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Benton County Sheriff's Office Sponsors Citizens' Academy
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/27/17 6:59 PM
Corvallis, Ore. -- The Benton County Sheriff's Office is currently accepting applications for its 2017 Citizens' Academy. The Academy begins September 5th and meets for ten sessions ending October 24th. This free program is designed to give citizen participants an opportunity to learn more about the day-to-day operations of the Sheriff's Office.

The class will meet each Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and on two Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. -- 2:30 p.m. The Saturdays are scheduled for September 16th and October 21st. Most classes meet at the Law Enforcement Building in Corvallis.

During the program, participants will gain insight into the challenges faced by Deputies. Most of the instructors are sworn Deputies who share their experiences with the class. The Saturday sessions provide a hands-on opportunity to learn about emergency vehicle operations, traffic stops, and use of force situations.

The Citizens' Academy covers all aspects of the Sheriff's responsibilities including law enforcement, emergency management, search and rescue, parole and probation, jail operations and the support service and command responsibilities of the Office.

"We hope residents will take this opportunity to learn more about what their Sheriff's Office does," says Sheriff Scott Jackson. "The class fills up quickly so we encourage interested individuals to get their applications in early." Deadline for applications is August 28, 2017.

Applications are available online at: www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/page/2017-citizens-academy or in person at the Law Enforcement Building, 180 NW 5th Street, Corvallis. For further information, contact the Benton County Sheriff's Office at 541-766-6858.
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Deputies Investigate Construction Flagger Struck and Killed by Dump Truck in Happy Valley. (Photo) *UPDATE* Victim Identified
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/27/17 2:50 PM
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UPDATE- VICTIM IDENTIFIED

The victim of June 23, 2017's accident has been identified as Martin P. Lavell, 71 yoa from Sandy OR.
The accident is still being investigated. No further information at this time.





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Please reference CCSO case number 17- 16733


On June 23, 2017 just after 4:12pm, Deputies with the Happy Valley Police Department responded to an injury traffic crash near the intersection of SE 132nd Ave. and SE Rose Meadow Dr. in Happy Valley. Initial reports indicated that a construction flagger had been struck by a dump truck. Personnel with the Happy Valley Police Department, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas Fire District, and American Medical Response arrived on scene and pronounced the flagger deceased.


Initial reports indicate that crews with Northwest Natural Gas had been on scene of a natural gas leak in the area, and had SE 132nd Ave. completely closed to traffic. A dump truck, on scene to help aid crews with the gas leak, experienced mechanical problems. As the dump truck operator was attempting to remove his truck from the construction area, he struck and killed the 71 year old flagger. Neither the truck driver nor the flagger were employees of Northwest Natural Gas. The names of those two companies are not being released at this time.


As crews with Northwest Natural Gas continued to try and fix the gas leak, the Sheriff's Office Criminal Reconstruction and Forensic Team (CRAFT) responded to the scene and assisted in the investigation. The Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Office also responded to the scene and removed the body of the flagger for further investigation.


The investigation surrounding the crash is still ongoing; no arrests have been made at this time. Additionally, the names of those involved in this incident are not being released at this time to allow for family notifications and the investigation to be completed.


The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office would like to continue to encourage everyone to drive with extreme caution in and around construction zones. CCSO would also like to thank all of the first responders who assisted in the investigation, as well as the men and women with Northwest Natural Gas for their extreme professionalism during this challenging incident.


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


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Deputy Hayden Sanders
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
9101 SE Sunnybrook Blvd.
Clackamas OR, 97015


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Happy Valley PD recovers stolen Maserati, makes arrest in theft spree; second suspect sought (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/27/17 1:36 PM
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Please reference CCSO Case # 17-16341

The Happy Valley PD recovered a stolen Maserati and made an arrest in an area theft spree. Deputies are working to return the stolen property -- and seeking tips on a second suspect in the case.

On Tuesday, June 20, 2017, deputies with the Happy Valley Police Department -- acting on tips from the public -- located, stopped, and recovered a stolen 2016 Maserati Ghibli near SE 147th Ave and SE Misty Drive in Happy Valley.

The vehicle had been reported stolen from Washington County.

The driver -- Harold Reichart Cubbedge, 51, of Oregon City -- was arrested at the scene.

Cubbedge was charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Theft in the First Degree, Identity Theft, and Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine. His complete booking info is here: https://web3.clackamas.us/roster/inmates/inmate.jsp?id=2017016341 Bail was set at $100,000.

Deputies found evidence in the stolen vehicle that Mr. Cubbedge was involved in at least 11 different thefts from Portland, Damascus, Gresham, Happy Valley, and unincorporated Clackamas County.

The Maserati Ghibli was returned to the owner at the scene. Deputies are contacting the victims to return their stolen property.

A booking photo of Harold Reichart Cubbedge and a photo of the recovered Maserati at the scene are attached.

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

ADDITIONAL TIPS, SECOND SUSPECT SOUGHT

The Sheriff's Office is seeking additional information in this case -- including information on a second suspect in the case. This second suspect is identified as Corey John Smith, a 27-year-old white male standing 6'1" and weighing 215 pounds, with a possible address outside Oregon City.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 17-16341

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Search and Rescue Operation in the Bull of the Woods Wilderness Area
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/25/17 2:35 PM
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office conducted a search and rescue operation for a hiker in the Bull of the Woods Wilderness area of the Mt. Hood National Forest.

On Saturday June 24, 2017 at about 7:45 PM, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) received a report of a lost hiker in the Bull of the Woods Wilderness area. The hiker camped in the area the night before, hiked during the day, and then became lost in a canyon for several hours. The hiker texted a friend who then called the Sheriff's Office.

Search and Rescue personnel were on foot in the area of the hiker's last known cell phone location since last night after finding the hiker's vehicle still parked in the area.

At about 1:30 PM on June 25, the hiker was located on a slope and was escorted back to the parking area. The hiker was not injured and declined medical treatment.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank our partners during this search and rescue which include Washington County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue, Marion County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue, Oregon Army National Guard, Pacific NW Search and Rescue, Portland Mountain Rescue, Mountain Wave Search and Rescue, and American Medical Response.
Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation Donates to Meg's Moments Life Jackets Giveaway and Oregon City High School's Pioneer Pantry (Photo)
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 06/26/17 11:53 AM
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On Wednesday, June 7, 2017 the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation donated to Meg's Moments for Life Jackets. Clackamas Fire District #1's Chief Fred Charlton and the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation President Don Trotter presented the first check for $3,000 for the purchase of life jackets to Meg's Moments, a non-profit organization created in honor of Meagan O'Meara Clark, who drowned while rafting on the Clackamas River on July 5, 2013. Meagan was 26-years-old and was not wearing a life jacket at the time of the incident.

Every year at Barton Park, Meg Moment's gives away free life jackets in the hopes of saving more lives and preventing drowning. To cool off and be safe before floating the river, join Meg's Moments for a free life jacket on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Barton Park on the Clackamas River. Meg Moment's for Life Jackets will be joined by Clackamas Fire District #1's Water Rescue Team from Station 8, who will help distribute life jackets and educate the public on water and boater safety tips and the importance of wearing a life jacket. Last year, over 500 life jackets were given out in only a few hours. The life jackets are purchased by donations from citizens and the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation.

Meg's Moments will continue to give away life jackets "in loving memory of our beautiful daughter, Megan O'Meara Clark," says Brinda Doyle, O'Meara Clark's mom and founder of Meg's Moments. Meg's Moments does not "want any other family to experience the pain from the loss of a loved one when it can be prevented by simply wearing a life jacket. Life jackets save lives."

Vest up and join us at Barton Park located at 19009 SE Barton Park Road, Boring, OR 97009 on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. 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. To learn more about the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation, visit the website at: http://www.clackamasfire.com/emergency-services-foundation/ or to learn more about Meg's Moments or to make a donation, visit their GoFundMe page at: https://www.gofundme.com/a7xgwc.

On Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Chief Charlton and Foundation President Trotter presented the second check for $4,000 to the Pioneer Pantry through Oregon City High School. The Pioneer Pantry provides food for the weekends and breaks to homeless and food insecure students at Oregon City High School. Students receive a "Backpack" of food that contains two breakfasts, two lunches, and one bigger meal with protein, fruit, and two juices, snacks, and treats. For the 2017-2018 school year, the Pioneer Pantry projects the cost of food will be $9.00 to $10.00 with a projection of 3,300 backpacks, which will result in the need for $29,700 to support the program.

For more information or to learn ways that you can donate to the Pioneer Pantry, contact Renee Elting at 971-563-6737 or nohungerinoc@orecity.k12.or.us.

Attached photos: Meg's Moments accepting the check at Station 8, from left to right: Captain Jason Ellison; Firefighter Josh Tyler; Firefighter Dustin Mauck; Foundation President Don Trotter; Meg's Moments Rob O'Meara, Brinda Doyle, and Chelsey Harp; Chief Fred Charlton, and Apparatus Operator David Elle.

Pioneer Pantry accepting the check, from left to right: Chief Fred Charlton; Foundation President Don Trotter; Pioneer Pantry Board members Ted Thonstad, Suz Figini, and OCHS Principal Tom Lovell; Homeless Liaison Mary Ellen Winterhalter; and Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences Principal Scott Curtis.


Attached Media Files: Pioneer Pantry , Meg's Moments
2 alarm apartment fire displaces several families (Photo)
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 06/25/17 1:42 AM
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No one was hurt in a multiple unit apartment fire located at the Riverwalk Apartments on SE Causey rd. in Clackamas. What appears to have started on a patio quickly extended into the apartment and neighboring units. Clackamas Firefighters from several stations responded to the fire and quickly suppressed the flames. No one was injured. The American Red Cross was notified to help with the displaced families.

Clackamas Fire wants to remind everyone to make sure they have working smoke detectors and make sure all BBQ's are clear of combustibles during cooking and while the unit cools.


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House fire in Milwaukie extends to neighbors home (Photo)
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 06/22/17 8:50 PM
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At 7:25 this evening Clackamas firefighters responded to a house fire at 5000 SE Casa del Ray in Milwaukie. Upon arrival they found one home with heavy fire coming from the rear of the structure, smoke pouring from the attic and the neighbors home on fire. A second alarm was called. All occupants from both homes were out of the house and firefighters quickly entered the structure, which at this time had fire and smoke coming from the front door and windows, to knock down the fire. Ceiling to the home had to be pulled to extinguish the attic area. By 7:40 pm both homes were under control and no injuries were reported. Clackamas Fire Investgators are on scene to determine the cause.


Attached Media Files: Front of structure where firefighters first entered , Neighbors house , Neighbors home , The back of the home originally on fire , 2017-06/799/105526/IMG_3890.JPG_32.jpg
Burn Ban
Columbia River Fire & Rescue - 06/27/17 11:32 AM
Columbia County burn ban beginning July 1, 2017


Attached Media Files: 2017-06/6080/105643/Burn_ban_6.27.17.pdf
Fire Destroys Cornelius Home (Photo)
Cornelius Fire Dept. - 06/24/17 10:33 AM
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Last night, June 23rd at 7:36pm, firefighters were sent to a reported house fire in the 100 block of North 5th Place in Cornelius. Crews arrived shortly later to find heavy fire and smoke coming from the rear of a double wide mobile home. Firefighters deployed multiple hose lines to knock down the flames and prevent the flames from spreading to nearby homes. Before firefighters could knocked down the flames from the rear of the house, the flames had spread into the roof void of the house, which is difficult to access. Due to the complexity of the fire hidden in the roof void and 80 degree temperatures, a 2nd Alarm was dispatched to bring in additional resources from neighboring departments.

Due to direct flame exposure to the lightweight roof construction, the roof began to weaken and then collapsed. Because if this, it was not safe for firefighters to be inside the structure and had to withdraw and fight the flames from outside. It took firefighters almost 2 hours to fully extinguish the fire and its major hot spots. No residents or firefighters were injured in the incident.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but is believed to have started in a shed located on the rear of the structure. The home is considered a total loss. The residents of the home are being assisted by Red Cross, as well as two neighboring homes which had displaced residents due to heavy smoke damage in their homes.

Cornelius Fire was assisted on scene by Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, Gaston Fire District, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue, Banks Fire District, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and Washington County Sheriffs Office.

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Call information:
Engines: 7
Truck: 1
Fire Medic: 1
Support: 2
Chiefs: 2

Total fire personnel: 40


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Violent Offender who almost ran over Deputy arrested
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/22/17 7:34 AM
Last night Cowlitz County Sheriff's Deputies located and arrested 26 year old Paul Ira Harris in a garage in the 3200 block of Olympia Way in Longview. He was found hiding in the attic area of a detached garage at that location. Harris had unsuccessfully attempted to conceal his identity by poorly bleaching his hair yellow. Harris was booked at the Cowlitz County Jail on suspicion of Felony Eluding, Reckless Endangerment, and Violation of Community Custody; four misdemeanors including suspicion of Resisting Arrest, making False Statement, Driving while License Suspended, and Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer. He was also served two misdemeanor warrants for Failure to Appear in court. Located with Harris was 31 year old Ryan Thomas Hamer who was also arrested and booked on two outstanding misdemeanor warrants for Failure to Appear in Court.

The Sheriff's Office thanks all those that provided tips on the location of Harris.
Reward Offered in Brian Spaulding Homicide - Crime Stoppers Featured Case #17-22 (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 06/27/17 1:56 PM
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The Portland Police Bureau in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve a homicide.

On Monday June 12, 2017, at 12:27 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 3500 block of Northeast 10th Avenue to conduct a death investigation.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and determined that the resident, 36-year-old Brian Elton Spaulding, was deceased. Based on observations at the scene, Homicide detectives responded to the scene.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and determined that Spaulding was the victim of a shooting and ruled the death a homicide.

At this point in the investigation there is no suspect information on known reason why Spauling would be killed.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

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Six Years Later, LJ Irving Case Remains Unsolved - Crime Stoppers Featured Case #11-36 (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 06/26/17 8:00 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help in solving the 2011 homicide of Leonard "LJ" Irving.

This investigation began on Sunday June 26, 2011 at 12:37 a.m., when North Precinct officers responded to reports of a shooting at Northeast 82nd Avenue and Thompson Street.

Officers arriving in the area located 34-year-old Leonard James "LJ" Irving deceased as a result of a gunshot wound. Officers located a second man, Lamar Lovette Hill, suffering from a gunshot wound to the neck. A third man, Jeray Lashawn Jessie, walked into an area hospital sometime later with a gunshot wound to the forearm. Both Hill and Jessie were 21 years old at the time of the shooting.

Detectives determined that there was some sort of disturbance that resulted the gunfire that injured the two men and killed Mr. Irving, a father of three young children.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Information about unsolved homicides can lead to a reward of up to $2,500 cash.

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

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FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense with an Email Fortress
FBI - Oregon - 06/27/17 10:00 AM
This week in the FBI's Tech Tuesday segment: building a digital defense to keep your home computers safe.

Just like you wouldn't leave your front door wide open, you need to make sure your digital door is closed and locked.

Here are some easy ways you can help protect your desktops and laptops:

Make sure there is a firewall, and that it stays on 24-hours a day. A firewall could be a simple software product loaded onto your computer or a piece of hardware that protects multiple devices.

Install anti-virus software, and make sure it updates automatically so it can watch for the newest worms and viruses.

Keep your operating system up-to-date. These updates will often include security patches to fix vulnerabilities before scammers can exploit them.

Be careful what you -- and your kids -- download. What seems like a cool, new video game or app can really be filled with malware. Make sure you are only going to reputable, legitimate and legal sites.
Finally, sometimes the best defense is to simply shut down the computer when you are not using it. That can make it much more difficult for a scammer to use spyware or control your device with a botnet.

Remember, no set of protections is completely fool-proof, but the harder you make it for a scammer to get into your virtual kingfom, the more likely it is he will move on to an easier target.

If you do believe you have become victim to a cyber scam, make sure you report it to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.


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Missing Gresham Man Located
Gresham Police Dept - 06/24/17 7:02 PM
Missing Gresham man Michael Armstrong has been located and is safe at home. Thanks to all that assisted in locating him.
Police Seek Help Locating Missing Gresham Man (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 06/24/17 6:42 PM
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Gresham, Ore. -- Gresham Police is asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing 69 year old man with dementia. Michael Armstrong was last seen at his Gresham residence today around 4:30 p.m. Armstrong is a Caucasian male with gray hair and beard, approximately 5-feet-8-inches tall and 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue baseball cap, blue jacket and blue jeans.

Anyone who knows of Armstrong's whereabouts is encouraged to call the non-emergency police dispatch line at 503.823.3333 or if needed, 911.


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Arrest Made in Shooting of 9-Year-Old and Mother (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 06/23/17 5:47 PM
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GRESHAM, Ore.-- Gresham Police have made an arrest in the May 22 shooting of a 9-year-old and his mother. Nakiem Brown, 23 of Portland, was arrested today and charged with eight counts of attempted aggravated murder, one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder, one count of conspiracy to commit murder, two counts of assault in the first degree, one count of burglary in the first degree, five counts of unlawful use of a weapon and one count of felon in possession of a firearm.

Detectives are still investigating the circumstances leading to the shooting. The case is active and on-going. Anyone with tips regarding the shooting is asked to call the Gresham Police at 503.618.2719.

No further information is available at this time.


Attached Media Files: Nakiem Brown
Neighbor Alerts Residents to Fire in Their Garage (Photo)
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue - 06/28/17 12:19 AM
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At 10:25 Tuesday night Hillsboro Fire Department Station 6 was dispatched to a residential fire on the 6600 block of NE Birch Street.

Upon the arrival of Engine 6 Firefighters found smoke coming from an attached two car garage/shop. Once inside the garage they discovered active fire on an outside wall. The fire was contained to one wall of the garage and extinguished within seven minutes of their arrival. Firefighters from Engine 3 and Truck 5 then turned their attention to the 2nd level storage area above the garage to insure that the fire had not spread.

A husband and wife along with their dog were asleep in the house when the fire started. The resident told investigators that his next door neighbor, pounding on their door, woke him and his wife to alert them of the fire. The two immediately evacuated the house and called 9-1-1 from their driveway.

Hillsboro Fire Investigator Joe Ligatich determined that the fire started inside the garage. No cause has been determined at this time.

Fourteen Hillsboro Fire personnel responded to the fire. No firefighter or resident injuries were reported.

The Hillsboro Fire Department reminds everyone to evacuate immediately at the first sign of smoke or fire and call 9-1-1 once safely outside.

For fire and life safety information, visit: www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/departments/fire or call 503-681-6166. For information on what is happening at Hillsboro Fire Department, follow us on Twitter @HillsboroFire

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Legal Fireworks Allowed, Common Sense Urged
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue - 06/27/17 9:43 AM
With the Fourth of July Holiday approaching, many are stocking up on one of the biggest ways to celebrate -- fireworks. Beginning June 23 and running through July 6, fireworks are approved for sale in Oregon. State-legal fireworks can be purchased from licensed retailers in Hillsboro during this time period. You can also enjoy watching the large professional fireworks displays at the Hop's game and around the area.

Each year at this time, both the Hillsboro Fire and Police Department respond to many fireworks-related incidents. Some of these incidents have resulted in very expensive losses, damaging both vehicles and buildings. Injuries related to fireworks use are also a concern. National statistics indicate children and teenagers have two-and-a-half times the risk of fireworks-related injury as compared to the general population.

Protect your family and property from fireworks-related fires and injuries by practicing the "Four BE's" as recommended by the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office and the Hillsboro Fire/Police Department.

Be prepared before lighting the fireworks
Use only legal fireworks available at licensed fireworks sales locations.
Store fireworks out of children's reach.
Always read and follow the directions on the firework's label.
Place pets indoors; they are easily frightened by fireworks.
Always have water handy (a garden hose or a bucket of water).

Be safe when lighting fireworks
Only adults should light fireworks.
Keep matches and lighters away from children.
Only use fireworks outdoors and away from combustibles.
Light one firework at a time and move away quickly.
Keep children and pets away from fireworks.
Do not throw fireworks or hold them in your hand.

Be responsible after lighting fireworks
Soak used fireworks thoroughly in a bucket of water.
Dispose of used fireworks and debris properly.
Never re-light a "dud" firework. (Wait at least 15--20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.)

Be aware of laws governing fireworks
Use only legal fireworks.
Use fireworks only where it is legal to do so.
Fireworks are prohibited in City and State Parks.

The Hillsboro Police and Fire Department encourages you and your family to have a fun and enjoyable Independence Day celebration by ensuring safe practices and legal use of consumer fireworks. Please use your fireworks safely and responsibly, and remember to "Keep it Legal and Keep it Safe."

Additional information about local fire and life safety information, contact Hillsboro Fire & Rescue at 503-681-6166 or visit: www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/fire.

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4th of July DUI patrols
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 06/26/17 10:57 AM
This year, families and friends will head out to picnics and parties on Tuesday, July 4, to celebrate our Nation's independence. As a member of the "The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign", the Hillsboro Police Department will be providing extra patrols to look for impaired drivers.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign project is funded through ODOT's Transportation Safety Division, in coordination with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Day.

The Hillsboro Police Department wants to remind you that any time you drive under the influence, you put everyone in danger, including yourself. Don't be a 2017 statistic.

This Fourth of July, the Hillsboro Police Department is asking the community to make a plan before heading out to the holiday festivities. Every year, First Responders see the devastating consequences of those who choose to drive under the influence of intoxicants. In some years, our very own community is affected by these drivers. There are so many other options available to get you home safely. Not using these resources is reckless and irresponsible.

As a driver, it's up to you to be responsible when you consume alcohol or other intoxicating substances. Please, please--always designate a sober driver, even if you think you'll only have one drink. Driving under the influence is never a good idea, and it endangers you and everyone around you.

NHTSA data shows that young drivers (18 to 34 years old) are especially at risk of driving drunk. In fact, 46 percent of the drivers 18 to 34 years old who were killed in crashes over the July Fourth period in 2015 were driving drunk (BAC of .08 or higher). Motorcycle operators are also overrepresented with the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired drivers in fatal crashes. In 2015, more than a third (36%) of motorcycle operators in fatal crashes had BACs of .08 or higher.

Drunk drivers are also more common at night. Over the July Fourth holiday period in 2015, nearly half (44%) of the drivers in nighttime (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) fatal crashes were alcohol-impaired, compared to 19 percent of drivers in fatal crashes during the day.
Memorial Day DUI and traffic Enforcement Detail Results
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 06/23/17 7:52 AM
The results of Hillsboro Police Department's Memorial Day Weekend DUI/Traffic Detail are as follows(based on 2 -- 5 hour shifts):
Enforcement contats: 189 which generated 14 warnings and 0 DUII's.
Belt Compliance Rate: 93%
Tip of the Week June 26, 2017 - Fireworks Safety
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/22/17 3:02 PM
TIP OF THE WEEK

Date: June 26, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

FIREWORKS SAFETY

The Fourth of July is quickly approaching which means fireworks and celebration. Here are some important tips to remember to ensure a safe holiday celebration.

It is extremely important to know the difference between a legal consumer firework and a dangerous explosive device. Illegal items in Oregon include firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, Roman candles, bombs, rockets, wheels, colored fires, fountains, mines, serpents or any other article of similar construction or any article containing any explosive or inflammable compound.

Any tablets or other device containing any explosive substances or inflammable compound are also not legal in Oregon without a permit. Items such as M-80s, M-100s and blockbusters are not fireworks, they are federally banned explosives. They can cause serious injury or even death. Stay away from anything that isn't clearly labeled with the name of the item, the manufacturer's name and instructions for proper use.

All fireworks are prohibited in all state parks and on ocean beaches.

Possession of illegal fireworks in Oregon is a Class B Misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $10,000 and/or six months in jail. If you are aware of anyone selling such devices, contact your local law enforcement agency.

Fireworks are not toys. NEVER give fireworks to young children. Close, adult supervision of all fireworks activities is mandatory. Even sparklers can be unsafe if used improperly.

Read and follow all warnings and instructions on fireworks. Be sure that people maintain a safe distance from where fireworks are ignited. Never light and throw any fireworks. Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from buildings, dry leaves, and flammable materials. Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned. Keep a bucket of water handy in case of a malfunction or fire.

