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Local Firefighters Heading to California Wild Land Fires
Albany Fire Dept. - 10/11/17 5:12 PM
Twenty two members of the Linn/Benton Strike Team are headed to Santa Rosa, California to battle the California wild land fires. Seven Albany Fire Department firefighters, including a Strike Team,took Engine 12 on October 11, 2017 to California. Many of these staff also worked the Chetco Bar Fire and the Eagle Creek Fire. Four members crews from the following Fire Departments deployed with AFD on four additional engines from their perspective agencies: Philomath Fire & Rescue, Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance, Lebanon Fire District, and Corvallis Fire Department. Lebanon Fire District also sent a Strike Team Leader.

Crews are typically deployed on a Conflagration, an extensive fire that destroys a great deal of property, for up two two weeks at time. Albany Fire Department will fill our open positions with over time personnel and be reimbursed by the State to cover all wild land costs. Please keep all our crews in your thoughts.
BPD video on new cell phone law
Beaverton Police Dept. - 10/16/17 12:17 PM
UPDATE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqFCD9GUbj8&t=8s

I understand the video link did not show up. I am working on this now.

We wanted to share this video with you and hope it clears up some of the confusion that has come with the new law. Please share it on your platforms if you feel it will help get the word out.

The Beaverton Police Department worked on education for the last 15 days and focused on giving warnings for this violation. Officers will now use their discretion when stopping a driver for this violation.

The Beaverton Police Department knows distracted driving is a major contributing factor in motor vehicle crashes. Hands off and eyes up are what we hope you will do.
Beaverton Police Officers Trade In Handcuffs for Aprons to Support Special Olympics
Beaverton Police Dept. - 10/16/17 11:08 AM
On Saturday, October 21, 2017, between the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to
8:00 p.m. Beaverton Police Officers will be at the Beaverton Red Robin Restaurant located at
4105 S.W. 117th Ave.

The police officers will be participating in the national Tip-A-Cop event benefiting Special
Olympics. Police officers will be assisting the Red Robin staff in serving your food and taking care of you while you are enjoying your meal. This is a great opportunity to meet some of your police officers and help a great cause at the same time by tipping the officers for Special Olympics.

Special Olympics Oregon serves the largest disability population in the state. Special Olympics
Oregon provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This gives them continuing
opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate
in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Special Olympics Oregon is Training for Life.

Tip-A-Cop is part of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) campaign. LETR, which
includes an international series of relay runs and special events like Tip-A-Cop, is represented by more than 144,000 law enforcement officers worldwide to help raise money and public awareness for Special Olympic through which funds raised go directly to local programs in the states where the funds are generated.

Tip-A-Cop is another way that members of the Beaverton Police Department can help and
support the Special Olympics for all the good work they do in our community.

Please consider joining us in supporting Special Olympics and come by Red Robin for some great
burgers and great fun.


Attached Media Files: Press Release
Special Needs Horseback Ride for Children (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/16/17 3:54 PM
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The Benton County Sheriff's Mounted Posse is hosting their eighth annual horseback ride event for children with special needs and their siblings, sponsored by Sheriff Scott Jackson.

The event will be will be held on Saturday, October 28th, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at the Indoor Arena of the Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 SW 53 St., Corvallis, OR. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m.

Children, as well as posse members, look forward to the ride each year. The posse explains, "It's a way to support our community and give children with special needs the chance to experience the western way of life through horsemanship."

Kids are helped up onto the horse and led around the arena. Special accommodations are made for mounting/dismounting and safety while on horseback. Riders must be between three and 18 years of age and be able to hang on by themselves.

A coloring area and brushing/petting station with miniature ponies will be available to entertain children, as well.

Photographs will be taken in front of a green screen and printed onsite to give to the child. The photos will also be available online after the event for those who give permission to do so. A release form is required for all riders and will be available at the event registration table.

Please respond by October 23rd, so we can plan appropriately. You may either email or phone, with the parent/guardian name and the number of children who will be riding.

Phone: 541-766-6045
Email: sheriffsposse@co.benton.or.us
http://www.bentoncountysheriffsmountedposse.com
Facebook -- Benton County Sheriff's Mounted Posse

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Attached Media Files: 2017-10/1505/108806/SNRE_Media_Release_2017.pdf , 2017-10/1505/108806/special_ride.jpg
Happy Valley PD seeks public's help to ID two suspects in rash of car clouts, stolen debit/credit cards (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/11/17 2:12 PM
Suspect photos -- CCSO Case # 17-24335
Suspect photos -- CCSO Case # 17-24335
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Please reference CCSO Case # 17-24335

Happy Valley Police detectives are investigating a rash of car clouts that took place in Happy Valley Park over the summer -- and now they have photos of two suspects allegedly associated with the use of credit and debit cards stolen during those vehicle break-ins. Officials are asking for the public's help to ID the two women in the photos.

The surveillance photos are attached. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 17-24335.

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

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Attached Media Files: Suspect photos -- CCSO Case # 17-24335
Sheriff's Office investigates takeover robbery of Maddy's in Milwaukie; video available; tips sought (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/10/17 2:32 PM
Suspect 2 (another view)
Suspect 2 (another view)
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Please reference CCSO Case # 26682

Surveillance video (.mp4 format):
https://www.dropbox.com/s/6aay3430g3ff6jw/MaddysTakeoverRobbery.mp4?dl=0

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is investigating an armed takeover robbery of the Maddy's at 8080 SE McLoughlin Blvd. in Milwaukie. Surveillance video is linked above, and detectives are seeking tips in the case.

At approximately 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, two masked and hooded suspects believed to be male entered the Maddy's. One brandished a firearm and ordered the patrons to the ground. The other took an undisclosed sum of money. The two left the establishment within two minutes and fled on foot on McLoughlin Boulevard, possibly south.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office detectives responded to the scene.

Surveillance from the scene is available for download from this Dropbox address: https://www.dropbox.com/s/6aay3430g3ff6jw/MaddysTakeoverRobbery.mp4?dl=0

Detectives are asking for the public's help to ID the suspects. Note the distinctive red sneakers worn by the suspect emptying the till in the video.

TIPS SOUGHT

The Sheriff's Office is seeking additional information in this case. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 26682.

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Attached Media Files: Suspect 2 (another view) , Suspect 2 , Suspect 1
Clackamas Fire Rescues Stranded Kayaker (Photo)
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 10/14/17 7:22 PM
Boat 308.2
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Clackamas Fire Boat Rescue Team rescued a stranded kayaker on the Clackamas River this evening. At approximately 5pm today a jet boater reported spotting a 54-year-old kayaker stranded on the South shore of the Clackamas River. Engine 309 from Holcomb fire station responded and spotted the kayaker safe but with symptoms of mild hypothermia. The crew from Engine 309 provided blankets and formulated a plan to extract the kayaker. Due to the steep bank of the river the boat rescue team was called to assist with extracting the kayaker from the shore. Boat 308 responded and safely rescued the kayaker and provided care during transport back to Riverside boat launch. On arrival at the boat launch, crews from Clackamas Fire Boat 308 and AMR treated the patient for his symptoms and transported to an area hospital for evaluation. The condition of the patient is unknown at this time.

The kayaker told crews on scene that he was stranded for almost two hours after flipping his boat. The kayaker also stated that he came prepared with a life vest and whistle but became too cold to blow the whistle for help. The kayaker also stated, "The life vest saved my life".

Clackamas Fire is an all hazards fire department that serves over 200,00 citizens within Clackamas County. We would like to remind our citizens to come prepared when venturing into the outdoors, tell a friend where you're headed and when you'll be returning. These simple steps made the difference in the positive outcome today.


Attached Media Files: Boat 308.2 , Boat 308.1
Off-Duty Chief Saves a Man's Life (Photo)
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 10/12/17 11:12 AM
Division Chief Bill Conway
Division Chief Bill Conway
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On Saturday, October 7, 2017, off-duty Clackamas Fire District #1 Division Chief Bill Conway was in the right place at the right time to help save a citizen's life. Division Chief Conway, accompanied by his wife, were shopping at the Grocery Outlet located at 15810 SE McLoughlin Blvd. in Oak Grove when they heard someone crash to the floor. Store Employees called 911 immediately and Chief Conway assessed the patient and found him to be unconscious and not breathing. Division Chief Conway began chest compressions as Clackamas Fire firefighter/paramedics and American Medical Response units responded to the scene. The patient was defibrillated twice and regained a pulse. The patient was then transported to a local hospital and is doing well.

Division Chief Conway serves as the Fire District's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Chief and has been instrumental in helping both first responders and citizens learn hands-only CPR and the use of Automatic External Defibrillators (AED). Under Chief Conway's leadership and vision, over 43,000 local students and citizens have learned hands-only CPR, AED's have been funded and placed in local law enforcement vehicles and businesses throughout Clackamas County, and the Pulse Point app is available to alert bystanders when a cardiac arrest occurs near them. We believe that the strength of an entire community fighting side-by-side will ultimately prove to be more powerful than the nation's number one killer -- heart disease.

Clackamas Fire would like to remind everyone that you can be a citizen hero too -- learn hands-only CPR, call 911 early, access an AED for cardiac arrest victims, and download the Pulse Point app.


Attached Media Files: Division Chief Bill Conway
Firefighter Training Exercise on SE 90th Ave., Clackamas
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 10/11/17 11:18 AM
Clackamas Fire District #1 will burn a residential structure located at 15547 SE 90th Ave., Clackamas, 97015 on Saturday, October 14, 2017 beginning around 9:00 a.m. The purpose of this exercise is to provide training for our firefighters under realistic conditions. Firefighters will practice interior fire attacks, water supply techniques, and exposure protection. This type of training assures that Clackamas Fire District #1's firefighters are performing at their best when a real emergency occurs within the community.

The training exercise will be controlled and plans have been made for additional resources to be deployed, should the need arise to provide for the safety of their firefighters, their citizens, and property located on SE 90th Ave. The Fire District will continually monitor weather conditions and hope to have very little impact on the surrounding area and the neighborhood. Residents can expect to see fire apparatus traveling in and around the training site and may notice some smoke from the structure. Around noon, firefighters will allow the building to become fully engulfed, which will generate a larger column of smoke. The Fire District asks residents to please keep their windows closed during that time to prevent smoke from entering into homes.

Residents and members of the media are welcome to attend the training exercise and take pictures, but for your safety, please remain behind the fire line tape.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this exercise, please contact the Clackamas Fire Training Division at 503.742.2680 or contact Battalion Chief of Training Keith Smith at keith.smith@clackamasfire.com.

Clackamas Fire thanks you for your patience and support.
Fire District 3 Responds to California Fires (Photo)
Clark Co. Fire Dist. 3 - 10/13/17 2:03 PM
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Fire District 3 has sent an engine to respond the fires in Northern California after a request for assistance was initiated by the State of California for 50 engines from Washington State. Fire District 3 Firefighters Joe Stiffler, Des Gomez, Charlie Campbell, and Rob Moon responded. The team with resources from Fire District 3 and with Cowlitz County departed on Friday afternoon October 13th. The team could be gone for up to 18 days for this assignment. All costs are reimbursed including equipment, personnel, and backfill through an intergovernmental agreement with the State of California.


Attached Media Files: 2017-10/1566/108750/IMG_6173.JPG
Barricaded Domestic Violence suspect arrested.
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/16/17 10:32 AM
Deputies responded to 13809 NE 82nd street on the report of a wanted male. 38 year old, Walter King was wanted in connection with an Assault II domestic violence case which occurred in 07/2017. Patrol and the Tactical Detective Unit (TDU) detectives have been actively looking for King and he was located at the 82nd street address. Attempts were made to contact King were unsuccessful and King barricaded himself inside the residence. Due to the nature of the crime and King's criminal history, Southwest Washington Regional SWAT team was responded. A search warrant was served and King was taken into custody.

Walter King was booked into the Clark County Jail for Assault II Domestic Violence and felony violation of no contact order.
Suspected DUII driver leads Clark County Sheriff's Office on pursuit.
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/11/17 1:04 AM
On 10.11.17 at 2330 hours a Clark County Deputy attempted to make contact with vehicle in the 200 block of NE Chkalov to determine if the vehicle had been involved in a collision or was in need of assistance. The silver PT cruiser was missing its passenger side front tire. Upon contact the vehicle fled northbound on NE Chkalov / NE 112th Ave in a reckless manner. The PT cruiser was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of travel, throwing sparks from the area of the missing tire and disobeying traffic control lights. Vancouver Police assisted in the pursuit as it continued northbound on NE 112th Ave and into the 5 corners area in Orchards. The PT Cruiser finally came to a stop in a driveway in the 10500 block of NE 71st St.

The driver of the vehicle was arrested without incident. The male passenger was identified and later released.

The driver: Carpenter, Charles J 07-16-1994 will be booked for Driving Under the Influence, Attempting to Elude and Driving while Suspended in the 2nd degree.

During the pursuit Carpenter swerved at Deputies as they attempted to perform a PIT maneuver.

No further information to be released at this time.
Vehicle Hits and Kills Pedestrian
Corvallis Police - 10/12/17 10:27 PM
At 7:00pm on October 12, 2017, a 60-year-old Corvallis man was struck and killed on NE Circle Blvd near NE Belvue St. The man was walking along the fog line of NE Circle Blvd wearing dark colored clothing, when he was struck by a Ford Expedition driven by a 56-year-old Albany resident who was traveling eastbound on NE Circle Blvd. The male was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital where he died from injuries sustained in the crash.

The driver has cooperated fully with the crash investigators and at this time, drugs and/or alcohol, as well as distracted driving, are not suspected to be factors in the crash. The location of the crash was poorly lit, and visibly was low due to the weather. The driver has not been charged with any violations or crimes related to the crash. Traffic flow on NE Circle Blvd was limited for several hours as the investigation unfolded.

The identity of the pedestrian is being withheld until next of kin can be notified.
Update #1: Victim ID: Cowlitz Sheriff investigates accidental shooting involving 13 year old.
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/14/17 9:39 PM
Kelso, Wash- The Cowlitz Coroner has released the name of the shooting victim as Edgar Vazquez. He was 13. He lived in Kelso. We are not releasing the name of the shooter at this time. The shooting occurred in the 1500 block of Carroll Road, Kelso. It is the home where the boy who did the shooting lived. The victim spent the night at the house.

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Kelso, Wash - 10-14-17. Shortly before noon today a 13 year old Kelso boy called 911 and reported that he just accidentally shot his friend. Deputies and Aid Crews responded but they were not able to save the boy. He died at the scene.

There were no adults at the home at the time of the shooting. The boy was very distraught and detectives are hoping to be able to interview the boy to obtain more details surrounding the shooting. The young boy said it was an accident and that he thought the gun was unloaded. The shooter and the victim had been friends for quite some time.

We are not releasing further details about the investigation until the detectives have had a chance to interview the boy which they hope to be able to do in the near future.

Questions relating to the ID of the victim should be referred to the Cowlitz County Coroner.

The family of the victim have been notified.
Update #3. Cowlitz Sheriff releases video of last weeks pursuit on I-5. (Photo)
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/10/17 1:02 PM
Suspect Vehicle
Suspect Vehicle
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Update #3. Here is the link of Deputy Enbody's dash camera video of the pursuit.

https://youtu.be/WoTpK3Njs3U

If the link does not work. Please search for "Cowlitz Sheriff" on YouTube.

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Update #2. I will be available (hopefully) at 7:30 p.m. at the Cowlitz County Hall of Justice at 7:30 p.m. (for sure before 8pm). Address 312 SW 1st Ave. Kelso Washington.
CCD Rosenzweig

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Update #1: Due to difficulties with our video software we are unable to download copies of the video to our You Tube Channel. We hope to overcome this but it probably will not be until next week. We apologize for the delay.


Cowlitz County, Wash

Cowlitz 911 received a report yesterday afternoon that a retired military man with PTSD had threatened to commit a "Las Vegas" style shooting, and was being pursued by law enforcement south on I5. This was late afternoon, about 4:00 p.m.

The case began when he was approached by MP on JBLM (Joint Base Lewis McCord) he fled the base, almost hitting a MP (The MP was not injured). JBLM Police pursued the suspect south on I5. WSP got behind the suspect vehicle, a Red Mazda, and took over the pursuit. The suspect continued at a high rate of speed southbound. WSP troopers discontinued their pursuit at the Cowlitz/Lewis County Line at mile post 57.

Castle Rock Police spotted the Mazda "6" at a high rate of speed (over 100 mph) near MP 49. The suspect vehicle collided with a semi truck at MP 58. That truck driver was not injured. The extent of damage to that truck is not known. Castle Rock Police continued the pursuit southbound.

Cowlitz Deputy Geary Enbody saw the car at MP 42. As Deputy Enbody entered the freeway the suspect rapidly swerved from the "fast" lane over the middle lane to the slow lane in an obvious attempt to crash in to Deputy Enbody's patrol car. Deputy Enbody was able to brake hard and serve toward the guardrail to avoid being hit. The suspect rapidly sped to over 100 mph southbound. As other deputies joined to help, Castle Rock dropped out of the pursuit.
At one point in the pursuit the suspect rapidly swerved at other vehicles trying to cause them to crash. At one point the driver swerved over all 3 lanes to get in front of a truck pulling a horse trailer and slammed on the brakes -- causing the truck and horse trailer to slam on their brakes. This was an extremely dangerous event and fortunately that truck driver narrowly avoided crashing. The suspect did this to another driver also.

The suspect continued southbound and erratically slowed down to 45 mph swerving over all 3 lanes and alternately sped up to over 100 mph on several occasions. The suspect was also passing people on the shoulder of the freeway.

At about MP 33 the suspect attempted to pass a car driven by Caitlyn Roettger on the left hand shoulder and collided with Ms. Roettger's vehicle. At this point, the suspect lost control of his car and it spun off I5 and landed up against the BNSF railroad track base (not on the tracks). The suspect exited the car and was taken into custody. He received a minor cut on his head and was taken to the hospital for treatment and was released and booked in to the jail.

Ms. Roettger received a cut on her head but did not require medical attention. Ms. Roettger's car sustained significant damage and was towed.

The suspect:

Christopher James Bleavins, 35 yrs. Lakewood resident - Retired Military.

Booked for:
1) Assault 1st degree (attempting to crash in to Deputy Enbody's car.)
2) Eluding Police
3) 2 counts of Hit and Run.
4) Reckless Endangerment (attempting to cause many other accidents).
No Bail. Contact Cowlitz County Superior Court for questions regarding court appearances.

Media: (Answers to standard questions we expect you will ask)
We do not know any details about Mr. Bleavins' Military service.
Mr. Bleavins was not armed. We have not verified if he has or does not have "access" to firearms.

We do not know -- yet -- what Mr. Bleavins' criminal history is. We will not release those details unless they are specifically related to this event.

We do not have any more details about Mr. Bleavins' medical or mental health related issues. We do not know his marital status, or of any family contacts.

We appreciate your patience; please do no call asking if we have the video yet. We will be releasing dashcam video as soon as possible. It will probably be posted on our Sheriff's Office YouTube channel later today. We will send out a release on FlashNews.net when it has been posted.

There is a picture of the suspect vehicle attached to this release.

Also, we ask for your understanding that we do not have staff time to contact Ms. Roettger, or the semi-truck driver, to see if they would be willing to be interviewed by the media. Our report should be submitted by early next week and available through standard public disclosure request protocol. You can contact the Cowlitz County Law Enforcement Records at 360-577-3095, or make the request online.

I will be available for other questions (not previously answered) on my cell phone at 360-751-8103. CCD Charlie Rosenzweig.


Attached Media Files: Suspect Vehicle
FBI Searches for Missing 16-year-old - UPDATE Girl Found
FBI - Oregon - 10/12/17 11:57 AM
The Hagerstown, Maryland, Police Department reports that missing juvenile Magdalen Pixler has been located in Baltimore, Maryland, and she is safe.

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The FBI is asking for the public's help locating 16-year-old Magdalen Pixler. Magdalen went missing from her Hagerstown, Maryland, home on August 8, 2017. Investigation has led agents to believe that there is a possibility that Magdalen may be in the Portland-metro area. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at (503) 224-4181.

Race: White
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Blue
Height: 5'4"
Weight: 153 pounds

The FBI is investigating Magdalen's disappearance in conjunction with local authorities in Maryland. The Hagerstown Police Department is the lead agency.

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The flyer from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is attached.


Attached Media Files: Pixler flyer - National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Explosion During Traffic Stop - No Known Further Threat to Public Safety
FBI - Oregon - 10/11/17 4:55 PM
Starting this morning, the FBI and other partner agencies served a sealed federal search warrant related to possible explosives at an apartment located at 18840 NW Rock Creek Circle in Washington County. That search is on-going.

At approximately 3:56 pm, FBI task force officers with Washington County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police attempted a traffic stop near NW 185th Avenue and NW Rock Creek Boulevard. The driver, believed to be the resident of the apartment being searched, did not stop. A brief pursuit began, but ended quickly. There appeared to be a small explosion inside the vehicle. The suspect exited the vehicle, and officers took him into custody for a probation violation. Investigators and prosecutors will determine any other possible charges in the future.

A Washington County Sheriff's Deputy who was approaching the vehicle as the explosion occurred has been transferred to a local hospital for evaluation. The suspect was also transferred to a local hospital for evaluation.

At this time, there is no known threat to public safety.

Partner agencies involved in today's search included Portland Police Bureau, Metropolitan Explosive Disposal Unit (MEDU), Oregon State Police, Washington County Sheriff's Office, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Environmental Protection Agency and Washington County Animal Control.


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FBI Seeking Individual Who May Have Information Regarding the Identity of a Child Sexual Assault Victim (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 10/11/17 10:12 AM
Jane Doe 39 photo b
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The information below is part of a national awareness campaign launched today by FBI Headquarters as investigators attempt to identify Jane Doe 39. The FBI is launching this campaign as a national effort because this woman could be anywhere in the U.S.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public's assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown female who may have critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation. Photographs and an informational poster depicting the unknown individual, known only as Jane Doe 39, are being disseminated to the public and can be found online at the FBI website at http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap

The video depicting the unidentified female, Jane Doe 39, shown with a child, was first noted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in April of 2016; therefore, the video is believed to have been produced prior to this date.

Jane Doe 39 is described as an Asian female, likely between the ages of 25 and 35, with long black hair. At the time the video was produced, Jane Doe 39 was wearing a white, yellow, blue, and red floral dress. In addition, Jane Doe 39 could be heard speaking Vietnamese. Anyone with information to provide should submit a tip online at https://tips.fbi.gov/ , or call the FBI's toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). The public is reminded no charges have been filed in this case and the pictured individual is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

This case is being investigated as part of the FBI's Operation Rescue Me and Endangered Child Alert Program (ECAP) initiatives, both of which represent strategic partnerships between the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Operation Rescue Me focuses on utilizing clues obtained through in-depth image analysis to identify the child victims depicted in child exploitation material, while ECAP seeks national and international media exposure of unknown adults (referred to as John/Jane Does) who visibly display their faces and/or other distinguishing characteristics in association with child pornography images.

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Attached Media Files: Rescue Me Summary , FBI Endangered Child Alert background , Jane Doe 39 flyer , Jane Doe 39 photo b , Jane Doe 39 photo a
FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against "Business Email Compromise" Scams
FBI - Oregon - 10/10/17 10:00 AM
October marks National Cyber Security Awareness Month. This week, the FBI is focusing attention on the "Business Email Compromise" scam.

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The Business Email Compromise scam has been around for a few years, but as a new analysis from the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center shows -- it is a scam that has grown so large that it costs American companies hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Worldwide -- this scam racked up more than $5 billion in losses or attempted losses between October 2013 and December 2016.

There are a number of variations on how this scam works, but here are the basics:

The fraudster either spoofs an email account or is able to hack an account at a victim company. The fraudster then sends an invoice to a second company demanding payment. Both companies typically have a long-standing relationship, and that invoice doesn't look out-of-the ordinary. The fraudster arranges for the funds to be wired to an account he controls.

In a variation of this scam, the fraudster gets control of an email account belonging to an executive at the victim company -- a CEO, CFO or the like. Using that executive's persona, he sends a request to the finance department asking for a payment to be wired to another vendor immediately. The unsuspecting employee makes the transaction happen quickly to keep the boss happy. Regardless of how the scam plays out, the victim company suffers the loss.

Of particular concern in Oregon are the small and medium-sized businesses that are getting hit by this scam. Due to their size, they are often less likely to prepare for or recover from such a scam.

So what can businesses do? Here are a few options:

Require digitally-encrypted signatures by businesses on both ends of a transaction.

Require two-factor verification for money transfers, particularly big ones. For example -- you could require a telephone call to confirm significant wire transfers either within your company or between your company and a vendor. Be sure to set up this protocol early in the business relationship and outside the email environment. When the fraudster hacks your email account, you don't want him to be able to see how to evade your security protocols.

When confirming requests, don't rely on phone numbers or email addresses embedded in the request. Look up the number from an external source when calling.

For emails, make sure you "forward" your response as opposed to hitting "reply". That way, you are using a real -- not spoofed - email address by manually typing it in or accessing it from your existing contact list.

Train your employees to watch for suspicious requests -- such as change in a vendor's payment location.

If you suspect that a fraudster has victimized your company, it is important to act quickly. Contact your bank right away, and call your closest FBI office. Also, make sure you report the incident to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.

You can also find more information and tips on how to protect yourself at www.ic3.gov or www.fbi.gov.


Attached Media Files: TT - BEC - ENGLISH Audio , TT - BEC - SPANISH Audio , TT - BEC - SPANISH Written , TT - BEC - RUSSIAN Audio , TT - BEC - RUSSIAN Written
2016/17 Safety Belt Blitz and Enhanced DUII Enforcement Activity
Gresham Police Dept - 10/11/17 10:09 PM
With grant funding from the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Impact, the Gresham Police Department participated in overtime enforcement missions throughout the last year to educate drivers, discourage driving under the influence, and to promote the importance of wearing a seat belt.

In addition to DUII and Safety Belt Enforcement, Gresham Police participated in several Pedestrian Safety Enforcement missions, Safe Routes to Schools missions and concentrated enforcement in areas of high incidents of speed and traffic accidents. During the period of November 2016 through September 2017 through these grant funded programs, Gresham officers made 114 DUII arrests, issued 167 citations for driving while having a suspended license or no license at all, issued 591 speeding citations, 152 citations for not abiding by seat belt laws, 53 cell phone or distracted driving citations and more than 1,000 other warnings or citations.

We look forward to continued partnerships with ODOT and Oregon Impact in 2018.
Police Seeking Public's Assistance in Locating Witness (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 10/11/17 5:19 PM
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Gresham, Ore.- On Oct. 8 at approximately 5:00 p.m. police responded to the area of SE Stark St and SE 212th Ave for the report of a bicyclist struck by a vehicle. Gresham Police is seeking the public's assistance in locating a vehicle seen driving westbound on SE Stark St. at the time of the collision. It is described as a two-door silver sedan as seen in the photo.

Anyone who may recognize this vehicle is asked to call the Gresham Police at 503.618.2719.


Attached Media Files: Similar Vehicle , Actual Vehicle
Police Searching for Witnesses to Weekend Stabbing on MAX Platform at NE 162nd and E Burnside
Gresham Police Dept - 10/10/17 3:44 PM
Gresham, Ore.--On Friday, October 6, at 5:50 PM Gresham Police and Transit Police officers responded to a report of a stabbing on the westbound MAX platform at NE 162nd avenue and E Burnside street. Police found a male on the platform with a stab wound who was taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment.

At this point, the investigation has shown that there was an interaction between a group of people and a separate single person on the train as it traveled west towards the stop at NE 162nd avenue and E Burnside street. When the train stopped at the westbound platform there, both the victim who was with a group of people, and the suspect, got off the train. The suspect stabbed the victim and then quickly got back on the same MAX train which continued west.

Investigators are still reviewing surveillance footage from the MAX train and the platform to identify the suspect. Anyone who witnessed the interaction on the westbound train or the stabbing on the platform is asked to call the Gresham Police Department Tip Line at 503-618-2719.
Hillsboro Police Department's K9 Billy to get body armor (Photo)
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 10/12/17 9:15 AM
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Hillsboro Police Department's K9 Billy will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Billy's vest is sponsored by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. and will be embroidered with the sentiment "In memory of K9 Ty, California City Police Department". Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

Billy is a 4 year old Belgium Mallonios originally from the Netherlands. The Hillsboro Police Department purchased Billy in partnership with the Portland Police Bureau. He has been in Police service for two years and is certified patrol dog through Oregon Police Canine Association. K9 Billy is assigned to Officer Cory Zaugg.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,600 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 2.1 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.


Attached Media Files: k9 Billy
Update: Deputy Mike Anderson Memorial Scheduled for October 15th (Photo)
Hood River Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/10/17 8:36 AM
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UPDATE: Law Enforcement Procession Route

The route will begin at the intersection of E. Port Marina Drive and Button Bridge Road. From Button Bridge Road south to the intersection of Highway 35 and State Street, the route will then proceed on State Street until it intersects with 13th Street. Turning south, the route will follow 13th Street which will eventually turn into 12th Street, then Tucker Road. Travel Tucker Road until the intersection of Indian Creek Road. Turning north onto Indian Creek Road, the procession will arrive at Hood River Valley High School.

UPDATE: It is with regret that we have been forced to postpone the memorial service for Deputy Mike Anderson. With the permission of his family, and with the understanding that Mike's memorial deserves the undivided attention and dedication of our office and our community, the service has been moved to October 15th, 2017. The time and location remain unchanged. It will be held at 1:30 PM at the Hood River Valley High School. The law enforcement procession staging area and route may be changed, and info on that will be provided when it comes available.

HOOD RIVER, Ore. - Hood River County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Anderson lost his battle with cancer this past Friday, August 25th, 2017. He was a 16 year veteran of the Hood River County Sheriff's Office. Mike started his career as a volunteer with the Sheriff's Office in 2001 and was hired as a full time Deputy Sheriff in 2007. Mike grew up in Hood River County and was a well-respected and well known member of the community. He spent many years as a Marine Deputy, Search and Rescue Coordinator, Patrol Deputy and Trainer. He touched many lives throughout the area and state.

Beginning Tuesday, September 5th, memorial contributions to the "Hood River County Mike Anderson Search & Rescue Fund" may be made at any US Bank branch. Please ask your branch to deposit to this account established at the US Bank branch in Hood River, Oregon. All proceeds will go to support Hood River County Search and Rescue. The family would also encourage support of The Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation at http://www.oregonfallenbadge.com/help-support-our-efforts.html

The Memorial Celebration for Mike will be held Sunday, October 15th at Hood River Valley High School gymnasium. The start time is 1:30 p.m., and the public is invited to attend.

Parking at the high school will be limited, so please carpool if able. We are requesting that all media reports include the information where donations should be directed.


Attached Media Files: Deputy Anderson Pre-School
Tip of the Week - October 16, 2017 - Teen Dating Violence
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/12/17 10:17 AM
OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF
Sheriff Curtis L. Landers
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
Ph: (541) 265-4277
Fax: (541) 265-4926

TIP OF THE WEEK

Date: October 16, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

THE ABCs OF TEEN DATING VIOLENCE

Teen dating violence is what happens in a teen dating relationship when one person uses abuse to gain power and keep control over his or her partner. This abuse can be physical, emotional, or sexual. October has been recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month so we offer the following information from the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.

Anyone can be a victim of dating violence. It makes no difference what sex, race, or ethnic background a person is. Anyone can be a victim. Anyone can be an abuser.

Be safe. Be a survivor, not a victim. Understand the three types of abuse.

Control. Abuse is about control, not love. Learn the difference. Be safe.

Dating violence is a consistent pattern of verbal (or emotional) abuse, physical abuse, or sexual abuse.

Emotional abuse can be as serious as physical abuse. Does your partner call you names? Humiliate you? Isolate you from your friends? Make all the decisions? Threaten you? Make you afraid?

Family and friends can help you. Don't keep any abuse secret. The more people who know, the safer you are.

Get help. Call a domestic violence program. You are not alone.

Help your friends who may be victims. They need you as a friend now more than ever.

Intervention and prevention begin with you. Do not accept any abuse from anyone or to anyone.

Judges know the problems of dating violence. If you have to get an order of protection to be safe, do it.

Kicking, hitting, and punching are types of physical abuse. Once is too many.

Love should be special. It is never controlling. It is never about one person telling the other person what to think, do, or how to act.

