with the agency’s partners and staff to find ways to streamline operational procedures and improve customer service.

Loughridge holds a master’s degree in management, and worked more than 20 years in customer service and marketing before coming to St. Vincent de Paul.

People at risk of eviction or of losing vital utilities like electricity, water or gas can get more information by calling the society’s emergency services hotline at 503-235-8431, or by going to www.svdppdx.org.




Attached Media Files: 2018-07/6293/116310/appointments_final.pdf

Temporary Boating Rule for North Turner Lake in Marion County
Oregon Marine Board - 07/18/18 3:15 PM

The Oregon State Marine Board agency filed a temporary rule for North Turner Lake.  The temporary rule is in effect from July 6, 2018 through January 1, 2019, allowing only electric motors and establishes a speed limit of 5 MPH.  

A lake safety committee created by the City of Turner’s Council determined that boat operation restrictions are needed to promote safety on North Turner Lake.  Infrastructure providing access to the lake is fairly new and the City of Turner requested a temporary rule, due to the 70-acre size of the lake. 

To view the temporary rule, visit https://www.oregon.gov/osmb/info/Documents/Rulemaking/NorthTurnerLakeTempRule.pdf.

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Silver Creek fire update 6
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/18/18 3:14 PM

SILVERTON, Ore. – Crews working on the Silver Creek fire overnight used an infrared camera to look for hot spots within the fire’s perimeter. Results show crews have made good progress with mop-up operations as they continue to improve lines and extinguish remaining heat. The fire remains at 27 acres and is now 65% contained. Approximately 115 personnel continue to work on the fire. Most of the snags that have posed a threat to firefighter safety are now removed, though some hazard trees remain. Smoke can still be seen from areas of remaining heat, which includes several large standing trees that continue to smolder. Crews will remain focused on mop up for the next couple days.

Visitors to Silver Falls State Park will find pleasant conditions. Light smoke may be visible at times, but heavy smoke is unlikely. Other fires burning in the region may be responsible for increased haze in the area. While some closures remain in the park, there are no interruptions to scheduled events. Waterfall areas remain accessible to visitors during normal park hours.

Supporting media will be available on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5938/.

More details:

—Investigators have officially determined the fire was caused by lightning, most likely from a storm that passed over the area on June 18, 2018. Oregon Department of Forestry fire crews routinely track and investigate lightning strikes, though tracking technology is imperfect. Embers can remain hidden within trees or thick duff for weeks or months – producing no visible smoke – before emerging as weather and fuel conditions change. On Silver Creek, initial reports of smoke first came in late on July 12 and crews located the fire on July 13.

—The Silver Creek Fire demonstrates how changing weather and fuel conditions impact fire behavior. As we move into the hottest and driest part of the year, fire danger increases significantly. Keep informed about current fire restrictions by visiting the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Website:  https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx.

—A Type II helicopter remains on standby in Salem to support work on the fire. Fire managers have been using this platform to minimize fire activity during the hottest period of the day.

—Park Closures: The 214 Trailhead and several back-country trails, Howard Creek horse camp and Howard Creek day-use area, and the youth camp (Camp Silver Creek) remain closed. The Ranches have been reopened. Conditions can change quickly; watch for updates on https://bit.ly/2meFGMP.

—No injuries or facility damage have been reported.


Fatal vehicle crash Hwy 20 east of Sweet Home - Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/18/18 2:55 PM
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On Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at about 2:00 pm, Oregon State Police Troopers and Sweet Home Fire Department personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Hwy 20  east of Sweet Home.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a  2001 Pontiac van, operated by Scott A. WARTENA, age 76, of Sweet Home, was traveling west bound on Hwy 20, when for an unknown reason began swerving back and forth in both lanes of travel.  An east bound 2006 Ford Explorer, operated by Linda K. PHILLIPS, age 69, of Boring, saw the white Pontiac van weaving and attempted to avoid a collision.  PHILLIPS was unable to avoid the Pontiac and the vehicles hit head on near the fogline of the east bound lane. 

All involved were transported to area hospitals.  

On Wedmesday,  July 18, 2018 WARTENA died, at the hospital, from injuries sustained in the crash.




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FOLKLIFE PROGRAM AT Guthrie Park Community Center
Oregon Folklife Network - 07/18/18 1:58 PM

Dallas, Ore.—Join folklorist Amy Howard and Guthrie Park Community Center director and musician, Sally Clark, and selected musicians for a conversation about traditional music and music jams in Polk County. The conversation will take place just before the regular Friday night jam on July 20, 2018, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm. at the Guthrie Park Community Center, 4320 Kings Valley Hwy, Dallas, OR 97338.

This open, community conversation invites audiences to connect with Sally Clark and local musicians about traditional music and the Friday night jam at Guthrie Park. Howard spent several days in Dallas and the surrounding area speaking to members of the community, documenting their traditions, and learning how their cultural traditions shaped their lives. Please come and chat with Clark and others and learn how they are actively passing their skills and knowledge through the generations.

 

Funding for this program comes from the National Endowment for the Arts to the Oregon Folklife Network, Oregon’s designated Folk & Traditional Arts Program. The project sent trained folklorists to meet and document culture keepers in the Willamette Valley counties of Polk, Benton, Lane, Mario, and Linn as well as with artists from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. Free public programs are held in each county.

 

Amy Howard received a BA in Anthropology from Brigham Young University and an MA in American Studies and Folklore from Utah State University. Her love of folklore fieldwork began in 2007 on an undergraduate field study in Guatemala. She is currently documenting Oregon traditions and culture keepers in the Willamette Valley.

For more information about public programs in Benton, Lane, Marion, and Linn counties, contact Jennie Flinspach at jflinspa@uoregon.edu or 541-346-3820.

The OFN is administered by the University of Oregon and is supported in part by grants from the Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Historical Society, and the National Endowment for the Arts.




Attached Media Files: 2018-07/5598/116304/Polk_Presentation_reduced.pdf

Detectives Arrest Two Men for Sex Crimes Involving Teenage Girl (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/18/18 1:49 PM
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July 18, 2018 – Detectives arrested two men for sexually abusing a young teenage girl. Investigators believe there may be additional victims and would like to speak with anyone with information on these cases.

In January, detectives received information from a concerned parent that their teenage daughter had been engaging in sexual contact with adult men. Detectives launched an intensive investigation that culminated with arrests in two different counties.

On June 27, 2018, detectives from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office arrested Christopher I. Iverson, 50, at his home in north Portland.

He was charged with the following crimes:

  • Rape in the First Degree
  • Rape in the Second Degree
  • Attempted Rape in the Second Degree
  • Sodomy in the First Degree
  • Sodomy in the Second Degree
  • Using Child in Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct
  • Sexual Abuse in the First Degree
  • Strangulation
  • Purchasing Sex with a Minor (two counts)
  • Luring a Minor
  • Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the First Degree
  • Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the Second Degree

Mr. Iverson was booked into the Multnomah County Jail, where he remains. His bail is set at $1,547,500. This case will be prosecuted by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.

On July 17, 2018, detectives from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit traveled to Grants Pass. With assistance from the Washington County Air Support Unit and the Oregon State Police, they arrested Chan Woo Hwang, 30, at his home outside Grants Pass.

During the investigation, detectives learned that Mr. Hwang met several females online and agreed to pay them for sex. When he met up with them, he covertly recorded the sex acts and later used the video footage in an attempt to blackmail the victims into additional meetings for sex.

Mr. Hwang was charged with the following crimes:

  • Using Child in Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct
  • Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the First Degree
  • Sexual Abuse in the First Degree (three counts)
  • Rape in the Second Degree
  • Sodomy in the Second Degree (two counts)
  • Luring a Minor
  • Commercial Sexual Solicitation

Mr. Hwang was lodged at the Josephine County Jail, where he remains. His bail is set at $1,012,500. This case will be prosecuted by the Washington County District Attorney’s Office and will proceed upon Mr. Hwang’s transfer to the Washington County Jail.

Detectives believe there are additional victims. If you have any information on these cases, please contact detectives at 503-846-2500.




Attached Media Files: Media Release , Chan Woo Hwang booking photo , Christopher Iverson booking photo

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes to Host Camp Abilities Oregon Next Week for Children and Youth with Visual Impairments in McMinnville
Northwest Assn. for Blind Athletes - 07/18/18 12:50 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Billy Henry, Founder/Executive Director
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes
311 West Evergreen Blvd, Ste. 200
Vancouver, Washington 98660
Local Phone: 1-360-718-2826
Toll Free: 1-800-880-9837
http://www.nwaba.org
henry@nwaba.org">bhenry@nwaba.org

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes to Host Camp Abilities Oregon Next Week for Children and Youth with Visual Impairments This Month in McMinnville, Oregon

Vancouver, Washington—July 18th, 2018—Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) announced today that it will host Camp Abilities Oregon for children and youth with visual impairments July 22nd-27th, 2018 at Linfield College in McMinnville, OR. Camp Abilities is a world-renowned week-long comprehensive, developmental sports camp for children and youth with visual impairments between the ages of 8 and 15.

Camp Abilities Oregon will provide opportunities to 40 children and youth from across Oregon in its third year. Campers will vary in socioeconomic status, ethnic background and level of skills and abilities. The purpose of Camp Abilities Oregon is to empower blind or visually impaired children to break the cycle of dependence and ill health that is often associated with their disability. Campers will be encouraged to take control of their own quality of life, and will be empowered to use their many talents to actively contribute within their communities. A variety of sports and recreational activities including goalball (a sport specifically developed for individuals with visual impairments), judo, tandem cycling, swimming and countless other activities will be provided throughout the week. 

“We are extremely honored to offer this truly transformational program again this year to children and youth with visual impairments. Camp Abilities Oregon will provide benefits that transcend participating in sports, and will help campers from across Oregon gain the confidence, self-esteem, friendships, and independence they need to achieve success in all areas of life,” said Founder and Executive Director Billy Henry

Camp Abilities Oregon is funded in part by the Oregon Blind and Visually Impaired Student Fund, but additional support is still needed. Donations are accepted to support Camp Abilities Oregon by mailing a check to PO BOX 65265, Vancouver, WA, 98665 or making an online gift at www.nwaba.org. Please indicate that your donation is to support Camp Abilities Oregon 2018. For more information on the Northwest Association for Blind Athletes, please contact Billy Henry at 1-360-718-2826, or visit www.nwaba.org

About NWABA:
The mission of Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) is to provide life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. A group of visually impaired students formed the Association in 2007 to ensure that people who are blind were participating in sports and physical activity. Today, NWABA is a rapidly expanding charitable organization that provides more than 1,500 children, youth, adults and military veterans with visual impairments tailored programming, which improves self-confidence and self-esteem, promotes independence, creates an inclusive community of supporters, and builds the skills necessary to succeed in all areas of life including school and employment.

For information: http://www.nwaba.org  or
Contact: henry@nwaba.org">bhenry@nwaba.org
Phone:  1-360-718-2826

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PPB Asks Community For Input at Strategic Plan Public Forum Held Today From 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Portland Police Bureau - 07/18/18 12:45 PM
The Portland Police Bureau is seeking community input on the strategic plan that will guide the Bureau in the next five years. A public forum regarding the strategic plan will take place today, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, between 7:00 and 8:30 p.m. at the East Portland Community Center, located at 740 Southeast 106th Avenue.

The Portland Police Bureau will develop a five-year strategic plan over the course of this year. The strategic plan will be a guiding document that prioritizes the Bureau's goals and objectives, outlines how it will meet its strategic goals and objectives, provides metrics to assess the Bureau's performance, and ensures communication of progress to all stakeholders.

To learn more about the Police Bureau's Strategic Plan project please visit: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/76886

"This process will be inclusive, collaborative and transparent. And that means we need our community's help," said Chief Danielle Outlaw. "I urge you to be a part of this process and provide thoughtful feedback, so that once completed, we will have a solid, cohesive strategic plan that will direct the Portland Police Bureau in serving our city for years to come."

There will be a second public forum regarding the strategic plan on Sunday, July 29, 2018, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., at the Matt Dishman Community Center, located at 77 Northeast Knott Street.

If you have questions about this project or how to participate, contact Jordan Rooklyn at (503) 823-0369 or Jordan.Rooklyn@portlandoregon.gov

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Substation Fire declared a conflgration
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 07/18/18 12:44 PM

Governor Kate Brown has declared the Substation Fire, burning near The Dalles, a conflagration. The declaration cleared the way for the state fire marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.

The Office of State Marshal’s Red Incident Management Team, four structural task forces, and two strike teams from Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Central Oregon, Yamhill, and Marion counties arrived early this morning and began working to protect structures.

A Level 3 evacuation was put in place for Eight Mile Road at Emerson Loop Road to Emerson Loop Road and Company Hollow Road, as well as all of Wrentham Market Road and Mason Road.

The following Level 1, 2 and 3 evacuations for Sherman County are as follows:

South of Gordon Ridge Rd from the Deschutes River, east to Hwy 97 and south to King Lane, South along Sayers Rd to Payne Loop is a Level 3. The Towns of Grass Valley and Moro are Level 2.

North of Gordon Ridge Rd to Interstate 84 and HWY 206, east to Hwy 97 and south along Henrichs, Doumand and Lone Rock Rd, and south to Rutledge Lane, as well as the area further south between Finnegan Rd to the Deschutes River is a Level 2. 

The area east of HWY 97 to Hwy 206, and south to Fairview Rd is a Level 1.

Deschutes River from Sheers Bridge to the mouth and Deschutes Park are at Level 3.

Oregon’s conflagration may be invoked only by the Governor and allows the State Fire Marshal to dispatch structural firefighters and equipment.  

More information on evacuations is available at Sherman and Wasco County Sheriffs Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Sherman-County-Sheriffs-Office-643904422378873/

https://www.facebook.com/WascoCountySheriff/?hc_ref=ARTVrl7XZjg4B1Ea1eVPFIU_hja5N-OGHnbggMctf6KJNRQmvcGcvxVoCJjnXrY5ZWk&fref=nf

 Additional resources may be accessed at:


Darian McWoods sentenced to life in prison for murdering his 15 month old daughter (Photo)
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 07/18/18 12:41 PM
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                 

JULY 18, 2018

Darian McWoods sentenced to life in prison for murdering his 15 month old daughter

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced Darian McWoods, 25, received a life in prison sentence for murdering his 15 month old daughter.

Under Oregon law, McWoods must serve a minimum of 25 years in custody before being eligible to apply for parole. He will not receive any credit for good time.

The defendant’s daughter, Kamaya Flores, 15 months old, died on December 17, 2013.

“I was there for her birth and saw her as she took her first breath and I held her in my arms. My heart melted with love for this beautiful, little baby girl,” said Patricia Fisher, Kamaya’s maternal great grandmother. “Kamaya was such a sweet, loving child who craved human interaction…She loved to cuddle and be near you…When you took my sweet, great grand baby away from me, you ripped a hole in my heart that can never be filled.”

Kamaya’s maternal grandmother, Raquael Flores-Vuylsteke remembered Kamaya as a child full of life who loved exploring her environment. Flores-Vuylsteke shared memories of her and Kamaya going to the zoo, watching birds, and playing in the sandbox. She cherishes memories of cooking with Kamaya, playing together and sitting around campfires.

“I have no regrets for what I gave her and that was love,” Flores-Vuylsteke said Wednesday during sentencing. “I just loved the smell of her hair and her kisses on my cheek.”

On June 5, 2018, a 12-person jury unanimously found the defendant guilty of two counts of murder by abuse, three counts of manslaughter in the first degree, and one count each of criminally negligent homicide, criminal mistreatment in the first degree and tampering with a witness.

The trial lasted 13 days and was presided over by Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Christopher J. Marshall.

Evidence presented during trial revealed Kamaya was in the care of her father at the time of her death. An autopsy revealed she had broken ribs, petechial hemorrhages and facial bruising. The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office concluded the injuries on Kamaya were consistent with compression asphyxia. Blood and urine were collected during the autopsy for testing. It was later determined Kamaya died of methadone toxicity. A trace amount of methamphetamine was also detected in Kamaya’s system.

At sentencing, Multnomah County Senior Deputy District Attorney Amity Girt said, “this has been a very long journey for the family involved with Kamaya’s death in 2013.” Girt prosecuted this case along with Deputy District Attorney Amanda Nadell. “It's been a very long and emotional ride for the family and for the people in her life who only wanted answers about Kamaya’s death…I do hope and think that the investigation that was done in this case and the jury's verdict that came last month can be the start of some closure for the family and people in Kamaya’s life."

“We know that Kamaya was up and playful in the hours preceding her death,” said Deputy District Attorney Nadell. “The amount of methadone in Kamaya’s blood was enough to cause her to stop breathing and go unconscious. Kamaya had terrible, inflicted injuries. Everything we’ve learned during this investigation showed Darian McWoods had an abusive parenting style.”

During trial, the jury heard evidence that made it clear McWoods took and had access to pain pills and liked to do ecstasy (also known as “Molly” and MDMA).

“Darian McWoods knew his daughter was in distress on December 17, 2013 and needed medical attention right away but he didn’t do that,” Girt said during closing arguments of the trial in June. “He took every step possible to save himself. He was thinking about himself that day, not his daughter.”

Judge Marshall sentenced McWoods to the mandatory punishment of life in prison for Kamaya’s murder. McWoods will have to serve a minimum of 25 years before he is eligible to apply for parole.

The defendant was also sentenced to 20 months of prison after being convicted of criminal mistreatment in the first degree in connection to the injuries inflicted upon Kamaya. That time will run concurrently to the life in prison sentence.

Finally, Judge Marshall sentenced the defendant to 24 months in prison for McWood’s conviction of tampering with a witness. Judge Marshall chose to order that the 24 month prison sentence run consecutively to the murder charge.