Please have a safe Fourth of July.

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

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River Temperatures Dangerous Despite Heat Wave (Photo)
Longview Police & Fire - 06/23/17 11:36 AM
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Longview, WA -- With forecasters calling for temperatures that may approach 100 degrees this weekend, many will take to the water to get relief. Cowlitz River temperatures are hovering near 48 degrees Fahrenheit; swimmers will be risking the loss of muscle control, poor coordination, and the increased danger of drowning within minutes of entering the cold water.

In Washington, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury and death among ages 1 to 17. Most drownings occur on inland waters (lakes and rivers). Drowning due to cold water can be prevented. The best strategy is to wear a life jacket and limit your exposure to the water.

"If you do not have a life jacket, there are several economical options to obtain them", said Sarah Hoskins. She noted that Safe Kids Lower Columbia has placed life jacket loaner boards ad Willow Grove Park, County Line Park, Castle Rock Boat Launch, Horseshoe Lake, and Merwin Dam. If you would like to purchase a reduced cost life jacket, 25% off coupons are available at the Longview Fire Department, redeemable at Big 5 Sporting Goods or Bob's Sporting Goods, Said Hoskins.

Remember, life jackets float, you don't!

Sarah Hoskins is an Administrative Assistant with the Longview Fire Department and is the Chair of Safe Kids Lower Columbia. Persons or businesses interested in helping to support the life jacket loaner board project can contact Sarah at 360-442-5501.


Attached Media Files: Life Jacket Loaner Boards
Marion County Search and Rescue locates lost hikers
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/25/17 7:12 PM
Three hikers and a dog left yesterday to hike part of the Pacific Crest Trail south of Whitewater trail head. They planned on hiking in, camping and returning today but became lost. Marion County received the information around 11:00am this morning and were able to make phone contact with the lost hikers. Cell service was limited but Search and Rescue personnel were able to obtain a GPS coordinate based on the location of the hikers phone.

Members from the Marion County Sheriffs office Posse, SARCOM and Team 18 were requested. Members from Team 18 were already deployed to assist Clackamas County Sheriff's Office on their search in the Bull of the Woods area. Once the Marion County Posse arrived, they deployed toward the lost hikers. During this time, search and rescue personnel were able to send a map by text to the lost hikers and requested they begin hiking out to meet the Posse.

At approximately 4:45pm this afternoon members with the Posse made contact with the lost hikers and escorted them out to the trail head. The lost hikers did not need any kind of medical attention.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team would like to remind people to be prepared when trekking out into the wilderness. Sgt Shane Burnham said to be prepared, hikers should take maps of the area, a compass, GPS and extra food, clothing and water. The Marion County Sheriff's Office would like to thank all of the volunteers of the search and rescue team who responded to this search as well as the Clackamas County Search.

We will not be releasing the names of the hikers tonight as they are still making their way out of the area and back into cell service, we do not want to release the names until they have been able to notify family members they are ok.

I am waiting on photographs to be sent once SAR personnel get down to cell service.
Boat Capsizes Detroit Lake (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/21/17 9:38 PM
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This evening deputies learned that the man taken to Salem Hospital after his boat capsized has died. Chester Correll, age 72, of Corvallis was fishing with family earlier today when his boat capsized throwing Mr. Correll and his family into the water.

The Sheriff's Office would like to send their thoughts to the Correll family during this very difficult time. This is the Sheriff's Office third drowning since the weather has begun to warm and the second drowning this week. Sadly the Sheriff's Office believes all of these tragic deaths could have been prevented had life jackets been worn. With the warm weekend weather coming, the Sheriff's Office is asking all of our residents and visitors to please use caution in open water, know your swimming ability and always wear a life jacket.




Today, at 12:30 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the Hoover arm of Detroit Lake after a boat was reported to have capsized. When rescuers arrived they learned that 3 boaters two men and one woman were fishing in their 15' aluminum boat when one occupant stood up and the boat partially capsized.

All 3 occupants of the boat were thrown into the water. Nearby boaters saw the commotion and came to the aide of the fisherman. When the boat arrived two of the 3 occupants exited the water and the third was pulled from the water. Four nearby off duty firefighters with the Stayton, Gaston and Sublimity Fire Departments saw the rescue and came to assist. When they arrived the fireman performed CPR on the man until he could be Life Flighted to the Salem Hospital where he remains in critical condition.

At the time of the incident none of the occupants were wearing life preservers. The Sheriff's Office is not prepared at this time to release any names associated to the boating accident.


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MCSO to participate in enhanced DUII enforcement during Fourth of July holiday (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/27/17 5:00 PM
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The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will be participating in enhanced DUII enforcement during the Fourth of July holiday.

Independence Day is one of our nation's most celebrated holidays. With plenty of backyard barbecues, picnics, and pool parties to attend, millions of Americans head out onto the roads to take part in summer festivities.

Unfortunately, this celebratory holiday often turns deadly for those who decide to drink and drive. In fact, in 2015, 10,265 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes--almost a third of all traffic fatalities nationwide. To put it in perspective, that's equal to about 20 jumbo jets crashing, with no survivors.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration want to remind you that any time you drive under the influence of alcohol, you put everyone in danger, including yourself. Help us spread this lifesaving message: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.

During the Fourth of July holiday period, which starts at 6 p.m. Friday, June 30, and ends on Wednesday, July 5 at 5:59 a.m., make sure you plan for a safe weekend of festivities. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will be adding enhanced DUII patrols and enforcement throughout the county.

Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive, even if you've just had one alcoholic beverage.

The Sheriff's Office reminds you to have a plan if you are going to drink;
Designate a sober driver
Call a taxi or ride-sharing service
Use public transportation

Support zero tolerance for impaired driving. If you see a drunk driver, call 9-1-1. If you know a friend who is about to drink and drive, take the keys away and make arrangements for a safe trip home.

This Fourth of July, commit to only driving 100-percent sober, because Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. For more information on impaired driving, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov.


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Sheriff Reese publishes first episode of the MCSO Public Safety Podcast (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/27/17 2:44 PM
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In this episode, Sheriff Reese discusses issues about livability and homelessness with Marc Jolin, Director of the Joint Office of Homeless Services. The podcast is free, and you can listen to it at http://goo.gl/Bo6FA8


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MCSO Deputies Respond to Two Vehicle Crash
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/27/17 7:00 AM
On 06/27/2017, just before 12:30 am, Multnomah County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a two vehicle crash in the 29000 block of SE Powell Valley Road.

The driver of the first vehicle was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. The second driver was treated at the scene and released, and is cooperating with the investigation.

Members of the East County Vehicular Crash Team have been investigating this accident throughout the night. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

No further details are available at this time.
MCSO to participate in torch run for Special Olympics Oregon
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/26/17 4:04 PM
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and more than 300 law enforcement officers from agencies throughout the Portland Metro area will be running at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 29th in support of the Law Enforcement Torch Run benefiting Special Olympics Oregon (SOOR). In the largest torch run in the state, officers and SOOR athletes will be running through the streets of Lake Oswego and Tigard carrying the torch with the Flame of Hope. The torch travels hundreds of miles throughout the state each year, culminating in lighting the cauldron at the Special Olympics Oregon Summer State Games July 8th in Corvallis.

Media is invited to cover all aspects of the event:
300 Law Enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes from the Portland Metro area running the Flame of Hope down Boones Ferry Rd. in Lake Oswego.
June 29, 2017, 10:00am (expect to arrive at Cook Park 11:15am)
From Lake Oswego High School to Cook Park in Tigard, Oregon
Interviews available with law enforcement, Special Olympics Oregon athletes

Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is celebrating 31 years of supporting the participants of Special Olympics Oregon (SOOR). LETR seeks to spread the word about Special Olympics world-wide, championing acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities. As Guardians of the Flame, law enforcement officers and Special Olympics Oregon participants will carry the "Flame of Hope" across Oregon ahead of the 2017 Summer State Games. LETR is the largest grassroots fundraising activity for Special Olympics Oregon, raising over $6 million dollars over its 31 year history!

There will be six separate legs of the Torch Run that will take place with more than 1,000 law enforcement officers and Special Olympics Oregon athletes running throughout the state. The separate legs will culminate in the lighting of the Special Olympics Oregon cauldron at the Summer State Games on July 8th at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is presented by your local Toyota Dealers.

For information about each leg of the 31th anniversary run please see below:

Central Oregon:
On June 16th, officers from several Central Oregon agencies and SOOR athletes will run 17 miles from the Bend Police Department to Sunriver.

Coastal Route:
Starting July 5th, the torch will be run 217 miles by members of local police agencies and the United States Coast Guard up Highway 101 from Brookings to Depoe Bay.

Klamath Falls/Central Valley:
On June 29th, officers will run the torch 60 miles over the Cascade Range to kick off the Central Valley leg which continues all the way to Newberg. On July 5th the leg will continue up the I-5 corridor traveling through communities such as Ashland, Medford, Roseburg, Springfield/Eugene, Albany, Corvallis, Salem, McMinnville and Newberg.

Salem:
On Friday, July 6th, Salem Police Department and Marion County Sherriff's office to light the torch as it begins the Final Approach from the steps of the Capitol building.

Columbia County:
On July 6th local officers and SOOR athletes will run the torch from St. Helens to Scappoose.

Media Contact:
Jenelle Clinton, Special Olympics Oregon
jclinton@soor.org | 503-572-1187

About Special Olympics Oregon
Special Olympics Oregon serves more than 13,000 participants with intellectual disabilities, the largest disability population in the state, year-round through the organization's signature sports programs. Athletes gain self-confidence, social competency and other life skills. They develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. For more info please visit www.soor.org and engage with us on Social Media: Twitter & Facebook @SOORstate | Instagram @SOORstate.

About Law Enforcement Torch Run
Law Enforcement Torch Run began in Wichita, Kansas, in 1981 when Police Chief Richard LaMunyon saw a need to raise awareness of and funds for Special Olympics. He conceived the idea of the Torch Run as a way to involve local law enforcement with Special Olympics and local communities by running the torch in intra-state relays that converge at Summer Games. Now a global event, all 50 states and more than 30 foreign countries participate in Law Enforcement Torch Run. In Oregon, more than 1,500 law enforcement personnel from federal, military, state, county, and local agencies participate in the year-round Torch Run campaign. In 2015 Oregon LETR raised over $600,000 for Special Olympics Oregon!

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MCSO Participates in Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Effort in Wood Village (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/23/17 8:09 AM
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Deputies with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office issued 21 citations and made one warrant arrest during the Pedestrian Safety Enforcement enhanced patrol in the City of Wood Village on Tuesday, June 20th.

MCSO encourages all drivers to be aware of pedestrians while traveling Oregon roadways this summer.

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The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will be participating in a Pedestrian Safety Enforcement enhanced patrol in the City of Wood Village on Tuesday, June 20th.

Oregon's streets and highways are busy, with roadways being shared by drivers and pedestrians alike. The majority of driver errors in motor vehicle/pedestrian crashes are a failure of drivers to yield to a pedestrian.

Half of the pedestrians who are struck by vehicles are hit while they are in a crosswalk. Pedestrians and motorists both share in the responsibility of pedestrian safety.

MCSO would like to remind everyone of these safety tips to help keep pedestrians safe:

Remember, under Oregon law there is a crosswalk at every intersection.

Do not pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk. (A stopped car may be a clue that a pedestrian is crossing. When stopping for a crosswalk on a multi-lane road, you should stop about 30 feet before the crosswalk so you don't block visibility to a driver in a second lane.)

When stopping at an intersection, do not block the crosswalk. This forces pedestrians to go around your vehicle and puts them in a dangerous situation.

Watch for pedestrians, especially children, when exiting driveways or when backing out of parking spaces in parking lots.

Pedestrians move at different speeds. Be alert for children who may suddenly dart into the street. Be patient with older adults who take extra time to cross the street.

Around taverns and bars, be alert for people with slowed reaction times or impaired judgment.

Be alert for people or animals during low-light conditions, especially in areas where they are likely to cross the road, or you might not see them until it is too late to stop.


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Sex Crime Arrest (Photo)
Newport Police Dept. - 06/22/17 10:53 AM
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In January of 2015 the Newport Police Officers began a sexual assault investigation involving a Special Education Assistant at the Newport High School, and a female student. During the investigation it was learned that Special Education Assistant Stewart Douglas Curry, age 61 of Toledo, was observed exiting a locked storage closet at the school with a 14-year old female student.

The investigation remained open due to the limited information gathered from the original report. In May 2017, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office investigated Curry for an unrelated sexual assault case involving another minor child. The Newport Police Department, and the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, combined their investigative efforts, and identified additional evidence related to the 2015 investigation. On June 15, 2017, investigators obtained an Indictment Warrant for the arrest of Curry on criminal charges of Rape in the First Degree, Sodomy in the First Degree, and Sex Abuse in the First Degree.

On June 20, 2017, the Newport Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, US Marshals, and the Oregon State Police SWAT took Curry into custody, without incident, at his residence on Yasek Loop in Toledo.

Curry is being held at the Lincoln County Jail on the above listed charges. His bail was set at $1,500,000. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Det. Lance Cummings, 541-574-3348.

The Newport Police Tip Line is available at 541-574-5455 or Text-a-Tip at 541-270-1856


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Fireworks - Keep it Legal, Keep it Safe
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 06/23/17 11:52 AM
The Office of State Fire Marshal, Oregon fire service, Keep Oregon Green, the Pacific Northwest Wildfire Coordination Group, natural resource agencies, Oregon fireworks wholesalers, and safety experts encourage Oregonians to "Keep it Legal and Keep it Safe" when using fireworks. The 2017 Oregon fireworks sales season opens Friday, June 23 and runs through Thursday, July 6. The OSFM and their partners want everyone to know what fireworks are legal in Oregon, where they are permitted, and the important steps to take for fireworks safety.

"I want to remind all Oregonians that consumer legal fireworks can only be purchased from Oregon permitted fireworks retailers and stands," says State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "And, regulations limit where those fireworks may be used.

July 4th holiday forest visitors are advised to leave all fireworks at home. The use of fireworks is prohibited on all national forestland, and most other public lands. "Fireworks compound the threat to already dry forests," states Keep Oregon Green President Kristin Babbs. "Enjoy fireworks where they belong: on the pavement- safely away from houses, vehicles, and flammable vegetation."

Oregon law prohibits possession, use, or sale of any firework that flies into the air, explodes, or travels more than 12 feet horizontally on the ground, without a permit issued by the OSFM. Fireworks commonly called bottle rockets, Roman Candles, and firecrackers are illegal in Oregon, without a permit.

There were 192 reported fireworks-related fires in Oregon during 2016, resulting in more than $519,000 in property damage. Over the past five years, from 2012 through 2016, there were 944 reported fireworks-related fires in Oregon resulting in one death and more than $2.1 million in property damage.

Officials may seize illegal fireworks and fine offenders up to $500 per violation. Those who misuse fireworks or allow fireworks to cause damage are liable and may be required to pay fire suppression costs or other damage. Parents are also liable for fireworks damage caused by their children.

"All Oregonians share the responsibility to use only consumer legal fireworks and use them carefully," adds Walker. And we encourage you to be aware and considerate of neighbors and their pets, before deciding on when and where you choose to light fireworks."

The OSFM encourages everyone to use the four B's of safe fireworks use:
Be Prepared before lighting fireworks: keep water available by using a garden hose or bucket.
Be Safe when lighting fireworks: keep children and pets away from fireworks.
Be Responsible after lighting fireworks: never relight a dud. Wait 15 to 20 minutes then soak it in a bucket of water before disposal.
Be Aware: use only legal fireworks and use them only in legal places.

The four B's of fireworks safety brochure is available here:
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Licensing_permits/fireworks/4BesFireworks.pdf.
Tips in Spanish are also available at: http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Licensing_permits/fireworks/Fireworks_4Bs_Spanish.pdf.
Media Reminder - Keep it Legal, Keep it Safe Live safety demonstration -- safer use of legal fireworks in legal places
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 06/22/17 5:00 PM
WHEN: Friday, June 23, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Training Center
12400 SW Tonquin Road, Sherwood, Oregon

WHO: The Office of State Fire Marshal, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Department of Forestry, Clackamas Fire District #1, Portland Fire & Rescue, Oregon Department of Veteran Affairs, Multnomah county animal services, the Oregon Humane Society, and Oregon fireworks wholesalers will provide information on legal fireworks in Oregon, where fireworks may be used, education, and safety and enforcement efforts. Live fireworks demonstrations are scheduled.

WHAT: Keep it legal, keep it safe
Legal fireworks in legal places
Live demonstration -- Safer use of fireworks

June 23 opens the season for fireworks sales in Oregon. Legal fireworks may be purchased only from Oregon permitted fireworks retailers and stands. The Office of State Fire Marshal has issued more than 709 retail fireworks permits, and 211 display permits. Oregon law prohibits possession, use, or sale of any firework that flies into the air, explodes, or travels more than 12 feet horizontally on the ground, without a permit issued by the OSFM. Fireworks commonly called bottle rockets, Roman Candles, and firecrackers are illegal in Oregon, without a permit.

All fireworks are prohibited on all Oregon beaches, in parks, and campgrounds.

Illegal fireworks can be expensive. Under Oregon law, illegal fireworks may be confiscated and offenders fined up to $500 per violation for possession of illegal fireworks and endangering life and property. Offenders may also be arrested. Any fireworks causing damage, or misuse of fireworks carries a liability for the offender, who may be required to pay for resulting fire or other damage. Parents are liable for fireworks-caused damage by their children. Costs may include assessed fines as well as the cost of suppressing fireworks-caused fires.
Double Fatal Vehicle Crash on Highway 138E near Milepost 44 - Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/27/17 12:26 PM
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On June 26, 2017 at approximately 1:30PM, the Oregon State Police, Douglas County SO and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle which left the roadway on Highway 138E near milepost 44, in Roseburg. When emergency personnel arrived on scene, they located a vehicle on its top, completely submerged in the North Umpqua River.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a maroon 2013 Chevrolet Malibu was traveling eastbound on Highway 138E near milepost 44, when for an unknown reason the vehicle drifted off the roadway, struck several boulders, went down a steep embankment, and came to rest on its top in the North Umpqua River. The driver of the Chevrolet, John Boyd STAPLES, age 91 and his passenger, Elizabeth Ann STAPLES, age 91 of Tualatin, were pronounced deceased at the scene. There were no other vehicles involved in the collision.

At the time of the collision John and Elizabeth STAPLES were wearing safety restraints and there was airbag deployment. Next of kin notification was made at 11:50PM to STAPLES' daughter.

OSP was assisted by Douglas County SO Search and Rescue, Douglas County Fire District II Swiftwater Rescue, Glide Volunteer Fire Department, PacifiCorp, Oregon Department of Transportation, and Kokua Towing Company.


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****Updated Photos Added ****Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision on Highway 35 near Milepost 62 - Hood River County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/27/17 7:10 AM
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On June 26, 2017 at approximately 12:50 PM the Oregon State Police out of The Dalles and emergency personnel responded to a motor vehicle collision on Highway 35 near milepost 62 in Hood River County.

The preliminary investigation revealed a white 2006 Chevrolet pick-up, operated by Denise J. HILKEY, an employee of the US Forest Service, age 46 of Parkdale, Oregon, was carrying a load of lumber. The Chevrolet was traveling southbound on Highway 35 and while negotiating a curve, the lumber in the lumber rack spilled onto the highway, partially blocking the north and southbound lanes of travel.

A gold 2006 Harley Davidson, operated David Bruce HALL, age 66 of Brookings, Oregon was traveling northbound on Highway 35. HALL attempted to avoid the lumber in the roadway which resulted in a crash. At the time of the crash HALL was wearing protective equipment. Lifesaving efforts were made; however, HALL succumbed to his injuries.

Next of kin notification has been made and the roadway remains closed at this time.

OSP was assisted on scene by the Hood River County Sheriff's Office, Parkdale Fire Department, US Forest Service Law Enforcement and Oregon Department of Transportation.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released as it becomes available.


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Double Fatal Near Black Butte Ranch (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/26/17 2:26 PM
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On June 25, 2017 at approximately 3:00 PM, Oregon State Police and emergency workers responded to a five vehicle (double fatal) crash on US Highway (Hwy) 20 near the Black Butte Ranch entrance.

The preliminary investigation revealed Unit #1, a 1996 Subaru Legacy, driven by Ethan G. Moreschi (age 28 from Bend, Oregon) was eastbound on Hwy 20 near Milepost (MP) 93. The Subaru Legacy crossed the centerline and struck Unit #2, a westbound 2013 Chevrolet Equinox, driven by Katherine L. Sales (age 80 from Eugene). Both Moreschi and Sales were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Unit #3 was a westbound 2004 HOLR Motorhome, driven by Robert A. Lounsbury (age 49 from North Bend) and was towing Unit #4 a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe. Lounsbury attempted to avoid the first collision and struck Unit #5, which was an eastbound 1998 Volkswagen Jetta. The Jetta was being driven by Timothy R. Thompson (age 28 from Newberg).

Thompson was air transported to St. Charles with critical life threatening injuries. Lounsbury was ground transported to St. Charles with minor injuries. Lounsbury's passenger, Tammy R. Lounsbury (age 53 from North Bend) was not injured.

Both Moreschi and Thompson knew each other and it is believed they were with each other shortly before the crash. Impairment is being considered as a contributing factor for both Moreschi and Thompson.

The highway was affected for approximately six hours. ODOT, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Black Butte Police Department, and Sisters Fire and Rescue assisted OSP.


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**Update**OSP Asks Public's Help to Locate Two Escaped Prisoners from Oregon Youth Authority Facility near La Grande - Union County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/26/17 1:48 PM
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On June 24, 2017, Oregon State Police believes either WEST and/or MCAULIFFE stole a white Ford F250 from Oregon State Parks at Emigrant Springs State Park. The truck is marked with the state park emblem on the doors. The original plates on the vehicle were E273867. On the morning of June 24th MCAULIFFE was seen at a pharmacy in Milton-Freewater.

WEST is originally from Salem and MCAULIFFE is from Central Point.

If anyone sees the vehicle or either WEST or MCAULIFFE please call 911.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is asking for the public's help to find two Oregon Youth Authority youths that escaped from 58231 HWY 244, La Grande, Camp Riverbend Youth Transitional Facility, at around 7:50 p.m., June 20, 2017.

Escapee #1: Brittain MCAULIFFE, age 18, of Central Point, is described as a white male, 5'10", 220 pounds, stocky build, tattoos on both forearms, one described as "Native Pride". His hair is short on the sides and the top is approximately six inches long with ponytail. He wears glasses and was wearing a white tank top, black shorts with a red stripe on the sides, and black and red mid top shoes.

Escapee #2: Micah WEST, age 18, of Salem, is described as a white male 5'11" 155 pounds, multiple tattoos, one is described as a derringer pistol on one arm. One is an eagle tattoo on his chest and a cross tattoo on left forearm. West is bald and was wearing a dark blue hoodie and blue jeans.

Anyone who identifies them is asked to not approach, use caution and immediately contact law enforcement.

Anyone with information regarding the location of MCAULIFFE and or WEST is asked to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at 541-664-4600 or 9-1-1. Refer to OSP case number SP17211022.

OSP is being assisted by Union County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Youth Authority.


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Redding Man Dies in Crash on Redwood Highway (Photo)
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On June 25, 2017, at approximately 4:15 PM, Oregon State Police and emergency workers responded to a single vehicle fatal crash on state route (SR) highway 199 near milepost (MP) 27.

The subsequent investigation revealed a 2007 black Ford 3P, driven by David S. Sharpe (age 44 from Redding, CA), was Northbound on SR 199. The vehicle, for unknown reasons, exited the roadway, rolled several times and the driver was ejected from the vehicle. The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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Washington Man Loses Life in Crash in Hereford - Baker County (Photo)
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On June 24, 2017, at about 3:37 p.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 245 near milepost 11 (in Hereford).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta was traveling northbound when it drifted out of its lane of travel, crossed the oncoming lane and continued off the roadway, where it struck a tree. The driver, Luis Alberto BARRERA MENDEZ, age 29, of Centralia, Washington, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The passenger, Octavio Castro VALDEZ, age 25, of Centralia, Washington, was transported by Life Flight to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise for treatment of his serious injuries.

