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Albany Narcotic Arrest (Photo)
Albany Police - 04/26/17 8:20 AM
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The Albany Police Department and the Linn Interagency Narcotics Enforcement (LINE) Taskforce executed a narcotic search warrant in the 3200 block of SE 16TH Avenue in Albany. This was after a short investigation that led to this location. Over 3 ounces of Heroin, 1/2 ounce of Cocaine, 1 1/2 ounces of Meth, 100's of different prescription medications and several vials of steroids were seized. Over $4000.00 in cash was seized on the case. 3 children in the home were temporarily removed.

Terrell Lee Edwards, 45 years of age of Albany, was arrested for Unlawful Delivery and Possession of Heroin, Unlawful Delivery and Possession of Cocaine, Unlawful Delivery and Possession Methamphetamine. He was lodged at the Linn County Jail.

LINE, Linn Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Taskforce is made up of investigators from the Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Police Department, Lebanon Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration and Sweet Home Police Department.


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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event
Beaverton Police Dept. - 04/25/17 1:06 PM
The Beaverton Police Department in partnership with the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be providing the opportunity for you to drop off expired or unused prescription medications.

WHEN: Saturday, April 29, 2017 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Beaverton Police Department 4755 SW Griffith Drive Beaverton Oregon, 97005

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines--flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash--both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Beaverton Police Officers will be on hand to accept unwanted medications at your driver's- side door. The service is free and anonymous -- no questions asked.

Items Accepted:
Any unwanted prescriptions or over-the-counter medicines.

Items Not Accepted:
Illegal drugs
Medical waste or trash
Thermometers, syringes, or needles
IV solutions


Attached Media Files: Press Release
Beaverton Police Department 2017 Police Service Awards Ceremony
Beaverton Police Dept. - 04/24/17 1:35 PM
The Beaverton Police Department's 2017 Police Service Awards and Recognition Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, April 27, 2017, beginning at 5:00 p.m.

The ceremony will be held at the Southwest Bible Church, located at 14605 SW Weir Road, and will take place in the main sanctuary.

We will be honoring two citizens from our community in addition to officers and non-sworn members of the Beaverton Police Department.

This ceremony is open to the public and media. Please join us for this wonderful event and opportunity to recognize citizens from our community, your police officers and other members of the Beaverton Police Department.
##BPD##


Attached Media Files: Press Release
Woman Struck By Train
Beaverton Police Dept. - 04/21/17 9:20 AM
UPDATE
The victim is identified as

Cindy Rodriguez 26 years of age from Beaverton (no middle name)

Cindy is still alive and is still being treated for the injuries she sustained. (I will not go into any detail about her specific injuries.)

The train engineer and conductor both saw her and were doing everything they could to get her attention and to get the train to stop.

The cause of this tragedy looks to be distraction on the part of the victim. The investigation is showing that all of the warning devices were active before the time she began crossing the roadway in the crosswalk with the rail crossing arm down at the outer edge of the crosswalk. The horn and bells were being used by the train, and the conductor was on the walkway of the engine yelling at her to get her attention.

I hope to have an update this afternoon on the prognosis for Cindy.


On Thursday, April 20th, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. Beaverton Police responded to SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway and SW Lombard Ave on a report of a pedestrian being struck by a freight train.

Officers arrived at 3:31 p.m. and located the victim a 26-year-old female adult on the north side of the railroad tracks. She had sustained serious life threating injuries. The officers applied two tourniquets to her injuries. This action allowed TVF&R and Metro West to get her into an ambulance and to the hospital immediately.

According to witness statements the train crossing arms, warning lights and pedestrian signals were all active. The train horn could be heard by the witness as the victim was in the crosswalk on the west side of SW Lombard Avenue. It is believed that she might have been distracted on her phone.

This is an extremely tragic incident and is a sobering reminder to all of us to be aware of our surroundings at all times.
##BPD##


Attached Media Files: Press Release
Assault III (Road Rage)
Bend Police Dept. - 04/23/17 1:26 PM
Date: Sunday, April 23, 2017 Case # 2017-00121969

Date & Time of Incident: 04-22-17 @ 1826 hrs
Type of Incident: Assault III (Road Rage)
Location of Incident: 61535 S. Hwy 97 Bend, Or

Victim Information:
Farrell, Kelly 20 yoa male, Bend resident

Suspect Information:
Butcher, Blaise W. 31 yoa male, Bend resident


Narrative:
On Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 at 1826 hours, Bend Police Officers responded to an assault that had just occurred in the Fred Meyer parking lot. It was reported two males were assaulting another male.

The suspects fled the area prior to officers arriving but a witness provided officers with a license plate for the suspect vehicle. From the victim and witness statements, it was determined a white lifted Ford pick-up blocked Farrell into a parking stall in the Fred Meyer parking lot over a perceived road rage incident (tailgating and brake checking). Investigation revealed Blaise Butcher repeatedly assaulted Farrell by striking him multiple times in the face, causing Farrell's glasses to break. Farrell received minor, non-life threatening injury as a result of the assault.

During the assault, Farrell obtained a knife to defend himself and Butcher reportedly told him he had been stabbed before and continued to physically assault Farrell. The knife was not used during this event other than a warning to attempt to get Butcher and his accomplice to stop their assault.

Officers responded to the registered owner's address. Butcher initially refused commands to stop and fled into the home. Officers were able to surround the house and after approximately an hour, Butcher exited the home and was taken into custody without incident.

Butcher was lodged at the Deschutes County Jail on the below listed charges. Officers are actively attempting to identify the second male, known only at this time as "Justin".

Charges:
Assault III
Disorderly Conduct II
Criminal Mischief II
Vehicle/ Pedestrian Hit and Run crash
Bend Police Dept. - 04/22/17 4:00 PM
Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017 Case # 2017-00121374

Date & Time of Incident: 04-22-17 @ 0050
Type of Incident: Vehicle/ Pedestrian Hit and Run crash
Location of Incident: NB Parkway/ SE Wilson

Victim Information:
Morales Gonzales, Horacio

Suspect Information:
Unknown


Narrative:
On April 22nd, 2017 at 0050 hours, Bend Police Officers responded to a report of a male lying in the middle of northbound Highway 97 near Reed Market Rd. On arrival of officers, the location was determined to be in the northbound lanes nearest the Wilson St overpass.

Morales was located with serious injuries and from the debris located at the scene, it was apparent he had been struck by an unknown type motor vehicle.
Morales was transported to St. Charles Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

The Bend Police Department is continuing to investigate the incident and process the recovered evidence but is asking for the public's help with any information known about this incident. If you have information, please call the Bend Police Department through the non-emergency dispatch number of 541-693-6911.
Murder Victim Identified (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/24/17 3:57 PM
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Benton County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the victim in the murder investigation that resulted in the arrest of William Chase Hargrove.
The victim has been identified as Anna Alekseyevna Repkina, born on September 24, 1989 in Russia.
Ms. Repkina had no known relatives living in the United States.
On March 1, 2017, Ms. Repkina was admitted through the Los Angeles International Airport with a valid passport issued by the government of Russia.
Her most recent residence was Corvallis, Oregon.
Her family has been notified with assistance of Russian Authorities.
Benton County Sheriff's Office asks that if anyone has information about Ms. Repkina and her activities while in Corvallis and Benton County, please contact them at 541.766.6858.


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Sheriff's Office hosts annual Drug Take Back Event
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/20/17 3:07 PM
Corvallis, Ore. -- On April 29, 2017, you can safely dispose of your expired or unused medications. The Benton County Sheriff's Office is hosting a Drug Take Back Event from 10:00a.m. -- 2:00p.m., at the Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 SW 53rd St., Corvallis, Ore.

The Drug Take Back Event is a free, one-day, drive-through event. You will drive up and drop medications directly into a disposal box.

Bring your expired or unwanted prescription or over-the-counter medications including those from deceased family members or pets. Some items are not allowed at the event. For safety reasons, these include thermometers, intra-venous solutions, needles, EpiPens(R), or medical waste of any kind. Illegal drugs are also not accepted. Medications can only be accepted from individual households, not from businesses such as nursing homes, doctor's offices, or veterinary clinics.

This event is offered as a public safety service to help keep prescription drugs out of the hands of kids or others who might abuse them. Misuse of prescription drugs is a serious problem, especially with teens and young adults. Additionally, improperly disposing of medications by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash can lead to contamination of our drinking water. While most drugs can be treated at wastewater treatment plants, some cannot.

This event is sanctioned and supported by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as part of their National Take-Back Initiative. The Benton County Sheriff's Office is able to offer this service due to the volunteer support of their Reserve Deputies, Auxiliary Team, and Search and Rescue members. It is also made possible due to support from community partners: Philomath Police Department, Covanta, and Benton County Health Services.

For more information, visit the Benton County Sheriff's Office website at www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff and click on the "Other Services" menu.
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Attached Media Files: 2017-04/1505/103711/Drug_Take_Back_Press_Release_4.20.17.pdf
Arrest made in Benton County Murder Case (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/20/17 9:53 AM
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On 4/19/17, deputies from the Benton County Sheriff's Office arrested William Chase Hargrove for Murder.
Mr. Hargrove is a 27 year old male. This charge is correlated to the deceased female discovered outside the community of Alsea, Oregon on 4/17/2017.
The victim of the homicide has been tentatively identified, but a positive identification has not been made and next of kin has NOT been notified. These efforts may take several days, and until the proper notifications have been made, no further information will be released on the victim.
The investigation of the murder has been difficult. The investigation will continue and additional evidence is being examined.
This effort required a coordinated effort from a multitude of criminal justice agencies to include Benton County District Attorney's Office, Corvallis Police Department, Philomath Police Department, Oregon State Police, Albany Police Department, FBI and the Oregon Department of Justice.


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Update on Missing Camas, Washington Teen and Vehicle
Camas Police Dept. - 04/21/17 10:28 PM
Since 16yo Cole Burbank was reported missing on April 13th, 2017, there's been an on-going, multi-agency search for him and the vehicle he was driving.

During the early evening of April 21, 2017, the 2010, Black Honda Accord (WA plates AKW3441)associated with Cole was located in a shopping center parking lot in Chehalis, Washington.

Inside the vehicle was a lone, deceased occupant, described as a young, adult male.

The body was released to the Lewis County Coroner for positive identification.

Again, the Camas Police would like to express their gratitude to the public for their concerns, volunteer search efforts and tips and also to the assisting agencies involved in this investigation; Chehalis Police Department, Vancouver Police Department, Clark County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
Camas PD Still Searching for Missing Teen (Photo)
Camas Police Dept. - 04/20/17 5:30 PM
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16 year old Cole Burbank was reported missing by his parents on 4/13/17. The last confirmed sighting of Cole was at Camas High School on 4/13/17 at about 7:45 am. He left driving a 2010 Honda Accord 4-door with Washington License AKW3441. It is likely Cole was in the vicinity of Clark College (where he attended Running Start classes) after left Camas High. Cole has not been seen or heard from since. This type of behavior is not common for Cole and his family is very concerned for his welfare.

Immediately after taking the report, Camas Police began an intense investigation in the attempts to locate Cole as quickly as possible. Multiple law enforcement agencies across the region have aided in the search for Cole. Unfortunately, at this point, none of the tips have given authorities any information as to Cole's current whereabouts.

The Camas Police are encouraging the public to continue to stay vigilant and report all tips to (360)693-3111 as soon as possible. The search for Cole remains a high priority.

A flyer is attached. In, addition there is a photo of Cole in the clothing he was last seen in (blue jeans, red/black checkered shirt) as well as the Honda Accord.


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UPDATE -- Sheriff's Office IDs suspect in sexual assault of 9-year-old; photos attached; tips sought (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/24/17 2:43 PM
Earlier suspect sketch
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Please reference CCSO Case # 17-5230

A suspect in the burglary and sexual assault of a 9-year old girl has been identified through physical evidence. Photos of the suspect are attached, and the Sheriff's Office is seeking tips from the public.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Child Abuse Team detectives have identified the suspect as Santiago Martinez-Flores, born 03/02/1969. At this writing he is 48 years old.

Santiago Martinez-Flores has also been known to use the aliases "Felipe Coeto" and "Isidro Ramos Flores."

The sexual assault occurred at the Clackamas Trails Apartments during the early morning hours of Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017.

Martinez-Flores has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 1994. He was last known to have been deported to Mexico in March of 2001 after serving approximately two years in the Oregon Department of Corrections.

Martinez-Flores has used several different aliases in the past ("Felipe Coeto" and "Isidro Ramos Flores," listed above) and could very well be using an alias at this time.

Several photos of Santiago Martinez-Flores are attached, as well as the original Sheriff's Office suspect sketch.

TIPS SOUGHT

Anyone with information that can help the Sheriff's Office locate and arrest Santiago Martinez-Flores is urged to contact our Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 17-5230.

The March 1 release in this case is reproduced below.
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EARLIER (March 1, 2017, 2:22 p.m.) -- Sheriff's Office releases suspect sketch, seeks tips in sexual assault of 9-year-old

Please reference CCSO Case # 17-5230

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Child Abuse Team is asking the public for tips following the Feb. 26 sexual assault of a 9-year-old at the Clackamas Trails Apartments, located at 10411 SE Cook Ct. in unincorporated Clackamas County. A suspect sketch is attached.

During the early morning hours of Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, an unknown assailant broke into an apartment in the apartment complex. Once inside, the suspect sexually abused the young victim as she was sleeping.

The victim woke up during the assault -- and was later able to provide a description of the suspect.

A forensic artist met with the child and produced the attached sketch of the assailant, described as follows:

- Possibly a Hispanic male
- Unshaven
- Wearing a black sweater and a yellow, grey, and black beanie cap

TIPS SOUGHT

Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 17-5230.

[END]


Attached Media Files: Earlier suspect sketch , Santiago Martinez-Flores 4 , Santiago Martinez-Flores 3 , Santiago Martinez-Flores 2 , Santiago Martinez-Flores 1
UPDATE --Suspect Arrested for Attempted Murder(Photo) (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/21/17 5:52 AM
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UPDATE:

On April 20, 2017 at approximately 7:30pm, detectives and deputies from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office arrested Deshaun James Swanger, 24, of Milwaukie, OR.

Swanger was identified as the suspect in the Arson related incident at the Denny's located at 12101 SE 82nd Ave on April 19, 2017. Swanger was arrested and booked at the Clackamas County Jail for Attempted Murder. He is currently being held without bail. Swanger's booking photo is attached.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the public for their tips which lead to the swift apprehension of this dangerous individual.

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Earlier (Thursday, April 20, 5:30 p.m.) -- SURVEILLANCE VIDEO OF SUSPECT

Surveillance video of the suspect entering the restaurant is now available for download from this Dropbox link:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/scwe9miunk0a8hi/CCSOCase17-10537Video.mp4?dl=0

Again, anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp -- please reference CCSO Case # 17-10537.

If you see the suspect, do NOT approach -- call 911.
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EARLIER (Thursday, April 20, 2:53 p.m.) -- NEW SUSPECT PHOTOS

Two additional surveillance photos of the arson-attack suspect are now attached.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp -- please reference CCSO Case # 17-10537.

If seen, do not approach -- call 911.
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EARLIER (April 20th, 2017 9:21 AM)

Please reference CCSO Case # 17-10537

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips in an arson attack at a Clackamas County Denny's. A suspect photo is attached.

At approximately 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, a male suspect with a lighter-skinned complexion entered the Denny's located at 12101 SE 82nd Ave. in unincorporated Clackamas County. The suspect sat down in a booth adjacent to the booth occupied by the 69-year-old male victim.

Surveillance video from the business revealed that the suspect dumped an unknown liquid onto the victim and then tossed a lit item onto the victim, causing a large flash.

The suspect then ran out of the restaurant and south on SE 82nd Avenue.

Clackamas Fire District #1 responded. Firefighters could smell the odor of gasoline inside the building and coming from the victim.

The male victim was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in critical condition.

The Sheriff's Office is asking the public for tips as it seeks a suspect matching the following description:

- Male with lighter-skinned complexion
- Mid to late 20's
- 5'10" to 6' tall
- Medium to muscular build
- Wearing a black flat brim hat, black hooded jacket, grey sweatpants with black stripe, and black shoes

A surveillance photo of the suspect is attached.

Clackamas County Homicide and Violent Crimes Unit (HVCU) detectives are working with Clackamas Fire District #1 investigators and Oregon State Police arson investigators to capture this suspect.

Investigators are working with the OSP Forensic Laboratory to examine evidence seized from the scene. Detectives are also working with police throughout the metro area to determine if any similar incidents can be connected to this suspect.

TIPS SOUGHT

Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp -- please reference CCSO Case # 17-10537.

If you see this suspect, do not approach -- call 911.

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Clackamas Fire Honors Individuals Involved in the Chain of Survival
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 04/26/17 11:13 AM
REMINDER: Clackamas Fire District #1 will hold its Chain of Survival Celebration and challenge coin presentation on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Providence Willamette Falls Community Center, 519 15th St., Oregon City, OR 97045. Open to any media to attend.

Each year, approximately 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside a hospital setting in the United States. According to the American Heart Association, nearly 90 percent of these events prove fatal, and the chance of survival decreases by 10 percent with every passing minute without CPR. When community members are willing and able to provide CPR and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are readily available, the chances of a patient surviving a cardiac arrest event increases. Clackamas Fire's celebration recognizes those in the chain of survival who participated in saving the life of a cardiac arrest victim who was resuscitated and survived neurologically intact.

Clackamas Fire will honor nine cardiac arrest "saves" made up of 85 individuals involved in their chain of survival. The chain of survival participants includes bystanders who performed CPR prior to emergency crew arrival, Clackamas County 911 dispatchers who encouraged and coached bystander CPR, Clackamas Fire crews; and partnering agencies involved in the resuscitations includes, American Medical Response, Portland Fire & Rescue, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, and the Oregon City Police Department.

Each individual will be presented with a special challenge coin. This coin is only given to those individuals who participated in the resuscitation of a cardiac arrest victim who was successfully resuscitated in the field and survived neurologically intact. "This coin, literally, represents bringing someone back to life," said Division Chief Conway.

There will be seven cardiac arrest survivors and their spouses among the list of attendees, which is by invitation only and the media is welcome to attend. The survivors and rescuers will have the opportunity to meet each other for the first time.
Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation donates to two programs that support children (Photo)
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 04/20/17 8:56 AM
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On Friday, April 14, 2017 the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation donated to the Children's Center in Oregon City and Rowe Middle School's Food for Success program. Clackamas Fire District #1's Chief Fred Charlton and the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation President Don Trotter presented the first check for $5,000 to the Children's Center, a non-profit child abuse intervention center that supports and medically assesses children in Clackamas County who are suspected victims of abuse or neglect.

The Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation "has been a critical partner in our intervention and prevention efforts for more than 12 years," said Tom Soma, Children's Center Executive Director. "The Foundation's gifts -- which now surpass $50,000 -- have helped to ensure the prospect of healing for hundreds of children whose lives depend on it. On behalf of all these children, we are deeply grateful."

Children are referred to the Children's Center by law enforcement agencies, child protective workers, parents, teachers, health care providers and others concerned for their welfare. Every day, the Children's Center faces a reality that most people prefer to avoid. "To victims," says Soma, "Children's Center offers comfort, care, and hope. To the community, we convey confidence that this serious challenge won't be ignored."

Chief Charlton and Foundation President Trotter presented the second check for $4,000 to Rowe Middle School's Food for Success program. The program began in 2011 by Evan King, the school's social worker, which provides free, nutritious snacks to more than 600 students each school day afternoon. With no extra money in the school budget, King reached out for help from area organizations and churches. The program's mission is to eliminate hunger during the school-day, and through "partnerships like these that we can make sure that our students have what they need to succeed every school day," said Greg Harris, Principal of Rowe Middle School.

The Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation consists of emergency service agencies within Clackamas County and provides assistance to people who've been affected by disaster, tragedy, injury or other adversities. "It is an honor to be able to support these two programs that are focusing on the well-being of children within our community," said Chief Fred Charlton. To learn more about the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation and or to make a donation, please visit Clackamas Fire's website at http://www.clackamasfire.com/emergency-services-foundation/.

For more information or to learn ways that you can donate to the Children's Center, contact Ronecca Norvell, Development Director at 503-655-7725 or ronecca@childrenscenter.cc.

To learn more about the Food for Success program or to donate food, money or school supplies, contact Evan King, Social Worker at North Clackamas School District's Rowe Middle School at 503-353-5741 or kingev@nclack.k12.or.us.


Attached Media Files: Rowe Middle School - Opening Check , Rowe Middle School - Food for Success , Children's Center
Robbery at Hazel Dell Motel
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/22/17 10:51 PM
On 04/22/17 Deputies were dispatched to a robbery at the Value Motel located at 708 NE 78th Street in Vancouver, WA. The male victim reported being assaulted in his room before being tied up and all of his property stolen. Also stolen was a 2002 Ford Ranger pickup truck, blue in color and bearing WA license plate B35076K. If the vehicle is located call 911 to report it's location. The suspect(s) are outstanding and should be considered dangerous. Clark County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Detectives responded to the scene and conducted the investigation. This investigation is still active.
Missing Endangered Person
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/21/17 6:51 AM
UPDATE:

Harold Yu was located on 4-21-17 at approximately 1750 hours. He was located at a restaurant in the city of Battle Ground.

Mr. Yu was reunited with his family and returned home.

The "Silver Alert" that was issued for Mr. YU played a key role in locating him.




The Clark County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's assistance in locating a missing endangered subject from the Battle Ground Area.
Missing is:
Harold J Yu
Asian Male
92 years of age
5'-3"/92lbs/Grey hair/Brown eyes.

Driving:
2011 White Subaru Outback
WA. ACW-7821

Mr. Yu left his Battle Ground area residence in the listed vehicle at approximately 1149 hours this morning. He is possibly traveling to the Eugene, OR area. Mr. Yu has medial and memory loss issues. He has been entered into the state and national database (WACIC/NCIC) as a missing endangered person.

Anyone who sees Mr. Yu or his vehicle is asked to call 911.

Case #17-3682


Attached Media Files: Harold Yu Photo
Missing Endangered Lunetta M. Hinzman Located by Yakima County Sheriff Deputy
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/19/17 11:29 PM
Relatives of Lunetta M. Hinzman were contacted by Yakima County Sheriffs Office personal after Lunetta was contacted in her vehicle along a rural road in Yakima County. Lunetta is in good health and family members are travelling to Yakima County to transport Lunetta and her vehicle back to Vancouver.
Clark County Sheriff's Office Needs Public Assistance in Locating Missing Endangered Elderly Female (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/19/17 8:49 PM
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The Clark County Sheriff's Office needs the public's help in attempting to locate 83 year old Lunetta M. Hinzman. Lunetta was last seen on 4/19/2017 at 11:30 AM when she checked herself out of Brookdale Vancouver Orchards Assisted Living Facility located at 10011 NE 118th Avenue, Vancouver, WA

Lunetta had checked herself out to go bowling at Hazel Dell Lanes but never arrived. She left the facility in her 2001 Buick Park Avenue, dark blue in color. The vehicle bears Washington license plate of DP432111, which is a disabled license plate.

Lunetta is a white female 5'6" tall weighing 156 pounds. She has gray hair and brown eyes and wears "coke bottle" style glasses. Her clothing description is unknown. Family members advised that Lunetta is starting to show signs of memory loss and may have forgotten how to get home. She is on daily medications, but none that are life sustaining.

If you see Lunetta or her vehicle, please call 911.


Attached Media Files: 2001 Buick Park Avenue , Lunetta M. Hinzman
Two Arrested after Traffic Stop in Warrenton (Photo)
Clatsop Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/20/17 8:29 AM
Drugs and Money
Drugs and Money
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On 04/19/2017, Deputies of the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office performed a traffic stop on Highway 101, near Highway 104, in Warrenton. The suspect vehicle and the occupants were the subjects of an ongoing drug investigation. Deputies executed a search warrant on the vehicle and one of the passengers, Antonio Silva-Garcia (45). Later, deputies also executed search warrant at Garcia's residence, located in Emerald Heights, in Astoria.

Garcia was transporting approximately 2 ounces of Heroin, prepackaged in various quantities for sale, digital scales, and over $1400.00 in U.S. Currency. Antonio Silva-Garcia is also currently on post-prison supervision for Delivery of a Controlled Substance. Garcia was charged for Delivery of a Controlled Substance-Heroin and was lodged in the Clatsop County Jail.

The driver, Marina Annette Evans (39), was found in possession of several syringes loaded with Heroin, a small amount of Heroin, and digital scales. Evans was charged with Possession of Heroin and also lodged in the Clatsop County Jail.

Additional charges may follow, as further analysis of evidence is conducted, and the investigation continues.

Please contact Sheriff Tom Bergin, Detective John Walker, or Sgt. Jason Hoover for additional information.


Attached Media Files: Drugs and Money , Marina Annette Evans , Antonio Silva-Garcia
Drug Task Force Agents Arrest Two
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/20/17 7:37 AM
On Wednesday April 19th agents from the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Narcotics Task Force with the assistance of the Kelso Police Department and State of Washington Department of Corrections served a search warrant at a Super 8 Motel room in Kelso WA (less than 400 feet from the Kelso High School).

Seized from the room was 284.4 grams of heroin, 4.6 grams of meth and $5,180.00.

Kenneth Kyllo, 53 years of age from Woodland and Thomas Wiggins 31 years of age from Longview were arrested in the room without incident. Both are suspected of Violations of the Controlled Substance Act including manufacturing and delivery and were booked into the Cowlitz County Jail. This is an ongoing investigation and further arrests are expected.
Heavy Rains Cause Sewer Overflow in Gladstone
Gladstone Police - 04/26/17 11:31 AM
The heavy rains that fell overnight about 5am on April 26, 2017 overtaxed the waste water and storm water systems in Gladstone, resulting in a discharge of raw sewage at the storm water outfall at the south end of Portland Avenue at West Clackamas. Area residents are reminded to avoid contact with the Clackamas River for several days due to this discharge.
Coffee with a Cop (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 04/26/17 7:40 AM
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Mondaysells, Chief of Police Officer Malaka Kerbs, Public Information Officer

Coffee with a Cop

RELEASE DATE: April 26, 2017
CONTACT PERSON: On Duty PIO

GRESHAM, Ore.-- The City of Gresham and the Gresham Police Department are excited to announce their participation in the Coffee with a Cop program. Our first Coffee With a Cop event will be Monday, May 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Café Delirium, 308 N. Main.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the police department's work in Gresham's neighborhoods. Engaging our community in public safety efforts is a top priority of the Gresham Police Department. We share the community's concerns and seek collaborative efforts to address them.

Most of the interactions law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies or hyper-emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel officers are less approachable while patrolling the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are held across the country as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve. We look forward to Monday's event and coffee dates in the future.


Attached Media Files: 2017-04/1278/103853/Coffee_w_cop.png
Update: Missing Man found safe with family in California
Gresham Police Dept - 04/24/17 6:14 PM
Mr. Patterson has been located and is with family in California. We thank everyone for their assistance.
Gresham Police Searching for Missing Man (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 04/24/17 1:07 PM
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Gresham, Ore. -- Police are seeking help locating a missing Gresham man. DeWayne Patterson, a 57-year-old Gresham resident, was reported missing on April 18, 2017 after not showing up for work for multiple days. He was last seen by neighbors on March 27, 2017.

Patterson does not have any known medical issues and is described as a black male with black and gray hair and brown eyes, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs around 170 pounds. He drives a silver 2010 Chrysler Sebring with Oregon license plate 833HVZ which is also missing.

Anyone who knows of Patterson's whereabouts is encouraged to call the non-emergency police dispatch line at 503-823-3333 or the Gresham Police Department tip line at 503-618-2719.


Attached Media Files: Similar car , Patterson
Gresham Police Continue DUII Enforcement
Gresham Police Dept - 04/20/17 11:30 AM
Gresham, Ore. -- Through grant funding from the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Impact, Gresham officers arrested five people for driving under the influence of intoxicants, both drug and alcohol, and issued 29 citations during the month of March in an attempt to crack down on impaired driving. These are in addition to 30 more DUII arrests made in Gresham during regular patrol operations during the month of March, including one driver under the age of 21.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 28 people in the United States die in an alcohol-related vehicle crash every day, which equates to one person every 53 minutes. Approximately one in three people will be involved in an alcohol-related crash during their lifetime.