“The reason the Court is imposing that consecutive time is because that is a completely separate crime from the horrific crimes that were committed against Kamaya, and it exhibits an unimaginable course of conduct after the horrific conduct related to the murder,” Judge Marshall said in court.

This case was investigated by the Portland Police Bureau’s Homicide Detail and the Multnomah County Child Abuse Team. Detective Michele Michaels and Detective Bryan Steed (retired) were the primary investigators on this case.


Resources:


#MCDA#

Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567

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Thirty New Girl Scout Badges Now Available to Power Girl Leadership in Key 21st Century Issues
Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington - 07/18/18 12:04 PM

Thirty New Girl Scout Badges Now Available to Power Girl Leadership in Key 21st Century Issues

The all-girl organization proven to equip girls to create positive change has released new badges in environmental advocacy, space science, robotics, and more.

Portland, OR (July 18, 2018)— Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) revealed 30 new badges yesterday that are now available exclusively for girls ages 5–18 that not only enhance the one-of-a-kind Girl Scout experience, but also address some of society’s most pressing needs, such as cybersecurity, environmental advocacy, mechanical engineering, robotics, computer science, and space exploration. In a safe all-girl space, Girl Scouts develop important soft skills, including confidence and perseverance, as well as hard skills, setting them up for success and preparing them to take action for a better world. Today’s youth are more vocal than ever about the change they want to see, and Girl Scouts are the most equipped with the skills needed to make a real impact. The results are proven: girls who participate in Girl Scouts are more than twice as likely to exhibit community problem-solving skills than girls who don’t (57 percent versus 28 percent).

The unique Girl Scout environment provides fun, exciting, and essential experiences that carry into girls’ future careers and life success; the KPMG Women's Leadership Study of more than 3,000 professional and college women shows that early exposure to leadership has a significant impact on a woman’s perceptions of her ability to lead. Additionally, 76 percent of women today wish they had learned more about leadership and had more leadership opportunities while growing up, demonstrating how imperative it is for girls and volunteers to join Girl Scouts.  

The new programming for girls in grades 6–12 includes:

  • Environmental Stewardship badges, GSUSA’s first-ever badge series focused on environmental advocacy. Girls in grades 6–12 prepare for outdoor experiences and take action on environmental issues. Although Girl Scouts have been advocating for the environment since the organization’s founding 106 years ago, these badges are the first to specifically prepare girls to be environmental advocates who address problems, find solutions, and protect the natural world (funded by the Elliott Wildlife Values Project).
  • Badges that teach girls how to program, design, and showcase robots, completing the suite of Robotics badges GSUSA first introduced for grades K–5 last year.
  • The College Knowledge badge for Girl Scouts in grades 11 and 12, the first badge completely dedicated to college exploration. By showing girls how to research the admissions process, financial aid, and other factors, the badge fills a specific need that girls asked for—and that many do not have support for outside Girl Scouts.
  • Two Girl Scout Leadership Journeys: Think Like a Programmer (funded by Raytheon) provides a strong foundation in computational thinking and the framework for Girl Scouts’ first ever national Cyber Challenge, coming in 2019. The Think Like an Engineer Journey exposes girls to design thinking to understand how engineers solve problems. As with all Leadership Journeys, girls complete hands-on activities and use their newly honed skills to take action on a problem in their community. The programming aims to prepare girls to pursue careers in fields such as cybersecurity, computer science, and robotics.

Girls in grades K–5 can now earn badges in:

  • Environmental Stewardship, through which girls learn how to respect the outdoors and take action to protect the natural world (funded by the Elliott Wildlife Values Project).
  • Cybersecurity, introducing girls to age-appropriate online safety and privacy principles, information on how the internet works, and how to spot and investigate cybercrime (funded by Palo Alto Networks).
  • Space Science, enabling girls to channel their inner NASA scientist as they learn about objects in space and how astronomers conduct investigations (funded by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and led by the SETI Institute).
  • Mechanical Engineering for Girl Scout Juniors, through which girls in grades 4 and 5 design paddle boats, cranes, and balloon-powered cars, learning about buoyancy, potential and kinetic energy, machines, and jet propulsion. Following last year’s introduction of Mechanical Engineering badges for girls in grades K–3, the addition of these badges for Girl Scout Juniors means that all Girl Scouts in elementary school can now have hands-on engineering experiences.

“Across the country, people are having powerful conversations about the increasingly strong voice of young people who want to change the world and the lack of women in leadership positions in the United States—two topics Girl Scouts is uniquely positioned to address,” said GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo. “Whether they are fighting cybercrime, exploring how engineers solve problems, or advocating for issues affecting their community, Girl Scouts are learning how to proactively address some of the foremost challenges of today while also building skills that will set them up for a lifetime of leadership. I am so proud that our new programming continues to push girls to be forward-thinking and equips them with the skills they need to make the world a better place. We believe in the power of all girls, and we invite them to strengthen their unique abilities by joining Girl Scouts.”

GSUSA works with top organizations in fields that interest today’s girls. Combined with Girl Scouts’ expertise in girl leadership, these organizations and specialists advise and inform on content to provide the most cutting-edge programming available to girls. Content collaborators include Code.org, the Cyber Innovation Center, robotics educator and author Kathy Ceceri, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, the Museum of Science, Boston, and WGBH’s Design Squad Global. Girl Scouts themselves also rigorously tested some of the new offerings, including the Think Like a Programmer activities and the Space Science and Cybersecurity badges, which were announced last year and are now available for girls around the country to earn.

ABOUT GIRL SCOUTS OF OREGON AND SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON | GSOSW

Our council serves 13,955 girls in 38 counties with the help of over 10,000 volunteers. The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Every opportunity in Girl Scouting develops these essential skills in an all-girl, inclusive, safe environment. For more information, please visit girlscoutsosw.org.

GSOSW STEM PROGRAMMING

About GSOSW STEM program opportunities, http://www.girlscoutsosw.org/en/our-council/news/2018/to_the_moon_and_back.html http://www.girlscoutsosw.org/en/our-council/news/2018/april_is_stem_month_.html

About Girl Scouts of the USA
We're 2.6 million strong—1.8 million girls and 800,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, she organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscouts.org.

“Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts” is based upon work supported by NASA Science under cooperative agreement No. NNX16AB90A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

About the GSUSA STEM Pledge, https://www.girlscouts.org/en/press-room/press-room/newsreleases/2017/girl-scouts-announces-STEM-pledge.html

About GSUSA STEM Programming, https://www.girlscouts.org/en/about-girl-scouts/girl-scouts-andstem.html


Town Hall to Discuss Modernization of the Columbia River Treaty Regime
Bonneville Power Administration - 07/18/18 11:40 AM

U.S. Columbia River Treaty Negotiator Jill Smail will lead a Town Hall on September 6, 2018, in Portland, Oregon on the modernization of the Columbia River Treaty regime. The Town Hall is free of charge, open to the public, and will take place at the Bonneville Power Administration’s Rates Hearing Room from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This Town Hall will follow the August 15–16 round of negotiations on the Treaty regime in British Columbia and take place in advance of the October 17–18 round of negotiations in Portland, Oregon. At the Town Hall, U.S. government representatives will provide a general overview of the negotiations and take questions from the public; feel free to send questions in advance to iaRiverTreaty@state.gov">ColumbiaRiverTreaty@state.gov. For more information on the Town Hall, including call-in details, please see the Federal Register Notice.

The Columbia River Treaty is an international model for transboundary water cooperation. The 1964 Treaty’s flood risk and hydropower operations have provided substantial benefits to millions of people on both sides of the border. The Treaty also has facilitated additional benefits such as supporting the river’s ecosystem, irrigation, municipal water use, industrial use, navigation, and recreation. More information can be found on the Department’s Treaty website.

As the United States continues bilateral negotiations with Canada, our key objectives are guided by the U.S. Entity Regional Recommendation for the Future of the Columbia River Treaty after 2024, a consensus document published in 2013 after five years of consultations among the Tribes, states, stakeholders, public, and federal agencies. The U.S. negotiating team is led by the U.S. Department of State and comprises the Bonneville Power Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division, the Department of the Interior, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

 


Photo_I-5 MP 7 NB overturned truck hauling grapes (Photo)
ODOT: SW Oregon - 07/18/18 10:50 AM
Salvage crews remove pallets of grapes from an overturned semi on I-5, south of Ashland
Salvage crews remove pallets of grapes from an overturned semi on I-5, south of Ashland
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ASHLAND - I-5 NB MP 7, south of Ashland: Salvage crews continue to off-load cargo from the semi that rolled earlier this morning while coming down the Siskiyou Summit grade at MP 7. Contrary to earlier reports, the cargo is pallets of fresh green and purple grapes.
Slow lane is open to traffic. Cargo recovery is occurring in the fast lane. Use caution through the crash zone and expect short delays. 

Gary Leaming, ODOT PIO, 541-774-6388




Attached Media Files: Salvage crews remove pallets of grapes from an overturned semi on I-5, south of Ashland

Corbett Fire District with Gresham Fire responds to Substation Fire in The Dallas
Corbett Fire - 07/18/18 10:46 AM

At 2:00 AM on July 18, 2018 Corbett Fire District sent a  Corbett engine manned with two Corbett Firefighters along with two Gresham Firefighters to the Substation Fire in The Dallas, Oregon. The group is a part of a Strike Team that is composed of the City of Portland, Gresham, the Port of Portland, and the Corbett Fire District. The group will be responsible for the protection of structures.


Corbett Fire District with Gresham Fire responds to Substation Fire in The Dallas (Photo)
Corbett Fire - 07/18/18 10:15 AM
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At 2:00 AM on July 18, 2018 Corbett Fire District  sent an engine manned with two Corbett firefighters and two Gresham firefighters  to the Substation Fire in The Dallas. The group is part of a Strike Team comprised of  the City of Portland, Gresham, Port of Portland, and Corbett Fire District. The group will be responsible for the protection of structures..




Attached Media Files: Corbett Fire

City of Gresham accepting applications for Arts and Culture grants
City of Gresham - 07/18/18 10:00 AM

GRESHAM, OR. – The City of Gresham’s Arts and Cultural Assistance Grant Program aids Gresham-based programs that enrich the arts, culture and heritage of the community. Applications are now open for fiscal year 2018-19 and are due by 9 a.m. on August 31.

Grants are available to nonprofit organizations physically located within Gresham city limits and to Gresham residents who have partnered with a qualifying nonprofit. Proposals should address at least one of the Grant Program objectives, which include exposure to art, particularly for families and children; collaboration between artists and community organizations; and enhancement of Gresham’s arts and culture organizations and/or individual artists. Grant categories include performing arts, festivals and parades, folk arts, literature, media arts, visual arts, museum exhibits and classes, and the heritage and preservation of Gresham’s history.

Applicants are required to describe the public purpose, public benefit, their project management experience and submit a detailed budget with their application. A volunteer committee, including a Gresham City Councilor, will award the grants in late August.

Previous grants have supported events such as the popular “Music Mondays” summer concerts at the Arts Plaza, public art installations, summer art camps, and a family friendly musical production.

Find applications and more information at www.GreshamOregon.gov/Arts-and-Cultural-Grants.


Suspect Arrested After Reportedly Brandishing Hatchet and Knife in Old Town/ Chinatown (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/18/18 9:33 AM
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On Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at 6:47 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a suspect waiving a knife and hatchet near Northwest 5th Avenue and Northwest Everett Street.

As officers responded to the area, additional community members contacted 9-1-1 to report the man was waiving the knife and hatchet at vehicles being driven in the area. Officers arrived in the area and located a man that matched the suspect's description. Officers attempted to contact the suspect; however, he did not follow the officers' instructions and walk away from the officers. In order to ensure the safety of the officers, community and suspect, the officers devised another plan to make contact with the suspect. In the area of Tom McCall Waterfront Park near Northwest Couch Street officers took the suspect into custody without incident.

During the investigation, officers located a knife and hatchet near where the suspect was taken into custody (photographs provided with this press release).

The suspect has been identified as 30-year-old Joseph L. Dedman. Dedman was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Possession of Weapons in a Park. Upon lodging Dedman at the Multnomah County Jail, an officer asked jail mental health professionals to assess Dedman for possible mental health influence in relation to this investigation.

Based on information gathered during this investigation, officers believe Dedman may have been involved in incidents earlier in the morning in which he threatened passing vehicles and community members in the Old Town/Chinatown and Downtown Portland areas. Anyone that may have been threatened by Dedman or who has information about Dedman should contact the Portland Police Bureau non-emergency line at 503-823-3333 and reference Portland Police case number 18-241347.

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Attached Media Files: Hatchet and Knife , Joseph L Dedman

Recreational use health advisory issued July 18 for water contact at Sunset Bay State Park Beach
Oregon Health Authority - 07/18/18 9:30 AM

July 18, 2018

Recreational use health advisory issued July 18 for water contact at Sunset Bay State Park Beach

The Oregon Health Authority issued a recreational use health advisory today for higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Sunset Bay State Park Beach, located in Coos County.

Water samples indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. People should avoid direct contact with the water in this area until the advisory is lifted. This applies especially to children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria.

Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources such as stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

While this advisory is in effect at Sunset Bay State Park Beach, visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Even if there is no advisory in effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

Although state officials advise against water contact, they continue to encourage other recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) on this beach because they pose no health risk even during an advisory. Neighboring beaches are not affected by this advisory.

The status of water contact advisories at beaches is subject to change. For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0482, or 877-290-6767 (toll-free).

Since 2003 state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state organizations participating in this program are the Oregon Health Authority, Department of Environmental Quality, and Parks and Recreation Department.

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Recreational use health advisory issued July 18 for water contact at Nye Beach
Oregon Health Authority - 07/18/18 9:24 AM

July 18, 2018

Recreational use health advisory issued July 18 for water contact at Nye Beach

The Oregon Health Authority issued a recreational use health advisory today for higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Nye Beach, located in Lincoln County.

Water samples indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. People should avoid direct contact with the water in this area until the advisory is lifted. This applies especially to children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria.

Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources such as stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

While this advisory is in effect at Nye Beach, visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Even if there is no advisory in effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

Although state officials advise against water contact, they continue to encourage other recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) on this beach because they pose no health risk even during an advisory. Neighboring beaches are not affected by this advisory.

The status of water contact advisories at beaches is subject to change. For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0482, or 877-290-6767 (toll-free).

Since 2003 state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state organizations participating in this program are the Oregon Health Authority, Department of Environmental Quality, and Parks and Recreation Department.

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Movies in the Park at Riverfront Park
City of Salem - 07/18/18 9:00 AM

In cooperation with Allied Video Productions, the City of Salem presents a new season of “Movies in the Park.”  Spend time with family and friends and join us under the stars to watch family-friendly movies on a 24-foot screen in the Riverfront Park Amphitheater.

This summer’s movie schedule includes the following:

  • July 28–The Incredibles, 2004, PG, 111 minutes
  • August 4–Coco, 2017, PG, 109 minutes
  • August 11–The Greatest Showman, 2017, PG, 96 minutes
  • August 25–Star Wars: The Last Jedi, 2017, PG-13, 152 minutes

Movies begin at dusk.  Feel free to bring blankets, low back chairs, and snacks.  No alcohol is permitted.

Subtitles are provided on separate screen.

Parking is provided in the Carousel parking lot and at the north end of Riverfront Park (enter off Union Street NE) or in downtown parking garages.

There is no charge to attend; however, donations are suggested.

Volunteers interested in assisting with these events should contact Tibby Larson, Volunteer Coordinator, at 503-589-2197.


Oregon Projects Win AARP Challenge Grant Awards (Photo)
AARP Oregon - 07/18/18 8:00 AM
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CLACKAMAS —AARP awarded more than $25,000 to three Oregon community projects with Community Challenge Grants. “These are ‘quick-action’ projects that spark change in local communities,” said state director Jerry Cohen. The grant program, now in its second year, is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which aims to make communities great places to live for everyone.

The three Oregon Challenge Grant winners include:

  • $10,000 to Verde to focus on mobile home repairs in the Cully neighborhood of Portland
  • $7,000 to the City of Hood River to temporarily open Hood River streets to the community and closing them to cars to encourage physical activity
  • $8,220 to Crook County on the Move in Prineville to install age-friendly benches along pedestrian walkways

A total of $1.3 million will be distributed to fund 129 “quick action” projects across the country, helping communities make immediate improvements and jumpstart long-term progress to support residents of all ages. Nearly 1,600 applications were received from non-profits and government entities for the program, now in its second year. Each of the projects, which must be completed by November 5, is designed to achieve on one or more of the following outcomes:

  • delivering a range of transportation and connectivity options in the community through permanent or temporary solutions that increase walkability, bikeability, wayfinding, access to transportation options and roadway improvements
  • creating vibrant public places in the community through permanent or temporary solutions that activate open spaces, improve parks and improve access to amenities
  • supporting the availability of a range of housing in the community through permanent or temporary solutions that increase accessible and affordable housing options
  • other innovative projects to improve the community

 

“We strive to make Oregon a great place to live, work and play for people of all ages,” said AARP Oregon State Director Jerry Cohen. “We are delighted to help fund projects that community organizations believe will make a difference for local livability.” The full list of grantees can be found at www.aarp.org/communitychallenge.




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Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 07/18/18 7:12 AM

NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS - Rescheduled

 July 18, 2018 @ 6:30 p.m.

1-888-824-5783 Ext.90095991# and via Blackboard Collaborate at

 http://tinyurl.com/BoardORVA


Tue. 07/17/18
Red Cross Wildfire Evacuation Shelter Opened in The Dalles, OR
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/17/18 8:29 PM

The Red Cross has opened a shelter for wildfire evacuees in The Dalles, Oregon, due to the Substation Fire.