OSP was assisted by Baker County Sheriff's Office, Baker City Fire Department, Blue Mountain Ambulance and Oregon Department of Transportation.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released as it becomes available.


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Forest Service Road Fatal Near Oakridge
Oregon State Police - 06/25/17 5:43 PM
On June 24, 2017, at approximately 9:00 PM, Oregon State Police was notified a of fatal crash on Forest Service Road 5850 South West of Oakridge.

Preliminary details revealed Cody Marshall (age 42 from Longview, Washington) was operating a 1986 Yamaha dirt bike on a rocky unimproved road when he struck a fallen tree. The tree was partially in the roadway. The investigation is continuing and no further information or photos are available.

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Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device Leads to Fatal Crash Near Bend
Oregon State Police - 06/25/17 4:51 PM
On June 24, 2017, at approximately 2:30 PM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency workers responded to a two-vehicle, single fatal, at the intersection of Cooley Road and US Highway 20 in Bend.

The investigation revealed unit #1, a 2007 silver Subaru Outback, driven by Donald S. Grosh (age 92 from Bend) was southbound on Cooley Rd. GROSH approached a stop sign and failed to stop at the traffic control device before entering US Highway 20W.  Unit #2, a 2011 Dodge truck (with top RV camper), driven by Randall S. Pelcher (age 66 from Bishop, CA) was westbound on US 20W approaching the intersection of Cooley Road. PELCHER was unable to avoid crashing into the driver (front) side of Unit #1.  GROSH was transported by ambulance to St. Charles where he was declared deceased.

BELCHER and his passenger, Lori K. Burk-Pelcher (age 58 from Bishop, CA) were not injured. OSP was assisted by Bend Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, and Bend Fire.

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Former Oregon State Police Evidence Technician Arrested in Klamath County
Oregon State Police - 06/23/17 5:59 PM
On June 23, 2017, Oregon State Police troopers and detectives arrested former Oregon State Police Evidence Technician Mark Matlick, age 57 of Klamath Falls. Matlick was employed with the Oregon State Police from 2007 through 2015 at the Klamath Falls Area Command.

In October of 2016, command staff from the Klamath Falls Oregon State Police Area Command became aware evidence had been unlawfully removed from the evidence lockers located in Klamath Falls and Lakeview. A lengthy investigation was conducted by Oregon State Police detectives, OSP support staff, and investigators from the Oregon Department of Justice. The investigation was conducted in consultation with Klamath County and Lake County District Attorney's Offices.

The investigation regarding the Klamath Falls evidence locker revealed the following: between the dates of November 13, 2007, and June 30, 2015, Mark Matlick, while acting in the capacity of the evidence technician for the Oregon State Police stole over $10,000 of money from the OSP evidence locker. Additionally, Matlick forged written instruments and tampered with the OSP evidence database (public records) to facilitate his thefts.

Matlick was lodged on the following charges in Klamath County: One count of Aggravated Theft, 29 counts of Computer Crime, 19 counts of Tampering with Public Records, two counts of Forgery in the Second Degree, 19 counts of Official Misconduct in the First Degree, one count of Theft in the First Degree and four counts of Theft in Second Degree.

The investigation in Lake County is on-going.

In the last couple of years, the Oregon State Police have made efforts to improve the integrity and security of evidence maintained under the control of the Oregon State Police Evidence Program. In regards to currency, OSP no longer holds any more than $100.00 in evidence at any given point in time. When the total combined amount of currency rises above $100.00, the currency is secured in a bank account. Additionally, annual inventories are conducted in all evidence lockers which is a practice consistent with the national standard and the destruction policy has been improved with additional layers of oversight.

Questions should be directed to the Klamath County District Attorney, Eve Costello.


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***Update - Names Released*** Fatal single vehicle crash on Highway 26 takes the life of one and starts large grass fire. (Madras - Prineville) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/22/17 3:40 PM
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The deceased driver of the Chevy Suburban was identified as 68 year old Dallas Oregon resident Michael Dennis Roach. The female passenger was identified as Tara Rae Redfern. Redfern was treated for non-lifethreatening injuries. There is no update to the condition of the involved children.

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Previous ReleaseJust prior to 5 p.m. Oregon State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 26 near milepost 11. (Between Madras and Prineville) The initial investigation revealed a single motor vehicle was traveling westbound and for unknown reasons, traveled off the roadway and struck a tree on the south ditch easement. An eastbound motorist arrived immediately after the crash and discovered three minor children in the vehicle along with a male driver and female passenger. The motorist was able to extricate the children and female passenger. The vehicle caught fire and was fully engulfed prior to the Jefferson County Fire District's arrival. The unidentified male driver died at the scene as a result of injuries. The female passenger was transported via air ambulance to a Bend area hospital for unknown injuries. The three children were transported via ground ambulance to a Madras hospital for minor injuries.

The Bureau of Land Management has eight fire crews at the scene and is currently working to contain the grass fire. The fire is not expected to exceed the four acre fire boundary established.

Further information will be released as it becomes available. OSP was assisted on-scene by Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Fire District, Jefferson County EMS, Oregon Department of Transportation and the Jefferson County Medical Examiner.


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Media Alert: 106th Annual David Campbell Memorial for Fallen Firefighters Today at 10am
Portland Fire & Rescue - 06/26/17 8:19 AM
PF&R will hold it's 106th annual David Campbell Memorial for Fallen Firefighters today at Portland Firefighters Park on SW 18th and W Burnside. The formal service will begin at 10am and will feature:
-short walking procession led by bag pipes
-placing of colors by PF&R Honor Guard
-placing of the floral wreath by City Commissioner Nick Fish
-comments by Fire Chief Mike Myers
-reading of fallen firefighter names and ringing of the bell by
decorated Firefighter David Rychlick


Where: Portland Firefighters Park SW 18th and W Burnside
When: 10am Today/ June 26, 2017
Stabbing Investigation Underway in Holladay Park - Two People Injured, Two People in Custody
Portland Police Bureau - 06/27/17 8:38 PM
On Tuesday June 27, 2017, at 7:56 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report that two people were injured in a stabbing at Holladay Park, located at 1125 Northeast Holladay Street.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located two female victims suffering from serious injuries. Both victims have been transported to Portland hospitals for treatment.

Two people are in custody in connection with the stabbing and there does not appear to be any further public risk.

Preliminary information indicates that all parties are acquainted with each other. Officers have not yet determined what led to the stabbings.

Holladay Park is closed as part of the investigation.

Anyone who witnessed the incident and has not yet talked to officers is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333.

No further updates are expected this evening.

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UPDATE: Death Investigation Underway at Southeast Portland's Beggars Tick Marsh
Portland Police Bureau - 06/27/17 2:18 PM
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Dive Team responded to assist with the body recovery from Beggars Tick Marsh. The remains have been turned over to the Oregon State Medical Examiner, who will conduct an autopsy on Wednesday to determine identity and cause of death. Initial observations did not show any obvious signs of trauma.

Updates will be shared when they become available.

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On Tuesday June 27, 2017, at 10:01 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to Beggars Tick Park, located at 5801 Southeast 111th Avenue, on the report that a Portland Parks & Recreation employee found a body in the marsh. Based on the initial observations, the body has been in the water for quite some time.

Officers and Portland Fire & Rescue personnel are at the scene working to determine how to collect the body from the marsh for examination by the Oregon State Medical Examiner.

At this point, there is no identity, age, sex, or information on cause of death.

As information becomes available, updates will be provided.

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Drunk Driver Crashes into Power Pole in Southeast Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/27/17 9:11 AM
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On Tuesday June 27, 2017, at 12:29 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a single vehicle crash at Southeast 68th Avenue and Duke Street. 9-1-1 callers reported that a driver crashed into a power pole causing significant damage and that the suspect was attempting to drive away.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted the driver in the suspect vehicle approximately two blocks from the initial crash location. Officers developed probable cause that the driver was impaired by alcohol and he was taken into custody without incident.

The driver, 38-year-old Aaron Dennehy, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII), Reckless Driving, and Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run).

Portland General Electric (PGE) responded to the area to repair the damaged pole and power lines.

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

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

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

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Traffic Pursuit Leads to Arrest of Driver for Assault, Elude and Other Charges (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/27/17 9:01 AM
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On Tuesday June 27, 2017, at 12:34 a.m., North Precinct officers attempted to stop a driver for a traffic infraction in the area of North Vancouver Way and Middlefield Road. The driver stopped near Jubitz Truckstop, but as officers exited their patrol vehicle, the driver sped away towards I-5.

Officers pursuing the driver attempted a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) on I-5 northbound approaching Hayden Island but were unsuccessful. During a second attempt, the driver rammed into the patrol car, resulting in the driver losing control of the vehicle and crashing into a jersey barrier.

The driver got out of the vehicle and was taken into custody without incident. A 47-year-old female passenger suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment. Neither officer suffered injuries that required immediate medical treatment.

The driver, 43-year-old Ronald Barnes, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Assault in the Second Degree, Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, Reckless Driving, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person. Additionally, Barnes is being held on a parole violation.

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UPDATE: Stabbing Investigation Underway in Southeast Portland's Sunnyside Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 06/26/17 2:18 PM
The victim in this incident remains at a Portland hospital being treated for serious injuries. Her name is not being released at this time due to the ongoing investigation.

Detectives are asking anyone with information, particularly anyone in the area of Southeast 33rd Avenue and Taylor Street, to provide it to investigators.

Anyone with information is asked to share it with Detective Jeff Sharp at 503-823-9773, jeff.sharp@portlandoregon.gov.

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On Monday June 26, 2017, at 3:05 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of an injured woman down on the ground at Southeast 33rd Avenue and Taylor Street.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the victim and determined that she was suffering from several stab wounds. The victim has been transported to a Portland hospital for treatment and her injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

A witness reported seeing a someone run from the scene and described the person as a tan-skinned male.

Several officers, including a Police Canine Unit, conducted a neighborhood search but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

At this point in the investigation, there is no known motive or determination if the victim and suspect knew each other.

Anyone with information about this stabbing is asked to call Assault detectives at 503-823-0400.

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UPDATE: Stabbing Investigation Underway in Downtown Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/26/17 2:08 PM
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The man injured in a stabbing Sunday afternoon has been identified as 22-year-old Aaron Moore. Moore was treated at a Portland hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect, 30-year-old Matthew Allen Davis, was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Assault in the Second Degree. Davis was also lodged on an outstanding warrant.

Detectives learned that the suspect was walking on Burnside when he threw something at another person. Moore intervened on behalf of the other person and Davis physically assaulted Moore. Moore responded physically and Davis produced a knife and stabbed him. Other Good Samaritans intervened and got Davis off of Moore and held him for police. An unidentified person pepper sprayed Davis during the struggle to hold him down.

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On Sunday June 25, 2017, at 6:54 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Southwest Stark Street and Burnside Street on the report of a stabbing.

Officers arrived and located an adult male suffering from a serious stab wound. Officers immediately applied a tourniquet as they awaited medical personnel to arrive and transport the victim to the hospital. A second subject had been pepper sprayed and was contacted by officers.

The stabbing victim was transported to a Portland hospital by ambulance for treatment to serious injuries. The person pepper sprayed has been detained at the scene during the ongoing investigation. Preliminary information indicates that the two men may have been in a confrontation with each other.

Pedestrian and vehicular traffic may be affected in the area as officers continue their investigation.

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Street Racing Mission Yields Nine Citations and Two Arrests (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/26/17 11:15 AM
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In the late evening hours of Sunday June 25, 2017, the Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division conducted a mission aimed at the street racers that congregate on Marine Drive and perform illegal races and other stunts out in public.

The purpose of this enforcement effort was to reduce and eventually eliminate the dangerous driving that has contributed to several traffic deaths over the past two years:

On December 4, 2015, 65-year-old Linda Johnston was killed when two motorcycle riders engaged in a race crashed into her car at Southeast 160th Avenue and Stark Street. Both riders were arrested and sentenced to prison.

On January 23, 2016, 20-year-old Nick Alexandar Chernyavskiy died after crashing his motorcycle while racing another motorcycle rider on Northeast Airport Way near 145th Avenue.

On March 6, 2016, 26-year-old Alexander Keppinger was critically injured in a crash on Northeast Glisan Street near 139th Avenue involving two drivers racing. Keppinger died a few weeks later.

On April 21, 2017, 19-year-old Daniel Kharlamov died after a high-speed crash on Southeast Powell Boulevard near 37th Avenue.

On Sunday night, officers in the area of North Marine Drive and Ledbetter Street witnessed individuals racing and driving recklessly. Officers came into the area and were able to stop several drivers and issue a total of nine citations covering 27 different charges. Two drivers were arrested on 15 separate charges.

A motorcycle rider sped away from officers, crashed, and ran away on foot. That driver was not located.

The two drivers arrested were:

18-year-old Paul Paliy was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Reckless Driving (three counts) and Recklessly Endangering Another Person (three counts). Paliy's 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX was towed from the scene.

24-year-old Petro Hurzhuy was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Reckless Driving (three counts) and Recklessly Endangering Another Person (five counts). Hurzhuy's 2011 BMW M3 Convertible was towed from the scene.

The Traffic Division will be conducting future enforcement missions as staffing allows.

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

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

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Suspect in Faubion School Phone Threats Identified, Taken to Unity Center for Treatment
Portland Police Bureau - 06/24/17 8:28 PM
On Friday June 23, 2017, at approximately 2:15 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to 2231 North Flint Avenue on the report of a telephone threat. Faubion School is temporarily using the building formerly known as Harriet Tubman Middle School. This school is immediately south of Lillis Albina Park, which is hosting the Good in the Hood Multicultural Music, Art, and Foods Festival this weekend.

Officers spoke with the reporting party, the school principal, by phone and learned that the principal received a phone call from a woman asking about the school, the address, and who was at the school. The caller also made threats about a shooting at the school.

During the investigation, officers learned that the call likely originated from a residence in Northwest Portland and they developed leads on the identity of the possible caller. Based on the preliminary investigation, officers did not believe the threat to be credible.

Officers worked with community members familiar with the 63-year-old female suspect to develop a plan to contact her safely. On Saturday, officers and licensed mental health professionals from Project Respond contacted the woman at a Northeast Portland location. The woman was taken to the Unity Center for mental health treatment.

The woman has not been charged with any crimes at this time and the reports will be forwarded to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for review. The Portland Police Bureau's Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) will also follow up the investigation. To learn more about BHU, visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/62135

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World Naked Bike Ride Tonight #PDXWNBR - Riders Urged to Wear Helmets and Shoes (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/24/17 6:00 PM
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The World Naked Bike Ride is set to roll through the streets of Portland tonight, June 24, 2017, at 9:00 p.m., starting from Northeast Portland's Fernhill Park and ride throughout the city.

In past years, this event has drawn an estimated 10,000 bicycle riders. According to the World Naked Bike Ride website, the event is an annual, worldwide bike ride that highlights the vulnerability of cyclists everywhere and decries society's dependence on pollution-based transport.

The Portland Police Bureau will have officers dedicated to the event to ensure everyone is safe and to provide assistance at intersections. There may be short traffic delays and drivers or non-participants are asked in advance for their patience.

Portland City Code 14A.40.030 (Indecent Exposure) states the following:

It is unlawful for any person to expose his or her genitalia while in a public place or place visible from a public place, if the public place is open or available to persons of the opposite sex.

Although many participants may violate the letter of the Portland City Code, the Police Bureau will be exercising discretion for this protest event as long as participants stay on the route with the rest of the riders. People who "start early" and potentially disrupt other neighborhood events not associated with the official ride may not receive the same discretion.

At a bare minimum, the Portland Police Bureau recommends that riders at least wear a helmet and shoes to avoid any potential injuries. Bike lights are also highly recommended for riders as well as plenty of water or fluids.

For more information on the ride, visit http://www.pdxwnbr.org

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Grand Jury Determines Officer's Use of Deadly Force Justified in May 2017 Shooting in Southeast Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/23/17 5:00 PM
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On Thursday June 22, 2017, a Multnomah County Grand Jury determined that a Portland Police Bureau officer was justified in the use of deadly force in the May 2017 shooting of 24-year-old Terrell Kyreem Johnson. The grand jury determined that the use of deadly force against Johnson was a lawful exercise of self-defense under Oregon law.

The Portland Police Bureau officer involved in the shooting is Samson Ajir, an eight-year-veteran of the Bureau assigned to the Transit Police Division. The Bureau anticipates he will be returning to full duty next week.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputy partnered with Officer Ajir in the Transit Police Division was Deputy AJ Ajir -- Officer Ajir's brother.

During the investigation, detectives learned that Johnson was acting erratically and threatening people at the Flavel Street Transit Station which prompted a 9-1-1 call for police. The caller described Johnson as a white male, provided a clothing description, and a description of Johnson's behavior to the call-taker with the Bureau of Emergency Communications (BOEC).

The first arriving officer at the scene was Officer Jacob Howell of the West Linn Police Department, assigned to the Transit Police Division. Officer Howell was in the early stages of his investigation into the report and was speaking with Johnson, who was non-compliant and would not sit down. As Officer Ajir and Deputy Ajir arrived, Johnson ran from the officers -- first westbound on Flavel then back eastbound before running northbound on the MAX bridge over Johnson Creek.

Officer Ajir was in close proximity to Johnson during the foot chase. Johnson reversed course and turned towards Officer Ajir and advanced towards him while displaying a utility knife, prompting Officer Ajir to unholster his handgun and fire multiple times, striking Johnson. After Johnson was down on the ground, additional officers arrived and approached Johnson with a shield for officer-safety, then began rendering immediate medical aid until paramedics arrived. Paramedics determined that Johnson was deceased. A utility knife was recovered from the scene.

As part of the use of force review process, the Bureau will conduct an internal review of the entire incident and the case will go before the Police Review Board (PRB), which is comprised of community members, Bureau members and representatives from the Independent Police Review Division.

The investigative files and grand jury transcripts will be posted on the Bureau's Open Data page when they are made available and can be found here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/52175

The photo of Johnson that is being released was from an April 29, 2017, arrest. At the time of the shooting, Johnson did not have a fixed address and a family member had an active restraining order/protective order against Johnson. According to Johnson's family, he had been struggling with drug addiction that they believe may have affected his mental health. Johnson had no mental health history on file with the Portland Police Bureau.

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UPDATE - Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 58-Year-Old Man
Portland Police Bureau - 06/23/17 12:54 PM
58-year-old Jose Ruelas-Mora was found deceased on June 15, 2017, a few blocks from his home. The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined Ruelas-Mora died of self-inflicted stab wounds.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate 58-year-old Jose Ruelas-Mora.

Ruelas-Mora is described as a Hispanic male, 6'1" tall, 190 pounds, black hair and brown eyes.

Ruelas-Mora's family reported that he left his Centennial Neighborhood home in Southeast Portland overnight after making statements indicating he may be suffering from a mental health crisis.

Anyone seeing Ruelas-Mora is asked to call 9-1-1 so officers can check his welfare. Anyone with non-emergency information about him is asked to contact Detective Lori Fonken at 503-823-1081, lori.fonken@portlandoregon.gov.

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UPDATE - Crash Investigation Underway on Southeast 122nd Avenue - Bicycle Rider Critically Injured
Portland Police Bureau - 06/23/17 12:45 PM
The bicycle rider injured in Wednesday afternoon's crash has been identified as 35-year-old Abdikadir Ahmed Omar of Southeast Portland. He remains in a Portland hospital in serious condition with head injuries.

The driver, 33-year-old Nicolette Ivy Duffus of Northeast Portland, remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation.

Investigators learned that both Omar and Duffus were traveling southbound on 122nd Avenue. Omar veered out of the bike lane and collided with Duffus' vehicle causing him to crash. Omar was not wearing a bicycle helmet at the time of the crash. Investigators determined that Omar was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

Omar may be issued traffic and/or criminal citations once the investigation is complete.

Duffus was issued traffic citations for Driving While Suspended, Driving Uninsured, and Failure to Register a Vehicle.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Wednesday June 21, 2017, at 9:03 p.m., East Precinct and Traffic Division officers responded to the 2300 block of Southeast 122nd Avenue on the report of a traffic crash involving a driver and a bicycle rider.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the injured bicycle rider and involved driver. The bicycle rider has been transported to a Portland hospital with traumatic injuries. The driver has remained at the scene.

Southeast 122nd Avenue is closed in both directions, North of Division Street, as officers continue to investigate the circumstances of the crash.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

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

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

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UPDATE - Pedestrian Critically Injured in Hit and Run Crash in Southeast Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 06/23/17 12:24 PM
The young woman critically injured yesterday afternoon has been identified as 26-year-old Erin Catherine Brenneman of Southeast Portland. Brenneman remains at a Portland hospital in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

At this point in the investigation, investigators have not developed any suspect information or vehicle description.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Phil Maynard at 503-823-2216, phillip.maynard@portlandoregon.gov.

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On Thursday June 22, 2017, at 3:14 p.m., East Precinct and Traffic Division officers responded to Southeast 80th Avenue and Pine Street on the report of a female in her 20s down in the street suffering from traumatic injuries.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the victim, who was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Preliminary investigation indicates that she was struck by a driver who fled the scene. At this point in the investigation, there is no suspect information.

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

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

Updates will be provided when they become available.

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

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

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World Naked Bike Ride Tomorrow Night #PDXWNBR - Riders Urged to Wear Helmets and Shoes (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/23/17 11:18 AM
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The World Naked Bike Ride is set to roll through the streets of Portland on Saturday June 24, 2017, at 9:00 p.m., starting from Northeast Portland's Fernhill Park and ride throughout the city.

In past years, this event has drawn an estimated 10,000 bicycle riders. According to the World Naked Bike Ride website, the event is an annual, worldwide bike ride that highlights the vulnerability of cyclists everywhere and decries society's dependence on pollution-based transport.

The Portland Police Bureau will have officers dedicated to the event to ensure everyone is safe and to provide assistance at intersections. There may be short traffic delays and drivers or non-participants are asked in advance for their patience.

Portland City Code 14A.40.030 (Indecent Exposure) states the following:

It is unlawful for any person to expose his or her genitalia while in a public place or place visible from a public place, if the public place is open or available to persons of the opposite sex.

Although many participants may violate the letter of the Portland City Code, the Police Bureau will be exercising discretion for this protest event as long as participants stay on the route with the rest of the riders. People who "start early" and potentially disrupt other neighborhood events not associated with the official ride may not receive the same discretion.

At a bare minimum, the Portland Police Bureau recommends that riders at least wear a helmet and shoes to avoid any potential injuries. Bike lights are also highly recommended for riders as well as plenty of water or fluids.

For more information on the ride, visit http://www.pdxwnbr.org

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UPDATE - Multiple Burglaries Overnight in North and East Precincts - Two Suspects in Custody (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/22/17 4:42 PM
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19-year-old Alec Ryan Cameron Johnson and 16-year-old Julian Miguel Gallardo were charged with multiple counts of Burglary, Theft, and Criminal Mischief in connection with numerous commercial burglaries reported overnight in Northeast Portland.

Johnson was booked into the Multnomah County Jail and Gallardo was lodged at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home (JDH).

Detectives are continuing to investigate other burglary reports and the suspects may face additional charges at a later time.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

In the early morning hours of Thursday June 22, 2017, North and East Precinct officers responded to numerous reports of commercial burglaries to businesses.

As officers were investigating numerous break-ins along North Mississippi Avenue, officers responded to a burglary alarm at Binks at approximately 4:30 a.m. Binks, a neighborhood pub, is located at 2715 Northeast Alberta Street.

Officers spotted two people in the area of Binks that ran from police and hid in the neighborhood. A third person in a dark-colored smaller SUV drove out of the area and has not been identified or located.

A neighborhood perimeter was established and the two suspects were located and taken into custody without incident near Northeast 26th Avenue and Alberta Street.

Officers and detectives are continuing to investigate the overnight burglary reports, connections to previous burglary reports in the neighborhood, and the link to the two people in custody.