Murder is the ultimate horror of dating violence. It is the cause of 24% teen homicides.

No one likes being hit. Victims are afraid to leave abusers because they are afraid of being hit harder. Leave. Be a survivor.

Orders of protection tell the abusers what they can and cannot do.

Physical abuse doesn't always leave bruises, but always leaves scars.

Qualified counselors are available to help teen dating violence victims 24 hours a day. Call now for support.

Read and remember everything you can about dating violence. It could be a real lifesaver.

Sexual abuse can be anything from ruining your reputation, to touching you improperly, to rape.

Tell. The abuser wants you to think that no one will believe you and that no one cares about you. The abuser is wrong. People believe. People care. Abuse should not be a secret. Tell.

Understand that you are not alone: friends, family, teachers, police, judges, are all there to help.

Victory is in becoming a survivor. You do not have to be a victim. Only you can begin to make that change.

Winning the battle against teen dating violence is everyone's job. Listen to your friends. You can make a difference.

X-rays don't show all the hurt. Teen dating violence hurts everyone. Help stop the hurt.

Yearly, about 25% of all teens are dating violence victims. Don't be a statistic.

Zero tolerance is the only acceptable level of teen dating violence.

If you or someone you know is being abused, one agency to call for assistance is My Sister's Place at 541-574-9424, 541-994-5959 or 1-800-841-8325. Also report suspected abuse to the police. Don't let the abuse continue.

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

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


Attached Media Files: 2017-10/5490/108693/101617-Teen_Dating_Violence.pdf
Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 10/10/17 10:16 AM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports, October 9, 2017, at 8:03 a.m., deputies investigated a fatal single motor vehicle crash. The crash occurred on Kingston Lyons Drive near the intersection of Highway 226, east of Scio.

The driver and sole occupant of the white 1990 Ford Econoline Van was identified as Michael Dee Miller,64, of Lyons. Miller was found wearing his seat belt and did not have any obvious trauma or injury. Evidence collected on scene indicates alcohol may have been a contributing factor.

The investigation reveals that between 12:02 a.m. and 7:58 a.m., Miller was operating the van and traveling east on Kingston Lyons Drive. For an unknown reason, Miller drove his van onto the gravel shoulder while attempting to negotiate a sweeping corner. Miller appears to have over-corrected, coming back onto the roadway, and crossing both lanes of travel. Miller left the roadway on the opposite shoulder and traveled about 100 feet before striking a tree. Miller was found deceased in the driver seat by a passerby who saw the van off the roadway.

Linn County Deputies were assisted by members of Lyons Fire Department, and the Linn County Road Department. The investigation is continuing.
Deputies Investigating After Two People Found Shot ***Update 2*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/16/17 1:26 PM
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Deputies have identified the victim in last night's shooting as Judy Stanfill, age 52, of Turner. Ms. Stanfill lived at her residence in the 5000 block of Ash Street with her husband Clayton Stanfill, age 53. Mr. Stanfill is currently at the Salem Hospital where he is expected to recover from a gunshot wound.

Detectives are still working to determine exactly what happened yesterday afternoon in the Stanfill home. Detectives do not believe anyone else was involved in the incident and there is no immediate danger to the public.

The Sheriff's Office and the Turner Police Departments thoughts go out to the Stanfill family and her co-workers at the Marion County Circuit Court. Ms. Stanfill's autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow morning. The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any further releases until the case has been fully investigated, that time frame is not yet known. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office anonymous tip line at 503 540 8079.






Today at 4:26 p.m., deputies were called to 5000 block of Ash Street in Turner, after a man walked into the Turner Fire Department with a gunshot wound. Turner Fire personnel began treating the man and called the Sheriff's Office for assistance. When deputies arrived they searched the man's residence and located a female deceased inside.

Detectives are now on scene and processing evidence, the area of 3rd Street and Ash Street in Turner is completely blocked and will remain closed for the next several hours. This is an active investigation and the Sheriff's Office is not prepared to release any further details at this time. The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any additional releases this evening.

The Sheriff's Office is being assisted by the; Turner Police Department, Stayton Police Department, Keizer Police Department, Aumsville Police Department, Marion County Medical Examiner's Office and the Marion County District Attorney's Office.




Deputies and Turner Police are currently on scene and investigating, after two people were found shot in their home in the 5000 block of Ash Street in Turner. This is currently an active scene and Detectives with the Sheriff's Office have been dispatched to assist in the investigation.

There is no immediate danger to the public. PIO is on scene and will be available at the corner of 3rd Street and Cedar Street. Media there is no good staging area so if arriving please park your vehicles as not to obstruct traffic. Further details will be made available at a later time.


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Intruder shot by homeowner
McMinnville Police Dept. - 10/15/17 1:45 PM
On October 15th, 2017 at about 0611 hours McMinnville Police responded to the 1300 block of SW Gilorr St. in McMinnville. A call came from inside a home at that location that an intruder had attempted to break into a residence and was shot by the homeowner. The intruder was subsequently flown via Life Flight to a Portland area hospital where he is undergoing treatment for his injuries. The homeowners are cooperating with the police investigation, which in on-going. Anyone with information regarding this is asked to call the McMinnville Police Tip Line at 503-434-2337. No further information is being released at this time pending the outcome of the investigation.
Milwaukie Police Looking For Missing Endangered Male. (Photo)
Milwaukie Police Dept. - 10/12/17 5:25 AM
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UPDATE
On 10-12-17, around 4:30 a.m. Mr. Windler was located safe by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office near Sisters, Oregon. Mr. Windler was taken to an area hospital as a precaution. His family was also notified.

Thank you to all who shared this post

Original post
Milwaukie Police are currently looking for 89-year-old, James Arthur Windler. Mr. Windler suffers from short-term memory loss and was last seen today, around 7:30 p.m., at Kaiser Sunnyside Hospital. Mr. Windler dropped a friend off at the hospital, but never returned home.

Mr. Windler was driving his vehicle, a 2002 tan Buick Century, with Oregon plate #YUP208. He was last seen wearing a tan turtleneck and green pants. A photo of a similar type vehicle is attached. (Not actual vehicle.)

If any one sees Mr. Windler, or his vehicle, please call Milwaukie Police immediately at 503-786-7500


Attached Media Files: similar type vehicle , Mr. Windler
MCSO Holds New Hire and Promotional Ceremony
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/15/17 7:05 PM
October 16th, 2017 at 10:00 am, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will hold a new hire and promotional ceremony in the Board Room at the Multnomah Building, 501 SE Hawthorne. During this ceremony, Sheriff Michael Reese will introduce new members of the agency, who will serve in a variety of different positions within the Sheriff's Office. He will also recognize a member of the agency who is returning from a long term military deployment.

In addition, Sheriff Reese will be swearing in new Lieutenant Kraig Anspach, promoting Chief of Business Services Art Balizan to Chief Deputy, as well as swearing new leadership in the Corrections Division, Chief Deputy Nicole Morrisey O'Donnell and Chief Deputy Derrick Peterson.

Media is welcome and encouraged to attend this event that will include comments from Sheriff Reese and introductions to all new staff and newly promoted members. All Chief Deputies within the agency will be available for interviews following the ceremony. Please contact Lt. Chad Gaidos at the numbers below for further questions or comments.
MCSO Warns of Continuing Phone Scam
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/15/17 1:18 PM
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office has received multiple reports from members of our community being targeted by the ongoing phone scam attempting to elicit money.

This phone scam has resurfaced and members of the community are receiving calls from an individual who identifies as a "Lieutenant Brown" with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and states that the victim has a bench warrant and needs to wire money immediately.

We are reminding the community that MCSO does not conduct matters concerning warrant service or payment of fines via phone and will not request a wire transfer of funds.

If you are contacted by "Lieutenant Brown" or someone claiming to be a member of the Sheriff's Office who is requesting a wire transfer, DO NOT SEND MONEY and DO NOT PROVIDE PERSONAL INFORMATION.

You can help our detectives by getting as much information as possible;
Time and date of the call;
Contact number of the person calling;
Name used by the person calling; and
Any other details that may assist detectives.

Immediately after hanging up the phone, please call our Tip Line at (503) 988-0560 to provide the information to our detectives.

Please help us spread this message and keep our community safe: If you, or someone you know, is contacted by a person claiming to be a member of MCSO and is requesting a wire transfer or mentions a bench warrant, please do not fall victim to this recurring phone scam; do not send money and do not provide personal information to the caller.

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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Investigating Fatal Crash in Troutdale
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/11/17 3:40 PM
This morning at approximately 11:15 a.m. the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Troutdale Fire Department responded to the report of a traffic crash involving a truck and a sedan on 257th south of Cherry Park Rd. The driver of the sedan did not survive the crash.
Preliminary investigation indicates the truck was heading southbound and the sedan was traveling northbound, when the truck lost control and struck the sedan. The driver of the truck remained at the scene and is cooperating with police.
The East County Vehicular Crimes Team has responded to conduct the accident investigation. The East County Vehicular Crimes Team consists of MCSO deputies, Gresham Police and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office. The area surrounding 257th and Cherry Park Rd. is expected to remain closed for the next few hours while the investigation is being conducted.
Any witnesses to the accident are asked to contact the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office at (503) 988-7300.
MCSO urges everyone to drive safely in wet weather conditions. Leave extra space between vehicles and travel at safe speeds!
MCSO Welcomes New Leadership across Agency (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/11/17 1:00 PM
Chief Deputies Peterson and Morrisey are sworn in by Sheriff Reese
Chief Deputies Peterson and Morrisey are sworn in by Sheriff Reese
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On October 1, Sheriff Reese promoted Chief Deputy Nicole Morrisey-O'Donnell and Chief Deputy Derrick Peterson to lead a reorganized Corrections Division at the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. These new leaders bring new perspectives and visions they will use to provide exemplary service to our community, and lead our staff.

You are invited to MCSO's New Hire and Promotional Ceremony, taking place Monday, October 16, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at the Multnomah Building Boardroom (501 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland). Sheriff Reese will welcome new employees to the agency, followed by a ceremony to recognize newly promoted leaders. Opportunities for questions, and interviews of the Chief Deputies, will follow the ceremony.

If you are unable to attend the ceremony, it will be streamed live and made available on MCSO's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/multcoso/).

Chief Deputy Morrisey-O'Donnell assumed responsibility for Services Management, consisting of Facility Services, Court Services, and Auxiliary Services.

Chief Deputy Nicole Morrisey-O'Donnell was hired in 1996 as a Corrections Deputy. She was promoted to Lieutenant in 2013, and appointed to Captain in 2017. Chief Deputy Morrisey-O'Donnell has worked in the Classification and Court Services Units, served on the Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT), was the manager of the Training Unit, and has been integral to MCSO's involvement with the Oregon Special Olympics. She is dual-certified holding an Executive certification in Corrections and a Basic Police certification.

Chief Deputy Peterson assumed responsibility for Facilities Management, comprised of the Detention Center and Inverness Jail.

Chief Deputy Derrick Peterson was hired in 1986 as a Corrections Deputy. He was promoted in 1999 to Sergeant, in 2004 to Lieutenant, and in 2014 was appointed to Captain. Chief Deputy Peterson has worked in the Classification and Close Street Supervision Units, and was commander of the Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT), the Court Services Unit, and the Multnomah County Detention Center. Chief Deputy Peterson has been a 25 year instructor at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training in cultural diversity, and is President of the Northwest Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE). Chief Deputy Peterson has an Executive certification in Corrections since 2010.

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Attached Media Files: Chief Deputies Peterson and Morrisey are sworn in by Sheriff Reese
Update: Oregon City Missing Endangered Person Located
Oregon City Police Dept. - 10/16/17 8:16 AM
On October 12th, 2017 22 year-old Zhaechel Strong was located in Portland and is safe.

Update to Oregon City PD Case #17-3600 and previous press release related to Missing Endangered Person.
Oregon sends five more task forces to Ca (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 10/14/17 10:18 AM
Strike team crews prepare to leave for California
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California fire officials sent an additional request for five strike teams from Oregon to assist with fires burning near Chino in southerrn California.

In response, the OSFM Agency Operations Center activated strike team crews from Linn/Benton counties, Umatilla/Union counties, Clackamas County, and Klamath/Douglas counties who are now on their way.

The OSFM is extremely grateful to Oregon's fire chiefs and their agencies for again stepping up to the plate to help our neighbors to the south as they continue to struggle with an unprecedented amount of fires on their landscape.


Attached Media Files: Strike team crews prepare to leave for California , Strike team crews prepare to leave for California , Strike team crews preparing to leave for California
Update on Oregon fire agencies assisting with California wildfires (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 10/13/17 1:16 PM
Oregon's Washington County Strike Team helping to battle the California wildfires
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All 10 strike teams the OSFM has sent south to assist with the wildfires in California are actively engaged on a 24-hour work cycle protecting homes and other structures.

Five strike teams from Lane County (2), Linn/Benton counties, Clatsop/Columbia counties, and Yamhill County have been assigned to the Central LNU Complex covering Sonoma, Lake, and Napa counties.

Five strike teams from Washington County, Multnomah County, Marion County, Jackson/Josephine counties, and Klamath/Deschutes counties are assigned to the Southern LNU complex covering Napa, Sonoma, and Solano counties.

Oregon fire agency reps: OSFM State Fire Marshal Jim Walker (Central LNU Complex) and OSFM Red Team Incident Commander Ian Yocum (Southern LNU Complex) report that Oregon resources are preforming well and morale is high.

California is continuing to reach out to states to bring in additional resources. In addition to Oregon, resources have come from Washington, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, and Arizona.

California Fire Chief Kim Zagaris had high complements for Oregon resources stating that, "The ability of Oregon to mobilize and deploy their strike teams so quickly and efficiently has allowed our firefighters to get much needed rest," said Zagaris. "I'm impressed by the high caliber of the Oregon teams on the front lines doing tremendous structural protection work to protect the people and property of California. Everyone affected is extremely grateful for the help from Oregon."

California fire officials continue to expect dry windy conditions throughout the weekend which will continue to challenge firefighters and residents.

California made the request for assistance through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact a national state-to-state mutual aid system. The EMAC request is sent directly to Oregon Emergency Management which then contacts and coordinates with the appropriate Oregon agency to fulfill the requests; in this case the OSFM.

Follow the OSFM on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OregonStateFireMarshal/ and Twitter: @OSFM


Attached Media Files: Oregon's Washington County Strike Team helping to battle the California wildfires , Oregon's Washington County Strike Team helping to battle the California wildfires
Oregon Emergency Management and the Oregon State Fire Marshal send equipment and personnel to assist with California wildfires (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 10/11/17 9:57 AM
Staff from the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal and Oregon Emergency Management working to fulfill California's request for firefighting assistance
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The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal in coordination with the Oregon Office of Emergency Management has activated its Agency Operations Center and 10 strike teams with equipment and personnel to assist with the raging wildfires in California.

California fire officials submitted a request asking for assistance yesterday evening from Oregon and Arizona. The OSFM activated its emergency mobilization plan, sending out the request for assistance to all Oregon fire agencies.

"Oregon fire agencies have stepped up to the plate to help our neighbors to the south, said Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple. "California helped us with the fires in southern Oregon this year and I am proud that we can return the favor in their time of need."

California made the request through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact a national state to state mutual aid system. The EMAC request is sent directly to Oregon Emergency Management who contact and coordinate with the appropriate Oregon agency to fulfill the requests.

Oregon county fire defense board chiefs have activated 10 strike teams from the following counties:
Two from Lane County, Washington County, Multnomah County, Linn/Benton counties, Marion County, Clatsop County, Jackson/Josephine counties, Yamhill County, and Klamath/Deschutes counties.


Attached Media Files: Staff from the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal and Oregon Emergency Management working to fulfill California's request for firefighting assistance
***Name Released*** Bend Man Killed In Highway 97 Crash - Deschutes County
Oregon State Police - 10/14/17 10:35 AM
The name of the deceased driver is Kim Douglas HOUSTON, age 58 (not 59 as previously stated). A dog that had been with HOUSTON also died as a result of the crash. Impaired driving and failure to use safety belts are being investigated as contributing factors. No further information at this time.

End Update

Previous Release:
On October 13, 2017 at about 5:20PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle rollover on Highway 97 near milepost 119 (Canal Avenue Overpass). Upon emergency crews arriving they discovered nobody in or around the 1997 Dodge Pickup which had apparently rolled over. Crews quickly found an adult male who was critically injured on the Canal Avenue overpass above 97.

Preliminary information revealed the Dodge had been traveling southbound on Highway 97 and drifted out of the lane of travel and struck a guardrail and rolled. The driver, a 59 year old Bend man, was ejected and landed on the bridge that spanned over Highway 97. He was pronounced deceased on the scene by first responders.

OSP was assisted by the Redmond Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Redmond Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation. This is an initial release. More information will be released pending family notifications and further investigation.
Wanted Roseburg Man Arrested Following Standoff - Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/12/17 3:41 PM
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Troopers arrested a Roseburg man on several warrants after a long standoff in the Green District of Roseburg.

On October 12, 2017 at about 8:45AM, an OSP trooper observed a 2000 Suzuki Utility vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Interstate 5 south of Roseburg. The trooper checked the speed of the vehicle at 89 miles per hour in a posted 65 mile per hour zone.

The Suzuki Utility vehicle, operated by RUSSELL SCOTT, age 60, from Roseburg, stopped in a business parking lot near "M" Street and Old Highway 99 South in the Green District of Roseburg. The trooper realized that SCOTT had multiple warrants for his arrest and he knew that SCOTT was recently in a standoff with Sutherlin Police Department. The trooper attempted to have SCOTT exit the vehicle but SCOTT would not comply. Additional OSP, Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Winston Police Department units arrived on scene. OSP troopers communicated with SCOTT for nearly 4 hours in the hopes of him voluntarily exiting is vehicle and surrendering without success.

Due to previous threats towards law enforcement the OSP Special Weapons and Tactical Team (SWAT) was dispatched to the incident. Once on scene, negations failed and SWAT introduced OC (pepper spray) projectiles into the vehicle. SCOTT finally complied and was taken into custody without further incident. He was lodged at the Douglas County Jail on the following arrested on the following warrants: Failure to Appear (Burglary I, Resisting Arrest, Unlawful use of a Weapon and Criminal Mischief), Failure to Appear for Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear for a Failure to Appear.

Old Highway 99 was closed from Highway 42 to Ervin Ave for about four (4) hours during the incident. Local businesses in the immediate area were closed during this period of time for safety reasons.

OSP was also assisted at the scene by Douglas County Fire District 2 and the Oregon Department of Transportation


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Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision US 20 near Milepost 35 -- Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/11/17 11:05 AM
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On October 10, 2017 at 2:05 PM, OSP Troopers responded to a fatal motor vehicle crash on US 20 near milepost 34.5 in Linn County east of Sweet Home.

Preliminary investigation revealed a green 2002 Harley Davidson Motorcycle was travelling east on US 20 near milepost 34.5. The motorcycle was rounding a right hand curve when the operator, Robert DeLong (74) of Willamina, Oregon crossed the center line and struck the front of a white Toyota Tacoma pickup, operated by Kevin Schaffer (27) of Santa Ana, California who was travelling westbound. The motorcycle came to rest in the westbound lanes.

DeLong was wearing a helmet and was pronounced deceased on scene by emergency medical personnel. Schaffer was not injured as a result of the crash. Both vehicles were towed from the scene. The investigation is continuing.

OSP was assisted on scene by Sweet Home Fire Department, Sweet Home Chapel and Oregon Department of Transportation.


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Two vehicle Fatal Crash in Marion County ** Update #4- Names of Children** (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/10/17 11:19 AM
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Update #4
The four children are identified as below:
1. Medrano-Contreras, Ivan Ricardo (goes by Ricardo) age 8
2. Medrano-Contreras, Andrus, age 6
3. Medrano-Perez, Dayanara, age 4
4. Vazquez-Crisp, Angelina, age 2

Lizette Medrano-Perez was the temporary legal guardian of Angelina and investigators were told Lizette was the Aunt of Angelina.

The Oregon State Police does not anticipate putting out any further updates or releases unless directed by the Marion County District Attorney's Office.

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Update #3
On October 9, 2017 at 7:54 AM, Garcia was lodged at the Marion County Jail on the below alleged charges (in relation to the fatal crash)
1. Manslaughter I (5 counts)
2. Felony Driving While Under the influence of Intoxicants
3. Reckless Driving
4. Misdemeanor Driving While Suspended
5. and an outstanding unrelated Marion County Warrants

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UPDATE #2

On October 8, 2017 at 4:41 PM, Oregon State Police and emergency responders were dispatched to a two vehicle head-on crash on 99E and Nevada Street. The crash resulted in five fatalities from one vehicle.

The preliminary investigation indicates the two vehicles involved were a northbound Landrover, driven by Favian R. Garcia (age 27 from Gervais, Oregon) and a southbound Buick Century, driven by Lizette Medrano-Perez (age 25 from Molalla). While the two vehicles were negotiating a corner, the two vehicles collided headed-on.

Lizette Medrano-Perez was pronounced deceased at the scene. Her vehicle was occupied by her four children and they were pronounced deceased at the scene as well. Their ages were: eight (male), six (male), four (female), two (female). Garcia had minor injuries and was transported to a local area hospital.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. The Oregon State Police was assisted by Marion County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, Kaiser Police Department, Marion County Fire District, and the Marion County District Attorney's Office.

Anyone with witness information, who has not spoken with police, please call the Oregon State Police at (800) 452-7888.

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UPDATE #1
Oregon State Police confirmed there are five deceased victims in this crash. The victims are from one vehicle and once next of kin is completed we anticipate we will release more information.
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On October 8, 2017 at approximately 4:30 PM, Oregon State Police and emergency responders were notified of two vehicle multi-fatality crash on 99E and Nevada in Marion County. This crash is one mile North of the city of Salem.

The road is currently closed for the investigation and ODOT has established a detour. Flashalert will be updated as information is available. No photos are available at tis time.

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Public Assistance Request for Person of interest in Death Investigation in Josephine County (Photo) *Update - Victim Identified*
Oregon State Police - 10/10/17 12:31 AM
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Update #3
The victim has been identified as Michael Eugene Benedict Sr., age 70 from Murphy, Oregon. The victim was known to the suspect and they both resided at the address on Board Shanty Creek Road.

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Update #2
Dawson has been lodged at the Josephine County Jail on alledged crimes of Murder in the first degree and Arson in the first degree. The identification of the victim is still pending next of kin notification and medical examiner confirmation.

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Update

On October 7, 2017 at approximately 11:00 AM, The Oregon State Police received several calls reporting a person matching the description of Dawson walking in the area of Red Spur and Summit Loop. OSP responded at detained Dawson. OSP would like to thank everyone for their tips response to this request.

OSP and partner agencies are continuing the investigation and are working on next of kin notification.
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The Oregon State Police and the Josephine County Sheriff's Office with assistance from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety are conducting a death and fire investigation at the 1500 block of Board Shanty Creek Road in Murphy, Oregon. A person of interest has been identified in the case and we are asking the public to call 911 or the Oregon State Police at (541) 664-4600.

The person of interest is Troy M. Dawson (age 24 from Murphy, Oregon). Dawson was last seen, on foot, in the area of the investigation. He is described as 5'10" 170 pounds with a slight build. DAWSON is balding and was last seen wearing a Dark Blue Dodge Ram T-shirt, Grey sweatpants, Grey wool socks, and no shoes. DAWSON may be armed with a firearm. Do not approach.


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Fire Crews Battling 2nd Alarm Fire at Highrise Under Renovation (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 10/15/17 3:31 PM
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UPDATE 10/15/2017 @ 1515 hrs:

Investigators have concluded their work, and determined the fire was unintentionally started by workers installing roofing materials. The roofers were using a propane torch to dry the roof deck so that they could apply a solvent based primer. The flame came into contact with some primer that had already been applied, igniting it. This Fire then spread a large stack of 4' x 8' rigid foam insulation, which is very flammable. A total of (6) fire extinguishers were used prior to PF&R's arrival, but, the fire was too large for even this many extinguishers.

The injury occurred when one of the workers hand, which was covered in the primer, came into contact with the flame. His 2nd degree burns were evaluated on-scene, and he declined transport to a hospital for further treatment.

PF&R would like to remind everyone that when working with open flame, it is important to keep flammable materials a safe distance away. Additionally, keep a steady water supply, such as a hose nearby in case of emergencies.


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This morning fire crews were dispatched to a report of a fire on the roof of a building at 10th and Alder. On arrival they found large amounts of smoke and flames from the roof. A second alarm was called for additional resources given the height of the building and amount of fire attack resources needed. The fire building is vacant and under renovation at this time. Contractors were on scene at the time the fire began and were the first to report it. One worker sustained minor injuries attempting to extinguish the flames early on. He was treated and released at the scene. Crews have extinguished the fire and are conducting "overhaul" to assure that the fire is out and will not rekindle later. The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time.

Media staging is located at 9th and Alder. PIO is on scene.


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2 Alarm House Fire Displaces Four Occupants, House Destroyed (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 10/13/17 10:24 AM
Second alarm fire response lining Alberta St. in the early morning hours
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At 2:24am a house fire was reported in the 5000 block of NE Alberta St. with reports of possibly two occupants still inside. On arrival crews found the house "fully involved" with heavy fire across the entire front of the structure and beginning to spread to a house on the east side. Engine 28 initiated a defensive attack spraying water from the "deck gun" mounted on top of their engine. They also recognized that a power line had burned through and draped across a metal fence, possibly energizing it, and that the gas meter had been damaged by the fire and was emitting flames. The circumstances of this fire became complex very quickly and Engine 28 called for a second alarm at 0237 to get additional resources. After a quick investigation all four occupants of the home were located outside and safe. The extent of the fire damage to the building, the downed power line, and the leaking gas meter all created hazards to firefighters that impeded the firefighting effort. Crews were able to stretch hose lines around the house and get the fire knocked down but had to wait until the gas meter could be shut off by NW Natural and the power line de-energized by PP&L to completely extinguish the flames.

The cause of this fire is still under investigation. Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the occupants who were displaced with nothing but the clothes they managed to escape the fire in.

Many major fires occur overnight and in the early morning hours because the warning signs like the smell or sight of smoke, that in daylight might be caught early, go unrecognized by sleeping occupants and neighbors allowing the fire to grow unchecked. Portland Fire and Rescue cannot stress enough the need for all homes to have working smoke alarms that will alert you to the fire early and give you time to get out safely. All residential homes and apartments should have a working smoke alarm in each bedroom, outside each bedroom (or bedroom area), and on each level of a home. October is National Fire Safety Month. In honor of this, please test your smoke alarms to make sure they are in working order and know that your family can sleep safely tonight.


Attached Media Files: Second alarm fire response lining Alberta St. in the early morning hours , The black power line can be seen hanging down and the glow is from the burning gas meter.
UPDATE WITH PHOTO: Oregon Firefighters to Assist California with Battling North Bay Fire (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 10/12/17 7:43 AM
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The state of California has issued a multi-state request for firefighting resources to assist with firefighting efforts throughout the northern part of California. Oregon will be answering their request by sending resources from throughout the state. Multnomah County is sending a strike team of type-one engines to assist at the North Bay Fire. The five engines for the strike team will consist of one Gresham Fire engine, one Port of Portland (Airport) Fire engine, three Portland Fire engines, and a Chief Officer. The team has assembled, collected the wildfire deployment equipment that had been stowed for the season, just days ago, and are headed south to meet up with other resources from our state.

While this request for inter-state mutual aid from California is nearly unprecedented, and comes very late in the season for Oregon firefighters, Multnomah County is fortunate to have the resources available. Just a few weeks ago many of these same engines and firefighters were still battling the Eagle Creek Fire in the historic Columbia River Gorge.

Updates and photos from the Multnomah County strike team will be provided as they become available.

For more information on statewide resources being sent please contact the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office PIO at 503-370-0033 (media pager)



UPDATE: Fire crews from Multnomah County, including Portland, Gresham, and Port of Portland Fire arrived at the North Bay fire camp late last night. They will receive assignment to a geographic division of fire operations today and will set out as a strike team to their assigned area.

When fire crews respond on mutual aid incidents that are significantly outside their standard response area there are many logistical concerns that must be considered. Crews must operate on different radio networks that allow them to communicate with agencies they would not normally have contact with. They must be issued maps of the local area and become very familiar, very quickly, with the local geography and terrain that they will be working in. They must be briefed on local street names and addressing conventions, water supply locations, and buildings and properties that are tactical priorities with historic or economic significance to the local communities. Crews must be diligent with the maintenance of their vehicle as it becomes much more than just an emergency response vehicle, but also their only source of transportation in the area, and their ride home when the time comes. Systems that run smoothly in a well designed emergency response system like that in the Portland Metropolitan area, can easily be taken for granted by responders and the public alike under normal operations. In very large-scale incidents like the catastrophic fires of Northern California, these systems must expand dramatically and adapt not only to the massive strain on the system from the fires, but also that from the influx of resources that arrive to attack those fires. Fortunately, there are excellent plans in place in each state and throughout the country, guided by the National Incident Management System, that allow all of these considerations to be addressed in a timely manner no matter the size of the incident or the hazard that it poses.

Updates on the Multnomah County strike team will be posted as they become available.


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PPB Warns Community about Counterfeit Prescription Drugs (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 10/16/17 10:47 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau's Drugs and Vice Division want to warn the community about counterfeit prescription drugs that are being illegally sold in the Portland area, around the state and online. These counterfeit drugs are illegally marketed and sold by individuals as prescription drugs such as Xanax, Oxycodone, Alprazolam and others. Examples of drugs seized by police and sent to the Oregon State Crime Lab show that the counterfeit drugs often contain extremely potent substances that can and have caused overdose deaths. For example, officers have investigated counterfeit oxycodone tablet cases where the pills actually contained heroin, Furanyl Fentany1, Tramadol, Alprazolam and other substances.

Officials want to warn the public that fentanyl and other opioid analogs are extremely potent and have caused accidental overdose deaths in Portland and around the state. Fentanyl is an extremely powerful synthetic opioid similar to morphine, but it croses the blood-brain barrier faster than more commonly encountered opioids and can be 100 to 10,000 times more potent than morphine or heroin.

In Oregon, 80 people have died in accidental overdoses from synthetic opioids since 2014, but the deaths are increasing according to the State Medical Examiner.

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Central Precinct Officers Investigating a Shooting at Homeless Camp in Lower Southeast Portland - No Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 10/15/17 11:12 AM
On Sunday October 15, 2017, at 7:22 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the area of Southeast 3rd Avenue and Stephens Street on the report that a subject at a homeless camp threatened a man with a gun and fired several shots.

Officers arrived in the area and learned that the initial incident occurred between 5:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. Officers located evidence of gunfire at Southeast Division Place underneath the Grand Avenue viaduct and near the intersection of Southeast 4th Avenue and Ivon Street.

No gunshot victims were located in the area. Witnesses told police the suspect was a taller black male wearing all dark clothing, including possibly wearing a camouflage jacket underneath a darker layer of clothing and blue jeans. The suspect is believed to be armed with a handgun.

Officers conducted an extensive search of the area over the next several hours but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

Anyone with information about this shooting, or any witnesses who have not spoken with police should call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333, reference Portland Police Bureau Case Number 17-340476.

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UPDATE: Major Crash Team Responding to Serious Injury Crash on North Lombard Street #Alert
Portland Police Bureau - 10/14/17 9:54 AM
The driver critically injured in this crash died at a Portland hospital shortly after arriving for treatment.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the southbound driver (deceased) was traveling at a high rate of speed, lost control of the vehicle, and crossed the center line before colliding with the tractor-trailer being driven northbound.

This is the 36th traffic fatality in the City of Portland in 2017.

Names of those involved will not be available for release until Monday.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Friday October 13, 2017, at 1:41 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a traffic crash on North Lombard Street near Marine Drive.

Officers and medical personnel arrived learned that the crash involved two drivers - one in a tractor-trailer and the other in a passenger vehicle.

The driver of the passenger vehicle was suffering from traumatic injuries and was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment to life-threatening injuries. The truck driver was not injured.

Preliminary information indicates that the driver of the tractor-trailer was traveling northbound on Lombard Street and collided with the driver of the passenger car who was traveling southbound on Lombard Street.

Due to the severity of the driver's injuries, the Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to conduct an investigation.