Gresham Police will continue conducting enforcement missions focusing on impaired drivers throughout the month of April. These increased patrols are designed to deter people from driving while impaired by implementing high-visibility enforcement and increasing the number of officers on the streets who are assertively seeking to identify and stop impaired drivers.

Ways to prevent impaired driving:
?,? Stop alcohol service long before the event is over.
?,? Prepare for guests to stay the night or assist with calling for cab service.
?,? Choose a responsible designated driver.
?,? Serve plenty of food to lessen the effects of alcohol.
?,? Offer a wide range of non-alcoholic beverages.
?,? Report impaired drivers by calling 911.
Hillsboro Police to host Shred Event on May 6
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 04/24/17 10:06 AM
The Hillsboro Police Department will be hosting a Shred Event on Saturday, May 6 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Hillsboro School District Office, located at 3083 NE 49th Pl. in Hillsboro. The event will feature secure shredding on-site, and each person can bring up to three banker boxes worth of documents to be shredded. There is a $5.00 suggested donation, which will benefit the Hillsboro Schools Foundation.
Man falls to his death in Hood River
Hood River Police Dept. - 04/25/17 4:48 PM
A Goldendale, WA man fell to his death in Hood River on April 23rd shortly before 6pm. Edwin Charge Jr., 20, fell from a cliff after attempting to evade the Police in the 3800 block of Westcliff Dr. The fall was ruled accidental.

Hood River Police Officers were responding to a Cascade Avenue business to investigate a report of theft involving three individuals. Two of the suspects involved were arrested and lodged at NORCOR. Charge ran across Interstate 84 toward Westcliff Dr. A Westcliff Dr. resident advised Police a male matching Charge's description had gone on his property and was last seen running eastbound. Police did not attempt to pursue Charge due to the dangerous terrain in the area. Charge's body was discovered by a Union Pacific employee the following morning.
Woman missing from Hood River found dead (Photo)
Hood River Police Dept. - 04/25/17 3:47 PM
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A 27 year old Seattle woman, Holly Lester, who had been missing since March 15th was found dead in the Columbia River in Hood River on the evening of April 24th. Lester was reported missing from the Port area in Hood River on March 18th. Lester had been traveling with her boyfriend and another male at the time. This investigation is ongoing. The Cause and manner of death are pending toxicology and autopsy results.


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Public Comment - Community Wildfire Protection Plan
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 04/26/17 7:06 AM
Join members of the public, county officials, and local stakeholders for a public meeting on May 6, 2017 to discuss and provide feedback on the 2017 update of the Lincoln County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).

When:
Saturday, May 6, 2017
10:30 to 11:30 AM

Where:
Lincoln County Commons (Fairgrounds)
Main Exhibit Hall
633 NE 3rd St
Newport, OR 97365


At the event, property owners and residents will have a chance to learn about:
Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)
Property and structure wildfire protection strategies
Lincoln County mass notification system, Lincoln Alerts
Emergency evacuation procedures, READY, SET, GO!

Matt Thomas, Oregon Department of Forestry -- Toledo Unit indicated "Public input is being sought to better understand the vulnerability of County residents, businesses, and the environment to wildfire. The purpose of this plan is to promote awareness of the countywide wildland fire hazard and propose workable solutions to reduce the wildfire risk."

BACKGROUND:
The Lincoln County Community Wildfire Protection Plan was originally completed in 2009-10 by the Lincoln County Fire Defense Board, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and the Lincoln County Department of Planning and Development with project facilitation and support provided by Northwest Management, Inc. of Moscow, Idaho. This Community Wildfire Protection Plan will be reviewed annually and updated at least every five years starting from the year of adoption.

The Community Wildfire Protection Plan expands on the wildfire chapter of the Lincoln County Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan, which was approved by FEMA in 2015. Although published as a separate document, the Community Wildfire Protection Plan will be considered a supplement to the wildfire chapter of the Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan.

The Public Comment session is open to the public, will include a presentation by wildfire specialists on the goals of the plan, needed public input and a brief review of wildfire response for public safety responders and residents in threatened areas.

Sheriff Curtis Landers noted "The August 20, 2016, 2500 Road Fire just East of Depoe Bay was a subtle reminder to elected officials, public safety responders, state and federal partners and our local residents and business owners that wildfire is a very real threat for Lincoln County and preventive actions and education is a necessity for prevention and response to wildfire events."

Those unable to attend the CWPP Public Comment session can review the draft revised CWPP at the Lincoln County Planning Department website and participate in our feedback survey. Public comment on the draft CWPP will be accepted until May 15, 2017.

Lincoln County Planning Director, Onno Husing, commented "The Planning Department is committed to updating the Community Wildfire Protection Plan with our local, state and federal partners to ensure a strong foundation continues in the preplanning and mitigation of a wildfire threat for the protection of our communities, businesses and environment."

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The current and draft CWPP and wildfire protection and response resource at the Lincoln County Planning Department at: http://www.co.lincoln.or.us/planning/page/community-wildfire-protection-plan
Ready, Set, Go!! Lincoln County Wildfire Evacuation
Oregon Department of Forestry - Fire Protection
United States Forest Service - Fire Prevention and Education
Firewise Communities
Living With Fire: A Guide for the Homeowner

CWPP feedback survey can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/lincolncwpp

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Respectfully submitted,
Virginia "Jenny" Demaris
Emergency Manager
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Emergency Management
225 W. Olive St.
Newport, Oregon 97365
vdemaris@co.lincoln.or.us
(541) 265-4199 Office


Attached Media Files: CWPP Public Comment Announcement , Media Release - CWPP Public Comment
Tip of the Week April 24, 2017 - Distracted Driving
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 04/20/17 6:50 PM
TIP OF THE WEEK

Date: April 24, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

DISTRACTED DRIVING

Our recent tips have been focused on aspects involved with safety while driving or being driven in a motorized vehicle. This week's tip regarding distracted driving is especially important. The information comes from Oregon Impact.org. So what is Distracted Driving? It is any activity that takes the driver's attention away from the primary task of driving in any of the following four ways:

Visually (keeping your eyes on the road)
Manually (keeping your hands on the steering wheel)
Cognitively (keeping your mind focused on driving)
Auditorily (hearing something not related to driving)

Eating, talking with passengers, grooming, watching a video, using a navigation system, and reading are all significant distractions; but cell phone use is the most dangerous because it distracts focus in all four ways: visually, manually, cognitively, and auditorily.

Texting and driving is one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving. So much so that the National Safety Council has declared April as "Distracted Driving Awareness Month". At any given moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using or manipulating electronic devices while driving; a number that has held steady since 2010. Distracted driving has become a deadly epidemic on America's roadways. In 2013, there were 3,154 people killed and an estimated 424,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes that involved distracted drivers. Our youngest and most inexperienced drivers are most at risk: 10% of all distracted driving crashes involve drivers under the age of 20.

We urge drivers to learn more about the dangers of distracted driving and to take the following pledge to always drive free of distractions.

Take The Pledge

I pledge to:
Protect lives by never texting, talking on a cell phone, reading, watching a video, or grooming
while driving.
Be a good passenger and speak out if the driver in my car is distracted.
Encourage my friends and family to drive distraction-free.


Attached Media Files: 2017-04/5490/103721/042417-Distracted_Driving.pdf
Three Fires within a Few Minutes Test Longview, Cowlitz, and Kalama Fire (Photo)
Longview Police & Fire - 04/24/17 2:08 AM
Fire From the Front
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On Sunday April 23rd at 7:11 PM Longview and Cowlitz Fire were dispatched to a conveyor fire at North Pacific Paper Company (NORPAC) 3001 Industrial Way. Fire crews were fighting a hard to reach fire hidden within a conveyor housing.

While four fire units tended to the NORPAC Fire, a garage fire was reported at 1550 S Ash Street, in Kelso. As Fire Crews were enroute to the Ash Street Fire tones rang again across the dispatch channel, this time requesting resources from Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue, Kalama, and Castle Rock for a structure fire at 631 23rd Ave, in Longview. Dispatchers advised crews that there were multiple reports of three (3) people trapped inside the structure.
With all Longview Fire Units committed to the NORPAC, the incident commander released one company, as all the other fire companies responding would have at least a ten minute response time.

The first Longview Engine arrived within 6 minutes and described heavy fire from the basement and main level of the single story home. They also received reports from Longview Police that all victims were out of the home, but two needed possible EMS treatment. AMR arrived shortly thereafter and tended to the victims, which were more overwhelmed than injured.
The fire proved to be a suborn to extinguish, requiring multiple hose lines battling the blaze from multiple locations as well as the use of the 'Deck Gun', a Master Stream appliance capable of flowing 1500 gallons per minute.

Firefighters learned that as many as six people occupied the structure, and the home was occupied by three when the fire erupted. Two of the tenants escaped via the front door, but one victim ultimately had to escape from a basement window, after she climbed back into the home to save her dog. Two other dogs and two cats were not accounted for after the fire and are presumed to have not escaped the fire.

Coincidently, the Garage Fire on S Ash was small and required limited resources, and fortunately those available resources were able to assist on the 23rd Ave Fire. A total of four engines, one truck, one medic unit, one ambulance, and two Battalion Chiefs from Longview, Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue, and Kalama Fire were utilized for the 23rd Ave Fire.

Although PUD had secured power to the residence, one firefighter received multiple electrical shocks caused from the occupant's use of a generator for power, and one firefighter sustained an ankle injury. No civilians were transported. Longview Fire and Police are jointly investigating the fire, and have not yet determined the origin or cause of the fire. The home sustained severe structural damage and is considered a total loss, with damage estimates of $100,000.00. The Red Cross was called to provide victim assistance.
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Attached Media Files: Fire From the Front , Deck Gun Operations , Heavy Smoke , Approaching , Lt's Back View , Red Cross Assisting Family
Deputy and patron work together to resuscitate woman
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/22/17 9:50 AM
Yesterday around 12:50 p.m., Senior Deputy Mike Beach was preparing to eat his lunch at a local restaurant at the Keizer Station when a man approached him. The man explained to Senior Deputy Beach that at the business next door he had found an employee on the ground and she appeared to need help.

Senior Deputy Beach quickly went next door to the store, Game Stop and saw a 30 year old female, on the ground and unconscious. Senior Deputy Beach radioed for medical help and began assessing the female. After discovering she was not breathing and did not have a pulse Senior Deputy Beach handed the keys to his nearby patrol car to the man and asked him to retrieve his medical kit.

Senior Deputy Beach began chest compressions as another patron entered the store. The patron, Dee Ann White of Falls City asked Deputy Beach if she could help. Deputy Beach and Ms. White worked together, alternating chest compressions until the male returned with the medical bag.
Deputy Beach retrieved his CPR mask from the bag, took over chest compressions and Ms. White began providing rescue breaths. Medical personnel arrived a short time later and transported the female to the Salem Hospital where she remains in critical condition.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office would like to commend Senior Deputy Beach, Ms. White and the unknown man who worked together to help another person in need.


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Stolen Vehicle Spree Leads to Arrest
Molalla Police Dept. - 04/25/17 9:09 PM
Vehicle thefts across two counties ends in arrest.


Attached Media Files: Stolen Vehicle Spree
MCSO Is Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs APRIL 29
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/25/17 9:00 AM
On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring your pills for disposal to Troutdale Police Community Center at 234 SW Kendall Ct., Troutdale, OR 97060. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) No Thermometers, Sharps, Syringes, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, inhalers or epi pens. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds--more than 3,500 tons--of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends.
Missing George Fox Student - 3rd Release
Newberg-Dundee Police Dept. - 04/24/17 11:56 PM
At approximately 7:30pm this evening Newberg-Dundee Police Detectives located the body of Daniel Mellers. Earlier in the evening a Sherwood resident contacted Sherwood Police after recognizing Daniels vehicle and Colorado License Plate. NDPD Detectives responded to SW Houston Drive near SW Spratlin Lane to meet with Sherwood officers.

Officers from both agencies then canvased the neighborhood looking for any information regarding Daniel or his vehicle. After the canvas, detectives were able to get the vehicle unlocked and unfortunately located Daniel in the trunk. Based on the details learned during this investigation, we are confident Daniel took his own life and there is no threat to the public.

We have been in contact with the staff at George Fox University to let them know of our findings so they may prepare their students and faculty for the tragic news about Daniels death.

The Newberg-Dundee Police Department appreciates our relationship with the surrounding agencies including the Sherwood Police Department. Although this was not the outcome we were hoping for, working together we were able to bring some closure for the Mellers family this evening. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Missing George Fox Student - 2nd Release
Newberg-Dundee Police Dept. - 04/24/17 9:26 AM
Good Morning,

We have received several media inquiries about the missing student, Daniel Mellers. At this time we have no new information to share other than we are working closely with George Fox
University, his roommates, and friends to find him.

The Newberg-Dundee Police Department wants to thank all of our media partners and outlets for putting Daniels photo and information out to the public. We could not have reached as many people in such a short time without your help.

I hope to have something to release later today.
Missing College Student (Photo)
Newberg-Dundee Police Dept. - 04/23/17 9:16 PM
Daniel Mellers Photo
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Today, April 23, 2017, at 1pm an officer from the Newberg-Dundee Police Department took a missing person's report on 21 year old Daniel Mellers. He is from Colorado and attends George Fox University in Newberg.

Daniel was last seen at around 10:15pm Saturday night when he told his roommates he was going to walk to a local convenience store to purchase some soda. When he did not return they became concerned and went to look for him. This morning he still had not returned so his roommates were able to contact Daniels parents who also live in Colorado.

It was reported that Daniel was last seen wearing a maroon hoody sweatshirt and blue jeans. An officer contacted his cell phone provider which showed his phone was in Sherwood. NDPD then contacted Sherwood PD to have them check the area but they were unable to locate Daniel.

Daniel does have a Grey, 2012, Toyota, Corolla with Colorado License Plate, QFS868. It is supposed to be at a repair shop but we have not been able to confirm where.

If anyone see's Daniel please contact your local police department. Daniel has been entered into LEDS as a missing person. He is described as 5'-11'', about 185 lbs.


Attached Media Files: Daniel Mellers Photo
Man arrested for menacing, pointing a firearm at another, DUII (Photo)
Newport Police Dept. - 04/24/17 9:51 AM
Brian Matthew Lighthill
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On April 23, 2017, at 10:15 p.m., Newport Police Officers were dispatched to the 700 block of NW Beach Drive (Nye Beach Turnaround) on a report of a subject at that location pointing a firearm at another. The caller stated that, during an argument with Brian Matthew Lighthill, age 19 of Seal Rock, Lighthill brandished a semi-automatic handgun and pointed it at the victims.

Further investigation revealed that one of the victims and Lighthill had been engaged in a heated, verbal exchange that turned physical. As the victim got into a vehicle to leave, Lighthill retrieved a semi-automatic handgun from his vehicle and pointed it at the victim; a second victim was inside the vehicle. Both victims were in fear of their lives, and felt Lighthill was going to shoot them. Lighthill made menacing comments to the victims inside the vehicle. He tapped the barrel of the firearm on the windshield as he pointed it at the victims.

The victims were able to leave the area and call for police. Lighthill fled the area in his vehicle. He was stopped by Newport Police Officers about three blocks away. During the subsequent investigation, Officers located a loaded .45 caliber handgun concealed in Lighthill's center console. It was determined at the scene that Lighthill had consumed alcohol, and was driving impaired.

Lighthill was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he consented to a breath analysis, which he did not pass.

Lighthill was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on the following charges: DUII; two counts of Menacing; two counts of Pointing a Firearm at Another; Unlawful Possession of Firearm; and Minor in Possession Alcohol. His bail was set at $75,000.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the Newport Police Department at 541-574-3348. The Newport Police Tip Line is available at 541-574-5455, or Text-a-Tip at 541-270-1856.


Attached Media Files: Brian Matthew Lighthill
Fatal City Center Motel Fire Investigation Update 5 (Photo)
Newport Police Dept. - 04/20/17 3:44 PM
Rebecca Sinclair
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On August 5, 2016, at approximately 5:50 a.m., Willamette Valley Communications Center received a report of a fire at the City Center Motel, located at 538 SW Coast Highway, in Newport. The caller reported one room was on fire.

Newport Fire and Newport Police Departments responded to the fire. The fire had begun to engulf the center rooms of the motel. Police officers began the evacuation of the motel, as the fire was rapidly spreading. Fire personnel began to suppress the fire, which was determined to have started in a ground-level room. As the fire continued to spread, additional resources were dispatched to the scene. Fire apparatus and personnel from Toledo, Depoe Bay, North Lincoln, Seal Rock, Waldport, and Yachats responded to assist.

Fire personnel conducted an initial sweep of the motel, and did not locate any persons. Four guests were transported to Samaritan Pacific Community Hospital, three with minor injuries. Those three people were treated and released. One motel guest, later identified as Rebecca Joanne Sinclair,was admitted to Samaritan Pacific Community Hospital for burns and smoke inhalation, and later transported to the Legacy Emmanuel Burn Center. Ms. Sinclair, who had been a registered City Center Motel guest in room 103, was later identified as a person of interest in the cause of the fatal fire.

Guests at the Days Inn, south of the City Center Motel, were also evacuated as the fire spread to the north part of the Days Inn complex. Temporary shelter was established at the Newport Armory. The Red Cross responded to the scene to assist with displaced guests. Highway 101 was closed, and traffic diverted around the fire scene until 11:00 a.m.

Police and fire personnel accounted for all guests registered at the City Center Motel except the occupants of two rooms. Once the fire was controlled, police and fire personnel began to search the rooms that were heavily damaged by fire. At 4:00 p.m., two bodies, one male and one female, were discovered beneath burned rubble. The bodies were identified as motel guests Tammi Sue Hepner, age 51, and Allen Arthur Hepner, age 63, both of Portland, Oregon. They had been staying in room 221.

At approximately 8:00 p.m., two additional bodies were discovered deeper in the burned rubble. The bodies were identified as motel guests Sandra Sue Shoemaker, age 60, and Danny Keith Shoemaker, age 64, both of Springfield, Oregon. They had been staying in room 220.
The origin of the fire was determined to be room 103, which is the ground-level room occupied by Ms. Sinclair. The likely cause of the fire was determined to be careless discard of smoking materials.

The investigation was cooperatively conducted by the Newport Police Department, and the Newport Fire Department, with assistance from the State of Oregon Fire Marshall's Office. As a result of the investigation, a Lincoln County Grand Jury found Rebecca Sinclair's actions to be negligent and reckless, resulting in a true bill of indictment. An indictment warrant of arrest was issued on March 1, 2017 for the following charges:

Manslaughter 2nd Degree x4
Criminally Negligent Homicide x4
Reckless Burning
Recklessly Endangering x7

On March 2, 2017, Ms. Sinclair was located in Washington State and arrested. She refused to waive extradition, and a Governor's Warrant was obtained. The warrant was served on April 17, 2017. Ms. Sinclair was extradited to Lincoln County. She is being held on $750,000.00 bond in the Lincoln County Jail.

Information released by: Jason Malloy, Interim Chief of Police, 541-574-3348
Rob Murphy, Fire Chief, 541-265-9461


Attached Media Files: Rebecca Sinclair
Oregon City Police are investigating a suspicious circumstance
Oregon City Police Dept. - 04/24/17 11:44 AM
Last night, at 7:30 pm, Oregon City Police responded to a call in the 14700 block of Glen Oak Rd. after receiving a call from a parent of a 9-year-old child. The child had been outside playing hide and seek with his friends. While the 9-year-old child was the seeker and counting he was approached by an unidentified subject. The subject grabbed his leg and the unidentified subject pulled the child several feet and then let go when the child yelled for help. The unidentified subject was seen running north. The 9-year-old child was not injured. Police were in the area and arrived in less than two minutes.

The subject was described as a male and about 4'9" tall. The subject was described as wearing all black clothing, black gloves, and black pull over mask.

Police searched the area and were not able to locate the unidentified subject. Oregon City Police are trying to identify any witnesses that saw a suspicious person in the area prior to the event or running from the area. Oregon City Police have not received any other similar reports.

If anyone has information about the incident or witnesses something suspicious last night in the area of Glen Oak Rd. near Coast Redwood Ave. they are asked to call the Oregon City Police Department Tip Line at 503-496-1616, reference OCPD case # 17-1428.
Oregon City Police Detectives arrest commercial burglary suspect (Photo)
Oregon City Police Dept. - 04/20/17 4:39 PM
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Oregon City Police Detectives were alerted yesterday that Portland Police had arrested, 23-year-old, William Kelly III on an outstanding Clackamas County Circuit Court arrest warrant. Oregon City Police detectives are investigating William Kelly III for several crimes within Oregon City, including two commercial burglaries. Today, Oregon City Police Detectives arrested William Kelly III and transferred him to the Clackamas County Jail from the Multnomah County Jail.

On March 11, 2017, Oregon City Police responded to a commercial burglary at the Oregon City Car Wash, 2200 Beavercreek Rd. The suspect forced entry into the office when the business was closed. Once inside the office, the suspect gained entry into the safe and stole an undisclosed amount of cash. (OCPD case number 17-821)

On March 18, 2017 Oregon City Police responded to another burglary at the Oregon City Car Wash. This time, the suspect forced entry into the office but was unable to steal anything. (OCPD case # 17-923)

William Kelly III was lodged this afternoon at the Clackamas County Jail on two counts of Burglary II and one count of Theft I. His bail is $30,000. Oregon City Police Detectives are continuing their investigations.

Reference OCPD case numbers 17-821 and 17-923.


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Single vehicle fatal crash -- Columbia County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/26/17 10:24 AM
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On April 26, 2017, shortly after 7am, Oregon State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 30 near mile post 59, which is about 1 mile east of Clatskanie in Columbia County.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a small sedan was west bound on Hwy 30 when for an unknown reason left the roadway, striking several trees before coming to rest. The driver and only occupant was pronounced deceased after medical personnel arrived on scene.

OSP was assisted by Clatskanie Rural Fire Protection District, Clatskanie County Sheriff's office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.


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*** Update *** Photo Added Lebanon Man Sentenced after taking already dead Trophy Bull Elk - Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/25/17 11:32 AM
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On April 24, 2017, 53 year old Jeffrey Allan McCRAVEN of Lebanon, was found guilty in a Linn County Court of one count of Taking, Angling, Hunting, or Trapping in Violation of Wildlife Law or Rule, a Class A Violation.

Subject to the guilty verdict, McCRAVEN was required to:

-Forfeiture of the elk meat and antlers; Ordered by the court to be released to the victim.
-Forfeiture of Bow and Arrow seized during investigation.
-Pay $15,000 in restitution to ODFW.
-Pay $435 for the violation of Take/Possession of Bull Elk.
-Pay $279.23 for meat processing.
-Pay $500 to the OHA TIP fund.
-Hunting privileges suspended for a period of 3 years.

The charges stemmed from an investigation by the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division Mid-Valley Team, which concluded McCRAVEN engaged in the unlawful take of a trophy 6x6 bull elk in East Linn County on September 11th, 2016.

The investigation revealed that the bull elk was legally shot and mortally wounded by the victim who is an acquaintance of McCRAVEN. A search party, which included McCRAVEN, could not locate the bull that day. The following morning, McCRAVEN located the expired elk and he shoved and shot arrows into the bull to make it appear as if he had lawfully harvested the bull. McCRAVEN then validated his archery elk tag, and then tried to convince others that he killed it.

A violation of any provision of the wildlife laws (such as the unlawful take of deer), or any rule adopted pursuant to the wildlife laws, is a Class A misdemeanor if the offense is committed with a culpable mental state in Oregon. If convicted, a person can be charged with the maximum penalty of $6250, have their hunting privileges suspended and forfeit weapons or other items used in the commission of the crime(s).

The Oregon Hunters Association offers rewards to persons, through their T.I.P. fund, for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) for illegal possession, killing, or taking of bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, elk, deer, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, fur-bearers and/or upland game birds and water fowl. T.I.P. rewards can also be paid for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of game fish, and/or shell fish, and for the destruction of habitat.

In addition rewards may be paid for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) who have illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident license or tags are not legally hunting or angling and are considered poachers.


REWARDS:
Bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose $1,000
Elk, deer, antelope $500
Bear, cougar, wolf $300
Habitat destruction $300
Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags $200
Game fish, shell fish $100
Upland birds, waterfowl $100
Fur-bearers $100


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Fish and Wildlife Trooper Seeks Public's Help In Illegal Killing of Beef Calves - Coos County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/25/17 10:09 AM
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On April 13, 2017, the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division investigated the illegal shooting of two yearling beef calves on a local cattle ranch north of Port Orford. The incident took place in a pasture east of highway 101 near milepost 291 in Denmark, Oregon.

One of the calves was left wounded while the other calf was field dressed and removed from the field. The suspect(s) gained access to the pasture by cutting a hole in the fence and loading the animal into a vehicle that was parked on highway 101.

The victim of the incident is offering a $5000 reward for information that leads to the apprehension and conviction of the suspect(s). Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Trooper Dylan Roberts at the number listed below.

Trooper Dylan Roberts: (971)-601-0047

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)

TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)

(Please use the TIP Hotline for Weekend and Evening Reporting)


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Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Ongoing in Wolf Creek - Josephine County
Oregon State Police - 04/25/17 7:33 AM
On April 24th, 2017, at approximately 9:38 PM, Troopers from the Grants Pass Area Command responded to the Wolf Creek General Store in Josephine County Oregon, attempting to locate a male subject known to have a felony warrant. While attempting to take the male subject into custody, a struggle ensued between the suspect and a Trooper. During the struggle the male suspect was shot, resulting in a fatal injury. The Trooper was uninjured.

Pursuant to Senate Bill 111, the Josephine County Major Crimes Response Team was activated to conduct an investigation into the shooting. The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety was assigned as the lead investigative agency.

All further information related to this investigation will be released by the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety in conjunction with the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.
****Second Update - Oregon State Police Asking for Publics Help*** Oregon State Police Investigate Shooting in Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/20/17 2:40 PM
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In the early morning hours of April 20, 2017, the Oregon State Police SWAT served a search warrant on a residence in Wolf Creek. OSP Criminal Division had information that 35 year old Jacy Kevin MCMANUS was in the residence. There is a state wide felony warrant for MCMANUS related to the shooting that occurred on April 7, 2017 in Wolf Creek. The victim in the shooting is 55 year old Conal MORAN.

OSP detectives made an arrest of another subject, but they did not locate MCMANUS. MCMANUS is 5'11", 185 pounds with, brown hair (possibly freshly shaved head), blue eyes and a goatee. He has tattoos on the front of his shins (white pride) and on his knuckles (pain). He was last seen wearing a black Glendale Pirates hooded sweatshirt with tan or green pants.

If anyone has any information as to the whereabouts of MCMANUS, they are asked to call OSP dispatch at 541-776-6111.


Previous Update:
UPDATE:

The Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Division is asking for the public's help in locating Jacy Kevin MCMANUS, who is a person of interest in the shooting that took place in Wolf Creek in the early evening hours of April 6, 2017.

The person of interest is 35 year old, Jacy Kevin MCMANUS and is from the Wolf Creek/Roseburg area. He is 5'11", 185 pounds with, brown hair (freshly shaved head), blue eyes and a goatee. He has tattoos on the front of his shins (white pride) and on his knuckles (pain). He was last seen wearing a black Glendale Pirates hooded sweatshirt with tan or green pants.

If located, do not contact MCMANUS as he may be armed; contact the Oregon State Police at 541-776-6111.

The victim in the shooting is 55 year old, Conal Moran, of the Wolf Creek area. He remains in the hospital at this time. No further information is available on his condition.


Previous release:

On April 6, 2017 at about 5:00pm, the Oregon State Police responded to the Wolf Creek area on a shooting off of Lower Wolf Creek Road, which is about 18 miles north of Grants Pass in Josephine County.

Oregon State Police Troopers and Josephine County Deputies secured the scene while Oregon State Police Detectives responded to investigate. The Preliminary investigation determined that one male was shot, transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford and his injuries are non-life threatening at this time.