Officers from Central, East, and North Precincts, as well as the Canine and Air Support Units, assisted with these investigations and capture of the two suspects.

No additional information is available at this time and updates will be provided as they become available.

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

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Suspect Arrested For Sexual Offenses a Minor
Salem Police Dept. - 06/26/17 4:58 PM
Salem Police Detectives have arrested a suspect on numerous sexual charges against a minor female.

Officers were doing a routine check of Orchard Heights Park at about 12:50 am this morning when they encountered a vehicle. Upon making contact with the male adult occupant of the vehicle, they also found a 16-year old female in the vehicle. Further investigation led officers to believe there was illegal activity and an investigation ensued.

After interviews by detectives, 26-year old Kyle Johnson of Salem was arrested on charges of Compelling Prostitution, Delivery of a Controlled Substance to a Minor, Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree and Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the First Degree.

The investigation has shown that the suspect first made contact with the victim on a social media platform and continued to communicate with her, eventually setting up meetings with her and offering controlled substances and alcohol.

Due to the nature of the allegations against Johnson, investigators are concerned that there may be additional victims of whom we are not yet aware. Anyone who has had similar approaches, propositions or communications are asked to contact the Salem Police Department Tip Line at 503-588-8477.

The Salem Police Department would like to remind parents to be aware of the online activities of their children. Computers in the home should be kept in a common area where the activity can be readily viewed by others in the home. Set limits on social media accounts and have rules in place to be able to view your childrens' activities online. Have conversations with your children about online safety to include not becoming friends with people who are unknown to them, verifying the identities of those requesting connections, and immediately reporting any approaches by strangers to connect in person. Any requests for photos of sexual nature or the receipt of such photos should be reported immediately to a responsible adult, and immediately discontinue contact with anyone who makes them feel uncomfortable.

Parents should also be aware of and have consistent access to their childrens' smart phones, online gaming systems and what online activities they are engaging in when with their friends.
Salem Police to conduct pedestrian crosswalk safety campaign
Salem Police Dept. - 06/26/17 9:29 AM
As the weather becomes warmer and days become longer, we typically see more pedestrians out and about at various times of the day and night. It is in these conditions that pedestrian safety issues become even more important. As a result, the Salem Police Department traffic unit will be conducting pedestrian safety enforcement and education campaigns throughout the city during the summer months.

The campaigns will utilize plain clothes officers who will be crossing streets at crosswalk locations all over Salem. Video cameras will be used to record violations. Those who are contacted will be able to view the violation on video.

Oregon law requires all drivers to stop prior to entering a crosswalk for pedestrians who are crossing the street in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.
Drivers are required to stop if a pedestrian is either in the lane in which the driver's vehicle is traveling or in a lane adjacent to the lane in which the driver's vehicle is traveling.

Marked crosswalks may be located at or between intersections and are recognized by solid or dashed white lines. Oregon law also states every intersection should be considered to have a crosswalk, whether marked or not.

Additionally, a vehicle may not legally pass another vehicle that is stopped at a marked or unmarked crosswalk for a pedestrian. Failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and for passing a stopped vehicle at a crosswalk are Class B violations and carry a fine of up to $260.00.

This summer safety campaign is in partnership with the organization, Oregon Impact, in order to address pedestrian and crosswalk safety through education and enforcement.

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Salem Police and Fire Units On Scene of Water Rescue-UPDATE
Salem Police Dept. - 06/23/17 10:12 PM
UPDATE: 06-23-18/10:05pm

Salem Police and Fire units were called to Wallace Marine Park today at 3:48 pm on a report of a child that was in distress in the water. The child had been swimming near the old boat ramp of the park and underneath the pedestrian bridge when he appeared to become distressed and in need of help. Several other people who were in the area attempted to get to the child, but he slipped under the water and out of sight of the would-be rescuers.

Officers and firefighters were on scene within two minutes and immediately began trying to locate the child in the water and from the river bank. The Salem Fire Department had a boat on scene within six minutes and immediately began searching for the child as well. The Polk County Sheriff's Office also launched their Marine Enforcement boat and personal watercraft. As officers and firefighters continued looking for the child, the Linn County Sheriff's Office Dive and Rescue Team was activated to assist, and the Benton County Sheriff's Office also sent two aircraft to assist in the search.

The search for the child continued until dark and was suspended for the safety of the search personnel. The search will resume in the morning by the Polk County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue/Marine Patrol.

The child has been identified as 11-year old Nehemiah Wilson of Salem. His family was present at the scene.

The Salem Police Department would like to remind the public that waterways may seem calm and peaceful, but the cold water temperatures, unpredictable currents and hazards in the water can be very dangerous to swimmers. Even strong swimmers can easily become over-exerted when swimming in cold water, as the cold can quickly drain the energy of a swimmer. Also, jumping from hot outdoor temperatures into cold water can be a shock to the system and easily put swimmers in peril. Even strong swimmers should wear personal flotation devices when swimming in these cold lakes and rivers, and always swim with a buddy and be aware of your buddy's condition.

If in doubt, get out!

Further media information on Search and Rescue in this case will be through the Polk County Sheriff's Office.


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Salem Police and Fire are currently on scene at Wallace Marine Park on reports of a young child in distress in the river. Boats and swimmers are currently in the water searching for the child.

No further information is available at this time
Turner Rd Closed Due to Crash Investigation-UPDATE
Salem Police Dept. - 06/23/17 11:36 AM
UPDATE: 06-23-17/11:25 am

The injured victim in this incident has been identified as 39-year old Nikolay Invanovich Avdeyev. The investigation has shown that he was riding a bicycle northbound in the 3100 block of Turner Rd SE when he was struck by a northbound 2004 Volkswagen Jetta being driven by 19-year old Natalie Arnautov.

The victim remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the vehicle was not injured and remained at the scene.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit at 503-588-6171.

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UPDATE: 06-22-17/9:15 pm

Turner Rd is now open to traffic.

The crash remains under investigation. No other information is available for release at this time.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

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Turner Rd SE will be closed for an extended period of time due to a serious injury vehicle/bicycle collision. The roadway is closed from Cascade Gateway Park to Airway Dr SE.

Please find alternate routes and avoid the area if possible.

No more details of the crash are available at this time.
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 06/26/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 06/27/17 8:16 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 06/26/2017

ESTACADA:

There were no new crimes reported yesterday in Estacada. Woo hoo!


SANDY:

18 2017-1120

On 06/26/2017 at about 1041 hrs., police received a report about a theft from a walk-in customer at Sandy Police Department. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-1121

On 06/26/2017 at about 1117 hrs., police received a report about vandalism to a vehicle in the 37000 block of Highway 26. A report is pending (CAD).
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 06/22/2017-06/25/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 06/26/17 9:13 AM
On Monday mornings, we will begin publishing some raw statistics, to show the trends in activity levels for the previous Monday through Sunday period. Please feel free to publish this if your readers would enjoy this information.

Sandy Police Department - From 6/19 to 6/25, we received 302 calls for service. 40 resulted in a report, including 18 person crimes, 11 property crimes, 2 animal complaints, 7 traffic complaints and 2 public assistance reports.

Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 06/22/2017-06/25/2017

ESTACADA:

1C 2017-1097

On 06/22/2017 at around 0047 hrs., police were dispatched to a criminal mischief call in the area of NE Cascadia Ridge Drive and NE Currin Creek Drive. After investigation, Shawn A. Cornwell (31, of Estacada), was arrested for DUII. He was cited and released at the Clackamas County Jail.

1C 2017-1098

On 06/22/2017 at about 1130 hrs., police received a report about a missing adult from the 400 block of Juniper Road.

1C 2017-1099

On 06/22/2017 at about 1434 hrs., code enforcement ordered a tow for an abandoned vehicle in the 400 block of SW Ivy Street.

1C 2017-1100

On 06/22/2017 at about 1417 hrs., police responded to a disturbance in the 500 block of N Broadway Street. A report was taken and will be forwarded to the district attorney.

1C 2017-1103

On 06/23/2017 at around 2338 hrs., police were dispatched to a noise complaint in the 1000 block of NW Wade Street. A report was taken.

1C 2017-1109

On 06/24/2017 at around 2023 hrs., police stopped a vehicle for traffic violations in the 31000 block of SE Duss Road. The violator was cited and the vehicle was impounded.

1C 2017-1112

On 06/25/2017 at about 1620 hrs., police responded to the 200 block of Pierce Street to take a courtesy report about an incident that occurred in another jurisdiction. A report was taken and will be forwarded to the correct agency.

1C 2017-1115

On 06/25/2017 at about 2135 hrs., police responded to the 700 block of N Broadway Street regarding a disturbance. It was determined that no crimes had been committed and a report was taken.


SANDY:

18 2017-1096

On 06/22 2017 at about 0052 hrs., police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 37000 block of Nettie Connett Drive. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-1101

On 06/22/2017 at about 1557 hrs., code enforcement received a report about a dog bite in the 37000 block of Coralburst Street. A report was taken.

18 2017-1102

On 06/22/2017 at about 2142 hrs., police responded to a disturbance in the 38000 block of Sandy Heights Street. It was determined that no crime had occurred and a report was taken.

18 2017-1104

On 06/22/2017 at about 0352 hrs., police responded to the 38000 block of Pioneer Boulevard regarding a domestic disturbance. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-1105

On 06/23/2017 at about 0931 hrs., police contacted a suspicious person in the 37000 block of Highway 26. The subject was in possession of drug paraphernalia, which was seized and is being sent to the crime lab for testing for heroin.

18 2017-1106

On 06/24/2017 at about 1155 hrs., police contacted and cited Andrew J. Christie (32, of Boring) for Theft 2 - Shoplifting in the 37000 block of Highway 26.

18 2017-CAD

On 06/25/2017 at about 1125 hrs., Sandy Police responded to a disturbance in the 25000 block of S River Lake Road. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-1107

On 06/24/2017 at about 1444 hrs., police attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation near the intersection of Bluff Road and Highway 26. The vehicle did not stop initially, but eventually stopped near the intersection of Highway 26 and Orient Drive. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-1110

On 06/25/2017 at about 1404 hrs., police responded to a request for a welfare check in the 16000 block of 362nd Drive. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-1111

On 06/25/2017 at about 1416 hrs., police responded to the 39000 block of Hood Street regarding an assault. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-1113

On 06/25/2017 at about 1530 hrs., police received a report about a hit & run motor vehicle crash in the 37000 block of Highway 26. A report was taken.

18 2017-1114

On 06/25/2017 at about 1812 hrs., police responded to the 38000 block of Park Street regarding a report of menacing. A report is pending (CAD).
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 06/21/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 06/22/17 8:20 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 06/21/2017

ESTACADA:

1C 2017-1088

On 06/21/2017 at about 0522 hrs., police received a report about a residential burglary in the 500 block of NE Main Street. A report is pending (CAD).

1C 2017-1091

On 06/21/2017 at about 1409 hrs., police received a report about theft from a vehicle that had occurred the previous night in the 700 block of N Broadway Street. A report is pending (CAD).

SANDY:

18 2017-1087

On 06/21/2017 at about 0655 hrs., police arrested John M. Weidner (40, of Sandy) on warrants for possession of, and unauthorized use of, a stolen vehicle. He was transported to Clackamas County Jail, where he was lodged on $40,000 bail.

18 2017-1090

On 06/21/2017 at about 1154 hours, a victim called police to report a hit and run. The victims vehicle was parked in the 37000 block of Hamilton Ridge Drive when damaged. The victim suggested an unknown person had backed into his vehicle the previous evening, causing damage to the front bumper.

18 2017-1093

On 06/21/2017 at about 1640 hrs., code enforcement received a report about a dog bite incident in the 38000 block of Redwood Street. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-1094

On 06/21/2017 at about 1709 hrs., police issued a trespass warning to a subject regarding a business in the 37000 block of Highway 26.

18 2017-1095

On 06/21/2017 at about 1959 hrs., police responded to a business in the 37000 block of Highway 26 regarding a shoplift theft. A report was taken.
Silverton Fire District Combat Potential Water Related Tragedies (Photo)
Silverton Fire Dist. - 06/23/17 3:29 PM
New Life Jacket Loaner Station
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For the Silverton Fire District, helping to save lives is more than putting fires out and prying patients out of wrecked cars...prevention is always a major part of any lifesaving effort. After experiencing several near drownings and some water related fatalities, Deputy Chief Ed Grambusch and Lt. Rick Heuchert decided that there was more that could be done to reduce these tragedies. Providing personal flotation devices...aka life jackets, to people who may need them was the logical choice.

Under the guidance of Lt. Heuchert, the Silverton Fire District Youth Explorer Post decided that they wanted to do their part for the community. They raised the money and other donations needed to purchase the life jackets and all the materials needed to construct the life jacket loaner stations. Their hard work and with the generous support from the City of Silverton, Citizen's Bank, Kiwanis, Marion County Public Works, Edward Jones; Tim Yount's Office, and Withers Lumber the life jacket loaners stations became a reality and were erected at the Silverton City Park and the Silverton Reservoir.

These life jacket loaner stations were constructed by the Fire District Explorer Post and hold several adult and youth sized personal flotation devices. The process is simple, take them off the hangers and use them and then put them back when you are done with them. There is no charge for this service.

Lt. Heuchert and the Explorer Post are not settling for just two sites for this program. They plan on constructing another loaner station at the County Park in Scotts Mills and possibly other locations within the Fire District.

The attached picture is of Lt. Heuchert, Adviser Keith Smith and members of the Silverton Fire District Explorer Post at a newly constructed loaner station.

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Attached Media Files: New Life Jacket Loaner Station
Crews Demobilize from Chehalem Brush Fire: Fire Investigator Issues Probable Cause (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 06/25/17 8:59 PM
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After 29 hours since the fire on Chehalem Mountain was first reported, fire crews are preparing to demobilize. Though fire has not been actively burning since late last night, incident commanders wanted to ensure that coals from burned trees and brush did not spread and reignite. Several rotating firefighting crews from TVF&R and ODF have been inspecting the affected area, turning over dirt and debris, cutting down damaged trees and wetting down terrain with heavy fuels.

A TVF&R fire investigator has determined that the most probable cause of the fire was untended slash burn piles, which can smolder and remain hot for several weeks after they've been "extinguished".


UPDATE FROM THE AFTERNOON OF 6/25/17

Fire crews from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and Oregon Department of Forestry remain on scene and have spent nearly 24 hours ensuring that none of the hot spots from yesterday's brush fire on Chehalem Mountain rekindle. It's estimated that nearly four acres burned, but firefighters were able to protect structures and keep it from becoming a wildfire. Due to high outside temperatures, crews are being rotated frequently to prevent overexertion and heat-related illness.

Residents living in the area where the fire occurred had been served by Washington County Fire District #2 until they contracted with TVF&R for service in 2015. Voters recently decided to join TVF&R permanently and the change takes effect on July 1. Yesterday's brush fire is an example of the benefits residents receive as a result of being part of TVF&R's large network of fire stations and resources that the previous fire district would not be able to mobilize.



ORIGINAL NEWS RELEASE
At 3:27 this afternoon crews were dispatched to a reported brush fire at 22755 SW Hillsboro Hwy. in the Chehalem Mountain area, north of Newberg. Initial reports to 911 indicated that the fire was approximately 20 by 20 feet and started by smoldering timber piles that grew out of control. First arriving crews on scene confirmed a brush fire that was not threatening any structures. The site presented several challenges to firefighting efforts. These challenges included steep terrain, one hundred-plus degree temperatures, and late afternoon wind. Due to the challenges presented to firefighters additional resources were requested to quickly gain control of the fire.

In addition to fire engines, brush-rigs and water tenders were dispatched. Brush-rigs are four-wheel-drive vehicles that are capable of accessing fires in rugged terrain. Water tenders shuttle water to the scene in areas without hydrants. Sixty firefighters worked to extinguish the fire and TVF&R was assisted by Hillsboro Fire and Rescue and Dundee Fire. There were no reported injuries and no structures were damaged.

Firefighters will likely remain on scene for several hours and possibly overnight as they continue to mop up and check for hot spots. It is estimated that Hillsboro Hwy. will be closed for another two hours.

A fire investigator is on scene and working to determine the cause of the fire. Though the cause of the fire remains under investigation, today's fire serves as a reminder that recent hot weather has created dry conditions that increase the potential of vegetation fires. Firefighters urge caution when using any potential ignition sources during these hot conditions.

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Duplex Fire Displaces Beaverton Family (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 06/25/17 1:30 PM
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Just before noon, callers to 9-1-1 reported flames from the back of a duplex spreading into trees in the 5900 block of Menlo Drive in in Beaverton.

Firefighters from Station 67 and 66 were able to quickly extinguish the bulk of the fire and conduct a search of the building to ensure that all occupants were out. Their aggressive firefighting kept most of the flames from spreading to the adjacent unit, though some fire extended into the shared attic space.

Firefighters remained on scene for more than an hour to conduct overhaul, salvage belongings, remove smoke and ensure that none of the hot spots in the attic rekindled. A family has been displaced as a result of the fire and the American Red Cross will be assisting them with lodging and other needs.

A TVF&R investigator remains on scene conducting witness interviews and examining material evidence to determine where and how the fire started. There is no damage estimate at this time.


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Vancouver Police participates in Operation Chill this summer (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 06/26/17 10:52 AM
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Vancouver, Wash. -- The Vancouver Police is excited to once again be participating in the 7- Eleven Operation Chill program. Just in time for the end of the school year and the beginning of summer, the department received a generous allotment of coupons for free Slurpee's from 7- Eleven Inc. The Operation Chill program helps law enforcement agencies across the country promote positive relationships between police and kids. The coupons allow Officers a great opportunity to interact with and rewards kids they see exhibiting positive behaviors, such as wearing their bike helmet or participating in a summer youth program.

"Anytime an officer can have a positive connection with a young person it's an opportunity to strengthen our community", says Vancouver Police Chief James McElvain.

7- Eleven is celebrating the 22nd anniversary of Operation Chill and this is the third year the Vancouver Police Department has been invited to participate.


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


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Updated: Motorcyclist Injured in Early-Morning DUII Crash (Photo)
Washington County Sheriff's Office - 06/25/17 11:48 AM
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(Name corrected at 11:47am)

Motorcyclist Injured in Early-Morning DUII Crash

June 25, 2017 -- Early this morning, a motorcyclist was injured in a single-vehicle crash outside Forest Grove. His blood-alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit. Deputies have been busy this weekend with DUII enforcement. One deputy made six DUII arrests in two nights.

On Sunday, June 25, 2017, at 12:20 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a single-vehicle motorcycle crash on B Street north of SW Stringtown Road, just outside the city of Forest Grove.

Samuel Zumwalt, 21, of Hillsboro, was injured in the crash. He was transported to a metro-area hospital for treatment of his injuries. Deputies were assisted at the scene by Forest Grove Police and Forest Grove Fire & Rescue.

The subsequent investigation revealed that speed and alcohol were factors in the crash. Mr. Zumwalt's blood-alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit. He was cited for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII). No mugshot is available.

Deputies have been very busy this weekend dealing with impaired drivers. Deputy Chris Gilderson of the Traffic Safety Unit made three DUII arrests on Friday night and another three on Saturday night.

Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants is a serious problem in our society. The Washington County Sheriff's Office is committed to aggressive enforcement of DUII laws. Our deputies arrest an average of 1,000 impaired drivers each year. Please report suspected impaired drivers to 911 or non-emergency dispatch at 503-629-0111.


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Deputies Make 12 DUII Arrests on First Friday Night of Summer (Photo)
Washington County Sheriff's Office - 06/24/17 8:10 AM
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Media Release

Deputies Make 12 DUII Arrests on First Friday Night of Summer

June 24, 2017 -- Deputies arrested a dozen DUII drivers on the first Friday night of Summer. Two drivers and one passenger were arrested after two rollover crashes in western Washington County.

On the evening of Friday, June 23, 2017, deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office arrested 12 drivers for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII). Two drivers and one passenger were arrested after two separate rollover crashes.

Just after midnight, deputies were dispatched to NW Cornelius Pass Road and NW Old Cornelius Pass Road on a reported rollover crash. They learned that a passenger of a Dodge SUV jerked the steering wheel to avoid hitting a deer. The passenger was concerned that the driver had not seen it. The actions of the passenger caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle and injured a third person in the car. No deer was hurt.

It is extremely dangerous and illegal for passengers to interfere with the operation of a moving vehicle. The driver, Jared Sabin, 25, of Portland, was arrested for DUII. His blood-alcohol content was almost twice the legal limit. The passenger, 24-year-old Emmylea Williams, also of Portland, was arrested for Reckless Endangering.

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Just after 12:15 a.m., deputies were called to the 32000 block of SW Johnson School Road on another rollover crash. They found a late-model Subaru on its side. Excessive speed and alcohol played a role in this crash.

The 22-year-old driver, Dean Cockeram, of Forest Grove, was transported to a metro-area hospital for injuries sustained in the crash. He was later cited for DUII, Reckless Driving and Criminal Mischief.

No mugshot is available for Mr. Cockeram.

In addition to these incidents, deputies arrested another ten drivers for DUII on the first Friday night of Summer. The Washington County Sheriff's Office partners with the Oregon Department of Transportation to provide extra deputies dedicated to DUII enforcement on county roadways.

The arrest and apprehension of DUII drivers is an enforcement priority for the sheriff's office. On average, our deputies arrest 1,000 impaired drivers each year. DUII is a 100% preventable crime. The Washington County Sheriff's Office encourages the public to designate a driver when they consume substances that could impair their ability to drive. Other alternative forms of transportation, such as taxis or app-based Uber or Lyft, are readily available in the metro area.


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Law Enforcement Agencies Work Together to Keep Local Highways Safe (Photo)
Washington County Sheriff's Office - 06/23/17 11:25 AM
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June 23, 2017 -- Deputies conducted 93 traffic stops and issued 65 citations during an inter-agency traffic enforcement mission on local highways.

On June 22, 2017, Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies from the Traffic Safety Unit partnered with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Marion County Sheriff's Office, and Oregon State Police to concentrate enforcement efforts on speeding, with the goal of enhancing public safety on local highways. Deputies were also on the lookout for other traffic violations.

During the one-day mission, Washington County Sheriff's deputies took the following enforcement action:

Total traffic stops: 93

Citations issued: 65 (speed: 60, driving while suspended:5)

Arrests made: 2 (warrant, felony driving while suspended)

Commercial motor vehicle truck inspections: 7

Deputies also responded to a reported drunk driver seen driving erratically on Highway 26 near Cornell Road. Deputies were able to locate and stop the vehicle, and learned the driver was having a medical emergency. Deputies quickly called for medical assistance and the driver was transported to the hospital for care.

Speed contributes to one third of all traffic-related crashes. Deputies remind drivers to slow down, wear seatbelts, move over and slow down for emergency vehicles, and drive free of distractions such as cell phones.

Media interested in statistics from the other participating agencies are asked to contact them for additional information.


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UPDATE: Man Dies from Injuries Sustained in Early June Motorcycle Crash (Photo)
Washington County Sheriff's Office - 06/22/17 2:41 PM
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June 22, 2017 -- The motorcycle rider who crashed at Hagg Lake on June 5, Uziel Guzman-Avendano, died yesterday at Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) from injuries sustained during the incident. Mr. Guzman-Avendano's next of kin has been notified.

ORIGINAL MEDIA RELEASE:

Man Injured in Motorcycle Crash at Hagg Lake

On June 5, 2017, at 7:11 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's deputies were called to a serious injury motorcycle crash on SW Scoggins Valley Road and SW Nelson Road in western Washington County.

Deputies learned that a male riding a 2016 Yamaha motorcycle was part of a group of motorcyclists riding around Hagg Lake. The initial investigation shows that the male failed to negotiate a curve in the road and collided with the guard rail at a high rate of speed. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this crash.

The motorcycle rider, 26-year-old Uziel Guzman-Avendano, of Portland, was taken by air ambulance to a trauma center in Portland. His injuries are potentially life-threatening.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office reminds motorcycle riders to obey speed and other traffic laws and wear reflective clothing to increase their visibility to other motorists. Riders are also encouraged to take ongoing motorcycle skills training - offered locally - to improve their abilities.