North Lombard Street near Marine Drive will be closed in both directions for several hours until the crash investigation is complete.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

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

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

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Shooting Investigation Overnight in Northeast Portland - One Person Injured
Portland Police Bureau - 10/14/17 9:48 AM
On Saturday October 14, 2017, at 3:55 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a gunshot victim at the 7-Eleven store located at at 4250 Northeast 122nd Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and contacted the 19-year-old male victim who was suffering from a serious but not life-threatening injury. The victim was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment.

Officers learned that the victim and another teen male were walking eastbound on Northeast Shaver Street near 109th Avenue when a passing driver almost hit them with the vehicle. The teens and the male exchanged words and the driver fired a shot at the teens, striking the victim. The driver then sped away westbound Shaver and the teens ran to 7-Eleven to call for help.

At this point there is no useful suspect information.

Anyone with information about this shooting should call the Police 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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Shooting Investigation Overnight in Southeast Portland - One Person Injured
Portland Police Bureau - 10/14/17 9:39 AM
On Saturday October 14, 2017, at 1:58 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting in 9900 block of Southeast Stark Street.

Officers arrived in the area and spoke to witnesses who told police that two vehicles were in the parking lot and that the occupant of one vehicle fired multiple shots into a parked, occupied vehicle. The suspect then drove away in a silver Cadillac sedan westbound on Southeast Stark Street while the driver of the victim vehicle left southbound on Southeast 96th Avenue.

Shortly after, a gunshot victim was reported from Portland Adventist Medical Center. Officers arrived at the hospital and learned that the victim was a 35-year-old female suffering from a non-life-threatening injury.

Based on information learned during the investigation, the Gang Enforcement Team responded to the scene.

Anyone with information about this shooting should call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333 or the Tactical Operations Division 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)

###CSO###
UPDATE: Motorcycle Rider Killed in Single Vehicle Crash Late Thursday Night
Portland Police Bureau - 10/13/17 2:59 PM
The motorcycle rider killed late Thursday night has been identified as 37-year-old Renee Beus. The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined that Beus died as a result of the traffic crash.

The initial news release incorrectly listed the day of the crash as Wednesday instead of Thursday. The error has been corrected.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Thursday October 12, 2017, at 11:41 p.m., Central Precinct and Traffic Division officers responded to the Highway 30 off-ramp from I-405 northbound on the report of a traffic crash with injuries.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located a single person down in the roadway and determined the person was deceased. A motorcycle was located damaged but upright along the side of the road.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team responded to conduct an investigation. Preliminary investigation indicates that the motorcycle rider was riding northbound on I-405 and took the Highway 30 exit, lost control, and struck the right side concrete barriers and light pole. The rider was ejected from the motorcycle into the roadway while the motorcycle traveled on its own along the concrete barrier before coming to a stop.

The identity of the rider will be released after the Oregon State Medical Examiner conducts an autopsy and notifies next-of-kin.

The off-ramp was closed for approximately four hours during this investigation but has reopened to all traffic.

This is the 35th traffic fatality of 2017 - 7th involving a motorcycle rider.

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

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

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) Through Monday October 16 at 7:00 a.m.
Portland Police Bureau - 10/12/17 3:35 PM
Sergeant Pete Simpson will be the Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) until Monday October 16, 2017, at 7:00 a.m.

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

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Portland Police Response to Questions about Yesterday's Protest (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 10/12/17 11:09 AM
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On Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at 2:44 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to 4310 SW Macadam Avenue at the request of Federal Protective Services regarding a protest.

When officers arrived, they observed 20 to 30 protesters blocking the entrance and exit to a building that houses multiple government agencies. The Federal Protective Service (FPS) was the agency in charge of the police response, and the Portland Police Bureau responded to provide assistance to FPS.

FPS officers informed Portland Police Officers that there were people inside the building and in their cars who needed to leave for the day and others who needed to enter the building. More than 50 people were unable to enter or exit the facility and its driveway due to the protestors blocking the entrance/exit. FPS officers repeatedly asked the protestors to move and let the community members go home. The protestors refused. FPS officers also offered the opportunity of a grace period, asking the protestors to leave without arrests. The protestors refused.

The protesters who blocked access to the building wore "sleeping dragons." Sleeping dragons are homemade devices designed to link together multiple protesters to block a particular area, in this case the entrance and exit to the building and its driveway.

People using sleeping dragons, place their hands inside a pipe and lock their arms and wrists together by using handcuffs, chains and carabiner or another method. The pipe is often wrapped in materials that make it extremely difficult to cut. Oftentimes, the sleeping dragon is made of cast iron, metal or plastic pipes, concrete, tar, chicken wire, duct tape, feces and chains. Officers have no idea what is in the sleeping dragons until they begin the process to cut and disassemble them. Officers cannot physically remove protestors who are using sleeping dragons without disassembling the devices due to the fear of possibly breaking protestors' arms, wrists or somehow injuring them.

To remove sleeping dragons, police often must use power tools and because of the variety of materials, there is a possibility of sparks. Since safety is a top concern, officers use protective attire to ensure their safety during the cutting process. This kind of training to place protective attire is from the Center for Domestic Preparedness, which is operated by FEMA, and is national best practice for removal of sleeping dragons or other protestors' devices. PPB has had this training and protective gear for more than a decade. The gear protects the protestors' faces and ears. It also prevents the proestors from intentionally causing themselves injury during the removal and/or falsely claiming injury to halt the cutting.

The sleeping dragons used in this protest ended up being comprised of plastic pipe, yarn, fabric, chicken wire, steel bolts, and chains. The protesters' arms were connected by chains inside the pipe. As officers removed additional layers of the sleeping dragons, they determined they would not require power cutting devices. Once the cutting was complete, the protective attire was removed.

Portland Police only cut the sleeping dragons and removed the protestors who were blocking the entrance/exits to the facility. Once they did so, the community members who were trying to leave were finally able to do so. There were no injuries reported as a result of officers carefully removing the sleeping dragons.

Once the protestors were removed, the community members were able to leave--some had been trapped in their cars for more than an hour-and-a-half.

FPS is the lead agency and should receive inquiries about arrests due to the protest. Portland Police made one arrest that was not directly connected to the protest. Police arrested 37-year-old Eli Richey for violating his court-ordered restrictions.

To view a link to police video from yesterday's protest, visit: https://youtu.be/oFErr0fW5Uc


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Shooting Investigation Underway in Portland's Montavilla Neighborhood - One Injured
Portland Police Bureau - 10/12/17 6:14 AM
On Thursday October 12, 2017 at 4:36 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the Jamboree Apartments, located at 9219 Southeast Stark Street, on the report of a shooting.

As officers responded to the location, they learned one person had been shot.

Officers arrived at the apartment complex and ensured the location was safe while an officer applied a tourniquet to an injured adult male. Once officers determined the suspects were not at the apartment, they immediately requested emergency medical responders enter the apartment and provide medical aid to the injured man.

The man was transported to an area hospital by ambulance with what is believed to be a non-life-threatening injury.

There is no suspect information to provide at this time.

Investigators do not believe there is a danger to the public in connection with this shooting.

Based on information learned during the investigation, the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Robbery Detail has responded to assist with the investigation. Criminalists with the Forensic Evidence Division have also responded to the scene to assist with this investigation.

Anyone with information about this case should contact Robbery Detail detectives at 503-823-0405.

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

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

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

Visit http://tipsoft.com to download the TipSubmit app.

###PPB###
Traffic #Alert: Crash Investigation Underway on NE Marine Dr at NE 122nd Ave (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 10/11/17 11:52 AM
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On Wednesday October 11, 2017 at 10:36 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the intersection of Northeast Airport Way and Northeast 122nd Avenue on the report of a crash.

While en route to the crash location, officers learned a semi-truck and passenger van had collided.

Officers and emergency medical personnel arrived at the crash and found a van with significant damage and a semi-truck.

Two occupants in the van sustained injuries as a result of the crash. Emergency medical personnel provided medical aid to both occupants and transported them to an area hospital by ambulances. One of the people that was injured, sustained what are believed to be serious but non-life-threatening injuries and the other occupant of the van had non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigators with the Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division are currently investigating this crash.

Northeast Marine drive is closed from Northeast 33rd Avenue to Northeast 138th Avenue. Northeast 122nd Avenue will be closed from Northeast Airport Way to Northeast Marine Drive.

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

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


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UPDATE: Shooting Investigation Underway near NW St. Helens Rd
Portland Police Bureau - 10/10/17 10:09 PM
Based on information learned during the investigation, officers do not believe their is a danger to the public. Officers have reopened roadways in the area of the 5600 block of Northwest Willbridge Avenue. Residents no longer need to shelter in place.

During a search of the area, officers located and seized evidence of gunfire.

The suspect has not been located at this time. Witnesses described the suspect in this shooting as a male in his 20s or 30s with short dark hair.

The Portland Police Bureau Tactical Operation Division's Gun Task Force will continue the investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Portland Police Bureau Tactical Operation Division's Gun Task Force at 503-823-4106 or guntaskforce@portlandoregon.gov

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

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On Tuesday October 10, 2017, at 7:33 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the 5600 block of Northwest Willbridge Avenue on the report of gunfire.

When officers arrived they contacted several witnesses and learned a man with a gun had fired at a nearby flagpole and a vehicle.

Officers are currently attempting to locate and contact the suspect. At this point in the investigation officers believe the suspect is in a residence in the 5600 block of Northwest Willbridge Avenue. Officers have attempted to contact the suspect through phone calls and loud hailing. The suspect has not answered phone calls or requests for contact.

There have been no reported injuries as a result of the reported gunfire.

During this investigation, community members should stay away from the area or shelter in place if they are near the scene of this incident.

Southwest Saint Helens Road and Southwest Willbridge Avenue will be closed between Southwest 55th Avenue and Southwest 57th Avenue. Southwest 55th Avenue and Southwest 57th Avenue will also be closed in the area.

This release will be updated when additional information is available.

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UPDATE #2: Major Crash Team Responds to Crash on NE 82nd Ave
Portland Police Bureau - 10/10/17 3:40 PM
The pedestrian struck by a vehicle on Saturday October 7, 2017 at Northeast 82nd Avenue and Northeast Jonesmore Street has died of injuries sustained during the crash. The deceased person was identified as 58-year-old Charles L. Bergeron of Portland.

Members of the Portland Police Bureau Traffic Investigation Unit continue to investigate this crash. Anyone with information about this crash should contact Officer David Enz at 503-823-2208 or David.Enz@portlandoregon.gov

Charles Bergeron's death is the 34th traffic related fatality in Portland during 2017.

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Investigators assigned to the Portland Police Bureau Major Crash Team continue to investigate an early Saturday morning crash near Northeast 82nd Avenue and Northeast Jonesmore Street.

Northeast 82nd Avenue and Northeast Jonesmore Street were reopened shortly after 8:30 a.m.

Based on preliminary information, investigators do not believe the driver of a 2003 white Toyota Highlander that struck a pedestrian was driving under the influence of intoxicants nor driving while distracted.

The pedestrian continues to receive medical care at an area hospital and remains in critical condition.

Anyone with information regarding this crash should contact Officer David Enz at 503-823-2208 or David.Enz@portlandoregon.gov

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On Saturday October 7, 2017, at 2:12 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a vehicle versus pedestrian crash near the intersection of Northeast 82nd Avenue and Northeast Jonesmore Street.

Officers and emergency medical personnel arrived on scene and located an adult male laying on the ground with significant injuries sustained during the crash. Emergency medical personnel transported the injured man to an area hospital by ambulance for treatment of what are believed to be life-threatening injuries.

Because of the severity of the pedestrian's injuries the Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division's Major Crash Team (MCT) responded to continue the traffic crash investigation.

Based on preliminary information learned during the investigation, officers believe the pedestrian was traveling eastbound across Northeast 82nd Avenue near Northeast Jonesmore Street when he was struck by a vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the pedestrian remained at the scene and is cooperating with investigators.

Investigators believe Northeast 82nd Avenue will remain closed between Northeast Tillamook Street and Northeast Wasco Street for the next hour.

An update will be provided as the investigation continues.

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

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

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Shooting Investigation Underway in Downtown Portland -- No Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 10/10/17 2:40 PM
On Tuesday October 10, 2017, at 1:32 p.m., Central Precinct and Portland State University Campus Police Officers responded to the report of a gunshot in the 1300 block of Southwest 11th Avenue.

Officers arrived at the scene and contacted several witnesses. As officers interviewed the witnesses, they learned a white four door vehicle had struck a pedestrian as the pedestrian crossed Southwest 10th Avenue south of Southwest Mill Street. According to witnesses, shortly after being struck by the white sedan the pedestrian fired one gunshot at the involved vehicle.

After firing the gun, the pedestrian entered a red four door sedan and the red sedan proceeded in the same direction as the white sedan.

Officers did not locate anyone with injuries from this crash and shooting. No suspects were located as a result of an area check performed after the shooting.

Evidence of gunfire was located and seized at the scene.

The Portland Police Bureau Gun Task Force will continue this investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Portland Police Bureau Tactical Operation Division's Gun Task Force at 503-823-4106 or guntaskforce@portlandoregon.gov

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

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Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 88-Year-Old Man (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 10/10/17 11:42 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is working with the Jospehine County Sheriff's Office to locate 88-year-old Robert Carton. The agencies are asking for the public's help to locate Carton.

Carton is described as a white male, 5'7" tall, 140 pounds, with blue eyes and no hair. Carton currently has a blackened eye with stitches and his right arm is in a sling.

Carton's family reported him missing to the Josephine County Sheriff's Office at the end of September. During the sheriff's office investigation, information was learned that suggested Carton may be in the Portland Metropolitan area.

Carton was last seen driving a white 1996 Dodge Caravan with Oregon license plate "UXJ139." The words "night patrol" are on the rear of the Caravan.

Anyone seeing Carton is asked to call 9-1-1 so officers can check his welfare. Anyone with non-emergency information about him is asked to contact Deputy Sergeant Ernie Fields with the Josephine County Sheriff's Office at 541-474-5123 or Detective Heidi Helwig with the Portland Police Bureau Missing Persons Detail at Heidi.Helwig@portlandorgeon.gov

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Shooting Investigation Overnight in Centennial Neighborhood -- No Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 10/10/17 7:31 AM
On Monday October 9, 2017, at 10:15 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of gunfire in the 15700 block of Southeast Alder Street.

When officers arrived they interviewed several people in the neighborhood. As officers investigated the shooting they contacted a man who stated that prior to the gunfire he had contacted two people near his home and an argument occurred. Shortly after the argument the man heard gunfire and later located bullet holes in his house.

There were no reported injuries as a result of the shooting.

During the investigation officers searched the area for suspects and evidence related to the shooting. Officers located and seized one firearm and additional evidence related to the shooting.

Criminalists with the Police Bureau's Forensic Evidence Division responded to the scene to assist with this investigation.

No arrests have been made at this point in the investigation.

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

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

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Wallace Marine Park Life Jackets Loaner Stations Closed For Season; Reopens Memorial Day 2018
Salem Fire Dept. - 10/12/17 2:00 PM
The life jacket loaner stations at Wallace Marine Park has been closed for the season and the inventory of life jackets removed for storage. The City will reopen the loaner stations on Memorial Day 2018. We strongly encourage watercraft users to wear life jackets while enjoying activities on the river.
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 10/12/2017-10/15/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 10/16/17 11:21 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 10/12/2017-10/15/2017

ESTACADA:

17-1708

On 10/12/2017 at 1804 hrs., in the 200 block of SE Highway 224, Zacharias R. Bottcher (37, of Estacada), was arrested for an outstanding warrant. He was taken to Clackamas County Jail, where he was lodged on $5000 bail.

17-1709

On 10/12/2017 at 2325 hrs., Leandro Carrada-Ortiz (42, of Portland), was arrested in the 800 block of NW Evergreen Way on outstanding felony warrants for Theft I, Attempt Elude and Reckless Driving. He was transported to Clackamas County Jail, where he was held on $60,000 bail.

17-1711

On 10/13/2017 at 1917 hrs., Aaron G. Hecht (45, of Estacada) was arrested in the 500 block of N. Broadway Street on an outstanding warrant for absconding from his parole. He was transported to Clackamas County Jail, where he was held without bail.

17-1719

On 10/14/2017 at about 1718 hrs, officers conducted a warrant service in the 200 block of NE Pierce Street. Georgianna M. Carpenter (55, of Estacada), was arrested on a felony warrant for Failure To Appear on a charge of PCS Methamphetamine. She was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail without bail.

17-1727

On 10/15/2017 at about 1746 hrs., Joshua D. Erwin (37, of Estacada) was stopped for a traffic violation near the intersection of S Broadway Street and SE 4th Avenue. As a result of the subsequent investigation, Mr. Erwin was arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. He was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on $12,500 bail.

SANDY:

17-1707

On 10/12/2017 at 1205 hrs., police received a report about theft of a purse in the 16000 block of 362nd Drive. A report was taken.

17-CAD

On 10/12/2017 at about 1910 hrs., police received a report about suspicious persons in the 39000 block of Amherst Street. A report is pending (CAD).

17-1710

On 10/13/2017 at about 1847 hrs., a group of juveniles ran from officers in Meinig Park. One was caught and found to be under the influence of marijuana. He was detained and turned over to his guardians. The matter will be referred to the Clackamas County Juvenile Department.

17-1712

On 10/13/2017 at 1947 hrs., police responded to a store in the 38000 block of Pioneer Blvd regarding a juvenile attempting to purchase alcohol using an Oregon drivers license that wasn't his. Enrique Estrella (19, of Sandy) was later contacted and detained. He was cited for Misrepresentation of Age by Minor (C Misdemeanor) and released.

17-1713

On 10/13/2017 at 2024 hrs., police found a backpack with nobody around it. Inside was discovered 1/2 oz of Marijuana and school work with the backpack owners name on it. Sandy High School will be contacted in order to obtain the address of the owner. The case will then be forwarded to Clackamas County Juvenile.

17-1714

On 10/13/2017 at about 2053 hrs., a man living in the 40000 block of Therese Street reported that the license plates were stolen off of his car sometime after 1800 on 10/12/2017. The plates were entered into LEDS/NCIC as stolen, and a report was taken.

17-1715

On 10-14-17, a business in the 16000 block of 362nd Drive reported that an employee had stolen over $1800 in cash from the business since 08/28/2017. Austin L. Allison (20, of Sandy) was arrested for Theft 1 and was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on $10,000 bail.

17-1716

On 10/14/2017 at about 0401 hrs., police received a report about theft from a vehicle in the 37000 block of Lawson Court. A report is pending (CAD).

17-1717

On 10/14/2017 at 1457 hrs., police received a report that the community mail boxes at the intersection of Penny Avenue & Jewelberry Avenue had been damaged over night. A report was taken.

17-1718

On 10/14/2017 at about 1535 hrs., police received report about theft in the 37000 block of Green Mountain Street. A report is pending (CAD).

17-1722

On 10/15/2017 at about 0115 hrs., police received a report about theft of a bicycle from the 39000 block of Proctor Boulevard. A report is pending (CAD).

17-1723

On 10/15/17 at 1244 hrs, police received a report that a vehicle had been broken into while parked in the 38000 block of Strawbridge Parkway sometime over night. Stolen was a backpack, laptop computer and a watch. Total loss was approximately $1,060.

17-1724

On 10/15/2017 at about 1325 hrs., police received a report about theft from a vehicle in the 17000 block of Koch Court. A report was taken.

17-1725

On 10/15/2017 at about 1350 hrs., police responded to a non-injury motor vehicle crash in the 19000 block of Bornstedt Road. A report was taken.

17-1726

On 10/15/2017 at about 1455 hrs., police responded to the 37000 block of Bell Street regarding a trespassing in progress. An adult female subject was contacted and identified as being on post-prison supervision for dangerous drugs. Police issued a trespass notice to the person for all school properties, and she left voluntarily.

17-1728

On 10/15/17 at 2023 hours, Curtis J. Stacona (31, of Warm Springs) was contacted in the 39000 block of Pioneer Boulevard. Stacona was visibly intoxicated, which violated the terms of his probation. He was arrested on a probation detainer and transported to the Clackamas County Jail, where he was held on no-bail.
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 10/11/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 10/12/17 8:00 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 10/11/2017

ESTACADA:

No new crimes were reported yesterday in Estacada. Woo hoo!


SANDY:

17-1703

On 10/11/2017 at 0840 hrs., it was reported that the bus stop at Ruben Lane and Highway 26 had been spray painted. A report was taken.


17-1704

On 10/11/2017 at about 1223 hrs., police responded to the 37000 block of Bell Street regarding a false fire alarm.


17-1705

On 10/11/2017 at 1631 hrs., police responded to a reported assault in the 37900 block of Hamilton Ridge Drive. A report was taken and will be forwarded to the Juvenile Department for review.
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 10/10/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 10/11/17 8:15 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 10/10/2017

ESTACADA:

No new crimes were reported in Estacada! Woo hoo!


SANDY:

17-1700

On 10/10/2017 at about 1208 hrs., police responded to the 17000 block of Smith Avenue regarding a report of Arson involving a juvenile suspect. The juvenile was released to their parent/guardian by school authorities prior to officers arriving. The case will be referred to the School Resource Officer for continued investigation.

17-1701

On 10/10/2017 at about 1310 hrs., police responded to the 39000 block of Pioneer Boulevard regarding an intoxicated subject. He was transported to Hooper Detox Center in Portland.

17-1702

On 10/10/2017 at about 1920 hrs., police noticed a disabled vehicle on Dubarko Road near Eldridge Drive. The vehicle was creating a hazard, so it was towed from the scene.
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 10/09/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 10/10/17 8:08 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 10/09/2017

ESTACADA:

No new crimes were reported in Estacada yesterday. Woo hoo!


SANDY:

17-1698

On 10/09/2017 at about 1359, police received a report about an assault in the 16000 block of 362nd Avenue. A report is pending (CAD).

17-1695

On 10/09/2017 at 1408 hours, a citizen brought a bicycle to the Sandy Police Department that was found in Meinig Park. The bike will be held for safekeeping.

17-1697

On 10/09/2017 at about 1456 hrs., police received a phone report about theft of license plates in the 16000 block of Champion Way. The stolen plates were entered into appropriate databases, and a report was taken.

17-CAD

On 10/09/2017 at about 1432 hrs., police responded to the 35000 block of Highway 26 to assist Oregon DHS with a complaint. A report is pending (CAD).

17-1699

On 10/09/92017 at about 1600 hrs., police received a report about a hit & run crash from a citizen in the 37000 block of Bell Street. A parked vehicle was struck sometime over the past weekend, but the victim was unsure exactly where the event likely occurred.
Sherwood Police Respond to Crash Involving a Fatality
Sherwood Police Dept. - 10/13/17 7:57 PM
On October 13, 2017, at 2:28 PM Sherwood Police were called to 21000 block of SW Cedar Brook Way, at the Creek view Crossing Apartments to the report that a child had been struck by a vehicle. Sherwood Officers arrived soon after the 911 call, and found that a child, a four (4) year old boy, had been struck by a vehicle in the parking lot of the apartment complex.

The child was receiving aid from citizens on the scene. Shortly after police arrived, Paramedics from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue arrived. The Paramedics gave aid to the young boy, however, he died at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle involved remained on scene, and was cooperative with officers conducting the investigation.

Since this tragic crash involves a fatality, the Sherwood Police Department has requested the assistance of the Washington County Interagency CART (Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team). This investigation is in the very early stages. As details develop additional information will be released at that time. The Sherwood Police Department is not releasing the names of the parties involved at this time.

This was a very difficult call to respond to for all of our first responders. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families touched by this incident.

Sherwood Police PIO/Contact Captain Mark Daniel 503-925-3651
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Police Take Lead To Help Make Rental Properties Safer
Tigard Police - 10/16/17 5:13 PM
The Westside Crime Prevention Coalition (WCPC) will present a training opportunity to rental property owners, managers and landlords on Saturday, November 18th. John Campbell, of Campbell DeLong Resources Inc. will present the eight-hour training session titled "Keeping Illegal Activity Off Rental Properties." The all-day training will take place at PCC at Willow Creek located 245 SW Edgeway in Beaverton. The course will begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 4:00 p.m. The registration fee prior to November 3 is $55.00. On November 4th or later, the fee increases to $65.00. The training includes a continental breakfast, lunch and a training manual.

The training curriculum is adapted from a nationally recognized program developed by Campbell. The need for this training came to mind after Campbell was embattled in his own neighborhood in a struggle with criminals seemingly overtaking the area. The idea was then developed specifically for rental properties in efforts to enhance their safety and create more desirable neighborhoods.
Information presented at the training includes tenant screening, physical elements such as landscaping and maintenance, warning signs of drug dealing and usage, forms and the application process and legislative updates. This training is helpful to anyone who owns or manages rental property-especially newcomers who may be unfamiliar with the recommended measures needed to avoid headaches later.

Information and registration forms are available at www.tigard-or.gov/police or by calling 503-846-5930. In addition, WCPC also provides an on-going, year-round, free monthly forum for rental property owners and managers to learn about additional methods to keep their properties managed effectively. Visit the Westside Crime Prevention Coalition Facebook page http://tinyurl.com/pux8pap to learn more.

The WCPC is a group of crime prevention and community resource officers representing five law enforcement agencies in Washington County. The group works together to problem solve for all areas within the county. Providing training to property managers is just one of many different programs developed by the WCPC.
Tualatin Deploying Medication on Patrol to Combat Drug Overdoses
Tualatin Police Dept. - 10/12/17 4:36 PM
The Tualatin Police Department is deploying a medication called naloxone, brand named "Narcan", into each of its patrol vehicles. This medication can be administered nasally by officers to aid in the effort to drastically increase the survival rate of someone having an opioid overdose from drugs such as heroin and fentanyl. Law enforcement officers are often the first to arrive to overdose incidents where mere minutes can mean the difference between life or death for the patient.

The Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program provided grant funding for kits of naloxone. Metro West Ambulance supplied additional kits, and has also committed to replacing kits that are administered or expired.

Certified instructors provided specialized training to our officers carrying the naloxone kits in their patrol vehicles and agency policy was developed pertaining to its application and maintenance.

It is the goal of Tualatin Police Department and surrounding law enforcement agencies to raise awareness about the opioid crisis. For a better understanding of the risks, addiction support and resources visit www.AnyonePDX.org


Attached Media Files: 2017-10/858/108717/Narcan_Deployment.pdf
DUI emphasis results in four arrests (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 10/16/17 10:24 AM
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Vancouver, Wash. -- On October 14, 2017, law enforcement officers from the Vancouver and Battle Ground Police Departments and Washington State Patrol, with assistance from the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA), conducted a DUI emphasis under the new Vancouver Police Department Collaborative Grant. This is the third year the Washington Traffic Safety Commission has awarded the Vancouver Police Department this grant, which focuses on reducing impaired driving fatal crashes in Clark County and Vancouver. The new grant was approved in June 2017, took effect October 1, 2017, and runs through September 30, 2018. This year's grant was approved in the amount of $149,420.00 and will be used for officer overtime to conduct additional DUI patrols, marketing and training.

Here are the results of Saturday's DUI emphasis:

Hours worked: 25
Contacts: 29
DUI arrests: 2
Citations: 12
Warnings: 22
Other Arrests: 2


These additional DUI patrols will be scheduled around weekends, holidays and events throughout the year. The next DUI emphasis will occur on October 28, 2017.


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


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Missing Female Found
Vancouver Police Dept. - 10/13/17 3:23 AM
Mrs. Beech has been located and reunited with his family. Thank you for your help.
Missing Endangered Elderly
Vancouver Police Dept. - 10/12/17 12:55 AM
Updated: Mr Adams has been located and reunited with his family. Thank you for your help.
Vancouver Police substitute PIO, October 11
Vancouver Police Dept. - 10/10/17 5:02 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- Vancouver Police Public Information Coordinator Kim Kapp will unavailable October 11, 2017. Taking media calls during office hours that day will be Lt. Kathy McNicholas who can be reached at (360) 487-7442.


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Vancouver Police arrest three in overnight assaults and robberies
Vancouver Police Dept. - 10/10/17 3:22 PM
Vancouver, Wash. --On October 9, 2017, at approximately 10:00 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to the report of an assault in the 2700 block of Main Street. The victim reported that as he was walking he noticed a dark-colored SUV parked in the middle of the street and as he kept walking heard footsteps behind him and several males then struck in the head and grabbed at his jacket pockets. The victim was able to get away and call 911 from a nearby business.

At approximately 10:27 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to a disturbance in the vicinity of Vancouver Lake Park. A female victim reported that several people were trying to break into vehicle and pepper spray her as she sat in her vehicle. The suspects were in a dark-colored SUV. As officers were approaching, they saw a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle leaving the area. A traffic stop was conducted, and based on victim information related to both incidents, Vancouver Police arrested Ashley L. Griffin, 19, Daniel Perez Rodriguez, 24, and Matthew L. Smith, 35, each for Robbery I. Additional charges may be pending.

Neither of the victims was seriously injured.

The investigation is continuing and there is no additional information available at this time.



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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
UPDATE: Jason Schaefer Is Lodged In Jail (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/13/17 6:12 PM
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October 13, 2017-This evening, Jason Schaefer was released from the hospital and lodged in the Washington County Jail. He is held without bail on a probation violation. His current booking photo is inset to the right.

Mr. Schaefer is scheduled for an arraignment on the Probation Violation at the Washington County Law Enforcement Center on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. Additional charges are forthcoming as the investigation continues.

Original Release below:

Man Detonates Small Explosive Device During Traffic Stop

October 11, 2017-- A man and a Washington County Sheriff's Office detective were both injured this afternoon when the man detonated a small explosive device during a traffic stop in Rock Creek.

On Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 3:56 p.m., a detective with the Washington County Sheriff's Office spotted a man he knew was wanted for violating the terms of his probation. The man was associated with a nearby apartment where a search warrant was being executed by local and federal authorities.

The detective initiated a traffic stop on the man's vehicle and the man failed to stop. A brief vehicle pursuit ensued and the man stopped on NW 185th Avenue just south of NW Rock Creek Blvd.

At 3:58 p.m., the man detonated a small, handheld explosive device. The detective was not seriously injured and has since been treated and released from a local hospital. At this time, we are not identifying the detective.

Other deputies arrived and took Jason P. Schaefer, 26, into custody for violating the terms of his probation. He is receiving treatment at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries sustained in the explosion. When Mr. Schaefer is medically stable, he will be lodged at the Washington County Jail. Additional charges from today's incident are expected. [A prior booking photo of Mr. Schaefer from an arrest on 4/10/17 is provided with this release.]

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit are responding to the scene to continue the investigation. We do not expect to release any additional information tonight.


Attached Media Files: PDF Version with Photo , Booking Photo
Beaverton Woman Intentionally Sets Fire to Own Condominium (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/13/17 5:51 PM
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October 13, 2017 -- A Beaverton women was arrested for arson after intentionally setting fire to her own condominium. Another occupant was forced to jump from a second story window to escape.

On October 13, 2017, at 12:43 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a residential fire at the Tanasbrook Condominiums, located in the 1500 block of Northwest Tanasbrook Court in Beaverton.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and Hillsboro Fire Department personnel responded and immediately began battling the fire and ensuring the safety of nearby residents.

During the initial investigation, deputies learned the fire had likely been set intentionally by a resident inside her own condo. The suspect, 35-year-old Brooke Shaver of Beaverton, fled the scene prior to deputies' arrival.

Deputies quickly converged on the area and began searching for Ms. Shaver. An alert deputy located her walking in the Safeway parking lot about three-quarters of a mile from the fire location and took her into custody. She was uninjured.

Another occupant inside the condo jumped from a second story window to escape the flames. He was transported by Metro West Ambulance to a local hospital with minor injuries.

Ms. Shaver was arrested and charged with arson in the first degree. She is being held at the Washington County Jail on $250,000 bail. Her booking photo will be available later this evening.

Sheriff's office detectives specially trained in arson investigations are working closely with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue investigators to process the crime scene.


Attached Media Files: Media Release (PDF) , Scene Photo
19-Year-Old Arrested for Attempted Murder, Deputies Ask For Public's Assistance Locating His Brother (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/13/17 4:23 PM
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October 13, 2017 -- A Beaverton teen was arrested for attempted murder. Detectives are asking for the public's help locating his brother, Cory Bedford, who is wanted for the same crime.

On October 4, 2017, at 10:15 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the Oak Hills neighborhood regarding reports of gunshots. Upon arrival, deputies found two victims suffering from non-life-threatening injuries inside a severely damaged vehicle.