 

The shelter is located at:

The Dalles Middle School

1100 E 12th St.

The Dalles, OR 97058

 

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 or find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/RedCrossCascades, Twitter at @RedCrossCasc and find us on Instagram at @RedCrossCascades.


YWCA Clark County Announces Fall Women's Leadership Center Workshop Series
YWCA Clark County - 07/17/18 7:27 PM

Vancouver, WA -- Women’s leadership is transforming.  YWCA Clark County is ensuring women will lead this transformation.  YWCA’s Women’s Leadership Center (WLC) is excited to announce the fall workshop series is live and accepting registration.

 

WLC is searching for 100 women who are ready to engage in their dynamic workshop series.  Workshops are led by game-changing facilitators including Jennifer Rhoads of The Community Foundation, City of Vancouver’s Chief Criminal Prosecutor Camara Banfield, and Dr. Jane Cote and Dr. Claire Latham of WSUV Carson School of Business.

 

2017 will be remembered, in part, as a year that women demanded to be heard. An unprecedented number of women both ran for and were elected to public office last year, and 2018 already has thousands of women preparing to run for government positions across the nation. This is an exciting development, and YWCA Clark County wants to be a part of this new wave of momentum. Yet while progress is being made, much work still needs to be made to achieve parity in leadership positions in both the public and private sectors.

 

YWCA Clark County strives for inclusivity and social justice at all levels of society and is uniquely positioned to support the advancement of women in Southwest Washington. Through mentorship, high-quality trainings, and workshops, women and female-identified individuals will develop leadership skills essential for success, self-confidence, and self-worth.  They will be guided by a values-based philosophy that embraces equity, inclusion, and service.

 

YWCA Clark County encourages all women who are interested in empowering themselves to be bold, engaged, and dynamic to visit https://ywcaclarkcounty.org/wlc and register today for an upcoming workshop.

 

Upcoming Workshops:

 

Taking Action: Empowering Women in Creating a Culture of Consent

Mondays and Wednesdays, August 6-15, 6-8pm

Facilitated by: Laurie Schacht and Jessie Spinney

 

Strengthening Women’s Voices in the Workplace: Giving Voice to Values

Friday, September 14, 3-6pm

Facilitated by: Dr. Jane Cote and Dr. Claire Latham

 

Finding Our Gold: A Connection Circle for Women Over 50

Wednesdays, September 19-November 14, 6-8pm

Facilitated by: Margo Priebe

 

Demystifying the Process: How to Effectively Engage in the Democratic Process

Tuesday, October 2, 6-8pm

Facilitated by: Audrey Miller

 

Financial Empowerment: A Pathway to Informed Decisions and Financial Independence

Mondays, October 22-November 5, 5:30-7:30pm

Facilitated by: Jennifer Rhoads

 

Building Resilience: A Conversation of Shared Experiences

Tuesday, November 13, 6-7pm

Facilitated by: Camara Banfield

Founded in 1916, YWCA Clark County is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.  The Women’s Leadership Center is dedicated to helping women achieve their full potential and become leaders in their communities, workplaces and lives. Modeled after successful leadership centers around the world, the Women’s Leadership Center will empower women of all ages to realize and harness their innate leadership abilities, pursue their highest ambitions, and have their voices amplified.

For more information about YWCA Clark County and the Women’s Leadership Center, please visit: https://ywcaclarkcounty.org/wlc


YWCA Clark County Announces Christmas in July
YWCA Clark County - 07/17/18 7:25 PM

Vancouver, WA – YWCA Clark County is excited to announce a partnership with seven local McDonald’s restaurants for their first Christmas in July in support of their annual Holiday Shop. Beginning Monday, July 23rd through August 6th seven McDonald’s restaurants will each host a multicultural toy drive with all proceeds benefiting YWCA Clark County families.

 

Last year 465 individuals in our community-received gifts through YWCA’s annual Holiday Shop and with the support of Clark County they look to reach even more families. “364 days out of the year we are in the business of providing hope” says Brittini Lasseigne, Director of Philanthropy at YWCA Clark County.  “One day a year we get to be in the business of providing joy! We are thrilled to partner with McDonald’s and have the opportunity to spread more joy in our community.”

 

Because of the dedication of the Clark County community, YWCA Clark County has been able to offer Holiday Shop every year since December 2004. Stop by one of the participating McDonalds below to treat yourself and your community.

 

Mill Plain – 405 SE 131st Ave, 98683

Orchards – 5517 NE Gher Rd., 98662

Battle Ground – 515 W Main St., 98604

Andresen – 2814 NE Andresen Rd., 98661

Camas/Washougal – 3354 NE 3rd Ave., 98607

Sifton – 15811 NE Fourth Plain Blvd., 98682

Ft. Vancouver – 2110 E Fourth Plain Blvd., 98661

 

Need help thinking of a gift donation? Below are some suggestions and more can be found at www.ywcaclarkcounty.org.

 

Fisher Price toys

Soft blocks and books

Playschool toys

Baby Einstein toys

Culturally diverse play figures

Spanish edition board games

Children story books Young Adult book

Legos K’nex set

Action figures (non-violent)

Arts and crafts supplies for kids and teens

Culturally diverse baby doll and clothing

Sports equipment

Board games

Shopkins toy sets

PJ Masks toy set

STEM toys Coloring books

Perfume/cologne

Jewelry kits

Headphones/earbuds

Socks for all ages

Underwear for all ages

Bedding/Sheets in various sizes

 

Founded in 1916, YWCA Clark County is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.  YWCA Clark County began as a lunch counter for working women and today offers five core programs serving survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, as well as advocating for the welfare of children in the foster care system.  For more information about YWCA Clark County, please visit: www.ywcaclarkcounty.org


Man sentenced for making unlawful purchases using deceased individual's Oregon Trail card (Photo)
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 07/17/18 4:57 PM
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                 

JULY 17, 2018

Man sentenced for making unlawful purchases using deceased individual’s Oregon Trail card

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced a 36 month formal probation sentence for 53-year-old Michael Mahoney after the defendant found his friend deceased inside a residence, took his wallet and made unlawful purchases without notifying police or family members about the victim’s death.

Mahoney appeared before Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Dailey on July 17, 2018 and pleaded guilty to one count of unlawfully using a food stamp benefit and one count of identity theft. He was immediately sentenced to 36 months of formal probation as part of the Multnomah County Justice Reinvestment Program (MCJRP).

During Tuesday’s sentencing, the family of James Bland, informed the court that Mr. Bland met the defendant while receiving treatment services.

“The point I want to make is that my dad was more than just a victim…he was also a human being,” Mr. Bland’s daughter, Hannah Bland said in court during sentencing. “He was ridiculously funny and charming.”

Ms. Bland went on to state that she and her father were very close. She would spend time with him on the weekends and would FaceTime with him every night.

“When Mike found my dad on the floor in his room, he never called me to come help. Moreover, he didn’t even call the police to report his death,” Ms. Bland said in court. “Instead, he took the wallet off my dad’s body and proceeded to not only sped my dad’s money, but also used my dad’s (sic) food stamps.”

Ms. Bland said she found out about her father’s death after receiving a phone call from the medical examiner.

“I was not able to celebrate with my dad when I got into college or have him at my high school graduation,” Ms. Bland said. “Even though my dad was an alcoholic, he was still a human being and deserved dignity in his last moments.” 

This investigation started on December 5, 2017 when officers assigned to the Portland Police Bureau responded to Mr. Bland’s residence and located him deceased. Mr. Bland had passed away several weeks earlier of natural causes.

“The defendant’s actions were extremely hurtful and disrespectful to the victim’s family,” said Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Sean Mazorol, who prosecuted this case. “Michael Mahoney almost got away with these crimes. We’re here today holding him responsible after members of Mr. Bland’s family discovered someone had used his debit and Oregon Trail cards after his death. These purchases occurred at Walmart, Plaid Pantry, Winco and Safeway.”

During the investigation, law enforcement learned that Mahoney had located Mr. Bland deceased inside the residence around November 22, 2017 and failed to make appropriate notifications.

“We believe today’s sentence of 36 months of probation and restitution is appropriate in this matter,” said Deputy District Attorney Mazorol. “The defendant put the Bland family through so much additional grief. We trust this sentence will allow him to get the alcohol and mental health services and treatment he needs.”

The Multnomah County Justice Reinvestment Program (MCJRP) recognizes Multnomah County’s historical responsible use of Oregon Department of Corrections, and other public safety resources, both before and after the passage of HB3194. The MCJRP platform establishes a process to assess offenders and provide a continuum of community-based sanctions, services and programs that are designed to reduce recidivism, decrease the county’s utilization of imprisonment in DOC institutions while protecting public safety and holding offenders accountable.

As part of the sentencing, the defendant was ordered to pay $156.17 in restitution to the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) and $367.45 to the Bland family. While on probation, he will not be allowed to consume or be present at any location that serves alcohol.

Members of the media: The family of Mr. Bland has agreed to release several photo as part of this press release.


Resources:


#MCDA#

Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567

Email: rent.Weisberg@mcda.us">Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us




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Cowlitz Sheriff reports inmate who walked away from work crew earlier in the day has been captured. (Photo)
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/17/18 4:54 PM
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Update#1:  4:30p.m. Thanks to help from tips from the public, the Kelso Police Department and Cowlitz Sheriff Deputies found Huigens hiding behind a house in north Kelso about 45 minutes ago.  He is back in custody.  

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Cowlitz County - Wash:  The Cowlitz Sheriff's Office is actively working a case where a Monte E. Huigens (36yrs)  has walked away from a corrections work crew that he was assigned to.  He was last scene near the Hall of Justice in Kelso about 10:30 a.m.    Huigens was in custody for investigation of Domestic Violence,  no contact order violation, harassment, and assault.   Deputies are working to locate the victim and notify her of his escape.    

There are photos of Huigens in this release.  It is IMPORTANT to note that Huigens has since shaved his hair and he is almost bald at this time.  He is 6-3 and 185 lbs.    He was last seen wearing a Organge Shirt with Stripes, and tan pants and red "Jordan" shoes.    

While there is no informatoin that suggests that Huigens is believed to be armed, people should call 911 if they spot him and not try to contact him if they see him.   




Attached Media Files: Escaped Huigens, Monte , Escasped Huigens Monte

Suspect Arrested After Reports of Armed Suspect Brandishing Gun On I-205 (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/17/18 4:16 PM
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On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at 10:05 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report that a suspect had pointed a gun at another motorist on northbound Interstate 205 south of Interstate 84.

As officers responded to the area, a description of the suspect, the suspect's vehicle and the suspect's last known location were broadcast to officers. A responding officer arrived and located a vehicle that matched the suspect vehicle description. The vehicle, a maroon Pontiac sedan, was being driven on the ramp from northbound Interstate 205 to westbound Interstate 84. The officer performed a traffic stop on the vehicle and driver and took the driver of the Pontiac into custody without incident.

During the investigation, officers learned the two drivers were stuck in traffic when the suspect retrieved and pointed a firearm at the victim after the victim would not give the man a cigarette.

As officers continued the investigation, they located a firearm in the Pontiac. Upon inspection of the realistic looking gun, it is was determined the gun was a replica. The replica firearm was seized as evidence (photographs provided with release).

The suspect was identified as 31-year-old Brandon E. Anderson. Anderson was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Menacing and a Post Prison Violation Warrant for a previous conviction of Burglary in the First Degree.

Anyone with information about this incident or Anderson should contact the Portland Police Bureau non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

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Free Clinic of Southwest Washington Receives $5,000 from Legacy Health
Free Clinic of SW Washington - 07/17/18 3:18 PM

VANCOUVER, Wash., July 17, 2018 - The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington has been awarded $5,000 from Legacy Health to support the clinic’s immunization program for children and adults.

 

In 2017, the Free Clinic’s immunization program served more than 870 uninsured children and adults in Southwest Washington.  The program helps save patients’ lives and protects others in schools and businesses by limiting the spread of infectious diseases.

 

“We greatly appreciate the support from Legacy Health,” says Barbe West, executive director of the Free Clinic. “Through the immunization program, our volunteers provide essential care to improve health and enhance the quality of life for our patients.”

 

About the Free Clinic:

The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington provides free, compassionate, quality health care to children and adults who are otherwise unable to obtain such services. The Free Clinic offers medical, dental, vision and specialty care services from 500 volunteer professionals. The Free Clinic is funded by the local community, and all donations stay in Southwest Washington. For more information about the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington, visit our website: freeclinics.org.


Response to Community Concerns Regarding Incident on Sunday in SE Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/17/18 2:58 PM
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We are aware of an incident that occurred between two parties in the area of Southeast 63rd Avenue and Southeast Duke Street on Sunday, July 15, 2018, at 8:02 p.m. The incident was filmed and is being shown on Facebook. During this incident, an officer was flagged down about a disturbance. The officer stated that he arrived at the location of the disturbance and advised the parties to separate from one another. At that time the officer's directions stopped the interaction.

The Police Bureau is aware that speech, such as the speech present in this video, instills fear in members of our community. The Police Bureau works with community members and community organizations (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/30476 ) regarding bias crimes.

Though the video does not necessarily convey everything that was occurring at the time of this incident, the officer who responded will include this video as part of his police report and it will be forwarded to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for consideration. East Precinct officers have interviewed the people involved in this incident and the associated reports will also be forwarded to the District Attorney's Office.

It is important to note that situations such as these are complex legally.

Under Oregon law, 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, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin. Detectives work to determine whether or not bias elements are present during the reported crime that align with Oregon law as defined in the Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS):

ORS 166.165 - Intimidation in the First Degree - https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/166.165
ORS 166.155 -- Intimidation in the Second Degree - https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/166.155

The Oregon Revised Statute for Harassment, ORS 166.065 https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws/ors/ors166.html
can also be considered. However, in 2008 in State v. Johnson, the Oregon Supreme Court determined ORS 166.065(1)(a)(B) violates Article I, section 8, of the Oregon Constitution.

The Portland Police Bureau understands the effect bias-motivated crimes can have on our community. We have a long-standing partnership with the LGBTQ community. Information about the partnership, called the Alliance for Safer Communities (ASC), can be found by visiting http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/31112

The Bureau investigates all reports of bias-motivated crimes and encourages any member of our community who is the victim of such a crime to contact law enforcement.

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FOLKLIFE PROGRAM AT Guthrie Park Community Center (Photo)
Oregon Folklife Network - 07/17/18 2:03 PM
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Dallas, Ore.—Join folklorist Amy Howard and Guthrie Park Community Center director and musician, Sally Clark, and selected musicians for a conversation about traditional music and music jams in Polk County. The conversation will take place just before the regular Friday night jam on July 20, 2018, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm. at the Guthrie Park Community Center, 4320 Kings Valley Hwy, Dallas, OR 97338.

 

This open, community conversation invites audiences to connect with Sally Clark and local musicians about traditional music and the Friday night jam at Guthrie Park. Howard spent several days in Dallas and the surrounding area speaking to members of the community, documenting their traditions, and learning how their cultural traditions shaped their lives. Please come and chat with Clark and others and learn how they are actively passing their skills and knowledge through the generations.

 

Funding for this program comes from the National Endowment for the Arts to the Oregon Folklife Network, Oregon’s designated Folk & Traditional Arts Program. The project sent trained folklorists to meet and document culture keepers in the Willamette Valley counties of Polk, Benton, Lane, Mario, and Linn as well as with artists from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. Free public programs are held in each county.

 

Amy Howard received a BA in Anthropology from Brigham Young University and an MA in American Studies and Folklore from Utah State University. Her love of folklore fieldwork began in 2007 on an undergraduate field study in Guatemala. Since then, she has interned at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, coordinated public programs, and worked on multiple documentation projects in Utah and Idaho. In 2013, she collaborated with other fieldworkers documenting and producing a book on quilting traditions in the Bear River Heritage Area. In 2015, she and two of her students documented artistic, occupational, and recreational traditions in the Southeast Idaho Snake River Plain for the Idaho Commission on the Arts. Together they created an exhibit and organized public performances at the Idaho Museum of Natural History. She is currently documenting Oregon traditions and culture keepers in the Willamette Valley.

 

For more information about public programs in Benton, Lane, Marion, and Linn counties, contact Jennie Flinspach at jflinspa@uoregon.edu or 541-346-3820.

 

Please contact Oregon Folklife Network Director, Riki Saltzman, at riki@uoregon.edu or 541-346-3820 with questions about the Oregon Folklife Network or recommendations for traditions, groups, or individual folk & traditional artists to be documented in the Willamette Valley. OFN always appreciates contact information for traditional musicians and dancers, quilters, storytellers, cooks, leatherworkers, fly-tiers, wood carvers, silversmiths, taxidermists, basket makers, and more.

 

The OFN is administered by the University of Oregon and is supported in part by grants from the Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Historical Society, and the National Endowment for the Arts.




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Motorcyclist killed in single vehicle crash - Hwy 202 (Nehalem Hwy) - Clatsop County
Oregon State Police - 07/17/18 1:57 PM

On July 16, 2018 at approximately 7:07 PM Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle (motorcycle) crash on Hwy 202 near milepost 6.

Investigation revealed that a Triumph Motorcycle operated by Damian BURRELL, age 30 of Warrenton, was westbound on Hwy 202, traveling at a high rate of speed while passing, when he lost control of the motorcycle and traveled off the roadway and crashed into the water.  Passing motorists stopped to assist and pulled BURRELL from the water.   

BURRELL suffered fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Oregon State Police were assisted on scene by Olney-Walluski Fire & Rescue, Medix Ambulance,  ODOT, Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, and the Clatsop County Medical Examiner.  


Silver Creek fire update 5
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/17/18 11:55 AM

SILVERTON, Ore. – Firefighters continue to make good progress mopping up the Silver Creek fire, located in a remote southeast corner of Silver Falls State Park. The fire has been mapped at approximately 27 acres and no further growth is expected; it is 100% lined and 55% contained. Around 125 personnel remain on the fire, and will continue mopping up the fire’s perimeter, as well as removing dangerous snags.