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West Linn Police Chief Placed on Leave Pending Investigation
West Linn Police Dept. - 06/22/17 9:26 AM
This Release is being disseminated on behalf of the City Manager's Office for West Linn

Chief Terry Timeus has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into potential personnel policy violations. This investigation is being conducted on behalf of the city by outside investigators.

The investigative process will ensure accountability at all levels in the department. The West Linn Police Department and the city of West Linn is committed to transparency and upon completion of this process will provide more information as to the facts of this personnel issue.

During this time Captain Hennelly has been appointed interim Chief of Police by the West Linn City Manager.
Medical
Health Share Board of Directors Applauds OHP Budget Passage
Health Share of Oregon - 06/22/17 3:36 PM
(Portland, OR) -- On Wednesday, the Oregon Senate gave final approval to fund the Oregon Health Authority, preserving health coverage to hundreds of thousands of Oregonians who rely on the Oregon Health Plan for care.

"This budget protects vital coverage for more than 215,000 Health Share members--76,000 of whom qualify for coverage under the Affordable Care Act," said Janet Meyer, CEO of Health Share. "The OHP budget allows Health Share to focus on what's important--caring for all our members. We know that when people have health coverage, they're healthier and more productive."

Eric Hunter, president and CEO of CareOregon and chair of Health Share's board of directors agreed, "In a tough budget situation it's good to see Health Share, other coordinated care organizations, and delivery system partners come together to support the passage of a two-year Oregon Health Plan budget. We look forward to working toward long term solutions, but are glad that many Oregonians will have the peace of mind that comes with knowing they and their families will continue to have health coverage for the current biennium."
The package, passed with bipartisan votes and broad support from across the health care industry, is comprised of belt-tightening cuts and new revenue sufficient to ensure coverage of all currently eligible Oregon Health Plan members without cutting benefits. New revenue comes from assessments on CCOs, commercial insurers, and hospitals.

"I've been a part of Health Share since the beginning, and I know that this budget supports Health Share's vision of a healthy community for all. Without adequate funding, our journey toward developing a best-in-class Medicaid program in Oregon could have been delayed; we're not ready to slow down progress yet," said Dr. George Brown, president and CEO for Legacy Health, a current Health Share board member and past board chair from 2012-2016.

Beyond providing access to essential health services, Health Share focuses on critical supports, including promoting early life health, enhancing mental health and substance use care, and increasing equity within the system. Passage of the OHP budget allows Health Share to continue to focus on these efforts to achieve better care, smarter spending and healthier people in our service area.

Joanne Fuller, Director of the Multnomah County Health Department, and Health Share board member added, "Health Share's work is to bridge medical care and community health--this is such a big part of reducing the cycle of poverty and creating healthy and stable families. We couldn't do this work without adequate OHP funding."

About Health Share of Oregon
Health Share of Oregon is the state's largest Medicaid coordinated care organization (CCO), serving more than 215,000 Oregon Health Plan (OHP) members in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties. Our mission is to partner with communities to achieve ongoing transformation, health equity, and the best possible health for each individual.

Health Share was founded and continues to be governed by eleven health care organizations serving OHP members: Adventist Health, CareOregon, Central City Concern, Clackamas County, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, Multnomah County, Oregon Health & Science University, Providence Health & Services, Tuality Health Alliance and Washington County.


Attached Media Files: 2017-06/4046/105517/Media_Release_-_OHP_Budget_June_2017.docx , 2017-06/4046/105517/Media_Release_-_OHP_Budget_June_2017.pdf
Salem Health grants $41,370 to Family Building Blocks (Photo)
Salem Health - 06/27/17 9:30 AM
Pictured (L to R): Leilani Slama, Salem Health, Vice President of Community Engagement; Patrice Altenhofen, Executive Director, Family Building Blocks; and Diana Rojas, Home Visitor, Family Building Blocks
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Salem, Ore. -- June 27, 2017 -- Salem Health presented a $41,370 Community Partnership Grant to Family Building Blocks to fund a pilot project to electronically conduct developmental screenings for children in a family's home. Salem Health introduced the Community Partnership Grant program in October 2014 and will grant a total of $306,382 in 2017. Successful initiatives improve the quality of life for those most at risk in our community and decrease the need for catastrophic care and its associated social, emotional and economic costs.

"This pilot project will make a difference in the lives of our community's most vulnerable citizens -- our children," said Patrice Altenhofen, Executive Director of Family Building Blocks. "The use of tablets by our staff during home visits allows us to address needs immediately and offer on-demand resources. With the support of Salem Health, we are providing local children more opportunities to thrive."

Electronic screenings increase the chance of early detection of developmental delays. Early detection followed by quality interventions result in better long-term health outcomes. Research indicates that detection rates for developmental disabilities without using tools is 20 percent, compared to 80-90 percent using a screening tool. Only 30 percent of children with disabilities are identified for intervention before starting school. Providing intervention prior to kindergarten for children with potential delays has significant benefits.

"Community Partnership Grants are designed to improve the quality of life for those most at risk in our community," said Sharon Heuer, director of community benefit at Salem Health. "We know that this pilot project will address a specific need in the development of these young children and we're pleased to partner with Family Building Blocks to help keep children safe and families together."

Community Partnership Grant funding encourages innovative collaboration and engagement among community organizations that share a common vision for better health and meet community health needs identified by the Salem Health Board of Trustees. Current priorities for projects include obesity prevention, tobacco and substance use and early childhood health.

Salem Health offers exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. It comprises hospitals in Salem and Dallas, a medical group of primary and specialty care providers, plus other affiliated services. Visit us at www.salemhealth.org; "Like" us on www.facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at www.youtube.com/salemhealth.

Pictured (L to R): Leilani Slama, Vice President of Community Engagement, Salem Health; Patrice Altenhofen, Executive Director, Family Building Blocks; and Diana Rojas, Home Visitor, Family Building Blocks


Attached Media Files: Pictured (L to R): Leilani Slama, Salem Health, Vice President of Community Engagement; Patrice Altenhofen, Executive Director, Family Building Blocks; and Diana Rojas, Home Visitor, Family Building Blocks
Utilities
Don't lose money on the biggest myths in saving energy
Pacific Power - 06/23/17 9:12 AM
Media inquiries: Media Hotline 800-570-5838


Don't lose money on the biggest myths in saving energy

Hot weather is headed our way, and keeping cool can be a strain on your pocketbook. So Pacific Power wants to dispel a few common myths about cooling off that will help you save money on your bill.

Myth: Leaving the AC running when you are away saves energy
It takes a lot of energy to cool down a sweltering house, but it is definitely a waste of money and electricity to keep your AC running when you are gone. The best option is to use a programmable thermostat that can regulate the temperature, letting your house warm up during the day and then return to your chosen comfort level by the time you get home. Also, make sure you set your air conditioner thermostat as high as comfortable -- we recommend 78 degrees or higher when you're home and 85 degrees while you are away.

Myth: Cranking the thermostat lower will cool the house off faster
The majority of residential central air systems have only one fan speed. So regardless of the set temperature, the house will adjust at the same rate. Dropping the thermostat to 65 degrees won't cool the house faster. You could just be wasting an extra 10 degrees or so worth of energy and money.

Myth: Leaving your ceiling fans on while you're away keeps your home cool
Fans cool people, not rooms. They are effective in helping you stay cool while reducing your air conditioning costs. Plus, since they are targeted to a specific area, they can be more cost-effective than cooling your entire home. But treat them like a light -- turn them off when you leave the room.

Myth: Closing vents in some rooms will boost cooling in others
Nope. The majority of modern central air systems are designed to distribute air throughout an entire house. So if you close a vent in one room, the system keeps cooling and pumping to that area without the air getting into the space. Basically you are paying to keep the inside of your A/C ducts cool. Plus, it can be hard on your system since the more vents you close, the harder your unit has to work to push the air out.

Myth: Air conditioning is the only way to keep cool
Evaporative coolers, or swamp coolers have come a long way over the past few decades. They can cool hot, dry air by up to 30 degrees through the natural process of evaporation, while using only enough electricity to power a fan. They work best in the dry, arid climates of the west because they add moisture to the air. Whole house fans, portable fans and ceiling fans are also really effective ways to cool off in the summer.

For more information and details on available cash incentives for energy efficient AC units, swamp coolers, fans and smart thermostats, as well as how customers can set up their own custom energy savings plan, visit wattsmart.com.
Military
142nd Fighter Wing to host, conduct dissimilar air combat training
Oregon Military Department - 06/22/17 3:36 PM
PORTLAND, Oregon -- The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing, based at the Portland Air National Guard Base, will host Navy F/A-18E Super Hornets from the Strike Fighter Squadron 25 (VFA-25) "Fist of the Fleet" out of Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., June 20--30, 2017, to conduct dissimilar air combat training (DACT).

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

Flights will depart from and land at the Portland International Airport, and training will occur in approved airspace several miles off the Oregon coast. In an effort to foster coordination with the community and the Port of Portland, flights will launch daily after 8 a.m. and will conclude before 4 p.m.

About the 142nd Fighter Wing:
The Portland Air National Guard Base employs 1,500 Airmen who provide an economic impact of nearly $500 million to the region. The 142nd Fighter Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Their mission is to provide unequalled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community.
Federal
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Facilities Will be Open on Independence Day
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 06/27/17 2:44 PM
The National Park Service welcomes you to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site to celebrate Independence Day! Due to the Independence Day at Fort Vancouver event, visitors' cars will not be permitted to enter or park in the park on July 4. However, all park facilities, including the Visitor Center, the reconstructed Fort Vancouver, and Pearson Air Museum, will be open to pedestrian access after visitors enter through one of the three security checked gates.

As the fireworks show will not start until 10 pm, the park facilities will be open later than usual, with both Fort Vancouver and Pearson Air Museum operating from 12 pm to 8 pm, and the park's Visitor Center and Bookstore operating from 12 pm to 5 pm. The usual fees will apply to enter the fort ($5.00 for adults, children 15 and under are free), while there is no fee to enter the Visitor Center or Pearson Air Museum.

National Park Service staff and volunteers will be dressed in period costumes throughout the reconstructed fort to help bring the site to life and present the lifeways of the 19th century fur trade. The Visitor Center and Pearson Air Museum will have exhibits and films available for viewing as well.

The non-profit Friends of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will operate the bookstore at the park's Visitor Center from 12 pm to 5 pm, and they will also be operating a sales tent area on E. 5th Street, adjacent to the main entry path to the fort from 12 pm to 8 pm.

Visitors are welcome to take a flight in a vintage 1930 bi-plane which will be operating from the taxiway adjacent to Pearson Air Museum. The operator, Nostalgic Warbird & Biplane Rides, piloted by Mike Carpentiero will be operating throughout the day. For more information on the costs of bi-plane rides, please visit http://nostalgicwarbirdrides.com/, or call (512) 203-2341.

What: Independence Day at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Learn more about this event, produced by the Fort Vancouver National Trust, at http://4th.fortvan.org/

Where: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, including the reconstructed Hudson's Bay Company Fort Vancouver, the Visitor Center, and Pearson Air Museum

When: Tuesday, July 4, 2017, 12 pm to 8 pm

Cost: Entrance to the reconstructed Fort Vancouver is $5.00 for adults and free for children 15 and under. All interagency (America the Beautiful) passes are honored. Pearson Air Museum and the Visitor Center are free of charge.
Corps, ODFW temporarily extend agreements for hatchery operations
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 06/27/17 7:32 AM
Release No: PA 17-019
For Immediate Release:
June 27, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Contract negotiations for hatchery operations in Oregon are going into overtime. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will extend its cooperative agreements with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) for up to 120 days, as the agencies continue negotiating contracts for the Corps' fish hatchery services in the Columbia, Willamette and Rogue river basins. The current agreements, entered into in 2012, expire June 30, 2017.

"The extra time allows us to work through the negotiations thoroughly and sign contracts by July 31," said Tammy Mackey, Portland District Fish Section chief. "We need to keep the hatcheries operating to avoid impacts to the fish being raised in those facilities. Extending the agreements allows us to continue paying ODFW for their services."

The Corps received approval this spring from its headquarters in Washington, D.C., to enter in to sole source contracts with ODFW for operation of Corps-owned and co-owned hatcheries in Oregon: the Marion Forks, South Santiam, McKenzie and Willamette hatcheries in the Willamette Valley; the Bonneville hatchery on the Columbia River; and the Cole M. River hatchery in the Rogue River Basin.

The Corps sent requests for proposal to ODFW in May; the Corps received proposals June 9 for Willamette Valley facilities and June 19 for the Bonneville and Cole M. Rivers hatcheries. The two agencies were not able to reach consensus with enough time to sign contracts before the expiration of the 2012 agreements.

"We're working diligently to come to consensus on a fair and reasonable contract," said Scott Patterson, ODFW Fish Propagation Program manager. "Our priority is helping the Corps meet its mitigation requirements, while we continue producing fish for our mission."

Since the 1950s, the Corps has paid ODFW to manage hatchery operations and provide fish production services to accomplish required mitigation for impacts to habitat by the Corps' dams. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife carried out these services for the Corps under either contractual or cooperative agreements.

A 2015 review of existing agreements and federal contracting laws and regulations determined a contract, rather than a cooperative agreement, is the appropriate legal document for the Corps to purchase hatchery services.
Corps seeks comments on Springfield, Lane County, Oregon permit application.
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 06/26/17 11:16 AM
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Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by Hayden Homes, LLC to conduct work impacting six (6) unnamed wetlands referred to as Wetlands A,B,C,D,E and F in Springfield, Lane County, Ore. Public Notice NWP-2017-253 is available at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/
State
Oregon Fire Agencies Participate in National Safety Stand Down (Photo)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 06/22/17 9:23 AM
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The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), North American Fire Training Directors (NAFTD) and many other national fire service organizations combine efforts to coordinate a national Safety Stand Down each year during the third week of June. The safety stand down for the fire service is based on a similar process used by the military to bring focus to a specific safety issue through training.

During the week of June 18-24, 2017, fire agencies around the nation, and Oregon, are focusing their training efforts on MAYDAY, Self-Rescue, and Rapid Intervention. These are critical skills required of individual firefighters to recognize when they are in a MAYDAY situation; the skills they need as an individual to remove themselves from the situation (Self-Rescue); and ultimately on the team skills needed to rescue a trapped firefighter (Rapid Intervention).

Regardless of agency size or composition, all firefighters who actively engage in structural firefighting will benefit from participating in the Safety Stand Down event where they can refresh or learn new skills and techniques based on today's research into firefighter MAYDAY events.

An entire week is provided to ensure all shifts and personnel can participate. Topic information, training downloads, and videos will be available at www.safetystanddown.org, the official web site for the Safety Stand Down event.

The Safety Stand Down is coordinated by the IAFC Safety, Health, and Survival Section and the National Volunteer Firefighters Council. For additional information and resources please go to http://www.safetystanddown.org/

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), through its Fire Training and Certification Section, helps more than 300 fire agencies around the state and Oregon's 13,000 career and volunteer firefighters.

Please note the photos attached are from a joint training session held as part of the 2017 National Safety Stand Down last night in Polk County for more than 50 fire-rescue personnel from the City of Dallas Fire & EMS Department, Falls City Fire Department, and the Southwestern Polk County Rural Fire Protection District. This hands-on scenario-based training focused on firefighter self-rescue, entanglement, May-Day, and rapid intervention.

Media outlets are encouraged to contact fire agencies in their community to find out how local career and volunteer fire agencies are participating in this national effort.


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New works by Lee Imonen and April Waters installed at Lebanon's Edward C. Allworth Veterans' Home (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 06/23/17 11:09 AM
Artist April Waters speaks at a recent event to mark the art’s installation.
Artist April Waters speaks at a recent event to mark the art’s installation.
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Salem, Oregon -- A new site-specific courtyard by Oregon artist Lee Imonen, as well as a portrait of namesake Edward C. Allworth and two additional works by Oregon artist April Waters, are now installed at the Edward C. Allworth Veterans' Home in Lebanon, Oregon. The suite of public artworks is located in the main entrance, front lobby and the Canteen (or café) of the building, located at 600 North 5th Street, and may be viewed during regularly scheduled building hours: 8 to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The works were commissioned through Oregon's Percent for Art Program.

Recognizing the need to establish a model of veteran care for the 21st century, the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA) developed the Edward C. Allworth Veterans' Home, a facility where older veterans receive the skilled nursing attention they need in a supportive and comfortable community environment. With that in mind, CB Two Architects, in collaboration with NBBJ Architecture, designed a new type of veterans' home based on the "small-house" concept and the Department of Veterans Affairs Community Living Centers design guide.
The Allworth Veteran's Home Art Selection Committee sought to commission two distinct projects. The first, a site-specific work on the campus central courtyard that would inspire the community to remember the contributions of our veterans and inspire future generations while providing a site of respite and reflection for the Homes' more than 150 residents, their families and guests.

Imonen's work, "Reflection Plaza," is intended to help define a sense of place, complementing art that already exists within the home. By creating both individual and group seating opportunities in the "Reflection Plaza," Imonen created an environment that draws people in to sit quietly or to gather and visit with one another. Imonen explains, "My intent with 'Reflection' is to create a space that inspires while fostering a sense of shelter and belonging. The plaza environment should feel like an extension of the valley's natural surroundings, as if the landscape and the Home's architecture have become interconnected."
The "Reflection Plaza" is designed to create a place of respect for veterans of each of the five branches of military service. At the heart of the design is a basalt reflective pool from which water flows without end. This basin serves as the hub, the center-point of five radiating spokes. Each spoke spreads across the plaza, and together they fully define a circle of space. Separately, each section contains private seating spaces for individuals, families or small groups. Together, the five become one larger space, which can function as a gathering and meeting space for the Allworth and Lebanon communities.

Continuing ODVA's tradition of honoring facility namesakes, artist April Waters was commissioned to paint a portrait of Edward C. Allworth. Waters is known for her paintings of the creeks and rivers of Oregon. Her paintings are considered by many to be restorative and are currently in many of Oregon's hospitals, medical clinics and wellness centers.
Working from photographs and personal history from Allworth's family including portions of Allworth's original uniform, Waters' portrait commemorates Allworth and his company's attempted crossing of the Meuse River, for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor. "In this portrait, I sought to illustrate Major Allworth's bravery, steadfastness and optimism. It was in France, on the banks of the Meuse River, that he helped to bring an end to World War I," Waters explains.

Additional purchases include two original oil paintings including "Seal Cove, Salmon River Estuary" and "Wizard Island, Crater Lake," which was included in the 2012-2015 Art in Embassies exhibition, "Contemporary Artists of the Pacific Northwest." The work is viewable along the east and west walls of the OVHL Community Center.
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Oregon's Percent for Art Program
Oregon was one of the first states in the nation to pass Percent for Art legislation, placing works of art in public spaces throughout the state. Since then, the Percent for Art Program has maintained a commitment to the placement of permanent art of the highest quality in public places. Committees of local citizens across Oregon make selections. The overall collection enhances the state's public spaces and contributes to our well-recognized quality of life.

Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs
The Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA) serves and honors the state's veterans through leadership, advocacy and strong partnerships. ODVA is dedicated to its mission of over 70 years, to help veterans and their families thrive in Oregon. ODVA provides a wide variety of services to the Oregon veteran community, including the operation of its two Veterans' Homes, in Lebanon and The Dalles. Learn more about ODVA at: www.oregon.gov/odva and www.oregondva.com.

Oregon Arts Commission
The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grantmaking, arts and cultural information and community cultural development. The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

More information about the Oregon Arts Commission: www.oregonartscommission.org

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Expo aims to connect veterans with valuable resources in central Oregon
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 06/26/17 8:00 AM
One of the largest veteran resource events in the state will be held in central Oregon next month, when the Veteran Benefit Expo kicks off at 10 a.m. July 15 at the Deschutes Fair & Expo Center in Redmond.

With over 75 booths featuring state and federal service providers, non-profit agencies, employers and other local partners, this free event promises to bring together the best benefits, resources and programs Oregon has to offer veterans and their families.

The annual Expo is organized by the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs and is hosted in different locations throughout the state.

"The Expo is a celebration of and a thank you to the Oregon veteran community, and we really look forward to it every year," said ODVA Director Cameron Smith. "We hope to connect hundreds of veterans with the valuable resources and benefits they've earned at this fun, family-friendly event."

The Expo offers resources from many different benefit areas, including health care, claims assistance, finance, home loans, long-term care, mental health, education, business and recreation. The event will also include a Veteran Career Fair and Veteran Trade Show, showcasing veteran-owned businesses and entrepreneurs.

Thanks to the generous support of sponsors, this year's Expo will feature live entertainment throughout the day, with a lineup of the DD214s, Got Your Six, the Silverado Quartet and comedian Juan Canopii. There will also be military displays, a food tent, a kids' area and plenty of other activities.

Space is limited, but there are still openings for government or non-profit service providers who would like to participate in the Expo, or for employers interested in the career fair. Please contact Tyler Francke at 503-373-2389 or tyler.francke@state.or.us for more information.

For more information about the Expo, visit www.expo.oregondva.com.

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Mid-Willamette Valley Interagency Wildland Fire School begins June 26 in Sweet Home
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/23/17 5:00 AM
Sweet Home, Ore.-- Over 200 wildland firefighters and instructors will convene in Sweet Home at the end of June to take part in the annual five day Mid-Willamette Valley Interagency Wildland Fire School. Officials from the U.S. Forest Service, Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are hosting the training to prepare new firefighters for the rigors of fighting fire, both in Oregon's forests and in rural-urban interface areas.

Co-Incident Commanders Shawn Sheldon, Deputy Fire Staff for the BLM and Willamette National Forest; and Craig Pettinger, Unit Forester for ODF in Sweet Home, see fire school as an opportunity to train firefighters in both tactical skills and safety.

"This is the 21st year we have collaborated for this. Fire School provides crucial education and training in wildland fire to new firefighters and gives career firefighters a chance to refresh their skills and explore leadership opportunities," said Sheldon.

Trainees will spend the first part of the week in a classroom setting. Classes include basic fire behavior, weather, map and compass use, teamwork, safety, use of engines, tools and hose lays, fighting fire in the rural-urban interface and fire investigation. Students will sleep in tents at Sweet Home High School and eat their meals communally, giving them a taste of life in a real fire camp.

The course culminates with a live fire exercise on June 30th just outside of Sweet Home. This will give trainees a final challenge: applying their newly acquired skills to suppress and mop-up a real fire.

"Cascade Timber Consulting, Inc., a local landowner, provides a new field site each year and we are very grateful," added Sheldon. "The live-fire exercise significantly enhances the students' training experience -- working in smoke, hiking through uneven terrain, and working closely with crew members to dig fireline, are all things they'll experience this season as wildland firefighters."

Safety principles of fire training include wearing protective gear, safe use of tools and being on the lookout for hazards. "Safety is paramount in every aspect of wildland firefighting, and it begins with our training exercises," explained Pettinger. "Working together in a training setting improves communications and builds effective relationships for the agencies to draw on during fire season."

This year, the field site that will be used for the live fire exercise is located approximately 5 miles east of Sweet Home adjacent to Highway 20. Fire officials are urging the public to use caution as there will be increased fire traffic in the area and the potential for visible smoke on Friday, June 30th. For more information, please contact Public Information Officers Joanie Schmidgall, (541) 367-3809, or Dawn Sleight, (503) 829-2216.
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Note to media: This opportunity offers access to both trainee and experienced firefighters as they prepare for the 2017 fire season. However, we require 24 hour notice of your intent to participate, as all media must be accompanied by an agency escort and have personal protective equipment. Personal protective equipment includes Nomex pants, long sleeve Nomex shirt, gloves, hard hat, and boots with vibram soles. Protective equipment (excluding leather boots) may be available for media to borrow. Please contact Joanie Schmidgall to make arrangements.
Hotter weather this weekend raises the risk of wildfire
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/22/17 7:57 AM
SALEM, Ore. -- While the southwest U.S. sizzles in a record-breaking heatwave, Oregon is also in store for elevated temperatures this weekend. Summer heat and dry landscapes increase the risk of wildfires. With some parts of the state already having declared fire season in effect, fire officials would like to remind all Oregonians to be aware of fire danger when working or recreating outdoors.