During the investigation, deputies learned the men had been in an altercation with two suspects at a nearby location. The victims fled in a vehicle and were pursued in a second vehicle by the suspects, who fired multiple firearm rounds into their sedan. No one was struck by the gunfire.

The chase ended in a neighborhood cul-de-sac, where the victims were attacked and sustained multiple stab wounds. Both were transported to a local hospital.

In the early hours of October 13, detectives with the Washington County Major Crimes Team, assisted by the Washington County Tactical Negotiations Team and Crisis Negotiation Unit, served a search warrant at the suspects' residence, located on Northwest 143rd Avenue.

Chase Bedford, 19-years-old of Portland, was arrested and charged with attempted murder (two counts), kidnapping in the first degree (two counts), and assault in the first degree (two counts). He is being held at the Washington County Jail on $250,000 bail.

Detectives are asking for the public's assistance in locating the second suspect, 28-year-old Cory Bedford of Portland. He is known drive a lifted white 2006 Ford F-250 crew-cab truck (Oregon plate 161HTR).

Cory Bedford should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call (503) 629-0111, or call 9-1-1 if he is seen.


Attached Media Files: Media Release (PDF) , Chase Bedford Booking Photo , Cory Bedford Vehicle , Cory Bedford Photo
Results from Today's Traffic Safety Mission in Aloha (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/12/17 6:22 PM
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Results from Today's Traffic Safety Mission in Aloha

October 12, 2017 -- The Washington County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Unit and patrol deputies collaborated on a non-traditional traffic enforcement mission today in Aloha.

On Thursday, October 12, 2017, Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies assigned to patrol and to the Traffic Safety Unit collaborated on a non-traditional enforcement mission in Aloha. Deputies focused on educating the public on Oregon's hands-free law, which prohibits the use of an electronic device both while driving and also while stopped in traffic.

Plainclothes deputies were used as "spotters" for this mission. The "spotters" stood on sidewalks at various intersections and alerted uniformed deputies to violations they observed.

During the five-hour mission, deputies made 104 traffic stops. Of those stops, 73 stops were for violations of the hands-free law. Eleven citations were issued and 62 warnings were given.

Other enforcement action included:
Three citations and four warnings for failure to wear or improper use of seatbelts;
Two warnings for failure to obey a traffic control device;
Six citations for driving while suspended;
Two citations for operating without driving privileges;
One citation for speeding;
Three warnings for expired vehicle registration;
Two citations and three warnings for vehicle insurance violations;
Four warnings for vehicle equipment violations;
Four warnings for lane use violations;

Deputies want to remind the motoring public that drivers cannot hold cell phones in their hands, nor can they use cell phones while stopped in traffic.


Attached Media Files: Media Release , Photo
Update on Yesterday's Explosive Device Incident
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/12/17 2:25 PM
Jason P. Schaefer, 26, remains in custody for violating the terms of his probation. There is no bail.

At this time, he has not been charged with any additional crimes. Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit are working with other local and federal authorities and the Washington County District Attorney's Office to determine which charges may be appropriate.

Mr. Schaefer continues to receive medical care for the injuries he received yesterday when he detonated a handheld explosive device in his vehicle. He sustained serious injuries to his left hand and fingers.

We will not disclose which hospital is treating Mr. Schaefer.

At this time, there is no estimated timeline as to when Mr. Schaefer will be booked into the Washington County Jail.

Mr. Schaefer was convicted of Felon in Possession of Body Armor in May 2017 and was sentenced to 18 months of formal probation in Washington County. Mr. Schaefer's felony conviction is related to an assault in Eerie County, New York. He has no other arrest history in Oregon.

Due to the nature of his work, we will not be identifying the name of our detective involved in yesterday's incident.

No additional information will be released today.
Man Detonates Small Explosive Device During Traffic Stop (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/11/17 6:24 PM
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Man Detonates Small Explosive Device During Traffic Stop

October 11, 2017-- A man and a Washington County Sheriff's Office detective were both injured this afternoon when the man detonated a small explosive device during a traffic stop in Rock Creek.

On Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 3:56 p.m., a detective with the Washington County Sheriff's Office spotted a man he knew was wanted for violating the terms of his probation. The man was associated with a nearby apartment where a search warrant was being executed by local and federal authorities.

The detective initiated a traffic stop on the man's vehicle and the man failed to stop. A brief vehicle pursuit ensued and the man stopped on NW 185th Avenue just south of NW Rock Creek Blvd.

At 3:58 p.m., the man detonated a small, handheld explosive device. The detective was not seriously injured and has since been treated and released from a local hospital. At this time, we are not identifying the detective.

Other deputies arrived and took Jason P. Schaefer, 26, into custody for violating the terms of his probation. He is receiving treatment at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries sustained in the explosion. When Mr. Schaefer is medically stable, he will be lodged at the Washington County Jail. Additional charges from today's incident are expected. [A prior booking photo of Mr. Schaefer from an arrest on 4/10/17 is provided with this release.]

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit are responding to the scene to continue the investigation. We do not expect to release any additional information tonight.


Attached Media Files: Media Release , Scene photo , Scheafer prior booking photo
Gas Leak Prompts Evacuation of 150 Residents (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/09/17 8:53 PM
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Gas Leak Prompts Evacuation of 150 Residents

October 9, 2017-- A natural gas leak temporarily displaced approximately 150 residents from their homes. NW Natural crews have stopped the leak and residents have now been able to return home.

On Monday, October 9, 2017, at 6:47 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies serving the City of Cornelius were asked to assist with the evacuation of a neighborhood due to a reported gas leak.

Deputies worked alongside members of the Cornelius Fire Department to evacuate affected community members. Residents in the area of N 4th Avenue and Davis Street were asked to evacuate to the Walmart parking lot. The Reverse 911 system was also used to call and warn residents within the affected area.

TriMet provided a warming bus so that evacuees could be more comfortable while waiting.

Crews from NW Natural promptly responded, located and stopped the gas leak. Residents were allowed to return home at approximately 8:10 p.m.

Members of the media should contact NW Natural for more information about the leak and repair.

Inquiries about the Reverse 911 system may be directed to the Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency (WCCCA).


Attached Media Files: Media Release , Photo
Yamhill County District Attorney Offers Resources For Witnesses of Las Vegas Shooting Incident
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/12/17 4:55 PM
From: Yamhill County District Attorney Bradley C. Berry
Re: Oregon residents who witnessed the Las Vegas shooting incident

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, families, friends and others, touched by the tragic shooting rampage in Las Vegas, NV, on October 1, 2016.
The State of Nevada has the Nevada Victims of Crime Program, which is offering assistance to victims of the shooting, including those who witnessed the event. Available assistance includes counseling. This assistance is available to any victim, including those who were residents in states other than Nevada. I am aware that there are Oregon residents who were victims of this tragedy.
Victims wishing assistance can fill out an application online, at the address below. The application requests copies of the police reports, but those are not required to get aid from this event.
Victims should file online at: Voc.nv.gov
Victims may also contact the Yamhill County District Attorney's Office, Director of Victims Services, Debra Bridges, at 503-434-7539, for further assistance.
Sheriff Svenson Honored with Award for Commitment to Mental Health (Photo)
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/12/17 12:40 PM
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On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, the 7th Annual Northwest Regional Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Conference was held at the Deschutes Conference Center, in Bend, OR. CIT is designed to create awareness and teach techniques for dealing with the vulnerable populations experiencing mental health crisis.

As part of this conference, Yamhill County Sheriff Tim Svenson was presented an award for 2017 CIT Agency Executive of the Year along with Mr. Walt Beglau of the Marion County District Attorney's Office. Sheriff Svenson was recognized for his commitment to mental health intervention over the last ten years at the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office. Since recognizing the value of the program both on the streets and in the correctional facility, he has worked to provide access to the training by all his sworn staff and has collaborated with bordering counties to offer regional training at least three times per year. In 2017, Sheriff Svenson solicited and was awarded funding from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, which allowed him to partner with the McMinnville Police Department and the Yamhill County Behavioral Health Division to offer this training free of charge to other agencies around the northwest.

Sheriff Svenson has also established a partnership with Yamhill County Health and Human Services to provide mental health counseling and crisis management in the Yamhill County Correctional Facility and as partners in the Community Crisis Response Team (CCRT). In August, Sheriff Svenson collaborated with Yamhill County's chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to bring a presentation to McMinnville outlining Rural Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD). LEAD is a harm-reduction program which allows deputies and officers on the street to immediately divert individuals, who are otherwise at risk of arrest, into intensive case management services, including those with known or suspected mental health concerns. This program is consistent with Sheriff Svenson's goal of keeping vulnerable populations out of jail and instead connecting them into services they need.

Tim Svenson grew up in Clatskanie, OR. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement, with Public Policy and Administration studies, from Western Oregon University. He is a 2000 graduate of the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training Police Academy, a 2011 graduate of the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training Police to Corrections Academy, and holds basic, intermediate, advanced, supervisory, and management level certifications through DPSST in both police and corrections. He also holds an executive level certification in police, as well as a leadership certification. He remains dual-certified in both Patrol and Jail Operations.

The awards banquet was hosted by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission CIT Statewide and CIT-King County Programs, King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division, CIT-King CO Coordinators Committee, Oregon DPSST -- Center for Policing Excellence, FBI -- Seattle CAAA, Portland Police Bureau Behavioral Health Unit, Marion County Crisis Outreach Response Team, Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. (GOBHI), and the CIT Center of Excellence (CITCOE). CIT International board members were also present to recognize the nominees and award recipients.


Attached Media Files: CITaward
Medical
Randall Children's Hospital first children's hospital to receive Level 1 pediatric trauma verification in the Pacific Northwest (Photo)
Legacy Health - 10/16/17 8:00 AM
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Portland, Ore. (October 16, 2017) The American College of Surgeon (ACS) Committee on Trauma has verified Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel as a Level 1 pediatric trauma center, making it the first in Oregon and the first children's hospital in the Pacific Northwest to receive this premier status. There are approximately 50 ACS-verified Level 1 pediatric trauma centers across the country.

This recognition highlights the hospital's commitment and holistic approach to improving the care of injured children, ensuring every child access to pediatric specialists and expertise and providing the highest level of care for the most critically injured pediatric patients. The verification is also an extension of the long-standing expertise in trauma care offered at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, which has been an ACS-verified Level 1 trauma center since 1988 and is home to the Legacy Oregon Burn Center -- the only facility of its kind between Seattle and Sacramento.

"Randall Children's Hospital is a leader in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest and this achievement in pediatric trauma highlights the hospital's approach to comprehensive care for each patient," said Bronwyn Houston, president of Randall Children's Hospital. "I am so proud of our incredible team. Receiving the ACS verification is an outstanding testament to their dedication and commitment to providing the highest level of care."

Randall Children's Hospital recognizes that children have different needs, illnesses and injuries than adults. That is why the hospital has a children's emergency department (CED) designed just for kids, open 24 hours a day. Studies have shown that children have better results when treated at a hospital that specializes in pediatric care. The children's emergency department is staffed by doctors and nurses who specialize in children's emergency care and the location on the Legacy Emanuel campus provides quick access to pediatric medical and surgical specialists, as well as experts in trauma, burn and critical care. In addition to trauma-related care, the medical team in the CED treat over 27,000 patients each year with various levels of injuries and life-threatening illnesses.

The process to achieve ACS verification is voluntary and means that the hospital and staff are required to meet stringent and essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance as outlined by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma's published guidelines. The hospital is currently working on its Level 1 pediatric surgical center verification to be finalized in 2018.

"We are very proud that several years of diligence and hard work by the entire institution has led to verification of our center as a Level 1 American College of Surgeons Pediatric Trauma Center. This distinction means that we meet or exceed national standards established for medical centers treating the most severely injured children and their families," said Mubeen Jafri, MD, pediatric trauma medical director.

Some requirements and attributes of an ACS-verified pediatric trauma program include:

Pediatric specialists in neurosurgery, radiology, anesthesia, orthopedics, trauma surgery and critical care medicine who are available to care for children 24-hours-day, 7 days a week and meet additional standards of a Level 1 trauma center.
Dedicated trauma social worker and trauma-credentialed nurses.
Commitment to partner with hospitals throughout the state to improve the care of injured children in their communities, as well as at the Level 1 trauma center.
The highest level of staffing, skills, and facilities to provide pediatric trauma care to injured patients.
Performance improvement efforts to ensure that each patient experiences the best possible outcome by providing a continuum of care from the emergency department to our inpatient rehabilitation program, the only program of its kind in the state of Oregon.

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice. Longstanding achievements have placed the ACS in the forefront of American surgery and have made it an important advocate for all surgical patients.


Attached Media Files: KIDS Team Mobile ICU , Randall Children's Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
Utilities
Stay safe while working in the yard
Pacific Power - 10/12/17 10:39 AM
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News media hotline: 800-570-5838 Oct. 12, 2017

Stay safe while working in the yard
Pacific Power offers safety tips for homeowners preparing for fall

PORTLAND, Ore. -- As the leaves turn, fall weather arrives in the Pacific Northwest. For some homeowners, this means pruning trees and taming overgrown gardens, for others it means cleaning the gutters or painting the house. Many outdoor projects like these can be hazardous if you don't put safety first.

"Now is a great time to prune any trees that could cause trouble once the storms start coming in," said Steve Harkin, Pacific Power safety director. "Winter storms bringing down branches is a big cause of power outages. Check around your property if any trees or branches could harm power lines if they fell. Some preventive work now could save more headaches and power outages later."

Use caution when pruning trees. Don't use pruning tools or ladders near power lines. Always keep yourself and anything you're handling at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines. Never try to remove a branch that is tangled or lying across a power line. Instead, call us at 1-888-221-7070 -- we'll be happy to remove it for you.

Treat all electric lines with caution.
Use only wooden and fiberglass ladders. Metal ladders conduct electricity.
Never use electrical equipment or tools near a pool or other wet areas. Additionally, make sure outlets are equipped with a ground fault circuit interrupter, designed to automatically disconnect if the tool comes into contact with water.
Be aware and steer clear of overhead electrical wires when installing, removing, cleaning or repairing gutters.
Have help when installing or adjusting a satellite dish or antenna. Make sure you're working at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines.
Plant trees and shrubs away from meters, switching cabinets and boxed transformers. Vegetation blocking electrical equipment makes meter reading, repairs and maintenance challenging and sometimes dangerous for utility workers.
Underground power lines are just as dangerous as overhead ones. If your project involves digging, make sure the locations of underground power lines are marked. Call 811 to have underground utilities located and marked for free.

For more safety tips or to order free Pacific Power safety materials, call toll free at 800-375-7085 or visit pacificpower.net/safety.

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power is headquartered in Portland, and provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. It is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, providing 1.8 million customers with value for their energy dollar and safe, reliable electricity. For more information, visit pacificpower.net.
Military
142nd Fighter Wing trains with local emergency volunteers
Oregon Military Department - 10/16/17 2:47 PM
PORTLAND, Oregon -- Oregon Air National Guardsmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing trained with a collection of licensed civilian healthcare professionals who have registered to volunteer in response to federal, state, and/or local emergencies, October 14, 2017.

Members of the 142nd Medical Group, Detachment 1, Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) spent the day with nealry 30 members from the State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Oregon (SERV-OR), providing hands-on training during emergency scenarios. CERFP members facilitated a simulated mass-casualty scenario in which SERV-OR volunteers used newly-learned skills to effectively triage and transport twenty patients with a variety of simulated injuries. This is the first time this specific joint training has been conducted, however, the 142nd Fighter Wing hopes to make this a regular event.

B-roll and interviews can be downloaded at the following link:
https://www.dvidshub.net/video/558334/oregon-air-national-guardsmen-train-with-local-first-responders
Portland Air National Guard Base to host Fly Day (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 10/14/17 3:22 PM
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PORTLAND, Oregon -- The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will be hosting a Fly Day, October 15, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., at 9442 NE 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97211.

During Fly Day, 142nd Fighter Wing representatives will be present to answer questions from the community regarding flight patterns and aircraft approach for landings.

This location (intersection of NE 13th Ave and NE Gertz Rd) is on the southwest corner of the Columbia Edgewater Country Club, and should provide good visibility of the jets landing according to the new proposed Overhead Continuous Descent Approach.

About the 142nd Fighter Wing:
The Portland Air National Guard Base employs 1,500 Airmen who provide an economic impact of nearly $500 million to the region. The 142nd Fighter Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Their mission is to provide unequalled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community.


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142nd Fighter Wing to host, conduct dissimilar air combat training
Oregon Military Department - 10/11/17 4:30 PM
PORTLAND, Oregon -- The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will host F-16's from the 21st Fighter Squadron out of Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, October 12-26, 2017, to conduct dissimilar air combat training (DACT).

DACT provides realistic combat scenarios for pilots to hone advanced aerial tactics that may be used against potential adversaries. The training is an essential and required component to ensure military readiness in support of the base's national and state missions.

Flights will depart from and land at the Portland International Airport. In an effort to foster coordination with the community and the Port of Portland, flights will launch daily after 8 a.m. and will conclude before 4 p.m.

About the 142nd Fighter Wing:
The Portland Air National Guard Base employs 1,500 Airmen who provide an economic impact of nearly $500 million to the region. The 142nd Fighter Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Their mission is to provide unequalled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community.
Federal
Jane Kirkpatrick Book Signing
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 10/12/17 4:57 PM
On Saturday, October 21, 2017, from 1 pm to 3 pm, at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, widely-known and cherished historical novelist Jane Kirkpatrick will be discussing stories and characters of the Pacific Northwest.

In Kirkpatrick's most recent novel, lead character Jennie Pickett Parrish is a natural healer, but her dream to become a doctor in 1870's Oregon puts her at odds with the world around her. As she struggles to keep her dream alive, she finds that the road to fulfillment winds past love, heartache, and plenty of surprises along the way.

Following the presentation at 1 pm, Kirkpatrick will sign copies of her most recent book, All She Left Behind, which will be available for sale at the Friends of Fort Vancouver book store in the Visitor Center. This event is hosted by the Friends of Fort Vancouver and Vintage Books, in partnership with Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

What: Presentation and book signing with Jane Kirkpatrick, author of All She Left Behind

Where: Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 E Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98661

When: Saturday, October 21, 2017, 1 pm to 3 pm

Cost: Free
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Announces 2017-2018 Lantern Tour Dates
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 10/10/17 1:40 PM
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is pleased to announce this season's dates for our annual Lantern Tours at the national park. The Lantern Tour Series offers attendees an opportunity to view many of the resources of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in a different light - at night, on foot, and by candle lantern!

Reservations for all Lantern Tours are required, and payment for the tour must be made at the time of the reservation. The Lantern Tour season runs from October through February each year. Lantern Tour reservations for the upcoming seasons are being accepted now. This season, the park is offering two different types of Lantern Tours: one which explores the reconstructed 19th century Hudson's Bay Company Fort Vancouver, and another of the U.S. Army's Vancouver Barracks.

Both Lantern Tours meet at the entrance gate to the reconstructed Fort Vancouver, 1001 E Fifth Street. All tours start at 7 pm. Due to program length, these tours are recommended for children ages 10 and over. Reservations are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 15 and under.

Lantern Tour: An Evening at the Fort

"An Evening at the Fort" is a wonderful opportunity to experience the reconstructed Hudson's Bay Company fort at night. As in past years, each adult attending the program will carry their own candle lantern and tour with a park ranger through the reconstructed fort's Counting House, Fur Store, Chief Factor's House, Kitchen, and Bake House.

In each building, visitors will experience historical vignettes with costumed living history interpreters, including graduates of the park's Youth Volunteer Programs. Visitors will learn what activities would have occurred during the evening hours at Fort Vancouver.

"The reconstructed Fort Vancouver in the evening is quite an experience, with candlelit buildings, interpreters in historical costume, and each visitor with their own lantern walking under the night sky," said Park Guide Scott Irvine, program coordinator. "When the sun goes down and the city is quiet, it is easy to envision what this place was like in the 1840s."

Dates:
October 28, 2017
November 25, 2017
December 16, 2017
January 27, 2018
February 17, 2018

Lantern Tour: Walking Vancouver Barracks

"Walking Vancouver Barracks" Lantern Tours will tour visitors through the grounds of Vancouver Barracks by lantern light, connecting attendees to the national park's military history through thematic storytelling.

These tours will be small in size, and each will feature a specific thematic focus rather than historical vignettes. They will require walking through grass and uneven surfaces at night and in inclement weather, including rain and mud, and therefore, this tour is recommended for visitors with out mobility restrictions.

Dates:
October 21, 2017
November 18, 2017
January 20, 2018
February 3, 2018

Reservations

Reservations are required for all Lantern Tours. To make reservations, prospective attendees can call the bookstore at the park's Visitor Center, managed by the non-profit Friends of Fort Vancouver, at (360) 816-6216.

Payment for the tour must be made at the time of the reservation. Payment will NOT be accepted on the evening of the tour.

National Park Passes do not cover this special program.

Reservations are final and non-refundable. Paid reservations/receipts are transferable.
Changes to reservations may be made up to noon the day before the tour, allowing those on the waiting list an opportunity to attend.

Other Information

Parking is available at the lot adjoining the reconstructed Fort Vancouver at 1001 E Fifth Street. This parking lot will open at 6:30 pm.

Attendees are requested to please arrive no later than 6:45 pm to allow time to park, present their ticket, and get oriented.

Attendees are also requested to please follow the lantern-lit path upon arrival, and check in at the contact Station just inside the main gate to the reconstructed fort.

The tours last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, and tour routes are approximately one mile in length.

Attendees are advised to please dress for the weather and the terrain, as they will be outside and on sidewalks, pathways, and/or grass and uneven ground surfaces.

Only attendees 10 years and older may carry a lantern.
Corps seeks comments on permit application from the Port of Kalama
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 10/13/17 3:30 PM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by the Port of Kalama to conduct work impacting the Columbia River at river mile 76 in Kalama, Cowlitz County, Washington and river mile 77.5 in Columbia County, Oregon
Public Notice NWP-1994-462/1 can be viewed at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/Article/1342726/nwp-1994-462-1/
State
Northwest Regional Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Conference Award Recipients
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 10/12/17 7:02 PM
On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, the 7th Annual Northwest Regional Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Conference was pleased to present annual recognition nominations and awards at The Riverhouse on the Deschutes Conference Center, in Bend, OR. This was the first time this conference was held in Oregon and attendees included public safety professionals, clinical providers, and allied professionals involved in assisting individuals in crisis from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

The awards banquet was held in partnership with the conference held at the same location. The conference and awards banquet were hosted by the WA State Criminal Justice Training Commission CIT Statewide and CIT-King CO Programs, King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division, CIT-King CO Coordinators Committee, Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), FBI--Seattle CAAA, Portland Police Bureau Behavioral Health Unit, Marion County Crisis Outreach Response Team, Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. (GOBHI), and the Oregon CIT Center of Excellence (CITCOE). CIT International board members were also present to recognize the nominees and award recipients.

The awards banquet recognized nominees in the following categories:

2017 CIT Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
o Award Recipient -- Officer Anthony Powers, Roseburg PD, Oregon
o Nominee -- Officer Terry Amos, Klamath Falls PD, Oregon
o Nominee -- Deputy Todd Siex, Morrow CO SD, Oregon
o Nominee -- Officer Stephen Anderson, Spokane PD, Washington

?,?2017 CIT Corrections Officer of the Year
o Award Recipient -- Deputy Alva Songer, Clark CO SO Corrections, Washington
o Award Recipient -- Deputy Barbara Schubach, Clark CO SO Corrections, Washington
o Nominee -- Officer Brandon Johnson, King CO DAJD, Washington
o Nominee -- Officer Yuliya Hall, King CO DAJD, Washington
o Nominee -- Officer Roy Sprague, King CO DAJD, Washington

2017 CIT Non-Commissioned Staff of the Year
o Award Recipient -- Kelly Washington, King CO DAJD, Washington

?,? 2017 CIT Mental Health Practitioner of the Year
o Award Recipient -- Corporal Danielle Jenkins, Longview PD, Washington
o Nominee -- Megan Ridle, Coos County, Oregon
o Nominee -- Ross Acker, Coos County, Oregon

?,? 2017 CIT Agency Executive of the Year
o Award Recipient -- Sheriff Tim Svenson, Yamhill CO SO, Oregon
o Award Recipient -- Mr. Walt Beglau, Marion County District Attorney, Oregon

?,? 2017 CIT Supervisor of the Year
o Award Recipient -- Lieutenant Tad Larson, Marion County SO, Oregon

?,? 2017 CIT Coordinator of the Year
o Award Recipient -- Retired Sergeant Don Gulla, King CSO

?,? 2017 CIT Instructor/Trainer of the Year
o Award Recipient -- Dr. Michael Leeds, Oregon
o Nominee -- Ms. Renee Balodis-Cox, Behavioral Health & Crisis Consulting, Washington
o Nominee -- Ross Acker, Coos County Health & Wellness, Oregon
o Nominee -- Officer Justin Poe, King CO DAJD, Washington

?,? 2017 CIT Community Resource of the Year
o Award Recipient -- Ms. Linda Maddy, Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST)

The awards banquet also included a silent auction that raised over $2,000 for the NAMI Multnomah and NAMI Central Oregon programs. If you have any further questions or need further information email me at rwright@cjtc.state.wa.us.


Attached Media Files: NW CIT Awards Group Photo
DPSST Telecommunications Policy Committee Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 10/12/17 1:39 PM
For Immediate Release
October 11, 2017
Contact: Mona Riesterer
(503) 378-2431

Notice of Regular Meeting
The Telecommunications Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on November 1, 2017. The meeting will be held in the Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Dial-in number: 888-273-3658 and Participant code: 4711910
If you dial-in for the meeting, please mute your phone unless you are addressing the group. Doing so will enable you to hear the meeting more effectively.

Agenda Items:

1. Introductions

2. Minutes of May 3, 2017 Meeting
Approve Minutes of May 3, 2017 Meeting

3. Introduction to New Denial/Revocation/Suspension Standards
Presented by Linsay Hale

4. Administrative Closures -- Telecommunicator/Emergency Medical Dispatcher
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

5. Wright, Brandon DPSST #57481, Bay Cities Ambulance -- Application for Training and Subsequent Certification
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

6. Knight, Matthew DPSST #55443, Milton-Freewater Police Dept.- Basic Telecommunicator and Emergency Medical Dispatcher Certifications
Presented by Kristen Hibberds


7. Department Update

8. Next Telecommunications Policy Committee Meeting Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

Administrative Announcement
This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Telecommunications Policy Committee members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
DPSST Criminal Justice Management/Executive Certification Workgroup Meeting Scheduled - Amended
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 10/12/17 1:27 PM
For Immediate Release AMENDED
October 19, 2017
Contact: Linsay Hale
503-378-2427


Notice of Regular Meeting
The Criminal Justice Management/Executive Certification Workgroup will hold a regular meeting on October 19, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Department of Corrections - Professional Development Unit 5485 Turner Rd. SE Salem, Oregon 97302. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the deaf or hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Teleconference:
Dial in: 888-273-3658
Participant Code: 4711910

If you dial-in for the meeting, please mute your phone unless you are addressing the group. Doing so will enable you to hear the meeting more effectively.

Agenda Items:

1. The 9-month Experience Requirement for Basic Certification
2. DPSST Retirement Cards
3. Signature Authorities on F-Forms
4. The Issuance, Management and Maintenance of Multi-Discipline Certification
5. Agency Rank Structure
6. Minimum Standards for Management/Executive Levels of Public Safety Certification


Administrative Announcement
This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Criminal Justice Management/Executive Certification Workgroup members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
Tallmadge Doyle's "Refuge" exhibited in the Governor's Office through Nov. 29 (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 10/11/17 3:33 PM
Tallmadge Doyle, Allium II, 2015, Woodcut, etching, chine colle, 6 x 12 inches, courtesy of the artist.
Tallmadge Doyle, Allium II, 2015, Woodcut, etching, chine colle, 6 x 12 inches, courtesy of the artist.
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Salem, Oregon -- Eugene artist Tallmadge Doyle exhibits "Refuge" in the Governor's Office of the Capitol Building in Salem through Wednesday, Nov. 29.

Employing botanical imagery as a jumping-off point, the works in "Refuge" reflect upon natural patterns of weather, star charts, leaf circulatory systems and bird feathers. The artist's interest in the historic and contemporary scientific realm, whether astronomy, physics or botany, runs as a common theme throughout her work. On a personal level, Doyle's artwork "serves as a refuge from the unpredictability and lurking chaos of the outside world." The artist's mixed media prints communicate her meditative art practice to viewers and provide a way to reconnect to the natural world.

Doyle is a printmaker, painter and public artist based in Eugene. Born in New York City, she received a bachelor of fine arts in drawing from the Cleveland Art Institute and a master of fine arts in printmaking from the University of Oregon (UO). Doyle taught printmaking as an adjunct professor at UO from 1997 to2015. She has participated in more than 120 juried and invitational exhibitions nationally and internationally and her work is included in over 30 public collections in the U.S. and abroad. Recent exhibitions include one-person shows at Davidson Gallery (Seattle), Augen Gallery (Portland) and the Karin Clarke Gallery (Eugene).

The Art in the Governor's Office Program honors selected artists in Oregon with exhibitions in the reception area of the Governor's Office in the State Capitol. Artists are nominated by a statewide committee of arts professionals who consider artists representing the breadth and diversity of artistic practice across Oregon, and are then selected by the Arts Commission with the participation of the Governor's Office. Only professional, living Oregon artists are considered and an exhibit in the Governor's office is considered a "once in a lifetime" honor. Artists whose work has previously been shown in the Governor's office include Henk Pander, Michele Russo, Manuel Izquierdo, James Lavadour, Margot Thompson, Gordon Gilkey and Yuji Hiratsuka.



The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts

needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grantmaking, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. More information about the Oregon Arts Commission is available online at: www.oregonartscommission.org


Attached Media Files: Tallmadge Doyle, Allium II, 2015, Woodcut, etching, chine colle, 6 x 12 inches, courtesy of the artist.
Services for seniors will continue
Oregon Department of Human Services - 10/16/17 8:46 AM
On August 23, 2017 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board of Directors determined "that the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments cease providing services under all programs and contracts." "Further MCOGS shall continue to provide services until such time that appropriate process and transitions may be undertaken by the parties in the best interest of the public, programs, employees and the organization as a whole."

The Department of Human Services/Aging and People with Disabilities has initiated the public process of designating another entity to function as the Area Agency on Aging and deliver services, as outlined in the Older Americans Act, Oregon Revised Statute Chapter 410 and the Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 411, Division 2.

In late October and early November Aging and People with Disabilities will be holding public meetings in Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties share information on the process and seek public input. Details on these meetings will be shared as soon as they are available.
Services for seniors
Oregon Department of Human Services - 10/12/17 4:39 PM
On August 23, 2017 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board of Directors determined "that the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments (MCCOG) cease providing services under all programs and contracts. Further, MCCOG shall continue to provide services until such time that appropriate process and transitions may be undertaken by the parties in the best interest of the public, programs, employees and the organization as a whole."
The Department of Human Services/Aging and People with Disabilities has initiated the public process of designating another entity to function as the Area Agency on Aging and deliver services, as outlined in the Older Americans Act, Oregon Revised Statute Chapter 410 and the Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 411, Division 2.
In late October and early November, Aging and People with Disabilities will be holding public meetings in Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties to share information on the process and to seek public input. Details on these meetings will be shared as soon as they are available.

Contact information: Jane-ellen Weidanz, Long Term Services and Supports Policy Administrator, Jane-Ellen.WEIDANZ@state.or.us; 503-602-8399 or
Deb McCuin, APD, State Unit on Aging, Program Analyst; Debbie.MCCUIN@state.or.us;
541-618-7854
The Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) Executive Committee meets Tuesday October 17, in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 10/11/17 4:41 PM
The Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) Executive Committee meets Tuesday October 17, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. NE, Room 160, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.
The agenda includes regular executive committee business, review and approval of meeting agenda and prior meeting minutes, public comment, any announcements, ODC Business topics, other topics and next meeting agenda ideas.
People can also call into the meeting or attend via webinar: Conference line: 888-808-6929; access code: 4517555.
The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Alex Pelusi at Alex.J.Pelusi@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.
For questions about the meeting, please contact: Jeff Puterbaugh, policy analyst at Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us.
Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Committee meets Friday, October 20 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 10/10/17 11:35 AM
The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Committee will meet Friday, October 20, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 352, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem.
The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: Public comment, old and new business, retreat planning, subcommittee reports and agenda items for the next meeting.