The investigation in ongoing and the suspect, although not in custody is not a threat to the community.

There is no further information available at this time.


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Woman arrested after fatally shooting Sunny Valley Man -- Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/20/17 11:00 AM
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On April 19, 2017, shortly after 5:00pm, law enforcement responded to an address on Placer Road in Sunny Valley for a reported shooting. When law enforcement arrived they located one deceased male, believed the incident was suspicious in nature and the Josephine County (MCRT) Major Crime Response Team was activated.

When detectives arrived on scene they located 54 year old, Randy Allen HUMMEL of Sunny Valley, deceased as the result of a gunshot wound. The Oregon State Police Forensic personnel responded to assist with the investigation.

The detectives quickly identified a suspect, 40 year old Amber Ellen SELLS of Sunny Valley. SELLS was subsequently arrested and lodged in the Josephine County Jail on the charge of Murder after consultation with the Josephine County District Attorney's office.

The MCRT is comprised of members from Oregon State Police, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Josephine County District Attorney's office and the Josephine County Sheriff's office.
There is no further information that will be released at this time as this is an ongoing investigation.


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Oregon US Attorney's Office to Honor Behavioral Health Unit at Special Ceremony (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/26/17 10:00 AM
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Today, Wednesday April 26, 2017, at 3:30 p.m., the Oregon United States Attorney's Office will be recognizing the work of the Portland Police Bureau's Behavioral Health Unit at a special ceremony on the 14th floor of the Justice Center.

Media is invited to attend and is encouraged to arrive early and check-in at Central Precinct.

Expected to speak at the brief ceremony will be the U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, Billy J. Williams, and Portland Police Chief Mike Marshman.

Since its inception in April 2013, the mission of the Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) is to coordinate the response of law enforcement and the behavioral health system to aid people in behavioral crisis resulting from known or suspected mental illness and or drug and alcohol addiction.

To learn more about BHU, please visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/62135

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Pedestrian Killed in Early Morning Crash in Southeast Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 04/26/17 9:38 AM
On Wednesday April 26, 2017, at 4:26 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to Southeast 92nd Avenue and Foster Road on the report that a pedestrian was struck by a driver.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located an adult male suffering from traumatic injuries that did not initially appear to be life-threatening. During transport by ambulance to the hospital, the man went into cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead upon arrival at a Portland hospital. The man has not yet been identified by investigators.

The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. There was no indication of distracted driving or impairment.

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

Preliminary information indicates that the driver was traveling westbound on Southeast Foster Road when the pedestrian stepped into the lane of traffic and was struck by the vehicle.

The driver was not arrested or cited at this time as there is an ongoing investigation. Once the investigation is complete, it will be forwarded to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for review and consideration of possible charges.

This is the fourth pedestrian fatality of 2017 and the 10th fatal crash of the year investigated by the Major Crash Team.

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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Early Morning Stabbing in North Portland - One Person Injured
Portland Police Bureau - 04/26/17 9:04 AM
On Wednesday April 26, 2017, at 4:21 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a stabbing in the area of North Lombard Street and Tyler Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and contacted a 35-year-old male suffering from stab wounds. The victim was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for medical treatment. He is expected to survive.

Officers learned that the stabbing occurred at an abandoned house in the 7400 block of North Mohawk Street and that the suspect ran from the home just as police arrived at the scene. Several officers, including a Canine Unit, searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect was described as a white male, 5'8" to 5'11" tall, medium build, facial hair, wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Assault detectives at 503-823-0400.

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Prescription Drug Turn-In and Shred Event this Saturday (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/26/17 9:00 AM
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On Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau will host a prescription drug turn-in and shred event at Southeast Precinct, located at 4735 East Burnside Street.

This event is a partnership between the City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention Program, the Portland Police Bureau, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Portland Police Bureau's Sunshine Division, and Wells Fargo.

Community members can come and drop off unwanted or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal and unwanted sensitive documents for secure shredding on site. Keeping sensitive documents and prescription meds out of the hands of people who might misuse them is an important technique for preventing fraud and drug abuse.

Acceptable items for the prescription drug turn in include: any prescription medications and samples, over the counter medications, vitamins, pet medications, medicated ointments, and liquid medication in leak proof containers.

Items not accepted: thermometers, sharps, syringes, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, inhalers, EpiPens. To dispose of sharps, contact Metro at 503-234-3000 or http://www.oregonmetro.gov

Sunshine Division donation barrels will be available for donations of canned food, dry pasta, and gently-used clothing for needy families. Tax deduction forms will be provided.

A printable flyer is available for download by visiting https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/article/545037

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Prescription Drug Turn-In and Shred Event on Saturday (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/25/17 12:00 PM
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On Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau and partners will host a prescription drug turn-in and shred event at Southeast Precinct, located at 4735 East Burnside Street. The event ends at 2:00 p.m. or when the trucks are filled to capacity.

This event is a partnership between the City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention Program, the Portland Police Bureau, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Portland Police Bureau's Sunshine Division, and the United States Postal Inspection Service.

Community members can come and drop off unwanted or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal and unwanted sensitive documents for secure shredding on site. Keeping sensitive documents and prescription meds out of the hands of people who might misuse them is an important technique for preventing fraud and drug abuse.

Acceptable items for the prescription drug turn in include: any prescription medications and samples, over the counter medications, vitamins, pet medications, medicated ointments, and liquid medication in leak proof containers.

Items not accepted: thermometers, sharps, syringes, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, inhalers, EpiPens. To dispose of sharps, contact Metro at 503-234-3000 or http://www.oregonmetro.gov

Acceptable items for the shred event: up to two grocery bags of documents.

Items not accepted for shredding: cardboard or three ring binders

Sunshine Division donation barrels will be available for donations of canned food, dry pasta, and gently-used clothing for needy families. Tax deduction forms will be provided.

A printable flyer is available for download by visiting https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/68659

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GREAT Graduation Today at Alder School (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/25/17 7:00 AM
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Today, Tuesday April 25, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., the Portland Police Bureau G.R.E.A.T. Program will be honoring students at Alder School, located at 17200 Southeast Alder Street.

Officers Tracy Ballew, Chris Kulp and Steve Morinville will be celebrating the graduation and honoring the students hard work and achievement in the G.R.E.A.T. Program.

G.R.E.A.T. stands for Gang Resistance Education And Training. The G.R.E.A.T. Program is a school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curriculum. With prevention as its primary objective, the program is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership.

Media is invited to attend this special event and is asked to check in with the office before attending the graduation.

To learn more about the G.R.E.A.T. Program, contact Officer Mike Paresa at (503) 823-2186 or Mike.Paresa@PortlandOregon.gov.

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Reports of Hate Graffiti in Northeast Portland's Cully Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 04/22/17 6:06 PM
On Saturday April 22, 2017, North Precinct officers responded to a report of hate graffiti tagged onto Trinity Lutheran Church and School, located at 5520 Northeast Kilingsworth Street.

Officers responded to the report of graffiti at 7:56 a.m. The responding officers noted hateful graffiti painted on the church and school property.

Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division responded to the location to collect evidence.

Detectives with the Portland Police Bureau Detectives Division Bias Crime Detail will investigate this case.

Anyone with information about this incident, including any neighborhood surveillance video, is encouraged to share it by email, CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov

To learn more about the City of Portland Graffiti Abatement Program, please visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/32420

The Bureau investigates all reported incidents of bias crimes and encourages any member of our community who is the victim of such a crime to contact law enforcement. Under Oregon law, bias crimes are defined as any criminal act that targets a victim based on the suspect's perception of the victim's race, color, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin. Detectives work to determine whether or not bias elements are present during the reported crime that align with Oregon law as defined in ORS:

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

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

If you have been the victim of a bias crime assault, immediately call 9-1-1. If you have been the victim of a bias crime, such as vandalism or graffiti, please call the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

To learn more about bias crime investigations, please visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/423009

The Bureau has several community advisory groups and outreach opportunities for community members and police officers to come together. Advisory groups include the Portland Muslim Community Police Council, the Alliance for Safer Communities, the African American Advisory Council, and the Slavic Advisory Council. To learn more about these advisory groups and the Bureau's commitment to the Portland community, please visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/30379

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UPDATE #4 - Death Investigation Underway at Southeast Portland Motel (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/22/17 11:07 AM
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The victim of a homicide that occurred on Friday April 21, 2017 in the 3100 block of Southeast Powell Boulevard has been identified as 42 year-old Valerie Johnson of Portland. The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined Valerie Johnson died of strangulation.

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On Friday April 21, 2017 at 1:33 p.m., Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) officers arrested a man suspected of eluding police in a stolen vehicle as well as being a person of interest in a suspicious death investigation.

31-year-old Joshua Carlson was arrested in the in the 5200 block of Southeast Center Street. Based on information gathered during the investigation detectives are investigating the death as a homicide.

Late Friday night, Joshua Carlson was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Murder and Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy on Saturday. It is not expected there will be additional updates regarding this investigation until the Oregon State Medical Examiner has completed the autopsy and the victim's family is notified.

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On Friday April 21, 2017, at 8:26 a.m., Central Precinct officers attempted to stop a stolen 2009 green Ford Escape that was observed leaving the Motel Six, located at 3104 SE Powell Boulevard. Officers pursued the stolen vehicle, but terminated the pursuit in the area of SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd and SE Francis Street because the driver of the stolen vehicle drove extremely recklessly and officers believed the driver endangered the safety of the public.

Shortly after the pursuit was terminated, officers who had remained at the Motel Six became aware of a deceased person inside a motel room. Members of the Homicide Division, Forensic Evidence Division, Oregon State Medical Examiner and Multnomah County District Attorney's Office responded to the Motel Six to take over the suspicious death investigation.

As investigators responded to the Motel Six, Central and East Precinct officers located the stolen vehicle from the earlier pursuit. The vehicle was located in a yard in the 4000 block of Southeast 51st Avenue. Officers established a perimeter and with the assistance of a K9 team, searched for the occupant of the stolen vehicle in the surrounding neighborhood. Officers did not locate any persons of interests during the search.

Just after 1:30 p.m., a community member contacted 911 to report a suspicious person had ran through a yard in the 5200 block of Southeast Francis Street. Based on the description proved to 911, responding officers believed the suspicious person was likely the driver of the stolen car and a person of interest in the suspicious death at the Motel Six.

The Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) responded to the area to assist in locating the person of interest. SERT officers located the person on top of a roof of a structure in the 5200 block of Southeast Center Street. The person was taken into custody without incident.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner is expected to conduct an autopsy this weekend to determine the cause and manner of death, and to confirm the identity of the victim. Detectives continue to investigate the suspicious death.

Persons with information regarding this case should contact Detectives Brad Clifton at 503-823-0696, Brad.Clifton@portlandoregon.gov or Bryan Steed at 503-823-0395, Bryan.Steed@portlandoregon.gov.

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Based on preliminary information, there is no known immediate threat to people in the surrounding neighborhood.

The initial release was missing the "no" in no known threat.

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Portland Police Bureau Homicide detectives are conducting a death investigation in a room at the Motel 6, located at 3104 Southeast Powell Boulevard.

Representatives from the Homicide Detail, Forensic Evidence Division, Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, and the Oregon State Medical Examiner are responding to the scene and are in the early stages of the investigation.

The motel is temporarily closed as this investigation develops. Based on preliminary information, there is no known immediate threat to people in the surrounding neighborhood.

Interested media should stage on the north side of Powell Boulevard on Southeast 31st Avenue.

Sergeant Chris Burley will be responding as Public Information Officer (PIO), ETA one hour.

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Update - Arrest: Detectives Investigating a Robbery and Shooting in Northeast Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/22/17 9:07 AM
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On the evening of Friday April 21, 2017, North Precinct officers arrested 22-year-old Stephen Blanchard in connection with a robbery and shooting investigation that occurred on Tuesday April 18, 2017 near Northeast 20th Avenue and Northeast Alberta Street. The robbery left two persons injured.

Blanchard was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Attempted Murder, two counts of Robbery in the First Degree, and two counts of Assault in the Second Degree. Blanchard will be arraigned on Monday April 24, 2017.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact Detective Tracy Chamberlin at 503-823-4783, tracy.chamberlin@portlandoregon.gov.


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On Tuesday April 18, 2017, at 5:33 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of gunfire in the area of Northeast 20th Avenue and Alberta Street.

Officers arrived in the area and found two people suffering from injuries. One victim was suffering from a possible gunshot graze wound and a second victim was injured after being hit with a stick or bat. Both were treated at the scene by medical personnel.

Initial information indicated that the victims were robbed by two East African men and a white male, who ran out of the area after one of the suspects fired a shot. A Canine Unit searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspects descriptions.

The two East African men were described as tall and slender wearing hooded sweatshirts and the white male was described as 20 to 30 years old, 6'00" tall and 160 pounds.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact Detective Tracy Chamberlin at 503-823-4783, tracy.chamberlin@portlandoregon.gov.

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Attached Media Files: Stephen Blanchard
UPDATE - 3rd ARREST: 19-Year-Old Male Arrested for Holladay Park Homicide (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/22/17 1:44 AM
Malique Kennerly-Hicks
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On the evening of Friday April 21, 2017, North Precinct officers received information a third person involved with the homicide of 17-year-old Shawn Scott Jr. was near the Lloyd Center Mall.

Officers responded to the area, performed a traffic stop and arrested 19-year-old Miguel Thompson in the area of Northeast 7th Avenue and Northeast Fremont St.

Thompson was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Murder and Robbery in the First Degree.

Detectives continue to investigate this homicide and believe there are witnesses who have not contacted police with information.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Mark Slater at 503-823-9319, Mark.Slater@portlandoregon.gov. or Detective Erik Kammerer at 503-823-0762, Erik.Kammerer@portlandoregon.gov

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This afternoon, Gresham Police Department officers arrested a second suspect involved in the robbery and homicide of 17-year-old Shawn Scott Jr.

17-year-old Malique Kennerly-Hicks of North Portland was arrested in the area of 164th Avenue and East Burnside Street.

Kennerly-Hicks was lodged at the Multnomah County Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home (JDH) on a charge of Robbery in the First Degree.

Detectives are continuing to investigate this homicide and believe there are witnesses who have not contacted police with information.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Mark Slater at 503-823-9319, Mark.Slater@portlandoregon.gov. or Detective Erik Kammerer at 503-823-0762, Erik.Kammerer@portlandoregon.gov

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In the late evening hours of Thursday April 14, 2017, 18-year-old Kole Tabian Jones of Gresham, Oregon, was arrested in connection with the homicide of 17-year-old Shawn Scott Jr.

Jones was arrested in the area of 165th Avenue and East Burnside Street. Jones was driving a stolen car when he was stopped by a Gresham Police Department officer and was subsequently arrested for the homicide.

Jones was booked into the Multnomah County Jail late Friday morning on charges of Murder, Robbery in the First Degree, and Unlawful Use of a Vehicle. Jones will be arraigned on Monday in Multnomah County Court.

This investigation started on Tuesday April 11, 2017, at 4:34 p.m., when North Precinct, Central Precinct, and Transit Officers responded to Holladay Park, located at 1125 Northeast Holladay Street, on the report of a person with a gunshot injury.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located 17-year-old Shawn Scott Jr. of Vancouver, Washington, suffering from a fatal gunshot wound.

During the course of the investigation, Homicide detectives developed probable cause to arrest Kole Jones for murder.

Detectives are continuing to investigate this homicide and believe there are witnesses who have not contacted police with information.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Mark Slater at 503-823-9319, Mark.Slater@portlandoregon.gov. or Detective Erik Kammerer at 503-823-0762, Erik.Kammerer@portlandoregon.gov

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Attached Media Files: Malique Kennerly-Hicks , Miguel Thompson
Major Crash Team Investigating a Fatal Crash in Southeast Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 04/22/17 1:26 AM
On Friday April 21, 2017, at 11:41 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a traffic crash at Southeast 37th Avenue and SE Powell Boulevard involving a motorcycle rider and a driver.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the crash scene where they learned that the male adult motorcycle rider had suffered traumatic injuries. The motorcyclist was declared dead at the scene. The operator of the motor vehicle remained at the scene and cooperated with officers.

Based on information gathered from witnesses, investigators believe the motorcyclist was traveling eastbound on Southeast Powell Boulevard at a high rate of speed when he collided with a truck that was turning south onto Southeast 37th Avenue from westbound Southeast Powell Boulevard.

Speed is believed to be a factor in this fatal traffic crash.

The intersection is closed in all directions and will remain so for at least three hours as officers from the Traffic Division's Major Crash Team conduct a crash investigation.

No additional updates are expected this evening.

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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SERT Activated; PIO Enroute
Portland Police Bureau - 04/21/17 2:28 PM
The Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) are responding to the area of SE 52nd and Francis to assist detectives with a person of interest that may be connected to today's death investigation at the Motel 6.

Interested media should stage on SE FOster, west of 52nd Avenue. The Public Information Officer (PIO) will be responding to the scene.

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Graffiti abatement gets an upgrade to tackle vandalism (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 04/25/17 11:19 AM
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Thanks to a little support from a fellow City department, the Salem Police Graffiti Abatement Team just got an upgrade to help tackle vandalism in our community.

Support between departments was at work when the idea to repurpose a 1999 Dodge Ram pick-up truck came about. The light duty truck with secure utility box and open cargo area was transferred for use to the Police Department when Mark Becktel, Public Works Operations Manager, learned of the need. "We're just happy to help," remarked Becktel.

The team's previous small utility truck was limited in size and space for the team to carry necessary tools out in the field. The previously used truck was outfitted with a new pressure washer which was purchased thanks to a recent donation to the graffiti abatement program by a Salem resident and police volunteer.

It was all good news to Lieutenant Michael Bennett of the Support Division. "The program is an important component of the police department's services and greatly favored by the public," shared Bennett, adding, "These recent improvements will help us move the program into new directions allowing us to look into fresh and innovative ways to remove graffiti while preserving the original landscape."

Residents routinely see the paint-over technique for the removal of tags and other graffiti defacement, but will now see the team working to beautify rather than only using paint to cover up graffiti. With the addition of the pick-up truck, the team will carry better tools and make use of the donated pressure washer to tackle removal of graffiti from varying surfaces, such as brick, concrete, and even tree bark. Acquiring the larger truck was a necessary first step.

"We're grateful to the Public Works Department who are our partners in public safety in so many ways," said Bennett. "With their help we'll be improving our response to graffiti in our community."

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Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 04/25/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 04/26/17 7:59 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 04/25/2017

ESTACADA:

There were no new crime reports taken yesterday in Estacada. Woo hoo!

SANDY:

There were no new crime reports taken yesterday in Sandy. Woo hoo!
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 04/24/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 04/25/17 8:29 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 04/24/2017

ESTACADA:

1C 2017-716

On 04/24/2017 at about 0854 hrs., police received a report about vacant houses being burglarized in the 1000 block of E First Avenue. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-717

On 04/24/2017 at about 1057 hrs., police received a report about theft of a tow dolly from the 1000 block of NW Wade Street. A report was taken.

18 2017-721

On 04/24/2017 at about 1341 hrs., police responded to a disturbance in the 200 block of NW Second Avenue. It was determined that a juvenile had run away from home. The juvenile was located later in the day, at about 2136 hrs.

SANDY:

18 2017-718

On 04/24/2017 at about 1155 hrs., police responded to a non-injury motor vehicle crash that occurred in the area of Pioneer Boulevard and Shelley Avenue. Police confirmed there were no injuries, then facilitated an information exchange.

18 2017-725

On 04/24/2017 at about 1840 hrs., Bernice Mitchell (29, of Warm Springs) was arrested during a traffic stop near the intersection of Proctor Boulevard and Revenue Avenue. Mitchell was charged with two counts of giving false information to a police officer, possession of methamphetamine, and a probation violation. Mitchell was also given a traffic citation for an unlawful lane change and driving while suspended - violation. She was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail without bail.
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 04/20/2017-04/23/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 04/24/17 8:29 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 04/20/2017-04/23/2017

ESTACADA:

1C 2017-695

On 04/20/2017 at 0826 hrs., police responded to the Estacada Middle School regarding a drug complaint. A juvenile student was found by staff to be in possession of marijuana. The case will be referred to the Clackamas County Juvenile Department.

1C 2017-696

On 04/20/2017 at about 0925 hrs., police received a report about criminal mischief that had occurred in the 200 block of S Broadway Street. A report is pending (CAD).

1C 2017-703

On 04/20/2017 at around 2043 hrs., police were dispatched to a report of an unwanted person in the 200 block of S Broadway Street. Police contacted the subject in question and issued a trespass warning.

1C 2017-704

On 04/20/2017 at around 2217 hrs., police contacted Mr. Timothy D. Peden (53, of Estacada) in the 400 block of SE Main Street. Mr. Peden was arrested on an active warrant for PCS-Meth; he was transported to the Clackamas County Jail and was lodged on $25,000 bail. Peden (and another individual who was with him) was also excluded from city property for 30 days.

1C 2017-713

On 04/23/2017 at 1748 hrs., police contacted Christopher L. Devey (34, of Estacada), near the intersection of SE Bryant Road and SE Regan Hill Road. Devey was found to have arrest warrants out of Umatilla and Clackamas County for failing to appear in court. He was transported to Clackamas County Jail and was lodged on $475,000 bail.


SANDY:

18 2017-706

On 04/21/2017 at 1503 hrs., police responded to a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Bluff Road and Mercella Court. No injuries were noted and no citations were issued.

18 2017-708

On 04/21/2017 at 2336 hrs., police responded to a call involving a suspected DUII being followed. The vehicle was stopped near the intersection of Highway 26 and 362nd Drive. The driver of the vehicle, Redmond D. Crawford (25, of Boring) was arrested for DUII. Crawford was transported to the Sandy Police Department, where he was cited and released to his father.

18 2017-707

On 04/22/2017 at about 0045 hrs., police received a runaway juvenile report. At 1207 hrs., the juvenile was located.

18 2017-709

On 04/22/2017 at about 0703 hrs., police issued a trespass warning to an individual, permanently barring him from a business in the 37000 block of Highway 26.

18 2017-710

On 04/22/2017 at 1240 hrs., Matthew C. Sofich (40, of Damascus) was arrested in the 39000 block of Evans Street as he had a warrant for his arrest. The warrant was issued by Multnomah County for Possession of Heroin with a zero bail. He was lodged in the Clackamas County Jail.

18 2017-712

On 04/22/2017 at 1722 hrs., police responded to a business in the 16600 block of 362nd Drive regarding a subject who was trespassing. The subject was contacted and issued a trespass notice for the business. The subject was also taken to Mt Hood Medical Center on a mental health hold.

18 2017-714

On 04/24/2017 at about midnight, an officer stopped a suspicious vehicle leaving the area of a construction site on Chula Vista Drive. A 17 year old juvenile and an 18 year old adult were found in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. A citation was issued at the scene. This report will be forwarded to the juvenile department for a MIP-Marijuana charge.
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 04/19/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 04/20/17 8:12 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 04/19/2017

ESTACADA:

1C 2017-692

On 04/19/2017 at about 1204 hrs., code enforcement responded to an animal complaint in the 1000 block of SW Lake Shore Drive. A report is pending (CAD).

1C 2017-694

On 04/19/2017 at about 1949 hrs., police received a report about a theft that had occurred fifteen minutes prior in the 100 block of SE Oak View Lane. A report is pending (CAD).


SANDY:

18 2017-688

On 04/19/2017 at about 0313 hrs., police received a report about a suspicious vehicle in the 39000 block of Scenic Avenue. Police found two people walking in the neighborhood a short time later. One was found carrying a cordless drill battery and charger. He claimed that he had found them on the street, so they were taken as found property.

18 2017-689

On 04/19/2017 at about 0925 hrs., police received a report about a theft that had occurred in the 36000 block of Highway 26. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-690

On 04/19/2017 at about 1122 hrs., police received a report about a fraud that occurred in the 16000 block of Hoffman Avenue. A report is pending (CAD).
Sheridan Fire Open House (Photo)
Sheridan Fire Dist. - 04/26/17 10:12 AM
Open House
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There is a lot going on at the Fire Station in the next few weeks. On April 26th we are holding our Open House event. We are also holding a town hall meeting May 2nd.

-Open House
The Sheridan Fire District is holding an open house on Saturday the 29th from 10 Am to 4 PM. There will be Fire Truck rides, a bounce house, Youth Fire Prevention House, prizes, cotton candy, popcorn and other refreshments. We will also have booths from Yamhill County C.E.R.T, Oregon State Fire Marshall's Office, Yamhill County Sheriff's Office and many more activities.

Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy our open house. This is a great chance to come see the firefighters and apparatus responsible for protecting the citizens of Sheridan. This is also an opportunity to ask questions about the upcoming Levy continuation on the May 16th Ballot.
Wether you are able to attend the open house or not we also offer tours of the fire station, safety presentations and school visits year round. Please feel free to contact us to setup a time if you or your organization would like to come see the station and meet the crews or have us come visit you.

-Town Hall Meeting
On the ballot for the upcoming May election is the Sheridan Fire District Levy 36-186, a continuation of the current Levy. The town hall meeting is set to start at 06:30 PM on Tuesday May 2nd at our main station 230 SW Mill St, Sheridan, OR. We are inviting the general public and the media to attend a meeting to discuss how we have used the current levy, what continuing the levy will do for our District and the community it serves and what the future of the Fire District is. We will be doing a short presentation, answering questions and providing tours of our station and apparatus.


Attached Media Files: Open House
Vancouver Police Activities League awarded $10,000 grant
Vancouver Police Dept. - 04/24/17 11:59 AM
Vancouver, Wash. --The Vancouver Police Activities League (PAL) recently received a $10,000 grant from NIKE Inc. through the Oregon Community Foundation. Funds from this grant will be used to support PAL sports tournaments at local elementary schools and will allow Vancouver PAL to expand these programs.

"We are so excited because not only is NIKE a valuable partner, but it will help us to continue strengthening our community by bringing cops and kids together," says Vancouver PAL Executive Director Jenny Thompson.

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


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VPD Officer injured in altercation with suspect (Update 2: Officer ID)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 04/24/17 10:59 AM
Update 2

The involved officer is James Porter, 27. Officer Porter was hired by the Vancouver Police Department in March 2016 and was the recipient of a Lifesaving Award for an incident in December 2016.

He is currently assigned to West Precinct Patrol.







The suspect in this incident Jamie Dean Graff, 37, was released from the hospital over the weekend and booked into the Clark County Jail for Assault III.

The officer was treated and released.



On 04-21-22 at approximately 8:35 pm, Vancouver Police Department's patrol units were dispatched to complaint of an aggressive panhandler at 6th St and Main St in Vancouver. Other comments indicated that the panhandler was threatening patrons of a nearby bar establishment.

Upon arrival officers contacted the described suspect, an adult male. During this contact, a VPD officer and the suspect became involved in a physical altercation. During the altercation, involved VPD patrol officer and the suspect were both injured. Both individuals were subsequently transported via ambulance to a local hospital.

Officer's condition is currently stable. Suspect's condition is believed to be also stable, but unconfirmed at this time.

Vancouver Police Department's Major Crimes Unit's Detectives responded and took over the investigation.

As of time of this report, the investigation is still active. Names of the involved officer or the suspect are not being released at this time.

Any additional witnesses who have not been contacted at scene are asked to call Vancouver Police Department's dispatch center.
Police request assistance locating endangered missing adult (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 04/22/17 9:05 AM
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UPDATE 4/22/2017


Ms. Emerson was located safe early on the morning of 4/22/2017 after seeking the assistance of family. The Vancouver Police Department would like to thank the community for their vigilance and for the numerous tips that were received.





On April 20, 2017 a family member of Joelle Emerson reported Ms. Emerson as missing to the Vancouver Police Department. Ms. Emerson left her residence during a mental health crisis and has not made contact with family members. Ms. Emerson is deemed at risk due to the ongoing mental health crisis. Ms. Emerson is a white female, 35 years old, 5'7" tall, 125 pounds. She has blue eyes and has short red hair. At the time of disappearance, her hair was worn in a short pony tail. She was last seen wearing black pants and a green jacket with a hood.