"Given the right conditions, a fire can start almost any time of year," says Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Prevention Coordinator Tom Fields. "And while we've been blessed with cool conditions thus far, fire activity is beginning to pick up as we head into the first weekend of summer."

More than 125 fires have burned 170 acres of forest and grasslands under ODF's protection in 2017. The lion's share (57 fires and 67 acres) have resulted from debris burning while another 14 were caused by people recreating (campfires, fireworks and target shooting).

If you're planning a camping trip this weekend, take extra steps to prevent a catastrophe.
Keep your vehicle on good roads and don't idle over dry grass.
Campgrounds are best for campfires. If campfires are allowed outside campgrounds, choose a location in a clear area away from grass, brush and overhanging trees.
If campfires are allowed where you're heading, keep it contained and small by surrounding it with rocks. Have water and a shovel close by at all times. Put the fire completely out before leaving.

If instead, you're planning on cleaning up the property this weekend, think twice before burning yard debris. Chipping or taking to a recycling center may be safer options. Check with your local ODF/protective association office or fire department for current restrictions. If burning is allowed:
Refrain from burning on windy days.
Try to burn in the morning when conditions are moister.
Keep burn piles small and manageable, feeding from larger piles.
Scratch a wide fire trail down to mineral soil around the pile and have a shovel and charged garden hose at the ready.
Never leave the pile unattended and put the fire completely out when finished.
Finally, go back over the next several weeks and double check the pile for heat and smoke. Burn piles can retain heat for several weeks and rekindle under warm, windy conditions.

For more information on fire restrictions and closures in your area, visit www.oregon.gov/odf/fire/restrictions or call your local ODF office.
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New levee database benefits flood preparedness
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 06/27/17 10:17 AM
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A new, comprehensive levee database will help Oregon's communities reduce flood risks and plan ecological restoration efforts.

Released today by the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI), the database is a compilation of new and existing levee information for western Oregon -- an area of the state with significant flood hazards. Almost 2,000 miles of levees were identified that may stop or divert water during flooding.

"Knowing where levees are and what land they're protecting helps assess and reduce flood risks," says Fletcher O'Brien, DOGAMI geospatial analyst. "It's also critical information for emergency response during floods."

Flooding is a widespread, common hazard for Oregon. More than 251 communities across the state, including locations in every county, are flood prone. National Flood Insurance claim payments in Oregon totaled $5.8 million from October 2015 through September 2016, according to FEMA statistics.

"Oregon didn't previously have a single comprehensive inventory that maps levees with the high spatial accuracy needed for flood mitigation and response efforts," says Jed Roberts, DOGAMI's flood mapping coordinator.

New levee data was also created. Using aerial images and lidar, which provides accurate high-resolution images of the earth's surface, floodplains, river valleys and other likely levee locations were analyzed. Information about 472 miles of previously undocumented levee features is now available.

Levee information also helps in the planning of environmental restoration projects by highlighting potential opportunities to create habitat through levee removal or modification projects.

"From prioritizing areas for future fish habitat to planning for future research on levee conditions, the benefits of easy access to compiled levee data are many," says O'Brien. "Increased understanding of flood risks also reminds us that as Oregonians, we all need to be prepared for this common hazard."

DOGAMI Open-File Report O-17-02, Statewide Levee Database for Oregon, release 1.0: Major Agricultural and Urban Areas in Western Oregon and along the Columbia River, by Fletcher E. O'Brien includes a geodatabase and report. Download the publication at http://bit.ly/oregonlevees

Funding for the project was provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District and the Oregon Geospatial Enterprise Office.
Mined Land Reclamation Awards recipients announced
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 06/22/17 2:58 PM
REDMOND, Ore. - The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) today announced the recipients of its annual Mined Land Reclamation Awards.

Protecting endangered fish through construction of engineered channels, reclaiming mined land to timber production concurrently with completion of mining, and reclaiming mined land for industrial business use are among the efforts recognized for the 2016 calendar year.

Honorees are:

Outstanding Reclamation: Irvin and Maryjane Sharp for exceeding requirements and creating diverse riparian habitat in final reclamation of their sand and gravel site outside Molalla.

Voluntary Reclamation: Scappoose Sand & Gravel Co. for their multi-decade commitment to restoring mined land back to industrial use through innovative techniques in recycling and backfilling.

Outstanding Operator: South Chemult Pumice Inc. is being recognized for excellent ongoing operations, including concurrent reclamation practices.

Good Neighbor Award: Charles and Irene Kornegay are being recognized for their quick and sustained efforts to address previous operator errors at their upland quarry near The Dalles, and working with the adjacent landowner to protect property and natural resources.

Oregon Plan Award: Knife River Corporation Northwest is being recognized for their commitment to ensuring long-term stability of a Sweet Home site by protecting endangered fish species through engineering solutions, as well as final reclamation of mined land to fish and wildlife habitat.

About the Mined Land Reclamation Awards
DOGAMI's Mineral Land Regulation & Reclamation program oversees nearly 900 permits statewide. Each year, DOGAMI and an independent panel of experts select mine sites and operators to receive awards for excellence in reclamation, mine operation, and habitat protection. The awards were presented June 22, 2017 during the Oregon Concrete & Aggregate Producers Association (OCAPA) Annual Meeting at the Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond.


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Additional information about the awardees is available at: http://www.oregongeology.org/mlrr/awards.htm
Photos are available on the Oregon Geology Flickr at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregongeology/albums
Healthcare-Associated Infections Advisory Committee meets June 28 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 06/22/17 12:07 PM
June 22, 2017

What: The quarterly public meeting of the Healthcare-Associated Infections Advisory Committee (HAIAC)

Agenda: Outbreaks update 2017; infection control assessment and response (ICAR) update; annual Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report; annual Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program report; neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) collaborative update; multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO) toolkit; discussion of themes and topics for future 2017 meetings.

When: Wednesday, June 28, 1-3 p.m. A 15-minute public comment period is scheduled at 2:45 p.m.; comments are limited to five minutes.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Room 1B, Portland. A conference call line is available at 877-873-8018, access code 7872333.

OHA provides oversight and support for the mandatory reporting of healthcare-associated infections in Oregon via the HAI Program. The program convenes its advisory board on a quarterly basis. The purpose of the board is to make recommendations to OHA regarding infection measures reportable by health care facilities.

Program contact: Roza Tammer, 971-673-1074, roza.p.tammer@state.or.us

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Medicaid Advisory Committee to meet June 28 in Salem
Oregon Health Authority - 06/22/17 11:47 AM
June 22, 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, June 28, 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/1742663635510619908 or by conference call at 213-929-4212, access code 437-672-657. A recording of the meeting will be posted at the Medicaid Advisory Committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/HP-MAC/Pages/index.aspx.

Agenda: The committee will hear an Oregon Health Plan member's story about their Medicaid experience. OHA staff will update the committee on various federal health policy proposals including per-capita caps. Lori Coyner, Oregon Health Authority Medicaid director, will give an overview of health-related services and applications in coordinated care organizations (CCOs), to inform future social determinants of health policy work.

After its regular business the committee will host a special public forum on the Medicaid 1115 Waiver Award, including an opportunity for public questions and comment.

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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Operation Dry Water -It's all about Impairment (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 06/26/17 9:57 AM
Operation Dry Water 2017
Operation Dry Water 2017
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The Marine Board and law enforcement from 32 counties and the Oregon State Police will be participating in Operation Dry Water, during the weekend of June 30- July 2, as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities related to boating under the influence of intoxicants (BUII).

Last year saw a spike in boating accidents, from 62 in 2015 to 82 in 2016, many involving alcohol and marijuana use. "To help marine officers prepare, we train them to recognize drug and alcohol impairment and arrest those operators --including those with paddles," says Randy Henry, Boating Safety Manager for the Marine Board.

Boating under the influence of intoxicants means prescription drugs, alcohol, inhalants, marijuana, or any other substance that impairs a person's ability to make sound judgments and have the ability to safely operate a boat. The effects of drugs and alcohol are also amplified on the water with the combination of sun, glare, wind, waves and other motion.

Impaired boaters can expect to be arrested or face serious penalties. In Oregon, the consequences of being convicted of BUII include the possibility of jail time, $6,250 in fines and loss of boating privileges. Marine officers can arrest boaters on observed impairment and can legally obtain blood, breath or urine if a boater fails field sobriety testing. So far this year, twelve people have been arrested for BUII and were operating on the Willamette River in Benton County, Upper Klamath Lake, Lake of the Woods, Crescent and Odell Lakes, Clackamas River, and Foster and Detroit Reservoirs.

"Overall, recreational boating is very safe if boaters wear life jackets, boat sober, and keep a sharp lookout by looking at what's in front of them and what's going on around them. If boaters followed these guidelines, accidents would be extremely rare. So far this year, the pattern for accidents includes impairment, distracted operation and no life jacket," Henry warns. Henry goes on to say, "The public is our ally in safe boating. If you see an impaired operator or someone who is operating in a way that threatens others' safety, call 911 and report it. That's how we can work together to save lives."

For more information about Operation Dry Water, visit www.operationdrywater.org or the Marine Board's Boating Safety Program at www.boatoregon.com.
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Attached Media Files: Operation Dry Water 2017
Oregon State Historic Preservation Office is Going Digital
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 06/22/17 8:39 AM
Coming Fall 2017, the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) will offer a new digital review and compliance submittal service called Go Digital. Go Digital will streamline the submittal process and allow our office to assist a greater number of customers while maintaining response times. In response to requests from our customers, our Go Digital service will allow for an easier, quicker way to submit, receive, track, and consult on new and existing projects.

Go Digital Basics:

Go Digital submittals are heavily encouraged; however, hard-copy or paper submittals will still be accepted via standard mail.
If a project is submitted via hard-copy or paper, all future correspondence associated with the project must be submitted in the same format, including all updates and revisions.
Similarly, if a project is submitted via Go Digital, no hard-copy materials associated with the project will be accepted later in the consultation process.
Archaeological reports and site forms submitted via Go Digital will no longer require a hard-copy or CD.
Go Digital submittals will not be accepted unless they are sent to the ORSHPO.Clearance@oregon.gov email following the Go Digital Submittal Guidelines.
Go Digital Submittal Guidelines will be available prior to roll out.

For questions regarding Go Digital, contact Matt Diederich at (503) 986-0577 or matt.diederich@oregon.gov.

The Oregon State Historic Preservation Office is part of Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Other Oregon Heritage programs include the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, the Oregon Heritage Commission, and the Oregon Main Street Program. Learn more about Oregon Heritage by visiting www.oregonheritage.org.
Counties/Regional
Lifeguards return this weekend to Klineline Pond for daily coverage through Labor Day
Clark Co. WA Communications - 06/27/17 3:04 PM
Vancouver, Wash. - Lifeguards will begin working at Klineline Pond this weekend, providing an extra level of safety at the popular swimming spot heading into the Fourth of July holiday.

Lifeguards will be on duty from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily beginning Saturday, July 1, and lasting through Labor Day. The splash pad next to Klineline Pond is currently down for repairs but likely will reopen for the weekend.

Having lifeguards on duty reduces the inherent dangers of swimming and playing in the water, but park users are urged to follow basic water safety at all times. Parents should be particularly vigilant watching young children near the water since drownings can happen swiftly and silently.

Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury deaths among children 1 to 14 years old. In Washington, an average of 25 children and teenagers drown each year.

Life jackets can prevent such tragedies. A properly fitted life jacket should be snug, but comfortable. When lifting the shoulders of the jacket, the child's chin and ears should not slip through.

Park users can borrow a jacket from the loaner station at Klineline Pond. When finished, please return jackets to the station and hang them up to dry.

Boats, canoes, kayaks, rafts and air mattresses are not allowed on Klineline Pond.

Daily parking fees -- $2 for motorcycles, $3 for cars and trucks, $6 for cars and trucks with trailers, and $8 for buses and motor homes -- are charged at Salmon Creek Regional Park/Klineline Pond, off Northeast 117th Street just west of Interstate 5. Annual parking passes, good at four county regional parks, can be purchased for $30. More information is available on the county's website, www.clark.wa.gov/public-works/parking-fees.

Swimming is allowed in most Clark County parks that have water access, but the county provides lifeguards only at Klineline Pond.

Clark County parks on the Columbia River, namely Captain William Clark Regional Park at Cottonwood Beach and Frenchman's Bar Regional Park, are not safe for swimming because of strong currents and abrupt drop-offs. In addition, swimming is not allowed at Lucia Falls Regional Park because areas near the falls are sensitive fish spawning grounds.

More information about swimming in county parks and water safety is available at www.clark.wa.gov/public-works/swimming.

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Application period now open for 2018 Historical Promotion Grants
Clark Co. WA Communications - 06/27/17 10:01 AM
Vancouver, Wash. - The Board of County Councilors is accepting applications from local organizations for grants that promote historical preservation and programs, including preservation of historic documents.

Applications for 2018 Historical Promotion Grants must be received by the Historic Preservation Commission by mid-September.

The commission will review applications in the fall and submit recommendations to the county council in November. Grants will be awarded in December, and the money will be available in January 2018.

Interested people can get the application online at www.clark.wa.gov/community-planning/historical-promotion-grants-program or by contacting Jacqui Kamp in Community Planning at (360) 397-2280 or jacqui.kamp@clark.wa.gov.

Deadline for submitting completed applications is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15. Applications must include an original signature; electronic copies will not be accepted.

Applications may be delivered to Community Planning on the third floor of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., or mailed to:

Clark County Community Planning
P.O. Box 9810
Vancouver, WA 98666-9810
Attn: Jacqui Kamp

For questions about the grant process, please contact Jacqui Kamp of Community Planning at (360) 397-2280 or jacqui.kamp@clark.wa.gov.

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Proper fireworks disposal can prevent fires, injury and stream contamination
Clark Co. WA Communications - 06/23/17 2:37 PM
Vancouver, Wash. - Even after they light up the night sky, fireworks remain potential sources of fire and worker injury. Improper disposal of fireworks puts waste and recycling workers at increased risk of injury from fires in their trucks and at transfer stations. Fireworks are not recyclable and will contaminate materials that are.

Tips for proper disposal of USED fireworks:

Do not place ANY fireworks or ANY part of fireworks in your recycling cart. All used fireworks should be treated as garbage and disposed of as follows:
o Put used fireworks in a bucket of water overnight. Remove them from the water and put
them in a garbage bag and into your garbage can.
o Dump the water onto grass or dirt or other landscape where it won't flow into a storm
drain and into the river. DO NOT pour onto pavement or into the street.

Tips for proper disposal of UNUSED fireworks:

DO NOT put in your garbage or recycling; they are explosives and can cause serious harm to workers and the environment.
DO NOT take them to the transfer stations; workers cannot accept explosives.
DO take them to the following locations between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, except holidays. Fireworks must be given directly to personnel, not left in lobby or outside unattended.
o Clark County residents:
?,? Public Safety Complex -- 505 N.W. 179th St., Ridgefield
o Vancouver residents:
?,? Vancouver Police Department East Precinct -- 520 S.E. 115th Ave.
?,? Vancouver Police Department West Precinct -- 2800 N.E. Stapleton Rd.
o Camas/Washougal residents:
?,? Station 41 -- 616 N.E. 4th Ave., Camas
?,? Station 42 -- 4321 N.W. Parker St., Camas
?,? Station 43 -- 1400 A St., Washougal
Note on "duds:" if a firework fails to ignite, an adult should approach it carefully after waiting at least 15 minutes, and place it in a bucket of water. After soaking overnight, remove it from the water and treat it as an UNUSED firework.

Report homemade explosive devices or altered fireworks

Do not attempt to move or transport homemade explosive devices or altered fireworks for disposal. They will not be accepted at the above locations. Call 911 and report them for removal.

Residents should use fireworks only during legal discharge times, which vary across the county. It is illegal to discharge any fireworks in the city of Vancouver. For a chart showing when fireworks can legally be used in different areas, go to http://tinyurl.com/ycwmmgsr.

Failing to clean up fireworks residue is littering, a violation of Washington law and Clark County ordinance.
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Tips for staying cool at Recycled Arts Festival in weekend's expected high heat
Clark Co. WA Communications - 06/22/17 12:50 PM
Vancouver, Wash. - With weekend temperatures forecasted to reach the upper 90s, Recycled Arts Festival organizers are offering these tips for beating the heat while enjoying the festival:

Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothes.
Wear a brimmed hat and sunglasses; apply sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher.
Keep your water bottle filled and drink from it often. Ice water will be provided.
Consider leaving your pets at home, but water for dogs also will be provided.
Enjoy the shade. Esther Short Park is usually pleasant under the trees; extra chairs will be provided in the shade.
Wade in the fountain at the southeast corner of the park. All ages welcome.

"We want people to have a great time, and we want them to be safe," said Sally Fisher, festival coordinator. "By taking some simple precautions against the heat, people can enjoy themselves and safely celebrate recycled art and sustainability."

Additional tips for preventing heat-related problems:

Limit intake of drinks with caffeine, alcohol or lots of sugar.
Never leave anyone, especially young children, in a parked vehicle. Leave pets at home. Even with windows rolled down, temperatures can rise rapidly in parked vehicles.
Seek relief in an air-conditioned location, if possible. If your home is not air-conditioned, go to the mall, a movie or the library for a few hours to cool down.
Cool off by taking a shower or bath or moving to an air-conditioned place. Fans provide comfort, but will not prevent heat-related illness.
Cut down on exercise, especially in the middle of the day.

Heat related illnesses
Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided. Warning signs include: body temperature above 103° F; red, hot and dry skin but no sweating; rapid pulse; throbbing headache; nausea; dizziness; and confusion.

If you see any of these signs, call for immediate medical assistance. Place the person in a tub of cool water or cool shower, or spray the person with cool water from a garden hose. Do not give the person anything to drink.

Less severe heat-related illnesses include heat exhaustion and muscle cramps. Signs are heavy sweating, paleness, weakness, headache and vomiting. Drink nonalcoholic, cool beverages. Seek medical attention if symptoms worsen or last more than an hour.

Additional information
For more information on heat safety, see https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/index.html.

For information on cooling centers in Clark County, see http://cresa911.org/2017/06/22/summer-solstice-scorcher/.

For more information about the Recycled Arts Festival, visit www.RecycledArtsFestival.com RecycledArtsFestival.com and https://www.facebook.com/RecycledArtsFestival/.
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Cities
Battle Ground's free Summer Playground program begins this week (Photo)
City of Battle Ground - 06/26/17 10:50 AM
Battle Ground Summer Playground Program
Battle Ground Summer Playground Program
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School is out and that means Battle Ground's Summer Playground program is in session. The free program, designed for children aged 4 - 10, brings fun recreational activities to Battle Ground parks each Wednesday and Thursday of the 9-week summer break.

Each week features a different themed activity and provides children the opportunity to make at least one arts and crafts project to take home with them. No need to register, just come outside and play!

The program is made possible by grants funded by Riverview Community Bank, the Clark County Parks Foundation and Banner Bank.

Weekly sessions are held:
Wednesdays: 10:00 am-12:00 noon at Kiwanis Park (422 SW 2nd Ave) and from 2:00-4:00 pm at Horsethief Park (SW 12th Ave & SW 11th St)
Thursdays: 10:00 am-12:00 noon at Florence Robison Park (1900 NW 9th St) and from 2:00-4:00 pm at Cresap Park (1911 SE 2nd Place).

The full Summer Playground schedule listing weekly themed activities and locations is available online at www.cityofbg.org/summerplayground.

For more information, contact Battle Ground Parks & Recreation at 360-342-5380.


Attached Media Files: Battle Ground Summer Playground Program
Fireworks in the City of Battle Ground: Keeping it legal and safe
City of Battle Ground - 06/23/17 8:21 AM
Correction to time of allowable discharge of legal fireworks
June 29 -- July 3 from 9am to 11pm (the end time was noted incorrectly as 9pm on original release)




The sale and discharge of fireworks in Battle Ground is regulated by city code and state statute. Wednesday, June 28 marks the legal opening of fireworks sales and discharge within Battle Ground city limits. In the city of Battle Ground, legal fireworks may be discharged:
June 28 from noon to 11pm
June 29 -- July 3 from 9am to 9pm
July 4 from 9am to midnight
July 5 from 9 am to 11 pm

"Being prepared, safe, and responsible is key to a fun and worry-free 4th of July celebration," noted Battle Ground Fire Marshal Chris Drone. He will be conducting fireworks enforcement throughout the city. "Use only legal fireworks", he reminds residents, "stay within the legal discharge dates and times, and be aware that discharging fireworks in city parks or on school grounds is prohibited."

Safety tips and helpful links, including information on how to identify illegal fireworks, is available on the city's website at www.cityofbg.org/fireworks. Also on the website is a link to a Clark County map that identifies the varying fireworks regulations throughout the county. Legal discharge days and times vary across jurisdictions and users are responsible for knowing the regulations at their location. The map allows users to enter an address to determine the fireworks regulations at a specific location.

To report the illegal use of fireworks, call 3-1-1. Call 9-1-1 to report a fire, injury, or other emergency.

Be Prepared, Be Safe, Be Responsible

Be Prepared before lighting any firework:
Know the fireworks law in your area.
Purchase only legal fireworks, available at Washington State licensed stands.
Ensure the safety of pets; the loud sounds make them nervous. More pets become lost on this day than any other when panicked--going through open windows, breaking tethers, and leaping fences.
Have a bucket of water nearby in which to place all used fireworks.
Keep a water hose or fire extinguisher nearby to put out stray sparks.
Clear a level area away from things that can burn.
Teach your children to "stop, drop, and roll" if their clothes catch on fire.

Be Safe when fireworks are being lit:
Use only outdoors on a level, flat, hard surface.
Only adults should light fireworks.
Light one firework at a time and move away quickly.
Do not lean over fireworks when lighting them.
Keep spectators at a safe distance (recommend 20 feet from fireworks).
Keep away from anything that can burn.
Follow the directions on the label carefully.
Be considerate of your neighbors, family pets, and your environment.
Follow the time restrictions for discharge.

Be Responsible after the fireworks are done:
Clean up all debris when finished.
Duds can be dangerous; if a fireworks item does not light or fire, an adult should wait at least fifteen minutes, approach it carefully, and place it in a bucket of water.
Make sure unused fireworks, matches, and lighters are out of sight and reach of children.
Before throwing away any used fireworks, make sure they are cold. Soaking in a bucket of water for at least 10 minutes before placing the fireworks in a plastic garbage bag will ensure they won't catch anything on fire.
Join Beaverton City Library for "Exploregon Staycation" Summer Programs for Adults (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 06/27/17 3:16 PM
In July, Beaverton City Library will hold its second annual summer staycation for adults with “Exploregon” events including a talk by Joe Beelart, local bigfoot enthusiast and author of The Oregon Bigfoot Highway. (Photo/Joe Beelart)
In July, Beaverton City Library will hold its second annual summer staycation for adults with “Exploregon” events including a talk by Joe Beelart, local bigfoot enthusiast and author of The Oregon Bigfoot Highway. (Photo/Joe Beelart)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- During the second half of July, Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW Fifth St., is hosting the second annual summer staycation for adults. Celebrate this year's staycation with programming, book suggestions and more that delve into the weird, wild and wonderful of Oregon.


These programs are free and open to the public; no registration is required. For more information, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-644-2197.


Mushroom Foraging and Identification
Monday, July 17 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Meeting Room B
Come and explore the exciting world of native mushroom foraging and identification with Rachel Box, a member of the Oregon Mycological Society.


Portland Opera Preview: Cosi fan tutte
Tuesday, July 18 | 7-8 p.m. | Auditorium
Join us for a special preview of Portland Opera's production of Mozart's Così fan tutte. The preview is hosted by Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor Nicholas Fox with performances by Portland Opera's Resident Artists. For more information about Portland Opera visit www.portlandopera.org.