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

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Kelsey Gleeson at 503-947-5104 or kelsey.gleeson@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.
For questions about this meeting, please contact: Theresa Powell theresa.a.powell@state.or.us
About the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee:
The committee assists the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Program (ODHHSP) by providing information and expertise on issues affecting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Division of Financial Regulation seeking comment on cost-sharing reduction rate increases ¬-- deadline is Oct. 17 at 5 p.m.
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/16/17 3:19 PM
Salem - The Oregon Division of Financial Regulation is seeking public comment on cost-sharing reduction rate increases for silver metal tier individual health insurance premiums for 2018 plans.

The comment period starts Monday, Oct. 16. Due to the limited time frame to file revised rates, the deadline for comment is Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 5 p.m. To comment in writing, email Ethan Baldwin via email at Ethan.C.Baldwin@oregon.gov.

The reason for the public comment period is on Oct. 12, the Trump administration issued an announcement about immediately stopping cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurance companies. The Division of Financial Regulation is committed to the stability of Oregon's health insurance market and ensuring access to statewide comprehensive health coverage.

The division has determined that in order to ensure carriers can continue to offer coverage in Oregon, it must offer health insurance companies offering plans on HealthCare.gov the opportunity to increase their already approved silver metal tier 2018 plan rates by 7.1 percent. The deadline for insurance companies and the state to file new rates on HealthCare.gov is 12 p.m. on Oct. 17.

Non-silver metal tier plan rates (e.g., bronze and gold) will remain unaffected.

This increase will affect plans both on and off HealthCare.gov, and will compensate for the $49 million worth of cost-sharing reduction payments that the federal government will no longer be making to Oregon insurance companies in 2018.

Visit http://dfr.oregon.gov/news/Pages/20171013-trump-payment-reduction.aspx for more details about the decision to increase rates and a sample rate table of the revised rates.

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The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and www.dfr.oregon.gov.
Community Bank Week honored in Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/16/17 11:30 AM
(Salem) -- Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has proclaimed Oct. 16-20, 2017, as Community Bank Week, honoring local banks for the significant economic and civic contributions they make in communities across the state.

Oregon banks, most of which are chartered by the Department of Consumer and Business Services, take a relationship-based approach to doing business and are actively involved in the communities they serve. They play an essential part of the state's economy, financing Main Street businesses, providing a full range of banking services, and creating jobs.

In some communities, the banks are the largest employer or the only provider of banking services.

"Oregon communities, especially small businesses, depend on their local banks," said Jean Straight, acting DCBS director. "Not only do these local bankers lend to Oregon families and farms to help communities flourish, but they also provide critical information and education to their customers about a variety of financial matters."

Community banks reported loans to Oregon small businesses topping $5.9 billion in a single year, according to a recent survey by the Oregon Bankers Association. The survey also showed community banks in the state gave to their communities, pitching in $4.9 million to nonprofits and community organizations. Meanwhile, their employees logged more than 64,000 volunteer hours.

Members of Community Banks of Oregon (CBO) and community banks throughout the state are celebrating Community Bank Week in Oregon. Banks will host consumers, students, small businesses, and local elected officials to showcase the positive effect banks have on the people they serve.

To learn more about the Oregon banks recognized during Community Bank Week, go to http://www.oregonbankers.com/community-bank-week.html.

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The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest consumer protection and business regulatory agency. The department's Division of Financial Regulation oversees the financial and insurance industries in Oregon. For more information, visit http://www.oregon.gov/dcbs/Pages/index.aspx and http://dfr.oregon.gov/Pages/index.aspx.
State announcement regarding Trump administration discontinuation of cost-sharing reduction payments
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/13/17 2:22 PM
Salem -- On Oct. 12, the Trump administration issued an announcement about stopping cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurance companies immediately. The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) is committed to the stability of Oregon's health insurance market and ensuring access to statewide comprehensive health coverage. After analyzing the announcement and its implications, DCBS has determined that there will be no change for 2017 health plans and is implementing a plan to ensure stability beyond this year.

"Oregonians can be assured that their 2017 plan rates and benefits will not change today or through the end of the year," said Jean Straight, acting DCBS director. "Premiums will not change, premium assistance through HealthCare.gov will not change, and working families in Oregon who are enrolled in cost-sharing reduction plans can continue to access this important type of assistance."

In order to ensure carriers can continue to offer coverage in Oregon, DCBS is ordering health insurance companies offering plans on HealthCare.gov to increase their already approved silver metal tier 2018 plan rates by 7.1 percent.

Non-silver metal tier plan rates (e.g., bronze and gold) will remain unaffected.

This increase will affect plans both on and off HealthCare.gov, and will compensate for the $49 million worth of cost-sharing reduction payments that the federal government will no longer be making to Oregon insurance companies in 2018.

"These rate increases are necessary to ensure the stability of the health insurance market," said Acting Director Straight. "Oregonians who receive financial assistance through the Marketplace will find that premium assistance will also increase, shielding them from most of the increase."

Oregonians who do not qualify for premium assistance through HealthCare.gov are encouraged to work with an agent to shop around and consider a non-silver level plan that might work for their situation.

Open enrollment for 2018 plans begins Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 15, 2017. Oregonians are encouraged to work with an agent or community partner to find the best plan for their situation. Due to these additional rate increases on silver metal tier plans, it is especially important to apply for financial assistance through HealthCare.gov.

What are cost-sharing reduction (CSR) plans?
In addition to providing help paying for premiums, the Affordable Care Act requires Marketplace insurers to offer cost-sharing reduction plans to middle-income consumers (under 250 percent of the federal poverty level). These are silver-level plans with lower maximum out-of-pocket limits, deductibles, co-pays, and co-insurance, making access to health care services more affordable. About 50,000 Oregonians were enrolled in cost-sharing reduction plans.

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The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
David Sanders, Albert DiPiero, and Zoom fined $285,000 for violating Oregon insurance law
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/10/17 12:06 PM
Salem -- The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS), Division of Financial Regulation has fined David Sanders, Albert DiPiero, and Zoom Management Inc. ("ZMI") $285,000 in civil penalties.

The civil penalties are part of a settlement agreement and consent order reached by DCBS, Zoom Health Plan, and ZMI. The settlement agreement also obtains funds that will be used to pay Zoom Health Plan's member claims and liabilities.

"The size of these fines show that DCBS will not tolerate repeated violations of the insurance code," said Jean Straight, acting director of DCBS.

The settlement agreement achieves the following:
Establishes that Zoom Health Plan and ZMI violated the insurance code by filing financial statements that included a $3 million surplus note, for which it had never received the funds.
Fines ZMI $150,000 for several violation of the Insurance Code.
Fines Sanders $100,000 and DiPiero $35,000 for filing late CPA reviewed statements.
Requires ZMI to pay Zoom Health Plan $2.1 million in cash that will be used to pay member claims and company liabilities.
Allows members to keep their current coverage through the end of the year.
Resolves the pending lawsuit against ZMI and regulatory issues without further investigation or litigation.

"The settlement allows Zoom Health Plan to meet its financial obligations to policyholders, without spending additional dollars and resources on costly investigations and lawsuits," Straight said.

DCBS is the court-appointed receiver for Zoom Health Plan and is paying the claims and liabilities from its insurance business. The settlement agreement will become effective after it is approved by the court that oversees the receivership. DCBS will continue to act as receiver of Zoom Health Plan until all its claims and liabilities are discharged.

On April 25, 2017, the state filed a lawsuit in Marion County Circuit Court to recover $3 million in cash for the insurance company Zoom Health Plan. ZMI, an affiliated company, was supposed to pay the money in late 2016 in exchange for a surplus note, but never did. In its annual financial statement submitted to DCBS, Zoom Health Plan reported capital and surplus of $2,873,168 as of Dec. 31, 2016. But without the cash from the $3 million surplus note, its actual capital and surplus was negative $126,832 at the end of 2016, making it insolvent.

Sanders and DiPiero maintain that they thought that including the loan in Zoom Health Plan financial statements was appropriate. As part of the settlement agreement, DCBS agreed to not investigate whether or not the misstatement on the filing was intentional.

The settlement agreement cancels the $3 million surplus note, but requires ZMI to pay Zoom Health Plan $2,178,538 in cash. The receiver will use this, together with the company's existing resources, to pay remaining Zoom Health Plan member claims and liabilities.

Zoom Health Plan currently serves approximately 338 members, and has offered plans in Oregon since 2015. Zoom+ Care, another affiliated company, operates clinics in Oregon and Washington. ZMI acted as a business manager for the health plan and continues to do so for the clinics.

All current Zoom Health Plan individual policies will be canceled effective Dec. 31, 2017. Group policies will expire at different times, depending on their renewal dates. No policies will remain beyond Dec. 31, 2017.

For more information about Zoom Health Plan, visit http://dfr.oregon.gov/business/resources/Pages/zoom-faqs.aspx. Consumers with questions can call the DCBS Division of Financial Regulation at 888-877-4894 (toll-free) or email cp.ins@oregon.gov.

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The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and www.insurance.oregon.gov.
Medicare annual enrollment is Oct. 15 through Dec. 7
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/10/17 8:30 AM
Annual open enrollment for Medicare starts next week, and Oregon's Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) Program is available to help.

Medicare is health insurance for people 65 years or older or younger than 65 with Social Security Disability Income. People living in Oregon who are 65 years or older may be eligible to sign up and find health insurance that best meets their needs. Medicare covers many medical costs, including visits to the doctor, prescription medications, and preventive care, such as mammograms, colonoscopies, diabetes treatment, and blood pressure screenings.

Medicare annual enrollment runs Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, 2017. Any Medicare Advantage (MA) or prescription drug plan (Part D) changes must be made between these dates so that coverage begins without interruption on Jan. 1, 2018. Those who are late to enroll may face a lifetime of premium penalties.

"It is important to compare Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans every year," SHIBA Program Manager Lisa Emerson said. "Plans change year to year, as do people's individual health care needs. People could potentially save money by shopping for a new plan."

SHIBA provides free health insurance counseling to explain how the Medicare program works, additional insurance options that work with Medicare, and help with reducing out-of-pocket costs. SHIBA staff members, along with over 200 certified counselors, serve many of Oregon's more than 780,000 Medicare beneficiaries to help them understand their Medicare benefits and enrollment options. Free information and help is available by calling 1-800-722-4134 (toll-free) or visiting OregonSHIBA.gov.

SHIBA counselors help beneficiaries compare plans and enroll by using the plan finder tool found online at www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan. Beneficiaries and their families can also choose to use this tool to compare plans and enroll on their own.

SHIBA also publishes an annual Medicare guide, which will be available online in early October and in print in mid-November.

Tips from SHIBA to prepare for Medicare Open Enrollment:

Review your plan notice. Be sure to read any notices from your Medicare plan about changes for next year, especially your Annual Notice of Change letter.

Think about what matters most to you. Medicare health and drug plans change each year and so can your health needs. Do you need a new primary care doctor? Does your network include the specialist you want for an upcoming surgery? Is your new medication covered by your current plan? Does another plan offer the same value at a lower cost? Take stock of your health status and determine if you need to make a change.

Find out if you qualify for help paying for your Medicare. SHIBA can help you learn about a state program that helps with the costs of Medicare premiums, your Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Medicare Part B (medical insurance) deductibles, co-insurance and co-payments, and Medicare prescription drug coverage costs.

Apply for help with drug costs. If you have limited income and assets, you may qualify for extra help with prescription drug costs. SHIBA counselors can help you apply for this benefit through Social Security.

Tips from SHIBA when comparing health insurance plans:

Find your insurance cards. You may need your red, white, and blue Medicare card to review benefit details or enroll in a new plan. If you have a Medicare Advantage or prescription drug plan, you may also need that card.

Update your list of prescription drugs. Check with your doctor to make sure you understand each prescription. Is a generic available? Can you eliminate unneeded medications? Based on your list, do you have the right plan?

Use the Medicare.gov plan finder. The plan finder uses your prescription list to compare prescription drug and Medicare Advantage health plans in your area. Not all companies cover the same drugs so it's important to have a complete list of your medications and dosages when using this tool.

Contact your doctor, hospital, and pharmacy before making changes. Not all health and drug plans contract or work with the same providers. If you switch plans, make sure you understand which providers you can see for the best price.


More information
SHIBA: To meet with a counselor, contact the toll-free SHIBA Helpline at 1-800-722-4134. You will be asked to enter your ZIP code to be connected to a program in your area. Visit http://www.OregonSHIBA.gov to find local help in your county, obtain a copy of the 2018 Oregon Guide to Medicare Health plans and find Medicare education and enrollment events in your area.

Follow SHIBA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OregonSHIBA.
Committee for Family Forestlands meets October 20
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/11/17 11:09 AM
Corrected news release:
NOTE: A correction to the meeting day/date has been posted to this news release. The correct day and date for the meeting is Friday, October 20. Sorry for the confusion.



Date: October 11, 2017

Contact:
Nick Hennemann, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-910-4311
Kyle Abraham, Deputy Chief Private Forests Division, Salem, 503-945-7473


The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet Friday, October 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The meeting will be in the Trillium Room at the Oregon Garden Resort, 879 W. Main St., Silverton, OR 97381. The committee will receive and discuss information about:

General updates from the Private Forests Division Deputy Chief
What help the agency can provide to forest landowners after a wildfire
The Forest Stewardship National Meeting
Forest taxes
Forestry business and succession management
Planning for the December committee meeting

This is a public meeting, everyone is welcome. The meeting space is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting. For more information about attending the meeting please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.

The 13-member committee researches policies that affect family forests, natural resource and forestry benefits. The committee recommends actions to the Oregon Board of Forestry and State Forester based on its findings. You can find more information at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/CFF.aspx.

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Forestry professionals in southwest Oregon nominated for ODF award for responsible forestry operations
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/11/17 9:11 AM
Date: Oct. 11, 2016

Contact:
Nick Hennemann, ODF Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-945-7248
Greg Wagenblast, ODF Policy Analyst/Civil Penalties Administrator, Salem, 503-945-7382


Salem, ORE -- The Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee, an advisory group made up of forest landowners and other citizens, plans an Oct. 18 tour in southwest Oregon of two forest operations nominated for the Oregon Board of Forestry's Operator of the Year awards. The awards recognize excellence and exceptional performance in meeting or exceeding the natural resource protection requirements of Oregon's Forest Practices Act. Requirements include post-harvest re-planting, sound construction and maintenance of forest roads, and protection of stream buffers and habitat for fish and wildlife.

Southwest Oregon nominees are:
Denali Logging Company LLC, Coos Bay
Zuber & Sons Logging LLC, Wedderburn

Regional committees in northwest and eastern Oregon plan similar tours in October and November. Based on recommendations from its Northwest, Southwest and Eastern Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committees, the Board of Forestry will present the Operator of the Year Awards at its March 2017 meeting.

Anyone may attend the tour. The agenda and additional information about Regional Forest Practices Committees are available at: https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/RFPC.aspx. For questions about accessibility or special accommodations, please call 503-945-7502.

Regional Forest Practices Committees advise the board on current forestry issues and forest management approaches. The committees were created by 1971 amendments to the Forest Practices Act.

Forests are among Oregon's most valued resources, providing a balance of environmental, economic and social benefits.

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Oregon Department of Forestry sends fire engine crews to help with Northern California wildfires
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/10/17 5:25 PM
MEDFORD, Ore. -- Four Oregon Department of Forestry fire engines and their two-person crews arrived in Northern California yesterday to help with wildfires that have been ravaging parts of that state. ODF's Southwest and Klamath-Lake districts bordering California sent the crews as part of a long-standing mutual fire aid agreement between U.S. states. Two of the engines came from Grants Pass, one from Klamath Falls and one from Medford. A ninth ODF employee also went from Medford in a support role. Because of more than a dozen wind-driven wildfires, California's governor has declared a fire emergency in three counties - Napa, Sonoma and Yuba. These fast-moving fires have caused fatalities, burned down homes and businesses, caused hurried evacuations and fully engaged local and state firefighting resources. The ODF teams will be put to use where the Northern California incident command deems they are needed most.

This reciprocal aid is an important way the nation is able to ensure individual states or regions are not overwhelmed during peak fire events. For example, earlier this summer California sent teams north into ODF's Southwest Oregon District during an especially active run of wildfires. Over eight weeks in August and September, district firefighters battled some 317 wildfires. At the peak, during a single week in August, ODF responded to 154 wildfires in Josephine and Jackson counties - an average of 22 a day. Cal-Fire, the state agency responsible for fighting wildfires on state-protected lands, sent crews that helped with initial attack.
One result of this mutual aid was ODF's Southwest Oregon District was able to contain 97 percent of all wildfires on ODF-protected land to less than 10 acres, and total acres burned to under a thousand.
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Interactive lidar map reveals Oregon's dramatic landscapes
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 10/10/17 1:10 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. - From mountain peaks to city skylines, Oregon's dramatic landscapes are revealed with the state's new interactive lidar map.

Lidar technology offers precise, high-resolution images of the surface of the earth, vegetation, and the built environment. The Lidar Data Viewer interactive map features layers for bare earth, which shows everything above the surface of the earth stripped away; highest hit, which shows a birds-eye view of trees and buildings; and bare earth slope, which shows steepness of slopes.

"With the lidar viewer, you can explore Oregon in an entirely new way," says Jacob Edwards, who coordinates the Oregon Lidar Consortium for the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). "Whether it's the bare surface of Mount Hood or an overhead look at the buildings of downtown Bend, you'll see landmarks much differently."

Lidar has not only revolutionized geologic and natural hazard mapping, says State Geologist Brad Avy, but has become an essential tool for communities.

"By making lidar easy and free to download with the new viewer, the data is more widely accessible for many practical uses, from prioritizing road repairs to identifying dangers like mine shafts when fighting fires," Avy says.

The viewer also expands the lidar data available for download. Since the Oregon Lidar Consortium (OLC) was formed in 2007, DOGAMI has partnered on collection of lidar data with more than 80 state and federal agencies, Tribes, city and county governments, watershed councils, non-profit organizations, and businesses. The viewer includes lidar data from 18 recent OLC projects covering 15,087 square miles of Oregon, including areas in 31 of Oregon's 36 counties.

"Ninety-five percent of the newly released lidar coverage is for areas where there was no previous lidar data," Edwards says. "As more uses for lidar emerge, we're working with partners to identify areas where having lidar data could meet a critical need."

The viewer's launch is happening during Earth Science Week, proclaimed as October 8-14 by Governor Kate Brown. The week's theme of "Earth and Human Activity" promotes awareness of what geoscience tells us about human interaction with the planet's natural systems and processes.

Find the Lidar Data Viewer interactive map at: www.oregongeology.org/lidar
Kicker details confirmed
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 10/13/17 12:02 PM
SALEM, Oregon--A more than $463 million tax surplus was confirmed by the Office of Economic Analysis (OEA) earlier this month, triggering a tax surplus credit, or "kicker," for the 2016 tax year.

The surplus will be returned to taxpayers through a credit on their 2017 state personal income tax returns filed in 2018. There won't be any kicker checks issued as there were in the past.

To calculate the amount of your credit, multiply your 2016 tax liability before any credits--line 24 on the 2016 Form OR-40--by 6.3 percent. This percentage is determined and certified by OEA. Taxpayers who claimed a credit for tax paid to another state subtract the credit amount from their liability before calculating the credit.

You're eligible to claim the kicker if you filed a 2016 tax return and had tax due before credits. Even if you don't have a filing obligation for 2017, you still have to file a 2017 tax return to claim your credit. There will be detailed information on how to claim your credit in the 2017 Oregon personal income tax return instructions: Form OR-40 for full-year Oregon residents, Form OR-40-P for part-year residents, and Form OR-40-N for nonresidents. Composite and fiduciary-income tax return filers are also eligible.

Keep in mind that the state may use all or part of your kicker to pay any state debt you owe, such as tax due for other years, child support, court fines, or school loans.

A What's My Kicker? calculator will be active on Revenue's website for personal income tax filers when filing season opens in January. To calculate your kicker, you'll enter your name, Social Security number, and filing status for 2016 and 2017.

You can visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get forms, check the status of your refund, or make payments. You can call (503) 378-4988 or (800) 356-4222 (toll-free) or email questions.dor@oregon.gov for additional assistance. For TTY for hearing or speech impaired, call (800) 886-7204.

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Land Board to consider adoption of ocean energy siting rules, land transaction reviews at October 17 public meeting
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 10/10/17 8:35 AM
Informational updates include Ocean Science Trust, Common School Fund real property and Elliott State Forest

Salem -- The State Land Board will be asked to adopt proposed amendments to the administrative rules governing the placement of ocean renewable energy facilities on, in or over state-owned land within the territorial sea (three miles westward from the low-tide mark).

The amendments are the result of recommendations from an advisory committee that met eight times between 2016 and 2017, and a 45-day public comment period. The proposed amendments also take into consideration several legislative actions in the 2013 and 2015 sessions affecting ocean energy facilities.

In addition, the Board will be asked to approve the consent agenda which includes requests to initiate the review of three potential sales, and one request for a perpetual easement for two bridge crossings.

The informational agenda includes the annual update from the Oregon Ocean Science Trust, the annual report on management of Common School Fund real property, and a status report on the Elliott State Forest.

The meeting will be held:

Oct. 17, 2017
10:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.
Department of State Lands
Land Board Room
775 Summer St. NE, Salem

This meeting will be held in a facility that is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you need assistance to participate in the meeting due to a disability, please notify Arin Smith at (503) 986-5224 or arin.n.smith@state.or.us at least two working days prior to the meeting.

To live stream the meeting, go to the State Lands YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQA7FHTWwl-gjJkQeYPJ1IA

Meeting agenda: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/Board/Documents/slb_oct2017_packet.pdf

The State Land Board consists of Governor Kate Brown, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson and State Treasurer Tobias Read. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon's Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.

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Flu season has begun, and it's a good time to get vaccinated
Oregon Health Authority - 10/11/17 8:25 AM
October 11, 2017

Flu activity is as expected for this time of year, and vaccine is effective

The start of fall means the start of influenza season, and public health officials say now is the best time--when the number of flu cases in Oregon is still low--to get vaccinated.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) begins tracking flu the first week of October each year. The agency publishes data each week of the season on reports of influenza-like illness from hospital emergency departments and sentinel health care providers around the state; positive flu tests reported by 22 hospital laboratories in Oregon; and hospitalizations reported in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties.

While it's difficult to forecast exactly how bad the flu season will be this year, health officials say getting a flu shot is the best way to prepare for however it shapes up.

"Every flu season is a bad flu season, but we can all do our part in keeping flu numbers down by getting a flu shot before the season really hits hard," said Ann Thomas, MD, public health physician in the Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention Section at the OHA Public Health Division.

Flu is a virus that causes mild to severe respiratory illness and can lead to hospitalization. The virus kills thousands of people in the U.S. each year. People at higher risk of severe illness or death include children, adults older than 65, pregnant women and those with chronic medical conditions or weak immune systems.

The flu vaccine is the best protection against flu. It can take up to two weeks to become effective, so getting it earlier in the season is ideal. Vaccinations are recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older.

Oregon Public Health Division officials also are encouraging health care workers to get vaccinated for the flu. Immunized health care workers help prevent the spread of influenza in health care settings, particular among hospitalized patients at high risk for complications from the flu, such as the elderly, very young or those with some chronic illnesses.

Since 2009 OHA has required Oregon hospitals to report their health care workers' flu vaccination rates. OHA added this requirement for long-term care facilities in 2010 and then for ambulatory surgery centers in 2011. Last year was the first year dialysis facilities have been required to report their health care worker flu vaccination rates. Oregon hospitals and dialysis facilities met the 2015 Healthy People target rate of 75 percent for the 2015-2016 influenza season, while ambulatory surgery centers and skilled nursing facilities fell short.

Data on 2015-2016 Oregon health care worker influenza vaccination rates are available on the OHA Public Health website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/COMMUNICABLEDISEASE/HAI/Documents/Reports/FluVacc_Report_2015.pdf.

Thomas said strategies for increasing flu vaccination rates among health care workers include facilities encouraging employees to get vaccinated at the beginning of every flu season; encouraging coworkers, including those not employed by the facility--contractors, volunteers--to get vaccinated, and participating in and encouraging promotional strategies, such as mass vaccination fairs, providing vaccines at no cost and creating incentive programs.

Other ways people can help prevent flu:

-- Stay home and limit contact with others if you are sick, including staying home from work or school when you are sick.

-- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue out when you are done.

-- Wash hands with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water are not available.

-- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

-- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may have flu germs on them.

-- Avoid getting coughed and sneezed on.

Flu vaccine is available from health care providers, local health departments and many pharmacies. To find flu vaccine clinic, visit the OHA flu prevention website at http://www.flu.oregon.gov/ and use OHA's flu vaccine locator tool.

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Conference of Local Health Officials meets October 19 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 10/10/17 1:59 PM
October 10, 2017

What: The monthly public meeting of the Conference of Local Health Officials (CLHO)

Agenda: CLHO officer elections; CLHO committee annual reports; Tobacco Prevention and Education Program funding update; Public Health Modernization process measures; program element template changes timeline; Community Health Assessment and Improvement Plan training

When: Thursday, Oct. 19, 9:30 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. No conference call option is available for the public.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon Street, Room 1E, Portland

The Conference of Local Health Officials provides recommendations to the Oregon Health Authority on the foundational capabilities and programs and any other public health program or activity under ORS 431.147. (ORS 431.340)

Program contact: Danna Drum, 971-673-1223, danna.k.drum@state.or.us

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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:
· Sing 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 Danna Drum at 971-673-1223, 711 TTY or danna.k.drum@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.
Marine Board Seeks Public Comment on Petition for Rules on Lake Billy Chinook
Oregon Marine Board - 10/10/17 11:06 AM
The Oregon State Marine Board received a petition for rulemaking on October 2, 2017 requesting a no wake and no unauthorized anchoring in the Fly Creek Subdivision on Lake Billy Chinook in Jefferson County.

The proposed rule would establish a no-wake zone in the entirety of the Fly Creek Inlet of Lake Billy Chinook and unauthorized anchoring, mooring or beaching a boat would be allowed only if granted permission by the private property owners within the zone. The proposed no-wake and unauthorized anchoring/mooring/beaching zones would extend beyond the Fly Creek Inlet into the Metolius River arm, in addition to a 200 feet proximity around floating structures present up to a point 500 feet west and 1200 feet east of the Fly Creek Inlet.

The petition sites a need for the rule based on safety concerns due to the proximity and quantity of permitted floating structures and underwater obstructions in the Fly Creek Inlet.

Written comments can be submitted via email to osmb.rulemaking@oregon.gov or by U.S. mail to: June LeTarte, Administrative Rules Coordinator, 435 Commercial Street NE, Suite 400, Salem, OR 97301. Comments via telephone will not be accepted.

Following the close of the public comment period, the Board will meet on December 5, via teleconference from the Marine Board office in Salem to discuss the petition. The Board may make a motion to deny, or direct staff to initiate the rulemaking process to consider the proposed petition. Public comment on this petition will not be accepted at the Board meeting. If the Board directs staff to open the rulemaking process, additional public comment will be sought before final rule adoption.

To review the petition and public notice, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Rulemaking-and-Public-Notices.aspx.

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Be "2 Weeks Ready" and be Earthquake Prepared (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 10/11/17 9:33 AM
Oregon's Office of Emergency Management urges everyone to be "2 Weeks Ready" for any type of disaster. For more information, visit www.oregon.gov/oem/2WeeksReady
Oregon's Office of Emergency Management urges everyone to be "2 Weeks Ready" for any type of disaster. For more information, visit www.oregon.gov/oem/2WeeksReady
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OEM launches series of 2 Weeks Ready videos to provide fun, friendly information and a memorable jingle

SALEM, OR -- October 11, 2017 -- The shaking starts. It's an earthquake! What do you do? Many people sit there wondering, "Is this 'The Big One'?" On October 19 at 10:19 a.m., join millions who will practice what you should REALLY do during an earthquake: Drop, Cover, and Hold On! Find out how and register to participate at www.ShakeOut.org/Oregon.

Oregon's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) urges everyone to be 2 Weeks Ready for earthquakes and other disasters. To that end, the agency has developed a series of lively one-minute videos, viewable on the OEM YouTube channel (http://bit.ly/2wxyE9C), to inform and educate the public.

Andrew Phelps, OEM director, suggests that in addition to having two weeks' of food, water and other supplies, take time to talk with your family and friends about what you will do when disaster strikes and if you're not together during an emergency. Do family members know what to do and where to go? Is heavy furniture at home or equipment at work braced for safety? Do you know how to turn off your gas line? Is your preparedness kit accessible? How will you communicate with your loved ones after a major disaster?

These are critical questions when planning for disasters such as earthquakes and go beyond having emergency items. Develop a family disaster plan, assign roles or duties for each family member, and do the same for people in your neighborhood.

"During an emergency, we will need to count on each other," says Phelps. "Be aware of what hazards or disasters can impact you and your family, have emergency supplies and know what to do 2 minutes, 2 hours, 2 days and 2 weeks after a disaster."

The 2 Weeks Ready campaign was launched by Oregon's Office of Emergency Management in 2016 in conjunction with the Great ShakeOut. It aims to inspire citizens to be self-sufficient for two weeks in the aftermath of a major disaster. A series of brochures (http://bit.ly/2ktFjex), a Facebook page (http://bit.ly/2jUgHPx) and Twitter feed (@2WeeksReady) provide information, resources and assistance with disaster preparedness planning.

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Attached Media Files: Oregon's Office of Emergency Management urges everyone to be "2 Weeks Ready" for any type of disaster. For more information, visit www.oregon.gov/oem/2WeeksReady , Be part of the world's largest earthquake drill, the Great ShakeOut, at 10:19 a.m. on October 19. Register today at www.shakeout.org/oregon/register.
OPRD seeks to fill position on grant committee that advises on statewide trails
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/16/17 2:09 PM
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is seeking a representative of the hiking community for a vacant volunteer position on the Recreation Trails Program (RTP) Advisory Committee that evaluates grants for statewide trails projects.

The competitive grant program is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration and administered by OPRD. Grants are awarded to non-profits and governments for trail projects, including building new trails, improving existing trails and installing trail signs.

"Reviewing these grant applications is an important step in the process of improving and expanding Oregon's trail system," said OPRD grant coordinator Jodi Bellefeuille. "Grant committee members get to have a direct say in what trail projects are funded and provide feedback to land managers about their proposals."

The ten member committee evaluates and ranks requests for grant funding. Ideal candidates can live anywhere in Oregon and will be avid hikers with experience in one or more of the following areas: recreation planning, trail design, project management, grant management and budget review.

The committee meets once or twice a year at locations throughout the state. In 2017, meetings were held in Salem in May and September. Dates for 2018 have not been finalized. Time commitment varies and includes reviewing and evaluating 40-80 grant applications each annual funding cycle.

Those interested in serving must submit an OPRD Grant Advisory Committee Appointment Interest Form by Friday, Nov. 17. For more information or to obtain an interest form, visit http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/GRANTS/Pages/RTP-Committee.aspx, or contact Jodi Bellefeuille at jodi.bellefeuille@oregon.gov or 503-986-0716.
Committee to review Oregon Heritage Grant applications
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/16/17 1:19 PM
A committee will meet to score and rank applications for the Oregon Heritage Grant program. The recommendations from the committees will be forwarded to the Oregon Heritage Commission for final review and approval on November 6 via conference call. The grant committee meeting will be at the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer Street, NE, and can also be accessed by phone. The committee will meet October 30, 9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. in room 124A. Call in information is 1?888?
278?0296, access Code: 4653554.

For information about the grants contact Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov .
Oregon Parks and Recreation Seeks Wolf Creek Inn Operator
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/11/17 12:00 PM
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is extending the deadline to accept proposals to operate Wolf Creek Inn, an historic bed-and-breakfast property near Grants Pass, in southern Oregon. The request for proposals (RFP) opened August 15, 2017 and closes October 19, 2017. More info is here: http://bit.ly/WolfCreekInnRFP

The Inn has been operated in many different ways in its long history. Since 1975, when OPRD took ownership of the 4 1/2 acre property, the facility has functioned as a restaurant, an overnight hotel, or both together. OPRD has run the operation with its own staff, or as an adjunct to a concessionaire. Right now, OPRD is operating the property as a museum and as an overnight hotel. The agency hopes to have a contract awarded later this fall for 2018 operation.