The public is asked to contact the Vancouver Police Department if they see Ms. Emerson. Contact can be made via 3-1-1, if in Clark County, to report her location. Information about possible sightings or individuals who may have seen Ms. Emerson within the past day are encouraged to contact VPD Detective David Jensen at (360) 772-2205. VPD case 2317-5444.


Attached Media Files: Joelle Emerson2 , Coat worn , Joelle Emerson1
Increased DUI enforcement in SW Washington (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 04/20/17 12:26 PM
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Vancouver, Wash. --On April 21, 2017, thanks to a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, the Vancouver and Battle Ground Police Departments will have additional officers out enforcing DUI laws in an effort to keep drunk, drugged and high drivers off the road. Officers, who are also drug recognition experts, will be among those conducting these increased DUI patrols.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 28 people in the United States die in an alcohol-related vehicle crash every day, which equates to one person every 53 minutes. Approximately one in three people will be involved in an alcohol-related crash during their lifetime.

If you or someone you care about will be out drinking or consuming other intoxicants, please make sure to select a sober designated driver, or use mass transit, taxis, or a rideshare service to get around town. As a reminder, Uber is offering first time users a special coupon code for $25 toward their first trip. Sign up for the Uber coupon code RIDEHOMEVANC at https://get.uber.com/go/ridehomevanc.

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


The Vancouver Police Department wishes everyone a safe and happy weekend!



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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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Sheriff's Detectives Search for Missing 15 year-old (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/25/17 8:10 PM
Jazmine Photos
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Detectives are concerned for the safety of a 15 year-old that was reported as a runaway from Aloha last night. While it is believed she ran away, some of her personal belongings were found along a Beaverton area roadside. The personal belongings are not something that is usually disposed of.

Detectives are searching for William Richard-Ricke who identifies herself as Jazmine Rodriguez. She is 5'8" tall, weighing about 100 pounds with dark shin (Photo Attached).

Detectives are asking that anyone with information concerning Jazmine to please call 503-846-2500.


Attached Media Files: Jazmine Photos
Possible DUII Driver Crashes into School Parking Lot (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/25/17 5:19 PM
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This afternoon, a 53 year-old female drove a 1994 Acura sedan,at a high rate of speed, off NW 185th Ave into the parking lot of Rock Creek Elementary school. It appears three vehicles were struck causing one adult male to be transported with non life-threatening injuries. The injured man was waiting to pick up a child at the school as school was letting out.

Deputies are treating this as a possible DUII/Assault investigation. There were no children injured in the crash.


Attached Media Files: Crash Photo
Washington County Sheriff's Office Receives Top DUII Award (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/25/17 1:42 PM
DUII Award Photo
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April 25, 2017--Washington County Sheriff's Office receives top Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) award.

On April 20, 2017, the Washington County Sheriff's Office was selected by the Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Task Force as the county DUII Enforcement Agency of the Year for 2016. The Sheriff's Office has received this award 11 times over the last 14 years.

This award is presented to a Sheriff's Office which has initiated or accomplished an effective DUII project or program in their area of responsibility through enforcement, prevention, and community involvement. The agency must also proactively train officers in DUII enforcement and drug-impaired driving laws, taking a proactive approach to deter impaired drivers.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office has DUII enforcement as one of our top priorities. The Sheriff's Office continues to arrest over 1000 impaired drivers every year. Washington County fatal crashes involving alcohol have dropped in recent years. There is still much work to be done, especially with the increasing number of impaired people driving under the influence of marijuana, illegal drugs and prescription medications.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Unit has DUII enforcement deputies dedicated to prevent alcohol and drug impaired people from driving and creating hazardous situations. The Sheriff's Office will continue to stay focused to stop impaired driving to help keep our roads safer.

If you have any information concerning an impaired driver, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 629-0111 or 911 if it is an emergency.


Attached Media Files: PDF File , DUII Award Photo
UPDATE: Deputy Fires at Suspect Who Attempted to Hit Him with Car -- In Custody - (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/22/17 2:49 PM
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Early Saturday morning, an alert Washington County sheriff's sergeant observed a vehicle driving west on Highway 26 matching the description from Fridays officer involved shooting (original press release attached). After a short pursuit, the suspect was taken into custody.

On April 22, 2017, at 8:05 a.m., a Sheriff's Office sergeant initiated a traffic stop on a stolen 2014 Hyundai Elantra. The driver failed to yield and attempted to elude the sergeant. The pursuit ended at the Helvetia Road overpass when the suspect wrecked the car.

The Hyundai had five occupants. The suspect, Konner Layman, age 17 of Portland ran from the vehicle, the other four were detained, but not arrested.

Since Mr. Layman is a juvenile, he will be referred to the juvenile department for consideration of the following charges. Attempt to Elude Felony, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief and Fail to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run). The investigation is ongoing and additional changes may be referred to the Juvenile Department.

Mr. Layman was turned over to the Juvenile Department and lodged at Donald E. Long Detention Center.

No mugshot is available since Mr. Layman


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Deputy Fires at Suspect Who Attempted to Hit Him with Car
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/21/17 9:39 PM
This afternoon, a Washington County deputy sheriff responded to a suspicious person call in the Cedar Mills area. During the pursuit the deputy fired his service weapon at the suspect. The suspect was able to elude the deputy.

On April 21, 2017, at 4:14 p.m., a concerned citizen called the Washington County sheriff's office to report a suspicious man using a can to spray paint a late model car. The responding deputy attempted to contact a suspicious person on NW Canyon Way. The suspect fled in a late model Hyundai Elantra. The deputy tried to stop the suspect as they traveled through several neighborhoods and additional deputies responded to assist. During the pursuit, the suspect stopped long enough for the deputy to exit his vehicle to contact the suspect.

The suspect ignored the deputy's commands and drove in the direction of the deputy, who feared he was going to be hit by the suspect vehicle. The deputy fired his service weapon at the suspect. The deputy then pursued the vehicle through the neighborhood until the he lost sight of him.

The suspect is still at large. He is described as a white or Asian male, 5'9" and approximately 18-19 years of age. The Hyundai Elantra is brown with several beige, black and blue spray paint marks.

The Sheriff's Office is asking that if anyone has information about the suspect or locates the suspect vehicle to call 911. Any tips can be called into non-emergency dispatch at 503-629-0111.


Attached Media Files: 2017-04/1128/103759/PR_170421_Deputy_Fires_at_Suspect_Who_Attempted_to_Hit_Him_with_Car_.pdf
UPDATE: Police investigate officer involved shooting
West Linn Police Dept. - 04/24/17 2:28 PM
UPDATE: On Friday, April 21, 2017, officers of the West Linn Police Department were dispatched to an armed suicidal subject, who was ultimately shot and killed.

The decedent's name is Chance Rickie Thompson, who was 25 years old.

The involved officer, Brad Moyle is a 16 year veteran of the WLPD. Ofc. Moyle remains on administrative leave during the investigation per policy.

Because this investigation is active, there is no further information available at this time.

An autopsy was conducted on Mr. Thompson by the State Medical Examiner's Office, please contact them for information.



West Linn Police Officers were dispatched to the 2100 block of Long St.at 10:17 P.M.in the Sunset neighborhood on a report of an armed suicidal man. Officers arrived within a few minutes and confronted a male armed with a firearm. This person was subsequently shot by a WLPD officer. The subject died at the scene.

Names of those involved will not be released until family members have been notified.

The involved officers have been placed on administrative leave, per policy. The case is being investigated by the Clackamas County major Crimes team per the Officer Involved Shooting protocol.
Medical
Pacific Midwifery Services to become part of The Vancouver Clinic
The Vancouver Clinic - 04/25/17 12:00 PM
VANCOUVER, Wash., (April 25, 2017)--The Vancouver Clinic (TVC), Clark County's largest health care provider, will expand its ability to care for women in North Clark County with the addition of midwives from Pacific Midwifery Services. The Vancouver Clinic will now have a total of 11 midwives able to provide labor and delivery services at both Vancouver hospitals.

"It's been a couple of years since The Vancouver Clinic has had midwifery capacity to deliver babies at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center," said Dr. Alfred Seekamp, Chief Medical Officer at The Vancouver Clinic. "This is a great opportunity for us to add to our team and meet the needs of a growing population of patients at our Salmon Creek and Battle Ground clinics, as well as our future clinic in Ridgefield."

The opportunity came to The Vancouver Clinic when Kathleen Hensch-Fleming, CNM, announced plans to retire after a 38-year career in health care including 17 years as the owner of Pacific Midwifery Services.

"Serving women in Clark County and now delivering babies for a second generation of families has been a great honor," said Hensch-Fleming. "It's been harder than I thought to start to say good-bye to my patients but I'm excited to grow tomatoes, quilt and spend time with my grandchildren."

As Hensch-Fleming looks forward to retirement her fellow midwives will receive new badges and move to The Vancouver Clinic. As of June 1, 2017, Donna Stiles, Patty Kartchner and Lori Watson will join our OB/GYN and midwifery practice as certified nurse midwives. They will continue delivering babies at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, offering water births and helping to grow the number of patients The Vancouver Clinic is able to serve.

A dedicated TVC hotline has been established during the transition for patients wanting to schedule appointments after June 1 with one of the three midwives. That number is 360-397-3838.

Expanding our midwifery practice includes broadening our partnership with Molina Healthcare beginning June 1, 2017. The partnership will increase TVC's acceptance of new OB and midwifery patients insured through Molina Medicaid.

About The Vancouver Clinic
The Vancouver Clinic (TVC) has cared for residents of Southwest Washington since 1936, and is the largest private multi-specialty clinic in Clark County with over 300 providers and 1,100 staff. TVC operates five clinics across Vancouver, Battle Ground and Washougal, and provides 40 medical specialties. For more information, visit www.tvc.org.
Utilities
Know what's below before you hoe
Pacific Power - 04/20/17 9:55 AM
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power April 20, 2017
503-813-7291

Know what's below before you hoe
Be safe and call 8-1-1 first to find any underground utilities that could endanger you

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Every eight minutes in America someone risks their life by striking an underground utility line. Pacific Power urges customers to protect themselves and their families and change this alarming statistic with one simple act: dialing 8-1-1 two days before doing any digging.

"Installing a mail box or post for a deck or planting a tree are among the many commonplace projects that should trigger a call to 8-1-1," said Steven Harkin, Pacific Power's director of safety and training, referring to the national toll-free Call Before You Dig phone number. "Those may seem like simple, harmless maintenance projects, but the hazards are very real. If you hit a buried electric line, you could die or be seriously injured. It's that simple."

PacifiCorp has approximately 20,000 miles of underground cable in the West. There are nearly 20 million miles of underground utility lines in the United States. These buried facilities, including gas, water, sewer, cable TV, high-speed Internet, landline telephone, provide the services Americans depend on for their basic everyday needs. But if you don't know where they are buried before you dig, you are in danger.

The only way to know for sure where these underground facilities are is by using the Call Before You Dig phone number. Even if you are lucky enough to not be harmed, you could be responsible for causing a service outage in your neighborhood--and potentially be responsible for the substantial repair costs.

If you are planning a job that requires digging, even if hiring a professional, a call to 8-1-1 is required before work begins. The 8-1-1 service is free and couldn't be easier. It's a Federal Communications Commission-designated national one-call number that connects a caller from anywhere in the country to the appropriate local one-call center. The one-call center then alerts local underground facility owners so they can mark the approximate location of their lines with paint or flags.

Although the Call Before You Dig system has been active for many years, according to a recent national survey, 45 percent -- nearly half of people who plan to dig this year will not call 8-1-1 first.

To learn more about electrical safety or to order free electrical safety materials, visit pacificpower.net/safety.

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About Pacific Power
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Business Opportunities Increasing for Major Water Program
Willamette Water Supply Program - 04/25/17 7:32 AM
The Willamette Water Supply Program (Program), a drinking water infrastructure partnership between the Tualatin Valley Water District and the City of Hillsboro, has released its baseline design and construction schedule - a milestone that sets a multitude of business opportunities into motion for the next decade.

"This major water infrastructure project spans across five cities in Washington County, including Wilsonville, Tualatin, Sherwood, Beaverton, and Hillsboro," notes Dave Kraska, Willamette Water Supply Program Director. "We have divided the work up into smaller pieces over several years. This allows and provides local and regional businesses of all sizes an opportunity to be a part of this historic project that will benefit the local economy, provide jobs, and support regional economic development."

The Program schedule includes the various construction components needed through 2026 when water will begin to flow to Tualatin Valley Water District and City of Hillsboro water customers through the new water system. This gives the business community a look into the timing of opportunities for the more than one-billion dollar program. More than 30 procurements for design, construction, and related supporting services are expected, and additional business opportunities will result for sub-contractors and suppliers. Businesses and contracting opportunities, along with the schedule, are posted and updated online at: www.ourreliablewater.org/business-opportunities.

The earthquake-resilient system includes building a modified intake on the Willamette River, a water treatment plant, storage tanks, and more than 30 miles of large-diameter transmission pipeline traveling north from Wilsonville, through Beaverton, and into Hillsboro. The mid-Willamette River at Wilsonville will be the new water supply source for the Willamette Water Supply System. Although current demands are met through other sources, the addition of a new, regional source will provide improved water supply reliability and system resiliency. Developing an additional water supply through a partnership supports the region's plans for responsible growth within the urban growth boundary. For more information about the Willamette Water Supply Program, visit www.OurReliableWater.org or call 503-941-4570.
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Transportation
Elizabeth Gotelli to join Port of Vancouver as Chief Financial and Administrative Officer (Photo)
Port of Vancouver - 04/25/17 10:55 AM
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VANCOUVER, Wash. -- The Port of Vancouver USA has hired Elizabeth Gotelli as its Chief Financial and Administrative Officer. Gotelli joins the port May 8.

"Elizabeth has a strong financial and administrative background, combined with knowledge of our community and experience with local agencies," said port CEO Julianna Marler. "These traits are what really make her stand out as the right person for this position. We look forward to having her join our team as we continue growing and bringing sustainable economic benefit to our community."

Gotelli has broad experience in many core business services, including direct management of finance, procurement, legal and administrative functions; staff training; budget development and administration; policy development; strategic planning, and; emergency management.

Her duties as CFAO will include strategic planning; development of port business policies; operations and budget responsibility for the administration, contracts, finance and IT departments; and ensuring the port complies with local, state and federal regulations and laws governing port operations.

Prior to joining the port, Gotelli served for five years as Director of Public Affairs and Human Resources for the City of Lacey, Washington. She has also worked for the City of Vancouver, Washington, as Director of Human Resources and Procurement Services Manager, and in positions with Clark County Public Works and Community Services.

Gotelli graduated from the University of Oregon with a Master of Urban and Regional Planning and Master of Science in Public Affairs.

-- POV --

The Port of Vancouver USA is one of the major ports on the Pacific Coast, and its competitive strengths include available land, versatile cargo handling capabilities, vast transportation networks, a skilled labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. For more information, please visit us at www.portvanusa.com.


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Federal
BLM Seeks Nominations to Eastern Washington Resource Advisory Council
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 04/24/17 5:32 PM
Spokane, Wash. -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public nominations for two open positions on the Eastern Washington Resource Advisory Council (RAC). The nomination period is open until May 30, 2017.

The BLM's RACs, composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the Bureau carry out its multiple-use mission and stewardship of 245 million acres of public lands. The Bureau, which manages more land than any other Federal agency, has 36 RACs across the West, where most BLM-managed land is located. Each RAC consists of 10 to 15 members with an interest or expertise in energy and mineral development, ranching, outdoor recreation, conservation, state and local government, tribal and cultural resources, and academia. The diverse membership of each RAC helps ensure that BLM land managers receive the varying perspectives they need to achieve their mission of managing the public lands for multiple uses.

"The BLM Resource Advisory Councils are an important forum for the community conversation that is a key component of public land management," said Jamie Connell, BLM Oregon-Washington State Director. "By ensuring that RAC representation reflects a variety of perspectives, RAC members provide a valuable service to the Bureau by delving into issues and proposing solutions on a wide variety of land and resource uses issues."

Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on an Advisory Council. Nominees, who must be residents of Washington, will be reviewed on the basis of their training, education, and knowledge of the council's geographic area. Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to consensus building and collaborative decision-making. All nominations must be accompanied by letters of reference from any represented interests or organizations, a completed RAC application, and any other information that speaks to the nominee's qualifications.

The Eastern Washington RAC has one position open in each of the following categories:

Category Two -- Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental
organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and burro organizations.

Category Three -- Representatives of State, county, or local elected office; representatives and employees of a state agency responsible for the management of natural resources;
representatives of Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the RAC is organized; representatives and employees of academic institutions who are involved in natural sciences; and the public-at-large.

For more information, please contact Jeff Clark at (509) 536-1297 or jeffclark@blm.gov or visit
https://www.blm.gov/get-involved/resource-advisory-council/apply.

-BLM-

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public
lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.
BLM Extends Deadline for Nominations for 2017 Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 04/21/17 11:08 AM
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has extended to June 12, 2017 the deadline for submitting nominations for the 2017 Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards. The prior deadline was April 28.

These non-monetary awards recognize those programs created to foster sustainable development, which encourages environmental health, social responsibility, and economic security.

Awards are presented through one of five categories. These include the Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award, the Hardrock Mineral Community Outreach and Economic Security Award, the Hardrock Mineral Small Operator Award, the Hardrock Mineral Director's Award, and the "Fix a Shaft Today!" Award.

The Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award recognizes achievements demonstrating continuous or repeated efforts to successfully meet or exceed federal, state, or local reclamation requirements with minimal oversight.

The Hardrock Mineral Community Outreach and Economic Security Award recognizes the successful coordination of projects with local and regional stakeholders, including those projects that contribute to the quality of life or demonstrate concern for the long-term health of the local community.

The Hardrock Mineral Small Operator Award recognizes operators or organizations, with 15 employees or fewer, who have demonstrated continuous or repeated efforts to successfully meet or exceed federal, state, or local reclamation requirements with minimal oversight.

The Hardrock Mineral Director's Award is presented to a single operator, one whose dedication has resulted in the use of a new or innovative design or technique that allows or enhances successful operations in technically challenging conditions.

The "Fix a Shaft Today!" Award recognizes active participation in the FAST! Campaign, a partnership initiative aimed at eliminating unsafe abandoned mine land features including open mine shafts. Individuals, as well as organizations, are eligible for this award.
Nominations should be submitted to the BLM state office where the individual or organization is located (Attention: Solid Minerals). A brochure offering detailed information on the nomination and selecting process, as well as state contact information, is available online, at:

https://edit.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/documents/files/2017_Sustainable_Awards_Brochure_0.pdf.


Attached Media Files: BLM Extends Deadline for Nominations for 2017 Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards
Southeast Oregon Resource Advisory Council accepting nominations
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 04/21/17 10:51 AM
The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public nominations for open positions on 36 Resource Advisory Councils (RACs). As published in a notice in the Federal Register, the
BLM will consider nominations until Friday, May 30.

Among those groups seeking applicants is the Southeast Oregon RAC, which is made up of 15 citizens representing a wide array of interests, including recreation, commercial timber, mining, transportation, education, environmental groups and the public at large. Its boundaries include portions of Malheur, Harney, Lake, and Grant counties in Oregon.

The Southeast Oregon RAC has one vacancy in its public-at-large group, and eight seats spanning all interests expiring in early 2018.

Members meet three to four times a year at sites across Lake, Vale and Burns BLM districts, familiarizing themselves with issues including wildfire recovery, sage grouse and wild horse management, public land use designations and many other topics. The diverse membership of each RAC helps ensure that BLM land managers receive the varying perspectives they need to achieve their mission of managing the public lands for multiple uses.

"The BLM Resource Advisory Councils are an important forum for the community conversation that is a key component of public land management," said Oregon?Washington BLM State Director Jamie Connell. "By ensuring that RAC representation reflects a variety of perspectives, RAC members provide a valuable service to the Bureau by delving into issues and proposing solutions on a wide variety of land and resource uses issues."

Each of the 36 RACs has different positions open in the following categories:

Category One -- Public land ranchers and representatives of organizations associated with
energy and mineral development, the timber industry, transportation or rights?of?way, off?highway vehicle use, and commercial recreation.

Category Two -- Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental
organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and burro organizations.

Category Three -- Representatives of State, county, or local elected office; representatives and employees of a state agency responsible for the management of natural resources; representatives of Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the RAC is organized; representatives and employees of academic institutions who are involved in natural sciences; and the public?at?large.

Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on an Advisory Council. Nominees, who must be residents of the state or states where the RAC has jurisdiction, will be reviewed on the basis of their training, education, and knowledge of the council's geographic area. Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to consensus building and collaborative decision?making. All nominations must be accompanied by letters of reference from any represented interests or organizations, a completed RAC application, and any other information that speaks to the nominee's qualifications.

For more information, or to apply, please contact Larisa Bogardus, SEO RAC Coordinator, 1301 S. G St., Lakeview, OR 97630, 541?947?6237 or lbogardus@blm.gov or Greg Shine, BLM Oregon RAC Coordinator, 503?808?6306 or gshine@blm.gov.

-BLM-

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities
occurring on public lands.
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Receives Valerie Sivinksi Award for Outstanding Historic Building Rehabilitation
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 04/25/17 1:41 PM
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site has received one of three 2017 Valerie Sivinski Awards for Outstanding Historic Building Rehabilitation for its work on the rehabilitation of Vancouver Barracks Building 987. This award is given annually by the Washington State Historic Preservation Office as a recognition of achievement in historic preservation through outstanding rehabilitations of historic buildings and structures.

In 2016, the National Park Service successfully rehabilitated the hundred-year-old double infantry barracks building. Before the rehabilitation, Building 987 had asbestos and lead paint issues, as well as an array of maintenance and structural problems. The $11 million project revitalized the building with new tin ceiling tiles, newly painted interior and exterior, stripped and repainted porch columns, and resurfaced and sanded original wood floors.

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site's Superintendent Tracy Fortmann said, "This project breathed new life into this historic building, and is a strong first step in the rehabilitation of the East and South Vancouver Barracks. This rehabilitation project also serves as a local, regional, and national model for Federal Government agencies working together to protect, preserve, and reuse historic structures, to recognize all cultural resources, and to encourage partnerships serving the public."

Building 987 is one of the signature structures along the barracks' iconic "Barracks Row" along the southern edge of the Parade Ground, and recently re-opened as the headquarters of Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

"We are proud to be part of the rehabilitation of this historic structure and partnership" said Gifford Pinchot National Forest Supervisor Gina Owens. "It's an honor to call this building our home, and be a part of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site campus and community."
Ulysses S. Grant's Vancouver Connections are Highlighted in Free Lecture
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 04/25/17 10:02 AM
On Saturday, April 29, at 1 pm, local historian Kristine Deacon will present "Sentimental Journey: Ulysses S. Grant's Return to Fort Vancouver." This free presentation will occur in the theater space of the national park's Visitor Center, located at 1501 East Evergreen Boulevard.

Kristine Deacon is a graduate of the University of Oregon, a former journalist, and now a historian of the Pacific Northwest, based out of Salem, Oregon. She has published articles on Ulysses S. Grant's world tours in the late 1870s, after his term as President of the United States. Her work focuses specifically on his visits to the Pacific Northwest and his return to the Vancouver Barracks.

"Ulysses S. Grant is a pivotal figure of the Civil War, and many historians acknowledge his time spent at the Vancouver Barracks in 1852-1853 while he was in the Quartermaster's Corps," said National Park Service Chief of Interpretation Bob Cromwell. "But fewer historians have looked at his triumphant return to the Pacific Northwest after his two terms as U.S. President. We look forward to this interesting presentation that will provide some insight into post-Civil War history of the namesake of the Vancouver Barrack's Commanding Officers' house on Officers' Row: the Grant House."


What: Historic Presentation, "Sentimental Journey: Ulysses S. Grant's Return to Fort Vancouver," by Historian, Kristine Deacon

Where: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Visitor Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Boulevard, Vancouver, WA 98661

When: 1 pm - 2 pm

Cost: Free
Corps seeks comments on Corvallis, Benton County, Oregon permit application.
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 04/25/17 9:26 AM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by Applegate Holdings, LLC. to conduct work impacting the Dunawi Creek, two unnamed tributaries and abutting wetlands in Corvallis, Benton County, Ore. Public Notice NWP-2008-00086/2 is available at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/
State
DPSST Fire Policy Committee Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/20/17 11:17 AM
For Immediate Release
April 20, 2017
Contact: Mona Riesterer
(503) 378-2431
NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING
The Fire Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on May 24, 2017. The meeting will be held in the Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, 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: 888-398-2342 and Participant code: 4256088
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
Approve minutes from the February 22, 2017 Policy Committee meeting

3. OAR 259-008-0070 -- Proposed Rule Change; Amends Definition of "Discharge for Cause" for Mandatory Revocation of Fire Service Professional Certifications
Presented by Jennifer Howald

4. OAR 259-009-0005 & OAR 259-009-0062 -- Proposed Administrative Rules; NFPA 1002 Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional
Presented by Julie Olsen-Fink

5. Thompson, Troy DPSST #F07436; First Responder Operations
Presented by Kayla Ballrot

6. Amaya, Philip Austin DPSST # F35478; Marion County Fire District #1 / Woodburn Fire District-- NFPA Operations Level Responder, Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2)
Presented by Kayla Ballrot

7. Henderson, Darron DPSST #F35215; Marion County Fire District #1/Chemeketa Community College; NFPA Operations Level Responder
Presented by Kayla Ballrot

8. Department Update

9. Next scheduled FPC meeting -- August 23, 2017 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 the Fire 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 Private Security/Investigators Policy Committtee Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/20/17 11:04 AM
For Immediate Release
April 20, 2017

Contact: Mona Riesterer
(503) 378-2431

Notice of Regular Meeting
The Private Security/Investigators Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. The meeting will be held in the Boardroom at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, 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: 888-808-6929- and Participant code: 8917117

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 -- November 15, 2016 and December 9, 2016,
Approve the minutes of the November 15, 2016 and December 9, 2016 Private Security/Private Investigations Policy Committee meeting.

3. Proposed Rule Change for OARs 259-060-0015, 259-060-0030 & 259-060-0450 -- Adds a Violation for Misrepresentation as an Agent/Employee of DPSST and Clarifies Authority to Determine a Moral Fitness Violation.
Presented by Jennifer Howald

4. Review PSIPC Unarmed Representative Interest Forms
Presented by Suzy Herring

5. Hartman, Rita, PSID 51255, District Security Health & Safety, McMenamins/Crystal Ballroom, Alert Security Asset Protect dba Cero's, The Analog Café/DRD Record and Event Services; Supervisory Manager License, Unarmed Instructor Certification and Unarmed Professional Certification
Presented by Karen Evans

6. Mercer, Mark, PSID 33075, Eclipse Security Professionals; Executive Manager License, Armed/Unarmed Professional Certification
Presented by Carissa White

7. Department Update

8. Subcommittee Reports

9. Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting -- August 15, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.