Investigators have officially determined the fire was caused by lightning, most likely from a storm that passed over the area on June 18, 2018. Known as a lightning holdover, the fire smoldered for several weeks before emerging during a windy period with high temperatures, low relative humidity and drier fuels on the ground.

While some closures remain in the park, there are no interruptions to scheduled events. Waterfall areas remain accessible to visitors during normal park hours. Visitors may notice light smoke at times, but the fire is not anticipated to produce heavy smoke.

More details:

—A June 18, 2018 lightning event initially caused the fire. The ignition went undetected for several weeks as the fire smoldered until fuel and weather conditions allowed it to grow. Initial reports of smoke first came in late on July 12 and crews located the fire on July 13. Air resources dropped water and retardant to help stop the fire’s spread as crews worked to gain access on the ground.

—Crews will continue heavy mop-up around the fire perimeter for the next several days. Mop-up includes working from the perimeter into the fire’s interior, ensuring all heat has been extinguished. Mop-up is especially challenging on this fire because of thick brush, a heavy layer of duff and dangerous snags. Firefighters have been carefully removing large snags around the fire’s perimeter. Night crews have used infrared cameras to help identify hot spots. Fire managers anticipate maintaining current staffing levels for the next several days to continue this work and secure the fire area.

—A Type II helicopter remains on standby in Salem to support work on the fire.

—Park closures: The 214 Trailhead and several back-country trails, Howard Creek horse camp and Howard Creek day-use area, and the youth camp (Camp Silver Creek) remain closed. The Ranches have been reopened. Conditions can change quickly; watch for updates on https://bit.ly/2meFGMP.

Photos and videos from Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15 remain available online at https://drive.google.com/open?id=19RlLpHp3XPlNq0d-H8ZBz7SqEvDUG3Yy.

No injuries or facility damage have been reported.


Nurse Staffing Advisory Board SurveyMonkey Committee meets July 30 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 07/17/18 11:40 AM

July 17, 2018

Program contact: Anna Davis, 971-673-2950, anna.l.davis@state.or.us

Nurse Staffing Advisory Board SurveyMonkey Committee meets July 30 in Portland

What: A public meeting of the Nurse Staffing Advisory Board SurveyMonkey Committee

Agenda: Committee members' discussion of SurveyMonkey questions and SurveyMonkey in the Nurse Staffing FAQ. The agenda is available on the OHA's nurse staffing website at http://www.healthoregon.org/nursestaffing.

When: July 30, 3-5 p.m. No public comment period is offered.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 612, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland. Conference call line: 877-336-1829, access code 2075141.

Background: The Nurse Staffing Advisory Board has established a committee to advise the Oregon Health Authority on the SurveyMonkey tool used in nurse staffing surveys. Board members on the committee will review the use of the SurveyMonkey tool, the questions asked in it, and whether to include information about it in the Nurse Staffing FAQ.

For more information, see the agency nurse staffing website at http://www.healthoregon.org/nursestaffing.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

•         Sign language and spoken language interpreters

•         Written materials in other languages

•         Braille

•         Large print

•         Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Anna Davis at 971-673-2950, 711 TTY or anna.l.davis@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

 


Be Prepared For A Natural Disaster
Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific - 07/17/18 11:18 AM

                                             BBB, OEM Offers Tips for Keeping Your Home and Business Safe

Portland, Oregon —July 17, 2018 It is wildfire season in Oregon, and the U.S. Forest Service warns this year could be especially significant for wildfires.  Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management are reminding consumers and businesses owners to do their part to be prepared in the event of a natural disaster. 

“A major disaster can pose significant challenges for individuals and families, as well as for local businesses” says Andrew Phelps, director at OEM. “Even a minor emergency can interfere with your ability to operate or require funding for repairs. There are steps you and your organization can take to be prepared, the most significant of which is to be 2 Weeks Ready.

While strangers will reach out to help others during a natural disaster, scammers make situations worse by trying to take advantage of victims. BBB reminds those affected by natural disasters to beware of out-of-town contractors soliciting businesses with ill intentions. While they may not all be frauds, they may lack the proper licensing for your area, offer quick fixes or make big promises they can’t deliver. The con artists typically show up after a natural disaster offering to help with cleanup for a low cost. Be sure to research any company before doing business with them and never be pressured into making quick decisions when solicited by a contractor.

Remember, it's just as important to be prepared before disaster strikes. Here are some steps you can take to get your home and business ready:

For consumers:

  • Keep documents secure. Store your documents in a safe place that is easy to access such as a safe deposit box. This includes your Social Security card, birth certificate, passport and any other official, hard-to-replace documents. Documents not kept in a safe can land in the wrong hands.
  • Have a plan. Familiarize yourself with your town’s emergency plans for shelter and evacuation. Have a list of emergency contacts, the locations frequented by family members and know the specific needs of household members, including animals.

For additional consumer preparedness information, visit the Individual Preparedness page on OEM’s website.

For businesses:

  • Practice emergency drills. Businesses should practice drills with employees and have processes in place to account for employees in the event of a disaster.
  • Lock up customers' information. Remember to safeguard your customers’ privacy by protecting their data.  Lock up important papers or transfer them to the cloud to keep them safe and intact.

For additional business preparedness information, check out the Business Preparedness section on OEM’s website and complete a Preparedness Scorecard for Businesses. Get more scam tips at bbb.org/scamtips.

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Shooting Investigation Monday Evening in St. Johns Neighborhood - No Known Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 07/17/18 11:14 AM
On Monday, July 16, 2018, at 9:53 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to multiple people reporting they heard gunfire near George Park, located at 7301 North Seneca Street.

Officers arrived in the area and located and seized evidence of gunfire on North Burr Avenue. During a canvass of the area, officers contacted several witnesses.

At this time there have been no reports of injury or anyone arriving at area hospitals as a result of this shooting. There were no reports of any residences or other property being struck by gunfire in relation to this shooting.

Investigators continue to investigate this shooting and there is no information to provide publicly at this time.

Based on the preliminary information, the Gang Enforcement Team will be continuing the investigation. Anyone who witnessed this shooting or who possesses video surveillance footage of the shooting is asked to contact the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division's Gang Enforcement Team at 503-823-4106.

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 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 any unsolved homicide is eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,500. Information about any other unsolved felony crime is eligible for a cash reward 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:

Visit the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips.

Online at https://www.p3tips.com/823

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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Officers Arrest Two Suspects, Recover Three Stolen Vehicles During Monday Night Robbery Investigation
Portland Police Bureau - 07/17/18 10:33 AM
On Monday, July 16, 2018, at 6:44 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a strong-arm robbery with multiple suspects at the Safeway, located at 3527 Southeast 122nd Avenue.

Officers arrived at the Safeway and learned a group of seven suspects left the store without paying for items they had selected from the store. As the suspects were leaving the store, a security guard employed by Safeway was struck by one of the suspects as he attempted to contact one of them as they exited the store. The security did not require immediate medical care.

Responding officers contacted several witnesses who told police the suspects left in a white Volkswagen sport utility vehicle. Additional officers, including a police canine team and the Portland Police Bureau's Air Support Unit, responded to the surrounding neighborhood as well. An officer located the suspected getaway vehicle, a white Volkswagen Atlas, near Southeast 148th Avenue and Southeast Center Street, but the occupants were seen running from it.

Meanwhile, another responding officer located a blue Hyundai Elantra and a silver Nissan Maxima, near Southeast 148th Avenue and Southeast Bush Street.

Both vehicles appeared to have been abandoned and the officer observed people running from them.

As officers continued the investigation, they learned all three vehicles were previously reported as stolen. Based on information gathered during the preliminary investigation, officers believe the suspects involved in the Safeway strong-armed robbery were also associated with the stolen Elantra and Maxima.

During the neighborhood search, seven juvenile suspects were detained. Five of the suspects were released to guardians and two were lodged at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home on charges of Robbery in the Second Degree and Assault in the Third Degree. The two suspects lodged at the Donald E. Long on Measure 11 Robbery charges were 17-year-old Jayvontea Binnz and 17-year-old Jaymari Williams.

The stolen vehicles have been recovered and the vehicle owners notified.

Additional charges are possible as this investigation is in its early stages and on-going.

Anyone with information about this case should contact the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Robbery Detail at 503-823-0405.

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*UPDATE* Trailer Fire Death Deemed a Homicide (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/17/18 10:24 AM
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Update 7/17/18:

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. - The Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office has completed its investigation into the death of Tammy Rae Hicks.  Deputy State Medical Examiner Dr. James Olson, MD, has ruled Hicks' death as a homicide.  The cause of death was determined to be strangulation.  Evidence at autopsy showed Hicks died before her body was burned in a trailer fire on June 30, 2018.  

Kevin Dean Hicks, Sr. remains lodged in the Jackson County jail on charges related to this case.  Any further updates will be released by the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

Update 7/1/18:

SAMS VALLEY, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office detectives say the death at the scene of Saturday’s trailer fire was a homicide. The suspect is in jail, accused of murdering his estranged wife and burning her body.

On June 30, 2018, at 3:17 p.m, deputies responded with Fire District #3 personnel to a trailer fire in the 3100-block of McMartin Lane. The caller indicated a woman was in the trailer, which was fully engulfed before first responders arrived.

Deputies arrested Kevin Dean Hicks, Sr., 52, shortly after arriving at the scene, which was also Kevin Hicks’s residence. Hicks is lodged in the Jackson County jail on charges of murder and second degree abuse of a corpse.

Detectives have presumptively identified the victim as Tammy Raye Hicks, 49, of the 12200-block of Table Rock Road. Investigators with the Jackson County medical examiner’s office say the official identity of the deceased is tentative; they will likely need to rely on dental records or DNA comparisons to make a conclusive identification. An autopsy will take place later this week.

The couple separated after deputies arrested Kevin Hicks on October 15, 2017, for assaulting Tammy Hicks in the presence of their four minor children. Kevin Hicks was arrested again the following day when he contacted Tammy Hicks, in violation of the jail release agreement. The children were not present during Saturday’s incident.

Detectives with the multi-agency Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit (MADIU), as well as fire investigators, are assisting with the case. The District Attorney’s Office will review the evidence and refer the case to a grand jury.  Additional details regarding the incident will not be released at this time.

Case #18-13354

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Original release 6/30/18:

SAMS VALLEY, Ore. -- Jackson County Sheriff's Office deputies are investigating an apparent death at the scene of a trailer fire. Few details are available for release at this early stage in the investigation.

On June 30, 2018, at 3:17 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call reporting a fire in a trailer in the 3100-block of McMartin Lane. The caller reported a woman was inside the trailer.

Fire District #3 personnel responded to fight the fire, which was fully engulfed. Jackson County Sheriff's Office detectives and an investigator from the medical examiner's office responded to assist with the investigation.

Further information, including the identity of the deceased, will be released at a later time.

Case #18-13354

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FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Online Auction Fraud (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 07/17/18 10:00 AM
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Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense against online auction frauds.

We are now fully into summer. With vacations already planned and paid for, many are short on the cash needed to buy those odds and ends for around the house. Instead of paying top dollar at the store, many are turning to online auctions as a way to save money. Such auctions are a great option – if you know how to use them safely.

Most auction sites have rules for both the buyer and the seller. Take time to familiarize yourself to the auction site and all its policies before you bid on anything. Pay special attention to details about payment information, privacy policies, and insurance. Also, before using, make sure that the sites where you register, sign in and bid are secure. Chances are that if the site URL starts with “https,” the page is secure. However, to be safe, try to pay with a credit card that comes with fraud protection. Additionally, take your time to research what other people have to say about the website. Look for reviews or complaints that indicate that a buyer either got a faulty product or never received what they bid on.

These scam artists have been doing it for a while and know exactly what to say and do to steal your money. Here are some warning signs:

  • The seller only has a generic photo of the item. You cannot be sure that the seller actually has the item if there isn't a current picture.
  • A “brand name” product is marked down or on sale for a price much lower than normal. This product could be counterfeit.
  • If you see words such as “used”, “old”, or “vintage”, the item may not be in the best condition.
  • Do not use the “Friends and Family” money transfer method to pay for items, as buyers are not eligible for fraud protection through this method.
  • Do not pay for items using gift cards. These requests almost always indicate a scam since the “seller” can cash out the cards immediately and the auction site has no way to verify that payment.  
  • The seller insists on communicating or paying outside of the auction site’s payment system. The seller might insinuate that the system is too slow and that he needs the money right away to send you your product. No matter what story he tells you, don’t send money outside the established payment system!
  • You get an email stating that you need to verify your account or reply to confirm your purchase of a product. If this happens, go to the auction site itself to log in. There you will be able to see if the site really sent you an email. If so, you can respond there and avoid clicking on any potentially compromising links.

If you have been victimized by an online overpayment scam or any other cyber fraud, be sure to report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your local FBI office.




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Marine Patrols Jet Off to the Rogue for On-Water Training (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 07/17/18 10:00 AM
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The Oregon State Marine Board will conduct its week-long law enforcement jet boat course on the Rogue River between Gold Beach and Foster Bar during the week of July 23 – July 26.  This intensive course focuses on boat operation, marine law, swift water rescue, and boat trailering.

The training focuses on honing boat operating skills.  “This is critical training for law enforcement and we’re excited to be returning to Gold Beach,” says Ed Persichetti, Law Enforcement Training Coordinator for the Marine Board.  “We’ve selected this week to hopefully minimize disruption to recreational boaters, but we still request the public’s patience.  The students will need room to work because they will be very focused on reading the river, avoiding other boaters, and navigating whitewater, wind and chop.”  Students who attend the Marine Board’s Whitewater Jet Boat Training bring a range of skills from the novice operator to advanced operator. 

“Boating is an apprenticeship where we’re learning every day.  One of the goals of the training is to pair up an experienced marine deputy with a new jet boat operator.  Incorporating expertise with students new to jet boating is why our Law Enforcement training is such a rewarding experience for everyone,” says Persichetti.  “This is a unique course in that it is the only one in the nation that offers this type of specialized training.”

Signs will be posted at local access sites about the training operations and notices have also been sent to all the registered fishing guides in the area.  In addition to boat handling exercises in whitewater conditions, marine deputies will also learn how to dis-assemble service and reassemble jet pumps, learn anchoring and chocking techniques, and how to navigate all stages of whitewater rapids.  “Fast action and skill are required by marine officers, and this kind of training can mean the difference between a saved life or not,” Persichetti says.

The Marine Board contracts with 32 Sheriff’s Offices and the Oregon State Police for marine law enforcement services, including search and rescue operations, and boating safety education.  Contracts with the County Sheriff’s Offices are paid for through motorboat registrations and titling fees.

For more information about the Marine Board and law enforcement services, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/AboutUs.aspx.

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The Marine Board is funded by registration, title fees and marine fuel taxes paid by motorized boaters.  No lottery, general fund tax dollars or local facility parking fees are used to support the agency or its programs.  Boater-paid fees go back to boaters in the form of boating safety services (on-the-water enforcement, training and equipment), education/outreach materials and boating access facility grants (boat ramps, docks, parking, construction and maintenance).  The Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permit program is dedicated funding to pay for border inspection stations, decontamination equipment, inspectors, and signage/outreach materials.  The Mandatory Education Program is self-supporting and revenue helps pay for education materials and boater education cards.  For more information about the Marine Board and its programs, visit www.boatoregon.com.

 




Attached Media Files: Sheriff's Office Jet Boat Image

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon June 2018 New Release
Oregon Employment Department - 07/17/18 10:00 AM

Oregon Unemployment Rate at New Record Low of 4.0 Percent in June

Oregon’s unemployment rate was 4.0 percent in June, which was Oregon’s lowest unemployment rate since comparable records began in 1976. Oregon’s May unemployment rate was 4.1 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate was also 4.0 percent in June.

In June, Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment rose by 1,900 jobs, following a revised gain of 3,200 jobs in May. Job gains were led by leisure and hospitality (+1,800 jobs) and private educational services (+1,000). Three major industries each added close to 600 jobs: health care and social assistance (+700); manufacturing (+600); and construction (+500). Several industries shed jobs in June, including retail trade (-1,000 jobs); information (-800); financial activities (-600); and transportation, warehousing and utilities (-500).

Although Oregon’s payroll employment continued to expand, the rate of growth has moderated in recent months. Job gains averaged 1,500 per month over the past three months. Over the past 12 months, 31,400 jobs were added, good for a growth rate of 1.6 percent. This growth matched that of the U.S. where over-the-year job growth was also 1.6 percent through June. Oregon’s job gains were much faster in 2013 through 2017, averaging 2.8 percent per year and reaching a peak growth rate of 3.7 percent in mid-2015.

Part of the reason for the slowdown in the rate of job growth is likely due to an unusually tight labor market. Many employers are facing increasing difficulty hiring workers. The degree of Oregon’s labor market tightness is reflected in these indicators:
• The number of people working part time for economic reasons is at the lowest since at least 2002, when comparable records began.
• The broadest measure of labor underutilization, U-6, dropped to 7.8 percent in June, which was its lowest reading since at least 2002.
• The number of Oregonians unemployed for 27 weeks or more dropped below 7,000, the lowest level since at least 2002, and far below the more than 100,000 long-term unemployed in 2010 during the aftermath of the recession.
• The number of people entering the labor market without a job was at its lowest level since at least 2000, when comparable records began.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the June county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, July 24th, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for July on Tuesday, August 14th. 


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 October, November and December 2017 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS.

Effective with the January 2018 data, employment of Oregon’s approximately 17,000 home care workers are counted in private health care and social assistance instead of state government. The change was due to legislative action clarifying that for purposes of workforce and labor market information, home care workers are not employees of state government. The reclassification affects private sector and government monthly change figures for January 2018 and will affect over-the-year change figures through December 2018. It does not affect total payroll employment levels.