"It is a unique opportunity," said Nathan Seable, who manages state parks in the area, including Wolf Creek Inn State Historic Site. "For the right individuals, this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to run a business in a great community." Seable will conduct site visits for any interested parties.

Wolf Creek Inn was built sometime around 1883, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The 11,000 sq. ft. facility has been remodeled, and today boasts upgraded HVAC systems and electrical service, an efficient commercial kitchen and modern fire suppression. Its nine guest rooms, appointed in period décor, have seen the likes of Clark Gable and Jack London walk through their doors. The Inn has always been a strong venue for special events, and its restaurant and hospitality services have been regionally famous for decades.

Wolf Creek Inn is located just off the I-5, about 20 miles north of Grants Pass, Oregon. The Inn is an easy drive to the many tourism destinations of southern Oregon, including Crater Lake National Park, the wild and scenic Rogue River, the Oregon Caves, the renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, and the Britt Music Festival in Jacksonville.
OPRD seeks feedback on proposal to add a section of Nehalem River to the State Scenic Waterways Program
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/10/17 12:33 PM
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) has extended the comment period for a study evaluating a 17-mile section of the Nehalem River for possible inclusion in the State Scenic Waterways Program. Comments will be accepted until Nov. 1, 2017.

Feedback will be used to write a report that will either recommend for or against designating a portion of the river as a state scenic waterway.

The Nehalem River study area starts at Henry Rierson Spruce Run Campground and ends at the boundary of Cougar Valley State Park, near Cook Creek Road. A scenic waterway designation would help protect the scenic, natural and recreation value of this section of river by subjecting some activities within 1/4 mile of the bank to a review.

No decisions have been made yet about whether or not to recommend this part of the river as a scenic waterway. As part of the designation process, scenic waterways staff involve the local community, evaluate public support, and objectively study the river to determine if it meets specific criteria.

Comments can be sent to oprd.publiccomment@oregon.gov or to OPRD Scenic Waterway Study, 725 Summer St NE Suite C, Salem, OR 97301. The comment period will close on Nov. 1, 2017.

Comments will help OPRD staff to develop a report that explains whether this waterway would make a good addition to the system. Findings will be included in a report that will go to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission, Water Resources Commission and eventually to the Governor's Office.

More information on the program and a map of the study area, go to oregon.gov/oprd and click on Scenic Waterways (http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/NATRES/scenicwaterways/Pages/index.aspx. A link to a map of the study area can be found under Current Events (http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/NATRES/scenicwaterways/Documents/NehalemProposed_Sept2017.pdf).

For more information contact Alexandra Phillips, Bikeways and Waterways Coordinator, at 503-986-0631 or alex.phillips@oregon.gov.
OPRD invites public to participate in master plan for Smith Rock State Park
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/10/17 11:30 AM
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites the public to weigh in on long-term planning for Smith Rock State Park as part of the process of updating the park's Master Plan. The plan, last updated in 1991, will guide recreation use and resource management for the next 20 years.

OPRD planners invite park users and community members to two public meetings for a presentation of preliminary design concepts for park improvements:

>>Oct. 24 in Bend: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Bend Park & Recreation District, Riverbend Community Room, 799 SW. Columbia St.

>>Oct. 25 in Redmond: 5:30 -- 7:30 p.m., Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, South Sister Main Hall, 3800 SE. Airport Way.

Park planners will present three alternatives that reflect site preservation priorities, capacity constraints, parking, trail and facility improvements and improvements to other park amenities. These alternatives are based on feedback collected from stakeholders and at the first round of public meetings in January.

A description of the planning process is at smithrockparkplan.com. Those unable to attend one of the meetings may submit comments on this website or by email to OPRD Planner Julia Cogger at julia.cogger@oregon.gov; by phone at 503-986-0663; or by mail sent to Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, 725 Summer St. NE., Suite C, Salem, OR 97301.

Planners will incorporate comments into a draft master plan, to be presented at public meetings in early 2018. Deadline for comments is Nov. 25, 2017.
Historic Assessment Review Committee to meet October 17th in Salem
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/10/17 8:07 AM
The Historic Assessment Review Committee will meet at 9:00 am on October 17 at the North Mall Office Building located at 725 Summer Street NE, Room 124A, Salem. Agenda items will include overview and highlights of the 2017 Special Assessment Property Tax benefit period, passing of bylaws, election of co-chair, and discussion on the future of the program which sunsets in 2020. The committee will invite public comments.

State law established the five-member Historic Assessment Review Committee to be the review body for appeals from property owners participating in the Special Assessment Property Tax Program for Historic Properties.

Requests for information about the meeting and accessibility may be made to coordinator Joy Sears at 503-986-0688 or by e-mail: Joy.Sears@oregon.gov.


Attached Media Files: Press Release
Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation meets in Salem
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/10/17 8:02 AM
Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation (SACHP) will consider nominations to the National Register of Historic Places in a one-day meeting on October 20 at the North Mall Office Building located at 725 Summer Street NE in Salem. The committee will be taking tours of recent historic preservation projects in Salem during the morning, and these are open to the public. Tours will include the Oregon Supreme Court Building (1163 State Street NE) at 9:00 AM, the Salem Train Station Baggage Depot (500 13th Street NE) at 10:00 AM, and the Roth-McGilchrist Building (102-110 Liberty Street NE) at 11:00 AM. State Historic Preservation Staff presentations will be made at 12:00 PM, and nomination hearings will begin at 2:30 PM in the North Mall Office Building in conference rooms 124 A and B.

The committee will review proposed nominations for the Spring Valley School in northeast Polk County, and for the Central Oregon Canal Historic District, in Deschutes County, near Bend. A meeting agenda is available at http:www.oregonheritage.org/OPRD/HCD/NATREG/nrhp_sachphome.shtml.

Nominations recommended by the SACHP go to the National Park Service, which maintains the Register under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Members of the committee hold credentials in many historic preservation-related fields.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations for the meeting may be made by calling (503) 986-0690. More information about the National Register and Oregon properties listed in the National Register is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on "National Register" at left of page).


Attached Media Files: Press Release
Counties/Regional
County, Gladstone agree on library settlement
Clackamas County - 10/12/17 3:00 PM
Clackamas County Commissioners unanimously agreed to a proposed settlement that provides a path forward toward a comprehensive library solution for the city of Gladstone and the unincorporated Oak Grove/Jennings Lodge area. This action follows the Gladstone City Council's unanimous approval of the settlement earlier this week.

The city and county had been involved in a legal dispute since August 2016 over funding for construction of a library in Gladstone. This settlement agreement resolves that lawsuit.

Key points of the settlement include:

A proposed two building, one library solution (branches in Gladstone and the Oak Grove/Jennings Lodge area) managed by Clackamas County and modeled after Sandy's two-branch library system.
The facilities will provide an estimated 25,500 sq. ft. of new library space using existing library revenues and reserves (approximately 19,500 sq. ft. for Oak Lodge, and approximately 6,000 sq. ft. for Gladstone).
This solution does not impose additional costs to taxpayers for library construction. Capital funding would come from existing library district reserves and a bond measure paid from future revenues, according to estimates.
Gladstone agrees to contribute approximately $200,000 per fiscal year to the county for library operations and make available city-owned land for a new library. This may be the current location of Gladstone City Hall, which will be made available following the relocation of city hall.
The concept is a general strategy that has many details to be determined through a robust public involvement process (specifically involving the Oak Lodge Library Board of Trustees, Gladstone Library Advisory Board, and Library District Advisory Committee).

The settlement can be seen on the county's website at http://bit.ly/2yf0wkj.

"The city and county are moving forward on a solution that works for all parties," stated Gladstone City Administrator Jacque Betz. "This is a victory for everyone involved, and the residents of Gladstone should be pleased. This settlement calls for a library that will be a centerpiece of our downtown, and Gladstone residents will not be burdened by additional taxes for its construction."

"This is a win-win-win solution," stated Clackamas County Administrator Don Krupp. "Gladstone residents win because they get a new library with no additional taxes for construction. Oak Lodge area residents win because they get a new library three times as big as the current one.

"The county wins because a lawsuit with a constituent city is dropped," continued Krupp. "This is how governmental conflict should be resolved. I'm especially proud that the settlement specifies a robust public involvement process that will include all relevant parties."

As part of the settlement, Gladstone has agreed to submit a ballot measure to residents for May 2018 rescinding the current prohibition on using local funds for construction of a library. The county has agreed to submit a ballot measure (if needed) to adjust the existing Library District intergovernmental agreement as necessary to incorporate elements of the plan.

Both the city and county have committed to a comprehensive and collaborative public engagement process in design, scope, location, size, service levels, amenities and other aspects of the projects.

Formalization of the settlement will be celebrated at a joint board/city council signing ceremony this coming Monday, Oct. 16, at 5:30 p.m. at Gladstone City Hall (525 Portland Ave.). Members of the media are welcome to attend.
County to host volunteer event for construction of sleeping pods for homeless veterans
Clackamas County - 10/12/17 9:59 AM
On Saturday, Oct. 14, Clackamas County will host a volunteer event when community members can assist in the construction of sleeping pods for a transitional shelter pilot project for homeless veterans.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Clackamas County's Red Soils campus at 2051 Kaen Road in Oregon City. Media members are invited to this event.

The sleeping pods will be constructed from the nearly 700 wooden trusses, previously created by Portland State University School of Architecture students for use in their Treeline Stage design-build at Pickathon, a local music festival in Happy Valley this past summer.

The prototype for the sleeping pods was designed by SRG Partnership, a Portland architecture firm, and installed at the Kenton Women's Village in June 2016.

The building process is being led by Communitecture, which is collaborating with PSU's Center for Public Interest Design to design the village site.

Construction will take place in two shifts. A morning session from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and an afternoon session from 2 to 5 p.m.

Clackamas County Commissioners will be in attendance to welcome the volunteers and assist in the pod construction. PSU architecture students and faculty will also be onsite building the pods and available for interviews about the POD Initiative, village-making movement and the Pickathon design-build.

Ultimately, the shelter site for this project, located at 1.5-acre site near the corner of 115th Avenue and Jennifer Street in Clackamas, will have up to 30 sleeping pods and community restrooms, showers, cooking and eating facilities, and a communal room.
Clackamas County on Happy Valley lawsuit: City has 'misguided perception' that it is owed more than authorized by state law in withdrawal from NCPRD
Clackamas County - 10/10/17 3:07 PM
The city of Happy Valley filed legal action Tuesday seeking to force a financial settlement in its withdrawal from the North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD).

Clackamas County has received confirmation of the legal action and is issuing the following statement by County Administrator Don Krupp.

"Happy Valley made the decision in June to withdraw from the North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District. Since that time, NCPRD has continued to operate in good faith and pursue a negotiated equitable division of assets as required by state statute.

"Unfortunately those negotiations were not successful.

"The city is seeking a disproportionate share of park district assets without any supporting legal basis or justification. Agreeing to their proposal would significantly overburden the district and would not be fair to the 100,000 residents outside of Happy Valley who are served by NCPRD.

"Rather than continue to engage in this constructive effort to reach a fair and equitable division of assets, Happy Valley has chosen to file this legal action, which is based on inaccurate representations of fact and a misguided perception that the city is owed more than authorized by law.

"NCPRD is, and has been, in full compliance with the spirit and letter of its agreement with Happy Valley and has worked diligently to meet the needs of residents and city leadership.

"The district will aggressively defend this legal action and will continue to promote and protect the best interests of NCPRD."
Second installment of 2017 property tax payments due Tuesday, Oct. 31
Clark Co. WA Communications - 10/16/17 4:25 PM
Vancouver, Wash. - Doug Lasher, Clark County Treasurer, reminds property owners that the second installment of their 2017 property taxes is due Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

"If you have not received your 2017 second-installment tax statement or have lost it, you can visit www.clark.wa.gov/treasurer or contact the Treasurer's Office at 360.397.2252 for a duplicate statement," Lasher said.

The Treasurer's Office is on the second floor of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

People can pay their property taxes online using a credit or debit card or from their checking or savings account. Credit and debit card payments are assessed a 2.39 percent convenience fee and an electronic checking or savings account payment carries a $1 per transaction fee.

To make a payment, go to www.clark.wa.gov/treasurer/payment-options or call 1.877.778.4606.

To receive your tax statement electronically and manage your property taxes online, go to www.clark.wa.gov/ezPropertyTax. Transactions must be completed by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, to avoid interest charges.

To mail a tax payment, address it to the Clark County Treasurer, PO Box 9808, Vancouver, WA 98666-8808. It must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, Oct. 31, to avoid interest charges.

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Dirt trails at Whipple Creek Park open only to hikers, runners during wet season
Clark Co. WA Communications - 10/16/17 2:10 PM
Vancouver, Wash. - For the first time, Clark County Parks will put seasonal trail restrictions in place at Whipple Creek Regional Park to preserve the park's natural surface trails.

Beginning Nov. 1, dirt trails will be open only to foot traffic at the 300-acre park off Northwest 179th Street. Equestrians and mountain bikers can continue to use gravel trails year-round.

The park's trails have been plagued by persistent, heavy mud because of poor drainage, clay soils and steep slopes. To improve trail conditions, volunteers have donated 7,600 hours over the past six years to build reroutes, improve drainage and spread gravel across the park's main trails, making them accessible year-round. Volunteers also realigned and restored a series of natural surface, or primitive, trails.

"A lot of time, effort and money have gone into these trails," said Karen Llewellyn, volunteer program coordinator for Clark County Public Works. "Volunteers worked hard to create a trail system that offers varied experiences to users. Some people prefer gravel trails, some enjoy natural trails.

"But the fact is, primitive trails get muddy in the rainy season," Llewellyn said. "To preserve them and the hard work that goes into them, primitive trails will be open only to foot traffic in the rainy season."

Clark County Parks will post signs at main entrances to Whipple Creek Regional Park explaining the seasonal closures and displaying a map of the park's gravel and primitive trails. Signs also will be posted at each primitive trail entrance reminding users that the trail is open only to foot traffic during wet weather.

A map showing the park's gravel and primitive trails has been posted on the county's website, www.clark.wa.gov/parks. Parks also has reached out to equestrian groups and other stakeholders about the upcoming seasonal restrictions.

The county does not yet have a date when natural-surface trails will reopen to all users; that decision will depend on weather and trail conditions. After the rainy season, the condition of the primitive trails will be evaluated to see if the seasonal closure was effective.
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Residents honored for commitment to people with developmental disabilities
Clark Co. WA Communications - 10/11/17 3:11 PM
Vancouver, Wash. - The Clark County Community Awards ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 17, will honor the role people with developmental or intellectual disabilities have in helping the community achieve a dynamic, productive workforce and recognize leadership in the business community.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This year's theme, as decided by the U.S. Department of Labor, is Inclusion Drives Innovation.

Recipients of the Community Awards will be honored at the Oct. 17 Disability Employment Awareness Event. A reception will be 4-5 p.m. and program will be 5-6:30 p.m. at the Heathman Lodge, 7801 N.E. Greenwood Drive.

The event is free and open to the public.

Awards will be given for the following categories:

Large Employer of people with developmental/intellectual disabilities, a business with 50 or more local employees
Small Employer of people with developmental/intellectual disabilities, a business with 49 or fewer local employees
Employee with a developmental/intellectual disability
Dennis Campbell Outstanding Service Award for work improving the lives of individuals with developmental/intellectual disabilities
David Hanawalt Service Award for an employment specialist who demonstrates service to clients above and beyond the clients' expectations, exceeds the contractual expectations, and promotes client success and growth.

The Disability Employment Awareness Event is sponsored by Clark County Development Disabilities, New Seasons Market, Heathman Lodge and the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.
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County considers updates to urban and rural accessory dwelling unit codes
Clark Co. WA Communications - 10/11/17 11:24 AM
Vancouver, Wash. - In light of the region's housing affordability crisis, Clark County is seeking community feedback at two informal public meetings on proposed development code changes for both rural and urban accessory dwelling units -- ADUs -- and cottage houses.

A meeting about proposed code changes for urban accessory dwelling units and cottage houses will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, in the Bud Van Cleve Community Room at Luke Jensen Sports Park, 4000 N.E. 78th St.

A meeting about proposed code changes for rural accessory dwelling units will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E Main St., Battle Ground.

Urban accessory dwelling units are small residential units built on residential properties to provide more options for homeowners and increase the supply of affordable housing. ADUs include conversions of existing basements, conversions of or additions to garages and new backyard cottages. Cottage houses are single-family homes clustered around a common area.

Rural ADUs are small, attached residential units that are sometimes called granny flats and can be basement conversions or additions to an existing home.

For more information, please visit the county website at
https://www.clark.wa.gov/community-planning/housing-initiative.

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Council approves firm beginning national search for new county manager
Clark Co. WA Communications - 10/10/17 2:03 PM
Vancouver, Wash. - The Board of County Councilors has authorized a Texas-based executive search firm to begin a national recruitment for a new county manager.

Strategic Government Resources, headquartered in Keller, Texas, has posted the county's chief executive position on its website under Executive Recruiting at https://www.governmentresource.com/. The firm's website features openings for more than 1,800 local government jobs across the nation.

The county council is seeking candidates with at least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in the management of local government operations and success working with an elected governing body, the job posting says.

"The council believes the position and advertised salary range are competitive and will attract a good number of well-qualified candidates," said Jim Rumpeltes, interim county manager. "The community certainly sells itself, so Clark County is in a good position to draw top-notch experienced candidates."

To see the recruitment profile for county manager, go to https://www.clark.wa.gov/county-manager/office-county-manager.

The job also is posted on more than a dozen websites, including those for the National Association of Counties, International City/County Management Association, National Forum for Black Public Administrators, International Hispanic Network and Careers in Government.
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County council seeks applicants for three vacancies on volunteer Planning Commission
Clark Co. WA Communications - 10/10/17 1:14 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The Board of County Councilors is accepting applications to fill three vacancies on the volunteer Planning Commission.

Two positions are for seven-year terms; the third position is for a four-year term. All three terms begin in January 2018.

The Planning Commission is a seven-member group that makes recommendations to the council on land-use planning, zoning and development in areas outside cities and about issues such as growth management, roads, public facilities, development regulations and county ordinances.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest and résumé to Jennifer Clark, Board of County Councilors, PO Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000. Applications also can be emailed to jennifer.clark@clark.wa.gov or faxed to 360.397.6058.

Application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, 2017.
Permit Center to close seven days preparing for online building permit system
Clark Co. WA Communications - 10/10/17 11:01 AM
Vancouver, Wash. - The Clark County Permit Center will close each Wednesday from Oct. 18 through Nov. 15 and then Thursday and Friday, Nov. 16-17, to prepare for the launch of a new electronic land management system.

The enhanced Clark County Land Management System, or CC LMS, will allow customers to apply for all building permits online. The system will make getting building permits more efficient, convenient and transparent.

The closures will provide time for system testing and staff training before the Permit Center resumes regular business hours at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 20. Regular hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday hours are by appointment only.

To continue to provide good customer service, the Permit Center has added special hours on two Saturdays for homeowner submittals and contractor pick-ups. The Permit Center will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Nov. 4.

For urgent permitting issues during the closures, please call 360.397.2375 ext. 4078 or email permitservices@clark.wa.gov.
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County seeks residents in commercial agriculture to serve on ag advisory group
Clark Co. WA Communications - 10/10/17 10:56 AM
Vancouver, Wash. - Clark County is seeking local residents who are directly connected to commercial agriculture in the county to serve on the newly forming Agricultural Advisory Committee.

The volunteer committee will advise the Board of County Councilors on policies and regulations that affect agriculture. The committee's work could include preparing an economic analysis of local agriculture, identifying current services that support farming, and developing an action plan outlining the business growth potential of agriculture in the county.

People involved in commercial agriculture who are interested in being appointed to the committee, and others, must submit a letter of qualifications and résumé to Jennifer Clark, County Manager's Office, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, 98666-5000.

Applications also can be faxed to 360.397.6058 or emailed to jennifer.clark@clark.wa.gov.

Application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.
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Arts commissioners seek applications for new county poet laureate
Clark Co. WA Communications - 10/10/17 9:22 AM
Vancouver, Wash. - The Clark County Arts Commission is accepting applications for a resident who will serve as the next Clark County Poet Laureate. The commission is seeking an experienced poet to share his or her passion for the literary form with the community.

This two-year position includes public speaking engagements, teaching, open mic readings and a stewardship in the Poetry Moves program sponsored by C-Tran and the nonprofit Arts of Clark County.

The Clark County Poet Laureate position is voluntary, but the commission is seeking funding for this valuable program.

Applications are at
http://www.artsofclarkcounty.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Poet_Laureate_Application.pdf

Applications must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. Submission instructions are included with the application.

All applicants will be notified of the commission's selection by Nov. 15, 2017.
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Marion County 2017-2018 Property Taxes
Marion County - 10/13/17 11:38 AM
Salem, OR -- Marion County tax statements were mailed this week and should arrive in property owner mailboxes within a few days. Tom Rohlfing, Marion County Assessor, certified the 2016-2017 Tax Roll on October 5, 2016.

As of the January 1, 2017, valuation date, the aggregate Real Market Value of all property countywide increased by 8.2% from last year, to $42.2 billion. This is almost twice the 4.25% average rate of increase since 2000. This rapid increase in market value stems from such factors as the healthy economy, high employment rates, national interest in moving to the region, and low interest rates on mortgages.

Escalating values of residences and residential land located in cities and towns largely fueled the increase, jumping by $2.1 billion or 13.1%. An increase of 12.2% in the total Real Market Value of existing, unchanged residences and land is largely responsible, with new construction and remodeling activity also as factors.

The total value of rural property, including acreage homes, farms, and forest lands, showed more modest growth, increasing by 6.8%. Although a more modest increase than for urban properties, this is still very strong growth in historical terms.

Due to Measure 50 benefits, most homeowners will experience much smaller tax increases than the preceding figures suggest. The typical unchanged home will experience only a 3% increase in assessed value no matter where located in the county. However, changes in tax rates due to new or expiring bonds will significantly affect owners in selected communities. The largest is a 14.4% tax increase for the average Jefferson homeowner due to a $14.35 million school bond.

Salem homeowners will incur an increased rate on an existing Salem-Keizer School District bond, plus the tab on the new $61.8 million public safety bond approved in May, for a 5% overall increase. Most Keizer homeowners will pay 4.2% more due to the same school bond. Donald homeowners will find a 4% increase on their bills, due to higher rates on a City of Donald bond. Homeowners in both Silverton and Aurora will see a typical increase of approximately 1.8%.

Commercial and industrial properties show a modest 2.8% growth in total value as compared to urban homes or rural property. Trends vary by property type. New industrial facilities, including fertilizer production and cold storage facilities, added significant market value. Warehouses and prime retail and office properties experienced value increases on an individual basis as cannabis production and economic growth increased demand for this type of facility. Also contributing is a multi-year lack of new warehouse construction, although this is expected to change over the next couple of years.

Apartment construction added significant new value; however, existing apartments slowed their increase after several years of investment popularity. Non-prime commercial properties continue to show weakness, especially in smaller cities and towns.

Assessed Value countywide grew by 3.63% to $24.2 billion, standing at just 57% of total Real Market Value. A big factor in the gap between market and assessed values is the Measure 50 limit of 3% annual growth in the Maximum Assessed Value of unchanged property. However, over 13,400 properties receive sharply reduced assessed values and taxes due to farm or forest special assessment and more than 14,800 properties receive full or partial tax exemptions.

The value of Marion County property exempt from taxation increased by $180 million to just below $6.7 billion. Much of the new industrial construction qualified for exemption under Enterprise Zone provisions intended to promote job growth. Furthermore, exemptions continue to expand due to new legislation and tax court interpretations of existing statutes. For example, the offices of independent associations representing the interests of governmental entities were recently ruled by the Tax Court judge as eligible for the same exemption as most government owned property.

Primary beneficiaries of Marion County property taxes are public schools, Chemeketa Community College, and educational service districts receiving 43.7% of the total. Other major recipients include cities (23.8%), Marion County government (18.2%), and fire districts (6.8%). Urban renewal districts receive about 3.1%. These percentages are similar to last year.

Marion County Assessor Tom Rohlfing encourages property owners to promptly review their tax statement for accuracy. This includes checking for correct ownership, mailing, and location addresses. To aid with this, the Assessor's Office provides a wide array of information on its website, including information about how each property is assessed. A new map search tool also helps to locate properties.

Taxes are due by November 15, 2017, to receive the 3% discount and avoid interest charges. Owners with questions, or who feel changes are needed, may contact the Assessor's Office at (503) 588-5144. Those who disagree with the Real Market Value placed on their property are encouraged to request a review prior to filing an appeal. If the property owner still does not agree with the value once the review is completed, instructions on the back of the tax statement describe how to appeal to the local Board of Property Tax Appeals, made up of volunteers with training, experience, and knowledge of property valuation.

For more information visit the Marion County Assessor website at www.co.marion.or.us or contact the office at (503) 588-5144 or email assessor@co.marion.or.us.
Coyote tests positive for rabies after biting man
Marion County - 10/11/17 1:40 PM
Marion County Environmental Health has confirmed that a coyote tested positive for rabies after biting a man at a Gervais area farm earlier this week.

The man reported that the coyote walked up, sniffed him, and then bit him on the leg. The man and an acquaintance shot the coyote then sought medical treatment following the bite. Marion County Environmental Health staff members responded to the site of the incident and collected the coyote for testing at the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory. Test results received late Tuesday confirmed rabies.

The man was treated with a rabies post-exposure prophylaxis, which consists of a series of injections, and was released.

Coyotes are rarely found with rabies. Only three coyotes have tested positive for the disease in the past 10 years in Oregon. Marion County Environmental Health officials remind people that they should avoid feeding or approaching wild animals.

For more information, contact the Marion County Public Health at (503) 588-5346 or visit http://www.co.marion.or.us/HLT/PH/EHS/vector/Pages/rabies.aspx.

The Oregon Health Authority has additional information regarding rabies on their on-line diseases guide at https://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/DiseasesAZ/Pages/disease.aspx?did=41.
Cities
Battle Ground Police Make Arrests in Drug Case (Photo)
City of Battle Ground - 10/14/17 8:51 AM
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On Friday, October 13, after a several month investigation, Battle Ground police officers served a warrant and made three drug related arrests at a residence located at 1908 SW 6th Street in Battle Ground.

Arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance:
Samuel E. Norton, DOB 02/29/1988,
Erica C. Tyler, DOB 01/14/1987
Arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver:
Matthew E Norton DOB 10/04/1992

While serving the warrant, officers also located a loaded handgun and $3,500 in cash. They found the house littered with syringes and other drug paraphernalia. An 11-month old child, who was at the residence at the time of the search, was placed in the care of a family member under the direction of Child Protective Services.

The Clark County Regional Drug and Safe Streets Task Forces supported the Battle Ground Police Department throughout the investigation and at the time of the arrests.

Police Chief Bob Richardson commended the action of a neighboring resident who reported concerns about suspicious activity at the location. "This individual contacted us and then provided key information over several months," Chief Richardson said, "Information that aided our detectives in the investigation and the resulting arrests."

Charges on all three suspects have been forwarded to the Clark County Prosecutor's Office.


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Battle Ground Police seeking information on reported Hit and Run involving pedestrian
City of Battle Ground - 10/13/17 3:11 PM
Please note date correction - incident took place on Thursday, October 12


On Thursday, October 12 at approximately 7:20 am, Battle Ground police officers were dispatched to SE Commerce Ave and SE 13th St for a report of a Hit and Run involving a pedestrian. The reporting party told 9-1-1 dispatchers that he had been flagged down by a juvenile male who told him he had been hit by a car.

Upon arrival, police officers made contact with the 14-year-old victim who was being attended to by Fire District 3 rescue personnel. The victim reported that he had missed the school bus in front of his residence located on NE 167th Ave and decided to walk to school traveling west on NE 199th St (known as Eaton Blvd in Battle Ground city limits) on the north side of the road, going the same direction as traffic.

He reported that while he was walking, he was struck from behind by a vehicle. The impact, he said, threw him into the air and he landed in tall grass on the north side of the roadway. It is estimated that he was struck near the 2100 block of Eaton Ave.

He managed to make his way to SE Commerce Ave and SE 13th St where he sought help from a passing motorist. The victim was transported to the hospital by ambulance. He sustained a broken left ankle and a dislocated left elbow.

Police are seeking information from the public or potential witnesses to help identify the vehicle involved. At the time of the incident, estimated to have occurred between 7:00 and 7:15 am, lighting would have been transitioning from dark to dawn. The victim was wearing dark-colored clothing. He described the car that hit him as possibly a brown or gray SUV. The vehicle would likely have damage to the front, passenger side fender and the passenger mirror.

Those with information are asked to contact Sgt. Chris Crouch at 360-342-5256 or by email at chris.crouch@cityofbg.org. Anonymous tips can be reported online at www.cityofbg.org/tips.
Splash Fountains Closed for the Season
City of Salem - 10/12/17 3:00 PM
All park splash fountains are closed for the season. These include Wes Bennett Park, Northgate Park, West Salem Park, Fairmount Park, River Road Park, Englewood Park, and Riverfront Park splash fountains.

For additional information, please contact the Parks Operations office by phone at 503-588-6336, or by email at SalemParks@cityofsalem.net.
The City of Salem Annual Report on Stormwater Activities Open for Public Comment
City of Salem - 10/11/17 8:00 AM
The City of Salem invites residents to review and comment on the City's Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Annual Report. This annual report provides an update on the status of stormwater-related activities completed during Fiscal Year 2016-17. The report is a requirement of the City's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) MS4 Permit. The NPDES MS4 Permit requires the City to implement an approved Stormwater Management Plan and report annually on the status of that Plan. It also requires that the City report on progress made toward specific permit requirements.

The MS4 Permit, Stormwater Management Plan and draft Annual Report can be found on the City's website at: http://www.cityofsalem.net/Pages/ms4-permits-and-annual-reports.aspx.

The annual report is open for a 14-day public comment period, beginning on October 11, 2017, at 5 p.m., and closing on October 25, 2017, at 5 p.m. Comments may be emailed to Keith Bondaug-Winn at kbondaug@cityofsalem.net, faxed to 503 588-6480, or mailed to Stormwater Services MS4 Comments, 1410 20th Street SE, Building No. 2, Salem OR 97302.
City of Vancouver project to extend life of aging water main
City of Vancouver - 10/13/17 2:51 PM
Note: Project work will close SR 14 westbound Evergreen exit weekdays during much of November

A City of Vancouver project begins Oct. 16 to renew and extend the life of nearly 1,000 feet of aging water main that crosses beneath State Route 14, from East Evergreen Boulevard on the north to Southeast Evergreen Highway on the south.

The city has hired contractor SCI Infrastructure of Seattle, Washington, to rehabilitate an existing 12-inch-diameter water pipe located beneath Evergreen Boulevard and crossing the westbound SR 14 off-ramp to Southeast Evergreen Highway, east of Southeast Chelsea Avenue.
The project will use a cured-in-place, drinking-water-certified liner, with results comparable to installing a brand new water main, but with far less disruption and time than excavating and replacing the entire aging pipe.

The work gets underway with excavation, shoring and other preparations near Evergreen Boulevard, Sleret Avenue and Middle Way.

The next step, rehabilitating the existing water main, will require daily ramp closures of the westbound SR 14 off-ramp to Evergreen Boulevard, from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, Nov. 6 through Nov. 21. The off-ramp will remain open on Friday, Nov. 9, due to the Veterans Day observance. Off-ramp work is scheduled for off-peak periods to reduce impacts to commuters who use Evergreen Boulevard to travel home in the evenings.

Outside of the off-ramp closures, normal construction hours are from about 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, but could be as late as 8 p.m. and include weekends if needed. Homes near the project will receive advance notice in the case of anticipated brief, planned water interruptions. The project is expected to be completed by the end of November, weather and construction conditions permitting.

Drivers are encouraged to proceed slowly through the construction zone. Please watch for signs indicating traffic changes, and be alert to construction equipment and workers in and along the roadway and ramp areas.
City seeks applicants for two Salary Review Commission vacancies
City of Vancouver - 10/13/17 1:30 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill two vacancies on its volunteer Salary Review Commission. Completed applications must be received by the City Manager's Office by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10.

The five-member Salary Review Commission is responsible for reviewing and re-establishing or adjusting the salaries of the Vancouver mayor and city council every two years.