## 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 Telecommunications Policy Committee Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/20/17 10:59 AM
For Immediate Release
April 20, 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 May 3, 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 March 6, 2017 Meeting
Approve Minutes of March 6, 2017 Meeting

3. Review of Public Comments Received for Proposed Rule Change for OARs 259-008-0005, 259-008-0010, 259-008-0011, 259-008-0070 and 259-008-0080 -- Recommended Changes to the Criminal Justice Denial/Revocation Standards and Processes
Presented by Jennifer Howald

4. McKenzie, Caitlin DPSST # 56986 -- Lake Oswego Police Department; Application for Training and Subsequent Certification
Presented by Katrina Robson

5. Staff Update

6. Next Telecommunications Policy Committee Meeting August 2, 2017
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

## 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 Police Policy Committee Meeting scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/20/17 10:56 AM
Notice of Regular Meeting
The Police Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 10:00 a.m. on May 18, 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. Approve Meeting Minutes
Approve minutes from the February 16, 2017 Police Policy Committee Meeting

3. OACP-OSSA Mental Health Workgroup Recommendation OAR 259-008-0065 - Recommendation Designates 3 Hours of Mental Health/Crisis Intervention Training as a Part of Certification Maintenance Training Requirements
Presented by Eriks Gabliks & Jennifer Howald

4. OARs 259-008-0005, 259-008-0010, 259-008-0011, 259-008-0070 and 259-008-0080 -- Recommended Changes to the Criminal Justice Denial/Revocation Standards & Process -- Review of Public Comment
Presented by Jennifer Howald

5. Review of Standard and Policy Discussion -- OAR 259-008-0025
Waivers of the Minimum Training Standards Requiring Completion of a Field Training Manual (FTM)
Presented by Jennifer Howald


6. Ianieri, Thomas DPSST #37706 -- Medford Police Department; Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and Supervisory Police Certifications (Executive Session)
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

7. Braskett, Richard DPSST #29350 -- Portland Police Bureau; Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Supervisory Police Certifications
Presented by Katrina Robson

8. Burke, Douglas DPSST #31805 -- Linn County Sheriff's Office; Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Police Officer Certifications
Presented by Katrina Robson

9. Bussert, Clifford DPSST #27368 -- Warrenton Police Department; Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Police Certifications
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

10. Downey, Raymond W. DPSST # 15316 -- Oregon State Police; Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Police Certification
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

11. Johnson, Scott DPSST #19524 -- Tigard Police Department; Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisory, Management, and Executive Police Certification
Presented by Katrina Robson

12. Leavitt, Randy C. DPSST #43710 -- Nyssa Police Department; Basic Police Certification
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

13. Shipley, Joseph DPSST #24794 -- Yamhill County Sheriff's Office; Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisory, and Management Police Certifications and Instructor Certification
Presented by Katrina Robson

14. Smith, Tyler A. DPSST #54765 -- Grant County Sheriff's Office; Application for Basic Police Certification
Presented by Katrina Robson

15. Election of New Chair

16. Department Update

17. Next Police Policy Committee Meeting -- August 17, 2017 at 10:00 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 Police 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.
Oregon Department of Human Services Announces Upcoming Stakeholder/Partner Meeting, May 23
Oregon Department of Human Services - 04/21/17 4:21 PM
You are invited to join us on Tuesday, May 23 for a DHS stakeholder/partner meeting and conference call about upcoming legislative and budget issues.

DHS Director Clyde Saiki and DHS Executive Team will present brief program, legislative, budget updates followed by a question and answer period.

Join in person, by phone or follow along on Facebook or Twitter.
When: Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Where: Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 137, 500
Summer Street NE, Salem
How: Conference call 1-877-336-1829; Participant Code: 8307334

Join us on social media:
Live streaming during the event:
Twitter: @OregonDHSAPD
Facebook: @OregonDHS.SSP

We will tweet live during the event via the DHS Twitter account @OregonDHS; join the conversation using #ORDHSforum.

If attending in person, please RSVP by Friday, May 12: Communications.DHS@state.or.us.

Questions or accommodation requests related to a disability: contact Communications.DHS@state.or.us. A good faith effort will be made to fulfill requests.
State sues for funds to protect Zoom Health Plan customers
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/25/17 1:30 PM
(Salem) -- The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services today filed a lawsuit in Marion County Circuit Court to recover $3 million in cash for insurance company Zoom Health Plan Inc. Zoom Management Inc. (ZMI), an affiliated company, was supposed to pay the money in late 2016 in exchange for a surplus note, but never did.

Zoom Health Plan (ZHP) is in receivership and working with the state to wind down its insurance business.

"This funding is critical for Zoom Health Plan to meet its obligations to policyholders," said Patrick Allen, director of DCBS.

The state filed the lawsuit in its capacity as receiver of the insurance company. The state filed and was granted approval to take Zoom Health Plan into receivership on April 21. DCBS had been working with the company to facilitate an orderly exit from the insurance business. However, the department discovered that a $3 million surplus note included in the financial statement as a receivable from ZMI had not been funded. The department took the company in receivership to preserve assets and ensure policyholders are protected.

In its annual financial statement submitted to DCBS, ZHP 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.

Although Zoom Health Plan has received about $2 million in capital since it filed its financial statement, the $3 million is critical to Zoom's ability to pay claims.

"Our goal through the receivership is for those with Zoom Health Plan policies to be able to stay on those plans and access the health services they need through the end of the year," Allen said.

Zoom Health Plan currently serves fewer than 2,000 members. Zoom+ Care is a health provider that started offering insurance plans -- through a separately created company -- in the Portland area in 2016. ZMI acts as a business manager for the health plan and 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.

The department is continuing to evaluate Zoom Health Plan's financial condition as well as investigating the misleading information in Zoom Health Plan's financial statement and whether it warrants further action.

For more information, 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.dfr.oregon.gov.
Ceremony will honor fallen Oregon workers April 28
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/21/17 3:06 PM
(Salem) -- Not all Oregon families experience the safe return of their loved ones following a day at work. Oregon workers who died on the job will be honored with a ceremony Friday, April 28, at noon in Salem. The state's Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) and the Oregon AFL-CIO invite all Oregonians to attend the Workers Memorial Day observance to remember those who died on the job and to renew Oregon's commitment to creating safe and healthy workplaces.

The event will take place at the Fallen Workers Memorial outside the Labor and Industries Building, 350 Winter St. NE, on the Capitol Mall. The memorial service, coordinated by the Oregon AFL-CIO, will feature remarks from State Rep. Barbara Smith Warner and from Elana Pirtle-Guiney, workforce and labor policy advisor to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.

The ceremony will include the reading of the names of Oregon workers who died on the job in 2016.

"Workers Memorial Day is a time to remember the victims of workplace injury and disease, and to rededicate ourselves to improving safety and health in every American workplace," Brown said. "By seeking stronger safety and health protection, we commit ourselves to prevent these tragedies in the future."

"It's important for Oregon's legislature to be involved in observing Workers Memorial Day," said Smith Warner. "The reading of the names is more than a symbolic gesture. It's an affirmation that these workers are not forgotten and that we as policy makers have a responsibility to do everything we can to prevent further workplace fatalities."

Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood and Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain will also be among the event speakers.

While Oregon workplaces are safer today than in previous decades, there are still far too many preventable on-the-job deaths each year. In fact, 2016 saw a nearly 50 percent increase in the number of workers who died in Oregon workplaces, according to a new data collection program begun in 2015 by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services.

"On April 28 we mourn the fallen, and fight for the living by recommitting to fight for stronger workplace safety protections," said Chamberlain. "This year, we are reading more names of fallen workers than the year before. Each of the names we read on April 28 has family, community, friends, co-workers -- people who miss them dearly. These are preventable deaths, workplace accidents. We have to do more as a state to protect working people."

Through a partnership of labor, business, and government working together to improve workplace safety and health conditions in Oregon, the number of fatal workplace incidents eligible for workers' compensation benefits has been cut by about 75 percent since the Oregon Safe Employment Act was enacted in 1973.

"For each of us, Workers Memorial Day serves as an important reminder that we must do better in our struggle against death in the workplace," said Wood. "At its heart, this day is not about statistics or rates, but about individual stories, about lives cut short, about families and friends who have lost loved ones. Each year, there are far too many such stories. We can -- and must -- do better."

The annual Workers Memorial Day serves as a nationwide day of remembrance. It recognizes the thousands of U.S. workers who die each year on the job and the more than 1 million people in the U.S. who are injured each year at work. The observance is traditionally held on April 28 because Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act on that date in 1970.

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, visit www.osha.oregon.gov.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.

The Oregon AFL-CIO represents more than 300,000 working Oregonians and their interests, including good jobs, health care, retirement security, and rebuilding the middle class. For more information, visit www.oraflcio.org.
Natural area restorers in North Clackamas are honored by Oregon Community Trees
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/25/17 9:44 AM
(CLACKAMAS, Ore.) -- The Natural Areas Division of the North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District has been honored by Oregon Community Trees and Oregon Department of Forestry for its work over the past eight years to restore 800 acres of local forests, wetlands and streams in northern Clackamas County. Oregon Community Trees and ODF are supported by the U.S. Forest Service to recognize organizations and individuals anywhere in the state who are promoting healthy urban and community forests through leadership, education, awareness or advocacy.

Samantha Wolf, an Oregon Community Trees board member who served on this year's Awards Committee, said the Natural Areas Division won this year because of the cumulative impact of their restoration work. "They're doing environmental restoration in fast-developing urban and suburban settings and doing a great job of involving the community in their work," said Wolf.

North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District partners with student groups, water council boards, Friends of Trees, SOLVE, Metro and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service among others to plant thousands of trees each year. The District also educates volunteers and the public, does park maintenance and engages the community in park clean-up days.

"Especially impressive is their restoration of Oregon white oak on Mt. Talbert and their recent work to restore habitat for fish and wildlife in Spring Park in Milwaukie," said Wolf.

Kristin Ramstad is acting manager of the Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Program at the Oregon Department of Forestry, which promotes urban forestry. She said, "The Natural Areas Division of North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District is a great example of how local governments can engage residents to help build a healthy, thriving urban forest."
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Oregon Department of Forestry was founded in 1911. Today, it serves Oregonians by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic and community sustainability. ODF directly manages 800,000 acres of state-owned forestland, including the Clatsop, Santiam and Tillamook forests in northwest Oregon and the Gilchrist and Sun Pass State forests east of the Cascades. The Department of Forestry's top priority is to provide fire protection on 16.2 million acres of private and public land. The 13th State Forester is Peter Daugherty, selected by the Board of Forestry in 2016.
Oregon Department of Forestry invites public comment on Western Lane 2018 Annual Operations Plan
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/25/17 8:29 AM
Release date: April 25, 2017
Contact: Sherron Lumley, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-945-7427


SALEM, Ore.--The Oregon Department of Forestry invites public comment on the Western Lane district's Annual Operations Plan (AOP), outlining the work plan for state forest activities for the upcoming fiscal year. Starting today, through 5 p.m. on June 8, public comments are invited for ODF's Western Lane district AOP for the 2018 fiscal year, which starts on July 1, 2017, and ends on June 30, 2018.

The plan describes specific activities such as timber sales, reforestation, road building, stream enhancement and recreation projects that accomplish the current Western Lane Implementation Plan objectives. These objectives are designed to reach the goals of the long-term Northwest Oregon Forest Management Plan.

Public comment details:
The draft AOP for Western Lane is available for review online on ODF's State Forests Management page: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Working/Pages/StateForests.aspx.
An online survey is provided for conveniently submitting comments for the Western Lane AOP: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GG7VN29
Comments may also be submitted through ODF's online comment page: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/AboutODF/Pages/Comment.aspx
Comments may be mailed to: ODF Public Affairs, 2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310.

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Oregon Department of Forestry was founded in 1911. Today, it serves Oregonians by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic and community sustainability. ODF directly manages 800,000 acres of state-owned forestland, including the Clatsop, Santiam and Tillamook forests in northwest Oregon and the Gilchrist and Sun Pass State forests east of the Cascades. The Department of Forestry's top priority is to provide fire protection on 16.2 million acres of private and public land. The 13th State Forester is Peter Daugherty, selected by the Board of Forestry in 2016.
Falls City is named a Tree City USA for the first time
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/25/17 8:04 AM
(FALLS CITY, Ore.) -- Falls City is joining for the first time 60 other Oregon cities in having earned the title of Tree City USA. The Oregon Department of Forestry bestows the Tree City USA designation on Oregon communities in partnership with Oregon Community Trees and with support from the U.S. Forest Service.

The Arbor Day Foundation, based in Nebraska, sets the national standards for communities to become Tree Cities USA, Falls City was honored with the designation for strongly supporting its urban forest in four key areas:
Having a tree board or department
Having a tree protection ordinance
Spending $2 per resident annually on its trees
Proclaiming and celebrating Arbor Day each year

Kristin Ramstad, acting manager of ODF's Urban and Community Forestry program, said Falls City was one of three Oregon cities earning a Tree City USA title for the first time this year. The other two are Milwaukie in Clackamas County and Roseburg in southern Oregon.

"Falls City attaining Tree City USA status shows what a small town can do when its residents decide to act," said Ramstad. "I was impressed with how quickly everyone pulled together to meet the certification standards."
Applications for Tree City USA certification were due Dec. 31, 2016. Working speedily, the city council on Dec. 8 assigned the city's Parks and Recreation Committee as the city's tree board, then sponsored an Arbor Day celebration on Dec. 10. The city budget for planting and maintaining trees already exceeded the per capita spending threshold for Tree City USA certification. Since the city code already had tree care provisions that counted toward the tree ordinance requirement, Falls City met the Arbor Day Foundation standards in almost record time.
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Oregon Department of Forestry was founded in 1911. Today, it serves Oregonians by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic and community sustainability. ODF directly manages 800,000 acres of state-owned forestland, including the Clatsop, Santiam and Tillamook forests in northwest Oregon and the Gilchrist and Sun Pass State forests east of the Cascades. The Department of Forestry's top priority is to provide fire protection on 16.2 million acres of private and public land. The 13th State Forester is Peter Daugherty, selected by the Board of Forestry in 2016.
Milwaukie is named a Tree City USA for the first time
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/24/17 8:10 AM
(MILWAUKIE, Ore.) -- This month Milwaukie is joining for the first time 60 other Oregon cities in having earned the title of Tree City USA. The Oregon Department of Forestry bestows the Tree City USA designation on Oregon communities in partnership with Oregon Community Trees and with support from the U.S. Forest Service.

Milwaukie was honored with the Tree City USA designation for strongly supporting its urban forest in four key areas:
Having a tree board or department
Having a tree protection ordinance
Spending $2 per resident annually on its trees
Proclaiming and celebrating Arbor Day each year

Kristin Ramstad, acting manager of ODF's Urban and Community Forestry program, said Milwaukie was one of three Oregon cities earning a Tree City USA title for the first time this year. The other two are Roseburg in southern Oregon and Falls City in Polk County.

"Milwaukie has worked for a few years now toward becoming a Tree City USA," said Ramstad. "This honor reflects tremendous commitment and teamwork to supporting a healthy, thriving urban forest."

Ramstad said Milwaukie has adopted a number of best practices for urban forestry. "For example, to help residents avoid damage to sewers, sidewalks and powerlines the city has an approved list of street trees whose mature size will be appropriate for the planting site," she noted.

The city celebrated on April 22 with a ceremonial planting of an Oregon white oak at Water Tower Park and the giving away of 200 free native tree seedlings.

"Trees are a critical component of a survivable future," said Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba. "In cities they provide food, reduce heat-island effects, sequester carbon dioxide and produce the oxygen we breathe. Economists have proven that trees increase individual property values. Well-treed neighborhoods have lower crime rates and healthier human birth outcomes. For those and many other reasons, we are very proud to become a Tree City USA and will work to increase the livability of our city through a robust tree-planting and stewardship program."

"Becoming a Tree City USA is a big step for Milwaukie and honors the livability our community enjoys," said Mitch Nieman, staff liaison to the Parks and Recreation Board. "We couldn't have achieved this recognition without Milwaukie's appreciation for its tree canopy and the tireless efforts of our volunteers, especially Lynn Sharp, who advocated for green spaces and recently passed away."

Milwaukie has a long tradition of appreciating trees. The mayor's gavel is made from the wood of one of pioneer Seth Lewelling's original peach trees, which arrived as a seedling from China in 1869 and grew on the same block as Milwaukie City Hall until it was removed in the 1980s due to disease and rot.

Dozens of long-lived giant sequoias from California were planted in the area of Oatfield Road starting as early as the 1890s. The imposing conifers were designated as heritage trees in 2008 by the Oregon Heritage Tree Commission. McLoughlin Boulevard near downtown is also lined with giant sequoias.

In 1962 the City Council christened Milwaukie "The Dogwood City of the West." At the same time, council members named the dogwood flower as Milwaukie's official floral emblem.
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Oregon Department of Forestry was founded in 1911. Today, it serves Oregonians by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic and community sustainability. ODF directly manages 800,000 acres of state-owned forestland, including the Clatsop, Santiam and Tillamook forests in northwest Oregon and the Gilchrist and Sun Pass State forests east of the Cascades. The Department of Forestry's top priority is to provide fire protection on 16.2 million acres of private and public land. The 13th State Forester is Peter Daugherty, selected by the Board of Forestry in 2016.
Committee for Family Forestlands meets May 1 in Baker City
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/21/17 1:30 PM
News Release

Release date: April 20, 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 Monday, May 1 from 1 to 5 p.m. The meeting will be at the Sunridge Inn, 1 Sunridge Lane, Baker City. The committee will receive updates about:

The Ritter Land Management Team
Northeast Oregon's collaborative forest restoration work
Northeast Oregon's post-fire restoration effort and seedling availability
The Private Landowner Collaborative Workshop
The Private Forests Division

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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The Oregon Department of Forestry was founded in 1911. Today, it serves Oregonians by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic, and community sustainability. ODF directly manages 800,000 acres of state-owned forestland, including the Clatsop, Santiam, and Tillamook forests in northwest Oregon and the Gilchrist and Sun Pass State forests east of the Cascades. The department's top priority is to provide fire protection on 16.2 million acres of private and public land. The 13th State Forester is Peter Daugherty, selected by the Board of Forestry in 2016.
Tillamook County forestland classification meeting for fire protection set for April 26 in Tillamook
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/21/17 11:42 AM
(TILLAMOOK, Ore.) -- The Forestland Classification Committee for Tillamook County will meet April 26 in Tillamook from 9 a.m. to noon to continue classifying land in the southern part of the county for the purpose of protection from forest fires. The Nestucca Rural Fire Protection District is assisting the committee. The meeting will be held at:
Oregon Department of Forestry's Tillamook District Office
5005 Third St.
Tillamook, OR 97141

The Oregon Department of Forestry's Tillamook District provides wildland fire protection services to forestlands in the county, funded by a Forest Patrol Assessment on protected lands.

Classifying which lands require wildland fire protection services from ODF occurs at the county level. Classification changes don't increase ODF's fire budget. Rather, the classification review helps ensure that protection costs are fairly distributed. In most cases, a review typically results in some lands being removed from forest classification and others being added.

The committee is examining all lands within the county, classifying them either as "forestland" or "not forestland" according to:
fire risk potential
vegetation type (fire fuel)
community structure
proximity to other forestland

The committee's efforts will help resolve issues pertaining to ODF's fire suppression role on forestlands and adjacent properties, and will be the basis for assessing lands for the costs of wildland fire protection.

At the April 26 meeting, landowners and the public can learn about the history, process and current status of the project. Upon completing its work, the committee will present a list of lands in the county it classified as forestland so those properties can be assessed for fire protection by ODF.

For more information on the Tillamook County forestland classification review, contact Ed Wallmark, ODF Forest Manager, Tillamook District, 503-815-7050, Edward.h.wallmark@oregon.gov.
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Oregon Department of Forestry was founded in 1911. Today, it serves Oregonians by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic and community sustainability. ODF directly manages 800,000 acres of state-owned forestland, including the Clatsop, Santiam and Tillamook forests in northwest Oregon and the Gilchrist and Sun Pass State forests east of the Cascades. The Department of Forestry's top priority is to provide fire protection on 16.2 million acres of private and public land. The 13th State Forester is Peter Daugherty, selected by the Board of Forestry in 2016.
Portland celebrates 40 years as a Tree City USA
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/21/17 10:54 AM
(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- April 22 marks the 40th year that Portland has been recognized with the title of Tree City USA for supporting its urban forest. A free, public celebration marking the milestone and embracing Portland's trees will be held that day at Portland Parks & Recreation's Mt. Scott Park in southeast Portland. The event will feature music and storytelling, free tree seedlings and family-friendly activities as well as the Bill Naito Community Trees Awards. Portland will also be recognized by the Oregon Department of Forestry for Portland's leadership in urban forestry and 40 years as a Tree City USA.

What: Portland's Arbor Day 2017 Celebration
When: Saturday April 22, 2017 (Earth Day), 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Mt Scott Park, at SE 72nd Ave. between Harold St. and Knight St. (accessible via the #10, #14 and #72 TriMet buses as well as car, bike or by foot)

Find more information about the event at www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/arbor

"Back in 1975, Portland became the second city in Oregon after Salem to earn the designation of Tree City USA," said Kristin Ramstad, acting manager of the Oregon Department of Forestry's Urban and Community Forestry program, which is supported by the U.S. Forest Service. "Today, more than 60 Oregon communities qualify for this national program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation."

"Trees are an essential component of Portland's livability," said Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. "They help enhance the environment, provide shade and wildlife habitat, filter storm water runoff and improve air quality. Arbor Day 2017 is a chance to come together and celebrate the special contributions that trees make to our quality of life."
ODF verifies that cities and towns meet the national Arbor Day Foundation standards for being named a Tree City USA. Ramstad said those criteria are:
Having a tree board or department
Having a tree care ordinance
Spending $2 per resident annually on its trees
Proclaiming and celebrating Arbor Day each year

"Portland goes well beyond these basic requirements, educating the public about good tree choices and taking a scientific approach to monitoring tree health, performance and planting," said Ramstad. "For example, Portland just completed the most comprehensive street tree inventory in the city's history."

Ramstad said the city's Urban Forestry program, based in the Parks and Recreation Bureau, engaged more than 1,300 volunteers to help identify, measure and enter data on 220,000 street trees.
"This was the second largest volunteer-assisted inventory of its kind in the nation, exceeded only by New York City," said Ramstad. "The leadership shown in the inventory effort together with the city's new tree ordinance is why Portland is receiving a Tree City USA Growth Award this year."

And Portland is not resting on its laurels. Later this year the city plans to begin inventorying trees in some of the city's neighborhood parks. Ramstad said the city in recent years has also diversified its approved street tree lists, allowing more evergreen trees and trees more resilient to climate change.

Much of the canvassing for street tree plantings is handled through Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services, which contracts with the non-profit Friends of Trees. Residents in neighborhoods with low tree canopy can obtain trees at a reduced or no cost.

"One result is that average tree canopy has actually increased in Portland, which is very important to preserving the city's quality of life and human health," said Ramstad.

"The city of Portland is proud to receive the designation as a 'Tree City USA' for the 40th consecutive year," said Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté. "We understand and embrace the benefits that trees provide for all of us."
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Oregon Department of Forestry was founded in 1911. Today, it serves Oregonians by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic and community sustainability. ODF directly manages 800,000 acres of state-owned forestland, including the Clatsop, Santiam and Tillamook forests in northwest Oregon and the Gilchrist and Sun Pass State forests east of the Cascades. The Department of Forestry's top priority is to provide fire protection on 16.2 million acres of private and public land. The 13th State Forester is Peter Daugherty, selected by the Board of Forestry in 2016.
Medicaid Advisory Committee to meet April 26 in Salem
Oregon Health Authority - 04/20/17 2:53 PM
April 20, 2017

Contact: Amanda Peden, 503-208-1010, amanda.m.peden@state.or.us (meeting information or accommodations)

What: The regular monthly public meeting of the Medicaid Advisory Committee

When: Wednesday, April 26, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Oregon State Library, 250 Winter Street NE, Room 102, Salem. The meeting will also be available via webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/15206623460470274. A recording of the meeting will be posted at the Medicaid Advisory Committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPR/MAC/Pages/Meetings.aspx. Members of the public can also call in to listen at 888-398-2342, access code 3732275.

Agenda: Welcome, retreat follow-up and next steps discussion, why we are here -- Oregon Health Plan (OHP) member story, legislative update, federal health care policy update, OHP eligibility and enrollment update.

For more information on the meeting, visit the committee's meeting page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPR/MAC/Pages/Meetings.aspx.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations, call the Oregon Health Authority at 800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Marine Board Adopts Rule, Denies Petition, Other Actions
Oregon Marine Board - 04/21/17 12:02 PM
The Oregon State Marine Board made several rulings on a variety of issues during their quarterly Board meeting held on April 20, in Salem.

The Board approved amending the boat operations rule in Clatsop County (OAR 250-020-0041) to remove the speed restriction on the Skipanon Waterway from the area north of the Hampton Mill to the confluence of the Columbia River. The 5-MPH designation will be amended to read "slow-no wake." This change will save boaters transit time to and from marinas in the Skipanon River, while protecting docks and moorages south of the Hampton Mill.

The Board also approved initiating rulemaking to amend OAR 250 Division 030 to add an exemption for landowners, inadvertently removed in 2016, to the prohibition on motor use for certain sections of the lower Deschutes River who have special boater passes issued under Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) rule, 736-040-0071(10). Marine Board staff will coordinate with State Parks on the draft rule language and will return to the Board with a rule recommendation in the fall.

In January, the Board received a petition to initiate rulemaking in OAR 250-010-0053, Safety Inspections, to allow law enforcement officers "additional tools to enforce watercraft required equipment rules to address unmuffled engine noise." The petition was denied; however, staff identified another option to address the petition's concerns and recommended that the Board initiate rulemaking on OAR 250-010-0121 Mufflers, to update noise standards and testing procedures. The Board approved initiation of rulemaking on OAR 250-010-0121. Staff will convene an advisory committee and will return to the Board with a rule recommendation in the fall.

In February, the Board received a petition to restrict jet pump or air propeller drives on the Rogue River from Table Rock Road Bridge (at mile 131.3) upstream to the barrier dam at Cole River Fish Hatchery (mile 155.7), except for emergencies, law enforcement, and emergency training by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office. The Board denied the petition and after a detailed discussion, directed agency staff to consider alternatives to rulemaking including education, information, signage, voluntary restrictions and increased law enforcement of existing laws. Board members underscored the importance of looking for solutions before imposing rules that restrict entire user groups and that all parties need to find ways to share the waterways.

In other business, the Board approved a grant to the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps that will employ up to 17 youth who will perform work at seven to 13 boating facilities in three counties during the 2017 summer. The Board approved $9,999.99 in state boater funds (pending legislative approval of the agency's budget) to match $14,735 of applicant cash, materials, equipment and administration to fund one crew in Clackamas County for a total project cost of $24,734.99. The Board also approved a cost increase for utilities installation on the new pumpout and dump station on Foster Reservoir. The Board approved $24,000 in federal Clean Vessel Act funds, and $16,000 in state boater funds to complete the project.

To view the meeting agenda and agency staff report, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Board-and-Public-Meetings.aspx.

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Oregon State University holding tsunami drill at South Beach State Park May 11
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/24/17 8:47 AM
Newport, OR -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) along with Oregon State University (OSU) engineers and sociologists is seeking volunteers for a tsunami evacuation drill starting 10 am May 11 at South Beach State Park, two miles south of Newport.
OSU is developing computer models that show how people's decisions during a tsunami affect their ability to survive the event. The computer models will analyze decisions such as how quickly people decide to move, and what route they take.
South Beach State Park is the first location for the pilot project and gives OPRD and researchers a chance to see how the public uses tsunami evacuation signs and routes. Organizers need about 100 volunteers with smart phones to participate in the evacuation. Campers and other visitors can register by going to http://bit.ly/2ovL1hB.
Coordinators will give instructions at 10 am at the South Beach meeting hall. The exercise begins at 10:30 am. The drill gives visitors five minutes to prepare, and 25 minutes to make it to a safe area. The evacuation is expected to last until noon, followed by a question and answer session at the meeting hall.
Researchers estimate a massive earthquake and tsunami will hit the Oregon coast in the next 50 years. Computer models predict that South Beach would be covered in a tsunami wave within 30 minutes.
OSU is one of 10 institutions leading an initiative called the Community Resilience Center of Excellence. Based at Colorado State University, the five-year, $20-million dollar program develops computer programs designed to help communities better prepare for natural disasters, lessen their impact and recover more quickly. The National Science Foundation and Oregon Sea Grant provided funding for this tsunami drill.
2017 Oregon Heritage Fellows to Give Presentations on April 26
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/21/17 4:44 PM
Three Oregon university students will present research findings April 26 at the Oregon Heritage Summit in Newberg. The presentations will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan St., and are free and open to the public.

Our emerging scholars will be presenting on archaeological digs at the Newell Creek and Buffalo Lake Sites in Silvies Valley, Northern Paiute resistance to imprisonment at the Yakama Reservation, and the historic preservation of Oregon's statewide fish hatcheries.

The three students have been named Oregon Heritage Fellows by Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, based on the strength of both their scholastic achievement and their research topics. The fellowships encourage the thoughtful inquiry of Oregon's heritage by emerging scholars.