Pacific Northwest Reading Cafe
Wednesday, July 19 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Cathy Stanton Conference Room
This book discussion group meets to discuss books written by Northwest authors or written with a setting in the Pacific Northwest. You can bring a lunch along to enjoy while we discuss the books!


Repair and Recycling Fair
Saturday, July 22 | 12:30-3:30 p.m. | Meeting Rooms A & B
Repair Fair of Washington County will offer free repair by volunteers of small household items, light sewing repairs, etc. Master recyclers will also be available to answer questions about recycling.


Oregon Bigfoot Highway
Wednesday, July 26 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Meeting Room B
Did you know that Oregon is one of the states with the highest number of Bigfoot sightings? Joe Beelart, local Bigfoot enthusiast and member of the Clackamas Sasquatchians, will be discussing his book, The Oregon Bigfoot Highway.


Through July 31, sign up for WCCLS Reads, our Summer Reading program for adults! Sign up online at www.wccls.org/asrp or at either Beaverton City Library location, read books and submit book reviews all summer long, and be entered into prize drawings. Join a community of readers to discover your next great read!


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: In July, Beaverton City Library will hold its second annual summer staycation for adults with “Exploregon” events including a talk by Joe Beelart, local bigfoot enthusiast and author of The Oregon Bigfoot Highway. (Photo/Joe Beelart)
Apply now for the 60th annual Beaverton Celebration Parade (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 06/26/17 9:50 AM
The City of Beaverton invites local groups to participate in the 60th annual Beaverton Celebration Parade on Sept. 9. Entries are free but space is limited. Apply by Aug. 11. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
The City of Beaverton invites local groups to participate in the 60th annual Beaverton Celebration Parade on Sept. 9. Entries are free but space is limited. Apply by Aug. 11. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The City of Beaverton is excited to announce the 60th annual Beaverton Celebration Parade to be held on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. This event celebrates Beaverton's welcoming, vibrant, and diverse community and features festive floats, marching bands, local celebrities and more. The city invites local nonprofits, businesses and community groups to participate.


This year's theme of "Be Green in '17" connects the event to the city's dedication to be more sustainable and is a fun way for participants to get creative. The city encourages parade participants to incorporate sustainability, recycling, eco-friendliness, green energy, reducing waste, etc. From using recycled materials to create a float, to opting to walk or bike instead of drive a vehicle, there are plenty of ways to make this year's parade more "green."


Because of the popularity of the Beaverton Celebration Parade, entries will be limited and must be received by Aug. 11 at 5 p.m.. For more information or to apply, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Parade. Applications must include a signed waiver and release form and an adult/child photo release form for each participant.


The Beaverton Celebration Parade began in 1957 and has grown into a citywide tradition. There is no cost to participate. More than 100 entries participate each year.


The 7th annual Celebration 5K Fun Run will start the day's festivities at Griffith Park at 9 a.m. On Sunday, Sept. 10, the celebration weekend continues with Bike Beaverton hosted by the Bicycle Advisory Committee, which will kick off at 1 p.m. at City Park.


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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Attached Media Files: The City of Beaverton invites local groups to participate in the 60th annual Beaverton Celebration Parade on Sept. 9. Entries are free but space is limited. Apply by Aug. 11. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
Salem Fire Department Reminds Residents of Fireworks Safety
City of Salem - 06/23/17 4:30 PM
Beginning June 23 and running through July 6, fireworks are approved for sale in Oregon. State-legal fireworks can be purchased from licensed retailers in Salem during this time period. You can also enjoy watching the large professional fireworks displays around the area.

Each year during this time period, the Salem Fire Department responds to many fireworks-related incidents. Some of these incidents have resulted in very expensive losses, damaging both vehicles and buildings. Injuries related to fireworks use are also a concern. National statistics indicate children and teenagers have two-and-a-half times the risk of fireworks-related injury as compared to the general population.

Protect your family and property from fireworks-related fires and injuries by practicing the "Four BE's" as recommended by the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office and the Salem Fire Department.

BE PREPARED before lighting the fireworks
Use only legal fireworks available at licensed fireworks sales locations
Store fireworks out of children's reach
Always read and follow the directions on the firework's label
Place pets indoors; they are easily frightened by fireworks
Always have water handy (a garden hose or a bucket of water)

BE SAFE when lighting fireworks
Only adults should light fireworks
Keep matches and lighters away from children
Only use fireworks outdoors and away from combustibles
Light one firework at a time and move away quickly
Keep children and pets away from fireworks
Do not throw fireworks or hold them in your hand

BE RESPONSIBLE after lighting fireworks
Soak used fireworks thoroughly in a bucket of water
Dispose of used fireworks and debris properly
Never re-light a "dud" firework (wait at least 15-20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water)

BE AWARE of laws governing fireworks
Use only legal fireworks
Use fireworks only where it is legal to do so.
Fireworks are prohibited in City and State Parks

The Salem Fire Department encourages you and your family to have a fun and enjoyable Independence Day celebration by ensuring safe practices and legal use of consumer fireworks. Please use your fireworks safely and responsibly and remember to "Keep it Legal and Keep it Safe."
Hot Weather This Weekend, Salem Cooling Locations and Heat Prevention Tips
City of Salem - 06/23/17 9:00 AM
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory and excessive heat watch for the Salem area. The Heat Advisory remains in effect from 12 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Saturday. The Excessive Heat Watch is in effect beginning 12 p.m. Saturday through Sunday evening.

The following locations are open and are available as cooling locations:

Main Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty Street SE, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-5p.m.
West Salem Library, 395 Glen Creek Road NW, Friday and Saturday Noon to 6 p.m., closed Sunday
Center 50+, 2615 Portland Road NE, Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-3 p.m. closed Sunday
Other locations open to the public.

Area residents are also invited to make use of the splash pads in several of Salem's parks. They operate seven days a week.
10 a.m.--8 p.m. Riverfront Park, 200 Water Street NE
10 a.m.--8 p.m. River Road Park, 3045 River Road N
12 p.m.--8 p.m. Fairmount Park, 650 Rural Street S
12 p.m.--8 p.m. Northgate Park, 3575 Fairhaven Avenue NE
12 p.m.--8 p.m. Wes Bennett Park, 2200 Baxter Road SE
12 p.m.--8 p.m. West Salem Park, 265 Rosemont Avenue NW
12 p.m.--8 p.m. Englewood Park, 1260 19th Street NE

Prevention of heat related illness is critical during hot weather. Here are a few tips to beat the heat:

Drink lots of fluids! You should drink small amounts frequently, e.g. one cup every 20 minutes.

Don't leave children or pets in the car! Even leaving them in the car for a little bit can be dangerous. The temperature in your vehicle is significantly hotter than outside.

Manage your workloads and do your heaviest physical labor in the cooler part of the day. Add frequent short breaks. Watch yourself and coworkers for signs of heat illness.

Wear lightweight clothing. Light colored cotton fabric is a good choice.

Pull blinds or shades to reduce the amount of solar heating coming from the windows. Keep windows closed when air conditioning is running.

When possible, stay indoors in an air-conditioned area. If you do not have air conditioning, go to a shopping mall, public library, theater, or other public location that does.

Be sure pets have lots of fresh water to drink.

Check on sick and elderly neighbors that may be susceptible to heat illness.
Independence Day Celebration at Riverfront Park, Tuesday, July 4
City of Salem - 06/22/17 11:11 AM
Salem area residents are invited to come and enjoy a free, fun, family friendly, Independence Day Celebration on Tuesday, July 4 at Riverfront Park. Join us for the fireworks display about 10 p.m.

Attendees are welcome to bring blankets or low back chairs. No alcohol or fireworks are permitted in the park. Please arrive early to grab a good spot.

Parking is provided in the north end of Riverfront Park (enter off Union Street NE), Wallace Marine Park, downtown streets, and parking garages.

The Riverfront Park Dock will close at noon on Tuesday, July 4th, to allow for fireworks set-up.
23rd Annual ArtSplash Art Show and Sale
City of Tualatin - 06/26/17 3:59 PM
Looking for some great art, jewelry, ceramics, music, food and fun? Come out to the City of Tualatin's 22nd annual ArtSplash Art Show and Sale July 21-23, 2017 at the Tualatin Lake of the Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg Street in Tualatin. Over 50 Northwest artists will be showcasing their talents in watercolor, acrylics, photography, oil, jewelry, ceramics and more.

Schedule of Events:

Friday
12pm-9pm -- ArtSplash artist booths open
5:30pm -- Food vendors open
6:30pm - Concert on the Commons featuring Northwest Folk band The Junebugs.

Saturday
11am-8pm -- ArtSplash artist booths and food vendors open
12pm-4pm -- Kids of all ages can participate in the kids' art activity area from
1:30pm-4pm -- Concert by Tualatin band Elise and Special Guest
6:00pm - Nuevo Flamenco guitarist Todd Haaby.
9:00pm - Movie on the Commons, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (PG)

Sunday
11:00am-4:00pm -- ArtSplash artist booths and food vendors open
11:00am-2:00pm -- Chalk it Up- Create your own masterpiece using liquid chalk.
1:00pm-3:00pm -- Concert by New Horizons Big Band of Tualatin

Food carts include Sara's Tamales, Slick's Big Time BBQ, Here's the Scoop Ice Cream, and Lee Farms.
Escape the heat at City recreation, water education centers
City of Vancouver - 06/22/17 4:14 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- Temperatures are heating up, but Vancouver has cool places where residents of all ages can seek some relief. Here are some options where you can splash, learn or simply chill.

Visit Vancouver Parks and Recreation's Community Centers to cool off, meet up with friends or take part in programs to play, swim or get fit. Marshall Community Center is fully air conditioned. Most of the open areas at Firstenburg Community Center are ventilated with moving air, but are not air conditioned. The swimming pool at the Marshall Community Center is closed for renovation until August, but the indoor pool at the Firstenburg Community Center is open.

At both Firstenburg and Marshall centers, the Wi-Fi-enabled lobby areas are open to the public, free of charge. Fitness centers and pools are available to members or by paying a drop-in fee. Hours, schedules and other information can be found online at: www.vanparksrec.org (click on Community Centers at the top of the page).

Vancouver Public Works' Water Resources Education Center, along the Columbia River and waterfront trail, is an air-conditioned oasis for exploring our natural resources, from the aquaria to hands-on exhibits to toddler-size learning at Puddles Place. The Water Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission to the Water Center is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For Water Center information or directions, please see www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter.

There are other air-conditioned options around Vancouver, too, including restaurants, theaters and shops, as well as Fort Vancouver Regional Library District locations. Visit the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency's (CRESA) website to view a list of Clark County cooling centers at http://cresa911.org/?s=cooling.

The City of Vancouver reminds residents that it's important to stay hydrated during heat advisories. Where possible, stay indoors in an air-conditioned or cooled building. If swimming outdoors, be aware of river temperatures and currents and take precautions to be safe, including the use of flotation devices.

Children and pets should NEVER be left in a closed, parked vehicle for any period of time, no matter how short. Pet owners are also encouraged to provide cool shelter for animals and plenty of water. Please note that pets are not allowed in the City's community centers, except for service animals.

For more hot weather safety tips from CRESA, please visit http://cresa911.org/?s=heat.

Firstenburg Community Center
700 N.E. 136th Ave.
360-487-7001

Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 5:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 5:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.


Marshall Community Center
1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd.
360-487-7100

Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 5:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 5:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday: Closed


Water Resources Education Center
4600 S.E. Columbia Way
360-487-7111

Hours:
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: Noon - 5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

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MacArthur Statue to be Unveiled on Saturday at Korean War Remembrance Ceremony
City of Wilsonville - 06/23/17 11:12 AM
On Saturday, June 24, at 10:00 a.m. at the Korean War Memorial in Wilsonville's Town Center Park, 29600 Park Place, the Korean War Memorial Foundation of Oregon (KWMFO) is hosting a Korean War Remembrance Ceremony that is free and open to the public. The event is being held with assistance from the Oregon Trail Chapter Korean War Veterans Association.

This year the annual event includes a special unveiling of a life-size bronze statue of General Douglas MacArthur who served as the commander of the U.S. led United Nations forces during the war from 1950-1951. The statue was commissioned by the Korean War Memorial Foundation of Oregon and was fabricated and installed by Nick Christensen of Brodin Studios & NKC Sculptures Inc, a bronze sculpture artist based in Litchfield, Minnesota.

The purpose of the ceremony is to commemorate the start of the Korean War that began in June of 1950 and also to remember the 298 Oregonians that gave their lives during the war that ultimately resulted in providing freedom to the people of South Korea.

The event features major speakers, including:
Tim Knapp, Mayor of Wilsonville
Duk-ho Moon, Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Seattle
Brig. General Mark Crosby, Oregon Military Department
Joseph Glover, Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs
Kyeong Hei Won, Mayor of the City of Yeoju, Korea
Bob Cassidy, President of the Oregon Trail Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association

The event also includes patriotic music, a flyover by the West Coast Ravens, the presence of many Korean War veterans, and special musical entertainment from a "Living Treasure" visiting from Korea.

For information or questions, email: Greg Caldwell at caldwell@lclark.edu.
Woodburn Public Library Will Act as Cooling Station
City of Woodburn - 06/23/17 4:16 PM
The Woodburn Public Library will act as a cooling station this weekend as temperatures are expected to be in the triple digits. The library's regular hours on Saturday and Sunday is 1-5 p.m. It will be open an additional three hours until 8 p.m. for cooling purposes only. Any normal library services will not be available during that time.

The Woodburn Public Library is located at 280 Garfield St. in Downtown Woodburn. For more information, contact the library at 5-3-982-5252.
Banks & Credit Unions
Washington Credit Unions are Ready to Help Members if Government Shuts Down
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 06/26/17 9:41 AM
SEATAC, WA; --If the Washington Legislature fails to reach a budget agreement by June 30, the state government will partially shut down. That could create financial hardship for the 32,000 state employees who will be laid off, and for thousands of other consumers who rely on some state services that will be suspended.
Many Washington credit unions have options in place to help their members who would be impacted.

"As not-for-profit cooperatives, credit unions have a rich history of helping their members navigate through the opportunities and challenges of life's journeys," said Troy Stang, President and CEO of the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA). "It is during difficult times such as government shutdowns and other emergencies that the cooperative financial services model shines through."

Standing Beside Members is What Credit Unions Do

Because credit unions are local, member-owned cooperatives, and not-for-profit, they focus on putting their members' needs first, in good times and during emergencies, Stang noted. Services many Washington credit unions are preparing to offer in the event of a state government shutdown include short-term loans to cover payroll gaps, options to skip loan payments, and financial counseling. An example of such member services is posted on the Washington State Employees Credit Union website as well as on the O Bee Credit Union website.

Stang recommends state employees and other consumers who could be impacted by a state shutdown contact their credit unions in advance, to learn more about services that could be available.

The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 180 credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Credit unions are not-for-profit, cooperative financial services providers, owned by the members using their services. Credit unions do not pay stockholders on Wall Street. Instead they return all earnings in excess of expenses and required reserves back to their members in the form of lower fees, better loan rates, higher yields on savings, and other services. More than six million Northwest consumers are credit union members. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.


Attached Media Files: 2017-06/4992/105601/Washington_Credit_Unions_Prepare_to_Help_Members_Through_Government_Shutdown_ds.docx
Colleges & Universities - Public
CCC farmers market opens June 28 (Photo)
Clackamas Comm. College - 06/22/17 2:01 PM
The CCC farmers market is open to the public each Wednesday, June 28-Aug. 30, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The CCC farmers market is open to the public each Wednesday, June 28-Aug. 30, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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OREGON CITY -- Fresh, organically grown produce will be sold on campus by Clackamas Community College Horticulture Department students during Farmers Market Wednesdays, beginning June 28.

The college's Organic Farming-Campus Farm class will be selling vegetables grown on the CCC Oregon City campus farm using organic methods. They will sell the produce from a food cart parked outside of the Community Center in the quad each Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Aug. 30.

Funds raised will benefit CCC student scholarships.

The Oregon City campus is located at 19600 Molalla Ave. For more information, contact Loretta Mills at 503-594-3292 or lorettam@clackamas.edu.

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Photo: The CCC farmers market is open to the public each Wednesday, June 28-Aug. 30, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Attached Media Files: The CCC farmers market is open to the public each Wednesday, June 28-Aug. 30, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Multnomah Co. Schools
Monday, June 26, 2017 Executive, Budget Hearing & Regular Board Business Meeting Agenda
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 06/22/17 6:03 PM
The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon, will convene in an Executive Session, Budget Hearing & Regular Board Business Meeting on Monday, June 26, 2017 in the Boardroom at the Parkrose District Office located at 10636 NE Prescott St., Portland, Oregon at the hour of 6:30pm. The Board will open the meeting with a Budget Hearing with time set aside for citizen comment. Following the hearing they will receive a High School Student Leadership Update and recognize outgoing Board Member Ed Grassel. They will receive reports from the Superintendent's Office, School Improvement, Technology, Human Resources, Student Services and the Business Office. The Board will take action on consent agenda and several action items including adopting next year's budget. They will report on their Board Business including: Committee liaison reports, Board Goals, Board Retreat, discuss Chair and Vice Chair elections for July, and be available to hear Citizen Comments three times during the Business Meeting. The agenda is posted on the Parkrose School District Website at https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1000205
Washington Co. Schools
L.C.Tobias Elementary Honored as TREX National Recycling Challenge Winner (Photo)
Hillsboro Sch. Dist. - 06/23/17 4:34 PM
From left: Hillsboro Schools Foundation Development Director Ginny Watson, Tobias Principal Andrew Bekken, Parent Group President Danica Barnes, and Hillsboro Mayor Steve Callaway appreciate the school’s new TREX bench.
From left: Hillsboro Schools Foundation Development Director Ginny Watson, Tobias Principal Andrew Bekken, Parent Group President Danica Barnes, and Hillsboro Mayor Steve Callaway appreciate the school’s new TREX bench.
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Composite Decking Leader Inspires Environmental Responsibility through 10th Annual Competition

Hillsboro Oregon, June, 23 2017 -- For the students at L.C.Tobias Elementary, it's not only easy being green -- it's rewarding, too! Tobias was recently named a national winner of the 10th annual Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge, a program designed to help educate students about the importance of recycling.

"The Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge is not only an engaging way to teach the importance of recycling, but it also serves as an incredible team building exercise," said Heidi Burkart, Resource Conservation Manager of Hillsboro School District. "Our students worked together and with the community to recycle as much plastic as possible, and we are so thrilled that they demonstrated such strong leadership in this effort to save the planet!"

To capture this year's top honors, Tobias Elementary students recycled more than 1348 pounds of polyethylene plastic. In recognition of their outstanding efforts, Trex Company, the world's number one decking and railing brand and leader in high-performance, low-maintenance outdoor living products, presented the students with a new Trex bench for use at their school, as well as a picture frame made from Trex composite materials to showcase their winner certificate.

The Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge pits K-12 schools across the country against one another in a fun, friendly competition to collect and recycle the most plastic bags and other types of polyethylene materials for the chance to win Trex products for their schools. A record number of Hillsboro schools participated in this year's program, collecting more than 6300 pounds of plastic film since the program started last November 15 on America Recycles Day. Instead of going into landfills, that plastic waste will be converted into beautiful Trex composite decking.

"Offering a rewarding, hands-on school project, the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge provides students with a better understanding and appreciation for sustainable practices," said Stephanie Hicks, material resource coordinator for Trex. "After a decade, the program is still growing -- with a record number of schools competing this year -- and continues to educate tens of thousands of students about environmental responsibility."

One of the largest recyclers of plastic in the U.S., Trex uses more than 1.5 billion plastic bags to make its eco-friendly, wood-alternative outdoor living products each year. A standard 16-foot Trex board contains recycled material from approximately 2,250 plastic bags. In addition to plastic grocery and retail bags, Trex reuses polyethylene plastic from a variety of common household items -- such as case overwraps, bread bags, bubble wrap, newspaper sleeves and dry cleaning bags -- to create composite products that offer a superior alternative to wood and an environmentally responsible choice to consumers.

For more information about the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge, visit Trex.com/Recycling.

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About Trex Company
Trex Company is the world's largest manufacturer of high performance wood-alternative decking and railing, with more than 20 years of product experience. Stocked in more than 6,700 retail locations worldwide, Trex outdoor living products offer a wide range of style options with fewer ongoing maintenance requirements than wood, as well as a truly environmentally responsible choice. For more information, visit trex.com. You also can follow Trex on Twitter (@Trex_Company), Pinterest (trexcompany), or Houzz (trex-company-inc) "like" Trex on Facebook, or view product and demonstration videos on the brand's YouTube channel (TheTrexCo).


Attached Media Files: 2017-06/107/105556/Tobias_Wins_Trex_Recycling_Challenge_062317.pdf , From left: Hillsboro Schools Foundation Development Director Ginny Watson, Tobias Principal Andrew Bekken, Parent Group President Danica Barnes, and Hillsboro Mayor Steve Callaway appreciate the school’s new TREX bench.
Clark Co. Schools
Battle Ground teacher named 2017 Washington History Teacher of the Year (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 06/26/17 8:50 AM
Beth Doughty, Washington's 2017 History Teacher of the Year
Beth Doughty, Washington's 2017 History Teacher of the Year
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Beth Doughty, a teacher at Chief Umtuch Middle School in the Battle Ground Public Schools district, has been named Washington's 2017 History Teacher of the Year. The award is presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, a national organization dedicated to K-12 American history education.

Inaugurated in 2004, the History Teacher of the Year Award highlights the importance of history education by honoring exceptional American history teachers from elementary through high school. The award honors one K-12 teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and U.S. Territories.

Doughty's passion for history has spurred her to to make history come alive in her classroom by creating interactive units that allow her students to really engage with history. She strives to show her students that history is relevant to the present and will always have meaning in their lives in the future.

"Beth successfully involves herself in all aspects of teaching and goes above and beyond for her students," said Chief Umtuch Principal Beth Beattie. "She is a consummate learner who searches out avenues to extend her knowledge, and she ensures that every one of her students receives a high-quality education while advocating for civic education."

Doughty received her bachelor's degree in humanities from Washington State University, where she also subsequently completed a master's degree in teaching. In 2010, Doughty was named a recipient of the Barringer Fellowship at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello and has participated in numerous on-site historical institutes and seminars, including at George Washington's Mount Vernon, James Madison's Montpelier, and the USS Midway in San Diego. In addition to her regular teaching duties, Doughty is also the seventh and eighth grade history and language arts teacher for Battle Ground Public Schools' ASPIRE program, a magnet program for academically gifted students.

By winning the History Teacher of the Year award, Doughty will receive a $1,000 honorarium and will be recognized at an award ceremony later this year. In addition, the Chief Umtuch Middle School library will receive a core archive of American history books and Gilder Lehrman educational materials. Doughty will also receive an invitation to a 2018 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar, a week-long program that offers teachers daily discussions with eminent historians, visits to historic sites, and hands-on work with primary sources. In the fall, the National History Teacher of the Year will be selected from the pool of state winners.


Attached Media Files: Beth Doughty, Washington's 2017 History Teacher of the Year , Teacher Beth Doughty (center) surrounded by some of her 7th and 8th grade history students
ESD 112 Wins National Communications Award
ESD 112 - 06/22/17 11:43 AM
The Educational Service District 112 Communications and Prevention teams received a Golden Achievement Award from the National School Public Relations Association. The award recognizes the outstanding and successful Weed Can Wait marijuana prevention project targeted at youth aged 12-20.

To win the national award, the campaign had to meet detailed criteria based on research, analysis/planning, communication/implementation, and evaluation.

"In our profession, this is one of the highest honors we can receive," said ESD Assistant Superintendent of Communications Lori Oberheide. "It represents the talents of many people across the communications and youth prevention programs. I'm just so proud that this collaborative effort has resulted in national recognition for those who worked so hard on this project."

The Weed Can Wait campaign was developed when ESD 112 received a Department of Health grant funded by Washington State tax dollars from marijuana sales. To build the most compelling messaging, professionals from education, business, and marketing arenas met for several months at ESD 112 to get input from more than 1,200 teens, develop strategies, create effective messages and images, build timelines/action steps and select communication tools and tactics. Their work resulted in the two comprehensive projects -- the Weed Can Wait campaign designed to prevent underage marijuana use and Cannabis Conversations, a toolkit for parents. Both projects are under the umbrella of ESD 112's Youth Now initiative.