Applicants must be Vancouver residents and registered voters. City officers, officials, employees and their immediate family are not eligible to apply.

Salary Review Commission members are appointed by the mayor, subject to approval of the city council. These appointments are for two full-term vacancies, which will begin Jan. 1, 2018, and expire Dec. 31, 2021. The Salary Review Commission will next convene to review mayor and council salaries from January to May 2018.

To apply online, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. To request an application be mailed to you or for additional information, please contact Michelle Bartley at Vancouver City Hall, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, by phone at 360-487-8607 or by email at michelle.bartley@cityofvancouver.us.

For more information about the Salary Review Commission, including agendas and minutes from past meetings, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/src.

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Up to $1 million in community development, housing grants available in 2018
City of Vancouver - 10/13/17 10:32 AM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The City of Vancouver estimates there will be up to $1 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program funding available for local projects in 2018.

Detailed application guidelines and a link to the online application will be available at www.cityofvancouver.us/cdbg on Monday, Oct. 16. Mandatory pre-applications are due on or before 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. Final applications will be due on or before 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.

Funds will be available for construction, acquisition, and rehabilitation of housing or public facilities, services, economic development and tenant based rental assistance targeted to benefit low and moderate-income areas and families. Local governments and non-profit organizations and agencies may apply.

The City will hold an optional informational workshop for interested applicants Monday, Oct. 30, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Aspen Conference Room in City Hall (415 W. 6th St). City staff will review the application guidelines and the online application process at the workshop.

Funding decisions will be made by Vancouver City Council in May 2018. Funding awards and contract negotiation will occur between July and October 2018.

For more information about CDBG and Home Investment Partnership Program, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/cdbg.

To request the application guidelines in another format or language, please contact Peggy Sheehan at 360-487-7952, TTY: 360-487-8602, WA Relay: 711 or by email at peggy.sheehan@cityofvancouver.us.

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Advisory: Sewage release along NE Marine Drive flows into ditch, river not affected
Portland Bureau of Environmental Services - 10/11/17 3:01 PM
Sanitary Sewage Release Advisory

(this is not a combined sewer overflow [CSO] advisory)

(October 11, 2017) -- A malfunctioning valve on an underground pipe led to a sewage release this morning along the side of NE Marine Drive at 112th Avenue near the I-205 overpass.

The sewage flowed through a storm drain and to a ditch. Crews cleaned up the flow along the road and the portion in the ditch soaked into the ground. The sewage did not reach the Columbia River.

The release occurred west of the I-205 bike path and that path is not affected.

Crews determined that about 18,750 gallons was released during a 75-minute period. Crews repaired the valve, which is housed in an underground vault, stopping the release at 8:45 a.m.

The public is advised to obey warning signs posted along Marine Drive.

The City of Portland treats an average of 70 million gallons of wastewater each day. Over one-third of Portland's more than 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are over 80 years old.

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The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. www.portlandoregon.gov/bes @BESPortland.
UPDATE: press release now attached in Spanish as well: Luuwit View Park opens, nearly 1000 Portland households gain access to a park for the first time (Photo)
Portland Parks & Recreation - 10/16/17 12:23 PM
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Portland Parks & Recreation invites all to the Grand Opening of Portland's newest park on Saturday, October 21

(Portland, OR) --

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) announces the grand opening of Luuwit View Park, a 16-acre gem in northeast Portland's Argay Neighborhood.
Portland's newest park features accessible play areas, a water play feature, gardens, paths, sports fields, and much more, all on formerly undeveloped land adjacent to Shaver Elementary School. The park is also close to Parkrose Middle School and Parkrose High School.

Luuwit View Park will serve nearly 1000 households which prior to its opening did not previously have ready access to a park.

WHAT: Grand Opening of PP&R's new Luuwit View Park
WHEN: Saturday, October 21, 2017; 11am-2pm.
WHERE: The covered shelter at the new Luuwit View Park, NE 127th Avenue and Fremont Street.

Join Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz, neighbors, Shaver School students and staff, Parkrose School District Superintendent Dr. Karen Gray, the Parkrose and Argay Neighborhood Associations, family, and friends old and new for the FREE community celebration with family-friendly activities including a Native American blessing and a drumming ceremony, a DJ and breakdancing, a Portland Park Ranger-led youth pledge as kids promise to care for the park, Zumba and exercise activities, skateboarding lessons, live guitar music, light refreshments, and celebrating.

"After years of dreaming and 15 months of construction, the grand opening of Luuwit View Park represents another major milestone in my time as the Commissioner for Portland Parks & Recreation," says City Commissioner Amanda Fritz. "Luuwit View Park gives Argay Terrace neighbors a jewel of a space to play, relax, and reflect -- a park which they had been awaiting for more than 40 years. At the same time, we recognize that still, only two of five residents enjoy easy access to a park in this area of east Portland. We will continue to work to close this play gap."

LUUWIT VIEW PARK HAS IT ALL
Luuwit View Park features expansive lawns, an accessible playground, walking trails, a misting water play feature, grand views, a youth soccer/sports field, a full-size basketball court, a Portland Community Garden, and a teen area. The latter includes a climbing structure, two ping-pong tables, a group seating area; and a skateboarding area. The entire teen area will be covered (project completion expected in Spring 2018), with colorful sports court surfacing. Other park features include accessible picnic areas, a covered shelter, a restroom, parking, public art, and a fenced off-leash dog area. A multi-use paved trail connects the entire site, and additional soft surface trails meander through the park creating many options for walking loops.

Luuwit is the Upper Cowlitz word referencing the iconic mountain also known as Mt. St. Helens. The park's name helps to honor the indigenous people who have lived on the land since time immemorial, and to recognize the overall history of the area. The City also recognizes the significant farming history of the land.

"Nearly 1000 households -- close to 1500 people -- now have access to a wonderful PP&R park for the first time," notes PP&R Director Mike Abbaté. "We are moving ahead with our Parks 2020 Vision to provide a wide variety of high-quality park and recreation opportunities for all Portlanders. The site has been transformed from a vacant space to an amazing gathering spot for every kind of recreation. We thank the literally hundreds of people - Argay neighbors, our PP&R staff and contractors, and all of our partners - for their advocacy, input, and tireless efforts to make this amazing park a reality."

The park cost $11.8 million and was funded by Parks System Development Charges - revenue from development across the City which is intended to support growth - and not General Fund tax dollars.

Luuwit View Park would not have been possible without the dedication of its Project Advisory Committee and other dedicated neighbors, including students and staff at Shaver Elementary School. They have the City's sincerest thanks.

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Banks & Credit Unions
Maps Credit Union members prompt more than $10,000 donation to small non profits
Maps Credit Union - 10/12/17 3:55 PM
For immediate release
October 12, 2017

We asked, you voted! Because of Maps Credit Union members, nine small nonprofits were awarded more than $10,000 for the 2017 Community Challenge. Money for the awards is raised by Maps' Free Community Checking accounts, which generates a penny for the foundation every time members use their debit cards. Thank you to the Maps member who have contributed to our community in this way.

The Maps Community Foundation hosted their annual Community Challenge Award to help support and recognize small nonprofits that are effecting the community in a significant way.

The two top award winners, Hope Station and Simply Birthdays, reach families and help meet needs of local families.

Hope Station is a destination for families in need of food, clothing, and hope for a better future. They were awarded one of the top awards of $2,500 from Maps Community Foundation.

Simply Birthdays creates an unforgettable celebration for children experiencing homelessness, making them feel special on their birthday, something we think every child deserves. They received the second top award of $2,500.

An additional seven nonprofits were awarded $500- $1,000: Pringle Creek Sustainable Living Center, Diabetes Support Services, Salem Fire Foundation, Project Pooch, Marion County Search and Rescue, First Responders, and Horse Adaptive Riding Therapy.

To see each personal story of these nonprofits, visit the Maps Credit Union YouTube channel to view their application videos (Mapscu) and Facebook page to view their award presentation videos (@Mapscu).


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Colleges & Universities - Public
Subaru-U joins Clackamas Community College (Photo)
Clackamas Comm. College - 10/12/17 1:27 PM
CCC students and faculty celebrate the arrival of the STI donated by Subaru.
CCC students and faculty celebrate the arrival of the STI donated by Subaru.
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OREGON CITY -- Students at Clackamas Community College (CCC) are now training to be Subaru technicians for free thanks to a new program. The CCC Automotive Department partnered with the car manufacturer to bring the Subaru University (Subaru-U) training program to the college.

Spearheaded by CCC instructor Jared Green, Subaru donated three cars to the college -- a 2017 STI, a 2017 Outback and a 2016 Forester -- to provide students with hands-on experience. Students work with Subaru factory tools and software along with stand-alone engines and other Subaru car parts.

This hands-on experience, coupled with an infusion of Subaru's online training into CCC's existing curriculum, gives students the ability to earn the entry-level training that is required of all Subaru technicians.

"The new technology in Subaru vehicles is going to change the way we teach car repair at CCC," Green said. "Students get to train on it all for free, then step into a great career. This is another example of how CCC partners with industry to provide education that works for our students."

This program also partners with local Subaru service centers to create paid internships and job opportunities for CCC students.

To enroll in the Subaru-U program at CCC, email jared.green@clackamas.edu or call 503-594-1453. To learn more about programs at CCC, visit www.clackamas.edu.

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Attached Media Files: CCC students and faculty celebrate the arrival of the STI donated by Subaru. , Pictured from left, David Mortlock, service manager Lithia Subaru; Ken Benson, Subaru national training and field operations manager; Jared Green, CCC instructor; Mitch May, Subaru-U west region education coordinator.
CCC seeks applicants for budget committee
Clackamas Comm. College - 10/12/17 1:22 PM
OREGON CITY -- The Clackamas Community College Budget Committee is seeking two new citizen representatives, one from Milwaukie and one from the Estacada and Colton area.

The budget committee meets in the spring to deliberate on the proposed budget and approve it, before sending it to the board of education for approval.

The budget committee includes the CCC Board of Education and seven volunteers appointed by the board for three-year terms. Budget committee members represent each of the college's six zones. The current openings are for Zone 1 (Milwaukie) and Zone 6 (Estacada and Colton). Applicants must be registered voters and reside in the zone for which they are applying. For a district map, visit www.clackamas.edu/district-map.

Applications must be received by Nov. 10 and committee members will be announced Dec.13.

For an application or more information, visit http://www.clackamas.edu/about-us/leadership/budget. For questions, contact Denice Bailey at 503-594-3002 or email denice.bailey@clackamas.edu.

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PCC wins national climate award through Second Nature, U.S. Green Building Council (Photo)
PCC - 10/12/17 10:22 AM
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland Community College is doing its part to combat climate change, and people have taken notice.

The state's largest college won the annual Second Nature Climate Leadership Award for two-year colleges. The honor recognizes innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate mitigation, and resilience at signatory campuses of the Presidents' Climate Leadership Commitments. Second Nature and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that Loyola University Chicago and Portland Community College are the lone recipients.

"This is a big deal, since the network includes hundreds of member institutions leading the charge in climate action," said Briar Schoon, PCC's sustainability manager. "We are honored to have won this award, which validates the great work PCC is doing to advance sustainability and affect positive change."

PCC has done its part to reduce pollution and energy use. The college has managed to reduce energy consumption by 65 percent per square foot since 2006, counts nine LEED-certified buildings including a net zero LEED Platinum center in its portfolio, and has three solar installments totaling more than 700 kilowatts.

All of these efforts support its Climate Action Plan, created and signed in 2013. Its mission is to reduce the college's carbon footprint and "promote healthy, equitable systems."

Also, PCC has:

Cut paper towel consumption by 60 percent thanks to electric hand dryers in restrooms.

Saved 170 gallons of conventional cleaner annually by switching to a toxin-free "aqueous ozone" cleaner. Purchased energy efficient computer products and appliances.

Installed water-fill stations, preventing consumption of more than two million plastic water bottles.

Improved indoor air quality with the reduction of flame-retardant fabrics. Used recycled-content office supplies, which account for 27 percent of annual office purchases.

Worked with Food Services to source local food options, including produce from the Rock Creek campus-learning garden.

Reduced single-occupancy travel with subsidized bus passes, a free shuttle service, rideshare programs and a student-managed 70-plus bike rental program.

Implemented innovative waste reduction strategies like a closed-loop organics system at Rock Creek and a self-servicing mini trash bin program college-wide.

"Many organizations don't even look at these emissions because they're too difficult to tackle, but PCC is taking the challenge head-on," said Schoon.

Second Nature offers these awards in partnership with the USGBC since 2015. Award winners are recognized as part of the Greenbuild Leadership Awards Program, benefiting from global publicity opportunities. Second Nature is the largest organization working to advance climate solutions in higher education. PCC's President Mark Mitsui sits on the steering committee, and PCC reports its climate progress to Second Nature annually.

"By prioritizing sustainable practices and environmental literacy as part of their mission, Loyola University Chicago and Portland Community College are leading the charge in mitigating climate change and fostering well-rounded and informed global citizens," said Jaime Van Mourik, vice president of Education at USGBC. "We are thrilled to recognize this year's winners, honorable mentions and finalists for their dedication to creating a strong culture of sustainability and stewardship in higher education, and encouraging others to follow in their footsteps."

What PCC is Doing in Sustainability:

PCC has become a leader in the field of sustainable purchasing. In 2013, the college was invited to be a founding member of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, a national nonprofit that convenes buyers, suppliers and public interest advocates to develop programs that simplify and standardize sustainable purchasing. PCC is one of five schools and the nation's only community college serving on the Founders Circle.

This summer, the PCC Board passed a resolution to divest college money from fossil fuel-producing and socially irresponsible companies and investments. PCC is one of a handful of higher education institutions nationwide and the only community college in Oregon to have officially divested in this manner.

The college promotes sustainability education with a Sustainability Focus Award and 100+ sustainability-related courses. Students gain hands-on experience, leading projects through the student-funded Green Initiative Fund, which has provided more than $800,000 for innovative programs such as reusable to-go containers, learning gardens, waste education centers, office composting, and Earth Week events.

PCC is also a founding member of the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network, a UNU-IAS Regional Center of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development, helping implement Agenda 2030 and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. The college hosted this year's annual Sustainability Symposium.

And finally, PCC was given the APPA: Leadership in Education Facilities with the 2016 International Sustainability Award in 2016. The award is designed to recognize and advance sustainability excellence in educational facilities and to applaud the integration of sustainable policies and "green" practices throughout all facets of an organization.


About Portland Community College: Portland Community College is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and provides training, degree and certificate completion, and lifelong learning to more than 75,000 full- and part-time students in Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill, Clackamas, and Columbia counties. The PCC bond measure of $185 million would improve workforce training programs to better align with current and future jobs, invest in training for Health and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programs, and upgrade safety, security, longevity and disability access. If passed, it is estimated to maintain the tax rate of 40 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value for the next 16 years.

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


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Colleges & Universities - Private
Pacific University Multicultural Center Hosts DACA Vigil on Thursday, Oct. 12
Pacific University - 10/11/17 5:07 PM
The Student Multicultural Center invites the public to a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Vigil at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 on the Marsh Hall West Lawn at the Forest Grove Campus.

Pacific University President Lesley Hallick and University Chaplain and Center for Peace & Spirituality Director Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie will be joined by Centro Cultural Executive Director Maria Caballero-Rubio, Adelante Mujeres Executive Director Bridget Cooke, Forest Grove Mayor Pete Truax, Oregon Rep. Susan McLain (D-Hillsboro) and Pacific student speakers.

For more information, please contact Sophia O'Neal at sgoneal@pacificu.edu.

President Hallick's September statement on DACA
Multnomah Co. Schools
MESD Board Regular Session meeting 10/17 at 6:00 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 10/11/17 10:51 AM
The Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors will meet in Regular Session at 6:00 p.m. on October 17, 2017, in the Board Room at 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, OR 97220 in the Board room.
MESD Board Finance Committee meeting 10/11 at 2:30 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 10/10/17 8:30 AM
The Multnomah Education Service District Board Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220.
Marion & Polk Co. Schools
School Report Cards Demonstrate Salem-Keizer Learning Initiatives Spur Growth
Salem-Keizer Sch. Dist. - 10/12/17 9:18 AM
Salem, OR -- Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) serves one of the most diverse populations in the state, and those unique needs are highlighted in the Oregon Department of Education's annual Report Cards. Those cards also reflect how student achievement grows through the elementary and middle years and becomes achievement in the high school years.

A significant number of our students come to us in kindergarten eager and ready to learn, but needing additional academic growth to catch up with their peers across the state. In addition, one in five SKPS students come to us as English learners.

"Our goal is that our elementary schools demonstrate above average growth because we know our students need to achieve more than a year's growth over one year's time," said Superintendent Christy Perry. "We've implemented new elementary initiatives including aligned literacy curriculum, data teams and positive behavior support to give our students the tools they need to succeed throughout their educational careers, and that's why you'll see achievement grow at each level -- elementary, middle and high."

Key points from the Elementary Report Cards include:
The percentage of schools that have growth above average for their students in English Language Arts (ELA) has jumped from 39% to 55%.
Nine schools are within five percentiles of meeting that benchmark for ELA and another 10 for math.
Wright Elementary, the highest median growth percentile school, has the majority of their students growing faster than the 71st percentile in ELA. Wright also is newly a Title I school.
Swegle Elementary improved their growth percentile by more than 20 percentiles in both ELA and math.


Key points from the Middle School Report Cards include:
Eight of 13 (62%) schools were above the median growth percentile average of 50% in ELA.
Ten of 13 (77%) schools were above the median growth percentile average of 50% in math.

Key points from the High School Report Cards include:
Five of six comprehensive high schools met or exceeded performance in ELA.
Five of six comprehensive high schools increased performance in math.
The Early College High School and Roberts High, both non-traditional programs, saw increases in performance.

These reports were mandated by the 1999 state legislature and provide educators with an opportunity to communicate directly with parents and community members about how local schools are performing. They are just one of many indicators of performance. Data for these report cards come from a variety of sources. The achievement data come from state testing results. Graduation and outcome data is provided to the state by districts as part of annual data collections. Student demographic data is collected as part of the annual student enrollment collections. Some of the new elements of the report cards are submitted specifically for this report including the superintendent/principal letter, the freshman on track data, and the information on curriculum and learning environment.

To view all school report cards go to: http://www.oregon.gov/ode/schools-and-districts/reportcards/Pages/default.aspx

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Yamhill Co. Schools
U.S. Secretary of Education visits McMinnville High School (Photo)
McMinnville Sch. Dist. - 10/11/17 8:59 PM
The secretary listened to student stories and engaged with students, including a selfie with welding pathway senior Jack Friberg.
The secretary listened to student stories and engaged with students, including a selfie with welding pathway senior Jack Friberg.
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U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION VISITS McMINNVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
--Secretary DeVos tours high school and observes classrooms and programs--

(MCMINNVILLE, OR) -- U.S. Secretary of Education visited McMinnville High School today, Wednesday, October 11, to tour classrooms, observe staff development and hear from staff and current and former students.

The visit began with a visit to a staff development session to observe the some of the regular professional development that takes place weekly at the high school. The session showed instructional strategies that help students develop critical thinking skills.

The secretary then visited three classrooms, AP U.S. History taught by Erin Brisbin, an 11th grade AVID class taught by Darcy Houston, and AP Literature and Composition taught by Matthew Brisbin. The classrooms modeled the critical thinking strategies that were part of the staff development session.

After the high school tour, the secretary traveled to the Evergreen Space Museum, where the high school conducts its Engineering & Aerospace Sciences Academy (EASA) pathway classes.

At the museum, Secretary DeVos observed the robotics program and attended two roundtables that featured student and staff discussions. The students talked about college and career readiness and opportunities offered by the high school. The students represented a range of the high school's Career Pathway programs.

The staff roundtable, which featured a mix of teachers and administrators, covered initiatives like the Science Experiences that provide STEM learning for every grade in every school. The staff also discussed the robust professional development that provides consistent instruction across the district.

"We're proud of the accomplishments of our students, our staff and our community," said Dr. Maryalice Russell, superintendent of the McMinnville School District. "As educators, we look for teachable moments, and we see this visit as a way to engage in open dialogue about good teaching strategies and good instructional practices in public education.

"If others can learn from our successes, we're happy to share our experiences with the secretary and her staff."

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Photo 1: Secretary DeVos meets teachers in the staff development section. Teacher shaking hands with secretary is McMinnville High School math teacher Tamara Secrist.

Photo 2: After classroom visits, Secretary DeVos wanted to hear more about the instructional strategies and their implementation. From left, Dr. Maryalice Russell, superintendent; secretary; Dr. Amy Fast, assistant principal of MHS; and Veronica Chase, assistant principal of MHS. Fast and Chase led the staff development session.

Photo 3: Secretary DeVos listens to McMinnville High School and EASA (Engineering & Aerospace Sciences Academy) sophomore Laura Denney explain the robotics program.

Photo 4: The secretary listened to student stories and engaged with students, including a selfie with welding pathway senior Jack Friberg.


Attached Media Files: 2017-10/114/108678/McMinnville_District_Bios.pdf , 2017-10/114/108678/2017_MSD_Highlights.pdf , The secretary listened to student stories and engaged with students, including a selfie with welding pathway senior Jack Friberg. , Secretary DeVos listens to McMinnville High School and EASA (Engineering & Aerospace Sciences Academy) sophomore Laura Denney explain the robotics program. , After classroom visits, Secretary DeVos wanted to hear more about the instructional strategies and their implementation. From left, Dr. Maryalice Russell, superintendent; secretary; Dr. Amy Fast, assistant principal of MHS; and Veronica Chase, assistant p , Secretary DeVos meets teachers in the staff development section. Teacher shaking hands with secretary is McMinnville High School math teacher Tamara Secrist.
Clark Co. Schools
Prairie High School Set to Perform of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 10/13/17 2:52 PM
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Poster
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Poster
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Prairie High School drama will perform the musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" beginning Oct. 28. The musical by Frank Loesser is based on the 1952 book by Shepherd Mead.

The musical business satire follows J. Pierrepont Finch who attempts to climb the corporate ladder using a handbook called How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The tale is filled with potential dangers for the company man, including an office party, backstabbing co-workers, caffeine addiction, and true love as Finch moves through the ranks from window washer to high-powered executive.

The show runs from Oct. 27-28, and Nov. 3-4. Performances will be at Prairie High School, 11311 NE 119th St., Vancouver. Tickets cost $6 for students, $12 for adults, and $8 for senior citizens and are available online at: https://www.greateventseats.com/events.php?lID=152

The performance dates and times are as follows:

Friday, Oct. 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 28 at 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 4 at 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 4 at 7:00 p.m.


Attached Media Files: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Poster
It's Socktober for Amboy and Pleasant Valley students (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 10/13/17 2:47 PM
Amboy Middle School 5th graders show off their socks
Amboy Middle School 5th graders show off their socks
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Thanks to the efforts of two Battle Ground schools, 14,610 toes (and counting) will be properly covered this fall and winter. That's because all of the fifth graders at Amboy Middle School and the kindergartners in Michelle Anderson's class at Pleasant Valley Primary are collecting socks to donate locally as part of "Socktober," a national movement intended to get kids and grownups alike to help their local communities in a fun, easy way.

So far, the two schools have collected 1,461 pairs of new socks, and they're just halfway through the month-long drive. Amboy Middle School has already surpassed its goal of 600 pairs of socks, and Pleasant Valley is about 80 percent of the way towards reaching its goal of 1,000 pairs. Donated socks will be distributed through Battle Ground Public Schools' Family and Community Resources Center, located at the CASEE center.

This is the second time that Michelle Anderson's class has participated in the annual drive. The first time came while she was a teacher at River HomeLink, where her first and second grade students collected about 800 pairs of socks. This year, she decided to bring the drive to the Pleasant Valley campus, where her kindergarten class is collecting new pairs of socks with assistance from the middle school.

"The Socktober drive has been a wonderful experience," Anderson said. "Not only do the socks go to local community members in need, but it also provides valuable lessons to students. Counting and pairing socks provides kindergarteners with math practice, while also presenting an opportunity to talk about what it means to be homeless and why it's important to do something to help others."

Teacher Erica Benge got all of Amboy Middle School's fifth grade classes involved after her class watched Kid President's "Spreading the Good" video on YouTube. After sharing the video with the other fifth grade classes, everyone agreed that they wanted to participate. To help generate interest and have a little extra fun kicking off the drive, Amboy's fifth graders got creative with their own footwear for "crazy sock day" early in the month.

"Kids are learning that even seemingly little things like socks can mean so much, and that small acts of kindness really do make a difference," Benge said. "Through this donation drive, we are trying to 'spread the good,' to learn empathy, and create a sense of community. It's been uplifting to see how much the students and staff enjoy giving and caring about those in need."

You may be asking yourself, "why socks?" Well, socks are one of the least donated items in homeless shelters, yet are among the most-needed items. Socktober was launched several years ago by "Kid President" creator Brad Montague to address this issue, and it's really taken off. Last year, more than 10,000 schools, families, businesses, and churches rallied together to bring Socktober to life, and people from every state and continent have taken part in the drive since its inception.

Donated socks will be made available to local families and students in need through the district's Family and Community Resource Center (FCRC). If you are interested in donating new socks or blankets as part of this drive, or are in need such items for yourself or your family, please contact the FCRC by calling 360-885-5434 or emailing fcrc@battlegroundps.org.


Attached Media Files: Amboy Middle School 5th graders show off their socks , Amboy Middle School 5th grade teacher Erica Benge with her students
Evergreen Public Schools launches public survey
Evergreen Sch. Dist. - 10/16/17 9:19 AM
Vancouver, Wash. -- Evergreen Public Schools (EPS) is giving those living within its borders a chance to comment on a potential construction bond package. The survey, available at the link below, will be open until Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 5:00pm.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5RFJ9HL

The survey, according to Superintendent John Steach, will help the district assess community support for a construction bond that could replace five aging elementary schools (Sifton, Marrion, Ellsworth, Image and Burton), Wy'east Middle School, Mountain View High School, and the district's alternative high school (Legacy), as well as build a new elementary school and a permanent building addition at Heritage High School to replace aging portables. "We want to know how our citizens view the schools in their neighborhoods and answer any questions they might have about short- and long-range facility plans."

The district last passed a capital bond in 2002 which allowed the construction of three new schools (Columbia Valley and Endeavour Elementary Schools, and Union High School), the replacement of three schools (Cascade and Covington Middle Schools, and Orchards Elementary), the remodeling of Evergreen High School, and several major improvement projects at other district facilities. In 2008, a bond measure to replace eight schools, including Sifton Elementary which was built in 1958, did not reach the 60 percent approval needed for passage.

The feedback gained through the survey will determine the next steps in the district's facility improvement process.
Public Art Dedicated at Union Ridge Elementary School (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 10/11/17 4:32 PM
Closeup of public artwork designed by artist Garth Edwards for Union Ridge Elementary School
Closeup of public artwork designed by artist Garth Edwards for Union Ridge Elementary School
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017 -- Ridgefield, Washington -- On Saturday, October 7, newly-installed public artwork was dedicated at Union Ridge Elementary School. The artwork was designed by Garth Edwards, a Washington artist who has created work for a number of public commissions in the past, including the Seattle Children's Theater.

Edwards was selected to create the design for the school by a committee made up of Ridgefield community members, teachers and school district administrators. Over the last year and a half, the committee collaborated with Edwards to refine the design, and the completed artwork was installed at the school this past summer.

"The birds and creatures you see in the Union Ridge piece appear in a lot of Garth Edwards' work," said Alan Adams, Union Ridge Elementary School art teacher. "The committee felt that his artistic style was a good fit for the Ridgefield community--playful, family-friendly and nature-oriented. The response has been overwhelmingly positive."

Funding for the art project came from "percent-for-art" funds from the state's Art in Public Places program (AIPP) of the Washington State Arts Commission. The program allocates one-half of 1% of the state's portion of the cost of new construction at state agencies and public schools be used to acquire artwork for the state.

Both Union Ridge Elementary and South Ridge Elementary qualified to receive the funds when recent new school construction was completed at their schools. Adams was instrumental in applying for the funds. Union Ridge's newly-dedicated artwork is now part of the State Art Collection.

Stuart Nakamura, another Washington artist, is currently installing his work at South Ridge Elementary. A dedication of his work is scheduled at the school later this fall.

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Ridgefield School District Honors October Employee and Students of the Month (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 10/10/17 6:00 PM
Nani Mack
Nani Mack
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017 -- Ridgefield, Washington -- On October 10, Ridgefield School District officials recognized the October Employee and Students of the Month at the regular Board of Directors meeting.

The Employee of the Month is Nani Mack. Mrs. Mack's dedication to her students is limitless. Her students know from the very first moment they step into her classroom, that they are loved, cherished, valued and appreciated. Nani teaches with passion and humor, which the students love . She uses her creativity to inspire them. She has a natural ability to meet students where they are while also showing them what they will become.

Nani is also a valued member of the Union Ridge staff. She is the first to offer her assistance to our newest teachers during New Staff Induction and takes the time to share her knowledge with colleagues through Google classes she teaches each month.

Nani's personalized approach to learning, quick smile and easy-going sense of humor make her a joy to work with. We celebrate Nani Mack as Union Ridge Elementary's Employee of the Month.

Students of the Month

Wyatt Bilek, a kindergartner, is October's Student of the Month at South Ridge Elementary School. Wyatt started off the school year with an amazing attitude in the most positive way. He is cheerful, kind, friendly and respectful and comes to school ready to learn. He has proven himself to be an excellent role model for his new kindergarten classmates. South Ridge Elementary is proud to name Wyatt Bilek as their Student of the Month for October.

Brady Winter, a sixth grader, was selected at Union Ridge Elementary. Brady is kind-hearted and considerate of others. In addition to being a hard-working student, he takes the time to coach other students to help them understand their assignments. On his own, Brady helps to check in Chromebooks in math class and regularly offers teachers his help in other ways. The sixth grade team would love to have a classroom full of students just like Brady! Union Ridge Elementary is proud to name Brady Winter as their October Student of the Month.

Cameron Jones, a seventh grader, was selected from View Ridge Middle School. Cameron is an amazing young lady. She is kind, responsible, and a go-getter. Whenever help is needed for setting up, cleaning up or assisting her classmates, she works hard and tries her best. Cameron says thank you after class every day and is a prime example of what a Student of the Month exemplifies. View Ridge Middle School is proud to select Cameron Jones as their Student of the Month for October.

Cesar Rojas-Rincon, a senior, was chosen from Ridgefield High School. Cesar is an excellent student. His schedule includes an advanced Spanish language class, an online Advanced Placement class in Stats and Advanced Placement classes in Literature and Government. In addition, he is a cross country runner and soccer player at RHS. He excels in the classroom, carrying a 3.9+ GPA. Teachers describe Cesar as a model student, polite, hardworking and one who strives for success, and one who focuses on education and learning. Another commented that he is "rocking AP Lit--setting the bar for everyone else." While RHS has many students worthy of Student of the Month honors, Cesar rose to the top to be the first student selected from Ridgefield High School for the 2017-18 school year.

Ridgefield School District is grateful to its sponsor, the historic Sportsman's Restaurant and Lounge, a local Ridgefield business owned and operated by Terry Hurd. This is the fourth year that Hurd has provided funding to support the district's recognition program.

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Attached Media Files: Nani Mack , Wyatt Bilek , Brady Winter , Cameron Jones , Cesar Rojas-Rincon
Ridgefield School Board Re-Adopts Pursuing Premier (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 10/10/17 12:15 PM
"Pursuing Premier" -- Ridgefield School District's goals and planning blueprint.
"Pursuing Premier" -- Ridgefield School District's goals and planning blueprint.
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017 -- Ridgefield, Washington -- The Ridgefield School District Board of Directors has approved the newest version of Pursuing Premier, the district's goals and planning blueprint--a bold document that provides direction for the district's pursuit in becoming Washington state's premier school system.

"Pursuing Premier articulates the district's goals and serves as our planning blueprint," said Dr. Nathan McCann, the district's superintendent. "It is as much a commitment in the value and belief in our kids as it is a blueprint that guides our path for the future."

First adopted by the school board in the 15-16 school year, Pursuing Premier outlines four focus areas that are critical to the district's aspirations:

Quality instruction that ensures research-based instructional practices are implemented in every classroom;

Educational programs focused on supporting the growth and development of the whole child;

Learning environments that promote appropriate risk-taking and prepare all students for success in the 21st century;

Community partnerships that promote collaboration and enhanced communication and provide additional learning experiences for Ridgefield students.