"The Fellows conduct original research into the diverse history of Oregon, often on topics that have drawn less attention from more-experienced historians," explains Chrissy Curran, Oregon's deputy state historic preservation officer. "We believe it is important that their research is presented to the public."

The Fellows, their schools, and topics are:

-- JD Lancaster, Oregon State University Ph.D. student in Applied Anthropology/Archaeology. "Test Excavation at the Newell Creek and Buffalo Lake Sites, Oregon";

-- Augustine Beard, University of Oregon undergraduate student in History/Environmental Studies. "Northern Paiute Resistance to Imprisonment at Yakima Reservation, 1878-1884";

-- Rodney Bohner, University of Oregon graduate student in Historic Preservation/Community and Regional Planning. "Preserving Oregon's Heritage Fish Hatcheries: Historic Context and Preservation Recommendations."

Eliza E. Canty-Jones, editor of the Oregon Historical Quarterly, will moderate the session.

The Oregon Heritage Summit April 26-27 brings together staff and volunteers from historical societies, historic landmark commissions, schools and universities, humanities groups, local and state agencies, museums, tourism and economic development organizations, federal agencies and tribal governments.

To find more information and register for the summit, visit www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/Conference.aspx. For more information, contact Todd Mayberry at 503-986-0696 or Todd.Mayberry@oregon.gov


Attached Media Files: 2017 Oregon Heritage Fellows to Give Presentations on April 26
Portions of State Capitol State Park grounds closed April 24 through mid-May (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/21/17 9:34 AM
Camperdown elm on capitol grounds
Camperdown elm on capitol grounds
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News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // April 20, 2017

Media Contact:
Chris Havel, Director's Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Desk: 503-986-0722 // Cell: 503-931-2590
Additional contacts at end of release

Portions of State Capitol State Park grounds closed April 24 through mid-May

Salem OR -- Small portions of the State Capitol State Park grounds will be closed from April 24 through mid-May to accommodate relocation of a set of historic Camperdown elm trees. Access to the capitol building will not be affected.

The four trees currently located near the capitol building, must be moved to accommodate necessary updates to capitol building utilities. Two other trees will also be moved during the project. A contractor, Environmental Designs Incorporated, will perform the work under the management of the Oregon Legislative Administration.

The Camperdown elm trees are an important part of the historic landscape, and have been on the capitol grounds since the late 19th to early 20th centuries. They have been successfully moved before in 1937-41 and 1977 during other construction projects.

During the move when sections of the park are closed, visitors are reminded they are welcome to observe the work from a distance, but to respect all safety fences and directions from the project crew.

More information on the project is available from Project Managers Ed Newvine (ed.newvine@oregonlegislature.gov, 503-986-1744) or Marina Cresswell (marina.cresswell@state.or.us, 503-986-1744).


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Counties/Regional
A Portrait of Clark County: Needs of a Community Feedback Forum
Communications, Clark County, Wash. - 04/25/17 12:43 PM
Vancouver, Wash. ??' Clark County Community Services will host a forum next month that will give residents a chance to share their thoughts about findings of the county's 2016 Low-Income Community Needs Survey.

The event will be Thursday, May 18, in the Columbia Room of the Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St.

Information will be available for viewing and comment during a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. open house-style session. A formal presentation, group discussion and community feedback session will begin at 6 p.m.

The event is open to the public. Seating for the evening presentation is limited, and registration is recommended. Please register at https://goo.gl/forms/h78It03hUIWs7dfz1.

Beverages and hors d'oeuvres will be provided at the 6 p.m. session.

During the past year, Community Services has been preparing a written assessment of the needs of local residents with low incomes. The assessment will include data from 1,165 surveys the county received from community members. The Needs Survey was Community Service's opportunity to hear directly from families served by its programs and other with low incomes.

The May 18 forum will give residents an opportunity to provide feedback on specific information for the needs assessment. The final document will be available to a wide range of groups and will help determine funding decisions by nonprofits and Clark County.
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Free spring composting, green cleaning classes promote sustainable living
Communications, Clark County, Wash. - 04/24/17 1:04 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- Clark County's Master Composter/Recycler program is accepting registrations for free composting and green cleaning workshops. To register, visit https://clarkgreenneighbors.org/mcr/classes-and-workshops.

Workshops are:

Backyard composting: Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m.-noon, CASEE, 11104 N.E. 149th St., Brush Prairie, and Tuesday, June 20, 6-8 p.m., 78th Street Heritage Farm, 1919 N.E. 78th St. Learn how to build a backyard compost pile that turns yard waste into garden gold.
Lasagna gardening: Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m.-noon, CASEE, 11104 N.E. 149th St., Brush Prairie. Learn how to create lush, easy-care gardens in practically any location without hours of back-breaking digging or soil-breaking tilling.
Green cleaning: Thursday, June 8, 6-8 p.m., Clark County Operations Center, 4700 N.E. 78th St. Learn how to make versatile green household cleaners. Free kits and ingredients provided.
Wormshop: Tuesday, June 13, 6-8 p.m., 78th Street Heritage Farm, 1919 N.E. 78th St. Receive a free bin, worms, information and resources, and learn how to build and maintain a worm bin.

"These workshops help people set up successful composting operations at home and live a more healthy, sustainable lifestyle," said Pete DuBois, Master Composter/Recycler Program coordinator.

The Master Composter/Recycler program educates the community about easy ways to reduce waste, increase recycling, and rethink our impact on natural resources. Master Composter/Recyclers, who have received 30 hours of training, help teach the classes.

For questions about the Master Composter/Recycler program, contact Pete DuBois at (360) 397-2121 ext. 4961 or mcr@clark.wa.gov.
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Funds Awarded to Support Local Middle Schools -Positive Family Support in Yamhill County
Yamhill Co. Public Health - 04/24/17 3:34 PM
McMinnville, Ore. -- Yamhill Community Care Organization is pleased to announce the awarding of Community Prevention and Wellness program funding to three schools: Duniway Middle School, Patton Middle School and Willamina Middle School. The funding, in the amount of $106,738, will support each school in implementing the Positive Family Support (PFS) initiative.
Positive Family Support -- Family Check-Up is an evidence-based model that includes families in the effort to improve student performance. The program will bring a parent consultant and a Family Resource Center into schools, allowing school staff to better connect with families and ensure each child is equipped to learn both at school and at home. The parent consultant is dedicated to promoting a welcoming school culture and improving the positive working relationship between parents and schools. The Family Resource Center, housed within the school, will provide print resources on topics such as school-wide positive behavior interventions, parenting tips, and local services. This multi-tiered approach, which helps strengthen home-school partnership, will utilize a collaborative screening system to identify those in need of support.
"Positive Family Supports has been shown to not only improve grades and reduce depression, bullying, and absenteeism in schools, but also impact outcomes later in life like drug use and incarceration," says Interim YCCO CEO Seamus McCarthy. "Funding these schools is a part of Yamhill CCO and its Early Learning Program's ongoing investment in upstream prevention to improve the well-being of our children and our community as a whole."
To find out more about the program, visit https://reachinstitute.asu.edu/family-check-up/program-overview.


Attached Media Files: 2017-04/4855/103804/PFSAPRILPressRelease.pdf
Cities
Beaverton City Library Awards Phyllis Davis Volunteer Service Honor To Ramona Crocker (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 04/25/17 9:04 AM
Beaverton City Library recognized Ramona Crocker with the Phyllis Davis Volunteer Service Honor during the library’s annual volunteer recognition dinner. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
Beaverton City Library recognized Ramona Crocker with the Phyllis Davis Volunteer Service Honor during the library’s annual volunteer recognition dinner. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Beaverton City Library recognized longtime volunteer Ramona Crocker with the Phyllis Davis Volunteer Service Honor at the library's annual volunteer recognition dinner in March. Crocker was celebrated for her service and commitment to excellence for more than 15 years.


Crocker has served on the Library Advisory Board and assisted with materials movement, materials weeding, and more. Her contributions are immense as she has contributed well over 2,000 hours of service. As the nomination statement said, Crocker is a reliable advocate for the library, whether it's making challenging policy decisions, asking tough questions or coming in to volunteer two to three times per week.


"Early in volunteering at the Beaverton library, I was fortunate to be trained by Phyllis Davis in preparing new books for circulation," said Crocker. "Her quiet, kind manner and generous sharing of her expertise for such an excellent cause was an inspiration that I've never forgotten. I was extremely honored to receive the service award that bears her name and sincerely hope that my time as a library volunteer will add to the tradition she began. Like Phyllis, I can't stay away!"


The Phyllis Davis Volunteer Service Honor is presented by Beaverton City Library to recognize a volunteer who, through example and accomplishment, has provided outstanding volunteer service to the library. It was named in honor of one of the longest serving employees and volunteers to the library. Phyllis Davis worked or volunteered at Beaverton City Library for 69 years. Known and admired for her patience, kindness and love of books, "Phyllis Davis" is synonymous with Beaverton City Library. By the time she retired for the second time after celebrating her 94th birthday in December 2013, she contributed well over 20,000 hours in her 35 years of volunteer service at the library.


For additional information regarding Beaverton City Library, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-644-2197. Beaverton City Library is one of 15 member libraries in Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS), which works to provide responsive and efficient library service countywide through centralized catalog, courier and other services.


The city of Beaverton is home to more than 95,000 residents and is Oregon's sixth largest city. We are a friendly, active, and responsible city well-known for our exceptional community services and amenities, helping Beaverton residents enjoy a high quality of life. Ranked in the top ten of Money magazine's 50 Best Small Cities in America for 2016, Beaverton truly is "The Best of Oregon."


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Attached Media Files: Beaverton City Library recognized Ramona Crocker with the Phyllis Davis Volunteer Service Honor during the library’s annual volunteer recognition dinner. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
Mayor Denny Doyle Interviewed on TVCTV's City Talk (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 04/24/17 12:30 PM
Mayor Denny Doyle (left, with host Joe Smith) shares the City of Beaverton's priorities and the latest on happenings in the area on TVCTV's new public affairs program, City Talk. (Photo/TVCTV)
Mayor Denny Doyle (left, with host Joe Smith) shares the City of Beaverton's priorities and the latest on happenings in the area on TVCTV's new public affairs program, City Talk. (Photo/TVCTV)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. --Mayor Denny Doyle was the first guest on Tualatin Valley Community Television's (TVCTV) new public affairs show, City Talk. Hosted by local media veteran Joe Smith, City Talk invites public officials in for one-on-one conversations about their city.


In City Talk's premiere episode, Mayor Doyle stopped by to reflect on current events unfolding in Beaverton. Mayor Doyle emphasized affordable housing and how demand for senior housing in particular is a top priority for the city. The resurgence of The Round, job incubators and job growth are also discussed during the informative interview. Watch the episode now: https://youtu.be/cGm4gS0NQvU.


Watch City Talk every Monday and Friday on TVCTV cable channel 28 at 6 p.m. and CAN channel 11 on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. and Mondays at 7 p.m. Viewers can also watch episodes on demand at www.youtube.com/user/MACCTVCTV. For more information, contact Mary Weisensee at Mary@tvctv.org.


The city of Beaverton is home to more than 95,000 residents and is Oregon's sixth largest city. We are a friendly, active, and responsible city well-known for our exceptional community services and amenities, helping Beaverton residents enjoy a high quality of life. Ranked in the top ten of Money magazine's 50 Best Small Cities in America for 2016, Beaverton truly is "The Best of Oregon."


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


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Attached Media Files: Mayor Denny Doyle (left, with host Joe Smith) shares the City of Beaverton's priorities and the latest on happenings in the area on TVCTV's new public affairs program, City Talk. (Photo/TVCTV)
Beaverton City Library Hosts Teatro Milagro's Mijita Fridita (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 04/24/17 11:16 AM
Teatro Milagro’s Frijita Midita is based on the life of young Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The Beaverton City Library will host a free performance of the play on Sunday, May 7. (Photo/Russell J. Young/Teatro Milagro)
Teatro Milagro’s Frijita Midita is based on the life of young Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The Beaverton City Library will host a free performance of the play on Sunday, May 7. (Photo/Russell J. Young/Teatro Milagro)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Local bilingual theater company Teatro Milagro will present Mijita Fridita on Sunday, May 7, from 3-3:45 p.m. at Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW Fifth St. The play is based on the life of young Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Presented in English and Spanish, this free production is imaginative and powerful, and suitable for the whole family.


Against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution, young Fridita, growing up in her family's house in Coyoacan, is diagnosed with polio. Bedridden, Fridita escapes into the world of her imagination and meets another girl that looks just like her. Together, they journey to the center of the world for a fiesta with all the characters of Fridita's imaginings. Back in the real world, Fridita's peers taunt her for being different, but her father, Guillermo, encourages her and awakens her interest in art with his love of photography. Strong and resilient, Fridita learns to overcome hardships and stay true to herself in order to become the legendary artist that continues to inspire.


Mijita Fridita was written by resident playwright and tour manager, Ajai Terrazas Tripathi, who also plays the role of Fridita's father, Guillermo Kahlo. He is joined by the touring ensemble, which includes Emile Dultra in the lead role and Marlón Jiménez Oviedo and Danielle Pecoff filling out the cast with a variety of characters. Costumes were created by Shenekah Telles and Milagro's signature mural was designed by Quetzal Rivero.


This program is free and open to the public.


For additional information regarding Beaverton City Library, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-644-2197. Beaverton City Library is one of 15 member libraries in Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS), which works to provide responsive and efficient library service countywide through centralized catalog, courier and other services.


The city of Beaverton is home to more than 95,000 residents and is Oregon's sixth largest city. We are a friendly, active, and responsible city well-known for our exceptional community services and amenities, helping Beaverton residents enjoy a high quality of life. Ranked in the top ten of Money magazine's 50 Best Small Cities in America for 2016, Beaverton truly is "The Best of Oregon."


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Attached Media Files: Teatro Milagro’s Frijita Midita is based on the life of young Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The Beaverton City Library will host a free performance of the play on Sunday, May 7. (Photo/Russell J. Young/Teatro Milagro) , Beaverton City Library will host a free performance of Teatro Milagro’s Frijita Midita, based on the life of Frida Kahlo, on Sunday, May 7. (Photo/Russell J. Young/Teatro Milagro)
Beaverton Pop-Up Energy and Lighting Fair Offers Lightbulbs and Energy Saving Kits
City of Beaverton - 04/21/17 10:46 AM
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The City of Beaverton invites the public to save energy and money at a one-day, pop-up lighting event on Wednesday, May 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Beaverton Building, 12725 SW Millikan Way.


The event features the chance to purchase greatly-discounted energy-efficient light bulbs for your home or business. This year, incentives have increased. Energy-saving kits including nine long-lasting LED light bulbs and one water-efficient showerhead will be available for $10 each. Previously, the kit was limited to six LED light bulbs. Other energy-saving bulbs for track, recessed, standard and specialty lighting fixtures are priced beginning at $3. Cash, check and charge will be accepted. Supplies are limited.


Residential LEDs, especially ENERGY STAR rated products, use at least 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting. Widespread use of LED lighting has the greatest potential impact on energy savings in the United States.


The city is committed to environmental responsibility and raising sustainability awareness among our residents and community members. Decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing the use of renewable energy sources, reducing waste and conserving water are just a few of the city's key focus areas.


The pop-up lighting event is hosted by the city in partnership with Energy Trust of Oregon.


Visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Sustainability to learn about other upcoming sustainability events, programs and available incentives.


The city of Beaverton is home to more than 95,000 residents and is Oregon's sixth largest city. We are a friendly, active, and responsible city well-known for our exceptional community services and amenities, helping Beaverton residents enjoy a high quality of life. Ranked in the top ten of Money magazine's 50 Best Small Cities in America for 2016, Beaverton truly is "The Best of Oregon."


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


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Allen Boulevard Businesses Get Fresh Look (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 04/21/17 9:20 AM
After: The first phase of improvements at the Bel Aire Shopping Center included fresh paint, new sidewalk material, planters, updated lighting and unified signage. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
After: The first phase of improvements at the Bel Aire Shopping Center included fresh paint, new sidewalk material, planters, updated lighting and unified signage. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The Bel Aire Shopping Center on Allen Blvd in Beaverton completed storefront improvements earlier this year with help from two city grants. In fall 2015, Bel Aire received a $6,000 design grant coupled with a city-provided architect to reimagine the exterior of the shopping center resulting in a three phase improvement project. In spring 2016, Bel Aire was awarded an additional $35,000 storefront improvement grant.


Phase 1 improvements included:
Fresh paint
New sidewalk material
Planters
Updated lighting
Unified signage and almost all new signs for stores


Bel Aire will continue to make improvements over the next three to five years, rounding out phases two and three of the project. The total investment to date is $108,000. Bel Aire Shopping Center is located within the Allen Blvd program area, where the city is concentrating revitalization efforts.


The city has a variety of grants small businesses in the downtown or Allen Blvd program areas can apply for including: tenant improvement, storefront improvement, and development opportunity strategy grants. For more information, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/incentives.


The city of Beaverton is home to more than 95,000 residents and is Oregon's sixth largest city. We are a friendly, active, and responsible city well-known for our exceptional community services and amenities, helping Beaverton residents enjoy a high quality of life. Ranked in the top ten of Money magazine's 50 Best Small Cities in America for 2016, Beaverton truly is "The Best of Oregon."


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


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Attached Media Files: After: The first phase of improvements at the Bel Aire Shopping Center included fresh paint, new sidewalk material, planters, updated lighting and unified signage. (Photo/City of Beaverton) , Before: In 2014, Geneva Equities, LLC purchased the center and sought out the city to identify how they could be good community partners and help their small businesses thrive. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge Opens to the Public on April 28
City of Salem - 04/25/17 4:30 PM
Salem, Ore. -- On Friday, April 28 at 6 a.m., the City of Salem will open the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge to the public. The bridge will remain open until June, when it will be temporarily closed to allow the contractor to safely remove the temporary work structures and finish concrete walls, sidewalks, and landscaping. This final construction phase must wait until June due to environmental regulations and requirements limiting access in the Willamette Slough. The City will hold a public Grand Opening ceremony in August to celebrate the official, and permanent, opening of the bridge.

The new bridge connects a newly paved trail with the Minto Conservation Area and 1,200 acres of Minto Brown Island Park. Because the Conservation Area contains sensitive habitat and wildlife, the City reminds residents to stay on the trail and keep their pets on leashes.

"The Peter Courtney Bridge is the realization of a decades-old community plan to connect Minto Island to the rest of Salem," says Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett. "The bridge is an iconic and valuable addition to Oregon's capital city."

First envisioned in 1975, the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge and Trail is the last critical link in connecting 1,300 acres of City parks and nearly 30 miles of trails between South Salem, Downtown, and West Salem. When combined, this acreage is larger than New York City's Central Park. To learn more about the project, and to sign up for Grand Opening updates, please visit the project page at the City of Salem website link below.

www.cityofsalem.net/mintobridge

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The 2017 Construction Season is Here!
City of Salem - 04/21/17 11:38 AM
2017 Public Works Construction Projects are underway with more than 30 in-house and contracted projects to be completed. Significant projects benefiting Salem residents include:

Kuebler Boulevard SE and Mill Creek Drive SE--Intersection Improvements
The City is adding a new traffic signal, signs, road striping, and sidewalks to the intersection of Kuebler Boulevard SE and Mill Creek Drive SE. These improvements will accommodate the Henningsen Cold Storage development currently underway at the Mill Creek Corporate Center. Kodiak Pacific Construction is the contractor and the signal should be operational by
June 30, 2017.

Court Street NE--Pedestrian Bridge Replacement
The deteriorating wooden pedestrian bridge over Mill Creek will be replaced with a new steel bridge. The new bridge will be elevated to prevent flooding. Construction is expected to be complete by November 2017.

Salem Heights Elementary School--Sidewalk Widening
The sidewalks in front of Salem Heights Elementary School will be widened from five feet to eight feet to improve pedestrian safety along the Liberty Road S and Madrona Avenue S intersection. Construction is expected to be complete by October 2017.

Union Street NE and Commercial Street NE--Intersection Improvements
Fulfilling a recommendation from the Central Mobility Study, approved by City Council in 2013, a traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of Union Street NE and Commercial Street NE. This signal will improve the pedestrian and bicycle connection between the Union Street Bridge and Downtown Salem. In addition, the City will add a right turn lane on eastbound Union
Street NE and install a small median island to protect bicyclists crossing the intersection. Total project cost is estimated to be $1,150,000. The project is in the bid phase with construction expected to be complete by November 2017.


Patterson Street NW--Waterline Package
This water main improvement project will replace approximately 1,135 feet of aged, 2-inch cast iron pipe with 8-inch ductile iron pipe. North Core USA, LLC is the contractor and will begin work in May. The project will be complete by August 2017. Affected streets are Patterson Avenue NW from Glen Creek Road NW to Lavona Drive NW; Lavona Drive NW from Patterson Avenue NW to View Drive NW; View Drive NW from Lavona Drive NW to Klarr Court NW; and Klarr Court NW from View Drive NW to Pali Drive NW.

13th Street NE and Mill Creek Rain Garden
This storm water improvement project will install a rain garden to provide water quality treatment for an area east and west along Marion Street NE and the flow along one block of 13th Street NE. The project is in the final design phase and construction is expected to be complete by
December 2017.

Cordon Road SE at Gaffin Road SE--Traffic Signal Improvements
A new traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of Cordon Road SE and Gaffin Road SE to accommodate increasing traffic at the intersection. Preliminary work by PGE begins in April. Tornado Soft Excavation is the construction contractor and construction is expected to be complete by November 2017.

Mill Creek Corporate Center--Kuebler Boulevard Water Main Loop
3,200 linear feet of 12-inch ductile iron water main will be installed this fall to complete a loop along Kuebler Boulevard SE in the Mill Creek Corporate Center between Aumsville Hwy SE and Henningsen Court S. This estimated $1,000,000 project is currently in the design phase. Bids open in July with construction to be completed by the end of the year.
Seaside resident arrested following vehicle pursuit
City of Seaside - 04/20/17 11:39 AM
Seaside, Ore. -- April 20, 2017 -- On Wednesday, April 19, at approximately 8:15 p.m., a disturbance was reported at a residence in the 1300 block of Second Ave. As officers arrived in the area, the involved subjects were located leaving the area in a vehicle and stopped by responding officers. After brief contact and attempts by officers to have the involved occupants get out of the vehicle to talk about the disturbance investigation, the male driver fled the area in the vehicle with a female passenger.

A vehicular pursuit ensued and eventually ended along the Young's Bay Bridge near Astoria. The male driver was taken into custody on multiple charges including eluding a police officer, recklessly endangering another person, reckless driving, interfering with a police officer, resisting arrest and kidnapping II. The kidnapping charge was added after the female passenger of the vehicle later indicated the driver would not stop for police during the pursuit after being asked to do so.

The male arrested was identified as 24-year-old Christopher Rogich, of Seaside, who is the boyfriend of the female passenger. The female passenger was not arrested and later released with her infant child, who had been found to be in the vehicle with the parents after the pursuit ended.

The case has been forwarded to the Clatsop County District Attorney's Office.
City hosting one-day lifeguard, swim instructor hiring event May 6 (Photo)
City of Vancouver - 04/20/17 4:09 PM
Swim instructors at the Marshall Center pool
Swim instructors at the Marshall Center pool
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Vancouver, Wash. -- The City of Vancouver's Parks and Recreation Department is gearing up for a busy summer season and is now hiring more than 75 part-time lifeguards and swim lesson instructors at the Marshall and Firstenburg community centers.

Vancouver Parks and Recreation will hold a one-day aquatics hiring event at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6 at the Firstenburg Community Center, 700 NE 136th Ave. Interviews will begin at 3 p.m. and required swim tests will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Eligible applicants must be at least 16 years old and be able to swim 500 yards (or 17 laps at the Firstenburg pool) in 13 minutes. Parks and Recreation staff is willing to work with applicants who can come close to that requirement to help them be successful.

"Becoming a lifeguard or swim lesson instructor provides quality work experience, allows you to work in a fun environment and provides an important service to your community," said Vancouver Parks and Recreation Director Julie Hannon.

With the passage of the statewide minimum wage increase for 2017, the starting pay is at least $11 per hour. A variety of different shifts are available.

Applicants are encouraged to fill out an online application before the event, but may also fill out an application at the May 6 hiring event. Staff will be available at the event to answer questions and assist applicants. A link to the online application can be found at www.cityofvancouver.us/ParksRecJobs (click on Aquatics in the Parks & Rec Jobs section).

Applicants attending the event will need to bring their swimsuit and be ready to swim, know their Social Security number and be willing to complete a background check. Those who move forward in the hiring process will be asked to return for additional in-house training for the required certifications.

Questions about the hiring event or application can be directed to Assistant Pool Director Karen Krohling at 360-487-7071 or Karen.Krohling@cityofvancouver.us.

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Attached Media Files: Swim instructors at the Marshall Center pool
MEDIA ADVISORY: Portland to train hundreds of Neighborhood Emergency Team - NET - volunteers starting April 29th (Photo)
Portland Bureau of Emergency Management - 04/26/17 12:11 PM
NET photo - give credit to Ethan Jewett
NET photo - give credit to Ethan Jewett
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On Saturday, April 29th, the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management and Portland Fire & Rescue are training over 400 new Neighborhood Emergency Team - or NET - volunteers on how to help their families and neighbors in an earthquake or other disaster. Saturday's free event at Benson High School - made possible by support from Portland Public Schools - is the largest NET training ever offered in Portland and the first class of a four-part series students will complete in the coming months. Portland currently has 1,200 active NET volunteers.

The training will show NETs how to:

Prepare to be self-sufficient during an emergency.
Provide assistance to their family and immediate neighbors.
Work within an emergency response team to save lives and property.
Guide untrained volunteers who want to help others during a disaster.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler will offer opening remarks at 8 a.m. The media are encouraged to attend between 8 - 11 a.m.

For more Information about the NET program, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/net.

WHAT: Portland's largest ever Neighborhood Emergency Team training
WHEN: Saturday, April 29, 2017 starting at 8 a.m.
WHERE: Benson High School (546 NE 12th Ave.)
CONTACT: Dan Douthit, (503) 793-1650

ATTACHMENT: Neighborhood Emergency Team photo

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Attached Media Files: Media Advisory , NET photo - give credit to Ethan Jewett
UPDATE: Most PP&R playing fields are open for permitted games only; players urged to use caution (Photo)
Portland Parks & Recreation - 04/24/17 3:50 PM
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UPDATE FOR MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2017

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) reminds you that MOST grass playing fields (for sports such as soccer, lacrosse, etc.) as well as baseball and softball fields across the City are open at this time for permitted games (and only games, not practices) as of Monday, April 24 2017. But the Bureau urges players to evaluate field conditions before starting their games.

PP&R has rules for permit-holders designed around safety. To those people, teams and leagues who have reserved fields for games, we remind you to please follow these rules when checking your game site prior to play:
- If there is standing water or visible mud on a field, do not play.
-If you step on your field and sink down an inch or more, do not play.
-Please do not try to remove any water, dirt or mud from fields.

Please note that due to continued unplayable conditions, two playing fields at Gabriel Park (known as fields 2 and 3) remain closed at this time. The Bureau appreciates the public understanding that with the continued wet and saturated conditions citywide, practices may impact the turf even more than games. Therefore, only games previously scheduled via a permit with the PP&R Customer Service Center will be held until further notice, and not practices.

PP&R continues to evaluate field conditions citywide daily. Staff and players are eager for better weather and PP&R can't wait to reopen all sites for games and practices; but it seems Mother Nature only offered us a tease of nice weather last Friday and Saturday.

Portland Parks & Recreation sports management and the Bureau's turf management divisions have been inspecting fields citywide after playing surfaces became impacted by weather-related conditions such as standing water, mud, and long grass (some fields still can't yet be mowed again because the ground remains too soft).

PP&R understands that the field closures may be inconvenient. However, safety of all park visitors is PP&R's top priority. Also, any damage inflicted on playing surfaces this spring can result in ongoing safety issues during the rest of the year, including peak summer season, as well as increased costs for repair and maintenance.