 

The pdf version of the news release, including tables and graphs, can be found at www.QualityInfo.org/press-release. To obtain the data in other formats such as in Excel, visit www.QualityInfo.org, then within the top banner, select Economic Data, then choose LAUS or CES. To request the press release as a Word document, contact the person shown at the top of this press release.

For help finding jobs and training resources, visit one of the state's WorkSource Oregon centers or go to: www.WorkSourceOregon.org.

Equal Opportunity program — auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.




Attached Media Files: Employment In Oregon June 2018 News Release

Oregon CCO Metrics and Scoring Committee to hold meeting and webinar July 20
Oregon Health Authority - 07/17/18 9:58 AM

July 17, 2018

Contact: Pete Edlund, 503-559-2216, .m.edlund@dhsoha.state.or.us">peter.m.edlund@dhsoha.state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

Oregon CCO Metrics and Scoring Committee to hold meeting and webinar July 20

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority's CCO Metrics and Scoring Committee

When: Friday, July 20, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 111/112, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E., Wilsonville

Attendees can also join remotely through a webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/7438627555801803523 and listen-only conference line at 888-204-5984, participant code 1277166

Agenda: Welcome, consent agenda, and updates; public testimony; extended CCO 2.0 update; 2018 incentive measure program changes; 2019 measure set: information for consideration; break; finalize 2019 measure set; adjourn.

For more information, please visit the committee's website at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/ANALYTICS/Pages/Metrics-Scoring-Committee.aspx.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Pete Edlund at 503-559-2216, 711 TTY, .m.edlund@dhsoha.state.or.us">peter.m.edlund@dhsoha.state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Cultural Trust geographic reach "remarkable," says impact report; Per capita funding for culture peaks in rural Oregon (Photo)
Oregon Cultural Trust - 07/17/18 9:43 AM
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Salem, Ore. – A new impact study of the Oregon Cultural Trust calls its geographic reach “remarkable” and reinforces its unique role as a stable and accessible funding source for arts, heritage and humanities statewide. Produced by ECONorthwest, the report concludes that the Cultural Trust has a wide-reaching influence on people’s experience of culture in Oregon, supporting cultural activities and organizations in every county with higher per capita funding, up to $15 per capita, in rural counties where grant funding can be scarce.

“The Trust effectively allocates resources to rural areas of the state by harnessing contributions from urban areas,” said Terry Moore, ECONorthwest’s senior project director. “It serves as a nexus for the entire cultural community in Oregon and can use this position to amplify the effects of its grantmaking activities.”

The impact study focused on Cultural Trust performance between 2006 and 2016, or 10 of the 17 years since the Trust was founded. During that time donations to the Cultural Trust increased an average of 4.3 percent annually, adjusted for inflation. The non-corporate donor base grew by 7.6 percent.

Between 2006 and 2016 the Cultural Trust distributed $17.5 million in grant funds through its 45 Cultural County and Tribal Coalitions, directly to cultural nonprofits through Cultural Development grants and via its five Statewide Partners – the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Humanities and the Oregon State Office of Historic Preservation. The funding provided $11.2 million to support 4,958 statewide projects and an additional $6.3 million in partner and collaborative grants.

“This longitudinal view of the Cultural Trust’s impact for cultural projects and programs all across Oregon is truly extraordinary,” said Cultural Trust Board Chair Chuck Sams. “The uniqueness of the Cultural Trust in the nation is testament to how highly valued culture is in our state.”

In addition, the impact of the grants was maximized by producing goods and services, generating an additional 70 percent of the grant amounts in economic value and leveraging new funding sources for required matching grants.

Report findings also indicate that the Cultural Trust has tremendous potential to continue to grow contributions and expand its impact. As one donor said, “The Cultural Trust funds culture through a diverse statewide network that ensures its grant dollars are shared wisely. It’s a great funding model – if more donors would participate it could have a transformational impact on the cultural life of our state.”

The Oregon Cultural Trust was created by the Oregon State Legislature in 2001 to lead Oregon in cultivating, growing and valuing culture. The Legislature established an innovative funding mechanism to support that mission: the Cultural Tax Credit. Oregonians who donate to an Oregon-based cultural nonprofit qualifies for the state tax credit by donating the same amount to the Cultural Trust. The program allows Oregon taxpayers who value and support culture to redirect that portion of their taxes to Cultural Trust grant programs.

The Cultural Tax Credit now generates close to $5 million per year for the Cultural Trust. Up to 60 percent of that amount is distributed to nonprofit organizations working on cultural activities in Oregon; the remainder is invested in a permanent fund for Oregon culture.

View the full impact report and/or the executive summary.

The impact report was commissioned by the Cultural Trust’s Statewide Cultural Partners:

The more than 100 projects supported by Cultural Development Grants in FY2018 include:

  • the “Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years” interactive exhibit at Oregon Historical Society and community programming by the Oregon Black Pioneers in Salem;
  • theater lighting and sound equipment upgrades for the Florence Events Center;
  • the renovation of the historic Baker Orpheum Theatre to become a community performing arts center in Baker City; 
  • exhibits and programs that highlight the LBGTQ community and Native youth as part of a Cultural Diversity Initiative by the High Desert Museum in Bend; and
  • transforming a major gallery at Portland Children’s Museum into The Studio - a clay, maker and multi-purpose art space for families.

For a full list of Cultural Trust grant projects, including links to Cultural County Coalitions and several hundred county projects they fund, visit www.culturaltrust.org.

Total grant funds distributed since the Cultural Trust was founded: $23 million.

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Newly Restored Oregon Constitution on View for the First Time Outside of the State Archives in Salem (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 07/17/18 9:37 AM
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Portland, OR – Following a massive statewide crowdfunding campaign, the newly restored Oregon Constitution is now on view at the Oregon Historical Society through September 3, 2018. What started as a penny drive targeted at Oregon students to raise funds to preserve and exhibit the original 1857 Oregon Constitution turned into over $100,000 raised to restore this historic document. The Oregon Historical Society is proud to have joined many Oregonians in contributing to this effort, and is the first location outside of the Oregon State Archives in Salem to host the document.

Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson arranged special TSA clearance as the constitution traveled from Portland to the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) in Andover, Massachusetts. The detailed conservation effort included digital imaging to create a record of the document prior to restoration, and some of the “before and after” photos of the constitution are on view in the Oregon Historical Society display.

Mary Beth Herkert, Director of the State Archives Division, shares an overview of the restoration in a video, and the NEDCC further details the complex conservation process in this video. Steps included repairing pages that were loose from the binding (while preserving the original binding), as well as essentially giving the pages a “bath” in order to clean the pages that were starting to discolor due to the type of ink that was used in writing the document. The full effort took a single conservationist four months to complete.

While the constitution is on view, the Oregon Historical Society will host two free public programs in the month of August to invite conversation around this important founding document:

Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear: Conversations on Citizenship and the Oregon Constitution

Presented by Manuel Padilla on Wednesday, August 8 at 7pm

Join Manuel Padilla for a dialogue on the foundations of citizenship in the Oregon constitution. The discussion will explore the local people that shaped this concept of citizenship and will then situate the conversations of the past in the current socio-political climate of the present. Have we progressed beyond the considerations and limitations of 1857? Have we transcended past Oregonians’ debates over belonging? Or, is there something of us in them, and something of them in us today?

A White Man’s Democracy: The Drafting of the Oregon State Constitution in the Era of Dred Scott

Presented by Kenneth Coleman on Wednesday, August 15 at 12pm

Kenneth Coleman will discuss the national and regional historical context of the Oregon Constitutional Convention and the ultimate outcome of debates surrounding slavery, racial exclusion, and woman suffrage. He will also consider the meaning of representational democracy in antebellum Oregon, focusing on those Oregonians who had no access to the convention or the right to vote on its final draft.

To learn more about Oregon’s road to statehood and the constructing of Oregon’s Constitution, visit www.ohs.org/constitution. Explore OHS digital history projects for more background on Oregon’s road to statehood and to view the draft copy of the Oregon State Constitution’s preamble and bill of rights that is part of the Oregon Historical Society Research Library collection.

View this historic document now through September 3, 2018 at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland). The museum is open seven days a week, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 12pm – 5pm. Admission to the museum is currently discounted to $5 as we renovate our permanent exhibition on the third floor. Admission is free every day for OHS members and Multnomah County residents.

 

About the Oregon Historical Society

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




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Media advisory: Silver Creek fire communications change (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/17/18 6:21 AM
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Assignment editors and reports: there's been a change to the Public Information Officer operating at the Silver Creek fire inside Silver Falls State Park. Ryan Gordon with the Oregon Department of Forestry will take over as the sole PIO starting today. He will work with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department staff from the Salem headquarters to issue a daily release updating acreage, containment, and any other important changes. We expect that release will normally be published around 11 a.m. for as long as is needed, but daily circumstances may require us to shift that schedule periodically.

To make a site visit, please contact Ryan in advance. His cell phone number is 503-779-5278 and email is ryan.p.gordon@oregon.gov. Use both methods to reach him before visiting the site. Cell phone coverage at the park is very limited, but the incident command area has temporary phone and wifi service, and even if you have to leave a message, he should eventually get it and respond.

Thanks for your support so far helping us get the word out about this event.

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Mon. 07/16/18
AMR River Rescue Responds to Drowning on Sandy River
AMR - 07/16/18 9:58 PM

At 4:55 PM today, AMR Lifeguards at Glen Otto Park were alerted that an approximate 25 year-old male swimmer had gone under the surface of the Sandy River and had not re-surfaced. AMR Lifeguards were directed to an area of the river below Glen Otto Park toward Lewis & Clark Park about 10 yards downstream of the Troutdale Bridge. The strong current swept the submerged victim downstream, in water depths near the limit surface divers can reach. AMR's Lifeguards were quickly joined by members of Gresham Fire & Rescue's Water Rescue Team and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. All three agencies train together for this type of incident.

As a result of their combined efforts, the victim was located approximately ten feet below the surface near. He was quickly brought to shore and resuscitation efforts began immediately. An AMR ambulance staged on the shore continued full resuscitation efforts during transport to the hospital. The victim's heart rhythm and pulses were restored shortly before the ambulance arrived at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center. The young man's current condition and prognosis are unknown at this time.

While we hope for the best outcome, our hearts go out to the family and friends of the survivor. Along with our partners at Gresham Fire & Rescue and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, American Medical Response (AMR) would like to remind everyone that the power of the Sandy River, and all Northwest rivers, should not be underestimated. We strongly advise everyone in or near the water to please wear a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (life jacket).

AMR has stationed Lifeguards on the Sandy River at Glen Otto Park since 1999 and on the Clackamas River at High Rocks since 2002. AMR's intervention was in response to community pleas to help decrease drownings, which had averaged approximately four per year at the two locations. Today, the River Safety Program remains part of AMR's commitment to enhance services in the Northwest Communities it serves as the emergency ambulance provider.

 


Fire near kalama - UPDATE#1: County Road closed, but no evacuations required at this time.
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/16/18 8:33 PM

UPDATE#1.   8:00 p.m.  The section of the Old Highway remains closed as fire crews work on the fire, and will probably be closed throughout the night.  There have been no evacuations, and there is no reason to believe evacuations will be necessary; however if the need arises, deputies on scene and are prepared conduct evacuations if necessary. 

Fire crews remain optomistic in continuing to gain control and keep control of the fire. 

If there is any change we will provide updates as appropriate. 

 

 

 

 

Kalama, WASH - Fire authorities have been working on a fire near Mile Post 30 north of Kalama since 3:00 p.m.  The fire started near I-5 and has traveled up the hill to the east, near Bluff Road.   No houses have been burned, and no evacuations are required. 

The Old highway (county road) which parallels I5 has been shut down while a helicopter drops water on the fire.  The old highway is closed between Mt. Pleasant road on the north end, and at Kalama River Road on the south end. 

The Washington State Patrol is releasinhg information regularly as it relates to the status of I5. 

People can also look at the Cowlitz Department of Emergency Managements FB page for information.

We will provide updates as the situation changes.  Fire authorities believe they are making good progress on controlling the fire but it is a working fire and it is not contained yet. 


Red Cross Responds to Multi-Family Fire Affecting 10 People in Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/16/18 7:33 PM

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded at approximately 5:00 p.m. Monday, July 16, 2018 in the 12000 block of SE Holgate Street in Portland, Multnomah County, Ore.

The multi-family fire affected seven adults 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 with toiletry items, 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 in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day.

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/GetAnAlarm to schedule an appointment.


Sandy & Estacada Police Log 07-08-18 to 07-14-18
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Oregon Philanthropist Al Jubitz helps plant Peace Pole at Rockwood Boys & Girls Club
Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro Area - 07/16/18 5:35 PM

WHO:              Erin Hubert, CEO Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro (BGCP)

                        Philanthropist Al Jubitz

                        Rockwood Boys & Girls Club Staff and Youth

 

WHAT:            A ceremony will be held at the Rockwood Boys & Girls Club to permanently install a Peace Pole, an international monument of peace, in the Club’s courtyard. Club youth and staff will join special guests for a ceremonial planting.

 

Philanthropist Al Jubitz has sponsored a Peace Pole for the Rockwood Boys & Girls Club as part of the Rotary Action Group for Peace efforts dedicated to raising these monuments throughout Oregon. The Pole, featuring the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” will be installed in the courtyard at the new Rockwood Club site.

 

The Rockwood Peace Pole features eight of the native languages representative of the youth attending the Club to include:

 

English                        Russian                      

Spanish                       Korean

Vietnamese                 Burmese         

Chinese (Mandarin)  Arabic

 

The Rockwood Boys & Girls Club opened in October 2017 and features learning, innovation, and activity spaces for youth 6-12 years of age and a stand-alone center for teens ages 13-18.

 

WHEN:            Wednesday, July 18, 2018

                          2:00 PM

 

WHERE:         454 SE 165th Ave.

                          Portland, OR

                          503.954-1428


Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting One Family in Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/16/18 5:23 PM

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on July 16, 2018, at approximately 4:00 p.m. in the 10000 block of E Burnside Street in Portland, Oregon. The fire affected one family, including 2 adults, and 1 child.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, 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 in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. 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/GetAnAlarm to schedule an appointment.


Vancouver Police participates in Operation Chill this summer (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 07/16/18 5:06 PM
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Vancouver, Wash. – The Vancouver Police is excited to once again be participating in the 7- Eleven Operation Chill program. Thanks to the generosity of 7-Eleven, the department received a generous allotment of coupons for free Slurpee’s. The Operation Chill program helps law enforcement agencies across the country promote positive relationships between police and kids. The coupons allow police officers a great opportunity to interact with and rewards kids they see exhibiting positive behaviors, such as wearing their bike helmet or participating in a summer youth program.

“This program is an excellent way for police officers to have a positive connection with a young person and our officers look forward to participating every year”, says Vancouver Police Chief James McElvain.

7- Eleven is celebrating the 23nd anniversary of Operation Chill and this is the fourth year the Vancouver Police Department has been invited to participate.  

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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers




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Oregon Acute Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Workgroup meets July 30
Oregon Health Authority - 07/16/18 4:50 PM

July 16, 2018

Oregon Acute Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Workgroup meets July 30

What: The Oregon Acute Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Workgroup is holding a public meeting to develop detailed recommendations for acute opioid prescribing that will be included as an amendment to Oregon’s existing Statewide Opioid Prescribing Guidelines.

Agenda:

  • Agenda overview and introductions.
  • Presentation: background and Oregon opioid overview.
  • Presentation: Acute Opioid Prescribing Guideline overview.
  • Discussion of draft.
  • Meeting summary and next steps.

When: Monday, July 30, 1-3 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Room 1B, Portland. No conference call option is available for the public.

Background: The purpose of Oregon Acute Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Workgroup is to set a standard of care in Oregon around safe opioid prescribing for acute pain. The workgroup will develop detailed recommendations for acute opioid prescribing that will be included as an amendment to Oregon’s existing Statewide Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, and will address acute opioid prescribing in primary care, emergency departments, dentistry, and after surgical procedures.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written material in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Drew Simpson at 971-673-1033, 711 TTY or ew.r.simpson@state.or.us">drew.r.simpson@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

 


National organization selects county treasurer as Outstanding County Treasurer (Photo)
Clark Co. WA Communications - 07/16/18 3:51 PM
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Vancouver, Wash. – The National Association of County Collectors, Treasurers and Finance Officers, NACCTFO, awarded Clark County Treasurer Doug Lasher its Outstanding County Treasurer of the Year Award at its annual banquet last week.

NACCTFO is an affiliate of the National Association of Counties, NACo. The organization presents the distinguished annual award to a person who “…serves as a leader in their home state and as a professional of the highest caliber in the operation of their own county office.”

The nomination letter for Doug states that he is a mentor to his staff and has spent the majority of his life in service to his community.

When presenting the award, Haskell County, Kansas, Treasurer and award committee chair Nancy Weeks noted Doug’s many accomplishments over his 34 year tenure as Treasurer.

A leader in innovation, Doug was one of the first treasurers in the state of Washington to implement the Property Assessment and Collection System, PACS, that combines the billing and collection systems.

In 2001, he worked with the county assessor and auditor to establish a joint lobby to provide services for all three departments, enabling a more efficient delivery of services to citizens. This model has been widely praised by government partners and citizens.

In a letter of support for his nomination, Washington State Treasurer Duane A. Davidson said, “Doug is constantly concerned with the well-being of the other county treasurers in Washington State, with a special emphasis on newly elected county treasurers. He mentors new treasurers and helps them understand the role and responsibilities of the office.”

“My passion and commitment to public service has always been to provide the best in treasury management for the citizens of Clark County,” said Doug. “This recognition would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of all the employees who have worked with me since the first day I walked into the Treasurer’s Office back in 1984. I am very proud of what we have accomplished.”