Communication tools included:
Social Media Campaigns: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and a website

Direct Outreach: Pop-up parties at five schools in two different counties to kick off the campaign; and the Cannabis Conversations Toolkit, with age-specific talking points to help adults talk with youth about marijuana

Environmental Advertising: "Lock it up" cards given out with every purchase at New Vansterdam and High End Marketplace marijuana retailers; ads on 20 bus tails and inside 40 buses; and ads on Pandora music app

The campaign also included policies and systems alignment and engagement that involved youth, parents, business, media, schools, youth-serving organizations, law enforcement, civic/volunteer organizations, health care professionals, substance abuse organizations. Youth in possession policies and practices were reviewed with stakeholders regarding marijuana and partnerships were formed with retail shops to encourage and educate adult users.

More information about the campaign can be found at:
http://www.preventclarkcounty.org/youthnow/
https://www.facebook.com/supportyouthnow/
https://www.instagram.com/youth_now/
https://www.clark.wa.gov/public-health/youth-generated-video-and-graphics-will-show-why-%E2%80%98weed-can-wait%E2%80%99
http://www.columbian.com/news/2016/apr/20/this-420-prevent-coalition-says-weed-can-wait/
http://www.kptv.com/story/31778779/weed-can-wait-campaign-launches

Team members recognized for the award are:
Joy Lyons
Deb Drandoff
Lori Oberheide
Heidi Barnes
Michele M. Larsen
Megan Streeter
Leanne Reid
Delena Meyer
Moriah Diederich
Melissa Burt

NSPRA GOLDEN ACHIEVEMENT AWARD CRITERIA:
Research -- careful analysis of the need for the program/project/campaign/activity, stated goals and measurable objectives.

Analysis/Planning -- planning to address the need for the program/project/campaign/activity including target audience identification, budget/resource allocation and staff responsibilities.

Communication/Implementation -- timelines, strategies/activities, communication components implemented as planned, and quality of support materials (print and electronic).

Evaluation -- assessment component included and conducted. The evaluation should include a measurement of the success of the program/project/campaign/activity, and recommendation for future improvements or next steps.
Hockinson School District Budget Hearing and Board of Directors Regular Meeting
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 06/23/17 11:10 AM
Date: Monday, June 26, 2017
Time: 5:00 P.M. Budget Hearing - Regular Board of Directors Meeting will follow
Location: Hockinson High School Library
Address: 16819 NE 159th St.; Brush Prairie, WA 98606
Cowlitz Co. & Lower Columbia (WA) Schools
Woodland Middle School students develop life skills by learning to juggle (Photo)
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 06/26/17 4:00 PM
BrookLynn Decker, sixth grader, uses the hand-eye coordination she learned from juggling while she plays soccer, her favorite sport.
BrookLynn Decker, sixth grader, uses the hand-eye coordination she learned from juggling while she plays soccer, her favorite sport.
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Monday, June 26, 2017-Woodland, WA-Students at Woodland Middle School joined an eight-week club to learn how to juggle, but ended up learning much more including the value of perseverance, patience, and developing hand-eye coordination by throwing balls, bean bags, and grocery bags into the air.

Tyler Thralls, a sixth grade teacher at Woodland Middle School, decided to offer a juggling club during lunchtime after Principal Jake Hall told the teaching staff that he'd like to have more club offerings at the school. "Juggling is an activity many people don't think they can learn," explained Thralls. "I wanted to start a club that shows kids they can learn any skill if they put in the time and effort."

Thralls first learned to juggle as a fourth grader when his teacher told him to learn something new and present it to his class. "I had watched older friends juggling and it seemed like the coolest thing in the world to me," he said. "Juggling is something that can brightens everyone's day and anyone can learn it -- a lesson that's been reinforced for me by running the club."

During the club meetings, Thralls uses juggling as a metaphor to teach the students in his club lessons about school and life, in general, by demonstrating the importance of having a growth mindset and realizing it's never too late to learn new skills. "When you come up against an obstacle in any part of your life, keep the idea of a 'growth mindset' in mind," Thralls teaches his students. "Remember your past accomplishments and realize that if you can be successful in one area of your life, you can use those same skills to become successful in other areas, too."

Students learn the basics by juggling plastic grocery bags which float slowly and teach hand-eye coordination. Once students learn the rhythm and different hand movements, they move on to juggling more than two items at a time, moving on to three or more.

Once students get the basics down, Thralls introduces concepts of teamwork into juggling as students learn how to pass items from one person to another while still juggling. "When you work with others, you can accomplish so much more then you can by yourself," explained Thralls. "One of the biggest lessons of teamwork is knowing how important it is to be patient -- learn from your teammates and adapt to their styles."

Many students in the club had never tried learn juggling before joining the club. "I never juggled before and thought it might be fun to learn," said Drew Burns, a sixth grader in the club. "Once I understood the rhythm, I got better, and it's been a ton of fun showing my family and friends." BrookLynn Donald, a sixth grade classmate, agreed with Burns. "It's been even more fun than I thought it would be," she said. "In addition, the hand-eye coordination I'm developing here helps me when I play soccer, my favorite sport."

The biggest lesson Thralls teaches in juggling is how to find the fun in everything you do. "When you feel down or someone else in your life feels down, looking on the bright side and having fun with something simple like juggling can brighten everyone's day," he said. "Just like any activity, you can take juggling too seriously, but it's important to realize you can have fun with whatever you do whether it's juggling, schoolwork, or other activities in life."

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Attached Media Files: BrookLynn Decker, sixth grader, uses the hand-eye coordination she learned from juggling while she plays soccer, her favorite sport. , Drew Burns, sixth grader, enjoys showing his friends and family the juggling skills he learned from his lunchtime club. , Tyler Thralls learned how to juggle when his fourth grade teacher told him to learn a new skill and present it to his class. , Tyler Thralls tosses a ball to a club member to teach how to juggle as a team.
Private & Charter Schools - Portland area
Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 06/27/17 7:38 PM
Notice of Special meeting of the Board of Directors June 29, 2017 @ 6:30 PM
1-888-824-5783 Ext.90095991# and via Blackboard Collaborate at
http://tinyurl.com/BoardORVA
Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 06/26/17 4:24 PM
Emergency Meeting of the Board of Directors June 27th 2017 @ 6:30pm
1-888-824-5783 Ext.90095991# and via Blackboard Collaborate at
http://tinyurl.com/BoardORVA
Businesses
Summer break doesn't have to result in a summer break
SAIF - 06/23/17 10:40 AM
Summary: Data shows young worker injuries more common during summer months
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School is out and its officially summer break. But, as many young workers head out the door for their first job, SAIF wants to make sure they don't get their first workplace injury.

Unfortunately, since 2010 there were nearly 12,000 young worker injury claims (between the ages of 16 and 24) reported to SAIF during the summer months of June, July, and August--more than 30 percent of all young worker injury claims. More than 500 of those injuries were within the first week on the job.

In fact, summer break injuries were 48 percent more likely for young workers than winter break injuries (in November, December, and January) during that timeframe.

"Our goal is to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work--starting with ensuring young workers know the importance of workplace safety, on the first day of their first job," said Kevin Pfau, senior safety management consultant at SAIF. "For employers, this is a good reminder to teach all employees about safety, even if they aren't full time or long term."

While workplace safety is critical in any industry, young worker injuries are most common among jobs in restaurants, retirement centers, and auto service providers (including car washes). The three most common injuries were strains and sprains, lacerations, and contusions or bruises--making up more than 66 percent of claims.

Young workers and employers interested in more information can visit saif.com/youngworkers.

About SAIF:
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. For more than 100 years, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work.
Organizations
Burns Paiute Tribe Calls on Rainbow Gathering to Respect Cultural Resources
Burns Paiute Tribe - 06/22/17 11:47 AM
Burns, Oregon -- Burns Paiute Tribal Chairman Joe DeLaRosa today called upon a group known as the Rainbow Family of Living Light to respect the Burns Paiute Tribe's cultural resources when the group visits the Malheur National Forest next month. "The Rainbow Family's proposed camp site is squarely within our ancestral territory," explained Chairman DeLaRosa. "This land is sacred to us, and we hope they respect it."

Recently the Rainbow Family announced that they had selected a site in the Malheur National Forest, near Seneca, Oregon, for their annual week-long gathering, known as the "Gathering of the Tribes." There are important archaeological and other cultural resources nearby.

The Burns Paiute Tribe are a federally-recognized Indian tribe whose ancestors inhabited southeast Oregon, southern Idaho, and northern California and Nevada. The Burns Paiute Tribe's present reservation is located near Burns, Oregon. The Burns Paiute Tribe's ancestral territory includes the area now managed as the Malheur National Forest, as well as other federal lands in southeast Oregon. The Burns Paiute Tribe has not ceded any of its rights in the Tribe's ancestral territory.

The Burns Paiute Tribe's ancestors signed a treaty with the federal government in 1868. The 1868 treaty was not ratified by the United States Congress, but both parties acted in reliance on the treaty. Under its terms, the Government guaranteed it would protect the safety and property of the Northern Paiute people. The Government also committed to inflict punishment for "any crime or injury [that] is perpetrated by any white man upon the Indians aforesaid ... according to the Laws of the United States and the State of Oregon." In addition, the federal government has a Trust responsibility to the Burns Paiute Tribe to protect cultural resources on federal lands. Several federal laws protect native cultural properties. The Burns Paiute Tribe is also communicating with federal officials on the need to protect its important sacred resources on federal lands. "The Burns Paiute Tribe is landless, due to the wrongful taking of our ancestral homeland, much of which remains in federal ownership," explained Chairman DeLaRosa. "It is critical that the federal government protects our cultural heritage on federal land," he added.
Organizations & Associations
Albertina Kerr and Kaiser Announce Sunnyside Project Search Graduation (Photo)
Albertina Kerr - 06/27/17 8:49 AM
Sunnyside Project SEARCH Graduates
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PORTLAND, Ore. (June 27, 2017) -- Albertina Kerr and Embassy Suites by Hilton at the Portland Airport will be hosting a graduation ceremony for their Project SEARCH participants on June 30, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center -- Sunnybrook Bldg.- 10180 SE Sunnyside Rd., Clackamas, OR 97015. This year's graduating class of four adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities participated in the nine-month internship and employment training program receiving classroom instruction, career exploration and learned technical and soft skills including communication, accountability and customer service.

Albertina Kerr's Project SEARCH employment program helps young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities gain professional skills, find jobs and transition to careers in integrated work places. Albertina Kerr's nationally recognized program holds an employment outcome rate of 86 percent by placing its interns into integrated workplaces. Albertina Kerr's Project SEARCH is the first successful program of its type in the state of Oregon. Sunnyside's graduating class worked in EVS, Material, Sterile Processing, ICU, Pediatrics and Nursing Administration while participating in the program.

"Project SEARCH not only exposes interns to an integrated work place, but it increases independence, confidence and self-esteem in each of them," said Kayla Hall, Program Manager. "Albertina Kerr is breaking down negative stereotypes of people who have an intellectual or developmental disability by offering them the opportunity to develop their careers."

This will be Albertina Kerr's third Project SEARCH graduating class. Their first program was introduced in 2015 in partnership with Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center, which hosted three classes which graduated earlier this month. This is Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center first graduating class.

For more information about Project SEARCH, contact Jennifer Harmon at 503.408.4721 or Jennifer.Harmon@AlbertinaKerr.org.

About Albertina Kerr
Since 1907, Albertina Kerr has strengthened Oregon families and communities. Today, we provide programs and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges, empowering them to live richer lives. For more information about Albertina Kerr, call 503.239.8101 or visit www.AlbertinaKerr.org

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Attached Media Files: Sunnyside Project SEARCH Graduates
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting 3 People in Tillamook
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/27/17 1:37 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on
06/27/2017, at approximately 08:30 in the 7100 block of Fairview Road in Tillamook, Oregon. The single-family fire affected 3 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 appointmen
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting 2 People in Tigard
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/26/17 8:15 PM
On 06/26/2017, disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster that happened on 06/25/2017, at approximately 19:00 in the 9300 block of Maplewood Drive in Tigard, Oregon. The fire affected one family, including 2 adults and one cat. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting 1 Person in Vancouver
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/26/17 8:10 PM
On 06/26/2017, disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster that happened on 06/25/2017, at approximately 17:30 in the 14000 block of NE 72nd Avenue in Vancouver, Washington. The fire affected 1 person. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting 24 People in Happy Valley
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/25/17 12:02 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on June 24, 2017, in the 8600 block of SE Casey Ave in Happy Valley, OR. The fire affected 24 people, including 14 adults and 10 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.
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Four People in Tillamook County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/24/17 11:31 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on June 24, 2017, in the 9000 block of Sitka Ave in Nehalem, OR. The fire affected four people, including one adult and three children.
The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.
The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Four People in Cowlitz County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/24/17 11:27 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on June 24, 2017, in the 700 block of Green Mountain Rd in Woodland, WA. The fire affected four people, including three adults, one child and six pets.
The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.
The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Six People in Battleground
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/24/17 11:13 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on June 24, 2017, at approximately 6 p.m. in the 100 block of SW 19th Place in Battleground, WA. The fire affected six people, including three adults and three children.
The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.
The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Two People in Rainier
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/24/17 4:53 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on June 24, 2017, at approximately 12:30 p.m. in the 76000 block of SW Davis Rd in Rainier, OR. The fire affected two 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 Multi-Family Home Fire in Cornelius
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/24/17 9:10 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on June 23, 2017, at approximately 9:30 p.m. in the 100 block of N. 5th place in Cornelius, Oregon. The fire affected 14 people, including nine adults, five children and multiple pets.
The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.
The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Community Foundation Hires Two Staff Members (Photo)
Community Foundation for Southwest Washington - 06/26/17 1:54 PM
Ursula Arlauskas, Development Coordinator
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The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington recently added a position and hired two employees. Janie Spurgeon will occupy the new role of Vice President of Development, while Ursula Arlauskas brings her expertise to the Development Coordinator position.

Spurgeon will join the senior management team and head up the development and donor services efforts at the local grantmaking organization. Her primary responsibility will be to create, implement and manage the organization's development plan. Most recently, she worked as the Vice President of Individual Philanthropy at the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, where she led all major and planned giving strategies and initiatives. Janie grew up in Salt Lake City where she earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Utah. She is an active volunteer with the American Cancer Society, the Women United Advisory Council, CASA for Children for Multnomah, Washington and Columbia Counties, and her children's schools.

As Development Coordinator, Ursula Arlauskas will support development, stewardship and community relations efforts. She brings nearly a decade of experience in the financial industry to her role, and most recently worked as a Client Service Manager with First Republic Private Wealth Management. In this role, she oversaw a wide range of sales, service, administrative and relationship management. Arlauskas was born in Nebraska and raised in Oregon, where she graduated from Portland State University.

"We are excited to welcome these two outstanding individuals to our team," Jennifer Rhoads, President of the Community Foundation, said. "Their contributions will be vital to our mission of inspiring local philanthropy and they will certainly strengthen our direction for the future."

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About the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington
Established in 1984, the Community Foundation helps southwest Washingtonians build a more vibrant community by inspiring investments in local philanthropy. The Foundation holds more than 300 distinct funds, which are actively invested to generate growth and income for granting purposes. Governed by an esteemed volunteer Board, the Community Foundation offers benefits and services to donors, nonprofits and the community at large. Learn more at www.cfsww.org.


Attached Media Files: Ursula Arlauskas, Development Coordinator , Janie Spurgeon, Vice President of Development
Mcminnville Area Chamber Of Commerce In Partnership With Evergreen Museum And The Falls Event Center Brings Annual 4th Of July Festivities To Yamhill Valley
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum - 06/23/17 1:00 PM
MCMINNVILLE, Ore. (June 23, 2017) -- Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum will be the host venue for the McMinnville July 4th Fireworks celebration this year. The Museum, the Chamber and The Falls Event Center want to engage and connect community around our national holiday. This event will provide a fun, safe and family friendly environment to hang out, have fun, and watch a top-notch fireworks display.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. in the parking lot between the Aviation and Space Museum buildings. Experience local food vendors, live music by Mitch and the Melody Makers, family and kid activities, free movies and the only fireworks display in McMinnville and East Yamhill County. The Museum facilities will also be open for a reduced admission price of $5 from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

More details are available on the Museum website https://www.evergreenmuseum.org/ and the Chamber's website http://mcminnville.org/july-4th/

About Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is best known as the home of the world's largest wooden aircraft, the Hughes Flying Boat "Spruce Goose." The Museum collection also includes a rare SR-71 "Blackbird," and the Titan II SLV Missile--with its original launch room. Discover more than 200 historic aircraft, spacecraft, and exhibits on display, along with artwork and traveling exhibits. The Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate and educational partners with the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, the Oregon Space Consortium and the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program. The Museum is located at 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, across the highway from the McMinnville Airport and about three miles southeast of McMinnville, Ore., on Highway 18. The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission required. Call 503-434-4180 or visit https://www.evergreenmuseum.org/ for more information.

About the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce
The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization currently listing 410 members and representing over 8,500 jobs in the McMinnville area. They are focused on four Core Functions: Building a Strong Local Economy, Promoting Community, Building Relationships and Networks, and Providing Education and Activation on Political Issues. The McMinnville Chamber is located at 417 NW Adams St McMinnville, OR 97128. Open weekdays from 8-5 p.m. For more information please call 503.472.6196 or email chamberinfo@mcminnville.org.

About The Falls Event Center
The Falls Event Center creates an event space for you to dream, inspire, and celebrate life's greatest moments. Our unique, neutral palette will allow you to use any décor your heart desires. You can bring any vendor you choose to help you plan and execute your event. Our professional staff will be there every step of the way with any assistance you may need. Our heart beats for more than just building event venues, it's about building dreams. For more information or to inquire about your future event please visit: https://thefallseventcenter.com/location/mcminnville-or/
Oregon Hospitals Oppose Senate Health Care Reform Bill
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 06/22/17 1:42 PM
June 22, 2017 -- After Senate Republicans unveiled their Better Care Reconciliation Act this morning, Andy Davidson, President and CEO of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems issued the following statement:

"Oregon's community hospitals have evaluated federal health care reform efforts based on a set of patient- and community-centered principles that focus on preserving the gains in access and affordability that we've made over the past decade.

"Unfortunately, the draft Better Care Reconciliation Act released today by Senate Republicans does not meet our principles. In fact, it moves our health care system in the opposite direction. The proposed changes to Medicaid, both the end of the expansion funding as well as deep cuts to the non-expansion problem would pose severe problems for Oregon. The changes to the provider tax reimbursement rate in the early part of the next decade would add an additional layer of budgetary stress to our state, and by extension the patients we serve.

"We join with our counterparts in the national hospital community alongside patient advocates, doctors, politicians and others in urging the Senate to revise this legislation so that it focuses on improving access to affordable care and helps states achieve that goal on behalf of their citizens."
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Attached Media Files: 2017-06/1635/105509/OAHHS_BCRA_statement.pdf
Press Conference Today: New Oregon Business Alliance for Climate to Launch (Photo)
Oregon Business Alliance for Climate - 06/22/17 6:30 AM
Alliance logo
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LEADING ON CLIMATE: OREGON PRIVATE SECTOR LEADERS
LAUNCH NEW ALLIANCE TODAY

Portland, Oregon, June 22, 2017-- With climate change already impacting Oregon industry, private sector leaders from across the state are joining forces to ensure business has a strong role in solutions-based, economically viable climate policy. Led by Alliance chair Tom Kelly of Neil Kelly Company, the new Oregon Business Alliance for Climate (the Alliance) will officially launch today.

Kelly, along with Jim Bernau and Steve Clem, representing founding members Willamette Valley Vineyards and Skanska USA, respectively, will present remarks at the event.

"The Business Alliance for Climate is specifically focused on Oregon's clean energy economy, including carbon pricing options, that will make the most sense for statewide business interests," Kelly said. "A well-planned carbon pricing system in Oregon will reduce the cost of doing business through fuel and energy savings while resulting in more good paying clean energy jobs, including much needed rural jobs, and cleaner air."

WHAT: Press conference to announce the launch of new Oregon Business Alliance for Climate
When: Thursday, June 22, 2017, 9:45 a.m.
Where: Umpqua Bank, South Waterfront Location, 3606 SW Bond Ave., Portland.

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Our Mission: Oregon business and industry leaders supporting collaborative policy and business engagements aimed at promoting investment, job creation and competitiveness by leveraging carbon pricing to invest in the state's clean energy economy.


Attached Media Files: Media Release , Alliance logo
The Salvation Army Responds to Portland Heatwave
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 06/23/17 2:15 PM
(Portland, OR) JUNE 23, 2017 -- It doesn't come as a surprise to anyone that the weather is going to heat up to unbearable temperatures later this week. For those living on the streets and in homes without air conditioning, it is downright dangerous. Heat-related death and illness are preventable, which is why it's important for The Salvation Army to provide additional services to our most vulnerable during this time.

To address the need, The Salvation Army is offering several options for the community to cool down:

WASHINGTON COUNTY
The Salvation Army in Hillsboro will become a cooling station for community members when the temperature reaches 94 degrees or hotter. Water will be provided throughout the day.

To contact The Salvation Army in Washington County, please call 503.640.4311.

MULTNOMAH COUNTY
Women experiencing homelessness are welcome to cool off at The Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter (SAFES), located at 2nd and Burnside in Downtown Portland. Women can access air conditioning, free snacks, water bottle refills, or use the cell phone charging station. The Day Services area is open to anyone who presents as female and will be available from 9am-8pm.

For more information, call the SAFES front desk at 503.227.0810.

CLACKAMAS COUNTY
All Salvation Army Units are prepared to provide hot-weather support for those in need during normal business hours, however some units may be offer different services as weather conditions change.

Contact The Salvation Army near you, or call 503-794-3200 to find out more.

If you who would like more information, please contact Teresa Steinmetz at 503.794.3293 or teresa.steinmetz@usw.salvationarmy.org or visit salvationarmyportland.org.



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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army works in 127 countries worldwide. For more information, or to make a donation, visit us online at www.salvationarmyportland.org. People wishing to make monetary donations can do so by calling 503.238.GIVE (4483), or by mail, The Salvation Army, 8495 SE Monterey Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086-7844. Friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyPortland


Attached Media Files: HotWeatherPDX
Union Gospel Mission Expands Services for Homeless in Extreme Heat (Photo)
Union Gospel Mission - 06/23/17 1:00 PM
Homeless guest outside the Mission
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Union Gospel Mission Expands Services for Homeless in Extreme Heat

Portland, Ore., - Union Gospel Mission is expanding services for the homeless during the forecasted extreme heat this weekend. Union Gospel Mission will be open extended hours on Saturday, June 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Mission's services are typically closed on Sunday, but will be open from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 25.

At Union Gospel Mission, homeless guests can cool off, rest in the Mission's dining area, and receive water and snacks.

Union Gospel Mission's Search + Rescue van will be out on its normal schedule Sunday evening, departing from the Mission at 5:00 p.m. and visiting homeless camps in Portland distributing bottled water and other items.

Union Gospel Mission is seeking donations of bottled water, sports drinks like Gatorade, sunscreen, hats and t-shirts. These items can be dropped off at Union Gospel Mission at 3 NW Third Avenue on Friday and at 15 NW Third Avenue on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 503-274-4483.

About Union Gospel Mission: Union Gospel Mission's purpose is "Feeding the hungry, restoring the addict and loving our neighbor." Union Gospel Mission has been serving Portland since 1927. Union Gospel Mission provides meals and care for the homeless, and operates LifeChange -- a transformative recovery program for men, women and children. Contact Union Gospel Mission at 503-274-4483 or ugmportland.org and @ugmpdx.

Note: Media contact on Saturday is Pete Kelley, Homeless Services Coordinator. He will be at the Mission on Saturday coordinating homeless services.

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Attached Media Files: Homeless guest outside the Mission