Attached Media Files: 2017-04/1399/103806/Unplayable_conditions_-_Gabriel_Park_3-31-17_1.jpg , Photos courtesy of Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland, OR. Unplayable field conditions persist at parts of Gabriel Park and elsewhere across the city.
Water Main Work Impacts Southeast Foster Road at Southeast 107th Avenue for next three working days
Portland Water Bureau - 04/26/17 12:13 PM
Portland Water Bureau crews will be performing water main work on Southeast Foster Road at Southeast 107th Avenue Thursday, April 27; Friday, April 28; and Monday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

One lane of Southeast Foster Road in each direction will be closed on Thursday, April 27. One westbound lane will be closed on Friday, April 28 and Monday, May 1.

Traffic and flaggers will direct travelers around the work zone.

The traveling public is reminded to stay alert and use caution as traffic may suddenly slow or stop. To avoid traffic delays, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes around the work site.
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Attached Media Files: 2017-04/1240/103871/TrafficAdvisory042617.docx
Portland Water Bureau's Interstate Facilities Awarded Prestigious LEED Green Building Certification (Photo)
Portland Water Bureau - 04/25/17 8:44 AM
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The Portland Water Bureau's two new buildings at its Interstate Maintenance Facility have been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED(R)) Gold certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

These buildings, built with efficiency, conservation, and earthquake resilience features, achieved LEED certification for implementing strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. LEED is the foremost program for the design, construction, and operation of green buildings.

"LEED certification identifies the Water Bureau's Interstate Facility as a showcase example of sustainability and demonstrates their leadership in transforming the building industry," said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. "Buildings that achieve LEED certification are lowering carbon emissions, creating a healthier environment, and reducing operating costs while prioritizing sustainable practices."

The project was designed and constructed to meet the City's Green Building Policy, with the goal of attaining LEED Gold certification. The project includes a solar array, eco (green) roof, water and energy conservation design, construction, and equipment.

Among the green features is a unique system of stormwater infiltration galleries that retains all stormwater on site and slowly releases it into the ground. No stormwater on the site enters the city sewer system. As a result of careful design, the two buildings' overall energy expenses are projected to be reduced by 30 percent.

Contractors for the design and construction of the project were MWA Architects, Hoffman Construction Company, ABHT Structural Engineers, Lango Hanson Landscape Architects, Interface Engineering, KPFF Consulting Engineers, and MEC Electrical Engineering.

One new building is the Shops, Stores, and Warehouse building which supports the maintenance, construction, and operations for the complex infrastructure that delivers drinking water to the Portland metro area. It is rated a Category 4 Essential Facility by the International Building Code. This means that when a major earthquake or other catastrophic event hits our region, the building will remain functional so that Water Bureau staff will be able to focus on restoring Portland's water service.


Attached Media Files: 2017-04/1240/103821/PRESS_RELEASE_042017_-_LEED.docx , 2017-04/1240/103821/Shops_and_Stores_Warehouse.jpg , 2017-04/1240/103821/Infiltration_Gallery.JPG , 2017-04/1240/103821/Earthquake_Bracing.jpg , 2017-04/1240/103821/Courtyard.JPG
Water Main Work Closes One Lane of Northwest Skyline Boulevard at Northwest Greenleaf Road
Portland Water Bureau - 04/21/17 2:14 PM
Portland Water Bureau crews will be performing water main work on Northwest Skyline Boulevard at Northwest Greenleaf Road intermittently from April 24 through May 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

One lane will be closed to through traffic and flaggers will direct travelers around the work zone.

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


Attached Media Files: 2017-04/1240/103747/TrafficAdvisory_NWSkyline.docx
Water Main Work Closes One Lane of Southeast Foster Road in each direction at Southeast 107th Avenue on Monday April 24th
Portland Water Bureau - 04/21/17 1:24 PM
Portland Water Bureau crews will be performing water main work on Southeast Foster Road at Southeast 107th Avenue Monday, April 24th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

One lane will be closed in each direction of Southeast Foster Boulevard at Southeast 107th Avenue. Traffic and flaggers will direct travelers around the work zone.

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


Attached Media Files: 2017-04/1240/103744/TrafficAdvisory.docx
Banks & Credit Unions
Washington Modernizes Regulation, Allowing Credit Unions to Better Serve Member-Owners (Photo)
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 04/20/17 7:53 AM
Gov. Inslee signs Senate Bill No. 5144, April 19, 2017. Relating to the Washington state credit union act. Primary Sponsor: Jan Angel. Photo courtesy of Washington State Legislative Support Services.
Gov. Inslee signs Senate Bill No. 5144, April 19, 2017. Relating to the Washington state credit union act. Primary Sponsor: Jan Angel. Photo courtesy of Washington State Legislative Support Services.
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Legislature Amends Credit Union Act
SEATAC, WA --Washington's 91 credit unions are the state's only cooperative, not-for-profit financial institutions owned and driven by their 3.58 million members. Fifty-five of those credit unions are chartered by the State of Washington, and just-approved legislation updating the Credit Union Act will help them to better serve their members.

"Washingtonians have entrusted credit unions to protect $47.6 billion in assets," said Troy Stang, president and CEO of the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA). "Credit unions reinvest those assets into the members, and into the communities they serve. A modern Credit Union Act removes unnecessary red tape and that ultimately benefits members."

A key improvement enabled by this legislation provides state-chartered credit unions a more efficient pathway to so-called, "Low-Income Credit Union (LICU)" designation. That grants some financially challenged credit union members access to mainstream financial products and services, which they may not otherwise be able to get.

The other amendments, which are technical in nature, streamline the duties of the member-driven boards of directors and Supervisory Committees.
Bert Fisher, president and CEO of Shelton-based Our Community Credit Union, believes the updates to Washington's Credit Union Act will help member-owned, not-for-profit credit unions to continue to "do some extraordinary things in our communities."

"We recognize that we need to be proactive in making sure the Washington Credit Union act is reflective of the current financial environment and consumer behaviors," Fisher said. "As our members are confronted with a changing financial landscape, it's critical that we have laws that are responsive to those changes."

Governor Jay Inslee signed the legislation April 19.

Nearly all Washingtonians are eligible for credit union membership. Own your money. To find a credit union that's convenient for you, please visit www.asmarterchoice.org.

The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 180 credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and their 6 million consumer members. Northwest Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, owned by their members. Credit unions help members achieve their financial goals. All earnings in excess of operating expenses and required reserves are returned to members in the form of better loan rates, lower fees, and higher interest paid on savings.


Attached Media Files: News Release , Gov. Inslee signs Senate Bill No. 5144, April 19, 2017. Relating to the Washington state credit union act. Primary Sponsor: Jan Angel. Photo courtesy of Washington State Legislative Support Services.
Colleges & Universities - Public
Register for Environmental Learning Center cleanup (Photo)
Clackamas Comm. College - 04/20/17 8:45 AM
Volunteers helped clean up the Environmental Learning Center spring 2016.
Volunteers helped clean up the Environmental Learning Center spring 2016.
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OREGON CITY -- Clackamas Community College is joining with nonprofit SOLVE to host a cleanup at the Environmental Learning Center (ELC) on the Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Ave.

Volunteers are needed Saturday, May 6, to help prep the grounds of the ELC as the college works to restore the Newell Creek headwaters, which bubbles to life on the campus. Newell Creek flows to the Willamette River through the 1,800-acre Newell Creek watershed, the largest intact greenspace in the South Metro area.

At the 5-acre ELC site, visitors can explore trails, discover native plants and wildlife, or just kick back and enjoy the serenity of this hidden treasure.

Newell Creek headwaters will undergo an ambitious redevelopment project that will transform the site into a regionally important outdoor learning laboratory, demonstration project location and natural area that showcases innovations in stormwater management, native habitat restoration and sustainable living practices through a partnership of local agencies and educational institutions.

From 9:30 to 10 a.m., volunteers can learn about the Environmental Learning Center's rich history and the plans for restoration. Then from 10 a.m. to noon, volunteers will help clean up litter and remove invasive plants.

Tools will be provided, but cleanup volunteers need to bring pruners if they have them, gloves, wear boots and dress for the weather. Register at http://www.solveoregon.org/get-involved/event-registration. For more information, contact Renee Harber at rharber@clackamas.edu.

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Attached Media Files: Volunteers helped clean up the Environmental Learning Center spring 2016.
WSU Vancouver to graduate a record number of students at 2017 Commencement
WSU Vancouver - 04/26/17 10:26 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Washington State University Vancouver will graduate a record 1,014 students at its 2017 Commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. May 6 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Wash. Chancellor Mel Netzhammer will preside, and Skye Troy, president of the student body, will deliver the commencement address.

BACKGROUND ON THE GRADUATES
The 2017 graduates include 28 doctoral candidates in the areas of education, English, environmental and natural resource sciences, neuroscience, nursing practice, psychology and zoology.

The 110 master's candidates will receive degrees in botany, business administration, computer science, education, mechanical engineering, nursing, prevention science, psychology, public affairs, strategic communication, teaching and zoology.

The remaining 876 bachelor's candidates will receive degrees in anthropology, biology, business administration, computer science, criminal justice and criminology, digital technology and culture, earth and environmental sciences, education, electrical engineering, English, environmental science, history, hospitality business management, human development, humanities, mathematics, mechanical engineering, neuroscience, nursing, psychology, public affairs, social sciences, sociology and strategic communication.

COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER
Skye Troy, who will graduate with a bachelor's degree in public affairs, exercised her passion for equitable social justice policies as this year's president of the Associated Students of WSU Vancouver. Troy transferred to WSU Vancouver from Mt. Hood Community College in Portland, Ore., in fall 2015. She has served on student government for four years, as an intern at the Oregon State Capitol, on the City of Troutdale Citizens Advisory Committee, and as a facilitator for the WSU Vancouver/The Foley Institute Initiative for Public Deliberation. She received the 2016 Emerging Leader Award from Portland State University's Center for Women's Leadership and was a 2017 nominee for WSU Vancouver's Woman of Distinction.

COMMENCEMENT DETAILS
Sunlight Supply Amphitheater is located at 17200 NE Delfel Road, Ridgefield, Wash.. Parking and gates open at 11 a.m. The seating area opens at 11:30 a.m. Concessions will be available. Commencement is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

Sunlight Supply Amphitheater is a covered outdoor venue. Umbrellas and strollers are not allowed in the seating area. Golf cart and wheelchair service will be provided to guests who need assistance. Accommodations will be available for deaf and hearing-impaired guests, including closed captioning, sign-language interpreters in a designated area and amplification devices available at the information booth.

For more information about WSU Vancouver's 2017 Commencement ceremony, visit vancouver.wsu.edu/commencement.

ABOUT WSU VANCOUVER
As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations.

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WSU Vancouver to present three top awards at 2017 commencement
WSU Vancouver - 04/24/17 12:01 PM
VANCOUVER, WASH. -- Washington State University Vancouver will present its 2017 awards for research, student achievement and teaching at this year's Commencement ceremony on May 6. The following three individuals will each receive a Chancellor's Medallion:

Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence--Candice Goucher, professor of history
Chancellor's Award for Student Achievement-- Julian Rivas, B.A., social sciences, with a concentration in human resources administration and a certificate in case management
Students' Award for Teaching Excellence-- Enrique Brouwer, instructor of psychology, and foreign languages and cultures

CHANCELLOR'S AWARD FOR RESEARCH EXCELLENCE
Each year, WSU Vancouver gives its highest research honor to recognize a faculty member's exemplary research quality and quantity as well as positive influence on the broader community.

This year's awardee, Professor of History Candice Goucher, joined WSU Vancouver in 2000. Her research on Africa and the African diaspora is consistently creative, cutting edge and interdisciplinary. Her many outstanding books, films and articles explore African foodways, metallurgy, and popular and political culture, as well as global themes in world history. She is also a founder of the Center for Social and Environmental Justice, an initiative for WSU Vancouver faculty to collaborate across disciplines.

Goucher's work has received honors and awards from numerous organizations, including the World History Association, the Society for Visual Anthropology, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Huntington Library. Her 2014 book "Congotay! Congotay!" won both the National and the World Gourmand Awards for Best Book on Caribbean Food.

Goucher has been instrumental in shifting the teaching of world history from an outdated rise-and-fall-of-civilizations approach to a more engaged thematic approach to the past. Her online multimedia project "Bridging World History" has been viewed on public television stations and classrooms in nearly every state.

Trained as a historian and archaeologist, Goucher holds a master's degree in art history and archaeology from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in African history from the University of California Los Angeles.

CHANCELLOR'S AWARD FOR STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
The student achievement award annually recognizes one student's love of learning, persistence to overcome barriers in pursuit of academic goals, leadership potential and involvement in campus life.

Julian Rivas never gave up on himself. Once a troubled youth, he is this year's student honoree and will graduate summa cum laude, with a goal of mentoring others who are facing the kinds of challenges he had to overcome.

Rivas changed his life after enrolling in Lower Columbia College. While also working full-time, he earned his associate's degree and decided to transfer to WSU Vancouver. Not only has he inspired friends and family members to attend college, but he has helped other students as well. An intern with WSU's Student Financial Services and Admissions, and a technical research assistant in the human development department, Rivas is active in the Latino Student Association, Latino Outreach Committee and Human Resources Society. He volunteers with several organizations that support low-income families.

Rivas chose to earn a well-rounded degree that would advance his employment prospects in human resources with a knowledge of business essentials. Finding a job has been difficult, he said, because many employers turn him down after conducting a background screening. But, he said, "I feel that someday my hard work will pay off." He holds himself to high standards. "The past does not define me," he said, adding, "I wouldn't be where I am today without my support system." He considers it one of his highest honors to be able to look out at the commencement audience and see his loved ones smile proudly for his milestone achievement.

STUDENTS' AWARD FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE
Students honor a faculty member each year with the teaching excellence award. The award recognizes exceptional dedication to students and infectious enthusiasm for the subject matter.

When Enrique Brouwer joined WSU Vancouver in 2011 after a career as an executive coach, he brought along his drive, his people skills and his powerful desire to help people to do their best. The skills that had made him such an effective coach for executives wishing to succeed in international business have made him a popular teacher on campus. In nominating him for the 2017 teaching award, students wrote that Brouwer believes in his students, makes learning fun, and is always available for a meeting or a phone call.

Brouwer has taught Personnel Psychology and Human Resources Administration as well as cross-cultural communications. Time and again, students noted that he was motivational and inspirational, had helped to launch the careers of many, and "equipped his students with the tools to be successful in the real world," as a nominator said.

Brouwer retired as managing director for Brouwer Executive Coaching International, a consultancy serving top executives. Throughout his career he worked with such companies as Eastman Kodak, Xerox Global Services and the Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester, N.Y., helping to drive organizational innovation, product excellence and customer loyalty.

Brouwer holds an undergraduate degree in administrative and legal studies from La Salle University's Extension campus in Chicago and a master's degree in human services administration from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt. He holds advanced certificates in leadership, management and Lean practices.

COMMENCEMENT DETAILS
Commencement will be held at 1 p.m. May 6 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater located at 17200 NE Delfel Road, Ridgefield, WA 98642. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

ABOUT WSU VANCOUVER
As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations.

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WSU Vancouver students exhibit sound art on First Friday
WSU Vancouver - 04/24/17 11:48 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Sound art created by WSU Vancouver students will be exhibited at Divine Consign in downtown Vancouver as part of First Friday on May 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Called "Divine Sounds," the exhibition features 30 experiences designed to focus attention on listening. The work represents students' final projects for a course in sound art taught by John Barber, a faculty member in the Creative Media & Digital Culture program at WSU Vancouver and curator of the exhibition.

Divine Consign is a nonprofit store that supports local charities in arts, education and human services. Students will use the furniture in the store as backdrop or part of their sound art.

"Imagine sitting at a dining table, or on a living room sofa to experience or interact with a work of sound art," said Barber. "The sound art will be part of the environment. Visitors will walk through the space and interact with different sounds."

Design Consign is located at 904 Main St., Vancouver, Wash. Student artists will be on hand to discuss their works.

About WSU Vancouver
As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations.

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Multnomah Co. Schools
Centennial School District Governing Board Meeting Notice for April 26
Centennial Sch. Dist. - 04/21/17 4:22 PM
The Centennial School District Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at 7:00 pm in the district office board room (18135 SE Brooklyn ST, Portland, OR). At this meeting the Board will recognize the Centennial High School FBLA students that placed at the recent state competition.

Reports to be presented at this meeting include:
5.1 - Lynch Wood Elementary School Building Report
5.2 - Centennial Transition Center Report
5.3 - All Hands Raised Report
5.4 - Student Representative's Report
5.5 - Superintendent's Report

After considering approval of the confirmation items en masse, the Board will consider the following action items:
7.2.1 - Consider Increase of Meal Prices for 2017/2018
7.2.2 - Adopt New Oregon Department of Revenue Indexed Rates and Limits for the Construction Excise Tax for 2017/2018
7.2.3 - Approve Lease Purchase Agreement with De Lage Landen Public Finance LLC for Seven New School Buses and Grant Authority to Sign Documents as Needed to Complete the Transaction
7.2.4 - Adopt Supplemental Budget for Fiscal Year 2016/2017 in the Total Amount of $634,297
7.2.5 - Consider Revised Policy JEC, Admissions

The board packet for this meeting may be found on the School Board page of the Centennial School District website (www.csd28j.org).
Monday, April 24, 2017 Public Forum, Executive & Regular Board Business Meeting Agenda
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 04/20/17 7:41 PM
The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon, will convene in a Special Session/Public Forum, Executive & Regular Board Business Meeting on Monday, April 24, 2017 in the Boardroom at the Parkrose District Office located at 10636 NE Prescott St., Portland, Oregon at the hour of 5:00pm (Regular Business Meeting starts at 6:30pm). The Board will hear presentations from: FBLA, Russell Drum Club, All Hands Raised and Mt. Hood Community College. They will recognize Teacher Appreciation Week and Nurse Appreciation Day. They will receive reports from the Associated Study Body, Superintendent's Office, Human Resources and Student Services. The Board will take action on consent agenda, appreciation resolutions and the Superintendent's evaluation. They will also report on their Board Business including: Goals, Committees, Board Self-evaluation, communication agreements, pick a Board Member graduation speaker, legislative update and be available to hear Citizen Comments twice during the Business Meeting. The agenda is posted on the Parkrose School District Website at https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1000205
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Parkrose School Board
Public Forum
Monday, April 24, 2017
5:00 p.m. -- 6:00 p.m.
Parkrose School District Office Boardroom
10636 NE Prescott Street
Portland, Oregon 97220
What is a Public Forum? - Parkrose School District wants to hear from their community. This forum is open to the public. We hope you attend and ask questions, make comments or just sit and listen. We will ask speakers to fill out a Citizen Comment card and follow policy BDDH-AR-Public Participation. Speakers may offer objective criticism of school operations and programs but the Board will not hear complaints concerning specific school personnel.
Interpreters available upon request, call 503-408-2135


Attached Media Files: 2017-04/68/103722/Board_Forum_Announcement_Translated.pdf
Clark Co. Schools
BGPS celebrates student art at 58th District Art Show (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 04/26/17 11:37 AM
Daybreak Middle School 8th grader Henry Cameron's artwork
Daybreak Middle School 8th grader Henry Cameron's artwork
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More than 800 creative works will be on display May 2-26 during Battle Ground Public Schools' annual District Student Art Show. The event, in its 58th year, will be held at Captain Strong Primary School.

The art show celebrates the work of student artists from every grade level. Pieces on display include 3D sculptures, ceramics, drawings, digital art, photography and paintings. The event was founded by the late Bob Peck, who taught art classes and shaped the art program at Battle Ground High School for more than 37 years before he retired.

The public is invited to view the art free of charge from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on school days from May 2 to 26 at the school, 1002 NW 6th Ave., Battle Ground. A public reception for student artists will be held on Monday, May 8 at 4:00 p.m. at Captain Strong, in conjunction with a regular school board meeting at 6 p.m. At the meeting, board members will recognize the first place, grand prize and best of show student winners. The school building will remain open until 8 p.m. that evening for the art show.


Attached Media Files: Daybreak Middle School 8th grader Henry Cameron's artwork
Parent workshops focus on coping, resiliency skills for youth
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 04/25/17 6:25 PM
Parents of Battle Ground Public Schools are invited to participate in two parent workshops in May that focus on recognizing the signs of and helping youth in crisis.

The first workshop, Coping with Adolescent Stress & Depression, will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3 at Prairie High School, 11311 NE 119th Street in Vancouver. At the workshop, Mary Jadwisiak from the Youth Suicide Prevention Program will present how to model coping skills and recognize risk factors and warning signs of depression and suicide. A PDF file with details about the workshop is attached to this email. No RSVP is needed.

The second workshop, Building Resiliency, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24 at Washington State University-Vancouver. Registration is required for this workshop, which teaches adults how to build resilience and connection with children. Presenter and family physician Dr. Jody McVittie will demonstrate how children think and react when experiencing stress or trauma. Registration is open online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-resiliency-evening-session-tickets-33643010149.

Social-emotional learning is an essential part of the Battle Ground Public School district's mission. One of our strategic goals is to support and promote the physical, emotional, and social well-being of students. Battle Ground received a $2.5 million Project AWARE grant to support student mental health and wellness over five years. As part of this focus on students' social-emotional learning, the district has launched several whole child initiatives and programs that meet the social and emotional needs of students, including
Hiring prevention and intervention specialists for middle and high schools
Offering Youth Mental Health First Aid training for parents, staff, and community members to detect and respond to mental health issues in children and young adults: http://www.ymhfabg.com/
Connecting students and families to mental health services
Implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) across the district
Sponsoring parent workshops such as Coping with Adolescent Stress & Depression on May 3 and Building Resiliency on May 24

More information about suicide prevention resources is on the district website at www.battlegroundps.org. If you have questions, please call (360) 885-5470.


Attached Media Files: Building Resiliency workshop May 24 , 2017-04/20/103849/YSPP_Parent_Flyer_May_3_2017.pdf
BGHS, Chief Umtuch bands impress at the Pleasant Hill Invitational Jazz Festival (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 04/24/17 4:44 PM
Students from the Battle Ground High School Vocal Ensemble Group at the Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival
Students from the Battle Ground High School Vocal Ensemble Group at the Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival
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Jazz Bands from Battle Ground High School and Chief Umtuch Middle School competed at the 42nd Annual Pleasant Hill Invitational Jazz Festival over the weekend and brought home several awards. Each year, about 2,000 students, along with their teachers and families, visit Pleasant Hill to attend the annual festival and enjoy a variety of clinics and concerts.

Battle Ground High School took first place in the Vocal Jazz Ensemble competition, the Advanced Jazz Band competition, the Intermediate II Jazz Band competition, and in the Jazz Combo competition, and the Intermediate Jazz Band 1 placed second. Chief Umtuch Middle School placed third in both the Middle School Jazz Band and Combo division categories.

BGHS students were also recognized for their exceptional individual performances. Soloist awards were given to Cade O'Haver and Emily Christensen from the Vocal Jazz Ensemble; Cade O'Haver and Laney Pham from the Advanced Jazz Band; Ashton Henning from the Intermediate 2 Jazz Band; Cade O'Haver (first place), Jordan Ledbetter (first place) and Nicole Furlow (second place) in the Vocal Solo Division I; and Brooke Hall (second place), and Madelyn Breaux (third place) in the Vocal Solo Division II. Additionally, senior pianist Cade O'Haver and sophomore vocalist Madelyn Breaux were the winners of the Mike Wiggins Memorial Award for Excellence in Jazz.

The Pleasant Hill Invitational Jazz Festival began in 1976 simply as a vocal festival. The festival was introduced not only as a competition but also as an educational experience with participants listening to numerous choirs, clinics and experienced adjudicators interacting with groups after their preliminary performance. The second year of the festival saw the beginning of the instrumental portion of the festival. Since then, the festival has grown into one of the largest high school jazz festivals in the region.


Attached Media Files: Students from the Battle Ground High School Vocal Ensemble Group at the Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival
Looking for CAM Academy info on-the-go? Thanks to senior Mackinnon Buck, there's an app for that (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 04/21/17 8:10 AM
CAM Academy senior Mackinnon Buck
CAM Academy senior Mackinnon Buck
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CAM Academy senior Mackinnon Buck was just 12 years old when he created his first video game. Titled "Fruit Addiction," the game features a birds-eye view of a playing surface where the on-screen character tries to collect pieces of fruit while dodging bombs. Now, six years and countless lines of code later, Buck is turning his passion for computer programming and gaming into a bright future that incorporates giving back to his community.

Buck, a self-taught coder, single-handedly designed an app for CAM Academy as part of English Language Arts teacher Diane Harpe's community service project for seniors. The project required students to perform 25 hours of community service and then write a paper about their experience.

"When Mackinnon was assigned the senior research and community service project, he wanted to do something that would utilize his gift for programming and make a difference in the community," said Harper. "He decided to build an app from the ground up that would allow parents and students to access CAM's website and teacher pages from their mobile devices in an easy-to-read and access format."

Not satisfied with the state of his project after the requisite 25 hours of work had been completed, Buck kept going until the quality of the programming was up to his standards. By the time he turned in his paper, he had already spent an estimated 75 hours on the project.

"I am impressed by Mackinnon's commitment to CAM and his integrity as a student and programmer," Harpe said. "Not only did he continue working on the app after he had completed his project, but he also plans to update the app as needed after he graduates."

Mackinnon says the main benefit of the app is that it has an easy-to-use navigation system and a useful search feature. He wrote the code in the C# programming language and used a cross-platform development program called Xamarin that supports both Android and iOS and allows the app to work across both mobile platforms.

Another slick feature of his app is that if the website content changes or is updated, the app automatically updates, too. The app isn't necessarily specific to CAM Academy's website, either. The code is open source, so it could be used as a template for others to pick up where Mackinnon left off and create apps for other schools in the district.

"I am very proud of the work that Mackinnon did on the CAM App project," said Principal Ryan Cowl. "He took the initiative to set this up on his own and invested so much of his time to make sure everything worked. He collaborated closely with school and district staff to make sure there were no issues throughout every step of this project. We all applaud his effort and dedication."

MacKinnon has been a member of the CAM robotics team, the CloverBots, all four years of his high school career and is the team's lead programmer. He and his teammates are in Houston this weekend competing in the World's Competition. The robotics team was one of 32 from Washington that qualified for the event. CAM's team is currently ranked 20th heading into the competition in Houston, where more than 400 teams from around the world are competing.

Mackinnon plans to study computer science next year at college. He has applied and been accepted at the University of Washington, Washington State University, Oregon State University, Gonzaga, and Cal Poly. While he's still mulling over his options, he's leaning towards Gonzaga, Cal Poly, and OSU.

"Oregon State has an exceptional robotics program, which is really appealing," Buck said. "I've learned so much and had so much fun on the CAM CloverBots robotics team these last four years that I'm strongly considering OSU."

After he graduates, Mackinnon would like to start his career at AutoDesk, a multinational software corporation headquartered in San Rafael, Calif. The company makes software for the architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, media, and entertainment industries. Mackinnon already has an internship with the company's satellite office in Lake Oswego, Ore. as a project manager training other programmers.

Regardless of what Mackinnon does next, his hard work and dedication during his time at CAM Academy has ensured that his influence will be felt for years to come.


Attached Media Files: CAM Academy senior Mackinnon Buck
Drug Take-Back Event This Saturday Collects Unwanted Medications to Protect Families and Environment
ESD 112 - 04/25/17 12:05 PM
In 2015, 92 million prescriptions were filled in the state of Washington. With two-thirds of prescribed medications going unused, the amount of medicine accumulating in households is substantial -- and dangerous. On April 29th, Clark and Skamania County residents can safely dispose of all unused medications at four free collection events.

All events will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29th, at:
PeaceHealth Memorial Hospital, 33rd and Main St, Vancouver
Kaiser Permanente-Cascade Park, 12607 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd.
Battle Ground Police Department, 507 SW 1st St, Battle Ground, WA 98604
Skamania County Sheriff's Office, 200 Vancouver Ave, Stevenson

Unused medicines left in the home increase opportunities for drug abuse. More than half of people 12 or older who used pain relievers non-medically report getting the drug from a friend or relative for free. Reducing access may lead to lower overdose death rates, which have increased nearly 140% since 2000. Overdose death rates involving opioid pain relievers and heroin have increased nearly 200% during this same time. The second leading cause of accidental death in Washington state is drug overdose.