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Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee meets July 26 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 07/16/18 3:46 PM

July 16, 2018

Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee meets July 26 in Portland

What: The regular public meeting of the Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee

When: Thursday, July 26, 1-3 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building Room 1C, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. Please note that space is limited.

Who: The Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee is appointed by the Governor and comprised of private organizations and state agencies dedicated to the reduction of the harmful impact of Oregonians’ tobacco use.

Agenda: Tobacco Prevention and Education Program (TPEP) budget; implementation update; legislative efforts check-in; Place Matters Conference update; communications update: Central Oregon Prevention Campaign; youth survey update.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Sarah Barnard at 971-673-1347, 711 TTY or ah.barnard@state.or.us">sarah.barnard@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

 


Jorge Sosa-Soler receives 20 year prison sentence for killing his girlfriend (Photo)
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 07/16/18 2:50 PM
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                 

JULY 16, 2018

Jorge Sosa-Soler receives 20 year prison sentence for killing his girlfriend

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced a 20 year prison sentence for 52-year-old Jorge Sosa-Soler for killing Yaritza Valdez-Almaguer, his longtime girlfriend.

The defendant appeared before Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Karin J. Immergut and pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the first degree constituting domestic violence and unlawful use of a weapon constituting domestic violence.

“No one deserves to be hurt by someone they love,” said Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Shawn Overstreet, who prosecuted this case. “This is an incredibly sad case that highlights the lethality that can exist hidden in domestic violence situations. Both Ms. Valdez-Almaguer and the defendant lived in a small village in Cuba. Getting to today has taken a considerable amount of time. As we negotiated the settlement of this case, we wanted to keep Ms. Valdez-Almaguer’s family in Cuba updated. Doing so required them traveling from their small village to the nearest town to use the only publicly available phone.”

Ms. Valdez-Almaguer’s brother, Julio Valdez-Almaguer, participated in Monday’s sentencing hearing via phone from Cuba.

Through a translator, he said the death of his sister “has very, very much affected our family and that he [Sosa-Soler] had no right to kill her.”

Blanca Mojena-Arzuaga, a longtime friend of Ms. Valdez-Almaguer, remembers her as “such a good person.”

“She was perfect,” Mojena-Arzuaga said through a translator. “She was so sweet, so nice, and was such a happy person.”  

Mojena-Arzuaga remembers the day when Ms. Valdez-Almaguer called from Cuba and told her she wanted to come live with her in the United States.

“In Cuba, she was living in a home that had a dirt floor,” Mojena-Arzuaga said. “She wanted to come to Oregon for a better life for herself, Jorge and her son who is now nine years old and living with family in Cuba. Yaritza was also planning to bring her son to Oregon .”

Ms. Valdez-Almaguer and Sosa-Soler moved in February 2016. Shortly after moving to Portland, Ms. Valdez-Almaguer enrolled in English classes at IRCO and was prepared to continue to work as a physical therapist.

Mojena-Arzuaga said that she and the family would eventually forgive the defendant. Sosa-Soler spoke briefly in court and said, “I didn’t want this. I didn’t know what I was doing.”

This investigation began at 1:15 p.m. on May 20, 2016 when the defendant and Valdez-Almaguer, were at a residence in the 6600 block of Northeast Glisan Street. The couple was arguing about Sosa-Soler recently being diagnosed with a medical condition. Sosa-Soler indicated he and Valdez-Almaguer needed to return to Cuba.

“As the argument continued, Ms. Valdez-Almaguer became increasingly upset with Sosa-Soler following her around the house,” said Overstreet. “Valdez-Almaguer told the defendant that she was leaving him. With that realization, Sosa-Soler retrieved a large butcher knife from the kitchen and confronted Valdez-Almaguer in the couple’s office area.”

The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office reported Valdez-Almaguer died of a single stab wound to the neck.

“After killing Ms. Valdez-Almaguer, Sosa-Soler cut his own throat with the knife in the kitchen in an effort to kill himself but he was found by roommates who got him immediate medical attention,” said Overstreet.

Under Oregon law, the maximum sentence for a conviction of manslaughter in the first-degree is 20 years.

Mr. Sosa-Soler’s criminal defense team presented evidence to the court that suggested he was suffering from a mental health crisis when he killed Ms. Valdez-Almaguer.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office wants to remind the public if you or someone you know feels unsafe or would like to speak with an advocate, support is available 24/7 by calling or contacting Call to Safety at 503-235-5333. You are not alone.

In the event of an emergency, contact 9-1-1.


Línea de Crisis 503-232-4448. Línea de Crisis 24 horas sin costo 1-888-232-4448. Los servicios que se ofrecen a las sobrevivientes de violencia doméstica y/o asalto sexual incluyen:

    • Línea de crisis en español disponible 24 horas al día
      Manejo de casos y abogacía
      Grupos de Apoyo en español
      Apoyo a los padres/madres
      Educación a la comunidad
      Asistencia en la petición de órdenes de restricción y de acecho
  • The Gateway Center

At the Gateway Center you can sit down one-on-one with an experienced advocate who will help you develop your personal plan and connect you with other services you may need. Appointments are not necessary for first-time visitors. They encourage walk-in, drop-ins from Monday to Friday between 9 am and 4 pm. 


#MCDA#

Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567

Email: rent.Weisberg@mcda.us">Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us




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SCAM ALERT! Boys & Girls Club Impersonators Soliciting Door-to-Door
Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro Area - 07/16/18 2:31 PM

SCAM ALERT! Please beware and help us spread this information.

Once again we are receiving reports from the community that people posing as Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro (BGCP) staff are fraudulently soliciting donations in public and door-to-door. Recent reports have come from in Portland’s Lents neighborhood on Friday and over the weekend a group of boys were collecting for a Boys & Girls Club basketball team on Mississippi Avenue.

It is important for the community to know that these efforts are scams. Boys & Girls Club staff always wear identifying uniforms during BGCP-affiliated activities and do not solicit donations door-to-door in this way. If you see someone asking for donations on behalf of BGCP and you would like to verify its legitimacy, please don’t hesitate to call Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro’s administrative office at 503-232-0077. If you suspect you have been a victim of this fraudulent solicitiation, please file a report with the local police.

Legitimate donations to the organization can be made at www.bgcportland.org, via mail, or dropped off in person at one of BGCP’s Club locations across the Portland-Metro area.


Man damages the Bend Police Department and threatens to burn down the community (Photo)
Bend Police Dept. - 07/16/18 2:02 PM
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Date: Monday, July 16, 2018                                                                         

Case # 2018-213264                            

Date & Time of Incident: July 16, 2018 at 2:15am                                          

Type of Incident:  Criminal Mischief                                                               

Location of Incident: 555 NE 15th Street; Bend Police Department

 

Arrestee:

Samuel Wyatt Dennis                    21 year old                             Bend resident

Narrative:

 

On July 16th, 2018 a Bend Police Officer leaving their shift at 2:15 am heard a commotion near the gate of the secured parking lot of the Bend Police Department. The officer interrupted a male striking the security key pad and damaging it beyond being able to use it.

Officers made attempts to contact the suspect, but the suspect sped away in his 1998 Dodge Pickup to avoid contact. Further inspection of the police department and security video footage showed the suspect throwing an object into the secured lot, damaging a police vehicle. The suspect also placed a board through the front door handles inside the Bend Police Department lobby and leaned a heavy metal object against the door. The suspect etched letters into the front glass door and on the concrete in front of the front entry doors.

Bend Police Officers and Detectives started to investigate the case and quickly identified the suspect as Samuel Dennis. Dennis made calls to Bend Fire and Rescue mentioning burning the community to the ground. From the statements and actions by Dennis, and by essentially barricading the police department earlier in the morning, Dennis’ intentions to cause harm to public safety employees seemed legitimate.

Detectives located Dennis’ vehicle at his residence in the 62000 Bunchgrass Loop. Detectives observed Dennis’ vehicle leave for a short time, before returning to his residence. Detectives and officers attempted to contact Dennis in his driveway.

At 10:18 am, as officers attempted to arrest Dennis from his vehicle, but he refused and drove through landscaping before leading Bend Police on a pursuit. As the pursuit continued, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, the Oregon State Police and Bureau of Land Management assisted with the pursuit.

The pursuit continued at a low speeds. At 10:41, a Deputy with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deployed spike strips to disable the truck driven by Dennis. The pursuit took place through the east end of Bend and Deschutes County before stopping in Crook County.  

At 10:46, Dennis’ vehicle stopped on Geo Millican Road just south of Four Corners. Dennis was contained in his vehicle while Crisis Negotiators from the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team (CERT) were on scene working on a successful solution with Dennis. Other members from the CERT Team and the Oregon State Police SWAT Team responded to assist in resolving the situation.

Crook County Sherriff’s Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, Bend Fire and Rescue and BLM Fire responded to assist with this incident.

At 12:17pm, Dennis was taken into custody. Dennis was not cooperating with officers on scene and refused to exit his vehicle. Members of the CERT team deployed chemical agents to safely apprehend Dennis. He was evaluated by Bend Fire and Rescue and transported to St. Charles Bend. Dennis did suffer minor injuries while being taken into custody, as he was not complying with officer’s directions.  

Dennis is facing charges of Criminal Mischief I, Reckless Driving, Attempt to Elude and Disorderly Conduct. This investigation is still on going and will be continued by the Bend Police Detective Division.  

 

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Attached Media Files: 2018-07/5593/116239/BPD_8725.JPG , Damage to rear security pad 2 , Damage to rear security pad 1

Finalists for $1 million Opus Prize announced: Three finalists for one of the world's largest awards for faith-based entrepreneurship, represent humanitarian organizations from India, Peru, and Chicago, IL (Photo)
University of Portland - 07/16/18 1:50 PM
Inner-City Muslim Action Network, Opus Prize Finalist
Inner-City Muslim Action Network, Opus Prize Finalist
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The three finalists for the 2018 Opus Prize, the $1 million award which recognizes individuals or organizations who address critical social issues within their communities, were announced today by the Opus Prize Foundation and the University of Portland. Hailing from Chennai, India; Lima, Peru; and Chicago, Illinois, the three finalists will be in Portland in November 12-15, 2018 for a week-long celebration culminating in the presentation of the $1 million award and two $100,000 prizes.

Spanning three continents, the finalists include:

Agape Rehabilitation Centre in Chennai, India, in honor of founders Daniel and Avitha Victor:  Agape was founded and is managed by Daniel and Avitha Victor, a married couple, who have spent their entire lives serving disabled teens and adults – a community of people who are often discarded in the Indian culture. They compassionately develop a professional skill set for every person with special needs, buoyed by support systems that promote personal confidence so those in their care become independent and succeed in their environment.

Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) in Chicago, in honor of its founder Dr. Rami Nashashibi:  Operating in a U.S.-city plagued by unrelenting gun-violence, IMAN has spent nearly two decades methodically implementing grass roots programs serving the most vulnerable families living in Chicago’s south side. IMAN manages programs that address health, leadership development, arts and culture, transitional housing, food access and advocacy around poverty and prison reform. 

Yancana Huasy in Lima Peru, in honor of José Antonio Patrón Quispe and Rev. Daniel Panchot, CSC:  Founded by Fr. Daniel Panchot, C.S.C. and led today by José Antonio Patrón Quispe, Yancana Huasy works to integrate children and families with special needs into public schools, faith communities and neighborhoods. They are primary advocates in ensuring that the disabled have access to public transportation and handicapped accessibility in public buildings. Much of their focus is on training parents of children with disabilities to meet the physical and emotional needs of their child.

Learn more about the finalists at https://www.up.edu/opusprize/.

Opus Prize Week
The University will host all three finalists for a week-long celebration in Portland this November 12-16. During the 2018 Opus Prize Week, the finalists will be on the UP campus to visit classrooms and engage in conversation with the University community and the greater Portland community. Several opportunities to meet the Opus Prize finalists are free and open to the public, including the Opus Prize Ceremony on Thursday, November 15, when the $1 million award and two $100,000 prizes will be announced. (https://www.up.edu/opusprize/week-events.html)

About the Opus Prize
The Opus Prize Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, sponsors the Opus Prize, an annual, faith-based humanitarian award recognizing individuals internationally and domestically who are addressing persistent and pressing social problems within their communities. Each year, the Opus Prize Foundation chooses a Catholic university to serve as its partner in selecting the Opus Prize laureates and finalists. To learn more about the Opus Prize, visit http://www.opusprize.org/.

As the 2018 Opus Prize partner, the University of Portland collected nominations and formed a jury comprising community and faith leaders who selected the three finalists. (https://www.up.edu/opusprize/2018-opus-prize-jury.html)

Teams of UP students, faculty members, and Opus Prize officials then traveled to the finalists’ communities to view the organizations in person before the three finalists were announced. (https://www.up.edu/opusprize/up-ambassadors/index.html)

Read more about the 2018 Opus Prize and the University of Portland at www.up.edu/opusprize/.

 

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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.

 




Attached Media Files: Inner-City Muslim Action Network, Opus Prize Finalist , Yancana Huasy, Opus Prize Finalist , Agape Rehabilitation Centre, Opus Prize Finalist

Silver Creek Fire Update 4 (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/16/18 12:06 PM
Silver Creek fire showing retardant coating vegetation
Silver Creek fire showing retardant coating vegetation
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News Release // Oregon Department of Forestry + Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // July 16, 2018 // 11:50 a.m.

 

Contacts:

Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept, 503-931-2590, is.havel@oregon.gov">chris.havel@oregon.gov

Bobbi Doan, Oregon Department of Forestry, 503-507-4481, obbi.j.doan@oregon.gov">bobbi.j.doan@oregon.gov

 

Silver Creek Fire Update 4

Silverton OR – This is an update on the small fire burning in a remote southeast corner of Silver Falls State Park. Smoke was first reported late in the evening on Thursday, July 12, and after confirming the location, attack began early on Friday, July 13. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Main points:

  • Containment is currently estimated at 35% with 75% of the perimeter lined. The area is especially challenging for firefighters due to steep slopes, thick undergrowth and numerous large snags posing safety hazards.  
  • Burning in the Howard Creek drainage, a remote, steep, timbered area over a mile from the park boundary. Improved mapping and information from firefighters on the ground, rather than fire growth, has allowed for a more accurate measurement of 27 acres. Initial acreage estimates were hampered by the dense canopy, extensive understory, and limited visibility due to smoke.
  • The number of personnel engaged remains at approximately 125.
  • Today’s aerial support includes a Type 1 helicopter, with Heavy Airtankers and Single Engine Airtankers (SEATs) available if needed.
  • Park facilities remain unchanged from earlier reports: the 214 Trailhead and several back-country trails, Howard Creek horse camp and Howard Creek day-use area, youth camp (Camp Silver Creek), and the Ranches are all closed. Howard Creek and the Ranches are closed to serve as incident command posts.
  • Other areas of the park are currently operating normally, with no interruptions to scheduled events.
  • Conditions can change quickly; watch for updates on https://bit.ly/2meFGMP.

Photos and videos from Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15 are online at https://drive.google.com/open?id=19RlLpHp3XPlNq0d-H8ZBz7SqEvDUG3Yy . Aerial video from Sunday, July 15 is included.

No injuries or facility damage have been reported.

 

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Attached Media Files: Silver Creek fire showing retardant coating vegetation , Silver Creek fire on JUly 15, showing Camp Silver Creek youth camp in foreground

***Update-Names Released***Josephine County man Kills ex-girlfriend and then takes his own life - Josephine County
Oregon State Police - 07/16/18 11:55 AM

UPDATE NAMES RELEASED

The names are being released after the families were notified. The victim, 27 year old, Kristina L. Mehaffey was from the Josephine County area. The suspect, 28 year old, Jeremy L Sweet, also from Josephine County.

 

END UPDATE

 

On July 11, 2018 at approximately 11:00PM, Oregon State Troopers responded to a domestic disturbance at an address in the Merlin area. When Troopers arrived they located a passenger van in the driveway and the female operator was deceased. Approximately 1 mile from this scene a second vehicle was located and the male driver was pronounced deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot. The investigation has determined that the male had confronted the female, killing her and then took his own life.  

The names will be released at a later time once the families have been notified. No other information is available at this time.


Oregon Man Sentenced to 70 Months in Federal Prison for Detonating Explosive Device in Fred Meyer Store
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 07/16/18 11:22 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. – Monte Robin Kaija, Jr., 47, of Portland, was sentenced today to 70 months in federal prison for detonating a small explosive device at a Fred Meyer store in Southeast Portland, and later possessing a homemade metal pipe bomb.

According to court documents, on May 21, 2016, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) received a report of an individual placing a small pipe bomb made of PVC in an aisle of a Fred Meyer store on SE 82nd Avenue in Portland. Portland Fire & Rescue were dispatched to assist PPB with their response. Kaija detonated the device shortly before police arrived on scene, causing damage to a single aisle. Nobody was injured in the explosion, and Kaija fled. While processing the scene, PPB officers identified several fragments of white plastic PVC pipe, pieces of white plastic PVC end caps, electrical tape, and a granular, power-like substance.

After analyzing the materials collected on scene, the Oregon State Police Lab notified PPB that a DNA profile had been collected from a small piece of electrical tape. The DNA profile was matched to Kaija. On August 31, 2016, PPB officers arrested Kaija in a motorhome on SE 96th Avenue in Portland, and discovered a homemade metal pipe bomb in his motorhome.  A certified bomb technician assigned to the Portland Metropolitan Explosive Disposal Unit responded to the scene and rendered the device safe. As a convicted felon, he was not allowed to possess the destructive devices.

Kaija previously pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of an unregistered destructive device in violation of 26 U.S.C. §§ 5841, 5861(d), and 5871 on December 12, 2016. Upon completion of his prison sentence, Kaija will be on supervised release for three years.