The district will continue to adhere to the following four goals it identified since the document's inception:

Goal #1: Achieve high outcomes through quality instruction, personalized learning, and continuous improvement resulting in success for every student;

Goal #2: Provide safe, inclusive, and supportive environments that nurture the well-being of the whole child;

Goal #3: Provide collaboration and communication opportunities with families, staff, and the community resulting in strong partnerships;

Goal #4: Close the disparity gaps by ensuring high expectations, removing barriers and providing opportunities for all students.

The major modification in the newly-adopted Pursuing Premier document specifies the use of Key Performance Indicators (KPI's) based on student responses from the Healthy Youth Survey to provide a more precise measurement of outcomes for Goals #2 and #4. It also clarifies the purpose of weekly collaboration time for certificated staff for Goal #3.

"Pursuing Premier outlines the district's values, goals and direction and is instrumental in helping to establish guardrails," said Chris Griffith, Assistant Superintendent. "This ensures continuity across the district while still allowing individual sites the flexibility to address their needs."

The document, in its entirety, can be found on the school district's website at http://www.ridgefieldsd.org/pursuing-premier. Click the PDF link at the bottom of the page.

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Attached Media Files: "Pursuing Premier" -- Ridgefield School District's goals and planning blueprint.
Cowlitz Co. & Lower Columbia (WA) Schools
Woodland Public Schools' partnership with Love Overwhelming receives $55,000 grant to help homeless students in Cowlitz County (Photo)
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 10/16/17 4:00 PM
A collaborative partnership between Woodland Public Schools and Love Overwhelming resulted in the award of a $55,000 grant to help the area's homeless (Pictured: Leslie Mohlman, Jake Hall, Chuck Hendrickson, Jill Boaglio)
A collaborative partnership between Woodland Public Schools and Love Overwhelming resulted in the award of a $55,000 grant to help the area's homeless (Pictured: Leslie Mohlman, Jake Hall, Chuck Hendrickson, Jill Boaglio)
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Monday, October 16, 2017-Woodland, WA-Woodland Public Schools' ongoing partnership with Love Overwhelming, a nonprofit organization based in Cowlitz County, resulted in the award of a $55,000 grant to provide resources and assistance to homeless students and their families.

Stemming from the Our Kids, Our Business Community Task Force dedicated to address the needs of under-resourced families and students in the Woodland community, Woodland Public Schools developed a collaborative partnership with Love Overwhelming. "The district took a serious look at Love Overwhelming's staff and services, and decided they would make an excellent collaborative partner to raise awareness of the needs affecting vulnerable members of our community experiencing homelessness by helping to provide resources and assistance," said Leslie Mohlman, Community, Family, Student Resource Coordinator for Woodland Public Schools. "Together, Woodland Public Schools and Love Overwhelming identify and line up resources and services to give our homeless students and their families the help they need to find employment and homes."

Chuck Hendrickson, Founder and Executive Director of Love Overwhelming, started the organization in 2009 after working for a mental health agency where he interviewed many applicants who couldn't find housing. "Clark and Cowlitz counties are currently experiencing a housing crisis," he said. "For example, only 1.6% of all housing in Vancouver is classified as 'affordable' which presents an incredible challenge for families who need low-income housing."

Simply locating affordable housing opportunities can present huge barriers to low-income families. "We know of more than 30 families in our area alone who currently live in vehicles or other forms of residence not intended for permanent human habitation with more than 70 additional families who already have support vouchers but still cannot find homes to rent," Hendrickson explained. "For me, it's my faith that drives me -- helping people find homes is my mission."

In September, Woodland Public Schools and Love Overwhelming received a grant for $55,000 from the Washington State Department of Commerce to provide additional staff support in the form of Housing Navigators who directly assist students and their families. "We've seen applicants already approved for housing support lose their vouchers because they couldn't find available homes over the course of an entire year," explained Jill Boaglio, a Housing Navigator from Love Overwhelming assigned to Woodland Public Schools. "We help those in need locate, obtain, and maintain housing while also helping them learn life skills ranging from attending substance abuse treatment programs and locating behavioral health services to learning tasks as simple as how to get a public library card so families can borrow books and improve their education."

Woodland Public Schools and Love Overwhelming use flex funding to offer resources to families in need including personal health and hygiene items; transportation passes like bus passes; utility deposits and emergency payments; rental application fees; and background and credit check application fees. "The goal of the Homeless Student Stability Program is to provide consistent education for homeless students through housing stability by helping any family experiencing a housing crisis," explained Mohlman. "To this end, we help homeless families break through the barriers preventing them from obtaining permanent housing which often include the myriad of costs involved in simply applying for housing."

Under-resourced families and students who qualify for the McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Act, a federal law created to ensure the enrollment and educational stability of homeless children and youth, are the top priority. "Our goal is to connect the under-resourced families we serve with the organizations offering help in Clark and Cowlitz counties," said Mohlman. "We want to help families line up jobs and get work so they may improve their lives."

The Woodland Public Schools Family Community Resource Center (FCRC) provides resources and services to students and their families in need who live in either Cowlitz or Clark counties. To find more information about services offered by the FCRC or to find ways you can support the FCRC, you can visit their website at www.woodlandschools.org/fcrc, email mohlmanl@woodlandschools.org, or call (360) 841-2718.

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Leslie Mohlman, Community, Family, Student Resource Coordinator for Woodland Public Schools
Jake Hall, Executive Director of Learning Support and Alternatives for Woodland Public Schools
Chuck Hendrickson, Executive Director for Love Overwhelming
Jill Boaglio, Housing Navigator for Love Overwhelming

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Private & Charter Schools - Portland area
Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 10/11/17 8:38 AM
Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors Tuesday October 17th 2017 @ :6:30 PM
1-888-824-5783 Ext.90095991# and via Blackboard Collaborate at
http://tinyurl.com/BoardORVA
Businesses
PacificSource Foundation Awards $218k in Grant Support to Regional Nonprofits
PacificSource Health Plans - 10/12/17 1:16 PM
(Springfield, Ore.) Oct. 12, 2017-- The PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement recently committed $218,000 in grant support to eight nonprofit organizations based in Oregon, Idaho, Southwest Washington, and Montana. The grant funding will span from one to three years. The Foundation, founded in 1992, has awarded a total of $ 376,000 to 14 nonprofits in 2017 thus far, with additional grants to be announced in November.

"Working in partnership to improve community health is a shared mission of both PacificSource and of our foundation," said Marian Blankenship, executive director of PacificSource's Foundation for Health Improvement. "We know that we can do so much more when we partner toward building vibrant and healthy communities. We are pleased to announce this latest round of funding to these deserving nonprofits."

The following organizations will receive grant funding:

Oregon:
Old Mill Center for Children and Families -- Trauma Informed Care Training and Support for Community Organizations. Three-year grant funding consisting of $25,000 in year one, $22,000 in year two and $20,000 in year three.
Gorge Grown Food Network --Veggie Rx for Pregnant Mothers and Their Families. One year grant of $35,000.
Cornerstone Community Housing -- Healthy Homes Program. Three-year grant of $25,000 per year.

Idaho:
Boise Rescue Mission -- Mental Health Program. Three-year grant of $20,000 per year.

Montana:
Missoula Aging Services --Care Transitions Program. One-year grant for $25,000.
Billings Clinic Foundation -- Project Echo Montana. Two-year grant of $10,000 per year.
Community Food and Agriculture Coalition -- Double SNAP Dollars for Healthy Communities. Two-year grant of $15,000 per year.

Southwest Washington:
Free Clinic of Southwest Washington -- Diabetes Program, Partnering to Address Root Causes of Poor Health. One-year grant of $11,000.

The PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement's mission is to provide resources and funds for the health and welfare of underserved and vulnerable populations, with an emphasis on children and youth. For information on how to apply for a PacificSource Foundation grant, visit http://bit.ly/2yK92qF



About PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement
Founded in 1992, the PacficSource Foundation for Health Improvement is an
expression of our commitment to our communities. Its mission is to improve community health through the touchstones of better health, better care and lower healthcare costs. The Foundation's grants and partnerships focus on improving access to healthcare for vulnerable populations and promoting health excellence via innovative care and community health and wellness programs. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2yK92qF

About PacificSource Health Plans
PacificSource Health Plans is an independent, regional, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Founded in 1933, PacificSource is based in Springfield with local offices throughout Oregon, and in Idaho and Montana. The PacificSource family of companies employs 900 people, serves more than 300,000 individuals, and has 3,900 employer clients throughout the Northwest. For more information visit PacificSource.com.
SAIF's free farm safety seminars kick off Oct. 31
SAIF - 10/11/17 7:02 AM
Summary: Annual seminars visiting 16 cities between now and March.
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While agriculture has its fair share of injuries and illnesses, it's not easy for workers and employers to get away from the fields to learn how to reduce risks. That's why SAIF is using the off-season--October through March--to conduct its annual ag safety seminars.

SAIF has presented the free, half-day seminars for more than 20 years. SAIF will be presenting in 16 cities across the state, with an additional Spanish seminar in nine cities.

The full schedule and registration details can be found at saif.com/agseminars.

The seminars are designed primarily for people working in agriculture, but are open to anyone interested in ag safety and health--they don't have to be insured by SAIF.

This year, seminars will be held in Bandon, Central Point, Clackamas, Corvallis, Eugene, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Madras, Ontario, Salem, The Dalles, Wilsonville, and Woodburn.

Spanish-language seminars will be held in Central Point, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Klamath Falls, Salem, The Dalles, Wilsonville, and Woodburn.

Each seminar is held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and includes lunch. The first one will be October 31 in Ontario.

This year's topics include mechanical hazards, ergonomics, safety leadership and communication skills, and the difference between safety and compliance.

Employers with small ag businesses who attend the seminar will meet OSHA's instructional requirement, one of four requirements that exempt small agricultural operations from random OSHA inspections.

The Oregon State Landscaping Contractors Board has approved the seminar for four hours of continuing education credits and the Department of Consumer and Business Services has approved the seminar for four hours of producer continuing education credits.

View the complete schedule or register at saif.com/agseminars. You can also register by calling 800.285.8525.

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. For more than 100 years, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com.
Organizations & Associations
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Four in Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 10/13/17 6:39 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on October, 13, 2017 at approximately 4:30 a.m. in the 5000 block of NE Alberta Court, Portland, OR. This single-family fire affected 4 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/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting 13 in Longview
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 10/12/17 9:38 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on October, 12, 2017 at approximately 6:45 p.m. in the 4000 block of Ocean Beach Highway in Longview, WA. The fire affected 13, including four adults, two children and seven 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/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Four in Dundee
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 10/12/17 9:17 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on October 12, 2017, at approximately 5:30 a.m. in the 600 block of Elm Street in Dundee, Oregon. The fire affected four adults. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits 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/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Nine in Carlton
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 10/11/17 9:25 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on October, 11, 2017, at approximately 5:00 p.m. in the 9000 block of NW Shelton Rd. in Carlton, OR. The fire affected nine, including six 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/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Central City Concern receives national award
Central City Concern - 10/11/17 2:48 PM
National Alliance to End Homelessness Honors Pioneers in
Innovation and Excellence at Annual Awards Ceremony

2017 Honorees Include: Oxford Street Shelter (Portland, ME);
Central City Concern (Portland, OR); and the County of Los Angeles
October 10, 2017, Washington, D.C. -- The National Alliance to End Homelessness today announced recipients for the 2017 Innovation and Excellence Awards. The Alliance's Annual Awards Ceremony honors those individuals and organizations making extraordinary efforts to end homelessness in their communities, and recognizes their impact in advancing the mission to end homelessness nationwide. This year's ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 26 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Of the countless local and national leaders worthy of recognition, the Alliance has chosen the following awardees:

Oxford Street Shelter
Portland, ME
Oxford Street Shelter is honored for the "Long Term Stayers" initiative. In the face of state budget cuts and overwhelming shelter capacity issues, this effort was conceived as a means of better identifying, prioritizing, and housing those individuals who had spent the most cumulative nights in emergency shelter. In the program's first two years, 125 people -- representing a combined 150 years of shelter stays -- have been successfully housed. As a result, the Long Term Stayers initiative has decreased the total number of people seeking shelter on a given night, reduced the total number of bed nights used, eliminated the need for multiple overflow shelters, reduced the rate of returns to homelessness, and built broad community will towards ending long-term homelessness in Portland.

Central City Concern
Portland, OR
Central City Concern is honored its outstanding legacy in the mission to end homelessness in Portland, OR. Under the leadership of Mr. Ed Blackburn, Central City Concern has become a national model for integrated services for people experiencing homelessness. The organization annually provides housing for 3,500 people, health services for more than 8,300 individuals, and job services for 950 people. Blackburn's highly collaborative approach has also served as an effective case study for sharing best practices and leveraging success to benefit communities across the nation.

The County of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
The County of Los Angeles is honored for the LA County Homelessness Initiative. Through an exhaustively transparent and inclusive process -- including countless policy summits, public meetings, and focus groups -- the Homelessness Initiative collected broad-based community input on how to focus the County's efforts to end homelessness. To secure the funds for these efforts, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance to authorize a quarter-cent countywide special sales tax. The ballot measure, known as Measure H, passed with support from nearly 70 percent of voters. Measure H is expected to generate $355 million in annual revenue over the next 10 years to prevent and combat homelessness. In the next five years, it will provide an opportunity to help an estimated 45,000 individuals and families to escape homelessness, and prevent homelessness for an additional 30,000.
"Ending homelessness in any community demands a relentless focus on innovation and pursuit of excellence," said Nan Roman, President and CEO of the Alliance. "This year's awardees demonstrate the power and potential to create lasting change and put us on the road to ending homelessness. We are delighted to recognize their outstanding efforts."

About the National Alliance to End Homelessness:
The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonprofit, non-partisan, organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness in the United States. As a leading voice on the issue of homelessness, the Alliance analyzes policy and develops pragmatic, cost-effective policy solutions; works collaboratively with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build state and local capacity; and provides data and research to policymakers and elected officials in order to inform policy debates and educate the public and opinion leaders nationwide.
The Home Depot to Expand Corporate Office at New Facility in Vancouver, WA; Will House 200 Employees as Anchor Tenant of New Development
Columbia River Economic Development Council - 10/13/17 8:30 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. (October 13, 2017) -- Construction is officially underway on the first phase of development at Vancouver's newest employment center, located east of the Grand Central Shopping center on Columbia House Boulevard. Expected to be completed in June 2018, the first building will welcome the Home Depot QuoteCenter (HDQC) as an anchor tenant of the new development.

Initially launched as a startup in Vancouver, QuoteCenter is a software application used by Home Depot store associates in over 2,000 locations nationwide to facilitate large product orders to professional contractors.

The 45,000 square foot facility will serve as the national headquarters for the HDQC division and is anticipated to house 200 employees, ranging from entry-level technical support to senior engineers, analysts, user experience (UX) designers and product managers. The HDQC currently has 130 employees in Vancouver that will be consolidated at the new headquarters and is actively hiring to meet its expansion needs.

"We're thrilled to be part of the growth in Clark County and Vancouver and the team is very much looking forward to the new, contemporary facility," said Nate Copper, general manager of Home Depot QuoteCenter.

"We are very excited that the Home Depot QuoteCenter chose to continue calling Vancouver home for their expansion, and appreciate the collaboration of both private and public sector partners working to find the best solution to meet the needs of this company," said Mike Bomar, president of the Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC). "Clark County is gaining a reputation as a compelling choice for software and technology companies like HDQC who value access to a talented workforce paired with a high quality of living."

Located in the City of Vancouver's Lower Grand Employment Area, the employment center is anticipated to include 300,000-400,000 square feet of commercial office and retail space over 22 acres of land at full buildout.

"The Lower Grand Employment Area is a highly visible site that sits at the gateway to both Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and the downtown core," said Eric Holmes, city manager for the City of Vancouver. "The City has long recognized the potential impact strategic development of this area can have for the community and we are looking forward to seeing years of dedicated work by City planning staff in collaboration with the private partners coming to fruition."

"We are fortunate to be a part of this community and have the opportunity to collaborate with the City of Vancouver, CREDC and the dynamic team at Home Depot. We are focused on reinventing the 'business park' model by creating an amenity rich collection of compelling work spaces with a great connection to inviting outdoor elements," said Lance Killian, president of Killian Pacific.

Projections anticipate the completed site will support 1,500-3,000 direct jobs with average annual wages of $69,000, with a total of 2,510-5,020 total jobs supported throughout Clark County. The estimated economic impact includes annual payroll of $144-288 million and ongoing property and sales tax revenues of $3.4-6.3 million.


About The Home Depot QuoteCenter

At QuoteCenter, we're changing the way our colleagues at The Home Depot help their customers. Using leading-edge analytics and the latest web technologies, we're developing sales applications from the ground up, on a greenfield platform with a reactive microservices architecture. We're building change that's empowering over 300,000 associates in over 2,000 stores to help millions of customers move forward. www.quotecenter.com/

About Killian Pacific

Killian Pacific, for over 45 years, has been committed to enhancing communities for the long-term by developing real estate projects that improve the quality of life throughout Oregon and Washington. From day one, founder George Killian understood that business for him meant doing the right thing, maintaining strong relationships, and investing in local communities for the long term. These values still guide our company to this day. www.killianpacific.com

About CREDC

Serving Clark County since 1982, CREDC is a private-public partnership of over 150 investors and strategic partners working together to advance the economic vitality of Clark County through business growth and innovation. Through collaborative leadership, the CREDC promotes job creation and capital investment while maintaining the County's exceptionally high quality of life. www.credc.org

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Vancouver City Councilmember Anne McEnerny-Ogle Hosts Volunteers for Evergreen Habitat for Humanity's Elected Officials Build Day on Saturday, October 14, 2017
Evergreen Habitat for Humanity - 10/11/17 2:30 PM
What: Elected Officials Build Day
When: October 14, 2017, 8:00 a.m. -- 4:00 p.m.
Where: 3777 Addy St #6 Washougal, WA 98671

[VANCOUVER, Wa], (October 11, 2017) -- Vancouver City Councilmember, Anne McEnerny-Ogle, is hosting Evergreen Habitat for Humanity's Elected Officials Build Day working alongside fellow community leaders volunteering their time on Saturday, October 14, 2017.

The elected officials will include Clark County Councilor Julie Olson, Clark County Councilor Marc Bolt, Clark County Councilor John Blom, Commissioner Neil Kimsey, and Clark County Councilor Eileen Quiring.

"We are so appreciative of these community leaders coming together with Habitat to help serve our neighbors." Says Josh Townsley, Executive Director of Evergreen Habitat. "They are dedicating their time to help improve the home of a homeowner in need; we are grateful not only for their support, but for helping inspire local volunteerism and advocacy for affordable housing solutions. With their help, we continue to work towards eliminating substandard housing in Clark County."

The various officials will represent all different political groups as well as candidates who are currently seeking leadership positions in November.

They will be working on a home repair project for a local homeowner in need through Habitat's A Brush With Kindness program. As a part of this work, they will be taking down damaged and rotten siding and putting up new siding. This event will be held at 3777 Addy St #6 in Washougal starting at 8:00 a.m. and ending at 4:00 p.m.

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

For additional information or to schedule an interview with an Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, please contact Josh Townsley, Executive Director, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, at 360-737-1759.
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Free Clinic of Southwest Washington Receives $2,500 Grant from the ReMax Equity Group Foundation
Free Clinic of SW Washington - 10/12/17 9:53 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash., Oct. 12, 2017 -- The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington has received a $2,500 grant from the ReMax Equity Group Foundation to care for uninsured patients living with diabetes.

The grant will support the Free Clinic's diabetes program. Under the program, volunteers and community partners offer education, stabilization and comprehensive care to people with diabetes. The Free Clinic will use funds from the grant to purchase insulin.

"We're grateful to the ReMax Equity Group Foundation for its ongoing support," says Barbe West, executive director of the Free Clinic. "This grant will provide supplies for people living with diabetes, many of whom simply can't afford the insulin they need to survive."

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.
Vancouver Chamber Hires Paul Montague and Amy Tanska (Photo)
Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce - 10/11/17 1:51 PM
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(VANCOUVER, WA) -- The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) has hired two former Chamber Executive Directors to join their team. Paul Montague will become the GVCC's Business Solutions Counselor and work to guide businesses to our community's workforce readiness and preparedness resources. Amy Tanska will be the GVCC's Membership Recruitment Director and strive to grow the Chamber's membership base with a diverse set of businesses in Clark County. The Chamber is this region's primary business advocate and through our membership we gain information that allows us to address the needs of businesses in the region at the local and state levels.

Paul Montague is uniquely qualified for the Chamber's Business Solutions Counselor due to his widespread knowledge of Southwest Washington's business climate. He's earned this perspective from his past roles as the Executive Director of Identify Clark County and the Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce, and as the former Sales Director of the GVCC when this organization had its strongest membership numbers. The Business Solutions Counselor role was made possible by the Business Solutions Consortium, which is a collaboration between the GVCC, ResCare WorkSorce Services, the Washington State Employment Security Department, funded by a grant from Workforce SW Washington. The goal is to connect local businesses with services provided by all these partners in the areas of: talent recruitment, On-the-Job Training (OJT), hiring events, pre-employment assessment testing and facilitation, labor market information, access to tax credits and downsizing services.

Amy Tanska's background, education, and community connectivity will set her apart as the Chamber's new Membership Recruitment Director. She's a Washington State University graduate with a Bachelors in Political Science, 2016 graduate of Leadership Clark County, and a former employee of the SW Washington Humane Society, the Mount. St Helen's Institute (Interim Director), and former Executive Director of the Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce. Tanska is a driven sales professional with experience in high dollar sales in the real estate and jewelry industries.

"Amy and Paul's extensive Chamber experience will be a tremendous advantage. Our membership will see immediate benefit from this duo joining the GVCC team in October. Amy and Paul both excel in building relationships, the foundation of a successful Chamber network. We facilitate members creating relationships with other members and our partners daily. It's the connective tissue that makes business-to-business transactions happen," said John McDonagh, GVCC CEO.

About the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC):
Founded in 1890, the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) is a non-profit organization aimed at advancing and strengthening the regional business community through member services, public affairs advocacy and community building. The Chamber is a supportive alliance of diverse member businesses, individuals and organizations, working together toward long-term business prosperity. The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce is the heart of Clark County's business community, advocating for sound, sensible and dynamic policies that ensure a vital economic climate while improving Vancouver's infrastructure and quality of life. For more information, please visit www.vancouverusa.com.
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Northwest Association for Blind Athletes to Host Paralympic Experience for Children with Visual Impairments in Selah, Washington
Northwest Assn. for Blind Athletes - 10/11/17 4:48 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
bhenry@nwaba.org

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes to Host Paralympic Experience for Children with Visual Impairments in Selah, Washington

Vancouver, Washington--October 11, 2017--Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) announced today that it will be hosting a 2017 Paralympic Experience in Selah, Washington. The event is scheduled for Thursday, October 12th at Monument Elementary School (1400 13th Ave. SW Quincy, WA). This event will run from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. This event is open to all K-12 students who are blind or visually impaired. Teachers of the visually impaired and parents of children are also welcome.

This Paralympic Experience is being held in celebration of National White Cane Day. National White Cane Day was created to educate the world about blindness and how people who are blind and visually impaired can live and work independently. NWABA will be celebrating this day by promoting independence and empowerment through sports and athletics!

"We are extremely excited to deliver another Paralympic Experience to youth who are blind or visually impaired in eastern Washington. This particular community is near and dear to NWABA's heart because of how involved the Teachers for the Visually Impaired are with their kids. Having strong program partners enhances our programs and adds so much to the athletes' experience. This truly life-changing opportunity will introduce participants to sports and physical activity and support NWABA's long-term vision of drastically enhancing on-going opportunities throughout the region to ensure every person with a visual impairment is receiving services they need to reach their greatest potential in all areas of life.," said Founder & Executive Director, Billy Henry.

The event will give K-12 students with visual impairments an opportunity to learn the fundamental skills to participate in Goalball (a sport specifically designed for individuals who are blind and visually impaired), track and field, and tandem biking. For more information on 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: bhenry@nwaba.org
Phone: 1-360-718-2826
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Oregonians demand clean car standards from EPA
Oregon Environmental Council - 10/13/17 10:11 AM
PORTLAND, OR - Sunday marks five years since the federal government adopted rules that require automakers to make new cars that pollute less while saving consumers major money at the pump. But in the era of the Trump Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency is taking steps to roll back those rules, similar to those championed by scores of Oregonians and businesses more than 10 years ago.

"Reversing fuel efficiency and clean car standards creates a financial burden on families by making everything they do more expensive," Chris Hagerbaumer, Deputy Director at Oregon Environmental Council, said.

Here's what's at stake. By 2025, fuel efficiency and clean car standards are expected to (all numbers are total benefits from 2012-2025):
Nearly double fuel efficiency;
Save 6 billion metric tons of dangerous tailpipe pollution;
Save America 12 billion barrels of oil;
Save individual consumers $1,460 to $1,620 in fuel costs by the time the standards are fully implemented; and
Save Americans $67 billion to $122 billion over the lifetime of vehicles when the standards are fully implemented.

If Trump's EPA re-opens evaluation of these rules and then rolls them back, the impact means a waste of taxpayer money. Agencies worked thousands of hours to research and gather evidence for more than a year allowing all stakeholders, including the auto industry, to respond.

In 2005, more than 5,000 individual Oregonians and more than 100 businesses, health professionals, faith leaders, elected officials and conservation groups formed a coalition with the help of Oregon Environmental Council and Environment Oregon. Their work convinced the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission to adopt the state's clean car standards.

"We call upon the Trump Administration to keep the clean car standards in place and to allow states to continue to protect their residents," Hagerbaumer said.

For more information on the nationwide impact of these rules to health, families, the environment and to reach Hagerbaumer for comment, contact OEC.

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Oregon Environmental Council (@OECOnline) is a statewide nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to advancing innovative, collaborative and equitable solutions to Oregon's environmental challenges for today and future generations. Visit us: oeconline.org. We invest more than 85% of our contributions directly into policies and programs that benefit people living in Oregon.


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Yamhill County Farm Bureau Annual Dinner Meeting set for Nov. 2
Oregon Farm Bureau - 10/11/17 11:48 AM
Editors: Please add this to your community events calendar.

The Yamhill County Farm Bureau will hold its annual dinner meeting on Thursday, Nov. 2, 5:30 p.m. at the Yamhill County Historical Center, 11275 SW Durham Lane in McMinnville.

The cost is $15.00 per person.

Keynote speaker will be John Williams, OSU Wallowa County Extension, Dept. of Animal & Rangeland Sciences, presenting a discussion on "Wolves in Oregon: Facts, Issues & Research."

For reservations, please leave a message at 503-472-9123 no later than October 25.

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Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation host 'Roaring 20s Gala' (Photo)
Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation - 10/13/17 1:47 PM
Special Guests Ella Osbourne & David Lucas
Special Guests Ella Osbourne & David Lucas
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CONTACT: Doug Thompson or Nicole Mandarano at (503) 413-7399
NEWS RELEASE

Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation host 'Roaring 20s Gala'
Annual awards dinner and fund raiser a roaring success

PORTLAND, October 7, 2017 -- The Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation ('OLSHF') held its annual autumn awards dinner and fund raising gala this evening at the lovely Tiffany Center in downtown Portland. This year's gala theme was 'The Roaring 20s', and the gala was indeed a roaring success!

Among the gala's awards and award recipients were the following:
The 'Funder of the Year' award was presented to Biamp Systems. Based in Beaverton and known worldwide, Biamp is a tech audio hardware and software resource and provider for the professional AV market. Biamp has supported OLSHF every year since 2012, and last year they provided their largest gift ever to help OLSHF keep up with the ever-increasing number of students that OLSHF screens each year.

The 'Hearing Provider of the Year' award was presented to Klamath Audiology. A family business known for being kindhearted and hard-working, Klamath Audiology has helped Klamath area Lions Clubs serve an under-resourced community for nearly 10 years.


The 'Patient Care Provider of the Year' award was presented to Dr. Michael Straiko. For over five years, Dr. Straiko has partnered with OLSHF's Patient Care Program to provide discounted surgeries to people in need. He has performed numerous surgeries in partnership with OLSHF. Board certified in Opthalmology, Dr. Straiko is a subspecialist in Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery at Legacy Good Samaritan's Devers Eye Institute.

The 'MHSP School District of the Year' award was presented to the North Clackamas School District. The North Clackamas School District is unique in Oregon because their students have a distinctive learning experience. They are home to the largest professional-technical program in Oregon, high-demand bilingual schools, and Clackamas County's first International Baccalaureate program.

The 'Vision Partner of the Year' award was presented to Verian Wedeking, administrator of the Casey Eye Institute Outreach program. The OLSHF's LEAP Optical Lab and Casey Eye Institute Outreach have teamed up and been able to provide nearly 3,000 eyeglasses t people in need. Verian Wedeking is the one behind making this partnership an absolute success.


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Youth invited to Aviation Explorer Open House at Pearson Field Education Center October 21
The Historic Trust - 10/11/17 11:56 AM
Corrected release: Please note web address for Pearson Field Education Center is pearsonfieldeducation.org.

Aviation Explorer Post 1905 will host an open house for youth on Saturday, October 21, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Pearson Field Education Center, 201A East Reserve Street, Vancouver WA .

Aviation Exploring is a hands-on program open to young men and women from 14 to 20 years old with an interest in learning more about careers in aviation. Parents are also invited to attend and learn about the program. Hot dogs and snacks will be provided.

Explorers meet on the first and third Saturdays every month from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Meetings incorporate activities, field trips, and interactions with aviation professionals, exposing youth to potential careers in aviation. Explorers is also a leadership development forum, in which participating youth assume governance roles and determine the goals and direction of the group.

Aviation Explorers experience firsthand what it's like to be a pilot, aircraft mechanic, aerospace engineer, flight attendant or air traffic controller. They visit airports, observe flight operations, and experience flying. Participants learn about the educational requirements and receive tangible advice on steps to take now to prepare for a successful career in the field of aviation.

"This open house will kick off the second year of the program," said Rob Reinebach, aviation instructor at Cascadia Technical Academy and post associate advisor. "We are excited to open doors to aviation for the youth in our community."

There is no charge to attend the open house. If youth decide to join the post, the annual dues are $27. Pearson Field Education Center is in a hangar on Pearson Field, at 201A East Reserve Street, Vancouver WA 98661.

For more information about Aviation Explorer Post 1905, contact Garrett Schmidt at 360-992-1818 or garrett.schmidt@thehistorictrust.org or go to the Facebook page @Aviation Explorer Post 1905.

The Pearson Field Education Center is a program of The Historic Trust, a 501c3 nonprofit since 1998. Pearson Field Education Center delivers experiential, aviation-based science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs for youth. It is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for youth and families to enjoy free activities such as glider building, flight simulation, and other educational aviation fun.

For more information about Pearson Field Education Center, visit www.pearsonfieldeducation.org or call 360-992-1815.

For more information about The Historic Trust, visit www.thehistorictrust.org or call 360-992-1800.
Science on Tap Portland -- Exploring the Deep Sea with Nautilus Live
Via Productions - 10/11/17 1:29 PM
Date: Monday, October 16, 2017
Time: Doors at 6 p.m. event at 7 p.m.
Location: https://www.albertarosetheatre.com" target="_blank">Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta Street, Portland, Ore.
Cost: 15 general admission, $8 student with ID, under 21 with parent/guardian only.
Food & Drink: Beer, wine, popcorn, hand pies, and an assortment of sweets and snacks available.

How do you get people excited about the dark, unexplored corners of our planet -- our oceans? For oceanographer Robert Ballard, the answer to this is question simple: bring the mysteries of the deep ocean into the homes and classrooms of millions of people, live.

This summer, three Portland educators, Alfonso Garcia Arriola, Linda Fergusson-Kolmes, and http://www.jennywrites.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Jenny Woodman, joined Ballard's Corps of Exploration on board the E/V Nautilus -- a 64-meter research vessel outfitted with cutting-edge technology for ocean exploration and education. Using remotely operated and autonomous vehicles in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, the corps visited deep sea coral and sponge communities, underwater volcanoes and so much more.

At this Science on Tap, join Alfonso, Linda, and Jenny to learn about seafloor mapping, otherworldly deep sea organisms, science communication, and slice of life at sea!

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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.