Proper drug disposal is also an environmental issue. Unused medications can contaminate our drinking water and should not be flushed down the toilet or put in the trash. Drug Take Back programs dispose of medications properly and safely through the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

The April 29th collection event is organized thanks to a community partnership including Battle Ground Police Department, Burgerville, Clark County Public Health, Connect Evergreen, Kaiser Permanente, La Center United, Legacy Hospital, One Prevention Alliance, PeaceHealth, Prevent Coalition, Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance, Skamania County Sheriff's Office, Unite! Washougal Community Coalition, U.S. Dept. of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, Vancouver Police Department, Walgreens.

Similar events last year collected more than 3,400 pounds of medications from more than 1,700 participants. Unwanted medications also can be disposed of at several collection sites across Clark and Skamania Counties. Controlled substances, such as pain killers and tranquilizers, can be taken to participating law enforcement agencies and participating pharmacies. Non-controlled substances, such as over-the-counter medications, can be taken to local participating pharmacies. Visit www.takebackyourmeds.org for more details on where to drop off your medications.

All unwanted medications (controlled and non-controlled) will be accepted at the April 29th events. For more information about the event, call Clark County Public Health at (360) 397-2121 ext. 4352, or contact the Prevent Coalition at preventcoalition@esd112.org
"Life-Changing" Youth Development Program at ESD 112 has 60 Openings (Photo)
ESD 112 - 04/25/17 9:41 AM
Marissa Riddall in CNA training
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Last August Marissa Riddall and her two daughters, now age 6 and 1, were homeless. They were living in a tent when Marissa was referred to the Connect 2 Careers program run by Educational Service District (ESD) 112. Through Connect 2 Careers, she was placed in four weeks of paid Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training, then into a 10 week paid internship. Now, less than a year later, Marissa is working full-time, has her own home and is able to provide for her children.

"Connect 2 Careers is life-changing. It's a tremendous gift," said Marissa. "I can't really think of what it hasn't done for me."

Marissa is just one of the success stories from this grant-funded program. In this fiscal year alone (since July 1, 2016) the program has served 163 at risk youth, age 16 to 24; 80% of which didn't graduate high school or have a GED. Sixty percent of the participants have gained employment as a result of the program and 15% have entered post-secondary education.

Connect 2 Careers is an innovative youth development program in Clark and Cowlitz counties for individuals that are 16 -- 24 years old who have either dropped out of high school or are income eligible with a basic skills deficiency. The program helps them graduate from high school, earn their GED, and/or move on to college or trade school. They get job counseling, gain work readiness skills and paid work experience.

The program is continually enrolling and has about 60 open spots right now. Depending on their interests and strengths, participants may be placed in the CNA, childcare or trades training.

Roadmaster, one of the local companies helping to train the youth, has been working with Connect 2 Careers for a couple of years. Of the 10 youth that have gone through their trades training, four have been hired on permanently and three of those are still there.

"We mentor them and give them the opportunity to develop marketable skills," said Rod Flint, RSS Production Manager at Roadmaster. "It's worked out well for Roadmaster and has been a good way to give someone a chance."


Attached Media Files: Marissa Riddall in CNA training , Marissa Riddall at her new job
Youth Substance Use Rates Decline As Prevent Coalition Celebrates 10 Years
ESD 112 - 04/25/17 9:06 AM
Over the past 10 years, Clark County youth culture has changed. Alcohol use has decreased from 30% to 20% and cigarette use has gone from 14% to 8%.

The Prevent Coalition, until recently known as PREVENT!, is proud to be part of this effort. This group of diverse community members has spent the past decade working closely with local youth, advocating for healthy communities, collecting over 13,250 pounds of pills at Drug Take Back events and mentoring four other prevention coalitions.

"Community prevention strategies take time and participation by the entire community," said Joy Lyons, Prevention Intervention Coordinator. "We are excited to see the impact we've had and are energized to continue making our community a healthier place for youth."

In addition to the decline in alcohol and cigarette use, the recently released Washington State Healthy Youth Survey found that, among 10th graders, the use of prescription pain killers to get high went down from 9% to 5% and marijuana use remained relatively flat at 16% between 2006 and 2016.

Prevent has recently updated its branding, logo, and changed its name from PREVENT! to Prevent Coalition.
Housed within Educational Service District (ESD) 112, Prevent Coalition's mission remains supporting and connecting communities to build resilience and prevent youth substance use.

Currently, Prevent Coalition is rolling out the ground-breaking Making the Connection Toolkit designed to teach the connection between substance abuse, toxic stress and encouraging youth to build resilience. The coalition is also working with Strong Teens Against Substance Hazards and Abuse (STASHA) to create a social media campaign focused on alcohol use prevention.

Its new website, preventcoalition.org, includes toolkits and resources for adults and youth supporting healthy conversations and data-driven information about addiction, prevention and resilience.

The public is invited to the Spring Coalition Meeting on Thursday, April 27 from 4:00 to 5:30 PM at ESD 112 (2500 NE 65th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98661).

About Prevent Coalition
Founded in 2006, Prevent Coalition is a group of diverse community members working together using an evidence based framework to prevent youth substance abuse in Clark County, WA. Working in collaboration with parents, youth, schools, media, business, government, faith communities, law enforcement, youth-serving organizations, civic groups, health care professionals, and prevention organizations, Prevent Coalition is focused on improving the environment surrounding youth to create a community culture that promotes prevention and honors healthy living. Prevent Coalition is supported by the Drug Free Communities Support Program, the ESD 112, Washington State Department of Health, and over 440 community members and organizations across Clark County.
Hockinson School District Board of Directors Regular Meeting
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 04/21/17 2:23 PM
Date: Monday, April 24, 2017
Time: 5:00 P.M. Tour of New Middle School (Meet at District Office)
6:00 P.M. Regular Board Meeting (Middle School Library)
Location: Hockinson Middle School Library
Address: 15916 NE 182nd Ave.; Brush Prairie, WA 98606
Vancouver Public Schools receives clean audit report
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 04/26/17 9:11 AM
Vancouver Public Schools received a clean audit report for the 11th consecutive year. The official audit released by the Washington State Auditor's Office evaluates the integrity of district financial statements, internal controls and compliance with state and federal laws and grant funding requirements. There were no findings of deficiencies or management letters calling for significant improvement in any area.

Said Board President Dale Rice, "Once again, this audit report is validation that we take seriously our responsibility to carefully manage state and federal funding as well as local tax dollars."

The audit period was from Sept. 1, 2015, through Aug. 31, 2016.

"Our community has repeatedly entrusted us with tremendous support," said Brett Blechschmidt, chief fiscal officer. "Eleven consecutive years of clean audits demonstrates how focused all levels of our district are to living up to this high standard of trust. This work is not easy, with unfunded mandates and frequently changing regulatory standards, so we are particularly proud of all of our highly-skilled and conscientious staff that tend to this work on a daily basis."
Vancouver Public Schools celebrates two decades of dance education
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 04/25/17 10:17 AM
Vancouver Public Schools presents its 20th annual Dance Festival, in which hundreds of students will take the stage in a celebration of dance and creative movement.

The festival will hold two performances: a morning show at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics for that school's staff and students and an evening show for families and the public.

When: Friday, April 28, 2017, from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

What: Performances by students from Felida, Roosevelt, Ogden, Lincoln, Sacajawea, Lake Shore, Chinook, Salmon Creek, Minnehaha, Franklin and Anderson elementary schools; McLoughlin Middle School; Vancouver School of Arts and Academics; and Skyview High School

Where: Skyview High School, 1300 NW 139th St.

This event is free and open to the public.
Revised homework policy reflects learning needs of students
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 04/20/17 4:00 PM
Revisions to Vancouver Public Schools homework policy will help ensure that homework, when assigned, will support teaching and learning goals. The revisions are in response to current research, which shows that homework assignments given to children in primary grades offer few, if any, educational benefits.

Specific revisions to Regulation 6133 (https://apps.vansd.org/POLREG?id=R6133) concerning homework aim to improve instruction and enhance achievement. Homework assignments should be a constructive tool for teaching and learning and be geared to the needs and abilities of students. In addition, homework assignments must be planned and purposeful, evaluated by the teacher and returned to students in a timely manner.

"VPS teachers are committed to educating the whole child and creating a healthy balance for children and their families," said Debra Hale, executive director of teaching and learning. "Learning happens when children are engaged in different interests, even play. We encourage families to spend their time together in creative, fun and interactive activities."

Guidelines for assigning homework
The frequency and duration of mandatory assignments:
1. Kindergarten through third grade -- Students should not be required to complete homework assignments. Encouragement should be provided to engage in family home learning activities such as reading to and with their child, outside play, puzzles and games, etc.
2. Fourth and fifth grade -- Homework assignments of two to four assignments a week, each lasting not more than 15 to 45 minutes, will take into account the student's developmental age, learning goals and program of studies
3. Sixth through eighth grade -- Three to five assignments a week, each lasting 45 to 75 minutes
4. Ninth through 12th grade -- Three to five assignments a week, each lasting 75 to 120 minutes
5. Students enrolled in special K-12 programs, including language immersion, Highly Capable, Honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and College in the High School may have additional assignments in accordance with program goals and requirements.

The VPS board of directors approved the revised policy at the April 11, 2017, school board meeting.
Cowlitz Co. & Lower Columbia (WA) Schools
Woodland Public Schools hosts record-breaking Mass Band Concert with more than 430 middle school student musicians performing as a single ensemble (Photo)
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 04/24/17 4:00 PM
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Monday, April 24, 2017-Woodland, WA-Woodland hosted the 41st Annual Mass Band Middle School Band Concert with 436 students from ten schools throughout Southwest Washington playing in a massive band ensemble concert at Woodland High School on Monday, April 17, 2017.

Preparations for the annual concert started at the beginning of the school year with the band directors of the different middle schools deciding on four pieces to perform. After music selection, the schools used the following months to practice as individual bands before gathering at Woodland High School on the day of the event to rehearse and perform as one large ensemble band.

The students convened at Woodland High School at 1 p.m. and rehearsed for two and a half hours to prepare for the concert. "Assembling and seating that many students was the biggest challenge," said Bryana Steck, Band Director for Woodland Public Schools. "Once everyone got settled, the practices went very well and we were ready to perform for an audience."

Earlier in the day, ten custodians from the Woodland's schools and other staff members set up chairs for the event. "Ensuring we had enough space was a crazy experience," said Steck. "However, the entire process went smoothly with everyone helping out -- teamwork got it done!" Steck served as the organizer for this year's event providing communication between the schools and other organizations involved.

Woodland's Tempo organization supports the district's band programs, and arranged the massive task of lining up dinner for the 436 hungry middle-school musicians. Kimberly Miller serves as the teacher and coach for Woodland High School's culinary arts team, The Creative Chef, who provided a catered dinner for the ten directors to offer a moment of relaxation before the performance. The directors' dinner included a breaded Italian chicken breast, low-calorie fettuccine, Caesar's Salad, and white chocolate chip cookies with six high school students professionally preparing and serving the meal.

The concert started promptly at 6 p.m. and was free to anyone who wanted to attend. Each middle school played a specially-prepared piece individually followed by an ensemble performance with the entire 436 students performing the selected pieces. The ten schools that participated this year included: Ilwaco Middle School, J.C. Thomas Middle School, Mossy Rock Middle School, Onalaska Middle School, Rainier Middle School, Rochester Middle School, Tenino Middle School, Toledo Middle School, Winlock Middle School, and Woodland Middle School.

The new Woodland High School which just opened in 2015 proved to be a fantastic location for such a large event and led to a record-breaking Mass Band, larger than any in the event's more than four decade-long history. "With our amazing new facilities, I think this was one of the best Mass Bands we have ever had," said Steck. "Our students were among the best behaved in the building that day; they were true ambassadors to their peers and I am so proud of them!"

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PR Agencies
Salem City Club Presents: Child Welfare: Global to Local (photo) (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 04/24/17 3:20 PM
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The Salem City Club invites you to join us on Friday, May 5, 2017, at the Willamette Heritage Center for "Child Welfare: Global to Local."

Oregon's Child Welfare system is continually in the news, including stories about the need for foster parents and improved safety for children. What is Oregon doing to improve outcomes for our most vulnerable children? How does that compare to what other states and countries are doing? Lena Alhusseini, Oregon's new Child Welfare Director, will address these concerns, bringing a global view perspective on child safety services.

Born in Jerusalem and raised in Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom, Alhusseini established the Jordan River Foundation's child protection unit, which was the first Middle East organization to address the issue of child abuse. She also has served with global organizations such as USAID, UNICEF and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Alhusseini comes to Oregon from New York, where she served as the Executive Director of the Arab-American Family Support Center. As Oregon's Child Welfare Director, her vision is to help build a family support center model that connects vulnerable families with their community and the local services they need to keep their children safe and at home.

Join us for the luncheon at 11:30am and/or the program at noon. Reservations are due by 12:00pm Wednesday, May 3rd. For more information on this program please visit www.salemcityclub.com.

What: Child Welfare - Global to Local
When: Friday, May 5, 2017; Noon-1pm, doors open at 11:15pm
Where: Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem
Who: Lena Alhusseini
Email: office@salemcityclub.com
Website: www.salemcityclub.com


Attached Media Files: Lena Alhusseini
Organizations & Associations
Red Cross Earthquake & Disaster Preparedness Event in Silverton on Thursday (Photo)
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/25/17 10:36 AM
Prepare Out Loud Corvallis
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SILVERTON, Ore., April 25, 2017 --The American Red Cross, in partnership with Silverton and Mt. Angel community organizations, will hold Prepare Out Loud and a 'Be Prepared Not Scared' Emergency Preparedness Fair in Silverton this Thursday, April 27.

The Red Cross Prepare Out Loud presentation addresses the impact of the Cascadia Subduction Zone and preparedness steps individuals and families can take now to be ready for disasters of all kinds (like home fires, floods and wildfires).

Prepare Out Loud Event Details
This Thursday, April 27, 7 - 8:30 p.m. (preparedness fair starts at 6:30 p.m.)
Silverton High School -- 1456 Pine Street, Silverton, OR 97381
RSVP: www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudSilverton.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Evening Timeline
6:30 p.m. -- 'Be Prepared No Scared' Emergency Preparedness Fair starts
7 p.m. -- Red Cross Prepare Out Loud Presentation begins
8:30 p.m. -- 'Be Prepared No Scared' Emergency Preparedness Fair resumes

Children are welcome! Red Cross will be offering our youth preparedness programs The Pillowcase Project and Preparedness Pals for students in kindergarten through 6th grade.

The emergency preparedness fair will be held immediately before and after the Prepare Out Loud presentation and fair participants include:
Silverton Fire District
Mt. Angel Police Department
Marion County Emergency Management
Silverton Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Mt. Angel Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Marion County Search & Rescue
Silverton Senior Center
Map Your Neighborhood
American Red Cross


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


Attached Media Files: MEDIA ADVISORY - Red Cross Earthquake & Disaster Preparedness Event in Silverton on Thursday , Prepare Out Loud Corvallis , Prepare Out Loud Bend , Prepare Out Loud Medford
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Four People in Vancouver
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/24/17 1:14 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on April 24, 2017, at approximately 10:30 a.m. in the 12100 block of 46th Avenue in Vancouver, Washington. The single-family fire affected four adults.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits 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 Longview Single-Family Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/24/17 11:15 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on Sunday April 23,2017, in the 600 block of 23rd Avenue in Longview, Washington. The single-family fire affected six 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, and information about recovery services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross 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 NE Portland Fire Affecting Two
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/22/17 1:14 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on Friday, April 21,2017, at approximately 11:30 p.m. on NE 33rd Avenue in Portland. The single-family fire affected 2 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 disaster health and disaster 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 14 People in Cornelius
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/20/17 12:26 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on April 20, 2017, at approximately 9:30 a.m. in the 2000 block of North Clark Court in Cornelius, OR. The multi-family fire affected 14 people, including 6 adults and 8 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.
Extra Law Enforcement Patrols Reduce the Number of Distracted Drivers!
Clark Co. Traffic Safety Task Force - Target Zero - 04/21/17 12:17 PM
Extra law enforcement patrols hit the road from April 3 to April 16th, 2017, funded by a grant from Target Zero, a Washington Traffic Safety Commission program.

In 121 hours officers from Battle Ground, Clark County Sheriff's Office, La Center, Ridgefield, Vancouver, Washougal and the Washington State Patrol accomplished the following:

Contacted 503 individuals.
Made one DUI arrest.
Wrote 126 citations.
Gave 352 warnings.
And made 12 other arrests.
Revised* Baskets from Fragments Offer Glimpse into Ancient Ways
Columbia Basin Basketry Guild - 04/24/17 11:22 AM
Revised The public is invited to a program about 2,000-year-old basket fragments found near Duvall, WA, which, when replicated into complete baskets, provide a glimpse into an ancient way of life.

Dale R. Croes, Ph.D., director of the Pacific Northwest Archaeological Society and Services and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Washington State University, will present, "Awakening Ancient Salish Sea Basketry."

The program is Thursday, May 18, 7 p.m., at the Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland. The free presentation ($5 donation suggested) is sponsored by the Columbia Basin Basketry Guild.

In 2014-15, Croes, who was taught basket weaving by Makah elders for his dissertation on the Ozette village site, worked with Suquamish Elder and Master Basket Maker Ed Carriere to replicate baskets based on fragments found at the Snoqualmie Tribe's Biderbost site in Duvall. The fragments had been exposed by river bank erosion and now are at the Burke Museum, Seattle.

Croes will discuss the project, show the baskets he and Carriere made, and explain how the project is being carried forward today.

For more information, contact ColumbiaBasinBasketryGuild@gmail.com

REVISION: An earlier version stated that both Croes and Carriere would be presenting. Due to health issues, Carriere is not expected to participate.
Insitu Director of Flight Operations, Jerry McWithey keynote speaker at Pearson Field Education Center Let's Take Flight! fundraiser
Fort Vancouver National Trust - 04/24/17 9:00 AM
The Fort Vancouver National Trust announced tickets are now on sale for their May 20 fundraising dinner and auction, "Let's Take Flight!", featuring keynote speaker, Jerry McWithey. The event, at the Pearson Field Education Center, benefits aviation education programs for youth.

McWithey is the Director of Flight Operations at Insitu, Inc. Located in Bingen, WA, Insitu designs, develops and manufactures customized unmanned hardware, software and services solutions for commercial, government and defense customers worldwide. McWithey's personal story includes service to our country as CO/XO US Navy Electronic Attack Squadron 135; Operations Officer on the USS Kittyhawk out of Yokosuka, Japan; CNE Director of Logistics, N4, in the United Kingdom; and Commanding Officer at NAS Kingsville, Kingsville Texas.

In addition to the keynote address and dinner, there will be silent and live auctions. Live auction packages will include a flight over Mount St. Helens, a hot air balloon flight, and a 1961 vintage Wurlitzer 2500 Jukebox.

"It's through the generous support of the community that we're able to provide quality aviation-based STEM programming for kids at Pearson Field Education Center. They're eager to get their hands on fun, experiential, educational activities and that's what we provide, " said Garrett Schmidt, Director of Pearson Field Education Center.

Admission is $100 and includes dinner. Purchase tickets, or find more information at fortvan.org/letstakeflight. The Center is on Pearson Field at the south end of East Reserve, 201A East Reserve Street, Vancouver WA, 98661.

Parents: Please note there will be no Open Saturday at Pearson Field Education Center on May 20, due to this event.

The Pearson Field Education Center is a program of the Fort Vancouver National 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 for youth and families to enjoy free activities, such as glider building, flight simulation, and STEM experimentation. Summer Aviation Day Camps are starting to fill. Go to fortvan.org/aviationeducation for more information.
Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools awarded $50,000 in grants from Firstenburg Foundation to focus on Community Schools Initiative (Photo)
Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools - 04/21/17 10:48 AM
Firstenburg Foundation representatives Sherrie Bagnas and Marc Grignon (center) present grant to Danette LaChapelle, President, Foundation for VPS board of directors (left) and Nada Wheelock, Executive Director, Foundation for VPS
Firstenburg Foundation representatives Sherrie Bagnas and Marc Grignon (center) present grant to Danette LaChapelle, President, Foundation for VPS board of directors (left) and Nada Wheelock, Executive Director, Foundation for VPS
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The Firstenburg Foundation has awarded the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools (FVPS) a $25,000 grant in their latest grant cycle. This grant is in addition to a $25,000 awarded December 2016. The grants will be used to support the expansion of the community schools model in Vancouver Public Schools (VPS).

"The community schools model builds on an understanding that schools do not thrive on taxpayer support alone. Private contributions play a key role in direct support for students, while taxpayer funding supports staff and organization of schools to more effectively engage community support," says Nada Wheelock, Foundation for VPS Executive Director. "We are grateful to the Firstenburg Foundation for supporting us in this mission."

VPS serves approximately 24,000 students in 37 schools and programs. Over 50 percent of students are from families with incomes below federal poverty guidelines (as indicated through qualification for the free or reduced-price meal program). More than one-thousand VPS students experienced homelessness during the prior school year.

"Serious student needs arise in every school. More than one of five VPS students are chronically absent from school, showing signs of needing social service supports," says Wheelock. "Community schools can support all students. Collaboration between the community and schools creates stronger connections to social service resources, learning enrichments, and positive role models."

The Community Schools Initiative is a partnership between the foundation and the school district. Vancouver Public Schools, led by Superintendent Steve Webb, has received national recognition and awards for innovation and excellence, particularly in advancing community school practices.

"Community schools cultivate hope, opportunity and agency. The effects of poverty present real barriers to student achievement. Removing barriers takes a whole village approach," said Webb. "Thanks to the Firstenburg Foundation and other partners, we are creating learning environments in which all of our young people can thrive and become future-ready graduates."

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The Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools is an independent, 501(c)3 educational non-profit corporation established in 1988 to support Vancouver Public Schools (VPS). Governed by a volunteer board of directors made up of business, community, and education leaders, the foundation creates opportunities to cultivate and inspire student success. As an educational non-profit entity, the foundation serves students at all 37 VPS schools and programs, providing direct aid to students facing learning barriers due to economic need, as well as financial assistance for learning enrichment and mentoring programs that cannot be funded by the school district. The Foundation for VPS is supported by donations from school employees, parents, students, community members, businesses and foundations.

Links to community schools information can be accessed at http://vansd.org/fcrc.


Attached Media Files: Firstenburg Foundation representatives Sherrie Bagnas and Marc Grignon (center) present grant to Danette LaChapelle, President, Foundation for VPS board of directors (left) and Nada Wheelock, Executive Director, Foundation for VPS
Vancouver Chamber Will Host Media Relations Workshop Series for Small Business Month (Photo)
Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce - 04/20/17 1:23 PM
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(VANCOUVER, Wash.) -- The Vancouver Chamber's eight-part workshop series tops the list of community offerings during May's "Small Business Month," as designated by the City of Vancouver. The GVCC's media relations workshops will feature unique marketing content and access to our region's news leaders on Tuesdays and Thursdays in May. Small businesses often operate on a small marketing budget and earned media is an avenue businesses can utilize, if they understand the basics of communicating with the media. This series launches on Tuesday, May 2nd with instructor Julia Maglione, the Communications Manager of Workforce Southwest Washington. This series will begin with three skills-based workshops, then attendees will meet our news leaders face-to-face from the Columbian, Vancouver Business Journal, Fox12, Clark County Today, and more. Interested businesses can sign up for one, or all eight workshops (with a price break) by purchasing the "All Access Pass" at www.vancouverusa.com.

The Chamber's eight-part "Spring [Media Relations Homerun] Workshop Series" presented by Comcast will be held at the GVCC (1101 Broadway, Suite 100 Vancouver WA 98660). Lunch served by Simply Thyme Catering (included in the registration fee) at 11:30, workshops from noon-1pm. The cost is $20/person for GVCC members; $35 for non-members; $149 for an all-access pass (member and non-member rate). Last fall, the "Social Media Super Heroes" Workshop Series sold out.

"We are fortunate to have the trust with our local media outlets, to bring our members the best in media relations. In this series, our member-businesses will have the rare opportunity to learn about submission opportunities and what it takes to place their business in a newsworthy light," explained GVCC CEO John McDonagh.

The Media Relations Homerun Workshop classes include:
Tuesday, May 2nd -- FIVE STEPS TO WRITING AN EFFECTIVE PRESS RELEASE presented by Julia Maglione, Communications Manager for Workforce Southwest Washington
Thursday, May 4th -- COMMUNICATING WITH THE MEDIA presented by Nelson Holmberg, VP of Innovation for the Port of Ridgefield
Tuesday, May 9th -- HOW TO BUILD A STRATEGIC MEDIA RELATIONS CAMPAIGN presented by Ronnie Noize, DIY Marketing Center
Thursday, May 11th -- ATTRACTING TV COVERAGE presented by Joe Vithayathill, Business Reporter for FOX 12
Tuesday, May 16th -- OPPORTUNITIES AND SUBMISSIONS AT THE COLUMBIAN presented by Troy Brynelson, Business Editor for The Columbian
Thursday, May 18th -- OPPORTUNITIES AND SUBMISSIONS AT THE VANCOUVER BUSINESS JOURNAL presented by Nick Shanmac, Managing Editor of the Vancouver Business Journal
Tuesday, May 23rd -- CLARK COUNTY MEDIA PANEL featuring Clark County Today, The North Bank Now, and The Reflector and moderated by Ronnie Noize of the DIY Marketing Center
Tuesday, May 30th -- TAKING YOUR MEDIA COVERAGE FURTHER presented by Kevin Getch of Webfor


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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Forestry Professionals Meet in Tigard This Week (Photo)
Society of American Foresters - 04/24/17 11:31 AM
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Portland, OR--Many of Oregon's forestry professionals will gather in Tigard at the Embassy Suites at Washington Square on April 26-28 for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Oregon Society of American Foresters (OSAF). OSAF members include over 800 field foresters, administrators, researchers and educators who manage and study the 29.5 million acres of public and private forests throughout Oregon.

The theme of the 2017 Annual Meeting is "Connecting Forests, Products, People." The program includes expert speakers and field trips covering all aspects of forest management in the Pacific Northwest, from the Tillamook Forest in the coast range to the diverse forests of the Cascades and emerging forest technologies that are creating new markets for Oregon's wood products. The program begins Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. with a keynote from Society of American Foresters (SAF) immediate past national president Clark Seely. The remainder of the afternoon is devoted to speakers addressing Forest Benefits. An Icebreaker celebration will be held that evening, preceded by a student-mentor social, linking students with practicing foresters.

Thursday is a busy day with concurrent sessions throughout the day. Topics are communication and leadership, forest management, timber harvesting, and technology. One highlight will be a presentation by Matt Menashes, SAF's national CEO during the Communication/Leadership session addressing forest management and the North American Forest Partnership. The day is capped with OSAF's awards banquet that evening where peers are recognized for their outstanding contributions to forestry.

Friday concludes the annual meeting; after a pep-up breakfast and business meeting, foresters will depart for the field, electing one of three themed tours: 1) Horning Seed Orchard and Hopkins Demonstration Forest in the Cascades; 2) Tillamook State Forest Revisited; and 3) Portland, City of Wood.

All program events other than the field tours will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel at Washington Square in Tigard. For a complete agenda, see www.forestry.org/oregon/2017AnnualMeeting/ or call the SAF Northwest Office at 503-224-8046.

About SAF: The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States. Founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot, it is the largest professional society of foresters in the world.


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Community Conversation with Timberman Don Webb & Fred Heller
Oregon Folklife Network - 04/26/17 10:54 AM
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Vernonia Public Library- Join retired loggers Donald Webb and Fred Heller and Folklorist Makaela Kroin for a closer look at one of the many living cultural traditions of Columbia County.

Webb and Heller worked as independent contractors in the timber industry for a combined total of over 100 years. Join us as they share memories, stories, and knowledge about their occupation. We'll share photos and this will be an open conversation so bring your questions! This community conversation is the culmination of the OFN's survey of the Portland Metro area. This survey was made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works, Folk & Traditional Arts program.


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