The PPB and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) investigated this case. It was prosecuted by Hannah Horsley and Paul T. Maloney, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon.

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Attached Media Files: 2018-07/6325/116234/SENTENCING-Kaija-Final.pdf

Convenience Store Clerk Beaten During Robbery Attempt in Tigard (Photo)
Tigard Police - 07/16/18 10:23 AM
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Shortly after 3:00 a.m. on Monday, July 16, Tigard Police were called to the Plaid Pantry convenience store located at 15995 SW Hall Blvd in Tigard. An injured employee called and reported he was allegedly beaten with a gun during a robbery attempt. The victim further added after unsuccessfully obtaining any money or otherwise, the suspect  fled on foot into the neighborhood.

Tigard officers arrived within minutes and rendered aid to the victim while other officers searched the area. A Tigard Police K-9 unit began tracking and ultimately led police approximately a quarter-mile to the suspect, who attempted to conceal himself inside a vehicle. The suspect, 45 year-old Arnold Luis Barriga, was taken into custody and lodged at the Washington County Jail. Barriga is charged with Robbery II, Assault IV and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

The 24 year-old victim was treated at the scene for injuries sustained during the robbery. The suspect reportedly used a pellet gun to assault the victim repeatedly.




Attached Media Files: 2018-07/1798/116233/Arnold_Barriga__DOB_031073.jpg

Sky Lanterns found in Canby these are a fire threat to the Community
Canby Fire Dist. - 07/16/18 10:22 AM

Canby Fire District has reports of sky lanterns being found on properties around Canby with the dry hot weather we are experiencing this is a significant fire threat to the community. Canby Fire would like to remind everyone that sky lanterns (also known as aerial luminaries, Chinese lanterns, mini hot air balloons, UFO balloons, wish lanterns, etc.) are illegal to release into Oregon airspace.

These lanterns, which are commonly available for purchase from online retailers, contain a small candle or fuel cell composed of a waxy flammable material. When lit, the flame heats the air inside the lantern, thus lowering its density and causing the lantern to rise into the air. These devices can travel significant distances from the point of release. There is a serious fire and safety hazard associated with sky lanterns, which include the potential to start a fire on or off the property from which they are released.

Most states in the U.S., as well as countries such as Germany, Australia, and Brazil have outlawed the release of sky lanterns due to their potential to start unintended fires.

As of January 1, 2017, releasing a sky lantern into Oregon airspace is considered a Class A Violation subject to a maximum penalty of $2,000.0. If you see a Sky Lantern or find one on the ground call police 


Update to July 13, 2018 death investigation
Salem Police Dept. - 07/16/18 10:17 AM

The Salem Police Department, in coordination with the Medical Examiner's office, have determined that the deceased adult male found at McKay Park on July 13, 2018 had committed suicide. The male has been identified, but police are still working on notifying his next of kin. Due to this, his identity will not be released at this time. 

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On July 13, 2018 at approximately 2:20 p.m., Salem Police officers responded to McKay School Park, 2755 Hollywood DR NE on a report of an injured male. Officers arrived and located a deceased male. Detectives were notified and responded to the scene. At this time a cause of death has not been determined and the male has not been identified. The park is closed while the scene is being processed and we estimate it will be open again shortly after 8:00 p.m..

Detectives are asking that anyone with information regarding the incident please contact the Salem Police non-emergency number at 503-588-6123.

More information will be released when it is available.

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THPRD'S 13th annual Party in the Park a festival of free fun (Photo)
Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation - 07/16/18 9:55 AM
Returning this year after a successful 2017 debut, youth will be able to build and launch paper rockets.
Returning this year after a successful 2017 debut, youth will be able to build and launch paper rockets.
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On Saturday, July 28, Party in the Park returns with a dizzying array of activities for those in search of free fun.

The daylong festival, now in its 13th year, is presented by the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District at the Howard M. Terpenning Recreation Complex, 15707 SW Walker Road, Beaverton. 

Party in the Park features a wide variety of family-oriented activities that run primarily from 11 am to 4 pm. All activities are free except for the Family Triathlon (9 am start) that carries a small entry fee to offset expenses.

 “Party in the Park is our largest community event of the year and has become a real institution in our area, an event that patrons look forward to every year,” said THPRD General Manager Doug Menke. “It’s a great way for families, neighbors and friends to celebrate summer together. They also get a small sampling of the many recreational activities we offer.”

Returning attractions include a rocket-building station, “Join the Circus,” and two theaters offering puppet shows and roaming performers.

These complement a traditional entertainment lineup that includes several giant inflatable toys (Field 5), three climbing walls (Field 4), arts and crafts, and face painting.

The Family Triathlon kicks off the day’s activities at 9 am. This non-competitive event includes a 50-yard swim, two-mile bike ride, and half-mile run. Participants can preregister at thprd.org. The event includes a free helmet fitting and replacement station and minor bicycle repair, both provided by the Northwest Bicycle Safety Council.

The Beaverton Police Department’s popular K-9 Unit demonstration is scheduled from 11:30 am to 1 pm.  The athleticism and discipline of these elite dogs always excites the crowd.

On Field 5, along with the inflatables, guests will be able to play bocce, futsal, giant Jenga, giant Connect 4, and cornhole.

Free drop-in tennis will be available from 11 am to 4 pm on the Stadium Court; equipment will be provided by THPRD. Inside the Athletic Center, drop-in basketball, badminton, volleyball and table tennis will be offered. On the outdoor courts will be basketball and pickleball along with mini tennis with low-compression balls.

At the Aquatic Center, two sessions of free swimming are planned: 1:30-3:30 pm and 4-6 pm.

The THPRD Rec Mobile will offer a sampling of games and activities for guests of all ages, and the THPRD Nature Mobile will provide nature and science learning opportunities, activities and games. The park district’s Wellness on Wheels van will host group fitness activities for older adults.




Attached Media Files: Returning this year after a successful 2017 debut, youth will be able to build and launch paper rockets. , Giant inflatables are always a main attraction for kids at Party in the Park.

$1.1 million in Powerball prizes are still unclaimed
Oregon Lottery - 07/16/18 9:26 AM

July 16, 2018 - Salem, Ore. – While the $150 million winning Powerball ticket was claimed last week, there are several other Powerball prizes that have gone unclaimed.

More than $1.1 million in Powerball prizes are scheduled to expire this November if players with the winning tickets don’t come forward. Prizes are good for one year from the draw date of the game. Two of the unclaimed prizes were purchased in Portland and one in Troutdale. Prizes that are not claimed are transferred to the state Economic Development Fund.

The largest of the unclaimed prizes is a $1 million Powerball prize that was won last November 25. The ticket was sold in Portland and the winning numbers are 08-13-27-53-54 with a Powerball of 04. The player matched five numbers but missed the Powerball number.

There are also two $50,000 Powerball prizes from the Nov. 15 drawing that are also still unclaimed. Players matched four numbers and the Powerball. The numbers for that draw are 23-32-44-48-50 with a Powerball of 25.

“I don’t know anyone who would turn down a $50,000 prize,” said Patrick Johnson, public information specialist with the Oregon Lottery. “Anyone who purchased Powerball tickets in the Portland area back in November make sure you check your tickets. If you have a winning ticket, sign the back immediately and claim it at the Oregon Lottery.”

All unclaimed prizes go into the state’s Economic Development Fund. Each year approximately $5 million goes into the fund. In fiscal year 2016, more than $5.3 million in unclaimed prizes were transferred to the fund. In fiscal year 2017, more than $5.4 million.

There is also an unclaimed $50,000 Win for Life prize which was sold in Portland on Sept. 30 of 2017.

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 more than $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org


DUII/Escape/Foot Pursuit (Photo)
Newport Police Dept. - 07/16/18 8:57 AM
Romero-Galicia
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On July 13, 2018, Newport Police Department received multiple 911 calls of an intoxicated driver leaving the South Beach State Park area traveling north on U.S. Hwy 101 in a black colored sedan. Additional callers reported the vehicle was all over the road, almost had a head on collision with several on-coming cars, and was crossing over the centerline into the on-coming lane.

 A Newport Police Department Officer located the vehicle traveling east on SW Bay Blvd and attempted to initiate a traffic stop after observing the driver failing to maintain its lane. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Pedro Romero Galicia, pulled into the public parking lot at the Abbey Street Pier and parked in a disabled parking space. Mr. Galicia then quickly exited his vehicle and took off running on foot.

 The Officer recognized Mr. Galicia, who had an active warrant for his arrest, and pursued him on foot. The officer caught up to Galicia near the intersection of SW Bay Blvd and SW Fall St.

 An off duty police officer from Juneau, Alaska observed the NPD officer engaged in a foot pursuit with Mr. Galicia and assisted in taking Mr. Galicia into custody.

 Mr. Galicia resisted being taken into custody and a Taser was deployed. During the struggle, Mr. Galicia knocked over a lawfully parked, unoccupied motorcycle, causing significant damage to it.

Mr. Galicia was then taken into custody without further incident.  

 The Officer observed several noticeable signs of impairment coming from Mr. Galicia when was taken into custody. A DUII Investigation was conducted and Mr. Garcia was arrested and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on the following charges:

        Pedro Romero Galicia, age 29 of Newport, Oregon

  •  Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicant (DUII)
  • Reckless Driving
  • Escape in the Third Degree
  • Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer on Foot
  • Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree
  • Three separate Lincoln County Circuit Court Warrants for Failure to Appear.



Attached Media Files: Romero-Galicia

UPDATE - Double fatality crash Hwy 211 - Clackamas County
Oregon State Police - 07/16/18 8:38 AM

Preliminary investigation reveals a 2005 Mini Cooper operated by Jesus David Jay THARP, age 33 of Colton, was westbound on Oswalt Rd. when he failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection of Oswalt and Hwy 211. The Mini Cooper collided with a 2000 Holr motor home operated by Steven Gary DAVIS, age 67 of Estacada. 

THARP and the passenger in the Mini Cooper Dylan James TAYLOR, age 28 of Burns, sustained fatal injuries in the crash and were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Steven DAVIS and the passenger in the motor home Jeanette Sue DAVIS, age 54 of Estacada, sustained non-life threatening injuries and were transported to the hospital.  

 

On July 15, 2018 at approximately 9;15 AM Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Hwy 211 near mp 20. 

Two people are confirm deceased and two people have been transported to the hospital for injuries.

A detour is in place, however expect delays for several hours while the troopers investigate.

No more information to be released at this time.


MESD Local Contract Review Board meeting 7/17/18 6:30 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 07/16/18 8:30 AM

The Multnomah Education Service District Local Contract Review Board  will meet in Regular Session at 6:30 p.m. on July 17, 2018, in the Board Room at 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, OR 97220.


Three Suspects Arrested During Early Morning Business Burglary Investigation in NE Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/16/18 7:56 AM
Abraham X Her
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On Monday, July 16, 2018, at 3:04 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a burglary to an unoccupied building, located at 5816 Northeast Portland Highway.

The caller to 9-1-1 reported seeing at least two men enter the building and shortly after seeing the men enter the building the caller reported seeing what appeared to be flashlights being used by the suspected burglars.

When officers arrived they positioned themselves around the building and requested a police canine team respond to assist with the burglary investigation. As officers established containment on the building, officers observed what they believed to be light coming from flashlights inside the building.

During the investigation, officers took one suspect into custody inside of the building. Two of the suspects were taken into custody outside the building after the two suspects attempted to flee from officers. All three suspects were taken into custody without incident.

The suspects have been identified as 31-year-old Abraham X. Her, 35-year-old Nhat C. Ha, and 31-year-old Cheng Xiong. All three suspects were lodged at the Multnomah County Jail. Her was lodged at the jail on charges of Burglary in the Second Degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, and Trespass and in the Second Degree. Ha was lodged at jail on charges of Burglary in the Second Degree and Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree. Xiong was lodged at the jail on charges of Burglary in the Second Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree and Theft in the Third Degree.

Members of the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Burglary Task Force will continue this investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident or Her, Ha, or Xiong should contact the Portland Police Bureau non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

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Attached Media Files: Abraham X Her , Nhat C Ha , Cheng Xiong

Pedestrian Safety Operation Results
Gresham Police Dept - 07/16/18 7:48 AM

GRESHAM, Ore. – The Gresham Police Department is actively participating in Oregon Impact and Oregon Department of Transportation Pedestrian Safety Operations. On July 13, Gresham Officers conducted targeted enforcement along the area of W Powell Blvd and W Powell Loop. Officers issued 29 citations from the hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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.

The department is hoping to raise pedestrian safety awareness for drivers and pedestrians through education and enforcement of pedestrian right-of-way laws. Additional missions will be scheduled during the summer and again in September, as the new school year begins.


Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Three in Columbia County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/16/18 7:43 AM

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on July 15, 2018, at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the 58000 block of Firlock Park, St Helens, OR. This single-family fire affected 3 adults and 2 pets.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, 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 in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. 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/GetAnAlarm to schedule an appointment.


Sun. 07/15/18
SB I-5 now open at Fremont Bridge
ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood - 07/15/18 7:48 PM

All lanes of southbound I-5 are now open past the Fremont Bridge. The lanes had been closed since Friday night for the I-5 paving project. Crews finished the paving work in advance of the scheduled 5 a.m. reopening. The southbound lanes will close again this weekend from 10 p.m. Friday July 20 to 5 a.m. Monday July 23.  The same on-ramps to I-5 will again close. They are the: N. Going Street on-ramp, the N. Greeley Avenue on-ramp, the NB I-405 on-ramp and the N. Wheeler Street on-ramp. The ramp from southbound I-5 to eastbound I-84 remains closed for rehabilitation work until 5 a.m. Monday July 23. 


Suspect Arrested and Narcotics Seized During Sunday Morning Drugs and Vice Investigation (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/15/18 4:00 PM
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On Sunday, July 15, 2018, at 7:24 a.m., officers assigned to the Portland Police Bureau's Drug and Vice Division (DVD) and Central Precinct Street Crimes Unit conducted a narcotics investigation in the area of the 900 block of Southeast Powell Boulevard.

In the course of the investigation, officers observed an associated suspect vehicle parked in the parking lot of the Jack in the Box restaurant, located at 921 Southeast Powell Boulevard. When officers pulled into the parking lot, the suspect tried to flee the scene in the vehicle he drove. The suspect crashed his car into an occupied Drugs and Vice Division canine unit vehicle. The suspect was arrested without further incident. There were no injuries to the suspect, officers or police canine as a result of the crash.

Drugs and Vice Division investigators located and seized as evidence 458 grams of the psychoactive drug, Molly/MDMA (3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine) inside the suspect's vehicle. This led to a subsequent search of the suspect's residence in the 19000 block of Howell Street in Gladstone. During the search of the suspect's residence, Drugs and Vice Division investigators located and seized an additional 115 grams of MDMA. The estimated wholesale value of the seized MDMA is $45,000. Illegal narcotics seized in this investigation amount to approximately 2.865 street dosage units.

The suspect has been identified as 25-year-old Toren Paul Flom. Flom was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Delivery of MDMA, Possession of MDMA, Attempt Elude By Vehicle, and Reckless Driving.

DVD works closely with other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to investigate and eliminate illegal drug trafficking in the Portland area and provides training and education on drug trends and illegal drug activity to other divisions within the Police Bureau as well as the community.

Community members wishing to provide information about large-scale drug trafficking or drug activity in their neighborhoods can file it online by visitinghttp://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/30740

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Attached Media Files: Toren P Flom , MDMA evidence , MDMA evidence

Silver Creek Fire Update 3
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/15/18 10:56 AM

News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Department + Oregon Department of Forestry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // July 15, 2018 // 11 a.m.

 

Contacts:

Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept, 503-931-2590, is.havel@oregon.gov">chris.havel@oregon.gov

Bobbi Doan, Oregon Department of Forestry, 503-507-4481, obbi.j.doan@oregon.gov">bobbi.j.doan@oregon.gov

 

Silver Creek Fire Update 3

Silverton OR – This is an update on the small fire burning in a remote southeast corner of Silver Falls State Park. Smoke was first reported late in the evening on Thursday, July 12, and after confirming the location, attack began early on Friday, July 13.

Main points:

  • It’s burning in the Howard Creek drainage, a remote, steep, timbered area over a mile from the park boundary. The fire is currently estimated at 27 acres (see attached rough map). A good portion of the change in acreage over the last day is due to improved mapping and information from firefighters on the ground rather than fire growth. Initial acreage estimates were hampered by the dense canopy, extensive understory, and limited visibility due to smoke.
  • Containment is currently estimated at 25%. The area is especially challenging for firefighters due to steep slopes and the nature of a mature forest; thick undergrowth slows progress and snags pose a falling hazard. Firefighter and public safety remains priority for all involved.
  • The number of personnel engaged is approximately 125.
  • The current aerial support includes two Type 2 helicopters and a Type 1 helicopter. Heavy Airtankers and Single Engine Airtankers (SEATs) are on standby if needed.
  • Park facilities remain unchanged from earlier reports: the 214 Trailhead and several back-country trails, Howard Creek horse camp and Howard Creek day-use area, youth camp (Camp Silver Creek), and the Ranches are all closed. Howard Creek and the Ranches are closed to serve as incident command posts.
  • All other areas of the park are currently operating normally, with no interruptions to scheduled events. Visitors are enjoying the Historic Silver Falls Day event (https://silverfallsstatepark.wordpress.com/category/historic-silver-falls-days/), and the Silver Falls Lodge and Conference Center (http://silverfallslodge.com/) continues to serve customers, including a wedding reception.
  • Conditions can change quickly; watch for updates on https://bit.ly/2meFGMP.

Photos and videos from Saturday, July 14 are online at https://drive.google.com/open?id=19RlLpHp3XPlNq0d-H8ZBz7SqEvDUG3Yy

No injuries or facility damage have been reported.

 

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Attached Media Files: Map showing location and approximate size of fire

Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Five People in Polk County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/15/18 8:00 AM

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on July 15, 2018, at approximately 6:00 a.m. in the 200 block of NE Brentwood Avenue in Dallas, OR. This single-family fire affected 3 adults and 2 children. 

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, 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 in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. 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/GetAnAlarm to schedule an appointment.


"Scoop It Forward" Promotes Random Acts of Ice Cream (Photo)
Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council - 07/15/18 6:21 AM
Special ice cream delivery to police
Special ice cream delivery to police
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Today is National Ice Cream Day, which also kicks off a celebration of appreciation called “Scoop It Forward.” Supported by Oregon’s dairy farmers and processors, the weeklong campaign, from July 15 to 22, encourages people to show appreciation for one another through random acts of ice cream.

Ice cream is one of those things that just makes everything better, and we saw this as a simple way to bring positivity and joy to people’s lives in surprising and unexpected ways,” said Josh Thomas, Senior Director of Communications for the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council. “Random acts of kindness can be contagious, and our call to action is simply for people to spread the good and pay it forward.”

Leading up to this week, there have already been surprise ice cream deliveries to a playground, a skate park, a police station and Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland. And that’s just the beginning. Each person who receives ice cream is encouraged to recognize at least two others with a special delivery of their own.

Suggestions include recognizing family, friends, neighbors, a favorite teacher, local police or fire departments or even complete strangers. Photos and video from these moments will be shared on social media using the hashtag #ScoopItForward. Those who aren’t able to give ice cream are encouraged to send ice cream emojis with a message of appreciation. Organizers hope the positivity will spread far and wide.

“This is such a simple gesture that anybody can do,” said Thomas. “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy ice cream, and that’s pretty close”

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NOTE: We can arrange surprise deliveries for photos or videos this week. Call us to make arrangements.

Oregon ice cream brands include:

  • Alden’s Organic
  • Alpenrose
  • Cascade Glacier
  • Eberhards
  • Julie’s Organic
  • Lochmead
  • Ruby Jewel
  • Salt and Straw
  • Sunshine
  • Tillamook
  • Upstar
  • Umpqua
  • YoCream



Attached Media Files: Special ice cream delivery to police , Dairy Princess Ambassadors free ice cream coupons , Playground with kids , Playground ice cream delivery for kids , Playground free ice cream , A Scoop It Forward logo

Silver Creek Fire Update 2 (Photo) REVISED
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/15/18 4:57 AM
Firefighter on the line at the Silver Creek Fire, Courtesy Oregon Dept of Forestry
Firefighter on the line at the Silver Creek Fire, Courtesy Oregon Dept of Forestry
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[This news release was revised to add a link to photos and videos: https://drive.google.com/open?id=19RlLpHp3XPlNq0d-H8ZBz7SqEvDUG3Yy]

 

News Release // Oregon Department of Forestry + Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // July 14, 2018 // 5:20 p.m.

 

Contacts:

Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept, 503-931-2590, is.havel@oregon.gov">chris.havel@oregon.gov

Bobbi Doan, Oregon Department of Forestry, 503-507-4481, obbi.j.doan@oregon.gov">bobbi.j.doan@oregon.gov

 

Silver Creek Fire Update 2

Silverton OR – This is an update on the small fire burning in a remote southeast corner of Silver Falls State Park. Smoke was first reported late in the evening on Thursday, July 12.

Main points:

  • After successfully forging trails to reach the fire, ground and air attacks made headway and containment is currently at 10%.
  • The fire is currently estimated at 12-15 acres and is burning in the Howard Creek drainage, a remote, steep, timbered area over a mile from the park boundary.
  • Approximately 110 personnel from Oregon Department of Forestry and partner organizations are involved, with most directly engaged in firefighting on the ground.
  • The aerial component involves Heavy Airtankers, Single Engine Airtankers (SEATs), helicopter, and ground support.
  • Park facilities remain unchanged from earlier reports: the 214 Trailhead and several back-country trails, Howard Creek horse camp and day-use area, youth camp (Camp Silver Creek), and the Ranches are all closed. Howard Creek and the Ranches are closed to serve as command posts. Other areas of the park are currently operating normally, with no interruptions to scheduled events.
  • Conditions can change quickly; watch for updates on https://bit.ly/2meFGMP.

The Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department expect to issue one update daily starting Sunday, July 15 unless conditions change dramatically. Photographs and video from the active area of the fire will be posted later this evening. REVISED: Photos and videos frlom July 14 are available for download at https://drive.google.com/open?id=19RlLpHp3XPlNq0d-H8ZBz7SqEvDUG3Yy .

No injuries or facility damage have been reported.

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Attached Media Files: Firefighter on the line at the Silver Creek Fire, Courtesy Oregon Dept of Forestry

Sat. 07/14/18
Blessing of the Animals at The Grotto Sunday (Photo)
The Grotto - 07/14/18 5:46 PM
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The Grotto's annual Blessing of the Animals will be held Sunday, July 15, at 2 p.m. in The Geotto Plaza.

People and pets of all faiths are welcome.

Pets must be properly restrained.




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Shooting Investigation Saturday Afternoon in North Portland - No Known Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 07/14/18 5:05 PM
On Saturday, July 14, 2018, at 1:05 p.m. , North Precinct officers responded to the report of a gunfire at the intersection of North Smith Street and North Weyerhaeuser Street.

Multiple callers contacted 9-1-1 to report that someone had fired multiple rounds. When officers arrived at the location, they canvassed the area and recovered evidence of gunfire.

There were no injured persons located at the scene of this shooting or that arrived at area hospitals. There were also no reports of any property damage as a result of this shooting.

Based on the preliminary information, the Gang Enforcement Team will be conducting the investigation.

This shooting remains under investigation.

Anyone who witnessed this shooting or who possesses video surveillance footage of the shooting is asked to contact Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division's Gang Enforcement Team at 503-823-4106.

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 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 any unsolved homicide is eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,500. Information about any other unsolved felony crime is eligible for a cash reward 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:

Visit the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips.

Online at https://www.p3tips.com/823

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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Both drivers killed in crash on Hwy 99W (Lane County)
Oregon State Police - 07/14/18 4:46 PM

On Friday July 13, 2018 at approximately 4:35 PM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on SR-99W near milepost 111, south of Junction City.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 1995 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV, operated by Aleeshaeseana Gordon-Germain, age 40, of Junction City was traveling north on SR-99W when for an unknown reason crossed over into the southbound lanes of travel and crashed head on into a southbound blue 2004 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup, operated by William Galt IV, age 22, of Eugene.

Both drivers suffered fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased on scene. 

OSP Troopers were assisted by Junction City Fire, Junction City PD, Lane County Sheriff’s Office, ODOT, and T&M Towing.

The southbound lane of SR-99W was shut down for approximately 4 hours.


Two Oregon City residents were arrested this morning for distributing methamphetamine and child neglect (Photo)
Oregon City Police Dept. - 07/14/18 3:39 PM
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The Oregon City Police Department completed a month long investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine. This morning, we executed a search warrant at 200 Longview Way #67 in Oregon City, Oregon.  During the search of the residence, and with the help of Drug Detection K9 Grendel, a significant amount of methamphetamine and cash were seized, as well as evidence of drug distribution, and stolen property from recent burglaries in Oregon City. The occupants of the residence were both taken into custody and identified as 51-year-old Gregory Reddon and 44-year-old Tina Anderson.  There was also a five (5) year old child in the residence at the time of the execution of the search warrant.  We worked with DHS to get the child reunited with a relative.  Both Reddon and Anderson were taken to the Clackamas County Jail and lodged on the following charges: Child Neglect in the 1st degree ($20,000 bail), Conspiracy to Deliver Methamphetamine ($20,000 bail), Theft in the 1st degree ($10,000 bail), Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine ($2,500 bail), & Frequenting a place where drugs are sold ($2,500 bail). 

If you know someone who is selling drugs or suspect illegal activity is occurring, we would like to hear from you.  You can reach us through our dispatch at 503-655-8211 or call our tip line at 503-496-1616.  




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Stabbing Investigation Friday Afternoon On NW Nato Prkwy- One Person Injured (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/14/18 3:32 PM
Chaz Flanders
Chaz Flanders
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On Friday, July 13, 2018, at 5:56 p.m., Central Precinct Officers responded to the report of a stabbing inside an apartment unit at the Yard Apartment complex located at 945 Northwest Nato Parkway.

Officers and emergency medical personnel arrived and contacted an adult male who appeared to have been assaulted by a person with a knife inside . Medical personnel transported the victim to a Portland area hospital for treatment of what was believed to be a non-life-threatening injury.

As officers continued the investigation, they located a suspect hiding in the apartment complex garbage area room. The suspect was taken into custody without incident. Officers learned that both the suspect and the victim are acquainted.

Detectives with the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Assault Detail responded to the scene and took over the investigation.

The suspect was identified as 21-year old Chaz Flanders. Flanders was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Assault in the Second Degree.

Detectives with the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Assault Detail continue to investigate this assault. Anyone with information about Flanders or this assault should contact detectives at 503-823-0479.

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Attached Media Files: Chaz Flanders

Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Four in Clackamas County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/14/18 11:38 AM

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on July 14, 2018, at approximately 8:30 a.m. in the 10200 block of SE 222 Dr in Damascus, OR. This single-family fire affected 4 adults.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, 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 in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. 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/GetAnAlarm to schedule an appointment.


Over 100 firefighters are now engaged on the Silver Creek Fire in Marion County (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/14/18 10:57 AM
ODF Aviation Manager Neal Laugle discusses with ODF and local fire teams the agency's air attack strategy on the Silver Creek Fire.
ODF Aviation Manager Neal Laugle discusses with ODF and local fire teams the agency's air attack strategy on the Silver Creek Fire.
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SILVER FALLS STATE PARK, Ore. – The number of firefighting personnel engaged on the Silver Creek Fire at Silver Falls State Park has grown to about 110. The Oregon Department of Forestry and Drakes Crossing Rural Fire Protection District both are engaged on the fire along with hand crews from Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. The fire’s size is estimated at 12 acres. The cause is under investigation.

The Howard Creek Horse Camp within the park has been closed to the public so it can be used as a staging area for firefighting operations. Camp Silver Creek (also known as the Y Camp) about a mile from the fire’s location in the southeast part of the park was evacuated yesterday and remains closed. Oregon State Parks is reporting that also closed are all back-country trails on the east side of the park, The Ranches, and 214 Trailhead.  The rest of the park and events there are unaffected and remain open but visitors are cautioned to be alert to firefighting activity and traffic. For the latest on park and trail closures, check Oregon State Park’s fire closures web page

The fire’s Incident Commander Brent O’Nion with ODF said this morning that, “Because the fire is in steep, heavily timbered terrain in a section of the park away from roads and trails, getting ground crews up to the fire has been challenging. Firefighter safety is a concern and our number one priority right now as we battle this blaze.”

O’Nion said ODF and Drakes Crossing firefighters responded to the initial report of fire Thursday night and searched until 1 a.m. trying to locate the fire. The search resumed at daybreak Friday morning, when the fire – estimated at less than an acre – was finally located beneath thick timber.

“We had solid initial attack on the fire from the air yesterday, with response from a helicopter, single-engine airtankers and large airtankers,” said O’Nion. “That gave our firefighters time to work their way toward the fire so they could begin engaging on it.”

O’Nion lauded the continuing close collaboration with local firefighters and parks personnel on the fire.

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Attached Media Files: ODF Aviation Manager Neal Laugle discusses with ODF and local fire teams the agency's air attack strategy on the Silver Creek Fire.

Gresham Police Asking for Witnesses of Fatal Crash
Gresham Police Dept - 07/14/18 10:49 AM

Gresham, Ore.— Gresham Police is asking for any witnesses of a fatal July 11 crash to come forward. On July 11 around 5:50 p.m., police responded to a traffic collision involving a car and a motorcycle near NW Burnside Rd and NW Wallula Ave. Police arrived on scene and found that the motorcycle rider was deceased. The motorcycle rider is identified as 61-year-old M Liss Mason Cusic of Gresham. The driver of the car being 35-year-old Maria Del Carmen Morales-Vasquez of Fairview. Traffic Investigators are still investigating exactly what occurred and no arrests or citations have been made.

Anyone who witnessed or has information about the collision is asked to call the Gresham Police at 503.618.2719.


Overnight shooting investigation after victim arrives at area hospital - one person injured
Portland Police Bureau - 07/14/18 10:41 AM
On Friday, July 13 2018, at 11:57 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a Portland area hospital on the report that a shooting victim had arrived at the hospital by private vehicle.

Officers arrived at the hospital and contacted a juvenile male victim suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

Because of the nature of the victim's injuries he was transported by ambulance to a Portland trauma hospital for treatment.

At this time investigators have not determined the location where the shooting occurred that injured the victim. No suspect description available at this time.

Based on preliminary information, the Gang Enforcement Team has responded to conduct the investigation.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division's Gang Enforcement Team at 503-823-4106.

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 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 any unsolved homicide is eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,500. Information about any other unsolved felony crime is eligible for a cash reward 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:

Visit the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips.

Online at https://www.p3tips.com/823

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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Media Advisory: Silver Creek Fire
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/14/18 7:40 AM

Silverton OR -- For assignment editors: Firefighters will be working the Silver Creek Fire inside Silver Falls State Park today. A media area has been set up at the park office. The media area on Friday, July 13 was in the F Loop parking lot, but that lot is in use by visitors today and is not available for media today. Any media who wish to be on site to cover the fire should come to the main state park office near the campground check-in booth.

The fire is not visible from public areas of the park, and that includes the park office. Cell phone reception is very limited; AT&T functions inside the park, but other carriers do not. Past news crews have also noted it is difficult to get a satellite signal out. To the extent possible, Public Information Officers will present on-site briefings from fire crew leaders and publish periodic news releases with photos as new information becomes available.

 

 


ODF will raise fire precaution levels for industrial operators in northwest Oregon on Monday as skies stay dry
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/14/18 6:35 AM

FOREST GROVE, Ore. - Due to extreme heat and dry conditions, on Monday, July 16 the Oregon Department of Forestry will raise to Level 2 the fire precautions industrial operators must follow in forestlands the agency protects in northwest Oregon. The affected areas are Clatsop and Columbia counties, Tillamook County except for a narrow strip along the coast, as well as northwest Yamhill County, western Washington County and a sliver of northwest Multnomah County.

Under the rules, the following activities are not permitted between 1 and 8 p.m.

  • Cable yarding
  • Blasting
  • Welding, cutting or grinding of metal
  • Use of feller-bunchers with rotary head saws
  • Power saws may operate only at loading sites

The fire danger in ODF's entire Northwest Oregon Area is considered moderate. The use of off-road recreational vehicles in rural areas is prohibited and campfires are only allowed in designated campgrounds with built in, metal-ringed fire pits.

"After a nearly rainless May and June we are seeing conditions in northwest Oregon similar to what we typically would see at the beginning of August - very dry with low fuel moisture," said Protection Unit Forester Eric Perkins with ODF's Forest Grove office. "With prolonged warm, dry weather expected to continue at least through next week, it's important that people are very careful with any possible source of ignition."

Perkins said restriction on the public include common-sense precautions, such as:

  • No debris burning
  • No campfires except in designated campgrounds (portable cooking stoves using liquid fuels are okay)
  • No wood-burning devices in temporary dwellings such as tents, travel trailers, etc.
  • No power saw use or cutting, welding or grinding between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • No fireworks
  • Smoking only in designated locations or inside vehicles on improved roads or in boats on the water
  • No exploding targets, tracer ammunition or sky lanterns

In addtion, all vehicles traveling off paved roads must have a shovel and fire extinguisher or a gallon of water. All-terrain vehicles and motorcycles must carry a fire extinguisher when traveling off paved roads.

For updates on fire restrictions, the public may contact the nearest ODF office or the state fire restrictions and closures web page at https://gisapps.odf.oregon.gov/firerestrictions/PFR.html  


Fri. 07/13/18
Silver Creek Fire Update 1 (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/13/18 11:07 PM
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News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Department + Oregon Department of Forestry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // July 13, 2018 11 p.m.

 

Contacts:

Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept, 503-931-2590, is.havel@oregon.gov">chris.havel@oregon.gov

Bobbi Doan, Oregon Department of Forestry, 503-507-4481, bobbi.j.doan@oregon.gov

 

Silver Creek Fire Update 1

Silverton OR – This is an update on a small fire burning in a remote southeast corner of Silver Falls State Park. Smoke was first reported late in the evening on Thursday, July 12. Crews from Drakes Crossing Fire District responded quickly, but the small size of the fire and thick undergrowth made it difficult to pinpoint the source before darkness made further work impossible. Crews from the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) joined Drakes Friday, July 13 to cut a trail toward the fire while aviation resources dropped water and retardant through the day.

Main points:

  • The fire is currently estimated at 10 acres and is burning in remote, steep, timbered terrain.
  • ODF crews are still actively engaged on the fire. Additional resources will join the effort and engage the fire early in the morning Saturday, July 14.
  • Oregon Department of Forestry and local fire crews are engaging with Heavy Airtankers, Single Engine Airtankers (SEATs), helicopter and ground support.
  • A YMCA summer camp at Camp Silver Creek, a facility inside the park about a mile from the fire, ended a day early as a precaution, with 142 youth and several dozen staff leaving between 4-5 p.m.
  • While other areas of the park are currently scheduled to open on Saturday, July 14, there will be abundant firefighter equipment and aircraft in the area. Any visitors who plan to visit the park this weekend are advised to wait until more information is available about the status of this small fire.
  • Conditions can change quickly; watch for updates on https://bit.ly/2meFGMP.

 

No injuries or facility damage have been reported.

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